There is a brief mention of Mud Creek in Glenn J. Sneed's Ghost Towns of Southern
Illinois, 1977, p. 88:
Mud Creek Post Office was established on July 3, 1842. It closed May 25, 1843. It
has been suggested that it was located north of Carbondale and was for the construction
camp of men working on the Illinois Central Railroad Bridge over Big Muddy River.
I hope this helps,
----- Original Message -----
From: Joel S. Russell
Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:17 PM
Subject: [ILJACKSON] Mud Creek Settlement
Does anyone have information on the Mud Creek Settlement? I was rereading
my great--great-grandfathers papers and found the following which appears
to be a draft.
Murphy's Borough precinct Mud Creek Settlement
A full Sunday Scool to be
We want to make up a Sunday school if we could an all to go to ____ a scool
State of Illinois, Jackson County, Murphy's Boro
Mud Creek Settlement want to have a Sunday Scool ____ in this settlement to
learn to spell an read an right. with all manner of cear shall be taken to
learn to prevent _____ in this manner we all may learn to spel well an read
an right sum an this wold be better then seting al day at no imployment at
all an this should be away to improve our minds to learn.
I'm not sure when this was written but is with other papers dated in the
1840s and 1850s. My ancestor came to Jackson County around 1837 and died
there in 1848. His widow received land in Perry County and settled there
in the early 1850s.
Any help appreciated.
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