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Early Settlers of Illinois

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  • Nicholas Proctor (1756 - 1835)
    Nicholas Proctor was born in 1758 in Brunswick County, Virginia. His family left Virginia when he was aged 5 or 6 moving to Rowan County, North Carolina, then moving again when he was around 19 yea...
  • Little Page Proctor (1760 - 1853)
    Little Page served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution he served in a couple of different commands and was a scout for Rogers Rangers fighting in the Frontier. Revolutionary War vete...
  • Richard L. Davis (1848 - 1851)
  • Baker Dutton (1760 - 1849)
  • Johann Valentin Schad (1811 - 1856)
    Henry Scates, was a German immigrant, the son of Johann Valentin Schad ( b. April 16 1811, in Burmuthshain, Hesse, Germany - d. July 17 1856, in Waterloo Illinois)

Early settlers of Illinois were people who established residency in or immigrants to Illinois prior to 1860. In the case of entire families immigrating together, it is appropriate to add all adults and children among those who settled in Illinois.

Illinois is popularly known as the "Land of Lincoln" in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, who movedwith his family from Kentucky to Illinois in 1830. The Lincolns settled on public land in Macon County, Illinois.

It will be useful to have links here to Illinois' historical societies and museums.

All interested in this subject are welcome to join this project.