John Jacob Rayhill

4 March 1824–6 November 1899 (Age 75)
Engelmann Township, St. Clair, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Jacob

When John Jacob Rayhill was born on 4 March 1824, in Engelmann Township, St. Clair, Illinois, United States, his father, George Rayhill, was 35 and his mother, Sarah Dew, was 41. He married Adaline Pitts on 7 May 1856, in Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in St. Clair Township, St. Clair, Illinois, United States in 1870 and St. Clair, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 6 November 1899, at the age of 75, and was buried in Rayhill Cemetery, Lebanon, St. Clair, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Jacob Rayhill
Adaline Pitts
Marriage: 7 May 1856
Charles Edward Rayhill
Virginia Mitchell Rayhill
George Rayhill
Sarah Adeline Rayhill

Spouse and Children

7 May 1856
Belleville, St. Clair, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    George Rayhill


    Sarah Dew




    Betsy Ann Rayhill


    Charles Rayhill



    Virginia Rayhill


World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 8

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Age 22

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Rahill .

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight


From: Portrait and Biographical Record of St. Clair County Illinois by Chapman Bros. 1892 Chicago JOHN JACOB RAYHILL is now the oldest living settler of Engelman Township, and one of the most honored …

Sources (3)

  • John Rayhill, "United States Census, 1860"
  • J J Rayhill, "United States Census, 1870"
  • J Jacob Rayhill, "United States Census, 1880"

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