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Coe Township History

[Source: Portrait and Biographical album of Rock Island County, Illinois; 1885 - transcribed by Candi H. 2009]

Coe Township was organized in 1857.
It was first named Fremont, but in 1858 was changed to Coe, in honor of one of its leading citizens, an early settler, though not a pioneer.
Coe is regarded as one of the best agricultural townships in the county. it comprises all of township 19, range 2 east and is one of the few full townships in the county.
It is bounded on the east by Canoe Creek Township, on the west by Port Byron, on the south by Zuma and on the North by Cordova Township and Whiteside County.

The first white settlement was made in 1835, John Walker locating on section 36, where he live and died.
John Butcher also came in 1835, shortly after Walker, locating on section 5. Mr. Butcher was from Virginia and unmarried.
He lived on his homestead until 1851, when he started overland for California, but died while on the way.
Samuel Allen, who had been residing on the place the village of Port Byron was laid out, sold that place and moved to a farm near the center
of the township in Feb., 1837.  He lived but a few months after making the settlement. His death was doubtless the first in the township.
Samuel Ennison came to the township about six weeks after Allen and located in the same neighborhood.
He was as a native of Ohio, but came here from Indiana. He died on his farm about 1860.
Henry Smith
located about two and half miles east of Port Byron in 1837. He died on the homestead many years ago.
Henry M. Skockton was also a settler of 1837, locating on section 9. He subsequently moved to Iowa where he died.
Isaac Hollister
was another settler of 1837, coming from Indiana and locating on section 20. He is still living, about a mile from Port Byron.
Addison Philleo
located on section 18 in 1838. He died on the homestead.
Mrs. Charity Marshall
, a widow, with a family of nine, came from New Jersey in 1838, and located on section 3.
She died on the homestead some years after. The children all located in the neighborhood and all became quite wealthy. One died in the army.
Seven of the number are yet living.

The first birth was probably that of a child of Burrall Butcher.
Among the first to wed in the township were Hiram Walker and Mary Ennis and David Allen and  Miss. Remson.

[Source: Portrait and Biographical album of Rock Island County, Illinois; 1885 -Transcribed by Candi H. 2009]

The following named have served the township on the County Board of Supervisors:
[Source: Portrait and Biographical album of Rock Island County, Illinois; 1885 - transcribed by Candi H. 2009]


A. S. Coe 1857-60 
Henry Saddoris 1861
Thomas Simpson 1862
Josiah Wilcher 1863
Wm. C. Pearsall. 1864-65
Jacob H. Marshall 1866-67
George Allen 1868-70
A. F. Hollister 1871
George Allen 1872
Jesse S. Dailey 1873-78
A. F. Hollister 1879-81
L. S. Pearsall 1882-85


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