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Edgar County Fact Sheet

Addresses for County Courthouse and IRAD:

Edgar County Courthouse
115 W. Court Street
Paris, IL 61944-1785
  • Telephone:

County Clerk
Circuit Clerk
Recorder
 

(217) 466-7433
(217) 466-7447
(217) 466-7433
 

IRAD Depository
Booth Library
600 Lincoln Avenue
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
  • Telephone: (217) 581-6093

Established:

January 3, 1823 (Laws, 1823, p. 74)

     

Origin of the name of the county:

  Named for John Edgar, a pioneer merchant, politician and land speculator.
     

Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in:

 

1819�1823

Clark

 

1816�1819

Crawford

 

1815�1816

Edwards

 

1812�1815

Madison

 

1801�1812

St. Clair

 

1790�1801

Knox, Northwest Territory

     

County Seat:

 

1823�

Paris

     

History of county governing board:

 

1823�1849

County Commissioners� Court

 

1849�1857

County Court

 

1857�

County Board of Supervisors

     

Township Government

 

Date of adoption:

November 4, 1856

     

Township Names:

 

Brouilletts Creek

 
 

Buck

Name changed from Pilot Grove on May 9, 1857.

 

Edgar

Name changed from Bloomfield on May 9, 1857.

 

Elbridge

 
 

Embarrass

 
 

Grandview

 
 

Hunter

Formed from Stratton and Brouilletts Creek (date unknown).

 

Kansas

 
 

Paris

 
 

Prairie

 
 

Ross

 
 

Shiloh

Formed from Young America and Edgar (date unknown).

 

Stratton

Name changed from Wayne on May 9, 1857.

 

Symmes

Name changed from Marion on May 9, 1857.

 

Young America

 

 

Township Map

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