1999 Lee County Queries
Lori Humphrey Dec 30, 1999
I am looking for information on George FENSTERMACHER b-Dec 10,1804 in Coyningham, Luzerne Co., PA. He moved to Illinois about 1857 with his second wife Hannah. His son, Lewis b- Jun 11, 1839 in PA married in Lee Co to Francis Elizabeth Wheaton b-Nov 19, 1851 in Newark, NJ. The Fenstermacher⁄Fenstemaker family was in the Lee County area in 1907 when my grandfather was born, Stanley Theodore Fenstemaker. In 1888 the family did move to Alpena, SD and then moved back to Lee County. They eventually all ended up in Lawrence, Kansas where Lewis and Francis are buried. Any information regarding this family would be greatly appreciated. Lori Humphrey, 1010 6th St., Boonville, MO 65233

Thomas Angear Dec 24, 1999
Searching for any information you have regarding my direct ancestor, Dr. Benjamin ANGEAR. I believe the hospital in Sublette was named after him. There is a reference in Lee County IL Genealogical Society Calendar (story on twilight sleep) for May 1999. There is also another Angear reference in the Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record Volume XXI page 24. Also, Benjamin had a brother called William who was a doctor in Chicago.

J. L. Eaton Dec 22, 1999
Looking for information about descendants and siblings of Willard EATON, b. Feb 20, 1771, MA - d. Aug 29, 1847, Lee Co., IL; and his wife Polly NICHOLS, whom he married on Jan 1, 1793. Please contact at: J4777EA@aol.com Thanks, J. L. EATON

Ken Wolf Dec 15, 1999
I'm trying to find any info on my great-great grandmother, Susanah Heiner HARTZELL b.16 Mar 1812 in PA. Died 24 Dec 1896 in Lee County at Nachusa. She is buried at Emmert Cementary at Nachusa (I think in a plot with her son, John Z. Hartzell.) Thanks for any help. Ken Wolf, 12223 Fl. Woods Lane, Orlando, FL. 32824

Marsha Pettijohn Dec 9, 1999
I am looking for any and all info on John Peter Demott BELL b. 18 Sep 1838 in Waterbury, NY d. 14 Apr. 1903 in Beatrice,Gage Co. NE. m. 12 Apr 1857 in Seneca, LaSalle Co. IL. Lydia L. AUSTIN b. abt. 1838 in NY d. 12 May 1912 in Beatrice,Gage Co. NE. Their daughter Dora May BELL b. 21 Jul 1869 in Dixon, Lee Co. IL. d. 5 Nov 1932 in Hastings, Adams Co, NE. m. 27 Nov 1884 in Beatrice, Gage Co. NE. Charles Fredrick WHITCOMB b. 22 May 1862 in Sugar Grove, Kane Co. IL. d. 1 May 1930 in Hastings, Adams Co. NE. I am interested in any info and I am more than happy to share what I have. Marsha Pettijohn

Herb Steltzer Dec 9, 1999
Any information pertaining to the surnames SCHULTZ, STELTZER, and⁄or MORRISSEY. SCHULTZ and STELTZER resided on farms that bordered Lee and Whiteside between 1855 and 1900. MORRISSEY family resided for a period within Lee and also over in Whiteside. Send info to Herb Steltzer in New Jersey at E-Mail: Runvsz68@AOL.com

Karen Kelly Dec 9, 1999
I am searching for any information regarding my grandfather's family . His name was William John ENGEL (b. 10⁄23⁄1891 d.8⁄1971) He had 3 sisters: Minnie, Lizzie, and Martha and 2 brothers: Charles and Adam. I have no dates for any of the siblings. His father's name was John and mothers name was Mary. I know they lived in Dixon but at some point moved to Reinbeck, Grundy County, Iowa. Any information anyone has would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Karen Kelly, 3100 Country Wood Dr., Burnsville, MN, 55337

Gary Rohrer Dec 7, 1999
I'm searching for info. on my gggrandfather David William ROHRER, (b:1-16-1812 in Beaver Creek, Washington Co., MD; d: 6-22-1899 in Dixon, Lee Co., IL). David married Amelia SEIDENSTRICKER (3-15-1836) in Washington Co., MD. They had five children: Daniel Webster, John Henry, Susan, David, and Sarah. Amelia died in 1864 and is buried in Beaver Creek, MD. According to others, his Susan married Lawson BUZARD (1845-1914) and moved to Dixon, IL. I'm actually searching for David's parents. I'm hoping that there is a death certificate or an obituary available the gives the names of his parents. Any info would be appreciated.

Anna Garbis Dec 6, 1999
I am searching for any info on my great great grandfather and his family. His name was Thomas LEDDY. He married Ann LYNCH on Feb. 8, 1861 at the St. Patrick's church in AMBOY Lee Co. Illinois. Listed as witnesses were JOHN LEDDY & wife. Thomas & Ann had 5 children: JOHN LEDDY (born April 1862), MARY ANN LEDDY (born Nov 1863), THOMAS LEDDY (born Mar 1865), CATHERINE LEDDY (born April 1866), & JAMES LEDDY (born May 1868). Listed on the baptismal records as baptismal sponsors are: MARY LEDDY, ANN LEDDY, MARGARET LYNCH, EDWARD LYNCH & PATRICK LYNCH. My great grandfather Thomas married Kathryn Rice and they had 3 children: PATRICIA LEDDY (born 1908), And REW LEDDY (born 1909), & GERALDINE LEDDY (born 1911).
KATHRYN RICE's parents were MICHAEL JOSEPH RICE and MARY DAILY (born 1848). Michael and Mary's children were: MARY RICE (born ?), KATHRYN RICE (born 1875), & PETER P. RICE (born 1884 died 1889). Listed as baptismal sponsors were: JAMES RICE, MARIANNE O'CONNOR, PETER RICE & MAGGIE O'TOOLE. Michael may have owned a liquor store in Amboy. Again, I am looking for any information on any of the above individuals for my family tree. Thank you in advance for your time and trouble in my behalf!

Dorothy Mondello Dec 4, 1999
The Daniel LEAVENS family were one of the founders of Melugin's Grove. I am trying to learn more about this town, and about the people who settled it. I know there is a book about the founding of Melugin's Grove. Please send me any information about this subject. dmondo@mcsi.net

Linda Toy Nov 30, 1999
Researching Edward MCKUNE and Minerva B. HASTINGS in Lee County. Edward and Minerva were married in Lee County Nov. 2, 1856. They had two daughters Emily, born 1858, and Frances, born 1861. Edward was killed in the Civil War 1862. Minerva remarried 1863 to Thomas Morris. Later she married Edward NICHOLAS and had a son William. Requesting any information on Edward and Minerva, specifically looking for Minerva's birth date, location, and maiden name (possibly BACON). Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Herb Steltzer Nov 26, 1999
The STELTZER also spell SCHULTZ family resided in Jordan Township, bordering Lee County, west-northwest of Dixon between 1854 and 1895. Their names were Charles J. & Edith; their children were Elias D. ECKMAN, Nettie Jane STELTZER, Charles Waldo STELTZER, Christine F. Steltzer, Henry Malen STELTZER, Edith Iren STELTZER, and George Malen STELTZER. Henry Malen married a Margaret E. MORRISSEY most probable from Lee County around 1908 in Sterling. Margaret E. was previously married to a William A. MAYBERRY. All information pertaining to the above surnames that is located in Lee County is most welcome. Herb STELTZER at E-Mail: Runvsz68@AOL.com

Dan Buckley Nov 20, 1999
We are searching for the parents of Elisha BUCK, 1810-1893 (aka Buckley). Here is some of what we know of him and his family: BIRTH: abt 1810 Buckfield, Oxford Co., Maine. MARRIAGE: Diana Mower (a⁄k⁄a Moore), 6 Apr 1837, Kingfield, Franklin Co., Maine. CHILDREN: John, Dorcus, Daniel J., Warren E., Avis, Merrill, Eunice, Johanah, and Davis. MIGRATION: Buckfield, ME 1810 > Kingfield⁄Jerusalem, ME 1837 > Freeman, ME, 1840 > Parkeman, ME 1850 > Dixon, IL ca 1853 > Clinton, IA 1860 > Fulton, IL 1862 > Clinton, IA 1893.
Please Note: He is not the Elisha Buck b. ca.1792 in Buckfield, nor, is it likely, that he is a child of this Elisha. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Dan Buckley, Palatka, FL

Alan Williams Nov 16, 1999
I am researching members of the Martin Van Buren SWEARINGEN family. Bible records show that the family moved from Whiteside County to Lee County sometime in the years 1872-1874. Born in Lee County were children Laodecia, Sarah Viantha, and twins Elmer Ellsworth and Elsie. The family were farmers. They moved from Lee County to Iowa in 1879. One of the twins (Elsie) born in 1878, was never mentioned in any records in Iowa. For that reason, it is believed that she did not survive birth. I am in need of birth records, and possibly a record of death and⁄or cemetery information. Unfortunatedly, I do not know the township of residence for this family. Any information on the Swearingen surname from Lee county is deeply appreciated. Alan Williams, 47796 Forbes, Chesterfield, MI 48047, aldwil@worldnet.att.net.

Ted Klenk Nov 18, 1999
I am seeking any information about Jeremiah GLESSNER and wife Amy Anne LAUB and their children. Jeremiah was born 11 Apr 1823 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania and died on 3 Oct 1911 in Dixon, Illinois. Jeremiah GLESSNER is my GGG Uncle. Any information or documents (or copies thereof) would be most appreciated. I can be reached via email at or by US Mail at: Ted Klenk, 3602 Dunsmuir Circle, Pleasanton, CA, 94588-3501. Thank you.

Fred Krauss Nov 14, 1999
I would appreciate it if someone would do a lookup for an obituary and information pertaining to my Great Grandfather. Information I have comes form an obituary of his wife published in the Aurora Daily Beacon January 12, 1909. According to the obituary he passed away in Amboy, Lee County, about 1899 or 1900. His name is Fred KRAUSS. It could be Frederick and middle name John. He was possibly born in Germany about 1854. The name of his wife was Katherine Maisch Krauss (SIPPLE) b.June 1857 d. January 14, 1909. I would also appreciate any information anyone has any information on Elsie Krauss b. March 1892. Thank you. Fred Krauss, 106 Cherry Hill Circle East. Aylett, Virginia 23009

Shirley Southwell Nov 12, 1999
Looking into the name of SOUTHWELL that was there after 1850. Believe he had a daughter by the name of Isabell (Bell). The names FERGUSON and COGSWELL may be associated with Southwell.

Greg Nickels Nov 6, 1999
My great great grandfather Daniel B. McKENNEY settled in Dixon around 1836. His grandson, George, married my grandmother, Helen RYAN, in Dixon in 1922. As a young woman, Helen had moved to Dixon with her parents, Tom Ryan and Jeanette Cromwell.Tom's parents, William and Catherine (Carney) Ryan had settled in Harmon in 1866. Looking for more information about the McKenney's and Ryan's. Thank you! Greg Nickels, 1910 47 Avenue SW, Seattle, Washington 98116

Arlona Mayhugh Nov 3, 1999
I am searching for information of Levi JENNESS. He was born 1786, NH and died between 1870-1880 at Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Levi with his sons Aaron and Levi, Jr and their families came to Dixon about 1854. I would like to find his death date, a death record and where he is buried.

Ken Wolf Oct 29, 1999
Looking for list of WOLF's buried at Emmert Cemetary, Nachusa, especially my grandfather: J. Unger Wolf died either 1915 or 1921. He was married to Fannie HARTZELL wolf who is also buried there. Thanks for any help. Ken Wolf

Carla Eaton Hornibrook Oct 28, 1999
Trying to locate any descendants of Frederick SIECK who was living in Dixon in 1954 and possibly as late as 1977. He was born about 1908 in Freeport to Herman J. and Lena EEATON Sieck. I am researching his mother's line from PA and possibly have pictures from his family. Hoping to find a descendant that could help identify. Thank you.

Julie Combest Oct 28, 1999
I am searching for any information on my gg grandparents Barnard & Bridget (Agnes) McCARROLL. They came to the US around 1850. The only information I have is that they lived in Dixon, IL in 1895 with their son James C. McCarroll. Barnard died May 4, 1904 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. I am wondering about Agnes. On his death certificate it says he was a widower, but they were unable to find her death certificate. I would like to find out immigration and naturalization records on them and try to figure out where my great grandfather was born in Illinois. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Julie Combest, PO Box 1148, Hughes Springs, TX 75656

Sharon Leivan Oct 26, 1999
I am looking for any one with a connection to the names LIEVAN, LEIVAN LeVAN, LAVAN, LEVAN etc. They came from Alsace Lorrane Germany to Pennsylvania to Dixon Ill. area then spread everywhere. A son of Mathias Lievan also named Mathias Levan who was married to a Nellie (Mary) PIEFFER they moved to Missouri is my line but would like to hear from any one with this name. Other Lievan names Jacob, Mary, Ann, Kate, Maggy, John, Rachael. Reach me at Butterfly@bj.heartland.net Thanks Sharon

Adele Just Oct 25, 1999
I am looking for additional information or descendants of a PHILLIPS family that appeared in the 1850 Illinois census at Sublette, Lee County. The head of household was Isabella PHILLIPS born NY circa 1812. Children: Mary Jane born NY circa 1835; Clarissa E. born IL circa 1849; Olson O. (or Alson or Orson) born IL circa 1845; Albert born IL circa 1842; Andrew born IL circa 1841. The three boys were in nearby Daniel BAIRD and Ephraim RENIFF households on September 19, the day the census was enumerated. I believe maiden name of Isabella was BAIRD. Other BAIRD family connections in Lee County were ANGIER, PUMPHREY, and STANNARD.

Jill Argraves Rodgers Oct 21, 1999
Seeking information on David SPRINGER who married Carrie Adeline POST b: Oct. 28, 1863 in Lee Center, Lee County, IL; d: July 8 1944 in Dixon, Lee County, IL. Carrie was the daughter of William Harrson Post and Emma NETTLETON. Dau of David Springer and Carrie Adeline Post: Alma Leona Springer b: March 29, 1894 in Amboy, Lee Co., IL; d: Feb. 10, 1980 in Whiteside Co., IL...... Twin brother Leon Springer. I have been told David abandoned Carrie and children. After Carrie acquired a divorce based on abandonment she married again in 1897 to John E. BOOTH, the owner of a shoe manufacturing company, possibly in Dixon, IL. I am unable to find any info on David Springer. Jill Argraves Rodgers, JETR4@aol.com P.O. Box 1625, Roanoke, TX 76262

Eddie Nangle Oct 20, 1999
I enquire from Ireland about an ancestor of my wife. His name was Michael BARRON, who lived in⁄near Amboy, Lee County, Illinois around 1900. A letter from him in January 1900 stated that he farmed about 80 acres at that time, although I don't have any more precise address or location for him than that. He signed his name on that letter as 'BARNES', a popular pronunciation of his name at home in Ireland. In addition, his level of literacy doesn't seem to have been very high, so he may have been just spelling phonetically.
I would appreciate it if you could find out anything about him, as I have failed to get anywhere with my enquiries about him so far. I don't have any record of him marrying, or of having a family. Other correspondence which I have recorded elsewhere links Michael Barron with Ira W. LEWIS, Court Clerk and Recorder in Lee County. The correspondence places Michael Barron's land as being in the West half of the North East Quarter of Section No. 16, Tp.19, Rq. 10, east of 4th Principal Meridian.
Other correspondence from another family member based in Philadephia in 1912 mentioned that the same Michael Barron had daughters, but we don't know where he married, or if he was married when he lived in Amboy - he didn't mention any family members in his letter of January 1900. Would it be possible to ascertain if he was married while in Amboy, or, if not, where could that information be found? Yours, Eddie Nangle.

Nadine Allen Oct 20, 1999
Looking for information on William W. MATTOX b: 8 May 1846 m: Bithiah E. SHUMWAY 22 Jan 1870 at Dixon, Lee, Illinois. They had sons Robert Elkanah b: 24 Feb 1871 and Claude Dovol MATTOX b: 5 Oct 1873. William and Bithiah probably lived in Hardin Co., IA, were divorced and family moved to South Dakota in 1908. Bithiah then married Jacob Hutzel. William married again and was probably in the Spokane, WA area. Any information would be appreciated. Nadine Allen
Marlene Phillips-Daniels Oct 10, 1999

Enoch PINKERTON, brn 27 Jul 1841, PA, 6th child of William & Priscilla RUGG Pinkerton came to Illinois from Somerset Co. PA,when entire family moved in mid 1850's. Listed on 1860, Fed Cen, MeLean Co. Ill under brother Asa Pinkerton, Head. Served in Civil War, 74th Ill Inf. Married Anna RHUE, 13 May 1866, Lee Co. Ill. Lived in Dixon (Bend) Lee Co. Ill--had 5 children; Clarence, Arthur, Montraville, Mary, Allen. Illinois Obit says "burial will be at Gravel Cemtery". Are Gravel Cemtery and Burket Cemetery the same? Civil War Headsone appears in the Burket Cemetery with other members of the William Pinkerton Family. Can anyone direct me to the funeral homes where there would be records? The Burkett Family supposedly turned their records to a funeral home. Thanks, Marlene Phillips-Daniels, 205 W. Dry Creek Rd., Belgrade, MT 59714 granimar@avicom.net

George Kyes Oct 7, 1999
Looking for death notice or place of burial for Albert S. KYES (b. 9 Aug. 1849) who died in Amboy, Lee Co. on 25 Dec. 1909. Was married to Hattie NICHOLS (b.1860) also of Amboy. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Mary Wittick Oct 7, 1999
My grandfather, Owen McGUINNESS left Cty Monaghan, Ireland in 1884 at age 18 prox and came to stay with cousins in Dixon, Lee Cty, Illinois. I'm looking for the cousins' name in Dixon, Ill. It may have been MCMAHON. Cassie MCMAHON was a mutual cousin of my grandfather and my grandmother. Through these cousins, my grandfather met my grandmother Theresa DUFFY, and later married her in Chicago in 1894. The cousin's name may have been 'Cassie' MCMAHON. Theresa's father Bernard DUFFY also came from Cty Monaghan, Ireland. If any links contact me: Mary Jane Wittick, 1927 NW Hoyt, Portland, OR 97209

Jim Admire Oct 7, 1999
Seeking info on COLTON, John C. who served in Company I 65 IL Infantry. He stated that his residence at the time of enlistment was Dixon. Jim Admire, 1624 Hemlock Way, Broomfield, CO 80020

Eva Oct 5, 1999
On 6 Sep 1999 a German Bible was purchased from a Danville dealer attending a show in Rossville, IL. The dealer indicated that she had purchased it at a sale in Cropsey, IL.
The family names are BANSON and MOETER. The Bible was originally purchased by John BANSON 24 Dec 1872 in Amboy, IL. John was b⁄1842 in Holstein, Germany and Maria MOETER was b⁄1851 in Hanover, Germany. John and Maria were mar⁄2 Oct 1870.
With proof of relationship, we would like to return the Bible to the descendants of this family. Any info or help in locating family members would be greatly appreciated.
Rossville Historical & Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 263, 108 W. Attica St.
Rossville, IL 60963

Susan Gregory Oct 1, 1999
I am looking for information on Francis A. FISH, his siblings, and his parents. Francis was born in Franklin Grove, Lee County in 1841. Francis lived in Lee County until approximately 1870. Francis may have had a sister named Jeanette. Any information will be appreciated.

Tina O'Malley Sep 30, 1999
I would like to connect with other researchers of the O'MALLEY family in Lee County. Anna O'Malley's death certificate shows Arthur O'Malley as her father, but a write up of Michael O'Malley in "1904 History of Lee County" by Bardwell shows their dad as Austin O'Malley.

Lyn Sherwood Sep 28, 1999
I am trying to locate the obituary for William FUESTMAN, b. September 15, 1863 Paw Paw, Lee County, IL, d. January 15, 1911 maybe in Compton or Rochelle, IL. I have a photograph of he and his wife, Edith JOHNSON FUESTMAN, taken by Colditz in Rochelle, IL. Any help is appreciated.

Allen Boynton Sep 26, 1999
I am looking for any information on Nicholas YOUNG. He was born in MD around 1780 and died 5⁄29⁄1855 in Vinton, Lee, Illinois. He is buried in the Pine Grove (Zion) cemetery.He married Barbara BEIRD(sp) and had the following children: Israel b 11⁄27⁄1809 in PA; Elizabeth b 5⁄2⁄1817 ; Thomas Franklin b 8⁄29⁄1828; Rebecca Jane b 1836; John Wesley b 1802; Sophia; Susanna; Mary b 1822; and Magdelany b 1826. Any information would be appreciated. Allen Boynton, PO Box 1052, Rainier, WA 98576

Pat Meyers Sep 24, 1999
I would like to hear from anyone researching or having any knowledge of the DOWNEY⁄DOWNY family of Amboy or Dixon. I do not have much information on this family other than a Michael and a Margaret were baptismal sponsors for Fanny MAGINNIS, dtr of Felix Maginnis and Mary McANALLY on May 9, 1860 in St Patrick's Church in Amboy. Please e-mail me at kateri8@webtv.net and thank you for whatever information you may have to offer...Pat Meyers, Worth, IL

Doris F. Williams Sep 19, 1999
I am researching the history of Jacob SAUL, He is said to have arrived with a sister. Any information concerning a SAUL family greatly appreciated.

Oriene Springstroh Sep 19, 1999
I am researching the family of Jonas BREWER, Sr. of Western Massachusetts, who is buried in Lee County. His sons James and Ira subsequently lived in Lee County. I believe his son James was a minister at Lee Center. Would like to contact Robert Christie Collman who posted a query on Feb 3, 1998 on this family, but whose e-mail was returned to me when I tried to reply to his request for information. Also would like any info on Edwin H. HEATH who lived for a short time at Lee Center in the 1850s and is believed to have taught at the Academy there. His wife was Maria A. BREWER, daughter of Jonas BREWER, Jr. The younger Jonas lived most of his adult life in DuPage County, Illinois. Anyone with information, please contact, Oriene Morrow Springstroh at 705 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60563 or e-mail at orienespri@aol.com.

Patricia Reynolds Sep 11, 1999
Looking for information on Daniel WILCOX b ca 1829 NY, who married Jenett SCOTT in Lee Co. Children were Ella⁄Ellen, Emma and Ida. He later married Anna BLY.

Beverly Thornton Sep 10, 1999
I am researching the FORD family who were old settlers in the Lee Center⁄Inlet⁄Bradford Twp area. In 1850 census, my gggm was shown as Sarah FOSDICK at 16 yrs with her bros. Elisha, 22; George 20; and Ralph 18. They had come to Lee Co from Bradford? Co PA. The only Ford in 1840 was a Curtis Ford living in Lee Center with family also in Wyalusing Twp, Bradford, Co. PA in 1830. Does anybody have any information on this family. Sarah must have married young to this Fosdick, then was married to a Thomas LOGAN in early 1850's. They had 3 children, Orlando, son born 1854 in IL, the Irina (my ggm Eldora ) born 1856 in Iowa, and Sarah b 1859. She was shown in 1860 census to be living with Elisha and his wife Melissa and young son George.

Marvin Staplin Sep 09, 1999
Searching for info on Lorin T. WELLMAN, his wife unknown, a son Dennis and wife unknown. I have found a Lorin Wellman purchased land in l852 and also listed in the land plat of l872 (Bradford Twp). The two are my fathers maternal grandfather and great grandfather. I have a copy of the probate of Lorin T Wellman but the court clerk is unable to locate the file. US Mail to: Marvin Staplin, 989 Ybor East, Venice, FL 34292.

Maureen (McGrail) Loewenstein Sep 06, 1999
My family, including my great grandparents, grandparents, parents and Siblings, have resided in Dixon for close to 100 years. My great grandfather and grandfather were both James McGRAIL. My father was Charles J. I am looking for information on my grand mother Alice McGrail. She was originally from Scotland and became a American citizen in the early 1900's. I am looking for information on her geneology, correct spelling (Macrae or close to) place of birth, parents, etc. She was disowned by her family for marrying an Irish catholic and I want to find this side of the family as a gift to my daugher and siblings for a family reunion.

Joseph Williams Sep 05, 1999
Seeking information on the Joshua Gedney PINCKNEY family of Lee Co., about 1855-1880. Thanks.

Marilou Ficklin Sep 01, 1999
Any info on Alfred LYNN or Orson WEST? My ggf Orson West was b. 1827 NY, and d. 1901 CA. According to census he lived both in IL and MO between 1850-1890. Abt. 1850 he married a woman named Catherine ( b. OH abt. 1827). A son and grandson are named Alfred Lynn West. Lynn used as a middle name frequently in my family. I found a brief ref. to Orson West's marriage in an internet search several years ago. The reference gave no further info or resource. I found Alfred Lynn in Lee Co., IL 1850 Census Index (I have not yet seen the census). It's a long shot, but maybe there's a WEST-LYNN connection in Lee Co. Marilou West Ficklin, CGRS
Donner Pass History: www.tahoenet.com⁄tdhs
Early Truckee-Donner Records: webpages.cwia.com⁄~mficklin

Rob Esse Aug 29, 1999
I am seeking information regarding the whereabouts of the death of my gggg-grandma Peggy (Margaret CARMAN) MORGAN and her burial site. She died, according to a distant cousin, in 1843. He husband, Isaac Morgan, died near Dixon, Lee county, in 1853. Peggy was born in 1783 at Nelson county, KY, the daughter of Rev. Joshua Carman and Sarah "Sally" Bruce Carman. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Rob Esse, Little Falls, MN

G. Jordan Aug 29, 1999
Looking for information on the MOSGROVE family, especially William MOSGROVE, Union soldier. His obit gave his birthplace as "Bahovney Co. Canada," but no such place seems to have ever existed. I believe his father was Hugh Mosgrove of Ireland. Thanks in advance. gjordan@one.net or G. Jordan, PO Box 40413, Cincinnati OH 45240.

Darrin Fouke Aug 28, 1999
I am tracing a great-uncle who disappeared in 1900. He was the prime suspect in a robbery-double murder in Stephenson Co. in August 1900. In researching this subject, I came across mention of the theft of a man's shirt and 3 rings (jewelry) which appears to have happened in Sublette somewhere around August 9, 1900. The same man is suspected of having committed this crime and later giving the rings to his wife in Rockford ,IL. The man was known by various names: William Denton FOUKE (Den,Dan,Daniel,Will,Willie); William David Maloney (Mahoney); William Henry Matters. Can anyone help by looking into old newspapers from your area in this timeframe? It would be greatly appreciated. Thank You! Darrin Fouke, P.O. Box 972, Riverton, IL 62561-0972

Alan Albright Aug 22, 1999
I am interested in the John and Katherine ALBRIGHT family who lived at an unknown location in Lee County, Illinois from 1866 until 1873. They immigrated from Germany in 1866. The children could be all or part, which are: Charles, John Jr., William, Etta, Martha, Martin and an unknown daughter. If you have info, please E-Mail to Albrigap@Hotmail.com or send to Alan Albright, 415 W 4th Ave, Redfield, SD 57469

Julie Goddard Aug 21, 1999
I am looking for information on John and Margaret NUGENT (and family) who lived in Dixon, IL 1849-1872 time frame. According to the information I already have, John and Margaret arrived separately from Ireland around 1850, married in Dixon and lived there until moving to Minnesota in or about 1872. Six of their children (Edward W., Michael F., Ellen E., William H., Margaret, and John J.) were born in Dixon. John operated a lumber yard and grain elevator in Dixon before moving to Minnesota. I will greatly appreciate any information anyone may have and will glady share what I have.

Patricia Quinto Aug 19, 1999
From what I have seen of my Great-Grandmother there are many Miller names in Lee Co. I was wondering if there is any information on Catherine MILLER born in the 1870's. She married my ggrandfather William J. HOLZWORTH, gave birth to my grandfather William J. Holzworth jr. on Oct 21,1891, in Chicago. Thanks.

Kim Kachelmuss Aug 18, 1999
I am trying to research my family in the Lee Couny area. My ancestor was Mr. tracy PERKINS m. to Alvina WILBER who died , then married her sister Phoebe. Bought 40 acres of RR property in Lee County 6-30-1870. Daughter Amelia?? married W.D. CLINK of Lee Center. Son Alden married Mary TAYLOR. Son Orson O. married Esther G. MERRITT, Jan. 5, 1876. They had 12 children?? Esther Merritt's parents were Amelia M. BARBER and George Theo. Merritt. They had 5 children?? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!! Kim (Perkins) Kachelmuss, 264 South East Avenue, South Elgin, IL 60177

Mike Judd Aug 16, 1999
Looking for GGgrandmother: Carrie Ellen NUSS b. 12⁄2⁄1871 Ludlow IL (married) 2⁄9⁄1890 Ludlow IL to Abel Crittenden Hough b. 2⁄15⁄1863 and (married) in 1928 to a John REMLEY. Carrie Ellen died on 8⁄9⁄1958 in Lee County, Dixon IL. Please render any info you may have on her parents: William Nuss & Sarah Jane Bloomfield. Thank you in advance. Mike Judd. judd437@bellsouth.net

Nicci Fritchman Aug 06, 1999
I am looking for a marriage record for David Henry BELL and Margaret Julia ROGERS, believed to have been married in late 1937 or early 1938. Both are deceased now. The family story is that they met at a carnival in the summer of 1937 (probably in Rochelle, IL). David worked for that carnival. Their child was born in Dixon, IL in 1938. If you need more information, please contact me at niccispark@halcyon.com. Thank you.

Joe Williams Aug 04, 1999
John Purdy DIXON, son of the founder of DIXON, IL, John DIXON [1784-1876] & Rebecca Lockwood (Sherwood) DIXON, m. Fannie REED [1815-1898], daughter of Samuel REED, on 7 Dec 1834.
Mary Lockwood DIXON, m. Issac S. BOARDMAN, 1840 Their daughter, Mary E. Boardman, m. Charles Cotesworth Pinkney [1840-1900].
Sarah Ann Pinkney [1842-1879] , dau. of Willson PINKNEY and Mary Jane MARTIN of Coles Co., IL was orphaned by 1852. Another researcher advised Sarah Ann lived with the Joshua Pinkney & family, in Lee Co., after her father died. I hope to hear from any researcher having knowledge of these families. I also will review the 1855 IL State census to see if Sarah Ann is listed with the Joshua G. Pinkney family. Thanks. Joe Willaims, 809 Harrison, Helena, MT 59601

Eileen Hanks Aug 03, 1999
I'm searching for information on my GGrandfather, Joseph Adam MORRISON. In his obituary it says he was married in Canada to Cynthia PHILLIPS in 1847, and two years later moved onto a farm near Dixon, Ill. After residing there for some time (I'm not sure how long some time is ) they moved to Tama Co., Iowa. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated.

Michelle Marshall July 22, 1999
I am looking for any information on the parents and⁄or siblings of my great grandmother. Her name was Vern Nellie REAMS - born 30 Sep 1897 in Paw Paw, Lee co., IL. She married Homer Harrison HENRY - born 1 Jun 1893 in Pittsburgh, Pa. They had 3 children: 1. Ivan Henry , 2. Vivian Billie Henry 3. Grant C. Henry (my grandfather). Vern Died on 24 Jan 1999 in Seattle, King co., WA If you have any information, please contact me. Thank you. Michelle L. Henry-Marshall, 13434 Winterhaven Dr., Farmers Branch, TX 75234

David Lewis July 8, 1999
I am seeking information on Edward PERKINSON who purchased land in Whiteside Co., IL in 1857. Did he leave a will? Does anyone know his family? My ancestor James PERKINSON married in Cedar Co., IA. He is supposedly from Dixon, IL. I believe him to be a child of Edward Perkinson, but have no support for or against. Any PERKINSON information would be appreciated.

Tricia Burcham July 5, 1999
Looking for info on Abraham MYRES. He's listed as being from Dixon in the 75th Illinois Infantry, Company A. Does anyone have any info on him or his family? Thanks, Tricia Burcham

Dewane E. Pagel July 2, 1999
I am a descendant of Eli MOREY (May, 1781-February 28, 1853) buried at Inlet cemetery, Lee County. I know nothing of his wife, his four children were:1 Edwin Morey; 2 Mason Morey; 3 Lydia Morey; 4 Isabel Morey.
Edwin Morey, born: April 17, 1820 New York, died: June 30, 1888 Lee Center, buried Inlet cemetery, married: March 28, 1849 at Amboy Twshp, wife: Harriet Harper Mayo, born: October 10, 1829, Winson New York, died: February 5, 1915, Wheaton Ill, buried: Inlet cemetery.
Dewane E. Pagel, 3525 Decatur Court, New Hope, MN 55427

Sue Bezjian July 2, 1999
I am searching for information about Jeanette Keeker WILCOX, born circa 1905, married Walter Wilcox at Dixon, IL - date unknown, but most likely in 1920's; Had one child, name and date unknown. Most likely buried in Dixon, possisbly on grounds of current prison. She is a descendant of the sister of my great-grandfather (name of his sister, Mena Heidemann KEEKER).

Tgbtann Jun 26, 1999
I am searching for information on a William THIES. He was born in Chicago, Illinios, on June 8, 1889. He did not have a social security number. He was in the army, and I have his army serial number. I have been able to determine that he retired from the service in 1951, but am not able to find anything about his parents, etc. If anyone can help me, please do so, and it would be appreciated!!

D. Radcliff Jun 26, 1999
I am looking for information on Bradford CHURCH. An article in the 1888 Fairfield and Perry Cos. Ohio Histories listed Bradford as the brother of my GGG-grandfather David CHURCH. David came to Ohio from New York about 1818. Another article stated that David and his siblings were born in MA, but the family moved to New York when they were very young. Any information on Bradford and his descendants would be greatly appreciated, as well as any information on David and Bradford's parents. I'll gladly share the information I have. E-mail address: DRadc24132@aol.com OR dradcliff@nationalboard.org. Thanks.

Terence Buckaloo Jun 25, 1999
Seeking desc. of KERR family, lived in Dixon. Three children of Nathan & Sarah (HORNER) KERR of Northampton Co., PA moved to Lee Co.:
James P. KERR, 1807-1854, md. Jane Hertopee
ch.-Charles, Alonzo T., Burton C. (md. Sarah GILMAN), George, Alice, James
Eliza H. KERR, 1815-1892, md. Joseph BUCKALU (BUCKALOO)
ch.-Alfred K., Sarah C., Thomas J. (md. Margaret CRADDOCK), Jane M. (md. Elias BOVEY), Amanda H., George W.
William KERR, b. ca. 1822, md. Lavinia P. SHERWOOD
(she md. 2. William FRY) ch.- Sara, Frances, Ida
My address: Terence Buckaloo, 215 E. Fellows, Dixon IL, 61021.

Angela Peterson Jun 19, 1999
Hello! My grandfather name is Francis A. RICE and he married an Irene SANDERS (I think thats how you spell it). Francis was born in Lee County in Nov. 1901. I need to find out both Francis and Irene's parents. They had a son Patrick Francis Rice who was born in Chicago. The last address I have on Francis was 2537 W. Cortez St, Chicago IL. He died in Feb of 1955. He is buried in Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy, IL. Irene was born in 1913 somewhere in IL. I don't know much of her either. I do know Irene had a sister named Ruth and two brothers named Lloyd and Billy. If you can help me I would really appreciate it. Thank you, Angela.

Norma Bruce Jun 17, 1999
In 1909 my great grandfather David GEORGE (1828-1912), living near Franklin Grove⁄Ashton, had a book reprinted, "The economy of human life" and dedicated it to Sylvester Caleb ROBINSON. Is this name familiar to anyone? The book was given to various people in the Lee Co. area, so it could turn up in a home library. The book claims to be ancient eastern literature, but it was written by Robert Dodsley of England.

Rick Bain Jun 13, 1999
Researching the family tree of my great aunt Bernice BAIN b.1911 married Adrian Lawrence HENRY b. 1919 from Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. They had 3 daughters. All 3 are living here in Riverside, California.

Jack & Sharon Higgins Jun 3, 1999
I am helping my wife Sharon research her geneology. Her father, Elmer Henry RINGENBERG was born in Amboy on January 12, 1918 and we are searching for any ancestory⁄relative⁄descendant of his. His father's name was Henry RINGENBERG and his mother's name was Grace __?__. Jack & Sharon Higgins, JacHig@Symix.com

Dean Sanders May 31, 1999
I am researching the family of Rebecca SHERWOOD who was the wife of John DIXON, founder of Dixon, IL. As far as I know, Rebecca's sister Sarah and her husband Oliver KELLOGG had only one child who had children - Ann Elizabeth Kellogg (my 3Xgreat-grandmother). She married Eli BAKER in 1845 and they lived in Dixon and had two children who died when the Dixon bridge collapsed in 1873 - one was my 2xgreat- grandmother Sarah Baker MARCH (the Dixon bridge collapse was a front page story in the New York Times for three days strait). My address is: Dean Sanders, 9424 Dartridge. Dallas, TX 75238

Ann Riley May 31, 1999
I am trying desperately to find any information on my great grandmother, Carrie Ella BRACKETT. I know she was born Jan. 29, 1885 in Amboy. Her fathers name was Charles or Chas Brackett, and her mothers name was Eleanor. I have been unable to find any information on her family at all. I know she had siblings, but don't have the names. PLEASE...if you have any information I would appreciate the help. Any responses can be mailed to Ann Riley, 3312 G Street, Eureka, CA 95503. Or email me at ariley@inreach.com.

Shelley Nielsen June 5, 1999
I am searching for information about relatives from Lee County. James BLACK and his wife, Sarah WYNNE, arrived in Lee County from New Jersey about 1853. He was accompanied by brother Samuel and sister Charlotte - who later married John COOPER. James and Sarah had a daughter Susan who married Jacob THIER and would later care for her Uncle Samuel. Charlotte and John's son Frederick married Catherine GROVER about 1895 in Dixon; their daughter Jennie M. married Charles W. WARNER. I would be grateful for any information anyone has on these families. Shelley Nielsen, 5207 West 11th Street Apt 1109 Greeley CO 80634-2173.

Millie Conrad May 29, 1999
Surnames: BLACK⁄VANDLING⁄CARTER⁄SHELL⁄HEBERLIN⁄JONES This is an update of a previous query. James and Mary Carter Black migrated to Lee county in 1851-4 from Columbia Co., PA or Northumberland Co. Apparently there was one huge group from Northumberland all at once. Included was Mary Carter Black's mother Anna Marie Vandling Carter Shell (Vandling maiden name, Carter 1st husband and Shell 2nd husband) Can any one tell me about this migration. And especiall anything about Anna Marie Vandlings heritage.
I also believe there was a Jones family involved in this migration. One John Jones married either James Black's sister or Mary Carter's sister. And apparently she died. John is found in the 1880 Barton or Jasper County Missouri census living as a boarder in a household with his two children living James Black and his son William's housholds. Would like to find our about the Jones, too.
Looking for information on Christopher JONES, John JONES, William JONES, children of Margarette HUBBARD. (maiden name CARTER or SHELL). Grandmother was Ann Marie CARTER 2m SHELL. These children were born in Lee Co. Prior to 1863.
VANDLING⁄CARTER⁄GIRTON⁄KENNEDY I have one query running for a James Black and his sister Mary Carter. Mary Carter's brother Joseph married Mary KENNEDY. Brother James married LaFame GIRTON. Sister Catherine June Carter married William GIRTON. Mary Carter's mother migrated to Lee County from Northumberland Co., PA. Her maiden name was Anna Marie Vandling. She married William Carter. Later she married Christopher Shell. I believe all migrated to Lee County from either Columbia Co., or Northumberland Co. PA about 1854. Would love information about Anna Marie Vandling Carter Shell. Thanks!

Mary Hinchey May 28, 1999
I'm looking for William KELLY's family members. William died Oct 18, 1893 in Dixon. Survived by 4 children: William, married to Julia GREEN, and worked for the waterworks dept, later dies in the Klondike (survived by dgtr. Mary Kate); John C. I don't know what the C. stands for); Mary (Mrs. Patrick HINCHEY, later of Chicago); Katherine (later Mrs. John BRETZ). William is also survived by wife Mary who later died (March, 1901) after being struck by a train. Alternate spellings: KELLEY. There was an "adopted" son John mentioned in Mary Kelley's obit in 1901. Would like more info on sons William, John C., and John, and dgtr Katherine Bretz. My grandmother is Mary Hinchey. Thanks for any info. Mary Anne Hinchey, mahinchey@kdsi.net; 103 E. 10th Street Grand Island, NE 68801

Phyllis Theobald May 24, 1999
Two sisters are trying to confirm the birth of Warren Church JOHNSON in April of 1864 in Dixon IL. His parents were Warren Harper Johnson and Clarissa CHURCH. Can you help us?

Dean Sanders May 21, 1999
I am interested in the family of John DIXON's wife Rebecca SHERWOOD (died 1847). Rebecca's sister Sarah SHERWOOD was my 4Xgreat-grandmother and husband of Oliver W. KELLOGG--an early settler in the Rock River area.

Kay Bredeweg May 20, 1999
Gr-Gr-Grandfather Joseph LIBBY, B:1825-ME, married Margaret McCOY, B:1837-ME. They lived in Chicago, Cook CO,IL and later moved to Dixon, Lee CO and also Woosung, Ogle CO. They later moved to Minneapolis, MN. Children were: Anna Teresa, B:13 Feb 1857-Chicago and Lewis, B: abt 1858-Chicago. Anna Teresa married Louis Adam KRAUSE 23 Mar 1882 at Dixon, Lee Co, IL. They lived in Woosung at the time. This LIBBY family may have moved to this area to be near other LIBBY or McCOY families. Are you researching these surnames? Do you have information that would link to my families?

Sharon Doran Turnbow May 19, 1999
I have a considerable amount of information on the decedents of William (DORAN) born 1848, in Killowen, Co. Down, Ireland & his wife Bridget (BESCH), born in 1847, Buffalo, Erie Co. NY. They settled in Sublette, farmed, and raised a large family. I am looking for records of the purchase of the land, and, of course, information on other relatives. Sharon Doran Turnbow, 6321 Roosevelt Street, Coloma, MI 39038, info@sandcastlescottages.com

Jo Murray May 13, 1999
Could you tell me if there was a blind school in or around Dixon,Il. I have a g-aunt that was supposed to be in the school around 1927. Her name was Julia ADAMS. Thanks in advance. Jo Murray taximom@leading.net

Colleen Stokes May 08, 1999 9:24 am
I am looking for an Ira S. DURRIN (b 1815 Vt.) Amanda Harlow DURRIN, his wife (b. 1811 NY), and Lenora DURRIN, their daughter (b. 1850). They moved from Whitehall, Washington co, NY sometime between 1850 - 1855. In 1860 they were in Willow Creek, living next door to an Ethan DURRIN, prb. Ira's father. Ira's property was valued at $2500, and there was a man, Samuel HOSELEY, living with them. I do not know of his connection to them. I appreciate any help

Laura Welsh May 04, 1999 8:59 am
I am looking for information on Christopher WELLMAN b. 10 Jun 1821 New Milford, Susquehanna, PA; d. 23 Dec 1909 Lee Center, Lee, IL buried in Woodside Cem. Married Amanda Elizabeth BROWN b. 1 Jul 1829, Susquehanna, PA, d. 19 May 1923 dau of Samuel BROWN and Mary GRUMBLY. Children: Annie D. b. 1851, Levi William b. 1853, Mary Ann b. 1856, and Henry H. b 1859. I am looking for the parents of Christopher WELLMAN. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Laura Lee Welsh, 1021 Peach Ct., Hollister, CA 95023, email: towanda@hollinet.com

Terry Buckaloo Apr 29, 1999 5:40 pm
Seeking info on Adam SCHUCHART (or SCHUART, SHUGART), b. ca. 1816 Prussia, d. 1891 Lee Co., IL. He married Julia SCHWEINSBERGER, b. 1815 Heiligenstach, Prussia. Their children: Nicholas, Mary KREHL, Martha ZOPF KREHL, Katherine ZOPF. Was this family related to Henry SCHUCHART, b. 1820⁄21 Prussia, lived in China Twp. in 1880? Also George SCHUCHART and Gertrude SCHUCHART who where both married in Lee Co. in 1867? Terence Buckaloo, 215 E Fellows St., Dixon, IL 61021

Virginia Weiss Apr 21, 1999 6:58 pm
Lee Co., Illinois, Jethro SMITH marr. Betsey MICKEL, January 1, 1842. Jethro may have been called Jet or Jett also. He was probably born before 1822. I have information to share.

James Oberacker Apr 17, 1999 6:39 pm
I am looking to link up with others researching common Irish ancestral surnames from Lee County, Illinois in the hope of putting together an extended family tree. My Irish ancestral surnames from Lee County, including town(s) and dates, are: DELACEY, FITZPATRICK, LEDDY, and TIERNEY of Maytown; c1870-1892. Extended relations' surnames: LYNCH and McGEE of Amboy. All came to Illinois from Pennsylvania, having emigrated from Ireland about the late 1840s.   James Oberacker.

Adele Malerich Apr 14, 1999 11:01 pm
I am searching for information on Siebrand JANSSEN of Eldena late 1880'S. Married to Diederecka HENDRICKSON. Their children were Sophia, Anna, Henry, and Lena. Lena married John LUND, who practiced medicine in Dixon for many years. Anna married an Albright and farmed in Eldena and Sophia married a Graham and lived in Michigan. Dr. Lund was my Grandfather.

Rich Goyette Apr 8, 1999 9:38 pm
I am searching for information on my great grandfather, Curtis CANNON, who was apparently from Amboy, Ill. My Mom recently showed me a Military Discharge that she had obtained from her father back in the 40's that was from the Civil War. It was a discharge for her Grandfather who was discharged in 1865 from the 46th Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He had apparently enlisted in 1861 and served under Gen. Grant at Shiloh and Vicksburg. The Discharge shows his hometown as Amboy, Ill. and I have found the records in Civil War files. The only information I have is that my Mom's father, Benjamine D. Cannon, was the son of Curtis Cannon of Amboy, Ill. and that Benjamine married his wife, Mitilda M. in Marion, Ks. in 1900.

Tim Gallagher Apr 6, 1999 21:25 am
I am looking for the BARDEN and ROARKE families. They may have come through Amboy between 1845 and 1855 and remained a while before moving on to Waseca County, Minnesota. Tim Gallagher

Tim McKeon Mar 30, 1999 11:33 pm
I'm posting the same information to several counties due to the fact that all these are brothers and sisters to one another and are brothers and sisters to my ancestor Jacob J. SKINNER. From what I have seen, many other families from Susquehanna County, PA especially the towns of Harmony and Great Bend settled in the parts of Illinois where my Skinners settled. All were sons and daughters of Jacob Skinner (1778) and Rhoda McDOWELL (1881). This is an old family, arriving in the U.S around 1650.
Lee County; China Twp.
Alpheus G. Skinner (1⁄1817) m. Olive LEWIS (1824). They had one son David (1849) as of 1850. Olive's father Levi Lewis and brother Joseph Lewis also lived in China Twp. There were other Lewises and at least one Trowbridge from Susquehanna, County, PA.
John Skinner (5⁄1802) m. Diadema SALISBURY (1808). They had in 1850: Hiram (1828), Lydia (1833) and Willard (1841). Willard was born in Pennsylvania and David (Alpheus) was born in Illinois.
LaSalle County, Adams Twp.
William R. WELLS (1810) m. Betsy Skinner (10⁄1812). They had in 1850: Adolphus (1833), William F. (1835), Elijah (1840), Sally A (1842), ?Female (1844) and Sarah E. (1849). All but Sarah born in Pennsylvania. They had moved to Seneca, KS by 1860. One of the children was chief justice of Kansas.
Abraham Skinner (1806) m. Mary BRUSH (1810). He had 2 boys that were not living with them (not sure if they stayed in PA or came to IL, no names in 1830⁄40 census). Laura and Eli KINNEY were living with them. My guess is Laura is their daughter. Eli Kinney was borni in NY as was Laura.
Cook Co., Town of Thornton
Josiah Skinner (1824) was an innkeeper in Thornton, Cook, IL in 1870. He may have came west after the four mentioned above. He married Hannah ? and had in 1870: Fayette (boy) (1849), Ambrosia (1854, in IL), Emert (1862), Bertha (1864), Mary (1867) and Jessie (10⁄1869). They arrived in IL between 1849 & 1854.
David HALL (1800-1810) m. Rhoda M. Skinner (3⁄1804). They were supposed to have settled near Amboy, Lee County, IL but I can find no census record for them at this time.
Benajah A. Skinner (5⁄1808) m. Deborah TARKEY (1814). They moved to Illinois after 1850. I haven't been able to find them either. Children born in PA as of 1850: Francis (1833), Adaline (1837), Phoebe (1840), Abner (1843), Amelia (1845), Lucinda (1847), James (1848) and Almora (5⁄1850).
Timothy CANNON (1800-1810) m. Phoebe Skinner (9⁄1810). They had a few children, names unknown. They were also supposed to have moved to Illinois and died there. Again, no records.
They seem to have arrived in Illinois, mostly in a group except for Benejah and maybe Josiah sometime between 1844 and 1849. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have extensive information on this line of people back in PA, NY, CT, MA and England back to almost 1600.

Don Harrison Mar 30, 1999 11:29 pm
I am still searching for those elusive ODENTHALs. Originally they were a farming family living near Cologne, Germany. After the Franco-Prussian War my great-great-grandfather, Peter Joseph Odenthal, took his family to Sterling, Illinois. Around 1890 my great-grandfather, William Odenthal, and ggrandmother, Helena SCHMIDT settled in Dixon. They had eleven children and lived in Dixon until about 1910. Any information about this family or their descendants would be appreciated.

Jan Jones Mar 28, 1999 12:18 pm
Niels Hanson TOXWORD and his brother Chris immigrated from Danmark in 1868. Nels worked for a few months in Portland, Maine and then moved to Lee Center where he worked for five years before moving in 1873 to the Oakland⁄Lyons area of Nebraska to start his own farm. He married Ane Marie EDVARDSEN on February 18, 1872 in DuPage County according to their family Bible. She immigrated to Lee Center in 1870 by way of Chicago. What would have attracted these immigrants to Lee County in 1868? What families would have had farms with hired hands? Where would they have been housed? Were they like migrant workers or did they work on one farm only? Were other records of such people kept? Thank you, Jan Jones, 20 Liberty Lane, Averill Park, NY 12018-5907.

Jerry Carr Mar 24, 1999 8:02 am
I am looking for any information on a Bertram K. CARR who may have been born in Lee county in 1869. I do not know his parents or if he had siblings. Thanks. Jerry Carr

Lois Lester Mar 23, 1999 4:42 pm
I am looking for anyone that may have known or was related to Justus and Julia SCHWENISBERG. They lived in Dixon, Ill. about 1920 or so. They both came from Germany and are related to my Great Grandmother Christina Herrick MARKLEY, whom was also born in Germany. I would love to correspond with anyone knowing of them. Thank you. Lois Lester, 520 North Highland, Chanute, Kansas 66720-1336

Diana Gunther Mar 22, 1999 0:33 am
I am searching for birth records on Peter LUFT born Feb. 17, 1868 in Lee County, IL. Parents: Casper Luft and Barbara CITRON, birth dates and location unknown. Also: Anna REUTZEL born on April 27, 1870 in Lee County, IL. Parents: Conrad Reutzel and Margrate HURR, birth dates and location unknown. Thank you. Diana Gunther, 3404 Glisten Street, Norman, OK 73072-1924

Dan Wych Mar 18, 1999 5:00 pm
I would like to correspond with descendants of the HANN family of Ashton, Lee, IL. The Hanns were in Ashton before 1883. My great grandmother was a Hann who died in England before my grandfather, his father and sister came to Illinois and stayed for a time with the Hanns at Ashton. Known married names of Hann descendants include SWORD and HAENITSCH.

Judy Ryden Mar 17, 1999 10:43 pm
Seeking any information on a John PEARSLEY (or soundex P624 equivalent) who arrived from Scotland as a five-year-old in the mid 1840s and wound up somewhere in Northwestern Illinois. A John PERSLEY married a Susan SCAGGS in Morrison, but there are other reported Pearsley's in Lee, Carroll and other counties in Illinois which makes me think the family spread out a bit after arriving.

Joy Erickson Mar 11, 1999 10:20 am
I am searching for a marriage record or church record or newspaper notice for Eslie Reed STEVENSON who married Ethel Louise ERICKSON sometime between June 1920 and 1928. They were married in the parsonage of a Methodist minister, the Rev. L. S. Kidd, who previously served the Ohio, IL congregation. The couple actually lived in Ohio, Bureau Co, IL. Eslie was a barber in Ohio, IL. I have looked in every county around and in Bureau with no luck. Hope you can help. Thanks. Look forward to hearing from you. Joy Erickson, 3652 Allenwood St., Sarasota, FL 34232 ericgann@aol.com

Jannita Weidenbach Mar 3, 1999 11:15 am
I am looking for the family of Chris and Paulina VERAGUTH, who lived in Lee County in 1874. Their oldest daughter Maggie was born in 1874.
I am also looking for the family of Michael and Mary Cathrine Heffron DORSEY. Their 2 oldest kids were born in Dixon Twp, Lee County. Tom Dorsey b.5-1854, Maggie b.11-1855.

Anne Orton Mar 1, 1999 10:54 pm
I am looking for information on Morris HILLESON (b. 1859) who married Anne KOPREN ( m. in 1883). They were from Lee Co. and lived in Willow Creek Township. His father was Lars Hillison. Morris and Anne separated- she going to Northeastern SD with her children and he went back to Illinois where he died about the turn of the century. Anne Orton, Rosholt SD, 57260

Millie Conrad Feb 24, 1999 9:41 pm
I am looking for information on a John JONES. His parents were born in PA and I believe he was also. He shows up as a boarder in Sam and Mary Ann Black Heverlin's household in Jasper Co. MO. 1880 census. Also on that census were Mary Ann's parents James and Mary Ann BLACK with a niece Mary A Jones age 12 born in IL. James and Mary Ann Black were from Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Living with William Black on same census was a William H. Jones, a cousin, age 12, also born in IL. William was James and Mary Ann Black's son. John JONES wife had to be either James or Mary Ann's sister. Mary Ann's maiden name was CARTER. Grandmother Ann Marie Vanderling CARTER 2nd m SHELL also lived in Lee Co. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Millie

Michele Felsenthal Feb 18, 1999 4:00 pm
I would like to find information on a James LONERGAN and⁄or any LONERGAN family relatives. He is listed in the 1894-95 Dixon City Directory as a tailor, residence: Dolan Block, and in the 1914 History of Lee County, Il. Michele Felsenthal, 5999 Wood Trail Drive, Memphis, TN 38120

Marie Nelson Feb 10, 1999 5:50 am
Looking for information on a Joseph WHITNEY whose patent for 40 acres in Lee County was recorded January 1, 1849. Marie Nelson, nexia@easilink.com

Sid Hall Feb 10, 1999 0:42 am
I am looking for any information on the family of Willard and Lorenda (IVES) HASTINGS, who settled in Paw Paw, Wyoming Twp, Lee Co, IL in the early to mid-1800s. Other Hastings in Lee Co are Lemuel, Lydia (who married Nathaniel PETERSON 3 May 1854), Minerva B. (who married Edward McKUNE 2 Nov 1856), Mary H. (who married Unknown EURICK abt 1863, George H. (born May 5, 1845 in Lee Co) and Augusta Lorenda (born abt 1841-2, presumably in Lee Co). Augusta was my great great grandmother, who later moved to Macon Co, MO and married Henry H. HALL. I am particularly interested in obituary information on these individuals that might reveal who were the parents of Lorenda Ives Hastings and Willard Hastings. I know that Lorenda (Ives) Hastings died in April 1850 but have no other information. Any information on these individuals would be most appreciated. Thank you. Sid Hall, 4310 Avenue H, Austin, TX 78751

Jan Walker Feb 7, 1999 7:47 pm
I found a land record for Thomas J. EDWARDS in Lee County, IL, filed in the office in Dixon, IL. in Sep. 14, 1854. If this is my Thomas he was only in the area about five years. He was born in 1818 on a ship from Wales to the US. He married a woman named Chloe ____ in NY. He In 1856 he was living in WI, and he died in 1883 in Evansville, Rock, WI. His children were: John Edwards born 1846 in NY; Elvira Edwards born 1848 in NY; Samuel Munson Edwards born 1849 in NY; Lucinda Edwards born 1849 in NY; Floyd Edwards born 1852 in IL; Charles Edwin Edwards born 1856 in WI; Sarah J. Edwards born 1857 in WI; Owen Francis Edwards born 1859 in Magnolia, Rock, WI; Frank Edwards born 1862 in WI.

Michael Haley Jan 31, 1999 1:19 pm
I am looking for info on my great grandfather, Daniel W. HALEY (or Healy). He was born in Amboy, Lee Co., IL on 29 Jul 1861 or 1857. He married Catherine QUANLIN on 1 Oct 1890 in Great Bend, Barton Co., KS. He died in Cherokee, Alfalfa Co., OK on 8 Dec 1924. He was employed by several railroads as an engineer. Send info to me by e-mail or to P.O. Box 19543, Houston, TX 77224-9543.

Betty Egan Jan 31, 1999 00:13 am
Looking for ancestors or any information about John EGAN who was living in Amboy, IL in 1868. By 1891 he had married Mary McCOY and moved to Chicago. He was related to Catherine O'HARA... probably a sister ...who also lived in Amboy. John became a naturalized citizen while in Lee Co and had come from Ireland. Thank you. Elizabeth Egan, 28 Santistaban Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

Elaine Veloz Jan 28, 1999 01:43 pm
I am looking for any information on the family of my ggrandmother, Anna Maria BURDICK, who was born in Dixon 10 May 1864 to Helen M. "Nellie" HAWLEY BURDICK and Nathan Crandall BURDICK. Nathan was also born in Dixon, 10 Jan. 1844, to Nathan Curtis and Ruhama BURDICK (her maiden name was also BURDICK). Nathan Crandall BURDICK and Helen M. "Nellie" HAWLEY were supposedly married 1 Oct. 1862 in Eldena, but I have yet to find a record of the marriage. Other children born in Dixon were Bertha Albertina BURDICK, born 20 March 1867, and Minnie D. BURDICK, born in 1868 or 1869. A son, Nathan Charles BURDICK was born 9 Nov. 1878 in Clinton County, Iowa. Nathan Crandall apparently left the family around 1880 when they were living in Council Grove, Kansas and Helen was later granted a divorce. She then married two additional times, once in Kansas, once in Boise, Idaho (to George CURL) and supposedly died in 1923, but I don't know where .I also don't know what happened to Nathan Crandall after he deserted the family. I would welcome any information on any of the BURDICKS or HAWLEYS that might be connected with this family, and will be glad to share additional info I have. Thanks, Elaine Veloz - fmichael@gte.net

James Maurer Jan 28, 1999 00:12 am
Looking for information on Phillip MOWRER. He lived in or near Dixon, and was County Commissioner sometime during 1844 and 1860. His wife died there in 1859. Need her first name and death date. His son John D. Mowrer married Mary A. PALMER at Dixon, March 22, 1869. She was the daughter of Elder H. W. Palmer, former pastor of the M. E. Church of Dixon.

Betty Woollums Jan 26, 1999 11:11 am
Researching the surname WHEATON. In 1870 of the Illinios census a family named WHEATON lived in Lee county. Their names were Jophar WHEATON born in New Jersey aprox 1820, Ann born in Iowa aprox 1823,and Jane born in Illinios aprox 1865. I would like information on full names of these people and any Wheatons from Illinois.

JeneoBug@aol.com Jan 25, 1999 6:23 pm
I am seeking any information about Amos WHITNEY and wife Emeline Jakway HOLDEN Whitney and their children, Amos M. Whitney, George W. Holden and Hellen E. Holden. They are found on the 1850 Census of Dixon, Lee Co. IL. They had $100 Real Estate value. Amos and Emeline were married in Ogle Co. IL in 1847. Thanks.

Marc Bremridge Jan 24, 1999 10:34 pm
I am trying to find further info on Daniel BREMRIDGE said to be Lee County's first burial [abt Jan 6, 1840]. Daniel Bremridge was an ancestor of mine born in Whitestone Devon England 1804. Marc S H Bremridge, 6 Bowmont Terrace, Glasgow, G12 9LP, Scotland

Dan Jones Jan 24, 1999 1:14 pm
My parents are Earl D. JONES & Mary Walters Jones. My grandparents Charles Jones born July 30, 1885, and Naomi BOWERS Jones born Sept 16, 1891. There are 16-17 kids in my grandfather's family & 6 in my grandmother's including twins Ida and Ada. My great grandfather Charles Edward Jones born Sept 13, 1851. His wife Fannie, born may 10, 1858. My grandmother's parents, George Bowers born Aug 18, 1864 & his wife Barbara, born June 15, 1867. Any info on these two families would be greatly appreciated. Most family is buried in Dixon & Grand Detour. Dan Jones, 5450 Taylor Ln., Clarkston MI, 48346.

Denise Favara Jan 18, 1999 10:16 pm
I am seeking information about C. M. Henderson & Co., which manufactured shoes. The Little Red School House trademark and line of shoes was their most famous. I understand that in 1877, Henderson built one building and a short time later added a second building on that site. I'd appreciate any input; whether it is from you or you can tell me where to look. Thank you, Denise Favara

Margaret Shute Jan 18, 1999 1:41 pm
I am looking for information on my great grandfather - John W SWOPE, born 4th of January 1858 in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. I found the name Swope in the surname index of the historical encyclopedia of Illinois and history of Lee County: name listed on page 817. His parents were John and Susan (WARNER) Swope. Thank you. great grnddaughter, Margaret L Shute -

Charlene Kolterman Jan 18, 1999 1:40 am
Looking for details on the marriage and family of this couple: Jesse BERGER⁄BURGER born about 1833 in PA, married to Sophia (UNKNOWN) WELFELT probably between 1865-1870, in LEE County, ILL. Found in the 1870 Ogle County, ILL census page 158. Did Sophia and Jesse have children together, and where did they die?? Some of Sophia's children with her first husband Adam WELFELT are found living in LEE County census, and are also listed in the marriage indexes. Would like to find descendants. Thanks, Charlene Kolterman, Norfolk, NE ckknfk@kdsi.net

Sandra Chastain Jan 17, 1999 1:47 pm
We would like any information on Lucetta Barbara (Sadie) HAEFNER such as siblings, parents, place of birth, etc. She was born on sept 13, 1873 died sept 26, 1938, married Dec 17, 1892 to George William DAEHLER. Two daughters Rosa Maria MEURER and Caroline Wilhemina (Minnie) KOCH. We think she may have lived in the Ashton, Amboy or Franklin Grove area (Lee Center). Thank you. Sandra Chastain, 142 Magnesium St., Henderson, NV 89015

Michael E. Reynolds Jan 17, 1999 3:31 pm
I am searching for the William SCOTT family. The only information I have comes from an 1850 Census of Lee Co: William SCOTT ,Born 1790 England age 60; "Weaver" Jane, Born 1797 England age 53; Children: Esther, B. 1825, age 25; William Jr., B. 1833, age 17; Elizabeth, B. 1835, age 15; Eliza, B. 1849, age 1. I suspect that Elizabeth listed here in the 1850 census may be Elizabeth COX the wife of William SCOTT Jr. The only other information I have is that another daughter Louise (Lucy) Isabel SCOTT born June 27,1865 D. Dec 22,1942 married Albert C. SMITH B. feb 14, 1859, D July 5, 1939 ,of Ogle Co. on Dec.25,1886. He was one of the longest living practicing Dentists in the State of Illinois in 1938. He received his degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Patricia Meyers Jan 16, 1999 5:15 pm
Would like to hear from anyone related to John MURRAY of Lee Center. John was married to Mary O'BOYLE. Had sons Dennis in Canada and son Patrick H. Murray. Patrick married Anna LYONS of DeKalb. Louise Murray married James KIRBY also of Lee, I believe, No one in the family knows anything about these relatives. John Murray lived in Batavia, IL around 1860 and then moved to Lee Center. All are buried at St James Cemetery. Can anyone help fill in the gaps? kateri8@wevtv.net or write: Meyers, 10930 S Worth Ave, Worth,IL 60482.

Patricia Meyers Jan 16, 1999 5:07 pm
Would like to hear from anyone who has information on this family. Original settler was Felix McGINNIS and wife Mary around 1855-1860. Son Patrick spelled name McGUINESS. He left for Chicago and married Annie LAWLER and had three daughters in the 1870s. He married about the time of the Chicago fire so have no info by way of marriage license. Patrick's two brothers, John and Felix settled in Chicago as well. Felix had dtr Frances and son William. Patrick also had a sister Frances who moved to Chgo. Both Patrick and Frances are buried in Amboy at St Patrick's Cemetery and I believe Felix's children are there as well. I would love to hear from anyone who has any information regarding them, or about any McGinnises left behind. Patrick's sister Mary stayed in Amboy and married a CAMPBELL. Patrick and sister Frances were living with Mary Campbell in the 1920 census. Look forward to any replies. e-mail kateri8@webtv.net or: Meyers, 10930 S Worth Ave, Worth, IL 60482

Karen Crocker Jan 12, 1999 7:19 pm
I am searching for any information on my grandfather, Roy Clarence HARTFIELD, who lived off-and-on in Lee County. He was born in Amboy 18 Feb 1895 to George August and Elizabeth (BARIERS) Hartfield. As an adult he came back to Lee County to live in Compton and again in Amboy. He worked on the W.P.A. Project #603 in Dixon in 1937. Would love to know his siblings' names, birth dates and birthplaces of his parents, and their foreign surname before they Americanized it. Will gladly share what little extra information I have available. Thanks! Karen (Hartfield) Crocker, 13064 Trail Dust Ave., San Diego, CA 92129-2413

Kevin Tadd Jan 11, 1999 10:30 pm
I am searching for information about Fred TADD b. 1860 (England) d. 1945. He farmed south of Ashton on what was known as the "Killmer Farm", now the Duane Henert family farms the land. He was married to Elizabeth BATCHLOR b. 1859 d. 1936 from NY. They raised 5 children Albert b.1883 d. 1965, William b. 1884 d. 1979, Fred Jr b. 1887 d. 1964, Frank b. 1889 d. 1971, Etta b. 1893 d. 1960. Fred & family moved to Melvin, Iowa and bought land and returned to IL. Fred is my Greatgrand Father. Does anybody know where the records from the Ashton church are stored now? All but Frank, my Grandfather are buried in the Ashton Cemetary. Thanks, Kevin Tadd, 404 N 7th St., Montevideo MN 56265

Karin Reichart Jan 08, 1999 1:57 pm
I am seeking information on Phenton RILEY, b. ca 1810-1815 in Paw Paw, IL. He was married to Lucretia H. McPHERSON of OH. Her family were Quakers, assuming they did not marry out of their faith, he probably was a Quaker as well. They were married in Wayne Co., IN January 20, 1831 and supposedly had 12 children, one of which was my ancestor Harriet RILEY, m. to William HARTUP. Any clues to Phento RILEY'S parentage would be extremely welcomed! Karin Sloan Reichart, 4292 E. State Road 38, Markleville, IN 46056

Rick Nooner Jan 08, 1999 10:51 am
I am trying to locate the civil war leavings of my g-g-grandfather Elisha NOONER. He enlisted with the 3rd Ky Confederate Mounted Inf. at the beginning of war. We believe he was captured in western Ky and placed in a Union Prison in Ill. Near the end of the war we find him enlisted in the !5th Ill Inf. Place of enlistment was in Amboy, Lee Co., Ill. There were so many Union enlistments in Amboy we suspect that it may have been a "recruitment" center for the confederates prisoners joining the union. If anyone has conformation of this I would appriciate them dropping me a line. Ric Nooner, RNOONER@MAIL.KYTC.STATE.KY.US

Phyllis Waddell Jan 07, 1999 12:00 am
I am looking for information about Alexander ROYSTER who moved to Franklin Grove in Lee County, Illinois. My understanding is that he died there in Franklin Grove in 1928 and was buried in the Franklin Grove Cemetery in Lee County. Thank you.

Jim & Bonnie Fredensborg Jan 06, 1999 9:07 pm
Looking for info on Effie Phoebe HAMPTON born to Amandie Jane WEDDELL HAMPTON and ______HAMPTON, 1⁄12⁄1862 in Paw Paw Illinois.. The Weddell's were originally from PA. Mr. Hampton was from England's Hampton house and came to the US via Canada. He went to California in 1848 whee he met Amandie Jane Weddell and married her in Cold Springs, Ca.

Adrienne Sherrin Jan 05, 1999 2:21 pm
Heman (or Hiram) MEAD and Jane DODGE were married in 1833, I believe in Ontario, Canada. Shortly thereafter they are said to have moved to Dixon, IL. I am trying to discover whether or not this Jane Dodge is the one I am looking for. She apparently died in July of 1872, I presume in Dixon. Can someone help me locate an obituary or death record that might record who her parents were or where she was born? I have a list of children - Hiram, Adeline, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia, Melissa, Anna, Adelia, George and Alice. Thank you. Adrienne Kelowna, BC, Canada

Bonnie Carney Jan 04, 1999 10:55 pm
My mother was born in Dixon, IL on Aug 3, 1917. her name was Aileen (Avis) Anne ACKERMAN. her fathers name was Alva Hemar Ackerman and her mothers name was Anne PIGOTT. could you help me. Bonnie Carney, RD 2 Box 178, Proctor, WV 26055, or email me at barney@1st.net

L. Coltrin Jan 02, 1999 4:20 pm
I am seeking information on Moses E. (Edward?) T. EATON who married Mary Ann COLTRIN (variant spellings Colton, Coulton, Coultrin) on March 31, 1858 in Lee County. From family oral history she died in childbirth with the birth of daughter Frances EATON (born about 1859) Frances is said by oral history to survive and marry a Bill OSBORN. Seems like Moses could have been the right age for service in the Civil WAR but I find no records so far with his name. Seeking to find out more about this family like place of burial for Mary Ann COLTRIN EATON and where abouts of husband Moses, and daughter Frances. Willing to share with other researchers interested in the COLTRIN family. Thanks! L. COLTRIN, 2750 W. CALLE CARAPAN, TUCSON, AZ 85745-2531

Charlene Guidotti Jan 02, 1999 10:16 pm
I am looking for any informationon the HAYES and HARDISTRY families that where in Lee Co. in the mid 1800's. The HAYES family I am looking for is: Charles HAYES b. about 1820 ILL, m. Elisebeth HARDISTY
Children: (not in order or complete) 1. Thomas Corwin HAYES b. 23 Oct 1840 m. Mary Miller served in Civil War in Co. C 34 ILL Inf GAR (listed home address as Franklin Grove, ILL) 2. Scott Hayes 3. William Hayes 4. Jane Hayes All I have on the HARDISTRY is Elizebeth was the daughter of a shoe maker who immigrated from Ireland. As you can see I do not have very much, so any information will be much appreciated. Charlene Guidotti, 1111 Freeman Switch RD, Berryville, AR 72616

Patty Diede Dec 31, 1998 5:33 pm
I am looking for any information on the BARTLETT history in Lee County, Illinois. Especially the names of Jared Bartlett and Christopher C. Bartlett. Jared was in Amboy in the 1880's and is said to be buried at a country cemetery between Dixon and Franklin Grove. Also would like information on my Great Grandmother Clara (NICHOLS) Bartlett. I had a great aunt and uncle in Franklin Grove who are now both deceased. [Robert and Mabel (GORDON) Bartlett] Would appreciate any information on all or any of these families.

Robert Schwietert Dec 30, 1998 8:42 am
I am searching for the obits of my great-great grandfather, and his wife. They were Mr & Mrs Ludwig TROTTNOW, he died 1⁄7⁄1892, and she died 6⁄26⁄ 1897. Old copies of the Dixon newspaper just report the deaths, and say they were notified by the Frankln Grove newspaper. I have tried to find back issues of the F.G. paper, but have had no luck. If anyone knows where I might find these obits, or back issues of the F.G. paper I would appreciate hearing from you.

Bernie Sutton Dec 29, 1998 1:09 pm
I am searching for information on Joseph SUTTON's family that moved to Harmon Twp in 1854. Specifically: Joseph Sutton, b 1790, Co. Carlow, Ireland- m. Hannah Grimes Sutton, b. 1797 Co. Carlow, Ireland, - death certificates, burial place & dates. Also William Sutton (son of Joseph & Hannah Sutton), b 1834, Hocking Co., OH - marriage to Electa Belle CHAPIN, dates, places. Also birth records of my grandfather Harry Hamilton Sutton, b. 2⁄02⁄1873, Lee Co., IL. Part of the family moved to Johnson Co., Nebraska about 1880. I have records after that time. Any information would be appreciated.
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