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History of Hendricks County

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  • Hendricks County was officially formed by an act of the Indiana legislature in April, 1824. It was formed from the area of Putnam County and some unorganized territory, and named Hendricks in honor of Indiana's governor, William Hendricks. Guilford Township was one of the first places to be settled. Several families, many of them of Quaker faith, traveled from Guilford County, North Carolina and settled there, in the area around present-day Plainfield.
  • In 1851 an area of Middle Township was used to form Union Township, and in 1863 an area of Brown Township was re-named as Lincoln Township, in honor of President Abraham Lincoln. Hendricks County also acquired some land from Morgan County in 1868.
  • Hendricks County borders on Boone County to the north, Montgomery and Putnam Counties to the west, Morgan County to the south, and Marion County (Indianapolis) to the east. During the early settlement families came to Hendricks from the Indianapolis area, because of the good farmland and opportunities to be had. The trend was reversed after 1880, when many Hendricks County residents left to pursue jobs in the city.

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