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Posted 5-19-2017

Jersey County Poor Farm - Plans for new building

Death of Prominent Illinoisan - Osville A. Snedeker

Death Notice - Hon. Joey Cory, Sr.

Death Notice - Hon. Frank Bridges

Community News - New Illinois Railroad

Mrs. T. L. Long

Political News - Men Nominated

Butter Famine

"Will Declared Invalid"

Posted 5-16-2017
Dr. Horace A. Reddish - Son Arrested for Murder of Rich Illinoisan



Jersey County Court House, Built 1894,
Located in Jerseyville - County Seat
Arch-Henry Elliott
Contr-Frederick W. Menke


Jersey County, IL, Established: February 28, 1839
Origin of the Name: Named from the State of New Jersey, which derived its name from the Isle of Jersey in Great Britain.

In 1821, with the establishment of Greene County,
it ceased to be a part of Madison County, a relation it had held
since the latter was formed by Gov. Edwards in 1818.

The part of Greene County that now constitutes Jersey County,
continued to be included in Greene County until August 5, 1839.

The Enabling Act passed by the Legislature, February 28, 1839,
provided that on August 5, following at an election held for that purpose,
a proposition should be submitted to the voters of the latter county,
for and against the separation of
Jersey County from Greene County, for their determination.

At that election, there were 1,239 votes for and 714 against the proposition,
a majority of 525 out of a total of 1, 953 votes.
From 1821 until 1839, however, the history of Jersey County
is naturally included in that of Greene, and is so given.
[Hamilton "History of Jersey Co." 1919]

Villages and Unicorporated Areas of Jersey County
Elsah, English, Fidelity, Jersey, Mississippi, Otter Creek, Piasa, Richwoods, Ruyle, Quarry,Rosedale, Beltrees, Chautauqua, Delhi, Democrat Spring, Dow, East Newbern, Kemper, Lake Piasa, Lockhaven, McClusky, Newbern, New Delhi, Nutwood, Reardon, Reddish, Rosedale, Spankey, Brighton, Elsah, Fidelity, Fieldon, Otterville

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