Hornbuckle, Tilman

Born: 1803-03-29 South Carolina

Died: 1884-09-01 Missouri

Flourished: 1834-05-05

Hornbuckle began acquiring public land in what became Menard County, Illinois, in 1829, purchasing 160 acres in an area north of what became Petersburg. He made similar purchases in 1837 and 1839, amassing an additional eighty acres. In 1840, Abraham Lincoln signed a surety bond on Hornbuckle's behalf. He was a constable and Menard County deputy sheriff, who possessed $700 in real property and $324 in personal property in 1841. In 1844, Hornbuckle was the Menard County School Commissioner. In 1850, he was farming in Menard County and owned real estate valued at $3,000. In the late 1850s, Lincoln & Herndon represented Hornbuckle in two lawsuits. In 1860, Hornbuckle moved to Boone County, Iowa, where he worked as a farmer. Sometime in the 1860s, he migrated to Nodaway County, Missouri.

James W. Estill, Menard County Assessor's Book, 1841, SC 1031, Manuscripts Division, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Springfield, IL; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Menard County, IL, 297; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Menard County, IL, 310; Petition of Mentor Graham and Others to the Sangamon County Commissioners’ Court; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database, Menard County, 68:50, 70:22, 51, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Allen v. Hill, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, 2d edition (Springfield: Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, 2009), http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=135022; Walker v. Estill, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=135210; Lincoln served as surety for Hornbuckle, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=141210; Hornbuckle v. Bone, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=135160; Elliott v. Hornbuckle, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=134984; McNeely v. Hornbuckle, Martha L. Benner and Cullom Davis et al., eds., The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln: Complete Documentary Edition, http://www.lawpracticeofabrahamlincoln.org/Details.aspx?case=135222; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Cass, Boone County, IA, 84; U.S. Census Office, Ninth Census of the United States (1870), Atchison, Nodaway, MO, 14; Gravestone, Workman Chapel Cemetery, Burlington Junction, MO.