LaSalle County

Queries 2002 Jul-Aug

Submitter: Barbara Miller ([email protected])
Date: 31 Dec 2002

Seaching for informaion on Thomas Topping born May 27, 1857 in Streator. Parents were Ralph Topping from England and MaryAnn Flynn from Ireland. Any information what be helpful.

Submitter: jOY MCGRATH ([email protected])
Date: 25 Dec 2002

I am researching Thomas McGrath who married Bridget White in 1866. The first I can find him is his marriage record, but the 1870 census says he was born in Ireland and was a citizen. He may possibly have had a brother Patrick, and I believe that he came as a minor about 1845/50. I have been unable to find his death date, but believe he died around 1896, as his widow Bridget states in the 1900 census that they had been married 30 years. He is not buried in the Reilly cemetery with Bridget and some of his children. I think it is a possibility he served in the Civil War because a Thomas McGrath is listed as serving in the 58th Regt, Co. H, listing his hometown as "Chebanse" which supposedly is in LaSalle County, but I cannot find it. Any information will be much appreciated. Joy

Submitter: Laurie McDevitt ([email protected])
Date: 18 Dec 2002

I am looking for information about the old Grove Cleaners that used to be in LaSalle, IL.

Submitter: Bob Howe ([email protected])
Date: 08 Dec 2002

Would like an obituary on Margaret"Peggy" WEEKS who died at Pleasant View Luther Home in Ottawa in April of 1980. She was born Margaret Sigrid SILJEDAHL (later changed to SILLS) 25 May 1902 in Chicago. Her husband, George WEEKS, died in Ottawa in April of 1970 after they returned from California. He was born in Illinois 21 Feb 1882. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Submitter: Stephanie Vannoy ([email protected])
Date: 03 Dec 2002

I am looking for information on the last names Barton,Mandrell,and Lilley. My grandfathers name Is Allen Barton. I am looking for some kind of information on him and his family. My grandmothers last name was Mandrell. I do not know anything about her family. The last name Lilley was my fathers last name. He married Vivain Barton. I would like some information and hope you can help.

Submitter: Ray Newell ([email protected])
Date: 01 Dec 2002

I am looking for descendents of Nathan Newell born 1826 Ohio died 7 Nov. 1868 la Salle Co. Vermillion Cemetary. 1st wife Mahala (Dixon)? born 1826 Ohio died 9 Dec. 1852 Vermillion Cemetary La Salle Co. Children: John G. born 1848 Ohio Lemuel B. born 1850 Ohio Samuel D. born 1851 Illinois Mary E. born 1852 Illinois 2nd wife: Sarah E. Mccullen born 1836 Ohio Children: Hannah born 1856 Illinois Jerusha born 1858 Illinois Mary born 1859 Illinois I would like to talk to any one who shares these names in this time frame. Thank you.

Submitter: Gary Carlsen ([email protected])
Date: 16 Nov 2002

Family lived in Ottawa Township 1860 Census, & Brookfield Township 1870 Census. Looking for nearest German Lutheran Church where seven children may have been baptised 1855-1869.

Submitter: Gary Carlsen ([email protected])
Date: 16 Nov 2002

Looking for information on, or descendants of Johann Jacob SEEFUS, born Hanover Germany, 30 Mar 1823, died 8 Feb 1907, Sarpy County NE. Married Charlotte HARTMAN, born 4 Sep 1828, Hanover Germany, died 18 Oct 1895, Sarpy County NE. Arrived LaSalle County IL prior to 1870. Eight children born LaSalle County pre 1870, Anna, George, John, Emma, Charlotte, Frank, Charles, & Henry. Relocated to Sarpy County NE prior to 1880.

Submitter: Gary Carlsen ([email protected])
Date: 16 Nov 2002

Looking for information on, or descendants of Wilhelm BARTELS, 6 Apr 1833 Hanover Germany, died 21 Mar 1891, Sarpy County NE. Married Christine GEBECKI, born 26 Jun 1838 Hanover Germany, died 25 Jan 1891 Sarpy County NE. Enumerated LaSalle County IL 1870 & 1880 US Census. Eight children born in LaSalle County IL, Albert, Matilda, Minnie, Mary, Amelia, Bertha, William, Lena. Relocated to Sarpy County NE prior to 1891.

Surnames: EDSALL
Submitter: Ginger Green ([email protected])
Date: 13 Nov 2002

I am trying to find information on my grandfather who I believe died in Mendota, Illinois between 1897 and 1900. I don't have much information except we think his name was Joseph W. or William Edsall. Apparently he was living there at the time he died. He was married to my grandmother Pauline Adeline Curtis Edsall at the time and had two children born of that marriage, my Dad, William Joseph Edsall and Marie Edsall who apparently died in infancy. If anyone has any information, please contact me. Thank you.

Submitter: George Groll ([email protected])
Date: 13 Nov 2002

Haile 1850 Census for Grandville: Haile, Cristina 45 German Henry 27 framer "" Daniel 25 "" "" Margaret 12/15 "" Heinrich Heil marr. Caroline Kiekhahn/Kielbahn in Milw. on 10/20/1851. Their Greatgrand Daughter was my Grand Mother.

Submitter: Diana ([email protected])
Date: 10 Nov 2002

I have family that came from Streater, IL and I am looking for information on them.

Submitter: Leveta Reed ([email protected])
Date: 05 Nov 2002

Peter D.Gunsolus is my G.G.G.Paw, Peter E. Is my G.G. Paw, Silas is my G.Paw and My Mother named Ruth Maxin Gunsolus, Allen, Sharp She married Albert Hugh Allen and they div. And she married Elzie Jackson Sharp and they had five kid's 1 Rita Maxin (Allen) Sharp Girl adp. Elzie Ugene Sharp Boy Leveta Jewell Sharp Girl. Donna Ruth Sharp Girl. Jesse Glenn Sharp Boy. Rita has four boy's. Gene has two girl's. Leveta has one boy, and a girl. Donna has three boy's and some step kid's Jesse, has one girl that I know of.

Submitter: Stark Martin ([email protected])
Date: 03 Nov 2002

Can anyone tell me of a church in Peru, La Salle County that had a Pastor in 1922 by the name of P. Braun. This Pastor sent a telegram to my great grandfather telling him the date of his birth, baptism and confirmation in Peru, La Salle County, Illinois. My great grandfather (JOHN HEIST)was born in 1862 so this church would be at least that old. His parents were given as JOHN HEIST and LOUISE NEE SUDEMEIR (sp?) Thank you, Stark Martin

Submitter: gail israel ([email protected])
Date: 21 Oct 2002

I am looking for information in regard to the nischwitz family of Mt. Olive, Ill. Peter's family.

Surnames: RUNYARD
Submitter: david jones ([email protected])
Date: 20 Oct 2002

In the 1930's, my uncle Frederick Runyard was in Marseilles, LaSalle Co, in the CCC camp building the state park. He met a girl, LOIS, and they had a child, ELAINE, out of wedlock, sometime around 1937. She would be about 65 years old now. Frederick kept in touch with Lois and Elaine until he was killed in 1944 on a troop ship in the Mediterranean. My grandma, Florence Runyard, of Winnebago, IL used to send Elaine gifts on her birthday and Christmas. Only recently did I learn that I had a cousin, Elaine. I am told that she may have had red curly hair. Her father, Fred, had very curly blond hair, and he was a very handsome man. I would appreciate any help in finding my cousin, Elaine. Her last name would probably been the same as her mother Lois, but there is a possibility that she was given the Runyard name. Thanks, David Jones, Pecatonica, IL

Surnames: UNKNOWN
Submitter: david jones ([email protected])
Date: 19 Oct 2002

Looking for a LaSalle or nearby county woman named ELAINE, b. abt 1937, whose mother's name was LOIS. Last name unknown. My grandmother, Florence Runyard, of Winnebago, Illnois, used to send ELAINE gifts on her birthday in the 1940's and possibly 1950's. ELAINE is related to me as a cousin, and probably does not know it. David Jones, Pecatonica, IL [email protected]

Submitter: Arthur Flowers ([email protected])
Date: 14 Oct 2002

I would like to know how Sally Lasalle was related to Robert Cavalier, Seiur de LaSalle? Are there any records of his family tree?

Submitter: Colleen Simpson ([email protected])
Date: 14 Oct 2002

Does anyone know the birthdate of Rachel Hall Munson? Thanks Colleen

Surnames: GRIFFIN
Submitter: Delores Abrams ([email protected])
Date: 14 Oct 2002

Looking for birth record for Mary Griffin, born June 30, 1867 to Daniel Griffin and Lizzie Griffin in LaSalle. Don't know where to look.

Submitter: Christine L Seckler ([email protected])
Date: 05 Oct 2002

Interested in any information pertaining to the STEIL/STEILS/STILES family who resided in the Peru area during the 1850-90's. My Great Grandmother, LULA/LULU (may be a nickname - have also found her name listed as "JULIA E", was born in Peru IL 1890-1900. She had 2 sisters and 2 brothers, brothers names were "BERNARD" and "WILLIE" - possible fathers name of BERNARD. I do not know her mothers name, but do know that her mother passed away when she was a child (possibly in Peru) - and she and her siblings were taken by their father to the Catholic Childrens Home in Metamora IL, where they resided for a time . Would greatly appreciate any information ! Thank you!

Submitter: Ray Newell ([email protected])
Date: 05 Oct 2002

Looking for info on Samuel Newell b. oct. 28 1851 La Salle county. Is shown as living in John Cochran household 1860 census La Salle co. allen Twp. Would like to know what the relationship is. Samuel is my g grandfather. He married Matilda Wright in Champaign co. in June 1875. Eventualy moving to Iowa. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Submitter: Denise ([email protected])
Date: 30 Sep 2002

I am looking for the person that posted surnames Woodin, Morey, Couch and Hamilton. The e-mail was [email protected] but it doesnt work anymore. I am looking for information on the family of Wilma I. Woodin and her husband James E. Morey. They married Dec. 18, 1940 in Muscatine Iowa. Thank you.

Submitter: Diana McCormick ([email protected])
Date: 29 Sep 2002

McCormick. There were three McCormick brothers that raised families in Farm Ridge, LaSalle Co., Illinois in the 1840 to 1865 time frame. Then they disappeared. Looking for information on where these three families moved ( another Il county, Mo, ETC ). Specifically looking for John Wesley McCormick and his wife Emily Morgan, who were married in LaSalle, but both born Pa. We think we are related to their son Ralph ( born LaSalle 1843 ), but his life, children, and death place are unknown.

Submitter: David O'Donnell ([email protected])
Date: 24 Sep 2002

I am looking for any information on my great great grandfather (Jeremiah O'Donnell ) he lived in Ottawa, married Johanna White, and had a son John who was born in 1866

Submitter: Sharon ([email protected])
Date: 23 Sep 2002

I have ancestors who where living in the community of Salisbury, LaSalle County in the 1850 Census (Andrew Campbell and wife Margaret.) I cannot find the city after 1850... does anyone know if the name was changed?

Submitter: charles evans ([email protected])
Date: 22 Sep 2002

I am looking for any information about the family of Mack G Evans, Lostant, Il. DOB April 15,1864 DOD Sep 24,1940

Submitter: judy retherford ([email protected])
Date: 16 Sep 2002

I am looking for any information on Margaret Burkhart Schroeder or her husband Louis Schroeder. Margart was born September 12, 1852 in Goodfarm, IL in Grundy County and was married to Louis Schroeder Feb 27,1876 in Dwight Louis was killed November 1909 when he was hit by a Santa Fe Railroad train. Children born to them were John L Schroeder, Mrs. William Wenninger, Louis Schroeder, Jr., Mrs. Frank Seeger, and Mrs. Roy Sill.

Submitter: Lisa Susin ([email protected])
Date: 12 Sep 2002

Looking for info on my G-grandmother's family. She was Amy E. Folk who married Edward W. Strobel in 1895. Amy was born in LaSalle county 1869 to Hiram S. and Eliza J. Folk. Her siblings are Oscar (married Joan Lane), Lara (aka Lora, who married Jim/James Day), William W (aka Warren), & Violet E (possibly Violet Estelle as postcards referred to her as Stella - she married William Ader). The family is listed in Allen Twp, LaSalle county in the 1880 census, in Iroquois Co in 1900 census (this is where Amy & Violet were married - possibly in Chebanse, IL). According to postcards I have from Lora, Amy, Warren & Stella, I have many of them in Humboldt Iowa in the early 1900's with Lora & her mother, Jane, in Albuquerque, NM during that time as well. Any additional information would be appreciated. I'd be happy to share more as well.

Submitter: Stein Auestad ([email protected])
Date: 09 Sep 2002

I'm currently working on a book concerning the approx. 400 men from the Ryfylke region of Southwestern Norway who fought in the US Civil War. Some of these men lived in LaSalle County at the time, and a number of them (f. ex. Ole Highland, Ole Mosness, Barnes Soppland, Lars Strand and Ole Strand) joined Henshaw's Light Artillery Battery. One man I'm trying to find the background on, is Knud Gullickson of that same unit. My question is quite simply: Living in Norway, I have limited access to US sources. Would there be any online sources, or any agency to write to, where I could find mr. Gullickson's vital data (in particular place of birth)? If anyone could help me out on this, I'd be much obliged. Best regards, Stein

Submitter: Mike Peterson ([email protected])
Date: 08 Sep 2002

My great-great grandfather Nathan PETERSON lived in Meridan, Lasalle, Co during the 1860 census. He was married to Emily HALL and I believe several of her relatives are in the area. Any information on these PETERSONs or HALLs would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Mike Peterson

Submitter: sharon hebl ([email protected])
Date: 08 Sep 2002

I need information on William Sullivan, a bachelor. He was born in St. Louis ab08t 1859 or 1860 to Anna McCabe Sullivan and Lawrence T. Sullivan. William moved to La Salle County as an infant. He was raised by Catherine (Kate) Mc Cabe Glendon , an aunt. He lived all his life in La Salle County (Streator, Ottawa) and Grundy. I have a tentative date of death as 3-16-1820 of a William Sullivan in Streator but don't know for sure if this is the right one.

Surnames: SWANEY
Submitter: Sandra Swaney ([email protected])
Date: 03 Sep 2002

We have been trying to find our grandpa's family history. We found the name SWANEY in the LaSalle Co., 1917 Farmers Directory. We have a copy from the Allliance, NE. cemetery. It says our grandpa Frank C. SWANEY was born in IL. Oct. 13, 1886. We have been trying to find his parents names and any family connections to him. Thank you for any help you might be able to give us. God be with you. Sandra SWANEY. my email is: [email protected]

Surnames: STARK PFAU
Submitter: Eric Bjarnson ([email protected])
Date: 01 Sep 2002

I know that my great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Stark was born and died in LaSalle county, but you don't have any Starks listed. Our records show that she was born on the 22nd of September 1858 in LaSalle, LaSalle, Illinois and she died on the 27th of February 1903 in the same town. Our records also show that she married George John Phau in the same town on the 30th of June 1880. You don't list anything about Mary's father, Michael Stark, either. He was born in Bavaria, Germany on 1 May 1822, was married in St. Patrick's Church in LaSalle to Magdalena Katzenberger on 27 Dec 1852, and died in LaSalle on 25 July 1892. Any information about these individuals and other relatives would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Eric Bjarnson

Submitter: Ronald E. Hargin ([email protected])
Date: 01 Sep 2002

Looking for Levi Bishop, buried in Rutland, IL and information on wife's family, Shirey as well as daughters Leona, Gertie, Lottie, Jenny.

Submitter: Curt Strawn Miller ([email protected])
Date: 22 Aug 2002

Researching the STRAWN & Allied Families. Compiling 12 volume history on the descedants of Lancelot Strawn and Mary (Buckman-Cooper) Strawn. Our database contains over 25,000 individuals. My personal line descends from LaSalle County and begins with Jeremiah Strawn father of David Strawn. David's son Herman is my great grandfather. Herman's son Joseph David Strawn b. 1893 (my grandfather) is the one person out of 25,000 that we are having problems locating. Any assistance appreciated.

Submitter: Tammy Russell ([email protected])
Date: 20 Aug 2002

I am looking for the burial of a young girl named Emma KIEF who was the daughter of Rudolph and Catherine Ulrich KIEF. The family lived in Streator and the girl died sometime between 1892 and 1900. Can anyone with cemetery books help locate her? Thanks Tammy Russell

Submitter: Stark Martin ([email protected])
Date: 18 Aug 2002

I am looking for any information on the John Heist family from Peru, LaSalle County, Illinois. I know they were there in 1862 to 1876. They may have been there longer. I know of only two of the sons. John Heist and Henry Heist. There may have been others. The parents of these two sons were John Heist and Louise Sudmeier Heist. The parents were both born in Germany. The family was very involved with a church in Peru but I do not know which one. John Heist (the father) built a lock for the church. There is a telegram from a Pastor P. Braun in 1922 telling my great grandfather his date of baptism and Confirmation but again the name of the church he served is not listed. If any of you LaSalle County folks know which church that a Pastor P. Braun served in the 1920's or have access to information about the Heist family I would so much appreciate help. I am also trying to find them in the census. Thank you, Stark Martin

Surnames: O'KEEFE
Submitter: Lester (les[email protected])
Date: 15 Aug 2002

Seeking any information regarding Winifred O'Keefe, b. ca. 1855-1860 in LaSalle County IL of parents who probably emigrated from Ireland about 1850. Possible father's name: Patrick, Owen, or Thomas O'Keefe

Surnames: FARRELL
Submitter: Tom Wills ([email protected])
Date: 12 Aug 2002

How can I verify that that the following children were born to James and Bridget Farrell in, or near Ottawa IL: Margaret(1860), Mary E.(1862), John A.(1867)? I can't find the family in the 1860 or 1870 Ottawa Census. By 1880, they had moved to Indiana. Tom Wills

Submitter: David Henley ([email protected])
Date: 10 Aug 2002

Looking for Daniel Gruhlke born 1812. Daniel's wife, Wetelmine (Wilhelmina) Tietz died 17 Aug 1901 in Marseilles, LaSalle, IL. Would love to get an obituary and a cemetery location.

Submitter: Alice Allen ([email protected])
Date: 06 Aug 2002

In the 1880 Census for Adams, La Salle Co. IL there is a listing for Carrie Beldin, age 12, in the household of M. A. Boston. Carrie is listed as his granddaughter. I have a Carrie Belden, daughter of Alma or Almeron Belden & Catherine ____. Could Catherine (mother of Carrie) be a daughter of M. A. Boston? Catherine apparently died between 1870 & 1880, as Alma/Almeron has a different wife in the 1880 census, and is living in Iowa with son George. Alma/Almeron Belden is my gg grandfather's brother. Am trying to find his family--he looks a little lonely, but less so now that I've been able to put together a few children for him.

Submitter: Tom Olmstead ([email protected])
Date: 04 Aug 2002

Looking for the grave of George Olmstead, died 1849 in the Cholera epidemic. Also his daughter, Marion Olmstead who died in 1859, cause unknown. Daughter lived with mother Sarah and stepfather William Richey from 1855 until her death. Marion also attend North West Female College in 1857/8.

Submitter: kevin larson ([email protected])
Date: 04 Aug 2002

Looking for family hx on Larson Shabbona Il or Baker from Baker Il

Submitter: Jeanne Garibaldi ([email protected])
Date: 02 Aug 2002

I am looking for my family members in and aroung Streator. The family names were Kennedy, Horan and Wolfe. My great-grandfather was Francis Kennedy and my great-grandmother was Katherine Wolfe. My grandmother was Helen (Nellie Horan. I do know that my great-graandparents were buried at Lostlands Cemetery in Lostant. I sure would appreciate any help and am more than willing to share what information I have obtained.

Surnames: O'DONNELL
Submitter: David O,Donnell ([email protected])
Date: 23 Jul 2002

I'm looking for any information about my great grandfather, John O'Donnell. He lived in LaSalle County at the end of the 19th century. he married a woman named Minnie and had several children, the last named Walter (my grandfather). I was told that he worked for the I&M canal. thank you

Submitter: Jerry Dagenhart ([email protected] )
Date: 18 Jul 2002

I am looking for Information on Earnest and Margaret Degenhardt of Mendota who were members of St Johns Lutheran Church. I am ultimatley seeking info on William and Jacob Dagenhart who may have gone to Illinois from Western NC before 1870. Jerry L Dagenhart Jacobs wife was Emmaline Pope

Surnames: SANDERS
Submitter: Sharon Konz ([email protected])
Date: 15 Jul 2002

Looking for Sanders family from South Ottawa, LaSalle County. Family lived in 3 houses on Christie Street in the 1900 census. John & Mary; children: Jennie, James, Wallace & Lucy. Fred & Rose; children: Harold & Margaret. George & Marcella; children: Lucile & George Ralph. My grandfather is Thomas W. Sanders and I believe he is related to these families but I'm not sure how or where they originally came from. Thanks for any help.

Submitter: Marta Norton ([email protected])
Date: 12 Jul 2002

I am looking for this family - Joshua Norton, Jr. b. 1836 MA. Served in the war and in 1865 was sent to Marseilles, IL to help start up the town. He owned 2 paper mills and was sec. and tres. of Brown and Norton Paper Co. I find him on the 1870 Rutland, LaSalle, IL Census with his wife, Harriet (Downs) Wells Norton and his stepson, Ashley David Wells Norton. They had two more children, Hattie Norton b. 1872 and David Woodman Norton b. 1875 and then they moved to Aurora, Hamilton County, NE in about 1878. I would love to trade family info. Marta Norton [email protected]

Submitter: Matt Smith ([email protected])
Date: 01 Jul 2002

I am interested in anyone having information about the family of John and Sarah Gardner. The Gardners came to Livingston County about 1838 from England with their son, John, and daughter-in-law, Catherine. After the younger John Gardner passed away, John and Sarah raised the family along with Catherine. My g-g-grandmother was Mary Jane Gardner, who, I believe was the daughter of Catharine and the younger John Gardner. Mary Jane married John Roark Garner in January of 1851 and they moved to Livingston County after that.

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