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  "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.)
Source  "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  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.
"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.
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  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."
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
Do you seen now, why I questioned this sentence from Dr. Van Sickle's excellent book?
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.
Sarah and family arrive in the Lead Mine District
Sarah Courtright Van Sickle Redmond
A Northeast Iowa Pioneer