Founding of Hagaman

John Hagaman was born 16 Jan 1836, in Salt Lake, Kentucky in Bath county and he died 26 October 1912 in Chesterfield, Illinois. He died of a hemorrhage of the lungs due to complications resulting from an appendicitis. " Was a breeder of blooded (pure bred) horses and a farmer. Moved to Illinois from Kentucky in the middle of the 1800's and bought 20 acres of land in southwest Illinois. In 1881 he had the land surveyed and sold plots to the following families: Converse, Flanagan, and Shuttleworth. At that time the town was formed and named Hagaman, Illinois......At one time the town had three stores and at least two hotels.....JL Robinson opened a general store the same year that the railroad came through, possibly to serve the people traveling on the train as well as the surrounding community. John Hagaman was the commissioner of roads and higways for Macoupin County in the late 1800's. He is buried at the Reader Cemetery in Reader Illinois which is located one mile north (actually east) of Hagaman at the end of a cornfield. ("It is located almost directly east of where JP Bowman's house used to be; there is a lone tree in the middle of a field." (Bob Smith). There are about 35 graves there with the Hagaman plot being the largest. The headstone is as tall as his great, great granddaughter who is 5 feet 7 inches tall.....his infant daughter Hatties headstone is very hard to see. Buried with him in the same family plot are Nancy Jane (his wife), his son's George and Paschel and his infant daughter Hattie who died at the age of 10 months and 3 days old.....we know of one brother Albert....John's parents or grandparents came from the Netherlands....all of the Hagamen men were tall and very handsome... I personally met and knew his son, Albert (my great grandfather) and Albert's sons Oscar, Larue (Bootsie), and Edgar (my great uncles) and they were all tall and very handsome even in their later years. They all seemed to have olice complexion and very dark hair and dark eyes. My grandmother Ethel Hagaman Fish is still a very beautiful woman at the age of 101 years......Nancy Jane Reader, my great grandmother was the second wife of John Hagaman. Mrs Hubbard was his first wife and she died shortly after the marriage. Annie Flanagan was his third wife. ( I do not know the author's name only that he is a Hagaman. More information can be gotten about the Hagaman family ( Albert, Ellen Metcalf Hagaman, Oscar Hagaman, Edgar Hagaman,etc) at

Macoupin County Enquirer, Carlinville, 30 Oct 1912

Pioneer Dies Suddenly

John Hagaman Answers the Last Call Early Saturday Morning

John Justin Hagaman, one of the pioneers of Macoupin County died suddenly at his home on First Street this city, at 6:30 Saturday morning. He had been afflicted with pleurisy for the past two months but was not confined to his home......While he did not have much strength, yet he went about town as usual. Friday afternoon he was about town as usual, and retired at night early, as he was not feeling so well. About 9 o'clock he work up with a severe spell of coughing, which it appears produced a hemorrhage. A physician was called and stopped it. The next morning he asked his wife to start the furnace. While she was in the basement her sister Mrs Kate Cain heard him breathing heavily and found him unconscious. A physician was sent for but he passed away at 6:30.

The first wife of the deceased was a Mrs. Hubbard who did not live but a short time. He was afterward married to Miss Jane Reader, daughter of the late Pascal Reader. To this union several children were born, two of whom are still living, John Justin Hagaman of Bird and George Hagaman of Reader. About twelve years ago his second wife died. Sometime before moving to Carlinville he was married to Miss Annie Flanagan, daughter of Martin Flanagan of Hagaman who survives him.

The funeral of John Hagaman was held Monday morning at Shiloh Baptist Church. The remains accompanied by a large concourse of relatives and friends left the home in Carlinville at 8:00. The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. D.P. Deadrick, lifelong friend of the deceased who had been closely associated with the deceased and his family. He preached an able sermon. All the old neighbors were present to pay their last sad tribute of respect. The church was not large enough to seat all who attended the services. The remains were borne to the cemetery on the old Reader homestead where they were laid to rest near the monument of the late Pascal Reader. The pallbearers were Elmo Etter, Wm. Surman, T.Z. Gleason, Aaron Loveless, Douglas Holmes, and C.J. Lumpkin. In addition to his wife and children he left ten grandchildren, namely, Russel, Callie,Omer, Paul, Ivan, and John Hagaman of Bird; Viola Parker of Granite City, James and Truman McClain of Polk and Lindle Hagaman of St. Louis; two great grandchildren, Mile and Dale Parker of Granite City. Besides his descendants he left two brothers Thomas Hagaman of Buffalo, Illinois, Joseph Hagaman of Virginia, Illinois, two sisters Libbie Young and Martha Walton of Salt Lick, Kentucky.

The Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad and Litchfield, Carrollton and Western

The Chicago, Peoria, and St. Louis Railroad was built in 1881. Later the Litchfield, Carrollton and Western was built crossing the C.P. and St. L. in the center of Hagaman. The L.C. and W. was often referred to as the " Look, Cuss and Wait," which was a result of its dependability of schedule. Yet is was very important to many county residents as their means of transportation to the county seat of Carlinville. Hagaman was a stopover point for many salesmen, so it even had hotels for years. When the C.P. and St. L was built, C. C. Robinson used three mules on a scraper to help in its construction and made 1800 dollars. With this money he built the store that still stands in Hagaman today. His relatives think he must have benn in a hurry because the store juts out into the roadway and there is a distinct curve in the road as it bypasses the store. It remains in the family to this day. At one time there were three stores in Hagaman. One of them, the old Costello Store located across the road from the town hall, had two important inhabitants, Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Wrights had come from Alton to Hagaman to see C.C. Robinson about investing in an invention they were working on- an airplane. Mr. Robinson thought it crazy that anyone would think that they could fly. The Wright Brothers spent the winter of 1900 (and the winter previous or following) living in the back room of the old store while hunting and trapping. C. C. Robinson Jr. my great uncle told me that he used to retrieve gliders for them when he was a young boy. My grandfather, Chester A Jacoby Sr., stated to me that he had remembered them being in Hagaman (from the Story of Macoupin County 1829-1979, published by the Carlinville and Macoupin County Sesquicentennial, Inc, the above written in part by my cousin Kate Robinson Ross daughter of Iva and CC Robinson Jr., sister of Mary Robinson Smith, wife of Bill Ross, both late of Palmyra and later Hagaman.