Seymour ANDREWS is dead. While this announcement has been expected for many months, yet
no one was looking for it to come so suddenly. He passed away at midnight last night, at
his home in Centralia, and this ends one of the pioneer careers in this section of
Seymour ANDREWS was born in Jefferson County, IL, January 17, 1825. His parents were
Nelson and Jane ANDREWS and his mother was Jane GASTON, one of the pioneer GASTONs in
this part of the middle west. His parents settled in Jefferson County in 1819, and
settled near Rome, now called Dix. The early life and boyhood days were spent in this
vicinity, which was then nothing more than a wilderness with scattered cabins in the
timer lines by the settlers. On August 15, 1844, he was married to Martha HENDRIXON who
survives him. Besides his aged lifemate, he leaves a number of children yet living:
Truman B. ANDREWS, Mrs. Gus GOETCH and Mrs. George MATCHLER, all of Centralia; Mrs.
BALTZELL of California, Sidney ANDREWS of Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Seymour ANDREWS was one of those pioneer young men of vigor and determination and has
assisted in developing this part of Egypt into what it is today. He was a resident and
hunter in this section when deer and wild game were plentiful where Mt. Vernon now stands
and when there was not a railroad in the state of Illinois.
In the spring of 1850, he and 3 other young men formed a party, secured a four-yoke team
of oxen and stated overland for California where the gold discoveries had startled the
whole world. They were four months making the trip and endured many hardships but got
through safely and after remaining there about a year all returned to Illinois to live
long and useful lives for many years thereafter. Mr. ANDREWs is the last one of that
memorable party. The others were James and John PARKINSON and Preston McCULLOUGH.
Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: October 9, 1912
Submitted by: Mary Zinzilieta