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NoneLots of Felixs;-)

Forum: Iman Family Dialog
From: steve
Date: Friday, January 27, 2012, at 2:04 p.m.
Re: None Makes you go hmmmmm? (Jack E. Moore)
I’m not sure when that Felix Township of Grundy County got set up, but I suspect that it was closer to 1850 before that part of the state was settled.

Though I’ve never spotted a Grundy down our lines, there were plenty of possible connections for “Felix” among those Imans of Illinois — some being more speculative than others. Eymans and Imans had come out of Virginia — and more specifically from the South Branch near Fairfax lands. Among families in that area was that of Abraham Clark whose ancestors had mixed it up with the Badgleys — primitive baptist ministers and prominent in the migration to Southern Illinois. Both Jacob and Felix Clark, sons of Abraham Clark III were among the earliest migrants to American Bottom. Jacob Clark died with his family of cholera near the demise of Felix’s parents, while Felix, born 1792 in Hardy County, made it through another year or so. The Imans and Clarks remained close. Felix may even have married Catherine, a daughter of Felix’s uncle Henry. Felix Clark administered the estate of Abraham Eyman, though in living arrangements seems closer to the line of Christian (Felix’s grandfather) and Henry (his uncle) A son of Felix had married Catherine Eyman in about 1816. An Olive Clark, daughter of Felix, married Absalom Eyman, a son of Henry, Felix’s uncle. In 1840 or so, Absalom died, and his wife Olive asked that her father, Felix Clark administer the estate. In 1850, and following the death of Felix Clark, Olive and her sister Mary appeared in census reports for the household of Henry Iman/Eyman.

We’ve never figured out Felix’s grandmother, though some have thought her to be a “Sarah Katherine Landes”. If so, she’s probably part of the South Branch family of Jacob and Fanny Landes about which too little is known — though there were several other intermarriages further down the line — and that family line (up and down) is full of Felixs. Jacob and Fanny arrived to those headwaters of the Potomac about the same time as Christian had, and given the ages of children, seems to have been married ahead of that. We don’t know from where Jacob and Fanny derive, though near that War of 1812, Jacob got notice of an inheritance from Jacob Miller of Mifflin, the father of two daughters (Fanny, apparently, and a prior sister) who had married him. We’ve not found that Jacob Miller, aside from appearances in census, though his location was quite close to the old Jacob Eyman lands along Clark’s Creek near Dauphin. It’s been speculated that these Millers had migrated first to Frederick County of Maryland, and then likely as a result of fires or Indian problems, had resorted to back-migration to the Western side of the Susquehanna around Mifflin where there were several German Baptist communities. Accross the river, and very near Dauphin / Harrisburg / Hershey was Swatara Creek, the home location of so many Dunkards in Lebanon Township. There were, of course, Landis and Landes families as part of that congregation that I think served as a home church for Felix’s great grandfather, Jacob. Christian Landes, born 1717 is though to be a possible father of the Jacob on the South Branch. He had borrowed funds from Felix Landis of Lampeter for land there though he never developed it — moving on instead to Rutherford or Lincoln of North Carolina. One wonders if it was simply a matter of coincidence that the Whitesides of Illinois came out of Rutherford of North Carolina to Southern Illinois from the same place as it seems Jacob and Fanny might have originated before heading to the hills of (then) Virginia.

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