William Robertson

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From: History of Schuyler County, Illinois; Schuyler County Jail and Historical Society; Rushville, Illinois Published 1983; pages 502-504
  William Robertson, the son of Daniel and Mary (Skiles) Robertson, was born in 1780 in North Carolina.  His father was born in Scotland and sailed from Scotland to America; he journeyed Philadelphia, North Carolina and Kentucky.  He died in his journey and his wife, Mary Skiles Robertson completed their trip to Kentucky and there she raised their children.
  In 1826, William Robertson came to this county and became the first white settler in Browning Township, his brothers and sisters later followed him here.  Her built a cabin in Section 16 beside a spring of fresh clear water.  He was skilled in woodcraft and found an abundance of wild game, bee trees, and hard maples from which to make sugar.  He made frequent trips down the Illinois River to St. Louis, in his canoe where he marketed his produce.  He established friendly relations with the Indians who were his nearest neighbors.  He often slept in their wigwams.  His nearest white neighbor was six miles away between Pleasantview and Rushville.
  Soon after coming to Illinois, William met and married Elizabeth Kirtlin {Kirland}; they were married in 1820 {1830}.  He was 40 years old, she was 18.  They were the parents of nine children, who grew up in the community.  Four sons were in the Civil War.  One son had moved to Texas and fought in the Rebel army; two others were in the Union army.
  The year of William's marriage to Elizabeth, 1830, occurred an event that early settlers always remembered - the big snow.  Snow began falling in late December and it snowed off and on for about a month.  It was 3 ½ feet in the timber where there was little drifting, and 10 to 12 feet deep on the drifted prairies and hollows.  The snow stayed on about three months while the mercury ranged from 10 to 20 {degrees} below zero.
  William and Elizabeth were the parents of 9 children - George, John, Alexander (Alec), Katie, Daniel, Alan, Joel, Sarah, and Malcolm.  William died in 1876 at the age of 96 years; He may be {IS}buried in Ridgeville Cemetery.
  From History of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois 1682-1882, page 63-4:
  About six or seven miles west in what is Browning township we find another settlement, which was made the same spring {1826}, by William Robertson.  He came from Kentucky, though he was a native of North Carolina, and was attracted here by the quantities of game which then abounded.  Then selecting a site for his cabin, he discovered an excellent spring of water on section sixteen of T. 1N, R. 1E., Where he located and continued to reside until his death, in 1866.  Robertson was very fond of hunting and trapping, which he followed for several years.  There were quite a number of Indians, of the various tribes, then in the county, and he frequently joined in the chase and slept in their wigwams.  Bee trees were very plentiful, and he once took a barrel of strained honey and peddled it out among the settlers in Morgan county.  He dried the hams of the deer, and frequently floated down the river to St. Louis in an Indian canoe with a load of them where he found a ready market for their sale.  He came here a single men, but was early married to Elizabeth Kirklin {Kirkland}, Esquire Isaac Lane, officiating.  Of his sons living, George resides in Texas, Alexander and Joel on the old homestead, and Malcolm in Macon county of this state. end.
  page 94:
Nineth Board of Supervisors 1862-1863: Hickory Township, William Robertson.
Tenth Board of Supervisors 1863-1864: Hickory Township, William Robertson.
  Page 110: Early Marriages
  Lic. #73; Lic. Date: Mar. 18, 1831; William Robertson to Betsey Kirkland; By Whom Married: Isaac Lane, Esq.; Date of Marriage: Mar. 21, 1831. {Esquire = as a designation for "Justice of the Peace"}.
  Page 308-309: Browning Township, Schuyler County
  The first settlement in the township was made in the year 1826, by William Robertson; he was a native of North Carolina; he came to Schuyler county from Kentucky, attracted by the quantity of game that then abounded here, and settled in the southeast quarter of section 16.  His nearest neighbor was six miles distant in the Chadsey settlement.  After he had built a cabin in the wilderness, by an excellent spring of water, which is still there, he engaged principally in the pursuit of hunting, of which he was very fond.  Honey was very plentiful, and Mr. Robertson could stand in the doorway of his cabin and point out a dozen bee-trees.  This article of traffic, together with the venison hams, he used to carry to St. Louis in an Indian bark canoe.  The Indians were quite numerous in those days, and he used to hunt with them, frequently stopping in their wigwams.  By his intercourse with them he bacame quite familiar with their language; he was a short, stout man and his great strength and endurance enabled him to bear the hardships of the hunter;s life which he loved so well; he was married to Elizabeth Kirklin, Esquire Isaac Lane officiating.  Nine children were reared as the fruit of this marriage, five of whom are now living --- George in Texas; Alexander in Browning, on a portion of the old place;  Joel on the old homestead; Sarah, wife of William E. Walton, in Missouri, and Malcolm in Macon county, Illinois. end.

{much more NEW info on the ancestry of William Robertson has been found in Sept. 1999 through April 2007 by a group of researchers of Daniel Robertson, father of William.  Contact Sara Hemp <cryssara@merr.com>; George Baxter < sewingki@pacbell.net>; Debra Gentile <gentile68@sbcglobal.net>; Jill Moore <jillahmoore@earthlink.net> Great, Great, grandchildren of William through son, Joel for info.}

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