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Illinois -- Description and travel

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Amelia Roberts journal

 Collection — Box 72
Identifier: MS-SC1278
Scope and Contents Descriptive diary of trip by waterways through Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Travels to Charleston, Pekin, Peoria, and to Spoon River. Attends some social activities. Describes a storm and finding a boat wreck while on the river, how helpful the husbands are to wives in the west and several encounters with Indians. Returned to New York via Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Buffalo and on to New York. Includes typed transcript.
Dates: Created: 1835

Frederick S. Mojonnier diary of a voyage to America

 Collection — Box 60
Identifier: MS-SC1059
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of diary kept by Mojonnier on the family's trip. Briefly details each day of their trip by stage, sleigh and train to Havre, France where they spent several days before sailing. On board ship he details the weather, any family problems, passenger problems, sea life they observe, a ship wreck and their entrance into the Mississippi with the help of a tug boat. He describes the boat they take to St. Louis and the sights he sees along the way.
Dates: Created: Undated

Harriet Newton Terhune reminiscences of pioneer days in LaSalle County

 Collection — Box 70
Identifier: MS-SC1258
Scope and Contents Handwritten memoir. At the age of 92, recalls trip from New York via covered wagon and passing through Chicago "one house only", building their house on the prairie, problems getting supplies, what they ate, maintaining a tinder to start fires, and starting a prairie fire by accident, making candles, stage coaches passing by, and seeing the first passenger train.
Dates: Created: March 27, 1918

Hiram Root letter

 Collection — Box 74
Identifier: MS-SC1299
Scope and Contents Letter to Ormail Clarke in Oswego, New York telling him of the great opportunity in Illinois i.e. cost of land, quality of land, wages and "handsome flats or meadows called prairies". Tells him to come and to tell Dr. Tyler they will want him as soon as possible.
Dates: Created: July 20, 1818

James H. and Sarah A. Smith letters

 Collection — Box 81
Identifier: MS-SC1426
Scope and Contents Typed transcripts of letters to David Ports, Sarah's brother, back in Maryland. Tells of their trip west, describes Illinois and where they are living. Describes the houses Smith and his father-in-law have built. Gives family news, prices of land and various other items and how much is paid for crops and livestock. Gives Ports the directions for getting to Illinois in the easiest and safest way. Letter, 1844, explains his financial situation and the reasons for moving to Cherry Grove. Sarah...
Dates: Created: 1838 - 1856

Jason Robbins papers (Rushville, Illinois)

 Collection — Box 75
Identifier: MS-SC1311
Scope and Contents Four letters to Jason Robbins discuss Illinois land, its fertility and beauty. Discuss land, crop and livestock prices. Mention trip from Ohio and family back there. Some anecdotes about life on the prairie and the people settling there.
Dates: Created: 1835 - 1836

John Phelps reminiscences

 Collection — Box 66
Identifier: MS-SC1169
Scope and Contents Typed transcript of reminiscences tell of his numerous journeys, businesses and successes and losses. Tells of his long journey from Virginia to New Orleans to meet with his regiment in time to fight in the Battle of New Orleans. Discusses his numerous business ventures including building a raft to take whiskey to St. Louis to sell using a crew of novice sailors. His business with the lead mines in Galena, Ill. Mentions interactions with Thomas Carlin, a relative of his wife; Governor Reynolds...
Dates: Created: 1874

John Reynolds papers

 Collection — Box 70
Identifier: MS-SC1264
Scope and Contents Six letters, 1823-1854, to Reynolds family in Tennessee discusses family news, land conditions in Illinois, some of his land deals and current events on a state and national level, including his swearing in as governor, the Illinois Michigan Canal, railroads and his allegiance to Jackson. Letter, July 1829, to J.M. Peck re: running for governor and Peck's school and work. Letter, May 1831, re: Meeting at Vandalia in June to select seminary lands probably along the canal route. Letter, July 8,...
Dates: Created: 1823 - 1858

Lyman Meacham letter

 Collection — Box 59
Identifier: MS-SC1023
Scope and Contents July 24, 1879 letter to General John A. McClernand regarding his service in the Black Hawk War and his remembrance of the wilderness of the prairie when he first traveled through it. Sent in response to a request for information re: men who had served in that war.
Dates: Created: July 24, 1879

Reminiscences of pioneer life in Illinois, ca. 1830-1860

 Collection — Box 70
Identifier: MS-SC1257
Scope and Contents Typescript of reminiscences of life in Illinois during the 1830's and 1840's. Gives some genealogical information about his family in Scotland and their first coming to the U.S. Relates stories of living on the prairie, the extreme cold of 1832, building their first house, living off the land and among the Indians and numerous related problems. Recounts stories of bees, wild hogs, rattle snakes and rabid dogs. Tells about building the first school, the teachers, and anecdotes about attending a...
Dates: Created: Undated.