The American period colonization of southwest Illinois can be traced to the 1798 establishment of the Turkey Hill Settlement and the ca. 1802 founding of the Ridge Prairie Settlement, near modern Belleville in St. Clair County. Most of these early period settlers were transplants from the slightly earlier settlements of the trans-Appalachian Upland South. One of the earliest of these was David Everett, the son-in-law of a prominent Methodist circuit rider, Jesse Walker, who operated in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois. Everett and Walker jointly purchased several parcels of land and set up independent households prior to 1814. This paper will focus on recent excavations at the Everett homestead, which revealed a particularly strong ca. 1815-30 ceramic assemblage, with direct linkages to the neighboring Walker homestead (11S1060).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||MAC, Midwest Archaeological Conference|
|State||Published - 2013|