1/08/1998 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

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by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
January 08, 1998

Week Two of the

Boultinghouse kin in this County Continued from 1/1/1998

Last week the column began an article written by John Sherman Boultinghouse in 1938 in which he tells of the death of young Joseph Boultinghouse at the hands of five Indians in 1813.

Later, Joseph's father was able to find and kill all the Indians.

This occurred on Boultinghouse Prairie northwest of Grayville in Edwards County.

The narrative continues: "On the night of March 30, 1813, it was thought the same band of Indians killed another young man named Hezekiah Davis and wounded his father, Richard Davis, by breaking his leg from gun shot, which left him a cripple for life.

The Davises and some other men were shelling corn after night by the light of the cobs burning in the fireplace in the log cabin they had built the year before.

"When the Indians began to fire through the cracks between the logs of the house, one of the corn shellers jumped on the fire and extinguished the blaze, and the firing from the outside ceased.

Before the men could get their guns, the Indians had fled, leaving young Davis dead and his father with a broken leg.

The next morning, they buried young Davis and started with their corn to the mill, taking Mr. Davis with them.

They had to go about 50 miles to the nearest medical aid, Shawneetown.

"My grandmother Boultinghouse, who was a stepdaughter of Mr. Davis, also made the trip, and she often told me how Mr. Davis suffered with his broken leg dangling down as he rode horseback that 50 miles through the woods all day before he got to the doctor, who set his leg and gave him some ease.

"Mr. Davis thought so much of his son, his request was that at his death the remains of his son be buried in the same grave with him.

They are both buried in the Charles Cemetery [in] Calvin, Ill.

When the body of the young Mr. Davis was disinterred, there was found two pieces of money which looked like a silver dollar that had been cut into four pieces, as that was the way they made change in those days.

A Mr. Mack Davis of Grayville, a descendant of the family, has one piece of these coins.

"Zachariah Boultinghouse, born 1809, my grandfather, was the son of John Boultinghouse, and a brother (but much younger) to the slain Joseph Boultinghouse.

There were several other brothers and sisters, but I know of only Daniel and John.

"In 1832 Zachariah, my grandfather, enlisted in the Black Hawk War and was with Abraham Lincoln, who was captain of another company that drove Chief Black Hawk and his warriors out of the country.

In 1833, Zachariah was married to Margaret (Peggy) Green, a stepdaughter of Richard Davis, who has already been mentioned.

"My father died [in] September 1885. His name was Green Boultinghouse, having been given his mother's maiden name, Green.

Born Feb. 14, 1834, Green Boultinghouse was the oldest of nine children: Louise, John, Annice, Harriett, Margaret, Mary, Sarah and George.

The last three died young. Father, Green Boultinghouse, married Sarena Driggers, the daughter of Wasden and Hannah Hodkins Driggers.

Sarena was the eldest of four children.
The others were Nancy J., wife of Gillison P. Calvin; Sarah, wife of William Clark, and a son, James, who died in infancy."

To be Continued 1/15/1998

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