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Wayne County, Indiana

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  • Christian F. Schlonaker (1843 - 1934)
    Parents: Peter Schlonaker and Jacobina King* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Feb 21 2023, 1:55:30 UTC
    Howard C. Marmon became one of Avery County's chief benefactors. He was born in Richmond, Indiana, on May 24, 1876, but lived with his parents Daniel W. and Elizabeth (Carpenter) Marmon at Linville and...
  • Rawleigh Hunt (1918 - 1989)
    War 2 Army Air Corp Veteran, Korean U.S. Airforce Veteran.
  • Ruth Emma Hunt (1925 - 1996)
  • Jane "Jenny" Gordon Holman (1757 - 1831)
    Updated from MyHeritage Match via son Isaac Holman by SmartCopy : Sep 20 2014, 4:22:56 UTC

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The first permanent European-American settlers in the area were Quakers from North Carolina. They settled about 1806 near the east fork of the Whitewater River, an area including what is today the city of Richmond. Jeptha Turner, the first white child in the county, was born here in 1806.

Wayne County was formed in 1811 from portions of Clark and Dearborn counties. It was named for Gen. "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who was an officer during the Revolutionary War. Wayne is mainly remembered for his service in the 1790s in the Northwest Indian War, which included many actions in Indiana and Ohio.

The first county seat was Salisbury, Indiana, a town which no longer exists. It was later moved to Centerville, Indiana in 1818, where it remained until Richmond was designated as the seat in 1873.

During the antebellum years, Wayne County had a number of stations on the Underground Railroad, a network of blacks and whites who aided refugees from slavery to reach freedom. Levi Coffin and his wife Catharine aided more than 1,000 refugees at their home in Fountain City, now designated as a National Historic Landmark and State Historic Site significant to the Ohio River National

In the 1920s, Indiana had the strongest Ku Klux Klan organization in the country, led by Grand Dragons D. C. Stephenson and Walter F. Bossert. Its members controlled the state legislature and had an ally in Governor Ed Jackson.[4] At its height, national membership during the second Klan movement reached 1.5 million, with 300,000 in Indiana. Records show that Wayne County was home to Whitewater Klan No. 60. Robert Lyons, of Richmond, was national chief of staff for the Klan. During this period, the Klan had the most members in cities rather than rural areas; it attracted members new to cities who were unsettled by waves of immigrants from Europe and migrants from other regions of the US.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Townships

Abington | Beesons | Bethel | Boston | Cambridge City | Center | Centerville | Chester | Clay | College Corner | Dalton | Dublin | E. Germantown | E. Haven | Economy | Fountain City | Franklin | Green | Greens Fork | Greenwood | Hagerstown | Harrison | Hiser | Hoover Mill | Jackson | Jacksonburg | Jefferson | Locust Grove | Middleboro | Milton | New Garden | Pennville | Perry | Pinhook | Richmond (County Seat) | S. Richmond | Spring Grove | Spring Grove Heights | Washington | Wayne | Webster | W. Grove | Whitewater | Williamsburg



Wayne County Historical Museum

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places