Place:Wayne, Illinois, United States

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Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois, in the southern portion known locally as "Little Egypt". According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 16,760, which is a decrease of 2.3% from 17,151 in 2000. Its county seat is Fairfield.

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History

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Wayne County was formed in 1819 out of Edwards County. It is named after Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne, an officer in the Revolutionary War and Northwest Indian War.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1819 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1819 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1830 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1865 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1886 Probate 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
1820 1,114
1830 2,553
1840 5,133
1850 6,825
1860 12,223
1870 19,758
1880 21,291
1890 23,806
1900 27,626
1910 25,697
1920 22,772
1930 19,130
1940 22,092
1950 20,933
1960 19,008
1970 17,004
1980 18,059
1990 17,241

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