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Randolph County Illinois
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Edmond Faherty
Faherty, Edmond was born in 1775 in Ireland and died in RC on 02 Feb 1846. At the age of 19 he came to the US landing in Baltimore. In 1806/7 he married Mary Tewell of MD, she died in RC in 1863. Their children born in MD were, Patrick and Bridget. The family them moved to Nelson Co, KY were Bartholomew, John, Mary and Micheal were born. In 1819 the family moved to RC Sec 21 T4 R8. The following children were born in RC: James was born 05 Feb 1821. He married Maria Hammond on 07 Feb 1853. Their children were: Emily, Henry F, Jerome A, John H, George A and Charles A.. Son Edmond was born 08 Jul 1823. He ran the stage line and also a carriage shop in Red Bud. In 1875 he was unmarried. (1875)

Patrick Faherty
Faherty, Patrick was born in 1840 near Horse Prairie, RC, the son of John Faherty and Mary Ann Flaherty, both of KY. Patrick attended the College of the Christian Brothers in St. Louis. He was married to Ann Roscoe in 1860 and, after her death , to Ann O'Neill. In 1868 he moved to Ruma, RC and in 1871 was elected Justice of the Peace. (1875)

James Farnan
Farnan, James was born 18 Jan 1830 in Navan, Co Meath, Ireland. James graduated from St Louis Medical College in 1853. On 27 Dec 1853 he married Harriett McDill the d/o David. During the CW James was in the 5th IL Cav. His wife died 22 Feb 1872. And he married a second time to Henriette Gass. James' father was John who was born in Co Westmeath in Ireland. He married Annie Bearagh (she died in RC). Their children were: James, Joseph (Doctor), Nellie, Margaret, Bridget, Annie (d bef 1875 in RC), Patrick (d young) and John (moved to NO). All their children except John were born in Ireland. (1875)

John W. Firth
Firth, John W was born in Yorkshire, England in 1842. He married Elizabeth Nelson on 25 Dec 1868, she is the d/o John D and Janet (Nelson) Nelson. John's children were: Charlotte J, William R, Thomas D, Jennie, Dianthy M, Luella, Cchristian and Obed. John's father was Thomas Firth who was born in 1800 inn Yorkshire, Eng. In 1820 he married Charlotte (Naylor). She was born in Yorkshire, England and died there in 1846. Thomas had 14 children, 7 died as infants. Older children were:Seth (d 1853), Benjamin (in NY), Obed (in NY), William (d England), Riley (in NY), Thomas (d in England) and John W. Thomas came to the US in 1847 to NYC where he lived until 1861 before coming to RC. At some point Thomas married Bettie Wilde. Thomas died 05 Jun 1881, Bettie died in 1874. (1894)

Archibald Fisher

The oldest settler in Florence precinct in the vicinity of Ellis Grove is Mr. Archibald Fisher, one of the few surviving pioneers of the American families who first made their homes in Randolph County.
Mr. Fisher's life dates almost back to the opening of the century. He was born on the twelfth day of August, 1801, in Knox County, East Tennessee. His grandfather's name was also Archibald Fisher. He was a Scotchman, who emigrated to America some time before the Revolutionary war. He first settled in South Carolina, and afterward removed to Tennessee, where he was among the early residents of that state. Archibald Fisher, the grandfather, was married four times, and had a numerous family of children, of whom one was William Fisher, who married in Tennessee, Ann White. This marriage occurred about the year 180. The young couple lived in Tennessee till 1804, when they removed to Randolph County, Illinois. One child had been born in Tennessee. This was Archibald Fisher, who had received his grandfather's name.
On their arrival in Randolph County, the Fishers settled four or five miles northeast of Ellis Grove, on a farm formerly known as the Miller place, now occupied by John K. Wright. Archibald was then three years of age. The country was wild near their place of settlement. The nearest neighbors, the greater part of whom were French, were four and five miles away. The first school Archibald attended was in the year 1810. His father and neighbors feeling the necessity of making some provision for the education of their children, joined together and set to the Ohio river for a man named Alcorn, who came to the neighborhood and opened a school. Here men and women grown came to this school from a distance of six or seven miles. The French inhabitants received their education from the parish priest, and the Americans were compelled to manage their school affairs by themselves. The families in this neighborhood had no trouble with the Indians, and the inhabitants were not put to the trouble of erecting a blockhouse.
Archibald Fisher was married on the seventeenth of February, 1830, to Nancy Bollinger, who had come to Randolph County a couple of years before from Tennessee, where she was born in the neighborhood of Nashville. Mr. Fisher learned the trade of a wagon-wright, and worked at that and farming. When he left his father's farm, in 1832, it was to settle on the place where he still lives. Here his life has been spent for a period of time now approaching half a century, engaged in the quiet and peaceful vocation of a farmer, universally esteemed and respected by the community. His wife, his companion for more than forty years, died in 1870, after she had borne him ten children-Diana, Louisiana, Sarah, Martha Jane, William, Archibald, Jacob, James Luther, Elizabeth, and Nancy. The oldest daughter married and removed to Texas. William and Jacob are married and live on the homestead farm. Elizabeth is the wife of R. M. Spurgeon, and Nancy married Robert Greenville, who lives in the Kaskaskia Point.
Mr. Fisher, though seventy-four years of age, is still hale, active and hearty, and wears quite a youthful appearance in consideration of his years. In addition to being one of the oldest settlers, he is also one of the oldest Democrats in the County, his attachment to the Democratic party having been life-long. He voted the Democratic presidential ticket in 1828. For many years he was connected with the religious organizations of the neighborhood. He was first a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and was a member of the Methodist Church as long as an English congregation of that denomination existed in Ellis Grove. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

John Fleming
Fleming, John was born 05 Apr 1830 in the Shire of Ranfrew, Scotland. He came to the US at age 10. The he came to RC in 1840. He married Mary Craig on 31 Mar 1859, she is the d/o John and Sarh (Curry) Craig. John's parents were John and Elizabeth (Patter) Fleming. John Sr was from Glasgow and was a lime merchant there. Elizabeth was born in Mavis Bank near Paisley, Ranfrewshire, Scotland. John Sr's children were: James, John, William, Christina and Elizabeth. He had a farm near Randolph, IL. As to the Craig family Mary Craig was born in Scotland. The family came to the US in 1840. John and Sarah Craig had the following children: Mary, Robert, William, Elizabeth, Jane, Sarah, and Janette. John Craig's brother Robert went to St Petersburg, Russia as a merchant. (1894)

David A. Foster
Foster, David A was born 13 Jan 1822. In 1844 in TN he married Rebecca M Gault the d/o Hugh and Nancy (Askins). Rebecca was born 17 Jan 1823 in Licoln Co, TN and died 23 Feb 1884. David had a farm in T4R5 Sec 31 Their children were: Robert, William S, John C, Samuel McClinton, Mary E, Susan E, Hattie F, Minerva (d age 19 in 1880) and Nancy (d by 1894). His father was Robert Foster (see below) (1894)

Robert Foster

Foster, Robert born 13 Feb 1785 in Abigail Dist, SC. Robert moved to IL in 1807 with his father, to the Irish settlement in RC. Robert was first married to Susan McClinton in 1809. She was born in 1793 SC and died 1829. Their children were: Samuel (b 15 Jan 1810), John (b 25 Sep 1811), James A (b 09 Mar 1814), Parmelia (b Jun 1816), Elizabeth Jane (b Oct 1818), Nancy (b 09 Feb 1826), an infant (all these children had died by 1894), William and David A (these two are above). His second marriage was to Sarah Kell. Robert died 02 Feb 1831 and is buried in the Kelly cemetery. Robert's father was named John, born in SC and coming to RC in 1807. His grandfather was Samuel born in Ireland and died in SC. (1875)

William Foster
Foster, William was born 04 Oct 1820. He married Amelia Rolls on 14 Mar 1844. She was the d/o Edward and Jennie (Hill). During the CW, William was in Co I 22 IL inf and later transferred to Co C of the 80th ILL. Their children were: Edward (b 1844), John R (b 17 Oct 1846) and James (B 27 Jun 1851), he is the brother to David and the son of Robert Foster (see below)(1894)

David Fulton
Fulton, David was born 03 Sep 1811 in NYC. AS an infant his family moved to Ross Co, OH. In 1834 with his family, they moved to Perry Co, IL. On 17 Jan 1837 he married Mary Wilson the d/o Robert. They settled in Sparta in 1847. Their children were: John, Martha, Mary, Nettie, Albert, Belle (d age 12) and 2 infants that died. David's father was John who was born in Ireland and died in Perry Co, IL in 1846. John's children were David, John (Capt of a Steamer) and 2 daughters, they did not marry and both died in IL. (1875)


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