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Randolph County Illinois
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James H. Taylor
Taylor, James H was born in Lincoln Co, TN on 25 Apr 1825. He married Isabelle McDill, the d/o Archibald. James was a merchant in Sparta. His father, John K was born in Lincoln Co, TN where he married Sarah Wiley. Sarah died in WI along with two children. John K came to RC in 1831. His children were: Emily, Hugh, Monica, Mary, Huldah, James H, Samuel W and John (Hugh's twin). (1875)

John Taylor
Taylor, John was born 10 Sep 1816 in Lincoln Co, TN. He came to RC in 1839 and was a carpenter until 1850. In 1849 he was JP and 1867 Justice of the Court, from 1870-75 he was a Police Justice. In 1842 he married Jane Hawthorne, the d/o James. They had 12 children: William B, John, Samuel L, Albert, Eliza R and Alice were still living in 1875. His father was born in NC and married Nancy Gault, they had 9 children: James D, Jonathon A (both came to RC in 1842 and both d 1842), John, Samuel B, William B and Eliza (these came to RC in 1842) Hugh and Harrison (both d in TN). John's father and mother both died in Lincoln Co, TN. This family was originally from Scotland, were John's grandfather, Hugh lived near Glasgow. Hugh came to the US and moved to TN were he was killed by Indians on the Red River in KY. (1875)

David Temple
Temple, David was born 19 Jan 1821 in T5 R5 of RC. He married Sarah McClure. Their children were: Joseph, Nancy, James W, David L, Same J, Melinda and Margaret T. David's father was William Temple born 10 Sep 1786. William first married Margaret Patterson in PA and had three children: Eliza, Robert and John. William's second marriage was to Sarah Love, also in PA. Their children were: David, Sarah, Mary A, Jane, Margaret, Melinda, Tabitha and Martha. David's grandfather was John born in Scotland. During the Rev War, he was serving with the English Navy. When he reached the US he deserted and joined the Continental forces. He had 5 sons: William, Robert, John, Samuel and Joseph, also 2 daughters. John died in PA. (1875)

John H. Thompson
Thompson, John H was born 19 Sep 1845 in RC. He married Louisa E Thompson the d/o Thomas M and Martha (Hogue). Their children were: Margaret H and Harry S (d as an infant). His father was James G Thompson born 14 Jun 1813 in Abbeyville Dist SC. He came to RC in 1835. James married Margaret Caroline Campbell. John H was their only child. Margaret died in 1848/9. James then married Ellen Mullin, they had 2 children. James died 14 Jul 1856 in Lawrence CO, AR. (1875)

Robert P. Thompson
Thompson, Robert P was born in RC in 1838In 1863 he was a surveyor who helped with a map of RC. He married Nancy Miller on 11 Mar 1873, the d/o John and Nancy (Boyd). Robert's children were: Ada and 2 infants who died. His parents were James and Mary Thompson who came to RC in 1818. There known children were: Robert and JD. (1894)

Stephen R. Thompson
Thompson, Stephen R was born 17 May 1830 in Nova Scotia. He came to the US in 1837. Stephen spent time in several states, he was a carpenter in Rochester, MN where he built that states first billiard hall. During the CW he was in Co H 5th MN Inf and after the war he moved to Franklin Co, MO. He came to Tilden, IL (RC) in Feb 1871 where he was the PM. In 1858 he married Annie LaSaur, she d in 1863, having 2 children. In 1868 he married Mary (Nettle) Sonels, she was born in England on 08 Nov 1827. Stephen's father was Richard born in Nova Scotia in 1804, where he married Nancy (Embree) who was born in 1811, NY. The family moved to Bangor, ME. Nancy died 10 Jun 1848 and Richard died 22 Jul 1854 in NY. They had 10 children (1894)

Charles Tilmann
Of the farmers of the Okaw Bottom we present the name of Charles Tilmann as one worthy to be represented in the biographical sketches of the substantial citizens of Randolph County. He has lived at his present place of residence, in Township six, Range eight, since August, 1836. He is of German birth. His native place was the town of Arnsbert, Westphalia, Prussia, and he was the son of Anton T. Tilmann, and his wife Mary Magdalene, whose maiden name was Anthee. There were five children in the family, of whom Charles was the third. He was born on the twenty-fourth of May, 1824.
The first eleven years of Mr. Tilmann's life were spent in Germany. At seven years of age he began his attendance on school in his native town of Arnsberg. Nothing of peculiar importance happened in his life till the year 1836, when his father emigrated with his family to America. In the summer of that year they sailed from Bremen, and in due course of time landed at the city of New York. Casper Anton Pape, who had been a neighbor of the Tilmanns in Germany, had made his home in America two years before this, and had settled in Randolph County, on the old Adkins place, one of the oldest places in Township six-eight. It was through this influence that the Tilmanns came to Randolph County in the latter part of the summer of 1835, and bought one hundred and twenty acres land in the Claim number 283, Survey 476, lying on the Okaw River. Here Anton Tilmann settled, and lived till he died, in 1848, twelve years after his coming to Randolph County. His wife had died the year previous.
There were no schools at that time in the neighborhood. Charles Tilmann only went to school three months after his arrival in America. This was in the winter of 1842, when he went to Kaskaskia, and remained there three months, during which time he was attending school. He worked at home on the farm, and in 1848, as we have before mentioned, his father died. Mr. Tilmann was then twenty-four years of age, a young man of industrious habits, and he bought out the other heirs, and continued on the old homestead farm. February twenty-fifth, 1851, he was married to Henrietta Pape, who was born in Germany, at the little village of Hirschberg, near Arnsberg, the day of her marriage, twenty-three years before. Mrs. Tilmann was six years old on coming to this country and was the daughter of Casper Anton Pape, whose name appears above in this sketch. Mrs. Tilmann's father died in October 1851, and her mother in November, 1859. Gustavus Pape, a merchant of Kaskaskia, is her brother, and a sister is the wife of Henry Lortz.
Mr. Tilmann has since been successfully engaged in farming. He has carried on the pursuit with intelligence and faithfulness, and by industry, economy and good management has raised himself to an honorable position among the farmers of Randolph County. In 1858 he bought one hundred acres additional to his land, and in 1867, sixty more, so that he now owns two hundred and eighty acres of land, one of the choicest farm in the Okaw Bottom, whose soil is among the richest in the County.
Mr. and Mrs. Tilmann have four children, Therese, Henry, Charles, and Louise. Mrs. Tilmann's brothers are both dead. Of his sisters, one, Mrs. Mittler, is a widow, whose home is with Mr. Tilmann, while Mary is the wife of August Leisse, of St. Louis. The first President Mr. Tilmann voted for was Lewis Cass, in 1848. He subsequently became a Republican on the foundation of that party, and was among the early Republicans who voted for Fremont in 1856. He voted also for Lincoln, but since the war he has principally acted with the opposition party, and occupied an independent position. . [Source: "An illustrated historical atlas map of Randolph County, Ills. : carefully compiled from personal examinations and surveys". (1875) - Tr. by Stephanie Thornton]

John Tudor
Tudor, John was born 04 Jan 1827 in France. John married Eliza Richards on 09 Dec 1851, the d/o Samuel and Arabella (Price). Eliza died 25 Jan 1876. Their children were: Thomas Henry, Arabella, Guy Seymour (a blacksmith), George Benjamin (Jackson Co), Charles Sherman (teacher in RC), Nellie, Lydia Priscill, Ernest, William Wallace, Rose Hannah and Florence Eliza. John had a farm in T8 R5 Sec 4. His parents were Thomas and Mary (Corbitt) of Shrosphire, England where they had eight children. Thomas came to the US in 1832 to Haverstraw, NY, his wife and children followed in 1836. In May 1849 the family moved to Jackson Co, IL (1894)


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