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Dean Rebuffoni (
Date: 8 Dec 2006

I am seeking information about Mary (Maria) REBUFFONI (nee TITI). She lived in Coello, Franklin County, IL from about 1921 to about 1926, when she died in either Coello or Christopher. She was married to Peter REBUFFONI, who worked in a coal mine in Coello. She was the mother of John Henry REBUFFONI, who was born about three years before she died. She is buried in Coello.

Ruth Gallion Casteel (
Date: 8 Dec 2006

Looking for photos of Susan BOWLIN HOUSE, Alexander HOUSE, Tricy BOWLIN, or any of BOWLIN family

Surnames: DEAN, STIDD
Marvin Spiller (
Date: 8 Dec 2006

James Arthur STIDD is my grandfather and he married Myrna DEAN. He died approximately July 1967 and she died approximately March 1979. I would appreciate any information pertaining to this family.

James Jessop (
Date: 8 Dec 2006

Searching for an obit for Andy PORVAZNIK who d. Christopher, Franklin Co. IL on 9 Oct. 1928 and for Julia PORVAZNIK who d. Christopher, Franklin co. IL on 25 July 1925

Surnames: TWEEDY
Ken Tweedy --
Date: 8 Dec 2006

Looking for information on the deaths of TWEEDYs in 1880 to 1890 -- possible train accident

Tanya Greaves (
Date: 18 Feb 2006

Nathaniel W. JONES is my ggggrandfather.  He was married to Mahala CLEVELAND abt 1834 and they moved to Franklin, IL.  I believe she died between 1850 and 1860 in Franklin, IL; however, I cannot confirm this.  Jesse and Andrew CLEVELAND were her brothers who also lived in Franklin, IL.  Would appreciate any additional info on this family.

Surnames: YEARWOOD
Submitter: Norman Davis (
Date: 18 Feb 2006

Looking for information on the following family. They may have divorced in Franklin County between 1920 & 1930. 
Jan. 5, 1920, Census, Franklin Co., Illinois, Denning Twp, West Frankfort, Page 245A, House 51-53
Ralph L. YEARWOOD, Head, M, W, 33, Married, Printer daily paper, Illinois, Illinois, Illinois;
Mary YEARWOOD, wife, F, W, 25, Married, IL, Conn, TN;
Marth YEARWOOD, Daughter, F, W, 7, IL, IL, IL.

Submitter: Norman Davis (
Date: 11 Feb 2006

Looking for information on the following family:

June 13, 1900, Census, Franklin Co., Illinois, Ewing Twp, Page 124A, House 161-164
Newton LEMMONS, Head, W, M, Nov. 1851, 48, Married 1X24 years, Farmer, TN, TN, TN;
Catherine C. LEMMONS, Wife, W, F, Oct. 1853, 46, Married 1X24 years, Children 7-6 living, IL, TN, IL;
Arlie LEMMONS, Son, W, M, Aug. 1877, 22, R.R. Labor, IL, TN, IL;
Nettie LEMMONS, Daughter, W, F, Jan. 1882, 18, IL, TN, IL;
Frank LEMMONS, Son, W, M, March 1885, 15, IL, TN, IL;
Nora LEMMONS, Daughter, W, F, June 1887, 12, IL, TN, IL;
Fred LEMMONS, Son, W, M, Oct. 1889, 10, IL, TN, IL;
Hugh LEMMONS, Son, W, M, May 1892, 8, IL, TN, IL.

Jan. 9-10, 1920, Census, Franklin Co., Illinois, Browning Twp, Page 6A, House 89-89
Newton N. LEMONS, Head, M, W, 68, Married, Farmer, TN, TN, TN;
Cartherine C. LEMONS, Wife, F, W, 66, Married, IL, SC, IL;
Mettie BLACK, Daughter, F, W, 38, Widow, IL, TN, IL;
Newton BLACK, Grandson, M, W, 8, IL, IL, IL.

Submitter: Kathryn Scott Stevenson (
Date: 5 Feb 2006

Looking for information on Edith ALEXANDER who died in Benton, Illinois ca 1992.  She was a long-time resident of Benton, Franklin, Ill.  Her maiden name might have been SMITH or REED.  She had a brother, Jack, who went to Colorado, married Elsie "Tena" Elizabeth BRUNER ca 1925.  He had two sons by her.  One, Theodore SMITH or REED was born in Benton, Illinois ca 1932 while staying with Edith ALEXANDER.  On the 1930 census Tena is listed with the last name of SMITH but moved to California ca 1940 and changed the boys name to REED.   Any help would be appreciated

Surnames: DIMMICK
Submitter: Susan Schram (
Date: 27 Jan 2006

I am researching the DIMMICK family history.  Melvin B. DIMMICK was my husband's great-grandfather.  I would appreciate any information on the DIMMICK family of West Frankfort, IL.  Can you confirm Melvin's middle name?  I have found it listed as both Bosworth and Bostwick.

Submitter: Rick Diel (
Date: 24 Jan 2006

I'm searching for the family of John BLACK and Naomi DAVIS. John was born about 1824 Indiana and Naomi DAVIS born 1834 Indiana and died 1880 in Franklin County Illinois. John and Naomi's children were Martha Jane, Cordelia, Parr, Frank, and Thomas. I'm searching for information on Frank BLACK's wife. I have a Frank BLACK born 1859 married Jul. 1881 in Franklin County Illinois to Nancy Ann TROUT. My Frank listed his parents as John BLACK and Nancy DAVIS.

Surnames: SULLIVAN
Submitter: Kathy (
Date: 24 Jan 2006

I'm looking for info on Temperance SULLIVAN born about 1856. Daughter of G. W. and Harriett A. She had a sister named Louisa.

Submitter: Ruby Simonson McNeill (
Date: 23 Jan 2006

My ancestor McGuire DOUGHTY, s/o John M. DOUGHTY and Jane McGUIRE had property in Franklin Co. in 1835 and 1837. He would have only been 15 and 17 years of age. Isn't this unusual? He was b. in 1820 and d. ca. 1843. Any info on McGUIRE will be greatly appreciated.--Originally placed this query in 1997 - this is my new email address.

Surnames: SILKWOOD
Submitter: Venita (
Date: 22 Jan 2006

I am the Great Grand-daughter of Silvia (Silva Jane) SILKWOOD, born 1878. In the 1880 Census, Silva Jane is living with her Aunt Synthia. Silva Jane's brother John D. SILKWOOD, born 1876, is also living in the home which leaves me to believe their parents are deceased. Silva Jane's Aunt Synthia is the widow of Thomas, who died in 1872. Although the census is Greene County, Franklin County is also a possibility of Silva Jane's birth, and where many family members were known to reside. Any info will be greatly appreciated and cherished. Thank-you so much.

Submitter: D. Johnson (
Date: 17 Jan 2006

Looking for info on James PORTER and his wife Mary EVERETT (unknown dates) father was William PORTER born August 11, 1892 and Florence HOLMAN born April 29, 1871.

Submitter: Trish (
Date: 8 Jan 2006

I am looking for ANY information on family members of: John R. ROGERS, Sarah SWAFFORD, Serena BRYAN, Shepherd families. My G.Grandfather John R. Rogers was in Elk Prairie, Jackson Co. with 1st wife Sarah SWAFFORD  in 1870 census. Then in Eastern Twp, Franklin Co. with 2nd wife Minerva Adeline SHEPHERD in 1880 census. His daughter Serena ROGERS (born 1876 IL)  married George P. BRYAN of Illinois. I need information on John ROGERS' other children (who and when they married) son Ira, daughters Mahala and Sarah.  Would appreciate any leads on these families.

Submitter: Tim Taylor (
Date: 7 Jan 2006

Looking for info on Edward A. HENDERSON. Lived in West Frankfort, and died in 1956. Married Augusta PLEASANT

Submitter: Donna Smith (
Date: 5 Jan 2006

I was wondering if anyone has access to court records or newspaper articles of Dec 1878 and on into 1879. This would be for information on a Wiley SMITH who was shot by a person named HUNGATE about the middle of Dec 1878.

Submitter: Carol Andrews (
Date: 28 Dec 2005

I am searching for a James SMITH and his wife, Sarah of Franklin County, Illinois. They were on the census in 1870 and 1880 of Franklin County originally from White County, Tennessee. Their children, according to the census, were Mary A., Lucinda., Juda E., Sarah E., Bedford, Louisa, William, Amanda and Calvin. James SMITH was born on 2/22/1831 in Bedford County, Tennessee and died 7/28/1890 in Franklin County, Illinois, son of Beford B. SMITH and Elizabeth TEETER. Any information will be appreciated. I am searching for information pertaining to the wife, Sarah.

Submitter: Mary Burrows (
Date: 21 Dec 2005

Looking for information about the SMITH family. --Benjamin SMITH and Rachel (WHITTINGTON) SMITH lived near Akin, Franklin Co. They had both SMITH and WHITTINGTON children in their household. Researching SMITH, STEWART, WHITTINGTON, HARRIS, HUDSON, COVINGTON

Surnames: BENNETT
Submitter: Chuck (
Date: 15 Dec 2005

I'm looking for information on Joseph Cephas BENNETT's sisters Barbara, Edna and Arlena (Lena). Any information would be appreciated.

Submitter: Tim Taylor (
Date: 14 Dec 2005

Looking for Civil War Soldiers from franklin County. If you have an ancestor who was in the Civil Wa, and you have a story about him you would like to share, as well as a diary or letters. I would like to use them in my book on Franklin County Soldiers in the Civil War.  I research Summers, Smothers, Mulkey, Martin, Taylor, Rhea, Hayes, Silkwood, Mooneyham.

Surnames: READ
Submitter: Jeanne (
Date: 6 Dec 2005

I am trying to find the family of Hazel READ who graduated in 1927 from "High School" in West Frankfort, Illinois.  I have her old scrap book from high school, with photo's, senior cards and autographs from many students and family.  Any help would be appreciated.

Surnames: MERRITT
Submitter: Shane Merritt (
Date: 24 Nov 2005

I am looking for information regarding Jack MERRITT, born in West Frankfort on July 5th, 1922 and his father Elmer MERRITT. Please e-mail me any information available. I will re-imburse any associated costs. Thank You.

Submitter: Marie Decker (
Date: 21 Nov 2005

I am looking for any info I can find on James JACKSON b.1835 and Mary A. DINSMORE b.1836. Both were born in Ireland and were married in Franklin Co.Illinois in 1860. Any info will be appreciated.

Surnames: SHORT
Submitter: Starla SHORT CODY (
Date: 1 Nov 2005

I am looking for any info on a Daulton SHORT dob 3/11/1903 dod Oct 1972. Family rumor has it that he was a blind Baptist Preacher.

Submitter: Lou Ann Summers Hedden (
Date: 15 Oct 2005

I am searching for the burial place of Nancy Sullivan SUMMERS (b. 1826, d.1857) wife of Braxton Parrish SUMMERS of Franklin County, IL. She may have been buried in a Franklin County cemetery, but I've not found her name listed. Another possible burial place for her is Mt. Etna Methodist Church, supposedly in Franklin County. Any help would be appreciated.

Surnames: OVERTURF
Submitter: Esther Overturf-Nerby (
Date: 5 Oct 2005

I am trying to respond to a posting by Tom Cassidy in July 1998 Re: John W OVERTURF also a posting by Lynn Re: RABY/CONNOR/OVERTURF. MY emails to them have been returned. If you're still out there, my email address is

Submitter: S. Crabtree (
Date: 4 Sept 2005

I am trying to track my great-grandmother, Sidney Evelyn WILLIAMS, married name James O'NEIL. I was told she was born and married in Murphysboro, then apparently lived in Zeigler, IL. Her daughter (my grandmother) was Eula O'NEIL KITTILA. I am seeking the names of her parents and any other information.

Submitter: Paul Nance (
Date: 15 Aug 2005

Looking for information about an unsolved murder in West Frankfort, specifically what date range for searching newspaper archives. Woman was murdered in the Heights Market (decapitated by the meat cutter). Case was never solved?

Submitter: Jim Whittington (
Date: 6 Aug 2005

I am looking for info on how the WHITTINGTON family came to settle in IL. My grandfather's name was Hickman WHITTINGTON (known exorcist of southern IL in 1930's), married to Chastity BRYANT.  Hickman's father was Joseph WHITTINGTON married to Polly Ann. This line originated in Somerset County, MD in the 1650's and I have lost track of them after that.

Surnames: HAMMOND
Submitter: Cheri (Hammond) Gray (
Date: 24 July 2005

I am trying to find someone who might have information on the HAMMOND family reunions, held in Franklin Co. during the 1930-1940 era. I am hoping there may have been a registry of the family members.

Surnames: McCLUNEY
Submitter: Gayla Hammel (
Date: 9 July 2005

Looking for any information on Isaac McCluney or his two sons, David and John L. living in Cave Township, Franklin County, in late 1800's.

Submitter: Christina Shuping (
Date: 24 June 2005

I am researching my great grandmother. My grandmother, Edna HAMADY was born in 1902 in Franklin County, Barren township to George HAMADY and Emily Elizabeth (Lizzie) CHATAKM or CHATTHAM. Lizzie was born in 1880 in Illinois. Her parents are listed as Will CHATAKM (CHATTHAM) and her mother as Emily WINEMILLER also born in Illinois.

Surnames: SURINA
Submitter: Myra (Surina) Tanner (
Date: 17 June 2005

I would like information regarding Joeseph and Paulina SURINA. In particular, they had 4 live births and 2 births that passed away. Do you have any information regarding the 2 children that passed away?

Submitter: Don Yarber (
Date: 17 June 2005

I am seeking further information on the family of William BURNS who settled in Northern Precinct ca. 1820 and established a mill there. He was married to Dosia (maiden name unknown) who died in 1829. He later married Temperance (maiden name unknown) and was shown on census in 1840 and 1850. He died January 22, 1856 and is buried (with wife Dosia) in Methodist cemetery behind church in Corinth, IL. I am particularly interested in finding if he was the father of Daniel M. BURNS who married Sarah HARTWELL in 1873. Daniel and Sarah were my great grandparents. William (I believe) had 4 brothers and a sister (who married Major LOCKLEAR). He was born in SC in 1785 and was a veteran of war of 1812 (Tennessee). I would like to find out more about his brothers descendants as well.

Submitter: Ron Darr, Sr. (
Date: 14 June 2005

I would like information on old school houses in Ewing and Northern Townships, especiailly a Post Oak School somewhere near Shiloh School - around the 1860s.

Submitter: Jim Kerkemeyer (
Date: 6 June 2005

My maternal grandfather was James Abraham CARR born in Johnson City, Illinois Feb. 8, 1896 and married to Amanda Pauline THOMPSON born July 24, 1900 near Marion, Illinois. I am looking for someone in that family or someone who has information to help me complete family tree for that side of family.

Submitter: M Sanders (
Date: 31 May 2005

Looking for information on SANDERS family in Illinois. John SANDERS b. 1851 IL married Mary SILSBY b. 1853 IL, on 27 June 1872. Had a total of 11 children. The first 5 were born in IL and the remaining in Polk Co., MO. My grandfather was one of the children born in MO, William SANDERS. Looking for any information on John or Mary's families in IL or MO or before IL.

Submitter: Bert Webb (
Date: 28 May 2005

Recently I received an exact match for my DNA to a Jim COOK. When I inquired, Jim advised me his ggrandfather was Eli WEBB from Ewing Township, Franklin Co., IL. My genealogical research has been at a dead end looking for my ggrandfather, Samuel Webb b 1833 in Warwick, N.Y. Married an Olive SCOTT and an Olive DECKER. Because of the exact match on the DNA reporting Eli WEBB is a relative and could be a brother or cousin of my Samuel. Would anyone have a clue on Samuel's link to Eli.

Submitter: Ellen M. Kays (
Date: 27 May 2005

I am looking for my grandfather Charles F. KAYS' parents' names. He was from Benton IL, married Sybil WILLIAMS KAYS and they had eleven children.

Surnames: HENSON
Submitter: Mary Riseling (
Date: 16 May 2005

Is there anyone that has a cemetery transcript for the IOOF Cemetery in West Frankfort? I am trying to verify the burial of Minerva A. HENSON (born 4/12/1858-died 12/20/1919). Thanks.

Submitter: Beulah Kennedy (
Date: 11 May 2005

I am seeking information about William H VARNER who married Margeret BLACKBURN June 18 1835 in Franklin County Illinois.

Surnames: STORY
Submitter: James Samsel (
Date: 7 May 2005

Any info on George Washington STORY, born 1844, son of Guilford Dudley STORY. His wife or wives and children. Any info out there?

Surnames: GIBBS
Submitter: Twyla Johnson (
Date: 6 May 2005

I am trying to find the date of death and burial place of one of my gggrandfathers, John A. GIBBS, born 1821/1822 Weakley Co., TN. He was last known in Thompsonville, Illinois in the 1900 census at age 78 years. His wife's name was Sarah Frances ROSS EWING. They had two children: George C.R. GIBBS and Estella GIBBS. John A. GIBBS had a way of traveling, making new families and moving on. I have tracked him from TN to VA to Thompsonville, IL. He has disappeared after 1900. His son George died in 1906 and a copy of George's will does not mention a father. I went to Thompsonville last year and searched cemeteries with no luck. A nice volunteer in the county tells me there is no record of his burial there. Any help would be appreciate as my family has searched for him for years. Many of the family genies have passed on themselves without finding him. I am desparately trying to locate this grave while my elderly father is still with us. Thank you in advance for any help.

Submitter: Jo Davis (
Date: 5 May 2005

Newton CORN born 3-17-1847 in Franklin Co., IL married 7-20-1871 to Amanda SIMS born ca 1848 in Montgonery Co. IL. His father was Hiram CORN born VA. and mother Margaret Jane McMILLEN born SC. Trying to find connection to Joseph WHITE who was in and around Morgan Co TN between 1812 and 1824 give or take. He later came to IL and finally settled in Macoupin Co IL. He married Martha Jane WEATHERFORD.

Submitter: Ruth Ann Atkins (
Date: 28 Apr 2005

I am researching the John Hurst line in Benton IL [Franklin County]. I believe that John Edward Hurst's first marriage [pre 1906] was to Hallie [Gray ??]. We have determined [through a witcher] that there is a female and baby girl buried together in Franklin Cemetery at the foot of John's [2nd marriage] and Mary [Mueller] Hurst's grave [Row 28]. We can find no record of this first marriage of John to Hallie nor any death information for her or the child. Any information would be appreciated.

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