Ann, in her "Birthday Interview" para 6: "On June 1, ... the eager throng of waiting settlers came pressing across the river at Dubuque ... during the first week, Mrs Dickens, then 11 years old, reached Jordan's Ferry ... ." (My note: the government opened the Iowa lands for settlement on June 1, 1833. Ann Drusilla would be 11 on August 22, 1833.)

Source [2] "Birthday Interview" para 7, Ann provided: " They had left their home near Terre Haute, Indiana the winter before,"  (My note: Terre Haute is in Vigo County, Indiana, which borders Vermillion County, Indiana, so no conflict here. The winter before the crossing into Iowa territory, which opened to settlers on June 1, 1833. So they began their journey to the northwest in 1832.)

Ann Drusilla said in her [3] Reminiscences, last sentence: "I was within 8 miles of the great massacre during the Black Hawk War and moulded bullets for settlers during that war." 
(My note: the Black Hawk War lasted from early May to early August of 1832 which leads me to think the family arrived before the war began. That would mean the steamboat trip would need to be completed after March because of river ice and in early May because of the beginning of the Black Hawk War. If we knew which massacre Ann is speaking of, it would be a help. She called it the "great massacre" which could be at Bad Axe which indeed was a great massacre but Bad Axe was far to the northwest of any area that Ann mentioned. Also, some historians called the killing of even one person a massacre - so it could mean any one of the several battles.)

 

Source [2] "Birthday Interview",  para 5: "No sooner  had the news of the "Black Hawk Purchase" spread through Illinois, Indiana and Ohio than a crowd of settlers from those states, fired with the tales of the wonderful beauty and fertility of the land included in the purchase strip, began to hurry by team and flat boat to the Mississippi." (My note: notice on a map that the Wabash River flows through the area of Indiana near Vermillion County and Terre Haute on its way to join the Ohio River, then on to the Mississippi River at Cairo, Illinois. A flatboat would have been the best way to travel, starting downstream on the Wabash from their home, to the Mississippi.)

A flatboat had no conveniencies and no means of propulsion - it was a simple wooden boat used for floating downstream following the river currents. When it floated to its destination, its usefulness was over - it could not propel itself back upstream. It was dismantled and the lumber was sold for local purposes, such as building construction. When Sarah's family reached the Mississippi, they would have boarded a steamboat for the upstream journey.

Source [4] Zilla and Ila Manuscript, page 29, para 100: "The reason for the family's move up the river to the crossing into Iowa at Dubuque, escaped my ear, if it was ever discussed. Who comprised the household is also an unknown point." (My note: the reason for the move was the promise of a better life - fortunes were being made in the lead mines and after the "Black Hawk Purchase" new lands were to be opened for settlement on the western side of the Mississippi in an area that would be known as the Iowa Territory. "Who comprised the household" is an interesting question. Was the long trip into the unknown made only by the widow Sarah and her children? Or was another adult in charge? More about that later. 

From:      http://www.forttours.com/pages/fortappleriver.asp
"… when Black Hawk's warriors routed the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run on May 14th, the Black Hawk War had begun. The settlers in the mining area were panic stricken. Many left Galena by steamboat. At the Apple River Settlement, the miners quickly built a fort around existing cabins. They had not long to wait. On June 24th, Black Hawk and some 200 warriors attacked the Apple River Fort. Inside, the men kept up a steady stream of fire, aided by the women, who molded musket balls and loaded weapons." (My note: here's why I think they arrived before the Black Hawk War began. In the panic of war, settlers were leaving the area, not coming into it. I can't imagine Sarah and her children getting off the steamboat while others were clamoring to get aboard. It is very possible that they had arrived at Galena in April before the beginning of hostilities, then took shelter at Apple River Fort near Galena. Then after the war ended in August they would have continued their 20 mile journey north to Mineral Point.)

"There were other diggings and mining camps nearby, but Mineral Point quickly became more than that. In 1829, Iowa County was created, encompassing all of what is now Southwestern Wisconsin, and Mineral Point became the county seat."
1. Galina and Apple River Fort, Jo Daviess Co.  De Witt Clinton was here in 1827. Other family also came through here.
2. White Oak Springs. Hannah was married here in 1828.
3. Mineral Point. This is where Sarah's family spent their first winter in Wisconsin (1832-'33). It may have been the location of Henry Redmond's cabin if he had one. (More about this later.)
4. Lancaster. Moses E. was married here in 1838.
5. Muscoda. De Witt Clinton and others built a furnace for smelting lead ore here, at the close of the Black Hawk War in 1832.
6. The crossing point to Dubuque, Iowa when the settlers were allowed beginning June 1, 1833.
7. Turkey River area in Clayton Co. The county was home to Ann Drusilla and her family for the remainder of her life.
Numbered areas are mentioned in Dr. Van Sickle's book
and/or in Ann Drusilla's interviews.

From:     http://www.answers.com/topic/mississippi-river?cat=travel
"Along the river's upper course shipping is interrupted by ice from December to March; thick, hazardous fogs frequently settle on the cold waters of the unfrozen sections during warm spells from December to May."

Continuing "Birthday Interview, para 7: "... they had gone to Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and waited there during the winter." (My note: The time would be in the fall of 1832 until spring of 1833. Mineral Point is about 20 miles north of Jo Daviess County, Illinois and 30 to 40 miles east of the Mississippi River. There is no mention of where they stayed in Mineral Point. Did they have their own cabin or was there family already there? One thing is certain - they had shelter of some kind - no family could survive the Wisconsin winter camping out.)

Source [4] Zilla and Ila Manuscript, page 29, para 101: "I do know that they must have started from the Ohio River at Cairo when the winter was still a fact because the ice was thick on the river at Dubuque when they arrived on the opposite shore. They camped on the Illinois side for weeks---waiting for Congress to pass the bill that would open Iowa to settlers." 
(My note: a steamboat wouldn't have come anywhere close to Dubuque in the dead of winter. The date that Sarah's family began their journey is not certain but steamboats were no match for deadly ice on the river. One of the controlling travel conditions was winter ice on the Mississippi - the date it froze, how far south it froze, and the fear of ice jams accumulating downstream after the spring thaw began. Also from quotations about the family's movements after arriving at their point of debarkation indicates that they spent much more than a few weeks waiting to cross into Iowa.

In all of Ann's descriptions of this journey which began at Terre Haute, Indiana in the spring of 1832 and ends with the family waiting to cross the Mississippi River into Dubuque, Iowa, in June of 1833, there is not one mention of the family ever living in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Perhaps their steamboat journey ended at Galena and perhaps they took shelter at Apple River Fort, but they were only passing through Jo Daviess County on their way to, then from,  Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

After their crossing into Dubuque, Iowa, they might have visited Jo Daviess, County, Illinois many times for shopping or whatever - we don't know about that. But we do know that for the remainder of
their lives, this part of the family lived and died in Iowa and not in Illinois.

From: http://www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/apple_river.htm
"The Apple River Fort was the site of an important battle during the Black Hawk War. It was the only fort attacked by Black Hawk during the turbulent summer of 1832. On June 24, 1832, the settlers at the fort turned back an attack by some 200 Sauk and Fox warriors led by Black Hawk."

Do you seen now, why I questioned this sentence from Dr. Van Sickle's excellent book?
His (Andrew's) wife, Sarah, ... . In 1827 she removed to Jo Daviess County, Illinois, where she resided until her death, which occurred in September, 1849." This erroneous statement has been used as the source by Courtright and Van Sickle genealogists' for ages to prove that Sarah lived the remainder of her life in Jo Daviess County, and died there in 1849. But wait - there's more!!

My thoughts: I've read some accounts written by ladies, whose husbands went to the Lead Mine District and  prepared a cabin for the family, then returned to their home, packed up and moved the family to the cabin. That made the move to the wild Indian country possible. I say that because I found Henry Redmond listed in the 1830 Lead Mine District, Iowa County, Wisconsin. It is possible that Henry had his own cabin at Mineral Point. Who is Henry Redmond? He'll be introduced shortly.  
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Sarah and family arrive in the Lead Mine District
Sarah Courtright Van Sickle Redmond
         A Northeast Iowa Pioneer
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