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Egglestons on the frontier?
Posted by: Richard Eggleston (ID *****4948) Date: July 05, 2008 at 07:17:20
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I'm putting together family tree materials for my niece and nephew, and have a gap I need to fill in.

The gap begins with my grandfather, Ethelbert Winifred Eggleston, son of Aaron, grandson of Erastus, great and great-great grandsons respectively of Ichabod and Ichabod Jr., son and grandson of Joseph Eggleston, 10th of the 11 children of Bigod Eggleston.

E.W. was the black sheep of the family, my grandmother having divorced him around 1910 and apparently having purged the attic of almost all his memorabilia. As a result, with the exception of a couple of photos and some writings, the information I have is sparse and anecdotal, though I'm seeking more that may have escaped the purge 100 years ago.

E.W was the youngest child of a pioneer family at the time the frontier was rapidly disappearing. E.W.'s father was a farmer and his mom was a school teacher on Indian reservations in Oklahoma and (?) Kansas, and his father and older brothers may have repelled one of the last Indian attacks in the Oklahoma territory.

This could have been one of the more colorful chapters of Eggleston family history, and I'm anxious to fill it in.

I'm also anxious to know how my branch of the family, descendants of Bigod's son Joseph, fits into the forebears of Edward Eggleston, author of The Hoosier Schoolmaster, a tale of the Indiana frontier. Edward was later the first Sunday School superintendent of the First Methodist Church of Evanston, Illinois, where I went to college.

Thanks for any help anyone can provide, and I'll share the fruits of my research.

Rich Eggleston
Fitchburg, Wisconsin

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