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Okmakes ya go Hmmmmm!

Forum: Iman Family Dialog
From: steve
Date: Friday, March 20, 2009, at 2:22 p.m.
Re: None makes ya go Hmmmmm! (Jack E. Moore)
I agree with you that best pointers are that the father (Christian) of Felix seems to have been a laborer. He was born between 1790 and 1799, and can't be the boat passenger thought to be 57 years of age in 1823. If anything, this was likely Felix's grandfather, though we have no evidence. This Christian was not an easy to understand man, though he had owned over 500 acres, sawmills, grist mills, powder mills, and been a revolutionary patriot. We have scant information, though in 1820 (I believe), there was confusion about the home of Christian/Henry Iman, though one can note both a male and female over 45 -- quite old people, and certainly not a Henry born after 1780! As to the possibility that Felix's father was from Germany, I'm quite doubtful of that as well. Most of the "German element" -- early settlers to Southern Illinois came out of Hardy county. It wasn't until the 1830s, I don't believe, that the main migrations from Germany to the heartland got started.

I agree with you, that a Mary, born about 1810 is unlikely to have given birth at the age of 13 to a young one in Germany on a trip of the C. Eyman. In fact it was about 16 years after C. Eyman returned from Germany that our Seth was born! It's quite unlikely that Seth was born anywhere but Monroe County, as were his numerous brothers and sisters; Felix (1828), Emily (1830), Rachel (1837), Seth (1839), Saphronia (1840), Lewis (1844), Eliza (1847), Elias (1848), and Lavina (1848).

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