Jackson moved to the Nicholson
place in 1840, and in the Winter of 1840-41, built a house of hewed logs,
for Carter, who removed thither the following Spring. This was the first
house built on the site where Hopkinton was afterward founded. While
raising this house, it is said that Hugh Livingston, who was a very
athletic man. Roland Aubrey imitated his example, but it is said did not
handle his log with quite the same ease.
Jackson and Carter each entered a quarter section, in 1840.
William Bennett and his family returned to Eads Grove in the Fall of 1840,
but his restless disposition would not permit him to long in any one
place, and in the Summer of 1841, he removed to Buchanan County and built
a log cabin on the bank of the Wapsipinicon, becoming the first white
settler of that county. April 16m 1842, he laid out a town there,
employing Joel Bailey to do the surveying, and called it "Democracy,"
afterward changed to Quasqueton. He also built a mill there during the
same year, but in 1843, sold out and went to Dubuque, where he had a tin
shop for awhile.
Among those who settled on Buck Creek at a very early day (but dates of
settlement are now lost), were Nelson Main, Silas Main, Charles Roff, ---
Green, William Robinson and Aaron Blanchard.
By an "act to organize, discipline and govern the militia of the
Territory," approved January 4, 1839, the Territory was divided into three
divisions. The counties of Clinton, Jones, Jackson, Dubuque, Clayton,
Delaware, Fayette, Buchanan and Benton were constituted the Third
Division. It was provided that "whenever a county or district of country
is distant, or so detached that in the opinion of the Governor it would be
inconvenient for the persons residing there to belong to a organized
regiment, they shall be organized as a separate battalion under the
command of a Major." According to the best information now accessible,
there appears to have been a meeting held at "Schwartz's," on Plum Creek
in 1840, for the election of officers for a military company, at which
John W. Penn was elected Captain, and John Hinkle, Lieutenant.
27, 1840, Daniel Brown was appointed Constable for Eads Precinct, by the
County Commissioners of Dubuque, and July 20th, Wm. H. Whiteside was
appointed one of the Judges of Election in Paul's Precinct, Dubuque
early records of Dubuque County are imperfect and do not show the
appointment of Judges of Election in Schwartz Precint or the creation of
Eads Precinct, but September 14, 1840, the Commissioners of Dubuque
ordered the payment of the following Judges and Clerks of Election and
Messengers in Delaware County, at the election in August: Schwartz
Precinct, B. F. Moffatt, D. R. Dance and Hawley Lowe, Judges; John Corbin
and G. D. Dillon, Clerks; H. Lowe, Messenger. Eads Precinct, Daniel Brown,
A. Dike and Thomas J. (G.) Eads, Judges; Leverett Rexford and Valorus B.
Rexford, Clerks; Thomas J. (G.) Eads, Messenger. Michael H. Hingst,
Wm. R. Evans and W. H. Morning served as Grand Jurors at Dubuque, at the
Fall term of court, 1840. Oliver A. Olmstead and a William Bennett also
served as Jurors in September, 1840.
1840, in the Summer, says Mr. Jacob B. Moreland, who was then a young man
of 19, a log school house was built about three-fourths of a mile north of
his father's home.
school house, before it was "chinked," says Mr. Moreland. Preacher Clark
held religious services. "One pleasant Sunday morning, Clark with his
rifle on his shoulder, rode up
to the fence near my father's (David Moreland's) house, and called father
and me from the cabin and informed us that he had just shot and badly
wounded a deer, in the grove near by, and if we would go out we could get
it. We went out of course, and brought it in. That day, Mr. Clark preached
in the new school house." Shooting deer on the Sabbath was evidently
considered by the pioneer preacher of Delaware as falling within his
legitimate calling, and he probably wanted a nice venison steak for
"As soon as
the new school house was completed," states Mr. Moreland, "the first
school in the county was opened in it, during the same Fall, by Mrs.
McClelland, wife of Hon. James A. McClelland, who had been for some years
a Member of Congress from Fayette Co., Penn., and who came to Iowa shortly
before in reduced circumstances." Congressmen did not get rich in those
Autumn of 1840, William and Cornelia Dillon, twin children of Mr. and Mrs.
G. D. Dillon, were born, being the first births recorded after the birth
and death of Mr. Bennett's child, in 1837-38; and on the 7th of January,
1841, John W. Corbin was born.
law suit, so far as is known, occurred about this time. Charles W. Hobbs
bought a yoke of cattle of Mr. Kibbee, and, shortly after, one of the oxen
died. Hobbs thought he ought not to pay full price, and Kibbee thought
differently. Suit was brought before Gilbert D. Gillon, Justice of the
Peace, and the case was considered one of such magnitude that a jury was
called. Among the jurymen remembered were Joel Bailey, Leroy Jackson and
Roland Aubrey. The jury thought that if they adhered strictly to law they
could not do equal and exact justice to both parties, and failed to agree,
but intimated that referees might agree. At the request of both parties,
the jurymen consented to act as referees. Sitting in equity thereon, they
readily agreed upon a decision they considered just and right, but says
one of them, "we mad both parties mad."
The first marriage
license issued to Delaware people by the Clerk of Dubuque County, now on
record, was issued to John Delong and Matilda A. Kibbee, June 19, 1840.
Miss Kibbee was the daughter of Lucius Kibbee, then living where Rockville
now stands, and the inference is, in the absence of absolute knowledge,
that the wedding, which took place June 21, 1840, was at his house. If so,
this must, in the light of present knowledge, be considered the first
wedding in Delaware County. Mr. Delong lived at Cascade, Dubuque County.
1840, it is said that Thomas Cole and Miss Barbara Nicholson,
step-daughter of William Eads, were married at Eads' Grove, by Rev. Simeon
Clark; and it has been stated that this was the first wedding in the
license registered of Dubuque County does not show that license was
issued, and the marriage certificate is not now on file there. There is on
file, in the Office of the Clerk of the Court at Dubuque, a document which
was, doubtless, filed to show Mr. Clark's authority to solemnize marriages
as a substitute for a minister of the Gospel. This is a certificate,
signed by Bishop Thomas A. Morris, certifying that "Simeon Clark is set
apart for a Deacon in the Methodist Episcopal Church," and "recommending
him, in the absence of a Elder,
as a suitable person to
administer the ordinance of Baptism, marriage and burial of the dead."
This document was dated at Plattville, W. T., August 29, 1841. Doubtless
Mr. Clark neglected to make the proper return of the marriage to be
recorded at Dubuque.