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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

"A pioneer named Tolliver Wright, of Virginia, came to the western part of this township and settled near the mouth of Wood River in 1806 with his family. They later removed to the settlement between the forks of Wood River. Wright served as a captain in the Rangers in 1812. The Davidson brothers, natives of North Carolina, settled in 1806 near the Wanda comer. These men were the first settlers in the area.

In 1808, Abel, George, and William Moore came with their father, John, as far as Ford's Ferry, on the Ohio River, where they separated from Abel, and went on to Boone's Lick, Missouri.

Abel Moore was one of the pioneer settlers of Illinois, in 1808 locating in Madison County in the early days of its development. He and his family had come from North Carolina and had made arrangements to join an expedition that was organized in Kentucky for the purpose of founding a town in Missouri. The project was fostered by Daniel Boone and the new town was to be called Boonville. Abel Moore and his family, on their way to join this colony, stopped in Illinois at a point opposite the mouth of the Missouri River, which had been agreed upon as a meeting place with others who were to join them, but after waiting for several months and vainly looking for his friends, Mr. Moore decided that he would locate in Madison County. Illinois was then a territory and much of its land was still in possession of the government. Mr. Moore secured a claim between the forks of Wood River and developed a farm. He took an active and helpful part in the work of early improvement and progress there, and his name is indelibly inscribed on the pages of the pioneer history of Madison County…"
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Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 12:58 a.m. PST

Hardly killing children as young as 3 coukd be part of the war of 1812.
Some people should stop excusing murder and gratuitous cruelty because from a different "civilization".

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 10:40 a.m. PST

Both sides were equally (both white and Indian) capable of inexcusable "gratuitous cruelty" and yes it was certainly part of the War of 1812.

RudyNelson31 Aug 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

Both sides were cruel. Some records show that warriors would defy their chief during the post battle blood letting period in the Southern Creek War.

The Hillibee massacre (modern Clay County) was when East Tenn militia attacked a pro-American village.
In another case at Tallauchee near modern Jacksonville), West Tenn force "cooked their potatoes over the the fires fueled of burning fat from women and children.
Other exam0ples for both sides can be cited.

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