Misner Blacksmith & Wagon Shop

Misner Blacksmith & Wagon Shop Millington, Illinois

Built circa 1843-5 by William LaFayette Jones and Fletcher Misner


One of Millington's oldest landmarks is the native limestone blacksmith and wagon shop built by William LaFayette Jones and Fletcher Misner. Walter Stiles Faxon, Little Rock farmer and stone mason is said to have done the mason work.

William L. Jones came to Newark in 1837. In 1840 he married Betsy Misner daughter of DeMarcus Misner. He remained in Newark until moving to Millington in 1843. It was there, in partnership with Fletcher Misner that they built plows and wagons, and did blacksmith work to meet the needs of settlers for miles around. They built the business into a thriving enterprise before dissolving their partnership. "Uncle Billy" moved across the Fox River to a farm near Asbury, LaSalle County and Fletcher Misner continued the business as sole proprietor.

Last Modified on 2012-12-16 22:11:20-0600 CST by Elmer Dickson