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Offical List Of Senators, Representatives, County Officers, &C., Of Winnebago County,
From Its Organization In 1836 To The Present Time


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Source: Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette, May 12, 1855


OFFICAL LIST

Senators

Anson S. Miller

elected

1846

Alfred E. Ames

"

1848

Thomas B. Talcott

"

1850

Wait Talcott

"

1854


Representatives

Germanicus Kent

elected

1838

Darius Adams

"

1842

Anson S. Miller

"

1844

Robert J. Cross

"

1846

Wilson H.Crandell

"

1848

Horace Miller

"

1850

Abraham I. Enoch

"

1852

William Lyman

"

1854

 

Senatorial and Representative Districts

Previous to 1840, the districts of which Winnebago formed a part, included all the tracts of country bounded by a line commencing at the north-west corner of the State of Illinois, (several miles north and west of Galena) and running thence along the Mississippi River to a point far below Rock Island; thence easterly across the country to a point from whence the line ran north to the southern line of Wisconsin at the north-east corner of Winnebago county--and enclosing the entire Rock River Valley in Illinois as well as a large extent of country below the mouth of the Rock. These vast district, extending from Dubuque almost to Saint Louis, were respectively entitled to two Representatives and one Senator. One of these Representatives was conceded to Winnebago as early as 1836--before she had attained the age of two years--as appears by the election of Mr. Kent. Under the apportionment of 1840, and before she had arrived at the fourth year of her existence, so rapid had been the increase of population, Winnebago alone was made a representative district, and so she has continued under all the apportionments since made. She constitutes at this time the fifty-third representative district. The counties of Winnebago and Ogle were made a senatorial district under the apportionment of 1840, Winnebago, McHenry and Boone under the new Constitution in 1847, and Winnebago, Boone, Ogle and Carroll under the apportionment of 1854. The senatorial district is designated as the third.

Delegates to the Convention of 1847, to frame a new Constitution of the State:
 

Robert J. Cross

Selden M. Church


Circuit Judges:

Dan Stone, of Galena

1836 to 1841

Thomas C. Brown, of Galena

1841 to 1847

Jessie B. Thomas, of Chicago

1847 to 1848

Hugh T. Dickey, of Chicago

1848 to 1849

Hugh Henderson, of Joliet

1840 to 1851

Benj. R. Sheldon, of Galena

1851 to 1855

 

Winnebago has belonged to a Circuit covering at first a large number of counties, and even as lately as 1851, as will be seen, extending from the Mississippi to Lake Michigan, but gradually diminishing as population increased and required more compact districts, until now only includes the three counties of Jo Davies, Stephenson and Winnebago

Clerks of the Circuit Court:

James Mitchell

1836 to 1846

Jason Marsh

1846 to 1847

Charles H. Spafford

1847

 

County Commissioners:

Thomas B. Talcott

1836 to 1841

Simon P. Doty

1836 to 1837

William E. Dunbar

1836 to 1842

Hermon B. Potter

1837 to 1838

Elijah H. Brown

1838 to 1840

Ezra S. Cable

1840 to 1846

William Huliin

1841 to 1844

Spencer Post

1842 to 1848

Samuel Cunningham

1844 to 1847

John M. Hulett

1846 to 1849

Richmond Hudson

1847 to 1849

Abraham I. Enoch

1848 to 1849

 

The County Commissioners' Court was abolished by the new Constitution, and the County Court succeeded it.

County Court:

Selden M. Church, Judge

1849

Stephen Mack, A. Justice

1849 to 1850

David Weld

do

do

1849 to 1853

Henry Putnam

do

do

1850 to 1853

Asher Beach

do

do

1853

Alfred E. Hale

do

do

1853

 

Clerks of the County Court:

William Hulin

1849

 

The County Court, composed of one County Judge and two Associate Justices, had charge of the County business as the successor of the County Commissioners' Court, until the organization of the Board of Supervisors in 1850. The Associates then ceased to be members of the County Court, but are still elected once in four years as Justices of the Peace for the County at large. The Judge of the County Court is the Probate Judge for the County, and under a law passed last year has also jurisdiction in law and chancery.
 

County Clerks:

Don Alonzo Spaulding

1836 to 1837

Nathaniel Loomis

1837 to 1838

Anson Barnum

1838 to 1840

Selden M. Church

1840 to 1847

Benjamin A. Rose

1847 to 1849

William Hulin

1849 to April 2d, 1855

Duncan Ferguson

1955

Under the old Constitution, this officer was Clerk of the County Commissioners' Court. Since the fall of 1840 he has been Clerk of the County Court and oft he Board of Supervisors. Mr. Hulin wishing to resign one of these offices, the legislature, at its last session, at his request, divided them and passed a law for the appointment of a separate Clerk of the Board of Supervisors. Under this law Mr. Ferguson was appointed. The Board of Supervisors having the charge of all county business, their Clerk is properly styled the "County Clerk."

Judges of Probate:

Milton Kilburn

1836 to 1837

Charles I. Horsman

1837 to 1838

Anson Barnum

1838 to 1841

John W. Taylor

1841 to 1843

Bela Shaw

1843 to 1849

Selden M. Church

1849

 

Previous to 1837, a Judge of Probate was appointed for each county by the Legislature. In 1837 the office was made elective, with the title of "Probate Justice of the Peace," to be filled by the vote of the people. The new Constitution brought the existence of this court to an end, and transerred its powers and duties to the Judge of the County Court.

State's Attorneys:

Shelton L. Hall

1836 to 1842

Orren Miller, Jr.,

1851 to 1852

William Brown

1852

 

Of course there were other persons in the office between 1843 and 1851, but this officer being the prosecuting attorney for the circuit, it is only proposed to name here such incumbents as resided in our own county

Sheriffs:

Daniel S. Haight

1836 to 1838

Isaac N. Cunningham

1838 to 1842

Goodyear A Sanford

1842 to 1844

Anson Barnum

1844 to 1846

Hiram R. Maynard

1846 to 1850

Peter B. Johnson

1850 to 1852

King H. Milliken

1852 to 1854

John F. Taylor

1854

 

Coroners:

Eliphalet Gregory

1836 to 1838

Cyrus C. Jenks

1838 to 1840

Alonzo Platt

1840 to 1841

Harvey Gregory

1841 to 1842

Nathaniel Loomis

1842 to 1844

Artemas Hitchcock

1844 to 1850

Isaiah Lyon

1850 to 1852

Alfred A. Chamberlain

1852

 

Recorders:

Daniel H. Whitney

1836 to 1837

Harvey W. Bundy

1837 to 1839

William E. Dunbar

1839 to 1843

William Hulin

1843 to 1849

Charles H. Spafford

1849

 

Since 1849 the Recorder's office has ceased to exist as a separate department, being united with the Circuit Clerk's office

School Commissioners:

Richard Montague

1837 to 1839

Hermon B. Potter

1839 to 1841

Volney A. Marsh

1841 to 1845

Worcester A. Dickerman

1847 to 1849

Charles A. Huntington

1849

 

County Treasurers

Robert J. Cross

1836 to 1839

Samuel D. Preston

1839 to 1843

Ephraim Wyman

1843 to 1846

Hollis H. Holmes

1846 to 1849

Duncan Ferguson

1849

 

County Surveyors

Don Alonzo Spaulding

1838 to 1839

John Emerson

1839 to 1841

Duncan Ferguson

1841

 

Masters in Chancery

John W. Taylor

William Brown

William Lathrop

 

County Boards of Supervisors
1850
David Weld, Chairman
 

John J. Rhodes

Roscoe

Alexander McAffee

Harlem

Charles Works

Guilford

Theodore S. Powell

Butler

Volney A. Marsh

N. Milford

Bela Shaw

Rockford

David F. Talbott

Owen

Sylvester Talcott

Rockton

Luman Pettibone

Shirland

Stephen A. Knapp

Harrison

James Pitkin

Burritt

Chauncey Ray

Elida

David Weld

Seward

Ezra S. Cable

Lysander

Samuel Pillsbury

Howard

Isaac Sacket

Laona

1851
Bela Shaw, Chairman

John J. Rhodes

Roscoe

Alexander McAffee

Harlem

George Willis Smith

Guilford

James S. Gurisolus

Butler

Voleny A. Marsh

N. Milford

Bela Shaw

Rockford

David Talbot

Owen

Sylvester Talcott

Rockton

Luman Pettibone

Shirland

Stephen A. Knapp

Harrison

James Pitkin

Burritt

Chauncey Ray

Elida

David Weld

Seward

Bynon J. Pengra

Lysander

Herman Holt

Howard

Isaac Sacket

Laona

1852
Sylvester Talcott, Chairman

John J. Rhodes

Roscoe

Nathan J. Lovejoy

Harlem

William R. Forsaith

Guilford

Theodore S. Powell

Butler

Asher Spicer

N. Miller

Bela Shaw

Rockford

David F. Talbott

Owen

Sylvester Talcott

Rockton

Luman Pettibone

Shirland

Albert Morey

Harrison

Thomas Justin Atwood

Burritt

John P. Reynolds

Elida

David Weld

Seward

Ephraim Sumner

Lysander

Price B. Webster

Howard

Williamm Randal

Laona

1853
Sylvester Talcott, Chairman

William C. Matthews

Roscoe

Nathan J. Lovejoy

Harlem

Abraham I. Enoch

Guilford

Theodore S. Powell

Butler

Asher Spicer

N. Milford

Bela Shaw

Rockford

Hiram H. Maynard

Rockford

David F. Talbot

Owen

Sylvester Talcott

Rockton

Luman Pettibone

Shirland

Peter C. Van Slycke

Harrison

Edmund Oviatt

Burritt

John P. Reynolds

Elida

David Weld

Seward

Ephraim Sumner

Lysander

Newman Campbell

Howard

William Randall

Laona

1854
Spencer Post, Chairman

John J. Rhodes

Roscoe

Wilbur D. Armstrong

Harlem

Spencer Post

Guilford

Harris Barnum

Butler

Wm. Charles Grant*

N. Milford

Bela Shaw

Rockford

Milton Kilburn

Rockford

John M. Hulett

Owen

Sylvester Talcott

Rockton

Ephaphras Wolcott Steele

Shirland

David Jewett

Harrison

Edmund Oviatt

Burritt

Samuel Cunningham

Elida

Edmund Whittlesey

Seward

Ephraim Sumner

Lysander

John F. Pettengill

Howard

Daniel Smith

Laona

*Asher Spicer was elected Supervisor for New Milford at the town meeting in April, 1854, and died before the expiration of his term, Mr. Grant was chosen to fill the vacancy.

1855
(No Chairmen yet elected)

John J. Rhodes

Roscoe

Wilbur D. Armstrong

Harlem

Moses A. Gleason

Guilford

Jesse A. Gleason

Butler

Wm. Charles Grant

N. Milford

Jonathan T. Miller

Rockford

Alonzo Corey

Rockford

John M. Hulett

Owen

Luman Pettibone

Rockton

Lemuel Fisk

Shirland

Albert Morey

Harrison

Edmund O(?)

Burritt

Samuel Cunningham

*Winnebago

Edmund Whittlesey

Seward

Barzeleel F. Corwin

Lysander

John R. Herring

Howard

Daniel H. Smith

Laona

 
TOWN OFFICERS FOR 1855

Roscoe

John J. Rhodes

Supervisor

Silas N. Eastman

Town Clerk

Luther H. Fassett

Assessor

George H. S. Kent

Collector

George M. Fassett

Overseer of Poor

Benjamin Cheney

Highway Com'rs

Smith Jenks

Highway Com'rs

Dennis W. Worcester

Highway Com'rs

 

Harlem

Wilbur D. Armstrong

Supervisor

Robert Ralston

Town Clerk

Charles Haskin

Assessor

John McAffee

Collector

(unreadable)

Overseer of Poor

Cornelius D(anley?)

Highway Com'rs

Thomas Ralston

Highway Com'rs

John Smith

Highway Com'rs

 

Guilford

Mosca W. Gleason

Supervisor

James Hunter

Town Clerk

Abel G. Gleason

Assessor

Joseph S. Davis

Collector

Daniel Beers

Overseer of Poor

John Burch

Highway Com'rs

James Richards

Highway Com'rs

Jonathan H. Kirk

Highway Com'rs

 

Butler

Jesse A. Gleason

Supervisor

Charles M. Priestley

Town Clerk

George C. Cleveland

Assessor

George Fake

Collector

Alfred A. Chamberlin

Overseer of Poor

Ezra M. Miller

Highway Com'rs

Almon Wheeler

Highway Com'rs

James B. Johnson

Highway Com'rs

 

New Milford

William Charles Grant

Supervisor

George W. Miller

Town Clerk

Russell H. Harris

Assessor

George W. Miller

Collector

William H. Johnson

Overseer of Poor

Daniel S. Pardee

Highway Com'rs

Wm. O. Campfield

Highway Com'rs

John W. Seek

Highway Com'rs

 

Rockford

Jonathan T. Miller

Supervisor

Alonzo Corey

Assistant Supervisor

Newton Crawford

Town Clerk

David S. Penfield

Assessor

Hobart H. Hatch

Collector

John Fisher

Overseer of Poor

Hollis H. Holmes

Highway Com'rs

Alonzo Corey

Highway Com'rs

Milton Kilburn

Highway Com'rs

 

Owen

John M. Hulett

Supervisor

Samuel W. Taylor

Town Clerk

Anthony M. Felmley

Assessor

John Deuel

Collector

Alfred Hart

Overseer of Poor

Lewis W. Owen

Highway Com'rs

Hiram Lake

Highway Com'rs

Ebenezer H. Gill

Highway Com'rs


Rockton

Luman Pettibone

Supervisor

William R. Weld

Town Clerk

----------------------

Assessor

Benjamin Phillips

Collector

Erastus L. Stiles

Overseer of Poor

Alpha Bligh

Highway Com'rs

John Bacon

Highway Com'rs

Wm. A. Phelps

Highway Com'rs

 

Shirland

Lemuel Fisk

Supervisor

Barnabas Stilwell

Town Clerk

Henry Sewall Austin

Assessor

Jonathan H. Ames

Collector

Samuel Stilwell

Overseer of Poor

George G. Seaton

Highway Com'rs

Samuel Swin

Highway Com'rs

Job Packard

Highway Com'rs


Harrison

Albert Morey

Supervisor

Almon Patterson

Town Clerk

Lewis Patterson

Assessor

Richard G. Preston

Collector

Sylvester Cleveland

Overseer of Poor

George Morris

Highway Com'rs

Almon Patterson

Highway Com'rs

Wm. A. Chapman

Highway Com'rs

 

Burritt

Edmund Oviatt

Supervisor

Joseph Manchester

Town Clerk

Ira Riddall

Assessor

Daniel McIntosh

Collector

Norry Hooker

Overseer of Poor

Hiram Atwood

Highway Com'rs

John P. Dobson

Highway Com'rs

Samuel Haynes

Highway Com'rs

 

Winnebago

Samuel Cunningham

Supervisor

Warren F. Shedd

Town Clerk

T.A.C. Beard

Assessor

Cyrus H. Folson

Collector

Elijah Holt

Overseer of Poor

David Vanston

Highway Com'rs

James W. Tolman

Highway Com'rs

Salmon Weldon

Highway Com'rs

 

Seward

Edmund Whittlesey

Supervisor

Eliphalet Whittlesey

Town Clerk

Eli T. Cleveland

Assessor

Philip Pfeifer

Collector

John Clark

Overseer of Poor

Edward R. Shimmin

Highway Com'rs

Lyman D. Upson

Highway Com'rs

William Simmons

Highway Com'rs

 

Lysander

Barzeleel F. Corwin

Supervisor

Abram S. Van Dyke

Town Clerk

Chester H. Bissell

Assessor

Ralph J. Farnsworth

Collector

Bela D. Eastman

Overseer of Poor

Barzeleel F. Corwin

Highway Com'rs

Abram S. Van Dyke

Highway Com'rs

James B. Goodrich

Highway Com'rs

 

Howard

John R. Herring

Supervisor

Asher Beach

Town Clerk

David Campbell

Assessor

William Gates

Collector

Samuel Blake

Overseer of Poor

George Fritz

Highway Com'rs

Benj. F. Richards

Highway Com'rs

Pliu(?) Smith

Highway Com'rs

 

Laona

Daniel H. Smith

Supervisor

Edward J. Williams

Town Clerk

Alonzo Smith

Assessor

Moses E. Rowley

Collector

Benoni Morey

Overseer of Poor

Peter Johnston

Highway Com'rs

George W. Sweet

Highway Com'rs

 

Justices of the Peace

Roscoe

William T. Smith

Roscoe

Benjamin Cheney

Harlem

Harris Jenks

Harlem

John Andrew

Guilford

Hiran R. Enoch

Guilford

Harry Landers

Guilford

Alfred E. Hale

Butler

Levi D. Horton

Butler

Horace Robinson

New Milford

Roswell H. Harris

Rockford

Isaiah Lyon

Rockford

James O. Manlove

Rockford

Bela Shaw

Rockford

Carlton W. Sheldon

Rockford

Selden M. Church

Rockford

Vinal Daniels

Owen

Hiran Lake

Owen

David F. Talbot

Rockton

William R. Weld

Rockton

William Halley

Shirland

Samuel Stilwell

Shirland

Sylvester Pettibone

Harrison

John R. Jewett

Harrison

Lewis Patterson

Burritt

Edmund Oviatt

Burritt

Ashley Knapp

Winnebago

Reuben Alworth

Winnebago

Hampton P. Sloan

Seward

Edmund Whittlesey

Seward

Osmon B. Hutchins

Lysander

John Garver

Lysander

Abram S. Van Dyke

Howard

Asher Beach

Howard

George Fritz

HowardPrice B. Webster

Laona

Solomon Webster

 

Constables:

On account of the frequent changes in the office of the Constable in many towns, and the defects and irregularites in the returns, no means exits for furnishing an accurate list. Town Clerks often return the names of persons elected or appointed Constables, without waiting to see if they qualify, and the consequence is that the records are lumbered up with names, showing sometimes half a dozen in one town. The law requires that the names of those who qualify should be returned to the County Clerk--A very large per cent of those elected and appointed to the office of Constable neglect to qualify. The County Clerk ought also to be informed of all cases of death, resignation and removal, so that he may keep his record corrected; but this has, thus far, been almost invariably neglected.
 

*By an Act of the last session of the Legislature, the name of the town of Elida was changed to "Winnebago" OF SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES, COUNTY OFFICERS, &c., OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY, FROM ITS ORGANIZATION IN 1836 TO THE PRESENT TIME



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