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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 years.
Samuel Jackson and Esther Close, my 5
th great grandparents, migrated to Schuyler County in 1829, settling in Bainbridge Township.
Their grandson Felix Jackson, who is my 3
rd great grandfather, was elected Sheriff in 1894, and again in 1902. Felix married
Mary Ann 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

East Side Square Rushville Illinois
Schuyler County, located in West Central Illinois, was established January 13, 1825, out of Pike and Fulton Counties. 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.
On 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, Schuyler County, New York, the town of Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York, and the village of Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York,
were all named for Philip Schuyler to honor his legacy.



Communities

City
Rushville

Villages
Browning • Camden • Littleton

Townships
Bainbridge • Birmingham • Brooklyn
Browning • Buena Vista
Camden • Frederick
Hickory • Huntsville • Littleton
Oakland • Rushville • Woodstock




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Website Updates:
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 Kelly, Mr. Richie, John Ruth, & Will Wiggins; Marriage Announcemets for Allison & Bouge, Strong & Bennett, Webb & Lowe, Jackson & Walker; & Natural Disasters added. Obituaries: Calvin Jackson, James G. King, and Edward B. Garrett.
March 2018: Obituaries; Ezra Jackson, Felix Jackson, Mary Ann Greer Jackson, & William James Greer.



Adjancent Counties

Hancock  -  Cass  -  Adams  -  Brown

McDonough  -  Fulton  -  Mason



Historic Places

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.

The 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 County.

The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 5, 2003.



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