(The majority of this
information was provided by Laura Ann Quicksall Hanks from a
manuscript entitled "Quicksall"( February 1988.)
Additional information was provided by Edward Quicksall.
Aaron, the fourth son and seventh child of Rev. Jonathan Erastus
and Elizabeth Quicksall, was born at Richmond, Virginia, in 1815, and
probably on January 1st of that year. His tombstone shows he died
October 13, 1861, being 47 years, 10 months, and 13 days old. Some
family records show he died October 13, 1864, and according to some
census records, he was born closer to 1818 instead of 1815. It is not
known which is correct. Some tombstones are inaccurate on dates
because of being erected many years later by descendants of the
On December 17, 1839, in Tazewell County, Aaron married Elizabeth
Prater. She also was a native Virginian and was born in Tazewell
County on May 1, 1817. Along with two of Aaron's brothers, James and
Daniel and their families, they migrated in 1847 and lived three miles
south of West Liberty, Morgan County, Kentucky. After the death of the
two brothers, Aaron moved his family from West Liberty to the small
community of Paradise, Shelby County, Illinois, in 1860. At
first they lived in a small two-story brick home that still stands
today. In approximately 1862, they moved to a plot of land just south
of the big spring (and next to what is now an old gravel pit) in Big
Spring Township, Shelby County, Illinois. The property was
formerly the home of John Witherspoon who had built the first water
mill on the Little Wabash River in 1828, just a few hundred yards away
from the cabin.
It has been said that the Quicksall men in Illinois kept moving
around to other counties during the Civil War. This was to avoid
joining the Union Forces. They had all their relatives in the South.
If they had been caught in what they were doing, they would have been
hanged from a tree. So many in the North and South lost their lives
because of doing the same thing.
Aaron died in 1864, shortly after moving to Big Spring Township.
In that short time he was elected as a director of the newly formed
Wabash School District that replaced the old Spain (private) School.
Many of Aaron's descendants attended the Wabash School that remained
open until 1949. Four generations of Quicksalls served as
directors for the Wabash School and five generations attended school
there prior to its closing.
Elizabeth (Prater) Quicksall died August 29, 1873, and is buried
beside Aaron in the Spain Cemetery just east of the Big Spring. It is
ironic a great-great grandson of Aaron's, Edward William Quicksall,
still owns and farms the land that Aaron settled on in Illinois as
well as owning the various properties where six generations of
Quicksalls have lived. This great-great grandson has only one son,
Larry Edward Quicksall. Larry married Shannon Lee Jones in 1991 and
has two children: Aaron Minor Quicksall (b. 1996) and Jessica Grace
Quicksall (b. 1998). It is rather interesting that Aaron Minor
is an only son, of an only son, of an only son, of an only son!
Aaron Minor is now the last descendant of "Old Aaron" who
carries the Quicksall name to pass it on. If he does not have
any male children, the Quicksall name will end on Aaron's line.
A Brief Synopsis of the Children
Matilda Quicksall married Jacob Ramsey, and they moved to
Denison, Texas. They had two sons. One died in Texas. Matilda died
when her second son, Charley Ramsey was born in 1878. He was a small
boy. Her brother Marion Quicksall went to Texas and brought Charley
back to Illinois and raised him. He married and lived in Decatur,
Illinois. Many years later, he went back to Texas, but all of his
other family members were deceased.
Minor Quicksall was born near Richmond, Virginia, on March
22, 1845. He was about two years old when his parents migrated to West
Liberty, Kentucky. When he was about 15 years old, his parents moved
to Shelby County, Illinois. In Illinois, Minor met Mary Jane Turner
who was a twin to Rachel Turner and the daughters of William and Lucy
Turner. Jane was born October 4, 1841, in Tennessee and sometime in
the 1850s her family moved to Illinois. Jane and Minor married on
January 10, 1867, in Big Spring Township and established their home
there. Sometime in 1913, they moved to Stewardson. Jane died January
11, 1917, which was the day after their 50th wedding anniversary.
Minor died in 1925. They are both buried in the Spain Cemetery in Big
Spring Township, Shelby County, Illinois.
James Harvey Quicksall
James Harvey Quicksall was born in Virginia. He married
Sarah McIntosh (1857-1932), the niece of Mary Jane Turner - wife of
Minor Quicksall, in Illinois. Their son, Charles M.
Quicksall, who lived in Oregon, had a great interest in the Quicksall
genealogy and went to Virginia to do some research. Apparently, the
records he hoped to find were lost. He visited his cousins several
times in Illinois and talked about the family history.
Louesy Quicksall was born in Kentucky after her parents, Aaron and
Elizabeth (Prater) Quicksall migrated there from Virginia. In 1860 her
parents moved to Illinois where she died in 1861, unmarried.
Emma Zelle Quicksall
Emma Zelle Quicksall married a man by the surname of
Ramsey. Her second husband was William Alfred Hennesson.
Miranda Jane Quicksall
Miranda Jane Quicksall married Nathan Henry Elam. She died
in 1914 in Oklahoma. Nathan died in 1930.
Malinda Quicksall was born near West Liberty, Kentucky. Her parents
moved to Shelby County, Illinois, in 1960. On the 9th day of April
1876, she walked to Hymen's alter and was joined in Holy Wedlock to
Robert J. Elam. To this union one daughter was born, but Malinda was
soon left a widow to care for herself and her baby. On the 13th day of
November 1881, she married her second husband, Lars Johnson. To this
union, eight children were born. Malinda died at her home in Prairie
Township on May 23, 1894.
Marion Quicksall married three times. His first wife was
Manerva who died in 1894 at the age of 31 years. They had one daughter
named Perl who died in 1893. Marion's second wife was Cora Culver who
died in 1899 at the age of 21 years, 8 months, and 27 days. They had
two daughters: Blanche Quicksall who married Bruce Standerfer, and
Mary E. Quicksall who married "Chinie" Standerfer. Marion's
third wife was Elizabeth Watts. He had one son, Robert Quicksall, who
died young in Chicago and never was married. Marion Quicksall died in
Illinois in 1930.
Arminda Quicksall married William Baker. William died in 1927, and
Arminda died in the St. Anthony's Hospital fire in 1949 in Effingham,
Illinois. This fire is noted by historians as the worst hospital fire
in US history. Photo was taken with her four sons just
shortly before her death.
Mary Quicksall married a man by the surname of Brown.
Mary's birth and death dates are not known. A family picture is in the
possession of Edward Quicksall of Effingham, Illinois. It shows five
girls and three boys. The three youngest girls were Dora, Alice, and
Eula. They would write and send cards to Frieda Quicksall until they
died. In the late 1940s they visited Arminda Baker, and the relatives
in the Stewardson, Illinois, area.