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Franklin County, Illinois
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My wife,
Martha M Adelsberger, having in my abscence separated herself from me, I will not be responsible for any debts contracted by her. I have made every reasonable proposition to her and she will not return;
[18 Aug 1881, Franklin Chronicle, Benton, IL - submitted by Jeana Gallagher]



2 Sep 1887: The Old Settlers Meeting was held at the fairground on Saturday Aug. 28th, 1887. The following old persons were present, as collected by the secretary and this was only part:
G.W. COOK, a natural born Franklin County, IL. citizen aged 78.


I came to Franklin County with my parents in 1852. We lived in the
William Mooneyham property in Benton. In 1853 we moved North of Spring Settlement to a place called PLUCKEMIN. After another year later we moved South about a Mile to some Government farm that father bought.
[In a newspaper article that
Mrs. J. A. Coleman wrote for a local newspaper.]



Southern Illinois Man 101 Years Old Saturday

Benton, Illinois, December 7
The 101 birthday anniversary of
Major William Mooneyham,
Benton's only centenarian and the oldest living war veteran in Illinois, was celebrated at his home here Saturday. Wm. son of
Shadrach and Luereta (Ogle) Mooneyham, was born in White County, Tennessee, December 4, 1819, and came with his parents to Franklin County in 1838. Major Mooneyham has been twice married. First in 1841 to Sally Ann Moore of Perry County, who died October 4, 1882. On June 21, 1888, he was married to Margaret Tyrell at the age of 66. He cast his first vote for James K. Polk in 1844; voted for Stephen A. Douglas in 1860 and for Warren G. Harding in 1920. He served a time as constable and was elected sheriff of Franklin County in 1854 and 1855. In point of years he is the oldest Mason in Southern Illinois. He united with the Pleasant Hill Baptist church in June 1841, and is now a member of the First Baptist church of this city. Major Mooneyham has been a member of the G.A.R. since its incipiency. He was the sergeant major of the Eighty-first Regiment, Illinois Infantry, for three years during the civil war. Major Mooneyham has had 131 decendants, nineteen of whom are deceased. The four living children are Mrs. Rebecca Webb, East St. Louis; Mrs. Louis Taylor, Mrs. Almyra Fitzgerrell, Mrs. Louisa Taylor and Mrs. Emma H. Swolford, all of Benton. He has 26 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. The line is unbroken for five generations. Major Mooneyham walks with a can and is able to go when and wherever he pleases. When Stephen A. Douglas made a visit to this county Major Mooneyham was one of a committee of six to drive to Tamaroa and meet Douglas and accompany him to Benton. Major Mooneyham was a warm friend of General John A. Logan.
Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville, Illinois) 1920, December 7 [Submitted by: Roni MILLER]


Well Spoken of at Old Home
L.E. Robertson, whose picture appears elsewhere in the American, is well known to all the older residents of this county. Luther was born and raised within the shadow of Old Frankfort hill and has many close personal friends in this vicinity. His present residence is Carterville where he located a few years after his marriage. He associated with James Barr in the institution of the Carterville Herald and soon became the sole owner. Mr. Robertson is a member of the Odd Fellows of this city. He also is a member of the Masonic order and is a Modern Woodman. He is asking the Democrats to give him the nomination for the Legislature, and, inasmuch as there must be one Democrat elected, his party can do no better than to nominate him. He is a consistent Democrat and declares his position squarely on the burning issues of the day. The American predicts for him a strong vote, especially in this section.
Frankfort American (Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Saturday, 31 Jul 1908) Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter

Ewing College Quits

Ewing College, a Baptist institution in Franklin County and one of the oldest colleges in Illinois, is to be suspended. Financial difficulties are said to be the cause. The college was established in 1867 by John W. Ewing.
(Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Illinois, Friday, July 31, 1925 - Transcribed and submitted by Darrel Dexter)



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