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Starke County, Indiana

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Starke County
Starke County was created in 1835 and organized in 1850. It was named for Gen. John Stark, who commanded New Hampshire troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 in the Revolutionary War and defeated the British at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.
Before white settlement, all of the land that forms modern-day Starke County and adjacent LaPorte County to the north belonged to the Potawatami Indian nation. These Indians were forcibly removed to Kansas by the United States government in 1838, and many died on what has been called the
Trail of Death.
When Starke County was created, it included the area of land that today comprises the LaPorte County townships of Cass, Dewey, Hanna, and Prairie. It was necessary for residents in this area to travel some distance east to Lemon's Bridge to cross the Kankakee River in order to travel south to the center of the county, the future site of the county seat at Knox. Therefore, because they were effectively isolated from the rest of Starke county, residents north of the river petitioned to be annexed to LaPorte county and this was done on January 28, 1842
This county is bounded on the northwest by the Kankakee river, and partakes largely of the character of the lands lying along that river. There are numerous swamps in the county hardly susceptible of cultivation, and there are some low lands that are suitable only for grazing. Other portions of the surface are well adapted to agriculture, the soil being suited to the production of corn and wheat. The county is young, but thriving in its industries. Knox is the county seat, and, although a small town, is growing rapidly. The northern and southern portions of the county have good railroad facilities.

Townships in Starke County
Davis Township
Oregon Township
Jackson Township
Center Township
Washington Township
Railroad Township
Wayne Township
California Township
North Bend Township



Where You Can Find Information In Starke County, Indiana

Starke County Historical
Society, Inc. & Museum
401 South Main Street
Knox, Indiana
46534
The Starke County Genealogical
Society of Indiana
Henry F. Schricker Library
152 W. Culver Road
Knox, Indiana 46534
Starke County Public Library
152 W. Culver Road
Knox,
Indiana
46534
Starke County Health Department
(For Birth & Death Records from ca. 1882)
Courthouse: 53 E. Mound Street
Knox, Indiana
46534 -1148
Starke County Recorder
(For Probate Records, Wills,
Land Records, Deeds)
53 E. Mound Street
Knox, Indiana 46534
Starke County Clerk
(For Marriage and Divorce Records)
P.O. Box 395
Knox, Indiana
46534



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