Visitor's Comments

and Surname Connections

Do you have a Lost ancestor and and thru the Lafayette County Homepage Found them?  Do you have a comments you would like to make concerning the Lafayette County Homepage?

Please e-mail  Dori Leekley.

CHERRY // LYNE // KITTOE // GEHRT  ..Julie Lickes  

Just wanted to let you know, I grew up in Monroe, WI but my entire background is from the Shullsburg area, Cherry's, Lyne's, Kittoes, Gehrts and it was a pleasure reading the info that you would have.

thanks for a great job. Just as a note, it's really to bad that some of the older citizens that live in that area don't have computers because I know the stories that grandma tells are just wonderful and I know she has been in Shullsburg for many decades!!

thanks again, Julie Lickes


Subj: Your Wisconsin page... 2000
Roberta Wienke
To: DLeekley

You have done a great job with your page.....lots of interesting things there. My relatives settled in Jo Daviess and Lafayette Counties in the early 1800. Norman Richardson and Hester Mix. There is quite a bit of information on him and his sister in the Jo Daviess web page.

I haven't found much on them on your web page. I love reading your chapters you are transcribing. I have a few items once I have typed them up, you may want to include in your page. I will let you know when I have them done.

Great job.  


To: DLeekley

Your new page looks good. Keep up the fine work.   Thank you, Guy Gordon Lawyer, Jr.


Subj: Just Hello

HI:   Very neat site.    Warren Turner


Thanks for your work in doing Lafayette County genealogy. It is such a rich, historical area, and very beautiful. I have many fond memories of visiting relatives in Benton, Leadmine and New Diggings while groing up. I am so sorry to hear your house burned. I hope all is going well for you while you are recovering from such a terrible loss. Thanks again. Suzanne Laver


Subj: LAFAYETTE CO. HOMEPAGES

Date: 98-06         To: dleekley@aol.com

You've done a great job in your layout--and in the amount of materials  covered on your page. I'll be back to watch the new updates, queries, etc.  Thanks for all your time in preparing the pages.

Sincerely,  Jean Ladd   jladd@ionet.net


Subj: RE: Lafayette look-up request

Date: 98-06       To: DLeekley@aol.com ('DLeekley@aol.com')

Amazing !!!! Even before I contact Probate to get the wills, it tells me  that the family stayed in Lafayette County ! You made my day. A  wonderful website, too, I must say.   I want to thank you for devotion to genealogy & to history.   I only wish you could see the faces of people whose research you've  aided.

Thanks so much,  Billy


Subj: Re: The Ernst Colony

Submitted by:  Nancy  

Hi Dori:

The article is contained in "Fayette Facts," Vol. 6, No. 2 (Summer 1977) pp. 44-53. It was written by Paul Stroble. (I believe it is available through PERSI.)  

P. 52 reads:

"Mr. Hollman left Vandalia the 27 March 1827 to St. Louis with J.R. Vineyard, F. Reesman and George Rosemeyer. They secured passage on the steam boat, "Indiana", which had twenty cabins and three hundred deck passengers capacity. They arived at Galena, Illinois 4 July 1827. They invested in a mine, buying out former owners, called it "New Diggins", which proved very profitable.

Mr. Hollman later went to the territory of Michigan ... The ore at the "New Diggin's" mine had run out. In March, 1828 he set out for Platteville, Wisconsin, arrived the 9th of April 1828. He and friends opened up a mine called "Roundtree" and proved to be very good and their finances were greatly improved, living conditions were improved with the great windfall. ..."

Another reference, p. 48, states that Mr. Hollman "settled in Platteville, Wisconsin, where he died in 1876 ..."      I'm sure its very possible that many mines were called "New Diggins"!  

Thanks for responding to my query. I'm actually researching the surname HORNICK (also known as HORNACK and HARNOCK and HARNICK). I seem to have misplaced the family between 1830 and 1840. They show up back in Fayette County, Illinois in 1850!

Happy Hunting!  


Subj: Lafayette County website

Date: 98-04   To: dleekley@aol.com

Just want to say how enlightening Margaret S. Carter's book on the Lafayette County web site is! I really helps give perspective as to why our ancestors went to the area when they did.    I await with anticipation the finish of the "under construction" chapters.

Great job!
Virginia Phelps


Subj: Thank you from Australia

Date: 98-04

Simon Liddle

Dear Dori

RE: WILLIAM D BALDWIN (1800-1854+) & NANCY BALDWIN (1800-c1850) & family

Firstly, let me send a big THANK YOU for your wonderful Lafayette County  homepage that I stumbled into today. What a suprise! I am writing to  you from Australia. My gr-gr-gr grandfather Samuel Cooper Baldwin  emigrated to Australia from America in the 1850s. For years we have  been trying to track down his origins. I now know that Samuel was the  son of William D Baldwin and Nancy nee Cooper. William and Nancy were originally from New York (both born circa 1800), they married in Boston,  Samuel was born 1824 in Chelmsford, Mass. Then the family picked up and  travelled to Wisconsin - New Diggings. It was wonderful to find the  extracts from Margaret S Carter's book mentioning William. I am eagerly  awaiting the next instalments under construction. I note in the indexes  to both of Margaret's books that there are MANY references to: Baldwin,  William Baldwin and Virginia Baldwin (Samuel's sister).

Once again thanks Dori for your great page. Any Baldwin information  would be very valued by all of us here in the family. We think it's  marvellous to have a link to your part of the world.  

Regards and thank you.
Simon Liddle
Mt Waverley, Australia
email: siroli@hotmail.com


Date: 98-03

From:  Greg McKillip

To: DLeekley

This is my first time into the Lafayette County webpage. Could not stay long but shall return! Thoroughly enjoyed it and will return often. Thank you for your efforts. Seems like I'm home.

Greg McKillip
Summerville, S.C.

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