Welcome to LaSalle County, Illinois History and Genealogy

Hi, my name is Nancy Piper and I am the host for Putnam, Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall Counties. My ancestors came to Illinois over 150 years ago and settled in the tiny village of Florid, which is no longer even a name on a map.  I've always been a "history buff" and these pages let me help share the world my "findings".   If you have any information to add, please E-mail me.  

On these pages you will find the information pertaining to the history of LaSalle County.  Our goal is to have available free of charge as much information as possible and will be adding continuously to these pages, so check back often.    I do not live in LaSalle County so, I am unable to do any personal research.  

November 2014 Updates

Bio: Gen. Charles S. Warren - transcribed by Vicki Bryan

October 2014 Updates
1845-1847 Marriage Announcements
: Boughton-Morse, Dow-Miles, Tift-Cook, Budd-Ebersol, Larkin-Warren, Elwell-Dolf Leeby-Sears, Goodrich-Evans, Smith-Sterling, Drain-Oliver, Bagley-Root, Hall-Allen, Rugg-Ebersol, Reed-Tyler, Woolenbeck-Sparber, Eels-Thurston, Ryan-Kingstun, Swift-Miles, Low-Lewis, Lafferty-Bassnett, Lukens-Lukens, Maclay-Reynolds, Jacobs-Rosdail, Eaton-Bayley, Shaw-Garland, Peters-Pearson, Inman-McKernan, Walker-Rice, Easton-Bacon, Hopkins-Gridley, Pratt-Gridley, Hopper-Leonard, Wiley-Darrow, Hughes-Hull, Kinne-Fisk, Farnsworth-Cole, Baldwin-Faryo

1845-1847 Death Notices: Mrs. Deborah Adams, Augusta (Vincent) Armour, Benjamin Burr, Charles E. Caton, Frances Cornella Chumasero, Elbridge G. Clark, Charles Climpson, Emeline Delia Cook, Edward Worrell Cushman, Conrad Dasch, Mrs. Dickenson, Edward Duperior, Bradford T. Eels, Peleg Frink, John Hall, Christian Latshaw, Michael Larkin, Mrs. Sarah Leahy, Mrs. Marsh, Fanny Matson, George Matson, Thomas Mowbray, Mary Ellen Murphy, Emma Adeline Newton, Resolved H. Potter, William Reddick, Jonathan Root, Edward R. Scott, Angeline Augusta Thorn, Mrs. Beula Thorn, John Tierney, Laura M. Wakefield, William Hickling Walker, Simeon West, George Whitmore

1846-1847 News-Accidents: Nicholas Druley Accidently Killed, Three Injured in Stage Coach Accident
New-Government:: 1846 Democratic Convention Candidates (short sketches)
1845-1847 Court News: November 1845 Circuit Court, Judge Calon Ill
1845-1847 Crime News: Horse Stolen from Frink, Walker & Co.; James Levens Home Robbed; George Good Breaks Out of Jail; Timothy Thompson Attacks Family; Van Antrap Arrested for Horse Stealing; Van Antrap Escapes from Jail; H. Higby Assaulted and Injured; Wm. Osborne Stabs De Long; D.L. Hough Shoots Col. Avery in Arm
1845-1847 Miscellaneous News: Asa Holdridge Raises 612 lb Hog; Samuel Ebersol Grows Mammoth Squash; Mount Knickerbocker changed to Norway; William Reddick Appointed Aid to Governor, Steam Packets on the Canal, Post Office Changed to Hardin

Village History
Ottawa: 1845-1847 News:
Cogswell and Chapin Open Ottawa Foundry; 1846 Ladies Fair; Dissolution of Cogswell-Chapin Partnership; Catholic Church Being Erected; 1846 Town Ordinances; Construction of the Fox River Bridge; Completion of the New Congregational Church, City Hotel Reopened, Wm. Butterfield Appointed Second Lieutenant, Problems With the Ferry, The New Catholic Church, Mr. Cogswell Enlarging Foundry, New Bridge Across The Canal Completed, Three New Stores in Ottawa, Walker & Hickling Mercantile Erecting New Building, Mr. Delano's Grapes

July 2014 Updates: Marriage Announcements: Clark-Applebee, Brewster-Mann, Murphy-Cleary, Lewis-Champlin; Obit: Jeptha Brainard, Elizabeth Densmore, Anne Foley, Mrs. Julia Hosford, Harmon Hurlbut, Francis J. Ziegler: News: Renselaer Woodruff Arrested for Mail Robbery
May 2014:Obit: Horace B. Jarvis - Contributed by Jim Dezotell
April 2014: Obit: Orlando Chittenden - -- Contributed by Jim Dezotell

March 2014: 1845 News Items From the Past: Smyth's Wagon and Horses Lost in River, Bullock Appointed Post Master; 1845 Marriages: Eichelberger-Hosford .... Devereaux-Redmond . Balwin-Chapman ... Coates-Bull ... Gentleman-Hardin ... Merritt-Robbins ... Johnson-Works ... Haslet-Woolfer; 1845 Deaths: Newton Brumfield . John Crotty . Mary Gilman ... Mrs. Ruth Gillet ... Mrs. Mary Carter ... Richard Frederick Day ... Jason Gurlet; Ottawa 1845 News: The Ottawa Foundry, Baptist Church Damaged by Fire, Hise Appointed Post Master
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Biographies, Homepages, and Family Pictures

The Ewing Family - Contributed by Linda Stewart

 Nadler Family Photos  - Contributed by Tracy McIntosh

PipersPages:   My family history which includes biographies on the LaSalle County families such as Dinkey, Norton and other related families)

Rosemary's Family Connections (Good website for genealogical information for the families of BAUMGARDNER, BURR, COOK, COWGILL, EBBS, ISHAM,  LOOMIS, MASSIE, PALASCHAK, PROMENSCHENKEL, STOCKING, WARWICK, and WIRICK.

 John Hossack of Ottawa, Illinois  (Great website by Jay W. Preston dedicated to the history of John Hossack, "Canal Builder. Grain and Lumber Merchant. Conductor on the Underground Railroad. Crusader for Human Rights and Liberty. Man of God.")

Stu Wilson's Family Tree Page  (Very good website for genealogical information. Stu has the following LaSalle Co. surnames listed Brown, Eades, Gray, Newman, Springer, Woodruff, and White.)

THIEMANN/THIEMAN Family Web Pages (Very nice pages by Roger L. Thiemann on his family history.  Roger also has a familytreemaker page with some nice family photos at http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/t/h/i/Roger-L-Thiemann/index.html)

The Schmitt Family Photo  - donated by Terri Davison

Silas Washington Bardwell   - Contributed by Perry Ward Jr.

Unknown family photos (link) - Contributed by Sarah Ferguson Potter

Sarah writes "I have some pictures from Grundy County and a few from La Salle, Illinois that need identifying they are believed to be from the Ferguson, Kay, and Steel families. But I don't know really who any of them are. TheLa Salle photos could be from the family of David T. Allan (originallly of La Salle) and his first wife Jessie Barr. Later he went on to marry Isabelle Ferguson, but didn't have any children with him b/c they were in their 40's when they married."

(If you have a LaSalle County Family  Genealogy or History Homepage and you'd like to have linked here, please let me know. )

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