Wayne County

Surname Queries


(Q99)  26 Aug 1997 - Jim Durham


Seeking info. on the following.  Jonathan H. DURHAM (DERHAM), b. ?, d. 1847 in Johnsonville, IL, buried in Cates Cem.  He m. 1828 in OH to wife #1 Eliz. HOLLINGSHEAD and m. date? in IL to wife #2 Ruth PENNINGTON who was b. 1811 and d. 1859.  Children: William H. DURHAM, Orintha H. DURHAM, and Forinda H. DURHAM.  William H. DURHAM, b. 1829 in Columbiana Co., OH., d. 1907 in Johnsonville, buried in Cates Cem.  He m. 1848 to wife #1 Nancy CATES.  She d. 1851 with infant child.  He m. 1855 to wife #2 Hester M. POOL.  Children: Lizzie, Jonathan, William Schooley, Merriam, Dora, Mary, Ella, Judd, and Viola.  William Schooley DURHAM was b. 1859, d. 1947, m. in Johnsonville, IL to Lucy Ann WILLIAMSON.  Children: Lillie, Florence, Frank, Katie HOWELL, William, Judge, Flo, Nellie, Ruth, Hubert, Arthur, Stanley.  This family resided mostly in the Wayne Co. (Johnsonville), and Livingston Co. (Pontiac) areas of IL.  Any info. would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

(Q98)  26 Aug 1997 - Rhonda Lovell


In researching records for land purchases in  IL, I came across:
Purchaser: FRANKLIN, Henry.  Date: 09/29/1832.  Acres: 40.91.  Price: $1.25.  Type of sale: Federal sale (FD).  County: 96 (Wayne).  Section: 3.  Township: 03S.  Meridian: 3.  Arch. Vol. No: 110.  Record ID: 332218.  Section Part: NWNE.  Range: 08E.  Vol. Page No.: 017.
This record was found at:
gopher://unicm1.ccuic.edu:8013/7~db.LANDSALES/iix.NAME space PREFIX?Franklin+Henry

I have been looking for Henry FRANKLIN and his family, particularly his dau. Catherine because she was my ggg-grandmother, but my gg-grandfather, John Henry PHILLIPS, was illegit. and his father Henry PHILLIPS never married Catherine. Thusly I have been searching for the FRANKLIN family and descendants in the hopes of finding their family bible records, with the listing of John's birth in it.  A real challenge.  But in the process I came across the above record for Wayne Co.  This site also allows one to search for other land purchases for counties in IL.  Hope someone else may find it useful.

(Q97)  24 Aug 1997 - Frank Allen Moffitt

Surnames: MOFFITT

Charles Edward MOFFITT, b. 2/14/1871, was the son of John MOFFITT.  I am looking for any info. on either Charles or John.  A John MOFFITT purchased federal land in Wayne Co. on 4/22/1819, 10/10/1836, 3/27/1832, 4/5/1819, 10/21/1819, and 10/21/1819.  Land record sales show duplicate dates to be separate land parcels.  This may not be the right John MOFFITT, but then again it could be.

(Q96)  23 Aug 1997 - Maxine Schneider


Looking for info. on Joseph MESEROLE who m. Ann PUGH and had children Oscar, Willard, Ethel, Otis, and others.  Oscar MESEROLE m. Addie MERRITT.  The MESEROLEs moved from IN to Wayne Co., IL.  Also would appreciate any info. on Ephraim MERRITT, Nathan MERRITT, and Isaac MERRITT.  Thanks.

(Q95)  19 Aug 1997 - Mary K. Short


I am seeking info. about John P. COX.  He was m. to Sarah AMBROSE who was b. abt 1841 and d. Apr 3, 1906.  There children were Eugene Peter COX, James W. COX, Mary L. COX, and Lillie Margaret COX.  I would especially like birth, marriage, and death dates.

I am also seeking info. about ancestors of John W. POOL.  He was b. on or around Sep 21, 1834, I believe in TN, and d. abt 1895.  His wife was Susan A. MARTIN who was b. around Oct 17, 1836, I believe in AL, and d. abt 1895.  I don't know when they moved to Wayne Co.  There children were Nora Lou POOL who was my grandmother, William T. POOL, Harvey POOL, Martha J. POOL, Virginia E. POOL, Susan POOL, Elizabeth S. POOL, Alexander POOL, Sarah POOL, Ed POOL, and Hulda POOL.  Nora Lou POOL was m. to my grandfather, Eugene Peter COX.  Any help would be appreciated.

(Q94)  18 Aug 1997 - Viola Seward


William MACK was b. in PA, m. in NY to Sarah/Sally STRAIGHT.  Children: Fanny Amanda, b. 1843, m. Charles TOWNSLEY; Mary Elizabeth, b. 1853, m. Jesse MORRISON; Richard Charles, b.+d. 1855; Ella Maria, b. 1856, m. Abraham MEYERS.  All the girls m. in IL.  Could have been Ogle, Wayne, or Bureau Cos., IL.  Abraham and Ella MEYERS had a son John William, b. 1874.  Need all the help I can get on the families.  Thank you.

(Q93)  17 Aug 1997 - Laura Greene


Looking for anyone with the DAVES surname in Macon Co. and Wayne Co. during the 1800s.  Thus far I have found a Cincinnatus C. DAVES, b. 1848 in Wayne Co., lived in Friends Creek by 1854, and presumably his brother, John DAVES, b. 1854 in Friends Creek.  A Sarah DAVES lived in Maroa, IL in the early 1900s.  Any info. on these or any other DAVES will be very appreciated!  Some of these DAVES family went on to KS and OK.  DAVES is sometimes misspelled as DAVIS in the census records.

(Q92)  15 Aug 1997 - Harry E. Hosford


Was Ann A. HOSFORD, who is buried in the Bethel "Old Bushey" Cemetery, Wayne Co., IL, the wife of William HORSFORD?  Inscription reads "Sacred to the memory of Ann A. Hosford d. May 17, 1856 aged 77".  1840 Federal Census, Wayne Co., IL, page 260 lists William HORSFORD, 50 under 60, head of family; one female 60 under 70; two males (1) 10 under 15 and (2) 30 under 40.  Also seeking identity of males in family group.

(Q91)  6 Aug 1997 - Dee Yeager


Looking for any info. on g-grandfather William Edgar DRAPER, b. 23 Jun 1881 in Wayne Co., IL.  He m. in Vincennes, Knox Co., IN to Mary Alice THUIS, and d. Aug 13, 1915 in Vincennes, Knox Co., IN and is buried at Mt.Calvary Cemetery.  Any info. would be greatly appreciated.

(Q90)  2 Aug 1997 - Gerald W. Owen


I am researching Alfred OWEN, b. 10/16/1859 in Ziff Twp., Wayne Co., IL, d. 8/30/1935 in Hill Co., TX.  I have no info. on Alfred from 9/1860 to 1/5/1896.  Alfred's parents were William OWEN, b. ca 1837 in Wayne Co., IL, d. unknown, and Margret McCRACKEN, b. ca 1838 in Wayne Co., IL.  A Margret OWEN, b. 5/15/1838, d. 10/27/1864 is listed in the Mt.Erie  Cemetery records in Wayne Co., IL along with a  Johnson L. OWEN, b. 11/10/1863, d. 11/26/1864.  These two persons buried in the Mt.Erie Cemetery may have been William OWEN's wife and another son.  William OWEN's parents may have been Johnson and Mary E. OWEN who were in the 1860 Wayne Co. census as family #1308 and William and Margret OWEN were family #1305.  Any additional info. on the above names would be very much appreciated.

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