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Brenda(Hadley)Dralle February 16, 2004

(Hadley, Reische)

REISCHE,Lewis Richard born either 1861 or 1863, Germany. He married at some point.He lived in Brown County. His daughter was Lois (Goldie) Reische, she married Oral Smith Hadley(went by O.Smith or Smith),their child's name was Harold V. Hadley. I need names, dates and places. I would like to know who Lewis married, when they married, and where he came from in Germany. I would appreciate any information you could provide.
Thank You,

David Kent Coy February 21, 2004

(Coy, Lamb)

I have recently started thinking that my ancestor, Mary Eliza (Lamb) Coy could have a Brown County connection. She was born about 1844 in Kentucky and died 14 Oct. 1897, with burial in Newman Cemetery, near Arenzville, Illinois. She was married 11 Nov. 1858 at Arenzville to Starret Preston Coy (1838-1922) a Union Civil War soldier. Although I have searched for data on her for years, I have never actually connected her to anyone other than her husband and children. I thought she might connect to John and Cornelia Lamb or Morgan County, Illinois and so I worked on that family for a while. They had a daughter, Mary, but I still thought my Mary Eliza could be a niece, etc. That research never made a direct connection. Any help or advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
David Kent Coy
123 North 20th Street
Decatur, IL 62521-2114

Nancy Pedersen February 22, 2004

(Johnson, Parker, Waters)

I'm looking for information regarding my great grandmother, Emma Johnson. My great grandfather's name was Alva Johnson, and I believe they got married in Brown county in the 1880's. She was possibly married to a man named Parker prior to marrying my great grandfather. They had several children, including my grandmother, Alice Johnson Waters. At one time, they lived at Siloam Springs. I am particularly interested in finding out who Emma's mother was. I believe she was of the Indian persuasion, and her name was Mabel. Thank you for any information you can give me.

Brenda Carlson February 28, 2004

(Clark, Gruney, McKinney/Kinney, Knight, Reid, Welsh)

I am trying to learn more about my great-great grandparents. I have uncovered two separate sets of data with slightly different names for my great-great grandmother -- one set of information has lead me to Brown County, IL. Here is what I know:
Name: MARY JANE (alternative JANE ANN or JANE) KNIGHT
Birth: abt. 1842 in Brown County, IL (note: another source indicated it may be 1839)
Death: 6 May 1920
Marriage: 12 Jan. 1860 in Brown County, IL to EGBERT ALONZO CLARK
Mary's Parents (possibly): James Knight and Martha McKinney (or Kinney)

Children (all born in Illinois):
1.William (born abt. 1862)
2. Mary (born abt. 1863)
3. Sofronoh (born abt. 1866)
4. Charles (born abt. 1870)
5. Edward (born abt. 1872)
6. Emma (born abt. 1874) married Joseph Reid
7. Thomas (b. 29 Mar. 1876 near Clayton, Adams Co., IL and married Ethel Estella Gruny in Quincy, IL on 2 Feb. 1909).
8. Owen James (aka Jessie) (b. 1881 -- married Clara Jane Welsh possibly on Adams Co., IL)


OWEN JAMES and CLARA JANE Welsh CLARK are my great-grandparents. I need to establish the connection between this "Brown County" Knight and the woman I know for a fact is: MARY JANE KNIGHT CLARK who married an Egbert Clark and is the mother of at least a Charles, Edward, Owen, and Emma (based upon the obituary of Thomas Clark).

If we make the connection, then I would love to know anything you may uncover about the KNIGHT side of the family (confirming her parents names or finding any siblings) -- any little thing at all to give me a starting place to research that line of my family.

I hope I have given you enough information to go on. I appreciate anything you may come up with.

Carol Wolven RittmanicMarch 8, 2004

(Clark, Sowers)

I am looking for information about John L. CLARK born 1865, in Brown County, IL. His parents were John Clark and Eleanor SOWERS. They were born in OH. The year is all I have for the birth of John L. Clark. He married in Iowa and died in Nebraska. I am particularly interested in more information about his parents. They were married in Van Wert, Ohio. in 1850.

Betty March 25, 2004

(Barlow, Gibson)

Searching for the identity of the parents of Levi GIBSON. Levi was married to Hannah Barlow in Brown County, Illinois, and the parents of his wife Hannah BARLOW. the only thing I have seen is a Senita Barlow in the census, but cannot find out if this is actually her name or a typing error. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Albert Myers April 2, 2004


Need information about parents of Freeborn GARDNER, b. 17-Nov-1841 in Brown Co., IL to Freeborn H. GARDNER and ? See for the line of descent; contact information is at Freeborn H. Gardner MAY be the person referenced at which reports "Freeborn H. Gardner also joined Patten's company and went as far as 'Bragg's place,' While there, 'I heard D. Patten lecturing the troops; heard him direct his men how to shoot  to bring their guns up on a rise to their object, and hold their breath, and fire; and generally they would make a deadly shoot [sic]' But Gardner decided to turn back and didn't participate in the raid on Bogart. Benjamin Bragg's place was located in the southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of section 11, township 55, range 29 [Correspondence & Orders, 133-134]." Crooked River is a tributary of the Missouri River due west of central IL in northwestern MO (see map at ).

M. J. Buck April 13, 2004

(Bliss, Ellis, Finch, Wright)

Searching for info on Thomas ELLIS, b abt 1784 in SC. Wife Judah WRIGHT, b abt 1786 in NC. Thomas & Judah were in Spencer Co., Ind in 1820, Morgan Co., Ill in 1830 and Brown Co., Ill in 1850. Unable to locate them in 1840. Known names of children were Judah - b 1813, Jane - b 1823 , Amanda - b abt 1845 & Sarah Ann - b abt 1847. Other daughters names unknown.

Daughter Judah md James Henry FINCH in 1835 in Morgan Co., Ill.

Daughter Jane md Anson Henry BLISS in 1840 in Adams Co., Ill. Anson & Jane's daughter, Judith Elizabeth BLISS, claimed to be 1/4 Indian.

Any info appreciated. Would like death/burial information for both Thomas & Judah, names of parents, marriage info on Amanda & Sarah Ann, names of other children.

Loydean Allen June 22, 2004


Looking for info on Nancy J. Warren who signed Civil War pension record in Brown County in 1870. She is wife of James Warren. Who are her parents?

Jourdan Burke July 17, 2004

(McMeins, Vermillion)


My name is Jourdan Burke and I live in Marietta, GA. I saw you posting from June 1, 2001 re: Grace McMeins and Lewis Edgar Vermillion. I am building a personal genealogy database and I am researching this family who are distant cousins of mine.

My records show that Lewis and Grace McMeins Vermillion had five children: Mary Louise, Lewis, Edward, Walter Raymond (died two days after birth), and Edith Marie. Are you the child of Lewis Vermillion or Edith Vermillion?

I am related to you through Lewis Edgar Vermillion, your grandfather.

Cousin Jourdan

Ava Powell July 10, 2004

(Inman, Newenham/Newingham)

Would like to correspond with anyone about Charles NEWENHAM/NEWINGHAM and his wife Patience Prudence INMAN. Is Patience INMAN from Brown Co,Il?

Ken Reeder September 23, 2004

(Daigh, Ferguson, Johnson, Mirfield, Reeder, Rigg, Thompson, Troxell)

There is a Henry FURGUSON, b: 1843, listed in the 1860 Brown Co., IL census. Can the reader tell me anything of this Henry? Parents, siblings?

Margaret A. JOHNSON, m: William K. FERGUSON, Feb 25, 1838, Pike County, Illinois. They had four children: Mary A., b: 1840; Henry, b: 1843; Jane, b: 1845; Sarah, b: 1848. The 1850 Pike Co., IL census indicates that Margaret was born in KY Pg 43 Dwelling 286

My ancestor, Benjamin F. REEDER d: in Nov 1854 in Pike Co., IL. Benjamin’s (1st) wife, Pricie (RIGG) REEDER, apparently died early in 1850, and Benjamin m: (2nd) Margaret A. (JOHNSON) FERGUSON, 15 Aug 1850, believed to be widow of William K. FERGUSON.

Benjamin and Margaret had a dau., Arrobella, b: 23 May 1851

Benjamin’s son, Zachariah REEDER, b: 1843, Pike Co., IL; was in the great war and so we have records of his family (that reveal nothing of his fathers family): and son, Joseph M REEDER, b: 1846, Pike Co., IL, m: Amanda TROXELL in 1870 in DeWitt Co., IL

Zachariah is listed in the 1880 Elkhorn, Brown Co., IL census, living with a Samuel THOMPSON family, with his 10 year old son, Alfred (Daigh) REEDER. (pg 492 C) His first wife, Mary Margaret DAIGH, had died 23 Sep 1875, in Griggsville, Pike Co. He m: second; Mary Elizabeth MIRFIELD, 27 Dec 1882, dau. of Daniel MIRFIELD.

Any information on these REEDER or FERGUSON folks will be appreciated.

M. L. CanfieldSeptember 13, 2004

(Giddings, Hartley, Keller, McKinney, Orton, Pile, Thompson)

KELLER, JOSHUA /GULIELMA KELLER. moved from Stokes County N. C. ca 1839, and lived in Brown County until Joshua died in 1873 Brown Co. Gulielma died in 1898 in Adams County. They had the following children , married names in parenthesis. Aletha Catherine (Giddings) 1826-1884, Permelia (Pile), Eliza (Thompson), Maria (Hartley), Clementine (McKinney), Lydia, T.E. Keller, M.A.E. (Orton), George V., William H., John R.

Joshua and Gulielma were my grgrgrandparents..T.E. Keller my grgrandfather.

I am trying to locate an obituary for Joshua b. April 1798, Stokes Co NC.. Gulielma's obituary is on the Brown Co site. M.L. Canfield


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