Woodford County Queries

Subject: Turner/Torney and Yeager Families - 1874

Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 18:27:19 -0500

From: "Melissa Edmonds" <kitduncan@msn.com>

Subject: Wittstrucks

Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 19:59:58 EST

From: TREDDOGG@aol.com

I am looking for any Wittstrucks that might still be in Woodford Co., IL and any info on my early descendants that settled there in the early to mid 1800's. Some Wittstrucks also spelled their last name Whitstruck. Any help would be appreciated. You can email me at Treddogg@aol.com. Thanks Diana Thompson

Subject: Searching Schoon family

Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 22:52:39 -0800


I'm searching for the Schoon family . I need to find Johnson Schoon he was born Oct 1866

The only thing I have found on Johnson is this 1900 censes. I haven't been able to find his wife's last name . A death date for them or where they are buried at . I would like to find orbits for them . I do know according to Johnson's mothers orbit he was still living in 19O9 .This is the last of the infor I have been able to find on him .

Johnson was born to Ada and Katharine Johnson Schoon , they had 8 children . John b1856 d.1926 married Louisa Miller Buried in Glendale Cemetery , Washington , Hans b1862 d 1939 married Elizabeth Harbers, buried in Mt Vernon Cemetery , Linn Twp Woodford county

Edward b1864 married Minnie Fatke Buried Brenton Cemetery , Piper City , ILL

Johnson B 1866 married Elizabeth ??? Death ??????

Anna b 1867 m.Louis Hussong ????????

George B 1873 wife ?? death ??

Fred born 1876 died Sept 1900 buried Glendale Cemetery , Washington , ILL

Henry (Kolp) Schoon adopted son b.Mar 1893 no infor ??

Ada and Catharine Alma Schoon are also buried in Glendale Cemetery, Washington,

Any help with the the one's I have nothing on is appreciated.

Census Microfilm Records: Illinois, 1900

Lived in: Linn Township, Woodford County, Illinois

June 7, 1900, Supv Dist 5, Enum Dist 128, Sheet 4

Subject: Richard Googan Crouch - Woodford County

Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 20:53:50 -0600

From: "DJC40" <djc40@mtco.com>

Richard Googan Crouch, my great grandfather, came to Woodford County in the Mid 1800's and operated a Saw Mill and Blacksmith Shop and I am interested in finding out where they were located.

Sarah Belle Colby-Crouch, wife of Richard Googan Crouch died in Woodford County in 1847 and I am attempting to locate her grave site.

Thank you,

Dave Crouch

Subject: Bauman/Knoblauch

Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 12:46:22 -0600

From: "Feit, Kevin M." <KMFeit@APACMail.com>

I'm looking for information on some of my early relatives.

They are: John Bauman (or Baughman) - (b. 3 Jan 1833, Osberne, Ger. - m. 1863 St. Mary's Metamora, IL)

+ Grace Knoblauch - (b. 29 Sep 1844, Bomenkirch, Ger. - m. 1863 St. Mary's Metamora, IL)

They eventually moved to West Bend, IA, but spent time in Woodford Co. during the late 1800's.

Any info you have would be helpful.


Kevin Feit

Subject: Woodford Co. Historical

Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 11:59:07 -0600

From: lyonsml@juno.com

I have just discovered this site - minonktalk - and I love it! I just read thru the history of Wooodford County and the people who settled there. I was born in the town of Secor, IL - and am interested in doing some family research - right now I am working on the Orphan Train connection in the Wenona area - I am wondering if anyone out there knows anything about any of the times the Orphan Train came anywhere near Wenona - or Streator or Springfield - or anywhere in ILLINOIS!

Thank you for your help.

Subject: Bear or Beare

Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2001 23:19:25 EST

From: Barbgaret@aol.com

I am trying to find information on Kasper Bear(e) and his wife Sophia Gobler, who settled in Bricktown, near Metamora, Woodford Co. about 1875. They had several children. Kasper died in 1890 and his widow married a Lewis/Louis Eberhardt. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

thank you,

Barb Lenox Garet


Subject: Morley

Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 19:57:38 -0500

From: "Betty Butler" <bettyb@freeway.net>

Need to know fi there is a record of DEATH of a child in Woodford Co Name CLARA MORLEY born about 1867 supposedly in Woodford CO Parents weere John and Ella Morley Appreciate anything you can tell me.



Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 00:41:46 -0000

From: "Max Scott" <wayzgoose@bigfoot.com>

Seeking help to find any relatives of Mary S Dunham (b. England 1846) and Charles Dunham. They had one child Arthur who in turn had a son Clive. Mary died in Minonk about 1936. Dr Clive Dunham became professor of economics at Vermillion University, S. Dakota.

Plenty of research to share.

Max Scott in England


Subject: Query for Woodford Co

Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 12:13:21 -0800

From: "Linda" <lbridwe2@san.rr.com>

Hello! Can you post the following surnames I'm researching in Woodford Co please?

Kolb, Kohl, Koch, Obert and Tesch. They relate to my grandmother, Lucy (Obert) Kutzner b. 1905 in Benson. Thank you.

Linda Bridwell

Subject: Wineteer

Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2001 22:17:39 -0600 (CST)

From: RTadlock@webtv.net (Randall Tadlock)

Sorry they were from Pattensburg, IL. Woodford County.

Subject: Daly Family

Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2001 14:26:19 -0800

From: "GSaindon" <GSaindon@lvcm.com>

I am searching for information about the DALY family who resided in Washburn, IL around 1905. I Know there were several Children: Rose, Elizabeth (Lizzie), Frank, Barron, Margaret, Jack, Marie (my Mother who was born in 1905). Any help and information would truly be appreciated.

Subject: My Great,Great Grandfather

Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 10:57:36 EDT

From: Virginia4828@aol.com

My Great,Great Grandfather entered the Cuvil War by joining the Co. G, 4th Cav. ILL in Woodford County,Sept.26,1861 and Mustered out Nov.3rd 1864. Res.Belle Plain, ILL. He was a Farrier and 25 years of age.

His wife's name was Mary[ 1st] and Fannie was his 2nd wife. [ Idonot know if and when they would have died]. His name was John Mitchell Davidson. He had 4 children, Levi,Robert, Merieta[Marmetta] and my great grandfather John Abraham Davidson,who was born June 13,1858 possibly in Salem, ILL. I know nothing about the other 3 children[Births or Deaths]. John Mitchell And his son John Abraham definately came to Cuba, Kansas. John Abraham diedMarch 2.1931 and is burried in the Farmington Cemetary in Republic County Kansas along with his father John Mitchell Davidson. John Abraham Davidson married Delia Ann Woodhouse Aug.29,1878. Children were: Walter, Harry Russell, Glenn Elmo, and Daisy. Delia Ann Woodhouse was born Jan.5,1854@ Plattsville,Wis. She came to Ks. in1870.Died:March 2,1933 @ Cuba, Ks.Buried in Farmington Cemetary.

I have more If you would like it!!!

Thanks Virginia Davidson Koesters [Virginia4828@aol.com]

Subject: Woodford County question

Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 21:57:04 EDT

From: Lafenn2@aol.com

I was wondering if your historical society does look ups and how much would this be. I am looking for information about the Chadwick family. Elihu Chadwick was killed by a train in Minonk 10-10-1914. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Lisa Fenner

Plainfield, IL


Subject: family research

Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2001 22:55:44 +0000

From: "Mary Bertrand" <mebertrand@hotmail.com>

I got your address from the Woodford county genealogy web page which said you may help with research.   I am interested in any information on my grandparents and great-grandparents. My grandparents Henry A. Schimins and Josephine (Josie) Tomascheski were married January 30, 1906 at St. Patrick's church in Minonk, IL. I think their parents were Joseph (or Henry) Schimins and Frances (or Mary) Kunenick and John (or Joseph) Tomascheski and Mary Pierkarski. I have had so much trouble finding anything because there seems to be several spelling variations on the last names (could be Schiminski or Thomascheski), and there is not even certainty on the first names. The Schimins family supposedly came to America around 1900 and the Tomascheski family came around 1888. I am not sure when any moved to the Woodford county area.

Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I can be reached at mebertrand@hotmail.com

Thanks for your help!

Bland Family

Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2001 18:43:09 EDT

From: Blanlanny@aol.com

My father Melvin N. Bland was born 08/22/1911 in Eureka. His parents were James Allen Bland and Iva Nettie Bland. I'm trying to locate any information possible on them, perhaps a marriage certificate of notice. I know he was born in Sidney, IL 6/30/1870. She was born 10/10/1869 in Anderson, IN. The only name I have for her is Bland so I don't know if this was her maiden name or not.

Thanks for any help.
Lanny Bland

Information about Amos Watkins

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 13:35:06 -0500

From: "Jean Freeman" <j.freeman1@home.com>

I wondered if you ever have run across this name. He was supposedly involved in the Christian Church at Eureka and the College. He was alleged to have known the entire New Testament by heart.

Amos also had a brother in the county named Warren Watkins. Their sister Mary was the oldest of the brothers and sisters, one of the youngest was my ggrandmother, Sarah Roselle Hendee

William Freeman
Brentwood TN

email and help

Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 23:57:43 -0500

From:   "amybeo123" <amybeo123@msn.com>

Hi I am interested in getting your e-mail and would like any information you may know on the Meister and Haas family. I have information on my ggg grandfater John Meister who lived in woodford county and his wife Marrianna Haas. I believe he came to the county in 1857.

Thank You, Amy Meister Beoletto

Emil Mangin

Date:   Wed, 05 Sep 2001 22:08:58 -0500

From: "Douglas C. Huggett" <huggy@execpc.com>

Emil mangin was born in February 1848 in Alsace - Lorraine France and died 30 September 1955 in Metamora Illinois-He ran a tavern in Metamora. He married Mary Elizabeth O'Rourke She was a school teacher in Metamora before her marriage. She was born 3 January 1856 in New York City and died 5 August 1930 in Metamora,Illinois Emil had a brother who was a general in the French Army under Napoleon. The children of Emil and Mary Elizabeth were; Katherine Mangin (married Walter Belden Atkinson),Ursula Mangin ,Louis Mangin,Edward Mangin,Mayme Mangin (married James McGuire),Josephine Mangin ,Julia Mangin(married Whitehead) ,Ann Mangin, Claire Mangin(never married), Natalia Mangin,George Mangin,Leo Mangin , Jane Mangin (married McCarthy), Adelle Mangin;

I can find ne further record of this family all of the children were born in Metamora,Illinois from 1876 - 1897. Can any of you match or tell me about this family I have drawn a blank Ann Atkinson Huggett    Thanks so much for your time.

One school house

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 16:25:56 -0500

From: "Vione Beck" <vioneb@mmc.mtmercy.edu>

I attended the one-room school in the late fourties in Cruger, Il. Do you have any information on the school, is it an historical site or could you tell me what happened to it?

Thank you.

Vione Beck E-mail address is vioneb@mmc.mtmercy.edu

Date:   Sun, 2 Sep 2001 21:37:16 EDT

From:   MRShriners@aol.com

We have an interest in Low Point , Ill. but have no idea where to begin.  My great grandfather was one of 13 children who lost both parents in 1863.  They lived in Cumberland Co.,PA. These childern were farmed out to whom ever would take them. The youngest;Carlton P. Fyler, brother to my great-grandfather,became old enough to leave his foster parents and immediately struck out for Low Point. He was there for several years where he made the acquaintence of Florence Kirby. The Kirbys moved from Low Point to Kansas .A wedding was planned through the mail and Carlton soon followed and married Florence.

In one of his letters he mentions that Joe Piper should be invited to the wedding. Also , one of the cousins of my grandfather mentioned that she thought Uncle Cal was living in Low point with his sister and family. However she had no idea what her married name may have been.

We live in Cumberland Co., Pa and have looked up some of the Pipers . We were successful in finding an entry in the Newville Presbyterian Church records for the marriage of James Piper,Low Point ,Ill.and Priscilla G.Gracey of Newton Twp. -Oct 2, 1873 . I see in the Low Point directory that there was a J. Piper listed who was born in Cumberland Co. Pa. I'm wondering if this could have been Joe Piper's parents.

We stopped in Low Point once in the 70's and went looking through the cemetery. We were looking for names that could have been associated with Cumberland Co.,Pa. but found nothing. This was in the evening and we were on our way back from Kansas. We hadn't gotten a room for the night so we had to go on. Of course, the court house was closed. We have found the families of 11 of our 13 orphans.Most ,like our family ,knew nothing of the others. It has taken years and the two missing children have become an obsession with us. If you should run on to any old records that show that someone in Lowpoint had a mother with the maiden name Fyler,we would be very grateful to receive that information.

I know this sounds mixed up but any help would be appreciated. Uncle Cal Fyler was married in 1883 and had just moved from Low point. He may appear with some family in the 1880 census. Thank you very much for your time, Fred Shriner

Tanton Genology

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 17:32:34 -0500

From: "T.O. Tanton" <totan@entercomp.com>

I am trying to locate a Thomas J. Tanton who moved from Crosby, Texas. His home is Cazenovia, Il. and it is believed he moved back home. He has done extensive research on the Tanton Family and I need to get in contact with him. My name is T.O. Tanton, please e-mail me if you have anything.......Thank you..

Woodford County

Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 23:52:05 EDT

From: Boobie22@aol.com

Am desperately trying to locate any and all information, burials, births,  etc.. regarding the name SERAK. Peter Serak was born in Minonk and his  father, a coal miner, died in a coal mining accident. That's all I  know....would greatly appreciate any help at all. Peter Serak was my husband's grandfather.

Thanks.....CAROL QUINN

S.K. & S. Co.

Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 12:52:25 -0700

From: Lorry L Dunning <histcon@juno.com>

Been searching for months and finally found it. The S. K. & S. Co in El Paso, IL produced the Jim Dandy Motor Cultivator. This is a tractor driven by "Horse Reins" with the operator sitting on the implement pulled by the tractor. There are five of these tractors that still exist.

I am writing a history of the Samson Tractor Co. which was produced by General Motors Corporation in 1919. GMC bought the Jim Dandy production rights in 1918.  I am looking for any information you may have on the history of the S.K. & S. Co. and the person who developed the tractor. Does S.K. & S. have a written full name other than initials?  What ever you provide I can then pursue to the County for Corporate papers, etc.

Thanking you for your assistance.

Lorry Dunning

Thomas A. Crawford

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 03:56:50 EDT

From: Larrycrfrd@aol.com

I'm trying to find any and all information on my G G Grandfather Thomas A.  Crawford. He was born in Ohio but died April 18 1923 in Washburn, Woodford  County, Illinois.  Cause of Death: Chronic Myocarditis. He played the flute in the Civil War .  That fact is mentioned on the tombstone that was placed by the government.  The flute is in the posession of the family of Velma Ethel Crawford. He was  in the 85th Indiana Infantry, Company G. Rank in: Private, rank out:  Musician. His headstone has the inscription "Summer come will you go to the  Highlands of Heaven". Moved to Indiana before Civil War. Moved to Kansas in  1886. Moved to Idaho in 1904. Moved to Oregon in 1910. Moved to  Washington  in 1915. Moved to Illinois in 1915.  I would like to know what cemetery he is in, a picture of the headstone would be fantastic! Any info on his wife, Elizabeth (maiden name, etc.) Thank you very much!

Larry Crawford
111 Primrose Avenue,
Placentia, CA 92870

woodford co.

Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 14:58:34 -0700

From: "Al Butler" <silverfox@ixpnet.com>

Rohmann, Waldschmidt, Ranhold, Reising, Schreiner, are the surnames I am researching. These families all came from Germany/Bavaria. Peter Rohmann and his family settled in Black Partridge/Lourdes. I am in particular looking for census and marriage records. Also do not have parents for Peter Rohmann, born in Dettingen, Bavaria in 1792. Any one else researching these lines? Any idea how to go from Illinois to Bavaria records etc? thanks for any tips. Jacki

The Search family

Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 21:26:52 -0700

From: Barbara Gibson <gibsonb@wf.net>

My great grandmother, Elizabeth Frances Search, was married in Eureka, Woodford Co., Illinois on October 22, 1862 to James Dennis Walsh. Her brother, William Righter Search, was married to Ema An Tullis Jan. 11, 1871 in the same county and town. Her sister, Sarah Virginia Search, was married Jan 13, 1862 to Luther T. Moore in the same county and town. Surely the family lived in the same county for all three marriages to have occurred there.

I would like to know if any information exists concerning the family.

Barbara Gibson

Family relatives

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 15:45:10 -0500

From: "Joe Fisher" <JLF71620@m-y.net>

My nane is Joseph L. Fisher, my grand father was Louis J. Fisher, born in Minonk, Ill., his father was Louis Fisher and his mother was either Grace, Gretchen,or Gratchie Braun Fisher. Both my great grand-parents were born in Germany. Their first child was born in Trenton, N.J., her name was Cassie. The family moved to Illinois in LaSalle County,then on to Minonk, Ill.

My grand-father Louis J.Fisher was born about 1868. There were other children , where they were born I do not know, I have my great grand father's citizenship papers that he received in Metamora, Ill., in 1868, while living in Minonk, Ill. Somehow I found that the family had lived in LaSalle, Ill., for a period of time. When the family lived in Minonk, My Great-grandfather ran a butcher shop until he passed away. I would appreciate any help you can give me

Joseph L. Fisher
72 B Country Club Woods
Spruce Pine, N.C. 28777
E-Mail; jlf71620@m-y.net

Store in Metamora

Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 21:54:54 -0700 (PDT)

From: ted pretty <tedpretty@yahoo.com>

I was wondering if you knew what years "Wiedman's Hardware Store" was in business in Metamora. I have a couple old items from that store, but have no idea how old they are. Thank you for your time...Ted Pretty, Las Vegas

Ennen's or Onken's in Woodford County

Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2001 11:55:09 -0500

From: "Nathan & Dolyn Walther" <jwalther@prairie.lakes.com>

Mr. and Mrs. George Ennen lived in Benson, Illinois (Woodford County) They had a daughter named Magdalena who married Henry Onken in Milford, Illinois on November 5, 1881. Magdalena was my great grandmother. I would appreciate any information I can get on these families and will also share what I have. You can contact me at: jwalther@prairie.lakes.com

Woodford County Queries

Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 15:11:18 EDT

From:   SMcKamy@aol.com

Looking for anyone researching the surnames Kingdon or Mool or Wilkey in the  Woodford County or El Paso areas.

Susan McKamy (SMcKamy@aol.com)

Armstrong annual meeting

Date:   Fri, 18 May 2001 18:09:12 -0700

From: Douglas Tustin <dtustin@innercite.com>


Several years ago I was told there is an annual meeting of Armstrongs in Woodford County in the first week of August. I have Armstrong ancestors who came to Greene Township, Woodford County in the early 19th century from Indiana, and I would like to talk to someone who might have information about these early settlers.

If you know anything about the annual Armstrong reunion or any individuals who might be connected with it, I would appreciate the information.

Thank you for your help.

You have a good web site; I've gotten some good  information from it. I appreciate your efforts.

Doug Tustin
1769 Country Club Drive
Placerville, CA 95667


Date:   Thu, 10 May 2001 13:17:59 EDT

From: Albin1930@aol.com

I am interested in finding someone to do reseaarch on marriage and death  certificates located at Eureka courthouse. The records date from the 1860s  and include my g.grandfather and wife and my grandfather and wife from  Washburn. Please respond if you have any advice.

Albin Johnson,
San  Clemente, Cal.
My E-mail is: albin1930@aol.com ( I was reared in Minonk)

Evergreen Cemetery in Metamora???

Date:   Sun, 29 Apr 2001 12:19:21 -0700

From: "alackma" <alackma@wizzards.net>

Hello - Could you give me an address for a cemetery in Metamora? Some relatives, Benjamin Webb Baker, his wife and at least 3 of his children, are said to have been buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Metamora. I wrote to one Evergreen cemetery in the area, but they had no records of the family. I cannot find a listing for an Evergreen cemetery in Metamora. Can you help me find it? Thanks.

Alice in ORegon

Kerr family/ Minonk/Woodford County

Date:   Tue, 17 Apr 2001 10:12:49 -0600

From: Diane Cloyd <DCloyd@co.arapahoe.co.us>

My grandmother Eleanor Kerr was born in Minonk (Minok) Illinois in 1900. Her parents were Michael Kerr and Katherine Ryan who were I believe from Ireland. I have hit a wall at this point and would appreciate any information. Thanks

William Phillips

Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 19:10:49 -0500

From: jerry phillips <phillips@trianglenet.net>



Woodford Co., IL

Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 17:06:03 -0500

From: "Roberta Daymon" <rdmd@mindspring.com>

Among the group that came with Louis de Guibert was a Jacob or Jacque Pichereau and his son Arsene. Arcene went to Lacon, Marshall Co., IL. I have information on Arcene but would be interested on more on Jacob, especially when he died. I'd like to get an obit.

Roberta Daymon

Mailing list

Date:   Tue, 27 Mar 2001 20:04:58 -0800

From: "Ernie and Ruth Kidwell" <kidone@kdsi.net>


My name is Ruth Kidwell and I am trying to find all the family that is with the Bucks, Denmans, Russells,Henshaws,Vincent or Burger. I know that my Great Grandpa Daniel W. Buck died in Eureka at his son Daniel and am hoping that there are some descentants out there on that line.

Ruth Kidwell


Date:   Wed, 07 Mar 2001 18:27:56 -0500

From: Doris Brown <kirschke@atlantic.net>

I have a business card with name and picture of Jacob ROTH of ROPTH and GOMMELS, dealers in General Merchandise in Benson, Illinois. This may be a brother/nephew of my 2nd Grt.Grd.Mother, Augusta Sybille (ROTH?) born April 19, 1819 in Lauterbach, Kur-Hesse, Germany. She married Conrad Schmidt, b. june 1,1821 in Rotenburg-an-der-Fulda, Kur-Hesse. Her maiden name is unknown!.. They lived in Houston, Texas from 1846 til l892 and '95..

I have a group family photo of the ECKHART(SP.?) family with the following names on the reverse: Emma, Henry, Jacob, Mary, Millie, Adam(father?), Edward, Anna(mother?) and Clara. The photographer is Pfaffle in Minonk, Illinois. No dates, but the older couple appear to be the grdparents.

Thanks for looking at this and possibly put it where it can be viewed, hopefully by family that may remain. I appreciate you help.

Doris Kirschke Brown


Date:   Mon, 5 Mar 2001 18:48:25 -0600

From: "Diana Tidball" <tidballd@worldnet.att.net>

Looking for information on Ihne Habben Folkerts, b. 04-10-1840 in Koldewind, Germany. Near Esens. His parents were Johann Galts Folkerts and Grentke Wilken. He had one brother, Jacob Janssen Folkerts, b. 03-12-1946 in Koldewind, d. 12-24-1893 in Flanagan, Illinois.  married in 1875 to Henrietta Cathrina Gerdes b. 05-10-1848, d. 03-12-1927 in Minonk, Illinois. She later married Eppe Kleeman/Klaman. His parents were Harm Kleeman and Engel Janssen. Jacob and Henrietta had 3 sons, Jacob, died in Waterloo, Iowa, George (my Grandfather), died in Minonk, Illinois and Johann, died in Flanagan, Illinois.

I have information on Jacob but nothing on Ihne. Any information on the family would be appreciated.

Obituaries and cemetery listing:

Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 14:49:24 -0600

From:   eleanor.gibson@us.cgeyc.com

Am looking for the following information regarding the Crow family in Woodford County:

Obituaries: DOD

Abraham Crow August 24, 1885

Mary Crow (Cuningham) May 7, 1901

Eli Crow November 17,1864

Mary Ann Crow August 7, 1925

All were located in Woodford County, and buried in Mt Zion Cemetery outside Eureka.  Also looking for cemetery listing for Mt Zion. Am a member of the Eureka Historical Society, but have not had much luck in contacting them.

Willing to pay for materials, and appreciate any help.

Thank you
Eleanor Gibson

Woodford County Query: Foster

Date:   Sun, 25 Feb 2001 09:37:30 -0600

From:   "Dan and Marge Peterson" <danmar17@hotmail.com>

I am interested in any information on my Foster family who settled near Eureka (Walnut Grove) about 1861-62. The father was William Hamilton Foster b: 3-1-1837 Licking Co OH and his wife Lucinda Walker Foster b:11-11-1836 Licking Co OH. They came about 1861 when their third child Elmer Ernest was b: 10-28-1862. Other siblings include Albert Leroy b: 3-11-1859 Licking Co; Alma Lavina b: 12-14-1860 Licking Co; Elmer, William Hamilton Jr. b: 9-7-1864 Eureka; Frank Crawford b: 5-20-1866 Eureka; and Idelia Mina b: 10-27-1868.

They came to the Eureka/Walnut Grove area since William's sister and husband settled there about1861: John F. Van Fossen and Millie Ann Foster Van Fossen. William died on July 23, 1871 and was buried in an old cemetery and was later moved to the Eureka Cemetery. Lucinda raised the children on her own.Idelia fell into a well and drowned on July 4, 1874 near Eureka.

In 1879 the family moved to Story County, Iowa. John and Millie Van Fossen lived out their lives in and around Eureka. I have a copy of their 50th wedding anniversary writeup from the Eureka newspaper. I also have photos of all the above mentioned people. I am still hoping to find a obit for Wm H. Foster. I also need the census record fro 1870 and any other information I can find. Would be happy to share any information and am hoping someone around the Eureka area may be able to help me find information for the time period that they lived in that community. I cannot locate the family in any of the 1873 atlas'.

Thank you for posting this query.

Dan Peterson
Walnut Grove, MN (coincidence in name?)

Douglas Rush

Date:   Sat, 24 Feb 2001 23:42:14 -0800

From:   "Sharon K. Moeller" <skam@ktis.net>

Oh, I sure do need help! My mother is 74, in a nursing home, and has requested information about her grandfather's family. His name was Douglas Rush. He is buried at a place called Hallam Burying Ground south or Eureka. I think that is in Woodford County, I am not sure. I did look at a map a while back. The other queries I have made about this place have no knowledge of it. I am simply looking for any connection to Douglas Rush. He married Emma Brown in 1889. Had two daughters, Mary Jane and Anna Alice. Douglas died (I think) in 1896. Do you know anyone that can help me with this. I bring up sites with census records then hit that brick wall because I am not a paid member of this or that. I am very frustrated and feel so bad that I cannot provide my mother with that little bit of knowledge she so much desires. And YES....I have messages posted on every message board I can find.

Thanks for your time.
Sharon Moeller


Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2001 19:38:46 EST

From: QUEENBETINA4@aol.com






Pickerill Family of Woodford County

Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2001 17:07:02 EST

From: AMad540@aol.com

Reseaching Chester B Pickerill, farmer, showing in the 1873 Atlas, Cazenovia Patrons of Woodford. According to the records, he came to Woodford County in 1851. I believe one of his sons to be John William Pickerill born in 1854. Would appreciate any information available on this family. Thank you.


Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 11:11:04 -0600

From: glenn sommer <gsommer@mindspring.com>

I am interested in finding more information on the Sommer family. My Great Grandfather, Peter Sommer, settled in Woodford County in the 1857. He obtained a land patent on October, 30th. 1857 in Woodford County. I would like more information on where he immigrated from. He was married to Susan Landis. They had 8 children born in the 1870's - 1890's, but I cannot find records of their births. I believe that Susan Landis was born in Tazeville County in 1853 or 1854. Any further information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
G Sommer

Query for Woodford County, IL

Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2001 19:48:20 -0800

From: "Leroy Atencio" <atencio67@home.com>

Looking for info on these families who lived in El Paso and Kappa.

JONES, Charles & Elizabeth NICHOLS
Cushing b 1824
Noah Nichols b 1814
William b 1819

JONES, Cushing & Charlotte BROOKS
Charles Thomas b 1849
John Henry b 1851
Albert Cushing b 1853
William Curtis b 1857
Frederick Gustavis b 1859
Clara Elizabeth b 1862
Mary Alice b 1866
Francis Louis b 1869
Oliver Perry b 1872

Thank you
Mary Ann Atencio


Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 12:46:37 EST

From: Hwjbuffalo@aol.com

My great grandfather was Harrison Darst, He was the son of John and Ruhama  Darst.I am looking for information on my grandfather Frank Darst, who was born in Eureka in 1873. He was a veterinarian and practised in Ottawa Kansas from 1900 to 1920.I need to know when he moved to Kansas and if he went to Eureka colledge for his Vet degree. My mother is 97 years old now and she said that her grandfather Harrison Darst was buried in Eureka, ILL. and that his father John Darst was very dedicated to Eureka college. I do genealogy and I cant find out why John Darst and Ruhama Mohler being German would have their son Harrison Darst telling my mother that he was part Indian? My mother said that when she lived in Kansas as a girl, that she would go accross the dirt road to see grandpa Harrison who lived in a Tee Pee. I can find his brothers civil war records but it dosen't seem that Harrison was in the civil war. I saw a map of Eureka and there is a street named for him in front of the college. I saw a paper in our family files that said Harrison died of Enphesema and is burried in the Darst family plot in Eureka.I would like to have a copy of any of the information you might have on Harrison or his son

Frank. Thank you Jerry Hale


Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 01:49:58 EST

From: GoISU@aol.com

I am trying to locate Brown's Grove. im Woodford County. It may have been in the area of Kansas Twp, but not sure. It was a little settlement in the early 1800's from what I have heard.

I would appreciate any help you can give me on this.

Thank you,
Bill Detmers
Normal, IL

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