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Franklin County, Illinois
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The Twelve Townships



Barren Township
was named so because of the brush and waste land at that time. Big Muddy flow through the township.
Sandusky and Akin made first land entries in 1831.

Benton Township
was named after the town Benton.
William King was probably the first settler.
A.D. Dollins made the first land entry in 1828.

Browning Township
was named after
John Browning, who settled on the High Hill in 1814.

Cave Township
was named after Cave Johnson.
Francis Jordon, Isaac Moberly and Andy McCreery made first land entries in 1814.

Denning Township
was named after the
Dennings.
Lewis Baker made first land entry in 1815.

Eastern Township
was named after the location in the county.
Thomas Thompson was perhaps the first settler.
Benjamin C. Fisher made first land entry in 1814.


Ewing Township -
was named in honor of Ewing's Post Office.
William Frizzel and John Cox made first land entries in 1818.

Frankfort Township
Was named in honor of the first town in the county, Frankfort.
Moses Garrett, Elijah Ewing and Thomas Roberts made first land entries in 1815.

Goode Township
named in honor of
Benjamin Goode.
S. Galloway made his first land entry in 1831.

Northern Township
was named for its position in the county.
Eli and Lazarus Webb made first land entries in 1816.

Six-Mile Township
contains the largest prairie in the county, from which it took its name.
The government gave
Charles Humphrey a tract of land to build a ferry across the Big Muddy in 1811.
Crawford Burn made first land entry in 1829.

Tyrone Township
was named after an old steamboat.
Lewis Silkwood and John Kirkpatrick made first land entries in 1831.
John Mulkey made the next land entry in 1833.

Township Histories

Barren

Benton

Browning

Cave

Denning

Frankfort

Goode

Eastern

Ewing

Northern

Six Mile

Tyrone





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