Huntley

Founding Fathers – Thomas S. Huntley

The best known name in the village is, of course, that of the Huntleys. Village namesake Thomas S. Huntley, as well as his oldest son, Charles, led notable and interesting lives. Thomas Huntley (1807-1894) was not the first settler to arrive in this area, but he was the first to envision a thriving community here. Thomas Stillwell Huntley was born March 27, 1807, in Cortland County, New York and lived most of his young adult life there. Much is known…

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Founding Families

Although the town is named in honor of Thomas Stillwell Huntley, he was not the first to settle in this area. The Whittemore and Cummings families were generally regarded as among the first settlers to make a mark on the area. Prescott Whittemore and his wife, Lucy Geer Whittemore, came to this area in 1838 from New Hampshire.  They loaded all their personal belongings and their 10 children onto two wagons and spent nearly seven weeks making the journey over land to Illinois. For years the family lived in…

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