Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

My Father, Alexander MacHatton, was a minister and Mother, Elizabeth Lomax MacHatton, to whom were born four sons: Abel, Samuel, Joseph Alexander and myself, all deceased except myself. I was born April 2, 1862 and married Alice Hawkins in 1884, who was a daughter of Creather Hawkins and her Mother, who was Adaline (Wheeler) Hawkins and to this union were born four sons: J. Phillip, Ned Charleston, Raymond and Guy William.

My son, J. William lives with me, in our home place in Palestine; Ned Charleston was never married and served in World War I, enlisting in Chicago where he now lives; Raymond died in 1917 and Guy William was drowned in Lake Superior.

I was educated in the Grade School at Morea, Ill. and after that I moved to Palestine where I engaged in the General Merchandising business. Hugh MacHatton, an uncle, was a minister and lived and preached in this county for several years; another uncle, Joseph MacHatton, sr. was a minister, also preached in this county for several years.

When I came to Palestine, Andrew Salesbury ran a General store, Ed. Catlin Haskett and Edward, his son, also ran a General Store, John Overholster built a brick store building where Robert Plunkett ran a store, later occupied by the Food Center Grocery, John Kitchell had a hardware store and the hotel was run by Hunter Garrett in a frame building.

(The above was dictated to the author a few days before his death.)