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Calvin A. Mann
Mann, Calvin A graduated from St Louis Medical College in 1858 as an MD. He married Emily C Young the d/o John on 10 Mar 1859. Their Children were: Walter H, Emily A, Cornelius A and Mary A. Calvin's father was John Mann born 01 Feb 1796 in SC. He moved to KY where he married Albina B Balch on 04 Jul 1815. Albina was born on 25 Nov 1797 in TN, and died in RC on 17 Nov 1882. John came to RC in 1827, where he died 07 Mar 1881. His children were: William H, John P, Robert C, Capt James F, Albina, Jonathon B, Rev Alfred M, Calvin A and Mary J. Calvin's grandparents were Robert and Mary (Huston) Mann. (1894)

Robert Mann
Mann, Robert was born in SC were he married Salina M Balch also of SC. Robert came to RC in 1817 and died in Chester in 1878. He and Salina had 4 sons and 3 daughters. One son was Robert H born 26 Aug 1833 in RC, During the CW he was in Co I 10th ILL Inf as a First Lt. After the war he was in the business of real estate in RC. Another son was Capt John A born near Chester on 08 Nov 1839. John was a river boat captain. He married Mary E Holloman the d/o Ezekiel and Mary G (Brown) Holloman. Mary was born 09 Aug 1846, both of her parents were born 1812 in TN. John and Mary had 8 children: Ira, Bess, Eri, Bernice, Orfa, Ellen, Minnie and Roscoe. (1894)

Samuel Mansker
Mansker, Samuel was born 16 Dec 1795 in Bear Grass Creek, KY. The family moved to MO in 1804 and on to RC in 1806 to Liberty Island. In 1812 they were living in Sec 10 of T8 R6. Samuel's father was John who married Margaret Robinson and first settled in Louisville, KY John was wounded in 7 places during Gen St Clair's march against the Indians. (1875)

Robert Mathews
Mathews, Robert was born 05 May 1814 in Ireland, He came to the US in 1836 to NY and on to PA. In 1838 he arrived in RC and in 1840 settled in T4 R5. He married Rebecca Boyd on 04 Aug 1842. They had 7 children: Nancy J, James, Thomas M, Robert J, Mary E and William G. Robert's father was Thomas, who came to the US in 1840 through New Orleans. Thomas married Nancy Ross in Ireland, she died c 1864. Thomas died in 1874 at the age of 73. Their children were: Robert, Thomas, James, William J, Joseph, Hugh, Adam, Jennie, Alexander (all coming to the US) and Nancy (stayed in Ireland). (1875)

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John Michan
Michan, John was born 01 Nov 1822 in Philadelphia. In 1837 the family moved to Washinton Co, Il and in 1838 to Sparta. John married Margaret Alexander the d/o A and Sarah (McDill) on 21 Jan 1845. In 1852 he went west for the gold rush. In 1859 he became a lawyer and in 1868 was appointed states attorney. His father was John and he married Jane McKane, both parents were from Ireland. John Sr arrived in Philadelphia in 1820. John Sr and Jane's children were: William (b Ire, d Philadelphia in an accident), Eliza, Thomas (d in CW), and John. 2 children died as infants. John Sr died in Washington Co in 1854. (1875)

John G. Middendorf
Mr. Middendorf, the present Mayor of the city of Chester, has been a resident of Randolph County since the year 1851. He was born at the town of Badbergen, Hanover, August eighth, 1824. He was the seventh of a family of nine children. From the ages of six to fourteen he attended school in his native town. He then learned the trade of a tailor, at which he worked till twenty-one. On reaching his majority he determined to emigrate to America, and in the company with an older brother landed at New Orleans in December of the year 1845. The two years during which he lived in New Orleans he was employed as a journeyman tailor.
In the year 1847 Mr. Middendorf was seized with the yellow fever, and on his recovery came to St. Louis, where he also worked at his trade. March the sixth, 1851, he arrived in Chester, bringing with him the goods for opening a store He had visited the place the previous year, and bought the lots on which his store and residence now stand. A family grocery store, which he opened, was the first regular store ever started on the hill. During the same summer, 1851, Mr. Middendorf laid in a stock of dry goods, and began business as a general merchant. From a small beginning he has acquired a large and profitable trade.
August the first, 1851, he was married to Mina Triefte, a native of Germany, who came to America three years before her marriage. Eleven children, four of whom are now living, have resulted from this union. When Mr. Middendorf came to America he was in debt twenty-five dollars, having borrowed the money to pay his passage across the Atlantic. His industrious efforts have succeeded in building up a comfortable competence, and he has acquired an extended reputation as a steady and reliable business man. For several years he was an Alderman, and in 1874 was elected Mayor of the city of Chester. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]

Charles R. Miller
Miller, Charles R owned a farm in T5 R5. He was born 13 Dec 1819 in Galloway Co, NY, where he lived until 1827. In 1843 he married Elizabeth Adams the d/o William (b PA) and Sarah (Hughes) (b Wales). Elizabeth was born in Washington Co, PA. Charles' children were: Sarah, Andrew, Calvin, Robert, John, Charles, Della, Nellie, Willie, Ryegate, Edward (b&d 1894) and one infant. Charles' father was Andrew Miller who was born in Glasgow, Scotland about 1776, In 1796 he came to the US to VT. While in VT he married Margaret McLeary (b in Ireland). In 1827 the family moved to NY and not long after to RC settleing in T5 R5 Sec 9. Andrew had 14 children, 3 died as infants: James, Jane, Robert, William, Margaret, Andrew, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Rachel, John and Charles. Charles' grandfather was James Miller born in Scotland. He was a miller by trade. (1894)

Jacob Miller

Miller, Jacob was born in Neuborn, Germany on 19 Mar 1829. He was the s/o Jacob and Ann Mary (Hermel) Miller. Jacob Sr and Ann had 8 children. The whole family came to the US in 1833 landing in NY and then moving to Pittsburg, PA. Jacob Sr settled in Monroe Co, IL. On 11 Dec 1852 Jacob Jr married Elizabeth Guebel who was born in Chambersburg, PA. Jacob Jr and his family moved to Red Bud in 1867, were he was elected constable. In 1875 he became Mayor of Red Bud. Jacob Jr and Elizabeth had two children (as of 1875).(1894)

Madison Miller
Miller, Madison was born in Mercer Co, PA on 06 Feb 1813, He grew up in St Louis and was alone on the streets by age 13. He enlisted in the Mexican War. After the war he relocated to Waterloo, where he had a steam Ferry. In 1849 he went to California where he became a judge until 1852 when he returned to St Louis. During the CW he was Captain of Co H 1st MO Inf, then Col of the 18th Mo Inf, while commanding the 2nd Brigade he was taken prisoner. And made a Brigadier General. He married Margaret E Fletcher the d/o Clermont. Gen Miller came to RC in 1872. He and Margaret's children were: Col M Elwood, Dora B and M Lulu. Madison's father was James Miller born in Philadelphia on 26 Feb 1767. Early he moved to Madison Co, Il and in 1821 to St Louis where he died in 1825. In 1802 James married Ann Lang d/o John. She died in 1832. There children were: Madison, Emily, James (d in New Orleans), Thomas J and Mary. Madison's grandfather, John, came to the US very early from Germany to NJ. His wife was Margaret Campbell of Scotland. Their children were: John, Ellen, Mary, Margaret, James and Peter. All these children settled in PA. John was killed at Princeton during the Rev War. (1894)

Samuel Milligan
Milligan, Samuel was born in Adams Co, OH in 1809. In 1837 he moved to IL near Coulterville. In the same year he married Rachel K Miller. Samuel and Rachel had eight children. In 1875 six were living: Margaret J, William A, Mary A Elizabeth (m George Miller), James S and Dora E (m Augustus Ridgeway). Two daughters died young. Samuel died on 13 Jul 1852. Samuel's father was William Milligan born in Scotland. William married Jane Gibson. He died in Preble Co, OH near Morning Sun. Jane died c 1872 in Fayette Co, IN. (1875)

John Morrison
Morrison, John was born near Londonderry, Ireland in 1822. His family came to the US in 1837, but John did not come over until 1839, staying with uncles in VA for a time. He married Mahala Steele the d/o Archibald. She died in 1864. Their children were: Matilda, Jane, William A and Henry. In 1876 John married again to Lurana (Simons) Brown) the d/o Edward Brown. Their children were: Charles E, Grace B, Carrie B and Lawrence S. His parents were James and Jane (Parkhill). Jane died in 1852. They came to the US in 1837, spending 6 years in Philadelphia, PA coming to RC in 1870. (1894) Morrison, Samuel was born six miles from Londonderry, Ireland on 30 Dec 1835. Upon reaching RC he opened a livery and stable in Chester. On 15 Sep 1853 he married Mary Jane Campbell the d/o John and Jane (Lively). Mary died in May 1878. In Dec 1880 he was appointed janitor for the Southern Illinois Penitentiary at Chester (today it is Menard). Samuel's children were: John E, James L, Nancy Jane, William A, Mary B (d age 14), and Susan C. Samuel had brothers: John (see above), William J and Robert. (1894) Menard, Pierre was born 17 Oct 1766 in Quebec, Canada. At age 15 he came to Detroit in 1786. He became Lt Governor in IL in 1818. He married Marie Therese Godin dit Tourangeau on 13 Jun 1972. They had 6 children. His second wife was Angelique Saucier who he married on 26 Sep 1806. He had saved her from a flood. They had 8 children. Pierre died 13 Jun 1844. His father was Jean Baptiste Menard dit Bridamour who was born in 1735 in France. He came to Canada in 1755 and married on 14 Feb 1763 to Francoise Circe dit St Michel. They had 10 children: Pierre, Francois, Hypolite and seven others. Munford, David was born in SC on 18 Dec 1815, He came to RC Dec 1819 and settled in T5 R5. He married Janette McKelvey, the d/o Charles and Mary (Hunter) McKelvey. Their children were: James, Lydia and William. David's father was from Ireland and came alone to the SC after 1778. He married Janette McMillian in SC. She came with her family to SC from Ireland via PA. Their children were:Mary, Matthew, Robert (d 1832 in OH), John (d 1863 IN), Mary (D SC) and Janette (d SC). David's father second wife was Mary Cathcart, the d/o of David. They had two children: David and William. (1875)

William Mudd
    William Mudd, one of the old residents of Randolph County, living near the line dividing Townships six-eight and five-eight, was born and raised in Randolph County. Both his father and mother were Kentuckians by birth, but had been residents of Randolph County since the year 1823. His family was of Scotch and English descent, Scotch on his father's, and English on his mother's side.
    The name of Mr. Mudd's grandfather was Thomas Mudd. Thomas Mudd emigrated to America at a period in the early history of the colonies, and settled in the State of Maryland. He was a young man on coming to the United States, and he married in Maryland. There were several sons by this marriage, and the third was Francis Mudd, who was born about the year 1795, and who became the father of William Mudd, the subject of this writing. Thomas Mudd and his sons moved from Kentucky, and settled on the highlands in the prairie back of Prairie du Rocher, and the family and descendants have since filled a very respectable position among the citizens of Randolph County. Francis was born in Maryland, but his father's family moved from that State to Kentucky while he was yet a boy. In Kentucky they lived principally in Washington and Spencer Counties. At the time of the breaking out of the war of 1812, Francis Mudd volunteered in the forces opposed to the British invaders. Among the other services which he rendered, he was in the battle of New Orleans, taking an honorable part in that memorable engagement, under General Jackson.
    In the year 1820 Francis Mudd was married to Louisa Gough. About three years after this marriage he removed with his wife to Randolph, County, Illinois, and settled on the old Belleville and Kaskaskia road, ten miles from Kaskaskia. He resided here, living the quiet life of a farmer, and respected by his neighbors, till his death, which took place in the year 1863. Francis Mudd had in all a family of twelve children, equally divided between boys and girls. Six of these are now living, two of the sons and four daughters.
    The fourth of these children was William Mudd, who was born on the fifteenth day of September, 1827, on the old homestead farm on the Belleville and Kaskaskia road. He received as good a common school education as the circumstances of those days allowed. He remained at home working on the farm till be became of age, when he resolved to quit farming and learn the carpenter's trade, a plan which he carried out. When about twenty-two or twenty-three, he visited Texas and spent one winter in that country. He came back to Illinois and for six or seen years followed his trade, working principally in Randolph County, though part of the time he was employed elsewhere. In September, 1857, he was married to Elizabeth Connelly, who was born and raised on the Horse Prairie of Randolph County. For a short time after his marriage he followed the trade of a carpenter, and then went to farming on the Prairie du Rocher Commons, above the village of Prairie du Rocher. In the year 1866 he bought the farm on which he now lives, on Claim 999, Survey 501. Mr. Mudd has since adhered to the pursuit of farming. His farm is made up of one hundred and seventy-six acres of land, over one-half of which is under good cultivation.
    His first wife died in December, 1872, and Mr. Mudd was again married in April, 1874, to Mary, the daughter of John Dewitt, of Randolph County. He has had eight children. Two are dead. The names of the six living in the order of theirs births are, George, Damascus, Francis, Celena, Amanda Arminta, Charles Samuel, and Amos, all by his first wife. Mr. Mudd has been a straight-out Democrat all his life. He voted for James K. Polk in 1844. He voted for James K. Polk in 1844, and has since continued steadfast in his attachment to the Democratic party, and constant in voting for its candidates. With the exceptions mentioned, Mr. Mudd's whole life has been spent in Randolph County. He began poor, and has worked his way up by his own energy and industry. . [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - Tr. by Stephanie Thornton]


John Murphy
Murphy, John was born in Ireland. He came to the US in the fall of 1849. He married Mary Smith the d/o John. Their children were: John, Annie, Mary, Jane, Thomas, Robert, Grace and 2 who died young. John's parents were John and Jane (Connor). They had 9 children, of these five others came to the US: Alexander, Neal, Margaret, Catherine and Isabelle. (1894)

William Murphy
Ireland is well-represented in Randolph County, by persons born themselves on the soil of the Emerald Isle, and who afterwards emigrated to America, or by those who have sprung from Irish descent, their ancestors having sought a home across the Atlantic at an earlier date. A large portion of the population of Randolph County is thus connected. This class embraces a large number of intelligent citizens and good farmers. Among them is William Murphy, of Township 6-7, who dates his residence in the County from the year 1843.
William Murphy is the son of Daniel Murphy, and Mary, his wife, whose maiden name was Carrol. He was born on the twenty-seventh of December, of the year 1836, in the County Cork, Ireland. Four children two boys and two girls, made up his father's family, and William was the second child. About the year 1841, Daniel Murphy emigrated with his family to America. William was then a boy of five. New Orleans was the point the family first reached on crossing the Atlantic. After living there a short time they proceeded to St. Louis; and in the year 1843, as related above, they came to Randolph County, and made a location in the Opossumden prairie. It was at this place that William was first initiated into the mysteries of book learning, and was taught how to read. His father bought a farm, and William was brought up on that. After living about six years in the Opossumden prairie, his father moved to the farm, in the year 1849, now owned by Mr. Murphy, in Section two of Township 6-4. At that time he bought there eighty acres of land. Daniel Murphy lived there during the rest of his life. His death occurred in the year 1855. Mr. Murphy's mother had died eight years previously, in the year 1847.
On the death of his father he took charge of the farm. He was the oldest son, and the sisters were unmarried. On the death of his younger brother, the homestead farm fell into his possession, and he has lived upon it up to the date of this writing. Mr. Murphy was two years under twenty-one when he set out farming on his own account. To say the least, he has been successful in the pursuit. Industry, enterprise, and good management have marked his career, and the result is that he occupies a position far in advance of the one he held twenty years ago. Over a thousand acres of land are in his ownership. Four hundred lie in the homestead farm, and three hundred and forty in the Kaskaskia point in the American Bottom. The remainder is situated in the neighborhood of his residence.
Mr. Murphy was married in September, 1867, to Ann Eliza Nixon, the daughter of J. R. Nixon. Mrs. Murphy is a native of the State of Indiana. There have been two children by this marriage, both of whom are living. Mr. Murphy's political principles have made him a supporter of the old and tried doctrines of the Democratic party. He has always acted in concert with the Democratic organization, and supported its candidates. Mr. Murphy is still in the prime of life and the vigor of his years. He has achieved a success with which few of the farmers of the County have been favored at his age. He had been brought up to habits of industry, was taught that economy and enterprise constitute the only sure road to wealth, and his record is a good illustration of what may be accomplished by any one who possesses the same inherent qualities-courage to undertake designs, and perseverance to carry them through. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]






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