|John McIlvaine - 8 May 1777 Baltimore, Md.
In 1795 John made a trip to Ste. Genevieve, Mo. & then to the lead mines of Potosi
before returning to Baltimore, Md. He married Jane Hord 1799 in Mason
County, Ky. He began mining operations in the
Potosi area in 1799 & shipped lead & produce in keel
boats from St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve to New Orleans
& Ft. Pitt. He moved his family to Potosi
circa 1804. He died in 1843 & is buried
about two miles north of Potosi in a family cemetery
on the Long Farm.
Children of Jane &
Jesse Hord - 10 July 1800 Mason County, Ky. - married 1) Mukee
Smith 2) Emily Dunklin Martin Died at St. Louis, Mo. 2 July 1869. Buried in Potosi
Maria - 21 April 1802 - married 1) Thomas Ficklin 2) Gov.
Archibald Yell - NOTE: Maria had one blue eye & one green eye.
Eveline - 30 May 1804 - married Dr. John Gano Bryan
Isabella - 22 June 1806 - married John McGready 15 December 1825
Washington County, Mo.
Lucy - 3 August 1807 - married Israel McGready 1 May 1831 Washington
Orville - 22 June 1809 - married Minerva Baker - Orville died 27
January 1880 - had children Minerva & Firmin
Chytnian - 21 June 1813 - married Firmin Desloge 21 June 1832
Washington County, Mo.
Narcissa Jane - Novemeber 1817 - married 1) Thomas W.
Bryan 2) Thomas J. Payne
Susan H. - 1819 - married Col. Robt. Smith (from Arkansas) 8 December
1836 Washington County, Mo.
William McIlvaine - born 19 February 1732 Bucks County, Penn. He was
the son of Orville McIlvaine. One source says that in 1740 William & his father
supposedly made a trip to the West Indies their ship being lost in the Gulf of
Mexico. The only survivor was William who was rescued by a party of Spaniards.
It is said that they took him up the Mississippi River to the mouth of the Missouri River
& began searching for minerals & later the same year founded New Madrid. William
was supposedly captured & raised by Indians but later managed to escape.
In 1775 William McIlvaine & others took a cargo of lead & powder from New Orleans
up the Ohio River to Fort Pitt for the American Revolutionists. One source says
that William died 1798, Baltimore, Maryland. Another source says tht he died in
Mason County, Kentucky in 1801 & his estate was administered there.
William married Mary (Polly) ?? - Their children are:
John - born 1777 Maryland. Married: Jane Hord 1799 in Virginia. Died:
Margaret - married Thomas J. Davis - 27 May 1807 - Mason Co., Ky.
Orville McIlvaine - Died 1740 in a ship wreck in the Gulf of
Mexico - was the son of Jesse McIlvaine
Jesse McIlvaine - came to America supposedly with William
Penn the founder of the state of Pennsylvania.
Firmin McIlvaine - Firmin was shot & killed by
the outlaw Sam Hildebrand - SAM'S BROTHER LYNCHED:
Sam and his brother, Frank, had gotten into some trouble over a horse swapping deal
involving a horse that was stolen from Firmin McIlvaine. When the Civil War
started in 1861 Frank went to Potosi in Washington County to enlist in the Union Army Home
Guards. That is when Capt. Castleman turned Frank over to Firmin McIlvaine and his group
of vigilantes. They eventually took Frank to Ste. Genevieve County and, without the
benefit of a trial, hung him to a tree then threw his body into a sink hole where it was
not found for more than a month. In June, 1862 Sam avenged his brother's death when
he shot and killed George Cornicius and Firmin McIlvaine.
SAM HILDEBRAND'S VICTIMS: Below
is a partial list of the victims of Sam Hildebrand. This information was gleaned
from "Sam Hildebrand Rides Again" by Henry C. Thompson.
FIRMIN McILVAINE ~ Shot June, 1862 while working in his farm field in
St. Francois Co., Mo.
Excerpts from: Sam Hildebrand Guerilla by Carl W. Breihan -
Pg. 6 - Shortly before this someof Sam's neighbors had started what they called
a Vigilante Committee, & their squads patrolled night & dy to put down horse
stealing. At the head of that gang was Firman Mcilvaine, the worst element in the
Pg. 7 - McIlvaine & his vigilantes had come into the yard & were
approaching the house from all sides in a regular line. Sam detected a gap in their
ranks & dashed through it. They commenced fireing, & Sam dodged behind a
molasses mill in the yard. That mill caught nine of their bullets & without
doubt saved Sam's life. Then he struck out towards the wood, a distnce of about 200
yards. He had the inclination to shoot back at them but that would indicate where he
was in the open field, so he silently gained the edge of the woods. From there he
could hear them men talking & thus became certain of his enemies' identity.
Pg. 17 - When Sam arrived in the vicinity of Flat Woods in St. Francois Co.,
Mo. , it was the 12th day of June. Immediately , he commenced searching for George
Cornecious, the man who had reported his whereabouts to MacIlvaine & the soldiers.
Stealthily he crosse the river & went to the lower part of McIlvaine's
farm. There he found Negroes cuttin down a field of rye.....
Pg. 18 - Sam had been waiting, well hidden. At last he saw McIlvaine
making his first round. Actually, he passed where Sam was hidin & he stopped to
whet his scythe. As soon as he had done that, he lowered the cradle to the ground
& stood resting against the handle.
Sam fire, & McIlvaine was dead. Nothing but a long series of wrongs
could have made him take the life of a young man who had so many good points. Sam
remembered how, after the first outbreak of war, a fine mare had been stolen from
McIlvaine. He maust have loved that mare,& when others told him that Sam
Hildebrand was the thief, he must have felt a righteous anger. And so he was goaded
on to take the law into his own hands. Because of allthat, Frank Hildebrand had hung
without a trial & his body flung into a sink-hole to moulder like that of a beast.
Potosi Presbyterian Church Records - (copied by Esther M.
McIlvaine, Henry - Oct. 9, 1843 - Mrs. Ev Bryan
John Gano - " "
ELmily Eveline - " "
Francis Theodore " "
Ann Smith - "
McIlvaine, John - May 23, 1846 - Austin Houck
Eveline - July 26, 1846 - Minerva McIlvaine
, Minerva Ann - May 1, 1853 - Mrs. Minerva McIlvaine
Register of Members:
Minerva McIlvaine - Nov. 24, 1844 - Certificate
Mary McIlvaine - (of color) Dec. 6, 1857 - Certificate - removed
Mrs. Emily S. McIlvaine - May 19, 1860 - Certificate - United with Methodist Church
Mrs. Emily McIlvaine - June 4, 1870 - Letter dismissed Apr. 1872 to (other remarks
illegible - possibly Kansas City)
Mrs. Emily S. McIlvaine - May 19, 1860 - from Presbyterian Church of Corondolet
- received on certificate
McIlvaine Cemetery - two miles north of Potosi on the Long Farm
(From Mary Rosenthall - St. Louis, Mo.) The inscriptions on the large slabs of stone
which cover their tombs are almost illegible. A cyclone wire fence has been erected
around the cemetery & modern type stones have been placed at each grave, with
Jesse H. McIlvane
Mukee Perin Smith
Lucy McIlvane McGready
Maria McIlvane Yell
Susan McIlvane Smith