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Map of La Prairie Township, Marshall County, Illinois, USA

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LaPrairie Township is located in the southwest corner of Marshall County and was orginally called Fairfield.  It was part of the Military Tract that was given to soldiers who fought in the war of 1812.  The Old Kellogg Trail of 1825 passed north and south through the western side of the township. In 1833 the Coach Road (Peoria-Galena Trail)  passed through the southeast part through Boyd’s Grove which was the main route to Peoria, Illinois.

William Coulson was the first settler in LaPrairie township. He moved up from Peoria in 1832 and built along the Peoria-Galena Trail in Section 23. In 1838 he built a much larger cabin and kept a wayside inn. Among the first settlers were Elisha Stowell, who settled on the county line two miles east of the western boundary, the families of Solomon Brewer, James Kenyon, James Caldwells, Richard Scholes and Lucas Roots.


I believe the coordinates of the Robert Doran farm are: N 41.04645   W 89.57305


Written by Michael S. Doran

January 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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