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Note: These are extractions, not complete transcriptions, except where noted.
If anyone would care to transcribe the originals to replace these extractions, we would be VERY grateful!


Rawleigh Ralls
Ralls, Rawleigh was born in RC on 22 Apr 1816. On 10 Sep 1846 he married Julia Permelia Burr the d/o Chauncey Burr. Their children were: Angeline, Permelia J, Mary, Adaeline and Edward. His father was also named Rawleigh and he came to RC in 1809 from TN. Rawleigh Sr was born 11 Jan 1789 and died 19 Oct 1851. He married Jane Hill the d/o Adam Hill. She was born in Abbeyville, SC in 1790. And died 03 Apr 1864. Some of their children were: Rawleigh Jr, Mary, Amelia, and James M. The was another son and 3 other daughters. Rawleigh Jr's grandfather was also named Rawleigh, he was born in VA in 1762 and died 06 May 1828. He married Mary Hansbury (1764-24 Nov 1836). They are bost buried in the old graveyard in Monroe Co, IL. Two of their other sons were: Edward born in Dumfries, VA and John a preacher who died in 1857. The Ralls family were Welsh and came to the US before the Rev War to Stafford Co, VA. (1875)

Nicholas Reitz
Reitz, Nicholas came to Red Bud IL from Bieber, Glnehausen, Ducky of Hessia, Germany via Baltimore in 1834. He returned to Germany in 1836 only to return to Red Bud with a wife, Elizabeth Geiger, in 1837. Elizabeth's mother and brother came with them. They established themselves in Round Prairie. In 1839 Nicholas brother, George, and his wife Maria Sensel came to Round Prairie. Nicholas b 15 Feb 1813 d 25 Dec 1892 Monticello KS. George, b 1811 d 1851. George and Elizabeth died about the same time. So Nicholas married Maria and put their two families together: many of the children having the same names. Nicholas and Elizabeth had the following children: Elizabeth, George, Johann Adam, Nicholas, Catherine and Rebecca. George and Maria had the following children: Nicholas, Adam, George, William and Phillip. [Submitted by Nancy Post]

Benjamin Richards
Richards, Benjamin was born 08 Jul 1828 in Staffordshire, England. His parents were Samuel and Arabella (Price). In 1840 the family came to the US, living first in Rockland Co, NY. The family moved to Jackson Co, IL in 1850. Samuel died there in 1874 and Arabella in 1866. In 1856 Benjamin moved to Rockwood and opened a mill. He later bought into the store there with Wm H Clendinen. Benjamin married Margaret A Clendinen the d/o of John on 14 Sep 1858. They had 9 children. (1875)

Dr. George Richardson
The only practicing physician in the neighborhood of Ellis Grove, in Randolph County, is Dr. George Richardson. He is an Englishman by birth. He first took up his residence in the County in the year 1858, and since then has been busily engaged with the duties of his profession.
Dr. Richardson is a native of Atherton, a small town of Warwickshire, England, where he was born on the twenty-fourth of June, 1835. He received his early education in the schools of his native town. His tastes inclined him naturally to the stud of medicine, and he began his preparation for that profession under Dr. Richings, with whom he came to America in the year 1850. Both his parents had died at a period previous to this. George was then a lad of fifteen. Dr. Richings settled in Winnebago County, Illinois, ten miles from Rockford, and Dr. Richardson remained with him until 1858. During this time he diligently pursued his medical studies, and after amply fitting himself for the profession, he began practice with Dr. Richings, his preceptor. He attended the Rush Medical College of Chicago during the years 1856 and 1857.
Dr. Richardson was on the look-out for a field where he might successfully establish himself as a physician, and accordingly, in the year 1858, he came to Randolph County, and located a mile and a half south-east of Ellis Grove. Here he began practice, and soon succeeded in introducing himself to the favor of the community. He remained for about three years, and then in 1861 re-visited England, from which he returned, however, in a few months. He again located in Randolph County, and resumed his practice. A second visit to England occurred in 1863. This time he was married. The ceremony was performed on the twenty-sixth of January, 1864, and the maiden name of his wife was Ann Brooker, of Chelsea, London.
On his return to America the spring following his marriage, he moved on a farm in the Point of the American Bottom below Kaskaskia, where he lived till the death of his wife, which transpired in the fall of the next year, 1865. Dr. Richardson then returned again to the vicinity of Ellis Grove, where he has since lived and been engaged in the active practice of medicine. He was married to his present wife on the twenty-eighth of February, 1867. She was Mary, the daughter of John L. Lilly, who lives in the neighborhood of Ellis Grove. In the year 1869 the Doctor took up his residence in the village of Ellis Grove. At that time he built his present commodious and tasteful residence, one of the neatest in that section of country.
Here Dr. Richardson has built up a good practice, and established a valuable reputation as physician of intelligence, ability, and skill. He has two children by his second wife, Annie E. and Clara V. He has always been inclined to the support of the political principles set forth by the Democratic party, and has acted with that organization since his residence in Randolph County. ["An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - tr. By Stephanie Thornton]


Daniel Preston Roberts
D. P. ROBERTS -- The close of the last, or the opening of the present century, marks, the date of the emigration of Wiliam [sic] Roberts to Illinois from Lexington, Kentucky. He was accompanied by his son, Thomas Roberts, who had not then reached his majority. William Roberts was the grandfather and Thomas Roberts the father of D. P. Roberts, the subject of this sketch. On making a permanent settlement, William and Thomas Roberts located near each other on the east side of the Kaskaskia river, and not far from the town.
William Roberts, the grandfather, opened a farm, and in addition to employing himself as a farmer he became a trader on the river, and was well known on the banks of the Mississippi from Kaskaskia to New Orleans. Thomas Roberts, the father, was also a farmer, and became a prominent citizen of the settlement. For many years he filled the office of Justice of the Peace. His name appears in the records as having been County Commissioner for several terms, and in various other ways he enjoyed the confidence of the people. He bore the distinguished honor of being a member of the convention which framed the first constitution for the State of Illinois. In the latter part of his life he was a devout Christian, and contributed liberally of his means toward the support of the church.
His son, Daniel Preston Roberts, was born on the thirtieth of November, 1816, near Kaskaskia. In this neighborhood he was brought up, and received his education, the most of which he obtained in the Catholic schools of Kaskaskia. When between twenty and twenty-one he left home and went to Wisconsin, and for ten months was there engaged as clerk in a store. On leaving Wisconsin he turned his attention to the wood business in Jackson County, but after he was here a year and a half his prospects were seriously injured by high water in the river, which everywhere created devastation along the Mississippi, and Mr. Roberts came back to Randolph Count. Remaining a short time at home, for the period of a year he assumed the management of the ferry across the Okaw. About 1842 he began the study of law, and was admitted to the bar. After practicing, however, a short time as Kaskaskia, then the county seat, he quit the profession for quieter and more satisfactory pursuits.
At the breaking out of the Mexican war Mr. Roberts volunteered in a regiment formed at Perryville Missouri. He was chosen Lieutenant of one of the companies. The regiment reached Fort Leavenworth, where it was disbanded, after being a short time in the service, on account of the impossibility of procuring provisions by reason of a low stage of the Missouri river. In the spring of 1853 Mr. Roberts received the appointment of Register in the land office as Kaskaskia. He held this position till the public lands were disposed of and the office removed to the capital of the Sate. Under Mr. Roberts' administration the books were closed up, and the accounts forwarded to the department at Washington.
The latter part of Mr. Roberts' life he has devoted himself exclusively to farming. He began this pursuit near Kaskaskia, and after occupying several locations bought the place he now owns in the year 1866. His farm, situation a mile and a half west of Ellis Grove, is composed of four hundred acres of land, lying in one body and extending down into the Okaw Bottom. The farm is finely situated and high productive. Mr. Roberts' residence occupies an elevated point of land, and commands an extensive view of the surrounding country. Mr. Roberts' first marriage took place in the year 1853, to Louisiana Fisher, who died in March, 1870. Mr. Roberts was married the second time in February 1871, to Mrs. Maria Candle, whose maiden name had been Ritchey.
His political convictions Mr. Roberts inherited from his ancestors. Both his father and grandfather were democrats, prominent members of the party in their day, and Mr. Roberts has adhered to the same school of political belief. Personally, Mr. Roberts is a man of genial sympathies and enlightened views. The stranger is made welcome at his fireside and he dispenses with a liberal hand an old fashioned hospitality. . [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - Tr. by Stephanie Thornton]



Hiram Roberts
Numbered among the old residents and thrifty farmers of Randolph County, living in the vicinity of Ellis Grove, is Hiram Roberts, whose farm lies just north of the town. He first came to the County in the year 1839, when fifteen years of age, and has since resided in the County with the exception of three years which he spent on the Pacific coast.
Mr. Roberts was born in Ohio, at Columbus, the capital of the State, on the twenty-first day of February, 1824. His father, James Roberts, was a native of New Jersey. He married Margaret Murphy in the city of New York, and soon after moved to Ohio, where he arrived about the year 1820. He was a wagon-maker by trade, and followed that occupation at Columbus. He had a family of eleven children, of whom Hiram was the fourth in the order of his birth. When Hiram was about five years old the family removed to Michigan, and lived there seven years. Here Mr. Roberts was first sent to School to learn to read and write. The family subsequently removed to Tazewell County, Illinois, where his father followed his trade of a wagon-maker at Washington, a town in the northern part of the County.
In the year 1839 the Roberts family moved to Randolph County, and located in the neighborhood of Ellis Grove. Hiram was then about fifteen. He went to school at odd times and infrequent intervals on till near twenty. His father lived on a farm after coming to Randolph County, and Mr. Roberts was brought up on that. He lived at home until he was twenty-five years of age.
In 1849 the excitement consequent upon the discovery of gold in California spread through Illinois, and Mr. Roberts, in company with a large number of ambitious and adventurous young men in various sections of the State, set out to try their fortunes on the Pacific slope. In April, 1850, he started overland, and the aprty arrived in California the following August. The first work he did was at mining gold, at which he made fair wages, and kept it up for four or five months. The remainder of the time he was in California he was employed on a pack train, and traversed the greater part of what is now the upper part of the State of California and southern Oregon, a region which at that time had been but little visited by civilized man. Those early days of California history were marked by many adventures and hardships. The Indians on all sides surrounded the wild and rugged routes traveled by the pack trains and a hundred dangers menaced the pioneers. Mr. Roberts was in Colonel (afterward General) Kearney's camp at the time he was attached by the Rogue River Indians.
After a stay of two years in California Mr. Roberts concluded to return East. He left California in August, 1853, one of a party of thirteen. Seven were left behind at the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, and the remaining six came on through to St. Jo. And St. Louis.
Soon after Mr. Roberts' return to Randolph County he bought farm on which he now lives, at Ellis Grove, and where he has since been successfully engaged as a farmer. He was married on the twenty-fourth of May, 1855, to Margaret Wright. Mrs. Roberts was the daughter of Isaac Wright, who came to Randolph County in 1844. She was born in Grayson County, Virginia, in the year 1833. Four children have resulted from this marriage-Rachel, Eliza, Mary, and Hiram. His land lies all in one body, four hundred acres, just north of Ellis Grove. He was first a Whig, and then became a Republican on the formation of that party. Mr. Roberts is one of the well-to-do and prosperous members of the farming community in Randolph County. He has met with some misfortunes, but his general course has been one of prosperity and success, to which his own qualities as an enterprising and go-ahead farmer have contributed. His house burned down in October, 1872. [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - Tr. by Stephanie Thornton]

William Robertson Jr
Robertson Jr, William was born in Scotland. He came to the US with William Craig, landing in NY and then going to Canada. He came to RC in 1835 and married Jane McMillan. Jane died without having any children. William then married Margaret Legette on 14 Oct 1848. She was the d/o William Legette. They had three children: one was Robert L. William returned to Scotland and died there 23 Sep 1872. William's father was also named William. He was born and died in Scotland. His children were: William and Robert (both came to RC) John, Janette, Eliza (all stayed in Scotland), and James (went to Australia). (1875)

Isaac Rust
Rust, Isaac was born in Lincoln Co, ME on 09 Nov 1795. He was a sea man and served in the Rev War. He came to RC in 1819, in 1824 he returned to the sea for a few years. On 16 Mar 1826 he married Aniis D Cochran. Their children were: George S, Rebecca, Cordelia, Sarah, Samuel B, Ellen, Eliza, Lehead, Emma and 2 others died young. Isaac's parents were Simeon and Jane (Huston) Rust both died in ME when Isaac was a child and he was raised by his uncle, John Huston. (1875)






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