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Shelby County was formed in 1827 out of Fayette County. It was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky and hero of the Revolutionary War

From Combined History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois, 1881:
The county seat, Shelbyville, is located on the western shore of the Kaskaskia River which was dammed to create Lake Shelbyville.
Shelbyville, Shelby County and Lake Shelbyville derived their names from Isaac Shelby, an officer of the revolution.
The population of the county, according to the census of 1870, was 25,476, and in 1880 (was) given at 29,951, and (was) principally composed of persons of English, Irish, German, and French extraction, with a few colored persons. A number of settlements and communities have disappeared from maps but appear in newspaper accounts and other documents of other eras.
Shelby County Courthouse

Shelby County consists of the following townships:

Ash Grove, Big Spring, Cold Spring, Dry Point, Flat Branch, Holland, Moawequa, Oconee, Okaw, Penn, Pickaway, Prairie, Richland, Ridge, Rose,
Rural, Shelbyville, Todd's Point, Tower Hill, Windsor

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Shelby County Online Data

BIOGRAPHIES

BIRTHS

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CENSUS

CHURCHES

DEATHS

HISTORY

MARRIAGES

MILITARY DATA

NEWSPAPER DATA

OBITUARIES

WILLS

     
Website Updates:
Oct 2012: PUFFER obit
Aug 2012: Obit for MORGAN
Feb 2012: marriage announcement for BABCOCK-VANDEVEER
Jan 2012: bio for TOWLES
Dec 2011: PORTER Burial info in Traughber Cemetery; Churches
June 2011: HARVER death notice
Apr 2011:
Bios for FULTON, STEWARD, AKINS, ALLEN, YANTIS, CARR, PLEAK
July 2009:
Marriages
Dec 2008:
1868 Delinquent Tax List
1850 Mortality Index
 

Visit the Surrounding Counties
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Macon County to the north
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Moultrie County to the northeast
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Coles County to the east
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Cumberland County to the east
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Effingham County to the south
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Fayette County to the south
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Montgomery County to the southwest
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Christian County to the west

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