Welcome to Marshall 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".  On these pages you will find the information pertaining to the history of  Marshall 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.  

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December 2014


Schools: First Annual Meeting of the Marshall Co. Teachers' Association

November 2014 Updates: Henry - 1906 Henry High School Class Photo- Contributed by Thomas Mead
October 2014 Updates: 1845 Democratic Convention (news article), Stage Coach Lost on River (1845), Biographies: James Gallup,  Nathaniel Gants and Edwin Gants, Amasa Garratt, James Garrett, Austin C. Garvin, Mrs. Lucy (Gaylord) Gibson, S. M. Glenn, Edward S. Gould, G. W. Gray, William H. Gray, Enoch George Green, Nathanial P. Green, Mark Gregory, H. R. Griffin, S. C. Griffin, Melchi Grove, W. C. Guyer, Mrs. M. A. Hafley, David M. Hall, Mrs. S. P. Hallam, Egbert Halsey, Samuel Hamilton, William T. Hamilton, William M. Hamilton, James W. Hancock, Luther Hancock, William W. Hancock, James A. Hanson, John F. Hatton, Valentine Hatzenbahler, Russell E. Heacock, W. W. Heath, Daniel Heinrich, Robert Henry, Nelson G. Hentborn, Moses Hertley, Robert Hester, J. M. Higgins, R. E. Hills, Thos. B. Hinman, Abraham W. Hoagland, Jacob Hochstrasser, Charles D. Hodge, L. J. Hodge, F. H. Holeton, Lyman Horram, Henry Hoskins, Isaac P. Howard, Peter Howe, Huldah Hoyt, J. B. Hudson, Alden Hull, J. S. Hunt, A. L. Hup, E. M. Hunter, Hubbard G. Hurd, Jesse W. Hurd, H. L. Hutchins, John Hutchins, William Huwald, Caroline (Henthorn) Iliff, Jane (Williams) Iliff , John M. Iliff, Mira Amelia (Springer) Iliff, Robert Iliff , Samuel H. Iliff, Sarah A. (Houck) Grove Iliff
July 2014 Updates: Robert S. Erwin, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones Evans, A. G. Everley, William W. Feazle, Wm. L. Fisher, J. G. Forney, Aaron C. Fosdick and Electa (Allen) Chapman Fosdick, Henry Foster, Joseph R. Foster, A. H. Fowler, Daniel Fowler, E. S. Fowler, Richard B. Frary and Catherine J. (Lowman) Frary, Loton Frisby
May 2014 : Henry - 1910 Henry High School Senior Class - Contributed by Thomas Mead
March 2014 : Bios: Adam Davidson Richard Davidson James B. Davis C. M. Dawson William C. Decker Peter G. Defenbaugh Alered J. Deihl Abraham Delong . John O. Dent William Dillman Michael Dodd C. W. Dodge Delia (Drake) Doran (F.B. Drake - Putnam) Patrick Doran George Dorff Michael Dougherty Rufus Douglas Jesse Drake John J. Duncan William J. Duncan Deacon M. Dunlap and John Dunlap: Henry: 1906 Henry High School Class Photo - Contributed by Thomas Mead
February 2014 : Death Notice: Daniel Thomas - Contributed by FOFG

( Vital records and newspaper announcements)


Doctors, History and Histoical Sketches, Postal Routes & Offices, Schools, Railroads, Roads & Highways

Vital records, Mortality Indexes and newspaper announcements)


Family Biographies, Homepages, Family Photo

Delinquent Tax List, County Convention, Proceeding of the Board of Supervisors, Circuit Court Proceedings, Township Elections, Court News

(Vital records and newspaper announcements)


Newspapers and Misc. News Articles


(Biographies, Obituaries, Sketches, etc.)

(Township Disasters, History and Historical Sketches, News Articles, Township Pioneers, Photos)

( Businesses, Manufacturing, Burglaries, Disasters, History, Historical Sketches, Prominent Citizens and Early Pioneers, Photos, Riverboat News)

(Note:  The link to this section has changed.  I've acquired so many anniversaries that that are now indexed alphabetically.)


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Marshall County Biographies, Homepages and Family Photos and Family Information


Family History


  • Smoky Mountain Ancestral Quest (Website by David Beckwith - has information on the Alfred Mateer family of Marshall/Lasalle county)

  • The Frain Family Genealogy (Website by Joseph Frain devoted to research on families of Luke Frain and Elizabeth Bird)

  • The Shoof/Coen Family Tree
    Great website by Dawn Coen.  Dawn states on her website "Most of the family members contained in this subset lived and died in Illinois (Marshall County area), Wisconsin (Portage County area) or Pennsylvania (Beaver County). This main surnames contained here are Coen, Schoof, Schaefer, Cain, Bercich, Rice, Shellman, Buchanan, Cisewski, Damask, Simonis, Ewing, Hutchison, Johnson, Koziczkowski, Quiram, Sluder, Suydam, Wehling, Coombs and Schoppe."

  • The Hollenback Family Website   {LouAnn Cameron writes " We have created a Hollenback family website which includes families in Marshall county.")

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

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Information Sources

Henry, Illinois Public Library
702 Front Street
Henry, Illinois 61537
Phone: (309) 364-2516
Fax: (309) 364-2717

Hours: Mon, Thur, Fri - 1-5 PM;  Tue. 10 - 5 PM; Wed. 1 - 8 PM, Sat. 10-3 PM
Closed Thurs

The Illinois State Archives  
Margaret Cross Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756

Telephone: (217) 782-4682
Fax: (217) 524-3930

Hours: Monday Friday    8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m.   Saturday 8:00 a.m. 3:30 p.m.   (except on holiday weekends)

The State Archives serves by law as the depository of public records of Illinois state and local governmental agencies which possess permanent administrative, legal, or historical research values.   This includes birth, death, and census records.  

The Illinois State Archives, has indexes for most of the nineteenth century censuses and the federal Soundexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. The Archives also has the Illinois state and federal census records for the years 1810 1880, 1900 1920. The 1865 and 1870 censuses have not been indexed. Its collections do not include manuscript, newspaper, or other nonofficial sources.  

These records are made available to the public, officials, and scholars at the Norton Building and at seven regional depositories located on state university campuses throughout Illinois. The Archives provides access to them through a series of printed and electronic guides, and by in-person, mail, telephone, FAX, and Internet database reference services.

Old State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62701

Hours:  Monday-Friday  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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