Pioneer Tidbits
Short Articles on Pioneers of Marshall County Illinois

Father C. C. Camery

Taken From the Henry Republican  July 24, 1873

Father C. C. Camery of Whitefield is a pensioner of the War of 1812 and we believe is the only one in the county. These quarterly installments come right handy in his feeble old age.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Mrs. Lucy Snider

Taken From the Henry Republican August 7, 1873

Mrs. Lucy Snyder, mother of Mrs. O. A. Green of this township, who has lived to the good old age of 75 years, was stricken down a few days since with paralysis. The entire left side is afflicted, for she lies not only helpless, but in a critical condition. Her advanced age, it is feared, will interfere with her recovery, as the shock is severe. Mrs. Snider is one of the veterans of this township, having settled with her husband Col. Henry Snider, near Crow creek, nearly 40 years ago. The colonel’s home was one of the landmarks of the times, and noted for its hospitality and welcome to all who visited this pioneer couple.  

Their house was a church for years and years, and hundreds still reside in this vicinity who have worshiped at their hearthstone. All of those who knew the family in the early days will hear with keen sorrow this calamity. Sad as it is, the faith has been kept, and the summons to a better and a more exalted life awaits the good old mother in Israel.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican February 5, 1874

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hunt

Mr. Richard Hunt and his estimable wife Ruth, made a wedding yesterday at their spacious and commodious residence in Whitefield, for their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Andrews, commemorative of their fifth returning anniversary of wedlock. .....In connection with this article we cannot refrain from saying a few words about our old settlers, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, who came across the river in 1839 and were one of the first to settle in Whitefield. From his house, until 1850, a person could ride in any direction, and there was but one or two houses in sight. Now lanes meet you everywhere. At that time log cabins were in rage, and the big fire place and the iron bake kettle, in which all the baking, frying, boiling, and the dish washing was done. We remember that in 1846, in two rooms, ate and slept 24 persons for over a week, the females taking the four beds, while the males bunked it on the floor. Mr. Hunt’s house was always a good place to visit; and like all the old settlers, were generous and hospitable to all new comers.

They have raised a large family, the married ones settling about them (Mrs. Andrews excepted) to all of whom farms have been given to start them in life. Mr. Hunt has still 240 acres, enough to sustain him as long as our aged friends live. Mr. Hunt will be 70 in May, and still in good health and strength, though a little deaf. Mrs. Hunt is a few years younger, and apparently as robust and agreeable a when we knew her 20 years ago. Mr. Hunt has a fine stock farm, well watered, and large pasture ranges in the bluffs, and has a large number of horses and cattle, though the number we did not learn. Throwing aside the bygones, the cabin and its hallowed associations of inconveniences and-go-along-most-any-how accommodations, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt now have a very commodious, comfortable home, well furnished, the daughters skilled in music, one of Mason & Hamlin’s costly cabinet organs ornamenting the setting room, and everything added to make life happy and enjoyable. Now about them is a host of grandchildren to bless and cheer their venerable years, and these like us, know well how to appreciate the generous affectionate home of father and mother Hunt. Having borne the labors and toils of a well spent life, may they now take rest, throwing off the anxiety and turmoil of busy life, and enjoy the remainder of their days with their children and grandchildren, for having rounded three score and ten, may Mr. H., score 10 more years at least. So mote it be.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Joseph Warner and Lemuel Gaylord

Taken From the Henry Republican June 22, 1876

In a little cemetery on Sandy, in the northeastern portion of Marshall county repose the honored remains of two revolutionary veterans. The names are Joseph Warner who died in 1840, aged 107 and Lemuel Gaylord, one of the pioneer settlers. No memorial stone marks their resting place and only the fading memories of a few aged settlers hold their names and deeds in recollection. One of them drew a pension for years but the other owing to some informality of papers was not on the government payroll. Something should be done to rescue their names from oblivion and a small sum from each would provide fitting monuments.- Lacon Journal-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican August 31, 1876

John T. Smith

Mr. John T. Smith, one of our older settlers, and very successful farmers of Whitefield, has sold his farms in that township to his children, proposing to move to Henry and take the decline of life easier. The homestead of 160 acres, valued at $13,000, the Thompson place of 80 acres near W. G. Barnes, and a five acre wood lot, 245 acres in all, were sold to Thomas Monier, his son-in-law, for $17,000. Another 80 acre farm, located east of John N. Barrett, was sold to his son, Charles Smith for $5000.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican August 2, 1877

Mrs. Elizabeth Wykoff

Yesterday was celebrated in our city the birthday of one of our oldest and most respected members of society -- Mrs. Elizabeth Wikoff. The allotted period of one's life is three score years and ten, but Mrs. Wikoff has been permitted to add ten years more to this allotment. A few friends, learning that the first day of August was her natal day, determined to give her an impromptu surprise in the way of a quiet tea party. There were assembled Dr. J. E. Powell and wife, Mrs. Huldah Hoyt, Mr. C. Gould and wife, Mrs. Matthew Hoyt, Mr. H. C. Wright and wife, Rev. Mr. Martin and wife, Mr. M. Snider and wife, Mr. Peter W. Wikoff, wife and Miss Vandever and Mrs. N. M. Rollins. Nearly all of these have passed the meridian of life, while a few may be classed among the "old folks". Seated at the tea table were nine persons whose united ages make the sum of 609 years, an average of a little over 67 years to the person. As we looked at this company of aged travelers, we thought of how richly stored must be their memory-houses, and how many changes their eyes had witnessed. Eighty years are a long time looked in one direction. But in another they are but as a passing shadow - a flitting cloud. Mother Wikoff has lived many of these years among us, and hers is a name fragrant with the sweetness and purity of a christian life.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican November 14, 1878

Aaron Bartlett

Aaron Bartlett, a colored resident of Henry, completed his 70th birthday on Friday last November 8, and came in and paid us a visit at the sanctum. For one of his age he is hale and hearty, with a frame but slightly bent over, though his hoary wooley locks denote age. He is a native of "way down in Tennessee;" was born a slave Nov. 8, 1808, to Abraham Carrithers at Hartsville; he was a lively youngster, and so likely a chap, that at the age of five years was sold to Alfred A. Brevard, for the large sum of $500, who owned a plantation on Big Goose creek in that state. At the age of 36, or in 1844, he married a free colored woman, by whom four children were born to him, three boys and a girl. He and his wife were field hands, and lived pleasantly together, until the iron hand of the barberous slave system separated them at the caprice of his master and her "boss," and the wife married to antoher against his protest and appeals, and against everything he could do to prevent it. His children too were scattered and he has never seen them since. The rebellion set him free, and he traveled north, locating at Granville, Putnam county, where he married his present wife, Mrs. Harriet Sanders, a widow and formerly a slave to a man named Phillips in Missouri. Mrs. Sanders had a son, and the daughter, the fruit of the second marriage, now constitutes the family. Mr. Barlett has been quite anxious to hear from his children in Tennessee, and though he has written several times to parties he once knew there, he yet has failed to get any trace of them. It would gladden the old gentleman's heart to see once more his children, now grown into manhood and womanhood, and though "in the sere and yellow leaf," it is to be hoped he may live to see his long hoped for and prayed for wish gratified in this respect.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican
February 27, 1879

The Roberts Familly Reunion

The Roberts family had a reunion dinner at the old homestead in Roberts township on Sunday last, at which the following children of Mr. and Mrs. Livingston Roberts were present: T. D. Roberts, Mrs. J. S. Roberts, Mrs. J. A. Roberts, Mrs. J. Throm, William Roberts, Riley Roberts, Miss Ida Roberts, Miss Molly Roberts. Mr. T. D. Roberts and family left on Monday's train for Kansas where he has purchased a farm. Mrs. John W. Burns, the other member of his family is now residing in Kansas. The members of the Roberts family are a credit to the community and highly respected citizens.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


John Spencer, Jerusha Burt, George Burt and Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett

Taken From the Henry Republican August 14, 1879

At Father Burt's in Whitefield township, there are four old persons, all over 70 years of age, and yet all are enjoying a reasonable degree of health. We give their names and ages, John Spencer 83, Jerusha Burt 79, George Burt, Sr. 73, Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett of Jackson, Mich., 72. Their united aged foot up 307, with an average of 76 years for the four. Mr. Spencer is deaf and blind and feels the infirmity of age, but is still able to feel his way about the house, and get along as well as could be expected for a deaf and blind person. He uses an ear trumpet. Mother Burt has all the use of her faculties apparently unimpaired, which is remarkable for a woman of her age. Father Burt is slightly deaf, while Mrs. Bennett is quite well. Father Burt has a brother who is 77 years, who is quite well, but very deaf; also a sister 71 years of age. Father and Mother Burt's families show longevity, and are long lived.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican April 22, 1880

Judge P. M. Janney celebrated his 70th birthday on Thursday, April 8, and a company consisting of the 14 children, and grandchilden of the judge, and Miss Mills of Virginia, sister of Mrs. E. M. Janney, and Miss Nellie Wheaton, sister of Mrs. T. B. Janney, gathered at the residence of Mr. T. B. Janney, at Minneapolis, Minn., to celebrate the event. The formal celebration of the event proved a complete and pleasant surprise to the judge, made all the more memorable by the numerous presents given him by the numerous guests. Despite the fact that Judge Janney has lived the time usually allotted to man of three score and ten, he is still a young man and doesn't look with ten years of that age. The Henry Republican joins with a large circle of old timed friends of Henry and elsewhere in wishing him many returns of that happy event.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


Taken From the Henry Republican July 1, 1880

Mrs. George Burt, Sr., of Whitefield township, mother of the writer, reached the venerable age of four score years on Sunday last, which, with no sense repaired, and only a lame arm, is enjoying a liberal degree of good health. Her three sons and their wives and families were present to congratulate her on this anniversary and to leave tokens of esteem. Mother Burt was a native of Hartford, Ct., moving to Illinois in 1846. Here children all reside near her, the oldest being 46, the youngest 40. Her oldest grandchild is aged 12 years, and there are 12 of them. Her oldest brother, who is 85, resides with her. The united aged of Father and Mother Burt, and Mrs. B.'s brother is 239, their ages averaging 79 2/3 years. All are reasonably well, and are comfortably provided for.-- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


The Mallary-Frisbey Families

Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL
April 15, 1915

In the death of Henry Frisbey, whose obituary appears elsewhere, we are reminded of the passing of the second generation of the pioneer families of this vicinity. His father, Loton Frisbey, located in this section when settlers were sparse, and wild game and the Indians were still roaming this part of the great state. His mother was a Mallary - Rhoda Mallary, sister of Hiram, Page and George Mallary, and a sister Lodema, a family of pioneer residents of this vicinity of the early '30's. Hiram owned a considerable tract of land in a body, of which the Daniel Harney estate was a part; Page Mallary owned the farm known as the John Kapraun homestead in Whitefield township; George owned a farm just east of the Frisbey farm; Sylvanus Mallary also owned a farm between lands belonging to Hiram and Page. Page was the first blacksmith to erect a shop at his farm and conduct shoeing and repairing of plows and machinery for a wide territory. Later the families of these three brothers moved elsewhere, Hiram to Chicago, page to Waukegan and George to Henry county.

Loton Frisbey, who built a farm house on his farm, 75 years ago, constructed it well, which is the only landmark still standing as a monument of "ye olden tyme". Of course primitive in appearance as dwellings are built now, but still inhabitable for tenants. Mr. Frisbey's family consisted of eight children, six of whom reached maturity, were married and had sons and daughters. They were all prominent young people, taking active parts in the local life of the community. As the family was known by many of our readers a brief allusion to the Frisbey children may interest them. Amanda was married three times - to Watson Cook, George Bonham and A. C. Putnam; Emeline married twice, Wm. Moore, and at his death Horace Spencer, Mrs. Rosella Herr of Whitefield, being a daughter of this latter marriage; Eliza is the wife of Edwin Culver, residing in Kansas, but an invalid, having been confined to her bed the past five years. Alvira is the wife of W. H. Borland, residing at Maderia, Minn., hearty and well at 71; Hiram was an apprentice at the printing business with the writer in 1854-55 at La Salle, but as the vocation did not appeal to his liking, he abandoned it for farming, which he followed until his death in Minnesota some years ago; Henry has followed to the spiritual world, leaving only the two sisters mentioned elsewhere. Many of the families' acquaintances still linger, and remember the family with respect and affection, reminded of the early day associations. -- Transcribed by Nancy Piper


William Brown

The Wenona Index, Wenona, IL, Thursday Morning, September 6, 1894

"Still Another One"

Investigation as to the resting place of old soldiers in the Cherry Point Cemetery, on the Sandy has resulted in the location of the grave of another revolutionary soldier, William Brown, grandfather of Alexander Brown, of Henry IL, who it is claimed was not only in the revolutionary war but also in the war of 1812. He died in 1841 and was buried in Cherry Point Cemetery. GG McAdam, as well as others have been taking a active interest in this work, and on Monday he rode his bicycle to a Mr. Brown's (Probably Alonzo) home some tree miles northeast of Streator, seeking information about this old soldier. The Cherry Point Cemetery has sufficient money from subscriptions and the festival (There is also an article In "Old Sandy Remembers" that talks about this festival that was put on by the local Sandy Methodist Church and about how our grandfather Alex was very instrumental in raising these funds. This was published in 1960 by the Marshall County Historical Society.) recently given to also purchase a stone to mark the resting place of William Brown and will do so at their earliest convenience and have it properly placed. The work being done in this line by the Cherry Point Trustees is surely a commendable one and something that might be done in other cemeteries much to the credit of those who under take it. -- Contributed by Bill Brown

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