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INDIANA

THE ORIGINS OF THE COUNTIES

COUNTY ORIGIN OF NAME DATE OF ORIGIN COUNTY SEAT
Adams President, John Quincy Adams

March 1, 1836

Decatur
Allen Colonel John Allen of Kentucky

April 1, 1824

Fort Wayne
Bartholomew General Joseph Bartholomew, U. S. Senator

February 12, 1821

Columbus
Benton Thomas H. Benton, U. S. Senator

February 18, 1840

Fowler
Blackford Judge Isaac Blackford

February 18, 1839

Hartford City
Boone Daniel Boone

April 1, 1831

Lebanon
Brown General Jacob Brown, War 1812

April 1, 1836

Nashville
Carroll charles Carroll of Maryland

May 1, 1828

Delphi
Cass General Lewis Cass, governor Michigan

April 13, 1829

Logansport
Clark General George Rogers Clark

February 3, 1801

Jeffersonville
Clay Henry Clay

April 1, 1825

Brazil
Crawford Col. William Crawford

March 1, 1818

English
Daviess Col. Joseph H. Daviess

February 15, 1817

Washington
Dearborn General Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War

March 7, 1803

Lawrenceburg
Decatur Commodore Stephen Decatur

March 4, 1822

Greensburg
DeKalb Baron DeKalb

May 1, 1837

Auburn
Delaware Delaware Indian Tribe

April 1, 1827

Muncie
Deubois Toussaint Dubois

February 1, 1818

Jasper
Elkhart Elkhart Indian Tribe

April 1, 1830

Goshen
Fayette Mariquis de Lafayette

January 1, 1819

Connersville
Floyd Col. John Floyd of Virginia

February 2, 1819

New Albany
Fountain Major Fountain of Kentucky

April 1, 1826

Covington
Franklin Benjamin Franklin

February 1, 1811

Brookville
Fulton Robert Fulton

April 1, 1836

Rochester
Gibson John Gibson, Governor Indiana Territory

April 1, 1813

Princeton
Grant Captains Samuel & Moses Grant of Kentucky

April 1, 1832

Marion
Greene General Nathaniel Green of American Revolution

February 5, 1821

Bloomfield
Hamilton Alexander Hamilton

April 7, 1823

Noblesville
Hancock John Hancock

March 1, 1828

Greenfield
Harrison Wm. Henry Harrison, Territory Governor

December 1, 1808

Corydon
Hendricks William Hendricks, Governor Indiana

April 1, 1824

Danville
Henry Patrick Henry

June 1, 1822

New Castle
Howard General T. A. Howard

May 1, 1844

Kokomo
Huntington Samuel Huntington

December 2, 1834

Huntington
Jackson General Andrew Jackson

January 1, 1816

Brownstown
Jasper Sergeant Jasper of South Carolina

March 15, 1838

Rensselaer
Jay John Jay, Governor of New York

March 1, 1836

Portland
Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

February 1, 1811

Marison
Jennings Jonathon Jennings, First Governor of Indiana

February 1, 1811

Vernon
Johnson Judge John Johnson, Indiana Supreme Court

May 5, 1823

Franklin
Knox General Knox, Secretary of War

June 20, 190

Vincennes
Kosciusko Kosciusko, Polish hero of American Revolution

June 1, 18237

Warsaw
LaGrange Name of Lafayette's home near Paris

April 1, 1832

laGrange
Lake Lake Michigan

February 15, 1837

Crown Point
LaPorte French term meaning "the door" or "the port"

April 1, 1832

La Porte
Lawrence Captain James Lawrence

March 1, 1818

Bedford
Madison James Madison

July 1, 1823

Anderson
Marion General Francis Marion

April 1, 1822

Inidianapolis
Marshall Chief Justice John Marshall

April 1, 1836

Plymouth
Martin Major John T. Martin of Kentucky

February 1, 1820

Shoals
Miami Miami Indian Tribe

March 1, 1834

Peru
Monroe James Monroe

April 10, 1818

Bloomington
Montgomery General Richard Montgomery

March 1, 1823

Crawfordsville
Morgan General Daniel Morgan

February 15, 1822

martinsville
Newton Sergeant John Newton

December 9, 1859

Kentland
Noble James Noble, first U.S. Senator from Indiana

March 1, 1836

Albion
Ohio Ohio River

march 1, 1844

Rising Sun
Orange Orange County, North Carolina

February 1, 1816

Paoli
Owen Col. Abraham Owen, Tippecanoe Battle casualty

January 1, 1819

Spencer
Parke Benjmain Parke, first territory delegate to Congress

April 2, 1821

Rockville
Perry Commodore Oliver H. Perry

November 1, 1814

Cannelton
Pike General Zebulon M. Pike

February 1, 1817

Petersburg
Porter Commodore David Porter, War 1812

February 1, 1836

Valparaiso
Posey General Thomas Posey

November 1, 1814

Mt. Vernon
Pulaski County Casimir Pulaski of American Revolution

May 6, 1840

Winamac
Putnam General Israel Putnam

April 1, 1822

Greencastle
Randolph Either Thomas Randolph or Randolph County, North Carolina

August 10, 1818

Winchester
Ripley General E. W. Riplet, War 1812

April 10, 1818

Versailles
Rush Dr. Benjamin Rush

April 1, 1822

Rushville
Scott General Charles Scott, Governor Kentucky

February 1,1 820

Scottsburg
Shelby Isaac Shelby

April 1, 1822

Shelbyville
Spencer Captiain Spier Spencer

February 1, 1818

Rockport
Starke General Starke

January 15, 1850

Knox
St. Joseph St. Joseph Riber

April 1, 1830

South Bend
Steuben Baron Steuben, Revolutionary War

May 1, 1837

Angola
Sullivan General Daniel Sullivan

January 15, 1817

Sullivan
Switzerland Switzerland, native land of first settlers

October 1, 1814

Vevay
Tippecanoe Tippecanoe River & Battleground

March 1, 1826

Lafayette
Tipton General John Tipson

May 1, 1844

Tipton
Union Symbolical of union of interests

February 1, 1821

Liberty
Vanderburgh Henry Vanderburgh, Territory Judge

Febraury 1, 1818

Evansville
Vermillion Vermillion Riber

Febraury 1, 1824

Newport
Vigo Col. Francis Vigo

February 15, 1818

Terre Haute
Wabash Wabash River

March 1, 1835

Wabash
Warren General Joseph Warren, American Revoltion

March 1, 1827

Williamsport
Warrick Captain John Warrick

April 1, 1813

Boonville
Washington George Washington

January 17, 1814

Salem
Wayne General Anthony Wayne

February 1, 1811

Richmond
Wells Captain William A. Wells

May 1, 1837

Bluffton
White Colo. Isaac White

April 1, 1834

Monticello
Whitley Col. William Whitley

April 1, 1839

Columbia City

Contributed by Peggy Thompson

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