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OkIt could be.

Forum: Iman Family Dialog
From: steve iman
Date: Friday, January 27, 2012, at 10:23 a.m.
Re: None Where did Felix Grundy Iman get his middle name? (Jack E. Moore)
Possible. We won’t know, but it seems likely that Felix was named after a political luminary. In 1822, quite a fuss was made when Palemon Winchester, a leading citizen of Edwardsville (20 miles north of Belleville, 50 miles from Harrisonville, and home of a major newspaper of the day) and an old commander who had surrendered to the British during the War of 1812, and moved to the community, marrying well, was charged with murdering a Daniel Smith. Winchester had hailed from Tennessee and was defended in the local court by none other than Felix Grundy, who to much local excitement won acquittal for his client.

Grundy was a frontier lawyer pretty well known, and had been a strong advocate for the War of 1812. At a time when states were barely set up in western regions, he was one of the farthest, most westerly members of the House of Representatives, and a strong Jeffersonian Republican (In many way’s he’d have been considered a ‘small government populist’ democrat today) arguing on behalf of frontier, farmer, and western interests. He was well educated (primarily self-educated) for a “new American”, having come from a family of settlers with brothers lost to Indians. An egalitarian with a strong belief in the voice of the people and a strong concept of honor, he provided a voice for those who thought that people on the frontier were being pushed around. His politics today would probably most parallel that of Ron Paul with an insistence on small government, minimal taxation and debt, abolishing standing armies, and showing a great faith in self-reliance. Government, he thought, should be distant from and not do much for people. By 1828, Grundy had not yet made it to the U.S. Senate, but would have been widely known on the frontier. The Grundy township and county of Illinois, a considerable distance to the North East, had not yet been set up.

It’s interesting to try to see those old Imans in the context of their community. Christian, Felix’s father, had walked from Virginia, likely with or soon joined by Felix’s uncle Henry, the miller. They lived where Abraham Eyman had along American Bottom near Harrisonville, while Abraham was just short miles away up over Eagle Cliffs to the prairie along an old Indian road. Four years before Felix was born to and Iman and the daughter of an old military family (Whitesides from North Carolina), grand-uncle (perhaps) Abraham had been elected to the second Illinois House of Representatives as a progressive Whig promoting free schools and fighting against slavery — in a rabidly contested election described as a Jacksonian victory.


NoneMakes you go hmmmmm? by Jack E. Moore, 1/27/2012
NoneLots of Felixs;-) by steve, 1/27/2012

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