Family Tree of
Minor Quicksall & Mary Jane Turner
Personal Histories of
Minor Quicksall, Sr.
By Edward William Quicksall
(Minor was often referred to as Minor Quicksall, Sr. because his grandson, Joel Minor Quicksall (1894-1984) commonly went by Minor.)
Minor was born in 1845, so he would have only been around two years old when his family moved from Virginia to Morgan County, Kentucky. I don't know if they farmed or worked in the timber. He did talk to Dad about being in logging camps when he was a small boy. They the family moved to Illinois around 1860, and they lived in a brick house in the village of Paradise in Coles County, Illinois. Some of the Quicksall children went to school there.
During this time, Aaron was looking for a place to raise his family and farm. He looked at land around Sexton Corner, but came down by the Big Spring on the Little Wabash River. Here he bought land with a log cabin on it. The cabin was just north of the gravel pit that was dug by the men of the W.P.A. work project in the 1930s. Aaron signed the papers on June 22, 1863. He died on October 13, 1864. At that time Minor was nineteen and the oldest son. James just lacked ten days of being eighteen. I would think that would mean a lot of hard work for everybody, as there were ten children at home.
Minor married Mary Jane Turner on January 10, 1867. That meant a log cabin had to be built, and he was only twenty-one at the time. Dad has told me some of the things about him in those days. Minor would fasten the soles on shoes with wooden pegs. He would do this for his family as well as for the neighbors. He also would make home-made nails for their own use. When one of the neighbors died he often made the coffins, and another neighbor named "Houchin" made the linings. Minor also had portable molasses cooking equipment, so he could go right to the farm where the cane was and cook the molasses. After Minor quit farming he would haul milk into Stewardson everyday. Sometimes Dad would ride along as he was a small boy then.
"A Life Sketch of Mr. Minor Quicksall"
From the Stewardson Clipper
After a lingering illness of about 10 days, Mr. Quicksall passed away at his home on South First Street Tuesday noon, at the ripe age of eight-two years, six months and twenty-eight days. While the end was not unexpected, the passing of this good man cast a shadow of sorrow over the entire community.
Minor Quicksall was born on the twenty-second day of March, 1845, near Richmond, Virginia. At the age of nineteen years he came with his parents to Shelby County. On January 10th, 1867, Mr. Quicksall was married to Miss Mary Jane Turner. They established their home in Big Spring Township moving to Stewardson twelve years ago. On January 11th, 1917, his wife was called to the home eternal on the day after their golden wedding anniversary.
In addition to a host of friends, he leave to mourn his departure his children James A. Quicksall, Strasburg; Mrs. Albert (Sarah A.) Appelt; Wm. H. Quicksall, Trowbridge; Mrs. Edwin (Lucy) Bigler, Sigel; Mrs. Edward (Nora) Cameron, Trowbridge, Nicy J. died at the age of three and Mary M. died at the age of twelve.
"Obituary" of Mary Jane (Turner) Quicksall (1841-1917)
From the Stewardson Clipper
Mrs. Jane Turner, sixth child of William and Lucy Turner, was born in Tennessee, October 4th, 1841, and departed from earth in Stewardson, Illinois January 11, 1917, at 4:30 a.m. at the age of 75 years, 3 months and 7 days. Her childhood and youth were spent in Tennessee, but sometime in the Fifties she came with her father to Illinois and made this state her home until the day of her death. In early life she united with the Free Will Baptist Church, but forty-three years ago she changed her membership to the Hardshell Baptist Church, and remained faithful to that church until she died.
On January 10th, 1867, in Big Spring Township, Shelby County, Illinois, she was united in marriage to Minor Quicksall, and the day before she died they saw the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day. Mrs. Quicksall was the mother of seven children: James Aaron Quicksall, Mrs. Sarah Isabel Bigler, William Henry, Nicy Jane Quicksall, Mrs. Lucy Bigler, Mary Milinda Quicksall and Mrs. Nora Cameron. Nicy Jane died at four years of age, and Mary Milinda died at the age of fourteen.
Besides her beloved husband and the five living children, Mrs. Quicksall is survived by eleven grand-children, one brother, Benjamin R. Turner of Texas, and two sisters, Mrs. Rachel Stewart who was a twin sister to Mrs. Quicksall of Chico, Texas, and Mrs. Sarah Elam of Stewardson, Illinois.
The funeral services were conducted in Methodist Episcopal Church in Stewardson at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 13th, by Reverend W.A. Schull. The burial was in Spain Cemetery, six miles north-east of Stewardson.
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