The Dillow Family papers record the history of the Dillow family beginning with Michael Hartman Dillow. The collection documents only the lines of Peter and Jacob, two sons of Michael Hartman Dillow. It does not include information on other Dillow lines, such as those living in Tennessee, North Carolina, or other areas. Peter and Jacob's lineage arrived in Union County, Illinois in 1818.
The collection is comprised of photocopies and compilations made by Konrad Dillow of the births, deaths, marriages, burials, probate cases, wartime military service, and land holdings of the descendants of Peter Dillow and Jacob Dillow. The documentation ends with 1910.
The materials were meticulously organized and labeled in binders or folders. Each new addition sent by Mr. Dillow was accompanied by a letter explaining the purpose of the addition. Due to the superb organization used by Mr. Dillow, his labels were retained in the interest of preserving what he felt was a logical organization of the material.
The records are complete and each section is preceded by an introduction detailing the contents, an overview of family history, and a Table of Contents and/or Index. The first section, consisting of U.S. Census Data from 1790 to 1910, is broken down primarily by decade. It includes an index of household heads and names. With the exception of 1790-1810, which is from Rowan County, North Carolina, all census records are from Union County, Illinois.
The next sections consist of records of births, marriages, death records, burials, and homes and land holdings in Union County and surrounding areas. The homes and land holdings section includes appendices of federal and railroad lands, biographical sketches, and a Johnson and Union County Plat Directory from 1981-1982.
The last two sections document Dillow probate cases and wartime military service. Both include supporting photocopies. The wartime records cover the War of 1812, the Blackhawk War, the Mexican War, the Civil War, and the Philippine Insurrection. The war records stop at 1900.