Jo Daviess County, Illinois

Posted Queries for May 1999

DELAHUNT, DELEHANT posted by Karla Staudt on Sunday, May 2, 1999

I am very interested in making contact with anyone researching the surname DELEHANT(Y) or DELAHUNT(Y) or any variation on the spelling of this name in JoDavies County. I am looking for Delehanty's that came to the US from Ireland circa 1840-1850's and I am willing to exchange and share information.

ANGWIN posted by Mike Angwin on Monday, May 3, 1999

No information on JoDaviess county, but there were five Angwin children of Rev. Thomas Angwin of Newfoundland of which one could be your ancestor. One went to Pennsylvania and later Australia, hence the Austramian branch of the family. The other four I have not been able to identify or link

BALSTER, STIERMAN, STIERMANN posted by Tom Stierman on Saturday, May 8, 1999

In response to questions on the JoDaviess Co. Il Query Forum... Ferdinand's father, Theodore (aka Johann Theodore/b Sept 30, 1825), was born in Germany and came to America in 1847 with his father (Johann Christopher Stiermann/b Oct 27, 1782), mother (Magdalene Balster/b Aug 1787), and siblings (Bernardine Stiermann/b Dec 7, 1833, W. Jos. Stiermann/b Jul 14, 1828, and Maria Sibilla Stierman/b March 19, 1823). They lived in Meckinghoven, Germany. [from immigration records]. My records show that Ferdinand was born December 26, 1861(which would be more consistent with the marriage year of 1882). I also believe that Johann Theodore Stiermann died in January 1894 and that the Theodore Stierman, who died in Dubuque, IA ca. 1933, may have been Johann Theodore's son and Ferdinand's brother.

RANDECKER posted by Carol RUNDECKER Gleason on Wednesday, May 12, 1999

I am desperately looking for any leads on my grandfather Joseph RUNDECKER. We think he was born in Freeport, Stephenson County, IL on Jan. 23, 1852. However, all research has come up dry. Wondering if the RANDECKER family of Jo Daviess County had any errant or missing brothers. We can trace him from 1887 in CT when he appears with my grandmother.Any help most appreciated

BURTON, MATHER posted by Rich Mather on Thursday, May 13, 1999

Jemima BURTON married Thomas MATHER in Bonsall England about 1816. Jemima brought their three kids to Galina, Jo Daviess Co. Ill about 1830. Children were Thomas b. 1816, Benjamin b. 1820, Alice b. 1823. They stayed in Galina til about 1840 before moving to South Fork in Delaware Co. IA. I want ot know if the MATHER family is included in the History of Jo Daviess County.

BALDWIN, BUSH, HANIBLE posted by Dianne Bush on Thursday, May 13, 1999

On a 1850 census of Grant Co. Wisconsin I have Cyrus BALDWIN wife Catherine. He was age 55 she was age 44. Their children are: Adeline Baldwin Lucinda C. Baldwin William A. Baldwin Margaret Baldwin Son-in-law Ebner HANIBLE wife(daughter) Christianna (Baldwin) Hanible child Elizabeth Hanible There was another daughter Sarah D. Baldwin who married Henry Harrison BUSH. He was born in Fulton Co. Illinois and there are other connections to JoDavies Co. too. Let me know if this helps.

GALVIN, KELLY, MCDERMOTT posted by Mary Murphy on Friday, May 14, 1999

Am searching for family of Michael McDERMOTT (b. Ire. abt. 1810), wife Mary KELLY (b. Ire. abt 1815, d. Galena, IL Apr 1854), son Thomas (b. 1840 Wisc. raised in Galena). Can't find Michael's family in 1850 census; looking for info. re: siblings of Thomas, Michael's death. Also researching Dennis and Bridget GALVIN family in Galena 1840s-1880s.

ALBRECHT, BELK, BEYER, GROEZINGER, KRUG, RANDECKER, REUSCH posted by B. Krug on Friday, May 14, 1999

My surname family came from Massbach, Germany and settled in Massbach, IL. Johann George Krug's(1850-1914) children ans Johann Reusch (from Guilford twp. 1846-1911) married BELK, GROEZINGER, ALBRECHT, RANDECKER, BEYER, and etc.

HILEMAN, ILLINOIS, INFANTRY, VOLUNTEER posted by Hal Hileman on Saturday, May 15, 1999

If you have a ancestor who was in the 96TH ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY (especially Co. H, JoDaviess Co.), I would like to hear from you. I have some memoirs from a member of that unit you may be interested in.

MCPHILLIPS, POWERS, RYAN posted by Lori Miller on Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Looking for descendants of the POWERS, RYAN or MCPHILLIPS families of Jo Daviess County, Galena or Menominee

BOURNE, BROWN, TUCKER posted by Denise Whitworth on Thursday, May 20, 1999

My great, great grandparents were Edwin and Eliza TUCKER, married 3-20-1856. In the marriage records on the Jo Daviess Website, Eliza's last name is BROWN but in all of the written family history I have read she is listed as Eliza BOURNE. Can anyone help me with this? And if anyone knows who her parents were, you could make my day!

KAPE, SCHNEIDER posted by Gail Knights on Monday, May 24, 1999

Ernest SCHNEIDER is my gggrandfather who lived in JoDavies county from 1860-1880.He was married to Johanna KAPE and had 12 children.Ernie,Lillie,Barbara,George,John,Annie,Suzzie, Maggie,Lawrence,Louise,and two infants who died at birth. In the early 1880's they moved to Custer county,Neb.Old Ernest may have gone by the name of George also..


Interested in the above families and also any tracing the cornish immigrants to galena, and really anyone in Galena from German immigrants also....time period 1840-1910.

STEPHAN, WICKLER posted by Tara Szwalla on Friday, May 28, 1999

Am looking for any information on Frederick WICKLER b. 19 Apr 1833 in Germany; d. 22 Dec 1912 in Galena; m. Anna Maria STEPHAN 23 Aug 1873 in ?..

BUSH, PARRISH posted by Dianne Bush on Friday, May 28, 1999

Can anyone give me any information on these surnames from the Vinegar Hill area of Jo Daviess Co.? Please any info will help. Thank you so much.

BONABRITE, MCLAUGHLIN posted by Dolores McLaughlin on Friday, May 28, 1999

Searching for info on Edward MCLAUGHLIN, residing in Sterling Il. in 1897 with wife Rebecca BONABRITE.

SHADE, SHAY, WHEELDIN posted by Betty Brooks on Friday, May 28, 1999

Wheeldin family in Galena, IL., 1920 census- Need any information on this family, Names, contact with descendents, etc. Cemetery records, marriage records, etc. John Wheeldin married Elizabeth SHADE -Vol. B. marriage records- I believe this surname to be SHAY.

DENNING, ENRIGHT, FINLEY, FUERY, JOY, LAYDE, ONEIL, VAUGHN posted by Joyce Urban on Friday, May 28, 1999

My husband's mother, Florence JOY Urban, born late 1890s, spoke of relatives and of visiting relatives who lived in the Freeport, Illinois, area. The relatives would have been descended from one of the following emigrating families: Maurice JOY and/or his wife Mary LAYDE Dennis ENRIGHT (died in Ireland) and his wife Bridget VAUGHN Timothy FINLEY and his wife Mart O'NEIL John DENNING and his wife Anne FUERY. Some descendants of the above lived in the Rising Sun and Seneca areas of Crawford County, Wisconsin. Thank you for any response you might give. I have family information to share.

HEMLER, THROWORTH posted by Deb Milam on Saturday, May 29, 1999

George Edward HEMLER was born 5 April 1859 in Galena, Jo Daviess, Illinois. George is the son of Michael HEMLER and Elizabeth THROWORTH. 27 Feb 1886 George married Inez Electa Tucker in Boulder, Boulder, Colorado. He was 27 years old and she will be 18 years old 23 April 1886. Children include Emma Beryl Hemler, Fern Inez Hemler, George Edward Junior. George Hemler Senior died 27 July 1935 in San Francisco Ca.

BELL, CARSON, CONLEY, MURPHY posted by Dorothy Cline on Saturday, May 29, 1999

I am in search of my great-aunt Maria CONLEY b: 6-23-1862, Jo Davies CO, Ill to William Winthrop Conley and Elizabeth Anna BELL. I found her in the 1880 Jo Davies Co. census married to Rosemon or Rosemond CARSON. Rosmon was born about 1857 to Robert and Eliza CARSON. Maria and Rosmon lived with Robert and Eliza. There were also two gransons mentioned in this household, William who was 11 years of age and John who was 6 months old, being born in January 1880. I assume John was the child of Maria and Rosmon. I would like to hear from any member of a CARSON family who might have connections to my great-aunt. She was in Idaho as a MURPHY in the spring of 1937. Her sister's obiturary states Cuna, Idaho, however there is not a Cuna, but a Kuna which is probably the one mentioned in the obituary. I have searched death records for Idaho and find nothing. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.


From the 1878 History of Jo Daviess Co. page 705 Henry WICHLER, grocer & Saloon, b Germany Jan 12, 1823, followed cabinet marking for 12 years; mar Christiana SCHWARTS Feb 21, 1853, she was born in Saxony Feb 21, 1830, came to this town [Scales Mound] May 14, 1856. 9 children: John Valentine, Anna, John, Ada, Henry, Christiana, Frederick, Elizabeth & Lorenzo. Lutheran. Democrat Valentine WICHLER, same page, works with his father George WICHLER, same page, shoemaker >From the 1889 Portrait & Bio Hist page 727 Bio of Michael CRENTZBURG, farmer, Guilford & Thompson Twp, mar Feb 1866 Mrs. Margaret WICKLER, widow of Valentine & d/o Julian & Rosena (Kirchner) AUSCHUTZ. She emigrated age 20y with 1st husband and settled at Scales Mound. Mr. Wickler d. during the war leaving 4 ch, 3 living: Valentine m. Alice HUMPHREYS, living Buena Vista Co., IA, has 3 ch: Laura m. Anton ARNOLD & has 2 ch: George m. Alora WISE and living in Buena Vista Co., IA, 1 ch. 1880 Census Index has Frederic on page 420A (this might be off 1 or 2 pages. Hope there might be some clues in this for your Frederick. Marge

posted by Marjorie Smith on Saturday, May 29, 1999

From the 1878 County History of Jo Daviess County Page 660B - John WHELDIN is a farmer in East Galena Twp Page 403 - John WHEELDIN is in Co A 96th Vol Inf, Civil War, he enlisted 9-27-1864, and was muster out 6-18-1865 There are no references in the 1889 Portrail & Bio History 1850 Census of Jo Daviess Co., East Galena Twp, #2106/2110 Davis, Evan age 62y M b. England, a farmer, $700 real estate Davis, Elizabeth age 52 F b. England WHEELDING, John age 12, b England, attending school. Hopes this helps -- Marge

SHADE, SHAY, WHEELDIN posted by Betty Brooks on Sunday, May 30, 1999

Thank you for the prompt answer on the WHEELDIN family. This is a beginning of this family for me in Jo Davies Co. My primary interest was in the wife of John Wheeldin, shown as Elizabeth "SHADE" on the marriage index. We believe that the name is actually "SHAY".I would like contact with any descendents living in the area, if possible. She is shown in the 1920 census, living in Galena. I've lost the paper copy of this census, but think there were sons or grandsons living with her. No husband. She attended bros funeral in 1922- when did she die?? Any help appreciated greatly..

BIEHL, BORSDORF, HUGHES, JOGERST, MCGURK, REID posted by Julie on Sunday, May 30, 1999

Saw your posting on Hughes... I don't have those names in my Hughes group, but can let you know there was a large Hughes family in Stephenson Co., the neighboring county. My Hughes are found in Kent and Lena which are fairly close to Galena and Stockton in JoDaviess Co. I just recently found out that a Christopher Hughes was in the Kent area about 1838... and my 2nd gr grandfather James A. Hughes by 1854. I believe that most of the Hughes in this area are related, I just haven't found everything yet. Anyhow, if your Hughes are near the border, maybe they're related to mine. James had 7 brothers and sisters..

CALDWELL, CASLER, GINKINS, HUGHES, REEVES, WRIGHT posted by Ann Montgomery on Sunday, May 30, 1999

In response to your response, Richard Hughes and Mary Ginkins came to US abt 1842 from Anglessey Wales. their children were Catherine,Hugh Richard(my direct line),Owen, a twin of Owen, who died young, Mary, Jane who was born in New diggins, Wisconsin, Hanna, and Edward Franklin. Hugh Richard and Ellen Caldwell were married in Galena their 10 children were born in Woodbine from 1858 - 1879. I am interested in finding out anything about any of the brothers and sisters. Edward Franklin Hughes was my ggrandfather but he and his wife, Rebecca Ellen Wright died when my Grandmother was very young and she was raised by her grandparents. Hugh and Ellen had:Edward Franklin, William J., George T., Francis M., Joseph L., Cora Ellen, John Sherman, Ora Ella, Martha Alice, And Clara Blanche. I don't see a hook up but do you go back to 1810 or so yet? Like I say, mine didn't come over from Wales until 1842. good hunting, and hope we are related.

AURAND, DIXON posted by Warren Alvin (Dixon) Clark on Sunday, May 30, 1999

I'm looking for the Obits on Alvin B. Dixon; born 1831 and died 1901 interned at Clay Cemetery, Berreman Susan C. (Aurand) Dixon; born 1836 and died 1881, interned at Clay Cemetery. These are my g-g-Grand parents. Lookin for an Obit on George F. Dixon; born 1854 died 1874 and is buried at Clay Cemetery. My greatuncle. Contact me at or Phone 209 465 7156 Warren A Clark 3426 Coronado Ave Stockton, CA, 95204.

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