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Land Entried and Early Titles
Source: [Excerpts extracted from the book, History of Jersey County Illinois - Published 1919 - Chapter X - Land Entries and Early Titles, pages 76 - 77]


The first entries of land were made in 1820 - (note: does not state what town)
October 13 - John Wilkins,
Ocboter 23 - H. & J. Hewitt

English Township - 1821
January 5, 1821 Jehu Brown, John Evans, John Thornton, Greshom Patterson
January 13, 1821, John Brown
January 22, 1821, Silas Crane
January 23, 1821, Philip Grimes

Quarry Township - 1821
February 5, 1821 - John Evans
February 26, 1821 - George Finney

Richwoods Township - 1821
January 10, 1821 - John Gunterman, John Medford, Samuel Gates
January 18, 1821 - Moses Seeds

Otter Creek Township - 1821
Jun 29, 1821 - William Davidson

(page 77) - "There were several fractional tracts entered along Jersey County shore of the Mississippi and the Illinois Rivers in 1821, but they were mostly of a small area. The total acreage was greater than in any one year prior to 1830." In English Township, which was two-thirds timber and one-third prairie, receiving most of these entries. Jehu Brown took 880 acres.

In 1882, 3 entires were made
April 2, 1882 - Frances Colean, English Township
June 13, 1822 - John Wilkins - Piasa Township
December 20, 1822 - Martin Bowman - Jersey Township

In 1823, 7 entries were made
March 11, 1823 - David Eveland - Richwoods Township
April 15, 1823 - Mathew Darr - Richwoods Township
October 6, 1823 - William Bates - Elsah Township
October 6, 1823 - Thomas J. Lofton - Missississpi Township
October 7, 1823 - John D. Gillham - Missississpi Township
October 10, 1823 - Joseph White - English Towhship
October 20, 1823 - Joab White - Mississippi Township
December 1, 1823 - Isaac Cummings - Mississippi Township

In 1824, the entries were as follows:
John Vaugn, February 2, English Township
John Falkner, March 1, Jersey Township
Ormand Beeman, October 5, English Township

From 1824 to 1829, there were scattering entries in the vicinty of those already noted.

On April 9, 1830, Dr. Silas Hamilton entered W½ SE¼ , 12-7-12.

In the fall of 1830, Joseph Russell, of Tennessee, an old acquaintance of Dr. Silas Hamilton, entered a large amount of land in 8-12, west of the Carrollton & Grafton road and in later years added thereto by entries in 8-10, 8-11 and 8-12. Dr. Hamilton entered a large amount of land in the county, in addition to that in Otter Creek colony and was instrumental in bringing may other to Jersey County.

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