BERRY / EWING / GALLOWAY
I am interested in information about the following individuals: Elijah Conway BERRY (signs his name "Col. E. C. Berry"), William Lee Davidson EWING ("W. L. D. Ewing," or sometimes "General Ewing"), and James GALLOWAY. I am working on my Master’s thesis, which has to do with people who worked as surveyors for the General Land Office during the years 1837-1841. These three were residents of Fayette County (presumably Vandalia) at the time that they worked as surveyors.
I am hoping to find the following information: year and place of birth; year of arrival in Illinois; what other work they did (Ewing, for example, was a politician, and was even governor of Illinois for two weeks. Berry, Ewing’s father-in-law, was the state’s first auditor of public accounts); year and place of death; and where buried.
What I would consider a goldmine is if I locate a descendent who may be in possession of letters by any of these men, where they describe the work they did as surveyors.
In return, I would be happy to share any information I have gathered so far on these individuals, and can send along photocopies from the field notes they kept as surveyors (available on microfilm at the Illinois State Archives).
FORD / GOODRICH / LANSFORD / HULL / CRANDALL
Would like to exchange info. with anyone else searching these Fayette Co, IL families: Calvin C. Ford and Emogene (Goodrich) Ford married 1862 in Fayette Co; William Anson Goodrich (d. 1866 - Fayette Co.) and Rebecca Aurelia (Crandall) Goodrich (d. 1871 - Fayette Co.); Isham Lansford (d. 1847 - Fayette Co) and Sarah "Sally" Lansford (d. 1866 - Fayette Co); George P. Hull and Mary (Stephenson) Hull who resided in Fayette Co in 1900. All of the above families lived in southern Fayette County near the Farina area.
I am seeking any information: family history, burial locations, marriage dates, etc. on the Sidwell families that lived in Fayette County starting about 1850. Thanks, Ray Scott
BURKETT / WILTON / HUMPHRIES / MADDUX / MADDOX
Seeking information on J. Martin Burkett born Fayette County 1841. Married Mary Elizabeth Wilton in Fayette County
Aug. 1861. Known children so far William, Mary A. (Mollie), and John F. Would like to find who his parents were.
Will share info I have.
Trying to locate any ancestors of James Beason who was married to Belle Farrow in 1940
HICKS / NEWCOMB
I am looking for leads on the family of Lillie Belle NEWCOMB Hansens dob. 2-13-1921 married to Wesley William Hansens on 08-05-1937. She says her mother was Annie Helen HICKS before marrying Samuel Tilden Newcomb...later died and she married a STEWART and later a HILL. Other HICKS associated with this name by my mother in law (Lillie)are Don,Ellen,Levi,Rosie,Thomas,Virginia, and William.I understood she was born in St.Elmo,Fayette Co.,Il......but I know she has relatives in Fayette Co.,Il.
RUSH / WASHBURN / SMITH / GRIFFITH
Looking for information on Jacob and John Rush who appear on the 1850 Fayette County census. Are they related? Who were their parents? Thank you. Diane Schroeder.
I'm looking for information on the McConkey's from Fayette Co. and Coles Co. in Illinois born in the 1800's or before. My ggg grandfather was George Washington McConkey born 1805-20. I'm not sure but he may have been born in Fairfield Co. Ohio. What I do know: G.W. McConkey's mother was Leah(Hartzell) Owen, first name of father unknown, so he was a half-brother of James and Nathan C. Owen and Mary (Owen) Workman, wife of Issac. He married in Ohio Sarah Higgins. After his death, Sarah married Sylvester Bolds. She died Aug. 18th 1900. George McConkey was in the 34th Co., 4th Illinois Regt. in the Mexican War and Co. H. 40th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War. He had five children when he went to the Mexican War and ten children when he went to the Civil War. His first son was Allen Latham born 1837-9., my gg grandfather. What I don't know: I would like to find the father and family of George Washington McConkey but any information about McConkey's would be greatly appreciated.
PHILLIPS / STALLING
Lockhart Stallings married Gemima Phillips in Posey Co, IN in 1828. I have found Lockhart in the 1840 Fayette Co, IL census. I am trying to find the rest of the Phillips family. Gemima's mother, Permelia, was in the 1830 Clay Co, IL census as head of household. I suspect Permelia and her sons were in Fayette Co. too. Does anyone have any information on Wright/Rite, Joseph, Benjamin or Permelia/Amelia Phillips?
If anyone has a good picture of the Mahon School when it was in use and in good condition, I would like to have a copy.
BLACK / BELZA / BILSBY
Searching for information on George Black and wife Nancy Belza (or Bilsby or Belcher.) George and Nancy were married
in Knox County, Ohio in 1847. Son, Orlando, was born in Ohio in 1849. Moved to Illinois in 1856. Settled in Fayette County. Nancy died in 1859. Children of George and Nancy are Orlando, George, Sarah, Nancy and Rachal. Nancy died in childbirth with Rachal. Rachal was raised by the Woods family of Shelby County.
I am searching for Florence Edna Durbin in Fayette Co. IL I believe her father was Powell or Paul Durbin, but not sure. I have other first names of Durbins in Fayette Co. Florence was my husband's ggrandmother. Does any of this sound familiar?
TRUEBLOOD / MANLEY / HENDERSON
Am looking for information on my grandmother Judith Henderson who died in 1903 and is buried in the Dean Hills, Fayette County, Illinois. My grandfather Lane C Trueblood is buried with her. My father was raised on the Henderson farm by his grandfather called Squire. His uncle was Willis Henderson.
POPE / TURNBOW / NETTLEBECK
/ NETTELBECK / ELMORE
Researching Pope, Turnbow, Nettlebeck, Nettelbeck, Elmore families, all Fayette Co., IL 1800's & 1900's.
Seeking information regarding my paternal g-grandfather, HENRY POPE and wife SARAH TURNBOW POPE. They had sons named E.M. Pope; Sylvester Pope (my grandfather); Oscar Pope; Houston Pope; and Dudley Pope; and a daughter named Hannah Pope.
I only have their names, obtained from a copy of Sylvester Pope's obituary - no other information - so will appreciate hearing from anyone who can tell me about my family.
Ellen Pope Rogers
ELAM / SMITH
Would like to know if anyone knows anything abt Joel Elam that md Frances Smith. His son Archie
md an Elizabeth Smith in Fayette Co, Il. Interested in the Smith's family of these two ladies. Thank you.
BLEDSOE / BLEDSAW / TRUEBLOOD
/ PASCAL / COTTON / OWENS
I am looking for the grave of Martin Bledsoe.He belonged to the Kaskaskia Church Of The Brethren abt.1880-1895.He may be buried in the church cemetary.Can anyone help?
THORPE / ANDERSON / MOORE
I am looking for information on Olive THORPE, b.1833 in Ohio. Married 24 Jul 1851 in Fayette, IL to Alexander ANDERSON. Alexander was born 1828 in Fayette, IL , parents were Stephen ANDERSON and Matilda MOORE. Olive died 1889 in Fayette, IL. Alexander died 1887 also in Fayette Co.
Their children were: Matilda, Mary, George, James, Lucy, Elizabeth, Adelia and Elijah.
I have not been able to find the parents of Olive. I believe she came IL just prior to 1850.
BASS / PROCTOR
Guilford BASS died 20 Sept 1846 and was buried on his 40 acres located at Section 27, Township Ramsey, 3rd Meridian, Section SESE, Range 01E. I am told that Mr & Mrs. Messina and a Mr. Greenwood now live on these sections of land. Would love to find out if Guilford's grave is intact, if not will contact War of 1812 Society about restoring it! Any help with this search would be greatly appreciated!
DAVIS / CREWS
Looking for the burial place of William Davis, father of Nancy Davis, who married Jacob Bass in Fayette County, Il in 1845. His date of death was 07 Feb 1876 in Fayette County, Il. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Our address is Mr & Mrs Olin Clayton 707 South O'Bannon Raymond, Il 62560.
POPE / BROWNING
My father, Arthur Louvenus ("Vene") Pope, born Apr. 17, 1902, Vandalia, Fayette Co, Il, to Sylvester Pope and Amelia Nettlebeck Pope. I believe Sylvester is a son of Henry Pope and Sarah Turnbow Pope, and believe he had brothers named E. M. Pope and Oscar Pope.
Will appreciate any information regarding Pope family, i.e., country of origin, births, deaths, marriages. Thanks you, Ellen Pope Rogers
HEDGPETH / HAYS / SEATON
Looking for info on the Hedgpeth's and Seaton's of Ramsey, Fayette Co., IL. John W. Hedgpeth b. 5 May 1882 in Ramsey, d. 25 Jan 1960 in Decatur,IL. Married Emma Isabelle Seaton 20 Nov 1900. John W. son of William and Elizabeth (Hays) Hedgpeth. Emma Isabelle Seaton b. 9 Nov 1884 in Ramsey daughter of James R. (aka Riley) Seaton and Sarah C. (Harrison) Seaton. d.17 Jan 1940.
SCHULTZ / MABEE
Julius Schultz lived in Vandalia, Fayette Co. ILL 1870-1880. Married Sarah A. Mabee 1 NOV 1874, Vandalia, Fayette Co., ILL. Simon Mabee, Sarah's father, died 22 OCT 1892, Atlamont, Effingham, ILL. Any relatives out there?
Anyone know where I can get a copy or which paper to get a copy of a train/car accident in Hagarstown May 18, 1947? Would love to read artical. Several members of the John Henry Wright family were killed. Thanks for any help.
IVIE / GODSEY
Henry Clay Ivie, born 1834 Va, migrated to IL bet 1840 & 1850. Married Frances Elizabeth Godsey Fayette Co. 1856. In 1850 he was listed with parents, brother William (about 18)& sister, Mary. What happened to William Ivie? He was not listed in ca 1865 when their father died. Was William killed in the Civil War? A John Ivie signed permission when Mary married. Who was John? Was he a cousin? If so, who were his parents?
ELLSWORTH / WISE
I am looking for information on my gggrandmother, Martha Louise Ellsworth Wise, wife of David Mathias Wise, mother of John Wesley Wise, "Ned" Wise and Grace Wise. She died very young.
GODDEN / KIEFLING
My ggrandfather:William GODDEN died in Vandalia,IL Fayette Co. prior to 1933,possibly 1929 or 1930 He lived in shanty along the river,got sick and died there. My grandmother Etta Icy GODDEN KIEFLING couldn't afford a headstone,so there has never been one put on grave...He was buried in the old cemetary by the river....Due to floods,fires,and/or lost records ,I haven't been able to locate any info...in 1985 I was told someone was gonna research all the old newpapers for deaths such as this...I keep writing to Co. and State ...nothing yet....any other suggestions....He was born in OHIO...Brother David GODDEN,Jr.lived in Mattoon,IL. Thank you - Carolyn
My 3rd grgrandmother, Elizabeth "Betsy" CLIFTON WILLIAMS, and her 2nd husband Thomas WILLIAMS son of Thomas C. WILLIAMS are said to have arrived in Fayette Co IL in the 1840s. They married 1 April 1815 in Wilson Co TN. Betsy's first husband was Hiram WILLIAMS, my 3rd grgrandfather. Hiram WILLIAMS was killed 22 Jan 1814 at the Battle of Emucfau in the Creek War. Betsy had nine children by Hiram WILLIAMS and four children by Thomas WILLIAMS. Would like to hear from anyone who has knowledge of this Betsy and Thomas WILLIAMS family.
Russell Elmore in KY(?), came to Fayette County IL with his family, including wife Lucinda Riley Elmore. A son, William Riley Elmore b: 1833. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE BURIED in Fayette County?? Any help appreciated. Thanks----Melinda Elmore
BOLLES / BOWLES / BROWN
Charles S. Durbin (b.1852 OH) married a widow or divorcee named Sophia May (Brown) Bowles. She was born in 1887 in Seminary Twp., Fayette Co.,IL). Her first husband was Lewis S. Bowles,(b.1860 in Seminary Twp., Fayette Co., IL) whom she married in 1879. They had two daughters, Grace Emma Bowles (b. 1885, same location) and Kitty E. (b.1882, same location).
What happened to Lewis S. Bowles??? What happened to Sophia May(Brown)Bowles Durbin???
By 1900, Charley Durbin is listed in the census as a widower, raising these two small girls (spelled BOLLES in his census) as well as he and Sophia's 3 children, William G.(b. 1888), Ines (b.1892), and Victor L (b. 1894).What happened to these little girls parents? Do you have any information?
Grace was my great-grandmother - One more note: My mother remembers an UNCLE GROVER DURBIN-connection unknown-Charley's brother?
Are any of these surnames in your Fayette Co. connections? Please write! Thanks.