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From: "Darrell A. Martin" <>
Subject: Re: [VERMONT] VT to IL
Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 02:38:26 -0500
At 10:30 PM 5/27/02 -0500, Debbi wrote:
>I hope this isn't a faux pas for asking but.....does anyone have any ideas
>on why so many Vermonters moved to Illinois c.mid 1800's-1900?
>I have read up on history topics and haven't been able to figure out what
>was so appealing about Illinois at that time period and why so many folks
>from Vermont moved there. Why Illinois? Hmm......(I know....why not,
>Just wondering.....by the way, still searching parentage for my Sarah
>Blanchard, b. May 1847 some where in Vermont and her husband Hiram Brown,
>b. July 1844 some where in N.H.
>They also ended up in Illinois ;-)
I grew up in Vermont, and wondered the same thing. Then I saw Illinois
topsoil. It is FEET thick. Question answered. In Illinois, large rocks are
a novelty; in Vermont, they are an early spring crop.
BTW, I came to Illinois to attend Wheaton College, founded by Jonathan
Blanchard whose family was from Parker Hill, Vermont (an old community
astride the Rockingham/Springfield line).
Darrell A. Martin
a native Vermonter currently in exile in Addison, Illinois
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