Cushing Family Genealogy Forum
I'm not a CUSHING researcher but recently purchased a booklet, The Bureau County Centennial, 1828-1928, about Bureau Co., Illinois, early settlement. It describes early settlement called Providence Colony, from Providence, Rhode Island, including a mention of Caleb CUSHING as follows:
Providence Colony came only a little later than the Hampshire (Princeton) Colony (Illinois). In 1835, Caleb CUSHING and Enoch BROWN left Pawtucket, Rhode Island, to look up a location for a colony. They investigated southern Michigan and northern Illinois, carried back samples of soil and reported favorably. On February 18, 1836, a committee was appointed to select a tract of 20,000 acres in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan or Illinois. Caleb CUSHING, Asa BARNEY, Edmund BAILEY, Larned SCOTT, Simon WILSON, and Chas. OAKLEY, met on May 2, 1836 in St. Louis as this committee and planned operations. Again on May 18, 1836, they met at Hennepin and decided upon a tract of land mostly in Township 15, now Indiantown (Illinois). They spent most of 1836 in selecting land, making surveys, etc. They made their headquarters at Chas. BOYD's of Boyd's Grove. They laid out the village of Providence, and built a large hotel known as Colony House. In 1837, the colony came, bringing 35 or 40 men, women and children. The Congregational Church of Providence was organized June 22, 1841, and has remained with the schoolhouse as the one outpost of the old colony.
I hope this is helpful.
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