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County Information

History of Vermilion County
from the "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", 1901

Vermilion County, an eastern county, bordering on the Indiana State line, and drained by the Vermilion and Little Vermilion Rivers, from which it takes its name. It was originally organized in 1826, when it extended north to Lake Michigan. Its present area is 926 square miles. The discovery of salt springs, in 1819, aided in attracting immigration to this region, but the manufacture of salt was abandoned many years ago. Early settlers were Seymour Treat, James Butler, Henry Johnston, Harvey Lidington, Gurdon S. Hubbard and Daniel W. Beckwith. James Butler and Achilles Morgan were the first County Commissioners. Many interesting fossil remains have been found, among them the skeleton of a mastodon (1868). Fire clay is found in large quantities, and two coal seams cross the county. The surface is level and the soil fertile. Corn is the chief agricultural product, although oats, wheat, rye, and potatoes are extensively cultivated. Stock-raising and wool-growing are important industries. There are also several manufactories, chiefly at Danville, which is the county-seat. Coal mining is carried on extensively, especially in the vicinity of Danville. Population (in 1880): 41,588; in 1890: 49,905; in 1900: 65,635

History of Danville
from the "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", 1901

Danville, the county-seat of Vermilion County, on Vermilion River and on five important lines of railroad; in rich coal-mining district and near large deposts of shale and soapstone, which are utilized in manufacture of sewer-pipe, paving and fire-clay brick. The city has car-shops and numerous factories, water-works, electric lights, paved streets, several banks, 27 churches, five graded schools and one high school, and six newspapers, three daily. A Soldiers' Home is located three miles east of the city. Pop (1890), 11,491. (1900) 16,354.


County Map

Cities and Villages
Danville * Georgetown * Hoopeston
Allerton (extends into Champaign County) Alvin * Belgium * Bismarck * Catlin * Fairmount * Fithian Henning *
Indianola * Muncie * Oakwood* Potomac * Rankin * Ridge Farm * Rossville * Sidell * Tilton * Westville *


Unincorporated Communities
Armstrong * Batestown  * Cheneyville  * Collison  * East Lynn  * Hartshorn
 Hegeler  * Hillery  * Jamaica  * Jamesburg  * Newtown  * Olivet
 
Townships
Blount  * Butler  * Carroll * Catlin * Danville  * Elwood  * Georgetown * Grant  * Jamaica  * Love *
McKendree  * Middlefork  * Newell (first called Richland)  * Oakwood  * Pilot  * Ross Sidell * South Ross  * Vance

"Ghost Towns" and Abandoned Communities
     Archie (south of Sidell) * Blue Grass City  * Butler's Point (see Catlin)  * Conkeytown *  Denmark (lies at the bottom of the reservoir)
 Ellis (Middlefork Township) * Franklin (see Bismarck) * Geneva  * Gilbert (see Alvin)  * Humrick  * Johnsonville (Blount Township) * Munroe
Myersville (see Bismarck) * Pellsville *  Prospect City *  Reilly (Butler Township) *  Shepherd's Town *
 Watkins Grove (sometimes called Watkins Glen) *  Weaver City (see Ambia, Indiana)


Online Data

School Records

Wills/Probate Records

Website Updates:
Oct 2013:  obit for CALLIHAN
Sep 2013:  Land deeds (under "courthouse records")
Aug 2013: KEM biography
July 2013: GILLETTE obit
Mar 2013: obit for CARMAN
Oct 2012: Bios for THOMPSON, ANDERSON
Aug 2012: Crime news for ARMSTRONG

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