Visitors and Queries



I want to thank Jim and Janeé Schueman of Avoca for sharing the Theodore P. ANSTINE family history with us.  Theodore was a Civil War Veteran featured in Antique City Roots in October 2013.  Janeé and I visited the Layton Township Cemetery, so she could see the gravesite of the Anstines.

Deborah Knight is seeking information on Jacob HANSON, son of Thomas Hanson and Mary LARSON, who married Lucretia Bertha HAMILTON, daughter of John W. Hamilton and Jennie “Jane” BARTLETT.  Lucretia was living with her grandmother Elizabeth Bartlett, 79, in Walnut in 1900.  Jacob, 28, and Lucretia, 19, were married on September 18, 1902 in Avoca.

Janet A. Brandt from Bettendorf, Iowa would like information on the 2nd wife of Albert HOWARD, Mary Jane LIVINGSTON, who later married William LYNCHARD.  She is also interested in birth records of Lutie D. and Perry Howard.

Kristin Husby from Colorado called seeking to prove who the father of Edward CLEVELAND was for a DAR application.  We sent the obituaries of Edward and Caroline, as well as the baptisms of Caroline and Mrs. Sarah Cleveland.  I suggested that she contact Stark County, Illinois to see if Edward’s father is listed on the marriage record of Edward Cleveland and Caroline BANGS, as it was not in his obit.  I connected Kristin with Bill Thompsen, who is a descendant of Vince Cleveland, who is probably a brother to Edward.

I was surprised to receive a phone call from Jody Fischer of Wall Lake, Iowa requesting an obituary for Paul KARSTENS of Walnut.  My great-grandfather Thede was a brother to Paul.  Jody was wondering if her great-great-grandfather Claus was a brother of Paul, as she had seen on ancestry that Paul had a brother Claus, who was born January 27, 1847.   We now believe that Jody’s ancestor is a different person based on an application to immigrate from Dithmarschen that she found on a German website.  It showed Klaus Jurgen Hinrich Carstens born September 1, 1847 in Meldorf, Germany.  Jody’s ancestor is on findagrave as Juergens Karstens, which is the name in his obituary.