Queries 2004


BENNETT, HIBBARD, SKINNER; posted by Kay Lewis, Jan 1, 2004 My great grandmother was Sarah Elizabeth SKINNER dob 4-15-1854, raised by her grandparent Elenor and Mr. BENNETT. I have old family pictures from Joilet Ill. Pictures include High, Rye, William, Roseand and Abby BENNETT. Sarah married around 1870 to D.C. HIBBARD dob 6-8-1848. Would love to hear from anyone with these folks in their family history. Kay from Montana

HEMPHILL; posted by Don Johnston, Jan 3, 2004 Trying to find HEMPHILL family links, James & Cora had thow children, Marjorie & Harry HEMPHILL who are registered in the 1920 Census for Will Co, Harry married Theresa and in 1920 they had a 1 yr 8mnth boy called Stewart HEMPHILL. If anyone can hit on this family group I’d love to touch base with them, I’m in Melbourne AU. Happy New Year

SELFRIDGE; posted by Byron Strawn, Jan 24, 2004 I read that Selfridgeville is named after Lorenzo and Horatio Selfridge. Lorenzo is my 2nd great grandmother’s brother. Her name was Polly Selfridge Bovee and lived in Elwood, Jackson Twp, Will County for many years and is buried in Maplewood cem. I would like to know where Selfridgeville is located? Is it near Channahan in Will County? I can’t find it on a map. Thank you.

BOWEN, CAGWIN, HOWARD, HYDE, OSGOOD, SABIN; posted by Pat Sabin, Feb 4, 2004 I am interested to learn more about an extended family who migrated from New York to Naperville, DuPage Co, IL in the early 1830’s, and later to Joliet, Will County. It includes Alexander Hamilton HOWARD and his wife, Martha SABIN Howard (1814-1891), their daughters, Mary A Howard who m. George W. HYDE, Julia A. Howard who m. Sherman W. BOWEN. There are *many* old photographs of this family online from a book by Louis Howard HYDE, c. 1920, at the Hill Library in Minneapolis, MN: http://www.jjhill.org Click on Photo Gallery and

DIAMOND, DIMOND; posted by Doris Morley, Feb 4, 2004 I have come to a brick wall in my DIAMOND/DIMOND research. James DIMOND bought property in Milwaukee Co. WI 28 Feb 1840. The document stated that he was from Will County, but did not give an area. Can anyone suggest a starting place for me in my Will County search. Thanks so much, Doris Blackburn Morley

KAEHLERT, KOSMOWSKI, KRAJEWSKI, SCHILDGEN; posted by Joan Capobianco, Feb 8, 2004 I am looking for info on krajewski, kaehlert, schildgen, kosmowski from lemont, joliet area. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

CONRAD, KNAUS, SCHMIDT, SONNENBERG; posted by Allyson Tilton, Feb 15, 2004 I am working on the SCHMIDT and SONNENBERG families of Will County, Illinois. The Sonnenbergs were Martin Sonnenberg, born in Oldenburg and his two children, Martin & Anna, both born in Posen, Germany. Martin married Catherine Schmidt and Anna married George Schmidt (later Smith). George and Anna Smith had the following children: Anna Schmidt Knaus, born 21 Aug 1868 and married Henry Knaus; Peter Smith, born abt 1870; John & Eliz. Smith (twins) born 6 Sep 1874; Magdalena Smith born 29 Dec 1875; and Maria Smith born 15 Feb 1879. George was either the son or nephew of Peter SCHMIDT, born Damflos, Prussia, who came to the U.S. in 1857 aboard the Harriet Hexie along with George, son Johann Schmidt (who married Anna Conrad and both died in Will Co., burial at St. Mary’s, Mokena); son Christian Schmidt (who married Christina Geins and relocated to ST. Clair Co., IL); daughter Catherina Schmidt (who married Martin Sonnenberg and relocated to Effingham Co.); son Peter Schmidt (who married Catherina Muno and relocated to Cook Co.), and possibly a son Jacob Schmidt (unknown whereabouts). Searching for anyone working on the CONRAD, KNAUS, SCHMIDT and SONNENBERG names.

PARSONS, SMITH; posted by Diane Metzger, Feb 19, 2004 Searching for 3 daughters of my great uncle. In his hometown newspaper (Gouverneur, N.Y.) it says that Harvey Douglas Smith died June 20, 1940, Chicago, Illinois. He was survived by his wife Millicent Ada (Parsons) Smith and 3 daughters: Miss Harriet Martha Smith (dob Oct. 28, 1904) Mrs. Helen Hulbert (dob @ 1908) and Mrs. N.A. (Marion) Hughes (dob @ 1911). I know from the 1930 Illinois census that Harriet and Helen were schoolteachers. I want to find out if they had any children and what their names are. Also looking for the husband’s full names. Harvey Douglas Smith and his wife were both school teachers in Joliet, Illinois in the 1920’s. Looking forward to hearing from anyone who can give me some help. Thank you!

BRERETON, HACKNEY; posted by June Nicholls, Feb 24, 2004 I am looking for the death of Martha BRERETON, the wife of Joseph BRERETON. I have found the death of Joseph in 1903, but cannot find his wife’s death. I am looking to see if her maiden name was HACKNEY. I have found them on the 1880 Census online and they were both born in England. The Census place was listed as Wilton, Will, Illinois.

ASSYLUM; posted by Joan Rutherford, Feb 24, 2004 Hi. I am trying to locate a Manhatten Assylum from about 1918. Is/was it in Will Co?

BLOOD, FAIRBANK; posted by Doris Cline Ward, Mar 3, 2004 Am trying to connect with descendants of Horace Willard BLOOD and any of his brothers and sisters who settled in Will County, IL, after having moved from Remington, IN. They are the children of Horace (d.1889)and Nancy (FAIRBANK)(d.1885) BLOOD of Remington. I have their ancestry back to the great Migration of 1620-1643 – and would like to save the descendants a great deal of research time.

MARSH; posted by Annette Sitton, Mar 3, 2004 I am looking for more information on William E Marsh, born in Crete Twshp, Will Co, IL, in 1847, married Ellen Craigmiles in Nebo, IL.

GEDDES, GEDDIS; posted by William Kerr, Mar 6, 2004 GEDDIS, Jean or Jane b.Mar 1866; GEDDES, Jean or Jane b. Mar 1866

GEDDES; GEDDIS; posted by William Kerr, Mar 6, 2004 GEDDES or GEDDIS, Jean born March 1866. Apparently she was born in Baraidwood and married Walter Kerr in 1886 possibly in Braidwood. Any information would be appreciated.

BRENNAN, DAILY, KIRK; posted by Doreen Marvin, Mar 6, 2004 Looking for Daily, Brennan, Kirk’s that all went to St Patrick’s Church in Joliet in 1855 on. names may be spelled somewhat differently. any help much appreciated. doreen

ROGERSON; posted by Judy Krieger, Mar 9, 2004 I am looking for a Walter S. Rogerson who married Edith F. Allen 09 November 1899 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He was born in Lockport, Will County, Illinois. They were both teenagers and Walter died soon after the marriage. I am trying to find Walter’s parents.

DONAHUE, MURRAY; posted by Janice M. Akre, Mar 13, 2004 Looking for descendants of the DONAHUE and MURRAY family of the Homer and Lemont. Margaret MURRAY married J. Daniel DONAHUE about 1890 and had about 12 children: Elizabeth, Margaret, Timothy, Daniel, William, Edward, Rose, Mary, Thomas, John, Dennis, James, and Anna. Would love to share family history info.

HACKETT; posted by Dennis Belk, Mar 14, 2004 Can anyone point me in direction for finding info that goes back to about 1830 or so for Will Co? Been able to trace my G/G/Grandmother marrying at 1855 in Galena. So am trying to locate info on her family, also info on her brother who was killed in Civil War. Clarissa Hackett probably born around 1830. I know she traveled to Galena in Wagon train and there met the ol’ fox himself G/G/grandpa. Dont know if her brother enlisted in Union Army from Will Country or perhaps JoDaviess, or from somewhere else?? Guess that is where the research comes in! His name was Andrew Hackett. Looked on site for Illinois Civil War and keeps giving site error msg? (sigh) Know very little about this side of the family, any help is much appreciated. Just getting started in this endeavor.

BREECH, BUTLER, DENTON; posted by Billy R F Denton Jr, Mar 21, 2004 Hi am searching for my g aunt Hazel Denton Breech Butler b Mar 5 1897 d Oct 1973 social security says she died in Plainfield Will Co IL thanks for any help Billy Jr

LAYTON; posted by Ruth Lindo, Mar 21, 2004 I need to find out whether there is a will or probate record for William Layton who died 1849 in Will County, Illinois. How could I find it?

HICKS, TAYLOR; posted by Fred Swanson, Mar 23, 2004 I am researching the family of John C. TAYLOR, born Oct 21, 1874 in Will County Ill. Any information about John or his parents William M. TAYLOR Dec 25, 1834 b: in Hopkinton, NY or Mary Ann HICKS 2-16-1842 B: Onidea Couny, NY., would be of Great Importance to me.

BARTLETT, COLESBY, CUNNINGHAM; posted by Kelly Kahlau, Mar 25, 2004 I am looking for anything on Robert J. CUNNINGHAM, married to Nancy S. (maiden name not known). Their children were George R./Robert G. Cunningham, Mary Elizabeth Cunningham (m. John Milton BARTLETT 1st, then Alfred COLESBY 2nd), and Clarissa Cunningham. They were in the 1850 census in Joliet, Will County, IL. After that they lived in Grundy County, IL. George R./Robert G. was born in NY about 1835; Clarissa was born about 1845 in IL (probably Will County), and Mary Elizabeth was born abt. June 1849 in IL (most likely Will County). Their mother, Nancy S. Unknown was born in CT. Robert J. Cunningham was probably born in NY, although daughter Mary had varying places in her census’ about father’s place of birth, such as NY, Ireland, and I think the other was MA or CT. Robert was born in 1810 and Nancy was born in 1811. If anyone knows anything about this family’s history please e-mail me. Thank you!

TRACY; posted by Donna Kelley, Apr 15, 2004 I am trying to find the place of burial for my grgrgrandparents Hugh and Mary Tracy. They were on the 1850 census in Lockport. They had 6 or 7 children, Joseph, Hugh, John, Charles, Ann, Margaret (my grgrandmother) and then Mary died. Hugh remarried a Mrs. Cooley/Cooney? and had 2 more children. Mary and Hugh could be buried in different places since he remarried. Some of the children from the first and second families settled in Benton County, IN

CURRY; posted by Robin Curry Meek, Apr 20, 2004 I am searching for burial and obituary info for William Edward CURRY Jr aka Edward R CURRY.All i know is that he died in 1914 in Joliet and is supposedly buried in Elmhurst cemetery somewhere near an Elks monument.If anyone knows of any online resources that i can use to find this info or is willing to do a lookup for me i would greatly appreciate it.Thank you.

LAYTON; posted by Ruth Lindo, Apr 23, 2004 William LAYTON died in Joliet, Will County, Illinois in 1849 leaving a large number of orphan children. I am looking for the letter of administration from Mar 3, 1849 as well as any guardianships for his children Sara, Eliza, Louisa, David etc. I don’t know how to go about searching for a letter of administration, or other probate records or guardianships. If you can help me with suggestions please let me know.

GOLOBY; posted by Chester Barr, Apr 24, 2004 My grandfather Jacob Goloby and his brother came from Austria-Hungary about 1867 establishing themselves in Joliet, IL. Do you know of any online source to get more information on them. They left behind a brother Steve and a sister Rose. Their father was Mathaus Goloby (old country spelling may be Galloby) and mother was Aurea (Anna) Lemick. My strongest request is to find the city or area where they came from in Austria-Hungary.

ROWE; posted by Don Lehman, Apr 26, 2004 Am searching for the parents, siblings, of Jane M. ROWE of Vermont. She was born about 1833. Her family moved to Will Co in the 1840’s or early 1850’s. They were from Windsor County in Vermont. Jane married David F McClay and he bought land and farmed in Will Co. They moved on to Missouri in 1856. All I know is her family lived somewhere in Will County, possibly DuPage Twp.

YAHNKE; posted by Don Lehman, Apr 26, 2004 I am searching for the parents and siblings of Augusta YAHNKE born about 1872 in Joliet, Will Co. Her father was from Germany. She married Christ J Lehman and moved to Dallas City, Hancock Co, Illinois and then moved north to the northern woods of Minnesota by Duluth. One of her brothers was Henry R. Yahnke of 615 Jerome Ave, Joliet. I know this because he signed the birth certificate of one of her children. This is all I know for sure. She named her children Daniel, Fred, George, Martin, William, Minnie, Elsie, Martin, Albert, Rose, and Henry. We believe many of them were said to have been named after her brothers and sisters.

HENDRON; posted by Tony Arduino, Apr 26, 2004 Looking for any information related to the HENDRON family from Wilmington. Particular info dating from 1860’s-1900’s. Names include William(father), Catherine(mother), Thomas(son), and John(son). If interested I have some detailed info. also.

GUY, WILLIAMS; posted by Sheryl Schmidt, May 6, 2004 I am trying to locate information on my grandfather who died in Joliet Penitentiary in 1934. He was buried in a potter’s field either at or just outside of the jail. I would appreciate any help. Known as Guy Williams.

KNADER, KNATER, KNETER, KNOETER; posted by J. Mcdonald, May 10, 2004 Where could I locate naturalization records for Will County from 1840ish to about 1900ish? Thanks

BEECHER; posted by Rosie Lundquist, May 14, 2004 I would appreciate any information relating to the deaths of Henrietta Billsland BEECHER and John E. BEECHER.

Henrietta died in 1893 and is burind in Willard Grove Cemetery, Channahon Township in Will County.

Her husband John died Nov. 25, 1901 and is also buried in the Willard Grove Cemetery.

Thank you for your effort on my behalf.

SALTER; posted by Marvin L. Nottbohm, May 18, 2004 I am searching for the burial site of my gggrandfather the Reverend Robert R. Salter who passed away on August 14/18 1872 in Joliet Illinois at his sons home. I would also like to obtain an obit for him as well as a death certificate. He was born in 1808 in england and was survivrd by his son and a wife Mary Salter. He was a minister in the Presbyterian Church and his last ministry was in the Presbyterian Church, in Condit, Champaign County, Illinois. Any help you can provide will be appreciated and any costs will be returned

GRAVES; posted by Julia Coffey, May 26, 2004 I am looking for an article that was in the Spectator newspaper in 1961,(Joliet, IL) The article appeared sometime between Oct. and Dec. of 61. The article im looking for is about Terry GRAVES who was an infant at the time and was the first to use a new lung machine. There was a picture of him and his doctor in the paper. Any one with this paper and willing to share, please contact me Thank you.

HOLMES, PEARSON, PICKENS; posted by Richard D Furze, May 27, 2004 orson pickens and anna at crete cemetery need inscrip of stones on plot there ,i have found info here somewhere on internet but now cannot find again, also john and mary holmes are there need theirs also where is sarah a. pearson buried crete cem.dau of john+mary son chas,thanks much

AMMERMAN, FORD; posted by Mj Block, June 4, 2004 AMMERMAN, Mary Molly b 10 Apr 1838, Will Co, IL; m 25 Jun 1855, Sullivan, IN to Lyman S. FORD b 25 Jul 1832, Jackson Co. OH. I am searching for info on her parents/siblings or other family members. She is my g-grandmother and I have info on her descendants to share.

AMMERMAN, FORD; posted by Mj Block, June 4, 2004 AMMERMAN, Mary Molly b 10 Apr 1838, Will Co, IL; m 25 Jun 1855, Sullivan, IN to Lyman S. FORD b 25 Jul 1832, Jackson Co. OH. I am searching for info on her parents/siblings or other family members. She is my g-grandmother and I have info on her descendants to share.

RODGERS, WHEELER; posted by David Rodgers, June 9, 2004 Looking for descendents of Thomas RODGERS of Will County. Thomas settled in Jackson Township around 1855 and he died in Joliet in 1895. He had seven children, two of them were sons: Norman RODGERS, my great grandfather, and Harper RODGERS, my great Uncle. I have good information on descendents of Norman RODGERS, but nothing on descendents of Harper. Harper RODGERS had at least 6 sons, Albert, Frank, Walter, Charles, Alvin, Russell, and perhaps others. Harper married Augusta WHEELER. Harper died in Rockdale, IL in 1918. Thomas RODGERS other children were: Mary RODGERS b1843; Eudora RODGERS, b1847; Malinda RODGERS b1848; Lydia RODGERS b1849; Festina RODGERS b1856.

RODGERS, SMITH, SQUIRES; posted by David Rodgers, June 9, 2004 Attempting to make contact with Ida SMITH who posted a query in May of 1998 on the RODGERS and SQUIRES families. Ida’s e-mail address no longer works. Her inquiry indicated that Isaac SQUIRES and Festina RODGERS were her great grandparents. Festina was the sister of my great grandfather, Norman RODGERS.

RODGERS, WHEELER; posted by David Rodgers, June 9, 2004 Looking for descendents of Thomas RODGERS of Will County. Thomas settled in Jackson Township around 1855 and he died in Joliet in 1895. He had seven children, two of them were sons: Norman RODGERS, my great grandfather, and Harper RODGERS, my great Uncle. I have good information on descendents of Norman RODGERS, but nothing on descendents of Harper. Harper RODGERS had at least 6 sons, Albert, Frank, Walter, Charles, Alvin, Russell, and perhaps others. Harper married Augusta WHEELER. Harper died in Rockdale, IL in 1918. Thomas RODGERS other children were: Mary RODGERS b1843; Eudora RODGERS, b1847; Malinda RODGERS b1848; Lydia RODGERS b1849; Festina RODGERS b1856.

RODGERS, SMITH, SQUIRES; posted by David Rodgers, June 9, 2004 Attempting to make contact with Ida SMITH who posted a query in May of 1998 on the RODGERS and SQUIRES families. Ida’s e-mail address no longer works. Her inquiry indicated that Isaac SQUIRES and Festina RODGERS were her great grandparents. Festina was the sister of my great grandfather, Norman RODGERS.

JONES; posted by Gill Williams, June 19, 2004 Hello, Having been helped quite considerably to find out information about an ancestor of mine that went to Joliet in 1880, i have a letter from him dated christmas 1881 and it is postmarked Joliet Post Office. How would i go about finding out if there are people in Joliet looking for their ancestors in Wales and i could have all this information that i could share. is there a society in Joliet, is there a board i could put my details on, any help would be appreciated. Many thanks Gillxx My ancestor was Robert Jones, his son was Morgan Jones both born in Dowlais in Wales. Robert was born c.1848 and Morgan was born c.1871

DIAMOND, DIMOND; posted by Doris Morley, June 22, 2004 My grgrgrandfather, James Di(a)mond, bought property in Milwaukee Co., WI in February 1840. The warranty deed stated that James was from Will County, IL. No clue as to area in Will County. Can anyone give me some direction?

MURFY, MURPHEY, MURPHY; posted by Sharon Murphey Worthey, June 29, 2004 Would like more info on Murpheys in Will Co on the 1840 census.

GILMAN; posted by Tom Mccandlish, July 9, 2004 I have a deed to a cemetery plot in Wilmington, Will County, IL dated 12/6/1870. The owner is my great- grandmother. I know that my great-grandparents emigrated to IL in about 1869. Do not know who was buried in this cemetery plot or where it was located other than in Wilmington, Will County. Can anyone help me determine if this cemetery still exists and what its present name is? They left Wilmington in about 1871 and went to New Orleans, LA. Sir name is GILMAN. Thanks, Tom

AMMERMAN; posted by MJ Block, July 10, 2004 Looking for family info on Mary Molly AMMERMAN b 10 Apr 1838. I have an obit that lists her birthplace as Will Co. IL. She is my g-grandmother and I have info to share and or trade on her descendants.

DONOVAN; posted by Jeannie Gayle, July 21, 2004 I have been told that until 1858 or thereabouts, Mound Grove Cemetary was in Will Co. My ancestor, Thomas DONOVAN, has a monument to him in Mound Grove which is now in Kankakee. However, there is a census that lists his son, John Frank DONOVAN in Joliet. Has anyone come across a mention in records or newspapers of this family? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

LINDNER; posted by Barb Lindner, July 25, 2004 I’m looking for information on my grandfather Fred W. Lindner who was a Police Chief in Lockport Illinois and I believe was taken as a hostage on a train robbery…this was prior to his death in 1943. Can you help me with any info? Thanks

BERNAU, SCHWERTFEGER, VOIGT; posted by Linda Schwiesow Nycum, July 27, 2004 Looking for information on the following family: Heinrich SCHWERTFEGER (b~1865), married on 25 Sep 1890 in Peotone,Will,IL, Louisa M VOIGT (b 1872, Joliet,Will,IL; daughter of Carl August VOIGT and Maria BERNAU); children Anna Emma Caroline Dorothea, (b 7 Sep 1891 in Peotone, d 25 Aug 1892 in Peotone); Albert Dietrich Bruno Heinrich (b 31 Dec 1892 in Peotone). Haven’t been able to locate family on any census, or in the IL death index.

KLEMME; posted by Jan Wilson, July 28, 2004 KLEMME, William great uncle lived in Will County and later Chicago. Married Ida Wilson she was born in 1876 in Michigan

BARTON, BERTON, CROXEN; posted by Mary Russell, Aug 1, 2004 Am searching for Thomas CROXEN who was born somewhere in England in 1824 and married a Mary Ann BERTON/BARTON. Them emigrated to Peotone, Will County, Illinois sometime before 1863. Their daughter, Eliza Hannah Croxen (my ggrandmother) was born 22 May 1863 in Peotone, Will County, Illinois. Thank You.

DODSON; posted by John W. Manuel, Aug 3, 2004 Looking for information on James S. & Cathrine (maiden name not known to me yet) DODSON and family. One of his son’s (Fred DODSON, b. 25 Nov 1859),stated that he was born in Bradenwood (a newspaper spelling of the name of the town – my guess paper misspelled the name of the town, as I can not locate Bradenwood). His brother, George DODSON, was born in the same area in or about 1866.

THOM, TRAUSCH, WINCKLER, WINKLER; posted by Diana Vickery, Aug 5, 2004 I just learned that my grandmother’s first husband died in Will County while on his way to visiting day at the Joliet state penitentiary in 1926. I’d like to find out whom he was visiting. His last name was TRAUSCH. His wife’s maiden name was THOM. She had relatives named WINKLER or WINCKLER.

THOM, TRAUSCH, WINCKLER, WINKLER; posted by Diana Vickery, Aug 5, 2004 I just learned that my grandmother’s first husband died in Will County while on his way to visiting day at the Joliet state penitentiary in 1926. I’d like to find out whom he was visiting. His last name was TRAUSCH. His wife’s maiden name was THOM. She had relatives named WINKLER or WINCKLER. Here’s what the story in the Joliet Evening Herald News said:

MEYER, WILLE; posted by Marlene Hurney, Aug 8, 2004 I am searching for the family of my great grandmother, Elisabeth WILLE born April 8, 1872 in Prussia. I am posting on this site as I know there are a lot of WILLE people who lived in this county and I am hoping someone will find a connection to her family. I think I have found her on the Ship Vandalia leaving Hamburg May 4, 1872 for the U S A. With her were Heinrich (born about 1821) and Dora (born about 1832) WILLE who are old enough to be her parents. Also are Wilhe and Fr who are born in the 1860’s who could be siblings. Next I find Elisabeth marrying Chas. MEYER born December 31, 1838 at the First Zion Lutheran Church in Chicago on September 28, 1872. Charles is from Eldena, Mecklenburg, Germany. Chas. was also on the Vandalia with the WILLE’s. In 1874 they purchased land in Clayton County, Iowa. They attended the Lutheran Church in Clayton Center in Clayton Co., Iowa. Around 1890 they moved to Postvile, Alamakee County, Iowa. Around 1905 they purchased land in Brule County, South Dakota. I found on the 1880 census a Heinrich WILLE working as a farm hand for Lewis Balgamon in York Township, DuPage County, Illinois. The age of Heinrich matches my Heinrich but I do not have documentation to lead me to believe he is our family. I do not have any information on Dora, Wihle or Fr. Please contact me if you have any information which would help me. Thank you.

MEYER, WILLE; posted by Marlene Hurney, Aug 8, 2004 I am searching for the family of my great grandmother, Elisabeth WILLE born April 8, 1872 in Prussia. I am posting on this site as I know there are a lot of WILLE people who lived in this county and I am hoping someone will find a connection to her family. I think I have found her on the Ship Vandalia leaving Hamburg May 4, 1872 for the U S A. With her were Heinrich (born about 1821) and Dora (born about 1832) WILLE who are old enough to be her parents. Also are Wilhe and Fr who are born in the 1860’s who could be siblings. Next I find Elisabeth marrying Chas. MEYER born December 31, 1838 at the First Zion Lutheran Church in Chicago on September 28, 1872. Charles is from Eldena, Mecklenburg, Germany. Chas. was also on the Vandalia with the WILLE’s. In 1874 they purchased land in Clayton County, Iowa. They attended the Lutheran Church in Clayton Center in Clayton Co., Iowa. Around 1890 they moved to Postvile, Alamakee County, Iowa. Around 1905 they purchased land in Brule County, South Dakota. I found on the 1880 census a Heinrich WILLE working as a farm hand for Lewis Balgamon in York Township, DuPage County, Illinois. The age of Heinrich matches my Heinrich but I do not have documentation to lead me to believe he is our family. I do not have any information on Dora, Wihle or Fr. Please contact me if you have any information which would help me. Thank you.

HUNTER; posted by Linda Lemons, Aug 9, 2004 Looking for descendants of Daniel G, Jane or Lena M HUNTER of Frankfort 1870-1896.

GOSS, KESTER; posted by Kim Copeland, Aug 16, 2004 I am helping a friend with her family Henry GOSS who came from New Hampshire, and was in Will County, Illinois for a time. Apparently moved to Wisconsin, and possible South Dakota. Leander and Oliver GOSS are associated names. Would like to find out who Henry’s parents are. Any help on the Goss of KESTER families would be most appreciated.

MARAH; posted by Patricia B. Swan, Aug 17, 2004 Does anyone have information related to Patrick O’MARAH, who enlisted as Captain of Company C (Will Country)of the 90th Illinois Infantry Volunteers in 1862 and gave his residence as Lockport? (The spelling of his name is that provided in the official Illinois records. The family’s spelling might differ.) Thank you.

SHAW; posted by Phil Gates, Aug 24, 2004 I am looking for burial or obit information on Thomas SHAW (20 May 1811 – aft 1880), Harriet (Roper/Slater) SHAW (Abt 1814 – 14 Sep 1854), and Rebecca (Bently) SHAW (Abt 1805 – aft 1880). Thomas and Harriet immigrated from England with four children to Lockport (via New York) in the mid 1840’s and had five children in Lockport. After Harriet died (14 Sep 1854), Thomas married Rebecca Bently (nee ???), who had children from a previous marriage. Both Thomas and Rebecca were listed in the 1880 Fed Census. Can anyone assist me with a lookup of the Lokport Cemetery? Regards, Phil Gates

ROZTOCIL; posted by Johnna Roztocil Pollard, Aug 26, 2004 My Grandfather, Frank ROZTOCIL, was born in Braidwood, Ill on May 29, 1881. Is there any way of obtaining a record of his birth, his parents names and birthplaces, etc.? His father (I think his name was either John or Joseph) was a Czech immigrant that may have worked temporarily in coal mines nearby. I would appreciate knowing anything about Czech’s in Will County, the coal mining there, or how to obtain any vital records.

BOYD, HOSP; posted by John Hosp, Aug 27, 2004 I am looking for information about John HOSP who lived in Joliet sometime between 1904 and 1910. He may have been killed in a railroad accident in 1910. He was married to Agnes BOYD. Not sure what happened to her. She may have remarried to a Walter Johnson. They had a son, John HOSP, in 1905. I don’t know if there were other children. Any information is appreciated.

STEVENSON; posted by Gregory Preston, Aug 29, 2004 Looking for DeWitt STEVENSON. He was in Joliet in the 1930s and was on public assistance or in a poor house. His son DeWitt David Stevenson was contacted at that time to help his father. His son was living in Peoria, Illinois at the time. Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

MONACO; posted by Arlene Mccan, Sep 3, 2004 I am trying to locate an obituary for Elmer MONACO. He died October 16,1999 and is buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Will County, Illinois. I’m not sure that he died in Will County. However I have information that he is buried there in plot 1 0 1537.

BERTAGNOLLI; posted by Carol Cima, Sep 4, 2004 I am searching for the place of the burial of my husbands’ gr. grandf. Simon BERTAGNOLLI b. 1850, in Trento, Tyrol/Italy, Immigrated to US in 1881, d. December 24, 1883 in Divinonk (? spelling?) Illinois. Spouse Mary Ruschard BERTAGNOLLI. Child named Divir b. May 25, 1881 in Switzerland d. in Coal City, Ill October 3, 1881. Son, Jiigen (Eugene) Bertagnolli b. April 25, 1883 in Coal City. Mary remarried in 1888 to Gabriel Feroglio in Coal City. Mary and Gabriel left Illinois for Montana in the late 1890’s. Any help or suggestions for research are appreciated, Carol

DURGIN, PEARSON; posted by Carol Mowery, Sep 4, 2004 How do I find out where Crete Congregational Cemetery is? I have a ggggrandmother that is suppose to be buried there in March 16, 1891 or within a week, give or take a day or to’ I have came to a dead end and at my wits end anything is appriciated at this point’ thanks alot

DIETZ, DUMKE; posted by Twila Dumke Yednock, Sep 6, 2004 Seeking info on Anna Louise DUMKE, b. Sept. 5, 1911 to Anna Imogene DIETZ and Charles DUMKE, 2027 Cass St, Joliet, Ill. Parents of mother possibly William and Elizabeth DIETZ, Joliet. Mother born McLeansborough, Ill, according to Birth certificate. She is the daughter of my Great-Uncle, and I only recently learned of his marriage (proof not found)and this birth, confirmed with birth certificate, from step-daughter in subsequent marriage. Very interested in finding this person or descendants. Siblings or marriage info greatly appreciated. Our family had no idea she existed!

DIETZ; posted by Twila Dumke Yednock, Sep 6, 2004 Seeking Descendants of William and Elizabeth DIETZ and daughter Anna Imogene DIETZ, and Anna’s daughter Anna Louise Dietz.

SCHWAB; posted by Cheryl Williams, Oct 11, 2004 In researching family history I have been stopped at my great grandfather, Adam SCHWAB. He reportedly died in 1895, in his home on Broadway street in Joliet,Will county by suicide, reportedly gunshot. I can not locate: Coroners report, death certificate, obit, place of burial, police report, sheriffs report, etc. There seem to be no records. Am I missing some other records that I might check? Thank you.

JOHNSTON; posted by Lynn Barnes Rudberg, Oct 14, 2004 Where was the Trinity Methodist Church located? I have a JOHNSTON relative who was buried from that church. Does anyone know who might have the old church records?

BACKINS, STABERG; posted by Montgomery Smith, Oct 16, 2004 Family documentation indicates that my great-grandmother and her parents lived in Lockport, IL; therefore, I’m interested in anyone who can point me toward records for the following names: STABERG, Ruth (my great-grandmother)B. 1882 STABERG, Frank August (my great-great-grandfather) BACKINS, Sophia (my great-great-grandmother- maiden name) I live in the Seattle, WA area and have never been to Lockport, but might someday!

GBURCZYK; posted by Carol Mischel, Oct 20, 2004 I am looking for any information on the family of Josef and Joanna GBURCZYK. In 1920 they lived in Joliet at 711 N. Eastern Ave. Joanna died in 1923 and I have no information on the death of her spouse Josef. They emigrated from Poland between 1870 and 1880. I know of one son by name,Francis who later bacame a doctor.

GREEN, STEVENS; posted by Carol Caldwell, Oct 26, 2004 Is there a Will County Death Index posted anywhere on the internet? The Illinois Archives do not yet include Will County and I am desperate for this informatio. Thanks…Carol

CHARLES, GREEN; posted by Edwin R Green, Oct 26, 2004 Seeking information on Charles Green of Plainfield,IL. His father was Charles Green from LeRoy, IL. Mother was Daisy M Green. He was born abt 1923.

DOOLIN; posted by Larry Schneider, Oct 26, 2004 Seeking information on the family of Anna L. DOOLIN who passed away 30 Sep 2004. She and her husband Richard (Dick) used to live in Joliet and were originally from the Chillicothe, MO area.

MACOWAN, MCCOWAN, MCOWAN; posted by Kean Macowan, Oct 30, 2004 MACOWAN, MCOWAN, MCCOWAN

ROBERSHAM, ROBISHEAU; posted by Loralei Sturkie, Nov 7, 2004 I am searching for the ROBISHEAU or ROBERSHAM family living in Momence, Will, Illinois in 1850. Can you help me locate the cemetary that may contain this family?

PEACOCK; posted by Ed Peacock, Nov 20, 2004 I am looking for ancestors by the name of Peacock. A cousin of mine found a reference to a Thomas Peacock that may have died in Will County about 1861. We are anxious to find any information on him. That is all I know, however, I do not have any other exact location. If any one can help it would be appreciated.

PEACOCK, STEARNS; posted by Janis Peacock, Nov 23, 2004 Looking for death/burial of Thomas and Anne PEACOCK about 1860-1880. Also their daughter Anne PEACOCK b. 1822 lived near Marengo, Illinois till about 1870 then may have moved to Cook County by 1880 also looking for her death date and burial. Daughter was a single woman, but lived with her married sister Elizabeth STEARNS and husband and three sons Orville, John and Charles STEARNS. The sons were to have move to the Chicago area in adulthood. Any information will be appreciated.

We last knew that Thomas and Anne PEACOCK lived in Secor, Ill, Woodford county during the census of 1860 but lost them after that. Thank you very much if you know anything please contact me.

HILGEDICK; posted by Kathleen Milligan, Dec 18, 2004 Searching for information on William HILGEDICK who was sentenced in 1871 to 14 years hard labor at the Joliet Penitentiary. I understand that the IL State Library has the records of prisoners from that time period. But I am also looking for Census records. Is the Census available for the penitentiary? If so, could someone point me in the right direction? I’d sure appreciate the help.

DURGIN, HOLMES, PEARSON; posted by Carol Mowery, Dec 22, 2004 Looking for Crete Congregational Cemetery in Will Co. Mary J Durgin, married to a Daniel A. Pearson she died in March 16,1891. Also in answer to Dick Furze question about a Sarah A. Holmes, Pearson, daughter of John, and Mary Holmes, she is buried in Highland Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas.Block 3 Lot 46, grave 9.

NEWMAN; posted by Norrita Sanders, Dec 23, 2004 I am looking for evidence that my Father’s family were there in Lockport area in 1900 . Sven Newman wife Anna Augusta(Anderson) Newman Children Dorathea,Theodore,Emil, and my father David wasn’t born until 1903 there.I have a letter saying the Rev Sven NEWMAN was transfered from McKeesport PA to Lockport,Will, Illinois abt 1900. Any help will be greatly appreciated . Norrita Sanders.

NEWMAN; posted by Norrita Sanders, Dec 23, 2004 I am looking for evidence that my Father’s family were there in Lockport area in 1900 . Sven Newman wife Anna Augusta(Anderson) Newman Children Dorathea,Theodore,Emil, and my father David wasn’t born until 1903 there.I have a letter saying the Rev Sven NEWMAN was transfered from McKeesport PA to Lockport,Will, Illinois abt 1900. Any help will be greatly appreciated .

DURGIN, PEARSON; posted by Norrita Sanders, Dec 25, 2004 Attn Missidilli@yahoo.com your email came back I emailed you regarding Daniel A PEARSON and Mary DURGIN. My email is current. Nanarita65@yahoo.com This is in Will county Bloomington Twp

BERARD; posted by Joe Fitzpatrick, Dec 31, 2004 Seeking obituaries for 3 ancestors: (1)Ambrose Berard, died Joliet, Ill., June 1, 1912 (2)Sara Constantin Berard, died Joliet, Ill., Jan 16, 1914 (3)Daniel Berard, died Joliet, Ill., June 4, 1935 Thank you