Place:Jefferson, Indiana, United States

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NameJefferson
Alt namesJeffersonsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates38.8°N 85.45°W
Located inIndiana, United States     (1811 - )
See alsoClark, Indiana, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 32,428. The county seat is Madison.

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History

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Jefferson County was formed in 1811. It was named for Thomas Jefferson, principal draftsman of the Northwest Ordinance and President of the United States from 1801 through 1809.

Jefferson County was one of Indiana's first counties and many important early Hoosiers came from Madison, including William Hendricks. Throughout the early history of the state, Madison was one of the leading cities competing with Vincennes and later New Albany to be the largest city in the state. The county fell into economic decline after the American Civil War, as industry began to shift from southern Indiana to the northern part of the state.

On the evening of May 20, 2009 the county courthouse caught fire. The fire began in the steeple of the courthouse, which was under reconstruction for Madison's bicentenary. The roof of the dome had just been painted gold. Fire departments from across southern Indiana and northern Kentucky arrived to put out the fire which burned for several hours, destroyed much of the inside of the building and the county records. The fire forced the evacuation of the nearby county jail, and effectively shut down the downtown area of the city. It was later determined the fire was accidentally started by workers who were welding on the metal roof dome.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1811 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1811 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1811 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1811 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1811 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1820 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1882 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 8,038
1830 11,465
1840 16,614
1850 23,916
1860 25,036
1870 29,741
1880 25,977
1890 24,507
1900 22,913
1910 20,483
1920 20,709
1930 19,182
1940 19,912
1950 21,613
1960 24,061
1970 27,006
1980 30,419
1990 29,797

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External links

http://myindianahome.net/gen/jeff


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