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Names of Early Illinois Settlers

As listed in the "Pioneer History of Illinois, Containing the Discovery in 1673 and the History of the Country to the Year 1818 when the State Government Was Organized" by John Reynolds, originally published in 1852.

Library of Congress Catalogue #4-8816

From Pages 424 and 425 in the Appendix:

"In the "American State Papers, Public Lands," Vol. 2, pp 132-4, is a statement, dated Kaskaskia, Dec. 31, 1809 of claims founded on "Improvements" in the district of Kaskaskia, which were affirmed by the board of commissioners appointed under act of congress to take evidence of all land-claims in the Kaskaskia district, under French, Spanish or United-States grants. The commissioners were Michael Jones and E. Backus and the following appear to be the names of English or American settlers who claim under "Ancient Grants":

William Arundel

John Barton

James Biswell

Thomas Brady

Drury Bush

Robert Caldwell

George Camp

Ichadod Camp

Isaac Chaffin

John Chambers

James Curry

Alexander Denis

John Dodge

John Doyle

Clement Drury

Abram Flanary

Joshua Flanary

Thos. Flanary, Jr.

Joseph Hanson

Leonard Harness

John Hiltebrand

David Hix

Michael Huff

Thomas Hughs

Nathaniel Hull

John Jones

James Kinkead

George Lunsford

Richard McCarty

John McElmuny

Jno. McElmuny, Jr

Thomas Marrs

John Marshall

John Montgomery

William Murry

Henry O'Hara

John Peters

William Robins

Elijah Smith

Henry Smith

Peter Smith

Joseph Standlee

Robert Sybold

David Wallis

Haydon Wells

Isaac West

   


"In the same volume, pp. 135-8, is a list of claims "founded on acts of congress granting donations of four hundred acres each to heads of families in the district of Kaskaskia," and which were confirmed by the board. Of these acts of congress, one approved March 3, 1791, gave to each "head of a family" who had cultivated or improved land in Illinois prior to and including the year 1788, the right to four hundred acres of land. Of those claiming under these acts, the following were Americans or English, Irish or Scotch, naturalized Americans:"

J.B. Allary

William Arundle

George Atchison

Thomas Bently

William Biggs

James Biswell

Shadrach Bond

John Boyd

Benjamin Byram

Joseph Byram

George Camp

Ichabod Camp

John Clark

Thomas Comstock

John Cook

James Curry

Alexander Dennis

Israel Dodge

John Dodge

Alexander Douglas

John Doyle

Clement Drury

Andrew Faggot

Samuel Finley

Elijah Flannery

Thos. Flannery, Jr.

James Garrison

Charles Gill

Samuel Hanley

Joseph Hanson

Leonard Harness

John Harris

James Head

George Hendricks

David Hicks

John Hiltebrand

William Howe

Thomas Hughes

Nathaniel Hull

Jacob Judy

Patrick Kennedy

James Kincade

James Lemen

John Lyle

John McCormick

Thomas Marrs

James Mayfield

John Montgomery

Mary Moony

James Moore

Joseph Morris

Joseph Ogle, Sr.

Henry O'Hara

David Pagon

John Peters

James Pigot

Kaskaskia, Dec. 31, 1809

Charles Robins

Mrs. R. Rogers

Larkin Rutherford

Catharine Ryan

Josiah Ryan

John K. Simpson

Henry Smith

Nicholas Smith

John Sullivan

Levi Theed

David Wallace

George Ware

James Watts

Isaac West

James Wiley

John Williams

Joseph Worley

William Wycoff

 


"Congress also donated "one hundred acres* of land to each militia-man enrolled and doing duty in Illinois on Aug. 1, 1790, within the district of Kaskaskia." The claims under this act were made mostly by French settlers, as they constituted the greater part of the militia force at that date. The following are the names of the claimants other than those of French birth or origin affirmed by the commissioners, Kaskaskia, Dec. 31, 1809 (same book, page 139-47):"

William Arundel

Timothy Bellow

George Biggs

John Brady

Isaac Brasten

William Butts

Thomas Callahan

Isaac Chaffin

William Chaffin

Alexander Dennis

John Edgar

Isaac Enochs

Philip Gallaher

John Hays

Edward Hebert

John Jones

John Rice Jones

William Jones

Jacob Judy

Samuel Judy

Robert Kidd

Alexander McNabb

Edward McNabb

James Moore, Jr.

John Moore

William Moore

John Moredock

William Morrison

William Murry

Joseph Ogle

Levi Piggott

William Piggott

Daniel Raper

William Robins

Benjamin Rogers

John Sack

Ebenezer Sevans

Daniel Shultz

John K. Simpson

Daniel Sink

Christopher Smith

Robert Sybold

Levi Theed

Edward Todd

William Todd

Alexander Waddle

David Waddle

Jesse Waddle

Hardy Wear

Frederick Weiser

John Whiteside

Wm F. Whiteside

William Young Whiteside

James Wilson

Thomas Winn

   

* The commissioners in confirming the four-hundred-acre grants deducted this hundred acres from all who received it. The militia-man of 1790 therefore received but three hundred acres of the congressional grant. (Author's note)

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"The commissioners (Michael Jones, John Caldwell, Thomas Sloo) afterward (Kaskaskia, Jan. 4, 1813) reported another list of those who were, in their opinion, entitled to four hundred acres each under the act of March 3, 1791, as settlers prior to 1788 (page 189 of same volume). Of these the following appear to be Americans:"

Joseph Anderson

George Atchison

Frances Bellew

George Biggs

Thomas Biggs

William Biggs

Shadrach Bond, Sr.

Tobias Brashiers

Charles Burk

Benjamin Byram

Peter Casterline

William Chaffin

L.G. Chamberlain

William Cheney

Frances Clark

John Clark

Robert Creighton

John Dimpsey

William Dove

Raphael Drury

William Drury

John Edgar

Isaac Enochs

Daniel Flannery

Elijah Flannery

James Garretson

Charles Gill

James Gray

Samuel Hanley

George Hendricks

Thomas Hughes

James Lemen

Henry Levins

William Lewis

Archibald McNabb

James McRoberts

Charles Martin

James Moore

John Moore

Elisha Nelson

Benjamin Ogle

Joseph Ogle

William Oglesby

David Pagon

Jonas Piggot

William Piggot

George Powers

Abraham Rain

Larkin Rutherford

Catharine Ryan

Josiah Ryan

James Scott

Ebenezer Severns

Nicholas Smith

Abraham Stanley

James Stillman

John Sullivan

Levi Theel

Thomas Todd

David Waddle

Robert Watts

George Wear

Layton White

James Wiley

Thomas Winn

Charles Wood

Joseph Worley

   


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©1999, Transcribed by Kim Torp