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Founded 1815
County Seat Carmi
Largest city Carmi

The first white settlers came to White County between 1807 and 1809. The first settlements were near the Little Wabash River and Big Prairie, one of the numerous prairies in the county. These families - Hanna, Land, Hay, Williams, Calvert, Ratcliff, Holderby, Robinson, Stewart, among others - typically had spent time in the Carolinas, Kentucky or Tennessee before moving into Illinois, and many were of Scots-Irish descent. Many came through the land office at Shawneetown, Illinois, which was a port for flatboats which traveled the Ohio River.

Other early settlements were Grayville, located at the mouth of Bonpas Creek and the Wabash River, settled by the Gray family around 1810; Phillipstown, on the bluffs above the Wabash and Fox River floodplain; and New Haven (mostly in Gallatin County), which was home to a brother of Daniel Boone around 1818. Old Sharon Church (Presbyterian), located near the later village of Sacramento, was organized around 1816, and the village of Seven Mile Prairie was established a few miles north of the church in the 1830s. (source: wikipedia)

Cities, Towns and CDP's
* Carmi * Grayville (south half)

Villages
* Burnt Prairie * Crossville * Enfield * Maunie * Mill Shoals
* Norris City * Phillipstown * Springerton

Unincorporated Towns
* Brownsville * Bungay * Calvin * Centerville * Dogtown * Epworth
* Gossett * Herald * Rising Sun * Sacramento

Townships
Burnt Prairie * Carmi * Emma * Enfield * Gray * Hawthorne
Heralds Prairie * Indian Creek * Mill Shoals * Phillips

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Website Updates:
Jan 2018:  Crime News: Hanging of LOWHONE, Obit for BRODDY.  Marriage announcement for BRADLEY-YOUNG
May 2017:  Sicklist news for ROBINSON, WALLACE.  Crime news for RUSSELL, B RAY, ANSELMENT, CREIGHTON, SPOONER.  obits for SMITH, SNIDER, YORK, WILLIAMS.  Go ssip news for MCQUEEN, KUYDENDALL, BINGMAN

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Surrounding Counties:
* Edwards County (north)
* Gibson County, Indiana (northeast)
* Posey County, Indiana (east)
* Gallatin County (south)
* Saline County (southwest)
* Hamilton County (west)
* Wayne County (northwest)
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