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Surnames: BAKER
Barbara Righter Conrad (
Date: 15 Dec 2000

Ed C. Baker, Anna Baker Langhoff and Minnie Baker Maier are listed as surviving siblings in my Great-Grandfather's, William G. Baker, obituary on April 2, 1942. Have no information at all.

Carole Alden (
Date: 18 Oct 2004

Researching Calhoun Co., MI BAKER family and have no idea why this one moved or if it is related to my Baker/Gould/Briggs families.  Charles is the son of Heman BAKER and his wife, Eliza TAYLOR and or BARNES. Charles married Araminta D. GOULD
Any additional information would be helpful. Thank you. Carole Alden

1880 Census Champaign, Champaign, Illinois pg 65A

Charles E. BAKER Self M Male W 44 born about <1836> MI Book Keeper VT VT Arminta BAKER Wife M Female W 40 born about <1840> NY Keeping House NY NY 
Leona BAKER Dau S Female W 16 born about <1864> IL At Home MI NY 
Channing G. BAKER Son S Male W 14 born about <1866> IL At Home MI NY 
George D. BAKER Son S Male W 12 born about <1868> IL At Home MI NY 
Vesta I. BAKER Dau S Female W 8 born about <1872> IL MI NY

James Middleton (
Date: 26 Jun 2003

BAKER FAMILY - I am looking for any information on the Baker Family from the Champaign Co. IL area. Specifically, Hiram Edward Baker (b.9-9-1879), his wife Ines (Inez) Ellen (Mitten) Baker (b. 4-10-1882). Also Hiram's parents...Henry Morgan Baker (b. 9-17-1845) and Sarah Elizabeth (Brook) Baker (b.1851).

Surnames: BALTZELL
Jill Adami (
Date: 20 Jul 2000

Looking for information about Rachel Ann Baltzell who was b. abt. 1849 in either Shelby Co. or Darke Co., OH. Her father was Peter Baltzell who d. 1850 in Shelby Co., OH and mother was Malinda Sharp. Rachel Ann, her sister Eliza Jane, and mother Malinda were living with Lydia Baltzell (Peter's widowed mother) on the 1850 Shelby Co., OH census. When the grandmother (Lydia) moved to Champaign Co., IL with her remaining children in abt. 1852, she took Rachel Ann and Eliza Jane with her -- but not the mother Malinda. Eliza Jane Baltzell married in Champaign Co. However, I don't know what happened to Rachel Ann Baltzell. She lived for a time with Jacob Alexander Baltzell (one of Lydia's sons) in Champaign Co., IL until he moved to Barton Co., MO. I don't know whether Rachel Ann moved with the family to MO or stayed in IL or what. I haven't found any marriage records for her. Any clues would be most welcomed

Sanders C. Baptist (
Date: 21 Dec 2004

Looking for information in a break in my family tree. I have no information beyond small family records on Sanders C. Baptist. Otterbein Sanders Baptist. There is a missing link somewhere there. Otterbein Sanders Baptist, son of Baptist, Sanders C and Haydock, Anna Mary. He is listed as a son in 1930 census. My grandfather however (Howard O. Baptist) is listed as his nephew?? Is that right? Hoping you can find some information on him and his parents/grandparents

Morton Dorothy (MDor4248@AOL.COM)
Date: 13 Dec 2001

Harry Barr (1889-1937) was the son of William Barr and Margaret Ann Murtland. He was born in Mercer Co. IL. Moved to Champaign Co. IL abt 1922. Married Glady D. Saffell. Died 1937, buried in Champaign Co. IL. Have information on ancestors (Murtland, Freer). Looking to connect with descendants.

Mike Padgett (
Date: 13 October 2007

Looking for anyone with the Surname of BASHOW or BASHAW that may have been in Champaign County between 1890-1910 time frame. I have an adoption there that I need help with. Raymond Bashow born 1893 by James L Harper & wife. Who was the parents of Raymond Bashow ???? Any bit of information may be of help to me !

Mike Padgett (
Date: 24 May 2001

Searching anyone knowing of the name Raymond BASHOW who was adopted by James & Arvillia Harper in Champaign County in 1894. Raymond BASHOW was 10 months old and parents are unknown. Looking for any connection to this line or anyone who has knowing the possible parents. Not even sure what origin the name of BASHOW is. Can someone help me??? Mike E-mail

Jane Reed (
Date: 11 Feb 2001

Hi, I am looking for information on the following people : Baskin, Schuck, Peel, or anyone who may be connected to these people. they are all from the Champaign, Urbana area. please feel free to email me with any info at all ! Thanks Jane

James Donovan (
Date: 23 Jul 2000

Ferdinand W. Bassett lived in Champaign, IL at 604 East Clark St. In 1906 he ran for "Township Collector". He was married to Mary Williams. I found him on the 1910 Census in Champaign City at age 67. Mary was 61. He was retired and no children lived in his home. He did not appear on the 1920 Census so I assume he passed away between 1910 and 1920 in Champaign. I'm trying to find when he died and to locate the place of his burial. It would be interesting to know if he was successful in his campaign for "collector".

Surnames: BATCH
Marie Batch (SBatch9843@com)
Date: 03 Jan 2001

I am looking for the family of John Batch. I also believe that he had a brother named Frank. They both were in the civil war, I think that one had a wife named flora, did they have families? They might also have lived in Indiana or South-western Michigan.

richard harmon (
Date: 30 Jun 2002

do you have any info on my maternal grandparents: l.lelia bateman born lelia m. king 2/22/l876 in fairmount, champaign county; 2.theron w. bateman born 9/4/l872 in jerseyville, champaign county. both families in part moved to area of filley, NE, where lelia and theron were married l/ll/94. kings were part of chancellor family of civil war battle of chancellorsville. thank you for your help.

Surnames: BEARD
Patricia Magaret (
Date: 02 Oct 2001

I am interested in information pertaining to my great, great grandfather, Alfred Nichols Beard. His brother, Thomas was the legendary founder of Beardstown IL. Most of his family followed Thomas to Cass county, but at least some of Alfred's children ended up in Champaign county. Wonder if Alfred did too. Thanks

Randy Rubel (
Date: 27 May 2000

My greatgrand mother was Angie May Beard COLCHER she was born in Champaign, Ill. 12-24-1873 the daughter of Henry Harrison Beard and Jane O. Leonard BEARD. I would like to obtain a birth record for Angie and find out ANYTHING on Henry Harrison Beard.

Surnames: BECKETT
William Beckett (
Date: 5 Jan 2004

I am researching Isaac BECKETT, who moved from southern OH to IL about 1850. The 1850 census has Isaac BECKETT, age-41, occupation-farmer, owns no real estate, born in Ohio. He and his family [Nancy (36), John (17), Isaac (14), Julia (16?, probably 13), George (12), Wm. (10), Amy (8), Hy (?) 7, Sheba (5), Nancy (3), Mary (1)] live in Dist. 21, Champaign Co, IL. In the 1860 census, he, his wife and several children lived in Peoria Co. Daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Beckett (1847 - 1876) married William T. Burford (1844 - aft 1900) on 28June1870 in DeWitt County, Illinois. Nancy and William lived in Farmer City, DeWitt County, Illinois and had one daughter, Annie (1872 - aft 1900) who married a Brown. In the 1900 Census, William was living in Hoopestown, Vermilion County. Did any of Isaac's children marry and live in Champaign Co? Any information or leads about him or his family would be sincerely appreciated. Am willing to trade information.

joyce (
Date: 14 Feb 2002

Looking for relative name of Henry Bell born nov. 1838 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA died Aug 17, 1906 in Tolono, Champaign, Il. Also looking for information about amelia frances farley born Jan 23, 1831 and died Aug 22, 1909 in Champaign, Champaign, Ill. Married Addison Manley Oct 13 1852 in Buckley, Iroquois, Il. Thank you. Joyce .

Anna-Karin Schander (
Date: 31 Jan 2006

During my family research on my paaternal grandmothers family I have found out that one of her relatives, Clara Josefina Johannesdotter Spjut (my greatgreatgrandfathers first cousin) and her husband Carl August Bengtson lived for some time in Harwood township in champaign county,Illinois. (they and some of their children apprently later moved to Paxton in ford county) the information below is hat I have put together from swedish sources and with american sources on and rootsweb (and more). Do you have any more information on the family and what became of them and their descendants ( maybe they still live in Illinois) I would be gratefull for any infomation (obituaries,biographies etc.)

Charles A Bengtson/(Bengston)

born 1847 in may probably in Stora Åby parish,Ostergotlands county,sweden

died 1921 in Paxton ford county Illinois

he left sweden around 1868

married to
Clara Josefina Johannesdotter Spjut

born 1851 may 24 in Stora Åby parish,Ostergotlands county,sweden

died 1917 in Paxton,Ford county,Illinois
she left sweden in 1870 or 1872

Alfred Wilbert Bengtson born 1873 sept 24 in Indiana
married ca 1907 to Jennie A ? born ca 1873 in Sweden
lived according to the US Federal census 1930 in Patton township,Paxton,Ford county,Illinois

Anton Bengtson born ca 1877 in Illinois
probably died before 1900

Adelina Bengtson born ca 1877 in Illinois
probably died before 1900

George C Bengtson born 1880 feb 28 in Illinois
he probably died 1916 dec 3 in Paxton Ford county,Illinois

Engward Bengtson (Benston)born 1884 march 14 in Illinois
died 1931dec 9 in Harwood towship Champaign county,Illinois
lived with his family according to US Federl Census in Harewood township ,champaign county
married to Sylvia ?
              Edward C Bengston born ca 1916 in Illinois
              Mabel Bengtson born ca 1918 in Illinois
              George E Bengston born ca 1921 in Illinois

Tillie J Bengtson born 1887 July 22 in Illinois
                         died 1977 in Los Angeles county California
married to ? Greer

Carl E Bengston born 1888 july 22 in illinois
died 1969nov 16 in Arcadia, Los Angeles county California

Charles A and Clara Bengtson
lived according to US Federal Census 1880 i Stockland township Iroquois county,Illinois according to US Federal Census 1900 and 1910 they lived in harewood township,Champaign county,Illinois (their son Engward Bengtson seems to have lived there with his family still in1930) clara nd charles apparently moves to the Paxton area after 1910

Surnames: BERNDT
Charlene S. Leach (
Date: 29 May 2000

I want to get a copy of a death certificate for Eileen Berndt, she died on 1/31/27. I checked with Chicago and Cook County, Illinois and they referred me to you. They referenced Champaign County #3100016. Could you please let me know if you have the death certificate and how I can obtain a certified copy of it. Thank you. Charlene Leach

Rick Flener (
Date: 15 Sep 2000

Interested in any info available on the Joseph Besore family of Champaign Co., and his children, esp Issac Henneberger Besore and his fine farm and gardens in Urbana, 'Illini Vista,' which was destroyed in ? to make way for a freeway. I have some info on their backgrounds in PA if interested... Regards, Rick Flener

Linda (
Date: 04 Apr 2002

I have just received info on a Dollie BETSINGER, died 1906, Sidney, ILL. I don't know if this is her married or maiden name. Husband is Jacob, and had 10 children. She was born 1833, Clockville, NY. I'd like to find more info on her. THANKS.

Steve Binkley (
Date: 22 Feb 2003

Looking for descendents of Huston (Richard E.) and Georgette Russell Binkley. They had children Minnie, Earl, Charles, Gertrude, Lela, Howard, and Grace. I can supply information on Huston's family background.I am descended from huston's older brother "Hamp."

Betty Beeson (
Date: 03 Feb 2001

Need info on Luella or Lula GILBERT b. ca. 1870 Elm river Twp-Wayne Co, IL. In 1946 her bro. David Allen Gilbert died in Wayne Co, IL. Lula was listed as Lula Ray in his obit. David and Lula or Luella were the children of John M. and Nancy Black Gilbert.

Surnames: BLAND
Lanny (
Date: 17 Mar 2006

I am looking for information on my great grand parents, Allen Bland and Hannah Wadkins Bland. They were listed on the 1870 census for Sidney with three sons, John, William A. & Baby. In 1880, Hannah is listed on the census for St Joseph with sons John, William A. & James A. Allen is not listed so I presume he died between 1870 & 1880. The three sons later moved to Decatur, were married and died in Illinois, but Hannah is not listed after 1880 so she either re-married or died after 1880. I have been unable to find any other record or Allen or Hannah, where the came from or where the died or burial record. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Surnames: BOCOCK
Glen Brewer (
Date: 15 Nov 2001

In 1997 the following entry was made "Surnames: BOCOCK Submitter: L. Ferguson ( Date: 12 Oct 1997 Would like to share and compare information with anyone working on the following: Arthur BOCOCK, married Mary CAULT, 4 Jul 1893, Champaign Co, IL; James W. BOCOCK married Carrie G. PENNY, 13 Feb 1895, Champaign Co, IL; Alva BOCOCK married Melzena (could be Aelzena STUART), 2 Jan 1900, Champaign Co, IL; James D. BOCOCK married Annie A. PIERCE, 27 Jan 1870, Champaign Co, IL; Alfred BOCOCK married Mary C. THOMPSON, 1 Sep 1870, Champaign Co, IL; Louisa BOCOCK married Paul LAYBURN, 25 Jun 1866, Champaign Co, IL; Belle BOCOCK married James S. FRANTZ, 5 Nov 1867, Champaign Co, IL; Emmariah BOCOCK married Benj. F. HELM, 7 Mar 1868, Champaign Co, IL. Also, the 1860 census shows Alfred BOCOCK in Pesotum Township, Eliza BOCOCK in Sidney Township, Maria BOCOK in Tolono Township. All emails will be answered. Thanks." Please contact me: I am the grandson of Alva Bocock. Glen Brewer, Denver

Vicki Breeze (
Date: 05 Mar 2000

Looking for information on Rezin BOLTIN b. 2/26/1826 in Darke County, Ohio moved to Mahomet, Champaign Co., IL about 1854. Resided in Mahomet through at least 1886. Had the following children: William Henry BOLTIN married Mary WOODROW; James BOLTIN married Hannah SWANSON; Alice BOLTIN married William TANNER; Elwain BOLTIN; Warren BOLTIN; Mary BOLTIN married Gehart TANNER; and Rezin BOLTIN.

Gale F. Red (
Date: 03 Apr 2002

Confederate Soldiers buried in the Champaign County. My name is Gale Red, and I am the Division Commander for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. We are a heritage organization, like the Sons of the Revolutions, dedicated to preserving the history of our Southern ancestors who fought in the War Between the States. We are in the process of trying to find all the graves in the state of Illinois for soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. We have so far found only a few records for any Confederates buried in Champaign County: Maplewood Cemetery, Rantoul, IL: HODAM, James H., , Army, Conf., d. 24 Mar 1903, L 14, Sec 6, PHS Mount Hope Cemetery, Urbana, IL: KNOTT, John, , Army, Conf., - , PHS PRICE, Thomas J., , Army, Conf., - SWITZER, Francis A., Pvt., Army, Conf., d. 6 May 1894, L 7, B 185, Sec Burt, PHS Shiloh Cemetery, Fisher, IL: THOMPSON, William R., Pvt., Army, Conf., d. 12 Sep 1909, L 143, PHS Stearns Cemetery, Ogden, IL: McGEE, Peter L., , Army, Conf., d. 19 Jul 1899, G 18N, L 180, Old Sec, PHS We feel there may be some others buried in the county, and would appreciate it if anyone knowing of any Confederate soldier buried in Cass County would please contact me at Also, if you know of anyone who many be a living descendant of one of these soldiers, please help by providing me their names and a way to contact them. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Gale Red

Sandy Hicks (
Date: 10 Mar 2001

I am trying to locate my family, the last name of Botsfield. My greatgrandfather was Jacob Botsfield and he married Augusta Doehring. I have no dates but think the were probably married sometime around 1970. I would appreciate any help you could give me.

Surnames: BOYD, ADDY
Shirley Acheson (
Date: 28 Aug 2000

Looking for information on William Finley Boyd and Nancy Agnes Addy who (I believe) are buried in the Ludlow cemetery in Champaign County, Illinois. They both died in 1904 leaving a daughter, Frances Hulda Boyd who was blind.

Steve Belanger (
Date: 12 Mar 2001

Looking for any information on Austin D. Bragg and his wife Henrietta B. Hamersley. This couple married Oct. 16, 1878 in Champaign. I'm wondering if they're on the 1880 census for Champaign and if there are any descendants. Austin was a civil war veteran serving in the 8th and 11th Illinois Infantry

Curtis Brown (
Date: 07 Jul 2000

Looking for information (birth & death) on Richard Brown who may have died in Champaign Co, Il prior to 1860 and his wife, Rebecca Kress who he married 1822, she died prior to 1870. They had several children born to them: Joseph J. 1823 who married Elsie A. Tallmadge; Evaline E. 1837 who married Samuel Craw; William H. 1840 who married Sarah Padget; Phoebe 1844 who married George W. Sadorus. The Brown family came to Sadorus in 1854 from Erie Co, OH.

Curtis Brown (
Date: 16 May 2002

SADORUS-need help. Going to Sadorus to locate residences of ancestors. Need to find the William Sadorus Addition. These homes were located in this Addition around 1880. Is this Addition still around? Help please.... Curtis

Patti Brown (
Date: 19 Jan 2000

I am looking for information on Sallie B. Dunn. Also known as Sarah. She married Sylvester Bers(?)Brownfield in March of 1864 in Newcomb. Sylvester is one of the clan of Brownfield pioneers and is a decendant of Robert Brownfield. Anyway, Sallie is the daughter of Thomas and Imina(Smith)Dunn of Harrison Co. Kentucky. Even with all of that info. I cannot find anything out about her and her family. Does anyone know where she is buried? I have been to the cemetary in Somers Twp.(in Brownfield Woods) but I cannot find her stone or Sylvesters. If anyone knows anything, I'd appreciate the help. Thanks.

Eugene V. Brumfield (
Date: 08 Mar 2002

I'm trying to find information of Ethel Vance (Brumfield). She attended Fisher high school and may have been on the 1906 girls basketball team. There might even be a yearbook, and even a photo. I'm trying to trace my geneology so I'm trying any and all leads. Thank you. Eugene V. Brumfield

Surnames: BRUMLEY
Carol Brumley (
Date: 2 Nov 2003

William Sadorus married Jinsey Ann Brumley, as mentioned in his biography. I know who this is, but can find no deathdate or marriage for her on line.

Surnames: BRYAN
Pam (
Date: 03 Oct 2000

Searching for parents/siblings of William E. BRYAN born April 26, 1857, possibly in Champaign Co. Illinois and migrated to Texas by1884...married Sarah Hill. thank you, Pam

Pam Sanders (
Date: 20 Jan 2000

I am searching for parents/siblings of gggrandfather William E. BRYAN parents could have been BRYANT...he was born/raised possibly in Champaign Co. IL. Born April 26, 1857 migrated Texas by 1900 married Sarah R. Hill of Texas - thank you. Pam

Richard Hilson (
Date: 03 Oct 2001

Looking for information on Ezekiel T. Bryan. Born Aug. 8, 1823. Married A) Hester Timmons on Nov 5, 1848. Had A1) Mary Bryan, born 1849. Married B) Sarah Kimble on March 4, 1858. Had B1)Thomas E. Bryan; B2)George William Bryan; B3)Charles Edward Bryan; B4)Matilda Jane Bryan; B5)Hannah Dell Bryan; B6)Lola Grace Bryan; B7)Jesse Wilber Bryan; B8)Fred Bryan & Frank Bryan (twins); B10)Harris Bryan

Surnames: BRYANT
Jo Davis (
Date: 01 Nov 2008

Looking for information on Edward Bryant born in eithor Roane or Morgan co Tenn cir 1878. His mother was Margaret Bryant born Tenn cir 1845. Edward is listed in th 1920 Champaign cen. 4th ward along with his mother. Edward died 5-4-1921 and is said to have been buried at elmwood cemt..Edward married in tenn to Ellen from England. Need any information I can get. Thank you Jo Davis

Surnames: BUNN, DOWNEY
karen bailey (
Date: 07 Jun 2001

Looking for any info on an ira bunn believed to have lived in the champaign ,il area married susan downey in or around champain on or about 09/12/1889 have found a cenus record circa 1860 that states ira llived in lukin townshipira and susan had at least four children one being named aaron aka leslie born 07/01/1891 in or around the champaign area. any one with any info to share it would be greatly appreciated

Kathy (
Date: 22 Oct 2001

I'm looking for Dewitt Clinton Freeman that married Hulda C. Burk in April 25, 1895..Their daughter Edna Freeman married: Anthony Calvin Smith..They lived in champaign,Illinois..The Smith's later settled in Tennessee. Please e-mail me direct at and there were Roy Freeman that married a woman name of Grace.

kathy (
Date: 05 Jun 2002

I'm looking for a info on Alkana Burke that married Marietta "Mary" E. Nelson in champaign, Illinois on February 27,1870. Their children was: Hulda C. Burke and she married Dewitt Clinton Freeman in Champaign, Illinois on April 25,1895. Grace J. Burke Frean Burke Edward Burke Please if anyone can help me..please e-mail me direct at

Sandy Paris (
Date: 13 May 2002

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Burlingame married John Dundon in Champaign Co, IL in 1865. Looking for info on the family/child buried in Lyngrove Cemetery "Otis Burlingame" son of J. M. and E. A. Burlingame died 1867, b abt 1852. Please exchange info. Also spelled Boilingame, Buslingame.

Surnames: BURRELL
Judy (
Date: 10 Oct 2000

I have found a photograph of "Richard Edger Burrell" that was taken in Champaign, IL in 1926. It was in an antique store in Adamsville, Tenn and I would like to see it returned to him or his family.

Surnames: BUSEY
A F Garreta (
Date: 06 May 2001

I am wondering about about Garreta Helen BUSEY, who did a Ph.D. dissertation at UIUC in 1926, published a novel (The windbreak) in 1938. From her Social security record I gather she was born in 1893 and died (in Urbana Champaign) in 1976. Who was she? How did she get her first name (garreta), which happens to be my family name. Any information?

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