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Darke Co. was named for William Darke (1755-1801) who fought as a Captain in the
Revolutionary War, served in the Virginia state convention which approved the U.S.
Constitution in 1788, and commanded a Virginia regiment in the Northwest Territory.
As Colonel William Darke he distinguuished himself in the
for General St Clair at Ft. Recovery (now in Mercer Co, Ohio) in 1791. St. Clair
was replaced by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne
whose military success in August 1794 in the Battle of Fallen Timbers subdued the native populations resulting in the
Treaty of Green Ville
signed in August 1795. [see also bottom table with photos of the
signing of the Treaty and photos of
Darke Co. [1990 pop: 53,619] was formed in 1809 and administered by its
"parent" Miami Co. until 1817 when Greenville, site of the fort where the important
Treaty of Greene Ville
was signed in 1795, was established as the seat of county government.
"The local historian nowhere
finds a more interesting field for research, or one more fruitful, than that
which embraces the experiences of the pioneers of Darke -- the men who
literally hewed out the county from the sturdy and unbroken forest, wherein
the ax of the woodman had never before resounded; who conquered a scanty
subsistence from the unused soil which the plowshares of civilization had
never disturbed; who not only were hindered by these primitive and inert
conditions, but positively opposed by the rigors of the climate, the malarial
influences of the atmosphere, and the depredations of wild animals; whose
crops were even preyed upon by the birds of the forest and the smaller
predatory animals. But 'peace hath her victories,' and adversity and savagery
combined withstood not the constant onward march of the vanguard of the grand
army of civilization whose pioneers, discharging their daily routine of duty,
unwittingly recorded their deeds in history." ------from Beer's
History of Darke County, Ohio, 1880, pp 343-44.
FILES View Phyllis Crick's alphabetized list of Surname Folders in the
file cabinets at the Garst Museum in Greenville, OH.
TOWNSHIP MAPS Introduction
to land descriptions & early owners with detailed maps of all 20 townships
computer-drawn by Tom Midlam.
Darke Co. List for Researcher Networking
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Begun in December 1995, the Darke Co. Discussion List has been available for researchers
of Darke Co. families. Share your research and get help from others. Listmembers often
offer lookups in Darke Co. source books they own and share their families' experiences
in Darke Co. Simply click on words "JOIN DCO DISCUSSION LIST" above and follow directions for
subscribing to the DARKE-OH-L List. That URL also provides access
to the NEW list archives. Problems? Contact Jane Torres
for extra subscription instructions. After successfully subscribing, you will receive a welcome message and password.
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Annual Celebration of the DCO Discussion List held in Greenville
Article [long load] Front page article in Greenville
Advocate about the List Fest 2000 held 22 July 2000. (JPEG image)
IT BACK HOME Some DCO Discussion List Members' Ancestry and contact
information collected by Laura Drake from mesages sent to the DCO List
for the New Millenium.
ANCESTOR CHARTS Some DCO Discussion List Members' Ancestry and contact
information collected by Jane Torres from mesages sent to the DCO List
-before- the New Millenium.
Some Information Generated by the Darke
various texts taken from the Darke Co. LIST.
Find Darke Co. researchers who will do lookups in selected volumes. Add
your name if you can help! Also find information about the Wright
State University Archives (in Dayton, OH) of microfilms of the local
records. Contact them on-line!!
DCOWeb Premier entry site for Darke Co. genealogical research indexing all other sites.
Original DCO GENEALOGICAL RESEARCHERS' PAGE Where it all began!! Since January 1996, before the Projects, Jane Torres and her DCO List Members have lead the pack for genealogical research on the Internet for Darke Co.
Click the right 'Migrations' button below to access information at
another site concerning those migrating to and from Darke Co., OH. If
you wish to submit new data yourself, click on the left 'Migrations'
button and follow directions. There is no link -back- to this Darke Co.
Genealogy page at the other sites so use your BACK key as many times as
necessary to return to this page.
MIDWESTERN OHIO GENEALOGY ON THE WEB.
A site of links to the Ohio counties representing Regiion 7 of the Local
Records Project. Links to the various OHGenWeb pages and some others.
Instructions for joining county lists when they exist.