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From Judge Jenkins "History of Miller Co., Mo
Isaac Bilyeu & his wife, both under 20 years of age, having followed Bill Hews into the Gasconade country on a hunting expedition in late 1818, settled on the Big Tavern Creek east of present-day Iberia in the early 1820s.For a number of years their closest neighbors were John Wilson on Barren Fork, and Daniel Brumley on the Big Tavern.
Isaac hunted for dear and bear, of which there was an abundance.From these animals he got meat for food in skins for leather breaches.For number of years he got corn from James Harrison, then living at the mouth of the Little Piney in present-day Phelps Co. Isaac kept this corn inside his cabin, concealed in a hollow log barrel.When needed for food a small portion of the grain was placed in a bowel-shaped rock and crushed with round stone by hand.
Until about 1829 Isaac hunted with Indian chief named Rogers.Chief Rodgers, a white man, was removed from the cradle of his parents by Indians raiding white settlements near modern Pittsburgh, PA, before the Revolutionary War.
Afterthe War, Rodgers' Shawnee band drifted down the river from the falls of the Ohio to the Mississippi, crossing the Father of Waters and hunting leisurely, Northwestwardly, into Ozarkmountains.Upon reaching the Gasconade country, finding game to be in such abundance, they ceased moving, erecting their villiage on the Gasconade & Big Maries rivers.The area of the Big Tavern Creek was a portion of their hunting grounds.
The band by whom he was kidnapped eventually made Rodgers their chief.
In the late autumn of 1815, Daniel Brumley, having settled on the Big Tavern Creek, obtain a supply of maize from the Indians at one of their villages on the Big Marines. At Cedar Creek he visited Jim and Archie Snowgrass, too young men from Tennessee, 15 and 17 years of age.
In 1823 Brumley accompanied Campbell Crismon to the Missouri River for salt coming down in canoes from the Boone's Lick.Campbell Crismon's wife, a half blood Cherokee, was called Kanneh.Campbell told Daniel that his wife, when he young girl, witness the torture of her Creek Indian captured by her father, a white man living with the tribe, and other warriors, while on the war path in the great Smoky Mountains of South Carolina.
Isaac Bilyeu and his wife attended one tribal dance held by Chief Rodgers, on the Big Tavern Creek.This was a lively affair.To the rhythm of log drums the squaws and children chanted, all the young Braves stopped, jumped, circled, and yelled in cadence.
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From the end of the first mile we run across high ridge of Dog Creek, the land owned by Noah Hudson.Thence through the poor barrens to the Little Richwood which is a settlement for fertile land; through the lands of William Bilyeu, John R. Bilyeu, Simon T. Bilyeu, Emly Golden, John R. Bilyeu, Lydia Bilyeu, a nonresident, to Jess Gott's, to James Gentry.Then over poor land to the Deans Fork of the Glaize.Upset Creek the land is good, though not in market, to the wet Glaize, the land good on this Creek.
From here the road went through the prairie at McFail's land; over poor land to Mehaffrey's Prairie which is good land and thickly settled; to the Niangua with good bottom land; to Greene County line and poor land, onto the public Square in the town of Springfield, on the 11th day of June, 1841
(this book shows the State Road drawing of Big Tavern Creek and it's inhabitants.)
I will try and describe it,
Isaac Bilyeu's house is on the east side of the creek, directly across it is William Bilyeu's Mill. West of the Mill is William Bilyeu's house.
[In an article by Clyde Lee Jenkins published April 27, 1972 in the Miller County Autogram Sentinal, Jenkins wrote "In early autumn (1815) Daniel Brumley settled in the valley of the Big Tavern Creek, four miles away. A few years later, further upstream, Isaac Bilyeu, and his young Indian bride settled nine miles distant."]
It is know that Isaac was most likely the first Bilyeu in the county. He hunted with an Indian - Chief Roger, I believe, who was a white man raised by the (Osage?) Indians. More information is in Clyde Jenkins' "History of Miller County through the Civil War".
Author, Clyde Leen Jenkins, in The Elden Advertiser, October 26, 1972..
"The first Bilyeu in what is now Miller County was, without any doubt, Isaac.He appeared in the Gasconade River country on a hunting expedition in late 1818, and having found game so plentiful, camped for more than a year near the Shawnee villages by the Big Maries river.During this time he made several excurions into the wilds of the Big Richwoods with Indian Chief Rodgers, hunting deer and bear. An excellent hunter, old Chief Rodgers was a white man, having been removed from the breasts of his mother by Indians raiding settlements near the falls of the Ohio River before the Revolutionary War.
Isaac found wild game in the Big Richwoods so abounding that he raised a log cabin near the mouth of the Atwell, Jonston, and Little Tavern forks, probably on land now owned by Leonard Keeth.
In the summer of 1820, having married an Indian maiden, Isaac moved with his new bride, both under 20 years of age, into their log cabin home.Their closest neighbors were John Wilson by the Barren Fork Creek, and Daniel Brumley by the Big Tavern Creek to the north. Isaac kept his wife supplied with sugar by gthering wild honey.Every season, at the MIssouri River, he got salt from the canoes coming down from the Boone's Lick.for three or more years he got corn from James Harrison at the mouth of the LIttle Piney River....Having a trio of Indian dogs for chasing bear made Isaac a wealthy hunter.These animals were vicious, a cross between early puitan mongrels and domesticated prairie wolves.
In fact it may be said Isaac hunted like an Indian, was married to an Indian, and generally, lived like an Indian.
Little or nothing is known of his ancestors, and upon his death in late 1829, his wife returned, with at least two children, to her own people. Without any doubt he was a relative of the Bilyues who commenced entering the area before his demise.In fact, he may have been a son fo the Isaac who
Then there is a Hughes version passed down by one of the descendents, a Mrs. Malone, of William Hughes (Hewes).
"The first William moved with William (No. 2) and the Ballous to Tennessee in the early 1800's (later she states that William met and married Priscilla in "one of the Carolinas"), and he died and was buried there.After his parents deaths, William #2 and the Ballous moved to KY where Mary Hughes married
Stephen Ballou, and Eliza Ballou married Nicholas Cox.Cox and his brothers were also on their way west, and the yongest Ballou boy (Isaac) MARRIED A YOUNG INDIAN GIRL, a member of the ROGERS TRIBE.Those two young pople settled here, in Osage county, but spelled their name Birlew, as so many of the Ballou family did change the spelling...."
From a querry.
Stephen Hughes mother was a Bilyeu. His father was John Hughes. Stephen was born 17 Oct 1809 in Osage Co., MO or Ky. Later resided in Maries Co. where he is buried in the Hughes Cem. The family settled in Gasconade COunty ca. 1812. They appeared to have travled with the families of Eads, Crismons, and the Melton's.