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Brief History of Boone
Personal Remembrance of
of Marion Township
Bethuel F. Morris
County's Children's Home
Boone County Sheriff
County was organized April 1, 1830, at that time
the population was about 622 people by 1880 the
county had grown to about 31,778. Lebanon
wasn't always the County Seat. The first courts
were held in Jamestown, which remained the seat of
justice until the removal to Lebanon. The first
Courthouse was completed in 1833, it is said that
the formal transfer of the County Seat occurred
that year. Lebanon was laid out in 1832 and the
first settler was A.H. Longley. By 1849 it
contained eight dwelling houses, four or brick and
76 frame, with a population of 500. Jamestown, by
1849, contained about thirty houses and had a
population of 150. The present Courthouse, which
was completed an dedicated July 4, 1912, is build
of Bedford limestone.
until 1828, Miami Indians occupied the northwest
corner of the county by stipulation of the
government. The Indians lived, hunted, and traded
for many years until they were run out of the area
in 1834. The Indians covered Sugarcreek Township,
two-thirds of Washington, half of Jefferson and
five sections of Center Township, in all about
52,000 acres. Dating
back to the early 1820's there was unbroken
wilderness, no roads or mills, deep-tangled brush
and vines, with a good portion of the area covered
with water. Some
of the first pioneers came to Boone County in 1823
or 1824. They came principally from Kentucky,
North Caroline and Pennsylvania.
were many settlers that arrived in the area around
the same time. Some of the first to arrive were
Patrick H. Sullivan, Jacob and John Sheets, David
Hoover, A.H. Longley, Benj. Dunn, Austin
Davenport, and the Harmon's just to name a few.
Cornelius Westfall, David McCoy, Francis Howard,
A.H. Phillips, James Williams, Lewis Dewees,
Joshua Foster, John Horrell, Andrew Houston,
Martin Lewis, James Blue, Jacob Sheets, E.P.
Shannon, Frederick Lowe and John Long were the
first group of men to comprise the Grand Jury.
county at one time was low and level. Although it
was low and level, it was no less the dividing
summit of White River and the Wabash. The water
flowed in almost every direction in Boone County,
and it was said the highest point between lakes
and the Ohio River were between Lebanon and
Whitestown. Boone County was named in honor of
Daniel Boone. It was organized in 1830, with only
622 citizens in the county. The principal streams
in the county are Sugar Creek, Eel River, Big and
Little Eagle Creeks, and Prairie Creek just to
name a few. The streams at one time or another
afforded propelling power for the mills and
machinery. Boone County is divided into 12 Civil
Townships as follows:
Center - Clinton - Eagle - Harrison -
Jackson - Jefferson - Marion - Perry - Sugar
Creek - Union - Washington - Worth
CITIES AND TOWNS
Advance - Jamestown - Lebanon - Thorntown - Ulen
- Whitestown - Zionsville
Big Springs - Dover - Eagle Village - Elizaville
- Fayette - Hazelrigg - Max - Mechanicsburg -
Milledgeville - New Brunswick - Northfield -
Rosston - Royalton - Terhune - Waugh
County Seat: Lebanon
Ratsburg - Ward
Year Organized: 1830
Square Miles: 423.25
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Where to find information in Boone County,
|Boone County Clerk
1 Courthouse Square, Room 212
Lebanon, IN 46052
Telephone: (765) 482-3510
|Boone County Historical Society
P.O. Box 141
404 W. Main Street
Lebanon, IN 46052-0141
|Lebanon Public Library
Ralph Stark Heritage Center
104 E. Washington St.
Lebanon, IN 46052
|Sullivan Museum and Genealogy Library
225 West Hawthrone Street
|Boone County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 83
Thorntown, IN 46071
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