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Alexander Baird

Inscribed with honor upon the rolls of the pioneers of Chanute is the name of Alexander Baird, whose history it is the purpose of this article to record. He came to the state of Kansas in the early years of its infancy and has watched its progress through childhood and youth and into vigorous middle life with that zealous and friendly interest characteristic of the sincere and permanent settlers of the early time.  Born near the town of Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland, March 31, 1844, Mr. Baird is a son of Alexander Baird whose life work is briefly set out in the sketch of Andrew Baird in this volume. Our subject is the eldest of four children and came to America with his parents at the age of six years. He grew up near Sparta, Illinois, where the family home was established, and was there educated in the district school, walking three miles, to and fro, during the process of his mental development. Approaching manhood he set to learn the trade of a blacksmith in Sparta which he finished during the progress of the civil war and then entered the service of the government as a civilian blacksmith, being stationed at Nashville, Tennessee, and in that service one year. In the fall of 1865 he came west to the Missouri river and, after spending a short time in Leavenworth, crossed back into Platte county, Missouri, where, at Farley, he established himself at his trade and remained for a period of three years. In the month of March, 1869, he came south into the new state of Kansas and began his career as a citizen of Neosho county. He entered a tract of land three miles northeast of Chanute and undertook its cultivation and improvement. On his father's coming to the county a few years later he sold the latter his rights and, in July, 1870, identified himself with the new town of New Chicago, of which he was the first blacksmith. Central avenue was the principal street of the promising village and his shop was situated two blocks north of Main street on Central. After the municipal consolidation he changed his location to conform to the changed conditions of his town and maintained his shop on Main street for many years. His place of business was one of the popular and important resorts of its character in the growing city and he maintained himself a leader in his capacity until his retirement from the forge in 1898. Turning his attention to other matters he was engaged in their prosecution till his sudden and unwarned affliction on the 20th of September, 1899. While in the office of Attorney Cox, of Chanute, and in the act of explaining a matter of business his eyes suddenly became dim and almost by the time he could reach his residence on foot total blindness ensued and holds him a prisoner still.
Of recent years Mr. Baird has identified himself extensively with horticulture. Eighty acres of land have been planted to orchards of peaches, apples, cherries, and the like, and acres of small fruit occupy the open space between them. This venture is non-experimental in view of the successful raising of fruits of this character in Neosho county for some years past, and the demonstrated adaptability of its soil to such products.
Mr. Baird married in the fall of 1867, in Platte county, Missouri, Louise Kinnaman, who came with him to Neosho county and died in Chanute in May, 1878, leaving the following children, viz., Clara, wife of Wesley Woosley, of Neosho county, who has two children by a former husband, Matthew Keath; Rienza, our subject's second child, is married to Amy Northcott; Lavara, wife of Lee Smith, of Carrolton, Kentucky, and Leon, who married Oda Fowler, deceased.
June 8, 1879, Mr. Baird married Alice Cocomon, a daughter of Morris and Nancy (Campbell) Cocomon, the former of Irish birth and the latter of Scotch blood. The parents came to Neosho county from Sanalac [sic] county, Michigan, in 1872, and passed the remainder of their lives here, the father dying in 1882. Their children are Mrs. Baird, born May 25, 1860; Lawrence, of Oklahoma City; Kate, wife of J. D. Keath, of Chanute, Ella, now Mrs. Horace Conrad, of Chanute; Elmer, a soldier in the Philippines with the 5th United States cavalry; and Ethel. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Baird, as follows. Gerald C. and Golda L.
For many years prior to his affliction Mr. Baird enjoyed a close and personal relation to the affairs of his town. He served his ward on the city council year after year and, although a Democrat, he came within twenty-eight votes of being elected mayor of this, a Republican city. His public service has ever been sincere and unselfish and with the best interests of his municipality always in view. He carried business into the council chamber with him instead of politics and on this account the public confidence went out to him unrestrained. He is competent to advise as to the best methods to apply in public business because he has been a success in his private affairs. He can be trusted with the management of public interests because he is a man of character and is above suspicion or reproach. . [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]

Andrew Baird
The pioneers of Neosho county are worthily represented in the person of Andrew Baird, of Chanute, the late farmer and early settler of Tioga township. He came to the county in 1868 and entered a tract of the public domain on the east side of the township which he patented and which is now the property of Judge Ayres. Subsequently he occupied a farm two miles east of Chanute where he owns two hundred and seventy-five acres, a tract admirably situated, substantially improved and of fertility and productiveness rarely surpassed. A portion of it is the old home and original place of settlement of Richard W. Jackson, one of the well-remembered pioneers of Neosho county, and one of whose daughters is the wife of Mr. Baird. Andrew Baird was born near the town of Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland, July 30, 1846, and is a son of Alexander Baird, who was for many years well known as a farmer and citizen of Tioga township, Neosho county. The latter was born in 1812, brought his family to the United States in 1848 and located in Randolph county, Illinois, where he resided till his advent to Kansas in 1870. He married Margaret Barr who remained his companion through life and died in 1893, being the mother of Alexander; Andrew, of this sketch; Jane, wife of George N. Chappell, of Neosho county; and John T., of the same county. Mr. Baird died in 1895. Our subject crossed the Atlantic ocean at two years of age and was reared and received his education in Randolph county, Illinois. On approaching his majority he began life as a farm laborer and, when he started for Kansas in 1868, had accumulated some three hundred dollars which served to give him a slight advantage in this new country. He engaged in the work of his early training - farming - and continued it with a good degree of success, together with all its proper accompaniments, till 1901, when he moved into Chanute and began a partial season of rest. October 1, 1872, occurred the marriage of Andrew Baird with Minerva Jackson, whose father came to Kansas in 1858 from Cass county, Indiana. He left Neosho county after some years and settled in Greenwood county, Kansas, where he died August 1, 1893, at the age of seventy-three years. He married Margaret Oliver who died in 1872 on the 16th of February at forty-four years of age. Their five children were Amanda J ., wife of George Irvin, of Neosho county; Eli, who died at the age of twenty-four; Mrs. Baird, born October 9, 1856; Andrew, who died at the age of fifteen years, and William T., deceased at twenty-eight. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Baird are Maggie, wife of August Peterson, of Chanute, whose only child is Lola; John W., of Neosho county, who is married to Myrtle Heller, and William A., residing on the family homestead. In politics Mr. Baird was brought up under Republican influence but his views conflicted with those of his worthy ancestor and he became a Democrat. He has followed out this line of political reasoning and activity and is a reliable exponent of his party's success. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; tr. by VB]


David Jewett Baker

Baker, David Jewett, lawyer and United States Senator, was born at East Haddam, CT, Sept. 7th, 1792. His family removed to New York in 1800, where he worked on a farm during boyhood, but graduated from Hamilton College in 1816, and three years later was admitted to the bar. In 1819 he came to Illinois and began practice at Kaskaskia, where he attained prominence in his profession and was made Probate Judge of Randolph County. His opposition to the introduction of slavery into the state was so aggressive that his life was frequently threatened. In 1830 Governor Edwards appointed him United States Senator, to fill the unexpired term of Senator McLean, but he served only one month when he was succeeded by John M. Robinson, who was elected by the Legislature. He was United State's District Attorney from 1833 to 1841 (the State then constituting but one district), and thereafter resumed private practice. Died at Alton, Aug. 6, 1869

David Jewett Baker, Jr.
Baker, David Jewett Jr., a third son of David Jewett Baker Sr., was born at Kaskaskia, Nov. 28, 1834; graduated from Shurtleff college in 1854, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. In November of that year he removed to Cairo and began practice. He was Mayor of that city in 1864-65, and, in 1869, was elected to the bench of the 19th judicial circuit. The Legislature of 1873 (by Act of March 28) having divided the state into 26 circuits, he was elected Judge of the twenty-sixth, on June 2nd 1873. In August, 1878, he resigned to accept an appointment on the Supreme Bench as successor to Judge Breese, deceased, but at the close of this term on the Supreme bench (1879), was reelected Circuit Judge, and again in 1885. During this period he served for several years on the Appellate bench. In 1888 he retired from the circuit bench by resignation and was elected a Justice of the Supreme Court for a term of nine years. Again, in 1897, he was a candidate for reelection, but was defeated by Caroll C. Boggs. Soon after retiring from the supreme bench he removed to Chicago and engaged in general practice, in partnership with his son John W. Baker. He fell dead almost instantly in his office, March 13, 1899. In all, Judge Baker had spent some 30 years almost continuously on the bench, and had attained eminent distinction both as a lawyer and as a jurist.

Edward L. Baker
Baker, Edward L., second son of David Jewett Baker, was born at Kaskaskia, IL, June 3rd, 1829; graduated at Shurtleff college in 1847; read law with his father two years, after which he entered Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar at Springfield in 1855. Previous to this date Mr. Baker had become associated with William H. Bailhache, in the management of "The Alton Daily Telegraph," and, in July, 1855, they purchased "The Illinois State Journal," at Springfield, of which Mr. Baker assume the editorship, remaining until 1874. In 1869 he was appointed United State's Assessor for the eighth district, serving until the abolition of the office. In 1873 he received the appointment from President Grant of Counsul to Buenos Aires, South America, and, assuming the duties of the office in 1874, remained there for 23 years, proving himself one of the most capable and efficient officers in the consular service. On the evening of the 20th of June, 1897, when Mr. Baker was about to enter a railway station already in motion at the station in the city of Buenos Aires, he fell under the cars, receiving injuries which necessitated the amputation of his right arm, finally resulting in his death in the hospital at Buenos Aires, July 8 following. His remains were brought home at the government expense and interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery, at Springfield, where a monument has since been erected in his honor, bearing a tablet contributed by citizens of Buenos Aires and foreign representatives in that city expressive of their respect for his memory.

Henry Southard Baker
Baker, Henry Southard, son of the preceding, was born at Kaskaskia, IL, Nov. 10th, 1824, received his preparatory education at Shurtleff college, Upper Alton, and, in 1843, entered Brown University, RI, graduating therefrom in 1847; was admitted to the bar in 1849, beginning practice at Alton, the home of his father, Honorable David J. Baker. In 1854 he waselected as an anti-Nebraska candidate to the lower branch of the 19th General Assembly, and, at the subsequent session of the General Assembly, was one of the five Anti-Nebraska members whose uncompromising Fidelity to honorable Lyman Trumbull resulted in the election of the latter to the United State's Senate for the first time-the others being his colleague, Dr. George T. Allen of the House, and honorable John M. Palmer, afterwards United State's Senator, Burton C. Cook and Norman B. Judd in the Senate. He served as one of the Secretaries of the Republican State Convention held at Bloomington in May, 1856, was a Republican Presidential Elector in 1864, and, in 1865, became Judge of the Alton City Court, serving until 1881. In 1876 he presided over the Republican State Convention, served as delegate to the Republican national convention of the same year and was an unsuccessful candidate for selected to deliver the address on occasion of the unveiling of the statue of lieutenant governor Pierre Menard, on the capital grounds at Springfield, in January, 1888. About 1888 he retired from practice, dying at Alton, March 5th, 1897

James D. Baker
Baker, James D was born 16 Mar 1854 in NYC. In 1868 his parents, Daniel and Mary E moved to St Clair Co, IL. James taught school until 1874. On 03 Aug 1879 he married Ida B Blanck. James was the warden of Southern Illinois Penitentiary (today Menard). (1894)

Thomas E. Baker
Baker, Thomas E was born in Cape Girardeau, MO on 09 Mar 1844. He was a cabinet maker, and came to RC in 1869. He married Mary E Rury in 1873. She was born in Germany and died in Aug 1891. Their children were: Theresa, Mattie J, James H, Mollie J, Samuel R and Jennie J. Thomas' second wife was Lydia Roston, they married on 21 Oct 1892. Thomas owned a hotel in Percy in 1885. His parents were James K and Sarah E (Legget) both born in Germany, where they married. They came to the US in 1843. James was a wagon maker. (1875)

Henry Barbeau
Barbeau, Henry was born in 1829 near Barbeau Creek, the fifth of twelve children born to Antoine Barbeau and Nancy Drury, and the grandson of Prairie du Rocher pioneer Jean Baptiste Barbeau. In 1848 the family moved to Prairie du Rocher where they farmed. After the death of his parents, Henry married Josephine Tebo in 1851. Miss Tebo, also connected with one of the old French families was born in 1834. The Barbeaus had eight children: Mary, Lucy, Henry, Judith, Louise, Amy, William, and John. (1875)

John U. Beare
Beare, John U was a farmer, fruit grower and winemaker. He was born on 24 Mar 1823 in Berne, Switzerland. The family came from there to Toledo, OH and on to RC in 1837. 18 Apr 1849 he married Mrs Margaret (Nifong) Leavitt, she died 23 Sep 1872. Their children were: Margaret, William Nicholas and Joseph. John then married again on 14 May 1873 to Mrs Maria Sophia Eliza Kemfer, the widow of John. She died after 1894. John Beare died 27 May 1892. His brothers Joseph and John had a store in Chester (1894)

Dr. A.B. Beattie
Beattie, Dr A B was born on Lively Prairie in 1834. He grad from St Louis Med College in 1859. He married Ada Poston in Red Bud. In 1861 he became the Surgeon for the 49th Regiment IL Volunteers. His father was John Beattie who came to RC from SC in 1808. John Served in the War of 1812. In 1818 he married A B's mother Elizabeth Mann. John died on Lively Prairie at the age of 84. (1875)

Jacob Beattie
Beattie, Jacob -- Mr. Beattie was born in Allegheny County, Pa., June 24th, 1818. In the fall of 1820 his father and family left Pittsburg in a small family emigrant boat, and started down the Ohio River for the then far west. They landed at Shawneetown, Jan. 1st, 1821, and came on immediately by wagon to this County, and made a settlement where Mr. Beattie now resides. Here Mr. Beattie's father, James H., lived till removed by death May 18th, 1846. He was born near Newburg, New York, left there with his father and family when in the twentieth year of his age, and settled with him in Allegheny Co., Pa. He was there married to Miss Hannah Burkheart, by whom he raised only one heir, viz., the subject of this sketch. Just before starting west he married his second wife, formerly Miss Margaret Black, who accompanied her husband through to Illinois, and after proving herself an excellent wife for many years, she died in this County in 1840. She left behind her three living children - two yet surviving, viz., Francis H. and Robert T., both of this County. Mr. Beattie, on coming to this section of the State, settled down on a tract of land previously secured by his father, opened a farm, and made about the first improvements in Township 4-5. He was a strict member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, a man who had a marked individuality of character, firm principles, and was an industrious, hard-working farmer. Mr. Beattie, our subject, was only two years old when the family reached Shawneetown, and has spent therefore the principal part of his life in Illinois, having continued a citizen of this County from the time he came into it. He has seen this country come up from almost a wilderness condition to its present high state of civilization and improvement, and has contributed his full share towards its cultivated transformation. During his early youth he had few educational advantages, worked hard on the farm, and being the eldest of the children, next to his father, the greatest amount of responsibility towards conducting the farm and supporting the family rested on his shoulders. February 9th, 1854, he was joined in marriage to Miss Elizabeth McMillan, a native of Scotland, and a lady of many merits, who has made her husband a faithful companion, and has been a kind mother to their six surviving children, born in the following order: Mary J., James H., John A., Jacob L., Wm. M., and Hannah E. The eldest, also, named Hannah E., died when about eight years of age. Mr. Beattie has accumulated a fine property, comprising a farm of two hundred and forty acres very finely improved, well drained, and a rich soil. Mr. Beattie became connected with the Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1843, and continued in its fellowship till about 1870, when he became identified with the United Presbyterian Church and he and his lady both at present hold membership in a congregation of ---er
(torn page) at Sparta. [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys.", W.R. Brink & Co., pub 1875 - Complete transcription By K.T.]

John Beattie, Sr.
John Beattie, (Beaty) Sr. B.1765 Belfast Ir. D.1824. Married Jane Cockran B.1765 D.1823. Emmigrated to Abbeville S.C at close of revolutionay war. Emmigrated to Illinois around 1808/09 settling around Preston . They had 9 children: Andrew (Peggy Boyd), Charles, n/m, Eleanor (Joseph Bratney), Sarah (Robert Thompson), Mary (William Mann), Hannah, n/m, Rachel (John Boyd), Anna, n/m John Jr. (Elizebeth Ann Mann). [Submitted by Kasskia]

John Beattie, Jr.
Beattie (Beaty), John Jr. born Abbeville Dist. S.C. dates unknown. Moved to Ill. Territory 1808/9. Served in War of 1812 as Illinois Ranger. Mrs Elizebeth Ann Mann 6/24/1818. They lived on farm just north of Charter Oak School. They had 8 children: John Mann (Agnes Faris), Polly, n/m, Robert T. (Martha Anderson), Jane E. (James McAnulty), Sarah Ann (William Meek), Dr.Andrew B. (Ada Poston), Elizebeth R. ( Newton Bratney), Charles (Mary Caldwell).[Submitted by Kasskia]

Emil Berger
Berger, Emil was born 13 Jan 1832 at Sasbach, a village of Baden, in Germany. He was the s/o Valentine and Caroline (Eisen), who had 8children. Emil came to the US in 1851 landing in Philadelphia, PA. He was a brewer. In 1857 he moved to St Louis where he married Christina Ulech (born in Germany). He moved his family to Red Bud in 1859 and opened a brewery. They had two children: Jacob and Matilda. (1875)

Antoine Blais
Blais, Antoine was born 27 Aug 1809 in Prairie du Rocher. He was a blacksmith. Between 1828 and 1832 he lived in St Louis. He married Lucy Conner the d/o Henry in Jul 1832. She died in Apr 1846. In Apr 1849 Antoine went to CA for the gold rush making $5000. In 1857 he sailed from San Francisco to New Orleans where he was robbed at dinner for most of his money. Sometime after 1857 he married Mary M Phegley the d/o Abraham. She died the 31 Dec 1866. He became a merchant after his CA adventure. His third marriage was in 1867 to Mrs Margery Conner, the widow of his first wife's brother. His parents were Antoine and Teresse (de Choche) the d/o Gabriel. Both were born in Prairie du Rocher. They had 6 children. The first Blais was from France coming to Canada, he died in 1783, it is unknown just were. (1875)

George Bollinger
The ancestors of George Bollinger were among the early residents of Randolph County. His father came about the year 1828, but his mother's family emigrated to Illinois as early as the year 1803.
His father, Daniel Bollinger, was a native of Tennessee, born in the neighborhood of Nashville, in the year 1810. He was a young man of eighteen when he came with his father's family to Randolph County, about the year 1828. The Bollingers were a numerous and well-known family in Tennessee. Part of the family settled in Missouri. The brothers of the grandfather of George Bollinger emigrated to this latter State. Bollinger County, in southeastern Missouri, was so named in honor of the Bollinger family, many of whose descendants still live in that section of the State.
On coming to Randolph County, the Bollingers settled a mile south of the present town of Ellis Grove. Daniel Bollinger was twice married, but by his first wife had no children. His second wife was Mary Leavitt, the daughter of Abijah Leavitt, one of the earliest American residents of Randolph County. Abijah Leavitt first came to Randolph County as a soldier in Colonel Pike's regiment, which occupied Fort Gage on the hill opposite Kaskaskia, where vestiges of the old fortifications may yet be traced. He obtained his discharge from the army, and made a farm some distance back from the Garrison, where his son now lives. He was a quiet and industrious citizen, who enjoyed the esteem of all his neighbors.
Daniel Bollinger had six children by his second marriage. The oldest was George, born on the sixth day of February, 1836, a mile south of Ellis Grove, on the place of his father's settlement on first coming to Randolph County. The boys of that day were in possession of educational advantages far inferior to the present. George was sent to the subscription schools, common in the neighborhood, and held for about three months each year. His father was a farmer, and George at an early age was accustomed to assist in labor on the farm. He lived at home until the time he was married. This even happened in March, 1862, and his wife was Miss H. C. Hunt, a native of Randolph County, born and raised near the present village of Ellis Grove.
Mr. Bollinger then engaged in farming on his own account, and has since continued in that occupation, at which he has been successful. In 1873 he opened a store at Ellis Grove, and has also been occupied in carrying on this business. He is one of the active business men of the neighborhood. While carrying on in the mercantile business at Ellis Grove, he has kept up farming and owns over three hundred and fifty acres of land, lying in the vicinity of Ellis Grove. Since March, 1874, he has also held the position of Postmaster, Florence being the name of the post-office, though the village is still familiarly known by its old name of Ellis Grove. He has four children, the fruits of his marriage, Henry Everitt, Mary, Ida, and Maud. Two besides are dead.
While Mr. Bollinger has occupied a somewhat independent position in politics, generally exercising his own judgment in selecting the candidates for office on whom to bestow his suffrage, he has still been a Republican, voting for Abraham Lincoln, for President, in 1860. Mr. Bollinger's active life has been spent entirely in Monroe County. Though he is yet a comparatively young man, he has witnessed a great improvement in the country with which he has been familiar since boyhood. Mr. Bollinger has taken a leading part in every local enterprise, and contributed his portion toward the general progress of the neighborhood. He is generous and liberal in his disposition, and favorably known in the community with which he has so long been identified. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

Shadrach Bond
Bond, Shadrach was born in 1773 in Frederick Co, MD. In 1794 he came to IL and lived with his uncle Shadrach Bond Sr at New Design in Monroe Co, IL. Later farming near Eagle Creek. He married in Nashville, TN to Achsah Bond. She was born in Baltimore, MD in 1775. They had seven children: Julia Rachel, Mary Achsah (d 1878), Mary Isabella, Thomas Shadrach (d 1849) and three other children. Shadrach's father was Nicodemus Bond Sr who was born in MD 26 Jul 1743 and died 13 Aug 1804. He was a planter and slave holder.

James J. Borders
Borders, James J was born in RC on 02 Jul 1818. He had a 10,000a farm then moved to Sparta in 1878. In about 1854 James married Mary A Ritchey who was also born in RC the d/o William and Sarah (Hyndman). Their children were: Andrew, James B, Maggie (d by 1894), William R, Andrew, Mattie E, Michael W (Lawyer) and Mary I. In 1873 James J purchased the Bank of Sparta. He died 22 Jul 1891, his son William R took over the bank. James father was Major Andrew Border. (1894)

David B. Boyd
Boyd, David B was born in Newberry Dist, SC on 26 May 1819. He came to RC in 1829. On 30 Dec 1847 he married Tabitha Brown, the d/o David. She was born 20 Feb 1827. David's father was Thomas who married Mary Hume (b Ireland) in SC. They had seven children: David, Eliza, Thomas, John (d Sparta), William and Susan. His second wife was Mary Wright, who died in 1867, they have one daughter: Mary. Thomas died in RC T5 R6 on 11 Jan 1848. David's grandfather was named John and he came from Ireland in 1776 to SC. (1894)

John S. Boyd
Boyd, John S was born 05 Jul 1842 in RC and died 24 Feb 1855. By 1875 he was not married but taking care of his mother. His father was Samuel, who was born 16 Oct 1777. He came to RC in 1825, and settled in T4 R5. He married Nancy Verner, who died in 1832. They had nine children: Samuel L, Sarah, Margaret, Mary, Abigail and Rebecca. Samuel's second wife was Margaret Skelly the d/o Wm and Jane (Blackstock) Skelly. Samuel and Margaret's children were: William V, John S, Sarah, Rachel, and Margaret L. Margaret Skelly was born 14 Jun 1802 in Chester Dist, SC. John S' grandfather was William Boyd, who left N Ireland for the US c 1776 arriving in Charleston. (1894)

Robert Boyd
Boyd, Robert was born 07 Nov 1843 in RC. During the Civil War he was in Co K 5th IL Cav. In 1866 he married Marion Bickett the d/o John. She died in 1880. Robert owned a farm in T4 R5. His children were: Mary J, Maggie B, John H, Samuel L and Robert E. Roberts father was Samuel L born in SC, his mother was Jane Gibson born in IL. This couple also had another son in the Civil War which died in action. Roberts paternal grandfather was Samuel L Boyd Sr. who was born in Ireland in 1777. He married in SC to a Nancy. They came to IL in 1825 and settled in Sec 17 T4R5. Samuel Sr and Nancy had one other son named John. On Roberts maternal side was grandfather Robert Gibson who came to Washington Co, IL early and married there. He had nine children: Mary, Robert, Nancy, James, Jane, Samuel, William and Margaret (1894)

William Boyle
Boyle, William was born in Co Antrim, Ireland on 16 Jan 1837. HE came to RC in 1842. In Nov 1859 he married Matilda Kirkpatrick, who was also born in Co Antrim, Ireland. They had 8 Children. William was the s/o John and Marth (McKinley). They had 9 children, one was named Thomas. John also came to RC, settling in T4 R7. (1875)

John B. Bratney
Bratney, John B was born 25 Feb 1827 in RC Sec 2 T5 R7 near Preston. When his mother died when he was 8, John went to live with his Uncle Charles Beattie. About 1850 John married Mary Jane Crozier. She died 11 months after the marriage. He then married Margaret Thompson the d/o Robert and Mary. Margaret died in 1864. John owned a store in Preston in 1857 but did not move to the town until 1860. In Oct 1868 he married Mary W Pollock the d/o James. John's father was Joseph, who was in the War of 1812 and settled in the Plum Creek area. In 1822 or 23 her married Eleanor Beattie, she died in 1831. He later remarried. John's children by his first wife were: Henrietta, john B, Robert N and James C. John's grandfather was named Robert, he served during the Rev War, then moved to TN finally coming to RC in 1820.(1875 & 1894)

Robert Newton Bratney
Bratney, Robert Newton was born 19 Apr 1829 in RC. In Dec 1853 he married Margaret Hill, she died in Feb 1854. His second marriage was in 1857 to Elizabeth Beattie the d/o John, She died in Apr 1864. Robert's third marriage was in Apr 1866 to Adde Burr the d/o Chauncey. Robert had three children. The oldest was by his second wife, her name was Ella and she died 13 Nov 1873 at the age of 11y 2m. In 1875 Robert owned the old Charles Beattie homestead in T5 R7. This farm was est in 1809 by John Beattie. (See John B Bratney, Robert's brother) (1875)

John and William Brickey
BRICKEY, John and William were born in 1818 and 1821 respectively near Red Bud, RC, the sons of Preston B. Brickey and Millie Ralls, both natives of RC. The boys were brought up as farmers. John married Elizabeth McGuire of St. Clair County in 1842. They had four children who lived to adulthood: Margaret, Preston B., Susan and Thomas. William married Rebecca Smith of St. Clair County. In 1859 the brothers purchased a flouring mill in Red Bud and entered into a prosperous partnership. (1875)

David Brown
Brown, David came to RC in 1826 from Rankin, IL. His first wife was Margaret Morrow, his second was Mary A Taylor. David's children were Tabitha, Dr Isaac W, John, Catharine, Mary, James ( moved to MO), David (Cedar Rapids) and Arthur (St Louis) (1875)

Robert Brown
Brown, Robert lived in T8 R5 Sec 8of RC. He was born 22 Aug 1838 in Co Down, Ireland. He came to the US in 1855 to PA. He married 28 Feb 1858 to Margaret L Kelly the d/o Thomas (d 29 May 1891) and Eliza (Anderson)(d 05 Jul 1872). The Kelly family came to RC in 1842. Margaret was born 08 Mar 1841 in Rocklando Co, NY. Robert and Margaret's children were: Eliza Ellen, Maggie, Elijah, Harvey, Robert (d by 1894), William, Henry, Mary Ann, John Walker, John C and Minnie. Robert's parents were William and Eliza (Carruthers) Brown (1894)



Joshua G. Burch
Burch, Joshua G was born in Nelson Co, Ky on 15 Nov 1815. While in KY he married Bridget Tewel (b KY) on 11 Apr 1837. The family came to RC in 1840. Their children were: William R, John H, Ignatins, James A, Joshua and 2 sons which died young. They had no daughters. Joshua's father was John H born in VA, he had 12 children. Joshua's grandfather was Walter born in VA, he moved to Nelson CO, KY abt 1700. Walter had 13 children. (1894)

Lloyd Burgess
Burgess, Lloyd was born in MD. He graduated from U of MD as a doctor. He came to RC in 1862. On 06 Sep 1866 he married Sallie C McDonald of St Louis. The Burgess family were some of the first colonist in America. His father was Thomas, who married Honor Dorsey. Their children were: Lloyd, Alcinda Jane, Thomas (MD), Joseph (to IL), William W (VA as lawyer) and 2 other children. Thomas was in the War of 1812. Lloyd's grandfather was Michael who settled in Howard Co, MD. He married Elizabeth Warfield, some children were: Thomas, Roderick and Bazil. Lloyd's great grandfather was Joseph, who had 7 sons. (1875)

John K. Burke
Burke, John K. -- The Burkes come from Irish stock. John K. BURKE is one of the largest farmers and earliest settlers in the southeastern part of Randolph County. His grandfather's name was Thomas Burke, and he emigrated from Ireland to America some time antecedent to the Revolutionary war. He finally settled in North Carolina; not, however, until he had married in Pennsylvania Mary Irwin, a member of a large and influential family at that period of Pennsylvania history. Henry, William, and John B. Burke, were the three children that resulted from this marriage. The youngest of these, John B. Burke, was born in Iredell County, North Carolina, on the tenth of January, of the year 1789. He was brought up in North Carolina, and there married Jane Cowan, who was also a native of the old North State, but was born in Rowan County. The date of her birth was August, 1795. Her family was of Scotch descent, and her father was a resident of North Carolina previous to the breaking out of the seven years' war which resulted in the independence of the colonies. He served in the Continental army throughout the entire war. The marriage of John B. Burke and Jane Cowan took place in the latter part of the year 1816, and about three years after, in August, 1819, they left North Carolina, and removed to Tennessee. One child, Thomas C, had at that time been born. The second child, John K. Burke, was born after the family had entered the limits of the State, but before they had settled down in any permanent location. His birthplace was a little town in the eastern part of the State, on the waters of the Tennessee river, now known as Danville. His father had stopped here for a short time to follow his trade of a blacksmith, and John K. Burke was born on the seventeenth of January, of the year 1820.
Shortly after, Mr. Burke's father settled in Sumner County, Tennessee, thirty miles east of Nashville, where he carried on his business of a blacksmith. In 1827 he removed to Illinois. Leaving Tennessee in February of that year, he arrived in Randolph County on the second day of the following month. Four children at that time constituted the family. John B. Burke entered eighty acres of land in Section twenty-two, Township 7-5, and undertook farming. He lived upon the land which he here improved, till the time of his death, which took place in September, 1869. Mr. Burke's mother had died previous to this in August, 1861, at the memorable time of the cholera visitation, of which disease she fell a victim. Mr. Burke Was in his seventh year when he came to Illinois. His education had been begun in Tennessee. His father was one of the early residents of the section of Randolph County, in which he settled, and the schools in the neighborhood were consequently not established on a very good basis, and supplied scanty educational advantages. Most of Mr. Burke's education was gained by application on his own account outside of his school studies. He was raised at home on the farm, and one lesson of value which he learned was the worth of downright hard work. At twenty-one, he was married. This event took place the twenty-fourth of June, 1841, and his wife was Elizabeth A. Gillespie, whose family was also among the early settlers of that part of Randolph County. The Gillespies have much the same family history as the Burkes. The family springs from an Irish source. They were old residents of Rowan County, North Carolina, the same locality with Mr. Burke's ancestors, emigrated from there to Sumner County, Tennessee, and thence to Randolph County, Illinois. Mrs. Burke's father's name was James Gillespie, and the maiden name of her mother, Mary Vance. By her grandmother, whose family name was Geene, she is connected with stock of the same character. James Gillespie was born, April the sixteenth, 1795. He went to Tennessee when twelve years old, and lived in Sumner County till November, 1825, when he came to Randolph County, and permanently located on Section two of Township 7-5, where he died forty years after, at the age of three score and ten. He was a prominent man in the community, and held a respected and influential position. Beside filling subordinate offices, his name appears on the records as judge for several terms of the County Court. He took a warm interest in public affairs, and was a strong Democrat in politics and a leading member of that party. He had been a soldier in the war of 1812, and was in several important engagements with the Tennessee troops under General Coffee.
Directly after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Burke came to the spot where their subsequent lives have been spent. This is in Section twenty-three, Township 7-5. Mr. Burke had here obtained possession of forty acres of land, entirely without improvements. He settled down on this, and began his active and successful career as a farmer. His industry was his only dependence. Part of his land was soon under cultivation. Mr. Burke has grown to be one of the largest and most successful farmers in his section of Randolph County. He owns six hundred and nineteen acres of land (part of which lies in Jackson County) in his own right, beside an interest in other extensive tracts. Three hundred acres of his farm is under cultivation, and is among the best land in the southern part of the County. Thirteen children, of whom ten are now living, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Burke. In the order of their births, their names are Mary J., Lucinda Carrie, Abner G., Elizabeth C, James S., Josephine C, Nellie E., M. Belle, John B., Ella C, Albert B., Effie A., and George M. The oldest daughter died in childhood. Carrie died at the age of twenty-three, a year after her marriage. She was the wife of James W. McQuiston. After her marriage she moved to Kansas, and died in Cherokee County of that State, in August, 1866. Belle died of typhoid fever, in December, 1874, in the twentieth year of her age. She was a girl of studious habits, and with a strong love for music and literature. Her death, in the bloom of early womanhood, was an event which caused not only sorrow and sadness to the immediate circle of friends and relatives, but to a large number of acquaintances. Two other daughters, Elizabeth and Josephine, are married, and live in Randolph County.
Mr. Burke has been joined in his political principles to the Democratic party. He was bred in that school, and as far as has been consistent with his notions of what was for the best good of the country, he has supported Democratic candidates. He, however, rather stands upon an independent platform. He is liberal and patriotic in his views, selecting the candidates for his suffrage according to their fitness, in his best judgment, for the office. Mr. Burke has been long and honorably connected with the march of improvement in his part of the County. His present position in society is due to his own efforts. He is a man of extended general information, and he illustrates the fact that the life of the farmer is not necessarily divorced, as has sometimes been asserted, from the higher avenues of intelligence and thought, and that, though he be a tiller of the soil, he may yet possess the sound accomplishments of an educated man. [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys.", W.R. Brink & Co., pub 1875 - tr. by By K.T.]

Alexander Burnett
Burnett, Alexander was born in Co Armagh, Ireland on 01 Feb 1813. He came to the US with his family in 1826 to SC. In Oct 1835 he married Martha J Parsons in Anson Co, NC. In 1839 Alexander brought his family to RC T4 R7, where he had a farm and a store. He died Feb 1868. (1875)

Andrew Burnett
Burnett, Andrew lived in Baldwin. He was born in Ireland and came to the US at age 2. 02 Jun 1853 he married Rhoda Preston the d/o Daniel. Their children were: Daniel F, W J, Andrew W, Robert A, James P and CC. Andrew's father was also named Andrew. He was born in Tyrone Co Ireland and married there to Ann Wilson. Upon arriving in the US the family settled in Abbyville Dist SC for 16 years. Coming to RC in 1840. Other children of Andrew Sr and Ann were: James, William, Alexander, John, Francis, Andrew and Wilson. (1894)

Stewart Burns

Burns, Stewart was born 22 Jun 1793 in Co Antrum, Ireland. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He dies in 1865. Stewart married Sarah Gillespie on 07 Mar 1820 in SC. They came to RC in 1830. Sarah was born 03 Aug 1802 in Chester CO, SC and died in 1890 in RC. They had 12 children. In 1894 the following were living: James G, David P, William G, Sarah M, Eliza F, Nancy L, Samuel, Joseph, John S and Archibald. (1894)





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