The History of Macon County, Illinois, from its Organization to 1876


Originally published in 1876, this work presents the reader with a comprehensive history of Macon County, located in the central part of Illinois. Smith begins with a discussion about the “Indians” who occupied the territory prior to pioneer exploration and development. He discusses the initial discovery and settlement of Illinois by the colonists, and the admittance of Illinois into the Union as a state on Dec. 3, 1818. Subsequent discussions include the history of the County, its establishment, organization, and settlement; lists of County Officers including some biographies of Judges, Circuit Clerks, State’s Attorneys, Sheriffs, and County Treasurers; the county’s involvement in the Black Hawk War, Mexican War and Late War, including a list of soldiers from Macon County who fought in the wars: their dates of enlistment, discharge, and if killed or wounded, where and when; the early days of Macon County: deep snow, games, amusements, bee hunting and deer hunting; the ecclesiastical history of the county, Methodist, Presbyterian, etc. and respective Pastors; manufacturers, improvements, agriculture and the railroads; various cities including Decatur, the county seat; education, learning facilities, early methods and school statistics; and Chapter 10 concludes the history with biographical sketches of the earliest settlers who came to Macon County prior to 1836, their families, births, deaths and marriages. An index to full names, places and subjects adds to the value of this work.

John W. Smith

(1876), 2024 , 5½x8½, paper, index, 306 pp

ISBN: 9780788422287