What is now Annawan Township presented no inviting grove to tempt a settlement of either the earliest lone pioneer, or the advance agent of the different colonies that were organized in the old States, and hence it was only when the railroad became a fixed fact that immigrants began to turn their attention to this part of the county.

I. G. Heaps, the present Supervisor of the township, came to the county in 1848. He is a native of Pennsylvania . He has been a respected and valued citizen ; was among the first to commence the breeding of Shorthorn cattle and Norman and Clydesdale horses. He was in the late war, in Co. I, 27th Ill. Vol. Inf., was twice wounded in battle, and was for some time a prisoner in Andersonville .

The real settlement commenced in 1853 and continued in an uninterrupted stream until Annawan became one of the populous townships of thrifty farmers. Of those who came in 1853 and early in 1854, we note William M. McDermond, John Troyer, Joshua Matthews and his son Thomas, Charles Tinker, Daniel Blinn, Silas Morton, J. C. Webb, John Burns, Daniel Morton, Isaac Croft, Mr. Dingman and his sons Joseph and William, Charles Dunham, G. W. King, James Carroll, Thomas Piper, John McNeeley, William B. Heaps, Henry Patterson, Joseph Frock, Isaac Shellenberger, " old man " Ben­ son, Fred Benson, William Benson, Mr. McCanney, William Hodges, John Hags, Mr. Hunt and his son Lewis.

Solomon Minard came in 1860, George McChesney in 1854

John McNeeley in 1852, Erastus Kelly in 1856

H. F. Humphrey in 1856, Stephen Moon in 1853C. V. Holdridge the same year

William Haxby, 1855; William Gochenouer, 1856; Samuel Pettit, 1853; G. H. Mumford, 1856.

Daniel Morton, one of the earliest settlers in Annawan, and Charles Dunham, another one, reside in Geneseo.

John C. Ward returned to Bergen , N. Y., and died in 1868. His widow is living in Galesburg . Philo S. Ward's grandfather married Rufus Hubbard's mother.


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