Queries 2002

RICKMAN, RIECKMANN, RIEKMANN, SCHULTZ, WOLLE; posted by Mona Houser, Jan 1, 2002 My grandmother Anna Maria Dorothea RIECKMANN, daughter of Christoph RIECKMANN / RICKMAN / RIEKMANN and his wife Elisabeth WOLLE, was baptized at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Beecher. Her baptism record says she was born in Will Co., Washington Twp. in Febr. 1869. Her god-parents were Marie SCHULTZ and Dorothea WOLLE. I don’t know how long the family lived in Will Co. — they emigrated from Hannover about 1867, and by 1878 they were living in Buffalo Co., Nebraska. Grandma spoke of living in Kankakee Co. If anyone has any information about this family, please contact me.

HALLAS, HARDYMAN, JAGGER, SNYDER; posted by Gary Muffley, Jan 2, 2002 Seeking information on Lizzie JAGGER who lived awhile in the late 1800s in Joliet, Will Co., Illinois, before returning to SE Penn. Her half-brother Squire JAGGER probably lived in Chicago, 1888-1890. Unknown if she was then yet married to her eventual husband Charles N. SNYDER. Lizzie’s Jagger cousins then lived in Galesburg, Ill. & visited her in Joliet. Other cousins named HARDYMAN & HALLAS lived in West Yorkshire, England; some visited the U.S. & some may have settled in Illinois.

WERNER; posted by Sue Unbehaun, Jan 2, 2002 I am looking for John or Johann WERNER born in Germany and had these children Caroline,Philip,Adam and Jake. I know he owned a farm by Mokina

BRANUM, MCCUMBER, PURDIE, RATNER, WOOLLETT; posted by Marge Wasserman, Jan 4, 2002 Seeking info on Charles WOOLLETT, Mary Ann PURDIE WOOLLETT, Emily WOOLLETT, Kate WOOLLETT, Maria WOOLLETT, Robert N. WOOLLETT, Alfred E. (A.E.) WOOLLETT, George P. WOOLLETT, all residents of Will Co. or Chicago area 1850-1900

KRAKAR, KRAKER, VERTIN; posted by Melody Ongenae, Jan 6, 2002 I have deeds, birth certificates, marriage documents, Death certificates, newspaper articles, pictures of homes and people and grave stones, dating back to the 1850s. For the Family name KRAKAR/KRAKER. I know Marcus Krakar was a Co-owner of a shoe store on Jefferson Street with his brother Joseph Krakar/Kraker. Joseph changed the spelling of the name Marcus kept Krakar,

Marcus Krakar was born April 24, 1839, in Libach Austria, Marcus attend public schools in what is now Slovenia. His father was a shoemaker and farmer. he was educated in his native land and at age 18 he left for America with his older brother Joseph. In February 1857 after a seven week journey he landed in Baltimore Maryland.

Early summer of the same year he left on a train bound for Chicago. Marcus was penniless on arrival in the Windy City. Working for board and 23 cents a day he saved enough money to invest in merchandise and notion which he peddled all over the state, for about four years.

During this time he met and married Jacobena Gorges a Prussia Immigrant. Their first born John Marcus was the first of nine children. Around the time of the birth of their third child, Marcus and Jocobena settled in Joliet, IL. Will County, USA, were He and his brother Joseph began working in a shoe and boot store a trade they learned from their father. On Feb. 1, 1864 Marcus Krakar opened The New Shoe And Boot Store housed were Mrs. Kavanaugh dry good store was. His brother joined him as a partner.

After several years he then began Manufacturing cigars this business was housed on Bluff Street, Joliet, Will County, IL. USA. His brother Joseph continued in the shoe and boot business. Marcus would later enter the Stone Quarrying business. Becoming part owner, president and general manager of the Joliet Quarry Co. located at the end of Rowell Ave.,Joliet, Will County, IL. USA

Marcus owned interest in several quarries including one in Indiana from which the stone was used to build the Krakar Mansion on Hickory Street just south of Western Ave., Joliet IL. After his east side home burned. The mansion boasted Seven working fireplaces as well as a third floor ballroom. The Mansion is about 105 years old. Marcus enjoyed craving quartz from the quarry a few pieces are left from his efforts.

In 1885 Marcus’ brother Joseph began using Kraker first seen on the birth certificate of his eighth child. Thus began the confusion. Prior to this time the Kraker spelling had only been seen in the spelling of an add in the Joliet Signal. Never on any legal documents including Joseph’s first seven children’s birth documents. In the 1880’s Marcus had moved on to the quarry business with his sons including John Marcus and later Jacob Sylvester, as documented on their children’s birth certificates. His brother still continued as a shoemaker as documented on the eighth child Francis Krakar’s birth certificate her name being spelled Krakar and his Karker. one can only suppose the brothers may have had a disagreement during this time.

Marcus Krakar donated stone from his quarry to the building of St Joe’s Church,Joliet; St John’s Church,Joliet; and St Joe’s Hospital on BroadwayJoliet. Stone from the quarry was used in building the Old Court House, the Rialto, parts of Joliet Central High School the old Chicago Water Tower,etc.. All in Will County IL. He was a Alderman for the Fourth Ward, Will County and Elder of the Church, but preferred the challenge of the business world. He was a member of the Joliet frontiersmen, and gave of himself to his community. He was a school director and historians claim he could be counted on to cooperate with any movement or measure for the public good. He sub-divided the ridgewood sub-division were Kraker Ave is today. We can only wonder why Krakar Avenue was changed to Kraker Ave. This is a sad statement to man who is part of Joliet’s history.

I am still looking for any addition information on KRAKER/KRAKAR, I know there are still Many family members in the area that I have not found information on. I am also looking for VERTIN information I have documents of 2 Krakars Married to Vertins and One Kraker Marriage document showing J. Vertin as a witness. I thank anyone who can help for their help!

COSSAART, TALMAGE; posted by Rita Orton, Jan 8, 2002 Where was Christian(a) TALMAGE b.and who were her parents? She m. Reuben Griggs COSSAART on Oct. 16,1856 in Will Co., Illinois. On April 11,1862, Christiana died and is buried at the Hadley Cemetery in Homer Twps. Will Co.

COSSAART, TALMAGE, WEBSTER; posted by Rita Orton, Jan 8, 2002 History of Will County,Illinois,Chicago:LeBaron Jr. & Co.DearbornSt.1878. pg.186. Incorrect information. R.G.COSSAART. m. 3 times 1849, Dec.13. Anna WEBSTER, Otsego Co. NY. Westford,NY Cemetery. One son, Edger Leslie. 1856,Oct.16. Christian(a) TALMAGE. one son, Charles D. It is not clear if she was from NJ or born in NJ. Marriage and Death took place in Will Co., as did the birth of C.D. in 1857. in 1862, Reuben married a widow, Mrs. Sarah McLEAN. She brought two daughters to this family. Some of the family left Illinois in the early 1880’s. Edgar remained in Will Co. dying in I believe the 1920’s. He lived in the Crete area.

WHEELER; posted by Rex Perry, Jan 15, 2002 Looking for information on David WHEELER and wife Lydia. Specifically, the names of children. Family known to be living in Will Co. Frankport township in 1870. Thank you.

HIRT, MCCOWAN, SQUIRES, YUNKER; posted by Pat Shaw, Jan 19, 2002 I am looking for information about my grandfather’s siblings. My grandfather was Jacob HIRT (1882-1926) of Peotone, Will County Illinois. He was the son of Jakob HIRT and Anna YUNKER of Joliet. His siblings were Frank (Franz Johannes) HIRT, (1875- 1958); Anna Katherine HIRT (1880-1958), who married Joseph SQUIRES; and Emma Elisabeth HIRT (1878-1964), who married Harold MCCOWAN. All lived in or near Joliet for most or all of their lives. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

posted by Diane Fleisher Preiser, Jan 20, 2002 Looking for information on William Tyler who married Elizabeth Siverling (b. 1842 NY), 30 April 1862, Will Co., IL. She lived with Jacob and Hannah (Hites) Fleisher/Flisher family in Wheatland Twp., Will, IL.

posted by Diane M. Spencer, Jan 20, 2002 Seek tombstone reading(&/or Plainfield newspaper obituary listings)for any of the following — (Dr.)Horace Spencer, his wife (“Hattie”)Harriet (Corbin)Spencer,and/or Horace’s father, Charles Wright Spencer(Jr.). Horace was b.1846 in Shaftsbury,Vt(arrived in Plainfield 1858 w/his dad Charles W.Spencer).He married Harriet Corbin in 1869 in Plainfield.I believe Charles Spencer died circa 1875-1895; his son Horace d.approx.1895-1910. Desperate to find death dates of the above people.Thanks for any help.

GREGG; posted by Diane M. Spencer, Jan 20, 2002 GREGG, Mary E.(Spencer) –seek any tombstone reading and/or obit listing from Plainfield(Will Co.)IL newspaper, for Mary. This would be approx.in the years of 1885-1900 (she was b.in Shaftsbury,VT in 1833).She may have arrived in Plainfield,IL about 1858 (at age 25) w/her father Charles W.Spencer, OR may have arrived earlier (circa 1851-1853)w/her new husband,Mr.Gregg. Seek any/all info anyone can provide.

posted by Diane M. Spencer, Jan 20, 2002 Seek tombstone reading &/or Plainfield(Will Co.)IL newspaperobituary listings)for any of the following — (Dr.)Horace Spencer, his wife (“Hattie”)Harriet (Corbin)Spencer,and/or Horace’s father, Charles Wright Spencer(Jr.). Horace was b.1846 in Shaftsbury,Vt(arrived in Plainfield 1858 w/his dad Charles W.Spencer).He married Harriet Corbin in 1869 in Plainfield.I believe Charles Spencer died circa 1875-1895; his son Horace d.approx.1895-1910.

WWENER; posted by Sue Unbehaun, Jan 20, 2002 WWENER,John — am searching for his family, He had these children Phillip,Adam,Catherins,Henry,Jakob,Sophia,Caroline. I know that he was married at least twice. Names of possible wifes are Amstena and Ernestine.He was in Will county from 1850 on. He was born in 1813 and died in 1889

CAMPBELL, EZRA, HIMES, HOPTENSTALL, WRIGHT; posted by Dee Yeager, Jan 21, 2002 Daniel Webster HIMES married Mrs. Ellen CAMPBELL 8 June 1889, Will Co., IL. I am trying to discover if this Daniel HIMES is the son of EZRA HIMES and Maria WRIGHT who resided Stark Co., IL from about 1850 to about 1870.

The Daniel HIMES I am seeking had a first marriage to Sarah HOPTENSTALL, 27 Jan. 1866, Henry Co., IL. I last found them in the 1880 census of Stark Co., IL with two children, R. H. Himes (male, age 12) and Etta HIMES, (daughter, age 10). But there is no further record of them in Stark Co. It is assumed Daniel moved, but place unknown. I know he was still alive around 1900. Any help appeciated.

ALDEN, AUSTIN, BRONSON, CAMPBELL, SHERMAN; posted by Robert Alden, Jan 23, 2002 Looking for descendants of Simeon & Mary (CAMPBELL) ALDEN. They owned a farm in southern DuPage County, and are buried in Will County. Daughter Elizabeth married Eliel S. BRONSON Dec. 28, 1859, Will County. Daughter Mariett married James B. SHERMAN Oct. 29,1854, Dupage Cty. They were divorced by 1860 according to 1860 census. Marriett & James had one son John C. John must have taken his mother’s maiden name of ALDEN. According to Ill. records John married Mary Estella AUSTIN April 20,1897, DuPage Cnty. A 1905 directory of Downers Grove shows John C., Mrs. Estella A., and Mrs. Marriette living at 149 Elm. Two other daughters of Simeon & Mary are Amanda and Anna Eliza. One son named Welcome S. married Roina A. Rider Nov. 17, 1883, Cook Cnty. Welcome S. and his family moved to central N.Y. around the turn of the century.

FENRICH, KAKELDAY, SCHMIDT, SCHUELER, STELTER, STREY; posted by Gwen Schmidt, Jan 26, 2002 Looking for descendants of, or researchers for August Lugwig SCHUELER (1829-1906) and his wife Maria Wilhemina STREY (1823-1921), and their children Bertha (KAKELDAY), Lena (SCHMIDT), August, Herman, Mary (STELTER FENRICH) who lived near Monee in Will County 1873 to 1885 when they migrated to Martin County, Minnesota.

MOULTON, SCOTT, SMITH; posted by Marty Medak, Jan 28, 2002 I am searching for grandmother’s family. Her father, Dan MOULTON was born in 1821 in Batavia, New York, and came to Will County in 1838. He bought land, farmed in the Mokena/New Lenox area, married Elizabeth SMITH of Will County in 1842. His obituary states that his five children were at his bedside when he died in 1880. He was a merchant in Mokena at the time of his death, and was buried in the New Lenox cemetery. One of Dan’s children, Alice O. Moulton, married grandfather, Charles H. SCOTT in Will County in 1871, and was living in LaGrange, GA in 1880. She died there, but we could not find her gravesite: we speculate that she is buried in the family plot in New Lenox. Some of the things we’d like to know: 1) What is the name of Dan’s parents? Other Moultons in the Batavia/Alexander NY area were from Monson, MA: we have insufficient information to connect to them. 2) What are the names, etc, of Dan’s and Elizabeth’s children, grandchildren, etc? 3) What business was Dan in, at the time of his death? Most of my other family members who were farmers “retired” as butchers. I would appreciate any information about the family, no matter how trivial. Thank you. Marty Medak

COOK, DINWIDDIE, KOCH, MCJILTON, MITCHELL; posted by Cath Hammack, Feb 1, 2002 I am looking for desendants of Marmir (Mary) E. MCJILTON DINWIDDIE ssn 326-40-8697 Last known Residence: 60434 Joliet, Will Co, IL Born 27 Mar 1893, Died Jan 1985 Mary was the sister of my gg grandmother Myrtle Mitchell. Her parents were Alice Cook and Charles McJilton. I have a letter that says she had 2 boys and 1 girl (Jean). I do not even know her husband’s name. Please contact me and I can share information.

KEATING; posted by Dennis O’Brien, Feb 2, 2002 John J. KEATING (age 55) died June 28th 1912 at the Illinois State Penitentiary Hospital in Joliet, Il.I would like to know how to access prison records for this individual. Thank you, Dennis

BEHRENS, JAKOB, JANSSEN, VOLLRATH; posted by Scott Pierson, Feb 4, 2002 I am loooking for any information on the following relatives. I believe they lived in Will County Illinois in or around Monee. William VOLLRATH – Was a harnessmaker in or around Monee in the Late 1800’s early 1900’s Emma BEHRENS – Wife Parents of Harry Ernst VOLLRATH Born 11/10/85 Henry B. JANSSEN – Owned butcher Shop in Monee and may have been mayor at some point in the late 1800’s early 1900’s Sabine E. JAKOB – Wife Parents of Adalia (born 3/2/1901), Sabine, John and Katie JANSSEN

MCQUEAD; posted by Robert McQuead, Feb 4, 2002 I know of several reletives MCQUEAD who died in Joliet after 1924 but before 1960 could you help??

WANNAMACHER, WANNAMAKER, WANNEMACHER, WANNNEMACHER; posted by Tanya Demaster, Feb 6, 2002 Would like to make contact with anyone also researching or having any information re: WANNNEMACHER, WANNAMACHER, WANNAMAKER families from Will Cty area. Johann Casper WANNEMACHER b.2- 23-1791, d.4-15-69; arrived from Erzhausen Germany in 1846 with 5 adult children: Johann Conrad WANNEMACHER b.9-11-1818 d.5-08-98 Mokena, Johann Jacob WANNEMACHER b.12-14-1821, d. 8-03-1893 in Helena MT, Johann (John) WANNEMACHER b. 5-18-1824, d.2-07-1890, Peter WANNEMACHER b.3-04- 1829,d.??? daughter Elisabetha Gertraude b.3-24-1827, d.6-28-1898 possibly called “Catherine” in the 1850 census. I do have extensive information on all but Peter, and ancestor and descendant information galore, happy to share my info.. There is a Peter WANNAMACHER that is listed as “Pvt IL 49th Infantry Co. C enlisting 1861 , residence Bridgeport, IL” This Peter died April 09, 1864 at the battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. He would have been 35 years old at that time. Does anyone have further info on this Peter such as marriage, children, burial location?

BAKER; posted by Ruth Mcgough Ray, Feb 7, 2002 My great grandfather, Thomas BAKER and great grandmother, Margaret Maria were married in Will County, IL some time around 1860. He was born in England. She in Ireland. How do I go about finding the maiden name of Margaret Maria?

LEHMAN, MCGOWAN, MENTZER; posted by Lynn Ayers, Feb 10, 2002 Looking for information on William Nathaniel MENTZER born May 28, 1858 in Will County. His parents were William MENTZER and Mary LEHMAN.

William Nathaniel MENTZER married Catherine MCGOWAN on July 26, 1882 in Will County.

MICHELS, SCHMITZ; posted by Jim Resch, Feb 11, 2002 Seeking information on John MICHELS and Katherine SCHMITZ married in joliet 1/2/1859.

MUSTARD, ZARLEY; posted by Diane Labotte Richardson, Feb 11, 2002 Looking for the parents of Reason ZARLEY in Joliet, Will Co., IL. Reason ZARLEY was born 28 Feb 1791 in KY and died 30 Aug 1859 in Joliet. He married Sarah MUSTARD on 17 Nov 1814 in Scioto Co., OH. Children: Susan, Calneh, Linton, Clyner,Mary, William, Lydia, John, Calvin, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Any information on the Zarley family would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Diane

BUELL, GREEN, LUTHER, SWEET; posted by Audrey Peters, Feb 11, 2002 SWEET – BUELL in Channahon & Joliet IL. I would like to find information on the children of this family. 1 Lewis Gilbert SWEET b: Nov 24, 1830 Sheldon VT d: Joliet ???? +Charlotte Frances BUELL b: Sep 17, 1831 Westmoreland NY d: Sep 26, 1919 Evanston IL m: Aug 31, 1854 Channahon IL 2 Lewis A. SWEET B: ? 2 Necomis SWEET b: Nov 20, 1856 Channahon IL d: Aug 01, 1937 Evanston IL ….+Job LUTHER m: Jun 22, 1876 Will Co IL ….3 Clarence LUTHER 2 Florence SWEET b: Nov 02, 1859 Channahon IL d: Feb 01, 1861 Channahon IL 2 Genevieve SWEET b: Sep 1860 +William M. GREEN m: Feb 23, 1881 Will Co. IL 2 Gertie SWEET b: Mar 16, 1863 Channahon IL

The Joliet Directory lists him: L.G. Sweet Sweet & Harting planing mill 109 Cass Joliet IL 1891 Louis G. Sweet Sweet & Harting r 610 Webster Joliet IL 1891

ALLOTT, KAHLER, VERCELLI; posted by Jeanine Vercelli, Feb 14, 2002 KAHLER, family in wilmington, several roads are named after the family. they are buried in oakwood cemetery. time frame is early to mid 1800 to present, for both names. also looking for VERCELLI, same locations

CASTLE, WILKINSON; posted by Nedra Bennett, Feb 16, 2002 Information on John William CASTLE born in Will county 16 Nov 1866. He was the son of William and Maria (WILKINSON)CASTLE who immigrated from England in 1865. Moved to Minnisota in 1885.

BAUDINO; posted by Heather Smith, Feb 25, 2002 Peter BAUDINO, born 1890,died 1972 in Joliet, IL Will County

REED; posted by Marjorie Davis Sabonis, Feb 26, 2002 Does anyone know if there was a drug store in joliet around 1880 or a little later owned by people named Reed? Am trying to find an Anna REED.

MCLAUGHLIN; posted by Mildred Mallek, Feb 27, 2002 John W. MCLAUGHLIN, born 1820 in Scotland. Died about 1901 in Will County, IL

CZIGANY, GRUBER; posted by Anna Baughman Curtis, Feb 28, 2002 Immigrants from Hungary – date unknown

Alexander CZIGANY Cigary

SS# 327-09-3333 issued in IL before 1951

Residence – 411 or 413 Irving St, Joliet, IL

Born March 15, 1889

Died April 1973

Married to


SS# 323-40-6766 issued 1963 in IL

Residence – Same as Alexander

Born January 18, 1897

Died June 1973

These are my great-grandparents and I am desperately trying to find out where in Hungary each of them came from. I believe they were married over 50 years and likely got married in Joliet, but I’m not sure.

Thank you for all your help and for volunteering! Funeral Mass at St. John the Baptist church – Joliet, Il; entombment at Resurrection Mausoleum – Joliet, IL

SMITH; posted by Terri Lovell, Feb 28, 2002 Please locate Woodford SMITH. Died July 1974. Date of Birth 10/16/1888. Died New Lenox, IL, Will County.

DIAMOND, DIMOND; posted by Doris Morley, Mar 3, 2002 I have recently found that my grgreatgrandfather, James DI(A)MOND, moved from Will Co,Il to Oak Creek Twp., WI early in 1840. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I might start a Will Co. search? Any and all help will be appreciated!

HARNISCH, HAUERT, HIRSCHI; posted by James Pressel, Mar 3, 2002 Looking for John HAUERT,his wife Rosina HIRSCHI,they were married 1869 and had Henry, Carolina, George, and Anna all from Peotone also Henry HAUERTand his wife Agnes HARNISCH and there children, Clarence, Esther, May,Vera, Ruth, and Elmer.from 1894 to 1907.All from Will county, the Peotone area.

SMITH; posted by Diane Metzger, Mar 4, 2002 Searching for my ancestor Harvey Douglass SMITH, dob @ 1871 in Gouverneur, NY. In a NY book on Gouverneur, it notes that this man was a teacher in Joliet, Will County, Il. I can only assume that it would be roughly 1888 or later. I cannot find any record of a marriage or children nor do I know where or when he died. I do know that he is not buried in Gouverneur, where his grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, sister and brother were buried. Can anyone give me any leads or help of any kind? I am in Austin, Texas but originally from Michigan. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to give me.

FREY, SNYDER; posted by Susan Dooley, Mar 8, 2002 Henry Knox FREY was a blacksmith in Plainfield, Illinois and married Elizabeth J. SNYDER 3-6-1856

HALLORAN; posted by Gary McKelvey, Mar 10, 2002 I’m researching the HALLORAN family from the town of Wilmington. The moved to Wilmington in the late 1850s until the 1880s.

BROWNE, GRAVES; posted by Dave Graves, Mar 17, 2002 Looking for family information on Dr.John Payne Browne, resident of Will County Illinois for at least 27 years. He was enumerated in the 1900 census of Will Co.,, b. Oct 1864, Australia, single, of Irish parents, occupation as Principal of school. He was again enumerated 1920, married (wife’s name Maud), occupation Doctor, general practice. Both census indicate his immigration was 1870. His 1st wife died 1920, he married again in 1925 to Alice Graves (my grand aunt). He died 1927 and buried in Plainfield Cemetary. The family tombstone lists Maude (1875-1920), Infant son 1909 on one side, then lists John (1864-1927) and Alice (1876-1952) on the other. If anyone has information of Dr. Browne’s ancestors, please contact me.

CROCKER, GAST, PECK, STRUBLE, STRUPLE; posted by Vern Peterson, Mar 18, 2002 I am looking for information on a William Crocker and his wife. Family history has her name as Elizabeth. William had 2 sons, William CROCKER and George C. CROCKER. The 1880 Census of Clay County, Kansas, Republican Township has William CROCKER age 52 (born in England), Mary age 33 (born Illinois), William age 3 (born Illinois) and George age 1 (born Illinois). Family history has George born in 1880. The Illinois Statewide Marriage index has a Mary STRUPLE that married a William CROCKER in Will County on August 25, 1875. After the death of William CROCKER about 1883 in Kansas I believe his wife and children returned to Will County. His wife may have remarried. Any information on the Mary STRUPLE would be welcome to see if this might be the correct marriage record.

MOULTON, SMITH; posted by Marty Medak, Mar 22, 2002 I am looking for information about Dan M. MOULTON, resident of Mokena, Frankfort Twp, farmer and businessman. He came to Will County from Batavia, NY: was he born there? Who were his parents? Born 17March1821, New York (Batavia?). Married Elizabeth SMITH (also born in NY) 1838, Will County. They had five children, one was my wife’s grandmother, Alice O. MOULTON who married Charles H. Scott, Apr1871, Will County. Who were the other four children? Dan’s wife and all five children survived him. Dan died 1880 in Mokena, services at Mokena Methodist Church, buried New Lenox Cemetery. When did Elizabeth SMITH MOULTON die? Where is she buried? Who were her parents? Alice O. SMITH MOULTON died about 1888 in LaGrange GA, is possibly buried in New Lenox. Are surviving relatives still in the area? I would appreciate any information on the above. Thank you. Marty Medak

BOWE, SMITH; posted by Margo Loeffler, Mar 24, 2002 Michael Morris BOWE and wife Mary Jane SMITH BOWE who must have lived in Joliet in the early 1900’s as the birthdates and places of two of their children were in Joliet in 1902 & 1906. Their daughter and my husband’s mother, Margaret BOWE, was born May 18, 1898, probably also in Joliet. Please contact me with any information on this couple. Thanks!

HELLMAN, HOLTZ; posted by Linda Manaugh, Mar 24, 2002 I’m looking for any information about my great grandparents and other family members who arrived from Germany somewhere around 1860 and stayed in the Will County/Monee/Chicago area from the mid to late 1800s. The last name was HELLMAN(N). First name is either Henry August or Wilhelm. Wife’s name was Anna or Mary HOLTZ.

NEWSOM; posted by Bonnie Tidemann, Mar 25, 2002 I have information that my great-great grandfather, Thomas NEWSOM was buried in White School House Cemetary in Plainfield. Does anyone have information on the cemetary? I will be in the area this summer and would like to visit. Thanks

FIDDYMENTS; posted by Rick Fiddyment, Mar 26, 2002 Looking for information on FIDDYMENTS who lived/are living in the Will County area. 1820-present

GRAEPLER, GRAPLAR, GRÄPLER; posted by LaVonne Aldag, Mar 30, 2002 Am looking for Marie Dorothea Johanna GRAEPLER (GRÄPLER) born in Mecklenburg 31 July 1849. Came to U.S. October 1867 and may have married in Will Co. Sophie Dorothea Friedrika GRAEPLER (GRAPLAR) born in Mecklenburg 1 July 1852 and came to U.S. in 1873. She may have married in Will Co.

HAMILTON; posted by Teresa Bessett, Mar 31, 2002 I am looking for any info for the family George and Mary HAMILTON who came to Will County in 1876. They had 5 children. Any little bit of information would help so much. Thank you for your time. Teresa

BATH, BEATIE, BEATTIE, BEATTY, BEATY, BOLTON, LEWIS; posted by Mary Bolton, Apr 1, 2002 I am looking for information on Hugh BOLTON, Hugh Henry BOLTON, James BEATTIE (also BEATY, BEATIE, and BEATTY); also on Surnames BATH and LEWIS. Most of my ancestors are from Will County after emigrating from Ireland and England/Wales/Scotland. The time period is 1860-1920; thank you for any help.

NEYMANN, SCHUBERTH; posted by Christine Degregory, Apr 2, 2002 I would like to know if you have any information on Magdalena SCHUBERTH (maiden name) or Magdalena NEYMANN. She was listed in the Will County 1878 Biographies.

MACKENDER, SCARTH; posted by Jeff Spanbauer, Apr 4, 2002 I’m trying to track down my wife’s family who lived in Wilton & Manhattan, IL. Ethel Mae SCARTH b. 1911 to George William SCARTH & Ellen Mary MACKENDER. They were married in 1893. He was born in Yorkshire, England, & she in Wilton, IL to George & Elanor MACKENDER. Any info. on these people would be greatly appreciated!

JORGENSON, KRUGER, NIXON; posted by Mary Turton, Apr 5, 2002 Hello, I’m looking for information on the family of Margaret KRUGER JORGENSON. Margaret was born the daughter of Margaret NIXON and a Mr. KRUGER on April 6, 1887. She married a Mr. JORGENSON. Margaret JORGENSON died in Peotone, Will, IL, in May 1982.

TYRRELL; posted by Robert Tyrrell, Apr 8, 2002 I’m looking for information on Grandparents to Robert William TYRRELL Born Jan 28, 1910 in Joliet.

GOODWIN, GOULD, HADSALL, HADSELL, JACKSON; posted by Harriet Marvin, Apr 9, 2002 Does anyone have the G S P coordinates of Starr-Grove cemetary? I am trying to find it on the old county map, but since Joliet Army Ammunition Facility took over the area(1940), that part of the map is blank. Thanks

MAIER, THIELE; posted by Kathleen Bard Richmond, Apr 14, 2002 My g-g-grandparents Conrad THIELE and Charlotte MAIER were married in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beecher/Crete (Will County) Nov. 5, 1871. Their son Heinrich THIELE (my great-grandfather) was baptized there in 1872. I’m looking to contact other THIELE/MAIER family researchers. Charlotte died in Iroquois County, IL in 1929.

BRIGGS, KINSEY, KLIDA, KREMSKI, PAGE; posted by Benjamin Kinsey, Apr 24, 2002 I am looking for my 2nd cousin, Gary KREMSKI. He and I are related through our KINSEY lines. According to information in a letter from Gary’s aunt Lillian KINSEY BRIGGS KLIDA, he was living in Crete in 1998. According to the Soc. Sec. death index, Gary’s father died in Crete IL in July 1983. I have a great deal of information to share about the KINSEY family, back into England. I also have information on the PAGE family back into England. Benjamin Kinsey

MCNALLY; posted by Mary Beth Medlock, Apr 26, 2002 Can anyone tell me what would be the Catholic Church in operation in 1880 in Lockport. I am trying to find the death dates of my Great grand parents, James and Rose MCNALLY

GRAHAM, MCGOWAN; posted by Connie Graham Ernst, Apr 27, 2002 I am looking for information about Edward GRAHAM. I know he married Matilda MCGOWAN in 1839, in Will county. They then ended up around Rossville, Illinois. They had Michael (my great grandfather) John, Thomas, Ella, Maggie (one half sister…and one half brother Patrick McGowan? I am wondering how Edward Graham came to this country and Matlida.

GOODWIN, HOPPER, JONES, MARSHALL; posted by Kim Mohler, Apr 29, 2002 Looking for any information on Hazzard JONES, b. 1826 in New York, m. Elizabeth GOODWIN, b. 1841 in Wilmington, Will County, IL. Hazzard is listed as a land owner in the 1878 land owners list. They had three children: Anna Myria, b. 2/12/1874, m. Frank MARSHALL; Wallis, b. 1883, m. Alice HOPPER; and Hiram, b. 8/6/1884. Wallis died approx. 1926 from tuberculosis. He had four children: Carlin, Lorene, Bert and Dorothy. Bert died approx. 1925 from inflammation of the heart. Wallis and family are listed in the 1920 census and had a farm in Wesley Township, Wilmington, Will County, IL. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

BELDEN, GOODRICH; posted by Laurette Russell, Apr 29, 2002 Searching for parents/family of Albert GOODRICH BELDEN, b. 1843 in Belvidere, Illinois – d. 1896 in Lake Providence, E. Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Records show that on 8 March, 1864, he enlisted in the Union Army in Joliet, Illinois; and was mustered out on 11 July, 1865. He was connected to Company “I”, 64th Illinois Infantry. No further information available regarding his background. Would very much appreciate learning more about my great grandfather. Thanks so very much.

BOOCKHOLDT, BOOKHOLD, BUCHOLZ, EVERTS, posted by Sally Boswell, May 6, 2002 On Saturday, while going to yard sales, I found a gem, which I’m sure would be greatly treasured by someone. It is a marriage certificate, in very good condition for: Henry BOOKHOLD to Eva C (EVERTS?)in the County of Will, City of Lockport and State of Illinois, in the year 1904. It is possible that this name was changed from BOOCKHOLDT or BUCHOLZ. I had an answer to this query from someone who suggested that this might have been Heinrich George Johannes Boockholdt who married Matilda Eve Krichbaum 18 Oct 1891, and that this marriage to Eva was his second. I will be glad to pass this along to a descendant.

DEBERARD, FOOTE, SHEPARD; posted by Walter Knauff, May 7, 2002 DEBERARD and SHEPARD families. Jane DEBERARD married Albert SHEPARD on 1 March 1841. The marriage was performed by Hiram FOOTE, minister of the gospel in Will County. Any information on any of these people would be appreciated.

BARRY, DALY, RUSSELL; posted by Max Triola, May 12, 2002 I am looking for the headstone of Anna Barry RUSSELL maiden name DALY born circa 1847 in southern Ireland arrived in New York in April 1865, moved to Illinois within the year. Anna was the widow of James J BARRY Sr and the mother of James J BARRY Jr, born April or May 1865 in New York. Anna remarried in Illinois to a man named RUSSELL. She was buried in St Patrick’S cemetary in Will County, year unknown. In particular, I’m looking of her place of birth in Ireland. Thanks if you can help, Max Triola.

BARCLAY, SHAND; posted by Myles Downes, May 14, 2002 Looking for information on my great- grandmother, Alice Mary BARCLAY, or her parents, R.B. BARCLAY and Anne SHAND. Alice Mary was born in Peotone in 1864…

CANSLER, GILLESPIE, KELLY; posted by Rick W. Thorpe, May 15, 2002 Hiram KELLY (name is actually Joseph Hiram KELLY) was born 1877 in Lyon Co., Ky. He married 1904 in Lyon Co., Ky. to Alvia A. GILLESPIE. Sometime after 1910 he and his wife migrated to Joilet, Will Co., Ill. Hiram was the son of Drury William KELLY and Margaret Elizabeth CANSLER. Searchig for Hiram KELLY’S descendents.

KINNEY; posted by Robert Fisher, May 15, 2002 Want date of death of Michael KINNEY born about 1820 in Ireland. Lived in Lockport Township, Will County. Died after 1880. Wife Ellen, children include Patrick, Michael, Thomas, Catherine, Peter and James. Does Will County have any indexed cemetery records? Exchange family information thru email

ALDERSON, ENGLISH, LAMB; posted by Sharon Ames, May 16, 2002 Would like to hear from anyone who is researching these surnames, from Braidwood,Will County, Ill. 1890/1940 ALDERSON,ENGLISH,LAMB

DIAMOND, DIMOND; posted by Doris Morley, May 24, 2002 I am searching for the parents of James DIMOND or DIAMOND who was born in 1840 in Will County, IL. The family moved to Oak Creek, Milwaukee Co., WI that same year.

SODAC, SODEC; posted by David Sodac, May 25, 2002 A family member believes that my grandfather may have become an american citizen in Joliet, IL. Possibly in 1930? His name was Matthew SODAC (possibly Matiya SODEC) How do I go about searching for information on his american citizenship records. We are attempting to locate actual names and dates.

GERDES, JONES, JOSTES, KRAPP, MACKEY, ROSE, SCHROEDER, STAUFFENBERG, WHITSON, posted by Gloria Barnes, May 28, 2002 Searching for place of burial for John SCHROEDER (born 1834 Germany) and his wife, Anna JOSTES SCHROEDER (born 1842 Germany). John died after 1910 and Anna after 1900. They lived in Wilton Twp, Will Co., IL from 1870-1900 and John to 1910. Their children were Clemence (m. Sophia KRAPP), Emma (m. James ROSE), Louis (m. Emma STAUFFENBERG), Anna (m. Adam MACKEY), Sophia (m. Harry GERDES), Mary M., Dorothy H. (m. Charles H. WHITSON), unnamed, and Katherine Anna (Joseph JONES). Most of children are buried at Wilton Center Cemetery.

JONES, SCHROEDER; posted by Gloria Barnes, May 30, 2002 Searching for place of burial for John SCHROEDER born about 1834 and his wife, Emma born 3 Mar 1842. They were German immigrants and lived in Wilton Twp, Will Co., IL from 1870-1900. Emma died between 1900-1910 because John was a widower living with his son-in-law Joseph JONES and daughter Catherine at Wilton Twp in the 1910 census. Most of John and Emma’s children are buried at Wilton Center Cemetery. John was a wagon maker from 1857-1882 at Blue Island, Thornton and Wilton, a farmer from 1882-1887 and owner of a store at Manhattan in 1887. Will County, Illinois. In 1887, John and his son Clem bought a store in Manhattan. They could be buried at Manhattan but I have not found a cemetery listing for that area.

KRANTZ, WIGREN; posted by Richard Krantz, June 2, 2002 I am researching the family my ancestors Charles A KRANTZ and Ellen Christina WIGREN who were married in Will County on July 16, 1898. They had a son, Harry Alexander KRANTZ, born May 18, 1899, the same day his father died. Any information would be appreciated, even confirmation of the information I already have.

BRANDS, BRUNS, BURMEISTER, JAHN, KNEISE, KOELLING, KUHL, MEIER, PETERS, SASS, SCHWIESOW; posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, June 2, 2002 I have several lines of BRUNS in my family tree and am unable to connect them. Some of those names they connect to are BURMEISTER, SASS, MEIER, BRANDS, KUHL, KNEISE, KOELLING, JAHN, and PETERS….just to name a few. The majority of these lines are in the eastern half of Will County and begin ca1860 thru the present. I’m hoping that with the input of several of you, I’ll be able to tie up all of these loose ends into one happy family. My main line is SCHWIESOW/SASS, but have probably over half of the eastern county in my database. Any and all help will be much appreciated. Linda Schwiesow Nycum North Palm Beach FL

BIXLER, REIGEL; posted by Linda Nimer, June 4, 2002 In 1964, Mrs. Erma REIGEL of Joliet, IL is listed as a survivor to her sister in Springfield, IL. I am looking for information on Erma (sometimes Emma) BIXLER REIGEL and her husband and children. The rest of her family (BIXLER) is buried in Roselawn Memorial Park in Springfield, but she and her husband are not there.

GRACE; posted by Kathy Neill, June 5, 2002 Daniel GRACE, died 2/13/1894, in Will County, Illinois

GRAY, MONTEITH, WILLIAMS; posted by Susan Gray Detweiler, June 11, 2002 My Will County families are GRAY, MONTEITH, WILLIAMS. These families were in Florence, Wesley, and Wilmington from about 1840. Would love to share information with others who are interested in those families.

EUNGARD, TOOLE; posted by Jackie Hendel, June 11, 2002 John EUNGARD Frances Louise O’TOOLE EUNGARD

PAIGE; posted by Doherty Kelly, June 15, 2002 I am trying to get the obituary of my gr grandfather, J.D. PAIGE and his wife Ruth Angel PAIGE. J.D. lived and died in Joliet, Will Co.,IL. he died on December 4, 1916. I have no info on Ruth Angel. Would appreciate any help. thank you. Doherty Kelly

D’ARCY, CURRAN; posted by John Klika, June 16, 2002 I am searching for any information related to the parents of Agnes Elizabeth and Mary Anastasia D’ARCY. They are, I believe, John D’ARCY and Margaret Curran. They may have settled in Joliet Twp of Will County in the mid 1800’s. Both girls were, I believe, born in Joliet.

KERWIN, SINNOTT; posted by Bridget Clock, June 19, 2002 My ancestor, Patrick SINNOTT, an Irish immigrant died in a fall from a church under construction in Plainfield, IL in 1847. I am searching for records of his death and burial. His wife, Mary KERWIN SINNOTT gave birth to daughter Bridget SINNOTT in Plainfield on January 31, 1858 after his death. Any leads would be appreciated.

GALLAGHER, GALLIGAN; posted by Sallie Galligan, June 23, 2002 I am looking for the Galligan/Gallagher family that setteled in Will Co. abt 1888- 1925,specifically Tom E. Galligan or Edward T. Galligan, also for a Mary Barrett Galligan abt 1887 in Will county

OWENS, VANHORN, VANHORNE, YOST; posted by Dolores Raines/sutton, June 24, 2002 George washington Van Horne/Horn was born 1848 in will Co to Matthew and Anna Yost Van horn. Anna Died 1882 where is she buried? George married Mary Owens and moved to Ark. they had 3 children William,George Jr and Sarah. would like to hear from Desc Dolores

BOUDREAU, BOUDROT, TREMBLAY; posted by Joyce Hedberg, June 24, 2002 I am trying to find the grave of Dorothee BOUDREAU or BOUDROT. Her maiden name was TREMBLAY. She supposedly died in St. George, Kankakee County, Il. in 1886. She was the wife of Pierre Adam BOUDREAU (BOUDROT) If anyone can help me with my search, I would greatly appreciate it. I was in Kankakee County, a few weeks ago, but just found out after returning home, that she was buried in St. George, Illinois. which used to be Will County. Please contact me at [email protected]

BURKHART; posted by Julie Chitwood, June 29, 2002 BURKHART – looking for info on the family. Dave Graves was wonderful and sent me the following on my gggrandfather Henry BURKHART: ulie, The following comes from Portrait and Biographical Album of Will County, Illinois , Chapman Bros., Chicago, 1890, page 271. (Everything within the quotation marks are that of the writer, however in the first line of the last paragraph I believe the name “Susan” should be that of Fredericka, also in the line beginning with “In 1849, the father…” at the end it reads “un-1869”, I believe should be until 1869; there’s also the word “woldly” in the next to last sentence, I believe should be worldly.) “John D. BURKHART, Supervisor of DuPage Township, occupies a pleasant home on section 36. He is a well-informed and enterprising man, has been engaged in some form of agricultural work since boyhood and commands the respect of his fellow-men. He was born in Cook County, October 24, 1858, was educated in the publick schools and finished the High School studies at Lemont. Subsequently he attended a business college in Chicago, thus fitting himself for a practical spere of life. In 1869, our subject removed with his parents to Will County, here growing to manhood and beginning his personal career which has not het taken him from the paternal fireside. He is a Republican and has been called upon by his associates to fill several official stations. For two terms he was Justice of the Peace, one year Assessor, and in the spring of 1890 was elected Township Supervisor. Henry Burkhart, father of our subject, was born in Saxony, Germany, January 26, 1819, to George and Susan C. Burkhart, also native of that kingdom. He was reared to manhood, receiving a fair education in his native tongue, to which since coming to America he has by personal effort added a knowledge of English reading and writing. In 1845 he emigrated, sailing from Bremen to New York in forty-two days, and going at once to Erie County, N.Y., where he worked as a farm hand for seveal years. There he was married, October 31, 1848, to Miss Fredericka Dorre, a German lady of fine character and useful knowledge. She bore her part in the cares and shared in the joys that he encountered until February 4, 1886, when she entered into rest, leaving a wealth of affectionate remembrances. The family of Henry and Susan Burkhart consisted of seven children, five of whom survive their mother. Emma is the wife of Peter Williams, living in California, John H. is at home; Charles A. lives in Stockton, Cal.; Louisa is the wife of George A. Hills, of Chicago; Amelia is at home. In 1849, the father removed from the Empire State to Cook County, Ill., where he remained un-1869. He then took up his abode in DuPage Township, this county, on the farm that is the home of our subject. It comprises eighty acres, devoted principally of gardening, in which line of agriculture Mr. Burkhart is meeting with deserved success. He began life poor, and by economy and industry has gained all that he has of woldly goods. His political views are like those of his son, in whose public life he rejoices as a fond father will, as a field suited to his talents and indicating the reputation he bears.”

BIRCH, PHELPS; posted by Dan Jacobs, July 5, 2002 Looking for Ransom PHELPS who m. Jane Birch in Will County 20 July 1948. I have quite a bit on the PHELPS but nothing on BIRCH. Ransom was a vetran who died in the Civil War and I would like to honor his family as well as that of his wife’s. Jane BIRCH was born about 1830 in Indiana. Information on either of these surnames may lead to beter information. Thank you for your time.

CORNELL, LOHMANN, VETTER; posted by Michelle Bradshaw, July 8, 2002 I searching for info on the VETTER(S) family in Will Co., IL. Frederick VETTER m: Mary LOHMANN. They had two girls : Bertha b: March 5, 1883 in Wilmington, IL and Tillie. Bertha married George Edward CORNELL on July 25, 1900 in Lockport, IL. Their marriage license shows Bertha’s last name to be spelled with an “S” on the end. I am not sure of the correct spelling. They eventually relocated to East Peoria sometime, as both of them are buried in Fondulac Cemetery.

BARR, WEST; posted by Richard West, July 15, 2002 Information on the Barr family including Richard James BARR, former mayor of Joliet(1901-03?) and State Senator from 1902 until 1951. Lived in Cherry Hill section of Joliet, Will County, until his death in 1951. Children were Mary Barr WEST, Richard J. BARR, Jr., and William BARR.

NEWMAN, PERRINS, SILVER; posted by Karla Walters, July 16, 2002 I seek information on Mrs. Betsey James NEWMAN, who married Henry Nyren SILVER February 25, 1889 and who died in January, 1891. Also seek information on possible death and buriel of Henry’s first wife Isabella SILVER in Will county in 1884. I would also like to know if any records of the surname PERRINS occur in Will County, as Henry Nyren SILVER married for the third time a Mrs. Mary Ada Elbourne PERRINS in 1891. Any information about persons named SILVER in Will county between 1882 and 1900 would be of interest to me.

HASAK, ZAHRADKA; posted by Judy Gayheart, July 16, 2002 Searching for information on Frank ZAHRADKA and Anna HASAK who lived in Braidwood in 1895 – ? They eventually ended up in Pana, Illinois. Frank ZAHRADKA and his baby son, Louis ZAHRADKA (born in Bohemia in 1892), came to the US about 1984 from Bohemia.

CLOSE, DIXON; posted by Karen Lawrence, Aug 1, 2002 I am looking for any information on George CLOSE who was living in Joliet, Illinois, in 1928, and in New Lenox, Illinois, in both 1945 and 1951. George was born about 1900 in Illinois, son of William CLOSE and Sophia (DIXON) of Streator, Illinois.

BLOOD; posted by Doris Cline Ward, Aug 9, 2002 Would like to contact persons who are connected to the very large BLOOD clan who were born in Joliet, IL or surrounding area. Have their connections to Remington, IN – a free picture of the home of Horace and Nancy (Fairbank) Blood to give them, and their connections back to Elma Township, Erie Co., NY. Much more. A Fairbanks Video has been released that makes connection to this family clan. Please contact me. Will County Blood families descend from Horace Willard Blood, b. 1842, Erie Co., NY died 1925, Joliet, IL

DICKINSON, MALONEY, SANBORN; posted by Kim Wirth, Aug 14, 2002 I would like to share information with anyone researching George Wesley DICKINSON believed to be the son of Phineas DICKINSON and Julia Ann MALONEY. George resided in Joliet, Will, Illinois around 1849 to 1853. Later he married Sarah Ann SANBORN in DuPage County.

REITMEIER; posted by Paul Miller, Aug 16, 2002 In 1920, according to the City Directory for Joliet, Will County, IL, Carl REITMEIER lived at “ns Plainfield Ave, 2 w. of May”. If anyone can provide me with the Enumeration District for this address so that I can locate it on the 1920 Census, I would greatly appreciate it. I do not have access to the City Directory to see if there is a listing of the streets in each E.D. Thank you very much!

MELOVIC; posted by Lee Reardon, Aug 19, 2002 Am looking for the grave of Jeffrey Allen MELOVIC born 06-03-61 and died 10-15-87 and lived in or near Lockport, Illinois. He served in the Army at the Pentagon in 1982.

STEWART; posted by Jean Cook, Aug 20, 2002 Need any information on Hart L. STEWART who had some property in Will County.He was a General ,he had land in 1845 to 1860.

HAZARD; posted by Linda Fisher, Aug 25, 2002 Does anyone happen to know when Charles HAZARD was Supervisor, Highway Commissioner and Justice of the Peace in Wilmington? This was from the Will Co., Ill 1878 Biographies. Him and his wife, Fannie Broadrick were my gr-gr grandparents. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

BLENCK, BURD, COOMBS, IMRIE, LIEKALA, LONGNECKER, NICHOLS, RODRIGUEZ, WILLIAMS; posted by Rene Trahan, Aug 28, 2002 The William WILLIAMS family relocated to Plainfield, IL (Will County) from Richmond, VA area in approximately 1906. I am looking for info about related family members: Bessie BLENCK, Ruth (Peg) LONGNECKER, Gertrude RODRIGUEZ, Nancy COOMBS, May LIEKALA, Bertha WILLIAMS, Betty IMRIE, Charles WILLIAMS, James WILLIAMS, Fred WILLIAMS and George WILLIAMS.

At the time of William WILLIAMS death in 1956, his obituary also noted 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

I would appreciate any information/photos available. Thanks!

BLOCKIAU, BLOCKYOU; posted by Pat Blockyou Swift, Sep 2, 2002 I am seeking information on my family BLOCKYOU/BLOCKIAU They came from Seraing & Liege Belgium. My GGrandfather was J Julien BLOCKYOU and GGrandmother Rosalie or Rose. They came with their children aby. 1882 John, Joseph, Emanual, Hubert, Barney )my Grandfather) and Juliene. They were coal miners. Samuel BLOCKYOU’s marriage license states he was born in Braidwood. on 12-18-1882. Juliene BLOCKYOU/BLOCKIAU was married in Braidwood on 4-28-1884. Any information on the BLOCKYOU/BLOCKIAU would be appreciated We now spell the name BLOCKYOU but Juliene’ marriage record states BLOCKIAU.. Any help would be appreciated Pat BLOCKYOU Swift

STEIN; posted by Robert Stein, Sep 2, 2002 all of my lineage resided in lemont, il which is in cook county. but i have a copy of naturalization papers of william STEIN, my gg grandfather who according to census records came to the us in 1871 with his 5 year old son joseph. He became naturalized in 1883 prior to buying land in lemont.samuel paul sent me a copy of the naturalization in 1986, however the record he sent was not the declaration of intention, merely the naturalization paper. The “DI” is what I am looking for to discover the city of origin, not simply the grand duchy of nassau. william STEIN was born april 21 1840. census records also indicate joseph was also naturalized, but I do not know when, The record number referred to in the naturalization papers, is the circuit court of will county volume 131 page 359. I would like to know the cost of obtaining the declaration of intention in full. also is it possible that will county, because of it’s proximity might also hold birth and death records for lemont up untio 1906. any help you can supply is appreciated.

DAY, MILLER, SOUTHERN; posted by Marcie Pope, Sep 15, 2002 Researching Septimus SOUTHERN family in Will Co. IL. Came here from England about 1872 with wife Martha and son Edwin. Trying to find siblings, port of entry etc. Have found that Edwin may have had a sibling die on the ship coming from England also had a brother Septimus Jr.married to (1)Hannah ? (2) Lucy DAY and sister Carabel B. (Carrie) born in the US. Found Census on Septimus Jr. family son Elmer m. to Helen ? and he had a sister Cecila….Septimus Sr. sister Carrie was said to have married a Miller after 1914 and died in IL. can’t find. Please help if you can…..Thank you Marcie Pope/PA.

MATER, MATRE, METER, METRE, VAN; posted by Michael Helm, Sep 16, 2002 Horace W VAN MATRE (sometimes spelled VAN MATER, VAN METER, VAN METRE). Looking for death record (and possibly newspaper notice) sometime after 21 May 1914. Probably resident of a Will Co hospital (illness unknown). He doesn’t appear in statewide database, so unless his name is transcribed badly, he died before 1917. Proved deceased by probate of mother’s estate in 1925, but no other information found there. Any advice on records to search & any other help welcomed! Thanks

GEIST, GOIST, KOACH, KOCH; posted by Cara E. Koch, Sep 22, 2002 I am looking for the ancestors of my great grandmother, Evoline GOIST(GEIST?) KOCH (KOACH?) who lived in Plainsfield IL and also Joliet in later years. She died in 1926. She was born in 1838 in Berks County PA and married Samuel Louis Koch (Koach) who was an officer in the Civil War. I have their marriage certificate from Joliet,Will County, dated 5 March 1857. I believe her father’s name was Jacob. Is there any information on her parents and/or siblings?

BRENNAN, CURTIS, GLYNN, HEANY, MCCARTY, SMITH, SULLIVAN; posted by Kathleen Curtis Carlson, Oct 9, 2002 I am trying to find info on my Great grandmother and Great Grandfather. Her name was Julie BRENNAN and his was Claud CURTIS. I don’t have any other info other than that they were living in Chicago in 1920 according to the Cook Co. Census. It appears they were born between 1882-1884. I have some info on Julia’s parents. They were John H. BRENNAN from Ireland and Annie (Anna) SULLIVAN from Joliet. They were married 12-11-1881 at St. Mary’s Church in Joliet. Her parents were Catharine MCCARTY and a J (cannot read his name on marriage cert) SULLIVAN. His parents were Anthony BRENNAN and Julia HEANY (? spelling). I do know that John H. BRENNAN died while living in Joliet. He was buried at Mt. Olivet and services were held at St. Bernards Church. I have a partial newspaper clipping about his death but no date on it. He and Annie had 7 children per his obit notice – Julia Brennan Curtis(my g- grandmother), James, William, Kathryn Brennan , Mary Brennan, and two other daughters whom I don’t have first names for, only their married names of Mrs. John GLYNN and Mrs. Art SMITH. He worked for Illinois Steel Co. and J.and E. Railway which he retired from two years previous to his death. If anyone has any info or links…I would appreciate it. I am really trying to find more info on Claud..I do know that he was born in Indiana…other than that..nothing. Thank you in advance for your help. Kathleen

ANDERSON, WETTERLUND; posted by Patrick Vevea, Oct 11, 2002 I am looking for any information regarding the Wetterlund family that lived in Lockport Il in the late 1800’s, I believe sometime between 1870 and 1895. Also in Lockport during the same timeframe a Johan G. and Mathilda Anderson. Both the Andersons and the Wetterlunds imigrated from Sweden. – Thank you.

ABDOO, ABRAHAM, ASSALLEY; posted by Martin Longenecker, Oct 20, 2002 Looking for any information on Charles ASSALLEY or Hannah ABRAHAM or ABDOO. Hannah apparently died shortly within two years of the birth of their daughter, Katherine (she was born in 1902 so Hannah apparently died in about 1904). We have been told that Katherine was born in Braidwood of Will County. The family later moved to the Spring Valley / LaSalle-Peru area. Can anyone help?

BOGARDUS, FELLOWS, KELLOGG, LEWIS, URCH; posted by Steve Schack, Nov 8, 2002 Seeking information on the family of Cordian Spencer LEWIS and Wife Catherine BOGARDUS of New Lenox. Known relatives were Leslie LEWIS, Candace FELLOWS (d. 1920), Myron KELLOGG, Carrie URCH (d. 1925). Any info on obits or descendants is welcome.

HAYES; posted by Anne Nelson, Nov 9, 2002 Looking for relatives from the Hayes family. They lived on a farm in Wilmington until around the 1970’s. My grandfather was Ambrose. His father was Phillip who married Johanna Long. His grandfather was Phillip who also married a woman named Johanna Long. His great grandfather was Patrick. Patrick and his wife Johanna (Berigan) came to IL from Ireland around 1840 because their son Phillip was born in Wesley in 1842. Any info would be appreciated.

ALLEN; posted by Richard Schwartzkopf, Nov 14, 2002 My Great Grandmother, Pearl Estella ALLEN, was born in Joliet, IL, on November 19, 1893. I am searching for her father’s name, and think it might be in the 1895 Illinois State Census, in the city of Joliet. I am out of state and don’t have access to these records, and would be most grateful if someone could find this information for me. You would truly be a family hero! (We have a picture of him, but the note on it states only that this is her father, his name is not given.)

I believe Pearl’s mothers name was Gertrude. I found this in the 1900 Federal Census for the city of Joliet, which shows Pearl as having three younger brothers, Joseph (born 1895,) Thomas (born 1897,) and Robert (born 1900.) There is no male listed in the household, so I would guess her father died in late 1899 or early 1900.

Pearl and her brother Joseph were sent to live with a Great Aunt and Uncle near Bison, Rush County, KS, Charles and Mary Ann (Godfrey) ALLEN. They were living there when the 1905 Kansas State Census was taken. Her father was connected to a large family of ALLEN’s that moved to Rush County, KS, from Will County and Kankakee County, IL. I have a great deal of information on these Kansas ALLEN’s, but I’ve not been able to figure out exactly how her father connects to them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I would also like to know what happened to Gertrude and the two youngest sons. Pearl never talked about her mother and father, and when asked, replied only that she never knew her parents. I am just guessing that there was some bitterness about being sent to Kansas, as surely she must have had some early memories of them. Her brother Joseph was the only sibling anyone was aware of, but the information on him is sketchy, too. I believe he was a career military man, and he had at least one son, Joseph Jr., but that’s the extent of the information I have on him. Thank you in advance for any possible help.

WEISHAAR; posted by Linda Chomyszak, Nov 21, 2002 WEISHAAR. Xavier believed to be in the Joliet area between 1885 and 1892. Searching for any information on Weishaar family..

ARGYLE, FOX, SHIELD; posted by Esther Read, Dec 5, 2002 Looking for information concerning the family of John S. SHIELD and Sarah Fox Shield, who resided in Joilet Township in 1930. They had two children: Howard Shield (age 21 in 1930) and Elin Shield (age 8 in 1930). Sarah was born October 1882, the daughter of Thomas FOX and Ann ARGYLE. In 1920, John and Sarah lived in Mazon, Grundy County, Illinois. John was a farmer in 1920. In 1930, he was a laborer for R.J. Barre(?).

HANSEN, HARDER, KLOSE, LIESS, MARTI, SCHIEK; posted by Joann Smith, Dec 12, 2002 These families lived in mokena, frankfort, plainfield area. i am looking for anyone related to these families.

ROBBEN; posted by Katherine Willis, Dec 17, 2002 My husband’s great-grandfather Olai ROBBEN lived in Joliet in 1900 as a laborer. He was a newly arrived Norwegian immigrant to America, residing at a Norwegian boarding house at #105 Franklin Street, which appears to be near the railroad tracks in the heart of town. The census lists other neighbors as working in a steel mill, or railroad workers. I am trying to find out more about Olai Robben. What was the name of the local Joliet steel mill? Is there any information out there on Norwegians in Joliet – churches, organizations, etc. Basically I am looking for information to round out the little I know about him in Joliet. Later he moves to Chicago. Thank you for your help.

MAGILL, WILHIDE; posted by Chris Wieland, Dec 25, 2002 Searching for information about Elmer Ellsworth MAGILL, b. 6 Oct 1861, Will County. Parents were William MAGILL (b. 2 Aug 1827, PA, d. 29 Jan 1905, Altoona PA) and Theresa Catherine WILHIDE (b. 8 Jul 1826, Frederick County MD, d. 13 Apr 1872 ?). By 1870 his family returned to Pennsylvania. Any help is most appreciated. Kind regards, Chris Magill Wieland

FORD, MCVICAR; posted by Jan McNeill, Dec 28, 2002 MCVICAR, Elizabeth (b. mid-1800’s), Mary (b. mid-1800’s), and Donald (b. mid-1800’s) lived in Will County late 1800’s. Came from PA and OH. Looking for info on any of these people. I think that one of the girls married a FORD. Thanks. Jan