Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 7, 1823 - Act Forming Hamilton County Takes Effect

A Day in Indiana History - April
A Day in Indiana History - April
April 7, 1823 - Act Forming Hamilton County Takes Effect
Founded - 1823
Named for - Alexander Hamilton
Seat - Noblesville
Largest city - Carmel
Area - 402.44 sq miles
Population (est.) - (2014) - 302,623
The Treaty of St. Mary's ended Amerindian possession of the area now known as Hamilton County. William Conner became the first white settler in the area. Conner and other settlers in the area applied to the Indiana state legislature to form a county during the 1822 - 1823 sessions. The legislation passed the legislature the governor signed the legislation on January 8, 1823. The law establishing Hamilton County became effective on April 7, 1823. The Hamilton County commissioners met for the first time on May 5, 1823 at William Conner's home. The county takes its name from Alexander Hamilton.
William Conner (December 10, 1777 – August 28, 1855) 
The son of Richard and Margaret Boyer Conner, William was a native of Lichtenau, Ohio. The British moved the family to Fort Detroit for protection during the Revolutionary War. He and his brother James moved into the central Indiana area in 1800. While small, he and his brother had lived in close association with the native tribes, so they were familiar with their customs. During this early period, William served in the Indiana militia, and acted as interpreter to the Amerindians for Governor William Henry Harrison. He also had six children with a Delaware woman named Mekingis, who was the daughter of a native chief, William Anderson. When the Delaware left Indiana for an area west of the Mississippi River in 1820, Mekingis took her six children along. There is disagreement among historians whether she and William were legally married. After his family departed, he married Elizabeth Chapman. The two had ten children together. Conner had built a trading post just south of present day Noblesville and built several trading routes from central Indiana to the Ohio River. The council that chose the site for Indianapolis met at his trading post, as did the Hamilton County commissioners during their first meetings.
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) 
Born out of wedlock in the West Indies, Hamilton's mother died when he was a small child. After a devastating hurricane swept through the West Indies, Hamilton migrated to the North American colonies in 1773. He became a leading figure in the American Revolution and helped establish the American financial system after the war. Aaron Burr fatally wounded Hamilton in a duel on July 12, 1804.

Cities and Towns in Hamilton County
Arcadia
Atlanta
Carmel
Cicero
Fishers
Noblesville
Sheridan
Westfield
Historic Attractions in Hamilton County
Indiana Transportation Museum
Historic Noblesville Square
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Museum Of Miniature Houses & Other Collections
The Historic Ambassador House & Heritage Gardens
Unseenpress.Com - Historic Ghost Walk Tours
Arcadia Arts & Heritage Depot
Carmel Monon Depot Museum
CMG Worldwide Legends Museum
Fallen Hoosiers Memorial
Fishers Train Station
Hamilton County Museum of History And Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail
Mr. Muffin's Trains
Noblesville Preservation Alliance
Potter's Bridge Park
Sheridan Historical Society Museum
Strawtown Koteewi Park
Westfield-Washington Historical Society & Museum
For information on Hamilton County shopping, dining and lodging information as well at its attractions visit:
Hamilton County Tourism, Inc.
37 E. Main Street
Carmel, Indiana 46032
317-848-3181
800-776-8687
info@hamiltoncountytourism.com





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