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George W. Foy, Sr.[1, 2, 3]

Male 1818 - 1896

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  • Suffix  Sr. 
    Birth  29 Aug 1818  Allegany County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Birth may have been Cattaraugus County, but most likely Allegany based on William/Ruth foy land records. Moved from Allegany to Cattaraugus in 1819
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1820  ? Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence  1830  Napoli, Cattaraugus County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Purchased  1839  120 acres, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Moved with his parents and siblings from New York
    Residence  1840  McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence  1844  Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Purchased  1848  200 acres, section 34, Prophetstown Township, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Bought from the government
    Residence  1849  Leon, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Residence  1850  Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Residence  1855  Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence  1860  Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Residence  3 Jul 1865  Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Residence  1870  Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Residence  1880  Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Residence  1885  section 34, Prophetstown Township, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Refer to bio.
    Residence  Mar 1896  Barton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation  1839-?: worked on the Mississippi - floating logs from the northern forests. 1850 - Farmer  [8, 10
    Biography  George Foy George Foy is a farmer, residing on section 34 in Prophetstown Township, and the owner of 200 acres of land located thereon. He was born in Allegany Colorado., New York, August 29, 1818. His father, William Foy, was a native of Vermont and wasborn about 1788. His mother, Ruth (Morill) Foy, was also a native of Vermont, and was born about 1790. They had ten children, six of whom are now living (1885). Phoebe, Mahala, Harriet, George, Daniel and William. in 1839 the family came West toMcDonough County, Illinois, where the father purchased a farm of 160 acres, and George also became the proprietor of 120 acres. in 1848 Mr. Foy, subject of this biographical notice, came to this county and purchased his present farm of 200 acres,located as above stated. He has two groves on his farm, containing five acres of ground, located near his residence and which is used by picnic parties. He has improved his place by the erection of a nice residence, barns, etc. and now has a wellcultivated and finely appearing farm. Mr. Foy was united in marriage in McDonough County, Illinois, Tennessee Township, April 30, 1844, to Miss Nancy Dickenson. She was a daughter of John Dickenson, and was born in Kentucky in 1822. They have had11 children, two born in Hancock County. Of their children five survived, namely Charles E., a farmer and stock-raiser in Nebraska and owning a fine place in that State, containing 590 acres. Mary F. is the wife of George Klock, a resident inSheffield,Bureau Colorado. Illinois Augusta E. is the wife of Hulbert C. Bunker , a farmer residing in Nebraska. Wilbur is a farmer located near Davenport, Iowa; and Freeman E. lives at home. The deceased were Augustus, Latitia, Albert E., who wasa practicing physician in Elmira, Emma, and two who died in infancy. The parents of Mr. Foy came to this county a few years after their son, and the father died in Prairie City, Jan. 16, 1869; and the mother died in Prophetstown Township, Sept.21, 1864; Charles E. was a soldier in the war for the Union, having enlisted in the 34th Ill Vol. inf., and served two years, participating in all the engagements in which his regiment took part.As a young man ... came down the Ohio River on a raft and settled in the southern part of the state [Illinois], almost straight east of Keokuk. Nancy Dickinson had come to this area in a covered wagon from Green County, Kentucky, which was closeto the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln.  [16, 17, 18
    Local History  PROPHETSTOWN TOWNSHIP The territory that is now embraced by this township during the earlier division of the county, belonged to Crow Creek Precinct. in 1837, when Whiteside County was by the County Commissioners of Ogle County attached to theterritory of that county, this territory was formed into Prophetstown Precinct, embracing all the territory in this county south of Rock River. The name was afterwards changed to Portland. in 1840, this territory was divided into three precincts,which were named Prophetstown, Portland and Rapids. This arrangement gave to Prophetstown its present territory and the western half of that territory now embraced by Hume and Tampico Townships.After the election for township organization, in 1851, the Commissioners appointed to give names and boundaries to townships, retained the name of Prophetstown for the territory lying in town 20 north, range 5 east, south of Rock River; and thename of Volney to that part in township 19 north, range 5 east. The latter name was afterwards dropped, and the entire district was known only as Prophetstown. This township was organized under the township organization law April 6, 1852, when thefollowing named officers were chosen: Obadiah W. Gage, Supervisor; J. W. Gage, Assessor; Wm. R. Cox, Clerk; R.W. Smith, Collector; and N.G. Reynolds, Overseer of the Poor. Commissioners of the Highway were P.D. Beardsly and E.S. Gage.This is the largest township in the county. The nature of the land is mostly rolling, and but very little of it broken. The soil is a sandy loam and very productive. It is watered by Rock River and Coon Creek. Along these water-courses there ismore or less timber. Back, or south from Rock River, there is quite a forest. There are several pretty groves in different portions of the township. One of the county ditches runs along the west part of the township, emptying into Coon Creek.The first settler to locate in the territory now embraced by Prophetstown was Asa Crook, with his family, which consisted of his wife and nine children, four sons and five daughters, and a hired man by the name of Brown. They came about the firstof June, 1834, and located near the mouth of Coon Creek, and were accompanied by Norman B. And Alexander J. Seely, who located in what is now Portland Township. Mr. Crook constructed, for their use through the summer, a wickeup.Samuel A. McLure came in a few days later that Mr. Crook and made a claim, but did not stay long, selling out his claim to that stirring pioneer, John W. Stakes, who came in with his family, and John Bowman, along in September.Before Stakes and family came in, however, Col. Ebenezer Seely, had arrived, and made a claim on what is now section 6. Colorado. Seely came from Cattaraugus County, New York He went first to Michigan, expecting to find his brothers, Norman andAlexander, there. On arriving in Michigan he found they had pushed on West to Illinois, and so he followed them. Mail facilities were not so good in those days as now, and the family at home had not been advised of the brothers' change of base. Heput up a cabin on his claim and wintered there and about the settlement. Mr. Crook also built a cabin, which made them more comfortable winter quarters. in March, 1836, Colorado. Seely went back for his family, and returned with them in June. Theyhad a farm in New York and also a saw-mill, which they sold, and, constructing a raft, put all their household effects aboard and started down the Allegheny River. He bought with him his family, his father and mother, John Reed and family, andHenry Bower and family; also a large supply of provisions.Leaving the Allegheny River, they passed down the Ohio to Louisville, where he disposed of his lumber and then took a steamboat for St. Louis From St. Louis they came up the river to Rock Island. At Rock Island he hired a ferry-boat, upon whichthey all embarked with their goods and supplies, and poled it up Rock River to Prophetstown, where they all safely arrived after a journey of two months and 20 days. He brought with him among the rest of his cargo, lumber, door and window frames.More particulars concerning this pioneer and his family will be found in his biography, on page 189.The settlement was increased this year by the arrival of Amos Gordon, N.G. Reynolds, Harry Smith, Charles Atkinson, Marvin Frary, Edward Wright, William Hill, Alonzo Davis, J.S. Johnson, an a few others. in 1836-37, considerable addition was made,and from this on immigration set in quite liberally.The first child born in this township, and the first female child in the county, was Anna Stakes, daughter of John W. Stakes, in 1835, on section 35, on section 22. Col. Seely says that the first male child born in the county was William Hopkins,at Como. The first death was that of Jeduthan Seely, Sr., in the fall of 1836. Col. Seely was the first Postmaster, getting his commission in the fall of 1836. Solomon, his son, carried the mail, receiving it at Dixon, to which place it wasbrought by mail contractor. Col. Seely was Postmaster until 1856, a period of twenty years, and then the office was given to Farmer Adams, who lived on section 13. Mr. Adams had it about four years, when it was removed to Spring Hill, in PortlandTownship.Lovica Hamilton taught the first school in the township, in the summer of 1836. It was on section 3, in a log school-house. Miss Hamilton was afterwards married to John C. Swartbout, and raised a large and respectable family. Daniel Crocker boughtthe first stock of goods into the township from Galena, in the spring of 1836. He located on the banks of the river in a log house, near the ferry. It is said by some that this was the first stock of goods opened in the county. This ferry was runby John Knox, and was the oldest ferry in the county except the Crandall Ferry, and was located about two miles from Lyndon.in the early part of 1835, Asa Crook opened the first tavern. It was a double log cabin, located on sect 3, and became quite famous in those days for its hospitality.About this time there were about 300 or 400 indians (mostly Winnebagoes) camping near the mouth of the creek, and Asa Crook used to trade with them a good deal, and was a great favorite with them. in the fall of 1835 a Winnebago indian was killedby a Pottawatomie, in a quarrel. The murderer fled, and a reward of two ponies was offered for his capture, or for his head, by the Chief. Some indians went in pursuit, and finally captured the fugitive at the mounds, in Wisconsin, near whereRacine is located. They killed and decapitated him, and returned to camp with the head, which was buried in the grave of the murdered Winnegago.The Prophet, and Black Hawk, whose home was at Rock Island, had left the country before the settlers came. The indians soon followed them, passing beyond the Mississippi, to fade away at last.Col. Seely, in 1836, sowed the first handful of wheat in the township, and said to be the first in the county. in 1837, he went to Aurora, and had the first grist ground. He saw, as he was passing through Chicago on his way to Whiteside County, in1834, the first two-story building that was erected in that city. It was being built for a hotel, and was located upon the site of the present Briggs House, corner Randolph and Fifth Avenue. Col. Seely, in early days, started the buildings, layingout considerable money. But there were other interests, which were directed towards Prophetstown. When the railroad came it passed through Prophetstown and then turned northward, leaving Portland some two miles to the south, and Col. Seely'sproject was unsuccessful. This contest was rather spirited and bitter, leaving some unpleasant reminiscences behind. One of the results of the contest was the petition of Col. Seely to the Board of Supervisors to have his farm, his home of 80acres, set off to Portland Township, which was granted, and to all intents and purposes he is a citizen of that township. He is still living at his home, in his eighty-third year, and is hale and hearty. (See page 189)Those pioneers had but few sources of amusement in the early days, but were very fond of a little sport now and then. Once on a time, and a very good time it was, they say they had a Fourth-of-July celebration. It was the first held in thetownship, being at no later date than 1836. Nothing aroused those old pioneers like a Fourth-of-July celebration. They could not have grand processions then with gay uniforms, brass bands, roaring of cannon and the display of fireworks, but theycould have a dance; and this they did, and Asa Crook's tavern was the place where it was held. Col. Seely was a prominent and important factor in this celebration, and he wanted it to go off well, which he thought it could not do unless there wasa little something to drink. But just at this time the article of drink was a very scarce commodity. Deacon Crocker had some wine, but he kept it for sacramental purposes, and would not sell it for any other, being inclined to temperanceprinciples.Col. Seely finally prevailed upon the Deacon to let him have a gallon for the use of the ladies who were to participate in the celebration, some of whom, he stated, were not very well. Having obtained permission to enter the cellar, the Colonelsaw his way cleArkansas He secured the services of a boy and two patent pails, entered the cellar by the back way, filled his pails, and returned to the tavern. They had a grand time. The wine was drank, and the ladies went home well and happy.Prophetstown is one of the best improved townships in the county, and has a larger per cent, of its lands under cultivation than any other. It ranks the first in stock-raising, and is a large producer of grain. Its roads are good, and thebuildings throughout the township are substantial, many of them being very attractive.The Clinton branch of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad was completed through the township in 1871. It passes through the northeast corner, entering onsection12, and going out on section 5. The people do their trading mostly at Prophetstown. The population now is estimated at 2,200. The census of 1880 reported 1,709. Special attention has been given from the first by the people of this townshipto the education of their children. The result has been that they have good school buildings in all their districts.SUPERVISORS:Obadiah W. Gage: 1852-8Mark R. Averill: 1859H. S. Cabbott: 1860-61Mark R. Averill: 1862Andrew J. Fuller: 1863-67William Hill: 1868Leander W. Lewis: 1869-71George B. Quigley: 1872Leander W. Lewis: 1873-5P. B. Reynolds: 1876-9S. G. Baldwin: 1880-4Gilbert Rogers: 1885  [19, 20
    Obituary  Obituary. Geo. Foy was born in Alleghany Colorado., New York, August 29, 1818. After spending the first twenty-one years of his life in the east, he started west floating down the Ohio river on a raft. For some time he worked on the Mississippi- floating logs from the northern forests. in April 1844 he married Miss Nancy Dickenson and settled in Warsaw, Hancock county. At this place the two oldest of their eleven children were born. in 1848 the family came north to Whiteside countyand bought from the government the farm on which he resided until last March, when he went to Barton county, Missouri. His illness began immediately after reaching their destination; he having left the house but twice. Although lying on a sickbed for ten weeks, his body was free from pain. He passed away Saturday May 16, 1896, at the age of 77 years, 8 months, and 17 days. He leaves a wife, three sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren to mourn his loss. Source: Tampico Tornado.May 23, 1896 Transcribed by Brian Sanders. 
    Died  16 May 1896  North Fork, Barton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    Obituary - George Foy - 1896
    Obituary - George Foy - 1896
    Buried  16 May 1896  plot 'old 20', Leon Cemetery, Leon Corners, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 23
    Person ID  I85  Sanders
    Last Modified  17 Feb 2010 

    Father  William Foy,   b. 20 Dec 1791, Vermont or New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1869, Prairie City, McDonough County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ruth Morrill,   b. Abt 1791, Danville, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1864, Prophetstown Township, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1811  Centerville, Allegany County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F162  Group Sheet

    Family  Nancy P. Dickenson,   b. 9 Mar 1822, Greene County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 or 17 Jul 1900, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  30 Apr 1844  Tennessee Township, Hancock County, Illinois - License #827 Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 16, 24
    • FOY, GEORGE W DICKENSON, NANCY P 04/30/1844 / 827 HANCOCK
    Children 
     1. Augustus Foy,   d. bfr 1885
     2. UNKNOWN Foy,   d. bfr 1885
     3. UNKNOWN Foy,   d. bfr 1885
    >4. Charles Edwin 'Edward' Foy,   b. 28 Jan 1844, Hancock County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1918, Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Mary F. Foy,   b. 7 Jun 1846, Hancock County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1935, Sheffield, Bureau County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Augusta E. Foy,   b. Feb 1849, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1934
    >7. Eunice Elmira Foy,   b. 18 Nov 1850, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1870
    >8. George Wilbur Foy, Jr.,   b. Aug 1856, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1900-1945
     9. Albert Edgar Foy, M.D.,   b. 13 Sep 1856, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1881, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Emma J. Foy,   b. 11 Aug 1858, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1870, Leon, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
    >11. Freeman E. Foy,   b. 3 Dec 1865, Leon Corners, Whiteside County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1956, Hyattsville, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Foy, George Homestead
    Foy, George Homestead
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    Census Records - Foy
    Census Records - Foy
    Federal and State Census records
    Histories
    Biography - George Foy and Family
    Biography - George Foy and Family
    Family ID  F65  Group Sheet

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    Cemetery - Leon
    Leon, Whiteside County, Illinois
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  • Sources 
    1. [S131] Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, (Chicago: Chapman Brothers).
      Pg. 534 - Bio: George Foy

    2. [S5] Foy Family Data in US.

    3. [S731] Foy Family, Dean DeCarli; Melvin Idleman (Eldred family record), (not published).

    4. [S168] 1850 Whiteside Co, Illinois Census, CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: IL COUNTY: Whiteside DIVISION: District 37 REEL NO: M432-132 PAGE NO: 415A - REFERENCE: Enumerated by W. Anderson on October 2, 1850..
      Birth year 1819

    5. [S223] Obituary - George Foy, (Tampico Tornado).
      B: Allegheny County, NY

    6. [S184] 1830 US Federal Census.

    7. [S183] 1840 US Federal Census.

    8. [S223] Obituary - George Foy, (Tampico Tornado).

    9. [S258] History of Whiteside County, Illinois : from its first settlement to the present time, with numerous biographical and family sketches. Morrison, Ill.:, Bent, Charles, (Morrison, Ill.: unknown, 1877).

    10. [S168] 1850 Whiteside Co, Illinois Census, CENSUS YR: 1850 STATE or TERRITORY: IL COUNTY: Whiteside DIVISION: District 37 REEL NO: M432-132 PAGE NO: 415A - REFERENCE: Enumerated by W. Anderson on October 2, 1850..

    11. [S382] 1855 Illinois State Census.

    12. [S181] 1860 US Federal Census.

    13. [S381] 1865 Illinois State Census.

    14. [S180] 1870 US Federal Census.

    15. [S151] 1880 Census, Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Prophetstown, Whiteside, Illinois; Roll: T9_259; Family History Film: 1254259; Page: 224.3000; Enumeration District: 209; Image: 0068..

    16. [S131] Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, (Chicago: Chapman Brothers).
      Pg. 534

    17. [S132] http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1176986/10763.htm

    18. [S4] Edgar Foy & Johanna Weber Family History, Margie A. Wood., (Unpublished).

    19. [S131] Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, (Chicago: Chapman Brothers).
      Pg. 887

    20. [S132] http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/articles/article/1808888/26229.htm

    21. [S130] Cemetery - Leon Cemetery.
      DD 1896 not 1900

    22. [S130] Cemetery - Leon Cemetery.

    23. [S132] http://www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com/f/Leon_1-3.pdf

    24. [S107] Marriage - Illinois Marriage Index.