Family roots in the Old (Indiana) Northwest
|Andrew Moore, pioneer of Lake County|
During the 1820s through 1830s two branches of my family traveled through northwest Indiana to settlements on the border of Lake County, Indiana and Kankakee County, Illinois, probably down the Sauk Trail. The trail was an ancient Native American game route, also confirmed as a mastodon trailway around the south edge of Lake Michigan. The Sauk Trail was incorporated into a supply route to Fort Dearborn from Detroit by the federal government in 1825. The road became known in Indiana as the Chicago Road.
|Adam Hamilton, pioneer of Kankakee County, IL|
|Village hall and church in Sherburnville, Illinois|
|Jacob Hamilton's wife's grave in West Creek Cemetery|
|William Moore, Col. Company H, 100th Illinois Infantry|
An interesting story about another of William's brothers, James, relates to his occupation. He had a contract to build railroad depots along the Union Pacific Railroad, which included depots for the new transcontinental line between Omaha and Promontory Point, Utah. He was witness to the driving of the golden spike that joined the railroads in 1869.