EARLY WAYNE COUNTY HISTORY
NOW MADE AVAILABLE
Please excuse us if we seem to be excited about this announcement
but it is one that we’ve been waiting for years to make.
The Wayne County courthouse is the location of many Wayne
County treasures. Marriage records, deeds, and other records in the courthouse
contain the history of our ancestors and we use those resources in our own personal quest to record our genealogy.
For years I have been fascinated by one particular book
in the record room of the clerk’s office—BOOK “A” COURT ORDERS FROM 1801-1822. I have had the utmost respect when I have handled the book because of the information it contains and because
of its fragile condition. The pages are falling apart from the binding and some
of the pages are beginning to crumble.
Here’s the good news—The Wayne County Judge/Executive,
Greg Rankin, and the Wayne County Court Clerk have allowed the Museum to have temporary possession of the book to have it
professionally restored and repaired. In the process of that effort, the Museum
staff has digitally scanned every precious page of BOOK “A” (We have also included scans of a BOOK "B" that includes 1823-August 1824.) and can now make it available to those who really are serious about a study of Wayne County history.
The Museum has organized the records into the following
I—1801 through 1805
VOLUME I NOW CONTAINS AN INDEX!!!
II—1806 through 1810
VOLUME II NOW CONTAINS AN INDEX!!!
III—1811 through 1815
VOLUME III NOW CONTAINS AN INDEX!!!
IV—1816 through 1820
VOLUME IV NOW CONTAINS AN INDEX!!!
V— 1821—August 1824
VOLUME V NOW CONTAINS AN INDEX!!!
The documents contain the earliest records of the establishment
of roads, taverns, mills, and ferries. They contain information concerning the
settlement of estates and records of children being “bound out” to be cared for and trained by others. There are records that deal with litigation and court appeals. The
transfer of lands are recorded in these volumes. Certificates to perform marriage
ceremonies are recorded giving us an indication of the earliest preachers of Wayne County.
There are records of lawyers, sheriffs, constables, clerks, jailers, coroners, and constables being appointed. Personally,
I believe these are the most informative, interesting, authoritative, and accurate records of Wayne County history.
There are over 1,100 pages of Pure Wayne County History
in the complete set with each volume containing an average of 225 pages on 8.5 x 11 inch paper bound with a spiral binding. Cost for volume I, II, III, IV, V (Remember these
five volumes are indexed.) is $35.00 for each volume + $2.10 tax for each volume + $5.00 postage for each
ALL FIVE VOLUMNS OF THE "WAYNE COUNTY COURT ORDER BOOK 1801-1824" (over 1,100 pages!) can
be purchased in one order for a total cost of $185.00. This prices includes all taxes and shipping
costs, resulting in a significant savings.