As part of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, people are being honored throughout Illinois who are descendants of early settlers to our State.
Dolores Payne of Norris City was honored at the October meeting of the Michael Hillegas Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Janice Hall, Chapter Regent, presented Dolores with a certificate from the Illinois State Organization, NSDAR, recognizing her as a descendant of an Illinois Pioneer who lived in Illinois when it became a state on December 3, 1818.
John Files and his family originally lived in Virginia, South Carolina, and Kentucky. The Files family moved to Illinois around 1817 and settled west of Burnt Prairie. They were among the early settlers. When the Shiloh Church congregation was organized, some of the family were charter members and live in southern Illinois to this day, including Dolores.