By Vicki Ruthe Hahn
Duhhhh! I forgot to tell you the punchline this morning.
Great questions on my Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program today.
“Getting to Know William Graydon’s Family, and Me – a Study Showing Genealogy Research Methods and Regional Connections”.
The biggest Stateline/regional connections are these:
(I believe that this is the “Chicago” that Major Jesse Meacham, and later, Elizabeth Lulu Booth visited before going to Troy WI.)
While Jesse Meacham went on to found Troy, Wisconsin (where William R Graydon’s family later moved),
Caleb Blodgett bought a farm/acreage in Meacham Grove, Illinois.
After a short while, Caleb Blodgett sold his Illinois land, and moved to Wisconsin.
The French trapper Joseph Thiebault (Tebo) was the first white man who came to the Beloit Wisconsin area in 1820. He was married to two American Indian wives at the same time.
Stephen Mack was the first white settler (mid 1830s) in the Rockton Illinois area, and was married to Hononegah, a Native American woman from one of the surrounding tribes. He founded Macktown, Illinois.
Tebo and Stephen Mack knew, and traded with each other.
Caleb Blodgett bought “three looks” of land in 1836 from Tebo, and founded what became Beloit, Wisconsin.
Caleb Blodgett knew, and traded with, Stephen Mack of Macktown Illinois (near Rockton).
And now you know (some of ) the rest of the story!