Tazewell County
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First Legal Document - Book 1, Page 1 - Tazewell County was organized in 1827.  The following document was recorded on 6 July 1827 by the first Tazewell County Recorder, Isaac Perkins.  It documented the 1824 Commissioners Court's authorization to allow John J. Bogardus to operate a ferry across the Illinois River opposite the Town of Peoria, including the prices he could charge.  Note that the court originally considered the matter in March & December 1824 (when the ferry's location was still part of Sangamon County).   Our thanks to Robert Lutz, current Tazewell County Recorder, for supplying us with a copy of the document.
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Note: image is approximately 50% the size of the original document.

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