Dekalb County Illinois
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County was formed March 4, 1837 from part of Kane
Named for Johann DeKalb, a German baron, who served in the Colonies
during the Revolution, and was mortally wounded at Camden, South Carolina
Shabbona, a Potawatomi chief, signed numerous treaties for Native American
tribes. Settling in De Kalb County, Illinois, after the War of 1812, Shabbona lived there for decades. Upon his
return from visiting the Potawatomi in Kansas sometime after 1848, he found that his land had been declared abandoned.
He lived with his family in a cabin on the Illinois River until his
death in 1859.
Present area, or parts of
it, formerly included in:
1795–1812: St. Clair
1837–1839: Orange—Name later changed to Sycamore.
Cities, Towns, and
County Seat: Sycamore
Afton Center, Charter Grove, Clare, Colvin Park,
Cortland, DeKalb, East Paw Paw, Edgebrook Mobile Home Park, Elva, Esmond, , Fairdale, Five Points,
Franks, Genoa, Hinckley, Kingston, Kirkland, Malta, McGirr, New Lebanon, Rollo,
Sandwich, Shabbona, Shabbona Grove, Somonauk, Sycamore, Waterman, Wilkinson
Townships Within Dekalb County
Afton - Formed from DeKalb and Clinton on February 18, 1856.
Cortland - First named Richland, then changed to Pampas on November 20, 1850
and to Cortland on February 1, 1865.
DeKalb - Name changed from Orange on November 20, 1850.
Malta - Formed as Etna from DeKalb in September, 1856; name changed from Etna
in December, 1858.
Mayfield - Name changed from Liberty on November 20, 1850.
Milan - Formed from Shabbona and Malta on February 23, 1858.
Paw Paw - Formed in March, 1850.
Pierce - Formed from Squaw Grove and Pampas (Cortland) before 1853.
Sandwich - Formed from Somonauk on July 14, 1896.
South Grove - Name changed from Vernon on November 20, 1850.
Victor - Formed from Clinton about 1853
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