This article appeared in The Flemingsburg Democrat on November 12, 1879
The Old Settlers--Last week we made mention of the return to this county of Silas Hilligoss of Rush County Indiana, after an absence of fifty-six years. Mr. Hilligoss this week furnishes us with a list of the residents and business men of Flemingsburg, so far as his memory serves him and also what farmers he can call to mind who lived in its vicinity at the time he went way in 1823.
Ballard, the carder
Rev. James K. Burch
John L. Lee
The above are those whom he remembers were living in town. The following persons lived on the outskirts of town.
Old man Dorsey
Daniel Peck, Sr.
Andy Planck, Sr.
Old man Shadrick
Of all these persons but one or two are now living. The list was written by Mr. Hilligoss and is in a clear, plain hand and shows that he is possessed of much vigor for one of his age. Mr. Hilligoss was born in 1800. His father, Jacob Hilligoss was the father of eleven children, five older and five younger than Silas (apparently the name of "Mr. Hilligoss") and all of whom, excepting the one now in our midst, are dead. Mr. Hilligoss is in very good circumstances, financially. He belongs to no church, but contributes liberally to several churches in his community. His religion is "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."