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Peter Scarborough (Submitted 31 Oct 2006)

  Would like to find a burial listing for Floyd A OLNEY, b. 1845 in NY. Floyd was listed in the 1930 Census as an inmate of the Kane County Almshouse, so he died after 1930. His son, Harvey Dale OLNEY lived nearby at the time. Thanks.

Charles W Nelson (Submitted 20 Oct 2006)

  I am new to this type of research, so will just jump in and show my ignorance. I am trying to find out about any information that I can, about my great grand parents. I don't have a lot to go on, but hope that somebody can help. My parents and sibling have all died, and I have no knowledge as to my past. I will give you all of the information that I have. Some of the data may be on or about quality. Great Grandparents: Husband: John NELSON; Wife: Emma NELSON; Daughter: Elma. They all lived in Blackberry in 1920, along with some other siblings. They came into the United States from Sweden in either 1881 or 1882, with the daughter Elma, and I believe that they were made citizens in 1887 or 1889. What I would like to know is if I can get a copy of the Declaration of Intent: that they had signed to become citizens, so that I may find out when and where they came into the United States, and from where, in Sweden, they are from, and when they died. This would be of great value to me, and hope that somebody can help. Please reply and I remain humbly, Charles W. Nelson. ps. My mother,father, aunts,uncles,grand parents,sister and myself all spent are live in either Kane or DeKalb counties.

Sue McConnell (Submitted 8 Sep 2006)

  23 Sep 1946, from his obit, William PFEIL was buried, Lincoln (Highway) Memorial Cemetery. Can a listing of burials be accessed? Cemetery Office? Library? Gen-Society? I'm also looking . . . Was his wife, Henrietta/Nettie (Conklin) PFEIL, buried with him at a later date? A spinster daughter, Miss Grace PFEIL, a teacher in Rockford in 1946? b. abt 1908 Married daughter, Mrs. Dorothy BENSON, of Batavia? b. abt 1913 Married daughter, Mrs. Mae/May JOHNSON, of Chicago? b. abt 1901 In 1946 he was also survived by 6 grandchildren, I was also hoping to snag the given-names of the 2 son-in-laws so I can find the married daughters in 1920 and 1930. (I believe the 2 daughters were married out of Hebron, IL - McHenry Co, but at least I know where my G-Uncle was buried.)

Anne Gabel (Submitted 26 Aug 2006)

  Interested in finding out if anyone researching their WHITFIELD roots has connections to Kane or Tazewell County, IL. Capt James WHITFIELD, b 1828 England had 12 children by Mary BRESTON WHITFIELD, but I've only documented 10 of them. Capt James' grandson (my grandfather) married Mrs Mary McKELLIN on 17 Jul 1913 in Geneva, Kane Co, IL & I would also be interested in meeting anyone who may be related to her. Also, would anyone know how much I should send to Kane County Clerk for a genealogist's copy of the above marriage certificate? Thanks - hope to find someone looking for these two families- I have a lot of photos & info that I'd love to share. or see my website at

Diane Stocks (Submitted 20 Aug 2006)

  Seeking information about Joseph WEIKAL. He died in Carpentersville in 1969. His grandfather is my great-grandfather. I can't find a record of our grandparents death or burial. Taking a chance he moved to Carpentersville with his son Frank and grandson Joseph. Great-grandfather's name is Joseph Clinton WEIKAL. Thank you.

Jerry Smith (Submitted 16 Aug 2006)

  Searching for Benjamin H Smith of Aurora, Kane Co. He was born about 1817 and was married to Selinda Emerson. He had a son named John F Smith who was married to Nettie Rogers and one other. Later moved to Henry Co. possibly geneseo township. i would appreciate any information that you might have . we have bee searching for two years fof imformation. thanks so much.

Marianne Meth (Submitted 16 Aug 2006)

  Researching my grandfather, Ralph Haskins DONOGHUE, and I have traced his mother to Geneva, IL. She states in the 1872 marriage record for Massachusetts that she was born in Geneva, and her parents were Ralph HASKINS and “Susan E.” I have found a marriage record in Kane county for a Ralph HASKINS, Jr. and Susan E MIX married on 19 May 1841. Their daughter, Isabella HASKINS, married Thomas Edward DONOGHUE in 1872 in Boston and then moved to Montreal, where they had 3 children, Herbert, born 9 Dec 1877, Fannie, born 27 Oct 1979, and Ralph, my grandfather, born 30 Jun 1881. They had a second daughternamed Rebecca Green Haskins. I believe Susan died around 1845. I can not find a census record for the family with Susan as the wife, but have found a Ralph Haskins and “Maria L.” in Washington, DC in 1860 with Isabella as their daughter born in Illinois. I’m not sure this is the same family, although this Ralph married a Maria L BEALE in 1845 in Illinois. I would appreciate any information you have about this family. Thanks for listening. Any information will be

Mike McDonald (Submitted 13 Aug 2006)

  Elizabeth NICHOLS is buried in Burlington cemetery (died 1877) & is from England. her 4 sons drowned in Lake Michigan on 1 Apr 1857. we are looking for info on this tragedy for the Burlington anniversary later this year.any info would be helpful.thks in advance for your help!

Diana Perez (Submitted 31 Jul 2006)

  Interested in finding the obituaries of my grandparents. My grandfather was Sigmund John WALOSZYK. He died Sept. of 1982. I was told in Aurora, IL. My grandmother Bernadine C. WALOSZYK died 22 Jan 1999. She was in a nursing home in Illinois when she died. Unfortunately don't know the name of nursing home. I was told also Aurora, IL as well. They lived all their lives in Aurora. I have no other information on them. If any one could help it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.">

Virginia Frisnoe (Submitted 15 Jul 2006)

  Looking for burial place for David B. SMITH and his wife, Etta SMITH. He might have died in 1926 and Etta in 1919 . Thanks for any help.

Linda Nycum (Submitted 13 Jul 2006)

  Looking for information on the family of Charles & Lena (SASS) ROSS, who lived in St Charles at the time of the 1920 census with daughters of Maria Lina, Alice Christine (married Francis GRAMER) and Lillian (Dorothy L, married to Harold ALLBAUGH). Any and all help would be appreciated.

Connie Dapman (Submitted 8 Jul 2006)

  Seeking burial information/obits on David G. MCILLWRAITH (DOB 11 Mar 1872) and Anna Murray (GRANT) MCILLWRAITH (DOB @1873). Both were born in Ontario, Canada, immigrated to Illinois in 1910. I believe David Goldie McILLWRAITH is listed in the Kane Co. Naturalization Index 1906-1955, page 107. They had two children: Andrew (DOB @1915) and Muriel (DOB @1920). Any information or suggestions will be most appreciated.

Bernard Howe (Submitted 3 Jul 2006)

  I saw in a Census 1870 that a Harriet HOWE was living there and Died before 1900? Do you know anything of her? Did she have 2 children living in Cambridge Illinios at that time? Thank You

Bonnie Hill (Submitted 25 May 2006)

  Interested in great granparents, E M MARTIN they lived in Elgin late 1800;s. Their daughter married my grandfather, Paul F BORN, Sr 25 Oct 1909 in Elgin. Thank you for any help.

Carl Lowe (Submitted 16 May 2006)

  Looking for info on Geneva girl's school, around 1924 thru 1932. My mother was there around this time Thema Grace RIDGEWAY.

Johnny Randall (Submitted 16 May 2006)

  Joseph RANDALL was born in New York abt 1809, married Eleanor FOWLER. Moved to Canada before 1829 when their first child was born. Sometime later moved to Kane Co. as shown in the 1860 census, living with his wife and son John F Randall. He does not show up in the 1870 census, suspect he died. Eleanor RANDALL his wife not living her son John and his family. Wife Ester Huntington. Looking for any information on Joseph Randall between 1860 and 1870 Kane Co., Rutland Twp. Thanks.

Maryjo Gresko (Submitted 9 May 2006)

  Is there an older map of Kane Co. than 1872. My ancestor was there in 1850-60..but in Iowa in 1870. He was married in Kane Co., IL. Guy MATTESON (MATTISON) b. NY m. Permilia (Pamela, Pamelia) LANCE. He owned Kane Co..and I am having a terrible time finding his parents. Would it be on his marriage certificate??? Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Phyllis Leedom (Submitted 3 May 2006)

  Searching for descendants of David BINNIE and Christiana CLYDE (Clide) from Scotland to Dundee, Kane Co., IL

Susan Wildemuth (Submitted 30 Apr 2006)

  Looking for any information about the name of the needlework designer (she also would have had a history of being the head of needlework departments in several of the largest department stores in the 1920s before coming to Virginia Snow Studios) who was brought in in 1926 to head the studio unit of Virginia Snow Studios, a department of Collingbourne Mills - Elgin, Ilinois

Ed Denney (Submitted 28 Apr 2006)

  Looking for any information on decendants of the DENNEY family who moved to Aurora from Yorkshire England around 1850. DENNEY brothers had a furnishing store and funeral business in 1909.

Joyce Eckerman (Submitted 22 Apr 2006)

  Seeking information regarding Dominick and Julia (DUFFY) O'MALLEY. According to the 1860 and 1870 and 1880 census, they lived in Virgil. Dominick was a farmer and I found his farm on a 1872 map of Virgil. Dominick was born in Ireland about 1812. Julia was born in Ireland about 1823. Their children include Matthew, Belinda, Mary, Charles & William. I think they may have died in Virgil. Perhaps there are cemetery inscriptions that would give me a date of death for Dominick and Julia. Any further information on Dominick and Julia O'MALLEY would be greatly appreciated.

Niki Barker (Submitted 8 Apr 2006)

  Looking for Jacob WOLLGAST (16 Oct 1858 / 21 Aug 1940) family in Aurora, his wife was Fredericka KOHNLECHNER (22 March 1871)D 11 Sept 1939, Aurora need marriage info and any thing avail.

Kim Lyman (Submitted 13 Mar 2006)

  Researching my GGgrandmother Ada M. BENSON. I am trying to find her birth record. I found my family in the 1860 Hampshire, Kane Illinois Census. She is listed as one year old in that census. Moses(Morris) and Louisa (ASHBURN) BENSON are listed with one daughter "Addy" born Aug 1859. I have been searching and searching trying to find some sort of record of the family and my GGgranmother's birth record or her parents' marriage. Thank you so much for any help you are willing to give.

Suzie Peterson (Submitted 27 Feb 2006)

  Johan (Jonas) August Herman PETERSSON, born 20 July 20 1831 Sweden, immigrated in 1854. Found John Peterson in Kane County, East Dundee 1900 & 1910 census. Shows him as: born July 1831, immigrated 1854, a watchmaker. I need more information to match this John with my Johan--please help- Any info on John Peterson WELCOMED!

Tammy Stewart (Submitted 19 Feb 2006)

  Looking for a city directory from Elgin, IL 1871-1873 that would show my grandfather Charles RIEDEL listed. He supposedly came over from Germany and landed in Elgin, IL (Not sure how that was possible. He may have owned a general store, but I am not sure. He supposedly only stayed 2 years and then went on to Omaha, NE. Note: He is not recorded anywhere in Omaha until 1882 when he got married. Any help you could give me would be truly appreciated!

David Stanley (Submitted 12 Feb 2006)

  Looking for information on the MORRIS Family. Franklin L. MORRIS was born 1858 in New Jersey, and died in Kane Co., IL. He was the son of John Wesley MORRIS and Rebecca YOUMANS. He married Anna ?. She was born in Pennslyvania. John Wesley MORRIS was born 10 Dec 1818 in Monmouth, NJ , USA , and died 30 Mar 1880 in Elburn, Kane Co., IL. He was buried 1880 in Blackberry Cemetery - Elburn, Kane Co., IL. He was the son of Samuel MORRIS and Catharina BENNETT. Children of Rebecca YOUMANS and John Wesley MORRIS are were: Franklin L. MORRIS was born 1858 in New Jersey, and died in Kane Co., IL. Edgar T. MORRIS was born 1859 in Monmouth, NJ, and died 1913 in Elburn, Kane Co., IL. John Wesley MORRIS JR. was born 14 Sep 1850 in Monmouth, NJ, and died 2 Sep 1893 in Elburn, Kane Co., IL. Walter Kimble MORRIS was born 1860 in Monmouth, NJ, and died 1933 in Elburn, Kane Co., IL.

Kevin M Lonergan (Submitted 9 Feb 2006)

  I am doing research on the George McQUEEN (wife Margaret McCornack) family that emigrated to Kane Co. from Scotland via New York in 1839. The McQueen's settled in rural Elgin on what is now Highland Avenue in the area once known as "McQueen" (or in railroad literature, McQueen Station). At this time I am very involved in John Alexander McQueen history. He was George and Margaret's son. Lieutenant John McQueen was chief of scouts for General O. O. Howard during Civil War He rescued a prominent family during the infamous burning of Columbia, South Carolina. He was subsequently wounded and captured. He led a daring escape from Confederate hands in Spring of 1865. John McQueen became a prominent land owner in Plato township and a pioneer in the local dairy industry. He had a son, William Charles, that was very well known in Chicago area milk industry, was very active in organizing milk producer's marketing efforts in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, helped start and was first President of The Pure Milk Association in response to the city of Chicago's call for disease free milk, and was an adviser to Illinois governors in the early part of the 20th century. Perhaps other researchers would be interested in knowing of my work. Thanks.

Glen Shaffer (Submitted 8 Feb 2006)

  Looking for information on the family and decendents of Michael SHAVER; wife Sara THOMPSON; children George W.; Mary J.; Margaret J.; Charles F.; Samuel J.; John P.; and Sarah J.. They family emigrated to IL from Greenbrier county VA (now WV) in the 1840's. Michael and wife Sarah are buried in Whitney cemetery, Kane Co. Will appreciate any and all information.

Sherrie Messerschmidt (Submitted 5 Feb 2006)

  Searching for information on Joseph and Catherine (BECKER) PHILLIPS. They are first found in the 1850 Oswego Co. NY Census and then again in the 1860 Elgin, Kane Co., IL census. Their Children are Melvin b. abt. 1839 in Oswego Co. NY, Anna b. abt. 1843 NY, Seth b.24 Dec 1844 NY; John b. abt. 1849 NY, Almyra b. abt. 1851 NY Alberta b. abt. 1852 NY, Alnetta b. abt. 1856 NY, Abram b. abt. 1858. Seth and Melvin both enlisted in the Civil War from IL. Melvin died of sickness. Seth later moved to Minnesota and married Ada Lavina Flint in Taopi, MN in 1877. Joseph disappears after the 1860 census and according to letters sent home by Melvin during the war, seems to be gone from the household. Need to know if he died, and when. His fathers name is reported to be Elisha PHILLIPS of Oswego Co. NY but have no verification of this. The 1850 census for Joseph and Catherine list their last names as GRAVES instead of PHILLIPS. Could be an error on the enumerators part since the name below theirs is Benjamin PHILLIPS. Any information on this family would be quite helpful.

Kathleen Puls (Submitted 31 Jan 2006)

  Thomas KEATING of Kane Co. married Bridget MEEHAN of McHenry Co. on 5 Jan 1880 in Kane Co. They lived with her mother Mary MEEHAN (widow) in Elgin in the 1880 census but her name is listed as Delia, not Bridget. In the 1900 Elgin census her name is listed as Bridget, and in the 1910 census her name is listed as Jennie (married 30 years - which Bridget was - to Thomas Keating). Can anyone shed some light on the name changes of Thomas Keating's wife? I do not think it is a case of Thomas remarrying. The 1920 census lists Thomas KEATING as a widower and living with his daughter Maude and her husband Leonard LASHER in Elgin. *** Bridget GARRY/MCGARRY married Thomas LOWERY (from Kane Co.) on 26 Sep 1858 in McHenry Co., Patrick GARRY married Mary MEEHAN on 3 Feb 1856 in McHenry Co., John MCGARRY married Catherine MEEHAN on 13 Aug 1849 in McHenry Co., and James GARRY married Catherine (?) in either Kane or McHenry Co. in the same timeframe. Does anyone know if the GARRY/MCGARRYS listed are siblings? Thanks

Barb Challoner (Submitted 26 Jan 2006)

  Interested on any information on my ggggrandfather Alert HANSON Born in 1878 Aurora IL, Kane Co. 2 years old in 1880 census. He married in 1901 in Wisconsin, but need to know his parents. Think Albert's father is Thos HANSON that came from Norway, but dont know when. Anyone that has information or a link to these people please contact me. Thanks.

Jeanne Norsky (Submitted 18 Jan 2006)

  Researching my grandfather's 2nd marriage in Kane County. Most likely happened between 1912 (first wife died) and 1920's somewhere. His name was Thomas LYTLE. Born in Midway/Onalaska/LaCrosse Wisconsin area in the early 1870's.........was widowed in 1911, re-married a woman named Mary with two daughters. They lived and he died in Aurora about 1939 or 1941. He was most likely a laborer, had been a housepainter as well at one time in Montana. Also lived in South Dakota homesteading in both of those states. His father was John LYTLE and his mother Julia M. LYTLE. I would like to find a marriage certificate for the 2nd marriage. Also would like to know what happened to the two stepdaughters of Thomas and Mary Lytle. Thank you!

Bert Shaver (Submitted 15 Jan 2006)

  Freeman POLLARD was second husband of Louisa C Shaver POLLARD. First husband was Henry Shaver who died in DeKalb Co about 1865. Freeman and Louisa lived in Aurora, Kane Co from 1870-1892. She died 1885 and he died 1892. They are listed on the 1870 census with her children but do not appear on the 1880 census. Why? Where could they be? Son Wallace left for Nebraska in 1871 and dau Frances died 1873.

Kari Roehl (Submitted 14 Jan 2006)

  Am trying to ascertain why a family from Northern Wisconsin would be in St. Charles, Illinois for the birth of one of their children on 24 Nov 1920. Child's name was Eugene Elmer SACKETT, child of Freeman D Sackett and Florence Nehls. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Martha El-Maguid (Submitted 29 Dec 2005)

  Samuel ALLEN who married Mary Elizabeth STURGIS in or around 1878. These are my great grand parents. Mary E STURGIS, I do believe was born in Batavia, either May or Dec, 1860-62. She died 7 sep 1948 in Lily Lake. I would like to get a copy of her birth record and would also like to get a copy of her orbit. Please advise if you can find a record of such. I would like to verify everything. Also, looking for 2 of my GUncles. Patick ALLEN born: 1886 or 87...died Mar. 10, 1918...WWI (we believe). Cary/Carrie ALLEN born: Jan, 1887 died 1905. Both born: Virgil Township, Kane Co. IL. 2 of my GAunts: Rose STARKS, nee ALLEN Born: 1899 or 1900 married: Alfred STARKS. I do know she had a daughter Kittybelle, who always came to visit Grandma. I know that she lived almost 20 years past Grandma...would make it close to 1980. Both of my GGrandparents are buried at LilyLake...would like to get information. Also info on Emanuel STURGIS, my GGGrandfather, Mary's father. He was in the civil war, from what I can read...Co. B, 124th IL Infantry. 1862-1863. Does anyone know where I can get a copy of his recoreds, even library records? Would like to get my GGGrandmothers name and info. Any pictures would be appreciated. Thank you.

UPDATED: 31 Jan 2006

Anne Creighton Gabel (Submitted 28 Dec 2005)

  Interested in any CREIGHTON/CRICHTON families in Kane Co. from approximately 1870-1920. I believe the Scottish Creightons in Kane Co. are related to mine in Cook Co. Thanks for taking the time! The Creighton male that I found in Kane Co. is William Creighton, born approx. 1842, but there may be more - particularly looking for any Creighton descendants who have ancestors with "Boston" either as a first name, or a middle name - I have 7 in my family, all related, seems to be a mulit- generational thing. Again, thanks! website:

Sue Vanselow (Submitted 27 Dec 2005)

  Searching for information on John MOREY's father and mother who moved to Kane Co. in 1838 from Oswego Co., New York. John MOREY was married to Ann R. MCCONNEL from Yates Co., New York. The McConnel and Morey families may have moved to the area in the same group. There may have been some ANDREWS' and BEEBEE's that may have been in that group. Thank you for any information you can give me.

Shirley Foote (Submitted 19 Dec 2005)

  Looking for parents of Andrew Jackson AMES and Sophia, my gg grandparents. They were in Illinois along with my ggrandfather Andrew Jackson AMES and Abigail (WOOD) in Aurora, Kane in the 1880 census. Any information is very much appreciated. Thank you

Barbara Low (Submitted 19 Dec 2005)

  Searching for anything on my second great grandparents, Caroline Rose BLACKFORD and Arthur Spenser STACY. She was born 28 July 1850, in St. Helena, and married Arthur Spenser STACY on 13 Sept. 1868 in Batavia, Ill. I have little info on Caroline or Arthur at this date. I think Caroline's mother was Emma J. BLACKFORD found in the 1860 census for Kane Co., IL. Emma is listed as a widow, but I have nothing on her husband. Any help is warmly welcomed.

Lois Ann (Submitted 17 Dec 2005)

  Does anyone have a Major H. WORTHINGTON listed as Home in 1930 Census: Geneva, Kane, IL Birth about 1879 Married Amy Burton around 1913 His parents were Samuel Henry and Emma J. WORTHINGTON Major WORTHINGTON was a medical doctor went to med school in Chicago and was also in the military as a doctor during WWII. I would like to connect to anyone who has knowledge of this family. Does anyone know how to do research on a person in the medical field in and around Chicago. He was the head of a Medical Research Hospital before he died in 1944. Would anyone know the name of a research hospital in Chicago at that time and if it is still going today? Thank you so

John Dillon (Submitted 7 Dec 2005)

  Looking for information on AP GARDNER. In the 1860 Illinois census Kane Co. city of Hampshire. Clara GARDNER was my GM Thank you.

Kelli Sanders (Submitted 6 Dec 2005)

  Looking for info on Nathaniel Catlin CLARK and his wife Julia B. He was a minister and lived Elgin City, Kane Co. for 30 plus years - 1850-1880. I think he died sometime before 1880 in Elgin, Kane, IL. I would be interested in any information on their children, Henry, Mary and Julia. Nathaniel was born in 1801 in Rutland Vermont and was a son of Joseph CLARK and Submit DUNHAM. Thanks!

Vonda Leach (Submitted 3 Dec 2005)

  Researching the MAXWELL family. Arthur MAXWELL born abt.1852-53, had a son, Cassius A MAXWELL born;26 Apr.1891-92,married Leona MORLEY , 4Sept.1922.They had one son Ronald I MAXWELL,born10 Dec. 1923 in Aurora, Kane Co. Moved to Newmilford,Il. Looking for info on Arthur and Cassius. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Michael Layden (Submitted 2 Dec 2005)

  My GG grandfather was Thomas James LAYDEN, born about 1850 in Aurora, IL and died 1944 at the Kane County Alms House. Where are these records located? I know he is buried at Aurora West. Flora C. Layden is buried next to him and she died 1905. I am looking for any information about Thomas and Flora C. Do you have obituaries from 1905? I know he lived in Montgomery at one point. Any info is helpful. I am the 5th generation Layden from Aurora. I now live in Spfld., IL. Thanks.

Richard Gronquist (Submitted 22 Nov 2005)

  Tracking down whatever information may be available on my grandfather, Alfred GRONQUIST. He lived in Aurora at the turn of the century -- 1800 to 1900. His wife's name was Ebba. My father was born there in 1897; I was born in Aurora in 1935, graduated from West High School and have lived in Wisconsin since 1977. Thank you.

Ron Combs (Submitted 18 Nov 2005)

  Looking for any ancestry of: Peter COMBS – Kane County, IL, Blackberry twp. Born maybe between 1830 – 1845 Wife: Kate Hammons Combs We have complete information on Peter’s son John and his family. Wondering if Peter had other children or siblings. Thanks,

Mary Ruth Barton (Submitted 14 Nov 2005)

  I am a former Geneva Resident, but did not know then that my g-grandfather John Jan ODELL had enlisted in Civil War duty there in Kane Co. I believe that the record indicated his residence was near Downers Grove at that time. He was born and grew up in Dutchess Co.,

Laura Benton (Submitted 8 Nov 2005)

  Looking for any information you can provide me on my grandfather who died in April of 1964. His name was Kenneth NEWCOMER. He was born 27 Aug 1899. He lived on Oak Street in Elgin IL. His wife was Pearl. I would like to know parent names, where his family came from, etc... Thank you so much

Patricia Smith (Submitted 7 Nov 2005)

  G grandfather Andrew Peter SMITH (married Johanna Lena (nash-nask-nosh) Moved to Geneva in 1870-1871 both were born in Sweeden. Their son Fred was the vice pres. of the Geneva Bank and was a well known business man . Fred was born at home in Chicago just 6 days before the Great Chicago fire destroyed it home thus moving to geneva. Andrew was a carpenter and worked with Robert Long. then with the pope glucose plant. Andrew also served as an Alderman for several years. Fred worked with Sherman Huntley and PT Bartholomew then with Charles Grant with Brown and Kendall. Fred and charles Grant formed the company of Grant and Smith for plumbing and tinsmithing. when Mr. Grant moved on to Chigago the company became Fred Smith & Company on State Street in Geneva Fred was a member of The Geneva Lodge #139 AF &AM and seved as grand master in 1902. He was also High Priest of the Fox River Lodge #11. Fred was my great uncle and although it appears as tho! ugh he never married but chose instead to care for his mother Johanna Lena Smith I am certain thatthere are others that my be following the same linage. Possiblly there is some information about the family that I can pass on. Our family still owns 2 houses in Geneva . One on N. First and one on E. State and I think both are on the historical registar. Thanks for listening.

Patricia Kostelnik (Submitted 20 Sep 2005)

  Searching for descendents or name of grandfather for: Forrest E. DOHERTY of Elgin, Kane, IL. Forrest was born 1920 and died 1999 in Elgin where he lived most of his life. His father was also named Forrest DOHERTY and his mother was Ola SPENSER Forrest's grandfather was born in Ireland. If I can determine his grandfather's given name, I can possibly link the family to their origins in Ireland.

Patricia Kostelnik (Submitted 20 Sep 2005)

  Looking for S. H. MACFADDEN. May be listed as S. Henry MACFADDEN or Harry MACFADDEN or Henry MACFADDEN. Born in Philadelphia in January 1877 to George and Margaret McFADDEN [MacFADDEN]. S. Henry was a lawyer in Philadelphia and later [circa 1900-1910] moved to the Chicago area and then was in the 'hospital' in Elgin, Kane, Illinois. He may have died in the hospital c. 1940's. He was married, but doubtful if he had any children. Wife's name unknown.

Cherryl Thomason (Submitted 19 Sep 2005)

  Searching for information about my maternal great-grandfather Edward W. LEWIS who lived & farmed in Kane Co. from about 1864 until about 1875. He married Anne about 1861. Can anyone tell me her maiden name? It appears they came from New York because their two oldest children, Lydia, born abt. 1861 and Emma, b. abt. 1863 were born there, but I don’t know where in NY. Three other children were born in IL and I believe in Kane Co. They were Ruth, b. 1866, William Seth, b. 1867 and Grant Wallace, born 1872. Edward and Anne both immigrated from Wales around 1850. Any information about the family would be appreciated. Thanks.

Pat Mitchell (Submitted 17 Sep 2005)

  My GGGrandfather, Thomas William GLASSPOOLE married here(Kane Co.) 4 Jan 1838. I do have a certified copy of the marriage document. What I'm interested in is there any other material about this man. Bernadine C. Murphy (Kane Co. Clerk) issued the Certificate 7 Mar 2002. What a present! T.W. taught school in 1839 and the following year the school burnt down. Their first child , Thomas William GLASSPOOLE was born 25 Oct 1838, Henry Glasspoole(my Great Grandfather) born 10 Feb 1840. There are another 12 children born to them. Some in Jo Daviess Co. Illinois and the last 3 children in Wisconsin. I know he was a Justice of the Peace in Jo Daviess Co. and while living in Baldwin Wisconsin owned a shop(a huckster) and was town clerk for many years. Sandra Burleigh wrote a book on the history of Baldwin and T.W. has several mentions in the Book. If you have any other materials on my GGGrandfather or Grandmother I would loved to her from you. Catherine Cook's father's name is mentioned in the Marriage Certificate.Hard to read. The hand writing is so different. He did go by a nickname (Santy). He owned many acres of land. He possible came from Kentucky. Catharine's birth place has been Scotland and Kentucky??? Census says Kentucky, how true is that??

Updated: 2 Dec 2005

Karen Haard (Submitted 9 Sep 2005)

  Looking for an obituary of Johann DEMIEN (1826-14 Jun 1894), Christian DEMIEN 1831-15 Jul 1877, or Frederick DEMIEN 1828-1866, Jacob Fiedrick DEMIEN, 21 Jul 1868, buried W. Dundee, and Friedrike Christine FIERKE (Vierke) wife of Johann FIERKE.

Updated: 20 Sep 2005

William Kelly (Submitted 23 Aug 2005)

  Searching for MCCORMICK in Kane Co. and a Bartholomew MCCORMICK in particular. He lived in Kane Co. IL. circa 1852. Thanks,

Tim McCann (Submitted 21 Aug 2005)

  I’m trying to find out who and when George C. MCCANN was married He was born in Kane Co./Aurora on 23 Dec 1871. He was the son of George MCCANN (Ireland) and Catherine WYNN (Ireland). He had four siblings, Agnes, John, Mary and Andrew. John I believe was a Catholic priest, and Mary was a schoolteacher both in Aurora. Both Andrew, George were plumbers by trade and lived Chicago. Thanks in advance for your help.

Father Lawrence Ober, SJ (Submitted 17 Aug 2005)

  Searching for information on William IRISH born in Devonshire, England l791 who was in Kane Co. by l850 and died in the 1870's. His daughter, Harriet married Philip PETHYBRIDGE and another Fannie married John COOPER. William's elder brother Thomas IRISH came with him to America as did two other daughters Emma and Elizabeth IRISH. Thanks

Lila Mae Moore (Submitted 8 Aug 2005)

  Would like to find parent and death of Joseph BARNES w/ Jane(CHASE). They l. Kane Co. IL. He was in war of l8l2 perhaps rec bounty land ???

Lucy Dawson-Thompson (Submitted 26 Jul 2005)

  Searching for information about my Catholic great grandparents Bernard/Benjamin D.(1864-1952) and Frances (Meyer) ELRICK(1862-1953) who settled in Aurora after emigrating from Germany in 1887.In 1929 they lived at 438 Claim St. Bernard worked as a teamster in 1904, a farmer in 1909, and in 1912 worked for the Automatic Tool Co. as well as also having worked for the Chicago-Burlington Quincy Railroad as a mechanic. Their children were Albert J., Mary K (Colman), Lucy L.( Hannon my grandmother), twins Anne and Rose, Martha, Frank, Bernard, Elizabeth, and Sophie. My mother, Mary Lou Hannon Dawson, was born and lived in Aurora for a time also. The 1930 census lists their son Albert J. as living with them along with his wife Irene (1896-1993) and their children Albert (1920-1985) and Dean (1924-1980). My great-grandfather also had a brother named Frank who was working at Shorn Farm in Hampshire Township when he died in 1935. He is buried in the North Cemetery at St. Charles along with my great grandparents. I have been unsuccessful in finding out what city they came from in Germany, and I have not been able to locate any other Elrick relatives. If anyone can help me in any way, I would most sincerely appreciate it. I have been working on this for years and am now up against a giant brick wall.

Dorothy Lawrence (Submitted 21 Jul 2005)

  Looking for information on Charles Henry WHITE born 25 July 1847 in Dover Plains, NY. Parents: Peregrin WHITE and Sally (Barlow) WHITE. He was a Civil War Soldier and listed St. Charles as his home. Company C, 17th Illinois Volunteers. Thanks for any information you can provide.

Updated: 7 Oct 2005

Gayla Voss (Submitted 17 Jul 2005)

  I recently found that my g-g- grandfather and g-g-grandmother lived in Elgin, Kane Co., IL in 1860. There names were Joseph and Mary FRANK. Joseph-b1826, PA; Mary -b1831, PA; Children: Edgar b.1851; William b.1853; Kate b.1856; Francis b.1860; Charles b.1860-moved to Clinton Co., IL where he married , raised a family and died. I would like to know more about the family and the parents of Joseph and Mary FRANK. I would also be interested in any obitiuaries on the family members. I don't know where Joseph and Mary died. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

Updated: 29 Aug 2005

Patrick Rundle (Submitted 14 Jul 2005)

  My great-great-grandfather was orlando monroe RUNDLE (rundel). he was born in douglas, wi., but at some point in his life moved to Kane Co., i believe aurora. according to census records in 1880, his occupation was listed as being a street springler. in 1880 he also married alice WHITFORD. well i've gathered a lot of info on these people, and sometimes think maybe too much. i'll explain. i've tried everything i could think of, even some off the wall possible resources for finding the answer to a question i had about orlando's occupation. hope you can shed some light on it for me. WHAT IS A STREET SPRINGLER and what did they do? thanks in advance.

Carrie Heyerdahl (Submitted 12 Jul 2005)

  Looking for the family of Frank and Eleanor (Pendell) SPRIET. I believe they had a daughter named Juanita. Eleanor was my mother’s aunt. If you could help me at all that would be much appreciated. Thank you.

LeRoy Martinson (Submitted 11 Jul 2005)

  Looking for info on oliver perry GEYHART from Kane Co. if you have any info on that family you could share it with me please oliver perry GEYHART was my grandmother brother

Nancy Phillips (Submitted 11 Jul 2005)

  Researching my great grandparents Ervin Ruben DAVIS and Ella "Mallot" DAVIS, I would like to know when they married, He was at one time in his life a US Marshall, His picture used to be in the police department of Aurora on the Wall, He managed Moosehart and was special deputy their. I would like to know when he was born and where and when Ella died and where they are buried. Thank you for any and all information -- it is greatly

Terry Williams (Submitted 23 Jun 2005)

  Looking fo my grandmothers grave im sure its in auora her name is katie or katy coldwater williams thank you

Mary Williams (Submitted 23 Jun 2005)

  Seeking information on Mary Reichel WEISS, the sister of my great-grandmother, and her husband Peter WEISS. Peter WEISS and Mary REICHEL were married in Cook County, 9 May 1891. They later moved to Aurora and raised a family including a daughter Marie WEISS and a son Theodore WEISS. The family is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora. Mary died 29 Nov 1913, Marie 1 Feb 1940, Peter 5 May 1941, and Theodore 17 May 1968. Any information would be appreciated!

Sheri Trout (Submitted 22 Jun 2005)

  Philip PARKER and his wife, Susan/Susanna were born in VT (possibly Rutland Co) in the mid 1790's; They married in VT around 1816 and were enumerated in Danby, Rutland Co., VT in 1820; In 1830 they were in Lyme, Jefferson Co., NY; In February 1834 Philip joined with the Three Mile Bay Baptist Church "by letter" from Middletown (now Middletown Springs), Rutland Co., VT; Philip apparently left for a time and then was returned to the congregation "by letter" (doesn't say from where this time) in June 1839; Susanna/Susan and their eldest daughter, Abigail, were baptized in Three Mile Bay Baptist Church in July 1839; Abigail left the congregation (perhaps to marry) December 31, 1842 (her first child with John CAVENAUGH (spelling varies) was born in about 1843 (age 7 in Sep 1850); Their second daughter, Betsey/Elizabeth? Married in about 1843 somewhere in New York State to William RATFIELD (reportedly from either Manchester or Brainerd County, Essex, England)... NOT in the 1840 census in the US that we've been able to find; Philip and Susan/Susannah along with Wm and Betsey RATFIELD, Abigail and John CAVINAH, Rosina/Rosanna and son, Jefferson moved on to Kane Co., IL abt 1845; The family apparently first resided in DuPage Co., IL as that is where Rosina/Rosannah PARKER married Levi FOOTH/FOOT on August 29, 1848 and where Wm. RATFIELD resided at the time of his first land purchase in Cook Co., IL; By Sept 1850 the census shows the Wm RATFIELD, Levi FOOTH, and Philip PARKER families on adjoining farmland in Virgil Twp; Lovina PARKER married James CHASE/CHACE on Sept 12, 1852 in Kane Co., IL and moved to Corn Hill, Smithfield Twp., Fayette Co., IA by 1860 (still there in 1880); Though Jefferson PARKER bought 40 acres from Wm and Betsey (PARKER) RATFIELD in October 1855, he too had moved to Fayette Co., IA by 1860 (Westfield Twp) where he was enumerated with his bride (they moved to Smithfield by 1870); In 1858 Wm and Betsey RATFIELD sold 40 acres to her brother, Jefferson PARKER, and moved to McHenry Co., IL, where they remained; In 1860 Philip was still on the property in Virgil Twp, Kane Co but had been widowed since 1850; By 1870 Abigail and John CAVNAH had moved to Smithfield Twp., Fayette Co., IA and had her father Philip PARKER living with them there; My questions -- what happened (when exactly, and where) to Philip PARKER's wife, Susan/Susannah? Does anyone know her family name, or where in VT she came from? Was there a Baptist church in the Virgil, Kane Co., IL area for them to join up with? If so, what might have become of the membership records for that congregation for that time period? What happened to Rosina/Rosannah FOOT/FOOTH (nee PARKER), Levi's wife….she is with him in 1850 and in 1870 he is alone with their son. Philip and Susanna/Susan PARKER had an older son, perhaps Joseph, who was newly married and living near them in 1840 (Lyme, Jefferson Co., NY)….does anyone know for a fact that this was their son….and what happened to him? If you recognize any of these folks and have questions about what you see here, or have information you'd like to share….especially if you have the answer to one of the puzzles at the bottom of this query, please drop us a line….

John Birch (Submitted 19 Jun 2005)

  Looking for any informtion on a Robert F. BIRCH, born 25 Jan 1892 in Kane Co. He is a great grand uncle of ours. My sister and I have been trying to extend the family tree a little into the 19th century in the US. The relationship connection is authentic but we dont have any more info than what I have just given you. Thanks for anything you can forward.

Steve Aalbers (Submitted 13 Jun 2005)

  Looking for John L (aka Jay L. and J.L.) CONOVER and his wife Ada M CONOVER (birth name VANALLEN). They were living in Elgin in 1920 at the age of 62 and 59 respectively. I would like to know when they died and where they are buried and if there is obituary information. They lived in McHenry County prior to Kane County.

Floyd Davie (Submitted 10 Jun 2005)

  Would like to get an obit for Orin O. LAMUE (la mue) died St. Charles, 25 Feb 1995. Orin was my 2C, once removed and I've looked for information on him for years. Thank you

Rita O'Brien (Submitted 7 Jun 2005)

  Researching a GUPTILL (Guptail-Gubtil) family. Daniel and Humphrey GUPTILL originated from ME, VT, NY, OH, then to IL. Circa-1800 to 1880. Have Family history back to 1650.

Liz Heller (Submitted 1 Jun 2005)

  Looking for more information on my uncle Elbert A LOWREY and his wife Mary A Richardson LOWREY and their children They were listed there in the 1930 census in Aurora . Any help would be great.

Kacy Novak (Submitted 26 May 2005)

  Llooking for any information on Harvey M. RAWSON b. 25 jul 1822, died in Blackberry Kane, IL. His wife is Mary Ann Daniels RAWSON b. 22 dec 1825 and may have died in 1888. Mary also died in Blackberry, Kane, Illinois. I believe they had children named Howard, Mary C b. 1848 Illinois, Charles E. b. 1850 IL, Mino ?b. 1858, IA and George b.1860, IA Harvey was probably a farmer. Thank-you

Scott Alexander (Submitted 6 May 2005)

  Trying to find information about Eugene "Gene" GREENE. He was supposedly born in Aurora, IL 9 Jun 1877. His father's maiden name was George S. Greene and mother's maiden name was Francis Nash. He may have been adopted. He had a brother named Frank Greene. He died in New York City on 5 Apr 1930. His first wife was Blanche Werner. His second wife was named Beth Mayo. Gene Greene, Blanche Werner, and Beth Mayo were all involved in vaudeville. Thank you for your time and consideration,

Linda Fenlon (Submitted 28 Apr 2005)

  Wedding record for Charles FENLON (Finlan) to Luanna STEADMAN on 4 Jul 1858. Thank you for your assistance. My husband's family has no idea when they arrived in America or from where. I have this Charles being born in NY, but haven't any idea where.

Karen Rainwaters (Submitted 26 Apr 2005)

  Looking for information about the surname REINEKE, our granmother was Mary Emma REINEKE, b. 1892, d. 1939. Her father was: Henry C. REINEKE, b.18.59, d. 1936, her mother was: Emilie SCHEELE they were married 1889. We do know Mary Emma had a child, Bertrand REINEKE, ( her maiden name) on 18 Jan 1910, he was born in Chicago. We also know whe worked for the Elgin Watch Co. The man she was to marry died before they could get married, his name is unknown to us, we were told he worked for the power company, and he was killed by lightening. Any info you could find or could tell me who to contact would be greatly appreciated. As Mary Emma came south to Green Co., MS, and married our grandfather, Alan RAINWATER. Then they gave Bertrand the RAINWATER name.

Steve Gunnell (Submitted 24 Apr 2005)

  Looking for death and obituary information (date, town, any other obituary information) for Susan PERKINS, died 1842. She was the wife of Thomas MATTESON. From what I can tell they lived for a short time in Illinois before Susan died in 1842. Her daughter, Lucy MATTESON, stayed in St. Charles and became the wife of Samuel Wilkins DURANT, founder of the Valley Chronicle.

Connie Holm (Submitted 21 Apr 2005)

  Looking for information on James E. GRANT born 1865 in Elign. His parents where Abijah and Ann Grant. His siblings where: Martha E. 1850; Robert A. 1852; Mary 1855; Prudence Katherine 1858; John. His Grandparents where Wyatt and Elizabeth (Duty) Grant. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Nichlas Malmdahl (Submitted 16 Apr 2005)

  Mabel E GUSTAFSON was born in Chicago in 1901 and the only daughter of Frank and Hulda Gustafson. One Mabel Gustafson who was born 7 March 1901, died in Januari 1987 i 60120 Elgin, Kane, IL. I wonder if she is "the right" Mabel and if she had any family.

Contributed by C.M.Wright on 22 Mar 2005

  I was doing research for a lady in Arkansas. This place is a family cemetery known as Rush Cemetery located about 1 mile south of Berryville, Arkansas. In this cemetery is buried: 1st Sgt. Amos S. POTTER, 127th Regiment, Illinois Infantry. I looked up the capsule history and learned that this man died between January 3rd and the 11th of 1862. It says that this group of soldiers were mustered in at Camp Douglas. I don't know that much about the Union line but was in hopes this might help someone searching for their lost ancestor. Many times people never knew what happened to their men who were casualties.

Brian Faulconer (Submitted 20 Mar 2005)

  Looking for information on a Russell Lowell GIFFIN that died in St. Charles, Kane County, Illinois. He passed away 19 Feb 1943. I found his death certificate number in the state databases. The number is #0000053. I'm trying to find out who his parents were. Russell was married to a Margaret (maiden name of Viets). She moved here to California sometime after his death. Any information you can give me would be great. Thank you!

Robert McMenamin (Submitted 20 Mar 2005)

  My GGrandfather and GGrandmother lived and farmed in Kaneville during the 1850s, 60s and then moved to Brookfield Illinois. I was wondering how to find out where they actually lived, why Grandpa came from Essex Point, NY to Kane county (on the list you have of settlers a lot of people came from VT around Crown Point, NY) and if there is an record of them that can be found in Kane county. Also how do I obtain birth and marriage and death certificates from Kane county. Names; Miles Caleb SPAULDING, born 1802, Essex Point, NY; Spouse: Lucy A. (Cole) Spaulding Lived in Kaneville during 1850s and 60s; had a farm there. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Billy Carr (Submitted 20 Mar 2005)

  Searching for info on Homer L. FINN. 1926-1955. Buried in Aurora Township Cem.

Becky Briggs (Submitted 17 Mar 2005)

  My great-grandfather's sister moved to Illinois and fell off the family radar. My relative was Augusta Lund BIRCH. She was born in 1864 in Sweden. She married James H. BIRCH who was born in Canada. They had one daughter (Emma), and one son (James). There was probably one more son. I have no birthdates for the children. I know the family was in Kane County in 1920. Thanks for any info you can provide --

Phyllis Warren (Submitted 14 Mar 2005)

  Currently researching surnames BEEBE (of Daniel (m.Martha Minerva Haskins of John Deere farming fame>Willard Sr.>Willard Jr.); RICH (Willard Beebe Jr.'s mother was Mabel rich and her mother was Carrie Rich but we are VERY interested in more lineage info); HELGESEN (Mons> Hannah Marie Helgesen Wade>Florence Wade Beebe>Nancy Annette Beebe Geshner>me...there are MANY Helgesen descendants of Hannah Marie siblings who are avidly engaged in genealogy which we were only recently able to find and share information with...we'd ALL like to know any details); GESHNER (ALL are related); WADE (Asa V. Wade m. Hannah Marie Helgesen>Florence et siblings and descendants and we know little about Asa's father's side or his lineage); POSTLE (Asa V. Wade's mother's side); TODSON (Berneice Wade...sister to Florence...and husband Clyde Todson); VON THUN. On behave of my whole family and our next generations, we are appreciative of any details or leads you could find of any of the above family surnames.

Dawn Lyons-Schneider (Submitted 14 Mar 2005)

  Trying to find information on my grandfather, Peder JENSEN's, geneology. He was born 1897 in Sugar Grove and married Alma Bubolz of Cambria, Wisconsin in 1920. They lived in Aurora. From Peder on back is a blur and I am coming up empty on the IGI. His parents names were Christian and Otilia May.

Raymond Cook (Submitted 14 Mar 2005)

  I'm trying to find out information about my father, Peter COOK (nee Pieter KOK) who, I believe, came to the Chicago area from Holland in about 1927. He was born in 1899 (or 1894) in Harderwijk, Holland and died in Tampa, FL in 1970. I have recently learned that he was married at least once before he married my mother in 1945. He had a ceremonial sword (Masonic, I believe) inscribed with the name "Charles Harold Fellows." Internet searches have indicated someone, born in 1879, of that name in Kane County. My suspicion is that this individual may have been my father's ex-father-in-law. If so, I am curious to know if there were any children by my father's previous marriage. (I have an article from a 1937 Chicago paper that identified my father as the "proprietor of the Hyde Park Arms Hotel" at 5316 S. Harper St. (he had recovered a marked $10 bill that was part of the ransom in a high-profile kidnapping).) Thank you!

Susan Haines (Submitted 18 Feb 2005)

  David HAINES and wife Emily BURNS Haines who arrived in Kane Co about 1844.

Sandy Swanson (Submitted 7 Feb 2005)

  Looking for information on claude MARTIN born 1891 missouri d????. parents theodore and nancy jones martin. siblings-etha addie martin powell davis b 1869 d1953; charles theodore b 1874 d1942; george alvy b 1876 died 1965; owen whitten b 1880 d 1974; g (george?) lytle b 1883 d???; zenobia ??? martin heddon b188 d 1975; ada martin zumwalt b ??? d 1967; homer b ??? d????. also looking for information on g lytle (listed above), sons bernard (killed in WWII) lloyd, theodore, elmer and 2 daughters Mrs. matt CALLOWAY and mrs miles GRENNINGER. my granddad was owen whitten martin. thank you

Jill Doyle (Submitted 6 Feb 2005)

  Hoping someone might be able to find a newspaper article regarding an automobile accident of 21 Aug 1956 in Elgin, in which Stanley and Lois STYPULKOWSKI died. They were not from Illinois, but may have been visiting relatives. Thanks.

Sara Gracek (Submitted 2 Feb 2005)

  Looking for the surname HOWE. I would any information on Fred Howe of Hampshire who was born 3 Mar 1880 or anything on Fred's father William Howe or Fred's children Frank, Ed, Clarence, Alma, Edith. Thank you.

Joan Hostetler (Submitted 12 Jan 2005)

  Researching photographer Sampson REA (ca. 1826-1870s?) and would like to contact his descendants. His son was a dentist in Elgin (Dr. Victor H. REA) and his grandson Richard Spalding REA also lived in Elgin (Aug. 1900 - October 1977). Does anyone know members of this family or have tips for how to contact them? I'd love to hear from you.

Bob Portsche (Submitted 30 Dec 2004)

  I recently found an old photo, with six ladies shown. On the back are written the names of Mrs. ALLEN, GREATRAX, MORE, WORK, and I believe TUTTLE and FREAR. The photo was taken by a J. W. Bangs, Photographer. In attempts to determine who these people were, and where they were located, I searched the internet and find several of these surnames in the First Methodist and Episcopal Church records (1852 - 1900), Aurora, Illinois. Does anyone have any information about these ladies? Thank you,

Tamera Thompson (Submitted 28 Dec 2004)

  Looking for a Donald Norman TOLMIE of Scotland, working in Elgin, Kane Co., IL in the late 1880's. Supposedly married in Rockford in June 1882 to Isabel Annabelle McLeod.

Dennis Shaw (Submitted 20 Dec 2004)

  I was starting to reseach my family history. I don't have alot of info, but from writings from my deceased father, I am told that my Great Grandfather Edward SHAW and Great Grandmother Jenny were both born in Elgin. They both had the surname Shaw, and Jennys parents owned the Shaw Hotel on Fountain Square. There apparently was a William Shaw, a carpenter, who built the Elgin Hotel in 1837, and the City Hotel in 1851. I don't know if these were related to Edward and Jenny. Do you have any records of a Shaw Hotel on Fountain Square? Edward and Jenny both died relatively young, I believe in their 40's, around 1897. My grandfather Alfred, was born in Elgin in 1890. He had an older sister Ethel, and an older brother George who later worked in the watch factory. Alfred graduated from Elgin High School. That's about it. If you had any info that could help fill in the gaps I would sure appreciate it, or any advice on how to research it better.

Sara Cushing (Submitted 19 Nov 2004)

  Looking for information on Henry A. EASTMAN who married Mary M. GLENN in Kane Co. 27 Jun 1866. Are there marriage records available for this period? Would they show parents names? What birth records are available for Kane county? Our library has nothing on Kane. Are there publications for sale?

Bob Switzer (Submitted 15 Nov 2004)

  Searching info on my g-great grandparents. Mornelva SLOCUM b.Mar 1847 in Ohio and d 1 Apr 1894 in Elgin, Il. His wife Flora Yule b. May 1847 in NY. and was recorded on 1900 census living in Elgin. I would like their marriage date and the death date of Flora. Also any info pertaining to their parents. Thankyou

Charlotte Greene (Submitted 6 Nov 2004)

  Searching for information on my grandparents. My grandfather was Albert J. ANDERSON. He married Minnie JOHNSON (maybe Mary?). I know that their son John Howard was born in 1902 in Batavia. My great grandfather may have been named Andrew, since we have a few in the family. My mother called her brother, Howard or Andy. Whatever information you may have will be appreciated. Thank you.

Nancy Beckman (Submitted 25 Oct 2004)

  Researching the William MARLOW family from Coventry England who came to Elgin in the 1880's. I am interested in corresponding with anyone else researching this surname.

Paul Pettit (Submitted 21 Oct 2004)

  Researchig the family of William HALTERMAN in Batavia Twp mostly 1900-1930. Need death and burial info of William and wife - looking for corroboration of William's parents names. Thanks.

Jeremie Cox (Submitted 11 Oct 2004)

  I’m currently trying to research the RUPP family. The earliest record I have is: Jacob W. RUPP (b. Jan 1830 – Wuerttemberg, Germany), d: between 1900-1910 (possibly MN or IL) AKA I’ve located is John William RUPP. Married: Eliza BARTEMUS (b. Oct 1837 – PA) on 9 Apr 1857 in MN (probably Faribault, Rice Co., MN). Other spelling variations: Bartemess, Bartness, & Barteness. They lived in MN until they are located on the 1880, 1890, & 1900 Federal Censuses living in Aurora, Kane Co., IL. Jacob (aka John) was listed as being a painter and labourer. Eliza Bartemus was always a housewife. They had the following children together: Charles RUPP (1860) – MO; William RUPP (1864) - MN; Arthur George RUPP (11 Jun 1867) - MN; Albert RUPP (1871) - IL; Sidney C. RUPP (May 1874) - IL; Robert E. RUPP (Dec 1876) - IL; [Unknown first name] RUPP (looks like Silas or Dilas on the census) (1878) – IL. I’m trying to locate anything I can on the names I’ve listed above. I have quite a bit of information on Arthur G. RUPP (1867) and if there are any inquiries to that name, I’d be happy to share the information. Unfortunately, the only information I’ve been able to gather on everyone else has been from census records only. Many thanks in advance and best wishes.

Lynn Alvarez (Submitted 4 Oct 2004)

  Mary KELL(E)Y married Phineas HAWKINS on 2 Oct 1872 at St. Patrick's Church in St. Charles. I find them in 1880 in Chicago. Living with them are her sister Nellie and Phineas' mother, along with a daughter, Bertha (Birdie). Nellie ended up marrying a Hawkins in 1884. From what I know of family history, Nellie died before 1915, or shortly thereafter, and did not have any children. I am pretty sure that Mary and Nellie were the children of John KELLEY. I can find him in 1870 in St. Charles with his children: Mary 19, Jerry 18, James 17, Anna 15, Timothy 14, Michael 13, Frank 11, Mattie 9, Morris 6, Nellie 4, and Albert 2. Any information on this KELLEY family is appreciated.

Vicki McIver (Submitted 27 Sep 2004)

  Looking for my grand parents. Chris DOLBY and also Charles NIELSEN and his wife Millie(Marie) Her birthday was 9 Apr 1888. Charles Nielsen birthday is 4 DEC 1877 Died in 1966. Chris DOLBY birthday is 4 March 1898. He married Hedwig Marie NIELSEN born on 9 May 1905. The marriage was at Geneva, IL, 10 Apr 1925. I would like To know when they came in this country. Charles NIELSEN Had 9 children. I want to try and get their parents or family in Denmark.

Peggy Thomas (Submitted 10 Sep 2004)

  Looking for any information for Kate (Catherine) or Jennie WASHBURN in Elgin 188?-1920, need death, cemetery, probate records or obits for both of them, they lived in Greenwood & Nunda townships, Mchenry Co prior to moving to Elgin. Kate was married to James/Joseph H WASHBURN, Jennie never married. The other children of Kate & James/Joseph were Ida, Charles, Daisy, Della & Maude. Thank You.

D Phillips (Submitted 17 Sep 2004)

  Looking for the surname SHATTUCK, his first name is John Paul, his wife's name is Marietta I know for sure that they were there in 1864, when their baby girl, Ermina was born. John was born in 1837 and his wife in 1838. Thank you for any information you can help me find.

Barry Jernigan (Submitted 7 Sep 2004)

  My gggg-grandparents, Algernon S. BAKER and Sarah A. Stevens BAKER appear in the 1880 census of Batavia, Kane Co., IL. Algernon was 60 years old, a carpenter, born in New York, as were both of his parents. Sarah was 55 years old, born in New York, as were both of her parents. Also in the household are these people who are not known to me: Antoinette GRIFFITH, age 22, born in Wisconsin, both of her parents were born in New York. Under her are Lewis E. GRIFFITH, her "son", age 8, born in Iowa, both parents born in New York and Marcus A. GRIFFITH, also her "son", age 2, born in Illinois, both parents born in New York. I am thinking that these must be some kind of relatives. Algernon may have had a sister named Antoinette - maybe this was his niece? I think it's possible that she was the guardian of the 2 boys. Their natural mother was born in New York, according to the census. Maybe their parents were dead? Perhaps I can solve a mystery for someone else if we put our heads together. I have more on Algernon and Sarah. Their migration was from Fort Ann, Washington Co, NY > Bradford Township, Rock Co, WI > Milton, Du Page Co, IL > Winfield, Du Page Co, IL > Batavia, Kane Co, IL. I don't know what happened to them after the 1880 census. They had 4 children: Silas Thomas BAKER (my ggg-grandfather), born Fort Ann, Washington Co, NY, c.1843; Ellen A. BAKER, born WI, c. 1847; Herbert BAKER, born WI, c. 1852 and Mary "Minnie" BAKER, born WI, c. 1856. I only recently discovered the entire family through the censuses (1850-1880). I don't know anymore about Ellen, Herbert or Mary "Minnie" at this point. I have more on Silas Thomas BAKER if you have a connection to my Bakers.

Betsey Levin (Submitted 6 Sep 2004)

  Interested in the SHEFFER family who came to aurora in the 1800s. William George SHEFFER whose wife i believe was welthey WILEY.i am especially interested in the parents of welthey wiley as i think she may be part of my wiley line in ny, i think she was born there.i do sincerely thank you for any info you may have found.

Crystal Millberry (Submitted 2 Sep 2004)

  My ggg grandfather's name was John Henry HOAD. He moved to Kane Co. and bought land in 1841. I have found the record online. I just acquired a copy of a Bill for Divorce granting a divorce to his wife, Lettitia or Letitia HOAD, which was final on 21 Nov 1848. I cannot find a record of this online anywhere and don't know where else to look. Both of them were born in England. I am trying to find out where in Kane County my ggg grandfather lived. He supposedly had a carriage making business but I don't know which town he lived and worked in. He was also reported to have been naturalized in Kane County. I have found him on a list of immigrants to Kane County in 1841 and that is all so far. I know he left for California in 1849 as he arrived here October 31st. He also sold his business just before he left. He was a wheelwright. He might have had his wife Sarah and his son John with him, too, but I can't find any record of that, either. Can anyone give me a clue as to where to look for this information? I have tried every way I know to find this on Ancestry (found the immigration paper there) and also the Mormon sight but am stumped. Thank you for any information you can give me as to how to track this information. Thank you for any help you can give me.

UPDATED: 1 May 2006

Tom Schenk (Submitted 24 Aug 2004)

  Researching my GGgrandparents and family. They are Francis KANE, Bridgette KANE nee O'NEIL and children Peter QUIN, Bridgette's child by a previous marriage, Michael KANE, Edward KANE, Mary KANE, Patrick KANE, my Ggrandfather, and Elizabeth KANE. Peter QUIN volunteered for the duty in the Civil War and was with the 52nd Illinois Infantry. He was captured, I think, in Tennessee around Nov 1863. He died on 8 Oct 1864, a prisoner of war at Andersonville, of scurvy. His grave marker is 10531. The family lived in the vicinity of Blackberry or Kaneville. Blackberry is listed on Peter QUIN's military records. Thanks.

Lorraine Besmer (Submitted 21 Aug 2004)

  Looking for information on the family of Alonzo Lewis BAKER, born 1832 or 1838 in Vermont or New York, died 27 Feb 1897 and is buried at the Fox (Fowler) Grove cemetery. He was married to Lydia Ann IVES in Kendall Co. on 24 Dec 1854. She died in Iowa in 1870. He returned to the Kane/Kendall County area leaving his children with their grandparents Ives. I am wondering if he fathered any more children from other wives. I also do not have the names of his parents or siblings. I do not know what he did for a living. I need information on his parents, siblings, wives, possible children from other marriages. He was my great-great grandfather. Any information will be appreciated. He is one of my "brick walls!" Thank You!

UPDATED: 13 Nov 2004

Diane Paul (Submitted 28 Jul 2004)

  looking for my grandfathers family. his birth name was frederick h KOSS but, in 1902 he was adopted by frank and clara MALL from aurora il. could you please assist me in finding any info on either his natural or adopted family thank you

Jeanine Knight (Submitted 18 Jul 2004)

  My great grandfather, Frederick "Fred" William ARMES died in Virgil Twp., Kane Co., IL on 9 Oct 1921. Currently I am trying to find out where he was buried, as well as I am requesting a copy of his death certificate from the county. Thank you.

Pauline Teron (Submitted 9 Jul 2004)

  My greatgrandparents, Joseph and Adaline BROWN moved to Elgin, IL from NY. They are identified on the 1860 and 1870 Federal Census. There children were: Julia, Joseph, Lewis, Alexander, George, Arella, Edward, Henry, Rosa, Peter and Mary. Julia and Joseph were on the 1860 Census as ages 9 and 8 but appeared no future census. I assume they must have died from an illness at that time. I am searching for Adaline's maiden name. Everything I see has only Mrs. Joseph Brown. They were French Catholic. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Darlene Thorson (Submitted 14 Jun 2004)

  Searching for information regarding my gggrandfather (George) Henry RICHARDSON. I have received a civil roll muster that lists Henry RICHARDSON living in Virgil, IL 1861. In 1870 census he is living in Blackberry with his wife Mary (Ryan) and his five children Charles, William, Mary E, George, and Abigail. I was hoping to learn what churches and schools served the area at this time, and if there are any records for this timeframe. Any help would be truly appreciated.

Dean Duke (Submitted 7 Jun 2004)

  I am trying to find the cemetery that my GGrandmother, Eliza SHIPMAN, is buried in. Her Death Certificate shows she died in Will County March 27, 1926 but was returned to Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois, for burial on 30 Mar 1926. It does not show the name of the Cemetery. It lists her usual place of adobe as 121 Hinsdale, Elgin, Illinois. Any help would be appreciated.

Chris Hansen (Submitted 22 May 2004)

  from History of Palo Alto Co IA publ 1910 P22 Chapter III THE IRISH COLONY. "In July 1856, another notable group of settlers came to Palo Alto County Iowa. This was a colony of Irishmen from Kane County IL, who with brave hearts and stead-fast purpose came on into the frontier wilderness in search of homes. There were seven families in this colony, and it consisted of the following persons: James NOLAN, Anastasia his wife, Maria his daughter and 2 sons, James and John F; John NEARY and his wife, and one son, John F Neary, and one daughter Mary; Edward MAHAN and Margaret his wife, Ann and Ellen his daughters, and two sons, John and Myles; Martin LAUGHLIN, his wife Mary, three sons, Lott, JT, and Patrick, and one daughter Ellen; John NOLAN and wife Bridget, and one son, Charlie; Thomas DOWNEY and Ellen his wife, and Ellen his daughter; Orrin SYLVESTER and his wife Ellen. Patrick JACKMAN and Thomas LAUGHLIN, both single, came with these settlers though not members of the families above enumerated. " The NOLAN families above are mine, and I would like to know more about their life in Kane County. Parents, siblings? James F NOLAN was born 1826 in Ireland, died 11 Mar 1874 in Emmetsburg IA. I believe his wife Anastatia was a FITZGERALD. One relative believes she was a NEARY. Any connection to her family would be much appreciated. She was b 1822 Ireland. This is a lengthy article about their move and new settlement. I will be happy to share it with anyone who may be interested in these families.

Diane Charane (Submitted 18 May 2004)

  My gr-gr-grandmother: Leona GAGE b.10 Feb 1846 in Chateaugay, Franklin County, New York. She married William Cauldwell WATSON b. 30 Oct. 1843 in Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois. They were married in 1864 in Elgin. He was with the South Pacific railroad. He served in the Union Army-Company A 7th Illinois Infantry. They had three daughters: Carrie WATSON-date of birth unknown. She married William LYCETTE; Alice W. WATSON-born 22 May 1867 in Elgin, Illinois; She married in 1884 Robert Parham ABRAHAM of LaGrange, Ga. She died 10 May 1929 in LaGrange, Troup Cty., Ga. (she was my gr-grandmother); and Jennie A. b. 26 May 1869 in Elgin, Kane Co., Ill; she married J.B. HARRIS. If anyone has any connection with the WATSONS or GAGES please contact me. Thank you.

Lora Wood (Submitted 9 May 2004)

  Looking for info on my 2 great great granduncles, Charles C.(?) FREEMAN, and Thurman (possibly named Chancy, or something else) FREEMAN. Their sister Calnah FREEMAN (SANFORD) is my great great grandmother. The 2 brothers Charles and Thurman were in the Civil War, and died of TB. Their parents were Lyman FREEMAN and Maria CUMMINGS FREEMAN. They were from the "Woodstock area", possibly Barrington. I have written and am wating on Civil War mustering in/out info from the IL state archives. If I'm correct, I think the brothers may be listed as Charles C. FREEMAN, and Chancy FREEMAN, 69th infantry unit, company B, from Barrington. I have a picture of a Civil War soldier which may be Charlie. Their other siblings were Callum, Minerva, and Clara. I'd really appreciate any info or help you can give me. Thanks.

Judy Foreman Lee (Submitted 19 Nov 2003)

  Trying to locate three lost cousin; my uncle, Billy Darce RUMSEY married Patricia MALONE about 1950 in Kane Co. [I believe her parents owned Malone's Funeral Home. ] They had three children: Billy Darce Jr., Debbie & Michael. They divorced about 1958, Pat remarried ?, he adopted the children and I'd like to find them. Can anyone help find my lost cousins? Thanks for any help.

Amy Eberhard (Submitted 5 Jun 2003)

  Searching for information on the ANDERSON family that lived in Kane Co. Oscar N. ANDERSON, wife Lilly A. (Lillianna) 9 children which I am told were born in Kane County. The following are their childrens names and date of births: Hildur Ethel (7 Dec 1907), Margaret (dob: 1908-dod 1909), Dagmar C. (dob & dod 1916), Hilding (29 Jan 1912), Helge David (8 Jul 1914), Maurice Donald (1921), Martin Carl (1920), Rudolph (19 Aug 1925). Oscar had a brother that also settled in St. Charles. His brothers name I believe was Andrew. I have no other information on the family. Would like to hear from anyone that could possible provide any information and/or pictures on the family. Thank you.

Rev. Wesley R Fortman (Submitted 3 Jun 2003)

  Looking for the wedding date of my great aunt & Uncle, they were married in Aurora. His name was Charles Edward CATO and hers was Naomi LAMAR. Also I am looking for the date of death of my Great great Grandfather, he died in Aurora. His name was James LAMAR and he disappeared from the city directory between 1911 and 1917. Help in these matters will be greatly appreciated.

Kerry Kelley (Submitted 2 Jun 2003)

  Looking for information on the RANSOM and BINGHAM families of Aurora. My Great Grandfather Robert RANSOM married Bessie (?) a few years before 1909. They lived on Illinois Ave and had 5 children, names: Vivian, Earl R. and Merle R. (twins b. 1909), Zola, and Thoarold. My Grandfather Earl R RANSOM married Betty Marie BINGHAM, they lived on Church Rd and had 2 children names: Rosemary C and Ellery. I have no information on the BINGHAM family except that Betty had a sister named Jean, and a brother that they called "Jr". My Grandfather (Earl), my Grandmother (Betty) and my mother (Rosemary) are buried in River Hills cemetary in Batavia. Please any information on either of these families would be most appreciated.

Colin Eatock (Submitted 31 May 2003)

  Looking for information John Frederick PFISTER and his family. He came to the USA from Europe as a boy with his parents and possibly siblings in the 1850s or 1860s. He was married in Kane on 26 Nov 1871 to Clara HENVILLE, from London, Ontario, Canada. Later he moved to Ontario with his wife. I have his marriage certificate but it gives very little information: no ages, places of birth, parents names, etc. Is there some other documentation supporting this marriage that I should search for?

Eva Young (Submitted 30 May 2003)

  Looking for info for Ophelia AMIGH. She died in 1939 and was called Mother AMIGH. She was the Superintendent of a girls correctional facility. She was in Kane County around 1912. Thanks

Norma Jean (Submitted 26 May 2003)

  I am the granddaughter of Peter John WAGNER of Aurora, IL. Who was born 24 Jun 1888. His parents are listed as John and Barbra vreck WAGNER. I am trying to trace the names of his siblings. I do know he had a brother Goddard and a sister Ann but none of the others names I would like to know where the family originated and more about their lives.

Barry Dutcher (Submitted 20 May 2003)

 I hope someone with access to an index for the 1910 census for Aurora, Kane County, IL can provide page information for WORTMAN: Glen, Lucy, Charles or Roy.

Clifford H Knott (Submitted 17 May 2003)

  Searching for information on Wallace L. KNOTT, son of Wallace H. KNOTT and Mary (WILSON) KNOTT of Elgin. (Brothers, Wilson,Frank, James & Leonard)(Sister Mabel (KNOTT) JEFFREY. At the time of Mary KNOTT's death on 8 May 1928, Wallace L. KNOTT was residing on Stewart Ave. in Elgin. I am also trying to secure KNOTT family photos.

Susan Schlosser (Submitted 16 May 2003)

  My grandparents Nick and Anna Haas SERVATIUS lived in Geneva from 1920-1930 and built a home there on Woodlawn St. I also have discovered that my father, now deceased was Baptized at St. Peter's Parish in Geneva. I am wondering if anyone has a photo of the parish from that time frame. Please contact me

Deb Sohr-Wentzell (Submitted 7 May 2003)

  Looking for information on my Great Grandfather's brother. Carl REHDER and his wife lived in Batavia, Illinois. I have some old postcards from 1910 that are addressed to Mrs. Carl REHDER, 141 S Van Buren St, Batavia, Il. My father was born in 1920 and remembers that he was a baker and sent zwieback to his family at Christmas. I believe he died in 1942 in Geneva, Il. Would like to hear from you.

Florence Kohn (Submitted 6 May 2003)

  john raymond GARDNER was born 2 Apr 1879 parents andrew and melissa (black)GARDNER. carrie may HUNT was born 21 May 1884 parents are charles and alice (muzzey) HUNT. john raymond and carrie may were united in marriage 16 Aug 1899. i also know where and when they died and are buried at. marcelles perry GARDNER was john and carrie's son. he was born 9 Jul 1926 in dekalb county but moved to maple Park before 1930. marcelles had 3 sister's that lived golda, gladys, and alice. so i guess what i am wanting is information on what school marcelles went to also what school john and carrie went to. any family connections that might be out there somewhere. thankyou

Harry M Cleveland (Submitted 5 May 2003)

  Would like to find the full death date and place of death for: Eliza Ann DILTS who died sometime in 1889 I believe she may have been living with her grandson, Eugene E. HULL, in Aurora at the time. Eliza is buried with her sons in Fairview Cemetery in Fulton county. Any suggestions as to how I might locate this information would be appreciated. Also, would a newspaper obituary be available for this time period? Many thanks in advance.

Judy McHugh (Submitted 29 Apr 2003)

  Trying to locate an obit for Wilmer Jacob THOMA. He was born in Wisconsin 3 Nov 1924 and died in Carpentersville in Apr 1985. Any help appreciated.

Michael Fuller (Submitted 28 Apr 2003)

  My great grandparents were married in Batavia, Illinois on 2 Nov 1898. My great grandfather's name was John JOHNSON. My great grandmother's name was Ada GRIFF. Any information would be most helpful.

William Webb (Submitted 22 Apr 2003)

  Looking for death dates for James McELLIN and son Edward McELLIN (1836-1892) from Batavia. Both died 6 mo from each other, but don't know the dates. thanks for your help.

John L Linden (Submitted 21 Apr 2003)

  Looking for information on Grandfather Carl LINDEN who lived in Kane County early 1900's. Have much and need much information.

Roger Robbins (Submitted 11 Apr 2003)

  Seeking descendants of Oscar and Mary Palmer BULL for inclusion in family history. Believe coupel settled in Sugar Grove area in late 1800's.

Mary Osborne (Submitted 23 Mar 2003)

  Looking for information re Hester Jane AMENT, born abt 1834, Kane Co., IL, dau of Justus E. AMENT and Susan Berry AMENT; married Benjamin F. JENKINS [son of Benjamin and Eunice JENKINS] 29 Sep 1850 in Kane Co. Benjamin and Hester Jane appear on the 1850 Census of Kaneville Twp. but are gone by the 1860 census. Information on any of these people would be appreciated.

Billie-Marie Byrum (Submitted 21 Mar 2003)

  Interested in any information on Daniel EASTMAN (18 Aug 1798in Ontario, Canada -19 Feb 1862 Aurora Ill) and Jane GALE born in 1827 in Ny. She died in 1883 in Ill. Her mother's name was Ann. Jane and Daniel were married in Kane Co. 30 Sept 1851. I am also interested in any information on their children or siblings.

Karen Treichel (Submitted 16 Mar 2003)

  I am the granddaughter of Frances May BECK, daughter of Mary Elizabeth BRASH/BRAASH who married Albert Allen BECK. Mary Elizabeth was born 28 Feb 1859 Kane County, Illinois and it is believed to be the daughter of Carl BRASH/BRAASH and Sarah Olive MANUEAL of same area. Mary Elizabeth married Albert Allen BECK 17 Nov 1877 and later moved via Kansas/Arkansas to Pomona, California. If anyone is related to these families, please contact me. Thank you.

Larry Cole (Sumbitted 16 Mar 2003)

  Recently found some information that an ancestor may have settled there for a while before migrating to California. George P. CLARK and Deborah Ann MILLER. Both I believe were born in Steuben County NY. I know Deborah was. Birth Year for Deborah would be 1806, from the most reliable sources, however the one who gave me this county link believes it to be 1824. George's Birth place and year are unknown, but assumed to be NY prior to 1820. I have no children but based on best guess of birth and possible marriage would put them in Kane Co. after 1820 probably closer to 1830's. Deborah's father was Hampton Miller and she was named after her mother. Any possible connections would be appreciated. This is not direct descendant, so I have a lot of time for this one, but thanks for any prompt help you may give. Have a great day.

Gary Swaim (Submitted 15 Mar 2003)

  Sarah Elizabeth TUCKER was buried in Whitney Cemetery in Kane Co. sometime around 12 Jul 1873. I have reason to believe she may be my gggrandmother and married to James SWAIN(M). Does anyone have any information that might assist?

Becky Nelson (Submitted 11 Mar 2003)

  Researching Christina CRABBE and John C. MATZ. Married I believe in Kane Co. 25 Dec 1873. They had 5 children born in Elgin. I am looking for documentation of thier marriage and any relatives of each at the time in that area.

Kateri Dupuis (Submitted 9 Mar 2003)

  Looking for a birth record of my Great-uncle Ambrose DUPUIS. b. 6 Jul 1871. His parents were Charles and Justine GALARNEAU from St. Théodre de Chertsey, Québec, Canada. His marriage and death records in Marinette County, WI, state that he was born in Elgin, IL. Thank you so much for your time and help.

Carol King (Submitted 3 Mar 2003)

  Looking for Guy MATHESON, who married Kathryn KING, born Apr 1893 in IA. She is listed in the obituary of her grandmother, who died in 1931, as "Mrs. Guy Matheson of Aurora, IL". I'd appreciate any suggestions which would help me to find this family. Cemetery listings, for examplel? I've had no success on the web so far.

Carole Tucker (Submitted 21 Feb 2003)

  Searching for the family of Olaf RUMBECK and Christine ERIKSDOTTER. Olaf was born in Sweden to Carl JONSSON (RUMBECK) and Johanna(Hanna) OLASDOTTER. They came to Illinois in 1869. They were in Galva and Kewanee in Henry County and Knoxville in Knox County, but on the internet, I found Olaf's listed in Kane County, which I never knew about. I need help with Olaf's family, but I have the rest of the RUMBECK or JONSSON family back to Sweden in the 1600's. Olaf's father Carl changed his name from Jonsson to Rumbeck when he was naturalized. Can someone help me?

Bill Wood (Submitted 8 Feb 2003)

  Attempting to gather information on my great grandfather who immigrated from Lancastershire England to live with an uncle in Elgin, Ill. My information indicates he was nine years old which would place him in Elgin around 1875. His name was William WOOD. I have no information on the uncle. He married a Mary GILES (an immigrant from Germany) in the 1885-86 time frame in the Elgin area. They then moved to Blairsburg, Iowa where they set up house keeping and lived for the rest of their lives. I am looking for leads on the Uncle and his family, and a marriage certificate for Mary and William. Anything info you can provide would be helpful. Thanks.

Andrew Hendry (Submitted 5 Feb 2003)

  Can any one help me find out information about the Philander CHADWICK family of Aurora. The CHADWICKs came to Aurora from Ohio before 1848. Philander, the head of the family died in Aurora in 1867. His wife, Martha Ann (HENDRY) CHADWICK lived in Aurora until her death in 1909. There were three children born in Aurora, Arthur, Hattie and Frank. I really want a picture of Philander and his wife. Thank you.

Mildred Gibbs Smith (Submitted 31 Jan 2003)

  Looking for an obituary and the name of the cemetery where my Great Grandfather : Royal WINCHESTER is buried. He died August 12, 1872 in Burlington, Kane, Il. At one time he was Postmaster in Burlington. I hope you can help me. Thank you for your time.

Margaret English (Submitted 29 Jan 2003)

  Looking data or anyone searching the following families. Nels August JOHNSON married 7 Dec 1889 in Kane Co. to Inga "Lena" HENRICKSON born 2 Jun 1863 in Frillesas, Halland, Sweden. They had the following children that I know of Tillie Victoria, Helena, Walter, Arvid N., and Raymond T. Inga Lena had a sister Johanna " Sophia" HENRICKSON born 1 Feb. 1869 also in Frillesas. She married John A. ANDERSON 22 Dec 1888 in Kane Co. they had the following children I know of Arvid, Theadore Verner, William, and Hildur. My great grandmmother Anna Brita HENRICKSON ANDERSON was a sister of Inga Lena and Johanna Sophia.

Janice Taylor (Submitted 26 Jan 2003)

  Searching for information or descendants of Lyle STEWARD/STEWART and his sister Dorothy STEWARD/STEWART who was living with their mother Gertrude and her husband Herman HENSEL in Elgin, Kane Co., IL and is listed in the 1930 Census. Lyle and Dorothy's grandparents were Charles and Capitolia STEWARD who lived in Chemung, McHenry Co., IL. I do not know who their father was. Any info on them is greatly appreciated.

Dick Schack (Submitted 23 Jan 2003)

  Does anyone know if a platt map for Campton Township, Kane County, Ill., exists for the 1860's. Am researching the line of Moses GILDERSLEEVE, who settled there some time after 1854, and left there before the 1870 Platt map was drawn up. Moses does appear with his wife and young family on the 1860 census for Campton township. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Hans Johansson (Submitted 20 Jan 2003)

  Seeking my grandmothers brother Karl (Carl, Charles) LARSSON (LARSON) from Brevik, Sweden who emigrated to USA 1907. My father told me he settled down in Aurora. He married a swedish girl from Gävle and had two children, a boy and a girl Elsie. He had a brother Henning who emigrated 1906. Does anyone know anything about these people, please write me.

Patti Knoche (Submitted 18 Jan 2003)

  Looking for information on the following families: JUNGNICKEL: John, Friedrike, Augusta, William, Dorothy (Harris), Marguerite (Lange), Loretta (Ikert, Knoche), Minnie (Puffpaff), Gusta, Anna (Nelson). SUNAGEL: Carl & Friedrike, Mary (Schuring) & Rose (Lorenz). PUFFPAFF: Henry, Minnie and Family. BRUENING: Arthur and Family. IKERT: Robert. All families lived within Kane County - mostly in the Dundee area starting around the mid 1800's. John JUNGNICKEL also had a tie to Chicago, Cook County prior to his family settling in Dundee. William had his barber shop there in Dundee until the 1930's. Any and All information is welcome, especially information on John JUNGNICKEL. Any information on William JUNGNICKEL's Dundee barber shop would be great! Thank You.

Patrick Kimble (Submitted 16 Jan 2003)

  Seeking info on Colby KIMBLE/KIMBALL. Colby was born in Vermont between 1809-1811. About 1835 he married Esther ?, an English Canadian, and moved to Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. Colby and Esther had 4 children: Chauncy (b. 1837, d. 1917), Wiliam C. (b. abt. 1841), Charles (b. abt. 1844) and Josephine (b. abt. 1848) The 1840 census lists them as KIMBALL. The 1850 and 1860 Census lists them as KIMBLE. While in Rochester, Colby worked as a house and portrait painter (producing at least 50 portraits), and ran the city art gallery (Pioneer Hall). Colby KIMBALL/KIMBLE is listed in at least two volumes for appraising paintings: one for the Midwest and Northeast. Sometime between 1865 and 1868, Colby and family (with the exception of Chauncy) moved to Kane Co. and purchased property in or near Campton. An 1872 property map shows a farm being owned by a C. KIMBALL in Campton, Kane Co. The property is close to Wasco and St. Charles The 1870 Census lists them as KIMBALL. Colby, Esther, Charles and Josephine do not appear in the 1880 Census either having moved, died or married (in the case of Josephine). William C. KIMBLE, son of Colby, continued to live in Kane Co. until at least 1910. An 1892 property map shows that the property that Colby owned, having been sold. However William continued to be a farmer until 1910. William married Margaret Jane ? about 1862 and had three children: George Edward, William Colby and Tone Theodore. All three are listed as having been born in Illinois. The 1910 Census lists William and Margaret as having 5 children with only 3 living at that time. They had also moved to St. Charles Township, Kane Co. and continued to farm. I have not been able to find any information on George Edward KIMBLE except a birth range 1870-1871. William Colby KIMBLE was born 1867-1869. About 1894, William married and had two children: Margaret H., born 1895-1896; and Maurine J., born 1894-1895; both born in Illinois. Sometime between 1896 and 1910 William's wife died. By 1910, William had moved to Center Township, Gibson Co., Indiana; working as a buttermaker. Margaret and Maurine stayed with their grandparents William C. and Margaret Jane til at least 1910. Tone Theodore KIMBLE was born December 1875. Tone lived in Campton, Kane Co. til at least 1900 as a school teacher, then moving to Hampshire, Kane Co. til at least 1930. Not sure if being a teacher in the same county for at least 30 years would leave a mark. Josephine Kimble, daughter of Colby was a music teacher in Kane Co. until at least 1880. Not sure of her whereabouts after that time. Any information as to the fate of these particular KIMBLE/KIMBALL's and/or Colby and Esther's origins, siblings and parents, wold be greatly appreciated.

Carol Anderson (Submitted 10 Jan 2003)

  John WILLIAMS born in Wales approximately 1792 immigrated to US 1849. Last record of him was in 1850 Kane County Census living with his daughter Sarah (Daniel) GRIFFITHS in Sugar Grove. No date or place of death is known. It is not known if his wife Ann Morgans WILLIAMS came to US with him and rest of family. Another daughter Ann WILLIAMS married Evan JONES in Big Rock 1850. A son John WILLIAMS married Carolyn GATES in Kane County in 1852. Son David (Elizabeth) WILLIAMS and family moved to Welsh community near Big Rock approximately 1858. Richard NIGHTINGALE b 1846 Cardiganshire Wales. Immigrate to US with his parents sometime between 1849-1853. Union Soldier 1st NY VOLS co K and was discharged with injuries (?). Lived in Kane County as late as 1899, and then transferred to Soldier and Sailors home in Quincy. Have no records on where he lived in Kane County, believed to be Big Rock area, near his Mother Ann NIGHTINGALE and sister Elizabeth (David) WILLIAMS. We have records showing Ann attended the Old Welsh Church south of Big Rock. Evan NIGHTINGALE b. 1849 younger brother of Richard, son of Ann NIGHTINGALE, brother of Elizabeth and Mary Ann. When his Mother died under mysterious circumstances while traveling by train to Kansas in 1887 she carried an envelope in her pocket with Evan's Illinois address according to a news article. We have no other information on him after his arrival in US, would like to find his address and occupation. Mary Ann NIGHTINGALE (m. ?) born in Wales 1829, believed to have moved to Kane County with her Mother Ann NIGHTINGALE and sister Elizabeth (David WILLIAMS). We can prove only that she immigrated to US with her sister in 1849 on the Guy Mannering.

Jo Ann Resor (Submitted 10 Jan 2003)

  Looking for the name of COMBS around blackberry. And also the name of HAMMONS or HAMMON. Would you have any record of a man named John A. COMBS. Born in 1863? There around Blackberry? He was suppose to be the son of a Peter COMBS and woman named Kate HAMMONS or [ HAMMON] COMBS. Could you please just give me some information as to how to learn about this family. I know that he spoke German as well as English. He worked as a Stone Mason in later life. Who was Peter COMBS and what did he do? Who was this Kate HAMMONS Mother and Father? Or please just put in touch with some one who can assist me. Thank you in advance.

Rosanna Urban Parra (Submitted 9 Jan 2003)

  Sarah CLARK (b 1858, IL) and James Ramson PERRY (b 1854, NY) married 20 Jan 1876 in Kane County. They moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN after their child Florence was born in 1878. I assume more were born in MN but am not sure. I have some information on the PERRY family( but always welcome more) but have nothing on the CLARK side. Please help.

Paul Norris (Submitted 2 Jan 2003)

  Oliver Gallop NORRIS, born 6 Oct 1849. Newspaper clipping shows born in Baltimore, MD. A 1900 DeKalb, IL. census shows him and wife, Charlotte Viola driver and children Paul Benjamim NORRIS, Fannie olive NORRIS. lt also shows that his parents were from New York. Oliver moved west to Maple Park and then to DeKalb, IL., in 1881. also might have been in Aurora around 1910 when my grandfather married Goldie Elizabeth COX, 9 Apr 1910. He also might have been in morris. I would like to know if any information on any census shows olivers parents names, have searched the New York area and haven't had any luck. I have tried to get a marriage lic. of paul benjamin NORRIS and goldie elizabeth COX, but not having any luck from aurora. thanks for any information that anyone has on my family.

Richard A. Calkins (Submitted 1 Jan 2003)

  My records indicate that my ancestors moved from Wayne County, NY, to Blackberry township in Kane County, Illinois in @1842 and acquired 300 acres which they farmed. They included: Henry TITUS (father) and three of his sons: William Martin TITUS, Franklin TITUS, Haven TITUS. Franklin and Haven TITUS were among the original founding fathers of the Second National Bank of Aurora in 1871, subsequently renamed the Old Second National Bank, which is still in operation today. William M. TITUS married Lucinda WESSON in 1849, and they moved to Aurora @1866 in order to avail their children of a better education. They lived at 28 South Lake Street in Aurora. They had several daughters, one of whom, Sarah Irene TITUS, married a Civil War Veteran from Connecticut, Joseph M. CONWAY, in 1884. Joseph and Sarah CONWAY had a daughter, Irene, in 1888. She married Earl Parker CALKINS from Jackson, Michigan in 1914. I would very much like to have whatever historical records might exist on any of the above, but most especially birth, marriage and death certificates. I understand that Joseph CONWAY was a member, along with his brothers in law who also married TITUS daughters, of the GAR post in Aurora. Any information about his military service would also be most welcome. I would be happy to make an appropriate financial contribution for any assistance that might be possible. Thanks and regards.

Erenn Cuinn (Submitted 27 Dec 2002)

  Searching for Mary KILPATRICK born about 1840, probably in Ireland (perhaps Co. Tipperary). Married Nicholas FREEMAN in Nov 1869, then he died 6 Dec 1869 in Kane Co IL. An 1890 directory of Kane businessmen lists a Wm. KILPATRICK, blacksmith, in Elgin - perhaps they are related? Mary lived with Nicholas on family farm in Gilberts Village. Nicholas died 6 Dec 1896; Mary appears on the 1900 census, but not 1910. I' trying to find her parents' names and place of origin. Many thanks in advance.

UPDATED: 28 Apr 2003

Susan Stratton (Submitted 23 Dec 2002)

  Looking for any information [parents names, obituary (circumstances surrounding her death), names of children, husband (Garfield (born in/near Leland, Ill.), WWII veteran, deceased in the war, 1944/5)] regarding Marjorie A. Johnson HOLTHER (born in/near Ottawa, Ill.). Her daughter's death is listed as 1945-05-08, Kane County, Aurora of TB. Her baby daughter was born 14 May 1944. Thanks for your help!

UPDATED:28 Apr 2003

Carol Porch (Submitted 22 Dec 2002)

  Seeking information on my husband's ggrandmother Mary SEBER who was in Kane County about 1870 to 1900, when I think she died. Her husband may have been Edwin M. ADAMS and children included: William R., Minerva C., Adella M, and Orpha A. ADAMS.

Lloyd Greiner (Submitted 16 Dec 2002)

  Interested in getting information about the Godfrey Christina TRAUB family. According to the 1900 Census they in lived Kane Co., Elgin Township at that time. Godfrey was born in Germany in August 1853 and came to America in 1880. Christina (no maiden name) was born in Germany in December 1862 and came to America in 1878. Their first child was born in Apr 1883, so I suspect they were married in 1881 or 1882. The record indicates that Godfrey was a farmer. It is possible that Godfreys baptized name was Frederick Godfrey TRAUB, but that is only a guess on my part.

Eleanor Swann (Submitted 14 Dec 2002)

  Looking for information on my great-grandparents who were married, 12 Sep 1850 in Aurora, Il. I do not know if they were living in Aurora at the time or just came there to be married. The court house marriage record shows their names as Francis X BALLANGER and Theatis COURVILLE, Kane County, Lic 1327? However, the correct spelling of their names are Francis X BELANGER and Theotiste COURVILLE. They were French Canadians. Any information you might have would be appreciated. Thank you.

Bob Andersen (Submitted 13 Dec 2002)

  Can someone lookup an obit for Dorothy HANSEN, passed away 12 Apr 2002, Carpentersville, IL. Thank you.

George Fuller (Submitted 12 Dec 2002)

  It is my understanding my Great Great grandfather, Emanuel FULLER, moved from Montgomery County, IN to Aurora, Kane County, in the year of 1900. He was born in 1815 so he would have been 85 years old when he moved to Kane County. His wife was Ellen DAWSON but I do not know if she was alive at the time he made the move to Kane County. Any information you have would be appreciated. In my search to trace my ancestry. I have not been able to find out who his parents were. The only inofrmation I have is from the census stating he was born in NJ. Thank you for your help.

Patsy Adams Archer (Submitted 12 Dec 2002)

  Seeking information of the Herman MISKEY/MISKIE family. His daughter, Matilda, born 20 Aug 1869 or 1870 and died 8 Feb 1958 in Dallas, TX, married George W. McBride (1859-1935).

Frank Christensen (Submitted 6 Dec 2002)

  John GEIS married Mary Kearns; we have no information on his or her birth/death/burial. John GEIS was later married to Nelly ?; John was a mayor of Batavia; they had daughters Madge and Hazel; one of them died in the mid-late 1950's. They "adopted" (not legally, but they took care of them) Jake Feldman (Batavia postmaster) and Richard Thomle (Batavia mail carrier). Just looking for dates and location info. The Geis residence was on North St/Ave in Batavia. Thanks!

Crystal Burton (Submitted 3 Dec 2002)

  Looking for info on my families that resided in Kane Co. My GGgrandfather Peter MALLO died in Virgil, Kane Co. 2 Feb 1847 his wife Elizabeth (TOBIA) MALLO, died there 26 Oct 1868. Their daughter my Ggrandmother was born in Kane Co. 13 Apr 1838. If anyone has info on these families please contact me. Thank you all for your time.

Margaret Pooler (Submitted 3 Dec 2002)

  I recently received a copy of the Death Certificate for Werner L. BENISHEK. He died 30 Sep 1935 in Aurora, Kane County. He was born 13 Apr 1900 in Ulm, Germany. An inquiry to the Aurora Historical Society uncovered the following from Werner's Probate file which indicated his parents and, it is believed his ex-wife, were still in Germany. Werner's parents - Eugen BENISCHEK of Ulm-Schwaben, Germany; and Ida dePOTTERE of Herrenberg-Nuerrenberg, Germany. Werner's sister - Alice OSTERRITER of Stuttgart, Germany. The researcher guessed Werner's parents were divorced; and Alice was married to a man named Willy. Werner is buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery - Section MAA, Lot 209, Grave 2. Werner was divorced from a woman named Margaret, who was remarried to a man named Langford. The researched doesn't think there were any children, but is double checking and will let me know. Alice's name changed from her marriage to Willy Osterriter; Ida's name from her second marriage was dePottere. Werner was found in City Directories for a year or so before his death. There is no date for his arrival in the U. S. I checked the Ellis Island information online and there was no listing for Werner. At the time of his death, Werner was living at the Elk's Club in Aurora; he was divorced; and his occupation was listed as pathelogist and X-ray man at Copley Hospital for 8 years. Can you help me learn more about Werner; i. e., Census information, when he came to the U. S., maiden name of his wife, Margaret (death certificate says Maria), etc.? Thank you very much for your assistance in my search.

Kathy Treadwell (Submitted 3 Dec 2002)

  Researching Jerome B. BUTLER and from the 1880 Census Report I have this information: Jerome B. BUTLER; Birthplace: NY; Age: 54 (1826); Occupation: Tin Smith; Father's Birthplace: VT; Mother's Birthplace: NY; Census Place: 5th Ward Elgin, Kane, IL. Married to Mary ???; Birthplace: VT; Age: 38 (1842); Occupation: Keeping House; Father's Birthplace: NH; Mother's Birthplace: MA; Census Place: 5th Ward Elgin, Kane, IL. They had four sons, Arthur, Charles, Jay, Walter BUTLER. I any suggestions using Kane County research locations to find Jerome & Mary's birthplace, marriage cert., or death records to find parents and other information would be very appreciated.

Ed Sheldon (Submitted 30 Nov 2002)

  Looking for information on Bessie KOUMOUTSEAS or relatives. At one time she owned the Galena Hotel in Aurora, probably the widow of Nicholas KOUMOUTSEAS.

Nancy Salstrand (Submitted 22 Nov 2002)

  Looking for any information to verify that B.P.BENSON (Berndt Petter BERNDTSSON) resided in Batavia for a couple of years 1868 - 1875 before moving on to Houston, MN. It is my understanding that he came from Sweden, with his family around 1869 and stayed in Batavia for two years before going to Houston. He was about 23 years of age (born 2 Feb 1845).

Diane Kucenski (Submitted 27 Oct 2002)

  Looking for information on Resthaven Sanitarium, in Elgin. It was a type of Mental institution in the earlier half of the 1900's. My great Aunt was there for 6 or 7 weeks in 1925. Shortly after being released she committed suicide. Her name was Ella Blanche (LOUCHT) CLARK. She was married to Harry T. CLARK at the time of her death. I know that Resthaven is no longer in business and a completely different business is located in that building. Does anyone know where the records from Resthaven might have been stored? I have the inquest papers and a copy of the typed suicide note but they provide more questions than answers. Any information on Resthaven would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Steven Ladd (Submitted 16 Oct 2002)

  Seek info abt Fred EINEKE of Hampshire, Kane,IL. Born March 1842 in Germany, married Doris BAUMANN. According to 1900 census mother's name Sophia. Any help will be appreciated.

Jan L Giles (Submitted 14 Oct 2002)

  Looking for a Henry STOLZE who married Johanna HENNING in Kane Co. 16 Apr 1893. I think they are my great-grandparents. They moved to Wantonwan Co., MN around 1897-98. They had several children, most of which lived out their lives in Minnesota. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if Henry and Johanna were born in Kane Co and when. Thanks in advance.

Howie Fitzpatrick (Submitted 10 Oct 2002)

  Searching for information on a William EVANS who was living in Kane County in 1932 he was a farmer.

Tom Murphy (Submitted 10 Oct 2002)

  Henry BECKER was born 1861 in Elgin. I am looking for his parents and siblings. I would appreciate your help.

Lois Decoteau (Submitted 7 Oct 2002)

  Looking for info on my grandfather-Thomas Harrison LOWELL born 11 Jul 1861 in Elgin. Parents were Royal LOWELL & Cordelia LOOMIS. I know they came from Michigan with 3 little children but not sure when they arrived in Elgin area or how long they were there. I do know they relocated in Iowa Any info would be greatly appreciated, thank you very much.

Mitch Reiff (Submitted 1 Oct 2002)

  My grand father Michel Louis REIFF lived in Aurora on Spring St. early in the last century. He died in 1920, my grand mother, Anna S REIFF continued to live ther until her death in 1930. My mother and father, Bessie and Hyman REIFF lived in the house through the depression and I believe lost the property via foreclosure in the mid to late 30's. Others related to us were the Harry and Esther KATZ family who lived on Galena Blvd, the DAYBOOK family and the MILLERs, the first name escapes me for the moment. I guess I'm looking for obits and other news paper sourced info.

Thomas Sauer (Submitted 26 Sep 2002)

  Looking for records of John SAUER, his wife Catherine maiden name: WINTER), and sons John P. and Frank during the years 1849-1851 in Geneva and 1851-1854 in St. Charles. John and Catherine were German, arrived in America in 1846, lived in New York until 1849 and were possibly naturalized in Kane Co. I suspect that Frank died as a baby and would therefore be buried in whichever Catholic church is nearest Geneva. Thanks so much!

Donna Baumann (Submitted 19 Sep 2002)

  Looking for information about Donald J. RIORDAN who was married to Mildred NUMRICH approx. l941-42 in Aurora, IL. He served in the Merchant Maries during WWII, and had two brothers, Jack and Bill, and the father's name was Mike. It is believed Don moved to California after a divorce from Mildred during the 1940's, after the war. Would appreciate any and all information.

James Oien (Submitted 17 Sep 2002)

  Searching for information on my father's uncle Paul OIEN. Paul came to the US from Norway in 1879. His destination was Chicago. In 1880 he appeared in the federal census. His address was Grove Ave. Elgin, IL. He was listed as working in the watch factory. I have been unable to find him in the 1900 census. His father died in 1904 and his will speaks to his son Paul as living in the United States, as well as his sister Olufine BRANZEG and brother Christian OIEN. Paul was 20 in 1880. He was an apprentice watchmaker in Norway. I'm hoping that someone could locate him in the city directory or the Watch Word. Thank you for your interest!

Julia Richeson (Submitted 16 Sep 2002)

  Looking for information on Anna Florence ALLEN, born 19 Oct 1893, Virgil, Kane Co., IL. Father Samuel ALLEN, Mother Mary Elizabeth STURGIS. Any information (census, siblings, or additional info on parents, etc) would be appreciated. Thank you!

Joan Cook (Submitted 15 Sep 2002)

  Trying to find information on my great-grandfather's brothers and sisters who were from Ballylooby, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. In 1890 my gr-grandfather Thomas CONWAY placed a message in the Boston "Pilot" "Missing Friends" column as follows: "Information wanted of Patrick - William - David and Kate CONWAY - born in Ballylooby - Co. Tipperary. Last heard of in 1864 - were in Blackberry Station, Ill. Their only brother Thomas is in East Boston - 381 Sumner St. - and will be glad to learn of their whereabouts." Other CONWAY siblings were John (1831-?), Johanna (1834-?), Honor (1836-?)& Ellen (1839-?). Thomas (1833-1915 Mitchell Co., Iowa) Patrick (1828-?) Thank you.

Bill Green (Submitted 10 Sep 2002)

  Sam GREEN of Elgin was foreman in the old watch factory early 1900s. His son was named Claude?. I would like to compare information with the descendants.

Robert Tobin (Submitted 10 Sep 2002)

  I'm a descendant of John TOBIN, who settled in Kane Co. in 1841, dying there in 1891. Can you tell me anything about him, or his son William J., or grandson William F.? I am particularly interested in the 1850's and '60's.

Cecil Grattafiori (Submitted 9 Sep 2002)

  Searching for information on my grandfather, William P. FULLER, husband of Winnie WAITE. My grandfather was a telegrapher for the Sante Fe Railroad and was in Virgil Township in 1907 for the birth of my father, Cecil Waite FULLER. I found this family on the 1910 census here. My father, Cecil's birth certificate had Richardson, IL as place of birth. We visited this area a year ago and found a sign, "Richardson, population unknown" by the Sycamore Speedway on Hwy 64 Illinois. Any information about this family or this location would be greatly appreciated.

Peggy Carey (Submitted 8 Sep 2002)

  Seek info abt Frederick WATSON of East Burlington, Kane, IL d. here Aug 1870. Who were his parents & siblings?

Kerry Scott (Submitted 6 Sep 2002)

  Can someone help me to locate Catherine DONAHUE who is buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Gilberts or Huntley? She died in 1861. Any help would be appreciated.

Randall Eckley (Submitted 6 Sep 2002)

  Trying to find the burial place for Peter ECKLEY (died 1866) or his wife Hannah Riggs ECKLEY (died 1875). Family information indicates that they may be buried in Elgin. It is possible that they were buried somewhere within Kane Co., but not actually within the city limits of Elgin. Thank you

Elizabeth Blaylock (Submitted 3 Sep 2002)

  Looking for any information available on John JOHNSON who died in Batavia 14 Aug 1988. He was born 1 Dec 1888. Looking for any family information available (obituary, census, etc.). Any information is greatly appreciated.

LaRue Turner Pryse (Submitted 2 Sep 2002)

  Looking for Dr. Almerin TURNER's Records. He lived in Elgin after moving there in 1843/4 with weife Emma(Amy Strachan) acd their four children. After moving there, my greatgrandfather Franklin was born. They lived on Crystal St. in a large house. After Franklin was born, Josephine and George were born. Does anyone have any information on them? I know about my g grandfather Franklin but not much of the rest.

John Oram (Submitted 2 Sep 2002)

  On the 1880 census, I have found whom I believe to be a gr grandfather, Joe ORAM, age 29 b. Eng. He is living as a laborer with the family of Walter B. and Dora KENDALL. There is also a Gusten NELSON b. Sweden, laborer and Katie FLYNN b. Ireland, servant. Any info on Joe or Kendall's would be appreciated. Thx.

John McCall (Submitted 26 Aug 2002)

  Seek information on a Nathan Thornley McNISH. I have been informed that he died suddenly of a heart attack on the street in Elgin after attending a friends funeral. I was not given any time frame to work with. Any leads on this name will be appreciated.

Juli Claussen (Submitted 21 Aug 2002)

  Looking for any info on Leslie GENZ, male, b. East Dundee, 3 Aug 1906, and on his family of origin. I especially would like to find him in 1910 Kane Co., IL cens. Does anyone have access to an index for the 1910 and could tell me the page, etc? His parents were John (Johann) F. & Ida May GENZ, marr. 1905, Kane Co. They probably lived in Dundee twsp. Thank you for any assistance.

Mike Peterson (Submitted 15 Aug 2002)

  Trying to find more information on the PETERSON family which resided in townships St. Charles, Plato, and Campton in Kane County. I have an 1850 census which shows Duncan PETERSON and his father Nathan living with him but there are other PETERSONs who were living there which I can find no record of, for example, Duncan's brother Nathan. Also, Truman Cleveland PETERSON was married in St. Charles in 1855 (to Eleanor QUAIFE) but I can find no records of him.

Jane Rezac (Submitted 15 Aug 2002)

  Josephine CAMPBELL (1863-16 Dec 1910) lived in Aurora late 1890's. Married Charles HAGEN. I have been unable to find them on the census in Kane County although found some of their children in 1910 and 1920. Children were Emma HAGEN (ggrandmother b. 1896); William Glen b 2 Mar 1883; Oscar b 11 Aug 1889; George b 22 Feb 1898; Charles Edward b 15 Nov 1888; Mollie and Rose. Any info on Josephine or Charles parents would be appreciated.

UPDATED: 5 Feb 2006

Ginger Barnes Spalding (Submitted 30 Jul 2002)

  Looking for Luthera BARNES who died in 1850 at what was Lindsay's Corner in Kane County. She married a NELSON. No other name known. She had two children who also died of smallpox. I have an Autobiography of Bradley Moses BARNES the brother of Luthera BARNES. He states that he visited his sister Luthera BARNES in 1844-45 at Lindsay's Corner, Kane Co. (about 10 Miles west of St. Charles). Any information on this family is appreciated. Thank you.

Jeffrey Shornden (Submitted 28 Jul 2002)

  A branch of my family has been traced to Kane County.All SHORNDENs that came from Camberwell,England are dead.I'm curios if there are any SHORNDENs left that are from Kane County. Thanks.

Lianna Trumble (Submitted 28 Jul 2002)

  Looking for any information concerning the JEFFERS family that may have lived in Elgin around 1860 to 1865. My ancestor, Loren Grant JEFFERS, Sr. is listed as having served in Elgin's Battery 5 of the Illinois Vol. artillery. He was a Senior First Lieutenant. He enlisted in August of 1862. I am wondering if Loren Grant and his wife, Catherine, were living in Elgin at this time. Their second son, Abraham JEFFERS, was born in IL. He was born about 1865, and I am assuming he was born in Elgin although I have no proof of this. This child (Abraham) was five years old in 1870. He was no longer living in 1880 (does not appear on the 1880 census). He may be buried in or around Elgin. He is not buried with the rest of the family at Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City, MO. Hopefully someone may be able to help me with this. I would like to pin down where he is buried as it would help to place the family. Any help in locating the Loren Grant JEFFERS family would be greatly appreciated.

Lani Griffiths (Submitted 24 Jul 2002)

  Researching the MEREDITH and HANSEN families-lived in Elgin from 1890 to app. 1930 and later. Any info helpful. John (Jack) MEREDITH and Lena (Nicolina)HANSEN were my gparents. Ggp also died in Elgin. Some HANSENs m to SORENSENs in Elgin. Have descending info. Thanks,

Barb Smith (Submitted 14 Jul 2002)

  Two death certificates saying that the people were buried in the German Catholic Cemetary. One is for Frank GUCCENDORF d. 1895 and Anna G. GUDDENDORF d. 1886. They both died in the Aurora area so the cemetary is most likely in that area. Also interested in John GUDDENDORF and his 2nd wife, Matilda ENGSTRAND. There is a lot of confusion with John because sometimes the information says Guddendorf and sometimes Goodendorf. We do have proof that this John is a Guddendorf through his and Tillies mar licence. I am looking for information on John and Tillie and their children. John born 1849 Luxembourg, par. were Franz Guddendorf and Anna Marie Keiffer Matilda Engstrand b 1868 Sweden, par. were Andrew Engstrand and Hanna Elk or Edk. Their children were Elizabeth b 1891, Amel b 1893, William b 1896, Mary b. 1898, and Peter, John, Jacob, Mabel, and Dorothy. The first 4 children were listed in the 1900 census and the last 5 were listed in Johns Obit. There was also a Frank and Anna from Johns' first mar to Anna Gasch or Gersh. Anna mar. John Schmit, also from Luxembourg. Would appreciate any information on these people.

Updated: 8 Dec 2002

Linda Swanson (Submitted 13 Jul 2002)

  Is there anyway of obtaining information on a person who died as a patient at the State Hospital in Elgin, IL in about 1905 or shortly thereafter? The person that I am looking for is Synneva\Suniva Tvedt SKARE born 25 Mar 1853 in Odda, Norway. Husband's name Mikkel\Michael SKARE. Children: John, Sam, Julia and Mary. Thank you for any information that can be provided.

Dwight Haverkorn (Submitted 2 Jul 2002)

  My great-grandfather, John COMBS, according to his marriage certificate, was born in Blackberry Township, Kane Co. on 8 Feb 1863 and died in Iowa on 15 November 1933. His marriage certificate records his name as being spelled: John KOMES. It lists his father as Peter KOMES and his mother as Kate HAMMONS. The story, as I know it, was his father was a priest and his mother a nun, and he was born in a convent. I have not been able to locate any information on Peter or Kate. Any assistance in locating any of these above listed persons would be greatfully accepted.

Estella Michels (Submitted 1 Jul 2002)

  Looking for Albert Emil ROHDE, called Emil ROHDE. Born 9 Feb 1887 Sumner, Bremer County, IA. Ran a bar in Elgin or Chicago called Guyland or Gayland Paradise. He died in the Elgin Mental hospital in the 1950's. Had 2 wives, second one Lorraine died 9 July 1945. Was a daughter from first marriage. Any help will be appreciated.

Wade (Submitted 29 Jun 2002)

  We are attempting to research READ mainly from Virgil township. We purchased a house that was built in 1847 by Otho READ. The family came from New Brunswick, Canada. They apparently moved there from Massachusetts, then from Canada to Kane county Illinois in the 1830's. Thank you.

Bev Green (Submitted 25 Jun 2002)

  Searching for information on my gr grandfather Francis Oswin WEBSTER. He was a farmer and a saddler. He and his wife Sarah Alma lived in Batavia in 1857. Their daughter Ella was born there 22 Jun 1857. Would like to find out where he lived and where he worked. They moved to to Wisconsin by 1858. Thank you!

Gloria Schutz (Submitted 23 Jun 2002)

  Seeking maiden name of and vital information on Helen, who married Irwin W. HOWARD, M.D. Dr. Irwin W. HOWARD, son of Cornelius C. and Harriet (GUILFORD) HOWARD, b rn 28 Oct 1878 in Kalamazoo Co., MI, died 2 Aug 1948 in Aurora, Kane Co., IL.

Laura Linden Freeman (Submitted 21 Jun 2002)

  Looking for any one who might have information about the DONOVAN family, Jeremiah, Julia, Catherine, Anna,and David DONOVAN. they lived in Batavia until Jeremiah's death in 1908. He died by drowning in the Fox river. David DONOVAN was killed by a drunk driver in 1938. He was married to Hattie SWAN DONOVAN. Julia Nagle DONOVAN d.1940, had a brother David NAGLE and he was married to Maria or Mary CAREY. They were all Catholic. The other name I would like to have information on is the surname of EDBLOM. They owned the cemetery plots where some of these Donovan's were

Ken Reedy (Submitted 21 Jun 2002)

  Seeking information about the family members of Charles REEDY b. 01 Oct 1904 d Jan 1977 in Aurora. Also his brother L. Paul REEDY b. 11 Jul 1907 d. 29 Jul 1996 and his wife Margaret Frances DORNER who died 31 May 2000 in Maryville, Nodaway, MO. Also their sister Bessie REEDY BOISE (SP?) b. abt 1902 last know address Memphis, Scotland, MO. Their was mother Clara Maude DONNELLSON b. 1 Jan 1881 d. 1965 in IL. I am seeking obituaries or contacts that have family data. My father was Charles and Paul's half brother Jack Allen REEDY b. 14 Jun 1920 d. 2 Feb 1972 Sacramento, CA.

Bev Summers (Submitted 20 Jun 2002)

  Seeking information on Joseph SUMMERS who owned 300 acres in Kane Co. His family was previously of Whiteside Co. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

UPDATED: 4 Aug 2004

Douglas Scott (Submitted 17 Jun 2002)

  Looking for information on George R. WEISEL age 43, lived in Campton Twp. in 1900 with father John A. WEISEL and sister Janet age 41.

Raymond Jones (Submitted 15 Jun 2002)

  Based on a Biographical Sketch from Whiting, Vermont prepared by Grace E. Simonds, Town Clerk and correspondence with Viola Swanson with the Kane County Historical Society. Hiram McCALLISTER (1814 - 1871) Kane County. Hiram McALLISTER son of John Wentworth McALLISTER and Lovina JONES was born 1 Oct 1814 in Hancock, Addison County, Vermont. Hiram McALLISTER married Olive BROWN April 21, 1833. They had nine children: 1. Mary Lovina, b 17 Mar 1836 - mar W. H. Bliss, d ?. 2. Almira Lucinda, b 27 Jan 1839 - d 30 Apr 1909; mar 1st Elias S. JONES, 20 Nov 1861 in Dundee; mar 2nd (MAC-5s) Lysander PERRY 14 Apr 1867 Dundee Twp, Kane Co. - Also 2nd marriage for Mr. Perry. Lysander Perry died 30 Apr 1907 in Elgin, Kane Co., Illinois. 3. Julia Frances, b in 1840 in Whiting, VT, died 8 Mar 1844 in Whiting, VT. - Kane County book of records call her Frances. In Whiting her gravestone reads Julia F. 4. Isaac I. (or R.), b 19 Feb 1842 - d 8 Sep 1842 age 6 mos, 20 days in Whiting, VT. 5. Lucy, b. 1844/45 - d. after Aug 1851 but before Mar 1859 - Another baby was named Lucy in 1859; 6. Charles O. (or L.) b Jun/Jul 1847 - d 14 Jan 1852 in Whiting, at age 4 years 6 months; 7. George S. b Apr/May 1849 - d 19 Jan 1852 in Whiting at 2 years 8 months; 8. Aaron S. b Apr 1851 - d ?; all but the last born in Whiting, Vermont; 9. Lucy Ada b 27 Mar 1859 in Dundee, Kane Co., Illinois - d Aft 1880 - mar A.F. BROWN. Hiram farmed in Whiting, Vermont for over twenty years. In the 1850 census he owned 50 acres of land with two horses, four mich cows, two swine, and thirty sheep. The farm in 1850 produced 50 bushels of Indian corn, 30 bushels of oats, 75 bushels of Irish potatos, 250 pounds of butter, 100 pounds of cheese and 75 Ibs. beeswax and honey. On 26 Jan 1855 Hiram and Olive sold their home & farm in Whiting to Elijah BARTLETT and moved to Kane County, Illinois. They settled on a rented farm east of the city of Elgin. In 1861 he purchased 100 acres from Increase BOSWORTH in section 33 and 34 in Dundee, Kane Co., Illinois. This property adjoined land of his brother Sylvester. He farmed in Dundee until 1870 when he sold the land to Thomas SHEPARD, purchasing a home at the corner of Chapel and Paris streets in Elgin. Hiram McALLISTER was deacon in the Baptist Church. Politically he was a Republican. The History of Kane County says "he was a model of truth and veracity and a man of genial, social disposition, who made friends wherever he went, because of his unselfish and generous nature." His tombstone was found broken in 1979, it was inscribed Dea. H. McAllister, Died July 7, 1871. He is burried in the West Dundee Cemetery, Illinois. Olive was appointed executrix of her husband's estate.

Raymond Jones (Submitted 15 Jun 2002)

  Benjamin JONES 1816 - 1870? Kane County. Benjamin JONES was born in Stockbridge, Winsor County, Vermont in 1816, the son of Benjamin JONES and Rebecca STEELE. He married Minerva BOYDEN about 1837 in Vermont and probably came to Illinois about 1839. The 1840 Census of Kane County lists Benjamin JONES head of a family that may have included his brother Stephen and Stephen's family. Benjamin and Minerva had eight known children: 1. Mary JONES b: 1835 probably in Vermont d: Aft 1870 probably in Illinois. 2. Elias S. JONES b: 13 Aug 1838 in Stockbridge, Windsor County, Vermont; d: 27 Jul 1863 in Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi; m: 14 Nov 1861 in Dundee, Illinois to Almira Lucienda MCALLISTER b: 27 Jan 1839 in Whiting, Addison County, Vermont; d: 30 Apr 1909 in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. 3. Jean A. JONES b: 1843 in Vermont d: Aft 1870 in probably Illinois. 4. William S. JONES b: 1845 in Vermont d: Aft 1870 in probably Illinois. 5. Mary H. JONES b: 1847 in Vermont d: Aft 1870 in probably Illinois. 6. Clarence A. JONES b: 1849 in Vermont d: Aft 1870 in probably Illinois. 7. Finly JONES b: 1853 in Vermont d: Aft 1870 in probably Illinois. 8. Ellen JONES b: Abt 1859 in Illinois d: Aft 1859 in probably Illinois. Benjamin was a life long staunch Congregationalist Baptist. A record of the Welch Baptist church in Elgin states that until the second generation grew up unable to understand Welsh, the services were all in the Welsh language. It is possible that Benjamin spoke Welsh. Benjamin was a farmer and in 1853 he purchased a farm was in Palatine, Cook Co., Illinois. Benjamin last appears in Palatine, Cook Co, Illinois census for 1870 when he would have been 54 years old. It is not known if he died or moved on to another developing state.

Laura Linden Freeman (Submitted 11 Jun 2002)

  Need help locating family of David NAGLE, lived in Aurora. He married Mary (Maria) CAREY, Aug 1887. They are buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Aurora. Any info about his family is welcome.

Linda Theis (Submitted 6 Jun 2002)

  Theodore KONEN is buried at St. Nicholas Cemetary in Aurora. This person was born around 1850. According to our records that we have there was no stone placed on his plot which was near one of the graveyard fences. Also, Susan KONEN, born 18 Sep 1878 at Marywood. Her parents are Nicholas KONEN and Elizabethe RAUSCH. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

K. Scott Rimell (Submitted 5 Jun 2002)

  Researching Heinrich Von STEPHAN and wife Sophia who had children, Reinhardt STEPHAN and Carl Heinrich STEPHAN in Elgin between 1860-1880. Von Stephan was Americanized to STEPHAN and is German from Upper East Prussia. Immigrated in 1863.

Barbara Wall (Submitted 30 May 2002)

  I would like to know if there was an obituary for Rose KORANEK (not sure of the spelling), kind and loyal friend of my grandmother, Mary FRANKLIN, of St. Charles. She died sometime in the 1970's or early 80's, I believe. She lived on RR 2, St. Charles. Greetings from Sweden.

Barbara Wall (Submitted 30 May 2002)

  I would like some help finding an obituary/record of death for my grandfather Harry FRANKLIN, born in England around 1892, lived for more than 30 years and died (at home) in St. Charles (S. 6th St.) in 1961 or 1962. His wife Mary (d. 1979) worked in the kitchen at Delnor Hospital for many years. Their landlord was Lloyd JOHNSON. I am most interested in finding out his place of birth, if possible. I live in Sweden, so it's kind of difficult. Best greetings,

Judy Carlson (Submitted 27 May 2002)

  Looking for the BUTCHER family. My grandfather Harry James BUTCHER and his wife, Getrude (HAINES) are buried in Riverside cemetery in Batavia. I am especially interested in my grandfather's parents who are buried on the east side of Batavia in the old cemetery near the Batavia Highlands. My grandfather had 2 brothers named Steve and Jim. My great grand father's name was James BUTCHER and I believe his wife's name was Emma. When James died, Emma remarried a man named Charlie. Can you help me find any part of this branch of the family? I thank you in advance for your time and trouble. All the Best.

Diane Bode (Submitted 23 May 2002)

  Looking for any information on John Frank LEIS. He was born 17 May 1877 in Aurora. His father was listed as unknown, and the only thing about his mother was that her first name was Katharina.

Danielle Hocha (Submitted 20 May 2002)

  Looking for birth record for gggrandmother by name of Harriet NICHOLS/NICHOLLS/NICKLES, b 25 Mar 1883, d 23 Jul 1963. Spouse: Elbert BOARDMAN (Boone Co). Thanks!

Dean Johnson (Submitted 18 May 2002)

  Does anyone have any information on the following family? They came to Kane Co., in the 1840's. Ahimaaz REED b. 1797 in VT; Adeline (Johnson) REED b.3-2-1805 VT; Ahimaaz b. about 1825 NY; Decatur 1829 NY; Miles b. about 1832 NY; Marvin b. about 1836 NY; Martin V. b about 1839; Albert M. b. about 1843 IL. The family lived in Big Rock in 1850 and 1860. I believe Decatur left for the CA gold fields and one brother may have gone with him. Several of the brothers may have ended up in IA by 1880. Thank you for your help.

Mary Anderson (Submitted 10 May 2002)

  In search of the marriage date and place of Sophia GROLLEMOND b.1890 and Louis HOFBAUER b. 1886 They farmed in the Hampshire area in Kane Co.

Mo Philon (Submitted 8 May 2002)

  Looking for info on Elizabeth MORSCHER born in Elgin or nearby in Kane Co. 1 Aug 1858. She married Joseph BROWN of Elgin in 1878 or 79. They had three children William Joseph BROWN born in Elgin in 1879; Lewis Edward BROWN born in Elgin in 1881; and Martin BROWN born in Elgin 1883. Would be pleased if you records show any info on Elizabeth's birth, including her mother and father of record. Thanks.

Gretchen Johnson (Submitted 6 May 2002)

  Looking for the obituary for Lillian Annie BAKER - born 28 Nov 1880 in Hampshire, Kane Co. and died in Elgin, 6 Sep 1972. Can anyone help me find her obituary? Thank you

Carol Northrup (Submitted 5 May, 2002)

  Looking for information on my grandmother, Catherine BACH and her family. Catherine was born 10 Aug 1886 in Aurora. Her parents were Franz (Frank) BACH from Germany & Suzanne PEREAU from Alsace/Lorraine. Her siblings were Pete, Mary, Annie, Frank, and Margaret. Any information will be appreciated! Thank you!

Mary Perry (Submitted 4 May 2002)

  Trying to find any information on Adolph STEARNS and his wife, Mary ALLEN. Also their three children Hazel, Ethel and Allen. Thank you

Bill Woodward (Submitted 29 Apr 2002)

  According to IL marriages records, John McDONALD married Rebecca DENMARK in Kane County on 30 Oct 1839, lic. # 161. I have found McDONALD in the census but no hint of a "Denmark" leading me to believe that the name is misspelled. I found that the state of IL does not have Marriage records from Kane Co. Can anyone help me? How can I get a copy of this license? Anyone ever hear of a "Denmark" or have an idea of what the name might really be? John McDONALD was from Scotland and Rebecca was from England. Also looking for probate records for John McDONALD. Thanks.

Updated: 2 Jun 2002

Sharol Schaefer (Submitted 23 Apr 2002)

  Looking for information on Ludwig EGGERT and Marie Nimmick EGGERT. They lived in Aurora, Illinois in the early 1900's. They immigrated from Ukraine, Kiev area. I am also looking for the living daughter, unknown WITT, of Theodor WITT and Auguata SCHUCH WITT. She was married to John RENNER on April 15, 1910 and John past away Oct 23, 1969 and is buried in the St. Pauls Cemetery in Aurora, IL. The WITT family immigrated from Kiev, Ukraine area to Fingal, ND in 1888. I believe that John RENNER and unknown WITT have two living children in the Aurora area. Thank you.

Diane Williams (Submitted 20 Apr 2002)

  I know very little about my great grandfather Franklin SIMMONS who was born abt. 1852 in Dundee, Kane Co., IL. In 1862 his parents and siblings moved to Iowa. I believe to Postville, Alamakee Co. From there Franklin SIMMONS and his little family moved to Blue Earth, MN. A brother of his moved to Isabel, SD. When Franklin died in 1921, he only had one sibling living and that is the one in Isabel, SD according to his obituary. Also looking for marriage information for Franklin SIMMONS b. approx 1831 who married Janette RANKIN b. approx 1831. They married Dec. 14, 1853 in Kane Co. I would like to know their parents' names if possible and their birth dates. Two of their children were Franklin born abt 1854 and William born abt 1856. Is there any census information for 1855 and 1860 that would show this family? Thank you so

UPDATED: 27 Jan 2003

UPDATED: 17 Feb 2003

Barb McCabe (Submitted 19 Apr 2002)

  Could anyone tell me the names or the MALLO family members buried in the Van Vleck Cemetery in Virgil Township and the names of the MOORE family members buried in the Blackberry Cemetery in Blackberry Township? Thank you.

Kathryn Pearson (Submitted 18 Apr 2002)

  What was the maiden name of Elizabeth wife of Jacob HOCHSTRASSER? She was born 15 May 1853 in Kaneville. She died 14 Jan. 1937 and is buried in the Pierce Twp. Cemetery, DeKalb Co. Jacob was born in Germany. They probably married about 1873. Their children are: Hattie HUMMEL, Otto HOCHSTRASSER . Ada., Herbert and Elmer. The family lived in Kane Co. all their lives.

Liz DelAngel (Submitted 16 Apr 2002)

  Looking for any information on my great-great grandmother, Mary Ann JUNGLES, born in Aurora(?) on 7 Feb 1896. She was one of five, including 2 sisters (one named Margaret), and 2 brothers(one named Frank.) She married George John MILLER and they had three sons. She died 5 Sep 1971. Any information available about her, her siblings, parents, or spouse would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

Diane Austin (Submitted 15 Apr 2002)

  Searching for information on my great grandfather, Peter SCHNEIDER. He was the Hampshire Village Law Officer for 30 around the turn of the century. I am interested in any information on him while he served the community. Or ideas as to search for the information. He retired around 1930 when he was close to 80. Thank you

Emma Livermore (Submitted 15 Apr 2002)

  Any information of Stephen & Larina HEUSTIS in Sugar Grove twp late 1840's - before 1850. Any information will be appreciated.

Don Shafer (Submitted 10 Apr 2002)

  I need to know if Marion BRADFORD who died 28 Feb 1999, Batavia, is the son of Clarence BRADFORD. Possible to get his obit. He would have brothers Robert and James.

Diane Peck (Submitted 9 Apr 2002)

  I am looking for a obit on my ggg grandmother, Phoebe (GREEN) RASEY, born 19 Jan 1804; died 3 May 1892 in Aurora, Kane Co, Ill, daughter of John GREEN and Patty MARSH, married Joseph RASEY. Any information/leads would be very appreciated.

Barb Miller-Sohr (Submitted 7 Apr 2002)

  Carl and Anna REHDER. He had a bakery in Batavia, Kane Co., in 1910 (census record). He was referred to as "Uncle Carl" by relatives from Racine, WI. I believe he had brothers, Henry, from Racine, and W.C. in Green Bay, WI. They were originally from Denmark. Julia/Julie REHDER. I believe she was the sister of the above mentioned Carl. She and a sister resided in Carroll, IA as late as 1947. She then moved to IL, (probably after sister's death), I presume to be near her brother. We know she lived in Elgin, Illinois in 1959 when another brother, Henry, died. I believe Carl had died by this time, as he was not mentioned in Henry's obituary. REHDER was her maiden name, she never married. If anyone can help me learn more about Carl and Anna and Julie/Julia I would surely appreciate it. I am married to Henry Rehder's great grandson, and am helping his father with a family history.

Carolyn Berding (Submitted 6 Apr 2002)

  Looking for descendants of the George & Thirza Delia (WHITNEY) NEFF family or any information available on any of them. Nina NEFF was born 29 sep 1867; Millie NEFF 22 Sep 1870; Stella NEFF 30 Jul 1873; Granat Miles NEFF 18 Jun 1880, Guy W. NEFF 1886; and Alice NEFF 29 Mar 1870. All were born in Kane Co., in Millington, Neward or Mission Point. Alice NEFF was my great-grandmother. George's father was Ebenezer NEFF and George had a sister Margaret born in 1840. George was born in 1838.

Cheryl Larson (Submitted 5 Apr 2002)

  Seeking anyone researching family of John B. MOORE, including his son William and Archibald, seeking also descendents of James ISBELL, as well as descendents of daughter of Emery E. and Hattie ANDERSON who lived in Elburn. Anxious to connect with others doing similar research. Thanks.

Bobby Christall (Submitted 5 Apr 2002)

  Researching George CHRYSTALL born 1820 England listed on the 1860 census at Kane Co. page 822. I wish to know how long George CHRYSTALL and family lived at Burlington, when they arrived, are the buried there? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Conley Wolterman (Submitted 4 Apr 2002)

  Researching William WENZEL who emigrated to America and located in Illinois. They lived near Dundee, Kane Co. in 1853.

James Forni (Submitted 25 Mar 2002)

  Looking for any information on a SHAMBREY (spelling?) family from the St. Charles/Elgin area circa 1900. I have hit the proverbial "Brick wall" in my search for information on Ruth McNETT-SHAMBREY. What I do know is that she is the daughter of John Riley McNETT and Emma HAFFEY-McNETT. After John was killed, Emma married a Charles SCHARHAMMER of St. Charles. I have found a reference to the SCHARHAMMERS in Elgin, but that is where the trail ends. Ruth would have been born in 1885, just months before her father died. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Does anyone know where I might find access to the circa 1885 (or before) City Directory for Geneva? I have checked the area libraries with no luck but am convinced that a copy must exist out there somewhere. I am trying to locate information on four (4) different families who where to have lived in Geneva at that time, Joseph H. GRANT, John Riley McNETT, George BULLOCK and Julia BUCKMEYER. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATED: 24 Jan 2003

Margaret Johnson (Submitted 21 Mar 2002)

  Looking for information on Ruth BETTS born 19 Jan 1891 to Lydia H PARKER & Edward S BETTS in St. Charles, IL. Ruth married Albert Clark ANDERSON (b 13 Jan 1885) in St. Charles in 1906.

UPDATED: 2 May 2002

Jean Hannes (Submitted 21 Mar 2002)

  Searching for Descendants of Peter and Laura COLLINS. Moved from Martinsburgh, Lewis, NY to Plato, Kane, IL early 1840s. Children: Harvey, Leander, Richard, Elizabeth and Charles. Harvey and Lucinda's children: Mariah marr. Frederick A. GARDNER; Children: Charles Harvey GARDNER marr. Olive M.; Myrtle GARDNER marr. Guy COYNE; Maude GARDNER marr. Ervin Fred GUPTAIL; Grace Belle GARDNER marr. Joseph Henry RANDLE; Edwin Fred GARDNER marr. Helen. I believe some remained in IL. Leander and Jerusha CONNERS' children: Emeline marr. Thomas H. RATFIELD (farm in Riley,McHenry, IL); Rhoda marr. Carl F. DUTTON; William P. COLLINS marr. Ellen M.; Katie M. COLLINS 1874 - 1895. Have been unable to find deaths for Peter and Laura, Also Harvey and Lucinda, probably after 1870.

Cynthia Bannerman (Submitted 20 Mar 2002)

  Researching my greatgrandfather, Fred PETERS. I have his parents names and thats all I have, I cant seem to find where they came from the parents names are John and Caroline Peters. They are suppose to be from Elgin. The years from my great grandfather are b:1885 d:1980. Thank-you.

Jim Smith (Submitted 19 Mar 2002)

  Searching for information regarding John W. EVINGER and Nannie A. SMITH, who were married in Elgin, 16 Oct 1872. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Cynthia Richardson (Submitted 13 Mar 2002)

  Charles SMITH, b. 1781 in Maine, and Sarah AYER, also born in Maine, moved to Dundee, Kane, IL about 1835, from Oneida County, NY along with their son John M. SMITH. Their other children included James A. SMITH, an early Chicago hatter and furrier, Mary A., wife of David M. COLE of Elgin; Lydia P., wife of J.W. HOAGLAND of Elgin; and Jane, wife of Perry EVERITT who lived in Louisburg, Miami, Kansas. I would love to share genealogical information with descendants of the Smith children.

Updated: 24 Mar 2002

Updated: 11 May 2002

Leonard J Jacobs (Submitted 11 Mar 2002)

  Edward Lewis WELLS, 1833-1911, an educator, retired to Aurora to be near his son. Edward wrote a regular column for the Aurora Beacon ca. 1907-1911. Does anyone know any descendants?

Sara Gaarde (Submitted 10 Mar 2002)

  Looking for descendants of Daniel P. HATCH, who married Lois E. BEBEE on 17 Sep 1853 in Kane Co. Also, descendants of James STEERE, who married Phebe BEBEE on 9 May 1868 Have info to share.

Sundrea Chrisman (Submitted 9 Mar 2002)

  Looking for information on an Aug. POLZIEN. I have a postal reciept for a registered letter to Mr. Aug. POLZIEN, Batavia, Kane Co., Il dated July 17, 1883 from a Mr. H. A. POLZIEN of Dow City, IA. Aug. POLZIEN's birth date was 19 Jul 1818 and I have reason to believe he may have immigrated from Germany. I believe his wife might be Caroline b: 14 Nov 1824 and died 9 Oct 1873, their son to be H. A. POLZIEN born 1855. These are my ancestors and am trying to find more information. Also listed in the book are Caroline, Augusta, Minnie, Julia, Augustus, Herman, William POLZIEN. This information was found in a personal diary of my great grandfathers along with a letter to him from Caroline, his sister, dated July 13m 1878 with a Batavia address. Any information appreciated.

Karla Walters (Submitted 6 Mar 2002)

  Seeking information about the SILVER family of English-Canadian origins who possibly lived in Elgin between 1883 and 1888, when their daughter Martha was married on 31 Dec 1887 to Frank WEBSTER. I have obtained a copy of the birth certificate but cannot read the name of the church. The clergyman is Rev. R. Milton or Mitton and the church name looks like a five-letter word ending in -gh. I would appreciate help in identifying the clergyman and church. Also looking for the following records: Birth of John Alfred SILVER 8 Mar 1883, probably in Kane Co. Parents were Henry Nyrin SILVER and Isabella BAGG SILVER. Death of Isabella BAGG SILVER Sep 1884. I have checked Illinois death records to no avail but wonder how complete these might be and also wonder what dates are covered for birth and death records in Kane Co. In the 1900 census, Clara SILVER (b. 1875 Canada), another daughter of Henry Nyrin SILVER, was still living in Elgin as a lodger at 139 Forest Avenue with George BRICKY or BRICKLY b.June 1859 in England , although her father had moved to the township of Lake, Chicago by then. Can anyone tell me about the George BRICKY family? I find these other SILVER families in the 1900 census of Elgin and wonder if anyone has information that might link them to Henry Nyrin SILVER, who was born in London in 1845, worked as a ship captain in the maritime provinces of Canada and emigrated to Kane Co. around 1882 from Prince Edward Island. I find the following SILVER residents in Elgin in 1900: Monroe SILVER b. Mar 1833 Canadian-English; Timothy SILVER b. Nov 1837 Canadian-English; George E. SILVER b. June 1841 Canadian-English. Are there any city directories for the years 1883-1890 for the city of Elgin? If so, what libraries would have them? Any assistance in this query would be greatly appreciated.

Matt Huebschmann (Submitted 4 Mar 2002)

  Henry Herman HUEBSCHMANN married Louise LEWEKE on 17 Aug 1897 in Kane Co. Any additional information is welcome. Please email

Amy Noakes (Submitted 28 Feb 2002)

  Reuben Ellory THORNTON, born 23 Jan 1881. Died 18 Jan 1950 in Aurora. His spouse was Florence TAYLOR, born 13 Jul 1882 in Accrington England. Died 16 Aug 1930 in Aurora, IL. They had 4 children: Ethel Mildred b-17 Apr 1918 d-29 Aug 1967 in San Francisco, CA; Clarence Taylor b-28 Jan 1905 d-5 Oct 1960 in E. Wenatchee, WA; Albert b-24 May 1907; Edna May b-17 Nov 1920. :) all info is appreciated immensely!

Shelley Cardiel (Submitted 27 Feb 2002)

  I've "rescued" a group of old photographs including a photo of Martha PUNDT of Carpentersville. The photograph was taken at the Farley Studio and notes that it is her confirmation photograph. It was probably taken sometime in the early 1900's and she does appear to be in her early teens at the time. Other photographs in this same group belong to the MAVIUS, KORTNER, SPEER, GROSS, HARE, KLOEPPING, and BAILEY families and originate from Ada, OH; Springfield, IL; Freeport, IL; and Kankakee, IL; The handwriting on the back of nearly all the photographs is the same so I know they are connected in some manner, just don't know how. My hope is that I can find someone from the families so that they can be returned to their rightful place with family. Click here to see a copy of Martha's photograph. Thanks

S Schmitz (Submitted 21 Feb 2002)

  Research Victor HANSEN who married Anna DALL or (HALL) on 10 Aug 1901 in Gilberts, IL. These would be the parents of Ruby HANSEN, our grandmother who we have little information on other than we know she attended Garfield School in Elgin. I guess we're trying to trace her lineage. She married Leon F. KNOTT whom we also have little information on (b. 3 Dec 1903 and died in Elgin about June 1985). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. P.S. Leon F. KNOTT and Ruby HANSEN had, we believe, only one child and that would have been Marlyn KNOTT SCHMITZ, born 30 Jun 1929 and died 14 Jan 1997 in Elgin.

Phyllis Johnson (Submitted 20 Feb 2002)

  Looking for information on my 3rd great grand parents. I found them on the 1850 census in Plato, Kane Co. His name Millin CLARK and hers was Amarette, on later census her name was spelled Eirmette and Emarette. I have looked for the spelling of Milton and Melton. My 2nd great grandmother, their oldest daughter Martha Ann CLARK, married Robbins Henry STEVENS, in Kane Co. in 1854. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you very much.

Tom McFarland (Submitted 19 Feb 2002)

  Patrick and Eliza McNINNY settled near Gilberts, Rutland Township before 1845. Their daughter Anne married John COYLE in 1865. Ann and John's daughter Mary married James MANNING. I would be interested in corresponding with anyone who knows of these familes.

D Millim Newsome (Submitted 8 Feb 2002)

  Looking for John P MILLIM, emigrated from Luxembourg in 1905-1907, married second time to Mary SOUDER/SAUDER, was a gardener in Aurora. He also had a family in Webster, SD with his first wife Ana Katherine SAUER. There were other MILLIM in Aurora at the same time, Nicholas, and Edward who married sisters Margaret and Katherine MAJERUS. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Vicki Halton (Submitted 8 Feb 2002)

  Looking for family of Gervase L BARNHILL and Elizabeth WILLIAMS BARNHILL married 1946. Have obit on Elizabeth from 11 Jul 2001 in Littleton, CO. Im not sure of birth placeof Gervase..assuming Illinois..Elizabeth was born in Illinois..Have found that Gervase died in 1980 in Littleton CO also... Gevase and I have same grgrgrandfather...Ira H BARNHILL. Thanks in advance for your help

Laura Mekkelson (Submitted 6 Feb 2002)

  Looking for the family of Elezer and Almira GILSON and their children James A, Phebe A., John D. and Mary (May F). They were listed on the Aurora, Kane Co. censuses of 1850 and 1860. Cemetery records, obituary notices, etc. would be appreciated. Almira was Almira WEBSTER, born in Upper Canada. My ancestor was her brother Norman. Thank you.

Mary Farrell (Submitted 3 Feb 2002)

  Research John FARRELL b 1802 m Catherine DONOVAN in Ireland. Settled in Dundee, Kane Co., in 1838. They had five sons Jeremiah b 1926 (IRE); John b 1931 (CAN); Timothy b 1834 (NJ); Denis b 1838 (RI); William b 1840 (IL). Jeremiah married Elizabeth MCFARLAND; John married Susan MCFARLAND; Denis m Bridget ?; Timothy married Mathilda MARTIN and Mary Jane MARTIN; William married Catherine MCCARTHNEY. William MCFARLAN b 1805 Ireland married Fanny ?. Settled in Rutland, Kane Co., in 1845. Elizabeth b 1842 (PA); Susan 1835 (PA) William 1845 (PA) and Robert 1847 (IL). John FARRELL returned to Ireland several times and brought other family members to Kane Co. If you have any information on this family, please let me know. Thank you.

CWO Ed Nicholls (Submitted 3 Feb 2002)

  The NICHOLLS Family of Burlington, Kane Co., are buried in Burlington. They include Thomas d. 1854 age 54; Elizabeth, his Wife, d. age 75 in 1877; Sons: Fredrick, Thomas & Edwin: also Son in Law Samuel JESPER (husband of Eliza Jane NICHOLLS -Daughter of T & E.) A tall sandstone memorial pillar remains at the s/e corner of --- and s/Main St. in Burlington. It is noted that Fredrick, Thomas, Edwin and Samuel were drowned on 1 Apr. 1857. Family oral history remains only as "drowned crossing a river". ANY information.

Celeste Schuhmacher (Submitted 3 Feb 2002)

  Looking for information on Dennis and Bridget (GALLAGHER) MURRAY. Both were born in Ireland. I do not know when they came to the states. They resided in Batavia in 1862 when my great grandfather William Stephen MURRAY was born. They had a total of 10 kids 7 boys and 3 girls. Bridget died in 1874 while they were still in Batavia and in February of 1875 they moved to Nebraska. The only other names of the children I have are James, John, and D.L. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Cindy Woolsey (Submitted 2 Feb 2002)

  Looking for information on Albert M. BROWN born 22 Sep 1837 in N.Y. He married Fidelia STANLEY, 13 Dec 1862 in DuPage Co. Albert was the son of Hiram & Polly (MEEKER) BROWN. He was a businessman in Aurora with JH Thompson Shoe store among other interests. Fidelia's parents were Urbin & Octavia STANLEY. Children born to Albert & Fidelia were Fay W. BROWN, Anna G. BROWN, Ray A. BROWN, Louis Howard BROWN. Louis is my gggf. He married Addie E. LOWRY in Kane Co. He died in 1899 (as close as I can figure out). Louis and Addie had sons, Louis Harold BROWN (born 21 Nov 1896) and Charles Dudley BROWN (info unknown). If ANYONE knows of any of these names, please email me. Thanks so much!

Margaret English (Submitted 1 Feb 2002)

  Looking for Marilyn Hughes who is researching the ANDERSON family. Her grandmother Nellie ANDERSON married Elof ANDERSON 12 Dec 1904, in Iowa. They both died and buried in Kane County. My grandfather Carl Edward ANDERSON was Nellie's brother.

Edward Hall (Submitted 28 Jan 2002)

  Looking for my greatgrand parents (WESEMANN & GREIFENSTEIN) who lived in Kane Co. around 1900. My mother was born there in 1911. Any contacts would be appreciated.

Mary Oldham (Submitted 27 Jan 2002)

  Researching David Newton WHEELER He was born around 1832, place unknown and lived in IL as well as MO and maybe KS. Family history stories claim that he was first married to an Indian woman. No one seems to know her name but say that she was from a large family with several sets of twins. They had four children, Charles Oscar WHEELER, Eva E. WHEELER, Isaac WHEELER, and Frank Harvey WHEELER. He later remarried a much younger woman named Katie or Catharane and they had several more children probably in Missouri. I think he died around 1900. His often went by the name of Newton or Sandy WHEELER. He might have been a Circuit Riding Preacher. Please help if your know of these Wheelers.

Kaye Hamm (Submitted 27 Jan 2002)

  My Great Grandfather was born in Elgin, IL supposedly 3 Jan 1856. I am looking for who his parents were. His name was Chris or Christ DICKMAN.

Ed Nicholls (Submitted 19 Jan 2002)

  Albert NICHOLLS b.1845 Eng., resident of Kane Co., m. Ellen M. NEWTON (b. Kane, 15 Jul 1846) [birth possible change fr NY. state] Married 1864 in Elgin. 20 Dec 1864.

Judy (Submitted 19 Jan 2002)

  I am looking for any info on Irving, William, Sarah TYSON. During the 1880's they were living in Hampshire IL. Irving TYSON died in 1934, buried at Doty cemetery Hampshire, IL. I believe there may be other TYSON's buried there with him. I am interested in any of them. Thank you

Rhonda Schuring (Submitted 18 Jan 2002)

  Looking for any information about Edward Ludwig PETERSON (Ludvig PETTERSSON) born 8 Aug 1886 in Sweden, and Clara Alida JOHNSON (Klara Aleda JOHANSSON) was born 19 Jul 1884 in Sweden and came to the US around 1900. They were married in Batavia 5 Jul 1910 and rented the Reed Farm in Elburn. Klara died one week after giving birth to her fourth child on 10 Nov 1915 from a cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried in Batavia. Her children were Karin, Pete, Alice and Martha. He sister, who witnessed her marriage was Julia M. JOHNSON. Any information about this family would be much appreciated.

Tracey Morris (Submitted 15 Jan 2002)

  Researching the following families found in the 1850 Kane County census: Moses A. STINCHFIELD, age 23 [1827], male. Laborer, no real estate value. Born in Maine. & wife Eliza B. [MOORE] STINCHFIELD, age 19 [1831], female. Born in Maine. Ellison MORGAN, age 32 [1818], male. Lumberman with $1600 in real estate. Born in New York & wife Ruth A [STINCHFIELD] MORGAN, age 27 [1823], female. Born in Maine. Ruth appears in the Kane County census in 1880 as a widow.

Sheila Hunter (Submitted 13 Jan 2002)

  Looking for information on Clara PEPLINSKI who died May 1995 in Carpentersville, Kane Co. I think she may have been a sister to my grandmother. Clara was married to Joe PEPLINSKI and she came from North Dakota. Any info would be helpful. Thanks.

Carol McBain (Submitted 3 Jan 2002)

  Searching for information on my two great uncles. They were both born in Richland Co. WI, but worked in factory work, and the railroad around the Kane Co. area. Robert George McBAIN, always went by George was born in July 1883. Duncan Walter McBAIN, always went by name Walt was born June 1888. I never met George, but did see Uncle Walt every fall on his vacation, he was from Aurora, and think that both of them died in the late 1960's - possibly early 1970's. Uncle Walt, had been married, but divorced early in life, and did have four boys, but don't have any information on them either. He didn't raise his children, but did keep in contact with them. Uncle George I know he was married, but don't know much more than that. Thank you.

Mark Alford (Submitted 3 Jan 2002)

  I am looking for Peter WITTRY died in Aurora, in Oct, 1980, born 12 Jan 1899 - not sure where. I would like to find his parents, wife, and confirm a son Paul born to him 25 May 1921.

Diane Marklein-Love (Submitted 31 Dec 2001)

  Looking for information on Andrew MARKLEIN. He lived in Aurora before his death in 1929. He was born in 1858 and married Mary STERN in 1885 in Kendall County. He is buried in St. Paul's Lutheran cemetery in Montgomery. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Jason Hadick (Submitted 29 Dec 2001)

  I am trying to track the following family: WILLIAMS, John D. b. Cynwyd, Wales 1865 d. Elburn 1912 (Farmed Elburn) - wife DAVIES, Mary Louisa b. Wales 18?? d. Wasco 19?? emigrated to Kane Co. in 1880s with Children: David, William, Evan (lived Elburn, died Chicago 1934); Elizabeth (Lived Elburn, moved to Chicago) and: WILLIAMS, John D. b. Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, GB d. West Chicago 4 May 1924, buried Elburn - wife: DECKERT, Martha Anna b. Weisenfels, Prssia (Germany) 17 Sep 1882 d. Wasco 18 Jul 1920 orphaning: John Roy, Lyle Edward, David Evan, Stella Anna, Nina Elizabeth, Ruby Hazel, Hannah Ethyl (Roberta) and Anna May (adopted as Nielsen). Looking for information on English and German ancestors as well as descendants, particularly DECKERT family.

Updated: 16 Jun 2002

Phyllis Thompson (Submitted 29 Dec 2001)

  Seeking info on Calvin WHEELER who died 1911 and wife Elizabeth ARMSTRONG. Family buried in Oak Hill Cem. Geneva. They lived in St. Charles in 1880. Daughter, Olive WHEELER PERKINS died Jan 1950. She had a son, Joseph, living in St. Charles at that time.

Laura & Scott Lee (Submitted 28 Dec 2001)

  Looking for information pertaining to Andrew J. LEE born on or about 3 Mar 1870 in Geneva. I know that this information is correct per his granddaughter (my sister-in-law), verified by an unrelated gedcom on I have no other verified information about him except that his mother was born in Germany, and his father was born in England (per 1900 census, North Dakota). If the "story" about him is correct, he left home at an early age to escape his father and and his new wife, after his mother died. I know none of these individual's names. If I could find a death record index for Kane Co. for the 1880s, I could probably deduce his mothers information - assuming the story about her death is true. Thanks!!!

Terry O'Connor (Submitted 20 Dec 2001)

  Searching for a James SIGERSON who arrived in Chicago by 1849. Married and had children in South Elgin. Moved to Iowa by 1860. Thanks.

Dan Allen (Submitted 15 Dec 2001)

  Erastus Wendell ALLEN and Jane Ann DODGE m and moved to Aurora about 1840. I have found Erastus Allen in the censuses for Aurora for 1850 and 1860, as well as a record of his second marriage. They seem to have left Aurora by 1870. I didn't find them in a search of the 1870 census. The children I found were: Albert ALLEN, b ca 1846, IL; Frank A. ALLEN, b ca 1849, IL; Idia [Ida?] ALLEN, b ca 1852, IL. I'm interested in anything further that I can learn about this family. Any help would be appreciated.

UPDATED: 11 Feb 2002

Eric Teafoe (Submitted 15 Dec 2001)

  I am looking for info on the TEAFOE family. I am the great grandson of Omer TEAFOE who came to St. Charles from Norway, MI. He came probably some time between 1905 and 1930. Any info would be helpful in my wearch for my roots.

Virginia Ruby (Submitted 6 Dec 2001)

  I am searching for any info on my Uncle Fred SCHULTZ b 14 May 1910, d June 1982. He was placed in the Elgin Mental Health Center. When and Why I don't know. I am searching all of my Father's family. I found Grandpa George,Grandma Mary, my Father was William. There are 2 older girls Lena and Anna. The youngest child Helna died at birth I believe. If any one can relate to any of this please let me know how?

Sarah Wilson (Submitted 4 Dec 2001)

  I know my GreatGrandmother lived and worked in Mooseheart, IL. My greatgrandfather died back in Texas. I am looking for any information on the following people or Mooseheart itself. My GreatGrandmother's name was Helena White-WILSON. She came from Texas to Mooseheart after my greatgrandfather passed on and raised my Grandfather, Benjamin Arthur WILSON, Joseph ? WILSON and Henrie(a)tta ? WILSON. Unsure if Henrie(a)tta married or not. Please if anyone has any information please contact me. ""

Carole Komarek (Submitted 4 Dec 2001)

  I am researching the WALKER family that lived in Campton Township. Nelson WALKER was first purchaser of land 1843. His presumed son, James N. WALKER m. Lucy J. POWEL 1 Jul 1860 in Kane County. Descendants in the 1900 and 1910 Federal Census.

Bob Coyne (Submitted 3 Dec 2002)

  Looking for information on Robert M. KELLY and Bridget COYNE KELLY. Both born around 1825 he in Vermont and she in Ireland. Lived around Elgin in the late 1800's. Both died in 1900 in Iowa but are buried in the Catholic Cemt. in Elgin. Also looking for information on cousins Florence KELLY ( b). 1905 (d)1975 she worked at the Elgin watch factory. Husband Francis KELLY (b) ? (d) ? he was a supervisor at the Post Office. Any info would be appreciated. Thank You

UPDATED: 3 Aug 2006

Lynn W Cook (Submitted 3 Dec 2001)

  William Day ENYART and Cora (Pearson) HOLMES were married 24 May 1893 in Kane Co. Would like to know if their marriage certificate or license is available, and if so, where I can send to obtain it. They were my grandparents. My mother was born in Aurora, so possibly that is where the marriage was performed. TIA

Lissa Sanchez (Submitted 30 Nov 2001)

  I am trying to find out information about the first owners of my home. According to the information I found at the County building, Frank and Mathilda NYSTROM purchased our home in 1907. Our address is 37 South Mallory Ave. in Batavia. Any information you can find would be appreciated. Thank you.

Irene Anderson (Submitted 28 Nov 2001)

  I am searching for information on Walker ANDERSON and his wife Lue ALLAN, and their descendants. The only names of their children that I was given are: Elna and Charles. Walker was born 04 Jan 1868 in Jackson Co., GA and died 1908 in IL. Walker and Lue were married 24 Jul 1887 in Alabama, I believe, but can find no proof. I would appreciate any info on them.

Earl C Brunner (Submitted 27 Nov 2001)

  The child of my Great Uncle, Charles BERINGER, died 6 Feb 1880 in Elgin. I am assuming it was buried is the Channing Street Cemetery as Charles BERINGER purchased a lot 12 Feb 1880. The child was born Oct 1878. I would like to find its name. Thanks.

Suzie Danner (Submitted 26 Nov 2001)

  My great grandfather Howard Lincoln HODGKINS was born in Elgin, 23 Jan 1862. Looking for any information about him or other family members. He married Marie Elise WILKINSON.

Erma Jordan Weibel (Submitted 25 Nov 2001)

  Peter JORDAN came to Batavia from Ireland about 1845. He married Isabel SUTHERLAND in 1846. His son from Ireland, Thomas JORDAN, age 14, came here close to the same time. They visited the family which we think was Peter Jordan's brother in Batavia. We think he was John Jordan. Both Peter and Thomas settled in the area and it is said Peter was a stone mason who helped build the old Joliet Prison. I am a 78-year old great-granddaughter of Peter JORDAN. We have heard that there were several Jordan families in the Kane Co. area and are trying to make a connection. Peter and Thomas moved on to Iowa about 1855. This man whom we think was called John was already married when Peter and Thomas arrived, as it is written by Thomas he was taken to Batavia to his uncle and aunt's home. There is no family record of this "John" and to my knowledge there was probably no family relationship when the Peter Jordan's moved westward, ending up in South Dakota. We don't know why this happened. If you have any records of Jordan's coming from Culbanin, County Mayo, Ireland, in the first half of the 1800's, they may be some of my family members. If you can help or direct me in any way, I do appreciate your help.

Michael Kearney (Submitted 23 Nov 2001)

  I am looking for any information about the family of Thomas BULGER. They were in the Kane Co. census of 1860. The family at that time consisted of: Thomas, age 50, born Ire.; Rose, age 49, born Ire.; Rose A., age 16, born IL; Margaret, age 14, born IL. I believe that James BULGER who was born in Oneida, New York in August 1840 and died in Elgin on 12 June 1912, was a son of Thomas and Rose.

Linda Mariconda (Submitted 21 Nov 2001)

  My father, Gerry Dondanville, was States Attorney in 1972 he has since passed on would like information about when ran for reelection.

M Sanders (Submitted 19 Nov 2001)

  Either Henry or Harry ALLEN gave consent for his daughter, Rebecca ALLEN to marry Seymour CARVER, 18 Jun 1839 in Kane Co., IL. We have a copy of the marriage record and the given name is difficult to ascertain. However, a clue might be that Rebecca and Seymour named one their sons, Henry. Looking for data on Henry. Thank you.

Peggy O'Neill (Submitted 19 Nov 2001)

  Looking for information on Sylvester CAVANAUGH who entered the Civil War from Virgil, Kane Co. at age 19, serving in Co A, 8th Illinois, Calvary. He was listed as a farmer. He was born about 1834, a native of Kingston, County Dublin and died 5 May 1884 at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, IL. His name could be spelled KAVANAUGH.

Sue Pratt (Submitted 18 Nov 2001)

  Looking for information regarding Bruno and Mary DEBRUYNE. Arrived from Antwerp, Belgium in 1892. First settled in East Moline, then relocated to St. Charles, IL. Worked at the iron foundary. Three children: Theophil (Phil), Flavie and Martha. Phil married a woman named Mary; three children, Phil, Phyllis and Iown. Flavie had a daughter named Marie. Martha had four children: Catherine, James, Stanley and Phillip Holderness. Any information would be appreciated.

Jack Green (Submitted 16 Nov 2001)

  Looking for info on William and Nancy A. ROSS. They were listed in Hampshire, Kane Co., Il in the 1860 census. They had Elnor WALTERS listed with them(age 13). Ellenor B. WALTERS married Julius PLAUNTY in Marengo, McHenry Co., in 1865. They were my ggg-grandparents on my paternal side. She may have been the neice of William ROSS. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Elizabeth Kelly (Submitted 16 Nov 2001)

  I am researching the HACKMAN family of Elgin. William and Sophie married about 1883 and had a child between 1884-1885 before Willam died in 1885 suddenly. Would please like any info on the family, particularly the child as Sophie was remarried to a descendent of mine. Thank you for your help.

April Lockbury (Submitted 14 Nov 2001)

  Looking for information on Tirza ROOT. She married Lyman GOODENOW in 1844/45. He was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and he says his trips took him through Dundee to Dr. ROOT's place. I'm wondering if this Dr. ROOT was any relation to the woman he married a few years later. Can anyone help?

Dave Crankshaw (Submitted 12 Nov 2001)

  Looking for information on William TYSON, born in England about 1814, married Sarah Mark (chr 18 Jan 1824 at St. Giles, Cumbria, England) and had several children including Mary about 1842 in NY. 1880 census in Hampshire, Kane Co., IL shows William, age 66, Sarah, age 58 and the following children all born in IL: Joseph; Elizabeth; William; Thomas I.; & Sarah. 1892 map shows William TYSON on lots 12 & 13 in Hampshire. Thanks.

Dean R. MacLagan (Submitted 11 Nov 2001)

  Looking for my Great Grand father Benjamin Franklin MONROE. Died Elgin on 22 Mar 1921. If you have any information on him, please let me know. Thank You.

Kathy Stanton (Submitted 10 Nov 2001)

  Looking for any information about Guy C. COMINS (sometimes CUMMINGS) I believe married to Elenor, who purchased two land grants in 1820's recorded in the 1840's in Kane Co. and in McHenry Co. I believe they came from New York possibly Pittstown, NY and died in Illinois, where is unknown. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jane Szymanski (Submitted 6 Nov 2001)

  I am interested in an area newspaper for the death of Arthur (Emmitt Arthur) PRINDLE. According to a oneliner in his hometown newspaper, he was killed on 14 Apr 1960 in an accident near Aurora. I am assuming that perhaps this was an auto accident, but I'm not sure. I would be interested in the contents of an article about his death and an obit for him if one exists. I will gladly pay for costs of copying and postage, etc. if someone would do this lookup and send me the info. I would also like the obit for his wife, Alice PRINDLE who d. Oct. 1968 in Aurora. I do not have the exact date, this information is from the SSDI. Thanks!

Gail Swenson (Submitted 5 Nov 2001)

  I am resarching the surname WHEELER. My great grandfather was Fredrick Blackman WHEELER. I am looking for Arthur S. WHEELER. Did he have any brothers and who were his parents. All I have is that he belonged to the Freemasons "Knights Templar" in Elgin. Help.

Judy (Submitted 4 Nov 2001)

  I'm looking for my ancester Emily Sanford VAN HOUTEN and her parents and Grandparents. She was born in 1843 and married in 1872. Thank you.

Judy (Submitted 3 Nov 2001)

  I have a passport application for a Charles K BARRY, b 18 Oct 1865 in St. Charles IL, living in Elgin, Kane Co Il for the year 1892 that is not mine. If you think it fits your person, let me know and I will mail to you.

L. Veselack (Submitted 2 Nov 2001)

  Milton Gould PATTERSON lived in Aurora from @ 1897 until his death in 1931. He was born in Green Bay, WI 1874. GOULD and HICKOX surnames are connected to this family. Please 'mail' me if you think you have a connection to any of these names.

Susanne Freund (Submitted 2 Nov 2001)

  I am living in a house in Batavia on First Street that was built (I think) and lived in by an M. SULLIVAN. I believe his first name was Michael. This would have been in the early 1900's. He then sold the house and property to the LIEDBERG family. Any info. on the SULLIVANs or the house or even old photos would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Pat Albright Vieira (Submitted 31 Oct 2001)

  I am searching for information on Pearl FOSS ALBRIGHT LARSON. Pearl was born Apr 1892 in Oswego, IL and died Aug 1927. I want to find out when she divorced Bert ALBRIGHT & married Arthur/August LARSON. She had 4 children by her first husband, Albert C., Earl G. (my father) and a set of twins who were adopted out. She had two additional children by her second husband, Gladys and Arthur Leroy LARSON. Gladys died at 3 years of age. August LARSON was born 1879 & died 1966 & is buried at the Batavia West Cemetery. Any help you may be able to give me will be appreciated. She is buried at Westside Cemetery in Batavia. She is my grandmother and he is my step-grandfather. Thanking you in advance.

Updated:17 Nov 2001

Bev (Submitted 30 Oct 2001)

  Am looking for information on my father-in-law, George W. REICH. I believe he was living in Aurora with his wife, Elsie, in 1926 as that is when and where their son, James, was born. Would like to know if George and Elsie's names appear in Aurora's 1924-27 City Directories during that period.

Sheila Crane (Submitted 29 Oct 2001)

  CRANE, William H., born 1842, Chicago, died 1937, Elgin. Married to CHRISTIAN, Emma from Kenosha, WI, and moved to Elgin and was the icecream maker at Blum's Icecream Store. Married Children were, Leslie Eugene (married BERNHARD, Marian), Muriel, Ruby (married CARVER, Harold), Albert, Grace, Harold. Frank BERNHARD (d. 18 Mar 1935), married to BENSON, Minnie daughter of Ben BENSON (changed from BANASON, BAN) who was born in Germany. NORD, Ira Carl, married MILLER, Clara. Children, Iris Joan & Frances. Most are buried in Bluff City Cemetery, Elgin. Other names are YURS (sometimes spelled JURSS, JURS, JURES, JUERS). Any information would be appreciated.

Updated: 21 Jul 2002

Helen McClendon (Submitted 27 Oct 2001)

  The BOYER family lived in Aurora beginning mid 1850's. My gggrandfather is Antoine (wife - Eleanore PARADIS) and my ggrandfather is Dennis (wife - Mary Laura PARADIS). Antoine had at least one brother, Stephen (wife - Aurelie BOLDUC). All of them were born in Canada and migrated through NY to IL. I am trying to determine at this time the parents of Alfred BOYER. Many members of my family of BOYERs lived on Fulton St. and attended Sacred Heart Church. I am interested in hearing from any descendants of these BOYERs. Thank you.

Vicky Dennis (Submitted 26 Oct 2001)

  I am seeking any information on the family of Isaac & Mary (PUTNAM) ATKINSON. They moved from Syracuse, N. Y., to Kane Co. in 1854, and here settled in Burlington. In 1861 Isaac ATKINSON he enlisted in the Fifty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, served eight months, and then, owing to a wound, returned home for a short time, but upon his return to the army he was discharged, as his health had failed. I think this was Company G? but need this confirmed if some one can help me with that I would appreciate it. He died of disease contracted while in the service of his country in 1864. I am looking for his death date? & the cemetery? where he is buried at in Kane Co. His Daughter Mary Ann ATKINSON married Charles Blanchard GODFREY 13 Nov, 1864 in Kane Co. I am sure this family is in Burlington, Kane Co., in 1870. But need a look up if some one will please help. I was able to find them in Burlington, Kane Co. in 1880. Thank you for any help you can give me on any of these look ups on my Atkinson & Godfrey families.

June Luft (Submitted 26 Oct 2001)

  I am searching for information regarding my maternal great grand fathers as follows: Truman Lorenzo CLEVELAND and Mark YEOMAN. My Grandfather Samuel Mark YEOMAN was born in Virgil, Kane Co. 24 Aug 1849. It is my understanding that both the CLEVELAND's and YEOMAN had homesteads in Kane Co. I would appreciate any help you can officer.

Kathy Lindquist (Submitted 22 Oct 2001)

  My great great grandfather, Elihu MAYHEW II, enlisted in the Union army at Aurora during the civil war. He was married to Louisa GILLIGAN, daughter of Mike GILLIGAN. I'm looking for information regarding Louisa and Elihu's place of birth, date of birth and any information about their mothers.

Diane Preiser (Submitted 22 Oct 2001)

  Searching for descendants and/or any information about Peter GIVLER and wife, Sarah FLISHER/FLEISHER. Known son, Oliver. All died Aurora, between 1901-1914. Probably buried Spring Lake Cemetery, Aurora.

Betty Ogert (Submitted 21 Oct 2001)

  Looking for birth record of victor OGERT born in july of 1892, Aurora. father joseph, mother not known. Trying to find out her name. Victor was probably adopted by an uncle ate age 4. Trying to update some records. thank you

Charlotte Welch (Submitted 19 Oct 2001)

  I am researching the RICH and STARKS families. I believe Elijah RICH and E. R. STARKS settled Rutland township in Kane Co. Their relatives who settled in Sangamon county are my ancestors. Do you have any information about them? What was E. R. STARKS full name? Was the Hannah RICH who died early the mother of Elijah RICH? Many thanks.

Teri Hinkle (Submitted 18 Oct 2001)

  I have been trying with no luck at all to research my Mother's family. All are now deceased except two who have given me what little information they have. All records were lost in a car robbery the night my Mother died. The family came from Elburn as far back as three generations and most lived there ever since. But even though the two surnames involved are fairly common in Illinois I have been unable to locate them. The names are HOYT and TIERNEY. Sometime in the late 1800's a woman by the name of Annie BURNS (not sure of spelling was raised by her grandmother) married a man named HOYT (first name unknown) They had a daughter Gertrude (my great grandmother) and a son Toad (nickname, real name unknown maybe Sylvester). Gertrude married a man named James TIERNEY (middle maybe Aloyisious) who had 2 brothers George and Michael and twin sisters Frances and ? (Unknown) name around the turn of the century. Together they had three girls, Margaret (Peggy) born 1913 who later married Stanley SHAON - Viola who married a man named McKNIGHT and Frances LAVERN born 1909 (my Grandmother). Frances (my Grandmother) married another local man born and raised in Elburn, Hepsebah Lloyd DuVALL (went by H. Lloyd for obvious reasons). They were divorced and he died in Montana approx. 1951. Frances died in California in 1985 she had re-married in 1950 in Laramie Wyoming to James HENKLE but for some reason, told so many lies on her marraige license that even though I do have that document it's not much help. Even though all these people were born and raised in this area and lived most of thier lives there, I have been unable to find any trace of any of them except Faye. No birth or death records no census entries or anything else. I know that Great Grandma Gertie HOYT and husband James TIERNEY were divorced and she later took the name of her lover, (never married him to anybodies knowledge) named Albert LUNDQUIST (from Sweden) and used that name on her tombstone. Thanks for anything you know about these two families.

Dave Young (Submitted 14 Oct 2001)

  I am trying to find out any information on Christian (1822-1892) and Sophia YOUNG (1815-1875) who lived, I believe, in Kane County (perhaps Dundee) from at least 1870's. I know of one child- a son named John (1849-1906). Any info would be helpful.

Andy Cartier (Submitted 14 Oct 2001)

  Joseph (b.1853) and Elizabeth (Eichenberger, b. 1850) SCHMITT moved to the Aurora area in the late 1800's along with their children, John, George, Fred (my grandfather), Mary and Carrie from the Hopkinton, IA area. Joseph died in 1927, Elizabeth in 1929. My grandfather, Fred (Smith) in 1967, My grandmother, Elsie, in 1980. I'm looking for information on living family members. Albert PILLASCH (b. 1850) and his wife Hanna (Steckman b. 1854) first moved to America from Pomerania and originally settled in the Detroit area where they lived with Albert's sister Augusta STEINKE. The family moved to Aurora around 1892 when the company Albert worked for, Rathbone-Sard, moved to Aurora. Their children were: Bertha, Mary, Elsa (my grandmother), Edna, Albert, Clarence, and Frank. Albert died in 1927 and (Jo)Hanna died in 1936. Both are interred in Aurora.

Marlene Wilkinson (Submitted 5 Oct 2001)

  Flavius RANDALL and his wife Caroline were living in Batavia, he served in the 52nd Infantry. They came from Erie Co., PA and later moved to Nevada. Flavius was born in 1825 and Caroline in 1826. Does anyone know anything of the ancestry of Flavius? He was born in St. Lawrence County, NY

Margaret Parks (Submitted 1 Oct 2001)

  I am searching for information on William WILSON (WILLSON) who was killed by a train in Aurora in 1903 and remained unidentified for several days. (He was from Shabbona -Dekalb Co- and was a Civil War vet.) I found a news article about it that was in the Sandwich (Dekalb Co.) library and it gave me my first indication that my Leland (Dekalb Co) great grandfather, Thomas Thornhill WILLSON (WILSON) had relatives in this country. The article said Wm was Thomas's cousin. Can anyone give me any information on either of these two men or the train incident.

Richard Brown (Submitted 18 Sep 2001)

  Searching for marriage information pertaining to my maternal grandfather, Dr. Pierre Marcel WILLEMIN who married my maternal grandmother, Alice Maud HAWKINS, a resident of Geneva, IL in the Hawkins family home on James Street (either 212 or 515) on 6 Feb 1901. He may have spelled his surname as "Wuillemin" and used the given name of Max. This is as yet unestablished. Although I'm certain he immigrated to America from Switzerland some time prior to 1900, I have not found records to confirm that either. I do have family record information (birth/marriage/death) about the HAWKINS/WILCOX/WARFORD/ALDRICH/BONESTEEL families that is supported by original entries in a family bible. I will be glad to share this information with any interested party. Any information or search suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Bonnie Fritz (Submitted 18 Sep 2001)

  I have a relative who I believe died between 1915 and 1921 while a resident at the Elgin State Hospital for the insane. He was a civil war veteran and was released from the Old Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Illinois in 1915. I believe he was transferred to the state hospital but his records from the home do not say. Does anyone know what cemeteries in the area he might have been buried in and are their any hospital records available? His name was John L. RICHMOND. Any help will be appreciated.

Wayne Batcheler (Submitted 10 Sep 2001)

  Seeking information on the family of John Peters JOHNSON, of Danish parentage, who lived with wife Catherine RASSMUSSEN (sp?) in Elburn, and is buried in Blackberry Cemetery there. They had a son Robert JOHNSON b. 10 Aug 1881 who d. 29 Jun 1858, wife's name Marie. Their children were Amy, Edith, Herbert and Catherine. John Peters JOHNSON is my granduncle. I would also appreciate a lookup of information on their tombstones in Blackberry Cemetery.

Carol Berry (Submitted 8 Sep 2001)

  The following SELEKO family members are listed in the 1917-1918 St. Charles City Directory: Alex, Cecelia, Elizabeth, John. Cecelia is employed at Malleable co. and John at Faultless. In the 1924-1925 directory, the SELEKOs listed are Charles, John, Selma, Thomas. Charles is a college student, Selma employed at a hammock factory and Thomas employed at Glenn Mfg. Co. The home address is 47 Vermont in both directories. Looking for more information about the family. who are related to my grandfather, Edward SELEKO.

Nancy Fritz (Submitted 7 Sep 2001)

  Looking for any info on TARBLE Family of Kane Co. I do know they resided in Aurora. Nellie TARBLE married Marion FOX on 10/29/1885. Their son, Charles Martin FOX (my grandfather) married Arvilla Viola KENT. TARBLE family came from New York. Any help with this family would be appreciated. Thanks.

Mark Peterson (Submitted 5 Sep 2001)

  I am looking for Minnie Hall PEARSON, daughter of J. Cummings HALL, wife of J. William PEARSON. Minnie and William married in Elgin in 1899 and Minnie was living there still in the 1930's. What happened to them after that time.

JoAnn Cantrell (Submitted 5 Sep 2001)

  Looking for information on Joseph PORTER who in 1870 Kane co. page 107 of film # M593-236 who resided at 8-WD Aurora . Joseph, b. ca 1838 in ME, was a railroad engineer and married Amelia E. KERN in Knox Co., IL on 13 June 1867. Did they have any children in 1870? In 1880 was listed in Kane Co., page 145 D, as age 42 b. ME. Wife was listed as Emma age 32 b. MI. Also listed was mother-in-law, Catherine KERN age 73 b. Wurtenberg, Germany. No children were listed. I believe this is the same Joseph PORTER who married Amelia E. KERN in Knox Co., IL in 1867. What happened to this family after the 1880 census? Did they have children after 1880? Did they die in Kane co.? Any help appreciated.

UPDATED: 4 Nov 2002

Dan Brady (Submitted 3 Sep 2001)

  Looking for info on Daniel Louis GILL, b. 1858, Virgil, IL. Mother was Sarah M CRABTREE GILL who had brothers in the area - Joseph Sutton CRABTREE and William Henry CRABTREE, b. abt 1821 and 1825, respectively. Any and all info/help/direction greatly appreciated.

Erin Thomas (Submitted 2 Sep 2001)

  I am looking for information about Samual LIVINGSTON. I know he was married to Nancy ODELL and they had at least three children that were born in Elgin. I would like more information about them and their parents if possible. Their children were Matilda J. (b 20 Jan 1849), Charles Chancellor (b 20 Nov 1850) and Mary Ellen (b 6 Sep 1853). Mary Ellen is my gggrandma. I am not sure when they moved to or from Elgin, I was hoping to find out more information about Samual's parents and his wife Nancy's parents. Thank you in advance for your time!!!

Julie Paynter Rice (Submitted 27 Aug 2001)

  Looking for the Family of Albert MATTHEWSON. Albert is born in Smyrna, New York about 1852 to Eliza Avalina TOBEY and Charles S. MATHEWSON. He is the youngest child. His oldest brother, Otis Wing MATTHEWSON, my g-grandfather, comes to relatives in Illinois when their mother dies in 1855. I think their father is already dead. Otis opens a painting and wallpapering business in Dekalb which he runs, along with his inlaw's (James A. & Susan GRAY HODGE) farm, until his death in 1925. Otis Wing marries twice and has a son by his first marriage, M. G. MATTHEWSON who is listed as living in Aurora in 1925 when his father dies. Albert is first found in the Illinois records in 1876 when he marries Alice M.EATON on Jan 6, 1876 in DeKalb. By the 1880 census, he is listed in Blackberry Township, Kane County, now age 28, a painter by occupation, with a 20 year old wife, Anna (probably not the same wife) and a 2 year old son, Charles, named for his father. The only other thing I know about him is that he is still living in Red Wing Minnesota in 1925 when Otis Wing dies. I have no idea what happens to Alice EATON, to Anna MATTHEWSON, to son Charles, to any other children or to Otis Wing's children from his first marriage, especially M. G. MATTHEWSON from Aurora. Any help would be gratly appreciated. Thanks

Jim Johnson (Submitted 27 Aug 2001)

  Seeking information on the ROEPKE family of Dundee. Wilhelmina (Minna) ROEPKE was born Feb 1877 in Dundee. Married William/Wilhelm SCHWAKE and moved to Bartlett, IL.

Lola Leach (Submitted 24 Aug 2001)

  I am searching for any information on my Grandfather and my Father. Their surname is LEVINE, My grandfathers name, I believe, was Henry LEVINE (b. 1848), married to Lillian KAUFMAN, and my fathers name was Jack B. LEVINE. I think Henry was born at sea, during his families immigration to the USA. I believe my father was born in Aurora on 20 May 1881 when they lived there 1880-81. I believe they moved to the town of Peoria, sometime after 1881. I would appreciate any assistance you could provide in locating any information on both of these names. Thanks for your help.

Teresa Benolkin (Submitted 24 Aug 2001)

  Abel BEEBE married to Margaret HANNIS in 1850. Their children were Lorinda, Abbie, George, John, Willie, Katie, Hattie, and Clara. The son John married Lizzie COLWELL 22 Nov 1882 in Kane Co. He was my great grandfather. His daughter Elizabeth was my grandmother. I think she was born in 1888 in Aurora and I would appreciate any information about this family. Thanks in advance.

Patty Huston (Submitted 22 Aug 2001)

  Looking for information on William C. REED & his family who lived at 431 Washington St. Elgin in 1970. William C. Reed was born 22 Jun 1924 and died in Danville IL on 27 May 1970. Mr. Reed's body was returned to Elgin for burial. At the time of his death he was married to Clara KRAUSE. Looking for his wife and any children they may have had during their marriage. Also seeking information on Bill's brothers: Ray REED, Roe REED, Babe Ruth REED, Dewey REED & Ira REED; & his sister: Pearl REED WARFEL. Is Clara dead and if so is she buried in Bluff City Cemetery? Did Clara remarry after Bill's death? Did she have any children? Thanks!!

Maria Alderman-Rupert (Submitted 21 Aug 2001)

  Looking for the possible burial place of Mary Ann (Campbell) ALDERMAN who was supposedly staying with her daughter, Mrs. E. H. WALDO, in 1893 in Aurora. This is a long shot but if anyone knows of a WALDO family living in Kane Co. around the year 1893 I would sure like to hear from you. Thanks much

Sara Burt (Submitted 19 Aug 2001)

  My great great grandmother, Ellen SCOTT, was born 4 Nov 1862 in Big Rock Township. Her parents were Hamilton SCOTT and Martha Julia SCHRYVER. Hamilton SCOTT was born in 1837 in Big Rock Township in Kane Co. Martha Julia SCHRYVER was born in New York. Ellen married DREW SWIFT, of the Waterman area. I see there are two Scotts listed as early Kane county residents. Possibly there is a link there.

Jackie Lemke (Submitted 19 Aug 2001)

  HERRICK, Nathan m. Olive ? 1842. Nathan and Olive HERRICK had 4 children: M.A.(son), Julia m. a MATTHEWS, Ida May b. 10 Jan 1852 St. Charles, Kane Co, IL m. James G. DAVIS 1871, Beatrice, Would like to know more about this family. I do know that Ida and John moved to St. Charles, Saginaw CO. MI and had a homestead there. They were buried in ST. Charles, MI cemetery. Ida May and John were my direct ancestors. I am interested in finding out about her parents mostly. How long they lived in IL. I also know Olive was born in NY somewhere. unknown anything about Nathan except his name. Thanks for any help that can be provided. This is a hard brick wall and I would like to tear it down.

E F Kaehler (Submitted 17 Aug 2001)

  Looking for information on Henry KAEHLER, either a resident of Dundee or died there, "suddenly" as the Chicago Daily News obituary put it. Date of death: 18 Oct 1910. He was age 30 or so (tombstone in Chicago gives date of birth as 21 Dec 1879), son of Theodore and Johanna KAEHLER of Chicago. Can someone find a death certificate or newspaper notice in Kane Co. resources, and/or address if he lived in Dundee?

Phyllis Castle (Submitted 13 Aug 2001)

  I am looking for information on Joseph J. BILLINGS who married Annie MORAN (misspelled MORIN on marriage license) in Aurora in 1886. He owned the Billings & Hamlin Buffet and the Colonial Saloon at 84 Fox St. He also owned Millhurst Resort on the Fox River near Plano, IL. Joseph's brother Edward J. BILLINGS married Ella F. COLBERT in Aurora in 1882. Annie MORAN'S family moved to Aurora from Lancashire, England. Mother: Winifred MORAN Siblings: Mary Moran SALISBURY, Delia MORAN, Patrick MORAN, James MORAN, John MORAN. The families attended Sacred Heart Church and St. Mary's. Joseph J. BILLINGS's daughter Mabel L. married Charles E. CASTLE in Aurora in 1907. He was the wire chief for the Burlington Railroad in Aurora. Joseph's son Edward married Katharine BURTON. The Billings's brothers were French Canadians. I have an Orrel BILLINGS listed as being in Batavia in about 1908 but cannot find any information. Help would be greatly appreciated.

Jean Hickey (Submitted 30 Jul 2001)

  I am researching My greatgreat Uncle, Arwin E. PRICE who, I am told, was mayor of Elgin, IL from 1883 to 1897. Thank you.

Dessamae Curry (Submitted 29 Jul 2001)

  I am looking for the marriage license and health record abstract of Francis Marion CURRY and Sarah Ann WILDRICK married 5 Nov 1857. in Geneva. I think Aurora, Ill. they lived there in the 1860 census, first child ,Sylvester CURRY, born Aug 10, 1858. Any help locating her parents would be appreciated, they may be listed in Rev Philip Miller's marriage book. Location or name of his church is unknown to me , not on marriage license , but in Kane County. Sarah WILDRICK's parents and siblings may have been in Kane County in the 1850 census, she around 9 or 10 ,11 years of age. Marion and Sarah Ann CURRY are in the 1860 census of Kane County as a farmer, near Aurora, she born in NY. This is all I know of her before 1857. Any help appreciated . Please put Wildrick in your subject when replying. Thanks for your effort.

Updated: 15 Jun 2002

William Wenzel (Submitted 29 Jul 2001)

  Seeking ancestors/descendents of John W. RAVLIN (b. ca. 1806), married Susan WOODARD (b. ca. 1813). Came to Kane Co. in 1845 from NY state. Their children included: John E., Sephrona, Thomas, Hanna, and Clark. Related names: ANISS, RICE, THOMPSON, RUDD, BEALS

Laura Linden Freeman (Submitted 26 Jul 2001)

  Looking for any one with ties to the family of Peter LINDEN Sr. (b 1835, Luxembourg) married Anna MARX (b 1840, Orenhofen, Germany, d 22 Apr 1922) Aug 1865, Aurora. They lived in the Big Woods area and had seven children: Barney, Agnes, Peter P, Eva, Susan, John G and Anna J. John married Catherine (Kitty) DONOVAN in 1900, Batavia. Catherine's parents were Jerry and Julia DONOVAN. Lived in Batavia. Anna's parents were John MARX and Eva KOHLEY. Anna immigrated to Aurora, in 1864. Please contact me if you have any knowledge of any of these families.

Updated:17 Nov 2001

Updated:11 Jun 2002

Lura Folkerts (Submitted 25 Jul 2001)

  I am searching for information and obiturary for Marvin Henry CABLE who died 18 Nov 1884. He was a farmer and lived at South Elgin, Kane Co. according to the 1880 census. His wifes name was Bessie THOMPSON. He is buried at South Elgin Cemetery. Was there a newspaper with an obituary or church bulletin at that time? I think he may have owned property there. Where would I search for a will or probate?

Updated:24 Oct 2001

Ken O'Connor (Submitted 24 Jul 2001)

  I am researching my great-grandfather James O'CONNOR. He was born in Ireland in 1820 and lived it appears in Kane Co. prior to 1846. This is according to a BLM document. During 1846 he purchased land in DuPage Co. but he is listed as from Kane County. James married Mary COX in 1852. I am seeking any information about James, his parents, or any of his siblings in Kane Co.

Pat Moore (Submitted 19 Jul 2001)

  Charles B. PRINDLE b.1935 Lockport, Niagara Co. New York m.Maryette HAMMOND Oct 1858 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL d. 03 Dec 1863 during the Civil War at Helena Regimental Hosp, Arkansas. He was a menber of the 15th Com. G Calvary. Maryette Hammond PRINDLE wife of Charles B. PRINDLE mother of George H. or William H. PRINDLE b. 06 May 1860. Maryette remarried to a Frank VINCENT of Roscoe, IL in the city of Beloit, Rock Co. WI in Dec 1872. John and Mary DILL parents of Minnie Dill PRINDLE b. 1869-70 in Germany resided in Elgin, IL. m. George H. PRINDLE in Oct 1889 Elgin, IL d. 1956. My great great grandparents Charles B. PRINDLE, Maryette (Hammond) PRINDLE and their son William H. PRINDLE lived in Clintonville (S. Elgin now) from 1855 - 18 ??. Trying to locate information on the son William H. PRINDLE born 6 May 1860, his father Charles B. PRINDLE was in the Civil War from 1861-63, and died in Helena, Arkansas Regiment Hospital of typhoid fever 03 Dec 1863. Have no information on William after his fathers death. Any information on this family will be appreciated very much.

UPDATED: 26 Dec 2004

Stan Johnson (Submitted 18 Jul 2001)

  Looking for a Henry RITZERT and his lineage. Possibly is buried in Kane Co. Henry RITZERT was born in Germany 3 Apr 1844 and was married to a Apolonia MANDERER and later on to a Louisa ?. He Had children of John, Frank, Lizzie, Mary, Matilda, and Anne.

Jan Payne (Submitted 12 Jul 2001)

  I am looking for information on the parents of Charlotte NORRIS, born 1831, in NY, possibly Syracuse, and died in Kenosha Co., WI. According to a biographical sketch of her son, Eugene FINK, Charlotte's father was a farmer in Kane Co., and died there. The quote is as follows: "...Charlotte Norris, whose father was also a native of New York, and a merchant of Syracuse. He came West to Illinois, locating in Kane county at an early day, and there followed farming. He died there when between seventy and eighty years of age, and his wife also attained advanced years. They had children: Ward, Carl, Abbie, Mary Ann, Rillie, Charlotte, and several others." Charlotte NORRIS married James FINK (b. 1814, d. 1905) who was born in Montgomery Co., NY, and later moved to Syracuse, before migrating westward, eventually settling in Wisconsin. I would like info on any of these NORRISes, and also any line of FINKs that settled in this area as well - I have lots of Fink info to share! Floradell (Submitted 8 Jul 2001)

  I am trying to find my great great grandmother and her parents, all three died in Aurora as follows: Jane ann TAYLOR, b. 10 Mar 1819 d. 2 Dec 1852 Kane Co., her father: William TANNER, b 2 June 1782 and d. 22 Mar 1856 in Kane Co., her mother: Betsey PADDOCK, b. 15 Mar 1787 and died 17 Oct 1855 in Aurora. I have been trying to find any certification for these three ancestors. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Pam Fischer (Submitted 3 Jul 2001)

  Francis Victor SEASTROM was a tailor in Geneva, having lived there for some 40 years before his death in 1952. He married Anna NORDER 17 JUL 1909 in Geneva. I have only just found a link to his father, Francis A. SEASTROM, who with Nathalie ANDERSON had three sons and four daughters who all lived in the Geneva area. Francis and Anna had two sons. I seek information on ancestors and siblings of Francis SEASTROM and Anna Rose NORDER. Thank you.

Cindy Hokit (Submitted 1 Jul 2001)

  am looking for information about an A.C. STEARNS who married Alice Clarinda PAULL on 29 Jul 1874 and was later divorced. They had one son Frank. Thanks.

Bernadette Albert (Submitted 28 Jun 2001)

  Looking for any information on the MALONEY Family of Aurora. Father: Lawrence MALONEY found in the census living on River St. Late 1800's.

Stefanie Godfrey (Submitted 19 Jun 2001)

  Looking for information on the surname GODFREY. First to settle in Burlington was Stephen, son was Charles B. Other names are Elvas, Lora, Lyman, Les. Next generation includes Clayton. All of these are GODFREY surnames. I have come across a Lovina GODFREY married to Benjamin F. CHAPMAN. Lyman GODFREY was married to Mary PEPLOW. Any connection would be so appreciated!!!

Cynthia Beall (Submitted 19 Jun 2001)

  I am looking for a relative buried in Aurora. Unfortunately, I have her maiden name (Rhoda GOULD) and not her marital name. Believe it or not, she was one of Jay GOULD's daughters. Her birthdate was 1865. My mother remembers going to visit Aunt Rhoda. This would put her death anywhere from 1938 to 1948. Thank you.

Kaye Webb (Submitted 19 Jun 2001)

  Does anyone have any information on the MEYERS family murders in Kane Co. Possibly late 20's early 30's. Don't know where the murders took place. Have been researching this for quite some time. If anyone knows anything please contact me. A family member is doing research on this. Thanks.

Robin McGary (Submitted 18 Jun 2001)

  I am interested in any information about Robert Earl McGARY (b. 26 Aug 1886, d. Jun 1976 in Batavia....) He changed the name from "McGarry" when he came to America, but that is about the extent of my knowledge. Married Della HAWKS of Batavia. He was previously married to an "Elsie". I want to find out from whence he came. Any help you can give, any direction in which you can point me would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Melinda Hult (Submitted 16 Jun 2001)

  I'm looking for the family of Lucy A. REAMS, who married Marcus DICKSON in Kane Co. in 1863. I'm also looking for the family of Susan A. REAMS who married Lorenzo PATCHEN in 1854. Are these two women related?

Kirby Glaum (Submitted 7 Jun 2001)

  Researching the name THELEN/THIELEN in Kane Co. I have two letters from relatives in Germany addressed to "F.A. Thelen" at 85 Downer Place in Aurora, IL. The dates on these letters are Jun 1822 and Jan 1928, respectively. My grandmother was Ella Kathryn (THELEN) MOORE, who moved to Aurora in approximately 1929 from Arlington, IL (Bureau Co.). I did not know there were other Thelens in Aurora until I discovered the letters described above. I am trying to trace my Thelen heritage and would appreciate any information on the name "F.A. Thelen" as it pertains to Aurora or Kane Co. Thanks for your help.

Thomas Keasling (Submitted 6 Jun 2001

  Seeking info on a Daniel ORCUTT who was in Elgin area 1860, had come from NY and fought in the War of 1812. I believe he is related to my HAMILTON family of Madison Co NY that emigrated to Richland Co WI and later some of the HAMILTONs also moved to Kane Co. Appreciate ANY clues!

Nancy Faber (Submitted 2 Jun 2001)

  I am researching William FABER. According to the information I have he emigrated to Virgil, IL. from Luxembourg in 1866, applied for citizenship on 30 Oct 1876. He was born in 1835. His wife's name was Katherine-last name unknown. They had 9 children, Barbara, Susan, Lena, Mary, Elizabeth, Jack, Phillip, Peter, and Della, all deceased. There are 7 grandchildren (known to me) of which only 3 remain alive today, none of them knew their grandfather William. I can't seem to find any information about Katherine, their marriage certificate, her maiden name, land grants or deeds. I have no information about William prior to his coming to the United States.

Susan (Submitted 29 May 2001)

  Looking for the descendants of James Carswell HANNA (b. April 1841) and Idella Medora HAWLEY (b. 9 Mar 1856, Ashtabula, Ohio). They were married 25 Dec 1883, prob. in Aurora, Kane Co., IL. They had three children by 1900, Ruth HANNA (b. November 1884), Phillip Sidney HANNA (b. 9 Mar 1887, IL), and Paul J. HANNA (b. August 1889, possibly in CA). Idella M. HAWLEY was the daughter of Sidney Burritt HAWLEY and Mary Ann WEBSTER of Vermont and Aurora, Kane Co., IL. Searching for Alanson Webster HAWLEY (b. 14 Dec 1865, Chicago, IL). He was the son of Sidney Burritt HAWLEY and Mary Ann WEBSTER of Aurora, Kane co., IL. In the 1900 census he was listed as a resident physician at the Eastern Illinois Hospital for the Insane, Kankakee Twp., IL. He married Mary B. McGRAIL on 5 Sep 1901. It is not known whether they married in Illinois, or in the Seattle, WA area. He was in Seattle, WA by 1905. Seeking Arthur Lyman HAWLEY (b. 14 Dec 1865 Chicago, IL). He was the son of Sidney Burritt HAWLEY and Mary Ann WEBSTER of Aurora, Kane Co., IL. He married Olive McGRATH June 19, 1895, either in IL or Seattle, King Co., WA area. He was an investment banker in Seattle before 1900. They were known to have had at least one daughter named Katherine. Anybody know these families?

Dotty (Submitted 27 May 2001)

  Someone in my family has found an old German Bible near Elgin, IL. The name may have been changed to HAGELOW. The way the surname was written in the Bible was HAGELOCH. Also mentioned are surnames STOOSS, WEIBLEN, BERTSCHINGER. The couple listed were listed as: Father of the House; Johann Jakob HAGELOCH, Miller; born March 11, 1838 in Hanau. Mother of the House; former Anna Christina STOOSS; born Nov 9, 1842 in Aldingen, Pruefingen. married October 22, 1861 in Hanau. Their parents are also named and then there is a list of 11 Children born from 1862 to 1882. If anyone is interested please contact

Linda Garrett (Submitted 27 May 2001)

  Benjamin Franklin PERRY and wife, Nancy Eliza NICHOLS married in Essex Co, NY on Nov. 20, 1836. Moved to Kane Co, IL. DOD on Nancy Eliza 20 Jan 1867 Elgin, Kane Co., IL. Looking for information on the families of Benjamin Franklin PERRY and Nancy Eliza NICHOLS. I have reason to believe that the sister of Nancy, Manirva NICHOLS of Elizabethtown, Essex Co, NY married Willard HOLT, cousin of Benjamin Franklin PERRY. Willard and Minerva moved to Fulton Co, IL about 1837. Need to hear from anyone who can confirm or give further info on these families.

Barb Norbie (Submitted 26 May 2001)

  I am looking for any information on John McLEAN b. 13 Jun 1826 near Glasgow Scotland. He came to America when he was 26 years old. Married Alison (BINNIE) McLEAN in 1852 I believe in Iowa. They had 15 children. One of them being my greatgrandmother, Alison McLEAN, born in Elkadar on 30 May 1861. From there with thier children, moved to Kane Co., IL. John and Alison are buried in Alden Township. The BINNIE's also came from Airdrie Scotland area and migrated to Iowa, then Illinois too. Robert and Agnes (McLAREN) BINNIE had 9 children all living in the Kane & McHenry Co. area. (They are buried in the Dundee Cemetery.) My ggreatgrandfather John McLEAN was in the Civil War 15th Iowa Regiment co. K and served under General Sherman and Lt. Col. Pomuntz. Another name connected to the McLEANs is McBROOM also from around McHenry Co. Any information on the McLEAN Clan or any of these families would be apprecited. Thank you!

Alan Robinson (Submitted 19 May 2001)

  I am seeking information and researching my great-grandmother, Ella Henrietta McCRACKEN ROBINSON, born in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL, in 1868. She was the daughter of a "Father" McCRACKEN and a "Mother" THOMPSON. Mother THOMPSON was his third wife (don't know what became of first two.) They had three children: Deal, Ella and Eliza, born in 1869. Also, I have dates for the birth of "Father" McCRACKEN (1825) and "Mother" THOMPSON (1828) and her father, listed as "Father" THOMPSON (1808). Can anyone provide information on the McCrackens or any connections to some of Thompsons I see in various parts of Kane Co. (Sugar Grove Twshp, for example)?

Ed Bruening (Submitted 16 May 2001)

  The BRUENING and SCHACHT families were united through marriage in the 1880s. Family patriarchs were Fred & Caroline SCHACHT who lived in or near Wheaton. I am a gr-grandson, Ralph was a grandson. I know Ralph had a brother & sister, but names are unknown. I am hoping that an obituary would include the usual list of relatives. Harolds parents began their family life in Indiana. Their first children, stillborn, arrived there in 1902. Harold's father was Emil SCHACHT, who was my Grandmother Minnie SCHACHT's brother. i.e., my grandma was Harold's aunt. Her son Edwin (my dad) was Harold's first cousin. Widow Inez SCHACHT died just last year. Harold's son Lewis used to live on S. Jackson St. in Batavia. To confuse matters, there was another Harold SCHACHT. He was born in Lincoln, IL. But I'm related to him also in a round about way. It turns out that Harold's (b. 1907) granddad Fred came over with two brothers who raised families in IL & WI. Many family members lived at just two addresses in Wheaton before WW II. Fred, by the way, was Christened Freidrich Wilhelm Schacht.

Marna Deats (Submitted 14 May 2001)

  Anyone need a copy of marriage license of Paul KRUSE of Elgin and Miss Minnie SCHERF of Elgin on 19 Aug 1899?

Evelyn Huerd (Submitted 1 May 2001)

  My g-g grandparents, Marshall & Rachel COLLINS and son Elezer, lived in Kane Co. They were on the 1840 census without a township identification. Marshall married again in 1844 so I imagine that his first wife must have died before then in Kane Co. They owned property in that county. Is there any way to tell when Rachel died or where she may have been buried? She does not show in any records after that time period. Does Kane Co. have death records that far back? If not death records, how far back do your divorce records go? Marshall and 2nd wife moved to Winneshiek Co, IA. They show up there in the 1860 census.

UPDATED: 12 Oct 2004

Marty Byzewski (Submitted 1 May 2001)

  On my Great-grandfathers first land record in Foley Minnesota, he was listed as living in Elgin IL circa 1872-1879-80. My grandfather Joseph BYZEWSKI I assume was born in or near Elgin IL as he is not listed in the minnesota birth records. Joseph was born 18 Oct 1879. Looking for birth record of Joseph (Martin) BYZEWSKI, parents were Anton BYZEWSKI and Anna Marianna BOLLMAN. He was born 18 Oct 1879, in or near Elgin. Minn records only show his sister Bertha as the first born in Mn. Can anyone help as I think he was born Kane co Elgin Il. thanks

Beverly Thornton (Submitted 25 Apr 2001)

  I am searching for information on Rose WITTGAN STUART/STEWART who was born 22 Jul 1882 in Mendota. She married Benjamin STUART about 1900 and they made their home in Aurora, IL. I believe that she died around 1954. Among her children were George, Florence and Charles. Also, information regarding Bertha Emilie SCHMOLDT RADDE. She was born in Germany to Carl Wm and Matilde Martens SCHMOLDT and came to USA in 1890. She married Frederick RADDE and they lived in Elgin area, Frederick working at the Elgin watch factory. I do not have her death date(believe sometime around 1960) and I think they had a son named Vernon. I am also searching for the exact death date of Benjamin.

Updated: 11 Jul 2001

Richard Guse (Submitted 23 Apr 2001)

  Seeking family group sheet information and family history regarding Charles PATCHIN who married my great-great-grandmother, Maria (Parker) COON in Kane County on 27 Aug 1848. Seeking information regarding Hildah/Hilder COON born 16 Dec 1810 in NY(?) resided in Chicago (?) prior to settling in Hampshire Township, Kane Co., in 1838. Married Maria PARKER at Coon's Grove, Kane Co., IL on 04 Jan 1838. Hildah died 08 Feb 1848 at Hampshire. Caroline A. COON born 15 May 1839 married David A. ALLEN on 20 Feb 1867. Mary Ann Emeline COON born 10 Feb 1841 married Henry J. ALLEN. Calvin M. COON born in 1843 married Mary A STARKS on 29 Dec 1864 in Kane Co. Calvin settled near Joliet, IL (Will Co.). William S. COON born 27 Apr 1846 married Emma DEPUE on 22 Feb 1877 in DeKalb Co., IL. Emma died in 1890. William then married Martha, last name unknown. Caroline A. (Coon) ALLEN is my great-grandmother. I have traced Henry and Mary Ann ALLEN. I am also seeking information on Calvin and William COON and their families. Thank you.

D. M. Diem (Submitted 19 Apr 2001)

  looking for my lindquist relatives. i was born in elburn, 1945. according to my brother george uncle yo-yo LINDQUIST lived a few blocks away.looking for any ties to my great grandparents john LINDQUIST and mathilda (jacobson).

Lynne Devin-Smith (Submitted 14 Apr 2001)

  I am searching for information about my gr. gr. gr. grandfather, James ERWIN, residing in Aurora in the 1840's, in Joliet in the 1860's; his son, Col William ERWIN and his wife Althea lived in Ottawa in th 1860's - Col. William was killed at Ft. Donelson in 1862 and is buried in Buffalo Rocks. He had a brother Samuel. I believe James ERWIN (married to Maria GOTT) died shortly before William. Please refer any responses to me at Thank you.

Taunja Roberts (Submitted 14 Apr 2001)

  I am looking for the obituary of Hallie DAFFENBERG who died in February 1987 and was a resident of Elburn. I do have the social security death index information for her. Thanks very much.

Jean Cook (Submitted 9 Apr 2001)

  I'm seeking any relatives related to Washington STEWART whose wife was Alice Eliza BOWERS. Washington STEWART was born in Syracuse,N.Y. in 1832 he settled in Kane co. and raised his family in St.Charles, Kane Co.,Il. he died in 1915 that city. His known children were Nellie, born 1865; Dolph, born 1870 and a son Frank who was mentioned in an old letter. I can find nothing more of him can anyone help?

Tammy North (Submitted 4 Apr 2001)

  Edward Frances TOBIN married Esther VANVLEET in Hampshire , Kane Co. on 1 Jan 1877. They had the following children: Infant (unknown), Sabra, John b. 3 Nov 1879, David "Roy", and Edward Jr. I believe that all but Edward Jr. were born in Kane Co. David is my great grandfather and I cannot find his date of birth. Any ideas to find this information would be wonderful!!! Esther was born in Hampshire according to my sources. Thank you.

Virginia Martinez (Submitted 3 Apr 2001)

  I am looking for info in OH, IL, and MO. Have a Henry & Nettie CARR in Elgin, Kane, IL around 1902. They had a son, William LeRoy, born 17 Mar 19??. All are buried at West Dundee. Henry was my grandpa Harry, aka Milton Harrison CARR, oldest brother. There were 3 other brothers, and a sister Sarah Alice, who married a McKEE, and died Hidalgo Jasper Co., IL. Henry died ca 1940, Roy ca 1980's. No other info on this family except they are supposed to be buried in Dundee West. Any info?

Updated: 9 Nov 2001

Joyce Joslin Schumacher (Submitted 2 Apr 2001)

  Am seeking info on my g-g-g-grandfather Riley JOSLIN b.1795 in NJ. According to a local county history, he settled in the Burlington township of Kane Co. around 1837, following his father "P R JOSLIN" who came out in 1836. The father died around 1847 in Kane Co., but Riley moved on sometime after 1839 when my g-grandfather Elias A JOSLIN was born. They settled in MO. Do you have any leads as to who "P R JOSLIN" is and where he lived immediately prior to 1836. I know Riley was in OH in 1830. Thanks.

Sara Brown (Submitted 1 Apr 2001)

  Researching the CONDE family of Batavia. My great-great-great-great grandfather built a house on Washington Ave. that my uncle still lives in. My 4xgreat grandfather's name was Cornelius Bogartus CONDE. Any information would be greatly appreciated. My mother Barbara CONDE grew up in Batavia and I do have some info gathered from living members of the family, but would like to have more. Thank you for any help you may be able to give.

Nancy Peralta (Submitted 27 Mar 2001)

  Looking for information on death information on my gggrandfather Frederick FERMAZIN and his wife Carolina FERMAZIN. They lived in Aurora from approximately 1859 until death. I cannot find their death listed in IL index. I have found one son Charles FERMAZIN and his wife Minnie. This one is my great grandfather. Unable to find information on two of Frederick's children Bertha FERMAZIN who married JD WATKINS and Augusta FERMAZIN who married August GIESE. Two other children are Emilie FERMAZIN who married Adam WEIS and moved to California and Reinhart FERMAZIN who married Lillian RYLAND and unknown DVORNIK. Reinhart lived in Chicago and in California. Also looking for information on my grandfather's sister Emilie Henriette Jean FERMAZIN who graduated from Copley Hospital in Aurora approximately some time between 1910 - 1920. Would anyone know if there were pictures and how I might find any information on her during nursing school? Also looking for the marriage application and announcement for Robert A FERMAZIN and Mary LINDEN, abt. 1913. Other announcements desired: Julia Augusta FERMAZIN and August GIESE, 18 Dec 1876, Charles "Carl" FERMAZIN and Wilhelmina "Minnie" PLUCKER, 16 Aug 1885, Bertha FERMAZIN and J D WATKINS, 29 Nov 1887 and full name of J D WATKINS. Looking for information on Friedrick FERMAZIN and wife Carrie HARTWICH (HARTWIG) FERMAZIN who lived in Aurora from 1878 – 1911. Caroline FERMAZIN settled in Aurora, Illinois in 1878 coming from Schubin Posen, Prussia with two children Bertha and Reinhart. Fred FERMAZIN came in 1879 with daughter Amelia “Emily” FERMAZIN. Charles Karl FERMAZIN son of Fred FERMAZIN came to Aurora about 1874 . I have not been able to find any early information on him. Augusta Julia FERMAZIN daughter of Fred FERMAZIN came to Aurora about 1874 but have no early information on her either. She married August GIESE 18 December 1876. Specifically looking for any information on the death of Friedrich Fred FERMAZIN who may have died circa 1899 as this is when he no longer appears in the Holland City Directory of Aurora. Fred Fermazin was a farmer and also listed as a milk dealer. Carrie FERMAZIN died circa 1911- 1912. In 1910 she is living as a boarder and in 1911 she is living as a widow with her widowed daughter Emily WIES at 569 5th Ave, Aurora. The Fermazin’s are listed in the census of 1880 as Fermotsene and Caroline or Carrie is listed in 1900 census as a widow under name of Katherine Farmstsene. I have not been able to find the cemetery where buried or the obituaries on either of these two people. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Carol Mills (Submitted 26 Mar 2001)

  Looking for info on John and Ellen Hissen CRIMMIN/S lived in Aurora, Kane Co, IL in 1860s, may have moved to Will Co. Their dau Mary Ann CRIMMIN married Partick Henry MILES in Lockport in Dec 1866. Unable to locate John or Ellen. Thank you!!

Jan (Submitted 25 Mar 2001)

  I am researching information on my great-grandmother, Stine BENDSTEN SKONING, her husband, George SKONING, and their daughter Rose SKONING. I know that Stine and George were married in Elgin, Kane Co., 25 Mar 1884, and I believe Rose was born in Elgin 1 Aug 1888. George died approximately 1903 and Stine and Rose left to go to Los Angeles, CA. Any information would be helpful. Please e-mail me. Thank you.

Cheryl Larson (Submitted 19 Mar 2001)

  I am seeking a MOORE family in Kane Co. IL that came there from Wood Co. OH. I specifically desire information on descendents of John B. MOORE who died about 1841. I believe he had up to 9 children, John O. MOORE, Archibald MOORE, William MOORE and Suzanne MOORE. Archibald may have married a Caroline GINGER, John O. may have married Harriet MADISON, William married possibly a HALL, or POTTER, or other. There may have also been a Nelson MOORE, Levi MOORE or a Morris MOORE. I am so anxious to find out "moore" about this family . Contact with anyone with knowledge of dob/dod or any information of the above mentioned names is desired.

Sue Sexton (Submitted 19 Mar 2001)

  I am trying to find naturalization papers on a John Leo GOLLER, who was naturalized in Kane Co., IL in 1860. He was born 26 July 1825 in Germany and died 23 June 1916 in MI. His daughter, Eva Jane GOLLER, was born in Elgin, Kane Co., IL in 1868. I would appreciate any assistance in figuring out where to locate these papers. Thanks!

Bob Graham (Submitted 18 Mar 2001)

  The THOMPSON brothers, Robert Jr and George, left WV 1846 and arrived in Kane Co., IL in 1847. Robert THOMPSON Jr was born in Augusta Co., VA about 1810 to Robert THOMPSON and Ann YOUNG who went to Greenbrier Co, VA (now WV) and were married there in Mar 1812 by a circuit rider preacher. Both Robert and George THOMPSON bought land in Compton Twp., Kane Co., IL and lived there until after the 1850 US census. Robert had about 7 children and his wife, Margaret (SURBAUGH) Thompson died probably as a result of childbirth in 1852 and Robert died a year later, perhaps as a result of cholera. I have long tried to reach Robert's descendents and to learn of the date of birth of Robert Thompson JR. Please help.

Patricia (Submitted 18 Mar 2001)

  Am researching my great grandfather/and grandfather's heritage here in Kane Co. I live in Sugar Grove Township, IL. My gg grandfather was married in Chicago, IL to a Bridget PENDER in 1890. My grandfather had two brothers, William and Frank. My Greatgrandparents, Edward and Bridget are buried in Calvary Cemetary, on the edge of Evanston. Grandpa died in 1964 - he was a Chicago policeman around Maxwell and Halsted streets - he moved to Kane Co. in late 1950's . Cannot find any records so far of my fathers' mother, Josephine HURM of Chicago or her marriage to my grandfather or my greatgrandparents marriage in Chicago. My grandfather was married to a Josephine HURM in Chicago, IL in 1925 or so. My grandpa had a cousin, Julia MOORE in Elburn, IL who he visited frequently. My dad/parents also live in Kane Co. and my brother and son - all of whom are Edward J. KANE by name - that would be #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 Edward J. KANE. Any connection to Kane county and how it was named? [ED NOTE: No - see link at the top of the page concerning the naming of the county.]

Updated: 9 Apr 2001

Updated: 6 Jan 2006

Joan Pointer (Submitted 17 Mar 2001)

  I am interested in Jeremiah BABCOCK and his family from about 1855-1865. Thank you.

Chris G (Submitted 16 Mar 2001)

  I am looking for information on William M. (?) LOWE, born 14 Feb 1867 in Aurora, IL, according to his birth certificate. He had a brother A.L. LOWE (according to his obituary in Kansas City, KS in 12 Sep 1959) and I believe Charles M.(?) LOWE (according to 1900-1920 censuses). His obituary also listed he had a half brother Dick SMITH of Detroit, MI. Charles was listed as living with William and his wife, Martha (Mattie) RIGGS, on the 1910 MO census. Do any of these names look familiar to anyone? Any help and/or thought is appreciated.

Margaret Netterer (Submitted 15 Mar 2001)

  My father, Robert Donald NETERER (12/14/1921-12/31/1994), his brother, Edwin Lee NETERER (12/14/1914-1/26/1995 ), and their sister, Lavilla Mae NETERER (4/26/1911-4/8/1996) were born in Aurora to Lee NETERER and Grace (KECK) NETERER. I have found letters from an Alice Eichelberger at 470 Sexton Street, Aurora, IL, from 1929. They are addressed to my paternal great-grandparents, Amanda (?) NETERER and Jeremiah NETERER in Goshen, IN, addressing Amanda as "Grandma". The letters relate to my grandmother, Grace's, death on 19 Feb 1929 and the eventual adoption of my father and his brother by my great grandparents, Amanda and Jerry. I haven't done much geneology work on this side of the family but am wondering if anyone knows of the familial relationship between Alice EICHELBERGER and Amanda NETERER? Most specifically I am interested to see if anyone has the letters from my great grandmother to Alice! (Hey, I can only hope!) There are some holes in the story that I have no other family contact to try to fill! Any help would be appreciated.

Bill Horten (Submitted 7 Mar 2001)

  Looking for some more information about Eleanor Marie BENNEMAN whose husband Raymond Charles BENNEMAN worked at the Mooseheart facility. Marie died in Mar 1986 according to the SSDI. She was born in PA on 18 Apr 1922. I am trying to find out where Maire is buried, the exact date of her death, how she died, and most importantly her maiden name. I also want to verify her first and middle name. FOR THOSE AFFILIATED WITH MOOSEHEART: After Marie's death, Raymond retired to Moosehaven in FL. He married Sara BIXLER on 11 May 1996. What is Sara's middle name? Raymond died on 27 May 1999 in Orange Park. Where is Raymond buried? As you can probably tell, I am writing a family history of the BENNEMAN family and would like to include the life of Raymond and the details of his work with Moosehaven in the story. Any and all information will be used with respect and is very much appreciated by myself and the Benneman descendants. Thank you.

Jody Hundley Hoffman (Submitted 6 Mar 2001)

  I am looking for information on James A. HUNDLEY and Mary Elizabeth MOREY who were married about 1854 in Kane Co. If the had children between 1854 and 1860 which is when they moved to Delaware Co IA. I understand he is the brother of John Randolph HUNDLEY. This information is most appreciated.

Marguerette (Submitted 5 Mar 2001)

  In a microfilm of "Biographical and Historical Record of Kane County" on tape 36 - not sure of date book was published, there is a story on a John EASTMAN family on P 375. Someone has sent me a copy of it. Does anyone have the printout of the 1850 census to see if John and his wife, Ester W. are on it? John Eastman married her 7 Apr 1840. The info is that John is the son of David and Patty Fletcher EASTMAN and that David and Patty died in the 1860's so they should be there too. 9 of John's 10 children are mentioned in the record. I am looking for a Julia Ann EASTMAN who was born around 1835 and would be around 15 in 1850. She married John B. CAMPBELL in 1858 in McHenry Co and they are living with John's mother (Elizabeth CAMPBELL), and other family members in the 1860 Kane Co., IL census. The CAMPBELL family had lived in Kane Co., IL for many years, Elizabeth is widow of William CAMPBELL. The record that was in the book for John EASTMAN shows that his parents were natives of New Hampshire and Massachusetts respectively. Julia Ann was born in NH according to census. Thanks to anyone who might have any EASTMAN info.

Dick Robertson (Submitted 5 Mar 2001)

  My Great Grandfather Charles Emma ROBERTSON, was a pharmacist, and lived in St. Charles, IL when he died on 16 Jan 1917. He was buried in Carthage, IL. My question is who do I contact about getting a copy of his death certificate. Kane County court house records or IL. health dept.? Is there an official address?

Anita Thompson (Submitted 4 Mar 2001)

  I am seeking ANY information on John PAULY/PAULEY b. abt. 1858 KS. From his mothers obitutary he was known to be residing in Aurora, IL in Feb. 1908. Possible wife Ellen McClure-PAULY. His parents were Peter and Angeline PAULY. No more information is known! Does anyone have access to 1910 & 1920 census records, city directories, death records/obits? ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! THANKS in advance.

Jim Neiers (Submitted 1 Mar 2001)

  Does anyone have any suggestions for finding information on Theodor NEIERS who immigrated to Aurora in the spring of 1891. He was born in Bous, Luxembourg 20 July 1869. He sailed on the "Spaamdam and Beendam. I have two dates, 28 February and 7 March. I don't know which is correct.

Jill (Submitted 27 Feb 2001)

  Looling for information on my grandmother, Edith BARTELL, b 23 May 1878. Her connection to Kane Co was a nursing home and death. I have an envelope addressed to her dated Jul 1948 at 762 Main Street, Aurora, IL. Did a nursing home stand at this address at that time? I have been to the Kane Co Court House searching for her death certificate, but no luck. I hope to search more on my next trip to IL, but for now I'll have to search the funeral homes in Aurora. I know she was cremated in IL. Her husband's name was William, and he died in 1926 in Milwaukee, WI. Thanks.

Anne (Submitted 22 Feb 2001)

  I am seeking a man by the name of Albert W. GLASS. He is listed in the Geneva Directory for 18577, page 144, as having a dry goods store at Second and State. Any historical information about the company... referred to on as Geneva Corp. on some documents. Listed also are Henry GLASS... mechinic, and James GLASS, clerk. Anmy one know if they are related? Albert W. GLASS was married to Eleanor KELSEY in Kane Co. 10/29/1848 lic. #992. I am trying to find out as much as possible about these people... who their parents were, where they were from, did they have any children? The surnames of the "family" group are: TORODE (Rachel Torode was daughter of Albert W. Glass's sister,. Charlotte Amelia, and she was born 1844. Rachel married Fred H. MAY in Chicago 1862) EVERTS (Family of Samuel C. Everts of Geneva.. a farmer. Not sure if relation is from Everts 2nd wife Lucinda Buck, or 3rd wife Lucretia VanSickle) ABBOTT, Mariette - married James Everts 1/01/1868 Kane Co. lic #6201. Mariette Abbott may be the same as Marietta Warner ABBOTT who is reported to be an "aunt" of Rachel TORODE. If any one has any information re the maze of facts... my thanks and appreciation.

Cliff Metcalf (Submitted 21 Feb 2001)

  Looking for information on Daniel Nelson WHIPPLE and family who were in Kane County in 1870. He had a daughter, Alice Whipple born about 1864. Looking for other children, or any other info available on this family. Thanks in advance for your help.

Ruth Claudon (Submitted 16 Feb 2001)

  I have recieved information regarding that Melinda PEARCE and Chase WARNER were married 1840 in Kane Co, IL. I need an affirmation on this. I also need the names/siblings of Chase WARNER. Chase and Melinda are my great great grandparents. Thanks, in advance for any help you are able to share with me. You may reach me at

Connii (Submitted 15 Feb 2001)

  I am looking for information on Ada May Fields MARSTILLER. She married Dr. Francis M. MARSTILLER in Cook County in 1889 and they resided in Geneva. Any and all information will be appreciated.

Dean Peterson (Submitted 14 Feb 2001)

  Researching my Grand Parents, Roy F. METZGER and Minnie S. (MOSS) METZGER. At the time of my Mothers birth (Helen Francis METZGER) 19 Jan 1920 they lived in Aurora. Any information that will help to keep the search alive will be appreciated.

Arlene (Submitted 13 Feb 2001)

  I have been searching for a year and cannot find any information on my gr grandfather, Charles STEINMETZ, born about 1860. His father's name could be Charles, died about 1919. Locations: IL, WI or IA. His mother's nickname was Minnie ?? First wife was Emma Maria PAAR, daughter with first wife was Elizabeth STEINMETZ; second wife was Elizabeth LAMPERT, no children with second wife. Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.

Deb & Chuck Whitmore (Submitted 12 Feb 2001)

  Looking for the SCHARTOW family from Kane Co probably around the Elgin area. The father was named August "Tommy" SCHARTOW. He had a son named Walter. Any help will be appreciated.

Christy Jay (Submitted 11 Feb 2001)

  I am looking for information on family of John George SLATEN b. 1902 in Mahaska Co., IA and died April 1960 in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL. He married Buchwold. They had three sons that I know of - one being John Max SLATEN b. September 17, 1941. All were raised in St. Charles area. John George Slaten was my grandmother's brother.

Jim Prietto (Submitted 7 Feb 2001)

  Looking for information on Charles L. PROBERT, or descendents. Born in 1825, probably in Sherburne, NY. Lived in Campton, Kane Co., per census info. from 1860, 1870 and 1880. Was still alive by 1900 and living in Kane Co., as far as I know. Was married to Margaret NORTON and then Rachel WHITNEY. Probably died in early 1900s and probably in Kane Co. Don't have a date or place of death. I believe he had a son named Samuel L. (or "S.L.") PROBERT from his first wife. Am working on Probert descendents of James and Asenath Probert.

Marilyn Rome (Submitted 5 Feb 2001)

  Researching William Andrew ROME. We beleive he had a farm or worked a farm in Gilberts or Geneva. He had a wife, Grace IRVING, who later married a Preston BELLOWS. Preston had a farm in Geneva. Any information would be appreciated.

Ann Aylsworth Nason (Submitted 5 Feb 2001)

  Looking for any information on Polly AYLSWORTH m. Dr. Charles DAVIS in Kane Co. IL, 15 Nov 1857 by Rev. Mr. CARR. Polly was from NY state. I am wondering if she is the daughter of John and Polly (CRONK) AYLSWORTH. Any information would be appreciated.

Kathy Hatch (Submitted 30 Jan 2001)

  I am trying to find out about a summer cottage my grandfather and his siblings owned back in the late 1920s or early 30's. The name is LORDEN and the cottage was on the Fox River just north of St. Charles. Possibly in the 'Valley View' area. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I don't even know where to start looking. Thank you.

Barbara DeLong (Submitted 29 Jan 2001)

  I am seeking information on Mooseheart Childrens Home that was in operation around 1918--1920's. I am seeking info on 2 cousins who were in this institution around that time. Can anyone give me any info on this or tell me how to obtain it? I will appreciate any info. Thanks,

Norma Jackson (Submitted 29 Jan 2001)

  My great uncle, Alex DELLIBAC, son of Moise DELLIBAC and Anastasia MONBLEAU, was born in Aurora, IL, on 26 Mar 1857. Are there birth records for that time period, and are copies available for duplication? Also, was there a Roman Catholic Church in Aurora at that time, where records were kept and available for coping? Your help will be appreciated. Thank you.

Floyd Smithberg (Submitted 28 Jan 2001)

  Looking for any info on Albin SMITHBERG; son of Charles & Mathilda SMITHBERG, Born: March 1898, Death ????. Father of: Floyd SMITHBERG, born Elgin.IL 9/25/18 Sherman Hospital Thank you,

Charlene Sieveking (Submitted 23 Jan 2001)

  My greatgrandfater George Robert COPELAND and his wife Sarah Ellen GILL, I thank they lived in Geneva around the early 1900's. My Greatgrandmother was born in IL. If you could help me find them I would be very greatfull. Also my grandfather and grandmother who's names are Robert G COPELAND and Ellen Copeland (HUSTIN)

Beryl Stewart (Submitted 23 Jan 2001)

  Looking for Virgil KEEFE of Maple Park, IL. He was the son of John C. KEEFE, and had brothers, George KEEFE and Lester KEEFE. John C. KEEFE died in Maple Park in 1909. Any help would be appreciated.

Linda Garrett (Submitted 22 Jan 2001)

  I show a marriage of Joseph H. POWELL to Emma Jean PETERSON on 6 Mar 1878 in Kane Co., IL. Joseph is the s/o William C. POWELL and Rhoda S. CAUSEY who were living in Bond Co., IL at that time. Joseph died in Blue Springs, Gage Co., NE on Dec. 5, 1928. At that time he was married to Imogene CLUTTER. On the 1920 census it says they had been married for 13 years which would put their marriage in 1887. I am trying to find out when Emma died and if she and Joseph had any children. Joseph was my grandfather's uncle and my dad was named after him. Thank you

Linda (Submitted 22 Jan 2001)

  Looking for information on Bernice Orilla STEAD born Sep 1892 in Dundee, IL. Her parents were Thomas STEAD and Arabella BROWN. She married Raymond Samuel REYNOLDSON in Geneva, IL. in 1913. They later moved to Montana 1918.

Ginnie (Submitted 19 Jan 2001)

  I am looking for info on Solomon COLLINS born April 1, 1862 in Kane Co. He married Susie May KACHEL from Stockton, KS. They lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon(?) and Missouri. She divorced him in 1933. He died 30 Jul 1940 in Olathe, KS. One of his children, Ira Leroy COLLINS, is my husband's father. Any info on his parents would be appreciated.

Dick Perfors (Submitted 16 Jan 2001)

  Pouwel PERFORS came from the Netherlands in 1881. He changed his name in Paul PERFORS, he was born in 1842, he died in 1923. His first wife was: Willemina VAN SMIRREN, born in 1847. His second wife was: Rose RAFFERTY, born in 1891. I found Kim PERFORS, married to Barry Wayne BENECKE, has anybody heard this name? First he lived in Butler PA, some of his family moved to IL, Kane (Elgin ? Cicero ?) Some family names are: Raymond Lewis PERFORS, Roger C. PERFORS, Anthony (B.J.) PERFORS, James PERFORS, Cynthia PERFORS, Lisa PERFORS, Lacey PERFORS. Any information about the family is welcome.

Updated: 9 Apr 2001

Charles R Tompkins (Submitted 11 Jan 2001)

  TOMPKINS is the surname being researched. Charles M, born 1845 in Batavia, was in 124 regiment from Batavia during Civil War, Van Ransaeller born 1845 in Kaneville . I know nothing about their parents except they may have lived in Blackberry township? and father's name was Valentine, mother's name was either Cynthia/Lacinda, maiden name was BENTON/VENTON and they were originally from New York state. Children to Charles M were Charles W.& Fred. Hope you can fill in some of the gaps, thanks.

Mike Petty (Submitted 10 Jan 2001)

  I am looking for the CORRIGAN family (and perhaps the RYAN family) in Kane Co. Michael CORRIGAN married Mary Ann NOLAN (don't yet know if they married in Kane Co.) but they settled in Aurora, IL and had several children there. They include: James, Hugh, Margaret, Catherine, Eugene, Francis, and others. These children were born @1870-1890. My great-grandmother Margaret CORRIGAN (born 1883) married Edward FRANK in Aurora @ 1909-10. They had a son named Edward Jr. and a daughter named Catherine. Margaret died between 1913 and 1920 in Aurora. Additionally, Mary Ryan Corrigan died in Aurora sometime shortly after 1939 as a very old woman. If you know about this family, or have access to helpful information on them, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

Updated: 9 Apr 2001

Jennifer Bartlau (Submitted 9 Jan 2001)

  I am searching for Nahum C. and Clara Adelia (Balch) SOLGER, who came from Hartland, VT to Aurora, Kane Co., IL between 1880 and 1885. I need to find out if they lived there permanently, and died in IL, or moved on after their last four children were born (the last one was born 31 Oct 1894 in Aurora). I've checked and LDS, but have not come up with positive results. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you.

William DeMorrow (Submitted 4 Jan 2001)

  My great, great grandfather migrated from Quebec, Canada between 1844 and 1849. I know he migrated to Kane Co. because I have the marriage record of my great grandfather stating Batavia, Kane Co. as his birth place and his birthdate as 8 Jan 1849. My great, great grandfather's surname was DEMARIAS in Canada but he changed it to DeMORROW or deMAREAU in IL. I haven't been able to find any information for my family in Illinois. Sure hope you can help.

Barbara Price (Submitted 1 Jan 2001)

  Looking for the surname of SCHULTZ and GEISTER. My gg grandparents came in Oct 1861 to near Elgin IL from Brandenberg Germany along with their children Dorthea and William They were German Lutherans His name was George J SCHULTZ and wife was Dorthea Marie GEISTER SCHULTZ. They lived there until 1869 when they came to Marshall Co., IA. They had twin daughters born in Dundee, Kane Co. on 29 Jul 1863. I am searching for the village in Germany. Dortheas obit says she was born in Brandenburg in 1853. Would like to find relatives living in Kane Co. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Updated: 20 Aug 2005

Carrie Schafer (Submitted 1 Jan 2001)

  Looking for information on the descendents of Nicholas and Marie Katherine Schentzen DEVILLE. They had at least eight children. Of those, Catherine, married Michael PETIT Jan. 10, 1860 in Napperville, Kane Co., IL. Catherine DEVILLE was born June 21, 1837 in Hachy, Belgium and Michael was born August 9, 1834 in Haller, Luxembourg. Michael and Catherine had at least eight children. They were all born in Kane Co. and grew up there. One of their daughters was named Agnes and she married a J. Peter REULAND on Aug. 17, 1886 in Kane Co., IL. Does anyone know any information on their descendents and those of Agnes's siblings? Also, Catherine had three sisters, Agnes, who married a Mr. GOEBEL, Mary Kate, who married a Mr. GERHARD, and Maria who married Peter THOMAS that may have been living in IL. In browsing the pre-1900 marriage records for IL, I noticed a lot of Goebel's. Thanks for any help.

Peggy McClelland (Submitted 27 Dec 2000)

  Am seeking information on the LEACH and CUTHBERT families living in the Aurora IL area late 1800's early 1900's. My Great Grandfather, John Ellsworth LEACH, married a Gertrude CUTHBERT in Aurora, IL on June 2, 1903. Gertrude had been a nurse in a local hospital where she met John E. LEACH who was there recovering from malaria, contracted in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. People in attendance at the wedding ceremony were an A. T. LEACH (I believe this may have been his father) have no other information on him, do not know what the AT stands for. Also in attendance were Mr S.H. WOOD, Mrs Minnie WOOD, Mrs BURNS, Mr. John E. TWIST, Mrs Emma J.(CUTHBERT) TWIST, Mr. L. SUSIE and Mrs Rosa SUSIE. Am interested on any information that would be available on CUTHBERT or A.T. LEACH. I am stuck at this point in my research. If you have any Family information that may connect to my line please email me at

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Gunnar Axéll (Submitted 27 Dec 2000)

  I search for a Mr. Frank BENSON born about 1890. He married a woman Esther NELSON from Rockford,IL in about 1920. I know they were living in Batavia, IL in 1952. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Susan Clark (Submitted 19 Dec 2000)

  I have been trying to find information on my grandmother's brother, Thomas BURKE. I think he was born some time after 1902 and his wife's name was Hazel. My grandmother was Ellen BURKE RYAN (b.1902). I think their mother's name was Josephine. Thomas may have lived in Elgin, Kane Co., when he died in the 1980's. Any clues or information would be appreciated. A date of death or obituary would be extraordinary!

Nancy Denis (Submitted 17 Dec 2000)

  I need help finding my family. I am seeking Simeon ADAMS and his children born in Kane Co., IL: Samantha, b.1853, Margurite (Margaret?) b. 1850 and a son Samuel. All 3 children moved to Jefferson Co., NY and married there. Samantha married George KNIGHT and Margaret A. married his brother Nelson. Samuel married a lady named Edith. Supposedly Simeon was married to a Lana SCHUYLER from Albany Co. NY. Thanks!

Marlene Urben (Submitted 16 Dec 2000)

  I am looking for a member of our familytree, Philip STAGE. The only information I have is that Philip enlisted in the Civil War from Sugar Grove and that in 1869 he married Eurana CORBY from Lee Co., IL I may be reached at Thank you

Connie O'Brien Schwaab (Submitted 13 Dec 2000)

  I'm looking for the MEEHANs-they lost 6 babies in infancy to smallpox. Catherine was born in St. Charles in 1864 to Patrick and Mary LOWERY MEEHAN. She was married in Iowa in 1893, to W.J. O'BRIEN. I don't know when they moved there. Do you have any records of them?

Tawna (Submitted 8 Dec 2000)

  Looking for any information on PUTNEY. The father is John and his wife was Mariam. They had 3 boys and 2 girls. They are on the 1850 census. Looking for any other information on this family. Thank You

Bonnie Jordan (Submitted 26 Nov 2000)

  I'm looking for a possible connection between William S. CHAMBERS, who acquired land patents in l843 and l845 for land in Kane Co., and Stephen CHAMBERS, who mar. Ann STILLY on July 11, l830, Gallatin Co. William S. CHAMBERS was on the 1830 Gallatin Co. (Equality) census and l840 Kane Co. census, no township listed. I don't know if Stephen CHAMBERS possibly moved his family to Kane Co., too, but by l850 he and his wife, Ann STILL CHAMBERS, were deceased. Their orphan daughter, (my ggrandmother) Elizabeth A. CHAMBERS, 11, was on the l850 Saline Co. census enumerated with the household of Ann sister', Polly SCROGGINS. I have found records on the STILLY family but few clues on the family of Stephen CHAMBERS. Any help would be appreciated.

Lynn (Submitted on 19 Nov 2000)

  Conrad PHILIP Sr., born 15 May 1862, in IL. Died 20 Dec 1948 in Elgin, IL. He married Mary RICH, born 15 Mar 1856 in New York. She died on 4 Dec 1910, in Aurora, IL. Marriage Date was 17 Apr 1884, in Cook Co., IL. Children: Conrad C., Ida C., Grace C., John M., Will H., Harry H., James John One of the daughters married a Clarence YOUNG. Thanks for any help. A HREF="">

Chris Burningham (Submitted 17 Nov 2000)

  I am searching for any information about Benjamin WATROUS who lived in Hampshire Villiage, Hampshire in 1900. He lived there with his Swedish born wife May, son Chris and sister Alice. They had a servant named Helen Berner. Benjamin was 56 yrs at the time and was a merchant grocer. He died 6-24-1904 and was buried in the Hampshire Center, Hampshire. (Is this a veteran's cemetery?) He was in the civil war as a QMSgt. BSNyad (I think this is a naval ship?) If any one knows of this family or anything relating to them I would really appreciate a response. Thankyou.

William C. Larson (Submitted 16 Nov 2000)

  I am looking for information on my grandparents, John and Elizabeth LARSON who imigrated from Denmark in 1884 and settled in Elgin. My father, William Hans LARSON, was born in Elgin in 1885 or 1886. Anything would be apprcated.

Elsa Chyz (Submitted 15 Nov 2000)

  I am trying to locate my Aunt Ressie JOHNSON, she lived in Aurora, IL in 1975 when my Uncle Cordie Johnson died. They had four children 2 boys and 2 girls, I understand that all are dead except the youngest girl. Ressie was born about 1910, but I havn't any other information on the family. I have serched the white pages and can find nothing. I would appreciate any information I can get on my Aunt. Thank you very much.

Connie Jones (Submitted 11 Nov 2000)

  Looking for a Ransom BROWN in Kane CO., IL. Is there anyone that could look up in the 1855 Census for this county? I think had his family with him for a while. Wife, Eliza Anna and maybe four children. 1) Marilda 2) Theodore 3) Adaline 4)?? Any information would be appreciated.

Jeanne Packheiser (Submitted 5 Nov 2000)

  I am researching my BRONSON ancestors and found a reference to an Abram BRONSON from Kane Co., IL in the Civil War Records. My gr-grt grandfather was Abram BRONSON who married Mary HUMPHRY in LaSalle Co. in 1858. Does anyone know if these Abram Bronson's are one and the same? Looking at the closeness of the counties and feeling that there might be a link. Thanks for your invaluable help!

Scott Carter (Submitted 3 Nov 2000)

  Searching for information on the descendants of Andrew J. CARTER (23 May 1871-21 Apr 1948), mayor of Aurora, Ill from 1941-1948. He had three children with his wife, Hester Hannah RILEY: Donald (Apr 1897), Leonard(Dec 1892) and Elizabeth (16 Jul 1904-Mar 1984). Elizabeth married C. Walter JACOBS. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Ann Lamb (Submitted 3 Nov 2000)

  I am researching KELLOGGs in Geneva and Elgin, Kane Co. My GreatGreatGrandmother Emma Amelia KELLOGG (parents Marquis LaFayette KELLOGG and Elizabeth Manchester PERKINS) lived in Kane Co. from at least 1844. She married Nicholas CASTNER (b. NJ) 26 Mar 1855 in Geneva. According to the Timothy Hopkins "Kelloggs in the old world and the new", she was born 26 Jan 1833 in Mentor, Lake Co., OH, but some later-born siblings were born in Geneva (Edith b. 23 May 1845, Gilbert M. b 21 Sept 1847).

Rick & Sue Miller (Submitted 2 Nov 2000)

  I have hit several roadblocks in researching the KEIL/KEYL/KYLE family. I am researching my g-grandmother, Sarah S. KEIL and g-grandfather Ernst Frederich STEUDE. They were married in Geneva, Kane Co., IL on 15 Jul 1877. Sarah's name was also spelled KEYL on the same document. She was listed there as living in Aurora. Sarah was born cir. 1857, in a town recorded as "Mrndola, Illinois" (from 1910 Wi. census)[*** ED NOTE: This is probably Mendota]. I have been unable to find a town that even resembles that name. Does anyone have a clue where this town might have been? I have yet to find when and where she died through Wisconsin resources. Sarah's father was John KEIL, born cir. 1827 in Bavaria, Germany and immigrated cir. 1837. This information was from the 1910 Wisconsin Census for Sarah and Ernst STEUDE when John KEIL was living with them. The 1870 Illinois census has a John KYLE with daughter Sarah (who's ages calculate out the same as mine). I hesitate to assume this is them without a verification. I have been unable to turn up any of the names on the 1860 census, or find a birth certificate for Sarah, to verify her mother's name. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go next? Kane Co. does not have records prior to 1878. Anyone out there with this information or any suggestions on what to do next, please let me know. THANKS!

Cynthia Barthel (Submitted 1 Nov 2000)

  I am trying to find a marriage or Divorce records on a Thomas ROBINS, born on 26 Jul 1911 on the island of Hawaii. He died in Elgin, Kane Co., IL, in 1978. Wife first name is Geraldine, that's all I know. Thank You

Jean (Submitted 31 Oct 2000)

  I am looking for information on James PEARL who died in Batavia in 1861, he emigrated to Batavia shortly after 1850 and came from Bennington NY. His son-in-law Abijah PRINDLE also died in Batavia. James PEARL was living with the E. H. GAMMON family on the 1860 Batavia federal census. I believe EH GAMMON's second wife (also on this census with them) was one of James PEARL's granddaughters, Jane Catherine PRINDLE, dau. of Abijah. Two of E.H. GAMMON's daughters from his previous marriage are on the census, Abby and Sarah. Norman COLTON age 3 a son of Jane Catherine PRINDLE's by her first husband is there as well as an unknown young woman named Mary JORDAN age 17. Also living with these folks are Abijah PRINDLE age 50, son James age 20, son Jason age 16, and Legore age 14. If anyone has any data on these folks I would greatly appreciate the info. Can anyone help me discover which cemetery/cemeteries they are buried in? Thanks in advance.

Updated: 5 Apr 2001

Edward Miller (Submitted 23 Oct 2000)

  I am in the process of researching my family tree on my Father's side. I have found that my Great Grandfather George W. MILLER married a lady named Aurelia LAMOUREAUX in Kane Co. on 15 May 15 1888. I also know that Aurelia was born in Aurora on 18 Sep 1867. I would appreciate any information on either families. My E-mail address is: Thank you.

Michael Fischer (Submitted 15 Oct 2000)

  Looking for info on Frances J POMEROY brn 14 Feb 1834 d. 2 Mar 1905. I think he is buired in Spring Gardens Memorial Park. Thank You

Marge Rice (Submitted 9 Oct 2000)

  I have a book, which may be of interest to someone in your county: "Recollections of a Midwest M.D." by Harry Y. GREELEY, M.D. - and it is autographed by him. He was born 9 Mar 1915 in Arenzville, IL, and settled after medical school in Aurora, IL. His wife was Violet SCHOEPPEL GREELEY. The book is 202 pages long, contains some genealogy (but mostly concerns his medical career and life in Aurora). He worked with a Dr. DREYER, and there is a large section about the Aurora community during the war years. My charge for this book is $9.50, including shipping costs via UPS (my cost). I would like to re-unite the book with family members or others who might treasure it.

Pat Curliss-Leiker (Submitted 6 Oct 2000)

  Is there anyone out there who has access to the 1860 Kane Co., St. Charles Twp., IL, census records? I would like the entire household listing in which John McKEEVER appears. I beleive it can be found on page 237. I am searching for information on John William McKEEVER, b. abt 1849 in IL. Thank you.

Paula Garcia (Submitted 3 Oct 2000)

  Seeking information on a Margaret (Maggie) WOLGAMOTT who married a William PLUMLEIGH on 12 Dec 1879. William was a diary/butter farmer and listed Dundee, IL as his place of residence on marriage license. Would like any information on them after the 1879 date. Thank you.

Kathy Dixon (Submitted 24 Sep 2000)

  I am looking for information on my husband's grandparents, Jessie Helmer DIXON and Benjamin Franklin DIXON. Jessie died in St. Charles on 20 Mar 1907. Benjamin died in St. Charles on 27 Mar 1920. We have information on Jessie, but we know next to nothing about Benjamin. Anything you can provide would be of great help. Thanks so much.

Melissa Vermeys (Submitted 19 Sep 2000)

  I am trying to find information on a John ZAISER and Mary WELLMAN. They lived in Aurora, IL and had three daughters. Mary, Regina and Helen around 1850. I have found marriage records for Mary ZAISER who married Leonard BAUMANN in 1877 and Regina ZAISER who married James STEWART in 1901. I have an obituary for Mary that states that her two sisters were still alive in 1930, Mrs. Helen BRADSHAW of Aurora, ILL and Mrs. Regina STEWART of Pittsburg, PA. Family legend states that the ZAISER family is Romanian Gypsy. Any help would be appreciated.

Jo Ann Clark (Submitted 17 Sep 2000)

  My family names are CLARK and KIMBALL. The CLARK family settled in Kane Co. about 1838 and were all on the 1840 census. About 1843 they moved to McHenry Co. Their names were: Abraham CLARK, Elijah CLARK, John CLARK, and Amos CLARK. Abraham CLARK was the father.

Gloria Robichaud (Submitted 14 Sep 2000)

  Looking for a Christian WENTLER born 23 Nov 1833; died in 1901. He came from Germany, lived part of his life in Wisconsin. When his wife, Barbara died in 1888 he left Wisconsin and moved to Aurora IL to live with his brother, he died in Aurora. Do not know brothers name. Any information would be helpful. Please e-mail me. Thank you.

Carol Page Tilson (Submitted 13 Sep 2000)

  Is anyone else researching three of Geneva's early shoemakers, "the CARTER brothers, John, Frederick and Henry. They worked at the trade circa 1855 to 1876," according to "Geneva, Illinois - A History of Its Times and Places." My husband is descended from John (1823 -1907) so we have most of his line fairly pat. We'd sure like to find out, however, whatever happened to Frederick and Henry, as well as a possible sister named Elizabeth.

Kari Lang (Submitted 4 Sep 2000)

  My husband and I are looking for more information on THRYSELIUS. This was his mother's maiden name. We know that Evar and Amelia were his grandparents but after that we have no further information. Do you know where we can go to find out who thier parents were? I am also searching my family from a different state and I don't know who my great grandmother's parents were so we are at a stand still. Any help you can provide would be great. Thanks.

Karen Lindvall-Larson (Submitted 27 Aug 2000)

  I am looking for information on Marshall COLLINS (born in New York), who married Eliza Ann VANDEVENDER (born in Ireland) on December 28, 1844 in Kane Co. I am interested in any information on his first wife also, who may have died in Kane Co. as Marshall COLLINS has a son, Eleazar COLLINS born in 1836 in New York. Marshall and Eliza Ann moved to Iowa in the late 1850s, but had three children (William H., Albert Sylvester, and Rachel) before they left Illinois. I would be interested in any information anyone can provide on where they lived before they came to Illinois and the town they lived in in Kane Co. James C. McBurnett (Submitted 23 Aug 2000)

  Am looking for the obituary of James BOGARDUS, married Eliza Baker SHANKS in 1854, my grandfather Will BOGARDUS was born in 1863, so feel James died shortly after that. Would greatly appreciate any and all info on this man, who is my great grandfather.

Barb (Submitted 11 Aug 2000)

  I am looking for info on my greatgrandfather Morton Buxton CASSIDY. He married Amanda Katherine LUNDGREN on 11 Apr 1893 in Kane Co. He died in Port Angeles, WA. That is where I hit a wall I can't find anything else. He was suppose to be born in Nova Scotia but I can't prove that....Thanks

Mary (Submitted 10 Aug 2000)

  Horace ADAMS came to Kane Co in the 1830's then married Clarra or Cloara BUTLER 2 May 1850 in Kane Co., IL. I am trying to find more information on this couple. If this Horace ADAMS is the "right" one he is my great great grandfather and moved to IA so I am looking for the BUTLER family to try to find out the correct spelling of Clarra/Cloara and to find out about children this couple might have had. Trying to make a connection to Ashley Adams and his family. Ashley and Roba HOWE ADAMS had: 1. Almiron ADAMS who married Maria HOSTETLAR. 2. William ADAMS who could have been the Civil War. 3. Caroline 4. Amanda ADAMS (b. about 1838 in NY. No clue what happended to her. 5. Guy ADAMS married Mary WEST 6. Esther ADAMS (b about 1840. Again no clue) 7. Emeline ADAMS (b about 1844, Again no clue) 8. Mariette ADAMS married Richard CAMPBELL (Have lots on her). Anyone have any information on any of these people? Contact me at

Updated: 16 Feb 2001

Ann Murphy (Submitted 4 Aug 2000)

  My CAMPBELL was in Kane Co Hampshire Twp. 1850 & 1860 census William CAMPBELL, born est. 1810 in MD, died in Kane Co between 1850 & 1860 The rest of family, Elizabeth b. Dec. 8 1810 Madison Co KY. Children born KY Francis, John B, William S. children born Kane Co Silas 1847, P.M. Isaac N. born 1850. Francis mar. Carlinn T DOTY, 8 Apr 1858 there. John B mar Julia Ann Eastman Mc Henry Co., 27 May 1858 . These families came to KS about 1869 first at Labette Co Osage twp. Then moved to [Howard Co ] Grenola, Elk Co KS. Some are buried in Greenlawn Cem. If you now any of these people will exchange information.

Bruce Gregg Johnson (Submitted 3 Aug 2000)

  On 2 Feb 1871 my ggrandfather, George W. GREGG, married Adelaide (Addie) MINIUM or Minnium, in Batavia, Kane, per the Illinois State Marriage Index and their marriage cert. When my grandfather, Wm Houston GREGG, Married Lola RUSTIN, on 14 March 1899, also in Batavia, W. J. MINIUM was the officiating clergy. Seeking info on the parents of George and Addie and on the relationship, if any, between Addie and W. J.

Guy R. (Submitted 31 Jul 2000)

  Looking for info on and descendents of John KREMER born 1887 in Bourscheid Luxembourg. Emigrated to the US in 1819 lived in Aurora. Married with Mary PHILIPP from Kopstal Luxembourg. Does anyone have information on any of these people? Thank you !!

Joe Holbrook (Submitted 29 Jul 2000)

  Looking for any information on Mahala MORGAN SPENCER who was buried on 26 Oct 1855 in Kaneville, IL. We are looking for any of the following information: * Her parents name; * Her birthdate, where she comes from; * When she married Daniel W. SPENCER. We know she had three children born in NY, two in Essex County, one in Chautauqua. Any information would be much appreciated.

Susanne Åkerfeldt (Submitted 28 Jul 2000)

  Erik Adolf LUNDQUIST, born on october 29, 1882 in Alunda, Uppland, Sweden, emigrated from Sweden to the USA on 26 Dec 1902. He was headed for Burlington. Some months later he went back home and brought with him his sister Frida Matilda LUNDQUIST, born in Alunda, Uppland, Sweden, on July 1, 1879. The emigration records show they were headed for Burlington. The problem is I am not sure which Burlington they went to! As we have old photos of the siblings, being sent back home to their sister in Sweden, which bear the name of Chicago studios, we assume they eventually ended up in the Chicago area. So Burlington, Kane Co is a guess as good as any, I believe. I'd very much appreciate any help to locate these people, who were my grandmother's uncle and aunt. Best regards,

Karen Benjamin Egel (Submitted 21 Jul 2000)

  I am looking for any information about my GGG-grandparents, Leonard BENJAMIN and Hopestill SANFORD. I believe Leonard was born in Sugar Grove on 12 Feb 1812 and died there on 23 May 1895. Illinois marriage records show them marrying in Kane Co. on 17 Nov 1839. Their son Charles was born in Sugar Grove on 25 Oct 1841. Apparently Hopestill passed away, as it appears Leonard married either Lucinda or Lucretia EMERY in 1847 or 1848. The Todd Family in America genealogy, which I found on the internet, indicates it was Lucretia in 1848; however, Illinois marriage records indicate it was Lucinda on 25 Mar 1847. Lucretia and Lucinda were sisters whose mother's maiden name was TODD. Any additional information would be very helpful, or any information that confirms the above. Thank you!

Janet Shapiro (Submitted 15 Jul 2000)

  Am seeking census or other info on John STREETMAKER, died after 1918 in Kane Co. and his wife, Nancy ELLEDGE died 1901 in Kane Co., daughter Emma who married G.W. TRAYLOR of KS. Thanks for any assistance.

Nancy Schroeder (Submitted 13 Jul 2000)

  Am searching for Edwin SANDERS & Frances VAN HOUTEN. They lived in Aurora in 1910. Edwin was born in 1849 and Frances in 1854. Looking for their death dates, or cemetery locations.

Sara Backes (Submitted 10 Jul 2000)

  I am trying to find out about Joseph Backes b 1858 d 1902 lived in the area of Marywood and North Aurora IL. Wife name Katherine.

Diane Krenwinkel Nelson (Submitted 9 Jul 2000)

  I am searching for any information I can find on my fraternal grandparents: Konrad (Conrad?) and Suzanne (spelling?) KRENWINKEL. They immigrated to the Naperville area in the mid-1800's from Germany. They farmed there and had 14 children, one of whom was my father: Peter John KRENWINKEL. Were birth records recorded in the 1880's and if so where might I find them? I do not know exactly where my grandparent's farm was located other than Naperville. They were Catholic. In the small amount of research I have done so far, I have discovered several spellings for Krenwinkel including: KRAMWINKLE, CRANWINCLE AND KRENWINKLE. I have only one picture of my grandparents taken at Pratt Studios in Aurora, IL. Since there are no relatives of my father's generation alive, I have no relatives who could guide me in this endeavor. Additionally, I am looking for the name of a Catholic residential girl's school (at the high school level) which was in St. Charles, IL, in the 1920's. It may have been a pre-convent school for girls looking at becoming Catholic nuns. My Mother attended school there. I am looking for records relating to Catherine Sarah MERRIMAN. Has anyone run across these names in their research? Does anyone know where records of the Pratt Photographic Studio in Aurora or the Catholic school in St. Charles might be found? What German Catholic cemetaries were in this area during the 1880s? I would appreciate any help and advise those of you more experienced in this might be able to share with me. I live in Indianapolis so am not too close to the St. Charles - Naperville - Aurora area. Thank you for any help you might be able to give and for your willingness to share it.

Pat Ware (Submitted 7 Jul 2000)

  I am looking for any information on a Hubert CONTZEN. I think he was naturalized in Geneva, IL in Kane Co. about 1885. He is possibly a great grandfather who immigrated from Germany. Thanks for any help you can give me.

Kevin Hundley (Submitted 6 Jul 2000)

  I looking for any information on a great grandfather John R. HUNDLEY. He is listed as serving in the Illinois 7th Regiment, Company A during the Civil War. That company was mustered out of Kane Co. - and his residence is listed as New Plato. This is all the information I have. If you have any more information about him, birth records - where he or the family lived before Illinois - any post Civil War information - or information about the Hundley name, I would appreciate it.

Linda Howard Hampton (Submitted 3 Jul 2000)

  Seeking information about whether Aurora City Hospital still exists. My paternal grandmother, Martha "Mattie" Ellen Shetter HOWARD, b. 1875 d. 3 May 1918 at the hospital from a Pulmonary Embolism secondary to a detached placenta(prematurely). Have contacted the funeral home, but they only handled her arrangements not the baby's. What would have happened to the baby? Trying to solve this puzzle. Any help appreciated.

Updated: 12 Mar 2001

Larry Stevens (Submitted 3 Jul 2000)

  I am looking for any information on Katherine (JOHNSON) TOOMEY of Aurora in 1902. I don't have any idea when she moved there or what her husbands name was. She was from Mt. Pleasant, IA and her mother Honor(e) (CULLEN) JOHNSON may have moved in with her in 1902 after her father died. Thank you,

Will O'Brien (Submitted 30 Jun 2000)

  I am researching my great-grandparents, and I am hoping to get information on John C. MCNULTY, who was born in Aurora, IL, on 30 Sep 1858. His parents were native Irish, his father's name was Patrick MCNULTY. He was a railroad engineer and worked all his life on railroads, in Washington state and IL. He spent some years in Freeport, then settled in Rockford. He died 12 Apr 1912. I am trying to figure out more about him, including his origins in Illinois. Thanks for any information you can give me.

David Barry (Submitted 30 Jun 2000)

  I am searching for information about Joanna GUBBINS who born in March 1853 in Aurora. Joanna is the daughter of George GUBBINS and his wife Jane who came from Limerick, Ireland. They arrived in Aurora 1847. Thank you.

Joyce Fuller Norton (Submitted 29 Jun 2000)

  Can anyone out there help me locate information on descendants of Charles E. YOUNG, resided at 135 S. Porter, Elgin, IL in 1920. He and wife Lena KREMER had children Earl YOUNG, b. 1904 and Charlotte Edna YOUNG, b. 1913 IL. Charles' mother Henrietta CHAPMAN YOUNG wrote a family history (1929) that just MAY give me the key to unlocking my family tree prior to 1800. I've spent more than 30 years working on this with no verifiable results. Also looking for any info on family of: Henrietta E. (CHAPMAN) YOUNG (b. MA 1846, d. Elgin, IL 14 Apr 1933). Wife of Charles L. YOUNG, mother of Marietta and Charles E. YOUNG. Resided in Elgin, IL. Death reported by Katherine YOUNG. Other names: Earl YOUNG (b. 1904), Charlotte Edna YOUNG (b. 1913), Bertha L. YOUNG (b. 1869), Martha YOUNG (b. 1871). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Updated: 13 Oct 2000

Charles Eilers (Submitted 28 Jun 2000)

  I am looking for information about members of the Wendell GREEN Family and the Jess GREEN Family that lived in Aurora in Kane Co. as late as April of 1959.

Sally (Submitted 28 Jun 2000)

  I am searching James C KEARNEY b. 1 Dec 1854 in St. Charles, IL. I am looking for his parents as well. I do not have their names. The name may have been spelled Kearny. Thank you

Michele Marcell (Submitted 26 Jun 2000)

  Thomas Roland PIERCE and Laura Emily PAXTON were married in Aurora, Kane Co., IL on 29 Apr 1873. Thomas was from Ontario, CA. They had 5 children, Natella Lavinia, Anna Alethe, Stanley, Clarence and Austin PIERCE. Anyone know anything about these people? Thanks,

Don Orr (Submitted 20 Jun 2000)

  Have a marriage certificate beween Emma R. ORR and James H. MILLER in which Margaret ORR states she is the sole survining parent of Emma. Marriage took place Kane Co., 23 Feb 1863 seal fixed at Geneva. Could someone access the 1860 Census to see if there is a family living there with Robert Robertson ORR wife Margaret c.Mary, Charles, Margaret, Emma R.,Sarah and Robert. Thanks

Joyce Willard (Submitted 20 Jun 2000)

  I have a photo marked 1899, ZIERCK farm, Dundee, IL. Those known in the photo are my grandfather, Rudolph LANGOSCH, wife Frederica, and three of their 5 children, Elsie, age 7, Adeline, age 6. and Elmer, age 5. Someone at this location was "Emma", believed to be my mother's aunt. My mother, Florence LANGOSCH was not yet born. She was born in 1908 or 1910 and spent summers at the farm - her nickname was "Flossie". I would welcome any information.

William D. Selfridge (Submitted 20 Jun 2000)

  George Henry SELFRIDGE lived with his wife and daughter in either Elgin or Aurora, ran an auto gas station and repair shop, belonged to one of the fraternal organizations but cannot be found. Checked the census records and have had no luck. He lived in either one of the above communities during the 1930's and 1940's.

Phyllis Overton (Submitted 16 Jun 2000)

  I am researching my family, William COTTRELL, also his son Arthur Clayton COTTRELL. Also Robert L. JONES and spouse Ethel Mae COTTRELL JONES, and Edna JONES SMITH spouse Stewart (Stuart) SMITH.

William MacKay (Submitted 15 Jun 2000)

  Seek information on offspring of Jacob Wood BREWSTER b. in Vermont, 1801, and Connecticut-born wife Elizabeth, b. 1801. Married in Jefferson Co., New York, they moved first apparently to Ohio;, then c. 1844 to Kane Co., IL; then to Lake Co., IL. Will answer all. Thanks in advance.

Mary Ann Taft (Submitted 15 Jun 2000)

  I am researching the Peter WEBER and Susan (BONIFAS) WEBER family who settled in Aurora, Peter orginally being from Luxumberg. They had 12 children, Peter, Harry, Ferdinand (Ferry), George J. ("Judy"), Ann, John J., Elizabeth, Theordore W., Frank, J. William (Biff), and Mathew (Mathias). and one other that died very young. Peter WEBER was born 1854 and came to US at age 3 Susan was born 1857 and had 3 brothers, Mat, Will & John and a sister, Kit who married Cyril DUSSELL. These are my Great Grandparents. Any help would be appreciated.

Kathleen Eaton (Submitted 15 Jun 2000)

  Looking for information on the family of Alanson K. WHEELER b.Hubbardon, VT moved to Kane/Kendall County about 1830's with wife Sarah WHITLOCK children including, Cyrus, Rollin, Henry C., John A., Sheldon Hiram, Mary Ann, Laura, and Luna Wing WHEELER. Alanson K. was an assessor and supervisor of Na Au Say in 1835, also a state senator - died 2 Mar 1880 buried Aux Say Cemetery. Information according to small obituary from newspaper. The obit mentions that a more detailed obit had been previously published. Anyone know what paper that might have been? Also, interested in information of children of Cyrus - Emma who married Edward Meredith and Ella who married Charles T. Kearns. Ella and Charles moved on to CA.

Rodney Steves (Submitted 13 Jun 2000)

  My great grandfathers tree has me baffled, he, George Hayward, was apparently an Aurora city parks commissioner re-elected and also a life-long resident of the area. However, I'm unable to find anything regarding he or his wife Lydia Maude (Dickens) Hayward. Dateline would probably be between 1900-1930. Sincere thanks for your time.

Donna Madrid (Submitted 13 Jun 2000)

  Looking for any info on CLEVELAND family that may have lived in area about 1961-1865. CLEVELAND, Gilbert Carey, wife Almyra ALLEN CLEVELAND (may have died in the area around Aurora), son Sylvester CLEVELAND who married Mary LEVANEY in Aurora 1871, and son George Washington CLEVELAND.

Dianne (Submitted 13 Jun 2000)

  I am seeking any information on a Luther JONES who married a Mary, or Marietta or "Mate or Mattie" CLARK of NY. Mary was born abt 1831 and her father died while she was a young girl. I beleive they had farmland in the Geneva area. I know it's pretty vague, but any leads would be appreciated. Thanks.

Mary Knopp (Submitted 13 Jun 2000)

  I am looking for any information on Arthur KERR and his wife Mabel. They resided in Elgin in the 1915 period with their daughter, Mildred. I believe she went to teach school in Batavia, IL. They all seem to disappear about that time. I thought they might have all died in the flu epidemic of 1918 but I haven't found any proof of that. Any information on their whereabouts after 1916 would be great Thanks.

Marilyn Kasules (Submitted 12 Jun 2000)

  I am researching my husband's family from the Elgin area. His father was Edward Andrew KASULES (son of Martin KASULES) and his mother was Ruby Elizabeth MELLEMA. I believe they were married on 17 March 1934 in Geneva, IL. Ruby died in 1948 and we know little or nothing about either family. Any information you can provide would be a big plus.

Ken Jahn (Submitted 12 Jun 2000)

  I am trying to locate the church where a distant relative of mine was married on 22 May 1877. The relative is August JAHN or JOHN. His obituary in the Elgin Courier-News states that he was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, in Burlington. I have been in contact with St. John's and have been told that the Church was formed around 1888 and that their records start in 1890. I have a certified copy of the marriage license that says that August JOHN and Amelia PISCA were married in Kane Co. They were married by F(?). W(?). RICHMANN, Pastor. There is no mention of the church, but Elgin, IL, is written in front of the Pastor's name. I have gotten marriage information from IRAD in the past and what I got was a copy of a page from the Register of Marriages for the particular county. The information contained in this register included place of birth and names of parents. The marriage license that I have from Kane Co. does not have this information. I know that I am "grasping at straws", but does anyone have any idea where I might obtain additional information? Any suggestions as to what church this couple may have been married in, (I have found 10 Lutheran Churches in Elgin)? Thank-you in advance for any help in this matter.

Bob Trapp (Submitted 11 Jun 2000)

  Looking for information on two of the sons of John N. and Rhoda DAVIS. John and Rhoda born in the 1790's in NY. Both died in Kane Co. the 1850's. Looking for information on sons Robert (b. abt. 1830 in Chemung Co., NY) and Samuel (b. abt. 1838 in Chemung Co., NY). Any help appreciated on what happened to these two brothers. Willing to trade info on other siblings, Ransom Lockwood DAVIS, Chester Warren DAVIS, Ann Jennett DAVIS, Sobrina DAVIS, Robert DAVIS, Isaac Milo DAVIS, Jane DAVIS and Samuel DAVIS. My line is Isaac Milo DAVIS.

Joy Cottrell (Submitted 8 Jun 2000)

  I am looking for information on Arthur Roy BERLIN, who lived in Aurora, IL circa 1910-1915. He died circa 1956 and is buried in Montgomery, IL. I believe his parents names were Schuyler and Martha Berlin. He married Anna BENTSON circa 1914. I would appreciate any information, especially birth, death or marriage dates. Thanks.

Peter Berthold (Submitted 2 Jun 2000)

  Looking for connections to Anton (Anthony) BERTHOLD, b. 1841/2, Wurtemberg, GER and wife Elizabeth HEMRICK, b. c. 1852, Prussia. Children Edward, Lena (Mary), Herman, Ida, Albert, Joseph, Leo, Louis, Karl. Family lived in Aurora, Kane Co. between 1880 and 1920, possibly longer. 1880 census at 98 S. Broadway, 1900 census at 220 High St., with later residences at 215 N. Lake St.and 70 N. View St. (1918). Thank you.

Kim Taft (Submitted 31 May 2000)

  I am looking for more info on the following couple who were married in Kane Co. in 1906 and lived on Perry St in Elgin for awhile. August Fred WIENAND b 1883 who married Hattie Martha WAHL b 1887. I do have a little info to share. Thanks in advance.

Robert J. Schuman (Submitted 30 May 2000)

  I am looking for information on my grandmother; Emma KRAHN, who was married to John SCHUMAN(N). The spelling was changed during WWI, as I have been told. I've also been told that my father was either Emma's first or second son, born 19 May 1906 and there were two other surviving children. My oldest sister indicates that she was told Emma and John had died before she was born in 1927. Thank you.

Glendorah (Submitted 27 May 2000)

  John HAMMOND and Mary Agnes Naughton came from Ireland and settled in Hampshire Village in 1867. Their children are: Thomas E., b. 1855; Elizabeth, b. 1860; Patrick, b. 1862; Jennie, b. 1864; Mary Agnes, b. 1866; James J., b. 1868; John, b. 1870 died 1870 and William, b. 1872. Mary married a Christie and Elizabeth a Cull. Thomas E. settled in Custer Co., Montana in 1880. John was a devout Catholic who founded the St. Charles Borremeo Church in Hampshire Village in 1877. I found the family in the census of 1880 and 1900 living in Hampshire. Both John and Mary are buried in the St. Charles Borremeo cemetary in Hampshire. In 1918 James was living in Genoa, Illinois. Thank you.

Wilhelm Gragert (Submitted 27 May 2000)

  I'm from Quickborn/Germany and I'm searching for GRAGERTS/GREGERTS in Kane Co.,IL. I got an info about a "Henry GREGERT, born in 1886 in Geneva, Kane Co., IL". Parents should be William GREGERT and Barbara EISENHAU(W)ER. Any infos on this and other persons with these surnames (GRAGERT/GREGERT) are welcome. Thanks for help.

Pat Baumann (Submitted 25 May 2000)

  Ralph Elmer McKEE married Jean Anne COQUILLETTE. I am trying to trace the COQUILLETTE line and am interested in finding out who Jean's parents were. I believe they might have lived in Aurora. Please e-mail me at Thank you very much.

Debbie (Submitted 24 May 2000)

  Looking for info on and descendents of Daniel GAHAN, born 1824, Co Carlow, Ireland. Emigrated to US 1848 and moved to Elgin, Kane Co., IL in the early 1850s. Wife Mary HUTCHINSON. Children: Frank, Lucy, Victor, Theresa, Albert, and Adell that I know of. Mary had a brother Frank HUTCHINSON it appears. Daniel owned a tannery business. He was in the 1910 census. Don't have a death date for him yet. I believe the family are buried at the Bluff City Cemetery. Daniel and my gg grandfather were boyhood friends in Co Carlow and emigrated together on the same ship. I am hoping to learn more about my gg grandfather's life in Ireland and his early years in the US.

Paul (Submitted 22 May 2000)

  In the 1860 census, these names are living in Cumberland Co., IL: Alfred, George, James, Mal., William, Ridley, Sanford, and Dennis LARKIN. I am researching how they relate. In the 1855 census, the father of Sanford and Dennis, Nicholas LARKIN Sr. is living with another son, Bradford LARKIN, in Kane Co.

Janine Chinn (Submitted 18 May 2000)

  Searchimg Margaret GRIFFIN b Jul 23, 1895 in Elgin. Daughter of Peter and Annie Walker GRIFFIN. The family moved back to Maine after having 2 children in IL. Would like to know if there are other relatives out there. Thank you.

Judy Stevens (Submitted 18 May 2000)

  Recently, while "browsing" through a local cemetery (Fairhaven Cemetery, Santa Ana, Orange Co., CA), I found a crypt belong to Simon E. CHAFFEE, 1844-1916, who served in Company F of the 147th Illinois Infantry. A check showed his residence to be St. Charles. I took a photo of his crypt just in case I should ever come across any of his descendants. If anyone wishes to claim this ancestor, I would be glad to send them this photo. Click here to see the photo. Thanks.

Elizabeth Kelly (Submitted 15 May 2000)

  Looking for information on William H BINNS b1848 in England, d 1922 in San Francisco and believed to have married in Kane Co. about 1888. Would appreciate any info. Thanks,

DiAnn Hampe Reindl (Submitted 9 May 2000)

  I am searching the family of Julius Ferdinand Theodor HAMPE, born 31 Oct 1863 in Allinge, Bornholm, Denmark. Probate records state in 1911 he lived in St. Charles, IL. He had a brother, Christian Otto HAMPE who lived in Chicago. Any one with information on this family, I am interested in please contact me at Thank You

Leonor Schorr (Submitted 8 May 2000)

  Looking for information on Arthur KNUTSON Arthur, born 6 Dec 1913; died March 1975. His parents were Knut Leonard KNUTSON (1870-1942) and Augusta L. HOLMGREN (1877-1955). Both born in Sweden; Knut in Soderhamn, Halsingland and Augusta in Grangarde, Dalarna. Thank you for your help!

Tim Davis (Submitted 7 May 2000)

 I am seeking info about the following families of Kane County; Ebenezer M. HALL b. 7 June 1813 in New Hampshire moved to Kane County in the late 1850s and his wife, Sarah (DYER) HALL b. 30 Oct 1810 in New Hampshire their children: (1) Hannah Lucretia HALL b. 1835 in New Hampshire d. bef. 1909 probably in Kane County (2) Charles H. HALL b. 1836 in New Hampshire (3) Ellen A. HALL b. Sept. 1837 married John F. PHELPS in Kane County 8 April 1857 (4) Abby A. HALL b. 1840 Married John F. NORTON in Kane county 14 Sept. 1859 (5) George A. HALL b. 23 May 1841 married Sarah WELCH in Kane County 28 Nov. 1871 (6) Chase A. HALL b. May 1848 married (1) Versalia M. PANTON in Kane County 25 May 1867 (2) Ellen BABCOCK (7) Everett A. HALL b. 1851. William PANTON b. 1815 in England died probably in Kane County in early 1870s and his wife, Jane Ann (LANE) PANTON, b. 1816 in New York d. abt. 1876 Kane County their children: (1) Vernelia Ann PANTON b. 23 Sept. 1840 married Riley PIERCE in Kane County 23 Sept. 1862 (2) Vesta Jane PANTON b. 1843 married Melbourn KIPPin Kane County 7 March 1865 (3) Vestronga William (V. W.) PANTON b. 15 April 1845 married Eliza MITCHELL in Kane County 16 Feb. 1865 (4) Vorious George PANTON b. 1848 in Aurora, Kane County (5) Versalia M. PANTON b. 27 june 1850 in Aurora, Kane County married (1) Chase A. HALL (2) John N. BLODGETT. Thank you.

Adrienne Altepeter Laramore (Submitted 7 May 2000)

  I have been trying to locate John T. ALTEPETER who lived in Maple Park, Elburn and Lily Lake area. He married Bertha KLATT 9 June 1906. She died 1 Apr 1948 and he died 20 Feb 1944. John T. was married in about 1900-04 to someone by the name of Sophie and they had one child, Mary. I'm trying to find info on that marriage, Sophie died soon after the marriage. I'm also trying to find out who John T. ALTEPETER's mother and father were. His mother's name might have been Anna, but I'm not sure. Could you help me? Thank you.

Marilyn Whitt (Submitted 6 May 2000)

  I'm looking for the any info on a John REEVES, who resided in Kane Co., IL between 1851 and 1870. I'm looking for Naturalization and immigration info, preferable a DI. He is listed on the 1860 Kaneville, Kane Co., IL census. His brothers Stephan and George were granted final naturalization on 16 Oct 1860. Even a DI on either one of these men would be helpful. Thanks. Your research is greatly appreciated.

Sam Lawson (Submitted 6 May 2000)

  Looking for anyone who knows of the Micheal HALPIN that is shown on the 1860 Kane County Census as: HALPIN, Michael, 40 yrs., Blacksmith, Born in Ireland; Catherine, 41 Yrs., wife, IRE; William, 18 Yrs, laborer, Canada; Mary Ann, 16 Yrs, serv., Canada; Johanah, 12 Yrs, Michigan. They are living with a German family of Henry STAUGH, wife Catherine, Henry (5), and Charles (1). Mary Ann HALPIN, above, married on 5 July, 1865, to a Bartholomew "Bartley" DEAN in Aurora, Illinois. He served with the 13th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers during the Civil War. He was from Roscommon, Ireland, himself. If anyone knows of these HALPINS or these DEANS, won't you please E-mail me?

Barb Teeple Thrun (Submitted 6 May 2000)

  Charles and Anna KRAMPKE THRUN had a farm in Pingree Grove, IL. He died 1/10/1951 and she died 4/1913 . I'd like to get information on both of their parents, and a son, Lawrence. Thank you for your help.

Bobbie Smith (Submitted 5 May 2000)

  In search of descandents of the families: STRUCKMAN/N, CAHILL, OTTO, BUSCHE, ROTERMUND and many others. Time line beginning about 1860 forward where most of the families married in Kane Co. as listed in marriage files. Possibly have link to STRUCKMAN line and can give details of their arrival to Amerika.

Marion Harris (Submitted 3 May 2000)

  Seeking information on any of the following Batavia residents. Mary BALDWIN who married a John BRADLEY 4/23/1848 in Kane Co. and had a daughter Bida M. BRADLEY married 3/29/1876 to John SATTERLY. Amanda BALDWIN married Cornelius LATHAM 6/7/1849, Kane Co. George FOWLER who I believe was married to a BALDWIN had a daughter Georgia who married James GARNSEY 7/16/1874 in Batavia, Kane Co. Also a Charlotte BALDWIN with a son Arthur, Adeline Baldwin & Luceta of unknown residence. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Vern King (Submitted 3 May 2000)

  Looking for information on Charles W. KING, born August 15, 1866 in Geneva, Kane Co., IL to George R. KING and Mariah CAMPBELL, who were married on November 17, 1865 in Geneva, Kane Co., IL. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have no other information on Charles, but I do have on George and Mariah, they were my great-great grandparents. Thank you in advance for your patience and assistance.

Lannette Crutchfield (Submitted 6 Apr 2000)

  According to an entry in a family Bible, Spaulding McINTYRE married his second wife, Sarah, in Kane County, IL in 1854. There is no day or month shown or the wife's maiden name. Would be interested in receiving this more definitive date information to try to obtain a copy of the marriage certificate.

Blair (Submitted 26 Mar 2000)

  I am seeking the parents of John BLAIR born 1818-1820, place unknown. He and his family were in Upper Leacock Twp, Lancaster Co., PA during the 1850 Census. Also, seeking the parents of James John BLAIR who was in Lebanon Co., PA during 1860 Census. James was listed on the census as a jeweler and he had a jewelry shop in Lebanon, PA. James married Caroline S STARKEY, perhaps STUCKEY, 11/11/1852 in Bellefonte, Center Co., PA. This family was in Lebanon County until about 1867-68 and I then find them in Batavia, Kane Co, IL. While living in Lebanon, PA they had William, 8/13/1853; a son, 1854, Carrie Eliza, 7/19/1858; Charles Franklin, 3/3/1860; Jane Helen, 1/21/1867 (perhaps in IL). While in Batavia they had Sophia Starkey (Stuckey?), 12/7/1870; Joseph Lemberger, 11/19/1872; and Nellie May, 5/9/1875. Would appreciate any information on this family. Thank you.

Sue Blankenship (Submitted 24 Mar 2000)

  I am searching for a copy of an obit for Elizabethe MATTESON who died August 2, 1932 in St. Charles, Kane Co. She died as a result of stepping into the path of a moving vehicle. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Debbie Mobley (Submitted 24 Mar 2000)

  I am searching for Alvin B. JOHNSON b. apr 1889. His parents, Charles O. JOHNSON (b. 30 Mar 1849, d. 30 Dec 1910) and Augusta FOGELBERG (b. 1850), came to Kane Co. in 1879 from somewhere in Sweden. Death certificate shows he was burried at the Montgomery Cemetery in Aurora Twshp. His father was listed illegible as Abel? He was widowed leaving 2 son's, Alvin and David, one daughter Beda Gillespie at the time of his death. Augusta preceded Charles in death sometime between 1900-1910. They had 2 other children, Bada, b. 1875 in Sweden and David A. b. 1889 in IL. Alvin married my grandmother Adelia BEALS-EATON in 1933, his second marriage, Kane Co. He left her and my father, Alvin, Jr. in 1937. I heard he died somewhere in 1965 or 1966. Now I've hit a brick wall. Augusta, Charles and Beda were born somewhere in Sweden but I need to know exactly where to continue my search. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Updated: 10 Sep 2000

Elizabeth Bush (Submitted 23 Mar 2000)

  I am looking for information on my grandfather, Walker Burnett ALEXANDER. My mother's birth certificate shows him living on 429 Fulton St., Elgin, IL in 1916. My grandmother died a few years later and know he married a woman named Clara 1920's. They had two children, Marilyn, b. 1927/8 and Franklin Burnett, b. 1924/5. Marilyn married a man with last name PRESCOTT. Walker also had a sister Belle married a Charles LAMB and a brother Arthur who married Geniveive. Would appreciate any info.

Michelle Bryson (Submitted 21 Mar 2000)

  I am trying to find any imformation I can on my paternal grandmother, Catherine MODELSKI. She was born in Poland and I think the year was 1899. She came her on a ship at the age of 15. She married John THIES and lived in Batavia until she died at age 33. I thought if I could see her death certificate it could help find more about her roots . I think she came via Ellis Island. She spoke polish so my Dad doesn't have any helpful information. Thank you so much.

Jack Burke (Submitted 19 Mar 2000)

  Looking for info on the WILLIAMS from Ohio who lived in Kane Co. and who had daughters named Martha and Lydia. Martha married James STOUT in McLean Co. and Lydia married John STOUT in Kane Co. Marriages took place in the 1840s.

Sharon Nelson (Submitted 18 Mar 2000)

  I am looking for the family of Almer and Emily JACOBS who settled in Aurora in the late 1800's or early 1900's. Almer and Emily JACOBS are shown as living in Aurora in the 1910 federal census. Since they are not shown in the 1920 census I am quite certain they died in Aurora during that time. Their three adult children Guy, Ray, and Doris, were living with them in 1910. Guy is shown in the 1920 census as residing in a rooming house on Lincoln Street and working as a bookkeeper but there is no record of any of the other members of the family at this time. Does anyone have any information at all about these Jacobs? Emily was a SAGE and was related to Russell SAGE. Both Almer and Emily were from New York originally.

Updated: 24 Jul 2002

Jim Barrett (Submitted 12 Mar 2000)

  We are looking for info. on the BARRETT, JENKINS, and MURRAY surnames. These families were around Elgin prior to the Civil War. William BARRETT and John MURRAY enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 from Kane Co., IL. John MURRAY was killed in 1862, and Wm. BARRETT returned to Elgin in July 1865, and married John MURRAYs widow, Amelia JENKINS MURRAY. Amelia and John had one son, John W. MURRAY, Jr. born in 1861. Any info. would be appreciated.

Fred Krauss (Submitted 12 Mar 2000)

  Fred John KRAUSS b abt 1854, GER, d bef 1900 Lee Co. IL. Katherine MAISCH KRAUSS SIPPLE b June 1857 GER Immigration 1882 d 14 Jan 1909 Aurora, IL buried Spring Lake Cemetery Section FW, Lot 9. children 3 or 4: Frederick William KRAUSS b 9 Dec 1885 Aurora IL d 12 Jul 1967 San Diego, California married Gertrude Eliza POLZIEN. Elsie KRAUSS b March 1892 Aurora IL. William F KRAUSS b 14 Jan 1884 d 1 Jun 1960 Aurora, IL. ? KRAUSS. Would like obituary and burial location of Fred Krauss. The family was living in Aurora at the time of this death and I can not find anything in Amboy where he died. From the obituary of Katherine, it states that her first husband passed away in Amboy ten years ago. He is not buried with her in Spring Lake. He would have died about 1898-1900.

NEXT FAMILY: Alfred HARROUN b est 1846 father of the following 3 children that I know about. Harriet L HARROUN married to William F POLZIEN she was born b 21 Sep 1866 St. Charles, Kane Co., IL d 17 Sep 1938 Aurora, IL buried Spring Lake Cemetery, section II, lived at l756 Front St., Aurora, IL in 1938. Herbert V HARROUN married Lillian KRAUSE. Gertrude HARROUN married ? MANBECK.

NEXT FAMILY: William F POLZIEN b 20 Aug 1865 IL d 5 Jan 1945 Aurora, IL buried Spring Lake Cemetery, section II, Harriet L HARROUN (POLZIEN) b 21 Sep 1866 St. Charles, Kane Co., IL d 17 Sep 1938 Aurora, IL buried Spring Lake Cemetery, section II. Alfred HARROUN b est 1846 father of Harriet. Parents of the following 13 Polzien children: Gracia M b Sep 1887 married to Alvin R BEACH; Gertrude Eliza b 24 Mar 1889 my great grandmother; Harriet A b abt 1891; Alma H b January 1891; Fillian S abt 1893; Lillian b 1893; W E b 1894 d 25 Mar 1896 Spring Lake Cemetery, Section II, Aurora; Harold H b 12 Jan 1897 d April 1980 married to Bessie M GOODENDORF son David B Polzien; Evelyn b 1898; Helen C b 14 Dec 1900 d 30 Sep 1994 married to Nels UGLAND; Dorthy b abt 1903; Florence b 8 Dec 1905 d 2 Aug 1986 married to Charles GALOR; Alfred G b 24 May 1909 d October 1979. Best Regards,

UPDATED: 16 May 2006

Vicki Brennan (Submitted 11 Mar 2000)

  I am searching for any information regarding: James HOPKINS born abt. 13 0ct 1902. Died Elgin, Kane Co. Aug 1971. Buried Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, IL. 20 Aug 1971. Margaret nee COFFEY HOPKINS born 26 Oct 1910, Chicago, IL. Died Elgin, Kane Co. Sep 1977. Buried Mount Carmel, Hillside, 17 Sep 1977. They could have been married at Holy Family Parish in Chicago but I haven't found them yet. Anything will be appreciated! Thank you.

Maureen H. Decherd (Submitted 9 Mar 2000)

  I am researching two different sides of my family whose names are spelled similarly: KIRWAN and KERWIN. I believe that my g- grandmother's maiden name was KIRWAN and she married Joseph KERWIN who was born in Huntley, IL. They moved to Kane Co. and had three daughters there. They would have lived in Kane Co. at the latter part of the 19th century and were a farming/dairy family. Thank you.

Annie Brown (Submitted 5 Mar 2000)

  Looking for information on William Henry LAMBERT born 25 Jun 1852 in Gilbert Station. Fathers name according to his death certificate John ? LAMBERT, Born England. William Henry ( Henery ) married a Jeanette MILLER born in Dane Co., WI. Thanks

Tom Watson (Submitted 3 Mar 2000)

  I am looking for any information on Captain Richard Henry CLAEYS, who grew up in St. Charles, IL during the 1930's, flew as a pilot for both the RAF and USAAF during WWII and was shot down over Bled, Yugoslavia in August 1946. My brother was named for Captain CLAEYS, and we would like to provide him with additional information about his namesake. Please send any leads. Thanks in advance.

Cheryl Moreno (Submitted 1 Mar 2001)

  I am looking for information on my great grandparents, Herman(n) Emil SCHMIDT and his wife, Alvina Sophia (Rena) SCHROEDER. They lived in South Elgin from about 1900 (maybe earlier) until about 1950 (maybe a little later). They lived on the west side of South Elgin. Herman worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. I would like to get any information on them. I have spent hours reading page by page the 1900 Elgin Township census on the internet on the website. I am unable to find South Elgin. I know for a fact that my great grandfather and great grandmother and my great grandfather's brother and family lived in South Elgin in 1900, but I cannot find them in the 1900 census. I have entered all names, including children's names of those alive in 1900. No success. Can anyone help me find Herman SCHMIDT and his wife Alvina (Rene) SCHMIDT and Herman's brother Albert SCHMIDT and his wife Rekie (Ricka) SCHMIDT? I'm trying to find out when they emigrated from Mecklenburg and West Prussia. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can locate them? I am also looking for information on another set of great-grandparents who lived in Elgin from around 1900. His name was Burton C. SHAYLER and her name was Lucy, maiden name LISK. They lived on S. Commonwealth. Herman died in 1950 and Alvina died in 1960. Alvina's parents were Henry and Wilhelmina SCHROEDER. I do know they emigrated from Mecklenburg-Schwerin around 1882. I have not been able to find anything on Herman's parents or where Herman was born. I know he was German, but I don't know if he was born in Germany. I do know he had a brother Albert. Can you give me birthdates? Occupations? Birth places? etc. Anything you can provide, I would be most appreciative of.

UPDATED: 15 Jul 2001

Gayle Sennott (Submitted 27 Feb 2000)

  I am looking for any information about Roy WATERMAN. He was born June 7, 1884 in LeRoy, NY. His father was James Harlow WATERMAN - mother unknown. I found his SSDI record that shows he died in Oct 1969 and he lived in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL. He had a sister named Gertrude, born 11 Nov 1873 in LeRoy, NY and a brother, James, also born in NY. I would like to find out who he married and when, what children they had and any other pertinent documents relating to this family. I have his sister Gertrude's obituary notice and that was how I found out that she had a brother named Roy that was living in IL in 1936. Anyone with information about Roy, or any of his family, please contact me by email. Thanks very much.

Janette Anderson (Submitted 25 Feb 2000)

  Hoping to find more information about my Grandmother's family. She was born 7/29/1892 to Clarens TEWKSBURY. She had a brother, Lloyd TEWKSBURY. Any information would be appreciated.

George J. Moore (Submitted 23 Feb 2000)

  Horatio (Horace) HILL and wife were living in Wayne in 1910. William BURNS and wife (Maude I believe), (nee HILL) were also living there at the same time. Any information about them or any offspring will be apreciated. Are there any cemetary's in Wayne that could be checked for these names?

Diana Dunn (Submitted 19 Feb 2000)

  Want to exchange information about George J and Mary Etta Mansfield PECK, who resided in Dundee, Kane Co. She died in Dundee 1 Sep 1870. They had children Cordelia, Permelia, George M., Sanford James (My great-grandfather), and William Alston.

Richard Kelley (Submitted 16 Feb 2000)

  Erwin DAVIS married Betsey A. NORTON in Kane Co. on 31 Aug 1876. Erwin DAVIS parents were David DAVIS (b. 1828, d. 1910) and Maria (b. 1884, d. 1914). Betsey A. NORTON's parents were Ebenezer NORTON (b. 1805, d. 1863) and Betsey MALTBY (b. 1852). Does anyone have any information on Erwin and Betsey's children?

Michael Kirchhoff (Submitted 14 Feb 2000)

  I am presently seeking any and all information I can on Hampshire, Kane Co., IL residents: Herman H. KIRCHHOFF (b: 27 Jan 1862; d: 30 Mar 1947) married to: Margaret (SHEDDIN) KIRCHHOFF (b: 17 Nov 1866; d: 24 Nov 1932) and/or Gustav F. KIRCHHOFF (b: 03 Nov 1869; d: 31 Dec 1948). Herman and Gustav owned and managed their own business, KIRCHHOFF BROTHERS LUMBER in Hampshire, IL from mid 1890's until the 1940's. It is said that Herman owned one of the first automobiles in Hampshire, and was associated with the Scottish Rite of Freeport, IL. This is about all the information I currently possess, and am researching for further facts of their lives while residing in Hampshire. Any and all leads and info would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at the following email and/or postal address: Michael Kirchhoff, 7371 Normandie Court, #G, Hazelwood, Missouri 63042.

Dianna Livingston (Submitted 14 Feb 2000)

  I am looking for information about Thomas and Ida (Sebby) JORGENSON. They had four children: Howard, Edwin, Herman and Mildred. Thomas might have been born near Lee County, but I do know that he was living in Big Rock when his daughter, Mildred, was born in 1921. I also know that they were living in Big Rock when Carrie Rodge, Thomas JORGENSON's mother, came to live with them before her death. It is possible that both Thomas and Ida lived in Big Rock for the rest of their lives. If anyone has information about either Thomas or Ida JORGENSON, I would appreciate the help. Thank you.

Lorene Fort (Submitted 13 Feb 2000)

  Searching for information about the families of Abel Kelly HALL, born 15 Jan 1836 in Dearborn, MI; died 29 Jun 1893 in KS. Abel Kelly married 1st on 27 Dec 1855 in Kane Co, IL to Julia A. HARRINGTON, born 9 May 1835 in Chenango Co, NY; died 9 May 1873 in Bourbon Co, KS. We are searching for parents and/or siblings of Abel Kelly HALL. We have information that Julia A. HARRINGTON had several brothers and sisters, but only two are known: Joseph Thomas HARRINGTON and Abagail Sarrah HARRINGTON married to James Wiley MATTESON. We would like to know the other siblings and the parents, if possible. There is much information to share from the Kansas area.

Gordon (Submitted 12 Feb 2000)

  Looking for any information on a Munson EDDY early to middle 1800's Father was John F. EDDY. 1/2 Brother Levi EDDY. Settled in Aurora Had a picture of them in a newspaper celabrating there golden wedding anniversary in 1908. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Donna Bishop Wright (Submitted 5 Feb 2000)

  Found Hugh McGAUGHLIN or 1860 Kane County Census. States he was born in Scotland and was 28 yrs. old at time of the Census. His wife's name was Elizabeth b. in Wisconsin. One son in household in 1860 Walter Kenneth McLAUGHLIN, my great grandfather, who was unnamed at time of census. Family tradition has it that Elizabeth's maiden name was Alexander. I find a Wm. McLAUGHLIN and John McLAUGHLIN listed in the Early Parishoners of St. Mary's Church in Elgin, Kane Co. IL. Does anyone have information on any of these people? My great grandfather, Walter Kenneth McLAUGHLIN told family members he ran away from home at a young age and when he returned his family had disappeared. Our family has been trying to find out what happened to Hugh since my great grandfather's time and we have had no luck at all. I would appreciate any information on any McLAUGHLIN (or variation of the name) in the area.

Sherri Hall (Submitted 3 Feb 2001)

  I am attempting to find any information on an elusive lady that married into my SOURELET family. The lady that I am looking for was named Mrs. Susan S. SOURELET, listed as the deceased mother (residence Aurora, IL), of C. B. SOURELET on his marriage application on 24 Dec 1913. At the time he was 25 years old. Susan's maiden name is unknown, but she was married to Joseph D. SOURELET. Any help (or even a hint) would be greatly appreciated.

Peggy Gillespie (Submitted 2 Feb 2000)

  I am researching Charles Ludwig SWANSON b 1879. Charles married Millie HEGBERG...Children: Charles Walter SWANSON b 1904 d 1978 Northbrook,IL married Esther Evelyn GARBE b 1906 Aurora,IL d 1997 in WI. Esther was the daughter of William Richard GARBE b 1878 married Luella KIRSCH.

Selina Brown (Submitted 1 Feb 2000)

  I am looking for the parents of my grandfather, Arthur W. PENNINGTON. Arthur and his wife Margaret (SMITH) were the parents of 9 (live) children. They lived on Hammond Ave. in Aurora until Margaret's death 1 Jan 1969. My great grandfather's name was Arthur Frank PENNINGTON, born in Sugar Grove, and he was married to Celia COLTON, 1897 in Clinton Twp. Her line of Colton's were from Sugar Grove.

Dianne (Submitted 30 Jan 2000)

  I am looking for information on an Allen SMITH, born 1895 -1905, whose parents are Leonard SMITH of NY and Sarah FRAIZER of IL. Allen's parents marriend in 1895 in Geneva, Kane Co. Leonard died August 15, 1939 and is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Geneva. How do I get a copy of his obit and where would I write on a local level, to get a copy of his death certificate? Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Sue B (Submitted 28 Jan 2000)

  I am searching for information and family members of William Mortimer MATTESON and Nancy WHEELER who married in Kane County, IL March 25, 1854

Billy Blanchard (Submitted 25 Jan 2000)

  Looking for obituary/newspaper account of Keyes W. BLANCHARD. Kane co. researcher was unable to find same. Maybe a church record of his death is possible. He and wife Orinda are buried at the North Plato cemetery located on PLANK ROAD, just east of IL. Route 47. Their monument is clearly marked. I am a great grandson. I have a copy of page 723 of "Past and Present of Kane Co., Rutland township IL., which gives the family history up to the publishing of this county history. Keyes was born in 1815 and died 30 Dec. 1863. Keyes wifes' name was Orinda, not Oneida as published. Their son Dean(e) was my grandfather. According to an 1880 US Census of my home county in South Dakota, there is reference that both Keyes & Orinda were born in Vt. I have a copy of Orinda's death record which indicates that she, at least, was born in VT. There was no official death record or obituary found. That is why I thought maybe a church record may be available, although I have no knowledge of their church affiliation.

Theresa (Submitted 23 Jan 2000)

  I am just starting my research for the name of DAVIDSON and DOTY. I believe they lived in Burlington Township in 1897. I have Nina May DOTY b-1/03/1897 d- 1/31/1990 in Orlando FL. Parents name Franklin Bake DOTY and Esther Ann DAVIDSON. I believe she is to had 8-11 brothers and sisters all born before her. Nina's death cert states she was born in Burlington Township,IL. If you can help I would appreciate any info. Thanks in Advance

Charles Dusing (Submitted 21 Jan 2000)

  I am looking for any information on Charles W. DUSING, my great grandfater. He was born in Iroquois County IL. May 1866. Last known living in Elgin in 1946. His wife, Martha TEMPLIIN died there May 3, 1946. Any information at all would be of great help.

Bob Deckwa (Submitted 21 Jan 2000)

  My ggrandfather and grandmother came from Elgin. I am looking for information on Sophia OTTE and William DECKWA. Sophie was born in Steimbke, Ger. and William was born in or around Hanover, Ger. Would like to get copy of marriage certificate. Details: William F. H. DECKWA, born 11 Sept. 1846 in Hanover, Ger., died 27 Nov. 1914, Turlock, CA. Married--9 April 1871, Elgin, IL to Sophie Louise Dorothee OTTE, Born 3 December 1849 in Steimbke, Ger., Died 17 Aug. 1879, Clearfield, KS. Children--Emilie DECKWA, Born 25 Aug. 1871, Elgin, IL, Died 3 Feb. 1876, Elgin, IL Buried in Bluff City Cem. Henry Louis DECKWA, Born 18 Sept. 1873, Elgin, IL, Died 27 May 1950, Turlock, CA. Ida Emma DECKWA, Born 25 Dec. 1874, Elgin, IL, Died 4 May 1961, Vassar, KS. Carl William DECKWA, Born 9 March 1876, Elgin IL, Died 9 Feb. 1932, New Orleans, LA. Amelia Sophia DECKWA, Born 31 Jan. 1878, Elgin, IL, Died 29 Jan. 1938, Vassar, KS. Thanks.

Tom Johnston (Submitted 20 Jan 2000)

  Am looking for information on John and Ann COSTELLO (sometimes spelled with an "e" on the end), and children (Ann, Anastasia, John, James, Augustine, Frances, etc.). John and Ann arrived in Maple Park (or I believe Virgil at the time) in the late 1850's, He worked as a farm laborer and "on the railroad". Ann lived in the area until the early 1900's.

Barb Smith (Submitted 18 Jan 2000)

  I am looking for information on Fred MILLETT and Eva ROGERS Millett of Kane Co., IL. Fred was b abt 1862 and Eva was b. abt 1863. They were mar. Aug. 1883 in Batavia. At that time Fred was living in Batavia and Eva was living in Warrenville. They had at least one child, Hattie May, who was b. 1886. She mar. Donald McCRIMMON Oct. 27, 1906. Donald and Hattie were my grandparents. Any information will be appreciated.

Jack Freese (Submitted 14 Jan 2000)

  I am looking for additional information on the following relatives who were married in Kane Co.: Mary PONSONBY married Thomas MAGHAR on 1/19/1850 - License # 1198. Margaret PONSONBY married Mathew LYNCH on 10/14/1850 - License # 1341. Questions are as follows: Where were the above couples married? Where were they born? What were the names of their parents? Any help will be greatly appreciated and assist in solution of a problem I have been trying to solve for the last 5 years. Thank you.

Richard Magnuson (Submitted 6 Jan 2000)

  Our Ggrandparents Guss & Eva lived in St. Charles Kane Co., IL in the 1870s 80s & 90s. Our grandmother Anna Sophia JOHNSON was born on 11 Apr 1879 in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL. She had 5 or 6 sisters & 1 brother named Charlie who was born in 1877. Part of the time they lived on E. South Street. Any Infor. on any of them would be Appr. Thank You.

Henry Gabrielsson (Submitted 2 Jan 2000)

  I am looking for the following ancestors from Långaryd Parish in Sweden: Karl Amandus born in 2 aug 1868; Johan Severin born in 8 July 1865. They will probably have used either of the following surnames: CARLSSON, KARLSSON, SWÄRD, ELIASSON.

Sue Jackson (Submitted 1 Jan 2000)

  I am looking for information on my husband's great grandfather, William Alfred FOSTER born in Elgin, IL 19 Aug 1848. He was married to a Martha Ann GRIENER who was born in Lockward, IL on 12 Nov 1855. Any information appreciated.

Robert C. Newman (Submitted 1 Jan 2000)

  I have heard second hand that there was an article, perhaps a legal notice, in the AURORA BEACON in the "late 1800s" concerning Marlin GARDNER and his wife Clarissa, and would like to get details. Given that Marlin married Sybil BOWDISH in April 1855, I would guess the entry was in 1854 or early 1855. As Marlin and Clarissa are my gt gt grandparents, I would like to follow up on this.

Taleah Wilkinson (Submitted 28 Dec 1999)

  I'm looking for information on my Great Grandfather Clarence Cidney INGRAHAM, who was born in BATAVIA, KANE CO., IL. Dec. 1866. According to the 1850 KANE CO., IL. census his parents Charles Jr. and Cornelia BAIN was living with his grandparents Charles Sr. and Elizabeth and farming with his father and his brothers John age 31, Aaron age 29, Daniel age 18, and Samuel age 15, in BATAVIA KANE CO., IL.. I would appreciate any information that you can give me, I know that Charles Jr. and Cornelia had 9 children but the family only knew two of Clarence's siblings a sister Maggie that had one son before she married his name was Fred INGRAHAM, and he was raised by Charles Jr. and Cornelia, there brother Edward visited the family after they moved to Dade Co., MO sometime after 1880. Charles Jr. was in H CO. 55 Regiment from Nov.5, 1862 to Nov. 5, 1864, he was a private, and began drawing his pension in 1890 at this time he was in Dade Co., MO, he died on Sept. 14, 1891, he married Cornelia BAIN, April 6, 1850 in BATAVIA KANE CO., IL. Thank You

Lyn Hart (Submitted 1999)

  I am looking for information as to when my grandparents passed away. George GILGENBACH, Collette Dwyer-GILGENBACH. They lived in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL. I believed they lived on 12th Street. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Taleah Wilkinson (Submitted 28 Dec 1999)

  I'm searching for informaiton on my Great Great Great Grandfather Charles INGRAHAM Sr. we have found him and his wife Elizaeth, along with my Great Great Grandparents Charles P. Jr. and Cornelia BAIN, plus their other sons in the 1850 KANE CO., BATAVIA, IL. According to the census Charles P. Jr. was farming along with his father, his brothers John age 31, Aaron age 29, Daniel age 18, and Samuel age 15. At this time it shows Charles P.Sr. age 63, and Elizabeth age 57 we don't know if this is all of their children, nor do we have any birthdates, deathdates, according to the census all of the family listed the Isle of St. John as the place of birth. We know that Charles P. Jr. was 23 and had just married Cornelia (BAIN), age 20 in BATAVIA, KANE CO., IL. April of 1850 as we have a copy of their marriage liscenses. According to what we was told by my Great Grandfather Clarence Cidney INGRAHAM he was born in BATAVIA, KANE CO., IL. in Dec. 1866, he was the youngest of Charles Jr. and Cornelia BAIN INGRAHAM; and according to the 1900 Dade Co., MO Census they had 9 children, however the family only knew 2 of Can's siblings a sister Maggie, and a brother Edward. Charles Jr. was a private in H CO. 55 Regiment from Dec. 31, 1862 to Nov. 5, 1864, he died in Dade Co., MO Sept. 14, 1891 at Arcola, MO where Cornelia lived with her son Can, and grandson Fred INGRAHAM, who was the son of her daughter Maggie INGRAHAM, who left him with Charles Jr. and Cornelia to raise when she married. I know the family didn't come to Dade County until after the 1880 census the first place that I found the family was in the Special 1890 Census of the Civil War Veterns and their widows, it shows that Charles Jr. was attempting to draw his pension. I would appreciate anything that can be found on Charles Sr., Elizabeth, John, Aaron, Daniel, Samuel, Charles Jr., Cornelia, Clarence Cidney, Maggie, Edward and any of the other children. Thank You

Connie Nelson (Submitted 28 Dec 1999)

  I am looking for any information I can get on Ray and Mayme KETTLESEN (Husband and Wife) who are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Aurora, IL. The only information I have is as follows: Ray b. 1880; d. 1943, Mayme b. 1880; d. 1976. Even a phone number and address for Riverside Cemetery would be helpful and then I can write to the cemetery. Also, what newspaper may I find an obituary in?

Steve Michael (Submitted 26 Dec 1999)

  I have just begun to research the MICHAEL family who settled in Kane Co. from Wales in the 1850s. Other related names include PIERCE, SEGER, MORRIS, DAVIS, and JONES.

Allan Winn (Submitted 26 Dec 1999)

  I am looking for information on my ancestors Arthur and Lilly WINN. They lived on Clevland Ave. in Aurora from about 1940 to 1960. Lilly and Arthur had four sons, Wallace, Richard, Delbert, and John.

Charles Ames (Submitted 25 Dec 1999)

  I am seeking information on AMES and RUDD in Kaneville, IL. Samuel RUDD b. 1779 in Middleton Spring VT d. 1855 married Mary Polly AMES b. 1788 Poultney died 1877 in Kaneville IL. Also, Charles AMES b. 1819 Rutland VT d. 1905 Kalamazoo MI married Amelia Desiah WARD b. 1820 Fairhaven VT d. 1896 in Kaneville IL. Possibly Edward AMES buried in Kaneville died 1940 in FL. Is there information on AMES family in Kaneville available? thank you

Mary Trainor (Submitted 23 Dec 1999)

  I am looking for information about Alfred Josiah SHIBLEY. He was born in Aurora in 1855. The family later moved to the Mohawk Valley. I'd like to know when they moved into the area. Thanks for your help.

Moss Family (Submitted 22 Dec 1999)

  The name PEASE has come up as having married Henry CARLSON. From what I understand she was a flapper. I believe Henry was born 20 Aug 1892. Any help is much appreciated.

Betty (Submitted 14 Dec 1999)

  Searching for EVANS, N W who married FAGUE, Mary E in Kane county 14 Nov 1878. Need name, dob, dod for N W and any other information would be appreciated.

Dawn (Submitted 14 Dec 1999)

  Marriage between Herbert Henry SECORE and Lillian COLLINS on 19 Sep 1900. Can anyone tell me anything about this couple?

Tami Ladwig (Submitted 12 Dec 1999)

  I am trying to find information on my grandmother, maiden name Flora DERSHEM, who grew up at Mooseheart orphanage in Kane Co. I know she graduated from Mooseheart in 1930. I am looking for information about her for the years following her graduation, from 1930 until approximately 1945. Are there any records of her living or working in the county during those years? Any information you may find, or guidance on other places I may search, would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Laura Oatman (Submitted 3 Dec 1999)

  I am looking for information on the OATMAN family. My husband's great-grandfather's name was Adolphus Goodwin OATMAN; he was born August 13, 1840, in Dundee, Kane Co., IL. I would like to know more information: his parents' names, his occupation, his military service, etc. Especially curious to know if he was related to the Royse OATMAN family who left Lahare, IL in 1850 to travel west to CA, were massacred by the Apache Indians except for the two girls, Olive and MaryAnn. Thank You so much!!!

Judy Hostetler (Submitted 2 Dec 1999)

  I am looking for information on Robert Bruce FARSON, b. abt. 1852 in Lowell, MA, and died 1928 in Chicago. He married Clara M. JONES of St. Charles in 1873. Her father was Stevens Sanborn JONES, who was one of the first settlers of St. Charles. He was an attorney, writer and publisher. He purchased patents from the U.S. government to some 1250 acres in Kane Co. between 1844 and 1848 and was apparently murdered by a fanatic abt. 1877. Clara presided over the Board of Directors of the first public library in St. Charles, which was built in 1906. Clara and Rob had one child, also Robert (Bruce), b. in 1883. Bruce married Gertrude (Barbara) MILLER abt. 1909. They had three children: Stevens Sanborn, Frances Jane and Robert Bruce (Bob). They were divorced abt. 1921. I believe the FARSON family immigrated to St. Charles sometime around the Civil War (probably from Vermont) and may have been called MC PHERSON prior to that. Legend has it that there were two brothers who took opposite sides in the war, one changed his name to FARSON and the other to FERSON, and they went their separate ways. Some of the original settlers of St. Charles were named FERSON, but, so far, I have been unable to link them to my family. There was a Frederick F. FARSON from St. Charles who fought in the Civil War. I am sure he is related but have been unable to make a connection so far. There were supposedly about four other Robert Bruces, altho not in a row. I am particularly interested in the siblings and parents of the original Robert Bruce (Rob).

Janet D. (Submitted 1 Dec 1999)

  Trying to determine how to get copies of newspapers published at St Charles Boy's School in the and 1970s. My relative, Kenneth Williams, was an employee there and wrote interesting columns in a newspaper called "The Hour Glass." I have written to the Illinois Center at St. Charles and there is no response. Any ideas about what other sources may have newspapers edited by a state institution -- years back? Or how else to get the Illinois Center at St. Charles to respond? Thanks for your help.

Christine Lowery (Submitted 30 Nov 1999)

  I am searching for the parents of Chauncey BROOKS who was b. 24 Jan 1798, Richmond, MA and d. 14 Jan 1885 Sugar Grove, Kane Co., IL. He m. Laura Dixon SEARS on 14 sep 1821 in Lenox, MA. They had the following children: Chauncey S. Brooks, Lewis, Laura, Collins, Elisha, Chester, Linus, and Jabez. Any information on Chauncey and his family would be greatly appreciated. I am at a dead end for now with him. The PAULL family was very prominent in Kane Co., but not much is known about the people they married. Also looking for any info on Alexander C. STEARNS who m. Alice Clarinda PAULL on 29 Jul 1874 in Kane Co., IL. They had one child, Franklin William STEARNS (my great-grandfather) in 1875 and then divorced in 1876. Nothing else is known of Alexander except that his father was William STEARNS and he may have moved to Brooklyn, New York after his divorce, with a woman named Elizabeth CROSS. Thank you for any light you can shed on these mysteries.

Laura Mellen (Submitted 29 Nov 1999)

  I am hoping to find out information about my great aunt, Lydia KNOLL MCKINNON. She lived in Elgin, Kane Co., IL for at least 20 years prior to her death. I believe she passed away before 1964. She would have been born about 1895. Her husband was George MCKINNON, b1896, d 1984. I am wondering her death date and if her and her husband had any children. I would be willing to share what I have on the KNOLL family. Thank you.

Patricia Meyers (Submitted 29 Nov 1999)

  Would like to share information for anyone researching the surnames MALONE, CROSBY, or KEEFE. KEEFE surname is from Virgil Township and Maple Park. Other townships might be Kaneville, Compton...The KEEFE family came to Kane County by way of New Brunswick, Canada. Father was Patrick, b @ 1800. Three sons, William, Cullen and John C were born in NB in the 1830s. The CROSBY family was Richard and his brother James, both of whom showed up in the 1860 census. Richard married Mary MALONE. The MALONE family was Patrick MALONE and his wife Mary who also showed up in the 1860 census. You may contact me at

Cheri L. Calvin (Submitted 23 Nov 1999)

  I am searching for information on Maimi Luella SANDERS and Walter Joseph HOFFMAN, my grandparents. They lived on Orange Street in Elgin and my grandfather worked for the watch factory. Not much information to go on so any help would be appreciated.

Marti Zinn (Submitted 16 Nov 1999)

  I am researching the family of William and Mary HOLMAN who lived in Kane Co. at some point. My great grandmother, their daughter, Martha Ellen HOLMAN, was born in Aurora and I'm guessing around 1870-75. William enlisted out of Illinois to fight in the Civil War. Thanks so much for any help!

Gwen (Submitted 15 Nov 1999)

  Looking for information on the following family lines: Abel Martin CHALLY, b: July 12, 1898 in Newark, Kendall Co., IL, Married ?, Died; March 22, 1981 in Aurora, Kane Co., IL, Father: John Rasmus CHALLY, Mother: Julie (Guro) STEPHENSON, Other Spouses: ?Bernice SEDLEY, ?Howen DARLING. Wife: Bernice S. DARLING, b: December 11, 1906 in ?, d: August 1979 in Aurora, DuPage Co., IL. Looking for information such as family members related to this family line, obits, marriage information, ect. I am a CHALLY decendent and have been researching this family line for better than two years now. Would appeciate any help I can get.

John J. Flynn (Submitted 12 Nov 1999)

  I need to get a copy of an obituary from the Aurora Library for Donald CURRAN died Feb 26, 1988 in Aurora, IL. Thanks.

Del Jack (Submitted 9 Nov 1999)

  My gggrandmother, Eliza JOHNSON MATHEWSON died in Elburn in may 1903. She was burried in Blackberry Cem. What newspaper/s may have carried her obit? Thanks for the help.

Del Jack (Submitted 9 Nov 1999)

  On 8/26/1844 and 7/19/1844 my gggp, John MATHEWSON, purchased land on two 80 parcel plots. They are both listed as being in county #45, section 32, meridian 3. The former is described as "section part:e2se, Range o7e": the later as "section part w2se, range o7e". Where exactly on a Kane Co. plot map would I find these locals? How would I go about obtaining a Kane co. plot map? Thanks much.

Harold Wells (Submitted 7 Nov 1999)

  I am looking for information on my grandfather's sister, Martha WELLS, born in Northfield, Rice Co., MN in 1870. When their mother died in 1872 Martha was raised by a family named HART in Dover, MN. She later married a Mr George SINGLETON and was known to be living in Aurora, IL in 1900. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Paula Sherrin (Submitted 5 Nov 1999)

  I am seeking info on the descendants of Michael VOGT (born 1823 in Wurttemberg, GER) and Johannah BENZ (born Feb. 1839 in Oldenburg, GER). The family resided in Aurora, Kane Co., IL from about 1858 and may still be there for all I know. The children of Michael and Johannah are Katrina, Francis, Anton(Anthony), Louisa, Lena A., Michael, Frank, Edward and Fred. All children were born in IL except for Katrina (Wurttemberg) and Francis (NY). The family resided on Cedar St. in the 1880 and 1900 censuses. Anthony had moved to Wyandotte Co., KS by 1900. I would love to hear from any cousins who'd like to exchange info.

Stephanie (Submitted 5 Nov 1999)

  I'm searching this family. Alfred FISHER and Sally (Sarah) (WILSON). Sally and Alfred had the following children: Mark, Dick, and a step son Moses Wilson. They all were living in Dundie township, Kane Co., IL, in 1880. Any help with this family would deeply be appreciated. Thank you.

Bill Mac Kay (Submitted 5 Nov 1999)

  Seek insights about mid-nineteenth century New York-born, IL-married Dr. Jerome F. WEEKS and spouse Louise BLANCHARD WEEKS. Louise [sometimes Louisa] is Henderson, Jefferson Co., NY-born daughter of John Burt BLANCHARD and Lucy Ann THURBER. Her parents moved to St. Charles, Kane Co, IL about 1837. Dr. & Mrs. WEEKS resided in Peru, La Salle Co., IL, where their household included probable son Eugene. I welcome communication & enjoy sharing. Thanks.

Barbara Nethercott (Submitted 4 Nov 1999)

  Looking for DADSWELL descendants. Index to Illinois marriage registrations shows Sally DADSWELL md Richard ALLISON, 30 Aug. 1863. From FamilySearch found Anna DADSWELL md Edwin William STRINGER (no date) both b, near Elgin, IL, Anna 1853. Henry DADSWELL and his wife Hannah (HOBBS) had six children five of whom all born and baptised in Rotherfield, Sussex, Eng., including Henry b. 1840 & Sally b. 1843. Sixth child, Ann, bap. Withyham, Sx. 1858. Henry DADSWELL Jr. md. Withyham, Sx., Elizabeth GROOMBRIDGE. They had 8 children, the eldest b. 1866. According to the 1881 census of Penshurst, Kent, Eng., two of their 8 children were b. in IL, USA; Annie 1874 & Fred 1876. The next child was b. Penshurst. 1879. It would appear that Henry Sr. & family emigrated sometime after 1851 and that Henry Jr. joined them sometime before 1874 and was back in England by 1879. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Becky Asif (Submitted 2 Nov 1999)

  I am researching the AURAND surname in Kane Co. My third or fourth great grandpa donated the land for the Curch in Hampshire township. My Step-Great Grandma was the illlegitament daughter of a Senator as well. I am also researching WILKE.

Updated 26 Jul 2004

Tom Delaney (Submitted 31 Oct 1999)

  I'm trying to track down Andrew McWAYNE, who lived in Batavia, and was married to Arvilla Scott on 7/4/1847. Particularly, I'm trying to see if he has a connection to the McWAYNEs from VT. & upstate NY in the late 18th/early 19th centuries. I'd also like to establish if he was the father of Albert McWAYNE, who emigrated from Kane Co. to Hawaii and became a prominent physician there. It's a pretty uncommon surname, so I'm hopeful! Thanks.

Becky Hoff (Submitted 30 Oct 1999)

  Researching the families of Fred LUSTHOFF and Catherine HOFF who were married in Kane Co. 11 April 1889. Please reply to

Dessa Lynn (Submitted 30 Oct 1999)

  I am searching for information on Theodore BOY and his wife Theresa BOY. Theodore died Sept 8, 1943 and Theresa died June 28, 1944. They are buried in the Oakridge Cemetery in Hillside, IL. Theresa died in Elgin. I am hoping to find cemetery records and/or obituaries on these people. Both were born in Germany, but I do not know where in Germany. Any help would be appreciated.

Kay Walker (Submitted 28 Oct 1999)

  I am looking for the ancesters and wife of Rufus JOHNSON, born 1833 in New York state, but lived and died most of his life in Sugar Grove. He had at least two children, Will and Elora while living in Sugar Grove.

Betty VandeVoort (Submitted 28 Oct 1999)

  I am looking for information on my Grandmother Henrietta Alpha V. KNIPP, b. 10 May 1876, who was living in Aurora, IL from the 1880 census for Kane Co., with her parents William or George & Mary Flora DAVIES KNIPP and two sisters Cora and Ida. By July, 1895, my Grandmother was in Des Moines, IA and married my grandfather Charles A. SMITH. I do not know when she and her family left Aurora. I would appreciate any information you have. Thank you very much.

Updated: 28 Dec 1999

Michele Houchens (Submitted 28 Oct 1999)

  I am looking for information on the ALLEN family who settled in Aurora in 1854 from Ann Arbor, MI. In particular I am researching Dolly Ann ALLEN who married Leander SMITH in Kane County 2 May 1855. I am the Local Historian for Minooka, IL. Dolly Ann SMITH is credited for naming Minooka and many of it's streets. I'd like to find as much information on her as possible. Thank you!

Cody Arave (Submitted 25 Oct 1999)

  Looking for any information on Samuel William PARKER born 1868 in England, or Margaret Bouchen (not sure if this last name is correct) born 1877 somewhere in IL. Had two sons, George (also known as Judd) born 7-14-1896 and Frank born July 4, 1898, both born in Elgin or Hampshire. Moved to Wyoming, then Idaho several years later.

Carol Dickinson Robertson (Submitted 23 Oct 1999)

  I am looking for information on my great great grandmother Margaret Hannah HOLDEN (B. June 12, 1842 Pingree Grove, IL) she married Samuel S. PITTENGER Sept 12, 1863 in DeKalb Co. She is the daughter of John HOLDEN & Hannah VAN VELSER. Thanks in advance.

Phyllis (Submitted 22 Oct 1999)

  I am trying to find a verification of the place of death for Lillian DUEZ who died 1 Jan 1939. The Illinois Death Index has "un- known county" listed on the index but the city of Aurora, IL. Is there anyone who could lookup at the courthouse if they have a death record for her? I then can request from the Illinois State Archives, her death record. Thanks so very much.

Annie Walker (Submitted 20 Oct 1999)

  Searching for PEASE and SWITZER. I am a descendant of Jabez SWITZER and Elizabeth BANKS who lived in or near Elgin, it is said they lived on the Fox River. We have a postcard showing the home? (mansion) where they lived. One of their many (8) daughters, Hortense, married Ernest D. PEASE and went to Washington State. I have some info on Elizabeth BANKS who came over from Brompton, England, but I really want to find out Ernest's father's name and where he was from. Ernest is buried in the Pleasantview cemetery in Mondovi, WA. Also seeking information on Oscar PEASE, b. 1832, my paternal gggrandfather. He married Mary Jane BANKES in Kane Co. on December 13, 1852. So far, Oscar's origins are a dead end. Thank you.

Linda Walden (Submitted 18 Oct 1999)

  Looking for any information on marriages or births in the Elgin or Aurora area. I found a record of my great great grandparents marriage in the and it was only there for one night and then they took it out. The record that I found said Jacob REIS married Ann LEINER (it should be spelled ZEINER) 18 Feb 1855 in Kane Co. My great grandmother was born in Aurora on Dec.15,1855. She married my great grandfather Peter BRIXIUS on Oct.9,1876 in Elgin and they had two children born in Elgin, Barbara BRIXIUS born 25 Dec 1877 and Rose born 4 July 1880. I have tried to find them in the census records, but for some reason they are not where I have been looking. My great great grandparents lived in the Aurora area and they had nine children born in that area. They should be in the 1860, 1870 and the 1880 census records, but I can not find them. If you have any information that might help me out I would really appreciate it. Thank You

Florence Stringer Shier (Submitted 18 Oct 1999)

  My gg grandparents with their two children are listed in the 1850 census as living in Elgin, Kane Co. Mark STRINGER, b. abt 1814, England; Deborah (WILSON), wife, b. abt 1824, Canada; Elisa, daugh, b. abt 1845, IL; George E., son, b. 9-19-1848, IL. I found George living in Alden, Iowa 1880 but no trace of any of the other family members after the 1850 Federal Census. Can anyone help me on this--Thank You

Jason Hammer (Submitted 17 Oct 1999)

  I am researching my family in Kane Co. I have determined that my family has been in Kane Co. since the 1830's. The family surmnames are BERRY, SPAULDING, RUSSELL, and RADDANT. Can You tell me any thing about these family's have done in your county.

Karen Gouge (Submitted 17 Oct 1999)

  I am looking for any information on my grandfather who was born 7 Jul 1888 at Elgin. His name was Joseph Henery JOHNSON. All we know is thathe grew up in Elgin and later moved to Houghton, SD. His father's name was also Joseph H. JOHNSON and his mother is unknown from England. Any information would be greatly appreciated as my dad is looking for anything on his father. He was only 4 when his father died and has no further knowledge.

Karen Foster Montgomery (Submitted 17 Oct 1999)

  RAWSON, Mary C., married Nov 24, 1842, in Kane Co. She was born Nov 26, 1824, in probably NY, and died 1850, Blackberry, Kane. She married WHEELER, John P. I know nothing about Mr. WHEELER, nor if he and Mary had any children. Please contact me if they sound familiar to you. Thanks.

Lea Miller (Submitted 16 Oct 1999)

  Looking for information on Scott S. WEIDNER and his wife Jessie (MILLER) WEIDNER. Known to be living in Elgin, IL in 1912. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Betty S. (Submitted 15 Oct 1999)

  Searching for Minnie SCHUTTER Sons Walter,Otto,Harry.Also her mother Minnie DORRE or DOERRE. Death dates if you can find them. Thanks

Jim McMillen (Submitted 14 Oct 1999)

  Florence MARTIN married George SCHERRUBLE in Kane Co. on 6 Oct 1902. Does anyone know what became of them later? Thanks.

Judie Zeller (Submitted 12 Oct 1999)

  I am seeking the dates of death & place of burial for Nelson RUMMER & Abigail (HEAD) RUMMER who lived in Kane Co. in 1874. Nelson died in Batavia. The two children of Nelson & Abigail were Nancy & Vinnie RUMMER. Thank-you

Martha Ash (Submitted 12 Oct 1999)

  ASH family from Hessen, DEU to NY to Aurora, Kane Co. to Grundy Co., IL. Philip ASH (b. 1837 in German) and his family from Hessen, Germany spent some time in NY (one - two years) and then moved to Aurora. Philip reportedly had a butcher shop in Aurora approx. 1855. Philip and his sister (Katharine ASH, bo. 1842) shown up in Grundy Co. census of 1860 on a farm with a Conrad MILLER who was probably a family friend, also from Hesse.

Gene Meyer (Submitted 12 Oct 1999)

  I have been researching my father's side as follows: Adam John MEYER, born Aurora, IL on 24 March l893. Parents of Adam John MEYER: John MEYER, B. Arenhofen, Germany 9 April l852, D. Aurora, IL 4 September l930 and Margaret KOLF, B. Neuerburg, Germany 3l October l862, D. Aurora, IL 2 February l928. Parents of John MEYER: Nicholas MEIER and Appelonia POFFER. Parents of Margaret KOLF: Michael KOLF and Caroline GUILLEMAN. I would appreciate any contact. Thank you.

Dee Bailey (Submitted 9 Oct 1999)

  My ggf was Myron BOWEN, born in Kane Co., Dundee, IL on 22 Jan 1876. His mother was born in Kane Co. on 10/1/1841. Can you help me find any record to check this with? Thanks.

Pat Strecker (Submitted 8 Oct 1999)

  I am searching my grandfather and would like to know if anyone can help. Edward M KELLEY was born in PawPaw, Lee Co. so papers say. He married Estella {Stella} CALLAMORE on Dec 20, 1899. Divorced my grandmother on May 6, 1902, my father William Edward KELLEY (Doran} was 14 months at the time, and never heard or seen him. I do have Kane Co. City of Aurora city directory with Edward M KELLEY living at 410 N. Broadway the years of 1902 and 1903. Thank you for any help you can give.

C. Paulin (Submitted 8 Oct 1999)

  I am researching PAULIN and STEDMAN. James PAULIN was born in Aurora in 1847. Joseph PAULIN enlisted in Union Army in Aurora in 1861. Clementine PAULIN appears in 1860 census in Kane County.

Marcia Coan (Submitted 4 Oct 1999)

  I am looking for descendants of Miranda BURNS and Gloudy PARSONS. They had a son Oscar PARSONS, b. 3-19-1878 in Hampshire. Oscar died 2-15-1965, I believe in Aurora. Oscar married Pearl BICKFORD who was born 8-1-1883 in MI. Also looking for descendants of Robert C. BURNS (1836-1909) and Ann C. DOTY. They were married 3-22-1863, Mary BURNS and William COLLINS (Mary may have been known as "Helen") and Ida Ann BURNS and Goerge SMULBING(sp?) I have pictures of Miranda, Mary Helen and Ida to pass on. Thanks

Laurel Harmening (Submitted 2 Oct 1999)

  Seeking information on Charles SABINS who appeared along with his wife Polly and their sons, Charles & Myron, in the 1850 census.

Judy McDee (Submitted 30 Sep 1999)

  I am hoping to connect with any descendants of Andrew MCDANIELS and/or Eli MCDANIELS, both of whom are listed in the 1860 Kane Co. Census. Andrew MCDANIELS was b. 1817, and was a Batavia blacksmith in 1860, married to Hariette, children Eliza (Lizzie?), Margrett (Maggie?), Lucinda, Emmerson, and Elihu. Eli MCDANIELS, whom I hope will turn out to be a son of Andrew, was a 21-year-old teamster in Kane Co. in 1860. He married Nellie McANIEL and moved to Oswego, IL.

Larry McGee (Submitted 28 Sep 1999)

  I am looking to find the gravesite of a David Lee McGEE. He was born and died approx. 19 Oct 1960. He is said to be buried somewhere in Aurora. Any help would be greatly appreciated. THANKS.

Kathleen Choi (Submitted 27 Sep 1999)

  Anson L. CLARK m. Mary F. DUNTON, 22 Jan 1872, marriage recorded in Kane Co. Is anyone familiar with this couple? I'm wondering if this might be Dr. Anson Lumen CLARK who taught medicine in the Chicago area after serving in the Civil War. Thank you.

Jean Fuller (Submitted 25 Sep 1999)

  Looking for information of the family of Frederick and Maude Edith Puterbaugh VAUGHAN who lived in Aurora, Kane Co. time frame of 1890-1945, that I know of. Would like any information pertaining to this family. Thanks for any help. Please e-mail me.

Barbara Koch Oliver (Submitted 24 Sep 1999)

  Does anyone know about Berner Road in/near Elgin, IL? For whom or what it was named? I saw an article about Berner Road. My great-grandmother was Mary H. BERNER, born 1855 in Germany, and her father was Joseph BERNER. She may have encouraged her husband, Charles T. KOCH, to come to Elgin because her family was already settled there. They were members of St. John's Lutheran Church. Does anyone have any clues? Thanks for any help!

Lorene Kuehl Wilford (Submitted 21 Sep 1999)

  Herman F. KUEHL and Hazel E. BANKER daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. BANKER were married July 5, 1917. The Banker's resided at 279 Oak St., Aurora, IL, at the time of the marriage. The ceremony took place at the church or parsonage on Oak Ave. Herman and Hazel had a daughter Marjorie Beatrice KUEHL b. Oct. 9, 1920. Herman and Hazel were divorced July 9, 1923. Hazel remarried William E. WILLIAMS. Herman remarried Elizabeth E. FISHER in Batavia, New York, on July 26, 1923. They had one child Charles J. KUEHL, my father. We don't know what became of Marjorie Beatrice and we would love to find out. Thanks in advance for any help!

Paul Andrus (Submitted 20 Sep 1999)

  Searching for more vital information and others related to: Edmund ANDRUS b 1800- d 1871 married to Sophia (COLYER), date/place remains unknown. Their 13 children were: Julius Cowles b 1829; Henry Norton b 1830; Stephen b 1832; John Morris b 1834; Caroline Louise b 1843; **William Wallace** (my line) b 1850 at Aurora, ILL (married Allie Candacy (BURRELL)); Sarah Marie b 1854; Edmund (1); Edmund (2); Caroline; Albert; Alice Ann; Emma Sophia (married to John WILSEY, 9/2/1901). The birth of my G-Grandfather, William Wallace ANDRUS, places this family in Aurora (Kane Co.) IL in 1850. I would like to obtain information re earlier and later years. Grateful for any information, happy to share. Thank you.

Sandra Sherwin (Submitted 19 Sep 1999)

  I am researching my great grandfather, Marshall B. SHERWIN. This is what I know: He moved to Kane Co at an unknown date from MA. He married Mary V. BARR in Aurora, Kane Co, IL 08 May 1851. He served in Company G, 17th Illinois Cavalry in the Civil War and listed his residence as Batavia at that time. He died 28 June 1880, possibly in Kane Co. I would appreciate any information on marriage records, land ownership (I understand that he was a farmer), Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls, death and probate information, plus anything else that is available. Thank you in advance for any information that you locate for me. I will be happy to pay for photocopying and postage.

Joanne M. Gonsalves (Submitted 18 Sep 1999)

  I am looking for the death place of Mary (Chase) NICHOLS , b. 1809 in Winchendon, Worcester Co. MA, d. Jan 1893. Mary was m. to John NICHOLS in Fitzwilliam, Cheshire NH, 1832. They had 4 children b. in NH and MA: Horace, Lucy, Harvey and Phoebe. They moved to Kane Co. in 1840 and 7 more children were born: Elmer, Hannah Jane, Melvin, George, Mary A., John S. and Ellen. The family lived in Sugar Grove, Big Rock, and Aurora. John d. 21 Dec. 1863 and is buried in the Jacob Keck Memorial Cemetery. The plot was owned by his son Horace. Mary d. ca 1893, but I have not been able to find a death place or date. Kane Co. and DeKalb Co. have no record of her death. I have a marriage record for a Mrs. Mary Nichols to Eli WOODWORTH, 25 Sept. 1867. No proof that this is the Mary I am looking for. No death record exists for Mary WOODWORTH in Kane Co. Anyone familiar with this family please contact me. Thanks.

Gene Steyne (Submitted 15 Sep 1999)

  Looking for information on John G KROUSE. KROUSE family (Iowa 1866) bible entry indicated JOHN was born 4 March 1846 in Kane Co. Migrated to Jones Co., IA in early 1850's. Father may also be named John KROUSE. John G KROUSE died Feb 1920, buried in Wyoming Cemetery, Madison Twp., Jones Co., IA. GeneSteyne@AOL.COM

Bridget Worby (Submitted 12 Sep 1999)

  I am researching Caroline SCHUCK/SCHUCH. She was my great grandmother and she died in Kane County between 1930 - 1940. She was 32 years old. That was the only information I have about her.

Kathy Hugh (Submitted 11 Sep 1999)

  I am looking for information on the death of my grandfather Oscer William PEDERSON. He died in Sherman Hospital in 1960 or 1961. He was burried in Aurora, IL He was born on March 19, 1892 in Sweden.

Barbara Theis (Submitted 10 Sep 1999)

  I'm looking for any and all information on the ALTRINGER Family of Kane Co. I'm especially interested in information connecting JACOB ALTRINGER (wife Catherine MOLITOR) to THEODORE ALTRINGER (wife Catharina). Jacob ALTRINGER was born in 1828 and died in 1902. Theodore ALTRINGER was born in 1838 and died Nov. 9, 1931. I'm also tracing the family of FRANK LORENZ (wife Emma MITCHELL) who was born in Aurora on April 8, 1871 and died July 21, 1936. Frank's parents were PETER LORENZ and JOHANNA PLAIN, both born in Orrenhofen, Germany. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

Donovan M. Heath (Submitted 7 Sep 1999)

  I am researching my family (HEATH) who moved to Dundee from New York State in 1846. My great great grandparents were Nathaniel and Hannah Morey HEATH. Both died in Illinois in 1868 and 1871 (approximate). I have been unable to obtain any information about death records or burial for this family. If you can assist, please provide any information you have about them - particularly death and burial information. We have been to Dundee and Elgin seeking information. Their son, Egbert Newton HEATH was in the Civil War then moved to Iowa. His name does appear on the monument in front the the Kane County Court House in Elgin. Also looking for information about the family of Amelia C. HEATH who married EW VINING. The 1850 census lists a Mary HEATH age 73 as living with this family. I believe that this was my GGG grandmother, wife of Josiah HEATH (Sandy Creek, New York) but cannot determine why she was residing with the Vinings. I have pieces of the puzzle back through the states of Iowa, Illinois, New York and Connecticut but lack the proof I need to tie it all together. Glad to share any information I have with you. Thank You.

Updated: 14 Jan 2006

Cynthia N. (Submitted 6 Sep 1999)

  Looking for information on Paul Berdell CHAPMAN b. 1902, IN, died 1978 Dundee, IL, married first a Siebenaller, second a Creighton. Children: Paul Jr, Robert L, Marilyn A., Daniel. Parents were Frank L. or Franklin L.and Clara S. Biddle CHAPMAN.

Jim Swope (Submitted 5 Sep 1999)

  I am trying to get information about my Grandfather and his family. His name was James Francis WELCH, born in St. Charles, Dec. 11, 1868. His parents built and owned a property on 1st Street (To the best of my memory). It was across the river from the piano factory. There is a triagular park between 1st and Riverside, that was reportedly given to the City by my Great Grandfather, so that his view of the river would never be blocked. My Great Aunt was the last family member that I knew, that lived in the house. She was born on November 20, 1892. I have no idea of how many children there were. Thanks for your help.

Bruce Wunluck (Submitted 4 Sep 1999)

  Gottlieb BAYER came to Hampshire, Kane Co. in 1883. He married Elizabeth BRILL in 1888 and worked their pickle farm until Elizabeth died in 1919.

Bruce Wunluck (Submitted 4 Sep 1999)

  John BRILL came to Hampshire, Kane Co. in 1875. His son Fred R. BRILL was a prominent citizen. He was owner and editor of the Hampshire Register. He also held a number of political positions. John was married to Martha Seppel. Their other children were Henry, Elizabeth, Christoph, John, Louisa, William C. and Emma.

Wendy A. Cochran (Submitted 3 Sep 1999)

  I am seeking information about a Charles F. McCLURE who was residing at 542 Benton St, Aurora, in December of 1919. We are both decendants of Christopher and Emily DAVIS McCLURE of Jackson Co., OH. Charles had a brother, George Walter who married a Myrtle HARRIS in Colfax, IL. Any information or leads would be appreciated. Thank you.

Rita Hoover (Submitted 3 Sep 1999)

  I am looking for Michael MOECHER (MOECHERT?) who came to Aurora from Luxembourg sometime in the late 1800's. Thank you for your time!

Laurel Harmening (Submitted 2 Sep 1999)

  I would appreciate any information on the decendents of Charles W SABINS. I believe he lived in Geneva, Illinos in the 1840's and was married to Dolly or Polly.

Susanne Brown (Submitted 2 Sep 1999)

  I am searching for information on August CEDARHOLM who lived as a boarder at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Henry B. WILLEY in Elgin. These 3 people were involved in a tragic car/train accident on 19 June 1920 one mile north of Cary, McHenry county. Mr. & Mrs. Willey were killed instantly and buried in Elgin. August CEDARHOLM was transferred to St. Luke's hospital in Chicago with little chance of recovery. I would appreciate hearing from anyone that might have knowledge of August CEDARHOLM. Perhaps someone has access to search a newspaper covering 19 June 1920 for more details about August. It is possible that he was the brother to my grandmother, Selma. Any information or suggestions would be gratefully appreciated.

Paul Andrus (Submitted 31 Aug 1999)

  I am looking for any information on William Wallace ANDRUS Born 24 Aug 1850 in Aurora. His father was Edmund ANDRUS, his mother was Sophia COLYER. Any information at all will be very much appreciated. I will return any favors that I can. Thank you.

Sue Shaw (Submitted 29 Aug 1999)

  I am looking for information on the HUGHES and WATTS families. My great-grandfather Edgar A. HUGHES, b 1863, d 1943 is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora. I believe his father was John L. HUGHES, b. 1845 in Greene Co, PA. I am trying to verify that link. I also am looking for information on my great-grandmother's family. I believe the Sue H. WATTS, b. 9/14/1874 (Aurora?), d. 4/9/1969, parents lived in the Aurora area. There names were Zachary T. WATTS, and Cordelia LANKFORD. Any assistance you can provide is appreciated. Thanks!

Cathie Talarek (Submitted 28 Aug 1999)

  BAGDO, Leo was born 1865 in Elgin, I believe his father was born in Germany. I don't know his mother's name. Married Mary SEITZ who was born Johnson Creek, Jefferson Co., WI , about 1867. Trying to locate birth record or anyone who shares this surname. I believe he died in Cook Co. Any help you can give me is most appreciated, as I am at a brick wall right now. Thanks!!

Updated: 12 Oct 1999, 26 Dec 1999

Cathy Murdoch (Submitted 24 Aug 1999)

  Joseph & Pamelia WORSLEY and family lived in the Geneva area. We thinkJoseph WORSLEY owned a general store in the late 1850's - 1860's. Aram & Lucinda COOLEY may have also lived in the area. Lucinda is Pamelia's sister. Another sister was Wealthy ALEXANDER, wife of Julius T. ALEXANDER, whom we have found some history on. James Warren SMALL and Mary Ann WORSLEY (daughter of Jos. & Pamelia) were married in Kane Co. in November 1869 and moved to Red Oak, Iowa after their marriage. Thanks.

Carol Goetz (Submitted 21 Aug 1999)

  I am looking for information on Thomas H RATFIELD and Emeline E COLLINS. They were married 3-1-1877 in Kane County.

David Lambert (Submitted 21 Aug 1999)

  In the 1870 census for Virgil Township, Kane Co, three e families are listed (in adjacent dwellings): (1) Hiram and Amanda (Chase) WALKER, ages 29 and 27 respectively, and their 4 children. Hiram was born in Canada and Amanda in New York. They are my great grandparents. (2) John and Polly (Stanten) WALKER, ages 77 and 73 respectivley, and a Samuel CHASE, age 30. All three were born in New York. John and Polly WALKER are believed to be Hiram Walker's parents. Samuel CHASE is assumed to be Amanda CHASE's brother. (3) Nelson and Hannah WALKER, ages 49 and 43 respectivley, and their 5 children. They were born in Canada. Nelson is assumed to be Hiram's brother.

In the 1880 census, only the Hiram WALKER family is listed, and it then included Mary CHASE, age 83, Amanda CHASE's mother. I am looking for death records, obituaries, and other information on John and Polly (Stanten) WALKER, who probably died in Kane Co. IL sometime between 1870 and 1880. Also for Mary CHASE, who probably died in Kane Co sometime after 1880. Can anyone help me with information or suggest where to look? Thank you for your help.

Jeffrey Stone - EMAIL INVALID AS OF 12 MAY 2000 (Submitted 20 Aug 1999)

  I know that my grandfather was named Frank STONE and that he was born around 1879. I assume in the Aurora/Batavia area. My father, LaVerne STONE does not know much of Frank since he was divorced from my grandmother. He had four children by (I assume) his first marriage. My father was born in Batavia in 1911 and the birth certificate says that his father was 32 at the time. I understand the STONE family was one of the pioneering families in the Batavia area. I have seen a picture of Frank STONE in the Batavia volunteer fire department along with my great grandfather, the fire chief - I think - Charlie NELSON. Thank you for any information you can provide to me.

Vicki McLindsay (Submitted 19 Aug 1999)

  Rumor has it my grandfather James McLINDSAY was born in Kane Co. I can't find any information on him any where. Any information would be appreciated. He was born Sept 23, 1906 his brother Edwin was born Oct 30, 1904. My grandmother was married to both of these men. (Yes, she married brothers!) She's 94 now and won't tell us much about her marriages or the family. So if anyone can help it would be wonderful. Thanks

Chuck Kiel (Submitted 19 Aug 1999)

  My grandfather William MISKEY was born in Kane County in 1880. However as a young boy he changed his name to William MISKEY from his original name. I have no record of his mother or father who I have been told were never married. I do not know if he had any siblings. I truly am at a loss as how to proceed from here. Has anyone ever had this trouble. I surely could use your help.

Bill Scheffeld, Jr. -1 JUN 2003 - PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMAIL! (Submitted 17 Aug 1999)

  My grandmother was Marion (MACK) SHEFFELD, her parents were Lottie (ALLEN) MACK & William Stuart MACK. Lottie (ALLEN) MACK parents were Edward Richard ALLEN & Mary Ann (GATES) ALLEN. Mary Ann GATES parents were Luke and Mary (CONANT) GATES. Luke and Mary came to Aurora from Stow, ME and were married in 1822. Luke was born in 1794 and Mary in 1800. Luke Gates parents were Ezekiel GATES and Beula BIGALOW. I have been try to find out more info on the GATES, ALLEN, MACK in and around Aurora & Moline IL areas. Thanks for your time. -1 JUN 2003 - PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMAIL!

Leann Lundgren (Submitted 17 Aug 1999)

  I am looking for LUNDGREN family names--particularly Emil LUNDGREN born 1896 in St. Charles.

Audrey Sever (Submitted 16 Aug 1999)

  I am looking for any information on my greataunt, Rose Elizabeth FRANKLIN HOLTBY. She and her husband, John C. HOLTBY, lived in Elgin, Kane Co., in 1904. My parents took a train from Belvidere to Elgin to visit them in Nov. 1904 for their honeymoon trip. The HOLTBY family came from Ontario, CAN perhaps with my grandfather, who moved to Belvidere in the early 1880s. The HOLTBY's had moved to Salt Lake City by the 1920s where they are buried. Any information on them or any FRANKLINs would be very welcome.

Jim Frawley (Submitted 16 Aug 1999)

  According to family records my great grandfather, Martin FRAWLEY, married Johanna KANALEY, in Elgin, IL. on Aug. 16, 1858. They were both from Ireland. I wrote to Elgin several years ago they replied they had no record of the marriage. It probably was in a Catholic Church. I know there are no FRAWLEYS in the current Elgin phone book but I don't know about the KANALEYS. I feel Ms. KANALEY lived in Elgin. I would appreciate any leads you can give me.

Clarice Phillips (Submitted 15 Aug 1999)

  Looking for ANYONE who can tell me the name of Hannah VanVLEETS parents from the marriage record of 13 Jun 1847 to Luther HUNTINGTON in Kane Co., IL. Want to correspond with persons researching VanVLEET,VanVLIET & VanFLEET families.Need to know parents of Catherine VanVleet HUNT, Hannah VanVleet HINTINGTON, (WI) Sally Anne-married name unknown.(Sisters) Also, brothers- Benjamin, Alfred, WI, Stephen(WI,IL & Nebraska)Garrett, Jacob, (unknown) & John deceased (unknown)..names & dates from estate of Catherine in 1876. Vernon county, WI . Alfred/Hannah/Benjamin/Stephen all Kane/McHenry counties early 1850's.Another Jacob with 2nd wife...Elizabeth Coulter lived Kane county. Several of their chldn always with several of above VanVLEETs.

UPDATED: 15 Feb 2003

Kevin Riesenberg (Submitted 15 Aug 1999)

  I am searching for information on James Lindsay GRIFFITH who lived in Carpentersville, IL around 1879. Any information or contacts would be appreciated. Send all replies to Thank you

Virgil D. Miller (Submitted 15 Aug 1999)

  We have been looking for ways to locate the documentation of correct place of birth and death of my G Grandmother Lora (Laura) C. (YOUNG) HOLDEN for many years. The death certificate of her daughter Elle Ide HOLDEN WELSH indicates that her mother Lora(Laura) C. (YOUNG) HOLDEN was born in Elgin, Kane Co., IL. From the 1880 Kansas Census, it indicates she was 21 and born in IL. This would have her being born in 1858/60. We have never found the names of Lora(Laura) C. YOUNGs parents. The Census also says that her parents were both born in Penn. Lora (Laura) was the wife of James F. HOLDEN (Son of Elijah HOLDEN from 1830's PA) who was born in 1856 in Wisconsin, was in Whiteside Co., IL, 1860 & 65 Census, with parents, Elijah & Eleanor HOLDEN, in Jefferson Co., IA, 1870 census. James F. HOLDEN age 24 and Lora (Laura) C. HOLDEN age 21 were listed in The 1880 Census, Marshall Co. KS., Clear Fork twp, 2 Children, Sidney F. age 4 and Daniel E..age 5/12, also Elijah & Eleanor was in Same County. They all seem to disappear after that time. Our grandmother Ella Ide HOLDEN WELSH, the daughter of Lora(Laura) C. (YOUNG) HOLDEN, was the third child in the family to have been born in 1885, married our Grandfather John William WELSH in 1903, Pottawatomie Co. KS. We have a copy of this marriage record, but it listed her name as Nellie HOLDEN and being born in Randolph, KS, which we have been unable to document. Death records show Decatur Co. KS as place of birth, however neither places have been confirmed. Nebraska: The next documented source for the HOLDEN family is 1900 Census, Burnett Co., NE, showing James F. HOLDEN married 2 yrs, with four additional children next to last born in 1898 mother would have been Lora (Laura) C. (YOUNG) HOLDEN's, she was not listed in this census. James and Laura's other minor child Ella Ide HOLDEN, showed up as enumerated with a Minister in Norfolk, NE as a servent. Norfolk being just north of Douglas County, NE. Sidney and Daniel were not listed in the census. Effie A., Wife, 18 yrs of age, married 2 yrs, mother of 1 child, 1 child living and having been born in IA. The child, Stella L., was born Aug 1899 in NE. This would mean that Lora(Laura) C. YOUNG HOLDEN would have died shortly after her last child (Lucy O.) was born in July 1898 in KS. I know that some of the above may sound confusing but that is what makes a puzzle out of this genealogy search.

Monica Acox (Submitted 14 Aug 1999)

  I am trying to locate a burial place of a Civil War soldier, Cleveland ACOX. He is buried in the ROUND-A-TREE CEMETERY in Elburn, Kane Co., IL. Could someone tell me where Round-A-Tree is located? Thanks

David Conners (Submitted 13 Aug 1999)

  Looking for information about my great-grandparents, ADDIS, Griffith R m. TRAVIS Mary, 21 May 1856, Kane Co. Parents, eventually, of three sons; Horace, Henry, and Lorenzo David, and daughter Mary Susannah. Order and date of births unknown. Would appreciate any information at all.

Glenda Argo (Submitted 13 Aug 1999)

  I hope that someone will be kind enough to check Kane County cemetery indexes for exact date of death for ANDREW YEARTON - date of birth December 17, 1886, date of death December ?, 1968 in/near Aurora and CLYDE YEARTON - born May 21, 1906 - died May, 1976 in/near Sugar Grove, IL. Need complete death dates to obtain obits. Have deadline to meet for family history book. Any suggestion on newspaper contact for 1968 and 1976 would be appreciated too. Thank you in advance for any help.

Chris Melahn (Submitted 11 Aug 1999)

  Dundee High School played in a March Madness basketball tournament in 1938. It would seem that this was a high point for the town of Dundee. Anyone able to comment? I would love to hear from anyone who knows or descends from team members. The members apparently were [in order of total points scored in the tournament]: Don BLANKEN; Chris HANSEN; Arthur MELAHN; John SCHUMACHER; Donald ADAMS; Bruce EICHLER; Julius SIMONINI; Clarence MASSIER; Walan FITZSIMMONS; Frederick YOUNGHANS. Particularly interested in the Melahn family.

Linda Grommes (Submitted 10 Aug 1999)

  Looking for: William Henry GROMMES b 1884 in Aurora - his parents (or grandparents) were probably from Luxembourg. William married Barbara MOLITOR (b 1881) in 1907. (her parents were from Luxembourg) Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

David R Swanson (Submitted 8 Aug 1999)

  Would like to find obituaries and confirm death date and burial locations, of my gr.grandmother, LUCY BEACH WRIGHTSON (d 3 Feb 1903) of St. Charles/Geneva. Desire to communicate with relatives or descendants of her husband, EDWIN/EDWARD WRIGHTSON, b. Isle of Wight 1837, d. St. Charles, 15 Mar 1905. One more thing, are there records of a GAR post of St. C./ Geneva? Are there newspapers or directories, online and searchable from that time? Also seeking info on a brother of Edward who is said to have farmed near St. Charles. Thank you all

UPDATED: 16 Oct 2006

Linda (Submitted 8 Aug 1999)

  I am seeking info. on Ellen FLETCHER who married John James BUTLER, year unknown. According to my great aunt, who passed away this past April, at the age of 100, John James BUTLER was born in England, and Ellen FLETCHER was born in Ireland. They had the following children, that I know of: Sara Jane (Jennie) BUTLER b. 1864 in either Montreal, Canada or Aurora, Kane Co., IL. She first married William Henry HAPTONSTALL in 1878, Warren Co., IN. She later married Joseph YALEY/JAHLE in 1895 in Aurora, Kane Co., IL. John James (Bert) BUTLER b. ca 1868. He married Grace McDONALD, place unknown. He ended up in Warren Co., IN. Ellen FLETCHER BUTLER also ended up in Warren Co., IN and married Thomas WELCH there is 1872. I know that Ellen's mother was named Sarah FLETCHER, maiden name unknown. I am hoping someone may know who the father of Ellen FLETCHER BUTLER WELCH was, or possibly any siblings. Believe there must be some record of them in Kane Co., IL. Thank you.

Cheryl Larson (Submitted 5 Aug 1999)

  I seek MALLO family members from Peter and Elizabeth as well as those connected to MOORE, Susannah. They lived in PA, then moved to Kane Co., IL. Peter died there 4 Feb 1847, while Elizabeth died 26 Oct 1868. Susannah was born in NJ abt. Aug 1807 and died 1901.

P. R. Orr (Submitted 3 Aug 1999)

  Louis A. DES COMBE died 15 Oct. 1947 at home at 4116 Oakley Ave. (Chicago). He was survived by wife, Margaret nee WIRTH, daughter, Irene NORQUST, and grandchildren, John SCHAFFER, Jean WOOD, Donald SCHAFFER and great-grandaughter, Nancy WOOD. Later I learned that his wife was living at Hampshire, Kane Co. I am trying to locate descendants and death or obit for his wife, Margaret. Thanks!

Brian Darr (Submitted 2 Aug 1999)

  I am trying to research the DARR family that lived in Aurora. Seymour DARR married Dorothy REMISSONG (born 2/11/1901) on 11/23/1921. Their children are Ruth, who married Milt SIEGLER; Helen, who married Don WEILER; Marian, who married Zigler BENEWICH and James BAXTER; Carmel; Robert, who married Mary Alice ?; Edward Francis (b.4/24/33) who married Elaine Ann RIHA (b. 3/12/1937) on 8/17/55. Any assistance would be appreciated and any information will be posted.

Lois H. Jaggard (Submitted 2 Aug 1999)

  I am researching the family of Henry C. LORD born about 1855 in IL. He married Arathusa OUTHOUSE about 1877 at which time they lived in Lily Lake. They lived in North Aurora (1900-1920) and had three children. Henry, Maude who married Edward STRAN, and Mary who married Allan EDWARD. Henry was still living at the 1920 census. Looking for the parents of Henry. 1900 census gives Henry's father as born in NY and his mother in IL. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Scott Carter (Submitted 29 Jul 1999)

  I am trying to research the surnames CARTER and RILEY. when my great grandfather, James Thomas CARTER died in 1935, his oldest brother, Andrew J. CARTER was listed in the Pekin Daily Times as living in Aurora, Kane Co. Andrew J. CARTER was the superintendent for the Aurora Division of the Burlington Railroad. His wife was Hester Hannah RILEY and they were married in Fulton Co., IL in 1892. Children by Andrew and Hester were Leonard, Donald and Elizabeth CARTER.

Monica Acox (Submitted 29 Jul 1999)

  I am looking for descendants of William and Lydia ACOCKS (ACOX) who died in the late 1800's and are buried in Lily Lake Cemetery. Also those of Harry and Mary EDDY. Harry died in Wasco, Kane County in Jan. 1883. Thank you in advance for contacting me. My email address is

Sue Blankenship (Submitted 29 Jul 1999)

  I am searching the MATTESON name, here is what I have: Alice Anita MATTESON born Aug 23, 1912. Parents: Clyde Mortimir MATTESON died March 1935, Della Viola Nellis MATTESON born June 20, 1881 died Jan 13, 1929. Clydes parents: Elizabeth EASTMAN & William MATTESON. Not much but can you help fill in the blanks? Thanks

Sally Young (Submitted 27 Jul 1999)

  Looking for Sylvester CONNOR and his wife Mary Helen (Nellie) WING of Aurora. What was th T U Telephone Co.?? I have a George A. Conner who worked there in the early 1900's. Hopeing to find out if he retired from thereThey are on the 1920 Census in Aurora his age is 70 he was born in Canada. She is 61 and born in Michigan. Trying to find dates of death, place buried, and possible obituaries. He worked and retired from the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad Co. He was a machinest. How do I go about looking up info on him, Trying to find a death date and place of burial on him, Lived at 20 North Union Street in Aurora with his wife Nellie till he died in 1919 or 1920. She passed somewhere in 1925-1926, lived at same house. Thank You

UPDATED: 9 Aug 2001

Lynda Minter (Submitted 26 Jul 1999)

  Seeking info on HAMBLINS in Kane Co. E.V. HAMBLIN and Martha SCOTT may have been the parents of Smith HAMBLIN, born ca. 1840. He married Florence BAREKMAN 27 Nov 1897 and lived in Polk Co. Ia. He was the father of Guy, Ben, David and Pearl HAMBLIN, born in Des Moines, Ia. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Bill & Joyce Becker (Submitted 24 Jul 1999)

  Looking for Harry and Belle HURVITZ (HURWITZ, HORWITZ). Came to Elgin in late 1800's, died in 1940's. Harry was a merchant. They had several children. They were instrumental in starting the Jewish temple in Elgin. We know where they are burried. Cannot find any information regarding tax records, voting records, etc. Actually looking for any information on Belle KWEIT (KVEIT), Harrys wifes maiden name. Would appreciate any information or suggestions how to find these long lost relatives.

Julee (Submitted 21 Jul 1999)

  I am looking for information on Harman KAPELSKY. Born app. 1868 in Williams Co., Ohio. Parents were Mary Gerst KAPELSKY McNARY and William KAPELSKY. Harman was living in Aurora in 1930. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Jason Cockfield (Submitted 20 Jul 1999)

  I am researching the HENNING and HORN families of Kane Co., IL. They came from Germany in the late 1800's. Albert HENNING married Albertine HORN in the Lutheran Church parsonage in Elgin, IL in 1893. They are my great-great-grandparents and I would appreciate any information on possible descendants because I am planning a genealogical publication in the near future. Thanks, Jason. Reply in writing to: Jason Cockfield, PO Box 13193, Florence, SC 29504-3193.

Contributed by Michelle, who has no other information but was kind enough to pass this along. (Submitted 20 Jul 1999)

  As printed in the OREGON STATESMAN, 12-18-1852, listing deaths on the Oregon Trail in 1852: BROWN, LOUISA last residence Kane Co, IL. I have no further information such as exact death date or location, but thought this might be helpful to someone!

John Morrisey (Submitted 19 Jul 1999)

  Seeking info. re: Christopher Frederick GEYER and wife --- Scharshug of Aurora, IL. GEYER emigrated from Germany and wife reportedly born in New York. GEYER was superintendant of C.B.& Q. RR shops in Aurora at time of death. Need all info: dates, places of birth, children, etc. Thanks for your help.

Ruth Keating (Submitted 19 Jul 1999)

  Looking for the parents of ALice DUHY m John KEATING. Is she the daughter of John and Honora DUHY?

Dorothy Buck (Submitted 16 Jul 1999)

  I am researching the BUCK family who lived in Kane County. I have an Ephraim BUCK b. in New Milford, Ct. and died in Aurora. He was married to a Mary (BAKER) BUCK b. in St. Albans, Vt. and died 5 Dec. 1864 in Aurora. Would love to know if anyone knows where they are buried. Thank you.

Patricia Cooper (Submitted 15 Jul 1999)

  Looking for any information on a Lula Sleeter' LATHAM died May 1985 in Aurora, married to a Ross LATHAM he died Nov 1968 also in Aurora.

Susan & Suzi (Submitted 14 Jul 1999)

  Looking for the parents of Mrytle Mae STEINMETZ, born May 8, 1916 in Aurora, IL. Believe her father's name may be John STEINMETZ. Family moved to Florida before 1935. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

Ruth Anderson (Submitted 14 Jul 1999)

  I am researching William and Amy STERLING who settled in Batavia in 1868 from Montgomery Co., NY. He died in 1872 and she died in Elgin in June 1877 at the home of her son, Lyman. Their sons, Lyman and Bishop B., both lived in Elgin with their families.

Del (Submitted 13 Jul 1999)

  Have been searching for John and Elizabeth (nee Johnson) MATHEWSON. He from Ireland, she from New York state. Both and some of children burried in Blackberry Cem. Kane Co. There Respective dates are: 12 July 1809- 14 Feb 1884 or 86 (didn't die in Kane Co.) 25 Sept1813-25 Mar 1903 (She did die in Kane Co.) They Came to Kane Co in 1839 are in census 1840, 1850, in St. Charles and Campton townships. If you have info on the above or their eleven? children would be most pleased to hear from you. Thanks

Dee Watt (Submitted 11 Jul 1999)

  I would like to contact a descendant of my gggranduncle James (1813 - 1881) and Harriet (NEWBERRY) KENNEDY who moved from Schuyler County NY to IL in 1836 settling in Aurora, Kane Co. in 1837. Their children were James "Matt" Madison, Herman, Delia (married Archie JOHNSON) Alice (married C. M. EASTON) Ettie/Effie "Bessy," and Scott. I am a descendent of James' brother Gilbert.

Ruth Keating (Submitted 9 Jul 1999)

  Would like information on William McNAMARA married Bridget KEATING 1851 in Kane County. She lived at Fayville. Did they have children, believed to have gone to Chicago.

Juli Claussen (Submitted 9 Jul 1999)

  Looking for Phillip GANNON and his son James P. GANNON. James was born in Elburn, July 5, 1859. Thanks!

Becky Wergers (Submitted 8 Jul 1999)

  Looking for info about Eugene WILKISON, b. IN abt 1854, married Margaret POWELL abt 1875, Kane Co. One son Harry Laville WILKISON, b. 1876 Kane Co. Eugene married Mary Louise COONEY , probably in Kane Co. before 1900 and moved to New Mexico.

Joleen Schultz (Submitted 5 Jul 1999)

  I am looking for information on the following people: Abraham HENRY and wife Rachel JONES, Margaret HENRY and husband Solomon BAKER and John Henry, father of both Abraham and Margaret. Some of my information comes from the following: CLAY COUNTY FAMILY ALBUM - A HISTORY OF RURAL CLAY COUNTY (MN); p. 180. "Abraham Henry was born in Crawford Co., PA, November 19, 1819. His wife was Rachel JONES, who was born in Berke County, Pennsylvania, January 25, 1830, daughter of Isaac and Ester NEFF JONES. They were married in Pennsylvania. A short time later they, together with members of their family and other friends moved to Kane Co. They settled on farms there and raised grain, which they hauled to Chicago, a small milling town on the edge of a swamp. In 1852, when word of the gold rush in California reached them, a group from Illinois including Abraham and his father walked to California to search for gold. They returned in 2 years without the promised riches. After a few years, the west called again and the Abraham HENRYs and Isaac JONESes (Rachel's parents) left Illinois and moved to Jackson Co., Iowa." I believe John HENRY is buried in Kane Co., but do not know when he died. I am also looking for the marriage record of Solomon BAKER and Margaret HENRY, who were married in Kane Co. in about 1844. There may have been other Henrys and Bakers from these families who stayed in Kane County. I would also be interested in hearing from others whose families moved to Kane Co. from Crawford Co., PA, and others who may have had family members who were on the gold rush walk with the Henrys. Thank you.

Gary Bullinger (Submitted 5 Jul 1999)

  I'm searching for a Henry BULLINGER, who arrived in the Batavia, Il area in 1882 from Germany, married a Bertha(Betsy) Kreager(Have marriage certificate). Son was Paul W. BULLINGER, born in 1883, and had a son Quentin, born 1920(My father). Henry was separated from Bertha(reason unknown) a few years after Paul was born. Henry's whereabouts is unknown. No death record has been found locally, and appears to have moved from the area, but am uncertain. Born in 1852, he was 30 yrs of age when married in 1882. Thanks for any clues!

John R. Petree (Submitted 3 Jul 1999)

  Hello from Duvall WA. I am trying to find the listing(?) for the only graveyard in Big Rock. I'm from Aurora as is my wife Gail (Wirth). We now live in Duvall, Wa. What I hope to do is find the names HATCH, PETREE and TREWIELER. All are buried in the family plot in Big Rock, IL. Gail's maiden name is WIRTH. Her fathers name is Frank WIRTH. Her mothers name is Marlene (MILLEN) WIRTH. My father's name is John C. PETREE. His father's name was Clarence Loyd PETREE. Grandmother's maiden name Germaine TREWIELER. Any info or questions I can help with, email for voice and fax number. I'm not a junior.

Rick Short (Submitted 2 Jul 1999)

  Looking for information on the SHORT families of Elgin. Hugh SHORT moved to Elgin from Maine in 1866 and remained until his death in 1909. His brother John SHORT came to Elgin in 1859 and served in the Civil War, after which he moved to Peoria. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.

Updated: 28 Apr 2006

Melissa Mailander Curristan (Submitted 30 Jun 1999)

  I am looking for information on Annie Catherine MAILANDER (born 1870) and her husband Christian "Christ" STEINWART. According to other family member obituaries this family lived in Hampshire, Kane Co. up to 1912. They probably lived in the area from the 1890s to 1920s or later. The MAILANDER family came from the area of Somonauk, DeKalb Co., IL. A Charles MAILANDER (Annie's brother) was said to be buried in Hampshire in the Catholic Cemetary. I am looking for comfirmation on this buriel as well. Any help provided is greatly appreciated!

Carrie (Submitted 28 Jun 1999)

  I'm researching the following surnames in Kane County, IL: HINMAN - Daisy Naomi, b. Sep 1875, Aurora, Kane County, IL. Daughter of Lanson Ellsworth HINMAN & Elinor Louise MEYER(S)/MYER(S). MEYER(S)/MYER(S), Elinor Louise, b. abt 1844, Blackberry (Prairie?), Kane County, IL. She may be the daughter of George and Naomi MEYER(S)/MYER(S). Thank you. or see my home page at

John Anderson (Submitted 27 Jun 1999)

  In 1861-62, my great-great-grandfather, O.K. ANDERSON settled in Kane County with his wife Anna and son Andrew B. (my great-grandfather). They had come from Sweden in 1861. My question concerns his initials; O.K., no one knows what his name is, and my research has ground to a screeching halt. Any help would be very greatly appreciated.

Ann Turner (Submitted 25 Jun 1999)

  I am seeking descendants of James WHITE and Electa SKIFF, who were married in Kane Co, IL in 1862. In the 1880 census they are listed in neighboring DeKalb Co with children Minnie A and Willie C. Also, there is a marriage record in Kane Co for Minne E WHITE to Martin VB SIDNER 28 Jul 1886. Are Minnie A and Minnie E actually the same person?

Melissa Welch (Submitted 25 Jun 1999)

  Looking for information on a Richard Mathias TRAUTHEN or his father Mathias TRAUTHEN. Richard was born in 1862 in Aurora, ILL. Trying to find out information on his parents. Mathias TRAUTHEN is my great - great- great gandfather. They were Catholic. Looking for churches or some place to find birth information on Richard that would lead me to his parents. I do not even know my great-great-greatgrandmothers name. Thanks for any help.

Terry Tyler O'Connor (Submitted 18 Jun 1999)

  I am searching information for my great grandmother Lydia E. WISNER who was born 1 Dec 1849 in Batavia, Kane Co. She was the daughter of Morgan L. and Lydia WISNER. The WISNERs settled in Illinois and then moved west. If you have information on WISNERs or TYLERs, please email me.

Dorothy Howland (Submitted 18 Jun 1999)

  I'm searching for Bernhardt RODE and Nellie CHAMNES. They married and had one son Bernard RODE born on 18 Nov 1925 and moved to California sometime after his birth.

Marian (Submitted 16 Jun 1999)

  Evalyn (Evalena) KIEFER - need to know the year she was born (June 4 ?) and she died June 6 ?. Around 1916,1917 or 1918. Don't know which year. She lived 2 days. thanks

Gloria Schroeder (Submitted 16 Jun 1999)

  I am researching the family of my grandfather, Frank W. ZIEGLER, who was born in Hinckley, IL in 1882. Although his father, Lewis ZIEGLER, was born in Pierce Township, DeKalb County, IL in 1850, I believe that he (or some of his siblings) resided in Maple Park, IL. My grandfather's mother, Alice POBSTMAN ZIEGLER, died about 1887. When Frank ZIEGLER's father (Lewis or Louis ZIEGLER) died in Donna, TX in 1928, his body was returned to Maple Park for burial.

Richelle (Smithberg) Harris (Submitted 15 Jun 1999)

  Am looking for information on Alben E. SMITHBERG, son of Charles and Matilda SMITHBERG immigrants from Sweden. Name was changed from the original SMEDBERG. Alben was last heard from around 1919-1921. He was born in March, 1898.

Mary Timmons (Submitted 13 Jun 1999)

Update: 30 Jul 1999 - I have now learned that Anna & Henry are buried in the Edward Doty cemetery in Hampshire along with a Joel Kirk age 10, died October 1854 and Emma Kirk who died September 1836 at age 36. Anna died Feb 6, 1863 (tombstone inscription reads "Wife of Joseph John") and Henry on Aug 17, 1878. The inscription proves our family relationship.

  I am seeking information on Anna KIRK (mother) and Henry KIRK (son) who according to the 1860 census, were residents and land owners in Hampshire, neighbors of Edward DOTY. Anna was listed as age 80 and a widow. In addition to Henry, Samuel tho not listed on the census & who had purchased property not to far from Anna and Henry, may be another son along with Josiah who in 1860, lived in Monroe Co., WI, later moving to NY. Feb 1863, Henry married Jane Caroline McALLISTER at the residence of his brother Josiah in New York - Jane being the sister of Elizabeth, wife of Josiah - all from Ireland.

Is this family familiar to anyone? Anna is most likely buried in Hampshire, the family was from the north of Ireland and most likely attended the Methodist or Presbyterian church. Hopefully someone from Hampshire is tuned in to this site and familiar with the local churches and cemeteries. Any clues to aid in finding this family will be deeply appreciated. Thank you,

William C. Haverty (Submitted 13 Jun 1999)

  Seeking data on Peter HAVERTY or Robert Peter HAVERTY and wife Annie who lived or traveled through Kane County, may have lived in Elgan/Elgin township for a year or two in 1820-1840.

Gail Forsythe (Submitted 11 Jun 1999)

  Looking for ancestors of Peter FABRIZIUS whose children were Michael FABRIZIUS b. 1 Aug 1918 - d. 14 mar 1977, and siblings: Mary Belle b. 12 Apr 1921, Susan b. 2 May 1923, Nicholas b 30 June 1925, Jeannette (Jenny) b. 9 Aug 1927 and Joseph.THANKS

Dee Watt (Submitted 9 Jun 1999)

  I would like to contact a descendant of James (1813 - 1881) and Harriet (NEWBERRY) KENNEDY who moved from Schuyler County NY to Illinois in 1836 settling in Aurora, Kane County IL in 1837. Their children were James "Matt" Madison, Herman, Delia (married Archie JOHNSON) Alice (married C. M. EASTON) Ettie/Effie "Bessy," and Scott. I am a descendent of James' brother Gilbert.

Tricia Carothers (Submitted 6 Jun 1999)

  McCAPES - Looking to share information on the McCAPES surname. I know this family was living there by 1839. I've many gaps in my data that I'd love to fill but am more than happy to share what I have on them. Please email me directly at: or Thank you!

David Gips (Submitted 4 Jun 1999)

  Seeking info on Charles (1835-1898) and Laura Haviland (1837-1918) BROWNELL who resided in Geneva where Charles died and is presumably buried. Also their daughter Elizabeth (1869-1897) who married Charles THOMPSON (1863-?). Elizabeth and Charles had two children: Ralph (1890-?) and Walter (1895-1897). Elizabeth and Walter both died in Geneva. Buried there?

Shelly Walker (Submitted 3 Jun 1999)

  I am looking for a Thomas MCCARTHY born in Kane County April 27, 1865. He moved to Iowa at age 6.

Donna Abrahamsen (Submitted 2 Jun 1999)

  My grandmother Lulu AUSTIN, was born in Aurora in the l800's. Her father was Franklin Benjamin AUSTIN and his father was Patrick AUSTIN from either County Cork or County Clare Ireland Her mother was Adelaide STUTENROTH. I would appreciate any information anyone could give me on these people. I have come to a dead-end on them. Thanks,

Brian Arnold (Submitted 2 Jun 1999)

  My name is Brian Arnold, born and bred in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. Now living in Naracoorte, South Australia since 1983. I am hoping someone can help me in my search for ancestors/descendents of the LAMBERT, MEYER and FOX families. I have 20 plus photos taken in Aug 1942 at: 1217 Front Street, Aurora, Illinois. Names include William (Bill) Snr and Carrie LAMBERT born 1877-87 with son William LAMBERT Jnr born 1912-22; Don and Winnie LAMBERT born 1888-1900; Frank (Buddy) and Francis MEYER born 1902-12; Mrs Fox born 1882-92 with daughter Winnie FOX 1917-22. My father Jack ARNOLD,1916-1983, stayed at this address while on leave from the Royal Navy. I beleive he was a cousin of the LAMBERTs. I would be grateful for any assistance. Regards Brian in cool wet Naracoorte, S.A.

Steve Mahlburg (Submitted 1 Jun 1999)

  I am looking for any information on Martha SCHLICKER. She married either Charles or Fred MAHLBURG in 1891 in Dundee. She had a son Edward MAHLBURG also in 1891. Edward's father is believed to have died on the boat over from Germany. Martha remarried to a PETERSEN and had several children including Ethel HUDGEON, and Crystal BEHRENS. She remarried to a SINN. I am looking for birth, death, and marriage dates for Martha as well as where she came from. I am looking for Edwards biological father as well. Edward is my grandfather.

Thomas Bruski (Submitted 29 May 1999)

  I am researching my mother's family tree. Her grandfather's name was Wilkin MCCLELLAND and was married to Sophia FORRESTER. They lived in Elgin. My grandfather was born in Elgin in 1873. His name was Thomas Guy MCCLELLAND. He married Ida ORLUSKE (daughter of Johannes ORLUSKE - possibly spelled ORLOWSKI - and Anna SWARTZ.) Thomas and Ida MCCLELLAND moved to McIntosh County in 1904 04 1905. Any information you have on Wilkin or Sophia would be greatly apppreciated. Thanks. LB

Steve Fraser (Submitted 28 May 1999)

  Looking for Information on the Birth of a Henry Everett FRASER and later orphaned. Born supposedly in Kane county, Aurora, Illinois in 1894. Birth date month and Day Unknown. I can be contacted at Thanks

David J. Gips (Submitted 25 May 1999)

  Seek info on and burial place of Elizabeth Phebe BROWNELL THOMPSON born 23 June 1869 in Chicago and died 26 Sept 1897 in Geneva. Married to Charles G. Thompson born 1863 and mother of two children Ralph born 1890 and Walter bon 1895, died 1898 Geneva.

Ermine Payne (Submitted 19 May 1999)

  My grandfather William BIESTER (BUCHTE) was born near Elgin 13 July 1863; parents Conrad Christoph BUCHTE and Dorothea Elisabeth KUKER. (They were born in Germany and I have those dates.) I have been trying to find Plum Grove Church records where these two were married in 1854 in Kane County. My grandfather died in Boone Co. I believe St. John's Church in Elgin was formed after this date. There is no birth date at the Court House for my grandfather, nor his brothers; probably too early for their record keeping. If anyone knows where Plum Grove Church records went when they merged with another church, I would appreciate hearing this info. Thanks.

Barbara Oliver (Submitted 18 May 1999)

  Searching for info on Charles KOCH, b. Feb. 24, 1855, Grammendorf, Pommern, Prussia. Emigrated with wife, Mary Berner in 1884 to Elgin with his then-four children, Frederick, Charles Jr., Freda and Anna Christina Sophia. Albert, Ella Marie, Mabel Emma Ida, John, Edward, Frank and Rose Hazel came later, born in Elgin. Looking for Charles KOCH's parents, wife's parents and details of German ancestors. Thanks!

Donna Smith (Submitted 16 May 1999)

  I am researching the family name of RIESS and BRIXIUS. Other spellings could be Reiss, Reese, Reece, Reisse. My greatgrandmother Mary RIESS marred a Peter BRIXIUS in Elgin on 10/9/1876. Her parents were Annie and Jacob RIESS. If you have any information on either name I would appreciate hearing from you.

Bonnie (Submitted 12 May 1999)

  My mother Louise Josephine (DAVIS) was born in Elgin. Her father Alek DAVIS b.1897/02- d.1943 in Elgin m. Thelma B. HILL. His bros& sis were Arthur DAVIS, Charles DAVIS, Walter DAVIS, Anna (DAVIS)(?), Nancy (DAVIS) NELSON Rose (DAVIS) OTTINGER d.1963 in Elgin. Here's the Dilema ....... Their parents Gust DAVIS & Josephine Louise(?) b.4/17/1860 came from Sweden to Illinois, had their name changed to DAVIS. My mother said it was something like GUSTERSON-GUSTAVSON-GUSTAFFSON I have looked & looked I can find no records, tombstones, or anything to show this family existed except for only my mother & grandmother Thelma who is buried in Jeff. Co. Ind. So ANY help would be Very Appreciated.

Geir Mogren (Submitted 12 May 1999)

  I am seeking information about JOHANNA M.LARSON who seemed to die in Aurora, Kane county on 1925-02-14. This might be my long lost sister of great grandfather. Any information about birthtime, place and family would be very interesting.

sl-jwa (Submitted 11 May 1999)

  Looking for information on the family name of KEENAN. Thomas J. Keenan born 1804 married Hannah Calaghan in Ireland and emigated to the US sometime before 1831. Known children born to them are Michael Joseph KEENAN born abt 1835 and Mary KEENAN abt. 1836 in Troy, New York; Katherine KEENAN abt. 1837, Cornelius S. KEENAN abt. 1842, Elisabeth KEENAN abt. 1845 and Thomas KEENAN abt 1849 all born in Geneva. Sometime between 1849 and 1853 they moved to Benton County, Iowa where Emily KEENAN was born. Anyone with information please contact me at Thank you.

Denny Campbell (Submitted 8 May 1999)

  I am looking for help in locating two people who, supposedly lived in Aurora until the 20's. They are my Great-Grandparents and I have found precious little information on either of them: Peter FICHTEL, b. 1/13/1861 Luxembourg, Germany, d. 6/4/1922 and Anna FICHTEL b.12/18/1871 Luxembourg, Germany d. 2/18/1922. Any information, leads, links, etc. would be appreciated. Thank You

Matt Merboth (Submitted 7 May 1999)

  I am looking for information on John SLATEN, born 1902-died 1960, and on Emma (Buchwald) Slaten, born 1908-died 1972. They lived on Ronziemer St. or Ave., in St. Charles. I am looking for information on their sibling and parents.

Barb Marshall (Submitted 7 May 1999)

  Seeking info on Richard and Mary CONSTABLE who came from England to Elgin in 1849.

Arthur J. "Art" Burch (Submitted 5 May 1999)

  I'm searching for information regarding Gustav/Gustavius? FUCHS, of Elgin. Gustav was born abt 1856 in Belleville, IL and the obituary for his mother (dated 9/30/1890) reports that Gustav was residing in Elgin. Any information gratefully accepted. I have no further info about Gustav, but will gladly provide further info regarding parents and siblings. Thanks in advance for any info.

Doreen Drennan (Submitted 5 May 1999)

 I am looking for a MASON family that lived in Kane Co. in 1933. The only sure name I know is Ruth MASON who was 20 at that time. They were farmers. She had a younger brother and sister who were in grade school at that time. Their names may have been John and Bernice. The mother may have been Adeline.

Harry Calvin Ward (Submitted 29 Apr 1999)

 I am researching Calvin WARD of St. Charles. He was born on 28 Nov 1783 in Ware, MA and died 30 Jul 1869 in St. Charles. The indices of the 1840 and 1860 Federal Census list him. I would appreciate exchanging information with anyone researching this family. Thank you

Patty Ament (Submitted 26 Apr 1999)

  Searching for William Henry DONOVAN in Kane County 1860. Believe he served as capt in the Civil War. Thank you.

Irene Brunet (Submitted 26 Apr 1999)

  Seeking information on GEORGE W. SEVERNS who appears in the 1850 Kane County, IL census index.

David Lewis (Submitted 25 Apr 1999)

  I am seeking information on the dates of birth and death for William JOSLIN and his wife Rachel. They are listed in the 1840 census for Kane Co., IL. I am hoping that someone may have access to cemetary records and can help me locate this information. William and Rachel are not listed in the 1850 census and are presumed to be desceased. Thank you.

Marilyn Bjornas (Submitted 25 Apr 1999)

  I am looking for information on Walter HAINES. We believe he was born in Oct, 1908 at St. Charles and later lived in Batavia. If you have any information about him please contact me at

Paula Waldorf (Submitted 23 Apr 1999)

  I'm trying to get some information on the WULF surname. My grandfather and his parents lived in Aurora, IL. My grandfathers name is Dallas WULF (b. 2/29/1912) and his parents were Clarence Henry WULF and Lillian (Maiden: WHITE) WULF. I don't have any other information. I'm trying to find out the dates of birth and dates of death for Clarence and Lillian. Also Clarence's parent's were Henry WULF and Mary (HUGHES) WULF. Thanks for your help!

Peg Spencer (Submitted 22 Apr 1999)

  Looking for the following: John T. WOOLDRIDGE moved to Aurora, Kane Co., IL after 1901. Minnie Mae ALLEN WOOLDRIDGE was John T.'s wife. He brought his eight children with him: Erma WOOLDRIDGE (b.18 Jan, 1897) who married Roy VANDEVENTER, Orpha WOOLDRIDGE (b.26 Apr, 1899) who married Roy CAMPBELL, Serena WOOLDRIDGE (b.15 May, 1901) who married Clarence WOOCK of WOOCK Coal Company, Harvey WOOLDRIDGE married Eva _________. Ethel WOOLDRIDGE who married _________ REGINALD, Floyd WOOLDRIDGE who married name unknown and divorced and had a son b.1920. Alfred Davis WOOLDRIDGE (b. 6 Oct, 1885) married Lillian MARRINER and moved to Oregon, Ogle, IL. All worked as switchboard operators or linesmen for the phonecompany. Any information on these families would be appreciated.

Meghan Rosenstengel (Submitted 12 Apr 1999)

  I have hit a dead end. Unable to find Joseph birth cert. Any help would be appreciated. Joseph Aloysius BURKE b. 8 Oct 1889 Aurora, IL d.19 Mar 1960 New Orleans, LA m. 20 Nov 1912 to Marion Hazel Howard. Father - Thomas BURKE b. US d. before 1900. Mother - Ellen (Nellie) HOGAN b. 10 Apr 1862 Ireland d. 21 Dec 1927 Aurora, IL. or

Liz Johnson (Submitted 12 Apr 1999)

  I am looking for the surnames of TOMA, PULFER, REINERT in Aurora area. I think they went to St. Nicks and St. Joseph churches. Thanks for any help anyone can give.

Sharon Dix (Submitted 10 Apr 1999)

  Looking for John B CLARK and Clarissa Miranda SMITH and family. Perhaps came to Kane County 1850's and then to DuPage County probably about 1858-1860.

William F. Tjaden (Submitted 5 Apr 1999)

  I would like any information about James R. WILBERN. He was born in 1858 the son of William and Mary WILBERN. His parents are buried in the West Dundee Cemetery near the west enterance. I believe that James was married to two ladies, each named Nettie. Family tradition indicates that James WILBERN did some research on his family. If anyone has knowledge of this reseach, I would appreciate hearing from you. My great grandmother was Sarah Jane WILBERN (1843-1910) who married George Franklin HUBBARD. They lived in Marble Rock, Iowa. Thank you.

Marcia Coan (Submitted 3 Apr 1999)

  Looking for information on William BURNS, Robert BURNS, Charles PATCHIN all from Kane Cty., Ill. circa l839-1865. Was William brother of Robert? Robert settled in Hampshire, land purchased in 1839. William and Charles purchased land in l845. Believe William married Charles PATCHIN's sister, Mary (or Mae). l860 census shows William, wife Mary (Mae) son Charles Patchin BURNS (my g.grandfather) age 14, and daughter Adelfine, age 11. Any information on any of the above, including Adelfine BURNS would be appreciated. mrmcal@essex1.comThanks

Nancy Chrisopherson Lyytikainen (Submitted 31 Mar 1999)

  I am researching my grandparents and the siblings who were on the 1900 Census and were listed living in Kane County and the town of Lily Lake, Campton Twp. The names are Charles CHRISTOFFERSON (CHRISTOPHERSON), his wife Amanda EKDAHL (marr. approx 1898), children Melvin, Olga, Iver, and Conrad. The last three were in school at that time and Melvin was just born. Prior his was married to a Hilda ANDERSON, who died in 1895? and had the three older children by her, Olga, Conrad, and Iver. Charles immigrated in 1880 from Sweden/Norway and was naturalized He may have died in 1926. He also had a servant on the farm by the name of Axel NYGREN. I can find no information on Charles or the 3 older children. Charles and his first wife, Hilda, are buried in L. M. Baker Cemetery near Lily Lake. This cemetery is in Plato Township, section 31-PL6-L and is very well maintained. I have been searching in vain for information on this cemetery and it's records. If anyone has any information regarding this cemetery, please e-mail me. Also looking for school records in Lily Lake School in the years 1899-1900. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

Updated: 9 Jun 2002

Paul M. Shipman (Submitted 30 Mar 1999)

  What was the Jennings Seminary,in Aurora,IL and are there any records available?

Marge Pruitt Clark (Submitted 27 Mar 1999)

  Searching for information on Fred Oscar TAYLOR (b. March, 1869 in Elgin and d. abt 1937 in Hampshire), son of Fred TAYLOR (in info) and Celestia WATKINS. He married Margaret Mary BELL (b. Jul 1877 , d. Mar 1969 both in Hampshire) daughter of Frank R. BELL (Aug, 1853 -Aug, 1933) and Orliva HODEBOONE (May 1858-Nov 1939). Both Fred and Margaret had siblings but I have very little on them either.

Sue Tilleman (Submitted 26 Mar 1999)

  Need information about the Raymond E. BOLDWYN family of South Elgin, Kane Co., IL. Raymond s/o Thomas William BOLDWYN and Mary J. CROWELL; b. Aug. 16, 1906, Harrisburg, Saline Co., IL; m. Maudine E. MCCOY; d. Aug. 10, 1967, South Elgin, Kane Co., IL; bd. Royalton Cemetery, Royalton, Franklin Co., IL. Known children were Ronnie Claude BOLDWYN who died in 1948; Ruth Diane BOLDWYN who married Tommy HARDIN; William D. BOLDWYN; Robert R. BOLDWYN, b. ca. 1941, and possibly married Carol Lee LEATHERMAN; and Mary Lou BOLDWYN, b. ca. 1942, who married first Grover EVERETT, then a man named AURAND. Maudine E. MCCOY believed to have been born 29 Dec 1916, and died July, 1984.

June Matthys McDowall (Submitted 24 Mar 1999)

  ABBIE M. WILDER married EZRA RACE 9/1867. Seeking ancestors and descendants of ABBIE WILDER who married EZRA RACE, a carpenter, of Aurora, IL in 1867. Believe they lived in the area until 1876/77. Had at least two daughters, HENRIETTA RACE & Mrs. BEN H. RUSSELL later of Appleton, Wisc.

Paul M. Shipman (Submitted 23 Mar 1999)

  I am looking for Information on the SNOW family, Ginevra Diantha SNOW from Sugar Grove, Illinois, Kane County. Born July of 1849 ?? Married George TERWILLIGER ?? Thanks

Linda Meyers (Submitted 19 Mar 1999)

  Seeking info on Alanson GROVER and wife? FRALEY family believed to be in Kane County in early 1880-1900 era.

Michele Felsenthal (Submitted 18 Mar 1999)

  Looking for any information on: Martin FINNAN m Mary MORRISY 1/23/1875 Kane Cty; Patrick FINNAN: Naturalization 1856/57 Geneva, IL; Dennis J. HYNES: Civil War 17th Il. Cav. 1st Bat. 1864 Co. A and B.

Dstkanga (Submitted 16 Mar 1999)

  Seeking further information on William A. TITLOW and George SMITH who are believed to have had a business in Aurora in 1840. Census indicates a number of men living with TITLOW family in the 20-30 age group who could have been working in business. Family oral history indicates someone (probably George) went to Chicago to get payroll and never made it back to Aurora. As a result they lost business. Appreciate any information on either of these two people.

Cheryl (Submitted 15 Mar 1999)

  Hello All., Seeking assistance with City Directories 1850-1859. In trying to locate the family of JENETTE, aka. Genette, Frank and wife Mathilda with children. They moved to Elgin, IL, in/abt 1850 and then moved to McHenry, IL abt. 1859. Does anyone have any access to Directories, or was there an 1855 State Census avail, I could browse? or an Index? Thank you for any inside tips into the town of Elgin.

Debby Yount (Submitted 14 Mar 1999)

  Hello. I'm looking for any information on Marvin J. VOCKRODT he married Barbara JOHNSTON on 8-23-1906 in Kane County #17909. If anyone has any information I would sure appreciate an e-mail. Thank you very much.

Chuck Kiel (Submitted 13 Mar 1999)

  I am looking for some information on our family tree. I am not sure if our family lived in Kane County or DeKalb County from the beginning. My grandparents' names on my father's side were August KIEL and Minnie PRIEST KIEL. Grandparents' names on my mother's side were William MISKEY and Gertrude WASHBURN MISKEY. I really need to start somewhere. I have some names dating back to 1869, but need to go further back. Can you help? Thank You.

MaryDona (Submitted 11 Mar 1999)

  I am searching for any info on my grandmother MAUDE JULIA ZOLPER (WARREN) and her parents George W WARREN and Elizabeth (BETCHEL). Maude (1896-1935) was born in Prophetstown,IL. Married Willaim ZOLPER, resided in Aurora, IL. They had 8 children. Maude died 4 weeks after giving birth to My father Don ZOLPER. Maude had a sister b1893,According to the 1900 cens. her name was Beatrice and accr. to the 1910 cens. her name was Lillian. George WARREN was born in1943 in NY and Elizabeth WARREN was from Ohio. Any info on Maude WARREN and her family would be greatly appreciated. I also have info. on anyone searching the Zolper name.

Don Ottaway (Submitted 9 Mar 1999)

  James HANES- Married Lydia Margaret MCKINLEY. He died at Vicksburg in Civil War as a member of the 124th Illinois Infantry Volunteer Regiment. Daniel MCKINLEY - was a chiminey maker. Came from New York, probably from New Paltz.

Randy Hollister (Submitted 6 Mar 1999)

  I am researching the couple of Richard and Adelia (FIGERT-HOLLISTER) VAN HORN. Richard and Adelia were married OCT 23, 1885 at KANE CO.,IL. Adelia was married to Harvey G.HOLLISTER and living in DeKalb, IL. Adelia DIVORCED Harvey in MAR 1881. It was very rare for a divorce then. Adelia's maiden name was FIGERT/FIGART and was born in PA. There is a record of this marriage of Richard and Adelia on the Illinois Marriage Record Index Fische files. I need to know what happened to them after their marriage. They were not listed in the 1890 Census for Kane Co. Would like to know where they are buried.

Alice Allen (Submitted 5 Mar 1999)

  Seeking information on the Marcus MILLET family listed on the 1860 census for Batavia, Kane Co IL. The census lists him as age 50, born NY, his wife Sylvia age 45, b NY. He is also listed in Blackberry twp. on the 1850 census. Living right next door is Hirum Millet, age 53 b NY, his wife Pauline, age 54 b NY, and children Lucy, Harriet & Hiram, all b NY, ages (respectively) 18, 14, 12. What is the connection between these two families?

Tom Jewell (Submitted 2 Mar 1999)

  Trying to locate Henry Elmer JEWELL and wife Estelle (Estella?) DAVENPORT. Resided in Elgin until moving to St. Joseph County, IN in 1914. Believe he operated a grocery store in Elgin. Any information would be appreciated.

Frances Moore (Submitted 1 Mar 1999)

  I am searching information on these people who lived part of their lives in Aurora, IL. Austin E. CORK, b.1869 d. 1951, married Lena SWANSON, b.1876. They had 4 children: Robert,Edith, Grace Helen, & Mildred. Lena died in 1906. She is buried in Aurora, IL. Austin then married Emily ROST around 1909-1910. Emily's first husband was John L. LOVELAND. Emily and John had a daughter Marie E. b.1906 d.1957. I am not sure if Marie went by Marie LOVELAND or Marie CORK as a young person. Marie married Elmer Charles OLSON, b. 1896 d.1970. Austin, Emily, Marie, and Elmer are all buried in Aurora, IL. I would appreciate any help. Thank You

Angie Schofield Stucker (Submitted 26 Feb 1999)

  I am searching for information on my great-great grandmother, Kate FORREST. She was born in Batavia, Illinois around 1860 and was married to Clarence Hiram SCHOFIELD. They had their second child, Charles Williams SCHOFIELD on Feb., 1880 in Mendota, Illinois. I am searching for any information on the FORREST family from Batavia.

Molly Placko (Submitted 23 Feb 1999)

  James and Eliza WOLAVER came to Kane Co in the 1840s; their ch; Jacob, Nicholas, Hannah, John H., Loretta, Isonia(sp?) or Isdra(sp?), Nason or Mason (sp?), Phidelia. Am also looking for the Hart WOLAVER family. Will gladly share info.Thanx --

Julie Scott (Submitted 22 Feb 1999)

  I am just beginning a search of tangible evidence of our family's journey through Illinois. Am looking for a MCGUIRE family which would have spent a few years in the Batavia IL area from 1855 through 1880. Peter & Nancy MCGUIRE. Children: John, Mary Jane, Martha and William Edward. I think all the children were born before arriving in Batavia. However, marriages may have occurred there. Any info you may see would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for posting your e-mail on ILGenWeb and through Kane County's website!

Edward R. Ritter (Submitted 21 Feb 1999)

  I am looking for information on my great-great grandparents John and Minnie RITTER. John b. May 1847 and Minnie b.June 1851 in Germany. They settled in East Dundee in 1880 after coming from Germany. I would like any info on them and the name of the town they came from. The 1900 census shows they lived on Michigan ave. Any information whould be great, thanks.

Mrs. Barb Clayton (Submitted 19 Feb 1999)

  My husband's great, great grandmother was born Abigail CHAPMAN in Elgin, Il in 1854. Looking for any cousins to this family that may still reside there. Thanks for your time. Her death certificate in Madison County, Il states her father's name was David CHAPMAN.

Caliguy (Submitted 19 Feb 1999)

  My great-great grandfather Reuben Fayette BLUNT was reportedly the postmaster for the town of Geneva, Kane County, Il at some time in the early 1900's. If anyone has information regarding the postmasters of Geneva, I would appreciate your comments and information. I have a picture of him in front of a buiding that says Geneva and real estate and public notary. Thank you.

S. Briesch (Submitted 19 Feb 1999)

  I am looking for information on an Otto Henry BRIESCH. He is buried in the Dundee IL cemetary with his wife Augusta BRIESCH. He died in the Chicago 1911 fire as a hero. His wife was born in 1860 and died 1925. I am looking for the names of their parents. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Sharon Vaughan (Submitted 17 Feb 1999)

  Have info that my ggrandfather Hugh SLOWEY and wife Johanna FARRELL lived in Kane Co. in 1858. Daughter of Hugh SLOWEY and ? was married in Kane Co. in Sept. 14, 1861 to a Michael LYNCH. They moved to Clinton County, Ia., where Michael died in the Civil War in 1863. They had a son Michael John LYNCH born Jan.9,1863 in Kane Co. Looking for any info on her father Hugh Slowey and second wife Johanna FARRELL and daughter Elizabeth Anne. She was born in IL and I think same place as Michael Jr. Please help, have come to a dead end on Hugh SLOWEY and where to look next. Have sent for marriage license of Catherine and Michael LYNCH. But where else should I look in Kane County?

Sharon (Submitted 17 Feb 1999)

  I am in search of information on a Norman & Abigail (PARKER) EASTMAN who resided in KANE Co., ILL. They are listed on the 1850 Census. Any information on this family would be very appreciated! Thank-You

Marcia Coan (Submitted 16 Feb 1999)

  Looking for information on BURNS family of Kane Cty., Blackberry and Elgin. Circa l845-1865. Charles P. BURNS, Jr. b. 1845 (?) listed Elgin and Blackberry as residence in Civil War. May have been Sr.,Jr. Any information appreciated, mother's name, siblings, place of birth,etc. Thanks

Cabelswim (Submitted 16 Feb 1999)

  Looking for information on Darwin MILLINGTON who died in 1865. What was the cause of his death? Married to Miranda MILLINGTON; she developed the west side of the river when she subdivided the property into "Millington's Addition".

Linda (Submitted 15 Feb 1999)

  I am looking for descendants of Andrew PINGREE who went from MA to Pingree Grove,(Kane Co) IL in the early 1800's. He died there in 1846. Have family info to share and compare. Hope to find clues to an adoption of a daughter by Andrew's brother Francis.

Wendy Bergerud (Submitted 15 Feb 1999)

  I am descended from Eliot THOMPSON who lived in Kane County around 1850. Am looking for information on his children, Boyd, Ruthven, Ella and Mary and whether he had any brothers and sisters also living in the area. His wife was Eliza Jane BAKER who married an ALLEN. Ruthven, Mary and their mother moved to Minnesota sometime after Eliot died around 1858. Any connections/hints would be appreciated.

Colleen Stokes (Submitted 14 Feb 1999)

  Marie CADWALDER, died on 2/20/1935 in Elgin St. Hospital. Is the hospital still in existance, was it a mental institution or what? Could someone please tell me a little about it and its history. Also, is still in existance, what is the address. Secondly, I am wondering if Marie's obit was Submitted in a local paper, what would newspaper were in existance back then. Thanks for all your help.

Daniel Martin (Submitted 11 Feb 1999)

  Would like to locate a records of the Catholic Church in the area, including any cemetery records, I have several Mc CORMICKs that lived in the Maple Park Area. Particularly as it relates to a Patrick Mc CORMICK, who married a Theresa KEENAN at Maple Park. I know there were several Mc CORMICKs in the area, somehow I believe they are all related perhaps from the same area in Co. Longford in Ireland. Others in the line were Bridget, John, Ann Mc CORMICK. Terrance O'BRIEN, William KEENAN. Thanks

Pat Meyers (Submitted 9 Feb 1999)

  I am looking for the relatives of Elizabeth Welter MORAN who married John MORAN and had four children. Elizabeth was a widow in Aurora as of the 1900 census. I am unable to find her after that. John was the son of John MORAN and Mary O'BOYLE. John, Sr. , Mary and John Jr. are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Aurora along with Mamie MORAN, dtr of John and Elizabeth. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who can shed some light on this family. Elizabeth was born in Aurora and I'm sure there must be a WELTER family who might know what happened to the MORAN family. Thanks...

Larry (Submitted 8 Feb 1999)

  I am researching a Herman E. ROSE who last lived at 632 Illinois Street, Elgin, in 1939. He was a Pipeman for the Elgin Fire Department. His Wife's name is Helen and he had at least two children, Virgina J. ROSE and William H. ROSE. I believe he was born in New York City in 1886 and died approx. 1963. I am particularly interested in any information after 1942, as he seems to have left the area, but anything is helpful. Thanks so much in advance!

Dawn Anderson (Submitted 7 Feb 1999)

  Looking for information on HOLZE, PHELAN, COLLINS, BRADY in Kane County. Henry BRADY B 1854 Glasgow, SCT m Lillian COLLINS B 1846 IRE. Patrick PHELAN B 1830 IRE m Bridgett __________? b 1839 IRE. Their Son: Thomas Francis PHELAN B 1864 Plato Center m Florence BRADY B 1877 Plato Center.

Trudy (Young) Nickens (Submitted 7 Feb 1999)

  Looking for information on George Washington YOUNG brn1820 in NY. Married Sophorinia Sizer PEIRSON also of NY. Moved to Kane County ILL. They had three sons George Owen YOUNG brn. August 6 1865 (My Great Grandfather), William Henry YOUNG brn. Nov. 25 1867 and Horace Gilbert brn. March 30 1870. Please email me at Always searching

Lew Warren (Submitted 5 Feb 1999)

  I am researching the ancestors of Emma Evelyn EDWARDS b: 17 Jun 1898 Montgomery, Kane Co. She was the daughter of George Thornton EDWARDS b: 10 Jul 1872 and Alice Cecelia (AMBROSE) EDWARDS. She had the following siblings: Thomas; Nellie; Ray; Allie C.; Della; and Audrey. Any information relative to this family will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Lew Warren (Submitted 5 Feb 1999)

  Looking for records for the following individuals in the Montgomery, Kane Co. area: Alice Cecelia AMBROSE b: ca. 1875; Henry EDWARDS b: 10 Dec 1847; George Thornton EDWARDS b1: 10 Jul 1872 b2: 10 Aug 1873; Emma Evelyn EDWARDS b: 17 Jun 1898 Montgomery, Kane Co. I would appreciate any help or information that can be provided. Thank you.

Ann Turner (Submitted 3 Feb 1999)

  John PAULL age 28 is in the 1870 census for Kane Co, IL with wife Carisia (?) and daughters Carrie, Minnie and Cornelia. Could his wife be Clarissa SKIFF?

Anne Y. Smittle (Submitted 31 Jan 1999)

  Looking for information on the YOUNG family in Elgin, Kane County. My ancestors name is CHARLES YOUNG, born abt. 1861 married CORA PETERSON. His parents were from New York. One of his brothers names was WILLIAM YOUNG, who supposedly fought in WWI. If you have any information on the YOUNG's, such as parent names or wedding dates, where they originated in New York, please e-mail me. or see my web site at

Alison Edwards (Submitted 31 Jan 1999)

  I'm trying to find ELLIS. The full name is John Stanley ELLIS who is my ggrandfather. My grandmother says he died and was buried in Kane County in 1951. I'm hoping I there will be indication as to who his parents were since even my grandmother doesn't know., thank you very much.

Sandra Long (Submitted 29 Jan 1999)

  My ggrandfather, William A. NELSON was born in Aurora, Kane Co., IL, 10 Feb 1847. He married my ggrandmother Mary Elizabeth RARDIN in Douglas Co., IL, 4 Jun 1876. They moved to Atwood, Piatt Co., IL, and had three children. Oscar was born in 1876. Jessie Mae was born in 1880 and Hugh was born in 1883. I don't know when but they moved on to Texas. William died in 1909 in Wise Co., TX, and is buried there. The rest of the family moved on to Floyd Co., TX, and all The rest are buried there.. any information as to who William A. NELSON belonged to would be helpful...

Pat Smith (Submitted 28 Jan 1999)

  Looking for ancestors of Raymond J. DONOHUE of Kane County, IL. He married Marie KELLEY about 1916 in Huntley, McHenry County area.

Pat Smith (Submitted 28 Jan 1999)

  Looking for anyone who might have information about Jeremiah CONNOR father of Mary "May" CONNOR, both of Kane County, IL. Mary married John T. KELLEY of Huntley, McHenry Co in abt 1893. Any clues will be most appreciated!

Denise Flora (Submitted 28 Jan 1999)

  His name was William Franklin TOOMBS, Sr. and he died about 3 Feb 1884 at his son's home (Jr) in Wayne or St. Charles. Do you know what the local newpaper might have been called that might have posted an obituary over the next few weeks? Where might I find any old issues preserved? I'm looking for a listing of his children, one of which I suspect is my children's ggggrandfather. I did find an obituary for him where he lived before moving to Wayne (in the Sandwich Argus) but it did not have the information I'm seeking -- Thanks for your time,

Darrell Fehd (Submitted 28 Jan 1999)

  I am researching the Surname FEHD. I was born in Elgin in 1954 to Edward C FEHD Jr, son of Edward C. FEHD, son of Louis or (Ludwig) FEHD, born in Darmstadt Germany. I am trying to ascertain when and how Louis came to this country. Also, his parents. If you can be of any assistance, I would be most grateful. My father was born in Marengo, Il

UPDATED: 16 May 2005

Donna (Submitted 28 Jan 1999)

  Searching for information on Jesse ABBOTT, born about 1820 in VT and a resident of Kane County, IL. Also need information on Abram C. (or A.) ABBOTT, born about 1842, died before 1900 probably in South Elgin ...Co. B. 69th IL Infantry, Civil War. Thanks.

Joan Alyea (Submitted 25 Jan 1999)

  I am seeking information on the burial place of my great-grandmother, Matilda Butler West MCBRIDE, wife of John Harrison MCBRIDE. She died in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois,on March 1, 1899. I would like to know if there are cemetery listings available, or if I can obtain the addresses/phone numbers of cemeteries in Aurora. Also, are death certificates available for 1899? Are these available from the County Clerk's Office, or do they have to be obtained from the State of Illinois. Thanks for helping me.

Barthel Rohles (Submitted 23 Jan 1999)

  My family, ROHLES, German immigrants, settled in IL in and around Chicago and in Kane Co. The oldest ROHLES that I know about was Bernard ROHLES, my grat grandfather, the father of August ROHLES who was my grandfather. I believe Bernard ROHLES brought his family to the US before 1860. My grandfather was born in Germany, his first son Bernard August ROHLES, my father, was born August 13,1877, at Elgin, St Mary's Catholic Christining records confirm this and further show a Bernard ROHLES was a wittness. I was unable to find Bernard ROHLES in the series "Germans to America". Family lore said two brothers came at the same time, One was John who settled in Chicago, the second name, not known in the lore, went on to the Elgin area. If you can help me with the ROHLES name please contact me at BARTELCOM@AOL.Com.

Julie (Submitted 21 Jan 1999)

  I am looking for information on the family of Mary A. HIBNER who was b. 24 September, 1859 in Aurora, Kane, IL. Her father's name was Charles HIBNER and her mother was Elizabeth KNERINGER, I believed they were born in Bavaria, but now I think it could have been Batavia. They later moved to Cedar Rapids, Hardin Co. If anyone knows of this Hibner family, please e-mail me. Thanks

Andy Kirby (Submitted 19 Jan 1999)

  I have notes from a genealogist who worked in the 1930s which say that a "Mr. OLDS" married Perley RANSFORD (RAYNSFORD, RAINSFORD) near Sheffield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. One daughter, Cynthia OLDS, was supposed to have been born about 1820 and eventually married a "Mr. MOULTON. This MOULTON settled in Kane County, Illinois, about 1860. [note: Perley RANSFORD had been married before to a "Mr. HURLBERT" (HURLBURT, HULBURT, HURLBUT) and one daughter by that marriage was Lovina HURLBERT. Lovina HURLBERT and Cynthia OLDS were half-sisters.] Any further information welcome!

Karen (Hartfield) Crocker (Submitted 19 Jan 1999)

  I am researching the HARTFIELD line of my family tree. My grandfather's name is Roy Clarence Hartfield (b.18 Feb 1895 - Feb 1972). His parents are George August HARTFIELD and Elizabeth BARIERS. I know some family members lived off-and-on in Aurora, incl. my father and grandfather. I have found 3 HARTFIELDs listed as being buried in Kane County Cemetaries, but don't know any first names. Cemetaries are: West Aurora (section 15); Riverside (section 33); and Mt. Olivet (section 28). Would love to know if there are any relatives still living in this area. Thanks in advance.

E. Sibley (Submitted 18 Jan 1999)

  I am looking for descendents of Jacob COOPER [1820-1898] and wife Mary (Kemper?) [1831-1880]. They had 9 children, including my great grandmother Sarah Francis COOPER. Some of their children or grandchildren were known to live in Elgin, Kane Co., between 1890 and the 1920s. Trying to find info on Cooper relatives Leneous, David, Leo Donald, Orval Leneous & Alta who lived in Elgin. 1900-1920s. I believe Leo & Orval graduated from Elgin High school in the 1920s. Other Cooper family members who may have lived in Elgin are twins Christine & Irene & brother Rex. I have digitized copies of pictures and of written materials to share. Please make responses to: or see my website at

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2001

Rick McDaniel (Submitted 10 Jan 1999)

  I am looking for information on my grandfather Orville Jacob LEWIS born in Elgin, Illinois 1898. Believe his father was Ernest Julius or Julius Ernest LEWIS, Mother was Ida Marie or Marie Ida PEARSON(Pierson) died prior to 1912. Father remarried in 1912, believe there were children born of the second marraige. Thank you for any info anyone can provide.

Jim Bergeson (Submitted 4 Jan 1999)

  BERGERSON, Ole born 1857, looking for naturalization records from Kane Co.

Tom Mighell (Submitted 4 Jan 1999)

  I am looking to talk with anyone familiar with the MIGHELL family of Aurora, Illinois. My records indicate that they first arrived and settled in Sugar Grove in 1837, from Rutland, Vermont. Thanks!

Lorraine H. (Submitted 3 Jan 1999)

 I would like to hear from anyone who may have researched or be able to do lookups for the following Kane County families: FOWLER, ABELL, SEYMOUR. Looking for information on paternal grandmother. She may have had several children and possibly three marriages. I am looking for family information on Elizabeth Mary FOWLER born 1870's (?), Elgin, Illinois. Was married to Albert ABELL by 1904, daughter Juanita Nadia ABELL born March, 1904. Albert may have had a previous marriage as two older ABELL siblings Jessie June ABELL (b. 06/08/88, Gilbert Station, Il.) and Albert ABELL (b. 05/27/94) list Elizabeth MOORE as their mother. I do not know what happened to Albert. In 1908 my father, Roy Stuart AUSTIN was born to Elizabeth FOWLER and Alfred William / or possibly Albert AUSTIN in Chicago. Il. I do not know what happened to my grandfather AUSTIN. It is said that Elizabeth had a third marriage to someone named CAMPBELL. Upon Elizabeth's early death (in her forties) my father was raised by his oldest (step?) sister, Jessie whose married name was then SHOEMAKER and probably living in Chicago. Meanwhile his other sister Juanita married YORE and lived on the south side of Chicago for many years. My father sometimes mentioned SEYMOUR in speaking of other Kane County family relations. Anyone out there research SEYMOUR and have references to FOWLER connections through marriage or otherwise? Thanks

Karen West (Submitted 2 Jan 1999)

  Sedate Paddleford MARTIN was in Batavia, Kane Co., IL by 1860 coming from Sandy Creek, Oswego Co., NY where he lived in 1850. Sedate Paddleford MARTIN served in the Civil War with Company B 141`st Infantry of Illinois Volunteers. His sons Alvin S. MARTIN and AMOS MARTIN both served in 52 Infantry Illinois Volunteers. Seeking anyone else searching this family and I would also like to know when and where Sedate Paddle MARTIN was born. I have pension and Military records for him with no place or date of birth. List his age as 45 which would have made him born 1819, where all census records list approx. 1808 date of birth. Did Illinois volunteers not list place of birth and parents as some states do?

UPDATED: 26 Jul 2006

Dave Needham (Submitted 30 Dec 1998)

  I am searching for information on the family of William M. HECKMAN who was married June 2, 1870 in Kane Co. to Caroline NEEDHAM (she was born 1849 in PA). or see

Marylinda Wheeler (Submitted 29 Dec 1998)

  Seeking info re: Nehemiah Jacob WHEELER who marr Emma Adelia (Delia) PEASLEE Oct 1875, he of Marengo, McHenry Co and she of Clintonville, Kane Co. Adelia moved to So. Elgin abt. 1852 at age of 8 with parents; had a sister Kate and later taught school. Also need info on James PEASLEE and parents Abigail and Moses PEASLEE. James, wife Phoebe, Abigail are in So. Elgin cemetery but don't know what happened to Moses. Appreciate any help. Thanks. RickDenn (Submitted 22 Dec 1998)

  I am trying to locate living descendants of Patrick KILKEARY (died 1917 in East St. Louis, Ill.), in the hopes of establishing his relationship to my ancestor, John "Tip" KILKEARY (died 1885 in St. Louis, Mo.). I have determined that Patrick KILKEARY's grandson, Raymond E. DUNN, died in 1975 in Urbana, Ill. Raymond DUNN's newspaper obituary listed the survivors as his wife, Joan E. DUNN; daughters, Mrs. Jane RAY, of Urbana, and Mrs. Gregory (Rosemary) SIMS of St. Joseph; sons, Robert DUNN of Long Island, N.Y., Melvin DUNN of Elburn, and Michael COLCLASURE, of Ridefield, Conn.; sister, Mrs. Erma Gallivan, of Lexington, Ky. I would like to contact any of these individuals or their descendants.

Kat (Submitted 19 Dec 1998)

  I am looking for any information about my gGrandfather David Eugene KEEFER, dob: 25 June 1857 b.Elgin,Kane, IL M 25 Nov 1886 d.Oct 1923. He married : Mattie Ellen STONE dob: 16 Aug 1868 in Eurecka, Humbolt CA. d: 10 Aug 1935 and was buried in Mt. Home, Elmore, ID. If anyone has any information they would like to share I would be greatful. Please feel free to contact me Thanks in advance.

N. Keesee (Submitted 15 Dec 1998)

  Looking for the following names all around 1850 to 1880: TUPPER, Kaneville; BAKER, WILLIAM, Aroura; FISH, Aroura or Kaneville; SENIFT, Hampshire.

Pat Palmer (Submitted 7 Dec 1998)

  PATTERSON, PHILO and wife, Wealthy, lived in Elgin 1840. Residing with them in census was a young boy the age of my gr grandfather, Amos W. PATTERSON. However, there was no child of this union so who was the boy? Philo was born in Canada and was in Sangamon county before Kane but died by 1850. Patterson seekers, are you there?

Per Samuelsson (Submitted 6 Dec 1998)

  Esther PETTERSON - My ggranmothers sister Esther PETTERSON born 1861 emigtated to "North America" from Hovmantorp, Sweden in 1879. I know that she at some point lived in Elgin under her maiden name, Esther PETTERSON and thats the only thing I know of her life in America. Could some helpful person try to check out if there was any Esther PETTERSON that lived and perhaps got married in Elgin? I live in Sweden, making it difficult to get information.

Brenda Scott (Submitted 5 Dec 1998)

  John E. STEPHENS died Jan 30, 1931 in Cleveland Ohio, leaving a wife and child. The wife was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. PSLAUN of Dundee, Ill. Does anyone know of the desendents ? Thanks,

James C. Coffman (Submitted 30 Nov 1998)

  I am interested in Benjamin H. SMITH who was married to Selinda EMERSON. They had a son who was born in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois on 18 Dec 1843. That is all I know about any of them. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,

Gloria Scott (Submitted 27 Nov 1998)

  Looking for info on Charley ZARNDT and his wife Cora HOFF ZARNDT. Cora HOFF ZARNDT was born 26 Sept 1904 & died 1 Jan 1994. According to the SSDI her last residence was in Geneva, Illinois. Charley & Cora had a son Vernon & a daughter Arleen. Arleen married, but the name I have for her husband is LANYGUTH, & I don't think that's the right spelling. Any info, especially whereabouts of Vernon & Arleen, or the correct name of Arleen's husband, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jim McMillen (Submitted 24 Nov 1998)

  Living with the J J MARTIN family in Kane County in 1860 were two girls I have not been able to identify. They were Louisa MARTIN, age 16, not a child of the family, and Dorotha? F CAYWOOD, age 15, born in England. A son of the family was also there: Frank J MARTIN, age 7, born Michigan. In 1880 he married Laura HART and lived in Aurora until his death in a railroad accident in 1895. The Frank MARTINs had two children: Florence MARTIN, born 1881, and Allan MARTIN, born 1886. If you know anything about any of these people or what happened to them in later years, please contact me. Thanks.

Laura Hanley Davis (Submitted 24 Nov 1998)

  I'm looking for Catholic baptismal records for the following 3 children of John Heany and Bridget CONSIDINE: Theresa Mary HEANY, 1866; Willaim J HEANY, 1868; John Alfonsus HEANY, 1869/70. I have reason to believe that the family may have attended church in Aurora during this time period, though they lived near Bristol, Kendall County. Baptisms for children born after 1870 were found at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Somonauk, De Kalb County. If you find the family associated with a parish in Kane County, would you also let me know if you have a death, funeral, or burial record for John HEANY. He died sometime between Oct 1878 (when he last appears with his wife Bridget as a sponsor on a baptismal record) and Jun 1880 (when his wife Bridget appears as a widow in the 1880 census in Huntsville, Kendall County). The parish priest at St Mary's in Plano didn't find any HEANY's, and suggested that I try Somonauk and Aurora. Thanks in advance for your efforts....

John R. Krantz (Submitted 23 Nov 1998)

  I am trying to find out about my grandparents Clarence KERNER or Clarence E. KERNER and wife Margaret BAULER who were in Aurora 1919+1920.I think that Clarence was a transit driver Margaret died in 1919 of scarlet fever thats the only information I have. Any other information would help. Thank You

Amber Frybarger (Submitted 22 Nov 1998)

  I am searching for the families of Jimmy James WHITFORD and Rosa Mae HENDRIX who lived in Elgin IL. They had these children: Connie, Joe, Louise born Elgin 1915, Beatrice, Lucille. The family moved to Russell, AR where James WHITFORD died in 1921. Rosa HENDRIX'S family settled in Lawrence County, AR. James WHITFORD had been married before. The children by his first wife were: Harry, Mary, Johnny, and Leonard.

John Skotko (Submitted 20 Nov 1998)

  Interested in finding death date for Albert B. HARRIS. Lived in Aurora 1900 per census,at that time was 65 years old.

Doug Frizzell (Submitted 13 Nov 1998)

  HAWKINS, looking for assistance with my Hawkins family line. William Hezekiah HAWKINS was born in New York State, 3/29/1817 and he died in Aurora January 4, 1881. I understand he was the mayor of Aurora in 1862 and 1872. He was married to Luna B. BROOKS (died in Aurora 11/13/1898) and they had a daughter Ada Cornelia HAWKINS b 10/2/1844, Aurora and d 4/30/1877, Aurora. Ada married Edwin Wallace TRASK. If inyone has any information on this family, please e-mail me at

Thank you.

Gordon Mitchell (Submitted 14 Nov 1998)

  Seeking info on John COY who fought in the War of 1812, and lived in Kaneville, IL. I know he received a pension.

Liza Lizarraga (Submitted 14 Nov 1998)

  I am looking for information on Rosa B. (possibly Barbara) THIELMAN (or VON THIELMAN). She was born on 11-25-1856 in Elgin, IL to parents John Martin THEILMAN (VON THIELMAN) and Maria (Katrina?) ZEINER. I am particularly interested to find out if she had any siblings. Other names searching related to Rosa THIELMAN (VON THIELMAN) are ZEINER and HAMMES. Please contact me at

Forrest Fothergill (Submitted 22 Oct 1998)

  Looking for information on the Burlington Twp., families of John FOTHERGILL 1822-1866; and John Reed WARD 1818-1865. Families of their children are: Andrew & Isabella WARD PITCHER; T.J. & Elizabeth WARD LANGDON; Bradford & Alice WARD WOOD; John Reed & Ida MCGOUGH WARD, Jr.; John & Frances WARD FITZSIMMONS; Thomas & Thirza WINANS FOTHERGILL; John M. & May CHRYSTAL FOTHERGILL.

Susan Frisbey (Submitted 20 Oct 1998)

  John W. LAMB, b. 1851 in Kane County, Illinois the son of Hannah ALLEN and Myron LAMB. Married Lydia Ann FRISBEY in Independence, MO in Dec 1872. Four children: 1) unknown 2) Della LAMB b. March 18 74 in MO 3) Lottie Belle LAMB b. 12 Aug 1876 where? 3) Laura Maude LAMB b. 28 March 1878 in Illinois. John died 26 June 1883. But where?

Mikki (Submitted 20 Oct 1998)

Updated 11 Dec 1998: I have just recently discovered that my Sarah Ann PURDY and Charles Lewis CLARK(E) were married 11 Oct 1847 in Kane County. All these years, we thought they were married in Mass. Funny how things work. I am still searching for info on these two - hope someone can shed some light for me. Thanks.

  I am researching 2 family names, one of which lived at one time in the early 1800's in Batavia, IL. PURDY, Sarah Ann b. 31 Dec or 30 Jan 1828 Logansport, Cass, IN m. 10 Oct 1847 John Lewis CLARK. Sarah lived in Batavia and LaSalle, IL before moving to Sheffield, Bureau, IL where she lived out the remainder of her life. She d. 13 Feb 1902 in Wethersfield, Henry, IL just 2 days after her youngest son Oscar D. CLARK, who also died in Wethersfield. I have no info on Sarah other than she came with her parents to Batavia and later lived in LaSalle. I have a death cert. for her, but it does not list any family. John Lewis CLARK b. 11 Sep 1819 Truxton, Courtland, NY d. 23 Jan 1896 Sheffield, Bureau, IL John's obit states that he was the oldest child of his father's family (big help, eh?), and that he lived a short time in Cleveland, OH and DeKalb County IL before settling in Sheffield. John & Sarah had 5 children, all born Sheffield, Bureau, IL; William H. CLARK d. 29 Feb 1864, 2 yrs. Mahalia M. d. 21 Apr 1867 (18 yr 2 mo), both buried at Sheffield Cemetary. Nellie b 1854 m. Bert DUNBAR; Charles Lewis CLARK (my gr-grandfather) b. 13 Mar 1856 d. 1 Feb 1935 m. 27 Oct 1886 Emily Matilda BECKER; and Oscar D. b April 1865 and d. 11 Feb 1902. I have been unable to find any info on either John or Sarah of their early life in IL or before. If you can be of any assistance, I would greatly appreciate this mystery solved. Thank you.

George Jenista (Submitted 17 Oct 1998)

  Researching the Death details of my wife's Great-Grandmother, last noted living in Little Rock (Aurora?) Illinois 1916-1917. Name: Elizabeth VAN SICKLE TRIPP; Born: Clayton County, Iowa 18 Sept. 1839; Married: William TRIPP about 1870 -1875. Many thanks for your assistance.

Christine (Submitted 14 Oct 1998)

  I am searching for the parents of Chauncey BROOKS who was b. 24 Jan 1798 Richmond, MA and d. 14 Jan 1885 Sugar Grove Kane Co. IL. He m. Laura Dixon SEARS on 14 sep 1821 in Lenox, MA. They had the following children: Chauncey S. Brooks, Lewis, Laura, Collins, Elisha, Chester, Linus, and Jabez. Any information on Chauncey and his family would be greatly appreciated. I am at a dead end for now with him. The Paull family was very prominent in Kane Co. but not much is known about the people they married. Also looking for any info on Alexander C. STEARNS who m. Alice Clarinda PAULL on 29 jul 1874 in Kane Co. IL. They had one child, Franklin William STEARNS (my great-grandfather) in 1875 and then divorced in 1876. Nothing else is known of Alexander except that his father was William STEARNS and he may have moved to Brooklyn, New York after his divorce, with a woman named Elizabeth CROSS. Thank you for any light you can shed on these mysteries.

Billnan (Submitted 11 Oct 1998)

  Hannah MEAD b. 1828 ( Ont. or NY ), d. 1908 Aurora, Ill.; married. Alexander HOUSTON b. 1827 Scotland, d. 1867, Aurora, ILL. Children: Margaret 1857, Mary 1854, Alexander 1835, Ellen 1858, John H. 1861 - 1910, Sadie 1868 - 1940. Sadie Houston married Frank Culp.

James E. Moriarty (Submitted 9 Oct 1998)

  Burgess TRUESDELL (1800-1869) died in Elgin. His wife was Maria S. HULL (1807-1904) and their daughter was Bertha C. TRUESDELL HEUSTON (1855-1889). Thank you in advance for any response.

Wendy Sebby (Submitted 8 Oct 1998)

  I am looking for relatives of the TILTONs, BECKETs, BURNHAMs, and SEBBYs, all of Aurora, IL. I would like to find the family of Russell BURNHAM, who died around 1970. Also, the family of Richard TILTON who died in 1997 (his father was Arthur Jesse TILTON and his father was Jesse James TILTON). The BECKETs I have are Mary BECKET, who died in 1990 (her parents were John BECKET and Katherine WILER; John's parents were Nicholas BECKET and Elizabeth BITTNER). The SEBBY family I have are the descendants of Ole SEBBY from Norway. Any info would help! Thanks

Tammy Marsh (Submitted 8 Oct 1998)

  I am looking for information on Clarence David GREEN & Loretta Mary BALTAZOR (BALTAZAR) (sp?). They had at least one daughter (my grandmother) Miriam Elizabeth GREEN. Any information would be greatly appreciated. or

Tom Green (Submitted 3 Oct 1998)

  Looking for info on Joel LEE, b. 1831, Huron Co, OH. He lived in Kane County, circa 1838 to 1850's. Interested in any information, contact with other descendants or relatives. Thanks

Julie Weimer (Submitted 26 Sep 1998)

  Looking for descendants of Nelson RICHARDS born Narcisse RICHARD in St. Esprit, Canada May 9, 1817, and Marie Rose DIONNE born Sept 5 1822, Trois Rivieres, Canada. Their children were Marie Delima RICHARDS born Dec 6, 1845 in Montreal Canada, Oliver Charles RICHARDS born Aug 1, 1848 in Montreal Canada, Delia RICHARDS born in 1852 in Illinois, Nelson RICHARDS born in 1854 in Illinois, Charles Prespre RICHARDS born March 23 1855 in Manteno, Illinois, Celia RICHARDS born in 1858 in Illinois, and Louis RICHARDS born in 1861 in Illinois. The family first appears in Aurora in the 1860 census. Most of the children spent their lives in Aurora.

W Malin (Submitted 16 Sep 1998)

  Looking for decendents of Henry W. POILE & his wife Susan TODD POILE who lived in/around Big Rock. They had three kids that I know of - Emma , Vernon , & Alfred. Henry died 1929 & Susan died in 1917.

Shirley Karle (Submitted 9 Sep 1998)

  I am searching for information on Whiting HULL who lived in Dundee, Kane Co, IL for many years. He died 16 September 1870 probably in Dundee. His wife was named Anna. Whiting HULL was in Kane County in 1840, 1850 and 1860. I need to know his parents names and his date of marriage. He also had a daughter named Cynthia HULL and two sons, Edwin HULL and Edgar HULL. Whiting Hull was a brickmaker. I have also seen his name spelled Whiley, Whitney. Can you help?

Carlotte Orth (Submitted 8 Sep 1998)

(Updated 3 Oct 1999)

  Searching for information on my great aunt, Carrie HODEK, married to William J. PECK. Lived in Aurora, Kane Co., IL at 442 Plum Street in 1933. William was ill at the time. She immigrated from Bohemia, village unknown, about 1890 and may have lived in the Chicago area before settling in Aurora. Carrie's niece Anna SCHWEINER, who lived with her, married John KREITZ. They had a daughter Laverne (married Martin VROMAN) who lived in St. Charles and a son Donald. Any information will be greatly appreciated.

Lorrey Calderin (Submitted 5 Sep 1998)

  I am researching Aretus LOVELAND and Emeline MANNING. They lived in Kane County, IL from around 1844 to 1888. Aretus died 1867 in Campton and Emeline died 1888 in Aurora. Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. They had 6 children born in Kane County.

Vickie Kesler (Submitted 3 Sep 1998)

  Need information on Phillip KESLER/KESSLER and his wife Elizabeth "Betsy" (HOUSE). Came to Kane Co, IL from Orleans Co, NY in 1857. Phillip died in Oct 1880 and is buried in Burlington Twp Cemetery in Kane Co. His wife, Betsy, died in 1864 in Kane Co. Their one daughter, Eliza A. (b:1827 NY) married Elijah HILL. Eliza A. HILL died in 1863 and is buried in Burlington Twp Cemetery, Kane Co. The other known children: George, Phoebe, Lyman, and Horace moved on to Iowa. If anyone can give me more information on this family, please contact me.

Vicki King (Submitted 3 Sep 1998)

  Lovina MCCLELLAN b 1 Jan 1845 in Tennessee & husband James RAY had a daughter name Ruth Etta RAY b 20 Dec 1866 in Aurora, Kane County, IL. Lovina RAY and her daughter moved to Mills County, Iowa sometime before 1873. I have no information on James RAY or his family. Does anyone have any information on Lovina MCCLELLAN RAY or James RAY? I have information on Ruth Etta RAY's descendants to share.

Douglas & Susie Thorp (Submitted 2 Sep 1998)

  Frank MILLER (1864-1925) and wife Fredericka STAHL (1866-1950) lived in Kane County IL. Had 10 children: Albert, Josephine (Raymond Schutte), Ora, Charles (Olga Johnson), Percy (Louise Ehlert), Franz (Margaret Preston), Agnes (Walter Melahn), William, Clarence, and Frederick. All children lived in Kane also, except Franz. Looking for any descendents.

Donna (Submitted 31 Aug 1998)

  Need information on Nathaniel K. ABBOTT (b. 1818) of Elgin & Ann M. DEVORE (b abt 1820)(daughter of George DEVORE); their daughter, Emma Cordelia ABBOTT who married (Need proof) M.(Mathias?) BRAGEY. Also these families: Eleanor E. (Mrs. Seth) DOXEY, Isabell A (Mrs Wm.) BARTON in the 1860's onward.

Doreen Drennan (Submitted 30 Aug 1998)

  I am trying to find members of a MASON family that lived in the Elgin area in the 1930's. One of the family children was Ruth MASON born about 1913 or maybe 1911 info is conflicting. There were other children. I believe there was a brother John and a sister Bernice. The mother of these children was Adeline. The only family name I am sure of is Ruth who was supposed to be 20 years of age in 1933. They were farmers in the area. having lived in the area for about twenty years. This is a case where my cousin is looking for his birth mother. Probably Ruth is no longer living, but he would like to know if he has any brothers or sister. If we could find out the birth record of Ruth we would know for sure the name of her parents etc etc. Or marriage records. Did Ruth ever get married, has she died. We feel that the farm they lived on is no longer a farm. Any help would be wonderful.

Nancy Ohda (Submitted 29 Aug 1998)

  Searching for information on Martin PARKER and family (including wife, Lydia, son, Frank, daughter Catherine) who supposedly moved to Elburn, Blackberry Township, Kane County from Woodford County sometime after 1860. He was reported to be a prosperous farmer in Elburn.

Jack Bartlett (Submitted 26 Aug 1998)

  I am looking for any information regarding the death of my gg grandmother, Persis Elvira Dearth PEPPER. She shows up in the 1870 census as living with her daughter and son-in law, Wallace and Maria Bartlett in or around Little Rock. She was 64 yrs old at that time. She was born 1/29/1807 in MA. I would be greatly appreciative of any information. Thanking you in advance.>

Lois V. Scully (Submitted 25 Aug 1998)

  Looking for descendants of Stephen FELLOWS b 23 May 1798 Genessee Co., NY, d 25 Oct, 1877 buried in Garfield Cemetery, Kane Co. m Sabra STEVENS, b 25 Apr 1805 Wyoming Co., NY, d 24 Nov 1882, buried in Garfield Cem. Her father, Philo STEVENS b 4 Nov 1772 d 31 Mar 1849, buried in Whitney Cem., Kane Co. m Jerusha Last Name Unknown, b. 28 Jul 1783 d. 27 Feb 1841, buried in Whitney Cem. son Ira STEVENS also buried Whitney Cem. Stephen & Sabra FELLOWS son, Alexander, b 3 Jun 1834, d 17 Nov 1847, buried in Garfield Cem. daughter, Lucinda (my ancestor) b 4 Sep 1823 Genessee Co. NY d 2 Apr 1905 in Marion Co., IA. Lucinda married Joseph Ruddle ALLARD 2 Nov 1843 in St. Charles, Kane Co., they were divorced 21 Mar 1872. Thanks much.

Jill Jungels (Submitted 22 Aug 1998)

  Looking for any info on George and Lena (?) JUNGELS. They farmed and lived on Sheffer Road in Aurora. I have the 1910 Census which lists approx. dates and place of birth. Geo. and Lena were born in IL as were their 8 children. More info. would be much appreciated. Thank you

J. Leach (Submitted 21 Aug 1998)

  I am looking for information on Frank LEACH (Franklin Benjamin LEACH) who lived his last years in Aurora, Kane County (1871-1944) After spending many years in Iowa and bringing up his family there and after his wife died, he moved back to Kane County with his oldest son, Anson. His other son, Ralph, was living in Iowa at that time and his adopted daughter Wilma lived in Florida. Any information would be appreciated.

Brian Arnold (Submitted 19 Aug 1998)

  I am from Coventry, Warwickshire, England, now living in Naracoorte, South Australia since 1983. I am hoping someone can help me in my search for ancestors/descendents of the LAMBERT, MEYER and FOX families. I have 20 plus photos taken in Aug 1942 at: 1217 Front Street, Aurora. Names include William (Bill) Snr and Carrie LAMBERT born 1877-87; with son William LAMBERT Jnr born 1912-22; Don and Winnie LAMBERT born 1888-1900; Frank (Buddy) and Francis MEYER born 1902-12; Mrs Fox born 1882-92 with daughter Winnie FOX 1917-22. My father Jack ARNOLD (1916-1983), stayed at this address while on leave from the Royal Navy. I beleive he was a cousin of the LAMBERTs. I would be grateful for any assistance.

Ruth Andrews-Bryant (Sumbitted 11 Aug 1998)

  I am looking for information on Daniel TUTHILL (Tuttle) and Margaret PLATT. They were married 1853-1854. Oldest son John born Dec. 1854 in Clinton, IA. Daniel was born 11 Feb. 1824 in New York state. By the time I find John (my great grandfather) in the census records, the name had become TUTTLE. I would appreciate any help with my search that you can give me. Daniel's landholdings were sold and became the Aurora Country Club. My aunt thinks the old homestead may still be standing on the grounds? Anybody know anything about this home or family? Thanks much.

James Pioch (Submitted 11 Aug 1998)

  I am researching the LARKIN family. Patrick and Ellen LARKIN came to Elgin circa 1854 from New York. Both were born in Ireland, circa 1823 and circa 1826 respectively. Sarah’s parents were and Bernard and Sarah KANE. Patrick died 11 Dec 1908; Ellen died 31 Mar 1900. Their children were Cornelius F. (b.24 Jan 1848, d.29 Aug 1891); Martin Henry (b.Mar 1853, d.28 Aug 1910); Sarah J. (b.17 Mar 1858, d.18 Jan 1918); Bernard H. Larkin (b.04 Jun 186, d.29 Nov 1918); John (d. circa 24 Feb 1908); Mary E. (d. circa 21 Oct 1958); Richard M.; and William J. Their son Martin was my great-great-grandfather. The family attended St. Mary’s Church and lived on Park Street most of their lives. At the time of her death, Ellen had a nephew named John McGee who was living in Maywood, IL. I would like to learn the names of Patrick’s parents and make contact with any descendents of these Larkins.

Updated 26 Jul 2004

Ruth Wells (Submitted 10 Aug 1998)

  Looking for information on my grandmother's family line. Her name is Olga GULLICKSON born in Carpentersville, September 24, 1892. Her father's name is Even GULLICKSON and mother's name was Agnette OLSON. Any information would be very helpful.

Dee Stambazze (Submitted 9 Aug 1998)

  Searching for any and all OLHABER's from Elgin, IL and Dundee, IL. Searching for MEIERHOFF/MEYERHOFF's from Elgin, Huntley and Dundee, IL. Also searching for any information on Jacob STAMBAZZE, born 27 Aug 1884 in Italy. Married 26 Nov 1908, Elgin, IL married Louise BAUMGARTNER. He worked for the National House, Eisembaums and Blums of Elgin. Left Elgin 1916 and went to Logansport, IN. Any information on the above surnames will be appreciated. Thanks.

Doug Hartman (Submitted 6 Aug 1998)

  Looking for information on HARTMAN. My grandfather, Harry HARTMAN, lived in Naperville, then the Batavia area, and buried in Aurora. Died 9-3-1914. Married to Emily PRESCOTT in Naperville, 1906. He had at least one brother, Joseph HARTMAN (Aurora?), and maybe others. Unconfirmed also is that they emmigrated as children, probably from Luxembourg (originally Swiss?). A possibility for parents are Peter and Maria HARTMAN, but this is unverified. Another name that is connected to them is RODER or ROEDERS. I am trying to trace family back to Europe. Thanks.

Updated 2 Sep 1998

Pat Baars (Submitted 4 Aug 1998)

  Mary Caroline BOWEN BROCKWAY, born in New York in 1830, died in Elgin on 19 Dec 1885, according to my family Bible. Her death certificate has not been found. Her son, Jay BROCKWAY, is on the 1900 census living on Gifford St. or Place in Elgin, with his wife Jennie. He is 46 and she is 42, and they were both born in Wisconsin. Earlier I believe he was the sheriff of Whitewater, Wisconsin. They had no children. Jay had sisters Ida Marie and Frances, and a brother William, all of whom worked (1880s?) for the Elgin Watch Company. Do these people show up on any Elgin records? Where is Mary buried, and is there a newspaper record of her death? I would be happy to trade Oregon research for help with this family.

Sandy (Submitted 2 Aug 1998)

  Looking for any information on Dennis H. REMINGTON who resided in Kane Co. at the time he entered the Civil War. He may be the same Dennis H. REMINGTON who later lived in Labette Co. Ks. If so he would be related to William and Butler REMINGTON. Any info would help narrow this down.

Marie Harder (Submitted 31 Jul 1998)

&nsbp; I am researching the CLARK family. Thomas CLARK (1789, PA) and his wife, Jane PLUMMER (1781, NY). Their children: Palmer, Millin (1815, NY), E.M. (1816, NY), George P. (1820, NY), Thomas (1824), John J. (1816) and Barton (1830). I know that Thomas and John J. stayed in Kane County for many years. John J. first moved to Kane county in 1841 and purchased 53 acres of land from his father. With his brother Thomas, they owned a planing mill and sash factory. John J. and his son Byron later bought a water power plant and ran a maching shop until 1895. Thomas raised two companies for the Civil War. Please contact me if you have any information you would like to share. (Submitted 23 Jul 1998)

  I am looking for information on the RENAUD family in Aurora, Illinois. Also, Hankus (spelling varies). The 3rd generation back of the RENAUDs came from France or Luxembourg.

Diana Granger (Submitted 21 Jul 1998)

  I am seeking information on Samuel YOUNG who was in Kane County in 1850 with his children and second wife Mariah. He lived in St. Charles. I would like any other data on him or his family.

Rebecca Buck (Submitted 19 Jul 1998)

  I'm looking for information on Lyman H. TINNEY who lived in Elgin, IL. He was born 24 Jul 1857, married Mammie M. HANDCOCK in the year 1888, died in 1936 at 121 S. Grove Ave., Elgin IL. I'd like to know more about Lyman and his wife Mammie (he was married twice) Birth, Marriage info, etc. anything will be welcome. Thank you in advance.

Karen Demien (Submitted 18 Jul 1998)

  I am looking for information on Jacob Friedrich DEMIEN, 1799-1868, from Glewitz, Vorpommern and Joochim Christin DEMIEN, Medrow, Vorpommern born 1817 or any of Joochims sons. I am particularly intersted in brothers of Jacob and Joochim.

Carole (Submitted 16 Jul 1998)

  Can anyone please tell me how to get cemetery records from the West Dundee Cemetery? Also, I am researching the surnames EATINGER and FRISBY. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

David A Lewis (Submitted 15 Jul 1998)

  Searching for information on JOSLIN ancestors of: Riley and Eunice EVANS JOSLIN; John and Rachael JOSLIN BARNHILL; Aaron and Elizabeth JOSLIN BARNELL(HILL); Henry and Phebe JOSLIN ENSLEY; Isaac and Nancy PATE JOSLIN; Jonathan and Rhoda JOSLIN. All the JOSLINs are related but relationships are unsure. Riley is possibly an uncle to the other 5 JOSLINs. All six families were in Kane Co at some point during the 1840's. Prior to that the families were in Shelby Co IN and Knox Co OH. Thank you

Robert Fletcher (Submitted 11 Jul 1998)

  Interested in the FLETCHER family in Kane Co., IL. Campbell FLETCHER for 1847, Charles FLETCHER for 1843-1846, Lewis FLETCHER for 1848-1849, and Mark W. FLETCHER for 1842. Where did these Fletchers come from? Any information most welcome.

E. Rose (Submitted 11 Jul 1998)

  I am interested in finding out what I can on the John WHITNEY family. Am also related to the WARD families that settled in Kane County.

Dee Mika (Submitted 8 Jul 1998)

  I am researching the following families in Kane county: Michael ASSELL (b) 10 Jul 1854; Agnes POSS (b) 29 May 1859 wife of Michael ASSELL; Anna SCHOLEN (b) 14 Sept. 1856 wife of Peter SCHMIT (b) Nov. 1847. These are my great grandparents-Also interested in Lux Immigrants and how they got to this county. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

Steve & Stacey Meyer (Submitted 7 Jul 1998)

  I am attempting to discover the parents of Kathinca Louisa Wilhelmena FREDRICKSON. Kathinca was born Oct. 14, 1868 in Kristania Norway. I believe she died in July of 1958. In the mid 1880's Kathinca married Jacob Severt STANGE. Kathinca immigrated to Elgin IL in about 1880, her parents stayed in Norway. If you could find the names of her parents I would greatly appreciate it. Mange Tusen Tak:)

B. Geiber (Submitted 6 Jul 1998)

  Searching for death, marriage and pts of Xavier or François-Xavier LECLAIR/LECLERC b. abt 1809 in Canada, m. abt 1846 in or near Aurora, IL to Matilda BISSONNETTE b. abt 1830 in Canada. Both probably died at/near Aurora, IL. Need her parents also.

Julie Rosales (Submitted 5 Jul 1998)

  I'm looking for historical information about BLACKBERRY Township, and the house my grandmother currently owns (ELBURN) that is supposed to be the oldest frame house in the county. There is also some stories linking this house to SHABONEE (also spelled SHABONA) the Potawatomi Chief. Anyone with any information or resources that could help, please contact me. Thank you very much.

Betty N. Rhoda (Submitted 3 Jul 1998)

  Did Daniel Elvin WOOD change his name after leaving home as a young boy? Parents listed on death certificate are John and Mary COLVILLE WOOD. Daniel reputed to have sister named Hannah. He was b. 27 Sep 1861 in Elgin, KANE Co., IL and d. 25 Sep 1931 in Shelby, Toole Co, MT. Left home at age 12-14 and worked on a RR coming west then rode as cowpoke in great blizzard of 1888 to bring cattle up to MT from TX. He IS my stumbling block. Thanks, Betty

Robert Campbell (Submitted 30 Jun 1998)

  Am looking for more background information on the following family grouping and any obituaries, if possible on Ede and/or Hannah DRAKE of Kaneville. Ede also maybe known as Ed and/or Eddy. Got this lead from Elmer Dickson of Kendall County: Elmer Dickson had written regarding Kane County, Illinois: "I checked the 1860 census of Kane County and found family # 3036, page 416, P. O. KANEVILLE. DRAKE, Ed, 72 farmer VT; Hannah 64, wife, MA; George, 49 farmer, MA; Ed 36, farmer, NY; and Hannah A. 19, NY. Carlos, 35 farmer NY and Lucinda DRAKE were on page 413, family # 3015. William DRAKE, 42 farmer NY was on page 418, family # 3053. Any information including, but not limited to obits, would be greatly appreciated and will share what little informaiton we have. I am Robert Campbell of Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California, possible descendant (long story) of ED and HANNAH DRAKE OF KANEVILLE. (We know I am a descendant of Celina Drake of Kane.) (Submitted 27 Jun 1998)

  I am looking for old cemeteries with burials dating back to 1870's and old Episcopal church with records dating back to 1840's-1850's. My relatives lived in Aurora in the 1800's. If you can give me any information I would appreciate it. Thank you for your assistance. The county clerk's office said they only go back to 1878.

Mertt (Submitted 16 Jun 1998)

  EATON, is listed as an early settler in Elgin, having come from Otsego Co., N.Y. Does anyone know more about this Eaton family? I am searching for Rodney Eaton in this area.

Mandy Womble (Submitted 16 Jun 1998)

  I am looking for information on Rudolph Fredrick HEDIGER. He was born 1865 in Reinach, Switzerland. He came to the US when he was about 18 years old. I have found record of a Rudolph HEDIGER entering the country in Kane County in 1884. His father was Henry HEDIGER and may have entered the country in 1872 in Madison County,IL. Rudolph eventually migrated to Texas. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks. (Submitted 12 Jun 1998)

  Lloyd BRUCHER -Nov 5 1912, Olive BRUCHER--Dec 8 1907, Geneva, Kane Co Illinois, any further information appreciated. Any Brucher please contact me as we feel all must be related.

Dan Cretors (Submitted 9 Jun 1998)

  Looking for information on the John H. CRETORS family who came to Aurora from Leavenworth, KS in Approx. 1871. John's first son Charles Roland CRETORS was born in Aurora, IL on August 17, 1872. Any information on the Cretors family is appreciated. Thanks

Virginia Dieterle (Submitted 9 Jun 1998)

  Looking for help to find a recent obit or death record of Evelyn HORNE SCHARK (or SCHAND -- from Claude's funeral info). Evelyn was born March 1, 1910 (assume Whiteside or Lee Co.IL) and died August 1995 in Aurora, Kane Co. IL (SCHARK, according to SSDI). Evelyn was the daughter of Claude C. HORNE and Elizabeth SPRANKLE(?); Evelyn's spouse name is unknown. Evelyn's father, Claude, was a brother to my great-grandmother, Deborah Lee (HORNE) EGAN PURDUE. I would appreciate any information you could provide on Evelyn HORNE SCHARK (or SCHAND) to help extend this family connection to the present. Thank you for your assistance,

Anne Livingston Gillette (Submitted 9 Jun 1998)

  I have been researching my family roots in Kane county for the past year. The names are: LIVINGSTON, LIVINGSTONE, CONGDON. These families immigrated from Canada about 1870's. I may be contacted at

B Zanon (Submitted 8 Jun 1998)

 I am researching the surnames BITTINGER & FIERCK. My maternal grandparents & family are from Elgin, IL. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Cheryl Brown (Submitted 6 Jun 1998)

  I would appreciate any information on my ancestors with surnames LEWERENZ & SMITH. My great, great grandparents, Frederick & Fredericka LEWERENZ settled in Dundee, Illinois, approximately 1861 or 1862. They had 3 children, Minnie, John & Charles. Fred & Dorothy SMITH also lived in Dundee about this time. Their children were Mary, Frederica (known as Reca or Rica. She is my great grandmother, married to Charles LEWERENZ).

Dave Knox (Submitted 3 Jun 1998)

  I am looking for Frank Sheridan KNOX, b. 18 Dec 1865, Dundee, Kane Co. to Joseph T. KNOX, b. MD, and Anna E. HOWARD, b. IL abt. 1840. Other children, Harry, b Aug 1863 IL, Anna, b 1867 IL. Thank you for you assistance in this search.

Jim Linz (Submitted 2 Jun 1998)

  I am looking for biographical information on Wolfgang HOFFMANN, an industrial designer whose last know address was Geneva, Illinois. I need the information for a book I am working on about art deco design in the 1930s. He died in February 1969. If anyone has a copy of his obituary or any other relevant information please contact me.

Greta Krahn (Submitted 1 Jun 1998)

  Seeking information about my ggrandparents, Charles (or Carl) and Albertina KRAHN, shown in 1880 US Census as living in Dundee Twp., Kane Co. Not sure when they settled there, and left sometime between 1880 and 1900 to relocate to MN. They married in approximately 1863, then came to U.S. from Prussia or further/Eastern Pomerania in approximately 1867. They had at least two sons, Frederich G., b. 18 May 1869 in Illinois, d. 16 Dec. 1913 in Medical Lake, WA; and John C. (my grandfather), b. 18 April 1877 in Illinois, d. 28 Dec. 1923 in Medical Lake, WA. They also had at least two daughters, Wilhelmina (Minnie) and Louisa, and possibly others. I am most eager to find out, in priority order, the following information about Charles and Albertina KRAHN: (1) their specific place of origin in Prussia/Pomerania, i.e., town or district; (2) complete names and dates of birth for the two mentioned daughters and any other children born (and deceased) in Kane Co; (3) names of Charles' and Albertina's parents; (4) exact date of emigration for Charles and Albertina. The 1880 Census also shows an entry for a John and Minnie KRAHN, also living in Dundee Twp. Could they have been related, and how? Was or is there a Lutheran Church serving the Dundee Twp. area, and how might I access any church records? I would appreciate any help or suggestions. Thank you.

Carol L Wolf Britton (Submitted 30 May 1998)

  I am researching the names PETSCHOW AND WOLF My gr. grandfather arrived in the Kane/Cook county area in the 1850. He fought in the Civil War in the 2nd IL light Art. His name was August WOLF and he married Caroline PETSCHOW in 1866 in Berrington. If any one has any information on this couple I would be ever so grateful for your assistance. I have been stumped on this couple for some time now. The Civil war records did help but am still at a loss as to what the names of the parents were and where the PETSCHOW's came from. Thank you.

Sharon Shaw (Submitted 30 May 1998)

  I am looking for information on: Andrew SHAW son of Robert and Grace McGILL. Born: Racavan, Ireland, Oct.28,1862. Came to Kane County in 1884, applied for citizenship same year. Moved to Chicago 1886, worked for Chicago Railroad for 16 years. Married Hannah PATTERSON in Clinton, Iowa July 24, 1890. Two brothers came with Andrew from Ireland as well as a sister. Matthew SHAW, James SHAW, and Margaret SHAW McGIVEN.

Debbie Tarantino (Submitted 27 May 1998)

  I am looking for my 3rd great uncle, Fred MCNABB. He was born in Indiana 31 May 1868. He eventually moved to the Chicago area, where he was said to have been a chef. I am looking for a death record for him. I know he was still living 9 June 1924 because it was so stated in his father's obituary. The Chicago Genealogical Society said the found a Fred McNabb dying on 23 Feb 1931 in Elgin State Hospital in Kane County. I would be interested to know if this is the same Fred. Can anyone help? Thank you very much.

Laura Farwell (Submitted 27 May 1998)

  I am looking for my father-in-laws family. His name is Rudolph George FARWELL. DOB 1/20/1926 in Elgin. He was a twin. His brother's first name was Adolph, and his mother's maiden name Katherine TABORSKY, and father's name was Francis Clifford FARWELL.

Mike Peterson (Submitted 25 May 1998)

  Trying to find more information on Nathan PETERSON. The only Kane County information I have is that he died in Compton, Kane, IL sometime in the early 1800's.

Pat Snyder (Submitted 25 May 1998)

  I am looking for any information about a Wellsby RAPPLEYEE who is listed in the 1850 census of Illinois. His father is listed as Hiram RAPPLEYEE and mother's name is Sarah. Wellsby was listed as being 5 years old in the 1850 census in Illinois. My great great grandfather is Austin W. and his father was Hiram and his mother was listed as Sarah BRIDGEWATER; he was born in 1844. I am wanting to know if the W. in Austin W. is for Wellsby. If you have any information about Austin W. or Wellsby, please contact me. Thank you!

Sally Young (Submitted 21 May 1998)

  Researching the name MCDONALD (MACDONALD), COFFEY (COFFEE), CONNOR, in the town of Aurora. Alexander and Mary Kate MCDONALD his sister in 1900 living with the Sylvester & Mary Helen CONNOR family in Aurora. Mary Kate married a man named COFFEY. Alexander married Clara LAFORTE. Need copy of 1920 census of these families in Aurora or anything that can be found for them.

Bonnie Fletcher Eggert (Submitted 21 May 1998)

  Researching the name FLETCHER, John married Rachel LOVELESS, dates and places unknown. They had a son, Olin H. FLETCHER, born 20 January, 1870 in Elgin, Illinois. Olin married Grace Emma BUTLER, born 18 March 1872, daughter of Elmeron BUTLER and Bessie MORRELL, dates and places unknown. Family history states that one or some of the Fletchers were employed at the Elgin Watch Factory. They may have lived in Elburn, Illinois at some point. John FLETCHER and Rachel LOVELESS are dead ends in my family research, so would appreciate any help in data or direction.

Mary Lou Heal Gdowski (Sumbitted 18 May 1998)

  I am tracing the surname HEAL. My grandfather, William HEAL, was born at Rutland, Kane County, Illinois on April 12, 1851 according to an obit.

Ken Cool (Submitted 14 May 1998)

 I understand that there was a John COOL that shows up in the 1860 census of Kane County. I'm looking for a "missing John COOL" that "moved West from Allen Co., IN about 1857. John would have been born ca 1834. Would you have any information of he or any other COOL's of this period?

UPDATED: 18 Jul 2006

Amber Cory (Submitted 12 May 1998)

  I am looking for information on Catherine CORBETT, she married Robert SWAIL(E)S in PA, when he passed on she moved to Burlington Township, Kane Co., IL. She had two boys that went to school here and moved on to Iowa when they became adults. Catherine married Fletcher or Francis ORVIS on 4/03/1848 in Kane Co., IL. She passed away in 1857, again in Kane Co. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Elvera Johnson (Submitted 12 May 1998)

  One of my ancestors named RUTGER purchased federal land in Kane county either 1840 or 1842. How can I locate additional information concerning him and where he may have lived?

Lorrie Riemer (Submitted 7 May 1998)

  Searching for information on Frank NICHOLS who lived in Aurora IL around the 1909 period. He was born in DeKalb however, I have found city directories stating he was here along with his mother Mary TERWILLIGER. I am missing information on Frank completely. Can anyone help? contact

Mike Mounce (Submitted 8 May 1998)

  I am starting research on the following families and have very little at this time. George A. CCLEVELAND b.abt 1846 WI lived Dundee married Enice HASKINS b.Jun 6 1853 NY, d.1951/52 Lincoln NE, Father Lyman H. HASKINS. George and Eunice had 10 children born in Dundee, IL: May, Quincy H., Nellie, Grace, Myrtle, Nettie, Ida, Eva, George, Inza. In an article published in Lincloln NE, dated June 1951, Eunice stated her and her family moved from Dundee in 1870 in a 11 wagon caravan to trek across the midwest in the pack was George CHILES. When this appeared she was 98 and had outlived 6 of the 10 children. Any info would be appreaciated.

Lorrie Riemer (Submitted 7 May 1998)

  William TERWILLIGER, born in New York 1825 came to IL and settled as a very young child in St. Charles. He grew to adulthood and married Phebe CURTIS in 1844. her parents were Leonard and Zlypha who came from CT and lived in Blackberry Station. Three children later - William is found to marry again. Children I am trying to locate information on are: Robert and Emma. I am descended from the second child Alfred. Would love more information regarding the CURTIS family too. The grandson, William married a Maria ANDERSON abt 1916 - am looking for information on her family for my records. Any Information, contact or

Lorrie Riemer (Submitted 7 May 1998)

  Searching for information on Thurman REINERT parents and siblings - J. REYNHOLD and Nellie STONEBURNER REINERT who lived in Aurora around 1900 - 1910 - Thurman was in and out of Aurora until 1925. I have found they were from Earlville around 1880's. However, city directories show they were in Aurora for a while. Need information on parents and children. Thanks.

Ann Van Dyke (Submitted 6 May 1998)

  My great-unclt, August Carl GROTE, lived in Elgin sometime in the 1880's, having moved there from Germany. I haven't been able to find out anything about him, i.e. what he did for a living, how long he lived in Elgin, etc. He may have moved on to Bloomington at a later date. Would appreciate any help. Are city directories available for that time period? Thank you.

Janet Weaver (Submitted 6 May 1998)

  My first cousin twice removed lived in Elgin and died there. His name was Henry L. TEYLER. He was born 14 Dec 1882 and died in Sept. 1974. His wife, Amanda, was born 23 July 1888 and died Jan. 1977. They had at least one daughter, but I do not know her married name. Anyone with this spelling of TEYLER is related and I'd love to hear from anyone who may be working on this line. Henry's parents were William and Sophie TEYLER.

Sally Young (Submitted 5 May 1998)

  Sylvester CONNOR (b. Canada) was living in Aurora IL in the 1900's he was married to a Mary Helen WING. They had come from Jackson, MI. Her parents were Ansel and Mary WING. Don't know who his parents were. On the 1880 Michigan census, it say's he was a machinest. Moved to Aurora area circa 1881. 1910 census shows his age as 61, hers as 56. Would like to get a copy of the census for them in 1920 if I can. Can you direct me to a library in Aurora that could help me. I'm trying to see who was living in their family at this time. Also searching for death dates & burial locations; cemetery record for Aurora might be helpful. Information on the Burlington Railroad Company in Aurora also sought. Help, Help!! Thank You.

Updated 25 Aug 1998

Updated 6 Sep 1998 (Submitted 1 May 1998)

  I'm looking for any & all VAN NORMAN's, VAN ARMAN's, VAN ORMAN's, basically if it sounds like VAN NORMAN I'm interested. Specifically looking for Emma/Amy VAN NORMAN who was born in 1832 in Canada. She married Chester M. BIGELOW in 1859 in Beloit, WI, and died in Dundee Twp, Kane Co, IL in 1864 leaving behind a young child (assumed to be 5 yrs old or younger) named Benjamin Chester BIGELOW. Was Benjamin an only child? What happened to him? Emma/Amy was the daughter of Whiting Fleming VAN NORMAN & Margaret McCleish. This Van Norman family first came to Whiteside Co, Illinois from Ontario, Canada in 1835. They returned to Ontario after a few years, remained there for awhile, then returned to Illinois settling in Kane County where Whiting died in 1861. Other children of Whiting & Margaret are Roxalina, Mary Ann, John Depew, Whiting Delevan, Benjamin DeWitt, and Lucien Patton. Would like to hear from all Van Norman and variant spelling researchers, even if you have no connection to the family mentioned above. If you do connect to the family above, e-mail and get acquainted with a 'long-lost' cousin!

Tom Bombaci, Jr. (Submitted 27 Apr 1998)

  Seeking information on Lydia SHULER (1796-1878) who died in (and, perhaps, was born in) Elgin. She married William CARLISLE in 1818 in NY; they had several children. Most were boys, but the daughters married a Mr. MAINE and a Mr. PARKER. She apparently moved to Elgin after William died in 1868. Can anyone help? Thanks!

Dale Updike (Submitted 24 Apr 1998)

  I wish to learn the marriage date of my grandparents:ABNER GROVER UPDIKE and BRITANNIA ELIZABETH FINDLAY ARMOUR. I think they were married in Aurora or Plainfield in 1887 or 1888. Can anyone help?

Kerry O'Brien (Submitted 22 Apr 1998)

  Am searching for information on the William O'BRIEN family that lived near Aurora, Illinois from about 1860. I have not been able to find this family in the census. My great-great-grandfather, William O'BRIEN (b. c1812) was married to Rosanna (or Rose) KING (b. c1824). They were both born in Ireland and came to Illinois from Sheffield, MA; she married a FLYNN (FLINN?) after William's death (or divorce?). William and Rosanna had five children (2 boys and 3 girls). The only known names are John (b. c1848, MA), Leta Rose O'BRIEN (b. MA, m. Nathan WAGNER (d. 1889) in Chicago, then Andrew J. SCOFIELD (d. 1927); d. 1931 in Elkhart, Ind.) and my great-grandfather, James William O'BRIEN (b. 5/10/1862, near Aurora; m. 1885 to Anna Josephine HASELEU in Furnas Co., Nebr.; d. 9/8/1920 in Horton, Kans.). James lived mainly in KS. John O'BRIEN may have married Anna HASELEU's sister, Louise, moved to KS for a time, then returned to the Elgin area after 1900. There were two other daughters whose names I do not know. There is a William and Rose O'BRIN [sic] in Batavia Twp. in 1860 census (page 648) who are about the right age and were born in Ireland; and they have the right number of children, including a John, a Rose, and a James, but the ages are off (as is often the case in census records), and the birthplaces for the children born in MA are listed as IL. (which could be another error). The two other daughters listed in this census are Margret and Bichely. I would like to verify that this is the census record for my William O'BRIEN. I would like to find the burial locations of William and Rosanna. A Kane County cemetery surname index shows that there are O'BRIENs buried in Eastside Cemetery in Batavia Twp., but I can't find an address or phone number to check their records. Does anyone have a survey of this cemetery, or know who operates it? I am seeking census, birth, death, marriage and burial information for all immediate members of this William O'BRIEN family. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. or

Updated 8 May 1998

Chris & Linda Kellog (Submitted 21 Apr 1998)

  George Washington KELLOGG was born on 1 Aug 1864 in Ill (possibly Kane county). We believe he was an orphan at a young age. Later he married Sarah Ellen SHUPERT and they had the following children: Guy, Ernest, George, Paul, Nina, and Pearl. George Washington KELLOGG is buried in Oklahoma. We are trying to find the names of his parents. We do not have a birth record. Any information is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Diana (Submitted 17 Apr 1998)

  SCHUMANN & BOND families - I'm looking for any information on my great-uncle, Daniel BOND, who lived in Elgin from about 1920(?) and died there in 1867. He was born about 1895 in Southern Illinois, lived a few years in Puxico, MO, then the family was split up. I have his obituary which shows he married a widow, Anna/Emma SCHUMANN, who had several children, William, Louis, Henry, Edward, Rose, and Roy. Daniel and Anna had no children together. He was a mechanic and a truck driver, and I was hoping to get in touch with any of the Schumann descendants who might remember him. Looking for information, or contact with any surviving Schuman's for family history purposes. Hoping only to exchange a story or two with any descendants of any of his step-children, the Schuman's. At least one or two of the Schuman children lived and died in the Elgin area. Would be grateful for any tidbit! Thank-you. Respond by e-mail to or snail-mail to Diane Bond, 5611 Brentwood., Arvada, CO 80002.

Updated 11 May 1998 & 27 Jun 1999

Gwen Butram (Submitted 16 Apr 1998)

  Looking for CHALLY ancesters or decendents living in KANE county between 1800 to 1998. Birth dates, marriage info., deaths etc. Any additional information would be appreciated. Bernice CHALLY, b: 11 Dec. 1906, d: Aug 1979, lived in Aurora; Bertha CHALLY, b: 9 Dec 1897, d: May 1983, also lived in Aurora; Leonard CHALLY, b: 25 Feb. 1896, d: 17 May 1993. Anybody with any information on this family line please write to me. I am a CHALLY decendent. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you.

Updated 19 Apr 1998

Updated 16 Aug 1998

Barbara Little (Submitted 16 Apr 1998)

  Researching: DeBRUYNE * DeCLERCK * DeMUYNCK/DeMINCK. Desiree DeBRUYNE b. 27 Aug 1849 Esen, Belgium married Julianna DeCLERCK b. 1 Nov 1854 in Belgium. In 1892 the DeBRUYNE family immigrated to St. Charles, Kane Co.,IL with their four children: Mathilda, Jeanette (my grandmother), Melchior (Charley) and Cyril. Their youngest child, Henry was born in St. Charles, Kane Co.,IL. Desiree DeBRUYNE died 25 Sep 1894 in St. Charles, IL. At an early age, the sons and daughters all worked in the Moline Malleable Iron Company in St. Charles. Bruno DeBRUYNE b. 17 Jan 1850 in Belgium, a brother of Desiree immigrated in 1891 to St. Charles with his wife Marie DeCENDER and three three children: Phillip, Flavie and Martha. Philip DeBRUYNE became President of the Moline Corporation 1959 - 1966. Julia (DeCLERK) DeBRUYNE moved to Superior, Douglas Co., WI where she died 13 Feb 1920. My grandparents: Jeanette DeBRUYNE b. Nov 01, 1882 in Belgium married Leo Bernard DeMUYNCK/DeMINCK Apr. 25, 1903 in St. Charles, Kane Co.,IL. They had three children: Julia b. Jan 26, 1904, Martha b. Oct 25, 1905 and Bernice b. May 05, 1909 all in St. Charles, Kane Co.,IL. About 1917 the DeMINCK family moved to Peoria, IL. Jeanette (DeBRUYNE) DeMINCK d. Dec 01, 1947, Leo Bernard DeMINCK died Jun 27, 1929 both in Peoria, Peoria Co.,IL. Willing to share information, and looking for connections.

Joan M. Alyea (Submitted 11 Apr 1998)

  I am looking for information on my great-grandmother, MATILDA BUTLER WEST McBRIDE, who died in Aurora, Illinois on March 1, 1899. She was married to JOHN HARRISON McBRIDE. It is not certain if they were living together at the time of her death. Living children at Matilda's death were HUGH ERASTUS McBRIDE, JOHN GUY McBRIDE, and JAMES THOMAS McBRIDE. I would like place of burial, source for death certificate, or obituary.

Marc Voltz (Submitted 10 Apr 1998)

  I'm looking for any information on the following surnames who lived in the Plato Center area of Kane County during the 1880's: Ludwig or Lewis VOLTZ, Frederika STREIBING, Frederik VOLTZ, William VOLTZ and the NOHNS family, specifically, Dorthea NOHNS whom married Frederik VOLTZ, November 10, 1887 in Elgin. Thank you for your attention.

Andrea Kohl (Submitted 6 Apr 1998)

  I'm looking for info about Julius VATER (VATTER), b.1841-d.1914. He died in Aurora. His daughter, my g-grandmother, Katherine VATER b.1872-d.1943. I would like to know who her mother was. I do not know where Katherine was born, perhaps Chicago or Mendota? Katherine VATER died in Aurora. She had two brothers, Charles b.1878-d.1912 and William VATER b.1880-d.1924. I do know what cemetary they are buried at. Any additional info about the VATER (VATTER) family of Aurora, Kane Co., IL would be appreciated. Thanks.

Tom Winslow (Submitted 5 Apr 1998)

  I am looking for my PERRY connection to Kane Co. (Elgin). It is my belief that my PERRY line has lived in Kane Co., IL since the early 1700s. My Great Grandfather traveled to Elgin in 1870 to live with some of his people for about 3 years. Any help with any PERRYs in Kane County will be appreciated. I am looking for a connection to my GreatGrandFather, Daniel Alexander PERRY (b. 1839 d. 1918). Daniel was a Confederate Veteran who moved to Kane Co. (in or near Elgin) around 1870. We believe that his people originally came from Kane Co. and that he moved back to be near them or to live with them. He may have married D. A. SMITH in Kane Co. before 1862 and may have been in Illinois prior to the Civil War. Daniel took with him to Kane Co.: His wife, Margaret MURDOCK; two children, Pressley and Lottie PERRY. While in Kane Co. a child was born: Lettie or Zaletta PERRY. There should be a birth record. It is widely told among the Perrys that Daniel took some of his children to Illinois and that two of his three children contacted Typhoid Fever. One son, Pressley Perry, was never mentally capable after the trip. A daughter, Lottie Perry, also suffered brain damage due to high temperature and lost much of her hair. Lettie or Zelleta Perry was born while they lived in Illinois. Daniel married Margaret Theresa Elizabeth Murdock, daughter of John Murdock and Margaret HARTLINE, on 7 Mar 1867 at Troutman, Iredell, North Carolina. The Daniel Perry family is not listed on the 1870 NC census because they may be in Illinois. There is also evidence that he may have been part of a general migration to Illinois by many Iredell County folks to seek better farm lands in 1870 - PERRY, MURDOCK, OSTWALT, RIMER, GOODMAN, HAITHCOCK.

John R. Griffin (Submitted 4 Apr 1998)

  ELLITHORPE, SALLS, and MANDIGO families of Kane Co, IL, are ones I will exchange info about. Brothers Oliver H. (1816-1884) and Timothy Chapman ELLITHORPE (1814-1861) left Franklin Co., VT, in 1836, and went to the small town of Fort Deerborn, IL. (In later years that small town became the metropolis of Chicago, IL.) Oliver H. moved west of present-day Chicago and claimed a homestead in Burlington Twp., Kane Co., IL. He married Adeline FRENCH, born in 1814 in Canada, in Sheldon, VT. They lived in Canada for a time. Their children were: 1. Florence, born ca 1840; 2. Abigail, born ca 1842; 3. Lorenzo, born ca 1844; 4. and Ney E., born in 1847 in IL. His siblings were born in "Lower Canada."

&nbps; Timothy C. ELLITHORPE married Emily Bridget SALLS (1820-1903) in Alburg, VT in 1839 and they became the parents of 8 children, born in Cook and Kane Counties, IL. Emily B. SALLS was born near Lake Champlain in VT. She and Timothy were the parents of: 1. Myron W. (1840-1925), married Zilpha A. MANDIGO ca 1866; 2. Lewis S. (1842-1908+), married Liza WATSON; 3. Alice C. (b 1843), married Henry CARVER; 4. Emma M. (1845-1943), married Thadeus WATSON; 5. Timothy Cass (1847-1935), married Isabel MITCHELL; 6. Clara E. (1850-1903), married William WILSON; 7. Ava Emily (b 1853), married Henry SNOW in 1878; and 8. Etta Aucilia (1855-1954), married Charles ROWLAND. The first child was born in Chicago, IL, and all his siblings were born in Blackbery Twp., Kane Co., IL

  Zilpha A. MANDIGO was born about 1845 at Clarenceville, Ontario, Canada, and died in 1939 at Rose Lake, Kootenaie Co., Idaho. Let's share information.

Updated 18 May 1998

Pattie Schultz (Submitted 3 Apr 1998)

  I'm looking for more information on William HOFFMAN and Freida SCHWEMM. They were married on November 4, 1891in Elgin.They both lived in Elgin at the time, and I'm assuming that they continued to live there. Any help would be appreciated.

Gene Beed (Submitted 31 Mar 1998)

  In the 1850's my great-great grandparents, great uncles and an aunt came from England and settled in the city of Batavia. Their name was BEED. What I would like to know is where did they settle - on a farm or in town? Also, I will add that they only stayed 4-5 years before moving on to Iowa. Also, I see there were some MANN's living in Kane Coundy. How do I find them? I'm looking for a Caroline MANN that married my great grandfather, Thomas BEED, Jr. Thanks.

Diana Granger (Submitted 31 Mar 1998)

 Sewell SHATTUCK and his wife, Almyra Ellithorpe SHATTUCK died in Kane County sometime in the mid nineteenth century. I would greatly appreciate getting the correct dates and the specific town if you can obtain that information.

Kathy Dusek (Submitted 29 Mar 1998)

 I am searching for David Eugene KEEFER; dob: June 25,1857; born: Elgin; died: Oct,1923; Place: Mountain Home,Elmore,Idaho. Any info I can get will be helpful. Or as to where I can obtain. I would be happy to reimburse for time and expenses. (Submitted 28 Mar 1998)

 Frank J. CHEPERKA, Sr. Born 15 Oct 1877 in Hungary d. 2 May 1975 m. Frances OBERIGHTER b. ca. 1880 d. 23 Sept 1958. Both died in Elgin, IL. They lived at 304 Dundee Avenue. Richard Clarence SANDEWAY b. 22 Oct 1878 in Warffum, Holland d. 6 Aug 1938 in Mason, Ingham, MI m. Maude Myrtle ELSEY 1 Apr 1907 (don't know where married). They lived in Elgin from around 1920 to 1934. Vernon Carney FELLOWS b. 20 Aug 1903 in Shawnee Town, IL d. 20 July 1957 in Elgin, IL. buried in Marengo, IL m. Edna Mae SANDEWAY CHEPERKA in Geneva, IL on 4 May 1942. These were my parents. His father was Herbert Bruce FELLOWS b. 30 Mar 1884 in Marengo or Genoa, IL d. 15 Jan 1919 Chicago, IL buried in Marengo, IL m. Flossie Bell CARNEY. Herbert's father was Frank S. FELLOWS b. 1861 NY and m. Lydicia BRINLEY b. 1861 PA. Frank's father was Ezra FELLOWS b. ca. 1821 in NY and moved to McHenry Co. IL in 1852. Ezra married Martha SPOOR in NY in 1850. Ezra FELLOWS died 2 Jan 1896 in McHenry Co, IL. Any information on these people will be much appreciated. I don't have census material or any other information except what is above. Thank you so much for any help available.

Beth (Submitted 26 Mar 1998)

  I am looking for information on Harry Lester ZEARING, born 12-10-1900 in Aurora,Ill. His parents were John Morris ZEARING and Barbara Ann ZONNER ZEARING. Harry came to Louisiana in the early 1930's and was an excellent carpenter and electrician. He was said to have come here from Iowa. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Marge (Submitted 25 Mar 1998)

  Hanson P. GEYER, lived in Batavia in 1921. Celebrated 60th Wedding in 1930. Looking for the name of his wife. Found article in paper abt Hanson, as he was 13, living in PA and went to the Gettysburg Address. Also looking for date of death. Thanks for any info.

Linda & Marlyn Schumacher (Submitted 23 Mar 1998)

  We have just started a search for my wifes family. The surnames we have interest in are HRONZY, BLANEY, JOY,McCLEAN. Any one having ANY information on these surnames please contact us. Your help is always appreciated.

Edmond Spaeth (Submitted 22 Mar 1998)

  Looking for information regarding Samuel HUNTING 1808-1851 and his wife Mary WEBSTER b.1811- and their family who had lived in Elgin, Illinois at time of the 1850 census. The family had migrated from NY state and may have also lived in Byron, Ogle co., IL prior to moving to Elgin. Any help would be appreciated.

Updated 28 Mar 1998

Kelli Stanfield (Submitted 22 Mar 1998)

  Searching for informatin on: Jasper BROWN m Marrietta KNIFFIN children: Ray BROWN, Jay BROWN, and May Eliza BROWN b 5/1/1893 in Elgin, Il. moved to OK at 16. In 1913 she married Charles Lester OLIVER and had 5 children. Any information will be greatly appriciated.

Patty Ament (Submitted 21 Mar 1998)

  Searching for info re John HUNTER, b. 1809, Ireland, and wife Clara/Elizabeth HART/HEART, b. 1813 also Ireland. Came to U.S. between 1830 and 1837, had first three children in PA [Elisa J., b. 1837; John, B. 1839; Matilda, b. 1841], moved to Kane Co. sometime between 1841 and 1845. Had three more children there: James HART HUNTER, b. 1845 (m. 1874 to Amanda Elizabeth DONOVAN in Bourbon Co., KS); William HUNTER, b. 1846; and Hugh HUNTER, b. 1847 (m. 1870 to Rhoda SHERMAN then settled in Fergus Falls, MN). Kane Co. 1850 census shows John HUNTER a farmer in the Rutland Dist. of Kane Co. and Margaret HART/HEART (b. 1788, Ireland) living with them (Clara's mother?). Children on this census include Elisa J. (b 1837, PA), John (b 1839, PA), Matilda (b 1841, PA), James Hart (b 1845, IL), William (b 1846, IL), Hugh (b 1847). I would like to know names of John HUNTER's parents and name of Clara/Elizabeth's father. Did both families come to the U.S. together? Did John and Clara marry in the U.S. or in Ireland? Where did Margaret HART die and who were her parents? Also looking for location in 1860 (not listed in 1860 Kane County census). Any earlier info would be appreciated. This family later relocated to Independence, MO. I have the "rest of the story" to exchange. Thank you for any additional info. Patty

Updated 1 Apr 1998 & 1 May 1998 & 25 Jun 1999 & 19 Mar 2000

Eva Birdsall (Submitted 21 Mar 1998)

  Looking up the family of Danial Anothy MARTINO and Bertha Helen (REED)MARTINO. Other family members of interest include: Susan MARTINO, William Freeman MARTINO, Robert Lee MARTINO, and Danial MARTINO.

Updated 5 Aug 1998

Russell Smith (Submitted 20 Mar 1998)

  My grandmother was Pearl Eickelman LARSON b. 6-24-1891. Her mother was Emma GESSNER and stepfather was Henry EICKELMAN. Emma was daughter of Adam GESSNER and Elizabeth RESSLER. Elizabeth was daughter of Joseph RESSLER and Susannah SWILLEY. My grandmother had an aunt who lived in Elgin, Illinois (Kane County) named Bertha SWARTZ. Bertha had three sons, one named Arthur. These ancestors lived in DuPage County, Ill.and before that in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. Looking for any information.

Alexis J Freeman (Submitted 18 Mar 1998)

  I am looking for information on the family of Patrick Joseph FREEMAN, Jr. His mother's name (we believe) is Mary. I know that Pat, Jr was an Air Force pilot (bomber) during WWII (in Europe with Army Air corps) and in Korea. The Freemans lived in Gilberts, IL and may have owned or worked a farm. I'm searching for my father's family. His name is Patrick Joseph Freeman. He was born in or around Gilberts, Il in Kane County. I've written St. Mary's Catholic Church/Parish for any information they might have. I wrote the county clerk for Kane and that office sent me the birth certificate we believe is his. My parents were divorced a very long time ago and we lost track of him. I've written the Air Force and National Archives Admin for his WWII and Korean War records. I think he was born 23 Aug 1922 to Patrick Thomas Freeman and wife Catherine Hogan Freeman. Patrick Thomas seems to have been born in Gilberts about 1870 to Irish immigrant parents Nick and Mary Freeman. I found out that Gilberts was established from a community called Rutland. There are a passel of Freemans, most immigrants from Ireland. In the 1870 census, Nick is listed as a "grocer". There was a Freeman brothers grocery store. In the 1880 census, he's listed as farmer with a 10 year old son, Patrick. I need something to verify that this group is my group and that's where I'm hitting a wall. Assuming this is the right family, I'd like to find out where in Ireland they're from and why they adopted the anglicized name "Freeman" and what their name was before. As ever, I'd appreciate any help. Thanks.

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Updated:13 Feb 2002

John K. Hancock (Submitted 17 Mar 1998)

  Emil KOCHER, his wife Emma (UEBELHART) KOCHER and his daughters Emma, Elsa, Martha, Lillian (my mother), and Helen plus his son Emil William KOCHER came to Elgin from Switzerland in about 1892. They stopped over first for a year in Canton, Ohio where Lillian was their first daughter born in the USA. Emil was the president of the Elgin Swiss Society for several years, and the family was always very active in it. My Query: Does the Swiss Society still exist, and do they have archives on their old members and their history. I believe that this would be very helpful in orienting for a search in Switzerland.

Tom Palethorpe (Submitted 16 Mar 1998)

  I am searching forinformation on Francis Charles PALETHORPE, born in St. Charles, Kane Co., IL on or about January, 1854. Appreciate any and all info, thanks.

Michele Hill (Submitted 16 Mar 1998)

  I am looking for information on the Elgin State Mental Hospital. I was told my great grandmother was there. Death information obtained thus far is Marietta KNIGHT died 12-12-1943. Can anyone furnish me with info on the hospital, a picture (I have one I am trying to identify) or perhaps check cemetery indexes and see if she is buried there? Also my great grandfather, Frederick KNIGHT pastored a church in Aurora IL. He was of the Methodist faith. can anyone help with this?? Perhaps name of church? Thanks.

Jean (Submitted 15 Mar 1998)

 HINES, Thomas F. born 24 Feb 1867 in Elgin, later moved to Tacoma, WA, and to Cedar Rapids, IA where he married Mary Catherine "Mamie" MCDONALD in April, 1896. Their children included Joseph, Owen, Helen, Don T., and Edward James. The 1900 census indicates that both his parents were born in Ireland. Thomas died in 1906, his obituary states that his brothers attended the funeral, but doesn't name them!!! The Modern Woodmen of America application completed by Thomas F. Hines indicates these dates: father born @ 1829; brother born @1859; brother born @1863. The family included 2 sisters, one died in infancy. Thomas' father and both brothers were still living in September of 1901. Thomas parents are Paterick (deceased Feb 1905) and Hannora "Annie" (deceased 1881) HINES. They reached Linn Co., IA in time for the 1880 Federal Census. They are interred at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fairfax, Linn Co., Iowa with a daughter, Nellie born @ 1869 deceased 1903. Looking for siblings, cousins you know the routine! If you can tie to this family, I would love to hear from you! Thank you!

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Update: Submitted 12 Jan 2002

Pattie Schultz (Submitted 14 Mar 1998)

  Looking for information on Wolff Funeral Home - I've looked all over and cannot find a listing for this funeral home in the Elgin Area. Was it bought, and the name changed? Anyone with information, please contact me.

Martha Schueneman (Submitted 9 Mar 1998)

  I am looking for information of the William BYRON family who lived in Aurora, IL. I would like any information on the family especialy where buried. Father is William and mother is Mary but was called Kitty. Their daughter married a WALSH and moved to Chicago. She had 10 children and died young. Mary WALSH died in Chicago but is supposed to be buried along with two infants in Kane County in the family plot in 1896. I would greatly appreciate any information on this matter. Thank you.

George & Shirley Will (Submitted 9 Mar 1998)

  Looking for information on Daniel REAGAN and wife Mary Ann SWOPE. Reportedly buried in Aurora West Cemetery, Aurora, IL. Daniel was shown on the Kane County census in 1860 and 1870. Particularly interested in Daniel's place of birth, and Mary Ann SWOPE's origin.

Margaret Norlen (Submitted 5 Mar 1998)

 I need help finding the marriage date of grandfather Philip NORLEN/NORLIN to Christina ? in Kane County 1869 or a few years following. They immigrated from Sweden in 1869 and married within a few years. Thank you for any suggestions and help.

Susan Mein (Submitted 3 Mar 1998)

  Looking for the death certificate and cemetery in which Silas SHUMAKE is buried in Kane County, Illinois. His wife was Eliza MALLO, daughter of Peter MALLO, came to Kane County, Illinois, as a young child and grew up there. She and Silas were married June 7, 1838 in Kane County, Illinois. In Eliza's obituary, it states that Silas SHUMAKE died in 1850 in Kane County, Illinois. They were of the Lutheran faith and possibly lived in Virgil, Illinois.

Dave & Phyllis Schultes (Submitted 1 Mar 1998)

  I am needing information about Lottie SLOANE, daughter of Jeroame SLOANE. She married Leonard JUCKETT on 6-11-1890 in Chicago, Ill. and gave birth to my grandfather, Lyman Asa on 2-14-96 in Elgin, Ill. Leonard JUCKETT fell from a tree he was trimming in Clinton, Iowa and broke his neck on 11-4-1898. Lottie later remarried a Mr. COCHRAN from Russellville, Ar. I would appreciate any information concerning Lottie, her father Jeroame and her husband Leonard.

Paul Adams (Submitted 1 Mar 1998)

  Researching RAUSCH and HETTINGER. Peter HETTINGER, born ca1837 Osweiler, Luxembourg, immigrated to US ca 1854, settled in Aurora. Details at:

Nick RAUSCH, born ca1828 in Luxembourg, immigrated to US ca 1868, settled in Aurora. Details at:

Peter's daughter Katherina married Nick's son Bernard. They are my greatgrandparents. Any information much appreciated.

Alva L. Van Houten (Submitted 1 Mar 1998)

  George W. SANBORN was living in Kane County in 1840 and probably died there in 1842. Would like to contact anyone researching him.

Robert Bratzler (Submitted 27 Feb 1998)

  BRATZLER: Johann and Carl BRATZLER came to Algonquin, IL in the 1850's from Unteroewisheim, Baden, Germany. Carl BRATZLER'S family spread out from there with the last known members living in Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. I am trying to trace all of the descendants of Johann and Carl Bratzler.

  PFLAUM: John Albrecht PFLAUM came to Algonquin, IL in the 1860's from Unteroewisheim, Baden, Germany along with his wife, Elisabetha FREY. Both the FREY and PFLAUM families had branches which settled in Dundee and Elgin, Kane County, Illinois. I am trying to trace all of the descendants of these families.

  SCHADT: Johann BRATZLER'S wife was Josephina SCHADT. I am told her family also emigrated from Germany to the Algonquin, Dundee, Elgin area of Illinois.

  For anyone with knowledge of any of the the above family names be advised that I have traced each family line back to the 1600's in Germany and would be happy to share all of the information I have gathered. Cheers.

Chris Guida (Submitted 26 Feb 1998)

  My husbands great great grandparents got married in Aurora in 1856. Their names are John GUIDA and Barbara Maria GEHWEIER. I am looking for the marriage date. This information was in her obituary. Thanks! Please respond to

Margaret Healy (Submitted 25 Feb 1998)

  I am trying to obtain information on my husband's g.grandparents. Her name was Clara LARSON and he was John W. LARSON. They immigrated from Sweden around 1882 and lived in St. Charles. Clara died around 1890 leaving 4 children, Mollie (who later married William WARNER in 1903), Carl, Elmer and Ida. John remarried but we do not know the second wife's name. We have been unable to find anything on John or Clara. We do not know when John died. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Del Bohlmeyer (Submitted 24 Feb 1998)

  Henrich Wilhelm HOTHAN and his wife, Sophie Wilhelmine Caroline WATERMANN, had at least 6 children born in Hanover, Kane Co., IL from 1867 to 1880. I am looking for any other information about this family of relatives. My great-grandparents were married at the Immanuel's Lutheran Church in Hanover, Kane Co., IL on 2 Dec 1866. I have a copy of the marriage certificate. His name was Henry HOTHAN and hers, Charlotte WATERMANN. Henry and Henrich are brothers. Thank you so much for your time and effort.

Pattie Schultz (Submitted 23 Feb 1998)

 I'm looking for information about Pauline PAHLKE and John FRIEDLAND. Pauline was born on July 15, 1862. At some point she married John FRIEDLAND, but was a widow at the time of her death March 29, 1944. I'm trying to find out when Pauline and John were married, how many children they had , etc. The informant on her death certificate is a John C. FRIEDLAND, so I'm assuming he was a son.

Margie Garr (Submitted 24 Feb 1998)

  I am trying to help a lady find information on her parents such as WHERE they married, WHO their parents were. This is all she knows about them. Ondille Richard BOOTHBY, born Jul 18 1888 Falmouth, MA died Jan 21 1948 in a bowling alley in Englewood, CA. He lived in Gardena, CA. He married Marguerite Sadie Ramsay born Feb 7 1903 in Elgin, IL. Died Dec 1973 Monmouth, IL. buried Elgin IL. He played baseball for The House of David & The White Sox. She would welcome any clues you can give. The Ramsays owned a hotel in Elgin, Kane Co. IL. The lady I am trying to find the information for has a part (torn) of Richards obituary and I cannot find it in California. I need any help in finding the obit or info, if there is one in Kane Co. If I could get out to look myself I would as I love looking at old newspapers. Since he was buried in Elgin, that may be where the obit (torn) came from. Richard and Marguerite Sadie Ramsay Boothby had children William Forest, George Onville, John Alexander and Mary Olive.

No Name Submitted (Submitted 22 Feb 1998)

  My great-grandfather was Henry Charles FINN b: 1876 Carpentersville, Kane Co., IL d: 1961 Crosby, MN wife: Harriet May SPRINGER Parents: Fred FINN b: abt 1842 & Christina LANGE b: abt 1845 Both born in E. Germany. Siblings: Albert, Emma, Fred, Louie, Charlie, Leona & Frits. I would love to connect with any descendants of this family. Thanks.

Dan R Slagle (Submitted 20 Feb 1998)

  I would like to correspond with anyone having information on Louis H. EVERTS. I know he was from Geneva, and was a Captain in the Civil War. He may be the identical person of EVERTS & CO., publisher in Philadelphia, PA, 1870's-1880's. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks!!!

Sue (Submitted 17 Feb 1998)

  I'm looking for info on my ggrandfather William DETTMAN's parents who lived in Elgin, Kane Co. IL. I believe their names were Friedericke and Wilhelmine DETTMANN. They came from Germany, my father says East Prussia. William married Mary ROSS in Lake Geneva, WI. She died in 1912 and I don't know anything else about her family. There were families with the name ROSS in Elgin. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Shirley Buckler (Submitted 12 Feb 1998)

  Looking for a friend. Frank KOPTA, Elgin - Chicago, IL b-4 July 1898 had a brother named William KOPTA and Fathers name was William KOPTA, Sisters Rose Marie KOPTA, and Frances Lorraine KOPTA. Friend was born in Mantee Co, FL but all the rest born in Elgin, IL. Said his Grandfather was a baker in the old country.

Barb Thomas (Submitted 2 Feb 1998)

  Who were parents of this couple? William MOSIER b. c. 1816 MD and wife Nancy CEDARS/CIDDERS b. NJ. They were married December 1836 in Kane Co. After their marriage, the couple had ties to these locations: Mercer Co, IL; Montgomery Co, IN; Linn Co, IA and Bourbon Co, KS. Any information appreciated. Thanks.

Gwen (Submitted 2 Feb 1998)

  Looking for decendents of Lars Lambrigtsson CHALLY. Came to America from Norway with his wife Magela Rasmusdtr MOLNES and 10 children. He is my ggggrandfather b: 1798. Abraham Larson CHALLY b: 1843 is my gggrandfather and one of Lars children. They lived in Aurora, IL once coming to America in 1847. Looking for any CHALLY decendents or ancestors. Looking for births, marriages or deaths of this family name. Thank you.

Hilary Olson(Submitted 2 Feb 1998)

  I am looking for information about my lost grandfather, George DOLAND. My research so far indicates he is the George DOLAND who passed away in Nov. 1973 in Elgin, Kane County. My mother, Dorothy Helen DOLAND, was born Sept. 2, 1920, and her brother George DOLAND was born Sept. 4, 1922. Their parents were George and Helen DOLAND of Chicago, Cook County. George and Helen divorced in the 1930s, about 1937 (Helen was born in 1892, George in 1896). My mother lost track of her Dad after that--she heard he remarried and started another family, but knows little else. She's had nothing but loving words to say about him in all these years; she's 78 now, in poor health, and I would dearly love to find out for her what happened to her Dad. Social Security records show that a Pearl DOLAND died in Elgin in August, 1987. It seems possible this was George DOLAND's wife. I would greatly appreciate any help or information about this. I would like to know about my grandad, too.

Dennis Sester (Submitted 1 Feb 1998)

  I am researching the SESTER family and am seeking additional information about the following: Louis SESTER-B. 1863, D. 1929. Wife: Kathryn. Louis had a son Bernard (My grandfather). Louis is buried in St. Charles Borremeo cemetary in Hampshire, Il. Questions: Who was his father? Where was he born and when married? Other Children? Secondly, Sabastian SESTER-B.1829 D. 1907 Wife: Katarina, B. 1835 D.1907 Both buried in the St. Charles Borremeo cemetary in Hampshire, Il. Questions: Who were his children, if any? When married? Katarina's maiden name? Born in the U.S.? If not, when immigrated from Germany? Any information you can provide or suggested sources of information, will be appreciated.

Jim Reuland (Submitted 31 Jan 1998)

  I am looking for my great grandparents. My grandmother, Kitty REULAND KELLEHER was one of 6 children born to Frank-Anton and Emma MULLER REULAND. Frank died in 1917. Living in Aurora, Frank and Emma had 5 girls and one boy (in order):(1) Marie Emma REULAND, (2) Francis Elizabeth REULAND, (3) Peter Louis REULAND, (4) Anna Cecilia REULAND, (5) Veronica Elizabeth REULAND, and (6) Catherine Elizabeth REULAND (aka - Kitty KELLEHER). Kitty died several years ago. She had a son (my father) by Rollin ENGLISH prior to her marriage. Any help would be appreciated.

Mary Clausen (Submitted 28 Jan 1998)

  My gread-great grandfather was Andrew TEAL. I think that he preformed the marriage between William C. CHAPMAN and Mary G. TEAL. I have a copy of the marriage licence and it looks to me that he preformed the ceremony. How would I go about finding out if he was a Minister or Justice of the Peace at Aurora, Kane Co., Illinois around June 1856 and or any other information on him. Thank you so very much for taking the time to help.

Pauline Eubanks (Submitted 17 Jan 1998)

  I am trying to find the parents of Franz HALBMAIER who was in Kane County by 1830-40. Also and trying to find parents of Dorothea KUHNE/KUHNA who also may have been in Kane County at this time. Where would I find naturalization papers for these people who lived at St. Charles, IL? Thanks.

Gwen (Submitted 14 Jan 1998)

  Looking for my ancesters who immigrated to the US in 1847. My gggrandfather Abraham Larsson TJELLE and his parents and sibblings settled near the Fox River Territory around this time. Made a name change from TJELLE to CHALLY. Abraham Larsson TJELLE's father's name was Lars TJELLE. Interested in any records; births, marriages, deaths etc. Settled in the Aurora area. Thank you for your time.

Elizabeth Smith (Submitted 12 Jan 1998)

  Searching for information on my grandfather's family. My grandfather, John Paul BENARD, disappeared around the first part of June 1931, so I don't know much about him. From his marriage certificate I know that he was born in 1900 in Elgin, IL to parents, Charles BENARD and Anna STOUT. He was an only child. My grandmother, the former Gladys PAGE, told me that Charles BENARD was from Montreal and that Anna STOUT was from Switzerland. Grandma also said that John Paul BENARD had lived in Utah with a Morman family and I got the impression that this was sort of an "adopted family", but may be wrong. John Paul and Gladys met in Florida but married in her hometown of Louisville, KY. They lived for a while in NYC and Florida. They had 4 children, John Paul BENARD, Jr., Thomas BENARD, and twins, JAMES "Jim" BENARD, and Mary "Polly" BENARD. After his disappearance, John Paul BENARD may have gone to Missouri or gone to China or Russia to work in a Ford tractor plant. Grandma said that he was a chemist and an inventor. Understandably, she rarely spoke of him. Any help in locating information about this family is appreciated. Thanks for your help.

Candy Arnold (Submitted 23 Nov 1997)

Looking for HIX (or possibly HICKS): John b: 2 Aug 1825 (1827? 1830? Germany d: WA; Margaret b: 1831 Germany d: 1881 or 1882 Kane or Cook Counties; Hulda b: 20 Oct 1856 Germany d: WA.

Cheryl STRAK (Submitted June 16, 1997)

  I am looking for Lora C. YOUNG (1/2 Indian), born abt 1850, married to James Francis HOLDEN (?date no records) from WI. On James's death certificate his mother's name is Lora C. YOUNG and birthplace is Elgin, IL. I am at a standstill with that branch. Thanks for any help or suggestions you may have.

Margaret Norlen (Submitted June 16, 1997)

  Peter Phillip NORLEN, born in Sweden (1841-1847), died in Elgin, IL (1901), married Christine Carolyn DONALDSON, born in Sweden (1850), died in Riverside, CA (1915). Both emigrated to Elgin, IL about 1871. He worked in the Elgin Watch Factory and also had several hardware stores and a funeral parlor. He was naturalized in Elgin, IL in 1887. We would like to find information about our above grandparents' own parents in Sweden. Any info. or suggestions appreciated.

Janice Battle (Submitted June 9, 1997)

  I am looking for info about John CAMPBELL who married Julia EASTMAN. They had a son Edwin Eastman CAMPBELL, b. 5/22/1857, Elgin, IL. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Kitty (Submitted June 5,  1997)

  I am looking for Forrest Elfred FULLER, b. 10 June 1884 in Blackberry Township, Kane Co, IL, son of Edwin Elfred & Flora Adella (WEST) FULLER. It is also said that Edwin Elfred FULLER may have been born & died in Kane Co., IL (1858-1884/87).

James Fuller (Submitted May 30, 1997)

 I am looking for my gg grandparents - Edgar Charles Northrup b. 22 Sept 1848. Wife Julia V. Curtis b. 10 Sept 1844. They were married July 4, 1869 in Kane Co., IL.

Jerri Barton (Submitted May 31, 1997)

 John SOUDERS, b. abt 1807, Montgomery Co, OH. In IL bef 1840. In Kane Co, Blackberry Twp at least 1850 through 1860, probably buried there. Second wife, Mary. Children: Margaret, Charles, Pamelia, Mary. Any and all information appreciated.

Ken Grantham (Submitted May 26, 1997)

 Richard DUGDALE moved to Aurora from, probably, Pennsylvania about 1855. He was born in England about 1837. He married Mary Ann KINSLEY in Aurora in 1860. She was born in 1841. They had several children and eventually moved to Omaha.

Dorothy Neifert (Submitted May 20, 1997)

 DENSMORE, Harvey B. is listed in the 1840 census in Kane County, but not in the 1850. I am trying to find out any information on him or his wife, Caty (last name unknown). If anyone if researching this family name, I'd love to hear from you.

Mel Sherman(Submitted May 18, 1997)

  SHERMAN, STURKLEY/STUCKLEY lived in Kane County in 1850, was approximately 51, born in CT. His wife's name was Sally. Had three children: Ester, b. abt. 1835, NY; Sturkley/Stuckley, b. March 30, 1836 in NY; and Ellen, b. abt. 1845, NY.

Lisa Gorrell (Submitted May 17, 1997)

 I am looking for information concerning my great grandfather, John Anton HORK. He married Julia Ann SIEVERT (daughter of Vincent and Susanna SIEVERT) in 1872 and applied for naturalization papers in Kane Co in 1876. Children: Albert, b. 1879, IL; Carrie, b. 1881, IL; Frank; Anthony; Raymond; Ursula; William Cyril. There could have been more children born between 1872 and 1879. I find the above children in 1900 censu in Montana. Would greatly appreciate any assistance. 

UPDATED: 20 Jul 2006 (Submitted May 16, 1997)

  Would appreciate information on David EASTMAN, born 1823, VT, married Nancy Caro KIDDER in 1850. Said to have removed to St Charles in 1848, where he practiced law until his death in 1860. Had a daughter, Elizabeth Alida EASTMAN, born 1858, died 1902 and a son, George L.

Rose Adams (Submitted May 15, 1997)

 I am looking for any info on Peter Kryger, born 1835, Copenhagen, Denmark, married in USA 1858, lived in Chicago in 1891, died in Aurora, Kane Co, IL in 1893. In 1888 Peter married Carrie MATHEWS and lived in Aurora, IL, working as a booking and news  agent. He is buried in Racine, WI. Any help would be appreciated.

James Fuller (Submitted May 13, 1997)

  Looking for records of Edgar C. NORTHRUP and his wife, Julia V. (Y.) (CURTIS) NORTHRUP married in Kane Co, IL on July 4, 1869. Children: Charles Ashel, Franklin Perry, Julie Emaly, Ada Jennie, and Lillian May (died at the age of 4 months). Charles married Edna Jane HUDSON and had 4 children: Margaret, Edna, Blanchard (Lillian), and Ashel. The last two children were born in Oshkosh, WI. Ashel is my grandfather. Was looking for birth records of Charles (great grandfather) also.

Wes Garvin (Submitted May 4, 1997)

  I am searching for the descendants of Mary Lucille GARVIN b. 9 March 1913 in Hamilton County, IL and Herman JOHNSON. They lived, died and are buried in Elgin, IL. They had the following children that I know of:  Beverly, Shirley, Leroy, and Cathy. Any help in finding them is most graciously appreciated. Contact me at my e-mail address: or snail mail: Wes Garvin, 2590 S. Eagle Rd., Meridian, Idaho 83642

Gary Rolph (Submitted May 4, 1997)

  Looking for information on Justus WARD, d. 1859, St. Charles, Kane, IL, and his wife, Silence (ROLPH) WARD, d. 1879, perhaps IL.  I am especially looking for a Bible record kept by Silence (ROLPH) Ward , which  may list birthdates and deathdates not available elsewhere. The Rolph and Ward families are elusive ones, moving between Kane , Lake and Will Counties before moving on to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thank you very much.

Melissa Ward (Submitted May 2, 1997)

  Looking for information on William FINCH born 1853 in Aurora, Kane Co, IL. Married Angelina OSBORNE born in 1851. Had 1 known child, Degrass William FINCH born in 1879. He married Nora Myrtle INGERSOLL. They had 3 children. Looking for parents' names, death dates and places, marriage date and place (for William and Angelina). Thank you so much.

Susan Mein (Submitted May 1, 1997)

  Ancestor Silas SCHUMAKE (Schoemaker, Shoemake) married Eliza MALLOW (Mallo) on June 7, 1836 (Kane Co. Marriage Record Index) by Justice of the Peace, Hendrick Miller. Together three known children were born: Henry Washington, Hannah, and Louisa Lucinda. On 6 June 1852, in the village of Virgil, Eliza MALLOW-SCHUMAKE married David O. CULVER by Justice of the Peace Milton THORNTON. What happened to Silas? According to the 1848 Personal Tax List of Kane County, Silas SHOEMAKE was gone. Any clues or help in any direction would be greatly appreciated.

Marva Hothan (Submitted April 30, 1997)

Looking for information of the Wilhelm HOTHAN family. Wilhelm (William) received his naturalization papers in Kane Co, IL 10 April 1872 at the age of 41. The church records show that a William HOTHAN and Sophia nee WATERMANN had five children between 1867 and 1875. Unable to find any other record of this family. My husband is a direct descendant of Henry HOTHAN and Charlotte nee WATERMANN, married in Kane Co, IL on 2 December, 1866. Henry received his naturalization papers in Nebraska.

Mike Gilroy (Submitted April 19, 1997)

  I am looking for info on Charles Sumner Burrows, born in Elgin, IL on July 22, 1867. Any info on this Burrows family would help out.

Diane Hawthorne (Submitted April 15, 1997)

  RENWICK, William, born 1820, NY. Married Julia Abigail SIMONS ca. 1864. She was born in 1836 in OH. She married 1st, E.S. Adams. He died, then she married William RENWICK. Her parents were Alfred SIMONS, born 1810, NY and Abigail ? SIMONS. Julia was a twin, her twin brother was Alfred Julius SIMONS. They all lived in McHenry, Lake or Kane County. William joined the 16th IL cavalry from Kane Co. Alfred Simons Sr. joined the 37th Infantry from Lake Co. There was also the Renwick Elgin Independent Battery Light Artillery, commanded by George Renwick. I need info on who were parents of William Renwick, and parents of Alfred Simons Sr. Also, was George the brother of William? Any and all help on any of these families is greatly appreciated.

Bill Ethier (Submitted April 9, 1997)

My wife's grandfather is William H. (Henry) WILLS. His death certificate says he was born in Hampshire, IL in 1882. His marriage certificate says he was born in Chicago. William's father's name was James H. WILLS and his mother's name was Alzina FOSTER. James and Alzina were married in Vermont and moved to IL to join James' father Harry WILLS who was also born in VT. Other children of James and Alzina FOSTER WILLS: Adeline and Harry, both born in IL. Would like to locate birth records for William Adeline and Harry. Also would like to locate Adeline's death record and James' father's death record. Our plan is to compile all segments of this family history and present a copy to each of William's grandchildren.

Brad Aumick (Submitted April 3, 1997)

 I am looking for Chester M. & Eliza A. COLE and family. Chester was born "at sea," probably on Lake Ontario, ca 1810. He's listed in the 1840 Michigan census, in Flowerfield, St. Joseph County.  By 1850, the COLE family had moved to Virgil, Kane Co., IL. Eliza A. COLE was born in Canada, I'm guessing Ontario. Their children were born in Michigan and Illinois: Mariah COLE, Orrin H. COLE, George William COLE, Edwin Allen COLE, Robert Franklin COLE, Chester COLE, James W. COLE, and Emma COLE. Sometime after 1850 the COLE family left Illinois and went west. I know that Robert Franklin COLE, my 2nd great grandfather, was in Washington state in 1872. Then the family shows up in CA in 1880. Any info you may have would be of help. Would like to find out when they left Kane Co.

Loyd N. Sybert (Submitted March 31, 1997)

  Clarence THIES, b. 20  Mar 1913 in IL, d. 22 Mar 1992 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL, m. 6 Dec 1941 in Elgin, Kane Co, IL to Grace Irene Marta Alma MUELLER, b. 7 Jul 1914 in Elgin, Kane Co, IL, d. unknown. Searching for the ancestors and descendants of Clarence and Grace.

  Hugh A. GRIFFITH, b. 14 Jul 1822 in unknown, d. 12 Jan 1878 in Dundee, Kane Co, IL, m. abt 1841 possibly in Kane Co, IL to Janet ?, b. 23 Jan 1824 in ?, d. 23 Oct, 1897 in Dundee, Kane Co, IL. Searching for the ancestors and descendants of Hugh and Janet.

Jan E. Tripp (Submitted March 25, 1997)

  I am looking for biographical information on Porter Ayres TRUCKS (1829-1920) and his wife Emily Ann VANFOSSIN TRUCKS (1839-1929). Porter was a Mexicann War veteran and lived many years in Aurora from c1864-1929. Children: Susan who m. John WADE; Hattie Mae who m. William Woods DENNEY, and Covington who m1 Rosa GILLETTE, m2 Cynthia Ann BARNETT. I would be interested in corresponding with other TRUCKS/TRUX researchers.

Updated: 24 Dec 2000

Leniegh J. Schrinar (Submitted March 23, 1997)

  Looking for Jesse MILLER b. ca 1801 NY m. #1 Ruth KLINCK. Bought school land McHenry Co., IL 30 June 1842. He married #2 Mrs. Gifford of Elgin, Kane Co., IL. Cora Ottomay Gifford of Elgin, Kane Co., IL became his stepdaughter. Thank you very much.  

Debie Haught (Submitted March 18, 1997)

 Looking for information on John and Adeline Mott. They were living in Kane County on the 1860 census. John was born @ 1812 to Elias and Lucretia Mott in New York, possibly Oneida Co. John moved to Kane Co. from Oneida Co., NY between 1850 & 1860. They were the parents of Alford, Theodore, Louisa,  Sarah, Julia, John, Marietta, Orin & Ella. What happened  to this family? Did any of the children marry in Kane Co., or did they move somewhere else? (Submitted March 18, 1997)

  Clara BEHRENS DEXHEIMER was born in 1883, 1889 or 1898. She married Alfred DEXHEIMER and had 3  children: Betty, Donald, and Arnold. She died December 19, 1930 or 1940. She may possibly be buried in Plato Center,

Kathi Patterson (Submitted March 5, 1997)

  I am seeking information on BROWN family ancestors who were living in Kane Co., Rutland Twp., IL, ca. 1849-1860. The family of Jetson S. BROWN, born OH, c. 1810/12, and Hannah (PRESTON), born 1828, Canada/England, who had the following children in Rutland Twp, Kane  Co: Anson, b. Feb. 1850, Rutland Twp, Kane County, IL; Austin Saulsbury, born  1854, same  place, married Jessie Jane WARNER, daughter of Richard WARNER; Lola (Leata?), born  1856, same place;  Will S. (Humble?) born 1858, same place, married Alice Brown. Their other children, place of birth unknown are:: Laura, Alice W., Ida J., Cyrus, Lucian.

Loyd N. Sybert (Submitted March 8, 1997)


  Otto BRIESCH, b. 19 Aug. in ?, d. Dec. 1967 in Benton Co, WA, m. 5 April, 1917 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL to Martha Wilhelmina Mabel Lillie UNRUH, b. 3 March 1899 in Elgin, Kane County, IL, d. 9 Sept. 1986 in Kennewick, Franklin Co., WA. Searching for parents and siblings of Otto. 


  Fred BIERMAN, b. 10 March, 1839, in Hanover, Germany, d. 12 March, 1897 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL, m. abt 1862 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL to Anna C. LANDWEHR, b. 18 June, 1840 in Hanover, Germany, d. 29 Dec., 1922 in Elgin. Searching for the parents and siblings of Fred and Anna.


 Carrie L. MILLER, b. 23 Nov., 1877 in Elgin, d. 31 Dec., 1954 in Kane Co., IL, 1st marriage abt 1906, possibly in Kane Co, IL to Phillip ROTH. 2nd marriage aft 1930, possibly in Kane Co, IL, to Cornelius P. "Nealy" ACORD, b. 8 January, 1886 in AR, d. 26 March, 1950 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL. Searching for the parents and siblings of Phillip ROTH and Cornelius P. ACORD. Also need names of the children of these two marriages.


 Irene Ruby BIERMAN, b. 12 Dec. 1906 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL, d. 6 July 1979 in Elgin, Kane County, IL, m. abt 1927, possibly in Elgin, Kane Co., IL to Blaney B. BLAY, b. 23 Mar., 1907 in ?, d. 6 Oct., 1988 in Elgin, Kane Co., IL. Searching for Blaney's parents and siblings.


George Washington HOLCOMB, born 1 Sept 1869 in NY, died 8 Nov 1962  in Hampshire, Kane County, IL, married possibly in Dundee, Kane County, IL to Jane GRIFFITH, born 4 July, 1862 in Dundee, Kane Co, IL, died 11 Augus, 1944 in Dundee, Kane Co, IL. Searching for the parents of George and Jane.


Henry Gerdau, born Nov 1853 in Germany, died 1935 in Kane Co, IL, married abt 1882 in Kane Co, IL to Mary BRUHN, born Apr 1863 in IL, died 1916 in Kane Co, IL. Searching for the parents and sibling of Henry and Mary. Would like to correspond with anyone interested in this family and their descendants.


Johan Carl Friedrick "Fred" UNRUH, borrn 24 Apr 1857 in Pommeron, Germany, died 7 Mar 1911 in Elgin, Kane Co, IL, married abt 1879 in Germany to Marie Charlotte Christine KROEPLIN, born 1 Mar 1858 in Germany, died 21 May, 1944 in Elgin, Kane Co, IL. Searching for the ancestors and descendants of "Fred" and Marie.


Charles W. UNRUH, born 18  February, 1880 in Stuelsund, Germany, died 27  January, 1953 in Elgin, Kane Co, IL, married 29 Oct 1903 in Dundee, Kane Co, IL to Augusta GERDAU, born 20 Mar 1883 in East Dundee, Kane Co, IL, died 1937 in East Dundee, Kane Co, IL.


Searching for the husbands and children of Lucinda Ruth HALL, born in Syracuse, Onondaga Co, NY, died 22 Nov 1891 in Elgin, Kane Co, IL. Lucinda married a Mr. CLARK and they had two sons, James and Sherman.  She also married David D. MILLER of Little Falls, Herkimer Co, NY and they had a son, Frank L., and a daughter, Emma, both were born after 1848. It isn't known which gentleman was the first husband.

Francine Halter (Submitted March 7, 1997)

 George Noah Tyler was born 11-28-1800, Claremont, New Hampshire, and was supposedly the first man to arrive to help found Elgin, IL. There is a river named Tyler River after him. He died in Taylor, TX, November, 1897. George's son, John Tyler was born in Elgin, December 27, 1851. He went to Texas with his family in 1872 and died there, July 26, 1924.

Chris Baer  (Submitted February 15, 1997)

 I  am looking for more information about (and possibly descendants of ) Augustus Lemacy WEST (1817) and Frances Elvira POND (1817-after 1864). Augustus may have died before family arrived in Illinois, but Frances was known to have resided in Aurora, Kane Co., IL after 1864. Their children included: Adelaide "Ada," born 14 Nov., 1856 in Mass., George Frederic, born 11 June, 1859 in New Bedford, MA., Sadie Folger (middle name could also have been "Homer"), born between 1860-1864. They resided in Aurora in  Kane County after 1864.

Alan Miller (Submitted February 12, 1997)

 NEWTON--Searching for information  on Emery NEWTON and wife, Betty (or Betsy). Emery was probably born in Erie Co., PA abt 1810, son of Timothy an Mary (Hillsgrove) NEWTON. He appears in Batavia in the 1860 and 1870 census as a tailor, with wife Betty and daughter, Helen, thereafter, nothing. Any info as to Betty's maiden name, theirr death dates, burial places, descendants, etc. appreciated. I can supply info about his siblings and ancestry. Alan Miller, 1225 W. Grauwyler, Irving, TX 75061.

Elizabeth Smith (Submitted February 4, 1997)

  Seeking information on my grandfather, John Paul BENARD, born about 1900 in Elgin, IL. I am also interested in learning about his parents, grandparents, etc. The only information I have is that his parents were Charles BENARD and Anna STOUT. I was told that Anna  and her mother immigrated to Montreal, Canada, where she met and married Charles. The family was probably Catholic. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

Sam D. Lawson (Submitted January 2, 1997)

 Would like to know more about the DEAN and HALPIN families. Bartholomew "Bartley" DEAN married in Kane County, Illinois, on 5 July, 1865, to Mary Ann HALPIN, a daughter of Michael HALPIN. They were married in a Catholic Church ceremony by M. O'Sullivan, Priest of the Catholic Church. Bartley served in the Civil War from the State of Illinois. Does ANYONE have any information on this couple??? It is said that Mary Ann HALPIN was born in Windsor, Canada.

Sue, submitted November 11, 1996, BABCOCK

   Linus BABCOCK and his wife, Euphrasia Douglass settled near the Fox River by Aurora, IL about 1840 and had the following children:  Orin Linus, m. Mary CHAMBERS, 1861; Douglass, m. Ellen HARRIS; Andrew Judson, died in the Civil War; Emily; Mary Orintha, m. John CHAMBERS, 1859.

Linus BABCOCK had brothers , Ransom and Johnson BABCOCK who may also have been in the area. I am hoping to contact anyone else who is researching this BABCOCK family.  

Teresa Pratt   (submitted November 17, 1996)

  I am looking for information on Margaret GRIFFIN, born 1895 in Elgin, Kane County, IL. She married Charles PRATT, Gardiner, not know the date. She died in Gardiner, Maine in 1956.

Chuck Wilkinson (Submitted November 19, 1996)

WILKINSON, John, wife Rachel, and Samuel; Virgil Twp.

SMITH, Daniel, born about 1801, wife Elizabeth Jane, born 24 October 1805, and daughter Sarah, born about 1832, were born in New Hampshire and moved to Kane Co, IL, probably via New York. Daniel died October 1865, and Elizabeth died 25 Dec, 1878 and are buried  in cemetery on Rt. 47, north of Elburn. Daniel G. Smith is a child of Daniel & Elizabeth based upon the 1850 U.S. Census. Sarah SMITH married Albert S. BEVERLY. Albert was born in New York, 12 March 1825, son of David Beverly, and in the 1850 U.S. Census was a laborer on the farm of Daniel & Elizabeth Smith.

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