History and directory of Posey County, Indiana

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That our book is not free from errors we do not deny all things originating from human action have been and always shall be vulnerable to the attacks of criticism. But we hope that our foibles may be dealt with in that spirit of charity which leaveneth the burden of weakness and aids the power of endurance.

To our many kind friends who have assisted us in the prosecution of our labors of compilation, to our patrons on whom the publication of our work largely depended, we offer our grateful thanks.

The work of research alone has been attended with a trial of perseverance that cannot be approximated,, while the arduous task of arrangement cannot be comprehended by any save those who are familiar in detail with a work of like character. Now that the product of our industry is ready to launch upon the sea of inspection, where it must encounter the waves of fault, and finally, we fear, be stranded upon the beach of exacting critical judgment, we send it forth with that destiny which must shape its end.

We hope at some future time to publish a revision of our work, when we shall embody such additional interesting and valuable facts as have been necessarily ignored in this work.


Table of Contents

Bethel Twp, (sketch of) 51
Blackford (sketch of) 6
Black Twp, (sketch of) 50
Blairsville, (sketch of) 88
Business Directory Mt. Vernon and New Harmony 245
Caborn, (sketch of) 88
Calvin (sketch of) 88
Center Twp, (sketch of ) 52
Chainville (sketch of) 88
Courts of the County 24
Cynthiana (sketch of) 88
Farmersville (sketch of) 89
Governors of Indiana 117
Governors of Indiana Territory 117
Grafton (sketch of) 89
Harmony Twp (sketch of) 51
History Early settlement and organization of Posey County 3
"Hoop-Pole" Twp (sketch of) 53
Incidents - Tragical and otherwise 92
Judges Supreme Court of Indiana 116
Lynn Twp (sketch of) 50
Mt. Vernon (sketch of) 54
Manufacturing facilities and results 16
Marrs Twp (sketch of) 49
New Baltimore (sketch of) 89
New Harmony (sketch of) 75
Officers of Posey County 112
Point Twp (sketch of) 52
Posey County Court House Frontispiece
Posey County Directory 131
Posey's War Record 36
Price's Station (sketch of) 90
Robb Twp (sketch of) 49
Robinson Twp (sketch of) 51
Saint Phillip 90
St. Wendel 90
Smith Twp (sketch of) 49
Springfield 90
Stewartsville 91
Wadesville 91
Wagnon Twp (sketch of) 51
West Franklin 92
Winfield (sketch of) 89
Woodville 92

Alexander Mrs M 118
Brinkman Henry 119
Brown Edward 120
Crunk Alexander 121
Edson Judge Wm P 123
Hayes Edward S 124
Hutcheson Philo A 126
Milner Sylvanus 127
Rowe George D 127
Schnurr Henry 128
Welborn Joseph 129


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In 1814, or a little more than sixty-seven years ago, the organization of Posey County became one of the historical events of the early settlement of the Northwest Territory two years before the great State of Indiana was admitted to the Union to fulfill a glorious part of America's destiny. Just previous to that time, in 1813, Warrick County, under an act of the Territorial government, was formed, and embraced, according to the bill, "All that territory which lies south of a line commencing at a point on the Wabash River, at the southwest corner of Gibson County, and running east to the line of Harrison County; thence south to the Ohio River," which included the existing counties of Posey, Vanderburgh, Perry, a part of Crawford, Warrick and Spencer ; and which, previous to that time, comprised the greater portion of Knox. The county seat of Warrick at that time was the unpretentious village of Evansville. In the month of September, 1814, by an act of the Legislature, Posey County was formed from parts of Gibson and Warrick. Then, in December, 1818, Vanderburgh was formed from Gibson, Warrick and Posey, when the present boundaries of Posey County were permanently fixed. At the formation of Indiana Territory it was divided into four counties, viz: Knox, Harrison, Clark and Dearborn.