CHAP. I—EUROPEAN DISCOVERY IN THE WEST.
Florida discovered by Juan Ponce de Leon—Narvaez and De Vaca—Discovery of the Mississippi—De Soto—Results of Spanish exploration—Discovery of the St. Lawrence—New France—Raymbault and Jogues in the North-west—Mesnard, Allouez, Dablon, Marquette, Perrot—Marquette's expedition to the "Land of the Great River"—His impressions of Illinois—La Salle in the West—Hennepin's expedition—Louisiana, ..... Page 1.
CHAP. II—HISTORY OF ILLINOIS 1690—1825.
French colonization—D'Iberville Governor—D'Artaguette Governor—Grant to Crozat—Company of the West—Illinois in 1750—French war—Clarke's Conquest of Illinois—Illinois County—North-west Territory—Indian troubles—Indiana Territory—Illinois Territory—Massacre at Chicago in 1812—Illinois admitted into the Union—Slavery Agitation—Legislature of 1824-5—New counties formed, ..... Page 14.
CHAP. III.—THE OLD COUNTY OF PUTNAM.
Northern Illinois in 1825—The Military Bounty Land Tract—Pike County—Division of the Military Tract into counties—Legislative proceedings—Formation of "Old Putnam," ..... Page 23.
CHAP. IV.—HISTORY OF PUTNAM COUNTY.
Northern Illinois in 1831—Formation of later Putnam—Location of county seat—First, election—First Circuit Court—Incidents thereof—First County Commissioners' Court—Early poll lists—Township organization—Jails built—Putnam in 1835—The county divided—Defalcation of the County Treasurer, ..... Page 31.
CHAP. V.—THE BLACK HAWK WAR.
The Indian treaty of 1804—First invasion of Black Hawks—Campaign of 1881—Black Hawk's second invasion—Terrors of white settlers—Mustering of rangers in Putnam county—Forte and block-houses erected—Incidents of the war in Putnam—Murder of Phillips in the Bureau Settlement—Stillman's defeat—Massacre on Indian Creek—Close of the war, ..... Page 45.
CHAP. VI.—EARLY HISTORY OF BUREAU AND STARK COUNTIES
The pioneers of Bureau—Founding of Princeton—Towns of Windsor, Kin-nor-wood, Concord, Greenfield, Fairmount, Livingston, and Providence, laid off—Formation of Bureau County—The first election—Early settlement of Stark—Wyoming, Osceola, Moulton, Massillon, and Lafayette, laid off—Coffee County—Canvass for Representative—Preliminary meetings—Formation of Stark county, ..... Page 64.
CHAP. VII.—HISTORY OF MARSHALL COUNTY.
Southern Putnam in 1839—Movements for division—Establishment of Marshall County—Addition of range one—Location of county seat—First election—First County Court—First Circuit Court—Court-houses built—Jails built—Township organization—Absconding of School Commissioner, ..... Page 76.
CHAP. VIII.—HISTORY OF THE TOWNS OF PUTNAM COUNTY.
Hennepin—West Hennepin—Magnolia—Granville—Mt. Palatine—Caledonia—Florid—Putnam—Snachwine, ..... Page 85.
CHAP. IX.—COUNTRY SETTLEMENTS IN PUTNAM.
Union Grove—Ox Bow Prairie—Narrative of the Strawn robbery—Snachwine Settlement, ..... Page 97.
CHAP. X.—HISTORY OF THE TOWNS OF MARSHALL COUNTY.
Columbia—Lacon—Henry—Wenona—New Rutland—Washburn—Sparland—Pattonsburg—Webster—Lyons—Dorchester Bristol—Auburn—Centreville—Troy City—Chambersburg, ..... 105.
CHAP. XI.—COUNTRY SETTLEMENTS IN MARSHALL.
Round Prairie—Shaw's Point—Roberts' Point—Belle Plaine—Half Moon Prairie—Crow Creek Settlement—Narratives of exciting events thereabouts—Henry Prairie—Narrative of the Reeves affair—High Prairie—Camping Grove—Lawn Ridge—Yankee Street, ..... Page 126.
Failure to receive census returns—Glance at Putnam County in 1860—Glance at Marshall County in 1860, ..... Page 143.
List of officers of Putnam County—List of officers of Marshall County—Notices of old settlers—Indians of Putnam and Marshall—Antiquities in the two counties, ..... Page 147.
Source: History of Putnam and Marshall Counties authored by Henry Allen Ford, published in 1860