Record Keeping

Summons 1807


From the collection of the St. Clair County Historical Society

This is a summons sent to the sheriff in 1807.

The sheriff at the time was John Hays.  Hays was, interestingly, the only recorded Jewish resident of Illinois before statehood (he came to Cahokia in 1790).
You can also see that they are using an old form.  They crossed out "Northwest Territory," and wrote in, "Indiana Territory."
John Hay and John Hays are two different people.


John Messinger Tax Receipt 1831

The document is a property tax receipt from 1831, signed by Sheriff John D. Hughes
Sheriff's were charged with 'Civil Process' including the collection of taxes.
John Messinger was paying taxes on land that he owned in Monroe and Fayette Counties.
Photos courtesy, William Shannon, Curator, St. Clair County Historical Society