Old Settlers
Bunker Hill Macoupin County IL

found on microfilm by Stephen Crawford

Bunker Hill Gazette (IL) 29 April 1889. page 4.

Some Old Settlers

Below will be found information concerning such of the Old Settlers as we could corral and converse with, or derive from others; we limit the list to such as have been residents not less than fifty years.

David Ferguson, aged 57 - Came from Ireland '39

Robert Ridgley - Aged 86, came from England in  ?'31

Anna E. Younger Was born in Madison county '38

L. Hilyard, aged 62 Came in '32; Samuel Hilyard came in '36

Cal Drennan aged 74 In '30 came from Tennessee and settled near Fosterburg

James Nutter Was born near this palce in ?'35. is the oldest person now living who was born here.

John Payne Came with his father from Kentucky in '42; he left his farm in ?'77 to live in town.

A. D. Wood, aged 50 - Born in Woodburn. he now represents this township on the board of supervisors.

Mrs. Martin Alford - Was born in Woodburn over fifty years ago; her father was the R. R. Tompkins.

James Barton, aged 70 - Came in '32 and settled near Gillespie; now lives within six miles of his first home.

Lemuel Taylor, aged 74 - Came from South Carolina in '39 and settled on Dry Fork; now lives in Baylestown.

Hiram Davis, aged 73 - Came to Madison in '22; now lives in Dorchester; was never out of the state but four years.

Joseph M. Cooper - Came from England in ?'46 and made a farm out of the rough near Ridgley; moved to town not long ago.

Hampton W. Wall. aged 62 - Born in West Prairie; served as postmaster, supervisor, justice of the peace, and in the legislature.

David B. Wood - In '32 came here with his brother Samuel and settled where he now lives; he wagoned from Kentucky with three yoke of oxen.

James Crowder, aged 72 - Came from Indiana 65 years ago, settling near Fosterburg; now lives within six miles of his first home in this state.

Simpson Finley, aged 74 - Came in '28 from Green County. His father built the first cabin on Wood River. His wife came in '27 from Tennessee.

C. C. Campbell, aged ?50 - Born in Alton, and came to farm south of town with his father when he was a year old; moved to town in '53 and sold goods many years.

Job Huckelbridge, aged 66 - From England and settled on Coop's creek in ?'38 with his brothers John now living and Charles deceased; he now lives in town.

Thos. Hilton, aged ?'64 - Came to Knox county in '30 and to his present home in ?'50; heard for the first time an abolition speech in Galesburg in '44; it went hard with him, but he got over it.

Willliam ?Galt. Liberty Prairie - Came from Scotland in '42; he lived here a couple of years and ???? with Gardner Parmenter and others/ he made his home where it now is two years later.

Robert Sawyer, aged 69 - Came from North Carolina to Staunton when three years old and later to this vicinity has chased many a wolf over what is now Bunker Hill before there was house here.

Churchill Wayne, aged '80 - Came to Illinois in '17 the year before it became a state; he was 3 years old. His first home was in Edgar county until '44 when he came to Macoupin and has lived here ever since.

John Patrick - Came from Scotland in '41 and lived on farm east of town; went to blacksmithing in '46 and to California in ?'49 resumed blacksmithing and later sold out to Morris. He is an authority among Masons.

Denneson Gibbs, aged 77 - From New York on a visit in ? and settled near here two years (3 words can't read) relative Sparrow Brown in Hedley's regiment and helped to look after "the boys" while the war was going on.

Vincent Smith. nearly 87 - Came from England when 9 years old; came to Illinois in '37, and three years later was married at Monmouth, his wife yet living and moved here in ?'54, is a splendid well-preserved man. his only defect being deafness.

Samuel Wood, aged 90 years - Is the oldest man in the township; he was born in Kentucky of revolutionary stock; came here and settled on his present home in '32; has been a consistent member of the Christian church for more than forty years.

S. S. Clark - Will be 88 next December, and is the oldest man in town; he was in furniture business in New York City, and came here in ?'46 to engage in merchandizing; has been school treasurer since ?'62 and was town now city clerk several years.

John Goodwin - Emigrated from England in '44. landing in Alton; came here in '50 and worked for Judge Huggins hauling logs to the saw mill which preceded the old ?red mill. His wife Elizabeth Wook yet living was born where they now live.

Gardner Paramenter aged 80 - Came from New Hampshire in '38 and settled on farm north of town; he afterwards moved here and went into furniture business. which he followed for some years. He was leader of our brass band in '43; members thereof yet living are John and D. K. Pettingill and Charles Parmenter.

Frank Lancaster aged ?80 - Came from England to near Clyde in '41; he went south returning in '41, cr???ing the Mississippi in time of hight water. Before coming one of our most prosperous farmers, he worked as a brickmaker and made brick for the Congregational church, Huggins; block and other buildings.

Isaac A. Funderburk aged ?74 - Left South Carolina April 11th, 1830, and reached Madison county Nov. 11th; detained three months in Tennessee on account illness of a brother; traveled with horse team; lived on what could be bought on the road, mainly bacon and cornbread; no coffee or tea; drank a little whiskey on the road.

Edward H. Davis aged 73 years - Born in New Hampshire, worked as a watchmaker in Savannah, Ga., and came to Bunker Hill in '39; was married the next year; was many years deputy sheriff and deputy county assessor; was postmaster under Presidents Polk and Johnson; has served frequently as grand juror and juror in federal courts.

Dr. E. C. ?Ellet, aged 75 - Born in Pennsylvania of a family conspicuous in revolutionary times; came to Illinois in ?'38 and settled on Dry Fork, with is brother Alfred. Brigadier-General and Commander of Marine Brigade in late war; Dr. Ellet went to Philadelphia and graduated in medicine in 1848, and engaged in practice for thirty years; retired ?several years ago.

Capt. R. H. Wood - Was born in New Jersey; when he was a year old, his father came to Woodburn and entered land (?); Capt. Wood has a good military record in the late war. His wife is a daughter of the late Larkin Stark, for whom Senator Palmer worked at this place when a boy. Wood had for years been our Woodburn correspondent, and his letters are highly appreciated.

John A. Pettingill aged 77 - Born in New Hampshire of revolutionary stock, he possesses a sword borne in the Battle of Bunker Hill by his great-grandfather came here (two next words can't read) opened a farm; went to California in (next two words can't read) on return opened a nursery and greenhouse; the vast majority of the trees that shade our city so beautifully came from his place; his reminiscences in these columns have been of great interest for many years past.

Luke Dilliard whose weekly contributions from Dorchester to The Gazette are so highly regarded by it and its readers) came from Kentucky in ?. His life has been and now is active, and no man now living has made more impress. He has taught school for thirty years, and always within reach of his own home. He was licensed as a Baptist preacher in '48 and was ordained four years later by the Edwardsville Association. Rev. Dr. John Peck was chairman of the examining committee. How active his life was, may be read. In the early 50's he taught singing school two nights each week in Centerville and two nights each week at Smalleytown. At the same time he preached every other Saturday night near Mt. Olive, and alternate weeks at Centerville. During the same time he was teaching school full time every week. His wife (now ?) is a daughter of Giles Adams who came from Tennessee in ?'28

Rev. J. R. Jones aged ?70 - Is a staunch Baptist, and yet preaches. His mother barely escaped being a victim in the Wood River massacre by the Indians in 1814. She was then about twelve years old. living with a man named Savage; her father had been killed by the Indians. The massacre was on a Sunday evening. Mrs. Ragan and number of children (her own and neighbors') had been visiting at Savage's. When Mrs Ragan started home she prevailed on Jones' mother to go with her which she did. When within three hundred yards of their destination, Jones' mother ?f...... premonition of impending danger and w..... back and by so doing probably saved her life. She had not gone far on her return home, w...... (and next five lines too hard to read).
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