24 October 2014

22 October 2014

May The Devil Be His Pilot


Menard & Valle in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri


Burton Library Collection (Askin Papers):

Ste. Genevieve was at this time a garrisoned settlement in Spanish Louisiana on the opposite side of the river from Kaskaskia.  Heward had come to Kaskaskia as agent for the Miamis Company, to which Lorimier was indebted. On April 15, 1787, George Ironside wrote from Miamitown to David Gray, then at Vincennes: "Lorimier is fled from the face of his creditors & gone to the Illinois—may the Devil be his pilot."









21 October 2014

Barbara Ann Akers Probate


From Illinois Probate Records, Gallatin Probate records, 1815-1860 vol 1:


Source [Image 103]

Bought of M. A. Lawrence one margle grave stone...

Barbara Ann
wife of Charles Akers
Died Oct. 20, 1856
In her 34 year


Addendum or Supplement to cemeteries of Gallatin County Ill. Vol.2:

"Markers found since publication of vol. 2....­Chas. Akers d 12‑31‑1852; Age 33+, w Barbara Duvall 1840 she d 1856, thin markers. both down, 1 broken. 3/8 mi S. of Boyd, Ind. Mound or 1/8 mi S. of N. line Sec. 9 Shawnee Twp. On top of high hill pasture, of Lawrence Rollman, in May of 1981."



20 October 2014

The Highlanders And All


The Gaelic Topography of Scotland, and what it Proves, Explained, with Much ...
 By James A. Robertson


Among the points proved in this work by the Gaelic topography of Scotland is the origin of the author's fellow country-men, the Highlanders, that they are undoubtedly the descendants and representatives of the valiant Caledonian Gael, who were the first inhabitants of the land of Alban, now called Scotland and were so also of England.

18 October 2014

Thirteen Trees Planted By Alexander Hamilton



Source of the Illustration of Hamilton Grange


From The magazine of American history with notes and queries:

To find connecting links with the past has always a pleasurable interest, and a few weeks ago I stood for the first time before an old house called the " Hamilton Grange." It is now the rectory of the beautiful new church of St. Luke, situated* on the corner of One Hundred and Forty-first street, east of Tenth avenue (now Amsterdam avenue). Surrounded by a fence are thirteen trees planted by Alexander Hamilton to represent the thirteen original states. He built this house as late as 1802 for a suburban retreat. It was then eight miles and a half from the city limits.  *It's been relocated

The story of Alida Livingston was from the same source.