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WHAT WERE THEY SAYING ABOUT...MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS?
An 1819 publication, called "Geographical Sketches
on the Western Country," designed for emigrants and settlers includes a description
of the towns of Milton, Alton and Edwardsville:
"About Twenty-five miles from the mouth of the
Illinois on the east bank of the Mississippi and twenty-five miles above
St. Louis is situated Alton. The town lies west of Edwardsville
ten miles, and was located in 1816. Nearly one hundred decent houses
are already erected. The spirit of enterprise displayed by the settlers
who are mostly from the Eastern States, and the natural advantages attached
to the place point out this town as a stand where small capitals in trade
may be properly invested."
"Two miles from Alton at a place called Wallace's
Mill, on Wood Creek, which empties into the Mississippi, is the little town
of Milton on the route by Edwardsville to Vincennes."
"The place contains about fifty houses and though
it seems to flourish is considered an unhealthy situation. The Creek
here drives both a saw and a grist mill each of which do great business."
"Edwardsville is the seat of Justice for Madison
County. It lies eight miles east of Milton and twenty miles north-east
from St. Louis. It is a flourishing town, containing sixty to seventy
houses-Court House, Jail, Public House, Bank, Printing Office, which issues
a weekly newspaper and a United States Land Office, of which Col. Stevens
is the Register. As this County embraces all the lands above east
of the Mississippi and all the bounty lands in Illinois, all soldiers patents
and grants of Illinois Bounty land are recorded here. In the vicinity
of this town is a society of Methodists."
...Taken from "A Gazetteer of Madison County, Illinois",
by James T. Hair, ©1866
Information by County as a whole / Information by Town / Links
Early Pioneer Marriages
Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Illinois
War of 1812
on our main Illinois Trails page
Madison County, Illinois Grand Jury
Madison County, Illinois Persons Subject To
Early Madison County Land Claims
The Gershom Flagg Letters
Early Slaves and Register of Free People of
Color in Madison County
Justices of the Peace, 1827-1849
The 1833 Madison County Delinquent Tax List
The 1845 Madison County Delinquent Tax List
The 1850 Madison County Mortality Index
The 1854 Madison County Delinquent Tax List
The 1855 Madison County Delinquent Tax List
An 1858 Parlor Book
The 1866 Madison County Directory
Captain Newby's Regiment - List of Dead
The 1870 Mortality Schedule
The Last Will and Testament of John E. (Johann
Illinois State Pensioners, 1887-1888
on our main Illinois Trails Page
Illinois Trails Military page
CW, etc. wars
1876 Township Plat Map of Madison County, Illinois
A 1920's Map of Madison County, Illinois
1926 Madison County Officials and Board Members
Madison County Town Descriptions
History Tidbits of Madison County, Illinois
The Madison County, Illinois Newspaper Page
WW2 Missing and Dead from Madison County,
Family Letters - include the surname STAHL-1860s-early 1900s
The Grimm-Herbst Family of Madison County
Madison County Death Index
The Illinois Death Index is now available online through
the Illinois State Archives website! The years covered are 1916-1051
Madison County Death Certificates
Madison County Obituaries
INFORMATION BY TOWN
If you would like your records included here, please
send them to Sue.
Alton / Collinsville / Edwardsville / Glen Carbon / Granite City and Mitchell / Hamel / Highland and surrounding area / Marine / Maryville / New Douglas / Troy / Venice / Wood River / Links
HIGHLAND AND SURROUNDING AREA
VENICE, HAMEL AND NEW DOUGLAS
MADISON COUNTY, IL LINKS ON THE
The Southern Illinois Genealogical Society (GSSI)
and Book Fair every October
The IBEX Archives
This new site
covers the history of E. St. Louis and the surrounding area. Excerpts
from Bill Nunes' book, "E. St. Louis, Illinois, year by year" are also
included. Tons of historical information, records, people, photographs,
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ORDER COURT HOUSE RECORDS,
VISIT MADISON COUNTY ONLINE AND CLICK FAQ'S.
Illinois State Cemetery Care Page
See the Sec. of State site to search:
The Illinois State Marriage Index!
Probate Case Files 1813-1903)
And much, much
The History of Alton
This is an
excellent site! Topics covered are Steamboats, Hotels, Churches,
Early Settlers and more! Other areas of Madison County are included.
The Lynching of ROBERT PAUL PRAGER
On April 5,
1919 in Collinsville, Illinois. Great site! Newspaper articles,
death certificate, etc.
City of Collinsville, includes a history
World's Largest Catsup Bottle
Collinsville library online
Alton Museum of Art and History
The Clark Bridge
Alton Web, The River Bend
Haunted Alton, Illinois
Elijah Parrish Lovejoy
Listed Obits - Alton
The History of Maryville
The History of the Wagner Brewing Company
History of the Rise and Progress of the Alton
The Madison County Genealogy Society
Many Madison County residents moved back and forth
between counties and across the Mississippi River into Missouri.
For those searching for Missouri records, the following is available online:
The Missouri State Archives has birth and death indexes and WWI Service Cards online, and are in the process
of bringing more material to their website.
Jefferson Barracks Cemetery is now available online
St. Louis Catholic Cemeteries - New 15 Cemetery database with
soundex and search capabilities.
Counties That Surround Madison:
[BOND] [ CLINTON] [JERSEY] [MACOUPIN] [MONTGOMERY] [ST.CLAIR]
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