Queries January - May 1998
Bill & Jene Benton - Jan 10 1998
My gr. grandfather John O. Dawson was born 1844 in Mercer County, IL to Isaac and Nancy (Iler) Dawson. I have not been able to locate them prior to this time but have located them in Henry County, MO in the 1850 census. Anyone having information on Dawson surname in Mercer County would be appreciated. Thank you.
Marlene Weiss - Jan 15 1998
I would appreciate any information on the following families most of whom lived in and around Sunbeam, Mercer County: William Moore HENDERSON who was married to Rose Anne DOOL Henderson. Children of this marriage were: Robert Henderson who married Frances BROWN John A. Henderson who married Laura FINLEY Martha (Mattie) Henderson who married W. Beach SMITH Rosabelle Henderson who married William Thomas PARK
William Rainey Henderson who married Carrie HENRY Lizzie and Jane who both died in infancy
Some of the DOOL and SPEER(S) families followed Rose Anne to Mercer County, but I am not sure who other than the following: her widowed mother, Margaret Speer Dool and at least two of her children. Mattie married Wooster Beach SMITH, the son of Dr. Christopher C. Smith and
Cordelia Smith.  The Smiths lived in Preemption Township, Mercer County. They had the following children:  Wooster Beach Smith, Elizabeth J. Smith, Osta (Austa) Smith, Jennie Smith FINLEY, Belle Smith DUNLAP, Carrie Smith Thanks for any help! Marlene Weiss
Donna Hoff-Granbau - Jan 18 1998
I would like help finding information on the following individuals that were in Mercer County, at Viola, during the late 1800's:
Ebenezer Lee McKinney - the name may also be spelled McKimmey or McKiney or any other variants.  He was born approximately 1848 in Cadiz, Harrison, Ohio to Ebenezer McKinney and Rhuhamah Drummond.
Rhuhamah Drummond McKinney - his mother.  She is supposed to be buried in the Viola Cemetery and would have died after 1880.  She was born around 1805 give or take a few years.  The census records are not great on her age.
Ebenezer was the sibling of the following children of Rhuhamah and Ebenezer McKinney Sr.:
1) Mary McKinney, born about 1843.  Was listed with her mother in the
census of 1860 as a seamstress. Then I can't find her anymore. 2)James Renwick McKinney born 08 October 1846  3)Patterson Leonard McKinney born 22 May 1844.
Ebenezer Lee had three or more children with a wife named Mary.  They were Hallie born 1872, Bertha born 1879, and Lewis born 1875. Thank you, Donna
Virginia McConnaha Kranz - 1⁄23⁄98
I am submitting this in hopes someone can help me. I have been to Aledo and seen my above mentioned ggf's estate papers. He died in Keithsburg 6 Nov, 1853. His wife, Lydia, evidently preceeded him in death, for he left five orphaned children. Were there guardians appointed for the children?  And any info on Lydia's death? Any way of knowing where the children were taken?  Thanks, Virginia McConnaha Kranz
Bill Parker - 1⁄28⁄98
Solomon Parker:
Fact 1: December 01, 1817 Purchased 320 acres, Mercer Co., Military Tract (ID 571101)
E2 Sec. 31, T13N, R4W: 4th Meridian +Jane Tripp  b: IL  Thanks!  Bill Parker, Seattle WA
Georgene Sones - 1⁄30⁄98
Anna HICKS (Feb. 1829 Belmont Co. OH-18 Sept 1908 Mercer Co. IL) married ca 1851 in IL to Orin M. BARTLETT. Orin and Anna had 7 children, only 3 living in 1900.  Children: Charles
Sumner BARTLETT; Louisa H. BARTLETT; William Harrison (Harry) BARTLETT.  Their
daughter Ella M. BARTLETT married 15 Nov. 1883 in Mercer Co. to James A. MILLER.  Ella died 6 Feb. 1895 in Mercer Co. Desire to correspond with others researching these families.
Georgene Sones
Georgene Sones - 1⁄30⁄98
Alexander MILLER married 4 Oct 1859 in Mercer Co. to Hannah Jane GRACY (daughter of James GRACY & Hannah FRENCH). Alexander and Hannah MILLER had:
1. James A. who married 1st Ella M. BARTLETT; 2nd Alice DAVISON.
2. Laura married 3 Jun 1886 in Knox Co to John A. SLATER.
3. Sarah Elizabeth
4. Emma Prisilla married ca 1900 Otis Eliza ADAMS.
5. Frederick⁄Freddie mar. Ida unk & had son Roy born 1898.
6. Lucy Jane married 2 Jan. 1895 in Knox Co. to Arthur Judson CURTIS.
7. Alexander Jr. married ca 1912 Florence G. LITTLE.
8. Raymond
Kathy Koepp - 2⁄7⁄98
Would like to make contact with anyone who has additional information on the family of Jesse Brewer and his wife Christena Lamb who m. 1807 in Surry Co NC.  Eight known children are William m. Abigail Waymire, Jenett m. Thomas Walker, Gilbert m. Elizabeth Mills, Celia m. Thomas Hardin Jr., Branson m. Elizabeth Waymire, Jesse Holman m. Eliza Jane Vance, Sarah m. Allan G. Glover and R.W. of which nothing further is known.  Jesse and Christena moved from Surry Co NC to Rush Co IN in 1822 coming to Mercer Co IL sometimes after 1834 where they remained until their deaths in 1847 and 1861.  They are buried in the Greenmound Cemetery in Keithsburg.   Would like to find out who Jesse Brewers parents are as well as continuing the descendants of the children.
Jean Hudson McNamara - 2⁄24⁄98
Seeking info on Eleazer HUDSON, 1860 & 1870 census, Viola, Mercer Co. IL.  Born in NY.  Is he from Goshen, Orange Co. NY?
Dixie Hougen - 2⁄28⁄98
According to Federal Land Sales, Thomas SHIRES purchased 40 acres in Mercer County in 2⁄7⁄1840.  He and his wife Mary, both 67 and born in VA, are listed in the 1850 census.  Neither Mary nor Thomas show in 1860 index.  Is anyone else searching?  Thanks.
A. J. Ives - 3⁄1⁄98
I am seeking information on Heber G. Ives who married A. Louise Meade in Mercer Co. IL  Nov.22, 1858.  by J. S. Poage., MG.
A. J. Ives - 3⁄1⁄98
I am seeking information on Carolina Ives that married William Harrison Dennsion in Mercer Co. IL on July 27, 1837, by John Clark, MG.
Mikesalibi - 3⁄10⁄98
Looking for any information on the parents of Ida E. SHARP, born 20 Nov 1868 in Mercer Co. IL.  Her parents were Francis Marion SHARP and Elizabeth Libby FENDER.  Francis Marion SHARP was born 24 Apr 1848 in Shelby Co. IN.  Any information on the above mention FENDER or SHARP line would be greatly appreciated!!
Ladd Frary - 3⁄10⁄98
Searching for information on GROVES  family who lived in Mercer Co, Ill from November 18, 1874  to 1881-83.  Father was Harrison Wheeler GROVES, bn Ohio Oct 14, 1852, died June 22, 1922 in Nebraska City, NE.  Married Lizzie Beck in Henry Co., Ill May 30, 1874.  Children Lucy Nora GROVES, bn Mercer Co., Ill, 4⁄7⁄1875;  Nora Lucy GROVES, bn 11⁄19⁄1878;  Minnie Matilda GROVES, bn Mercer Co., Ill, 1⁄21⁄1879; Charles Hermin GROVES, bn Mercer
Co., Ill, 1⁄12⁄1881.  Especially intersted in location where family lived (from census records?) and whether first child died at or near birth and if so, where buried.
A. J. Ives- 3⁄11⁄98
I am seeking information on Clyde Saunders and his wife , Grace Hock⁄Hawk Saunders.  1920 Census records list Clyde , his wife  Grace and three children living in Mercer County, IL.  If you have any information please email me at  ajives@mcol.net.
Barbara Seyler - 3⁄13⁄98
Looking for information on the family of James Harbison SEYLER, born in Brady Twp., Clearfield Co., PA January 6, 1842.  Married on November 19, 1874 to Loretta CRESSWELL  She was born in Clarion Co., IL and was the daughter of M. and Hannah Whitehall Cresswell.  They were living in Mercer Co., IL in the 1880 - 1920 census.  Known children were:  Sarah Fisher
Seyler born November 7, 1876, John Harbison Seyler born August 18, 1884, and Mabel Estelle Seyler born March 14, 1887.  All children were born in IL.  Would like to find any descendants.  Thank you.  Barbara Seyler -  e-mail ROPETRACER@prodigy.net
Larry Clum - 3⁄24⁄98
Looking for parents of Eliza Lautzenhiser b. 4 Feb 1826 in Mercer Co., PA and died in 1889 in Viola, Mercer Co., IL.   She married Barnhardt Kasenberg and left the county in 1854-55 along with several other families, including the McLaughlins and other Lautzenhiser families. Several could be her parents, but no proof of which one.
Maxine Bickham - 3⁄2⁄98
I am descended from Louis F. Koons b 1827 Germany and his wife Catherine Louisa Rech, b 1829 Germany who lived in North Henderson, Mercer Co, IL. Their daughter, my grandmother was Anna Margaret Koons who married Peter John Anderson in Knox Co, IL.  Would like to correspond with anyone also researching these families.
Joelyn James - 4⁄12⁄98
I am looking for the parents⁄family of Arthur Benjamin Richardson (b.1867-d.1900) Arthur was born in Alexis. He left Il. about 1894 amd died in Miss.  I know that he  met his wife in college and they were married around Alexis in 1892.  I have been searching for his parents⁄family for a long time, any help would be most appreciated. Thanks, Joelyn James
Jim Mathews - 4⁄13⁄98
I am looking for all Ancestors & Descendants of James Henry Matthews (Mathews) who was born in Waterloo NY about 1835.  James Henry Matthews married Eliza Ann Kile in 1865 ---daughter of Archibald Kile, of Keithsburg.  James & Eliza had 13 children in Keithsburg where James Henry lived till his death in May of 1899.  He is buried in Greenmond Cemetery.  Their children:  William, John,  Robert, Abram, Larry, Charles, Frank, Bessie, Mary, Sarah, Jane, Jennie, &
others......I am interested in any information on Matthews or Kiles, Watsons, Wiggins, Wickheisers, Halsey, and Williet.  Please contact me!
Donna Seaton Stalls - 24 Apr 1998
Looking for family history on George Clifford Seaton from Seaton, Illinois. Born Aug 5, 1907. Mother's name Lillian.
Peggy Falk - 04 May 1998
My Great grandmother went to a teachers school in Aledo pre 1886. She traded house keeping for tuition. I have a picture of her and her class of other students, which I have had copied and enlarged and which I am donating to the Historical Society Museum in Aledo and In Moline. My Great grandmother was Mary Jane JOHNSTON,from Preemption, Illinois. She was born January 30,1860. Eventually she taught school in Clark County, Missouri where she married the principal, my Great Grandfather, Kaye Woodhead DAWSON Mary Jane JOHNSTON's, family consists of LIPTON, LUCAS, BLAKELY. All came from Fermanagh, Ireland
Georgene Sones - 10 May 1998
BRUNER. MILLER. GRACY. Seek others researching these families. Alexander MILLER (1834-1899) & wife Hannah Jane GRACY (1840-1912) Mary MILLER (ca1832-1921) married William BRUNER. Keziah MILLER (1836-1887) 1st wf of James Sutton MILLER. All the above, except James, buried Mt. Vernon Cem., No. Henderson Twp. Mercer Co. Amanda MILLER (ca1839-aft 1860). Alexander, Mary, Keziah & Amanda MILLER all supposedly born Montgomery Co. VA.
norm prince - 14 May 1998
ALLEN, BRANNIAN, BLAKELY, GAULEY, GORSUCH, HICKS, HUTHCINSON, JOHNSTON, MOFFITT, RAMSEY Between 1845 and 1850 three of the sons of William and Mary Johnston of County Fermanaugh, Ireland, removed themselves and there families to the ‘new world'. They arrived at the port of New Orleans and traveled up the Mississippi River to Rock Island, Illinois. The three brothers and their families settled in Bowling township, Rock Island county and Preemption and Perryton township, Mercer county. The families had a habit of inter-marrying and if one was to look closely at the following chart they would find several cases of first cousins beginning a family. Along with marring other Johnston's, the offspring of the brothers married into other Irish families with the names listed on the heading. The Johnston and Hutchinson name is not as well known in the three township today, as it was 100 years ago, but I am sure there are a number of person who could trace their ancestors back to one of these Orangemen. I would be most interested in corresponding with any person researching these Mercer and Rock Island county names. The following tree only shows the three brothers and their children; much more information is available for those that have an interest in this family. Several Descendants of William and Mary Johnston 1 William JOHNSTON b: 1790 d: 06 March 1872 +Mary BUCHANAN b: 1790 d: 25 April 1861 A Joseph B JOHNSTON b: 17 November 1811 d: 11 March 1880 +Ann THOMPSON b: 1815 d: 1903 B James R JOHNSTON b: 12 September 1813 d: 28 August 1872 +Sarah BLEAKLY +Frances GRAYDON b: Abt. 1912 C William S JOHNSTON b: 29 January 1815 d: 15 March 1870 +Susanna JOHNSTON b: January 1829 d: 09 August 1907 D John H JOHNSTON b: 1820 d: 05 October 1877 +Jane WELSH b: 1826 d: 08 September 1885 E Frances JOHNSTON b: 14 October 1821 F Elizabeth Anne JOHNSTON b: 18 January 1824 d: 10 October 1840 G Mary JOHNSTON b: 04 September 1825 H Thomas L JOHNSTON b: 02 September 1827 d: 14 February 1902 +Mary Ann JOHNSTON b: Abt. 1836 I Robert JOHNSTON b: 19 July 1829 J Margaret JOHNSTON b: 19 May 1831 d: 20 August 1844 2 John JOHNSTON, Sr b: 1791 d: 15 November 1867 +Mary JOHNSTON b: 1800 d: 05 April 1880 A William L JOHNSTON b: 02 December 1819 d: 12 November 1874 +Martha Jane CONLON b: 1840 d: Aft. 1900 B Rachel JOHNSTON b: 29 August 1820 d: 06 September 1904 +William JOHNSTON +Thomas K JOHNSTON C Mary Ann JOHNSTON b: 01 January 1823 d: 25 May 1885 +John HUTCHINSON b: 25 April 1824 d: 11 October 1882 D Elizabeth JOHNSTON b: 17 July 1825 d: 1862 +J W JOHNSON b: 1814 d: July 1922 E John W JOHNSTON b: 31 October 1827 d: 29 October 1919 +Alice HUTCHINSON b: 15 January 1842 d: 18 April 1924 F Joseph JOHNSTON b: 09 September 1830 d: 08 February 1874 +Eliza Jane JOHNSTON b: 16 December 1836 d: 10 April 1923 G Thomas JOHNSTON b: 19 April 1837 d: 03 October 1859 H Robert W JOHNSTON b: 16 October 1839 d: 15 September 1892 +Rachel JOHNSTON b: 12 February 1838 d: 23 February 1888 I Susanna JOHNSTON b: 02 April 1841 J Matilda JOHNSTON b: 15 May 1844 d: 20 April 1921 +James N SMITH b: 09 April 1857 d: 13 August 1950 3 Thomas JOHNSTON b: 15 August 1794 d: 02 April 1867 +Elizabeth JOHNSTON b: 1796 d: 26 January 1898 A Mary Anne JOHNSTON b: 19 February 1820 B John Y JOHNSTON b: 15 October 1821 d: 03 February 1872 +Mary BRANNIAN b: 1822 d: 05 April 1866 C Alice JOHNSTON b: 20 June 1824 D William W JOHNSTON b: 17 July 1825 d: 05 January 1889 +Margaret LIPTON b: 26 May 1831 d: 08 June 1881 E Susanna JOHNSTON b: January 1829 d: 09 August 1907 +William S JOHNSTON b: 29 January 1815 d: 15 March 1870 F Joseph M JOHNSTON b: 01 November 1829 d: 09 September 1904 +Mary M JOHNSTON b: November 1842 G Mary Jane JOHNSTON b: 1835 d: 11 April 1881 +Robert R JOHNSTON b: 1826 d: 09 April 1903 H Rachel JOHNSTON b: 12 February 1838 d: 23 February 1888 +Robert W JOHNSTON b: 16 October 1839 d: 15 September 1892 I Thomas Y JOHNSTON b: 10 July 1842 d: 19 August 1881 +Rebecca PALMER b: 31 January 1854 d: 30 April 1916 J Elizabeth JOHNSTON b: 19 August 1832 +Samuel HUTCHINSON b: 09 September 1827
Lenore Kensett  - 23 May 1998
BARCLAY, Robert, need death info,obit c1861.Lived Sunbeam twp. Wife Rachel, son Robert A. age 7 1860. Where did Rachel go after husband died? Not in 1865 IL census nor 1870 Fed census.What is Rachel's maiden name? Her parents?
Stephany Smith Gonser - 24 May 1998
Seeking info on John Yorke SMITH, b. 29 Jan 1844, Rushville, Schuyler co, IL and d. 12 Jun 1910, Aledo, Mercer, IL. In Jan 1874 he married Elizabeth Eleanor "Mary" NOLAND. Her twin, Nancy E. NOLAND, married John's brother, William H.H. SMITH. John's 1910 obit. indicates that his brothers William & George B. were still alive. It also says three other brothers were dead. The 1850 census for Aledo has his mother, Elizabeth, with the three boys and no husband. Records show that their father was named William and was born in OH. I would like info about John's parents. Am willing to share info.
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