Chisholm, William - First Family - Macoupin County IL
Linda R.F. Arnold1996-2009

contributed by Linda R. F. Arnold

The William Chisholm Family

Also see Chisholm, Killam and Welsh families

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William Chisholm
William Chisholm is one of the sturdy Scotch-American citizens, who, having made his home in the New World, etc.  His father was Robert Chisholm, and his mother was Isabella Patterson.  The father was a shepherd by occupation, and lived to complete his ninety-third year.  His worthy wife died in her eighty-fourth year.

The subject of this sketch was born in Scotland, September 26, 1820.  etc.  He remained in the Northland until 1848, when he came to America.  He landed in New Orleans upon Independence Day, and made his way to Alton, Ill., etc.

This young man now took for himself a wife in the person of Sarah Killam.  The marriage was solemnized in Macoupin County, October 24, 1850.  The lady was born in Yorkshire, England, December 5, 1825.  Her father was Samuel Killam and her mother Mary (Morris) Killam.  They emigrated to Macoupin County, and there spent the remainder of their days.  The daughter was about three years old when they came from the old country.   etc. and goes on to name their children.


Robert  Chisholm
b.          (Scotland)

Isabella Patterson

1. (perhaps Jane Chissolm    b. 1816 Scotland
                d. 1863 (Schuyler County, Missouri)
    m. 1833, New York City, New York
    William Welsh of Scotland)    Her parents are not known … my supposition.

2. William Chisholm    b. 26 Sept 1820  Scotland
            d. 23 May 1905
            Buried:  Carlinville City Cemetery, Sec. B
    m. 24 Oct 1850 Macoupin County, Illinois
    Sarah Killam (dau. Samuel Killam & Mary ____)
    b. 5 Dec 1825 England
    d. 30 Jan 1911
    Buried Carlinville City Cemetery, Sec. B

Children of William Chisholm & Sarah Killam:
1.    Mary Ann Chisholm b. c1854 IL
2.    Elizabeth Chisholm b. c1857 IL
3.    Robert Alexander Chisholm b. 1858 d. 1923
Buried Carlinville City Cemetery, Sec. B
Margaret A.  b. 1863 d. 1938
Buried Carlinville City Cemetery, Sec. B

Their children:  (Buried Carlinville City Cemetery, Sec. B.)
a.    Mildred L. Chisholm b. 11 Apr 1886 d. 7 Jan 1909
b.    Sarah E. Chisholm b. 25 May 1891 d. 16 Jun 1901


(LRA) Earlier research by Linda R.F. Arnold; sources available upon request.

(M) Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1800

(PBR) Portrait & Biographical  Record. George M. Killam p.366, William Chisholm p.637-8.

(TR) Tombstone Revelation Macoupin County, Illinois (vol. 1)

(WPA)  WPA Listing of Killam Cemetery.  Macoupin County Archives, Carlinville.

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