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Threlkeld, Thomas (Threikield)

Born: 1793-11-07 Kentucky

Died: 1865-04-19 Coles County, Illinois

Alternate name: Threikield

Threlkeld was an ordained Baptist minister who began preaching in Kentucky in 1819. He moved from Scott County, Kentucky to Coles County, Illinois, in 1830 and was the first preacher in Lafayette Township. He won election to the state general assembly as a Whig in 1840, where he served with Abraham Lincoln. In 1850, Threlkeld was a farmer with real estate valued over $5,000.

U.S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Coles County, Illinois, 28; The History of Coles County, Illinois (Chicago: Wm. Le Baron, Jr., 1879), 655; 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), 338; Gravestone, Bethel Cemetery, Lafayette Township, IL.