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Randolph County Illinois
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Harvy Nevill
The Nevills are an old Virginia family. Harvy Nevill's grandfather, William Nevill, was a Captain in the patriot army during the Revolutionary war. He moved from Virginia to South Carolina, after the Revolution, from the latter State to Kentucky, thence to Tennessee, and he died in Missouri. His mother's father, James Nevill, was one of the pioneers of Kentucky, emigrating there in 1776. His family, according to tradition, was one of the first to make a settlement outside the forts.
His father, John Nevill, was born in South Carolina, and married in Kentucky, about the year 1804, Melinda Nevill, a first cousin. Harvy Nevill, the oldest child by this marriage, was born in Barren County, Kentucky, February the twenty-second, 1805. He lived in Kentucky till the spring of 1829, when he made his way to Galena, Illinois, and worked there a month or two as a carpenter. The summer of 1829 he came to St. Louis. Toward the close of 1831 he made his home in Washington County, Illinois, and on Christmas day of that year married Aly Harryman. The next spring he volunteered in the Black Hawk war, and served three months. He returned to Washington County, entered land, and began farming. In the fall of 1833 he was elected County Commissioner of Washington County.
On the breaking out of the Mexican war he entered the service as Lieutenant of Company A, Second Illinois Regiment. Previous to this he had occupied the position of Lieutenant Colonel of the militia of Washington County, with E. C. Coffee as Colonel, and the two went into the Mexican war respectively as Lieutenant and Captain of the company raised in Washington county. Lieutenant Nevill served a year in Mexico, and took part in the battle of Buena Vista, where his clothing was shot through by bullets. On his return to Washington County he was chosen Probate Justice of the Peace, and held that position for two years.
Judge Nevill came to Chester in the summer of 1851, and took charge of the ferry on the Mississippi for a year. In 1853 he was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of law. In May, 1861, on the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, Mr. Nevill entered the Union service as Lieutenant in the Twenty-second Illinois. In February, 1862, he was commissioned as Captain. He served nearly three years, and took part, among other battles, in those of Belmont, Stone River, and Chickamauga. He resumed the practice of law on returning to Randolph County. In the fall of 1865 he was elected County Judge. Judge Nevill has five children living. The only daughter is the wife of Captain Williams, of Chester. One son is living in Randolph County; James is United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska; Joseph is a physician of Ava, Jackson County, and William, the youngest, is a lawyer of Omaha, Nebraska. In his early life Judge Nevill was a Whig, but became one of the earliest Republicans of Randolph County.[Source: "An Illustrated Historical Map of Randolph County, Ills."; by John R. Williams, pub. by W. R. Brink & Co.; 1875; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

William I. Nixon
William I. Nixon has been a resident of Randolph County since 1844. He is the son of Robert Nixon, a native of Ireland, and of his wife, Sarah, whose maiden name was Wilson. He was born on the third of April, 1813, on the spot where now stands Walnut Hill College within the limits of the present city of Cincinnati.
Mr. Nixon's grandfather, James Nixon, was a sailor, who had traveled the world over. In the Irish Rebellion he was unwilling to join either side, and some time about 1795 emigrated to the United States, with which country he had become acquainted in his voyages. Settling at first in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, he afterward removed to Washington County, of the same State, where Robert Nixon married Sarah Wilson. Directly after his marriage, about the year 1808, Robert Nixon moved to Hamilton County, Ohio, and located in the suburbs of the city of Cincinnati, then a small settlement. Here William I. Nixon, as has been stated, was born. When five or six years old his father removed to Preble County, Ohio, where William was brought up. He worked on his father's farm till thirty-one years of age. At this time, in 1844, Mr. Nixon removed to Randolph County where an older brother had located five years before. He settled on the place where he now lives, entering the first eighty acres of land at the government price. The year after his coming to Illinois, he married Lucretia Stipe, who had been born and raised in Virginia, and who had come to Randolph County within a few months of Mr. Nixon. Mr. and Mrs. Nixon have had ten children, of whom four daughters are married. During his long residence in the County, Mr. Nixon has been favorably known as an industrious and good citizen.[Source: "An Illustrated Historical Map of Randolph County, Ills."; by John R. Williams, pub. by W. R. Brink & Co.; 1875; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Levi North, Sr.
North, Levi Sr--ferry operator, teacher, shoemaker -- was born about 1793 in ME or NY, his parents are unknown. He arrived in Randolph Co about 1825/27. He married Catherine Allen the d/o William on 22 Feb 1829. She was born about 1806 in GA or 1811 in Preble Co, OH depending on the source. Levi as a Capt in the Kaskaskia militia. Catherine died of cholera in Aug 1849. Levi died about 1851 in Baldwin, Randolph Co, IL where he was a teacher. The family lived on Horse Creek for some time before removing to Edwardsville where he ran a ferry on the Okaw River. According to one son, Levi and Catherine had 2 sons and 6 daughters. Of the 12 children 9 are known and each was born in Randolph Co, IL

Thomas 18 May 1829-29 Jul 1900 at Sato, buried Grizzell Farm Cem, married 31 Oct 1872 to Sarah A (Chrisman) Ward widow of Joel M Ward. Mary Ann 1833-10 Jan 1864 Perry Co, IL buried Bethel Cem, married 16 Oct 1856 to Malcom G Maxwell. William 01 Mar 1835-27 Apr 1910 Cherokee Co, KS, buried Hallowwell Cem, married 10 Dec 1863 Nancy Elizabeth Maxwell d/o MG & Anna A (Davis). Jane 1837-aft 1880, married 10 Nov 1856 Charles Seigler (moved to Nashville, IL) Maria 1839-unk, married a Wheeler and left IL. Levi Jr 02 Jun 1840-24 Apr 1924 St Clair Co, IL buried Marissa Cem, married 20 Nov 1862 Nancy Jane Huey. Jasper 1842-01 Mar 1862 Ft Donelson, TN Co A 31st IL.. buried ? Bethel Cem, never married. Robert 16 Mar 1846-02 Jun 1909 St Louis Co, MO buried Oak Hill Cem, married 23 Dec 1869 Jemima Ann Maxwell d/o MG. 9 Sarah Hannah 1848-unk, married 03 Oct 1872 James P Smith. made a ward of Wm C Heuy after parents death, family went to Clay Co. [Submitted by Jack North]


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