Daniel was born in OH while his family was emigrating from WV to IL. They stopped in IN and stayed there until 1832 when they finished the trip. Daniel came to IL in 1832 and settled in the edge of Dry Fork timber on section four of Gillespie Township, Macoupin Co, IL. He was one of the leading citizens of the town. The country was wild and unsettled and few improvements had been made in this part of the county. So for a number of years he continued to reside with his parents on section 4. He continued to live with his parents after his marriage to Rachel in December of 1838. The Macoupin Co, IL Census of 1850 showed Daniel and Rachel with four of their children who were all born in IL, living with his parents, Abraham (54 born in VA) and Mary (54 born in VA). Abraham was shown as a farmer. The four children were Chester (10), Julia (4), J.W. (2) and Caroline (1 month). About 1856, Daniel moved to a farm which he obtained in that spring. It was located on sections 11 and 12 of Gillespie Township. Only 50 acres of this farm were improved, so it took Daniel considerable energy and industry to get a fine farm under cultivation. In 1860 he erected a substantial and convenient dwelling. He was the owner of 525 acres of land, all lying in Gillespie Township. He increased his holding to that amount by purchase. He put upon it such improvements that they were a great credit to him and now stand as a silent memorial to his thrift and industry. He lived there until his death from congestion of the brain. When he died most of his farm was in a good state of cultivation. This estate formed the homestead which is yet in the family in a divided state. Daniel was an active and enterprising man throughout his life and as a citizen and neighbor stood well in the community. His death was lamented by a large circle of friends ad acquaintances. In his political sympathies, he had always been a Democrat. He and his wife were the parents of 13 children.
He appeared on a deed dated Tuesday, 4 Apr 1837 at Macoupin County, Illinois;
HUDDLESTON DANIEL NESE 06 08N 07W 3 04/04/1837 MACOUPIN.599
Daniel Huddleston appeared on a deed dated Thursday, 16 Jan 1840 at Macoupin County, Illinois;
HUDDLESTON DANIEL NWNE 05 08N 07W 3 01/16/1840 MACOUPIN.599IL 1850 Federal Census Index, Macoupin Co, No Township Listed Page: 252
Abraham age 54 born VA
Mary age 54 born VADaniel age 32 born Ohio Farmer
Rachael age 24 born IN
Preston age 10 born IL
Lydia A age 4 (listed as Julia A age 12 in 1860)
J W age 2 (listed as John age 10 in 1860)
Caroline 1/12 born IL (listed as age 8 in 1860)next door:
Alvah age 44 born VA
Rachael age 38 born VA
Deloss age 20 born IN
Gabrilla age 18 born IN
Theorore age 15 (F?) born IN
Frances age 13 born IL (looks like IL and not IN)
Rosila age 11 born IN
Albert G age 7 born IN
Ophelia age 5 born IN
Thaddeus age 1 born IL599
He appeared on a deed dated Monday, 17 Nov 1851 at Macoupin County, Illinois;
HUDDLESTON DANIEL SESW 04 08N 07W 3 11/17/1851 MACOUPIN.5991860 Census, Gillespie Township, Macoupin Co, IL, Series: M653 Roll: 206 pp 387-388
HUDDLESTON (family 1028):
Daniel age 43 born Ohio
Rachal age 36 born IN
W H age 32 born IN
Preston age 20 born IL (listed as Preston age 10 in 1850)
Julia A age 12 born IL (listed as Lydia A age 4 in 1850)
John age 10 born IL (listed as J W age 2 in 1850)
Caroline age 8 born IL (she was 1 month old in 1850)
Mary age 6 born IL
Samuel J age 5 born IL
Emma J age 2 born IL
Dolly age 4 months born ILLiving next door are his father and step mother:
HUDDLESTON - (family 1029):
Abram age 65 born VA
Margaret age 49 born TNA few farms away:
HUDDLESTON - (family 1025):
Bosea age 38 born OH
Lodusky age 34 born AL
William age 40 born OH
Lucetta age 17 born IL
Thurcia age 13 born IL
Rhoda age 10 born IL599HISTORY OF MACOUPIN CO, IL WITH ILLUSTRATIONS DESCRIPTIVE OF ITS SCENERY, & BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN & PIONEERS. Published by Brink, McDonough & Co, Philadelphia 1879, p 200DANIEL HUDDLESTON (Deceased)
, was one of the leading citizens of Gillespie township, and his name fitly deserves a place in this work. His ancestors were from Virginia. His father, Abraham Huddleston, emigrated from Virginia to Ohio, where Daniel Huddleston was born, on the 25th of October, 1816. When he was a small boy his father removed to the State of Indiana and lived there till the year 1832, and then emigrated to Illinois, settling in the edge of Dry Fork timber on section four of Gillespie township. The country was then wild and unsettled, and few improvements had been made in this part of the county. The subject of this biography was about sixteen years old when he came to the state. He was married on the 9th of December, 1838, to Rachel Huddleston. She was born near Russellville, Putnam county, Indiana, February 21st, 1824. Her father was William Huddleston, a cousin to Abraham Huddleston. Her father moved from the neighborhood of Russellville, Indiana, to Gillespie township in the fall of 1830, and settled the place where James Pearson now lives. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was in the battle of New Orleans under Gen. Jackson. Before moving to Indiana he had lived in Shelby county, Kentucky.
After their marriage, Mr and Mrs Huddleston lived on section four till 1856, and then moved to the farm, where the family have since lived on sections eleven and twelve, Gillespie township. Only fifty acres of this farm were at that time improved, and Mr Huddleston went to work with considerable energy and industry, and succeeded in getting a fine farm under cultivation, and in 1860 erected a substantial and convenient dwelling. He was the owner of 525 acres of land, all lying in Gillespie township. His death occurred on the 22d of December, 1869, from congestion of the brain. He had been an active and enterprising man through life; as a citizen and a neighbor stood well in the community in which he lived; and his death was lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. In his political sympathies he had always been a Democrat. Mr and Mrs Huddleston were the parents of thirteen children, of whom only five are now living. The names of those living are John Wesley Huddleston, who is carrying on the farm; Samuel Jasper, living in Gillespie township; Carrie, who married Adelbert James, and resides in Montgomery County; Emma J, now the wife of Daniel W. Dugger, a farmer of Madison county; and Florence V., who is still living at home. Of the eight children who are dead, four (Henry, Maria, Susan and Nina), departed this life in infancy. Luther died November 2d, 1873, when seven years old. Mary Jane died April 6th, 1872, having reached the age of twenty years the preceding February. Preston was born July 1s5, 1840, and died November 4th 1869. Julia A was born November 10th, 1845, and died September 3d, 1875. Three of these children were remarkable instances of rapid growth and development and acquired physical proportions which made them somewhat celebrated. At the time of Luther's death, at the age of seven years, he weighed 184 pounds. Preston and Julia weighed on an average, after having grown up, 340 pounds each. Neither of their parents were persons of unusual size. For nine years before his death Preston was severely afflicted with the rheumatism. He had a good education, and while lying at home confined to his bed was a frequent and well-known contributor to several papers. These articles were written principally during the war on political subjects, he being an earnest republican.599PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD MACOUPIN COUNTY ILLINOIS - 1891, Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company, p 705 DANIEL HUDDLESTON.
The gentleman whose portrait appears on the opposite page died at his home on section 11, Gillespie Township, December 22, 1869. He had settled on his farm here in the spring of 1856 and at that time it was an unbroken prairie, from which he was able by his enterprise and energy to build up a fine farm. He put upon it such improvements as redound greatly to his credit and they now stand as a silent memorial to his thrift and industry. At the time of his death he owned five hundred and twenty acres, most of which was in a good state of cultivation.
Mr Huddleston came to this county in 1832 and somewhat later made his home in the township of Gillespie, where he remained until death. For a number of years he continued to reside with his parents on section 4, but after his marriage he located on forty acres which he afterward increased by purchase. This estate formed the homestead which is yet in the family in a divided state. Mr Huddleston was born in Ohio near Columbus, October 25, 1816, and was the son of Abraham and Mary (Roe) Huddleston.
The Huddleston family is of German ancestry (note: They are English and not German) and the Roe's are of English descent. After marriage this couple began life on a farm near Columbus, Ohio, but later removed to Indiana, making their home near Newport in that State. In 1832 they emigrated to Illinois coming with an ox-team in a prairie schooner and camping out along the road. Upon their arrival here in 1832 they secured some Government land on section 4, Gillespie Township, and began their Western life after the primitive style of those times. In the original home of this couple the wife of Abraham Huddleston died in 1852, when past fifty years of age. Her husband married twice after her death, his last wife surviving him, and his own death occurring July 4, 1874, when he was more than eighty-five years of age.
The parents of our subject were identified with the old school Baptist Church and Mr Huddleston's political views were in accordance with the doctrines of the Democratic party. He was well known throughout not only the township but also the county. Only two of the children of this couple grew to years of maturity - our subject and his sister Jane, Mrs Kinder, who died near Clyde, this county, in 1889, being about seventy-two years old. After Mr Huddleston became of age he was married in this county to Miss Rachel Huddleston, who was born in the central part of Indiana on the Blue River, February 21, 1824. She is a daughter of William and Juda Huddleston, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively, who came of similar ancestry with our subject. They were married in Kentucky and began life as farmers and during the War of 1812 William fought during the entire period of conflict. He was under Gen. Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, and proved himself brave and daring.
After the birth of some of their children, William Huddleston and family set out for the Northwest, coming through Indiana with teams and wagons. While passing through that State in 1824 their daughter Rachel was born and she was but a child when her parents reached Illinois in 1830, and settled on Government land in Gillespie Township. They built a home on section 3, and there the wife and mother was called from earth in 1832. She was then in the prime of life, a devoted Christian, a kind mother and a woman of more than ordinary character. She was a Methodist in her religious connections.
The second marriage of William Huddleston united him with Miss Rachel Hendershott. They afterward lived in Greene County, IL, where he died in 1844, being then only a little past middle life. He was a man of true Christian character connected with the Methodist Episcopal church, and was a Whig in his political views. His wife survived him and spent her last days in Iowa. She also was connected with the Methodist Church.
The wife of our subject was only eight years of age when her mother died and she was reared by her father. Of eight children born to her parents, three sons and three daughters are still living. She became the mother of thirteen children, nine of whom are deceased, namely: Henry, Maria C, Susan, Lina, Preston and Mary I, who all died single; George D L; Julia A, who became the wife of Amos Ruckman and died leaving no offspring; Samuel J, who married Leonia Robins and left three children. Those who still survive are - John W, who married Sarah Halpin and lives on the Huddleston homestead; Carrie E., who is the widow of Adelbert James, and resides with her mother; Emma J., the wife of Daniel Duger, an engineer residing at Belleville, IL, and Florence D, the wife of Julius Williams, now living on a farm in this township. Mrs Huddleston and her children attend the Methodist Episcopal Church and are active and earnest in their support of religious work. The family name was formerly spelled Huddlestun but was changed during the present generation.599Tombstone says:
Huddleston Daniel s/o/ Abraham 25 Oct 1816 - 22 Dec 1869
w/ Rachel d/o Wm Huddleston m. 9 Dec 1838 Macoupin County, IL599