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 .

Give me a Shout-out About Family History

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.
I have the complete obit if you are related and need more information. Please state how you are related in your email.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Watkins Tombstones

These are the pictures of Watkins Tombstones that I have.

Ellen H. 1879 - 1963; Charles R. 1876 - 1954; Frances S. 1911 - 1997

Charels D. 1918 - 1973

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Going to the Cemetery tomorrow -- Monday the library for more research.

I plan to go to the cemetery early tomorrow morning. I have some graves I want to try and get pictures of the headstones and to locate. I will post headstones pictures after I get back and after church. That means I will be going as soon as they open the gates.
I will take pictures of more peoples other than my direct relatives, only because I would like to think that I have helped someone else find someone they have been searching for.
So check back tomorrow for more headstone information.
On Monday I will be going to do more research on obituaries. I have many people who have died here in the area that I am not sure where they are buried and the obituaries many times will tell. I love reading the old newspapers because they give you other information like who is visiting who, who is going on vacation, who just got back from vacation, and many more fun things. Because of this kind of information I am thinking of starting another blog on information of whose doing what. Be looking forward to some followers of the new and this blog. Don't be shy to follow me, as I don't care who you are, if I can find information you need and want, you are welcome to it. Just please give me credit for the research.

Bracewell Tombstones*

*The following pictures are a few of the Bracewell Tombstones that I have found.

Lela 1904 - 1991 and Roy D. 1895 - 1969

James L 1838 - 1902 and Mary 1839 - 1925

William 1848 - 1933; Emily Jane 1853 - 1924; Rosa Bracewell Crandall 1874 - 1901

Edith S. 1907 - 1977 and Harold A. 1906 - 1993

Some more Grave Markers*

*Smallcomb - John and daughter Adelia. John was born April 22, 1829 in Wales. He married Sarah Jones in Wales. She is the daughter of Thomas and Mary Evans Jones. He passed August 28, 1877 in Catlin, Vermilion County, Illinois.
Sarah and John's daughter Adelia was born Jul 31, 1874 in Danville, Illinois. She passed July 17, 1900 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. They are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinos.

*William A and Maria Morgan are the parents of Aaron Morgan.  William was born Jan. 6, 1816 in Wales. His wife Maria Moses was born April 4, 1808 also in Wales. William passed Jan. 12, 1871 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Maria passed September 22, 1889 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. They are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery near their son Aaron and daughter-in-law Thurzah Jones Morgan.

*Josephine Morgan Phelps. Josephine is the daughter of Aaron and Thurzah Jones Morgan. She was born November 20, 1870 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.  She married Harry P. Phelps. She and Harry Divorced in the 1920's.  Josephine passed in  Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois April 22, 1945 and was brought back to Danville for burial in Spring Hill Cemetery. She was the mother of one son, Calhoun Phelps.

John T. Smallcomb. This is the original marker for John. It marks the actual burial site of his body.

Harry H. Harrison. Harry was born January 26, 1875 (74) to Theodore and Elizabeth Dye Harrison. He passed April 12, 1949 and is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinos. He is not related.

My research continues

Have you ever thought of all the information you can get from the cemeteries? I go to the local ones and search for individuals that I know are buried there. While I am there searching I find that I run across more names and individuals that could belong in my tree. Sometimes they fit, sometimes they don't yet, sometimes they probably never will.
I am always surprised with the information I find.
The folks in the offices usually will help you find more information. Who all is buried, when they were buried, plot numbers, internment dates and who originally purchased the plots.
I have not been to the cemeteries much this week, between storms and family visiting, I have not had the time to do what I love to do. (I love having my family more than walking around the cemeteries, but I have a goal to reach and sometimes it seems I don't have the time to do it.)
I will be posting pictures that I have taken and the information about the grave markers. I have found that a few of my family members do not have grave markers, therefore the only information is what I can get in the office.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mrs. Ellen Watkins*

Danville Commercial News March 15, 1963
*Mrs. Ellen Watkins
Mrs. Ellen Watkins, 83, of 1212 N. Walnut St., died at 4:35 p.m. Thursday (March 14, 1963) in Lakeview Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient seven weeks.
She was the mother of Miss Frances Watkins, a Danville High School, and the widow of Charles Watkins, a prominent building and savings and loan executive here for 50 years. He died in 1954.
Mrs. Watkins had been a resident of Danville 68 years and had taught school 13 years at Hooton, Grant and Garfield schools. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church 45 years and formerly was active in its women's groups.
She was a charter member of Danville Chapter 854, Order of the Eastern Star, the Vermilion County Historical Society, the Auxiliary of Athelstan Commandery 45, the Thirty-Third Wives Assn., and the Danville Chapter, Past Matron & Past Patron Club. She formerly was a member of the Danville Woman's Club and the Roselawn Garden Club.
Born March 23, 1879 in Cardonia, Ind., she was the daughter of the Rev. James and Eliza Osborne Hayes. She was a graduate of Danville High School and attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College at Charleston. She was married to Charles R. Watkins on Sept. 16, 1903, in Danville, and had resided at the Walnut St. address 39 years.
She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers in addition to her husband.
The body is at the Barrick & Son Funeral Home where friends may call from 7-9 tonight.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Barrick & Son, with the Rev. Calvin DeVries officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Building Association Official Expires at 77*

Danville Commercial News May 18, 1954

Building Association Official Expires at 77

*Charles R. Watkins, 77, of 1212 N. Walnut St., chairman of the board of the Danville Building Association, died at 4:10 p.m. Monday (May 17, 1954) in Lake View Hospital. He had been in ill health about four months and seriously ill the past 10 days.
Mr. Watkins, a native of Stone Bluff, Ind., came to Danville at the age of 5 and was associated with the DBA, formerly known as Phillips & Espenscheid, 51 years. He was a charter member of the old W. Main St. Merchants Association and was treasurer of the Springhill Cemetery Association.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church, he had been on the board of elders 33 years. He also was a staunch Rotarian and had served as treasurer of Rotary Club 8 years and was a director.
He was a 32nd degree Mason for 50-year member of the Knights of Pythias and a member of Elks Lodge 332. He also was a past master of Anchor Lodge 980, AF&AM; a past patron of Danville Chapter 854, Order of the Eastern Star; a past thrice potent master of Danville Lodge of Perfection; a member of Danville Consistory, AASR, and of its original cast for the 20th degree; a member of Athelstan Commandery 45, Knights Templar, and one of its hermits; a member of Vermilion Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, and of Danville Council, Royal & Sector Masters.
The son of John and Catherine Reese Watkins, he was born July 11, 1876, at Stone Bluff. He was graduated from Danville High School and married the former Ellen Hayes, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Miss Frances Watkins of the DHS faculty; a sister, Mrs. Cynthia Reese, and several nieces and nephews. A sister and a brother preceded him in death.
The body is at the Barrick & Sons Funeral Home where it will remain until one hour preceding services which are to be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Ralph Smith will officiate and burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. Masonic rites will be conducted by Anchor Lodge and the Knights Templar will have an honor guard.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mrs. Catherine Reese Watkins Obit*

Danville Commercial Nov. 27, 1920
*Mrs. Catherine Watkins
Mrs. Catherine Watkins, 80, a resident of South Side since 1862 and widow of John Watkins, a (cannot read next word to faded) coal miner, who died in 1889, passed away at 11:30 o'clock Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Reese, wife of Daniel Reese, county mine inspector, 216 South Railroad street, South Side. She had been in feeble health for some time.
Funeral plans are not completed, pending word from children in North Dakota. The funeral probably will be held Monday.
Mrs. Watkins was born in Ohio, June 24, 1840, the daughter of John and Marion Reese and came to Illinois when a girl of 19. She was a member, since its founding, of the Congregational church of South Danville.
Mrs. Watkins is survived by the following children; Mrs. Cynthia Resse, Bert Watkins and Fred Watkins, all of South Side; Charles Watkins, Mrs. Flora Bracewell and George Watkins residing at Holdings N.D. Two sons Frank and Will Watkins preceded their mother in death.

Rock Fall Kills Danville Miner*

Commercial News Nov. 26, 1910

Rock Fall Kills Danville Miner
*Charles F. Bracewell, 108 South Jefferson Street, Dies of Injuries.
Charles F. Bracewell, 108 South Jefferson Street, South Danville, was fatally injured while at work in the Middleton coal mine, southwest of Danville, Friday morning.
The miner was crushed and at first not believed fatally injured. He was therefore taken to his home and Dr. D. B. Hundley called. An examination developed the fact that he had been badly crushed.
An ambulance was called and he was removed to Lake View hospital, being received there at 12:05 o'clock. He died at 1:10 o'clock Friday afternoon, without having rallied from the shock.
Coroner Cole was notified and immediately set about making arrangements for an inquest, which probably will be held late Saturday in the office of the coroner, court house.

Capt. David C. Jones Death Information*

Danville Commercial June 7, 1883
*Death of Capt. David C. Jones.
The deceased was in the city Thursday of last week looking hale, hearty and unusually well. He left on the afternoon train for his home at Grape Creek, but before reaching his destination he died suddenly, it is supposed of heart disease. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn his untimely loss.
At the commencement of the war Capt. Jones enlisted as a private in the three month service. When his time expired he returned home and was instrumental in raising Company C, 12th Illinois Infantry, was elected and served as Captain three years and was honorably discharged. When it became necessary to resort to drafting to fill up the ranks of the army, he took the place of a man with a large family who had been drafted, and served till the close of the war. Capt. Jones was also tendered a commission as colonel of a colored regiment but for some reason declined it. No better soldier ever served his country than Capt. Jones. Strong, brave, courageous, kind, he had the respect and esteem of all his comrades. He was a kind husband and affectionate father.

Charles Draper Obit*

Danville Commercial News Oct. 6, 1910

*Charles Draper
The body of Charles Draper, who was killed in an explosion of a locomotive boiler in Colorado, arrived in this city, via the Wabash railroad, Thursday morning at 4:30 and was taken to the Berhalter & Olmsted undertaking establishment. The funeral will be held at 1:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, in the Berhalter & Olmsted chapel, and burial will be in the cemetery at Alvin.

Bessie Neal Pate death announcement*

Danville Commercial News - March 5, 1990
*Pate, Bessie, 95, of Orleans, Ind., formerly of Danville, died at noon Sunday at Bedford Medical Center in Bedford, Ind. Graveside services: 10 a.m. CST Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Park. The Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans is in charge of arrangements.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ethel Jones and Baby Ethel Aikin and Glenn Harold Jones*

Ethel Jones Aikin and Baby Ethel. Ethel Naomi Jones Aikin was the daughter of John Winfield and Elizabeth Owens Jones. She was born March 19, 1910 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Aunt Ethel passed due to complication of pregnancy and childbirth. She passed March 11, 1935 at Lake View Hospital in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Her daughter, named afte her mother's death, Baby Ethel was buried with her mother. Baby Ethel was born March 11, 1935 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois and passed March 15 1935 in Lake View Hospital. Baby Ethel was buried next to her mother. They are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, Illinois.

*Glenn Harold Jones was the son of John W. and Elizabeth Owens Jones. He was born December 19, 1916 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Glenn was married twice. The first marriage was to Frances Z. Delvallee, the second time was to Marie B. Kidwell. Glenn had 3 children with his first wife. He help raise his step-son from his second marrige.  Glenn served during World War II in the United States Coast Guard. Uncle Glenn passed May 19, 2001 at the Veteran Hospital in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. He was 84 years old. Glenn is buried at the Danville National Cemtery, in Danville, Illinois. His first wife is buried at Sunset Memorial Park and his second wife is buried with him.

Harold Jack Knowles Picture

Abe and Margaret Jones Draper Marriage License*

* Abe and Margaret Jones Draper's Marriage License.
Margaret is the daughter of Thomas and Mary Evans Jones. Born Sept. 7 1850 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio.
Abe is the son of William and Susannah West Draper. He was born Oct. 4, 1852 in Willmington, Ind.
They were married March 15, 1878 in Vermilion County, Illinois.

Abe and Margaret Draper Marriage License

Vermilion Hills Tourney Held

Going through news papers at the library I found this article. One of the individuals is my mother's brother's wife.

Danville Commercial News. 6/11/1964

Vermilion Hills Women's Golf Assn. played for blind partners yesterday.
Winners were: First, Mrs. William Kegley and Mrs. Robert Nussbaum; second, Mrs. Harlan Johnson and Mrs. Roy Royalty; third, Mrs. Lyn Williams and Mrs. Glenn Jones; forth, Mrs. Charles Whelan and Mrs. Eugene Pauly.
Mrs. Dan Pipkin was hostess.

Dead Man Turns Out to be Alive

I found this article in the Danville Commercial news, published 9/20/1957

Dead Man Turns Out to Be Alive

Albuquerque, N.M. (P) The income tax people got this letter:
You sent my refund check to My home. My mother sent it back to you, saying that I was dead. You wrote my mother and asked for a death certificate. Well. I am not dead. I am still alive and I want my refund."

Rt. 4 Man Dies at 58

Danville Commercial News 4/20/1957

Rt. 4 Man Dies at 58

Raymond Floyd Willoughby, 58, of Danville, Route 4 died Friday morning (Sept. 20, 1957) in Lake View Hospital, where he had been a patient a month.
A life resident of Danville, Mr. Willoughby was employed by General Refractories 29 years. He was born Dec. 2, 1898, son of James and Margaret Jones Willoughby. He was a member of United Brick and Clay Workers 632.
Survivors include the wife, Nellie; three sons, Raymond Jr. of Atwood, Ill., James S. of Tilton and Jack of Danville; 11 grandchildren; the father, Danville; a brother, Oscar of Tuscola; a sister, Mrs. Cleo Irvin of Oakwood, and three half sisters, Mrs. Fern Hill of Urbana, Mrs. LaVerne Biscart of Westville and Mrs. Dorothy Potts of Danville. The mother and a daughter preceded him in death.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hooton Church of Christ, which he attended. The Rev. Don Vollstedt will officiate with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. The body will be taken from the Barrick & sons Funeral Home to the family residence Saturday morning.

Homer B. Black Obit*

*Homer B. Black
Homer B. Black, 80, Decatur, died at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday (May 6, 1975) at St. Mary Hospital in Decatur. He was a former Danville resident.
Mr. Black had worked for Illinois Power Co. in Danville and later in Decatur, where he was with the company's transportation department. He was a master mechanic, retiring in 1967.
He was a member of Anchor Masonic Lodge in Danville and Ansar Shine in Springfield and also was a member of the American Society of Automotive Engineers.
Born Aug. 26, 1894 in Homer, he was the son of George Byron and Clara Anderson Black.
He first married Nina Lockwood and she preceded him in death. He later married Marguerite Draper, and she survives.
Also surviving are three sons: Willard Byron Black, Earl William Black, both of Danville, and Terry Lee Black of Springfield; three daughters: Mrs. Donna Jean McKinley of Decatur, Mrs. Marjorie Trent of San Diego, Calif., and Mrs. Betty Mae Nield of Orlando, Fla., 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons and two sisters.
Services will be held at Pape Memorial Home. The Rev. Sue Ann Loft will officiate and burial will be in Bethel cemetery, north of Alvin, Ill.. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at the funeral home where masonic rites will be conducted by Anchor Lodge at 7 p.m..

Marguerite Ellen Draper

The State Journal Register, Springfield, Illinois September 17, 1996

Marguerite Draper Black, 89, Sprinfield died Saturday at Sunrise Manor, Virden.
She was born Jan. 24, 1907, in Danville, the daughter of Charles and Jennie Cavin Draper. She married Homes B. Black in 1932; he died in 1975. Mrs. Black received her teaching certificate from Eastern Illinois University and a bachelor's degree from Millikin University. She was employed as a teacher in Alvin, Danville and Decatur city schools, retiring in 1965. She was a member of Central Christian Church, Decatur. Survivors: a son Terry L. Black of Springfield; two stepsons, Willard and Earl Black, both of Danville, three stepdaughters, Donna McKinley of Decatur, Marjorie Trent of Sun City, Calif., and Betty Nield of St. Augustine, Fla.; two granddaughters; a great granddaughter; and 10 step grandchildren.
Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Pape Memorial Home, Danville. Burial: Bethel Cemetery, north of Alvin.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

James Willoughby*

Danville Commercial News June 11, 1964
James Willoughby
*James Willoughby, 90, died at his home at 1605 E. Fairchild, at 6:10 p.m. yesterday (June 10, 1964). He had been in ill health three years and seriously ill four months.
Born Jan. 9, 1874, in Oswego, Kan.; he was the son of Henry and Nancy Howard Willoughby. He had resided most of his life in Danville and was a retired employe of the Western Brick Co.
He was married to Margaret Jones, who preceded him in death in 1907. He was married Oct. 1, 1910, in Grape Creek to Tess Manuel who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Oscar of Atwood; four daughters, Mrs. Cleo Irvin of Oakwood, Mrs. Howard (Fern) Hill of Danville, Mrs. Vendal (LaVerne) Puskac of Westville, and Mrs. Avery (Dorotha) Potts of Danville; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, a son, three grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
The body is at the Johnson Funeral Home where friends will be received 7-9 p.m. Friday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oakhill Cemetery.

Robert L. Stevens

Danville Commercial News Feb. 25, 1998

Robert L. Stevens

Tilton - Robert L. Stevens, 73, of Tilton, passed away at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday (Feb. 24, 1998) at his residence.
He was born on June 13, 1924, in Tilton, the son of the late Glenn and Bernice (Gruber) Stevens.
On April 27, 1947, he married Norma Lee Harvey in Tilton. She survives.
Also surviving are: two sons, Michael L. Stevens of Western Springs and Mark Stevens of Springfield, MO; three grandchildren, three brothers, Kenneth Stevens and James Stevens, both of Westville, and Harold Stevens of Danville; and three sisters, Lucy Joseph of Belgium, Laura Stevens of Westville, and Edith Goldbaugh of Hammond, Ind.
Mr. Stevens worked at F. L. Jacobs Co. in Danville, worked at Hysters for 14 years, worked for Danville Metal Stamping, Berkley Davis and retired from the National Guard Armory in Danville in 1990.
During World War II and the Korean Conflict, he was a radar man first class in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific Campaign.
He was a member of the Tilton Methodist Church, American Legion Post #51 of Westville and a life member of Robert Wurtsbaugh Chapter of Korean War Veterans.
He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He enjoyed bird hunting and his two dogs "Duke" and "Charlie." He loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremetion Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Officiating Rev. Don Williams and Benneth Bostwick, Burial Sunset Memorial Park, with full military graveside rites by Robert Wurtsbaugh Chapter Korean War Veterans. Visitation: 4 - 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice.

Probate of Mary E. Jones Will

Index to Probate/ Wills

Jones, Mary E. BR March 21 1940

Note: Following the death of Mrs. Mary E. Jones of Swanington on January 9, James W. Jones, a son, was appointed administrator of the estate when no will was found, although it was believed a will existed. About a week ago, while looking through a box of papers belonging to the late attorney Edmund G. Hall, Charles M. Snyder found a will executed in 1923. The letters of administration that were issued to Mr. Jones were revoked by Judge Barce and the will was admitted to probate. By its new terms, James W. Jones will serve as executor. The heirs to the estate, valued at approximately $4,000, are her two sons, James W. Jones and J. Elmer Jones and four grandchildren. The property will be converted into cash and the two sons will each receive 1/4 of the net proceeds. The 4 grandchildren who will each receive one-eighth of the estate are: Thomas and Weldon Embleton, Tirzah and Richard S. Jones.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stevens, Robert

Danville Commercial News 2/24/1998

Stevens, Robert, 73, of Tilton, died at 8:45 a.m. today, Feb. 24, 1998, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Danville.

Mary Ann Sonsly Jones obit*

Danville Commercial News Jan. 10, 1940

*Aged Woman's Rites Thursday
Swanington, Ind. - Last rites for Mrs. Mary Jones, 96, resident of Swanington, who died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1940 will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the residence, the Rev. Mr. Smith officiating.
Death resulted from injuries received two weeks ago in a fall at her home. She was born in Durham, England, and was married to Thomas D. (should be E) Jones in 1863. She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, James and Elmer, both of Swanington.

Went to Fowler, IN

I went to Fowler, IN to do some research. Just as luck would have it the newspapers for both people that I needed weren't there and they say even the newspaper office doesn't have a record of them. Wow if that wasn't a bummer. However just before leaving I check out a book and in there there is an article that has one of the individuals will information listed. Well that lead me to some names,which I had but verify my research from the census of 1910 and of the census I found in West Virginia. It also allowed me to see that they had four grandchildren. Woohoo. This gave me their daughter's married named and verified they were still in this location in the 1940's. I still have a long way to go on this one, but I will find some answers soon I believe.

Marguerite Black

I was only able to locate this small article about Marguerite. I will search further at a later date.

Danville Commercial News Sept. 15, 1996
Black, Marguerite, 89, of Virden, formerly of Danville, died at 10:05 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 14, 1996)at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Virden. Arrangements are pending at Pape Memorial Home and Gardens.

Mrs. Jennie Draper Obit

Danville Commercial News Nov. 9, 1962

Mrs. Jennie Drapper
Alvin (CNS)- Mrs. Jennie Draper, a former resident of the Alvin community, died Friday (Nov. 9, 1962) at the Decatur-Macon Hospital following a one-year illness.
Mrs. Draper had resided for 12 years with her daughter, Mrs. Marguerite Black, in Decatur. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Ellen Cavin. She was married to Charles Draper, who preceded her in death.
Survivors include her daughter; a sister, Mrs. Olive Bivans of Alvin, and a grandson.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Alvin Christian Church. The Rev. O. J. Thomas will officiate. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. The body is at the Lanham Funeral Home in Potomac. Friends will be received after noon Saturday.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bernice E. (Gruber) Stevens Obit*

Danville Commercial News 2/15/1986
*Bernice E. Stevens
Tilton, Ill. - Bernice E. Stevens, 81, of 409 Dellwood, died at 7:35 a.m. Friday (Feb. 14, 1986) at the Americana Health Care Center in Danville.
She worked at Merle Sears Paper Box Company for 45 years. She was a charter member of Navy Mothers. She was a member of the Tilton United Church of Christ. She enjoyed crocheting and growing flowers.
Born Jan. 31, 1905, in Tilton, daughter of Charles A. and Anna Draper Gruber. Survivors: a son, Robert Stevens of Tilton; two grandsons, Michael Stephens of LaGrange, Ill., and Mark R. Stevens of Oakwood, Ill.; two great-grandsons, and a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Carl Gruber of Jensen Beach, Fla., and C. Alfred Gruber of Tilton; several nieces. She was preceded by her parents, two brothers and a sister.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Barrick and Son Funeral Home. Officiating: The Rev. Don Williams; Burials: Songer Cemetery, Tilton; Visitation: 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home; Memorials: Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Resident of Catlin Road Passes Away*

Commercial News 11/19/1928
*Resident of Catlin Road Passes Away
Mrs. Henrietta Smallcomb Pate Had Lived in Same House For 47 Years.
[Commercial News Special]
Catlin, Ill, Nov. 19 - Mrs. Henrietta Treasure Smallcomb Pate, 71, wife of William H. Pate, died at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at her home on the Catlin Road. Heart disease caused death. She had been ill six weeks.
Mrs. Pate was born in New Haven, W. Va., Aug. 1857. When she was a small child she came to Illinois. She joined the Tilton Methodist church in early life. On Oct. 26, 1881, she married William Pate. Since their marriage they have lived in the home, where she died, 47 years.
Besides the husband, she leaves a son and daughter, Oscar Pate, 4 West Thirteenth street, Danville and Mrs. Ethel Spencer, 201 East Third street, Danville. There are three brothers,, Thomas Smallcomb, of Los Angeles, Calf.; David Smallcomb, of San Diego, Calf., and Nelson Smallcomb, of Kearney, Neb. Mrs. Pate's devotion to her home, her children, and her grandchildren was known to many.
Funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock unless word from relatives changes plans.

Oscar Pate Succumbs

Danville Commercial News 8/26/1957

Oscar Lemial Pate, 72, of 4 W. 13th St., died at 6:30 a.m. Monday (Aug. 26, 1957) in St. Elizabeth Hospital. He had been ill several weeks and a patient four days at the hospital.
A former New York Central Railroad machinist, he retired in 1953. He was born in Tilton Sept. 12, 1884, son of William H. and Henrietta Smallcomb Pate, and had lived in the Tilton and South Danville communities all his life.
Mr. Pate was a member of Olive Branch Lodge 38, A.F.& A. M., Danville Consistory and Old Rails and New Ties.
Surviving are the wife, Bessie Neal Pate, whom he married in 1912; a son, Ralph O. Pate of Orleans, Ind.; two grandsons and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Spencer of Danville. A brother preceded him in death.
The body is at the Edmund & Dickson Funeral Home for services at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sometimes I Think

Sometimes I think I spend lots of time reading obituaries. I know this is an important part of research. Why? Because it can give us more information about an individual usually. Sometimes it is hard to find information about individuals.

When reading and searching through old newspapers, you have to read each page from top to bottom. This is very time consuming. The reason for this is that the newspaper was written as news happened, so if the news of someones passing came when they were writing page 3, that is where you will find it. Later in time newspapers were more advanced and deaths were somewhat arranged together; however they were still scattered from time to time.

Well I am getting tired. I need to go to bed. Please leave a message if there is someone you think I can help you with.

Richard Painter

I found this little item in the Danville Commercial News while searching for obituaries. I thought one of the many Painter researchers might like the information.

Williamsport, Ind. (3/23/1934)

Richard Painter was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star at the regular meeting held Monday night, with a large attendance present. A 6:30 o'clock dinner was enjoyed preceding the meeting.

Litchfield Youth Who Slew Kin May Go Free

I found this article in the Danville Commercial News while looking for obituaries. I found it interesting since I have Painter's in my family. I do not know that they are related to me; however I know that the Painter's are very much into studying family history.

Litchfield Youth Who Slew Kin May Go Free (Danville Commercial News 3/22/1934)

Litchfield, Ill. March 22 - (AP) - County authorities today expressed the belief no charges would be filed against Eugene Painter, 59, a farmer north of here. ( I think there is typo with this next line) Eugene Painter, 49, a farmer north of here died last night from a blow on the head inflicted by Eugene. Eugene told investigators he struck his father with the barrel of a shotgun a week ago when the elder Painter came home drunk and threatened his mother, Eugene is one of nine children.

I know that Eugene cannot be 59 and the father 49. I am not sure what the father's name is as it does not say.

Richard H. Jones

I was unable to locate an actual orbit for Uncle Rich. Here are the ones that my mother had. I am assuming they are from the Danville Commercial News.

Richard H. Jones

Richard H. Jones, 71, postal employe* in Danville for 40 years, died unexpectedly Saturday morning (Oct. 1, 1960) during a visit at the home of a daughter in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Jones, a former resident of 121 W. 4th St. in Tilton, was a clerk in the money order department at the Danville Post Office, retiring five years ago.
He was born March 8, 1899, the son of John E. and Sarah Watkins Jones.
Surviving are his wife, the former Frieda Messenger; a son, Richard Jones of Minneapolis; the daughter, Mrs. Lois Rice of Cincinnati; a brother, John Jones of Danville, and a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones of Attica,Ind. There are six grandchildren.
The body will be returned in the Berhalter Funeral Home in Danville. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Other arrangements are incomplete.

Richard H. Jones

Time of services has not been set at Berhalter Funeral Home for Richard H. Jones, 71, postal employe* in Danville for more than 40 years, who died Saturday during a visit at the home of a daughter in Cincinnati, Ohio. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Other arrangements are incomplete. The body is at the funeral home.

* This is how the article spelled employee.

Mrs. Vincent Nash Passed away While On Visit in West

12/26/1935 Albion Journal Resister

Mrs. Vincent Nash Passed away While On Visit in West

Mrs. Elizabeth Nash, 78, widow of the late Vincent Nash, passed away last Friday at the home of her niece, Mrs. Verna Cox, in Beatrice, Nebraska. She had gone to Nebraska a month ago with the intention of spending the winter with her niece. Death was caused by heart trouble.
Remains were brought to Albion on the early morning train Monday and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at three o'clock from the Nale funeral home, Rev. F. C. Rustemeyer, pastor of the Christian church officiating. Interment was made in Graceland.


Christina Elizabeth Nash was born in Edwards county November 8, 1857, and departed this life December 20, 1935, at the age of 78 years, one month and 11 days. She was at the home of her niece, Mrs. Vera Cox at the time of her death. He entire life was spent in Edwards County.
On October 1, 1881, she was united in marriage to Vincent Nash who preceded her in death June 26, 1934.
She leaves to mourn her passing one sister, Mrs. C. B. Atteberry of Springfield, two nieces, Mrs. Verna Cox of Beatrice, Neb., and Mrs. Frances Day of Springfield; a nephew, Barnet Atteberry of Woodlake, Texas, and many other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Nash made confession of faith in Jesus Christ at the West Village Christian Church, later transferring her membership to the Albion Christian Church.
Mrs. Nash was a good neighbor and kind to all. She was helpful to the very utmost of her strength.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

William Henry Pate Obit 3/23/1934

Danville Commercial News 3/23/1934

William Pate is Dead, Aged 80
William Henry Pate Expires Late Thursday at Home in Brown's Addition.

William Henry Pate, 80, died at 2:45 o'clock Thursday afternoon at his residence in Brown's addition. He was formerly a coal miner but had been engaged in farming for the last three years.
The deceased was born Nov. 1, 1853, near Catlin, son of Lazaris and Emeline O'Neal Pate. He married Henrietta Smallcomb in Danville Oct. 26, 1881. To this union three children were born. One died in infancy.
Mrs. Henrietta Pate died Nov. 19, 1928. In September, 1931, Mr. Pate married a second tome to Daisy A. Richards, in Tilton.
Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Daisy A. Pate, are the tow children, Oscar L. Pate and Mrs. Ethel Spencer, both of Danville. Also surviving are three stepchildren and one sister, Mrs. Arabelle Britton, Junction City, Kas. The stepchildren are Joseph and James Richards and Nellie King, all of near Danville.
The body was removed to the Berhalter funeral home.

D. H. S. Debaters Meet Kankakee

While doing research today I came across this article. I thought it was kind of neat. I remember Mr. Purkey as he was my speech teacher.

D. H. S. Debaters Meet Kankakee
Engage in Initial Literary Contest With Northern School Thursday

Engaging is the first literary contest between the two schools. Danville High school negative debaters met the Kankakee affirmative team Thursday night at the latter city.
The contest was a non-decision event but it was the general opinion following the debate that the two teams had tied on research while the Danville team had an advantage in case, delivery, general effectiveness and recitation.
Negotiations are under way for a return non-decision contest at the local school.
While Thursday evening's contest was non-decision, it served to establish literary relationship with the northern school and provided competitive experience for both teams.
The Danville team was composed of Bill Erickson, Charles Gaines, and Alden Bracewell. Delbert Purkey, head of the the public speaking department and debate coach, accompanied them to Kankakee.
The question debated was: "Resolved. That the United States should adopt the essential features of the British system of radio control and operation."

Friday, June 11, 2010

Garnet I. (Wilcox) Jones

Orbituary for Garnet I. Jones*

*Garnet I Jones, 88, of Columbia City, Indiana, formerly of Fairmount, Danville and Allen Park, Mich., died at 10:50 p.m. Sunday (June 16, 1991) at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born Nov. 5, 1902, in Fairmount, the daughter of William H. and Laura M. Smith Wilcox. She married Ernest E. Jones on July 1 1925, in Detroit, Michigan. He preceded her in death in 1976.
Survivors included: one sister, Fern E. Porter of Villa Grove; one sister-in-law, Verda Wilcox of Dolton, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Laura Stevens, Ethel Davis, and Thelma Larsen, and two brothers, William and Roland Wilcox.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Pape Memorial Home & Gardens in Danville; Burial: Greenwood Cemetery; Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mrs. E. (Prothero) Lewis, Godreaman (formerly of Cwmbach)*

*Mrs. E. (Prothero) Lewis, Godreaman (formerly of Cwmbach)

The death occurred recently fo Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis, 1 Cwmaman Road, Godreaman, aged 83 years. A native of Cwmbach, she had resided at Godreaman for the last couple of years, and her neighbourly disposition had won her the general esteem of the community.
She had reared a large family, but was tragically unfortunate to have three of her sons killed - one on a railway crossing, one in the first world war in France, and one at a collery. Her youngest son was found dead in a chair whilst in employment at London. Her husband predeceased her serveral years ago.
General sympathy is extended the bereaved family, both by Cwmbach and Abaraman friends. Burial took place at Aberdare Cemetery, Rev. I. Davies, Gwawr, Aberman, officiating.
Mourners: Messrs. Edward Lewis,son; B. Bryant and Tom Walters, son-in-law; Fred, Nevill and David, grandsons; Thomas Lewis, W. Wlaters, D. Protheroe, G. Protheroe, D. J. E(can't make out last name), R. Jenkins, D. Lloyd, G. Vincant, nephews.
At the house: Mary, Amelia, Louie and Muriel, daughters; Bearers: Mesrs F. Leach, E. Thomas, P. Perkins, W. John, W. Davies, B. Davies.
Several floral tributes were received.
Funeral arrangements by Aberdare and District Co-operative Society.

Frances S. Watkins Obit*

Danville Commercial News, Aug. 17, 1997
*Frances S. Watkins
Frances S. Watkins, 86, of Danville, died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday (Aug. 17, 1997) at USMC, Sager campus.
She was born April 29, 1911, in Danville, the daughter of Charles and Helen (should be Ellen) Hayes Watkins.
Survivors include: a first cousin, Vivian Adamson of Easton, Md; a second cousin, Mary E. Orville Bonebrake of Danville, and several other cousins.
Miss Watkins was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church in Danville where she played piano for the Sunday School classes and sang in the choir.
She was a past president and treasurer of Church Women United and Past Matron of the Danville Chapter of the Eastern Star. She belonged to the Danville Garden Club, served on the Board of Directors of the Danville Historical Society Museum; belonged to the Danville Women's Club; and was a 50 year member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society.
Miss Watkins graduated from the DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. She taught history for 43 years at Danville High School from 1933 until her retirement in 1976.
She was department head of Danville High School Social Studies and headed the Medley Yearbook.
Memorial services: 2 p.m. Sunday (Sept 7) at the First Presbyterian Church; Memorial may be made to the Eastern Star Scholarship Fund or Danville High School Medley Yearbook Fund. Arrangements by Barrick and Son Funeral Home.

Porter L. Chism Obit

Jan. 11, 1934 Albion Journal Register

Porter L. Chism Died Suddenly in Michigan Monday

Porter L. Chism, 36, Second son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chism of this city, passed away suddenly at his home in Saginaw, Michigan, Monday morning at 6:30. The news of his passing, in the form of a telegram to the family, was a shock not only to them, but to the entire community as well. According to meagre information contained in the message, death followed pneumonia after a brief illness.
The deceased was born in Albion, attended local grade and high schools and was well known and beloved by a large number of our residents. Following his graduation from high school, he went to Saginaw where, as an employee of General Motors Corporation, he arose to a position of responsibility. While in Michigan, the United States entered the World War, and he entered the service of his country. He was stationed at Fort Dodge, Iowa, until the conflict ended.
On June 9, 1920, he was united in marriage to Miss Thelma Marriott of Browns, who with two children, Jack and Mary Katherine, survive. He also leaves his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Chism, two sisters, Miss Bonalynn and Mrs. G. R. Hilgeman of Albion, and an older brother, Howard of Saginaw.
Mr. and Mrs. Chism and Miss Bonalynn and Mr. and Mrs. Hilgeman and son, Charles William, left Monday morning for Saginaw, where funeral services were held and interment was made.

Frank Chism Obit*

Frank Chism, 62, A Suicide Tuesday; Was Ill Long Time
*Frank Chism, 62, Spanish American War veteran, former barber and well known resident of this community, took his life Tuesday morning about eight in the region of the heart with a .38 calibre revolver.
Deceased had been in poor health for several years, suffering with tuberculosis of the throat and heart complications. Over three years ago his illness compelled him to give up his business in which he was associated with his brother Charles. Since that time he had lives quietly at his home on South Fifth street and his condition slowly but steadily worse. For over a week prior to his death, he had not been able to leave his room. His incurable condition, together with the suffering which he had undergone, no doubt motivated the act which came as a shock to the community.
The last person to see Mr. Chism alive was Bill Schock, son of Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Schock, who lives next door and who made it a habit to drop in on the deceased at intervals and see if there was anything he needed. When Schock went to to the home about 7:45 Tuesday morning, Mr. Chism was sitting on the edge of the bed. He admitted to Schock that he was very ill and that he could hardly leave his bed. Schock returned home and a few minutes later the family heard a shot. At first they thought it was a firecracker, but later they learned from W. A. Marshall who had gone to the home, that Mr. Chism had passed away.
A coroner's jury was empanelled by Coroner A. J. Boston, which after hearing evidence of Dr. R. L. Moter and W. A. Marshall, who was in the vicinity and who was called when it was feared something had happened to Mr. Chism, returned a verdict of death from a self inflicted gun shot wound with suicidal intent, on account of ill health. The jury was composed of Alfred Montgomery foreman; James G. Smith, William Kendrick, James Kendrick, J.P. Hyre and Francis Redman.
Deceased is son of Thomas Jefferson and Mary Lenora Crome Chism, also natives of Albion, was born here September 1, 1871. He grew to manhood here, attending local schools and later worked on the Albion Journal for a number of years as compositor. He also worked on Mt. Vernon, Illinois, newspapers. He was a member of a number of famous old Albion bands.
He enlisted in the Army during the Spanish American War and saw service in Cuba. He was a member of a band in a Mississippi regiment known as the 5th Immunes supposed to be immune from yellow fever. Several Albion men were members of the same regiment and band. After his honorable discharge he returned to Albion and for many years was in the barber business here. He was a member of the Elks Lodge of Mt. Carmel.
Deceased was never married. He is survived by his brother Charles of Albion, a sister Mrs. Mayme Bump of Evansville, and a number of nieces, nephews and other more distant relatives.
Funeral services were held this morning at 9:30 o'clock at Nales's Funeral home by Rev. F.C. Rustemeyer, pastor of the Albion Christian Church. Interment was in Albion Cemetery.
The American Legion participated in the services and the remains were laid to rest with military honors.

Mrs. Mary L. Chism Lifelong Resident Passed Away Friday

Albion Journal Register

Mrs. Mary L. Chism Lifelong Resident Passed Away Friday

Had Lived Her Entire Life of 84 Years in This City, Active in Christian Church Here.

Mrs. Mary Lenora Chism, a lifelong resident of Albion, passed away at her home on South Fifth street Friday morning. Death followed an illness of about a week's duration and was due to a complication of diseases which are attendant to those of advanced years. She was aged 84 years, 10 months and 9 days.
Mrs. Lenora Crome, daughter of Thomas and Eliza Crome, was born in Albion January 19, 1846. Not only was all of her life spent in this city, but all of her married life, with the exception of a few years was spent in the home where she resided at the time of her death.
She was united in marriage with Thomas J. Chism in Albion on December 25, 1864, and to this union were born four children: Charles and Frank of Albion, Mrs. Mary May Bump of Evansville and Annie, who passed away at the age of four years. There are five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother Harry Crome of near Albion, and a half-brother Ed Crome of this city.
Mr. Chism preceded his wife in death in February, 1888, and Mrs. Chism in her cheerful way carried on the home of her family.
She united with the Christian church here in her early teens and lived an exemplary Christian life. She was never happier than when in her church or Sunday school.
Deceased was a charter member of the Missionary Society of her church and also a charter member of the W. R. C. Mrs. Chism will be greatly missed in her church, her home and her neighborhood; she has left the memory of a beautiful Christian life.
Funeral services were held in the church of which she was a member so many years, on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. A. L. Reed, the pastor, officiating. Interment was made in Albion Cemetery.

Mrs. Themis (Blackard) Nash Obit

Albion Journal Register 1953

Mrs. Themis Nash Passed Away Saturday Night

Funeral services for Mrs. Themis A. Nash, aged resident of Albion, who died at the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Saturday night, were held at Nale's Funeral home yesterday afternoon at 2:00, Rev. A. B. Gill, pastor of the Mt. Zion Methodist church officiating. Interment was at Graceland.
Mrs. Nash, a life long resident of Albion, was born June 21, 1879 and at the time of her death was aged 73 years, 6 months and 12 days. She was the daughter of John and Abigail Schofield Blackard.
She was married to Alfred A. Nash, Albion merchant, on April 30, 1902. He preceded her in death on August 20, 1921.
Mrs. Nash is survived by one daughter, Mrs. K. C. Hogue of Albion, a sister Mrs. K. A. Cretors of Brownsburg, Ind. and a niece, Mrs. J. E. Hogue of Albion. Mrs. Nash took Mrs. Cretors and Mrs. Hogue into her home at an early age and taised them as her own daughters. She also leaves two brothers, Lewis Blackard of Quincy and John Blackard of Clinton.
She was a member of the Episcopal church.

Bonalynn Chism Obit*

Albion Journal Register 1953
*Miss Bonalynn Chism Passed Away Saturday.

Funeral services for Miss Bonalynn Chism, member of Albion high school teaching faculties since 1932, were held at the Albion Christian church Monday afternoon, Rev. John Elliott Foster, the pastor, officiating, Classes at Edwards Senior High were dismissed for the afternoon and services were largely attended by students, former students and the many friends. Interment was at Graceland.
Miss Chism passed away at the Olney sanitarium Saturday morning. She was stricken shortly after she arrived at school Thursday morning and her condition became progressively worse. She had been a heart patient for some years.
Daughter of Charles and Lettie Lollar Chism, deceased was born in Albion on
February 8, 1900 and most of her life was spent here. She attended Albion schools and later attended and graduated from Eureka College at Eureka. She also attended Columbia University in New York. Following her graduation from Eureka, she taught in the high school at Pleasant Plains for three years. She joined the faculty of Albion Community High School three years later and had been teacher of English in the local high school since that time.
Gifted with a lovely soprano voice, which was developed by training in college, she taught chorus in the local high school for a number of years. She also was a leader and director of the choir at the Albion Christian Church and gave freely of her unusual musical talent whenever called upon.
After her graduation from high school and before her entrance into college she was employed in the O. A. Bunting garage here, and in addition served as the first corresponding secretary of the Albion Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of Chapter No. 517, Order of Eastern Star and was a charter member of the Delta Theta Tau sorority.
Despite her poor health the past several years, she continued her busy, active life and maintained a cheerful, happy outlook on life. She was one of Albion's outstanding women.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. G. R. Hilgeman of Albion. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Porter in 1934 and Howard in 1950.

James Chism*

from a book Wilma Wick has: page 173
Charles Chism
*James Chism was a Virginian by birth. He was a soldier in the Revolution and the War of 1812. He was an Indian fighter under command of General Harrison.
In the year 1813 James Chism, his wife and three small children emigrated to Timberville, Bald-Hill Prairie, Edwards County, Illinois Territory. Indians were numerous in this part of the country and four times the family sought refuge fleeing to a Vicennes fort for greater security.
James died when a young man and the family moved to the northern part of the state. James' wife died and a son Elisha came back to this vicinity with a small brother and sister. Elisha learned the trade of a blacksmith. In consideration of a horse, saddle and bridle he became the substitute for a young man as a soldier in the Black Hawk campaign. After three months he came back to this vicinity and worked for some time at his trade in Wanboro and then a large shop in Albion for many years.
His first marriage was to Hester Thread. This resulted in a family of twelve children. When his first wife died he married a Mrs. Leonard, and two children were born to this union. He died at the home of a son Thos. J. in Albion.
Thomas and his wife had four children, Mayne, Frank, Charles and one unaccounted for.
Charles was born in 1866 and marreid Lettie Lollar of Ingraham, Illinois. He died in 1938. She died at the age of 65, 1934. He was a barber for forty-six years on West Main Street in Albion. He and his wife were active members in the Albion Christian Church.
To this union were born four children. Porter. Howard. Bonalynn and Edna. Porter and Howard married Thelma and Mabyl Marriott (sisters) from Browns. They moved to Michigan and each had two children.
Bonalynn was a chorus and English teacher at the Albion High School. She died in 1953, age 53. A scholarship is given every year in her memory to a Sr., in the Edwards Sr. High School by Delta Philanthropic Sorority.
Edna was married to Gilbert (Skee) Hilgeman of Bellmont, the son of William and Claudia Joachim Hilgeman and lived in a near Albion. He worked for the Albion Journal Register many years. He had one brother George. Gilbert died in 1962 age 62, Edna in 1963, age 62.
To this union was born one son, Charles W. (Skee) Hilgeman, in 1929. He was in the army two years during the Korean conflict. He married Lillian Woods in 1950. She is the daughter of Charlie C., son of Edward and Nellie Lines Woods, and Genevieve, daughter of Thos. W. and Luella Woodham Smith. They live on a farm near Ellery. She has one sister, Lugene Millar.
Charles W. Hilgeman Jr. Called Chuck was born in 1960. He was married to Terri Orr in 1980. Terri is the daughter of Paul and Marjorie Doty Orr. Chuck and Terri live in Carmi.

Alan B. Gill, minister, banker and lay educator passed away Sunday*

Source Albion Journal Register WED May 28, 1958
*Alan B. Gill, minister, banker and lay educator passed away Sunday
Rev. Alan B. Gill, one of Edwards county's most loved and honored citizens, passed away at the Welborn Memorial hospital in Evansville Sunday morning at 10:30. Rev. Gill had been in failing health for two years and had been a patient in the hospital in Evansville since May 8.
Alan B. Gill, son of Wm. H. and Lillie Chism Gill, was born in Wayne county Sept. 27, 1899 and was aged 58 years 7 months and 28 days at the time of death. He was a member of a family of three children. He was prededed in by his parents, two sisters, Nona (Mrs. W. B. Inskeep) and Ora (Mrs. Frank Mitchell).
On April 6, 1924 he was united in marriage to Miss Emily Inskeep who survives him. To this union, two children were born: Lillie Ann (Mrs. William Browning of Maquon) and Paul, a student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Also surviving are two grandchildren Patsy and Debbie Browning.
Rev. Gill was licensed to preach in the Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist church in 1938. He began his ministry at the Merriam church without salary, then served as pastor of the Golden Gate circuit of five churches. He was minister at Mt. Zion for nine years and during the past two years on the Browns circuit, Browns, Fortney and Simpson. He never received a large salary but preached because he loved the work and felt called by God to do so.
Rev. Gill was a member of the Town and County Commission, Camp and Institute Commission, Conference Claimant Society and the Board of Pensions. He gave much time and work toward securing more adequate pensions for retired ministers, although as a supply minister he would have received no financial help himself. He was instrumental in establishing the Zion Hill Chapel and was a member of the board of trustees which bought the Harrisburg district parsonage.
In the financial world, Mr. Gill was equally prominent. In April 1924 he was made cashier of the bank at Golden Gate. Later he served as cashier of the People's National Bank of Graysville. In August 1940 he was made cashier of the newly formed Citizens National Bank of Albion and became president of that bank in 1942. He was chairman of the Savings Bond Division during and since World War II, and served on many committees in the financial field.
When the schools of Edwards county were reorganized on a county wide basis, Mr. Gill was made president of the board by the Board of Education and remained in that capacity until the time of his death. His interest in education extended beyond count boundaries and besides other activities was a member of the Committee on One Hundred of Southern Illinois University.
To Alan Gill was given a selflessness of service and dedication to the welfare of his fellow man which comes to few people. The degree of affection and respect accorded him by his fellows is a shining testimonial of the success of the life of this man of the kindly heart. He will be sorely missed.
Funeral services were held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Nale Funeral Home. Officiating were Dr. Maurice Winn, Rev. Leland Hooper, Rev. Raymond Richardson and Rev. Bayne Wilson. Concluding services were at the Inskeep cemetery at Zion Hill in Wayne County.

George Nash 1838*

*George Nash was born in England in 1838 and immigrated to the United States in 1839. He and his wife, Elizabeth (born 1842 in England), were married in 1861 and settled in Edwards County, Illinois. To this union nine children were born: Hannah, Vincent, George A., Clara, Alice, Eliza, Frank, Alfred and Harriet.
George A. Nash (born September 15, 1865, Albion) married Mary Catherine Chism in 1883. Eight children were born of this union: Harry, George, Gilbert, Charles A., Mae, Pearl, Hattie, and an infant girl who died shortly after birth.

Frank Nash Sr. Obit 1937*

Newspaper in Albion, Illinois 1937
Frank Nash, Sr.
*Funeral Services for Frank Nash, Sr., 66, were held at the home in this place last Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Randall C. Eastham, until a short time ago pastor of the Free Methodist Church of this place. Mr. Nash has been in poor health for sometime and suffered another stroke a few days before his death on Tuesday night. He and Mrs. Nash moved to this place nearly two years ago from Browns where he had formerly been in business for many years. He is survived by his wife, also in poor health, one daughter, Mrs. Raymond Chitty, formerly of this place but now of Olney; three sons, Frank Jr., of this place, Joe of Danville, Earl of Bicknell, Ind., six grandchildren, one brother, and three friends, and many friends. Interment was made in Graceland cemetery, Albion.

Frank Nash, Sr., of West Salem passed away at nine o'clock Tuesday night, at the age of 66 years.   He had been in failing health for the past few years.   Recently he suffered another stroke from which he never recovered.

Mr. Nash was born and reared in Albion.   For twenty-five years he was in the meat and grocery business at Browns.   The family moved from Browns to West Salem more than a year ago.

Mr. Nash is survived by his invalid wife, one daughter, Mrs. Ida Chitty of Olney, and three sons, Frank of West Salem, Joe of Danville and Earl of Bicknell, Indiana; six grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock conducted by Rev. R. C. Eastham of St. Francisville.   Interment will be at Graceland.

                   Frank Nash, Sr.
Frank Nash, son of George and Elizabeth Nash, was born in Albion, Ill., Sept 13, 1871 and departed this life at West Salem, Ill., October 5, 1937, at the age of 66 years and 22 days.   He was united in marriage to Sarah Evelyn Moore on May 29, 1891.   To this union were born four children:   Mrs. Ida Chitty of Olney, Frank, Jr., of West Salem, Joe of Danville, and Earl of Bicknell, Ind., all of whom, with the invalid wife, survive him.

Mr. Nash was a merchant of Browns for twenty-five years.   He has been in failing health for a number of years.   Recently he suffered another stroke from which he never recovered.   He always gave loyal financial support to the church and civic organizations.   The greatest part of his life was spent in Edwards County.   More than a year ago the family moved from Browns to West Salem.   Besides the immediate family he leaves to mourn his passing, six grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Horton of Chicago, Mrs. Clara Livengood of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Eliza Baker of Harrison, Ark.; one brother, George of Evansville, other relatives and a host of friends.

Deceased was thoughtful and considerate of his family, and always appreciative of every kindness shown him.   He will be sadly missed.

The funeral service was conducted at the home by Rev. R.C. Eastham of St. Francisville.   Interment was made in Graceland Cemetery, Albion.                       

Oscar A. Willoughby Obit

Danville Commercial News 2/19/1974

Oscar Willoughby

Oscar A. Willoughby, 73, of 29 Oregon, died at 8:30 a.m. today (Feb. 19, 1974) at St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he had been a patient since Sunday.
He was born July 22, 1900 in Vermilion County, the son of James and Margaret Jones Willoughby. He married Lois Elllen Hamand on Sept. 30, 1923 in Oakwood. She survives.
Other survivors include one sister, Mrs. Cleo Irvin of Oakwood, and several nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by a son and one brother.
He attended Diamond School. He was employed at Western Brick Co., and later was a truck driver. He was last employed by Ecoff Truck Lines, Inc. in Danville. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, and his hobby was working on small engines.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pape Memorial Home. The Rev. Don Goodwin will officiate, and burial will be in Atherton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ruth G (Osborn) Bell

Ruth G. Bell Orbituary:

Ruth G. Bell, 73, of Manassas, VA, formerly of Sarasota, FL, died Monday (April 22, 1996) at home.

A native of Danville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Flora (Cozad) Osborn. She was a member of Golden City Women's Association, the Sarasota Community Service Club, a founding member of the Forest Lake Country Club, and a Gray Lady volunteer for Brookside Junior High School.

Survivors include: her husband of 50 years, Richard Bell; three daughters Jamie Stafford, Cindy Bernius and Lori Blantin; a son, Scott Bell; three sisters, Blanche Liggett of Danville, Jeanette Poeppel and Mary Ann Rigbyy; four brothers Clarence Osborn, Alonzo Osborn, Donald Osborn, and Harry Osborn; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Mrs. Bell will be in Sarasota, FL at a later date. Arrangements by Blasius-Baker Funeral Home in Manassas.

Memorials: Hospice of Northern Virginia, 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 1000 Falls Church, VA 22042.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Knowles ~Painters ~ Founders of Early American Families

Here is some information I found at the library. I am not sure where they fit in the family tree. The book is called Founders of Early American Families Emigrants from Europe 1607 - 1657 by Meredith B. Colket, Jr., A.M., Litt. D., F. A. S.G., F.s.A.A. Director, The Western Reserve Historical Society
Published by The General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America as a contribution to the Bicentennial of the United States of America
Cleveland, Ohio 1975

page 213

Thomas Mass. 1630, Hingham 1644, Newport 1655, Westerly 1669. Freeman. ner 68:273 (desc); Autobiography of Thomas Painter, man of Revolution 1910 (chart)

page 169 - 170

Alexander Mass. 1636, Fairfield 1654, d there by 8 Dec 1663. Assistant Magistrate. Jacobus, Fairfield, v 1; ner 87:359 n.

Henry Came on "Susan and Ellen" 1635, Boston (Mass.) 1635, Portsmouth 1644,
Warwick 1655, d by 20 Jan 1670/1. Freeman. ner 87:359 (desc); tag 20:226 n.

Richard Plymouth (Mass.) 1638, Eastham 1654, d by1675. Shipmaster. ner 79:286 (desc); Descendants of Richard Knowles 1637 - 1973

Thomas New Haven (Conn) 1644, d there by May 1648, Jacobus, Fairfield, v 1.

Herschel Williamson*

*Herschel Williamson, 80, of Danville, died at 4:01 p.m. Thursday (June 7, 1990) at USMC, Logan Campus.
He was born July 25, 1909, in Grape Creek, a son of Patrick Bonner and Emily Owens Williamson. He married Beulah H. Gash. She preceded him death in 1961. He later married Ruth Agnes Claunch April 7. 1963, in Danville. She survives. He is also survived by: a brother, Kenneth W. Williamson; two sisters, Grace E. Smith (Edgar) and Lottie R. Weidenburner, all of Danville; four grandchildren Vickie Campbell and Dwayne Williamson, both of Oceanside, Calif., Cheryl Williamson of Frankfort, Ind., and Timothy Williamson of Covington, Ind.; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Charles, a daughter Dorothy, two brothers, and one sister.
He had worked for Hegeler Zinc Company. He was late the manager of Sieg Auto Parts Store, Retiring in 1971. He enjoyed fishing, flowers, and was a Cub fan.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Pape Memorial Home & Gardens; Officiating: Chaplain Ned Boulais; Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery; Visitation: 2 - 6 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral Home.

Air and Naval Officers Win Recognition ~April 22, 1945*

Danville Commercial News ~ April 22, 1945

*Air and Naval Officers Win Recognition.
~Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Bell 1118 N. Vermilion St. have received word from their son, Capt. Warren G. Bell, that he has arrived safely somewhere in the Philippines. He is a pilot of a C-47 and has been in the Air Force 5 1/2 years. He also has two brothers in the service, James, a bombardier on a B-29 in India, and Robert, a member of the Sixth Division near Manila. While Captain Bell is overseas, his wife Mattie, and nine-month old daughter, Joy are making their home with Mr. and Mrs. Pete Budisilk of Milwaukee.

2 Danville Schools Awarded War Flags

I found this article while searching newspapers at the Danville Public Library. I just thought it was interesting, especially those of us that went to Roselawn or Edison Schools.

Danville Commercial News ~ April 22, 1945
2 Danville Schools Awarded War Flags
"Roselawn and Edison Schools of this city have been awarded the School at War Flag by the American Legion and the War Finance Committee of the Treasury Department for participating in the War Bond and Stamp Drive.
Plans for a program at which flags will be presented are presented are being arranged by C. A. Hack, commander of the 18th District of the American Legion, and Miss Mildred Brandenberger, acting principal of the schools."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Word Meanings and Court Documents

I was reading one of my old Illiana Genealogist Periodicals and I found this information:
Source:From the Illiana Genealogist, Summer 2003:
Official documents of all sorts are filled with words whose meanings may not be familiar to some folks. Genealogists, too, keep running into such words and have to know their meaning. Failure to do such can throw research off the track. For that reason, from time to time in these pages, list of "legal" and "official" words have appeared. Some of those lists have even concerned "foreign" words genealogists come across, while other listings concern our own country. So, again, we share a lot of terms used over the last several centuries here in our own country's courthouse and in other places, mostly British. (As written by John W. Heisey)

1. abstract: a summary of important parts of a legal or other document.
2. Affinity: the relationship of individuals to other people by marriage only, not by blood.
3. Ancillary: the describing of some legal action, like a will being probated when land is owned by the deceased in several different counties and states and must be disposed of in those other places.
4. Asset: any kind of property (real or personal) possessed by an individual living or dead.
5. Beneficiary: any individual who inherits or gets something from another person, usually because of the settlement of a deceased individual's estate.
6. Cenotaph: a monument to a deceased person, but not at the place where that person is buried.
7. Chattel: any property, other than real estate, which an individual possesses. Real chattels are tangible property, while personal chattels are intangible property.
8. Collateral Lines: (or branches): all persons who are related to you by blood, but not directly
9. Consanguinity: refers to any person who is descended from the same ancestor as you.
10. Descedent: any individual who is deceased, usually meaning a person who has recently died.
11. Epitaph: the working on a monument about the deceased, usually praising that individual.
12. Estate: everything owned or possessed by an individual who is either a live or deceased. Today, however, we usually think of an estate as belonging to someone who is deceased.
13. Executor (male) or Executrix (female): the individual who is designated in a will to carry out the actions directed by the writer of the will in settling up an estate.
14. Extract: information taken verbatim from any document, usually not the complete contents of that document.
15. Holographic Will: a will which was personally written, dated and signed in his or her own handwriting by an individual.
16. Inchoate Rights: in real estate, any interest or portion an individual is to inherit, but usually is not effective until the death of the spouse.
17. Instant: in early days it meant the current month.
18. Intangible Property: stocks, bonds, monies due, or other such items owned by an individual.
19. Intestate: term used to describe a deceased person who did not have a will.
20. Lien: a legal claim against a person's property or assets in order to pay for services done by that individual to someone else.
21. Litigation: the act of taking disputes to be settled in court.
22. Nuncupative Will: a will dictated orally by a dying person but written down and witnessed after the individual's death.
23. Outcry: a term used in earlier days to mean the public sale of property at an auction as directed by either the court or the owners of the property.
24. Per Stirpes: a Latin term meaning roots. Used in law to designate an individual inheriting something which would have been received by a parent or some other ancestor who is now deceased.
25. Personalty: any property, other than real estate, owned by some individual.
26.Primogeniture: the right of the first-born in a family to inherit the entire family estate and hereditary title.
27. Quit Claim: a document whereby an individual transfers or otherwise gives to someone else any right the owner has to some property.
28. Sibling: at the present time it refers to brothers and sisters only in a family. In earlier times, though, it meant any kinsman or relative.
29. Summary: a synopsis of a document which mentions only the important parts of that document. It need not by verbatim.
30. Surety: an assurance, usually a posted bond, given by an individual as a promise to carry out what has been directed legally.
31. Tangible Property: cattle, tools, household goods, anything except real estate, owned by an individual.
32. Testate: a legal term indicating a deceased person who had a will.
33. Tithable: any individual legally required to pay tithes.
34: Tithe: usually a 10 percent tax to be given to the church. In countries such as Britain, it was to be paid to the Church of England, the state church.
35. Title: a term which usually means that person has proof of ownership to some property.

My first hours to be spent at the local public library

My first week off has been spent doing things other than research, however the other things needed to be done also.
Tomorrow I plan to spend many hours at the microfilm machines reading old newspapers. I have discovered, just by going over some of my older information, some new leads. This means I need to go do some more local research.
I also am going to the cemetery here, as I have found the resting places of some more relatives. I have been searching for one family, so I will visit the office and get the information from them where to find the graves.
Mom likes going with me to hunt. This seems odd to me as she has never really had an interest in family history. Maybe because she is 91 years old, she feels she should know something about the others that have gone before her.
If any of you have someone you need me to go in search of here, let me know. I will do my best.

John W. and Elizabeth Owens Jones

John W. and Elizabeth Owens Jones. John was born Sept. 24, 1883 in Tilton, Vermilion Couny Illinois. His wife Elizabeth Owens was born Oct. 24, 1880 in Ferndale, Glamorgan, Wales.
John passed away on his front porch in his favorite swing. He passed on July 29, 1963 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Elizabeth passed away Feb. 16, 1965 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. They are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Smallcomb, John ~ Adelia ~ Sarah Grave Markers*

*These are the individual markers for the Smallcomb family... John, Adelia and Sarah Jones Smallcomb.

John T. Smallcomb was the son of Henry  and Jane Smallcomb. He was born April 22, 1829 in Wales. He passed Aug. 28, 1877 in Catlin, Vermilion County, Illinois. 

Adelia was born July 31, 1874 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. She passed July 17, 1900 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. She was not married.

Sarah Jones Smallcomb's grave is only marked with Mother Smallcomb. She was born July 9, 1833 in Gilfield, Montgomeryshire, Wales. She passed September 7, 1923 in Muncie, Vermilion County, Illinois. She was 90 years old. Sarah was the mother of 6 children. 

Tirzah and Aaron Morgan Headstone*

*Thurzah Jones and Aaron Morgan.
Thurzah was born Nov. 28, 1848 in Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary Evans Jones.
Thurzah and her husband Aaron owned a florist shop in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.
Thurzah passed away Sept. 15, 1914 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
She is buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.
Aaron Morgan was born in 1842 in Mynyddyslwyn, Monmonthshire, Wales. He is the son of William A. and Maria Morgan. He passed on Sept. 12, 1909 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He is buried with his wife in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.

Calhoun W. J. Phelps Headstone*

*Calhoun was born Oct. 30, 1910 in the Chicago, Illinois area. He passed away Oct. 13, 1971 in Princetown, Bureau County, Illinois. He was cremated with his ashes being spread on his mother's grave in Spring Hill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.  Calhoun was the son of Harry P. and Josephine Morgan Phelps. Harry's parents where divorced in the 1920's, with Calhoun living with his mother.

Josephine Morgan Phelps Grave Marker

Picture of Thomas and Mary Evans Jones grave markers*

*Thomas H. Jones was born September 30, 1810 in Gilsfield, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Son of Morton and Elizabeth Humphries Johns (Jones).  He passed away, October 31, 1880 in Tilton, Vermilion County, Illinois. He married Mary Evans 1830 in Wales. She was born May 7, 1810 in Llandiloes, Montgomeryshire, Wales.  Mary was the daughter of Davies  and Eleanor Clayton Evans. She passed Aug. 18, 1870 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. They are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Thomas and Mary had 10 children. One daughter passed away before they came to America from Wales. They brought 6 children with them from Wales. They had 3 children in Ohio before moving to Illinois. Thomas was a coal miner and a Baptist Minister.

Clearing up

My granddaughter called, upset, my ex-son-in-law's mother told her my husband had a daughter he did not know where she was at. This is not true. My husband's first wife had a daughter named Patty. She was not my husband's daughter. Patty was part of the family, as we accepted her since her mother did not seem to know who her father was (She had Patty a year before she met my husband and their marriage lasted only 6 months to which a son was born before they were married.) Unfortunately Patty passed away at a young age from liver problems, leaving behind three children. If the ex-son-in-law's family wants to discuss our family with the girls, please ask us first so you can get the TRUTH! Patty's mother has passed away a few years ago. So if you really want information on us, ask. Quit making up stuff or listening to someone who is not honest with you. Sorry to those that are true historian's of family history. But sometimes you have to put people in their place. I know the ex's family comes to my blogs, which really doesn't bother me. In fact I welcome it. Even though my daughter and he are no longer married, it does not mean they are not part of the girls lives, just as it should be. WE HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE AND MAKE IT ALL PUBLIC, UNLIKE SOMEONE ELSE WHO DOES HAVE STUFF TO HIDE FROM THE ... well perjury it has an unpleasant penalty. Most of what he is saying about us and the girls mother, is a control issue over your feelings. It is a great tactic when you want people to believe only your side. So ask others so you can make an educated decision. One that is not controlled by bias and prejudice. The girls do not deserve that and neither do any of us.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Danville City Directory

I found this information in various editions of the Danville City Directory.

Knowles, David L. (Lulu D; 1) inspr h932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Dolores M. student r603 Sherman blvd

Knowles, Floyd (Harriet L; 2) driver h603 Sherman Blvd

Knowles, Hardy L r1006 Laurel (I do not know this person or anything about them.)

Knowles, Hazel D r 506 Grant

Knowles, Ida E. (wid Alpha) smstrs Hicks Lndry & Dry Clng r506 Grant

Knowles, W. Lloyd ins 107 Hazel r932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, David L (Lulu) (1) car inspr h932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Elizabeth clk r613 Sherman

Knowles, Floyd (Harriet) (3) gro 801 W Williams h610 N. Logan av

Knowles, Ida E. (Wid Alpha) hipr YWCA Cafeteria r613 Sherman

Knowles, W. Lloyd mgr Illinois Motor Casualty Co r 932 N GIlbert

Knowles, David L. (Lulu D) inspr P & E RR h 932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Elizabeth r612 Sherman

Knowles, Floyd (Harriet) (3) gro 801 W. Williams h610 N. Logan Av

Knowles, Ida (wid Alpha) (1) r612 Sherman

Knowles, Wm L agt Ill Motor Casualty Co r032 N. Gilbert

1924 - 1925:
Watkins, Albert F (Emma) miner r 208 s. Railroad (S. D.)

Watkins, Alice (widow W. J.) r 1214 n. Walnut

Watkins, Bert (Emma) 4 miner Elec No 5 r 6 e 2nd (S.D.)

Watkins, Beulah music & sewing city schools r 1214 n Walnut

Watkins, Byron J miner r 208 s Railroad (S.D.)

Watkins, Chas R (Ellen) 1 asst sec Danville Building Assn and with Phillips and Espenscheid r 1212 n Walnut

Watkins, Fern toll opr Ver Co Tel Co r 6 e Second (S.D.)

Knowles, David (Daisy L) 2 car insp Big Four & P & E R R r 932 n Gilbert

Knowles, Floyd (Harriet) 2 (Knowles and Bell) r 622 Grant

Knowles, Ida E (wid Alpha) 2 r 614 Sherman

Knowles, Lloyd stud r 932 n Gilbert

Knowles and Bell (Floyd Knowles and Paul Bell) grocery 801 w Williams

In the 1932 Book:

Knowles, David L (Lula; 1) inspr h932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Floyd (Harriet; 3) agt Prudential Ins Co h 607 Sherman

Knowles, Hardy L. lab r1006 Laurel (don't know this person)

Knowles, Ida E (wid Alpha) emp Phillips Lndry & Dry Clng Co r 506 Grant (think this address is incorrect)

Knowles, W, Lloyd ins 107 N Hazel r932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Anna Mrs dom h208 Cherry (I don't know who this is)

Knowles, David L. (Lula; 1) car inspr P&ERR h932 N Gilbert

Knowles, Ida E. (wid Alpha; 1) emp Phillips Lndy r614 Sherman

Knowles, Lloyd ins r932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Anna Mrs dom r208 Cherry (I don't know who this is)

Knowles, David L. (Lula D.; 1) car inspr Big 4 Ry h932 N. Gilbert

Knowles, Floyd (Harriet; 3) gro 801 W. Williams h 610 N. Logan

Knowles, Fred gro 801 W. Williams r610 N. Logan (I do not know of any Fred, but has to be related since they are living with my grandparents and working in grandpa's grocery store.)

Knowles, Ida E (wid Alpha; 1) emp Phillips Lndry & Dry Clng Co r613 Sherman

Knowles, W. Lloyd agt Ill Motor Casualty Co r932 N. Gilbert

George W. Knowles*

*I have a copy of George W. Knowles death certificate. The informant was Hattie Knowles, daughter, from Ellery, Illinois. He was born June 13, 1848 in Clay County, Illinois and died Feb. 24, 1936 in Wayne County, Illinois. Harriet states that his father was Richard Knowles of Georgia and Mary Wells of unknown. George died from the Flue. He was a farmer. He was 87 years old 8 months and 11 days old at the time of his death.George quit farming March 8, 1925.

Nancy Louisa Wells Knowles

I have a copy of the death certificate of Nancy Louisa Wells Knowles. She was born in Wabash County, Illinois on Aug. 28th, 1850 and died June 3, 1910. She was 59 years 9 months and 5 days old. She was a housewife. She died in Leech Township in Wayne County. She is buried in Bethel Cemetery. Her father is listed as John Wells and he was born in Indiana. Her mother's maiden name was Read (no first name listed) and she was born in Illinois. The informant was George W. Knowles, her husband.
She dies from Chronic Porescleyneatois Neplivitis and Urennia.

Harry Watkins, ALbert Watkins, Emma J. (Bracewell) Watkins*

*From History of Vermilion County, Vol. 2; by Jack Moore Williams
pages 797 and 798 in the Danville Public Library: Harry Watkins, of Indianola, is cashier of the First Bank & Trust Company. He was born at Danville, Illinois, October 15, 1893, the son of Albert T. and Emma J. (Bracewell) Watkins.
Albert F. Watkins, who lives retired at Danville, is a native of Wisconsin. He spent his boyhood there and early in life became a miner. He was employed in the old Kelly Mines of Danville after coming to Illinois and finally became superintendent of the Stansbury and Watkins Coal Mine, at Hungry Hollow, near Danville. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1920. Mr. Watkins is a Republican, and a member of the First Congregational Church. His wife is a native of Danville. To Mr. and Mrs. Watkins were born four children: Winifred, deceased; Mabel, married Rev. W. C. Reeder, lives at Springfield, Illinois; Byron, a World War veteran, lives at Danville; and Harry E. Watkins, a the subject of this sketch.
Harry E. grew up in Danville and received his education in the public schools. Following graduation from high school in 1911 he entered Brown's Business College. After leaving school he entered the employ of the Fidelity Investment & Loan Association as a bookkeeper. On November 1, 1917, Mr. Watkins enlisted for service in the World War and was sent to Jefferson Barracks, and later was discharged on account of disability. He enlisted in August, 1918, and went to Spartansburg, South Carolina, where he was attached to the Fifth Anti-Air Craft Machine Gun Company. He was sent to France and later was transferred to Company D, Three Hundred Fifth Field Artillery, Seventy-Seventh Division. He was discharged as a first class private in April 1919. Mr. Watkins then became associated with the Conron Hardware Company, as a salesman and in 1920 became cashier of the First State Bank & Trust Company.
On November 2, 1922, Mr. Watkins was united in marriage with Midd India Dale McMillian, The daughter of John A. and Elvie D. Gasper McMillian, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of New York. Mr. McMillian is president of the First Savings Bank & Trust Company, Indianola. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have a son, Ray Allen, born April 6, 1925.
Mr. Watkins is a Republican, a member of the First Congressional Church, and belongs to Vermilion Lodge, No. 265, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Past Master in 1925; Danville Consistory, 32rd degree; Gao Grotto; Order of Eastern Star; and Knights of Pythias.

Charles Harold (Micky) Crawley*

Charles Harold (Micky) Crawley
DANVILLE October 20, 2007 12:09 am

*- Mickey went to be with Jesus at 3:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2007 at home.
He was born March 10, 1937 in Danville, the son of Everett and Helen Mitchell Crawley. He married Nancy Carol Weidenburner May 11, 1957. She survives. Also surviving are: three sons, James (Rhonda) Crawley, Brad (Jessica) Crawley and Chris (Brandi) Crawley; five grandsons: Shawn, Jeremy, Cody, Justin and Brandon Crawley; four granddaughters: Kasey and Mary Ellen Crawley, Kylee Williams and Amy Cook.; two great-grandchildren: Kylee and Madison Cook; three brothers: Jupe, Jack (Joyce) and Tom Crawley; five sisters: Betty Thomason, Ruth Chiaramello, Donna (Jim) Delattre, Pat (Don) Lau and Linda (Merle) Sager, and his mother, Helen Crawley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Crawley; son, William Crawley; infant daughter, Amy Crawley; a sister, Barbara Jean Fox, and two brothers, George and Jerry Crawley.
He attended Danville Alliance Church. Mickey loved his family. His children and grandchildren were very special to him. He loved being at his place on the lake (Vermilion Fishing Club) fishing. He also loved woodworking and taking care of his flowers and water garden. His working life was spent at Carson’s Drug which later became Gulick Illiana Medical Equipment.
A celebration of Mickey’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2007 at Sunset Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St. with Pastor Ken Cameron officiating. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest at Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com

Alberta Mae Katherine Hickman Ames*

Danville Commercial News online
*Alberta Mae Katherine Ames
Published: 2005-01-31, Danville Commercial News, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois
Alberta Mae Katherine Ames, 70, of Danville, died Sunday (Jan. 30, 2005) at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at The Church of Later Day Saints, 1949 Bowman Avenue, Danville, with Bishop Aaron Julian officiating. A family gathering and visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, at Pape Memorial Home and Cremation Gardens, 10 E. Williams, Danville, Ill. 61832. Burial will be at Atherton Cemetery in Danville.
Alberta was born July 29, 1934, in Tilton to Albert Eugene and Laura Elizabeth Howie Hickman. She attended Tilton and Danville schools. She served as president of the Women’s Auxiliary for Lynch Fire Department. She served in the auxiliary for 23 years. She had worked for Dairy Queen as a manager for more years than the family can count. She enjoyed working with her good friends Cheryl & Joyce, Bob Jones, and Loretta Harper. She enjoyed crafts, flowers, crocheting, camping and, most of all, she enjoyed her children and grandchildren.
Alberta married Carl Everett Ames on Jan. 13, 1951, in Danville. He survives. Survivors include three sons, _____________ of Catlin, ____________ and __________ both of Danville; three daughters, ____________ of Decatur, __________ of Danville and ______________ of Palmetto, Fla.; four brothers, __________ of Westville, ______________of Danville, ____________of Danville and __________ of Danville; two sisters, ____________of St. Louis and _____________of Covington, Ind.; 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Carl Russell; grandson, Zachary and great-grandson, Dale Michael and great-granddaughter, Gracie.