Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy Trails

Newspaper Stories concerning Native Americans
in Rock Island County, IL


In the fall of 1831, the Rev. James Sample, living in the settlement of Hennepin, was married and moved with his young wife to Rock Island. He sold his property in Rock Island in the spring, however, and with his wife started back to Hennepin on 18 May 1832 but found the creeks too swollen in Henry County to cross. They reached the site of present-day Princeton, Bureau County, but were chased by Indians there and both were captured. A half-breed named Girty scalped the two prisoners and they were then burned alive. For more than 30 years, their fate was unknown. In the next year, Mr. Hayes made a claim there and built a cabin beside a spring where the residence of Mr. Knox now stands. Mr. Hayes noticed human bones there.
(RI Daily Union, Sunday, 30 Apr. 1871, sub. K. Torp)

Rock Island County, Illinois
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