Sangamon County, Illinois
FOUTCH Family Biography
JOHN FOUTCH, was born May, 1776, in Loudon county, Va. Three brothers by the name of Fouche came from France and settled in Loudon county, Va., before the American revolution. Two of them were soldiers in that war, and one of them was Abraham, the father of John, whose name heads this sketch. John Foutch went to Fayette county, Ky., when he was a young man, and was there married, in 1796, to Nancy A. Wherrett, who was bom March 8, 1778, in St. Mary's county, Md. They had five children born in Fayette county, near Lexington, and the family moved to Dearborn county, near Harrison, Indiana, where they had four children, and moved to Franklin county, where one child was born, thence to Sangamon county, Ill., arriving in the fall of 1825 at the south side of Richland creek, east of where Pleasant Plains now stands, and in the spring of 1826 moved to Island Grove, Sangamon county. Of their ten children —
ABRAHAM, born April 1, 1797, in Fayette county, Ky., was married in 1820, in Franklin county, Ind., to Elizabeth Vansickle, and came to Sangamon county in 1825. He brought one child from Ind., and had seven children in Sangamon county. In 1849 they moved to Polk county, near Des Moines, Iowa, and from there, in 1870, to Elmore, near Brownsville, Neb., where they now reside. Abraham Foutch was justice of the peace for many years in Sangamon county. He was one of the three Commissioners of Sangamon county at the time the State House (now used as a Court House) was built.
THOMAS, born Nov. 25, 1799, in Fayette county, Ky., was married Dec. 21, 1820, in Fayette county, Ind., to Sarah Wherrett, who was born Nov. 20, 1800, in Fayette county, Ky. Her parents moved to Jessamine county, and from there to Fayette county. Mr. and Mrs. Foutch had two children in Indiana, and moved-to Sangamon county, Ill., in 1825, where they had four children.
ELIZABETH A., born Nov. 21, 1821, in Indiana, was married in Sangamon county, Ill., Dec. 5, 1839, to Thomas Pollock. See his name. NANCY, born Jan. 23, 1824, in Indiana, was married in Sangamon county, Jan. 2, 1842, to J. D. Bevan. See his name.
JOHN, born Sept. 6, 1826, in Sangamon county, was married April 12, 1849, to Martha M. Smith. They had nine children. Sarah M., married F. P. Gillespie, have three children, Mattie J., Guy P., and William E., and reside one-half mile south of New Berlin. Thomas, the second, and Ella M., the sixth child, both died under three years. The other six, HATTIE S., JOHN W., CARRIE M., LIZZIE D., EDWARD L. and GEORGE T., reside with their parents in New Berlin. Mr. John Foutch resides within two miles of his birthplace and has done so all his life, with the exception of one year. CAROLINE, born March 8, 1829, in Sangamon county, was married there April 8, 1847, to Thomas A. Kerlin. They had one living child, Lizzie A. She lives with her grandfather Foutch. Mrs. Kerlin died Dec. 31, 1854. Mr. Kerlin is married again, and lives near Bedford, Mo. WILLIAM W., born Sept. 4, 1834, in Macoupin county, was a graduate of Shurtleff College, Upper Alton, and enlisted Aug. 17, 1861, for three years in Co. D, 26th Ill. Inf. At the organization of the company he was elected and commissioned First Lieutenant. He was taken sick while with his regiment, at Quincy, Ill., came home and died of typhoid fever Sept. 25, 1861. HUGH, born Dec. 19, 1836, in Sangamon county, was married Sept. 2, 1858, to Mary Wykoff. They have one child, William W., and live at Decatur. Thomas Foutch and wife reside in Island Grove township, three and a-half miles west of Berlin.
HUGH, born March 12, 1802, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county, December, 1827, to Nancy Rhea. They had nine children, and he died December, 1845, in Fulton county. His widow married William Meeker, and resides in Iowa.
ELIZABETH, born August, 1804, in Kentucky, was married September, 1824, to Samuel Blair. They had twelve children. The parents died at Montezuma, Pike county, Ill. Two of their children, THEOPHILUS and NANCY A., are married, and reside near Montezuma, Ill.
JOHN, born Oct. 25, 1805, in Kentucky, was married in Sangamon county in 1827, to Jehoida Rhea. They had four children, and she died. He married Letitia Farris. They have nine children, and reside in Fulton county, five miles west of Havana,
SUSAN, born June 10, 1809, in Dearborn county, Ind., was married Dec. 11, 1828, to William Rhea. See his name.
DOROTHY, born April, 1811, in Dearborn county, Ind., was married in Sangamon county, December, 1830, to Samuel Peebler. They have had six children. The parents both died in 1842, on the same day, and were buried in one coffin, at Fairfield, Iowa.
MARY A., born Dec. 25,1812, in Dearborn county, Ind., was married in Sangamon county Dec. 11, 1828, to Henry Harmon. See his name.
SIRON, born May 10, 1815, in Dearborn county, Ind., was married in Sangamon county, February, 1837, to Anthony H. Shuff. See his name.
WILLIAM, born Jan. 8, 1818, in Indiana, died in Sangamon county, Oct., 1831.
Mrs. Nancy A. Foutch died March 12, 1845, and John Foutch married Celia Harmon. He died Sept. 15, 1848, and Mrs. Celia Foutch died in 1851, all in Sangamon county.
FOUTCH, JOHN, was elected Nov. 7, 1876, to represent Sangamon county for two years in the Legislature of Illinois.
He resides at New Berlin. [pg. 18]
[Source: pgs. 310-311, History of the Early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: "Centennial Record" By John Carroll Power and assisted by his wife, Mrs. S. A. Harris Power, 1876 - transcribed by K. T.]
Nancy Ann Wherrett Foutch
wife of John Foutch
3-12-1845, aged 67yrs, 5dys
New Berlin, IL
Picture taken by Mark Foutch
Foutch Family Graveyard
Foutch Cemetery Burials
Will of John Foutch, born in 1779; died 1848
State of Illinois
I do solemnly Swear that this writing contains the true Last Will and Testament of the within named John Foutch Senr. Deceased so far as I know or believe: and that I well and truly execute the Same, by paying first the debts, and then the Lega I mentioned therein as far as his goods and chattels, will thereunto extend, and tho law charge me, and that I will make a true and perfect Inventory of all Such goods and chattels, rights and credit, as may come to my being or knowledge, belonging to the estate of the Said deceased, and render agairs and just account of my Exectuorship, where the required by laws to the best of my knowledge and ability.
So help me God
Sworn to Subscribed this 22nd day
Of November AD 1848 before me H. M. Harmon
John Foutch and Martha M. Smith Family
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FOR JOHN FOUTCH WHEN HE MOVED FROM SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS TO BUTLER COUNTY KANSAS
[transcription of letter of recommendation from Wm. Rutledge]
Learning that my friend Hon. John Foutch anticipates changing his residence to some part of the south west. I cheerfully recommend him to the favor of any community in which he may select a home. Having been born and raised in this Circiuity, having farmed and Merchandised for a long time here, and having served this county as Representative in the State Legislature, he will be especially missed in this region, and with his large, interesting family will be an accession to any place he may choose as a place of residence. As part of the family are connected with the Baptist, and part with the Presbyterian church, I as a Methodist Minister, take a disinterested pleasure in commending them all alike, having received favors(?) from all.
Tombstone of JOHN FOUTCH AND MARTHA SMITH FOUTCH
As it stands today in El Dorado, Kansas where they moved to and raised their family. Some of the children remained in Illinois, some moved back as adults.
HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM ELIZABETH FOUTCH EWING, (g-grandmother of researcher Susan
OBITUARY OF THOMAS FOUTCH OF 1892 FROM
SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS
IN THE STANDARD of Oct. 27, 1822 page 8, was a brief account of "A Remarkable
Life ". Thomas Foutch and wife, on whom the writer had called Oct. 13, and with whom he had been acquainted
nearly fifty years. As they're stated, Deacon Thomas Foutch was born in Kentucky, Nov. 25, 1799, and his wife,
Sarah Wherrett, in same state, Nov. 20, 1800. They were married by Rev. John Conner, a Baptist minister, in Fayette
County, Indiana, Dec. 21, 1830. He died Feb.14, 1893 after an unbroken married life of seventy-two years and almost
two months. The two had occupied the same deathbed together for many months, past, Mr. Foutch having been blind
for about five years, and some of the time, recently, unsteady in mind. Mrs. Foutch had simply wasted away, from
old age, and though almost a skeleton in flesh, her mind appeared as clear and memory
as accurate as ever. But
few callers had been received of late, and to be admitted late their presence was indeed a precious privilege after
several years of separation. The reception was cordial, indeed, by both; could have been more so had I been in
their own and only son. Many precious, seasons of bygone years were passed in review, and a portion from the dear
old Bible was read, and a season of prayer was greatly enjoyed. Their two oldest daughter had then been married
over fifty years each, the first Dec.5, 1839, and the next Jan.3 1842 (though both husbands were dead) and their
oldest grandchild, Thomas Pollock, of New Berlin, was fifty-two years old last September 22, and the oldest of
the other daughter, Thomas Bevans, of Jacksonville, is fifty the 17th day of the
Researcher's Note: "Unfortunately for all, well maybe I did this correctly, I made a copy of this article and scanned it to disc. At present, I doubt if the article could be retrieved or even read. It has stayed in a bank lock box since the day I found it in my great grandmother's bible. Her name was Elizabeth D. Foutch Ewing. She was born in New Berlin, Sangamon county, Illinois in 1862. She married my great grandfather William Phillip Ewing of Knoxville, Illinois and they removed to El Dorado, Kansas in the early years of their marriage. Later as time went by and due to his poor health they moved to Mc Allen, Texas along the Rio Grande River. He died from a fall off of his horse riding the orchards. Like her grandfather before her, Elizabeth D. Foutch Ewing lived into her middle nineties, and upon her death she was laid to rest in El Dorado, Kansas by her husband's side. We will always be grateful for the bible she kept and the history she left to us in the following generations.
Your organizer Susan Ewing Wolfe
Typed from a xerox copy on September 06, 2009.
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