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Prior to 1816, Montgomery County had few residents. When the first settlers did arrive, they found the area was populated by settlements of Kickapoo Indians. White people drifted in and settled, first in the southeast part of the county, arriving most immediately from Bond and Fayette counties.
The new arrivals built homes and began to farm along Hurricane Creek in the VanBurensburg area and in the Clear Springs neighborhood of Shoal Creek.
After the War of 1812, Congress awarded each soldier who had served a bonus of 160 acres of "Soldiers' Bounty Lands" in the then Illinois Territory. It was an award, but also an incentive to populate the western lands.
Early residents of the County include:
John Tillson, Jr.
Townsend, who petitioned the state legislature to allow formation of Montgomery County on February 12, 1821, only three years after the state itself was officially organized. The area was then part of Bond County. The County was then named for Richard Montgomery, a Revolutionary General, of Irish birth, who was killed before Quebec on December 31, 1775.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOLDIERS FROM THE 1840 CENSUS
Name, Age, Residence HOH
James Richardson 82 James M. Rutlidge
Mason Owen 80 MasonOwen
Ezra Bostick 86 Ezra Bostick
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