Petition of Samuel Smith and Others to Cave Johnson and U.S. Congress, 17 January 18481
To the Honorable Postmaster General ^and Senate and House of Representatives^ of the United States of America
We the undersigned petitioners liveing on and near the the following described rout would represent that there is a district of Country lying in the county of Cass and state of Illinois between Virginia in Cass County and Petersburg in Menard County in which there is no Postoffice and there is a large portion of inhabitants that are labouring under great disadvantages for the want of the establishment of a post rout and post Ofices between the above named places, a distance of 23 miles, and we would further represent that there should be two Offices established on said rout one at the residence of Keeling Berry, being six miles Easts of Virginia and one at O B Nance’s, being twelve miles East of Virginia and we the undersagned petitioners would humbly pray that you establish a post rout between the above named points and that you appoint Keeling Berry to be postmaster at his residence, to be called Panther Grove P. O–[Post Office] and that you appoint O B Nance to be postmaster at O B Nance’s residence to be called Midle Creek P. O– and for the above petition would ever pray ^your petitioners, as in duty bound &c[etc.]^2
Samuel Smith J. T. Smith
Allen Wiggins E. L. Bingy
Stphen Etherton Levi Smith
James. J. Isham P. R. Conyer
W. M. Pallett Bartlet. Conyers
W. A. Eaton
richard more Z C Spears
richard more
W. M. Wyatt Robert G. Hawthorn
O. B. Nance george fanshier
John. L. Witty
Wm B Johnson Jacob Fanshier
Elijah Smith Wm. M. Goldsby
[...?] Mason Underwood James. O. Williams
James Smith David. Williams
Jesse. L. Font Jacob Slusher
Jacop [...?]e bixler Page. A. Williams
James eatherton R C C Woldrigge
danel daren Samuel M Woldridge
George S. Eaton A[...?]
Joseph Silas Eaton John Lucas
David. S. Eaton Lewis Watkins
Charles Skaggs
Fielding u Isham Thomas Smith
G. S Daniel William Lucus
S. Willson
Joshua Nance
John Willson John. P. Bixler
James Wyatt
John M Wyatt Allen Q Nance
Willam H Paterson William H Robbins
Samuel A Hinchee
[hiarm?] [Scot?] Charles. W. Williams
William H. Hinchee
John Hawthorn R M Hinchee
Josiah hurie ASier lewis
L. C. nathen
Robert. Robertson
Thomas A Foxworthy
Fletcher T Carver
Joseph Robertson
[?] B Hopkins
Henry Hopkins
Robert Clifton
Keeling Berry
Zebedee Wood
Jesse Crews
James Garner
John C lenard
John Slack
William Potter
Eleazar S Hikcox
Oliver Logue
Orlean P Hickox
John Hankenbury
Johnson Hickson
Wm Slack
Pleasant Rose
William Allan
Aw Cuningham
Thomas Russell
James M Lampton
Thos Bricourt
T J Cosner
Wm Graves

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Memorial of Citizens of Cass Co.[County] Ill.[Illinois] praying for the Establishment of a mail Route from Virginia in Cass County to Petersburgh in Menard County
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March 1 1848 Referred to the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads
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Petition of certain citizens of Illinois for a post road from Virginia in Cass county to Petersburg in Menard county–
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Refer to Committee on Post offices & Post roads.
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A. Lincoln
1The petition was written by an unknown person, with interlineations authored by another unknown person. Abraham Lincoln authored two instances of docketing on the last page.
2Lincoln presented the petition in the House of Representatives on March 1, 1848. The petition was referred to the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads, of which Abraham Lincoln was a member. It does not appear that either of these post offices was established.
U.S. House Journal. 1848. 30th Cong., 1st sess., 60, 480-81.

Handwritten Document Signed, 2 page(s), RG 233, Entry 367: Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thirtieth Congress, 1847-1849, Records of Legislative Proceedings, Petitions and Memorials, Resolutions of State Legislatures, and Related Documents Which Were Referred to Committees, 1847-1849, NAB.