The 1878 History of Fayette County credits Eli Forbis and John Little as being the first settlers of Sefton Township.
According to the book, the two men came to the county together in 1830 and settled on Section 19, both building cabins and making improvements that year.
From research done by Ben Forbis, we know that Eli and wife, Jemima Gardner Forbis, came to Fayette County from Christian County, Ky., where their youngest son, Eli Harper Forbis, was born.
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