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A woman's story of pioneer Illinois [NOOK Book]

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Christiana and John Tillson moved from Massachusetts to central Illinois in 1822. Upon arriving in Montgomery County near what would soon be Hillsboro, they set up a general store and real estate business and began to raise a family. A half century later, in 1870, Christiana Tillson wrote about her early days in Illinois in a memoir published by R. R. Donnelley in 1919. The Tillsons lived quite ordinary lives in extraordinary times, notes Kay J. Carr, introducing this edition. They moved west and prospered in the...
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A woman's story of pioneer Illinois

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Christiana and John Tillson moved from Massachusetts to central Illinois in 1822. Upon arriving in Montgomery County near what would soon be Hillsboro, they set up a general store and real estate business and began to raise a family. A half century later, in 1870, Christiana Tillson wrote about her early days in Illinois in a memoir published by R. R. Donnelley in 1919. The Tillsons lived quite ordinary lives in extraordinary times, notes Kay J. Carr, introducing this edition. They moved west and prospered in the land business at a time when America was being transformed from a rural, agricultural country into an urban, industrial nation. Their views and sensibilities, Carr says, might seem strange to us, but they were entirely normal to people in the early nineteenth century. Thus Tillson's memoir provides fascinating but believable snapshots of ordinary nineteenth-century American life.
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  • BN ID: 2940024583982
  • Publisher: Chicago, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1919 volume
  • File size: 251 KB

Meet the Author

Christiana Holmes Tillson was born at Kingston, Massachusetts on March 13, 1796. In October, 1822, she married John Tillson and immediately set out with him for Illinois, whither he had first gone to live in 1819. Her story of the next few years, told in old age for the benefit of her youngest daughter, is the subject matter of this volume. Mrs. Tillson is characterized in Bateman and Selby's Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois as “a woman of rare culture and refinement and deeply interested in benevolent enterprises.” She died in New York City, May 29, 1872.
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  • Posted February 24, 2012

    Recommend for those who have early Illinois pioneers

    Found the book to be detailed in daily life and the hardships of settling the new territory of Illinois. I could never have imagined the hardships of travel to our state territory in those days. Reading her story made me appreciate so much more what my early Illinois family endured in settling early Crawford and Vermilion Counties.

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    Posted February 15, 2013

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    I hate this book alright

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