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WRIGHT, Slingsby LINTHICUM, William THOMPSON family lines -
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Coles County was organized on December 25, 1830 out of Clark and
It was named after Edward Coles, the second governor of Illinois from 1822 to
The County Seat is Charleston.
Charleston * Mattoon
Ashmore * Humboldt * Lerna * Oakland
Ashmore * Charleston * East Oakland * Humboldt * Hutton * Lafayette *
Mattoon * Morgan * North Okaw * Paradise * Pleasant Grove * Seven Hickory
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Coles County Data
Church Histories / Records
Family Bibles and Records
April 2016: obits for RITTER, LOOMIS, JOHNSON, ELLIS, AHRENS, COOK. Gossip news for SMITH, WILSON, ELLIS, DORNBLAZER and other surnames from 1884. Sick list news for HART. Crime news for HEARNS. MARRIAGE announcement for JOSEPH-REDMAN
Jan 2016: 1949 Coles Co Graduates from the University of Illinois
Dec 2015: 1900 and 1910 Census Enumerations for Almshouse/Poor House. Obit for RONALDS; Marriage Announcements for COLE-SCOTT, BREEDING-PITTMAN, PLECKER-HARBISON, OLIVER-HAGAMAN; bios for SHIRLEY, VANMETER
Sept 2015: obits for HILDRETH, FICKE, FICKLIN, ANDERSON; Miscellaneous news gleanings for JAMES. Anniversary news for DOWLING; Gossip news for WHITSELL, ANDERS, BRADLEY, DORA, JACKSIN, BOWSER, BALL
June 2015: 21st Infantry reunion of 1891 (under MILITARY); obits for GIBLER, VANDEVENTER; Marriage Announcement for CHAMPION - WORDEN
May 2015: COPELAND-THOMAS, LINTHICUM-BALL, MCELFRESH-CAPEN, BARNES-BRUMMET, HARVEY-FLATT, HUTCHINSON-CARTER, GILMORE-PENCE, SCOTT-COLE, HOAG-THOAMS, SCHROEDER-WELCH marriage announcements. Obits for FRENCH, FICKES, THOMAS, ROSA, DUNBAR, KRATZER, GILL, GRANT, AHDDEN.
March 2015: bio for GRIFFITH
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