In May, 1818, a colony of six families arrived in Moore's Prairie from
Lebanon. Wilson County. Tennessee. consisting of: Henry B. Maxey, who
was married to Peggy Taylor; James E. Davis. who was married to Polly
Taylor: James Johnson: William Maxey: Nathaniel Parker. who was married
to Mary Thomas: and John Wilkerson (b. 1767 in V A) and his second
wife. Elizabeth Allen Thomas, a widow with five children. John had two sons
by his first wife. Dorothy (Dicey) Keeling.
Allen and Hartwell. John's sister. Phoebe Wilkerson, also born Virginia,
married Rhodam Allen, a Methodist minister who came to Illinois from Tennessee.
He was born in North Carouna in 1785 and was a brother to Elizabeth Allen Thomas.
John and Elizabeth were married in 1807 in Lebanon, TN.
Their children were Elizabeth. Sallie, Jane. Mastin, Emily, Ransom,
Martha and John Jr.
John Jr. first married Jane Whitman and had Elisha Franklin. Sarah,
John Elisha b. 1839. Samantha. John, and James Samuel. John Jr. then
married Martha Conner and had William T.. Susan, Willard, Stephen A.
0., Martha, and Van Buren.
John Elisha was raised by his grandmother. Elizabeth Allen Thomas
Wilkerson. He married Margaret Carpenter (18661919), daughter of
Samuel and Melinda Spurling Carpenter. Their children were: Minnie M.(Burrell
Robert) Sledge: Evaline M. (L. Nelson) Scott: Rose (Samuel) Sheridan,
a Methodist minister. Inez (Jesse E.) Reece: Sarah Ann (Emery)
John Henry married Cordelia Bishop: James Samuel married Mable Tennie
Following John Elisha's death in 1903. Margaret stayed on in the old
homestead until her death in the flu epidemic of 1919. They are both
buried at the Oddfellows cemetery at Opdyke.
John Henry Wilkerson and Cordelia Bishop, married in 1903, owned a
small farm and he worked at the Mt. Vernon Car Shops. He recalled that they
were once paid in silver and gold. He helped dig the city park lake
with a team of horses and a scoop. He also hauled brick to pave 18th street
and it's still in use.
John Henry died in 1952 and is buried with his wife and son Orville, at
Pleasant Grove cemetery. Their other children, Juanita Willison,
Krekel and Cleo. live in Mt. Vernon. Krekel and his wife Velma Rightnower,
were the parents of Leroy and Lavern. both deceased. Lavern's son Michael.
lives in Mt. Vernon. Cleo and his first wife Madge Clark, had a
daughter Norrna Lou (deceased) and by his second wife, Bernice Green.
had Arlen and Gerard (deceased). Arlen lives in Arizona. Sue Horton
Source: Facts and Folks of Jefferson Co, IL Page 346 & 347
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer