Indiana (territory) -- Wayne (county) -- 1803

County Quick Reference

County Seat: Detroit

County Name: Named for the Anthony Wayne, American Revolution officer and veteran of the Old Northwest Indian War.

Boundary Changes
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01 MAR 180356126Created from Knox and St. Clair counties.



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Wayne County was formed on 01 March 1803 by An Act to enable the people of the Eastern division of the territory northwest of the river Ohio to form a constitution and state government, and for the admission of such state into the Union, on an equal footing with the original States.., 1802 [click here for more information]. The county would become extinct 29 June 1805 .

The following map shows the original size of the county at its founding (in red with yellow border) superimposed on a modern map


Wayne County in 1803



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