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Robert Kidd, Rev. War veteran and early settler of Monroe Co., IL

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Re: Robert Kidd, Rev. War veteran and early settler of Monroe Co., IL

Posted: 11 Feb 2013 3:29PM GMT
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From Combine History of Randolph, Monroe & Perry Cos
Year 1883

Page 79
The first American colony to settle within the territory
now comprised in the county, arrived in the year 1782, and
was composed of James Moore, Shadrach Bond, Robert
Kidd, Larken Rutherford and James Garretson. Their
wives and children accompanied them, and they came to
make a permanent settlement. Crossing the Allegheny
mountains, they floated down the Ohio to its mouth, and
then propelled their craft against the strong current of the
Mississippi till they reached Kaskaskia some time in the
autumn of the year 1781. From this place the country was
explored in different directions, and all of the party fixed
on locations now in Monroe county, as the most eligible
place for settlement. The French inhabitants had clung
close to two or three villages, and had made little progress
toward clearing the wilderness, or extending their settlements over any considerable territory. These Marylanders and
Virginians adopted a different policy. With the true Saxon
instinct of ownership of his own homestead and lordship
over his own acres, each immigrant selected a location where he would be likely to experience little trouble from neighbors and remain master of his own domain. The hill trace between the French villages of Kaskaskia and Cahokia and St. Louis passed near a beautiful spring, a high, healthy ground, to which the French had applied the name of Bellefonlaine. Here Moore, Garretson and Rutherford determined to make their settlement. The rich soil of the Mississippi bottom attracted the attention of other members of the colony, and there Kidd and Bond made their homes.
Kidd clung closest to the French villages, and settled at a
distance of but a few miles from Prairie du Rocher. Bond
chose a location farther north. These settlements were made in the spring of the year 1782.

Page 80
Robert Kidd had been one of the soldiers in George Roger Clark's expedition to Illinois in 1778, and had taken part in the capture of Fort Gage. He made a quiet and unpretentious citizen of the great commonwealth of which he was one of the founders, and died at his home in the American Bottom in the southern part of the county in 1849. Kidd lake, near the head of which he settled, hears his name.
Pg 417
AMERICAS SETTLEMENTS.
In this part of the country was made one of the first
American settlements in Illinois by Robert Kidd. He had
been a soldier under Colonel George Rogers Clark, and had
taken part in the capture of Kaskaskia. He returned to
Illinois in 1781, in company with four others, with the intention
of permanently settling in the country. His companions
chose locations near the present town of Waterloo,
and in the bottom in what is now Moredock precinct, while
Kidd settled in the bottom above Fort Chartres. His home
was under the bluff", at the head of Kidd lake. He died in 1849 at an age upwards of eighty years. The old house in
which he is said to have lived, is still standing on survey
939, His farm is a part of the estate of Jacob Fults. He
was a good citizen, quiet and domestic in his ways, and raised a family of children among whom were two sons, John and Samuel Kidd. Some of his descendants still reside in the country.
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