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SETTLEMENT OF THE ".BIG BOTTOM." Page 149
In the fall of 1815, James Wilhite and Wm. Hayes came from West Tennessee to Cooper's Fort with wagons containing their families and all their household goods. On the road from St. Charles to the fort they ran out of provisions, and lived on parched com. They were warmly welcomed at the fort, and well provided for. Mr. Wilhite told Mr. Jerrold Letcher that during the winter of 1815—6 he and Hayes crossed the river and explored the country on this side to find homes for themselves. In October, 1816, they moved over with their families and settled near the lower extremity of the "Big Bottom." Mr. Wilhite's house was on section 19, township 51, range 18, and Mr. Hayes' on section 18 of the same township and range. Their camp fires were the first that ever blazed on those sections, save those made by the Indians. They did not succeed in completing their cabins in time to be fully prepared for winter, and they and their families suffered greatly in consequence.
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