Of the 102 counties in Illinois, Ford County was the last to be organized. It has an odd shape because it was founded from land taken from Vermillion and other surrounding counties. It was named in honor of the eighth governor of Illinois, Thomas Ford and was created a county by act of the legislature on February 17, 1869. The first settlers in Ford County located at Trinkle's Grove near Paxton in 1835 before the county was organized. There are twelve townships in Ford County -- Patton, Drummer, Rogers, Brenton, Button, Dix, Wall, Pella, Mona, Lyman. Sullivant. and Peach Orchard. Drummer Township was second organized -- in 1858, and is said to have taken its name from the little grove called Drummer Grove which lies about a mile northwest of the present Gibson City. The grove is said to have been named for Thomas Cheney's hunting dog, Drummer; so called because he was good at "drumming up wild game."