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Hello! I am your host, Dawn Daddario. My Mother and Uncle were raised in the town of Allendale near Mt. Carmel in Wabash County, Illinois, and I try to visit every summer. Our ancestors were pioneers of what is now Wabash County.
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County seat: Mount Carmel
Named for the Wabash River
Wabash County covers 224 square miles and was founded in 1824
BELLMONT - COFFEE - COMPTON - FRIENDSVILLE - LANCASTER - LICK PRAIRIE - MOUNT CARMEL -WABASH
|Towns and Cities
Village of Allendale -- Village of Bellmont -- Village of Keensburg
Lancaster -- City of Mount Carmel
|Wabash County Courthouse
P.O. Box 277
Mount Carmel, IL 62863-0277
From the Illinois Historical Encyclopedia, 1901:
WABASH COUNTY - situated in the southeast corner of the state; area 220 square miles. The county was carved out from Edwards in 1824, and the first court house built at Centerville, in May , 1826. Later, Mount Carmel was made the county-seat. The Wabash River drains the county on the east; other streams are the Bon Pas, Coffee and Crawfish Creeks. The surface is undulating with a fair growth of timber. The chief industries are the raising of live-stock and the cultivation of cereals. The wool-crop is likewise valuable. The county is crossed by the Louisville, Evansville & St. Louis and the Cairo and Vincennes Division of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railroads. Population in 1880 was 4,945. In 1890, 11,866; in 1900, 12,583.
Many of my ancestors were some of the earliest settlers in Wabash County, and several forts were built for protection against the Indians. Barney's Fort was one of the first - built by William Barney and his son-in-laws. In 1819 they and other associated families started the first Christian Church in Illinois, which was named
Barney's Prairie Church.
Armstrong, Adams, Baird, Baker, Bell, Brines (several), Buchanan, Bratton, Cissel, Clark, Cline, Compton, Couch, Courter, Deicher, Fox, Fuller, Gard, Gilliatt, Gray, Groff, Hallack, Higgins, Jackman, Jordan, Keen, Keneipp, King, Litherland, McIntosh, McNair, Miller, Moore, Mundy, Newkirk, Parmenter, Pickering, Pool, Price, Putnam, Ramsey, Runion, Simonds,Smith,Stein, Stillwell, Stolts/Stoltz,Utter, Wood
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|Wabash County Deaths, 1915-1950
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September/October 2014: Wabash County Gossip News 1891. Biography of Richard Fuller, Biography of Nile William Brines. Obituaries for Sarah (Cissel) Armstrong, Virginia Brines, Thomas Newton Armstrong, William "Billy" Arnold, Marshall Lee Anthis, and William Anthis.
May/June 2014 - Bios - Note: These are the first 2 women to have biographies on the site: "The Two Mary's" Mary Stolts, Mary Seibert, Deisher and Louisana Hanks Smith! Bios: John "Tinner" Smith, Jr., Everett Groff Brines, John Richard Brines, WW1 war hero, Newspaper Articles: Jesse Lucas of Mt. Carmel, on parole, after serving 23 years in prison for a murder, Wabash River Valley Flooded by High Water, J.O. Lawrence in Peach Deal at Mt. Carmel.
March 2014 - Obits of of Augusta M. Barva, Rev. Joseph Callard, additional information on the death (slaying) of Letha Greathouse, obits of Thomas Litherland, John Jackman, Mary Jane Greathouse, John Greathouse, Palmer Greathouse, Lemon Poole, and Irene Mundy (nee Wood). Bio of Mr. David Adams, whom the village known as "Adams' Corner" was named after. Bio of John M. (McFarland) Litherland. Obits of Matthew Simpson Ulm and Naomi V. Greathouse. Biography of Cyrus Harvey Keneipp and William Simonds.
November 2013 - Another wonderful contribution from author, Bill Currie - Estate, Guardian & Chancery Records - 1834-1857.
October 2013 - Elder James Pool Bible - Births, Marriages and Deaths. Biography of Samuel R. Putnam.
2013 Updates - many updates have been added to the site.
Nov.-Dec. 2012 Updates: 1810 Wabash County Census (what was then called Coffee Island) - submitted by Bill Currie. Mr. Currie has used the printed form of that census and has used other available data from the book "The Combined History of Edwards Lawrence and Wabash County Illinois" published in 1883, as well as other census records to identify who these folks were. Please read the note at the top of the census. ALSO - obituaries have been added for the following persons: John Hallock, Gervase Hazleton, Libbie T. BeDell, Charles (Uncle Charley) Lovellette, George Allen Ramsey, and Mary J. Rigg. Also posted in November were Robert Ramsey, and Jane Adams.
Many Updates have been added to our site from February 2010 through May 2012.
May 2012: We are particularly fortunate to have the new Marrage Collection donated by Bill Currie, who has penned several genealogy books. There is no other marriage collection for Wabash County of it's kind. The marriage records are set up by year, starting with year 1824. Mr. Currie has also included valuable source information for these marriages. The collection covers several decades of marriage information that were not previously available, as many of the marriage records housed by the Wabash County Courthouse were lost in a fire. Thank you, Bill Currie!
January 2010: 1830 Census - Work in Progress
Summer - End of 2009: New Obituaries, Biographies, Early Marriages of Edwards/Wabash County
MOUNT CARMEL - a city and the county-seat of Wabash County; is the point of junction of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis and the Southern Railroads, 132 miles northeast of Cairo, and 24 miles southwest of Vincennes, Ind; situated on the Wabash River, which supplies good water-power for saw mills, flouring mills, and some other manufactures. The town has railroad shops and two daily newspapers. Agriculture and lumbering are the principal pursuits of the people of the surrounding district. Population (1890), 3,376; (1900), 4,311.
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