Stacy McDonough was a venturesome and picturesque figure who came to Randolph County in 1797. He had served with the Kentucky militia against the Indians in several campaigns. He served with St. Clair, “Mad Anthony” Wayne, and Clark in other campaigns. At times he was also a flatboat operator. During the War of 1812, he served as captain of a company of rangers and carried the mail from Shawnee town to Kaskaskia.

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