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Hardin County, Illinois
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HARDIN COUNTY

In 1801 to 1809, the territory that was Gallatin County split between the counties of Randolph and Knox.  Everything East of the line running north from Cave In Rock remained "Old Knox County" with Vincennes as the County Seat.  This territory consisted of a fourth of Hardin County, the mouth of the Saline River, as well as the area of Old Shawneetown and New Haven.  Gallatin was reduced several times.  Franklin county was organized in 1818, White county in 1815 and Hardin county in 1839.  Around the 1700's, Gallatin and Hardin county were one of the same.  The history of this area couldn't possibly be told in a few paragraphs and to do it justice, would take a few years.  I will say that the little bit of what I've read is truly amazing and never ceases to hold my intrigue. This area is one of the few and oldest in Illinois. The history here ranges from the Mound Builders, there are two in the area you should see, Boyd's Mound and Rutherford's Mound near Saline, to the Shawnee Indians, the famous Cherokee Trail of Tears, the beginnings of Slavery in Illinois (salt licks), to the First Federal Bank.  Other stories contain history on the Cave in Rock, to the haunting of the Old Slavery House and of course, Abraham Lincoln.  I'm sure there is more...once I've research further...and I will do my best to touch on them all.  Illinois is so rich in history and when you visit these areas... it's easy to fall back into time.  The beauty of the Shawnee Forest in itself could put you right there!  History books for Hardin County are hard to come by, but I have managed to collect a few. I have been there a couple years back, but I feel it requires another visit in the Spring.  I can't wait to see Elizabethtown again and enjoy some of that sweet hospitality and that awesome fried chicken! (for research purposes of course!)

Contributed by Deanna Heneghan, former Hardin county host.


Towns and Communities

Elizabethtown

Rosiclare

Cave In Rock

Picket Ridge

Spardale

Lamb

Karber's Ridge

Eichorn

McFarlan

Coon Creek

Shawnee Hollow

Fox Ridge

Bald Ridge

Keeling

Three Mile Creek

Union

Monroe

Sparks Hill

Baugher

Bend Of The River

Fairview

Tower Rock

Buzzard Roost

Midway

Harris Creek

Keeling Hill

Lover's Grove

Hall Ridge

Hound Ridge

Lover's Valley

Republican Ridge

Democratic Ridge

Hicks Branch or Hickstown

 

Bob Hill Corner

 

The towns above are all supposedly in Hardin County.  As we come across information about any town, we will add what we found.  If anyone knows the history of any of the towns or people from any of the towns above, we would love hearing from you.  If you have records such as marriages, births and deaths, etc. in your family bible,  we would love to post it online.  All these kinds of donations are what help others (who may be related to you!) search and find their ancestors online for FREE!  So dig around in that closet and drawers, go through some photo albums and share your history with the world.

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Website Updates:
Feb 2014:  Burials in Rutherford Cemetery
Oct 2013:  1883 pensioners;  obit for GREEN
October 2012: Obituaries for: DAVIS, EZELL, EDWARDS, FURRY, FLOYD, FURLONG, FRIELDS, FULKERSON, GUNDERSON, GILL, HERMAN, HICKS, HALTER, HOBBS, HOPKINS, HURFORD, IRBY, JOHNSEY, JACKSON, JENNINGS, KAEGI, KARBER, LANE, LANTRIP, LEDBETTER, LINSCOMB, LAFAYETTE, LASATER, LOWERY, MILES, MILLER, MOTT, MANHART, MCDONALD, MCCARTHY, MCMANOMY, OLSEN, OELHEIM, OLSEN, PULASKI, PETERS, ROCHFORD, RANDOLPH, ROE, RISLEY, ROBERTSON, REITHEL, SPEAR, SCARBORO, SMITH, STANFORD, SHORES, SNELLING, STOUT, SHETLER, SANDERS, SCOTT, STOUT, TAYLOR, TRUMAN, THRELKELD, VOLKERT, WARREN, WOOTEN, WEINMANN, WINTERS, YATES

Surrounding Counties in Illinois:  Galatin    Pope   Saline

and in Kentucky:  Crittendon    Livingston    Union

 

Hardin County Land Records:    A-F    G-L    M-R    S-Z    

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