|Birth: ||Dec. 10, 1837|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 1907|
Samuel McClure Lillie, born 10 December 1837 in Gill Township, Sullivan County, Indiana, to John M. Lillie (1813-1890) and Elizabeth McClure (1816-?)--the 2nd of 2 children.
Samuel Lillie was known as one of the "Argonauts" of the gold rush of 1849, when they left Gill Township in Sullivan county, Indiana for the gold fields of California. An article appeared regarding their adventures - a brief clip of which is as follows:
"Among some of those who left for the gold fields of California at this time were William H. Hollenback
and his brother, David T. Hollenback, Jr., both sons of William H.Hollenback, Sr., and grandsons of Thomas Hollenback and Patsy Hollenback; Henry R. (Dick) Milam and his brother, John T. Milam, sons of Ambrose and Sarah (Mason) Milam; Joshua Sinex and his brother,William Sinex; Charles W. Webb, a son of Epenetus Webb, Jr; Robert Massey, a son-in-law of Jonathan Webb; John S. Copeland, the father of the late George S. Copeland, a former trustee of Gill township; Augustus Clerk, a brother of the late Rufus D. Clerk, long of New Lebanon, Indiana; Samuel F. Sandusky, father of Murray Sandusky of New Lebanon; John Sandusky, brother of Samuel F. Sandusky; Jonathan
Knotts, father of John Proctor Knotts of Palestine, Ill,; Samuel Lillie, father of John and Charles Lillie, and Emerson Short, captain of the trip."
"A whole volume could be written about the experiences of these 15 men who made this eventful trip. They went first to St. Joseph, Mo. From there they followed the old Santa Fe Indian trail until they reached southern California, thence northward up the San Joaquin valley, in
that state, until they reached the gold fields."
[Taken from Dr. Maple's Scrapbook and read on microfilm at the Terre Haute library. Originally printed in The Sullivan Union, June 15,1939.]
Samuel married at the age of 36 on 1 March 1874 a widow, Mary Jane Hoagland Ridgway, (1847-1905) in Sullivan County, Indiana. Mollie & Samuel Lillie had 3 children: (1) John Wiley Lillie (1874-1957); (2) Charles Grant Lillie (1879-1956); and (3) Jacob Samuel Lillie (1888-1985).
After his wife Mollie died in 1905, Samuel went to Texas with 2 of his sons in February, 1907, but died of pneumonia 2 weeks later at the age of 69 on 16 February 1907. They obviously brought his body back to Sullivan county, Indiana, to be buried next to his wife.
Mary Jane Hoagland Lillie (1847 - 1905)
John Wiley Lillie (1874 - 1957)*
Charles Grant Lillie (1879 - 1956)*
Jacob Samuel Lillie (1888 - 1985)*
Created by: Cheryl Cook Singleton
Record added: May 30, 2009
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