BIOGRAPHIES
of Cumberland County, Illinois Residents


Cumberland County Biographies transcribed from the Book Cumberland County Illinois 1843-1993



DOCTOR HAZEL HASKETT ADDISON

Hazel Haskett Addison was born in Cumberland County on the farm of her parents, Merrill Haskell and Grace Miller Haskell. She graduated from Toledo High School, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, received her doctor's degree from New York University and master's degree from Columbia. She taught home economics in several high schools in Illinois and served as supervisor of Stale Department of Public Instruction in Springfield, Illinois, before moving to New York in 1947.

Hazel married Phillip Addison in Toledo, Illinois, and they have two children, Lennie and Linda. She retired from her teaching position at Hunter College City University of New York. She and her family lived on the east coast for many years and in the Closter, New Jersey, area.

Hazel died October 13, 1988, and is buried in Tappan Cemetery, Tappan, New Jersey. The Haskell homestead stood until 1989 when it was taken down after generations of the family had lived there.

Hazel's mother, Grace, was a homemaker and her father, Merrill, taught schools in Cumberland and Cole counties plus farmed the 120 acres which they purchased from Grace's parents, Owen Miller, who had farmed the land after he bought it from his father, Francis Miller. Francis Miller and his wife are both buried in Drummond Cemetery, Toledo, Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Owen Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Haskett are buried in Toledo Cemetery, Toledo, Illinois.
Submitted by Mary Ruth McKinney

ROLLAND AGLER
Rolland Agler, a lifetime employee of the Ohio Oil Co., came to Casey in the early days of the oil industry. He was born in Willshire, Ohio, the son of Jerimiah and Ida (Moor) Agler. His mother died three months after he was born and he went to make his home with his grandfather, Timothy Agler. When he became a young man he moved to Marion, Ind., and went to work for the Ohio Oil Co., and in 1907 he moved to Casey with wife, the former Jane Ann Livsey and their small daughter, Valma. In 1908 another daughter, Maurine, was born and a third daughter, Ruth, was born in 1912. in 1914 when a new "field" opened up northwest of Casey in Cumberland Co., Mr. Agler was promoted to "field boss" and they moved on the Carlos Walker farm, where they lived for 29 years. The children attended Lacey School during their childhood days and later drove a horse and buckboard to high school. In May, 1920, a son was born but died shortly after birth and in April, 1921 a daughter, Betty Jane, was born. Valma passed away in Dec, 1957. After 50 years of faithful service in the Oil fields, Mr. Agler retired and moved to Casey. He passed away April 20, 1962 and his wife, Jane, on April 24, 1967. Valma Katherine, born Oct. 26, 1905, married B.F.Yeager on June 3, 1930, She died Dec. 19, 1957 in Elkart, Ind. Margaret Maurine, born Dec. 19, 1908, married Nash Fancher Sept. 6, 1932 and lives in Casey. Ruth Aline, born Oct. 16, 1912, married Eugene Wimot, Dec. 23, 1936 and lives at Falls Church, Va. Betty Jane, born April 17, 1921, married Ben Combs and lives at McLeansboro, Ill..


BETTE JUANITA (SHERRICK) ALBERS
On September 10, 1923, Noah and Josie Sherrick's last child. Belle Juanita, was born. She graduated from Hickory School south of Greenup in 1936. from Greenup High School in 1940, and from Eastern Illinois University with a home economics major and physical education minor in 1944.

She married Robert Earl Albers from Charleston, Illinois, on March 3, !944. At that lime, Bob was serving a hitch in the U. S. Navy. Subsequently, he became an air traffic controller and the family lived in Bunker Hill. Indiana; Smithville, Missouri; St. Charles. Missouri; Wake Island; and Kancohe. Hawaii.

In 1974 Bob retired from air traffic controlling and the couple moved lo Brownsville, Texas, where they still live. They usually spend part of the summer in Greenup where they are building a small country home around a bend in the road from Noah and Josie's home place.

Bob and Bene have four daughters. Margery Ann was born February 19, 1944, in Charleston, Illinois. She married Don Kelly on May 18, 1969. They had two daughters. The first was Katharine Briar, born August 3, 1972, in Bend Oregon. The second was Amanda Bain, born August 2. 1974, also in Bend,Oregon, where they live. Bob and Bette's second daughter, Juanita Jane, was born in Smithville, Missouri, on January 4, 1947. She married James Steiger on August 17, 1969. The couple had two daughters. The first, Andree Rebecca, was born on November 7, 1972, in Norman, Oklahoma. The second, Roberta Ann, was born October 3, 1976, in Richmond, British Columbia. This is where the family now lives. Bob and Bette's third daughter, Rebecca Josephine, was born in Smithville, Missouri, on March 2, 1948. She married Tex Darling on August 16, 1974, in Villa Grove, Illinois. They and their son, Joshua Daniel, born in Great Falls, Montana, now live south of Greenup. Bob and Bette's fourth daughter, Roberta Elaine, was born on December 2, 1950, in St. Charles, Missouri. She now lives in Stockton, California

CARL ALLEN FREDIRICK ALBERT
Carl Allen Fredirick Albert was born November 12, 1950, in Cumberland County, Illinois, on the farm owned by his great- uncle Jack Charles Ray Albert.

Carl's paternal great-grandparents were Charles John Albert, born April 21,1883, and Ora Ellen (Sheperd) Albert, born October 6, 1883. They are the parents of four children: Elmer, Bertha Myrtle (Cottle), Jack and Hazel, who died in infancy.

His paternal grandparents are Elmer, born April 2, 1905, and Edna Pearl (Cummings) Albert, born March 7, 1906, in Cumberland County at Jewett, Illinois. Elmer and Edna were married September 6, 1924, and moved to the family home place in Jasper County near Hidalgo. They were farmers most of their lives and are the parents of six sons and one daughter. Elmer died February 12, 1974, and is buried in the Hays Cemetery. Carl's father, Edgar, one of the six sons of Elmer and Edna, was born November 4, 1925, in Jasper County. He married Dorothy Marie Tiemann, March 16, 1947, in Joliet, Illinois. Dorothy was born December 3, 1928, in Kewaner, Illinois, to Herman Theodore Tiemann, born September 22, 1874, in Mulhiem Ruhr, Germany, and Mary Christina (Hansen) Tiemann, born March 12, 1907, in Kewaunee, Illinois. Herman and Marie were married September 22. 1925. He died December 22, 1952.

After their marriage, Edgar and Dorothy lived in Joliet for three years, then moved to Cumberland County on November 20, 1950, the day before Carl was born. They lived here for four years before moving hark lo Joliet where they stayed for 23 years. In 1977 they moved back to the Greenup area where they now reside. They are the parents of four sons, Daniel Ray Herman, Carl, David Andrew and William Lee Ernest.

Carl married Cheryle Lewis and they were the parents of two children, Christopher Allen. March 3. 1972, and Cynthia Ann, December 28, 1973. The marriage ended in divorce, and Carl married the second time to Donna Ann Fowler.

Their son Charles Allen was born September 21, 1978. This marriage, too, ended with divorce, and in November 1987 Carl, with his son Charles, moved south of Woodbury and with the help of his father and brothers built a log home where he now resides.
Submitted by Dorothy Albert

C. R. ALBERT
Albert, C. R., was born in Jasper County. He is the son of Charlie and Albert. He married Leeta Lovina Strader, who was born June 27,. 1912 at Greenup, Ill.. Leeta's father was Norman Francis Strader, born Jan. 29, 1883 in Cumberland Co., who was married Sept. 8, 1907 in Cumberland Co. Mr. Strader's wife was the former Clova Clyo Eveland. She was born Nov. 20, 1887 in Cumberland Co. and died Feb. 3, 1953 in Coles Co., Ill.. She is buried at Liberty Hill Cemetery and services were at U. B. Church at Liberty Hill. C. R. and Leeta (Strader) Albert had one daughter. Norma Lou. She was born on Oct. 2, 1930 in Cumberland Co.Ill. On March 24, 1951 she married Herbert Brown, and they now have two children. The first, William Dean, born Feb. 3, 1952 at Mattoon, Ill. The second, Lu Ann, born August 26, 1955 at Effingham, Ill. Mrs. Leeta Albert married Lester Carlen and they have one daughter Connie Mae, born March 17, 1955 at Effingham, Ill..


DAVID ANDREW ALBERT
David Andrew Albert was born July 27, 1952, a son of Edgar and Dorothy Marie (Tiemann) Albert. He was horn on his great- uncle Charles Ray Albert's farm on the Cumberland County line. David has three brothers; Daniel Ray Herman Albert, June 28, 1949; Carl Allen Frederick Albert, November 21, 1950; and William Lee Ernest Albert, October 19, 1953. The family moved to Joliet, Illinois, in 1954, where David's father, Edgar, worked at the federal penitentiary until they moved back to Jasper County. David married Deborah Jean (Stonehouse/O'Meara) on February 27, 1976. They and Deborah's daughter Tamara Lynn lived in Greenup for a year, then moved to Neoga, and, while living there, their son Jeremy David Albert was born June 1, 1979. Due to complications at birth, Jeremy had to be flown by helicopter to Springfield where he was kept in the hospital until June 15, 1979.

They started building a new home on land owned by David's grandfather Elmer Albert near Pioneer School in 1982 and with the help of David's brothers they were able to move into it in 1983.
David's father, Edgar, was born November 4, 1926, to Elmer and Pearl (Cummings) Albert, and his mother, Dorothy Marie (Tiemann) Albert, was born December 3, 1928, to Herman and Marie Tiemann who lived in Joliet.
Submitted by Dorothy Albert

EDGAR ALBERT
Edgar Albert, November 4, 1925, was born on the family farm in Hidalgo, Illinois, Jasper County. Father Elmer Lorence Albert, April 2, 1905, born on the family farm Hidalgo, Illinois, Jasper County. Mother Edna Pearl Cummings Albert born March 7, 1907, Jewett, Illinois. Brother of Edgar Chester, Kenneth, James Lee and Fred I, Sister Mildred Albert Carter.

Parent date of marriage September 6, 1924, Newton, Illinois, Jasper County.

Wife's name Dorothy Marie Tiemann born December 3, 1928, in Kewanee, Illinois, Henry County. Father's name Herman Theodor Tiemann born December 14, 1898, in Muhliem Saarn Germany. Came to U.S.A. November 1923. Mother's name Marie Christina Hansen Tiemann born March 12, 1907, Kewanee, Illinois, Henry County. Sister Alma Jurgensen. Brothers Carl, Hans Peter, Walter Ernest Hansen. Marie and Herman were married September 22, 1925, Kewanee, Illinois, Henry County. Dorothy and Edgar were married March 16, 1947, St. Peters L. Church, Joliet, Illinois. Children's names Daniel Ray Herman, June 28, 1949, Carl Allen Fredirick, November 21, 1950, David Andrew, July 27, 1952, William Lee Ernest Albert, October 19, 1953.

Edgar and Dorothy live three miles west of Hidalgo, Illinois, Jasper County, on the family farm since 1958. Jacob and Kisiah Albert. Edgar military service 286th Engineer Combat Battalion. Enlisted January 18, 1944, age 19, truck driver private first class engr. Epernay, France, auto mechanic, January 1945, overseas one year, six months, 15 days. Departure October 22,1944, arrival November 2, 1944 to U.S.A. April 26, 1946, arrival May 6, 1946, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin May 11, 1946, was in Rhineland. Central Europe Occupation Medal, Germany Good Conduct Medal, 45 European Medal, three overseas bars. Moved to Joliet, Illinois, November 3, 1954, back to Greenup, Illinois, May 23, 1977, moved to Hidalgo, Illinois, November 1, 1982. Edgar worked at Statervella Prison then on to Joliet Correctional Center, Lt. Edgar Albert

ALBERT, EDGAR N., born Nov. 4, 1925, Hidalgo, Jasper Co., Ill.., is the son of Elmer Launce and Edna Pearl (Cummings) Albert. He married Dorothy Marie Tiemann, who was born on Dec. 3, 1928, Kewanee, Henry Co., Ill.. She is the daughter of Herman Theodore, born Dec. 14, 1898, Muelhiem, Germany, and Marie Christine (Hansen) Tiemann, who was born March 12, 1907, Kewanee, Ill..

The children of Edgar and Dorothy are Daniel Ray H., born June 28, 1949, Hidalgo, Jasper Co., Ill..; Carl Allen F., born Nov. 21, 1950, Greenup, Cumberland Co., Ill..; David Andrew, born July 27, 1952, Greenup,; William Lee, born Oct. 19, 1953 Greenup, Ill.


EDNA PEARL ALBERT
Edna Pearl Albert moved to North Mill Street in Greenup, Illinois, in 1975. Her late husband, Elmer, had purchased the property and built a home there for their retirement.
Elmer had purchased a two-room barber shop (owned by Bud Ware) which he moved to the Mill Street property where he added three rooms and a full basement. Elmer passed away February 12, 1974, and never lived in the Greenup home.
Elmer Lawrence Albert, son of John Charles and Ora Shepard Albert, was born April 2, 1905. He married Edna Pearl Cummings September 6, 1924. She was born March 7, 1906. They had six children.

Edgar was born November 4, 1925; married Dorothy Marie Tiemann March 16, 1947. She was born December 3, 1928. They had four sons.

Chester was born February 12, 1928; married Olive Lee Seets October 17, 1952. She was born August 31, 1935. They had two sons and three daughters.

Mildred was born January 1, 1930; married John Meade Carter November 23, 1948. He was born March 11, 1922. They had four sons and three daughters.

Kenneth was born January 25, 1932; married Ruth Lenore Groves August 7, 1951. She was born November 22, 1935. They had one son and two daughters.

James was born June I, 1936; married Clara Mae Teets December 31, 1955. She was born February 19, 1938. They had two sons and one daughter.

Fred was born September 24, 1939; married Mary Kathleen Senior Herrmann August 7, 1986. She was born May 6, 1951. They had one daughter and Kathleen had one son and two daughters from a previous marriage.

Elmer and Pearl had lived their entire married life on a farm situated about three miles west of Hidalgo, Illinois. The farm was a portion of the "old homeplace" which had been in the Albert family since the mid-1830s. Elmer had spent his entire life there and was raised only a few hundred yards away at his father's farm. Their farm home overlooked the bottoms of the Confluence of the Embarass River and Range Creek. Being a "general" farmer, they raised the usual assortment of hogs, milking cows, beef cattle, and chickens. Along with the staples of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, the crops also included popcorn and sorghum for molasses. There was the customary vegetable garden with pear, peach, apple, and persimmon fruit trees. Hazel bushes, hickory and walnut trees provided nuts.

The road the Alberts lived on was called Walnut-Tree Road after a walnut tree which stood in the middle of the would-be straight road. People naturally had to go around the tree whether on foot, horseback, buggy or wagon, and in the late 1800s the county road supervisor told Mr. Albert, "The tree must come down." Mr. Albert's reply was, "Not as long as I live!" The tree was still standing in 1912.

During the early '50s, Elmer Albert began assembling a small saw mill. Some parts were bought (used of course), some were modified factory parts, and many were fabricated by Elmer who was somewhat of an amateur blacksmith/ machinist. The mill was up and running by the mid-50s with people from surrounding areas bringing in native timber to be sawed into lumber. Most of the native lumber was used to build farm pens, gales, and farm out-buildings. However, some used the lumber in self-built homes, Zeke Haley, Oral Ray Bowers, and Max Markwell to name a few. The mill is still operated at that same location by a son, Kenneth, who owns a portion of the original farm.

Part of the original farm, now owned by Edgar Albert, has a small cemetery on it. Among the half-dozen or so graves are those of Jacob and Kisiah Albert who were the first known to live there. Records show Jacob married Kisiah February 18, 1830, and had six children. Jacob died in May of 1861.

JAMES AND CLARA ALBERT
James Albert was born June 1,1936, in Hidalgo, Jasper County, Illinois, a son of Elmer L. Albert (born April 2, 1905, Jasper County, Illinois, died February 12, 1974, with burial at Hays) and Edna Pearl (Cummings) Albert (born March 7, 1906, Jewett, Cumberland County, Illinois). Elmer and Edna were married September 6, 1924, in Newton, Illinois. Besides James, they are the parents of Edgar, November 4, 1925; Chester, February 12, 1928; Mildred (Carter), January 1, 1930; Kenneth, January 25, 1932; James (above); and Fred, September 24, 1939.

Clara May Teets was born February 19, 1938, in Cumberland County, Illinois, a daughter of Chester Sherman (Joe) Teets (born March 27, 1904, in Cumberland County) and Nellie C. Jennings Sides Teets (born July 1, 1911, in Farmington, Missouri, and died January 11, 1990, with burial in the Jewett Cemetery). Joe and Nell were married August 14, 1930, in Farmington, Missouri, and are the parents of David Rufus, November 21,1931; Marjorie Lee (Carani), February 22, 1933; Patricia Louise (Klingler), January 28, 1935; Alia Nell (Hess), April 15, 1940; Robert Joe, February 19, 1942; William Marvin, January 31, 1943; Jonni June (Bell), July 4, 1945; Ruby Esther (Rankin), March 9, 1947; John Dale, March 24, 1949, and our subject, Clara May.

Jim and Clara were married December 1, 1955, and are the parents of James Dean, born December 19, 1956; Cathy Jo, born May 16, 1961, and John Eric, born September 1. 1966, and died October 5, 1983. The family has lived in Areola, Illinois, before moving to Lapeer, Michigan, where they now reside.
Submitted by James Albert

ALBIN, JAMES STANLEY
ALBIN, JAMES STANLEY, born Jan. 27, 1889 near Neoga, Ill.. son of Joseph Lozier and Margaret (Hart) Albin, married on Oct. 2, 1909, Florence Alice Royer, born Nov. 19, 1891 in Cumberland Co., Ill.. Joseph Lozier, born Dec. 4, 1863 at Bainbridge, Ind., came to our county in 1870 with his parents, James M. and Mary J. Albin. He attended school at Valparaiso, Ind. and became a Methodist minister, serving in Christian Co., Shiloh and Long Point churches near by. His first marriage in 1887 was to Margaret Hart. They had: (1) Paul Dewitt, born March 17, 1891 and died Jan. 1, 1892; (2) James Stanley was born Jan. 5, 1883. Margaret died Feb. 23, 1892. In 1898 he married Rilla Taylor who died in 1910. In 1915 he married Lula Stout of White Hall, Ill.. The Albins were buried at Long Point Cemetery.

The father of Florence, Samuel Royer, born April 6, 1849 in Tarrytown, Md . , married at Mattoon Cellestine Gordon Jan. 6, 1873, died July 7, 1923 and was buried in Neoga Cemetery. Cellestine was born Nov. 11, 1853 at Janesville, Ill.., died in 1930 and was buried in Neoga Cemetery.

The children of J. Stanley were: (1) Glenn Samuel born Nov. 15, 1910; married Delores Stuckey Dec. 7, 1934, and died Jan., 1968; (2) Helen Lucile born Jan. 26, 1912, married Henry Parker on Nov. 25, 1931; (3) Hazel Marie born Jan. 26, 1912, died July 22, 1912; (4) Margaret Gellestina born July 7, 1913, married (a) Joseph Arthur Jones on Nov. 11, 1930; (b) James Fetzer; (5) Joseph Stanley born Feb. 9, 1915, married Edna Bowers June 8, 1950 in Huntington, W.Va.; (6) Theodore Roosevelt, born June 11, 1918, married Agnes Hauskenhurm Oct. 2, 1946; (7) Eugene James born June 6, 1921 married Mildred Gammill April 8, 1944 and (8) Charles DeWitt born March 7, 1923, married Marjorie Coen on March 20, 1943. All were born and reared in Cumberland Co.

CHARLES DEWITT ALBIN
The earliest record of the Albin family to my knowledge begins with Joseph Albin, born in 1794. a native of Kentucky, who emigrated to Lawrence County, Indiana. He had 15 children, three of whom he had with Eliza Marsh, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their children were Jane, William, and George. George was the first Albin native of Cumberland County. He was a doctor and a Presbyterian.

After the death of Eliza, Joseph married Kosanah Sheeks, with whom he had 12 children. One of these born in 1849 was James M. Albin, this writer's great-grandfather. He moved to Cumberland County from Greencastle, Indiana, buying Dr. George's first residence four miles east of Neoga on what is known as Albin corner.


James M. Albin married Joan Goddard from Virginia and had four children: Joseph, Charles, Florance, and Eugene. He farmed all his life, was a very religious person and was a member of the Long Point Methodist Church. It is said he had Bible readings every night and his blessings at meal time, according to Frank Bassett, a grandson, should have been in the Cuiness book of records.


James M. Alhin's oldest child, Joseph Lozier, was a farmer and a Methodist minister, whose house still stands cast of Albin corner. He was a circuit preacher and this writer h»s the saddle he used in his circuit preaching. He married Margaret Hurt, part Indian, in 1887 with whom was born James Stanley Albin, my father,and Paul Dewin who died in infancy. When "Maggie" died, he then married Rilla Rhodes of whom was horn Verna. When Rilla died he married Lulu Stout from White Hall, Illinois. Both finished their lives in Neoga, Illinois.

James Stanley Albin was born in 1889. He was a member of the Methodist church and a farmer. He married Florance Rover with whom he had eight children. They were Clenn Samuel, Hazel, Helen, Margaret, Joseph, Theodore, Eugene, and. Charles. The first three are deceased.

Glenn Samuel, born in 1910, married Delores Sluckey of Mattoon, Illinois. They had five children: Glenn Stanley, Richard, Joseph, Glenda, and Dennis. Clenn Samuel was a lay minister in the Methodist church.

Hazel, Helen's twin sister, died in infancy.
Helen, born in 1912, married Henry Parker, had two children, James and Julia. They lived on Neoga area farms. All are deceased except Julia, her children and James' children.

Margaret Albin was born in 1913. She married Joe Janes and later married James Fetzer in New York City. There were no children, Joe and James are deceased and Margaret lives with her brother Eugene in Florida.

Joseph Stanley was born in 1916 and is now retired from the Navy. He resides in El Cajon, California. He married Edna Thacker. They adopted one child, Kathryn Marie, in 1953.

Theodore Albin, born in 1918, married Agnes Haskenhern. They had no children. After her death he married Sally Meeker. They now reside in Strasburg, Illinois.

Eugene James was born in 1921. He married Mildred Gammill and they had three children: Peggy, Gregory, and Blaine. He later married Sue Colman and had three children: Dwighl, Corlis, and Lisa. He was a Neoga area farmer until moving to Florida.

Lastly, this writer, Charles Dewin Albin, was born in 1923, married Marjorie Coen. We had one son by birth, Roger, and one son by adoption, John. Roger married Jean Parker and had one son, Brad. Roger later married Rebecca Hudson and now lives in Dallas, Texas. He is employed as a hospital management consultant. John married Darlene Moffit. They had one son, Cregory. They live in Neoga and John works for United Parcel.

This writer is also a lay minister, has pastored the last ten years in Neoga Baptist Church, and has had a religious radio broadcast for the past 20 years. I was also a farmer, later a union carpenter, contractor.

For the rest of the history of the Albin family, I leave to Clenn Stanley Albin, my nephew, to include elsewhere in this book.
Submitted by Charles Dewin Albin

GLENN STANLEY ALBIN
Stanley was born July 13, 1935. He and his wife, Janet, reside four miles east of Neoga at the "home farm" acquired February 6, 1865. according lo land abstracts, by his great-great- grandfather, James Madison Albin (July 26, 1841 February 22, 1931). The farm has also been the residence of great-grandfather Joseph Lozier Albin (December 4, 1863 - May 5, 1948), grand-father James Stanley Albin (January 27, 1889 - January 14, 1963) (sec page 214, 1968 Cumberland County Illinois) and father and mother, Glenn Samuel (November 15, 1910 - January 28, 1968) and Delores (Sluckey) Albin (December 16. 1915 - October 13, 1978). All above ancestors are interred at Long Point Cemetery southeast of Neoga.

Stanley is a great-great-great-grandson of Joseph Albin (February 18, 1794 - July 24, 1863) who was a native of Kentucky and emigrated lo Indiana in 1816. (Joseph was a soldier in the War of 1812.) Two of Joseph's sons, George W. (December 17, 1822 - October ), 1890) and James Madison emigrated to Cumberland County.

Dr. George W. Albin settled four miles east of Neoga in 1853. He then moved lo Neoga in 1856 and erected the first dwelling at what is now 738 Walnut. (See pages 219 and 322, Counties of Cumberland, Jasper, and Richland, Illinois.) Dr. G. W. Albin was commissioned first assistant surgeon in the 143rd Illinois Infantry in 1864 in the War between the States. (See "The Albins History and Genealogy" compiled hy Frank Albin Bassett.)

James Madison Albin moved in a covered wagon with his wife Mary Joan Goddard (September 19,1842 - February 18, 1924) and sons Joseph Lozier and Charles N. to Cumberland County and resided in a log cabin four miles cast of Neoga which had been the former residence of Dr. C. W. Albin. In 1871 James replaced the log cabin with a frame house which was the birthplace for two more children—Florence (1871) and Eugene (1874). James farmed all his life and was a very active member of Long Point Church. For almost 50 years he served at a crop reporter for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The "Albin Bridge" east of Neoga was named in his honor. His youngest ton, Eugene (June 2, 1874 - May 21, 1913) farmed until his untimely death when his corn planter check wire was struck by a lightening boll while planting corn just east of their home. His middle son, Charles, farmed and raised his family four miles north at the Route 121 and Route 45 junction. His eldest son, Joseph Lozier, Stanley's great-grandfather, was a farmer, handyman, and Methodist circuil minister. Stanley has his account book recording a "single tree $1.75," "neck yoke $3.50." "wagon wheel repair $1.00," "wagon tongue $3.00." Joseph built a house on part of the family farm. He married Margaret Hart, part Blackfoot Indian, in 1887.

James Stanley Albin, Stanley's grandfather, and Joseph Lozier's eldest son, was a lifelong resident farmer of Cumberland County. (See the Charles Dewitt Albin account elsewhere in this
book - youngest child of James Stanley.)

Glenn Samuel Albin, Stanley's father and James Stanley's eldest son, was born and raised in Cumberland County. He was an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, manager of a Mattoon wholesale business, sales representative for a Decatur firm, part-time farmer and part-time tax consultant. He was active in school affairs having been instrumental in the creation of Pioneer consolidated school, serving on the Neoga Board of Education, and on the Lake Land College Lay Advisory Council. Glenn acquired the family farm from his Grandfather Joe in 1944 and resided there until his passing in 1968.Glenn Stanley Albin, eldest son of Glenn Samuel has three brothers and one sister; Richard L. Albin (February 7,1937) living at the southeast corner of the home farm, Joseph H. Albin (December 26, 1942) living on the home farm, Clenda Sue Zimmer (June 24, 1945), Bethany, Illinois, and Dennis R. Albin (February 17, 1950), Decatur, Illinois.

Stanley attended the one-room Buck Branch School until it was consolidated into Pioneer School. He graduated from Neoga High School in 1953 and attended the University of Illinois and then Glenn Stanley Alt in. eldest son of Glenn Samuel has three brothers and one sister; Richard L. Albin (February 7,1937) living at the southeast corner of the home farm, Joseph H. Albin (December 26, 1942) living on the home farm, Glenda Sue Zimmer (June 24, 1945), Bethany, Illinois, and Dennis R. Albin (February 17, 1950), Decatur, Illinois. Stanley attended the one-room Buck Branch School until it was consolidated into Pioneer School. He graduated from Neoga High School in 1953 and attended the University of Illinois and then Eastern Illinois University where he received B,S. and M.S. degrees.

He married Janet Ruth Short August 5, 1957. Janet, a daughter of William Volaw and Helen J. (Ponder) Short of Neoga, was born February 23, 1940. She attended Neoga schools and Eastern Illinois University where she received a B.S. degree in 1965 and has since taught physical education at Cumberland High School. Janet is an organist at the Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga where she and Stanley are members.

Stanley and Janet have two children: Joan Elaine (March 15, 1958), and William Glenn (April 18, I960). Joannie currently resides in Mattoon, Illinois, where she is employed as a computer operator. Bill lives three miles north of Neoga and is engaged in farming. Bill is married (June 27. 1986) to Connie (Hatten), daughter of Frank Elmer and Doris (Bishop) Hatten of Villa Grove, formerly of Neoga. Bill and Connie have two children: Courtney Leigh (April 8, 1988), and Candace LeAnn (May 29, 1991). Connie is a teacher-aid at E.I.A.S.E. in Mattoon, Illinois. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1958, Stanley began teaching business education at Cumberland High School and is currently a counselor at Neoga High School. He has also been a self-employed tax accountant since 1958 and has been involved with farming the family farm which he acquired from his mother in 1968.
Submitted by G. Stanley Albin

JOSEPH HENRY ALBIN
Joseph Henry Albin, third son of Glenn Samuel and Dolores Stuckey Albin, was born December 26, 1942. (See Glenn Stanley Albin for family history.)

He married Dianna Louise O'Dell December 9,1962. Dianna, a daughter of Ammon and Agnes O'Dell of rural Toledo, was born October 13, 1943.

Joseph and Dianna have four children: Julia Dianne (May 13, 1963), Joda Leahann (March 27, 1964), Patricia Jill (February 22, 1971) and Jennifer Susanne (December 15, 1976). Julia was married 10 Mark Edward Beabout June 27, 1987. They live in Gays, Illinois, with their daughter. Leslee Amanda, born March 29, 1989. Joda was married to Timothy Baker Morton January 4, 1986. They live in rural Bement and are expecting a child in May 1992. (Patricia) Jill resides in Mattoon where she attends college and works as a computer operator. She is engaged to Thomas James Sheehan of Sigel. Jennifer is a freshman at Neoga High School where she is an honor student, active in sports, band and church.

Joseph has been with Lake Land College for 25 years. He currently teaches electronics and is division chnirman of the industrial/engineering technology division of the school.

RICHARD LEROY ALBIN
Richard LeRoy Albin, second son of Glenn Samuel and Delores (Stuckey) Albin, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, February 7,1937. Richard attended school in the one-room Buck Branch School and Pioneer School. He graduated from Neoga High School in 1954 He soId Country Companies Insurance, was assistant manager for F. S. in Benton, Illinois, manager at Neoga F. S. and now operates semi-tractor trailers for Advance Transportation Company in Effingham, Illinois.

Richard married Betty Jean Mercier January 27, 1963. Betty, the daughter of William P. and Alma C. (Kirchhoff) Mercier, was born April 14, 1936, in Effingham, Illinois. She graduated from Effingham High School in 1954. Betty worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company, Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company and as a tax accounting secretary for G. Stanley Albin.

Richard and Betty have two children: Randal Richard, born August 20, 1963, and Tracy Jean, born September 21, 1966 Randal lives five miles north of Neoga and is a materials expediter for Trailmobile in Charleston, Illinois. Randal is married (June 15, 1985) to Dawn Jo Robison, born September 6, 1965, daughter of Freda Faye (Wright) Robison of St. Elmo, Illinois, and Wendell Eugene Robison. Randal and Dawn have one child, a daughter, Karissa Brittany Nicole Albin born July 14. 1988. Tracy lives one-half mile west of Richard and Betty. Tract is married (September 20, 1986) to Ronald Kelly Dow. born May 7. 1963, son of Judy (Dow) Kapper of Mattoon. Illinois, and John Evans of Mattoon. Illinois. Tracy is employed at Central National Bank in Mattoon. Illinois, as secretary to the vice president and Ronald is employed at Steven's Cabinet Company in Teulopolis. Illinois.
Submitted by Betty J. Albin
ALBIN, RICHARD L.
ALBIN, RICHARD L., was born Feb. 7, 1935. He is the son of Glenn and Dolores (Stuckey) Albin. He married Betty Mercier of Altamont, Ill.. on Jan. 27, 1963 in the St. Johns' Lutheran Church at Effingham, Ill..

Glenn was born Nov. 15, 1910, married Dec. 1, 1934 to Delores Stuckey, and died Jan. 28, 1968. Dolores was born Dec. 16, 1915.

Betty, born April 14, 1936 at Effingham, is the daughter of William and Alma (Kirchoff) Mercier of Altamont. William was born Sept. 9, 1905 and married Sept. 1, 1928. Alma was born Dec. 27, 1905. Richard and Betty have: (1) Randall Richard born Aug. 20, 1963 and (2) Tracy Jean, born Sept. 21, 1966, both at the St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham.

Richard has worked as an insurance salesman with the Cumberland County Farm Bureau and is presently manager of the elevator at Neoga, Ill..

ALBIN, ROGER C
ALBIN, ROGER C, was born Feb. 1, 1947 in Coles Co., Ill.. the son of Charles D. Albin, born March 7, 1923, Cumberland Co., Ill.., married Marjorie Lula Coen in Neoga, Ill.. He was born Feb. 27, 1922. Charles works at Construction Material Co., in Mattoon, Ill..

Roger C. married Nancy Jean Parker, Sept. 19, 1964 at Martinsville, Ill.. She was born July 25, 1946, Coles Co., Ill.., the daughter of Charles D. Parker, born April 22, 1917, Coles Co., Ill.. He married Alice Elizabeth Wright March 7, 1942, Springfield, Ill.. Alice was born April 18, 1920, Mattoon, Ill..

Charles D. Parker is an accountant for the State of Illinois. They live in Neoga. Alice and Nancy Jean work at the Kern Mfg. Co. in Neoga. Roger C. Albin and Nancy Jean are the parents of one son Bradley Charles.

ALEXANDER, MICHAEL
ALEXANDER, MICHAEL, born Sept. 8, 1836 in Coles Co., Ill, the son of Alfred and Katherine (Whetstone) Alexander. Alfred operated a Tan Yard in Johnstown, Ill.. On Jan. 28, 1858 Michael Alexander married Harriet Forbes. To this union was born 4 children: William Kemper, Margaret, Mary Anna, Emmerette.

On Aug. 9, 1862, Michael enlisted in the Civil War at Paradise, Ill.. He served in the 123rd Illinois Calvalry, under General R. E. Lee, and was discharged at Camp Butler, Springfield, Ill.. on July 8, 1865. On April 24, 1868 his wife Harriet died, leaving him with the young children. On April 11, 1869, Michael married Mrs. Mary Christeen (Vincent) Cornell, daughter of Obadiah and (Scott) Vincent of Kentucky. Mary's father, Obadiah, was a soldier of the Black Hawk War under Cap. Thomas B.Ross. Mary was the widow of Ambrose Cornell, a Civil War soldier who died and was buried in the National Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn. Ambrose and Mary were the parents of 5 children: William H., Jennie (Bosley) , Stephen Amelia, and Mary (Whitten)

Michael and Mary Christeen became the parents of three children: Alfred, Sarah Hannah (Blair) , Lillie Pink (Wishard) . They were devoted christians and were life long members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Trilla,Ill.

By trade Michael was a carpenter and a republican in politics. They live 1/2 mile south of Trilla, Ill.., except for one year in Missouri and Kansas, and two years in Neoga Ill.., where he died Feb. 8, 1917. He is buried in Beals Cemetery, Trilla, Ill.. beside Mary Christeen, who preceded him in death in Aug. 28, 1913.

George R. Alexander, born Feb. 14, 1841 in Coles Co., Ill.., died Dec. 21, 1916, the son of Alfred Alexander, born Dec. 26, 1805, died March 30, 1855 and Katherine Whetstone, born Jan 27, 1807, died Feb. 18, 1862. They are buried at the Folger of Lower Muddy Cemetery in Coles Co., Ill.. They were married July 2, 1826 in Coles Co., Ill.. George R. Alexander married Mary E. Bailey on June 7, 1862. Mary died Sept 1, 1898. They are the parents of 5 children. All preceded him in death.

George served in the Civil War. He enlisted as a member of C. I. 54th Illinois Regiment in the spring of 1865 and served his country until the end of the war. The 54th Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Dubois, Anna, Ill.. by Colonel Thomas W. Harris, in Nov., 1861, as a part of the "Kentucky Brigade." It was mustered into the United Statesservice on Feb. 18, 1862.

The Regiment was exchanged Dec. 5, 1864 and arrived at Hickory Station on Memphis and Little Rock Railroad on Jan. 18, 1865, and remained as a railroad guard until June 6, 1865 Arrived at Pine Bluff, June 9, 1865. Marched Aug. 18 and arrived at Fort Smith, Ark., Aug. 30th. Oct. 4th, marched and arrived at Little Rock, Oct. 6th, mustered out Oct. 15, 1865. Arrived at Camp Butler, Ill.. on Oct. 26th and was discharged.

Since the organization, the Regiment has had 1,342 enlisted men and 71 commissioned officers.

George R. Alexander was a farmer and lived all his life around Toledo, Ill.., Cumberland Co. They are buried in the Toledo Cemetery.

ALLEN, CHARLES J
ALLEN, CHARLES J., born Sept. 22, 1836, died July 11, 1894, married Rachel Wharton, Oct. 3, 1865. Rachel was born April 4, 1842, died Aug. 10, 1909. Their children were: (1) Eva May Dora, born Aug. 27, 1866, died 1950; (2) Mary Susan, born May 11, 1868, died Nov. 13, 1948; (3) Thomas Warren, born May 23, 1870, died Oct. 1928; (4) Nancy Jane, born Feb. 18^ 1872; (5) Laura Ellen, born Nov. 18, 1873; (6) Minnie Dian, born Aug. 18, 1876, died June 20, 1877; (7) Charles Lawrence^ born May 1, 1878; (8) Nora Matilda, born Aug. 18, 1881; (9) Gertie Olive, born May 24, 1883.

May Susan Allen married Albert Absalom Travis, Sept. 22, 1886 and had: (1) Laura May, born Aug. 20, 1887, died May 13, 1948; (2) Edward Everett, born Sept. 5, 1890, died Dec. 7, 1918; (3) Myrna Lucille, born Sept 15, 1897; (4) Frank Ainsworth, born June 15, 1901, died Jan 18, 1903; (5) Lemoire "Lee" Wesley, born Jan 21, 1904; (6) one daughter died in infancy.

Thomas Warren Allen married Mary Allie Holt. They had three sons. Nancy Jane Allen married James A. Scot on Oct. 2, 1888. They had two sons and one daughter. Laura Ellen married Michael Dillier and had Earl and Ethel. Charles Lawrence married Lucy Stevens and had two sons. Nora Matilda married Harry Kelly and they had two sons and two daughters.


CHESTER LESSIE ALUMBAUGH
Chester Lessie Alumbaugh was born at Jewett, Illinois, on November 2, 1908. His grandparents, Willis and Sarah Bickle Alumbaugh, had moved from Sullivan County, Indiana, to a farm near Jewett when she inherited the land. They are buried at the Jewett Cemetery.

They had ten children. Pearl married Joe Flake; Joe married Ollie Pearl; John; Lyda married John Graham; Lesta married Albert Starwalt; Carrie married Fred Cox; Etta; Art; and Ira married Grace Elizabeth McMillan.

Ira and Grace Elizabeth McMillan Alumbaugh were the parents of Chester. They are buried at the Jewett Cemetery. Ira was the road commissioner for Woodbury Township for many years. They had three children: Chester Lessie, John Harold and Minnie Blanche.

Chester Lessie married Grace LeVeda Herendeen, daughter of Arthur and Leona Morgan Herendeen, on February 7, 1931, in Sullivan, Illinois. They had four children: Eugene, Evelyn, Jack and John Bart.

Eugene Alumbaugh married Patricia Owen of Evansville, Indiana. They have four daughters and two sons: Joan, Ramona, Karen, Cathy, Anthony and Stephen. They reside at Herrin, Illinois, and Eugene is employed by Fedders Corporation.

Evelyn married William Philippi. They had ten children: Terri Lee, Michael (deceased as an infant), Teddy, Tricia, Tammy, Teena, Timmy, Tonya, Tracie and Troy. Evelyn resides at Casey, Illinois.

Jack Alumbaugh married Carla Burke of Watson, Illinois. They had six children: Pamela, Toni, Ricky, Jackie, Lorelie and Frankie. They live at Neoga, Illinois. Carla is employed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons and Jack is employed by General Electric.

John Bart Alumbaugh married Marjorie Blair of Jewett, Illinois. They had three children: Vicki (deceased), John Jr. and David. They live near Mattoon. John is a retired United States Air Force officer. He owned and operated Bresler's Ice Cream Shop in the Cross County Mall for ten years. He is presently employed by Cumberland Associates in Toledo, Illinois. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and has pastored the Baptist churches in Greenup and Strasburg, Illinois.

Chester lived near Jewett most of his life. He was a welder for Garwood at Mattoon, Illinois. He died July 25, 1967, and is buried at the Jewett Cemetery. Grace lives at Herrin, Illinois, with her son Eugene and his family. Submitted by Mrs. John B. Alumbaugh

DAVE AND LAVON (SPARKS) ALVIS
David Lee Alvis was born July 29, 1939, a son of Billie Alvis (born March 2, 1909 in Kell, Illinois, and died June 12, 1986 with burial in Rest Haven cemetery, Matoon) and Audrey (Littrell) Alvis (born September 5, 1911, Kell, Illinois). Billie and Audrey were married May 31, 1930, and to this union ten children were born, Charles, November 18, 1932 -died August 13, 1990; James Ronald, November 8, 1935; Billie Joe, June 10, 1937; David, above; Sally Ann (Wilcox), October 17, 1941; Wayne, March 6, 1944; Donald Lloyd, June 19, 1945; Gary, August 19, 1946; Darrell, October 27, 1947 and Kenny, May 8, 1951 - died February 7, 1976.

Katherine Lavon Sparks was born May 12, 1938 in Cumberland County, Illinois, a daughter of Alonzo Edward Sparks, (born March 20, 1916 - died October 21, 1963 with burial in Toledo cemetery) and Florence Lillian (Scales) Sparks, (born June 21, 1919). Eddie and Florence were married June 26, 1937 and are the parents of Lavon (above); Earl Edward, born June 27, 1944; Joyce Ellen (McSchooler), born February 6, 1947 - died January 21, 1990; and Charles Phillip, born July 5, 1948 Carter. They were the parents of three children, Nikala Jo, born April 18, 1965; William Edward, born August 6, 1969 and James Neal, born June 9, 1971. Wilton died August 18, 1977, and after Dave and Lavon's marriage, Dave legally adopted Bill and James on June 22, 1982.

Dave served in the Armed Forces from March 1963 - March 1965. They presently make their home in Mattoon. Submitted by Dave and Lavon Alvis

EZEKIEL ANDERSON JR. FAMILY Ezekiel Anderson Jr. was born September 17, 1842, in Monroe County, Ohio. His parents were Ezekiel Sr., born in 1813 in Belmont County, Ohio, and Elizabeth Katherine Keller, born in 1815 in Ohio. His paternal grandparents were Samuel Anderson and Lydia Powell, daughter of Samuel Powell, who were married in Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1805 and moved to Monroe County, Ohio, in 1817. His maternal grandfather was John Keller, b 1791 at Wheeling Creek, Ohio County, West Virginia, son of George. The identity of John Keller's wife and mother are not known. Zeke's brothers and sisters were Mary Jane, b 1833, m Howard Crayons in Ohio in 1852; Joshua, b 1835; John Keller, b 1837, m Susanah Casner in about 1860 and remained all of his life in Ohio; and Matilda, b 1839, in Benjamin Yoho in 1857 in Iowa.

The older Ezekiel died when the younger was still very young, and Ezekiel Jr. and his siblings grew up as orphans, all placed with different families. In 1861 he enlisted in Co I of the 20th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry and remained a soldier for the duration of the war. In 1862 he was standing barefoot beside a pile of gunpowder which accidentally exploded, injuring his feet. In 1868 he married Rachel Catherine Winnett, daughter of John and Mary Winnett of Guernsey County, Ohio. Rachel's paternal grandparents were William Winnett Jr. and Rachel Young, who were married in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in about 1798. Around 1870 Zeke and Rachel moved to Cumberland County, Illinois. Rachel's brothers Nathan and George also came to Illinois.

Zeke and Rachel had five children: William Henry (1869-1886), John Harvey (1871-1953), Alvah Alfred (1873-1945), Arie Elizabeth (Lizzie) (1893-?) and David Elmer (1878-1918). All but Lizzie are buried at Harmony Cemetery. Will died at the age of 16 after having been kicked in the head by a horse. Lizzie married J. Pizzaro Smith. Elmer married Hester Keys, daughter of A. C. Keys and Sophia Lassing, in 1899. They had a son, Russell, born in 1900 and a daughter born in 1902. At one time Elmer ran a bicycle and shoe repair shop in downtown Greenup. Alvah married Sarah Evelyn Beaumont in 1898. They had five children who lived to adulthood: Martha Alma, b 1900, m Gaylin Reynolds; Ava Chloe, b 1902, m Roy Garrett; William Elvin, b 1904, m Exie Ashby; Lula Lois, b 1906, m Paul Rosebraugh; and Herman Dale, b 1912, m Helen Chapman. Sarah, who lived to be over 100, was the daughter of Dennis Beaumont and Mary Elizabeth Neese. Zeke died in 1932 and Rachel in 1927; both are buried in Harmony.

John Harvey married Lucy Almeda Neese in 1894. Lucy was the daughter of Thomas S. Neese and Harriet S. Decker. Her paternal grandparents were Eli and Mary Neese from Grayson County, Kentucky. Maternal grandparents were William P. and Cynthia Decker, who were married in 1826 in Grayson County, Kentucky. Family history tells us that Almeda's grandmother rode from Kentucky carrying her baby in her arms and riding on the back of a donkey with a featherbed tied on its back. Family legend also has it that both Harriet Decker and Cynthia Neese were Indian, or part Indian, but no recorded proof of this has been found to date. Harvey and Almeda had nine children: Goldie Marie, b 1896, m Al Coleman, had nine children and died in 1980 in Casey; Alvah Dennis (Bill), b 1898, m Cecil Moore, had five children, d in 1945 in Terre Haute, Indiana; Mary Irene, b 1900, m Ernest Donner, Eastern Illinois University where he received B.S. and M.S. degrees.

He married Janet Ruth Short August 5, 1957. Janet, a daughter of William Votaw and Helen J. (Ponder) Short of Neoga, was born February 23, 1940. She attended Neoga schools and Eastern Illinois University where she received a B.S. degree in 1965 and has since taught physical education at Cumberland High School. Janet is an organist at the Grace United Methodist Church in Neoga where she and Stanley are members.

Stanley and Janet have two children: Joan Elaine (March 15, 1958), and William Glenn (April 18, I960). Joannie currently resides in Mattoon, Illinois, where she is employed as a computer operator. Bill lives three miles north of Neoga and is engaged in farming. Bill is married (June 27, 1986) to Connie (Hatten), daughter of Frank Elmer and Doris (Bishop) Hatten of Villa Grove, formerly of Neoga. Bill and Connie have two chidlren: Courtney Leigh (April 8, 1988), and Candace LeAnn (May 29, 1991). Connie is a teacher-aid at E.I.A.S.E. in Mattoon, Illinois.

After graduating from Eastern Illinois University in 1958, Stanley began teaching business education at Cumberland High School and is currently a counselor at Neoga High School. He has also been a self-employed tax accountant since 1958 and has been involved with farming the family farm which he acquired from his mother in 1968. Submitted by G. Stanley Albin

JOSEPH HENRY ALBIN
Joseph Henry Albin, third son of Glenn Samuel and Dolores Stuckey Albin, was born December 26, 1942. (See Glenn Stanley Albin for family history.)

He married Dianna Louise O'Dell December 9, 1962. Dianna, a daughter of Ammon and Agnes O'Dell of rural Toledo, was born October 13, 1943.

Joseph and Dianna have four children: Julia Dianne (May 13, 1963), Joda Leahann (March 27, 1964), Patricia Jill (February 22, 1971) and Jennifer Susanne (December 15, 1976). Julia was married to Mark Edward Beabout June 27, 1987. They live in Gays, Illinois, with their daughter, Leslee Amanda, born March 29, 1989. Joda was married to Timothy Baker Morton January 4, 1986. They live in rural Bement and are expecting a child in May 1992. (Patricia) Jill resides in Mattoon where she attends college and works as a computer operator. She is engaged to Thomas James Sheehan of Sigel. Jennifer is a freshman at Neoga High School where she is an honor student, active in sports, band and church.

Joseph has been with Lake Land College for 25 years. He currently teaches electronics and is division chairman of the industrial/engineering technology division of the school.

RICHARD LEROY ALBIN
Richard LeRoy Albin, second son of Glenn Samuel and Delores (Stuckey) Albin, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, February 7, 1937. Richard attended school in the one-room Buck Branch School and Pioneer School. He graduated from Neoga High School in 1954. He sold Country Companies Insurance, was assistant manager for F. S. in Benton, Illinois, manager at Neoga F. S. and now operates semi-tractor trailers for Advance Transportation Company in Effingham, Illinois. Richard married Betty Jean Mercier January 27, 1963. Betty, the daughter of William F. and Alma C. (Kirchhof Mercier, was born April 14, 1936, in Effingham, Illinois. She graduated from Effingham High School in 1954. Betty worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company, Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company and as a tax accounting secretary for G. Stanley Albin.

Richard and Betty have two children: Randal Richard, born August 20, 1963, and Tracy Jean, born September 21, 1966. Randal lives five miles north of Neoga and is a materials expediter for Trailmobile in Charleston, Illinois. Randal is married (June 15, 1985) to Dawn Jo Robison, born September 6, 1965, daughter of Freda Faye (Wright) Robison of St. Elmo, Illinois, and Wendell Eugene Robison. Randal and Dawn have one child, a daughter, Karissa Brittany Nicole Albin born July 14, 1988. Tracy lives one half mile west of Richard and Betty. Tracy is married (September 20, 1986) to Ronald Kelly Dow, born May 7, 1963, son of Judy (Dow) Kapper of Mattoon, Illinois, and John Evans of Mattoon, Illinois. Tracy is employed at Central National Bank in Mattoon, Illinois, as secretary to the vice president and Ronald is employed at Steven's Cabinet Company in Teutopolis, Illinois. Submitted by Betty J. Albin

CHESTER LESSIE ALUMBAUGH
Chester Lessie Alumbaugh was born at Jewett, Illinois, on November 2, 1908. His grandparents, Willis and Sarah Bickle Alumbaugh, had moved from Sullivan County, Indiana, to a farm near Jewett when she inherited the land. They are buried at the Jewett Cemetery.

They had ten children. Pearl married Joe Flake; Joe married Ollie Pearl; John; Lyda married John Graham; Lesta married Albert Starwalt; Carrie married Fred Cox; Etta; Art; and Ira married Grace Elizabeth McMillan.

Ira and Grace Elizabeth McMillan Alumbaugh were the parents of Chester. They are buried at the Jewett Cemetery. Ira was the road commissioner for Woodbury Township for many years. They had three children: Chester Lessie, John Harold and Minnie Blanche.

Chester Lessie married Grace LeVeda Herendeen, daughter of Arthur and Leona Morgan Herendeen, on February 7, 1931, in Sullivan, Illinois. They had four children: Eugene, Evelyn, Jack and John Bart.

Eugene Alumbaugh married Patricia Owen of Evansville, Indiana. They have four daughters and two sons: Joan, Ramona, Karen, Cathy, Anthony and Stephen. They reside at Herrin, Illinois, and Eugene is employed by Fedders Corporation.

Evelyn married William Philippi. They had ten children: Terri Lee, Michael (deceased as an infant), Teddy, Tricia, Tammy, Teena, Timmy, Tonya, Tracie and Troy. Evelyn resides at Casey, Illinois.

Jack Alumbaugh married Carla Burke of Watson, Illinois. They had six children: Pamela, Toni, Ricky, Jackie, Lorelie and Frankie. They live at Neoga, Illinois. Carla is employed by R. R. Donnelley & Sons and Jack is employed by General Electric.

John Bart Alumbaugh married Marjorie Blair of Jewett, Illinois. They had three children: Vicki (deceased), John Jr. and David. They live near Mattoon. John is a retired United States Air Force officer. He owned and operated Bresler's Ice Cream Shop in the Cross County Mall for ten years. He is presently employed by Cumberland Associates in Toledo, Illinois. He is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and has pastored the Baptist churches in Greenup and Strasburg, Illinois.

Chester lived near Jewett most of his life. He was a welder for Garwood at Mattoon, Illinois. He died July 25, 1967, and is buried at the Jewett Cemetery. Grace lives at Herrin, Illinois, with her son Eugene and his family. Submitted by Mrs. John B. Alumbaugh

DAVE AND LAVON (SPARKS) ALVIS
David Lee Alvis was born July 29, 1939, a son of Billie Alvis (born March 2, 1909 in Kell, Illinois, and died June 12, 1986 with burial in Rest Haven cemetery, Mattoon) and Audrey (Littrell) Alvis (born September 5, 1911, Kell, Illinois). Billie and Audrey were married May 31, 1930, and to this union ten children were born, Charles, November 18, 1932 -died August 13, 1990; James Ronald, November 8, 1935; Billie Joe, June 10, 1937; David, above; Sally Ann (Wilcox), October 17, 1941; Wayne, March 6, 1944; Donald Lloyd, June 19, 1945; Gary, August 19, 1946; Darrell, October 27, 1947 and Kenny, May 8, 1951 - died February 7, 1976.

Katherine Lavon Sparks was born May 12, 1938 in Cumberland County, Illinois, a daughter of Alonzo Edward Sparks, (born March 20, 1916 - died October 21, 1963 with burial in Toledo cemetery) and Florence Lillian (Scales) Sparks, (born June 21, 1919). Eddie and Florence were married June 26, 1937 and are the parents of Lavon (above); Earl Edward, born June 27, 1944; Joyce Ellen (McSchooler), born February 6, 1947 - died January 21, 1990; and Charles Phillip, born July 5, 1948.

Carter. They were the parents of three children, Nikala Jo, born April 18, 1965; William Edward, born August 6, 1969 and James Neal, born June 9, 1971. Wilton died August 18, 1977, and after Dave and Lavon's marriage, Dave legally adopted Bill and James on June 22, 1982.

Dave served in the Armed Forces from March 1963 - March 1965. They presently make their home in Mattoon. Submitted by Dave and Lavon Alvis

EZEKIEL ANDERSON JR. FAMILY
Ezekiel Anderson Jr. was born September 17, 1842, in Monroe County, Ohio. His parents were Ezekiel Sr., born in 1813 in Belmont County, Ohio, and Elizabeth Katherine Keller, born in 1815 in Ohio. His paternal grandparents were Samuel Anderson and Lydia Powell, daughter of Samuel Powell, who were married in Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1805 and moved to Monroe County, Ohio, in 1817. His maternal grandfather was John Keller, b 1791 at Wheeling Creek, Ohio County, West Virginia, son of George. The identity of John Keller's wife and mother are not known. Zeke's brothers and sisters were Mary Jane, b 1833, m Howard Crayons in Ohio in 1852; Joshua, b 1835; John Keller, b 1837, m Susanah Casner in about 1860 and remained all of his life in Ohio; and Matilda, b 1839, m Benjamin Yoho in 1857 in Iowa.

The older Ezekiel died when the younger was still very young, and Ezekiel Jr. and his siblings grew up as orphans, all placed with different families. In 1861 he enlisted in Co I of the 20th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry and remained a soldier for the duration of the war. In 1862 he was standing barefoot beside a pile of gunpowder which accidentally exploded, injuring his feet. In 1868 he married Rachel Catherine Winnett, daughter of John and Mary Winnett of Guernsey County, Ohio. Rachel's paternal grandparents were William Winnett Jr. and Rachel Young, who were married in Washington County, Pennsylvania, in about 1798. Around 1870 Zeke and Rachel moved to Cumberland County, Illinois. Rachel's brothers Nathan and George also came to Illinois.

Zeke and Rachel had five children: William Henry (1869-1886), John Harvey (1871-1953), Alvah Alfred (1873-1945), Arie Elizabeth (Lizzie) (1893-?) and David Elmer (1878-1918). All but Lizzie are buried at Harmony Cemetery. Will died at the age of 16 after having been kicked in the head by a horse. Lizzie married J. Pizzaro Smith. Elmer married Hester Keys, daughter of A. C. Keys and Sophia Lassing, in 1899. They had a son, Russell, born in 1900 and a daughter born in 1902. At one time Elmer ran a bicycle and shoe repair shop in downtown Greenup. Alvah married Sarah Evelyn Beaumont in 1898. They had five children who lived to adulthood: Martha Alma, b 1900, m Gaylin Reynolds; Ava Chloe, b 1902, m Roy Garrett; William Elvin, b 1904, m Exie Ashby; Lula Lois, b 1906, m Paul Rosebraugh; and Herman Dale, b 1912, m Helen Chapman. Sarah, who lived to be over 100, was the daughter of Dennis Beaumont and Mary Elizabeth Neese. Zeke died in 1932 and Rachel in 1927; both are buried in Harmony.

John Harvey married Lucy Almeda Neese in 1894. Lucy was the daughter of Thomas S. Neese and Harriet S. Decker. Her paternal grandparents were Eli and Mary Neese from Grayson County, Kentucky. Maternal grandparents were William P. and Cynthia Decker, who were married in 1826 in Grayson County, Kentucky. Family history tells us that Almeda's grandmother rode from Kentucky carrying her baby in her arms and riding on the back of a donkey with a featherbed tied on its back. Family legend also has it that both Harriet Decker and Cynthia Neese were Indian, or part Indian, but no recorded proof of this has been found to date. Harvey and Almeda had nine children: Goldie Marie, b 1896, m Al Coleman, had nine children and died in 1980 in Casey; Alvah Dennis (Bill), b 1898, m Cecil Moore, had five children, d in 1945 in Terre Haute, Indiana; Mary Irene, b 1900, m Ernest Donner, had one son, Victor, d in Casey in 1969; Harriet R., b 1903, d 1904; Retha Hazel, b 1905, m James Dover, had one daughter, Barbara, d 1971 in Michigan; Opal Ernestine, b 1907, m Ralph Richey, d 1972 in Effingham; George, b 1909, d 1910; George Elmer Valentine, b 1911; and Josephine Elizabeth, b 1915, m John Jackson, had one daughter, Sandra Lynn, d 1968 in Florida. John Harvey was a carpenter, as had been his father. He also was widely known for the scrumptious blackberries which he grew on his property and sold to a large clientele until the time of his death. The last moments of his life were spent picking berries in his blackberry patch. He and Almeda are both buried at Harmony Cemetery.

George E. V. Anderson was born on Valentine's Day in 1911. In 1935 he married Thelma Blanch McNeely, daughter of Charles Edward McNeely and Grace Ann Coy. George died in 1979 and is buried at Harmony Cemetery. Thelma was born in 1915 and is still living. Thelma's paternal grandparents were Reason L. McNeely and Emma Mae Winslow of Jasper County, Illinois. Her maternal grandparents were Jacob Lincoln Coy and Lavina Alice Neese who were married in Toledo in 1889. Line Coy was an early preacher at Harmony Church, referred to by his daughter Grace as a "shoutin' Methodist." Family legend also maintains that Vine's mother, Katherine Ann Sullivan, was Indian or part Indian. George and Thelma had one daughter, Linda Elaine, born in 1942. She married Joel Harvey McCarter in 1963 and had four children: Robin Darlene, Timothy Joel, Joel David and Jonathan Adam; and seven grandchildren to date: Uriah Michael, Linda Elaine, Michael Frederick and Jeremiah Joel Hughes, children of Robin; Ashley Mary and Joel David McCarter Jr., children of Joel; and Joshua Allen McCarter, son of Jonathan.

George and Thelma were divorced in 1944. In 1945 he married Wilda Jean Paris of Mattoon, Illinois, the daughter of Wilbur Forrest Paris and Lena E. Ellett, who were married in 1919 in Indianapolis. Wilda's paternal grandparents were Alvah and Elizabeth Paris. Her maternal grandparents were Sylvester Ellett and Rose Stierwalt. George and Wilda had seven children: Nancy Karen, b 1946, m Michael Lynn Morgan in 1967, parents of Brandon Michael, grandparents of Lorelei Michelle; Patricia Lynne, b 1949, m Richard Franklin Abell in 1966, parents of Sonia Renee, grandparents of Rachel Elizabeth Sommer; George Stephen, b 1954, m Vicki Hardesty in 1979; Pamela Valerie, b 1956, m George Franklin Diel in 1973, parents of Sarah Marie, Zachary Franklin and Alison Bess; Janet Marilyn, b 1958, m Darrell Gene Zike in 1975, parents of Korey Allen and Kenneth Brian, married second Shannon Brooks in 1990; Melanie Dawn, b 1965; and Jeffrey Scott, b 1969.

Thelma remarried in 1945 to Everett Joseph Little, son of Josiah Little and Lavina Neese. They had two daughters: 1) Donna Louise, b 1945, m Howard Lewis Chesnet 1962, parents of Yvette Nadine, b 1965, m Theodore R. Brown 1988, grandparents of Caitlin Chenee, b 1992, m second Porter Eugene Long in 1976, parents of Christina Michelle, b 1976, and Cynthia Marie, b 1979; 2) Evelyn Susanne, b 1946, the parent of Deirdre Mae, b 1970.
Submitted by Linda McCarter

ANDERSON, ALVAH ALFRED

ANDERSON, ALVAH ALFRED, born July 29, 1873 was a son of Ezekial and Rachel Catherine Winnett Anderson. In April, 1898 he married Sarah Evelyn Bemount, born Feb. 6, 1875, a daughter of Dennis and Elizabeth Neese Bemount of Cumberland Co. They lived on farms in Cumberland Co. They lived several years at Edgewood, Ill.., where he worked on the railroad. Then they moved to Richland Co. near Parkersburg, where he farmed again. Coming back north, they moved to Coles Co. where he worked for William Berkeley on the farm. In 1929, Alvah and Sarah with their youngest son. Dale, moved to California, first living at Barstow, then in San Bernadino, He did different work here, mostly carpenter work, as his health permitted. He died in a San Bernardino hospital on Jan. 31, 1945. He was brought back to Cumberland Co. and buried at Harmony Cemetery near Greenup. Sarah, who was 92 Feb., 1968, lives in Casey. They were parents of 6 children.

Martha Alma born Oct. 5, 1900, married Gaylon Reynolds on April 19, 1918. He is a painter and they live in Casey. They have three children, all married.

Ava Chloe, born April 3, 1902, married Roy Garrett. He is a retired oil field worker. They have one son and four grandchildren. They and their son live at Casey.

William Elvin, born April 18, 1904, married Exie Ashby. He works at the Automotive Plant in Casey, where they live. They have a son and two grandchildren, also living in Casey.

Lula Lois, born March 6, 1906, married Paul Rosebraugh. Their home is in Rockford, Ill.., where Paul worked as a mechanic in a garage until his death April 29, 1968.

Amy Opal, born Jan. 1, 1908 and died in July, 1908 at 6 months of age.

Herman Dale, born June 3, 1912, married Helen Chapman and has one daughter. He lives in Richmond, Calif., and is a brakeman for the Santa Fe Railroad.

ANDERSON, ROBERT C
ANDERSON, ROBERT C, was born Dec, 2 5, 1811, in Ohio. He died Feb. 15, 1882. Nancy Smith, born March 16, 1813 in Ohio, married Robert C. Anderson on Aug. 21^ 1834. She died Aug. 16, 1892 and they are buried in the Long Point Cemetery, Neoga, Ill.. Robert ran a grocery store in Etna, Ill.., then moved to a farm, two miles south from Neoga^ near Etna. There were two sons; the first was Charles F., born June 26, 1849 and died Feb. 18, 1906. On Feb. 2, 1870, he married Malissa Smith, who was born July 4, 1851 and died Nov. 19, 1929. They were married at Higginsport, Ohio and both are buried at Beecher City, Ill.. Malissa had two brothers, namely, Tobe of Eureka, Kan., and Joseph, Terre Haute, Ind. Charles and Malissa had five children: Walter F. was born Jan. 4, 1871 and died June 15, 1949. He married his wife in Neoga, Ill.., and later married a second wife, Edna Barr. Minnie May was born June 14, 1874 and died April 12, 1900. Claude was born June 14, 1878 and died Dec. 9, 1950. Claude married Nellie Ebling on Sept. 24, 1901, in Neoga, Ill.. John Robert was born July 9, 1883, in Neoga, Ill.., and married Valie B. Mullins on June 17, 1906, at Beecher City, Ill.. He is now living in Kincaid, Ill.. Edward Raymond was born March 6, 1890 and died Sept. 2,1959. The second son of Charles F. and Malissa Smith Anderson was Samuel Oliver Anderson, born 1852 and died April 25, 1927. He married Mary W. Higgins, who was born Feb. 4, 1850 and died June 8, 1931. They were married at Neoga, Ill.., and both are buried there. There were two daughters: Rosa Lee Anderson Higgins, born 1873 and died 1944; and Neva Higgins Young, now 69 years old and living in Neoga, Ill.. Children of John Robert Anderson and Valie B. Anderson are: George Pearl Anderson, born Nov. 15, 1906 in Terre Haute, Ind. He moved with his family to Taylorville, Ill.. and married Alice Margarette Heath, who was born Feb. 22, 1914. Both are living in Bulpitt, Ill.. Opal Incy Colclasure, born April 30, 1908 and living at Oconee, Ill..; Zelma Fern Clark, born April 12, 1910, Kinkaid, Ill..; Freida May, born March 14, 1912 and died March 31, 1914; Juanita A. Summers, born May 18, 1915 at Kincaid, Ill..; Albert Edward, born Oct. 19, 1917 and died Feb. 18, 1918; Wilbur Francis, born Nov. 19, 1921, Mason City, Ill..; John Robert Anderson, born Nov. 3, 1926 and died Jan. 13, 1941.

ANDRUS, ALVAH
ANDRUS, ALVAH, born Nov. 26, 1888 near Toledo, Ill.., son of John G. and Susan Amelia Andrus, married Lola Jackson on March 20, 1912 near Toledo, Ill.. John G. was born Dec. 25, 1853 at Terre Haute, Ind.; married Susan, July 4, 1877 at Toledo, died Dec. 13, 1877 and was buried at Morton Chapel. Susan was born May 4, 1855 near Toledo, died March 6, 1929, also buried at Morton. The Andrus families are Methodists. Lola, born May 16, 1886 was the daughter of Frank and Lillie Jackson. Frank was born July 16, 1855 and died June 13, 1938. Lillie w^s born July 4, 1862 and died Oct. 21, 1926. Both are buried in the Toledo Cemetery. All lived near Toledo. The Jackson family were affiliates of the Christian Church. Alvah and Lola had; Ruby Maxine, born Jan. 4, 1920, married Robert Scott at Indianapolis, Ind. Wilma Christine, born May 17, 1922, married William Miller of Indianapolis. Granddaughter, Judith Lynn Miller, born April 27, 1951. Mr. Andrus of Olney, Ill.., recently contributed a homemade wooden sausage grinder (Made by his step-grandfather, Mr. Boph, of the Toledo neighborhood) to our Cumberland Co. Historical Museum at Greenup.

APPLEGATE, VICTOR WAYNE

APPLEGATE, VICTOR WAYNE, youngest son of William Asineous and Rebecca (Stump) Applegate, was born in Cumberland Co., April 30, 1901. He grew to manhood on the family farm north of Hazel Dell, Ill.. On Dec. 24, 1921, he married Edna Pearl Shore. To this union were born three sons and one daughter, Wayne Victor, born Nov. 7, 1922, Leonard Leroy, born Oct. 14, 1924, married Betty Glidewell of Hazel Dell. Betty Margret, born Aug. 3, 1925. Marion Raymond, born June 11, 1928. Wayne moved to Mahomet, Ill.. shortly after his marriage to work on a farm. After three years of farm work, he moved to Champaign, where he now resides and for several years he has worked for the Athletic Association at the University of Illinois.

APPLEGATE, WILLIAM ARCHIBALD

APPLEGATE, WILLIAM ARCHIBALD, was born July 4, 1835 in Shelby Co., Ind. and died Dec. 11, 1915. He married Elizabeth Radar and came to Cumberland Co., Ill.., about 1856 and settled north of Hazel Dell, being among the first settlers in Crooked Creek township. He homesteaded land and built a log cabin and other buildings. He was a farmer and carpenter. To this union was born three sons and three daughters. William Asinias, born Oct. 16, 1858, died Dec, 1945; Alice Carrie, born Aug. 29, 1859, died Oct. 15, 1881; Mary, born Aug. 5, 1860, died Dec. 11, 1891; Nickolus Sherman, born 1855, died 1950; Judson Sheridan, born April 20, 1867, died Dec, 1870; Cora, dates unknown. Archibald's eldest son, William Asinias married Rebecca Stump. They lived on a farm north of Hazel Dell, where they spent their entire married life and where their four sons and three daughters grew up. Charles Edward, dates unknown, married Nellie Hashbarger. Nellie Leora, born Sept. 2, 1880, married "Pod" Hurt. Zenas Sherman, born June 18, 1883, married Alona Wertz. Ethel Izetta, born Aug. 15, 1890, married John Weaver. Orville Earl, born Feb. 19, 1894, married Lula Shadley. Hazel Cleone, born Feb. 14, 1898, died Dec, 1915. Victor Wayne, born April 30, 1901, married Edna Shores. Zenas Sherman was born and reared near Hazel Dell, Ill.. He attended the Center School. On June 17, 1911, he married Alona Wertz. They lived near Moriah for a few years where Zene had employment. Then they moved to Hazel Dell and and he farmed for awhile. Then they moved back to Moriah where he worked in the oilfield. He lived at Moriah until 1930 when he bought a farm northwest of Casey, Ill.. and retired from the oilfield. His beloved companion, Alona, passed away in April, 1935. His sister, Nellie, came to make her home with him and help care for the children. While living in Casey he owned and operated the Rex Cafe for a number of years. Zene lived the last several years of his life in Hazel Dell, Ill.., near his brother Earl. He met a tragic death on April 27, 1957 when he was hit by an automobile. He lived in Casey from 1937 to 1942 with family.

Zenas and Alona were the proud parents of four boys and three daughters. Glen Elden, born Jan. 25, 1912, married Pauline Deverick. Herbert L., born Oct. 4, 1913, died Sept. 29, 1914. Mildred Aleen, born Jan. 27, 1916, married Herschel W. Gardner. Howard Eugene, born Jan. 13, 1918, married Helen Brandenburg. Lowell Dean, born Nov. 11, 1919 married Phylis Comer. Marjorie Pauline, born Oct. 30, 1922 married Lyle Bennett. Mary Katheline, born April 2, 1926, married William C. Willis.

Mildred Aleen married Herschel W. Gardner March 17, 1934 and to this union was born four children. Shirley Maurine, born Aug. 30, 1934, married Olin Clark Burnett, and are the parents of two children, Dennis Clark and Nancy Lynn. Sharon Darlene, born April 1, 1940, married Ted Allen Hutton and are the parents of two children, Annette Marie and Robert Brian. Frederick Nile, born Nov. 1, 1945, married Sheryl Lynn Dulgar. Infant son born and died July 25, 1937.

Orville Earl, born Feb. 19, 1894 was the son of William and Rebecca (Stump) Applegate . He was born and reared in Crooked Creek Township, on the family farm north of Hazel Dell, Ill.. When a young man, he helped on the farm and worked as a section hand on the C. H. & D. Railroad until he entered World War I, serving from 1917 to 1919. After returning home. Earl married Lula Ellen Shadley. They lived in Crooked Creek Township most of their married life. He was road commissioner for four years and was in the grocery business several times. They had one daughter and one son; Alice Rebecca (Laymon) born March 25, 1921. William Allen, born August 8, 1927, died Feb. 25, 1928. Lula passed away April 21, 1955 at their home in Hazel Dell.

ASHBROOK, WILSON
ASHBROOK, WILSON, born June 8, 1914 in Moultrie Co., Ill.., son of Dick N. and Ivanora Rose Vaughn, married Mildred P. Allen, June 28, 1938 in Williamson Co., Ill..

Dick N., born March 17, 1883, in Moultrie Co., Ill.., married Ivanora, born May 25, 1887, died Nov. 24, 1964 and was buried at Decatur, Macon Co., Ill.. Mildred's father, Marvin L. Allen, born March 23, 1891 in Williamson Co., married Florria Jane Fuller, born Jan. 30, 1891 in Williamson Co. Marvin died Jan. 15, 1948. Florrie died Jan. 19, 1958. Both were buried in their home county. Wilson and Mildred had (1) Alan Eugene, born May 10, 1941, married Paulette Roach, Jan. 7, 1961 and (2) Annetta Rose, born Nov. 20, 1948.


ASKEW, ALLEN A

ASKEW, ALLEN A., born in 1820 was an early settler in Cumberland Co. He resided on a farm east of Timonthy. He also took part in township affairs as we find from the early record of Union Township that he served as overseer of highways several times. By his first wife, Melvina, he had four children: Allison who went west to work in the gold mines. After a time they quit hearing from him, so it is not known what happened to him. Hyte who settled in Venice, Ill.., near East St. Louis, where he raised a family of five. Sarah married Pinkney Batty and lived on a farm near Timothy, and Mary who married Douglas Tutwiler and lived in Charleston. She had one son, Harry. Allen's wife Melvina, died July 27, 1852 and is buried at Harmony.

After her death, he married Rebecca Ellen Elder Wall, a widow who also had four children and a step-daughter. The step-daughter, Susan Wall, married Joseph Price and lived in Janesville. William Wall married Violet Baumgartner and moved to Missouri where they raised a family of four. After Violet's death, he remarried and had one child. They are buried in Missouri. James Berry Wall went to Arkansas to live. He was killed and is buried there. Adeline Wall married Tillman Carrell and had children: Jessee and Byrd deceased, Rufus of Greenup, and Estie of Wisconsin. Margaret Wall married James Carrell (a brother to Tillman) and had childred: Thomas, Marvin, John, Joseph, Brie, Dessie, Alma and Daisy. John, Joe and Alma are living.

Allen and Rebecca were parents of seven children: twins, Nancy Ellen and Laura Anna, born Oct. 17, 1863, Johnathan, born July 5, 1865, married Ellen Wall and had one child, Essie Baldwin of Sidell, Ill.. John died April 8, 1889; Georgie, born 1869 and died Feb. 11, 1888; Stephen Alexander born June 14, 1871 and died Oct. 22, 1932; Louisa Jane born April 17, 1874, died Oct. 14, 1942; and Renna G., born Dec. 13, 1877 and died Feb. 15, 1900. She married Jacob Grisson and they had one son, Lewis. Lewis was less than two years old when his mother died, so he lived part time with relatives and part time with his father.

Allen died April 19, 1877 before his daughter, Renna, was born. Rebecca lived on the homeplace and raised her family. She died Dec. 15, 1892. They are buried at Harmony.

ASKEW, EBENEZER

ASKEW, EBENEZER, son of Harrison and Margaret Williams Askew, was born Sept. 18, 1853 near Martinsville, Ind. He came to Cumberland Co., Ill.. as a young man. He married Josephine Walters, born Jan. 4, 1870; on Jan. 8, 1891, the daughter of Elijah and Julia Ann Allen Walters.

When they were first married, they lived on the old Walters place, which was in the northwest part of Union Township, north of the Bell Cemetery. They later moved to another farm nearby. Essie, the first child, was born Aug. 20, 1891, Nellie Opal was born Aug. 4, 1893, Orace Elmer, Nov. 24, 1895, Ruth Ellen, Jan. 10, 1899, Ralph Elijah, May 14, 1901. Then the family moved to a farm north of the Union Church where they lived for two years. Mr. Askew then purchased a farm of Jake Stirewalt, near the Timothy Store and they moved there. Here Charles Glen was born, July 26, 1904; Alice Irene was born June 26, 1908, and Margaret Edna Sept. 6, 1916. Ebenezer farmed and Josephine was busy rearing her family. She sat up many nights sewing for them. During the time they lived at Timothy, they had a serious attack of scarlet fever, when the family was quarrantined for quite some time.

In the spring of 1917 they purchased a farm north of Unicn Center and moved there. They lived the rest of their married life at this place. In Feb., 1919, Ralph Elijah passed away as a young man and is buried at the Bell Cemetery. On Oct. 23, 1919 Nellie was married to Joseph Ellsworth Wade. Ruth taught school a few years and on Aug. 13, 1921, was married to Sidney Closson. They made their home in Charleston where Sidney was manager of the Wadley Poultry Co. They were parents of two children; Ralph Eugene, burn July 23, 1923 and Erma Jean, born Nov. 16, 1925. Ruth and Sidney both died in June, 1945 in Charleston, a few days apart and had a double funeral. They are buried in the Mound Cemetery at Charleston. Their son Ralph, was overseas serving in World War II at the time. Ralph married Lorraine Burgess on June 9, 1946. They are parents of two children, Patricia Butler and James Eugene. Ralph is city editor of the Mattoon Journal Gazette and Lorraine is a nurse at the Mattoon hospital.

Essie worked for the Bedford Carrell family for several years and in the late 1920 's, married James Stirewalt. He passed away in the late 1940' s. She still lives at Timothy.

Charles Askew graduated from Casey Township High School in 1923. Later he graduated from Eastern Illinois Teachers College. He taught agriculture in high school , teaching in Bible Grove, Anna and Noble, Ill.. He married Arlie Dodds on Dec. 14/ 1935. They have one daughter , Kathryn, born on March 29, 1939. Charles has now retired from teaching and they live at Noble, Ill..

Alice Askew married Graydon Ingram^ Dec, 1935. They are parents of one daughter, Peggy Joyce, born Jan. 1, 1940. Graydon taught school until his death on April 6, 1962 in Warren, Ill.. Alice now lives at Mattoon where she is a Nurse's Aide at the Mattoon Memorial Hospital.

Ebenezer passed away at his home on April 26, 1935 and is buried at the Bell Cemetery. Josephine, Margaret and Grace continued to live together on the farm. Then on May 7, 1941, Margaret married Daniel F. Lee, a son of Grant Lee of Union Township. They live on a farm near his parents and are parents of two daughters; Ruth Ann, born May 2, 1944 and Carol Sue, born Aug. 2, 1946.

Orace Askew was never married. He continued to farm the Askew place for a few years, but in the early forties went to Arizona for his health and later to California. He passed away in California in Aug., 1947 and was returned to Cumberland Co. for burial at the Bell Cemetery.

In Feb., 1945, Josephine, still living on the farm alone, fell and broke her hip and from then on it was necessary for her to live with her children. She passed away July 5, 1949 at the home of her daughter, Essie Stirewalt, and is buried in the Bell Cemetery.


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