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    RAMBITZ/RAMPITSCH    
Seeking information on any Macon County Rambitz or Rampitsch. Ludwig Rampitsch/Rambitz lived in Decatur, IL from about 1905 until his death in 1957. He had five known children: Christine, Valentine, Marie, Stephen and Harry. I am Harry's daughter and am researching family history. Thanking you in advance.
Jean Burkart
Tuesday, August 20, 2002 10:49 PM




    REA    
Seeking information on my husband's great grandfather: Lawrence Stern HELM, who married Susannah REA in 1836 in Macon Co. MOST IMPORTANT we want to know who was HIS father, if it were Guy HELM. And if the REA family is Susannah's. We know that Lawrence took the Trail in 1851, and that Susannah died 28 Aug 1851 and is buried in an unknown grave somewhere along the Trail. We don't know where they left from nor which Trail. Any info much appreciated.
Carol SHAW GARBER HELM
Thursday, January 06, 2000 9:52 AM




    REDMAN, Cora Jane    
I am looking for information on my Grandmother. Her name was Cora Jane Shumate. She was born in Long Creek Twp. in Macon Co on 22 May 1881. She married David Alva Redman And they lived in La Place, Il for a unknown time period. They later moved to Chicago and this is where Cora died on 20 Jan 1970. Herself and David are buried in La Place, Il. If anyone knew of her or her family and any history connected to the Shumate's I sure would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
Robert Redman
Monday, September 16, 2002 2:41 PM




    REGAN    
I'm searching for descendants of Adeline Larkin, born 1873, who married John Franklin Regan. Adeline and John Regan had four children, all born in Mt. Sterling, Brown Co, IL. They moved to Decatur, Macon County, IL, in 1919. Adeline died Oct 22, 1960 in Decatur; John died Apr 12, 1961, also in Decatur, IL. The children's names are: Helen May Regan, born 1900, first married Rudy C Sleeter, a clothier in Decatur, Macon County, IL. She subsequently married Bert Plummer, a farmer. Edith Matilda Regan, born 1903, married Celius Christensen, a contractor in Champaign, IL. Bonnie Ruth Regan, born 1905, married Dr. Arthur L Ennis of Decatur. John Franklin Regan Jr, born 1911, married Evelyn Montroy. John Jr, an attorney, had practices in both Mt. Sterling and Decatur, IL. Adeline Larkin was named for her grandmother, Adeline Lucinda Hadley Larkin, who was the sister of my ggg-grandmother, Marinda Salome Hadley Beckwith. I have family information on the Hadley and Beckwith lines that I would be happy to share with interested researchers. I have photographs of the elder Adeline and several of her children, and a number of unnamed photographs, including tintypes, which I'm sure belong to the Larkin line as they were taken in Mt. Sterling. I'm hoping to find a descendant of John and Adeline Larkin Regan in Macon County who will be interested in the our common genealogy and who will be able to help me identify the persons in these pictures. Of course, I would be most pleased to share them.
Marcia Farina
Saturday, March 25, 2000 2:40 AM




    RENSHAW    
I'm looking for the parents of Eugene W. Renshaw born June 25, 1851 in Decatur, Macon Co. And also info on James Renshaw and Renshaw Mill. Thanks
Sherry Rardin
Wednesday, November 06, 2002 10:45 PM




    REYNOLDS    
I am searching for information on Minus REYNOLDS. He was listed with his wife and children in the Macon Co. census of 1860 and 1870, but not 1880. I am looking for his death date. I assume he died in Macon County between 1870-1880. His wife was Sarah "Susanna" Brady. Is there any record of his death or where he is buried? Thank you!
Diane Shoemaker
Tuesday, September 19, 2000 6:12 PM




    RINEHART    
I would like to make contact with descendents of John C. RINEHART who married Oct 6, 1898 Macon Co, Illinois to Myrtle J. NESBIT/T born 1878 in Dewitt Co, Illinois. Her parents were Amos & Martha Ellen NESBITT of Dewitt Co, Illinois. Thank You.
Gene Beckius
Saturday, January 05, 2002 3:20 PM




    RODERICK    
Seek burial site of John Roderick d. 1861 in Macon County. Possibly buried in Peck or Frantz cemeteries.
David Roderick
Monday, January 10, 2000 11:02 AM




    RODGERS    
I am looking for information on a William Rodgers who was married to Katherine Kilgore. They had one child that I know of and probably many more. Their son Joseph William Rodgers was my ggrandfather, he married Ina Atterberry. Joseph died in Macon Co. in 1947. His obit states he was born in Richmond Ohio. The LDS records are incorrect as far as Joseph goes so I am not sure about his siblings. It shows many siblings born in Macon Co.. If anyone has any information on William Rodgers I would greatly appreciate it and will share any info I have. Thank you.
Susan Tudor
Monday, July 17, 2000 10:50 PM




    ROGERS    
Emma Jane Rogers Decatur, Macon Co Illinois (Maroa) born march 1863 died may 1953 father Richard Rogers, Mother Rachael Demsey (Dempsey) siblings Cyrus, Louis, John, Fred, and Florence possibly married to William Heft Feb 26, 1884 Emma would be my great great grandmother. any and all info on this person would be helpful.
Jim Wallace
Friday, June 08, 2001 2:11 PM




    ROLOFSON    
James Monroe ROLOFSON (1852-1947) m. (1st) Dollie HALL (1866-1889); 1 son: Earl Allen (1885-??); m. (2nd) Elizabeth HUMPHREY (1861-??); 3 daughters: Mary Inez (1891-1972), Myrtle May (1895-1976), Leona B. (1901-1978). Looking for descendants of this family. Willing to exchange relevant information with connections/interested parties.
K. B. Cook
Thursday, January 31, 2002 8:32 AM




    ROLOFSON    
i am looking infomration on james rolofson son of Mary bird and rolofson. james died jan 27,1947 at maroa.
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Sunday, July 29, 2001 12:51 PM




    ROSE    
Looking for any information on Albert D. Rose b.9/22/1850 in Macon County. His daughter, Carrie Bell Rose was my great grandmother.
Micki Schmier
Thursday, April 19, 2001 5:06 PM




    ROZANSKI    
Micheal Rozanski married Minnie Karwatske in Macon Co., 6/22/1893. Children might be Amos, Paul, ?. Looking for data, ancestors and decendents of Micheal Rozanski.
Julia Bond-Pruitt
OR: Julia Bond-Pruitt, 555 N. Federal, #1009, Chandler, AZ 85226
Tuesday, August 15, 2000 1:13 PM




    ROZZELL    
AM SEARCHING FOR THE INFORMATION ON THE ROZZELL FAMILY THAT LIVED IN THE DECATUR AREA AROUND THE 1910 TO PRESNT TIME. ESPECIALLY A JESSE ROY ROZZELL. I DON'T KNOW JESSE ROY ROZZELL'S FATHER'S GIVEN NAME BUT HIS MOTHER'S GIVEN NAME WAS JULIA. I APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONDING.
MARY ANN ROZZELL
Tuesday, June 20, 2000 9:33 AM




    SANDERS    
I am searching for James Sanders (Saunders) the father of James Thomas Sanders of Hancock County Kentucky. I am told that my ancestor James Sanders was from South Carolina and was born around 1792? He moved to Illinois and his son James Thomas Sanders who was born in 1823 moved to Hancock County Kentucky. Did the "Uncle Jimmy" in the Macon County Early Settlers have a son named James Thomas and is there any more information on him? thanks!
critters76
Monday, April 09, 2001 5:21 PM




    SCHWANTES / LONG    
I am seeking information on the Schwantes/Long families in Macon County. I know they were living there in 1860 and have found some of the marriages. My great grandfather was Fredrick W. Schwantes and married Caroline Long, his brother Carl married Ellen Long. They were in DeWitt County for awhile but moved to Macon County. This is where my great great grandmother Sarah Long died, Sarah was the mother of Caroline and Ellen that married Schwantes brothers. Any help would be appreciated.
Mary Lee Gentry
Friday, July 21, 2000 11:49 AM




    SHEETZ    
Looking for information on Eleanor Thomburg who married Addison Sheetz in Macon County (possibly around Decator) in 1859. Family known to live in Illinois through 1870. Children known to be born to Addison and Eleanor in Illinois are: Silas, John, Charles and Lewis. I have much information on Addison and his ancestors, would like to get information on Eleanor. Eleanor believed to have been born in Tennessee around 1838. Any information would be much appreciated.
Stephen Giardini
Wednesday, March 22, 2000 9:49 PM




    SHULER    
CHARLES HENRY SHULER IS A GREAT UNCLE BY MARRAGE. HE WAS BORN IN 1902 I THINK. HE WORKED SELLING NEWS PAPERS FOR THE DECATUR HERALD AND REVIEW AT AGE 12, AND STARTED WORKING FOR THE WABASH RAILROAD IN THE SHOPS FOR 38 YEARS,UNTIL OLD ON THE JOB INJURIES FORCED HIM INTO RETIREMENT. HE MARRIED A WOMAN NAMED ALTA , LAST NAME I DON'T KNOW, AND THEY HAD A CHILD TOGETHER THAT DIED AT BIRTH, LATER ALTA ALSO DIED. HE THEN MARRIED MY GREAT AUNT, NAME WILLIE ANN DUKE. SHE WAS MARRIED TO HENRY COBB WHO ALSO DIED IN 1938. AUNTIE BILL AND UNCLE CHARLES MARRIED IN 1939 OR 1940. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEIR SPOUSES, AND THEIR PARENTS. THANKS .
CARL OTIS FULKERSON Wednesday, July 18, 2001 8:01 PM




    SHUMATE, Cora Jane    
I am looking for information on my Grandmother. Her name was Cora Jane Shumate. She was born in Long Creek Twp. in Macon Co on 22 May 1881. She married David Alva Redman And they lived in La Place, Il for a unknown time period. They later moved to Chicago and this is where Cora died on 20 Jan 1970. Herself and David are buried in La Place, Il. If anyone knew of her or her family and any history connected to the Shumate's I sure would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
Robert Redman
Monday, September 16, 2002 2:41 PM




    SIMMONS    
Seeking descendants or other relatives of Elywyn SIMMONS (1898-1985), died in Elwin, Macon Co. I need names of his parents and any other information on his family. I found photos in our NICHOLS family album of Elwyn with Harriet (his sister?) and Mr. and Mrs. J. L. SIMMONS (parents?), probably taken in the Chicago area and in Riverside, Calif. in the 1920s. They had a beautiful home and appeared quite prosperous. I assume they are somehow related to me.
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Monday, March 27, 2000 1:38 PM




    SKELLY    
HIGGINS, EDWARD, born in Ireland Feb 1864, married KATHERINE DECOURCY, Decatur, Illinois 1896-98? and lived there the rest of their lives. KATHERINE DECOURCY was born in Harristown, Illinois January 1868 and may havehad a sister named Mary who married a LEWIS SKELLY. EDWARD was first married to MARGARET FLYNN and together had a daughter, Aileen born in 1894. Margaret apparently died in birth. EDWARD may have had a brother, FRANK, and a sister MOLLIE (whose married name may have been RYAN), also living in Decatur. EDWARD and KATHERINE died in the late 1940s or early 1950s and are buried in Calvary Cemetary, Decatur. EDWARD was a Wabash engineer.
Pat Jones
Thursday, October 19, 2000 4:25 PM




    SLEETER/RICHARDSON    
I am researching the Sleeter/Richardson families from Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Bluford Murray Richardson b. 6, Aug 1905 in Lovington, IL d. 4, June 1994 in Decatur, IL m. Dorothy ___ Sleeter, birth/death/marriage dates unknown. Blurford was the son of John Wesley Richardson and Pearl Arizona Murray. This is all the info I have on them. Dorothy was the daughter of Charles Wesley Sleeter b. 13, March 1865 in Boody, Macon Co. IL d. 29 June 1944 in Decatur, Macon Co. IL and Pauline Minda Jockisch b. 5, Oct 1865 Breardstown, IL, d. 5, Dec 1947 in Decatur, IL. They were married on 4,March 1886 in Boody, Macon, IL. Charles was the son of William Henry Schleichter b. 25, Feb 1821 Ausenberg, Germany d. 20, Sept 1866 Boody, Macon, IL and Amelia Louisa Vahrenhorst b. 18, July 1828 Ausenberg, Germany d. 22, Jan 1884 St. Joseph, MO.

If anyone has any info I would appreciate hearing from them, any photos/paperwork/obituaties would be great. Thanks in advance.
Sue Kemmis
Friday, July 06, 2001 1:56 PM




    SMITH    
I was born in Decatur, Il and have many relatives that were also born and raised in Decatur. I have obituaries for Smith and Voyles. My main reason for writing is to seek information on my fathers family. He is Nathaniel Smith, born in Ste Genevieve County, Missouri on August 25,1885 to Emanuel and Margaret Jane Cheesebrough. According to the U.S.census for 1910 his brothers and sisters are listed as Florence, Dora, Abrahjam Francis, Hattie May, Luther Joseph, Jesse B. and Irene. He married my mother, Bertha Voyles on Feb. 24, 1914 in Springfield,Il. He had 2 other wives and died Feb.23, 1973. I'm seeking info on Emanuel Smith, my grandfather. I don't have proof, but believe he died between 1915 and 1925. My grandmother, Margaret Cheesebrough married a man named Stone and was living in Warrensburg Il. I believe Emanuel Smith had a father Isaac and mother named Martha born in Tenn. Other surnames in my search are Voyles,Moore, Waldrop, Ashbaugh and Boone.Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Harriett
Tuesday, December 03, 2002 5:09 PM




    SMITH    
Hi I am looking for information on Mary Elizabeth Smith. She was born April 12 1862 in Decatur Illinois. She died March 25 1919 in Alton Illinois. She married Emery Malson. Her father was William Smith and her mothers name was Polly Sheppard. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Eileen Strader
Sunday, February 18, 2001 11:47 AM




    SMITH    
I have a rather difficult situation - I am helping a relative who is older with family information. She tells me that her great-uncle changed his name, and she cannot find him. She has some information, though, but not his name! His name WAS John S. SKUGINA, and he lived in Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois in 1910. He died in 1919 as a result of falling from a tree. He had 3 sons, Frank, Emil, and Rudolph; and one daughter named Louise. They and he were born in Germany. John Skugina preached in a Polish church and worked in a coal mine in Decatur. At the end of her note to me she says, "possibly Moran Funeral Home, 1919, Decatur, Illinois". Also, John's brother was Fritz Wilhelm SKUGINA. I am located in the state of Nevada, and that makes it difficult to find Macon County records. If anybody has heard of this name, I would be very appreciative of your assistance. My relative is quite elderly and I'd like to find this uncle for her soon. Thank you kindly.
Jack in Nevada
Friday, July 21, 2000 6:05 PM




    SMITH    
William Thomas Smith and Mary Little had a daughter named Mary. This is listed in an earlier query but the e mail address is wrong so I am having to post it this way. I am interested in their daughter Mary and who she married. Thanks for any help you may give.
Helen Walts
Sunday, May 14, 2000 3:41 PM




    SMITH    
I am searching for information on William Thomas Smith b. 1821-1825 IN, m. Mary Ann "Polly" Little 1849 Sangamon Co., IL. They had at least one child, Mary M. Smith, born in Decater, Macon Co., IL February 12, 1855. I would appreciate any information.
Jeanette
Tuesday, April 18, 2000 11:35 PM




    SPANGLER    
I found a probate petition with some old papers of my grandfathers. It was to the Macon Co., Il court for the authority to execute a deed for some property owned by a Frank Spangler. The papers indicate that Frank Spangler died in Macon County on July 28, 1919. It then goes on to list 120 'heirs at law'. Unfortunately it does not list what the people's relationship to the deceased was. Here is a list of the surnames mentioned and the number of people with that name:
Baker (2), Barton (1), Beard (2), Brame (1), Bruce (1), Buchanan (1), Bucher (1), Chenoweth (1), Child (1), Connelly (2), Cummings (1), Daniels (3), Dappen (1), Dell (1), Douglas (1), English (2), Evey (1), Ferguson (1), Frohman (2), Gale (1), Gallagher (1), Gantz (1), George (1), Haggerty (2), Handley (1), Harrington (1), Hartman (1), Hawkins (1), Hevel (1), Hossler (1), Hudson (1), Jenks (1), Lane (1), Laver (1), Lichtenberger (10), Loche (1), Long (2), Mahannah (2), McAnear (1), McKnight (1), Miller (2), Nissley (1), Park (3), Porter (1), Ratliffe (2), Reavis (1), Renshaw (1), Rhodes (3), Ruarck (1), Ruggles (1), Russell (1), Sellers (1), Smith (2), Spangler (26), Spencer (1), Tait (3), Templeman (1), Tice (2), Tuck (1), and Zorger (8).
Not all of the heirs have addresses in Macon County but I am hoping that someone here may recognize them. I am trying to figure out how the all fit together. Does anyone know how closely people would have to be related to be considered an 'heir at law'? Any help would be appreciated.
Bob Goeller
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 6:53 PM




    STANLEY    
I am seeking information on Clara SWITZER who married Benjamin STANLEY in 1915 in Macon Co.
Ramona
Wednesday, April 12, 2000 3:04 PM




    STEVENS    
Looking for the families of Christina SHOCK and Cyrus S. STEVENS who married in Macon County, IL 26 January 1869. This marriage is listed in the Illinois State Marriage Database; I have sent for a copy of the license but have yet to receive it. My gggrandfather was Cyrus S. Stevens. He was last heard from when he wrote a letter to his parents Moses and Mary Elizabeth Hoyt STEVENS in Michigan. His letter was sent from Hennepin, Putnam County, IL in early January 1861. His last child was born in April of 1862 and his wife Gertrude Stevens remarried in 1869 to Thomas Austin; they were in Sangamon County, IL.

I am not sure if it is a colossal coincidence that there were two Cyrus S. Stevens in the same area or if family lore is wrong and Cyrus S. Stevens did not die in a boating accident as is purported to be true. Perhaps he abandoned Gertrude or they divorced. Any help is appreciated.
judith arnn-knight
Sunday, January 09, 2000 8:59 PM




    STIVERS    
I am seeking information about my great grandfather, HORACE C STIVERS, b 1822 in KY and my great grandmother MARY A (?), b 1837 in IL. They are on the census of 1880 for Decatur Township, Macon County. I would also appreciate any information about their children. Katie Stivers Helpingstine Bales, b 1861 IL (my grandmother); Nellie Stivers Cunningham, b 1863 IL; Clara Stivers Gray, b 1866 IL; Charles, b 1875 TX; Fannie, b 1879 TX. I know that Mary, Nelie, Clara, and Fannie were in Decatur as late as 1910/1915
Joe Bales
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 2:37 PM




    SUTHERLAND    
I am researching the Hester family of my heritage and find a possible marriage connection for Allie Sutherland, daughter of Daniel W. Sutherland and Georgia Ann Hester, to a William H. Forbes on 9 Feb 1898 in Macon County, IL. Is this a connection anyone can help me verify from your end as being our Allie Sutherland? If so, can you help with subsequent family for Allie and William? I look forward to hearing from you.
Charles Templer
Saturday, November 09, 2002 8:14 AM




    SWICK    
My Pate line was in either Christian Co or Macon, sometimes back and forth between 1804 and 1900. I'm particularly looking for William Riley Pate who disappeared after his third wife died in 1852 in Christian Co. He gave his two-year old twins out to a SWICK family in Decatur to be raised and I'd really like to contact a descendent of that family to help uncover some of the puzzle pieces. Thanks for your help and for keeping such a great website going. It's one of the better ones.
Sally Andrews Neely
Friday, November 30, 2001 4:20 PM












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