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Jo Daviess County is located in the northwest corner of U.S. state of Illinois. Its county seat is Galena.

Jo Daviess County was formed in 1827 out of Henry and Putnam Counties. It is named for Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, United States District Attorney for Kentucky, who was killed in 1811 at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

As part of the Driftless Area, Jo Daviess County is known for its scenic stretches of road and valley views. Within Jo Daviess County lies Charles Mound, the highest natural point in Illinois. 

Jo Daviess County was organized from Peoria, February 17, 1827, and was bounded as follows:  Beginning on the Mississippi River at the northwestern corner of the state, thence down the Mississippi to the north line of the Military Tract, thence east to the Illinois River, thence north to the northern boundary of the state, thence west to the place of beginning. Galena was named as the county seat. Among those who have been prominent in the history of this county, who arrived in 1827, are, Dr. Horatio Newhall, Capt. H. H. Gear and family, John G. Hughlett, James G. Soulard, William B. Green, Harvey Mann, Charles Peck, Solomon Oliver, Allan Tomlin, Gov. Thomas Ford, Col. James M.Strode, C.C.P. Hunt, Capt. John Atchison, Paul M. Gratiot, Nathaniel Morris, Moses Hallett, Lucius H. and Edward Langworthy, William Hempstead, D. B. Morehouse, and many others whose names are familiar in Jo Daviess county.

 East Dubuque ~ Galena

 Apple River ~ Elizabeth ~ Hanover ~ Menominee ~ Nora ~ Scales Mound ~ Stockton ~ Warren


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Jan 2018:  Obit for BIRBECK, REEDER, HAYES. Marriage announcements for BROWN-BERRY, LEVERETT - T___;  Gossip news for MAGEE.   Entire 1850 Mortality Schedule

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Adjacent Counties
 Lafayette County, Wisconsin - north
Stephenson County - east
Carroll County - southeast
Jackson County, Iowa - southwest
Dubuque County, Iowa - west
Grant County, Wisconsin - northwest
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