Week Two of the
in this County Continued from 1/1/1998
Last week the column began an article written by John Sherman
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
killed another young man named Hezekiah Davis and wounded his
Richard Davis, by breaking his leg from gun shot, which left him
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
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
blaze, and the firing from the outside ceased.
Before the men could get
their guns, the Indians had fled, leaving young Davis dead and
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.
made the trip, and she often told me how Mr. Davis suffered with
broken leg dangling down as he rode horseback that 50 miles
woods all day before he got to the doctor, who set his leg and
"Mr. Davis thought so much of his son, his request was that at
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
like a silver dollar that had been cut into four pieces, as that
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
Boultinghouse, and a brother (but much younger) to the slain
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
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
having been given his mother's maiden name, Green.
Born Feb. 14, 1834,
Green Boultinghouse was the oldest of nine children: Louise,
Annice, Harriett, Margaret, Mary, Sarah and George.
The last three died
young. Father, Green Boultinghouse, married Sarena Driggers, the
of Wasden and Hannah Hodkins Driggers.
Sarena was the eldest of four
The others were Nancy J., wife of Gillison P. Calvin; Sarah,
of William Clark, and a son, James, who died in infancy."
To be Continued
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White County Historical Society
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By CHARLENE SHIELDS
Posted with permission from
THE CARMI TIMES
and CHARLENE SHIELDS
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