Early Settlements of Lynn Township, Woodford Co. IL
(courtesy Barb Darling)

The first actual settler within the bounds of Linn was Harrison Hollenback who moved to section 3 in 1840. He came here, with his family, from Ohio and built the first house on the Prairie south of the timber. This house was quite a mansion for those times, being hewed log building, twenty-four feet long and eighteen feet wide, and one and a half stories high. It is still in use, but serves the ignoble purpose of sheltering cattle.

The next to locate in the township was George Hollenback, with his newly married wife. He was married to Jane Patton, in 1844, and imediately then left the parental roof—their parents living only a few miles north, in Marshall County—and opened a farm and built them a home of their own. They settled on the East side of sections 3, within a few rods of the Marshall County Line. Jacob Hollenback located a little further west, soon after. The Hollenback families were from Perry County, Ohio.

After these settlements were made, one family after another took up their residences on what might be called the second tier of farms from the timber of Crow Creek, in nearly the following chroniligical order: William and S Linn, after whom the township was named; John P Davidson, Amos West, Alfred Combs, Samuel Jackman, H. Simpson, John and Isaac Fisher, James Martin, Benjamin Wilson, William Parks, Lewis Wyanteer. These had all settled, and made some improvements on their lands, before the organization into two townships, in 1855.

Taken From the "Past and Present of Woodford County, Illinois",  1878

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Hollenback Cemetery

courtesy Barb Darling

This cemetery is located in Linn Township, Woodford County. It is in E ½ NE ¼ Section 2 28N-1w. When the land was sold by Daniel Hollenback in 1860, he sold all the land except one acre for a burial ground, that being in the center of the property. There is no road to the cemetery.

It has not been used for burial for perhaps 80 some odd years and at present it is overgrown, with brush and the fence is almost gone. The stones are mostly laying on the ground, but in most instances are easily read.

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