QUERIES WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Please just post a query only if you have a link to Livingston County, Illinois. Make the query brief so we will be better able to assist you in your search. Queries will be posted for our searchers to respond to. Your hosts will reply only if we have pertinent information about your family. Thank you for visiting our County Page. We welcome any Livingston County Information you would like to share with our visitors. Feel free to email me. Happy Hunting.  ANNETTE


LIVINGSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE new PHONE NUMBER: 815-844-2006 (County Clerk's Office). They will perform searches, charge is $5.00 for each search. Birth, death and marriage records are located at the courthouse. Address is Livingston County Courthouse, 112 W. Madison, Pontiac, Il. 61764.



PAINTER, URIAH: Uriah S. Painter supposedly lived to be 102 years old. He was born in 1844 and died at Cornell., Livingston Co.Ill. He married Sarah E. Elliott 18 Aug 1874 in LaSalle Co., Ill. Would like further information on their children: Anna b. about 1876, Isaac L. B. about 1877, Elliott, Glenn and Earl. Who did they marry?? Thank you, Kathleen Rizer RizerK@erinet.com KATHLEEN RIZER 12/29/98

MORGANSTERN: I am looking for Jewish cemeteries that are in the area of Chatsworth. My mother-in-law's grandparents lived there in a farming community in the 1910's (or 1920's). They later moved to the southwest side of Chicago. Are you aware of any such cemeteries in that area? The names of concern are Morganstern or Morgan or a derivation of those names. Garland Scott GARLAND SCOTT San Antonio, Tx 12/27/98

BARHAM, NEWSOM: Looking for information on Newsom BARHAM who lived in Livingston County, Illinois. He was born ca June 1835 in Greene County, Tennessee, the son of Harbard and Martha (Patsy) Thomasson Barham. Some time after the Civil War he migrated to Illinois, and eventually settled in Livingston County. He is listed on the 1900 Livingston County census as having a wife Ella, who was born ca September 1839 in Illinois. They had at least two children: (a) Lafona Barham, born ca February 1872 in Livingston Co.; and (b) James Barham, born ca February 1877 in Livingston County. JOHN PAYNE 22 West Ontario Street, Apt. 1 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415-6444 12/28/98

PEARRE, LEMUEL/CAMPBELL, JESSIE JAMES: Looking for information regarding Lemuel Pearre (B 1840 - d 1883), son of Otho B. Pearre (b 1799 - d1844) . I believe Otho B was born in Maryland or Ohio. Lemuel possibly born in Ohio, eventually an attorney practicing in Dwight, IL. Am attempting to determine if Lemuel participated in Civil War, which would seem likely due to his date of birth. I also have a small book of poetry written by Otho F Pearre (d 1897 in Pontiac, IL) whom I believe may have been a brother to Lemuel. Lemuel Pearre's daughter Fannie, married Jessie James Campbell. Jessie was born in Conneticut, died in Livingston County. According to my father (his grandson) his grave is unmarked, in a cemetary outside of Dwight. Am looking for more information regarding the parents of Jessie James Campbell. DANIEL O'DONNELL 12/20/98

BROWN, DANIEL: Hi---looking for info for a cousin who lives in Colorado---Researching Daniel Brown Born in 1846 and died in 1894. Married Ida Wright 2-6-1878 in Pontiac,Ill. Ida born 10-16-1858 in Michigan and died 1-16-1952. Both buried in Round Grove Cemetery;Campus,Ill. Know his father was William Brown and thats all. Daniel and Ida has 5 children; Wm P; Ernest born 1877 died 1914; Clara twin to Frank Wesly--both born 5-28-1881.; and Myrtle Brown born 3-19-1891. Would like info if available on his Father William and their family. Not sure where they are from. Thank You. New on the Net. WILLIAM SHEPHERD 12/17/98

CURRIER, JOHN: I am trying to locate the origin of John Currier, a farmer, in Livingston Co.,IL. He homesteaded Round Grove in about 1850 and is mentioned in the "History of Livingston County". John was born 2 MAY 1810 in PA, married 14 OCT 1833, died 11 SEP 1862. His wife was Anna Robinson and one son was James R. Currier. John was a GGG Grandfather of mine. John migrated west to Livingston Co. from Pennsylvania but I do not know from which county in PA he came from. He married Anna Robinson while still in PA and James R.(my GG Grandfather) was born there also. I have information that John bought federal lands in NE Illinois but James did not stick around and was in NE for a while then moved to OR where he died. James is buried in Adams Co., NE though where he farmed for a while. Thanks so much. STEVE RIEKE 12/14/98

EDGINGTON, ALVIN DOAK: My name is Gary Edgington, I am the great great grandson of Alvin Doak Edgington who served in Co. 129th . I'm interested in knowing if there are still any Edgington family members in the area. He died of Typhoid in Fountain Head Tenn. on 2-2-63. I', courious to know if he was buried in Tenn or returned to Pontiac.Thanks very much Gary Edgington GARY EDGINGTON 12/9/98

FISHEL, LLOYD: Need any information on LLOYD FISHEL & his descendents. LLOYD FISHEL, b. ca. 1895, was listed in his parents obits, as living in Pontiac, IL. in 1933 & 1934. His wife's name was either Ledda or Letta. The Social Security Death Index has a Letta Fishel d. April 1973, Pontiac, IL. It is believed they had four children. Thank you for any help on this family. Edith Fishel RT 3 Box 3B Rushville, IL 62681 EDITH FISHEL 12/9/98

HECKMAN/THOMPSON: I am trying to verify if my g-grandparents died in Livingston Co., and if my grandmother was born there. David Heckman - died 1901 in Cornell, Livingston Co.? Elizabeth Barringer Heckman - died 1878 in Cornell, Livingston Co.? Hattie Elizabeth Thompson - born in 1889 in Cornell, Livingston Co? Is Edgar and Sarah Thompson in the 1900 Livingston Co. Census? CAROL GORDON PAPKE 12/7/98

RANKIN: I am looking for information on Alfred Garfield Rankin born Oct. 1,1882 in Livingston County,IL. Information needed is on his parents-names,dates and places of birth and death. DENNIS RANKIN 12/7/98

VANDERKAR: I am trying to locate where in Livingston County, the family of Jared "Jerry" VANDERKAR. b. 1830, and Elizabeth (Cummings) VANDERKAR, b. 1840, are buried. My information indicates near Odell or Pontiac. C. ROBERT APPLEDORN 12/5/98

ERTMOED: I am trying to find information on the ERTMOED family that moved to the Pontiac area around 1907, from Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois. The father, Ralph ERTMOED, mother Etta FAKEN, and 3 children: Bertha who married to Mertie ORR, and two sons, Albert and William ERTMOED. William and wife buried at Chenoa, Ill. Parents are at Pontiac South Side Cemetery. Son, Albert and wife's burial is unknown. William had no children; Bertha had 7 children. Albert may have had 3 children. Ralph ERTMOED (origional spelling: EERTMOED), was born in Campen, Emden, Germany, and died in Pontiac in 1941. Mother, Etta, died 1916. Would like to correspond with anyone working on this family. Thank you. PEGGY RUSSELL 4832 34 th. Avenue Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144-6715 12/5/98

KIMMERLY/O'NEIL: Livingston Co., Pontiac, Il. I am looking for information regarding George E. Kimmerly and Flora O'Neil who lived in Pontiac, Ill. from 1900-1958. George died in 1937 and Flora in 1958. Also Flora's mother, Mary Weyant Fisk, who died in 1955. ALLEN KIMMERLY 12/4/98

ROSNECK, WILLIAM (CARL): Hi Annette- I was browsing your Livingston Cty, Illinois webpage and thought you might be able to advise me. My grandfather, (Carl) William Rosneck, was a barber in Pontiac in 1915-1916 according to Illinois barber registration records. His eldest daughter, Ruth, was born in Illinois, probably in Pontiac as well (although the Livingston County Clerk could not find a record). He may have also been married in Livingston Cty as well. Does the County Courthouse have marriage records for these dates? What library might have a good collection of Pontiac city directories for this time period? Are there other sources of information that I might check? Are there any researchers who might search for this information for me for free or a fee? Sincerely, KAREN ROSNECK 12/3/98

SHRIVER/SPRINGER: John Faris Shriver was born 1 Mar 1779 in Virginia. He married Nancy Springer in 1842 in Highland Co., Ohio. In the 1850 census the family is in Adams Co., Ohio. Then they moved to Livingston Co., Illinois. Is this were Nancy Springer Shriver died 27 Jul 1858?? When and where did John F. Shriver die?? They had these children, (spouses not yet known): Rachel Eleanor b. 25 Oct 1843 George Washington b. 9 May 1845 Hannah Malinda b. 28 Mar 1847 Sarah Louis b. 27 July 1849 Jane Albertine b. 13 Mar 1851 Levi Franklin b. 30 Dec 1852 Sanford Hall b. 4 Aug 1854 Arthur Noble b. 11 Nov 1857 Dora Bell b. 16 June 1860 and Ira Newton b. 12 Sep 1862. Does anyone know this family?? Thank you, KATHLEEN RIZER 11/30/98

HOPPER/SPRINGER: On my last trip to Livingston Co. information was found on this couple but there are still blanks remaining. Philip Hopper b. Aug 1825 md. Nancy Springer on 15 Nov 1851 in Livingston Co. Both died at Graymont; Philip in 1903 and Nancy in 1923. I actually need further information on their children: Rachel Hopper who married ______ Popejoy, John, and Allen Hopper. KATHLEEN RIZER 11/29/98

HAYS, ANN: I was looking for more info abt. Ann HAYS 50-60 age 1840 Census Livingston Co., IL (A divorce Record) Male's 2 15-20 Male 1 20-30 Female 1 15-20 Maybe a divorce record as her husband was remarried by 1834 in KY Isaac HAYES 1830 they lived in Lawrence Co., KY & sold their land that same year. She Died -1844 His military record said, buried Near Keyesville, Chariton, MO. Thanks for any help you could give me. Linda COOK LINDA COOK 11/28/98

ROSS, JOHN: John graduated from Galesburgh College in June, 1889. In the 1900 and 1910 census he and his wife, Lura, and daughter, Vera, lived on Livingston Street, Pontiac Township, Livingston County. Looking for descendants. John's parents were John and Susan Ross of Sidell but born in Butler County, Ohio and reared in Clinton County, Indiana by parents John and Christena Ross. Grandfather was John Ross, the immigrant, who hacked his farm out of the V irginia Wilderness in the 1760's, it is now Greene County, PA. RAYMOND ROSS 11/26/98

ROBBINS: My Great-great-grandfather Josephus Robbins lived and farmed in Livingston County, south of the Vermillion River, in the 1850's. I need to locate someone in or near the county seat of Pontiac to do a property deed search.Can you put me in touch with someone in the local genealogy society who does this type of work. JO ANN ROBBINS PETERSON 11/23/98

EDENFIELD: Researching Edenfield family who lived in Rooks/Rocks Creek and Pontiac area around 1870; would include John and Elizabeth Edenfield and two known children Rachel and John. Am also interested in any history of these towns. Any information would be appreciated. LATHAM TOBIN 11/21/98

GARTON: Looking for information on the GARTON family of Livingston Co. They moved there in 1861 from Peoria Co IL. Thank you. DAN PETERSON 11/17/98

POPE/NICHOL: Searching for more information on Chester Andrew POPE and his wife Marianne Amanda NICHOL. Both grew up in Odell, IL and married in Perry Co., Iowa. Marianne was the daughter of James Franklin NICHOL. Any information concerning these families would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to share/exhange any information I have with you. Thank you, ANGELA CHAPMAN BRIGMAN 11/10/98

MAPS: I need help, I have looked high and low to find a map of Livingston County w/ all the roads on it. I am unable to locate one, if you know of where I can acheive one at, it would be greatly appreciated. KEITH RISLEY 11/9/98

LILLY: Hello I am looking for information on a Frank Lilly born in Ireland and married to Jane Smith also born in Ireland they had a son born in Pontiac , Illinois in 10/12/1869 if you have any information on this family or would be so kind to e-mail me the address where I might get a birth cert. HELEN LILLY 11/7/98

THOMAS, MORGAN: Hi, Could you please look up a family in the 1860 census for Manville for a MORGAN THOMAS & wife MARGRETA ? Thank you so much. CIDNEY ENGBERG 11/6/98

PILCHER: I am trying to find the final resting place for a Henry PILCHER. His family moved to Illinois in 1850 and settled on the Livingston/Lasalle county line. Henry's wife, Margaret (COURTNEY) PILCHER is buried in the New Michigan cemetery. Her stone says she is the "wife of Henry". She died on 28-MAR-1868. I believe that Henry died in 1850 before the census was taken. It is said that he lived to see his grandson James Henry Daniel Pilcher born on 05-JAN-1850 near Streator, Il. JUDE RICHARDSON 11/6/98

MORTON/DEVINNY/CAMPBELL: Looking for any information on surnames MORTON, DeVINNY, or CAMPBELL. I've found Roscoe G and Lydia Morton on the 1880 census for Livingston County, Odell Twp. Their oldest daughter Marcia married Charles DeVinny and they had one child born in IL in 1885. Their second daughter Mary married Lowell Mason Campbell, whose obit states he came from Forrest. They left Illinois for SD in 1885. Any information on these names would be greatly appreciated. GRIMM 11/5/98

TROWBRIDGE /HAYES: I am trying to find further information on the HAYES and TROWBRIDGE families of Livingston County. Nicholas HAYES b Mar 1838 Randolph Co, VA d bef 1920? IL m1st bef 1864 [Livingston Co?, IL] Cynthia _? _ b abt 1843 OH d bef 1885? or div? IL m2nd 20 Dec 1885 [Odell, Livingston, IL] Rosanna TROWBRIDGE nee NICHOLS b 30 Apr 1833 Bennington, VT. Widow of Dwight TROWBRIDGE b 10 Jun 1828 Adams, NY d 30 May 1870 Odell, IL m 11 Nov 1848 [Pinckey, NY] Rosanna NICHOLS [his parents: Adonis TROWBRIDGE & Fanny TAYLOR] [her parents: George NICHOLS & Serena COLVIN] Children by first marriage: Philander Addison TROWBRIDGE b 14 Mar 1852 Verona, NY, James Leander TROWBRIDGE b 11 Mar 1854 Verona, NY They were living in Odell, Odell Twp, Livingston, IL in 1880, 1900, 1910. Children by the first marriage were: Elsie b abt 1864 IL; Hattie b abt 1866 IL; Libbie b abt 1869 IL; Lester b abt 1871 IL; Della b abt 1873 IL; Harry b abt 1878 IL. Nicholas' sister Ellen Josephine HAYES b 17 Mar 1844 Milford Clermont, OH d 22 Jan 1883 Rich Hill, Bates, MO m 5 Jul 1862 [New Albany, Floyd, IN] James Farwell TROWBRIDGE b 26 Jun 1839 Pinckney, NY (55,145) [parents: Adonis TROWBRIDGE 1795-1880 & Fanny TAYLOR 1800-1882] James Farwell TROWBRIDGE and Ellen Josephine HAYES had the following children: Henry Boyd b 15 Apr 1863 Odell, Livingston, IL ; Herbert Roxie b 11 Jan 1865 Odell, Livingston, IL; Berton Adonis b 16 Nov 1866 Odell, Livingston, IL; Caspar Alvin b 8 Aug 1868 Odell, Livingston, IL; Cora Adele b 10 Jul 1870 Odell, Livingston, IL; Frederick Orlando b 19 Jan 1875 Odell, Livingston, IL. I have found most of this information in "The Trowbridge Genealogy" by Francis Bacon Trowbridge, 1908, and I am convinced that some his information is not very accurate. Please contact me if you can help. TERRY HOWARD 11/3/98

WHITE, CHARLES W.: I'm hoping to obtain a birth certificate for a gg-uncle, Charles W. White who was born in August 25, 1887 or 1889 (the record I have is unclear). Are there volunteers who will look up this info for me, or do I need to contact the courthouse directly? Do you know what the fee associated with the search is? (perhaps you could add this info to the web site also). I tried the number listed for the Livingston County Courthouse and was told the number was disconnected or not in service. Could you check the number for me (and possibly update the web page). MICHELLE LARSON 11/2/98

LIVINGSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE PHONE NUMBER: 815-844-2006 (County Clerk's Office). They will perform searches, charge is $5.00 for each search. Birth, death and marriage records are located at the courthouse. Address is Livingston County Courthouse, 112 W. Madison, Pontiac, Il. 61764. I appreciate researchers calling errors or incorrect numbers to my attention. The courthouse has informed me that they have a problem with operators giving out the wrong numbers, which is what happened to me. Annette

PAYNE: I am searching for information on a John PAYNE b. 1 May 1776 in NY who supposedly died near Pontiac, Livingston co, IL after 1850. He was m. to Hannah EARL who died after John Payne's death in Danville, Vermillion co IL. John Payne's father was Prosper PAYNE. John & Hannah PAYNE's ch: William Milton, Peter Earl, Morgan Lewis, Martin L., Sabrina, Squire Lee, Della, Esther & John PAYNE, Jr. Would love to share info. R. ROSE 11/1/98

FLANAGAN NEWSPAPER: Does the Livingston Genealogy soc. have a film of the Flanagan newspaper for Dec. 1893. I believe there was one called the Home (something). I am looking for an obit of my GGrandfather. Thank you, DIANA TIDBALL 10/31/98

CHAMBERS/CLARK: I'm looking for any information on William Burke CHAMBERS and his wife Harriett CLARK. I found them on the 1860 Livingston County census, Pike Twp.. William was born about 1819 in New Jerey and his wife Harriet was born about 1823 In Pennsylvania. Children are John K. CHAMBERS b. 1843, New Jersey; Emily L. CHAMBERS b. 1845, New Jersey; and William Henry CHAMBERS b. Dec. 25, 1848, New Jersey. William Henry married Mary Ann HARGADINE abt. 1869. I believe, but have yet to prove that John K. married a Maria MARSHALL, Feb. 20, 1868.. and that Emily L. married George M. LEVERS Feb. 15,1865. I also believe William Burke had a brother come to Illinois about the same time he did, his brothers name was Aaron CHAMBERS, who was married to a woman named Hannah Plum. I know Aaron arrived in Illinois about 1856, and assume William Burke was with him. TIM CHAMBERS 10/28/98

STALTER: Want information on John (Johannes), Joseph, Jacob, and Louis Stalter, all came to Illinois in the 1850's. Were farmers, Amish or Mennonite, are buried in Waldo Cem. John and Joseph were brothers, the other two are not related to the brothers unless there is a connection in the Alsace-Lorraine area of Europe, where they all came from. US Census, 1870, spells the name Stahlta. DON KAUFFMAN 10/26/98

CHAPMAN: Hi. Looking for info on a Mrs. Chapman. Don't know her first name. Her daughter's name was Alwilda Smith Boyles. Thought to have died in Fairbury, IL late 1800's, early 1900's. Granddaughter's name was Harriett Francis Lockwood. Francis being her maiden name. Harriett died in Logan County, OH. Thank you. BALES 10/26/98

OSBORN WILLIAM H: my GGGGgrandfather purchased land in Livingston County, Ill. in 1837. He married Mary Stewart March 8, 1831 in Tazwell Co., Ill. We are trying to find his date of birth and where he was born, or any information at all. Is there anyone that can help? I have lots of information on Osborn's that I would love to share. Carylon Viuhkola Oregon CARYLON VIUHKOLA OREGON 10/20/98

KAMM/GILBERT: Your home page is terrific. Being a native of Illinois, I am very interested in finding my ancestors on my mother's side. My mother's family lived in Emington from 1830's to 1970's. Unfortunately, many have passed away and the search is getting tough. The sir names were Kamm and Gilbert. Can you provide any help or links/contacts for people who are searching Illinois, particularly Livingston County? MARK KESNER 10/19/98

ORIGIN OF COUNTY NAME: I'm very much interested in learning the origin of the county's name. It was presumably named after an individual, but who? When? I'm searching for the ancestry of a Henry Livingston who (may have lived in what became the county) about 1800-1820. He probably came from Tennessee into the state. DON LIVINGSTON 10/19/98