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David Williams 31 Dec 8:07:36 2001

I'm researching my ggg grandfather. His name was John A  Hurd. I have a copy of the land grant he recevied the 20th day of May in 1841. The tract was 40 acres in Cass county. It is certificate number 19717. I know he came from Pennsylavania and he had at least one daughter, my gg grand mother. Her name was Calania Columbia Hurd and she married a James E Dickerson.  I am seeking any info I can find on John A Hurd.

Pat Inman 23 Dec 5:46:00 2001

I am looking for information on my Great Grandfather James S. Altic "Altig" "Altick".  He was born in Franklin Co, VA abt 1847 and married Lucy (Schrader) "Schroeder" in Chandlerville, IL on 28 Oct 1875.  According to what I have he died in Chandlerville and is buried there. They had many children that did not survive...but, I know of James; Elizabeth "Lizzie"; Nora; and Lulu Rebecca (My grandmother).  If anyone has more information on this line and where James & Lucy are buried.

Alison Clement 22 Dec 12:07:51 2001

I'm looking for information about a woman named Alva S. WARD or a man named Wilbert WARD (probably her son)?  I have a box of old family photos  --almost none of which have names written on them, of course. Two of the  pictures though identify Alva Ward and if I knew who she was, who her  parents were and who she married, I think I could then identify many of the  other pictures. Can anyone help? I suspect that WARD is her husband's name. In one photo, she's holding a baby identified as Wilbert.

(Most of the people in the photographs are from Morgan, Pike or Cass  Counties, I believe-- I'm related to the  CLEMENT/SMITH/GOODPASTURE/LOE/DUNAVAN families among others.)

Robert W. Rigler 22 Dec 8:59:06 2001


William Bernard Arenz 19 Dec 5:27:15 2001

My family origins began when the first William Arenz settled in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Year (?). Is there a listing of family branches and where they settled? Plus, how do you keep people from calling you Arnez - like Lucy?

Sherri (Newell) Luebke 
16 Nov 6:57:51 2001

I'm looking for any information or paperwork on John Hall Newell or his wife Dora Gregg Newell.  John Newell-b 10-16-1861 Dora Newell b 11-16 1866 d. Sept 11, 1967.  I am looking for their origins.  Their Children included Martin Luther Newell, Clarence Newell, Everett Newell(my great grandfather) and Orie Newell. All Newells lived in Beardstown Illinois, and many were railroad workers or carpenters.  The Town Directory of 1939 show the family home to be 802 Wall St.  Any information you have please contact me.  Thank you!

Kandi Stark Reeder 27 Oct 10:56:42 2001

I am looking for a probate or deed near Chandlerville for a farm/estate of Myron Wheeler who died January 30, 1932.  He was my gggrandfather and my grandmother Lura Payne Nelson (along with others) received money from the "Chandlerville" place in the mid 30's. I'm not sure if this farm was purchased by Myron or from his parents. Charles (possibly John Charles) Wheeler.  The executor was Ralph Wheeler of Prairie City, Illinois any clues appreciated

Shirley Edillon 24 Sep 2:27:28 2001

Looking for dates and burial information for:

-Arthur Menefee Pendleton d. 1915 in Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL

-and his wife, Hester Hewitt Pendleton
Maude Pendleton 1870-1874
Stella Pendleton
Arthur Pendleton II
Musa Pendleton
John Pendleton
Myrtle Pendleton

Would also love to correspond with any descendants! We're related through Authur Sr.'s mother.

Joanne Adams 23 Sep 5:52:11 2001

I'm looking for information for the following individuals in Cass County:
Perry Dixon - b.06/23/1855 Licking, Ohio d. 10/17/1928 location unknown.
Resided in what was then Newmansville, now part of Ashland, Cass County. Parents unknown.
Matilda Caroline Witty - b.05/07/1861 Newmansville, Cass County d. 02/27/1908 location unknown. Mothers name Harriet Witty, father deceased at time of Matilda's marriage, name unknown. Perry & Matilda settled in Menard County, parents of Robert, Harry, Cordelia, Harriet Susan (Hattie), and Mary Helen.

Lucille Wahrenbrock 29 Aug 6:20:29 2001

David McKnight and Matilda Skidmore were married 31 Aug 1831 in Morgan Co., IL. I have information to share about David and their children, but cannot find the birth date and place of either, or their parents. David's children received a warrant for land in Iowa, on the basis of David's service in the War of 1812. He enlisted in Vermont.  

John Evans 28 Aug 3:33:18 2001

I just discovered that my aunt, Ethel Mae EVANS, was born in Cass county, Ashland, Illinois on June 28th, 1900.  My father, was later born in West Jefferson, Ohio in 1907, so I know that my grandparents (William Seymour EVANS and Eleanor EDWARDS) must have moved away after my aunt was born.

Does anyone have any history of the EVANS family in Cass County from around 1890-1900?   Since my aunt was born in Ashland, perhaps they lived in a nearby county.

Brenda Baker 27 Aug 7:32:30 2001

I am looking for any information on the family of Harvey Wood Stewart and Mary Jane White Stewart.  They had ten children and lived in the Virginia, Beardstown area.  Their children were:  Commadore, Latney, Alfred, Vess, Nannie, Ollie, Zelpha, Amos, and Nannie.  They were originally from Edmonson Ky.  I am sure that some relatives still live in the area.  Nannie married a Wordell, Nellie married a Seabolt, and Ollie married a Miller.  Any information would be helpful.  I am the daughter of Alfred.

Herbert D Richards 24 Aug 10:18:27 2001

I am researching my ancestry from Cass Co.... My maternal grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth Ashurst. She died April 3.1906 in Virginia,Cass Co.,Il Her maiden name was Sarah Elizabeth Hare from Louisville, KY and she married my grandfather,Elijah Ashurst in 1876 in Mason Co.,Il. I believe she died in the home of one of her sons. Any information you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

John McClung  15 Aug 7:47:38 2001

Looking for information on Henry Kuhlman emigrated from Germany in 1868 settled in or near Beardstown at least two children -Christinia born 1863 in Lockhausen Germany died Oberlin, Kansas 1954 married John Lueke March 10, 1887 in Beardstown, Ill.- William still living in 1954.  Married twice as William is called a half brother in the obit of Christina.

Lowell W. Patterson 11 Aug 6:20:15 2001

I am searching for any information about Mattie Mae Kunkle who, according to oral family history, lived in the Beardstown area and married a semi-professional ball player named John Crawford in the early 1900's.  She may have had a daughter named Rosa.

Eric Lebkuecher  07 Aug 3:39:06 2001

I am seeking information on the ancestors and children of Jacob Lebkuecher (1812- Dec.17-1838) and his wife Margaret Kohlmann (1808- Mar.13-1859).  At this time I know they had four children, but only have info on Jacob Lebkuecher (Lebknecher) (1836-1906), who was a resident of Cass County. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

Paul Thuma  03 Aug 10:48:24 2001

I am looking for information regarding George Godfrey KRUSE and his wife, Elizabeth TRUMMEN. At least some of their children were born in Cass County. This would be about 1870 - 1890. Their son, Victor Emil KRUSE, was born in Cass County in 1884 and is buried in Walnut Ridge Cemetery (Virginia, Cass County, Illinois). I beleive George and Elizabeth were born in Germany.

Any help or contacts would be greatly appreciated.

William Thiemann  02 Aug 7:59:08 2001

Interested in any information on the parents of Frederick William Thiemann born in 1906 in Beardstown, Cass Co., Illinois.

Jacque Patton  29 Jul 12:52:42 2001

Seeking any information on my ancestors:
Hugh T. Elliott married Sarah Jane Pullam on 3/7/1876 in Cass County.  They lived in Chandlersville area.  Children Mary Elliott and Martha Elliott, marriages unknown.
Hugh's first marriage was to Pamelia Freeman Arendt.  Children are as follows: 
Leona Arendt married William Walker 1/7/1874
Dora Elliott married Joseph F. Black 5/30/1889
Charles E. Elliott married Maud Mains 10/21/1903
All marriages in Cass County.

Vicki Lindell 27 Jul 9:44:57 2001

I am looking for information about my ggg grandmother Elizabeth WOOD WORKMAN GREENWOOD.  She was married to my ggg grandfather John W. WORKMAN.  She was born 12 October 1830.  They were married 4 January 1851 in Cass County.  Her husband died during the Civil War. She remarried ,James GREENWOOD in June of 1863.  They moved to Kansas with her son John B. WORKMAN.  He may have changed his name to John B. GREENWOOD.

John Buck, Jr. 25 Jul 10:06:58 2001

I am researching the BUCK surname.  Jonathan Elijah Buck and his sister Lillian (or Lydia) Buck (who married John PATTERSON) both lived in Ashland,Cass County, in 1919.   Their father, Henry Jackson Buck, and their mother, Martha Richardson, had come from Tennessee in the mid-1800's.  Other members of this family lived in Macoupin, Morgan and Sangamon Counties, Illinois. They are all descended from Zuriah COVALT and Jonathan BUCK b. 1755 in Pennsylvania.

School Pictures
Dona Perry Meeker 22 Jul 10:42:36 2001

I'd like to find a picture of Bluff Springs Grade School and the Brick School. I attended Arenz School and have some school pictures in the 40s of children there, then went to Bluff Springs for 2 years. Does anyone have Arenz 41-42 year picture?

Sharon (Flaharty) Ax 18 Jul 12:24:01 2001

I am looking for anyone who has information on my Great Grandmother Mary (Gruber) Flaharty and John B. Flaharty.  Mary (Gruber) Flaharty is burried in St. Alexius Cemetary in Beardstown,  Burial 1911.They had 2 children George and Grace Flaharty.  I am trying to find out if Grandma Mary (Gruber) Flaharty had any siblings and the names of her parents.  I believe her family came over from Hanover, Germany.  I am also interested in my Grandfather's occupation.   Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.

Dave Etherton
21 Jun 1:41:50 2001

I am looking for imformation on Stephen Walter Etherton who married Margaret Anne Smith on May 23, 1844 in Cass County, IL and lived there until about 1855 before moving to Iowa and eventually to Nebraska.  Margaret Anne Smith was supposed to have been born in Cass County, IL on June17, 1825.  I would like to know who her parents were.  Stephen Etherton's parents were William and Mary Etherton.  They were from Green County, Kentucky, they must have moved to Illinois because they supposibly show up in the 1850 census for Illinois.  Stephen was Civil War veteran from Illinois and after the war moved his family to Iowa.  Any information on any of these people would be greatly appreciated.

07 Jun 6:57:35 2001

Searching for information on a Joseph Devault. He lived with William and R.A. Taylor families. He died in 1942 .Would like to know his parents names. He had a sister Emma Selby and Anna Cowan.    

Betty Morse
02 Jun 3:11:53 2001

I am looking for any information on the last name Lehmkuhl they came from Germany to USA maybe New York.

Thomas Bowers 02 Jun 1:19:33 2001

Looking for the country of origin of ancestors of Stephen A Bowers and Ellora Hager who were married around the 1890's and lived in Beardstown, Ilinois.

Beverly Huskey 06 May 10:26:49 2001

Need information on William Hampton Looker and Bridget Josephine Mahoney who married March 3, 1897 in Cass County, Illinois. Did this couple have any children? Also who were Bridgets parents? Any help would be greatly appreciated

Mike Conners 23 Apr 5:28:46 2001

My name is Mike Conners and I am looking for Benjamin Conner d. July 5, 1874. Sarah Conner unk when she died. James Conner, son of Benjamin. Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.

Bobbie McBee Duke 21 Apr 7:51:42 2001

Looking for info on John McDaniel, Parmer McDaniel and Lizzie McDaniel.

Leona Walters Oliba
19 Apr 10:42:59 2001

I would appreciate any information on Franklin Walters and Nancy Vaughn who were married in Cass County, IL in 1881. His father and mother were Milton and Mehitable Graves Walters of Parke County, Indiana. I am at a standstill with Nancy Vaughn who was still alive in 1937 near Alsey or Beardstown, IL. I also need information on Milton and Mehitable.

Diane Bruce 16 Apr 1:47:08 2001

I am searching for information on my grandfather, Alexander F. MOORE, a dentist, who married my grandmother, Emma BURACKER 19 Jan 1887 in Beardstown, Cass County, IL.   Alexander was b: 1866 in Lockport, NY and Emma was b: 10 Feb 1860, in Cass County, IL.  Alexander and Emma had one son, William Henry Moore, b: 30 Dec 1889, Beardstown, Cass County, IL.  Alexander and Emma divorced shortly after William was born.  I cannot find Alexander from that point until 1920 when I found him in Lockport, NY, married to another woman, Christina.  I am trying to determine why Alexander was living in Beardstown when he met my grandmother and where he went after their divorce. 

Diane Bruce 16 Apr 1:38:47 2001

I am searching for relatives of Philemon STOUT, b: 1804, New Jersey, and Lacy PHILLIPS, b: 5 May 1807, Trenton, New Jersey.  Philemon STOUT and Lacy PHILLIPS were married in Ohio abt. 1830.  They moved to Virginia Township, Cass County, IL in 1833.   Philemon bought land and they lived in Cass County their death.  Lacy PHILLIPS d: 8 Jun 1880.  They had two children that I know of:  Margaret, b: 1855 in Ohio and Philemon, b: 1840 in Cass County, IL.  Elijah STOUT, a minister (I believe is a relative) b: 1826 in Ohio, married to Josephine, b: 1828 in Tennessee.  They had two children, Celestia, b: 1854, IL, and Eda, b: 1859, IL.

Jim McMillen 07 Apr 12:35:51 2001

NEEDHAM, James and Cecelia both died in 1893, according to the Walnut Ridge Cemetery book and a biographical sketch in the 1915 History. But the 1907 Historical Sketches says they died in 1903 and there is other evidence suggesting the latter date is correct. Does anyone know for sure?

Janet Petefish McDuffie 03 Apr 2:57:12 2001

I am looking for information about my grandfather, William E. Anderson and his father, David Anderson. I am beginning a research of my mothers side of the family and need all the help that i can find. My grandfather, William Anderson had 7 children: Ruth, Mildred, Betty(my mother), Marilyn, Floyd, David, and Rick. I am living in the state of Miss. and it is hard for me to find what i need. I would like to find out when the family first came to IL from Kentucky. My gr. grandfather was married to Myrtle Anderson. I do not know her maiden name. My Mother, Betty Petefish, wants to know more of her familys history too. I am doing this for her as well as myself. Thank you for any help...

Sherrie Stout 01 Apr 12:17:09 2001

Looking for information on Jonathan W. Johnson that is listed in the township of Chandlerville in the  1860 Cass County Census Index of Illinois.

Jim McMillen 26 Mar 4:00:29 2001

William and Euphemia Gall Wilkie (spelled Woolkie in the 1850 census) came to Cass County from Scotland in the first half of the 1840s. A family tradition says that there were several families who came together from Scotland about 1842, very possibly those who are shown in the 1850 census living close together, apparently in the area a few miles east of Virginia. Does anyone have any further information about this migration?

Their children, who were born between 1814 and 1831 in Perthshire, their spouses, and number of children:

Cecelia Wilkie, married William Coupar (Cooper)(3 ch.) and Rev. James Needham (4 ch).
William Wilkie, probably stayed in Scotland.
Jane (or Jean) Wilkie, married Duncan Reid (8 ch).
Isabelle Wilkie, married Arthur Davidson (5 ch) and Christian Slater (5 ch).
George Wilkie, married Mary Campbell (5 ch) and Mary Hamilton (3 ch).
Agnes Wilkie, married brothers Walter Hill (1 ch) and George Hill (2 ch) and Alexander Sibbald (1 ch).
John Wilkie, apparently never married.
Euphemia Wilkie, married Thomas Cunningham (6 ch).

I would like to hear from anyone with information about this Wilkie family. Since three brothers of the family of George and Isabella Hill married children or grandchildren of the Wilkies, I'd like to hear from any of these Hills, too.

Jennie Durao
24 Mar 12:04:10 2001

I'm looking for James Osborne b. abt 1820 in England and settled in Cass Co., Illinois abt. 1840's died Sept 9 1903. He was in the Royal Navy. He married Ann Hyde(b. abt 1828 in England and came to America with her father and two brothers) wedding date April 13 1844. They had the following children: 

Elizabeth Ann Osborne, b. Feb 22,1849 married Clause Ahlf.
William James Osborne, b.March 10 1851 d. August 21 1926 Married Feb.22 1873
Eliza Ann Thomas b. March 20 1858 d. July 19 1926
John Syles Osborne b.nov. 30 1854 d. Sept 16 1855
Henry Benjamin Osborne b. Oct 17 1858 married Jennie Keryendall
Lydia Matilda Osborne b. Oct 17 1858 married ? Francis
Eliza Jane  Osborne b. March 20 1863 married ? Wood
Marth Alice Osborne b. June 21 1866 Married Perry Hunt

I'm also looking for the mother of Eliza Ann Thomas b. March 20 1858 d.July 19 1926. Eliza Ann's mother maybe Osage Indian. Her father was Stephen Thomas b. abt 1820's he was in the Civil War. If any one can make a connection let me know.

Caroline House 19 Mar 6:56:33 2001

I have a record of a land purchase by Benjamin GATTON and Level HILTON. The land was purchased 16 Arpil 1832 in what was then Morgan County. Lots 18, 19, 20, Section 15, Township 18N, 12W.  Any information about either of these men would be very welcome.

Edward Hall
10 Mar 10:10:57 2001

Looking for any information for a William Hall b.14 Jul 1853 possably Cass Co. d. 3 Dec 1894 burried Fairview Cemetary outside Chandlerville Illinois. He  was married to a Anna Neil b.14 Mar 1855 d. 14 April 1927 also burried Farview Cemetary.

Know for sure a son William Alexander HAll ( grandfather) b. 05 Jul. 1880 d.8 May 1955 at Jacksonville. Married to a Alma Bridgeman of Pleasant Plains Ill.

I know he lived in Cass County for my grandfather William A. lived on his farm around Beardstown after his death with his mother.

I belive they called him Billy Hall.

Kraig Tomlinson 05 Mar 9:21:01 2001

Seeking information on my grandfather, Ralph Russel Higgins (b. 8/29/1902 Logan Co., IL, d. 12/5/1959 Beardstown, Cass Co., IL)  Ralph married Edna Ellen Zollner in Tampa, FL on 12/3/1938.  He served in WWI as a Private in the Medical Dept.  He was buried in Beardstown City Cemetery, Beardstown, IL.

William Arthur Davis 01 Mar 12:39:34 2001

Arthur Gilbert Davis married Nora Everett Stephens abt 1900.  They had 3 sons: Harley Arthur Davis (was in WW I ) ; Homer Davis (Navy) ; Horace Arthur Davis, born 14 Nov 1908 Versailles , Brown Co., Illinois, (served in Marine Corps), moved to Wyoming abt 1928.  Any information  on any or all of above needed.

Betty Coffman 22 Feb 3:13:17 2001

I am looking for Laura McClellan Barber born October 4, 1862,  married Loren Samuel Long, born March 30, 1859.  Laura's parents were Isaac and Susan Barber.  Her siblings were Mary, James, Minnie, William, and Bessie.   Laura and Loren's children were Effie Mae, Nellie Louise, William Isaac, Minnie Susan, and Bessie Mary. Their children were all born in Cass county, Illinois.

Liz Daugherty 20 Feb 10:37:51 2001

I am searching for info on Cashius Givens of Beardstown, Cass Co, IL. He was born in 1879 and died in some kind of accident there in 1903. I would love to know what kind of accident it was. His wife's name was Lydia Horton and she died in 1963 but she remarried again and I don't know her name. 3 of their children: Charles died 10-1965; Fenton A died in 1991 and Kenneth died in 1982.

Is there anyone who could look up his date of death and find an obituary for me? I am willing to pay copying fees, postage, etc. Thanks so much.

Judi Rogers Gilker 20 Feb 6:53:08 2001

The following people were last known to be living in 1940 according to obit on Buford "Mac" GOLLIHER d. Oct 28, 1940. I strongly believe there is a family connection and need info.

A half brother was John BLACK of Beardstown, Cass Co IL., a half sister, Mrs. Charles WARDELL of Beardstown, IL
Buford was the son of Henry David and Selina Elvia ADAMS who were married in Schuyler Co IL Aug 6, 1876. His wife was Elvia RAMSON and they had 2 sons Kenneth and Rennell of Quincy and a daughter, Mrs. Fred MOORE of Adams, IL.

Other family members of Buford's were: a sister, Betty GOLLIHER of Quincy, IL., a brother, William J. GOLLIHER of Cooperstown, Brown Co. IL, another half brother, George BLACK of Versailles, Brown Co IL and and a aunt, Miss Agatha ADAMS of Timewell, Brown Co IL. Any information regarding the above mentioned people would be of great help. Thank you for your time.

Jane A. Kipp 19 Feb 1:49:02 2001

I am looking for information on the Walliker family who moved to  Beardstown, Il., about 1833.  The family consisted of Jacob and Anna  Maria; a daughter, Julia Anna, who was born in Beardstown in 1833; and a  mother-in-law, Mrs. Laufenbeck.   Jacob was a "plasterer, stonemason,  bricklayer, and draftsman" and may have worked at those trades in  Beardstown.  One reference says that Mrs. Laufenbeck died in  Beardstown.  The family moved to Muscatine, Iowa, in 1835.   Thanks, Jane

Gary Little 13 Feb 5:13:14 2001

I am looking for any information that anyone would have on Everett Newell he was my grandfather and lived in Beardstown ILL. in Cass County. My mother was born in Beardstown, ILL. As far as I know Everett Newell passed away in either 1964 or 1965 if anyone has anything at all to help me I would Appreciate it. Thank You.

NMSheagley 09 Feb 11:36:13 2001

I am looking for any additional information regarding my Cass County ancestor,  Orvalle Surratt, who died June 22, 1935 or '36.  He was married to Emma Susan Beard and was in his thirties at the time of his death.

29 Jan 12:52:19 2001

I am searching for information about Dennis Peyton King, bd: June 20, 1865. He was born in Ashland, Cass, Illinois.  His father was John H. and mother Sarah (?).  He had a sister (Pearl) and brother (Harry).  There may have been more siblings, but I don't know of them.

Pat Gourley 28 Jan 9:21:12 2001

I am looking for information on any of the following: Edward L. Bingley b. 1824 m. Elizabeth Jane Combs b. 1830 children; all born Cass county, Mary b 1848, John b 1849, Martha b 1851, Jacob b 1853, James b. 1871, Isaac b 1856, Sarah b 1859, Abigail b 1861, Gertrude b 1863, Elizabeth born Petersburg, Menard, IL 1866, Olive b 1869, and Amos b 1871. Mary m James K. Pierson; Sarah m William Pouncy White; Abigail m Benjamin Franklin Gifford. Would love to exchange information.

Ken Knight 28 Jan 1:42:28 2001

Seeking information on John W Whitehead & Sallie Beadles, md  6/17/1875 in Cass County. He is listed as a grocer in the 1880 census.

Wayne Caswell
16 Jan 11:50:19 2001

Looking for Cass Co Caswells or decendents. I have an obit where my great aunts daughter died in Cass Co in 1999.
her name is Lucille Caswell, says she way survived by several cousins. Would like to talk to you.

Carol Collins
14 Jan 1:32:54 2001

I am looking for information about William Marshall who resided in Cass County c1865.  I have a page copied from an old book my cousin found in the Yale library.  The page is #399 and entitled 'Schuyler and Brown Counties'  There is an account of my grandfather, Abraham Lincoln Marshall of Lee township, Brown County, Illinos.  The account reads as follows "His father, James Marshall, was born in Tennessee in 1819 and his father, William Marshall came to Illinois in 1832.  He (William Marshall) died in Cass county, at a great age, having reared fifteen children, of whom James was the youngest. . ." 

The only other information I have about the William Marshall family is that William also had a brother named James.  James Marshall b1819, son of Wm, and  James, brother of Wm, served in the Union Army and were at a camp near Memphis, TN in 1863. 

Thanks for any information you can provide.

13 Jan 5:53:45 2001


Lilly Gorman 06 Jan 6:49:53 2001

I am looking for information on Hawkshaw's in Cass County.  My GG Grandmother Hattie Hawkshaw, was born in Cass County on October 5th 1873.  Her parents were James Hawkshaw and Sarah Miller.  Hattie lived most of her life in Brown County, Ill where she married George Fink.  Any information  will be greatly appreciated.  I will share what I have also.

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