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Hi, My name is Leslie (McNier) Riney and I am your host for Jackson County, Illinois.  I am a direct descendant of the McNier's and Mayhew's from Jackson County and a descendant of the Seals and Williams' of Pulaski and Union counties in Southern Illinois and of the Williams' from Murray County, Georgia.  

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Jackson County was organized in 1816, having been carved out of Randolph County. It was named for Andrew Jackson, who had just defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans.

The county seat is Murphysboro. The original county seat and courthouse were located along the Big Muddy River at Brownsville. To afford a more strategic location after the courthouse in Brownsville was destroyed by fire, County government was moved upstream a few miles to Murphysboro. There are few traces of Brownsville still visible.
The most populous city is Carbondale, home to the main campus of Southern Illinois University.

Cities and Towns:
Ava -- Campbell Hill -- Carbondale -- De Soto -- Dowell -- Elkville
Gorham -- Grand Tower -- Makanda -- Murphysboro -- Vergennes

[Source: wikipedia.org]

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