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Hampshire was established in 1835. In early times it was not called Hampshire , but the west part of Rutland and formed the precinct of Deerfield. In giving a record of the precinct I will naturally have to write of people who settled in Rutland as well as those who settled in Hampshire.
Elijah Rich and son, Thomas and Eviline Starks came to Deerfield to locate claims but left Mr. Riche's family in DuPage County until the following year. These men located farms now owned by E. E. Rich and E. Starks. Forty Indians camped on Webster's hill while they were building. They were harmless Pottawottimies and did not offer to molest the whites. Elijah Rich and Eviline Starks came from Vermont on horseback. Mr. Rich's family came to Chicago by way of the canal and the Great Lakes. They made the rest of the journey by teams. In those times it was a great undertaking for the men to move their families from the settled country like Vermont to such a wilderness as these men found no neighbors within ten miles and no town nearer than Chicago. It was rather a long trip from the East to Chicago. When they arrived there they didn't register at the Auditorium but took lodgings in a log tavern in the mud on the Lakeshore. The pleasures of travel were not as great in 1836 as in 1892. But these early pioneers were not men to be discouraged by hardships of travel as only persons of energy, courage and preservation would have attempted to seek homes in what was then known as the far West.
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Hampshire Pen $45.95 USD