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Highland County

Ohio, USA



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     Highland County is located in the state of Ohio, United States.  Its county seat is Hillsboro.  Higland County is named for the topography which is hilly and divides the watersheds of the Little Miami and Scioto Rivers.

     Highland County was created on February 18, 1805 and was formed from Adams, Clermont and Ross Counties. Founded in 1807, Hillsboro was constructed to be the county seat.  Before this community's establishment, New Market served as the Highland County seat of government.

     Counties adjacent to Highland County are Fayette County (north), Ross County (northeast), Pike County (east), Adams County (southeast), Brown County (southwest),  and Clinton County (northwest).



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     Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

County Court Records 

·         All Departments below are in the Highland County Courthouse 105 North High Street, Hillsboro, OH 45133; Phone: +1-937-393-9957, unless otherwise noted below. The Official County website is located at .

  • Highland County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1805, Birth / Death Records from 1867-1908 and Probate Records from 1809. Phone Number: 937-393-9981
  • Highland County Recorder has Land Records from 1804 and is located at 119 Gov Foraker Place, PO Box 804, Hillsboro, OH 45133; 937-393-9954, Fax: 937-393-5855, [EMAIL]
  • Highland County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas has Court Records from 1805 and is located at P.O. Box 825, Hillsboro, OH 45133-0825; (937) 393-1941


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The following are names of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Eubanks;   Ross

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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Map of the county

Map of the County

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Family history notes

Family History Notes

     When Richard Eubanks died at Mason County, Kentucky around 1813 he left his wife Alice (Peachee) Eubanks with five children the eldest only ten years old.  As such his Alice became dependent upon her Peachee and Eubanks relatives who lived in Mason County.   Alice’s brother James Peachee had removed to Daviess County Ohio by 1821.  Her father-in-law John Eubanks and some of his sons had moved to the area of Ross and Pike counties prior to 1810.  A William Eubanks, probably Alice’s brother-in-law, and a David Ross, possibly a relative of Joseph Ross, are listed in the 1807 census of Highland County as living in Liberty Township*.  Thus it is surmised that Alice and her children were living in Highland County with William Eubanks when her daughter Anna Eubanks married Joseph Ross in 1821.  Also it is known that Anna’s brother Absalom Eubanks eventually settled in Brush Creek Township, Highland County and in shown in the 1840 census as living there. 

     The following gen-sites have been identified as places located within this county where our direct ancestors are known to have been, born, married, died or resided.


* A history of the early settlement of Highland County, Ohio, by Daniel Scott, published 1890, page, 144


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Hillsboro;   Liberty Township   


LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Ohio;   County: Highland;  

Place: Hillsboro; Coordinates/Map: 39° 12′ 21″ N, 83° 36′ 50″ W

Highland County Courthouse,

Hillsboro, Ohio


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DESCRIPTION:   Hillsboro is the county seat of Highland County, Ohio. Founded in 1807.  Hillsboro grew relatively quickly, having 868 inhabitants in 1840. By 1846, the community contained three churches, two newspaper offices, fourteen stores, and an academy for men and another school for women. The town continued to grow over the next four decades. In 1880, 3,234 people resided in Hillsboro, with approximately one-third of the townspeople being school-aged children. One of the principal reasons for this growth was Hillsboro's location of two separate railroad lines. The town became a center of agricultural trade. In 1886, most of Hillsboro's manufacturing businesses produced items, including flour, carriages, and lumber, for farmers living in the surrounding countryside. Hillsboro's largest employer was J.M. Boyd & Company, with twenty-one employees. This firm processed flour. The town also contained three newspaper offices, eight churches, and three banks in 1886.


INTERNET WEB LINK(s): City of Hillsboro;  Hillsboro, Ohio - Ohio History Central

Liberty Township

LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Ohio;   County: Highland;   Place: Liberty Township; Coordinates/Map: 39° 12′ 23″ N, 83° 36′ 25″ W

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DESCRIPTION:  One of the original four townships of Highland County, Liberty had 232 adult males enumerated when the county was established in 1807, by 1870 the township, including the County seat of Hillsboro, had a population of 5,189.  At that time there were 13 churches, 5 mills, 7 factories, and 4 hotels in Liberty Township.

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   It is believed that Joseph Ross married Anna Eubanks at Liberty Township, Highland County in 1821.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Liberty Township (Histopolis);


LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: Ohio;   County: Highland;   Place:; Coordinates/Map:





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Gazetteer of Places

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Map of Highland County Ohio

Highland County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features

Highland County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Highland County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

Profiles for 55 cities, towns and other populated places in Highland County Ohio


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New Market








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A Former Tavern and stagecoach stop now houses the Highland County Historical Society, located at 151 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OH 45133


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