Based on your mention of Edward being born in 1866, This census entry is the entry for Make Noel.
1870 Census, Brown County, Illinois, City of Mt Sterling
238/238 19 July 1870
M. G. Noell, 34, laborer, Missouri
Sarah Noell, 31, Missouri
I??e Noell, 11, male, Missouri
John Noell, 10, Missouri
Obed Noell, 9, Missouri
Sterling Noell, 7, Missouri
Drucilla Noell, 6, Illinois
Edward Noell, 4, Illinois
Luther Noell, 3, Illinois
Otta? Noell, 9/12, female, Illinois
I'm looking for information on my ancestor "Make" Noel, who was supposed to be living in Mt. Sterling, Ill., in 1866 when his son, Edward, was born. I noticed an M.G. Noell (MS238) in the 1870 Census Index, and wondered if that could be him. "Make" could be a nickname.
Could you please let me know if you can supply any information?