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History of Journalism
in Hendricks County
First Settlement, Surveys and Indian Treaties
of 1824 and other First Events
History and Official Roster
County was officially formed by an act of the
Indiana legislature in April, 1824. It was formed
from the area of Putnam County and some
unorganized territory, and named Hendricks in
honor of Indiana's Governor, William Hendricks.
Guilford Township was one of the first places to
be settled. Hendricks County also acquired some
land from Morgan County
Hendricks County has the following townships
in 1850 Belville, Brown Brownsburg, Center, Clay,
Danville, Eel River, Franklin, Guilford, Liberty,
Marion, Middle, Plainfield, and
in 1870 the townships were Brown, Center,
Clay, Danville, Eel River, Franklin,
Guilford, House of Refuge, Liberty, Lincoln,
Marion, Middle, Plainfield, Stilesville, Union,
By 1900 the townships were Brown, Franklin,
Marion, Center, Guilford, Middle, Clay, Liberty,
Union, Eel River, Lincoln and Washington.
Hendricks county is located near the centre of the
State of Indiana. It contains about one hundred
and thirty five thousand acres of land. The county
was organized in 1824, and was named in honor of
Governor William Hendricks. The surface of the
county is gently rolling, and the soil is
generally very good. The county is well timbered,
especially in the northern portion. It is well
watered by Eel river, Mill creek, Mud creek, White
Lick creek, and their numerous tributary streams.
The first settlers of the county emigrated from
North Carolina to this county about the year 1818,
and settled on government lands prior to entry.
The first lands were entered in the county in
1821, about three years before the organization of
the county. The first settlements were made in the
southeast portion of the county, in what is now
Liberty and Gillford townships. Among the first
settlers were David Downs, Boss Nicholas, Richard
Christie, George and David Matock, William
Ballard, Jonathan Rodgers, James Thompson, Thomas
Hadley, Josiah Tomlinson, John Bryant and Thomas
The county was organized in 1824, and Danville was
chosen as the seat of justice. The first
settlements were made in the county in 1818, when
the first trees were felled and the first rude
cabins erected. This population increased so
rapidly that in 1824 there were more than one
thousand inhabitants in the county. In 1870, the
population of the county was twenty thousand two
hundred and seventy seven. The growth of wealth
and public improvements in the county have been
commensurate with this growth in population. The
old court house has long since perished, and a new
and substantial building has taken its place. The
new jail and county asylum are substantial and
well conducted institutions. The pioneer log
school houses of the county have gone, and now
over one hundred fine brick and frame school
buildings attest the educational advantages of
Hendricks county. Excellent turnpike roads bisect
each other in all parts of the county, and ample
railroad facilities are presented. The county has
now over one hundred and thirty thousand acres of
improved land, valued at twelve million dollars.
The products of the farms have always been largely
remunerative. The taxable property in the county
is worth over twenty million dollars. In every
sense, the people of Hendricks county are
intelligent, progressive, and enterprising
The Indiana House of Refuge is located on the
State farm adjoining Plainfield, in Hendricks
county. This is one of the State's most
worthy and benevolent institutions, and it is
doing a good work for the benefit of the boys who
have been sent there.
National Register of Historic Places in
Ora Adams House, 301-303 E. Main St.,
Amo THI&E Interurban Depot/Substation, 4985
Railroad St., Amo
Forest W. & Jeannette Wales Blanton House, 625
N. Washington St., Danville
Leander Campbell House, 498 E. Broadway St.,
Danville Courthouse Square Historic District,
roughly bounded by Clinton, Tennessee, Broadway
& Cross Sts., Danville
Danville Main Street Historic District, bounded by
East, Main, Cross & Marions Sts., Danville
Dr. Jeremiah & Ann Jane DePew House, 292 E.
Broadway St., Danville
Hendricks County Bridge No. 316, Center Rd.,
Friendship Gardens over White Lick Creek,
Hendrick County Jail & Sheriff's Residence,
170 S. Washington St., Danville
Joel Jessup Farm, County Road 800S near County
Road 1050E, NW of Friendswood, Guliford Township
Noah & Hannah Hadley Kellum House, 7290 S.
County Road 1050E, NW of Friendswood, Guilford
Kellum-Jessup Chandler Farm, 6726 S. White Lick
Creek Rd, SE of Plainfield, Guilford Township
John W. McClain, 1445 S. County Road 525E, SW of
Avon, Wsahington Township
McCormack-Bowman House, County Road 200W, 0.5
miles south of its junction with U.S. Route 40
& SW of Clayton, Franklin Township
A.A. Parsons Farmstead, 1739 S625E, Washington
Plainfield Historic District, roughly bounded by
Lincoln St. to the N; S East St to the E; Ash St.
to the S; and S. Mill St. to the W, Plainville
Smith Farm, 2698 S. County Road 900E, NE of
Plainfield, Washington Township
Sugar Grove Meetinghouse & Cemetery, junction
of County Roads 700E & 600S, Guilford Township
THI & E Interurban Depot-Substation, 401 S.
Vine St., Plainfield
Twin Bridges, County Road 150E over White Lick
Wilson-Courtney House, 10 Cartersburg Rd, Danville
Brown - Center - Clay - Eel River - Franklin -
Guilford - Liberty - Lincoln - Marion - Middle -
Union - Washington
CITIES AND TOWNS
Amo - Avon - Brownsburg - Clayton - Coatesville
- Danville - Lizton - North Salem - Pittsboro -
Plainfield - Stilesville
County Seat: Danville
Year Organized: 1824
Square Miles: 408.78
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Where to find information in Hendricks County,
|Hendricks County Health Department
355 S. Washington St.
Danville, IN 46122
(birth certs from Oct 1907, death certs from
|Hendricks County Recorder
355 S. Washington St.
(land records from 1824-present)
|Hendricks County Courthouse
65 S. Washington St.
Danville IN 46122
(marriage records; wills, court records from
|Danville Public Library
101 S. Indiana Street
Danville, IN 46122
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