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Mapping the Trail of Tears in Southern Illinois Exhibit

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Trail of Tears in Johnson County, IL

McCorkle Family

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John McCorkle, the gentleman seated on the left, was a young man when the Cherokee camped on his father's farm.

Photo courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carobndale

Some historians believe that Rev. Butrick probably passed through Vienna in Johnson County, on Christmas Eve, 1838.

Peck's Gazetteer of Illinois (1837) reported 25 – 30 families and three stores in Vienna.

"Monday and Tuesday.
[December 24th & 25th 1838]
Travelled about 12 miles...Thus far the citizens of Illinois appear more & more pitiable. They seem not only low in all their manners, but ignorant, poor and ill humoured. They have no slaves, but in general, as far as we have seen, they seem to be hankering after those leeks of Egypt, and because they cannot have slaves, let their work go undone. We see nothing like schools in the country."

Rev. Daniel Butrick

McCorkle Home

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Photo courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carobndale

The McCorkle family allowed the Cherokee to camp on their property during the winter of 1838. The Cherokee camp was along what is now known as McCorkle Creek, and in the area of the Gambit Golf Course. The McCorkle family lived just east of Vienna, near where Interstate 24 and Highway 146 intersect. The house stood where the Windrock Acres subdivision is today.

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