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History of Illinois-Williamson Co.
Posted by: Gloria Baran Date: August 05, 2001 at 11:19:06
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I'm going to share some parts from a book titled "History of Illinois". (Williamson Co.) " These early settlers being scattered as they were,all over the county,had made but little impression on the face of the country prior to 1823. Like the Indians,they depended mostly on hunting for their living. They never dreamed of living to see again a thickly populated community,and having imbibed the spirit of frontier civilization,with its attendan adventures,in a land where game and wild honey were abundant,they seemed content to live in their log cabins-- After the year 1823,the settlement of the county increased more rapidly,though not with great rapidity,as will be observed by reference to the census of 1840,the first one taken after the organization of the county,when the entire population was only 4,457.** The early settlers of the county,were nearly ALL from the State of Tennessee,and consequently the most of them were either natives or the descendants of natives of the Carolinas or Virginia. EARLY LAND ENTRIES: Town 9 south,Range 3 east: 1816,James L.Cochran;1817,Richard Bankaton;1819,George Davis;1828 Samuel Swafford 1833,William Groves,George Zachariah,James A Park,John D.Sanders,Elijah N.Spiller,Dempsey Odum,Timothy Feel and John Eaton; 1836,Luke Simmons,Joseph GRISSON,William Pulley,James Campbell,Benjamin BELL,MOSES SPRING,Joshua Motsinger...... In the Biographical Appendix it has a S.D.Thompson: " S.D.Thompson,farmer,is the son of Terry and Mary(SPRINGS)Thompson,both born in Tennessee,the former about 1815.The son (S.D. married Martha Grissom daughter of Joseph and Martha Grissom,born in 1847,in Williamson Co. Don't we have a Sally Springs married to a Philip Grisim(?). I hope this information will help the southern Illinois Spring-Springs family find our connections!sincerely, Gloria Baran

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