Indiana (territory) -- Gibson (county)


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County Quick Reference

County Seat: Princeton

County Name: Named for John Gibson, Secretary of the Territory.


 
Boundary Changes
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Date
Area
Change
01 APR 18131995Gibson created from Knox County
01 NOV 18141629Lost land from the creation of Perry County
01 FEB 18161458Lost land from the creation of Orange County
01 MAR 18161457Lost land to Posey County
   

 

 

Authority
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Background
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Gibson County was formed on 01 April 1813 by An Act for the formation of two new counties out of the county of Knox [click here for more information]. The county's boundaries would change three times before statehood.

The following map shows the original size of the county at its founding (in red with yellow border) superimposed on a modern map

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Gibson County in 1813

 

Bibliography
(click on the title of the following works to learn more about life in the area; for those items not available online, check with your local library for availability)


  • The farmers' record of Gibson, Vanderburgh, Posey and Warrick counties. Indianapolis, Ind., American map publishing company, 1870.
  • Marriages of Gibson Co., Ind., Posey Co., Ind., Spencer Co., Ind., Maumee Cem. 1 vols. Indiana: s.n.
  • Lincoln School, Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana. Princeton, IN.: Lincoln School, 1947.
  • History of the Haubstadt Area : Johnson Township, Warrenton, 1840, St. James, 1847, Haubstadt, 1855, Gibson County, Indiana, USA. 2 vols. Haubstadt, Ind.: Haubstadt Area Historical Society, 2002.
  • Cox, Carroll O. and Carroll O. Cox. [Information About] Old Union Church, Gibson County, Indiana. Poseyville, Ind., 1985.
  • Cox, Gloria M. Big Creek Baptist Church, Gibson County, Indiana : Minute Book. Poseyville, Ind., 1976.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution. General John Gibson Chapter (Princeton Ind.). Index to History of Gibson County, Indiana, by Gilbert R. Stormont. Hartford, Ky.: Cook & McDowell Publications, 1979.
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Society. Bits and Pieces About Rural Grade Schools of Gibson County, Indiana. Ft. Branch, Ind.: Swinney Print. Co., 1985.
  • Jacobus, Grace B. Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution War Buried in Gibson County, Indiana. Princeton, Ind.: Jacobus, 1978.
  • Jacobus, Grace Bilderback and Daughters of the American Revolution. General John Gibson Chapter (Princeton Ind.). History of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Gibson County, Indiana 1861-1981. Princeton, IN: General John Gibson Chapter, 1981.
  • James T. Tartt and Company. History of Gibson County, Indiana, with Illustrations Descriptive of Its Scenery, and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Edwardville, Ill.: Author, 1884.
  • Kirk, Karl and Jane Kirk. Descendants of John and Isadora (Grubb) Kirk. 2nd ed. North Vernon, Ind. (241 Byram Lane, North Vernon 47265): K. and J. Kirk, 1994.
  • Malone, Steve. The First Two Malone Families to Settle in Gibson County, Indiana Territory. 2 vols. 1st ed. Boise, Idaho: S. Malone, 2012.
  • McCarty, Susan. Analysis of 1850 Federal Census Returns, Gibson County, Indiana, 1963.
  • Peattie, Elia Wilkinson. History of Gibson County, Indiana. Hartford, Ky.: Cook & McDowell Publications, 1979.
  • Smith, W. W., Michael L. Cook and Tri-State Genealogical Society. Newspaper Abstracts of Owensville and Gibson County, Indiana, 1872-1915. 1st ed. Evansville, Ind., Hartford, Ky.: Tri-State Genealogical Society ; Printed by McDowell Publications, 1978.
  • Southwestern Indiana Historical Society. Southwestern Indiana Historical Society Annals. 4 vols. Evansville, IN: Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, 1920.
  • Spore, Gerald Lynn. The Spore Family of Gibson County, Indiana. microform Microfiche. Bloomington, Ind.: s.n., 1972.
  • Spore, Gerald Lynn. The Spore Family of Gibson County, Indiana. Supplement No. 1. microform Microfiche. Bloomington, Ind.: s.n., 1978.
  • Stormont, Gil R. History of Gibson County, Indiana : Her People, Industries and Institutions, with Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. Indianapolis: B.F.Bowen, 1914.
  • Tartt, James T. and Daughters of the American Revolution. General John Gibson Chapter (Princeton Ind.). Index to History of Gibson County, Indiana : By James T. Tartt. Princeton, Ind.: General John Gibson Chapter D.A.R., 1989.
  • United States. Work Projects Administration. Indiana. Gibson County, Indiana Index of Names of Persons and of Firms. Indiana: s.n., 1940.
  • Woods, Marjorie Wilson. A History of the Family of Francis Marion Thompson, Born 1843, and Susannah E. Fravel, Born 1845, of Gibson County, Indiana : Includes a Short Section on the Fravel, Simler, and Winter Families and Their Revolutionary Ancestor, Private Christopher Winter. Owensville, Ind.: Woods, 1976.
  • Woods, Robert Archer. Union Bethel Presbyterian Church, Washington Township, Gibson County, Indiana ... : [History], 1947.
 
Related Content
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An Act to attach part of the County of Gibson to Posey, 1815

§ 1. BE it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of March next, all that part of the present County of Gibson, to wit, Beginning on the township line dividing townships four and five, where the line dividing ranges thirteen and fourteen crosses said township line; thence with said range line north till it strikes the Wabash river ; thence with the meanders of said river to a point, where the township line aforesaid, strikes said river; thence eastwardly with said township line to the place of beginning, shall be, and the same is hereby separated or taken from the said county of Gibson, and added or attached to the said Posey county

An Act for the formation of a new County out of the Counties of Washington, Gibson and Knox, 1815

BE it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of February next, all that part of the counties of Washington, Gibson and Knox, which is included within the following boundaries, shall form and constitute a new county, which shall be known and designated, by the name and style of the County of Orange; that is to say. Beginning on the Indian boundary line, where the range line dividing ranges two and three west of the second principal meridian intersects said boundary line; thence south with said range line until it intersects the line dividing the counties of Perry and Gibson; thence east with said line until it intersects the western boundary line of Harrison county; thence north with said line to the south-west corner of Washington county, and north-west comer of Harrison county; thence east with the line dividing Harrison and Washington counties, until it intersects the line dividing sections sixteen and seventeen in range two east, town one south ; thence north with said line dividing sections sixteen and seventeen to the Indian boundary line ; thence westwardly with the said Indian boundary line to the place of beginning.

An Act for the formation of two new counties out of the county of Warrick and part of Gibson county, 1814

BE it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of November next, all that part of the county of Warrick, which is included within the following boundaries, shall form and constitute a new county, which shall be known and designated by the name and style of the county of Posey: that is to say begining on the Ohio river, where the range line passing between the tenth and eleventh range strikes or intersects the said Ohio river, north with the said range line passing between the said tenth and eleventh ranges, to its intersection with the line dividing the counties of Gibson and Warrick, thence west with the said line dividing the said counties of Gibson and Warrick to the western bank of the Wabash river, thence down the western bank of the Wabash river with the line of the Illinois Territory to its junction with the Ohio river, thence up the Ohio river with the meanders thereof to the beginning.

An Act for the formation of two new counties out of the county of Knox, 1813

BE it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Representatives, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from any after the passage hereof all that part of Knox county which is included in the following boundaries shall form and constitute two new counties, that is to say : beginning at the mouth of the Wabash, thence up the same with the meanders thereof to the mouth of White river, thence up White river with the meanders thereof to the forks of White river, thence up the East fork of White river to where the line between sections number twenty and twenty nine, in township number one, north, of range number four, west, strikes the same, thence with said line to the line of Harrison county, thence with the said line dividing the counties of Knox and Harrison to the Ohio river, thence down to the Ohio river to the beginning.

 

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