Top Row: L to R: Clarence Wimberly, Robert Wimberly, Alonzo Wimberly, and Edgar Wimberly
Front Row: L to R: Emma Wimberly, Bennett Wimberly (the father), Sally Wimberly (the mother) and Cora

Elijah Wimberly's Life in Illinois

Among the early settlers in Field Township in Jefferson Co., IL were the Fields, for whom the township was named. Jeremiah Field, the patriarch of the family, came to Marion County in 1826, but never lived in Field Township. Several of his sons, however, came to Field Township and started farming. Among them were Nathan Field, James Field, and Henry Field. Thomas McCrary, who settled the farm James Osborne eventually owned, was located in Section 17. McCray was from Alabama. He died about 1877-1878 and left several children.

Thomas Jordan settled in Field Township early and lived near the Marion County line in the prairie which bears his name (Jordan Chapel Cemetery is located in this prairie) and which lies also in Rome Township. Jordan kept a tavern on the old Goshen road and had a large family of children. The Jordans were among the earliest settlers in the southern part of Illinois.

Other earlier settlers were:

The old Goshen road was one of the first highways through Field Township.

This page was last updated on: February 6, 1999

(This page is under construction - More about the Wimberly's later)