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 Henry County, Illinois

Henry County, Illinois was created 13 January 1825 from Fulton County, Illinois.  It was named after Patrick Henry - a Revolutionary war period lawyer, orator and statesman.  Henry County government was started in 1837. The first county seat was Richmond (Richmond no longer exists) established in 1837 and was the county seat until 1839. Geneseo served as a temporary county seat from 1839-1840. The next county seat was Morristown which served as the county seat from 1840-1843. Morristown was very unpopular due to its location and in 1844 land was donated west of Sugar Tree Grove, known today as Cambridge and the county seat was moved there. Cambridge has remained the county seat ever since.  


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April and May 2018 Updates
Births:  to C.M. Else, E. Hoehr, H.H. Long, P. Hyer, Johnathan Cox
Falk - Reed                                            Lowry - McFadden
Cleveland - Bracken                               Bagley - Combs
Fisher - Meyer                                        Barnes - Foster
Rink - Fiedler
Biographies - 1885 Biographical Album
Surnames: A, Z, U, C, Y completed
Mrs. Jonas August Ahlstrand                   Samuel Alexander
Mrs. A.J. Anderson ( Elizabeth Westerlund)
Andrew Anderson                                   Eliken Anderson
Jerusha Anderson                                    Jons Anderson
Nathaniel H. Anderson                            Wm. C. Anderson
Anton S. Blixt                                          Amy Bloomquist
Thomas Bollen, Sr                                   Ruth Christop
Richard Carroll Clark                              Mrs. Mary Crook
Silas Crouch                                            Mrs. Mary M. Harris
Grandma Quillin                                       Mrs. August Mathis
Mrs. John Ristau                                      Catherine Santee
Walter Santee                                          Mrs. Mary Sears
Annie Vowels                                          Ethel Wahlstrom
Leander Woodruff                                   Daisy Dickey

March 2018 (organizing obituaries)
Sheesley - Keel
Smith - Clark
Johnson - Cox
Kennedy - Sheesley

Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. V. Neumann

Mrs. A. Neumann
Carrie S. Neeld
Norman Hamilton
Ansom Burlingame

Kewanee family history - Hippert

January 2018
Dr. Olof Erickson obituary
1885 Portrait and Biographical Album Henry County, Il - F surnames
John Wright Obituary and Fire of Store in Woodhull, Ill

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