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Flack, Abner

Born: 1797 South Carolina

Died: 1842-04-12 Effingham County, Illinois

Flourished: 1835-1842 Fayette County, Illinois

Around 1826, Flack settled near Pinckneyville, in an area that would later be subsumed into Perry County. In 1827, the General Assembly approved his nomination as Perry County Surveyor. In 1831, he married Violet Hogue. Politically, Flack was a Democrat. He was a presidential elector for Andrew Jackson in the 1832 Federal Election, and in 1835, was appointed a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Although he could not attend, Flack and the rest of the Illinois delegation pledged their support to Martin Van Buren. By 1840, Flack had moved to Fayette County, where he lived in Vandalia for the remainder of his life.

Combined History of Randolph, Monroe and Perry Counties, Illinois (Philadelphia: J. L. McDonough, 1883), 85, 336; Illinois Senate Journal. 1826. 5th G. A., 1st sess., 229; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Perry County, 13 January 1831, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Theodore C. Pease, ed., Illinois Election Returns, 1818-1848, vol. 18 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1923), 81; Election Returns for the New Salem Precinct in Sangamon County, Illinois; Niles' Weekly Register (Baltimore, MD), 20 May 1835, 228; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Fayette County, IL, 159; Gravestone, Blue Point Baptist Cemetery, Shumway, IL.