The following history of Sharon Township
and the partial list of patrons is taken from the "History of Fayette County,
Illinois 1878". This book was published by Brink, McDonough
& Co., Philadelphia. Sharon Township was the area in which my
Crotser family line first settled when they arrived in Illinois in about
Comprises all of the Congressional (Township 7, Range 1 West, and a part of Township 7, Range 1 East) of the third principal meridian, and is bounded on the north by Hurricane and Ramsey Townshsips, and East by the Kaskaskia River; south by Vandalia and Bear Grove Townships, and West by Bond County. That portion bordering on the Kaskaskia is much of it heavily timbered, and the bottom lands are rich and productive. Several creeks run through the township. The principal ones are Hurricane and Boaz. The township abounds with many fine farms. The principal productions are wheat, grass, corn and oats. Stock-raising also receives considerable attention. The township is well supplied with churches and schools; the people industrious and moral.
Is a flourishing little village of about two hundred
and fifty inhabitants, situated on the line of the Illinois Central Railroad,
and in the midst of a good farming district. Vera is also quite a
shipping point for fruit. One season the shipment of peaches reached
30,000 boxes, and 10,000 bushels of apples. The town is well supplied
with churches and schools. The largest store of general merchandise
is kept by Little and Stokes. Mr. L. is also postmaster. A
small store is carried on by John Fifer. The hotel of the town is
kept by C. Stanburn. J.M. Parkes owns and operates a good flouring
mill of four run of burrs, which is the largest enterprise in the township.
The R.R. Co. have recently built a new freight and passenger depot.
There is also a cooper and blacksmith shop in the town. Dr. John
S. Barton is practising medicine at this point.
Early Settlers.- Joseph Hinds, wife, and three sons, John, Joseph and Samuel, settled with his family on Boaz Prairie in the spring of 1819. The same year came William Peyton and family, and A. Pelricho. Soon after came Joseph Chaffin, who settled on Section 31, Tp. 7, 1 E. Capt. Smith, Gideon Buckmaster, Benj. Buckmaster, settled here about the year 1822 or 1823. The Buckmasters became quite a numerous family. John Enochs was also one of the pioneers of Sharon Township. Jerry Denton, Benj. Williams, Sr., Joseph McKinney, Sr., Samuel and William Russell came to the township in 1819 or 1820.
Horse Mill.- Joseph McKinney built and operated the first horse mill for grinding grain. It was erected on Boaz Creek, on Section 28, about the year 1827.
Saw Mill.- Samuel Parker owned and operated a saw mill on Section 21 on the Kaskaskia in 1830.
The first Preacher was James Woodard. He was a traveling Methodist minister. This denomination also built the first church, which was used for a school-house for a time. Erected in 1827.
First School-house built was a log structure, on Section 16, Tp.7, Range 1 East; erected about the year 1826.
First Road opened through this township was the Vandalia and Shelbyville Road.
First Bridge was built by John Enochs, in this township, across Ramsey Creek, in the year 1830.
First Post-office kept by Hiram Bolt, at his residence on Section 10, Tp. 7, R. 1 E.
First Blacksmith Shop was carried on by Robert and Hiram Larimore, on Section 9; built about 1830.
First Grave-yard was regularly laid out in 1825, on Section 10, at the Sharon Meeting House.
First land entered in Township 7 R. 1 East
John Watwood entered 80 acres of Sec. 10, January 16th, 1821.
Abram Tetrick entered 80 acres of Sec. 21, January 16th, 1821.
William Russell entered 80 acres of Sec. 29, January 16th, 1821.
First land entered in Township 7, R. 1 West
Samuel Redmond entered 320 acres of Section 32. August 3d, 1819.
Henry Cunningham entered 80 acres of Section 35, July 28th, 1831.
John F. Lawler entered 80 acres of Section 36, July 28th, 1831.
First Blooded Stock.- The first blooded stock
of hogs and cattle were brought to the township in 1855 by Joseph Chaffin.
The hogs were Berkshire and cross, and the cattle were of the Durham stock;
since which time the people have continued to improve their stock, until
now the stock of Sharon will compare favorably with other townships of
Adams, James B
Bond Co., Ills.
Adams, Sarah Vandalia Mother of J.B.A. N.C. 1874
Adams, J.I. Vandalia Father of J.B.A. Tenn. 1874
Buckmaster, H. Vera 20 Farmer Md. 1824
Buckmaster, Mary Vera Wife of H.B. N.C. 1853
Barton, John S. Vera Vera Physician Coshocton Co. O 1871
Barton, Maria A. Vera Wife of J.S.B. Fayette Co. Ills. 1850
Crotser, Daniel Vera 9 Farmer Fayette Co. Ills. 1845
Crotser, Margaret Vera Wife of D.C. Fayette Co. Ills. 1851
Crotser, Jacob R. Vera Son of D. and M.S. Fayette Co. Ills. 1874
Crotser, Hannah J. Vera Daug. of D. and M.S. Fayette Co. Ills. 1875
Crotser, Jacob Vera 9 Farmer & blacksmith N.C. 1837
Cheney, J.M. Vera 9 Teacher Ind. 1862
Flood J.E. Vera 5 Minister of Christian Ohio 1859
Flood, Nancy Vera Wife of J.E.F. Alabama 1863
Flood, Dinah Vera Wife of J.E.F. Ohio 1859
Hall, Philo S. Vera 28 Farmer Vermont 1851
Hall, Sarah Vera Wife of P.S.H. Ohio 1851
Hoffmann, John Vera 4 Farmer & Stock Prussia 1858
Hoffmann, M.E. Vera Wife of J.H. Prussia 1875
Jarl, John Vera 6 Farmer & Stock Sweden 1860
Little, I.M. Vera Vera Gen. Mcht. & Agt. Fayette Co. Ills. 1844
Little, Sylvia Vera Wife of I.M.L. Marion Co. Ills. 1868
McKiney, G.W. Vera 32 Farmer & Stock Fayette Co. Ills. 1842
McKiney, Julia Vera Wife of G.W.M. Fayette Co. Ills. 1851
Parke, Geo. W. Vera 28 Mfr. Hard Wood Woodford Co., Ills 1844
Peak, Alexander Vera 19 Farmer & Stock Ohio Co., Ky. 1838
Peak, Mary E. Vera Wife of A.P. Fayette Co., Ills. 1835
Ray, A. Vera 21 Stock Raiser& Madison Co., O. 1846
Ray, Kate E. Vera Wife of A.R. Vermont 1865
Scarlett, J.A. Vera Vera Mfr. Boots & N.C. 1869
Scarlett, Mary S. Vera Vera Wife of J.A.S.
died Sep '67
Scarlett, Clancy Vera Vera Teacher Ind. 1862
Vaughn, R.A.J. Vandalia 4 Farmer S.C. 1857
Vaughn, Jane Vandalia Wife of R.A.J.V. Fayette Co., Ills. 1827
Enochs, John Vandalia Farmer Monroe Co., Ills. 1820
Enochs, Nettie Vandalia Wife of J.E. Indiana 1860
Viles, Robert Vera 1 Farmer Fayette Co., Ills. 1834
Viles, Martha Vera Wife of R.V. Fayette Co., Ills. 1844