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.  








Wedding Anniversaries

County History

Family History

Township History

Village History





January 2015 Updates

Obits and Death Notice: Jonathan Mason - Transcribed by Jim Dezotell;
Obits and Death Notice: William Watson, Peter Schemerhorn, Mrs. Catharine Stout, George Fisher Smith

December 2014 Updates


Ezra Ackley, Pliney Bliss, Francis Brady, Elbridge G. Clark, Simon Crosiar, William Corsiar, Patrick Doren, Peleg Frink, John Fry, John Hall, James G. Higgins, Horace Knowland, George W. Knowles, Christopher Long, Polly Long, Benjamin Lundy, Isaac Painter, Joshua Richardson, Levi Woodward

Wheatland, Lane and McGraw Drown Crossing River, Albert Thurston Accidentally Shot, John Dickinson Killed in Train Accident

Rezin Debolt's Hog, New Post Office - Wright, Sheldon Cadwell's Hog Beats Debolt's, Mr. Wentworth to Escort John Quincy Adams Remains to Interment, River Navigation

Mr. Hough Found Not Guilty

Supreme Court at Ottawa


Reddick-Tuttle, Shepard-McDowell, Blodget-Neff, Morse-Cook, Debolt-Bruner, Parker-Daniels, Davis - Osborn, Coleman-Cargill, Cole-Bartley, Lewis-Gillett, Richardson-Terry, Foster-App, Dickey-Vandoran, Martin-Gurley, Terril-Collis, Hautaling-Forbes, Tucker-Beem, Nary-O'Donnell, Worden-Drake, Fairfield-Dickinson


Joseph Blish, Francis Brady, D. Hubbard Chester, James Clark, Cornelius Cochran, Matilda F. Curtis, Mrs. Jerusha Dimmick, Patrick Doren, Infant Daughter Dow, James C. Edgecombe, James Emmet Fanning, Isaac Fitch, Mr. Gorman, Mr. Hodge, Abraham LaFayette Hoes, Frances D. Hoes, Nathan P. Hopkins, Charles E. Hurlbut, Fanny Leland, John Lewis, Terry Maloy, Mr. McCune, Luther L. Miller, Hugh A. Montgomery, Oscar F. Prescott, David Shaver, Horatio S. Slack, Francis Ruthvin Smith, Emma True, Clara Cornelia Walker

Village History

The American Hotel At Ottawa (1847), Ottawa Improvements (1840), First Canal Boat From Ottawa (1848), Ottawa Boat First Through Canal (1848)


Moses Little, Christopher Long, David Loring, John Loring, William R. Loring, George Low, John Loyd, Benjamin Lundy, John W. Lyman
Mrs. Agnes Mackey, Benjamin Mackey, Norton Mackey, Rush Mackey, Samuel Mackey, George B. Macy, Richard Malony, John Manley, Nathaniel Manville, Barney Martin

Past Updates

Links and Information

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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. )

Information Sources


La Salle County Community Links

Helpful Links and surrounding counties

Putnam County, IL History and Genealogy

Marshall County, IL History and Genealogy

Lee County, IL History and Genealogy

Woodford County, IL History and Genealogy

Grundy County IL History and Genealogy

Livingston County IL  History and Genealogy

The Illinois State Archives   (On-line data bases of the following records:  Public Domain Land Sales, Spanish-American War, Black Hawk War, Civil War)

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