1819 Union Township Election for Justice of the Peace

With municipal elections taking place next week, this week’s featured document is an election return from an 1819 Union Township election for the office of Justice of the Peace.  This is one of, if not the oldest election record remaining in the county.

1819 Election- Union Twp Justice of the Peace

The election took place on June 19, 1819.

1819 JP Election Union Twp Whole Sheet

An Election held at the house of Frederick Staser on Saturday the 12th of this June, for the purpose of electing two Justices of the Peace for Union Township in Vanderburgh County, and where the following persons were candidates [unknown] [unknown] John Melton, Lewis L Roger, Isaac Farmer, & Ruben Long this 12th of June 1819.

Voter Names

Voter Names

Voter Names

  1. George Sprinkle
  2. Nicholas Long
  3. Andrew Sirkle
  4. John Melton
  5. Lewis F Roger
  6. Ruben Long
  7. George Edmond
  8. John [Stoner]
  9. George SIrkle
  10. Isaac Farmer
  11. Frederick [Staser]
  12. Lewis SIrkle
  13. John Beach
  14. Jacob Roger
  15. John [Dunn]
  16. Joseph McDowell
  17. Arthur Griffin
  18. William Greathouse


We the undersigned judges of an Election held at the house of Frederick Staser for the purpose of electing two Justices of the Peace for Union Township Vanderburgh County Ind, on the 12th of June one thousand eight hundred and nineteen—
Do hereby certify that the poles for the candidates do stand that,for John Melton five votes, for Lewis F Roger twelve votes, for Isaac Farmer six votes, for Ruben Long eleven votes, therefore we do say on oath that Lewis F Roger and Ruben Long is duly elected as Justices of the peace for Union Township given under our hands and seals the date and date first above written.

William Greathouse


The Old Courthouse

The Clerk’s Archives holds more than just documents.  Our collection also contains certain photographs of important events in Courts history.   The completion of what we now know as the “Old Courthouse” in 1890 was such a point of pride in the community that it was documented and a photograph was included in the Order Book documenting that court term.  The Old Courthouse remains one of the most beautiful buildings in the city.

1891 Old Courthouse image, Order Book

Nurses Registries

With a portion of the funding for the IU Medical Center in Evansville scheduled to be presented to city leaders today, now is a good time to look back on the history of medicine in Vanderburgh County.

Did you know that the Clerk’s Archives contains registries of physicians, nurses, and dentists dating back to the late 1800s?

1897 Record of Issued Physician's Licenses

We also hold registries of nurses dated back to the early 1900s.

Nurses Registerse

Nurses Registers Inside

These are also great resources for genealogists with a medical professional in their families!

1819 Grand Jury Listing

This week’s highlighted piece of history is an 1819 Sheriff’s summons for a Grand Jury.  This is one of the oldest documents in the Clerk’s Archives.

The summons is dated before Evansville incorporated, which didn’t happen until March 1, 1819.  During the vote for incorporation, the town had 29 voting citizens.

January 12, 1819

Grand Jury List

Grand Jury Sheriff’s Summons

Text of the summons reads:
Words in brackets are the staff’s best guess.

State of Indiana
Vanderburgh County

To the Sherriff of Vanderburgh County

We command you that you summons

Eli Sherwood
Elisha [Satterere]
Absalom Vann
Thomas Martin
Alonson Warner
John Beech
[Jofse] Harrison
James Glover
George Sprinkle
John [Berkett]
George Parker
William Greathouse
Henry James
Edward Hill
John Warren
Jeffery Saunders
Parker Hydolett

To appear before the judges of our said circuit court to be held at the house of Hugh McGary in the town of Evansville on the 4th Monday in February next and then and their to serve as grand jurors for and during said term here in you will not otherwise fail under the penalty of $100 dollars.

Hugh McGary
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Evansville
January 12, 1819

New on the Official Clerk’s Website

The Archives collection is now represented on the Vanderburgh County Clerk’s official website, located at http://evansville.in.gov/countyclerk

Information about accessibility of the facility, how to make a records request, internship and volunteer opportunities, and information about the collections held can all be found at this official site.

Of note to genealogists, the naturalization records held in the office from 1857-1929 are in the process of being indexed.

Basic information about naturalization records can be found under the Collections Held tab: http://evansville.in.gov/index.aspx?page=3462

There you can also find a downloadable and searchable .pdf of the naturalization records from 1857-1858.

Additional indexes will be added as they are completed.