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 George D. Smallwood Calculate Relationships for George D. SmallwoodPedigree Chart for George D. SmallwoodExport GEDCOM for George D. SmallwoodPictures for George D. SmallwoodAll Events and Facts for George D. Smallwood
ID: I1061
Sex: M
Birth: 31 MAR 1810  Ross Co., OH  
Death: 15 APR 1886  De Witt Co., IL  
Parents: Smallwood, Parmenius, Brown, Deborah
Etching of George D. Smallwood, pioneer of Macon County, Illinois and veteran of the Black Hawk War.
 
George D. Smallwood, son of Parmenius Smallwood, was born in Ross county, Ohio, March 31, 1810, and came with his parents to this state; attended the first schools of Macon county, and grew to manhood, after which, in 1830, he located in this township. He was among the early settlers, and was here during the " deep snow." The same year, 1830, he commenced, with his father, building a saw-mill, to which he soon after added a burr, and did the grinding for the -community. It was located on the N. E. quarter of Sec. 5. The burr was made from a prairie boulder, which is still in use, and is pronounced to be of very fine quality. Mr. Smallwood was in the Black Hawk war. He was an early surveyor in this part of the country;. was married to Mary Ann Brown, March 24, 1839. The ceremony was performed by James M. Scott, a Christian minister. " (1882 History of De Witt County, Creek Twp)

George also owned quite a bit of land in Macon County:

- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 11/03/1835, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 17, NENE, Macon County; Vol 236, Page 112
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 01/26/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 9, SWSW, Macon County; Vol 236, Page 136
- 109.38 acres ($1.25/acre, total $87.50), dated 05/23/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 18, SW, Macon County; Vol 236, Page 166
- 80.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $100.00), dated 05/23/1836, Twp 27N, Range 01E, Mer 3, Section 36, W2NW, Woodford County; Vol 236, Page 166
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 07/30/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 16, LOT2, Macon County; Vol 817, Page 36
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 07/30/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 16, LOT3, Macon County; Vol 817, Page 36
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 07/30/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 16, LOT4, Macon County; Vol 817, Page 36
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 07/30/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 16, LOT6, Macon County; Vol 817, Page 36
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 07/30/1836, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 16, LOT7, Macon County; Vol 817, Page 36
- 80.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $100.00), dated 10/02/1839, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 8, E2SEDP, Macon County; Vol 816, Page 53
- 40.00 acres ($1.25/acre, total $50.00), dated 11/11/1840, Twp 19N, Range 03E, Mer 3, Section 16, LOT5SWNW, Macon County; Vol 819, Page 76

Total: 589.38
In the 1840 census of De Witt Co., George was between 30 and 40 years old and living with a woman between 15 and 20 years old.  According to the Illinois records, he and Mary Ann were married in 1840, but the History of De Witt County states their marriage as being in 1839.

In the 1850 census of Creek Twp, De Witt Co., George and Mary Ann have no children.  George is a farmer and owns $2080 worth of property.

In the 1860 census of Creek Twp, De Witt Co., George and Mary Ann still have no children.  George is a farmer and owns $5000 worth of real property and $650 worth of personal property.

In the 1870 census of Creek Twp, De Witt Co. George was 58 years old and was a boarder with the Enos G. Scott family.

In the 1880 census, George was 70 years old and was a boarder with the Miles Reed family of Creek Twp.  His occupation was listed as a retired farmer.  His wife was presumably dead. (pg116)

George ran for Surveyor in the first DeWitt County elections of 1839.  He came in third with 127 votes.

OBITUARY OF GEORGE D. SMALLWOOD -- 1886

The following obituary appeared in the 16 April 1886 issue of The Clinton Public.

Death of a Veteran of the Black Hawk War.

George D. Smallwood, one of the early settlers of DeWitt county, died at his home near this city yesterday morning, aged seventy-six years.  For several months Mr. Smallwood had been an invalid and confined to his home.

George D. Smallwood was among the pioneer settlers of this county.  He was born in Ross county, Ohio, on the 31st of March, 1810.  His parents were natives of Virginia, and their ancestors were of Irish extraction.  The Smallwood family came to Illinois in 1825 and settled near Decatur.  There were fifteen children in the family, George D. being the second oldest.  In 1830 George D. Smallwood settled on Salt Creek, in this county, and built a cabin, near which, four years later, his father built a mill which has since been known as Smallwood's mill.  George D. had a fair common school education, and studied civil engineering, which business he gave considerable attention to in the early days.  In 1839 he was nominated by the Whigs as a candidate for county surveyor, but was defeated by Alexander A. Barnett.  This was the only time he was ever before any convention as a candidate for office.

During the winter of 1831-32 the Black Hawk War broke out, and on the 16th of April Governor
Reynolds issued a call for troops.  Among the number who responded from this county was George D. Smallwood.  Among his comrades in the same company were Walter Bowles, George Coppenbarger, Asher Simpson, Elisha Butler, John Henderson, James Ennis, John Clifton, John Williams, C. Cooper, Samuel Troxel, Thomas Davenport, William Adams, William Hooper, Joseph Clifton, and J. G. Wright. They served an the Rock River, and were in Major Stillman's command.  The DeWitt county men served the full term for which they were enlisted and were then mustered out.

In March, 1839, Mr. Smallwood was married to Mary Ann Brown, daughter of Henry Brown, who was one of the early settlers of Texas township.  By this union there was one child, who died in infancy.  His wife died in 1867, since which time he has made his home with relatives.  For about fifteen years he was engaged in milling, but the greater part of his life was spent upon a farm . . . .
 MarriageAll Events and Facts on Marriage
ID: F450
Spouse: Brown, Mary Ann
Marriage: 24 MAR 1840  4996 De Witt Co., IL  
Sex: F
Birth: 09 JAN 1824  KY  
Death: 21 FEB 1867    
Children
 
No. Sibling Sex Birth Death
1.
 Ann Smallwood
F03 MAR 1854 10 MAR 1854 
 

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