QUERIES INDEX

Queries are now placed on the GenConnect site for Douglas County.


  • Samuel Cowen - I am interested in a family that moved to Douglas County, Illinois about 1911. There was Samuel Cowen, Susan Fannie, Robert Wesley, age 3 in 1911, and Samuel Cowen, Jr., age 1. They lived in or near Fairland. While they lived in Douglas County, 2 more children were born, Rushen William, 1912; and Flossie Marie, 1916. Samuel Cowen, Jr. and Flossie Marie died while this family lived in Douglas County. Samuel Cowen and Susan Fannie divorced sometime in the early thirties. Susan Fannie married Daniel H. Beck, possibly in Douglas County. I am interested in the death dates of the two children and the marriage date of Susan Fannie and Daniel H. Any help appreciated. Ann Nicholas - 30 Dec 1997
  • James Clapp - James Clapp 1900 soundex for Douglas Co, believe his father may have been John Clapp of Edgar Co IL desire contact with any all descendants, other Clapp researchers. Thanks, Naomi Emmich snail mail at: 1972 NE Third St #114 Bend OR 97701 - 9 Dec 1997
  • Marsh / Sherman / Sloan / Ray - Searching descendants of John MARSH, son of Jesse MARSH & Ann SLOAN, b. 12 July Warren Co, Ohio d. 15 June 1896 Maroa, Macon Co, Illinois buried Maroa, ILL., lived Piatt Co, ILL in 1850 & 1860 US Census, married 29 July 1844 Warren Co, Ohio Henrietta Jane SHERMAN daughter of Peter SHERMAN & Catherine (?TUTTLE? ), b. October 1824 Ohio d. Feb 1863 Piatt Co, ILL buried Ater Cemetery Piatt Co, Ill. children; 1. Catherine b. 1845 Warren Co, Ohio d. before 1850? 2. Granville b. 14 May 1846 Warren Co, Ohio d. 31December 1865 Piatt Co, ILL. 3. Malinda b. 9 July 1848 Warren Co,Ohio d. 21 Feb. 1863 Piatt Co, Ill bur. Ater Cemetery; 4. Alfred b. August 1850 Warren Co, Ohio d. 1928 Maroa, Macon Co, ILL bur. Maroa Cemetery m. 25 Sep 1872 Macon Co, ILL. Mary Alice DRAKE; 5. William M. b. 1853 Piatt Co, ILL d. 13 Nov 1883 Maroa, Macon Co, ILL m. 1877 Macon Co, ILL Emma Weddle; 6. Infant daughter b. 1855 Piatt Co, ILL d. 22 Oct 1855 Piatt Co, ILL bur. Ater Cemetery; 7. (my line) Jesse MARSH b. 28 March 1857 Piatt Co, ILL. d. Aug 1928 Maroa, Macon Co, ILL bur. Maroa Cemetery m. 6 Sep 1883 Macon Co, ILL Ella Victoria RAY (widow SHIELDS) b.27 June 1853 Troy, Lincoln Co, Missouri d. 21 October 1925 Maroa, Macon Co, ILL bur Maroa Cemetery 8. John "Jack" b. 1859 Piatt Co, ILL d. 1938 Maroa, Macon Co, ILL m. after 1880 Macon Co, ILL Margaret M.CRAMER; 10. Alice Belle b. 11 April 1862 Piatt Co, ILL. d. 13 Feb 1863 Piatt Co, ILL bur. Ater Cemetery All the daughters died young. Beverly Himes Barger - 27 Nov 1997
  • Ambrose Dudley Coulter - Am searching for info about my great grandfather. His name is Ambrose Dudley Coulter, he was born in KY in 1865. He married Orpha Cox (daughter of Jimison and Harriet Cox) in 1886 in Camargo, Douglas Co. ILL and made his home there. Any info would be helpful on either the Cox or Coulter side. Don Holmes - 19 Nov 1997
  • Samuel Grinder - Samuel L. GINDER b.1874 in Douglas Co. IL & d.1920 in Douglas Co. IL m.1894 in Douglas Co. IL to Sultanna CAMPBELL d.1901. Second he married Della LOWERY b.1882 & d.1912 in Douglas Co. IL. Samuel's parents: John GINDER b.1845 in KY & d.1896 in Douglas Co. IL & Catharine Jane BEAVERS b.1849 in Coles Co. IL & d.1904 in Douglas Co. IL. Della's parents: John L. LOWERY b.1850 in MO & d.1935 in Macon Co. IL & Mary Sophia GARRISON b.1859 in Sangamon Co. IL & d.1946 in Douglas Co. IL. Will share information with anyone interested in these names. Have lots of information. Paws63@aol.com - 15 Oct 1997
  • Sarah West - Looking for info on Parents of Sarah West who married Elmore J. Millour on Mar 14, 1860. Elvin Raper - 11 Oct 1997
  • Henry Clay Carrico - I researching Henry Clay CARRICO, b: 8/28/1842, m: Almira Daggy 9/14/1869 to Almira Daggy, d: 10/5/1871. He was born in Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN, married in Tuscola, Douglas Co., IL and died in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Henry's parents were James William Carrico, b: Nelson Co., KY, d: Vigo Co., IN and Cynthia Evalyn St. Clair.

    His Civil War Record shows: Co. F, 5 Battallion (McClelland) TN CAV. Joined 8/14/1861 at Knoxville, TN. He joined for 12 months. Was also in Co. A, 1st Vol. CAV and Co. C, 14th IL CAV. He held the rank of Captain.

    Henry's home was in Tuscola, Douglas Co., IL. My husband was raised in Tuscola and knows there is still a Carrico Street which crosses Daggy Street. Is it possible the streets were named after Henry and Almira. They had no children.

    Any information will be appreciated, especially since my husband, William L. was raised by his father, William Herman Carico in Tuscola, IL. Thanks, Pam Carico - 6 Oct 1997
  • Nees-Danner - Seeking info on my Maternal Grandmother, Margaret Jane NEES b. 2/3/1859 d. 2/10/1933 m. 5/4/1882 in Cora, Ind. to John Wesley DANNER b. 8/2/1846 in Adams Co., Pa. They had 7 Children, the oldest my Grandmother Bertha Mae DANNER b. 10/5/1879 in Terre Haute Ind. Margaret Jane Nees is thought to have resided in Tuscola, Ill. She is believed to be buried in Pleasant Ridge Cemetary, Allerton, Ill. I am trying to find info on her parents and specifics on the birth of Bertha Mae DANNER. Thank You for time and trouble. Lyle King - 19 Sep 1997
  • Harris / Berry - I am looking for ancestors/descendants of the marriage of John HARRIS and Sarah Ann "Sally" BERRY. This couple, my great-great grandparents, were buried at Broadus Cemetary near Kemp. They were married in Brown Co. Indiana in 1842 and came to Douglas Co. Illinois via Vermillion Co. John died 2-14-1910 and Sally died 3-10-1915. Any info or leads would be appreciated. Thanks Mark Hewitt - 18 Sept 1997
  • Alexander Thomas - Am looking for information on Alexander Thomas, Douglas Co., IL approximately 1853 and up. He is the father of my grandfather, Earl Thomas, born in Christian Co. late 1880's or early 1890's. Any info appreciated!!!! Thanks, Phyllis L. Samuelson - 26 Aug 1997
  • Isaac Davidson - Isaac DAVIDSON was my great-grandfather who emigrated to Douglas County, IL in October of 1838. His first wife, Ann JONES, died in Douglas County in 1862. Isaac married Mrs. Margaret SILL (or SELLS) Hunter in 1865 in Coles County, IL and they had three children, including my grandmother Dorothy B. Davidson, b. 1875. At a later date, the family moved to Kansas; Isaac d. 1883 in Montgomery Co., KS and wife Margaret d. abt 1908 in Kansas City, KS. I am searching for information on these children by Ann JONES, his first wife: James DAVIDSON, living in Hinesboro, Douglas County abt. 1883; Mary M. DAVIDSON, also living in Hinesboro abt 1883, married name COX; Moore G. DAVIDSON, living in Pawnee County, KS abt 1883; and 5 other children names unknown. Also searching for one child by his second wife, Margaret Sells Hunter: a son, Samuel K. DAVIDSON, b. 1 Oct 1865, presumably in Douglas County, IL. Dell Nelson - 17 Aug 1997
  • Oren Winfield Beck - BECK, Oren Winfield, b. 3 March 1862 in Douglas Co., IL. Oren was delivered by midwife Elizabeth B. BARNES, MD.

    His father moved the family back to Jefferson Co. IN to join the Civil War. I'd like to learn if the rail road being built in Douglas Co. in this year or if the father, Winfield Scott BECK may have been farming. Was Douglas Co. a stop over for persons going further West? Bonnie Grimmius - 26 July 1997
  • John B. Daugherty - JOHN B. DAUGHERTY.. lived in Coles/Douglas County until 1857. His son, John B. Jr., lived in Coles/Douglas County until AT LEAST 1869... then disappeared. Three of his daughters later turned up (1875) in CA. Both supposedly had a lot of land. John B. SR. married 1839 in Vermillion CO, ILL to Adaline COX. Did she remarry in 1858, to a JUNEAU? Also a John BALES m. Martha J. DAUGHERTY in 1862 in Douglas CO, ILL. She is John B.'s JRS. first daughter. Any help on ILL/IND Daugherty's appreciated. Michael Daugherty - 25 July 1997
  • Harman/Harmon Baker - I have photo's of Harman/Harmon BAKER, and his wife Nancy ?, taken at a photographer studio in Tuscola, Douglas, IL. These photos were taken circa 1880. I have photos of Harman and his wife Nancy taken circa 1922, with my mother, uncle and great Grandfather, Thomas Jefferson BAKER. I believe that Harman is my Great Grandfathers brother. Seeking contacts on this BAKER line. William A. Crawford - 10 July 1997
  • Howard Wilcott - I am looking for information on my grandfather, HOWARD WILCOTT who was born in Arcola, IL - Douglas County in 1911. Thank-you, Jessica Wilcott Maple - 30 June 1997
  • John D. Roberts - Would like to make contact with descendants of WILLIAM GRANT ROBERTS/MARGARET WALLING; GRANVILLE ROBERTS/EDNA HARRIS; BETTY J. ROBERTS/FRANCIS LEE JANES; MARGART ROBERTS/MUREL G. MUMBOWER and THOMAS BROWN/MARTHA ANN (ROBERTS); & WILLIAM WATERS/ CAROLINA ROBERTS. Would like to exchange infor on JOHN D. ROBERTS FAMILY. Elvin G. Raper - 29 June 1997.
  • Benjamin Kees - I am researching Benjamin KEES who married Elizabeth J. ARCHER in Douglas County, Ill on 2 July 1866. Benjamin was a Union Veteran of the Civil War. They had at least five children, Elijah (b. ca. 1867 in IL) M.E. (b. ca. 1869 in IL), George Washington (born 1871 in Kansas), William E. (b. 1876 in Kansas), Della (b. 1881 either in Kansas or Missouri). Any information of Benjamin KEES, and his parents OR on Elizabeth ARCHER, and her parents would be welcome. Tonya Thurman - 11 Jun 1997
  • John and Ann (Selby) Blackwell - Looking for descendants of John and Ann (Selby) Blackwell, who came to Arcola in 1857 according to County History of 1884 published by Battey & Co., Chicago. I seek descendants through their children: Mrs. James Cicero (Margaret) Justice; Mrs. William H. (Eliza) Harvey; Mrs. James L. (Caroline) Polk; Mrs. John (Frances) McCann; Mr. Samuel B. Blackwell and wife Eleanor; Mr. Henry S. Blackwell and wife Anna; Mrs. William H. (Emma) Spencer; Mrs. Milton J. (Maude) Wolford. This last child removed to Danville, Vermillion County. I am a thirty year researcher of the Blackwell family of New York and New Jersey and their descendants who moved west. I will be happy to share information on the ancestors of John Blackwell, father of this large family, who once owned Blackwell's Island in the River adjacent to Manhattan, and are descendaed from Robert Blackwell, merchant of Colonial New York. David Blackwell - 1 Jun 1997
  • James Oliver Wells - Searching for birth and death date for James Oliver Wells, as well as name of father (mother's name Elisabeth). His year of death was 1923. He married Annie Laurie Petty (no year or date of birth - died in 1918). James Oliver and Annie Laurie's oldest son was my grandfather, Melvin Harley Wells b. Mar. 17, 1883 in Douglas Co., IL. I have the family history from this point, but am looking for any prior connections. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Martha Coleman - 4 May 1997.
  • Jivden / Gardner - I am looking for information on James JIVDEN (Jividen?) and Emma GARDNER from Atwood, Illinois in the mid 1800's. Thier children were: Vinnie Gertrude - b. 11 SEP 1886, Iva, Arch, Vern, and Della. They later moved to Bourbon, Illinois. Thank you. Lisa VonLanken - 1 May 1997.
  • Howe - Looking for information on the HOWE family. John S. HOWE born in Douglas County on February 6, 1857. His father was William Howe (DOB & POB unknown). Siblings include James M., Perry N., Mary E., Charles R., Effie A., Leona M., and Lora A. Siblings DOB and POB unknown. John married Estella Longshore in KS then moved back to Douglas County. They had children Earl William (1887-1935), Lora Berta (1889-1972), Flora (1892-1965), and Clifford (1897-1974). Clifford is my grandfather. My name is Henry McDonald. If anyone has info on spouses, dates, or places on this family, I would gladly provide what I've got in trade. Thanks. Henry McDonald - 18 April 1997.
  • John W. Renner - Looking for info./descendants of John W. RENNER b. 13 Feb 1829 in Frederick County, MD, married Martha Ann CUTLER 1849, and died 29 Jun 1920 in Tuscola, Douglas Co., IL. His children were: Sarah Elizabeth b. 1851, Margaret b. 1853 married Valentine C. McNEER, Genarette b. 1855 married August STADTMAN, Manervia Ann b. 1857 married Lint McCROCKLIN, George W. b. 1860, Robert H. b. 1862, John William b. 1864, Richard Edward b. 1866, Minnie Bell b. 1868 married ? SMITH, and Daniel Henry b. 1871. I think John W. RENNER was probably the son of George RENNER and Elizabeth BASTIAN/BOSTIAN. Mary Renner - 28 Mar 1997
  • Romine - Randolph - When Washinton ROMINE died in Fulton Co, IL in 1848, his children by his first wife, Catherine FOSTER, were sent to live with their uncle, Elias T. ROMINE and their grandfather, Lawrence FOSTER, in that part of Coles Co, IL which later became Douglas Co. I am descended from Washington and Catherine's son, Abraham (Abram) ROMINE who married Mary Millissa RANDOLPH, daughter of David RANDOLPH and Stella Frances HATCHEL on 16 Mar 1865 in Douglas Co. I would like to exchange information with anyone researching any of these families as well as the EARLY family. Renee L. Dauven - 17 Mar 1997
  • Downey - Could anyone tell me if obits are available for 1904? If so, do I write the newspaper (do not have name) or a library or the genealogy society? Both my grandparents died in 1904 (I have specific dates) and I would like to attempt to get obits if possible. Thanks for any information. Janet Milam - 25 Feb 1997
  • Helen Wheel Ackerman - HELEN WHEELER ACKERMAN was born 24 June 1881 in Tuscola, IL. I am trying to verify her parents. I believe her mother was ELIZABETH PLATT WHEELER and her brothers MARK and BRUCE. I have no clues about her father besides the name ACKERMAN. Elizabeth's father was probably JOHN WHEELER who is listed in the 1860 census. Any leads will be appreciated. Ann Holt, Clark Lake, MI - 09 Mar 1997
  • Brown family - Looking for BROWN'S. Martha Jane married Martin WOODRUFF 15 Jul 1860. Her parents were William Brown who died 15 Dec 1851 in Douglas Co. and Rebecca who died 17 Sep 1851 in Douglas City. Would like information on any of these people especially obituary info if available. Would like to know about any other members of this family. Thanks to anyone who can help me out----Sherrie Feik - 04 Mar 1997
  • Levi Armstrong - I am seeking information on the family of Levi ARMSTRONG and Lucinda LAYTON. They are my ggggrandparents. Levi died in Shelby Co. 24 Aug 1894, Lucinda died 11 Oct 1911 probably in Shelby Co. They had a dau. Rose Anna ARMSTRONG born abt. 1859/1860 in Holliday, Shelby, IL. I don't have her death date or place. I would also like information about any other children of Levi and Lucinda. Thanks to anyone who can help me out with this family. Sherrie Feik - 04 Mar 1997
  • Skarr family - SKAAR-looking for information and descendants of the SKAAR family of Douglas Co., IL. Martin SKAAR was married to Barbara L. HALL (1870-1937). They had three children: Margaret (bn: abt 1901) Martin Jr. (bn: abt 1904) and one that died young. It's believed that Martin Sr. and Barbara are buried in Belliva. Ron Sykes - 01 Mar 1997
  • Moss/Waggaman/Lyons - My Gr-GrGrandfather, John James MOSS, born in Mason Co., KY, 1828, was in IL (Coles Co) with his mother, Mary, and siblings before 1850. His father, only known as "I. Moss," was gone by the 1850 census, and Mary was 'head-of-household.' John James MOSS married Hannah Miranda WAGGAMAN about 1850 (after the census had been taken), and their children (7 girls) were all born in IL, presumably Douglas Co., based on the fact that the 4th and 5th daughters were born in Camargo, Douglas Co., and the family did not begin its trek to Iowa, Nebraska, and Okahoma until after they were all born, probably around 1868-1870. The daughters were Mary, Sarah(d. bef 1860), Rosella, Sarah Ellen, Laura Belle (my gr-grandmother), Martha May, and Harriet. If any of these names are familiar, I would appreciate hearing from you. The current issue with this family is finding the name of "I. MOSS" and death place, date.

    The parents of Hannah Miranda WAGGAMAN are said to be Jotham and Tabitha (LYONS) WAGGAMAN. Carolyn Scott - 2/97


  • Albert W. Grisamore - I am trying to find out the location of my great grandfather, Albert W. Grisamore, who had a farm in Douglas Co.from 1860 until 1875. Can anyone tell me where he moved to after 1875. Would also appreciate any information you might have on this man. His wife was Eliza Jane.Children were, John Thomas, George Calvin, and nephew John Roberts on 1860 Census. Mary J. McAlister - 2/97
  • John Alexander Nickle - I am looking for birth record or info on:
      John Alexander Nickle
      b. 14 Sept 1869, Paris, Illinois
      Father : Alexander Nickle
      Mother: Rebecca (unknown surname)
    Thank you. Michael Nickle - 2/97
  • Perkins/Donovan/Porter- Would like to exchange information on the following families of Edgar and Vermilion Co., IL. WIlliam Perkins of Edgar Co., and James Donovan family, Samuel Porter Family that lived on or near the Edgar / Vermilion Co., line. Any information is appreciated. Donald D. Derr - 2/97
  • Morganna Tullis - My great grandmother Morganna TULLIS b about 1838 in Vermillion Co., IN. My great grandfather William Loman DERBY b Jan 1835 in Licking Co., Ohio. Married Aug 1857 in Vermillion County, divorced before 1878. Morganna married Charles WELLIVER in Oct 1878. He died in 1880 and she then married Benjamin COYKENDALL in 1881. I believe she was alive when Benjamin died in 1891 but lost track of her. Any information would be appreciated. Joan Hays Sanders - 2/97