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Welcome to the Knox County INGenWeb site. My name is Andrea Rogers-Valen and I am your County Coordinator for Knox County. This site is part of The INGenWeb Project which is a part of The USGenWeb Project. Thanks to John Stangle and Michael Pierce for their service as past coordinators for Knox County. If you would like to contribute information to this site, please send me an email. If you would like to volunteer to be a County Coordinator for INGenWeb, please contact the INGenWeb State Coordinator, Lena Harper, or one of the Assistant State Coordinators, Jim Cox or Karen Zach. Descriptions of all volunteer opportunities can be found here.

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Knox County Background

Knox County was created on June 20, 1790, within the Northwest Territory, which was given to the US at the end of the Revolutionary War as part of the Treaty of Paris of 1783. In 1800, when the Indiana Territory was formed, Knox County was one of its four initial counties. Vincennes, the capital of Knox County, became the first capital of the Indiana Territory and remains the capital of Knox County today. Originally, the county extended to Canada and included parts of the current day states of Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. As population increased and more counties were created within the Indiana Territory, the size of Knox County was reduced considerably. The Illinois Territory also was granted land from Knox when formed in 1809. In spite of reductions to its size through 1817, Knox remains the eighth largest county by area in Indiana today. Illustrations of border changes to Knox County and other Indiana counties can be viewed here.

Knox County was named in honor of Henry Knox, an officer in the Revolutionary War and the first United States Secretary of War. Other counties named for Knox are in Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

Neighboring Counties

Today, Knox County is bordered by eight counties in total, all of them comprised completely of land that was part of the original Knox County. To the north is Sullivan County, with Greene County to the northeast and Daviess County to the east. Pike County is to the southeast and Gibson County is to the south. To the west, Knox is bordered by three Illinois counties: Wabash County to the southwest, Lawrence County to the west and Crawford County to the northwest. Knox County and its neighboring counties in Indiana are part of the Eastern Time Zone, while all counties in Illinois are part of the Central Time Zone.

Knox County Cities and Towns

There are 2 cities and 7 towns in Knox County:

Cities: Bicknell, Vincennes
Towns: Bruceville, Decker, Edwardsport, Monroe City, Oaktown, Sandborn, Wheatland

There are also 10 townships and 5 census-designated places in Knox County:

Townships: Busseron, Decker, Harrison, Johnson, Palmyra, Steen, Vigo, Vincennes, Washington, Widner
Census-designated places: Emison, Freelandville, Ragsdale, Westphalia, Fritchton

Additional Resources

Knox County official site
Knox County Wikipedia entry



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