Owen County, Indiana Genealogy
Guide to Owen County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Owen County, Indiana|
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
|Founded||December 21, 1818|
|Address|| Owen County Courthouse|
Main Street PO Box 146
Spencer, IN 47460
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Places/Localities
- 3 Resources
- 3.1 Bible Records
- 3.2 Biographies
- 3.3 Cemeteries
- 3.4 Census Records
- 3.5 Church Records
- 3.6 Court Records
- 3.7 Directories
- 3.8 Emigration and Immigration
- 3.9 Ethnic and Religious Groups
- 3.10 Gazetteers
- 3.11 Genealogies and Biographies
- 3.12 History
- 3.13 Land and Property
- 3.14 Maps
- 3.15 Miscellaneous
- 3.16 Military Records
- 3.17 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 3.18 Newspapers
- 3.19 Obituaries
- 3.20 Probate Records
- 3.21 Public Records
- 3.22 Repositories
- 3.23 Taxation
- 3.24 Vital Records
- 3.25 Voter Registration
- 4 Web Sites
- 5 References
Owen County, Indiana was formed 1 Jan 1819 from Daviess and Sullivan Counties.
The first county seat was to be on land owned by John Dunn on the bend of White River, but this was quickly relocated to a new location across the river from the land of John Bartholemew. This new site, which became known as Spencer, was approved by the county commissioners at a meeting at John Dunn's house on 12 Feb 1820.
Owen County was named for Abraham Owen, a Kentucky officer who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Some sources refer to him as a colonel, but Blanchard's 1884 county history refers to him as Major Abraham Owen.
The county seat, Spencer, derives its name from a Captain Spencer, a Kentucky soldier who was also killed in the same battle.=
The county's original townships were Washington, Franklin, and Montgomery. Various changes were made to townships and township boundaries over the years. Owen County's current townships are as follows:
- Clay: Clay Township (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Franklin: Franklin Township (RootsWeb) | City-Data.com | Wikipedia
- Harrison: Harrison Township (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Jackson: Jackson Township History (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Jefferson: Jefferson Township (RootsWeb) | City-Data.com | Wikipedia
- Jennings:Jennings Township History (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Lafayette: Lafayette Township History (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Marion (formerly Grayson): Marion Township History (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Montgomery: Montgomery Township History (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Morgan: Morgan Township History (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Taylor: Taylor Township (RootsWeb) | City-Data.com | Facebook | Wikipedia
- Washington: Washington Township History (RootsWeb) | Facebook | Wikipedia
- Wayne: Wayne Township (RootsWeb) | Wikipedia
- Townships and Township Lists (Owen Co. IN GenWeb)
- Coal City
- Cemeteries (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Cemeteries (scroll down for list; Owen County Places and People)
- Find A Grave: Owen County, Indiana
- Madaris . . . Buried in Owen County, Indiana Cemeteries
- Owen County Cemeteries (ePodunk)
- Owen County, IN Cemeteries (IN Home Town Locator)
For tips on accessing Owen County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.
- 1820 census transcription (USGenWeb Archives)
- Defective, Dependent, & Delinquent Census for Owen County (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.
- Churches (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Owen County Court Records, 1863-1897 (IN Historical Society)
- Directory of Businesses in Owen County, Indiana (members only database, Indiana Genealogical Society)
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic and Religious Groups
Genealogies and Biographies
- Biographies (Owen Co. IN GenWeb)
- Combs &c Families of Owen Co., IN
- Family Trees Index (Owen Co. IN GenWeb)
- Marion Dale ("Pete") Ranard of Owen County, Indiana (Genealogy.com)
- Owen County Biographies (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Owen County Diaries (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Owen County, Indiana Biographies (Genealogy Trails)
- Blanchard, Charles, ed. Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: F.A. Battey ompany, 1884. Digital copy in Google Books; may be downloaded in pdf or epub formats. Digital copy in Internet Archive; may be read online or downloaded in several formats.
- History (Owen County INGenWeb)
- History of Owen County (Owen County Online)
- Owen County, Indiana. Town and Country Publishing Company, 1977.
- Owen County, Indiana: A History. Owen County Historical and Genealogical Society, 1994.
- Peterson, Roger. "General History of Owen County, Indiana." (OCHGS site)
Land and Property
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.
- Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office (Owen County land patents can be searched and retrieved online)
- Deeds (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Owen County Deeds(USGenWeb Archives)
- Plat Book of Owen County, Indiana. W.W. Hixson & Company, 192?.
See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.
- Family Maps of Owen County, Indiana Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Owen County Maps (bibliography from IN State Library)
- Directories (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Funeral Homes (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Owen County Directories (USGenWeb Archives)
- Owen County Photographs (USGenWeb Archives)
War of 1812
- Military (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Owen County Military (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Veterans in Owen County, Indiana (1913)($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Military Service of Residents of Owen County (1775-1848) ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
Civil War servicemen from Owen County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Owen County.
- 1st Regiment, Indiana Heavy Artillery, Company B
- 5th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry (90th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers), Company C
- 6th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Company F
- 11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company H
- 13th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company H
- 14th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company H
- 18th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company H
- 19th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company I
- 31st Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company B
- 52nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Reorganized Company E
- 57th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company D
- 59th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies f, and B
- 82nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company I
- 85th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company K
- 97th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies F, and H
- 130th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company K
- 137th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company K
- 144th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company I
- 149th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies B, and D
- 28th US Colored Troops, Addition Recruits for Colored Troops
- Burns, Judi,Honorable Careers of Seven Brothers (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Civil War Diaries of Robert Thomas McKee (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Company B, Twenty-First Indiana First Heavy Artillery (under Owen County Military, USGenWeb Archives)
- John P. McKee Civil War Pension Papers (in Greene County-related site)
- Robert Thomas McKee Civil War Pension Papers (in Greene County-related site)
- Vincent Anderson War Diary (with index) (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Vincent Anderson War Diary (with index) (USGenWeb Archives)
- Zollinger, Vivian, ed., "'I Take My Pen in Hand:' Civil War Letters from Owen County Indiana," Indiana Magazine of History, Vol. 93, No. 2 (June 1997, pp. 111-196 [various Owen County soldiers, Owen County 135h, 14th, 19th, 21st, 59th, 97th, 149th Indiana Volunteer Infantries, 1861-1865]. Abstract and bibliographic citation | article (pdf)
World War I
World War II
Naturalization and Citizenship
- Express News, Gosport (current newspaper for Owen, Morgan, and Monroe Cos.)
- Newspapers (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Obituaries (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Obituaries (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Owen County Newspapers (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Spencer Evening World (current newspaper)
- Wills (Owen County INGenWeb)
Owen County Courthouse
Main Street PO Box 146
Spencer, IN 47460
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
County Clerk has marriage and court records from 1819, divorce records from 1832 and probate records from1833.
County Recorder has land records from 1819.
Family History Centers
Societies and Libraries
- Owen County, Indiana Historical and Genealogical Society
- Owen County, Indiana Public Library
- Ten O'Clock Line Treaty Museum, Gosport
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records. See also How to order Indiana Vital Records or order electronically online.
Marriage licenses were required by counties beginning in 1800. Original marriage records are held at the office of the Owen County, Indiana Genealogy County Clerk with divorce records located with the Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Clerk of Courts.
- Births (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Owen County, Indiana Births 1880-1882 (Genealogy Trails)
Blanchard's 1884 county history mentions that the first wedding in the county was a double wedding that predates the recording of marriages in the county record books. This was the marriage of two daughters of Philip Hart to James Bigger and Thomas Allen. The date of this marriage is unknown. The first recorded marriage is dated 4 Oct 1819.
- Franklin, Charles M. Owen County, Indiana Marriages, 1819-1844. Indianapolis: Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe, 1979. Digital copy in Internet Archive (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
- Index to Owen County, Indiana Marriage Records, 1819-1920. Spencer, Indiana: Owen County Historical & Genealogical Society, [2000?].
- Marriages (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Marriages (USGenWeb Archives)
- Owen County, Indiana Marriage Record 1819-1849. (No further information). Digital copy in Internet Archive (can be read online or downloaded in several formats).
- Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892-Ancestry.con $
- Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992-FamilySearch
- Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959-FamilySearch
- Deaths (Owen County INGenWeb)
- Funeral Parlor Records (USGenWeb Archives)
- Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 - FamilySearch
- Indiana State Digital Archives for Death, E-Publication, Institution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
- Family History Library Catalog
- Genealogy (Owen County Public Library)
- Owen County (contacts, from Indiana Historical Society)
- Owen County (Crossroads of America: Early Indiana History)
- Owen County (family history resources, from Indiana State Library)
- Owen County (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
- Owen County InGenWeb Project
- Owen County, Indiana (County History Preservation Society)
- Owen County, Indiana (Genealogy Trails)
- Owen County, Indiana (official government site)
- Owen County, Indiana (RootsWeb)
- Owen County, Indiana (Wikipedia)
- Owen County, Indiana Ancestry & Family History (ePodunk)
- Owen County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- Owen County, Indiana Genealogy Links (GenealogyLinks.net)
- Owen County, Indiana History, Records, Facts, and Genealogy (n2genealogy)
- Owen County, Indiana Longs and Other Matters (Genealogy & History Notes)
- Owen County Interlink
- Owen County Online
- Owen County USGenWeb Archives
- Profile for Owen County, Indiana (ePodunk)
- Spencer, Indiana: The Official Website of the Town of Spencer, Indiana
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Owen County, Indiana 215 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.