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called to order by Gen. M. K. Anderson. Brief speeches were made, but the princi-
pal one was by Hon. William H. Herndon. It was rich in incidents and anecdotes,
and flashed with brilliant thoughts throughout. After this speech one hour was de-
voted to dinner in pic-nic style. A few more short speeches were made and then the
following were elected as officers' of the society for the next year: Alexander B. Irwin,
President; Gen. M. K. Anderson, Vice President; E. C. Matheny, Secretary.


In June, 1872, I was called upon by Hon. Preston Breckenridge, who was then
serving his third term as President of the Old Settlers' Society of Sangamon County.
He stated, in substance, that the early settlers of the county had for some years been
talking of having something written and published that would serve as a history of
the county and biographical sketches of themselves; that thus far they had not found
any person qualified for the work who was willing to undertake it. He further stated
that a copy of the small pamphlet history of Springfield, prepared and published by
myself, under the auspices of the Springfield Board of Trade, had fallen into his hands,
and that after perusing it, and conversing with some of his friends who knew me, he
determined to form my acquaintance, and see if I could be induced to engage in the
enterprise. He very frankly told me there was no fund to defray the expense, that the
only inducement they could offer would be their co-operation in collecting information
and giving their subscriptions for the book. The following communication was the
result of that interview :

Hon. P. Breckenridge, President of the Society of Old Settlers of Sangamon

Cozmty :

SIR: You, as the representative of your society, having expressed to me a desire
to have a book written and published, to preserve, as far as possible, the biographical,
historical and other reminiscences of the early settlers of Sangamon county, and having
requested me to suggest a plan upon which I would be willing to undertake such a
work, I offer the following as my views upon the subject: The materials are so
abundant, that I would not be willing to engage in it if I were required to compress
all in a very small, cheap volume. I propose to undertake to write and publish a book

OLD SB / TL ERS^ S O CIE 7 T. 13

upon that subject, to contain not less than five hundred octavo pages, with a small map,
showing all the townships, villages, towns and cities, with other objects of interest, in
the county all to he printed on the best quality of book paper, and bound in the finest
of English cloth, provided I can obtain subscriptions for one thousand copies at five
dollars per copy.

If this plan should meet the views of your society, I should expect old settleas to
co-operate with me, by furnishing all the information they may respectively possess.
It would be more satisfactory for those interested, if you would appoint a committee of
three a majority of whom shall reside in Springfield to whom I can submit all copy
for their approval, before publication.

Springfield, Aug. 14, 1872.

At a meeting of a committee of the Society of Old Settlers, on the fifteenth of
August, the above communication was laid before them, whereupon the following reso-
lutions were adopted:

Resolved, That this society heartily endorses the proposition of Mr. Power, and
we hereby pledge ourselves, as a society and as individuals, to co-operate with him in
obtaining the requisite number of subscribers and in collecting information and com-
piling the book.

Resolved, That the President of this society, Hon. P. Breckenridge, is hereby re-
quested to appoint two old settlers of this count)-, who reside' in Springfield, to act
with himself, the three to form the committee to point out sources of information to
Mr. Power, and examine his manuscript, for the purpose of correcting all errors before

Resolved, That for the purposes of this book, all persons are considered old
settlers, who were citizens of Sangamon county previous to December 31, 1840.

Mr. Breckenridge appointed Noah W. Matheny and Judge N. M. Broadwell as
his colleagues so that the committee is composed of Hon. P. Breckenridge, Hon. N.
W. Matheny, and Hon. N. W. Broadwell.

The Old Settlers' Society by this action did all that was necessary to place the sub-
ject in its true light before the public, but the undertaking was one involving so much
time, labor and money, that nearly two months elapsed before I decided to go on with
the work, when the following was added, and the canvassing commenced:

With the view of rendering' the book of general interest to all the citizens, I shall
make the history of the county as full as possible, to the date given in the third resolu-
tion. In this history all old settlers will be incidentally mentioned, but for those who
take sufficient interest in it to subscribe for one or more copies of the book, a concisely
written biographical sketch will be given of themselves and families. The order of
arrangement will be, first, the history, then the biographical sketches.

At a meeting of the Old Settlers' Society in Springfield, August 22, 1874, for the
purpose of agreeing on the time and place of holding the next annual festival, and for
the transaction of any other business that might come before it, the following report of
special committee was read, and on motion ordered to be included as part of the pro-
ceedings of the meeting:


GENTLNMEN: We, the undersigned, committee appointed by your honorable body
two years ago this day, to co-operate with Mr. J. C. Power, and so far as necessary,
direct his movements in preparing a history of the old settlers of Sangamon county,
beg leave to report that we have examined his work, and find that he has canvassed
the whole county outside of Springfield, and that we are highly pleased with the pro-
gress made. Mr. Power has collected a much greater quantity of material than we
had expected; and the work, when completed, we believe will be a source of much
pleasure to the surviving Old Settlers, and of increasing interest to their descendents
in all coming time. He is more than redeeming every promise made at the commence-
ment, and it will amply repay all the patrons of the work to wait with patience the
few months longer that will" be necessary to complete it.

In view of the fact that there is such a vast fund of interesting information, we
have advised Mr. Power that if there be any families of old settlers who do not take
sufficient interest in the subject to aid by their subscription in carrying forward the
work, that he omit any extended sketches of them, in order to devote more space to
historical matters of general interest.


My time was fully occupied for nearly two years in writing up and arrangino- the
materials in my hands, and incorporating additional matter constantlv coming in.
This brought us to our "Centennial" year, and the following Joint Resolution was
passed by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, and approved
by the President, U. S. Grant, March 13, 1876:

Be it resolved by the Senate "and House of Reprvsentatives of the United States of
America, in Congress assembled, That it be, and is hereby recommended by the Sen-
ate and House of Representatives to the people of the several States that thev assemble
in their several counties or towns on the approaching centennial anniversary of our
national independence, and that they cans* to have delivered on such a day an histori-
cal sketch of said county or town from its formation, and that a copy of said sketch
may be filed, in print or manuscript, in the Clerk's office of said county, and an addi-
tional copy, in print or manuscript, be filed in the office of the Librarian of Congress,
to the intent that a complete record may thus be obtained of the progress of our insti-
tutions during the first centennial of their existence.

Hon.J. L. Beveridge, Governor of Illinois, issued a proclamation April 25, 1876,
recommending to the people in every county and town in the State, that they take
measures to carry out the recommendations of the Joint Resolution of Congress. The
following correspondence was in compliance with the recommendations:


Sir: As Congress has, by joint resolution, recommended to the people of the
several States, that they cause to be prepared and preserved in a certain manner, histo-
ries of the different places, "to the intent that a complete record may thus be obtained
of the progress of our institutions during the first centennial of our existence;" and as
the Governor of Illinois has by proclamation, called upon the people of this State to
prepare such record, we, as Advisory Committee of the "Old Settlers' Society," of San-


gam on county, in the absence of any action on this subject by the city or county
authorities, suggest that your "History of Sangamon County" be supplied by you in
compliance with the requirements of the resolution of Congress, as the Centennial

Having examined two hundred and fifty pages of the advance sheets of your work,
it appears to fill the requirements both as to Sangamon county and the city of Spring-
field, and is more complete and full than any similar work could be, if gotten up and
prepared in the brief time yet remaining for such business.

Springfield, 111., May 8, 1876.

On behalf of the officers of Sangamon county we heartily concur in the foregoing
suggestions, believing that the object desired will be completely attained thereby.

JAMES H. MATHENY, County Judge.
JOHN J. HARDIN, County Clerk.

Messrs. Matheny, Broadvcell, Breckenridge^ Matheny and Hardin :

Your note of the 8th instant is before me. In reply, I would say that my work of
nearly four years' incessant toil on the history of the Early Settlers of Sangamon
County is drawing to a close. I very willingly acquiesce in your suggestion that it be
adopted as the "Centennial record." It is passing through the press as rapidly as pos-
sible: two hundred and fifty of the six or seven hundred pages are already printed. It
may not be entirely finished by the arrival of the Centennial anniversary, but when com-
pleted I will have copies bound in the most durable manner, and deposited at the places
designated in the joint resolution of Congress, with special reference to the pleasure it
may afford your descendents in perusing its pages at our second Centennial anniversarv.

Respectfully yours,

Springfield, Ills., May 9, 1876.

SPRINGFIELD, ILL., Dec. 21, 1876.
1. C. POWER, ESQ.:

Sir : Having given your book entitled, "History of the Early Settlers of Sanga-
mon County, Illinois," a somewhat careful examination, we are free to say that it more
than fulfills the promises made by you in undertaking the execution of the work.


X. W. MATHKNY, / Committee.



His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Abel, died Aug.
9, 1876, in Rochester, 111.

See his name, page 77. His son WIL-
LIAM, died Aug. 21, 1876, at Williams-
, ville, 111., and was buried at Oak Ridge
vCemetery, Springfield.
N AMOS, Mrs. SARAH Seeker
name, page Si. The name of her son,
Judge Samuel K. Swingley, is there erro-
neous 1 '// spelled Swinley.

K.. See iii.3 name, page 82. His son,
WILLIAM WILKES, was married
Aug. 14, 1876, near Hillsboro, Fleming
county, Ky., to Emma L. Jones, a native
of that county. He continues his studies
at Transylvania University, Lexington,

BEAM, JACOB H. See his name,
page 105. He died Dec. i, 1876.

LIAM T. See page in. His daugh-
. ter, REBIE //., was married June 6,
1876, to Geo. W. Freto, and resides in
Mechanicsburg, Illinois.

born in 1786, in Gieen county, Kv., and
was married there Sept. 20, 1810, to Eliz-
abeth Crowder. They moved to Sanga-
rnon county, arriving September, 1831, in
what is now Ball township, bringing
eight children, and had three born there.
Of their children, the eldest

MART, born Aug. 4, 1810, in' Green
county, Ky., was married there to Jacob
Greenawalt. See his name, page JJQ.
He died and she was married Oct. 29, 1863,
to Michael Fay, as his third wife. He
was born July 18, 1824, i n Baden, Ger-
many, and was brought by his parents to
Sangamon county, in 1831. Mr. and Mrs.
Fay reside in Cotton Hill township, south-
west of New City, Sangamon county, 111.
Mrs. Fay is the only one of her father's
family living in the county.

William Bradley died Dec. 20, 1849, in

Sangamon county. His widow lives with
her son, Thomas, near Owaneco, Chris-
tian countv, Illinois 1874.

name, page 150. His daughter, MAR-
GERY I., was married Sept. 6, 1876, to
Thomas S. Sawyer, and lives near Can-
trail, Illinois.

name, page 158. His son, JAMES R.,
born Oct. 10, 1846, died July" 16, 1876, in
Mechanicsburg, Illinois. His son, JOHN
N., was married May 10, 1876, in Spring-
field, to Lillie May Pinckard, daughter of
Thomas Pinckard, of the State journal
office. .

169. He died September, 1876, in Wil-
liamsville, Illinois.

CANTRALL, JULIA, was married
June 17, 1876, in Buffalo, 111., to William

April 24, 1876, at Chesnut, Illinois.

born March 10, 1810, in Caldwell county,
Ky. He came to Sangamon county in
1829, with his cousin and brother-in-law,
John S. Clayton. See his nume, page
205. John C. Clayton was married Jan.
24, 1^30, in Beardstown, Illinois, to Gin-
sev (jane) Clack, who was born March 17,
18*15, in Caldwell county, Ky., also. They
had four children who lived to maturity.
Mr. Clayton was a soldier in a company
from Saugamon county, in the Black
Hawk War of 1832. Early in 1856, he
moved his family to the vicinity of Urbana,
Champaign county, Illinois. Of their
four children

HUMBERT, born August 17,' 1839,
in Alton, Madison county, 111., brought
up in Sangamon county, married April
14, 1867, in Decatur, Illinois, to Marietta
Fry. They reside near Chatham, Sanga-
mon county, Illinois.

ELI AS W., born Oct. 6, 1843, in San-
gamon county. In the war to suppress


the rebellion, he became first lieutenant of
Co. 13, 3d Alo. Cav., and was killed in
battle at Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1864.

JO1L\ HARD1N, born June 16,
18-17, in Sangamon county, brought up in
Champaign county, Illinois, and married
at Neosho, Newton county, Missouri,
May 7, 1875, to Justie E. W b'ster, who
was born Nov. 19, 1854, at Pleasant .Hill,
Cass county, Missouri. She is a graduate
of Central Female College, Lexington,
Missouri. Since 1874, J. H. Clayton has
been a. member of the mercantile firm of
Whitsitt & Clayton, and resides at Nevada,

ANNA E., born May 26, 1851,111 San-
gamon county, brought up in Cham-
paign county, Illinois, arid in 1868 went to
make her home with an uncle in Missouri.
She was married Sept. 21, 1871, to C. E.
Whitsitt. They have one child, LENA
A. He is a member of the mercantile
firm of Whitsitt & Clayton, and resides at
Nevada, Vernon county, Missouri.

John C. Clayton died April 7, 1856,
near Urbana, Illinois. Mrs. Clayton was
married June 2, 1859, to William Craig.
She died Dec. 18, 1868.

son, LEWIS A., was married Dec. 17,
1875,10 Augusta J. Elder, and lives in
Springfield, Illinois.

horn August 14, 1776, erroneously printed
i 796, on page 219.

page 2-1.2. He moved from Chicago to
l>clvidere, Illinois, where his wife, Mrs.
Belle Moulton Darneille, died in Novem-
ber, .1876.

name, page 298. He was elected Gov-
ernor of the State of Illinois Nov. 7, 1876,
and will be inaugurated Jan. 3, 1877.

D 1 XO N , J A M.E S M . See page
252. His daughter

HBS TER D., married Thomas Sto-
ker. They moved from Buffalo to the
vicinity of Illiopolis, Illinois. His son

RlCHAj.ll) Dixon, was married May
6, 1874, to Elizabeth E. Logan. They
have one son, and reside near Mechanics-
burg, Sangamon county, Illinois.

'DODDS, F. EW1NG. See page
22j. His daughter, Virginia E., was
married Nov. 15, 1876, to Ninian E. Ken-

Sec his name, page 264. He ditd Sept.
28, 1876. He had been for several years,
and was at the time of his death, the oldest 1
citi/en of Sangamon county. His funeral
sermon was preached by Rev. J. C. Van
Patten, from Psalms 23-4: "Yea though
I walk through the valley of the shadow
ot death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art
with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they
comfort me."

ELK1N, GARRETT. See page
282. His son, CHARLES N., born
April 12, 1846, near Springfield, Illinois,
enlisted May, 1864, for one hundred days,
in Co. K, I33d 111. inf., ai.<l suved full
term. In June, 1865, he enlisted for one
year in Co. E, I54th 111. Inf., and served full
ttrm. He was married May 16, 1867, to
Harriet Regin, who died Jan. 16, 1873.
He was married Sept. i, 1874, to Ella
Welsh. He is conductor on the Spring-
field City Railway, and lives in Spring-
field, Illinois. EDWARD S. was with
his brother, Charles N., in the three
months service, and after that served two
years in Co. A, loth 111. Cav. He mar-
ried Mary A. Brown, has one child, LKK,
and lives in Springfield, Illinois.

ELLIOTT, TEMPLE, was elected
Nov. 7, 1876, sheriff of Sangamon county
for two years. See page 285.

See her name, page 293. Her son,
WILLIAM //., left four children, J. H.,
now living near Decatur, Illinois. Her
daughter, LUCY C., born in 1809, in
Culpepper county, Virginia, married there
in 1831 to Rev. Isaac Haines, of the M.
E. Church, who was born in 1806, in
Rappahannock county, Virginia. They
lived a short time in North Carolina, re-
turned to Virginia, and from there to
Sangamon county in 1836. They had
two children, WILLIAM C., born Sept.
21, 1832, in Wilmington, North Carolina,
brought up in Sangamon county, married
Dec. 14, 1859, in Christian county, Illinois,
to Lucy E. Young, who was born Jan. 12,
1840. She died Dec. 16, 1865, leaving
one child, DORA E. William C. Haines
was married Jan. i, 1866, in Missouri, to
Margaret Hancock, who was born in
1846, in Henderson county, Kentucky.
They have two children, LUCY i:. and
WILLIAM c.. jun., and reside near Taylor-



ville, Illinois. LUCY A. Haines, born in
1835, in Albemarle county, Virginia,
married in 1854 in Taylorville, Illinois, to
J. V. Clark. They have one child, MAKY
.\. In 1859 they moved to Charleston,
Missouri, and now reside in Mississippi
county, opposite Cairo, Illinois. Rev.
Isaac Haines died in 1838, near Rochester,
Sangamon county, Illinois, and Mrs. Lucy
C. Haines died August, 1850, near Tay-
lorville, Illinois. PHILIP C. Ferguson's
son, EZEKIEL, horn August 5, 1839, in
Sangamon county, married January, 1869,
to Htster Kelly. They have two chil-
dren, iVTLip c. and HIRAM K., and live
near Tavlor\ ille, Illinois, Dr. Philip C.
Ferguson died Feb. 28, 1864. His widow
and four children, the eldest of whom is
THOMAS J., reside near Wathena,
Doniphan countv, Kansas.

S-ee his name, page 306. His daughter,
ELIZABETH, J. B., married Samuel
Odor Butts, who was born in February,
1809, and died August 26, 1840* leaving
three children. JULIA F. was married
in 1852 to Isaac Allen, have four children,


MAN, and live in Jacksonville, Illinois.
ANNA E. married Josiah Burrows, have
three living children, ALBERT s., E. LEE,
and HELEN G., and live near Jacksonville,
Illinois. THOMAS S. lives in Colorado,.
Mrs. E. J. B. Butts married Barnabas Bar-
rows. They had one child, CHARLES,
born Jan. 3, 1854, near Jacksonville. Bar-
nabas Burrows died May 18, 1876, and his
widow and son reside near Jacksonville,

POSTER, JOHN S. See page
His wife's maiden name is erro-
neously spelled. It should be Eliza A.

was born Sept. 25, 1788, in Harrison coun-
tv, Kentucky. He was a brother to Ivins
Foster. See pzg'e jog. Thomas V. Fos^
ter was twice married and had four chil-
dren who lived to maturity bv each
marriage. He moved to Sangamon
county, Illinois, in 1826, and settled
seven miles southvyest of Springfield,
where he died of cholera November 15,
1832. His youngest child by the first
TER, Jnn., was born July 29, 1821, in
Harrison county, Kentucky, was married

June 24, 1847, in Sangamon county, to
Polly E., daughter of Augustine E. Fos-
ter, a younger brother of Ivins Foster.
Two years later Thomas V. Foster, Jun.,
and wife moved to the vicinity of Elkhart,
Logan county, Illinois. They had five
children. Their second child, WILLIAM
A. Foster, born June 27, 1849, in Sangamon
county, Illinois, five miles west of
Chatham, and brought up in Logan coun-
ty. He took a three years literary course
in the Illinois Weslevan University at
Bloomington, and graduated Feb. 10, 1876,
at the, Hahnemann Medical College,
Chicago. He is now December, 1876
a druggist in Springfield, Illinois.

FOUTCH, JOHN, was elected Nov.
7, 1876, to represent Sangamon county
for two years in the Legislature of Illinois.
He resides at New Berlin. Page JTO.

GALT, THOMAS, was born
Sept. 12, 1805, in Lancaster county, Penn-
sylvania. He received his literary educa-
tion at Jefferson college, Canonsburg,
Penn., and his theological education at the
Presbyterian Theological Seminary at
Allegheny City, Penn. He was licensed
to preach June 18, 1834, by the Presbytery
of Ohio. He was married Oct. 6, 1834, in
Washington county, Penn., to Sarah
Happer, who was born in that county
Sept. n, 1809. They moved west in the
spring of 1835, anf ^ a ' ter spending a few
months in Peoria, came to Springfield in
the autumn of that year. Rev. Dr. John
G. Bergen introduced Rev. Mr. Gait to
the Farmington Presbyterian church, of
which he soon after became pastor. Mr.
and Mrs. Gait had four living children,

JAMES J., born Sept. 28, 1835, in
Sangamon county, was married October,
1857, to Mary A. Brown. They have
eight children, and live near Palmyra,

JOHN, born Nov. 30, 1838, in Sanga-
mon county, married Feb. i:, 1862, to
Margaret A. Epler, who was born July
30, 1841, in Morgan countv, Illinois. They
had six children, MARTIN E. died
live with their parents. John Gait and
family resides at the family homestead
where his parents settled in 1835, and
where he wes born. It is one mile east of
Farmingdale, Sangamon county, Illinois.


MARTIN H., born Sept. 9, 1841,111
Sangamon county, married Nov. 19, 1865,
to Clara Spillman. They have three
living children, and live near Manti, Fre-
mont county, Iowa.

THOMAS, Jun., born July 10, 1844,
in Sangamon county. He was married
August, 1869, at Otisville, New York, to
Jennie McFarlane. They have three
children. Rev. Thomas Gait, Jun., is
pastor of the First Prcsbvterian church of
Aurora, Illinois, and resides there.

Mrs. Sarah Gait died Jan. 25, 1849, near
Farmingdale, and Rev. Thomas Gait,
Sen,, married Margaret S. Moore. They
had one living child.

ELIHU L., born Feb. 13, 1850, in
Sangamon county, married April 9, 1872,
in Petersburg, Illinois, to Lou Bergen.
They have one child, and reside in Peters-

Rev. Thomas Gait, Sen., died Sept. 12,
1857, near Farmingdale, Sangamon coun-
ty, Illinois. Mrs. Margaret S. Gait re-
sides in Petersburg, Menard county, 111.

See his name, page 324. He was born
Sept. 18, 1818, in Anne Arundel county,
Maryland, came in 1839 to Sangamon
countv, was married July 2, 1845, ' n
Menard county, Illinois, to Martha M.
Harrison, a native of Kentucky. They
had two children, both of whom died in
infancy, and Mrs. Garretson died April
26, 1848, in Springfield. He was married
Feb. 22, 1854, in Menard county to Phebe
Campbell, who was born April 26, 1831,
in Butler county, Ohio. They had ten
children. The three eldest, VINCENT,
AMANDA and ALBERT died of scar-
let fever from the 241)1 to the 28th of
September, 1858. The other seven,

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