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I am looking for information on Charles Gorham who may have lived in Clark County and /or Marshall, IL who was a doctor prior to the Civil War. I was told he was buried in Marshall and there was a building in town named for him? Any help would be appreciated. 
Greg Gorham 

I am trying to date a photo.  The photographer was Harry H Kuhn.  It was taken in the early 1900's.
Do you have any records that indicate that Harry Kuhn was a commercial photographer in Clark Co?
I know two people in the picture, my grandparents - Bessie and Riley Davis.  She is holding a baby which would be one of her children who were born between  1901 - 1923.  The 1930 census lists Harry H Kuhn as a farmer.  But he could have been a photographer as a side job.
 Charles Lynde

Searching for a William W. Barbee who shows up in 1930 census, Sullivan, Sullivan, In. Found a Wm. Barbee son of Clark in 1900 census - Clark, Illinois. He was my grandfather.

Indiana census lists a John Landers, 26, stepson, James Beelman, 63, brother-in-law, Dora 6 (my mother) Betty 4 and wife Mary. Sullivan birth records show girls mother was Sarah Hopkins (Illinois)?? Never knew or saw my mother - parents divorce when I was 11 months old. Need any help any one can give.

Ronald Gard


I am trying to find out where the Grays came from.  The last known relative I have is Peter Gray.  He married Molly Bishop sometime before the 1900s and they lived in Clark County, Illinois.  I discovered a cemetery called the "Gray" cemetery in what is currently Martinsville, Illinois.  It is on the upper "Fish Creek" not far from Adaline.  Other names in this cemetery are: Burge, Cain, Covalt, Fry, Games, Grim, Palmer, Reid, Riggs, Riser, Siburt, Sivert, and Whitlatch.  There are othersk but the headstones are now too difficult to read.

I'm confused because all my life my father always told me our family was one of the first to settle into Clark County, Illinois, but there is almost no mention at all about the Gray family.

Does anyone have any info? Please send e-mail to JimKate&

Thanks so much. K. Gray


Searching for a death record or obituary on Jane B. Searles/Searls.  She is buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, Orange Twp, Clark Co. IL.  Born 14 June 1814 in PA, died 8 Dec. 1897 in Clark Co. IL.  Buried next to her is P. L. Searls, died 15 July 1897.  This is probably her son Prospect.

Thanks for any help you can give.  
Anna in Ohio.

I am looking for any information, and relatives of the Tibbs families that lived in Marshall/ Martinsville/ Oakland areas of Clark County. John E. Tibbs was famous for his barbecues in the 1870s and onward. He died in 1939. His parents, Aaron and Mary Ann Wilcher Tibbs came from Barren County, Kentucky.

Thanks for any leads, Nancy Marshall.

Keiger, Mullen

Ann was born about 1838 in Rush Co., IN.  They were married in Clark Co, IL on January 12, 1858. Isaac was the son of Elizabeth Kiger Levick and Sarah Ann was the daughter of John W. and Rachel D. Watson Mullen.  I know of three children born of this couple.  Isaac, (he went by the name of Newton) Kiger was listed on the 1860 Clark Co. Census with Sarah Ann and son John Wesley Kiger, age 2, b: IL.  The 1870 Clark Co. IL census shows Newton KEIGER, 35, with daughter Elizabeth, 8, daughter Rachel , 7, and John, 6.  Elizabeth, who appeared on the 1870 Census for Clark Co., does not appear again.  She may have died as a young child.  Sarah Ann is not listed with the family.  In 1880, daughter Rachel and son John are living with their step-uncle, Andrew Levick along with their grandmother, Elizabeth Kiger Levick.  Isaac Newton Kiger is not to be found.  Any information on any of the Kiger family would be most appreciated.   Isaacís only brother was James Leander Kiger who also lived in Edgar and Clark counties, Ill. You may contact me at


I am looking for information on the Higginbotham ancestor. Daniel Higginbotham came to Wabash Township, Clark County in 1855. He came with his father-in-law Daniel Durham. Appreciate any help with getting information on this side of my family.

Ken Ledermann, Jr.


I am searching for information about Rev. John L Condon and his connection with Westfield College.  According to the obituary of his wife, Mary Ann - "They were called to take charge of the ladies boarding hall of Westfield College, where Sister Condon served as matron four consecutive years and was known as Aunty Condon."
I do not know exactly what Rev. Condon did there.  I have a note from the Douglas Dutro Woodard collection listing
Addie Condon as a student and it states "a Rev. J. L. Condon was the local agent for the college in 1873-74".
Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
Jo Ann Collier


Thomas Brown, a blacksmith and his wife Margaret, are listed in the Fed. Census of 1870 and 1880 of Marshall, IL. They had a son George, 16 (1870), daughters Agnes 13, and Harriet 11. There is a Henry Brown age 23 a clerk in a store and a Frank Brown age 26, a druggist. probably older sons . Thomas was born in England, Henry and Frank were all born in Canada, Margaret and George in New York and the rest in Illinois.
In the 1880 census Thomas is 61 and Margaret 53, Hattie 19.. Henry K. Brown their son is nearby, a druggist, with his wife Jeannie 27, daughter Jesse 5 (b. 1874) and Harry C. 4. (b. 1976). They later had Mabel A. b. 1878 and Thomas( b. 1882)
I have not been able to find the graves of Thomas and Margaret, but probably they are buried in Marshall. Nor do I know what happened to George, Agnes, Harriet or Frank.
Henry K. Brown is my great grandfather and I know some about his family.. He and his wife lived most of their lives in Girard, IL and are buried there. My grandfather, their son, Thomas Franklin Brown was born in Marshall in 1882 and is buried in St. Louis.
Does anyone have any information about this family? Any information would be most appreciated.

Shirley Maul,


My Great Great Grandfather was John Lamb b. 1800 TN d. 1863 Clark Co., IL. His wife was Martha Davis Lamb b. 1809 KY d. 1889 Clark County, IL. Questions: Who were John's parents? Was John married before his marriage to Elizabeth Clapp and Martha Davis? Household member's ages in earlier census don't match with these marriages. Who were Martha's parents? Presley or George Davis?? Where (exactly) are John and Martha buried? Martinsville City Cemetery? Tombstone photos? John and Martha are found in Edgar Co., in the 1850 and in Clark Co. for the 1860 Census. Martha is found in later Clark Co. Census. I have lots of other information but have been stuck on these questions a long time.

Contact Dennis W. Lamb,


Hello - I am searching for more information and even pictures of my ancestor James Kitchen. He and his wife, Amy, along with two sons, Richard Kitchen and Silas Kitchen and their families, moved from New Jersey to Ohio and then a few years later to Clark County, Illinois. James Kitchen died in Clark County, Illinois, on March 5, 1857 and is buried there, somewhere. Richard Kitchen is buried in Clark Co., Casey, Ill. Silas Kitchen died on Dec. 20, 1888 and is buried in Clark Co., Casey, IL Any information would be helpful. I would like to get in touch with any descendants of these people. Thank you very much.

Lee Conley,


I am looking for a John Moss b. 1837 in Va. He was in Clark Co. Ill in 1910 at the age of 72. His wife's name was Ellen. Children were Sherman, Dora, Jennie, Camden, Loyd and Lewis. Does anyone know of these people.

Lois Thompson


I'm looking for data on William and Jane Calvert who lived and died in Marshall twp Clark county, IL abt 1860 to 1880, they were 4th g-grandparents. they are both listed in the 1870 census, but not the 1880. Any help would be appreciated !!!

Jacob Lancaster at


Looking for information on Mary HARP (her sister was Christena Mable HARP Means). She married (unknown) Shawvan. Was in Clark county in 1909. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

Brenda Duckworth


I am looking for information on Martha Jane Russell died March 18, 1956. She lived with her daughter Laura and Everett Miller in Casey area. Any information on any of the 3 would be greatly appreciated. contact by


I am looking for any information on the the origin of James Doran Sr. (1800-1814) of Martinsville and Orange Township. See Illinois Mystery #15.

Please contact Kevin at

Obituaries of Davis

I am needing the obituaries of Mary Ann Davis who died February 15 1918 in Orange Twp. Clark Co. Also of Joseph Gracen Davis who died November 7 1928. I hope someone can help me. Thank you very much.

Please contact
Linda Weger


I am looking for any and all information about my grandfather's family
which lived around Marshall or Martinsville, IL in the late 1800's to
early 1900's. Some names that were members of the family are:

Aaron Maring
Mary Ann (Jones) Maring
Andrew Maring
John Maring
Albert Maring
Ernest Maring
Freda Maring (she married a Claude Fasig)
Fred Maring (he and Freda were twins)
Josephine Maring
Ann Eliza Maring

Any and all information, pictures, etc. would be extremely welcome.
Thank you for any and all help. See Illinois Mystery #14.


[Answer: Claude Fasig was the son of Edgar Fasig & Nellie Bell Ennis [L. K. Ortman]]


I'm searching for more info about Joseph Benjamin Lowry, b. 1827, Butler Co. OH ; d. Mar. 22, 1902, Martinsville, Clark Co., IL; m. Mary Ann Horner/Harner Sept. 4, 1853, Bellefontaine, Logan Co., OH. Apparently both are buried in Martinsville area...Auburn Cemetery?

Mary Jean Lowry Bivins

(Answer: Joseph Benjamin and Mary Ann Lowry are buried in Auburn cemetery, Clark Center, Auburn Township. [L. K. Ortman]

I am searching for more information on this family:

William Shaw, born N. C., 1820, age 30, cabinet maker, resides in Clark County, Illinois, 1850
Sarah Morgan Shaw, born Indiana 1819, age 31, resides in Clark County, Illinois, 1850
Sidney Francis Shaw, born Clark County, Illinois, 1839
James Shaw, born Clark County, Illinois, 1842
Francis Marion Shaw, born Clark County, Illinois, 1844
Nicholas Shaw, born Clark County, Illinois, 1847
Sarah Shaw, born in Clark County, Illinois, 1848
Ella Mary Shaw, born in Vigo, Indiana, 1850

William and Sarah Morgan Shaw were married in Clark County, Illinois on July, 1839. Sarah Morgan Shaw (Sally, wife of William) died August 5, 1852. She was buried in Medsker Cemetery. William Shaw died in 1853, we think, in Clark County, Illinois but cannot find where , why, etc.

William Shaw had a land grant for Clark County that he purchased on 10/16/1838. He lived in Vigo, Indiana at the time of purchase. The numbers for the land grant are NW 1/4, 39.08 according to Bible records. On the land grant I got from Illinois Public Domain it says, 19 (Clark), 12N for township, 10W 2 acres both 39.08, price per acre 1.25, Total price, 48.85 . Two sons listed above, James Shaw and Francis Marion Shaw served in the 21st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company l as privates. They both enlisted June 13, 1861. Mustered in June 25, 1861. They were discharged May 16, 1865. They were both prisoner of War with disabilities-place of residence listed as York.

Barbara Shaw Anderson

Wheeler, Fry

Malcom Wheeler married Jane Fry on 19 Dec. 1939, Clark, Illinois. They went on to have the following children, James, Benjamin, William, Ephraim, Charles, and Malcom (called Jackson) and they all went their separate direction throughout Illinois with most of them settling in Montgomery County and Pike County.
Benjamin is my mothers. mothers, mothers husband.

1. Malcom and Jane had Benjamin in 1845
2. Benjamin and Margaret Vannatta Wheeler had
3. Lilly Myrtle Wheeler in 1884, who married James Crites, and they had
4. Stella Crites in 1901, my mother who married my father Dewey Leon Everts.

5. They had me Dewey Leon Everts Jr. in 1928
6. My son Everts was born in 1966

7. His son Everts was born in 1992 who is too busy playing baseball to care about getting married anytime soon.

If anyone would care to help me I would like to find the history of Malcom and Jane at least as far back as their parents birth and marriage.

Whom would I contact to check the courthouse to see they were indeed married on that date and if the State of Illinois had records for Clark County in 1839. Illinois became a State in 1818 and they kept changing the County lines. I was born in Madison County.

Rev. Dewey Leon Everts Jr.

Rahel, Vaughn

I am researching the Frederick Rahel/Emma Rahel & Phillip A. Vaughn families of Clark County. I am hoping you can help us understand what "Clark Switchboard" is? My 87 year old father tells me his father Riley Jackson Vaughn, met his mother Cloe Ann Jenkins there. He thought all his life that grandma was actually answering a phone. But I see on the Marshall Map it is a place between the 1900 & 2000 Rds. and 1300 & 1400 Streets. Can you tell me what it was or where I can find information about it?

 Phyllis A. Vaughn Deutsch

[Answer: There is a Clark Switchboard Road near Marshall. At one time, telephone or telegraph switchboards were set up in a house or building where the operator often lived. That could be the origin of the name. Maybe they met at that place. K. L. Ortman]


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