Queries 2005

MCNERNY; posted by Jim Dutcher, Jan 1, 2005 I am looling for information on Anthony MCNERNY Town Marshall of Jolliet, Will county, Ill. circa 1860/1870.

GEDDIS, GOLD, HORSMAN, KERR, ROBINSON; posted by Dennis Kerr, Jan 10, 2005 Supposedly the following people were born and lived for a time in Braidwood, Illinois. I would like to get proof to that fact.

Emily Eliza HORSMAN – b.in Braidwood in August 27, 1886 Mary C. HORSMAN – b in Illinois in 1883 Jean GEDDIS – b. in Braidwood, Illinois in 1866

In addition, the following people although not born in Illinois, supposedly worked in the mines around this same time period and may have married. Is there any records proving this?

Joe ROBINSON b. May 30, 1881 Walter KERR b. June 1867 William GOLD b. October 1856

FRITZ; posted by Marilyn Baskerville, Jan 14, 2005 Do you have any information on Freda Schmid Fritz, born 07-14-1875 in Tyrol, Austria? She married Fred H. Fritz in 1895 in Joliet, IL and died in Joliet on 06-05-1940? I would like to know when she came to the U.S., what her Mother’s maiden name was, and if she had sisters and brothers. Any other info you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Marilyn Baskerville

WHITE; posted by Arlene Welter, Jan 16, 2005 WHITE, William Harris We believe we have a picture that he painted in 1913. It is signed W. H. WHITE. Is anyone familiar with this name. He was born in Braidwood in 1874 and lived in Joliet 1900. Thanks

PODGORSKI, SZYDLOWSKI; posted by Denise Szydlowski, Jan 25, 2005 Is Will County considered part of South Chicago? Is there a St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church from the early 1900s that would be located in an area close to a Commercial St. or Superior St?

MUELLER; posted by Bob Mueller, Jan 28, 2005 I am looking for the names of Catholic Churches that may have existed in the city of Joliet, IL during the 1869-1878 time period, especially those that may have been in the 2nd Ward Joliet.

LUNDY; posted by Cindy Billman, Jan 31, 2005 Was there a place an unwed mother would have gone to have a baby to give up for adoption in 1903 in Joliet? Her name was Jeanette Lundy.

KWASEGROCH; posted by Eileen Swanson, Feb 3, 2005 I’m researching the KWASEGROCH family who emmigrated from West Prussia in the 1880s and settled in Joliet. I’ll be travelling to Joliet in April (2005) and would like to meet (or correspond with) anyone who is knowlegable about the German community in that time period. Many thanks! Eileen

HENDRICKSON; posted by Alex Stewart, Feb 5, 2005 Charles Henry HENDRICKSON Born Sept. 19, 1898 Will County, Joilet, IL. 60431 Would like to find out who his parents were?

REED; posted by Thom Bahde, Feb 23, 2005 I am looking for burial information on Gus REED, an African-American prisoner who died in the Joliet Penitentiary in 1878. Does anyone know where the penitentiary’s dead were buried? Is there a Potter’s Field, or equivalent in or near Joliet? Thanks, Thom Bahde

DEMERS, PARADEE, PARADIS; posted by Pam Clevenger, Feb 26, 2005 My great grandfather, Horace Joseph PARADEE, was born in Wilmington, Will County, Illinois, on Nov 26, 1868. He has a younger brother, Telesphore A. Paradee, who was born in Illinois in 1870. I am looking for records of their birth and their mother’s death. Their mother was Marie Sarah DEMERS PARADIS. They were living in Quebec in 1861. Does anyone know which Catholic church would have been the local parish for the Wilmington area? By 1880 the family, minus Sarah, was listed on the census in Kansas. Thanks for your help.

SMOLICH; posted by Beth Brown, March 2, 2005 My Grandfather Edward Smolich owned Smolich Brother Sausage, Joliet, Will, Illinois. My Grandmother is Evelyn Mance and her father is Charles Mance who was married to Mary Ann Brelich. If anyone can help, they immigrated to the US in 1912 and 1917 from Yugoslavia, I believe, and they spent most of their US Lives in Joliet, Cresthill, Shorewood, and Stateville, Will County Illinois. Thank

DUNN, ELISAPH, SMITH; posted by Alan Clark, March 3, 2005 Seeking any information on ELISAPH SMITH born 1810 in Vvermont. Possibly changed name to Elisha who married Bridget DUNN in 1860 Will county. He left Hopkinton, New York about 1855 for Illinois. Children: Laura A. 1838, Angline M. 1841, Amasa J. 1845 married Libbie Miller in 1869 Green Garden Illinois. and Albert 1850. Amasa appears in the 1870 census as well as Elisha. Amasa moved to Hutchinson Kansas circa 1872. Thank you for any clues. Alan Clark – descendfant of Elisaph.

KEENE; posted by Linda Keene, March 6, 2005 searching for F. N. KEENE photographer Joliet area or Plainfield circa 1850 – 1900 please advise. Thank you Linda Keene

STAGER, STAKER, STOCKER, STOECKER; posted by Mary Stoecker, March 6, 2005 I am searching for death records on STOECKER, STAGER, STAKER, STOCKER 1860-1870 Will County, Homer Twp., Goodings Grove, Hadley area. By 1868 they were members of the Old German Methodist Church…so may be in Methodist Church Records. Can anyone direct me to a location or source of this information?

OLSEN; posted by Dayna Shepherd, March 9, 2005 My great-grandparents lived in Joliet, Illinois from about 1885 to 1894. Their names were Hans and Agnes. Does anyone have access to the 1890 census that could find them? I need to know the names of the kids and how many kids they had at that point. Also, what it might say for a date of immigration. Anything actually. Thank you.

MUELLER; posted by Linda Bailey, March 10, 2005 Any information on Emelia (Amelia) MUELLER, born c1865, widow, died between 1910-1920. Living in Steger in 1910. Children: Annie, Minnie, Charles, Hilda, Max. Any info appreciated.

PRICE; posted by Lisa Czibor, March 12, 2005 Looking for information on PRICE from Plainfield and Lockport. Henry Sidney PRICE – Mary PRICE – William Henry PRICE and Elizabeth Anna PRICE all of Plainfield 1800s – 1900s. Henry PRICE may have had a brother in Lockport but not sure if related.

DORSEY, GAVIIGAN, KELLY, MARTIN; posted by Tom Reed, March 15, 2005 I am working on the ancestors & descendants of Thomas Martin who emigrated from County Longford, Ireland to Channahon bef 1860. His daughter, Mary Martin (my great-great grandmother) m. James Gavigan in 1840 in the R.C. church at Lanesboro before emigrating ca. 1845-50 to Will Twp. I am particularly interested in any obits for Thomas, his son Thomas and grandson Thomas (d. 1967 in Joliet). Any info will be appreciated.

BERGERA, CINOTTO, VACCA, VAIRA; posted by Tom Reed, March 15, 2005 I am researching the Antonio Cinotto family of Braidwood. Antonio, b. 1855 in Canischio, Piedmont, was living in 1900 in Bradiwood in the 4th ward per census. He also appeared in the 1880 census as a new immigrant from Italy in Braidwood. I cannot find him in the 1910 census for Braidwood, Will Co., IL I believe he died later than this, but am seeking help in finding his obit from the Braidwood or Joliet newspapers, or any other info on Antonio and his descendants.

WARTHEN; posted by Margaret A. Hudson, March 23, 2005 Hello, I would like a list of the people buried in the Plainfield Cemetery, Plainfield. I have several relatives buried there including Hezekiah and Polly Kendall, Charlotte Kendall, O.H.P. Warthen, Mary Porter, Louis Porter, Frank Warthen, Odessa Porter. I have done a lot of genealogy on the Kendall family back to the Revolutionary War. I do need informatin on the Porter line, the Greenwood line. Thanks

NEARY; posted by Bernard E.Neary, March 24, 2005 NEARY-Children of James and Anna Neary-Patrick,Cecelia,Margaret.Were they all born in Braidwood,Illinois? Thanks!

KIMMEL, MCCLURE; posted by Joy Harber, March 24, 2005 I am looking for the burial site of Lucinda (Hawk) MCCLURE, b. 1853 IN d.April 19, 1943 Cook County, IL. A fellow researcher thought she might be buried in Will Co. IL, possibly DuPage Twp. Lucinda’s daughter, Sarah KIMMEL, may also be buried in the same cemetery. If anyone has privy to Will Co. cemetery books, would you have a quick look for me? Thanks from Indiana! Joy Harber

PEACOCK; posted by Ed Peacock, March 30, 2005 I am looking for information on any Peacocks that may have lived in Will County, especially in the 19th Century.

PIERRE; posted by Patricia Brooks, April 8, 2005 Researching the St Pierre Family. Were locatedf early on in Kankakee county, Ill. They supposed to the Chicago Heights, or Steger, Ill. area where the husband Henry and Wife Rose were buried. Would like to find burial place and dates. It is family information that they had 14 children.

NEILL; posted by Jane Black, April 13, 2005 I am trying to find some info on my great-grandparents. James and Margaret O’NEILL.One would have died in 1902 and the other in 1904-early 1905.They lived in Joliet, where my grandfather was born on June 8,1893.His name was Harry James.My grandfather was taken to an orphanage I believe was in Joliet;it was a Catholic facility,at the death of either the parent who died when he was 9 or after the death of his second parent when he was 11. I’m thinking probably when he was 9.Both his parents came from Ireland;my grandfather was baptized in the Catholic faith,but I don’t know which church. Thank you whatever help you can provide. Jane Black

KWASIGROCH; posted by Eileen Swanson, April 15, 2005 I’m looking for church records for a German Catholic family who farmed in Troy Township in the 1890s. Can anyone suggest some churches that they may have attended? Surname is KWASIGROCH but I’m sure there’s some mispelling b/c I haven’t been able to find any info on them under that spelling. Thanks much!

CLEVELAND, KELLOGG, posted by Linda Smith, April 24, 2005 I am looking for the marriage record of George Delevan KELLOGG to Josephine Maria CLEVELAND M. 4-8-1869 in Frankfort, Will, Illinois. Hope that this record will list the parents of George Delevan Kellogg Linda

RIORDAN, posted by Karen Mohr, May 2, 2005 looking for catholic cemetery in wilton township ill., for michael and julia riordan(or closely spelled that way.)

FIDDYMENT; posted by Alan Loomis, May 3, 2005 I am trying to find information about Walter J. Fiddyment who is buried in the Lockport Cemetery for his great granddaughter here in Valparaiso, Indiana. He was born November 22, 1845 and died April 22, 1900. His tombstone indicates he belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic which says that he was a union soldier during the Civil War. His great granddaughter would like to obtain more information about him, particularly what unit or units he served with and any additional information about his was service. She also indicates that he worked on the I and M Canal. I assume that he may have belogned to the Lockport Post # 401 of the G A R. If the records of this post are located in a library or museum in Will County, I would appreciate knowing the locatoin. Any help in locating information about Walter Fiddyment would be appreciated. Sincerely, Alan Loomis Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1310 Forest Park Ave. Valparaiso, Indiana 46385

FORAN, REARDON; posted by Patty Reardon Gault, May 9, 2005 Looking for information on REARDON, Robert b. 1842 in New Brunswick, living 1870-1880 (census) in Channahon Twp with wife Catherine FORAN b. 1843 and children. Cannot find on 1900 census. Any information appreciated.

BOWEN, PEARSON, ROLLO; posted by Carolyn Mowery, May 11, 2005 Looking for information on Crete Cemetery, and who to contact about getting some info sent to me on this cemetery. [email protected] Thanks Carolyn Mowery

BROCKLEHURST, HEICHBERGER, SMITH; posted by Mary Kahkola, May 11, 2005 Can I ask someone in Will Co. to look up a marriage for my great great grandparents Mr. Camiel A. (C.A.) SMITH to Jessie (BROCKLEHURST) HEICHBERGER? This is his first marriage-her 2nd. The date I have is Sept. 17, 1906. Thank you in advance! [email protected]

WELLS; posted by Margie Bridges, May 12, 2005 I am interested in Nelson WELLS and his family. I found him in 1860 census enumerated on July 24, 1860 living with a Thomas and Mary Hobbs and their children in Joliet. He was age 48, born NY, a mason. I also found him in the Mortality Schedule for that census as a person

BRAMMER, COASH, HEWE, HEWES, WOODCOCK; posted by Gena Akram, May 13, 2005 Hi, I am loking for my Hewes family. I am attaching the Descendants of William HEWES b. 1860 in IL, married Harriett Esther Marie COASH b. 1863, daughter Mable HEWES b. 1885 married Ernest BRAMMER.William’s dad I think is Owen HEWES b. 1836 Related to William HEWES b. 1761 b. Attleboro Massachusettes and his wife Abigail (maiden name WOODCOCK) b. 1758. My family also had to do with Crete, Will County, IL and the Revolutionary War. These HEWES are related to Joseph HEWE and the HEWES family in Crete Co, IL.

SAMPSON; posted by Peter Sampson, May 23, 2005 I am seeking information on Moses and Robert SAMPSON and their descendants. Lived in Peotone 1870 census and Peotone/ Wilton 1880 census. I have a very extensive english SAMPSON tree of which they are a part.

TEMPLETON; posted by Carolyn Wells, May 27, 2005 Looking for any information (besides census’) on the TEMPLETON family who resided in Channanon, Will County between 1850 and 1880. There was James who was a blacksmith in the 1850 census with wife Sarah and 5 children. Both James and Sarah came from Ireland. Another child was born per the 1860 census which makes 6 children. One of the 6 children

NOVAK; posted by Mj Wolff, May 28, 2005 I am looking for information regarding an industrial accident at the Caterpillar company in Joliet in 1960. The details I have, may not be correct: John NOVAK born 6/15/1937 died 1960 member of St. Patricks church

FORREST, ROSS; posted by Pat Schuknecht, May 29, 2005 Looking for ROSS family line in Will Co, IL, James C. ROSS wife Elizabeth (FORREST) ROSS, and children/grandchildren of the above. Thank you. Pat Schuknecht

JURRES; posted by Victoria Carstens, June 3, 2005 Is the Wilton Center Cemetery the same as the Mt. Saint Patrick Cemetery? I have learned that members of the JURRES family (Frederick, Lisette, Emma)are buried in the Wilton Center Cemetery, but I do not see their names on the list.

KANE, MALONEY; posted by Susan Leighton, June 5, 2005 Looking for naturalization paperwork on Patrick KANE born in Ireland in 1843 and who arrived in Joliet in approximately 1852. Subsequently married Bridget MALONEY in 1868. Any information on where I could obtain these records greatly appreciated. Thanks.

MILLER, MUELLER; posted by David Walton, June 7, 2005 I am interested in a possible burial at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Wheatland Township (Naperville) for surnames of MILLER, MUELLER

Where might these records exist?

JULIEN, UHLAND, WAHL; posted by Gladys Wahl, June 9, 2005 Looking for information on John Wahl born about 1910-1911 in Joliet, Il. Descendants of Anna St. Julien Generation No. 1 1. Anna2 ST.JULIEN (John I.1)was born Jul 1882 in Illinois. She married *Henry George WAHL 07 Aug 1907 in Joliet, Will Co, Illinois, son of *George WAHL and *Mary UHLAND. He was born 09 Dec 1882 in Colorado, and died 07 May 1936 in Lowry, Boone Co., Arkansas. Notes for Anna ST.JULIEN: 1920, January 3, Third District, Joliet City, Will County, Illinois, #406 Hickory St.Julien, Magdelene, head, own home, free from mortage, female, white, age 73, widow, immigrated 1846, naturalized 1851, born Germany, father & mother b. Germany St. Julien, Delia, daughter, female, white, age 47, single, b.Illinois, dressmaker St.Julien, Frank, son, male, white, age 48, single, b. Illinois, Harness maker St. Julien, Winifred, daughter, female, white, age 30, single, b. Illinois,bookkeeper in Jewerly store Wahl, Anna, female, white, age 40, married, b.Illinois, Wahl, John,grandson, male, white, age 9, single, b.Illinois, father b. Pennsylvania, mother b. Illinois 1930, April 10, 3rd & 4th Ward, Block 400, Joliet, Will County, Illinois, 406 Hickory Street St Julien, Helen M., own home, value $8000, female, white, age 84, widow, age at 1st marriage 23, b. Alesec Lorraine, France, mother tongue; german, immigrated 1846, St. Julien, Frank A., son, male, white, age 56, single, b. Illinois, Harness maker, own shop St. Julien, Delia, daughter, female, white, age 57,single, b. Illinois, Wahl, Anna, daughter, female, white, age 49, married at age 28, b. Illinois Wahl, John S., grandson, male, white, age 19, single, b. Illinois, delivery man, Battery station Notes for *Henry George WAHL: Discharge from Draft; This is to certify, That Henry G. Wahl, Army serial # 3835404, is hereby discharged from the military service of the United States by order of the President, dated November 11, 1918. Said, Henry G. Wahl was inducted into the service from the jurisdiction of the local Board for Boone County, Harrison, Arkansas on the 11 th day of November, 1918. While this certificate discharges the person named herein from his present obligation to serve in the Army, it does not operate as a permanent bar to his subsequent entrance into the military service. Under Section 5 of the Act of May 18, 1917, all registered persons shall remain subject to the draft unless exempted or excused as in that Act provided. Therefore, this discharge does not excuse the holder from the process of the exemption Boards. Given at Camp Pike, Ark., this 9th day of January, 1919. By command of E. Anderson, Brigadier General U.S. Army 1920, Feb 23, Akron City, Summit Twp., Ohio, address 658 May Street List, Merrill, boarder, m/w, 21 s, b. Ohio labour rubber co. Wahl, William, boarder, m/w 34, s, b. Pennsylvania, labour rubber co Wahl, Henry, boarder, m/w, 36, Married, b. Colorado, labour rubber co Carter, Roy, boarder, m/w, 22, s, b. Ohio, labour, rubber co Smith, Cark H., boarder, m/w, 23, s, b. Ohio, labour rubber co 1935.. Arkansas death certificate; Henry Wahl Omaha, Arkansas.. had been a resident for 5 years and 1 month Date of death May 7, 1936, married, wife Minnie Wahl, Date of birth; Dec 9, 1882, trade; carring U. S. Mail; birthplace; Colo, father; George Wahl, mother Mary, informant Mrs Henry Wahl Marriage Notes for Anna ST.JULIEN and *Henry WAHL: Will County, Illinois, Marriage License; No. 24585 Henry Wahl of Joliet in the county of Will and State of Illinois of the age 25 years and Anna St. Julien of Joliet, in the county of Will and State of Illiois of the age of 25 years; 6th day of August 1907 I, Polycarp Rhode, a Catholic Priest hereby certify that Mr. Henry Wahl and Miss Anna St Julien were united in Marriage by me at Joliet in the county of Will and State of Illinois on the 7th day of August 1907. Signed; Polycarp Rhode, Pastor of St Johns Church. On back of Marriage license; Illinois State Board of Health; return of Marriage to County Clerk; Groom; Occupation, Engineer; color, white; Place of Birth, Colorado; Father’s name, George Wahl; Mother’s maiden name, Mary Uhland; # of Grooms marriage, first. Bride; Color, white; Place of birth, Joliet; Father’s name, Iguartz St. Julien; Mother’s maiden name, Helen Stephen; # of Brides marriage, first; Married at Joliet in the county of Will, State if Illinois, the 7th day of August 1907; Witnesses to Marriage, Mr. John Otto, Miss Laura St. Julien; signed by Polycarp Rhode, Pastor of St John’s Church. 1910, April 21, part of Ward #4, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, #1340 North Wanamaker Street Wahl, Henry J., head, male, white, age 26, married 1 time for 3 years, b. Pennsylvania, father b. Germany, mother b. Pennsylvania,brakeman on Railroad Wahl, Anna, wife, female, white, age 27, married 1 time for 3 years, 2 children born, 0 children living, b. Pennsylvania, father & mother b. Pennsylvania Freeley, Helen, boarder, female, white, age 21, single, b. PA, father b. Pa, mother b. Ireland, print winder at carpet factory H. G. Wahl Plaintiff vs. #1916 Anna Wahl Defendant On this day is presented to the court the petition of the Plaintiff, H. G. Wahl for disolution of the bonds of matrimony between himself and the defendant Anna Wahl. This cause is submitted to the court upon the petition of the plaintiff, proof of publication of warming order, report of attorney adlitem, and the oral evidence heard in open court, from all of which the court finds; That plaintiff and defendant were intermarried on the 7th day of August, 1907 at Joliett, Ill, and that sais marital relationship still exists; That plaintiff is now and has been for mor than one year last past a resident of Boone County, arkansas, and that his cause of action has existed in this state within the last five years, prior to the filing of this petition herein. The court finds that the plaintiff caused a warming order to be published in the Harrison Headlight, a weekly news paper published at Harrison, Arkansas and having a bona fied circulation in this court, for more than 30 days before this date, and that proof of such publication has been duly filed herein; that E. G. Mitchell, a regularly licensed and practicing attorney at this bar was by the Clerk of this court duly appointed attorney ad litem for the non resident defendant and that he duly accepted said appointment more than thirty days before this date and that he has filed his report herein. The Court further finds that the plaintiff’s petition is fully sustained by the evidence heard and that the same should be granted. Wherefore, it is considered, ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that the bonds of matrimony existing between plaintiff and defendant be and the same are hereby canclled, set aside and held for naught, and that the plaintiff is restored to all the rights of a single and unmarried man. It is further ordered by the Court that the plaintiff pay all costs herein, including a fee of $5.00 of E. G. Mitchell attorney for non resident defendant. It is by the court ordered that the Court adjourn till Saturday Morning at 9 o’clok. Ben F. Mc Mahan; Chancellor of the Eleventh Chancery, District Child of Anna ST.JULIEN and *Henry WAHL is: i. John S.3 WAHL, b. abt 1911 Joilet, Will County, Illinois Henry George Wahl was my husbands grandfather. Any information appreciated. Gladys Wahl

BANNEN, OTTO, UHLAND; posted by Gladys Wahl, June 9, 2005 Generation No. 2 2. Michael 3 OTTO (Elizabeth 2 UHLAND, *Michael 1) was born 08 Apr 1886 in New Mexico, and died Nov 1965 in Indiana. He married Margaret 1908. She was born 1888.

Notes for Michael OTTO: 1918, September 4; Draft Registration, Will Co., Joliet, Illinois Otto, Michael, R.F.D. #6, Joliet, Illinois, age 32, born April 8, 1886, Forman, Illinois Steel Co., Joliet, Will Co., Illinois, nearest relative; Mrs Margaret Otto (wife) R. F. D. #6, Joliet, Illinois, tall, medium build, blue eyes and dark hair Name- Michael Otto Ssn: 312-03-9349 Last Residence: Indiana Born: 8 Apr 1886 Died: Nov 1965 State (Year) ssn issued: Indiana (Before 1951 )

Marriage Notes for Michael OTTO and Margaret: 1910, April 30; Joliet Twp., Will Co., Illinois, Woodruff Road Otto, Michael, head, male, white, age 24, married 2 years, born New Mexico, father born Germany, mother born Pennsylvania, foreman stell mill Otto, Margaret, wife, female, white, 22, married 2 years, one child born one child living, born Illinois, father & mother born Germany, Otto, Michael, son, male, white, age 2/12, single, born Illinois, fater born New Mexico, mother born Illinois 1920, January 12; Joliet Twp., Will Co., Illinois, Woodruff Road Otto, Michael, head, own free from mortgage, age 32, married, born New Mexico, father born Germany, mother born New Mexico, laborur in steel mill Otto, Margaret, wife, white, female, age 30, born Illinois, father & mother born Germany Otto, Michael, son, male, white, age 11, single, born Illinois Otto, William, son, male, white, age 9, single, born Illinois

Children of Michael OTTO and Margaret are: i. Michael 4 OTTO, b.1910, Peoria, Will Co., Illinois. ii. William OTTO, b. 1911, Peoria, Will Co., Illinois.

Descendants of Elizabeth Uhland Generation No. 1 1. Elizabeth 2 UHLAND (*Michael 1) was born Sep 1860 in Pennsylvania. She married Adolph OTTO. He was born Dec 1855 in Germany.

Marriage Notes for Elizabeth UHLAND and Adolph OTTO: 1900; June 6, Illinois, Will Co., Joliet Twp., Joliet City, Dover Street Otto, Adolph, head, w/m, b. Dec. 1855, age 45, married 20 years, b. Germany,f & m born Germany, Immigrated to U.S. 1880, # years in US 20, naturlizated, can read, write & speak English. Otto, Lissy, wife, w/f, b. Sept. 1860, age 44, married 20 years, b. PA., f & m born Germany, can read, write & speak English Uhland, Mc, father-in-law, b. Sept 1825, age, 74, widower, b. Germany, f & m born Germany, immigrated 1856, # years in US, 44, can read write & speak English Otto, M., daughter, w/f/ b. May 1883, age 17, single, b. New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother b.PA, can read, write & speak English Otto, John, son, w/m, Apr. 1886, age 14, single, b. New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother b.PA, can read, write & speak English, at school Otto, Mike, son, w/m, Apr. 1886, age 14, single, b. New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother b.PA, can read, write & speak English, at school Otto, Louis, son, w/m, Feb. 1891, age 9, single, b. New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother b.PA, can read, write & speak English, at school Otto, Mary, daughter, w/f, Sept. 1892, age 7, single, b. New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother b.PA, can read, write & speak English, at school

1910, April 22, Illinois, Will Co., Joliet Twp. Joliet City, Dover Street Otto, Adolph, head, m/w, age 55, married 30 years, born Germany, f & m born Germany, immigrated to US 1878, naturalized, speaks English, laborer Otto, Elizabeth, wife, f/w, age 49, married 30 years,6 children born, 6 children living, born Pa., f & m born Germany, Otto, John, son, m/w, age 34, born New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother born Pa., speaks English, book keeper Otto, Louis, son, m/w, age 21, born New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother born Pa., speaks English, laborer Otto, Mary, daughter, f/w, age 17, born Missouri, father b. Germany, mother born Pa., speaks English

1920, Jan. 14 & 15, Illinois, Will Co., Joliet Twp., Joliet City, Dover Street Otto, Adolph, head, own home with mortgage, w/m, age 65, married, naturalized, 1895, born Germany, mother tongue German, can read & speak English, boiler maker, works for wages on Rail road Otto, Elizabeth, wife, w/f, age 55, married, b. Pa, f & m born Germany, can read & speak English Otto, Louis, son, m/w, age 30, single, can read & speak English, b. New Mexico, father b. Germany, mother born Pa., occupation; agent, real estate, for salary Otto, Mary, daughter, f/w, 25, single, can read & speak English, b. Missouri, father b. Germany, mother b. Pa., occupation; stenographer, rail road for wages

1930, April 3, Illinois, Will Co., Joliet Twp., Joliet City, Dover Street Otto, Adolph, head, own $10,000., male, white, age 76, age at 1st marriage 24, born Germany, Boilermaker, railroad, ( it gives year of immigration as 1888; I don’t think that is right) Otto, Elizabeth, wife, female, white, 69, married ,1st time at age 25, Otto, Louis, son, male, white, 41, single, b. New Mexico, cleck in General Store

Children of Elizabeth UHLAND and Adolph OTTO are: i. M.3 OTTO, b.Sep 1883, New Mexico. ii. John OTTO, b. 08 Apr 1886, New Mexico; m. Mary BANNEN, Bef. Sep 1918; b. 1892, Illinois. Notes for John OTTO: 1918, Sept. 2; Draft Registration; Will Co., Illinois John Otto, 110 Virginia St., Joliet, Illinois, age 32, born April 8, 1886, Occupation Chief Clerk E. J. & E Railroad, Joliet, Illinois, Nearest relative Mary Otto, wife, Medium height, medium build, brown eyes & black hair.

Marriage Notes for John OTTO and Mary BANNEN: 1920, January 13 & 14, Illinois, Will Co., Joliet Twp., Joliet City, Benton St. Bannen, Maria, head, own, free from mortgage, female, white, age 55, widow, born in Illinois, father & mother born Ireland Bannen, Norene, daughter, female, white, single, age 20, born Illinois, father & mother born Illinois, teacher, schools Otto, John, son-in-law, male, white, age 33, married, born Illinois, father & mother born Germany, chief clerk railroed Otto, Mary, daughter, female, white, age 28, married, born Illinois, father & mother born Illinois

1930, April 2, Illinois, Will Co., Joliet Twp., Joliet City, Walsh Street Otto, John, head, own, $6,000, male, white, age 40, age at 1st marriage 30, born New Mexico, father born Germany, Mother born U S A, clerk railroad Otto, Mary B., wife, female, white, age 35, born Illinois, Father & Mother born Illinois, teacher public school

2. iii. Michael OTTO, b. 08 Apr 1886, New Mexico; d. Nov 1965, Indiana. iv. Louis George OTTO, b. 01 Feb 1889, New Mexico.

Notes for Louis George OTTO: Louis is living with his parents in Joliet City, Joliet Twp., Will Co, Illinois in the 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 census, he is unmarried in all records v. Mary OTTO, b. Sep 1892, Missouri.

Any information appreciated. Gladys

RUSSELL; posted by Camille Lewis, June 15, 2005 Searching for any information on African American School teachers in the 1930-40’s need information on a Benjamin Russell wife Ethel RUSSELL and their four children Sydney, Ralph, Arthur and Elinor. In 1930 Benjamin’s occpation is listed as Teacher. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. They resided at 258 clay street Joliet Illinois

BUTLER, ELLIOT, GODFREY, REED; posted by Heidi Graf, June 19, 2005 I live in Herbert A. GODFREY’s home in the H. A. Godfrey Subdivision of Lockport, Will, IL. I was wondering if anyone out there knew why the subdivison was named after Herbert A. Godfrey.

My land history is as follows.

9/11/1848: The land was first settled by William REED and family (wife Ann and children Nathaniel, Mary A., William, Cristine, Hugh, and James, maybe other children). He purchased 40 acres of land.

The REED family lived on this property until at least 1880, but I cannot tell if it was 1890, since the census fragment does not include Will County.

1890s or early 1900s: The land was then purchased by Herbert GODFREY (son of Austin GODFREY) and family (wife Henrietta (aka “Etta” or “Emma”) BUTLER and their daughter Irene).

The home we live in was built in 1912. There is a provision on our deed that is dated 1915 April 1 allowing joint ownership of the well on the property’s edge to the neighbor.

Herbert GODFREY’s daughter Irene married Raymond ELLIOT. They were living in our home in the 1920 and 1930 Census’ with their children and Irene’s parents.

Does anyone out there know what Herbert did that was so significant as to name the subdivision after him? Why wouldn’t they name it after William REED, who was the first to settle our land in Lockport?

Any advice or help would be wonderful!


P.S. I am of no relation to the above families, I just own the land and am interested in the history of my home and land. ButI do have census records for both the GODFREY, ELLIOT, and REED families if anyone out there is interested. Please email me for more info! 🙂

FEAGANS posted by Barry Boling, Aug 5, 2005 I’m trying to research George E. FEAGANS. I picked up a pocket watch with his name and Joliet, Ill. on the dial and on the movement. I suspect he was a local jeweler or watchmaker/seller around 1900. If this is an inappropriate forum for this info, please let me know where I might look. Any information on him would be appreciated. Thanks, Barry Boling

BRONSON, NORRIS, ROSSITER, SCUDDER, SISSON; posted by Jesse Crisler, Aug 10, 2005 I am trying to find out more about B F NORRIS (Benjamin Franklin) who was a jewler in Lockport in the late 1850s and early 1860. His wife’s name was Ruth, maiden name ROSSITER, and they had a child named Florence. I believe that Ruth and Florence died before 1865 but am not sure. B. F. late moved to chicago where he was also a jeweler and watchmaker. I am also trying to find out information about Aaron SCUDDER and his daughters Abigail SCUDDER Spicer SISSON and Harriet SCUDDER BRONSON/Brunson. Thanks, Jesse S. Crisler

LIZER, POLK, WEEKS; posted by Janet Weeks, Aug 16, 2005 I am helping my husband to further his research of two surnames. WEEKS and LIZER. His g-g-grandfather, Cole WEEKS he believes was born in NH, was in military-War of 1812, possibly other. Cole WEEKS came to IL, in about 1833 married Mary POLK (dau of Edmund POLK), and had three children with her, William P.1834, Elvira 1836, and Wesley 1838. He left her with three children and not returning; she moved into her parents home and filed for a divorce. Mary (POLK) WEEKS married a farmer, David LIZER in 1843. They moved to Lockport IL and during the next seven years had seven sons. In 1867 they moved to Greene Co., IA and then to Carroll Co., IA in 1872. In 1878, one of her sons by David LIZER travelled with a group of pioneers going to KS. Included was Mary and children. My husband’s g-grandfather, William P. WEEKS, a son of Mary and Cole WEEKS along with his eldest dau were going to central KS to began a homestead to be readied for the rest of his family the next year. I am hoping that others are researching the Cole WEEKS family and the LIZER family.

HEUEY, HUEY, LINN, LYNN, WATSON; posted by Rebecca A. Kerr, Aug 27, 2005 I am interested in any information about Joseph Lynn wife Nancy Watson; son David Lynn or Linn and wife Nancy Huey or Heuey. The time frame is 1841 to 1853. The counties in Illinois are Will, Kankakee, and Henderson. So the family surnames are LYNN/LINN, WATSON, and HUEY or HEUEY. Any information about these families would be appreciated. I believe they were originally from Pennsylvania, and migrated through possibly Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, to Kansas and then Nebraska.

SMITH; posted by Nancy Malcom, Aug 27, 2005 Looking for information on Raymond & Irene SMITH who came to IL sometime after 1940 from Morgan Co., TN. It is possible he was a law enforcement officer in Joliet, IL. He was born in 1914. I have photos of him and also his siblings. His siter Alice, was my grandmother. Anyone who has some info to share I would be very gratefull. Thank you. Nancy Malcom

SCHWERDTFEGER; posted by Ken Robinson, Sep 5, 2005 I am looking for information on SCHWERDTFEGER in Will County around 1880. I found them in the 1880 Census and it indicated that the children were born in Illinois, but can not find them in earlier censuses.

WEBER; posted by Jeanne Lincoln, Sep 13, 2005 I would like to research my family from Joliet, IL (Will County). My great grandfather’s name was Alphonse Weber. My grandfather’s name was Otto Weber. They are both buried in St. John’s Cemetery in Joliet. My material grandfather’s name was Raymond Herkert. How do I find their obituraries? Thanks, Jeanne Weber Lincoln

LAUCK, LAUX, LUX; posted by Lana B. Riddle, Sep 18, 2005 I was told by the slc Utah geneological Society that Will county naturalization records were not available accept through the Will county circuit court. I am trying to find the naturalization record for My great grandfather Mathias LUX or LAUX or LAUCK. He was naturalized in 1884. He lived and was married in Braidwood Ill. My grandfather John LUX was born in Braidwood in 1882. Can you tell me how to access naturalization records for Will countny.

KINIRY; posted by David Wall, Sep 21, 2005 Hello, I am looking for information on Edward KINIRY (my grandfather) and Thomas KINIRY, his brother. They lived in Will County before the Civil War and just after. Thank you for your consideration. David Wall

DOUGHERTY, GALIGAN; posted by Linda L Gier, Oct 6, 2005 looking for information on my great grandparents and their children. Daniel DOUGHERTY and Mary GALIGAN were married at St Dennis Chruch in June 1877. They had eight children which I assume were all baptized at St Dennis. Is there anyway you can help me with this search. I have tried calling the Church, emailing serverl different people to no avail. Do I have to go to Lockport, IL myself and if so is there some procedure that I need to know about. Please let me know that you got this. I just don’t know what to do next. Thank you

JACQUE; posted by Patricia Max, Oct 20, 2005 Is there a central index of burials that would list the name of the cemetery where a particular surname is buried in Will Co.? I’m looking for burial information for anyone with the last name of JACQUE. They would be related to my late mother-in-law Elizabeth Jacque Max Thanks Patrica Max

ROWE; posted by Bev Atkinson, Nov 2, 2005 I am looking for any info on Anthony ROWE. He lived in Frankfort twnshp. in 1850 with his family–Martha his wife Charles, Allen and Cynthia. Albert was his son as well. Anthony died in Will Co, and I am trying to find out what cemetary he is buried in. He was born in 1789 in Vermont and died around 1851. Cynthia might be buried in Il as well. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance for your time. Bev

NAVARIO, NAVERIO, NOVARIA, NOVARIO, NOVARO, NOVERIO; posted by Becky Dillingham, Nov 10, 2005 I am searching for information on an Italian immigrant and his family. His name is Frank NOVERIO. The name has been spelled many different ways. (NOVARIO, NOVARIA, NAVERIO, NAVARIO, NOVARO etc.) Frank came to this country sometime between 1888-1898. These dates are from census readings. I am interested in finding out Frank’s immigration and naturalization papers, I have searched in Bureau and LaSalle counties (where he lived) but have found nothing. He also lived in Braidwood and Coal City for a while. Some of his children were baptized here. He was a coal miner. He lived from 1860-1930.

AGAN, BENSON, DYER, FORD, GANNON, HALEY, HALY, HUGHS, MCDONALD, NORTON, OMA, SCANLON, WHITE; posted by Carole Haas, Nov 16, 2005 The following families who were recorded in the 1840 census for Lockport, Will Co., Illinois, and moved on to and purchased land in Oak Creek, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin: Thomas MCDONALD James BENSON Michael DYER Patrick WHITE Luke GANNON(SCANLON) Lewis GANNON(SCANLON) William HUGHS Patrick HALY Patrick HALEY Michael FORD Patrick NORTON James L. NORTON Thomas AGAN Patrick OMARRAR All of these families immigrated from Ireland. Specifically, I am looking for information on LUKE and LEWIS GANNON and their families, whose name I believe should read SCANLAN/SCANLON/SHALLON. I am going on the assumption that all of these men worked on the Illinois Canal before moving on to purchase land in Wisconsin. I would not only like to tie all these people to our SCANLAN family, but to find additional information on all these families. I am trying to put together a history of these families before/after they settled in Oak Creek, Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin and were members, and helped to build, the St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Oak Creek. Willing to reciprocate with what little information I have.

RICKSON; posted by Laurie Macey, Nov 28, 2005 I received a copy of a marriage licence for RICKSON from 1868 Will County, Illinois. It provides virtually no information except for bride and groom’s names. Am I missing a page or was that all that was required then? Does anyone know? Thanks! Laurie

FOWLER; posted by Roseanne Kocinski-fowler, Nov 29, 2005 Searching for the FOWLER family living in Joliet between 1921 and 1929. Father was Denver Emil FOWLER born around 1900 and died around 1929. Wife was Edith Marie Mitchell-Fowler; children: Denver Lavern (b 1922), James Delmar (b 1924), Elmo Irving (b 1925), Violet Marie (b 1927) and Leona Marie (b 1928). They lived on a farm on Mills Road during these time periods. Father, Denver Fowler died in an accident around 1929. Any family connection would be welcomed.

MCDERMONT, WHALEN; posted by Michael T. Whalen, Dec 7, 2005 How may I obtain a copy of the marriage certificate for my great grandparents, Michael WHALEN (1829, April 11 born–Feb 14, 1901 died) and Ellen MCDERMONTT(spelled in this database as Eleanor MCDERMONT, 1825 born–April 1901 died)? Apparently they were married in Will County, Illinois Nov. 10, 1856. Their marriage license number was 00002925. If someone can and will help me, I will appreciate it very much.

COLBERT, WALLACE; posted by Nila Hernandez, Dec 22, 2005 I am looking for information on the COLBERT and WALLACE families that resided in Joliet about the mid to late 1800

JOLIET; posted by Jim Gillis, Jan 2, 2006 I discovered that an ancestor I am researching may have been an inmate at a prison in Will County (JOLIET?), IL in the 1910 census. The name was Claude Bailey and I am trying to find information on Claude L. Bailey who married Hazel Gillis on 4 July 1909 probably in Danville, Vermilion, IL. They had one daughter Helen Louise Bailey. I have no further information on him, except that I believe he was born in Chicago, IL and probably died there. He was still living in Chicago in 1969 when Hazel died. I have no parents, birth, death dates on him. Because there is little mention of him in the family and Hazel changed her name back to Gillis this may be an indication that this Claude Bailey in the 1910 census of Will County may be the Claude Bailey I am searching for. Is there someone I can write to get this inmates record, I am sure it must still be on file somewhere in the system. Jim Gillis

KUEHNE; posted by Cathy Sorrells, Jan 5, 2006 searching for information on Charles and Catherine KUEHNE of Joliet, Illinois. Charles owned a butcher shop until his death in 1928

KALLIS; posted by Ted Powell, Jan 6, 2006 I am looking for help in locating a relative. Frank KALLIS Born 1826 Bohemia and Died 12-25-1880 and buried in Will county I believe I am at a loss to find out where this grandfather is buried. Everyone else seems to have moved to South dakota. Any help you could give me would be appreciated. ted powell

BINNING; posted by Betty Nees, Jan 8, 2006 I am looking for any information on Stephen and Ellen BINNING in Joilet, Will County, IL in the 1860 Federal Census. His son John BINNING was born there in 4/1860. Stephen may have been Naturalized there. They arrived in NY from Liverpool, England in 1853.

BELL, THOMASON, TROTTER; posted by Bettie Wheat, Jan 9, 2006 I am needing help in getting the right info for the TROTTER, THOMASON -BELL families that were in Lockport, Ill. also Havana, Il.

KALLIS, NELSON, SELINGER; posted by Kathy Wells, Jan 12, 2006 Im looking for the KALLIS family who lived in Wilmington and Braidwood. Frank KALLIS was born in Nosalov, Bohemia as was his wife Elizabeth SELINGER KALLIS. Frank was a bartender in Wilmington or Braidwood. They raised 11 kids in IL. One daughter was Emma KALLIS. Emma never married she was a cook at hotel in Braidwood located in downtown. Elizabeth KALLIS NELSON married Henry NELSON. Henry drove a beer wagon and delivered to the bars. Frank and Elizabeth KALLIS were Catholic. How can I find info on these people?

PERONA, QUERIO; posted by Kathy Mueller, Jan 15, 2006 I am looking for info about my maternal greatgrandparents and extended family members. They came from Italy, settled in Diamond, IL, worked in the mines, and assumed were buried in Braidwood, IL (as history has been told). Their surnames were QUERIO and PERONA. Individual names include Battista PERONA, Joanna PERONA QUERIO, Frank QUERIO, Anton QUERIO.

Joanna PERONA QUERIO is said to have been buried in the Catholic Cemetary in Braidwood, date of death Nov 16, 1904. Frank QUERIO is said to have been buried in Braidwood Cemetary on Essex Road, date of death Jan 16, 1913. Are these two cemetaries the same?

GUNDERMAN, GUNDERMANN, WEISENBURN; posted by Doug Eriksen, Jan 21, 2006 My great-great grandfather Lorenz GUNDERMANN lived in Will County, IL between 1858/60 and 1870 with his wife Anna Dora WEISENBURN. Several of their offspring were born in Will County including my great grandfather John GUNDERMAN. I am looking for any information on the GUNDERMANN

STICKNEY; posted by Sherry Martin, Jan 24, 2006 Can anybody provide death record information for Oran R. STICKNEY d. 13 Apr 1942 in Joliet, Will Co. IL? Excerpt from Eau Claire, WI obituary. “Oran Stickney, Ex-High School Grid Star, Dies. Oran R. (“Bud”) STICKNEY, 22, captain of the 1939 and 1940 Eau Claire High School Football team, died suddenly at his home in Joliet, IL….STICKNEY was employed in Dupont powder plant at Joliet. –Eau Claire Leader, Wed., 15 Apr 1942, p2

MEYER, PETERS, PROBST, SCHMIDT, STRUBE, WOLLE; posted by Elaine Hatland, Jan 27, 2006 My GreatGrandparents Henry PROBST and Catherine “Dorothea “PETERS came from Hannover germany in 1870 .They married in Will county in June 26,1870. In the 1880 cencus Margaretha( MEYER) PETERS was living with them as was her son Henry PETERS.Margaretha PETERS remarried in 1883 to Frederich SCHMIDT.Margaretha and Frederich schmidt died and are buried at Peotone.The Probst left Illinois and moved to Iowa in 1887 along with Chris STRUBE and Chris WOLLE.I am looking for anything about these people and especially about the STRUBE family as I believe they are related.I probally need his or her parents names,The wolles were related to the PETERS .The Probst family said they were from Monee,Illinois and had several children born there.Namely William,Henry,Herman,Emma,Maria,Dorothea Sophia and 3 more infants.

DAY, HARR, ROUNDTREE, STANTON; posted by Maurice Sherman, Feb 6, 2006 I am looking for information on the following individuals:

John Franklin HARR b. 13Mar1858, Hunterstown, PA, m. Mary Ann STANTON 25 Nov1875 in Harrisburg, PA.

John and Mary removed to Joliet, Will Co., between 1875 and 1885 where Mary d. 24Nov1885.

John m2 08Dec1887 Ada (Addie) ROUNDTREE, b. 20Aug1868 probably in Illinois and most likely dau of Daniel and Frances ROUNDTREE. John and Addie had John Larue HARR, b. 15Dec1888 in Joliet. Addie d. 04Dec1889.

John m. 3rd 19Oct/Nov1892 Dollie E. DAY b. Nov1863 IN IL and d. in Lockport, IL in 1914. Dolly/Dollie possibly dau of Jefferson and Amelia DAY of Lockport IL.

The HARR family may have a Cherokee Indian connection as well as the ROUNDTREE Family.

Sincerely, Maurice Sherman

TESLA; posted by Jj Strubler, Feb 7, 2006 Requesting information on TESLA family including: Nicola Tesla born in Jugo Slavia and wife Maria Tkouch born in Rumania. Their children included George Tesla born 16 April 1916 who died 30 August 1998 in Will County, Illinois; Jovanka Tesla (also known as Genevieve) born 8 November 1918 who died 2 July 1945 at 340 Collins Street in Joliet, Will County, Illinois; and Alex(e)nder Tesla born 8 August 1920 who died January 1978. Jovanka gave birth to female 1943. Edna Tesla may have been a relative or wife of a brother of Jovanka. Edna was born 2 March 1919 and died July 1974 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois.

SUHL, THUROW, TUROW; posted by Susan Marion, Feb 8, 2006 My great-grandparents, Claus Frederick SUHL and Albertina THUROW or TUROW lived in Mokena in the 1890

BUMP, HOMERDING, LUDWIG; posted by Margaret Merrill, Feb 20, 2006 Are there school pictures available for the Homer Township school circa 1880 to 1900? Researching BUMP, LUDWIG, HOMERDING

VOGT, VOIGT; posted by Joel Freier, Feb 22, 2006 I am looking for the death record of Sophia VOIGT(VOGT), wife of John VOGT. I believe that she died between 1870-1873 in Will County. This family was living in the city of Joliet on the 1870 census. John and Sophia had two children that I know of, Emma, b. abt.1858 and Herman, b.abt.1860. Thank you for any help, Joel

FENOGLIO, PERONA; posted by Joann Myers, Feb 23, 2006 I am looking for information on my G-Grandmother, Antonio Clotilda/Clotida FENOGLIO PERONA. She married Domenico PERONA, in Braidwood, Will County, on 13 November 1883. She had a daughter, Catherina Domenica Kate PERONA, born on 25 August 1882, and my grandfather, Anton Tony PERONA, born 25 September 1885. The family says she died in childbirth. Thanks for any info.

MASON, MINER, OLNEY; posted by Donald Kohl, Feb 27, 2006 I am searching for information on Edwin MASON and family. He is in the 1878 History of Will County, E.B. MASON and shows up on the 1880 Census living in Will County. I am interested in finding when he died (most likely before 1900) and where he is burried and if their is an obituary. I am also interested in his first wife, Elizabeth OLNEY. I have no information on her other than what is in the History of Will County. I am most intrested in any information that you may have on his second wife Elizabeth (Lizzie) MINER, who would be my great grandfather