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History and Genealogy

Finding Ancestors ....
wherever their trails led


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.





County History


Family History






 Obituaries and Death Notices

Township History

Village History

Wedding Anniversaries

Recent Updates
January 2018
Death Notices: Emma Mae McDougal, William A. Rounds, Charles Heldt, Emory A. Storrs, Ann Rowena Terheun, Julia Amelia Terheun

February 2018
Misc. News: Gen. McClasky's Radish (1841), 1841 River News, Ann Roth Requesting a Separation from Stinky Husband (1902), 1925 Gossip News
Marriage Notice: Strawn-Taylor (1883) Johnson-Andrew (1841)
Accident News: Josiah S. Hall Injured by Fire (1841)
Ottawa News: John Hill's Chandlery, J. & D. Green's Woollen Factory (1841)
Administrator's Notice and Estate Sales: Aaron Bain, James Doren, William Harkness, Michael O'Kane (1841), Estate Sale: Hector McKinzee

December 2017

Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1858 and 1859 - LaSalle County

September 2017
1841 Marriage Notices: Cushing-Penniman, Dow-Bennett, Leland-Holbrook, Newton-Townsend
Obituaries and Death Notices
Death Notice: Sally S. Thorn
1841 ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES: Aaron Bain, James G. Armstrong, John Argebright, William Richey

June 2017
1841 MARRIAGE NOTICES: Anderson-Johnson, Carter-Town, Perley-Stevens, Pine-Town, Thompson-Evans, Tuttle-Smith, Waterman-Burgit

Obituaries and Death Notices
DEATH NOTICES: Delia Ann Brown, L. Maria Mann, David Franklin Sanger, Rev. James Whitehead

1841 ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES: Ezra Ackley. James C. Edgecombe, Joseph Fullerton, Hugh M. Griggs
CRIME NEWS: Attempted Murder of James Clark (1840)
1841 MISC NEWS: Mr. Douglas Buys Mansion House, Peru; Illinois River Depth in June 1841; Big Vermilion River Fourth of July Celebration; Mr. Lewis Resigns; A. O. Smith's Watermelon
OTTAWA NEWS: June 1841 News-Ottawa Band; 1841 New Catholic Church
NEWS-FIRES: E. Dominy's Barn Destroyed by Fire (1841)

Civil War Letter from Emily A. Wheat Forshee to Lucy Hunt Gillit

May 2017

Obituaries and Death Notices
Mrs. Baldwin

Past Updates

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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Helpful Links and surrounding counties

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Marshall County, IL History and Genealogy

Lee County, IL History and Genealogy

Woodford County, IL History and Genealogy

Grundy County IL History and Genealogy

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