John Rowan Herdon Residence
John Rowan Herndon Residence
Herndon had married Mentor Graham's sister, Elizabeth, in Kentucky in 1827. By the spring of 1831, they were living at New Salem, where Rowan and his brother James built a log residence and later in the fall built a store. In the summer 1832, James sold his half-interest in the store to William Berry and moved away. Rowan, not liking Berry for a partner, sold his half-interest to Abraham Lincoln. On January 18, 1833 Rowan accidentally shot and killed his wife. Soon afterward he moved to Island Grove Township in Sangamon County.