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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Daviess County Indiana Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]][http://www.daviesscounty.net/ Davies&nbsp; County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 739; <br>Washington, IN 47501<br>Phone: 812.254.8664 <br> <br>
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County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and <br>court records from 1817. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Davies County, Indiana 212 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1816--'''Daviess County was created&nbsp;from Knox County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Washington&nbsp;<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1816--'''Daviess County was created 24&nbsp;December 1816&nbsp;from [[Knox County, Indiana|Knox]] County.&nbsp;&nbsp;'''County seat:''' Washington&nbsp;<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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Set The Court House on Fire.
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Four Men, Including an Officer, Arrested at Washington, Ind., for Arson.
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Washington, Ind., Oct. 14.-This city has witnessed the most exciting scenes in the history to-day. Detectives have been at work on the Court House fire, and up to this hour have arrested four persons supposed to be connected with the fire.
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Samuel Harbine, a day laborer here, was arrested last night, charged with complicity in the burning of the records. After being arrested Harbine confessed the crime and implicated several prominent people in it, and as a result Auditor James H. Lavelle and I.B. Hawes, a prominent citizen of Steele township, were arrested this morning and placed in jail; also a man by the name of Basil Ledgerwood. The officers are now out after Michael Lavelle, a brother of the auditor.
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Harbine's story is that Lavelle hired him to burn the court house for $500, only $5 of which he has been paid. It is reported that Ledgerwood is also anxious to turn State's evidence. He claims to have been given a house and lot for his part in the crime. Auditor Lavelle's bondsmen, becoming frightened at the turn affairs were taking, required him to turn all his property over to them yesterday.
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Lavelle has been Auditor of the county for eight years and the fact that the people had confidence in him makes his arrest and accusation of the court house fire the sensation of the hour. From present circumstances it is supposed he is short in his accounts, but no one knows the amount. Experts are now at work on his books.
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Hawes lives on a farm of 500 acres, owned by him, and is in good circumstances. He was brought in at the muzzle of a Winchester.
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The four persons in jail were taken before Judge Hefron this morning. They waived a preliminary bail and Lavelle's and Hawes' were fixed at $5,000 each, and Harbine's and Ledgerwood's at $2,000 each. They are still in jail, not having given bond.
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A special says that Ledgerwood and Harbine have pleaded guilty in court. Sentence was suspended by Judge Hefron, as they will be used as witnesses.
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The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 15 Oct 1891
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source:[http://www3.gendisasters.com ''gendisasters.com'']
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Dubois County, Indiana|Dubois]] | [[Greene County, Indiana|Greene]] | [[Knox County, Indiana|Knox]] | [[Martin County, Indiana|Martin]] | [[Pike County, Indiana|Pike]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*see Cemeteries - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Daviess/ Linkpendium]
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*Cemeteries - Daviess County -[http://www.ingenweb.org/indaviess/cemetery.html INGen Web]
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Indiana}}
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*Index to Defective, Dependent &amp; Delinquent Census for Daviess County, Indiana (1880) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*History of Daviess County - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Daviess/hist/ Linkpendiun ]<br>
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*''History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present&nbsp;: with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the ''colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) 977.23 H2g {{FHL|204804|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofknoxdav00good#page/n3/mode/2up INTERNET ARCHIVE&nbsp;]&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-knox-and-daviess-counties-indiana-from-the-earliest-time-to-the-present-with-biographical-sketches-reminiscences-notes-etc-together-with-an-extended-history-of-the-colonial-days-of-vincennes-and-its-progress-down-to-the-formation-of-the-state-government/oclc/47244874&referer=brief_results other libraries] <br>
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*''Living Leaders, an Encyclopedia of Biography: Special Edition for Daviess and Martin Counties, Indiana. ''([New York?]: American Pub. Co, 1897.)&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/living-leaders-an-encyclopedia-of-biography-special-edition-for-daviess-and-martin-counties-indiana/oclc/18770136&referer=brief_results other libraries]&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/details/livingleadersenc00npam INTERNET ARCHIVE]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
==== Military  ====
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*Maps and Gazetteers - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Daviess/maps/ Linkpendium]<br>
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==== &nbsp;Military  ====
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*Civil War Veterans of Daviess County - [http://www.ingenweb.org/indaviess/military/civiVets.html INGen Web]
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*Daviess County, Indiana Military (Source: [http://genealogytrails.com/ind/daviess/militaryindex.html Genealogy Trails History Group])
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*List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 Daviess County, Indiana (Source: [http://www.archive.org/stream/listpensionerso01buregoog#page/n39/mode/1up Internet Archive])
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*African-American Veterans in Daviess County, Indiana (1890) (members only database, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
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*World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
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#World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Daviess County (Source: Explore [http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=6482&cj=1&path=Indiana.Daviess+County&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 ancestry.com&nbsp;]for free) ($)
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*World War II, 1941-1945&nbsp;
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#Daviess County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: [http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/indiana/daviess1.htm AccessGenealogy]
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Civil War
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<br>Civil War service men from Kosciusko County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kosciusko County.
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*[[6th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|6th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company C, and Reorganized Company E
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*[[10th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|10th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Comapny F
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*[[11th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry|11th Regiment]], Indiana Cavalry, Comapny K
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*[[13th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|13th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Reorganized F
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*[[24th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|24th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies D,&nbsp;and K&nbsp;
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*[[27th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|27th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and E
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*[[42nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|42nd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company G
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*[[52nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|52nd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Companies&nbsp;A, and E&nbsp;
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*[[58th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|58th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company H
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*[[65th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|65th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company I
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*[[70th Regiment, Indiana Infantry|70th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company I
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*[[91st Regiment, Indiana Infantry|91st Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company C
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*[[117th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4)|117th Regiment]], Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4), Company K
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*[[143rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry|143rd Regiment]], Indiana Infantry, Company K
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*[[28th US Colored Troops|28th US Colored Troops]], Addition Recruits for Colored Troops
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*Daviess County, Indiana: Regiments&nbsp;in the Civil War - [http://www.ingenweb.org/indaviess/military/civil.html INGenWeb]
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<br> Civil War Book
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*''"Military History" Chaper 6 in History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present&nbsp;: with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the ''colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) Page 644-674.&nbsp; &nbsp;977.23 H2g {{FHL|204804|item|disp=FHL Collection}}&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.archive.org/stream/historyofknoxdav00good#page/648/mode/2up INTERNET ARCHIVE&nbsp;]&nbsp; [http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-knox-and-daviess-counties-indiana-from-the-earliest-time-to-the-present-with-biographical-sketches-reminiscences-notes-etc-together-with-an-extended-history-of-the-colonial-days-of-vincennes-and-its-progress-down-to-the-formation-of-the-state-government/oclc/47244874&referer=brief_results other libraries]
  
 
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*Roster of Civilian Conservation Corps, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana (1938) ($, [http://www.indgensoc.org Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*Directory of Teachers (1936) ([http://www.indgensoc.org members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society])
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*see Vital Records - [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Daviess/ Linkpendium] <br>
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*[http://tinyurl.com/3n3qgms Indiana State Digital Achives ]for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011) <br>
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*Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7852&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Ancestry.con ]$ <br>
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*Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1674830 FamilySearch] <br>
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*Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959&nbsp; -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410397 FamilySearch] <br>
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*Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 -&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1947977 FamilySearch]
  
 
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp;  ==
 
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.ingenweb.org/indaviess/index.html USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=197206&subject_disp=Indiana%2C+Daviess&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*{{FHL|Indiana%2C+Daviess|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/IN/Daviess/ Daviess County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
 
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County Courthouse

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Davies  County Courthouse
PO Box 739;
Washington, IN 47501
Phone: 812.254.8664

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and
court records from 1817. [1]

History

Parent County

1816--Daviess County was created 24 December 1816 from Knox County.  County seat: Washington [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Set The Court House on Fire.

Four Men, Including an Officer, Arrested at Washington, Ind., for Arson.

Washington, Ind., Oct. 14.-This city has witnessed the most exciting scenes in the history to-day. Detectives have been at work on the Court House fire, and up to this hour have arrested four persons supposed to be connected with the fire.

Samuel Harbine, a day laborer here, was arrested last night, charged with complicity in the burning of the records. After being arrested Harbine confessed the crime and implicated several prominent people in it, and as a result Auditor James H. Lavelle and I.B. Hawes, a prominent citizen of Steele township, were arrested this morning and placed in jail; also a man by the name of Basil Ledgerwood. The officers are now out after Michael Lavelle, a brother of the auditor.

Harbine's story is that Lavelle hired him to burn the court house for $500, only $5 of which he has been paid. It is reported that Ledgerwood is also anxious to turn State's evidence. He claims to have been given a house and lot for his part in the crime. Auditor Lavelle's bondsmen, becoming frightened at the turn affairs were taking, required him to turn all his property over to them yesterday.

Lavelle has been Auditor of the county for eight years and the fact that the people had confidence in him makes his arrest and accusation of the court house fire the sensation of the hour. From present circumstances it is supposed he is short in his accounts, but no one knows the amount. Experts are now at work on his books.

Hawes lives on a farm of 500 acres, owned by him, and is in good circumstances. He was brought in at the muzzle of a Winchester.

The four persons in jail were taken before Judge Hefron this morning. They waived a preliminary bail and Lavelle's and Hawes' were fixed at $5,000 each, and Harbine's and Ledgerwood's at $2,000 each. They are still in jail, not having given bond.

A special says that Ledgerwood and Harbine have pleaded guilty in court. Sentence was suspended by Judge Hefron, as they will be used as witnesses.

The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, IL 15 Oct 1891

source:gendisasters.com

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dubois | Greene | Knox | Martin | Pike

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Daviess County, Indiana census records online, see: Indiana Census.

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) 977.23 H2g FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE   other libraries
  • Living Leaders, an Encyclopedia of Biography: Special Edition for Daviess and Martin Counties, Indiana. ([New York?]: American Pub. Co, 1897.)  other libraries   INTERNET ARCHIVE

Maps

 Military

  1. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Daviess County (Source: Explore ancestry.com for free) ($)
  • World War II, 1941-1945 
  1. Daviess County, Indiana World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps (Source: AccessGenealogy

Civil War


Civil War service men from Kosciusko County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kosciusko County.


  • Daviess County, Indiana: Regiments in the Civil War - INGenWeb


Civil War Book

  • "Military History" Chaper 6 in History of Knox and Davis Counties, Indiana, from the earliest time to the present : with biographical sketches, reminiscences, notes, etc., together with an extended history of the colonial days of Vincennes, and its progress down to the formation of the state government (Chicago, Goodspeed Pub. Co) Page 644-674.   977.23 H2g FHL Collection  INTERNET ARCHIVE   other libraries

Newspapers

Occupations

Probate

School Records

Taxation

Vital Records

  • Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Davies County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).