Illinois (territory)

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An Act for dividing the Indiana Territory into two separate governments, 1809

Be it enacted, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, from and after the first day of March next, all that part of the Indiana Territory which lies west of the Wabash river, and a direct line drawn from the said Wabash river and Post Vincennes, due north to the territorial line between the United States and Canada, shall, for the purpose of temporary government, constitute a separate Territory, and be called Illinois.

Illinois Censuses

[The following is transcribed from the introduction to Illinois Census Returns 1810, 1818 by Margaret Cross Norton]. From the time the French settlements in the Illinois country can be said to have existed as such, various estimates of their population, more or less accurate, were made. Two such censuses, one for the year 1732 [click here for more information], and one for 1752 [click here for more information], quite detailed in their classification of persons and property, are reproduced herewith.1 Under the British regime an enumeration was made in 1767 [click here for more information] for Major General Gage, apparently for military purposes. This document, printed in volume 11 of the Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library,2 summarizes the number of inhabitants, white and black, their live stock, number of bushels of Indian corn and wheat in storage and number of mills at Kaskaskia, and the number of families at Cahokia, Prairie du Rocher, St. Philip and Fort Chartres, respectively.


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