Lincoln, Needham, Gibbs – 1832

In 1843 part of Coles County was organized as Cumberland County. Elias Needham and his son, Daniel Parkman Needham, took an active part in organizing Cumberland County. Elias Needham served as an election judge in the Woodbury precinct that year. Part list of the children of Elias and Elizabeth Needham: Elias Wells Needham; Daniel Parman Needham, b. August 18, 1804; Rachel Ann Needham (Mrs. Daniel Edson); Laura, Angeline, and William B. Needham.

Several of Rachel Edson’s Needham cousins lived around Neoga, Illinois. A cousin, Elias Parkman Needham of New York City, brought forth the reed organ, invented the up-right action and originated the idea of a perforated sheet passing over a reed chamber and held fifteen patents, there-on. (Ref. Who’s Who in America)

The Edsons and Needhams soon after arriving in Illinois became acquainted with the Gibbs family, one of the very first to settle in Coles County. The following year the Abraham Lincoln family settled nearby. Rachel Edson’s brother, Daniel Parkman Needham, Elijah Elias Gibbs, and Abraham Lincoln became firm friends and did many things together.

Elija Elias Gibbs, on February 7, 1832, married Angeline Needham, sister of Rachel Edson. Their first home was in Springfield, Illinois area. Abraham Lincoln helped Gibbs in splitting the rails which fenced the Gibbs property. Elijah and Angeline (Needham) Gibbs attended the wedding of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.

Daniel Needham purchased land (Section Sixteen), south of Daniel Edson’s home place in Coles County, Illinois, from Abraham Lincoln’s father. There is a Lincoln marker on the property. Need ham served as Justice of the Peace in 1839 and 1859. He took a leading part in organizing Cumberland County in 1843 and in 1844 he was County Commissioner candidate.

Later he moved to Effingham County and settled two and three quarters miles northwest of Montrose. He was a large land owner. He was buried in the pioneer Needham cemetery diagonal across the road from his home (d. February 16, 1876, age 71 yrs, 5 mo, 28 days). He and his wife Julia A. ___ were born in Penn.

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Dudley Keen Johnson

Dudley Keen Johnson 1815-1869

Dudley Keen Johnson

Dudley Keen Johnson was a pioneer merchant of the village of Neoga. In 1854 at the age of 40 he left New Marion, Indiana on an exploration of Illinois driving a schooner wagon containing merchandise. He stopped at a spot he expected to become a town and built a log house that was to become his home and general story. That spot is where the Kingman burial plot is now located in Neoga Memorial Cemetery. After making ready his new home, Dudley Johnson returned to New Marion for his wife and two children, Carrie and Holman. They were brought to Neoga in a comfortable two-seated carriage. Mr. Johnson later moved his store to the spot where the Cumberland County National Bank now stands in Neoga.

In 1894 his daughter, Miss Carrie Johnson, late Kingman, was awarded the Gold Medal Award from St. Xaviers Academy in Chicago for the painting of her father, Dudley Keen Johnson. The painting was done in India ink.

Dudley Keen Johnson, 1815 – 1869, buried in Neoga Memorial Cemetery.

Dudley Keen Johnson, Bio