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Origin and History of the 


By Gertrude Railsback Warfield, Secretary. 


On the morning of the last Wednesday of August, 1913, 
between fifty and sixty members of the Railsback, Adams 
and Briggs families picniced in the Phillip Railsback grove. 
The occasion was such an enjoyable one that it was decided 
to make the reunions annual. In accordance with this de- 
cision, the Railsback- Adams-Briggs Association was formed. 

It was the desire of those present that Uncle Ed. Rails- 
back be President of the Association. On ,his refusal the 
following officers were elected: President, B. T. Briggs; 
Vice-President, Fay D. Railsback; Treasurer, S. A. Briggs; 
Secretary, Gertrude R. Warfield. It was accepted that the 
place of meeting be the Phillip Railsback grove, and the 
time of meeting the last Wednesday of August of each year. 

The 1914 reunion numbered one hundred and fifty. Rep- 
resentatives from six states were present. After pictures 
. were taken and a bountiful banquet enjoyed, the business 
meeting was called to order by President B. T. Briggs. The 


election of officers resulted in the following: President, B. 
T. Briggs; Vice-President, Fay D. Railsback; Treasurer, 
Roy J. Railsback; Secretary, Gertrude R. Warfield. It was 
(accepted that there be a historian from each of the three 
families. Those elected were as follows : Railsback Histor- 
ian, Aunt Mary Mitchell, assisted by B. C. Allensworth; 
Adams Historian, Aunt Ann Railsback, assisted by Joice 
Adams; Briggs Historian, Wise Briggs Allen. 

The Graff family, holding its reunion not far away, came 
to call. They received a warm welcome. Mr. Charles 
Graff, of Bancroft, Nebraska, being invited to speak, ex- 
tended the Graffs' good wishes in an interesting and very 
entertaining talk. B. C. Allensworth gave them a cordial 
welcome in behalf of the Railsback-Ad^ms-Briggs families. 
The Graffs gave three cheers to their hosts which were «i- 
thusiastically returned and the visitors took their depart- 

The different branches of the family were represented 
by interesting and appropriate speeches. The speakers 
were W. E. Railsback, Langdon, Kansas; Charles L. Capen,. 
Bloomington, Illinois; Wm. M. Adams, Langdon, Kansas; 
Herbert R. Dennis, E!ast Peoria, Illinois; and B. C. Allens- 
worth, Pekin, Illinois. Cousin Jack Railsback was urged 
to speak but he was too deeply moved by the associations of 
the past to talk, which was a great disappointment to all. 



Ben Baton, Tremont Miss NeUto RaUsback, Mackinaw 

Dayld E3aton, Normal. (BL R.). 

Charles L. Capen, Bloomington. Marie R. Spurling, Minier (R. R.)- 

A. H. Menard, Tremont Mrs. O. W. Darst, Minier. 
Charles Walker, Mackinaw (R.R.). B. C. Allensworth, Pekin. 

B. T. Briggs^ Minier. Olive Railsback, Minier. 



Clifton Smith, Minier (R. R.). John Miller, Danrers (R. R.). 

W. R. Perry, Stanford. Francis Speece, Mackinaw (R. R.). 

D. R Briggs, Minier. Mary R. Boyle. 

Bennie Briggs, Minier. Ralph Boyle. 

C. D. Baton and Charles Jr., and Lucile Dennis, Normal. 

Ruth, Mackinaw (R. R.). Fay Railsback, Minier (R. R.). 

Fern Briggs and Guida, Minier Lyman* Dunham, Mackinaw. 

(R. R.). Mrs. Fay Railsback, Minier (R. 

Marjorle Baton, Mackinaw (R. R.). R.). 
Looise Walker, Mackinaw. Roy Railsback, Hopedale. 

LiilUe Railsback and two grand- Mrs. Roy Railsback, Hopedale. 

children, Minier (R. R.). Mrs. P. S. Kilby, Minier (R. R). 

Mrs. Maggie Railsback, Hopedale. P. S. Kilby, Minier (R. R). 
Mrs. Mary Mitchell, Minier. Miss Lucy Kilby, Mackinaw 

J. B. Railsback, Minier. Anna Walker, Mackinaw (R. R). 

Mrs. J. B. Railsback, Minier. Mrs. C. A. Dennis, Normal. 

F&nnie Railsback, Mackinaw (R Myrtle Dennis Snyder, Normal. 

R.). Ehigene Railsback, Mackinaw (R 

Belle Briggs, Tremont. R). 

Dorothy Judy, Atlanta. Maude Dennis, Normal. 

Alice Eaton, Tremont. Laurence Young, Bloomlngton. 

Mrs. Ous Rousseau, Peoria. Clint A. Dennis, Normal. 

May Briggs, Minier. J. C. Dennis, Normal. 

Bdward Allen, AUentown. Frank Puterbaugh, Mackinaw. 

Louise Allen, Allentown. Mrs. Frank Puterbaugh, Ufackinaw. 

Gus Rousseau and son, Peoria. Mrs. Miller Puterbaugh, Mackinaw. 
Harry Allen, Allentown. Mrs. Lyman Dunham, Mackinaw. 

Lemma Baton, Mackinaw (R. R.). Mrs. Sue Boggs Newbum, Hoopes- 
Mrs. Harry A. Allen, Allentown. ton. 
Jennie Briggs, Tremont Mr. Newbum, Hoopeston. 

Mrs. C. L. Capen, Bloomlngton. Mr. Newbum (son), Hoopeston. 
Mrs. J. M. James, Pekin. Jake Eckard, Minier, (R. R.) 

Mrs. Minnie Nelson, Bloomlngton. Nettie Puterbaugh, Pekin. 
Miss Nina Briggs, Minier. Sue Adams, Chicago. 

Harry Arnold, Colfax. Joyce Adams, Chicago. 

Alma Arnold, Colflix. George Miller, Danvers. 

Mrs. Laura Young, Bloomlngton. Cee Boyle, Tremont. 
Hattie Eaton, Normal. Mrs. Lee Boyle, Tremont. 


Lulu Smitli, Minier (R. R.). Willie Speece, Mackinaw. 

May Eaton Cimningham, Normal. Leslie Walker, Mackinaw (R. R.). 

liillie Pernr, Stanford. Guilford Darst, Peoria. 

Bird Grindley, Champaign. Francis Kilby, Minier (R. R.) 

Prof. Orindley* Champaign. Mrs. George Miller, Danvers. 

Mrs. Gertie R. Warfleld, Macki- Mrs. Hoffman, Mackinaw. 

naw (R. R.). 
The following were present from other states: 
Mrs. IiVank Buckley, Lincoln, Neb. Jack Railsback, Langdon, Kansas. 
Frank Buckley, Lincoln, Neb. W. B. Railsback, Langdon, Kansas. 
Fanny Boggs, Indianapolis, Ind. G. T. Railsback, Ashland, Neb. 
Hubert Kilby, 8t. Louis, Mo. Catherine Railsback, Langdon, 

Belle Winter, Kansas City, Mo. Kansas. 

Lulu Ireland, Owensville, Ohio. Lou Baton, Fargo, North Dakota. 
Mrs. May Patterson, Owensville, Robert M. Railsback, Ithaca, Neb. 

Ohio. Wm. Adams, Langdon, Kansas. 

The 1916 reunion was notable on account of the interest- 
ing histories of the three families read on this occasion. 
The Railsback history, read by B. C. Allensworth, the Ad- 
ams history, read by Sue Adams, and the Briggs history 
by Wise Briggs Allen. There were sixty present at this 
very enjoyable reunion. The same officers were re-elected. 


Business meeting called to order by Pres. B. T. Briggs. 
6. J. Railsback presented the advisability of a permanent 
fund reached by assessment. The plan was adopted that 
the heads of families be assessed |2 each. Motion by H. 
R. Dennis that this Association endorse the work of the 
Tazewell County Historical Society was adopted. The of- 
ficers were re-elected. 

Notwithstanding a beautiful day and the many happy 
features, there was an element of sadness occasioned by 
the absence of some of our older dear ones, owing to ser- 
ious illness. Eighty-three registered. 




History of 

By Mary E. Mitchell, 
assisted by Emma Delle Darst. 

Henry Railsback, wife and three children, Henry, Edward 
and Elizabeth, left Hamburg, Germany, in May, 1766 for the 
American Colonies, landing in Virginia on the Chesapeake 
Bay, in Loudoun County, where his brother, the grand- 
father of William and Jacob Railsback, late of Indianapo- 
lis, Indiana, had settled five years before. Then they mov- 
ed to the Yadkin river. Rowan County, North Carolina, 
where his family circle was increased by the birth of six 
children, David, Mary, Daniel, Rosa, Lydia and Anna. Here 
his wife died at the age of 86 years. Henry Railsback died 
when 88 years of age. 

Daniel Railsback was bom in 1771, married and moved 
to Frederick County, Virginia. Of that marriage was bom 
Edward Railsback, late of Lynn County, Iowa. After the 
death of his first wife in 1794, he married Miss Rachael 
Klugh, who was bom April 9th, 1773. That union resulted 
in the birth of one son, Thomas Fisher, December 14th, 
1796. Daniel Railsback died in September, 1796, and was 
buried in Frederick County, Virginia. 

After my Grandfather Railsback's death, Grandmother 
married John Carter. Three sons and three daughters were 



bom to them: Daniel; John and Bird; Sarah, who married 
Henry Slaughter; Eliza, who married Thomas Rollins; and 
Amelia, who married John Allensworth, a cousin of moth* 
er's. They all lived and died in Kentucky and Tennesee. 

Thomas Fisher Railsback resided w^^^ ^^^ mother in 
Frederick County, Virginia, until he entered the army as a 
soldier in the War of 1812. After the conflict he removed 
with his mother and step^father, Daniel Carter, to Todd 
County, Kentucky. Having received a fair education, he 
engaged in teaching school. On the 14th of May, 1818, he 
was married to Louisa Villers Allensworth, who was a nat- 
ive of Culpeper, Virginia. She was bom December 20th, 
1801, of Scotch-Welsh parentage. 

Thomas Fisher and Louisa Villers Railsback were the 
parents of ten children, six daughters and four sons. The 
eldest son, Daniel Gustavus Adolphus, was bom in Chris- 
tian County Kentucky; the next five children were 
bom in Montgomery County, Tennessee, Philip Guilford 
Hamilton, Amanda Villers, twin daughters, Sarah Eleanor 
and Harriet Eliza (both died in infancy and were buried 
in Montgomery County, Tennessee), and Sarah Ann. 
After removing to Illinois, four children were bom: James 
Edward; twin daughters, Eliza Jane and Mary Ellen; and 
Ben Thomas. In 1830 the family, consisting of the parents 
and the four eldest children, came to Illinois and settled on 
a farm in Little Mackinaw township, where they resided 
continuously with the exception of a short residence in Tre- 
mont. Mother continued on the farm after father's death 
in 1864, until 1868, when she came to live with us on the 
farm. In 1869 she took up her residence in Minier and re- 
mained there until her death, January 28th, 1881. 

The biographical history of the Thomas Fisher Rails- 



back family dates back beyond the *'deep snow'* period, the 
family having come to Illinois and settled on a farm in Lit- 
tle Mackinaw township, Tazewell County, in 1830, the year 
of the ''deep snow." The history of this family, in the 
main, is that of other pioneer families of that day, with 
this exception, that very few, if any, of the early pioneers 
of this vidnity, have lived in one locality in such lai^ num- 
bers for so long a time. The sons and daughters of Thomas 
F. and Louisa Villers Railsbaek settled near the old home, 
and the grandchildren of this pioneer couple remained in 
the neighborhood until middle age before they began to 
move away. The parents, Thomas Fisher and Louisa Vil- 
lers Railsbaek ; their sons and daughters (with the exception 
of the twin daughters who were buried in Tennesee) with 
many of their descendants are buried within a radius of four 
miles of this old homestead in the three cemeteries, "Little 

'Greenwood," and ''Minier." 

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In following the geneology of the Railsback family in 
America, we have in the above paragraphs the first genera- 
tion, Henry Railsback ; the seeond, Daniel Railsbaek and his 
five brothers and sisters ; and the third generation, Thomas 
F. Railsback. It is the purpose of the following record to 
follow the growth of the family through the fourth, fifth, 
sixth and seventh generations, taking separately the eight 
branches represented by the children of Thomas F. and 
Louisa V. Railsback. 

It will be easily understood that the compilation of this 
genealogy could have been accomplished only by close co-op- 
eration of members of the family* We wish to acknowledge 
the assistance of all who furnished informationandespecial- 
ly to Miss Nellie Railsback for the D. G« A. Railsback fami- 
ly ; to Miss Belle Briggs for the Briggs family ; to lirs. Lillie 
Railsback for the P. 6. H. Railsback family; to lirs. B. T. 
Railsback for the Ben T. Railsback family; and numerous 
other members of the relationship, who were ready to sup- 
ply needed dates and facts. 

Daniel Gustavus Ad<riphii8 Ralbback. 

Fourth Generation. 

Daniel Gustavus Adolphus, son of Louisa Villers (Al- 
lensworth) and Thomas Fisher Railsback. Bom April 15, 
1819. Married first to Eliza Elinor Armastad Waller, Jan. 
17, 1839; second to Virginia Elizabeth Adams, August 6, 



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Residence, Mackinaw Township, I'.cd Apil 'J.') 

•^ Generation. 
• Maughters of D. G. A. and Elinor(Wa:: r) !::<«' J** \ 
■Jh Louisa Armastad, born October 30, !>•*' l::'-* ;rr-v<l 
I :'>nnis March 22, 186^^ ; died Dc cembor 2?<. V.n , . 
! '«"' Josephine, bom M< v' 16, I'Hi; marri- d iXxi:' ]!. 
on; died December 19, 1915. 

Thomas Aylett, born Febru; ''■ J 2, 1^^13; married 1 b- 
^ V. Rouse; died April 23, 19L\ 
!V.!lvideria Walier, bom Marci) '. ', 1815; married h L. 

;' : residence, Kansas City. 
r ..a France?, born Janu.'iry 27, ''-il; r«*sidenco Mack- 
* »v Townj^hip. 
Eugene Ad<*;phus, born May 27, !?'<:"': n . id'^ncc, Mack- 

• uilip Daniel, bor'j March 27, JSVj; n - •- . ,m nru U/t 
'^-r. ; rcfiidence, San i' . v "Hay Courjt., , l- .it 

y)n and daughters of D, < . A. and Virr*- '- -- • A^inir>) 

Frank Marcelhis, born May ^i. /K >>; dird M:\> J*>. 1856. 

Elliti Daniel, born >^eptem?'Cr .-^^ 1 ''o?: rev^id<]K;o Macki- 
■ T'^wnship. 

Mary frertrude, br)m Mny 4, ISr.O; married Sam John- 
■< Warfield, of Clarkesville, Tenner-see, June 15, 100 1. 
f'^.e his death on November 7» Jf»05, her n-^idonec has 
» n Maekifiaw 1Vv*ii:4)ip. 

Sally, born February 4, 1863; died March 27. 1861. 


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1854. Residence, Mackinaw Township. Died April 29, 

Fifth Generation. 

Sons and daughters of D. G. A. and Elinor (Waller) Bailsback. 

Susan Louisa Armastad, bom October 30, 1839 ; married 
to J. C. Dennis March 22, 1866 ; died December 28, 1901. 

Lucy Josephine, bom May 16, 1841; married Otis H. 
Eaton; died December 19, 1916. 

Thomas Aylett, bom February 12, 1843 ; married Tab- 
itha V. Rouse ; died April 23, 1916. 

Belvideria Waller, bom March 23, 1845; married J. L. 
Winter; residence, Kansas City. 

Eliza Frances, bom January 27, 1847 ; residence Mack- 
inaw Township. 

Eugene Adolphus, bom May 27, 1849 ; residence, Mack- 
inaw Township. 

Philip Daniel, bom March 27, 1853 ; married Henrietta 
Minert; residence, San Bias, Bay County, Florida. 

Son and daughters of D. G. A. and Virginia (Adams) 


Frank Marcellus, bom May 4, 1855 ; died May 26, 1856. 

Ellin Daniel, born September 8, 1857 ; residence Macki- 
naw Township. 

Mary Gertrade, bom May 4, 1860 ; married Sam John- 
son Warfield, of Clarkesville, Tennessee, June 15, 1904. 
Since his death on November 7, 1905, her residence has 
been Mackinaw Township. 

Sally, bom February 4, 1863 ; died March 27, 1864. 



Sixth Generation. 

Children of the sons and daughters of D» 6. A. and Elinor 

(Waller) Railsback. 
Sons and daughters of Susan Louisa Armstad and John 

C. Dennis. 

Clinton Adolphus, bom November 6, 1867; married 
Lena Judy, December 4, 1901 ; residence, Normal, 111. 

Herbert Railsbaek, bom January 15, 1870; married 
Marion Brownlie, December 28, 1910 ; residence East Peoria. 

Anna Belle, bom August 6, 1871; married Charles R. 
Walker, February 26, 1896 ; residence, Mackinaw Township. 

Maude S. Dennis, bom July 10, 1876 ; teacher Soldiers' 
Orphans' Home, Normal, 111.; married to Joseph Martin, 
April 29, 1917 ; residence Colfax, Illinois. 

Myrtle Dennis, bom August 17, 1878 ; married Wm. H. 
Snyderi July 9, 1913; residence. Normal. 

Seventh Generation. 

Children of sons and daughters of Susan L. A. and 

John C. Dennis. 

Sons and daughters of Clinton A. and Lena Judy Dennis. 
Lucile Gertrude, bom May 9, 1904. 
Clinton Adolphus Jr., bom April 12, 1907. 
Catherine Dennis, bom June 29, 1910. 

Daughter and son of Herbert R. and Marion Brownlie Dennis. 
Marion Brownlie Dennis, bora March 7, 1912. 
Herbert Railsback Dennis Jr., bom December 2, 1915. 

Sons and daughter of Anna Belle (Dennis) and Charles 

R. Walker. 
Charles Leslie Walker, bom June 21, 1897; residence, 
Mackinaw Township. 



Susan Louise Walker, bom September 9, 1904; 
Herbert Dennis Walker, bom August 24, 1909. 

Sixth Generation. 
Daughter and sons of Lucy Josephine and Otis H. Eaton. 

Anna Ellen Eaton ; married Harry S. Grindley, Urbana, 

William Eaton; married; residence near Sioux City, 

Horace O. Eaton; married; residence North Dakota. 

Louis Hadley Eaton; married Laura E. Cram, August, 
1916 ; residence Fargo, North Dakota. 

Seventh Generation. 

Children of sons of Lucy Josephine Railsback) and 

Otis H. Eaton. 

Daughters and son of William Eaton. 
^ Lucile Eaton, a baby girl, and boy. 

Sixth Generation. 

Sons and daughter of Thomas Aylett and Tabitha 

Rouse Railsback. 

D. D. Railsback, bom Febmary 17, 1869; married De- 
cember 25, 1898 to Ella M. Smith, bom December 3, 1876; 
residence, El Reno, Oklahoma. 

Hubert Thomas, bom July 1, 1876 ; married Elizabeth 
Bradshaw, December 29, 1901 ; residence Langdon, Kansas. 
Elizabeth (Bradshaw) Railsback died March 8, 1915. 

Gertrade and Lee, infants (deceased). 
Seventh Generation. 

Sons and daughters of D. D. Railsback and Ella M. Smith. 



Hazel Ella, horn July 28, 1900; residence Kansas. 

Harold D., bom July 30, 1902 ; residence Oklahoma. 

Helen Lucile, bom September 27, 1904; residence 

Gertrude Marie, bom March 30, 1907 ; residence, Okla- 

William Thomas, bom July 13, 1912 ; residence Okla- 

Sons and daughters of Hubert T. and Elizabeth 

(Bradshaw) Railsback. 
Qlen Bradshaw, bom October 12, 1902. 
Fay Marie, bom March 25, 1904. 
Myrtle Elizabeth, born May 4, 1909. 
Lee Thomas, bom May 31, 1911. 
Guy Arthur, bom September 25, 1914; residence, 
Langdon, Kansas. 

Sixth Generation. 

Daughter of Belvideria Waller (Railsback) and 

John L. Winter. 
Ella Belle, bom August 28, 1887 ; married Guy Taylor, 
October 10, 1908; residence, Kansas City. 

Seventh Generation. 

Son and daughters of Ella Belle (Winter) Taylor. 

Jessie Belle, born September 27, 1909. 

Lee, born June 24, 1911. 

Gertrude May, bom March 9, 1913. 

John William, bom April 18, 1915. 

Sixth Generation. 

William Minert, son of Philip Daniel und Henrietta 
(Minert) Railsback; residence, San Bias, Bay County Flor- 



PhUip Guilford HanUlton Railsback. 

Fourth Generation. 

Philip Guilford Hamilton, son of Louisa Villers (AI- 
lensworth) and Thomas Fisher Railsback. Bom Feb. 14, 
18^1 ; married Susan M. Adams Feb. 15, 1842. Residence, 
Little Mackinaw Township. Died Feb. 15, 1900. 

Fifth Generation. 

Sons and daughters of P. G. H. and Susan (Adams) 


Cornelia Ann, bom December 20, 1842 ; married Jacob 
E. Eckard September 20, 1877; died November 20, 1913. 
Jacob E. Eckard died January 16, 1917. 

John Fisher Railsback, bom March 17, 1845; married 
Carrie Beckner; died March 17, 1915; residence, Langdon, 

William Edward, bom November 3, 1848; married 
Frank Thorn ; residence, Langdon, Kansas. 

Mary Eliza Railsback, bom Feb. 21, 1851 ; died Novem- 
ber 2, 1876. 

Charles Philip, bom July 4, 1860; died February 8, 

Robert Guilford, born July 30, 1854; died August 4, 
Fifth Generation, 

James Melvin^ born September 16, 1857 ; married Lillie 
May Dillon September 29, 1881 ; died January 14, 1893. 

T. F. Railsback, bora July 7, 1865; died May 26, 1887. 



Sixth Generation. 

Children of sons of P. G. H. and Susan M. (Adams) 


Claud C, son of J. F. and Carrie (Beckner) Railsback, 
bom May 28, 1872 ; married Eva Eggy ; residence, Langdon, 

William J. Railsback, bom January 7, 1874 ; residence, 
Langdon, Kansas. 

Roy Railsback, bom January 24, 1876; married Mary 
Simmons November 1, 1913 ; residence, Langdon, Kansas. 

Guilford G. Railsback, bom Febmary 22, 1881 ; married 
Mabel Litchfield ; residence, Langdon, Kansas. 

Mary Ellen Railsback, bom Feb. 22, 1885; residence, 
Langdon, Kansas. 

Nellie Gertrade, bom July 29, 1887; residence, Lang- 
don, Kansas. 

Catherine Railsback, bom July 8, 1893; residence, 
Langdon, Kansas; 

Seventh Generation. 

Sons and daughters of Claud and Eva (Eggy) Railsback. 
Vivian, bom June 16> 1900. 
Joice, bom July 14, 1906. 
Gail, bom December 23, 1907. 
Guilford, bom May 13, 1911. Langdon, Kansas. 
Daughters of Roy and Mary (Simmons) Railsback. 
Ruth Agnes, bom November 18, 1914. 
Edith May, bom August 27, 1916. Langdon, Kansas. 
Daughter and son of Guilford and Mabel (Litchfield) 

Helen Elizabeth, bom January 22, 1911. 





John Walter, born November 18, 1912. Langdon, 

Sixth Generation. 

Son and daughter of William Edward and Frank 

(Thorn) Railsback. 

Charles Philip, bom June 2, 1878 ; married Pearl Mar- 
tin ; residence, Langdon, Kansas. 

Susie May, bom October 7, 1884 ; married Frank Fort- 
na ; residence, Bucklin, Kansas. 

Seventh Generation. 

Daughter and sons of Charles Philip and Pearl (Martin) 


Rosemary, bom June 13, 1901. 

James, bom August 26, 1907. 

Rodney, bom Feb. 11, 1912. 

Walter Thom, bom March 15, 1914. 

Ralph Benjamin, bom March 6, 1916. Langdon, 

Sixth Generation. 

Son and daughters of James Melvin and Lillie (Dillon) 


Fay Dillon, bom May 12, 1885 ; married Marietta Rohr- 
bach September 6, 1911; residence Little Mackinaw Town- 

Leta Marie, bom November 13, 1886 ; married Ira Spur- 
ling October 21, 1908 ; residence. Little Mackinaw Township. 

Mary Leola, bom May 29, 1889 ; married Ralph Boyle 
September 26^ 1911; residence, Tremont, 111. 



Seventh Generation. 
Children of son and daughters of James Melvin and 

Lillie Dillon Railsback. 
Daughter and son of Fay DiUon and Marietta (Bdirbach) 

Evelyn Faye, bom July 12, 1912. 
James Eckard, bom July 6, 1915. Little Mackinaw 

Daughters of Leta Marie and Ira F. Spurling. 
Anna May, born April 29, 1909. 
Harriet Eloise, bom August 14, 1911. 
Eva Marjorie, bom January 29, 1916. 
Son and daughter of Mary Liola and Ralph Mayo Boyle. 
Ray Martin, bom Febmary 20, 1914. 
Mema Lucile, bom February 11, 1916. Tremont, 111. 


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Anaada ViDers Brins, 

Fourth Generation. 

Amanda ViUers, daughter of Thomas and Louisa Vil- 
lers Railsback. Bom December 4, 1822; married to J. S. 
Briggs November 14, 1889 by Wnu Danforth. Residence, 
Little Mackinaw Township. 

Amanda V. Briggs, died September 10, 1888. 

John S. Briggs, died March 12, 1901. 

Fifth Generation. 
S<ms and daughters of Amanda Villers and J. S. Briggs. 

Eleanor Wroe, bom November 13, 1840 ; married An- 
drew Turner April 14, 1869, by Unde Jimmie Mitchell ; res- 
idence, Pasadena, California. 

Susan Louisa, bom September 21, 1842; married to 
Isaac V. Gray May 1st, 1870, by R. B. Chaplin; residence, 
Pasadena, California. 

Ben Thomas, bora September 15, 1845 ; married to Ag- 
nes Porter April 14, 1869, by Uncle Jimmy Mitchell ; resi- 
dence, Minier, Illinois. 

Mary Emily, bom December 4, 1847 ; died December 16, 

Sarah Isabelle, bom May 27, 1850 ; residence, Tremont, 

Alice Othelia, bom November 18, 1852 ; married to J. C. 
Parmele March 9, 1876, by H. Pallister; residence, Rogers, 

Duncan Robert, bom September 10, 1855; married to 



Mary E. Bush March 17, 1885, by S. M. Oinner; residence, 
Littte Mackinaw Township. 

LiUie Edice, bom April 14, 1858; married to W. R. 
Perry April 1, 1879, by R. B. Chaplin ; residence, Stanford, 

Ida ViUers, bom July 16, 1860; married to Samuel 
Smith March 9, 1880, by R. B. Chaplin ; died October 8, 1887w 

Jennie Lynn, bom December 8, 1865; residence, Tre- 
mont, Illinois. 

Sixth Generation. 

Children of the sons and daughters of Amanda ViUers and 

John Strother Briggs. 

Clyde Briggs and Ray Sylvester, sons of Eleanor Wroe 
(Briggs) and Andrew Turner. 

Clyde Briggs, bom November 24, 1873 ; married Susie 
Moiles ; residence, Los Angeles, California. 

Ray Sylvester, bom September 16, 1878 ; married Ber- 
tha Paullin ; residence, Pasadena, California. 

Seventh Generation. 

Children of Ray Sylvester and Bertha Turner. 

Eleanor Turner, bom September 29, 1905; died Sep- 
tember 30, 1906. 

Eugene Turner, bom January 5, 1909. 

Evelyn Turner, bora July 26, 1912. 

Sixth Genentimi. 

Susan Louisa (Briggs) and Isaac V. Gray. 

Alvin J. Gray, bom March 10, 1871; died March 22, 

Sarah May, bom Febroary 28, 1875; married to Walter 
Judy July, 1873; died January 24, 1910. 



Seventh Greneration. 

Son and daughter of Sarah May (Gray) and Walter Judy. 

Walter Dean Judy, bom February 23, 1896; residence. 
Atlianta, Illinois. 

Dorothy May Judy, bom Febmary 2, 1897; residence, 
Atlanta, Illinois. 

Sixth Generation. 

Son and daughters of Ben Thomas and Agnes (Porter) 


Nina Maude Briggs, bom January 24, 1872; residence, 
Minier, Illinois. 

Claude Porter, bom November 2, 1874 ; married Kath- 
ryn Kendall June 30, 1909 ; residence, Rockf ord, Illinois. 

Fleta Arvella, bom September 15, 1877 ; married Chas. 
G. Manuel November 16, 1904 ; residence. Fort Worth, Tex. 

Irma Fern, bom September 4, 1879; married G^o. A. 
Horton August 14, 1907; residence, Lawton, Oklahoma. 

Alma Faye, bom August 8, 1883; married Harry A. 
Arnold October 7, 1911 ; residence, Colfax, Illinois. 

Seventh Generation. 

Children of son and daughters of Ben Thomas and 

Agnes (Porter) Briggs. 
Daughters of Claude Porter and Kathryn (Kendall) Briggs. 

Jane Briggs, (adopted) bom January 17, 1914. 

Barbara Briggs, bom December 14, 1916. Rockford, 

Son of Fleta Arvella (Briggs) and Chas. G. Manuel. 
Benelwyn Briggs Manuel, bora May 9, 1909. Fort 
Worth, Texas. 


Daughter and son of Irma Fern (Briggs) and George A. 

Agnes Horton, bom February 26, 1909. 
George A. Horton Jr., bom January 30, 1914. Lawton, 

Son of Alma Faye (Briggs) and Harry A. Arnold. 
Richard Gale, bom May 6, 1916. Ck)lfax, Blinois. 

Sixth Generation. 
Sons and daughters of Alice Othelia (Briggs) and J. G. 

Harold Cassius Parmele, bom August 1, 1883 ; married 
to Leila McMurray, June 14, 1910; residence. Ft. Smith, 

Seventh Generation. 

Children of Harold and Lelia Parmele 
Helen Louise, bom March 30, 1911. 
James Claibome, bom June 13, 1913. 

Sixth Generation. 

Lucile Parmele, bom January 2, 1886; residence Rog- 
ers, Arkansas. 

Don Pomeroy Parmele. 

Helen Louise Parmele, bom 1893; married to Charles 
Applegate June 14, 1917 ; residence, Rogers, Arkansas. 

Sons of Duncan R. and Mary (Bush) Briggs. 
Strother Ambrose, bom September 10, 1889; married 
Fern Cantrall October 4, 1911 ; residence. Little Mackinaw 



Seventh Generation. 

Guida, daughter of Strother A. and Fern (Cantrall) 
Briggs, bom January 9» 1914; residence Little Mackinaw 

Sixth Generation. 

Harley Briggs, bom September 20, 1890; died April 
27, 1892. 

Ben H. Briggs, born November 10, 1894; residence. 
Little Mackinaw Township. 

Daughter and son of Lillie Edice (Briggs) and W. R. Perry. 

Ida Oleta Perry, bom, September 6, 1880 ; died Febm- 
ary 28, 1895. 

Robert J. Perry, bom November 18, 1890 ; died January 
3, 1906. 


Sons of Ida Villers (Briggs) and Samuel Smith. 

John W. Smith, bom January 25, 1881 ; married Edna 
Heckman; residence, Pekin, Illinois. 

Ben Leo Smith, bom June 23, 1882; married Mettie 
Puterbaugh; residence, Pekin, Illinois. 

Seventh Generation. 

Claude and Harold, sons of Ben L. and Mettie (Puter- 
baugh) Smith. 

Claude Smith; residence, Pekin, Illinois. 

Harold Smith ; residence, Pekin, Illinois. 

Sixth Generation. 

T. Newton Smith, bom March 28, 1884 ; married Elsie 
Roth; residence, Pekin, Illinois. 



Seventh Generation. 

Samuel Roth, son of T. N. and Elsie (Roth) Smith. 
Samuel Roth Smith ; residence, Pekin, Illinois. 

Sixth Generation. 

Clifton Briggs Smith, bom September 8, 1886 ; married 
Lulu Miller; residence. Little Mackinaw Township. 

Sarah Eleanor and Harriet Eliza Raibback. 

Fourth Generation. 

Daughters of Thomas Fisher and Louisa Villers (Aliens- 
worth) Railsback. 
Twin daughters, Sarah Eleanor and Harriet Eliza, born 
February 26, 1826. Sarah Eleanor died June 7, 1827. Har- 
riet Eliza died September, 1828 ; buried, Montgomery Coun- 
ty, Tennesee. 



Sarah Ann Ireland. 

Fourth Generation. 

Sarah Ann, daughter of Thomas Fisher and Louisa 
Villers (Allensworth) Railsback. 

Sarah Ann, bom December 17, 1827; married Theo- 
philus Ireland September 19, 1848. 

Sarah Ann (Railsback) Ireland ; died December 30, 1864. 

Theophilus Ireland, died March 27, 1864. 

[Theophilus Ireland was bom near Antioch, Ohio, of a 
well known family, who came to Illinds in an early day. 
He was a brother of Sarah, wife of George W. llinier, the 
well known preacher and educator.] 

Fifth Generation. 

Son and daughters of Sarah Ann (Railsback) and Theo- 
philus Ireland. 

Louella Adelia Ireland, bom February, 1850; died De* 
cember 16, 1914 ; buried at Owensville, Ohio. 

Mary Daniel Ireland, bom September, 1861; married 
Louis A. Pattison September 4, 1874 ; died March 23, 1916. 
Owensville, Ohio. 

William, infant son of Sarah Ann and Theophilus Ire* 
land, (deceased) ; buried. Greenwood cemetery. 



Janes Edwari Rattihaffc, 

Fourth Generation. 

James Edward, son of Thomas Fisher and Louisa Vil- 
lers (AUensworth) Railsback. Bom November 17, 1833. 
Married Susan Maria Howell October 4, 1856, who died Jan« 
uary 28, 1861. Married Ann P. Adams November 8, 1864* 
Died Oetober 24, 1916. 

Fifth Generation. 

Sons and daughters of James Edward, Susan M. (Howell) 

and Ann P. (Adams) BaOsbaek. 
Sons and dau^ter of James Edward and Susan Maria 

(HoweD) Railsback. 

John C. Railsback, bom July 14, 1866; married Susan 
Menard December 27, 1883; residence, Ashland, Nebraska. 

Guilford James, bom July 7, 1868 ; residence, Ashland, 

Emma Delle, bora July 7, 1868; married G. W. Darst 
December 16, 1884. 

Sons and daughter of James Edward and Ann 

(Adams) Railsback. 
Robert Melvin, bom August 26, 1866; married Bertie 
Knapp ; residence, Ithaca, Nebraska. 

Charles Adams Railsback, bora May 26, 1868 ; married 
Eleanor Neece. Married Josephine Button January 1, 1916. 
Residence, Billings, Montana. 

Olive Marie Railsback, bora June 28, 1878; residence, 


Sixth Generation. 
Children of daughter and sons of J. E.» Susan M. and 

Ann P. Railsback. 
Daughter of J. C. and Susan (Menard) Railsback. 
Vera Railsback^ (adopted) daughter of J. C. and Susan 
Railsback, bom 1886; married to R. A. Towne June 21, 1916; 
residence, Hillrose, Ck)lorado. 

Sixth Generation. 

Sons and daughter of Emma D. (Railsback) and G. W. 


Howard James Darst^ bom March 28, 1887. 

Maria Darst, bom August 11, 1891; died November 6, 
1893 ; buried at Eureka, Illinois. 

Byron Howell Darst, bom July 12, 1893 ; married Ger- 
trude M. Hoskin Febraary 5, 1914 ; residence, Waukon, Iowa. 

Guilford Railsback Darst, bom October 5, 1897; resi- 
dence, Peoria, Illinois. 

Seventh (Seneration. 

Son of Byron Howell and GSertrade (Hoskin) Darst. 
Byron H. Darst Jr., bom October 6, 1914; residence, 
Waukon, Iowa. 

Sixth Generation. 
Daughter of Robert M. and Bertie (Knapp) Railsback. 

Marie Elizabeth, bom June 22, 1900. Ithaca, Neb. 

Kathryn, (adopted) daughter of Charies A. and Elea- 
nor (Neece) Railsback, bom June, 1899 ; residence, Billings, 



Eliza Jane and Mary Ellen (Mitchell). 

Fourth Generation. 

Eliza Jane and Mary Ellen, twin daughters of Thomas 
Fisher and Louisa Villers Railsback, bom April 23, 1836. 
Eliza Jane died February 26, 1847. Mary Ellen married 
Rodney J. Mitchell December 24, 1858; residence, Minier, 
Illinois. Rodney James Mitchell died August 2, 1910. 

Rodney J. Mitchell was a son of James Gibson Mitchell, 
a lifelong preacher in the Christian church in Ohio and Illi- 
nois. He had two brothers, Nathan and David, and two 
nephews, (sons of Nathan) , Ira and John. R. J. Mitchell's 
brother, Byron S., lost his life in the Civil War. All of his 
family are buried in Greenwood cemetery. 



Ben Thomas Railsbadc. 

Ben Thomas, son of Thomas Fisher and Louisa Villers 
Railsback, bom April 23, 1843; married Margaret M. Flen- 
niken November 16, 1875 ; died September 13, 1903. 

Fifth Generation. 

Sons of Bei^ Thomas and Margaret (Flenniken) Raili^back. 

Roy James, bom December 1, 1877; married Nellie 
Froebe, September 2, 1909 ; residence Hopedale, Illinois. 

Lee Willard, bom August 13, 1879; married Mary E. 
Eubank, September 17, 1908; residence, Weldon, Illinois. 
^ Howard Marion, bom June 6, 1885; married Eva E. 

Wiggins December 30, 1913 ; residence, Moline, Illinois.^ 

Fred Harold, bom October 30, 1887 ; married Elizabeth 
Mae Johnston October 1, 1913; i^sidence. East Moline, 111. 

Sixth Generation. 

Children of sons of Ben Thomas a^d Margaret (Fleninken) 

^ Sons and daughter of Roy J. and Nelle (Froebe) Railsback. 
Roy James Jr., bom October 28, 1910. 
Miriam AUegra, bom April 27, 1912. 
Ben Froebe, bom October 27, 1913. 

Son and daughter of Lee Willard and Mary (Eubank) 

Margaret Frances, bom July 21, 1909. 
Richard Marion, bom July 19, 1911. 

Seventh (generation. 

George Howard Railsback, S9n of Howard Marion nrd 
Eva (Wiggins) Railsback, bom November 2S, 1915. 

John Benjamin Railsback, son of Fred H. and Eliza « 
beth (Johnston) Railsback, born June 20, 1916. 




Thomas Fisher Railsback's mother, Rachel (Klugh) 
Railsback, had two sisters, Sarah Ann Khigh, and Elizabeth 

Sarah Ann Klugh married John Gordon. They were 
the parents of two sons and two daughters, George, Alfred, 
Ellen and Miss Rhoda. 

George married Betsy Ann Gaines. They were the 
parents of two children, Lucy and Bamet. 

Alfred married Henrietta Quisenberry. 

Ellen married St. Claire Kilby. They were the parents 
of three sons, Edwin, Oswald, Newton; and one daughter, 

Edwin married Samantha Davidson. They were the 
parents of four sons and two daughters, Edgar, Frank, 
Charlie, Fred G., Vina and Edith. 

Oswald married Mary Allensworth. They were the 
parents of two children, Lucy and Philip S. Kilby. 

Newton married Margaret Allensworth. They were 
the parents of three sons and three daughters, John, Lee 
(deceased), Oswald, Edith (deceased), Inez and Helen. 

Margaret married Nathaniel Smith. They were the 
parents of one son and four daughters, Charles L., 
twins, Liona and Livonia, Myra L., and Margaret L. 

Elizabeth Klugh married Bamet Gaines. They were 
the parents of three daughters and three sons. 

Jane Gaines married Isaac Livesay. 

Betsy Ann married Greorge Grordon. 

Margaret married James Neville. 

John married Eliza Hemdon. 

William, unmarried. 

Richard married Amy Hinman. ; 



The AUensworthfiL 

Louisa Villers (Allensworth) Railsback's brothers and 
sisters, and their sons and daughters, Philip Allensworth 
and family, Nancy, and Eliza (Allensworth) Grady, were 
life-long residents of Christian County, Kentucky. 

Harriet married Philip Allensworth. They were the 
parents of two sons, John and George. Harriet Allens- 
worth died and was buried in Kentucky. Philip afterward 
married Lucy Waller. They were the parents of Mary 
(Allensworth) Kilby. 

Eleanor married George Miller. They were the par- 
ents of Elizabeth and Philip Miller. After the death of 
Greorge Miller, she married her brother-in-law, Philip Al- 
lensworth. They were the patents of two daughters and 
one son, Hulda Ann, Louisa and Edward. After Philip Al- 
lensworth's death she married Vivian Holmes. 

Catharine (Aunt Kitty) married Oldridge Hitt. They 
were the parents of three sons and seven daughters, (in 
parenthesis whom they married), Philip (Martha Davis), 
Lucy (Robert Smith), Elizabeth (Samuel McQueen), Mary 
(Tom McQueen), Harriet (William Wilson), Josephine 
(Dave Britton), Eleanor (Nathan Fisher), John (Mary 
McCance) , Peter (MoUie Brown) , Catharine (John Stout) . 

James S. B. married Catharine Young. They were the 
parents of four sons and two daughters, William (father of 
B. C. Allensworth,) Sarah (married Abram Sargent,) Mor- 
timer, Agnes, John and Greorge. 

John (Uncle Jack) was tw|ce married, first to Rebecca 



Shanklin. They were the parents of four daughters and 
one son, Mary (Wilson) » Louisa (Thomas) » Fannie (Law- 
rence) » Margaret (Kilby) and Alfred. After the death of 
his wife he was married to Catharine (Keiser) Gaines. 

Elizabeth Allensworth married Nimrod Kay and they 
were life-long residents of Christian County, Kentucky. 

Philip Allensworth married Miss Ferguson. They also 
lived in Christian Oiunty, Kentucky. 




Father and mother were formerly Baptists. The first 
Christian church north of the Sangamon river was organ- 
ized in 1828 at Hittle Grove. Father placed his letter with 
that congregation. I have mother's letter from the Mt. 
Zion church, Todd County, Kentucky, bearing the date of 
1830. It is as follows : ''Church of Jesus Christ, Mt. Zion, 
Todd County, Kentucky. This is to certify that our be- 
loved Sister Louisa Railsback is a member in good standing 
and full fellowship with us and is hereby dismissed from 
our care and recommended to the fellowship and care of 
that church to which she may apply for admittance. Act 
of Conference Saturday preceding 3rd Lord's day in August, 
1830. James O. Graves, Clerk, Elder R. Rutherford, Min- 

The Christian church of Little Mackinaw was organ- 
ized at father's home, as the record of the old church book 
that I have in my possession shows : ''At a meeting of the 
following disciples at Bro. Railsback's on Little Mackinaw, 
Tazewell County, Illinois, on Saturday preceding the fourth 
Lord's day in May, in the year of our Lord One Thousand 
Eight Hundred and Thirty-Three, for the purpose of or- 
ganizing in a church capacity. Elder John Oatman and 
William Miller being present with the brethren and sisters, 



agreed to take the Scriptures of Divine truth as their only 
rule of faith and practice/' The following named charter 
members : Thomas F. Railsback, Louisa V. Kailsback, Mar- 
tin and Ann Judy» Elijah and Mariah Howell, Alexander B. 

The first public house in which this congregation wor- 
shipped was what was known as the "old frame school 
house/' about half a mile south of father's home, now mark- 
ed by a marble slab in the Little Mackinaw cemetery. Af- 
terwards this congregation met in the school house at 
"Four Comers" and continued there until the church build* 
inf was erected, near tlie Greenwood cemetery. Father 
did not live, however, to see the new building, but passed 
away after some months of suffering, and to the end was 
faithful in the service of his Master. 

The same elements of character which belonged to 
father were equally characteristic of mother. No one ac- 
quainted with her can forget the ever positive stand tnken 
on vital matters, and where once a conclusion was reached, 
arguments availed but little to effect a change of mind, un- 
less it was clearly shown that she was in the wrong. That 
this was a very prominent trait in her family was apparent 
to all those who knew her two sisters who lived in this com- 
munity, familiarly remembered as "Aunt Kittie Hitt and 
Aunt Eleanw Hdmes." They were women who bequeath- 
ed to their descendants, and they retained unto the end, the 
sineeie affection of all those who had omie under their 
maternal care. 

The other members of mother's family, her father, 
Phillip Allensworth, and mother, Elisabeth (Singleton) AI- 
lensworth; three sisters. Aunt Harriet, Aunt Nancy and 
Aunt Elizabeth; one brother, Uncle Phillip, whose lifetime 



was spent in Christian County, Kentucky ; mother ; her two 
sisters, Aunt Eleanor Holmes and Aunt Kitty Hltt, and 
two brothers, James S. B. Allensworth and John Aliens- 
worth, came to Illinois at an early day. Aunt Elizabeth 
Kay and husband visited their Illinois relatives in 1858. 
The event was the occasion of a family dinner at father's, 
at which a very large number of the relatives were present. 
Aunt Elizabeth Kay was the youngest of the six sisters but 
there was a striking family resemblance among them all. 
It may be said of these sisters and brothers, as showing the 
most dominant element of character they possessed, that 

If they liked you, they liked you. 
And you could depend on't; 

And if they didn't, they didn't, 
And that was the end on't. 




History of 

By Mrs. J. E. RaUsback 
and Miss M. Joice Adams. 

The name Marshall, which so frequently recurs in the 
annals of the Adams family, is derived from Miss Mary 
Marshall, of Richmond, Va. Bom of aristocratic planter 
stock, she offended her family by marrying out of caste, 
and was, in a measure, ostracised by them because her hus- 
band was a caqienter instead of a planter. In consequence 
of this, she received but a minor share of the paternal estate. 

Apparently she and her husband moved to Culpepper Ck>., 
Va., for here one, at least, of her four children, Pamela Ad- 
ams, was bom, Feb. 27, 1793. The other daughter was 
Mrs. Stratton, whose name is about all that has come down 
to us. Of the two sons, William lived in Albemarle Co., Va. 
He became known to the Blinois relatives through a visit 
here with his daughter, Hattie, whose pictures confirm the 
traditions of her charm and beauty, as well as of her ele- 
gant taste in dress. A married daughter, and a son, who 
died in early manhood, were the other children in this fam- 

Pamela Adams* second brother, Frank, lived in Blandins- 
ville, Ballard Co., Ky., and was the father of five children. 
The eldest son, Frank Page, visited the Illinois kin with his 



wife and daughters, BeUe and Ida. In later years he mov- 
ed to Missouri, whence Ida, grown into a beautiful young 
lady, came back a second time and made a somewhat ex« 
tended visit. She, now Mrs. Kelly, lives in Missouri and a 
brother, Dr. Frank Adams, is a practicing physician in 

Two more of Uncle Frank's children, John and Betty, 
came to Illinois and spent a winter attendiiig Dr. Minier's 
school at the old Four Conwrs. Many are the tales told of 
the bewitching Betty, and of the thirst for learning Inspired 
in all the big boys round about that winter. The privilege 
of walking home with her was a boon to be fought for ?ind 
occasioned the historic battle between Will C« Adams and 
Tom Waggonner. 

Mary Marshall Adams died when her daughter, Pamela, 
was still small, and on this young girl devolved the manage* 
ment of her father's house. This, however, did not pre- 
vent her being sent to boarding school, where she received 
the best training afforded by the Female Academy of the 
day, being instructed in the Rule of Tliree, in sewing, em- 
broidery and dancing, and either there or elsewhere, learning 
to be an excellent cook. Some exquisite pieces of her handi- 
work, still in existence, attest the thoroughness of her train- 
ing in that branch of her education. 

Early in the nineteenth century a nephew of Mary Mar- 
shall's husband paid a visit to his Virginia relatives, at 
which time he met and fell in love with his cousin, Panida, 
and persuaded her to marry him. 

John Adams, or Johnny Q. as he was familiarly eaUedt 
«^as bom in Todd Co., Ky., August 8, 1792. With his irffe, 
Pamela, he established a home in Christian County, build- 
ing from brick burned on his own farm, a southern man- 
sion, which is still occupied. Here, six of their seven chil- 



dren were bom: Mary, Susan, Virginia, William, Thomas 
and Ann, the youngest, Martha, being bom in Illinois. 

Even as early as the thirties, the slavery question was 
stirring the minds and consciences of thoughtful men. Rath- 
er than have his children reared under the influence of the 
baneful system, Mr. Adams determined to leave Kentucky 
and move into free territory; and to Illinois, therefore, he 
and his family went, in company with Mr. Ben Major and 
Mr. Ben Badf ord. 

Few incidents of the d^iarture and of the journey are 
recorded, but one tradition remains of Uncle Nat, the faith- 
ful old servant "whose word was as good as a white man's,'' 
and who, with his wife, had been given his freedom. Fol- 
lowing sorrowfully after the little cavalcade as it started 
on the journey to the new country, he plead to be taken 
along, wishing only to live out his days with "his own 
folks;" and whenever in after years anyone asked why he 
was hoarding his earnings, he always replied, "For Marse 
Johnnie's Chilians." 

Traveling overland in wagons and on horse back, the wo- 
men riding in a barouche, the company encountered a prair- 
ie fire one day. 'Twould have proved a serious matter 
had the men been less acquainted with the dangers of the 
new land. Fighting with back fire, they placed the women 
and children in a charred oasis while the fire burned itself 
out harmlessly about th«n, leaving them safe but so smoke- 
begrimed that the prim aristocratic little mother was cov- 
ered with mortification at having to appear at the tavern 
"before folks," with her dusky little band. 

Arrived in the new land, Mr. Major and Mr. Radford set- 
tled in Walnut Grove, but Mr. Adams stopped at Little 
Mackinaw. While he was building a house the family stay- 
ed at the home of Mr. James S. B. Allensworth. The house 



was situated on the fann adjoining that of Mr. Railsback, 
who had come from Montgomery County, Kentucky, four 
years earlier. The following year, Mr. Wm. Samuel, of 
Shelby County, Kentucky, settled on the farm adjoining on 
the west and Mr. Davis and Mr. Howell on farms nearby. 

It was primitive living in a log cabin in a new country, 
but still it was not without an attempt at the niceties to 
which the family had been accustomed, and from Philadel- 
phia came carpets and dresses and other luxuries that could 
not be bought in the new land. 

The Christian church had been organized a short time be- 
fore the family moved into the neighborhood, and at that 
time was worshipping in a small room about twenty feet 
square dose by the Little Mackinaw cemetery. All trace 
of the building long since disam)eared, but its location is 
now marked by a square stone, within the present boundar- 
ies of the cemetery. There was, of course, no pastor, and 
the congregation seldom had the privilege of hearing a 
preacher, but Mr. Railsback led the social service, and Mr. 
Adams the singing. One of his grandchildren tells how he 
used to sing ''The Angels that Watched Round the Tomb," 
rising with the emotion of the song to the tips of his toes, 
and by the second or third verse, with the tears coursing 
down his cheeks. He loved to sing, and both he and his 
daughters attained something more than a local reputation 
by the sweetness of their voices. 

In the same building where services were held, the chil- 
dren went to school before the conununity had extended far 
enough out on the prairie to need a school at Four Comers, 
or a church where it later stood on the township road, on 
a plot of land donated by Thomas Adams. In the old school 
house the children were taught by a man whose life was 
very intimately bound up with the life of the conununity, 



first as teacher and afterward as preacher — Dr. Geo. W. Mi- 
nier. To the influence of Mr. Adams, he always attributed 
his conversion from atheism. 

Mr. Adams was a short, slight man, nervous in tempera- 
ment and quick of speech. It was not the custom among 
these once Kentucky gentlemen to engage in manual labor, 
though most of them frequently donned the garments of 
toil. It is reported of Mr. Adams, however, that he was 
never seen when he was not well dressed, being somewhat 
fastidious in taste. 

He was fond of fishing and squirrel and quail hunting. 
It was not unusual for him to bag several hundred birds at 
a time, when the family feasted on broiled quail, a delicacy 
more highly prized than any other. For thirty years and 
more the same farm remained the family home, except for 
a brief interval of residence in Mackinaw town. The coun- 
try about developed and prospered and the children grew 
up and established homes of their own. 

Civil war rent the nation and the family were divided in 
their sympathies, Mr. Adams favoring the union. It was 
his good fortune to survive to see the danger past and the 
country united, with slavery forever abolished. Together* 
he and his wife passed the golden milestone, celebrating 
that happy event at the home of their second son, Thomas. 
In later years, they lived with their children, first with their 
daughter, Ann, and later with Virginia, where Mr. Adams 
died in 1867 at the age of seventy-four years. After his 
death. Grandmother Adams spent the remaining years of 
her life with her youngest daughter, Martha, from whose 
home she passed into rest in 1872 at the age of eighty. 

Mr. Adams had two sisters, Mrs. Betsy Moffat and Mrs. 
Sally Brassfield, who lived in Kentucky, and one brother, 
Randolph, who built the then spacious frame house which 



still stands on the old Williamson place. In this home his 
numerous family grew up, and from here four sons, Will C, 
David, Jonathan and John Randolph went to enter the Un- 
ion Army in the 'sixties, the first to find his long resting 
place in the national cemetery at Memphis. 

To the remarkable interweaving of the Adams and Rails- 
back families is due this annual reunion, three of the daugh^ 
ters of one house having married three of the sons of the 
other, while a fourth daughter married a cousin of her sis- 
ters* husbands. 

The eldest of these three sisters, Susan M., married Philip 
Railsback, and together they established a home where the 
annual reunion of the family is held, the house standing on 
the opposite side of the road from the grove where we gath- 
er. Of their eight children, but one, William EL, of Lang- 
don, Kansas, survives. 

Cornelia Ann Eckard died Nov. 20, 1918, leaving only her 
husband, Jacob Eckard. John Fisher, March 17, 1846— 
March 17, 1915, moved with his family to the west and be- 
came the founder and head of the Langdon, Kansas clan. 
His widow, Carrie Beckner Railsback, and seven children 
still live in that neighbourhood, Wm. J., Mary, Nellie and 
Katherine remain with the mother on the old home Claude, 
with his wife, Eva Egy, and four children, Vivian, Joyce* 
Gail and Guilford; Roy and his wife, Mary Simmons, and 
child, Ruth Agnes ; and Guilford, with hts wife, Mabel Litch- 
field, and two children, Helen and John, Uve on farms nearby* 

Wm. E., and his wife, Frank Thome, also live on a farm 
near Langdon. Near them is their son, Charles and his 
wife. Pearl Martin. They have four children, Rosemary, 
James, Rodney and Walter. Their daughter, Susie, wife 
of Frank Fortna, lives in Bucklin, Kansas. Mary Eliaa, 
Feb. 21, 1861— Nov. 2, 1876; Chas. PhiUp, July 4, 1860^ 



Feb. 8, 186&; Robert Guilford, July 80, 1854— Auff. 4, 1866; 
and T. F., July 7, 1866— May 26, 1887, died unmarried. 
James Melvin, married to Lillie Dillon, lived near the old 
home but died in Eureka Springs, Ark., in 1893. His wid- 
ow and three children still survive. Fay and his wife, Etta 
Rohrbaek, with their two children, Eveljni and James, oc- 
cupy the old home; Marie, Mrs. Ira Spurling, has two chil- 
dren, Anna May and Harriet ; and Mary, Mrs. Ralph Boyle, 
has one child, Ray. 

Virginia Adams became the second wife of D. G* A. Rails- 
back. The beautiful home. Ivy Kndl, which is now occupi- 
ed by two of the childroi of the former marriage, Eugene 
and Fannie, and by Virginia's two surviving chUdMn, Nellie 
D. mm! Mrs. Gertrude Warftekl, has long been famous for its 
beauty and hospitality. This place was entered from the 
government by Grandfather Railsback for his eldest son, D. 
G., and has never been out of the possession of his family. 
Many misgivings were felt at the time about establishing 
a home so far away on the imdrje, where there would nev- 
er be any hope of neighbors, and where the establishment 
might all be blown away. Here all his children were bom 
and here Sallie and MaroeUus died. 

Ann Pamela Adams became the second wife of James 
Edward Railsback and most of their ntiarried life has been 
spent in Minier, whwe Mr. Railsback for many years car- 
lied on a grain and banking business. Both of this couple 
still remain to Mess their devoted children and nephews and 
nieces. They passed tl^ir gcdden anniversary in November, 
1914. Fot that oeeasloB, Mrs. Railsback made the pound 
cake as she has for every Christmas since her marriage. 
She still retains active management of her household in 
spite of her being elghty*f our years young. Mr. Railsback 
no longer carries on active business, but he, too, is activdy 



busy in the care of his beautiful home and garden, and his 
youthful heart makes him dear to all his younger relatives. 

Two sons, Robert and Charles, and a daughter, Olive, 
were born to this union, who, with Mr. Railsback's three 
children by his first marriage, still live, a blessing and com- 
fort to their parents in their declining years. Robert mar- 
ried Birdie Knapp, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth 
Marie. Their home is in Ithaca, Nebraska. Charles, of 
Billings, Montana, has been twice married, and has one 
daughter, Katherine; Olive is at home with her parents. 

The eldest daughter of John and Pamela Adams was Ma- 
ry Marshall, who married Elijah Boggs. Mr. Boggs came 
from Bloomington and with his wife established a home op- 
posite the Little Mackinaw church. The wedding on this 
occasion was a notable social event, at which Miss Catharine 
Samuel and Mr. Robert Clark acted as attendants upon the 
bridal pair. To this union nine children were bom, of 
whom three, Mrs. Sue Newbum, Will and Fannie are still 
living. Charles and Robert died unmarried. 

Lavina Boggs Allen left two sons, a third having died in 
early childhood. The eldest son, James, married Olive Gillum. 
Besides their son, Lyfdrd, who died at the age of seven, 
they have one son, Richard, and an adopted daughter. Haz- 
el. The younger son, Bert, married Ina Nevitt. Of their 
two sons, the eldest, William, is living. 

Theodore Boggs and Haddie Kirkbride were the parents 
of five children. Lula, the only unmarried daughter, makes 
her home with her mother in Los Angeles, California ; Mth. 
May Belle McGiffert and Mrs. Anna Pirie live nearby. Each 
has one child; Oleta and Jay, the two other children, are 

Laura Boggs married Mr. John Morsman and died in Ma- 
pleton, Kansas. 



To the union of Leona and H. U. Dale, six children were 
bom of whom five are living: Edna, a missionary in Wuhu, 
China ; Ruby, Mrs. Dr. James Campbell, of California ; Lois 
Swander, of South Dakota ; Paul Drake ; and Mary, Mrs. F. 
H. Groom, of Oklahoma, who has two sons and two daugh- 

Sue, Mrs. Lewis Newbum, is the mother of eight chil- 
dren, of whom Charles and William are dead. Walter has a 
daughter, Ruth, and lives in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and 
Mary Nicolson has an adopted daughter, Bemice. The oth- 
er children, Dale, Alice, Gene and Harold, are unmarried. 

Wm. H. Boggs married Josie Cole. They have two sons, 
Gene and Wm. H., and five daughters, Lela, Alberta Dur- 
ham, Jennie, Mary Roberts and Ethel. 

The youngest of Mary Boggs' children, Frances, was for 
a number of years teacher in the Southern Christian In- 
stitute ; at present she lives in Indianapolis. 

There were but two sons in the Adams family. Wm. 
Randolph, next younger than Virginia, married Miss Cor- 
nelia Davis, whose black eyes and beautiful curls marked 
the acme of beauty to her youthful nieces with blue eyes 
and straight brown hair. The family, for a number of 
years, made their home in Eureka, where Mr. Adams was 
engaged in the mercantile business. Later they moved to 
Kansas, where Mr. Adams died in 1886. Four children, 
Mrs. Flora French, Charles, Guy and Will, were bom of this 
union, all of whom still survive. Mrs. Adams was laid to 
rest in Ottawa, Kansas, in October, 1915. Mrs. French has 
a daughter, Lois, and a son, Philip. Charles married Miss 
Jessie Beck in Topeka, Kansas, where they have always liv- 
ed. Their four children are Randolph, John, Edward and 
Cornelia. Guy and Will are unmarried. 

Thomas Adams, the second son, married Miss Agnes 



Sfliiiud« For some ytan they Uved on a farm in Little 
Maddnaw but in '61 moved to Bloomington. The greater 
part of their married life was spent there and in Normal^ 
where they both passed into the beyond. Six children were 
bcHm to them, of whom three, James, Sue and Joice, are liv- 
ing. John and Charles died in infancy. James married 
Carrie Goode. They now live in New Mexico with the three 
youi^er children, Ruth, and the twins, Theodore and Bich- 
ard. The eldest son, Louis» married Leila Armstrong, «id 
lives in Peoria« 

William, Maith 26, 1866— April 28, 1915, is survived by 
his wi(k>w, Lula Hill Adams, and by Ave children, Herbert, 
Agnes, Marshall, Mary and Martha, who live on the beauti- 
ful farm near Langdon, Kansas, which he developed from 
the raw prairie. Sue and Joice are unmatried and live in 

Martha Frances, the youngest daughter of John and 
Pamela Adams, married I%ilip Miller and after his de- 
cease, Daniel Puterbaugh. To the former were bom 
seven children, Ave of whom are still living. Susan, 
Frances and Charles died in infancy. Ida, Mrs. Lyman 
Dunham, has two daughters. The elder, Eddice, is Mrs. Wm. 
Spence. She has one daughter, Frances. The younger 
daughter married Mr. Sherman Littler. They have a son, 
Mark. Mrs. Dunham's only son, John, died at an early age. 

Elizabeth Miller and Frank Puterbaugh have two daugh- 
ters, Mrs. Martha Hoffman and Mrs. Eva Ewens. Bernard 
Hoffman is the only grandchild. 

George Adams Miller married MolHe Hasrbarger. Their 
eldest daughterisJMrs. Lee Boyle. Two sons, Earle (married) 
and John (unmarried) complete this family. 

Mary, Mrs. Smith Karnes, has one son. Miller, and one 
grandson, Robert. Their home is in Fort Collins, Colorado. 



Smith Karnes, has one son, Miller, and one grandson, Rob- 
ert. Their home is in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Ben and his wife, Maude Hittle, have two daughters, Ha- 
zel and Sophie, and one son, Philip. 

The family, in the main, have been a rural people, retaining 
close connection with the farm, usually, even though resid- 
ing in town. Very few of the clan have entered profession- 
al life. While none have amassed any great fortune^ all 
have lived comfortably and have enjoyed a fair degree of 
education. Most of the younger members of the family 
have had college training and a few have received degrees 
from the great universities. One is in active service on 
the mission field and many are helping in uplift work in the 
home land. 

The family is widely scattered over many states of the 
union, though Illinois still retains the greatest number. 
The Little Mackinaw neighborhood has been deserted by 
most of those who formerly lived there, but the neighboring 
towns still hold many of the family. One neighborhood 
clan resides about Langdon, Kansas, and smaller groups in 
Washington, California, Missouri and other states testify 
to the family love that binds them together. 





By Wise Briggs Allen. 

In 1764, three brothers^ bearing the Briggs name, emigrat- 
ed from Scotland to Culpeper County, Virginia. One of 
these, William Briggs, was a red-headed lad of nineteen 
years, who later was married to Judith Wroe, daughter of 
Organel Moore, of Virginia. To this union were born 
twelve children. William Briggs emigrated first to Tenne- 
see, then to Kentucky, settling at Bardstown, where they 
remained until his death, which occurred in February, 1810, 
at the age of 75 years. His wife died in April, 1815, also 
aged 75. 

Owing to the fact that the Virginia records were destroy- 
ed during the Civil War, it is difficult to trace the lives of 
the different members of this family. One of their sons, 
WiUiam, settled in the 'southern part of Illinois, but for 
some uidcnown cause wasestrangedfrom the rest of the fam- 
ily. A daughter, Isabella, married Aquilla Davis, of Davis' 
Cross Roads, Culpepper County, Virginia, and in 1802 they 
moved to Kentucky. In 1822 they came to Illinois, and 
settled near the Elkhart settlement. Isabella and Acquilla 
died at Bocky Ford, in that vicinity, and were buried there. 

Another daughter, Elizabeth Briggs, married Ebenezer 
Mitchell, and their son, Ebenezer Mitchell, located and died 
near Danvers, his daughter Liouisa, being the wife of Peter 
Vance, of Danvers, Illinois. 

Bfary Briggs married James Latham, in Virginia, June 



2l8t, 1792» and he was sent as an Indian agent to Fort 
Clark (Peoria) in 1819. Another daughter (probably Em- 
ily Jane, for I have heard Aunt Emily Menard speak of be- 
ing named for an aunt who died the same day that she was 
bom, and these dates tally) married a Mr. Grundy, in Ken- 
tucky, but as she died, we know nothing of her descendants. 

Their youngest son, Benjamin, the grandfather of the 
assembled Briggs' today, was bom in Virginia, April 8th, 
1783. It is not known when he went to Kentucky, but the 
presumption is that it was in 1802, when a colony, including 
at least one of his married sisters, Isabella Davis, went to 
Kentucky. On August 21st, 1810, he was united in mar- 
riage with Susan Dabney Slaughter Hubbard, daughter of 
Thomas and Sarah Hubbard, of Nelson (X, Kentucky, by 
Joshua Morris. 

Benjamin Briggs was a soldier in the War of 1812-'14 
and was with Commodore Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie, 
^September 16, 1813. He helped to build the boats that 
were used in Perry's victory. McMasters and other his- 
torians tell about the men from Kentucky assisting in this 
work. He then went upon one of these boats, not as a sail- 
or, but as a soldier, what is noW called a ''mannie,'' and 
fought this battle. After his discharge from the army 
he httd to go home afoot and had to sdl his gun to pay his 
expenses home. Upon his return home to Bardstown, he 
and his brother-in-law, BCr. Grandy, engaged in the mer- 
chandise business at Bardstown, having branch stores at 
various places in the surrounding country. The Bardstown 
store bumed, destroying all the books as wdl as the private 
pi^rs. It was customary to go east twice a year for goods 
and accounts ran for six months, consequently when those 
accounts burned, the loss was great. 

Briggs came to the Illinois Territwy, arriving 


in time to be enumerated in the census of 1818, locating near 
Elkhart Grove, near the i^resent town of Elkhart, Logan 
county; residing there till 1822, when he moved farther 
north and built a cabin on Dillon Creek, on what is now the 
northwest quarter of seeticm 12, Elm Grove township, Taze- 
well county (now the Menard farm) a mile and a half north- 
west of the village of Tremont. In the fall and winter fol- 
lowing, Hezekiah Davis, whose mother was Isabella Briggs 
Davis, and Thomas Briggs, probably another nephew, kept 
store therein, trading with the Indians. A north and south 
trail was near, and a winter camp of Indians was up the creek 
less than two miles. They got their supplies at the trading 
post, now Wesley City. Subsequently, Benjamin made set- 
tlement farther east on the edge of the prairie, the house 
was about four rods southwest of the bam now on the land, 
and there he moved his family from Elkhart Grove in 1824. 
After living there about ten years, he sold and moved to a 
new home, about one-third of a mile southwest, where he 
lived till his death. 

Benjamin and Susan Briggs were the parents of twelve 
children. They were Thomas Hubbard, who settled in Mis- 
souri and married Martha Action Downing; Robert Wroe, 
who married Charlotte Becker; Judith Wroe, who married 
David Clendennen Alexander, and after her death the hus- 
band and three children moved to Texas, where the oldest, 
a daughter, Eleanor Stribbling, was one of the foremost 
business women of San Antonio. She i^as a partner of 
George Breckenridge, succeeding her husband at his death. 
In this position, shortly before her death, which occurred 
in July, 1913, her name appeared in a St. Louis paper as one 
of the multi-millionaires of the United States. She was the 
first woman in the Union to be a bank director or officer. 
The Century magazine contained an article about her, rela- 



tive to this, a few years ago. John Strother Briggs mar- 
ried Amanda Railsbaek, and this was the first link c<miiect- 
ing these two pioneer fttmilies of Illinois. William Duncan 
Briggs married Mary WilUams, and after her death mar- 
ried Helen Kipp. Sarah Anne married David Eaton, a New 
Englander, who came to Illinois in 1884 from New Hamp- 
shire. Emily Jane married Pierre Menard, a son of Pierre 
Menard, first lieutenant governor of Illinds. Isabel Dab- 
ney Briggs was never married, but devoted her whole life 
to ''mothering'' her nieces and nephews. Bfary Mariah 
married George L. Scott. George Grundy died at the age 
of six. I have heard Aunt Emily tell of the little Indian 
boys with whom he played, coming to see their little dead 
comrade as he lay a corpse on his sixth birthday, and how 
they were awed in the presence of death. Benjamin Thom- 
as was drowned in the Mackinaw river at the age of 13, 
when swimming with a company of boys. James Latham 
Briggs, (my father, and the youngest of the twelve chil- 
dren) was united in marriage with Mary Roney, and she 
alone is the last surviving member of the (rider family of 
firiggses. She had expected to be present today, but ow- 
ing to an attack of rheumatism, was unable to make the 
trip from Lincoln, Nebraska. She sent greetings to the 
relatives, and wrote very touchingly of her disappointment 
in being unable to attend, and also of her appreciation of 
the loving attention shown her at all times by the rdatives. 
The Briggses were of the brunette type while the Hub- 
bards were blondes, and it is a peculiar fact that only two 
of the twelve children, Thomas and Judith, were light com- 
plected. The dark hair and eyes predominate among the 
grandchildren, yea, even to the third and fourth generation. 
Benjamin Briggs was first lieutenant in the Black Hawk 
War, in Gapt. John G. Adams' Company of mounted volun- 


teers, belonging to the 6th Regimant, commanded by Ck>l. 
James Johnson, in the brigade of Brig. General Samuel 
Whitesides. Captain Adams* in a hand-to-hand fight, after 
killing seven Indians, was himself killed. May 14th, 1832, 
whereupon Lieut* Briggs succeeded to the command of the 
company. The company was ^iroUed into service April 
27th, 1882, and mustered out May 17th, 1832, at the moifth 
of the Fox river. The oflteial record of the latter date says 
as to Lieut* Briggs, ''Absent on escort of family,*' he having 
been given charge of the families of the settlMnent, to es- 
cort them to a idace of safety. 

He was sheriff of the north half of the state at one 
time, and it was the sheriff's duty to c(^ect the taxes. 
There was a small settlement at the lead mines at Galena. 
The taxes were due in the winter. Rather than ride over 
the trackless prairie for two hundred miles with scarcely a 
shelter. Grandfather Briggs paid the taxes himself, which 
amounted to $9.00. He was a member of the legislature, 
the first f nmi Taaewell county. After Tazewell county was 
reduced to about its present bounds, an election was held in 
April, 1827, and three commissioners were elected, viz: 
Thos. Railsback, Benjamin Briggs and Mr. Orendorf. It 
was catted a Clommissioner's Court, and the first meeting 
was hekl Ainril 10, 1827, at the residence of Mr. Orendorf, 
at the present site of old Hopedale. Benjamin Briggs held 
the office from 1827 to 1830 and was again elected in 1831, 
but history does not say how long he served. He was coun- 
ty treasurer in 1836-36-37-38; was sheriff from 1840 till 
1844, the time of his death, when his son, Robert, succeeded 
him in office. 

His wife was a member of the Mill Creek Baptist church 
of Kentucky, and A. H. Menard has the church letter given 
her by that denomination in 1822. He also has an account 


of the Pleasant Grove B^itist church, of which she was a 
member. It was organiied about December Ist, 1833, com* 
posed of fourteen members. This was the earliest organi- 
zation of Baptists in the bounds of the Illinois River Asso- 
ciation except at Canton. There was a split in the church 
on the question of temperance and missions and Grand* 
mother and a number of others withdrew, and it was they 
who organiased the church which finally met at Tremont. 
The ''antis'' were called the 'forty gallon'' Baptists. 

A man hauling lumber from Pekin to Bloomington, took 
sick on the road and stopped at Grandfather Briggs' and 
while nursing him our Grandmother contracted a case of 
black tongue erysipelas, and died September 2nd, 1843, 
aged 52 years, 1 month, leaving the five youngest diildren 
in the care of her daughter, Emily, the oldeat daughter at 
home ; and nobly did this daughter fulfill her mission, caring 
for them throughout their lives, until she alone was left, 
and ministering unto their children and children's children, 
until those loving hands were laid to rest, their beautiful 
life work ended. 

Six months after the death of Grandmother, our Grand- 
father was stricken with pneumonia, and died suddenly, 
February 17, 1844. He was laid to rest by the side of his 
wife in the Briggs cemetery, a beautiful spot with a com- 
manding view, in Pleasant Grove, which they had named. 
They were the parents of twdve children. Today the rec- 
ords show fifty grandchildren, ninety-two great-grandchil- 
dren, eighty-seven great-great-grandchildren, and deven 

Grandfather and Grandmother were noted for their hos- 
pitality. Many in this assemblage have heard Shelby M. 
Cullom, Governor and United States Senator, tell at the 
Mackinaw Fair on ''Old Settlers'' day, of the unbounded 



hospitality of this couple, when his father. Major Cullom, 
with his family in a ^'prairie schooner/' landed one bleak 
day in November at the Briggs log cabin, and were taken 
in and kept until the following March, all pay being refused. 
And Senator Cullom always ended by telling that in that 
household of some twenty children, there was always per- 
fect harmony and an unending friendship among the elders. 
The following clipping was sent me by my mother, to be 
used as the closing lines of this '^history f' 


If you could see your ancestors 

All standing in a row. 
Would you be proud of them or not. 

Or don't you really know? 
Some strange discoveries are made 

In climbing family trees, 
And some of them, you know, do not 

Particularly please. 

If you could see your ancestors 

All standing in a row, 
There might be some of them, perhaps 

You wouldn't care to know. 
But here' another question, which 

Requires a different view — 
If you could see your ancestors. 

Would they be proud of you? 



^n c^ettun[imti 

By B. C. Allensworth. 

Cornelia Railsback Eckard, eldest daughter of Phillip and 
Susan M. Railsback, died Nov. 20, 1913, at her home at Lit- 
tle Mackinaw. 

Louella Ireland, daughter of Theopolis and Sarah Rails- 
back Ireland, died Dec. 15, 1914, at the home of her sister, 
Mary D. Pattison, Owensville, Ohio. 

Elizabeth, wife of Hubert T. (son of Thomas Aylet) 
Railsback, died March 8th, 1915, at her homa near Langdon, 

John Fisher, son of P. G. H. and Susan M. Railsback, died 
March 17th, 1915, at Langdon, Kansas, on the seventieth 
anniversary of his birth. 

Thomas Aylet, son of D. G. A. and Ellen Waller Railsback, 
died April 23rd, 1915, at the home of his son, D. D., in Okla- 

Lucy Josephine Eaton, daughter of D. G. A. and Ellen 
Waller Railsback, died at her home in Sioux City, Iowa, 
December 19, 1915. 



Mary Daniel Pattison, daughter of Theophilis and Sarah 
Ann Railsback Ireland, died March 23rd, 1916, at her home 
in Owensville, Okda. 

James Edward Railsback, son of Thomas F. and Louisa 
Villers Railsback, died at his home in Minier, Illinois, Oc- 
tober 24th, 1916, aged 82 years, 11 months and 7 days. 

This is the record of those who have passed away since 
the first reunion of the Railsback-Adams-Briggs families. 
It is not amiss to say here that, with one exception, that of 
Hubert Railsback, those who have gone from us, lived to 
a ripened age. While we mourn that they have gone, yet 
we can look at things rightly. Of course, one is sometimes 
led to ask, in general, if the brief years which mark the 
span of human life, are sufficient compensation for the un- 
certainty, the apprehension, toil and the weary struggle all 
the way along. But the better thought leads to the conclu- 
sion that it must be part of some infinite plan, the scope of 
which we may not know; that, as individuals, we are but 
atoms of a mighty whole, and when a single being drops by 
the way, it is like a little leaf in the great forest, which, 
stricken by autumnal frost, flutters down to its death and 
goes back to Mother Earth. Blessed be the memory of 
those who have gone to their long rest, ''sustained and 
soothed by an unfaltering trust,'' ''Like one who wraps the 
drapery of his couch about him, and lies down to pleasant 

As the years come and go, and generations of men rise 
up and pass away, the dead are enshrined only in memory ; 
yet, as we pause in our busy lives to think of those who have 
gone before us to the unknown, let us remember it does not 
follow that people forget because they cease to mourn as 
one refusing to be comforted. Indeed, the truest, the 
sweetest, the bravest are those who remem^r this way: 



who, with cheerful spirit go to meet all fair and pleasant 
gifts of God, yet carry, in sunshine as well as shadow, the 
tender memory of some buried past. Think as we may, 
speculate as we sometimes do, the hope of immortality and 
future life must rob death of its sting. Doubt and dread 
may sometimes becloud the vision 

''Yet Love will dream and Faith wiU trust 
(Since He who knows our need is just) 
That somehow, somewhere, meet we must. 

Alas for him who never sees 
The stars shine through his cypress trees. 
Who, hopeless, lays his dead away. 
Nor looks to see the breaking day 
Across the mournful marbles play. 

Who hath not learned, in hours of faith. 
The truth to flesh and sense unknown. 
That Life is ever Lord of Death, 
And Love can never lose its own,'' 


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read mi tke 1914 meeHng. Tke Rmihk&ek kU- 
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up te date 08 fmr « peseHie.