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Name: William Gross <>
Date: 2017-08-04
This is my Grand Father, and I would like to know more information about him.


Name: Conrad Wayne Ware <>
Date: 2017-06-23
Seeking any information on my 3rd great-grandfather John Wear/Ware who owned a farm about 2 miles East of Virginia. On this farm he had a sawmill. He arrived there in 1841 with his wife Mariah and 4 children, from Bourbon County, KY. The town of Virginia, about this time of 1841/1950 was just being founded by a man named Hall. I think John supplied lumber to the builders of this town. John was also a 50 year member of the Virginia Christian Church as per his obituary. Thank you, Conrad Wayne Ware, Cedar Falls, IA

Name: Terry Green <>
Date: 2017-06-11
I just popped in to say thank you very much for the time you spent with me. I picked up some information and I am off and running with it. I will be back hopefully in a few weeks to visit and look around some more. I intend to go thru the Chandlerville Cemetary on this next pass. Hopefully I will be able to bring a hotspot with me so I can have internet access. Thanks again... Terry (Sheedy)Green

Name: Cecilia Johnson <>
Date: 2017-04-07
Love looking at some of the information. Would love to see more.

Name: Pat McGinnis <>
Date: 2017-03-20
My maternal grandmother was Catherine Arenz, daughter of Henry F. Arenz and Louisa (Stauff) Arenz both of Arenzville. My grandmother was born in 1884 in Arenzville, married James Leo McGinnis of Jacksonville in 1907, and died in 1963.

I am trying to find information about Henry F. Arenz. My great grandfather. Who was his father and mother? Was he related to Francis, founder of Arenzville and John Arenz, brother of Francis and first mayor of Beardstown, IL?

Any leads or contacts that I could reach out to would be greatly appreciated.


Pat McGinnis


Name: Ronald Finch <>
Date: 2016-11-11
After serving in the US Navy during the Civil War, Alvin Finch moved to Farmers City, DeWitt Co., IL, between 1865-1870 where he met his wife Mary E. Jones. They later moved to nearby Santa Anna, also in DeWitt Co.

He was working on the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad in the 1880ÔŅĹs and it was reported in "The Railway Age" published 17 May 1883, that he died 12 May 1883 near the end of his run from Beardstown (DeWitt Co.) to Virginia (Cass Co.), IL.

Can you help me find his burial location?


Ron Finch
Waxahachie, TX


Name: Roberta Oddo <>
Date: 2016-11-01
William Schall and Caroline Trexler (Schall) Montgomery County Pennsylvania...Green Lane Forge

Schall Children:
Lucinda Schall (Baer)
Reuben Schall
Edwin Schall (Twin) 1835-1864
Edward Schall (Twin) 1835-1897
David Schall 1837-1897
Calvin Schall 1838-1912
Margaret Schall (Hunsicker) 1840-1925
George Schall 1840-1925
William Percival Schall 1842-1899
Alexander Schall 1845-1874
Anna Schall
Horatio Schall 1849-1867
Amelia Schall (Beaver) 1850-1934

Located at Montgomery County Cemetary in Norristown PA.


Name: Roberta Oddo <>
Date: 2016-11-01
Schall William and Caroline House
National and Pennsylvania Historical Registor
100 Main Street
P.O. Box 525
Green Lane PA 18054

Son: Edward Schall

William Schall was the Father of Edward Schall

Owned the Green Lane Forge and the Iron Master of the Green Lane Forge

The Iron Master's Mansion and the Summer Kitchen continue to exist ... Should be linked with the Schall History.

Roberta Oddo Owner of the :Schall, William and Caroline House. Pennsylvania.

They were wealthy Iron Master's of the day
Please forward to Ms. cox....


Name: Helen J. Huriaux <>
Date: 2016-07-31
I'd like to now what types of records are available there. I live on the east coast but visit Jacksonville Illinois where some of my mother's (Mary Katherine Shaw) relatives live. At the same, my husband and I drive to Virginia where my father, Carl Erland Ericson was born. His parents were Ethel Plummer and Carl August Ericson, who owned a brickyard in Virginia. They are buried at Walnut Ridge Cemetery.
Helen (Ericson) Huriaux


Name: Richard S. McDonald <>
Date: 2016-02-17
Arthur Crumrin's 1840 Atlas of Cass County shows John Grigg as owner of some 16,000 acres of land in Cass County. I found no mention of him in 1840 or 1850 Census. From page f of the Atlas I get the idea he may have never lived in Cass County. He is mentioned as an investor from Philadelphia, Pa. That was a lot of land to be owned by someone from out of state, especially in the 1840's. Do you have an idea of the average cost per acre to acquire land at that time?

Just interested when I noticed the amount of land he did own at that time. Thanks for your help.

Dick McDonald


Name: Tracey <>
Date: 2016-01-08
Found a C Riedle, in addition to other initialed Riedle persons, in the 1845 Illinois Census data book. Wondered if you had any info about any Riedles in Cass area.

Sincerely, and Happy New Year,
Tracey Riedle


Name: Sandra Wolin <>
Date: 2015-12-19

I am searching for some information that I couldn't find through your indexes. I am looking for baptism, christening, or birth records for Samuel Clemens Ishmael, born Nov 16, 1842, in Richmond Twp, Cass Co. IL. I believe that his parents are William and Mary Ishmael that are listed in the 1850 U.S. Cass Co. Census.

I am looking for documentation, other than the census record, to prove his parentage. Can someone help me find this information or at least point me in the right direction on where to look?

Sandra Wolin


Name: C. Brent Reeves <>
Date: 2015-12-12
I am searching for the location of Reavis Family Cemetery. It is referenced in findagrave as being in Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois. It is an old cemetery with only four graves dated from 1836 to 1857.
I have searched Google maps and can't find it.
Here is the findagrave link:

Thanks for any help you can offer.
C. Brent Reeves


Name: Terry Green <>
Date: 2015-11-25
I am trying to find out any and all information on Morris H Sheedy those related to him. Ellsworth Manning,Walter Manning, Alice Sheedy-Manning. I keep running into dead ends. Thanks for any help.

Name: Linda Nehring <>
Date: 2015-11-15
I have several old postcards from Elmer Guthrie, his sister, Lela, and one from his father Ray, all addressed to my grandfather George J. Boje. George spent his formative years in Beardstown. I can best estimate his family moved there about 1908 and came back to St. Louis about 1911. George would have been 16-19. Elmer must have been his best buddy. I know Elmer died in France during WWI - October 1918, I believe. I also have a photo of his sister, Mabel. I would like to see these postcards and photos on your site. Several of the postcards are photos from a flood at that time period. The locations are noted on the back. Can you provide an email address?

Name: Mark Moran <>
Date: 2015-10-13

Perhaps you have heard good reports about my antique appraisal programs in your region at libraries in Quincy, Jacksonville, Keokuk, Normal and Peoria. All were wildly popular, and all my hosts have re-booked for 2016, plus Galesburg, which also signed on. I will be back in the area in 2016 on June 4, and Aug. 22-25. The events are detailed here:

It was just 5 years ago that the first of my Antique Appraisal Events took place.

Since that first event, the response has been very gratifying, with more than 600 programs scheduled. Libraries, historical societies and senior communities from around the Upper Midwest have embraced the concept, scheduling events and fundraisers. Institutions in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan have been very enthusiastic.

See the current calendar and full details at

I realize every host has different needs and guidelines they must follow. Some prefer to use a presenter's fee without charging their patrons, but many take advantage of the revenue-sharing formula I use, which returns money to the event host. Some also partner with their own "Friends" group in fundraising.

If you are weighing plans for fundraisers, holiday events, or just a great community program, I hope you'll consider an Antique Appraisal Event.

As the author of more than 25 book on antiques and collectibles, I can offer a morning, afternoon or evening of education and entertainment. A basic event has a goal of 40 objects to be appraised. Whether using a presenterís fee or revenue sharing, the 40-item goal simply allows the host to be certain the program can be completed in 3 hours, but the more items, the better the return. Iíll stay as long as folks have things for me to examine when revenue sharing is used.

If a presenter's fee is not used, the revenue-sharing formula is $15 per item. Multiplied by 40, this equals $600. This is divided between myself ($400, which includes all my expenses) and the host organization ($200). Events with more than 40 items are also possible (and welcome!), with the same revenue-sharing formula, or a separate presenter's fee scale. The presenter's fee for the basic 40-item event is $400, and $10 for each extra appraisal. These rates apply to travel within a 225-mile radius of Iola, Wis.

Because I donít charge my hosts mileage for the first 225 miles of my travels, itís important to let folks with big things, or fragile things (or just a lot of things) know about the home-visit option. These house calls ó at $75 an hour and no mileage charge if within 10 miles of the event site ó help me pay for gas, food and the occasional hotel room.

The host receives:

An event agreement outlining all categories for appraisal;

A database for signing up those in attendance;

All promotional text, including a mug shot to distribute to local media, and I contact media outlets to promote the program;

Sample fliers from other programs, and suggestions on website promotion.

If this sounds like an event you would be interested in hosting, please contact me at your earliest convenience. And be sure to visit my site ó ó for more details.

Mark F. Moran

Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945


Name: Suzanne de la Houssaye <>
Date: 2015-10-03
Spoke with Carole,

She was very helpful and I will be requesting copies of A History of the Matthews Family by Ralph Matthew, and the Family Tree of Hardy, Cowand, White and Anderson. Please let me know when you receive my mailed request.

Thank you,
Suzanne de la Houssaye


Name: John Burbank <>
Date: 2015-09-24
I discovered that Dana Burbank, his wife, Harriet and grandson, Howard D. Burbank are buried in Beardstown City Cemetery according to an abstract in the "The Cass County Historian" yet a search for City Cemetery on the Find A Grave site only two graves were listed. When I searched for Dana Burbank, I found him on Find A Grave (Memorial #147451258) as well as Howard D. but they are there stated to be buried in Saint Alexius Catholic Cemetery. I believe there must be some mistake as other records indicate that the Burbanks were Congregationalists.

Do you have any information that might suggest a clarification to the conflict between the sources mentioned.

Thank you.


Name: Jocelyn Craft Mathis <>
Date: 2015-06-23
I noticed that these two ancestors of mine, Abraham Showalter and his wife, Mary Magdalena nee Ronk, both died on September 12, 1872, in Cass County, Ill. I was wondering if there was any event that took place during that time which might have explained their concurrent deaths? I noticed that another person, John J Julian (no relation that I know of), also died on this date.

I wondered if there might have been an influenza outbreak, or a fire, or another similar event, or if this was simply an odd coincidence?

Thank you for any information you might be able to provide.


Jocelyn Craft Mathis


Name: Vanessa Whited <>
Date: 2015-05-21
My name is Vanessa, and Russell Whited was my grandfather. His son, my father, passed away when I was a baby, and Id like to learn about my family. I think they are from Beardstown, Il.

Name: Jim Ethridge <>
Date: 2015-05-19
Florence (Flossie) Grete, Beardstown, Cass Co. Illinois
Father: Frank W.
Mother: Amanda J
Brother Edwin
Sister: Ethel

Would like more history and where Flossie is buried

She was married to Edward John Meyer of Hume, Whiteside CO Illiniois


Name: Terry Green <>
Date: 2015-03-28
I would appreciate all info you have on the Sheedy family. I believe they settled in the area between 1860 and 1880 and were in the community until at least 1930. I am trying to trace direct decendents of the family to contact them. If you happen to know them pleas give them my contact information. Phone number 317-357-5831

Name: Julie Melcher <>
Date: 2015-02-19
Anastasia Farrell Brazzle was married to Thomas Brazzle, I believe. Their children included Edward Thomas Brazzle who was born about 1857. Edward married Mary Ann Norris. They were married in or near Ashland Illinois around 1877-1879. About three of their eight children were born around Ashland -- John, Thomas, and William. Any information you could provide me would be appreciated. Thank you.

Julie Melcher


Name: Jean Walker <>
Date: 2015-01-29
I have just discovered that my great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Thomas, was born in Arenzville, IL on April 18, 1866. I also have a death notice for her mother, Mrs. William Thomas, that states she died March 8, 1902, and was buried in the Arenzville Cemetery. I have looked at the cemetery records on line and have found the names Nancy A (1850-1902) and William (1845-1933) are buried there. I would like to know more about this family. Would you have records of this family that I could access if I came to your building? I live in Columbia, MO.

Thank you,
Jean Walker


Name: Frances Madden Purser <>
Date: 2014-08-12
I have been told that my 3rd Great-grandfather, Conrad Becker, immigrated to America in JAN 1847 from Germany. I was also told that he made his Declaration of intent on 22 OCT 1856 in Cass County, IL. I am looking to find a copy of his Declaration of Intent record. Can someone tell me where I can find copies of Declaration of Intents from 1856? Who or what office should I contact?

Any information would be helpful.

Thank you.
Frances Madden Purser


Name: Craig Vette < >
Date: 2014-08-06
Thank you for this wonderful site. After much research on many of my Cass County, Illinois relatives, I have been unable to locate a photo of either Henry F. Witte (1821-1902) or his wife Minnie Vette (1834-1919). They lived in the Sangamon Bottoms and are buried at the Oetgen/Lutheran Cemetery. They have many decendants in Cass County and I am hoping that a photo of them may have survived. Regards.

Name: Craig Vette < >
Date: 2014-07-23
I have been trying to locate the following military stone in the Beardstown City Cemetery but have twice been unsuccessful. Can anyone help me with the location within the cemetery? Thank you.


"Dedicated to the Memory of Those of Cass County Who Gave Their Lives in World Wars"

"They Held The Torch of Liberty That Freedom Might Not Perish"

WW I - 1917-1918

CURRY, Frank



ELMER, Guthrie




LYNN, John

PIERCE, Charles

PETTIT, George


KROHE, Edward, Jr.

REID, Walter

VETTE, Jesse

WARDEN, Barney

WW II - 1941-1945


Name: Patricia Schott <>
Date: 2014-05-27
I was recently in Beardstown and am looking for any information on James Casey, my great, great grandfather and his wife Anne O'Neil Casey. I show them as early as the 1860 Census. I was unable to find his grave. He died in 1887.
I know that his family went to Springfield around 1900. He was born in Ireland, possibly County Mayo, around 1830. He was in Kentucky in 1853. Any guidance or help will be greatly appreciated.


Name: David Schubert <>
Date: 2014-04-30
My ancestor is Richard Thomas "Dick" OVERTON (Birth 25 Feb 1830 in Illinois -- Death 2 Aug 1902 in Beardstown, Cass, Illinois). His first wife was Mary ROBERTS dau. of Thomas ROBERTS. He resided in Cass County at through 1860, 1870, and 1880 Census.

His marriages were (1) 10 Nov 1849 in Mason County to Mary ROBERTS (her first marriage); (2) 10 Nov 1853 in Greene County to Mary Tabitha WHITLOW (her first marriage then died in childbirth); (3) 14 Mar 1866 Cass County to Abigail TOOLEN (had a prior marriage to Timothy KEARNEY).

I am ready to exchange information, documents, and photographs with interested persons.


Name: wayne caswell < >
Date: 2014-04-30
I have been searching for my great grandfather (Thomas caswell) and my gggfather William caswell for over 20 years,hope one day to connect them.

Name: Ed Carper <>
Date: 2014-04-28
I will be visiting Virginia, IL this June. I am seeking the burial site of my third great grandfather, Alfred, and my second great uncle, Jacob.

Alfred was born in Botetourt, VA about 1804 and immigrated to Cass County in the early 1850s. He reportedly died around 1852 in Cass County.

Jacob Carper was born to Harvey and Agnes Carper about 1855 and reportedly died around 1859.

Further: The 1860 Cass County Census has Harvey and Agnes' family (less Jacob), plus there is a singular entry for an Ellen Carper that is 4 years old. I'm curious who she is and who she belongs to.

Further: The marriage index show Harvey and Agnes plus an entry for, A.B. Carper and Jenettie Kennett. I would like some information on this couple.

I hope to connect with someone from your group when I come through. I plan to spend some time to research deeds and property locations and of course find the grave markers to validate Alfred and Jacob's data.

I sincerely appreciate your any assistance you could provide my effort.

Ed Carper
7951 Wayland Road
Loomis, CA 95650
cell: 916-206-5460


Name: Ruth Hobrock <>
Date: 2014-04-28
Dear Society Members,
We are trying to find an obituary for Marsha Jo Hobrock Rockwell, who died April 4, 1981. We cannot seem to find anything except an accident report in The Illinoian-Star. Where can we go from here?
Butch and Ruth Hobrock


Name: Clarence Eisberg <>
Date: 2014-03-31
I have been trying to find what the "B" stands for "if anything" but it appears as the middle initial for both Louis B Thompson and his son Robert B Thompson whose daughter is Lulu Thompson Eisberg
Robert B. Thompson
b. 1 Mar 1852 Cass County
m. 17 Feb 1880 at St. John's Lutheran to Marie Elizabeth Vesler
d. 21 Dec. 1935

Father Louis B. Thompson
b 1828 abt Tenn
m. Marth Ann Davidson may 8 1856 Cass County lic 899

and I have run into a dead end with information on Louis' wife Martha Ann Davidson

any guidance would be helpful of where to look
Clarence Eisberg


Name: Ron Burton <>
Date: 2014-03-28
Im so glad I found this site.Thanks to all for it.

Name: Chuck Neidy <>
Date: 2014-01-17

To Whom it may concern Chuck (Charles Neidy) colchester IL. I have found most of Samuels brothers, and sisters and was given some information, or data that Samuel died in Beardstown 11 March 1848, if you have any records or material regarding Samuel will gladly pay for copies of records, and a stipen of $20.00 for the research involved, I can be contacted at the above email, or Chuck Neidy 406 North Elizabeth St. Colchester Il. 62326 Thank your reading my request and giving it your consideration.


Name: Tom Lathom <>
Date: 2013-12-31
Someone recently told me that there is a cemetery in Beardstown that has a memorial to Cass County war veterans (WWII at least) and that my uncle's name, Glen Edward Lathom, is among those listed. I'd like to know if anyone has a photo of such that they would share, in which the individual names came be read. Thanks



Name: Dennis Wright <>
Date: 2013-12-06
I have been researching my great uncle's family and was trying to find any relatives still living in Cass county his biography is:

WRIGHT, ANDREW. - To successfully carry on any line of business requires natural ability and persistent effort and perhaps the reason so many of the Cass County farmers are prosperous is because they possess just these qualities. One of them, who, in the days when he was an active farmer, made his name known among the progressive agriculturalists of this region, is Andrew Wright of township 17, range 9. He was born near Belfast, Ireland, August 21, 1843, a son of James and Bertha Ann (McConkey) Wright, both of whom died in Ireland.
Andrew Wright attended the common schools of his native place. In 1865 he came to the United States landing at Philadelphia, where he remained for four years, during that time being engaged as a teamster. He then came to Morgan County, Ill., and lived at Alexander for nine years, carrying on agricultural operations, and following this came to Cass County, renting the farm he now owns. After seven years he bought it, the property comprising 205 acres, all of which he has improved. On this he carried on stock raising and general farming until his retirement in 1910. Since then his son, Joseph A. Wright, has conducted the homestead.
While living at Alexander, Ill., Mr. Wright married Sarah Baxter, born near Belfast, Ireland, where her parents died. She came to Morgan County in 1868, accompanying her brother Henry Baxter. Mr. and Mrs. Wright have had the following children: James W., who is of Vincennes, Ind.; Leonard, who is of Philadelphia, Ill.; Thomas H. and Joseph A., both of whom are at home; Nathaniel, who is of Cass County; and Mamie, who is Mrs. Jesse McNiel of Philadelphia, Ill. Mr. Wright is a Presbyterian. In politics he is a Republican, and served many years as a district road commissioner and as school director, discharging the duties of these offices competently and conscientiously.


Name: Steven Howard <>
Date: 2013-12-04
I am a volunteer photographer for the Find-A-Grave website. Is there a database and plot location for Walnut Ridge cemetery available online, or is info acquired only through the cemetery sexton? Since this is a large cemetery, it would help to have lot/plot info, as well as whether there are grave markers for the individual. There are 26 requests from ancestors for photos as of this time. Before I drive over from Springfield again, this information would be most helpful.

Steve, Springfield,Il.


Name: Becky Autry <>
Date: 2013-11-20
I am researching the McHenry's and Davis families. John and Nancy Clark McHenry came from Ohio County, VA (now WV) in the late 1830's. Their grandson, James McHenry, married Iltra Davis (daughter of Edward and Julia Ann Davis). Any information is appreciated about their lives in Cass County is appreciated. Thank you.

Name: John Jackson <>
Date: 2013-10-17
I am researching the Bollhorst, Piper, Briggs , Luetkehaus familys of the Arenzville area. I can not find any information on William and Ellen Dyer Piper other than they were the parents of Charles and Fannie Piper of Arenzville. It was recommended by Ellen Anderson of Arenzville to contact you help. Ellen said the home she is currently living in was built by William Dyer possibly Ellen's father or brother. My email is I am John Jackson , 38 Freymuth Road, Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367 home phone 636 -561-2521. I married Linda Bollhorst and we are both originally of Quincy Illinois. She is the daughter of Eva and Elvin Bollhorst of Arensville Illinois.

Name: mary messing <>
Date: 2013-10-11
my gr grandfather. henry D. POTTER and his bro were supposedly born around beardstown. both bros have this on their Civil War papers. The bro name was Dudley ransom POTTER. Parents were Stephen and Mary POTTER. tHE BOYS WERE BORN IN 1840's. Parents born in New York. They also lived in DuPage Co IL and Warren Co IN, my home county. The boys had sisters Sarah O. and Lezia Potter. Can anyone help?

Name: Marilyn Anderson <>
Date: 2013-09-03
Is there a way to access death or burial records for Virgina, Illinois via this website? Thank you.

Name: Conrad Wayne Ware <>
Date: 2013-08-28
My 3rd great grandparents John WEAR and wife Mariah lived and farmed near the town of Virginia, Cass county. I believe Mariah died sometime in 1842 and may be laid to rest in a cemetery near Virginia, Cass County. I am seeking confirmation of this, so if anyone knows anything about this, please contact me. I can document John's life almost from birth in Bourbon County, KY where his surname was spelled WARE, to his death and have visited his gravesite in Memory Cemetery, Page County, IA where his surname on his tombstone is spelled WARE. All of his Illinois records indicate his surname as WEAR. Thank you

Name: John Samuelson <>
Date: 2013-08-05
I just realized that I would be traveling by Cass county on Thursday. I usually go by on Monday's so you are not open.

I am looking or James Roberts who shows up in the 1850 Illinois Census as 1 year old. The census you have posted list the family on page 103 but not him. His dad is Jackson Roberts and mother is Sarah Roberts m 1846. Sarah died shortly after that census. I have not been able to find a death certificate. The Jackson (William Jackson) then married Elizabeth Lambert 1851 also o the same household in the 1850 census. I don't know I you have anything on Sarah and Mary Roberts death.

Maybe a history of 1845 to 1855 reference.

I will leave Nashville, TN about 7 AM so should be ther before you close

Thank You

John Samuelson


Name: Donna O'Brien Zamora <>
Date: 2013-07-12
Does anyone have information about the O'Brien family that lived in the village of Chandlerville from approximately 1837 to 1874? Patrick O'Brien is my 2nd great grandfather, emigrated from Ireland in 1832, and he married Sophia Lyon Friel, a young widow. Thanks!

Name: Colleen Roegge Burlingame <>
Date: 2013-06-29

Would love to have more information on Florence Fox Russel July 25,1877-August 27, 1953.

She was a teacher, was born in Cass County, and was supposed to have taught at Sugar Grove Dist. 30 in Virginia. I would love to know where all she lived and more on where she taught, met her husband Thomas Scott Russel or Russell, and any information that you can locate. Thanks.


Name: Doug Radke <>
Date: 2013-05-30
I am researching my great great grandmother, Mary L. Roberts who was born in Virginia City in 1853. Her parents were William Jackson Roberts and Elizabeth Taylor Roberts. She married David F. Anderson in Emporia Kansas in 1873. I am looking for information regarding the Roberts family when they lived in Virginia City, especially information regarding the parents of William Jackson Roberts and Elizabeth Taylor Roberts. Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

Name: Alicia Lamarand <>
Date: 2013-05-25
My grandfather, Will C. Christen, owned a garage in Ashland in the early 20th century. I am looking for information about ownership dates and property information. Where should I start looking? I am out of state.

Name: Diane Flynn <>
Date: 2013-05-08
I would like to find parent names of J. OBEDIAH KENNEY (1831-19040: they may be James and Nancy___Kenney, from Kentucky. I would also like the names and birth/death information for J. Obediah Kenney's siblings. Is this family related to the Kenney's from Kentucky, for whom the DeWitt County town of "Kenney" is named? Where in Kentucky did my Kenney ancestors come from, and when? Where R they buried?

J. Obediah and Mary Etta COLLINS Kenney were my great great grandparents. I believe her parents were Henry S. and Mary E. Craynor/CRANOR Collins.

Diane Flynn
3604 Grama Ct. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120


Name: Carol <>
Date: 2013-04-26
If you would like help in finding your relatives in Cass County. Please post as much information as you have, what you would like to know and email address so can contact you. Also you can email us at for help. Carol, President of the society.

Name: Bonnie Aldridge <>
Date: 2013-04-18
Looking for any information about my relatives.

Name: Alice Dierker <>
Date: 2013-03-31
Looking for Sarah Ann Shaw. Lived on Lafayette Street in Beardstown. Was connected to Bobby Brown. She had at least 4 children. She was born in Kansas but the children were born in Illinois as far as I can tell. One daughter was born in Beardstown, Il in December of 1935. Any information would be helpful. Thank you

Name: Alice Dierker <>
Date: 2013-03-31
Looking for Sarah Ann Shaw. Lived on Lafayette Street in Beardstown. Was connected to Bobby Brown. She had at least 4 children. She was born in Kansas but the children were born in Illinois as far as I can tell. One daughter was born in Beardstown, Il in December of 1935. Any information would be helpful. Thank you

Name: Helen Bayer <>
Date: 2013-02-27
My grandfather Emil George Schultz was born on February 27. 1885 in Cass County. He had told my parents he was from Beardstown and was somehow connected to the mill. I visited there about 20 years ago but didn't turn up any information that could be documented. I know he had a brother John, Sisters Margret and Emma. He was supposed to have left there in his late teens 17-19 and moved to Chicago IL where he worked as a photographer, engraver for the Chicago Tribune, he worked until he passed away in 1946. Any information I can get would be appreciated.

Name: Conrad Wayne Ware <>
Date: 2013-02-26
Searching for the death record/burial place of my great-great grandmother Mariah B Wheatley Ware (Wear). Her maiden name has also been found spelled Wakeland, Weekland and Wealkins. She died in 1842 and is buried in Virginia, Cass County, Illinois. Her husband's name was John Ware (Wear), whom I have documented and visited his grave site in the Memory Cemetery, Page County, Iowa. I am seeking information as to the name of the cemetery Mariah is buried in and any documented information. Thank you.

Conrad Wayne Ware
Cedar Falls, IA


Name: Lenna DeMarco <>
Date: 2013-02-06
I am a quilt historian researching a "cottage industry" quilt maker named GRACE W. SMITH. She ran a small home based quilt making business, THE QUILT SHOP, in Virgina, Illinois in the mid 1930s & early 1940s. I have a home address for her of 271 E. Myrtle Street, Virginia, Illinois. The mailing address for her business was THE QUILT SHOP, Box 51, Virginia, Ill. I do have information that she moved from time to time with additional addresses in Springfield, Ill.

1934: 1509 Spring Street, Springfield, Ill. THE QUILT SHOP 1517 S. Spring Street, Springfield, Ill.

additional address: 325 S. Glennwood, Springfield, Ill.

I also have evidence that a MISS NONNIE ROWEN & MRS. MARY R. WEISS shared the Box 51, Virginia, Ill address. The research that I have done shows that these might be a sister and her mother. I am particularly interested in her business THE QUILT SHOP.

Any information that you can provide me with or guide me toward would be greatly appreciated. I will be visiting Virgina in early July of this year and plan to visit your office. Thank you for your help.

Lenna DeMarco
623/977-4227 H, 602/791-9034 C


Name: Billie Lenchner <>
Date: 2013-01-28
I am trying to find out more information on my Great Grandma Sadie F. Austin Dicken. She was born 1893 according to family bible. All I can find is in the 1940 Census she lived in Philadelphia IL. Is there anyone that could help me with more information? Thank you!

Name: Jerald Jacobs <>
Date: 2012-12-09
The property on Front Street in Chandlerville,IL across the alley from the post office might be considered as historic. I need information to begin the process. When was the building built? Who built this building? Any historic facts surrounding this building? Chandlerville might benefit from having this declared an historic building.

Can you help me or tell me whom to contact for more information?

Jerald Jacobs


Name: Gary K. Shepherd <>
Date: 2012-11-06
Our library would like to order a copy of the 1840 Atlas. However, University regulations require that before we can purchase anything from a vendor, we must have a signed copy of that vendor's Federal W-9 Taxpayer Identification Number form (sometimes called the FEIN)on file. I you could supply us with a copy of that form, either as a PDF attachment to an email, or by faxing it to 618-453-3452, or via regular mail to Morris Library Order Dept., 605 Agriculture Drive, SIU-Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901, then we can continue the ordering process.

If you ahve any questions feel free to contact me at the number below.

Thank you for your assistance,

Gary K.Shepherd
Morris Library
Carbondale, IL 62901
ph 618-453-2781


Name: Susan A Potter <>
Date: 2012-09-11
In 1836, my great great grandfather and his wife, Chester Brooks and Elizabeth Virginia Beard, moved into the log home made from walnut trees logged on the farm by Chester Brooks. apparently there were many Beard cousins in the area...perhaps Beardsville is named for them???

Name: Susan A Potter <>
Date: 2012-09-11
My great great grandmother, Elizabeth Virginia Beard married Chester Brooks. On Nov.26, 1836, they moved into the walnut log cabin which he logged on the property in Virginia, Illinois.

Name: judy s walker <>
Date: 2012-08-03
iam looking for more info on a john needham, he died as a child in 1906, father's name was james needham
i need to know witch james needham, i have several.
thank you
judy walker


Name: Thomas Collins <>
Date: 2012-08-03
I am looking for information about the Battle of Brice's Crossroads and whether there is any re-enactment planned for June 10th, 2014. My Great Grandfather was wounded in this battle and spent 9 months in Cahaba. Is there anyone you could direct me to who is a civil war buff and dedicated to the 114th.

Thank you


Name: Sandy Hayes <>
Date: 2012-06-23
In my research, I have "lost" a relative and wondered if you could help me find her. I am looking for Elizabeth Jane Way. She was born about 1835 in either Illinois or Pennsylvania. On October 30, 1856 she married John William Keltner in Jacksonville. He died on March 3, 1856 in Vicksburg. She then married Samuel Pervines on March 21, 1866 in Petersburg. She divorced him on December 4, 1867. He is buried at Yatesville. She then married Joseph Wilks on December 10, 1868 in Morgan County. He died May 5, 1909 in Ashland. I don't know where he is buried. From that time until her death in 1912, we don't know what happened to her. She had 5 children by John Keltner: Albert Eugene July 17, 1861 - April 27, 1865 buried in Hebron Cemetery, John Rosa October 29, 1862- Feb. 13, 1936 buried in Yatesville Cemetery, Charles Edward September 4, 1857-May 9, 1940 buried in Walnut Ridge, Fanny Alice Keltner Stiltz Nov. 19, 1858-April 1, 1880 buried in Hebron, Ida Lillian Keltner McHenry 1860-1896 buried in Hebron. Another son was born with Joseph Wilks - James Joseph Wilks born July 17, 1870 in Illinois. I don't know what happened to him. We would really like to know what happened to Elizabeth and where she is buried. Any help you could give us would be appreciated.

I would also like to know if I could obtain a map of Walnut Ridge Cemetery in order to find the graves of my relatives.

Thank you for your help.


Name: Carol <>
Date: 2012-06-14
The society has extra books of the 175th Anniversary book. They are %65 and if shipped $6 for postage.

Name: Donna O'Brien Zamora <>
Date: 2012-06-09
I would like to find information on my great, great grandfather Patrick O'Brien, born in Ireland but lived in Chandlerville from 1835 to 1874. He married his wife, Sophia J. Lyon Freel there on March 17, 1864. He was active in local politics and an intimate friend of Abraham Lincoln.


Name: Ruth Ann Pruitt <>
Date: 2012-03-29
Please let me know any information about Michael McGovern who lived in the 1800's. He was born in Ireland and may have moved to Cass Co. from North Carolina or Tennessee.

Name: Richard S. McDonald <>
Date: 2012-03-26
Is the Cass County History Book still available. If so I would like to order a copy.

Richard S. (Dick) McDonald
830 Bridgit Ln, SE, #8
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 52403


Name: Margaret Gilligan <>
Date: 2012-03-14
We want to travel to Cass County in late April to research Edward Walter Frank and Christina Metzger, who according to family tradition met and married in Beardstown, Illinois. He was reported to be a widower, so there may be a death record for his first wife. One member of our family is traveling from Idaho to join us in O'Fallon Illinois for the visit and we have a limited amount of time. I called the public library in Beardstown to ask about their hours and also about where there might be a courthouse with records, but the clerk was not very helpful. Any bits of information we can find ahead of time would be most helpful. Margaret Gilligan


Name: Elmer Worley <>
Date: 2012-02-17
on your list of people for 1987 what happened to me did i not exsist my name is Elmer Worley and i grduated from Beardstown high school in 1987 but my name does not appear in the list please correct this error thank you

Name: Kay Fox Baldwin <>
Date: 2011-12-10
I would like to connect with any descendants or relatives of Jonas and Susan (Garner) Fox. They were married in Cass County March 18, 1841. I am descended from James Garner Fox, who was the father of John Roy Fox who was the father of my dad, John Garner Fox. I am wondering if there are any old photos and other information connected with them. I do have several obituaries. At different times members of the Fox family lived near Virginia, as well as in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois. My father was born in Sangamon county, when his parents lived there a few short years before my grandmother persuaded her husband to move back to Nebraska where she spent most of her life.
I also have connections to the Robertson family. My information about Jonas Fox was that he came from Loudon county, Virginia . . . but before that I can find little information.
Thank you so much. When I was growing up we visited an Aunt Florence who lived on a farm, somewhere in that area, and also visited Springfield. I would love to come visit during spring break or early summer 2012, Lord willing.
Thanks again. I am so happy to have found this site!


Name: Sandi Ruch <>
Date: 2011-11-10
Hi, my husband is a descendant of John Asplund's son Rupert who married Julia Duncan Brown and lived in Santa Fe, NM. I have a bunch of photos, perhaps the most interesting but with the least amount of information is a photo of the school probably in Virginia, taken about 1897. Rupert Asplund is the teacher and 3 Asplund siblings attend the school: Bunyan, Jasper and Esther. Poor Bun had his picture pointed to so many times the emulsion has been chipped away but the rest of the photo is fine. Let me know what email to send it to if you want it. No other children are identified. Sandi

Name: Steven Winkelman <>
Date: 2011-11-09
Hi Cass County
Over 50 years ago I took my first breath in this life in the Beardstown hospital. I've lived in four other states and two countys other than Ill. U.S.A. since.Besides Toronto Canada the rest of my time has been in warm to down right hot climates. I'm living in the Sonoran desert near Tucson presently. Tempratures below 60 degrees F. are cold to me. Well if I'm going to pursue life as I belive will be to my best intrests I should get aclimated to winter again. In the next year or two I will be returning to my birth place. I hope to bring the comunity an insightfull and God loveing spirit to share.
Peace be with you Steven Winkelman


Name: Cass County Historical Society <>
Date: 2011-11-04
Researchers in our office this summer were inquiring about Primitive Baptist Church in Cass County.

We have found some information at the following website:

We hope this information helps in your research....


Name: Beverly K. Bailey Meyers <>
Date: 2011-10-24

I found a post card on the internet of a Davis family reunion at Havana, Il. I have been trying to find out
who did the site that had the post card. I also have the same post card. I was interested in finding out
who is in the picture, some are wrong if I am doing the numbering right, I have old pictures of the family
here in Ohio. I live near Cincinnati, my grandmother was Kate Davis Bailey. Some of my pictures are marked
good as someone took the time to do that for me. Looking forward to hear from you.

Beverly Kay Bailey Meyers


Name: John "Jack" Gooch <>
Date: 2011-09-09
My Grandfather died in '88 he was a tenent farmer on Mildred Dinnwiddy's land. I'm unsure of the spelling of Dinnwiddy. I just remember my Grandpa always referred to her as "The Old Maid". He worked for James R. Fox. I saw the name of Ron Harris listed as on your Board. If Mr. Harris is of the VHS Class of '77, please pass my best wishes. We were classmates and friends.

Name: Joe Fulton <>
Date: 2011-08-16
My new book, From Beardstown to Andersonville, tells about many Civil War era families from Cass County. Here is a link:

It can also be found at Heritage Books Inc:


Name: Sara Ellen <>
Date: 2011-08-11
Carol I tried to email you directly and that didn't work. Note the email address change. I entered it wrong on the first posting. Hope this helps in reponding to my questions

Name: Carol <>
Date: 2011-08-09
To:sara ellen anderson <selsea42@gooogle>
Would you please email me at so I can
reply to your query? Can not get the your email to work.


Name: sara ellen anderson <selsea42@gooogle>
Date: 2011-08-02
For several rears I have been a member of the society. But I didn't remember to pay my dues for the last membership year. I would like to rejoin but I am not sure the amount. Your information on your site doesn't quote a current date for dues. As soon as I learn what it is I will rejoin with the amount I should pay. Is there any way to obtain back copies of the newsletter for 2010? I would appreciate receiving them. I have learned so many valuable pieces of information related to my ancestors.+

Name: Thomas Robertson <>
Date: 2011-06-28
Do you have any information on the John Robertson cemetery described at


Name: James R. Walters <>
Date: 2011-05-28
Would appreciate any information on Vurn Walters born in Ashland.

Name: Lynda (Riggins)Caudell <>
Date: 2011-05-15
My Ancestors came to Beardstown, Ill. in 1838: JESSE ISAAC and ARTEMES (CRALL)and family.They had a farm out side of Beardstown,Ill..and beleave they also had a small house in Beardstown two blocks from the river right of the up town section.Jesse's brother came with them and his name was,WILIAM RIGGINS who later married HENRIETTA MCGEHEE in Havana, Ill.. Both of these two brother's came from Liberty, Ind. Union county.I also have a Query writen up in your query section.JESSE I. RIGGINS and wife had three children,NERIND 1844,MARCUS 1847, IDA BELL 1856.This family history goes back all the way from SURRY COUNTY, VIRGINA and ISLE OF WIGHT county,Virgina,(1602).

Name: Cindy Yarmal <>
Date: 2011-04-04
I am in posession of a needlepoint (original verse and picture ) and it has the name sarah A. Light with the date 1853 trying to trace its roots it is in what looks to be an original frame

Name: Bob Dwiel <>
Date: 2011-03-27
Looking for any records of the Reining family who lived in Cass county in the 1800's. I believe the 1870 census lists a Henry Reming which I believe was tramscribed as Reming rather than Reining.

I am also looking for the father of Charles H. Reining born abt 1867. Charles mother is listed as Sarah A. Reining
age 59 on the 1880 Census.

Thank you

Bob Dwiel


Name: Joyce A. Snyder <>
Date: 2011-03-20
I would like information on the Cass County history book that is being printed in 2012, and how to purchase it.
Thank You.


Name: Leonard J. Pellman <>
Date: 2011-03-05
Excellent site for a local historical/genealogical society. Well done, helpful, and well organized information.

I'm looking for information about my great-great-grandfather, Charles (G. ?) Phelps, whom I believe to be the son of Young Phelps and Cynthia Ann(e) Cheek. If he is the right Charles Phelps, he married Elizabeth Ann Dodson around 1870.


Name: Mark Orey <>
Date: 2011-02-15
I see Marcia Cox has posted some photos of Amelia Dechert Schall, want more?

Name: Patty Helgerson <>
Date: 2011-02-09
Mrs. Henry (Margaret Robinson) Chittick born 1834

Her parents Mr. ? Robertson and Mrs.(Margare Rutledge) Robinson

Her parents Mr.Russell Burgess? and Molly Burgess ( I would think the name would be Rutledge) but this is what I have

Does any 0ne have any leads for me.

patty helgerson


Name: Richard McDonald <>
Date: 2011-01-27
Can you tell me what the Chandlerville High School yearbook name stood for? The yearbook was called "Marugolia.


Dick McDonald


Name: Carla Elisabeth Holtz <>
Date: 2011-01-08
I am the grand daughter of Carlos Wilbur and Alice Minor Campbell, great niece of Lee Edda Campbell Savage. Sadly, my mother Clarice Campbell Holtz passed away in mid December and I have been looking through family photo albums. There is one album which must have been Aunt Lee Edda's, as the photos are of her parents, friends and many people I do NOT know.
We are still farming there (in Virginia) and I am usually there every Spring to confer with the Bells (our marvelous farmers and friends). We always have lunch at the Depot! THIS Spring I can bring materials (photos, scrapbooks, etc) for identification. Meanwhile, I would be happy to scan and email the same if you can supply me with a web address.
I loved my (great) Aunt Lee Edda very dearly and spent many happy days in Virginia! I am very happy to have found this resource on line, so that some of those memories and joys can be shared.


Name: Becky Smith <>
Date: 2010-12-27
My Grandmother was Mary Jane McMeins Hulett. Her father was Charles Thomas McMeins. Any information would be helpful

Name: Becky Smith <>
Date: 2010-12-27
My father(Ernest Bartlett Hulett) and I are planning a trip to Central Illinois to research the Hulett family. He is decended from Elmer Bartlett Hulett, Zachary Taylor Hulett and Perry Hulett. Any suggestions or information would be helpful

Name: Randle Dennison <rdennison1914@>
Date: 2010-12-18
My mother Lena Bertha (Hammer) Dennison was born and raised in Cass Co., IL. She became a county school teacher at the age of 17. She was principal and a teacher at the Bluff Springs School during the 1925-26 school year. I have a picture of the 32 students with their two teachers Lena Hammer and Clifford Carls. Mr. Carls taught grades 1-4 and Lena Hammer taught grades 5- 8. My mother has identified 12 of the 32 students on the back of the photo. Would you have any interest ingetting a copy of this 5x7 photo taken Dec 10, 1925? I'm not exactly sure where Bluff Springs School was located but it was in the
Arenzville, IL area.


Name: Chris Hill <>
Date: 2010-11-23
I am researching Hill and Avery surnames if anyone can help please email me

Name: Deb Lowe <>
Date: 2010-10-22
I am researching Nathan Graves that killed a Mr. Fowle in 1837 in Cass County. Nathan Graves was from KY and escaped jail after being arrested for the murder. Nathan returned to KY and died here between 1870 & 1880. I found that info on google books regarding Cass Co history about the murder.

Any info on who Mr. Fowle was and why Nathan Graves would have killed him would be great to know.

Deb Lowe in KY


Name: David Hollingsworth <>
Date: 2010-10-12
Looking for the above, he was my paternal grandfather born in Beardstown in 1910 other than that I have no recore of him or his family.

Thank you for any help you might have.

E. David Hollingsworth
1408 W. Allison Rd.
Cheyenne, WY 82007


Name: Gayle Smith <>
Date: 2010-10-12
I am looking for information about James McHenry and Nancy Clark McHenry who are on the Cass County Census of 1850 along with many family members. They moved to Cass County from Western Pennsylvania. My family and I believe that James mother might have been named Mary and lived with them until her death in Cass County where she is buried in the William Nisbett Cemetery. Any information about this family would be greatly appreciated.

Name: Judith Faris <>
Date: 2010-10-04
It has been said in our family that Charles Kikendall is buried at Walnut Ridge Cemetery and that his wife Rosa is buried on one side of him and his wife Amanda on the other.

I visited that cemetery two years ago and could not find these graves.

Is there any way (any one) someone could take a photo of the three graves and send them digitally over internet to or by snail mail to Judith Faris, 4570 Crystal Creek Lane, Hudson, NC 28638. I would be happy to reimburse someone for their trouble. Please advise.

Thank you so much for 'being there'!



Name: April Johnson <>
Date: 2010-10-03
From the Illinois Newspaper Project website, I understand that CCHGS has access to a microfilm copy of some issues of the "Republican-Gazette", which was published in Virginia, Illinois. Is it possible for a staff member to check this microfilm for an obituary for Jeremiah "Jerry" Pate, who died in Beardstown, Illinois, on 8 February 1917?

Here is some additional information that may be helpful in finding the obituary: Jeremiah was born 4 February 1844, supposedly in St. Clair County, Illinois. He married Lucinda Blair in Sangamon County, Illinois, on 24 Aug 1869. He and Lucinda had several sons and a daughter, some of which were: George Riley, Fred Walter, Harry, Jerry, Jr., Ollie May (Braden), and Anthony. Jerry is buried in Virginia, Illinois.

Thank you for your time,
April Johnson


Name: Paula Schommer <>
Date: 2010-09-20
I am looking for living descendants of Lloyd Milton McClure and Beulah Alice Glendinning.
Beulah's father Frank Glendinning was my great grandfather's twin brother.


Name: Ruth Snider <>
Date: 2010-09-10
I would like any information on Dick Cemetery. Location, history, anything at all I will appreciate any help.

This is a great site, keep up the good work.


Name: Robert G Armstrong <>
Date: 2010-09-04
I've emailed Carol Orwig with my inquiry. Any thing else will be appreciated

Name: Pat Self <>
Date: 2010-07-15
Great web site. Keep up the good work

Name: Victoria J Glover <>
Date: 2010-07-15
I am looking for my Gibson family. David Allen Gibson 1822 m Eliza Petefish. I have no info on his parents and sibblings. His parents died ? Fayette,Pa 1858.
Any info on the Gibsons would be great.
Thank you for all of the info provided.


Name: Joan Gragg <>
Date: 2010-07-10
I have a quilt with names and embroidered blocks of BHS class of 1913. I would like some info on it if possible. I was wondering if it was done in 1913 or for a reunion later. The center block with the BHS on it has the name Jockisch.


Name: Joel Dobson <>
Date: 2010-07-09
I am researching an Air Force bomber accident that occurred in 1961. One of the crew members, Paul Edward Brown, was a Lt Colonel when he retired. He was from Beardstown, IL, and died April 29, 1988. I don't know if he is buried there or not.
Any help would be appreciated.
Joel Dobson
Greensboro, NC


Name: Allison B <>
Date: 2010-06-28
I have a question.
Do you guys have any information on Sylvan, a ghost town in Cass County?
Any info, no matter how small, will be appreciated!



Name: Matt Hobrock <>
Date: 2010-06-28
I just wanted to let you know that the Alumni site that I created, with yearbook covers and senior pictures, is no longer available on the Beardstown Houston Memorial Library site. The new location is as follows:

I maintain this now free site on Tripod, and use another site, ( to create the turning pages of the yearbooks through the senior picture sections.


Matt Hobrock
Springfield, IL


Name: Katherine Baujan Williamson <>
Date: 2010-06-22
I am looking for general information on Francis Baujan who was born and raised in Beardstown. Thank you.

Name: David Ring <>
Date: 2010-05-18
Everytime I look at my family tree, I'm thankful that I'm descended from Cass County. I've been able to trace most of my ancestors on my dad's side back to Germany because of your site. Thanks a lot!


Name: Conrad Wayne Ware <>
Date: 2010-04-09
John D Ware (Wear's) wife Mariah Wakeland (Weakland or Wealkins) reportedly died in 1842, Virginia City, Cass County, IL. Does anyone have any information on her death? Such as where she is buried, place of birth, parents or anything. They had four children, Elizabeth, William, David H and Margaret, supposedly all born in Bourbon County, Kentucky before the fammily moved to Cass County, IL. David H is my g g grandfather. Thank you.

Conrad Wayne Ware
2415 Valley Park Drive
Cedar Falls, IA, 50613-5209


Name: Jim Baggs <>
Date: 2010-03-27
Somers Hewitt, son of Imla Hewitt apparently had a brother, Reuben R. Hewitt. He became states attorney in Illinois and resided in Beardstown. I'm trying to find anyone who might have additonal re: R.R. Hewitt or his wife Sarah Burbank Hewitt. I'd also like to share family photos and get some recognition of the Baggs family of Cass County.

Name: Laura Schultz <>
Date: 2010-03-02
I have been trying for years to find history on my grandmother. She (Doris Summey)was married to my grandfather Carl Glen Harre in the 30's I think because my mother Charolette Marie Harre was born around 1936. They lived in Beardstown Ill. They were divorced when my mom was around 2 he kicked her out ( it was the old ways, she smoked and drank and worked in a bar I was told) she never saw her mom again. I was given a letter from a aunt that she found in my grandfaters things after he passed away,Doris wrote my grandfather begging him to let her see my mom and he never did. My mother passed away years ago and my grandfather passed away also, and i am sure Doris did to but i would like to know what she was like, did she remarry, was she happy etc. My heart went out to her when I found the letter my mother got to see. Please if you can help I would be forever grateful. Thank you Laura Schultz

Name: Chris Hill <>
Date: 2010-01-17
My family is from cass county and researching the Charles Benjamin Hill family

Name: Patrick Stuhmer <>
Date: 2009-12-20
Searching for Harve Henry and Lula F Sallee

Name: mark Bennett <>
Date: 2009-12-16
I'm interested in finding information regarding a Cass County farmer who found ancient romans coins on his property in 1882. I'm hoping that some one in your organization might have detailed information on this matter. Thanking you in advance for any assistance you might provide.

Name: Diane <>
Date: 2009-11-30
I know my ancestor, named above, and his wife Martha lived in Virginia, Cass Co. back in 1865-1866. He died in the civil war and was buried there. I do not know the names of any of the cemeteries so maybe you could relay that information to me. Also, do you think the State would have a death cert on him? What we're trying to do if find where he's buried and maybe figure out a way to get a photo of his tombstone. His wife did not die in Illinois. Thank you for your time. Diane

Date: 2009-11-04

Name: Joe Fulton <>
Date: 2009-10-29
I own the Civil War letters of Asa Newton Paschal, Co. A, 114th Illinois. He mentions scores of Beardstwon and other Cass County residents. I am always interested in sharing information on the Paschals, Freemans, Streets and other related families who lived in Cass County during the 19th century.

Name: Heather Cason <>
Date: 2009-10-22
I am looking for information on William M. Herron married to Nina Grace Smith, married sometime between 1910 and 1913, had 4 children (Joseph, Frances, Robert, and Theodore) by 1921. Nina died in 1921, and is buried in St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery. The four children were put up for adoption. It is unknown what happened to their father, William.

Name: sandra schamel <>
Date: 2009-09-28

Name: Roland Gage <>
Date: 2009-08-21
Dears sirs,
I am attempting to find descendants of F. Krohe Sr. and his wife Sophia who arrived in Beardstown in 1837. They had six children including Fred, Henry, Rose and Mary. I have a large clock dial which has their family history and names hand written on the back and would like to know if any surviving family members would be interested in it. Part of the text reads "this clock has been in the Krohe Family for 50 years Jan 1890." I am a clock collector and discovered the text while cleaning a layer of black paint from the back of the dial.
The dial goes with a period wooden clock movement which has been partially restored. If the family is not interested in the item it might be of interest to a local museum or Historical Society in your area. It certainly is worth preservation and is an interesting peice of history
Any assistance you can render in a suitable disposition of this item would be appreciated.
Roland Gage
Woodland, Ca.


Name: Sue <>
Date: 2009-08-02
I have been looking for information on my ggrandmother Anna C. Thilenius she was married to Arthur Edward French they were married in Virginia, Cass Co. She was born in Princeton, Bureau Co. A.E. French was born in Beardstown, Cass Co. If anyone has sourced information on either of them I would love to see it.

Name: Charles P. Keefe <>
Date: 2009-07-22
My great grandfather Patrick resided in Beardstown, Illinois, and was a Civil War veteran, he died (date unkn) and was buried out of St. Alexis Catholic Church in Beardstown, again date unkn, I at one time had a copy of his orbit. His widow Grace, I believe later moved to Springfield, IL. Patrick Keefe was born in Ireland abt 1830, and moved from Conneticut to Cass Co., Illinois. Any assistance in locating info will be appreciated.

Name: Clarence Eisberg <>
Date: 2009-07-13
My great grandfather Robert B. Thompson 1 Mar 1858 - 21 Dec 1935 was born near Virgina, Ill. I know the name of his brothers, Elmer and Earl Thompson, I'm looking for the names of his parents and where they imigrated from.. or other relatives. My grandmother Lulu Thompson married Henry W.F. Eisberg in Beardstown. Any connection would be appreciated.
Clarence Eisberg


Name: Diana Lovell <>
Date: 2009-05-27
My name is Diana Lovell (nee Hill). I graduated from Beardstown High School in the Class of 2000 and just wanted to let you know that my name is not in the class directory. I was only at BHS for one year (my senior year), but I am an alum.

Thank you.
Diana Hill Lovell


Name: Belinda Brasel Arbeiter <>
Date: 2009-05-20

Name: Alvin Oglesby <>
Date: 2009-05-06
John MEADS died 3 Oct 1950 in Cass Co
Dora Johnson MEADS (his wife) died 30 Sep 1950 in Cass County.

Can you locate an obit and tell me the cemetery where they are buried.

Thank you


Name: Diane Barber <>
Date: 2009-04-27
My dad was John Anderson, lived in Virginia,married J. Mary Cox about 1915, she died about 1929 and then he married my mom, Caroline Bollhorst in 1933. He had a half sister, Mary Rumble of Beardstown, half brother Finis Wallace of Virginia. I cannot find any info on family history. Can you help?

Name: Nathan Jr. <>
Date: 2009-04-27
Looking for info about Hack Alford from Georgia (dob 1834?). The 1880 census shows Hack and wife Nancy (dob 1855?) living in Grand Tower, Jackson Illinois with two (2) sons William (dob 1869) and Adam (dob 1879).

COMMENT; I just discovered your site, it's excellent. Many thanks.


Name: Jo Ann Stone <>
Date: 2009-03-09
Would like to know if there is a will for Charles C. Pasley on file. He served in the Civil War for the State of Ill.

Name: Barbara Lyon <>
Date: 2009-02-27
I will appreciate information from anyone who can provide information about Samuel E. Lyon, especially who his parents were. He was a member, in 1856, of the First Congregational Church of Chandlerville, I believe it was (or is) called. He was my great-great grandfather. Your website has been very helpful.


Name: Phil Tanner <>
Date: 2009-02-23

I am researching the family of John F. Carls II born 1840 in Hanover, Germany. Came to Beardstown in 1845 or 46 with at least two of his children, Marie Elenora and John F. III. . John F II apparently was killed in an accident shortly after they arrived in Cass County. Marie Elenora married Carl Jokisch in 1850. John F III married Mary C. Blohm in 1869. We have additional information we would like to share with anyone interested. We are also looking for any information anyone may have.


Name: Janet McMaster <>
Date: 2009-02-09
Looking for related families of George Miller, wf. Elizabeth; children: John, Frank, Elizabeth, Henry, George, Ellen, Edward, Grace and William. They were in twp. 17 N., Range 11 W., Cass, Il. in 1880. George and Elizabeth were from Germany and the children were born in Il. George was a farmer. I believe that George and Elizabeth are buried in Jockisch Cemetery near Bluff Springs, Il.

Name: Adam L Suffern <>
Date: 2009-02-01
My grandpa, Elliott D Garner, and his brothers bought a house in Chandlerville that is still in the family today. My question is I saw a drawn picture of the house in a book but dont recall what book it was. Someone told me it was one of the books you published. I was wanting to know if this was true and what information you have on that house. It is now owned by Wyatt and Karen Anderson, my stepfather and mother.



Name: Janet McMaster <>
Date: 2009-01-29
Actually, I am trying to find birth records for Grace b. 6/23/1902 Ashland,Cass Co., IL. to Bird and Minnie McMeins and her sister Edith Ethyl McMeins b. 3/31/1889 in Cass Co. Are there any books about families who lived in Cass Co. back then? One problem I come across is that McMeins was sometimes spelled McMeans for the same family. If you have a board you can post a note on I'd love to share with anyone interested in this family. Thank you very much for your time.


Name: glenn oltman <>
Date: 2009-01-06
Several years ago I purchased a gun from an individual who claimed that the gun was used by one Sheriff Ring from Beardstown, Ill. who used it to do himself in. I am inquiring if there is any truth to this. Please let me know if there was any law enforcement official by this name and any other information you may have regarding this matter. Thank you for your time.

glenn oltman


Name: Kerry <>
Date: 2008-12-02
Just received my "Cass County, Illinois, 1922-1927 Marriages" publications and what an awesome piece of work. Lots of information included, very organized and indexed. Thank you for this great book and how quickly I received the two I ordered!

Name: Aaron McEvoy <>
Date: 2008-11-10
I am doing research on the famed sculptor and ventriliquist Arthur Sieving. Based upon my reviwing the Sangamon Valley Collection, there were many Sievings in the Beardstown area. I am looking for some surviving relatives of Mr. Sieving or his brother, Edwin W. Sieving. My email is Thank you very much.

Name: Ginger Nelson <>
Date: 2008-10-04
My Great Great Grandparents, William and Mathilda (Patterson) Ferguson and their descendents, lived in Cass County from about 1838 to, at least about 1920. Their children would have been - James, born in 1836, William P., born in 1838 & whom I think married Mary E. Higginson, also of Cass County, Henry, born 1840, Robert, born 1841, John, born 1844, Eliza, born 1845, she married Josiah Hathaway, Stuart, born 1850, Milton, born 1852, Samuel, born 1854, Maggie, born 1857 and Nanette, born 1859.

Name: Anne Mueller <muellers>
Date: 2008-09-01
I'm Searching Kinney famileys in Il. Cass County


Name: Mike Behel <>
Date: 2008-08-31
I am attempting to find the burial location for Lola D. Hembrough. Her address at the time of her death (November 10, 2002) was 62618 Beardstown, Illinois. She lived for many years in Franklin, Illinois.

Name: Linda Harbin Grubbs <>
Date: 2008-08-20
My late cousin was Alice Virginia Harbin Osborn, born: 4 August 1897 Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY. - died: 8 August 1981 New York, NY. She was married to Max Sikes Osborn, ca. 1920-1923 in South Bend, IN. Alice Virginia was the Treasurer of the Cass County Historical Society on Sept. 14, 1963 (per newspaper article) & also a member of the D.A.R. Anyone with any information on Alice Virginia Harbin Osborn please contact Linda at: Thanking you in advance for your reply,
Linda Harbin Grubbs, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY.


Name: Sara Ramos <>
Date: 2008-08-12
My grandmother's side of her family was from Browning IL. My grandmother was Bula Spillers and her maiden name was Bates. My mother,Winnie Douglas, said Lavina Walton had our family geneology. My mother said since Lavina passed that all the geneology was given to the historic society. Do you have access to this or is it in Rushville, IL. Can you provide me information, website, phone number, etc...?

My email is at home when you reply, or my work email is sara.ramos@amedd,
I am trying to track information regarding family and I am interested in the Daughters of Revolution, etc...


Name: Linda Lowe Bridgeman Holder <>
Date: 2008-07-21
I am the youngest daughter of John William Lowe and Dorothy Reining Lowe.

I am interested in any information and help in locating my roots and family history of the Lowe's and the Reining's.


Name: Lida Raimondi <>
Date: 2008-05-17
Dear Carol:
I just discovered more information regarding the family of the above mentioned ancestor. Could you please check out the following?

1. Henry McKinnell, youngest son of the above, was "shipped off" from Maize Kansas to Beardstown upon his death Sept 9, 1920. (per his death cert.) I can only suppose he is buried there with his father and mother, but there isn't a listing for him at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Perhaps there is one at the office? (certainly should have a receipt, if he ever showed up!)

2. Because of this revelation, I feel it is possible my Great-grandfather, John McKinnell (Henry Sr.'s oldest son) might have made the same journey. Although he was living in Kansas prior to 1920, I think he might have died in Missouri, between 1920-30. BUT, I suspect he too was "shipped" to Cass Co. There are a lot of spaces, unmarked, around the site.

I appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks so much. (really enjoyed the Newletter!)
(PS--unrelated, a donation is on its way for the roof fund-lr)


Name: Ellen Liles <>
Date: 2008-04-26
Looking for information on Elmira E. Hart b. abt. 1841, IL and her first husband, James E. Mathews b. abt. 1837, IL. James had a brother Enoch A. Matthews (listed on the 1860 Chandlerville, Cass, IL federal census). Elmira E. and James had two daughters Minerva E. b. abt. 1858 and Martha M. b. abt. 1859/1860. Elmira E. died in 1868 in Morgan Co, IL. Thanks. Ellen

Name: Bob Rezac <>
Date: 2008-04-24
I am looking for additional information on James Swan and his wife Ellen Daily. I read the posting from you on April 16, 2002 and have additional info for you.

My Grandfather was Frederick Edgar Swan, son of James Swan and Ellen Retta Daily. Fred was a brother to Oscar H. Swan. There was John Adolph Swan of Beardstown and Nettie and Bertha. I have some information on them also John's family.

What I have is James Alphens Monroe Swan was born April 10, 1863 in Beardstown, Cass County. On June 26, 1881 he married Ellen Retta Daily (License # 00003745-I think). Ellen was also from Beardstown, Cass County (But I have that she was maybe born there or in Pennsylvania. James did die 4-26-1899 and was buried on 4-27-1899 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Cass County. Ellen died 6-15-1896 and was buried on 6-16-1896 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Cass County. According to Cass County deaths, they had twin babies that died 7 days before Ellen died.

I am looking for James Swan's parents also.

Ellen Daily's parents I have were John C. Daily, Sr born between 1832 - 1840 in PA married on 2-25-1860 and he died on 12-16-1912. I believe that is in Cass County. He married Margaret J. Smith born in Ireland (or around 1845 in PA. She died 9-20-1884

Ellen Daily had 6 siblings

Would like for Rhonda Randolph to contact me or the society.

Thanks, Bob Rezac


Name: Conrad Wayne Ware <>
Date: 2008-04-17
Thank you for the efforts you put forth in establishing and maintaining this web site. It has not gone by unnoticed. County records are an invaluable source of information for Ancestry seekers.

Name: Ellen Liles <>
Date: 2008-03-30
Great information on your site! Still looking for information on children of Elizabeth Foxworthy b. abt 1812 in VA and Zebedee Wood b. abt. 1811 NC. Last found Elizabeth Wood on 1850 Cass County, IL Federal Census. I know that she died in 1866, burial in Garner Chapel Cemetery, Cass County, IL. Zebedee died in 1849, Cass County, IL. What happened to their children listed living with Elizabeth Wood on the 1850 Cass County census? Children were John Nelson, Angeline, James, Elizabeth and Nancy.

Name: frances harrington <>
Date: 2008-03-23
Loved your sight, found info. on Gibson's. Keep up the good work, i'll be back.

Name: Jaime (Brogdon) Cuvier <irishlynn1@juno.coom>
Date: 2008-01-24
Wonderful Web site! I truly enjoy my visits!

Name: Patrick Rose <>
Date: 2007-12-18
Well, I am certainly impressed by your web site. I was able to find out lots of information about my ancestor John Wesley Rose. For instance, he was a civil war veteran, buried in Seaman's Cemetery.

Name: Gale H Armstrong <>
Date: 2007-12-02
Enjoyed what I've seen so far.

Name: keith mccarthy <>
Date: 2007-11-01
My ggrandfather was Jeremiah McCarthy, I am now researching his sisters Catherian and Mary who married William Kelly and his brother Richard Kelly. I would like to know if you have any information on the Kelly's. I know they were in CASS county in 1870 and 1880 after that they are not showing up anywhere.

Keith McCarthy


Name: charla weisenburger <>
Date: 2007-10-17
Whom do I contact to request a death or marriage certificate & what is the cost?

Name: Judi Kays Degitz <>
Date: 2007-10-07
This site is great. My Cass county ancestor's are Caldwell, Wessel, Miller, Bierman. Would love to hear from anyone with info on these families. Judi Kays Degitz

Name: Chuck Nobis <>
Date: 2007-10-05
Excellent Information!! My Grandparents were from Arenzville and my mother, Phyllis Witte Nobis graduated in 1947 from Virginia High. Very nice web site Thanks.

Chuck Nobis


Name: Albert F. Clark <>
Date: 2007-10-03
This looks like a very good place to get information on ancestors.

Name: Jean Conover Blaney <thomas_blaney@>
Date: 2007-09-22
HOpe to visit your location soon and bring w/ me photographs of the Conover/Kikendall families.

Name: Susan Osburn <>
Date: 2007-08-22
Your site is a fantastic find and hopefully proves helpful in my search. My great-grandmother may be the Ballard included in your Beardstown City Cemetery list of surnames. Thanks for offering your website free. I'm sure I'll be back.

Name: Frank D Helton <>
Date: 2007-07-07
Thank you so very much for the work that you have done.

Name: Leslie (DeSollar) Skelley <>
Date: 2007-07-06

Name: Laura Turner <>
Date: 2007-06-28
Carol at CCHGS has been such a great help!

My 4g grandfather is Edward W. Turner . His bio is located at:

Would like to correspond with others researching the same Turner line especially relatives in the area.


Name: Bob <Nesler>
Date: 2007-06-20
Thanks for having this site and the information. My grandfather, Ralph Brown. was Ernest Brown's half brother. My mother, Ida (Brown) Nesler, took us often to visit Ernest and Eula at their home and farm in Chandlerville. As kids we loved riding the tractors with Uncle Ernest and talking with Aunt Eula.

Name: Malia Markwell <>
Date: 2007-06-14
M ancestors are the Chandlers of Chandlerville. My g-g-g-g grandfather was Marcus Chandler, brother to Dr. Charles Chandler. His son Charles Clarence- and Clarence's daughter, Carrie Blanche were both born in Chandlerville. I have several unidentified pictures taken at Chandlerville and Jackson galleries. I will be in touch to find out how to order the cemetery books. I have been to the cemetery in Chandlerville twice- and still haven't been able to find Charles Clarence. Great site. Thank you.

Name: Alanna Coffelt <>
Date: 2007-05-31
Thanks for the information.


Name: Tammy Dapkus <>
Date: 2007-05-22
I am trying to find the parents of a Chester Athur Gooding born in 1880, and died in 1953. Can you please help.

Name: Arin K. Thompson <>
Date: 2007-05-22
I find this site very helpful in the research for the book I am writing. If anyone has any information about the Shaw family (living in Cass County around 1850) please feel free to email me! Their names are: Samuel, Mary, Elizabeth, Katherine, Mary Anna, James, Timothy, Archibald, William and Samuel Jr. Thanks so much and happy searching!

Name: Jaime (Brogdon) Cuvier <>
Date: 2007-05-21
Wonderful Web Site! I especially enjoyed the photographs and biographies. :)

Name: Barbara Surratt <>
Date: 2007-05-03
researching many people in this area and hope to find information on them here.

Name: Kelly Reffett (Dearing) <>
Date: 2007-05-03
Outstanding website! Thank you for all your hard work and all the volunteers that work so hard to provide our families with this invaluable historical data.

Date: 2007-04-12

Name: Melanie Renner <>
Date: 2007-04-06
This is, by far, the best county website I have ever been to. Very well organized. Based on the extensive content you have, it is obvious that your society has been very busy. Keep up the great work!

Name: Frank Beesley <>
Date: 2007-03-30
Thank you for providing access to this information. It will help in June, when I shall be in Cass, Mason, and Morgan Counties researching the STRIBLING, MITCHELL, and BEESLEY families.

Name: Ron Culves <>
Date: 2007-03-29
I used your website and publications as part of my genealogy research into my family history. With your help I've found out information going back to my Great-great-grandparents. Genealogy research can be expensive and I appreciate all of the free services and links your website provided me with.

Name: Erin Kathleen Vreeland <>
Date: 2007-03-09
I am searching for my lost grandmother. My mother and uncle were adopted together to James Dewey McKibben in the 1940s. My two aunts Peggy and Hazel were taken from the home along with three to five children that were from different fathers. Apparently the Baby Fold (adoption agency in Cass Co. that handled the adoptions of the children) has information but, will not release this to us. My mother, Marian McKibben, is now 65 and quite ill with Luekemia. I have two sons ages 7&9 years old that have some serious medical issues and I need any information that anyone might have. My Biological Grandmother, Sarah Shaw, was thrown into prison for neglect. She gave birth to another child while incarcerated. The grandchildren from all ends would like to gather any information possible. Thank You and Blessings to anyone that might be able to help us!!!

Name: Jim Ruffing <>
Date: 2007-03-05
Thanks for all your fine work.

Name: Keith Lovekamp <>
Date: 2007-03-05
Have not really checked out the web site in depth yet but now that I can, you can bet I will. I, like Janice, am proud to be a native of Arenzville. I guess she and I both were given a gene for Cass County history. I now live in Stuarts Draft, VA so the web site will be invaluable to me.
Thank you.


Name: Chris Norris <littlebird07>
Date: 2007-03-01
Would like to find an easier link to Death registrations in UK & USA

Name: Janice Fox <>
Date: 2007-02-26
Congratulations on a beautiful web site. I have so many ancestors in Cass County and am proud to have been born in Arenzville!

Name: Sherry Frankenbach <>
Date: 2007-02-24
This site has been a wealth of informtion. I'm descended from H.C. Meyer and his wife Amelia. Prior to her death, my grandmother gave me a lot of her family history. Unfortunately, the Blair side of my family-tree (Hugh and Susan Cowan) in next to unknown. Thanks to your site I was able to gleen a little more information. My G-grandmother Blair's maiden name was Force but aside from her date of marriage to Grandpa Harry there is nothing about her family. I would also like to know more about Susan and how she got from NC to Chandlerville. Anyway, thank you for the effort that you put into this site. Job well done

Name: Kerry <>
Date: 2007-02-23
The site has been very interesting to search through and glad Cass County has one for family researchers. Thank you so much for your help with my additions of our family lines.



Name: Melinda <>
Date: 2007-02-15
Your site is great! A lot of information! Thank you for providing it for all of us family researchers. You list a LAHMAN in your Arenzville Township Cemeteries Surnames List. Can you tell me a full name or the name of the cemetery? I am having difficulty finding online readings of these cemeteries in Arenzville township. I am trying to find where John Lahman is burried, died in 1854. (I am in Kansas) Thanks again for all of the information. Sure I will spend some time here!


Date: 2007-02-13
Please, sorry not speak english; I need Information about surname ACHUE. This surname is from Venezuela and Trinidad.

Thank for information



Name: Joy Anne Stefan <>
Date: 2007-02-13
This is a great site and has helped me fill in the gaps between oral history and written history in my family. Thank you.

Name: James R. Lannin, Jr. <>
Date: 2007-02-11
My great grand parents were James Lannin and his wife Martha Ann (Raycraft) Lannin who were from Ireland. I found transcribed obituary information Showing their exact dates of death on which was from the March 1996 issue of the Cass County Historian. Our family was unsure of the exact dates and even the place of death for them until I stumbled upon this info. Also there was info on the death of my great uncle, Joseph Raycraft.

Also I found in your transcription of the Cass County Probate Book F, August 1861-September 1864, p.2., two entries re the death of my great-great grandfather, Thomas Raycraft. Although my great grandmother is referred to as "Martha Ann Lamman" and "Martha Lanman" and my great grandfather as "James Lanman", it is clear to me that they are my ancestors.

How can I get info (eg: Plat maps, deeds etc.) re the real property parcels referred to in the Probate Book? How can I find more info re my ancestors in Beardstown? I don't know where they were buried, for instance. I know James and Martha Ann came from Ireland, but I have been so far unsuccessful in learning their parent's names or which town they definitely came from. I am part of the FamilyTreeDNA genealogical research project, and have found relatively close "cousins" in Ireland and New Zealand. I think the info I need to trace further back might be there in Beardstown. I grew up in Illinois, but came west in 1973. I now live in Las Vegas. It is not easy to "drive down to Beardstownto do some research" as it would be if I still lived in Illinois. Can you help me?


Name: Nancy J. Trone <>
Date: 2007-02-07
I enjoyed looking at your website. Very nice.

Name: Jeanie Lowe <>
Date: 2007-01-28
The web site looks great and it is so good to see that Carol Orwig is the new president. She is a very wonderful person and one of the most helpful people I know in genealogy. She will do a great job of leading the organization in a positive manner. We will all benefit from her leadership. Thanks for all you do.

Name: Charlie Rumble <>
Date: 2006-11-21
You have a great website and I read the news letter word for word. Thank You very much for all your effort. This is a success in the making.
Charlie Rumble, Oklahoma City, OK.


Name: Kerry <>
Date: 2006-11-20
A lot of great information on the site. Thanks!