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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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Website Updates:
Aug 2014:  1883 Pensioners; obit for COWLE

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

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