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324 HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY.
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CHAPTER III.

COUNTY ORGANIZATION - THE ORIGINAL COUNTY - EARLY TOWNSHIPS -
CREATION OF LATER TOWNSHIPS - PUBLIC BUILDINGS - THE COUNTY
SEAT CONTEST - POOR ASYLUM FINANCES - AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY -
MEDICAL SOCIETY - ELECTIONS - COUNTY OFFICERS - BRIDGES, ETC.

JACKSON COUNTY was one of the latest that was organ-
ized under the Territorial government of Indiana. It was
first within the boundary of Knox County, but by the creation of
other counties it was at different times under the jurisdiction
of other counties. At the time of its creation it was em-
braced in two counties, as the following act of the Territorial
Legislature, approved December 18, 1815, will show:

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Legislative Council and House of Repre-
sentatives: That from and after the first day of January next, all that part of
the Counties of Washington and Jefferson which is inclosed in the following
bounds shall form and constitute a new county; that is to say: Beginning at a
point on the East Fork of White River, where the line dividing Sections 4 and
5, in Range 2 east, Town 3 north, crosses the same, thence due north to the In-
dian boundary line, thence with said boundary line eastward to the point where
said line intersects the northern boundary line of the Grouseland Purchase,
thence with the last-mentioned line eastwardly to the point where the line divid-
ing Ranges 7 and 8 east cross the same; thence with the last mentioned line
south to the point where the line dividing Townships 3 and 4 north crosses the
same; thence with the last mentioned line west to the east fork of Muscatatuck
River; thence down said river with the meanders thereof to the junction of
Driftwood Fork of White River; thence down the same with the meanders
thereof to the place of beginning.

SEC. 2. Be it further enacted that the said county shall, from and after the
first day of January next, be known and designated by the name and style of the
County of Jackson, and it shall enjoy all the rights and privileges and jurisdic-
tions which to a separate county do or may properly appertain or belong: Pro-
vided always that all suits, pleas, plaints, actions and proceedings which may
before said first dav of January have been commenced, instituted and depending
within the now counties of Washington and Jefferson shall be prosecuted to full



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