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Early Pioneers’ Life, notes from Hamilton, 1919.
Greene County 1818-1821 Jersey County was part of Greene County until 1839
The Whipping Post 1832 Greene County ( Jersey County was part of Greene County in 1832).
Emigrant’s Guide, information for prospective early settlers.
Pioneer Papers, Isaac Snedekers trip from New York State to Illinois, 1844
Plank Roads, 1850 road construction
Underground Railroad, Jerseyville
Lawlessness 1860s, the home front during the Civil War period
Jersey County History from the Atlas Map of Jersey County, Illinois 1872
The Witness Tree, Jersey County Democrat, 1874
History of Jersey County, B. B. Hamilton, 1876
History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, 1885 transcribed, many biographies, names, events, and more:
- Early History, Early settlement and Historic items, from 1885 history, pp. 72-83
Early Government, from 1885 history, pp. 84-92
Early Marriages, 1839-1840, early records and town plats, from 1885 history, pp. 94-99
Early Judicial, Court House and Judicial, from 1885 history, pp. 100-117
Early Newspapers, from 1885 history, pp. 120-140
Early Attorneys, from 1885 history, pp. 142-148
Early Physicians, from 1885 history, pp. 150-162
Early Societies, Agricultural, Old Settlers, and Farmers Insurance, from 1885 history, pp. 162-167
Early Churches, from 1885 history, pp. 168-189
Early Government Representation, Officials, from 1885 history, pp. 190-227
Early Education, from 1885 history, pp. 229-231
50th Anniversary Celebration, Semi-centennial 1889
Jersey County History from the Jersey County Democrat 1889
Hamilton’s History of Jersey County, 1919, Illustrations.
Jersey County Poorhouse 1845-1957, articles, some lists of ‘inmates’ – updated November 2004
Reminiscences of Augustus Van Horne, by May Van Horne Cutting (large pdf file). Elijah Van Horne, father of Augustus Van Horne, brought his family from New York to Jersey County. This is the story of that family’s trip in 1833 and their life in Jersey County. Contributed by Randy Curtis, great great grandson of Augustus Van Horne.
Indexes to Jersey County Histories, Complete indexes: 1872 Atlas, 1885 History, Cooper’s History, Hamilton’s History, 1991 History. All pdf files. See below for 1885 in html format (not pdf).
1872 Atlas now online. Biographies, illustrations.
1885 Jersey County History Index, History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, 1885: (Make a note of the page number in the index for the name you are researching, then find the information in Places below or History above, e.g. John M. Dabbs is on page 276 in the index, he is found on pages 274-301, Otter Creek below. Frank M. Roberts is on pages 129, 131, 133, 135, he is found on pages 120-140, Early Newspapers above.)
Online, see township places below: pages 257-274 (Elsah), pages 274-301 (Otter Creek), pages 301-324 (Quarry), pages 325-337 (Piasa), pages 337-365 (English), pages 366-395 (Richwoods), pages 396-411 (Rosedale), pages 411-432 (Fidelity), pages 433-457 (Mississippi), pages 457-470 (Ruyle), pages 470-550 (Jersey).
Online, see History above: pages 72-83 (Settlement), pages 84-92 (Government), pages 94-99 (Marriages, Records, Town Plats), pages 100-117 (Court House, Judicial), pages 120-140 (Newspapers), pages 142-148 (Attorneys), pages 150-162 (Physicians), pages 162-167 (Societies), pages 168-189 (Churches), pages 190-227 (Government, Officials), pages 229-231 (Education).
Link to History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois – 1885 Surname index (partial) and biographies, mostly Greene county
Elsah Township, from 1885 history, pp. 257-274
English Township, from 1885 history, pp. 337-365
Fidelity, from 1885 history, pp. 411-432 and more
Fieldon (Richwoods Township)
Grafton (Quarry Township)
Jersey Township, from 1885 history, pp. 470-550
Kemper, Ruyle Township
Lofton’s Prairie, Mississippi Township
Mississippi Township, from 1885 history, pp. 433-457
Otter Creek, from 1885 history, pp. 274-301 and more
Piasa Township, from 1885 history, pp. 325-337
Quarry Township, from 1885 history, pp. 301-324
Richwoods Township, from 1885 history, pp. 366-395
Rosedale, from 1885 history, pp. 396-411 and more
Ruyle Township, from 1885 history, pp. 457-470