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History of Martin County

Those Who Died in Service of U.S. and Allied Nations in WWI

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Martin County, Indiana

Martin County is located in the State of Indiana and the county seat is Shoals. Martin County was formed in 1820 from Daviess and Dubois Counties. It was named for Maj. John T. Martin of Newport, Kentucky. Most of the land in Martin County is owned by the U.S. Government. About a third of the county belongs to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, and about a quarter of the county belongs to Hoosier National Forest.

April 27, 1876 - Martin County Court House Burns
Martin County early in the history developed a reputation for changing its county seat frequently. The residents of the county petitioned the Indiana General Assembly eight times for a change in county seats. Finally, on July 4, 1871, the ninth county seat in Martin County opened for business in West Shoals. The Court House burned on April 27, 1876, creating a need for a new one. Since then the town of Shoals has encompassed the town of West Shoals, so the courthouse moved to a new town without having to be relocated. The old court house served as the county seat of government until 2002, when a new one replaced it. The building currently houses the Martin County Historical Museum.

Biennial Report
State of Indiana for Two Years Ending October 31, 1902
Notaries Public
(Name, Postoffice, Date of Commission)
James C. McCarty, West Shoals, Nov 27, 1900
Arthur C. O'Brien, Loogootee, Dec 3, 1900
Edward J. Eeckestein, Loogootee, Jan 28, 1901
Walter Hays, Loogootee, Feb 26, 1901
R. Sanford Patterson, Loogootee, Mar 9, 1901
John T. Stapleton, Shoals, Apr 1, 1901
Albert P. Sharum, Loogootee, Apr 29, 1901
William T. Porter, Sargent, Jul 15, 1901
Francis E. Gilkinson, Shoals, Jul 23, 1901
Edgar Witcher, Shoals, Jul 23, 1901
Homer Gwin, Revve, Aug 19, 1901
A.L. Carrico, Shoals, Jan 14, 1902
Benton McDonald, Shoals, Feb 17, 1902
James T. Rogers, Shoals, Apr 2, 1902
William Houghton, Loogoottee, Apr 21, 1902
Wilson Porter Shortridge, Loogootee, Apr 23, 1902
John P. Albaugh, Shoals, Apr 26, 1902
Mary E. Fish, Shoals, Jun 25, 1902
James L. McGovren, Loogootee, Sep 18, 1902
Isaac Webster, Mountain Springs, Sep 24, 1902
Noah Simms, Burns City, Sep 29, 1902
Thomas J. Gore, Burns City, Oct 22, 1902
Richard M. Jones, Rusk, Oct 29, 1902

National Register of Historic Places in Martin County
Martin County Courthouse, 220 Capital Ave, Shoals

Historical Markers in Martin County
Site of Hindostan, SE corner of the junction of State Road 550 and County Road 55, near Hindostan Falls and Loogootee

Baker - Brown - Center - Halbert - Lost River - McCameron - Mitcheltree - Perry - Rutherford

Crane - Loogootee - Shoals

Bramble - Burns City - Cale - Dover Hill - Hindostan Falls - Indian Springs - Ironton - Lacy - Mount Olive - Mount Pleasant - Natchez - Pleasant Valley - Rusk - South Martin - Whitfield - Willow Valley - Windom - Yenne


County Seat: Shoals
Year Organized: 1820
Square Miles: 340.41


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Where to find information in Martin County, Indiana

Martin County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 45
Shoals, IN 47581
Martin County Recorder
P.O. Box 147
Shoals, Indiana 47581
(land, marriage, probate records)
Indiana State Vital Records
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(birth & death beg. in 1907)
Martin County Historical Society
P.O. Box 564
Shoals, IN 47581
Martin County Historian
Nancy Baker
409 Capital Ave
Shoals, IN 47581

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