Simon Mabee came to Illinois
in the late 1830s.
He purchased land in Iroquois County and started the
sawmill near the Iroquois River's Sugar Island.
In 1820, Simon Mabee is
living in Jackson Township, Montgomery County, Ohio.
In 1830, Simon Mabee is living in Fountain County, Indiana.
In 1840, Simon Mabee is living in Iroquois County, Illinois.
In 1850, Simon and Katherine Mabee are living in Iroquois County,
Illinois with four children (Alexander, Franklin, Ansil, and Wallace).
In 1860, Simon and Elizabeth Mabee are living in Wygandt Township,
County, Illinois. They have two children living with them, William
Leighdy. These are believed to be Simon's grandchildren from his
In 1870, Simon Mabee is living in Johnson Township, Ripley
County, Missouri, with his son Pinkney Mabee living nearby.
The following news article was printed in the
Kankakee newspaper on April 2, 1874.
We are informed that a man named Mabee, a man of considerable wealth,
residing with Mr. Geo. Pummell, near Sugar Island, Iroquois County, cut
his throat with a razor, on Thursday, 19th ult., and expired in a few
minutes after the terrible act. Mr. Pummell was absent on business at the
time, and Mrs. P., on hearing a strange sound proceeding from the
unfortunate man's room, hastened thither only to find him stretched upon
the floor, with three horrid gashes across his throat, and in the last
agonies of death. Mr. M. had been sick for some time, but was slowly
recovering, yet it is supposed that he became discouraged and low spirited
in view of his condition, and, preferring death to such a life, committed
the rash act. It is reported that, during his illness, he one day remarked
to the family that he did not see why his life should be taken by inches,
and that he had rather die at once and be done with it. Such a state
of mind easily accounts for the manner of his "taking off." It is said
that he owned a large amount of real estate, most of which had been deeded
to Mr. Pummell in consideration of taking care of and providing a pleasant
home for Mr. M. during his lifetime. We do not learn that he had any near
relatives, nor whence he came, nor his age. We are told that he was much
respected, and was a kindhearted, upright man.
Simon Mabee outlived all but one of his 11 children. The only child who
may have survived him was Pinckney, his eldest son, who lived in Missouri.
All of the Mabee family gravestones in the Beaver Creek Cemetery are
in the same style; for this reason, it is assumed that these stones were
by Simon Mabee himself.
It is assumed that Simon Mabee was buried in the
Beaver Creek cemetery next to his family members.