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Seeking information on cause of death, place of burial, and anything else on Esther Kerr born December 12, 1839, died November 24, 1865. She married Jess E Martin March 31, 1859. I believe they were both Southerners who had unionist loyalties and fled to the North prior to the war. After her death, he married her sister, Sarah Jane, and they moved to Arkansas. They were supposed to have farmed in Macon County.
Penny Stubbs
Wednesday, March 29, 2000 3:18 PM

My g grandfather John KENNEDY is reported to have been born at Maroa, Macon, IL in Feb 1859-61. His parents were John KENNEDY and Mary F HEDGER? They moved to KS some time after 1860. He married Winnefred May "Nina" HEDGER in 1885, place unknown. She was born in Maroa, IL 26 Sept 1865, d. 1909 Fort Scott, KS 1909. John KENNEDY and Nina HEDGER are reported to be first cousins. No other children of John KENNEDY and Mary F HEDGER are known by me. Any help appreciated.
Tuesday, September 19, 2000 7:00 PM

I am looking for information on Lawrence Kerwin (b 1830 in Ireland and died 1908 in Taylorville Illinois). He married Mary Cahill Oct 6, 1867 in Macon County. Sons include John, James, Matthew, Daniel, George and Richard. The only other info we have is a Lawrence Kerwin in the 101 Illinois Infantry as a Private for the Union army.
Sue Sambdman
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 11:58 AM

I am looking for infromation on Anthony Kinnamon and his first wife Emily Frances Blue. They were married in Springfied Il 22 March 1866 and Emily died 2 May 1912 in Moroa, Macon Co. Il. I have found a reference that Anthony died 2 Jan 1927 and had a second marriage to Mary Blanenship...I am working on both the Blue family and Anthony's mother's family the Hendrix family....I am willing to exchange information on this family...Thank you.
Barbara Scanlon
Monday, July 03, 2000 11:23 PM

My name is Inga and I do genealogy search. I have a relative who lived in Macon 1887 and some years after that. It was Emil Klawitter a lutheran pastor. He also married in year 1887. He was born 1854 in Prussia and emmigrated from there 1881 to Indiana. Then he came to Macon as a lutheran pastor. I would appreciate any information on this family. Kind regards.
Inga in Sweden
Saturday, December 22, 2001 1:55 PM

Looking for information on Gustav John Klein, born 8/21/1895 in Decatur, Ill. Parents were John and Augusta (Hein) Klein. Any information on this family would be appreciated. Also, any Hein family from Decatur between 1890 and 1910. Thanks in advance.
John Luebchow
Monday, April 23, 2001 2:29 PM

Hi. My name is Kimberly Lainhart Zimmerman. I am researching the Lainhart and Dante lines from the Macon county area around 1909. My grandfather, Courtney Hesekiah Lainhart was born at 1221 E. Hickory St. in Decatur, IL on 10 Oct 1909 to John Christopher Lainhart, (b. 7 Aug 1886 in Fancy Prairie, IL) and Ethel M. Dante (b. ~1890 in Athens, IL). The family split up shortly after Courtney's birth. John Christopher took Courtney to CA. Ethel did not go. Have no other information on Ethel.
Wednesday, January 05, 2000 9:03 PM

I'm looking for any and all info on the LATSBAUGH surname. I have a marriage of the following and am trying to find info on them: LATSBAUGH, John to RUPPELL, Ella on 6-27-1871 Macon Co., Ill. also: LATSBAUGH, John C. to SMALLEY, Ida F. on 5-2-1880 Macon Co., Ill. These could also be the same man married twice. Does anyone have anything at all??? Maybe cemetery records for LATSBAUGHs? This name can also be spelled LAUTSBAUGH/ LOTTSBAUGH/ LOTZBACH and so on! :-))
Sharon Frank
Friday, September 22, 2000 11:33 AM

Searching for Decatur Lees, Macon Co ILL. Fleming Lee born 1825 Tenn, in Ill 1930. Married 1. Malinda Tompkin, children Elana Jane, Marion, Sarah, Wm? mrried 2. NAncy Fleming, children Charles, N.A., James Jonathon, called Johnt, Johnt lived Decatur, Macon Co ILL had children Charles, Hattie, Myrtle, Flemmy, Mable. I am the g. granddaughter of fleming Lee, from 3rd marriage to Martha Ann Crawford in TX, 4 daughters born to this union.
Ann Morris
Monday, August 26, 2002 2:11 PM

Statewide Marriage Index for Illinois lists my great-grandfather OSCAR LEGRAND, BELL DAULTHIT 11/22/1899 Macon County, no volume or page number listed. Oscar age 2 in 1880 Shelby County Illinois Census for Ashgrove Township, possible sister Adela age 3+. Parents George (b abt 1852 ILL)and Lizzie Banes/Baines LeGrand (b abt 1849 ILL) married Coles County 06/22/1876 Vol 00G pg 0255. Looking for any remaining ancestors of Oscar LeGrand.Children Bernadine (d 1980), Nelle (d1991), Winifred (d1998), Inez (d 1950's) Possibly a second wife of Oscar named Josephine as Belle died in childbirth of 5th child. Main surname line of my family is COMBEST of Shelbyville/Pana Illinois and Casey/Pulaski County Kentucky. George's parents born in Kentucky according to 1880 Shelby County Ashgrove Township census. Possess alot of information on the Douthit line of ggramma Belle. Any information on this LeGrand line will be responded to with much appreciation immediately.
Debbie Combest Beach
Tuesday, August 14, 2001 3:29 PM

Looking for my Gr.Granny Martha LS Leigh born in Macon Co. in 1844. Possible parents David RS Leigh and Mary. But they could also be Joseph and Elizabeth Leigh. I wish I could find a record of her birth, or anything. Thanks.
Saturday, March 02, 2002 8:42 PM

Looking for information on LESLIE, James, listed on the 68th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Co. I, Civil War roster, residence shown as Decatur, Macon Co., Il., or any Leslie descendants in that area.
Evelyn Leslie
Sunday, May 20, 2001 10:06 AM

Searching for information about Joseph Lukens lived in Maroa, IL, 1889 m Flora Crabtree who lived near Maroa, IL. Joseph had brothers named William and Jason and sister named Edna who married Jesse Winings in 1900. Joseph was the son of Samuel Lukens and Martha Farran. Any info on any of them is appreciated. I have marriage certificate for Joseph and Flora. No info can be found to date on Samuel and Martha. Please help. Joseph was born in DeWitt Co. October, 1875. Thanks for your help.
Paul Vulgamott
Sunday, May 07, 2000 11:14 PM

In the 1860 Macon Co. Illinois Census Jacob March is living with George NEIMAN 42 his wife Catherine 31 and daughters Lydia 13 and Catherine 3. Jacob MARCH was 62 and was born in Pa. Does anyone know the connection between these two families? Thank you.
Wednesday, February 27, 2002 11:02 AM

Searching Macon Co, ILL for obituary of John MARSH b. 1823 Warren Co, OH died 15 June 1896 Maroa, Macon Co, ILL. I have searched microfilmed newspaper Obituaries and also death records for Macon Co, ILL and none for John MARSH. I think a descendant of John MARSH has a copy of the obituary. My aunt had a scrapbook of family events & information which she gave to a relative years ago. She never kept a copy of the obituary. sighhhh!!!! I do not want to impose on anyone. The only thing I want is to know is what the obituary says or if possible a scanned copy from whose family might have an old scrapbook etc.of family events & information. It would help greatly on the many years of family research I have done. I am always happy to share my family research with anyone. Thank you for your time.
Wednesday, February 27, 2002 10:40 AM

Looking for information regarding the family of James H., and Catherine (Hess) Martin, who came to Macon County, Decatur Township, Illinois in 1854.
Keith Dull
Tuesday, March 12, 2002 5:14 PM

Looking for information on Luther MARTIN b. 1876/1877,IL. Father of my Grandfather- Virgil Glenn MARTIN b.1897 to mother Minnie HECTOR. Luther and Minnie md Apr 1896, Mt Zion Twp, Macon County, IL. Divorced before 1900. Father of Luther MARTIN may have been William MARTIN listed as witness on Marriage License.
Kent & Ginny Martin
Monday, November 13, 2000 3:28 PM

I am searching for information on Jack Douglas Martin born 1927 and died on July 20, 1981. His mother and father's names where Paul and Sally Martin. Sally and Paul divorced and Sally remarried to a man named Emil Wagner any information concerning their back grounds would be helpful. thank you very much.
patti hornor
Saturday, July 08, 2000 9:03 PM

I am searching for information on my great grandparents Emma C. Mitchell and James W. Mason. They were married in Macon Co. Warrensburg, IL 19 Dec 1883. Emma was born in Warrensburg IL 29 Oct 1854. Please email me if you have any information to share.
Nancy Chafin
Friday, July 21, 2000 2:34 PM

Would like to exchange information on the McCann families that moved from Muskingum County, Ohio to Maroa, Illinois after 1850. They were the children of James McCann and Elizabeth McCann. The children of James and Elizabeth were: John, Robert, Sam, Ellen and James. Two of the children stayed in Muskingum County. The other three moved to Maroa, Illinois.
Earl Patterson
Saturday, April 14, 2001 6:57 PM

I am trying to information on my uncle and aunt, Charles and Emma McCarthy. They had four children: Dick, Vickie,Fern and Betty. I am doing research on the Land Family and Emma was my fathers' sister. Any help that you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Jon W. Land
Sunday, February 18, 2001 9:44 AM

I bought two old photos and am hoping to reunite them with family members. The first is a photo of "Little Myrtle Berdine Hagen" , an infant of 5 months, which was sent to: Rilla J. McClave who lived at 235 E. Candit St., Decatur, ILL. The other is of "Mildred Nadine McClave", age 2 yrs. 9 months.....perhaps Rilla's daughter?? Mildred is a lovely child with a ruffly dress, 3 button shoes, little black stockings, a big bow in her hair, and she's holding a tiny little purse. There are no dates on the photos, but they are typical of the style we see in the late 1800's.
Rose Johns
Monday, March 06, 2000 10:31 AM

I'm interested in finding out anything about the McClellan family near Decatur: Henry McClellan married Clara Hedenberg. Their daughter Bertha Blanche McClellan, born in 1881, married John Harrison Fry, also of Decatur, in 1903. This is all the info I have on the McClellans.
Cindy Cassel
Thursday, December 07, 2000 2:03 PM

Seeking descendants of brothers Hamilton L. McCluskey (1847 Guernsey Co, OH--1925) and David Newton McCluskey (1852 OH--1932 Macon Co, IL) Believe both came to Shelby Co about 1866 with parents. Both lived in Blue Mound by 1900. Hamilton was a nurseryman, married Clara Mull. Dave was a tinner, married Ida Bigham. Thanks!
Jane Snell Copes
Monday, January 01, 2001 10:12 PM

Looking for information on George McCool, my gg grandfather. He moved his wife (Elizabeth Swain), two sons and three daughters from Canada to a farm in Macon County, about 1860. Don't have birth date. He died 12-9-1866, leaving his son, John, as head of the family. John McCool was b. 4-6-1849 in Canada, d. 5-25-1925, m. 10-13-1872 to Martha Merris. I need info on George, his wife, parents, siblings, other childrens' names, etc. Thanks for your time.
Susan Enyart
Wednesday, January 17, 2001 5:27 PM

Seeking information on my great-great-grandparents. THOMAS McDERMOTT, Born in Ireland, Came to Elwin, Macon Co, Ill circa 1840-45 at approx 10 years of age, Married Nov 1, 1855 to MARIA EVERETT, Born Macon Co, Ill on April 5, 1837. They moved from Macon Co to Iowa circa 1863-65. No information about parents or other family members for either one, though I have information about descendents down to my grandchildren. I'd be grateful for any information. Thanks in advance.
Patricia McDermott Rhodes
Monday, February 25, 2002 12:53 PM

Can anyone identify a Sarah Medford whose will was filed for probate in 1895, Macon Co., IL? John Ray was listed as the administrator. I am also searching for the parents of John Milton Ray who was born 8 Feb. 1857, Portsmouth, Scioto, OH, died 3 March 1904 in Macon Co., IL. He married Isabell Rush in Champaigne Co., IL in 1879. His death record did not show the name of his parents. Any help appreciated.
Friday, September 08, 2000 11:17 AM

Searching for death of America Meisenhelter or Misenhelter who was in 1860 census in Macon Co. and her husband Levi remarried on 16 Jul 1863 in Macon Co. Does anyone have any info on her death? When Where? She was my GGG GMother.
Mary Anne Langdon
Tuesday, July 17, 2001 11:02 PM

According to an obituary I have, JACOB AND RUTH VALLANCE MERTZ lived in Decatur in about 1914. Any information on the VALLANCE or MERTZ family would be appreciated. Ruths father was GEORGE VALLANCE and she was born in Md. so her family might not have been there. Jacob was born in Md. also so not sure why they were in Decatur. They later moved to Danville, Il. Thanks for any help.
Beth Rasmussen
Tuesday, September 25, 2001 8:10 PM

Looking for death date and place of Sarah (Sally) Propst Campbell Miller. Her first husband was William Campbell. She married Isaac Miller 14 Sep 1852 in Macon Co Ill. She is listed with her children in 1850 Macon Co census. Sally was born 1802 Va . Thank you.
Jean Laws
Wednesday, July 18, 2001 8:40 AM

Need help finding information on CLYDE MILLER b.abt 1899 in Illinois: I am Vonda NORWOOD Miller. My husband Ronald Dennis MILLER is looking for his Native American ancestry connection. His great grandmother by the 1950's was known as Matilda PETTY. We are told that she was born in Jefferson County, Al abt 1881 as Mary Matilda CAPPS who married Jack or Jackson GLAZE. Matilda's daughter Maude Malee GLAZE was born in Jefferson Co., Al abt 1904. (This is Ron's grandmother) The moved to Arkansas (I don't know which county) was told that Matilda lived in Little Rock. Her husband was killed in a coal minning accident abt. 1910. Maude Malee GLAZE moved to Macon Co. Illinois married Clyde MILLER and gave birth to her only child Curtis Cornelius MILLER in 1926 in Macon Co. Illinois. Later Matilda and some of her children ended up in Toledo, Ohio where in the early 1960s Matilda died. Matilda's known chilldren were: William, Albert, Olan (or Olin), Clifford, Clayton, Edith and Maude. Lots of help needed with this line. Thank you.
Vonda Miller
Wednesday, January 31, 2001 4:13 AM

I am looking for information on James Wesley Miller from Macon County. I am particularly interested in information on his second wife, Elizabeth. My notes show her maiden name as Miller, the daughter of a John Miller. However, I've come across an Elizabeth Boyer with the same marrige date. I am wondering if anyone may have information on this matter? I am also looking for information on Christopher Miller and his wife Elizabeth Hays from Macon County, Illinois. Christopher was born in South Carolina in 1789 and his wife Elizabeth was born in North Carolina in 1791. I have a marriage record that states they were married on the February 9, 1809 in Ohio County, Kentucky. Some records show them being married in Grayson County, Kentucky around the same time. I am hoping that someone may be able to help me with this discrepency? Thank you.
Sunday, December 10, 2000 9:21 PM

Looking for the family of Brayant MILLER born 15 February 1824 in Decatur, IL. Later married Rebecca Frances Dunlap in Jo Daviess County, IL. I can share info from that point on but have nothing prior other than birth date and place. Thank you.
Gary Curtis
Monday, January 10, 2000 11:34 PM

    MILLER / HANKS    
Researching Miller and Hanks families who lived in or near Decatur, Illinois in the early 1800's to early 1900's. Would like to exchange information with fellow researchers.
Darth Miller
Saturday, January 15, 2000 8:02 PM

I am looking for information on William Mintler (Sometimes, Minther, Mentler) in Macon County during the period of about 1875 to 1900. Spouse was Johanna Marie Dehn, I believed married in Macon about 1881. Also any brothers, sisters, parents of the above. Thank you,
John S. Mentler
Friday, November 22, 2002 11:14 AM

Seeking any information on Hiram MITCHELL, wife Anna (nee WILLISON), and daughters Violet b. 1910, and Mary b. 1912. They were residents of Decatur.
Rebecca near Cincinnati
Thursday, February 28, 2002 4:30 PM

I am looking for information on a Alonzo Moran. He was born in 1892 in Macon Co. The son of a Benjamin Moran who on the 1920 Census records was 66 years of age and born in Alabama. His Mother was living in the 1910 Census records and is listed as May Moran born in Mississippi. Benjamin's father had no listing of where he was born. Also listed was a Pearl Moran and a Ernest Moran who were grandchildren of Benjamin's. It looks like Alonzo was either Widowed or Married, I believe it says he was widowed. Would love to share information on any of the above mentioned Moran's. Pearl and Ernest were 5 months of age in 1920 Census taken in January of that year. Alonzo is listed as age 27. Also listed is a sister named Zella, age unreadable on the census, And a wife of Benjamin's named Lorena age 26 and another daughter age 1 month. If anyone has any information that they can share with me concerning any of these Moran's I can be contacted at:
Dawn Carnes
Friday, December 21, 2001 9:07 PM

I am looking for information on Cathrine Moran. Surname Cathrine Styles born Feb 13 1899 in Petersburg, ILL or Mt Pulaski, ILL. Died Nov 1983 in Decatur,ILL. lAST KNOW ADDRESS WAS 2416 East North St Decatur, ILL. Brothers names were Frank, Huey and Lawerence. I would appreicate any information you may have.Thank you.
Cathy Hudson/Ackman
Wednesday, April 04, 2001 1:03 PM

Trying to find the burial information for Leslie Lloyd MOREY and his three year old daughter Florence . They both died 1918 in Maroa during an epidemic of the flu. They are buried somewhere around Maroa but I have not been able to find out which cemetery. Any info will help.
Helen in Idaho
Saturday, June 17, 2000 4:44 PM

Interested in corresponding with anyone with information related to family of Eliza PATE & Samuel MORGAN. Eliza & Samuel were married in Christian Co IL 16 Feb 1858 and had these ten children: Mary Frances, William Jasper, Etta Palmvra, Martha Ellen, Alta Belle, twins Ida Lavina & Ada Lavada, Lucy Lacore, Charles Edward and Arlie Ray. Samuel died in Decatur, Macon Co IL 24 June 1892 and Eliza died in Decatur 20 April 1905. Samuel was s/o Nancy and Lambert Morgan of KY.
Sally Andrews Neely
Monday, May 06, 2002 5:44 PM

I am looking for information on HENRY MORGAN possibly b 1840. Married to Masdin Hairpien (sp)?, also married to Lacy Holt and third married to Martha. His children: ACE, CANNIE (m Benjamin Jenkins), BILL, SARAH, MOLLIE, TOM, JULIA A. (B 1860 in Decater IL m Elbert Jenkins), HENRY CAMPSTER b 1853, WILLIAM H, DICK & JOHN. Some of the family moved on to OKLA. Would be happy to exchange information.
June Jenkins
Sunday, March 19, 2000 7:34 PM

Sunday, May 14, 2000 10:11 AM

Seek any data for FLOYD MUMMA who d. in Macon County, Il Dec1964. His father was JAMES MUMMA of IA & mo was ALICE M. (ESSEX) MUMMA of Champaign Co,IL.
Peggy Carey
Tuesday, November 14, 2000 9:12 AM

I am looking for info. on my family. My mother was the daughter of Albert W. Myers & Rosie (Rosa) Lee Myers/Daniels (Daniels was her adopted name),they bought a home in Macon,IL,& raised 10 children.My grandmother was in the Girls Oppurntuty Home in Decatur,IL where she met my grandfather he was the gardner,they ran away together. It was around 1919/20/21.Their first child was born in 1921. If you could help me find her adoption rec. iI would be so greatful,I have been told she was Cherokee Indian,I am very anixious to know this to be fact. I will share any info I have if someone needs it for return info. "Thank You Once Again!"
Donna Kay
Thursday, March 01, 2001 3:42 PM

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