Our London Family History

We can trace our line to James London, born in 1791 in North Carolina.  The first documented evidence relating to this James is a deed of Ste. Genevieve Co., Missouri Territory, dated November 1, 1818. He sold land on a branch of the north fork of the River Saline, called Cold Water Creek. We do not know whether he was accompanied to this unsettled wilderness from North Carolina by friends or relatives or why he made what seems like a far and almost final break with his family in the East. From Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri, we find that early settler (1800-1810) in the area of Perryville were the Farrars, Abernathys, Caldwells, Venables and Clines, all who came from North Carolina. In a land grant to William London of Stokes Co., NC in 1806 the land in question adjoins that of William Venables. 

James London served from August 15 to October 10, 1814 in the War of 1812. He was a private in Capt. Edward Hempstead's Company of Infantry Militia of Missiouri Territory under command of Lt. Col. Dodge.

James married Prudence Hunt on December 10, 1818 in St. Genevieve, MO.   Prudence was the daughter of John Hunt.  The Hunts and Londons moved from St. Genevieve Co., MO, to Madison Co., IL, about 1820 because John Hunt received 160 acres of bounty land (warrant # 8600) Act of 1812. John was a veteran of the War of 1812.   James and Prudence moved to Marion County, IA in 1847.

James served in the Winnebego War in Sangamon Co., IL from July 23 to August 27, 1827.   Upon this service he claimed bounty land on December 17, 1850, in Marion Co., IA, where he lived at the time. He said he was 59 years old.

James and Prudence had ten children.  Click here for their Family Group Record.

Our line continues through their youngest daughter, Mary Jane who first married Smith Banta and then married William Watson Adams after Smith was killed in the Civil War.

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