The Brisby family was living in Township 16N, Range 9W at least as early as Oct. 10, 1840 when William Brisby and Eliza, his wife, sold land in Section 31 of that township to Jacob Strawn. William Signed the deed but apparently his wife was illiterate as she "made her mark". On January 14, 1841, William and Eliza sold to Milton Trotter, 30 acres in the east half of the northwest quarter of Section 17, of Township 16N,, Range 9W. Pages 559 and 560 of Deed Record SS in the Morgan County Clerk's office show that William and Eliza Brisby were residents of Cass County, Illinois on Sept. 5, 1857.

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