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 EARLY HISTORY

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.
Hiram Rountree
Israel Seward
Eleaser Townsend

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.
 

Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in:



1821–1827
 Fayette (small eastern section)
 

  1817–1821
 Bond
 

  1812–1821
 Madison
 

  1790–1812
 St. Clair
 

  1790–1801
 Knox, Northwest Territory







Township Names:
 
  Audubon 
  Bois D’Arc 
  Butler Grove 
  East Fork 
  Fillmore 
  Grisham
 Formed from Hillsboro (date unknown, before 1882). 
  Harvel 
  Hillsboro 
  Irving 
  Nokomis 
  North Litchfield 
  Pitman
 Formed from Harvel (date unknown, before 1882). 
  Raymond 
  Rountree 
  South Fillmore
 Formed from Fillmore in September, 1920. 
  South Litchfield 
  Walshville 
  Witt 
  Zanesville

 
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
 




NEW!

The Montgomery County 1850 Mortality Schedule


  • The Mexican War Diary of Wiley B. Smith


  • Roster of Mexican War Pensioners


  • Company C, 3rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers

  • (Mexican War)


    Montgomery Men who served in the RW, buried in Illinois



    Original 1835 Pensioners from Montgomery County



    The War of 1812
    Complete with Rosters and History



    1807 Knox County Territorial Census


    Men and Women in Illinois
    1779-1786



    Illinois Pensioners 1887-88; 1890


    Illinois Trails Military Database


    Illinois Trails State Data

    Prisoner Rolls, 1918 Flu Epidemic, Maps and More


    Illinois Trails Newpaper Database


    Illinois Trails Events in Illinois







    Montgomery County Courthouse Online
    Return To The County Regional Index Page


      


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