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 Hancock County
Population 2000: 20,121
County seat: Carthage
Named for John Hancock
Hancock County covers 795 square miles and was organized in 1825

Towns and Cities in Hancock County:

* Augusta * Basco * Bentley * Bowen
* Carthage * Dallas City (partly in Henderson County)
* Elvaston * Ferris * Fountain Green * Hamilton
* La Harpe * Nauvoo * Plymouth * Pontoosuc
* Warsaw * West Point

Unincorporated Areas
* Adrian * Burnside * Colmar * Colusa * Denver
* La Crosse * McCall * Niota * Stillwell * Sutter * Webster

Townships of Hancock County
* Appanoose * Augusta * Bear Creek * Carthage
* Chili * Dallas City * Durham * Fountain Green
* Hancock *Harmony * La Harpe * Montebello
* Nauvoo * Pilot Grove * Pontoosuc * Prairie
* Rock Creek * Rocky Run * St. Albans * St. Mary's
* Sonora * Walker * Warsaw * Wilcox * Wythe

 

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Nauvoo and the Mormons
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1860 Mortality Schedule

 Hancock County residents in the Joliet State Prison
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Website Updates:

2015Feb
County History: Directories-Townships: St. Albans, Pilot Grove, St. Mary's, Prairie, Rocky Run, Walker
News: Newspapers Published in Hancock County

2015Jan
Bios: John Durbin

Bios: Appanoose tp- Amos Davis, Samuel T. Egan, Samuel V. Elliott, James Green, John Haigh, James Hammond, John Hobbs, L.A. Hobbs, Hugh Jackson, Robert Jackson, William Jackson, John Kennedy, James Lindsay Jr., James A. Ollis, Chauncy Robison, Lewis Sleight, James Webb, John Zingree

Bios: St. Alban's tp-Garrett Bean, Jesse W. Brown, N.R. Butler, Henry Clark, Dr. V.B. Corey, Francis Egbers, William H. Felgar, F.L. Fulmer, J.J. Guthrie, Green Harding, John Hicks, Henry Hinkle, Elliott S. Hoffman, Geo. M. Jones, Charles H.G. Kessler, Joseph R. Kinny, John M. Kittel, G.W. Linn,

Births: complied list

Cemeteries: Fountain Green Cemetery

Census: 1865 State Census, Hancock, Hancock County, 

Church Histories: By township: Augusta, Appanooese, Bear Creek, Carthage, Chili, Prairie, St. Alban's,  Durham, Fountain Green, Hancock, Harmony, Pontoosuc-Dallas,  La Harpe, Pilot Grove, Rock Creek, Rocky Run

County HistoryTownship Histories: Appanoose, Augusta, Bear Creek, Carthage, Chili, Nauvoo, Prairie, St. Albans, Durham, Fountain Green, Hancock, Harmony, Pontoosuc-Dallas, La Harpe, Pilot Grove, Rock Creek, Rocky Run; Early Newspapers, Directories-Townships: Appanoose, Augusta, Carthage, Hancock, Sonora, Wilcox, and City of Carthage

Deaths: complied list

Marriages: complied list

Marriage Notices: Newcomb-Arthusa, Union of a Man and Wife after a Separation of 47 Years, 

Military: U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records 1863-1865, Application for Headstone-Lowell A. Cline

News: Birthday, Anniversary and Reunion Parties: GOLDEN WEDDING JUBILEE ENJOYED

News: Court: Had No Lights, Garwood Refuses to Make Answer, King Abraham's Edicts

News: Crime: Robt, Inghram, Esq, Backenstos, the Mormon sheriff of Hancock county, Illinois, recently tried under an indictment for the murder of a man during the troubles in that county, has been pronounced by the Jury not Guilty., BEHNE MAY FACE CHARGES IN LEE

News: Fires, Accidents: Heavy Damage From the Storm, Suicide of Col. J.B. Backenstos

News: Misc: An ancient coin believed to be Greek, has been found in one of the "mounds" of the prehistoric Americans, in Hancock county, Illinois, Lye for Trees, Anna B. Rogers of Hancock county, Illinois, has bought of H.K. Rogers of the same place, a quarter section of land in Jackson township,

News: Morman-related News Items: The Original Mormons

News: Weather: Deep Snow 1830-31, Storm of 1836, Tornado-June 1838, High Waters 1836, The Basco Tornado-1873 YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS....AMAZING STORIES, July 1873, Winter of 1836-7, Many Bridges Gone-Story Blown Off a Block-Watermelons Float Down Creek

Obits: Martha A.M. Foster Bray, James Henry Clampitt, David Clark,  George Bert Matthews, Verdilia Miller, Overman, Laura Berry Pratt, Isabel Kerr Puntenney, Elthier Richards, Mary Pomeroy, P.C. Ward, John F. Scott, Hebe Andrus, Ashford H. Perry, Jesse E. Eidson, Mary Catherine Yenawine, Mark Aldrich,

Wills/Legal Records: Petition of George Backster, Clairborn Wilson, Sidney Rigdon, Joseph Stanton, Anthony Barkman, Notice, Will of Minneapolis Woman Leaves $3,000 to Be Used in Hancock County, Illinois, JOHN HAY'S WILL, MISS DEVIER'S REQUEST



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ADAMS

HENDERSON

McDONOUGH

SCHUYLER




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