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HANCOCK COUNTY, on the western border of the State, bounded on the west by the Mississippi River; was organized in 1825 and named for John Hancock; has an area of 769 square miles; population (1900), 32,215. Its early settlers were chiefly from the Middle and Southern States, among them being I. J. Waggen, for nearly sixty years a resident of Montebello Township. Black Hawk, the famous Indian Chief, is reputed to have been born within the limits of Camp Creek Township, in this county. Fort Edwards was erected on the present site of Warsaw, soon after the War of 1812, but was shortly afterwards evacuated. Abraham Lincoln, a cousin of the President of that name, was one of the early settlers. Among the earliest were John Day, Abraham Brewer, Jacob Compton, D. F. Parker, the Dixons, Mendenhalls, Logans, and Luther Whitney. James White, George Y. Cutler and Henry Nichols were the first Commissioners In 1839 the Mormons crossed the Mississippi, after being expelled from Missouri, and founded the city of Nauvoo in this county. (See Mormons, Nauvoo.) Carthage and Appanoose were surveyed and laid out in 1835 and 1836. A ferry across the Mississippi was established at Montebello (near the present site of Hamilton) in 1829, and another, two years later, near the site of old Fort Edwards. The county is crossed by six lines of railway, has a fine public school system, numerous thriving towns, and is among the wealthy counties of the State. "Histor ical Encylopedia of Illinois, 1901"

 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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Website Updates:
Dec 2016; biographies for WESTERHOFF, WILLIAMS, WADE/HOWELL
Dec 2016: obits for ECKLES, BEAMAN/ROSE
Oct 2016; obits for STEELE, CLARK, RICE, WESNER
 Sept 2016; obit WINFIELD;
June 2016:  obits for SANDERSON, STAUFFER;  bio for MOFFIT
Jan 2016:  bios for FILSON, CHAMBERS, CECIL, BELL.  Obit for BUTLER
Feb 2015: County History: Directories-Townships: St. Albans, Pilot Grove, St. Mary's, Prairie, Rocky Run, Walker  News: Newspapers Published in Hancock County


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Carthage, IL 62321

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