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Jacqueline 19 Dec 3:09:41 2003

Looking for a burial place for Louisa Jane Rosenberger Havekluft Brandom.
She married second Dr. Paris A. Brandom in 1881.  She died around 1900 and I can find no burial for her.  She had two children by Dr. Havekluft, Harry and Pearl.   They lived in Beardstown where Dr. Brandom practiced.  Cannot find any information on the children Harry and Pearl also.
. Brandom was born in Bartholomew Co, In in 1830.  He married 1851 to Lodema Lee of Indiana.  They divorced in Cass Co., Ill 1880.  His dau, Medora Brandom married Albert Coil in Pike Co., Il in 1880.  Will share voluminous records.

Thomas Lael 19 Dec 12:13:27 2003

I am attempting to contact the person that posted this query on February 1, 2002.

"Looking for any info regarding Charles E Boyd..DOB 9/25/1895 to 12/09/1976...looking for his parents names and place of birth for him and his parents as well.My grandfather resided in Beardstown,Il for many years he owned and operated Boyds Nursing Home along with his wife Gwendolyn till her death."

Gwen was my aunt.  I am also attempting to find out information on Charlies parents.   I have other family tree information relating to Charlie I would share.  Also need information on Jack Boyd and his family.

Roy Johnson 06 Dec 7:39:04 2003

I research the Schnake surname worldwide. One of the Schnake areas of settlement is Cass County.  The information for Cass County Schnakes is at this URL:


Betty  06 Dec 10:51:28 2003

I am interested in the Solomon Griffin listed in the 1850 Cass, Co. Il. Census.He has a Solomon age 45, B.unknown  Narcissa, age 35, b. unknown. James 10, Il. William, 8, Il. John, 6,Il. Henry, 4, Il. Peter 2, Il. I would appreciate hearing from any one that has any imformation on this family.

Steve Loeffler 10 Nov 8:39:49 2003

Searching for descendants of Loeffler, Donovan, Jarrett, Collins, or Black.  My ancestry to these lines will date back to the mid 1800's in Cass county.  I would love to swap any information I have.

Virginia Yost 02 Nov 6:57:49 2003

There is a photo, 1913 Davis Family Reunion, on the Cass county photos link on your site.  The poster Dixie Davis' e-mail has expired.  Anyone know how to reach her to get a copy of the photo?

Richard Beck
04 Oct 10:09:36 2003

Looking for descendants of  GILPIN;  HENDERSON; RUMMERFIELD; and possibly TRAUB.

The Henderson's were mostly in Princeton, unsure of the Gilpin's, or Rummerfield's.

Mark 30 Sept 9:42:16 2003

Hugh BLAIR (b1843)  Ireland, married Susan Cowan of North Carolina, early settler in Chandlerville, Cass County. 
Nine children: David,William, Mary, Samuel, John, George, Harry, Louis, Lee.

Hugh Blair is my GG Grandfather, William Blair (b1864 Cass county) is my G Grandfather. William married Henrietta Davis (b 1866 Fulton Cty) in 1889 in Cass County.  Looking for Blair family tree information and any information on Henrietta Davis' Family.    Please e-mail me - Thanks !

Debby 28 Sept 10:39:41 2003

George A. BAKER married a Mary ?

Children: Earl, Finis Harold, Lillian, Marshall

If you know anything about this family please let me know. I purchased a box of pictures and things that belong to this family and would like to return them to the right family. All I am asking is the money I invested in them.

They are mainly Finis Harold and his wife and kids. His wife was named Florence.

Donna Yavorshak 16 Sept 9:20:37 2003

Looking for Crafton, Lee Crafton, married Jessie Gossage in beardstown, Ill. They had the following children: Lela Crafton, born Dec. 11, 1911 in Beardstown, Ill. and Floyd Crafton, born 1906 in Beardstown, Ill. passed away in 1978 . They also had a half brother named Lester Crafton.Any information on Lee crafton family would be most appreciated.

Richard A. Thompson 13 Sept 12:21:02 2003

On this date of 09/12/03, I Richard A. Thompson of Austin, Texas, am requesting any information that can be sent to me via this e-mail address,, pertaining to my ancestors whom I believe lived in Cass County, Illinois. I am searching particularly for the information about Charles E. Berry and/or his family members. The 1880 census lists him as a 46 year-old merchant living in Buena Vista, Colorado, but having come from Illinois and having been born in Ohio. His 42 year-old wife Maria V. (which I believe stands for Virginia, because that name runs through four generations of females in the family) is reported to have been from Virginia, which may be the community in Illinois by that name. Her maiden name might have been Hamilton. I have evidence of other family members in 1904 as living in Ashland (an uncle Sam), a Win, Rene and Solomon living in Carlinville, and another relative in Jacksonville. I realize how sketchy these clues are. But if any one of them is a key to family origins in that part of Illinois, I would much appreciate knowing about it. Thank you. 

Lois McCurn 14 Aug 8:22:59 2003

Looking for a Andrew J. Prater born 1829 in KY, moved to Morgan and Cass Co., Illinois. He married Matilda Lewis in Morgan Co. and had the following children, Maggie b. 1859 m.15 Apr 1879 to ?, Thomas b. 1871 d. ? in Adair Co., Missouri, George Oscar b. 21 Jul 1865 Scott Co., Ill. m. 3 Dec 1889 to Melissa Jane Wood d/o of Thomas J. Wood and Sarah Jane Prather. Both were born in Morgan Co., Ill. George Oscar died in Des Moines, Iowa Feb 1937. 2nd marriage of Andrew Prather was to Winnie Grimsley. They were m 1 1 1877 in Morgan Co.,IL . Winnie had 4 children by another marriage John b. 1867, Bessie b. 1868, Louis b. 1870, Minnie b. 1873. Need help on Winnie's children and whom did they marry?

Donna Yavorshak 06 Aug 9:33:03 2003

Seeking information on Pendergraft family that lived in Beardstown, ILL. My grandmother is Lela (Crafton) Pendergraft, born Dec. 16th, 1911. She married Roy Pendergraft and had two children Charlene Joan , my mother, born May 7th, 1934 and Barbara . Other names :William Sanford Pendergraft, Harriet Tucker, Julius Pendergraft, Hestor Mallory, Job Pendergraft, and Mary Alloway. Any information would be most welcome. My grandmother Lela is still living and is 91.

Bill Droster  05 Aug 9:22:43 2003

  Thomas GATTON and Thomas PAYNE both came to what was then Morgan CO. between 1826-30 from Allen/Warren Co. KY.  Thomas Payne married Thomas Gattons daughter, Mary in 1821 in Allen Co. KY.  Thomas Paynes wife died abt. 1832, he died in 1835 and left his 5 children to Thomas Gattons son, Benjamin Gatton.  The childrens names were Thomas, Mary, Sarah, Eliza and Virgina.  Don't know anything about Thomas, Mary married Isaac WHITE, Virgina married David IRWIN, Sarah married Luther ALLARD, and Eliza married  Dr.Parmenio PHILLIPS.
  My line goes through Dr. Parmenio PHILLIPS and Eliza.  They had 14 children, and lived in Virgina from about 1849-1860.  He was a doctor, ran the steam mill and farmed.  The childrens name that I have are Anna, Mary, Parmenio, Julian, Lewis, Frank, June, Charles, Theodore, Oscar, Sherman, Edwin, Eliza, and Edward.  Please e-mail me if you are related to these families.

Kay Goddard
03 Aug 8:17:35 2003

Looking for information on J W Roberts m Martha E Hodges 1868 Schuyler County.
Eight Children born between 1869 and 1884.
Martha daughter of Matthew Hodges Schuyler County.
Benjamin Hodges brother of Matthew.

Leona Wobbe 14 Jul 7:03:06 2003

I am looking birth information of my great grandfather Walter F. Sutton. He was born 20 December 1849 in Cass County, perhaps in Beardstown. His parents were John P. Sutton and Sara Thurston Stewart Sutton. He left with his parent to come to Oregon when he was four years old and lived to old age in the Gold Beach and Port Offord in Oregon. His mother was a widow of Joel Stewart with several children and his father was widowed by his wife Nancy McCall Stewart who left him with several children. Sara and John then had one child, Walter Sutton. On the trail to Oregon, Sara died just befor arriving in the Willamette Valley in western Oregon. Thanks for your help. 

My name is Leona Wobbe 3068 Milhoan Drive Medford, Oregon 97504  Telephone 541 773-6175. e-mail

Dane Bowen 30 Apr 6:29:26 2003

My ancestors, William Richey, born in South Carolina about 1806, died in Texas about 1889 and Mary n�e Spence Cannon Richey, born in Tennessee about 1812, died Texas after 1889, were married on November 12, 1837 at Cass, Illinois.  I am seeking any information about them.  William Richey may have fought in the Black Hawk War in the same army unit as Abraham Lincoln.  Family tradition has them switching horses with Lincoln, but in the earlier Seminole War in Florida where Lincoln never served. Thank you very much for your assistance.

Patricia Rhodes 30 Apr 11:15:19 2003

I have been searching for any information regarding my great grandmother.  Her name is Amanda Powers.  She resided at Drusillah Wells home in Beardstown, Il.  She died there around Aug. 25, 1869, a few days after giving birth to my grandfather.  The only  'solid' information we have regarding Amanda came to my grandfather in 1895, by letter written by Jas. Wells who's address at that time was Corner of G and Canal St., Beardstown.  Amanda  Powers was married to Elsworth Powers.  He left after Amanda died and Drusillah Wells raised baby Powers until she passed away  several years--after her death (Drusillah's) my grandfather was adopted by a family from Cumberland County , Illinois by the name of "Boy".  

I have been trying to search and find any information about Amanda.  We do not even know her maiden name but since she died in Beardstown, thought there might be a record about her death.  From Jas. Wells' letter, we understand she was buried in the "Old Wells Cemetery".  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  We are planning to be in Beardstown around May 5 or 6.  Thanking you in advance for any leads you might give us concerning information regarding Amanda Powers who died in Beardstown,  Aug. 25,1869.

Patricia Rhodes (Dusty) great granddaughter of Amanda & Elsworth Powers.

J. Phelps 15 Apr 1:51:37 2003

I am researching the GARNER, KING, McARTHUR and WATKINS families of Cass County. My Grandfather was Ira Fielding Garner, m. Sarah Elizabeth McArthur 9/6/1905.
William McArthur m. Lydia Francis King, 8/11/1880
William Warren King m. Sarah Catherine Watkins. (Date unknown)
Many of my relatives are buried in Garner Chapel Cemetery.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

THOMAS 04 Apr 11:28:12 2003

I am researching Thomas, McDole, Lamb families mostly Thomas. Came to Cass county in 1864-65 from Mercer county, Missouri. Anderson Thomas, William I Thomas, Minirva McDole, Lucinda Sutton, all married and are part of the Thomas families. Would appreciate any help on any of these people. I have a lot on the Thomas side and none on the rest. Will share anything I have.

Cheri Fischer 30 Mar 5:07:27 2003

Seeking relatives of William A. Briggs married to Thelma Cave. He died 3-30-1979 in Virginia, IL. I was told he had the Briggs Family Bible. Looking for relative who now owns the bible. I'm descendant of Taylor side of the family. Margaret Emily Taylor married Edward Briggs 1888. My grandmother Alice Taylor was Margaret's sister. Trying to track down Great Grandmother Taylor's maiden name.

Gerd Hemminger 22 Mar 10:37:04 2003

I am interested in the possible family connection between Henry Ruppel, a dealer in boots and shoes in Cass County, IL in 1869, and Henry Ruppel, a manufacturer of shoes in Brooklyn, NY at the same time.  The Brooklyn Ruppel is my wife's gggrandfather.  Both men came from Hessen-Darmstadt and were born within 3 years of each other.  Both arrived in New York City in the early 1850's and were shoemakers.  The Cass Co. Ruppel left New York City and went to Rochester, NY, then to Springfield, IL via Chicago, and finally to Beardstown in March 1869.  The Brooklyn Ruppel operated a shoe factory which several of his sons, including one named Henry, were also involved with.

THOMAS 21 Mar 7:41:10 2003

I am interested in any connection of family members of Anderson Thomas buried at Mt. Olive Church Cemetery, Cass Co., Illinois or William I. Thomas. His son is buried in the same cemetery or any information on them or their descendents.

Susan (Arenz) Smith 27 Feb 9:58:57 2003

I am a direct descendant of Francis Arenz.  I am looking for information on his four sons (Harmon, Francis T., Oscar and Albert) and their sons.  Specifically, who is the father of Francis' grandson, Oscar Arenz?   

RIGGINS 17 Feb 12:25:12 2003

I have family history on the Riggin Riggins families all the way back to N.C.. This family came to Beardstown, Ill. around 1839-40 from Ind.. Jesse A. Riggins brought his brothers and sisters to this town in a caverd wagen. 1. Jesse A. Riggins, B. 12-19-1814, Guilford, N.C., Marr., Artemesa M. Crall 10-5-1837 in Liberty, Ind.. Jesse  A. Riggins  death, 3-31-1895 in Havana, IIl., 2. William G. Riggins, B. 7-3-1817, Guilford, N.C., Marr., Mary Stafford 6-1-1840 in Liberty, Ind.. Wm. G. Riggins death, unknown. 3. Nancy Riggins, B. 9-28-1819, Liberty, Ind., Marr., Joseph Nelson 5-25-1839 in Liberty, Ind.. Nancy (Riggins) Nelson death, unknown. 4. Delila Riggins, B. 4-15-1822, Liberty, Ind.. No Info. on her? 5. Angelina Riggins, B. 12-2-1824, Liberty, Ind.. No Info. on her?  6. William Riggins, B. 3-14-1827, Liberty, Ind.. Marr., Henrietta M. McGehee 1-29-1857 in Matanzas, IIl. Mason Co. Ill. which  was outside of Bath, Ill. at one time. Then they moved to Havana, Ill.. Note: Carl Riggins was thier last son born. Carl Riggins son was, Hubert C. Riggins B. 11-7-1905 to 4-7-2000. Hubert Riggins was my father. Willaim Riggins death was, 11-26-1910 Havana, Ill.. 7. Maryetta Riggins, B. 2-25-1838, Liberty, Ind.. Info. on her unknown but she is on the, 1850 Censes for Cass., Ill., Beardstown, Ill. in the Riggins home, under HN which means, house dwelling No., 1016. You can E-Mail me at any time.

Errol and Valerie Cross 03 Feb 12:20:58 2003

We are searching for the family of Agness Trotter who died in Jefferson Co., IN in about 1824.

In her will she named,

Dau Margaret McNutt, w/o Alexander McNutt
Gdau, Nancy Luston
Mary Alexander
Elizabeth, w/o James Sebree
Sons, Samuel and Robert

We think that son Samuel is the Samuel who died in Cass Co. in 1844. He named sons Milton, John, and Israel.

We know that Milton died in Decatur Co. about 1890. We think John is the John that died in a cyclone in Litterberry in 1883. Israel appears to be the Israel in the Shaker Community in Warren Co., OH in 1860.

We think that Margaret McNutt is the Margaret McNutt living with Sam (Lane?) Garrison   in Cass Co. in 1850.

Any and all help is welcome.

Errol and Valerie Cross
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Andrea 01 Feb 12:48:19 2003

I'm searching for information on my ggmother Susan M Adkins, born 16 Feb 1889 in Saidora, Cass Co. Does anyone have any information on her parents? Thanks for any information you might have.

Glenda Bastin 19 Jan 3:45:21 2003

Seeking information on MALRIE (or MALLORY) BASTIN who died in Bluff Springs, Cass County, Illinois on 16 January 1933.

Where could I find an obituary on him?   What newspaper(s) served the Bluff Springs area in 1933?

Thanks for your assistance.

David Kent Coy 18 Jan 10:33:02 2003

I have been working on genealogy since 1968, but on the internet only since 2002. Below is an ancestor table showing some of my Cass County, Illinois ancestors. I would welcome any correspondence concerning them. Thanks. To find the parents, double the number.

1. David Kent Coy, born 20 Mar. 1953, Tuscola, Douglas Co., IL.

2. Allan Kent Coy, born 28 Mar. 1931, Tuscola, Douglas Co., IL., died 7 Feb. 2002, Decatur, Macon Co., IL., buried Arcola Cemetery, Arcola, Douglas Co., IL., married 4 Nov. 1951, Hindsboro, Douglas Co., IL., 3. Myra Joy Strader, born 8 Aug. 1932, Bowdre Twp., Douglas Co., IL.

4. Samuel Starret Coy, born 18 Feb. 1888, near Arenzville, Cass Co., IL., died 25 Mar. 1959, Monticello, Piatt Co., IL., married 20 Apr. 1919, Meredosia, Morgan Co., IL., 5. Lydia "Elton" Pond, born 24 Jan. 1897, Island Grove Twp., Sangamon Co., IL., died 17 Jan. 1952, Arcola, Douglas Co., IL.. Both buried Arcola Cemetery, Arcola, Douglas Co., IL.

8. Ulysses S. Grant Coy, born 8 Feb. 1865, in Morgan Co., IL., died 1 Dec. 1910, Beardstown, Cass Co., IL., buried Newman Cemetery, Morgan Co., IL., married 6 Nov. 1884, Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL., 9. Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Kuhlman, born 27 Mar. 1867, Morgan Co., IL., died 5 June 1953, Beardstown, Cass Co., IL., buried Beardstown City Cemetery, Cass Co., IL.

10. Truman Catlin Pond, born 30 Mar. 1870, near Concord, Morgan Co., IL., died 27 Sept. 1930, near Meredosia, Morgan Co., IL., married 31 Aug. 1891, Rush Springs., Morgan Co., IL., 11. Lydia Caroline "Carrie" Simpson, born 2 Mar. 1871, near Bethany, Butler Co., Ohio., died 16 July 1959, Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Both buried Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Sangamon Co., IL..

16. Starret Preston Coy, born 23 Oct. 1838, near New Haven, Hardin Co., KY., died 25 Mar. 1922, Quincy, Adams Co., IL., married 11 Nov. 1858, Arenzville, Cass Co., IL., 17. Mary Eliza Lamb. born about 1844, in KY., died 14 Oct. 1897, Cass or Morgan Co., IL.. Both buried in Newman Cemetery, Morgan Co., IL.

18. Frederick E. Kuhlman, born 13 Mar. 1843, Minden, Prussia, Germany, died 2 Mar. 1880, Beardstown, Cass Co., IL., married 29 Mar. 1864, Morgan Co., IL., 19. Esther "Melvina" Beauchamp, born 10 Aug. 1844, Cass Co., IL., died 10 Apr. 1882, near Meredosia, Morgan Co., IL. She married (2) 23 Mar. 1881, Virginia, Cass Co., IL., J. Herman Hess, born about 1853 in Germany, a son of Herman Hess. J. Herman Hess married (2) 2 Nov. 1882, Cass Co., IL., Anna Mary C. Tieman.

20. Carlo Pond, born 9 Feb. 1829, near Erie, Erie Co., PA., died 2 Sep. 1895, Island Grove Twp., Sangamon Co., IL., married 19 Feb. 1857, Cass Co., IL., 21. Manilious Moore, born 29 July 1832, Wheeling, W.V., died 2 May 1908, Meredosia, Morgan Co., IL. Both buried Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, Sangamon Co., IL.

32. Amos Coy, born about 1797/98, in Nelson Co., KY., died 13 Jan. 1855, Morgan Co., IL., married 28 Nov. 1816, Nelson Co., KY., 33. Nancy Ann Houston, born about 1800 in KY., died 15 July 1863, Arenzville, Cass Co., IL.

36. ? Gottlieb Kuhlman, born 12 Dec. 1806, Prussia, Germany, died 12 Aug. 1887, Cass Co., IL., married in Germany, 37. ? Mary Markman, born about 1812 in Germany, died about 1844 in Germany.

38. Samuel Beauchamp married 39. Esther Robins Bunce.

42. William Moore, born 8 Mar. 1799, in MD. or PA., died 26 Apr. 1865, in Cass Co., IL., married 4 Oct. 1831, 43. Kesiah Moore, born 6 Jan. 1813, in Ohio, died 27 Dec. 1884, in Cass Co., IL.

SMITH 18 Jan 5:15:27 2003

Researching the family of  Nancy W. Horn  m.  16 March 1847 Cass Co., IL, John C. Smith
Parents Samuel* Smith b. April 08, 1802 Rowan Co., North Carolina and Catherine Unknown.

Nancy W. Horns Daughter Nancy Emma Smith 1860-1920 married m. Abt. 1880 Andrew Ward Lycan
b. December 02, 1856 tilesville, IA

I saw another query on this page that let me to all of my Missing Smith Relatives today.

Carolyn 10 Jan 2:22:32 2003

I am trying to connect my George W. STRIBLING of Marion County Illinois with the STRIBLINGS of Cass County.

My George STRIBLING born ca 1810 either KY or VA, died ca 1848 Raccoon Twp, Marion Co, Illinois married Elizabeth WILLIAMS 7 Aug 1833 Marion Co.

Anyone have any info that might be helpful?

Ruth Krems
06 Jan 2:14:48 2003

I'm trying to find the name of GERHARDT HENRY KREMS father. I have been told it is GERHARDT, JOHANN, AND CASPAR.  The info I have on Gerhardt Henry is that he emigrated from Hanover, Germany with his parents circa 1845. And that he came to Beardstown on January 18, 1845. His father purchased a farm in Indian Creek Precint in the spring of 1847. Gerhardt, when he was 26 married Maria (Mary) Schroder. Thank you for your help. 

Stuart Jenkins
05 Jan 11:35:07 2003

I am interested in info re desc of Henry (1826-1897) and Hannah Showalter Baker (1824-1914), b state of Virginia, died Cass County, and buried in Bell Cemetery. Four children apparently survived and two daughters died 23 April 1908.  Thank you very much.


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