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General County Information
"Douglas County, lying
a little east of the center of the State, embracing an area of 410 square miles and having a population (in 1900)
of 19,097. The earliest land entry was made by Harrison Gill, of Kentucky, whose patent was signed by Andrew Jackson.
Another early settler was John A. Richman, a West Virginian, who erected one of the first frame houses in the county
in 1829. The Embarras and Kaskaskia Rivers flow through the county, which is also crossed by the Wabash and Illinois
Central Railways. Douglas County was organized in 1857 (being set off from Coles) and named in honor of Stephen
A. Douglas, then United States Senator from Illinois. After a sharp struggle Tuscola was made the county-seat.
It has been visited by several disastrous conflagrations, but is a thriving town, credited in 1890, with a population
of 1,897. Other important towns are Arcola (population, 1.733), and Camargo, which was originally known as New
Salem. " ["Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois",
Established February 8 & February 16, 1859
Township Names: Arcola, Bourbon, Bowdre (Name
changed from Deer Creek on June 5, 1868), Camargo, Garrett, Murdock (Formed from Camargo and Newman on December
7, 1882.), Newman, Sargent, Tuscola
Oct 2013: 1883 Pensioners
July 2013: obit for EARLE
Jan 2013: obit for SPENCER
Oct 2012: obits for ASHLEY, HELMUTH
May 2012: Gossip News
Apr 2012: Bio for DIXON
Mar 2012: Obituaries for BYARD, HOLMES, NICHOLAS, MAST, BREEDEN
Feb 2012: TINWELL death notice
Dec 2011: ROGERS-WALKER, SCHULTZ-KIMBERLIN marriage announcements; gossip item for FISHER, HEINLEIN; HOOD obit
July 2011: GUYOT obit, SEXSON-GUYOT marriage announcement
Mar 2011: GREEN obit, WW1 registration card for GREEN
Douglas County Clerk
P.O. Box 467, Tuscola, IL 61953 (217) 253-2411
(birth, death and marriage records)
For all other records, contact......
Douglas Co. Clerk of the Circuit Court
P.O. Box 50, Tuscola, IL 61953 (217) 253-2352
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Charleston, IL 61920
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