In 1797 Reverend David BADGLEY, a Baptist minister from Hardy County, departed with 154 people for Illinois. They traveled on the Ohio River then went overland to their destination, the town of New Design, established in 1786 by Reverend James LEMEN, a friend of Thomas Jefferson, as a model frontier town in the anti-slavery Jeffersonian model. The trip was disastrous as the group encountered heavy flooding and an epidemic: half of them died. BADGLEY established the first Protestant church north of the Ohio River.
If you are aware of anyone in your ancestry having gone out to Illinois with Reverend Badgley and then returned to Hardy County, please contact me direct at E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Nora Tocus
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