Notes for Thomas McDonald Darnall: THOMAS MCDONALD DARNALL 1768-1837
Thomas was the fifth child of John and Mary Ann (McDonald) Darnold. he was born in Maryland but grew up on the Kentucky frontier which offered nothing in the way of formal education. His mother taught him to read using the family Bible as a textbook while his father taught him to hunt, fish and farm as a means of survival. For several years after the death of his father, Thomas helped care for his mother and younger brothers and sisters. he was thirty three when he married Rachel Daughtee. Their life in Bourbon county Kentucky was much like that of his parents, working hard to raise a crop and a family. There were occasional Indian raids and the earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 shook things up a bit but did little damage to their homestead. By 1819 they had twelve children. In the fall of 1822 Thomas moved his family west to the new state of Illinois. They located at Big Creek settlement (Fairfield Precinct) Edgar county. Here Kitty (City) Sarah and James were born. Sons John and Zenas Hemstead on 160 acres three miles south of what in now Paris but both died of "Orleans Fever" in 1824, as did two year old Kitty and new born James. Thomas Darnall is recognized as one of the pioneers of Grandview Illinois. When he settled on the headwaters of Big Creek, Edger county was inhabited by roving bands of Indians and a very few white settlers. The Indians lived in wigwams in the timber along the banks of Big Creek. The huts of the white settlers were but a trifle better than those of their red neighbors, consisting of a single room built of small round logs, the roof was clapboard and the floor natural sod. The single room served as bedroom, parlor, kitchen and storeroom. In the coldest nights of winter even the pigs and chickens were given a warm corner in the house. The Darnall acquired large holdings in the area now known as Sims and Grandview Township. Thomas deeded most of it to his seven oldest children with each receiving at least an eighty acre tract, and moved the rest of his family to the northwest part of the precinct. Sarah Darnall was five when her father entered his last frontier and obtained one of the first land grants in Embarrass Township. Upon his death in 1837 she and her sister Elizabeth inherited this farm. Thomas McDonald Darnall died at the age of sixty nine. This respected community leader was buried at Catfish Point, Edgar county Illinois. Two of Thomas Darnall sons Aaron and Moses, were Baptist ministers, son McWILLIAMS was a captain in the Illinois Militia and fought in the Black hawk War. Daughter Sarah (Darnall) Martin as a young widow established the first educational facility in the area. Liberty school was built on property donated by Elizabeth (Darnall) Martin. Mary Ann Darnall married Joseph Smart and they established the Smart School. November 11, 1801 Thomas Darnall married Rachel Daughetee in Mason county Kentucky. He was the daughter of John and Susanne (Parker) Daughetee. Rachel was born July 12, 1782 and died December 21, 1847. When Rachel and Thomas Darnal moved their family from Kentucky to Illinois they were accompanied by the families of John Daughetee, Benjamin Wayne and Nathaniel Wayne. marriageable maidens were scarce in this country as were young men, so it is not to be wondered at that Rachels three brothers, Thomas, Isaac and Joel Daughetee married the three daughters of Benjamin Wayne. Catfish Creek which is a branch of the Embarrass river in southern Illinois derived its euphonious name from the catching of a monster catfish by Thomas Daughetee. In 1832 Thomas Daughetee fought in the Black Hawk War.
More About Thomas McDonald Darnall and Rachel Daughhetee: Marriage: 21 Nov 1801
Children of Thomas McDonald Darnall and Rachel Daughhetee are:
John P. Darnell, b. 30 Sep 1802, d. 01 Oct 1824, Bur. Grandview Cem Edgar Co., IL.