Illinois was experiencing rapid settlement during the time of the settlement, and the timeframe of Tuscumbia coincides with the career of Abraham Lincoln. In 1838, Lincoln visited the county seat Lewistown nine miles east of the Tuscumbia area extending the range of his law practice. A Lincoln-Douglas debate occurred in August 1858 in Lewistown.
^Tuscumbia. paper town. In SE 1/4, Sec. 17 Bernadotte Twp. Platted in 1837 by Wade Hampton Davis (Heylin 692); perhaps named "for a Chickasaw Indian chief" (Gannett 306) Also name of postoffice (Adams 529)
^Historic Fulton County: Sights and Scenes—Past and Present, Printed by Mid-County Press, INC. 1973, Page 20