Greetings from Pike County, Illinois!

This weekend, I went to visit my sister and her family.  They live in O’Fallon, Illinois.  While I was there, I decided to take a day trip to Pike County, Illinois, where my Cadwell ancestors lived from about 1830 – 1846, when they came to Navarro County, Texas.

Pike County is only about 100 miles northwest of O’Fallon through rural southern Illinois – a very nice drive.



Bethel ME Chapel Steeple - Pike County Illinois

Steeple – Bethany Methodist Episcopal Chapel, Pike County, Illinois

Daniel Cadwell and his family settled in Griggsville, Illinois about 1830.  Daniel operated the first trading post in the area.  The original building was a log cabin; over the years, it’s modernized.

Griggsville Illinois

Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois


Daniel Cadwell Trading Post

Site of Daniel Cadwell’s Original Trading Post – Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois

And then there were very interesting barns.


Barn - Pike County Illinois

Barn – Pike County, Illinois




Barn - Scott County Illinois

Barn – Scott County, Illinois