10/16/1997 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
Octomber 16, 1998

Velma Ackerman

Velma Ackerman donated a little book entitled "The Salt Creek Colony of Little Egypt" to our library.

This was written by Robert M. Smith and published in 1955.

This is a bit of an autobiography, but it tells, in the author's words,
"the story of the exodus of the people from Jackson County, Ind., and particularly those from the Saltcreek Country, to southern Illinois, 'Egypt,' specifically White County."

According to Smith, the first families from Jackson County, Ind. to come to White County, Ill. were brothers-in-law Thomas Smith and Thomas Hill and their wives, who settled in the vicinity of Crossville about the time of the Civil War.

The migration from the Saltcreek area to Southern Illinois did not begin in earnest until after 1870. Their purpose for coming to this area was to find better farm land to settle on.

Other families mentioned as making this move were

Wendell Poor,
Isaac and Obadiah White,
Magnolia White Simon,
Orrel Hall Smith,
Huldah Anna Smith Savage,
Franklin Arnold Smith,
James Wheeler Smith,
John J. Ackerman,
Henry Ackerman,
Frank S. Ackerman,
Charles Ackerman, M.D.,
Jacob Reedy,
Frank Reedy, Walter Reedy,
the Rev. Curtis Reedy,
Levi M. Cross,
George W. Cross,
Frank Cross and Marion Reedy.

Other families which made the trip were those of

Edward G. Ackerman,
Samuel R. Smith,
William H. Smith,
Alice May Stein Smith,
Marion Wheeler,
Squire Callicotte,
John Callicotte,
George W. Wheeler,
Charles Huber,
Walter G. Huber,
Albert Huber,
Richard A. Poore,
Walter Setser,
Ray and Earl Setser,
Harry G. Ackerman,
Sylvanus Poore,
George Setser,
Samuel H. Smith,
Gustavus Adolphus Rotert,
Hiland Poore, the Rev. Ernest A. Poore, Cecil Wheeler,
John Bosley,
George Acton,
Jacob Fechter,
Mary Reedy White-Murdock,
Ethel Smith Armstrong,
Fannie Smith Quigley,
Nathaniel Waggoner,
Jefferson George,
Miller Poore,
Mary Cross Brooks,
Louis Jackson,
John Henry Smith,
Thyrza Smith Sprague,
Charles J. Long,
Harvey Wheeler,
James Poore,
Jesse Reedy,
Robert Wheeler,
Pearla Wheeler,
Emma Wheeler,
Edna Roxena White Pierce,
Winfield Scott Crouch,
Ada Poore Conrad,
Frank Poore and Emma Long Sell.

The author, although well past 80 when he started writing this book, gives anecdotes and a bit of genealogy on each of these families. Most White County genealogists are familiar with this book, but other readers might enjoy it. (In fact, I believe I'll read it again.)

GLASGO, HAYS--Need information on a Lucy GLASGO, who married Monroe HAYS Aug. 17, 1871 in White County, Ill. Want to contact anyone with information on her parents, her date of birth and death, and any children.

Roxann Thompson,
410 Hazel St.,
Corning, AR 72422
or Roxann Thompson

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