Randolph County Early Settlers

Most of the listings here, are with the permission of the Randolph County Genealogical Society Quarterly publication of “The Trails” and others who have donated their information. Adair, Captain William M. Allen, Seth Aronowski, Joseph Ballard, Cornhill...

Thurston Thomas

Thurston Thomas married on Kaskaskia Island 21 November 1818, to Elizabeth Evans b. VA. Their three sons and two daughters were: Plummer Thomas b. ca1821 on Kaskaskia Island, d. 1875 Steeles Mill Twp, Randolph County, married on 2 Feb 1841 to Mary Ann Dobbs b. GA....

Samuel Wylie

Samuel Wylie – It was a beautiful location and appealed to the Rev. Samuel Wylie to such an extent that when a town was laid out, he called it Eden.  It was here that the Rev. Wylie, who had been sent to the Kaskaskia region as a missionary in 1817, helped in...

Warren N. Wilson

The ranks of the legal profession are largely recruited from among farmers’ ambitious sons. Such an one was Warren N. Wilson. He was born February 8, 1821, on the present site of the village of Baldwin. His parents were James and Jennie Wilson, (nee McBride.) They...

James White

James White came to the vicinity of the present town of Steeleville about 1808 and settled in the west half of section 17, near where the Steeleville and Chester road crosses Mary’s River.  He would thus appear to be the third settler in the...

Robert Tindall

Robert Tindall – Another early settler who believed a gristmill would prove profitable was Robert Tindall who began construction of one on Tindall Creek about four miles northeast of Chester in 1802.  Floods washed away the mill before its completion, and...

Archibald Thompson

At the close of the year 1804 another important colony reached the Irish settlement, among which were Absalom Cox, Archibald Thompson, James Thompson, Robert McDonald, and William McBride. Archibald Thompson was a man of excellent character. In 1812 he moved to a farm...

Levi Teale

Levi Teale and James Curry were hunting, when night overtook them, they stopped at a house, newly built by David Pagan. During that night, they were attacked by Indians. Teale wished to surrender, but Curry chose to fight. The Indians helped to decide the matter when...

John Steele

John Steele – When John Steele came to the site of Steeleville and settled in 1807, he brought with him several sons.  One of Steele‘s sons, George, built a gristmill powered by oxen.  Georgetown, Steele‘s Mills, or as it was later known,...

Eli Short

Eli Short – When we saw Mr. Forster of the Irish Settlement operating a still and taking an active part in church work, we discovered that such action did not strike the people of that  time as particularly out of place.  Eli Short, who settled a short distance...