This is a reply from Mark Foutch, who authorized me to put it here:
In "Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" (by John Carroll Powers, 1876) is a biography of John Foutch b. Loudon Co. VA 1776 m. Nancy A. Wherrett in Fayette Co. KY 1797. Of their 10 children, the second was Thomas, who is my ancestor. The third was Hugh b. March 12, 1805 and the fifth was John, b. Oct 25, 1805. The family moved to Dearborn Co., Indiana sometime before 1799 when the sixth child was born. The rest were born in Indiana. In 1825, following the death of John Sr.'s father Abraham, John's extended family (minus one daughter who had married and remained in Indiana) made the trek to "the Sangamo Country." They arrived at Richland Creek, near today's Pleasant Plains, in the Fall of that year, subsequently moving south to Island Grove township. Island Grove was later divided with the eastern part becoming New Berlin township.
John Sr's son Hugh married Nancy Rhea in Sangamon County. "They had nine children and he died Dec 27, 1845, in Fulton County. His widow married William Meeker, and resides in Iowa."
John Sr's son John married Jehoida Rhea in Sangamon County. "They had four children and she died. He married Letitia Farris and have nine children and reside in Fulton County, five miles west of Havana."
So two Foutch men married two Rhea women. I wonder if they were neighbors...their forebears also came from VA and KY but different counties from the Foutches.
Those are the only two of John Foutch's sons who went to Fulton County and who possibly could have left sons there to carry on the family name.
Nancy Wherrett Foutch died March 12, 1845 and John Foutch (Sr) married Celia Harmon. He died Sep 15, 1848 and Celia Harmon Foutch in 1851. They are buried in the old family cemetery on the homestead property NW of the town of New Berlin, IL.
NOTE: I have never seen a middle name or initial anywhere for either of the John Foutch's named in this family history, which is the result of an interview sometime between 1872 and 1876 with Thomas Foutch, John Sr's second child b. KY 1799 who was retired and living on the family homestead at time of the interview. In fact I have used "Sr." here only to help distinguish him from his son who went to Fulton County. He is not referred to as anything but plain John Foutch in Powers' sketch.
If you're interested the Powers book has been reprinted in paperback and is available at www.heritagebooks.com
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