Location: Arrowsmith Illinois

Township Officers of Arrowsmith Illinois

The following list shows the Township officers who have been elected from 1858, the year township organizations took effect, until 1879. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Township Officers of Arrowsmith Illinois DateVotesSupervisorClerkAssessorCollector 1858 56 E. Arrowsmith S. O'Neal A. Fenstermaker J. Fenstermaker 1859 47 James Ellis J. Fenstermaker A. Fenstermaker F. Kimler 1860 James Ellis J. Fenstermaker S. O'Neal P. Hileman 1861 Jacob Smith J. Fenstermaker P. Hileman J. F. Payne 1862 54 Jacob Smith J. Fenstermaker A. Fenstermaker Hugh Birney 1863 81 John McDowell J. Fenstermaker A. Fenstermaker S. F. Bane 1864 97 John McDowell J. Fenstermaker A. Fenstermaker J. F. Payne 1865 73 S. F. Bane J. Fenstermaker Samuel O'Neal James Crosson 1866 96 W. Vanscoyoc J. W. Stansbery G. W. Rayburn Alex Coss 1867 Jacob Smith A. G. Barnes W. W. Moore 1868 98 W. Vanscoyoc A. Robinson G. W. Rayburn J. W. Barnes 1869 93 W. Vanscoyoc A. Robinson James Crosson J. W. Barnes 1870 135 P. Hileman J. W. Barnes...

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Early Settlers of Arrowsmith, Illinois

So far as the facts in regard to the earliest settlement in this township are at hand. it seems that the sons of Jonathan Cheney were the first to take up claims and live in what is now Arrowsmith. The land around the head of the timber was attractive on account of its grass. All around the old Indian fort, the blue-grass had come in after the prairie-grass had been killed out. The first year of Jonathan Cheney’s residence in the county, he had driven his cattle here for late pasturage. Undoubtedly attracted by this fine pasturage, his sons, when they began to look out homes for themselves, looked this way, for, in 1533, two or three of them had taken claims in this township. Thomas lived for a while in Section 31, where he had a little patch of about ten acres fenced in. He did not remain on it long, however, as a few years after be sold it to Daniel Hall, and joined his brother Owen, in Padua, in building a mill. He afterward went to California. Cassel Bank,. father of Marks Banks, of Padua, rented this land one year. David Hall came here about 1837, and settled on this land in Section 31. Here h e and his sons, Pryor and Daniel, built their cabins, and remained here until the old gentleman died. Pryor removed...

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History of Arrowsmith, Illinois

Arrowsmith Township was named by the Supervisors after Ezekiel Arrowsmith, who was the first Supervisor and one of the early settlers. It contains thirty-six sections, being a full Congressional township, and is known of record as Town 23 north, Range 5 east of the Third Principal Meridian. It is almost entirely prairie, having originally about one square mile of timber in Sections 31 and 32, where the eastern extremity of Old Town Timber lies along the line of Arrowsmith and West, giving to each a little patch of woodland, which was so highly prized by those who first commenced settlement here. There was in addition a small bunch on Section 24, ” Smith’s Grove.” which hardly grew to the importance of being called timber-land. Arrowsmith was surveyed and platted in 1871. Railroad communication was opened in 1872. The land upon which it was laid out belonged to Mr. Young, Jones Fry, James Crosson and Mr. Ulmer- ten acres each. The men were required, or permitted, as it were, to convey to the certain persons who had the care of the railroad officials, land enough upon which to start the young town fur 817 per acre, in order to get the station located in the center of township where it naturally belonged. S. E. Cline put in the first pair of scales here, late in I871, before trains were running...

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