Although a small segment of Mollenkopf Road is in Marion County (a few blocks between Fall Creek Road and 96th Street), most of Mollenkopf Road is actually in Hamilton County. This picture is from slightly over the Marion/Hamilton County line.
John J. Mollenkopf Sr., early settler
Mollenkopf was born in Germany in the 1790s and moved to Baltimore County, Maryland in 1821 where he became a paper maker. In 1825, he married Julianna Painter, and the couple would go on to have nine children, many of whom would live in Marion County for decades.
He moved to Wayne County, Indiana in 1836 and to Marion County in 1839 where he received a land patent for 40 acres in Lawrence Township. He died in 1875, while Julianna died in 1866. Both are buried in Mock Cemetery.
Photos courtesy of Ryan Hamlett.
Editor’s Note: HistoricIndianapolis.com focuses on the history of Marion County, which, on occasion, extends into an adjacent county, as is the case here. Mollenkopf Road begins in Marion County, but extends north into Hamilton County.