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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 serious defeat 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 Wabash River]

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Darke County and It's Ohio Neighbors.

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.

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Darke County Court House
Greenville, Ohio

The Setting

"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.

  • see also Darke Co. in Historical Collections of Ohio by Henry Howe c1888
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    Local Addresses
    Darke Co. Probate Court
    300 Garst Ave
    Greenville, OH 45331

    Microfilm Department
    Administration Bldg
    520 S Broadway
    Greenville, OH 45331
    Birth & Death records from 1867 to 1908,
    Marriage Records and Probate Records from 1817
    are held by the Probate Court.

    Early Births, Deaths, Marriages, Wills, Estates,
    & other Probate records are on microfilm with
    Genealogical Society paper files at the
    Garst Museum
    205 N Broadway
    Greenville, OH 45331
    (small fee for entry)
    Darke Co. Health Department
    300 Garst Ave
    Greenville, OH 45331

    Greenville Public Library
    520 Sycamore St
    Greenville, OH 45331
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