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Coles County 1920

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Coles County, originally a part of Crawford County, but organized in 1831, and named in honor of Gov. Edward Coles - lies central to the eastern portion of the State, and embraces 520 square miles, with a population (in 1900) of 34,146..

 Named after Edward Coles, the second Governor of the State of Illinois. Coles served as Governor from December 5, 1822 to December 6, 1826.
  


Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in the following counties (links to these counties are provided below):
 
  1823 1830
 
Edgar
   1819 1823
 
Clark
   1815 1819
 
Crawford
   1812 1815
 
Madison
   1801 1812
 
St. Clair
   1790 1801
 
Knox, Northwest Territory
 
     
County Seat:
   1831
 Charleston


Township Names:
 
  Ashmore
    Charleston
    East Oakland
 Name changed from Oakland on May 7, 1860.
   Humboldt
 Name changed from Milton on May 7, 1860.
   Hutton
     Lafayette
     Mattoon
    Morgan
     North Okaw
 Name changed from Okaw on May 7, 1860.
   Paradise
     Pleasant Grove
     Seven Hickory
 Name changed from Hickory on May 7, 1860.

    


The Coles County Genealogical Society
PO Box 592
Charleston, IL 61920-0592
The 1850 Census is online
here
(requires PDF)


IRAD Depository
Booth Library
600 Lincoln Avenue
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920 
Telephone: (217) 581-6093

The Coles County Courthouse
County Clerk (217) 348-0501
Circuit Clerk (217) 348-0516
651 Jackson Ave., Room 122
Charleston, IL 61920

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