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Dwight 'Bob' Conklin Wed, 24 Dec 1997 16:08:04

I would like to locate the graves of two of my ancestors who died in Stephenson County when they were young children in the 1850's. Their names were William and Arthur PATTERSON sons of William and Elizabeth (Wissler) Patterson who lived in or near Freeport. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Steve Barton Sun, 21 Dec 1997 20:31:26

My query is regarding my great, great, grandfather Nathan SHEETZ. I know he married Catherine MARTIN in Stephenson Co. I believe his father was George SHEETZ but I have no proof. Would like to know as much information as I can about this person. Thank you.

Bob Phillips Wed, 17 Dec 1997 06:52:41

I am trying to find any information on an Adam PHILIPS. His son was Emunauel Philips and his wife was Maria (FLICKENGER)Philips. Lived in Stephenson county Jefferson township between 1866-1877.

Richard J Brooks Fri, 12 Dec 1997 17:40:56

I'm looking for record of the birth of Henry W. GRUTSCH in Freeport Ill in the year 1869. His fathers name was Peter. I don't know much about this family, other than they may have came from Germany in the mid 1800's and settled in northern Ill. Some of the descendants moved to Wis and Henry W moved to Michigan in the late 1800's. Any info on this family would be of great help.

Janis Martin Mon, 08 Dec 1997 21:44:53

My gggrandfather and family came to Freeport IL some time around 1850 - 1860. His name is Gustave Auguste DOERR (DORR) and his wife is Helene Marie Therese. I believe that two children were born there: Joshephine Marie DOERR on 21 Nov 1856 and Isabelle Julia DOERR on 8 May 1860. I also think one or two children may have died there: Franklin Gaston DOERR on 21 Nov 1856 (yes, this conicides with his sisters birth date) and Charles Edward DOERR on 21 May 1853. I believe the family was of the protestant faith and came to IL from Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

I have no more than this to go on and regret that I don't know which township or if they lived in the city proper. He was a very learned man and his wife a seamstress. I would love to be able to verify these dates and learn about their life in IL before they came to MN.

Jo Ann Baxley Sat, 06 Dec 1997 16:31:08

I am looking for any information about Rev. Matthew PATTERSON. He wrote a biographical account of his father Rev. John Boyd PATTERSON for a Presbyterian article that I received from the Pres. Historical Society. He wrote this bio in 1872 from Freeport, Illinois. Any information about the Presbyterian Churches or Rev. Patterson would be appreciated and I will gladly share whatever I have about the PATTERSON family.

Bill Hoskins Fri, 28 Nov 1997 12:21:21

TOWER; Stephenson County, Ill., USA, ca. 1850-. Reuben TOWER, born 28 October 1795 at Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, died Erin Township, Stephenson County, Illinois 03 April 1880. He married Dorothy DAY on 01 January 1824 at Huron County, Ohio. Dorothy was born 30 May 1799 at Dorset, Bennington County, Vermont and died November 1859 at Stephenson County, Illinois. Reuben and Dorothy were married 01 Jnuary 1824 at Huron County, Ohio and moved to Stephenson County about 1850. Their children were: Marcus, Amasa, Angeline, Susan, Edwin, and Catherine G. all born in Ohio; Mary, Sarah A., and Francis R. all born Illinois. Francis (Frank) R. married Mary L. BACON of Wisconsin on 12 December 1859 and they had one child, Rose E., born 29 September 1870. I would like to contact any descendants of this TOWER family. I have much genealogical material I'll exchange.

Allen Johnson Sat, 22 Nov 1997 16:24:23

Seeking obituary for and descendants of Vernena DOW HOOKER, the daughter of George W. DOW and Elmina VANDERHEYDEN. She was born April 1892, probably in Pearl City, and died at Cedarville in October 1982. She was the wife of Glen HOOKER. Their daughter Betty Jean HOOKER was born 5 November 1919 and died 28 February 1989 in Cedarville. Before her death, Vernena had apparently collected a great deal of information regarding the DOW family of Stockton, Jo Daviess Co. Any "cousins" out there?

David Henson Tue, 18 Nov 1997 16:40:25

KLOSTER - We are looking for John R KLOSTER, born in IL, possibly in Rock Run Township. He had married Jennie (Jane) Horr from MN (first wife), then he married her sister, Kate L HORR in 1902 in Wilmot, SD. He married Jennie about 1885 but we don't know where they were married. Who are John's parents, siblings, and did his family own land in Rock Run Township? And what is his death date and burial place? Any information is appreciated. Our e-mail address is:

Ellie Burch       Fri, 07 Nov 1997 23:02:18
James Edward DURST b 1852 Centre Co, PA; census 1870 - Buckeye Twp, Stephenson Co, IL; mar 1875 Orangeville, Stephenson Co, Il to Jennie E. COATES
Jacob b about 1876
All b Stephenson Co.

James joined the Masonic order while in Stephenson Co. He disappeared about 1879 and is next found on a marriage license in Livingston Co, MO using the name James Jessie (a name he used until shortly before he died in 1924 when he had gone back to his real name).

I would like information on what happened to the "first" family.


Bill Breihan      Thu Oct 16 22:20:06 1997
BERRY, Joseph R., 12/4/1799-2/8/1881, raised in Borodino, NY. Moved to WI in 1834, visited Brewster's Ferry in 1835 to help brothers-in-law Hector and Edward KNEELAND. Settled one mile from Winslow in 1838. Wife Sarah Marie Kneeland, 7/10/1804-3/28/1854. No issue. Raised nephew Edward Elisha Berry as son, 5/29/1829-8/9/1916. Question: Where are Joseph and Sarah Berry buried?

Margaret Norlen      Sat Oct 11 23:15:22 1997
SAUSMAN, LAWVER (LAUVER?): Joseph SAUSMAN Jr. b. 1805, Penn. married Hannah LAWVER in 1828. The parents moved with children to Kent, Stephenson Co. before 1858. Children: Mary Ann, Nancy Ann, John, David, Harriet, and Cyrus Venger Sausman. The youngest, Cyrus, probably remained in Pennsylvania. We would like information about the SAUSMAN parents and siblings of our grandfather, Cyrus. Thanks!

Betty Martz      Thu Oct 9 15:17:59 1997
LEVI THOMAS b PA 27 Aug 1825 had brothers WILLIAM H. & GEORGE. Levi moved to Stephensen Co. abt 1847. He m. Elizabeth Ludy who was b. Harrisburg, PA 1 Mar. 1836. Her father d. in Pearl City. Levi & Elizabeth's children were: MARY ELLEN, JACOB L., ELIZA JANE, GEORGE F., WILLIAM HENRY, JOHN, SAMUEL, ANNA CATHERINE, MATILDA, CHARLES 7 ADAM. Levi & Elizabeth are buried in Hamilton Co., NE. Any information about this family will be appreciated. I'll be happy to share what I have. Betty Martz

Betty Martz      Thu Oct 9 15:04:07 1997
Sabin Cemetery - My g grandfather ? LUDY b. Jan 1801 d. 17 Jan. 1878 and is buried in Sabin Cem., by Pearl City, Ill. I would like to find his name, his wife's name. Could anyone please tell me how to get in touch with the Cemetery. I cannot seem to get a phone number for them. HELP Betty Martz. P O Box 1341, Friday Harbor, WA. 98250


Anne Duchess      Mon Sep 15 17:42:29 1997
Searching LORENZEN, Fred H. born 1895 in Stockton, IA;
TURNER, Melzar H. died 10 Dec 1884 in Rockford, IL;
DOCHES, Michael J. born 8 Oct 1916 in Farmington, IL;
OSBORNE, William J. born 17 Dec 1888 in Freeport, IL;
WATKINS, William E. born 30 Mar 1866 in Rockford, IL;
WATKINS, Nathan W. born 20 Oct 1838 in Cattaraugus Co, NY;
KELLY, Anna L. born 22 Apr 1896 in Savanna,IL.
Please contact me if you have any info :))

Nico Nanninga      Mon Sep 15 06:07:39 1997
Hi, I am looking for family of Frederick NANNINGA born around 1890, moved to US around 1920 to take over cow farm. His last know address was Freeport, Stephenson County, IL. Any information will be appreciated. Thanks in advance Nico at

linda jones      Sat Sep 13 16:56:52 1997
My great grand father was born in Freeport,Stephenson,Illinois. His name was Charles C. CADE. His birth date was 26/Nov/1841. His parents were John CADE b.Feb 1790 and Margaret SLATER or ATER. On her marriage record she listed as Margret NICHOLES in Vermillion Ind. If any one has information, I would be very greatful.

Steve Jacobson      Wed Sep 10 13:44:06 1997
I need marriage dates for Jacob T. PETREE and Cora SPANGLER may be 1916 but could later in 1925-26, Or someone give me the address for the court house or maybe a trip to the court. I will share on this PETREE marriage.

Mary Ann Moss      Sat Sep 13 1997
I am trying to find information on my Father's Mother's side. My grandmothers maiden name was FAWVER. From the family Bible it says that she was born on December 25, 1877 in Stephenson Co, Illinois to George Franklin and Harriet Moss Fawver. My grandmothers name was Bessie May Fawver.

Also, from old news clippings there was a Phillip Fawver who died at Freeport, Illinois sometime in October of 1914, from a automobile accident at Black Hawk Monument, and a Moses Fawver who died in Lancaster Township around the late 1890's or early 1900's, from a farming accident. I believe both of these gentlemen were brothers of George Franklin Fawver. I also, believe that George and Harriet where married in Freeport, Illinois, since Harriet was from Illinois. In one of the news clippings they had spelt the family name Fauver, which is a misspelling. They were members of the United Brethren Church. Moses Fawver widow Ella Fawver ran a boardinghouse in Rockford, per her obituary, but the family resided in Freeport. Phillip had thirteen (13) living children at the time of his death, and Moses had eleven (11).


Juanita Alloway      Fri Aug 29 18:34:10 1997
Looking for any information on Florence (Florenz) EHRMAN(N) who enlisted in Civil War in Co. "G", 15th Illinois Infantry. Living then in Lena, Il. Enl. in Freeport. He died in Milwaukee 1879 in Veterans Home - no death certificate found. Need place of birth in France. Military papers give "Palwert Berryamott France" and "Bergamotte France" - can't find either place. 1850 Erie Co. NY census gives "Germany" as birthplace. Family tradition says he came to U.S. as a child from Alsace Lorraine. He had a son, George EHRMAN who was killed in Civil War in Co. "D" 34th Illinois Inf; another son, John EHRMAN, in Co. "E" 1st Reg. Illinois. George EHRMAN unmarried. John EHRMAN had son, Edwin EHRMAN living in Chicago as late as 1920. Would like to find Edwin EHRMAN's descendants. Appreciate any help; glad to exchange info with anyone interested.

Robert Byrnes Jones      Wed 20 Aug 1997 23:04:19
Searching for Louis SCHILLING, Husband of Wilhelmina Braun ROSER. Married in Chicago 1854 then moved to Freeport Il. Wife buried in Stephenson Co. Where did Louis Schilling come from and where did he go? Where did he die? Robert Byrnes Jones, 509-77 St. Holmes Beach Fl.34217-1009

Janice Simmons      Thu Aug 21 20:57:29 1997
Seeking others researching the GAPEN/GAPPIN family who lived in Lacon, Marshall Co.; Bloomington, McLean Co.;and Stephenson Co.,Illinois. My GGGgrandfather Charles C. GAPEN b. 17 July 1808 in Pennsylvania. In 1835, Charles was one of the original settlers of Waddams in Stephenson Co. before moving to Lacon where he was the Postmaster in 1870. He was married 1 December 1832 in Scioto, Ohio to Sarah FUERT b. 5 Dec 1812 in Ohio; daughter of Benjamin FUERT/FEART/FORT, who was a Justice of the Peace, and Mary Margaret DEVER. Children of Charles and Sarah GAPEN: William Tindal GAPEN b. 29 Oct 1833 marr. Elizabeth A. BAYLES/BAYLISS b. 4 Feb 1857 Washington Feurt GAPEN b. 25 Oct 1836 marr. Fannie NELSON b. 1 Jan 1863 Mary Amelia GAPEN b. 5 May 1838 marr. Theodore BLACKMON b. 14 Jan 1857 Timothy Ellis GAPEN b. 30 Oct 1840 marr. Mary Ann ____ I have lots of info I am willing to share (family Bible and Photos too). Janice Simmons

Sherry Morell Shelts      Thu Aug 21 23:10:23 1997
Interested in hearing from Stephenson Co researcher's, having knowledge on the BOLENDER'S, and their connecting lines

Susan Fortenberry      Wed Aug 20 06:26:29 1997
I have found father candidates for my 3 g Grand father: George W. NOLAN, born 1823 (?Ohio?) which has IL connection. I think that George's father or uncle may be: Benet NOWLIN (aka Bennett and NOWLAN/NOLAN etc.). He was born 1795 in IL to parents: Lewis/Louis NOWLIN and Sarah WHITESIDE. Bennet married Nancy ROBESON, (ROBINSON/ROBERTSON?). He had brothers: James,Samuel,David, Hardin,and Lewis/Louis; sisters: Peggy, Elizabeth, Polly and Sarah. I found IL Land Records that show one or more Benet NOWLIN's purchased land in IL from 1816-1846, in Stephenson , Macoupin and Madison Co.s IL. A Bennet NOWLIN was said to be a miner (of what, I don't know...possibly lead or coal), and one of the first settlers of Green Co. WI where he arrived in ~1834. He purchased land in Dane, Green and Lafayette Co.s, WI untill the late 1840's. A Bennet NOLAN is rumored to have moved to Clayton Co. Iowa between 1850-1870, however , I have no proof of this. This is the thin evidence which leads me to hope that I am on the right track: The married sister of George W. NOLAN's future wife Drusilla BOWMAN, Jane Bowman WELLS {wife of Peter Garfield WELLS}, settled in Green Co.WI ~1838. Catherine M. NOLAN, (a daughter of George and Drusilla) b1846 IN -md C.C. CLEVELAND on 11Apr1865 in Boscobel, Grant Co. WISC.-d 1932 in Spokane, WASH. C. C. CLEVELAND bought land in Dane Co. WI. George W. NOLAN and family moved to Alamakee Co. IA in 1849. This county borders Clayton Co. IA. Any info on Bennet NOWLIN/NOWLAN/NOLAN/NOLAND etc. would be greatly appreciated. I live in Houston, TX. , home of the Clayton Library (Genealogy). For the online catalog, go to: Houston-Area Online Library Catalogs . I will gladly do reciprocal research for you. Happy Ancestor Hunting...........Susan Fortenberry

James Moon      Sun Aug 17 12:21:15 1997
Doing research on Margaret ARTLEY b. July 10, 1841 in Dakota, IL., Stephenson Co. d. May 9, 1893 in Iowa., m OWEN BOYER b.1839 in in Carbon Co., Pa. d. 1921 in Iowa. Any infoon this line would be appreciated. Thanks, James Moon

H. A. Kippenhan Jr.      Fri Aug 15 1997
I'm starting a research of my mothers family. To the best of my knowledge they were from Lena & Buena Vista , Illinois. My maternal grandfather was George H. HINTZ (born around 1880 - next stop is a call to the county seat to see if I can get a copy of his birth certificate). He married a woman named Mary CLAIR (date of marriage is in the 1902/1905 timeframe). Mary was also from the Lena / Buena Vista area. Note there are lots of variations in the way Hintz get's spelled (one may see HINZ, HINZE, etc.). My grandfather was always insistent that the proper spelling was Hintz, and I expect any of his descendents would have retained that spelling. In so far as I know, George was born in this country, though he may have had older siblings that were born in Germany. History on mom's side of the family is little known. Any info you could provide or any suggestions to make my research go more easily would be much appreciated.

Terri Ruleau      Thu Aug 14 11:02:10 1997
Searching for information on the Samuel LINCOLN family of Ridott, IL. Samuel was born 8-22-1814 in Milton VT. He married Elizabeth LEECH there 7-24-1842. The family came to Ridott. Samuel worked at or owned the first flour mill and was killed in an accident there 9-22-1857. Children were:Albert, Mary Elizabeth Jane, Samuel, Franklin and Edwin. Any info on Samuel's parents would be appreciated.

Terri Ruleau      Thu Aug 14 10:55:39 1997
Searching for information on family of Benjamin HILLS. The family came to Stephenson county from New York. Benjamin married Mary Elizabeth LINCOLN 9-5-1858, in Silver Creek Twp. Benjamin died 5-1-1862 of wounds received at Shiloh. Any info on this HILLS family would be appreciated.

JULY 1997

Eric Curtis      Sun Jul 27 07:47:05 1997
Looking for information on Jacob RICHARDS who conducted one of the first newspapers in the town of Freeport.

Kevin Miller      Sun Jul 27 16:11:37 1997
I'm related to Jennie NEFF (b. abt 1866) of Freeport, Il. Her parents were John W. NEFF (d. abt 1891) and Mary MITCHELL. Mary's father was Col. James MITCHELL. I believe all these folks lived in Freeport a long time. Jennie married John Shannon HARPSTER (b. 1859) in 1896. John had lived in Freeport since about 1880.

Susan Van Kirk Beyer      Sun Jul 27 16:17:11 1997
EDER/GUND/BURCKHARDT/MACK: Seeking information regarding the Eder family. They lived in Silver Creek, Illinois beginning in 1847. Particularly interested in information regarding the children of John and Marguerite (MACK) EDER: Christina, Abraham, Elizabeth, Phillip, Dorothy, Jacob, Sophia, Henry and John. Also interested in information about John's sister's Regina (& Henry) BURCKHARDT and Sophia (& George) GUND.

Addie Morrissey      Wed, 23 Jul 1997
I am trying to locate the locality of my ancestor who died in 1841 in Stephenson County, Illinois. I would like to gather confirmation on this.
Is there a census index for 1840 in Illinois or mortality list? Does anyone have access to Stephenson County records? The ancestor I am looking for is Aaron BAKER who was married to Anna "Allen" Baker. Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you

Patricia A Whalen Sun, 20 Jul 1997
Freeport 1800-1950 Families of GALLAGHER, DINLEY, GOFF, WOLF, BOSDORF. These families are all related. Woud like to share information with living relatives. Have many letters written by these people in this time frame.

Aline Kelm       Tue Jul 15 1997
John MAHON married Amelia TILTON 20 Feb 1860, Where? Amelia was living in Nora, Jo Daviess Co. Ill. with parents. John died 10 Feb 1897 in West Point Twp., Stephenson Co., Ill. buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, Jo Daviess county, Ill. Amelia died 24 Dec 1893 in West Point Twp., Stephenson Co., Ill. buried in same place as John. They had nine children: 1) George M. abt 1862 Where? md Jennie ALEXANDER 29 Mar 1909, Stephenson Co., Ill. 2) Ida abt 1863 Where? md about 1888 to ?? 3) Mary R. born about 13 Apr 1864 Where? md William J. DEAM, 15 Mar 1892, Stephenson Co., Ill. 4) Nellie born about May 1867 in Nora, Jo Daviess, Ill. md William KERR, 1 Jan 1893, Stephenson Co., Ill. 5) Cora A. born abt June 1870, Nora, Jo Daviess, Ill. md Fredrick PARRIS, 8 Mar 1895 in Stephenson Co., Ill. 6) Effie born abt 1875 in Nora, Jo Daviess, Ill. married ?? 7) Charles, born abt 1878, West Point, Stephenson, Ill. married ?? 8) Henry born abt Dec 1884, West Point, Stephenson, Ill. married ? 9) Harry born abt Feb 1888 in west Point, Stephenson. Ill. married Edna D. LEWIS, 21 Dec 1909, Stephenson Co., Ill.

H. McKinney      Sun Jul 6 22:44:24 1997
I am researching Aaron GRIGSBY father of William Grigsby he married Sarah Ann CAIN daughter of George Cain. William and Sarah had a daughter named Oranna Lucritia Grigsby born approximately 1850? who later married Andrew Jackson RICHARDSON son of a William Richardson. If any of these names sound familiar I would love to hear from you. Thanks!

JUNE 1997

H. Andrew BROWN      Sun Jun 22 09:43:57 1997
FISK. Seek contact with descendants of Mary/Polly FISK, widow of Amos FISK(d.1842VT) who died at Lena\Stephenson\IL. While most of children removed to Steamboat.Rock\Hardin\IA, I am hoping that those who remained may have left descendants with knowledge of Mary's mother: Mary REEVES or Mercy BARNES. Father was Sylvestor CRANDALL.

Selma Bonewald      Thu Jun 19 14:36:42 1997
BAKER, HADLOCK, HARTMANN, PENTICOFF Wm. "Tutty" and his wife Elizabeth BAKER are my 3rd gr. grandparents. I am looking for descendants on all their childrens' lines. I am esp. interested in finding a picture of my grandfather Elmus and Miriam (HADLOCK) BAKER. I have quite extensive info on the two Baker families and have been at Baker Days to the reunion. Still seeking other family members. Elmus and Miriam had 3 children, Almeda, Peter, & Ida. Did Ida die young? Elmus then remd. to Iznc Parsons and they had Marietta md. John HARTMANN , Frank E, Charles, Sherman, & Eva May md. Charles PENTICOFF. Some children went to Rock Island/Moline , Illinois; Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin.

MAY 1997

Keith Cunday      Tue May 27 06:11:54 1997
A Mrs. Andrew LAMB of Loran Township died 5 th Jan, 1888, wife of Andrew W. Lamb. She was 20 year old. About 15 days later a Mr. Pierce BETZ adopted the 8 month old child. Hoping to find some Betz, that might know something of the adoption. Would like to know the Lady's first and maiden name Thank you.

Richard J Brooks      Sat May 24 20:13:26 1997
Im reaching the GRUTSCH family. I would like to find out if one Henry W. Grutsch was born or adopted in Stephensen Co. I have no date but would guess somewhere between 1820 and 1850. Any information would be helpful. Richard J Brooks

Wendy White      Sun May 25 13:59:32 1997
Lot KINGSBURY and wife Sarah WILLSON are listed on the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census in Stephenson County, IL. They lived in Ridott Township. They were married in Portage County, Ohio in 1835. They had one daughter, Maria born about 1840. Who were Sarah's parents? When and where did Lot and Sarah die and where are they buried? On the 1870 census, they were living with Lyman and Anna WILSON in Ridott. How are these people related to Lot and Sarah?

Keith Cunday      Wed May 21 07:54:16 1997
CALLAN, Arthur Born: 1886, Pearl City, Il. Died: 14 Oct. 1933 In German Valley, Il Buried: Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Ill. Son of Joseph & Mary Ellen Lamb Callan of Pearl City ,Il. Wife Anna Belle ? Callan Born 1894 Died 1969 3 Daughter. Florence Callan, Louise Callan Genevieve Callan. Children were living in German Valley at time of father death. Arthur had one brother George Living in Pearl City, at time of death. Belong to the American Legion. Arthur work for the Chicago & Great Western Railroad. Have information to share.

Suzette Thompson      Wed May 21 18:24:02 1997
Looking for William KLONTZ md. Amelia (Millie) FOX. He born 1825 in Pa. and she born 1824 in Ohio. 2 of their children were born in Stephenson Co., Ill. Thank you.

Mike Maher      Wed May 14 05:33:43 1997
I am an ancestor of Denis MAHER and Mary DOLLAND, they lived in New Dublin, Kent Township, Stephenson Co., Illinois. Their daughter Bridget had the first marriage in Erin Township in 1844 when she marries Robert CAVANAUGH. Family included sisters Ann, Catherine and Mary, brothers James and Thomas James (Sr). The 1860 census shows the family still living in Stephenson Co. Sometime after this the family moved. My grandfather Thomas James (Jr), born August 26, 1885 in Beresford, South Dakota, returned to Stephenson Co. with his father, Thomas James (Sr) married Catherine KENNEDY, worked as a plumber for Evan's Plumbing, and lived in Freeport, Illinois. Thomas James (Jr) had two marriages, Myrtle OSWALD in June 25, 1906, in Freeport, Illinois and Lilas WITTBECKER in March 19, 1931, in Freeport, Illinois. I am willing to share information with anyone who can help.

Lyne Ledbetter      Mon May 12 09:28:57 1997
I am trying to locate my uncle. His name is Terry MILLER, parents were Truman and Irene Miller. He is now in his 50's or 60's. He spent many years between the 1950's and the 1970's at Dixon State Facility. I believe he has been moved from there but not released.

Daun Donyes       Mon May 5 19:45:26 1997
Looking for information on the family that lived in Oneco, Stephenson County in the 1850-1860. A. DONYES was married to Elisaberre. They owned a farm according to the 1860 Census. They had several children, including a son named LaVern (whom both my Great-Grandfather and Grandfather are named after.) Donyes' were also living in Green County Wisconsin at this time.

John D. Anderson      Fri May 2 09:45:08 1997
I Have JOHNSON and SIBERT ancestors who moved from Stark Co., Ohio sometime prior to 1860 and were in the 1860 Stephenson co. census. GEORGE SIBERT died 10- 12-1872 and RACHAEL SIBERT died on 1-27-1886 both are probably buried at Ridott. Seeking any additional info on both.

APRIL 1997

Jane Layne      Wed Apr 30 13:34:32 1997
LECKINGTON-DAUGHENBAUGH Looking for information on Rudolph Leckington, his wife Clarissa MIZNER of Lena. Samuel A. Daughenbaugh, his wife Mary Elizabeth MERRICK of Lena & Freeport

D. Sheridan      Sat Apr 26 00:04:17 1997
Would like to exchange information with anyone researching the following surnames: STITES; MARBLE; WATKINS; and BURNETT.

Rose DeRocher      Thu Apr 24 06:36:00 1997
I am researching the names BEGGIN and BARRON that were in this vacinity in 1800's.

Steven Burgess      Wed Apr 9 18:09:36 1997
Would like to find out if Louis and Stella BURGESS died and were burried in Silver Creek Twp.

Renee Groeneveld Mon Apr 7 11:46:56 1997
I am looking for information regarding the GROENEVELD family whom I believe resided in the Baileyville area in the mid to late 1800's. The only information that I have is a number of listings from the Baileyville Reformed Church cemetery. I have had no luck in finding them in the 1870 census in either Ogle or Stephenson Counties. I would apprecitae any information on either the GROENEVELD family or the Baileyville Reformed Church (i.e.- its location etc...). Thanks, Renee Groeneveld.

ABAUGH9618@AOL.COM      Fri Apr 4 08:25:11 1997
Need info on EDWARD MAHER who was in Stephenson Co., Ill. Had siblings: John, Stephen, Thomas, James, Dennis, Michael, & Maria. This family later went on the Overland Trail to California. His parents were MICHAEL MAHER & ANNA RYAN

Richard L. Hoover      Thu Apr 3 17:24:46 1997
I am searching for any other researchers of the surnames McDANIEL(S), especially descendants of Absalom or John McDANIEL, also surname DAUGHENBAUGH.

Rich Mather      Tue Apr 1 18:09:34 1997
Robert D. BRUNER and Emiley Lucretia DAVISON were married in Freeport, Stephenson Co. IL abt. 1860. Robert was born Oct. 9, 1827 in PA. Emiley was born July 4, 1836 in Canada. Cora A. Bruner the daughter of Robert and Emiley was born Jan. 3, 1863 in Freeport. I am seeking any information about the parents, brothers, sisters, dates and places for Robert, Emiley and Cora. Thank you. Rich Mather (Venice, FL)

MARCH 1997

Peter Kelsall      Mon Mar 31 22:58:52 1997
Looking for ancestors of Barbara Ann MOHR, 1867 - 1938, m Heinrich Adolph WITTBECKER in Freeport, October 18,1887. Also interested in Edwin SCOVILL, 1846 - 1926 and Julia Olive ROBERTS,1855 to 1937.

Orrin Pitts      Sun Mar 30 19:25:07 1997
Looking for family of Karl RIPPBERGER d. in Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa and his wife's family Sarah PATTON d. Ackley, Hardin County, Iowa. They lived in Ridott, Stephenson County, Illinois in 1875 when a daughter Helen was born July 1, 1875. Other children are Will, Albert, Charlie, Josie, and Teddy. If you have any information on this family, please contact me. Will be happy to share information.

Debbie Kandybowski      Sat Mar 22 07:42:39 1997
I am looking for a Johannes MINNICH who lived in this county around 1855 which was the time of death for his father Peter MINNICH from PA. Johannes was born in Dauphin Co, PA on 24th of May 1809. He lived in Rockgrove Twp in 1855 and in Oneco in 1857. Can anyone help? I know nothing else about Johannes.

Dianne Berry Davis      Fri Mar 21 12:43:12 1997
Seeking info re Robert Elmer BERRY b 05-25-1861 in Freeport, IL Son of Jacob BERRY and Catharine KELLROG/KELLROY? Jacob (farmer) immigrated Eng/Canada; Catharine from Ireland. Would appreciate any help from anyone and glad to share what I have.

Ray Bennett      Sun Mar 16 19:42:40 1997
Seeking information about LORENZ, Jacob. On Jan 26, 1905, he left his 2 children, Leona b 6 Nov 1903 (My grandmother), and Ludwig b 4 Sep 1902, at St. Vincent's Orphange in Freeport. (#109 and #110 in the grey book of 1896) I found one Jacob in the 1900 census, but he was not found in the 1910 or the 1880 census. I was not able to check the 1890 census. The one I found was married to STEFFENS, Anna and living with them was Edward, Anna's father. I would appreciate any information about this family.

James Morrison      Sat Mar 15 07:29:18 1997
GAMBLE: Sarah Ann GAMBLE married Jacob CABLE in Stephenson Co. In about 1883 or so they moved on to Nebraska. I would sure like to find someone who has been researching the Gambles. Thanks.


Prudence Danforth      Sun Feb 9 11:17:34 1997
Hello, My mother, Nancy Jane SEACHRIST, was born, on October 9, 1924, and raised in Freeport. Her mother was Gladys DORN of Orangeville and her father was Harry J. SEACHRIST of Pearl City. Unfortunately, both of my parents have passed away and I have no other living relatives (that I am aware) with information on my grandmother or grandfather and their respective families. Any information that would help me would be wonderful, as my researching is hampered by the fact that I live in New York. Thank You,

Karen McCulloch      Wed Feb 12 18:02:18 1997
MCCULLOCH, WHITE, CHENEY, BUPP. I am searching these surnames in Stephenson County, IL and would like to exchange information with other researchers.

Rita Lace      Thu Mar 6 07:18:38 1997
We are searching Stephenson County for the children of Walter MILLER and Polly SALESBURY. Walter and Polly are both buried in the Eleroy cemetery. Their children Harriet (Mrs. Layton BEATLEY) was in Galesberg, IL and Janet (Mrs. ? REBER) was living near Eleroy, IL. Other children: Dexter, Prudence, Amanda, Rozette, Salem, Morris, Gaylord, Amelia and Adelia (twins). Also need parents of Walter Miller and Polly Salesbury. The time frame would be 1850-60.

John Stewart      Wed Mar 5 05:22:55 1997
I am researching the following families of Stephenson County and would like to share information with interested parties: BOWER, HAINES, HENDRICK(S), ILGEN, MANNING, MCNAIR, SHERK, STA(N/M)BAUGH John M. Stewart, e-mail:

Dennis M. Busic      Thu Feb 27 21:00:56 1997
Looking for any information regarding RITZMAN family name. Martin William b:4/11/1844 in Union Co. PA near Milton, PA lived in Waterloo IA, Black Hawk Co. and then lived in Orangeville, IL Stephenson Co. Married Mary Magdeline DERSHAM 2/7/1868. He died 5/28/1916. His children include George Washington RITZMAN b:abt 1870 married Viola GULLICKSON, Laura Belle b:10/6/1872, Alice b:abt 1874, Albert b: 1877, Maude Sarah b: 5/30/1883, Leon S. b: 6/19/1886, Harvey Samuel b: 8/2/1879, Effie Viola b:9/16/1888, Hazel M. b: 8/13/1892.

Ken Nordtvedt      Fri Feb 28 20:00:44 1997
My Stephenson Co IL query concerning KOSIER and PENTICOFF families should have my email address corrected. I recently had to change internet providers. My correct address is

J. PHILLIPS      Sun Feb 23 22:17:02 1997
I am looking for ancestry of Martha Ellen HOWE b. 11-08-1861, in IL. Her Father's name is James M. HOWE b. 1835, in IL. I have been told her mother was an Indian, but I do not know which tribe. My mother thinks she was Cherokee. I am not sure that they were from Stephenson County. I had two leads, Stephenson and Cook Co.'s. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your help. J. Phillips

Kathlyn Neumann      Sat Feb 22 14:15:28 1997
I'm researching all NILES families. I would like to hear from anyone who has a Niles in their families. My line was from RI to IL. Nathaniel NILES married Penelope GREENE in RI ca 1816, and lived 1st in S.Kingstown,RI, ca 1840 moved to Providence Co. RI. Their son: Jeremiah & Mary E. HASTINGS married 1842 in Smithfield, Prov. Co. RI. moved to Stephenson Co. IL ca 1853.

Ed Harkness Fri Feb 21 22:22:55 1997
I am researching the HARKNESS line in Ogle County from about 1855 to 1875. In particular I'm tracking my g-g-g-grandfather, Thomas Harkness, b. abt. 1809 in Ireland. His son, Robert, married Charlotte LOGAN in Stephenson Co., IL, in 1866.

Robert Hicks      Fri Feb 21 16:41:36 1997
Information on James HICKS, Death record, cemetery record. Thank You. Oct.25,1848 Conneaut Reporter. "Died in Winslow, Stephenson Co. Ill. Oct. 12 James HICKS. The deceased was for more than thirty years a resident of this township, and emigrated to Illinois about three years since. In all the relations of life he shared the respect of our citizens and was among the pioneers who first settled in the vicinity. But he has gone to rest, and swells the list of departed pioneers, whose acts of benevolence and the memory of whom is cherished by the community that feel afflicted in his loss, and do offer their condolence to his bereaved family and relatives." Conneaut Ohio news.

Tracey Donohue      Fri Feb 21 15:15:11 1997
RAHORN, RAYHORN, DAVIDSON, STEWART, NEASE, HIGLEY, CROGAN I am searching for any information dealing with EVERHART and Eliza Davidson RAHORN (RAYHORN) and their decendants. They are recorded in the 1860 census from Stephenson County. I am a direct decendant of Everhart and would appreciate any information I can get. George CROGAN lived with the family and it has been hard to locate information on him. Thanks! Tracey, Virginia Beach, VA

Michael Froning      Thu Feb 20 09:41:30 1997
I'm looking for any information on the FRONING surname. My relatives have lived in Freeport, Illinois since the mid 1800's. If you have any information on the Froning's I would love to share notes. Here are some specific names that are of interest to me: Hermann Froning, Frederick Froning, August Froning, Adolph Froning. To the best of my knowledge, they all resided in Freeport during the 1800's.

Chuck Johnson      Wed Feb 19 16:30:03 1997
I am researching a Samuel SMITH who died in Lancaster, Stephenson County, Illinois on 19 November 1878. He is believed to have been born in Augusta County, Virginia. He was a freight hauler. Any information on Samuel would be greatly appreciated.

Keith Cunday      Tue Feb 18 06:18:03 1997
Sarah Jane LAMB, Born 1836 Vigo County, IN m. William WEAVER about 1864 in Stephenson county, IL. Would like to know where they moved to after marriage in Illinois.

Paul Steven      Wed Feb 5 19:58:33 1997
Compiling history of SWISHER descendants and information regarding this surname would be appreciated. Can help with origins of many SWISHER SWITZER families.


John Lybarger      Fri Jan 31 09:36:31 1997
I am seeking information from any descendants of LYBARGER, LYBERGER, LYBYER or any other spelling variation. I am producing a book which will list known descendants of twelve generations. My current database has 2783 different surnames and over 12000 persons of which over 6700 are LAYBARGER descendants. My web page is at

C. Robert Appledorn      Tue Jan 28 12:12:53 1997
Hajo (Harry, b. 17 July 1879), Conradine (Dena, b. 06 Jun 1883), Claas (b. 11 July 1885), Trientje (b. 07 Apr 1887), John (b. 05 Apr 1889). All children baptized in German Valley, Stephenson co, IL. What happened to this family?

Ken Nordtvedt      Sun Jan 26 12:34:25 1997
I seek information on my great grandfather's early adulthood. Isaac KOSIER was born 1860 in Stephenson County, parents being Andrew KOS(I)ER and Rebecca PENTICOFF near Pearl City. Family stories suggest he left area for the Galena lead mines, before he went to Cherokee Iowa about 1890.

John H. Ronk      Wed Jan 22 05:24:00 1997
Am compiling a KRAPE family history, and would like to correspond with anyone bearing that name or descended from Adam KRAPE who was Supt. of Schools (1877-1886) or William W. KRAPE who was a dentist and state legislator. I live in Centre Co., Pa., where much of the KRAPE family lived before a couple of the branches moved west. Write me at John H. Ronk, R.D.#2, Box 75A, Spring Mills, PA 16875 or e-mail,

Peggy Hinshaw      Sun Jan 19 01:42:03 1997
I am seeking information on my GGG Grandparents Daniel B. SHERMAN, who was probably born in 1804 and his wife Dorcas, born abt 1807. They had three sons, John, born abt 1838, Able, b 1847 and Abraham, b abt 1848. Able at some time moved to Kansas and married Francis EATON, b 2 May 1852 in Corbin, Whitley Co, KY. They moved to Boulder Co, CO and had 3 daughters, Mary Louise, b 4 Oct 1874, Delilah, b 1879 & Alice, b. 25 Jan 1885. We do not know what happened to Daniel, Dorcas, John and Abraham. I would like to find out where they went and where Daniel and Dorcas are buried. Any information would be appreciated.

Lester McGuire      Thu Jan 16 06:52.01 1997
I am researching the COLLENS (CULLENS) name in Stephenson Co. James and Esther were in the area around the 1870's. They came from OH and moved into KS by the 1880's. I believe that James's mother Mary was also there would like to find out more about her.

Steven Burgess      Tue Jan 14 17:12:10 1997
I've just started and would appreciate any information on my grandmother Lillian NEAL and her family, she was born in Lena, IL on April 28 1903 to Frank and Anna. She was married in Freeport, IL on Jan. 3 1924 to Walter BURGESS. Thank you.

Susan Bockoven      Mon Jan 13 00:45:30 1997
STITES/STILES Seeking information on the STITES family. Came to Stephenson County sometime before 1858.

William Scheidegger Sat Jan 11 12:53:49 1997
I am searching for any information about Jacob and Eliza BOOP. They and their family moved to Stephenson Co in the early 1850's. At least one child was born there. Mary Arminda Boop, Feb 7, 1856. The family was in Nebraska by 1870. Jacob served in Co E. 45th Ill Vol Inf, 1864, 1865.

Camille M. Ammerman      Fri Jan 10 02:53:29 1997
AMMERMANN Lubke Ammermann emigrated to America ca 1867 (b 1847 East Friesland GY), went first to German Valley IL then removed to Grundy Co IA where he married Caroline ROTTMEYER d/o Christian & Wilhelmina SEMPH (2nd sp Philip Wicks). Caroline emigrated ca 1854 from GY to Forreston, Ogle Co IL. Other Ammermanns same time frame in Grundy Co: Peter & wife (Dorothea Thorne d/o Henry) and Bersent Ammermann (wife Martha); all had Reform Church ties and believe all went to IL from GY then IA. Flora Rottmeyer d/o Christian married Henry C. PASSMORE Sr of Wisc; their son Henry Jr married Margaret Ammerman d/o Peter. Were these Ammermanns related & how? Gladly exchange any data. Stuck & appreciate any help!

Guest Book Queries

Name: Kathy Peterson - Neal
Referred by: Net Search
From: Rockford, Illinois
Time: 1997-12-28 17:22:00
Comments: I haven't looked at much yet on here. But, what I have seen so far is great. I looked at the on line request forms for Winnebago County, printed them and will be using them. How handy! I wish Stephenson County had them for their courthouse also.

Name: Leroy H. Busker
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From: Rockton, Illinois
Time: 1997-12-28 16:41:00
Comments: I have a large amount of genealogy information about the families BUSKER and HAAS, both of which lived in Stephenson County. Found you through David Dahlen's column in Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society newsletter.

Name: Sharon Nuss Custer
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Hoisington, Kansas
Time: 1997-12-26 22:38:00
Comments: Born and raised in Winnebago County, but many of my ancestors lived in Stephenson County. I am researching the following names: FOSLER, LONG (LANG), RAYMER, KOLLER (COLLAR), REBER, DAWS, NUSS.

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Time: 1997-12-16 04:08:00
Comments: My name is Dennis HARNISH. I was born in Freeport, April 15,1945. I graduated from Freeport High School in 1963. My father died in the second World War, DEC. 18, 1944. I am interested in finding more information on my Father's family. Thank you.

Name: Bill Rudy
Referred by: Net Search
From: PA
Time: 1997-12-11 06:27:00
Comments: My PENNICOFF ancestors came to PA from IL. I hope that someone can provide me with information about them.

Name: Donald L. Smith
Referred by: Net Search
From: Born in Texas, Grew up in IL.
Time: 1997-11-27 19:41:00
Comments: I have enjoyed the visit. I have traced my ancestors back to John Albert SMITH who resided in Stephenson County Illinois and from Illinois to Canada. I have been stumped in Canada. Any assistance would Be appreciated.

Name: Bob Hoy
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From: Waukon, IA
Time: 1997-11-20 05:27:00
Comments: I had Family research in Jo Davies County and it has now carried me over to Stephanson County. Family names are HOY, BETTS and CLAY.

Name: Eva Suzukawa
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Belmont CA
Time: 1997-10-27 19:50:00
Comments: I am researching John STRANGE who married Elizabeth KELLY in Stephenson Co. After his death Elizabeth Strange married Royal MITCHELL. I have not been able to find where John is buried or when either marriage took place.

Name: Eva Suzukawa
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From: Belmont CA
Time: 1997-10-27 19:39:00
Comments: I had ancesters that were married and died in Stephenson Co. I found this information but could not get dates without paying $15 for a marriage or death certificate. Is there any way to get the dates?

Name: Bill Breihan
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Time: 1997-10-15 06:53:00
Comments: My relatives settled in Winslow in 1835. I have dozens of items of correspondence from that era. Joseph R. and Sarah BERRY. Hector and Edward KNEELAND. Owned hotel/stage coach house in Winslow. Bought from Cyrus WOODMAN. Some descriptions of life in Stephenson Co in 30s and 40s. Interesting stuff.

Name: Margaret Norlen
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From: Idaho
Time: 1997-10-12 07:39:00
Comments: We are researching g.grandfather and g. grandmother SAUSMAN and family who settled in Kent, Stephenson Co. IL before 1858. Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Name: Bob Jennings
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From: Sun City, AZ
Time: 1997-10-01 02:58:00
Comments: I am interested in Stephenson County because my ancestor GGrandparents Patrick and Mary GOFF FARLEY homesteaded in Waddams Grove. Their daughter Mary Farley is my grandmother. Mary GOFF Farley died and was buried in the vicinity of Waddams Grove but the grave was never located. My grandmother went back to where she thought the burial site was located but could not find it. They moved on to Elk Point, South Dakota.

Name: Peggy Sutherlin
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Dallas, Texas
Time: 1997-09-23 01:01:00
Comments: Updating The Robert BARBER of Lanaster Co, Pa. 1889. Some descendants went with the CHAMBERS, and VALVALZAH to Freeport @ 1850. Please contact me if a descendant.

Name: Nancy M. Meyers
Referred by: SimpleNet
From: Lorain, OH
Time: 1997-09-22 04:24:00
Comments: Attempting to gather data on my direct and lateral lines of: WHITSON, GUILD, SCHURE, and CLAY who lived in Stephenson County around the turn of the century.

Name: Gary A. Zumdahl
Referred by: Just Surfed On In!
From: Central California
Time: 1997-09-18 17:51:00
Comments: Born in Freeport, raised in Mt. Morris, Ogle Co. IL. My genealogy reseach over the past 15 years covers Ogle and Stephenson Counties.

Name: Robert Byrnes Jones
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Time: 1997-09-17 02:22:00
Comments: My greatgreat grand parents came to Freeport in 1857. Patrick BYRNES, wife was Margaret CARMODY. I belong to the local Gen & Hist.Society. Do not know your age but my Aunt and Great Aunt necer married . they taught school all their life in Freeport. They were Margaret SCHILLING and Marie BYRNES. Robert B Jones Holmes Beach Fl

Name: Robert Christie Collman
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From: franconia, NH 03850
Time: 1997-09-15 10:21:00
Comments: I am interested in COLLMAN or COLLMANN. My grandfather Frederick (b 6/19/1882 in Freeport) and g grandfather Frank (b ?,) and gg grandfather Emile Felle Collmann (b 5/21/1857 in Silver Creek IL) acording to birth certificates. I am also trying to figure out my relationship to James Collman. We think his grandfather was 1/2 brother to Frank. I have more information I am willing to share. I know the family farm still has a Collman on it! Please Email me or Snail PO Box 847 Franconia NH 03580

Name: Nico Nanninga
Website: just started
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From: the Netherlands
Time: 1997-09-11 15:05:00
Comments: Nice pages. Too bad I couldn't find anything from my ancestors the NANNINGA family. They moved from holland to stephenson county.