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I am trying to locate descendents of any of the following people: Rebecca Virginia HAZLETT b May 29, 1834 in Sangamon county, IL married John Madison ABEL (b March 26, 1839 in KY) May 24, 1859 in Sangamon County, IL. They had 6 children: Dorinda Josephine Abel b 1960 married Joseph Keith; William Charles Abel b July 12, 1862; Dolly Abel b Nov 8, 1867; David Elias Abel b Aug 16, 1869 in Macon County, IL married Rosa MARSHALL March 1889 David died Oct 1947 in Macon county, IL; John Elijah Abel b Aug 16 1869 in Macon county, IL married Dora MCVEY Mar 1889 in Macon county IL. John died Oct 1933 in Macon County, IL; Carrie B. Abel b 1871 died 1871 in Christian county, IL.

John Madison Abel left Rebecca and the children and remarried in Texas. I would love to contact any descendents of the family mentioned above!!
Wednesday, June 10, 1998

Searching for information on Ann/Anna ATWELL who married Thomas REESE in 1859 in Macon Co. Ill. Need info on parents, siblings, etc. Thomas and Anna Lived in Miami Co.,In before moving to Grant Co,In. He was captured during the Civil War and is believed to have died in LIBBY Prison. Thanks.
Carolyn Endsley
Tuesday, April 14, 1998 1:04 PM

I am searching for the death date and burial place of Adam Bantner. He received his naturalization papers on 16 Aug 1880 in Decatur, Macon County. By the time his son, Adam Bantner, Jr was married sometime in the 1880's, also in Decatur, he had dropped Jr. from his name, so I wonder if Adam, Sr was dead by then. Any help with these two questions would be greatly appreciated.
Helen Bichel
Friday, July 10, 1998 1:24 PM

I am seeking information on Wiley Bechtel, son of Abraham & Mary Bechtel. Wiley was married in Shelby Co, IL to Rose Behl. Rose died in 1954 in Decatur, IL and is buried in Graceland Cemetery. I would appreciate receiving information on Wiley and any Bechtels and their families in Macon Co and surrounding area. I have information which I am willing to share on Shelby Co. Bechtels. Thanks.
June R. Guinnee
Friday, October 02, 1998 5:41 PM

I am seeking information on the Friedrich BEHREND family. Friedrich and his wife, Amelia (Mollie) Grossman, came by ship from either Germany or Prussia. They travelled with a group of Germans--including Amelia's sister, Lydia SIWECK, and her husband--and the group apparently all settled in Decatur where they attended St. John's Lutheran Church (St. Johannes Lutheran Church). I know they arrived prior to 1895 because their daughter, Hedwig, was born in Decatur that year. I am also seeking information on Herman Paul AMMANN, whom Hedwig married in 1918. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.
Teresa Bitler
Tuesday, November 24, 1998 2:29 PM

Looking for name of Hershell Homer Blackburn, born 8 Nov 1903, in Decater, IL. Looking for family and records.
Susan Blackburn
Friday, May 01, 1998 12:41 AM

Would like to make contact with others who know this Hiram BRADLEY. Hiram BRADLEY married September 25, 1831, Fleming Co., Ky., to Mary Markwell. He married June 27, 1844, Fleming County, Kentucky to Amamda Caroline Clementine Filson. He also married April 13, 1866, Fleming Co., Ky., to Louisa Atchison. Would like parents and children of above. He lived and had children in Macon County. Any additions or corrections would be appreciated
Ron B.
Friday, October 23, 1998 7:00 AM

Would like to make contact with anyone knowing this family. John Henry Bradshaw, born February 7, 1853, Harristown, Macon Co., IL; married November 26, 1885, Decatur, Macon Co., IL. to Mary Louellen Hanks, February 27, 1865, Harristown, Macon Co., IL. Any additions or correction welcome.
Ron B.
Friday, October 23, 1998 7:00 AM

Is anyone researching the Brant family. Am looking for information concerning Grace I Boyer Brant. She died about 1931 or 1932 and I believe is buried in Decatur. Would like to have a copy of her obituary. She would have been survived by a brother, Clyde, (my grandfather) and possibly another brother, Raymond or Roy. Judith Svoboda
Tuesday, December 29, 1998 11:10 PM

Seeking info on David Alexander Bridges, b 1850, possibly in Springfield, IL. or Decatur, Macon County, IL., m. Oct 30, 1881, in Weatherford, Parker County, Tx to Merry Virginia Adams, b Sept 1, 1862, possibly near St. Louis, MO. Unsure of parents of David Alexander Bridges, possibly Elmo Bridges (may have been a brother) and Sarah Todd. Elmo and Sarah may have had children Tom, John, George, and Bob. May have lived in Mississippi at some point. Family history suggests that ancestor Bridges changed name from McBride but nothing to substantiate this. --Thanks
Michael Bridges
Friday, May 22, 1998 9:20 AM

I am looking for the family of my Grandfather William Thomas Brown. I know that he was born November 14,1887 and buried in Graceland Cemetary. He married Bessie Nancy Jones 05/21/1900 -10/01/1975. He served in World War 1.

Bessie Nancy Jones is daughter of David Norman Jones 06/21/1873 - 05/26/1940 possibly migrated from or to Lewistown, Il. David Norman Jones married Katheryn Vise in 1892. Katheryn Vise 08/23/1873 -12/15/1956.
Wednesday, September 23, 1998 10:11 AM

I am looking for someone who might have a July 18, 1998 copy of the Decatur Herald & Review newspaper. there is an obituary in there I would like some information from. The person is Bunning, Delsie Eugenia Mae. What I would like to know is the date she died and the date she was buried. I know it was in Long Grove Cem, Moweaqua, Macon Co, IL. Thank you
Linda Reynolds
Friday, August 21, 1998 5:29 AM

I am searching for information on the following couple who were married 8-19-1856 in Will County. Any information on either would be a great help.

Henry Hogel BURNS b. 7-12-1820 Albion, Orleans County, NY d. 11-16-1901 in Sangamon County, IL. m/ Mary E. DELANCY/DELANEY b. abt. 1836 New York d. 4-28-1894 Sangamon County,IL. Children: Rosetta M. b. 1858 d. 1906 m/ John Dugan; Mary Eliza b. 4-25-1859 d. 7-26-1913 m/ John C. Scott; John A.M. b. 9-26-1864 Adrian, Michigan d. 11-22-1936 IL m/ Delcena Adams; William E. b. 1866 IL; Albert Henry b.4-13-1868 Will County, IL d. 10-16-1933 Kankakee, IL m/ Winifred Glaze; Arthur A. b. 4-1874 IL d. 1926; Thomas C. b. 1878 Sheridan County, KS m/ Blanche; Frances (female) m/John Dixon; This couple moved a lot. They lived in Will County. IL, Adrian County Michigan, Sheridan County, Kansas, Macon County, IL and Sangamon County, IL
Earliene Kaelin
Monday, April 20, 1998 10:40 PM

Lived near Mt Auburn and Niantic in early 1900. Bony Butterfield and wife Arminta Ferguson Butterfield. Had children: John married Jane Holmes, Lori(Velorus)born May 1878,married Alice Damasseus, and Walter born 1883, wife unknown but had children: Dean, John, Virginia Maye, Shirley, Ralph and Frances. Original family lived in Morgan Co., IN. Would greatly appreciate any information about this branch of the Buttefield family. Will be happy to share information back to Rev War Vet and Chelmsford Mass. Thank you.
Phyllis Walker
Wednesday, April 08, 1998 4:42 PM

Am researching the CASSELL family and have quite a bit of info on the families of Berry Hill and John Cassell, who lived in Decatur and Niantic, IL. Time frame is about 1839 to about 1950.
Nancy J. Piper
Monday, December 14, 1998 6:56 AM

I am looking for the Chitwoods of Macon County circa 1890-1900. My Grandfather was William Henry Chitwood 0 b. 25-Feb-(abt.)1893, d. 01-Mar-1940; reportedly in Decatur, Illinois, Macon. My Grandmother was Ethel Alberta Brocher, also of Decatur. William Henry's Father was William, who married Lucy, but that is all we know. As you can see, I need any help I can get. Thank you!
Carlton E. Chitwood
Sunday, April 12, 1998 6:05 PM

I have the family Bible that belonged to my great-great grandfather, James A. Cochran (1837-1927) who lived and died in Macon Co. This Bible was also passed down through his son, W.W. Cochran (1867-1941). In this Bible are two Macon Co. school certificates for a Callie Wykoff, one dated March 1902 for Casner School, Prairie Hall Central in Macon County, Illinois, and the other dated 4 April 1903 for Bois'd Arc School in Macon County Common Schools.

I have no idea who Callie Wykoff was or of her connection to the Cochran family in Macon Co. I would be most appreciative of any information I may receive to solve this mystery. Thank you.
K. F. Cochran
Saturday, August 08, 1998 4:00 PM

Frank Marion COLLINS was born 24 Jan 1864 in Illinois to John S. and Mary Jane (McCAIN) COLLINS. Frank's father died in 1864, and his mother re-married in 1869. On the 1870 Macon Co., IL census, Friends Creek Twp., Frank is enumerated with W. H. CORNELL (may be CONNELL) and his wife, Mary E. Frank COLLINS is 6 years old at this time. I have no record of Frank after this 1870 census, although I do know he lived until the mid 1940's somewhere. I am wondering if there was any relationship between Frank's mother and the CORNELL/CONNELL family.
Rochelle Johnson
Thursday, November 19, 1998 7:46 PM

I would like to correspond with anyone who is related to any descendants of Hugh CREA, a lawyer in Decatur from 1863 - 1918, and his wife Celia IRISH. He had only one child who married, a son Harry Hugh CREA and wife Jeannette BOWERS. Their children: Harry B. CREA, Eloise C. HILLIGOSS ORR, Mrs. J. L. JENKINS, Mrs. W. L. HAMMER and Harry Hugh CREA, Jr. All of these people were living in 1953, and some of them should have grandchildren who are still living today. I am researching all lines from Hugh CREA, who was born on the Isle of Man in 1833 and lived in Decatur, IL for most of his life.
Carol Wilson
Thursday, July 16, 1998 10:44 PM

My gr-grandfather was Harvey Allen CROSE, b. June 9, 1889 in IL, d. March, 1975, in Maroa, Mcaon Co., IL. He married Sarah Ethel RUSSELL, b.September 1, 1888 in Bowdre Twp, Douglas Co., IL, d. 1957 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. I am searching for the names of Harvey's parents, and his exact place of birth. Also, if I get REALLY lucky, maybe Sarah's exact date of death. Any help at all will be much appreciated!
John R. Duer
Sunday, December 20, 1998 2:38 PM

I am looking for records on George Davidson and family. He was born 7/9/1872 died 8/17/1950. He married Rosa Belle Travis 8/13/1898.They had three children, Gertrude Mae Davidson born 2/9/1905. These are the three people I am interested in . Rosa died at an early age leaving three small chidren. George remarried. I hope you can help me.
Thursday, November 12, 1998 9:50 AM

I am looking for information on the following surnames in the Decatur area of Macon Co. FARRELL, DEXTER, MILLER. The names are all linked by marriage. George E. Dexter (son of George E. Dexter) to Margaret (?) their daughter Cora to J. Mortimer Farrell their daughter to George William Miller. Information on this family line would be appreciated.
Jay F. Miller
Tuesday, July 07, 1998 7:26 PM

Hi I am looking for family of John Henry Dunn. His father was John H. Dunn and they lived in the Mt. Auburn, area. John Dunn, Jr., Lived in Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois where his second marriage was to a Doris Dittmeyer. They had one son John Jr. If anyone has any connection to this family or knows of this family would like to hear from you.
Sharon R. Tate
Sunday, September 27, 1998 12:41 PM

I am looking for information on the following surnames in the Decatur area of Macon Co. FARRELL, DEXTER, MILLER. The names are all linked by marriage. George E. Dexter (son of George E. Dexter) to Margaret (?) their daughter Cora to J. Mortimer Farrell their daughter to George William Miller. Information on this family line would be appreciated.
Jay F. Miller
Tuesday, July 07, 1998 7:26 PM

    FOREN / FORIN    
I just received a copy of the War of 1812 Bounty Land Warrant application for my fourth Great-uncle William FOREN aka FOREHAND/ FORIN/ FORREN (a very phonetic name!).
He was living in Macon Co. in 1840 - 1853. In 1840 he had three sons and four daughters. In 1873, his widow, Elizabeth MARTIN Foren was living with her daughter, Ann FOREN McKINLEY.
I have also found marriages for other FOREN/FORIN women in Macon County:
Mary FORIN m. George W. GALBRAITH 9/20/1838
Nancy FOREN m. Jesse BUTLER 9/4/1836
Nancy FOREN m. David G. HADDICK 9/25/1836
Nancy FOREN m. Solomon HITCHCOCK 1/20/1834
Any one else researching these families? I would love to find descendants to the FOREN line!
Valerie Forren Crook
or: 6322 South Rocky River Rd., Monroe, NC 28112
Sunday, September 20, 1998 6:23 PM

Would like to exchange information with other descendants of Henry FULK and Jesse DONEY and allied families. Henry FULK m. Elizabeth ROARK (d. Macon Co., IL) (Henry was Civil War vet... buried Greenwood Cem, Decatur)
John Nelson FULK m. Mary Caroline DRAKE (res. Oakley, IL)
Jesse Walter FULK m. Mary Jane SEITZ (res. Oakley, IL)
Russell Ellsworth FULK m. (1) Nellie Edna DONEY (res. Oakley, Macon Co., IL)
Their son, Lloyd Amos FULK, was my father-in-law.

Jesse DONEY m. (1) Marion RODGERS (looking for her parents - father's name was allegedly Michael; she d. Indiana) (Jesse d. Vermilion Co., IL)
Lysander DONEY m. Cynthia Ann HILL (looking for her parents) Lysander d. Quincy, Adams Co. IL; Cynthia d. Macomb, MacDonough Co. (?), IL
Isaac Elvin DONEY m. Bertha Olive DAY (Isaac d. Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL; Bertha d. Golden, Adams Co. (?), IL - they traveled a lot looking for work)
Nellie Edna DONEY m. Russell Ellsworth FULK was the daughter of Isaac Elvin DONEY & Bertha Olive DAY. Her sister, Doris, is still living.

Have lots of info on most of these families that I would be happy to share. Still trying to fill in some missing pieces/people. I live too far away to do local research, and the living relatives are not well enough to do a lot of running around. Thanks!
Dori Fulk
Friday, October 23, 1998 3:15 AM

Seeking info about Lulu Emma Loper Stark Gaines. She was born 03 Mar. 1885.Wis. Married James Stark 1901 had the following children George Stark b. 11 Dec. 1902, James Gordon Stark b. 05 Dec. 1914 Westville Vermilion Co Illinois. Married "Gaines" was know to have lived in Decatur Macon Co. and was thought to have lived in Elwin Macon Co when she died February 1964
Monday, September 07, 1998 12:02 PM

Searching for information on Ronald or Gus Garrard around 1870-1997. Understand Gus married one of my cousins and Ronald raised some of my cousins, Butler.
Sunday, May 03, 1998 8:09 PM

Looking for information on John Robert GARRIOTT/GARRETT [b. 18 Jul 1863, Dewitt Co, IL; d. 13 Dec 1923, Macon Co, IL], His parents were Franklin Broaddus GARRIOTT/GARRETT [b. 23 Dec 1833, Madison Co, VA] and Catherine Anne WALDRON [b. 8 Jul 1837, Vinton Co, OH]. John married Eva Aletha ALLEN [b. 17 Apr 1865, Macon Co, IL; d. 23 Jan 1949, Macon Co, IL]. Both buried at Harristown Cemetery. Parents were Isaac N. ALLEN and Eva ___.

Any information on the above people would be appreciated, including siblings, spouses, parents of spouses, dates of birth, death, marriage, etc.
Douglas Garriott
Wednesday, October 14, 1998 8:44 AM

GILMORE, George Wallace (b 25 June 1837 Toronto Canada). I am seeking information on any GILMOREs that in Macon Co between 1865 and 1873. The son of the above Geo Wallace GILMORE was b in Macon Co IL in December 1873. The GILMORE family moved to IL from Toronto Canada, and may have lived in Ohio for a while on the way. He married 1) Etta MATTESON and 2) Vienna Arthusa PRATT (of Niagara Falls area, NY). His siblings include: James, Robert, Maria Meria, Thomas, Jane Ann, Charles, Joseph. Would love to contact anyone with knowledge of the family, to exchange information.
Janis Walker Gilmore
Tuesday, August 04, 1998 8:46 PM

Searching for information on the parents of Joseph Abner GLASSCOCK. They lived in Decatur (Macon County) in the 1840's and the early 1850's prior to moving to Williamson County TX in 1856. Joseph may have been born in Decatur. Searching for Joseph's parents in Decatur. Have information on the TX GLASSCOCKs and can do lookups in Kendall and Bexar Counties in TX.
Nancy Delaney Glasscock
Thursday, April 23, 1998 8:49 AM

Looking for info about Albert Goodman 1838-1927, d. Decatur Illinois. Married 1) ____Coan, m.2) Susan Heger. Any info appreciated.
Pam Harden
Friday, February 05, 1999 6:01 AM
San Antonio

Hi, I'm looking for info on John Henry Graves born in Niantic 24 Feb. 1891 Also any other family of his. This was my Grandfather and I can't find anything on him. Thanks.
Jim Graves
Monday, September 21, 1998 8:13 PM

I am looking for information on Fredrick (Fred) W. Gretsch, and Fleta Gretsch who resided at 1311 E. Conduit, Decatur ILL. Fred Born 08/14/1896 died July 1971 - SSN 327-09-2747. Thank you
Saturday, November 07, 1998 2:36 AM

Searching for info on Daniel GRIFFITH. Born in Macon Co. in 1844, 1845, or 1846. Served in Company I 39th Regiment, IL Infantry Volunteers Nov 10 1862 - Nov 9 1865. Father's name Wesley. Moved to Round Grove, Lawrence County, MO prior to 1880. Wesley was born in OH. Any info would be great. Have decendent info to share.
Sue Beardshear
Saturday, September 05, 1998 1:47 PM

I wonder if you good people of Macon Co IL might be able to give me some guidance. I am trying to locate the Stammbuch (German family history book) which my great-grandparents, Ernst Julius GUENTHER (1855-1940) and Anna Rosalie ULLRICH (1862-1940), took with them to America in 1892. I know that it was in the possession of their youngest daughter, Mrs Hanna Loretta Guenther WATERS (1904-1991), at the time of her death in Decatur. She was a widow with no children, and she left her house at 1070 Evans Court, Decatur, to Grace United Methodist Church of Decatur. She left her personal effects to the executor of her will; he was not related to her, but I do know his name. I have written to him several times, and he doesn't even answer my letters. Is there anything I can do to find this precious book of our family history? Thank you for any assistance at all! I am desperate.
Lin Van Buren
Saint Leonard's on Sea, England
Monday, October 19, 1998 3:33 PM

I would like to hear from anyone researching HALL'S AND DAUBENSPECK'S. My great grandfather, John Hall, b. Aug. 13,1827 in Ohio, m. April 21,1864 Fortville , Ind. to Nancy Jane Daubenspeck b. May 15,1842. John's parents unknown. Nancys parents, Wesley Daubenspeck b.July 26,1819 d. Feb 10,1902, m. Nancy Lakin b. dec. 2,1823 d. nov.3,1898. Both buried at Mt. Gilhead Cemt., Decatur,Il. Nancy Jane Daubenspeck Hall Howard is also buried there, it is unknown to me at this time where John died or is buried.

John and Nancy Janes children were here in Decatur . My grandfather , Albert Hall was b. in Decatur Mar. 29,1866, he had the following brothers and sisters. Lquvisia Hall b.sept.7,1850: Elisha Hall b. Aug.3, 1856; Malonethon Hall b. Aug.3,1856; Charles Hall b. Aug.4,1867; Dora and Cora Hall b. June17,1869

My grandfather; Albert Hall m. Minnie Bauer Robbins b.April 29,1884 d. April 26,1955 both are buried at Salem cemt. in Decatur. My fathers name was Edward Bauer Hall b. June 13, 1913 m. Gwendolyn Frances Plunkett b. Mar.13, 1916 Both are buried at Salem Cemt. as well. Have information on Daubenspeck children; as well, as more on Bauer line. Hope to hear from from relatives out there. Will be glad to share what I have.
Thursday, August 13, 1998 3:42 PM

I'm seeking information about Robert and Dolly CLIFTON HENSON and their descendants. Robert, the son of Joseph HENSON & Jemima EVANS, was born about 1801 in Amherst County, VA. Dolly died before 1847. They were married 3 Feb 1824 in Casey Co. and had the following children: William Harrison, Jemima, Elizabeth J. (m. Jacob CROSS), John F. M., Robert S., Sidney Ann, Joseph R., and James M. Henson. At least three of the children married in Macon County. William H. married Sarah Ann FRAZEE 20 May 1847, Jemima married John PEAD 28 Feb 1850, and Elizabeth J married Jacob CROSS 29 Oct 1846. I also have a reference that James M. was a preacher in Decatur. Robert second married Mrs. Sarah SHEPPERD 10 Aug 1847 in Macon County.
Larry R. Henson
Friday, May 29, 1998 10:34 AM

I'm looking for any information on my great grandfather, James W. Huddleston and his family. I understand he had moved to Decatur by 1860 and served on the Union side during the war. He was married to Margaret Meheir (I believe she was from Ireland) on June 27 1862 in Macon Co. They had 3 known children, Charles, Frank James (my grandfather) and Emma. They were all in Decatur in 1880 I understand. I believe that James W. had somehow separated from his parents, but I have no information on any other ealier family members or anything else about James W or Margaret Meheir. Would greatly appreciate any info anyone could provide me.
Rob Huddleston
Saturday, April 04, 1998 11:37 PM

Searching Macon Co, IL for descendants & ancestors of William H. JIMASON/JIMISON/JIMERSON b.7 January 1836 Ohio d.5 may 1877 Cisco, IL buried Friendscreek Cemetery Argenta, Macon Co, IL married 7 January 1858 Macon Co, IL #1 Jane MARSH,(d/o Jesse MARSH I & Ann SLOAN),b.11 July 1828 Warren Co, Ohio d.22 February 1863 Macon Co, IL buried Friendscreek Cemetery their children Eliza Ann b.3 Dec 1858 IL d.26 June 1860 IL and Lawrence b.abt 1862 Il d.____?; William JIMASON married 10 march 1864 Emily DYBERT b.abt 1845 VA. d.____? their children William b.abt 1865 IL d.____?, Laura A. b.abt 1866 IL d._____? married 5 Nov. 1883 Milton CLEVENGER b.____? d._____?, Charles W. b.2 January 1869 IL d.8 January 1872 Macon Co, IL buried Friendscreek Cemetery; Thank you for your time. I was born in 1939 between Argenta and Maroa, Macon Co, IL. My maternal ancestors are buried Ater Cemetery, Maroa Cemetery and Friendscreek Cemetery in Piatt and Macon Co, IL
Beverly Himes BARGER
270 Valle Grande Rd.
Wednesday, July 01, 1998 10:28 AM

I'm looking for info on Samuel Cunningham JONES, was born July 20, 1861 in Kentucky, and died Nov. 10, 1912. Buried in Oakley, Frantz Cemetery. He married Elizabeth Jane SHEPHERD Aug. 04, 1877.
William Franklinv JONES b.Oct.18, 1879;d.April 08, 1947
Elizabeth Ann JONES/PRATHER b.Jan.31,1882;d.Sept.22,1952
Lue Ellen JONES/ARMSTRONG,b.Sept.22, 1884;d.July 18, 1935
Clarence Harlan JONES,b. Jan22, 1887;d.May22,1954
Fern JONES/HOYT,b.Jan.04, 1890;d.May20,1955
Harman Melvin JONES,b.Aug.09,1892;d.March 12,1964
Mary Farol JONES/WAGNER,b. April 23,1895;d.Feb.11, 1981
Lee Stanley JONES,b.Dec.15, 1898;d. Nov.10, 1972
Leona Faye JONES/CLAYTON,b.April 27, 1901;d Oct. 30, 1987
Carrie Pearl JONES/HANLEY,b.Jan 14, 1904;d.June 12, 1942
I have info on these people. The JONES women I have only their married names, not who their husbands first names were. I'm more interested in finding what Samuel Cunningham JONES & Jane SHEPHERD/JONES parents names were.
Wednesday, July 29, 1998 3:14 PM

I am looking for the KAYLOR and HAMMITT families of Macon Co. Illinois. John KAYLOR, his wife Catherine, their son George KAYLOR and wife Lydia Hull Kaylor, arrived in Macon sometime after 1850. John and Catherine reportedly died there, George and family left probably sometime after 1870 and went to Pike County, IL.

As for the HAMMITT family, they are shrouded in mystery. Edwin or Edmin HAMMITT and family arrived before 1850. Son of Edwin, Edward HAMMITT mrd. in Pike County, IL to Mary Catherine KAYLOR son of George above, but believe they lived in Macon County for some years before moving permanently to Pike County ca 1875. We do not know what happened to Edwin/Edmin HAMMITT nor the rest of his family, although I believe we have another brother of Edward's in Pike County in 1880 census. Would appreciate any knowledge of either family or parts thereof. Thanks for your time.
Glenys Rasmussen
Wednesday, November 04, 1998 11:42 AM

George Washington KELLOGG was born on 1 Aug 1864 in Ill (possibly Macon county). We believe he was an orphan at a young age. Later he married Sarah Ellen Shupert and they had the following children: Guy, Ernest, George, Paul, Nina, and Pearl. George Washington KELLOGG is buried in Oklahoma.

We are trying to find the names of his parents. We do not have a birth record. Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Chris & Linda
Tuesday, April 21, 1998 6:27 PM

I would like to find the parents of my 2nd Great Grandparents. Josiah Willliam Kile b March 1812 Pickaway county OH d 1881 in Decatur (Macon) IL, m 1832 in PIckaway county OH, Mary Clark b 1814 in NJ d 1886 in Decatur, IL. Would also like to hear from any descendants of their children, 8 married and had children, 2 died young.
Ellie Young
Wednesday, November 18, 1998 8:42 AM

    KING / POWELL    
I am looking for information on HALLIE T. POWELL and her family. HALLIE, my paternal grandmother married ALBERT C. KING December, 1894 in Macon Co, Il.
Charles King
Tuesday, November 10, 1998 7:46 AM

I am looking for my great-grandfather's place of burial Thomas Lawrence b about 1815 in NC. All of his children are listed in the Harristown, Il census for 1865 but he is not listed. The Harristown Cemetery did not start until 1867 so I need to know the name of a cemetery in that area before 1867. Do you have any suggestions? Thomas Lawrence married Nancy Jane McMurray in Knox Co., TN in 1841, they are listed in the 1850 census for Red Clay, GA. She died in 1858. He is still listed with the children in 1860 census of Red Clay, GA but all the obit's for the children say they moved to Illinois after the Civil War. The youngest child born 1857 in GA was Wiley Fletcher Lawrence who married Jane Inman in 1880 in Decatur, IL. thank you
Tuesday, August 11, 1998 4:31 PM

Looking for the family of JAMES PENDLETON LICHTENBERGER and AGNES ETTA ENGLE. I know that they had 10 children-Cylde, James Floyd, Charlotte, Bernice, Lola, Edith, Kenneth E., Ethel, Glenna, and Frances. I know the names and I have a photograph of all of them together but I do not know any other details about them. James and Agnes were my great grandparents through James Floyd. I would like to talk with any of the family.

James Pendleton Lichtenberger was born in 1868. My grandfather, James Floyd was born in Macon County (my guess is Oakley) in 1897. I think there is a possibility that James P.'s father was James B. listed in the 1880 History of Macon County as a postmaster and merchant in/from Oakley.

The other family of interest to me in Macon County is the John Franklin Lutes family of the same area. I know that family from John Franklin until now but am unable to go back. I know that he and his son Milton Lutes both lived with the Peters family and family knowledge tells me that John F was given to the Peters at an early age when his mother could not care for him after his dad died.
Saturday, August 08, 1998 9:12 PM

Looking for marriage date for my grandfather in Macon County. John Donald Llewellyn, b 1894 in Decatur, married Bertha Jessie, of Kentucky. They had infant daughter Feb. 1915, so prob. married between 1910-1914. If anyone has any information I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
Carlie Arntsen
Wednesday, July 22, 1998 7:07 PM

Looking for information about my gg-grandmother Louisa LORIUS a/k/a Louisa OTTO a/k/a Louisa BERKLER a/k/a Louisa FERRIS, her husbands, and children. Louisa as listed as living in Macon County in the 1870 through 1900 U.S. census records. In the 1900 Friend's Creek Township, Macon County census, Louisa's occupation is listed as landlord. She supposedly died in November 1920, but I don't know where. Louisa LORIUS was b. 9/28/1841 in Switzerland the duaghter of Frederick and Julia LORIUS. She supposedly came to the U.S. in 1849. Louisa's first husband's name was George OTTO (b. c. 1831 in Perry County, Pennsylvania) and he supposedly died in Macon or Peoria County around 1872. Louisa's second husband's name was Frank BERKLER (b. c. 1836 in Germany), who she married around 1875. Frank may have died in Macon County before 1893, since Louisa married Samuel FERRIS Jr. (b. 10/1863 in Boston, Mass.) on October 8, 1893. I have no idea when Samuel FERRIS died. Louisa LORIUS had at least the following children (and step-children): Elizabeth OTTO (b. 5/1860), Conrod OTTO (b. 6/1862), William Eugene OTTO (b. 10/15/1864), Ann Berkler (b. 1863), Eva Berkler (b. 1865), Nicholas BERKLER (b. 9/1866), William BERKLER (b. 7/15/1870), Mary Lottie BERKLER (b. 2/23/1872), Emma BERKLER (b. 8/1/1874), Frank (Franz) BERKLER (b. 9/21/1876), Daisy (Desse) BERKLER (b. 12/23/1880), Lena (Lehna) BERKLER (b. 3/20/1883), Henry (Heinrich) BERKLER (b. 1/10/1887). Would appreciate any leads or information about this family.
Laurie Otto, Anchorage, Alaska
Sunday, September 27, 1998 3:45 AM

I am searching for information about the Lowe, Shults, and Reedy families. Goerge Frederick Lowe was born in 1859 in St. Clair or Washington County, IL. His father was George Franklin Lowe. George came to Blue Mound, Macon County, IL sometime around 1887. He married Effie Louella Reedy in 1887. George Frederick Lowe died February 6, 1949. Effie Reedy Lowe died July 12, 1931

Effie's family was from Ross County, OH, but I am not sure if some didn't come west to Illinois. Her father was Amos Reedy and her mother was Rosetta Graham Bookwalter Reedy. Her siblings were Elmer, Mary Alice (Mamie), Thomas, and Susan.

George and Effie's daughter Bessie Erma Lowe was born in Blue Mound in 1889. I have a copy of Bessie's high school commencement program from Blue Mound High School in 1907. Their other children were Wayne Reedy Lowe, George Mervil Lowe, and Faithe Rosetta Lowe.

Bessie married Hiram Crosby Shults before 1920, likely in Blue Mound. Hiram was a veterinarian, and came to Blue Mound from Kansas City where he had been to college. He was originally from Montgomery County, New York. He served in World War I. He was mayor of Blue Mound a few times, and also was he "State Veterinarian" for a while. Their children are George Albert Shults and Erma Christine Shults.

I would imagine that there are quite a few articles about Hiram since he held public offices. Hiram died in the early 1960s.

If anyone knows anything about Lowes, Reedy's, or Shults's in the Macon County area, I would love to hear from you. I will certainly share what I have. Thanks!
Jennifer Gage Huffstedtler
Tuesday, October 27, 1998 9:27 AM

I am looking for information on John Marlatt of Maroa, IL. He was born 1843 and died 1922. He married Mary Ellen I don't know her maiden name. She was born in 1855 and died 1925. I only have the year of birth and death and no months and days. I would appreciate any help. Thank you.
Candie Rogers
Friday, April 17, 1998 6:10 PM

Friedrich Karl MAROSE was born in Saalfeld, East Prussia in 1867 and died in Decatur, Illinois in 1929. I would appreciate any and all information concerning this individual, or anything about his family. Thanks
Gerry Marose
Sunday, November 15, 1998 10:58 AM

I am searching for information on my families from Maroa Illinois. William RUSSELL and Nancy MCCARTNEY both buried in Maroa William in 1870 and Nancy in 1892. Nancy's second husband was Henry Smith widower of her sister Lydia. Thomas HEDGER buried in Ridge Cemetary d. 1887. wife Jane MCALLISTER died 1865 Maroa. The Hedger/McCallister family was from Kentucy and moved to Illinois at the same time. William' s son Hamilton James married Thomas's daughter Sarah Elizabeth. Please contact me to compare notes or help in the hunt.
Barbara Person
Saturday, September 26, 1998 2:19 PM

I am researching the McCollom/McCollom surname that I found in your county a year ago. The name Ira McCollom/McCollum was listed in the 1850 census for Macon county.
Frank McCollom
Thursday, November 26, 1998 9:30 PM

Reasearching the family of Emma Jane McGoffich/ Magaffin b: 1862 Fairfield Ill, d: 1942 Graceland cem. Decatur Macon co Ill. She m. George W Berg Jr 1881 son John, who lived in Decatur, does anyone have information on him. Emma was the dau of James Magaffin and Jane McNally and George was the son of George Berg Sr and Sarah Eliz Stiles. Emma had a brother, I beleive his name was James, who supposely went to Minn does anyone have information on these familys?
Janice Bingley
Friday, April 03, 1998 12:00 AM

My gggf was Benjamin Oliver McREYNOLDS, (b. 1842 in KY - d. 1915 in IL) m. Thomas Anna HUTCHISON (b. 1840 in KY - d. 1820 in IL) According to Census data, they were living in Decatur in 1870 with one son, Thomas James, my ggf (b. 1868 in IL). Reportedly, they are buried in Greenwod Cemetery, along with daughter Jennie Helm McReynolds (b.1870 - d.1883). I'm looking for any scrap of information about this family. We are particularly interested in when they went to IL and why.
Sunday, September 06, 1998 12:03 AM

I would like to contact anyone with knowledge about Benjamin Miller, born 1802 in Ohio and died in 1826 in Macon Co., according to a family journal.
Shirley Lillie
Friday, May 01, 1998 3:32 PM

    MILLER / HANKS    
I am looking for anyone who is researching the family of William Miller 1794 NC and Nancy HANKS. William died in 1870 in Des Moines Co IA. He and Nancy were married in 1813. Nancy was the d/o William HANKS and Elizabeth HALL. The HANKS & MILLER families emigrated from the Grayson, Greene & Hardin Co KY areas. to Macon Co ILL. in 1829. From there they went to Des Moines County Iowa. William and Nancy had children: Rebecca m Evan THOMAS, Lucretia m Abraham MILLER s/o Isaac & Susannah MCCOY MILLER, Joel m Julia Ann BRIDGES, Elizabeth m Rev. Michal SEE, Mahala m James MATHIS, Nancy m Jospeh CLEMONS, Charles m Emmerancy HIGBEE, James Fielding m Sarah SHARP, and Lucetta m James CHANDLER.
Shirley Lillie
Sunday, April 26, 1998 6:46 PM

I am looking for information on the following surnames in the Decatur area of Macon Co. FARRELL, DEXTER, MILLER. The names are all linked by marriage. George E. Dexter (son of George E. Dexter) to Margaret (?) their daughter Cora to J. Mortimer Farrell their daughter to George William Miller. Information on this family line would be appreciated.
Jay F. Miller
Tuesday, July 07, 1998 7:26 PM

I am looking for cousins of an aunt I never knew, as she died in 1955 in Decatur, Il. Her name was Irma May (Hays) Mills. She was married to a Whennen before she married a Mills. She died in her 20's from cancer and I understand she had several children. Her brother, my late father and all his kin are dead. Would like so much to meet Aunt Irma's children, all I have is an old photo of her and a picture of her grave. She is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur, Il and she was born in Decatur in 1929. Any help with this search would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Mrs. Barbara Clayton
or: 707 South O'Bannon, Raymond, Il 62560
Wednesday, August 12, 1998 10:59 AM

    MOORE / MOON    
I am trying to find any MOORE or MOON families that were in Macon County, specifically the parents and siblings of Lydia A. MOORE/MOON (her surname is spelled both ways in several records I found, but I suspect the correct spelling is Moore). She married Francis M. Madden in 1866 in Piatt County but there were Moore and Madden families in Macon County too. Lydia died about 1879-1880 in Kansas.
Tuesday, June 08, 1999 7:46 PM

Am interested in information re: Emanuel MYERS b. 02/14/1818 and Martha Ann D. WATSON b. 01/19/1823 m. 11/29/1837. They are buried at Friends Cemetery in Argenta, IL. Thank you.
Jacque Myers Paul
Wednesday, July 08, 1998 6:45 PM

I'm looking for information on John Thomas (son of Calvin) & Ellen Nichols whose son, Edwin was born somewhere prior to 1880. Ed owned a butcher shop on South Main and Wood Streets in the early 1900's. Thomas & Ellen lived somewhere just West of the Old Oak Grove School in the 1920's. Any information would be appreciated.
Stan Boland
Sunday, October 25, 1998 12:14 AM

Does anyone know anything about Cleta Oldweiler (1901-1973) who died in the area of Decatur, Macon Co., Illinois? Was her given surname "Funkhouser"?
David L. McMonigle
Thursday, September 10, 1998 8:47 PM

I am searching out info on my Mother's family name of Oxley. My Mother was Lola Ellen Oxley and she was born in 1902 and her father was Robert Oxley and his mother was Nancy but don't know her last name. I know my Mother grew up either in Warrensburg or around there. Her mother was Sarah Johnston. I believe a lot of my Mother's ancestors are buried in a cemetery called Illini (I think I have the name correct). I am interested in any info on the Oxley's or Johnstons. My Mother married Morris Cotner Macon Co. Illinois. Would really like to hear from any one that knows of this family or has any info about them. Thanks.
Mary Tulak
Wednesday, September 30, 1998 8:12 PM

Seeking information on PAINTER, George and wife, Arminda "Minnie" SWINEHART. Married in Decatur, Macon Co., IL Aug 1890, and last record of them is on the 1920 Macon Co., Decatur City, census. Thank you.
Rochelle Johnson
Saturday, October 24, 1998 3:03 PM

    POWELL / KING    
I am looking for information on HALLIE T. POWELL and her family. HALLIE, my paternal grandmother married ALBERT C. KING December, 1894 in Macon Co, Il.
Charles King
Tuesday, November 10, 1998 7:46 AM

Looking for a Privett family. Children are Lee Andrew Privett, William Privett and Nettie Privett. Their parents must have died and Lee Andrew Privett went to live with a family by the name of FRY. I think it was a Dr. Fry. The Fry family migrated to Missouri and then on to Fannin County, Tx. Lee Andrew Privett migrated with the Fry's. Need parents names and any siblings. Will share my research on the Privett line.
Monday, November 30, 1998 1:08 PM

RAY, SEGRASS, SHIELDS, MARSH and FLOYD, Searching Macon Co, IL descendants and ancestors of these surnames:

*Thomas L. RAY,(s/o *John RAY & *Frances FLOYD),b.1821 VA d.after 1891 ?Macon Co., IL? and Margaret C. SEGRASS b.1824 NC d.___? Macon Co, IL?,(d/o *James ?Hiram SEGRASS & *Elizabeth ?____;

Children of *Thomas & *Margaret(SEGRASS) RAY;
1.James Richard "Dick" RAY b.8 oct 1848 Lincoln Co, MO d.21 July 1907 Maroa, Macon Co, IL m.11 Dec 1868 Lincoln Co, MO Angeline NULL;
2.John William RAY b.abt 1850 Lincoln Co, MO d.abt 1936 Argenta, Macon Co, IL m.1bt 1876 ?MO or IL? Ida Annie Phoebe SCHULTZ;
3.*Ella Victoria RAY b.27 June 1853 Troy, Lincoln Co, MO d.23 oct 1925 Maroa, Macon Co, IL buried Maroa Cemetery married m#1 abt 1821 Marion or Lincoln Co, MO. Samuel SHIELDS b.3 Dec 1837 Hannibal, Marion Co, MO d.11 Nov 1880-1882? Marion Co, MO? or IL? m#2 6 Sept 1883 Macon Co, IL *Jesse MARSH (my line),(s/o *John MARSH & 1st wife *Henrietta SHERMAN);
4.Rebecca Alice RAY b.abt 1859 lincoln Co, MO d._____? IL m.abt 1880 ?Lincoln Co, MO ?J. F. HENDRICKS?;

Children of Ella Victoria and 1st husband Samuel SHIELDS;
1.Harry Walter SHIELDS b.27 March 1872 MO d.abt 1938 Maroa, Macon Co, IL m.before 1892 IL Emma___?;
2.Olive May SHIELDS b.18 July 1874 Hannibal, Marion Co, MO d.19 Nov 1957 Argenta, Macon Co, IL m.#1 21 Sept 1893 Macon Co, IL Edward BARKER m.32 Sylvester FERRELL;
3.George Arlington SHIELDS b.Sept 1876 Marion Co, MO d.abt 1906 Maroa, Macon Co, IL m.14 May 1903 Macon Co, IL Nellie A. GARDNER;
4.Ernest Thomas "Pat" SHIELDS b.12 Nov 1878 Marion Co, MO d.3 Dec 1937 Maroa, Macon Co, IL m.after 1920 Macon Co, IL Icel PATTERSON; Thank you for anything you can tell me on these families descendants and ancestors.
Beverly Himes BARGER in New Mexico
Sunday, April 26, 1998 10:36 AM

Need help finding ALBERT ALLEN RENFRO b. 9.30.1857; m. LUTHERA HILL. I believe they both are burried in Macon Co. They had 6 sons and 3 daughters. Would also like info on their son CLARENCE born in Macon co. Any help would be appreciated.
Friday, October 30, 1998 1:24 PM

I am researching my Great, Great, Grandfather and family who lived in Macon Co in 1871. Eliza Jane, his wife, signed land papers with him dated Nov 18,1871. Only John Robert Ridge signs papers Oct 21, 1875 and so I am looking to find when my Great, Great, Grandmother died and where she is buried. I was thinking that she might be in the Mt Zion Cemetery and that maybe she died in the smallpox epidemic. John Robert is on the tax rolls there one year. That is some of the information I already have.
Jeanie Kipp
Friday, August 28, 1998 12:40 PM

Seeking info regarding lola Bell Riggs; mentioned in 1940 Decatur city Directory of 1940 at 919N Calhoun. Thanks.
Wednesday, October 07, 1998 6:38 AM

I am searching for information on my families from Maroa Illinois. William RUSSELL and Nancy MCCARTNEY both buried in Maroa William in 1870 and Nancy in 1892. Nancy's second husband was Henry Smith widower of her sister Lydia. Thomas HEDGER buried in Ridge Cemetary d. 1887. wife Jane MCALLISTER died 1865 Maroa. The Hedger/McCallister family was from Kentucy and moved to Illinois at the same time. William' s son Hamilton James married Thomas's daughter Sarah Elizabeth. Please contact me to compare notes or help in the hunt.
Barbara Person
Saturday, September 26, 1998 2:19 PM

I am searching for information on my Grandfather: Harry John Schellhaas, he lived and worked in Decatur, Macon Co. Il from at least 1927-1929. He died in 1929.
Nancy J. Schellhaas Judd
Sunday, May 17, 1998 10:31 PM

I am looking for any info on a Henry Seits Sr. who married Arabella Clark on 10/21/1866 in Decatur (Macon Co) Ill. They had several children but do not know how many were born in Decatur. Any info would be appreciated.
Don Dodson
Thursday, April 23, 1998 7:16 PM

I am searching for information on my gr-gr-grandfather, Andrew Jackson Smith. He lived in Macon County from at least 1862 until his death in 1899. He was married to Phoebe Brewer and later to a woman named Artiamesa. He is buried in the Sharon Cemetary. From census data we know that he and Phoebe were born in Tennessee. I would like to know where in Tennessee they came from. Thanks.
Richard G. Oelkers
Sunday, May 24, 1998 4:17 PM

John Calvin STEWART b. 26 February 1859 in Decatur, IL. He was the 6th son of Robert & Julia STEWART. All 12 of their children were born in Decatur, between 1850-1871. Need any info on this family.
Friday, July 24, 1998 3:40 AM

    ST PIERE    
Searching for any relatives of Joe St Piere and his wife Virginia Rice who lived in Decatur, Macon Co. in 1949. They were Cumley and Hupp descendants. Thanks!
Ginny Bumgarner
Monday, May 25, 1998 3:11 PM

Rutha Ann COLLINS was born in Illinois 11 Jan 1862 to John S. and Mary Jane (McCAIN) COLLINS. After her father's death in 1864, her mother re-married in 1869. Rutha Ann was sent to live elsewhere. In 1870, Rutha Ann COLLINS, age 8 years, was enumerated with Jerremia (sp?) and Sophronia THOMAS and their family in Macon Co., IL, in Friends Creek Twp. On the 1880 Macon Co., IL census, Friends Creek Twp., Rutha Ann, age 18, was living with Sophronia THOMAS, a widow. Also living in Sophronia's household was Rutha Ann's brother, Joseph COLLINS, age 21. In Jeremiah THOMAS'S probate file of Jun 1877, he left a one year old horse and one side saddle and bridle to Rutha Ann COLLINS. The will does not identify the relationship between Rutha Ann and the THOMAS'S. When Rutha Ann was married to James E. VULGAMOTT in Macon Co., IL in December of 1882, one of the witnesses was Esther A. (THOMAS) COON. Esther was a daughter of Jeremiah and Sophronia THOMAS. I'm trying to establish a relationship of these COLLINS' children to the THOMAS'S. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Rochelle Johnson
Thursday, November 19, 1998 7:40 PM

Looking for descendants of Charles TOOLEY b. 1798 Va., d. 1872 in Macon Co. IL. he married Elizabeth MITCHELL b 1804 Va., d. 1900 in Macon Co. IL. Both are buried in Salem Cemetery. I know many of their children were in Macon Co., IL. at different times. Some of them married there. Their daughter Mary md. James PARMENTER, Sarah md. John HARRIS. Would love to here from any descendants of their lines. Thanks.
Saturday, May 23, 1998 11:14 PM

I wonder if you good people of Macon Co IL might be able to give me some guidance. I am trying to locate the Stammbuch (German family history book) which my great-grandparents, Ernst Julius GUENTHER (1855-1940) and Anna Rosalie ULLRICH (1862-1940), took with them to America in 1892. I know that it was in the possession of their youngest daughter, Mrs Hanna Loretta Guenther WATERS (1904-1991), at the time of her death in Decatur. She was a widow with no children, and she left her house at 1070 Evans Court, Decatur, to Grace United Methodist Church of Decatur. She left her personal effects to the executor of her will; he was not related to her, but I do know his name. I have written to him several times, and he doesn't even answer my letters. Is there anything I can do to find this precious book of our family history? Thank you for any assistance at all! I am desperate.
Lin Van Buren
Saint Leonard's on Sea, England
Monday, October 19, 1998 3:33 PM

I am looking for the WHITE's who lived in Decatur. Owen William, James, Louis and Alfred WHITE all brothers originally from Glos., England and settled in Illinois in the late 1800's. Their parents were James WHITE and Dinah Barnard. Thanks
Bill White
Monday, November 23, 1998 9:10 PM

I am looking for info on my paternal grandmothers parents. My grandmother (Isabelle Kathleen Wilkinson-Huff) was born in Decatur and her parents were also. Their names were Thomas A Wilkinson and Anna Jane Stark-Wilkinson. I would love to be in touch with anyone else searching for a Wilkinson ancestry.
Judy Wilkinson
Wednesday, November 18, 1998 3:41 PM

I am interested in Thomas Lee Wiley - a farmer in Macon Co. around 1900.
Michael E. Wiley
Thursday, April 30, 1998 1:46 PM

Searching for Andrew Williams b about 1831 in Mississippi. I believe it is the same Andrew Williams on 1850 Macon County census along with Andrews S. and Lavinia Williams as parents and Virginia, William Hancock, and John Williams possibly brothers and sister. The above were on the 1840 census of Macon County. If anyone has ANY information on the above would appreciate hearing. Thanks
Virginia Foucault
Friday, August 28, 1998 7:17 AM

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