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Linda Lester 29 Nov 11:23:41 2006

In the Cass County site there is mention of John Arenz in Pollack Pines, CA who has more Arenz family information. Does any one have his email address? I am looking for more information on the Frank J. Arenz family.  His oldest daughter Kate was my husband's g-grandmother. She married Samuel Haymaker Lester. I would also like to know what happened to her brothers and sisters. If anyone has additional information on these people, please contact me. Thanks.

REITHER, SCHNEIDER 14 Nov 6:16:08 2006

Looking for information on Schneider and Reither families. My maternal grandmother and great aunt--Edna (b. 1884, married to Otto Lawrenz) and Lena (b.1886) Reither,  lived in Beardstown (1900 census).  They also had a brother Edward H. Reither (b. 1888.    Their father, Edward Reither, was married to Christina E. Schneider (m. Feb 6 1883) Christina died between 1888 and 1900 as she was not on the census. Census also has her brother, Charles Schneider (b. 1868 in IL) listed.  Thanks!

Stuart Jenkins 11 Oct 9:58:30 2006

Requesting info on Samuel Christie Jenkins (1856-1920) who married (in 1890) Mary Gertrude Votsmier (1858-1923).  He operated Jenkins Ice and Storage from c. 1904 until his death at which time it was taken over by his elder son, George Henry, my grandfather.  They were lifelong residents of Ashland and are buried in St Augustine's Cemetery there.  Also researching Votsmier, Houser, Baker, Smith, and Johnson.

Carol 17 Sep 7:55:31 2006

Would like to hear from anyone having Dodsons or Wheelers in Cass County IL, 1860 to 1900.  Couple of names are Fielding P. Wheeler wife Elizabeth Dodson. Had a adopted son John Dodson born 1854 IL.

Jerry Dagenhart (Cumberland Virginia) 11 Sep 4:05:42 2006

William C. Bowman was my great grandfathers brother. I would like to find a photograph of him and locate his descendants. I am a descendant of Noah Bowman and his second wife Harriet R Teague. I have pictures of Jesse and Sarah Hefner Bowman and several of William's siblings will gladly share.

Catherine Jean Landes 07 Sep 6:16:46 2006

Hi My name is Catherine Jean Landes (Brasel). My father was Dan Brasel. His mother was Dollie Brasel from Virginia, Cass Co. I have started to trace the Brasel roots.Grandma Dollie's dad was Smith Brasel and he married Cora Ellen Walters.They lived in Virginia. Grandma had 4 other sisters. Pearl Brasel (Schockley), Meda Brasel (Kunz), Wilma Brasel (Denton) who is still living and Glenna Brasel (Ausmus) who is still living. I would all so like to know about the 11 boys that David Jr, son of( DAVID SR. Brasel & Anna Clarkson)had. They were Charles, Frank,Smith,(this was Grandmas Dad),Howard, Samuel, Edward, William, Clark, George.There was a son James that died in 1888 at the age of 20.(not sure) and a son John age 6. I do have some information that I have gotten off some sites. Just not sure what is what. If anyone that knows anything would you please let me know. Thank you.

Robin Evans 05 Sep 11:20:28 2006

I have been searching for any information on James William Miller (dob:2-12-1841) and  his wife Amanda Ellen Miller (dob:10-29-1856). They lived in Cass Co. during the time all of their children were born, they are..Mary Elizabeth Miller dob: 12-26-1879...Nellie Belle Miller dob: 2-10-1883...William Henry Miller dob: 7-25-1885...Rosa Marie Miller dob: 11-3-1887...Katie Grace Miller dob: 6-14-1889...Merle Edgar Miller dob:6-3-1891...Sarah Ellen Miller (my grandmother) dob: 1-4-1896. Any information you could give me is greatly appreciated, as I seem to be hitting a brick wall at this time.   Thanks in advance..Robin Evans

Kay Self Stevens 04 Sep 10:16:26 2006

Please respond if you are kin to or researching the William Ragan, Mary Ann Self line.

Michelle Lynn Kanis 14 Jul 1:52:47 2006

I am interested in finding out information about my maternal grandfather, Richard Elmer Fanning, and my maternal uncle Raymond Fanning of Virginia, Illinois Please send information to

I would also be interested in learning about my paternal grandparents, Josephine Wagner Lynn and Jerry Lynn of Ashland, Illinois.

Clarinda Rew Troemel 14 Jul 12:51:15 2006

Would like to share information about the REW family that came to Cass County before 1840.  Ephraim REW 1778-1842 came from New York with 5 children,Almira (married Mitchell RIGGINS),Sabrina, Laura (married Isaac PHELPS),Horatio and Bradford.   2nd marriage produces Cynthia (married David MCCONNELL).  Most remained in Cass County until after 1900.

09 Jul 4:36:57 2006

Looking for information on Rogge (Roegge) residents of the Arenzville/Meredosia area 1855-1880. Given names include Herman (married Louisa Weber), Henry (married Louisa Thomasmeyer), and John. In particular, I'm trying to determine if they were related, and if so, who were parents, and when they immigrated. Herman and Henry moved to Lafayette County, Missouri; Henry in about 1875 and Herman around 1877.

LEVIN 25 Jun 10:19:29 2006    

Looking for informatin on my grandparents, Jacob and Anna Levin, who lived with their children in Beardstown, Abe, Eva, Herman, Rose, William, Alice, Louis.   Appear in the 1930 census Beardstown. They lived in Peoria 1920 census and moved to Galesburg, IL by 1935/1936.

MELTON 15 May 5:26:18 2006

Looking for further information on Franklin Melton or Milton, b. about 1868, Ill.  1920 census: Beardstown, Ward 1, Cass Co, Ill.  shows him with wife:  Ella age 23, children: Stella H. age 8; Frank b. 3/12, Harriett E. b. 3/12.

MELTON 15 May 5:33:17 2006

Hattie Melton or Milton, Waugh, Beckwith, Phomas or Thomas in 1920 Beardstown Ward 5, Cass Co, Ill census.  She was born about 1862, Ill.  Female, widow, head of household.  Able to read & write.  Her father & mother were both born Illinois.  She is shown with her neice: Gladys Whited ( who would have been daughter of Johnson Whited & Melissa (Milton) of Rushville, Schuyler Co, Ill.

Bettie Wheat 10 Apr 9:59:35 2006

I am trying to some updated info on the Jasper And Suzanne Fitch Trotter families. Some of them died at Beardstown. I had been in contact with DeEtta Marie Range Perks but her e-mail comes back to me.

Jasper had a son Lorenzo and Dora  Henderson Trotter. I have there obits. but need help on there families.

Also Wm. Rastus Trotter, b. 10 Feb.1882, and d. 11 Sept.1966, Ashland, Il.  Need lots of help on there families. 

Debbie Renner 09 Apr 2:12:13 2006

I am inquiring if anyone knows anything about the death of Elmer Grandstaff, who lived in Beardstown and worked for Bohn in the 70's in the front office.  I heard he just died and would like to send a note to his wife, Doris.  I don't have an address. He worked with my dad, Ghlee Renner @ Bohn.  Elmer moved to Geff, Illinois some years back after living in Texas for awhile.

CAPPER 26 Mar 4:42:47 2006

I have just recieved notes from a Bible of Squire's son and it says that Rachael married a A.B. Capper.

Rachel Meeker married – AB Capper on Sept 1, 1854
1.       Ellia Josephine – Born Aug 9 1855
2.       LaFayette B. Cappher – Born Feb 13, 1857 – died Feb 19, 1857

Rachel (meeker) Capper Died Oct 31, 1869
A. B. Capper Died Nov 14, 1869

Her Father was My 4G grand father - Squire Meeker. Where an when did they die and whats the story behind that 2 weeks of dying of each other? Their marriage cerficate says A.B. Meeker Mrd Rachael Meeker in La Salle Co ILL on the ILL state site - but think some one copied it wrong, so if anyone can help.

Michael Bartholomew 19 Mar 5:22:42 2006    

Seeking information in William D. Lehmkuhl and his wife Maria B. Does anyone know her maiden name? Where did they come from in Germany? I have an child's obit referring to Neimberg, but I cant find it in an atlas. They emigrated to Beardstown prior to 1847; I don't know the exact date. He died 17 July 1859 and she died 05 Feb 1864; both were buried in Karr cemetary "off Chandlerville Road".

Mary Kucera 18 Mar 3:03:48 2006

Am searching for parents of Charles Etchison, born April 26, 1861.  Think they may have been John and Sarah-but have no other info.

Melissa J. Reed 16 Mar 6:07:35 2006

My gr gr grandmother came to Atchison, KS to live with her brother (or uncle) Mathew in 1867 who was a war hero and had a family, when she was 10 years old as her father died. Her mother apparently died around her birth, yet I find a younger brother Edward that worked as a general laborer and is buried in Meriden, KS. Does anyone know about his family? HELP!!

Mary Rhodes 05 Mar 10:17:10 2006

Looking for information on Mary E. Griffeth, born about 1830 Kentucky.

In Aug 1856 she married James Berry Thompson, son of Samuel H and Matilda S. Bradley Thompson, he died in the Battle of Bear Creek, MS. In Sept 1873 she married Isaac Overall, on the 1880 Federal Census Beardstown, Cass Co., IL., she is listed as living with “Tice” Misenheimer as his sister in law. In Aug 1880 she married Thomas J. Chalfant. I believe she had a sister named Eliza Black who married a Mathias Misenheimer.. so am assuming this is the “Tice” in the 1880 census. Hoping someone can help me locate her parents and siblings, and find out if she had children by any of the 3 husband.

LYNN 28 Jan 10:22:54 2006

I would like to find info. on the D.N. Lynn family from TN. They are in the 1920 US Census for Jefferson County,TN and then my Gr. Grandfather is in the 1931 Farmers Directory for Cass County. I need info.on the family origin in TN. I can't find anything farther back than my Gr. Grandpa Lynn.

Gordon Lockwood
09 Jan 12:46:02 2006

Seeking information about twins born in Ashland, Cass County Illinois about 1874.   Beatrice Bell and Myrtle May Lockwood.  Father Horatio Harry Lockwood mother Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hazzard.   

Glenn Vogtman 06 Jan 2:02:31 2006

Looking for information on Louise MADISON or descendants who were living in Beardstown, Cass County, IL around 1950. Mother's name was Catherine who was born in Oslo, Norway, 4 Jul 1883 and married John Henry VOGTMAN in Staples, MN and died 12 Feb 1949 in Staples, MN. Any information most welcome.

Charles Hohenstein 04 Jan 8:07:23 2006

Seeking information concerning descendants of Thomas KNIGHT and wife Elizabeth BORLASE. Some of their descendants moved on from Cass County
to Christian, Menard, Sangamon and Morgan counties.

Last updated on November 30, 2006.

Cass County Illinois family history