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Looking for more information on David James Taggart who lived in the Authur area following the civil war. He was sent to Moultrie County from New York City to live with a, to date, an unknown relative as a child (age 10-15). At 16 or 17 he enlisted in the war (Mattoon). He was a part of Co H 123 INF. I have everything I really need following his enlisting in the war. He married a Margaret Farmer of Moultrie County and eventually moved to Nebraska in the early 1880s. He was born March 3, 1845, Married Margaret on the John Martin (Uncle) farm in Moultrie Co. (April 22, 1875) and died in Doniphan, Nebraska (Aug. 29, 1896). They had 3 children born to them in Moultrie Co. Edgar Jan 8.1876, Otis May 3, 1878, and Nellie June 6, 1881.
My big dilemma is where did he come from (NY City, the story is he sold newspapers on the street as a youngster)? Who were his parents (no clue) they were possible immigrants from Northern Ireland as David James always said he was a Scots Irish? Who were the relatives he stayed with in Moultrie Co. (maybe an Aunt Sara)?
Bill Taggart
Wednesday, May 05, 1999 5:53 PM


I am looking for information about Amos Elmer Taylor born April 1866, probably in Moultrie County, and his wife, Cora Ann Johnson born 1875 in Moultrie County. She died May 27, 1917 in Jackson County, Indiana. They were married December 21, 1891 in Sullivan. My mother-in-law Thelma McMahon Thompson, grand-daughter of this couple, once wrote that she was born in Gas City, but we had always heard Sullivan. My question is, when and where was Amos Elmer Taylor born, and when and where did he die. It was some time after 1951. The second part of my query is about Amos's daughters : Monte Grace and Monta "Babe" Taylor. Monte Grace we believe was born before the 1900 census and Monta "Babe" after the census. What happened to them? Where and when were they born, married, died, buried? Any help is greatly appreciated.

Amos's parents were Charles H. Taylor and Mary A. Johnson (or Cunningham). Charles was born in New York about 1833 and died after 1910. She was born about 1830 and died after 1870. I would like to learn more about them. Cora Ann's parents were Henry Burl Johnson 1830-1907 and Katherine Ann Myers 1836-1878. They are supposedly buried in Johathan Creek Cemetery. Any help on them would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You, Bonita Thompson
Jackson County, Indiana.

Bonita Thompson
September 4, 2008


Would like to correspond with anyone who has information on the Jackson Taylor family listed on the 1880 Moultrie Co., IL census family and dwelling 54-54. He was listed as 44 years old and a farmer from KY. His wife Caterine was 31 and keeping house. They had children Louisa, John, William, Marion and a servant Joseph Baldwin. If you have information about them, please e-mailme:
Saturday, December 02, 2000 9:21 AM


I am looking for information on the family of Frankie Ann Taylor. She was born 23 September 1865. According to her death certificate, she was born near Sullivan, Illinois. But I don't know how true this is since it is reported that her family came to Illinois in 1870. Her parents are James T. Taylor and Elizabeth A. Dubler. James and Elizabeth had seven kids according to the 1880 census, William M., Martin, Mattie, Frankie, Hattie, Jas, and Lee. Frankie married John R. Sharp 6 August 1889 in Sullivan, Illinois, and had the following children: Roeland, Dick(my great grandpa), Adlai, Nellie, Charles, Pearl, and Leota. Any information that I can anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated. Teri D. Sharp
September 4, 2008


I'm interested in any info on the Tolen family who resided in Moultrie Co. in 1870 and maybe several years later. They were Robert and Melissa (Baxter) Tolen and had children named: Anetta(Nettie), born 9/9/1870, Alva, Walter, Warren, Baxter, Jennie, G. F. (Frank), R. B., and Clara.
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 5:35 PM


On 31 AUG 1848 in Macon County my g-grandfather John B. Travis married his first wife Amanda C. Lindsey. I am looking for any information about Amanda, what happened to her, and/or their children.
Larry A. Travis
Saturday, December 29, 2001 4:34 PM


I am researching the surname Treadway. I have documents that state that Samuel Jennings Treadway was born in Allenville, ILL. 3/3/1897. I am the gr-grandaughter of Samuel Jennings Treadway. According to my grandmother he was born in Allenville, IL 3/3/1897. At the time of his death in Nov. of 1971 he still had 4 brothers living.
Oscar, born 1/30/1898, died Aug 1968 in Columbus, Ohio.
Alonzo was born: 4/9/1902 and died: Aug 1975 in Fort Worth, TX.
Joseph was born: 3/29/1906 and died April 1978 in Springfield, Mass.
And John of Danville,ILL. In 1917 Samuel married Edna Mary Moon and they had 6 children. The interesting thing is that none of his children know anything of his past. What they do know is that at some point when he was young he was given to an Aunt that lived in Marion County, Ohio and raised. I haven't been able to get any information about him really other than what is listed in his obit. If anyone out there can help. please contact me. From maps that I have found of that area it look like they may have been located in Sullivan or East Nelson twp. I am desperate to find anything on him. There are no family stories about his childhood...he never talked about it. If you can help me locate him in the area I'd appreciate it. I was thinking the 1900 census, maybe a marriage license, death notice something to that affect. I'd be happy with anything...especially the names of his parents.
Nancy L. Leonard
Monday, April 12, 1999 9:14 AM


I'm trying to find information about John C. Troster and his wife, Martha (nee Ray), who were listed in the 1930 census for Mountrie County, Sullivan Township. They were my great-grandparents - any information would be greatly appreciated!
Julie Wolf
Friday, October 15, 1999 8:20 AM


Please post a query for my ancestor Stephen TURNER who married Barbara DEEDS in 1842 in Moultrie Co., IL. Stephen was born in 1818 in Frankfort, Franklin Co., KY. They had 14 children born in Lovington between 1844: Susan Elizabeth, Agnes Isabel, Mary Anne, William Franklin, Margaret Angeline, Eliza Catherine, John Stephen, Nancy Jane, George Henry, Christina America, Charity Emaline, James Edward, Charles Aaron, and Commodore Perry TURNER. Anyone related? Best regards.
Ken Doig
Friday, October 15, 1999 8:20 AM


Michael and Aniela (Angela) Twardos moved to Lovington, Illinois between 1911 and 1913. They had three children: Julian, b. 1911 in Lincoln; Mary, b. 1913 in Lovington; and Victor, b. 1915 in Lovington. Joe Jurick, Jr. and Paul Hanisko signed Michael's naturalization papers. I'm looking for anyone who might know anything about them.
Carol Elder
Friday, March 05, 1999 8:30 PM


I am seeking information about Martin Luther Ullensvang. I am his great granddaughter. I have his Macon County Teacher's Certificate dated June 12, 1895, signed by John G. Keller, Co. Supt. of Schools. I am looking for any other information about this period of his life. Thank you in advance for any information. I appreciate your time.
Saturday, November 20, 1999 10:20 PM


DR M.N. VAN FLEET, physician; born NY 10/15/1815. Practiced medicine IN, Parke Co. ca 1836-1848; arrived Moultrie Co ca 1850; practiced medicine in Sullivan/Moultrie Co area ca 1850 thru 1862. Owned property in Sullivan; Civil War: Captain , commanded Co "A" 126th IL INFANTRY. Wife MARIA LOUISA (SMITH), children Mary E, Thermantia, Simpson Bennett, Morse, Prescott, Cecelia, & (I think) Augusta and Louratia. I am looking for any additional information.
David Van Fleet
Friday, April 02, 1999 3:56 PM


Searching for information concerning Zackariah VARNER, first wife Caroline EARP, and second wife Eliza A. PENTZER. Zackariah VARNER, my great-great-granduncle, was born in Ohio about 1836, a son of Henry VARNER and Sarah (maiden name unknown). He married Caroline EARP in Moultrie County, Illinois, 23 Jan 1862. Caroline was born about April 1847 and died prematurely (apparently at age 17) on 28 June 1864. She is buried in Hewitt Cemetery, Lovington, Moultrie County. No children are recorded. Following Caroline’s death, Zackariah married Eliza A. (Anna) PENTZER in Montgomery Co., Illinois, 14 Dec 1865, and the couple had at least seven children. I don’t yet know when Zackariah died. Any information about EARP, PENTZER, and VARNER would be appreciated.
Robert S. (Bob) Brown
Friday, January 21, 2000 5:59 PM Sunday, May 20, 2001 5:13 PM