Illustrated Atlas Map of Menard County, Illinois 1874|
Published by W.R. Brink & Co., of Illinois
THOMAS PRIMM, son of John and Elizabeth (Handbrough) Primm, settled with his family in Menard County in October, 1820. He was born in Virginia, and died at his residence, near Athens, May 14, 1856, at the age of seventy-four years. He was married in St. Clair County, Illinois, March, 1807, to Miss Elizabeth Stallings, who was born August 19, 1792, in Wheeling, West Virginia, and who now resides with her son, Abram Primm, at Athens, in this County.
With regard to the ancestry of Thomas Primm, we will here state that John Primm (and Elizabeth, his wife), son of John Primm (and Peggy Primm, his wife), of England, emigrated to the United States in 1700. The sons of John and Elizabeth were William, James, Thomas, and John. The four were Revolutionary soldiers, and fought in Washington's command. The family remained in Virginia until 1802, when the John last mentioned emigrated to this State, east of St. Louis. He is the son of John and Elizabeth, and is the father of Thomas, the subject of this sketch. In his new home in St. Clair County, he proved to be a systematic and successful business man. He and his wife Elizabeth were the parents of seventeen children.
The family of which Thomas Primm's wife is a member dates its advent to Illinois even further back. Her father, Abram Stallings, came down the Ohio River from Virginia in 1796, and settled in St. Clair County. Some five years previous to this, he had been married to Miss Catharine Judy, a sister of Samuel Judy, whose history may be found in the Atlas Map of Madison County.
Mr. Stallings lived an eminently useful life as a Revolutionary soldier, pioneer, and patriot, and departed this life in St. Clair County, January 3. His wife, Catharine, died in the same locality, May 13,1807.
For a sketch of the family history of William Primm, the reader is referred to another column of this work.