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Onstott, Henry

Born: 1804-11-27 Kentucky

Died: 1876-08-01 Illinois

Onstott, a cooper, moved to Sugar Grove, Illinois, in 1825. In 1830, he moved to New Salem, where he opened a shop. In 1834, he purchased a tavern, which he operated for a year before building a new house and shop in another part of town. Onstott's house was one of the nicest in New Salem, featuring stone fireplaces, brick hearths, and iron locks. In 1839, he moved in Petersburg, and then he settled permanently in Havana. Onstott was a Presbyterian, frequently attending camp revivals in the area, and he was a Whig.

Benjamin P. Thomas, Lincoln's New Salem (Springfield, IL: Abraham Lincoln Association, 1934), 6, 12, 34, 38, 107; T. G. Onstot, Pioneers of Menard and Mason Counties (Forest City, IL: T. G. Onstot, 1902), 351-53; Gravestone, Fullerton Cemetery, Havana, IL.