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DeKalb County was formed March 4, 1837 from part of Kane County
Named for Johann DeKalb, a German baron, who served in the Colonies
during the Revolution, and was mortally wounded at Camden, South Carolina in 1780
Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in:
1795–1812: St. Clair County Seats:
1837–1839: Orange—Name later changed to Sycamore.
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. Read biography
January 2014: Numerous! Bios, obits,
Aug 2014: obits for NIELSON, WHITE, KENYON; bio for BARBER
Oct 2013: Sick list news for MANSFIELD; Birth/death announcement for JACKSON
July 2013: Marriage announcement for WAGNER-HOUGH; obit for STINSON
Apr 2013: bio for MORSCH
Jan 2013: bios for GREENMAN, CULVER
Dec 2012: Swedish membership list of 1st Lutheran Church of Kirkland
June 2012: ADEE obit
Mar 2012: BUEHLER obits
Jan 2012: FISH bio
Dec 2011: BOYNTON bio
June 2011: Pensioners on the Roll in 1883
Cities and Towns of DeKalb County County Seat: Sycamore
Afton Center, Charter Grove, Clare, Colvin Park, Cortland, DeKalb, East Paw
Paw, Edgebrook Mobile Home Park,Elva, Esmond, Evergreen Village Mobile Home Park (subdivision), Fairdale,
Five Points, Franks, Genoa, Hinckley, Kingston, Kirkland, Malta, McGirr, New Lebanon, Rollo, Sandwich, Shabbona,
Shabbona Grove, Somonauk, Sycamore, Waterman, Wilkinson
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,
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.
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