Christian County, Illinois

Posted Queries for February thru March 1998

DIERKER, KOLKHORST posted by Shirley Axe on Sunday, February 1, 1998

Looking for any information on the William Christian KOLKHORST family. Wm. married Caroline DIERKER on May 6, 1871. Children were Sofie, Minnie, Charles, Henry, Herman, William, Anna & August. Lived in Harvel, Il.

CRADDICK, GORDON, PUCKETT posted by William Puckett on Thursday, February 12, 1998

PUCKETT,Calvin bc 1820 IN/IL? m 18 Feb 1851 Shelby Co IL, Mary Ann CRADDICK b 1832 MD, 1860 census Tower Hill Shelby Co, IL, farmer; 1870 census Pana, Christian Co IL, rr laborer,   5 ch, Lee, Amanda, Loretta, Agnes, Emma (Matilda,Emily,Eldina) names vary in census. I dont know where he originated or where he died. Lee m Phoebe A GORDON 1876 in Shelby Co. The daughters vanished with the parents.

MORRIS posted by Brenda Dearman on Tuesday, February 17, 1998

I found a wonderful old picture of the MORRIS Family. It was sent to Dora MORRIS of Morrisonville, IL. It was taken July 5, 1890 and included John A. MORRIS  (father), Susan E. MORRIS (Mother), Zoie MORRIS, John W. MORRIS, Lora E. MORRIS, Charles W. MORRIS.  If anyone can prove kinship, I would be happy to mail them the picture.

MYERS posted by Pat Wallace on Sunday, February 22, 1998

Looking for burial location of Lavina (Vina) MYERS, who was living in Christian Co (1860 census) with her son James MYERS. She died between 1860-65.  Was she buried in Christian or taken back to her home in Macon Co?

BARRETT, LINCOLN posted by Andrew Barrett-Bettcher on Wednesday, February 25, 1998

I am trying to find information on Edward Harris BARRETT who move to Christian County in the early 1850's. The Illinois Land Purchase records show that he bought land in 1851 at Section 1, Township 11N, Meridian 3, Range 01W, the SE and SW parts of section.  He moved with his wife Charlotte and sons Frank and Walter.  Another son, Herbert Ezra BARRETT, was born in Illinois in 1852.  They came from New Hampshire and moved to Utica, MN by 1855.  Any information on Herbert's birth location, or Edward's residence would be helpful.  There is a family story that Edward knew Abraham LINCOLN.  I would like to prove this. Thanks for any assistance that you can give.

HARRIS posted by Debby Harris McGreehan on Thursday, February 26, 1998

Josiah HARRIS wrote a letter from Pana, Christian Co.,IL in May or 1872.  He had been residing there and paying rent for an undermined amount of time (less than 2 years)  He was in Rolla, Phelps Co, MO at March 1871.   His son Murray P. HARRIS was in the MO State Pen. and was given a governor's pardon in Aug 1872 and presumably went hometo care for his very ill father, Josiah.  Also to care for Josiah's wife and children since Josiah was no longer able to do labor. Murray was 18 or 19 at that time. Did Josiah die in 1872-3? Did the family of Josiah stay in Pana? or anywhere else in Christian Co?    ANY information is so appreciated. Debby (HARRIS) McGREEHAN, Cincinnati, OH

THOMSON posted by Jack & Muffie Thomson on Thursday, February 26, 1998

I am attempting to find information on my Grandfather Percy Earl THOMSON who was born at Pana, Christian County, Ill. on Jan. 21 1876.  Also looking for info on Ggrandfathder Donald THOMSON   Birthplace unknown dob 17 Jan 1836.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.

FAGAN, FAGIN, MANGAN posted by Dan Fagin on Friday, February 27, 1998

Looking for info on James FAGAN, dob Dec, 1831 (came to USA in 1839) and wife Anna MANGAN FAGIN, dob Dec, 1845 (came to USA - Unknown) and living in Christian County at time of 1900 census (Ricks Township, Village of Morrisonville).  Sons at home at time of census were Francis, dob 12/1881 - Baptised 1/11/1882 - (possibly died on 6/24/1900) and Thomas, dob 2/7/1885 - Baptised 3/8/1885.  Other children (from Baptisamal records of St. Maurice Catholic Church) were Anna, Baptised 1/26/1873; James, Baptised 2/28/1875; Mariam, or "Mary", Baptised 2/5/1879; William, Baptised 8/1/1880.  Do not know how long before or after 1900 census that family was in Christian County??  Obviously from at least January, 1873 and until June, 1900 Census.  Any help you can give would be appreciated.

ADELHART, CUMMINGS, KOHLER, MAY, STAAB posted by Melissa Thompson Alexander on Sunday, March 1, 1998

I am looking for the families of Anna Marie ADELHART (b 26 Feb 1867), daughter of John ADELHART and Elizabeth STAAB.  Annie married George Gregory MAY 25 Jun 1889 in Taylorville, IL. Their children were Magdalena (Lena), Teresa, Sylvester John, Alice Margaret, and Agatha Ellen.  I have extensive information on the MAY line-but nothing on Annie's family.  I am also looking for the family of Rosa Mary CUMMINGS (b 1865-1880 ?), daughter of Anthony KOHLER and Barbara CUMMINGS. She married John Peter MAY 27 Nov 1894 in Shelby Co, IL and lived in Shelby and Christian Co's until they moved to Oregon.  I would love to have any information on her family.

KETCHUM, ROBBINS posted by Terri R. Smith on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

I have information indicating that George W. ROBBINS [b:08/04/1822 d:01/27/1905]married Isabella KETCHUM on March 3, 1842 in Taylorville in Christian Co.  Any information about George Washington ROBBINS would be appreciated, or any info about their children.

BALLIETT, GILPIN, WORLEY posted by Margaret Fisk on Wednesday, March 4, 1998

Looking for information on William M.GILPIN b.1884 KY. Married Hattie WORLEY Jan. 03, 1906 Taylorville, Ill. Also information on James Ray BALLIETT b. 1884 Taylorville, Ill married Florence M. WORLEY Sept. 24, 1906 Taylorville, Ill. Any help would be appreciated.

STILTS posted by David Stiltz on Saturday, March 7, 1998

I am looking for information on my grandfather James Sherman STILTS and his relatives.  Sherman died in Taylorville, IL on November 23, 1966. His father? James G. STILTS is buried in Owaneco Cemetary and died in 1908.  I would appreciate any information including how to locate obituaries and death records for Christian County.

HUDDLESTON posted by Millie Avery on Saturday, March 7, 1998

I am looking for information on John Wesley HUDDLESTON or his father Samuel HUDDLESTON . They farmed in Mosquito Township

COATES, GRIFFITHS posted by Marilyn Siemering on Saturday, March 7, 1998

I am looking for informatin regarding David GRIFFITHS.  David was born, I believe in Wales and settled in Divernon.  He married Annie COATES from Thayer, IL and they had 3 children:  David, Jr. b. 1901, Annie b. 1903 and William b. 1905.  Annie and David were divorced and David was lost. We do know that he remarried and had at least one son who my mother once met.  I am not sure where David lived in IL, but I am searching the state for him.  If anyone has information regarding David I would really appreciate hearing from them.  Thank you very much.  Marilyn Siemering

GEORGE posted by Sharon R. Tate on Wednesday, March 11, 1998

I am looking for information on William and Rebecca GEORGE.  They resided in Christian Co. in the 1800's and have been told they were buried at Buckhart but have not been able to find them.

COOK, RUSSELL posted by Larry L. Russell on Saturday, March 14, 1998

I am looking for more information on the family of my great-grandfather Emery RUSSELL.  He was married to Lorena COOK.  They had nine children, seven of which I have located.  I have reason to believe there were a set of twins, but have yet to prove this.  Any information would be appreciated.              Thanks.

OYLER, TOLLIVER posted by Lori Reaney on Tuesday, March 17, 1998

My husband and I are interested in learning more about the TOLLIVER family.  My mother-in-law was Donna TOLLIVER.  Her father was John Arthur TOLLIVER and mother was Ruth OYLER.  Her mother was institutionalized in 1940-50s with what we think was early Alzheimers.  Donna died of Wegener's Granulaomatosis in 1992.  We would appreciate any family history.  Thanks.

CHADBOURN, SINNARD posted by Pat Schenk on Wednesday, March 18, 1998

Looking for information on the SINNARD family, first to Sangamon Co by 1850, then found in Christian County census, Mt. Auburn Twp in 1860 and 1870.  William SINNARD m. Sarah CHADBOURN 1809 and all children b. in Ohio:  Mary, Milton, William, Franklin, John, Albert.  Anyone wishing to correspond regarding these families please contact me.

KETCHUM, ROBBINS posted by Terri R. Smith on Thursday, March 19, 1998

Looking for info. or family connections of George Washington ROBBINS who was born in Christian Co. August 04, 1822 and who married Isabella KETCHUM (b. October 19, 1825 in GA) on March 03, 1842 in Taylorville, Christian Co., IL. Their children include: 1) James Monroe; 2) Elizabeth; 3) Minerva; 4)William R.; 5)John Wesley (b.April 28, 1845); 6)George W., Jr. (b. 1852); 7)Margaret Ellen (b.June 25, 1856). I've got the Ketchum ancestors, but my ROBBINS ancestral line stops with G.W. ROBBINS, Sr.

CHITWOOD, HOLLINSHEAD, LAND, SPEER posted by Otto K. Land on Friday, March 20, 1998

I need information on Caleb Cope SPEER, Jr. died in Christian County Illinois on 29 Nov 1925.  Caleb Cope SPEER, Sr. married my g-g-Aunt Harriet LAND, b. abt 1831 in Swarkstone Derbyshire, England. Need communication with someone who as knowledge to where Harriet is buried. I am willing to share all information.  Otto K. Land, 2950 Cashew Court, Fairfield, CA 94533-1473 or e-mail at [email protected]

RANGE posted by Barbara Range on Friday, March 20, 1998

I am looking for information, on my Grandfather, Elza Clarence RANGE.  He was born in Taylorville, IL on 9-26-1893.  His Father name was Oscar RANGE and he was buried in Taylorville, IL, in 1895.  He died of typhoid fever.  I would also like any information on Oscar RANGE.

MILLER, TAYLOR posted by Barbara Range on Friday, March 20, 1998

I am looking for information on William TAYLOR who died on October 3, 1919 and is buried in Taylorville, IL His wife was Elizabeth "Lizzie" MILLER she also was buried in Taylorville, IL.  She died on 8-18-1932. They were married in Taylorville, IL on May 26, 1869.  They had a daughter named Florence TAYLOR who would be my Great Grandmother. Florence was born, I think in Indiana.  I would appreciate any info you could give me on either, William TAYLOR, or Elizabeth "Lizzie" MILLER Thank You   Barbara Range   E-Mail address: [email protected]

BABCOCK, DAWSON, DEMOSS, GILBERT posted by Rich Coutu on Saturday, March 21, 1998

I am looking for info on the parents of Archie Ambrose DAWSON, b.Feb. 16,1872 in Pana to Mary Elizabeth DEMOSS and an unknown BABCOCK. BABCOCK died and Mary married Edward DAWSON soonafter. Although Archie was adopted by DAWSON, his older brother, William P. was adopted by GILBERT. Heeeeelp! Thanks,Rich Coutu

BROWN, ROBBINS posted by Jeanne Smith on Saturday, March 21, 1998

Researching Hiram ROBBINS married to Polly Ann BROWN on Oct. 24 1852 in Taylorville.  One known son William E. ROBBINS born Aug. 10 1853.  Any information would be helpful.

RANGE, TAYLOR posted by Barbara Range on Monday, March 23, 1998

I would like information about Oscar RANGE born in Greene County IL. Buried in Taylorville IL. He was born in 1864 and died of typhoid fever in 1895.  His father name was Alfred Range and his mothers name was Mary. I also would like information about Willaim TAYLOR, he died on Oct 3, 1919 and is buried in Taylorville IL.  His wife was Elizabeth (Lizzie) Miller they married in Taylorville on May 26, 1869. Oscar RANGE was my great grandfather and William TAYLOR was my great great grandfather. Thank You for any help you can give me. Barbara Range   E-mail address: [email protected]

MYERS, SHARP posted by George Henry Sharp on Tuesday, March 24, 1998

I am trying to find out some information on my Great-Great Grandfather, Willian Clay SHARP,Jr. The information I have was that he was born in Mount Auburn,Il on March 1,1845. My Great Grandfather,William Harrison SHARP was born in Mount Auburn on Sept.19,1871. He married a Alice May MYERS from Blue Mound,Il on Feb. 27, 1890. Then my Grandfather, Henry Clay SHARP was born Oct.24,1897 in Mount Auburn. I would like some information about Mount Auburn if possible and anything you can get me on these people or where I might get some information about them or what they might have done in this area. I found in the writing of a William SHARP who was on a jury in about 1845 but this could have been my Great Great Great grandfather William Clay SHARP,SR.

DUNN, LINN, MILLER, RUHL, RULE posted by Sharon R. Tate on Wednesday, March 25, 1998

I am looking for a Joe DUNN. He was married 2 times, once to an Orilla LINN and the other to a Sarah RULE or RUHL.  He had a son John Henry DUNN who married Laura Ellen MILLER.    John was born February 28, 1882.  Have no dates on his father Joe.

HARRIS posted by Debby Harris McGreehan on Saturday, March 28, 1998

Josiah HARRIS was living in Pana, Christian Co, IL in 1872.  Leander HARRIS was living in Pana at the time of the 1870 census.  I would like any info on either of these families. Josiah is my ggg grandfather and I don't yet know about Leander. Thank you for your help.

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