James Clyman died Dec. 27, 1881, 46 years after he dug the grave for his friend Beckwith in Danville. His papers can be found in historical collections in a number of states. The sword Beckwith carried in the Blackhawk War and the instrument he used to survey in Illinois and Indiana are on display at the Vermilion County Museum.
The survey lines the two frontiersmen established nearly 200 years ago remain true today.
Donald Richter’s column appears every other week in the Commercial-News. He is a member of the Vermilion County Museum Board.