I found this today while searching...just thought someone here might tell me if this is OUR Archibald Allen who moved to Indiana in 1828......and died in Putnam Co, IL in 1846. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Port Byron, Illinois The first European settlers in Port Byron, Illinois were Archibald Allen and the Syms brothers who arrived in 1828. Indians were an everyday part of early settlers' lives. Curious Indians reportedly peeked into early school windows, blocking the light.
Archibald Allen named the area Canaan, a Biblical term for "promised land". It was reportedly named Port Byron for the poet Byron by businessman Belcher. Port Byron was a natural choice for settlement because of the closeness to the river, a transportation source, rich farmland and an abundance of game and fruit and nut trees.
Other early businesses included: Logging, as the town had several sawmills.
Farming was important and farmers used teams of oxen. The oxen wore bells around their necks so they could be found in the morning, but soon became smart enough to lie still. Horses were rare.
Lime was discovered in 1836 by Rufus Chase. Port Byron White Lime was an important business until close to the turn of the century.
The town was laid out in 1836
Fun fact: The river was used for shipping lumber and lime barrels. In the winter, ice blocks were harvested.
Contact us The Village of Port Byron Municipal Building 120 S. Main Street Port Byron, Illinois 61275 TEL: 309-523-3705 FAX: 309-523-2710