From a book written by William H Perrin "History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois" pulished in 1883, there is the account of Abraham and Mary Jane Hunsaker along with George Wolfe coming into southern IL what is now known as Union Co, IL around 1803.
This is a quite romantic account of how "they came down the Ohio River and up the Cache, hunting and fishing...and started an overland route, intending, it is supposed, to strike the Mississippi and ascend to the settlements of Kaskaskia and Cahokia. Those wanderes camped one night a short distance from where Jonesboro now is, and the next morning the men had to replinsh their meat supply... Within a few minutes they had shot a bear and a little while after that they added a turkey gobbler to their store. They were so delighted with the land of plenty, both of game and excellent water, they concluded to rest a few days and before those few days had expired the men were busy at work building cabins in which to house their families and make this their permanent home."
Again this is a very romantic and colorful account of how they came into Union Co, IL, but is it true?
Lately I have found acounts in D.B. Ellers books and in the Brethern Encylopedia that Abraham and Mary Jane Hunsaker were in Mulenberg Co, KY, by 1790 which I knew. George Wolfe was there around this time too. It states in one account that they "lost their lands in Kentucky" and went into southern IL around 1809.
George Wolfe and Abraham Hunsaker established the first Brethern (Dunkard) congregation there called Clear Creek. After the New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-1812,(which scared the pants off of them), and because of the strength of the Methodism in the area, Abraham Hunsaker was sent back into Kentucky to ask a Brethern Preacher to visit them. Along the way he met John Hendricks who was already headed to towards the Illinois settlement. The result was that George and Anna (Hunsaker) Wolfe and Abrham and Mary Jane Hunsaker along with others were baptised by Hendricks in Clear Creek in 1812.
Anyone got any ideas on which one to believe? I tend to lead toward the Brethern account. The churces would have kept much better records and Perrins account was published some 75 to 80 years after the fact.
Your views are welcomed and any information that you have that might help in this matter.