Old Settlers Log Cabin

Updated: Sep 28, 2021


Old Settlers Log Cabin
Old Settlers Log Cabin

In 1882, under the leadership of Jacob Cress, Thomas Phillips and Solomon Harkey, plans were adopted and carried out to erect a memorial log cabin, on the Old Fair grounds, each of the old settlers to prepare a log, to go into the cabin, on the smooth outside of which was to be painted the name of the contributor, the date of his birth or entrance into the country or state. We have no list made at this time of the building, and at this time the names are too dim from age to read, with any certainty. But in 1903, twenty-one years after its building the following inscriptions were taken from the logs, which are approximately correct:


Martin A. Ludewick, born in North Carolina; December 9, 1825, came to Illinois December 3, 1831


David McEwen, born in North Carolina in 1807, came to Illinois in 1831


Jasper Clark, born in Massachusetts in 1802, came to Illinois in 1821


Henry Phillips, born in Randolph County, Ill., in 1821


T. J. Rutledge, born in Hillsboro July 8, 1828, and was the first child born in Hillsboro


John T. Maddux, born April 5, 1833 in Greenville, Ill., came to this county in 1836


Levi Hill, born in Montgomery County July 17, 1826


Peter Cress, born in North Carolina in 1808, came to Illinois in 1823


William Walcott, born in 1820


George L. Warren born in 1837, came to Illinois in 1838


H. N. Pope born in Fayette County, Ill., in 1844


J. M. Berry, born in Kentucky in 1811, came to Illinois in 1828


William Bowles, born in Kentucky 1836


John T. Whitledge, born in 1830, came to Illinois in 1831


Jacob Bost, born in North Carolina in 1794, came to Illinois in 1836


Joseph T. Eccles, born in Kentucky, came to Illinois in 1832


William Brewer, born in Kentucky, came to Illinois in 1834


W. S. Clotfelter, born in North Carolina in 1817, came to Illinois in 1833


Solomon Harkey, born in North Carolina in 1806, came to Illinois in 1829


J. A. Cress, born in Montgomery County in 1829, this log was hewn in 1831 by Peter and Joseph Cress


G. V. Brockman, born in Missouri in 1811, came to Illinois in 1833


J. J. Phillips, born in Hillsboro in 1837


James Clotfelter, born in North Carolina in 1826, came to Illinois in 1833


J. T. Williamson, born in 1818


Peter Berrie, born in Pennsylvania July 28, 1811, came to Illinois in 1837


John H. Scherer, born in North Carolina May 1, 1831, came to Illinois in 1837


John T. McDavid, born in Montgomery County in 1818


M. S. Barry, born in Barren County Ky., in 1818, came to Illinois in 1831


E. B. Hubbel, born in Vermont in 1819, came to Illinois in 1833


Dan Lingofelter, born in Canton, Ohio, in 1828, came to Illinois in 1836


John D. Williamson, born in Nodaway County, Va., Dec. 13, 1814, came to this county in 1834


William Young, born in Tennessee, Oct 5, 1810, came to Illinois in 1830


A. B. Smith, born in Ohio November 4, 1821, came to Illinois in 1834


Edward Crawford, born in Tennessee in 1812, came to Illinois in 1833


David Gregory, born in North Carolina December 1, 1809, came to Illinois in 1831


Subsequent to erecting the cabin, the following deaths were engraved thereon:


John Williamson, died January 9, 1885

Levi Whitten died September 4, 1885

David McEwen died October 4, 1884

Jacob Bost died October 7, 1884

Noah Lipe died October 9, 1884

William Brewer died October 31, 1883

Peter Cress died October 1, 1885

Thomas J. Rutledge died March 18, 1885

William Watson died January 17, 1885


Taken from: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Montgomery County Volume 2 - 1918

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