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My Flanders, Hargrave & McClain Families of Illinois

Family Profiles

Flanders Pioneers of Aneroid Sask. Canada
My Flanders Ancestors
History of Illinois
The Beginning~The Search For Clues
~The Hargrave & Flanders Connection~
Descendants of Sarah Hargrave & Charles G. Flanders
Descendants of John 1. Hargrave
Flanders~Hill Census Information
My Hargrave Ancestors
Descendants of Nicholas Purcell
Bill of the Personal Property & Probate Files of the Estate of Geo B. Hargrave
Revolutionary War Pension Application ~ Abner Flanders
"The Old Slave House" Hickory Hill, Illinois
Slavery in Illinois
Music in Equality
Favorite Family Photos
Family Photos ~ Page 2
~I Remember Mama~
This Page is Dedicated to Our Daughter Shelly Lee Gillihan
Family Profiles
Flanders Obituary Page
Equality Village Cemetery ~Family Tombstone Photos~
~Mama's Obituary~
Family Burials In Illinois
My McClain Family
Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) Author
Family Documents Page 1
~Family Documents Page 2~
~Honoring Our Flanders Who Served ~
Honoring Our Hargraves Who Served
McClain Civil War Veterans From Illinois
Family & Friends That I Have Found
The Later Generations

And..Individuals Information
English: habitational names from any of a number of places called Hargrave or Hargreave, of which there are examples in Cheshire, Northamptonshire, and Suffolk; all are named with Old English har ‘gray’ or hara ‘hare’ + graf ‘grove’ or græfe ‘thicket’

Jane Sandusky Flanders
b. about 1624 in York, ME, d. 19 Nov 1683 in Salisbury, MA.
Jane Sandusky, was purported to be of Indian descent. . She may have been the daughter of a French trapper, who were known to be coming down the St. Lawrence during this period. There is some belief that her name was some corruption of the French name of Saint Estr'ees;
Abigail Carter Flanders
b. latter end of June 165__.  married Dec.28, 1670, Steven 2 FlandersEleven children were born to this union.  

Abigail Carter was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Carter and Mary Parkhurst. She married Steven Flanders, II on Dec.28, 1670 at Salisbury, MA. She was born Jan., 1652/3; she was living in Salisbury, 1747. No death date has been found for her. She was appointed administratrix of her husband's estate.


                                      Joanna Smith Flanders

b. . June 30, 1723, West Parish Ch., Salisbury; admitted to the church, Jan.7, 1728 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA, d.  Kingston, Rockingham Co., NH
Daughter of Richard Smith & Elizabeth Sleeper
Married: Philip Flanders, ; m. Feb.2, 1710, Salisbury
Sarah Chandler Flanders
b. 15 Dec 1756 in Concord, NH, d. Sept. 26, 1840,  Northfield, Merrimack Co., NH, , at the age of 83
Daughter of Daniel Chandler , b: 15 FEB 1735/36 in Andover, Essex Co., MA, d.  25 OCT 1795
& Sarah Eastman. Daniel was the Son of John Chandler & Tabitha Abbott
Married: 14 Aug 1773 in Concord, NH, Abner Flanders
Mary Fowler Flanders
13 NOV 1724 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA, d. Unknown
Daughter of: Jacob Fowler,  b: 10 DEC 1690 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA, d. 10 DEC 1690 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA.  &  Mary Jones,  b. 6 JUN 1689 in Amesbury, Essex Co., MA.
Jacob was the Son of: Samuel Flowler, b. b: ABT 1659 in perhaps Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., NH
& Hannah Worthen, b. b: 21 APR 1663 in Salisbury, Essex Co., MA.
Married: 10 JUN 1744, Richard Flanders
Deborah Hill Flanders
Birth: 1794 in NY
Death: 1850 or aft in Gallatin Co, IL
Father: John 4 HILL b: 18 Mar 1759 in Kingston, Ulster Co, NY
Mother: Sarah COLYER b: abt 1763 in NY
NOTE: 1820 U.S. Census • New York • Tioga • Spencer
John HILL 21.2.1|111.1.|3
Abner FLANDERS 1...1.|1.1...|...
John SHOEMAKER .1..1.|11.1..|1..

Her father died intestate. In court papers by eldest brother Hugh, Deborah is stated as married surname Flanders, and gone to live "near the lead mines". Deborah's Nephew, Benjamin O. Hill's Widow, Eliza Newman Hill re-married  1878 to Willis B. Hargrave, son of Seth. Deborah's Brothers, Joseph & Morris settled in Carmi Illinois in the late 1820's. (The above information from Kaye Powell's research)
Cordelia Candice Nolen Flanders
Birth:15 Mar 1853 in Nashville, Davidson Co, TN
Death: 23 Apr 1928 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
Father: John Mills NOLEN b: 1814 in NC
Mother: Sarah Reid BECK b: 1820 in NC
Marriage 1 John FLANDERS b: May 1845 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
Married: 22 Jan 1871 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
Martha Purcell Davenport Flanders
Birth:  24 DEC 1832 in Gallatin County, IL 
Died:  24 APR 1905, Buried at Equality Village
NOTE: Martha's brother Lewis married George's sister Mary Elizabeth FLANDERS.
1850 > Illinois > Gallatin > Equality
Roll: M432_107 Page: 405
PURCILL Eleanor 45 NY
Martha 18, Jesse 15, Louis 23, Nancy 14, Sarah 12, Lucy Ann 8, all b IL
Father: Nicholas PURCELL b: abt 1800 in NY
Mother: Eleanor DECKER b: 1805 in NY
Married: John Davenport b: 23 SEP 1832 in Gallatin County, IL
Death: 14 JUL 1907, Buried at Equality Village 
Married: 1863
Nicholas Davenport, b. May 1864
Joseph Davenport, b. Feb. 7, 1867, d. 22 NOV 1938,
Buried at Equality Village
Henry Davenport, b. August 1873
Harrriet Davenport, b. August 1873
Elizabeth Davenport, March 1876
Mary Elizabeth Flanders Purcell
Birth: 10 Sep 1833 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
Death: Aug 1921 in Gallatin Co, IL
Father: Abner FLANDERS
Mother: Deborah HILL
Marriage: Lewis PURCELL b: 1827 in IL or Chemung Co, NY
Father: Nicholas (Percil) PURCELL
Mother: Eleanor DECKER
Married: 27 Aug 1856 in Gallatin Co, IL
NOTE: Mary's brother George W married Lewis' sister Martha Purcell.
Melville K PURCELL b: 24 Oct 1859 in IL
Charles C or O PURCELL b: Nov 1859 in IL
James Allen PURCELL b: Aug 1861 in IL
William Lewis PURCELL b: 1872 in Gallatin Co, IL
Chandler Flanders
Birth: abt 1836 in probably Gallatin Co, IL
Father: Abner FLANDERS
Mother: Deborah HILL
Marriage: Louisa HOLEMAN
abt 1841 in OH - probably Damascus, Columbiana Co
Father: Edward HOLEMAN
Mother: Mary Jane CARR
Married: 11 May 1856 in Gallatin Co, IL
Mary Jane FLANDERS b: abt 1858 in Gallatin Co, IL
Sarah Flanders Davenport
Birth: 1820 in Spencer twp, Tioga Co, NY
Death: 1877 in Gallatin Co, IL
Father: Abner FLANDERS
Mother: Deborah HILL
Marriage 1 Randle W DAVENPORT
b: abt 1815 in Knox Co., TN
Married: 17 Feb 1842 in Gallatin Co, IL
Abner Francis DAVENPORT b: 2 Mar 1844 in Gallatin Co, IL
Deborah F DAVENPORT b: 1846 in Gallatin Co, IL
Sarah A DAVENPORT b: 1848 in IL
George W DAVENPORT b: Mar 1850 in Eagle, Gallatin Co, IL
Abner Flanders
Birth: abt 1830 in probably Gallatin Co, IL
Military Service Civil War
NOTES: Civil War Pension Index:
Abner Flanders
State Filed:
Susan M. Flanders Relative:
Franklin McLain
Franklin McLain, farmer, was born in Hopkins County, KY., march 15, 1831.  His father, Samuel, formerly from South Carolina, in early life settled in  Hopkins County, and here married Lurania Warson.  He was a farmer, and died while on a prospecting tour in Missouri, a few monoths before the birth of our subject, the youngest of his three children.  The mother, a native of South Carolina, came in 1850 with our subject to Gallatin County and settled on their present homestead.  She died in Jefferson County in September 1877.  Reared on the farm, and with a limited education, our subject has been chiefly devoted to agriculture.  November 11, 1852, he married Mary, daughter of Owen Riley, in Saline County.  They had but one child (deceased).  After his wife's death. December 9, 1853, he married in Gallatin County, September 2, 1852, Nancy, daughter of Nicholas Purcell, a millwright and farmer, a native of New York, and who died in 1842 from injuries received while employed at his trade.  From this marriage are the following children: Jessie M., Francis M., Calvin B., Lucy A., Ellen, Clara, Lewis V., Guy, Viola and Iva.  HIs wife was born in Gallatin County, October 10, 1836.  Our subject is a Democrat, first voting for Pierce.  He has a fine home and farm of 180 acres, three miles north of Equality, devoted to wheat and clover seed."
Nancy Jane Flanders Gibson
Birth: Mar 1824 in IL
Death: 1910 or aft
Marriage: Simeon K GIBSON b: abt 1815
Married: 26 Feb 1844 in Gallatin Co, IL
John Flanders
Son of Abner & Deborah Hill Flanders
Birth: 1820 or bef in Tioga Co, NY
Death: 1838 - 1845 in Gallatin Co, IL
Marriage 1 Malenta HARGRAVE
b: 1820 abt in IL
Death: 1860 or bef in Gallatin Co, IL
Married: 1845 or bef in Gallatin Co, IL
NOTE: 1850 U.S. Census • Illinois • Gallatin • Equality
William HARGRAVE 27 farmer, all b IL
Cynthia A 24, George 4, John 3, Willie 1, Mary E 1/12
William H BLADES 27 farmer KY
Malitna 29 IL malenta
Aphse? E 1 f, IL aphia?
Aphia BLADES b: 1849 abt in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
General Willis Hargrave
1764 - 1846
Son Of William Sr. & Unknown Bishop Hargrave
He and wife Jane Brown relocated to Logan County, Kentucky, in 1790. Here they had nine children, Samuel, Margaret, Seth, Nancy, George, Rachel, Lee, Light, and Jane. The latter two died in infancy. Willis moved his family to Gallatin County in 1808 where, along with daughter Margaret and her husband James Ratcliff, they settled near the U.S. Salines at Equality. Willis, who had been active in the Kentucky Militia and was a lieutenant in 1797 and a captain by 1803, engaged his service in the War of 1812 mostly guarding settlements against native attack. He served in the 3rd Regiment, Captain Hargraves Company. Willis Hargrave was an important figure in early southeastern Illinois history. By 1812, four years after moving to Gallatin County, Willis Hargrave was made a member of a three-man commission, which included Leonard White and Phillip Trammel, to set legal boundaries for the U.S. Salines at Equality. Hargrave and William McHenry signed the Illinois Constitution on August 26, 1818. Willis Hargrave asserted his wishes to legalize slavery in the state. Hargrave was accused of establishing a proslavery organization and conspiring to bring slaves into the state. In December of 1823, Hargrave held a meeting of the "Friends of a Convention" aimed at amending the constitution to allow slavery. The slavery question was a statewide concern for many citizens and it appears that Hargrave was very much involved in the heated debate. No changes were made, however, and Illinois remained a free state. Willis died in 1846 at the age of 76.
Lucinda McHenry Hargrave
b. Sept. 25, 1801
Daughter of, William & Hannah McHenry
m. Dec. 20, 1819, George B. Hargrave
d. January 8, 1836
Augustus "Gus" Lowell Flanders
Born: March 18, 1882
Died 1954
son of Oscar Peabody FLANDERS and Lucy MCCLAIM
Married: Julia E. Proctor
Birth: 14 Jul 1884 in Gallatin County, IL
Death: JULY 1961, Illinois
Father: William S. Proctor
b. 1840 in Hamilton County, IL
Mother: Mary Biggerstaff
b. About. 1846
NOTE: Julia Proctor had an older Sister, Elizabeth who married Abner Flanders, the younger Brother of Oscar and Uncle of Augustus. That means that Abner's Sister-in-Law (Julia) married his Nephew Augustus...........
 Rosetta Loretta  "Etta" Etherton Flanders
Birth: 1872 in Saline Co, IL
Death: 1936 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL
Father: Andrew J ETHERTON b: 1840 in IN
Mother: Josephine ENDICOTT b: 10 Oct 1844 in Posey, IN
Marriage (1) Abner FLANDERS b: 1866 in Gallatin Co, IL
Married: abt 1904 in IL
William Oscar Flanders
Born: JAN. 29, 1915, Danville, Vermillion Co.
Died: Dec. 8, 1996, Tempe, AZ.
Married: Ethel ROBERTS, June 12, 1943, Watseka, ILL.
She was born Feb. 22, 1917. Daughter of   Russell Roiberts and Bernice Hunt
Deborah J. b.  March 11, 1945
Suzanne , b. Jan. 2, 1947
William R. b. SEPT. 24. 1948
Nancy M. b. JULY 26, 1952
Judge, Harry Jesse Flanders
b. Jan. 1, 1896, d. June 16, 1968, Saline Co. Ill.
Married: 1903, Bernice Porter
Jay, Mary Ann
Harry was a prominent Judge in El Dorado, Illinois
Dorastus L Grimes
Birth: Feb 1823 in Indiana, Death: 18 Feb 1883 in Saline Co., Ill. Dorastus lived in Saline Co. about 30 yrs. & d. in Somerset Precinct. He suffered several weeks from an attack of fever. Bur. in Capt Roark's farm. He was member of 6th Ill. Cavalry & most of the time in Co. K. He was Republican. Was merchant in Whitesville, but after the service, farmed & was very successful. Bur. in Mountain Twp., Saline Co., Ill. HE MARRIED: Emily B HARGARVE, 5 Jan 1855 in Saline Co., Ill.
Willis Brown Hargrave
Willis B. Hargrave was born in White County, IL August 3, 1825 to George B. and Lucinda (McHenry) Hargrave.  Lucinda died in 1836 near Equality and George died in 1841.  Willis B. Hargrave was the third born of nine children.  Willis served six months in the Mexican War and was discharged at Camp Mear.  He enlisted in the Third Illinois Cavalry as private afterward as 1st Lieutenant. After two and a half years he resigned his commission at Port Hudson because of poor health.  In 1848 he married Sarah A. Craw, daughter of Richard Craw.  Willis and Sarah had two children Alma L. and George R. 
Andrew Lorenzo Hargrave
Son of Lorenzo D. Hargrave and Artemissa Blackman Hargrave. Andrew married Flora B. Scroggins on February 18, 1886, in Saline County, Illinois. As a result of this union, Andrew and Flora had six children, Maud, Mark, George, Nellie, Carrie, and Lois Hargrave.
Abner Francis Davenport
Abner. F. Davenport, merchant, was born near Equality, Ill., March 2, 1844. His father, R. W., was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., settled with his parents near Equality, and was always a farmer. He married Sarah, daughter of Abner Flanders, a farmer and manufacturer, and a native of New Hampshire. For ten years he was coroner, and filled an unexpired term as sheriff. His death occurred in December, 1852. The mother, a native of New York, came with her parents to Illinois, settling near Equality; she died in 1875. Our subject, the eldest of our children, was reared and educated in Equality, chiefly, and took a course at Bartlett's Commercial College, Cincinnati. Until two years ago he was a farmer and teacher, when he engaged in his present general merchandise business. February 13, 1878, he married Juliet, daughter of John W. Clifton, a merchant, formerly of Ohio. She was born in Gallatin County in June, 1848. Their children are May, Delia, Martha J., Randall W., George A. and Robert C. Our subject is a Democrat, and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Their home is in Equality.
Source: [Author unknown] 1887. History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin and Williamson Counties, Illinois. 534.

Misc. Family Marriages
MCLEAN, FRANKLIN - RILEY, MARY-  11/11/1852- 1/  77-SALINE

John Hargrave, Sr.
Son of William & Unknown Bishop
Birth: 23 NOV 1755
Death: 30 OCT 1834 in , Union County, Illinois,  Burial: Anna Cem. or McClure/Frick Cem.,Jonesboro, Union Co., Illinois
He enlisted in 1776 for two and one half months with Capt. Dennis Haukins, and Col. Daniel Horry.  Then, in 1780, he enlisted for ten months with Capt. Thomas Hemphill and Col. Francis Locke.  In 1781 he enlisted for six months with Capt. Francis Boykin and Col. Charles Middleton. He was in the battles of Ramsour's Mill and Eutaw Springs.  He came to Union County, Illinois in 1809 and was pensioned 
Pensioned for Revolutionary War service - 1775 to 1782- NC and SC - in 1832.
1832 Filed for Revolutionary War Pension in Jonesboro, Union Co., Illinoi
Residence: Union Co., Illinois is at the southern most point of Illinois. Cape Girardeau, Missouri is due west across the Mississippi River. Warrick Co., Indiana is due east about four counties on the Ohio River. Arkansas is not very far to the southwest!
Marriage: Kathryn McNeal, b: 1755 in South Carolina, 1785, North Carolina

Jesse Purcell, son of Nicholas Purcell & Eleanor Decker
b. 1841, Gallatin Co. Illinois, d. before 1900
married  Feb. 5, 1871, Deborah F. Davenport, b. 1846, Gallatin Co. Illinois
Daughter of Randall Davenport & Sarah Flanders.
Luella Purcell, b. Sept. 1874
Arthur C. Purcell, b. Nov. 1881
1880 Equality, Gallatin, Illinois
Film Number T9-0208 Page Number 485B
PERCIL Jesse 46 farmer IL NY NY
Deborah F 34 IL NY NY
Luella 6 IL IL IL

1900 Equality, Gallatin, Illinois;
Roll: T623 301; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 39
PERCIL Deborah May1866 54 m? 5/2 IL TN NH
Arthur C Nov1881 18 IL IL IL
SHAVER Louella Sep1874 25 m4 1/1 IL IL IL
Abner Francis Davenport,
b.  2 Mar 1844 in Gallatin Co, IL ,
d.  24 July 1916 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL.
Son of Randall Davenport & Sarah Flanders.
Married,  13 FEB 1878 in Gallatin Co., IL, Emily Juliett Clifton,
b. June 1848 in IL,
d.  6 Feb 1929 in Equality, Gallatin Co, IL.
Randall William Davenport, b. Dec. 7, 1881
Francis Davenport, b. 1884
Charles Davenport, b. 1889
May Davenport, b. 1878
Delia Davenport, 1879
Martha Davenport, b. Aug. 1881
George A. Davenport, b. March 1884
Robert C. Davenport, b. March 1885
1880 Equality, Gallatin, Illinois
Film Number T9-0208 Page Number 484C
Julia 32 IL OH NY
May 2, Delia 10/12

Gallatin County, IL 1850 Federal Census:
Towle Family
28  94   94  Towle Israel D.   62 M  Carpenter  N. C.
29  94   94  Towle Eliza        51 F                   N. Y.
30  94   94  Towle  Lucy       16 F                    Ill                     
31  94   94  Towle   Chalen   13 M                   Ill                  
32  94   94  Towle   Joseph   12 M                   Ill  
Lucy N. Towle b. 1833
d. 1855, Buried Equality Village Cemetery
Second Wife of George W. Flanders
Married: March 12, 1854

Records from Gallatin Co. Commissioners
Record Book of 1850’s

George W. Flanders be supervisor on road West from courthouse in Equality
to the junction with St. Louis Road, also on Carmi Road from courthouse
on road by Robert Siddall farm. Bounds begin at courthouse thence to
Siddall's, thence to line between I?D. Towle's and William Siddall's farm,
thence to St. Louis Road, thence to beginning.
William Siddall received license to keep storehouse at corner of Main Cross
and Clinton Streets, upon payment of $75 cash to county treasurer. Bond
for this Equality store was by Abner Flanders and Benjamin F. White.
N. P. Flanders be supervisor on Clinton St. commencing at Jackson St and
running west until it intersects the road running out from Lane Street, with
these hands (to wit) Joseph Gregory, Willis Pinnel, B. F. & S. W. White,
A. H. Trousdale, William Kelly, John C. Yost and any others within these
bounds at time of working said road.
John Flanders, be supervisor of road commencing at court house and 
leading to his house and James W. Hamilton, Charles Osborn, John N.
Smith, Joseph Hopper, and Soloman Holt are appointed you to work said road.

GALLATIN CO, Death Index, 1916–1950
M/W 1943


M/W 1925-

F/W 1922-01-28

F/W Y-63 1935-03-15

F/W 1917

White Co. Illinois Marriages:
WHITE       12/24/1874          
HARGRAVE, ASA                 WOODALL, FANNY                        
WHITE        08/14/1870         
HARGRAVE, E S                  CHASTAIN, LUCY                         
WHITE       10/25/1897          
HARGRAVE, ED                   TAYLOR, DAISY                            
WHITE        05/08/1898          
 WHITE       11/09/1862          
HARGRAVE, GEORGE B      MCHENRY, LUCINDA                    
WHITE       12/20/1819       
WHITE        02/29/1820         
HARGRAVE, HENRY            TRAPP, MARY                              
WHITE         08/27/1891       
HARGRAVE, HENRY            HON, ELIZA                                   
WHITE        02/06/1878       
WHITE         02/03/1875          
HARGRAVE, JAMES            RANDOLPH, MARY A                    
WHITE         09/13/1852          
WHITE         07/06/1872          
HARGRAVE, JOSEPH P       PHIPPS, SUSAN ANN                   
WHITE         06/11/1845            
HARGRAVE, ROBERT          WYETT, JANE                              
WHITE         08/16/1847         
HARGRAVE, ROBERT          SIMPSON, ANN                            
WHITE         08/28/1853        
HARGRAVE, ROBERT          HOWNEGTON, ANN S                  
WHITE         09/03/1854      
HARGRAVE, SAMUEL          BERRY, SALLY                            
WHITE        11/18/1823          
HARGRAVE, SAMUEL          HARDIN, ELIZABETH                   
WHITE         03/15/1849        
HARGRAVE, SETH               PUSSON, SALLY                          
WHITE         03/00/1818            
HARGRAVE, SETH               MYRES, ANN                               
WHITE         04/10/1834          
HARGRAVE, THOMAS         SMITH, MARGARET E                 
WHITE        11/24/1886       
HARGRAVE, THOMAS S      ARY, ELIZABETH                        
WHITE         10/04/1848            
HARGRAVE, WILLIAM          SMITH, VINEY                             
WHITE         11/23/1819           
WHITE          03/17/1878          
HARGRAVE, WILLIAM A        WELCH, SARAH A                      
WHITE          04/06/1881          
HARGRAVE, WILLIS              GARNER, HARRIET E                 
WHITE          01/11/1864

Dedicated to the decsendants of Steven Flanders