Place:Grant, Indiana, United States

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Grant County is a county located in central Indiana in the United States Midwest. At the time of the 2010 census, the population was 70,061. The county seat is Marion. Important paleontological discoveries, dating from the Pliocene epoch, have been made at the Pipe Creek Sinkhole in Grant County.

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History

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Grant County was formed in 1831 by migrants from Kentucky and Virginia. It was named for Captains Samuel and Moses Grant of Kentucky, who were killed fighting Indians north of the Ohio River. Their home county was also named in memory of them: Grant County, Kentucky.

In 1831, Martin Boots and David Branson each donated 30 acres of land to begin a settlement called Marion. This land was on the north side of a fast-flowing and scenic river the Miami Indians called Mississinewa. Marion was designated as the County Seat.

As the county was developed for agriculture, the county seat became a center of trade and business, as well as government and the court system. On August 7, 1930, a white mob of an estimated 5,000 people took three African-American men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, both 19, and James Cameron, 16, from the county jail. They were suspects in a robbery/murder and rape. The first two young men were lynched and hanged from trees in the courthouse square. Cameron was spared and later became a civil rights activist. This was the last lynching in Indiana.

In 1982, Stephen Johnson was elected as Grant County's first full-time prosecutor. He served for five consecutive terms, from 1983 through 2002.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1831 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1831 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1831 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1831 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1840 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1840 4,875
1850 11,092
1860 15,797
1870 18,487
1880 23,618
1890 31,493
1900 54,693
1910 51,426
1920 51,353
1930 51,066
1940 55,813
1950 62,156
1960 75,741
1970 83,955
1980 80,934
1990 74,169

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Grant County, Indiana, United States

Research Tips

Listing and information about Grant County Cemeteries is found at USGenWeb here:
http://www.ingenweb.org/ingrant/Cemeteries/GrantCemeteries.htm

External links

http://resources.rootweb.com/usa/in/grant


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