North and South Otter Townships, Macoupin County IL







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North Otter Township
T12N R7W
  
South Otter Township
T11N R7W










Towns in North Otter Twp

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Population in 1870 1875 Atlas
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The population in all of North Otter Township in 1870 was 1,250

There are no existing towns today in North Otter Township.

Towns/Places in North Otter Township were:




(Chapman's Point) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
CHAPMAN'S POINT (Macoupin). Same as Stirrup Grove.


(Elm Grove) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
ELM GROVE (Macoupin). See 1879 hist. 258.

1879 Macoupin History, p 258
"When near Elm Grove, in this township, and on what is known as "Gopher Hill," they stopped to rest, and Aaron came up behind him....."

There was no post office at Elm Grove. Elm Grove was located at the north edge of Section 3 in North Otter.



(Fulton) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
FULTON (Macoupin). See Girard Gazette 16 Jun 1955.

(Fulton) History



(Gopher Hill) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
GOPHER HILL (Macoupin). See 1879 Hist. 258.




(Pleasant Grove) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
PLEASANT GROVE (Macoupin). PO est. 20 Jul1848; dis. 8 Sep 1849; reest. 1 Mar 1850; ch. to Girard 20 Jan 1855.



(Stirrup Grove) Information

Illinois Place names:
STIRRUP GROVE (Macoupin). PO est. 22 Sep 1858; dis. 29 Nov 1895. Later Chapman's Point.

Stirrup Grove Post Office was located in the west part of Section 7 of North Otter Township. Then called Pleasant Grove by a few and later named Chapman's Point.
Stirrup Grove was still listed as a having a Post Office on the 1893-94 plat map. I don't know much about Stirrup Grove except that it was probably a community of farmers. I don't know of a town as such located in the area. You will see Stirrup Grove Post Office listed in the 1850, 1860, 1870,... Federal Censuses for citizens living in the area.

Union Chapel Methodist Church Records, 1868-1945



Towns in South Otter Twp   Cemeteries Schools
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The population in all of South Otter Township in 1870 was 695.

There are no existing towns today in South Otter Township.

Towns/Places in South Otter Township were:

(Buford) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
BUFORD (Macoupin). PO est. (ch. from Elroy) 26 Feb 1862; dis. 22 Dec 1887. Formerly Elroy, Hoover's Point, Standard.


(Elroy) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
ELROY (Macoupin). PO est. (ch. from Hoover's Point) 18 Jun 1861; ch. to Buford 26 Feb 1862.


(Greasy) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
GREASY (Macoupin). PO est. 28 Aug 1862; dis. 9 Feb 1871.

contributed by Carolynn Jones Bettis
" I believe the Greasy Post Office may have been located in the southwest quarter of Section 8 in South Otter Township near the Pleasant Dale Church (in 1997), and the mail route for Greasy Post Office extended from this location into the southwest quarter of Section 36 in North Palmyra Township."

Most people who lived in Greasy wouldn't admit it. They would always say, "It's just a little bit west of here."

Anyone who might admit to being born in Greasy laughed when they would tell that they were born in Greasy. It is said that there are a few stories about how Greasey got its name. One story is that someone stole a whole ham and took it home. They hid it by burying it at the top of a hill. The sun came out and caused grease to ooze from the place the ham was buried giving away the identity of the thief, thus the name Greasy.


(Hoover's Point) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
HOOVER'S POINT (Macoupin). PO est. 30 May 1849; dis. ch. to Elroy 18 Jun 1861; later Buford.


(Standard) Information

Illlinois Place Names:
STANDARD (Macoupin). Later Buford. (state atlas, 1876).





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