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Surnames: SAATHOFF
Colleen Beck-Domanico (
Date: 11 Nov 2001

I am looking for information on an Eastern regional softball or baseball league active in the 1920s. My grandfather played on this team, He lived in Champaign Co. IL. I live in Philadelphia and so do not have access to the Urbana Library. Does anyone know where I can find information on the teams in this league?

Surnames: SAATHOFF
Colleen Beck-Domanico (
Date: 5 May 2003

I am looking for the death date of my 2nd great grandmother, Rixte Margarethe Saathoff. She died before august 15, 1880, which is the date of death of her husband, Coord Bohlen Saathoff, who is listed as a widower in his death record. They lived in the Flatville area. She went by Margarethe not Rixte. Her maiden name is listed in various documents as Rixte Margaretha Reents and Margaretha Menssen. Her father was Reent Menssen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Surnames: SADORUS
John Murphy (
Date: 29 May 2000

Does Champaign County have an historical society? Does the Sadorus House still exist? I am a little unclear regarding the years given for Henry Sadorus, as to when he died, married, settled in Illinois,etc. They don't seem to orrespond, if he lived to be 95 years of age. I am referring to the Henry born in 1738 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The reason I ask is because I am the great-great-great-great grandson of Allan Sadorus (at least from what I have been able to decipher). Thank you for your time.

Surnames: SARGENT, LEE
Lester Lee (
Date: 25 Dec 2001

I am looking for the old Illini Cemetery. I do not know if it had or has another name. Any help would be appreciated greatly. Thanks

Surnames: SAYLES
Mimi Forbes (
Date: 04 Mar 2001

I am looking for descendants of Sayles that lived in the Champaign/Urbana area. They migrated from Mississippi and I have so much information but I still need to answer several questions. Anyone with any information please contact me ASAP.

A.J. Tyson (
Date: 10 Oct 2001

Searching for information on Nicholas SCHAEFER (SCHAEFFER, SCHAFFER)and Eva SCHUNDELMEIER. Nicholas Schaefer was from Germany (possibly Meissenheim, Germany).Eva Schundelmeier (b.d. 6-Aug-1864) was from Nunevor, Germany. The two settled in Champaign, Illinois, and were married there on 14-Apr-1890. Known children are Mary Carl, Lena Carl, Rosa Morrow, Minnie Johnson (b.d. 21-Mar-1894, born in Champaign), Anna Meyers, George, Albert, Edward, Fred, and Freda (deceased before 1917). Some of the family later moved to Carroll County, Iowa, where Eva died on 15-Jun-1917. It is not known what happened to Nicholas (who moved back to Germany and started a second family there) or some of the children that stayed in Illinois. Any information on this family is appreciated. --A. J. Tyson (

Elizabeth Chain (
Date: 21 May 2002

Hi, I'm trying to find a death certificate for Mary Schenk, born Mary Fruehauf. She died after 1900, lived in Brown Tp, Champaign Co. Her husband was Anthony Schenk. They lived either in Foosland or Fisher, depending on what year and whether the towns were growing. How do I get a death certificate - can't I just write to the County Clerk for Champaign Co? And how do I contact the CC? Sincerely, Elizabeth Chain

Sandy Schlechte (
Date: 09 Feb 2000

Looking for records of Karl Schlechte. Came to Illinois in approx. January, 1859. A family member thinks possibly Champaign area. Would have been joined by sons and wife who died shortly after. Sons - Louis and Henry. Wife - Karolina (Mueller) Schlechte.

Elizabeth Watts (
Date: 30 Aug 2002

I'm looking for information on Rose Irona Schumm dob 4July 1889 died 31 Dec. 1965. married George A. Bennett d. 1964

Kathy Hembree Bargerhuff (
Date: 14 May 2000

Seeking information on the Oscar Jackson "Jack" Sexton family. Oscar Sexton died 29 Aug 1943, in Champaign, Illinois. Oscar Sexton married Sylvia Ann Perkins in Clinton Co, IN 1899. Sylvia Ann Perkins Sexton was born 1879. I've not been able to find the Oscar Sexton family after the 1900 census in Indiana. Any help with this family and possible family members would be very appreciated.

Emalu Dunlop Hart (
Date: 14 Jul 2003

Need evidence that ? Shaw/Sharr married Clara K. Dunlop in c 1878/9. The Champaign Co Quarterly has a marriage of a Mrs. Clara Sharr with no date to W.T. Bruer. Clara Dunlop did marry W. T. Bruer. The descendants of the Bruer line say she first married a Shaw. What happened to the Shaw? Any help is appreciated. Thanks Emalu Dunlop Hart

Lynne Baillargeon (
Date: 30 Sep 2000

Looking for a death date/cemetery record of my ancestor, Oliver L. SHEFFER or SHIFFER, in Champaign Co. in the early 1900s.

Jerry Olivera (
Date: 21 Jun 2003

Looking for family of Henry Shoup, b.c. 1815 and d. Aug 4, 1884. Buried in Riverside Cemetery in Mahomet. Lived in Condit township from 1870 to a least 1880. Wife was Margaret (McDanel) Shoup. Would like to exchange information with anyone related to Shoup family in Champaign Co., Condit,Newcomb or Mahomet areas.

Surnames: SHREEVES
Tamarya Shymanski (
Date: 10 Jan 2001

Am looking for info on a John or Benjamin SHREEVES in Champaign Co. He supposedly d in 1841 and probably not in Champaign Co. Have wondered if he could be Caleb's son; does anyone have info on him and his wife? Thanks.

Rruby (
Date: 29 Aug 2001

Looking for information on a John Sigafoose who is listed in the 1870 census in the state of Illinois for the Champaign County. Who is he living with? Does John have any siblings living with him? John has married by 1880 and is listed with his wife Sarah. What happened to her? Were there any children? John may have had a brother James, does anyone know of him and what happened to him? He married in Vermilion County, Illinois, and is only listed in the 1900 census. Where were they during the other census? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks. Ruby

Surnames: SILER, JOYCE
Date: 01 Mar 2000

SILER, HENRY (HARRY) The 1900 US Census states his place of birth as CHAMPAIGN CO., ILLINOIS. It indicates his parents place of birth as PA. The date of his birth as OCT 1958. I have him from1884 (marriage NYC) to 1906 (property transfer) NYC. After the death of his wife MARY E. JOYCE1912 NYC, verbal history states he returned "west" I would like to find any history of SILER'S living in CHAMPAIGN CO. between 1850 to 1880. Mortality records of ILLINOIS 1860 shows a MARY SILER, inf. dying CHAMPAIGN CO, 1860. If he lived to 1920 he would have been 62.He's my brickwall. I've requested his marriege certificate as additional documentation, which should give parents name and his place of birth. Any help would be appreciated.

Cathy McGuire (
Date: 30 Dec 2000

I am looking for information on Jacob Simmermeyer. According to the social security death index he died in Champaign county in Jan 1971. I am specifically looking for his mother's maiden name, but any info is appreciated.

Janice Myers-Rader (
Date: 15 Oct 2001

I am looking for information on the Singbush/Singbusch family. A John Singbush married my ggaunt in Macon Co Il in 1874. Any one with any ideas?

Allan Griffith (
Date: 24 Apr 2001

Hoping to exchange history on family of Robert SKINNER -b.1801 in Somersetshire, England, died 1883 in Champaign Co., IL. Believe he came to USA about 1854 with 2nd wife, Ann RICH. Moved to Eastern Champaign Co, IL 1871, just south of town of Homer. He had several children, but believe only two remained in Champaign Co.- Those 2 being George -b.1850 & Henry -b.1853. Rhoda married John JENKINS or JUNKINS, James moved to Arcola in Douglas Co. I cannot find anything about Anna Maria, Elizabeth or Amelia. William is believed to have moved to the NorthEast (Idaho?).

Diana Crowley (
Date: 14 Feb 2000

I am searching for information about the Slater family. They resided in Urbana, Ill. Starting around 1880thru the early 1900's. His parents names were Samuel Hitt Slater and Mary Ann Linus of Indianapolis, IN.

Robert Sliger (
Date: 10 Jul 2002

I am searching for any descendants of Nannie (Sliger) Shepherd she was born ca. 1886 in Kentucky she was in Urbana in 1936.

Otis Slusher (
Date: 02 Nov 2000

Seek any information, links or descendants of any of the following. The majority of the following was taken from circa 1930's/40's SLUSHER family letters and ledgers with the exception of the actual location of the family in Champaign Co., IL. That info was found on documents regarding court records (dated 1876 through 1878) involving the settlement of the estate of Alfred SLUSHER's (1807-1875) in Ford County, IL, in which is stated that his daughter, Mary Elizabeth (SLUSHER) WEST/WESTON?, was living in Champagn Co., IL. 1. Mary Elizabeth SLUSHER was the d/o Alfred SLUSHER and Nancy Ann SKIDMORE - Mry b 18 Nov 1848 Moorefield, Hardy Co., VA (now WVA) - Mary came to Illinois with her family and was living in Vermilion Co., IL, 1860 as a child - d 29 Jun 1917 in ? - m(1) __ Sep 1876 in ? (WVA? IL?) to George Payton WEST (WESTON?), s/o ? & ? - George b mid-late 1840's in ? - d 1887 in ? - They were living in Champaign County, IL in the late 1870's and poss through his death in 1887? Mary may have lived in Champaign Co. through her remarriage and death in 1917 - Mary m(2) on ? in ? to Daniel PHELPS, s/o ? & ? - Daniel b ? - d ?. Children of George Payton WEST (WESTON?) and Mary Elizabeth SLUSHER: i. Rudoplh Perdu WEST (WESTON?) b 18 Sep 1877 in ? (poss in/near Champaign Co., IL) - d ?. ii. Edward Muns West (WESTON?) b 13 Dec 1880 in ? (poss in/near Champaign Co., IL) - d Sep 1 1922 in ? - m(1) __ ___ 1902 in ? to Mina LOMG, d/o ? & ?, Mina b 20 Jul 1886 in ? - She drowned 28 Jun 1908 in ? - Edward m(2) 24 Oct 1910 in ? to Helen Ardie MASON, d/o ? & ? - Helen b 3 Sep 1892 in ? - d ?. +2. iii. Laura Ella WEST (WESTON?) _________________________________________________ +2. Laura Ella WEST (WESTON?) b 18 Jan 1883 in ? - Laura was killed in an automobile accident with her daughter, Lula Jane (HICKEY) KENT, on 15 May 1942 in ? (poss in/near Champaign Co., IL?) - Laura m 18 Dec 1902 in ? to Ren HICKEY, s/o ? & ? - Ren b 1 Jan 1880 in ? - d 17 Jan 1937 in ?. Children of Laura Ella WEST (WESTON?) and Ren HICKEY: i. Charles Burl HICKEY b 14 Apr 1902 in ? - d 8 Apr 1903 in ? ii. Luna Pearl HICKEY b 13 Jan 1904 in ? - d __ Nov 1905 in ? iii. Lula Jane HICKEY b 26 Sep 1906 in ? - d 15 May 1942 in ? in an automobile accident which also took the life of her mother - Lula m 22 Dec 1924 in ? to Herbert KENT, s/o ? and ? - Herbert b 20 Jan 1904 in ?. __________________________________________________ Above Alfred SLUSHER was my GGGGFather. His daughter, Mary Elizabeth (SLUSHER) WEST/WESTON?, was the sister of my GGGFather, George William SLUSHER. NOTE: Above mentioned 1930/40's letters and ledgers were a great source for names, dates, etc., but were completely void of "location" information. Any or all of the above births, marriages, deaths, etc. may well have taken place in/near Champaign County, Illinois. Would surely appreciate anyone with access to Champaign County births, marriages, deaths or cemetery listings to please please check their resources for any of the above named family members.

Elaine (
Date: 29 May 2000

I'm looking for relatives of Della & Charles Smith. Daughters Janice and Carol. Fred & Marry Atteberry.Also info on Argo's of Lodge Illinois Charles Eliza Kenneth. Any help appreciated.

Jennifer A. Smith (
Date: 22 May 2002

Any information on Jacob and Anne Smith (my grandparents) who lived and raised their family in Pesotum, IL around the turn of the century.

Alison Gibson (
Date: 26 Jun 2001

Looking for Lucinda (Rankin) Smith. Married Robert B. Smith in 1854 in Ripley, Ohio. In narrative by brother, Lucinda passed away in early 1856--looking for obit, children?

Surnames: SPNIELL
Gail Knights (
Date: 29 Jan 2001

In search of information on the Methodist Episcopalian Church of 1876 in Urbana.The Rev.W.F.L.Spneill was minster at that time.Not sure of spelling of his name. I was told the church merged with another in the 1960's and is now the United Methodist church.Which one? Thanks for all help.

Surnames: SPRINGER
Janet Cloud Cook (
Date: 13 Mar 2001

I am looking for information on my grandmother's family. Her name is Effie Florence Springer Cloud b. August 23, 1873 in Urbana, Champaign Co. IL. Her father was George W. (Washington) Springer b. Nov. 1851 in OHIO. I would appreciate any information. Thank you, Janet Cloud Cook, Texas

Janet Cloud Cook (
Date: 17 Mar 2001

I am searching for information on my great-grandparents, G. W. Springer b.Nov. 1851 in Ohio and Valetta Berkshire b. Nov 1845 in Mo. (dates and places of birth came from 1900 Federal Census) There is some confusion concerning my great-grandmother's name. I have found different spellings of her given name and different names for her maiden names: Letitia V. Springer,age 28 b. MO-1880 Kaufman Co., Texas Federal Census Valitia Springer b. Nov 1845 Mo-1900 Rockwall Co., Texas Federal Census Philetta Victoria Adams married G. Gilliland Jan 13 1867 and George Washington Springer July 1870.-LDS Website. Vhilitte Morgan married G. W. Gilliland Jan 13, 1867 in Calhoun Co., IL-IL Marriage Records. Their daughter, my grandmother, Effie Florence Springer was born in Urbana, IL on Aug 23, 1873. She married Joseph N. Cloud Dec 23, 1890 in Rockwall Co., TX. If anyone has information I would greatly appreciate your help. Thank you, Janet Cloud Cook, Texas

Steve Bush (
Date: 07 Sep 2010

I am seeking any information possible on Mary Heffernan and the Ellis J. Stanley Families. Mary married Clark C. Stanley between 1900 and 1904. She then obtained a divorce before 1910. During the short marriage she gave birth to Ellis William Stanley on March 22, 1904 in Champaign. Ellis William is my prime interest.

Ellis J. Stanley moved his family from Carroll Co. to Champaign Co. between 1900 and 1904. The family consisted of:

Ellis J. Stanley (born 02/24/1842, Union Grove, Whiteside, ILL)

Anna Dick (born 05/29/1849, Dekell, Ill)

Clark C. Stanley (born 09/12/1881, Iowa)

Frank J. Stanley (born Oct, 1890, Missouri)

Otis Stanley (born 05/22/1874, Montezuma, Iowa)

Other children of Ellis J. Stanley are Martha, Henry, Harvey, Clyde and Archie. I have no birthdates on those so I am not sure if they were in the household or not. They do not appear on the 1910 census.

Surnames: STEWART
Dick Stewart (
Date: 17 Feb 2000

Champaign CO. Census for 1860 lists William Stewart, Elizabeth, daughter Sarah L, son William F. and mother Sarah, age 75. Seeking information on migration/death of these ancestors. William's brother Richard's family migrated to MO and NE in the 1860's. Where are William's kin?

Michael E. Reynolds (
Date: 07 Jul 2001

Stewart Family of Champaign County, Urbana Illinois. Charles L. Stewart of 504 Delaware street Urbana Illinois was researching and corresponding in 1944 with Mrs. Audrey Whitney about the Family of Tryphena Margaret Brooks Stewart Duncan family Related to James G. Stewart and married in Cass County, Illinois with son Charles L. Stewart of Urbana, Illinois. Other names that crop up in a discussion are William Barkley Selby, James R. Selby as well as William A. Selby and wife Eliza Williams.Charles Stewart married a Ruth and had at least two children One a boy named Jim Stewart who in 1944 was at ASTP UnitPolytechnic Institute, Auburn, Alabama, Son Charls L.jr.a corporal was in Washington 1944, Jan.5. At the time his mother Ruth was visiting and spent some time with her new Grandson. Any one out there have any knowledge of this family who was researching the Headen and Selby and related families. Would like to correspond to find out where the rest of the kin are located etc.

Surnames: STITES
Jim Stites (
Date: 25 Mar 2001

I attended an old county school by the name of Martin Schoolhouse in northern Champaign Co (north of Gifford) back in the 40's. Do you know of any place I can contact concerning information on the old school.

George Stradtman (
Date: 30 Aug 2000

Am looking for anyone who has knowledge of Struves in/near Champaign County. My great great grandparents, Henry C. and Magdalena (nee Bechtel) Struve, settled there sometime after 1860 with some of their children. The last known record of the family there is that of the birth of Della May Struve to Henry (son of Henry C.) and Matilda (nee Brehm) Struve in 1878. My understanding is that some relatives went on to Parsons, KS. Others, with the surnames Dillman, Taedte, Smalley, Stolte, and Fisher stayed on till at least WW1.

Dan Lee (
Date: 12 Feb 2000

SWENSON, THOMAS and GUNDERSON, ANNA immigrated from Norway to Rantoul area early 1880's

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