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County Information
Founded 1839
County Seat: Marion
Largest city: Marion

Marion IL town square
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Town Square and County Courthouse
Marion Illinois, 1910

source: wikipedia

Williamson County was formed out of Franklin County on February 28, 1839, and was named for Williamson County, Tennessee

Williamson County is often referred to as "Bloody Williamson" due to several outbreaks of violence thoughout its history:
The Bloody Vendetta, 1876
The Carterville Massacre, 1899
Coal Strike, 1906
The Herrin Massacre, 1922
The Klan War, 1924–1926
The Birger/Shelton Gang War, 1926


Williamson County, Illinois once produced 11,000,000 tons of coal a year and led the state in output. By 1923, output had steadily declined to less than 2,000,000 tons. At one time sixteen mine whistles blowing to work could be heard from the center of Herrin. By January of 1939, only two mines were working and were soon abandoned.

Cities and Villages

Bush * Cambria * Carterville * Colp * Crainville * Creal Springs * Energy * Herrin
Hurst
* Johnston City * Marion * Pittsburg * Spillertown * Whiteash

Unincorporated Communities
Corinth * Crab Orchard * Crenshaw * Dewmaine * Dykersburg * Lake of Egypt * No. 9 * Paulton * Pulley's Mill

Ghost Towns
Chamness * Clifford * Dewmaine * Halfway * Halfway (Little Juarez)

Township Data
Blairsville * Carterville * Corinth * Crab Orchard * Creal Springs * East Marion
Grassy * Herrin * Lake Creek * Southern * Stonefort * West Marion


Online Data

Birth Records

Church Histories / Records

 Miscellaneous Data

1850 U.S. Atlas

Website Updates:

Feb 2014: EOVALDI obit
Oct 2013:  burials in Dewmaine, Hillcrest and Arnold cemeteries
May 2013: Site Redesigned. Whole 1876
History book added.



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