December 11, 1935
This is a record I have taken from Grandpa Brightís old bible which was my mothers, and she gave it to me. I hope this will interest you.
Caleb Bright was born Mar. 16th, 1800 Died Oct.10th, 1864
Kezia Bright Jan. 2nd or 5th, 1804 Dec. 20th 1876
Bethena Bright Aug. 20th, 1826 Dec. 30th 1856
John F. Bright Feb. 18th, 1828 Feb. 20th, 1853
Elizabeth Ellen Bright Oct. 28th, 1829 Nov. 11th, 1856
Isac Bright April 25th, 1831 1864
Harvy Bright July 9th or 4th, 1834 May 28th, 1887
Mary Bright March 12th, 1837 March 13th, 1901 or 1907
Alfred Bright March 16th, 1839 1851
Charles Bright April 22, 1841 July 31, 1931
Levi Bright May 30th, 1843
Anna or Ama Bright Nov. 4th or 9th, 1845 Died April 16th, 1848
Caleb Bright March 2nd or 12th, 1849
There is no record of the time of their marriage given. When Aunt Bethena was a child in arms, they (Caleb and Kezia) put all their worldly possessions on 2 horses and both rode the same horses carrying the baby. They settled about 18 miles southeast of Peoria, Illinois. Peoria then was a trading post with Indians. They had to go to Peoria for sale to use.
The home was hewn out of the wilderness’ heavy timber. The first house was built of logs. Later a house of bricks was built. Grandma cooked by a fireplace. Cook stoves were unknown.
Grandma was the daughter of John Bennet, who moved into Ohio at Janesville on the Ohio River. He moved his family 30 miles out from the port Janesville into the wilderness. Indians were not always friendly then, and sometimes they had to come into the fort for safety.
Grandpa lived in North Carolina, and while a boy he worked in the fisheries of either Pamlico Sound or Abesndorf Sound on the coast. I think he was English. Later he worked on boats running from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. Probably met Grandma at Janesville.
They were real pioneers. Soon after getting settled, Grandma’s brother, Nathaniel Bennet, settled near them. Many others came to build homes and boarded with Grandma. She baked bread every day. There was plenty of game for meat. Grandma wove all the cloth they used out of wool and flex. They had to corral the sheep and hogs with the cows on account of wolves. I do not know how they got the cows, sheep and hogs, but I well remember the home, barn, orchard, milk houses and the good times there when I was young.
I remember your grandma (Aunt Rachel) when she came here a bride, and your grandpa (my uncle Charlie). Soon they had their own cabin built of “logs and shakes” with paunchier floor! We always adored your grandparents, Uncle Charlie and Aunt Rachel. There was an Indian battle on the Mackinaw after they moved there. I have picked up as many arrow heads on my first home on the Mackinaw. Grandma was afraid of Indians, but they were always friendly with her.
Please excuse blots and mistakes.