It looks like I am taking on a new County!
I have a few things to add here and will work on this county
as often as I can.
For your information, some of my own relatives lived in this county,
namely: McPheron, Montgomery & Miller.
If you are related to any of them, please contact me.
Pioneers of Coles County, Illinois
Coles County Courthouse, Charleston, Illinois
6th & Monroe Street
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 348-0501
Coles County as of
COLES County is situated in the eastern part of the state, and is
bounded north by Champaign, south by Jasper and Effingham, east by Edgar
and Clark, and west by Shelby and Macon counties. It is 48 miles
long, and from 28 to 24-1/2 wide, containing 1233 square miles. It
is watered by the Kaskaskia and Embarras rivers and their branches; these
generally run over a bed of sand, and afford many good mill-sites.
Most part of the land is excellent, in some parts prairie predominates,
but in general the surface is well proportioned into prairie and wood
land. This county was formed in 1830, from Clark and Edgar, and
contained in 1835, 5125 inhabitants. Most of the settlements are of
recent formation; but its agricultural productions must soon exceed those
of any other county near the Wabash, and will find their way to that river
The county town is Charleston, a village situated on
the border of Grand Prairie, two and a half miles form, and on the west
side of the Embarras river, containing about 200 inhabitants.
(Source: Illinois in 1837: A Sketch Descriptive of the Situation,
Boundaries, Face of the Country.)
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