Place:Henry, Illinois, United States

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NameHenry
Alt namesHenrysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates41.35°N 90.15°W
Located inIllinois, United States     (1825 - )
See alsoMadison, Illinois, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 50,486. Its county seat is Cambridge.

Henry County is included in the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Henry County was formed on January 13, 1825 out of Fulton County, Illinois. It is named in honor of Patrick Henry, Revolutionary War firebrand and champion of individual rights, to whom the slogan "give me liberty, or give me death" is attributed. The county was originally settled by "Yankees" (immigrants from New England and the western part of New York descended from the English Puritans whose ancestors settled New England in the colonial era). The New England settlers founded the five towns of Andover, Wethersfield, Geneseo, Morristown and La Grange. Before 1843, the land where Cambridge is currently located was the private property of a man named Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, who was very well known amongst the Yankee settlers who were moving to Henry County in large numbers at that time. Reverend Pillsbury deeded a large portion of his land to the town council and they immediately agreed it was a good place to lay out a town. Lots were sold to incoming migrants and on June 9 of 1843 (after some quarreling among the town founders about how to finance it) construction began on the town. Roads were laid out, post routes established, public buildings erected and people were invited to move there. The original settlers were entirely of New England origins or were Yankees from upstate New York whose families had moved to that place from New England only one generation earlier, in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War. This resulted in Henry County being culturally very contiguous with early New England culture.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1825 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1836 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1837 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1837 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1839 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1877 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 41
1840 1,260
1850 3,807
1860 20,660
1870 35,506
1880 36,597
1890 33,338
1900 40,049
1910 41,736
1920 45,162
1930 43,851
1940 43,798
1950 46,492
1960 49,317
1970 53,217
1980 57,968
1990 51,159

Research Tips

External links

  • Outstanding guide to Henry County family history and genealogy resources (FamilySearch Research Wiki). Birth, marriage, and death records, censuses, wills, deeds, county histories, cemeteries, churches, naturalizations, newspapers, libraries, and genealogical societies.
  • www.henrycty.com/


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