Hamilton County, Illinois
Genealogy and History


Delilah J. Echols

Delilah J. (Bond) Echols
Was born August 24 1823 and died March 19 1892. Her father, Mastin Bond, who came here from Kentucky was one of the first settlers of this county. She was united in marriage to Lofton Echols on Dec 18 1840. She leaves a husband who is 76 years old, three daughters and three sons to mourn her absence she united with the Missionary Baptist church at Ten Mile and was baptized by Rev. Hosea Vise in 1842. She was one of the charter members of Blooming Grove Church and remained in that Church until she died. Her devotion to the cause of Christ was admired by all who knew her. Her place in the church was always occupied as long as she was able to go.
She was greatly Devoted to her family and never left anything undone that she could do for her children, and offered sympathy and encouragement in their troubles. No wife was ever more devoted to husband or husband to wife.

[Added by: Kyle Shoultz (this is his ggggg-grandmother)]
Lofton Echols

Lofton Echols was born near Lebanon, Wilson County, Tennessee in the year (Jun. 22) 1816 and lived in that state until nearly 25 years of age. In the year of 1840, he set out on horseback alone and after a tedious journey northward through the wilderness of Kentucky and Southern Illinois finally came to a group of huts surrounded by woods wore McLeansboro now stands. He settled upon 160 acres of government land in the northwest part of what is now McLeansboro Township, and the same year at the age of 25 married Miss Delilah Bond, the daughter of Mastin Bond, one of the early immigrants from Kentucky.
He had learned the bricklayer's and brickmaker's trade before leaving Tennessee and for many years pursued that occupation after migrating to this county. The Hamilton County jail and the south portion of the Grand Hotel Building are still standing s. relics of his early work, the bricks having been made and laid by him.
In 1842 he became a member of Ten Mile Church. Here his membership remained until 1850 when he and several others founded Blooming Grove Church, of which he remained an active and aggressive until his death which occurred Saturday night, October 19. He was a persistent bible student. According to his own statement he read the entire bible through seventeen times. He survived his wife eight years. Three sons Shelby, James M.. and John P.. and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Jane Bowers Mrs. Sarah Lane and Mrs. William D, Daily are still living.
NOTE: He was one of the first deacons installed into Blooming Grove Church.
[Added by: Kyle Shoultz (this is his ggggg-grandfather)]

Charles A. Edmonds  
-- Born June 4, 1892 Puxico Mo.; Died June 8, 1973 hospital in McLeansboro. Resident of Dale. Son of James & Nancy DAVIS Edmonds. Married Jan 15, 1913 Eva Merrell.
Interred in Digby Cemetery
[Times-Leader June 14, 1973 - Unknown Contributor, thanks!]

Kelly Lee Endicott
Born Apr 6, 1889 Saline Co. died Aug 3, 1971 son of George Cavit & Gilla Jane NASH Endicott. Married Feb 19, 1914 Grace BETTS
Interred Digby Cemetery  
[Times-Leader Sept 16, 1971 - Unknown Contributor, thanks!]

Ellen Edwards
Justice Floyd E. Thompson received word this morning of the death of his aged grandmother, Mrs. Ellen Edwards, which occurred last evening at her home in McLeansboro, Hamilton county, Ill. She was 93 years old on Oct. 26 last. Death resulted from complications following injuries sustained two months ago when Mrs. Edwards fell and broke her hip. Mrs. Edwards' husband died shortly after the close of the Civil war from wounds received in battle. Justice Thompson will attend the funeral services which will be held at McLeansboro, Sunday.  [The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union. (Rock Island, Ill.), November 17, 1922; Sub by KT]

Chalen Essary
Born Jan 2, 1903 Hamilton Co.; died Oct 27, 1974 in McLeansboro, resident of Dale. Son of James & Mary TROUT Essary. Married Pearl Southard
Interred Digby Cemetery  
[Times-Leader Oct 31, 1974 - Unknown Contributor, thanks!]

James Essary
-- Born Sept 12, 1889 in Hamilton County; died Apr 20, 1950 hospital in Eldorado. Married Mary Edna TROUT Mar 30, 1900
James and Mary are interred in the Digby Cemetery
[Times-Leader Apr 27, 1950 - Unknown Contributor, thanks!]
[Note: Mary Edna Trout Essary born Sept 16, 1883; died Apr 17, 1961; daughter of Richmond & Nancy SCHOOLCRAFT Trout.
(Times-Leader May 11, 1961)

James Isaac Essary
Born Oct 13, 1901; died June 13, 1936; son of James & Mary TROUT Essary
Married Sept 18, 1926 Verna Marie Southers, 5 children. Verna Marie was the daughter of William & Rosa WHITE Southard, and was born May 11, 1903; died Jan 15, 1971
Both are interred Digby cemetery.

[Times Leader June 18, 1936 - Unknown Contributor, thanks!]

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