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Early Settlers of Illinois

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  • Stephen Andrew Mack, Jr. (1798 - 1850)
    Stephen Mack, son of Stephen and Temperance (Bond) Mack, was an adventurer and pioneer, American Fur Company employee, and the founder of Macktown Illinois in Winnebago County. He was born in Tunbridge...
  • William C Blinn (1836 - 1921)
    Thursday Feb 10, 1921 Rockford Register Gazette William C. Blinn, Pioneer of '39, Dies in Pasadena Children of Stephen Mack His Playmates Life Linked County with Earliest Day William C. Blinn a...
  • Jesse Blinn (1809 - 1879)
    "Jesse Blinn was born in 1809 in Vermont and from there he removed to Conneaut Ohio. He came to Rockton in 1838; in 1850 he settled in Rockford and his family a year later. He opened the first exclusiv...
  • Aurilla Blinn (1814 - 1905)
    Settled in Rockton Illinois in 1838 and then in Rockford Illinois in 1850. "Mrs Blinn is a native of New Hampshire. She is descended from Lord James Louden whose estate is still preserved in Scotland. ...
  • Ursula Leffingwell (1805 - 1876)

Early settlers of Illinois were people who established residency in or immigrants to Illinois prior to 1860. In the case of entire families immigrating together, it is appropriate to add all adults and children among those who settled in Illinois.

Illinois is popularly known as the "Land of Lincoln" in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who movedwith his family from Kentucky to Illinois in 1830. The Lincolns settled on public land in Macon County, Illinois.

It will be useful to have links here to Illinois' historical societies and museums.

All interested in this subject are welcome to join this project.