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Photo submitted by Heydon Buchanan - Heydon's mother was Bernice Ione Foy Buchanan. She was the daughter of Louis & Bessie Foy; granddaughter of Milton & Charlotte ("Pet") Van Drew Foy; great-granddaughter of Daniel & Matilda Williams Foy.

FOY Family reunion late 1800's
Front row: 4th from right, Charlotte Van Drew Foy (1863-1968) - Known locally as "Pet"
5th from right: Milton Foy (1855-1937) - Son of Daniel, husband of Minnie/Pet
6th from right, Matilda Williams Foy (1821-1911) - wife of Daniel, mother of Milton
7th from right, Daniel Foy (1822-1899) - husband of Matilda, father of Milton. Also one of the first Tampico settlers
All four people listed above are buried in Tampico Cemetery

Tampico Township, Whiteside Co IL - Bent & Wilson History of Whiteside County Page 454

Daniel Foy was born in 1812, in Napoli, Cattaraugus county, New York, and in 1839 moved to McDonough county, Illinois, remaining there for seven years. In 1846 he moved to Whiteside county and settled in Prophetstown where he lived, engaged in farming, until 1855, when he purchased a farm on section 29 in the town of Tampico, upon which he has since resided. Mr. Foy is one of the public spirited men of the town, and was elected Supervisor at the first election after the town became fully organized, and held the office during the years 1861, '62 and '63, and again in 1865. He has also been Justice of the Peace, and School Trustee of the town.


This township was originally a part of Portland Precinct, then of Rapids Precinct, remaining a part of the latter until 1852, when the Commissioners appointed by the County Commissioners’ Court, defined its boundaries and gave it its name; but until its complete organization in 1860, the east half was attached to Hopkins township, and the west half to Prophetstown, for judicial purposes. It includes all of township 19 north, range 6 east of the fourth prin­cipal meridian. A portion of the town is level prairie, interspersed with sloughs, and the balance rolling prairie, with here and there a sand ridge. The “big slough,” about a mile and a half north of the present village of Tampico is probably the best known of any in the south part of the county. Previous to its being ditched by the county, and by side ditches, it was frequently during the winter and spring and sometimes extending even into the summer, covered with water from a mile to two miles in width, and was a favorite resorting place for all kinds of water fowl found in this section of the country. The water would be from one to three feet deep, and often partially frozen, so that those compelled to pass over the slough had not only to contend with mire and water, but with ice. In early times those unacquainted with it would often get lost,. and wander about until they became mired, and then have to rest as best they could until help came. Mr. Glassburn gives an instance, and such were not of unfrequent occurrence at the time, where a man taking a load of goods from Sterling to some point in Bureau county, got mired in about the middle of the slough, and when found was holding his horses’ heads above the mud and water to prevent their sinking. The wagon was sunk so low that the boxes of goods were half submerged. It was with great difficulty that team. and wagon could be extricated in such cases. In 1862 the slough was piked, and with the work put on it since, is now quite passable. The county ditch draining this slough was dug in 1863-’64 from Swan lake to Coon creek.

The great “blow out,” as it is known, is situated on section 22, a little west of the center of this town. This excavation is the work of whirlwinds, un­doubtedly an indefinite series of them, and covers an area of over seven acres. Its depth is about sixty feet, the sand being blown away to the water line. No authentic data can be fixed when the sand was blown from this vast basin, everything relating to it being merely conjecture. When first discovered by the early settlers in this part of the State, a large red cedar tree was growing near the center of the basin, but was cut down by some vandal in 1850. The stump was standing until recently, and many of the inhabitants of the town have pieces taken from it. The species of cedar to which this tree belonged is not indig­enous to this section, and it is supposed that it was brought by the Indians from some other part and planted there. Near where it stood is a fine spring of water. This “blow out” is one of the curiosities of the town. The first settlers of the town were: Nicholas Lutyens, John Lutyens, and Hiram Tompkins, from the State of New York; and Jacob Lutyens from Canada, in 1852. In 1853 came Aaron S. Miller, from Groton, Tompkins county, New York, and Geo. W. Curtis, from Fox River Valley, although originally from New York State. Wm. Aldrich, and Rev. William Gray, came in 1854, the former from Bradford county, Pennsylvania, and the latter from New York. Rufus Aldrich, from Bradford county, Pennsylvania, Daniel Foy, from Cattaraugus county, New York; and James Conroy, from New York City, came in 1856; and J. C. Aldrich, from Bradford county, Pennsylvania; John W. Glass­burn, and T. A. Glassburn from Gallia county, Ohio, in 1856. A. M. Smith came from Alleghany county, New York, in 1857; J. P. Badgley also came in 1857, and following them that year came a large number of others.

The first house of which we have any information was put up by Nicholas Lutyens in the southeast part of the town, in 1852. The first school house was built in July, 1856, in what is known as the Aldrich district, and Orlando Mc­Nickle taught the first school, commencing in the fall of that year.

The first minister who held services in the town was Rev. Mr. Pinkney, a Wesleyan Methodist. He preached in the Aldrich school house, Glassburn school house, and also in private dwellings. Rev. Win. H. Gray, a Protestant Methodist, was the next minister.

The first child born in the town was Emma Aldrich, a daughter of Rufus and Mary A. Aldrich, her birth occurring October 23, 1855.

The first death was that of Mrs. Baker, a daughter of Jacob Barney, who died in the summer of 1856.

The first marriage dates in 1857, the parties being Mr. Ellery C. Brown and Miss Susan Gray, daughter of Rev. Wm. H. Gray, the ceremony be­ing performed by the father of the bride.

The first travelled road in the town was the one leading from Sterling to Yorktown and Green River. This road branched at J. W. Glassburn’s farm, the branches running respectively to Yorktown and Green River. In 1850 a road was legally laid out, running from the burying ground, south of the pres­ent village, to the south line of the township, and in 1853 it was extended north­ward all the way through the town. The second road was laid out in 1859, and commences at the south line of the town, between sections 31 and 32, running north two miles to the north line of sections 29 and 30, and then east three miles to Tampico village.

When the call was made to subscribe to the capital stock of the Grand Trunk Railway, now the Mendota branch of the C. B. & Q. Railway, the town voted to subscribe $20,000. Bonds were issued for the payment of this stock, dated March 10, 1871, to run ten years, payments to be made as follows: the first installment of $4,000 in five years from the date of the bonds, and the bal­ance in yearly installments. The installments, as far as they have become due, have been regularly met.

The town furnished its full complement of soldiers to the Union army during the late war of the Rebellion. Its quota in the several calls for troops were promptly called the quota under the last call being seventeen. Of those who went out, Ansel Brown was killed, Wm. Glasby died of fever in camp, and Julias Brown was wounded in the arm. The first town meeting after the complete organization of the town was held on Tuesday, April 2d, 1861. The principal officers of the town have been:

Supervisors -

1861-'63, Daniel Foy
1864, J. C. Aldrich
1865, Daniel Foy
1866-’69, G. A. Stilson
1870-73, J. C. Aldrich
1874-75, M. H. Brewer
1876-77, T. M. Wylie.

Town Clerks-

1861-'63, Eleary C. Brown
1864, J. M. Vandermark
1865,0. A. Stilson
1866-’69, Eleary C. Brown
1870-’73, M. H. Brewer
1874- ‘75, T. M. Wylie
1876-’77, T. S. Beach.


1861, Rufus Aldrich
1862-’64, A. M. Smith
1865, Charles C. Ring
1866-’67, A. M. Smith
1868-’70, A. S. Pratt
1871-’72, Rufus Ald­rich
1873, Geo. W. Apley
1874, Isaac West
1875-’77, Rufus Aldrich.

Collectors; -

1861, John P. Badgley
1862, Isaac West
1863, William Pinkney
1864, G. T. Marfleet
1865, John P. Badgley
1866, J. T. Gray
1867, Charles A. Lane
1868-’70, H. L. Denison
1871, Maurice Fitzgerald
1872-.’77, W. L. Gowen

Justice of the Peace:-

1861, Joseph Rainer, Aaron S. Miller
1864, Daniel Pay, Eleary C. Brown
1868, John C. Hunt, George T. Marfleet
1871, T. H. C. Dow
1873, J. H. Kane
1876, Maurice Fitzgerald
1877, J. F. Leonard, James H. King.

The Assessor’s book of Tampico township for 1877 shows 11,068 acres of improved land, and 11,661 of unimproved. The number of improved lots is 109, and of unimproved 91. The total assessed value of all lands is $205,208. Number of horses, 616; cattle, 1,228, mules and asses, 22; sheep, 30; hogs, 1,535; wagons and carriages, 205; sewing andknitting machines, 109; melodeons, and organs, 33. Value of personal property, $60,414; railroad property, $26,814. Total assessed value of all property, $307,071. The population of Tampico township in 1870 was 634, of which numbered 565 were of native birth, and 69 of foreign. The estimated population of the 

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Name: Daniel FOY Age: 58
Estimated birth year: <1822>
Birthplace: New York
Occupation: Farmer
Relation: Self Home in 1880: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Marital status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Head of household: Daniel FOY
Father's birthplace: NY
Mother's birthplace: NY
Image Source: Year: 1880; Census Place: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois; Roll: T9_259; Family History Film: 1254259; Page: 307C; Enumeration District: 213; Image: 0234.


Transcribed from Portrait and Biographical Album of WS County originally published in 1885

. . .Being prairie land, and much of it covered with water, prevented this early settlement of the township. The first to make this section their home were Hiram Tompkins, John and Nicholas Lutyens and Jacob Barney, in 1852. A beginning having been made, others came in from time to time. Among those denominated as pioneers were George W. Curtis, Aaron S. Miller, Rev. Wm. Gray, Wm. Aldrich, Rufus Aldrich, James Conroy, Daniel Foy, J.C. Aldrich, John W. and T.A. Glassburn, J.P. Badgley and A.M. Smith
. . . .Daniel Foy was originally from Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., but came to this county from McDonnough Co., IL, locating first in Prophetstown, but moving into Tampico in 1853, and locating on section 29. He was Supervisor several years, and also held the office of Justice of the Peace some years. In 1884 he moved to Kansas
. . . .When the township organization law was adopted, Tampico was given its name, but the eastern half was attached to Hopkins and the west half to Prophetstown until such time as it would have a sufficient number of inhabitants to organize a seperate government. This was not until 1861.

The first election was held April 2, 1861, resulting in the election of the following named: Daniel Foy, Supervisor; E.C. Brown, Clerk; Rufus Aldrich, Assessor; John P. Badgley, Collector; Joseph Rainer, Justice of the Peace.

1861-63: Daniel Foy
1864: J.C. Aldrich
1865: Daniel Foy
1866-69: G.A. Stilson
1870-73: J.C. Aldrich
1874-75: M.H. Brewer
1876-77: T.M. Wylie
1878: S. W. Sheldon
1879: J.W. White
1880: Daniel McMillan
1881-83: J.W. White
1884-85: U.S. Brewer

The above was extracted from "Early Tampico History" on this web site. Click here for full report

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