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I am looking for info on Elisha Abbott from Warrensburg, Ill. He was a streetcar condutor in Warrensburg Ill, dont know what years. His wife's name was Lenora, maiden name was Cameron. My Grandmother's name was Iva Abbott born in Warrensburg. i belive any info would be very much appriciated. Thank you.
Monday, December 17, 2001 9:31 PM

ABRAMS, HOWELL & FRIEND lineage - Josiah Abrams was an early settler of Macon Co, Arrived in 1828 from Ohio, his son Levi was the First male married in Friends Creek. I am descended from both the Friends and the Abrams. Josiah Abrams and his wife Nancy Davis were my 3G-grandparents, their daughter Elizabeth married to Daniel Howell on 5 Jul 1832 in Macon Co and they are my GG-Grandparents. Josiah Abram's father, Henry Abrams Jr. married Sarah Friend and she may have been related to George Friend for whom Friend's Creek was named. This I do not know as I have not started to research the collateral branches of my Friends lineage.

If you are researching any of these family lines please contact me.
Carrie Bias Hoffert
Tuesday, March 12, 2002 12:20 PM

Sarah Smith and William Adams were my paternal grandparents and I do not know much about their history. I think William Lee Adams died in Oklahoma City. My father was born in Oklahoma. I would really like to know more about my family.
Dan Raby
Monday, September 24, 2001 12:51 AM

Seeking information on Goldie May (DEARTH) ADAMS and her descendants. She was born Nov 8, 1891 in DeWitt County and died Oct 1972 in Decatur, Macon County. She was married to Ray ADAMS Dec 22, 1920.
sharon beckius
Thursday, February 24, 2000 10:40 AM

We are doing research on the John and Rebecca Alexander family and the Alexander and Keziah Dowers family. We would like to trade information with any who have worked on either of these lines.
Dale and Connie Harper
Friday, August 23, 2002 3:46 AM

Looking for information on the John H Andrews and Mary E [Cloud] Andrews family they lived in Niantic IL Macon County John was born abt 1842 and died 3/21/1903 in Niantic and Mary was born abt 1848 They had several children but I can only account for two Bitha Andrews b 11/2/1866 in DeWitt County married in Macon County James Phoenix died in Sangamon 1932 and John D andrews b in Macon County 11/25/1879 d in Sangamon I would like to know the outher children and John H parents I have information on Cloud to share.
Mary Cookson
Friday, February 22, 2002 3:47 PM

John Henry Andrews born in IN. 1842, married to Mary Mccloud or Cloud - lived in Niantic IL. Macon Co. by 1879 - had 5 children John Daniel being the 5th child b 11/25/1879 in Niantic IL. they where both painters. please contact if you know this Family.
Monday, March 12, 2001 7:26 PM

Looking for any information on the Frederick Andrews family that worked, probably, as farm laborers in Macon County, Illinois around 1860. One son, Alfred Andrews, was listed as being born in Macon County, Illinois in 1860. Maybe some family had Andrews working for them during this time. They came from Ohio and moved back to Ohio after 1865. Family members at that time were Frederick, Catharine, Jonathan, John W., George W., Alfred, Daniel, Joseph, Frederick, Malissa, and James. A stepdaughter, Margaret, was also there and possibly is the Margaret Andrews married to John B. Travis in 1862 in Macon County, Illinois.
Saturday, January 06, 2001 10:38 AM

ANTHONY, GEORGE, b NY before 1846, married Amanda M. Drake Smith before 1877. Children George I b Apr 1882 in Michigan and Minnie b March 1878 in Illinois. Family made their residence in Decatur, Illinois from at least 1889-1900. Would like to exchange information with others from this family.
Ruby Sweet
Wednesday, February 13, 2002 12:23 PM

My g grandfather, Samuel Applegate moved to Macon Co from Green Co KY around 1850. enlisted in the war 1862 Was married to Mary Elizabeth Miller who passed away in Piatt Co 1863, I need to find Samuel Applegates parents. I have no clue. except could be William Henry and Julia. Samuel, died Joliet IL 1881. Children are: William Joseph buried in Marora Cem Have his but not children Julia Ann died MS married James Parker Macon Co Need Sophia married Wetherhead Macon Co No inf. need Fieldon Hawk, my grandfather. I have it all Samuel Franklin, died Fresno CA Have some need inf. there Anna Bell married Macon IL Need Eliza no inf. need George Douglas died Roaring Spring TX. need William Joseph had several sons, I would love their inf. William, Charlie, Louis, Otto I have 3, four in note books, a 3 in notebook and a 2 in notebook with pictures ,records. Just have not been able to find some there. If you can help I would appreciate it very much. If I can share I would love to.

They were farmers there. I would love any information you can provide on this family Or advise me where to look. Thanks,
Ladell Applegate Wiggins
OR - 3002 Lockheed Dr., Midland, TX 79703 Friday, November 09, 2001 8:07 PM

Looking for any information on W. OTTO APPLEGATE father William Joseph Applegate that worked for the Police department of Decatur Il died December 1918. This is all I have , Need any inf. Thanks,
Ladell Applegate Wiggins
OR - 3002 Lockheed Dr., Midland, TX 79703 Friday, November 09, 2001 8:07 PM

Hello, I am looking for info on Edward Asa (or Assa) who lived in Decatur and died in August of 1939. I am interested if anyone knew him and also I would like a copy of his death certificate. Edward was my great uncle and this is primarily for genealogy reasons but I am also trying to find the cause of death for all family members. Thank you.
Linda Asa
Saturday, April 21, 2001 3:26 PM

1900 census, 361 East Wood, Decatur, Illinois
Anthony, Amanda M. b Aug 1846 (widow) b New York, has 4 children, 4 living.
George I. Anthony son b April 1882 Michigan
Webber, Minnie Dau., (divorced) b March 1878 Illinois
Webber, Karl, grandson, b July 1892, age 8 b Indiana
Amanda's first marriage was in 1862 in New York to Billa F. Smith which ended in divorce. Would like to exchange info with other family members.
Ruby Sweet
Sunday, February 10, 2002 7:58 PM

I recently purchased at a local antique store a picture, about 4" x 2", an original from what looks to be latter quarter of 19th century, maybe 1880s. The writing on the back appears to be "A. W. Ausenbaum", or maybe Ansenbaum. In a clearer handwriting is: "harness maker, Maroa, Macon Co., Ills." The picture was taken by "A. Milt. Lapham's City Art Gallery, Decatur, Ill." The man pictured appears to be possibly in his 30's, give or take a few years. He doesn't look terribly happy. The picture is quite clear, and in perfect condition, given its age. I would love to see the picture in the hands of a descendant! I will send it to such a person. Possibly the clue of "harness maker" and Maroa will help a lot. If this is your ancestor, email me at the address below.
Monday, September 25, 2000 10:08 PM

I am looking for infomation on David Auxier/Axer/Axor and Sarah E. Brooks. David and Sarah were married in 1870 in Moultrie Co, IL.. Sarah 's maiden name was Wheeler. In the 1880 Federal Census of Illinois, Macon Co., Pleasant View Twp., p. 565D there is a David Oxor listed as a widower with son Orlando age 4, b. IL and son George age 2, b. IL. It appears that Sarah must have died some time after the birth of son George. I have reason to think David may have been born in Erie, PA. I would appreciate hearing from any one who has information of this family. Thanks.
Marilyn Pohlman
Monday, December 02, 2002 2:07 PM

- Searching for information on Martin L (?) Ayars, 1833-1865, mar. Else M Fenner; enlisted 21 Sep 1861-when he enlisted he lived at Newburgh, Macon Co, IL. Served in Co E, 10th Il Cavalry. Died at New Orleans of dysentery, buried at grave 6869, Chalmette Nat Cem. Martin was son of John E Ayars and Margaret Carter. Parents originally of Gloucester Co and Salem Co, NJ; to PA before 1834; to Pike Co, IL and finally to Moweaqua, Shelby Co, IL
Walt Ayars
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 9:44 PM

John (Joseph?) BAFFORD, born 19 Sept. 1894 Macon Co., IL. Any information on John or his family would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Will Ary
Thursday, October 19, 2000 4:21 PM

John Carrol Bagby, Mary A. Green Bagby, and Murtes Bagby.

Looking for info and leads regarding the family of John Carrol Bagby who lived in both Adams County and Macon County, Illinois. John Carrol Bagby was the son of William and Eliza Waring Bagby, born in North East Township, Adams County, Illinois, July 13, 1853. He was the sixth of their nine children. John Carrol Bagby married Mrs. Mary A. Green (maiden name is unknown) in Adams County on October 11, 1875 (this is the only known record of Mary A. Green). He died December 6, 1889 in Decatur, and is buried in Pulaski Cemetery, Hancock County, Illinois.

In a letter written February 9, 1886 from Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, by John Carrol Bagby to his father then living in Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, John indicates that he has moved to Decatur. He writes that he (the letter says "we are living in the house with Mag" so he is with his family) is staying with his sister, Margaret Elizabeth Bagby Wade, who operates a boarding house there. The letter gives 144 Merchant Street, Decatur, as the address of his sister's boarding house.

In the Will of William Bagby, dated June 23, 1904, he mentions "Murtes Bagby, daughter of my deceased son, John C. Bagby." In the final report by the Executor of the Will of William Bagby to the 1909 October Term of the Hancock County, Illinois County Court, it is proven that Murtes Bagby "was deceased at the date said Will was made and executed" indicating that she died before June 23, 1904. No other info on Murtes Bagby is known. Any information or leads appreciated.
Dan Dunham
Friday, July 28, 2000 12:29 AM

I am seeking information on Rosalyn Baker, who died in 1902 in Warrensburgh area, leaving a 10 month old daughter. she died of burns suffered during a kitchen fire. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, May 28, 2002 3:30 PM

I am researching the Joseph Leslie Baldwin family. He lived in Decatur most of his life. He was born March 14, 1867 in Porter Co., Indiana. He moved to Decatur between 1900 and 1910. His wife was Florence Roxcenna Adams Baldwin, their son was Forest/Forrest C. Baldwin. Joe died Dec. 5, 1942 in Macon County, IL. It showed on his death certificate that he was a retired farmer. He is buried at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Joe's parents were William and Hannah Crowe Baldwin (my great-grandparents) who lived in Starke County, IN. Florence was born at Knox, Starke Co., IN on 17 May 1874 and is also buried at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Her father, Isaac O. Adams died at her home while visiting from IN on 25 Jan 1908. Please contact me with any information about this family. Also, if anyone has transcriptions of Mt. Gilead Cemetery I would appreciate that information also.
Doris Baldwin
Tuesday, January 07, 2003 2:12 PM

My grandmother list her birth place as Decatur, IL August 24, 1892 her name Bertha Lee Ballard. Her parents were Thomas Ballard and Mary McDonald. She married Robert Harding Spears of Linden, TN. I am trying to research her family. Can you help me?
Teddy A. Adams
Sunday, September 30, 2001 5:26 PM

Effie Etta [Nelson] Balsley daughter of Parley Pratt and Susan M [Cloud] Nelson, lived in Maroa IL. Macon County. Effie Etta was born 1880 and died 1951 buried in Maroa along side parents. Intrested in more information on Effie.
Mary Cookson
Saturday, June 08, 2002 2:52 PM

Searching for information on ancestors and relatives for Anson Barnet(t?), b. 1848 in Blue Mound, Macon Co. IL. He married Mary Elizabeth McClure (b. 1853, Ireland), on Dec. 10, 1890 in Macon Co. They had two children: Jesse Ann Barnett, b. Sept 14, 1892 and Jim Thomas Barnett, b. Sept 18, 1895. The family moved to the Strathmore, Alberta area in 1909. Jesse attended Quercus Grove school while in Illinois. She was my maternal grandmother. All are buried at Strathmore cemetery, Strathmore, Alberta.
Dennis Roll
Tuesday, April 30, 2002 12:09 PM

I am searching for George Bashford who was a resident of Decatur when he enlisted in the Civil War in 1861. Thanks.
Saturday, September 09, 2000 6:07 PM

I am seeking info on the John Arla BARKER (b 12/8/1890 d 8/11/1946) family. John BARKER was married to Ofel May MCFETRIDGE 4/18/1914 in Macon County. I am specifically interested in obtaining the following information: 1. Any information concerning the murder of John BARKER's son Everett BARKER at the age of 12 years on Franklin Street near East Main Street, Decatur. 2. The location of Everett BARKER's grave. 3. Any information on John BARKER's sister with whom he was living at the time of his death. Mrs. Bertha WELKER of Decatur. Any information at all would be most gratefully appreciated.
Pat Grell
Saturday, May 20, 2000 2:24 AM

I am researching the John Arlis Barker family of Decatur, Macon County, Illinois from 1890 - 1946. My name is Pat Grell, John Arlis Barker was my grandfather. He was born 12/8/1890 - killed 8/11/1946. Thank you for any assistance you can provide.
Pat Grell
Friday, January 21, 2000 9:00 PM

Seeking information about James Barry, who lived in Niantic Township per 1900 census. James was shown as age 42; likely to have been brother of my g-grandfather.
Mary Wickersham
Wednesday, January 31, 2001 2:20 PM

Thomas Barton (1784-1867) and Jane (Crawford) Barton of Wayne Co. OH had children that went to Decatur IL probably in about the 1830s or 1840s. They could have included: Priscilla, Sarah, Clark, William, Thomas, Rachel, Josiah, Elisha, Mary Jane, and Jackson. Does anyone know about these sons or daughters?
Jeanne Holder
Sunday, January 27, 2002 6:19 PM

Hi; Looking for the death and burial date for Catherine Lucas who married William Henry Baughan/Boughan. She probably died in Macon Co after 1880, mother of Benjamin, Zachariah and Francis. Thanks.
Cindi Meyer
Monday, January 21, 2002 3:28 PM

Greetings: I am researching the surname "Beach" during the period 1840s-1860s. The Beaches lived generally on the northwest edge of Decatur. Family head was Timothy Beach. Sons were Jesse, Milton, Amos, Nathan and George. Daughters were Abbie, Nancy and Sarah. Timothy's wife was Sarah Sprague, a daughter of Abraham Sprague, one of the founders of Decatur. I have a lot of information on the offspring, but am still lacking a lot of information, also. I am David E. Beach, 815 - 40th Ave S. #F121, Grand Forks, ND 58201. I have visited Macon Co in the past and located the site of the Beach farmstead. Would like to work with other Beach researchers.
David E. Beach
Tuesday, May 01, 2001 8:43 PM

Seeking info on James BEAN, Mary Jane (Bean) ONEAL, and any TORBERTs known in Macon Co. I know of Hugh ONEAL and Samuel ONEAL (w Mary Jane), but seek more info on James and a possible Charles BEAN. These folks would be in the 1860/70/80 census for Macon Co. I have BEAN data for James and Mary Jane's parents in Madison Co OH for anyone interested, from there I think I can take you back to England. James is likely James Henry BEAN of DeWitt Co, I am his ggGson.
john e bean
Wednesday, January 24, 2001 2:22 PM

I am looking for info on Max Beeman. He is my grandfather. He was born 1/8/1905 and died 9/1982; SS# 329-01-4227. On my parents marriage application, Max is listed as a jeweler in Decatur, Il. - this would be in the early 40's. He and my grandmother were divorced shortly after my mother was born in Feb, 1924. I don't know if he went to Decatur right after that or not. In my baby book, his mother's name is listed as Elizabeth, but I don't know his father's name. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Monday, March 13, 2000 10:34 PM

Looking for information on gggrandparents, Zachariah Berger & Sarah Hauser/Hoosier. They are listed as being married in Macon Co. 5/18/1877. Trying to find Zachariah's parents and/or siblings, but no 1870 census online. Anything you can find is appreciated.
LaVonne Eldridge
Thursday, January 02, 2003 7:01 PM

I am looking relation of John Henry Bevins, born March 12, 1838 Leicestershire, England. He migrated to the United States with parents in approximately 1844. Lived in New Jersey, Ohio, then moved to Macon County, Illinois. Lived in Decatur, Illinois. Was vetenerian surgeon for Macon County. Lived in Decatur, Illinois for over 60 years. Married Eliza Jane Songer, on Feb. 8, 1859 in Shefffield, Illinois. Their children are: Charles Henry Bevins, born Jan. 27, 1861 Decatur, Illinois. Married Lydia Ella Ashton on Feb. 6, 1882. 2.) Adda Bevans/Bevins born in 1862 Decatur, Illinois. Married Harry M. Vaught, Sept. 18, 1888, Decatur, Ill. 3.) Edward J. Bevins born 1867, Decatur, Ill. Married Martha Hattie ???. 4.) Ruth Bevans/Bevins born in 1870, Decatur, Ill., married Jacob (Jake) Walters. 5.) Edith Bevans/ Bevins born in 1872, Decatur, Ill, married Willis Sherman Martin on August 21, 1901. 6). Dorothy Belle Bevins/Bevans born 1882, Decatur, Ill. Married Cecil Arthur Kryder on May 25, 1903. Would like to hear from family, friends or relatives of Bevins family.
Monday, May 22, 2000 1:22 AM

Does anyone have any information about Frederick and Mary Bickes from the late 1800's?
Betty Dickinson
Saturday, July 21, 2001 8:11 AM

As far as my research has led me, I know that my great-grandparents Francis Little Bogle and Jennie Jones moved to Maroa IL around 1870. My grandmother was their 5th child and born Feb 4th 1883 Maroa. My father and 2 more of his brothers were also born in Maroa. I am looking to find additional information. If you need more details from me let me know. thank you.
Frank Morgan
Sunday, December 08, 2002 12:47 PM

Would like to reach interested member of my great-uncle FRANK BOTONER's family. He was born in 1870 in Illinois (Christian, Ill. with family in Naperville perhaps and Blue Mound area, perhaps). His father was Henry Jacob Botoner and his mother Mary Shuman Botoner? He had at least one brother and two sisters, we believe. Uncle Frank died childless but was much beloved by our family (his in-laws). Have a few family photos and some interesting family history, etc. which may be of interest to the Botoner family.
C. Streharsky
Monday, October 08, 2001 4:56 PM

I am looking for any information on Julius (Jules) C. Bourquin. He was born in Nov. 1846 in Switzerland. He appears in Oakley, Macon County, Illinois in 1869 for this is when he marries Mary Catherine Farrow, daughter of Andrew Jackson Farrow. In 1870, Julius appears on the Macon County census and living close to him is a Peter Bourquin b. 1825 in Switzerland. Dont know the connection. Peter marries 3 times. Mary Jane Collins, Sarah Font and Barbara Shaffer in Macon County. Peter is a Wagon Maker. Peters children are; Mary J., Charles Henry and Elizabeth H. Bourquin. A William Coulter is an Executor on Peters will. Have not located this will. Also, in May 1865 a Mary Belle Bourquin is born to a Adam Louis Bourquin, Jr. in Decatur, Macon County. Dont know her connection to Julius either. Anyone with any Bourquin info please contact me. Thanks a million.
Tuesday, October 09, 2001 9:53 AM

Looking for information of a John F. BOWMAN and Jennie RIGHTER. they had a son, Clarence Aubry BOWMAN who married Edith WARFORD. Any information you have will be appreciated. John died in Macon Co. in 1956 and Jennie in 1935. Thank you.
Helen in Idaho
Wednesday, July 17, 2002 10:40 AM

I am looking for information on my ancestor, James P. Boyd. He was a Lt col in the 116th Infantry. He married Susan S. Packard in 1855 in Macon County Decatur Illinois. He had several Children including James who I believe is James L. Boyd. James L Boyd would be my ggg grandfather. If you have any information on these boyds please email me.
Karen Sebring
Monday, October 14, 2002 2:31 PM

I am looking for descendants of Daniel Brilley from Decatur Illnois. He was born in 1893 and fathered a son Junior William Brilley in January 1916 with Grace Grolla. It is unknown if the parents were ever married. Ms Grolla married in 1918 to William Broadbear and Junior was raised with the Broadbear name. If anyone has any information on the Brilleys in Macon County it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Sunday, December 10, 2000 7:14 PM

I am looking for any information on William Carde (or possibly Carroll) BRITT. He is in the Macon County 1880 census with his wife, Martha and daughter Laura Augusta BRITT.
Donna Sattley
Tuesday, November 21, 2000 11:09 PM

Looking for line of Theodore Brockway & Julie Johnson Brockway of Macon Co.... They had a daughter Jennie in the 1870 census. Please contact me at
Saturday, October 14, 2000 5:11 PM

I am the great grandson of John Landrum Brown and Eunice Emiline [nee Bunyan] Brown, both of the Bement/Cerro Gordo area (Piatt Co.), but the ancestors of several Brown lines, some of which extend into Macon Co. (as did my own, born and raised in Decatur). As you know, Brown (especially John Brown) is a tough name to research. To add to the complication, according to his Piatt Co. death certificate (farmer in Bement, died 1904) he was born in Gallatin Co., Kentucky in 1846. I've had little luck trying to find records from Gallatin. Also, I'm sure (as per the original veteran's stone at the Old Cemetery, Bement, where he and his wife (and her parents: Azor and Catherine [Carpenter] Bunyan) are buried, that he served in Company D of the 73rd Illinois Infantry in the Civil War. He was active in the GAR after the war and might have been in the Decatur rather than the Cerro Gordo Post. I know that many of my Brown relatives are in Piatt and likely Moultrie Co.s, but I'm also sure that some of the descendents of John Brown and Eunice "Emma" Emiline Bunyan ended up in Macon County (As did my maternal grandmother, Almeda May [Brown] Arnold [1878-1978], the most remarkable woman I've ever known, wife of Dr. Samuel E. Arnold of Decatur).
Any information on this line or other contacts would be greatly appreciated. My Best Regards.
Frank Coffman
Monday, June 03, 2002 7:10 AM

I am searching for any information available on JAMES S. BOWMAN born June 17, 1914 died on January 19, 1970. I believe he died in Decatur, IL. Any information provided will be greatly appreciated.
Lisa White
Saturday, October 21, 2000 11:11 PM

Hello, My name is Kaye Dick. I was born and raised in Weldon, IL. I now reside in Hammond, IL. just 16 miles east of Decatur. I am looking for information about James Brown, Sr. James Brown, Sr. immigrated from county Donegal Ireland in the mid 1860's. I am sure his son James Brown, Jr. along with some others resided and owned farm ground near what is now known as Friend Creek Park in Macon Co. James Brown, Jr is my great-grandfather. Below are the people I am seeking birth dates, death dates, marriage records, & descendents of James Brown, Sr married Mary Bridget Boner. Looking for children of that union: Frank Brown, Unity Brown, Mayme Brown, Isabelle Brown (may have been off of an orphan train??), Patrick Brown, Charles Brown.
Catherine Dick
Friday, August 25, 2000 7:43 AM

I am looking for any information on my grandfather, Jasper Buckingham, who lived in Macon county with his first and second wife. My grandmother was his third wife.They lived in Jackson County. I know his first wife's name was Julia Hall and believe his second was Fannie.
Janet Buckingham Hethmon
Tuesday, July 16, 2002 9:32 AM

I am searching for information on my Grandfather Frederick David Buckley. He was born 12 April 1930 in Kentucky but died 26 Feb. 1951 in Macon County. All I have is his death cert. he was in the newspaper many times. Not a good person. I am looking for any information on him or his family. He married Gloria Joyce Schenck April 1949 in Boody, IL. That is all I have. Thank you so much for your time in this matter.
Anna Sippey
Sunday, June 18, 2000 4:27 AM

I am looking for relatives of Ruth (Huff) and William A. (Fred) Burk. They were married in 1919 and had four daughters: Evelyn, married Ralph Strahle; Dorothy, married Harry Brandenburg; Thelma, married Lyle Hastings and Barbara, married Orville Wesley. I have quite a bit on info on Ruth Huff's family and would like to find someone to share info with.
Saturday, April 15, 2000 12:10 AM

I would like to document some family history. I have been told that my grandfather Eugene Alphonse Burnier was born in Macon County. His parents are thought to be Emile Henry Burnier born in Switzerland and Leona Louis Millott born in Blue Mound, Il. They were married in 1904. Their children were Mary Luoise, August Emile, Eugene, my maternal grandfather, Virginia Leona and Cecilia Lorraine.
Thursday, October 26, 2000 7:36 AM

Looking for information on Joseph BURT. He married Minnie RICHARDSON. Lived in and near Elwin, IL. I think his fathers name was Luther. Any information will be appreciated.
Helen in Idaho
Saturday, June 17, 2000 4:40 PM

Dr. John C. BUTLER is listed on the 1870 Macon County census with his wife Elizabeth along with their children, William, Benjamin, Alvin and Elizabeth, and his granddaughter, Helena. His other child by Elizabeth was Debra, who married Horace ROMAN in 1862. John was a Catholic, born in 1795 in Maryland, then moved to Missouri. Elizabeth OGLE born in 1809 was his second wife. They were married in 1836 in Belleville, IL. Helena was married in their house in Decatur in 1873 to William Walker IRISH. I shall appreciate any links and leads.
E-mail me
Sunday, June 25, 2000 5:13 PM

I am looking for any information on the family of Joseph Cameron b abt 1819 in Indiana and his wife Mary Louise Cooper b abt 1821 in Maryland. In the 1850 Census, they were living in Blue Mound Twp, Macon Co., Il. Their children were: James, Mary E., Rebecca, Francis Marion, Andrew, Ann and Benjamin.
The Reynolds
Tuesday, December 26, 2000 3:36 PM

I need help on Joseph Cameron listed on the 1870 Macon Co. census in Blue Mound Twp. also listed in his household were wife Mary age 49 b. Maryland, son Andrew age 18 b. IN., dau. Ann age 16 b. IN., son Benjamin age 14 b. IL., Jane Staughbau age 4 b. IL. In the household next door was his son Marion (Francis Marion) age 20 b. IN., wife Sarah age 21 b. Oh., son Joseph age 4 mo. (born Feb) IL. Marion was married Aug 15, 1869 in Macon Co. to Sarah I. Johnson. I beleive that later Marion moved to Macoupin county and was residing there in 1927 at the time of death of Benjamin.
Judy Traylor
Sunday, June 11, 2000 8:23 AM

I am searching for info on William and Julia (Casey) CAMPION. They lived in Decatur around 1910. I am searching for William's parents (possibly in England) and Julia's parents (possibly in Penn.) Also interested in finding out what kind of work, lifestyle, etc. Thanks
Joe Archer
Sunday, May 28, 2000 11:36 PM

I am seeking information on the descendants of Benjamin Caplinger. He is found in the 1920 census in Maroa, Macon County, Illinois with wife Zelda/Zelva and four children, Mary Bell, b. about 1909; Leonard, b. about 1910; Benjamin, Jr. b. January 23, 1914; Anna Louise, b. 1916.
Carolyn Caplinger
Sunday, October 08, 2000 9:27 AM

I am looking for information on my grandmother's father, or any of his family. His name was Albert Agustus CORNEAU, and he served in the Civil War, 152 Infantry, Company K. The listing of military units on the Illinois GenWeb page listed he was from Macon Co. I have an uncomfirmed report that Albert's father's first name was Stephen, and that he married Sarah Blain. I have no confirmation of this, neither date nor location. My grandmother Hazel CORNEAU married Alex Ollermann, and their 4 sons were all born in South Dakota. Alex's family was from Nebraska. Hazel listed in the birth records of my uncle's (I actually have seen the ledger books in the county courthouse) that she was from Missouri. Her father's service in the Civil War was verified well enough for her to be a proud member of the Daughters of Union Veterans, which is where I got the lead to check out Illinois. Any links to any Corneau's would be appreciated, whether it be birth, death, land ownership, marriage, etc. I have listed in this short note everything that I know on my CORNEAU lineage, and am eager to learn as much more as I can.
Nancy Rose (Ollerman) Myron
OR: 2710 S 27th, Saginaw MI 48601-6756, phone (517) 755-0314
Saturday, March 04, 2000 12:08 PM

Catherine F Wykles married George Chance in OH 1831, was widowed and remarried Hiram Hullinger in 1851 in Niantic. I am seeking information on Catherine and her children by both men. I am descended from her daughter, Annie Chance.
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 8:50 PM

James CHAPMAN and his wife Rebecca RADCLIFF moved to Macon Co., IL shortly after the 1850 census. Several of their children married there and others may have moved there following the parents. William md. Jane Greeley; Loraine md. Daniel Beaver; Robert md. Mahala Josephine Mercer; Andrew md. Margaret Butts; Nancy md. James Brown Clark; Joseph md. Nancy Huffman; Catharine md. Henry Smith; Susan md. Alfred Harrington; Leatha md. Alexander Troughbough; Sarah Jane md. Alonzo Florey. If you have access to the 1860 census would you please look up these people. Also, would like to hear from anyone researching any of these families.
Carolyn Taylor
Wednesday, November 28, 2001 10:38 AM

I have just noticed in the Social Security Death Index a Walter CHEFFER born 1882, died 1966 in Warrensburg, MACON, IL I have a wedding certificate for a Walter CHEFFER and Emma DELUDE (my grandfathers sister) married April 7, 1912 in St. Anne, IL. I have been searching for Emma DELUDE and Walter CHEFFER....if anyone has any information please contact me. Thank you.
Karen Virkkala
Wednesday, September 13, 2000 3:55 PM

I am looking for information on a cigar factory that once was in Decatur, IL. A friend of mine collects labels from cigar boxes and she has one from this maker. Thanks
Paula Jones
Thursday, July 19, 2001 2:27 PM

Seeking burial place of Marth (Beasley) Claburn born 1837 Indiana, died Jan 2, 1929 in Macon County, Decatur Illinois. Before she died she lived in Christian County for a while.
Thursday, August 09, 2001 1:26 PM

I am trying to find more info on Julia I. Clark (Turner). She married John W. Clark in Decatur on Apr. 06, 1893. I also would like any information on the parents of John W. Clark. I believe I have some info, and would like to confirm it. I will share my limited info with others. Thanks
Joe Archer
Sunday, April 30, 2000 9:45 PM

I am searching for the family of Valentine Claywell who married Penelope Pope 13 Feb 1851 in Macon County, Illinois. Can anyone tell me if they had children and who they are. What family did Penelope come from? I believe that Valentine Claywell is the son of Jesse and Hannah Humphries Claywell who died in Sangamon Co., Illinois. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Marilyn Monson
Thursday, April 04, 2002 10:45 PM

I am in the process of searching for my Clifton Ancestors from the Decatur area. I have hit some rough spots so not all my info is up to date. My great-grandfather is William Clifton, wife Unknown. My grandfather is Delmar Clifton, wife Elsie Holland who is buried in Maroa cemetery.
Susan Pember
Wednesday, September 05, 2001 11:23 AM

I am researching the Cloney/Coloney Family that settled in the Macon area (Boody) around 1880. I am researching from 1880 to the Present.
Jackie Steffgen
Sunday, January 09, 2000 3:08 PM

Wednesday, July 18, 2001 8:15 PM

I am looking for information on a John Cole, he is listed on the 1830 Macon census,but he is not on the 1840. I believe he had a son named John also, he was born 1830-31. John married in 1855, had a son William, who lived in the town of Macon for many years. Does anyone have information on these Cole's.
Heidi Cole
Friday, October 04, 2002 4:42 PM

I have a Mrs Josie Coleman B-9/13/1870 in Argenta, Ill; D-12/26/52 and buried in Friends Creek cemetary. Her husband is there also Franf. I need info on her children Irene, Dewey, and are there other children her husbaand was a RR man. Josie should be a sister to Millie Carr Munson Walden, sister of William Carr of Buffalo NY in 1910 cenus. Is there any living kin folks anywhere left? Her daughter, irene married a Walter E Lee who died in a fire 3/23/53. They had 2 sons Roy E, and Lawrence D.
Ammon, Jean
Friday, June 22, 2001 11:22 PM

Platt C. Connell married Bridgett Shields on June 3, 1864. Does anyone know anything about either of these people.
Jack Peyrouse
Friday, April 14, 2000 7:19 PM

I am seeking informaiton on the forllowing family. My great great grandfather was Warner Cooper. He married Susan "Susie" Copple in Macon Co., IL on 6 Mar 1884. Their children are as follows: Othie (male), May, Myrtle, John "Sam" Earl Cooper, b. 1885 in Ft. Daniel, Macon Co., IL, d. 1944, buried @ Long Creek Cemetery, Macon Co., IL. Susie died @ home Sept. 1944 also @ Ft. Daniel and buried in Long Creek. I've heard that Ft. Daniel was also known as "Whistleville". I have no idea who the parents of Warner and Susie were. I would greatly appreciate any and all information to further assist in my research. Many thanks,
Valerie Cooper Shibles
Tuesday, March 20, 2001 9:21 AM

Looking for information on James COOPER and any of his daughters. James was b abt 1789 in Baltimore County, Md, wife unknown. James served in the War of 1812 from Maryland. I have reason to believe he moved his family to Macon County, IL before 1840. His children were:
Sarah m Jarrett MATTHEWS
Harriet m James CHAMBERS
Maria m Benjamin D. CROSS
Mary Louise m Joseph CAMERON
Ellen m Andrew Jackson McVEY
The Reynolds
Tuesday, July 25, 2000 4:10 PM

Searching for information on William F. Coulter b. abt. 1848, he mar'd Elizabeth Jane Stone in DeWitt Co, IL in 1868, they are there in the 1870 census as Colter, they have a dau. Lillie b. abt 1870, in 1873 they have a dau. Della born in Weldon. I have not found him in the 1880 census in DeWitt Co. Is he in Macon Co? In 1884 he mar'd Ellen Hicks in Macon Co, he said he was living in Oakley at the time. Did Elizabeth Jane die? In DeWitt or Macon Co? I would appreciate any help.
Brenda Hamilton Hoots
Sunday, September 10, 2000 11:09 AM

Mary Angeline Cox- born 22 Feb 1876 in Decatur Macon Co Ill. Looking for her parents William Thomas Cox & Catherine Bellar.
LaVone Cox
Thursday, July 27, 2000 2:52 PM

I know I'm descended from the John H. Crocker who was the first railroad agent in Maroa, and started Crocker & Co. (a bank, I believe) who is mentioned in the Maroa History. He was one of the founders of Maroa, and would have been there when the first railroad came through town. But I can't find out "anything" about him. I believe he was married to Mary N. Pillsbury. But I can't get beyond that. Do any of you have any further information? Thank you SO much.
Sue Burnette
Tuesday, December 17, 2002 3:48 AM

Searching for information on Cyrus Crawford (born abt 1820 New York). Married Rhoda J. Maule (born 1842 England). Married March 6, 1858 in Iowa County, Iowa. Three known children - Elaxader (born abt 1861 Iowa), Eugene (born abt 1859 Iowa) and Cyrus H.W. (born about 1873 Iowa). Cyrus Senior was a physician, who died between 1866 and 1880. The 1880 US Census shows widow Rhoda and two sons living in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois.
Kathleen Hetzer
Tuesday, December 10, 2002 7:56 PM

I'm searching for information on John and Nancy E. (R0GERS) CROSS who were married in Macon Co. 29 Oct 1864. Was he the son of Israel CROSS? Who were her parents? Thanks.
Laverne Long
Tuesday, April 24, 2001 3:06 PM

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