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 Foutch
b. 11-25-1799
d. 2-14-1893

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.]

The following data was contributed by Susan Ewing Wolfe.

John Foutch, Sr. Family

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

I Thomas Moffett Probate justice of the Peace within and for said county do hereby certify, that on this 22nd day of November AD 1868, Absalom Burnett and Abram Foutch the two subscribing witnesses to the above foregoing Last Will & Testament of John Foutch Senr now deceased and after being duly sworn upon their oaths stated that they were present and saw John Foutch the Testor subscribe his name to the above and that in his presence they subscribed their names at his request to said will declaring the same to be his last will and testament and that at the time said testator signed and acknowledged said will they do verily believe he was of sound mind and ??
Witness my hand and seal there being no Public Seal provided my private seal is substituted this the 22nd day of November AD 1868
Thomas Moffett Pro J.P. Sle

Will of John Foutch, born in 1779; died 1848
State of Illinois
Sangamon County
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

Date April 11, 1849, no 4024
Marriage Record of John Foutch and Martha M. Smith
Married by Wm. Rhia, April 12, 1849
[Her parents were George Smith and Matilda Dowdall]
[John Foutch, son of Thomas and Sarah Foutch]
Note: John and Martha's daughter Elizabeth D.Foutch who married William Phillip Ewing of Knoxville, IL is GREAT GRANDMOTHER of researcher Susan Wolfe


[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.
Wm Rutledge

The John W. Foutch home in El Dorado, Kansas - built some time in the late 180s or early 1880s. John W. and Martha Foutch the parents of Sadie, Harriett, Elizabeth, Carrie, John, Edward and George Foutch.
This picture taken in 1939 at which time all of the above family gone excepting Elizabeth Ewing who lives in McAllen, Texas.
S.E. Foutch 11/5/1941

Foutch Boys

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 Wolfe)
Documenting Thomas Foutch and his marriage to SARAH WHERRETT FOUTCH, their births and their children.
This would have been my G Grandmother's G parents. Her father was John Foutch (and Martha Smith) and his father was Thomas Foutch.

Elizabeth De Mary Foutch
wife of William Phillip Ewing,
born in New Berlin, IL October 16, 1862;
died in McAllen Texas.
Buried in El Dorado, Kansas with her husband in the Bella Vista Cemetery

Left Side of the duplex in McAllen, Texas where Mrs. Elizabth D. Foutch Ewing lived after the death of William P. in 1911.

Mrs. Elizabeth F. Ewing holding her first great grandson John Richard Ewing.
Her daughter Margaret is also pictured.
Margaret was born in El Dorado, Kansas. They all eventually moved to McAllen, TX. where they spent their final years. Margaret Ewing HORN is buried in Mc Allen, Texas


John William Foutch
brother to Lizzie D. Foutch Ewing
Photo taken in New Berlin, IL c. 1920
Picture courtesy of Judy Wiltz Brown

Headstone of Harriet Foutch KIMBALL and her husband J.W. Kimball, sister to Elizabeth D. Foutch EWING.

Harriet was born in Sangamon Co. but moved to El Dorado with her parents John and Martha Smith FOUTCH


Note: This obituary was found in my great grandmother's bible and is in a safe in my possession.
The newspaper article is very difficult to read at this age.

"Another Venerable Pioneer Gone"

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 present months.

Nov. 19, 1823, Mrs. And Mrs. Foutch moved to Island Grove township, Sangamon County, Ill. from Indiana, where they were married. There was no Berlin at the time, and but very few settlers in the vicinity or in the county. Springfield was then a village of perhaps two hundred people. Sangamon county was only three years old, and the state of Illinois less than seven (made a state Dec.3,1818). All west of the Mississippi river, except Missouri and Louisiana, was wild territory, inhabited only by Indians, buffaloe, etc. and most of it did not belong to the United States. The geography of this country, as well as its population, number of states, and resources have greatly changed since that period, When "Father Foutch" as in later years he was familiarly called, was born, nearly four years before the great "Louisiana Purchase," in 1803, our government had no territory west of the Mississippi river, and did not own all east of it. Instead of forty-four states and more soon to follow, there were then sixteen; Vermont, Kentucky and Tennessee only having been added to the original thirteen: and instead of nearly 70,000,000 of population, there were then scarcely 6,000,000; probably less than are now contained in the single state of New York, and scarcely more than in either Pennsylvania, Ohio or Illinois. John Adams was president, Washington was still living, and railroads, steamboats, telegraphs, telephones, electric lights and all modern machinery were wholly unknown, His life was thus contemporary with every president of the United States, and a large number of the soldiers of the Revolution, and all our wars since. He lived more than a year in the last century, and within less than eight years of the whole of the present century. He was next the oldest of eleven children, all but one of whom lived to old age, and he outlived them all. Such a life and during such a period, is indeed rare.
The Island Grove (afterward Berlin) Baptist Church in which Mr.Foutch spent the fifty years of his church life, was constituted October 6, 18366, the same month in which the First Baptist church of Chicago was constituted, and the year in which Chicago was itself really started.. He and his wife together joined the Berlin Baptist Church by baptism, the second Sabbath in May, 1843, then under the pastoral care of that faithful old Baptist pioneer preacher, Rev. Thomas Taylor, of blessed memory, and were baptized by him. He moved to Oregon about 1850, and has long since gone to his reward. His first name, the same as Mr. Foutch's has been perpetuated in the Foutch family from that day to the present, he was always Deacon Foutch's favorite preacher, and, as Mrs. Foutch joyially remarked during the interview at their house last October, "And, Henry, Mrs.Foutch thinks there isn't any other preacher but Father Taylor yet?" to which Mr. Foutch gave a decided sig n of assent. Father Thomas Taylor was, indeed, in his day, a remarkable man. His name was ever without reproach' he was of a cordial nature, a hard worker, and always welcome in the homes of the people. Like in at pioneer preachers of his day, he had but a limited school education, and was obliged largely to provide for his own and family's support by cultivating a farm. But he was a man of vigorous and inquiring mind, and often truly eloquent in his preaching. Especially in his glowing appeals to the unconverted. He was abundantly useful, and must have baptized even thousand of converts in Central Illinois (many of whom are still living, and well known to the writer),during the many years of his laborious ministry in that region. He resided on his farm near Jacksonville, and like most preachers of that day, served four churches by turns, once a month. He appeared to be the choice, as pastor of all the rural Baptist churches in Central Illinois. The writer remembers him distinctly and gratefully. From 1841 or"5 to '49 , and often sat under his preaching, in Berlin, and at the Richland Baptist Church, which with four other I first joined, by baptism, Sept 10, 1848. His appeal to the unconverted were unusually imperative, and often almost irresistible. Any whoever heard him on such occasions did not wonder that he had large success in winning people to the standard of the cross. On baptizing occasions he was in the very height of his glory and enjoyment, usually leading the singing himself, in such familiar hymns as "Am I a soldier of the cross," and "When I can read my little clear,"etc., and in his glowing zeal would often be from one or two worlds to nearly half a line ahead of the rest of the congregation. Such in brief, was Father Foutch's favorite preacher, and such were the scenes and occasions in which his son also took great and special delight. He, too was always supremely interested in whatever pertained to the progress of Zion's kingdom on earth. He was a constant reader of THE STANDARD and its predecessors, from the WESTERN STAR, in 1846 onward, and of other Baptist literature. He was chosen deacon by his church soon after he united in 1844, and always continued as such, and was for years the most prominent layman, not only in that church, but one of the most prominent in all Central Illinois. He had a loud but pleasant voice, was a man of excellent practical judgement, of kindly and very hospitable nature, and was loved, and respected by all who knew him. He was a thrifty farmer, lived in comfortable circumstances, and , and his home was a welcome place to all, and especially to those who were his Master's true servants. At the time of his death he had four living children, two sons and two daughters (a son and daughter having died): eighteen grandchildren, forty-two great-grandchildren, and one great-great- grandchild, all of whom so far as the writer knows enjoy the confidence of the communities where they reside. At the funeral, which was largely attended at the old homestead, Rev.Lee Goff, of Pleasant Plains, who married a granddaughter, officiated, but the services where necessarily brief, on account of the extreme feebleness of the aged widow. Bro Goff's appropriate text was from Act xiii.36, "After he had served his own generation by the will of God, he fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers."" He was buried near his old home, where he had lived an upright and highly respected life for nearly sixty-eight years. His aged companion, though when last heard from was comfortable and so s to sit up some, will doubtless soon follow, and he be laid to rest beside him whose worthy helpmeet she has been.

By Henry L. Field.
Eaton Rapids, Michigan June 1893

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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