Born: 1801 Kentucky
Died: 1885 California
Flourished: 1832-1839 Sangamon County, Illinois
Quinton lived in Sangamon County as early as 1832, when he enlisted in the Illinois militia to fight in the Black Hawk War. Quinton was a politically active Democrat; he ran for state representative from Sangamon County in 1832, 1834, and 1836, losing every time. He married Margaret Morgan of Sangamon County and by 1840, they had moved to Iowa, where Richard was a farmer. The Quintons later moved to California.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 533; Ellen M. Whitney, comp., The Black Hawk War, 1831-1832: Illinois Volunteers, 2 vols., vol. 35 of Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library (Springfield: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970), 1:172; 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), 262, 275, 299; U.S. Census Office, Sixth Census of the United States (1840), Jefferson County, IA Territory, 134; U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Mahaska County, IA, 221; Gravestone, Old Oroville Cemetery, Oroville, CA.