Winnebago County, Illinois
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Winnebago County, Illinois

Established January 16, 1836

 Named for the Winnebago Native American tribe who once occupied  that part of northern Illinois.

 The Native American word Winnebago translates to "fish eater."

County Seat:   Rockford

The dates of the first settlements of the various towns of the county are as follows:

Owen -- Feb. 1836 | Rockford -- Aug. 1834
New Milford -- Oct. 1835 | Cherry Valley -- July 1835
Guilford -- Sept. 1835 | Harlem -- June 1835
Roscoe -- Aug. 1835 | Laona -- July 1836
Durand -- March 1836 | Pecatonica -- Oct. 1835
Seward -- Oct. 1836 | Winnebago -- Oct. 1835
Burritt -- Aug. 1835 | Harrison -- Feb. 1836
Shirland -- June 1837 | Rockton -- July 1835

[Source: Rockford Republic, February 9, 1899]


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Website Updates:
Jan 2018:  Burials in Sunset Cemetery for SPRAY, DAVIS, THELEN, REEDY, NIX, GILLEY.  SIcklist news for DYER.  Obits for ROSS, WOLFENBERGER.  Crime news for NORTON
May 2017:  sick list news
April 2017:  obit for SITTER, bios for LANDER, WYMAN
March 2017:  obit for ZLOCK, crime news for LONEY, ALLGUERY, ERNEST; Marriage License news for WETHERELL-LANE

July 2016:  Reorganized website 



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