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Crawford County FYI

Named for William H. Crawford of Georgia, United States Senator, Minister of France, Secretary of War, Secretary of the Treasury, and a prominent candidate for the Presidency in 1824.

Second Judicial Circuit (Fifth Appellate District)

Crawford County

Robinson, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Crawford County Courthouse
1 Court Street
Robinson, IL 62454
Telephone: 618-544-3512

Circuit Court Clerk information

Crawford County website

Crawford County Courthouse
Crawford County Courthouse

Edwards County Courthouse
Edwards County Courthouse

Edwards County

Albion, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Edwards County Courthouse
50 E. Main Street
Albion, IL 62806
Telephone: 618-445-2016

Circuit Court Clerk information

Edwards County FYI

Named after Ninian Edwards, Governor of the Illinois Territory and the third Governor of the State of Illinois. Edwards served as Territorial Governor from May 27, 1809 to October 6, 1818 and Governor of the State of Illinois from December 6, 1826 to December 6, 1830.

Franklin County FYI

Named for Benjamin Franklin, philosopher, statesman, diplomatist, author, printer, a member of the Continental Congress, Ambassador to France, and (before the Revolution) Deputy Postmaster General of the British Colonies in America.

Franklin County

Benton, County Seat

Courthouse contact information:
Franklin County Courthouse
Public Courthouse Square
Benton, IL 62812
Telephone: 618-439-2011

Circuit Court Clerk information

Franklin County Courthouse
Franklin County Courthouse
Gallatin County Courthouse
Gallatin County Courthouse

Gallatin County

Shawneetown, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Gallatin County Courthouse
P.O. Box 249
Shawneetown, IL 62984
Telephone: 618-269-3140

Circuit Court Clerk information

Gallatin County FYI

Named for Albert Gallatin, a statesman and financier, Representative in Congress from Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, and Minister to France and England.

Shaweetown received the honor of appointment as the seat of justice. In 1857 a courthouse was built with this bell later becoming its distinctive crownpiece.  

Hamilton County FYI

Named for Alexander Hamilton, a soldier, statesman, author and financier, aid on the staff of Washington during the Revolution, a member of the Continental Congress, first Secretary of Treasury (1789–1795), and Commander-in-Chief of the United States Army in 1799.

Hamilton County

McLeansboro, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Hamilton County Courthouse
100 S. Jackson Street
McLeansboro, IL 62859-1489
Telephone: 618-643-3224

Circuit Court Clerk information

Hamilton County Courthouse
Hamilton County Courthouse
Hardin County Courthouse
Hardin County Courthouse

Hardin County

Elizabethtown, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Hardin County Courthouse
Main & Market
Elizabethtown, IL 62931
Telephone: 618-287-2735

Circuit Court Clerk information

Hardin County FYI

Hardin County was established by legislative act on March 2, 1839.  The county was named for John Hardin, an officer in the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War

The county seat was located at McFarlan’s Ferry (Elizabethtown) in 1840. Legend holds that Elizabethtown was named for Elizabeth McFarlan, who arrived here with her husband, James B. McFarlan around 1804-1812.

The Elizabethtown court house burned on two occasions (1884 and 1921) and many facts about the early history of Elizabethtown was lost. 

Jefferson County FYI

Named after Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States (1801–1809) and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Jefferson County

Mt. Vernon, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Jefferson County Courthouse
100 S. 10th Street
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Telephone: 618-244-8007

Circuit Court Clerk information

Jefferson County Courthouse
Jefferson County Courthouse
Lawrence County Courthouse
Lawrence County Courthouse

Lawrence County

Lawrenceville, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Lawrence County Courthouse
1100 State Street
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Telephone: 618-943-2815

Circuit Court Clerk information

Lawrence County website

Lawrence County FYI

Named for Captain James Lawrence, Commander of the Chesapeake, who was mortally wounded in an engagement between that vessel and the British vessel, Shannon, during the War of 1812.

The present court-house was completed in 1841, and Lawrenceville has continued to be the County-seat without interruption. In 1861, the question of removal to Bridgeport was submitted to the people, but the election resulted in favor of Lawrenceville.

Richland County FYI

Named after Richland County in Ohio through the influence of emigrants from that county.

The current Richland county court
house is the fourth courthouse to
be erected in Olney, the county seat.
The previous court house was
destroyed by fire in 1913.

Richland County

Olney, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Richland County Courthouse
103 W. Main Street
Olney, IL 62450
Telephone: 618-392-2151

Circuit Court Clerk information

Richland County Courthouse
Richland County Courthouse
Wabash County Courthouse
Wabash County Courthouse

Wabash County

Mt. Carmel, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Wabash County Courthouse
401 Market Street, P.O. Box 997
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863
Telephone: 618-262-5362

Circuit Court Clerk information

Wabash County FYI

Named for the Wabash River which derives its name from the Indian word Oubache (pronounced wáw bash, wáa bash).

The first courthouse was in Centerville, town that was created to serve as the county seat. Within a few years, the county seat was moved to Mt. Carmel and a new courthouse was built in 1831. This building burned in 1857, and a third courthouse, built in 1857, it was destroyed by a tornado in 1877. The fourth courthouse was built with state relief aid in 1881 and remained in use until it was "rebuilt" in 1959 and 1963

Wayne County FYI

Named for Anthony Wayne, a Major General during the Revolution, Commander-in-Chief of the Army after General St. Clair.

The first Circuit Court was held by a Justice of the Supreme Court in a house about eight miles south and a little east of Fairfield. 

Part of the Court House burned on November 17, 1886, destroying many of the records in the Recorder's Office.  The present Court House was erected in 1891.  A new addition was added to the south side of the Court House in 1955, and on the north side in 1957.

Wayne County

Fairfield, County Seat

Courthouse information:
Wayne County Courthouse
301 East Main Street, P.O. Box 96
Fairfield, IL 62837
Telephone: 618-842-7684

Circuit Court Clerk information

Wayne County Courthouse
Wayne County Courthouse
White County Courthouse
White County Courthouse

White County

Carmi, County Seat

Courthouse information:
White County Courthouse
301 E. Main Street, P.O. Box 310
Carmi, IL 62821
Telephone: 618-382-2321

Circuit Court Clerk information

White County website

White County FYI

Named for Leonard White, pioneer of Gallatin County, Major of the Territorial militia, member of the Constitutional Convention of 1818, State Senator in the second and third General Assemblies.

The first courthouse was in the cabin of John Craw.

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Illinois State Archives
Springfield, IL 62756