Dubois County, Indiana
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 Dubois County, Indiana

This county was named in honor of Toussaint Dubois, who had charge of the guides and spies in the Tippecanoe campaign.

The northwestern portion of the county is undulating; the other portions level, and about one fifth whole is in the bottoms of White River, Patoka and other streams. A greater portion of the county  has an excellent soil. Considerable portions of the surface are subject to inundation with the spring and fall freshets. There are no prairies in the county. Timber was originally abundant, consisting of walnut, sugar, beech, hickory, popular, and white and black oak. The staple productions of the county are hogs, cattle, horses, corn, etc. Among the material resources of the county, coal is abundant, and is already being mined with success. Coal mining is destined to become one of the great industries of the county, and will be conducted without injury to agriculture. Jasper, the county seat, is a small but enterprising town. The county is making considerable progress in agriculture, mining and education.
(Transcribed from History Of Indiana, published 1876)

Dubois County was formed on December 20, 1818, from Orange, Pike and Perry counties. It is named for Toussaint Dubois, a Frenchman who fought in the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812. Dubois was a merchant who lived mainly in Vincennes. He drowned in 1816 while crossing the Little Wabash River near Lawrenceville, Illinois.

In 1818, as many as half of the residents of the county died of milk sickness. There is one view that the mother of Abraham Lincoln, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died of this disease at that time. It was caused by settler drinking the milk or eating the meat of cows that had eaten the white snakeroot. The plant contains the potent toxin temetrol, which is passed through the milk. The migrants from the East were unfamiliar with the Midwestern plant and its effects.

Dubois County switched to the Central Time Zone on April 2, 2006, and returned to the Eastern Time Zone on November 4, 2007; both changes were controversial.

The original county seat was Portersville. In 1830 the county seat was moved south to Jasper.

Bainbridge - Boone - Cass - Columbia - Ferdinand - Hall - Harbison - Jackson - Jefferson - Madison - Marion - Patoka

Birdseye - Ferdinand - Holland - Huntingburg - Jasper

Bretzville - Celestine -  Crystal - Cuzco - Dubois - Duff - Ellsworth - Haysville - Hillham - Ireland - Johnsburg - Kellerville - Kyana - Maltersville - Mentor - Millersport - Portersville - Schnellville - Saint Anthony - Saint Henry - Saint Marks - Thales - Zoar

County Seat: Jasper
Year Organized: 1818
Square Miles: 435.33


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Where to find information in Dubois County, Indiana

Dubois County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 343
Jasper, IN 47547-0343
Dubois County Historical Society
737 W. 8th St.
Jasper, IN 47546
Jasper Public Library
1116 Main St.
Jasper, IN 47546-2899
Dubois County Recorder
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
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Dubois County Heatlh Department
602 Main St.
Jasper, IN 47546
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Dubois County Clerk
1 Courthouse Square
Jasper, IN 47546
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Surrounding Counties
| Marion (north) | Orange (northeast) | Crawford (east) | Perry (southeast) | Spencer (south) | Warrick (southwest) | Pike (west) | Daviess (northwest)


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