Early days in Williamson County, IL, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales factual data and personal biographies in this brand new spiral-bound booklet. The booklet is an excerpt from the hard-to-find 1887 book, History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois published by Goodspeed Publishing Co. of Chicago. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Gallatin, Saline, Franklin and Hamilton Counties booklets are also available. The booklet, printed on 60# opaque paper, contains 106 pages. However, because we use a 2-up format on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, it has the equivalent of over 200 pages from the original book. Among the many subjects discussed are: Physical features; Indian occupants, Agricultural Society; Early settlement and pioneers; Early land entries (lots of names); Pioneer customs; County organization; County Court; Marion, the county seat, including names of purchasers of town lots; Public buildings; County officers; Bench, Bar and Noted Characters; Noted Crimes and Criminals; the Bloody Vendetta; the Mexican War; the Civil War; the Secession movement in the county, including the adoption and subsequent repeal of a resolution to join the Southern Confederacy; Gen. John A. Logan; Societies; Newspapers; Carterville and Bainbridge; Schools and churches, and other bits of history and trivia. Attention Genealogists: This booklet contains biographies of many county residents of yesteryear. Some are brief, but others include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities, in the course of which they often shed light on the businesses, churches, professions and institutions, and on the events of the day. The biographies include: Willis Allen, J.E. Allen, John B. Bainbridge, David Barth, Dr. Alonzo Pulaski Baker, Dr. Miles D. Baker, M.L. Baker, Dr. Griffin J. Baker, Andrew J. Benson, Samuel C. Boles, Thomas Bones, Reuben Borton, Joseph M. Brandon, M.J. Brewer, Frank Brown, Dr. Curtis Brown, Capt. John Brown, Emanuel H. Bulliner, James M. Burkhart, John H. Burnett, Marion C. Campbell, Laban Carter (picture), George B. Chamness, Albert L. Cline, James F. Connell, Edward G. Creal, Thomas N. Cripps, E.L. Darrow, Josiah Davis, George W. Davis, Henry M. Davis, B.F. Davis, A.J. Davis, Edward L. Denison, Charles H. Denison, Thomas Dunaway, Samuel Dunaway, Webster W. Duncan, John H. Duncan, A.J. Duncan, J.W. Erwin, William H, Eubanks, Dr. Benjamin R. Felts, Leander Ferrell, Levi Ferrell, Dr Jesse J. Fly, E. Peter Follis, Dr. James M. Fowler, Leroy A. Goddard, Goodall and Tippy, Frank M. Goodall, John Goodall, Dr. John J. Graham, Isaac Hammer, David R. Harrison, Dr. James Hayton, Jesse Hendrickson, Hartwell Hendrickson, George A. Henshaw, Ephraim Herrin, William H. Hinchcliff, Brice Holland, Romulus D. Holland, John Huddleston, Lieut. Zachariah Hudgens, Rev. Allen Hunter, George Washington Ingram, James C. Jackson, Thomas H. Keeler, Cunningham Kennedy, Charles M. Kern, Rev. George W. LaMaster, Robrt M. Lupfer, William R. McCall, William C. McCormick, Dr. M.M. McDonald, William J. McNiel, William H. Mann, William J. Martin, George O. Mitchell, Edward E. Mitchell, James C. Mitchell, W.H. Moren, Henry Clay Murrah, Giles Nelson, John G. Newton, Abram H. North, Rev. Martin Odum, Henry Ogden, Alonzo N. Owen, Arthur M. Palmer, Charles Parks, William A. Perrine, Dr. W.H. Perry, J.H. Perry, Henry Phillips, Scott Prindle, A. Luke Ralls, Albert P. Reeves, Hugh M. Richart, William J. Ridgway, Pleasant L. Roberts, Joseph W. Roberts, John Leander Roberts, Martin W. Robertson, John Q. Russell, William E. Sizemore, James W. Smith, Mrs. E.N. Sprague, Jacob Stein, James H. Stewart, Dr. George W. Thomas, S.D. Thompson, James Thompson, J.F. Tidwell, Walter Tregoning, Elijah Turner, Irvin M. Walker, William S. Washburn, Dr. A.D. Watson, C.A. White, Amzi F. White, Dr. N.S. White, Robert Winning, Dr. J.L. Wolfe, Judge George W. Young, F.C. Zimmerman, and W.H. Zimmerman.