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Seek burial place of Donald Ray ADAMS born 1915 Macon Co., died 26 Feb 1980 Macon. Husband of Lois Jane BUZZARD.
Bill Mitchell
Wednesday, September 22, 1999 6:54 PM

I am looking for information on Arthur Frank Allen-married Ella Vesta Parkhurst. They had eight children, Bertha, Vern, Cliff, Lola, Phyllis, Gladys, Estella, and Maurice. At one time they lived on Cushing Street and he worked and retired from the railroad. My grandfather died in the 1940's. I do not know if he had siblings. If there is anyone who can be of help, I would appreciate it.
Kay Whittaker
Thursday, January 28, 1999 9:47 AM

Looking for any info on James H. Anderson and his wife Rachel Huff. They married in 1866 and moved to Decatur IL. Later they moved to Oklahoma. James was born in 1833 in Jefferson County, IL. Would appreciate any info about this couple.
Wednesday, December 15, 1999 8:35 AM

    ANDREWS / KIPP    
Can anyone provide me with further information on these families, shown in the 1860 census presumably in Whitmore Twp.: KIPP, Henry, 71, M, b. PA; Sarah, 60, F, b. PA
ANDREWS, Samuel K., 51, M, b. PA; Catherine, 41, F, b. PA; Elijah, 15, M, b. PA; Elias, 13, M, b. PA; Sarah A., 12, F, b. IL;, Peter L., 10, M, b. IL; Joseph, 9, M, b. IL; Mary, 8, F, b. IL; Benjm F., 2, M, b. IL; I am particularly interested in death dates or biographical data for Sarah KIPP, Samuel ANDREWS, and Henry KIPP. These families were originally from Lancaster County, PA. Anyone working on these, or willing to provide me with some basic data from some of the Macon Co. published birth, death, marriage & cemetery indexes or other sources?
Friday, November 19, 1999 10:21 AM

Samuel Applegate went to Maroa Illinois in about 1852 from Kentucky, Went to the army Sept. 3 1863 at Lexington, disc. Jun 13 1865. lived in and around Maroa, Ill. Died 11 Jun 1881 Joliet Ill. Married Mary Elizabeth Miller Died Piatt Ill. Mar 22 1863. Buried Ingram Cem. I would like any info on him and family.
William J.
Sunday, March 28, 1999 8:57 PM

Looking for any informatiom on William Joseph Applegate b: 8 Feb. 1843 Green Co KY d: 8 Aug 1911 Hartsville Wright Co. MO. bur: Maroa Cem. mar: Sarah LEMMONS, Mary M. CURRY, Currie DAVIDSON, 3 sons William F, James Lewis, Later Otto Walter who was with the sheriff office in Decatur Il. Would appreciate any info. you could help me with . Have obit on William Joseph. Love to share.
Ladell APPLEGATE Wiggins
Saturday, March 20, 1999 4:57 AM

I am interested in corresponding with any one who has information on a Sarah F ARNOLD and A H Eyman. A bio of Sarah's father, John W ARNOLD, states that Sarah was living with her husband, A H Eyman, in Macon County at the time the bio was written (poss. 1879) and then in Decatur, Illinois by 1902. Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
Sunday, June 13, 1999 7:41 AM

Hi, I am looking for records on James Walter Ayers. I believe that he was living in Decatur, Ill. during the 1850's. Thank you so for your help and time.
Saturday, June 05, 1999 9:15 PM

I am seeking information about the John H. Babbitt family in Macon Co. 1860-1870's. John H. Babbitt, wife Lois A. possible children: Charles, Mary Alice, William Cyrus, Emma, Francis Edward, Lois . If anyone has birth, marriage or census information on any of these people or is researching this family, please contact me. Thanks
Cara Russell
Friday, August 06, 1999 1:29 PM

I am looking for any information on Baier's (and variations) and Gauler's in the Macon Co. area. Thanks.
Sunday, May 23, 1999 8:05 AM

BAINTER, Julia b. 13 Sept 1829 IN...m. STEWART, Robert Henry 1849. They had 12 children, the first 9 were born in Decatur, Macon Co, between 1850 and 1866. The family then relocated to Franklin County KS. Any information on Julia BAINTER and her parents/siblings is appreciated.
Dana in WA
Tuesday, February 23, 1999 6:01 PM

Looking for Info on Wm Baker and his wife Hattie Cross married 6/29/1879 in Macon Co.
Rich Johnston
Monday, October 11, 1999 12:36 PM

Researching Baker (William Henry Baker and families); William Henry Baker married to Frances Carson Jan, 1881, Greenfield, IN; 11 children; most born in Hancock Co, IN; moved to Decatur and area; many died and buried in Decatur and/or surrounding towns; Children were: Maud Alma, Minnie, Ward, Martin, Cora, Ethel, John, Miley, William, Fred, and Estella. Wm. died in Decatur Mar 10, 1928; death certif and burial? thanks.
Robert Baker
Wednesday, September 29, 1999 7:33 AM

Bales, John William, born in Macon County Illinois April 30, 1830, married to Anna Marie Meade. Died in 1903. Children include John, Andrew, Joshua, Nathaniel, Mary Etta, Ida Mae, and Sarah Edith, all born in Vermillion County Illinois. Would appreciate any information on John or Anna Marie.
Sunday, September 05, 1999 9:36 PM

I am trying to locate information of the following: Clyde William Barnes Born Sept. 2. 1898 at 1898 N. Oakland Ave., Decatur; William E. Barnes Born approx 1870; William G. Barnes Born approx 1840
Clyde Barnes
Thursday, February 25, 1999 10:46 PM

Looking for information on, and ancestry of, Ann BEAR (married Joseph MILLER, 1866 in Macon County; died 1875, possibly in Piatt County). Their children were John Anderson Miller (b. 1872, in Macon County) and Minnie Miller. Family tradition says Ann Bear was a Native American. I can provide information on some of their descendants in Illinois and Kansas. I greatly appreciate your help.
Ken Miller
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 8:34 PM

Looking for information about family of Herman Besalski who married Margaret Goodman in Decatur, Illinois, about 1900. He immigrated with a mother, Caroline and brother, William.
Friday, February 05, 1999 5:58 AM

Looking for information on the family of John Alonzo BILLS and Dorothy Gleason. They came to Ramsey, Fayette, IL about 1851/52. John died there on 17 Dec 1857. Dorothy lived in Fayette or Macon counties until her death in 1885. She and John are buried in the Greenwood cemetery, Macon county. Children who came to IL with them were; John Newton born 1830, Benjamin Gardner, born 1832, and George Henry, born 1842. All the children were born in Rensselaer county, NY and stayed in IL. Benjamin Gardner BILLS married Sarah E ANDERSON on 28 March 1858 in Fayette county, IL. She died 1858 in Decatur, Macon, IL.
Bette Bellefeuille
Saturday, September 22, 1999 6:02 AM

My father recalls that his McREYNOLDS or HUTCHISON lines were related somehow to the BOHON family in Decatur IL. Supposedly, that is the reason his grandparents left Christian County KY son after their marriage in 1855 +/- and moved to Macon County IL, where they spent the rest of their lives. He also recalls two "cousins" named Lucian and Rein BOHON. Does any of this ring any bells? Sure hope so! I have found a possible connection back in KY, but though I would work on the IL end first.
Ann McREYNOLDS-NALL of St. Louis
Friday, September 03, 1999 6:10 PM

Seeking information on Lucy MacDonnel (MacDonoral) BOWDLE who resided near Decatur, in Macon County around 1825, probably born in Armah County, Pennsylvania; sister of Kathryn MAC DONNEL (MAC DONONRAL) who visited Mrs. Lucy Bowdle at that time and met her husband, John Lewis ROBERTSON there.
Frances Ruddick
OR - 5 Douglass Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540. Wednesday, August 11, 1999 9:48 AM

I am searching for information on my gr-gr-grand parents, Phoebe Brewer and Andrew Jackson Smith. They were married in Morgan County 7 April 1842, and they lived in Macon County from at least 1862 until their deaths. Phoebe died between 1870 and 1875. AJ was later married to a woman named Artiamesa. He died in 1899, and is buried in the Sharon Cemetery. 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
Thursday, December 30, 1999 4:58 PM

Seeking information on Henry Brintz and family. Henry died in Macon Co on May, 29, 1844. His daughter Mary was born in Ohio on June 14, 1827. She married Rezin Miller in Macon county, Illinois on December 3, 1843.
Darth Miller
Wednesday, January 06, 1999 1:08 AM

I am looking for information on the I. P. Brush family who was in Macon Co., by about 1879. They were in Rantoul, Ill. in the 1870 census , where I find the following family members...
I. P. Brush b: Abt. 1822 in OH
.. +Lucinda b: Abt. 1830 in PA
........ 2 Francis Brush b: Abt. 1848 in IN
........ 2 A. G. 'George' Brush b: Abt. 1850 in IN
........ 2 Alonzo L. Brush b: Abt. 1852 in IN
........ 2 Charles Brush b: Abt. 1857 in IN
........ 2 John Brush b: Abt. 1861 in IN
........ 2 William Brush b: Abt. 1865
........ 2 Laura Brush b: Abt. 1867 in IL
I believe that the boys married in Macon County, where all of them are listed in the Illinois Genealogical Society marriage index, from 1879 to about 1890. I have pictures of them taken in Decatur by The East End Gallery, dates unknown, but the children are all grown, and look to be in their 20's. I. P. is supposed to be an uncle of my ggrandfather and I am trying to find out anything about him. Thanks
Joyce Hagerty
Wednesday, September 08, 1999 4:04 PM

Researching John Homer Bundy and family in early 1900's. Mr Bundy owned and operated Bundy (Construction) Highway. His wife's name was Eleanor Gleeson. They had seven children, the second was Jack Bundy, born approximately 1918. Any information available would be appreciated.
DJ Watson
Saturday, October 23, 1999 7:06 PM

Susan ABRAMS m. Felix W. BUTLER in Macon Co. in 1849. The 1850 census lists James ABRAM (age 20), Frances ABRAM (age 16), and Roland BOYD(?) (age24) living in the same household with Felix(age 22) and Susan(age 18). Next door were Champion BUTLER(age 26)(married within the year) and Ermaline BUTLER (age 19) , and Elizabeth BUTLER (age 53). Will appreciate any clues about how these people are related, their ancestors, descendants, etc.
Pat Munk
Wednesday, April 28, 1999 10:45 PM

Looking for Parents or siblings of Lively CALHOUN, born 1 Oct 1873 in Argenta, Macon, IL. He married Myrtle May WOODLE in 1897 in Luverne, Rock county, MINN. Died 1901 in Sioux City, IA. Any help or leads would be appreciated.
rob crawford Sunday, November 07, 1999 11:56 AM

Wednesday, September 15, 1999 9:17 PM

Researching my great grandfather, Joseph Cameron, it may have been William Joseph Cameron born 1839 oh ? in ? lived at Long Creek, Macon, IL and married Mary E. Ritchey of Johnson Co, IN. His brother James H. Cameron married Lydia Ann Ritchey. They lived in Decatur, IL. She was a sister to Joseph's wife, Mary E. Ritchey Cameron who died in Decatur, IL in June 1926.
zane harshbarger
Friday, January 29, 1999 12:46 PM

Looking for information regarding Harry R. Campbell, born abt 1889, location unknown. Husband of Emma Lela Day, born 10/14/1897, Monticello, Piatt County, IL, daughter of Samuel Day Sr. and Emma H. Dyke. Harry R. Campbell was a Railroad Brakeman, and resided at 807 E. Prairie Street, Decatur, Macon County, IL on 01-06-1913 at the birth of my father Virgil Leland Campbell. Harry R. Campbell was the brother of Helen Campbell.
Rebel L. Kreklow
Friday, October 08, 1999 2:19 PM

Hello. Looking for Sarah Belinda Campbell LINDSEY and her children. She was born and married in Perry Co. IL. to Cyrus Willis LINDSEY. After his death in 1877 she moved to Macon Co. with various children. They were:
Olive Mary, b. 20 Aug 1862, m. George W. KAUFMAN; Anna Elizabeth, b. 13 Jan 1867, m. John DILL and later Wilbert HINES; George Martin, b. 30 Jan 1870, m. Rosetta STEVENSON and Olive DYKES; he d. in 1947 in Decatur; Emma, b. 23 Dec 1870, d. 1 Mar 1876; Samuel Walter, b. 7 Aug 1872; Lucy Arthur, m. Francis DeSales KECK 4 Feb. 1890 in Decatur, d. 12 Jun 1962; Cyrus Willis (Jr.) b. 5 Apr 1876 m. Ella DOWLING. Any info on these families would be most appreciated. Thanks!
Kim W.
Sunday, March 28, 1999 9:42 AM

I am looking for any information on the Card family from Decatur. John was born there in 1882. His father was Alonzo George Card. Alonzo's wife was Mary Jane Hill. Alonzo and his wife are buried in Calvary Cemetery. John married Anna Heynen from Sigel, Illinois in 1909 in Effingham and moved to Aurora, IL around 1922?
Mark Cartier
Sunday, June 20, 1999 10:34 PM

I am looking for any information on John L. CARROLL and his wife Elizabeth Tomlinson CARROLL. John L. CARROLL was born June 14, 1834, Staten Island, NY. He eventually moved to St. Louis, MO. I have no idea where his wife Elizabeth was from. They moved on to Macon, Macon County, IL and raised their family. They lived in Macon until the time of their death. They were of the Roman Catholic faith and I have heard that they are buried in the Catholic cemetery in Macon. If you can help me in any way or have any information, I will sure appreciate it. Thanks so much.
Rita Metcalf Crocker
Great Great Grandchild of John L. and Elizabeth CARROLL
Saturday, April 03, 1999 1:04 PM

Seek burial place of Sarah Miranda (McInturff) CAUSEY born 1886, died 26 Feb 1953 Decatur. Wife of Lyman Trumbull CAUSEY.
Bill Mitchell
Wednesday, September 22, 1999 6:54 PM

My grandfather Burton Chaney was born 6/9/1887 in Cowden, IL. He Was married to Martha Riley in 1907. I would like information on his father, William Chaney who lived in Cowden, but was born in Kentucky. Siblings: John b. in Cowden before 1887, Edward Chaney b. 1889, and William Chaney, Jr. after 1889. Thanks.
Gloria Chaney Prigmore
Sunday, February 14, 1999 4:12 PM

Seek parents of a John CHENOWETH who was married to Christina or Christy Ann HALL. There were six children in this family: Charles A., Ollie Bell, Ada, George, Laura J., and John Walter. It is believed this family moved to Illinois sometime between 1862 and 1866. Family was known to have been in Macon Co., IL where John died before 2 October 1877. Christina married again to Miles Dickerson. John and Christina were married 9 August 1860 somewhere in OH, possibly Pike Co., OH. More details available on response to this query.
John & Audrey McCall
Thursday, January 21, 1999 12:26 PM

I'm looking for information on Robert R. Childers, my great grandfather. He was born in Decatur Illinois, on 5/18/1870 to Reuben Oliver Childers and Barthema, or Berthina G. (Berry).thanks.
Ron Gallup
Sunday, May 16, 1999 4:36 PM

Seeking information on my great grandfather, JOHN H. COAY or COEY. On Feb 25, 1866 he married my great grandmother ESTHER (or Hester) CHARLOTTE COLLINS in Macon Co., IL. He died Mar 1894 in Emery, Macon Co., IL. His first wife, CHRISTINA DELCENA DOYLE, died Nov 18, 1865 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. The 3 children of John and Christina were also born in Decatur; they were: Samuel Theodore (b. Aug 20, 1860), Margaret Elizabeth Christina (b. Oct 13, 1861), and John E. Coay (b. Nov 15, 1862). Would greatly appreciate any help given to me on these families. Thank you in advance.
Linda Carroll
Saturday, February 20, 1999 3:07 PM

My great grandfather, William John Corcoran, who went by the name John was born in Wexford Co. Ireland 31 Aug 1825. He came to the United States and lived in Decatur for awhile. On 15 June 1855 he married Marcia Elizabeth Stapleton (b. 19 Feb 1839 in Decatur, Macon Co, Il.) They lived in the area until about 1866 or 1867 when they moved their family to Whiting, Jackson Co., KS. My great grandfather supposedly had other brothers and possibly a twin sister that also came to the United States. Trying to find out more information about any brothers or sisters of John Corcoran. Thanks so much.
Mary Jo
Sunday, July 18, 1999 5:27 PM

Searching for John COREY, (father of Asher Wilford Corey who was born in Marion Co. IL. in 1852.) Found a probate record for John showing he died in Macon Co., IL in 1897. Asher was md to Carrie Cross in Decatur, Macon, IL in 1872. John was supposed to have lived with Asher and family til he died but can't find anything other than the probate record. Would sure like to find info on John and who his wife was.
Margo Snowden
Saturday, April 10, 1999 3:20 PM

My Grandfather Thomas Cosgrove emigrated to the US from Ireland abt 1881, married Anna Judd in Decatur Ill. They had 7 children there: Mary, 1883; Elizabeth, 1885; Edward, 1886; Grace, 1887; Martha, 1888; Anna 1890; Margaret, 1893. Anna had two sisters Frances and Harriette, and two brothers Tom and George. Tom stayed in Decatur as a grocer. George moved to Des Moines, IA, where he owned or operated a coal mine. I am interested in any information relative to Thomas or Anna's origins.
Wednesday, September 01, 1999 9:49 PM

I am looking for information on the Coy family. My grandfather, Walter Otto Coy, was born March 7, 1912, in Decatur, IL, Macon Co. His Father was Nicholas William Coy and his mother was Elizabeth May Rodgers Coy. They were Married Oct 7, 1899, it could have been in Mattoon, IL, Coles Co., where Nicholas was born. My great-great-grandfather was also named Nicholas William Coy born in 1842 in Mattoon, IL, Coles Co. and he died in Quincy, IL. I know his father was William Coy and his mother was Dorcas Radley, which I have no information on. Should you have any info, I would appreciate receiving it.
Diane Lyke
Saturday, March 06, 1999 10:31 PM

I am searching for information on William W. Crain who married Louisa Jani Bowzer in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois in 1850. William W. Crain was born in Macon County, IL. in March, 1830. Any information on parents or siblings of William would be greatly appreciated. Louisa Jani Bowzer Crain had a brother who purchased land in Macon County in 1867. I can find no other reference to him anywhere. Any information on George Bowzer would be greatly appreciated. I have sent for a copy of the land records but they don't always give genealogical information.
Iva Narvaez
Sunday, September 26, 1999 4:34 PM

My name is Roger E. Cram, My dad is Frank E. Cram, My Grandfather is Frank Cram born in Macon 1910. My great grandfather is Emmit Cram born ? My great grandmother is Kosa B.Davis born? I am trying to find out about Emmit and Kosa. I would appreciate all the help I can get. THANK YOU.
Friday, July 30, 1999 7:29 PM

    CROW / CROWE    
I am looking for John Crow or Crowe. He is my great grandfather and lived at Macon, Il when my grandfather, Elmer Crowe was born June 6, 1867. I think Elmer added the "e" to the name. Elmer Crowe's mother (Emily Crow) is buried at Red Bud, Illinois in 1906 but John is not buried with her. Since Elmer and an older Sister (who I think was named either Agnes or Mary) stayed in the Macon and Christian County areas, but the four younger siblings ended up around St. Louis, I'm inclined to think that John Crow died while in Macon or Christian County.
Jane King
Tuesday, June 15, 1999 11:19 PM

Searching for information regarding my Grandmother Emma Lela Day, born 10/14/1897, Monticello, Piatt County, IL. Daughter of Samuel Day Sr, born abt 1852 in PA and Emma H. Dyke, born abt 1862 in IL. Emma Lela Day was the wife of Harry R. Campbell, and resided at 807 E. Prairie Street, Decatur, Macon County, IL on 01/06/1913 at the birth of my father Virgil Leland Elkins. The Day family lived in Monticello, Piatt County, IL at the time of the 1900 Federal Census, and in Decatur, Macon County, IL at the time of the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census. Known siblings of Emma Lela Day were Bessie, Millie, Luella, Samuel Jr., Viola and Goldie.
Rebel L. Kreklow
Friday, October 08, 1999 2:19 PM

Searching for information regarding my Grandmother Emma Lela Day, born 10/14/1897, Monticello, Piatt County, IL. Daughter of Samuel Day Sr, born abt 1852 in PA and Emma H. Dyke, born abt 1862 in IL. Emma Lela Day was the wife of Harry R. Campbell, and resided at 807 E. Prairie Street, Decatur, Macon County, IL on 01/06/1913 at the birth of my father Virgil Leland Elkins. The Day family lived in Monticello, Piatt County, IL at the time of the 1900 Federal Census, and in Decatur, Macon County, IL at the time of the 1910 and 1920 Federal Census. Known siblings of Emma Lela Day were Bessie, Millie, Luella, Samuel Jr., Viola and Goldie.
Rebel L. Kreklow
Friday, October 08, 1999 1:42 PM

I am looking for some general information. I have a direct ancestor, Edward Day, born in Virginia in 1760 and migrated to Kentucky and later Illinois. Family records have him dying in 1836 or 1837 in DeWitt Co. However according to my research DeWitt did not even become a county until 1839. I believe that he lived in what was then Macon Co. Could this be? In that time what kind of records could I possibly find on him? I did find his grave site in DeWitt, IL. It appeared that a paper called the Decatur Review was read in that specific area at the time, but there is nothing older than 1839...which makes me believe maybe I should be searching in a different county. Any help would be appreciated. A geneaology beginner.
Jeff Day
Monday, July 19, 1999 12:18 AM

Friday, August 27, 1999 7:42 PM

I am looking for information on the DERBY family that lived in Macon County around 1900 before moving to Chicago. The family consisted of Alvin Derby, his wife Louisa Derby, and three sons, Henry, Harry and George.
Wednesday, December 08, 1999 10:33 AM

I am desperately trying to find my grand-father Peter W. Dudrey. I have a teaching certificate in my possession given to him from Macon County on August 1, 1877. He was born December 29, 1856 somewhere in Wisconsin, and somehow got to Macon County to teach 2nd grade. I don't have his birth place, and his death certificate does not list it, only that he was born in Wisconsin. I am hoping that when he applied for his teaching certificate, he had to give some details concerning his family, where he lived, etc. Any help anyone can give me or direct me to, will be greatly appreciated.
Carole MacIsaac
Saturday, March 27, 1999 11:46 AM

I am looking for anyone in the Macon Co. area that might have any information on Gilbert Orlando Dunscombe who lived in this area in the late 1800s to the early or mid 1900s. His father could have lived in the Decatur Ill area also.
Ray Dunscombe
Sunday, March 07, 1999 11:09 AM

I am looking for the information on Lewis Franklin ECKHARDT, b. abt 1880 and his wife Maggie May SMITH, b. 22 Jan 1882. They had one child, Leona ECKHARDT, b. 23 May 1905 and d. 2 Aug 1997. They all three lived and died in Macon Co, so I am hoping someone might have access to their obituaries so that I can get the information I need from them.
Helen Estes
Saturday, February 13, 1999 9:41 PM

We are searching the Charles Gordon Erwin family whose son Martin was living in Decatur during this time frame. Martin W. Erwin b January 1870, IL Etta (wife), b January 1873, IL Six children that we know of from Census Reports We would be interested in knowing Charles Gordon Erwin's siblings, birth, marriage, and death dates. Any information will be appreciated.
Raymond E. Bassett
Thursday, July 22, 1999 9:57 PM

I am looking for information relating to the the FESLER line of T.Dean FESLER. He was b. in Macon Co, IL on March 7, 1895. He married Helen N. TIBBITS on April 11, 1916. Thanks for any help!
Sheila (FESLER) West
Tuesday, March 09, 1999 7:38 AM

Seeking any information on Alexander FOMBELLE born about 1831 in Beaver Co., PA and supposed to have died in Decatur, Macon Co., IL.
Edward Boots
Friday, May 14, 1999 12:32 PM

Searching for info on my husband's great grandfather, James Franklin Fiskin. Known as Frank Fiskin, he was born in Decatur Illinois in either 1855 or 1856. The confusion in year is different ages on his marriage certificate and son's birth certificate. We have no idea the date of birth or his parents names.
Wednesday, June 16, 1999 11:06 PM

My husband's Grandmother, Mabel GARDNER, was born in Maroa IL. She married Reginald Kirby in Maroa. She died in childbirth in the Black Hills of Dakota on or about 4/17/1916. Her body was transported back to Maroa for burial. Mabel's siblings were Robert GARDNER, George GARDNER, Mattie GARDNER LOVETT who raised Mabel's two boys and Bertha GARDNER PARKER. Mabel's sons were Donald and John Wesley KIRBY. I have information on their offspring which I will be glad to share. Anyone knowing of this family, please contact me at
Patty Kaliher
Saturday, March 20, 1999 2:40 PM

I recently aquired my grgrandmother's (Clara Markley)large old photo album. Pictured are several of her ancestors of the Macon Co IL Stare family of the mid 1800s. Included are various family names: KANE; KNAP(P),HIGGINS, LANE, MARKLEY, ELHOLTZ? CRAWFORD. Two pictures are identified as "Dave GARVER and wife, first settlers of Macon Co." There is no clue as how these two fit into our family or why there are pictures of them included. All of the photos are in excellent condition, and appear to be expensive studio prints with photographer's logos. Some are of the "tin type" variety. Of course, there is the usual problem of several unidentifed photos. I would like to know who Dave Garver was, and if there is anyone else researching any of these names in Macon Co.
Saturday, March 13, 1999 7:15 PM

I am looking for any information on Baier's (and variations) and Gauler's in the Macon Co. area. Thanks.
Sunday, May 23, 1999 8:05 AM

Am looking for information on James and Jane Lawler Gibbons. James and Jane came from Ireland...not sure when...but I find them on the Macon Co. census of 1870 in Decatur, Decatur twp. Jane died there about 1872, two years after their last child was born there in Decatur, Macon co. Ill. When James came from Ireland he dropped the fitz from Fitzgibbons. According to the census each of the children were born in a different state so it is obvious they moved around alot...I believe he worked on the railroad. Their four children (that I know of) are as follows: Mary, John Thomas, James William and Helena Elizabeth.
Saturday, February 20, 1999 12:45 PM

My ancestor's name was Michael Gloden. He came from Luxembourg around 1860 and lived in Macon County from about 1862 until his death in the early 1900"s. He served in the army during the Civil War. I am looking for information on his family in Luxembourg and if some of his kin came to the U. S. with him. He lived most of his life in and around Decatur. Thank you.
Willadean Beer
Wednesday, May 19, 1999 3:58 PM

Looking for information on Henry Good who was in the 1840 census of Macon County Illinois. Believe from Lehigh Co., Pa. I don't have his children, but I feel it possible that he might have been the father of my gt. grandmother Elminna (Emma)Good born Apr 28, 1833 Lehigh Co.,Pa. Would appreciate any help. Thank you.
W.A. Gibbs
Friday, November 12, 1999 1:21 PM

I am seeking information about my grandfather's family. His name was Robert Richard Grace. His parents were Nellie Ellen Hall Grace and Nicholas Grace. They came from Morrisonville, Illinois. My grandfather came to Decatur in the early 1900's. My grandfather had seven brothers: Dan, Dewey, John, Harold, Elmer, Bernie and Joe. My grandfather married Kathryn Powers around l918. They had five children: Bob, Mary, Margaret, Joan and Alice.
Sunday, December 26, 1999 11:42 PM

I am interested in getting information on John GRAHAM b about 1821 in Cty Sligo, Ireland and his wife, Mary McCloskey, b. about 1825 in Cty Sligo. At some point, they went to Governshire, Scotland and Anna N. b. Feb, 1, 1855 was born in Governshire as was her sister, Alice (I do not know her birthdate). There may well be more children by I do not know there names. This family immigrated about 1857 to PA and then went on the Streator, LaSalle Cty, IL where Anna met Robert G. Farritor and married him. Anna and Robert went on to homestead in NE. John and Mary both died in Decatur, Macon Cty, IL. He d. March 22, 1888 in the hospital with asthma from mining coal and she died Jan. 13, 1892. Any information on this familly would be appreciated.
Audrey Annable
Thursday, January 28, 1999 4:54 PM

I am looking for the parents of Hezekiah Harrington. In his son George Harrington's obituary it said that his father (Hezekiah), 4 brothers and a sister lived at Maroa, Illinois in Macon County. George was a dentist in Delavan. He was trained by his uncle (Hezekiah's brother) Sylvester in Newark, Ohio. I do not know if Sylvester moved to Illinois also or not. Hezekiah was a farmer. He was born in Newark Ohio in 1819. He married Elizabeth his second wife in Ohio. I found him in Ohio in 1850 and 1860. I thought I had him in the census in Macon County, but I cannot find the notes on that so I will need to go look that up again to see when that was. But according to George's obituary of 1891 they were in Maroa at that time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jan Varnon
Monday, June 14, 1999 9:22 PM

I am looking for information on Leo HEISE, my great-great-uncle, born abt 1868 in Indiana, married to Gertrude E. MELLIN on 14 Apr 1897 in Gilman, Iroquois Co., IL, had at least two children: Theadora (b. Apr 1900 in Iroquois Co.) and Winifred Glena (b. 17 Jul 1903 in Gilman, Iroquois Co., IL). Leo is listed in his brothers' obituaries as living in Decatur, Macon Co., IL, in 1933 and 1946. Any clues greatly appreciated.
Margaret Pattison
Saturday, September 18, 1999 12:31 PM

Looking for info on the Hendricks family from Macon Co. My grandfather was Franklin Sylvester Hendricks and was born around 1870. He ran away from home at the age of 11 and lost contact with his family. Franklin had a brother named Ernest, whom my father is named after. My father's name is Robert Ernest Hendricks. I am hoping to find out the names of my great grandparents and any other siblings of Franklin's.
Wednesday, July 21, 1999 2:58 AM

I seek information on my grandfather William Ord Hendricks. He was 21 when he obtained a marriage license in Macon Co. IL on 23 Dec 1891 to marry Anna Pearl Markwell. They were married in Decatur on 25 Dec 1891 and had a son Daniel Nathan Hendricks born in Decatur on 3 July, 1892. My mother told me they moved to Cheyenne, WY and that grandmother left W.O.H. after four years and returned to Decatur. I think we have had no contact with or about W.O.H. since then.
Dan Hendricks
Saturday, May 15, 1999 9:01 AM

I'm looking Dr. William Samuel Higgins, who is my ggrandfather and died in Oakley, Il, Macon co in Mar. 1898. I'm looking for his burial site. His first wife Anna Sorter Higgins is buried in Dunkard Cemetery. She was She was b: in Albany NY and was 52 when she died of brain disease. She died Mar 25, 1884 in Oakley, Macon co., Il and since he did too, I'm wondered if they are buried together. John Heier Funeral Home of Oakley took care of her funeral and the attending physician was my ggrandfather, her husband, Dr. William S. Higgins. Any help would be deeply appreciated.
Joann Higgins Coleman
Sunday, September 05, 1999 2:17 PM

Searching for the parents of Francis Green Hill born 19 SEP 1800 in Virginia and died 5 JUN 1885 in Blue Mound Township, Macon County, IL. Francis Green Hill married Rachel Wilson, the daughter of Benjamin Wilson and Jane Warnick, on 4 JAN 1825 in Rutherford, TN. Rachel was born in TN in 1805 and died in 1844 Blue Mound Township, Macon County, IL. Francis Green Hill and Rachel Wilson had nine children; Lucindy, Nancy Eveline, Harriet Elizabeth, Rachel Carolyn, Margaret Jane, Benjamin Franklin, Hannah Louise, and James Edward. According to the book "Lincoln and Macon County, Illinois, 1830-1831" by Edwin Davis Francis Green had a sister named Jemima R. Hill who married Nelson L. Taylor in 1835 and Joseph A. Higlin in 1849. I have had no luck in locating any information that would lead to the discovery of Francis Green Hill's parents. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
William Hill
Wednesday, September 29, 1999 2:15 PM

In 1834, Solomon F Hitchcock and Nancy Foren (Fone) were married in Macon County. In 1835 Solomon Hitchcock bought 40 acres of land in Macon County, 16-16N - 023, (Where is this?). Who were the parents of Nancy Foren? I cannot find another Hitchcock marriage in the county, was he the only one? In checking the marriages of Macon County, I found a Ann Foren -Samuel McKinley married 1840; Mary Forin-George W Galbraith married 1838; Nancy Forne-Jesse Butler married 1836; Nancy Foren-David G Haddick married 1836? Is any researching these lines that could give me assistance. Solomon & Nancy removed to Madison County, IL by the 1840 census--where their name was listed as Hitch and his descendents still use the name Hitch. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Barbara Hitch
Monday, March 08, 1999 7:56 PM

I am looking for HOBBS and TODD in the Decatur area from about 1880 until 1904. Anyone looking into these lines?
Kay Tweet
Saturday, May 22, 1999 10:54 PM

I am looking for info on Gerhsom and Matthew Hoff/Huff born in 1826 & 1828. They had three sisters, Catherine Huff who married Edward Strausbaugh/Straussbaugh, Elizabeth Hoff married David Warren/Warner, and Sarah Huff never married. Gershom married Matilda Fisher and Matthew married Rebecca Unger. I believe the father of these two boys and three girls was John Hoff of NY.I would love to hear from anyone who may be connected. I have Gershoms obit from Carroll Co. Sarahs obit from Decatur Ill. and Matthews last will and testament from Adams Co. In the obit of Gershom it says that Catherine Strausbaugh was in Decatur , Eilzabeth Warner was in Philadelphia. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, November 02, 1999 11:55 AM

I am looking for information on Shelby Lewis Holmes born in Blue Mound on 29 June 1911 his Mother was Allie Holmes, I am still trying to decipher his father's name it is illegible on the documentation. Shelby married Letha Cole.
Richard Thompson
Saturday, December 04, 1999 7:30 PM

I am researching a Macon County family. I am researching Eliza J. Hooten, born 6 Oct 1868 Iuka, Illinois; married Eber Watkins and resided in Decatur, Illinois with her mother, Martha Eliza Foster Hooten, in 1917. The children of Eliza and Eber were Eva Watkins, born 1877 who married a Mulligan; Charles Watkins, born 1880; Sophie Watkins, born 1882; Rose Watkins, born 1884 and married a Coulter; Clyde Watkins, born 1891; Frank WAtkins, born 1877 and Flora Watkins, born 1904. Many thanks for your help!
Allyson Monroe Tilton
Monday, March 15, 1999 3:17 PM

Searching for the family of David Houser, born 8 Jan 1814 in Cumberland County Pa. Married (1st) to Leah SAUNDA/SONNTAG, ca. 1838. Children of David Houser & Leah were; Adeline, b. 1839, George W., b. 1842, m. Margaret HORNBACK, Jacob, b. 1843, married Sarah INGRUM, John Henry, b. 1849, married Eliza Jane INGRUM, and Nancy J., b. 1851. David Houser came to Macon County in 1845, residing at Hickory Point Twp. Leah died in Macon County in December, 1851. David remarried Catherine LORASH/LOURASH/LORISH in 1853. Children of David & Catherine were; Martha, b. 1854, m. Samuel MILLER; Rebecca, b. 1857; Matilda, b. 1858, m. Frank WEIGEL; Samuel, b.1860, m. Carrie Emma Delta WEIGEL; Fannie, b.1862; Eli, b. 1866; Malinda, b. 1867, m. John H. SCHROLL; William & Franklin, b.1868. David Houser died 8 Feb, 1892 in Macon County. Would like to find others researching this Houser line and affiliated!
T. Lillich
Friday, October 22, 1999 9:47 AM

I am doing research on my Howell family line. The Howells lived in Macon County according to the 1850 and 1855 Macon County Census. I am looking for contact with descendants of my gr-gr-grandfather's (Henry William) siblings. Henry's brothers and sisters were Hannah M., Hetty A.E., Ezekiel O., George W., Elizabeth (middle initial unknown), and Emma (middle initial unknown) Howell. It appears their father and mother owned a 160-acre farm near Long Creek or Mt. Zion Townships. Henry married Elizabeth Booker and purchased a farm in Piatt County. However, the rest of his family (parents and siblings) do not appear in the Macon County Census records after 1855.
Darraugh Nolan
Sunday, July 25, 1999 11:34 PM

I am interested in an Ezekiel C. Howell that is listed in the 1855 Macon County State Census. I believe this is the same Ezekiel that purchased two parcels of land, 80 acres each, which was a Federal Sale. I would like to have contact with anybody that has more specific information on this particular Ezekiel. In addition, I would like more specific information on a Jacob and James Howell also listed in the 1855 Macon County State Census.
Darraugh Nolan
Sunday, July 11, 1999 1:21 AM

Looking for any info on Rachel or George Huff. Rachel married James Anderson in 1866 and moved to Decatur. George Huff is mentioned all through James's Civil War pension records. James was born in 1833 in Jefferson County, IL
Wednesday, December 15, 1999 8:40 AM

Is anyone else out there is working on my same line. My great-grandparents on my paternal grandfathers side were: Elizabeth Gray Wirtz(1867- ?) and William Logan Huff (1856- ?). He was from Adams Co., Pa, but moved to Macon Co about 1882. He was a plasterer by trade. and I have been told owned a grocery store as well. She was from Centre Co., Pa.She moved to Macon as well, I don't know when. She was a live in Housekeeper for an aunt. Their son Walter Gray Huff was my grandfather. He was born in Decatur in 1900.

I am also looking for info on my great-grandparents on my paternal grandmothers side. My grandmother was born in Decatur in 1906 to: Thomas Ambrose Wilkinson of Layfette, Ind. and Anna(Annie) Jane Stark of New Berlin, Ill. If anyone has info on either of these families I would greatly appreciate the help.
Friday, October 15, 1999 8:43 PM

Hello, my name is Ron Hull and I am looking for my gggrandparent's names. My ggrandfather was born 23 May 1852 in Macon Co. and I have yet to find any kind of records with his parent's name on them. All I know is that William Henry Hull was born in 1852 and left home when he was 14 Yrs. old around 1866. Any help would be appreciated.
Ron Hull
Sunday, September 05, 1999 3:53 PM

I am looking for William Harvey HUMPHREY's parents Robert HUMPHREY and Laura HIGH. William was born in Maroa, Macon Co., IL in 1881 after his father died (date unknown) he and his brother Joe were raised by their grandmother in NE.
Kimberly Brown
Monday, March 22, 1999 11:39 PM

We are looking for my grandfather and ggrandfather, grandfathers death certificate show he was born 2/17/1884 in Niantic, Macon CO IL, his name was James Dudley Hunt, his parents were James Dudley Hunt and Clarissa Adams. Siblings were Mary Elizabeth, Theodore, Roy A and Harry H. My father remembers family living in Decatur when he was a child.
Pam Hunt Evans
Wednesday, September 29, 1999 1:13 PM

Orita Kirkman
Saturday, March 13, 1999 11:06 PM

Looking for info on my grandfather, James Dudley Hunt, b 17 Feb 1884, Niantic, Macon Co, IL. He supposedly was the son of James Hunt and Clarissa Adams Hunt. His sibblings were: Mary Elizabeth "Dolly"(married named Pierson), Roy A, Harry H, and Theodore. Any connections? Carol Brinegar Thursday, February 18, 1999 10:34 AM

Servantus 'Vance' Huston, son of John Huston and Phoebe Swisher, born 1835 in Pickaway County, Ohio, md (1) Catherine Maple 14 May 1859 in Clark County, Illinois, (2) Louisa Anne Hornback 12 Oct 1882 in Macon County, Illinois, died 27 Jan 1902 in Macon County, Illinois, Company G, 116th Illinois 1862-1865. Children (known) Phebe Annetta, Ada J, Harley S, and Minnie M. Was in Page County, Iowa in 1870 later returned to Illinois. Does any one have any information on this family or descendants? Thank you.
Carl Dunn
Tuesday, June 22, 1999 12:16 PM

Searching for information for my great-grandfather, Charles Bowman Hutchison, who lived in or near Mt. Zion from 1861 to 1871. He and his wife Mary Ann Law purchased land there (have record of purchase) and it was sold in 1871 only with Mary Ann's name on deed of sale. Charles' trail ends here for me. Appreciate any suggestions.
Sally Kneifel
Sunday, May 02, 1999 7:05 PM

Need info on the Jackson family: My great grandparents were:
T. E. Jackson, born Sept.9, 1855 in Missouri to Thomas E. Jackson and Rebecca Beck lived in Pana, Christian County and was a coal miner. Married Mollie Adams, born Jan.26, 1870 in Ill. to John A. Adams and Nancy Baker or Nancy Beck (I don"t really know which, although a marriage license says Baker). T.E. died in Moweaqua on Mar.16, 1919 and was buried in Pana (I beleive there is a family plot somewhere in Pana) and Mollie died on Mar.23, 1918 in Decatur. Their daughter Ethel Alice Jackson was born July 19, 1888 in Herrick. I would like to have any info on Jackson's and confirmation on the info I have.
Monday, January 18, 1999 1:55 PM

I am looking for information about my grandfather; HOMER FRANCIS JACO. 19 Feb. 1897 -- 15 May 1967 - He worked as a mailman in Decatur until he retired. I seek any information about his mother, father, or family. Thank you.
Renee Bowers
Thursday, May 27, 1999 1:48 AM

I am researching Daniel W JAGGERS, b abt 1835, Macon Co,IL. He is the child of Nancy ATTEBERRY, b abt 1808, KY and John JAGGERS, b ?. They were married in Richland Co, IL. Nancy and Daniel are listed in her borther, Reason ATTEBERRY's home in the 1850 Macon Co census. Daniel appears in the 1880 Shelby Co, IL census with his wife Mary E PORTWOOD JAGGERS and their children. I would like to find out where they were between 1850 and 1880 and where all of the above died and are buried. Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.
Kay Jaggers Roth
Saturday, August 28, 1999 6:06 PM

Looking for information on Daniel Williamson Jaggers, born 1835, in Macon Co. Have very little on his children, nothing on siblings or ancestors. He did serve in Illinois infantry in the Civil War. Thanks.
Jim Jaggers
Monday, June 28, 1999 1:59 AM

Looking for information on Wesley Howard JIMISON Sr. b. 19 Aug 1847 in PA. d. 14 Feb 1921 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Married Sarah "Sallie" N. PEASE/PEAYS on 3 Jun 1875 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Sarah was b. abt 1857 in MO?. d. Jan 1938 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Children: Wesley Howard JIMISON Jr. b.7 Sep 1878 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. d. ? Married Myrtle "Wilda" GRABILL/GRABLE on 21 Nov 1900 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL.
Russ Bright
Saturday, August 07, 1999 4:21 AM

Seeking information on the families of ALONZO DECALVIS JOHNSON-born 2 Apr. 1857 in Decatur, Macon Co., Ill. and his parents THOMAS and MARGARET JOHNSON. Alonzo married MARY ELIZABETH LYTLE in 1883-born 3 Jan. 1868 in Ill. and her parents were JAMES LYTLE and LOUIZZA HUDSON. Alonzo and Mary's child LEWADRIAN "LULA" JOHNSON was born 1889 in Decatur. This family later moved on to Missouri and had two sons there. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Helen Boydston
Sunday, December 26, 1999 12:59 PM

Seeking info on a boy named FRED KEEFER OR KEIFER from the Decatur area. He was killed by a man swinging a hammer at a carnival probably sometime after 1920. Dont know where he is acutally buried.
Sunday, April 04, 1999 10:38 PM

I am searching for Mary Emily (Molly) Kimberlin's parents and siblings. She was born, I think, near Decatur, Macon Co., on 14 Jan 1855, and married William Matthew Mabe in Mt. Zion, IL, on 15 Mar 1875. I have found a land patent for James L. Kimberlin for Macon Co., which was purchased in 1850. I would appreciate any info that might help determine if James L. is Mary Emily's father. Thank you.
Donnie Mabe Rupp
Wednesday, March 17, 1999 7:04 AM

I am searching for information on Charlotte (Berger) King. She died in Argenta, Illinois on 7-Mar-1896. I do not have any proof of her death though. I am looking for a death certificate or cemetery record to verify her death. She returned to Argenta, Illinois from Humboldt, Allen Co., Kansas in 1896 to attend the funeral of a family member and died from a diabetic coma while she was there. My sources tell me that she was buried near Argenta. Thank you.
Jude Richardson
Saturday, August 07, 1999 9:10 AM

I am searching for information about my grandfather, John Alexander Kinsley. The information I have states that he was born in Macon Co. Illinois 12 May 1868. Thanks for your search.
Sunday, March 07, 1999 7:30 AM

I'm looking for the birth and death dates for Esther L. Krows.
Wednesday, December 22, 1999 12:52 PM

I am seeking information about John J. KRAIGER. He died in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois on March 04, 1947. He is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur. He was preceded in death by first wife, Anna (Ann) Eitel. They had two children. Preceded in death by second wife, Rosa (Rose) B. nee unknown. Second wife died in Macon County and is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery. John KRAIGER was born in Paw Paw, Van Buren County, Michigan March 24, 1870. Would like to know names of his parents and other ancestors or relatives. Have additional information that I am willing to share.
Mark Mynatt
Wednesday, April 21, 1999 9:51 PM

Searching for information on the Leeper family. Wm. Leeper m. a ? Dougherty in Vermilion Co. and moved to the Decatur area. Can anyone help?
Betty VanLeer
Saturday, October 30, 1999 4:26 PM

Seeking information about the MOSES LEINARD family who moved from PA to Illinois- around 1880, some members of the family to Decatur, Macon Co, IL. They were members of the Church of the Brethren. Is this church the same as the United Brethren? Any help on this family appreciated.
Faye Goodman
Tuesday, May 04, 1999 7:56 PM

I am looking for information on any of the children of John B. and Susan Fry Lichtenberger who came to Macon Co. about 1850 from Pennsylvania. They had 9 children. My great-grandfather was James Pendleton who married Agnes Ingle. Would love to share information with any of their relatives or with any of the Fry or Ingle family.
Wednesday, October 06, 1999 6:55 PM

I am looking for information on my grandfather, Ronald Rupert Lyons. 1887-1954. Lived in Maroa, Il. Married to Mary Ellen Redmon. 1892-1956
Saturday, May 22, 1999 3:24 PM

Would love to share information on the Maddox Family of Macon County, IL. Children of Edward Maddox and Rhoda Montgomery were: Thomas Sherman m. Mary Frances McCormick; Margaret m. (a Caine or Graine); Lucinda m. John W. McCoy; George never married and is buried in Macon County; Edward no information; Sirena m. Uriah T. Lane; Notley m. Nancy Ann Lane; Sarah m. William H. Stout; Nancy m. James Ambrose Lane; James m. Rose Cameron, Madden.
Vera Reeves
Friday, September 24, 1999 9:32 AM

MALSON, DANIEL. b.1833 OH, living in Macon Co IL with parents James and Francisca Malson in 1850. No record past that point, may have died in Macon Co. A sister, Margareta b. 1840 OH, d. 1845 Macon Co IL. Bur. North Fork Cem., Old section, Lone Creek twp, Macon Co. Rest of family moved to MO. Any information would be appreciated.
Marilyn Elliott
Saturday, October 30, 1999 9:11 AM

Looking for information on the Nicolas Marotte Family and the Marotte Surname. Last place of residence was Decatur, IL. Thank You
Tuesday, July 13, 1999 3:02 PM

The 1870 Census of Macon County, ILL shows: Emma TAYLOR, age 49 (she was formerly Emma Lucy Metcalf). Children: William Metcalf, age 23; David B. Metcalf, age 18; Nathan Metcalf, age 16. This family had moved from Pike CO., ILL there in 1860's. There were 2 other children not on this census: Ann Elizabeth & Emma Lucy Metcalf ( married by the time this census was taken?) The above David m Inez Kiser. The mother Emma Lucy Metcalf Taylor died in 1900 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, ILL. I would be happy to share information on this line.
Hallie for Wm. Metcalf of LaGrange, KY
Tuesday, April 27, 1999 2:00 PM

Looking for information on, and ancestry of, Ann BEAR (married Joseph MILLER, 1866 in Macon County; died 1875, possibly in Piatt County). Their children were John Anderson Miller (b. 1872, in Macon County) and Minnie Miller. Family tradition says Ann Bear was a Native American. can provide information on some of their descendants in Illinois and Kansas. I greatly appreciate your help.
Ken Miller
Wednesday, April 07, 1999 8:34 PM

My ancestor Joseph Moore served in the Civil War from Macon County. But after he was discharged we can't find a trace of him. I would really appreciate your contacting me if anyone has any information. Many thanks.
Saturday, September 04, 1999 5:33 PM

I'm looking for information on J.J. Morrison. He was a civil war veteran. He had 9 children born between 1866 and 1883. Ella May is my great grand mother and J.J. would be my great-great grandfather. I do have all the names and birthdays of all the children. I do not know however his wife`s name. They left Warrensburg in 1890 and moved to Rockwell City, Iowa. Thank you for any help.
Larry R. Thorne
Wednesday, November 03, 1999 1:21 AM

A George T. Watkins married a Julianna MORRIS Macon Co. 22 Nov 1860. Does anyone know anything about Julianna? Am tracing the Morris family and wish to know more about her.
Lynne Morris Keasling
Thursday, July 01, 1999 7:19 PM

Does anyone have access to an index for death records for the 1915-30's time period? I am looking for:
Mary Emma Doolin MORSTATTER b 1855 in Illinois (Jefferson County?). Her husband was George Morstatter of Germany and they were residents of Sangamon County, however, her daughter, Mary Catherine Morstatter SARGENT resided in Decatur and I have a family portrait taken ca 1917, of Mary Catherine with her daughter, Violet, and two other women. It is supposed to be a 4-generation portrait but I am not convinced. In any case, one of the women is probably Mary Emma which means that she was in the vicinity and could have been living near her daughter. Thank you in advance for any help.
Anna D.
Tuesday, January 26, 1999 2:33 PM

Saturday, June 12, 1999 1:02 PM

Jacob NELSON, grocer, lived in Decatur from about 1874 until his death in 1905. He was buried at Mt. Gilead cemetery, as were his children Laura L. BRIGGS and Benjamin NELSON. I would like information on Wyley NELSON, also b. at Mt. Gilead. I will gladly share information I have on this family, which I have traced back a couple more generations. Thanks.
kc leroy
Saturday, October 09, 1999 8:43 AM

Jacob NELSON, grocer, died in Decatur in 1905. He was related to a passel of Nelsons in Effingham County, from where he migrated to Fayette and then Macon County. His children included Nancy (1852-1938) who married Henry MUSSER; Frank (1852-after 1929), Mary Ellen (1855-1929) who married twice, once to a Mr.. PALMER and then to William LANE; Thena Elizabeth (1857-1929) who also married twice, first to Henry TROESH and then to John Henry PIFER; Benjamin (1859-1938) who is buried at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Decatur, as is his father; and Laura (1861-1908) who married first William GARDNER and then Warren BRIGGS, and is also buried at Mt. Gilead. I am interested in any information on these folks, and will share what I have on them and their ancestors. Thanks.
Barbara LeRoy
Sunday, October 03, 1999 7:05 PM

Tuesday, June 29, 1999 12:50 PM

PAGE, Moses, served in Civil War 116 INF Co. A , signed up as from Macon Co., Il. according to Ill. Civil War Veteran's Database. He died in Paris, Il. 1904. Where did he live in Macon Co. and for how long? m. Mary Ann McKee 1853 Owen Co, IN, Spencer. Will share information. Especially need his father's and mother's names. Thanks.
Carolyn Page Strafford
Wednesday, October 13, 1999 2:40 PM

I am looking for information on the Parkhurst family. My grandmother was Ella Vesta Parkhurst. She married Arthur Frank Allen, year unknown. She had one sister, Mary, whose last residence was in Forsythe. My grandmother had 8 children, Bertha, Vern, Cliff, Lola, Gladys, Estella, and Maurice. They lived on Cushing Street with their children. The span of time would be about 1860 until 1960. Any help would be appreciated.
Kay Whittaker
Thursday, January 28, 1999 9:58 AM

I am tracing my wife's family of Popes. Dempsey Pope arrived in Mosquito Creek (near Decatur) about 1829/30. I have found a number of items on him and his time in IL. At the Denver Public Library, I found a copy of the History of Macon Co that had some info on him. Also, I found a book "Index to City of Decatur and Macon Co, IL Vol I & II" which had listings for a number of the Dempsey Pope family. The index lists them on 13 separate pages but primarily I:385-386. I didn't see the book listed on the list of Lookups. Is there anyone who has the book and would be willing to phtocopy a few pages for me?
Paul Carter
Monday, April 19, 1999 11:24 AM

I'm looking for any further information on William Thomas Porter (b. 7 April, 1851, Somewhere in Illinois). He married Mary Lulu Gibson 6 July 1874 in Decatur. Appreciate any help.
Marsha Sweek
Friday, February 12, 1999 12:11 PM

I'm looking for a George Prout who resided in Oakley Il, Macon co about 1897 and when my ggranfather died, George Prout took in one of his children: Albert Higgins b: Nov 29, 1897. Albert had one brother John, and two sisters, Cozetta and Mary Jennie who were also farmed out when their parents died. As an adult, Albert Higgins moved to Lawrence co., Il.
Joann Higgins Coleman
Sunday, September 05, 1999 2:22 PM

I am looking for information on my gg grandmother Julia Ann QUERRY 1845-1910. Her family is believed to be from Macon Co. She married Quintus Cincinnatus Righter March 16, 1868 in Indiana and relocated to Shelby Co., Illinois in 1878-1879. Their children, Agnes, Laura, Jacob, William, Jennie. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Charles E. Evans
Monday, November 08, 1999 8:15 AM

I am seeking information about Opal Adelia Read [10-21-1897 - 5/1984] who is listed in Decatur, Macon co., IL in the SSDI. Is there anyone who can look up her obit for me? She was supposed to have been an early pioneer in women's rights, was a superintendent of schools and drove her own car way back when. He parents Eugene Read [1852?-1920] & Myrtle Cutshaw Read [1876-?] are of major interest, too, but i don't know where they resided nor where they died. Opal would be my first cousin twice removed. Thanks for any assistance.
Rob Esse
Monday, September 06, 1999 10:42 PM

I'd like to find descendants of Harry K Reed and Anna Adelia Dukes who were married in Macon Co in 1898 or 1899. They had three sons whose names, I'm not sure in what combination, were Robert, Irving or Irvin, James, Norman, and Howard (some were middle names). Harry died and Anna md a Hill.
Judy Dukes Kuetemeier
Friday, October 15, 1999 7:40 PM

I would like to exchange information regarding the Rehfelt family who lived in Decatur beginning in the 1870's. My great grandfather was Rudolph Rehfeldt, who came to America from Prussia. My grandfather was John Lewis Rehfelt and at one time was City Water Commisioner in Decatur. He was married to Severena Hantz and raised a family in the Decatur area. Thanks for any help you can give to me.
Dorothy Lowe
Monday, August 30, 1999 9:28 PM

Can someone find out if there is a George Reynolds buried in Wheatland or Wheeler cemetery in Whitmore township? Died in 1882. Also need to find his wife Mary (born Cass). Don't know where either of these cemeteries might be.
Bill Reynolds
Monday, March 15, 1999 6:16 AM

My grandfather was Henry Clay Robinson, born in Cowde, Shelby Cty., Illinois, December 8, 1899, and died in Decatur, Oct. 26, 1952. He was the son of Matha E. Dillner and Marquis (sometimes spelled Marcus) LaFayette Robinson. They were maried in Decatur, Macon Cty., Illinois, May 27, 1892. Their other son was William H., born 1896. By 1902, the family was living in Decatur farming.
Marquis was a nephew of Hardy Daly of Warrensburg, Illini Township, Macon Cty. who died December 15, 1900. Marquis was listed as a Daly nephew in the will along with the following Robinson's (also nephews): Amos of Warrensburg, Joseph of Houston, Texas, George of Sullivan, Il and Alfred of Decatur.
If anyone has any information that they would like to share with me, I would love to hear from you.
Kay M. Robinson
Friday, February 19, 1999 12:54 AM

I am looking for information (particularly date & place of death) for William RODGER. He lived in Decatur, Macon Co, IL in 1923. His occupation was barber. William was born in Scotland in 1865. His wife's name was Sarah. Their children were Mary b. 1887; Sarah b. 1889; George b. 1894;John b. 1901. Thanks for any information.
Gale Billard
Thursday, July 01, 1999 3:12 PM

I am looking for death records for James and Anna (Cummins) Sechrest. Their daughters were married in Macon Co. in 1881 and 1883, so I suppose they died sometime after that. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!
Monday, December 27, 1999 4:55 PM

I need information on Jacob H. Seibert born in Ohio approx. 1849. Married Christina Hays in 1874 in Hickory Point Township, they had 7 children in Hickory Point and divorced in 1887. I can follow my ggrandmother Christina but after the divorce I haven't been able to find Jacob my ggrandfather. I do know he owned a belt and reel business in 1883 or 1884 in downtown Decatur and also a partner in an implement company at the same time next door to the other business. Any information on him after 1887 or before 1874 would be great. Thank you.
Linda Seibert Walters
Thursday, July 15, 1999 2:53 PM

I'm looking for any, or all, information on the Scheibly family in Macon County. Also Burns, Magee, and Shastid families. Thank you.
Kay (Scheibly) Stiles
Tuesday, July 13, 1999 8:25 AM

I was wondering if anyone had any information on the SCHWEISS surname. Laura Schweiss had six girls and then married William Cavanaugh. She had a daughter with him by the name of Bertha Marie and within a few months, died. A petition as guardian followed which shows that Wm. was living at 2620 E. Sangamon St. in Decatur, IL. He later moved to Peoria where he died. Any information appreciated.
Bev Dobbins
Thursday, May 06, 1999 8:57 AM

I have information that my uncle, SAMUEL EDGAR SHULL, was born in Decatur about 1880 to Martha Catherine Mahanes Shull and Martin Monroe SHULL. By 1882 they were in Kansas. I am looking for any information available on any of this family.
Carol Shull Eby
Monday, July 19, 1999 6:27 PM

I am trying to locate some information on my gr-grandmother, Margaret C. SMITH, b: Nov. 14, 1875, Logan, IL, d: November 6, 1960, in Decatur (Macon Co.), IL. She married Joseph MULLIS, 1892, in Tuscola (Douglas Co), IL. Margaret was the daughter of Frank SMITH and wife, Margaret GORE...I know nothing about them nor if Margaret had any siblings or not. Joseph & Margaret (SMITH) MULLIS had 2 sons:
1) Orville, b: 3/29/1893, d: 3/4/1965, Decatur, IL., who married Anna C. NOVAK on 3/19/1920. Orville MULLIS was known as a portrayor Abraham Lincoln.
2) Bert Frances MULLIS (1873-1961) who md: Marie SMITH (my grandparents.)
I have some ancestry on the MULLIS family that I would be happy to share if anyone is interested, but would like to find out something on the SMITH/GORE line. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Saturday, June 19, 1999 12:16 PM

Am trying to locate information on my gr-gr grandmother, Margaret SMITH, b:Nov. 14, 1875, IL, d: Nov. 6, 1960, Decatur. She was the daughter of Frank Smith and his wife, Margaret GORE (have nothing on them.) Margaret md: Joseph MULLIS abt. 1892 (Edgar Co, IL?) I have the MULLIS information, but just not much on Margaret. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Marsha McWilliams
Tuesday, September 07, 1999 10:28 AM

I am looking for infomation on LULU MAE SNELL born 5 Mar 1893. She married WILLIAM OTIS HUMPHREY in Decatur, Macon, Ill. on 2 June, 1917. I only know she had a sister. I would appreciate any information. Thanks.
Brenda Humphrey
Monday, September 06, 1999 5:47 PM

I am searching for family ties for William Morgan Snyder, whose land grant applications show him as a resident of Macon County in 1832 and 1835. There was also a Samuel Snyder living in Shelby County in 1840. Abraham Snyder was in Macon County 1820. William Morgan Snyder was born 08 DEC 1812 in Ohio and died 22 FEB 1846 in Moultrie Co., IL
Monday, July 19, 1999 10:35 AM

Looking for any and all information on William Cooper STEWART. Do not have birth death or marriage info. Found him on the 1840 Macon County Census. Know of one son, Robert Henry STEWART b. 19 Oct 1829 Hagerstown, MD. m. Julia BAINTER 7 March 1850 he d. 24 June 1900 in Franklin Co KS she d. 24 Jan 1878 in Franklin Co KS. I would greatly appreciate any light that could be shed on these people, I also have nothing on Julia's family.
Dana in WA
Tuesday, March 16, 1999 6:09 PM

Looking for family members of Henry Stickler and Elizabeth Kabelah/ he also was married to Elizabeth Dety and one other women. Their children were: Daniel, David, Edward, Emaline, and Josephine, and Augustus. the children were born at Centre Co Pa. The family then moved to Macon Co Illinois. It is know that David married Mary Bell, and Daniel married Rena Jibbe, and Edward married maud Henslee.Emaline was married to Charles Strack. Would like to exchange family info.
Shirley Vinsand
or - 2708 Gotch Park Road , Humboldt Iowa 50548
Saturday, January 16, 1999 1:54 PM

I am researching ISAAC STONE born 3/19/1838 in Ohio, died 8/31/1906 in Argenta, Illinois, Macon Co. Married SARAH HAY born 5/17/1840 in Ohio, died 1/20/1920 in Argenta, Illinois. They are both buried in Friends Creek Cemetery. It was hard to read so I do not know if the cemetery is correct. Their children were ELEANOR, MINA, BERTHA, AND ALFRED. Does any name sound familar? Love to hear from you!
Monday, July 12, 1999 12:03 AM

Researching St. Stanislaus Catholic church in Macon. Was parish founded by Poles? Was it the only parish or mission to serve Poles in Macon County?
Russ Czaplewski
Saturday, January 30, 1999 10:26 AM

I am looking for anyone with info on Mr. and Mrs. Edward Strausbaugh of Decatur Ill. Mrs Strausbaugh's maiden name was Huff/Hoff and her family was from the Pa/Md border area around Adams Co. Pa and Carroll Co. Md. I know that Mrs Strausbaugh's brothers were born in 1826 and 1828, so I would think that she was born about the same time as would her husband. I am interested in hearing from anyone with a possible lead however small it may seem. Thank you.
Judy in OR
Thursday, December 02, 1999 3:38 AM

Looking for William H. Summers marr. Reehamah. Had child, James Edwin Summers in 1863 in Macon Co., IL. James Edwin Summers was in Clifton Forge, VA later.
Susan L. Summers
Friday, July 16, 1999 10:10 PM

I am researching my TAGUE ancestors in Macon County. My g-grandparents, James Harvey TAGUE and Ethel Irene SPRATT came to Warrensburg or Lincoln from Ireland, possibly County Galway. Their surname may have been TIGUE originally. They had 4 children: Robert Edwin b 12 Mar 1917 d. Jun 1961; Essel Lee b. 6 Jul 1921 d. 7 Jul 1972; Martha Ellen b. 7 Feb 1925; James Richard. Any information you may have about any TAGUES in this area would be very much appreciated.
Beth Brigham
Sunday, February 28, 1999 1:42 PM

Looking for any information on WILLIAM HENRY TELFORD, married to MARTHA E. NELMS. Had 5 children: FRED TELFORD 1/31/1881 b. Sangamon, IL; d. 3/1969 Wash.DC.; IVY TELFORD; ANN TELFORD (who married JOHN REARDON) and two other sons. Thanks!
Julie Scott
Thursday, August 26, 1999 2:12 PM

Looking for information on Thomas Gardner TERNEUS b. 1878 in IL. d. ? Married to Mary Bertha CASEY on 28 Sep 1899 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Mary was b. 7 Jun 1878 in Fayette Co., IL. d. 6 Nov 1931 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL.
Russ Bright
Saturday, August 07, 1999 4:31 AM

I am looking for HOBBS and TODD in the Decatur area from about 1880 until 1904. Anyone looking into these lines?
Kay Tweet
Saturday, May 22, 1999 10:54 PM

I am looking for info on my grandmother Florence Elizabeth Travis. She was born in Farmer City Illinois in 1890. She lived most of her life in and around Decatur. Her father was George Washington Travis born around 1854 in Decatur. Her father married Sarah Elizabeth Adams and they had the following children Arthur, Leeroy, Etta, Florence, and Harley. The father of George Washington Travis was John Harvey Travis born 1823 in Wayne Co. Illinois. He had the following children: George, William, Charles, Mary. His father was John Travis born around 1768 in South Carolina and died 1823 in Wayne Co. Illinois. He had the following children: Allen, Thomas, Finis, and John Harvey. My grandmother's mother was Sarah Elizabeth Adams the daughter of James Adams and Sarah?. Both parents were possibly born in Delaware. I believe they had the following children: Mary, William, Trustin, John, Martha, Elizabeth, and Sarah. Family tradition has it that the Adams family were descendants of John Quincy Adams.
Joe Sharp
Sunday, September 12, 1999 10:03 AM

I am looking for info on my great grandfather William A. Trueblood who lived in Decatur with his wife Lucy Ellen Paschall Trueblood early 1900s. They ran a boarding house and she was a midwife. Thank you
Lane Trueblood
Thursday, March 25, 1999 3:58 PM

I am looking for any information on Moses TURNER family. Please look it over and I'll keep my fingers crossed. The only sibling's name of this union that I know is Lydia TURNER and she appears to be the oldest of seven children. Moses TURNER b. abt 1800 TN d. jan 1845 IL probably Macon Co. IL. Married Eliza b. TN. Dau, Lydia TURNER b 1830 MO m John J. CLARK b 1820 MO in Macon Co. IL on 13 May 1848. Other possible children of Moses TURNER & Eliza: Moses, Sophronia, James, Polly, Benjamin, John (re: 1850 US Census Macon Co. 1844 nov 16 Moses TURNER m. Sarah(Sallie) Ward dau of John (Jr) Ward in Macon Co. 1845 Probate Record (no Will) died in state (IL) Jan 1845. If you have any information concerning Moses TURNER or his family, I would really appreciate you letting me know. Thank you for your time!
Friday, February 26, 1999 3:12 AM

My mother has a recollection that her great-uncle William Underwood was a Sheriff in Macon County IL during the very early 20th century. My records indicate he was born abt. 1861 and died in 1931. Can anyone confirm this or give me suggestions on where to write? Would the current Sheriff's department have records back to that time? Thanks!
Peg Hetlage
working on: Hetlage, Protzmann, Kansteiner, Ewert, Keese St. Louis
Bonner, Belcher, Bullard, Underwood, Vail in Macon / Marion Cty IL
Monday, July 19, 1999 9:42 PM

Have picture of James VANHOOK and wife taken 1889 at Star Studio, North Water St. in Decatur, Macon CO. Believe the wife was daughter of David JENKINS. David Jenkins were born KY about 1830s, moved to Marion Co., IL then to Osceola CO, IA. by 1865. Would like to find burial, obituary or any information on Mrs. JENKINS VANHOOK. Picture would indicate she was born 1860-1870.
Barbara Moore
Saturday, February 20, 1999 12:54 PM

Searching for information on Mary E. (Molly) Madole Ward. Birth about 1768 homestead in Macon County in apx 1824 in the Ward Settlement on the South side of the Sangamon River.
Thursday, January 21, 1999 2:07 AM

I'm researching a relative who owned a printing Company in Decatur Illinois called " Warnica & McGrigory " about 1870. I have no proof as to which Warnica it was, but I thought that one or more Warnica may show up in Decatur. A wild guess might make him to be James H. Warnica born March 20, 1854, died July 03, 1917. I hope someone can help. Thank you in advance.
Bill Warnica
Monday, March 29, 1999 1:17 PM

I am trying to identify and trace the parents of Mary Weatherford, born 1837 in KY. Mary married William J. Pope, son of Dempsey Pope, on 28 Oct 1858. I have been told that her parents were Lindsey Weatherford and Leuvicey Averett of Marion Co, KY. I have no proof of her parents. William and Mary Pope moved to Jefferson Co, KS in 1882. In Mary's obituary of 1915, it lists among those relative who came from afar a J. H. Weatherford. I have a lot of information on the Pope family. I'm trying to trace Mary's family and any assistance would be appreciated.
Paul Carter
Sunday, April 25, 1999 4:30 PM

White, W.H. married to Emma A. Rodgers 5/7/1893 in Macon Co. Illinois. I need information of these Ancestors.
Wednesday, December 29, 1999 10:56 AM

I am looking for a Robert WHITE who lived in Decatur about 1930-1940's. He may have been a Colonial in the armed forces. He may have married a women with the surname of RODGER. I know this is not much to go on, but if you have any information I would appreciate it. Thanks
Gale Billard Thursday, July 01, 1999 3:17 PM

I am searching for information about or descendants of W. and Mollie Williams who resided in Maroa in 1890. Thanks.
Helen Renner
Friday, October 01, 1999 8:21 PM

Hi. I`m looking for information on the family of George Washington WILSON, b. 12-10-1839 in IN, m. Sarah Jane Walsh abt. 1874 @ Decatur IL. They had eight children one of whom was Jasper Newton WILSON b 3-4-1884 @ Decatur, IL who married Ollie Belle PETTYJOHN, b. 11-3-1883 @ Mt Zion, IL the daughter of Charles Jacob PETTYJOHN, d 5-8-1926 @ Decatur, IL and Nancy Bell(e) ROBERTS, d. 2-2-1938 @ Decatur, IL. If anyone has any info on this family please contact me. Thank you.
Jim Wilson
Thursday, December 16, 1999 1:03 PM

I am seeking info on the family of Jason WINCHESTER (b ca 1844/NC) who married Eveline/Lina CROWELL (b ca 1839/KY) before 1870/IL. They had a daughter, Martha Ann WINCHESTER b ca 1870/IL, who is named as a minor heir/grandchild of Benjamin Allen CROWELL in his probate matters dated 1875-77/Jackson Co IL. Eveline CROWELL WINCHESTER was deceased between 1875-77. Jason WINCHESTER shows in the Macon Co IL census/1880 with a new wife, Sarah, age 23/IN and his daughter, Martha Ann age 10. Does anyone know these WINCHESTER/CROWELL folks in Macon Co IL? What happened to Martha Ann WINCHESTER?
Thursday, July 08, 1999 4:45 PM

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