Third Generation


37. Emeline WILLIAMSON63,64,67,135,136 was born on 29 January 1818 in KY, Jefferson Co.. She lived with her parents in IN, Sullivan Co. in 1820. She lived with her parents in IN, Clinton Co. in 1830. Emeline lived in IL, Knox Co. in 1840. She died on 1 April 1848 in IL, Rock Island Co.. In a biography of her husband, her death date is given as 14 Apr 1848. She was buried in April 1848 in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City, unnamed (Howard Family) cemetery.

Emeline WILLIAMSON and Henry S. SHURTLEFF were married in 1840 in IL, Knox Co.. Henry S. SHURTLEFF65,66,127,128,135,136,137,138 was born on 27 February 1816 in NH, Stratford Co., Farmington. He lived in IL, Knox Co. in 1840. He lived in IL, Rock Island Co. on 9 October 1850. His mother-in-law Delilah Williamson lived with them. Henry lived in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 19 July 1860. His mother-in-law Delilah Williamson lived with them. On 19 July 1860 he was a lime burner and farmer in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City. He lived in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 18 July 1870. On 18 July 1870 Henry was a tanner in IL, Rock Island Co. He lived in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 7 June 1880. From "The Past and Present of Rock Island County, IL", 1877:

SHURTLEFF, H. S. Merchant and Farmer; Rapids City; born in the town of Farmington, Stratford Co., N.H., Feb. 27, 1815; left there in the spring of 1835, and went to LaSalle Co.; remained there one year, then went to Knox Co., and stayed until 1840, and then came to this Co., and is among the oldest settlers; has five sons and three daughter; lost three sons and one daughter; has 100 acres on Sec. 2, value $8,000; Dem; has been Justice of the Peace for more than twenty years, and Postmaster for a number of years, and held other town offices."

From "The Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock Island County, IL", 1885:

"Henry S. Shurtleff, a retired farmer and Justice of the Peace, residing at Rapids City, and one of the well-known pioneers of Rock Island County, came to Hampton Township in 1840. He was among the first to set a stake here and begin the development of the county, and is, therefore, one of the pioneer settlers of that portion of the county. He was born in N. H., Feb 27, 1816. His parents were Barzillai and Dorothy (Locke) Shurtleff, natives of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, respectively. The father came to Illinois in 1835, and settled in Knox County, where he entered 200 acres of land, on which he and his wife resided until the day of their deaths. The Shurtleff family is well-known in Illinois, as some members of it have taken an active and prominent part in its educational affairs. The famous Shurtleff College, at Alton, Ill., was named in honor of one of these, an uncle of the subject of this sketch.

Henry S. Shurtleff, subject of this biographical notice, was a resident of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, until he attained the age of 19 years. He received an academical education, and remained on the parental homestead until 25 years of age, with the exception of about six months spent in the city of Boston when about the age of 15 years as a clerk in a mercantile establishment. In 1855 [sic], realizing that the West afforded better inducements for the accumulation of property than the crowded East, he came to La Salle Co., Ill., where he remained for six months, and then went to Tazewell County, remaining there through the winter of 1836. In 1837 he went to Knox County, this State, and was there engaged in farming on 140 acres of land, which he "took up" from the Government. He then sold out and came to Hampton Township, this county, and purchased 40 acres of timber land, and engaged in lumbering. Soon afterward he bought 40 acres of Rock River bottom, which he cultivated for three years, then sold and purchased 103-1/3 acres of land, on which he moved his family and entered vigorously and energetically upon its cultivation and improvement, and upon which he has continously resided up to the present time. Prior to moving on his farm he was in the mercantile business at Rapids City, and while residing at that village was Postmaster for 10 years. Mr. Shurtleff has held the office of Assessor for a number of years, and in 1856 was elected Justice of the Peace, which office he has held continuously until the present time with the exception of one year. In the spring of 1885 he was appointed Notary Public. He is a man of considerable prominence in his township, and respected for his honest and straightforward dealings with his fellow man. Politically he is an advocate of the principles of the Greenback party.

Mr. Shurtleff was married to Miss Emeline Williamson in 1840; she was a native of Kentucky, in which State she was born Jan. 29, 1818. Of their union four children were born, namely: Barzillai M., born Sept. 13, 1841; Job A., Feb. 18, 1843; Benton A., July 5, 1846; Delilah H., Nov. 15, 1844. The wife and mother died April 14, 1848, and Mr. Shurtleff was the second time married, the lady of his choice being Miss Elizabeth Williamson, who was born Dec. 6, 1829, and the date of their marriage occurring June 14, 1949. Their union has been blessed with four children: Emeline, born March 4, 1850; Charles H., May 19, 1855; Rosalie, Dec 8, 1856; and William, May 23, 1860. Six of the children of the two unions are married, namely: Barzillai, Job, Delilah, Emeline, Charles H. and Rosalie.

Two of the sons of Mr. S., Barzillai and Job, were soldiers in the late war. Barzillai was commissioned as Second Lieutenant and Job as Sergeant. They both served during the war and were honorably discharged.

The portrait of Mr. Shurtleff, which is given in connection with this sketch, forms a valuable addition in the collection in the ALBUM. He is a representative of the best class, who were factors in the development of the county, and sustains the honor of the line of descent to which he belongs."

From "An Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Rock Island County", 1914:

"Henry S. Shurtleff established a grocery store in 1855, and subsequently enlarged his operations, conducting a general store. The post office [of Rapids City] was established in 1857, with Henry S. Shurtleff as first postmaster."

Emeline WILLIAMSON and Henry S. SHURTLEFF had the following children:

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Barzillai M. SHURTLEFF.

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Job Adolphus SHURTLEFF.

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Delilah H. SHURTLEFF.

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Benton A. SHURTLEFF65,66,127,128,136 was born on 5 July 1846 in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City. He lived with his father and stepmother in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 9 October 1850. He lived with his father and stepmother in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 19 July 1860. Benton lived with his father and stepmother in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 18 July 1870. On 18 July 1870 he helped his father on the farm in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City. On the census he is shown as Julius. He lived with his father and stepmother in IL, Rock Island Co., Rapids City on 7 June 1880. Benton intermittent fevers and was partially deaf. This was possibly from his stint in the Civil War .