Jasper in Dubois County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dubois County Named in Honor of Toussaint Dubois
Settling at Vincennes about 1780, Toussaint Dubois, a friend of William Henry Harrison, became a merchant, trader with Native Americans, soldier, and politician. His holdings included a land tract purchased from the United States Government on May 7, 1807. This parcel included land in what became Dubois County in 1818. By signing the official documents using a lower case “b” in his surname, Dubois broke with French tradition.
During the crisis of Tippecanoe, Dubois served as Harrison’s messenger to The Prophet and in September 1811 was appointed Captain of Spies. After guiding the army safely to the vicinity of the Prophet’s Town, Dubois and an interpreter made a final unsuccessful effort to conference with Native Americans. Harrison’s Army prevailed at the Battle of Tippecanoe and Dubois became a well-known figure following the encounter.
Serving in the War of 1812, Major Toussaint Dubois led Company D, Dubois’ Battalion, Mounted Spies, Kentucky Volunteer Militia.
An act of the Indiana Legislature creating Dubois County passed December 20, 1817. Named in honor of Toussaint Dubois, the county organized February 1,
Placed through the efforts of
The Dubois County Commissioners and
The Dubois County Historical Society
Erected 2014 by Dubois County Commissioners; and Dubois County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is February 1, 1818.
Location. 38° 23.488′ N, 86° 55.839′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Indiana, in Dubois County. Marker is at the intersection of Courthouse Square (Main Street) and East 6th Street, on the left when traveling north on Courthouse Square (Main Street). Marker is mounted at eye-level on the Dubois County Courthouse east façade, just to the right of the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Courthouse Square, Jasper IN 47546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Honor of the Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Dubois County (here, next to this marker); Dubois County Civil War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Site of First Court House - School (a few steps from this marker); Dubois County Honor Roll Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Louis H. Sturm Hardware StoreEarly Furniture Store (within shouting distance of this marker); State Police Jasper Post (approx. 1.2 miles away); Huntingburg Town Hall and Fire Engine House (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jasper.
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1. Short History of Dubois County.
The first permanent white settlers came to the Dubois County area in approximately 1801. Toussaint Dubois of Vincennes, a captain and chief of scouts in the Indian War of 1811, made the first land entry within the County in this area in 1807.(Submitted on April 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Dubois County, Indiana: Genealogy and History.
Toussaint Dubois had been employed by Gen. Harrison as a messenger, to the various Indian tribes, and with them he is said to have had great influence for good. It may be that he had something to do with the good feeling that prevailed in this county.(Submitted on April 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Toussaint Dubois.
Toussaint Dubois was a Montreal born Frenchman and American soldier who joined with Lafayette to fight(Submitted on April 13, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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