John Pulliam, after living in Kentucky and Missouri, and later at New Design settlement in the adjoining county of Monroe, came in 1799 to open a farm near the village of Washington, a short distance to the west of the Kaskaskia River and some two miles south of Monroe County. After three years he moved to St. Clair County, where he located permanently. President Roscoe Pulliam of the Southern Illinois Normal University is a great, great-grandson of this John Pulliam.

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