2002 Lee County Queries

 

 Erin Kampf, 2 January 2002
    I am researching the family of Julf Jacob JUELFS. He and his wife, Maria Elisabeth DIRKS, emigrated from Germany in 1857, along with 5 of their children. They had 4 more surviving children in the US. They settled in Dixon in 1857 and lived there until their deaths, Jacob in 1887 and Maria in 1871. They are buried in the Burket Cemetery. Jacob and family were living in Dixon in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.
    Their children were: Jacob JUELFS, b 1845, Germany; Henry JUELFS, b 1846, Germany; Eva JUELFS, b 1848, Germany; Anton JUELFS, b 1851, Germany; Julius "Jim" JUELFS, b 1855, Germany (my great great grandfather); Albert JUELFS, b 1857, Illinois (probably Dixon); Mary JUELFS, b 1860, Illinois (probably Dixon); Christian JUELFS, b 1863, Dixon, IL; Herman JUELFS, b 1869, Illinois (probably Dixon)
    As far as I know, Albert is the only child who stayed in Dixon, dying there in 1933. The other children all spread out across the country. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone connected to this family.

Nichelle Francavilla, 5 January 2002
    I'm trying to find someone in the Lee county area who can help me with some research on my family. My great grandmother Blanch Clara (or Clara Blanch) Goble was born on Nov 8th, 1872 in South Paw Paw, and her mother was Caroline Cornell. What I am trying to find out is if she had any Native American lineage. Thank you in advance.

Korey Jackson, 6 January 2002
    I am looking for information on the family of Katherine Elizabeth Graham, who was born in Buffalo, NY, 5 October 1846, married James P. Day 25 October 1865, and died in Grand Bay, AL, 4 October 1894. According to James P. Day's obituary (Dec 1904), "At the age of thirty-five he was united in marriage to Katherine E. Graham of Dixon, Illinois". After marriage, James P. Day and Katherine farmed near Port Byron, Illinois, had six children; moved to Mellette, South Dakota in 1883; then moved to Grand Bay, AL, in the fall of 1892. Any assistance in identifying Katherine Elizabeth Graham's parents and siblings would be greatly appreciated.

Muriel Moore, 16 January 2002, 2030 Sumac Dr., Ojai, Ca. 93023
    Charles & Catherine HARVEY with children: Mary, Michael, Catherine, Charles, Elizabeth & Caroline, were posted in the 1870 Census, Lee Co., Marion Twp. There was a Kate HARVEY with children, posted in the 1880 Census. Does anyone have info. on this family? Thank you.

Sharon Sanders, 17 January 2002
    Hi, If can give me any help I would appreciate it. I live in Florida and can't come to your place. I am looking for information on Eliza Tracy Rugg married to Harry Rugg. Also their daughter Eunice Rugg married to Oliver Loomis. I believe these were some of the people who came to Binghamton from Binghamton, Broome Cty, N.Y. Anything you can tell me is appreciated thanks. Sharon

Jerome P. Keister, 7 February 2002
    Hello from England! I am a proud member of the United States Air Force serving overseas, and I have recently began a quest to compile a family tree for my children. Unfortunately, I am missing some critical information. Perhaps you could help me?
    I was wondering if you could put me in touch with someone who knew my father, George Clarence Keister who was born 8 October 1916 in Nelson, Illinois? I believe their house was #21 in Nelson Township and I believe his Mothers name was Clara Black. He had a few brothers, Fred and Donald Black, and a sister Freya Black who all lived their golden years in Sterling, Illinois. One of his cousins was Winona Angier who lived at 211 East 6th Street Mendota, Illinois 61342. If you would be so kind to bring up my situation at one of your meetings, I would greatly appreciate any and all help you could give me.
    Master Sergeant Jerome P. Keister, USAF
    RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Son of George C. Keister of Nelson Township, Illinois

Becky Sawyer, 10 February 2002
    I am looking for information on my great-grandfather, Herbert Steward. He married Nellie Armstrong. I think they are from Steward, Illinois in Lee County. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Charles Clayton II, 10 February 2002
    I'm looking for my ancestor Henry Leethje or Luethje. He was born in 1860. He married a Louise Krambeck. From what has been passed down his parents died when he was 2wks old. He was raised by his grandparents, I don't know which ones. Any info on the Leethje or Krambeck families would be very helpful. Thank you for your time and effort.

Jill Coleman, 19 February 2002
    Can anyone give me information on the following people? They are listed in the 1921 Index of the Lee County Plat Book.
        LOHMEYER, ANNA Township of Dixon, Section 29, Page 24
        LOHMEYER, JOHN Township of S. Dixon, Section 24, Page 25

Lois Fairfield, 21 February 2002
    I see where the names Seward and Clifton are mentioned in the Lee Co. history book. If anyone has info. from the book or persons with connections to these families, I would love to hear from someone. My family came to Nebr. from Lee Co. Illinois.

Aileen Fulcomer, 23 February 2002
    I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching (or has researched) the Crawford, Rasmey, and Dysart Family in Dixon, Illinois area. These families can be found in the 1860 census index.

Beverly M. Thornton, 11 March 2002, 4925 Ft. Crockett, Apt 124, Galveston, TX 77551
    Sarah Ford Fosdick Logan Dinsmore, born Dec 1835, died sometime after 1909? Sarah, born December ___? 1834 in Bradford County PA to Curtis and Eleanor Pratt Ford, came to Lee County in 1837 along with her brothers, Elisha, George, Ralph. Sarah married first Edward C. Fosdick in 1848, he died Dec 1849 from a fever. She then married Thomas Logan, born 1827 in Fulton Co., PA to Samuel and Sarah Householder Logan. Their first child was Orlando born 1854 who married Margaret Strauss around 1873 in Lee County (would like to know more about his residence and family); Eldora Irine was born 1855, my great grandmother; a daughter Sarah was born 1859, last two children born in ? Iowa. Sarah was with her oldest brother, Elisha along with her three children in the 1860 census. Thomas died 25 Dec 1873 and then a few years later, she married Phineas Dinsmore, a widower. I have sketchy information on Sarah Ford Logan Dinsmore at best. She was living in Ottawa in 1900 near her daughter's, Eldora and she is mentioned in the obituary of Elisha Ford in 1909, Lee County. I found a query from Sept 2001 but email was not workable that said she had children Ida and Altha??? I have no record of these. Does anyone know of this family?

Carmen Freer 4/1/2002 clfreer@earthlink
I have a marriage certificate for my g. g. grandparents dating 10/20/1891. Harry Hamilton of Dixon IL, married to Sadie Connely of Thompson IL, in Dixon, witnessed by Minnie Hamilton and Charles A. Lucas. I don't have any other information on them and would really like to find either their birth certificates or any other information on their families.

Wendy Fjelstad 5/7/2002 fjelly@chorus.net 817 N. Parkview St, Cottage Grove, WI 53527
I'm researching the Pitchers of Jo Daviess and Lee County and would like to connect with any descendants. Lester D. Pitcher ran a buggy and coal business in Dixon, Ill and also started the first telephone service in Lee and surrounding counties. He married first Harriet (Graves). After the Civil War they moved from Lewis Co, NY to Pitcherville, Jo Daviess Co. They had three children: Richard Everett Pitcher, Mary L (Peters), Grant Washburn Pitcher. Lester married a second time to Abigail (Cramer). In 1871 they moved to Dixon, and had two children: Louis A. Pitcher and Bessie E. (Crabtree) and later (Rieman). Lester died in 1910 in Florida and is believed buried in Dixon along with Abbie. I descend from Mary Peters.

LaVonne Duling 5/30/2002 JLDuling@aol.com
I am searching for any records you may have of George Ackland, Sr (I think) or any records of the Ackland Family History. He was the father of: Clarence Ackland born: November 16, 1905 in Lee County Thanks for your time.

Beverly Domer 6/6/2002 bdomer@cvzoom.net
I recently found the will for George Hoover who died in Westmoreland Co., Pa in 1887. He previously was living in Somerset Co., Pa. There was a provision in the will for his daughter Catherine Hoover married to Rudolph Cupp. After doing a search of the internet and census, I have found that Rudolph and Catherine left Pa. and came to Dixon, Lee Co., Illinois sometime after the Civil War. They are on the 1880 census with son George born about 1870. I am trying to verify who Catherine's mother is as there was no wife mentioned in the will. I would appreciate any help you could give me.

Connie Kerst Dollins 6/12/2002 tub@argontech.net P.O. Box 905, Emory, Texas 75440
I have been trying to do research on my Grandfather or Great Grandfather. Grandfather is Conrad Maxwell Kerst, born August 15, 1875, in Dixon, Lee Co. Ill. Great Grandparents Kate or Katie and Alfred or Alford Kerst. Any information will be appreciated. Thank you.

Lorene Scott 6/24/2002 LScott8616@aol.com
Searching for descendants of Louise/Louisa Peters b 1886. She was sent from NY to Lee County, IL on an orphan train in 1896. Placed first with a George Eisenberg, Ashton, Lee Co., IL, 2nd with Jacob Hammer, Mt. Pulaski, Logan Co., IL and 7 July 1900 with a Joseph Flanagan, Eldena, Lee Co., IL. A letter from her was received by the NYJA which was mailed 16 Jun 1901 from Dixon, IL. Does anyone have information on this Louisa Peters?

Sandra Killough 6/29/2002 MRK6501@aol.com
Seeking info on my Crowell relatives. Several Crowell's are listed on the Lee County index: Alexander H. Crowell p.96, Pearl Crowell p. 536, J. B. Crowell p. 531, Crowell p. 336. Also my gg-grandfather J. B. Crowell married Lovena Wilson in Marion Co. 1870. On the marriage index his last name is spelled Croll. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Dawn Ruhinen 7/1/2002 DawnCLR48@aol.com
McClure Edgar B. and wife Alice Holiday children Fay, Helen, Edgar, Jr., Donald , (twins) Grant and Rosemary - Family resided at Ashton during 1920s moved to at Davenport, IA. in 1930s. Have data and family pictures to share, seeking contact with lost family members.

Katy Trent 7/8/2002 ktrent@dgt.com
I am looking for information on the Isham family in Dixon, Illinois in the late 1800's to mid 1900's. Several worked at a local shoe factory - any info on that business is appreciated as well. Thanks so much!

George Nettleton 7/29/2002 NETTGR@aol.com
I am seeking information on my relative, Caleb Luther (C L, C Luther) Nettleton, born in Litchfield, CT 3 Aug 1834. He was in the Civil War, then, apparently, moved to Nebraska in 1862, then married Eliza T. Gardner in DeKalb county 27 March 1866. They had 3 children born in Illinois (possibly in DeKalb county or Lee): Edward Luther (7 March 1867), Ella Eliza (4 April 1869) and Sarah Francis (19 Feb 1871). Caleb Luther was a school teacher in Sublette, Lee county according to the 1870 census. I am seeking a marriage record, birth records for the children, school records for Caleb (license, years he taught, where, etc), as well as possible church records (membership, offices, baptisms, etc). Thank you.

Katherine Walling 7/30/2002 kaydon2626@msn.com
I am trying to locate some birth, death, marriage information. My Great Great Grandfather, Philip CLARK, b 1813 in Caven, Ireland, d 1882, Maytown, IL., buried in St Patrick's Cemetery. His wife Catherine BRADY CLARK, B 1823 in Caven, Ireland, d. March 25, 1872, Maytown, IL., buried in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. My Great Grandmother, Anna CLARK married James J. DUFFY in 1880 in Maytown, IL. My Grandmother, Katherine Ellen (Catherine) DUFFY, b 12 Aug 1884, Maytown, IL. An information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Peggy Hermann 7/31/2002 pherman@jscomm.net
I'm hoping to find a marriage for Susannah Hermann b. ca 1847 Wuerttemberg. In 1860 she was in her parents' household (Christian & Anna Hermann) in Lee Co, IL at age 13. Christian and Anna bought land in Fayette Co, IL in 1865 and were in that county for the 1870 census, but we have "lost" Susannah somewhere along the way. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Carol Ridings 8/7/2002 c.ridings@directvinternet.com 5108 Pisces Ave., Livermore, CA 94551
My grandfather was John Joseph Green born in Lee County Aug.21, 1888. Any information on parents or life for them during that time would be appreciated.

Sue Kristof 8/12/2002 Krsac@aol.com
I am searching for information regarding Wendell LORENZ and his wife, Ellen TRAVER. Wendell was born about 1845 in the Proven Nassau, Germany. Ellen was born about 1853 in Maryland. Their son, John Wendel Lorenz, was born on January, 27, 1878 in Dixon, Illinois. Thanks

Maureen Rhea 8/10/2002 Morhea@aol.com 1457 NW TerraceGreen Place, Corvallis, OR 97330
I am looking for information about my ggrandmother and ggrandfather (Dorothy Steigle KLEINHAUS and Ludwig KLEINHAUS) who came to the U.S. from Germany in 1883. They settled in Franklin Grove with their four children. In 1885, I'm told, the parents were involved in an accident and both were killed. The children were sent to the Nachusa Orphanage, which no longer exists. Any information (or an idea of where to go for information) would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

Norma Norman 8/11/2002 dnnorman@aol.com
I am looking for anything on a Pettinger family living in Amboy, Illinois around 1896. Abraham & Hattie (Isgregg) had a daughter, Margaret, on June 18, 1896. Can you help? Margaret later married Charles C. Norman. Don't know where, but he was born in Stark Co., IL in 1885.

Caroline Villier 8/18/2002 peahill@pcinternet.net
I would like to know if there is an obit for Fanny REED DIXON, widow of James PURDY DIXON. I have her date of death as 15 Feb 1898. I am trying to document her parents name & relationship. Samuel REED Jr. & Phebe SANFORD. I have some information on the REED Family, but need the information proven. Can you help? I am a descent of Sara DIXON & George Washington GOODWIN. I have the GOODWIN Family, but now trying to establish the REED Family. Thank you for any help.

Helge Boee 8/23/2002 Oslo, Norway helgboee@online.no
I am searching for relatives in the USA. In 1875 my grand grand grandmother Martha Elsaaker (Alsager) settle down in Calamus, Iowa. Two of her sons settle down in Lee Illinois. Kristen Alsager was born in 1844 and came to USA in 1863. He became a farmer in Lee. His son Martin Alsager became a professor of law. A brother of Kristen Alsager, Thorbjorn, born in 1841, and wife Guro came to USA in 1860 and became farmers in Lee. Their original family name in Norway was Elsaaker, but as I know they wrote it Alsager in USA. Is there anybody who can help me??? Best regards.

Alan Albright 8/25/2002 Albright@nvc.net
My family, John Albright and his wife Katherine (Shelby) Albright and children, Etta, Martin, Charles, William and Martha, came to the US from Germany in 1866. They settled in Lee County and in 1873 moved to Dysart, Benton County, Iowa. Any information you may have would be appreciated.

Ace H. Humbertson 8/25/2002 ace_h_humbertson@md.northgrum.com
I am looking for the descendents of Jacob and Rachel Sailor. In the 1860 Lee County, Ill. Census, it lists 9 children. It also lists Rachel's birthplace as Ireland. I believe, almost certain, she was or in Maryland. I have 3 generations before her, all born in Maryland. Any help would be appreciated.

Elmer Dickson 8/29/2002 edickson@dcs_chico.com 2384 Kennedy Avenue, Chico, CA 95973-9649
John W. Beresford was born about 1811 in Ireland. In 1850, he was living Serena Township, La Salle County, IL. In 1854, he moved to Amboy, Lee County, Illinois where he entered the mercantile business. John W. Beresford died Jan 26, 1903 in Amboy, Illinois. Can anyone living in the Lee County area check for an obituary or biography of John W. Beresford? Will appreciate any help received.

T. Masser 8/30/2002 RTONCEDAR@aol.com
I am looking for information on the WESTON and/or CAMPBELL Families. I'm not sure how much time they spent in Illinois. MARIA E. CAMPBELL married CHARLES DELOS WESTON in 1855. They had one child, CHARLES ARTHUR DELOS WESTON, b Jun or Jan 13, 1858. MARIA did not survive the birth and died the same day. CHARLES then married MARIA's sister EMILY JANE CAMPBELL on 7-31-1859, in Dekalb CO. They had at least one child, LOUISA JANE WESTON, b 10-30-1860 in Dekalb Co. Any information is much appreciated. Thanks

William H. Bender 9/2/2002 billbend@ptd.net 38 Bick Rd., Fleetwood, PA 19522
Conrad Bender, the father of Conrad Bender 1838-1913 [buried Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center, IL] was born in PA in 1805. He was living in IA at the time but is thought to have died at the home of his son, possibly in Lee County, IL between 1876 and 1880. Would like his date of death and place of burial. I have a transcribed copy of Conrad Bender's [1838-1913] diary for 1876. He was living in Henry Co. at the time. Would email if interested.

Sheryl Barnhart Koller 9/10/2002 specialk@atcjet.net Arapahoe, NE.
I'm hoping that you can help me find information about my paternal great grandfather. He was J.L. Barnhart born in Oct. 1847 in Paw Paw, IL. He married Abbie Kiethley and they traveled to Humboldt, NE.

Peg Culpepper 10/15/2002 PEARLENEC@aol.com PO Box 10383, San Bernardino, CA 92423-0383
He lived in ELDENA (and maybe Franklin Grove).... I'm looking for ancestors of DAVID HOWARD (1862-1950) & wife LENA BELL SHOEMAKER HOWARD (1868-1923). Their daughter PEARL AGNES HOWARD (1890-1952) married CHARLES CROUSE (1884-1948).

Sheila Smith 10/15/2002 lrs1623@cis.net
I am looking for any information on a Louisa Snodgrass Holcomb. She married a Henry Holcomb 1 Jan. 1869 in Lee County. In the 1870 Lee County Census, there is a Frances Snodgrass listed, probably a daughter from a previous marriage. Louisa died 16 August 1912 and Frances had proceeded her in death. Any help is finding Louisa's parents and first husband would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Marilynne G. Ocando 10/9/2002 mocando@juno.com 7949 18th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20783-4531
Seeking information on Frederick STORING family. Lived in Dixon, Illinois township unknown between 1862-1872, then settled in Iowa. He was born abt 11 Dec 1830 in German (Chenango) NY; m. August GRANT, 1862, Rockford, Winnebago, IL. Name has varied spellings: STORY, STORMY, STARING, STARRING. Would appeciate your help.

Jerome P. Keister 10/17/2002 keisterj_@hotmail.com or Jerome.Keister@mildenhall.af.mil or JeromeKeister@aol.com
Note: If you have any Keister heritage from Illinois, and any of this information in this story sounds familiar to you, please contact me at the nearest available opportunity at either:

The story begins with my Keister's who originated from Hannover, Germany.
1. Augustus and Wilhelmina Keister arrive in NYC from Bremerhaven, Germany in June 1856 after six weeks at sea on the good ship 'Alfred'. Eventually, they settle in and around Lee County, Illinois (namely Nelson and Dixon).
The children of Augustus and Wilhelmina Keister are: August F., Jane, George, Lenna, Frederick, Hannah, Caroline, William, Alvena, Charles, Albert.
Frederick married Ellen Woolford and they have at least three children together: Carrie B., Fred or Frederick, Anna.
Frederick remarries to Ida Louella Page and they have three children together: Walter, Harry, Jesse Leroy.
Frederick remarries again to Clara Black and they have one child together, two stepsons and a stepdaughter: George C. Keister (My Dad), Donald Black (Stepson through marriage to Clara), Fred Black (Stepson through marriage to Clara), Freya Black (Stepdaughter through marriage to Clara).
Hannah Keister married James Jones and they have at least three children together: Nellie Jones, Grace Jones, Baby who died in infancy.
Alvena Keister married Nathan Willard and they have at least three children together: Pearl Willard, Olive Willard, Ralph Willard.
Albert Keister married Louis A Randall in 1896. Not sure if they had children.
Nellie Jones has at least one daughter named Winona. I believe this lady became Winona Angier through marriage. This Winona may had a child name Marjorie. Winona lived her golden years in Mendota, Illinois.
Donald Black married an Irene. Not sure if they had any children together.
Fred Black married Ruth Johnson and they have at least two children together: Mariellen, Louis.
Freya Black marries three times. First to a Clarence ????, and they have one child together, Faye. Later know as Faye Smith through marriage to Clarence Smith. Second marriage to a Bill or William Rippengill, and they had at least two children together: Jack Rippengill and Joe Rippengill. Freya finally remarries for the third time to a Fred Schumacher.
Faye and Clarence Smith have two children together: Michael Smith, Douglas Smith.
George C. Keister married Patricia M. Huette and they have nine children together: Stephen Keister, Baby (which died shortly after birth) Keister, Mary Keister, Carole Keister, James Keister, Thomas Keister, Baby (which died shortly after birth) Keister, Laurie Keister, Jerome (That would be me) Keister.
Stephen married a Sonja ??????. No children.
Carole married Robert Pepin and they have three children together: Michael Pepin, Matthew Peepn, Shannon Pepin.
Jerome Keister married Helen B. Carreon and they have two children: Jenna & Krista.

2. I am missing several critical links in this puzzle, and I desperately need your help to put it all together. I am especially looking for any living relatives. I'm also looking for Marriage/Divorce dates, Birth/Death dates, Middle initials, and confirmation on some of the childrens names and their birth/death dates, etc.

Sincerely, Jerome P. Keister, Master Sergeant, United States Air Force, RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom

Edwin J Bassler 10/22/2002 edwin.bassler@gte.net
William Henry Bassler (the only sibling of my great-grandfather) was born October 15, 1836 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The first born child of WHB and his wife Maritta Jane (born in New Hampshire) (date of marriage and maiden name unknown) was Edgar on October 17, 1860 still in Northampton County, PA. The 1870 Census for Franklin Grove, China Township, Lee County, Illinois (page 17, line 15, visit 127) lists William and Miritta both age 35, with Eddy (i.e. Edgar) age 10 and children born in Illinois, Kitty age 7, James age 5, and Francis age 1. The 1880 Census for Ashton (E. D. 109, page 7, line 18, visit 65) lists William age 43, M.J. wife age 45,with Edger age 19, Cora age 17, James age 14, and Frank age 11. William died in 1886 in the Ashton area. For Ashton Village in 1900 (E. D. 52, line 8, Sheet No. 7A) Maritta J. born Oct 1834, age 65, is listed as Head with son Frank H., born ?Mar? 1869, age 31. I did not find any other Basslers in Ashton and none at all in Franklin Grove for 1900. In 1910 in Ashton Village (E. D. 43, Sheet 6A, line 26) Frank H. Bassler is listed as Head age 40, with wife Ida B. (born Illinois) age 40, married 9 years. I would very much appreciate information concerning this family. Thanks

Ruth (Bedient) Havener 12/2/2002 rhave6253@msn.com 4766 Thistle Mill Ct., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
I am looking for information on the Bedient line starting with Osborn Bedient b.1832, came to Amboy abt. 1854 and was the second settler outside of Dixon. His son was Eugene DeForrest Bedient b.1860. My grandfather was his son Walter Logan Bedient b.1889. I would like to know if there are any living descendants still in the area.

BJARNE JØRMELAND 12/8/2002 bjarne.jormeland@chello.no
NORWAY - families REISETER "RISETTER" and BLEIE "BLY" - from Hardanger, Norway. Hans Johannesson Sandanger "Hans Hjelm Johnson", b. 1832 and wife Anna Olsdtr. Fundingsland, b. 1834 - from Hjelmeland, Rogaland county came to LaSalle Co. from Norway in 1857. In 1871 they moved to Lee county and in 1880 listed in Willow Creek Twp. They had 10 children - among them was: 1. Malene "Malinda" Johnson, b. Feb 2, 1856 m. LEWIS RISETTER. 2. Hellen Hjelm Johnson, b. ca. 1863 in Lasalle Co., m. JOHN BLY. 4. John Hjelm Johnson, b. ca. 1868 in LaSalle m. BETSEY SOLOMONSON, probably a Reisetter/Risetter ? 5. Emma Hjelm Johnson, b. ca. 1870 in LaSalle Co. m. Solomon "Sam" Solomonson, b. ca. 1840 in Norway - perhaps from Reisetter, Hordaland, Norway too? 8. Amanda Hattie Hjelm Johnson, b. 01.01.1876 i Lee Co. m. Martin H. Bly Jan. 24.1900. Does anyone have information about this Risetter and Bly people/families: Birthdates, birthplace, names of parents, location of living etc. I'm register "collecting" emigrants from Hjelmeland, Rogaland county, Norway - which left for America!

Ann Schoonover 12/10/2002 dschoonover@kc.rr.com
I am searching for my grandmothers history. She was born in Dixon Illinois Apr. 8, 1868. What I am told is that she was very ill and her mother couldn't keep her so she was left with a family named Baker. Ludwick Baker was the man's name. He and his wife and 2 daughters took care of her. Then she met my grandfather Wm. H Runner and married him. My mother always called her AnnaBelle but I think she went by Belle. If any has any help for me I would appreciate it. Thanks

Ruth (Bedient) Havener 12/21/2002 rhave6253@msn.com 4766 Thistle Mill Ct., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Thank you in advance for your help. I am trying to find information about the siblings of my Grandfather Walter Logan Bedient b. Jan. 6,1891 in Amboy, Lee County, IL d. Nov. 1976.

Jenny Potter 12/27/2002 jpotterny@yahoo.com
I'm looking for information regarding my great_great grandparents. Names: Lucilius Closson (his first name can be spelled many different ways), b. 1834, possibly in NY. Died and buried in Penn Yan, NY. And Catherine Chappell (or Kate, or Cate), b. 1843, also possibly in NY; definitely buried in NY. Info from the 1880 Census in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, lists them and their children, Ethel, Eugenia, and Edson. They were married in Ogle County in 1868. Lucilius served in the Illinois Infantry (107, Co. D) in the Civil War. Evidently this was Lucilius's second marriage, his first being to Lucy Cumber in 1863 in Shelby County. Unless Illinois had more than one Lucilius Closson. Considering I can't find anything more about him, I'm guessing there weren't two. Thanks so much,

Angela Petro 12/29/2002 asp68@ccaonline.com PO Box 102 Lawndale IL 61751
I am looking for any info on a John Ackerson. He is supposed to have died at Ashton, Lee Co. IL in 1920. He is buried in DeWitt Co. IL. He was married to Mary Halsey daughter of Eli and Nancy Scott Halsey. He and Mary had several children in Lee Co. I would like to find out if there is a death notice in one of the local papers or if there is a death cert in Lee Co. Thanks,

Greg Nickels 12/28/2002 gjnickels@attbi.com
I read your post in the Lee County Genealogy Society website: In 1837 Abram BROWN (1816-1899) left Upper Canada (Ontario) and settled in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. He married Correlia WHITNEY of Franklin Grove where he was the first postmaster; later settled in Dixon. Children were Virginia, Olga, Mary, Henry, and George. I would appreciate receiving information on his life and descendants in exchange for information I have on his life and ancestors in Canada. (Don Anger, 380 Catharine St., Port Colborne, Ontario, CANADA, L3K 4L5) I am the great-great grandson of Eliza Ann Whitney. Her older sister is Corneloa (born April 10, 1818). Corneloa married Abram BROWN May 15, 1844; res. Dixon. Abram was born November 17, 1816. Their children: Virginia H., born August 21, 1846, Dixon, Ill; Olga, born April 2, 1849, Dixon, Ill.; Mary, born September 30, 1850, Dixon, Ill.; Charles Abram, born October 17, 1852; died September 20,1855; Henry Ammi, born August 10, 1855, Dixon, Ill.; George Marshall, born Nov. 10, 1857, Van Bureu, Arkansas. Mary, married October 1, 1881; Henry A., married June 17, 1884.(Source: "Descendents of John Whitney" page 415) I hope this is useful and would welcome any information you have on the Whitney branch. Best of luck