Preble county, ohio history

Preble county, ohio history DEFAULT
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On February 15, 1808, the Ohio government authorized the creation of Preble County. Residents named the county in honor of Edward Preble, a hero of the American Revolution.

Preble County is located in the western part of Ohio. Its western border helps form the boundary between Ohio and Indiana. The county seat is Eaton, which is the largest city in the county with a population of 8,133 people in 2000. Approximately seventy-three percent of Preble County's 425 square miles are covered in farms. Only 1.4 percent of the county is deemed urban. The county averages almost one hundred people living in each square mile. Between 1990 and 2000, the county experienced a 5.5 percent increase in population, as many residents of Cincinnati, in nearby Hamilton County, sought to escape the larger city's busyness. In 2000, the county's residents numbered 42,337 people.

Most of Preble County's residents find employment in agricultural positions. In the state, the county ranks fifth in hog raising and seventh in corn production. Manufacturing, retail, and government positions finish second, third, and fourth respectively. In 1999, the per capita income was 22,272 dollars, with eight percent of the county's residents living below the poverty level.

Most voters in Preble County claim to be independents, yet in recent years, they have overwhelmingly supported Republican Party candidates at the national level.

The county is home to the only remaining double-barreled cover bridge in Ohio. Known as the Roberts Covered Bridge, the structure has stood since 1829. Songwriter Benjamin Hanby ranks among Preble County's more prominent residents.

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Preble County was settled in 1798 by John Leslie and was established as a county in March of 1808,
 five years after Ohio was admitted to the Union in March of 1803, as the seventeenth state of the United States of America. The county was named for Commodore Edward Preble who served as the Commander of the American Naval Fleet in the Mediterranean during the Tripolitan War, as well as in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

Preble County has only one city, Eaton (the county seat), which was named for William Eaton, the U.S. Consul at Tunis during the Tripolitan War. This war influenced not only the naming of the county and its only city, but the names of many streets and communities throughout the county as well.

In addition to the city of Eaton, there are several villages located in the county: Camden, College Corner, Eldorado, Gratis, Lewisburg, New Paris, Verona, West Alexandria, West Elkton, and West Manchester, and there are a dozen townships: Dixon, Gasper, Gratis, Harrison, Israel, Jackson, Jefferson, Lanier, Monroe, Somers, Twin and Washington. These communities are connected to each other and to the outside world by a network of roadways including 1-70, U.S. 127, U.S. 35, U.S. 40, and ten state routes.

There are 18 public schools in the county's five school districts, which provide primary and secondary education to close to 8000 school-aged children. Several colleges and universities located nearby provide higher education, including Miami University, Wright State University, Earlham College, University of Dayton, and Sinclair Community College.

Nearly three quarters of Preble County is farmland and it consistently ranks in the top ten in hog and corn production for the state of Ohio. Most of the county's communities remain small and the atmosphere is pleasantly rural. Annual festivals and events draw visitors and participants from all over the county and beyond. A few of the celebrations of the rural lifestyle found here include the Black Walnut Festival held in Camden, the Preble County Pork Festival, the Preble County Fair, Derby Days Celebration in Lewisburg, West Alexandria's Oktoberfest, the Chicken Barbecues held twice a year in West Manchester, the Apple Fest in New Paris and Eaton's White Christmas.

One of Ohio's finest state parks is located in Preble County. Hueston Woods State Park is located on Acton Lake, just off State Route 732 in College Corner in the southwest corner of the county. Offering everything from rustic camping and hiking trails to a beautiful modern resort complete with an 18-hole championship golf course and indoor and outdoor pools, Hueston Woods is only an hour drive from King's Island, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Arts and culture may also be found in Preble County at the Preble County Art Association in Eaton, where crafts and fine arts classes are offered, as well as various exhibitions. Historical culture is offered by the Preble County Historical Society with a collection of antiques, artifacts and memorabilia, and monthly programs.

Preble County has become the perfect place for those who love the quiet rural home life, work, or for play, yet desire easy access to big cities such as Dayton, or Cincinnati, Ohio, or Richmond Indiana.

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Preble County, Ohio

County in Ohio, US

U.S. county in Ohio

Preble County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2020 census, the population was 40,999,[3] down 3.0% from the 2010 census population of 42,270.[4] Its county seat is Eaton.[5] The county was formed on February 15, 1808 from portions of Butler and Montgomery Counties. It is named for Edward Preble, a naval officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War and against the Barbary Pirates.[6]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 426 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 424 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (0.5%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Rivers and streams[edit]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2020 [14]

2020 census[edit]

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 40,999 living in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 94.8% white, 0.5% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.4% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 3.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity made up 0.9% of the population.[15]

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 42,270 people, 16,341 households, and 11,867 families living in the county.[16] The population density was 99.7 inhabitants per square mile (38.5/km2). There were 17,888 housing units at an average density of 42.2 per square mile (16.3/km2).[17] The racial makeup of the county was 97.6% white, 0.4% black or African American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.6% of the population.[16] In terms of ancestry, 34.3% were German, 14.6% were Irish, 12.7% were American, and 11.5% were English.[18]

Of the 16,341 households, 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 27.4% were non-families, and 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.99. The median age was 40.9 years.[16]

The median income for a household in the county was $49,780 and the median income for a family was $57,711. Males had a median income of $46,383 versus $30,876 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,290. About 6.3% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over.[19]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[20] of 2000, there were 42,337 people, 16,001 households, and 12,144 families living in the county. The population density was 100 people per square mile (38/km2). There were 17,186 housing units at an average density of 40 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.47% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,001 households, out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.50% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.10% were non-families. 20.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,093, and the median income for a family was $47,547. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $23,573 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,444. About 4.50% of families and 6.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.00% of those under age 18 and 6.10% of those age 65 or over.


Preble County is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. The last time it supported a Democratic nominee was for Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, and it only supported a Democrat four other times in the 20th century. Carter's 1976 victory is the last time a Democrat received more than 45 percent of the county's vote.

Year RepublicanDemocraticThird party
No. %No. %No. %
202017,022 77.94%4,493 20.57% 325 1.49%
201615,446 74.69%4,325 20.91% 910 4.40%
201213,535 66.92%6,211 30.71% 479 2.37%
200813,562 64.43%6,999 33.25% 488 2.32%
200413,734 65.01%7,274 34.43% 119 0.56%
200011,176 61.52%6,375 35.09% 615 3.39%
19968,139 47.50%6,611 38.59% 2,383 13.91%
19928,023 44.33%5,557 30.71% 4,518 24.96%
198810,297 66.95%4,937 32.10% 147 0.96%
198411,065 71.84%4,198 27.25% 140 0.91%
19808,376 56.89%5,416 36.79% 931 6.32%
19766,654 52.20%5,850 45.89% 243 1.91%
19728,993 70.29%3,472 27.14% 330 2.58%
19686,544 52.63%3,817 30.70% 2,073 16.67%
19645,839 43.53% 7,574 56.47%0 0.00%
19608,802 61.69%5,467 38.31% 0 0.00%
19568,099 63.91%4,574 36.09% 0 0.00%
19528,405 63.48%4,836 36.52% 0 0.00%
19485,837 55.51%4,656 44.28% 23 0.22%
19446,609 57.56%4,872 42.44% 0 0.00%
19406,511 53.17%5,735 46.83% 0 0.00%
19365,593 45.51% 6,366 51.80%331 2.69%
19325,205 44.77% 6,221 53.51%199 1.71%
19286,693 65.21%3,513 34.23% 57 0.56%
19245,676 56.75%4,033 40.33% 292 2.92%
19206,258 55.72%4,933 43.92% 40 0.36%
19162,881 45.16% 3,387 53.09%112 1.76%
19122,135 34.67% 2,859 46.43%1,164 18.90%
19083,519 50.99%3,247 47.05% 135 1.96%
19043,647 54.85%2,792 41.99% 210 3.16%
19003,548 51.43%3,206 46.47% 145 2.10%
18963,300 49.56%3,254 48.87% 105 1.58%
18922,957 49.39%2,699 45.08% 331 5.53%
18883,157 49.06%2,966 46.09% 312 4.85%
18843,178 51.21%2,817 45.39% 211 3.40%
18803,183 53.02%2,711 45.16% 109 1.82%
18763,004 53.46%2,551 45.40% 64 1.14%
18722,715 56.14%2,101 43.44% 20 0.41%
18682,738 58.93%1,908 41.07% 0 0.00%
18642,687 61.25%1,700 38.75% 0 0.00%
18602,596 59.24%1,733 39.55% 53 1.21%
18562,249 55.08%1,561 38.23% 273 6.69%


Public school districts[edit]

  • Eaton Community Schools
  • National Trail Local School District
  • Preble Shawnee Local School District
  • Tri-County North Local School District
  • Twin Valley Community Local School District
  • Union County College Corner Joint School District (the Patriots)

Higher education[edit]


Map of Preble County, Ohio With Municipal and Township Labels




Census-designated place[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^"Welcome to the Preble County Commissioners' Website: History". Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  2. ^"Ohio County Profiles: Preble County"(PDF). Ohio Department of Development. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2007-06-21. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  3. ^Preble County, Ohio Demographics and Housing 2020 Decennial Census |
  4. ^"State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. ^"Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^"Preble County data". Ohio State University Extension Data Center. Retrieved 2007-04-28.[dead link]
  7. ^"2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on May 4, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  8. ^"GNIS Detail - Little Four Mile Creek". Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  9. ^"GNIS Detail - Price Creek". Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  10. ^"U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  11. ^"Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  12. ^Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  13. ^"Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000"(PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  14. ^2020 census
  15. ^Preble County, Ohio Demographics and Housing 2020 Decennial Census |
  16. ^ abc"DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  17. ^"Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  18. ^"DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  19. ^"DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  20. ^"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  21. ^Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  22. ^"College Corner School - Ohio/Indiana border - Border Crossings on". Retrieved 2018-05-03.

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Coordinates: 39°44′N84°39′W / 39.74°N 84.65°W / 39.74; -84.65

Pyrmont Road Historic Steel Bridge Preble County Ohio

Preble County, Ohio Genealogy

Guide to Preble County, Ohio ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Edward Preble, a naval officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War. It is located in the Southwest area of the state.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Preble County Courthouse
101 East Main Street
Eaton, Ohio 45320
Phone: 937-456-8145
Preble County Website

Probate Judge has birth and death records from 1867, probate records from 1800 and marriage records from 1808;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1850;
County Recorder has land records from 1804[2]

Preble County, Ohio Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
1867 1808 1867 1850 1804 1800 1820
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1908. General compliance year is unknown.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county: [4]

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

For an extensive list of resources for Bible Records see Ohio Bible Records.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • A Biographical history of Preble County, Ohio, A Compendium of National Biography. Published by the Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago, 1900. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive.
  • Directory of Preble County, Ohio: historical sketches and biographies of Eminent Pioneers, Advertisements, Home and Foreign. (Eaton, Ohio: B.E. Morgan Publisher and Compiler, 1875). Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Internet Archive

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 3,304
1820 10,237 209.8%
1830 16,291 59.1%
1840 19,482 19.6%
1850 21,736 11.6%
1860 21,820 0.4%
1870 21,809 −0.1%
1880 24,533 12.5%
1890 23,421 −4.5%
1900 23,713 1.2%
1910 23,834 0.5%
1920 23,238 −2.5%
1930 22,455 −3.4%
1940 23,329 3.9%
1950 27,081 16.1%
1960 32,498 20.0%
1970 34,719 6.8%
1980 38,223 10.1%
1990 40,113 4.9%
2000 42,337 5.5%
2010 42,270 −0.2%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Ohio denominations, see Ohio Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for this county. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see Ohio Local Histories.

  • Graham, Albert Adams, History of Preble County, Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, (Cleveland, Ohio: H.Z. Williams, 1881). Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, HathiTrust, Internet Archive, Google Books.
  • Howe, Henry. History of Preble County, Ohio, 1808-1889: excerpted from 1898 edition of Howe's historical collection of Ohio. Online at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Lowry, R.E., History of Preble County, Ohio: Her people, Industries, and Institutions, (Indianapolis, Indiana: B.F. Bowen, 1915). Online at FamilySearch Digital Library, Google Books, Internet Archive.
  • Hiestand, Ione Sell, Preble County, Ohio, (Eaton, Ohio: Preble County Historical Society, 1992). FHL film 1000337 Item 4; book 977.171 H2p
  • Ohio Indexes at — Select the county.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]


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  • Composite Collection of Cadastral Maps of Preble County, Ohio by Seth Schlotterbeck (Eaton, Ohio: Preble County Historical Society, c1978). Online at: FamilySearch Digital Library
  • Plat Book of Preble County, Ohio: Compiled from County Records and Actual Surveys. (Des Moines, Iowa: Northwest Publishing Co., 1912). Online at Library of Congress
  • Township Maps of Preble County, Ohio: Compiled from County Records and Actual Surveys. (Richmond, Indiana: F. B. Robinson, c1897). At Library of Congress
  • Maps of Ohio (1788-1940)
  • Survey mapsAtlas of Preble County, Ohio from Actual Surveys by D. J. Lake (Philadelphia: C. O. Titus, c1871)

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Preble County newspapers often contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Ohio newspaper information see Ohio Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. After 1852, records are held by the Preble County Probate Court. Records include wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (1867-1908 only). The records may give the decedent's date of death, name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

See Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Ohio tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Marriages were usually recorded from the formation of the county and are held at the office of the County Probate Court. Divorce records are located with the county Clerk of Courts.

Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the County Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954, while the Ohio History Connection houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

  • 1789-2013Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index and images.
  • 1800-1942Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1942 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index.
  • 1800-1958Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index.
  • 1808-2000Preble County, Ohio, Marriage Index at$)
  • 1808-1830 and 1830-1840Preble County, Ohio Marriage Records Vol. I and Vol. II] at$)
  • 1970-2003Ohio, Marriages, 1970 - 2003 at MyHeritage($) — index

Death[edit | edit source]

  • 1835-2010Preble County, Ohio, Death Index at$)
  • 1840-2001Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index and images.
  • 1908-1932, 1938–1944, and 1958–2007Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007 at FamilySearch – How to Use this Collection; Index.
  • 1908-1932, 1938-2018Ohio, Death Records, 1908-1932, 1938-2018 at Ancestry($) — index and images
  • 1913-1944, 1954-1963Ohio Death Index, 1913-1944, 1954-1963 at MyHeritage($) — index

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Preble County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Preble County. For state-wide library facilities, see Ohio Archives and Libraries.

Preble County District Library
Preble County Room
450 S. Barron Street
Eaton, OH 45320
E-mail:[email protected]

Brown Memorial Public Library
101 S. Commerce Street
P.O. Box 640
Lewisburg, OH 45338-0640

Marion Lawrence Memorial Library
15 E. Franklin Street - Municipal Building
Gratis, OH 45330-9999

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Preble County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Ohio Societies.

Preble County Genealogical Society
Preble County District Library
450 S. Barron Street
Eaton, Ohio 45320
E-mail:[email protected]

Preble County Historical Soceity
7693 Swartsel Road
Eaton, Ohio 45320

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ↑Ohio Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. ↑Wikipedia contributors, "Preble County, Ohio," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Ohio, accessed 9 January 2019.

County, ohio history preble

The Preble County Historical Society is a non-profit corporation organized in 1971 committed to promoting the knowledge of Preble County and to collecting, preserving, displaying, and maintaining materials and objects of all types which have historical interest and significance to Preble County.

The Preble County Historical Society is located at the intersection of three state routes (503, 122, and 725) in southeast Preble County. The Center is a 255-acre farmstead established in 1974 when Sara Swartsel conveyed her property to the Society. The property includes the following resources:

  • 50 tillable acres leased for farming operations

  • 11 acres of museum grounds, including a farmstead built in 1860, an 1813 log house, Exhibit Hall building, an 1855 smokehouse and approximately 5 miles of hiking trails. Overall, there is 255 acres.

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Eaton, OH 45320-1790
Phone: (937) 456-8143
Fax: (937)456-8114

County Seat: Eaton
Year Organized: 1808
Square Miles: 425



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