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Looking for anyone who is searching the ABEL surname from Macon County, Illinois. My Sherman ABEL was born 22 August 1865 in Decatur, Illinois. Trying to find out who his parents are. Searched the marriage records of Macon County and found a William S. ABEL married to a Sarah FERRY 23 Juen 1859. Wondered if this couple could be his parents.

Sherman ABEL was found in 1900 Milwaukee Wisconcin age 35 as a single man, as a lineman for the telephone company. From 1906-1920 he is in the counties of Hempstead and Miller in the State of Arkansas as a lineman and forman for the telephone company. He married Ada Florence BARNES in Pulaski County, ARkansas in 1906. They had twin daughters, Louise, Lucille in 1907. Their son, Raliegh Roebuck was born ca. 1912 in ARkansas. Sherman left his family between 1920-1926 for California. He never returned home. He died in Los Angeles, California in 1944. He is buried in the National MIlitary Cemtery in Los Angeles. His death certificate does not list his parents. He was a Spanish American war veteran. Company B 1st Volunteer, Engineers. If any of this is familiar to anyone please contact me. I would appreciate any time and consideration you might give this request.
Janet Gardner
Tuesday, February 05, 2002 6:54 AM


I found a list of marriages containing a Sarah Ann Adams that married a Thomas MACKEN on 2 April 1863 in Moultrie county, ILL. I have a Sarah Ann ADAMS b. 1846 ILL. Her father was Thomas Adams b. 25 April 1814 in Deleware or Ohio. Her mother is unknown. Thomas Adams married a second time in 1848 in Moultrie county. I have a listing of her brothers by both marriages and would like to exchange information on who her mother was to locate where in Ohio they lived to aid in the search for Thomas Adams origins and what became of her brothers by Thomas' first wife,if these are the same Sarah. I believe her brothers James A. and Thomas J. served with the 21st ILL. Inf. Reg. Co. E from Sullivan.Thomas J. died a prisoner of war.Would like to verify if these are her brothers. Emily (Adams) Matthews
Friday, August 06, 1999 5:49 PM


Sarah Smith and William Adams were my paternal grandparents and I do not know much about their history. I think William Lee Adams died in Oklahoma City. My father was born in Oklahoma. I would really like to know more about my family.
Dan Raby


Trying to connect with anyone on Thomas ADAMS born 25 Apr 1814 in Deleware or Deleware co, Ohio. He married 26 Dec 1848 in Moultrie co. to Martha Ann (BONHAM) BARINGER daughter of Hamilton Bonham. Thomas had children by 1st wife, they were ;James A. 1837 Ohio-John W. 1838 Ohio-Thomas J. 1842 IND- Sarah A. 1846 ILL. Thomas & Martha had Hamilton, 25 Apr 1850 & Edward, 30 Mar 1858 both born Jonathan Creek. Edward is my gggrandfather. Would like to find descendants of early children to see if they know where Thomas lived in Ohio ,or the name of 1st wife , or if his parents were from Holland. Thank you.
Emily Adams Matthews
Saturday, April 10, 1999 12:55 PM


I am seeking information about Edward S Adams: History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties:

E. S. ADAMS is a Kentuckian by birth. He was born in Oldham county, Kentucky, on the 17th of February, 1834. His ancestors came from North Carolina, and were among the early sett lers of Kentucky. His grandfather, Ephraim Adams, was born in North Carolina, was married in that state. Joel Adams, father of th e subject of this sketch, was born in Kentucky in the year 1797. Edward S. Adams was the seventh of a family of nine children. He first came to Illinois in the year 1852, when nineteen years old, and remained for a time in Sullivan township, Moultrie county, but in the fall of 1853 returned to Kentucky. In the spring of 1855 he came back to this state. He was married on the 23d of September, 1858, to Matilda Ann Roney, daughter of John Roney, one of the old settlers at Todd's Point. Since 1859 Mr. Adams has been living on his present farm, which consists of 267 acres. He has five children, John, Alice, Jenettie, William and Edward.

I, too, descend from Joel Adams and would like to increase my knowledge of this family.

Gael Entrikin
January 24, 2007


I've been looking for the family of Daniel Albro in the 1860 Moultrie census but didn't find them. However, they were there in 1850; census dated 14 Aug. Moultrie Co., the twp. is unreadable, dwelling #112:

Dan'l N. Albro, 31, school teacher, b. R. Island

Serilda, 22, born IL

Amanda, 3 , born IL

Jane, 1, born IL

Serilda was a Frazier out of Shelby Co. and part of my family.
Sharon Carpenter


Searching for information on the family of John B. Aldridge that lived at Sullivan, Il. 1856 until possibly the present. He married Nancy Ann Babb about 1882 in Sullivan and I believe both are buried there as may be their son, John and his wife, Rosa. There were 10 children in the family. Thank You.
Richard W. Coursey
Monday, June 07, 1999 7:30 PM


am looking for any information on what happened to the four Aldridge children (Willis or William M., Elizabeth (about age 16), Sarah (about age 14), Bolen (about age 10) around 1870. In 1860, they were living with their mother, Martha, and her second husband, James Bragg in Moultrie Co. Martha died in 1867 and is buried with her first husband, Jackson Aldridge in Pea Cemetery. Willis, Elizabeth and Sarah all married from Moultrie Co. in the 1872 or 1877.

I am also looking for death information for Mary Ann (Thompson) Aldridge, wife of Willis M. Aldridge. I'm wondering if she might have died between 1872-74.
Susan Baker
Sept. 7, 2006


My Grandmother's family - James E. ALEXANDER & Mariah Jane WILSON ALEXANDER were residents of Moultrie Co. (Gays) and my Grandmother was Ella ALEXANDER FORTE. I'm looking for information on her side of the family - specifically, anyone knowing if there are living relatives still in the County. Grandma Ella was born 27 Mar 1881 (in Gays, I think) and died 9 Aug 1965 in Champaign Co., IL. Anyone having a connection to her family, please contact me. Thanks.
Judy Forte Brown
Sunday, November 10, 2002 2:24 PM


Searching for any information on this Anderson Family. John and Ella (Renshaw) Anderson were married in Coles County on July 2nd, 1889. They lived in Sullivan, Moultrie County in 1904. They had 4 children (Frank, Robert, Cora Irene, and Earnest Rex b. 1904 Sullivan, IL). Cora was born in Kansas in 1902, have nothing on Frank and/or Robert. Not sure how long they may have lived in Moultrie County, but thought that since "Uncle Rex" born there, it might be worth asking. Thank You.
Mark Peters
Friday, July 07, 2000 12:31 PM


I am looking to exchange information on Potter Everett Arterburn. He was born Jan 14, 1884 Monroe County, Kentucky and died Sept 8, 1958 Moultrie County, Illinois. Also on his sister Alice Alta Ann Arterburn born Jan 29, 1881 Barren County, Kentucky and died Dec 8, 1958 Moultrie County, Illinois. She married Ray McDonald. They are half brother and half sister to my gr gr grandmother.



October 27, 2008


My uncle, David LeRoy Athey, was born in Sullivan, Moultrie Co., Il on Sept. 11, 1895. I'm trying to locate information about his parents who were, according to family oral tradition, Louis and America Ann (Anna) Davis Athey. Any information re. their stay in Moultrie County would be helpful. Thanks.
Lou Athey


Just beginning to try to locate husband's ancestors ;Atteberry, Kenneth Earl; father was Earl Reuben Atteberry, Moultrie County residence part of time, buried in Sullivan.

Thursday, March 07, 2002 11:42 PM


Lillie Camilla Badley b. 18 Sept 1867, Sullivan, Il, Father, Zephaniah Badley, Mother Drusicilla(Deeds) Badley. Would appreciate any info. Thank you.

Lillie Gaul ([email protected])
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Friday, March 30, 2001 9:59 PM


Hello,here is what I have on my Bakers in Moultrie Co.Any info would be great. Mostly looking for George W. Bakers father and mother. Thanks for any help. And I hope that my info can help someone as well. George W.Baker b.01 Mar 1832 Md, d.21 Oct. Lovington,IL. Laura F. Baker b 17 Nov. 1860 Lineous, Mo. Married John Williams (Listed on the Lowe Twp 1870 Census age 18) 14 Apr. 1866 Lovington,Il. Florence L. Baker b. 26 Oct. 1866 Arthur,Il. Married Collet Million (Listed on Lovington Twp 1870 census age 03) 07 Sept. 1885 Sullivan, Il. Infant son b. 29 Feb. 1868 Arthur, IL d. 01 Sept. 1868 Buried Lovington,IL. Thomas Isaac Baker b. 23 July 1892 Lovington, IL. Married Clara Pepperdine 17 Aug. 1892 Sullivan, IL. Hal Gordon Baker b. 30 July 1893 Lovington, lL. Laura Mae Baker b. 28 Oct. 1903 Child no name b. 20 Nov. 1904. William Glenn Baker b. 18 May 1906 Oma Dugan Married William Glenn Baker jr. b. 08 Sept. 1929 Harold Ivan Baker b. 07 Aug. 1908. No name boy b. 10 July 1912. I belive that the rest after Hal Gordon was born in Lovington, IL.
Robert J.Etter
Sunday, May 28, 2000 2:47 PM


Would like to correspond with anyone researching Baldwin or Watts families that lived in Moultrie Co., IL especially in the 1870-1890s. I am especially interested in Joseph Isaac Baldwin b. 11 Sep 1858 in Clay Co., IN. He married Mary Jane "Mollie" Webb nee Watts in Sullivan, Moultrie Co., IL on 08 Dec 1886. Mollie was the daughter of John Martin Watts b. 06 May 1846 Marion Co., IN and his wife Martha Kincade b. 30 Jun 1846 Grundy Co., MO. Does anyone have information that would confirm or refute that this Joseph Baldwin is the son of Pleasant and Lydia Baldwin nee Nance? Does anyone have any ideas about how I can find out who his parents were? Any help would be appreciated.

Sharlene Miller
Sunday, October 15, 2000 8:53 AM


I am a descendant of the Augustus Barber family, who lived in Moultrie County from 1845, and I would appreciate any information about this family.

Lenor Smith Meyer
April 8, 2008


I am looking for any information that I can find about Peter Martin Barnes and his parents, he was supposedly born in Sullivan, Moultrie county ILL Sept . 26 1830. He later married Eunice Rhoden on June 16 1907 in Terre Haute IN. They had 6 children: Mary Jane, George Washington, John Wesley (18 Sept 1860), Louisa, Edward Francis, and Emma.
Curt Barnes


Nicholas Schermerhorne BASTION, b. 1808, Canajoharie, Montgomery Co NY, m. Eunice JEWETT (b. 1828 Newburgh, Cuyahoga Co, OH) Dubuque, 1851. N.S. Bastion instructor at McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, 1838. 1843-46, Methodist minister in Shelbyville. With 1st wife missionary to Liberia, 1849-1850. By 1858 he and 2nd wife Eunice JEWETT were in Sullivan, Moultrie Co where they purchased Sullivan Academy, also known as Sullivan Seminary and Bastion Seminary, where one or both taught for years. Apparently moved much in area of Matoon, Shelbyville, Tuscola, etc, judging by where children were born or died. 1867-1874 with L.P. Phillips minister of Sullivan Christian Church. Died 2/23/1884 and "was brought home to Sullivan for burial," so apparently died elsewhere. Surviving children Jeannie (Jenny) b 1854, m. Mr. Sees; Myra, b. 1857; Nicholas S (Nick, "Klaas"), b. 1859, in Texas in 1890's with wife and one child; Eunice Jewett, b. 1863, m. John Alvin WAGGONER 1883. They moved to Walla Walla WA before 1900, and are my great grandparents. I have lots of Waggoner history. Am searching for other descendents of NS Bastion and Eunice Jewett, and information on their last years. I have her obituary, but the year is missing. It was likely in the 1890s. Where did Bastion die? Were he and his wife not living together? When did he change denominations? Any information appreciated.
Doris Waggoner
Wednesday, July 28, 1999 10:32 PM


Looking for information about Walker, Beck, Stark in Moultrie County approx. 1785-1897. Nathaniel BECK, born 1785, wife was Eddy BECK, born 1787 Their son was Larkin BECK, born July 1805. He married Malinda STARK, Jan 1809-Nov 8, 1847. Larkin BECK bought land in Moutrie County in 1836 per Illinois Public Land Sale Records. Larkin and Malinda's daughter Trena BECK, born Sept. 15, 1827, died Mar 31, 1891, first married ? TRAVIS, then married Elisha Allen WALKER who was born in Kentucky in 1825 and died May 29, 1897 - I believe he is buried in Moultrie County. He bought land adjoining his father-in-law Larkin BECK in 1850 per Illinois Public Land Sale Records. Trena and Elisha WALKER had a daughter Malinda Emoline WALKER born June 12, 1866 Moultrie County. Malinda married Henry LONG, then Isaac REYNOLDS 1915. Malinda and Henry LONG's son Everett Henry LONG born 1887 in Kansas was my maternal grandfather. Want to find more information about Elisha Allen WALKER (where born in Ky., e.g.) and about Nathanial and Eddy BECK (where born, married e.g.) and about Malinda STARK (parents, where born, e.g.) Information on names and dates taken from a family letter from the 1920s.

Carol Sisson Regehr
Fri Aug 1, 1997 - 14:32:13


According to family records in LDS Family Search, my relative, Richard Bennett who died 30 August 1835 was buried in Bruce Cemetary, Moultrie, Ilinois, Sec.22. He was born to William Bennett and Catherine Bernard (or Barnett) in Prince Edward Co., Virginia on 30 March 1785. He married Mary (Polly) Bell 28 Feb 1811. They were the parents of 11 children, all except two were born in Sumner Co. Tennessee. The other two were born in Bedford Co.Tennessee. He and his brother William J. married sisters. William's wife was Elizabeth Bell. Several of William and Elizabeth's 11 children were born in Shelbyville, Shelby Co.Illinois. I am eager to know more of the history of this family - when they moved to Illinois,etc. Thank you.

Beverly Chamberlain
Saturday, February 17, 2001 2:16 PM


Joseph A. BENTLEY, b 1843 in Dade Co. Mo., married Lucinda NEWMAN in Moultrie Co. in Dec. 1863 at Lovington. Lucinda appeared in the 1850 Moultrie Co. census in home of Henry NASH in the 1850 Moultrie Co census, along with her sister Harriett Newman, age 2, born in Ohio. Lucinda also appeared in the 1860 census of Moultrie Co. in the home of Charles P. RIGGINS, age 42, farmer, born in Delaware, along with her sister Harriet NEWMAN, age 12, born Ohio, plus Lucinda and Harriett's mother Rose, age 39 and born in Ohio. Joseph and Lucinda removed to Wilson County, Ks. between 1868 and 1870 and remained there. No record of Lucinda's mother or sister after 1860 which is what I'm searching for. Any information greatly appreciated.
Bill Bentley
Saturday, June 27, 1998 4:52 PM


Searching information on Lewis Jackson Berry, coroner of Moultrie County ca. 1840's. First Wife was Rebecca Walker, married in Coles County 1842. Son John Walker Berry, born in Moultrie County 1843. Was Rebecca the daughter of Isaac Walker, the Sheriff of Moultrie County ca. 1840's? Need information on this family. Thank you. Sincerely, Mrs. Robin F Kernan

Mrs. Robin F Kernan
Wednesday, December 24, 2003


Hi everyone!

I am having a bit of trouble and am stuck in Moultrie County. Any help would be appreciated involving the following people or their families.

William Berry b.15 May 1848 in Illinois d.21 Nov 1930 in Moultrie, IL married Florance Matilda Berry on 27 October 1898. His parents were Samuel Berry and Elizabeth (Waller-- maiden name I am unsure of).

Samuel, William, and Elizabeth all lived in Moultrie County according to census records when they died and before. I have no idea who William's siblings were, nor Samuel or Elizabeth's parents. Any information furthering this line would be most appreciated.

Florance Matilda Berry was born 6 Oct 1881 in Jonathan Creek Township, Moultrie and died 13 Aug 1904 in Jonathan Creek Township, Moultrie - less than a month after having her one and only child (my great grandmother) Freda Fern Berry. She was married to William Evan Berry at the time.

Florance's siblings include Mary Johnson (b. 1866), John F. Bud Johnson (b. 20 June 1868), Bessie Johnson (b. 1874), Maude Johnson (b. Oct 1881), William H.H. Johnson (b. 1889), Alzora A. Johnson (b. 16 Nov 1871), and Rose Johnson (b. 16 April 1885).

Florance's parents were Asa Johnson (b. Sep 1827 in Pennsylvania and d. 14 Apr 1927 in Jonathan Creek Township, Moultrie) and Cassandra Ann Buxton (b. June 1844 in Pennsylvania and d. 31 July 1898 in Jonathan Creek Township, Moultrie).

Any information on this line of Berry's would be most appreciated as well. Any pictures, stories, dates, siblings, children, or anything else related to these people would help me out immensely. Please feel free to contact me regarding these people because I am completely stuck and would love help.

Thanks!! Rachael
August 15, 2008


I am looking for information on Thomas Henry and Frances Beveridge. Any help is appreciated.

Ken Parker
Thursday, August 19, 1999 3:42 PM


I would like to correspond with anyone doing research on the WEBB/BINEGAR/SAPP family line in Moultrie County. I have some information but I am stuck at where I am at. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

MyLinda Webb
February 23, 2007


I am looking for additional information on the family of my grandfather, Jesse James Blackford, born April 13, 1900 in Moultrie County, IL. His birth certificate lists Mary (maiden name Moran) Blackford as his mother, aged 25 (?) at his birth in 1900. His father was James Rufus Blackford (no additional info.) We know Jesse had an older brother, Samuel, probably born Oct 3rd, 1890, also an older sister, Hattie, born ????, younger sister Lenore, born ???? and a brother Frank, born ????. We believe there were a total of 9 siblings (other names unknown) born to James Rufus and Mary (Moran) Blackford. The family later moved to Wheeling IL, where James Rufus worked as a drainage tile worker/contractor. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Ken Blackford
Saturday, March 10, 2001 8:48 PM


Looking for information on Orlie Meigs (or Meggs) BLAKE (born 1895-1900) and Mabel Alta GIDDINGS (born 1899). Orlie was from Cadwell, Moultrie Co, Illinois. Mabel was from Sullivan, Moultrie Co, Illinois. Would like to determine date and place of marriage, who Orlie's parents were, whether Orlie was born in Moultrie Co or moved there as child with parents or as an adult. Also interested looking for info on Orlie's service in Illinois Militia (possibly in the 1916 punitive expedition to Mexico).

Curtis Blake


Looking for information on a Margaret Susan Bolin who married Clarence W. Parke in Moultrie County in the late 1800's. Any information appreciated.

Bev Dobbins
Wednesday, May 05, 1999 1:04 AM


I'm searching for "Tennessee" (actual name unknown) BONHAM. I believe he was listed as "Tennessee" Bonham in the 1850 Illinois census as living in the Moultrie/Shelby County area. He is a difficult search. I believe he is a Mayflower descendant. His son Simeon BONHAM was born in either Moultrie or Shelby County on 17 April 1858. Tennessee died in Shelby County (?) ca 1861. Tennessee BONHAM is my great great grandfather. Thanks.

Sunday, August 23, 1998 5:10 PM


James Madison Booker and his first wife Elizabeth are on the 1860 Moultrie Co., Ill. Census They had two children before she died in 1864. One child is burried in Kellar Cemetary. William W. Booker 1858-1860. John W. Booker was born 1860 in Lovington Il. and went to live with Thomas Jefferson Booker after his mother Elizabeth died. After Elizabeth's death in 1864, James remarried Martha Edwards and moved to Shelby Co. Ill. I'm looking for any information available on this family.

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Saturday, January 30, 1999 10:15 AM


I'm searching for information concerning BOOKER, Richard Davidson (b 15 July 1837 d: 5 Aug. 1923 in Salt Lake City, S. L. UT). His connection with Lovington, Moultrie, IL is: In August 1858, he was married to Sarah Ellen REED (b: in 1839 or 1841? d: 18 Sept. 1909? in York, York, NB) there. Any information concerning him, his wife, or family, would be much appreciated. I would particularly like to know if he was in the Civil war?? Thanks.

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Sunday, July 26, 1998 2:49 PM


I am trying to locate James H. Bowlin b1866 d1947 in East St Louis Il. He is my Great Great Grandfather and all I know is from his obit in the East St Louis paper which said he was from Gays Il. If anyone has any information on him please contact me. Thanks.

Tony Giglotto
Tue, Oct 28, 1997


Looking for information on Sarah Brackney, daughter of Marmaduke Brackney Sr. She married William George Jones. Need burial site and death date for William George Jones. Also looking for a connection to the Stegall family. Appreciate any assistance. Thanks

Pati Applewhite - Mon, Oct 13, 1997


Looking for information on the family of George M. Brooke, who married Elizabeth Underwood 20 JUN 1860 in Moultrie County. They resided in Lowe Twp. and were recorded in the 1870 census. They had 11 children.

Brent Brooke ([email protected])
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 10:00 PM


Researching Brosam, 1840-Present.
Charles Perry
July 12, 2004


My maternal great grandparents, John Landrum Brown and Eunice Emiline Bunyan were married in Moultrie Co. 23 June 1872. I believe they settled closer to the Cerro Gordo/Bement area, but I'd love to hear from any cousins (or other friends) who have info on their lines or specifically about them. As might be imagined, John Browns are fairly abundant, and my genealogical researches -- such as they've been have met a dead end with that line of the family. Thanks.

Frank Coffman ([email protected])
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Friday, May 24, 2002 7:00 AM


Looking for info. on John and Lucy Ann ( Adams ) Brown. They came to Moultrie from Oldham Ky. in 1848. John died in 1849. Lucy then married a Livesay, had several children by him. As far I can tell John and Lucy had only one child, James Thomas Brown my GGrandfather. Are there any member of this family out there.

John W. Parks
Wednesday, August 08, 2001 8:07 PM


Daniel Brown was born in 1810 he moved to Moultrie in the 1840's he married Elizabeth Little they are buried in Whiteside cemetary. I am doing research on this family now, so far I don't have much but maybe with the help of other Moultrie cty Browns we can put something together.

Sue Honeycutt
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 7:55 PM


I am searching for descendants of John and Lucy Brown, both born in England, who were at Lowe, Moultrie County for the 1880 US Census. I am descended from John's brother James. According to the 1880 census return, John (aged 61) and Lucy (56) were with their children John (20), Carolyn (17) and James (14). Children John and Carolyn are recorded as being born in Canada.

Geof Watts
Sept. 30, 2006


I am looking for anyone who might have knowledge of Alvah Browning, a painter. He was the son of Franklin Browning, but worked with my g-uncle Frank Browning from Lovington even though they was several years difference in their ages. Frank Browning was b. in 1879, mother was Mary Catherine Wren Browning Booker (m. 2 - Thomas Albert Booker), who lived and died in Lovington. I would like to find anyone who might have one of his paintings or know more about him. Thanks so much.

Friday, April 20, 2001 7:08 PM


Desire to correspond with anyone doing research on Hugh Lewis BRAGG b. 1784/85 in VA. Mar Frances SUTHERLAND 25 Jan 1814 Fluvanna Co., VA. Moved to Ross Co. Ohio and was on Moultrie Co., IL 1850/1860 census.

Sallie Hinker
Mon, Mar 24, 1997 - 10:43:07


Robert BRAGG, b. ca. 1836, OH, was the son of Hugh Lewis & Frances (SUTHERLAND) BRAGG. He married Jane (MORGAN) BANKS 1854 in Moultrie County, IL. This family is known to have gone to Missouri sometime after 1880. Mrs. BRAGG died in 1899 at their home in South East MO. When and where did Robert die and can anyone tell me where Robert and Jane are buried?? Thanks for your help!

Alicia A. Woolridge
OR Contact: DOROTHY D. BUTT; PO Box 359; Bethany, IL 61914; She only has snail-mail, but you can contact her through me: Alicia A. Woolridge


Seeking information concerning the family of my great great grandparents Hugh Lewis and Frances (SUTHERLAND) BRAGG who married in 1814, Fluvanna County, Virginia. They had quite a large family. By 1840, they had migrated to Ross County, OH and the census shows a total of 12 living in their household. By the time they appear on the 1850 census of Moultrie Co., IL, there are only 5 children then living in their household, plus Sarah SUTHERLAND, an aged blind female who is thought to be Mrs. BRAGG's mother. I am seeking the date and place of death for Hugh Lewis & Frances BRAGG (still living in 1860), and Sarah SUTHERLAND. I am unable to locate the death record of burial site for either of them in Moultrie County, IL. This family might possibly have gone to Missouri sometime after 1860. I am also unable to find any information concerning the two youngest sons of Hugh Lewis & Frances BRAGG. Does anyone know what ever happened to Thomas, b. ca. 1839, OH, and Henry, b. ca. 1840, OH?

Alicia A. Woolridge
OR Contact: DOROTHY D. BUTT; PO Box 359; Bethany, IL 61914; She only has snail-mail, but you can contact her through me: Alicia A. Woolridge


Greetings...Looking for the parents of Peter BROWN b 1829 __, OH. m 1852 Moultrie, IL. Amanda HOOK b. 1829 __, OH, d/o Jacob HOOK and Susanna FREDERICK. Children:

  1. Martha Ellen b. 1853 m. 1873 James M. Dolan s/o Jeremiah Dolan and Lutetia Hagerman
  2. George b. 1855-1856 m. 1879-1880 Attie STINSON (need her parents as well)
  3. Jacob Frederick b. 1860 m. 1883 Emma Hogue (parents unknown)
  4. Nellie Manerva b. 1866-1867 (no further info)
Our direct line, George and Attie, moved on to Buffalo Co., NE after 1880. Martha and Jacob remained in Moultrie with their families while the where abouts of Nellie are unknown. Peter BROWN who d. in 1912 and Amanda HOOK Brown who d. in 1903 are apparently buried in French Cemetery, Moultrie. Thanks for the help.



I am looking for information on George McClelon Brummitt Born 5/15/1861 in Moultrie County. He had two brothers Warner & John. His parents are John & Rebecca Evans. Warner was born in Ohio. Thank you.

Dave Colclasure
Sunday, August 15, 1999 4:01 PM


Looking for any researcher that is researching the Bundy family of Moultrie County Illinois. Here is family information: Simeon Bundy, b 1799 TN, Wife: Rebecca. b 1810 TN. This couple were married in 1820s in Indiana. They lived and raised their children from 1820s till 1870s in Morgan, Hendricks and Owen Counties in Indiana. In 1870s this family moved to Moultrie County. Here is a list of their children: 1. Mary Bundy, b 1830; 2. Elisha Bundy, b 1838,; 3. Nancy Bundy, 1838 married to Stephen Fulps. Lived in Moultrie County in 1880. Moved to Missouri; 4. Simeon Bundy, b 1842 Indiana, married Celia Waggoner on July 15, 1864 in Cole County. Simeon served in the Union army. He died in Moultrie County May 19, 1928; 5. Gideon Bundy, b 1843 married to Fannie Jane Maxedon on October 13, 1877 in Moultrie Co; 6. Anna Bundy, b 1844; 7. Addison Bundy, b 1845; 8. William Elwood Bundy, 1852 Married to Elmira Cook on Feb 15, 1880 in Glen Elder Kansas; 9. Sarah Bundy, b 1854. married Alonzo Wallace on Aug 2, 1877 in Moultrie County.

Simeon Bundy, Jr., Wife: Celia Waggoner, July 15 1864 Cole County, Ill, 2nd wife Nancy Brown, April 29, 1880 in East Nelson Moultrie County IL. Simeon and Celia's children: 1. Franklin Edgar Bundy, b 1868 d May 1909 in Moultrie Co. married to Annie Molly Monroe on April 4, 1891 Whitefield Moultrie County; 2. Anna B. Bundy, b 1870, married to Albert Myers on June 7, 1896 Moultrie Co; 3. Francis Marion Bundy, b 1872. d May 1909 Moultrie Co., married to Emsy Narcissa Silvia Martin on Feb 1, 1891 Moultrie Co; 4. William Albert Bundy b Feb 17, 1874 died Aug 19, 1956. Married to Susan Frances Braggs; 5. Sarah E. Bundy, b 1877. Would love to hear from anyone duing research on this famiily.

Kevin Singer
Saturday, January 18, 2003 2:36 AM


I'm looking for information about the Burg family, particularly around 1860. Thanks!
Betty Waite Myers


I am looking for my 2nd Great Grandfather's parents. His name was Alford H. Burns b. September of 1850 in Indiana. I cannot prove this Indiana yet, although it is recorded. I first pick him up in Moultrie county in the 1870 Census working as a hired-hand for a farmer named Wilburn. He then marries Ellen Christine Wheeler and they and family are on 1880 Census of Sullivan Township Moultrie Co., IL At that time his mother Martha is shown living with him and Ellen, but no father is present. By the 1900 Census of Shelby County, Ridge Township put him at 49 and Ellen at 42 which would be correct. Some of the kids are listed. By 1910 they have moved to Grady county Chickasha township OKlahoma, where he died (I have certificate of death) in 1934)

I have searched Oklahoma and I cannot find anything that would give me his father's name. The Census of Moutrie and Shelby say his parents were from NC. My problem is this I cannot pick him up on the 1850 Census of Indiana, because he was not born until Sept, and the Census was taken in June, so he was not born yet.

I have failed to find anything on his mother who is listed as Martha Burns age 67 on the 1880 Census of Sullivan Township, Moultrie Co (taken on 15th day of June. I asked someone down there a couple of years ago if they could find a notice of death, but they said no. I suspect she was a widow, but I don't know that. Also on that 1880 Census it says she was born in Indiana, and that her parents were born in Indiana. So I don't know what to think. I can't find anything that fits in North Carolina until I have a first name, because Alford was not born yet. Can you help me find any info on Alford which might reveal his father's name and birthplace, and also his mother's, since she lived with them. She had to be born in 1813 if she was 67 in 1880. She must have been buried there, because she was not with them in 1910 in Oklahoma. So she must have died between 1880 and 1910. Maybe she is listed at one of the cemeteries there. I don't know. Can anyone help me?

Randy Holman Schmidt
Monday, August 26, 2002 6:49 PM


I was born and raised in Moultrie County, in the village of Dalton City. My Grandparents George W. Burress and Mary Florence Sharp married in 1895 near Sullivan, IL. Mary's parents were James K. Sharp b. 22 June, 1831 and d. 22 April, 1896. Minerva Hull b. 16 March, 1836 and d. 7 April, 1898. They are buried in Pea Cemetery, just north of Bethany, IL. in Moultrie. George and Mary are also buried in Pea Cemetery. I have BURRIS(S), BURRUS, BURROWS, BURRESS history dating back to about 1734. Would like information on the Hull family. Have limited information on the sharp family. Would appreciate more. Send to Curtis Burress, 4432 Lauder Ave., Bartonville, IL 61607

Curtis D. Burress - Mon, Feb 24, 1997 - 21:38:27


I am looking for information on a Sarah Burris/Burrous who was in Moultrie county in 1880. She was 15 years old and left to live with relatives. I did find her in 1880 census living as a domestic servant in the home of a W.R. Rouse(?).

My notes state: " The last time Elias Edward Burris saw his sister Sarah she was standing in the middle of the road crying. This would have been sometime between 1870 and 1880. He later found out she had been left in Illinois as a domestic servant. She did later visit with a half sister as there was a newspaper article about sisters meeting for the first time."

The newspaper article headlines as "Half-Sisters meet for the First Time". Mrs. Adam Everspaugh from Zaneville. Ohio visited Sadie Shelton over the week end. Mrs. Shelton's mother died when she was very small and she was left to live with relatives when her father went back to Ohio where he remarried.

Sarah seems to disappear, however I feel sure that Sarah and Sadie are the same. However who were the relatives she was left with? And what happened with her? If you have any info I am interested. I am looking for the line descending from John L. Burris/Burrous born 1837 in Hocking County, Ohio He had 21 children from two marriages.

Connie Burris Smith
March 21, 2006


Can anyone verify for me that John Burwell died in East Nelson Twp. in Moultrie Co. on 8/24/1888 and his wife Lucinda died there on 3/2/1877. I will be very grateful for your help.

Rozella Ovrebo
Wednesday, March 22, 2000 8:40 PM


My g-g-grandfather Archibald D. Butt came to Moultrie County in the 1840's from KY. Branches have roots and descendants in Macon, Moultrie, Coles, and Shelby Counties. In that line are BUTTS, McREYNOLDS, BONES, WEAVERS,VAUGHANS, FLOREYS, POINDEXTERS and others. I am interested in contacting anyone with connections to this line. One of my objectives is to look for information about Archibald BUTT's grandfather, Archibald Butt from VA.. Probably any BUTTS in the area are related.

Tom Butt
or - 235 East Scenic, Richmond, CA 94801 - 510/236-7435
Saturday, August 08, 1998 11:13 AM


Seeking the parentage and siblings of Ambrose BUTTS, b. 15 Dec 1855 in KY, d. 29 Aug 1917, Moultrie County, IL. His death certificate lists father's name as John BUTTS born in KY and mother as unknown. Is Ambrose possibly a son of John H. BUTT(S) of Pulaski County, KY, whose parents are William and Polly (MOORE) BUTT? I would like to hear from anyone who ties-in with this family or others doing research on BUTT(S) of Kentucky. I am willing to share my "BUTT(S)" family data. Any assistance is appreciated.

Alicia A. Woolridge
Contact: DOROTHY D. BUTT; PO Box 359; Bethany, IL 61914; She only has snail-mail, but you can contact her through me: Alicia A. Woolridge


I am doing geneaology research on my Great great grandfather William Henry Buxton who is supposed to have settled in Moultrie County prior to 1881. I am looking for a record of the birth of his daughter Viola Sylvia Buxton. Any help you can provide will be most appreciated. I have been told that while in Moultrie county W.H. Buxton was involved in politics. With thanks.

Tuesday, May 08, 2001 10:34 AM


Our ancestors Josephus and Martha A. CADE came from Pickaway, OH in 1848 to Sullivan, Moultrie Co, IL. They had at least 6 and maybe 8 children, Jacob Weaver, Benjamin F, Catherine Cynthia "Kate", Hipzebum "Alice", John Edward, Lizzie, Mary L and Frances C "Fanny" in Sullivan before moving on to Osage Co, KS. I am looking for other family members or those who stayed in IL.

Beverly Smith
Monday, November 22, 1999 10:59 PM


Trying to track down family information Bill Cahoon was the sheriff of Lovington in the 1930's or 40's. Any help would be great or perhaps point me in the right direction.

Leland 'Ray' Mahon ([email protected]) NOTE: This email address is no longer valid. If you know of a current one, please notify the web master.
September 22, 2003


I am looking for any relitives of Isaac Cantrell III who lived in Moultrie co in the 1860s.

Jim Cantrell
Sunday, April 01, 2001 6:38 PM


Looking for information on SCOTT D CARLSON who died in Moultrie County in March 1965. His father was Frank Carlson, wife Irene. Ay help appreciated.

Saturday, July 29, 2000 11:06 PM


I am looking for information on the children of Walter and Hallie (Decker)Carnes. They were born in Grayson Co Kentucky and later moved to Sullivan Ill, which is located in Moultrie Co. Walter and Hallie divorced and he returned to Ky leaving his children in Sullivan. I am unsure of when they arrived in Illinois but I am assuming it was in the late 1920's to early 1930's. I would greatly appreciate any info on the Carnes family or any contacts with other Carnes/Carns researchers!!!

Stacey C Darst
Wed, Apr 23, 1997 - 17:54


I'm looking for Silas Carney that lived in Moultrie County between l840 and l877. He married Elizabeth (Bolin) Bonham about l868. They moved to southern Missouri around the year l877.

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Monday, March 08, 1999 8:11 PM


Trying to find any information at all on James H. CARPENTER. b. 19 Jul 1849 in Indiana; d. 9 Jan 1910 in Sullivan, Moultrie, Illinois. He married Ruth Ann MONTONYE on 10 Sep 1876. James H. CARPENTER had been living with his son, William Merton CARPENTER for only a short period of time prior to his death. James and Ruth Ann's children: Mary Evelyn, Joseph Theadore, Charles Edgar, William Merton, Jenette, Lummy, Raymond, and an infant who died at child birth along with Ruth Ann. Parents of James H. CARPENTER are unknown.

Mike Malerich
Saturday, July 31, 1999 10:03 PM


According to a book entitled, "Early Settlers of Sangamon County", Thomas CARPENTER died suddenly June 2, 1854, near Sullivan, Moultrie County, Illinois, leaving a widow and six children. Does anyone have any information concerning the death of Thomas CARPENTER and/or his family?

Allan Lamb
Oct 20, 2006


I am searching for information about my 4th great-uncle John D. CARROLL. He was born about 1854 in Ohio, was married to a woman named Ida, and was in Moultrie County, Illinois around the year 1887. His parent's names were Patrick and Eliza. Did he stay in Moultrie County? Did he move on? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Tony Viste ([email protected])

Note: This email address is no longer valid. Reader Eric Carroll has provided the following information:
To Tony Viste: I am the great grandson of the John D. Carroll you are interested. His wife was Ida Barger. His son Raymond was my grandfather, Raymond's son James my father. I can be contacted at the below email address if you see this message. Perhaps we can share information.

Eric J. Carroll


Seek descendants of WILLIAM CARTER and LUCINDA MICK who married 1854 in Jackson Co., VA/WV. The family was in Moultrie Co., IL in 1880. Eldest daughter TABITHA ARIMINTA born c 1857 may have married a WILBER RICE in Moultrie Co.Other known children were : JOSEPHINE? 1859; ALICE 1863; LEMOINE? 1865; MARY 1868 all born VA/WV and OTIS born 1877 in IL. OTIS still there in 1900 living with a family by the name of STEELE. ALICE may have married one AMOS SHORT in Moultrie Co., IL in June 1880.

Mary R. Scott
Friday, November 06, 1998 8:00 AM


Looking for information regarding William Carter and Hannah ( Cade) Carter. Were living in Lovington 1870-1880 at least
Jan Mhoon
Friday, November 06, 1998 8:00 AM


Looking for parents/relatives of Carl Grier Casteel born Gays, IL June 1902.

Dwight Casteel
Saturday, December 26, 1998 9:34 PM


I am desperately searching for any more info. about my great grandfather Chester Chamberlain (especially the names of his parents and his wife). I know he was born in Allenville, Moultrie Co. Ill on 24 March 1896 and died in Jan of 1968. i can't find his name on this web site and I do not have the financial means to send for his records. i am 18 and i just started my genealogy which is VERY hard for me because i only have contact with my father and he has given me all the info he remembers.....please help!!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2001 7:07 PM


I am trying to get information about Bertha Chandler. She was born in 1880 in Kansas but lived in Cerro Gordo and Decatur from about 1910 till about 1939 when she moved to Florida. She had one son, Fredrick Richardson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur and was in an organization called 'Royal Neighbors' Any information at all would be appreciated.

Lavena Crawford



Seeking information on my ancestor, Solomon Chaplain/Chaplin. He married Mary Ann Helton and they had 10 children of which 9 were born in Moultrie Co. His son, Robert, married Ellen Lankford and they lived in Moultrie Co for a while.

Click Here
Thursday, May 04, 2000 8:11 PM


Seeking information about the parents of Dr. Nathan Cheever b 13 Apr 1818, a resident of Moultrie Co. Illinois. Parents were Nathan Cheever b 8 Nov 1779 in N.H. and Mary Trip b 4 Jun 1784.

William Eddy
Tuesday, March 19, 2002 4:03 PM


Doing research on Judge William Granville Cochran my Great grandfather. Can you help in any way?

Christine Smith
Saturday, December 25, 2004


I am looking for information on Albert N. Collins. He and his 3rd wife, Moranda were living in Moultrie Co. according to the 1900 census, with 3 of his 7 children. One of those children was Florence Collins, my grandmother. The other 2 were Velma and Mary. Albert N. was married to Sarah J. Hancock, who was the mother of Florence and another child. Sarah died in 1886 when Florence was 6 yrs. old. She spoke of her brother Bert (Albert ?). Albert N. Collins was the son of Virginia Fultz and Aaron C. Collins, according to his 2nd marriage license and return. If anyone has any further information please E-mail me.

Ardath in Canada
Sunday, December 26, 1999 10:07 PM


I am trying to locate Elizabeth Cook who was born in 1797 and was 83 in 1880 census in Moultrie Co. Sullivan TWP. Age of John A. Hanning married in 2/24/1881 to Elizabeth Cook. Any one who knows anything about ANY Elizabeth Cook in this area, please contact me. I am related to 3 that I know of. Mother, Daughter and granddaughter and Sister in law. I have traced them back to the Mayflower but cannot separate them at this point as to deaths. Husbands were William, John and Nathaniel 1800's.

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Sunday, December 23, 2001 8:08 PM


Am looking for information on Ardie Maude Cook , she was born in Mattoon on February 20, 1900. Her father was William Cook and her mother was Pearl Florence Darling, she had one brother William and two sisters Opal and Delphia. If you can help with any information i would be very grateful. Thanks so much. Linda Faith.

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Sunday, December 23, 2001 8:08 PM


According to records, my paternal grandfather, Henry Everett Craig was born in Bethany, Moultrie County, Il on April 30, 1888. I have searched everywhere and can find no information about him ANYWHERE and I am wondering if there might be any one out there who has information or if he is sitting on a branch on somebody's family tree? I would appreciate any help that I can get.

Jean Haman
Tuesday, June 20, 2000 6:17 PM


Crowder, James M. 1850 to 1900 Harness makers. Born in virginia about.1830 m Emily of Va. had about 10 boys all raised in ILL. until 1916. Given names-George, Oscar, Thomas, William, Carl, Arthur, Jesse, Claude, Ralph, Chester and Lee. Looking for Family back to orignal 5 Crowder Brothers who came to America. Thanks

Patricia Crowder Yaw
Monday, February 14, 2000 10:26 AM


I am looking for a family name from my mothers Bible.( James R. Crowder) 1860 to 1908, married to Lucinda Moore. Moultrie County. In 1910 the rest of the family lived in Pleasant Grove Twsp. Lerna village. He had 10 sons.

Patricia Crowder Yaw
Saturday, February 05, 2000 2:51 PM


I have a Mary Montgomery LIPPINCOTT CROWDER who married a James CROWDER, unknown date but probably sometime after 1915. She died April 12, 1941, I think in Moultrie county. I think they lived in Bethany, Il. It is my understanding that this was his fourth marriage to my Mary Montgomery Lippincott. Need to get a marriage date for them, and also confirm that Mary died in Moultrie County.

Cathy Babbs
Monday, May 25, 1998 12:31 PM


I am researching the children of James Metton CUMMINGS (b 26 March 1846 in Jefferson Co., KY and d 3 Dec 1916 in Decatur, Macon Co., IL) and Sophia Elizabeth JOHNSON (b 19 Sept 1840/8 in KY and d 2 Oct 1919 in Moultrie Co. IL). Their children are: Mary Pearl(b May 1885 and d 1941), James Oliver(b May 1885 and d 1954), William O.( b 19 Dec 1878 d 12 July 1965), Herschel(bMarch 1889), Owen A.(b July 1881), Rose (b 17 May 1876 d 1 July 1892) and Anna B. (b 2 Dec 1876 d 12 March 1896). Most of them are buried at Oak Grove Cemetary in Dunn Station. I would appreciate any info that anyone has. Mary Pearl is my grand mother, however none of my relatives are left to ask questions. Thank you.

mary andre
Monday, April 03, 2000 3:34 PM


I am researching my family in Sullivan County and would appreciate any help in finding information about them. James Metton CUMMINS b: 26 March 1846, Jefferson Co., KY, d: 3 Dec1916 in Decatur, Macon Co., buried in Oak Grove Cemetary, Sullivan (no headstone). He married Sophia Elizabeth Johnson b: 19 Sept 1848 in KY, d: 2 Oct 1919 at home in Sullivan, Moultrie Co. Family history states that she died after having a stroke while hanging clothes out on the line. Her parents were William JOHNSON and Polly SEABOLT, both born in KY. Children of James and Sophia: Emma May b: Nov. 1872, d: 1936 m: J. Fred NEUHAUS b: Oak Grove Cemetary; Rose b: 17 May 1876 d: 1 July 1892 b: Oak Grove Cemetary; Anna B. b: 2 Dec 1876, d: 12 March 1896, b: Oak Grove Cemetary; William Oliver, b: 19 Dec 1878 in Louisville, KY, m: Ethel M. ?, d 12 July 1965 in Decatur, Macon Co., b: Bethany, Ill. I have his obituary; Owen A. b: July 1881 in KY; Mary Pearl b: May 1885 in IL. m: Peter Joseph DAHM, d: 1941. These are my maternal grandparents. James Oliver b: May 1885 in IL, d: 1954 b: Oak Grove cemetary. He and Mary Pearl were twins; Herschel b: March 1889 in IL.

I have been able to find some information from censuses and the cemtary tombstones. When I write for documents to the county and IRAD, I have not been very fortunate. I would be happy to share what other information I have. I would also be thrilled if any one knows about any of these folks. Thanking you in advance.

Mary Andre
Tuesday, March 16, 1999 2:32 PM


In the Macon County, Illinois Index we have found reference to a marriage between Thomas Costello and Viola Malone, 7/1/1885. We are trying to determine if this is our great-grandfather and great-grandmother. Our Grandfather, Thomas Cleveland Costello (d. 1954) is said to have been born in Decatur, Illinois about 1900. With his family he moved to Twin Falls, Idaho about 1910. They were farmers. In Twin Falls, Thomas Cleveland COSTELLO met my grandmother Dorothy McGinnis COSTELLO They were married in 1920. Our mother, Margaret Frances COSTELLO (Dunn) Harrison was born in Twin Falls, September 1, 1921.

Greg Dunn
Friday, May 25, 2001 11:21 AM


I am researching the Cummins/Johnson/Dahm families in Sullivan, Moultrie Co., IL. I have just learned that Rosa L. Cummins married Alfred Uttinger[8/31/1891] in Moultrie Co. She would have been 16 at her marriage and died the year later. I have been trying to find information about James Cummins [1846-1926] who married Sophia E. Johnson [1848-1919]. I don't have a marriage date, but they lived in Sullivan up till their death. James moved to Decatur after Sophia died and then lived with his daughter, Mary Pearl. Mary Pearl was my grandmother. I just have not been able to find out much of James and Sophia's children. Any help would be appreciated.

Mary Andre
Aug 27, 2003