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My name is Karleen Estey and I'm
the new host for Schuyler County, Illinois. My 5th great
grandparents, Jane Hawley and
Elijah Milo Wilson Sr., came to Illinois
in 1828, and were one of Schuyler County's earliest settlers. Elijah
M. Wilson assisted in the
settlement of Littleton Township and made his
home on the N. E.
¼ of Sec. 22, where he lived out the rest of his
Samuel Jackson and Esther Close, my 5th great grandparents,
migrated to Schuyler County in 1829, settling in Bainbridge Township.
Their grandson Felix Jackson, who is my 3rd great grandfather, was
elected Sheriff in 1894, and again in 1902. Felix married
Greer, the granddaughter of Jane Hawley and Elijah M. Wilson. My
Greer family immigrated to Schuyler County in
1836, from County Tyrone,
Ireland. Some of their family members who came over before them are the
Clarke, Greer, Little, and Wilson families.
East Side Square, Rushville, Illinois
|Schuyler County, located in West Central Illinois, was
established January 13, 1825, out of
Originally, Schuyler County also included what is now Brown
County. The first election in the county was held July 4, 1825,
naming Beardstown as the county seat. The location of the county
seat not being satifactory, Rushville was selected as the county
seat on February 20, 1826, after twenty voting sessions. The
County Commissioners at once directed that this permanent seat
of justice should be known and distinguished by the name of
Rushton. The name of Rushton had been chosen in honor of
Dr. James Rush, a distinguished physician of Philadelphia.
April 24, 1826, this name was changed to that of Rushville.
The county of Schuyler was named in
honor of Philip John Schuyler, a New York delegate to the Second
Continental Congress in 1775. He was commissioned a Major
General and placed in command of the Continental Army in New
York under George Washington. Schuyler served at the Battle of
Saratoga in the fall of 1777, a turning point of the
Revolutionary War. He was justly honored by the State of New
York, which he represented in the United States Senate from
1789-1791. Schuyler died at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany
November 18, 1804. He is buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.
Schuyler County, Missouri,
County, New York, the town of
Schuyler, Herkimer County, New
York, and the village of
Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New
were all named for Philip Schuyler to honor his legacy.
Browning • Camden • Littleton
Bainbridge • Birmingham • Brooklyn
Browning • Buena Vista
Hickory • Huntsville • Littleton
Oakland • Rushville •
Wherever Their Trails Lead!
Convicts at Joliet
Maps & Plats
Montooth Horse Barn
May 2018: Latitude & Longitude added to
Cemeteries, County Courthouse history, & Mormon War. News Article updates: Accident News for William Campbell; Birth
Announcement; Church News; Crime News for Counterfeiter Caught,
Horse Thieves Arrested, & Albion C. Wilson; Community News for
Fruit & Democrats, 28th
Illinois Regiment Company G, Rushville's Newspapers
Consolidated, Schuyler County Has Woman Sheriff Again; Death
Notices for Jacob Hammond, Calvin Jackson, James
Richie, John Ruth, & Will Wiggins; Marriage Announcemets for Allison & Bouge, Strong & Bennett, Webb & Lowe,
Walker; & Natural Disasters added.
Calvin Jackson, James G. King, and Edward B.
March 2018: Obituaries; Ezra Jackson, Felix Jackson, Mary
Ann Greer Jackson, & William James Greer.
Phoenix Opera House
The Phoenix Opera House is a historic
building in Rushville, Illinois. Built in 1882, the building
housed commercial businesses on the first floor and an opera
house on the second floor. The opera house hosted traveling
performers and theater companies as well as local social events.
The opera house closed in 1910, as churches began to host the
town's social functions and the local movie theater provided
entertainment. From 1924 to 1956, the opera house served as a
Masonic lodge. The building is one of the few surviving examples
of a combined opera house and commercial building.
building was added to the National Register of Historic Places
on May 9, 1985.
White Oak Hall
White Oak Hall, also known as
White Oak School, is a historic one-room schoolhouse located
near Rushville. The two-story school was built in 1874. The
first floor of the building held the school room, while the
second floor was used as a meeting hall by the local chapter of
The Grange. The Grange Hall also housed the White Oak Literary
Society, church services, Sunday school classes, and social
functions. The school operated until 1960, while the second
floor was used for events through the 1990’s. The school is one
of the only rural one-room schoolhouses remaining in Schuyler
The school was added to the National Register of
Historic Places on February 5, 2003.