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County History
(Source: "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", 1900)

Edwards County, situated in the south-eastern part of the State, between Richland and White on the North and South, and Wabash and Wayne on the east and west, and touching the Ohio River on its southeastern border. It was separated from Gallatin County in 1814, during the Territorial period. Its territory was diminished in 1824 by the carving out of Wabash County.

The surface is diversified by prairie and timber, the soil fertile and well adapted to the raising of both wheat and corn. The principal streams, besides the Ohio, are Bonpas Creek, on the east, and the Little Wabash River on the west. Palmyra ( a place no longer on the map) was the seat for holding the first county court, in 1815, John McIntosh, Seth Gard and William Barney being the Judges.

Albion, the present county seat (population, 937), was laid out by Morris Birkbeck and George Flower (emigrants from England), in 1819, and settled largely by their countrymen, but not incorporated until 1860. The area of the county is 220 square miles, and population of 2,000 in 1890, is partly in this county, though mostly in White.

Edwards County was named in honor of Ninian Edwards, the Territorial Governor of Illinois.

Settled in 1818 by two Englishmen, George Flower and Morris Birkbeck, who sought land far enough south to escape frigid winters and far enough north to avoid slavery

Unlike most of the counties in Illinois, Edwards County is subdivided into "Road Districts", as opposed to "Townships"

Cities
Albion (county seat)
Grayville (north half)

Villages
Bone Gap
Browns
West Salem

Online Data

Births

Marriages
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Website Updates:
July 2014:  bio for BRINES

Previous Updates:
SUMMERS obit; Land Records; Guardianship notice for EVANS; Marriage announcement for EVANS-TITUS; WATKINS obit; 1883 Pensioners; Complete list of CW Soldiers; MILLER obit; 1880 Mortality Schedule; Physicians of Edwards county (thru 1912); 1850 and 1860 Mortality Schedules; Biography of HEDRICK family with burials in the West Salem Moravian Cemetery


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Edwards County Clerk
Courthouse
50 East Main Street
Albion, IL 62806

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Surrounding Counties

* Richland County (north)
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Wabash County (east)
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Gibson County, IN (southeast)
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White County (south)
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Wayne County (west)

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