The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties, Illinois: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Also Biographies of the Presidents of the United States (Google eBook)

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Biographical Publishing Company, 1893 - Hardin County (Ill.) - 619 pages
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I appreciate it so much that Google digitized this very informative 1893 biographical book about the early settlers of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties in Illinois. I was pleased to find sketches on several of my ancestors, namely, James A. Simpson, Francis Marion Simpson, Cynthia (Simpson) Kuykendall and her husband, Joseph, as well as a mention of my great-great-great-grandfather, Major William Simpson. He is credited with being the first "white" settler with his family in the Johnson County area near Vienna, coming from Kentucky in about 1805. He and other Simpsons are buried in the Double Bridges Cemetery. This book has been a great help to me in my ongoing genealogical research of the Simpson families. 

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