(Vicki’s note – the “Pioneer Beloit”, by Arthur L. Luebke, book is on the Nonfiction checkout shelves and Local History/Genealogy shelves, under the call number 977.588 L96. I realized that the Genealogy copy was misplaced, and put a copy in the right place. Thru the years, I have found it to be the best book about the early history and pioneers of Beloit, Wisconsin. Another helpful book is the “Rock County, Wisconsin, Volume 1” By William Fiske Brown, mentioned below.
My favorite story from Beloit’s early history is about Joseph Tebo’s “owning” three looks of land, as quoted below from Rock County Wisconsin Genealogy Trails (Part of the Genealogy Trails History Group.)
I found this site before, and found it helpful. It has several resources, including some lists of the names of people who were buried in Rock County (Township) Cemeteries, maps, histories, etc. I will add the link to the top Banner of the Blog.
All this found, while I was just going to put Kim Caswell’s comment as a short Posting!):
Genealogy Trails History Group
– Our Goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data for the free use of all researchers.
We started out way back in March 2000 by providing data for the state of Illinois and expanded to cover the other states in March of 2006. Since then, we’ve been very pleased to welcome the many new hosts who have joined our original Illinois volunteers, and to continue to bring free transcribed data to our websites.
(Vicki’s Note – This includes the Illinois Genealogy Trails, the Wisconsin Genealogy Trails, and the Rock County groups below.):
Illinois Genealogy Trails
Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
Rock County Wisconsin Genealogy Trails
(Vicki’s note – “Rock County, Wisconsin, Volume 1” By William Fiske Brown is also available in the Beloit Genealogy & Local History collection under the call numbers GEN 977.587 B81 v.1 and GEN 977.587 B81 v.2. This quote is from a transcription in Rock County Wisconsin Genealogy Trails):
“Rock County, Wisconsin History Source: “Rock County, Wisconsin, Volume 1” By William Fiske Brown Historian M. A., D.D.; Publ. 1908 a new history of its cities, villages, towns, citizens and varied interests, from the earliest times, up to date,
Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack”
“The first white man to settle within the present site of Beloit was a French Canadian trader and Indian interpreter named Thibault (Tebo), who in 1836 claimed to have been living in this general region some twelve years….”
“…Thibault, who was a shrewd man, claimed all the land within “three looks” from his cabin. A “look,” the unit of land measurement among the Indians, was the distance a person could see from a certain starting point, so that Thibault’s possessions were to be determined by looking from his cabin to some point as far distant as the sight could reach, going to that spot and looking again to the most distant point within the range of vision there, and from that second point repeating the process by a third “look…“
“…in May, 1836, Mr. Blodgett came to the site of the present city of Beloit exploring, attracted by its many natural advantages returned again in June, and spent the summer and fall of 1836 breaking land for a farm and getting ready for his family. Then he went after them and came back in December, 1836, accompanied by his wife, Phoebe Kidder, his sons, Nelson and Daniel, and his son-in-law, John Hackett, who had married Cordelia Blodgett, and who became intimately associated with him in his enterprises. From Thibault Mr. Blodgett, for $200, bought all his claims on the east side of Rock river, the “three looks,” comprising, as Blodgett thought, about ten sections of land, and at once with characteristic enterprise began securing his rights and planning for the future. With the kindly aid of Indian bucks and squaws, who still lingered on the west side of the river, he constructed near the east bank (in the rear of what is now 322 State street) a log cabin of two rooms, separated by a passageway, one room being for his family, and the other for prospectors and hired help. At this time nearly all the land, bordering on the west bank of Rock river, as far north as the site of Janesville, had been sold by the government, so that Blodgett’s operations were confined to the east side of the stream where, after the completion of his home, he began preparations for the erection of a saw mill…”
(Vicki’s note – and here is a reference to who I assume is Kim Caswell’s relative.):
“…Hon. L. B. Caswell, ex-congressman, now of Fort Atkinson, Wis., contributes this personal description and record. (Mr. Caswell was then a boy, living in his father’s cabin at the south end of the lake, and his statement is of the highest authority. )…I knew Thibault (Tebo), the Indian trader, well….”
“Pioneer Beloit” Book
at Beloit Public Library
(Vicki’s Note – Kim Caswell (Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library member) summarizes the “Pioneer Beloit” , by Arthur L. Luebke, book contents, and excitement on finding a connection there.
Don’t forget to explore the Library’s Local History/Genealogy print collection in books and pamphlet file. I will be transferring several other books there from the Reference and expanding the Genealogy shelving to another row of bookcases.):
Comment from Kimberly Caswell:
“Recently Added to the Beloit Library Genealogy & Reference section was the “Pioneer Beloit” Book written by Arthur Luebke. The book discusses the pioneers of Beloit and others from it beginning. This book is an interesting read with a few surprises.
I strongly urge genealogists to read this. Especially if you have had family or distant relatives in the Beloit area from long ago.
It was brought to my attention that my (married) last name is mentioned in the book. I had to check it out. As it turns out, A gentleman was named in the book who did in fact turn out to be an ancestor of my husbands family. Since then, a neighbor was skimming through the book and discovered HE had an ancestor named in the book. For him, he had some knowledge of the ancestor in Beloit’s early development but had no real idea of the role they played.
So folks – check out this book. Either get the borrow-able copy or take a look at the copy in the Reference section.
You might be surprised at what you find.”