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Jay County’s beginnings.

     Jay County, Indiana is bounded on the north by Adams and Wells Counties, on east by Mercer and Darke Counties, Ohio, and on the south by Randolph County and on the west by Delaware and Blackford Counties. The area of the county is 377 square miles, or 241,692 acres. In 1860 the population was 11,378 and in 1870 14,979.

      Jay County was created by an act of the Indiana General Assembly of February 7, 1835 and organized by a law of January 30, of the following year, effective March 1st. On December 5, 1835, it was ordered by the Board of Commissioners “that the County Seat of Jay County be designated and known by the name of Portland,” – by an act of the Indiana Legislature of January 25, 1843, Portland was incorporated as a town. In 1883, it was incorporated as a city. There are twelve townships in Jay County, namely: Wabash, Bearcreek, Jackson, Penn, Knox, Greene, Wayne, Noble, Madison, Pike, Jefferson and Richland. It was named for John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

     The County was organized by another act passed, and approved January 30, 1837. In 1821, Peter Studabaker (born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in 1790) settled on the south bank of the Wabash River, at what is now New Corydon, Jay County. Here he built a crude cabin, of small round logs. This was the first dwelling erected in the county. There was no other house within thirty-five miles. The first person born in Jay County was Abram Studabaker, in the little cabin on the Wabash River, September 29, 1822. ( courtesy jayco.net)

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Jay County in 1864

1864 Jay County Map

1864 Jay County Map

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Pioneer Mural • Jay County Courthouse

Brooks Family Mural in Courthouse

One of Jay County’s special places is our Courthouse on West Main Street in Portland, Indiana.  If you click on the link below you will be treated to a slideshow tour of this beautiful building.  Once you are in the show click on “show info” on the upper right and text will describe what you are seeing. You can stop and start at will. Thanks to Rebecca James for providing the show to us. On every page of  our site there is a link to “Rebecca James Photography” which will take you to hundreds of wonderful Jay County pictures. Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/becca3k/sets/72157604477506965/show/

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Incorporated Cities and Towns

Bryant, formerly “Billtown”, and Briant
Dunkirk, formerly Sutton Town and Quincy
Pennville, formerly New Lisbon, Camden, and Penn
Portland
Redkey, formerly Wade Settlement and Mt. Vernon
Salamonia, formerly Lancaster
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