Knox County, Indiana
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History of Knox County

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Knox County, Indiana

Knox County was one of the two original counties created in the old Northwest Territory in 1790 and was reduced to its present size in 1817. When it was created, Knox County stretched from the Ohio River to the Illinois River. When the Illinois Territory was formed in 1809, the portions of Knox County beyond the Wabash River became a part of Illinois.

In 1790, Winthrop Sargent, Secretary of Northwest Territory, organized the first Indina county, Knox County. It was named for Major General Henry Knox, U.S. Secretary of War.  Many of Knox County townships and lots were surveyed with the French system, which goes towards non-cardinal compass points. Knox and Clark counties are the only ones laid out n this fashion. The county seat is Vincennes.

National Protected Area
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

National Register of Historic Places in Knox County
County Bridge No. 45, Carries County Road 229 over the White River, NE of Wheatland, Steen Township
Enoco Coal Mine, N side of Grundman Rd, 1.5 miles S of Bruceville, Washington Township
Fort Knox II Site, 3 miles N of downtown Vincennes, Vincennes
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, 401 S. 2nd St, S of U.S. Route 50, Vincennes
Gregg Park, 22014 Washington Ave, Vincennes
Hack and Simon Office Building, 1101 N. 3rd St, Vincennes
William Henry Harrison Home, 3 W. Scott St, Vincennes
Kimmell Park, 2014 Oliphant Dr, Vincennes
Kixmiller's Store, Carlise & Indianapolis Sts at Freelandville, Widner Township
Andrew Nicholson Farmstead, 12095 E. State Road 550, NW of Wheatland, Steen Township
Old Cathedral Complex, 205 Church St, Vincennes
Old State Bank, N. 2nd St, Vincennes
Pyramid Mound, S side of Wabash Ave, SE of central Vincennes, Vincennes
Shadowwood, 6451 E. Wheatland Rd, E of Vincennes, Palmyra Township
Alfred Simonson House, 207 Shipping St, Edwardsport
Territorial Capitol of Former Indiana Territory, bounded by Harrison, 1st, Scott & Park Sts, Vincennes
Vincennes Fornightly Club, 421 N. 6th St, Vincennes
Vincennes Historic District, Vincennes, Vincennes

Busseron - Decker - Harrison - Johnson - Palmyra - Steen - Vigo - Vincennes - Washington - Widner

Bicknell - Bruceville - Decker - Edwardsport - Emison - Freelandville - Monroe City - Oaktown - Sandborn - Vincennes - Westphalia - Wheatland


County Seat: Vincennes
Year Organized: 1790
Square Miles: 524.04


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State Executions - William Cox+

News: General: Five Dollars Reward for Bound Boy, named William Johnson; Four Dollars Reward for Stolen Horses

News: Unmixed Cussedness, A meeting of the disciple of Jesus Christ will commence at Bruceville, Indiana, The undersigned, Administrator on the estate of John Benedict, deceased, will expose to public sale in the town of Bruceville, Indiana, Annual Meeting of the Women's National Board of the Christian Church

Schools: History of Knox County

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

Obit: Stephen Wooley - unknown submitter

Military: 1835 Pension List
News: Seth Murray shoots wife and self, transcribed by Robin Line

additional Knox County History, National Protected Area, National Register of Historic Places in Knox County, listing of Townships - Main Index Page
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Where to find information in Knox County, Indiana

Knox Circuit Court Clerk
101 N 7th St, Courthouse
Vincennes, IN 47591
(marriage, divorce & probate records)
Knox County Health Department
624 Broadway St.
Vincennes, IN 47591-2028
(birth & death certificates from ca. 1882)
McGrady-Brockman Regional Genealogical / Historical Center
614 N. 7th St
Vincennes, IN 47591
Vincennes Historical Antiquarian Society
Box 487
Vincennes, IN 47591
Knox County Public Library
502 N. 7th St
Vincennes, IN 47591
Old French House
P.O. Box 1979
Vincennes, IN 47591

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