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Short, David R.

Died: 1846-11-27 Camargo, Mexico

Flourished: Menard County, Illinois

In 1823, Short owned public land in the northern portion of Morgan County, Illinois that would eventually be subsumed into Cass County, Illinois. In 1829, he married Sarah Short. In 1832, he moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, acquiring extensive land holdings in an area that would become part of Menard County. At the outbreak of the Mexican War, Short volunteered for military service, becoming a sergeant in Company F of the Fourth Regiment of Illinois Volunteers. He died on the march from the Rio Grande to Camargo.

Isaac H. Elliott, Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, and in the Mexican War, 1846-8 (Springfield, IL: H. W. Rokker, 1882), 295; The History of Menard and Mason Counties, Illinois (Chicago: O. L. Baskin, 1879), 256, 257; Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales, Cass County, 68:131, Menard County, 68:173, 229, 817:107, 69:39, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Morgan County, 29 October 1829, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL.