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
Results

Results

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.

[unknown]
William Greathouse

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