Jennings County, Indiana
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 Jennings County, Indiana

This county bears the name of Jonathan Jennings, the first governor of the State of Indiana (as well as the nine term congressman). Near the streams the surface of the county is hilly and broken, and moderately fertile, except in the beech flats, at the head of the streams, where it is only fit for grass. There is an abundance of excellent timber in the county, of which large quantities are exported. There are also good quarries of lime stone, from which the interior of the State is largely supplied.

Vernon, a thriving town in the center of the county, is the seat of justice of Jennings County, but North Vernon, in Center Township, is the largest town, having a population of over two thousand, good public improvements, excellent school facilities, and increasing commercial interests. The county is a good one, farming is profitable, and the farmers are prosperous. It is traversed by three railroads.

National Protected Areas
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge

Notable Residents
Lincoln Dixon, U.S. Representative from Indiana 1905-1919
Jeptha D. New, U.S. Representative from Indiana  1875-1877, 1879-1881
Hannah Milhous Nixon, mother of President Richard Nixon
Pat O'Connor, polesitter for the 1957 Indianapolis 500 and member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
Jessamyn West, author
Albert Edward Wiggam, psychologist, lecturer and author
Edgar Whitcomb, 43rd Governor of Indiana
Albert Gumble, ragtime composer
Moses Gumble, ragtime composer

Jennings County is organized on February 1, 1817, and is divided into 11 Civil Townships as follows:

Bigger - Campbell - Center - Columbia - Geneva - Lovett - Marion - Montgomery - Sand Creek - Spencer - Vernon

North Vernon - Vernon

Brewersville - Butlerville - Commiskey - County Squire Lakes - Four Corners - Grayford - Hayden - Hilltown - Lovett - Nebraska - Paris - Paris Crossing - Queensville - San Jacinto - Scipio - Walnut Ridge - Zenas

Barnes - Benville - Buena Vista - Butler Switch - Cana - Commisky Station - Dupont - Elizabethtown - Hardenburg - Hege - Hilltown - Oakdale - Poplar Corners - Seymoer - Sherwood - Six Mile - Slate - Tannersville - Weston


County Seat: Vernon
Year Organized: 1817
Square Miles: 378 (377 land, 1 water)


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Bios: Mrs. Anna Featherstone
Marriage Announcements: Engagement of STIGDON-JOHNSTON
News: Fond Hopes of Riches Dashed by State Geologist Blatchley;Notice Louis Kraus left an estate of $1,000; Friends Appointed to Hold Meetings; At The Stock Yards; Army Worms; Fish Fights Turtle; Mrs. John Hughes bitten by a mad dog; Johnson's Body Not Found; Thew Keifer Tragedy; Building at Scipio Was One of Old Landmarks, Built 1852;
Obits: Mrs. Eli White; Mrs. Fred Fenstermaker; Mrs. Hendrika Poortinga; Minnie Peterson; Mrs. Florence A. Geeting; Mrs. Suzan Beard; James P. Tolen; David Yoder; Horace Eastman; James Connell; Mrs. Mary Lafferty; Edward Tierney; John Casey; Robert Blacker and child;
State Executions: George Sage

Bio: J. W. Robb

Bios: Solon Robinson, Horatio C. Newcomb,
Marriage Notices:Henberlain-Burkman; Marriage License: Owins-Davis, Steward-Reichle;
Military: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications 1889-1970
Otis Barton Allyn; descendant of Cornelius Bradley
Charles Aleysius Hall, Descendant of Evan Thomas
Cecil Gardner Harrod; Descendant of Jethro New
Merrill Aubrey Jones, Descendant of Simon Jones
William Paul Purcell, descendant of Ralph Morgan
Lorring Russell Stott by descent from Raliegh Stott
Frederich Charles Uhlmann, Descendant of Moses Brown
John Meredith Wilson, Descendant of Lt. Col. Jacob Reed
Military News: Honorable Discharge for Grimes Brothers;
Disasters-Tragedies: Mrs. M.B. Patrick met with serious accident; Suicide of a Young Lady, Lightning Struck,
Court-Crime News: Penitentiary, George W. Sage Murdered Child,  Pleads Guilty, Notice of Assignee in Bankruptcy,
Land Records-News:  Transfers;
News: East Lovett News; Local Jennings County Items, Scipio News, Telegraphic Brevities,
Obits: Natalie B. Mann Owen,  Marshall  Pugh,  Charles O. Lawson,  Mrs. Charles B. Schomaker, Carrie C. Lesh, Caroline Whitcomb, Pleasant W. Randall, Franklin P. Hacock, William M. Cheever,  Matilda Hamilton,  Jerry Clealand,
Probate & Wills: John Overmyer, Mrs. Charles Rayburn,

Bios: Who's Who in Finance, Banking, and Insurance, 1911

News: Whittier Reunion
Obit: Leroy Lewis, Mrs. Edward P. Nellis


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Where to find information in Jennings County, Indiana

Jennings Co. Historical Society
134 E. Brown St, P.O. Box 335
Vernon, IN 47282
Jennings County Public Library
2375 N. State Highway 3
North Vernon, IN 47282
Jennings County Recorder
15 Pike Street
Vernon, IN 47282
Jennings County Clerk
24 Pike Street
Vernon, IN 47282
Jennings County Circuit Court
Courthouse, P.O, Box 385
Vernon, IN 47282
(marriage, divorce, probate records)
Jennings County Health Department
P.O. Box 323
Vernon, IN 47282-0323
(birth & death certificates)

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