Settlers of Jasper County, IL &

their Dates of Settlement

as reported by the Newton Press on October 26, 1887
Transcribed by Kim Torp


There are two parts to this article: the first part reports on the First Annual Meeting of the Old Settlers and gives a quick history of Jasper and the second part is a list of the "Old Timers" who settled Jasper County. I will present the Old Timers List first - however this doesn't appear to be a complete list since none of my family is mentioned (AGAIN!) and I know for a fact that my ggg-gf Ellis Hicks bought land in Jasper county in 1851 and is listed in the 1855 state census there. I suspect this list is just of those folks who were still alive (which Ellis was not) and who decided to join the "Old Settlers" group. This was from microfilm and hard to read, so make sure to verify any information for yourself. Here's the list:


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OLD TIMERS

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Newton Press, October 26, 1887

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List of settlers and date of settlement from 1830 to 1840:

Names

Year

Age

A.S. Harris

1837

72

B.W. Harris

1837

54

Robt. B. Smith

1839

74

H.H. Mitchell

1839

54

John Schackmann

1839

58

H. Vanderhoof

1839

71

Jehu Whitehurst

1838

68 (or 63?)

Wm. Kilgore

1838

52

Joseph Kinsel

1839

 

C.L. McComas

1838

 

Mart Stockwell

1837

61

Wm. Leamon

1838

70

John Henry

1837

 

John Cummins

1838

80

A.S. Jourdan

1833

54

Joseph Jourdan

 

 

Wm. Jourdan

 

 

John A. May

1839

63

List of settlers and date of settlement from 1840 to 1850:

Names

Year

Age

J.S. Jones

1850

 

S.B. Matheny

1845

57

P.S. Needham

1847

73

J.W. Needham

1847

45

John M. Parrent

1840

47

Josiah Andrews

1841

68

Wm. Kibler

1847

55

J.E. Gorrell

1848

43

X. Michel

1848

57

Jonathon Lenox

1841

82

James Chapman

1842

77

T.J. Lenox

1841

38

John Chapman

1840

64

F.M. Ross

1846

41

Lewis McKinley

1840

 

Jonathan Cowger

1845

80

N.C. (or O?) Whitehurst

1845

45

P.R. Henry

1846

46

A.P. Brodrick

1849

63

A.J. Batman

1849

57

J.F. Cummins

1840 (or 1849)

47

J.E. Wishard

1841

59

George Dowell

1849

70

Ed Goble

1840

57

 Wm. L. Phillips from Richland Co

18_6

 

Wesley Martin

1840

67

Thom. Hunt

1849

49

Wm. M. Jones

1849

71

Jesse Grove

1849

50

B. Foote

1850

58

Isaac Kibler

1846

44

C.E. Garwood

1845

42

List of settlers and date of settlement from 1850 to 1860:

Names

Year

Age

Fred Deming

1852

77

S.S. Garn_er

1856

51

James Leamon

1852

63

J.C. Vauters

1852

62

J.S. Lanter

1853

57

James Corbin

1855

42

H. Riley

1852

66

D. Harrah

1852

 

Jeremiah Adams

1851

44

John Burnsides

1858

76

James L. Crews

1852

61

Joseph Frichtl

1850

65

Dan P. Smith

1850

65

Neil Fisher

1855

69

Thomas Graham

1855

69

Wm. A. Daugherty

1856

60

Peter Jackson

1851

46

N.C. Matheny

1850

37

G.W. Matheny

1858

30

J.C. Matheny

1860

27

R.M. Carter

1851

48

Fuller Nigh

1855

56

C.M. Wakefield

1856

66

Wm. C. Junior

1855

67

Abraham Ridlen

1852

63

J.P. Seeley

1851

37

Wm. Dillman

1851

36

C.M. Roberts

1852

35

I.M. Shup

1854

59

J.M. Needham

1860

27

B.W. McDaniel

1860

57

A. Bartley

1854

62

Thos. T. Heady

1851

61

O.H. Wheeler

1853

80

Eli Devore

1857

61

T. H. Smith

1852

35

N.W. Tate

1852

44

H. Overholzer

1858

54

Clent Prather

1856

35

Wm. Tate

1851

 

A.J. Koontz

1853

56

John Eagleton

1857

30

Elwood Patterson

1846

45

P.R. Lewis

1850

48

A.G. Birt

1850

47


Here's the article that went with the list:

PIONEERS IN COUNCIL

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First Annual Meeting of the Old Settlers

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Weather Spoils an Interesting Gathering of Early Timers

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The first annual meeting of the Old Settlers of Jasper county was held at the fair grounds on last Thursday, Oct. 20. The president, James L. Crews, called the meeting to order. A call of the roll showed James Leamon, of Granville, Mart Stockwell, of North Muddy, Wm. Junior, of Grove, P.S. Needham, of Smallwood, and John M. Love, of Wade township, vice president, present. The report of the committee on constitution and by-laws was read by James Leamon and on motion received and adopted. It was ordered that a roster of Old Settlers present be made, divided into three periods viz: 1. Those who lived in Jasper County between the years 1830 and 1840. 2. From 1840 to 1850. 3. From 1850 to 1860.

Officers were elected for the ensuing year as follows:

Addresses were delivered by Henry Vanderhoof, A.P. Broderick, P.R. Henry, C.E. Garwood and B.F. Harrah.

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JASPER COUNTY

What is known as Jasper county originally belonged to Crawford. Palestine, now in a state of decay, was then the county seat. It is located on the Wabash river, thirty miles east of this city on the I. & I. S. railroad. The Illinois legislature in 1830-31 passed an act creating Jasper County. Nathan Moss, William Magill and Asahel Heath were named in the act as commissioners to locate the county seat. Their report was either lost or else they never made one and in December 1834 another act was passed by the legislature to carve out Jasper County, an election ordered and the first officers elected as follows:

Lewis W. Jourdan, sheriff; Richard Watson, coroner; W.M. Richards, George Mattingly and F.W. H. Claycomb, commissioners.

The name of the county and its seat of justice were in honor of two Revolutionary war heroes, Sergeants Jasper and Newton. The early settlements were principally on the river and creeks, the prairies at that time not being considered good for farming (which in those days was done principally with gun, rod and a pack of dogs). Benjamin Shook was probably the first settler in the county, locating near the North Fork up in the northeast part of the county in 1822. James Jourdan and wife, parents of Andrew S., Joseph and William, moved to the county, near Newton in 1826. Wm. Lewis near Evermon Mound in Willow Will township the same year, and Job Catt, grandfather of Hon. Geo. W. Fithian in 1827, near Ste. Marie. Uncle John Catt, now approaching old age, a son of Job Catt before mentioned, relates to the writer of "The Jasper County History," to be found at page 386, this incident which occurred as late as 1837:

"A report came that a lot of Indians that were camping out on Big Muddy, near the county line, were dancing around their camp-fires with their war-paint on (which meant destruction to the pale faces). The settlers called a council of their wise and brave men, and appointed Lewis W. Jourdan, Job Catt and two or three others, to slip out to the Indian camp and see if the reports were true; but before starting out Mr. Catt had his family bury all their cooking utensils kettles and all heavy valuables, and be prepared to flee the country on their return. But only think of their surprise, when they arrived in sight of the Indian camping ground, and peeping the brush, to find that the Indians had pulled up stakes and moved out West."


Newton was platted in 1831, but did not amount to much until many years afterward. Its first inhabitants were noted chiefly for their marksmanship, wrestling and fighting qualities and the amount of bad liquor they could swallow. Slow progress was made in the growth of the town and county until in 1876 the first railroad, the P.D.& E., I.& I.S. and C.&O., the two former passing through Newton. The first officers were:


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