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Champaign County,


Queries 1998, Page 2

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Betty Sink (
Date: 22 Jul 1998

I am looking for information on Glen Gard, who married Aileen Piper. Aileen Piper was born (9-2-1902 in Jef. Co. Il, the daughter of Raymond Piper and Polina May Lemke Piper. Aileen died April 14, 1938. Where is she and Glen Gard buried? Do they have children? All information is appreciated. They lived near Urbana.

Surnames: GIBSON
L Medley (
Date: 28 Jun 1998

Looking for Carole Chapman who posted a query for Nancy Jane HARTMAN who married John Wilson GIBSON. Nancy d. 20 Jun 1921 in Champaign, Illinois. I am descended from Mary HARTMAN .... Nancy's sister. I tried to contact her through her email address and my mail was returned.

Jean Edward Schaefer (
Date: 26 Aug 1998

Herman Gosemeyer-Born 1867 in New Alsace, Indiana. He lived there until about 1886 then disappeared. I found him later in the 1900 Census in Champaign County, Illinois, Saddonis Township working as a laborer on the farm of Andre Amcil. Then nothing further. Any information would be much appreciated

Submitter: Alfred Green (
Date: 17 May 1998

Green,Frances M., born 1862, died 1940, married Martha Knickerbocker (b.1873,d.1958) in Lacon, 1888. Would appreciate any information on either of the above.

Steve Binkley (
Date: 30 Dec 1998

Looking for information about G. W. Halberstaldt. His address in 1909 was RFD # 8, Urbana, IL. Please reply to Steve Binkley

Submitter: Michael Hofemann (
Date: 12 May 1998

HARFORD, COLLINS - Philo area research for George Washington HARFORD b. Jul 1819 Fayette Co PA, d. May 1906 Tolono IL, burried Locust Grove Cemetery, m. in 1846 to Fanna J. b. Aug 1826 PA, d. Feb 1897 Philo IL. Children of Gearge and Fanna born in Ohio are 1) Louisa M. b. 1847, 2) William A. b. 1849, 3) Mary E b. Jul 1851, d. Aug 1890 Philo IL, 4) Galub b. 1856, 5) Joshua F. b. Jun 1856, d. Jul 1879 Philo IL, 6) Gearge W., b. Mar 1858, m. 1882 to Amanda BOOTH, 7) John Delbert Hill b. May 1867 d. Mar 1955 (SD), m. May 28, 1891 Philo IL to Leona Ella COLLINS. Also, Gearge W. COLLINS b. Jul 1842, d. Jan 1889 Philo IL, m. Georgianna A. WILSON who died 1932 Philo IL. Children of George and Georgianna COLLINS are 1) Althea b. 1870 Philo, d. Mar 1900 (NE) m. Albert READING Aug 16, 1887 Pilo, 2) Leona Ella b. Feb 1875, 3) Minnie b Sep 1877 Philo, d. Jan 1963 Philo, m. Aug 1895 Philo to Charles Edward DILLY, 4) Edna Quinn, b. Oct 1881 Philo, d. Oct 1938, Chicago, 5) John J and George Walter (twins), b. May 1883, both died in 1950s Philo IL.

Submitter: Linda Garrett (
Date: 23 May 1998

Moses D.Harvey b 11-27-1820 married Olive Towner on Oct. 21,1842. Their daughter: Celia L. Harvey, b. 3-14-1864, Mahomet, IL; d. 11-21,1942, Urbana,IL. She married Andrew C. Cook, b. 10-14-1863, Everett, PA; d.10-2-1924, Champaign, IL. He was the son of John Cook and Barbara Lee of Bedford County,PA. Any info appreciated.

Submitter: S.A. Robbins (
Date: 03 Jul 1998

Trying to find info on WILLIAM HEUSTON (HUESTON) born in Champaign Co. IL in the early - nid 1800's. Married ALMIRA HATCH (BARBER) and had sons: THEODORE, EBB, JEROME DEWITT. He apparently had several brothers (not sure about sisters) but we have been unsuccessful in tracking down names as yet. Anything re Heuston/Hueston will be of help; I'm getting quite good at sorting through names and finding logical connections! Desperate times call for desperate measures!! Please email me if you have any info or ideas. I have some Heuston info I will share, too!

Submitter: Jim Sazevich (
Date: 20 Oct 1998

HILLYER FAMILY OF SAVOY, CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, ILL. Searching for descendants of William (1815-1904)& Mary(Gumbs)HILLYER, Jr. (1818-1890),a son of William & Sarah (Earwicker)HILLYER Sr.; who settled in Savoy, Champaign Township/County, Illinois in the 1850's where they raised a large family. The HILLYER family emigrated from Portsmouth, England in 1819, when William Jr. was 4 yrs. old. The family lived in Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Ohio, before moving to Illinois. William spent his last years as a farmer in Illinois, although he had been a successful portrait artist in New York City in his earlier years. William's siblings lived their lives in Ohio, New York, Illinois, and California. Descendants are living throughout the United States today. Thank you for your help.

Darlene T. Holling (
Date: 06 Jun 1998

Would like to find the death of David B. Houser/Howser who resided in East Bend Twp. in Champaign Co. in 1870. In 1850 he was in Logan Co. in Franklin Twp. He was born in Clermont, Ohio. Had Uncles in Logan Co. Believe his father was Christopher Houser and mother Elizabeth Hoover. I need verification. David's wife was Mary J. Houser on that 1870 Census. Will appreciate any help I can get. Uncles David, John, Aaron, Abraham, possibly Thomas. Came from Hagerstoen, MD. the family, then Clermont, Ohio, Jessamine KY.,

Darlene T. Holling (
Date: 27 Jun 1998

Am interested in Houser-Howser Families that came to Champaign Co. from Logan Co. and before that from Ohio, Kentucky and MD first. All descendants originally of Abraham Houser and wife Nancy Rohrer from Md.

R. Bango (
Date: 19 Sep 1998

I am looking for information on my great grandparents, Chauncey Thomas and Fannie (CLEMENTS) JAMES. Chauncey was b.1869 in Rantoul, Champaign Co, IL and Fannie was b. 1872 possibly in Lawrence Co. They had 7 children: Ormal-b.1893, Maurice M-b.1894, Lulu Bess "Betty" ELLIS-b.1896, Leslie Lorraine-b.1900, Clement Trathan-b.1902, Laura Hortense "Lil" PONS-b.1904, and Chauncey Thomas-b.1910. Chauncey was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Almeda (RANSDELL) JAMES both born in Vigo Co, IN and moved to Champaign Co. before 1893. Would also like to find the present owner of the JAMES family bible, possibly a Marilyn JAMES who married a dentist in Champaign Co. Have information to share. Thanks

Surnames: JENKINS
Bradley Flamm (, 2165 Oakdale Rd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Date: 14 Jan 1998

I am seeking information on Charles JENKINS, born 1866 in, I believe, Urbana, Champaign Co, IL. He was my great-grandfather and was the son of Elijah JENKINS (born ca. 1834 in Ohio) and Catherine ? (born ca. 1837 in Michigan). He married my great-grandmother, Edith Helen PECK (born 4 Jul 1870 in Provo, UT) in 1895. Thank you.

Susan Inman (
Date: 11 Jun 1998

I am looking for information on Walter Finley Jenkins, specifically his death date. Walter married Ida Mae Shepherd 17 April 1887 in Muncie, IL. I believe he died sometime between 1890 and 1900 in Ogden, IL. His father, Joseph Culberson Jenkins, died 29 Oct 1890 at Walter's home in Ogden. Also am looking for proof of this date and death date of his wife, Hester Ruble Jenkins.

Dana Crompton (
Date: 21 Jun 1998

Looking for any one with info on the following: STEWART, Ida R 214 W. Washington Champaign IL and MATTHEWS, Mildred 1106 W. Columbia Champaign IL. My grandparents were STEWART, H. Archer and JENKINS, Bertha Mae. They married in Hutchinson Ks, and eventually relocated to Southern Ca. I found these names in my grandmother's address book, and am unsure of the relationship. Any information will be helpful.

Jeff Hoff (
Date: 27 Nov 1998

Looking for info on Charles Carlton Johnson b. approx. 1827 married Rachel Miller approx. 1850. One known child; Alvah James Johnson b. Feb 1857 with Champaign Co. IL given as birth place. Later moved to Miami Co. IN.

Surnames: KIENZLE
Robert Diehl Kienzle (
Date: 24 Oct 1998

My Grandfather Frederick W. KIENZLE taught school in St. Joseph Ill. for eight years. He graduated from high school in 1890 Madison Ind. I feel that he must have been a teacher 1894-1902 (guessmatic?) Any one know or have school records. I have photographs of two classes, one with 20 and one with 40 students.

Dennis Northcott (
Date: 22 Dec 1998

I am trying to locate living descendants of Patrick KILKEARY (died 1917 in East St. Louis, Ill.), in the hopes of establishing his relationship to my ancestor, John "Tip" KILKEARY (died 1885 in St. Louis, Mo.). I have determined that Patrick KILKEARY's grandson, Raymond E. DUNN, died in 1975 in Urbana, Ill. Raymond DUNN's newspaper obituary listed the survivors as his wife, Joan E. DUNN; daughters, Mrs. Jane RAY, of Urbana, and Mrs. Gregory (Rosemary) SIMS of St. Joseph; sons, Robert DUNN of Long Island, N.Y., Melvin DUNN of Elburn, and Michael COLCLASURE, of Ridefield, Conn.; sister, Mrs. Erma GALLIVAN, of Lexington, Ky. I would like to contact any of these individuals or their descendants.

Allen Richmond (
Date: 14 Jun 1998

Searching for information on Alva A LAIR (b 1878/Scioto Co OH; s/o William Henry Harrison LAIR/Elizabeth WELCH) and wife Sarah (nee PARKS, b 1878; m. 24 Dec 1898/Scioto Co OH), residents of Champaign, Champaign Co IL in 1952 (per brother's obituary).

Cynde Georgen (
Date: 27 Dec 1998

Seeking anyone knowing of the name LAPCHESKA or its variants: LAPHSCHIFSKI, LAPCHESKI, LAPPERCHAFF, LAPHSCHIFSKE, LAPPHRSKA. John LAPCHESKA, born 12/1843 in PRU; had brother Charles, born 1848 in PRU. Charles married to Caroline (?); lived in Tolono, Champaign, IL in 1880; later lived in Lincoln, Lancaster, NE. Had children Ernst, Gracie, Martha and Helena, all born in the 1870s, mostly in Tolono. John (above) married Amelia HEIER before 1871 in Loeban, Sachsen, PRU. Amelia died 1880 in Tolono IL. Her mother Louise (1817-1901), was born in POMMERA. She married (2) John LEFF and had children Theodore, John, Rudolph, Leona and Theresa Hilme. All resided in Champaign Co, IL and NE (Thayer, Fillmore & Douglas counties). John and Amelia had six children: Minnie, Lena, Frederich, Rudolph, Otto and Louis L. The first three born in Loeban, Sachsen, PRU; the others born in IL, probably Tolono. John married (2) Minnie BAGINSKI (1858-1942) and had eight more children: Edith, Marie, Anne, Frank, Augusta, Emma, William and Alma. All were born in Tolono, IL between 1882 and 1899. Alma LAPCHESKA married Mister POTTERFIELD and lived in Champaign IL into the 1980s. John worked for the railroad (Illinois Central?), and died in the Tolono railyards when he was struck by a locomotive.

Surnames: LEMKE, BROWN
Betty Sink (
Date: 22 Jul 1998

Need information on LEMKE Family. Henry C. LEMKE married Daisy BROWN and they are buried in Nelson Cem. south of Champaign. They married May 14, 1905 in Hugo, Il. Who are their children? All information appreciated.

Linda Lee Holmes (
Date: 29 Sep 1998

LEWIS/McCARTY: Looking for information on parents of Calvin E. LEWIS, b. December 10, 1874 in Ludlow. Father's name was William LEWIS; Mother's name was Jane McCARTY.

Surnames: LUSCHNER
Wolfgang Luschner (
Date: 23 Oct 1998

I am searching for relatives. I only have the information of one person. He is perhaps a son of Anton(?) Luschner, who lived at Waukegan. His name is Charls Luschner. He was confirmed at Ev. Luth. Church 1914 at Hensley Townships, Champaign County. Who can give me more information.Thank you - Wolfgang Luschner

Surnames: LYON
Dorothy (
Date: 07 Nov 1998

LYON listed in 1850 census of Champaign has Robert Lyon, who is a gggdfr and also a Thomas Lyon. Are they brothers? Robert came on to Jones Co. Ia. What happened to Thomas? Are they brothers? Would like tp hear from descendent of Thomas, please, or any information.

Allen Armstrong (
Date: 14 Jan 1998

Elias Marion MACKENZIE came to Urbana in the mid-1850's. He had married Mary Ann HILLYER in Cincinnati, OH. The MACKENZIES had a "compound" on University Avenue in Urbana near where the Best Western Urbana Lincoln Lodge now stands and close to Crystal Lake Park. Numerous brothers and sisters, descendants of Elias and Mary Ann, lived in this area. I'm interested in corresponding with anyone researching this name and allied families. Thanks.

Beverly Himes Barger (
Date: 12 Apr 1998

Searching Champaign Co, IL and other localities for descendants and ancestors of William MARSH (b-21 Sep 1831, Warren Co, OH; d-19 Jul 1899, Champaign Co, IL) married abt 1854, Warren Co, OH, to Catherine FITHIAN/GITHIAN. Both are buried at Lynn Grove Cemetery, Champaign Co, IL. William was the son of Jesse MARSH (b-May 1797, New Jersey; d-10 Jan 1848, Warren Co, OH) and Anna SLOAN (b-1796, Ireland; d-15 Oct 1862, near Argenta area, Macon Co, IL, buried Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL). William MARSH also had a brother (my direct line), John MARSH (b-12 Jul 1823, Warren Co, OH; d-15 Jul 1896, Maroa, Macon Co, IL) married 1844 to Henrietta Jane SHERMAN, daughter of Peter and Catherine SHERMAN. Thank you.

Submitter: Jason Carson Wilson (
Date: 27 Apr 1998

My great-great grandfather, William R. McFarland, was born in Washington Co., OH in 1850. He married who I believe to be Mollie McDonald. Their children include William Walter, Katharine Marie, Andrew Jackson and Charles Earl (my great-grandfather). I am trying to find out who his parents were and a little more about ALL his children. I know he came from OH to IN to Vermilion Co. and then to Champaign Co. I know the family was here as early as the 1920s, because Andrew Jackson "Jack" managed the Kash & Karry until his death in 1922.

Patricia Kensel (
Date: 06 Jul 1998

Malinda M. MERRILL was my g-g-grandmother. She was born 6 July 1852 in Port William, OH and died 28 Feb 1920 in Champaign, IL. She married James G. MERRILL on 28 April 1871 in Livingston County, IL. About 1905 they moved to 802 W. Healey Street in Champaign. I would appreciate any information about them, good or bad. Thanks.

Bill Mitchell (
Date: 23 Dec 1998

I am looking for any information on the Mitchell's and the Swearingen's in Champaign County.

Bruce Murduck (
Date: 14 Oct 1998

Several MURDUCK (may be spelled MURDOCK in records!) moved into Champaign County beginning in 1920. I am tracking each one, and am extremely interested in any piece of information that anyone might find in relation to either the MURDOCK or the MURDUCK surname. Specific interest at the moment focuses on Harry MURDUCK. Born in Nebraska, Nov 1908, by 1937 he was living in Urbana and working for the Illinois Central Railroad. I respond to all messages sent my way. Thanks. Bruce Murduck, 820 Allum Ave, Kingston, ON, Canada, K7M 7A1.

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