Early Woodford County Settlers
Woodford County, Illinois


This photo taken in front of the courthouse in Eureka on Feb. 27, 1911, shows 29 residents of the county who were also living in the county when it was organized 70 years earlier, Feb. 27, 1841. The group was gathered together and the picture taken under the direction of the Woodford County Historical Society, headed by L. J. Freese, president and Amanda Jennings, secretary.

Identification of those in the picture is a little difficult, because they are not standing in straight rows, but is listed on the back of the pictures as follows:

Back row, left to right, Jesse Meek, Marsh Meek, Joel Ramey, Capt. Winifield Bullock, John Dodd, B. J. Radford, Elmira Dickinson, Ezra Price and Mrs. Ezra Price.

Listed in the second row are Peter Farney, W. A. Davison, Ezra Meek, Mrs. Ezra Meek, Roger Dickinson, Ransom Meek, Daniel Meek, Jim Robinson, Hamilton robeson and Mrs. Klopfenstein.

In the front row are Mrs. Eckles, Mrs. Mary Bullock, Capt. Joe Major, Elijah Dickinson, James L. West, William Woosley, and the last two are just identified as Hinshaw and Evans.


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