On This Day

On This Day

Using On This Day the other day I learned that three siblings were married on the same day. Very curious. Carl Henry Lipp married Cora Mae Ryan on October 2, 1907. Cora’s brother Amos Albert Ryan married Anna Amela Hubner on October 2, 1913. Their sister Mary Augusta Ryan married Jasper Andrew Veech on October 2, 1924. These are siblings of my grandmother, all of whom I knew and most of whom I remember fondly. I have not been able…

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“Facts” in Histories are Suspect

“Facts” in Histories are Suspect

In working with some early histories I noted some interesting differences. I assume much of it has to do with the politics of the time, who was writing the book, etc. Certainly it is evident in many “histories” who the “preferred” families were. And it was not unusual to pay for an “appropriate” mention. For whatever reason, the “facts” vary from history to history. This example relates to one of the early settlers. I found equally interesting “facts” in the…

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The R. D. Clark Letter – Royal

The R. D. Clark Letter – Royal

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Clark Letter

The following are the names of the children and grandchildren of Thomas Royal and his first wife, Hannah Cooper, and also their consorts so far as they are known to me: 1 Elizabeth, born June 16, 1783, m. â€|Canfield ● Hannah, married …Worrell. ● b. Daniel ● c. Mary, married …Robins and settled in California ● d. Vincent, born 1814 Children of Elizabeth and her second husband …McDonald ● John ● Phillip, settled in Princeston, Missouri ● Martha, m…Roe, settled…

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The R. D. Clark Letter – Stout

The R. D. Clark Letter – Stout

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Clark Letter

The parents of Hannah (Stout) Clark, the wife of David Ward Clark, were: Anthony Stout and Sarah (Royal) Stout. They settled in Green Co. Penn. where their daughter 1 – Hannah was born Thursday, December 27, 1810. They moved to Ohio and the other three children were born there. 2 – Thomas married Elizabeth Williams 3 – Mary ” John McKinsy[?] 4 – Matilda ” James Parish Anthony Stout died in Middletown, Ohio when the children were small. Sarah Stout…

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The Transportation of William Isgrig

The Transportation of William Isgrig

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Clark Letter

April 1740, trial of William Isgrigg t17400416-2; 192+ (Harvard University, “Old Bailey Proceedings Online.” William Isgrigg, of St John Zachary, was indicted for stealing 9 Pair of Mens Silver Shoe-buckles, value 5 l. 4 Pair of Silver Knee-buckles, val. 20s. 3 Pair of Womens Silver Shoe-buckles, val. 24 s. 3 plain Gold Rings, val. 36 s. 2 enamell’d gold Rings, val. 12 s. a gold Ring set with 5 Stones, val. 3 s. a Silver Snuff-box with the inside gilded,…

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The R. D. Clark Letter – Clark and Isgrig

The R. D. Clark Letter – Clark and Isgrig

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Clark Letter

Robert Clark wrote a long letter describing his genealogy in 1927.  He was 83 at the time.  It was difficult to read. The writing grew progressively worse and it was written with pen and ink which tends to be messy. Many spellings are known to be wrong. Others could be spelled incorrectly and I would not be aware of it. Keep in mind this was written in 1927. Modern research has made a significant number of corrections to the Clark…

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GedStar Pro

GedStar Pro

Each morning on my phone I am treated to the time, date, weather and an “on this day” for my genealogy courtesy of a program called GedStar Pro for Android which includes GedStar Today. I see birthdays I may have forgotten and learn dates important in my family history. I have used GedStar Pro for many years. It was first written for TMG, The Master Genealogist, which I used from the time it came out. After I switched to Legacy…

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Logan County Cemetery Map

Logan County Cemetery Map

When hunting for a cemetery a map is useful. This map was created by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by Kathleen Brown. I haven’t found a bad location but I was amused to learn the state thinks the cemetery in Mt. Pulaski is unnamed. It’s Mt. Pulaski Cemetery. Some cemeteries have other names. For example, Reece is generally called Shellhammer for the man who purchased the land after the Reece family moved to Kansas.   You can see a…

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Graduates

Graduates

These handsome fellows are all the males in the first graduating class of Mt. Pulaski High School in 1914. They are Harry Rothwell, Frank Turley, Alfred Litterly and Floyd Downing. There were females in the class but they took a separate picture. I haven’t seen but have talked to people who said they did.

Two Land Resources for Logan County

Two Land Resources for Logan County

This is a map of Logan County from 1876. It’s from the David Rumsey Collection of historical maps. In addition to being a map of the county the townships and sections are marked and numbered. It can be used to locate land purchases for early settlers from the Government Land Records Office. For whatever reason, a few 1876 land owners are marked on this map.