Hoyleton (Ill.) collection  1857-1858
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History

In the spring of 1857, a number of settlers from Champlain, New York, and other New England towns moved to Washington County, Illinois, where they founded the town of Hoyleton (also known as "Yankee Town"). The town had around 30 to 40 resident families in December 1858. Early settlers included Congregationalist ministers J. A. Bent and Ovid Miner, who built a seminary there in 1859.