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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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

William Butler opens store*

*In the 1890's, William Butler opened up his grocery and Meat Market at 100 E. 5th Street. His sons, Frank, Ed and John all helped with the family business.

Source 1

Abe Draper builds home*

*From the Commercial News, January 6, 1883, "The pen of the historian (that's what we are) will record the fact that Abe Draper built the first house that was erected in Tilton in the year 1883 and that Balsey Brothers were the architects. The building is already up and nearly enclosed. Twenty years hence when Tilton shall be a city with thousands of inhabitants, it will be a pleasure for Mr. Draper, as he sits perhaps in a splendid mansion to relate to his grandchildren that he built the first house in Tilton in 1883."

Monday, April 26, 2010


The summer break is getting closer. I have begun my summer research notes. I need to make trips to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Kentucky. I think I will go check out information in Washington D.C.. I have always wanted to go there, just to see what they had. Also locally I have things to research. I was going to go try and find out where Stone Bluff Indiana is over spring break, but Mom wanted me to wait until the summer as she couldn't go that week... looking for information on the family there. I will be reading many old newspapers, looking for articles about family and just history in general. I love history, so I guess that is why I am so fascinated with family history. My tree keeps growing bigger and bigger. Thanks for stopping by. If you need any look-ups here in my part of the country... let me know.

Samuel Stansbury Butler Family*

From the book Tilton Illinois Centennial 1884 - 1984

*Samuel Butler was born March 31, 1863 in Tilton, the son of William and Rosa Butler. He married Susan Graham in Masilon, Ohio on April 8, 1883. Susan was born April 2, 1862 in Newton, IL., the daughter of Francis and Savilla Graham. One of Susan's sisters Fannie, married Thomas F. Bolser of Tilton. They were members of the Methodist Church in Tilton. Samuel was a coal miner and village constable in 1897. He died February 15, 1947 in Tilton and his wife Susan having passed away on September 14, 1913. Both are buried at Songer Cemetery. This was taken from the "Tilton News and Views."
One of Samuel's daughters decided on the restaurant business. She was joined by two other sisters, Isla Butler Meade, along with Ruth Butler Koonce and Anna Butler Oteham, first worked in the Old Gauze House. After this they went out on their own and ran a restaurant by the Hemp Plant. They started up in June and the plant burned on December 11, 1937. Their memories reflect on all the coffee served to the firemen that fateful day. Soon after, Isla was asked by Sam Tilton to open near the railroad tracks, which she did. A small building didn't prove large enough, so the building was brought from the Hemp Plant location to the east side, south of the tracks. This was referred to as the Meade Cafe.
They don't remember playing with other children very much. They played in their own little play house and practiced their music. Their first grade teacher was Miss Rhoten and Charlie Draper was the one who taught them their multiplication which was the most helpful in operating a restaurant. Mr. Draper gave a gift of Penny pencils for learning the multiplication through the nineties.
Samuel and Susan Butler's children: William Frances Butler (B. March 19, 1889, D. Oct. 8, 1955) married Ester Jones September 6, 1914 - child Francis married
March 24, 1943 to Joseph Edward Meers.
Florence Pearl (B. March 13, 1886 - Nov. 15, 1972), married Charles Kirkhart. Child Grace.
Arthur Lee born July 6, 1888 married Effie Hodges 2nd Hazel Sherrow (child: William.)
Ruth Born November 25, 1890 - May 2, 1981 married Calvin Koontz November 29, 1909 children: Loraine M., Ann Greathouse.
Bess Born December 24, 1892, married Dec. 27, 1913 to Walter O. Phillips. (children: Martha and James) Bess was a seamstress in 1910.
Minnie born September 6, 1895 - January 8, 1974. Married Louis Sigman (no children)
Anna - born December 13, 1897, Tilton at Boyle House, married Clarence Martin - 2nd Harry Oteham. (children Nina, Alice.)
Isla (Born July 31, 1909 - D. Aug. 6, 1966 - 1st married Charles Woods. 2nd Albert Mead.
Child - baby girl May 19, 1902 (stillborn)
Dorothy - born August 5, 1905, married 1926 to Amos Carmack. Child Joe

Charles Gruber Family from From the book Tilton Illinois Centennial 1884 - 1984*

*"Charles Gruber married Susanna Drapper, they lived in Tilton, and Charles was a coal miner, served with the village board as superintendent of the street department, fire chief, and policeman for several years. Charles also played ball for the Barger White Team.
They also operated an ice cream parlor in the old Odd Fellows building, on 5th street near Tilton School. They were members of the Tilton M. E. Church and are both buried at Songer. Born to them were Bernice (1904) married Glenn Stevens, child ?, Robert Stevens, Margaret Elizabeth (1906 - 1906), Charles Alfred (1910) married Ruth McCubbin, children Daonna Jean, Freddie Charles, Carl (1912) married Rhoda Garrison, children Shirley Ann, Nancy June, Wilber Lincoln (1915) married Violet Davis (1920), children Joyce, Janet Lee, Brenda Jane, Gerald LeRoy (1924 - 1929).

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Abraham and Margaret Jones Draper*

From the book Tilton Illinois Centennial 1884 - 1984

*"Abraham Draper Family
Abraham L. Draper was born in Indiana October 4, 1852, he resided in Tilton for about 40 years. He married Margaret Jones who was a daughter of Thomas (1810 - 1880) and Mary Evans
(1810 - 1870)Jones. Margaret was born in 1850 in Summit Co., Ohio. Abe was a contractor, built many homes in the Tilton area, clerk for Tilton School in 1900, was a trustee and served as treasurer on Tilton Village Board when he died July 18, 1918 (served several terms.)
He operated one of the first threshing outfits brought to this section of the country, and had a brick factory in Tilton. He also used a team of horses to dig out the Wabash cut and was custodian for Tilton School, and also signed his name on the petition for Tilton to incorporate as a town in 1884, and served on the Songer Cemetery Board, 1908.
Abe and Margaret were members of the Tilton M. E. Church. Margaret passed away in 1923, they are both buried at Springhill Cemetery in Danville. Born to them were Mary- born 1879 married Frank Warren, Charles married ?, William (1884 - 1952), married ?, Susanna (Ann) (1886 - 1960) married Charles Gruber (1879 - 1963)"

Violet Mae Davis Gruber Obit, May 22, 1985*

Obit May 22, 1985 Danville Commercial News
*Violet Mae Gruber
Tilton, Ill. - Violet Mae Gruber, 65, of 109 S. H St., died at 3:20 a.m. today (May 22, 1985) at Lakeview Medical Center. She had been a patient a day.
She was an apprentice pharmacist at Walgreens Drug Store in Danville and a member of the Tilton United Church of Christ.
Born Sept. 29, 1919, in Tilton, she was a daughter of Glen and Odessa Abernathy Davis. She married Wilbur Gruber Feb. 23, 1938, in Tilton. He survives.
Other survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Joyce) Honn, Mrs. Bill (Janet) Wear and Mrs. Jerry (Jean) Alcorn all of Tilton; a sister, Mrs. Herschel (Beverly) Jones of TIlton; a brother, Merle Davis of Tilton; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Tilton United Church of Christ. The Rev. Oren Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in Songer Cemetery near TIlton. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Barrick & Son Funeral Home in Danville and an hour before services Friday at the church.

Carl Guber Obit*, July 9, 2000

Obit Danville Commercial News July 9, 2000

*Gruber, Carl, 87, of Jensen Beach, Fla., formerly of TIlton, died Saturday, July 8, 2000, at his home. He had served two terns as the mayor of Tilton and one term as a village trustee. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Aycock Funeral Home, Jensen Beach, Fla. Burial: All Saints Cemetery, Jensen Beach. Visitation: one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hazel Knowles Duncan Obituary*

*Hazel K. Duncan
December 5, 1915 - April 12, 2010
Services for Hazel K. Duncan, 94, of Tallahassee, FL, will be held graveside in Greenwood Cemetery, Cairo, GA, at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Rev. Tegler Greer will officiate. Mrs. Duncan passed away at her son’s home in Tallahassee, FL, on Monday, April 12, 2010.
Active pallbearers will be Clay Lovel, Chris Duncan, Michael Duncan, Matthew Duncan, Paul Duncan and Blake Duncan. Honorary pallbearer will be Bree Duncan Lovel.
Mrs. Duncan was born December 5, 1915, in Albion, IL to Alpha Knowles and Ida Painter Knowles. In January 24, 1937, she married James K. Duncan in Danville, IL. Hazel and James were married for 58 years until his death on July 30, 1995. She was employed with the Grady County Board of Education as a secretary of Southside Elementary School. She was a member of the Cairo First United Methodist Church where she and her husband were active members of the XYZ Club.
Mrs. Duncan is survived by: son and daughters-in-law, Rick and Elissa Duncan of Tallahassee, FL, Jan W. Duncan of Statesboro, GA; grandchildren and spouses, Bree and Clay Lovel of Crawfordville, FL, Matthew Duncan of Tallahassee, FL, Paul Duncan of Tallahassee, FL, Blake Duncan of Tallahassee, FL, Craig and Lisa Duncan of Fairburn, GA, Chris and Stephanie Duncan of Charlotte, NC; Michael Duncan of Statesboro, GA; great-grandchildren and spouses, Mary Isobel Lovel of Crawfordville, FL, Hayden, Lydia and Sawyer Duncan of Charlotte NC, and Taylor Duncan of Statesboro, GA.
Mrs. Duncan was preceded in death by: her husband, James K. Duncan; her son Gary L. Duncan; her parents, Alpha and Ida Knowles; five brothers and sisters.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Clark Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Cairo First United Methodist Church, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828.

Hazel Knowles Duncan

Yesterday morning my Great-Aunt Hazel passed away. She was 94 years old. I will try to get a copy of her obit from Cara. Rest in Peace Aunt Hazel. I will miss talking with you on the phone and visiting you in Florida.