OLD JENNINGS




To the Jennings County People                                The Muscatatuck still wanders
Who have wandered from the fold                           On along its winding way
Some in search of fame and glory                             Sand Creek joins the Wyalusing
Others for the pot of gold                                          As it did in elder days
I recall to your attention                                           Graham beautifies the landscape,   
Wheresoever you may roam                                      As above its waters clear  
That the soil of Jennings County                               On the bank you sat delighted
Still remains your native home                                  In the days when you were here

Rolling hills and lovely valleys                                  Out amid the autumn forest
Where your feet once loved to stray                         Where you often spent your time
Ere you packed your goods and vanished                Hickory nuts grow in abundance
At the time you went away                                        On the trees you used to climb
Still retain their old time beauty                              And the pawpaws golden yellow
As it was in days of yore                                            And the grapes of purple hue 
Don't forget them but remember                              Still grow in shaded valleys
They are safe in Natures store                                  As they always used to do  

Flowers that bloomed along the roadway               Beech and Ash and Oak and Maple 
And the rustic country lanes                                    Sycamore and Dogwood trees 
Still are blooming in those places                            Still adorn the woodland pathways
Nourished by the sun and rain                                 Swaying in the autumn breeze
Just as when you drove to market                           Other choice spots in the landscape
As you often used to do                                             Where you loitered many a day
With a load of corn or pumpkins                             Still are waiting for a visit 
That in Jennings County Grew                                From the folks who moved away

Streams that flowed along the valleys                     Then remember good old Jennings 
Where the drooping willows grow                          Where you spent your childhood days
Past the clifts that cast their shadows                     Don't forget its hills and valleys
On the waters down below                                       And its flower bordered ways
Still flow in unceasing currents                               As on lifes path you journey 
On their journey to the sea                                      Growing older year by year  
As they did before you left us                                   Don't forget your native county
Source of joy to you and me                                     And the friends remaining here

by Frank E. Little

FRANK E. LITTLE-City attorney of North Vernon, was born in the traditional "log cabin" within two miles of this city June 3, 1854. He obtained his education in the district schools and high school of North Vernon. In 1870 at the age of 16 he removed to Camden Co., Missouri, where he engaged in farming. Returning in 1817 to this county, he worked by the month during summer seasons on farms, in Bartholomew and Shelby counties. He also took a course in Fable's brick yard, Greer's stone quarry and on the O & M construction train. In 1874 he went to Indianapolis and entered the service of the father of William Forsythe the artist. In 1876 he returned to Jennings Co., and obtained a two year license to teach in the common schools. In 1882, 1882, 1884 he was employed in the high school of this city. He read law in the office of the Hon. John Overmyer, and in 1885 entered into a partnership. He married Ella Welsome on November 18, 1880.

From Prominent Citizens of Jennings County.











Did you ever wonder why your ancestors chose Jennings County when they were deciding where to settle in what was then
a frontier area?  The recent pictures above may give you some hint, the area was beautiful and remains so to this day. Of course the heavy forests are mostly gone and with time the soil proved to be difficult to farm but the area draws one back
and at least in my case gives me a feeling of peace & of returning home. I wanted to include this section as a tribute to those who settled here, many of whom left family buried in the area and for those of you who have not been able to travel here to do research to give you an idea of what the Jennings County is like in the rural areas. In the section below I go into the many changes in the county over the years so you can grasp why it can be confusing for researchers.


Townships
At the first session of the County Commissioners, the county was divided into 3 townships.  1. Montgomery was all that part south of the line which divides
townships 5 & 6. This takes in all of the present Montgomery Township, all of the present Marion Township which was set off in Feb. 1843 and most of
Lovett Township formed from Montgomery and Vernon in Sep. 1871. 2. Vernon was all that part north of the line divided townships 5 and 6, or most of
the rest of the county. 3. Franklin Township was all that part that went to Ripley County.


Jefferson County 18 December 1815 one year prior to Jennings County being created
this helps to see why in early research you need to check neighboring counties
and especially Jefferson County for possible records.


  This map shows Jefferson County December 27, 1816 after Jennings County was formed, at this time 
    what shows as Ripley County actually belonged to Jennings County and was known as Franklin Township-this continued from Dec.27, 1816 to Jan. 14, 1818




This map shows Jennings Co. at first organization (except for Franklin Township) on Dec. 27, 1816
                 



This map shows Jennings Co. after the acts of Jan. 12, 1820, effective Feb. 1, 1820 and the act of Jan. 20, 1820
The act of 12, Jan. 1820 effected "All that part of Jennings Co. south of the Muscatatuck River" in Range 7 east, which was transferred
to Scott Co.  On Jan. 20, 1820 attatched to Jennings County was "All that part of the New Purchase" lying south of a line drawn
due west, from the line dividing the Grouseland Purchase, from the said new purchase, through the center of Township 8, until it
intersects the Range line dividing Ranges 6 & 8 and east of said range line. By law of the same date, jurisdiction over Delaware
County was given to Jennings County, along with Jackson, Ripley, Franklin and other counties bounding Delaware.