The first to make
a home in Mt. Carmel precinct was Enoch Greathouse,
a native of Germany, who emigrated to the United States in a very early day and
first located in Pennsylvania. He
subsequently removed to Kentucky, and in 1803 or-4 came to Illinois, and located where the City of Mt. Carmel now
His family consisted of his
wife, four children, and one grandchild. The
children were – Enoch, Jr.; Rachel, nee
Beatton (my note should be Bratton);
Woods, and Isaac. The Grandson was Elias Greathouse, Father of
Sylvester Greathouse, who now lives in the city. Mr.
G. sold his possessions to Messrs. Hinde & McDowell, and located at the now extinct town of Centerville, where
he died many years ago at the advanced age of 110 years.
Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence and Wabash Counties, Illinois, 1883.’
Published by J.L. McDonough &
Submitted by Dawn Daddario