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Descendants of Daniel & Alexander Robertson
A SAD DEATH
An old settler killed by a passenger train
An event that will fill the hearts of the people of Rio Township with sadness occurred about 9:25, Thursday morning, and that was the killing of Mr. Thomas Maxwell, Sr., one of the oldest residents of the county. Complete particulars are not at hand. From what is known, it is learned that he was on his way from his home in Rio Township to his timber land after a load of wood. The Rio passenger train coming south, James Kiogan, engineer, and Wm. Fox, conductor, was behind hand. It whistled for the Junk crossing just before the engine reached this crossing. Mr. Maxwell started to drive across it. He is somewhat deaf, and as the wind was in the south, he did not hear the warning whistle, the next instant the locomotive was upon him. It struck the wagon with terrible force, driving it sixty feet from the track and setting the horses free without injuring them. The train was at once stopped and all hurried to the shattered remains of the wagon. Near it was lying Mr. Maxwell in the stillness of death. Aside from the wounds about the head, there were no other injuries. It was apparent that he had died without a struggle.
Mr. Maxwell, whose sad death is thus briefly chronicled, came to this county in a1829, and has since claimed it as his home. He was about 75 years old. It is said that, prior to coming to this state, he lived in Indiana. He was a member of Captain Wm. McMurtry’s company of Mounted Rangers, and did service in the brief Black Hawk war. He joined with Major McKee and others from Henderson and Rio Townships. He leaves a wife, four sons and four daughters. Three brothers—Henry Maxwell; James Maxwell, of Rock Island, and Jacob Maxwell, of Waller County, TX—survive him.[Galesburg Republican Register, Saturday, May 10, 1890], From Ellen Smith’s collection
Notes: 1. This obituary sheds some light on some of the Maxwell controversies:
a. This obituary indicates Thomas and Rhoda (Hodges) were living in Rio Township when he died. Joyce Cornelius has them living in Henderson Township from 1867 at least, where their home was on Section 25—according to his Probate Records.
b. We call this man Thomas, Jr., (because his father was Thomas. Sr.--when he was alive.
c. But this obituary calls him Thomas, Sr., therefore: the military gravestone, next to this Thomas’ large granite stone is for him—the Thomas who died in 1890. The military stone, for the Black Hawk War Service, is the type and time period and has been personally seen by Joyce Cornelius. Although several think, because of the “Sr.” designation, this Black Hawk War stone was for Thomas Maxwell (Sr.) who died in 1851—Joyce Cornelius and Ann Maxwell do not. Both the Thomas who died in 1851 and this Thomas who died in 1890, served together in the Black Hawk War. Joyce Cornelius thinks the military stone was put up first, and before his wife, Rhoda, died in 1900. The family put up the granite one. This is a large gray granite stone, beautifully carved. It is located in the northern, older section. A military stone, for the Black Hawk War service is immediately south of this. Immediately next to it on the south, is a large stone for his brother-in-law, Daniel Robertson. The stone has no markings on it for Rhoda being buried here—but it most likely she was.
Another Pioneer Gone
T.M. Robertson of Weller, attended the funeral last Saturday of Thomas Maxwell at Henderson Grove, Knox, County. Mr. Maxwell will be remembered by all of the old pioneers of Henry County. He settled on the farm now occupied by Mr. Robertson, in 1852 and moved to Knox County in 1865. On Thursday the 8th of the present month, Mr. Maxwell was driving his team across the C B & Q road [railroad] at Henderson during a violent wind. Not hearing the whistle of the locomotive which was nearing it, if was blown at all, the wagon was struck and demolished, and Mr. Maxwell was killed, his body being badly mutilated. The funeral was attended by an immense concourse of people. [Cambridge Chronicle 15 May 1890]
Note: Thomas Maxwell Robertson was the deceased’s
nephew. He was the son of Mary “Polly” (Maxwell) and Daniel Robertson.
James Maxwell was born in Indiana, April 9, 1810, and died at the home of his son, Richard Maxwell, in Hampton, IL, September 29, 1895, age 85 years, 5 months and 26 days. Mr. Maxwell moved with his parents to KY in 1819, and from KY to Sangamon Co., IL in 1822, and to Knox County in 1837. For the past twenty years he has been making his home among his children. He married Miss Elizabeth Lonemore in about 1830 to which union was born sixteen children, nine of whom with the wife passed on before. The surviving children are: Mrs. Mary Bryant of Henry Co., Mo., Henry Maxwell of Jasper Co., IA, Richard Maxwell of Hampton, IL, James F. Maxwell of San Jose, CA, Mrs. Christina Clinton of Henry Co., MO and Benjamin Maxwell of IL. Mr. Maxwell has a large circle of grandchildren and great grandchildren. He served in the Black Hawk War under Captain McMurtry and has been a member of the Baptist church since 1878. Funeral services were held in Hampton on Tuesday, Rev. J.A. Alford officiating. Interment will take place in Knox County at North Henderson. –From notes of Jim Sanderlin. [OBITUARY FROM PORT BYRON GLOBE, October 2, 1895]
Notes: James was born in Kentucky and moved to Indiana with his parents in 1810 and then to Sangamon in 1822.
He was married to Elizabeth Larimore. Have copy of Black Hawk Military Records from the National Archives and IL Archives. – From notes of Ann Maxwell.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON REED
Obit from Knox County Newspaper at the time of her death, April 20, 1915
Elizabeth, eldest child of Daniel and Mary Maxwell Robertson, was born September 12, 1831. Her father was born in Scotland, June 12, 1804; his family coming to America in the same year. They remained in New York State until 1821, when they came to Illinois, settling in Morgan County, where they remained until February 1828, when they established a home in Knox County; his father and two brothers remaining in Morgan County. Thus, Daniel became the first settler of the county, also the first man to procure a marriage license in the county, (after its organization), November 24, 1830. Her mother was of Scotch Irish descent, born in Indiana in 1813. To this union were born five children: Elizabeth, Alexander, Melissa, Thomas and Mary, the last name being Mrs. Mary Adcock of McCredie, MO, the only surviving member of this family. After the death of his wife in 1840, Mr. Robertson in a few years married Miss Jane Riddle, a native of Kentucky, to whom were born five children: John, Guinn, Amanda, and two boys, Harlin and Harbin; the latter now of Galesburg, IL, and Mrs. Amanda Briggs of Kansas, being the only survivors of this wife. Elizabeth, the subject of this sketch, dated her earliest recollections back to the time when her uncle Alex held her in his arms, while other members of the family offered friendly greetings to the Indians, who came to the infant settlement, decked in the emblems of war. This feeling of safety, which she experienced in the arms of her uncle, seemed to increase as she grew and waxed strong until it developed beautifully into spiritual and religious life very early. Being the eldest of the family, she assumed a leading part in the cares and responsibilities of the home, learning much about converting wool and flax into cloth for home use, as all the settlers were wont to do in those pioneer days. Her educational advantages were very limited, but she possessed a desire to help others to attain the blessings that she enjoyed, so when about seventeen years of age, she organized a Sabbath school, furnising Bibles for the poor; and the little ones she taught in their primers. It was at this time that her zeal for doing good prompted her to persuade the poor little children of the settlement, who had no shoes to attend Sabbath school, by telling them that if they would come with bare feet, she would also, which she did. Pride never held sway over her, for it, was one of her last prayers that she be saved from vanity and kept in the ways of purity and right. As she was a student of the catechism, her first church home was among the Presbyterians, later she affiliated with the Methodists and finally the great desire to be baptized, "Just as Jesus was," led her to a home in the Primitive Baptist Church, and she received full approval, for as she came straight-way up out of the water, to her, everything animate and inanimate seemed to praise the Lord; and since her soul was never rebuked for this baptism, she remained a faithful member for fifty-five years. She was married to Isaac D. Reed, May 25, 1984. He was born in Sangamon county, IL, in 1828. The pair resided for three years with the husband's family four miles north of Galesburg; then removed to their new home a half mile north and east of Hendersonville, where the husband and father died September 28, 1871, leaving the wife and six children, the oldest son Daniel, having preceded the father to the better land in the fourth year of his life, November 30, 1860. In the spring of 1874, the family sold this home and removed to Weller township, Henry County, near her two brothers, where she resided until the fall of 1883; she was prompted by her great love and sympathy for her deceased sister's children and husband to accept an offer of marriage which was consumated at her home. Therefore she rented her home and took up her abode with Mr. James Smelser three miles south of Woodhull. However, after three years of painstaking domestic activity, she decided to return to the state of widowhood, returning with her youngest son to her own home, where mother and son reside for thirteen years, at this time the son married and moved himself, the elder son, J. F., occupying the homestead for five years, since which time almost eleven years she lived alone in her comfortable little home, enjoying the trees and flowers planted by her children, the good-will and friendship of neighbors and friends who held her in highest esteem. Of the six children that were left, Alexander, a noble son, died March 27, 1881, in the nineteenth year of his age. The living children are: Mrs. F. M. Jordan of Winterset, Iowa, George T. of Sumner, Nebraska and J. F. and I. R. of Cambridge, Illinois. A second daughter, Mrs. Walter Price of Earlham, Iowa, with whom she spent the last three months of her life, will ever bear witness of this life so completely hidden with Christ in God. The most beautiful emblem of pure love and union of souls is the marriage and marriage feast - yet richer is perfect death. Seeking to remove all that was offensive in the sight of God she entered triumphantly the courts of her Redeemer, April 20, 1915, aged 83 years, 7months, and 8 days. Funeral services were conducted at the Price home by Rev. Stibling of the Friends Church Wednesday afternoon, after which the remains were taken to Rio, Knox County, Illinois, where a service was held Thursday afternoon, April 22, by Elder Humphrey of Galesburg, burial being made in the Baptist cemetery beside her husband. Thus is gone from us, the earthen vessel whose beauty will linger in the memory of her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends who can only thank God for such a life.
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