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Letters written to Caroline Elizabeth Churchill Bingham

Madison County Letters - Index
Copyright 2000 Fredi Perry

From Fredi Perry 15 June 2000:
"Thank you all for your input on these most interesting letters. Today I organized the letters and put them in order, each in protective sleeves. I will attempt to transcribe these over the next few months and send them out to all of you. As you'll see, often I can't read a name and rather than stabbing in the dark, I've put a question mark. I've stayed with the original spelling. (I'm an editor and publisher and I don't mishspell usually.) Anyone who'd like to send corrections to me or the list, I'll correct my copy.
Actually the letters get a lot more interesting now when Caroline's uncle starts writing her the news. He was a bright guy, very much into the political issues of the day, AND he follows all the births, deaths, etc. in his letters.

George Churchill was born Oct. 11, 1789 in Glastonbury, Connecticut to Jesse Churchill and Hannah Boardman. He died in Troy Aug. 11, 1872. I found this at Ancestry.com


Letters written to Caroline Elizabeth Churchill Bingham

Here we go with the first letters when Caroline Elizabeth Churchill leaves Bridge Prairie....

(Note: Initials WT mentioned in the letters is an abbreviation for Wisconsin Territory)

Letter #1 - 25 April 1837
Letter #2 - 18 Aug 1839
Letter #3 - 2 Feb 1840
Letter #4 - 20 Apr 1840
Letter #5 - 15 Sep 1840
Letter #6 - 20 Sep 1840
Letter #7 - 26 Apr 1841
Letter #8 - 19 Oct 1841
Letter #9 - 2 Mar 1842
Letter #10 - 4 May 1842
Letter #11 - 5 Nov 1842
Letter #12 - 20 Feb 1843
Letter #13 - 21 May 1844
Letter #14 - 13 Jul 1845
Letter #15 - 1 Oct 1845
Letter #16 - 25 Feb 1846
Letter #17 - 4 Apr 1846
Letter #18 - 28 Apr 1846
Letter #19 - 27 May 1846
Letter #20 - 23 Jun 1846
Letter #21 - 10 Nov 1846
Letter #22 - 22 Feb 1847
Letter #23 - 5 Jul 1847
Letter #24 - 25 Jul 1847 or 1841
Letter #25 - 19 Dec 1848
Letter #26 - 8 Apr 1849
Letter #27 - 14 May 1849
Letter #28 - 26 Aug 1849
Letter #29 - 27 Sep 1849
Letter #30 - 30 Oct 1849
Letter #31 - 24 May 1850
Letter #32 - 18 Dec 1851
Letter #33 - 18 Oct 1852
Letter #34 - 20 Dec 1852
Letter #35 - 20 Jan 1853
Letter #36 - 13 Sep 1854

[Note from another researcher: I live in Wisconsin about 50 miles from this area. The "Badgers" mentioned in here is referring to the miners who burrowed into the hill sides looking for lead and galena ore. There were very few women there then. Lots of times an abandoned mine became the home. "Burrowing into the hills like Badgers" is how the name came to be. "There is lots of old mines from Monroe, Green County west to the Mississippi River and from the Illinois border north to the Wisconsin River. Wisconsin Counties included in this are western Green, Lafayette, Grant, and Iowa." Sara]

[Note from another researcher:I found this on George Churchill p. 439 of Brink's History of Madison Co. Illinois, under Jarvis Twp.:

"George Churchill, who settled on section eight, west of Troy, was one of the most remarkable men who ever lived in the township.  In early life, he had learned the printing business and after coming to the township, he at intervals went to St. Louis and worked in the printing offices of that place.  He remained a bachelor and his habits were peculiar and eccentric. He, however, was held in high esteem by the community, and was several times sent as a representative to the legislature.  Here, though he was no orator, and indeed never attempted to make a speech, his talent as a ready writer came into play, and drafted a considerable part of the bills brought forward by his side of the house.  He was one of the most active opponents of the efforts to introduce slavery into the state in 1824.  His botes in the legislature excited the displeasure of those opposed to his views, and he and Nicholas Hanson, a fellow member of the assembly, were burned in effigy, at Troy."

On p. 441 it mentions George Churchill's appointment as postmaster at Troy, which he mentioned in his letters.

Angeline McCray, must have won her suit as the heir, because on p. 443 of the history, it states:  "By the will of Angeline McCray Dewey, widow of John S. Dewey, her estate, estimated as worth in the neighborhood of thirty thousand dollars, is left to five trustees..."

Angeline McCray and Dr. Dewey were my ancestress's adoptive parents.  She was Mary Blakeman Dewey.
Anyway, I thought some of you on the list might enjoy finding out more about those in the letters.  Gail]
Letters number 5 and 23 could not be found.

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