A latter-day statesman, making a speech in Congress, a year or two ago, wishing to indulge in a little sarcasm at something or somebody, in the course of his remarks said that "When God Almighty made the world, he had an apronful of sand left over, which he poured out on the Atlantic coast, and called the spot New Jersey." If this be true, one might be led to the conclusion that He also had enough left to make, not only Lynchburg Township, but the greater part of Mason County. Anyway, the sand is here in considerable quantities, whether it was spilled from somebody's apron, or was washed down from Lake Michigan during the drift period. How it came here is a conundrum, to solve which is no part of our work in these pages.|
Lynchburg Township lies in the southwest part of Mason County, in the forks of the Illinois and Sangamon Rivers, and is bounded on the north, west and south by these streams, and on the east by the township of Bath. It is pretty well divided between prairie and timber land, the latter lying contiguous to the water-courses. It is well watered by the rivers flowing along its borders and the number of its little lakes within its limits; and to the irrigation thus produced is doubtless owing the prolific nature of this sandy soil, and the fine crops it so abundantly brings forth. In addition to the lakes and rivers, is Snicarte (Snicarte is a French word, and is pronounced with the accent on the last syllable. It is said to denote lost channel, and to have been given to this slough by the early French settlers along this river, owing to the sudden and abrupt termination of the slough in this section.) Slough, which runs through the north part of the town, and is almost equal to a little river.
Lynchburg has no villages or railroads. The hamlet of Snicarte approximates the nearest a town it has ever known. The shipping facilities consist of water transportation, and the hauling of freights over to Bath and Saidora Station, where they are shipped via the P., P. & J. R. R. Upon the whole, the township is a flourishing one, and boasts of many wealthy and energetic farmers. With this preliminary introduction and description, we will now devote a few pages to its Early Settlers.