Just some info:

Please keep in mind that I have lots of time and money invested in this project. Many of the names are family members... some a few (not usually very far) generations down the line. Others are names in my husband's family, brothers-in-laws families and my sons-in-laws families and daughter-in-laws families. Some are related to others in my family tree but not directly to me. All information I have personally gathered. I did not use any information from the Mormon Church's many sites. I have researched everything. Most photos belong to me directly, except the ones that I have given credit too.

My family lines are (note: the * are in my family tree {I still have many to mark.}) Jones, Pugh, Knowles, Prothero, Painter, Owens, Nash, Albright, Watkins, Hall, Edgerton, Willoughby, Draper, Charinsky, Aikin, Moore, Meers, Morgan, DalValley (DalVallee), Monson, Klaman, Breeden, Dora, Russell, Williamson, Arnold, Chism, Siddell, Weindenburner, Gill, Ames, Wallis, Chantos, Keller, Davis, Wilcox, Cox, Pate, Gruber, Palmer, Sullivan, Douthit, West, Butler, Reese, Balsley, Smallcomb and the list goes on.

Some folks, on this blog, are friends or friends' parents. Others are individuals that are on the same page as one of my family.

I am willing to do research for others, however I do charge for extensive research and for the cost of research items. To check in some of our local cemetery records they do charge. Birth and Death records also cost. Before I do that search I will require a deposit in my paypal account. Please ask ahead if I will be charged to help you. Also all of the articles I have, I have paid to make copies of .

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I am not only looking for and posting my own family history, but others that I have found.

Blank lines means the individual is still living at the time that I post the article. I try not to publish any names of living individuals. This is not always possible, as some folks may still be alive and I don't know them. Sorry if I have posted a name of someone you know for sure is still living. Contact me and I will make their name a blank line.
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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ida Ellen Painter Knowles Obit*

*Mrs. Ida Knowles
Mrs. Ida Ellen Knowles, 90, of 1003 James, died at 7:50 a.m. yesterday (Feb, 9, 1969) in the Vermilion Nursing Home where she had been a patient one year. She had been ill since last October. She had lived at the James address 13 years.
Born Oct. 15, 1878, in Wabash County, Ill., she was a daughter of James and Sarah Teasley Painter. Her schooling was in Wabash County.
She was married March 30, 1895, in Belmont, Ill., to Alpha Knowles who preceded her in death in 1924.
Surviving are a son, Floyd Knowles, Danville; four daughters, Mrs. Paul (Ruth) Bell of Sarasotam, Fla., Mrs. Gladys Nolan and Mrs. Elmer (Elizabeth) Nolan, both Danville, and Mrs. James (Hazel) Duncan of Cairo, Ga.; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Knowles was preceded in death by a daughter and several brothers and sisters.
She was a member of Lincoln United Methodist Church. Her hobby was sewing.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Pape Memorial Home, 10 E. Williams. The Rev. Patrick Flaherty will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday night.

Tilton's Oldest Resident Dies*

I do not know what day this was in the Danville Commercial News as it was in my grandfather's scrapbook.
*Tilton's oldest resident, Mrs. Sarah Jones, 93, died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at her home, 112 S. H St. where she has resided the past 53 years.
Mrs. Jones became ill only a week ago and before that had enjoyed her usual health.
Mrs. Jones was a charter member of the Tilton Methodist Church, which she helped organize and build and had remained active in church work through the years. Among other church groups, she was a member of the Home Department.
A resident of the Danville vicinity the past 85 years, she was born Oct. 31, 1851 in Oxford, Wis., the daughter of John and Frances Pugh Watkins. Her husband John E. Jones, preceded her in death 40 years ago.
Surviving are two sons, John W. Jones, Danville, and Richard H. Jones, Tilton; a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones of Attica; 11 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Two sons and two daughters also preceded her in death.
The body is at Berhalter Funeral Home and today will be returned to the residence to await services. The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Monday at Tilton Methodist Church with the Rev. Gerald E. Gulley, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Songer Cemetery.

Tilton Loses Three Prominent Citizens* - March 11, 1905 Danville Commercial News

*Hand of Death Has Fallen Heavily on the Village During Last Few Days
Other News of the Town
Personal and Social Items From Danville's Southern Suburb
There has been considerable sadness in our village of late. Three of our most esteemed citizens have answered have answered the call of the Almighty Father to cross the river of death.
Lewis A. Jones, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Jones of Tilton, was born near Catlin, Ill, Jan. 18, 1877. In his early childhood he removed with his parents to Tilton, which was his home until his death, which occurred at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26, 1905. He received a common and high school education in the Tilton school, graduating from that institution in the class of 1897 with highest honors. He was for two years a teacher in the grammar department of the school, resigning his position to take up mercantile business. After about two years in the business he sold out to accept an appointment in the United States railway mail service. He was assigned to service on the Wabash railway between Toledo and St. Louis and rose steadily and was promoted rapidly until at the time of his death he was holding a good position commanding a good salary and carrying a heavy load of responsibility, and was preparing himself for examination, reaching for higher honors. He was one of the most popular clerks in the service, not only among his fellow workers but with superior officers. He was conscientious and painstaking to a high degree, qualities highly necessary in a postal employee. He was also very popular among a large circle of friends in TIlton and Danville. THe funeral, which was held from the M. E. Church Tueday afternoon, was probably as large as any funeral ever held in Tilton. A large number of postal clerks from Toledo, Logansport, Decatur, Indianapolis and Danville were present and acted as escort and pall bearers. The floral offerings were very numerous and very beautiful. The services were conducted by Rev. Bruner of the First Congregational church, assisted by Rev. Wanless of Villa Grove. Several appropriate selections were sung by a male quartet composed of immediate friends of the deceased. The sermon by Rev. Bruner was able and eloquent discourse addressed, as he very aptly stated, to the living rather than the dead, but closing with a beautiful tribute to the departed. The internment took place at the Songer Cemetery, just west of town.
John E. Jones, father of the deceased, took to his bed, brokenhearted, on Feb. 23, the day after his son's funeral, and died March 4. He was in Montgomeryshire, North Wales, April 20, 1837. When about 6 years of age he came with his parents to the United States and resided in the state of Ohio until April 1856, when he removed to Vermilion County, Ill. He enlisted in Co C, 12th regiment, Ill Vol. Inf., Sept. 2, 1862, and was assigned to the Second brigade, Second division, Sixteenth army corps. He was slightly wounded in the head near Atlanta, Ga., July 23, 1864, and on Aug. 19, 1864, received a gunshot wound and fracture of left arm near the shoulder joint. This also occrued near Atlanta. He was discharged April 25, 1865, from the hospital at Evansville, Ind., for disability to perform military service. Hew was married to Sarah Watkins of South Danville, June 11, 1871. To this union eight children were born, five boys and three girls, three sons now having answered the call of death. The wife, three daughters and two sons remain to mourn the loss of husband and father. He was a man held in high regard by all who knew him, having served as treasurer for the village of Tilton for a number of years. Heart trouble, from which he had been a sufferer for some time, caused his demise. Funeral services were conducted from the home by Rev. Bruner, assisted by Rev. Clapp and Rev. Judy. Rev. Bruner spoke words of cheer and comfort to the sorrowing family. The floral offerings were numerous and very beautiful. Several appropriate selections were sung by a male quartet composed of immediate friends of the family. Mr. Jones was an honored member of Tilton lodge No. 131, I.O.O.F., which had charge of the services at the grave and rendered the burial services of the order, which were beautiful. .... The article goes on to talk more of the news of Tilton.

Daisy Glousen Knowles Obit*

Orbit Danville Commercial News Feb 7, 1964
*Mrs. Daisy Knowles
Mrs. Daisy Lula Knowles, 82, a resident of 932 N. Gilbert St. for 43 years, died at 3:15 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 6, 1964) in St. Elizabeth Hospital where she had been a patient three days.
Mrs. Knowles had resided in Danville since 1907 and was employed by the New York Central Railroad until retiring in 1940.
Born Feb. 28, 1881 at Mt. Carmel, she was daughter of Zach and Catherine Hinderleiter Glousen.
Surviving are a son, Lloyd of Danville; a daughter, Mrs. Henry Stephens of Danville; three brothers, George Glouser of Danville, Zach Glouser of Winter Haven, Fla., and Albert Glouser of Mt. Carmel.
Also, three sisters; Mrs. Lottie LaMond of Winter Haven, Fla., Mrs. Katherine Schuelke of Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. Xzenia Rassuco of Mt. Carmel, and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David, Nov. 15, 1941, a sister and a brother.
Mrs. Knowles was a member of the former Third Church of Christ.
The body is at the Barrick & Son Funeral Home where friends will be received 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Curry officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

David C. Jones and the Civil War*

Book: Tilton Illinois Centennial 1884 - 1984 page 130 (I am not sure where this information came from originally.)
*The inevitable came. After all the years of argument and contention, the determination of the great issue was left to the arbitrament of the sword. The South fired on the flag, three days after the firing of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1863.
The call to arms came. President Lincoln called 75,000 volunteers to serve for three months to put down the rebellion. Vermilion County responded to the call. Captain Samuel Frazier organized a company which was assigned to the 12th Illinois Infantry. The men from Tilton were: The second lieutenant Joseph Kirkland, Privates: Jacob Moore, David C. Jones, John E. Jones, Abe Wadsworth Payne (it is unclear if he lived in TIlton at the time he volunteered, but lived there later), others not known.
The following article is from the Civil War newspaper, "The Prairie Chicken" Editor Joseph Kirkland.
"David C. Jones was a miner in the Carbon Coal Mines in Tilton, the son of the oldest miner in the work. At the beginning of the war he volunteered in Company C, 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was the tallest man of his Company, and nearly or quite the tallest in that great and stalwart regiment. At the end of three months he was chosen second lieutenant and by the promotion of one, the wounding of another, and the removal of a third of his superior officers, he became as such men usually do, the Captain of his company, in which capacity his time expired, and he was duly mustered out, and returned to Tilton.
In the draft just completed, a brother miner, a poor man, with a large and burdensome family, "drew a prize", and of course considered that he must leave the helpless household to the care of others while he spent a year in the field. Rich men were paying $1,000, $1200, $1500, or more for substitutes. Where was he to get such a sum!
Captain Jones (who will probably never be anything else than a soldier) - a man as poor as himself volunteered to go in his place, freely, rejecting the bounty money offered by others and asking nothing from him whose burden he assumed.
Words would be wasted in explaining such an act as this. We, in the midst of whom the transaction occurred, feel the patriotism, heroism, and generosity thus displayed by one of our own number. What other locality, or what other calling can produce a parallel to this act of one of the coal miners in Tilton.
David C. Jones was also in Co. B Ill. Inf. in September of 1864. He was discharged on May 25, 1865. He was 6' 4" tall, and born in New Whale's (noticed misspelled Wales), England. He had brown hair and hazel eyes.
The article goes on about others....


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Family Stories

Spring break is just a few weeks away. I plan on having time to add a story or two or more to this blog. So check back often and see what maybe new.

David Owens from Wales to Illinois

I am trying to track down information about David Owens. I know there are many David Owens in Wales. My David came here from Wales around 1881/2. We are not real sure of the exact date. I know that he came to Illinois at some point and settled in Grape Creek where he was a miner. He died in Grape Creek.

David and his wife Mary had numerous children. Some of them died in Wales, and three came to America with his wife around 1884/5. I know my grandmother was 4 years old when they came here.

Mary's maiden name was Prothero... this information is well documented and our family has been found there.

I would love to talk to any one who thinks they may have information on David. You can contact me at genealogist53@gmail.com

Arnold Research*

*Arnold name goes back to the beginning of America.
I was told years ago that a Stephen Arnold seemed to disappear. No trace, no knowledge where he went. (There is more than one Stephen Arnold in the genealogical histories in the United States.)
The one I believe they cannot trace I found a tidbit on this past summer. Our local library's summer reading program had a contest on reading books about Lincoln... In one of the books I was reading to my grandchildren about Lincoln it stated that a Stephen Arnold was arrested for being part of a conspiracy to kidnap Lincoln. I was shocked and should have at least scanned that part of the book.
So if anyone would like me to look for this book again at the library and find this information please let me know. I am more than happy to do this. I am as interested in his family as many others will be.

Knowles Research*

*I know there are many of us searching for the Knowles line. Mine goes to Richard and farther. However my proven research goes to Richard.
I have seen many researchers with the same names as mine, however there is always something a little different. I know that many times people had moved and they leave a little tidbit of history - birth, marriage, death, or maybe even newspaper or court records.
I know I have proof of one Knowles that most genealogist studying my line of Knowles always mentioned died as a child as there seems to be no trace of him after a certain time. I know that he had at least one child and that child had at least two children. So if you have information on the Knowles clan you would like to share, please contact me at genealogist53@gmail.com
Be glad to hear from you.

Watkins of Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania*

*Watkins of Wisconsin, Illinois and Pennsylvania
I know my Watkins family came from Wisconsin to Illinois. My research leads me to believe that My great-great-grandmother Winifred Pugh came from Pennsylvania. I believe that Winifred and her husband were married in Pennsylvania as I have found evidence that some of their children were born in Pennsylvania.
Any one with more information about this family or would like to compare my information to your please leave a comment with your email address or email me at genealogist53@gmail.com

My First Post

This is my new genealogy blog. I am researching my very large tree. I would like to invite others with the same family interests to contact me.

My first post on a family name will be today. Genealogy takes lots of years tracing, asking, sitting in libraries, searching, searching and searching.

Join me in this wonderful history lesson. Yes history lesson. We can learn so much about what was going on during different time periods of history.