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Bond County ILGenWeb is a free genealogical site about the history of the county. We hope you find helpful clues for your research of ancestors and relatives of the county.

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County Coordinator: Norma Hass

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County Formation

Bond County was organized in 1817, when Illinois was yet a Territory consisting of less than a dozen counties.

The original boundries were carved from Madison County and covered a long, narrow, north-south strip down the center of Illinois. In 1821, the majority of the land area was split off into the creation of Pike, Sangamon, and Montomery counties. Another, small portion, went toward the creation of Clinton county in 1824.

Bond County was named in honor of Shadrach Bond, who was the first representative of the area to become Illinois. He became the first governor of Illinois.

"Bond County, now one of the small Illinois counties, was among the largest in 1818. As the county was organized before Illinois became a State of the Union, it was represented in the Constitutional Convention of 1818 by two delegates.

"In 1821 large slices of the county were shaved off to form Montgomery and Fayette counties, and in 1825, another large section became Clinton County, Bond County was then so small that a portion of Madison County was added to it in 1843."

Stories from Illinois History, compiled by the Workers of the Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Illinois, page 84

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