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Puffers in NE Illinois
Posted by: George Burgess (ID *****9183) Date: October 30, 2004 at 07:07:58
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There is no mention in the existing posts about the Puffers in DuPage County, Illinois.
But they were early settlers of the county and their name is on a local school, a street and a small lake in the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. A big old farmhouse, very different from the little ranch houses in the area, stood until recently on Belmont Avenue in Downers Grove. There is much more information about them in the Downers library.

The following information was found on the internet:

Company "D" 105th Illinois Infantry       
Name       Rank       Residence       Date of Muster       Remarks       

PUFFER, Charles       Private       Lisle       Sep 2, 1862       Mustered out Jun 7, 1865       

Lisle Township History
from "1874 Atlas and History of DuPage County, Illinois"
        "This township has the credit of being the first settled town in the county, although before any actual settlement can be claimed many trappers and hunters camped upon the DuPage river, and Indian traders were familiar with its topography, but such adventurers can not in any sense be claimed as "actual settlers."  Without question, to Bailey Hobson rightfully belongs the credit of being the first settler of Lisle township, and as the county at that time (spring of 1830) was one vast common, it may well be said that this was "Hobson's choice."  Among those who settled immediately after Mr. Hobson were:  Deacon Pomeroy Goodrich, Isaac Clark, J. C. Hatch, John Thompson, John Sargeant, Lewis Ellsworth, Thomas Jellies, Martin Asher, Stanley Brothers,  E. Bush, a Mr. Paine, H. Puffer, John Naper, R. M. Sweet, and undoubtedly others of whom we have no knowledge.  From this settlement the population rapidly increased, until it is now one of the foremost towns in the county.  Lisle is, perhaps, the best watered and timbered township in DuPage county, and is in all respects well adapted for agricultural purposes, and many of the model farms of the DuPage valley are in this town.

Cemetary records:

Surname       Given Name       Nee       Born       Died       
PUFFER       Leonard R               1859       1933       
PUFFER       Mary       COTES       1861       1914       
PUFFER       Charles Martin               1847       1878       
PUFFER       Reuben W               1823       1877       
PUFFER       Mary Adelaide               1854       1920       
PUFFER       Dea. Henry               1790       1851       
PUFFER       Edwin R               1853       1924       
PUFFER       Genevieve P.R       INGERSOLL       1868       1942       
PUFFER       Henry               1820       1906       
PUFFER       Henry Elmer               1855       1920       
PUFFER       Jessie Pinkerton               1885       1912       
PUFFER       Jane A               1840       1915       
PUFFER       Julia Seville               1833       1850       
PUFFER       Lusanna W               1792       1866       
PUFFER       Rosella S               1822       1914       
PUFFER       Robert Elmer               1883       1912       
PUFFER       William L               1866       1932       
PUFFER       Charles Martin               1847       1878       
PUFFER       Mabel       AUSTIN       1882       1907       
PUFFER       Martha       M/BLACK       1891       1932       

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