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Albion in Edwards County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Morris Birkbeck

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
1. Morris Birkbeck Marker
Inscription.  To Morris Birkbeck

Who in 1817 with George Flower founded the English settlement in Edwards County This memorial is erected by the Department of Illinois Woman's Relief Corps Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic "In respect and gratitude for the decided part he took against the introduction of slavery"

October 27, 1929
 
Erected 1929 by Department of Illinois Woman's Relief Corps Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 38° 22.637′ N, 88° 3.397′ W. Marker is in Albion, Illinois, in Edwards County. Marker is at the intersection of 50 West Main Street (Illinois Route 15) and North 4th Street (Illinois Route 130), on the right when traveling east on 50 West Main Street. Marker is at the southeast corner of the grounds of Edwards County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: West Main Street, Albion IL 62806, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Morris Birkbeck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, August 11, 2020
2. Morris Birkbeck Marker
. Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thomasanne Payne Home Site (approx. 8.9 miles away); Gray Opera House (approx. 8.9 miles away); "Empire Corner" (approx. 8.9 miles away); Vincennes to Shawneetown Stage Coach Line (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Gray Family Cemetery (approx. 9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 9 miles away); James Gray's Stables and Slave Quarters (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Morris Birkbeck on Wikipedia. Birkbeck (1764-1825) also briefly served as Secretary of State of Illinois (1824-1825; he was the fourth). His friendship with George Flower would turn into rivalry, over a woman. Birkbeck drowned while trying to cross a Wabash River tributary. It is not known where he is buried. (Submitted on August 13, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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