PAST GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS
and his wife
Family History and Genealogy
Donated by ©William D. Huitt
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REBECCA HUITT, b. August 27, 1799, Franklin County Georgia; d. September 05, 1865, Greene County Illinois; m. THOMAS CARLIN, December 13, 1814, Edwardsville Jct. Madison County Illinois; b. 1789, Shelbyville Kentucky; d. February 14, 1852, Carrollton Greene County Illinois.
Notes for REBECCA HUITT:
Rebecca Huitt Married Thomas Carlin 1814, Edwardsville Jct. Madison Co. Illinois Thomas Carlin Born 1786 Shelbyville, Kentucky and he was pioneer in Greene County Illinois with his brothers James and William Carlin 1814.
Thomas owned a ferry crossing the Mississippi Near current Edwadsville Jct. While there, married Rebecca Huitt D/o John Wilkinson Huitt Sr. and Elizabeth Radcliff.
Thomas became 6th governor of Illinois 1838-1842 and earlier was sheriff and state senator:
Source: Carrollton Illinois area history, 1821-1989, LDS-Salt Lake City.
Same information found in the Patriot Souvenir Edition of the 75th Anniversary of Carrollton and Greene County and in the Carrollton Illinois area 1821-1989 by: Ada Eileen Smith Cummingham. project director: ISBN 0-88107-1150-1
Box 4 File 5
Hugh Carlin (larceny) Peck of Indian Corn meal
Rebecca Carlin assualt and battery 1827
Rebecca's picture is on the wall of the State Capitol.
Rebecca and Thomas had 13 children.
Up date on Rebecca Huitt Carlin Children
Febuary 14, 2001
Charles E. Carlin
More About REBECCA HUITT:
Fact 1: 1814, Married in Fayette County Kentucky
Fact 3: 1860, Census Age 59 Real $2800 Person $240
Notes for THOMAS CARLIN:
Thomas Carlin, the founder of Carrollton Illinois, county seat Greene, Was born near Shelbyville, Kentucky in 1786. In 1803 the family moved to Missouri where his father died. Thomas Carlin served as a ranger during the War of 1812. In 1814 he owned a ferry crossing the Mississippi near the present site of Edwardsville Junction with his brother James and William Carlin 1814 .
While living there he married Miss Rebecca Huitt, (sister of John Wilkinson Huitt) in 1818.
He was first sheriff of the county his commission dated dated April 14, 1821.
He served as state senator in fourth and fifth general assemblies (1824 - 1828)
In the Black Hawk was he commanded a spy battalion.
He was elected the sixth governor of Illinois in 1838 serving untile 1842. when he returned to Carrollton, He was elected to the legislature in 1849.
Deseret News Archives Saturday, June 25, 1994
Nauvoo, A Brief Haven of Peace
Dec. 16, 1840, Illinois Gove. Thomas Carlin signs a bill incorporating Nauvoo a city. The city Charter allows for establishment of a university and the Nauvoo Legion.
Source: Carrollton, Illinois Area History, 1821-1989, LDS-Salt Lake City.
Carlin, who had joined in a Bipartisan welcome to Mormon refugees from Missouri, routinely signed the charter that gave almost unlimited local governmental powers to Joseph Smith and his associates at Nauvoo. Later, he approved Missouri warrants for the extradition of Smith as a fugitive from justice. Smith who did not suspect that trouble was ahead, was arrested a few hours after he had been treated with respect when he called at the governor's home.
After Smith's revelation fricition one again developed between the Saints (Mormons) and Gentiles(non Mormons) . In 1844 Joseph Smith and his brothers Hyrum were shot by a mob in Carthage, Illinois. Persecution was renewed and conditions in Nauvoo grew steadily unsettled.
Carlin was a baptist, converted in 1822 in his Carrollton home during services conducted by John Mason Peck, the frontier missionary. When halfway through his term of office, Carlin was quoted by Peck as saying that "no man can be a partisan politician and maintain a Christian character."
Biographical Sketch of Thomas Carlin
Text from Haynes, Nathaniel S.
History of the Disciples of Christ in Illinois 1818-1914
Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Company, 1915. Page 495.
Born: Near Frankfort, Kentucky, 1789.
Died: Illinois, 1852
Land Owen by T. J. Carlin Northwest Cor. section 24 Township 11 No Range
Came to Illinois in 1812, settling near Carrollton. He was twice elected to the State Senate. Commanded a battalion in the Black Hawk War. Was elected governor to the State in 1848, serving four years. Historians say he was one of the best Governors the State ever had. Mr. Carlin was a member of the church of Christ in Quincy. John Wilkinson Huitt Jr.
Company of Captain Thomas Carlin
Muster Roll of Capt. Carlins Company of the Odd Battalion of Speis Commanded by Major. James D. Henry of the brigade of mounted volunteers of Ills. commanded by Brige. Genl. Whiteside mustered out of Service of the United States of America at the Mouth of Fox River of the Illinois River in the 28th. day of may 1832. distant 230 miles from the place of enrollment.
No. Names Rank where
1. Thomas Carlin Capt. Carrollton
2. Jesse V. Mounts 1st, Lt. "
3. George D. Samms 2d Lt "
4. Mearel rattan 1st Sert. " Appointed Sergent Major
April 28th, 1932
5. David Thruston 2d " "
6. James Gilliland 3d " " Attached to Capt. Chapmans
Company about April 28 1832
7. Harrison Boggus 4th " " Lost his horse by an affright
of the horse on the night of
the 22d may 1832
8. Lewis B. Edwards 1st Corp. "
9. Josiah Ashlock 2d " "
10. William Cook 3d " "
11. William Finley 4th " "
12. Willaim H. Dulane[y] Private " Appointed Surgeon of the 2d
Rigt. April 30, 1832
13. William Hoskins " "
14. William Pinkerton " "
15. William Danning " "
16. William Gilliland " " Attached to Capt. Chapman's
Company 28th April 1832
17. William Whiteside " "
18. John F. Pinkerton " "
19. John C. Williams " " Never appeared after enrollment.
20. John Jackson " "
21. John B. Whiteside " "
22. Joshua Abner " "
23. James Short
24. Joseph Linder " "
25. John Courtney " "
26. John Cook " "
27. Jonathan Hill " "
28. John Hewitt Jr. " "
29. James Carlin " "
30. Jomes Moore " "
31. Larkin Rattan " "
32. Elan Elder " " Appointed first Sergeant Apr.
33. John Ashlock " "
34. Edwards Crabb " "
35. Howell Dawdy " "
36. Silas Eldred " "
37. Silas Crane " "
38. Samuel Hess " " Lost his horse on the night of
the 16th. may after a forced march
from Sickamore Cr. to Dizons ferry
39. George Linder " "
40. Philemon Reno " "
41. Preston Bogus " "
42. Reuben Herrick " "
43. Robert King " "
44. Robert[Tolbert]Edwards " "
45. Thomas Hopper " "
46. Valentine A. Gibbs " "
47. Zariah Finley " "
48. Henry B. Pinkerton " "
49. David Moore " "
50. Starlin Thackston " "
51. Joseph Woodson " " Appointed Surgeon to Spy Battn.
April 26yj 1832
52. John W. Scott " " Detailed on express 21st. April and
Rejoined Compay 15th May 1832
53. Thomas D. Scott " "
54. Roswell H. Spencer " "
55. Luther Tunnell " " Lost his horse night of 22d. may by an
affright of the Horses in the night.
56. William Tunnell " " Lost his hors by the same
57. John Reddish " "
I certify on honour that this muster Roll exhibits the true State of Capt. Thomas
Carlins Company of Mounted Volunteers of Illinois Militia on this day and that the
remarks set opposite their respective names are accurate & just.
Signed at the mouth of Fox River of the Ills. River the 28th day of May 1832.
Thomas Carlin capt. Co. Mounted Volunteers.
CC, IHi: Stevens Coll, the entire roll is in the handwriting of James Semple. Columns 4,6,7,and 8 are omitted. Columns 4 and 6 state that the company was enrolled on April 20 by Captain Carlin. The seventh, period of enrollment, is blank. In the eighth column all those present at the muster-out are listed. The only absentees were nos. 4, Mearel E. Rattan; 6 James Gilliland; 12, Williiam H. Dulaney; 16' William Gilliland; and 19, John C. Williams. Joseph Woodson, no.51 who was appointed to the battalion staff, is listed as present with the company at the muster-out.
IHi has three other rosters of this company. The official mustering-out roll in DNA(Photsat in IHi) was signed by "the Carlin" and has the Nathaniel Buckmaster certificate of service in the handwriting of David Prickett. The DNA roll gives different dates and places of enrollment for four men; 51, Joseph Woodson enrolled at Bearstown on April 26; 54 Roswell H Spencer, enrolled at Rock Island on May 8: and 55 And 56 Luther and Willaim Tunnell, enrolled at Rock Island on May 10.
The Following variations in names are given in the DNA; 4, Mearol E. Rattan; 5, David Thurston; 7, Harison Boggess; 12, William H Dulany; 28, John Huitt jnr.; 39, George Linder; 40, Phillamon Reno; 41 Preston bogus; 42, Rheubin Herrick;
44, Talbert Edwards; 47, Zuriah Finley; 55, Luther Tunnell; 56, Eilliam Tunnell.
The property roll gives Elen[Elon]Eldred, No 32 above as 1st sergeant and Preston Bogus[Boggess]. no. 41 as 3d sergeant.
Names spelled differently on the property roll, in addition to Elen Eldred. are Nos. 3, David Thurston; 6, James Gilleland; 7, Harrison Bogus; 8, Lewis D. Edwards; 12; William H. Dulaney; 13, William Hauskins; 14, William Pinkerton; 15, Williamson
Baning; 16, Wm. Gilleland; 18, John F. Pinkerton; 28 John Huitt; 313, Larkin Rattin; 35, Howel Dody; 39, Geore Linder;40, Philemon Reno; 44, Tolbert Edwards; 47, Henry B. Pinkerton; 50, Sterling Thaxton; 57. John Reddisk.
A mustering-in roll, signed by John H.Hardin at Beardstown on April 28, 1832, is also in IHi. This roll does not list either Spencer of the Tunnells, Nos.54-56 above. The only remark on the roll follows the name of John W. Scott, No 52; "detached
on express by the commander in chief April 21st. 1832 and rejoined the company Maymthe 18th 1832." Names Variations: 2. Jesse V Mount; 4, M.E. Rattan; 5, David Thurston: 7, Harrison Boggess; 9, Josiah Ashole; 11, William Findley; 12, Wm. H.
Dulany; 17, Wm. H. Whitesides; 21, John B. Whitesides; 28 John Huitt Junr.; 32 Elon Eldred; 37, Silas Crain; 39, George Linder; 40, Philoman Reno; 41, Preston Boffess; 44, Talbert Edwards; 47, Uriah Findley; and 50 Starlin Thaxton.
The April 28 Roll gives the distance from the place of enrollment to the place of mustering-in as 60 miles.
The Black Hawk War 1831-1832
Vol. I Illinois Volunteers
Compiled and edited by Ellen M. Whitney
Illinois State Historical library Volume XXXV
Sept. 24, 1998
5 of 13 children JULIA, ANDREW,JOHN C., EUGENIA, THOMAS.
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203 S. Hamlin Dr.
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The Carlin Archives online
researcher Don Tadlock, Charles E. Carlin
and Joseph M. Carlin
Oct. 10, 2000
Thomas A. Carlin born Shelbyville , Kentucky 1786. Note: another report shows him born July 18, 1789 at Fayette County Kentucky, and 1850 Census shows him as a 61 year old farmer in Carrollton, Greene County Illinois, which would mean he was born in 1789. He died Feb. 14, 1852 at Carrollton, Green County Illinois. "the disease which he had was erysipelas" according to The Carrollton Gazette, Feb. 21, 1852. Erysipelas, also known as "Saint Anthony's fire," is an acute disease of the skin and subcutaneous tisssue caused by hemolytic streptococcus (bacteria which destory red blood cells.) The disease is characterized by inflamation and fever. Thomas Carlin moved , 1803 to Jefferson County Missouri, with his family;
he later moved to Carrollton, Greene county Illinois.
Marrried Rebecca Huitt on Dec. 13, 1814 at Edwarrdsville Junction
Madison County Illinois. Rebecca Huitt was born Aug. 27, 1799
at franklin County Georgia. and died Sept. 5, 1865 at Greene County Illinois.
1830 Census Male Female
Thomas Carline 1 - 10 to 15 1 - under 5
1- 40 to 50 2 - 5 to 10
1 - 30 to 40
The 4th general assembly convened at Vandalin, Nove 13, 1825 and adjourned Jan. 18, 1825; a second session met jan 2, 1862, and adjourned Ja. 28, following. In the senate, the district composed of the counties of Greene, Morgan, Pike and Fulton, was represented by Hon. Thomas Carlin, after words governot of this state. in the lower house, Job Archibald represented the district composed of Greene and Morgan Counties.
The 5th general assembly met at Vandalia, Dec. 4, 1826, and remained in session until Feb. 19, 1827. Hon Thos. Carlin was still in the senate. In the house, John Allen represented the district composed of the counties of Greene and Calhoun. Mr Allen was one os the commissioners who located the seat of justices of this county, in 1821, and is spoken of in that
The 6th general assembly was convened at Vandalia Dec. 1, 1828, and adjourned Jan. 23, 1829. Hon thomas carlin still occupied a distinguished place in the senate, from the senatorial disstrict embracing Greene and Calhoun counties. John Allen also, was a member of the lower house, repersenting this district.
Thomas A. Carlin was a Captain in the Illinois Militia during the Black Hawk War. He was elected the 6th governor of Illinois
on Dec. 7, 1838, and served as Governor from 1838 - 1842
Thomas Carlin 61m farmer Kentucky
Rebecca (Huitt) 57 f Georgia
Julia 20 f Illinois
Andrew J. 18 m Illinois
John C. 16 m Farmer Illinois
Eugenia 11 f Illinois
Thomas Jr. 8 m Illinois
John Massingill 21 m farmer Illinois
Elizabeth Huitt 90 f Georgia
Argus July 16, 1917, Greenfield, Illinois
A Big Day in Carrollton.
Wednesday, July 4, was a big day in Carrollton, the dedication of the monument which was erected by the state in honor of Thomas Carlin, the sixth governor of the state. being the prineipal attaction at which Gove. Lowden wass the speaker of the day. Then there were the races at the fair gounds, and the double attraction drew a large crowed from far and near.
Thomas Carlin, whose atatue was unveiled on this occasion, was born near Frankford, Ky. in 1789. In 1803 the family moved to Missouri, which was then spanish terrirory. His father died there and Thomas came to Illinios and served as a ranger in the war of 1812. Following the war he operated a ferry for four years opposite the mouth of the Missouri river, where he was married. In 1818 he located on land which now forms a part of the city of Carrollton. In 1821 Greene county was created by an act of the legislature in session at Vandalin, and Mr. Carlin was one of the commission appointed to locate the county
seat. The town was named Carrollton after Charles Carroll one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. at the first election in April 1821. Mr Carlin was elected sheriff. In 1824 he was chosen as state senator and served four terms. During the Black Hawk war he commanded a spy battallion; he was chosen governor in 1838 and served four years. He died at his home in carrollton Feb. 14, 1852.
The program at the unveiling was a follows:
Invocation, Rev. C.S. Boyd
Song. Ducan Sister quartet.
Unveiling of Statue. Mrs Ada Schafer-Smith
Address__"The Mounment, " Victor S. Holm
Introduction of the governor Judge Normand Jones
Address, Governor Frank O. Lowden
Song. Duncan Sister quartet.
November 20, 1924 - - Bronze tablet place at the grave of Governor Carlin by Daughter of War of 1812. November 23, 1924. First 6 governors of Illinois were all soldiers of War of 1812 (bonds, Cole, Edwards, Reynolds, Duncan and Carlin)
November 27, 1925 - - Governor Carlin proclaims first Thanksgiving Day dates in Illinois in 1842. in 1838 Gobe. Duncan also tried to establish date but was not taken seriously.
November 29, 1934 (10 years ago 1924) a bronze marker was placed at the glance of Gov. Thomas Carlin in the Carrollton Cemetery under the direction of the Daughyers of the War of 1812. Hon. J. Perrion of Belleville was speaker. Judge Henshaw recounted Gov. Carlin Life as connected with Carrollton History.
July 9, 1870 - - Gove. Thomas Carlin of Carrollton was elected to the gubernatoruak chai in 1838, 20 years after the state was organized and was succeeded by Gov. Thomas Ford in 1842.
The Carrollton Gazette
February 21, 1852 - Death of Governor Carlin. It is with fellins of regret that we have to announce the death of Ex-Governor Thomas Carlin, who breathed his last, at his residence, near this place on February 14, 1852. The disease which he had was erysipelas. He leaves behind him an entersting family and many relatives and frinds to mourn his departure. Peace be to his ashes.
January 29, 1853 sale of lands, adjoining Carrollton. The farming land adjoning Carrollton, the property of the late Gov. Carlin were sold on Monday of this week at auction, under a decree of the Circuit Court. Prices ranged from $130 per acre down to $20 per acre.
The Carrollton Patriot - September 14, 1906
In the days when the fovernment land office was located in Edwardsville Mr. Carlin lived there. At one time the land agent at Shawneetown was sent there to take tempory charge os the office. He had been in Edwardsville but a few days when, going into a barroom of the tavern (there were no hotels with offices in those days) one evening, he found seated in a chair an old man semmingly quite sick with consumption. In a few moments there entered a young man, Tall of stature and evidentially and athlete.
Without a word the new arrival stepped to the chair where the invalid was sitting and with his open hand gave him a blow which knocked him to the floor. No sooner was the blow struck than the land agent picked up a chair and knocked the young man down, then jumped on his prostrate form and began beating him with his fists. The noise brought the landlord into the barroom in a hurry and he pulled the land agent from the young man, The latter arose, his nose and face bleeding and muttering a few curses, left the room.
The landlord was terribly excited and asked the land agent if he knew who it was he had assaulted. The agent replied he did not and did not care, the man was a brute and a coward. The land lord told him the man was Tom Carlin, the bully of the town and county, a man who had never before been whipped. He then warned the landlord that his life was in danger, that Carlin would undoubtedly kill him. The agent replied that he was not alarmed, that a man who would strike an old, sick man as Carlin had done was a Coward and a brute and he as not afraid of him.
A few evenings later, just as the land agent was going to close his office for the night, the door opened and Carlin walk in. Though somewhat startled, the land agent spoke to him in a calm and dignified tine. "I'm Tom Carlin the man you whipped the other night," said the visitor. "I recognize you, what can I do for you? was the rejoinder. "Say", said Carlin "no man ever whipped me before, I'm known as the bully in all this country. I've drank whiskey, fought and been regular terror, but I want to quit; I want to be a man. I hear you can read and write and cipher and are real smart and I want to learn if you will help me.
The agent, while eyeing him with suspicion said he would take pleasure in teaching him if he really wanted to learn and asked him when he wish to begin. Carlin said he was ready at any time and would take lessons every evening. Before the land agent returned to Shawneeeetown, Carlin could read and write and had made some progress in mathematices. He soon after married and by the aid of his wife, achieved something of an education and later made a most excellent governor.
This story was related last week in the Edwardsville Intelligencer which credit the narrative to the Late Hon. N.L. Freeman of Springfield, who was reporter of the supreme court for more then 30 years.
June 28, 1928 - - death recalls an Episode of 1824. Mrs. Lame was daughter of Rev. Piggot opponent of Gov. Carlin
(both secured certificate of election, each presented himself at Vandalia, the Capitol and claimed the seat) as a result a second election was held December 13, 1824.
Mr. B.C. Hodges representing the Carlin Mounment commission appeared before the board relative to a place in the SE corner of the court house yard for the erection of the Carlin Mounment. Mr. Kelly made a motion that the pettion be granted and that the monument should be erected some place near the center of the yard in the SE Corner of the court house. Motion carried.
Charles E. Carlin
Thomas Carlin 1838 - 1842
Thomas Carlin, sixth Governor of the State of Illinois, serving from 1838 to 1842, was also a Kentuckian, being born near Franford, that State, July 18, 1789, of Irish paternity. The opportinities for an education being very meager in his natime place, he, on approaching years of judgment, and thus became a self-made, and his taste for reading and study remained with him through life. In 1803 his father removed to Missouri, then a part of "New Spain." Where he died in 1810.
In 1812 young Carlin came to Illinois and participated in all the "ranging" service incident to the war of that period, proving himself a soldier of undaunted bravery. In 1813 he married Rebecca Huitt, and lived for four years on the bank of the Mississippi River, opposite the mouth of the Missouri, where following farming and then removed to Greene County.
He located the Town site of Carrollton, in that county, and in 1825 made a liberal donation of land for county building purposes. He was the first Sheriff of that county after it s separated organization, and afterward was twice elected, as a Jackson Democrat, to the Illinois Senate. In the Black Hawk War he commanded a spy battalion, a post of considerable dange. In 1834 he was appointed by President Jackson to the position of Receiver of Public Moneys, and to fulfill the office more conveniently he removed to the city of Quincy.
While, in 1838, the unwieldy internal improvement system of the State was in full operation, with all its expencive machinery, amidst bank suspensions throughout the United States, a great stringencey in the money market everywhere, and Illinois bonds forced to sale at a heavy discount. and the "hardest rimes" existiong athat the people of the Pariries State ever saw, the
general election of State officers was approaching. Discreet men who had cherished the hope of a speedy subsidence of the public infatuation, met with disappointment. A Governor and Legeislature were to be elected, and these were now looked forward to for a repeal of the runious State policy. But the grand scheme had not yet lost its dazzling influence upon the minds of the people. Time and experience had not yet fully domonstrated its utter absurdity. Hence the question of arresting its career of progligate expenditures did not become a leading one with the dominant arty during the campaign and most of the old
members of the Legislature were returned at the election.
Under these circumstamces the Democrats, in State Convention assembled, nominated Mr. Carlin for the office of Governot, and S.H. Anderson for Lieutenant Governot, while the Whigs nominated Vyrus Edwardsm brother of Ninian Edwards, formerly governor, and W.H. Davidson. Edwards came out strongly for a conrnuance of the State policy, while Carlin remained non-committal. This was the firt time that the main political parties in this State were unembarrassed by any third party in the field. The result of the electios was: Carlin, 35,573; Anderson 30,335; Edwards 29,628; and Davidson 28,715.
Upon the meeting of the subswquent Legistature(1839), the retiring Gov. Duncan in his message spoke in emphatic terms of the impolicy of the internal improvement system, preasging the evils threatened, and urged that body to do their utmost to correct the great error, yet, on the countrarym the Legislature not only decided to continue the policy byt also added to its burden by voting more appropriations and ordering more improvements. Although the money markes was still stringent, a further loan of $4,0000,000 was ordered for the Illinois & Michagan Canal alone. Chichago at theat time began to loom up and promise to be an important city, even the great emporium of the West, as it hs since indeed came to be ex-Gov. Reynolds, as imcompetent financier, was commissioned to effect the loan, and accordingly hastened to the East of this responisble errand and negotiated the loans, at consideraable sacrifice to the State. Beside this embarrassment to Carlin's administration, the Legislature also declared that he had no authority to appoint a Secretary f State until a vacancy existed, and a P.Field, a Whigh who had already held the post by appointment through three administrations was determined to hoop the place a while longer, in spire of
Gov. Carlin preferences. The course of the Legislature in this regrad, however, was finally sustained by the Supreme Court, in a quo warranto case brought up before it by John A. McClernand, whom the Governor had nominated for the officer. Thereupon that dignified body was denounced as a "Whog Court!" endeavoring to establish the orinciple of life-tenure of office.
A new law was scoped re-organizing the Judiciary, and under it fice additional Supreme Judges were elected by Legislature, namely, Thomas Ford(afterward Governor), Sidney Breese, Walter B. Scates, Samuel H. Treat and Stephen A. Douglas------all Democrats.
It was during Gov. Carlin Administration that the Noisy campaign of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" occourred, resulting in a Whig victory, did nothowever, did not affert Illinois politiec very serously.
Another prominent event in the Wesst during Gov. calin's term of office was the excitemen caused by the Mormons and their removal from Independence, Mo. to Nauvoo, Ill, in 1840, At the same time they began to figure somewhat in State politics. On account of their beliving as they thought, according to the New Testament, that they should have all things common,"and that consequently"all the earth" and all that is upon it were the"Lord's" and therefore the property of his "saints,: They were suspected, and correctly, too, of committing many of the deeds of larcenty, robbery, etc. that were so fife throughout this country in those days. Hence a felling of violence grew up between the Mormons and"anti-Mormons."In the State of Missouri the Mormons always supported the Democracy until they were driven out by the Demicratic Goverment, when they turned their support to the Whigs. They were becoming numerous, and in the Legislature of 1840-1, therefore, it became a matter of interst with both parites to conciliate these people. Through the agency of one John C. Bennett, a scamp, the Mormons succeeded in rushing through the Legislature(both parties not daring to oppose) a charter for the city of Nauvoo which virtually erected a hierarchy co-ordinate with the Federal government itself. In the fall of 1841 the Governor of Missouri made a demand upon Gov. Carlin for the body of Joe Smith, the Mormon leader as a fugitive from justice. gov. Carlin issued the writ, but for some reason it was returned unserved. It was again in 1842, and Smith was arrested, but was either rescued by his followers or discharged by the municipal court on a writ of habeas corpus. In December 1841 the Democratic Convention nominated Adam W. Snyder, of Belleville, for Governor. As he had been, as a member of the Legislature, rather
friendly to the Mormons, the latter naturally turned their support to the Democratic party. The next spring the Whigs nominated Ex-gov. Duncan for the same office In the meantime the Mormons began to grow more odious to the masses of the people, and the comparative prospects of the respectice parties for success became very problematical. Mr. Snyder died in may, and Thomas Ford, a Supreme Judge, was substituted as candidate, and was elected. At the close of his gubernatorial term, Mr. Carlin removed back to his old home in Carrollton, where he spent the remainder of his life, as before his elevation to office, in agricultural pursuits. In 1849 he served out the unexpired term of J.D. Fry in the Illinois House of Representativesm and died Feb. 4,1852, at his residence at Carrollton, Leaving a wife and seven children.
"Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois,"
Chapman brothers, Chicago, 1887.
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