The history of Rockton, Winnebago County, Illinois
To prevent as far as possible the history of Rockton from being lost to coming generations, has been the chief motive in writing this book. Aside from the information obtained from various records, the author is greatly indebted to a number of old settlers, who have furnished very may facts which would have been lost to the next generation. To all such the author would return very grateful thanks, especially so to William Halley, W. F. Packard. Mrs. Jesse Blinn, Seely Perry, Mrs. David Carpenter, Mr. and Mrs. W.F. Merrill, E. J. Chase, T. M. Coons, Geo. Royden, E. W. Martin, N. B. Kincaid, Mrs. S. Stevens, J. J. Clover, E. J. Veness, W. H. Farmer, D, Newell, J. C. Truman, Leonard Thurston and many others.
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Rockton, one of the northern tiers of townships in Winnebago county, Illinois, is beautifully located in the famous Rock river valley, and unsurpassed for its fertility of soil and the intelligence and integrity of its inhabitants. Little was known of this desirable section of the country, prior to the Black Hawk war of 1832. After the close of that war in 1833, the men who had composed the army of some 3,000 soldiers, mainly drawn from the southern part of the state, very readily acquainted their neighbors of the rich and desirable lands of the north part of the state, and quite an emigration thereto was stimulated, and also from the eastern states.