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Names of Early Illinois Setlers
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Names of Early Illinois Settlers
As listed in the "Pioneer History of Illinois, Containing the Discovery in 1673 and the History of the Country to the Year 1818 when the State Government Was Organized" by John Reynolds, originally published in 1852.
Library of Congress Catalogue #4-8816
From Pages 424 and 425 in the Appendix:
"In the "American State Papers, Public Lands," Vol. 2, pp 132-4, is a statement, dated Kaskaskia, Dec. 31, 1809 of claims founded on "Improvements" in the district of Kaskaskia, which were affirmed by the board of commissioners appointed under act of congress to take evidence of all land-claims in the Kaskaskia district, under French, Spanish or United-States grants. The commissioners were Michael Jones and E. Backus and the following appear to be the names of English or American settlers who claim under "Ancient Grants":
Among the names listed is, “Joseph Standlee “
"In the same volume, pp. 135-8, is a list of claims "founded on acts of congress granting donations of four hundred acres each to heads of families in the district of Kaskaskia," and which were confirmed by the board. Of these acts of congress, one approved March 3, 1791, gave to each "head of a family" who had cultivated or improved land in Illinois prior to and including the year 1788, the right to four hundred acres of land. Of those claiming under these acts, the following were Americans or English, Irish or Scotch, naturalized Americans:"
(no Standlee names in the list that followed that quote)
"Congress also donated "one hundred acres* of land to each militia-man enrolled and doing duty in Illinois on Aug. 1, 1790, within the district of Kaskaskia." The claims under this act were made mostly by French settlers, as they constituted the greater part of the militia force at that date. The following are the names of the claimants other than those of French birth or origin affirmed by the commissioners, Kaskaskia, Dec. 31, 1809 (same book, page 139-47):"
(no Standlee names in the list that followed the above quote)
* The commissioners in confirming the four-hundred-acre grants deducted this hundred acres from all who received it. The militia-man of 1790 therefore received but three hundred acres of the congressional grant. (Author's note)
"The commissioners (Michael Jones, John Caldwell, Thomas Sloo) afterward (Kaskaskia, Jan. 4, 1813) reported another list of those who were, in their opinion, entitled to four hundred acres each under the act of March 3, 1791, as settlers prior to 1788 (page 189 of same volume). Of these the following appear to be Americans:"
The list includes the name: “Abraham Stanley “
©1999, Transcribed by Kim Torp
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