Into Illinois

Many of the descendants of George and Mary (Thatcher) Hodgson migrated to the Midwest from North Carolina. One result was the William and Phoebe Hodgson farm in Tazewell County, Groveland Township, 4 miles east of Pekin, Illinois.

Tim Sangalli, who provides the artwork, believes the property was the first of several farms Amos and William Hodgson homesteaded circa 1836.

It was purchased by Jack and Amelia Sangalli in the late 1940s.

1870s rendering.
1870s rendering.
Farmhouse circa 1950.
Farmhouse circa 1950.
1949 aerial view.
1949 aerial view.
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2 thoughts on “Into Illinois”

  1. I have just been reviewing my genealogy notes after years away from being active. My great-grandfather was Zimri Hodgson nephew of William, grandson of Amos and Mary Barnette Hodgson and son of Rebecca Hodgson and her husband Jonathan Hodgson (son of Hur Hodgson) who moved from Clinton County Ohio to Tazewell County Illinois. My great-grandfather, Zimri moved to Streator where he owned land and then later purchased land and moved near Forrest Illinois in Livingston County about 1860.
    I’m writing this because I was struck by the picture and the similarities of the farmhouse posted of William and Phoebe’s home near Pekin with that of my great grandparents in 1893. I’ll attempt to send a photo from 1893 under a separate email. Zimri is seated and my Grandfather, Albert, is standing, second from the right. My brother, Loren, farms that homesteaded family farm and lives in the farmhouse since the early 1960s.

    1. Look forward to seeing those. One of the things that’s struck me in my research is that we’re dealing with a culture and its values as they’re passed from generation to generation.

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