Early Days of Greenbush


Henzie Darneille

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Henzie Darneille was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, April 16, 1824. He was a son of Henzie and Elizabeth (Congleton) Darneille, who were natives of Virginia and were of French and Irish descent. Henzie, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born July 8, 1789. He died in Kentucky, August 18, 1824. His wife Elizabeth was born December 4, 1790, and died in Adams county, Illinois, July 8, 1834.

To them were born the following-named children:

  • Fielding M., born August 28, 1812; died in California.
  • Lorinda, born November 11, 1813; died in Kentucky.
  • John W. (better known as Jack Darneille), born June 15, 1815. He was the first postmaster at Walnut Grove, Illinois, where he died at the residence of David B. Keith about the year 1880.
  • Harvey, born August 24, 1816; married Emily Vaughn, November 7, 1839. She was a sister of P. A. Vaughn. Harvey entered the west half of the northeast quarter and the east half of the northwest quarter of section four, in Greenbush township, Warren county, Illinois. He received a patent for it dated June 1, 1848, signed by James K. Polk, president. His wife having died, he moved to Iowa, where he was married to Miss Emaline Murry. He spent his last years in Iowa.
  • Mary, born February 13, 1820; married Paton A. Vaughn, July 18, 1834. She died in December, 1898.
  • Thomas born March 3, 1822; married Mrs. Lucinda Snapp, whose maiden name was Lucinda Willard. He died May 24, 1870. She died January 21, 1899.
  • Henzie, the subject of this sketch, and the only surviving member of this family, is now living at Bushnell, Illinois. He came with his mother and family from Kentucky to Adams county, Illinois, in February, 1832. His mother purchased a farm in Adams county, about one and a half miles west of Columbus. Here he lived with his mother and worked on the farm. After the death of his mother, he still remained on the farm for some time with his brother Fielding, they doing their own cooking and housekeeping. In 1841, he commenced to learn the blacksmith trade with James and John Mackey at Columbus, Illinois. Here he worked about one year, then went to Missouri, where he worked at his trade. In 1843, he returned to Adams county, Illinois, and continued to work at blacksmithing until 1844, when he went to Greenbush, Warren county, Illinois, and lived with his brother-in-law, Paton A. Vaughn, until he was married. He was married to Jane Willard, January 7, 1847. She was born August 31, 1826, and was a daughter of Alexander and Lucy (Lile) Willard. To them were born the following-named children:

  • Georgetta, born August 27, 1849; married James Matthews, February 17, 1870. He died October 24, 1901.
  • Fielding M., born July 8, 1858; died January 24, 1904.
  • Mary Belle, born March 13, 1864; now resides with her father in Bushnell, Illinois.
  • Mr. Darneille has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years. His wife was also a member of the same church. She died September 27, 1905. In polities Mr. Darneille is a republican.

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