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About Warren, established in 1843
Warren, Ill., seen en route to Dubuque
on June 14, 2019 Warren is 40 miles east of Dubuque, just south of the Wisconsin line. There was
lots of construction on Illinois 20, so I was rerouted at Lena through Nora and Warren.
A street lined with handsome old brick buildings.
Left: Carlton; Coyne Block (1881). Right: Richardson (1887) Hawlett (1904)
The right place for an antique store called "Back in Time."
Two buildings seemed older than the others, and smaller.
Across the street
Wiki has little to say, and I did not have time to drop by a local source for more information. The town was founded by Captain Alexander Burnett--but captain of what I do not know. Wiki notes that the town was named after Warren Burnett, who was "the first white child born at the site." Wiki claims to have taken this information from the Illinois Central Railroad Company's magazine, calledIllinois Central Magazine, from 1922.
However, the magazine (to which a link is provided) says "WARREN was called Courtland until 1854, when it was changed to Warren in honor of Warren Burnett, son of Captain Alexander Burnett. Warren Burnett was the first male chilld born in the town."
This information and the Wiki entry both appear to be incorrect. The magazine does not refer to the child's race. That comment comes from another source, for which see below.
There was a stagecoach stop in the town, then called Courtland, by 1851, and by 1853 plans were made for the Illiois Central Railroad tracks. Today about 2,000 people live in Warren. I was sorry to learn that I had failed to see the Old Stone Hotel, which is on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places.
The following information is taken from the website called Illinois Ancestors, entry for Jo Daviess County and Warren Township. This ancestry page was last updated about 2015, I believe.
Start of quoted material:
To Captain Alexander Burnett is due the honor of first entering upon the lands of Warren for permanent residence. In the Spring of 1843 he emigrated from Ohio; made his claim and built a cabin, where now stands Mr. B. Servis' brick building at the corner of Water and Main Streets, upon section 24, of this Township. Mr. Burnett continued to be the only settler in this immediate vicinity
until the Fall of 1845, when Freeman A. Tisdel, of Michigan, came in and
bought one half of Mr. Burnett's claim about 120 acres.
At that time the surveyor had not defined the section lines, and the small branch running south through the town was made the line of division between the two farms Mr. Burnett's being on the east, and Mr. Tisdel's on the west side. At this time, Mr. Kingsley Olds and family, living about a mile south, Mr. Cowen, a mile west, and Mr. Newville, a mile east, constituted their only
The land upon which these people had settled still belonged to the government and did not come into the market until 1847, when they became legal owners by purchase, at the Land Office in Dixon. Mr. Burnett being located upon the old "Sucker trail," kept a public house for many years, and by the crossing of two roads near his house, the place received the title of "Burnett's
In the Fall of 1845, Mr. Burnett gave Mr. Tisdel possession of the log house, and built for himself a frame dwelling on the site of the present Burnett House. He still resides at Warren.
The post-office was first established at Mr. Tisdel's house, in 1847.
In the Fall of this year, Mr. E. T. Sandoe made his debut at "The Corners," and started a blacksmith shop.
William, a son of Mr. Sandoe was the first white male child known to have been born in the settlement; although the date of his birth has not been left on record. [Emphasis added.]
A Mr. Baldwin opened a little store in a frame building opposite the log hotel soon after the arrival of Mr. Sandoe.
In 1851, Mr. Tisdel completed a large stone building known as the "Warren House," to which he removed, making room in the log house for a store
which was opened by J. W. Parker, who was soon after joined by Manly Rogers, under the firm title of " Parker & Rogers."
The settlers now had a habitation, but no name. A meeting was called to decide upon a title for the settlement, and, after much discussion,
" Courtland " was selected as the name which should supersede the common-place "Corners."
[End of material quoted from Illinois Ancestors, the entry for Jo Daviess County and Warren Township.]
The first while child born in the town was William Sandoe, born sometime after 1847. Warren Burnett was born before 1854.
Notes made by AJF June 18, 2019