Sangamon County
Accidents and Catastrophic Events News


Unfortunate Occurrence
Springfield, Illinois, April 4
The keel boat Good Luck, owned by Col. William S. Hamilton, of this place, and freighted for Fevre River, on Wednesday last struck a snag in descending the Sangamo, about thirty miles below this town; and in attempting to get her off, one of her bottom planks was sprung and in a short time the water came in so that she turned on one side. The passengers about 12 in number, made for shore. Major M’Kibbin, wife and three children, were on board. The shrieks of the mother and cry of the children were most appalling. Major M’Kibbin, his son and a Mr. Kline drowned. Mrs. M’Kibbin and her two small children were saved by the exertions of the hands and passengers; in doing which Dr. Phileo, among the latter, narrowly escaped with his own life and it is admitted all deserve great credit.
Major M’Kibbin was a man of good standing and had lately emigrated from Pennsylvania. Mr. Kline had for ten or fifteen years served in the United States army.
[Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania May 9, 1827 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]





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