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PERRY CO.,

Illinois,

United States

Introduction

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Surnames

Ancestral

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Introduction

 

     Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 23,094. Its county seat is Pinckneyville, Illinois.

     Perry County was formed in 1827 out of Jackson and Randolph Counties. It was named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry who defeated the British fleet at the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.

     In its early history, Perry County was mainly an inland pioneer outpost. Early settlers, including some Revolutionary War veterans bearing land grants, moved here from the Eastern United States. These were primarily Protestant settlers. Growth boomed in the 1850s for two reasons: construction of the Illinois Central Railroad through the eastern portion of the county, and the discovery of large coal reserves. Immigrants from Ireland, Poland, Germany, Italy and elsewhere steadily increased the County's population from 1850 through the 1920s. African Americans also were established in the County during northward migration following the Civil War.

    Perry County is located in Southwestern Illinois. Pinckneyville, at the center of the county, is approximately 70

 

miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri and 300 miles southwest of Chicago. The Mississippi River lies about 30 miles west of the County.

     Parts of Perry County were formerly included in : St. Clair County (1790-1803); Randolph County (1795-1827); and Jackson County (1816-1827).

     Perry County has never adopted township form of government.       The county has been divided into precincts. Perry County Precincts include Beaucoup, Cutler, Du Quoin No. 1, Du Quoin No. 2, Du Quoin No. 3, Du Quoin No. 4, Du Quoin No. 5, Du Quoin No. 6, Du Quoin No. 7, Du Quoin No. 8, Du Quoin No. 9, Du Quoin No. 10, Du Quoin No. 11, Du Quoin No. 12, Pinckneyville No. 1, Pinckneyville No. 2, Pinckneyville No. 3, Pinckneyville No. 4, Pinckneyville No. 5, Pinckneyville No. 6, Pinckneyville No. 7, Pinckneyville No. 8, Sunfield, Swanwick, Tamaroa No. 1, Tamaroa No. 2, Willisville Precinct.

 Counties Adjacent to Perry County are as follows: Washington County – north;   Jefferson County – northeast;   Franklin County – east;   Jackson County – south;  and Randolph County – west.

Perry County,

Illinois

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COUNTY RECORDS  :

The Official County website is located at http://www.perrycountyil.org/. All departments below at located at the Perry County Courthouse, P.O. Box 438, Pinckneyville, IL 62274 , unless a different address is listed below.

Perry County Circuit Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1828 and Court Records from 1827 and is located at the address above. Phone Number: (618) 357-6726

Perry County Recorder has Land Records from 1817 and is located at the courthouse. Phone Number: (618) 357-5116

Perry County Clerk has Birth / Death Records from 1877 and Marriage Records from 1827 and is located at the courthouse. Phone Number: (618) 357-5116.

Source: Family History 101 States

 

OTHER;

LIBRARIES:

Pinckneyville Public Library

312 South Walnut Street, Pinckneyville, IL 62274-1343, Phone: 618-357-2410;  Library Web Site   Online Catalog  Pinckneyville Public Library is a Public library. This library is the central facility for the library system.

DuQuion Public Library

28 S. Washington St., DuQuion, IL, 62832

Phone: 618-542-5045;  Library Web Site; The Genevieve Rainey Genealogical Collection, 1800-1880 contains  25,000 Index Cards of Early Du Quoin Family Surnames

Cutler Public Library
PO Box 57, 409 South Main, Cutler, Illinois 62238

Source: lib-web-cats: Search for Libraries

 

HISTORICAL / GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES:

 

Perry County Historical Society

Address: 108 W Jackson St., Pinckneyville, IL 62274

Phone: 618-357-2225
Website: http://www.fnbpville.com/perrycounty.html

 

Fort Kaskaskia

Fort Kaskaskia Road, Ellis Grove, IL 62241

Fort built by French residents who feared attack from the British during the French and Indian War

 

Perry County,

Illinois

Surnames

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Johnson;   Wright

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

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Perry County,

Illinois

Ancestral GenSite(s)

Curlee Cemetery

Tamaroa

CURLEE CEMETERY

LOCATION OF IDENTIFIED SITE

Latitude: 38.178N; Longitude: -89.236W

DIRECTIONS TO IDENTIFIED SITE(s)

Located approximately 3.5 miles north of Tamaroa on highwat US 51.  Turn left onto Raven Road, and see the cemetery on your right.

INTERNET WEB LINK(s)

Curlee Cemetery (ePodunk);   Curlee Cemetery (Place Names.com);  Genealogy Trails (Perry Co., IL);   Complete Survey of Curlee Cemetery

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s)

Sarah Mary Wright and husband both died here in 1861 and are buried at the Curlee Cemetery in Tamaroa. 

 

 

 

TAMAROA

LOCATION OF IDENTIFIED SITE(s)

  Coordinate: 38° 8′ 13.43″ N, 89° 13′ 44.33″ W

Decimal: 38.137063°, -89.228982°

DIRECTIONS TO IDENTIFIED SITE(s)

Start out going EAST on IL-127 / IL-154 / E WATER ST toward N LOCUST ST / IL-127 N. Continue to follow IL-154. 7.6 miles.  Turn LEFT onto US-51 N, 3.9 miles.  Turn RIGHT onto MAIN ST / CR-6 <0.1 miles.  End at Tamaroa, IL US.  Total Est. Time: 19 minutes     Total Est. Distance: 11.62 miles

INTERNET WEB LINK(s)

Tamaroa, Illinois (Wikipedia);  

FAMILY HISTORY NOTES(s)

Sarah Mary Wright and husband both died here in 1861 and are buried at the Curlee Cemetery in Tamaroa.  Son John J. Johnson who married Mary Vinnell Gardner died here in 1869.  Daughter Sarah Johnson who married Lemuel Watt died here in 1881.

     Tamaroa is a village in Perry County, Illinois, United States. The population was 740 at the 2000 census. Tamaroa is named after the Tamaroa, an Illiniwek people.

     According to the United States Census Bureau, the village

 

has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.  As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 740 people, 300 households, and 201 families residing in the village.

 

Perry County,

Illinois

 

List of Localities

 

The red star in the map at the left designates the

location of the seat of government for this county.

Source: MapQuest

 

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestors birth, marriage, death dates and in what locality of this county these events may have occurred.  Source:  Wikipedia

Cities and towns:   Cutler;   Du Quoin;  Pinckneyville;   St. Johns;   Tamaroa;   Willisville;

 

Census designated places:   Conant;   Swanwick;   Winkle

Perry County,

Illinois

Website Resources

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General Resource Sites

 

 

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·        Genealogy.com: Resources by county

·        Rootsweb.com - Localities

 

Perry County,

Illinois

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Pinckneyville Public Library

312 South Walnut Street, Pinckneyville, IL

 

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