UNION COUNTY
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Union County History

Source:  HISTORY OF ALEXANDER, UNION AND PULASKI COUNTIES, ILLINOIS, Edited by William Henry Perrin, Chicago:  O. L. Baskin and Company, Historical Publishers, 183 Lake Street, 1883, pgs 266, 270, 285, 357.
 
In the year 1803--just 80 years ago--the first white settlement was made in the territory now comprising Union County.  Two families, Abram Hunsaker and George Wolf, came down the Ohio River and up the Cache, hunting and fishing and finally started on an overland route.  They camped one night a short distance from where Jonesboro now is.  They found game and water plentiful and got busy building cabins.
In the year 1809 in the south part of what is now Union County, three families named Lawrence and the William Clapp family settled on Mill Creek.  In a short time after this, Stokes settlement was occupied by John Stokes, William Gwinn, George Evans and Thomas Standard.
The act creating Union County bears the date of January 2, 1818.  It is entitled, "An act adding a part of Pope County to Johnson County, and forming a new county out of Johnson County."
The site where Jonesboro now stands was selected in the Spring of 1816 and so named for a Dr. Jones.  Another site for a county seat was selected, but quite a contest sprung up and the Commissioners selected the site of John Grammer's farm.
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CEMETERIES
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BIOGRAPHIES
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MARRIAGES
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MILITARY DATA
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HISTORIC CHURCHES

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LAND PATENTS & DEEDS
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ESTATES & WILLS PHOTO GALLERY
GUARDIANSHIP RECORDS
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SURNAMES
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SCHOOLS
OUTLAWS
PIONEER FAMILIES
FAMILY REUNIONS
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BIRTHS
BIBLE RECORDS
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(Photo courtesy:  Suzan Stern-2011)

UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE

309 WEST MARKET ST.
P. O. Box H
JONESBORO, ILL 62952
County Clerk's ofc 618-833-5711


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UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE
New courthouse was finished in 2013.
Same location as the old courthouse
in Jonesboro, ILL.

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ANNA, IL 62906
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