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Hocking County

Ohio, USA



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     Hocking County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Its name is from the Hocking River, the origins of which are disputed but is said to be a Delaware Indian word meaning "bottle river". Hocking County was created on January 3, 1818 and was formed from Athens, Fairfield and Ross Counties.  Its county seat is Logan.  Residents named the town in honor of a Mingo Indian chief. Thomas Worthington established the community in 1816.

      The following counties lie adjacent to Hocking: Perry County (northeast); Athens County (southeast); Vinton County (south); Ross County (southwest); Pickaway County (west); and Fairfield County (northwest).

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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.

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McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Lane;   McVicker;   Ross

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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Map of the County

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Map of the county

Map of the County

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Family history notes

Family History Notes

        After the death of Dennis McVicker, in 1831, his wife Catharine moved her family to Hocking County Ohio.  In the 1840 census she is shown as living in Washington Township only two households removed from that of her married daughter, Susanna Lane.  Residing with Catherine were her son James McVicker and a daughter, probably Betsey.   In 1843 James McVicker married Elizabeth Ross in Hocking County. James and Elizabeth McVicker lived in Washington Township after their marriage, and at least five known children were born to them at this location. Their first child John R. McVicker was born in 1844.

        The Hocking County Recorder's Office (Vol. H, p. 650) shows Catharine McVicker had paid $50 to her son James McVicker and his wife, Elizabeth, for 40 acres of land near Ilesboro, in Washington Township located about 10 miles south of the city of Logan. The deed was signed 17 Jul 1846.  Volume O, p. 519 lists Catharine, Elizabeth, and James McVicker as receiving $350 for the same 40 acres in deed, signed 17 Apr 1854.       James McVicker is shown as a farmer in the 1840 and 1850 federal censuses. The family moved from Ohio to Tippecanoe County, Indiana between 1854 and 1856. After selling their land in Hocking County.   James and his family may have removed to the city of Logan prior to any move to Indiana.       

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Gen-Site Profiles

Logan;   Washington Township


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

Coordinates/Map: 39.539167, -82.406111; 

Name / Description:  Logan is a city in Hocking County, Ohio, United States. It is the county seat of Hocking County[3]. Logan is located in southeast Ohio, on the Hocking River southeast of Columbus.

Ancestors Associated With This Gen-Site:  see above

Internet Web Link(S):   City of Logan;  County website;  1908 Logan Souvenir Book;  Logan, Ohio     

Washington Township

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

Coordinates/Map: 39.424722, -82.459444; 

Name / Description:  Washington Township is one of the eleven townships of Hocking County, Ohio, United States. The 2000 census found 1,160 people in the township.

Ancestors Associated With This Gen-Site:  see above

Internet Web Link(S):   Washington Township, Hocking County, Ohio, United States

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Profiles for 43 cities, towns and other populated places in Hocking County Ohio

Map of Hocking County Ohio

Hocking County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features

Hocking County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Hocking County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

Hocking County, Ohio, United States

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Unincorporated communities

·         Carbon Hill

·         Haydenville

·         Rockbridge

·         South Bloomingville

·         Union Furnace

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Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Streams, and Trails

County boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this link to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

Map of 1843 County Boundaries (in black)

01 Mar 1818 - HOCKING created from ATHENS, FAIRFIELD, and ROSS.

01 Mar 1834 - HOCKING lost to ROSS.

12 Mar 1845 - HOCKING gained from ATHENS.

01 Apr 1850 - HOCKING gained from ATHENS and FAIRFIELD, lost to creation of VINTON.

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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 History

Libraries, Museums

& Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 County Records


(History & Genealogical)



·        Cemeteries of Hocking County

·        Hocking County  OH Cemetery Transcription & Photo Project

·        Hocking County Cemeteries

·        Hocking County Cemetery Index

·        Hocking County Cemetery List

·        Hocking County Cemetery Project

·        Hocking County Cemetery Registration

·        Hocking County Index  Ohio Cemetery Photo Project

·        Photographs from Hocking County Cemeteries

·        The Political Graveyard

·        Wolfe Cemetery



Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in HOCKING County


·        A Brief History of Hocking County

·        Genealogy and Historical Information for Perry County, Ohio  also Hocking, Co.

·        History of Hocking County

·        History of Hocking Valley, Ohio, 1883

·        Hocking County  Henry Howe's 1854 "Historical Collections of Ohio"


·        Hocking County Bibliography

·        Hocking County Historical Markers

·        Hocking County History

·        Hocking County History (USGenWeb Ohio Archives)

·        Primitive Baptist Churches


Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Family History Library Holdings

·         Hocking County Libraries - Public Libraries Library Directory

·         Hocking County Libraries

·         PERiodical Source Index Search - Hocking Co., OH

·         USGenWeb Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·        Athens, Belmont, Fairfield, Guernsey, Hocking, Licking, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry and Washington counties  1872

·        Atlas of Hocking County, Ohio  1876

·        Hocking County  1895

·        Hocking County 1876

·        Hocking County 1975

·        Hocking County Gazetteer

·        Hocking County Post Offices

·        Hocking County Post Offices  1846

·        Hocking County Topo Maps and Aerial Photos

·        Postal History

·        Quad List of Logan, Ohio

·        Quad List of Starr, Ohio

·        Quad List of Swan, Ohio

·        Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

·        Tiger Map Server Browser 

County Records


·        All Departments below are in the Hocking County Courthouse One E. Main Street, Logan, OH 43138; Phone: +1-614-385-2031, unless otherwise noted below. The Official County website is located at . NOTE: The record dates below are from the earliest date to present time.

·        Hocking County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1818, Birth / Death Records from 1867-1908 and Probate Records from 1819 and is located on Second Floor. Phone Number: 740-385-3022

·        Hocking County Recorder has Land Records from 1818. Phone Number: 740-385-2031 or 740-385-0147; Fax: 740-385-0377, Email:

·        Hocking County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas has Court Records from 1818. Phone Number: (740) 385-3022


·        Hocking Co. Census Records

·        Hocking County Federal Census Index

·        Census Search  Hocking County – 1880 Census

·        Hocking County on Reel 1822 – 1930 Census

·        Livingston's Law Register, 1851 - Hocking Co.Lawyers

·        Hocking County Probate Records 

·        Hocking County Wills 

·        Hocking County Deeds

·        Hocking County Land Records

·        Land Patent Search 

·        List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883 

·        Hocking County Civil War Veterans 

·        Morgans Raiders  July, 1863

·        Hocking County, Ohio  World War II Casualties, Army and Army Air Corps    

·        Hocking County Miscellaneous Records

·        Hocking County Public Records Links

·        Hocking County Records

·        Chronicling America  Hocking County

·        Hocking County - Newspaper Abstracts

·        Hocking County Newspaper Articles 

·        1950 Benton High School Photos

·        Logan, OH High School 1885 Commencement Program - Class of 1885 

·        Old Hocking County, Ohio Schools 


Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·         Catholic Record Society  of the Diocese of Columbus

·         Hocking County Historical Society 

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·        Hocking County Genealogy Links

·        Hocking County (Family History

·        Hocking County USGenWeb

·        Kindred – Hocking County

·        Ohio Data Collection - $

·        Genealogy Trails History Group – Hocking County

·     Hocking County, Genealogy Forum

·     Rootsweb Message Board – Hocking County

·     Cyndi's List - U.S. – Ohio - Localities

·     Hocking County Research Wiki

·     USGenWeb Archives – Hocking County

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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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Genealogy Reference Library

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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.

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During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.

Hocking county Court House, One E. Main Street, Logan, OH

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