|Alden Family Notes|
|The John and Priscilla Alden descendents are one of the largest and most documented families in America through the 4th and 5th generation. The line shown has been authenticated by its' acceptance in the Alden Kindred of America, Inc. We would like to thank all of those who helped in the gathering of information that made this possible. Our purpose here is to discuss our line of Aldens that came to Illinois from New York.
David Alden, the son of Israel and Lucy Markham Alden, was born in Tyringham, MA, 11 December 1789. He moved with his family to Windsor, Broome County, NY after 1810. Israel Alden purchased land in 1816 in Broome County. David farmed, owned land on the west bank of the Susquehanna River which he sold to Arron Markham in 1837. David was also a carpenter by trade.
Polly Smith Alden was born 1790 in Connecticut, daughter of Ira and Rachel Smith. David and Polly were married around 1814. They had the following children: Betsey, Gilead, Israel H., Lucy Ann, Polly, Almeda, Smith David, William Bradford, Asa, and Charlotte. They can be followed through the census from 1820 to 1865 in Windsor Broome County, NY. David is listed as living with his son Smith David in Lee Township, Fulton County, Illinois in the 1870 Census. We have been to Broome County, NY, Susquehanna County Pennsylvania, and could find no evidence of the burial of David or Polly. It is our assumption both came to Illinois after 1865 to live with Smith David and both were buried without a marker in Virgil Cemetery.
Smith David Alden was born in MA in 1812. Little is recorded of him, while in New York. He is counted in the 1840 Census in Cattaraugus County, NY. Listed with his wife, a male and female child under 5 years of age. He married Sarah Elizabeth Runyon. While conflicting birth dates exist for Sarah, we believe she was born around 1810 in the State of Rhode Island. They moved to Lee Township, Fulton County, Illinois about 1842. Smith bought and sold land in Lee Township, but made his home in Section 18 on 160 acres near Manley. Smith died on March 9, 1871. They had the following children: Harriet S., Charles Smith, John Harvey and George (died at age 1). In the Bushnell Record August 5, 1887: "Mrs. Sarah Alden of Lee Township, widow of Smith Alden, died last Friday night, of the infirmities incident to old age. Her remains were interred in the Virgil Cemetery (my correction). She leaves two sons, living in Lee Township". "Saturday last, Rev. A. Mead was called on to officiate at the funeral solemnities of Mrs. Alden, mother of John and Charles Alden of Lee Township. The old lady had expired the day previous." She died on July 29, 1887.
John Harvey Alden was born October 25, 1842. In 1863, when twenty-one years old, he enlisted in Company L, Twelveth Illinois Cavalry, remaining with the regiment until after the close of the war. He took part in the battle of Red River and many other heavy engagements. John was discharged at Springfield on June 20, 1866. He farmed 80 acres in Section 18, Lee Township. He married Mary Arabella Sweney, on December 17, 1868. They had six children: John D., Laura G., Charles F., William B., Clyde G. and Elmer T. John H. Alden died at his home three-fourths of a mile west of Manley, Sunday morning, January 7, aged 70 years. Death was caused by dropsy and other ailments. Mr. Alden having been sick but a few days, he leaves a wife, five sons and a daughter. The funeral was held Tuesday forenoon, at the Virgil Church and conducted by the Rev. Fred Wright of Prairie City. Burial was in the Virgil Cemetery. Mrs. John Alden died at her home in Prairie City Tuesday, June 1, after a long illness, attended by much suffering. Mrs. Alden was the mother of Mrs. Charles Brown of this city (Bushnell). Mrs. Mary Arabelle Alden of Lee township, Fulton County, died Tuesday at the home of M. B. Blanchard at Prairie City, age 71 years. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Virgil Church conducted by the Rev. Mr. Sailer of Avon, internment in the Virgil Cemetery. Deceased, widow of the late John Alden, was born in Galena, Illinois in 1849, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sweney, pioneers of Fulton County. Five children, namely as follows survive to mourn their loss: John of Lee Township, Mrs. Brown, Elmer of Canada, Clyde of Bushnell and Frank of Avon and one sister in Kansas.
Charles Franklin Alden was born July 6, 1874. He was born on the family farm Section 18, Lee Township. He married Eleanor Corrella Weaver, born May 10, 1879, in Bushnell, IL on September 2, 1897. His early years were spent farming. He and his brother Brad spent several year operating a threshing outfit and had threshed grain on many farms in west Fulton, Warren and McDonough counties. Frank spent the majority of his working life as a mail carrier. From this union came four children: Glenn, Bert, Kenneth, and Laura Fern. Eleanor was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Feagans Weaver. Grandma Alden died January 2, 1944 at the age of 64 and was buried in the Avon Cemetery. Grandpa Alden died June 14, 1952 at the age of 77 and is buried next to his wife.