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

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: compiled 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: compiled list

Marriages: compiled 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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