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Chapter 1: Early life in Southern Illinois Southerners the majority among the settlers absence of free schools
ntaine was one of the French Huguenots who settled in western Illinois and Missouri at a very early date.
My grandfather ow having liberated his slaves in Tennessee, removed to southern Illinois, and became urgent for my father to come to him to lo f his business, liberated his slaves, and returned to southern Illinois.
The country was new and population sparse; but m antage of every other source of education for us.
Southern Illinois at that time was not so advanced in civilization as t st Church.
Of this there were very many adherents in southern Illinois, my mother and father being among the number.
In fac t one time this church had many communicants in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. President Garfield was a minister of ade.
They were, however, public-spirited people, and southern Illinois came in for her share of teachers sent out by the gov