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2021 Feb 11

I am doing research on Everett Maxwell (1858-1940), a resident of Clay County. He was a school teacher and a poet who published some of his work late in life. If you should know of any further information about him, I would be most grateful.

Everett Maxwell lived part of his life in Louisville, Illinois. He died March 2, 1940.

Thank you,
Jerome Stanley

2020 Sep 18

My grandfather, Claude Dolberts, was born 25 Oct 25 1866 in Iola. He moved to Dewitt county after he married. We were told he had 2 sisters, one married a Huff from Decatur IL, his family owns Huff Lumber in Decatur --- his most of his life in Mclean and Dewitt county -- his father-in-law (Pointer) moved to Dewitt county and was in farming CD had 2 daughters and 2 sons. I have no idea where they came from or when --- this info would help track backwards ---- thank you very much.

Dan Dolbert
Farmer City, Illinois

2019 Aug 22

I am not well versed in finding genealogy information but know sort of what I'm looking for. Hopefully, you may be able to point me in the right direction.

I know that Major Levi Marshall did have three wives, Maria White (my g-great grandmother), Jane Shorb Marshall and Raphella Caridia Marshall. I never had much information on Maria White as she died giving birth to a second child at the age of 30. I have no marriage record although my grandmother indicated that she was from Cincinnati and had a brother named Alfred White. I have no death records although I always assumed she was buried in Clay City as were the other two wives of Levi. He married Jane in 1876. After her death in 1879, he married Raphella in 1880. I guess bereavement didn't last long in those days.

Looking for birth records for my great grandmother Lillie Mabelle Marshall Wilson, born in Clay City, Clay County IL on or about 11/26/1869. Father is Major Levi G. Marshall. Mother is Maria White Marshall.

Also looking for death or census records for my great great grandfather Major Levi G. Marshall, died in Clay City, Clay County IL on or about 3/23/1893 and buried in Clay City Cemetery. I would be curious if there is anything in local history about him. He served at Fort Laramie (11th Ohio Volunteers) during the Civil War, fighting Indians and protecting the Oregon Trail. He mustered out in 1866 and must have moved to Clay City shortly thereafter and lived there another 25 years or so.

Many thanks for any assistance you may provide.
Stephen Stakemiller
Houston, Texas

2019 Apr 26

I am looking for records of Hiram Henson, my great, great,great...grandfather. He died in Clay County, IL and is buried there also. He was born in 1827 and married to Susan Brown born 1829. Hiram Henson was also part of the 1870 Census in Wayne, IL. Ultimately I'm looking for who is parents were. Any information you can provide would be great. Thank you, Dutch Harbert

2018 Dec 21

I have written a biography of John Riley Tanner of Clay County (Illinois Governor 1897-1901. Dios Carlos Hagel 1839-1898 was a former States Attorney for Clay County. He was married to one of Tanner sisters? I assume a sister since he was Tanner's brother in law. Could identify the wife's name and possible relationship to Tanner?
James Atwood

2018 Sep 12

My GG Uncle William E. Fraim (died 1959) is buried in the Kneff Cemetery in Stanford Township. His obituary states he is buried there. However, I cannot find this information online via Find A Grave and other similar websites.

His father, my GG grandfather Elvis Fraim (died November 1911 in Clay County) may also be buried in the Kneff Cemetery in Stanford Township.

Would there be anyone whom I could contact or who might be able to take a look to see if the aforementioned relatives (Elvis Fraim, d. 1911 and William E. Friam, d. 1959) are buried in Kneff Cemetery and to see if there is a headstone for them?

Thank you very much for your time and help. It is much appreciated. Steve Neubert

2018 Feb 11

My great grandma Vida Johnson Sloan was from Clay county. Some of the names include Johnson, Miller, Lackey, Jennings and much more! I have tons of photos, postcards, and letters. I’d like to contribute them for you to post. [see Hedrick Collection] My gg grandma Avrilla Lackey Johnson Jennings was married to Joseph Jennings, I believe. He had children before their marriage. I have tons of pictures that I cannot identify. Maybe someone visiting this site will recognize them.

Cynthia Hedrick

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