Franklin County
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Stories & Histories

Most of these pages were contributed by our readers and contain an email link to the contributor. If you find an email address that does not work, please email Karen Creamer.


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Diary of Charles E Larimore 1875

Mr. Larimore's journal has been transcribed by his great-granddaughters Lynneanne Winner Hinderliter and Gloria Winner Baltutis.
Many Franklin County names and places are mentioned.
Contributed by Lynne Hinderliter

Letters From Uncle John

Contains old letters related to Franklin County, Indiana
Contributed by D. Darlene Palmer

The Immigration Diary of Michael Friedrich Radke, 1848

This diary is presented to help us understand why families wished to leave Prussia / Germany, to emigrate to America or Australia, in the 1840's. This diary had been in the possession of Judith Radke Craig and her family of Huntingburg, Indiana, for many years. However, it was meaningless to them until translated by Mrs. Sabine Jordan, who was doing a study of German heritage in Dubois County, Indiana. The account, published in 1982, is presented here with minimal editing. Contributed by Larry Christensen

Lewis Family History

Transcriptions of a 1912 letter from D.L. Morgan to his cousins, and of the 1946 report by Seymour Lewis to the annual Lewis Family Reunion Contributed by Barbara Matney Smith, transcribed by Karen Creamer

Jerome Wiley's Diary

A transcription of the fascinating journal kept by Jerome (born James) Wiley from 1841 to 1894. Many Franklin County names are mentioned! Contributed by Harold Clupper

"Recollections of Early Days in Franklin County"
by Harriet Newell Morgan Filer

A captivating, well-written look at life in 1800's Franklin County--Bath and Fairfield Townships--and Union County (the area known as the "New Jersey Settlement".) Harriet Morgan's father Samuel was a farm hand who worked for both Samuel Murphy and Recompense Murphy. Contributed by Bryan Murphy

by John C. Updike

John Updike has devoted this entire website to the Fairfield of his childhood. It contains many photos and stories from the town now buried under Brookville Lake, and John's style is quite entertaining. Plan to spend a good deal of time at this site. It's worth it! Contributed by John Updike

"The Book"
by Hazel Personette Creamer

Written when she was 93 years old, "The Book" contains Hazel's recollections of her childhood in Franklin County. She intended for it to serve as a memorial to her beloved Fairfield. Contributed by Karen Creamer

Sketch of a Pioneer Who Has Lived in Franklin County for Eighty Years

From the front page lead article of the Brookville Democrat on 1 Dec 1904 Contributed by Patrick Cummins


Since 15 Nov 2008