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Looking for any of the family of James Madison Johnson and Sarah Nave. James was born abt.1821 in KY.
Saturday, November 02, 2002 8:37 PM

Looking for someone doing research on the Neer family. Saw where the DGS has a family book by a Larry Russell that included the Neer family at the society office. Anyone with a lead.
Wednesday, January 08, 2003 8:12 PM

I am researching John M. Nickey, the only son of Simon P. Nickey, of Macon County, per the biography on this website. Thank you.
Carmela Kelly Saturday, June 01, 2002 1:58 AM

I am looking for relatives of Peter Olsen who, according to my grandmother's obit in 1970, lived in Decatur, Ill. Peter was her brother. Peter was the son of Clemen & Karen Olsen of Gardner Ill. He had a sister, Bodil (my grandmother) and two brothers James & Elmer. I don't know when Peter moved to Decatur. His first wife's name was Sarah and they had 5 children; Gale, Sarah Janet, Mary Caroline, Irene & Billie Jean. Peter's 2nd wife's name was Bernice. I think Peter's full name was Nels Peter Olsen. There was a message on the Grundy County message board from a Lysa Olsen who said she was looking for information on her grandfather, Peter Olsen who had a brother Elmer. I think her e-mail address has changed. Does anyone know her?
Patty Brown
Thursday, January 09, 2003 1:36 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

Seeking descendents or relatives of John Charles OTT and Alice Susan Dellingers. They were married in Vandalia, IL, 28 July 1896. On their marriage license, John's birthplace was listed as "Illinois". Alice's birthplace was listed as "York, PA". All of their children were born in Decatur, Macon County, IL. Children were Ruth, Robert, Harold, Helen (my grandmother), Hortense and Eleanor. Ruth, Robert, Harold, Hortense and Eleanor all lived and died in Decatur. Eleanor died at age 20. All the rest of the children married and had children. Many are still living in the Decatur area.
Pam Taylor
Thursday, January 11, 2001 2:41 PM

I am looking for the family of William Andrew OWEN 1871-1961 and Centennial OWEN, 1876-1925 from Macon CO., IL. They are buried together in the Spangler Cemetery in Decatur, ILL. Their children were: Howard, Rosa, Maggie, Sada, Henry Arby and Earnest Owens. Please contact me.
Erlyne Sherrill
Tuesday, October 31, 2000 1:22 PM

I am looking for any information on John Merritt Parker born in Lancaster, KY August 11, 1842 or Sarah Elizabeth Bair. They were married in Decatur, IL January 18, 1865 and moved to Paola, KS in 1865. Sarah died July 10, 1893 and John on August 30, 1918. Thank you.
Rebecca Petrie
Thursday, January 06, 2000 9:16 PM

This is in response to the query posted by Kay Whittaker. Kay, if you read this, please contact me. I'm your second cousin! Your grandmother, Ella Vesta Parkhurst, was my g-grandfather David Loven Parkhurst's sister. Their parents were Job Benton Parkhurst and Nancy Ann Leach. They lived in Forsyth, Macon County. I have most of Job's descendants, with the exception of Ella and Arthur Allen's. I can share PLENTY of information with you, including documents and your direct Parkhurst line back to 1490! I'll be waiting to hear from you.
Paul Parkhurst
Tuesday, April 17, 2001 3:35 AM

I am researching William Parr, married to Mary Jane Reed. Both were born in Belmont Co Ohio. William Parr born Mar 30,1843. Died July 17, 1919. He is said to buried in Argenta Macon Co, Ill, Friends Creek Cem. I am trying to find his parents or any other relative.
lorrie howard
Thursday, January 27, 2000 9:01 PM

Recently found a marriage certificate for William R Pate and Elizabeth R Hawkins, 5 Dec 1854 in Macon Co IL. I would very much like to exchange info with anyone connected to this pair. Is this the same William R Pate who was earlier married to Eliza Davis and after her death, to her sister Nancy Jane Davis Garrett? I am descended from Wm & Eliza Pate's daughter, Louisa Jane Pate Morgan.
Sally Neely
Tuesday, February 26, 2002 1:30 PM

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

I am looking for information on my grandfather, Richard Pierce. He was born in Decatur, Illinois, on July 19, 1887. Any help will be appreciated.
Barbara Reppond
Thursday, August 01, 2002 1:23 PM

I am searching for the burying place of Civil War veteran S. H. Poindexter who was born in Decatur, Illinois. He enlisted as a private August 22, 1862 as a private in the 116th Illinois Infantry. He died about 1868. Thank you very much.
Madeleine Eckert
Sunday, February 27, 2000 10:11 AM

Seeking information regarding the Pope family, resident in the Macon County (Decatur, Maroa, and Moweaqua) area circa 1900. Nancy Elizabeth Pope was the sister of Daisy Pope Pound (mother to Grace Pope wife of Louis Ralph Rozanski and Helen Pope wife of Henry Hartmann), Charley Frederick Pope, Claude Ezra Pope, Katy Belle Denton, Sarah Rozanski, and Edna Pope Gordon. Nancy's husband was William Henry Long, her sons were Floyd Henry Long (my father) and William Cecil Long, and her father was H. D. Pope. There was also a connection with Charles Mathias and his wife Juanita, Velma Long Tuttle (died 1997) and Frieda Long. Any information regarding the genealogy of said Pope family would be appreciated. Thank you.
Wanda D Robertson
Wednesday, August 22, 2001 5:34 PM

I'am looking for info on Charles Wesley Prince b.8 Aug 1869 (Decator,Il) M. Bertha Holbert 5 April 1905 Decator. had one sister that I know of DORA E who m. John Strickland 10-6-1897. Any info on the family would be greatly appreciated. many thanks.
Sunday, December 02, 2001 9:58 AM

I would like the death date and buriel place for Sarah Propst Campbell b 1802 Va last found in 1850 census Macon Co p 136 next to sister Catherine Propst Walton with husband Edmund Walton and family. Would also like Catherine's death date and place b 1821 Va. Both are daughters of Nicholas and Magdalene Propst who are buried in Menard Co Sweetwater Cem.
Friday, March 09, 2001 5:03 PM

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