History of Massac County, Illinois

This book is published to preserve interesting and important historical data of our county; to record events in the lives of worthy citizens, dead and living; though fraught with many discouragements and onerous toil, our task is done. You view the result of our labors, and pass judgment thereon. It is not perfect surely not just as you would have it, kind reader but perfect things are not to be expected of others, than ourselves. After passing the cold deductions of your criticisms, may we not ask a fragment of consolation in the fact that our intentions were worthy of commendation, at least, and may we ask of you, dear critic, what you did to aid the right in the preservation of our country's history?

 

Table of Contents

PART I. History.

Preliminary Events 7
Fort Massac and Concurrent Events 10
Fort Massac 29
Conspiracies about Fort Massac 32
Physical Geography 34
Peoples 40
Political History 42
County Organization 52
Reminiscences 64
Massac County Bar 71
Regulators and Flat Heads 78
Mobs 79
Newspapers 80
Secret Orders 83
Medicine 90
Items of Interest 95
Religious History 100
Metropolis City 128
Pope County History 138

PART II. Sketches and Reminiscences.

METROPOLIS PRECINCT 175
GOLCONDA CITIZENS 264
BROOKLYN PRECINCT 284

Brooklyn Circuit 328
Cumberland Presbyterianism in Massac County 329
GEORGE'S CREEK 339
New Columbia 339
Samoth 340
JOHNSON COUNTY 352
JACKSON PRECINCT 365
FRAGMENTS 383

 

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In the reign of Francis I. of Prance, the French navigators began to interest themselves in the New World. Juan Verrazano, a Florentine, sailed from France in 1524, and sighted land in the latitude of North Carolina. He sailed south some distance and then, turning north, explored the eastern coast of the continent for 600 leagues, and named it New France, in honor of his royal patron.