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George Washington and Lydia Ann (Johnson) Dir Family

Contributed by Suanne Nesland

DIR Family 
The Dir Family around 1895

Back Row: Amelia Bell, Edson Monroe, Minnie Gettle, William, Leonora Viola, Arthur Leroy, Nellie Lorette
Middle Row: George W. (father), Ellen Elizabeth, Lydia Isabella, Daisy Gay, Lydia Ann (Mother)
Front Row: Hattie Pearl, Rose May, Catherine Ann



Contributed by Suanne Nesland

driscoll family
 The Michael & Anna (Donovan) Driscoll Family in 1881

Top Row - Hannah (Driscoll) Gagin, Daniel Driscoll, Emma Driscoll, John Driscoll, Julia (Driscoll) Isenhart

Bottom - Louisa (Driscoll) Hirschberg, Anne (Donovan) Driscoll, Michael Driscoll, Mary (Driscoll) Williams 

Michael and Anne (Donovan) were born in Ireland (1830 and 1835 respectively). All of their seven children were born in Illinois. The family was on the 1860 Census of Whiteside County living in Mt. Pleasant township. Following in 1870 they were found in Lyndon with all seven children listed. In 1880 Michael (works for the railroad) & Anne are still in Lyndon with Julia, Daniel, Emma and Louisa still at home. John age 19 is a butcher, boarding in the home of John Duffin in Morrison, Hannah is working as a servant in the home of Thomas Gatt in Sterling and Mary is 16 working as a servant in the home of Mary Wallace in Sterling.

Hannah/Honora (1858 - 1901) married Lawrence V. Gagin 19 Sep 1883
Julia Ann (1862) married Nathan Tracy Isenhart
John J. (1863)
Daniel (1864)
Mary Jane 29 Jan 1864-19 Sep 1938 m Eugene Francis Williams
Emma (1867)
Louisa Lillie (1868) married John Hirschberg 13 Oct 1888



Contributed by Jean Baumberger Jones

Great Granddaughter of
Alfred and Lucy (Melvin) Graham

We have been told - but have no proof - that Alfred's first name was Benjamin but he always went by the name of Alfred. Alfred was born 12 July 1825 in Ballyfinn, Queens Co (now Laois) Ireland. He died 11 July 1874 and is buried in what is called the "Old Tampico Cemetery". This is an abandoned cemetery just south of town. The headstone of Alfred Graham is the only one still visible.
graham grave
Alfred is the son of James and Elizabeth (Cullen) Graham also of Ballyfinn Ireland.

The story is told he and many of his siblings left Ireland and came to the US via Canada. Their immigration could have been 1845 - 1852 during the Potato Famine. The children of James and Elizabeth are Alfred, James, Jr, Malcolm, Caroline, William Cullen, Seal and Wallace. Alfred Graham married Lucy Melvin, whose family had come from New England. (I've not been able to find a marriage of Alfred to Lucy in Illinois). Alfred and Lucy had about 8 or 10 children. Their daughter Eliza Janes is the grandmother of Jean Jones. The children ages / birth dates are not known.

Alfred died young and Lucy packed up her seven youngest children and her furniture, put them on a "raft" (surely a commercial vessel) and floated down the Mississippi River to DuVall's Bluff, Arkansas where she set up housekeeping and opened a boarding house in order to support her brood. Eventually she married again, to Dr. Seeley and then moved to Missouri.

William "Will" born about 1857
Thomas born about 1859
Eliza "Jane" 1861 married "John" Canada Cowan and lived in Asheville, Buncombe Co NC
John born about 1864 stayed in Tampico "we think".

James (Jim) another one
Cynthia married McKay, lived in Buffalo NY
Belle b abt 1869 did get married and lived in Colorado
Adelaide born abt 1871 married Fleshman(sp?) had a son "Ben" lived in Lamar Colorado 

Lineage of Jean (Baumberger) Jones
(1) Albert and Lucy (Melvin) Graham
(2) Eliza "Jane" Graham married Cowan
(3) "Lucy" Elva Cowan married Baumberger
(4) Margaret "Jean" Baumberger married Jones (now 90 years of age)
(5) Dianne Jones married Guthrie
(6) Jan Guthrie married Gustafson
(7) Kendal Gustafson is now 7 years old



Source: Sterling Gazette 13 Sept. 1940
Contributed by Sue Nesland

"Nov. 1860 J.R. Brown's New Gallery, Morrison, IL."

The Reitzel Family

Reitzel Family

Jacob and Susanna Rutt Reitzel had 9 children:
Martha, Mary A., Sabina, Susanna, Henry, Sarah, Abraham, Jacob, and Lewis.

The only two identified in this picture are: left to right in the back row

Sabina Reitzel Brubaker, wife of Abram/Abraham, and Mary A. Loux, wife of Noah.

Contributed by Karen Fyock

The Augustus P. Smith Family
Founder of Rock Falls
Source: The Sterling Gazette, July 1, 1976



Contributed by Susan Steele

Wray family 

Gilbert Family
Submitted by Lori Gilbert
Walter William Gilbert & Family

Family - Jasper, Lyle, Cecil, Elsie & Mary, Josie and Frank (1940's)

Thompson Family

thompson 50th anniversary
Alexander & Alice (Blean) Thompson
12 March 1863 - 12 March 1918
[Contributed by Lucile Sinclair]

The notation on the back says "50th Wedding Anniversary 1913"
He received a gold headed cane. She received a gold handled umbrella
Alexander Thompson died in 1922 in Minnesota


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