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HISTORY OF HONEY POINT
By Margaret Klaus
From
"The Story of Macoupin County 1829-1979"

Honey Point is located on the eastern edge of Macoupin County, The first land entry was made by Aaron Hammer on August 19, 1819.

The first settlers settled near the timber. As the population increased, they moved out into the prairie. Elijah Mitchell settled at the edge of the timber in 1832. Thomas D. Moore, Robert Scott and Father Rucker came about 1833. Judge Olds, John Perkins, James Sinclair, M. J. W. Hart, James Mounce, and Thomas L. Williams were also early settlers. Other early settlers were James W. York, Peter Keplinger, John McReynolds, W. N. Culp, J. D. Sanders and James Hunt.

It has been said that the township received its name after the following incident. Near the center of the township on the banks of Honey creek, there is a grove about three-fourths of a mile wide, extending almost three miles to the west. It was surrounded on all sides by prairie. During the Black Hawk War, a company of soldiers under the command of Col. Whiteside was marching from St. Louis to Springfield. They camped on the east end of the timber for the night. In the morning they saw a large number of bees, followed them, and found a number of trees filled with honey. From that time on, this section of the county was known as Honey Point.

At an early time, it has been said that the Point was a pretty hard place. This was not caused by the early settlers who came to find a home, but by roughs who would do anything rather than work for a living.

The first resident ministers were Elders Mitchell and Brown. Isaac Haycraft, J. B. Rhoads, Fathers Carr and Williams were others who occasionally came through to preach.

The first school was held in a building near the Honey Point timber which is near the center of the township. Honey Point School was closed in 1948 when Carlinville Community Unit District No. 1 was formed.

The Honey Point Baptist Church was organized in January 1873, by Elder J. R. Jones with ten members. During the meeting which lasted 22 days, 22 other members were added. During December 1873, another meeting was held and 33 more new members were added. Elder J. R. Jones was the first pastor. In 1879, the membership numbered 55. The church was located near the point where Honey Point Township got its name. In the 1950ís the church was moved out of the timber and located next to the Town Hall.

A stagecoach route passed through Honey Point Township. The tracks from the trail can still be seen in the yard at the Richards Edmonds farm.

Honey Point was also part of the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. It has been said that a large house in section 8 was used as a station. The house was torn down in the 1930ís. It is not known who owned the house during the Civil War, but in 1875 it was owned by Milliken University of Decatur, Illinois. It has been said that nine to eleven slaves were buried there.
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