Mercer County Queries
Carole Spencer  Feb 26, 1997
Henry and Sarah A. (Sally) HOLMES COOPER on 1860 Mercer Co. census 989⁄990. Where was Sarah born? Would like more info on this family? Who were Sarah's parents?
Patti Heinle Feb 22, 1997
Also am looking for the JOBUSCH name.
Janette Lager Feb 22, 1997
Would like to hear from anyone researching MATTHEWS⁄BURGESS. Pleasant Burgess MATTHEWS son of Joseph and Margaret BURGESS MATTHEWS was married 1847 to Lucinda BATES in Mercer Co., IL. Children were born in Keithsburg, Mercer Co., IL. Thanks Janette Lager
H. Andrew Brown Feb 20, 1997
HUNT. Seek information and⁄or contact with descendants of Joshua HUNT who appears in 1860 Mercer Co. Illinois Census - p.679 Pope Cr. P. Hoping he is same who was born 1824 Monongalia Co. VA⁄WV & married Sidney CAMBLEN.
Chris Baer Feb 15, 1997
I am look for information about (and descendants of) Susan Thatcher WEST (1819 - after 1883) and and Capt. Thomas SHERMAN (1809 - 1891) of Preemption, Mercer, IL. (Thomas Sherman died on 12 Apr 1891 in Preemption at age 81.) Their children included (1) Allen D. SHERMAN (1848 - after 1881)(he married Columbia SHAFER on 25 Dec 1881), and (2) Catherine Cleveland "Kate" Sherman (1850 - after 1910) (who married John C. FARWELL on 1 Jan 1874.) John and Catherine Farwell were residents of Preemption, Mercer, IL in 1910, and their children included Edd(?) Farwell (b. circa 1877), and Horace Farwell (b. circa 1881.) Thank you for any information about these people and their descendants!
Gerald Brown Feb 13, 1997
I am researching the surname of HESSER in Mercer county Peter and his brother Andrew lived in Mercer in 1850 Peter is the ancester that I am researching but he moved around a lot I have found him in Mercer & Rock Island in Ill and Muscatine Co in Ia.
Thank you
Gerald Brown, 1544 Mississippi Blvd, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722-4947
ozcountryFeb 10, 1997
STURMAN,Margaret: I am looking for an article in the Aledo Democrat dated around June 26, 1926. The article has a picture of Mrs. Sturman, Dies at 95 mentions she was a war veteran. At the time of her death she was living in Matherville. I have received the section in the "Week in Mercer County" on June 29, 1926. I am desperately seeking the page which has her picture and detailed article. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Homer Thiel Jan 31, 1997
I'm researching the RANSOM family. They lived in Aledo, Mercer County from the late 1830s to the early 1900s. Specifically, I need obituaries for Asa RANSOM who died 28 Aug. 1898 in Aledo and his wife Elizabeth EDWARDS RANSOM who died on 31 Aug. 1908 in Aledo. Can anyone help? Who were Elizabeth's parents?
Jeanne Woolsey Jan 22, 1997
Rice ROWE married Perlina PECKENPAUGH on December 25, 1839.
Terry Mattison Jan 22, 1997
Researching: Harris, Blue, Park, and Henry families of Mercer Co. from about 1840 to 1900 so far.....Terry Mattison
Jeanne Spring Jan 18, 1997
I have listed a Sarah N. Clark, 5 months of age in 1850 Ohio census, born in Illinois. Her mother is probably Eliza J. Clark. I would like to know if there is any record of her birth? I know that later a number of family members came to Mercer Co., Edward G. Clark being my ancestor. Is there a record of a Russell Clark dying sometime in 1850? My records list a Russell Clark in the family, but I can't find him in any Ohio census. My supposition is that Eliza J. (listed in her father-in-law's home with the baby) is his widow, who returned to Ohio at his death.
Darleen Berens Jan 16, 1997
Interested in contacting the descendants of the Ira Holt Robinson family who resided in the Preemption area of Mercer Co.
Janet Sue Milam Jan 16, 1997
Abraham Allen WILLETT (1825-1919) born in AL to Andrew⁄ Andress WILLETT and Julia Benson SHROPSHIRE. Family moved to McNairy Co. TN to Red River Co., TX to Washington Co., AR. Abraham left brothers and sister to move to IL. He married Martha A. SPRAGUE in Warren Co., IL in 1849. She died in 1864 in Mercer Co., IL. Ch: Amelia, William Chester, Origin (Ora) Julia, Sarah, Abraham, Perry, Schuyler, and Lucy. Abraham mar 2 Catherine M. GREEN in 1865 in New Windsor. Would like information about family, about Martha and parents.
Have a large amount of WILLETT info to share. Janet Sue MILAM 108 W. Ollie Floydada, TX 79235-3847
Peggy Carey Mar 21, 1997
Searching for death information regarding MARY A. ESSEX b.1819, OH, m. WILLIAM CHAPIN 16 Aug 1846, Henderson Co, IL, d. 21 Mar 1903, Keithsburg, Mercer, IL. Was living with a son, name unknown.Mary was dau of Isaac & Nancy (Severs)Essex of Oquawka, Henderson, IL.Mar
Ruth Filip   Mar 30, 1997
JOHN KAY purchased land in Mercer Co. 11⁄06⁄1817. Would appreciate any info on this JOHN KAY. 2nd Grgrandfather, John Kay, came from Rockbridge County, VA, in late 1817 or 1818 with wife Sarah and four children. Sarah died in Indiana and we are told John remarried and moved on to Illinois, leaving four children behind with neighbors. Any help would be appreciated.
Karen Y Ray   Apr 1, 1997
Seeking info descendents⁄ancestors William H. CUNNINGHAM(1821-1897) & wife Elizabeth THOMPSON(1822-1893). Children Margaret Jane (1847- 1878)may have m. James S. NIEL; David Thompson (1849-1920) m. Mary Ann TEAL; Elizabeth Ellen (1851-1879); John Reed (1856-1886) m. Isabella H. GUTHRIE; Lemuel Porter (1853- 1903) m. Sara J. TROVILLO; William Milton (1858-1906) m. Cecelia Agnes COYNE; Sarah Curdilla (1861-1917) m. Lewis Cass FILLMORE; Mary Agnes (1863-1919) m. l) Daniel BERRY 2) Hoyt Stimsen NICKOLS. William, Elizabeth & children all born in Indiana County, PA., & moved to Aledo, IL 1867. I have more detailed info on some of the children, willing to share. Did siblings of William & Elizabeth go to Aledo?
Paula Blazing April 1, 1997
I am researching the names of PATTERSON, LAUGHEAD AND SCHMITT from Mercer County. John R. PATTERSON and his wife Jane LAUGHEAD PATTERSON lived in Suez township. John SCHMITT and his wife Susanna BERGER SCHMITT lived in or near Viola.
Sydney Young - Apr 8 1997
Anyone know of some McCALLs that came from Ohio and Pennsylvania? I know of a Marshall McCALL who died in 1873 in Wenona, Marshall County, IL and a Thomas McCALL and his family who died in 1866 in Viola, Mercer County, IL. I would be interested in any information.
Peggy Carey - Apr 8, 1997
Seek help with finding the children of BURNELL P. PECKHAM & ELEANOR (ESSEX) PECKHAM. Eleanor was head of household in Keithsburg, Mercer, IL on the 1870 census. Her father ISAAC ESSEX was living with her. Burnell & Eleanor was married in Marion County, IN 1832. Any help will be appreciated.
Stacy S. Clark-King - Apr 15, 1997
I am looking for information on the descendants of Jacob REED. He, along with his family, consisting of Enos, Harper, Elizabeth, Hilborn⁄Wilborn, Rebecca, Hardin, Joseph, Frances, Andrew Jackson, Ozy, Sarah, and Mary Ann. They came to Mercer County about 1845 until about 1863. Family tradition says that Jacob REED taught school and church (at the M. E. Church) until his death in 1853. I would be interested in exchanging information with any REED or allied branch researcher.
I am also looking for a Charles CLARK and his wife Sarah McCREARY CLARK. They came to Mercer County in about 1850. They children include Samuel, Elizabeth, Margaret, Uriah, William, Carrie, Catharine, Franklin, Harriet, John Calvin, and James Clark. When the Reedís moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa in the 1860's, the CLARKíS followed. Is there anyone out there that can help me, or want to exchange research information on the CLARKíS or any allied branch.
Ann Grubb - Apr 22, 1997
Researching O'DELL Family, Mercer County, IL. Need marriage dates and bride's maiden names for the following: abt 1881 James M. O'Dell m. Grace ?? abt 1884 John O'Dell m. Eva ?? abt 1890 Joseph H. O'Dell m. Emily ?? abt 1900 Nathaniel O'Dell m. Eliza ??
Marge and Bob Crabbe  April 30, 1997
Looking for anything on CRABB - KIRLIN - CARNAHAN families who lived in Mercer County in 1850's and 1860's.
Claudia McCoy - Apr 25, 1997
I am looking for any information on George Sturman, son of Margaret CRUMBAUGH Sturman and Thomas Sturman. He was born October10, 1858 and was living in Matherville in June of 1926. After that I lose him. Any help will be appreciated.
Ann Rothery - Wed Apr 30, 1997
I am seeking information about Nehemiah BLAISDELL and Louisa Berry Blaisdell who were living in Mercer County during the 1840 census. Ralph Blaisdell and Olive Blaisdell were also heads of households living in Mercer County in 1840. My research suggests that Nehemiah was the son of Ralph and Dorcas Blaisdell and the nephew of Olive Blaisdell. All of this family had been living in Jay, Maine prior to coming to Mercer County
  Nancy James - May 5, 1997
I am searching for information on Hezekiah SMALLWOOD who lived in Keithsburg, Mercer Co, Il abt. 1863. He established a business (Pool Hall and Distillery). His wife's name was Nancy FORBES SMALLWOOD and they has three or four young children at that time (Lafayette b.20 Mar 1854, Frances b. 1856 and Andrew b. 1859. They are my GG Grandparents and Lafayette is my G Grandfather. Any help would be appreciated.
Pat HermannI   May 5, 1997
I am seeking information about my father's family history. Although he changed his surname to 'DOLAN' in adulthood, I have learned that the name of his stepfather was Harvey DELLITT who had a farm in Reynolds. Harvey married my grandmother, Bessie Tuell, in Rock Island County in June 1901--her first marriage and Harvey's second. Bessie's mother's name was Mary PROCTOR and her father was Arnold TUELL. Bessie was from Aledo.
I am seeking birth information on Bessie for Mercer County. In the census of 1900, there was a Bessie Tewell listed in the household of Frank Artz and his wife Etti who was Bessie's sister. A genealogist was was helping me saw the information and relayed this to me.
Bessie and Harvey had a daughter, Alta Mae Dellitt, who was born in 1904. Should I write to Mercer County for her birth record? She probably was born on the farm in Reynolds, Illinois.
I have written to Mercer County for my father's birth record. He was found in the 1910 Census with a William EGBERT household in Mercer County. He was nine years old. (The census was done in May). So he was three months old when Bessie married Harvey DELLITT, I have no idea who his father was, so I would appreciate any help that you can offer.
Jim Sanderlin - May 6, 1997
My great grandfather, Earl Morton Peterson, was born in 1901 in Monmouth to John Albert and Edith Bengston Peterson. Albert's original last name was RIMM- it was changed when he came over from Sweden. Edith's original last name was also RIMM (she and Albert were cousins), but she was adopted by her aunt, Anna Rimm Bengston (husband was Olaf). Albert and Edith married in 1899 in Davenport, Scott, IA, and had the following children: Glenn (died young), Earl Morton Peterson, Clara Alphine Peterson Olomon, Emil, Virgil and Herbert. They lived in different parts of Warren and Mercer Counties.
Nadine Holder - Wed May 7, 1997
Joseph ENDICOTT was born October 29, 1847, in Harrison County, Kentucky. His mother Mary was widowed after 1850 and by 1860 had married Isaac MITCHELL of Mercer County and brought children Franklin, Martha E., and Joseph to Mercer County. In about 1868 he married my great aunt Mary Elizabeth WELCH, daughter of Harvey WELCH of Mercer County. Mary Elizabeth died January 21, 1880-, leaving children Stella, Ida (or Iris), Edward, Rose, and Lilly. Joseph relocated to Carroll County, Iowa, remarried and had another son Joseph, Jr. I would very much like to locate an Endicott descendant. We have photos of most of the Welch children and would like to add Mary Elizabeth and family to the group. Stella Endicott married Clarence HOUGHTON, Iris married Jerry KENDALL. Joseph's sister Martha Ellen married Benton PRATT in Mercer County. Franklin ENDICOTT went to Greene County, Iowa.
Peggy Carey - May 13, 1997
Were William B. & Sarah (ESSEX) VAN PELT parents of Joseph b.1840 and Ellen b.1843? Sarah died 1844 & is buried with her mother in the Oquawka cemetery. William m.#2 Jane McFARLAND 1852 and believed to have lived in Mercer County. Would like to learn about Joseph & Ellen!
James Sporleder - May 15, 1997
My great grandfather, James Perdue, died in Mercer Co, Ill on August 6, 1848, I would like any information that could be found on him and his family, wife's name Sarah Lett Perdue, they had 10 children, all born in West Virginia, the family moved to Knox County, Ill, in the period of late 1841 or 1842. Any help would be appreciated... Thank you! James Sporleder
Dee Boyd - May 15, 1997
Have been researching Patterson ⁄ Mayfield,  Coffee ⁄ Lowe,  Neely ⁄ Duncan - all lived in the Alexis, Il. area.
Margie Adams - May 18, 1997
We are looking for information about Levi McLAUGHLIN, wife Mary M. (MOORE)and their 11 children. They moved to Mercer Co. Ill from Mercer Co. Pa. in 1854. They lived in Mercer Co. for 20 years before moving the entire family to Kansas.
I have some interesting information about their time in Pa. and Kansas, but the time in Ill. is sketchy to say the least. Thanks
B Thomas - May 21, 1997
Researching family of William MOSIER b. c. 1816 MD and wife Nancy b. c. 1820 NJ, resided Mercer Co (N Henderson PO) in 1860. Children: Charles W, Joanna, Minerva Jane, Emma, David M, Rosallia and John. Were they Mennonites? Charles W MOSIER was 18 in 1860. Did he remain in Illinois? Any MOSIER information appreciated.
Chris Dixon - May 22, 1997
Looking for info on the following New Boston, Mercer Co, IL families: William M. (1851-22 Aug 1936) & Mary COLLINS KELLOGG (3 Apr 1859-8 Mar 1945), George J. (1827-1889) & Amelia TOLLE HARTWIG (1838-1907), and William H. (19 Sep 1831-4 Jul 1905) & Mary J. BEACH DIXON (28 May 1838-2 May 1918). I have a very large GEDCOM file on Mary J. BEACH DIXON's father's family, Benjamin Hubard BEACH (21 Sep 1796-7 Oct 1855). It goes back 13 generations from him and to 1400's.
Gregg Nuessly - May 28, 1997
Edwin Leeforest CASTEEL, b: 25 May 1869 in Quincy (Adams Co.), IL to Isaac Newton and Elizabeth (EMERY) CASTEEL. Edwin had a brother, Royce, b: 1873. Edwin moved to Los Angeles, CA area around 1886 and married Frances Bowen WARREN, b: 24 Mar 1873 in Viola (Mercer Co.), IL to Chancey and Jeanette (HINDS) WARREN. Looking for any information on these families.
Lois H. Waddington - June 2, 1997
HAMPTON, Henry b. 1808 in Kentucky. d. before US Census of 1880, probably in Rock Island Co. Had a brother Joel and at least one sister. m. Parmelia Ann BROWN 27 Jun 1832 in Fulton Co., IL. Children and grandchildren lived in Mercer Co. Any information is welcome, but especially interested in his county of birth and the names, dates, and places related to his parents, grandparents, and siblings.
Lois H. Waddington - June 2, 1997
IRWIN, Alexander b. 02 Oct. 1829 in Indiana, perhaps Jefferson Co. d. 29 Apr. 1873 in Eliza (Mercer), IL. m. Frances E. REED of Franklin Co., IN. Any information is but especially interested in the names, dates, and places related to his parents, grandparents, and siblings.
  Staci Harris - Jun 3, 1997
I am looking for information on Donna ROSEBROUGH. I am not exactly sure where she was born but there is a possibility that it could be in Mercer County. She is between the ages of 50 and 55. Her father is Wendell ROSEBROUGH and her mother is Nona JOHNSON. I am also looking for a birth certificate of Janice Kay Johnson. Any help is appreciated.
Susan Hynes - Jun 22 1997
WHARTON, Lewis M. died Aledo September 25, 1875. Married Mary W. ALLEN (may have been from Aledo). Four children: Euphemia Clark Wharton b .January 24, 1833, Samuel Allen Wharton b.October 23, 1834 married Anne M. Van Orden, Jacob Clark Wharton b. January 11, 1837 and twin sister Sarah Wharton. Children may have been born in Aledo.
Nadine Holder - Jun 23 1997
I have a photograph, probably taken in the 1860's, of Viella MALABY, daughter of Jane LONG and Andrew MALABY. In her stepsister's (Isabell HONEYMAN) probate in 1874, Viella is mentioned as Viella M. HUSTON. I have been unable to tie her to any of the Hustons in Mercer or Rock Island County in that time period. Would love to locate her husband's name and any children.
Conrad Radcliff  -  Jul 5,  1997
Looking for Spitznogle's from Mercer County, Ill. Lorenzo Spitznogle had between 7 to 11 children. One son, Elwood, married Ellen Josephine Hoover, first cousin to Herbert Clark Hoover--31st President of the United States.
Larry D. Loiselle dit Venet -   Jul 18, 1997
I am looking for information on the Roberts family.  Their daughter's death Certificate indicated that they were from Canada.  They moved from Plattburg,  New York to Rock Island, Illinois.  Peter Roberts and his wife Mary (Maiden name unknown) had at least one child:  Florence Roberts:
born March 25, 1841 (obituary says February 25, death certificate says March 25)
at Plattburg, New York. She died on July 29,1898 at Boyd, Wisconsin.
The 1860 census in Rock Island, Illinois did list an Arthur P. Roberts witha wife by the name of Mary.  Could this be the same man (P. = Peter?)?
On October 28, 1857, under the rights of the Catholic Church,  Etienne (Stephen) Loiselle and Florence Roberts were married.  They stayed in Rock Island, Illinois until 1861.  He worked on the river and in northern Tennessee.  Hearing of the rich laurels to be obtained in the frontier, they
left for northern Wisconsin on a steamboat named Monitor on June 28, 1861. They arrived in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin on July 4, 1861. I thought that my ancestor was in Rock Island County, but they suggested that I try Mercer county.  They said that folks moved back and forth from
Rock Island to Mercer etc. Can anyone supply information on this Roberts family and relatives, etc.?
Mclindsay -  Jul 27  1997
I am looking for any information on the McLINDSAY name. Last known area was the Mercer county, Whiteside county area. They have connections to the RUSSELL family.
Pat Wheeler -  Jul 29  1997
My mother Bertha M. was born in 1894 and on her marriage license she wrote in 'adopted' over her father's name (Harrison Arnold). Her mother was Perlina Drucilla Wayman Arnold. I just recently got a copy of the marriage license and found out about the adoption. We believe she was born in Mathersville, Mercer Co., IL. Would there be any adoption records that early? Is anyone searching Wayman or Arnold names? Thanks for any help. Pat Wheeler
Roy Booker -  Aug 1  1997
Looking for information on the STIVERS and HIETT families of Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois.
Norma Dunten -  Aug 4  1997
Looking for Ann LASSWELL's birthplace and parents. Ann was b 1829 IN⁄KY m Charles MEADOWS 26 Jul 1846 Millersburg Mercer Co IL d 26 Apr 1863 Wataga, Knox IL (according to Charles MEADOWS' pension application) She had the following children: Sarah Jane MEADOWS b May 1847 Mercer Co IL m. Cyrus L. WEAVER 8 Nov 1866 Aldo Mercer Co Il Martha Ellen MEADOWS b 10 Mar 1848 Mercer Co IL m John MCDERMOTT 28 Feb 1867 Mercer Co IL d 22 Dec 1933 Callaway, Custer NE Eri MEADOWS b Feb 1851 Mercer Co IL m Mary F. CONGER 19 Oct 1875 Beacon Mahaska IA d 1923 Mahaska Co IA Nancy Ann MEADOWS b 17 Jun 1855 Mercer Co IL m Peter MARTIN⁄ MORTIN 6 Jul 1875 Galesburg Knox Co IL d 5 Nov 1915 Guthrie Logan Co OK (my gr grandmother) William Henry MEADOWS b 1857 Mercer Co IL m Adaline RICHARDSON 25 Jul 1876 IA John MEADOWS b 1859 Mercer Co IL m Lucy E. ROBINSON 26 Nov 1874 Mahaska Co IL d 12 Apr 1880 DeMoines IA Mandona MEADOWS b 1861 Mercer Co IL m Joseph JONES 20 Jul 1879 Mahaska Co IA After Ann died, Charles married Sarah CLARK 27 Jul 1864 Wataga Knox Co IL and moved to Mahaska Co IA
rhonda coad - Aug 18  1997
I am looking for any information on Elijah M. Haskins and his wife Melissa Britton(Brittain). They lived in Aledo, Mercer Co., Illinois from around 1850 and they are buried in Corns Cemetery. Mainly I am interested to find out who their parents were and where they lived prior to Mercer Co. I have information that they lived in Vermont, Ohio, and one of their children was born in Indiana. I have looked in the Censuses for the years they were supposed to have lived there and I can't find them. Appreciate any help I can get. Thank You!
Tom Johnson -  Aug 20  1997
I am looking for information on William SABIN, Nancy Jane WOLF PERRY SABIN. I believe William and Nancy were married in Mercer Co. in 1856. I believe it was the second marriage for both. I would also like to find out their children's birthdates so that I may confirm if they were from the first or second marriages. In particular I am looking for birthdates of Mary Caroline, Joshua Miles, Ruth, Charles, Louise, William, Alice, Sallie, and Samuel.
Robert Dean  - Aug 29 1997
I am seeking information regarding my maternal GGrandfather, SAMUEL H.GRIFFIN,
b. 3⁄16⁄1842 in Mercer County, IL.  He is the son of William Griffin, b. 1817 in Massachusetts, and Lucinda HICKS, b. April 11, 1815 in Monroe County, New York. Any help you can render will be greatly appreciated...Thanks again for your consideration...Bob Dean
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