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Morgan County Courthouse in Martinsville, Indiana
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History of Morgan
Early Court System
The Pioneers of Morgan
Letters at the Post Office
County was established February 15, 1822.
Martinsville is the county seat. Morgan County is
divided into 14 Civil Townships. First
settled in 1822 by Joshua Taylor, Judge Gray,
Jacob Cutler, G.W. Preston, Dr. Sims and others;
by 1849 it contained a population of about 600. As
of 2005, the population was 69, 778. The
Mooresville area and surrounding communities
received large numbers of southern Quakers, driven
to migrate because of their opposition to slavery.
Paul Hadley, a Mooresville resident, was the
designer of the current Indiana flag, as well as a
locally prominent water color artist in the early
Morgan County was named for Revolutionary War
General Daniel Morgan, who defeated the British at
the Battle of Cowpens.
Morgan County is located near the geographical
centre of the State, and contains about 291,800
acres of land and is watered by the White River,
White Lick Creek, Mud Creek, Big Indian Creek,
Stott's Creek, Clear Creek and Burnett's Creek.
Mooresville is the 2nd largest town, and has a
population of nearly 1,600. The founder of this
place, who is well known to the people of the
State, is still an active citizen. The county is
well supplied with good schools and churches.
There have been great improvements made in this
direction during the last five years. The public
improvements of the county are in advance of some
other counties. This is a good agricultural
county. It has 133,615 acres of improved land,
producing annually 330,000 bushels of wheat, 6,500
bushels of rye, 50,000 bushels of potatoes, 229,
355 pounds of butter, about 10,000 tons of hay,
and over 60,000 pounds of wool; besides thousands
of dollars worth of vegetables. The value of
improved land in the county is over $9,000,000.
The raising of livestock is a profitable pursuit
in this county. The farmers are a thrifty class of
people, distinguishing themselves by their
industry and their love for public improvements.
The first building used for Morgan County courts
was the log house of a pioneer. Work began in 1823
to build the first courthouse, a two story log
house. A brick courthouse replaced it in 1833. The
Morgan County courthouse was designed by Isaac
Hodgson in the Italianate style. It was built from
1857 to 1859 by Perry M. Blankenship of
Martinsville at a cost of $32,000. Originally it
was almost identical to Hodgson's jennings County
courthouse in Vernon, which was also begun in
1857, but the Martinsville building received an
addition in the 1970s; the original section was
also remodeled and renovated at that time. The
building is of red brick with white stone quoins
and has tall windows with round arches, arranged
in pairs. it is one of the few remaining pre-Civil
Adams - Ashland - Baker - Brown - Clay - Green -
Gregg - Harrison - Jackson - Jefferson - Madison
- Monroe - Ray - Washington
CITIES AND TOWNS
Bethany - Brooklyn - Martinsville - Monrovia -
Mooresville - Morgantown - Paragon
County Seat: Martinsville
Centerton - Cope - Eminence - Hall - Waverly -
Year Organized: 1822
Square Miles: 409.43
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Where to find information in Morgan County,
|Morgan County History
& Genealogy Association
P.O. Box 1012
Martinsville, IN 46151
220 W. Harrison St.
Mooresville, IN 46158-1633
|Morgan County Health
180 S. Main St, Suite 252
Martinsville, IN 46151-1988
(birth & death records)
|Morgan County Recorder
P.O. Box 1653
Martinsville, IN 46151
|Morgan County Clerk
10 E. Washington St, 1st Floor
Martinsville, IN 46151
|There was a fire at the
Morgan County Court House in March 1876. Some
records were destroyed. But, marriage and deed
records from 1822, probate order books
1822-1836 were saved.
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