White County, Illinois

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From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – New Haven (ca 1882-1884), P.  948-949

John H. Barter, senior partner of John H. Barter & Sons, the well-known carriage and wagon manufacturers, was a son of John F. Barter, a native of England.  John F. was at one time in the English navy, and in 1812 was a Home Guard.  He was a blacksmith, as has been his son and grandsons.  John H. was born in Brooklyn, where his father was working at the time.  He commenced business life in Mt. Vernon, by making trips down the Ohio and Mississippi in flat-boats carrying along a blacksmith’s paraphernalia, stopping at plantations and doing work for steamboats, etc.  Mt. Vernon was then known as McFadden’s Bluff.  From this small beginning has sprung the present works so well known throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Southern Illinois.  His business takes now a force of 150 men, and the steam mill and buildings occupy the group of 280 x 140 feet, and are three stories high.  He turns out 100 wagons, 50 buggies, 300 plows, 100 harrows, etc., annually.  He married Mary F. Ashworth, daughter of William Ashworth, of Posey County.  They had $40 and one cow to commence married life with.  The children born to them were – Charles A., Emma M., William (married Mattie Hutcherson, daughter of Philo Hutcherson, present Recorder Posey County), Ethel May.  John H. married for his second wife Elizabeth J. Depriest.  They have four children – Arthur, Ella, John A. and Fred.  The New Haven Branch of John H. Barter & Sons was established in 1880, with William A., as manager.  They are doing good work and are of great convenience to the county round about.  Repairing is well and quickly done, and they always have a good supply of wagons, buggies or agricultural implements in their repository warehouse.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts



From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  961

Alanson D. F. Brockett, son of James and H. A. Brockett, was born in White County, Ill., April 28, 1820.  He received only a limited education, having to go three miles to attend the early subscription schools.  He removed to Gallatin County in 1861 and purchased 142 acres of rich, black bottom land.  He resided there twenty years and was a very successful farmer.  In 1881 he moved to Omaha, and is now, with the help of his family, running the Omaha House and a livery and feed stable, and also carrying on his farm.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  961

George W. Bruce was born in Tennessee, April 10, 1834.  He came to Gallatin County and settled near Shawneetown.  He enlisted in 1861 in the late war and served eight months, but was obliged to retire on account of ill-health.  After his return he settled near Omaha and engaged in farming.  he went to Missouri and staid ten years.  He then returned to Omaha, and is now in partnership with Mr. Young in the grocery business.  Mr. Bruce is a son of Henry Bruce and grandson of Walker Bruce, the first man buried in Palestine cemetery.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  961

Robert J. Bruce, son of  William M. and Maria Bruce, was born Jan. 25, 1838.  His early days were spent on the farm in summer and attending the district schools in winter.  He was very studious and was prepared to teach at an early age.  He has taught about nine years.  He enlisted in the late war and after his discharge invested his money in the find farming lands known as the “Thorn Thicket,” and has at this time one of the finest farms in Gallatin County.  He was married April 5, 1866, to Huldah C. Campbell.  They have four sons and one daughter.  Mr. Bruce is serving his second term as Sheriff, having defeated at the last election one of the most popular men I the county.  He is worth about $15,000.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  962

William M. Bruce was born in Sumner County, Tenn., March 19, 1814.  His father came to Illinois in 1817, and settled near the present site of Norris City, White County.  Mr. Bruce came to Gallatin County in 1849 and entered eighty acres of Government land at $1.25 per acre.  He now owns 250 acres of fine, well-improved farming land near the north fork of the Saline River.  Mr. Bruce was elected Associate Justice of the County Court of Gallatin County, in 1857; was Justice of the Peace twenty-one years, always serving the public with fidelity and justice.  He was married March 5, 1835.  Mr. and Mrs. Bruce reared a family of four boys and two girls.  Two sons, Robert and Franklin, were in the late war.  Robert and Thomas were school-teachers for a number of years.  Robert has been elected for the second time Sheriff of Gallatin County.  Mr. Bruce has been a member of the Methodist church for the past forty years, and has been found ready to do his part in the work of the church.
 



From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  969-970

H. P. Bozarth, born in White Oak Precinct, Gallatin Co, Ill, Feb 2, 1852, is the son of Franklin and Lucretia Bozarth.  His paternal ancestors were from France and Ireland.  His mother’s ancestors, the Pinnells, were from England and Scotland.  All emigrated to America in the early Colonial times.  His Grandfather Bozarth was among the first pioneer settlers in the vicinity of Equality, Gallatin Co., Ill.  His father entered Government land at $1.25 per acre, and by hard work and economy succeeded in making a fine farm of 200 acres.  Mr. Bozarth labored on the farm in summer and attended the public schools in winter.  He made good use of his time and succeeded in becoming proficient in Ray’s Third Arithmetic at the early age of thirteen years.  He obtained a portion of his education by study at home, frequently taking his book to the field to study while his team was resting.  He began teaching in the common schools of Pope County, Ill., at the early age of seventeen, and has taught almost continually since that time.  In 1872 he entered the Ewing High School in Franklin County for one term.  In 1873 he attended Prof. John Turrentine’s school at Enfield.  in the autumn of the same year he assisted Prof. W. I. Davis in his select school at Omaha, Ill.  He was married April 9, 1874, to Sarah M. Wolfe, of Hamilton County, Ill.  In the fall of 1874 he entered the Omaha public school as Principal; held that position two terms, and has taught select schools four terms.  Taught one select school at Norris City, and three terms I the public schools at Roland, White Co.  In 1875 he moved his family to Carbondale and attended the Southern Illinois University a year.  In 1881, Mr. Bozarth was appointed Superintendent of Schools of Gallatin County for one year.  Mr. Bozarth is the owner of two improved farms in White County, besides some lands in Gallatin.  He has some nice property in Omaha, where he now resides.  He has a fine library and a pleasant home, and family of wife and three children – Jonnie, Charles Edwin, and Willie, aged respectively seven, four, and one.  Mr. Bozarth has been for several years a member of M.E. church, A. F. & A. M. and I.O.O.F.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts



Source:  History of White County, IL, Phillips Township (ca 1882-1884) p 925-926

Milton Hough Bacon, M.D., was born in Unadilla, Oswego Co., N.Y., June 22, 1803.  His genealogy can be traced to the early settlement of our country, and he is a direct descendant of one of the old veterans who participated in the French and Indian war.  His father, Ebenezer Bacon, was born at Woodstock, Conn., and served six years as a solder under General George Washington during the Revolution.  After freedom was declared he married Desire Hough, and bought out thirteen families of “squatters” – 400 owned from three to five saw-mills, which were kept busy at work manufacturing pine and hemlock lumber.  Dr. M. H. Bacon is a physician and lawyer by profession.  After attending medical college at Fairfield, Herkimer Co, N.Y., he was married to Miss Mary N. Daily, who died at Experience, Scoharie County.  By this marriage two children were born – Henry M. and Mary.  The latter died when about three years old, and Henry M. spent two years in a Chicago medical college and graduated from Evansville Medical College in 1852.  In 1824 Dr. M. H. Bacon commenced the practice of medicine at Lancaster, Ohio, and twelve months later he went into partnership with J. S. Ligate, at Zanesville, where he remained two years.  After some time spent in traveling over the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama, he settled at Aberdeen, Ohio.  From thence he went to Vandalia, Ill, and from here went to Carlinville, Macoupin County, in 1832, where he engaged in the practice of his profession and in the mercantile business for five years.  While here he married his second wife, Miss Henrietta Miller, by whom two children were born – Francis H. and Elizabeth M.  The former married Samuel C. Smith, and lives at Mattoon, Ill.; the latter died when two months old.  At the birth of this child Mrs. B. died.  Dr. Bacon moved to Carmi in 1839 and entered into partnership with Dr. Thomas Shannon.  They carried on a large and successful practice for two years; then Dr. Bacon removed to Phillipstown, where he has resided ever since.  In 1853 the Evansville Medical College conferred an honorary diploma upon him, and the next year he obtained a license to practice law.  Dr. Bacon was married to Miss Sarah B. Reeves, daughter of J. H. Reeves, Esq., an old resident of Liberty, in 1842.  By the union nine children were born – Chas. L., Esther A., Mary B., Addie E., Marcus R., Delos H., Adolph H., Homer A., and Herschel E., of whom only Addie E., Marcus R., Delos H., and Adolph H. are now living.  Dr. Bacon has always been a great sportsman, and although in his eightieth year he may yet be seen around ponds during the fall and winter setting traps or fishing.  Game was very plentiful when he came to the State, and at one time he killed three deer at one shot, near the Rose pond.  he has been carrying on a drug store for the past twelve years.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts



Source:  History of White County, IL, Phillips Township (ca 1882-1884) p 926

Joshua C. Bean, farmer; post office, Crossville; son of James and Elizabeth (Wentz) Bean, natives of Pennsylvania.  Joshua C. was born in Pennsylvania, May 26, 1803.  He was educated in his native State, where he learned the trade of a carpenter, which he has followed many years.  He came to Illinois in 1840, and bought his farm of 170 acres on sections 12 and 13.  In 1828 he married Sarah Ruby.  Her parents were natives of Spain and Pennsylvania respectively.  They died in Pennsylvania.  By this union there were five children, three living – Elizabeth, born July 30, 1830, wife of James Norris; John C., born May 19, 1834, has been married; Mary Ann, Dec. 18, 1846, wife of James Shelton (they have three children – Clara Belle, Elmore E. and Charles); Joshua and Samuel Ruby, of the father’s family, are dead.  Mrs. Sarah Ann Bean died Oct. 30, 1862.  Mr. and Mrs. Bean are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and so also are James Shelton and wife.  Mr. Bean was elected Associate Judge of the county some twenty years ago, and held the office four years, in which he gave general satisfaction.  He has held the office of School Treasurer ever since the organization of the free-school system, and has faithfully done his duty.  His father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


Source:  History of White County, IL, Phillips Township (ca 1882-1884) p 926-927

David A. Bell, carpenter and farmer; post office, Phillipstown; son of John and Sarah (Quinn) Bell, natives of Newbern, N.C.  They moved to Tennessee in 1818, and lived there eighteen years; then moved to Mt. Vernon, Ind.  They raised a family of thirteen children, nine boys and four girls.  They died in Indiana.  David was born in Tennessee, Jan. 28, 1826.  He has followed farming and learned the trade of carpenter some years ago, and has worked at it some six years, bridge building being a specialty.  In 1849 he married Ellenor, daughter of Phillip S. and Margaret Slogle, natives of Tennessee and South Carolina respectively.  This union has been blessed with four children, two living – Phillip S., born April 18, 1852; married and living in Phillipstown; Margaret L., March 29, 1856; two are deceased.  Mrs. Bell died Sept. 2, 1881.  Mr. Bell married Saline, a daughter of Thomas Dunk, a native of England.  She was born Sept. 13, 1847.  This union has been blessed with one child – James Clifford, born Sept. 11, 1882.  Mrs. Bell is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mr. Bell is a member of the A.F. & A.M. fraternity.  he votes the Democratic ticket.  Mr. Bell walked to California in 1859, and remained two years, going into Lower California, through Nevada, Utah and Arizona, all the way on foot, and down the Colorado River.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts



From History of White County (IL), (ca.1882-1884), P. 880

A. G. Black, born in Indian Creek Township, July 13, 1850, is a son of James Black, a native of South Carolina, who came to this county about 1839, and now resides in this township.  A.G. was reared on a farm, and learned the blacksmith’s trade when young, and is now engaged in blacksmithing and carriage and wagon making.  He is doing a good business.  He was married in January, 1869, to Julia A., daughter of J. J. Johnson.  They were the parents of three children, all deceased.  His wife died in 1874.  In December 1876, he married Margaret A. Pearce.  Of their four children, but one is living – James M.  Mr. Black is a member of the A.F. & A.M. and A.O.U.W.  He was Police Magistrate at Norris City four years.  Mr. and Mrs. Black are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


From History of White County (IL), (ca.1882-1884), P. 882

William L. Bruce, section 5, Indian Creek Township, was born in Carmi Township, June 29, 1831.  His father, John Bruce, was a native of North Carolina.  William L. has been a life-long farmer.  He has always lived in this county with the exception of three or four years spent in Gallatin County.  He was married in Gallatin County in 1851, to Jane Given, a native of Hardin County, Ill., and a daughter of John Hardin.  They were the parents of ten children, five living – Harriet (Mrs. Witcher), George N., Annie (Mrs. Maxfield), William S., and Sarah E.  He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in Ebenezer.  He has been a Steward and Class-Leader several years, and is now Sunday-school Superintendent.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts


Henry Bogan was born July 29, 1861. He was the son of Ira and Elizabeth
"Barnes" Bogan, who were natives of Kentucky. The father died in 1881, and
the mother lives with her son, Henry. Mr. Bogan was brought up on a fam and
obtained his education in the common schools of the township. He owns 80
acres of land on which he lives and is considered one of the progressive
young farmers in Indian Township.

Source: White County, Illinois Biolographical sketches 1901
SUBMITTED BY: Misty Flannigan [email protected]


JOHN HANDEL was born in Germany on 15 January 1820. By March, 1845, John
(Johann) had married widowed CATHERINE (UNKNOWN MAIDEN)
BAUDISCHBAUGH/BODISHBAUGH, a widow with three young children: ANTOINE
BODISHBAUGH, BARBARA ELEONORA BODISHBAUGH and FREDERICK A. BODISHBAUGH. They married in Germany, for their first children, twin girls, ANNA HANDEL and KATE HANDEL were born 28 Dec 1845, in Germany. Daughter ROSE BODISHBAUGH wasborn 9 Sep 1847 in Germany. Between Sept 1847 and early Nov 1849, at age 29, John brought his family to America. Family history is they first settled in
Ohio, then moved to "the Indiana side of the river." On 30 Nov 1849, their
son MIKE HANDEL was born in Ohio; 2 Feb 1852, son JOHN HANDEL was born in
Ohio; and 3 Nov 1853, son ADAM HANDEL was born in Ohio. Between Nov 1853 and
Sep 1858, the family moved "across the river" and settled in Grayville,
Illinois. On 8 Sep 1858, his son MIKE HANDEL was born in Grayville,
Illinois. In the US Census for 1860, John, Catherine and their children are
found, residing in Grayville. In 1861, his step-son, FREDERICK BODISHBAUGH,
joined the Union forces and served the entire duration of the Civil War.
John and his family farmed. It is believed he had a sister, ALBERTINE
HANDEL, who married a TENNES, and the TENNES family settled nearby in Wabash
County, Illinois. On 6 Sep 1873, John and Catharine's 21-year old son
JOHN HANDEL died in Grayville and is buried there. On 10 Jan 1888, his
29-year old son, WILLIAM HANDEL died in Grayville and is buried there. Five
days later, 15 Jan 1888, his 46-year old stepson, FREDERICK A. BODISHBAUGH,
died of tuberculosis incurred during his military service. He died in
Grayville and is buried at Oak Grove cemetery. On 17 Sep 1891, Catharine
Baudischbaugh Handel died in Mt. Carmel and is buried in Oak Grove cem. In
1892, John's totally invalid granddaughter, IDA MAY BODISHBAUGH, died at age
14, in Grayville, and was buried at Oak Grove beside her father, Fred.

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh, [email protected]


AMANDA BODISHBAUGH was born 27 Jul 1854 in Germany. The only information we
know of her is that she was 55 years old when she died on 24 Nov 1911 and is
buried in the "Front 2 Section" of Oak Grove cemetery, Edwards County,
Grayville, Illinois. Catharine Bodishbaugh Handel (widow of Mr.
Bodishbaugh), had settled in Grayville (White County), Illinois between 1853
and 1858, but Amanda is not listed with the family structure in any of the
census records or in any family records.  Catharine's three children by Mr.
Bodishbaugh were born prior to 1845, the year of her marriage to JOHN
HANDEL, so Amanda is obviously not a child of Catharine or a sibling of
ANTOINE, BARBARA or FREDERICK BODISHBAUGH. The only connecting link I have
is that she is buried with the other Bodishbaugh family members.

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh, [email protected]


Frederick A. Bodishbaugh, first child and son of Antoine and Mary Fisher
Bodishbaugh, was born 1863 in White County, Illinois, probably in the town
of Calvin just out of Grayville. The first recorded document we have of Fred
is the US Census for White County, Illinois for 1870, listed with his family
and age 7.  Fred remained a bachelor all his life and farmed for a living in
Grayville. He lived with his parents until he was 51 years old, when his
mother died in 1915. The 27 Jun 1908 issue of the Grayville Independent
lists, "Assessment List of Personal Property of Gray Twp., as returned by
J.N. Wilson, Supervisor of Assessment," for Fred Bodishbaugh as $700 Full
Fair Cash Value; $140 Assessed Value. On 18 Mar 1925, the "Great Tornado"
whipped through Crossville, Illinois in its path from Missouri to Indiana.
Fred heard the noise, went to the door of his home and had his hand on the
doorknob when the tornado passed over. The monster tornado took the house
and everything except the door and the wall! Fred was left standing with the
doorknob in his hand. The following was reported: Fred Bodishbaugh of this
city had the unusual experience of having the house moved from over his
head. He was standing in the door of a house on the LOMAS farm, near Fox
Island, which had recently been rented by his sister, MRS. KATE DRIGGERS,
and her husband, when the storm swooped down, lifted the house and whisked
it away. He was uninjured. He saw the storm pick MRS. KELLY FITZGERALD up
and blow her against a log. Her back and both legs were broken and she died
before medical assistance could be secured. Her husband was blown into a
tree, where he lost consciousness. He was not seriously injured. On 30 Oct
1943, at age 80, Fred died at Grayville. Funeral services were held at Nash
Funeral Home on Monday 1 Nov 1943 at 2:30 p.m., presided by Clergyman REV.
D.F. MARLIN. Fred was buried at Oak Grove cemetery, Grayville. His estate
was filed for probate on 4 Nov 1943 by his sister, HELEN BODISHBAUGH BAUN,
who is also listed as personal representative of his estate.

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh, [email protected]


ALICE REBECCA BODISHBAUGH, daughter of Catharine "Kate" Tennes and Frederick A. Bodishbaugh, was born 24 Jul 1883 at Grayville, White County, Illinois.
Alice married late in life to JAMES B. CROOKS, and they had no children. She
is listed at age 26, living at home with her mother and brother, Tony. Alice
was a long-time member of the Christian Church in Grayville. Alice and Jim
Crooks ran the ferry that crossed the Wabash River between Illinois and
Indiana. They had a beautiful home high on a bluff overlooking the river,
close to the ferry. Jim had strung a heavy cable wire across the river and
his flat barge could carry four cars at a time, two in front and two in
back. One family story is how Jim liked to tell of the day in 1925 when the
infamous tornadoes ripped through southern Illinois and Indiana. Jim and
Alice worked 24-hours around the clock ferrying sight-seers and emergency
rescue workers back and forth over the river. The emergency rescuers were
not charged, but the going rate was $1 per person and they made over $1,000
from the sight-seers - in one day. The site where Alice and Jim's home stood
is now the rest stop of the Interstate at the Grayville, Illinois exit and
the interstate crosses the Wabash at the point the ferry made its crossing.

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh, [email protected]



From “Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley” (Personal and Genealogical with Portraits)
Volume II, Federal Publishing Company – 1905 - Madison, Wisconsin

ROBERT J. BRUCE, a well known citizen of Omaha, Ill, now deputy sheriff of Gallatin county, was born near Norris City, White county, Ill., Jan 25, 1836 (see footnote at bottom).  His grandparents, Robert and Sallie (Bantam) Bruce, were natives of Tennessee, were married in that state, came to Gallatin county about 1820, removed soon afterwards to White county and there passed the remainder of their lives.  Robert Bruce was a cooper by trade, but after settling in White county he followed farming the rest of his life.  He was an ardent Democrat in his views, and both himself and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  He died at the age of seventy-six years and she at the age of seventy-eight.  Their three children are all deceased.  William M. Bruce, one of the sons of this couple, was born in Tennessee, Nov 12, 1812.  He came to Illinois with his parents and lived with them until his marriage to Sallie Millspaugh, a native of Hamilton county, Ill., after which he lived until 1848 on a farm near Norris City.  He then removed to Gallatin county, bought a farm near Omaha, where he and his wife both died some years later.  They both lived to a good old age, the father being seventy-six at the time of his death and the mother eighty.  Of their six children five are still living.  Robert J. is the subject of this sketch; Benjamin F. lives at Ridgway; Margaret J. is now a Mrs. Shaw, of Omaha; Isaac T. is deceased; Solomon S. lives at Omaha; and Sallie is a Mrs. Rollman, of Evansville, Ind.  In his day William M. Bruce was a man of prominence in the community where he lived.  Soon after his removal to Gallatin county he was elected justice of the peace, an office he held altogether for twenty-six years.  He was active in politics, being one of the leading Democrats in the county, and was eight years judge of the county court.  He and his wife were both consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Robert J. Bruce acquired his education in the public schools and lived with his parents until the commencement of the Civil War.  On Aug. 15, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company H; One Hundred and Twentieth Illinois volunteer infantry, and was mustered in at Camp Butler.  The regiment was on guard duty at Memphis until April 1, 1863, when it was ordered to Vicksburg and took part in the siege and surrender of that place.  After the fall of Vicksburg Mr. Bruce fought with his company at Ripley, Guntown, East Point, Miss., and in numerous minor engagements, being mustered out as second sergeant, Aug. 22, 1865.

After the war he returned home and took up the occupations of farming and teaching school.  On April 5, 1866, he was married to Miss Hulda C. Campbell, who was born July 10, 1841, in White county, and they located on a farm near Omaha, where they lived until 1898, when he removed to another farm nearer the town, and the following year took up residence in Omaha, living a retired life with the exception of directing the management of his farm.  In 1880 Mr. Bruce was elected sheriff of the county, was re-elected two years later and held the office for four years in all.  He was for three years marshal of Omaha, has held other minor offices, and for the last twelve years has been deputy sheriff.  Few Democrats in the county are more active in behalf of their party, and in campaigns he is always consulted by the party leaders as to how to win a victory.  Mr. Bruce is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and belongs to Lodge No. 23, Free and Accepted Masons, in which he holds the office of tiler.  His wife died on Sept. 1, 1902, leaving six children:  Oscar F., John T., Otis T., Sarah M., Tillis and Eslie.  All are living in Omaha.  Sarah married a Mr. Lamb.

Footnote 1:  There are discrepancies in the birth date.  This source says 1836.  The transcribed cemetery records say 1838 and the History of White County, IL says 1838.

Submitted by Linda Roberts



John S. Brumblay, born in Dearborn County, Ind., Dec. 18, 1844, is a son of John and Andesiah (Truit) Brumblay, natives of Maryland, who both removed to Dearborn County, Ind., when they were young and remained there.  His mother died in Indiana in 1865.  Soon after his father went to Cincinnati, where he still resides.  They reared nine children out of a family of twelve, John S. Is their fifth child.  He was brought up on his father's farm, and had the advantage of a good education;  attended the Morris Hill College. ( I believe this should be Moore's Hill college)  April 6, 1868, he came this county, located on his present farm, on section 18, town 6, Emma Township, where he owns fifty-six acres.  When he came here there was scarcely a tree cut on his place, but by his own labor he now has it under a good state of cultivation.  He was married Oct. 30, 1868 ( corrected to August 30, 1868), to Sarah E., daughter of Maxfield and Electa Huston, who was born in Ohio County, Ind., Dec. 31, 1847.  They have one son, Walter W., born Sept. 26, 1870.  Politically Mr. Brumblay has always been a Democrat, although he cast his first Presidential vote in 1865 for Abraham Lincoln.  In 1864 (corrected to 1874) he was Township Collector.  He stands high in this community.  Mrs. Brumblay's father, Maxfield Huston, was a native of Rising Sun, Ind., and purchased a large tract of land.  He laid out a town, which he named after his native place;  it is now a village of a dozen houses.  Mr. Huston took an active interest in the building of his native town, contributing as much as any other citizen, leaving many houses as monuments of his enterprise, among them the chapel of the Christian church, in the construction of which he took an active part.  He united with the Christian church in 1834.  He was a quiet, unassuming, charitable man, and will be pleasantly remembered by all who knew him.  He died Aug. 1, 1873, aged seventy years.  His wife was a native of Canada, and died Feb. 9, 1865 (corrected to read Feb., 9, 1872), aged sixty three years.”

Source:  History of White County, Illinois – 1883 (I have typed this in just as it was.  There were corrections in pencil in my copy of the book)

Submitted by Suzanne McCormick



Not a bio, but an interesting article about the Brumblay family:

The following article appeared in a Carmi paper.

"Crystal Wedding

For several days previous to August 30th, chickens in the neighborhood of Marshall's Ferry were disposed to take to the woods and hide away, but they could not and did not escape the eagle eye of John Grow, who captured enough for the occasion with the aid of a few that flew over from Phillipstown when telephoned for.  It had also been noticed that the price of glassware had an upward tendency at Carmi.  The corner was captured however and readily gave in when it was ascertained that Evansville and Mr. Vernon were competing, through telephonic communications, for the brittle material.  Memphis, Tenn., supplied a few articles, and Ridgeway, west of this place sent a few trophies overland.  To answer the "whence, why and wherefore" would require to much time and too long an article for one issue of our paper, but the celebration of such an event should not be left unmentioned.  We wish they could occur in every family.  We will say briefly that the occasion was the crystal wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Brumblay.  The bride and groom were as happy as they were fifteen years ago, when first they plighted faith.  Among so many pleasant faces-with so many flowers around them-presents before them, -and amid the many, many hearty congratulations they could not be otherwise than happy.  The company present added a pleasure to their past life and opened new hope for the future.  The occasion was more than pleasant-enjoyable, hardly expresses it.  The venerable Dr. M. H. Bacon, early in the day, gathered with his own hands a boquet of fresh flowers, and with the enquiry "where is the bride?" presented them, with appropriate remarks, to Mrs. Brumblay.  The Doctor was full of life and vivacity on the occasion and the remarks he made on leaving were full of meaning and met with a hearty response from every one. "I never passed a pleasanter day." said the venerable Doctor.  Some of the guests left on the evening of the 1st day; others stayed and took in more pleasures on the 2nd, and others tarried until the 3rd day.  In furnishing accommodations for those who remained over night, the House of Brumblay was the largest small house we ever passed a night in.  The guests in attendance in age ranged from eight months to eighty years-the extremes being personated by baby Frank Crawford, of Ridgeway, and the octogenarian being Dr. M. H. Bacom, of Phillipstown, with John and Sallie Brumblay thrown midway between.  Did you ever set down to a table at Brumblays?  If not, the loss is yours.  On this occasion, however, there were by actual count 17 cooks, for every woman helped, and there were 52 consumers. In this last class the men folks ranked the highest unless we except the bright, gay and frolicksome Charley Crawford, (a two year old from Ridgeway), who said that Mr. Brumblay's "forks had long toe-nails."  Charley stayed until Saturday and went away perfectly satisfied, not wishing for any more.  From chickens down to water melons, everybody had more than they wanted.  The guests in attendance were Dr. Bacon and wife, Mrs. Clifford and son, of Phillipstown, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pomeroy, Miss Addie Pomeroy, Mrs. Strawbridge, Mrs. Robert Stewart and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Rickenback, Mrs. John Shoup and daughter, Miss Anna Shoup, John Grow and wife, of Carmi, Mrs. Walter Sulivan and daughter, Miss Melville, of Mt. Vernon, Ind., Miss Jennie Marshall, Miss Bettie Marshall, Miss May Marshall, Almond Crawford, wife and family, George Huston, wife and family, Israel Turner, wife and family, Frank Huston and family, of the county, and Gen'l and Mrs. M  T. Williams, and Misses Mattie and Allie Clore of Memphis, Tenn

Submitted by Suzanne McCormick



William W. Buck , Farmer, was born in 1833 in Gallatin County, the son
of John and Eliza Cook Buck. The father , of German descent, was born in
1793 in Virginia. His father, Warner, a native of Hesse, Germany, when
eighteen, entered military service, and was among the Hessian Soldiers
bought by King George to suppress the American Revolution. He was captured
at Trenton and held a prisoner three years, and then exchanged. During his
imprisonment he and twelve others became so attached to the Americans that
they attempted to desert to the American camp, but only he and one other
succeeded. He settled in Virginia, and afterward, in 1797 moved with his
family to Bowling Green , Kentucky. and in 1805 to Gallia County, Ohio. John
was 12 years old when they came to Gallatin County, Il and in 1827 he
married. In 1840 he settled in Beaver Creek Twp. Hamilton Co. Il the next
year bought 120 acres and the last 20 years of his life were spent with his
son William. He died August 4,1883. His wife Eliza Cook, was born in 1803 in
Gallatin Co. and died in 1839. Three of her six children are living: John J.
of McCleansboro, ex-county clerk; our subject, and Alexander, of Beaver
Creek Twp. Our subject was five years old when his mother died. and the next
year came to Hamilton Co. and was educated in home subscription schools. At
21 he left his father and Feb.23,1854 he married Elizabeth, daughter of
Jefferson Garrison, , born August 10,1936 in Gallatin Co.. She came to
Hamilton Co. when a child. Their children are Eliza, wife of George Mason;
Thomas, George, Masten and Cloid. He located on the eighty acres in Sec.27,
a gift from his father in 1855 and by his ability in business has made his
possessions 340 acres, 240 of which is well improved and cultivated. He is
one of the leading farmers of the region.and a Democrat, first voting for
Buchanan. In November 1876, he was elected County Commissioner, and
commissioned the 24th of Nov. by Gov. John L. Beveridge, to serve three
years. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

Warner and Frederick Buck December 12, 1812 signed a petition to Congress
that a land office was to be established for the sale of area lands in
Gallatin Co. Il Source. 1887 History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, and
Williamson County Il. Pgs. 678-679

From Cemeteries of Gallatin Co. Il
Buck Cemetery Sec. 17 Pg. 37
Shawnee Twp. T9S R10E
Located in Shawnee Twp. 2 miles North of Old Shawneetown on the Round Pound
Road, on a high hill. The Cemetery is deserted and very much overgrown.
Located in Sec. 17., T9S R10E. the land for this cemetery was entered by
Warner Buck in 1815. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in the County.

Buck, Warner D. 1825 wife Barbara(Slusher, Schlosser) died prior to
1825.(Cannot locate marble slab about 4x6 feet which was for this couple.
Stone was still in cemetery in the 1940's. Warner Buck was a Hessian Soldier
in the Revolution and deserted to American Forces. Married in Frederick Co.
Va. on March 26,1782. He was one of the very early settlers in Gallatin Co.

Estates settled in Gallatin Co. Il from 1821-1838
Warner Buck March 18,1825 Administrators Adam Crouch, Warner Buck and George
Buck
From History Of Hamilton Co. Pag.678 and 679( Book Located at) the
Illinois State Archives

Submitted by Carol,  [email protected]



Biography: Mary Elizabeth Blair and Donovan Bruce "Don" Bodishbaugh.
Mary Elizabeth Blair was born 20 September 1900 in Trinidad, Colorado. Her
family relocated to Grayville, Illinois when she was small. There she met
and married DONOVAN BRUCE BODISHBAUGH, born 5/5/1896-Grayville, IL, son of
Ada Frances Louise Bosecker and John William "Will" Bodishbaugh. At age 20,
Don joined the Army at Albion, Illinois and served in World War I as a
truck driver and chauffeur. He was later employed by the Illinois Central
Railroad and travelled the country, selling equipment for the engines of
the steam locomotives. One item he sold was an additive to the water that
went into the engines. Don and Mary married in Evansville, Indiana and had
three children, Elizabeth Jean "Betty", Alice Amanda "Allie," and James
Blair "Jim" Bodishbaugh. Betty Bodishbaugh was one of Grayville's
homecoming queens. Don died 5 Sept 1957 in Grayville and is buried at Oak
Grove Cemetery. Mary later moved to a retirement home in Evansville, then
relocated to California to live near her daughter. In 1995, at age 95, Mary
Bodishbaugh was a beautiful, active lady with thick white hair, a radiant
face, bright blue eyes, and was in excellent physical and mental health.
Her ability to recite historical and genealogical dates and facts astounded
her much younger family members and visitors. She died 27 Dec 2001 in
Visalia, California at the age of 101.

Submitted by Sue Webb Bodishbaugh, [email protected]


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