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There were few white settlers in the area of Montgomery County prior
to 1816. But it didn't take long for it to become settled. When they
arrived, they found the area was populated by scattered settlements
of Kickapoo Indians. White people drifted in and settled, first in
the southeast part of the county, arriving most immediately from
Bond and Fayette counties. The new arrivals built homes and began to
farm along Hurricane Creek in the VanBurenburg area and in the Clear
Springs neighborhood of Shoal Creek. After the War of 1812, Congress
awarded each soldier who had served a bonus of 160 acres of
"Soldiers Bounty Lands" in the then Illinois Territory. It was an
award, but also an incentive to populate the western lands.
residents of the area, including John Tilson Jr., Hiram
Rountree, Israel Steward and Eleasar Townsend, petitioned the
state legislature to allow formation of Montgomery County on
February 12, 1821, just three years after the state itself was
officially organized. The area was then part of Bond County.
Montgomery County at that time also included parts of eight
additional townships to the north of Raymond, Rountree and
Nokomis and east of Bois D'Arc and Harvel Townships. In 1839,
when Dane County was formed, most of those were detached and the
present line was finally set. Dane County was later renamed
Montgomery County was named in honor of General Richard
Montgomery, a Revolutionary War hero killed in the assault
against Quebec on December 31, 1775.