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(This page last updated 12/27/00)


GOSHORN, GEORGE & REBECCA: I am seeking information about the family of George and Rebecca Goshorn living in Indiana Grove Township, Livingston County, in the 1880 and 1900 censuses.  The 1880 Soundex Census index lists George Goshorn, 44, born in Ohio; wife Rebecca J., 37, reported born in New Hampshire; with a daughter Nellie, age seven, reported born in Illinois, and an adopted son, Henry Lower, 20.  Henry was listed as a Goshorn in the 1900 Census.  I would be
interested in any information about this family.  Thank you for reading my query.  EUGENE R. GOSHORN  12/21/00

STRAIGHT: ARBA OR ANDY: I am looking for ANY  information in Livingston Co Illinois for Arba or Arby Proudfood STRAIGHT, born 1/12/1803 died there in May 3, 1894 Wife Philena SIMMONS also died there, b 7/9/1803 died 4/5/1891 Son LEVI Straight, born Chautauqua co NY, 1/3/1831 Date of death not known
His wife Jane LANGWORTHY, also born Chautauqua co NY no dates, and I seek any info on any STRAIGHT or SIMMONS in that town/County They were
in the town of FAIRBURY Village in the 1860 census and are supposed in the Fairbury Cemetery.   DEE 12/13/00

NODINE, FREDERICK:  I am looking for my Great Grandfather, Frederick Nodine.  He and his family are supposed to have traveled West from Albany,
New York
to Wenona, Illinois in 1854.  My Grandfather, Theodore Nodine was born in Albany February 2, 1844.  We have a signature of Frederick Nodine on Theodore's Civil War pension application.  I heard that a Frederick Nodine was buried at Chatsworth, Illinois, his death date is ABT 1870. I am not sure these are the same Fredericks.  Could you give me any information on cemeteries in Chatsworth or an idea of where to look or who I could contact to aid me in finding the right Frederick?  I would really appreciate any information you could give me. Thank you, JO PRESTON 12/12/00

COSSEL: Does anyone out there have access to birth listings for the time period April 1881 through Oct 1893?   If so, I'd appreciate 4 look-ups on my great aunts and uncles:  Allen Cossel 24 Apr 1881, Jesse Cossel 23 May 1885, Leura May Cossel  23 Aug 1890 and Nora Mae  31 Oct 1893 (parents Henry Cossel and Mary Lucinda Ansel(Cossel).   Thanks, MARYLIN   12/10/00

GUINNETTE: I was very curious to find  that my family name (Guinnette) was listed somewhere under the Livingston County, Illinois  genealogy.. How may I
inquire further into information about my family? Thank you in advance for your time. You can email me at PENNY GUINNETTE  12/5/00

ST. CLAIR: I am trying to find out if there are any St. Clair in your county?  DARRELL ST. CLAIR 12/4/00

DONALDSON, SAMUEL & SUSANNAH WRAY: Does anyone have any information of Samuel and Susannah Wray Donaldson who owned 80 acres of land in Round Grove Township from 1866 to 1879.  Samuel died in 1878 and is buried in Round Grove  Cemetery.  They had 5 children:  Eva Belle b1861, who married Adison Leopold in 1876, William C., Henery Austin, Charles Wray and Herbert Ebon. Thanks,  BILL DONALDSON  12/4/00

EDWARDS, WILLIAM: Wm. Edwards.  Looking for information on Wm. Edwards, married to Elizabeth Whorrall (b 1811), both born in England.  They had ten children.  I have a portrait picture of Wm. Edwards by photographer E.M. Phillips, Fairbury, IL.  I have some information to share on the Whorrall family but would like to learn more on the Edwards side.  Please contact me at   ED & PATRICIA ELLIS  12/2/00

HARPER, JOHN A.: Searching for John A. Harper b. 15 Apr 1837 in Ayers? Scotland, was in Civil war (possibly as a prisoner of war); m. 2 Jan 1871 to Florence Madelena Wells (b. 18 Jan 1848 in Canada d. 29 Jan 1904) in Pontiac, Livinigston Co, IL.  John and Florence migrated to Fairbury, NE area or Haddam, KS area and he d. 29 Oct 1898.   They had: Mary Katherine, Frank, John, Herbert, James, Lacey, Charles, and Clinton (my grandfather).  Looking for descendents of John A. and also ancestors of both John A. and Florence.  Thanks,  BARBARA PARKER  11-29-00

LEEDOM, D.C.: I'm searching for members of the LEEDOM family who lived in Pontiac, Livingston, IL from mid 1860's to the mid 1870's.  Specifically a D. C.
Leedom who I believe was David C. or any others.  I have several beautiful pictures taken in Pontiac of this family yet don't know who specific individuals are.  If anyone has any suggestions would appreciate it!  RESEARCHER  11/28/00

BAXENDALE: I have a great grandmother with the maiden name of Baxendale. Her original name was Jane Bascendale, then
Jennie Baxendale. She later married a James Konklin and lived in Oklahoma. She was born in 1870 in Illinois (I have no name of
a city or county..) I have found in the Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales two Baxendales, a 'Mary' and a 'Peter'. I know
Jennie's mother's maiden name was Gordon, but do not have a first name. Her father's name was William, but who knows if that
was a first or maybe a middle name. I want her birth certificate. I have her death certificate and Livingston County is a shot in
the dark. Rebecca n Alaska MESSINA MESSINA  11/27/00

FISHEL, LLOYD/LETTA:  I am looking for information on a Lloyd & Letta Fishel, who supposedly lived in Pontiac, IL.  I found in the S.S. Death index, a Letta Fishel, d. Apr 1973, last address was Pontiac, IL.  Is there someone who could look up her obit?  or does anyone have any information on this family?  Any information greatly appreciated.  Thanks ahead of time.  EDITH FISHEL  11/19/00

TODDEN, WILLIAM: Researching William Todden from Hanover, Germany, lived Avoca Twp., Livingston Co., IL Came to America abut 1855. Children: Remingtron Todden, Amanda Melvina Todden  LAWRENCE MAY  11/18/00

URRAY, WILLIAM & HESTER (Grien): I am trying to find info on William and Hester (Grien) Murray.  Lived near Wing, IL late 1800s.  Trying to find info on their children.  One of their children was my grandfather--Joseph Murray.  Trying to locate his brothers and sisters families.  Please contact me if you have info.  William and Mary died approximately 1898-1901 and buried in Wing, IL.   RESEARCHER  11/9/00

GASTON, WILLIAM/WRIGHT, ELIZABETH ETHEL:  Hello, my name is Opal Gaston Lewis, and I am trying to find my Grandparents marriage information, and what town they came from.  My Grandfather was William Gaston, and his wife was Elizabeth Ethel Wright.  William was from Livingston County, and Elizabeth was born in England.  My Father was Verne William Gaston.  If you can help me, I would very much appreciate it.  I have hit a dead end in my research.    Thanks  OPAL LEWIS  10/29/00

CROUCH, BYRON: Looking for information on Byron Crouch Born December 18, 1859 in Indian Grove,IL Married Edith O'Darwell December 30,1880 in Fairbury, IL.  Byron's Father was  Ephriam Crouch born 1820 in New HampshireRESEARCHER   10/27/00

MC LEOD, MICHAEL: I have been trying to track a relative of mine by the name of Michael McLeod who was from Pontiac, Illinois in the mid 1860's or before.  He came to Scott County, MN in about 1862 and settled there but I have had no luck finding any information about him in Pontiac.  Can you help me?  I sure would appreciate any help or if you could tell me where to write.  His wife was Anna McLeod and they had children in Minnesota but not sure if they were born in Illinois or not.  There was also a Michael McCabe who was related to him but don't know anything about him either.  MARY ORTLER  10/24/00

HARMS, RUTH ELIZABETH: I don't know if you know the answer to this or not. I have the name of Indiangrove Township from Livingston County. Do you know where that is or was. I am researching the name of Harms, Ruth Elizabeth 9-23-1913 Born in Livingston County, Indiangrove Twp.  MIKE EGAN 10/24/00

ROOB, JACOB/GREEN, TILLIE: Looking for any information on Jacob ROOB b. November 15, 1865 in Belgium, Wisconsin. Married to Tillie GREEN.
He is believed to be buried in Odell. Any information on this family, their children, or cemeteries in Odell, would be greatly appreciated. SUSAN BRYAN 10/24/00

HIGGINS, PETER: My ggf Peter Higgins lived in Livingston County (Chatsworth) in 1867 when he married Phoebe Ellen Flesher.  They had seven children - all born in and around Chatsworth, Cullom and one in Ford County between 1869 and 1885.  They were: Elizabeth Higgins Travis, John W. Higgins, Nellie Higgins Claridge, Adelia Higgins Trowl, William J. Higgins, James Robert Higgins (Ford County) and Charles F. Higgins.  Peter and Phoebe were married in Chatsworth by a John Dille, listed as a minister of God .  I can't seem to find much information about any Higgins in Livingston County except for a couple of newspaper articles sent to me by the Dwight Genealogical Society which were in the Pontiac Free Trader in 1904.  I have contacted the funeral homes in  the areas and some of the Churches.  Father Dick Brunnhill at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Chatsworth told me there are records of the Higgins family at the parish in Chatsworth - Cullom - Pontiac.  Do you have any suggestions as to whom I could get to look into these records or suggestions as to where else I might look? CAROLYN KOCH  10/23/00

MINNIEAR, CLAYTON: I am looking for any information that you may have there about 3 of my ancestors.  They were listed on the 1860 census as being there.  Their names were, Clayton Minniear with his wife and three children.  His wifes name was catherine and the children were Leander, Calvin and Lydia Belle.  The other two there were Bartholomew and Adam.  I think that Bartholomew got married there to a Sara Virgin.  It is also said that Adam was a Justice of the Peace there.  I think that maybe Catherine died there either in 1860 or 61, because Clayton is next known to be in Champaign County Illinois with his brother Samuel in 1861, because he joined the Army there and was killed.  Trying to find out who Clayton left his children with while he went to the Army.  Would appreciate any help you can give me on this. HARRY MINNIEAR  10/22/00

APEL, CHRIST: I just was looking at your website for Livingston County.  I'm hoping you can help me.  I'm trying to find information on my G-grandfather, APEL,
Crist.  According to his death cert. he was born in Pontiac, IL 11/08/1867.  His parents were William APEL and Katherine Unknown.  I don't know how long
they were in Pontiac.  I tried to get his birth cert. from the County Clerk, but they didn't have anything.  Thank you, LORRI HILL  10/22/00

DALE/DEAL, PAUL: Looking for the 1870 census, 1880 census, death record and burial site/cemetery of PAUL DALE/DEAL who died 01 Oct 1894 near Cornell, IL.
He was born ~1814 OH.  He was found in Miami Co, OH in 1830 & 1840.   He was found in Darke Co., OH 1850 and in Delaware Co., IN in 1860.  He md Anna HICKMAN/HECKMAN in Miami Co., OH in March 1835.   MITZI 10/22/00

TWIEHAUS: Looking for any inf. on Twiehaus family buried in Chatsworth cem. and the families they married into as Haag, Nickerson, Grosenbach, Fagan, Elhers
and Lange. Thanks,  ROBBIE DECKER 10/20/00

GILBREATH, LISSES GRANT: I'm not sure I have the right county.  Lisses Grant GILBREATH and his brother, Ed GILBREATH, were born in Reading, IL Sept 2, 1864 and Feb 26, 1867, respectively.  Their parents were Joseph and Mary Jane (SHEETS) GILBREATH.  Searching for more information on them.

YOUNG, JANE: I wish to correspond with any relatives of Jane Young, an Irish immigrant who died in Pontiac circa 1920. Jane was born c.1833 and never
married.  She lived alone in Pontiac according to the 1910 census.  Estate records indicate heirs included James Kain, Robert Kain, Jennie Gunderson,
Mary Anderson, Martha Findson, and Anna Kain. Jennie had a daughter, Esther, who married George Lowe.  I beieve Anna Kain was a sister of Jane Young and
also an Irish immigrant from Ballymena, County Antrim.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  DAVID MEYER  10/18/00

 HIGHLAND, ROBERT & ANNIE: Looking for Robert and Annie Highland and their family born there in Dwight, Livingston county.  They came to Dwight in about 1869/1870 time frame, bringing with them 5 children born to them in Chambersburg,PA. The children they had there in Dwight were as follows:[DOB]
   Julia M. Highland   Nov 7, 1870
    Robert T. Highland  Dec 13, 1872
    George E. Highland  Jul 4, 1875

Their previous children were as follows:[DOB]
    John B. Highland    Apr 16, 1859
    Fred L. Highland    May 14, 1861
    Samuel N. Highland  Jun 21, 1864
    Rosa Ann Highland   Sep 4, 1866
    Ross C. Highland    Jul 31, 1868
                                                        RESEARCHER  10/18/00

PHILLIPS, EDWARD: Looking for Edward Phillips,approx.dob 1921.  Had son,Jackie with Louella Abernathy 8-01-41 & was also in the Navy or Merchant marines.  Lived in St. Louis, Mo.  Would appreciate any info on him or his relatives.  DIANE ANDERSON  10/17/00

BAKALAR, BAKALYAR: Mary and Margaret (my Gr-Grandmother) BAKALAR of Streator, IL married into the John (b 21 Oct 1844) and Anna (KATUS) (b 1849) BAKALYAR family and both kept the BAKALAR spelling. John BAKALYAR came over to NY in 1877, followed shortly by his immediate family and mother Ella/Ellen Elizabeth KUKARI?. His father's name was John also. John (Sr) and Ella/Ellen had the following known children: John, Anna, Mary, Andrew, and Elizabeth. John (Jr) and Anna had the following children: John, Anna, Mary, Andrew, Michael, George, Susan, Thomas (my Gr-Grandfather), Ellen E, Stephen, and one more child.
John and Anna (KATUS) BAKALYAR lived in Old No. 3 and worked in the mines. They later moved to Lakefield, Jackson, MN, though. John and Anna's family
records were found often in the Kukova Evangelical Lutheran Church in the early and mid 1800s - it is in Saris Co, Slovakia. They also have roots from
Giraltovce. Andrew and Mary (WASKO) BAKALAR, parents of Mary and Margaret BAKALAR (above) stayed in Streator. But, I do not know where they came from
in Hungary??? Any information on these families would be greatly appreciated. And, I'm willing to share what I have as well.  MICHELLE PEARSON

KRING, JOHN & MARY: I am trying to find some information about my great grandparents, John & Mary(or Molly) Kring. They were originally from Germany and settled in the Fairbury, Il area. They had plant nurseries. They had several children. My grandmother was Rachel Ann Kring. She was born in 1874 in Fairbury or Pontiac. They belonged to the Methodist church. My grandmother married Loren Lee Smith who was also from the Fairbury area. His father owned several farms.(horses). I would like to find out if there are any Krings still living in the area and also the location of the cemetery where they are all buried. If you can help me I would greatly appreciate it. I am planning on visiting Fairbury and Pontiac this summer. Thanks, JUDITH KRING BEAVERS 10/17/00 

JORDAN, LUKE:  I am looking for information on descendants of LUKE Jordan.  He came to Livingston County around 1855.  He was the father of
Thomas H. Jordan and the grandfather of Thomas Leo Jordan.  JUDITH GREEN 10/11/00

HABBINGA: I would like to locate any sources of information pertaining to Hauke M. Habbinga whose married name was Strein who died in Livingston Co.,
Chatsworth, Illinois on January 23, 1895 at the age of 29 after suffering from a severe illness.  RICHARD HABBINGA  10/8/00

KNIGHT, ROBERT: I am trying to research Robert Knight. I have found a Robert Knight that served in the army during the civil and entered servive from Fairbury in 1862 and was mustered out in 1865.  He was in E company of the 129th ill. infantry.  I dont know if he is the one I am looking for or not. The one I'm interested in was born in Paris, state unknown, Jan. 16,1836 and married Maggie Gibbs Sept. 19, 1867, location unknown.  They had 5 children that were all born in Fairbury.  Florence E., Jennette M.,Lucia I, Robert A., and Linnie R..  Linnie married a Walter B. Noble and they are my wife's grandparents.  They had a son who was born in
Pittsburg, Kansas in 1904.  Any info you can find about this family would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks  BILL MCLEAN  10/4/00

SHIREY, JESSE & JANE: After 20 years of searching we have found G G Grandpa and GG Grandma in Center Cemetery near Flannagam.  We know that Jesse Shirey and Jane Shirey had a daughter Cassandra that married a Jess Green. They had a daughter Nancy or Nannie  who married Col William Uden and they had a
daughter Goldie who married Charlie O Knox.  Am looking for relatives or anyone who can tell me something about these people or might know where I could get history of the time that might lead me further.  Jesse Shirey's Father was Daniel Shirey and mom was Catherine and they dies 1861 and 1862 but I don't know where. Thanks   SUE HALBMAIER  10/2/00

NEAGLE/NAGLE: Looking for information on the NEAGLE/NAGLE family who were living in Chatsworth from about 1870.  John Neagle was born in Ireland in 1833 and his wife was Ellen or Helen Croty whom he married in New York in about 1855.  Their children were:  James, Thomas, Mary who married Osacar BRADDOCK, John, Ella who married a KNIGHT, William who married Clara DANFORTH, Julia, and Richard.  John and his wife are buried in the St. Patrick's Cemetery in Chatsworth.  Any information on this family and the branches would be greatly appreciated.  You can also visit my web site containing the Neagle Information I have, including the extractions for the family of John Neagle in the 1870 and 1880 census records.  Thank you PATTI 9/30/00

The Davidson & Arbuckle Families of Scotland

1870 -1880 Livingston Co., IL Census extractions for Neagle

GRAHAM, SARAH: I am searching for information or desendants of Sarah Graham, who married Joseph Perry and James Campbell. They lived in Livinston
Co. Illinois. Any information would be appreciated.   JEAN CRISWELL 9/29/00

DEAL, PAUL: Last night I  found out that my ancestor, Paul DEAL, moved to Livingston County after the 1860 Delaware Co, IN census. Is there any way I can find out: 1)  if he is in the 1870 census [he was born ~1814 in OH and married Anna Heckman in Miami Co in 1835] so he'd be ~56 years old.  Anna would be about 50 in 1870. 2) if he is in the 1880 census 3) when he died 4) when she died? MITZI  9/21/00

ROUGH, ALFRED FREDERICK: Looking for any information on Alfred Frederick ROUGH and his wife Annis BARKER who lived in Pontiac, Livingston, Illinois during the early 1870's.  They had three children while living in that location:  Lillian Mae, John Edward and George Washington.  It appears that they may have changed the spelling of the last name to RUFF while in Pontiac.  Hoping to find birth or baptism records for these three children and any other information which
places this family in Pontiac prior to their move to Ridgeway, Harrison, Missouri sometime before January, 1876.  SHARON BROWN   9/19/00

VILVEN, John R.:  - I'm looking for relatives of John R. Vilven b. October 10, 1845, at Devon, England.  He married Anne Pickard who was born on January 4,
at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England.  They were married on February 8, 1872, at Minonk, Illinois.  They had at least 12 children:  Charles, Ernest, Thomas H., Mary, Jessie, Daisey, Dora, Lee, William, and Fanny. John and Anne are buried at Minonk, Illinois, but I don't know what happened to their children.  I have article that states that Ernest, Tom and Charles were from Pontiac, Illinois.  If you have information about them, please
contact me.  CINDY PICKARD 9/17/00

FELLERS, GEORGE: Hi. I'm mailing from England, my husband was born in Fairbury and lived in Forrest, before moving to Kankakee, and thence to the UK courtesy of the USAF. His grandfather GEORGE FELLERS was born in Illinois.  GEORGE married MARY BURGESS.  I know they were in Forrest in the 1940s.  My
husband thinks GEORGE FELLERS was electocuted while working on overhead cables around about 1942/3.  If this is what happened I hope there
may have been newspaper articles about his death.  I would be very obliged if you could find out the name of the paper, and someone who would look
at the records if they exist, I am willing to pay for the search.  I did email the Kankakee Daily Journal to ask if they might know, as many of my husbands family are still in Kankakee and Bourbonnais and surrounding areas, but have had no reply from them. [ I had thought if they could make a story out of it, it might help]  I have checked the SS records but can find no mention of GEORGE.  I have his wifes SS details and have applied for them.  It's rather long drawn out;  I send the forms to my daughter who lives in Bourbonnais, along with an English pounds cheque, she writes a Dollar cheque, and stamps the envelopes for me and posts the
forms off.  The forms are returned to her for re-mailing to me, Very longwinded but hopefully worth the long wait. There are quite a few Fellers on the SS death list for Forrest, I shall be interested to find out which are ours if any  DIANE RAYBURN   9/12/00 

DIEHL: I have learned that Sarah Bryant Diehl was married to Charles Diehl in Pontiac Illinois. She died in Joliet, Will County but is buried in Round Grove Cemetery in Livingston County. They had lived around Campus. Can you tell me how I can obtain information on her death and who I might contact for information from Round Grove Cemetery. I have tried to get information from Joliet but is seems that burial permits were not required at the time of her death. Wonder if Livingston County required one? Sarah was born in Gardner, Grundy, Illinois  29 Jan 1872 married 23 May 1892 and died 3 Oct 1899. I am looking for information on her husband Charles Diehl also. Thank You,   HELEN BRYANT 9/11/00

MINNIEAR: I am looking for information on my Minniear Ancestorys who lived in Livingston County Il. Some lived around Epphards Point.  There are some
buried there.  I would like to know if you would have any information on Adam, Clayton and Bartholomew Minniear. I think That Bartholowew may of
gotten married there to a Sarah Virgin.  I also think that Adam was a Justice of the Peace there.  Would appreciate any information you could find there for me.

HALL, MINARD, MARTINE: HALL:  Looking for parents/siblings/descendents of Joel A. HALL.  He may be the son of John HALL who married (1) to Hannah Weed and died 1847.  Joel A. Hall married Elizabeth Ann MARTINE in 1832.  They moved to LaSalle co.  Children included:  Phoebe Ann, Joel, John, Lydia Jane.
MINARD:  By 1850 Elizabeth was married (2) to John MINARD (b. 1828 in Canada).  They moved to Livingston county, settling in/around Long Point.
She died in 1887.  John Minard died. 1907.  Known children of John and Elizabeth Minard:  Sophronia (m. Arman Werner), Ira, Charles, Lizzie (m. a
MARTINE:   Elizabeth Martine Hall Minard may be the sister to J. R. MARTINE (wife:  Hester).  They moved from NY, eventually settling in Livingston
county, Long Point Twp abt. 1854.  REA ANN TROTTER  9/10/00

GRAY, BOYNTON, LEGG, JOHNSON: I am looking for information on the children of Nellie A Gray (b. 9/16/1863 probably in Livingston County, Illinois, d. ?) who married Clark E Legg (b. 11/8/1855 Monroe County, West Virginia, d. ?) at Graymount, Livingston County, Illinois 9/13/1883. She was the daughter of George B Gray (b. 10/3/1834, Genesee County NY d. 8/1/1898 Livingston County, Illinois) and Martha A Boynton (b. 6/16/1835 Orleans County, NY, d. ? probably in
Livingston County, Illinois). Clark E Legg was the son of Jesse Legg & Catharine Johnson. Nellie E Gray and Clark E Legg had two children - George A
Legg (b. > 1883, d. < 1909) and Martha Helen Legg (b. > 1883). Any help would be appreciated.   TOM FULTON 9/9/00

SNYDER, OREN: Am looking for info on the family of: Oren Snyder (wife: Martha), They had ten children, and lived in Broughton twp. (Dwight P.O.) As shown in the census records from 1870 through 1900   They had the following children (with birthdates): James 1865,  Edger 1866, Jennie 1868,  Almon 1869,  Merton 1872,  Cara 1874, Menzo 1876, Fred 1878 Frank 1883, and Harry 1885  Does the Library and/or the Court House in Pontiac have accessible marriage
records for the late 1800's/ early 1900's ? (open to the public?) LYNN HOWARD  9/8/00

JANSSEN, BERENTJE: I am looking for a genealogy society that might be in Livingston County.   I have a sister-in-law interested in Flanagan and I am looking
for a gggrandmother Berentje (Bertha) Janssen born Feb. 17, 1816 in Germany. She married Alle Poppin Eertmoed August 7, 1842 and he died Nov. 24, 1876 in Germany.   Alle and Berentje Eertmoed had 7 children.  Six of whom did come to the USA.   I have no information on the 7th child.   I only have a death date of 1907 for Berentje Janssen Eertmoed and the last name of Zimmer added to her name.  No one today seems to know where the Zimmer came from.   We do not find her death or grave in Tazewell County.     She did have a son Ralph Allen Eertmoed  who died May 30, 1941 in Pontiac.  I thought maybe I should look in Livington County, a chance she may have been living with or near her son Ralph. My sister-in-law and I would like to make a day trip to Livingston County and need to know where to start.   Thank you.    JOANNE STAMERJOHN 9/8/00

WATSON, BYRON WESLEY: Seeking information on descendants of Byron Wesley WATSON, born in Greene County, PA about 1820.  He was a physician living in Ancona, Reading Twp., Livingston Cnty., IL 1853 through 1870 and probably longer.  Married (1) Lucretia, born in Ohio and (2) Mary OSBORN, born in Pennsylvania.  Four children, James R. b.1849, Harriet Augusta b. 1851, Harry b. 1864 and Gertrude b. 1867.  His son James R. married Ida B., born in Ohio, and they had at least one child, Roy, b. 1879.  James R. was a school teacher in Livingston Cnty., IL in 1880.
Thanks - BRUCE WATSON Prescott, AZ   9/6/00

LUNDY: I am searching for information on the Lundy(Londy) family who were listed on the 1850 Livingston County Census. Given names Enoch,Amos and John.You
may contact me at ksb9308@hotmail.com  KATHY BEAUCHAMP 9/6/00

COMBES/EVANS: I am interested in any information I can get about the families of Combes and Evans.  Gilbert Evans came to Livingston County from Picaway County, Ohio in the mid 1800s.  I suspect him to be the brother of my GG-Grandmother Betsy Evans Combes, who also came from Picaway County, Ohio with her husband Alfred in the mid 1800s, to live in Linn Township, Woodford County, IL.  I am specifically looking for information that identifies them as brother and
sister.  Any help would be much appreciated.  Thanks.  You can contact me at BARB DARLING 9/4/00

WILLIAMS, JOHN: I am looking for information on my g-grandfather and gg-grandfather, both named John Williams.  I found a listing on the 1870 Census for two John Williams living in Livingston County.   Both were listed as living in Indian Grove Township.  The son was born in either 1861 or 1862, but I have no dates on the father.  Does any one here have any further information on these two men?  I would greatly appreciate a search of any Williams in your databases. MYRA BEST CHRISTECK 8/29/00

MURRAY, ROBERT/SIMMS, ELIZA JANE: Just found your site tonight and am looking for anyone searching the Robert Murray/Eliza Jane Simms family of
Waldo Twp. ca 1870's to 1900.  Robert Murray was the brother-in-law of my Thomas Murray Agnew who died in Waldo Twp. in 1873.  I just received his probate packet of 32 pgs. from the State Archives, which I found on the net.  Great info in it about local families.  How do I find someone who is looking for Murray's in this county?  I just ran thru the 2000 queries.  Do you have gen-connect connected to this web page?  CATHI AGNEW SMITH 8/29/00

RECORDS: Since there is some sort of genealogical society for Livingston County, I am wondering if you have publications for sale and how I can obtain a list of them along with the various costs? I do have a complete list of the various Illinois counties and the offices of Vital Records, etc., but wondered if the society has
done any recording of cemeteries, birth records, death records, etc. Many thanks for your help!  Not sure if my grandmother was perhaps born in Chatsworth so I am sniffing that out.  DEE HAGAN 8/29/00

HOWE, JACOB: We found a web page that indicates that you might be able to help us find an ancestors grave site. Jacob How(e) was born in Plattsburg, Clinton Co., NY in about 1795. We are able to trace him thru 1835 when he withdraws from his church and disappears. We know that he had filed and sold land in Warren Co., IL and that his half brother died in Kankakee, IL in 1862. We found a Jacob How living in Dwight in 1860 with a wife Gemima and a dau and a step dau. We think this might be our Jacob. We believe that Jacob died in about 1865. Do you have any records of a Jacob in  your cemetery information.  ERROL & VALERIE CROSS  8/28/00 Home Page http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~ecross/Index.htm

AMMONS, JEREMIAH: I am looking for a book  "Portrait and Biographical Album of Livingston County, Illinois."  The book contained a short biography of Jeremiah Ammons.  I would like to have a copy of that biography in it's entirity.  The Ammons married into my Anderson line that settled in the Bureau/Marshall/Putnam Co. areas of IL as well as southcentral Iowa.  Please e-mail me at kandiandi@mindspring.com and visit my
family website http://www.mindspring.com/~kandiandi  KANDI ANDERSON MC LANEY  8/24/00

SEYMOUR, GEORGE: I would like to know how to find out more about my ancestor George Seymour who owned & operated Seymour drug store in dwight Illinois before the turn of the century.  he was also in the civil war.  I don't know where he was from or who his parents were.  His son Roy seymour ran the drugstore back in the 30's.   RESEARCHER 8/22/00

SWARTZ, JAMES/ MILLER, JAMES: In the 1860 Newtown Township census there are entries for James Swartz and James Miller both born in Ohio with their prospective wife's and children, James Miller's family consists of himself bn ca 1825, his wife Eliza J. bn Ohio 1833, a female Martha bn 1851 in Ohio and male James David bn 1854 in Illinois.  I don't recall the members of Swartz family other than he was married and had at least on child.  Listed just before this household is a Zephiniah Swartz who seems to be quite well to do for that time.  He is listed with a wife and others.  His birth is ca 1801 in Kentucky.  Anyone have further information on these Swartz.  In the 1870 Census I find both James Miller and James swartz in the same township but in separate households near each other.  Zephiniah is not listed, nor are there any other Swartz as I recall.  My Great-grandfather James Miller was drafted into Co K 11th  Ill Inf.  His pension records and his wife's indicate that he was married ca 1850 in Glendale, Ohio, and that he was born in Fairfield, Ohio.  His wife's sister Ruth Brecount Rogers lived in Fairbury, Ill. in the 1890's and his daughter Martha Jane married Rezin (or Reason) B. Longnecker in 1874 and lived in Steator till her death in 1927.   I would appreciate and response sent to  E. JERRY WOODIN 8/21/00

BELLE, PAUL: I am looking for any information on the family of Belle Paul who was from Odell, Illinois. Born April 16, 1862. Thank you,  LORETTA LEABLE 8/18/00

CARRETTE LINE: Perhaps you can help me with some information that I have been unable to locate.  My gg-uncle Geo. Weeks lived in Pontiac and married a local
woman.  He died I think around 1905 and was the owner of the CARRETTE LINE.  I've talked to several people in Pontiac but no one can tell me what
the CARRETTE LINE was.  Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.   EDD WEEKS  8/15/00

WILDER, ALBERT/CHADDON, FLORENCE: I am very interested in finding out how I can search for my husband's ancesters in Chenoa, Illinois.  Both his grandfather, ALBERT  WILDER, and his grandmother, FLORENCE M. CHADDON were born in Chenoa.  They were married there on 2 June 1884.  I believe FLORENCE M. CHADDON was born in 1866.  These people may have also lived around Fairbury, Il. If I can send for any lists that might help, I would be very grateful to know about them.  Thank you.  JANE NEELD WILDER  8/14/00

SAUNDERS, HOWARD EDWARD: My GrGrandfather Howard Edward Saunders lived in Broughton Twp., from about the age of 17, moving from Quebec. He apparently was alone and I have no knowledge of siblings or anything about his parents. He died in Broughton Twp. on June 27, 1933.  He married Mary Hamilton Duff on February 1, 1882.  I would like to find out where they are buried.  They had sons Joseph and Eugene and daughters Mabel and Jennie, possibly
others.  Eugene was born in Emington on July 13, 1886. I would like a date of birth for Mabel.  I believe she died young and it is possible that her parents are buried near her.  In an obit. for Mary it was stated that "she would be taken back to the old farm in Emington to be buried with her daughter".  It is possible that Jennie may still have children or other relatives living in Campus as that was where Jennie was when last heard from....last name Ritchie.  I would like to correspond with any relatives.  Howards obit. told of his living with her at the time of his death  Eugene was my Grandfather, died in Idaho prior to my birth.  I know nothing of this branch of my family beyond my Howard.  I have been able to glean a bit more information about the Duff branch, but my Sanders/Saunders are a mystery. Can anyone help?  I would like to make contact or get any information possible!  KENNETH EAST  7/29/00

DIEHL, NOAH & MARY:  I am looking for family of Noah and Mary Diehl. Both came from Penn. Noah from Bradford Co. Penn. Mary came from Penn but do not know where. In 1880 census they had the following children, Mary T, Joseph, Anna, Martha, Charles and Harry. Noah's first wife Mary died and is buried in the Round Grove Cemetery with her daughter in law Sarah Bryant Diehl. Noah remarried in 1888 to a widow by the name of Sarah Rogers. They were married in Cabrey.  Joseph married Susan Bryant from Gardner and lived in Gardner but moved to Campus where his third child was born. Susan's younger sister married Charles Diehl. They were married in 1892 in Pontiac and she died in 1899. Need information from cemetery and obits from newspaper. Can you tell me when I might find them? Thanks  HELEN BRYANT 7/28/00

WALLACE, EDWARD JOHN: I am trying to find who the parents of my Great-grandfather Edward John Wallace were.  I have a copy of a marriage certificate which states he was married to Mary Ellen Gibbons on January 19, 1880, in Pontiac, Illinois by Rev. Carl Finch at the Catholic Church.  The witnesses were Edward O'Brien and Anne Gibbons.  It is believed he was born on January 1 or 3 of 1859, possibly in Woodford County maybe around Minonk.  Some family members seem
to believe he may have been orphaned and raised by an uncle and aunt.  If you could help or send me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it. JOE KRESSER  7/21/00

ORTER, KESSLING:  Looking for information on John R. and Rachel (Scott) PORTER.  They were living in Pontiac township in 1870, where their
daughter Cora was born 02 July 1870.  Cora married first (probably) J.W. KESSLING, b. c. 1862 before June 1891, when their daughter Luella Pearl was
born. J.W. Kessling died 15 March 1892, 29 yrs. 11m., 5 d.  This date is from a tombstone in Hardin Co., Iowa, but he apparently died and was originally
buried in Livingston Co.  About 1898, Cora married Edward August KESSLING, probably her late husband's brother.  This is all pieced together from
family story and census information.  The 1900 census of Livingston Co. shows Edward and Cora together, and lists Luella Pearl as Edward's
stepdaughter.   Any information will be greatly appreciated.  Am also looking for family of origin information for J.W. and Edward August Kessling.  A
record in Iowa shows Edward's parents as William KESSLING b. Germany and Angeline Brown b. PA.  Edward is shown born Illinois, but I have been
unable to find this family on the 1860 or 1870 census.  Again, any information will be appreciated.  Best Regards,   Joyce in Iowa   JOYCE BROWN  7/16/00 

CHRISTIAN: I am trying to find records of Christian Eymann father of Meredith Christian born 4-2-04 (my Gfather), Leon and Myrtle. Do not know his
wife's name.  I think my Gfather was born in Dwight.  Also looking for records of Paul and Hansine Michelson Beier parents of Esther Carolyn born 10-6-04 in Dwight (my Gmother) and Maurice, Ernie, Oscar, Viggo and Marie.  Thank you in advance for any help.  MIKE EYMANN  7/15/00

KESSLING, PORTER, SCOTT, BROWN - On her 1913 Iowa marriage record, Luella Pearl KESSLING states she was born in Pontiac, Illinois. Her
parents were Edward August and Cora (PORTER) KESSLING.  Edward's parents are thought to have been William and Angeline (BROWN) KESSLING, and
Cora's parents John and Rachel (SCOTT) PORTER.  Looking for information on any of these people.  Will share what I have so far.  JOYCE   7/12/00

SPAAR, HENRY, ELIZABETH: I attempted to email, David Melvin, a cemetery investigator in Livingston county.  I mail was returned undelivered as a bad email address.   Could you help.   I am attempting to locate the buriel markers for Henry and Elizabeth Spaar and a daughter Elizabeth in the.
Chatsworth cemetery.   I know they had a son John that lived in Piper City in the 1910s. Elizabeth Giese Spaar is my grandmother's sister, born in Wohra Germany.
Thanks RAYMOND OPPER  7/11/00 Note from Annette:  David Melvin is no longer providing lookups for this web site.

McGUIRE, PATRICK & ELIZABETH: For a number of years now I have been trying to locate the burial site of my great grandparents, Patrick and Elizabeth Ford McGuire.  They raised their family in the Saunemin area from ca 1853-1874 when Elizabeth died and Patrick and his family moved to NE.  Patrick died in NE in April, 1916, and his body was transported back to IL for burial beside his wife. NE did not issue a death certificate on Patrick, so do you know if IL would
have?  Surely there would have had to be one by 1916!  I have checked with the sexton of two cemeteries in Saunemin, and they are not buried there,
though one of his sons and his family are.  I have checked with the Pontiac library, but have not been able to find obit on her or him.
Do you have any suggestions where I might find this information. CAROL MCGUIRE REED 7/10/00

LYONS, ANDREW:  I am searching for any information on Andrew Lyons, who lived in Livingston County during the Civil War while his son John Darnes Lyons fought in the war.  I would like anything leading to the names of his parents and where he was born.  I do know that he was born in 1818 and that he was later
married (in 1839) in Coshocton County, Ohio.  I also know that his son, Andrew Frank (also known as Frank Andrew), died in Livingston County in Chatsworth on July 20, 1874 and another son, Albert B. Lyons, was born in Chatsworth on December 10, 1869. Andrew's daughter, Caroline Margaret (also known as Margaret Caroline) was married in Chatsworth on December 25, 1873 to Sylvester T. Compton and they had two children born in Chatsworth: George Clyde Compton on October 30, 1874 and May Elizabeth Compton on May 1, 1881.    I would really appreciate help with finding Andrew's ancestors.  TAMMY 7/9/00

MCMURRAY,PLYMIRE -I am looking for any information on Albert A. McMurray Capt. in Co. C 129th Illinois infantry.  I know he was living in Livingston county in 1850-1865/maybe even later.  He married Ruth Plymire on April 6, 1851 in Livingston County. I have come across a researcher who maintains there was a name change, but I do not know nor does he, what the original name was.  So any info you may find on Albert, wife Ruth or any children: Mary, Andrew, Joseph Albert, Barney, Martin, or/and others would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, DEBORAH FORRESTER 7/8/00

DEARTH, ADA: Would like to get in touch with decendents of Ada DEARTH born May 28, 1891 died Dec 1973 in Livingston Co, Illinois. My e-mail address is
"lesbeck@rconnect.com SHARON BECKIUS  7/8/00 

HOWARD, ORRIN P.:  Searching for further information on Orrin P. Howard born 1841 in (probably) Auburn, Geauga County, Ohio to Philo and Anna (Colvin) Howard.  Orrin married Caroline Sturtevant 3 Feb 1863 in Kane County, IL.  During the late 1860's he was living in Livingston County, IL.  Any help with
his further whereabouts and his family would be greatly appreciated. JULIE DRESSER 7/5/00
"Dwell on the past, and you'll lose an eye.  Ignore the past, and you'll lose both of them."  Old Russian Proverb.
"What the Son wishes to forget, the Grandson wishes to remember." Marcus Lee Hansen 

 KIEF: Looking for obits for this family name in the 1900. John   3/5/1934; Catherine  5/4/1939; Martin 1969; Mary  Gilman  12/1/2971; HENRY  Stansell   1943;
Harry   Kief  4/11/1983; Lucy Kief  3/1/1988; George Kief  2/24/1955; Robert Kief  7/1955; I am trying to find them for a lady in Nebraska.  Thanks  LOIS 7/3/00

DIEHL, NOAH & MARY:    Looking for the family of Noah Diehl and Mary (Nofsker) Diehl living in Campus, Illinois in the 1800's I have the name of two daughters. Mary Frances Diehl that married Geo. Martin in Morris, Illinois on 4 Jul. 1881 and Anna Adelie Diehl that married Lenard Bargo in Morris 14 Dec 1884. The one son I have is Joseph William Diehl born in Dwight, Illinois in 1863. Married Susan Bryant of Gardner and had three children. First daughter was drowned when a
buggy driven by her Aunt Sarah Bryant was returning from Campus to Gardner after a bad rain storm and the buggy wheel went into the ditch and she was
thrown for the buggy into the water and drowned. The second child of Joseph and Susan Diehl, Georgia Myrtle, was also born 9 May 1890 in Gardner but the
third child, Wilbur Floyd Diehl was born in Campus 29 Mar 1892. The Joseph Diehl family left Campus and moved to California some time around 1915-19.
Last known address was 131 W. Broadway, Anahiem, California. I also believe that Susan Bryant's sister Sarah moved to Campus with her and died there on the 3 Oct 1899. Her body was shipped to Gardner to be next to her parents. Joseph and Susan Bryant. Any information would be appreciated. HELEN BRYANT  7/2/00

MILTON, RICHARD GRAVES: Seeking information on Richard Graves Milton, Sr. (born March 5, 1836).  His first marriage was to Rosannah ??.  They are listed on the 1880 Livingston County, Ill. census with 4 children.  The census states Richard was born in England and Rosannah (age 42) was born in Connecticut.  All
children were born in Illinois between 1867 through 1878.  They later moved to Tennessee.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. PHIL STAFFORD 6/30/00 

ROBINSON, ABEL: I am trying to find any information on Abel Robinson, he is my great great great grandfather. I believe I have found that he purchased land in Livingston, County.  The records that I have show that he died in 1879 in Pontiac, Illinois. His children were Alonzo, William, Wallace, Fayette, and Debby Ann.
Do you have any records that might connect me to Abel and his family? Both Alonzo and Fayette were in the civil war and I also show that Fayette may have purchased land, but in another county.  I do not know, for sure Abel's wife name - it could have been Catharine. Any information that you may have would be wonderful or even if you could point me in another direction. I am hope to run across a death certificate.  Oh also, Abel believed to have been born July 15, 1810 in New York State. Thank you,  SHARON WATKINS 6/30/00

CORRECT ADDRESS: I am researching my Illinois family and I'm looking for the correct Livingston County address/phone number to request a copy of an ancestor's birth certificate. Can you help? Many thanks! CAROL FEINER  6/26/00 At the top of this page is the correct phone and address for the Livingston County Courthouse. 

FRALEY, FREDERICK: I am seeking an obituary, or any information about FREDERICK FRALEY, who is listed as living in the village of Fairbury in
the 1860 census.  For example, What are his dates?  Where was he born?  Who were his parents?  Did he have children?  etc.  Many thanks.  BOB ENGEL  6/25/00

MARTIN, PEARSON: I am looking for information on a Mr. and Mrs. (Pearson) Martin.  They raised Mrs. Martin's orphned brother James Mark Pearson b 1879 in Kansas. Mr. Martin wrote a letter to the Sec of Navy in 1900 on behalf of James M Pearson with an address of Streator IL.  Mrs. Martin must have been about 10 years older than her brother to be able to be married and raise him (guess).  That would put her at 30-35 in 1900. Any help would be appreciated.


GRAVES: I am looking for information on a Mr.. & Mrs.. T.L. Graves of  Pontiac in 1910.  He witnessed the marriage of my grandparents Merritt S. WAYMAN and Ruth M. BARICKMAN.  In the newspaper account of the marriage, Mrs.. T.L. Graves is listed as an Aunt of Merritt. Any help is appreciated.  Thank you.  JAMIE WAYMAN JONES 6/5/00

MC CALLA/MC ALLA: John andrew McCalla  b. 5 Oct 1840 Eagle Creek,Brown Co.Ohio  married Mary Allena Macy of Union Co. Indiana 29 Apr 1869 at Livingston,Illinois. I did find the marriage cert . but has no info re parents or where they lived etc so am looking for mor info. He is listed on civil war roster Company I of 53rd reg. spelled McAllaand enlisted in Ottawa,LaSalle Co. Ill. any help will be appreciated.  NORRITA SANDERSA  6/4/00

KILBURY/BOYERS: I am researching the Kilbury and Boyers families, and would be interested in being in touch with anyone doing research on them. The ancestors living in Livingston County were Sarah Kilbury Smith Morrison (later married a Mr. Banker), and her daughter, Alwilda Smith Boyers France.  Sarah was the sister of Armenius Kilbury, also a denizen of Fairbury.  TERRY 6/3/00

WERCKLE, PHILLIPP & CATHERINE: We under stand that they are buried near graymont ,illinois and they could have spelled it workley.  They had a son named William Howard Werckle. He died in l936 and buried at springdale cem. in Peoria  He went by William Howard warkle ny e- mail address  tazgirl@bwsys.net and
my name is Nancy thank you for your help  NANCY & DON 6/2/00

BRADEN, MILDRED: My Mother, Mildred (Davis) Braden, is trying to put together a book of family history to provide to each of her children, nieces and nephews and her grandkids.  My Mother had a great, great, great grandmother named Mary (Harley) Witherow who originated in the Nova Scotia area, but later married and moved to Livingston County, IL.   We have been able to locate a copy of her obituary in a couple of the Pontiac newspapers and we found that she died December 2, 1897.  She is buried in the Swygert Cemetery near Pontiac, IL.  She had a daughter, Mary Ann who married John Davis.  She was 1/2 Indian and we are trying to find out from what tribe she originated.  We understand there were a couple of dominant Indian tribes in Nova Scotia, the Micmacs and another one. Would you have any idea who we could contact to find out more information to try to determine which tribe our ancestors were from?   Thank you in advance for your help in pointing us in the right direction.  NANCY  5/31/00

LOAR, LLOYD: I was wondering if you had any information on a man named Lloyd Loar? He pretty much invented the mandolin back in like 1923 or so.  I have found his parents burial site. it is in  Fairview Cemetery that is north and west of Cropsey, but we cant find his if you could help in any way it would be greatly
appreciated.   ED SINGER 5/26/00

MILLER, EDWARD/ZORTMAN, ALICE: I guess I am supposed to send the query for the Liv Co list to you so here it goes. Looking for info on Edward Miller/Alice Zortman who were married 15 Aug 1875 in Pontiac.  Trying to locate date of death for Edward Miller. Thanks for any input.  GEORGIA  5/22/00

BARNES, THOMAS: Are there naturalization records for Livingston Co? Thomas Barnes and family had immigrated from Ontario, Canada around 1873, and was in Odell, Livingston Co for an unknown amount of time. They are later found in the territorial census, 1885, Cass Co,N.D.. This census says Thomas Barnes
naturalized 1874, no record in ND, so it must have been in Illinois that he was naturalized along with his family. Doug Fitts in Mt Ida Ar. DOUG  5/19/00

(NOTE FROM ANNETTE) Naturalization records are usually obtainable from the local courthouse.

RECORDS: I'm hoping you can help direct me in how to go about ordering Naturalization Records from Livingston County Circuit Court, 1884. I found a reference to a record from a soundex index, but need info on how to go about ordering copies. Your assistance is very much appreciated.   VICKY KELCH 5/19/00

TRACY, EZEKIEL: I found my GGgrandfather listed in the 1860 census in Livingston Co. His name was Ezekiel Tracy. He apparently spent some time there.  He moved there from Otsego Co NY and probably farmed somewhere in Indian Grove Township. He arrived there with three children all born in NY. A son Arthur was born in  your state in 1862. I believe Ezekiels wife died there, but this is a guess. He next shows up in the 1870 Kansas census, Johnson Co Oxford Twnsp. I am wondering  if you have any info on him, his  wife, Arthur or a marriage to a Marinda (last name unknown) I will gladly pay for any time spent. Thank You.
DAN TRACY  5/8/00

UMPHENOUR: Hello, my name is Daniel Umphenour.  I'm searching for any and all information on my last name.  Can you help? DAN UMPHENOUR  5/8/00

BURTON/BRIGGS: I am looking for any info. on Burton's or Brigg's in or near Livingston, IL around 1850-65.  William Burton and his wife Mary Jane Brigg's appear on the 1860 Livingston census, and on the 1865 Iroqouis, IL census.  Calling the court records office did not turn up anything on either of them.  Any
connections to this family or suggestions would be really great!  Debi M-  DEBI M.   5/7/00 

CANHAM FAMILY: I am trying to find some information on the Canham Family.  I know they came from England.  I know that Henry and James are buried in Broughton Cemetery.  I am trying to find where their father and possibly their mother is buried.  Their father was Thomas Canham.  Henry, his family, and his father's family came to Illinois in 1856.  Henry, James, and Thomas all bought land near each other.  Perhaps Thomas died around 1877 as Henry bought the land that had been his father's at that time.  Since it states "his father's family" came with, I don't know if Thomas's wife, Jane Hewitt, came across also or was deceased.  I have talked to relatives at Cabery. They feel that Thomas is buried at Broughton or close by, but they have not been able to locate his grave. PAT BRAND  5/5/00

SMITH, JACOB/META MARIE: I am looking for information on Jacob Smith who died in 1903.  He lived in Dwight, IL in Livingston County. I also need information about his wife Meta Marie (nee Beyer) Smith who was born in 1848 and died in 1923.  She and their 6 children also lived in Dwight. I would appreciate information on their children also.  They were: George, Albert, Emma, Anna, Meta and Sena.   RESEARCHER 4/24/00

PETERSEN, JOHN N.: I am looking for information on John (Jens) N. Petersen (sometimes spelled Peterson or Pedderson) born about 1849 in Slesvig, Denmark but moved to Dwight in Livingston County.  For some reason he was also called Hans Mahler. Also need information on his wife Johanna Margrete (nee Christiansen) also born in Slesvig, Denmark but moved to Dwight. And any information on their descendants:  Eleanor, Albert,  Arthur, Andrew, Elizabeth & Emma (twins), Marie, Anna, Katherine, and Ida.  RESEARCHER 4/24/00

WISE: I am looking for any information about the Wise family.  My gr.gr.grandparents were Simon(Feb 1838) and Martha(Dec 1839).  They were both born in Ohio. My gr.grandfather was William(Sept 1860) also born in Ohio. They moved to Illinois around 1865.  The 1880 census shows them in McLean County, Belleflower township on a farm.  The 1900 census shows them in Livingston County, Chatsworth Township. William married Elizabeth Collins.  At some point, they moved to Chicago. They had two daughters.  My maternal grandmother was Elizabeth(Dec 1886) and my aunt was Ethel(Sept 1889).  William apparently was dead before my grandmothers wedding in 1915 and my mother and her two brothers never saw this side of the family  PAMELA DEVANEY   4/20/00

EAST, THOMAS B.: I am searching for any information on Thomas B. East, who married Caroline Hadlock (daughter of Benjamin Hadlock, on of 10 daughters) at Rooks Creek TWP in Livingston Co. about April 27, 1873.  They had children James Leroy, Louis Abaid, Lola May and Cora Dail.  East was a farmer in the area until
the death of Caroline Dec. 10, 1903, after which he relocated to CA.  Any information would be appreciated and will provide the little I have. DAVID V. BUTLER 4/13/00

BARRON, JOHN FRANKLIN: I am looking for a town called Potosi in Livingston County.  My great-grandfather, John Franklin Barron (29 Feb 1872 - 3 Jun 1933) may have been born in Potosi.  However, I cannot find the town on any current map.  I was able to find it under the book entitled "Illinois Place Names" and it said that the Post Office was established 2/18/1868 and discontunued 3/23/1880.  I am looking for information on this town, what happened to it, where it's located at and if there is anything left of it.  Also, does the Pontiac Courthouse have any birth or land records from that far back?  LINDSAY BARRON  4/6/00

RULE, JOHN A.: I am  looking for my granddad who lived around Lexington ILdied in 1958 and was buried in cemetery in country (Pleasant Hill or Pleasant Hope) John A RULE born DEC 24 ---- WIFE ( ADA ) that's all I know about her. I think she had family name Valentine who had a group home year's ago he had a
daughter by other marriege (ROSELLA .ANN RULE ( EVERMAN )  KAY SURRELL 4/2/00

KRIMMEL, JACOB J./SOPHIA FUNK: I'd like to post a query for Jacob J. Krimmel & Sophia Funk Krimmel. He was born April, 1826, died June 17, 1913 & is buried in Dwight, IL in Oaklawn Cemetery. Sophia was born March 1835; died January 27, 1909; also buried in Oaklawn Cemetery.  They had 3 daughters; Minnie Krimmel Walling (my g-grandmother); Anna Sophia; married a man named Sterns; Emma Louise; married Fred Gillette.  I have not been able to find any information on Minnie Walling's death or marriage to Ferdinand. Ferdinand is buried in Ransom Allen Cemetery but Minnie is not buried with him.  VERNA MALESKI  4/1/00

ALBRECHT, WILLIAM AUGUST: I am trying to locate my Grandfather, Dr. William August Albrecht, He was a Dr. and A Pharmacist.  He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Saunemin, Livingston, Ill. He married Elizabeth Derbach in Piper City, Ford Co. Ill. On March 03, 1889.  They moved to Saunemin in 1895 or 1896.  Their Fourth Child, Lillian Albrecht was born in Saunemin on December 23, 1896. They Left Illinois in 1901 to go West.  They should appear on the 1900 Census of Livingston or Ford Co. Ill.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, GERALD RITTER 3/31/00

KYSER, ORIN PETER: Thank you for responding to my note.  I am searching for any of the Kyser family.  My ggg grandparents were Orin Peter and Phebe (Hildreth) Kyser. They lived for many years in the mid 1800s in the Ancona area of Livingston Co. One of their sons, Cornelius Ransler Kyser m. Helen Betsy Goddard.  They had one child that I am aware of, Willis B. Kyser, died as an infant and is buried in the Ancona Cemetery.  One of the other sons, my gg grandfather, Lynus Walker Kyser m. Agnes Weaver and they moved on to Kansas about 1870s.  Any info on this family or locations of graves would be VERY appreciated! CHRISTINE PULLMAN   3/27/00

HECKMAN/ANTHONY: Looking for the birth Records of Ida Mae Anthony, born 1867 in Newtown Twp, Livinston County. Looking for marriage record of Ida Mae Anthony and Josephus C. Heckman. Abt. 1886 in Livinston County. Can you help?   JRYLAND 3/22/00

MAXWELL, JESSE: Hope you can help I have a relative buried in Earp Cemetery.  Think it is located some where near Fairbury, Illinois.  Don't know, but would any one on your list have tombstone readings for that cemetery?  Looking for info on Jesse Maxwell, born June 1889.  ARTHUR MAXWELL  3/10/00

LUTTRELL, HARVEY TENNESSEE: I am looking for the marriage record of Harvey Tennesee Luttrell and Artie Elizabeth Currington.  This couple lived in Fairbury, Illinois.  My information is that the year would be 1917. Please advise as to the procedure for receiving documentation.  LYN LUTTRELL FRANKLIN  3/10/00

OBERLANDER, FREDERICK B.: - I just joined the Livingston mail list.  Frederick B. OBERLANDER, husband of Eliza WULTZEN-OBERLANDER, died January 17, 1865 in Streator, Illinois.  Would someone on the list have a cemetery index with him listed? If not,  can you suggest what cemetery or funeral home I should contact for that time period?  GLENDA ARGO  3/7/00

BARNUM, LEVI DUKE: I am searching for further information about my Great-Grandfather Levi Duke Barnum who was born in Dwight in 1871. I would very much appreciate any information one could forward to me.  CHRISTINE BARNUM  3/5/00

BANKER, DANIEL: I am looking for any information on Daniel Banker, who was a farmer near Fairbury in 1880, when the census was taken.  He was then married to my great great grandmother Sarah Kilbury Morrison, about whom I am doing research.  TERRY WALZ 3/5/00

HAWKINS, ALONZO/EMMALINE: Looking for any information on the family of Alonzo and Emmaline Virginia Hawkins. They were my great-grandparents. Guy Hawkins was my grandfather. ROBERT LARKINS  3/4/00

HAYSON: I am searching for information or descendants of the HAYSON family. They were miners and lived around the Ancona and Coalville area in the late 1800's. May have been associated with or worked for John Carr mining or Vermilion Coal Co. Any information would be appreciated  JACK IN MISSOURI 3/24/00

HECKMAN/O'MALLEY: I am researching family history of early Livingston Co. Immigrants: Ignatius Heckman and wife Margaret O'Malley whose
daughter Mary Jessica Heckman was born April 5, 1886. I am told that there are birth records for her in the Pontiac courthouse
and I was wondering how I might get a copy of the records?  I believe there is a family cemetery in Fairbury, Illinois. Any
information you could provide would be helpful.  WES WILLIAMS 3/22/00

SACRED HEART CEMETERY: Would you have any info on a Sacred Heart Cemetary in Campus, IL?
Also, my gr grandfather, Patrick Devlin, was from Round Grove, Livingston Co and joined the 90th Regiment in 1862 in Joliet.
His brother, John Devlin, joined the 100th Regiment in Troy, IL in 1862. Is there any info on those regiments? Also was there a newspaper published that would have the news about Campus, Il between 1860 and 1900? ETHEL IN TEXAS  3/10/00

WALKER: I am looking for information on the Phoenix Coal Mining Company - Found a book with several maps and hand written pages of
information and know that some of our family worked in mines in the area  Dates on information appear to be about 1905 to
1907   Family Name is WALKER.  ELIZABETH JOHNSON  3/7/00

RUTHERFORD: I am searching for any information available on my GR. GR. GR. Grandfather, Truman Rutherford,b:Aug.29th,1788 in
Addison VT. and died OCT.9th,1843 in Pontiac, Livingston CO. IL. JANETTE WIDMANN 3/6/00

SKELTON: I am researching the descendants of James Skelton.  I found a deed  record for him dated 10/2/1876 which said he was from "Amity" of  Livingston County, IL. can you tell me approximately where that was?  Kathy Skelton Smith  KATHY SMITH 1/21/00 

FRANZEN, BROWN, ALBERTS.  Johanna or Joan ALBERTS married Henry  FRANZEN in Livingston County Illinois on May 17th, 1882.  This was her second  marriage.  Her first marriage was to William F. BROWN marriage place  unknown.  Children by the first marriage were John b. 1877, Anna,  Mary, William b.1868, and Hattie b. 1873 BROWN.  Henry and Johanna  migrated to Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota. Cannot find her first  husband William F. BROWN, could use some help. ROD VAN HORN  1/21/00 

GOULD,RITTER,CARLTON,EATON:-Long Point Twp.,Livingston Co.,Illinois  Looking for the parents of Philander & Patience (BENSON) GOULD of Rutland  Twp.,Tioga Co.,PA.   Their son: Royal Rose Gould b: 23 Feb 1848 d:3 Dec 1926  married  Mary Louise CARLTON b:15 Nov1852 d:31 Mar 1928
lived & had children in Long Point.  Benjamin Redington & Maud RITTER GOULD of Long Point Twp., Livingston Co.  Ill. RESEARCHER  1/28/00

ANDERSON/SMITH: I am looking for the parents of Elizabeth Ann ANDERSON and the parents  of her husband, William T. F. SMITH.  The Anderson/Smith marriage was 16  Nov. 1865 in Fairbury.  I believe that both sets of parents were farmers  that were living in Livingston County at the time. CECELIA 1/29/00 

EDWARDS/GRANT: I am searching for information concerning my maternal great grandparents, et al who lived in Livingston County around 1800-1853, or so.  A written record states that they lived 8 miles NW of Pontiac.  We also know that Edwards and  in-laws by the name of Grant are buried in the Earp Cemetery, located south of Cornell.  But the cemetery records are incomplete and we do not know anything about Henry Coffin Edwards' first wife's family, Elizabeth Grant.  She died in 1873 and her young daughter, Elizabeth May Edwards, was also buried there later that same year on September 28th.  Elizabeth Grant lived three miles west of the Paul Edwards Farm.  She died in the home of Reverend D. H. Snyder after having lived in Iowa for about eight years.  My name is Kenneth William Hohmann, 4111 N Sherman St, Fresno, California 93726-4233 and I am in touch with Stanton Telander of Bloomington, Indiana and Tom Griffin of Mokelumne Hill, California, who are both involved in Edwards Family History, Henry Coffin Edwards and his sister, Harriet Ann Edwards, wife of Andrew Jackson Evans, respectively. KENNETH HOHMANN 2/5/00 

PENDERGAST:  Thank you for the wonderful web page, the windows are beautiful. As you stated my ancestors may have visited this church, I have been doing some genealogy and my uncle stated that his  grandparents ( my great grand-parents) came from there and I was hoping maybe you could help me. The information I have is my great grand-fathers name is: Michael Pendergast, he  his wife Rose and 5 children 3 girls and 2 boys came from Illinois in 1907 and my uncle thinks it was from Livingston Co. I don't know ( other than my grandmother Frances) what the other  names are or where they moved on to. I don' t know if this is enough to go on or not or if it is a dead end, please let me know if ther are any charges also. PATRICK ANDERSON 2/7/00 

RUTHERFORD: Truman Rutherford was one of the early settlers of Livingston County. He held several elected positions in the county, according to the LIVINGSTON COUNTY HISTORY book. Do you have a location of burial for Truman and his wife Lucia Rutherford? Truman died 1843 and Lucia in1845.   LAREA ROSE  2/7/00

 LACY/MORGAN/JOHNSON/WATERS: Am looking for any information I can find on the above families. William LACY/William MORGAN/ Joseph MORGAN (same person??!!) married Matilda JOHNSON, daughter of Charles and Nancy (WATERS) JOHNSON in Pontiac in Mar 1859.  (Family story says William married three JOHNSON sisters):  William LACEY/LACY md Jane JOHNSON, abt 1850 in Jefferson Co, NY; this William married second sister, Mary JOHNSON in Nov 1854 (NY)after death of Jane. Then after death of Mary, he married Matilda. All children of these marriages (William C., Jesse E., Elsie, Minott, Jane, Mary/Mercy, Mina, Joseph, and Mary Ella) were raised under name of MORGAN. Husband of Matilda, residing in OH by 1870, was given as Joseph MORGAN.  But, my husband's great aunt remembered her grandfather, WILLIAM MORGAN.  Does anyone have any idea what is going on here?  ROBERTA SMITH 2/8/00

NETTLEINGHAM: Searching for parents of Virgil  NETTLEINGHAM/ NETTLINGHAM  born about 1897 in Cullum, Livingston County. 1900 census shows him, age 3 years, with father George R. Nettleingham. (siblings: Della, Guy, Eda, ?Fred) All children were born in IL from abt 1886-1897. Thanks for any leads.
GAIL GARWOOD   2/11/00

PENNY: Seth H. Penny of Odell, Ill is named in his mother's will in New York.  His father George Penny was born in NYS 1838.  Siblings Guinnette of Ottawa, Anna Estabrook of Ottawa, James Pennyof Kansas.  Please e-mail I have ancestors. SHARON PATCHETT  2/11/00 

HANIFIN/HANNIFIN/HENEPHIN: There were at least 25 persons by this name listed as residents of WaldoTwp. Livingston Co. IIlinois in 1870. When I tried to trace back to the 1860 census not only could I not find any Hanifins I could not find Waldo Township on the 1860 census roll. Does anyone have a reasonable explanation for why WALDO Twp. is missing ??? Would also appreciate any information on the Hannifin name in Livingston or LaSalle Counties in the late 1880's
Thanks,  WILL HANNIFIN  2/21/00 

RUTHERFORD: I am trying to find where my gr gr gr grandmother and grandfather are buried. I heard in a Pasture but where? They were TRUMAN AND LUCIA RUTHERFORD. Truman held a few offices in Livingston County in the late 1830's and 40'.He is in the History Book of Livingston County. What twp was that in and where were they buried. He died 1845 and she died in 1848. There is a 260 something page of probate on that man in Bloomingtons clerk's Office.  Do you know of any document that might contain LUCIA"s parents names? I have her one page will and several from the probate of truman but where was she born....Conn or Vt. It might be on the 1840 census.  Any help you could offer would be soooooo appreciated, believe me. LA REA ROSE 2/22/00 

HECKMAN, CLAUDE RAY: I am on the hunt for a copy of the birth certificate of my father,  Claude Ray Heckman. He was born 15 Jun 1889 in Cornell, Illinois
Where can I find his record and what will it cost? RESEARCHER  2/23/00 

SPEICHER, LEWIS: I am trying to find an obit for a Lewis SPEICHER, a blacksmith, who died between 1894 and 1900 in Livingston County.  His last known location was in Chatsworth.  Census Look-ups for (only) 1850 Pennsylvania and Illinois TERRY MOORE 2/23/00 

LANE, ALFRED/SNIDER, ASENETH: Researching Alfred Lane and wife Aseneth (Snider), she died in Livingston County in 1918.  RAE CLINESMITH  2/23/00

SWYGERT CEMETERY: I am looking for information on the SWYGERT Cemetery.  Could anyone tell me its location?  Has this cemetery ever been copied?  If not, who might have the records for the cemetery? I am particularly interested in Hiram and Sarah DRONENBURG who are buried there, as well as any of their children.  Thank you. SANDRA S. SHELLHAMMER 2/25/00 

BECK, CARL: I'm researching my son-in-laws family.  Carl Beck (b. 1828) came to Livingston County (Odell) about 1860 from Germany.  I don't know yet if
he came with his wife or they met in the U.S.   Carl/Charles died in Los Angeles while visiting in Nov. (10) 1905, while his wife Mary (b. 1837) died in Odell on December 5, 1910.  They had many children, all in Illinois.  I don't see the family cited in any biographical info. filmed by the Mormon Church.  I was wondering if the Pontiac Sentinel is still in existence in the County and whether they have a service that looks up Obituaries (for a fee?).  I'm interested in getting copies of such information for Charles and Mary.   JOEL WEINTRAUB 2/26/00 

IDEUS, HARM BRUNEN: I am looking for my Grandfather, Harm Brunen Ideus who migrated to Illinois in 1870 and settled in Livingston Co, near Whatsworth.  He rented land for 3 yrs and in 1877 moved to NE, where I am from. He was born in Aurich, Germany in 1850.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you for your
time.  BETTY ROGERS 2/27/00 

PYLE, HANNAH: Hannah Pyle b 4 Apr 1798 (or 1801) was born in KY, married Alexander Breckenridge in Brown Co, Ohio,  d 10 Jul 1835 and is reported to be buried in Reynolds Cemetry, Cornell, Livingston Co.,Illinois.  She is my Gt Gt Gt Grandmother.  I am trying to trace her roots, so far without any luck. Would cemetry records that far back list her parents names?  Does her name connect with anyone on the list?  LOUISE MC CLELLAN 2/27/00 

QUESTIONS: I have determined that some of the folks I am researching settled in Livingston County, apparently near Fairbury.  I have been having a difficult time determining what resources are available to find out more about them, and I am writing in hopes that you can help me with a couple of questions. First, in what newspaper would obituaries for Fairbury area residents most likely be published?  I would be looking for obituaries for various dates from 1904 through 1955.
Second, have tombstone inscriptions for the Fairbury area been published? If so, how can I get a copy of the publication, or the necessary pages? Are there any other important resources I should know about?  Right now I don't have anything to go on except the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses. BILL KINCAID 2/29/00