List of Americans in Illinois from 1779 to 1786

transcribed from
"Illinois Historical Collections, Kaskaskia Records"

Pages 421-423

©April 2006, Transcribed by Kim Torp

Transcriber's Note: Footnotes were added by the original author


Second list amounting to 97
A list of the Inhabitanc (sic) of the Illinoise Septr. 7th. 1787

[Author's Note:] For another list of Americans, see post., p. 443. This list was made by Tardiveau for use in his petitions to Congress. A comparison of this census with the various lists of settlers in Reynolds' Pioneer History of Illinois (Belleville, 1852) is inevitable. The result is not very favorable to Reynolds, who is often mistaken in his dates and frequently in persons. On none of the lists of Americans do the following names appear: Robert Whitehead (Reynolds, 110), Kidd (p. 111) Wm. Musick (p. 114) "the first schoolmaster" John Seeley and the Irish schoolmaster Halfpenny (p. 122), James Andrews, Joseph White and Samuel McClure, who were killed by the Indians in 1786 (p. 123). This is not conclusive proof that these men were not In Illinois, for other men, who are known to have been in the country are not mentioned, but from this fact, taken in connection with the other numerous mistakes, it is evident that Reynolds' statements must be accepted with great caution.

Mens Names. Anno. 1779

[Author's] Footnotes

Shadrick Bond

2.  Uncle of Governor Bond.  In his testimony before the Court in a trial, August, 1781, he said he was about thirty years of age, was a native of Virginia, and a laborer; that he had come to Illinois with Colonel Clark and since his discharge had been working for the inhabitants. (May Allinson, "A Trial Scene in Kaskaskia in 1781," Transactions of Ill. State Hist. Society, 1906, p. 267) He was often elected to the legislature of the Northwest territory and the territory of Indiana and was at one time justice of the Court of Common Pleas of St. Clair County. (Reynolds, Pioneer Hist. of Illinois, 90). Reynolds says he came to Illinois in 1781 (p.89)

David Guise


Laton White


Josiah Ryan

3.  In December, 1789, he was living at "Eagle River" Ill Hist. Collections, ii., 433

Men 1780

Nicholas Smith

4.  Nicholas Smith was one of the most prominent men at Bellefontaine.  In 1782 he was elected justice of the peace (see ante, p. 296) and in 1787 he took oath for the same office at Grand Ruisseau before the Cahokia Court. Ill Hist. Collections, ii., 307, consult also Index.

James Piggot

5. James Piggott. See biog. note in vol. ii., 190, n. 1

Jacob Gratt

6.  This must be Jacob Groot. See vol. ii., Index

George Hendrick


Charles Wood

7. Received grant of land at Grand Ruisseau from Cahokia Court on March 2, 1786. See vol. ii., 229, 331

Robert Craighton


Larkin Reatherfoard

8. Reynolds says (p.89) that he came to Illinois in 1781 and was one of Clark's soldiers.

Children 1780

William Piggot


Levi Piggot


James Piggot


Joseph Piggot


Timothy Belew


William Gratt


John Gratt


John Allison

9.  Presumably children of John Allison. See vol. ii., 321, 327, 517

Joseph Allison


Men 1781

James Moore

10. James Moore was the leader of the Americans who settled at Bellefontaine.  (See ante, p. 296) Reynolds says (p.90) that he came from Maryland, and that he was employed by Gabriel Cerre to trade with the Indians in Tennesse. He died in 1788. (See vol. ii., 349) Several of his children moved to Missouri.  Houck, Hist. of Mo., Index.

William Biggs

11. There is a biographical sketch of William Biggs in Reynolds, Pioneer Hist., 288, et seq.

John Valier


John Moore


George Wavie


Benjamin Byrun

12.  In his testimony before the Court in a trial, 1781, Benjamin Byrun said that he was twenty eight years old, and was a native of New Castel (Pennsylvania?) and a protestant.  He was a tailor by trade and had lived in Kaskaskia since spring.  When asked for his passport, he could only show his discharge from the service and an oath of fidelity taken at Fort Pitt. Allinson, "Trial Scene in Kaskaskia in 1781," Transactions of Ill. State Hist. Society, 1906, p.123

Samuel Garrittson

13. Samuel Garrittson was killed by Indians in 1788, Reynolds, p. 123

Benjamin Turner


Elisha Vannatson


Children 1781

William Moore


James Moore


Enoch Moore


Milton Moore


James Garrittson


Hardy Ware


Samuel Guise


Daniel Raper


Solomon Guise


John Byrun


Joseph Byrun


Men Anno 1782

John Watts


Robert Watts

14. Biog. note on Robert Watts in vol. ii, 188, n. 1; see also p. 597

Tobias Brashers


William Oglesbay


Daniel Sults


Peter Zipp


Children 1782

John Densey


Charles Watts


Beltashazer Brashers


Mens 1783

John Farral

15.  John Farral was killed by Indians in 1789. Reynolds, 124

James Marshel


William Dove


Thomas Winn


John Suleven

16. Possibly Captain John Sullivan, one of Clark's officers.

Children 1783

John Suleven


Men 1784

Alexander Dennies


Elijah Smith


Thomas Morgin


Men 1785

Mason Lunefoard


Robert Reddick


William Shaney


Ephrim Story


Joseph Ogle

17.  The first member of this family, that has been conspicuous in the annals of Illinois, to settle here.

Joseph Worley


George Biggs


James Henderson


Benjamin Ogle


Children 1785

Joseph Ogle


Jacob Ogle


John Worley


Joseph Worley


Men 1786

Isaac West

18. See vol. ii, 293

John Sloughter

19. One of Clark's soldiers, English. Conquest, ii., 1061.

George Attchison

20. Reynolds calls him one of Clark's soldiers, but his name is not on any of the lists. (See English, Conquest, ii., 1067) He was in 1795 judge of the Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Sessions, in St. Clair Co. May Allinson, "Government of Illinois, 1790-1799" in Transactions of the Ill. Hist. Society, 1907, p. 290

Michel Huff

21. Michel Huff came from Monongahela Co., Pa.  On the journey to Illinois Mrs. Huff and one of his stepsons were killed by Indians.  Later Huff met the same fate.

Thomas Biggs


William Murrey

22. See ante, p. 7, n 1

Lawrence Hurd


David Waddle

23. Reynolds calls him a soldier under Clark, but his name is not on any of Clark's lists. English, Conquest, ii, 1067

Samuel Morrison

24. I have been unable to determine the relation of this Samuel to the five Morrison brothers. One of the younger brothers was named Samuel, but he did not come to Illinois until 1807. Reynolds, 135

Isaac Waddle


Daniel Finane


Barneby Mc. Clannen


Robert Seybold


Peter Casterland


William Baley


Isaac Chalfin


William Chalfin


William Howe


James Mc. Roberts


Henry Mc. Gloughlen


John Peters


Franses Clark

25. Reynolds (p. 122) calls him a school teacher who came to Illinois three years earlier than the date given here. Several references to him will be found in the Cahokia Records Collections, ii., Index.

Johnson Amberson


Children 1786

Alexander Attcheson


George Attcheson


Michel Attcheson


Amos Chalfin


Jese Waddle


Allexander Waddle


David Waddle


James Waddle


Tottle Mens Names:  62
Tottle Childrens Names:  35

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