Joseph Ogle

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Joseph Ogle (June 17, 1737 - February 24, 1821) was an American soldier and frontiersman.

Early years[edit]

Joseph Ogle was born in Frederick, Maryland.[1][2] Ogle married first Prudence Drusilla Biggs (1748–1777), of Frederick County, Maryland, who bore him five children.

American Revolutionary War[edit]

In 1777, the family was living on Buffalo Creek in what is today Brooke County, West Virginia. Capt. Joseph Ogle commanded a Virginia company during the Revolutionary War, he was involved in the Siege of Fort Henry in what is now West Virginia.He married a second wife, Jemima Meiggs or Meeks, with whom he had four children. All of the children were born in what was then Virginia.


Ogle left Virginia in opposition to slavery.[citation needed] By 1785, Ogle had settled his family in the Northwest Territory, which is present-day Monroe County, Illinois.[2] Ogle is said to have been the first Methodist in Illinois, and helped found the Shiloh Methodist Church, the first Methodist Church.[1][2][3] Ogle first settled on the road from Bellefontaine to Cahokia. In 1796, he moved to New Design, in what is now Monroe County. In 1791, Ogle was involved in a skirmish with Native Americans near what is now Waterloo, Illinois.


Joseph Ogle died on February 24, 1821 in New Design, Illinois,[1] he is buried in St. Clair County, Illinois. Ogle had a son who was also named Joseph Ogle, his son was involved in the Black Hawk War, and died in 1846.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Captain Joseph Ogle Chapter Retrieved on July 2, 2007
  2. ^ a b c The Ogle Family Retrieved on July 2, 2007
  3. ^ A Brief History of St. Clair County Archived 2006-03-20 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on July 2, 2007

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