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Petition of Richard S. Thomas and Others to U.S. Congress, [6 December 1847 - 3 March 1849], 1
To the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled;
The undersigned, citizens and legal voters of the County of Cass and State of Illinois, would respectfully represent, in reference to the lands granted by the United States to the State of Illinois, for the use of the inhabitants of the townships hereinafter mentioned, for the use of schools, as follows, viz.2
The School lands of township nineteen North, of Range Eleven W.[West] of 3 P. M[Principal Meridian]3 ^also all except 200 acres, being (Section 16) of Township 17 North of Range 8 West of the 3d P. M^4 Also the School lands (being Section 16) of township Seventeen North, of Range twelve W. of 3d P. M–5 also the school lands (being Section 16) of township Eighteen North, of Range nine West of the 3d P. M–6 and also, all except two hundred and thirty acres, of the school lands, (being Section 16) of township Eighteen North, of Range ten West of the 3d P. M,7 ^also all except 400 acres of the school lands (being Sec[Section] 16) of Township 18 Range 11 West–8^ are worthless and therefore wholly unsaleable, and said lands are not only worth less now, but are so very poor in quality that they must continue so permanently. So that the inhabitants of said townships can never realize a School fund from said worthless lands– Each of said townships Contains a considerable number of inhabitants, & has no other school lands
The undersigned would further represent, that fractional township, Seventeen North, of Range thirteen W. of the 3d P. M. contains no section numbered Sixteen, and no school lands whatever have ever been assigned to said ^fractional^ township in lieu of Section Sixteen– So that said fractional township has no school lands– but contains near one hundred inhabitants.9
In consideration of which premises, the undersigned would respectfully pray that a law be passed by Congress authorizing the selection of other lands ^for said fractional township &^ belonging to the United States & situated in the state of Illinois, ^for said fractional township & also^ in lieu of said worthless lands– the lands so to be selected to be granted by the United States to the state of Illinois for the use of the inhabitants of said townships respectively, for the use of schools– And as in duty bound &c[etc.]
Richard S. Thomas Charels Boyd
R. G. Gaines G J Leonard
A Naylor Thomas [Henry?]
John Loomis Jeremiah Cox
T J Stone Jeremiah Cox Jr
Geo. Edger James Jackson
James Thompson John Jackson
John W Pratt T M Davis
James Masten S. B. Thompson
J. S Morgan Sam henderson
Richard. D Thompson Elijah Davis
Eli Wilhite Jno– B; Thompson
George Petefish James B Thompson
Jacob Yaples Jacob H Petefish
John R Petefish Thomas Cooper
John Yaples Jacob Wand
J H Bates Andrew L. Milsted
J. N. Craig Wm Cokeley
Amos A [Demeber?] John H Way
Jacob Petefish
S H Petefish [Gudt?] Paschal
Chas Marshall James Marshall
John Marshall C. H Cathwell
C L Pratt Jacob Ador
Wm Conover Geo. Bedingfield
Caspar Ador Benjamin Decker
C A Delameter Jacob Epler
H. Delameter Abraham Delemeter
Samuel Rose Michael Wittinger
H E Massey Wm Stevenson
Robert Clifton John Elliott
John Hankenberry Augustus Stevenson
Christopher Taylor John J Newton
Jonathan Lawrance L G Lambert
Robert Stevenson
Jonathan Powell Joseph Van Eaton
Hugh R Powell John Bane
James Haywood Hugh Bane
Jonathan C Beard John M [Beard?]
Alexander Beard Jesse Spicer
John Elliot Z. M. Gatton
John Gooden George Carver
G. Clendenin Paschal Harding
George W. Wilhite A. Beard Jr
Peyton Harding Chester Brooks
William Black Wm Carver
Geo. M. Weaver Andrew Jackson Gilpin
Thomas G Black J M Montgomery
Saml Montgomery Abner Tinnen
T A Rosenberger John Rosenberger
^100–^B T Coons Isaac Epler
Julius Elmore Wm [?]
Andrew Waggener Richard. C. Rout.
J. F Bergen Alfred Massie
W B Montgomery John A Vanzant
J C Borgen Charles B Epler
James L Gard [?] Runyon
John Walker Benjamin Litton
P W Runyon James Conover
Isaac N– Redding Moses Gard
Jeremiah Mitchell James Berry
John Conover Thomas [Boilourd?]
H. S. Savage Thos A Foxworthy
[Zaluder?] Wood James [Gurnee?]
Thos Heslep Wm [?]
John McDonald Eli Cox
B. F. Heslep Arch. Job
Rodney [Rummerfield?] Wm Slack
Jesse [I?] Allred James Darrell
Jesse Crews John Craig
Wm Boston John Murrer
James. D. Matthew Robert Robertson
Albert Hickox Thos Beard
Jacob Shrader John [During?]
Julius elmore Fredrick Miller
Darius elmore John A Morgan
Joseph Slack J W Davis
Mark W Delahay Wm Cole
James Taylor Wm W. Adkins
E. R. Saunders Christian Crum
John Treadway James A Cole
John Ream T [?] Hoffmann
Aug [Ther?] Menke Mark Cooper.
Henry Menke Geo. H. Nolte
Jephthah Wayle Thos J. Burns
Samuel M Collins Orin Warren
R. F. Keppenberg E Thompson
Horace Billings Clark [F.?] Thiele.
Wm Chase [?] [Duohamet?]
James. C. Leonard E S Houghton
C S Van [Alster?] G. W. Madden
Page Eaton Archd Taylor
C. J. Norbury E. I. Dutch Jr
Wm S Burch
August [Furope?] F. Webster Jr
William Nisbet Wm M Gillen
L. F. Sanders
V. A. [Turpin?] John Savage
W H H Carpenter James Shaw
Phillipp [Grennel?] J R [Denber?]
H Bolmler George Kuhl
William Kuhl
Joseph W. McClune Casper Moormann
^200–^Thomas Graham Jr John H [Rohd?]
Geo– Van Ness Amos B Hodges
James McNutt Zephaniah Ames
Wilson Haley John Richardson
J. W. Overall Noah. M. Rickard
W G [?] James Hope
Charles McDonald John Brown
George C. [Frauman?] Thos R. Saunders.
H. S. Swearingen Mark Whittle
Sylvester Emmons John Gillis
R. R. Randall David L Cross
John. B. Taylor Y. J. Clark
Thos P Norton R. S. Ross
Philo T. Norton Michael Ream
James Rogers John W Mitchell
Adam Hageman Ira Crow
Heinrich Tannsfen Ahrens. Lemon Plaster
Daniel. A. [Bland?] Jas Thomsbury
John Bridgewater William Moore
John Deweber J C Scott
^250–^Peter Miller Joseph Lee
Alvard Beals Robt Higginson
N. H. Downing John Slack
John Beard Levi L. Wood
Thos I. Collins Wm H H Wood
Stephen Lee sr Wm Cownover
William H Samuell James Cunningham
John Mc[Clure?] John Lee
John B N Redmon E. I. Dutch
Alfred Weymouth John Dutch
John McAlluster
B. F. Short. Lewis [Balme?]
Thomas M. Elliott David Drake
. . .on David T Barr
Elihu Miller John Miller
W. D. Mitchell Robert R Cox
Ellis Taylor John [?] Parrott
William Cooper J E Crow

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M. S. Marsh J H Crow
Tyler C. Rees Wm Crow
Gideon Koontz Jackson Blair
William [Hoard?] James M Short
Alexandren Malone Ellis Potts
Harvey H. Walker Joshua Adkins
Wm. [Brisby?] Phillip A Buraracker
^300–^Joel Potts Jackson Hamilton
Wm M [Henry?] [Calius?] Caffey
Samuel Short H. W. Montgomery
B. F. Montgomery Wm Mains
John Sybrant Robert Fitzhugh
Martin Harding Milton Trotter
A. W. Elder Johnson [Dickers?]
J. T. Dunbar Orlean Hickox
John C [Leorad?] Eleazer Hickox
John Cheetham Joseph Robertson
James S. Daniel Robert Hamilton
Rearzin M Hinchee Joseph Jewsbury
Saml A Hinchee Richd Jewsbury
Smith Willson John Fairow
James J. Isham Robert Bell
Uriah Isham John Willson
Stephen Aherton Allen Wiggins
W. M. Pallett Samuel Smith
David S. Eaton Charles W. Williams
John Hawthorn James Wyatt
Robert G Hawthorn John M Wyatt
Solomon Hurie Josiah Hurie
[Jo]hn Fanshier
. . . H Houghton Benjamin. H Hawth[orn]
James J [Smith?]
Joseph Goble
George Fanshier Edward L. Bingley
Jacob Fanshier Levi. Smith
Francis Moore Elijah Smith
Richard Moore Amos R Garner
Mason Underwood O. B. Nance
Jesse. L. Feant Hiram Scott
J. S. Eaton Abel H Scott
G. S. Eaton Daniel Dearen
John. P. Bixler Allen Q Nance
James Eatherton James Smith
John. L. Witty Pleasant Rose
Thomas Miller James Bennett
Thomas Jones Joseph Allison
Joshua Nance L M Outten
J B Pearce J. M. [Beadles?]
Laurence Clark George Tureman
Wm L. Williams Wm Haynes
William [Hardtt?] James Seachrist
James. S. [Savarage?] Wm Seachrist
Greenbury Rollins Saml. Seachrist
Thomas Stanly Harvey Seachrist
D. Epler James McHenry
John Needham Wm McHenry
D Harnaker John J Turner
Wm Petefish Alexander Ferguson
^400–^William M Crisp Allen J Hill
Honorias Pence J. H. Melone
Peter Cownover Hiram Butcher
Thomas J Nisbet John H. Stowe
John W. Stevenson James Mc[?]
T. Jeffes^r^on Cosner John Epler
Manson Herndon Green B Garner
Elijah Carver Oliver Logue
William Houghs Joseph Cosner
Elias Matthew Moses Summers
[?]as Lee Stephen Lee– Jr
J. D. Willson James L Davis
John [Long?]
Z. D. Robinson John Gill
A Samples V G Sims
L. B. Griffith Wm Murry
S F Pierce Wm [Lounsberry?]
N. B. Beers Levi Springer
John Robertson Lucius C Spalding
[Am?] Cunningham Thomas Russell
William Rodgers Edward Dirrur
George Cunningham J M Lampton
George Hill William. Allan
Wm Blair Dav: Blair
Little B Freeman John L. Oneal
John. W. Freeman John Elliot
Brierly. H. Job E. D. Leach
C. H. Oliver Isaac L. Moore
F. C. Bulkley Benjamin Sutton
Leland Carpenter Wm [Cogestell?]
[David?] Tiney John Biddlecome
Martin Sutton James Farow
Allen Miller Cyrus Wright
Daniel Biddlecome James Sargeant
Patrick OBrien Thomas Smith
Watson. R. Richardson William Lucus
J. W. Hardy Charles Lucus
Charles Briggs Lewis Watkins
John Lucas Jacob Griffin
[P?] G. Harbert Charles Skaggs
Wm B Campbell Nathan Sutton
George Sutton J. L. Hawthorn
Henry Falon Wm. P. Morgan
John Riley Squire Hall
Hamilton Hall Andrew I Armstrong
Wm T. Gray Clinton Hickey
Benj. Ishmael Wili^a^m Wilson
Wm Ishmael William Linn
Dan’l M. McHenry Isaac White
Amos Dick John Armstrong
Thomas Rhea Daniel Robinson
^500^James, A– Dick Sylvester Paddock
John. P Dick H. P. Sutton
Peter Whitlow Dwight. S Money
William Friend Levi McKee
Levi Dick S, Smith,
John Leeper Orren Hicks
Marcus Chandler John Moore
August [Roniger?] Henry M[c]Kee
Charles Chandler Joel W Davis
Elisha Olcott Joseph Harris
P. L. Phillips Oliver Friend.
Jacob Chase Nathaniel Hammond
Henry L Ingalls Amos L Bonney
Thos D Lewis Richard McDonald
Charles. D. Marcy C J Wilson
W. S. Talbott Amos [Boney?]
Ellis Hicks George A Bonney
Peter. W. Prichard [Ransellear?] Child
Horace Goodell Ezra Wheelock
[?] [Mc Clussen?] Adam Reed
Perrey Fuller Davidson Plasters
William [T?] Reavis James K Plaster
Robert Fielden James Carter
Samuel B Wilson James Fielden
H. M. Sewall Robert Carter
^550^Clinton wilson Joseph Cook
John Fielden Gorge W Glovier
Joshua Gipson Wilson Beard
J W [Eveans?] Joseph Beard
T. L. D Proctor John F Scott
W. H. L. Schooley M. H. Beadle
Keeling Berry A Williams
R C Angeir A. G. Angeir
Wm Clark David Whitmore
Levi Bridgewater E. F. Chester
[Sabis?] Addington Amasa Reeves
Edward Davis Joshua. P. Crow
D Thomas Cury William Bluhm
Daniel Canby David Furman
William Taylor Saml Shaw
John Taylor Christopher Shafer
James Cook Amos Woodward
Patrick Caldwell W. E. Glover
Robert Murray Remick Cone
James Fielden James Street
Michael Pierson James Carr
John Fielden Sr Coleman Paschal
John L Clough Samuel H leonard
Joseph Pierson Alexander Pierson
Milton Logan Elkanah Ricardson
^600^Jeremiah Bowen Dennis OBrien
Peter [Bauesh?] George Hill
John [Horland?] [Lodrick?] Collins
Hiram [Horrom?] Cyrus Horham
Ezra [?] Alvy Horham
John Pierson Jonnathan Hutches
William E. Cook Daniel J Cole
John Cook R. S. Cole
Niell Taylor Michal OBrien
Joseph Hoskinson David O’Brien
Samuel Logan Robert Cole
Leiman Horrom D Carr
Wm T Pedigo John C Cook
Isaac Ashlock N S baker
William Haskins James Stevenson
Henry Ludbrink Samuel Stevenson
John B Thompson William Sudbrink
Thomas Knight Luther A. Jones
Wm Pollock D. Curtis. Bosworth
James Berger Isaac Plaster
Merideth Capper Wm Logan
Peter Wagner John W Thompson
David Wagner William Woods
James. A. Kerr William Pearse
W. J. DeHaven Reuben Bramlet

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^650^Loderick L Maine Wm [Vitgen?]
Elias Henderson Abner Foster
Lucius. Gilmor. Eugine Coffey ^McCarty^
Edward Collins John O.Connell
Thos Collins Sam’l Doughty
Jas Knowles William [?]
Robert Dougherty James Henderson
Robert Dougherty Jr Nathan Sutton
David Henderson
Erastus D Lindsley Moses Henderson
John. C. Lindsley W. W. Miller
Wright Gill Jas M. McLane
Richard Gill Christ. Friedrich Krohe
George Burnaugh [?] [?]
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James Buck
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Ebenezer H. Richardson
Jos Hobbs Wm Minick
^oct–^Lemuel Cross Henry E. Dummer
S W Lucas Lewis H Nolte
John Johnston David [Nentney?]
Henry Treadway William Chapman
E. Y. Huffman George Morre
Wm Winhold Wm Danner
W D Herman John B Gagnon
J. D. Seaman John Shrearer
Y S. Taylor John [Quigg?]
^700^Danl. Riggle Alex Summers
Henry H. Hall. [Joseph?] Shrearer
Chas Sprague F Krohe
David Gray Antonius Myer
R S Hill Dempsey Skinner
O W Cowen Thomas Elam
Jacob Swartz Firmin Cazeau
John Davis Jno. W. Whipp
E. B. Leonard Winlock Stewart
F S [Hampton?] Luther Hamilton
Wm Cook R H. Bead
John Thompson J Phillips
James [Grays?] Eaton Nance
Robert Padget Stephen Elam
A. Rose M. Rhinberger
John H Wynkop Robert Nance
Andrew Baker Louis Heather
John W Rose C. C. Emerick
Thomas. J. Feltham Frederick Potter
Samuel Neidy Hulett Clark
Henry R Hull Thomas Finney
Wm Padget P. A. Gilliland
Wm Dougherty Leroy. T. Taylor
E. W. Hammer William Anderson
John Rhinberger J V [Wilkinsbury?]
^750^Amos Atwater Linus Brooks
E J [Durham?] William Conwell
J. Duchardt James mclin
Johan Nöllsch C B Thompson
Laurence Kelly G J Thompson
G F Allen Michael Kelty
John Bird Henry Scheer.
John A Beuschel [?]
[E P?] Kortright [J?] Ritscher
Jos. [Stahlin?] G Günther
Horace Cowen [T Kelver?]
Henry [Jodkins?] David Black
Georg Mannel Samuel Johnston
Conrad [Pfiel?] James Curry
O. F. Tibbits Jesse Ambrose
T A Fisher Chas Gilmor
William Skillman Milton W. Lasley
John Lacy Henry Ewing
Reddick Horn Joseph Bennett
David Griffin Joseph Ruff
Moss Samuel Wm Hawks
Caleb Cotrell Philip Forsythe
Hamilton Cotrell John [Layman?]
Eldred Hardy Dan’l Britton
Larkin B Smith Daniel Scott
^800–^James C Ross John H [Pusey?]
John. McGown W W [Auelenger?]
Charles MCrea A. C. Lowell
John M Connell Adam Wiener
Charles Hill [?] G
Richard Powell David [?]
John Taylor [?]
James Wells. Volentine Jump
L. H. Tredway Edward Treadway
John Dunn David Brown
George A. Tredway Jacob D Wells
Benjamin Warren James Welsh
W. T. Tredway Lawrence Wesh
E. N. Tredway [Viq?] Vincent Brown
Alexander Cooper Zachariah Bridgewater
Isaac Baker R. D. Hopkins
Saml M’Clure Jacob Dunaway
Jonathan M Pate Anthony Bloyd
Joseph Thompson
Thos [Pattricasy?] W. D. Leeper
William R. McLane
David Thompson George. W. Harris
James Bloyd Thomas [Cowand?]
Martin F. Higgins John Bradford ^x^
James M Graves John A Mcconnell
Joshua Morris Levi Legg ^x^
^850^Luke Dunn W. Naylor
Charles Thomas Holsey Smith
P. S. Outten William Campbell
Joseph [Corby?]
J. C. Richardson William Clark
Jesse Petefish D P Wilson
Joseph Kircher Wm M Layton
Francis Muhler [Jr?] John [Mclire?]
J M Webster Nicholas [?]
Francis Arenz Josiah Dunn
Nicholas Carter Shadrick Dunn
Henry Phelps Ernest Fletcher
Isaac Drinkwater
John F Skinner Wm F. McPherson.
John Clark Hampton P. Dunn.
L. N. Osborn Samuel. Masterson.
Wm Hyde John James
[L?] Thompson Wesley Johnson
Peter Light I. T. Carter
Omar Bowyer W. Grave
F Loevecamp Ch. Landmann
Milf. [Tilkmeyer?]
Pet. [Telkemeyer?]
Saml Sinclair
Fenton Vandevanter
Richard. E. Case Carleton Logan
David. A. Gypson Reuben Hager
Henry Seger Napolian. B. Whirly
John Barnet George W. Lambert
Samuel Shaw J. D. [Jump?]
William Keathly Samuel Garrett
Alanson Leach Larken Ramsey
Samuel Smithv Jackson Purkins
William Laster Joseph Purkins
Rowland D. Thomas Charles Brady
Jonathan Gill Greenburry Collins
William G Collins M S Wilson
Zachariah Hash E Watkins
Thomas Wadkins Henry Dick
E W Turner

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[docketing]
The Petition of certain Citizens of Cass county Illinois, praying to be allowed to select other lands in lieu of certain valueless school lands &c &c.
Refer to Com.[Committee] on Public Lands–
A. Lincoln
[docketing]
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1On the back side of this handwritten petition, Abraham Lincoln authored and signed one instance of docketing. It is unclear when and if Lincoln presented this petition to the U.S. House of Representatives.
2The Land Ordinance of 1785 reserved the sixteenth section of each full thirty-six-section township to support public schools within the township. Upon Illinois’ admission as a state in 1818, Congress granted to every township in the state the proceeds of the sale of land in each township’s Section 16 for the use of schools. This money became known as the “common school fund.”
“An Act to Enable the People of the Illinois Territory to Form a Constitution and State Government, and for the Admission of Such State into the Union on an Equal Footing with the Original States,” 18 April 1818, Statutes at Large of the United States, 3 (1846):428-31; W. L. Pillsbury, “Early Education in Illinois,” Sixteenth Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Illinois (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1886), 106-7.
3This land was located in a bend of the Sangamon River near its confluence with the Illinois River, and was bisected by a large slough.
Illustrated Atlas Map of Cass County, Illinois (W. R. Brink, 1874), https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4103cm.gla00038/?sp=9&r=0.061,0.202,0.55,0.226,0.
4This land was located north of Ashland, on the border of Cass and Menard counties.
5This section was located north of Indian Creek in southwestern Cass County.
6This section was located southeast of Chandlerville, on the south side of Big Panther Creek, and was bisected by Cox’s Creek.
7This land was located south of the Sangamon River in north-central Cass County.
8This land was located east of Beardstown.
9This fractional township was located in the extreme southwestern corner of the county, bounded by the Illinois River.

Handwritten Document Signed, 4 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