Genealogy Trails logo


CHILDS, Robert A., was born at Malone, Franklin County, N. Y., March 22, 1845, the son of an itinerant Methodist preacher, who settled near Belvidere, Boone County, Ill., in 1852. His home having been broken up by the death of his mother, in 1854, he went to live upon a farm; In April, 1861, at the age of 16 years, he enlisted in the company of Captain (afterwards General) Stephen A. Huribut, which was later attached to the Fifteenth Illinois Volunteers. After being mustered out at the close of the war, he entered school, and graduated from the Illinois State Normal University in 1870. For the following three years he was Principal and Superintendent of public schools at Amboy, Lee County, meanwhile studying law, and being admitted to the bar. In 1873, he began the practice of his profession at Chicago, making his home at Hinsdale. After filling various local offices, in 1884 he was chosen Presidential Elector on the Republican ticket, and, in 1892, was elected by the narrow majority of thirty-seven votes to represent the Eighth Illinois District in the Fifty-third Congress, as a Republican. [Historical Encylopedia of Illinois, 1901]

Absalom M. Enoch is one of the best known characters of Humboldt, Richardson county
(Nebraska), where he has made his residence since Thanksgiving day, 1869. He is one of the many old men in whom the healthful, breezy prairies of Nebraska abounds, and whose energies and vital resources are almost unimpaired till the final summons comes. He is approaching the eightieth year of his life, and his active decades of life have been well spent and useful to himself and his fellow men. He is an especial favorite with everyone in Humboldt, and there is not a man, woman or child in the town who does not know him and will not sincerely miss him when he is gone from their number.

Mr. Enoch was born in Miami county, Ohio. September 18, 1825. His father, Jacob Enoch, was born in Pennsylvania, and pioneered it to Ohio and settled in the dense timber. He followed the occupation of hunter and trapper, with incidental Indian fighting. He was in the Black Hawk war in Illinois, and after returning to Ohio said that God had cleared the timber from that country and he accordingly moved out to the prairie state. He came out in 1835, and settled eight miles east of Rockford and six miles north of Belvidere, where he pre-empted and paid one dollar and a quarter an acre for one hundred and sixty acres. He continued farming until 1850, when he crossed the plains with ox teams to California, being some six months on the way, and died in that state in the following year, being buried in Hangtown, now Placerville. He married Mary Maddox, a cousin of the late well known Wilson Maddox, of Falls City. She was a native of Ohio, and they were married in 1824, their first child being Absalom; the second was Sarah, who died in youth in Ohio; Mary Jane became the wife of Dennis Clark, of Overton, Nebraska, who came to this state in an early day, and they have three sons and one daughter living.
Captain Enoch was reared in Ohio and Illinois, and for a time farmed the home place in Boone county of the latter state, and then sold it and bought another farm near Belvidere. He sold this in 1859 and went to Rochester, Minnesota, which was his home until he came to Nebraska. He has made a most creditable military record. He enlisted for the Civil war and was made captain in Company F, Ninth Minnesota Infantry, having raised that company, and he commanded it throughout the war. Part of his service was against the Sioux Indians, and he witnessed the hanging of thirty-nine of them convicted of murder. He was wounded during the Indian outbreak, and still carries a bullet in his right lung. He also saw hard fighting in the south, being present at the engagements at Guntown and Tupello, Mississippi, at the siege of Nashville, and in various minor skirmishes. He was in the Sixteenth Army Corps, which remained behind when Sherman made his march toward the sea. Captain Enoch's subsequent career has been mainly concerned with farming and hotel-keeping, and for twenty years he was proprietor of the Enoch House in Humboldt, but is now retired from active pursuits and spending the evening of a long and useful life in comfort and ease. Captain Enoch was married in Boone county, Illinois, January 1, 1850, to Miss Elizabeth Caulfield, a native of Ireland. She was born in 1826, and died in the home at Humbodlt, in 1888, being without issue. Captain Enoch's present wife, whom he married in Falls City, was Miss Anna Brickey, who was born in Sullivan county, Indiana, a daughter of Peter and Mary (Brock) Brickey. Her father was a farmer and died in York, Illinois, in 1878, leaving three children: Thomas, whose whereabouts are not known; Mrs. Enoch; and Cora Brickey, of Kansas City. The mother of these children died in 1880.
Mrs. Enoch had only a limited education, and has had mainly to make her own way in life, which she has done most heroically and ably, and her youthful years and energy do not allow her to remain inactive now that she is independent. She is a most competent dressmaker, and is one of the leading ladies in that line of business in Humboldt. She is a member of the Catholic church, and is prominent in social circles. Captain Enoch is a Democrat in politics. He served as police judge of this place for many years, until he refused to serve longer. He has also been a justice of the peace, and for several terms was on the city council and chairman of the board. He was baptized in the Universalist church. He is still erect and sprightly in spite of his years and work in his own behalf and in the service of his country.
[Source: "A Biographical and genealogical history of southeastern Nebraska" (1904) - Submitted by K. T.]

Gould, Edgar F, S St Paul (MN). Office same. Public official. Born July 22, 1855 at Belvidere Ill, son of Lucius T and Esther Ann (Whitney) Gould. Married Mary 4, 1904 to Stella M Gould. Postmaster at S St Paul 1897 to date. Member IOOF, K of P, MWA and Foresters.
["Little Sketches of Big Folks in Minnesota". Publ. 1907 Transcribed by Nancy Overlander]

1882 Belvidere, Illinois

Mrs. C.S. Lord, from Waverly, Iowa, where she has lived some 25 years or more, is visiting among her friends hereabout. We understand Mrs. Lord came to this place the spring of '36 with her husband, the late Calvin Kingsley, a mechanic, and was engaged in building the sawmill this place that season. The winter of '36 and '37 they lived in Rockford, and he worked on the first hotel built in that city, known as the old Rockford House. The next spring her husband was induced to move two miles above, at what was then the county seat of Winnebago County, called "Winnebago," where he built himself a dwelling, and remained there two years. Mr. Kingsley was killed in an accident while building a hotel.

In the meantime, the county seat had been broken up and removed to Rockford. She them removed to Belvidere again, where she lived a number of years, and was married to Mr. Lord, of Spring, father of Mr. C.B. Lord, now a resident of this city. Mrs. Lord is about 75 years of age and seen much of pioneer life.

Charlotte Lord - born 1809 in New York, died 1896 in Iowa.

submitted by Melanie Smith [] In 1882, the Belvidere historical society printed a brief biography on Charlotte (Moss) [Kingsley] Lord in their pioneer project. My great aunt Sybil (Smith) Harriman had retyped this excerpt and it was in her papers that she left to me when she died in 1980.

a and Harriet (Sherwood) Moss both descend from families that settled New England in the early 17th century. Asa and Harriet Moss had a sense of adventure and late in their lives joined their older children, the "pioneers" of Belvidere, IL which is where they died. Of their 13 children, the youngest ones journeyed with them. I wanted to provide you with a little background on the people involved in the stories of Belvidere, Illinois. Thus, I have copied material from the family history book I am writing that very briefly takes the Moss family from CT to NY to IL. --- Melanie Smith

I have listed their 13 children in the book and have copied it here for you. Please note that #4, #6, #7, #8, #9, #12, and #13 all have Belvidere connections (marriage, death or just living there) that may be of interest to those studying genealogy in Illinois. I also have tintypes of many of these people and will scan them into the family history book later. This might also be of interest to those who descend from these people.  

submitted by
Melanie Smith []

Lemuel Moss was born December 22, 1744 in Wallingford, Connecticut. He married Anna Hall, daughter of Peter and Rebecca (Bartholomew) Hall on December 22, 1774. They lived in Cheshire, which was then a parish in the Wallingford district. Later they bought a homestead in Ridgefield, Connecticut and then lived in other towns in Connecticut including Salisbury, Goshen and Sharon. Records show that they also owned a home in Sheffield, Massachusetts and later, Cooperstown, New York. Lemuel died in 1813 in Cooperstown, New York.

Their children were Abigail, John, Asa, Dema, Lemuel, Harvey and Anna. We descend from Asa Moss, born March 16, 1779 in Goshen, Connecticut. He married Harriet Sherwood (born September 30, 1783) in Kingsbury, New York, on October 20, 1803.

Asa and Harriet (Sherwood) Moss had 13 children. They honored their family by naming many of their children after siblings, parents and grandparents. Their firstborn child is named for Asa Moss' mother, Anna Hall and the firstborn son was named for Harriet's father Colonel Adiel Sherwood. Their second daughter and third child was named for Harriet's mother Sarah Sherwood. The fourth child, our ancestor, is named after Harriet's sister Charlotte. Another son, John, is named for Asa's grandfather John Hall.  Harriet and Asa Moss were obviously also fans of James Madison and named a son after this President.

Asa Moss died April 11, 1856 in Belvidere, Illinois. Harriet died August 17, 1846, also in Belvidere, Illinois. They had moved there after several of their children had purchased and cleared land. The children of Harriet (Sherwood) and Asa Moss were:

1.Anna Hall Moss ("Annie") was born December 22, 1804 in Kingsbury, New York. Anna was named for her father's mother, Anna Hall. On April 19, 1836, she married Samuel Coddington (1802 - 1875) in Kingsbury, New York. He had two girls and a boy with his first wife. Anna and Samuel had one child, Louis Coddington who married Sarah (?). Anna (Moss) and Samuel Coddington lived in Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York. Anna died March 25, 1879. Anna's stepdaughter, Mary Coddington, married Charles Morton Kingsley. Charles was the son of Charlotte Moss Kingsley, Anna's sister. So, in other words, Mary married her step-cousin.

2. Adiel Sherwood Moss was born June 18, 1806 in Solon, New York. Adiel was named for his maternal grandfather, Colonel Adiel Sherwood of Ft. Edward, New York. He married Emmette ( ?). When he lived in Buffalo, he owned a drug store and an orchard. Adiel Moss died in Brooklyn, New York, December 31, 1876.

3. Sarah Sherwood Moss, known as "Sally," was born October 26, 1807 in Kingsbury, New York. She married Dr. Ephraim Smedley. They had two boys and one girl named Irene Smedley.

4. Charlotte Sherwood Moss was born July 10, 1809 and died December 1896. She married Calvin Kingsley (1) James Lord (2). Charlotte was named for her mother's sister, Charlotte Sherwood.

5. John Hall Moss, was born June 6, 1811 and died February 28, 1878. He was married to Mary (?) and they raised their family in  Kalamazoo, Michigan.

6. Elizabeth Fellows Moss was born April 8, 1813 in Solon, New York. She married Samuel Jenks on September 17, 1839. Elizabeth and Samuel had at least three children: Arthur Samuel, Henry Sherwood, Julia Elizabeth Moon. Elizabeth and Samuel lived near Belvidere at Edinburgh, Christian County, Illinois. Some records show that when she died, September 15, 1880, she was living in Buffalo. Other records place her in Illinois and some in St. Louis. The name "Fellows" was the married surname of Harriet Sherwood's sister Mary Sherwood Fellows.

7. Edward E. Moss was born March 17, 1815 in Ripley, New York. He was one of the pioneers of Belvidere, Illinois traveling with his sister Charlotte and brother Andrew and their families. Edward married Sarah Cates in 1838. They had two girls (one named Eva) and one boy. They lived in Denver and he died at Monument, Colorado.

8. Andrew Fuller. Moss born February 27, 1817 married Louisa ( ?) on March 14, 1831. He died at Belvidere, Illinois on July 21, 1883.

9. Asa M. Moss, Jr. was born on December 21, 1818. He lived in Belvidere, Illinois where he died November 1, 1888. His wife was Elvira ( ?) and they had two boys.

10. Harriet Moss, born January 30, 1821 died when only 25 at Belvidere, Illinois in 1846. She was married to Mr. Skinner.

11. James Madison Moss was born January 24, 1823. His first marriage was to Adelia Paine and his second to Ellen (?). The children were Herbert, Leslie, Rosie, Ella and Gertrude. Gertrude married Matt Strong and they lived in Alabama.

12. Adeline H. Moss was born June 28, 1825 in Kingsbury, New York. She was married to Solomon W. Bristol on September 18, 1842 in Belvidere, Illinois. Solomon died at Hubolt, Allen County, Kansas. They had four children. Adeline died at Los Angeles and is buried in the Pioneer Cemetery near Los Angeles.

13. Rhoda Moss was born November 20, 1826 in Kingsbury, New York. She was married to James H. Patterson. They had six children including Lois, Leona, Justin and Clarence. Rhoda died in Belvidere, Illinois.

Democratic Nominee for United States Senator.
Roger C. Sullivan, is a native of Illinois, born at Belvidere, Boone county, fifty-tbree years ago. He started to learn the trade of machinist and figuring that opportunities were better in Chicago went there and found work with the old West Side railway at $1.23 a day. In 1890 he was elected probate clerk of Cook county and served creditably. On retiring from office he engaged in business and his ability attracted the attention of other active men and he soon became a man of influence and power. The gas company, of which he was the head, not only reduced the price of gas, but was the first utility corporation of the state that paid a percentage of its earnings into the public treasury. Mr. Sullivan is the owner of the Sawyer Biscuit company, the largest independent Biscuit company in the United States. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Democratic State central committee for 16 years. He was a delegate to the national conventions of 1892, 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1912. He was national committeeman from 1904 to 1912.
[12 Oct 1914; Belleville News Democrat - Transcribed by K. Torp]


©Genealogy Trails