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County Information
The county seat is Kenton and is named for John Hardin, an officer in the American Revolution.

"Although Hardin was formed from old Indian territory as early as 1820, it was not organized until January 8, 1833, previous to which it formed for judicial purposes a part of Logan County, and when Champaign was organized, of that county. About half of the county is level and the remainder undulating, and all capable of thorough drainage. The soil is part gravelly loam and part clayey and based on limestone and rich. Its original forests were very heavy in timber and of the usual varieties.
Originally the deep woods of the county were singularly free from underbrush, so that the pioneers could see a long distance between the trees. It is supposed that this arose from a habit of the Indians of annually burning the underbrush to facilitate the capture of game. Owing to the heavy timber, the county slowly settled, so that as late as 1840 it had but nine inhabitants to the square mile. The county, like Marion, is on the great watershed of the State, the southern part being in the Mississippi valley and the northern part in the Lake Erie basin. Its principal streams are the Scioto and the Blanchard, the waters of the first going into the Ohio and the other into Lake Erie. The Blanchard, Hog Creek and the north branch of the Miami head in this county, while the Scioto heads in Auglaize County, enters Hardin from the southwest, flows through the great Scioto marsh, first goes northeast and then southeast by Kenton."
["Historical Collections of Ohio", vol. 1, By Henry Howe; pub. 1898]

City
Kenton

Hardin County courthouse in 1879
Hardin County Court House, 1879

Villages
Ada * Alger * Dunkirk * Forest * McGuffey * Mount Victory * Patterson * Ridgeway

Other Communities
Blanchard * Blocktown * Dola * Foraker * Grant * Grassy Point * Hepburn * Huntersville
Jumbo * Jump * McVitty * Pfeiffer Station * Roundhead * Silver Creek * Yelverton

Townships
Blanchard * Buck * Cessna * Dudley * Goshen * Hale * Jackson * Liberty * Lynn
Marion * McDonald * Pleasant * Roundhead * Taylor Creek * Washington

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Website Updates:
Sept 2013:  1840 Census of Pensioners; Bible records of the DOW - DARKE family
May 2013: SHAFFER obit
Feb 2013: Burials in Seig Cemetery



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Adjacent Counties
Hancock County (north)
Wyandot County (northeast)
Marion County (east)
Union County (southeast)
Logan County (south)
Auglaize County (southwest)
Allen County (northwest)


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