Hancock County OHGenWeb
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Hancock County was named after John Hancock, the Revolutionary War hero. It was first populated as far back as 1769 when Jean Jacques Blanchard, a Frenchman, settled in the area. He was a tailor by trade. The city of Findlay was founded in 1812 and was named after Colonel James Findlay of the Ohio Frontier Army. A stockade, called Fort Findlay, was the earliest development and stood just west of the location where the Main Street Bridge crosses the Blanchard River. The fort was abandoned after the war of 1812 but remained as a settlement for the pioneers of the area. In the 1880's gas and oil was discovered in the area which caused rapid population growth.

HANCOCK COUNTY was formed April 1, 1820, named from John Hancock, first President of the Revolutionary Congress. The surface is level; soil is black loam, mixed with sand, and based on limestone and very fertile. Its settlers were generally of Pennsylvania origin. [1]

County Facts

Created: March 1, 1828,
Parent County: Wood County
Named for: John Hancock,the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.
County Seat: Findlay, Ohio

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