Sarah Craig and John VanDolah descendant notes


Austin Y. Barnard, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Towanda; born in Money Creek Township Feb. 19, 1841, which has been his home since, with the exception of a residence in Ford Co., Ill, for four years. Enlisted in August, 1862, in Co. 1, 94th I. V. L., and served until the close of the war; he was in the following engagements: Prairie Grove, Ark., siege of Vicksburg, and other battles and skirmishes about Vicksburg, Fort Morgan, Ala., Spanish Fort, same State, and Mobile; was with the regiment in Texas, and during their stay they were for a short time on Mexican soil for the protection of the American Consul at Matamoras. Married, in 1866, Miss Tabitha A. Trimmer, who was born in Money Creek Township; five children by this union, three living -- Myron D., Ida C. and Ada A.; lost two -- Allie, died in 1874; Ranson, died in 1870. Mr. B. is a member of Lodge. No. 206, I. O. O. F. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.989  

William H. Gilmore (husband of Adah VanDolah [1795-1823]) -- biography -- (Taken from a sketch of Henry H. Gilmore, son of William Gilmore and 3rd wife, Sophia P. White). His father, William Gilmore, was born in Pennsylvania in 1782 and during boyhood, removed with his parents to Pickaway county, Ohio where, after reaching man's estate, he was married to Miss Addie Vandolah. He followed farming there until 1836, when he came to Illinois and took up his residence in McLean county, where he engaged in the same occupation for two years. His next home was near Canton, where he purchased two hundred acres of land, and continued to operate that place up to within a few years of his death, which occurred on the 10th of November, 1870. When this farm came into his possession it was all wild and unimproved, but he transformed it into a highly cultivated and very desirable place. He served in the War of 1812, under the command of General Harrison, and was ever a patriotic and loyal citizen, devoted to the best interests of his country. His first wife died about eight years after their marriage, leaving three children, namely: James, who died in 1877; Sarah Ann, who died in 1882; and Amanda, who died in 1880. About 1820 he wedded Jane Pinkerton, by whom he had one child, Ada Jane, now the widow of David Bennett and a resident of Oregon. This wife survived the birth of her daughter only a short time, and for his third wife Mr. Gilmore married Sophia P. White in 1835, and to them were born four children, as follows: Eliza, who died in infancy; William Milton, now a resident of Lincoln, Nebraska; Henry H., of this sketch; and Elizabeth M., who died in 1887. -- Past and present of Piatt County, Illinois (Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1903.) Page: page 422 (Note: several of these dates were approximated; e.g., it is certain William did not marry Jane Pinkerton until ~1824 after Adah's death on 11/4/1823.)
On the 1820 census, there are 9 William Gilmore, none of whom live in Pickaway. There are two in Fayette -- one in Madison twp and one in Paint twpl it is thought more likely that the one in Madison, living next door to Sarah Craig VanDolah, is the one that matches. Curiously, in 1830, there are still no William Gilmores in Pickaway, and there is still one in Madison next to Gregory relatives and one in Paint townships in Fayette, and one again their family composition almost exactly matches; again it is thought that the Madison township entry is the match, but this is not certain. There is no William Gilmore in McLean in 1840, and just the one in Fulton, where William is known to have died; there is no William Gilmore in Fayette at all, and specifically not in Madison or Paint! (so no negative inference available as to which one moved to IL)

William Gilmore, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 22; P. O. Lexington; born in Fayette Co, Ohio, Sept 21, 1830, but removed in early childhood with his father's family to Dayton, Ohio. Came to Illinois in the fall of 1834, locating in Money Creek Township, this county. elected Justice of the Peace in 1870, serving till 1873, when he was re-elected, and served until March, 1875, when he removed from the township. Served as Supervisor one term. Owns 120 acres of land in Money Creek Township. Married, in 1855, Mis Aladelphia A., daughter of Melman n. Barnard, who settled in the county nearly fifty years ago. she was born in Money Creek Township. Six children by this union, four living -- Noah E., James N. Charles H. and Sinnia E.; lost two -- Martha E., died in 1855; Ira E. in 1864. Mr. g. served four terms as Collector in Gridley Township. His father, James Gilmore, who was a native of Ohio, settled in Towanda Township in 1834. [cousin to above William?] -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1021  

Jehiel Gregory -- biography -- Gregory, Jehiel, Jr. Private in Capt. Jehiel Gregory's Company of Athens County, Ohio. See Ohio Roster 1812 Soldiers, pages 44, 86 and 134. Jehiel Jr. was born in NY state, died in Sept. 1823 in Madison Township, Fayette County, Ohio. He married Sarah VanDolah, daughter of John and Sarah VanDolah from Fayette Co., PA, 9 Jun 1816 in Fayette Co. Ohio. Sarah Gregory died in 1824 in Fayette Co., Ohio. Their children: Elizabeth, m Joseph Houseman 1 June 1837; Annis, m. George W. Knotts; John, m. Caroline Dawson 19 Jan. 1843; Mary Jane, m. James G. Loofbourrow, 'Tuesday after 2nd Lord's Day 1840'. --Ohio Records and Pioneer Families Page: Volume 6, page 177
-- Biography #2 -- Johiel Jr. owned and managed, with good judgement, the farm assigned him, and died, in this county, in 1822, leaving a wife and four children, who in later years removed to Illinois, and have there established themselves and their families. -- Dill, R.S., History of Fayette County, Ohio (Dayton, Ohio: Odell & Mayer, 1881) Page: page 919  

John Gregory -- 1879 biography: John Gregory, who, although not one of the very earliest, came here at an early day, and by good management, hard work and practical sense, has accumulated what seems to be a very good share of this world's goods and lands. He owns something over 2,000 acres, lying in Sections 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 32 and 33 (Range 3), which is under good cultivation, well fenced, and is considered the finest stock-farm in Gridley. Mr. Gregory has for many years made the raising and feeding of cattle his principal business. He had not many advantages in early life, but such as he had, he made good use of, and is spoken of by those who have long been his neighbors, as a man of large intelligence, decided convictions and positive qualities. He was at one time the candidate of his party for Representative, and it is believed he would have proved a useful member. His party was, however, largely in the minority, and the system of electing minority representatives had not then come into constitutional use. He resides now at Normal, though he still owns his large farm.
-- Biography #2 -- John Gregory, farmer and stock-dealer; P. O. Normal; was born in Tazewell Co., October 8, 1821; son of Jehiel and Sarah (Fan Dolah) Gregory; he was riased on a farm, and received a common education. He was married twice, firrst to Miss Caroline Dawson, Jan 19, 1842; they came to McLean Co., Ill., in 1844; she died Sept. 16, 1845. Mr. Gregory has always taken an active part in all matters pertaining to the good of the community in which he has lived, and, by his industry, perseverance and integrity, has amassed a large property, and now owns, 8,000 acres; he has been quite successful in stock-dealing, which business he still follows. He is a respected citizen, and one of the solid men of McLean Co., He married his present wife July 9, 1846; her maiden name was Mary Ann Henline, of this county; they have a family of seven children, whom they are giving the advantages of a thorough education. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory are active members of the Christian Church. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.834  

Francke B. Hobart, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 16, P. O. Lexington; born in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, Feb. 22, 1854, but removed to Illinois in early childrhood with his father's family, locating at Marca, macon Co.,; came to this county in 18865, locating on the farm where he now resides; owns 320 acres of farm lands. MMarried in 1876 to Miss mary E., daughter of Jesse Trimmer, who was born in Money Creek Township; one child by this union -- Frederick E. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1021  

Charles M. Moots, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 80; P. O. Towanda; born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Feb. 10, 1832, where he resided until 1852, then removed to Logan Co., Ohio. In 1854, he came to Illinois, but returned to Ohio, where he remained until the spring of 1856, then located in Towanda, this county, where he engged in the boot and shoe business, and the following year removed to the farm where he now resides. Owns 195 acres of land in Money Creek Township. Sefved as Constable two years, School Director nne years. Was appointed Deputy Sheriff in fall of 1879. Married, in september, 1857, Miss Adaline bucic, who was born in McLean Co. Her father, Nathaniel Busic, was one of the early settlers of McLean Co. Nine children by this union, seven of whom are living -- Mary A., Francis N. Ida D., Charles E., Bunyan C., Bertie and Sarah G.; lost two -- Lincoln A. was born May 6, 1865, died Aug. 13, 1873; James W., was born may 25, 1871, died Aug. 21, 1872. Mr. M. is a member of the Money Creek U. B. church. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1022  

Benjamin Ogden, deceased. Mr. Ogden was born in Ohio Feb 7, 1903; he removed from Fayette Co., Ohio, to Illinois, in the fall of 1840, locating in what is now Money Creek Township, this county. In 1824, he was married to Miss Sarah Stretch, who was born in Pennsylvania july 18, 1806. They had a family of ten children, five of whom are living -- Maria, wife of Dr. E. McAferty; Amanda, widow of J. McAferty; Margaret, wife of W. Haworth; Elizabeth, wife of John W. Stover. They have lost five children, most of whom died in childhood. Mr. Ogden's death occurred Sep. 27, 1873. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1022  

Jesse Ogden, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 33; P. O. Towanda, born in Money Creek Township July 26, 1834, his father, Benjamin Ogden, a native of the State of Ohio, having settled in the township in October, 1830. The subject of this sketch now resides ont he farm his father bought soon after he came to the State, and near the old homestead owns about 700 acres of land in Money Creek Township. served as Supervisor two terms, Assessor two terms and has held other minor offices. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1022  

Samuel Ogden -- biography -- 1874: Samuel Ogden, son of Albert Ogden, was born August 1, 1809, in Madison County, Ohio. He was early taught to work, for when he was only four or five years old his father gave him and his brother John each a hoe, and set them at work hoeing corn. Samuel made clean work of it, and hoed up weeds and corn indiscriminately. He was often taken to church by his mother, while he was small, and she tried to cultivate in him the love of orthodoxy. He never joined a church, as he could not decide which was the best. He very much preferred to attend horse-races, and went to see horses run before he was old enough to ride on a race-course himself. At the first race he ever saw, a number of horses ran for a corn purse, that is, every man, who ran his horse, put up some corn, and the winner took the pile. The race-course belonged to old John Funk, who had cut up the corn around his field and made a track. Two or three years afterwards little Samuel became old enough to ride races himself. He became a good judge of horses, and in after years bought a fine mare called "Clear the Kitchen," which could, indeed, cleaer the kitchen or race-track either. The first time he put her on the track she beat a fine mare belonging to Colonel Gridley. He traded Clear the Kitchen for his Juliet mare, with which he won every race. Mr. Ogden began to hunt when he was big enough to ride a horse, and would chase turkeys and pheasants, and was sure to catch them the second time they flew up. He would chase deer across the level, open ground, near Deer Creek. He found a great difference in the speed of deer, as much as in the speed of horses. The long-legged bucks could run very fast, while the short-legged ones were easily caught. He hunted with dogs and kept them well in front, in order to give them a fair start, and they always brought down the game. Samuel Ogden hunted wolves, and on his first wolf chase jumped from his horse and caught a wolf by the throat and killed it. He never considered it a sin to kill a wolf on Sunday or any other day. These wolf hunts were taken after Mr. Ogden came to Illinois. In 1830 he married Nancy Vandolah, in Fayette County, Ohio. In the fall of 1833 he came to Money Creek timber, McLean County, Illinois. He had a muddy journey, but the oxen pulled the wagon through, and it was not very unpleasant. He bought a claim in Money Creek township, on the Mackinaw side, and commenced life as a farmer, but not under the best of circumstances. He had a mare and colt and an Indian pony. His mare died, and he was obliged to work his farm by hitching up a couple of calves in front of his Indian pony. He succeeded well and moed to Buck Creek north of the Mackinaw, where he entered the most of his land. He also bought some land, and for a part he paid six dollars per acre. He bought the Daily place of two hundred and sixty-five acres for ten thousand dollars. In buying land he was always careful to see that it was well watered. In 1845 he began to deal in cattle, and before long had two hundred head. He isnow in comfortable circumstances and everything he owns is paid for. His health is very good, though he sufferes occasionally from a fall from a horse, which he was riding on a race-course at Peoria, some years ago. The horse plunged, that is, jumped stiff-legged with its head down. Mr. Ogden takes his brandy occasionally, but does not believe in drinking much. He loves the good old times, when men would fight, not because they were angry but in order to know who was the better man; and when the contest would close they would "be friends and take a drink." Those were the days when matters were conducted honorably, and whoever was detected in foul play was sure to be counted out, and was not tolerated. Mr. Ogden takes the best of care of his stock and feeds his horses well, for he says that the man, who neglects his horses, never becomes rich. He has had eleven children, of whom eight grew up and five are living. They are: Obadiah Ogden, who lives about a half a mile east of his father's; Mrs. Sarah Jane Coon, wife of James Coon, is now dead; Albert Ogden lives about three-quarters of a mile southwest of his father's; Mrs. Angela Pirtle, wife of James Pirtle, lives a mile and a half north of her father's; Alexander Ogden lives at home. George Ogden (named after George Washington, with the Washington left out!) lives about five miles west of his father's, in the Coon settlement. Mr. Ogden is about five feet and four inches in height, is strongly et and muscular, has a broad face, black eyes, and short black whiskers. He is very active, and few are equal to him in a foot-race. He is fond of good jokes and tells a great many of them. He is exceedingly tough, and will live to be ninety or a hundred years of age. --Duis, E., Dr., Good Old Times In McLean County (Bloomington: The Leader Publishing and Printing House, 1874.) Page: page 712  

John G. Stout -- biography -- 1890 -- John Stout, farmer and stock-raiser, resides on Section 10, Harmony Township, Webster County, Neb. The subject of this sketch is one of those enterprising young men who came to Webster County in the early days of its history, while it was still wild and uncultivated prairie, and who by their energy and perseverance have converted the broad and unbroken plains into fields of waving grain, and established for themselves and families good comfortable homes. He came here from Fayette County, Ohio, where he was born in 1851, and purchased 160 acres of land on which he as erected neat buildings, and has since engaged in agricultural pursuits, devoting considerable attention, however, to stock-raising, making a speciality of raising hogs. He was born on a farm, and was brought up as an agriculturist and stock-raiser, receiving a good common-school education, supplemented by a course at the academy at Merom, Ind., and with the exception of one year, when he was engaged in the agricultural implement business in Campbell, Neb., has been a farmer all his life. He is enterprising, and believes in lightening farm labor as much as possible, and to that end has his farm stocked with every kind of machinery for making easy the labors of an agriculturist. Mr. Stout was married in Fayette County, Ohio, to Miss Laura Mowser, and this union has been blessed with four children, all girls, viz.: Minta B. (thirteen years of age), Bertha I. (eight years of age), Florence A. (six years old) and Fay, an infant three months old. His father was born in Ohio in 1817, and died in 1873, leaving a widow who still survives. She was born in Warrington, Pa., in 1824. The paternal grandparents were massacred by the Indians near the Ohio River, in Kentucky. Mr. Stout has been a resident of Harmony Township since 1880, and ever since that time has entered heartily into the work of building up the interests of his township and county. Mrs. Stout received a liberal education in the common schools, and has taken a decided interest in the upbuilding of schools in her home district, as has also her husband. Mr. Stout is not a member of any secret organizations, but is in sympathy with certain orders; he is now serving as vice-president of his home Alliance. He has always identified himself with the Republican party. He is now residing at his comfortable home, surrounded by his wife and bright children, and will probably spend his remaining days here.
[Note: The reference to the paternal grandparents being massacred is quite curious. John's father was James Stout (1818-1873). James' parents were Mary Jane VanDolah (1797-1879) and William Stout (~1792-~1819). "Massacre" means the indiscrminate killing of a large number of people in a barbarous manner. I assume that since Mary Jane was included (since it specifies grandparents and not grandfather), she was present during the attack but survived, and that there were likely others killed. This biography was written in 1890, just 11 years after Mary Jane's death at age 82, and John had lived near this grandmother, so he should have been knowledgeable about the facts. Therefore, I assume his grandfather William died from the attack, and his grandmother Mary Jane was injured or at least present.]  

John W. Stover, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 34, P. O. Towanda; born in Pickaway Co., Ohio, May 15, 1833, where he resided until his removal to Illinois in about 1852, when he located in Money Creek Township, this county. Married, in 1857, Miss Elizabeth, daugther of Benjamin Ogden, who was one of the early settlers in that township, locating there as early as the fall of 1830. Mrs. Stover was born in Money Creek Township. They ahve four children livign -- Sarah, Cora, Etta and Benjamin W.,; lost two -- Ida, and one who died in infancy. Mr. S. owns 277 acres of farm lands in Money Creek Township. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1022  

Jehiel Stretch -- biography -- JAIHAL STRETCH, a prosperous and prominent farmer of Gridley Township. has a fine farm located on section 19, upon which he settle in about 1856. This consists of eighty acres of valuable land, all improved and under a good state of cultivation. His house and farm buildings are kept in good repair and his stock and machinery indicate the oversight of an intelligent and thorough-going business man. Mr. Stretch has been a resident of McLean County since a lad of seven years old, when he moved with his parents from Ohio, in which State he was born, Sept. 27, 1823. His parents were Jesse and Elizabeth (VanDolah) Stretch, natives of Pennsylvania. where they were reared and married. They afterward removed to Ohio, and from there to Illinois, settling in McLean County in 1830. The father of our subject established a home in Money Creek Township, this county, where both parents died, the former in December, 1853. and the latter on the 9th of May. 1869. Their fourteen children comprised eight daughters and six sons, all of whom lived to mature years, and of whom our subject was the tenth in order of birth. Mr. Stretch received careful home training from his excellent parents and as good an education as the schools of those early days afforded. He came into McLean County with his parents in 1830. He remained under the home roof until he attained his majority, and was then united in marriage with Miss Lucinda Van Buskirk, Dec. 22, 1844, the wedding occurring in Money Creek Township. Mrs. Stretch is a native of Ohio: of this union there were born four children. of whom the record is as follows: George W. is a resident of Towanda, IL; Lafayette is at home: Mary J. became the wife of Jesse Covington and lives in Iowa; Elizabeth died when young. Mrs. Lucinda Stretch departed this life in Hudson Township, this county, March 17. 1852. The second marriage of Mr. Stretch occurred on the 27th of April. 1854, when he was united with Miss Mary A.. daughter of Archibald and Hannah (Archer) Wilson, who were natives of Ohio, and of whom mention is made in the sketch of Abraham Wilson elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Stretch was born in Licking County, Ohio, Nov. 1, 1828. Of the second marriage of our subject there have been six children: Hannah 0. became the wife of William Hitch and resides in Gridley Township; Jesse A. is at home; Sarah W. married Edward Pochel and they live in Gridley Township; Louisa T. died July 28. 1886; Minnie M. is a teacher in Livingston County, this State; Samuel P. died Oct. 8, 1876. when five years of age. Mr. Stretch has been prominent in the affairs of his township, and has been identified with its welfare and prosperity. Both our subject and his wife are worthy members of the United Brethren Church, and politically Mr. Stretch earnestly supports the principles of the Republican party.  

William Stretch -- 1874 biography -- William Stretch was born March 24, 1817, in Fayette County, Ohio. His is of English, Scotch and Dutch descent. His father was Jesse Stretch, and his mother was Elizabeth Vandolah. the Stretch family came to McLean County in the fall of 1830. They had a very pleasant journey, were nineteen days on the road; but William shook with the ague during the most of the time and was not in a situation to appreciate the grandeur of the West. The family settled on the east side of Money Creek timber, where William Stretch now lives, and there built a cabin and began farming. During the first winter of their residence in this country they pounded their meal, and the Stretch boys had great sport in chasing the deer. During the summer of 1832 the Stretch family lived in their own cabin, and did not run for protection on account of the wars and rumors of wars, which were flying around. William Stretch has led a quiet life, and has not had it diversified by many adventures. At one time, when he killed a deer in Mackinaw timber, he became lost. The day was cloudy and it was impossible to see the sun. He dragged his deer during the greater part of the day over the snow, and at nearly nightfall discovered the house of Samuel Bigger, and then understood his position. Mr. Stretch married in 1850, Elizabeth Ann White, who died in 1854. He has had two children: Almeda Josephine, who is married to Samuel Nichols, and lives with her father. Samantha Jane, who is married to William Stretch, her cousin, and lives on a part of the homestead place. Mr. Stretch is five feet and ten and one-half inches in height; his hair is dark, and his eyes are a light hazel. His form is large, and he weighs from one hundred and ninety to two hundred pounds. He has great muscle, and his features are massive and heavy. He seems to be a man very independent in manner and feeling, though quiet and modest. He is a good neighbor and a kind father, and a man whose word can always be relied upon.  

1879 Enos Anderson Trimmer -- biography -- Enos A. Trimmer, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 17; P.O. Towanda; born in Money Creek Township, this county, Oct. 13, 1856. His father, Jesse Trimmer, came to this county in the summer of 1826. Mr. Trimmer now resides on the old home place, and his farm consists of 565 acres of land, valued at $17,000. A sketch of his father will be found in the Lexington Township list of biographis, and, in the history of Money Creek Township, further mention in connection with settlement of the township. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1022  

David F. Trimmer, loans, and dealer in live stock, Lexington; Mr. Trimmer, who is a son of Jesse and Amanda Trimmer, was born in Money Creek Township, this county, July 27, 1851; until 19 years of age, he worked on his father's farm; then attended the State Normal University at Bloomington two years, afterward being engaged in teaching. In 1874, he located at Lexington, his present home, and, during the same year, he was married to Miss Josephine McCafferty, who was born in Money Creek Township; they have two children -- Floy adn Myrtle. Mr. Trimmer owns 240 acresof land in Money Creek Township, and a half interest in 200 acres in Gridley Township. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.858  

Jesse Trimmer -- 1874 Biography -- Jesse Trimmer was born March 14, 1818, in Huntington County, New Jersey. His father's name was John Trimmer and his mother's name before her marriage was Elizabeth Lanterman. John Trimmer was an active business man, and his worldly circumstances were very fair. In August, 1826, the Trimmer family came to Smith's Grove, McLean County, Illinois. After they crossed the Wabash, on their road to the west, they saw no white person until they reached Smith's Grove. They traveled on an Indian trail and found no wagon track this side of the Wabash. No white person was to be found at that time in Mackinaw timber. Jonathan Cheney was at Cheney's Grove, John Dawson lived at Old Town timber, and about fifteen families lived in Blooming Grove. In October of that year, before the family had built a house and while they were yet living in a camp, John Trimmer died, leaving Mrs. Trimmer with a family of eight children to oversee and provide for. Mr. Trimmer was buried in a coffin made of walnut timber, which had been made by splitting thin pieces from a log and dressing them down with an axe and a jack plane. Jacob Spawr, W.H. Hodge, William Orendorff and John Hendryx helped to make the coffin and assisted at the funeral. The family first settled on Money Creek, about one mile north of where Towanda now stands, and lived there about ten years. When Mr. Trimmer came to the country he was a child, and his playmates were the Indian boys, with whom he often ran races. The clothing of the pioneer children consisted of a shirt, but nothing else to speak of. Mr. Trimmer once witnessed a race between George Harness and an Indian boy, in which the latter came out ahead. George was beaten but not discouraged, and declared that if he could pull off his shirt he could beat the little savage. He drew off his shirt and on a second race came out ahead. The Indians were very friendly and stole watermelons in a sociable way. They sometimes raised corn, and when they moved away the white folks were asked to take care of it in the lofts of their cabins. The Indians were always glad to get a night's lodging, and Mr. Trimmer remembers when two of them stayed at his mother's house overnight. She gave them mush and milk for supper, but they did not know how to eat it until the little Trimmers commenced. During the deep snow the Trimmers had the experience common to all of the old settlers. In the fore part of the winter, Frederick Trimmer and one other went to St. Louis to bring goods for James Allin. They returned as far as Springfield, when they were caught in the deep snow. They left their loads and came home with four horses, riding two and driving two ahead in a single file to break the road. As soon as the horse on the lead gave out, it was put in the rear and another took its place. The goods were not brought to Blooming Grove until the April afterwards. Mr. Trimmer married, March 7, 1839, Amanda Gilmore, who was born and reared in Fayette County, Ohio. She came to Money Creek timber in 1837. The family was four weeks on their journey to the West, and Amanda walked all the way and drove cattle. Mr. Trimmer has had ten children, of whom seven grew up, and six are living. William Trimmer enlisted in the Thirty-third Illinois Volunteers in August, 1861, was discharged from the hospital at St. Louis, on account of continued sickness, and died three months afterwards of sickness contracted in the army. Eliza Ann was married to John T. McNott and lives at Normal. John F. Trimmer was a soldier in the Ninety-fourth Illinois, and afterwards in the Twenty-seventh, and served hearly three years. He lives in Money Creek timber. Sarah E. Trimmer married Joseph A. Scott, and lives in Hudson township. Fran Mary and Enos Trimmer live at home. Mr. Trimmer is rather less than the medium height; his hair is dark and turning a little gray and his face is broad. He seems in good health, is in comfortable circumstances, and appears to be a man of responsibility and standing. He is friendly in manner and modest in appearance. Very few men have too little self assertion, but this certainly seems to be the case with Mr. Trimmer. -- Duis, E., Dr., Good Old Times In McLean County (Bloomington: The Leader Publishing and Printing House, 1874.) Page: page 701
-- Biography #2 -- Jesse Trimmer, deceased, Lexington: Mr. Trimmer was born in Hunterdon Co., N. J., March 14, 1818; in the summer of 1826, he moved with his father's family to Illinois; first stopping at Smith's Grove, this county, and soon after locating in what is now Money Creek Township; in the following October his father, John Trimmer, died, leaving to the care of his widow a family of eight children. The subject of this sketch was married in 1839 to Miss Amanda Gilmore, who was born in Fayette Co., Ohio; her father's family having settled in Money Creek Township, in 1837; Mr. Trimmer's death occurred Aug. 27, 1876, his wife surviving him until Jan. 20, 1878; they had ten children, six of whom are still living -- Eliza A., wife of John T. McNaught; John F., who enlisted in the 945h Illinois infantry in 1864, was transferred to the 37th Illinois Infantry in 1865, and mustered out in May, 1866; Sarah R., wife of Joseph A. Scott; David F., whose sketch is given below; Mary and Enos A. William, the eldest of the family, enlisted in the 33d Illinois Infantry in 1861, and served till November, 1862, when he was discharged on account of sickness, and died soon after of disease contracted int he army. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.858  

John F. Trimmer, farmer and stock-raiser, Sec. 20; P. O. Towanda; born in Money Creek Township Jan. 17, 1844, his father, Jesse Trimmer, having settled in the township in 1826; owns 785 acres of farm lands in Mney Creek adn Drigley Townships. Enlisted in Co. C., 94th Illinois Infantry, in January, 1864; transferred to the 37th Illinois infantry in August, 1865; mustered out in May, 1866. During his term of service, he was in the following battles: Fort Morgan, and other engagements in the vicinity of Mobile, Ala. Married, in 1870, Miss Priscilla c. Surgace, who was born in Illinois. Four children by this union -- Artic G., Daisy D., Willie W. [sic--no fourth child enumerated.] Mr. Trimmer owns what is known as the Thomas Mill, located on Sec. 20, Money Creek Township. He has recently put in one rowun of stone, and is now prepared to manufacture meal and feed for stock. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.1023  

David Hyatt VanDolah -- note -- (from a pamphlet titled "Architectural and Historical Tour of Lexington, Illinois"). The Castle was built for David Van Dolah who, on one of his business trips to France to buy horses, hired a French architect to draw plans reminiscent of a French chateau the Vandolahs had visited on their wedding trip forty years earlier. The plans were completed in 1896, the construction begun in 1898 and the house completed in 1901. Scaffolding was not permitted on the outside of the 30-room house and therefore it was built entirely with the scaffolding inside the structure. Mr. VanDolah owned 2,000 acres of McLean County farmland and was known statewide as an importer and breeder of Percheron draft horses. He died a few years after the completion of The Castle but his wife, Britannia, lived there for many years. (Directions - enter Lexington from 1-55 access road, turn right at stop sign and stop at second driveway on right).
-- biography 1 -- 1887: David H. Vandolah, importer and dealer in Percheron and Norman horses, owns and occupies a comfortable and handsome home in Lexington, and is meeting with success in his calling. He is a native of Money Creek Township this county, and was born Nov. 8, 1841. His father, James, Vandolah, was one of the early pioneers of McLean County, coming here in 1835, from Ohio, to which he had removed from his native State of Pennsylvania when quite young. He was married in Ohio to Miss Nancy Nutt, laterly of Fayette County, Ohio, but who was born in Virginia. Upon their removal to McLean County, Ill. they permanently located in Money Creek Township, where James Vandolah improved a farm and engaged extensively in stock-raising. In due time he became the proprietor of 800 acres of land, and continued his stock business until he retired from active labor, when he was succeeded by his son David H. His family consisted of seven sons and two daughters, of whom four sons and one daughter are living, David H. being next to the youngest. Our subject remained on the farm until fourteen years of age and then started out with his father and assisted him in the handling of stock and buying and shipping, and for a more boy developed unusual business talent. These early experiences served to make him self-reliant, and were of great advantage to him in all his after years. Mr. Vandolah was married, March 22, 1864, to Miss Britanna, daughter of Sion Bray of Lexington, and continued his occupation as a stock-dealer, making his residence in Lexington. In 1879 he began the importation of French draft horses, and in 1885 shipped sixty-seven head of magnificent animals to different parts of the United States. He has displayed rare talent and genius as a judge of horseflesh, and exhibits some of the finest animals to be found along the Mississippi Valley. For the accommodation and comfort of these he erected a fine barn, which is especially arranged for the purpose and equipped with all modern appliances. His name has become familiar in this section of country as one of the leading horsemen of the Prairie State. His two sons, James W. and Sheridan, are assisting their father in his business and bid fair to develop his own talent and genius in this direction. Mrs. Vandolah is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics Mr. Vandolah is a Republican. -- Portrait and Biographical Album of McLean County, Illinois (Chapman Bros., 1887) Page: page 972
-- biography 2 -- 1874: D. H Van Dola was one of the honored citizens of Money Creek Township and Lexington Township and departed this earth with an honorable, useful and successful career. The fruits of his efforts and labor are still to be seen in this community. Mr. Van Dola was born in Lexington, McLean County in 1841, a son of James and Nancy (Nut) Van Dola. James and Nancy migrated to McLean County in a prairie schooner drawn by oxen. David H. received his education in local schools and started out on his own career at the age of eighteen He inherited ten thousand dollars from his father. He bought out the other heirs of his paternal estate. He was very successful in business and acquired over 2,000 acres of land in Lexington and Money Creek townships. He was a breeder and importer of fine horses. He was united in marriage in Lexington to Britannia Bray in 1864. The new Mrs. Van Dola was the daughter of Sion and Martha (Franklin) Bray. To this union were born James W. and Lewis Sheridan. Mr. Van Dola imported horses mostly from France. He acquired the blue print of a French castle on one of his buying trips and built one like it on the west side of Lexington at the cost of 35,000 dollars. -- Jones, Morris W., History and Biographical History of Money Creek Township (Normal, IL: Bloomington-Normal Genealogical Society) Page: page 13
-- biography 3 -- In 1858, David left his father's farm and moved to Lexington, which became his home. He attended school there with A. J. Flesher as his teacher. Later he engaged in the livery and stock business with his brother, George, and was very successful. In 1867, with Isaac Harness, David organized the Bank of Lexington under the firm name of Harness, VanDolah & Company. Throughout his tenure with the Bank, David's land holdings grew quite large. He sold his shares in 1873. In 1878, he began the importation of Percheron horses from Frances and continued this business until 1889. In connection with this business, he made seven trips to Europe. David was a public-spirited man and served on the city council several terms. He was a great reader of the Bible and could quote long passages. He and his wife were members of the Christian church. David had a wide circle of acquaintenances, knowing people in many states and cities. In 1898, David built a 30-room home complete with turrets, spires and gables. One source estimates the cost between $80,000 and $100,000 dollars. Throughout the house were items collected on his European trips. The house was completed in 1901. It is still a local landmark, although the family sold it in 1955. At the time of David's death, the estate included a stock farm of 1140 acres west of Lexington and several other farms. After David VanDolah's death, his wife, "Sis", became a Christian Scientist. Each winter, she and other members of the family would travel either south to Mexico or Florida, or west to California. The estate was not divided until after Britannia's death. --Mollenkamp, Dennis (Deceased)
-- biography #4 -- David H. Vandolah, stock-raiser and shipper; P. O. Lexington; born in Money Creek Township, this county, Nov. 8, 1841; his father, James Vandolah, having settled in the township in the fall of 1835. The subject of this sketch worked on his father's farm until 1855, when he came to Lexington, his present home, and attended school, soon after engaging in liverry and stock business, the latter having been his principal busiiness for a period of over twenty years. Mr. V., with others, established the Bank of Lexington, Dec 16, 1868, under the firm name of Harness, Vandolah & Co. He has served as member of the Town Council several terms. Married in 1864, to Miss Britiana Bray, who was born in Owen Co., Ind,; two children by this union -- James and Sheridan. Mr. Vandolh has a fine stock-farm of 500 acres four miles west of Lexington, well-watered, having several good springs which furnish pure water for stock throughout the entire year. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.858  

George Washington VanDolah -- biography #1 -- ... By 1885 the family had moved to Kansas. A state agricultural census of that year shows them on a 640-acre farm in Center Twp. of Woodson Co KS where George's sister, Genova, had lived for some 15 years. The census lists George as an agent rather than owner or renter seeming to indicate he was operating the farm for Genova whose husband had died three years earlier. Later that year, Genova remarried and the George VanDolah family returned to Illinois. -- Nutt, David J., Nutt family genealogy : John Nutt of Colonial Virginia and his descendants (San Mateo, Calif. : D. Nutt, c1992) Page: page 25
-- biography #2 -- My uncle, James Gilmore, in an early day, matched his sorrel stallion, named "Dangerous Billy," against George Van Dolah's little sorrel mare. My uncle's horse won out and the strides or jumps were 22 feet by actual measure; that was going some. The race was run on the Gilmore track There was no drunkenness, no fights, simply a fair, square "hoss race." There was betting of course. -- # Trimmer, D.F. (David Franklin, 1851-1932), Pioneer Settlements and Early History of Money Creek Township, McLean Co, Illinois (George M. Adams Publishing Co., 1916) # Title: United States Census Office, Population Schedules of the  

James Vandolah -- biography #1 -- The Van Dola log cabin was located west of Lexington. It was one of the most deluxe log cabins ever built in Northern McLean County. It was close to the Mackinaw River in Money Creek Township. It was very large and had a big fireplace. The sleeping quarters were above and only extended over half of the room and had a safety rail. The yard was a beautiful little park. There was a swing bridge across the Mackinaw. It was well maintained and the door was never locked. There were huge trees and banks of wild flowers and was used for picnics and for love ins. -- Jones, Morris W., History and Biographical History of Money Creek Township (Normal, IL: Bloomington-Normal Genealogical Society) Page: page 13
--biography #2 -- He was of German descent. When a small boy, his father moved from PA to Fayette Co, OH where he attended the common schools and assisted his father in farming. At the age of 24, he was married to Miss Nancy H. Nutt. She was born in Fredrick Co, VA., 14 May 1813. They were the parents of nine children. The subject of this sketch by the help of his brother Jesse, emigrated to IL and located in McLean Co in the fall of 1835, losing one of their children on the way, buried it at Crawfordsville, IN. -- Vandolah, Brittania (Bray), Personal Recollections, in a written letter (1902) [Note: his family was Dutch from Pennsylvania, and not Pennsylvania Dutch -- not German, but Dutch descent.]
-- biography #3 -- Settled on the farm of Benjamin Ogden and all that he possessed was his wife, two children, seven dollars in his pocket, and an old gray mare. In five years bought 65 acres, 50 of prairie and 15 of timber, at 7 dollars per acre, in Money Creek township. On this place there were some improvements - a house with one room in which they lived for a number of years. Spent time buying and selling cattle and hogs.  

1924 James Walter VanDolah -- biography -- James W. VanDolah, now living retired at Lexington, is a prominent and substantial citizen of McLean County. He was born at Lexington, Feb. 22, 1865, the son of David Hyatt and Britanna (Bray) VanDolah. Mr. VanDolah had one brother, Louis Sheridan VanDolah, deceased. James W. VanDolah was reared in Lexington and received his education in the schools there. He was associated with his father and brother in business, and they were well-known importers of Percheron horses, being the largest importers of fine draft horses in the state of Illinois. Mr. VanDolah has made three trips to Europe in connection with this work, which he followed until 1890. At that time he engaged in general farming and stock raising and met with success. Mr. VanDolah now manages the estate of his mother and wife, which consists of more than 1,200 acres of good farm land in McLean County. In 1887 Mr. VanDolah was united in marriage with Miss Ella Eliabeth Kennedy, a native of Lexington, Ill., and the daughter of W.H. and Caroline (Harness) Kennedy, both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. VanDolah two children were born, as follows: David Hyatt, a farmer, lives at Lexington, [ ] and Louise, a graduate of the Lexington High School and also attended the National Kindergarten, Chicago, Ill., married Charles Carnahan, and they have one child, Gwen, live at Lexington, Ill. [ ] James W. VanDolah is a Republican, a member of the Christian Church, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge. He is a prominent citizen and stands high in the community and McLean County. --Hasbrouck, Jacob Louis, History of McLean County, Illinois, Vol. II (Topeka: Historical Publ. Co., 1924) Page: page 775-6  

John Shotwell VanDolah -- biography -- 1883: J.S. Vandolah, farmer, Sec. 14, Twp. 23, Range 7, P.O. Hutchinson, Reno Co, KS, owns 160 acres, 80 acres under cultivation, three acres in orchard and forest trees, dwelling 22 x 26, stable 12 x 20, corn crib, cattle yards and sheds, two milch cows, two yearlings, 10 hogs, two mules, and one horse. He was born in Ohio, March 11, 1820, moved to Iowa in 1854, and to Illinois in 1871, and came to Kansas in 1873, locating here. He enlisted in 1862 in Company I, 33 Regt Iowa Vol Infty and served with this command on the Mississippi, was in the Yazoo expedition, and at the defense of Helena, Arkansas, and on account of hardships and exposure, his health failed and he has been an invalid since, but was kept on garrison duty until mustered out, May 8, 1865, for disability. He was married April 10, 1845, in Ohio, and his wife died in Feb, 1859, leaving six children -- Rosetta, Beulah, William F., Nancy, John and Josephine. She was a native of Ohio. He was married again in Dec. 1859, to Miss E.W. Haines, a native of New Jersey. They have one child, Charlie. He is a member of the Christian Church, and also a Mason. He has served on the School Board, and has been Justice of the Peace.(Salt Creek Twp.) --Cutler, William G., History of the State of Kansas (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1883)
-- note -- I your grandfather John S. Vandolah was born in Harrison Co Ohio March the 11th 1820. Removed to Iowa in Aprile 1854. Enlisted and went into the Union Army August the 9th 1862 and was discharged May the 8th 1865 and removed to Kansas in 1873. Hutchinson Reno Co Kan March 17th 1889. (Compiler's note: this paper was found among the possessions of Josephine Victoria (Vandolah) Coleman, and apparently came from a Remembrance Book filled out by visitors at the time of the illness of Thomas Dick Rison, a grandson of John Shotwell Vandolah).  

1879 Mary Ann Hadley VanDolah -- Biography -- 1879: Mrs. Mary Vandolah (nee Hadley), far., Sec 11; P.O. Andrew; was born in Center Co, PA, in 1814; in 1820, she removed with her parents, N. and Anna Hadley, to Seneca Co, OH; thence, in 1839, to Jackson Co, IA, and settled in Andrew, where Mrs. Vandolah, the subject of this sketch, married, in 1842, Jesse Vandolah, a native of Fayette Co, PA. He was born in 1802, and moved to Ohio with his parents in 1810, where he remained until 1831, when he went to McLean Co, IL; he was in active service during the Black Hawk War, and was in Stillwell's defeat and battle of Bad Axe; he came to Jackson Co, IA, in 1840, where he resided until his death, in 1866. Mrs. Vandolah had seven children, five of whom are living, Sarah A., married Albert Baker and lives near Andrew; Amanda, now Mrs. James Spencer, resides in this township; Alice; Jerusha, now Mrs. Charles McKinley, of Bellvue; Minerva, married William Nichols, and lives in Placer Co, Cal.; John, killed by the Indians near Fort Laramie, Wyo. Terr.; William, also deceased. Mrs. Vandolah owns a valuable farm a short distance from Andrew. This estimable lady is justly entitled to be ranked among the early settlers of this county, having lived over forty years in Perry Township.  

John Whiteman, farmer, Section 28; P. O. Gridley; came to Illinois in the year 1857, all of his earthly possessions being a team of horses and wagon, valued at about $300, and $1.50 in money; he now owns his farm of 160 acres, in Gridley Township, and 80 acres in Owen Co., Ind, -- all gained by hard work and good judgment; he was born in Sandusky Co., Ohio, in the year 1834, and when quite small his father removed to Owen Co, Ind., and John helped on the farm until his father's death, which occurred in 1845; after this event, John remained at home with his mother until he reached the age of 23. In 1857, he left Indiana, and, taking his mother with him, went to Illinois and settled here at Scattering Point, Livingston Co., where Mrs. Whiteman had a brother, and on whose place she lived until 1860, when John removed her to McLean Co., where he had preceded her, in 1859; he removed to his present place in 1864, and rented of his father-in-law, and, in 1873, he bought the farm, consisting of 160 acres, located on Section 28, Gridley Township; it is all under cultivation and is valued at $35 an acre. In the year 1862, he married Miss Jesse Stretch [sic -- actually it was Helen Stretch, daughter of Jesse], who was born in Money Creek Township, McLean Co., Ill., and died in 1871, leaving five children -- Willie E., Frank E., Ella May, Ena Gay and Nancy Inze, all living. Mr. Whiteman again married, in the year 1873, to Miss Emeline Farmer, who was born in Licking Co., Ohio, in 1853; they have had three children -- one dead, and Eva and Daisy living. -- William LeBaron, Jr., The History of McLean County, Illinois: portraits of early settlers, p.913


1823 Peter VanDolah -- # Obituary 22 OCT 1823 OH, Harrison Co, Cadiz -- Harrison Telegraph: Died - on Saturday morning the 4th inst. Mr. Peter Vandolah merchant of this town, in the 37th year of his age. About the last of August, he was under the necessity of repairing on business, to the interior of the state, as far as the neighborhoods of Chilicothe and Columbus. In a few days after his return he was attacked with a malignant billious intermittent fever, which baffled the most powerful medical aid, and in less than three weeks terminated his mortal existence. It is with peculiarly painful feelings we have witnessed this instance of our mortality. the deceased uniformly supported the character of an upright and useful citizen, & in his death his numerous friends and acquaintenances have sustained an irreparable loss. His agreeable disposition, correct deportment, and unbending integrity, endeared him to a large circle of acquaintenances. The great anxiety manifested by the public generally for his recovery, evinces the high esteem in which he was held & which he justly merited. But a wise and righteous Providence has seen proper to counteract their wishes and blast their most sanguine hopes. In the vigor of manhood and in the midst of his most flattering prospects, when everything seemed to smile upon him, the scale is turned and all his hopes are frustrated; how mysterious are the ways of Providence; to His dispensations, however adverse, may we all have grace to submit. The deceased has left a beloved wife, three small children and a large circle of friends to whom he was peculiarly endeared, to mourn this afflictive bereavement. But let them not mourn as those who have no hope. We cherish the fond hope that he has exchanged this vale of tears, for a better and more happy world. [Peter Vandolah maintained a business partnership with William Hogg in Cadiz, Ohio. William Hogg was born about 1755, probably in Cramlinton, Northumberland county, England and died 27 Jan 1841 in Brownsville, Fayette Co, PA; married about 1794 in Bucks Co, PA to Mary Stephens, b. about 1755, died 11 Nov 1840 in Brownsville, PA. No issue. Biographical sketch: Hogg - this has been an honored name in Fayette county since its first introduction about the year 1800. The ancient family seat was Cramlinton, Northumberland county, England, from whence came John and Mary (Crisp) Hogg, parents of George Hogg, the founder of the family in Fayette county. They settled in Licking county, Ohio, where John died in 1835; his wife Mary in 1836. John had a brother, William Hogg, who was the American ancestor and came to this country first as a British soldier. [ ... ] William Hogg became an influential business man of Brownsville and Pittsburgh; was one of the founders of the Monongahela bank and Christ's Episcopal church of Brownsville. He married Mary Stevens and died at the advanced age of eighty-six years without issue. -- John W. Jordan & James Hadden, eds., Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County Pennsylvania, vol. 1 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912) Page: page 205
Note: his maternal grandmother is thought to have been a Hogg and relative (probably a cousin) to William Hogg; however, it is odd that neither Peter's mother, Sarah Craig Vandolah (thought to be an only child), nor Peter's son William Hogg VanDolah are mentioned in William Hogg's will.
His tombstone has not been located at Cadiz cemetery -- Ohio - The Crossroads of our Nation; Records and Pioneer Families'. Oct-Dec 1972, Vol. XIII, No. IV, pgs 149-154. This very large old cemetery that was once in the town of Cadiz has been destroyed. It had contained about 600 burials and was the resting place of so many pioneers of that area. When the site was visited in 1962, it was appalling to find it had been destroyed. Not only was the cemetery destroyed but many of the tombstones were used for walks, benches, a building, etc.

1884 Cynthia Stretch Busick -- Obituary 21 JAN 1884 IL, McLean Co, Bloomington -- Bloomington Daily: On Saturday morning Mrs. Cynthia Busick, of Money Creek, died at the residence of her son Joshua Busick, in the seventy third year of her age. Mrs. Busick was one of the oldest settlers of McLean county, having lived almost 50 years in Money Creek township and leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her departure. She was a sister of Benjamin, Jessie, Jehiel and William Stretch, Mrs. H. R. Streevy and Mrs.Samuel Morris. Her surviving children are Joshua and Marion Busick, Mrs. Abner Dodson, Mrs. Charlie Moots, Mrs. Samuel Moots, Mrs. Calvin Jenkins and Mrs. Sarah McMullen. Her remains will be buried in Pennell graveyard today at 11 o'clock, but her memory will remain enshrined in the hearts of those who loved her.  

1884 Nancy VanDolah Ogden -- Obituary 11 JUL 1884 IL, McLean Co, Lexington -- Unknown newspaper: Death of Mrs. Nancy Ogden. Mrs. Nancy Ogden, wife of Mr. Samuel Ogden, died at her home in Lexington, Tuesday evening, July 8th, at 8 o'clock. At the time of her death she was in her seventy-fifth year, and was one of the oldest residents of McLean county. Her maiden name was VanDolah. She was born in Fayette county, Ohio, April 9th, 1810, and was married to Mr. Samuel Ogden November 12th, 1830. In 1833 she moved with her husband to this county. They settled in Money Creek township, in the vicinity of Clarksville, where they resided until last fall, when Mr. Ogden purchased property in Lexington, and they moved here. Ever since her removal to Lexington Mrs. Ogden's health had been failing, attributable more to old age and consequent breaking down of the system, than any special disease. On May 30th - Decoration Day - she attended the services held at the cemetery, which exhausted her very much, and since which time she had been confined to her bed. She was a lady highly esteemed by everyone, and during her long residence in this county had made a host of friends who deeply deplore her demise. For the past twenty years she had been an earnest and consistent member of the Christian Church. Her union with Mr. Ogden resulted in the birth of eleven children, four girls and seven boys, five of whom, with the husband, are still living to mourn her death, all of whom have the sympathy of the entire community in this their hour of sad affliction. The surviving children are: Obediah, Albert, George and Alexander, all prominent and influential farmers of this vicinity, and Mrs. Pirtle, wife of James B. Pirtle, of Jasper county, Missouri. The remains of deceased were interred in the Pennel cemetery, in Money Creek township, Thursday at noon and were followed to the grave by a large concourse of mourning friends.  

1890 Joseph Howsmon -- Obituary 4 OCT 1890 IL, Macon Co, Decatur -- Decatur Herald Dispatch: Death of Joseph Howsman. At the residence of J. B. Camp in Harristown, on Saturday, September 27, Joseph Howsman died of heart failure, aged 75 years. The deceased had been in poor health for some time and his death while the cause for many expressions of sincere regret, was not entirely unexpected. Joseph Howsman was born in Madison county, Ohio, where he resided until about thirty years old, when he removed to Illinois, and settled in McLean county. For nearly thirty years he was a resident of that county and almost sixteen years since he moved to Macon county and went to Harristown, where he has since made his home. The deceased was a man of sterling worth and enjoyed the confidence and respect of all with whom he was associated. For many years he had been a consistent member of the Christian church. A widow and six children, all grown, survive him. The funeral will occur on Tuesday morning. The services will be held at the Christian church in Harristown at 11 o'clock.  

1891 Adeline Busic Moots -- Obituary 25 MAR 1891 IL, McLean Co, Bloomington -- The Pantagraph: Mrs. C. M. Moots, of Normal, who had been suffering from pneumonia for the past two weeks, died at her home on South Linden street yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. She was the wife of Mr. C. M. Moots, the well-known horse importer, and leaves a large family. The funeral services will be conducted by the W.C.T.C., of which she was a member, this morning at 9:30 o'clock at her late residence, after which the remains will be taken for burial to the cemetery near their old home at Towanda, where services will be held by their former pastor.  

1899 John Shotwell Vandolah -- Obituary #1 -- 23 FEB 1899 KS, Reno Co, Hutchinson -- Hutchinson News: The death of J.S. Vandolah occurred Thursday evening at his home on Ninth avenue west. Mr. Vandolah was one of the old settlers of Reno county having settled in Salt Creek township in 1874 or 1875. A few years ago he moved to Hutchinson where he remained until his death. He has been a member of the Reno Lodge No. 140, A.F. and A.M. for twenty years past, and a Mason for forty-two years. He was [82] years of age and leaves a wife and [two] sons and [a] daughter. Mr. Vandolah was quiet in his habits and seldom left the house except upon business, and consequently was not as widely known as many more recent settlers in the county. He was a man however that was greatly respected by all who knew him. The funeral was held under charge of the Masons from the Christian church Sunday forenoon at 11 o'clock.
-- Obituary #2 -- # Obituary 23 FEB 1899 KS, Reno Co, Hutchinson -- Hutchinson Gazette: An Old Settler Dead. Mr. J. S. Vandolah, one of the grand old men of Reno county, who settled in Salt Creek township about twenty-five years ago, died at his home on West Ninth avenue, Friday morning. Mr. Vandolah had arrived at the ripe old age of eighty years. He was always a quiet and exemplary citizen. He leaves a wife and seven children, three of whom were at the funeral. His grandchildren number twenty-four. He lived in Salt Creek township until a few years ago when he removed to his residence in this city. The funeral occurred at the Christian church, of which deceased was for many years a consistent member, on Sunday morning February 19th, Rev. A.P. Aten preaching the sermon, and the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army conducting the services.  

1903 David Hyatt VanDolah -- # Obituary 29 JAN 1903 IL, McLean Co, Lexington -- Lexington Unit-Journal: David Hyatt Vandolah was born at the old Vandolah homestead in Money Creek Township, November 8, 1841. He had such school advantages as were afforded in those early pioneer days. In 1858 he came to Lexington, when seventeen years of age and this city has since been his home. He at first attended school here and for several terms A. J. Flesher, so well known in this section, was his teacher. Later he engaged in the livery and stock business, and met with a good measure of success. March 22, 1864, he was married to Miss Britannia Bray, and they were the parents of two children, James W. and L. S., both of whom reside in Lexington. December 16, 1868, he with others, founded the Bank of Lexington under the name of Harness, Vandolah & Company. In 1878, Mr. Vandolah began the importation of draft horses from France and continued the business until 1889. During that time he made seven trips to Europe, while each of his sons made three trips, and his wife, two. Mr. Vandolah was a public spirited man and served on the city council several terms and did good and efficient work. At the time of his death he owned a fine stock farm of 1140 acres west of Lexington and also several other farms in McLean County. He united with the Christian Church several years ago and continued a member during the remaining years of his life. He was a great reader of the Bible and could quote long passages. Mr. Vandolah possessed a most genial, sociable and sunshinny disposition, which made him a prime favorite among his friends. He had a wide circle of acquaintenances, knowing people in many states and cities. This was illustrated in his recent trip south. The train stopped one day at a weighstation in Louisiana and an elderly man stepped up to the train and asked where they were from, the reply was Lexington, Illinois. He said, "I know many of the people there." The question was asked, who did you know and he at once mentioned David Vandolah among the list of his former acquaintenances. Mr. Vandolah was one of the best businessmen in Central Illinois and met with a large measure of success, his residence was one of the finest in McLean County. His sudden death will be a surprise to many, as he was usually well during the autumn and early winter and took a trip to Texas in October and November which he greatly enjoyed. Those who were his companions in travel will not soon forget his genial, pleasant comradeship and will long remember his courteous bearing toward all whom he met. Upon his return home he continued in good health and spirits, until January 9 when he had a painful attack of rheumatism in his left arm, but was up and dressed every day and made a trip to Bloomington Monday, January 19. Soon after that however, he was stricken with inflamation of the stomach gradually growing worse and died at 10 a.m. Monday, January 26. He was not supposed to be in any immediate danger until Saturday when symptoms began to develop which indicated that the end was drawing near. Quite a number of his friends called upon him Sunday and he recognized them all and made cheerful replies to their inquiries. He passed to the great beyond at 10 a.m. Monday. His last hours were peaceful and he expressed himself as reconciled and ready to go. The funeral was held from his commodious and beautiful family mansion at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The floral offerings were many and the attendance large. The Reverend W. H. Cannon of Lincoln officiated assisted by Reverend A. A. Wilson of Bloomington. The bearers were J. L. Langstaff, J. M. Franklin, Noah Franklin, J. B. Dawson, E. M. Hynneman and Mr. Wood of Chicago. The singers were G. J. Smith, C. P. Scrogin, A. J. Scrogin, and Mr. Smith of Gridley. The body was laid to rest in the Porteus Cemetery. He leaves his wife, two sons, two brothers, and one sister and many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  

1905 Mary Jane Davis Riggin -- Obituary 25 MAY 1905 OH, Fayette Co -- Fayette County Record: Mrs. Mary J. Riggin died at the home of her son, Lawrence, at Pancoastburg, last Monday, aged seventy-eight years. The funeral service was held by Rev. Mann at the home on Wednesday.  

1906 Mary Ann Hadley VanDolah -- Obituary -- 1 MAR 1906 IA, Jackson Co, Bellevue -- Bellevue Leader: Died - Mrs. Mary J. Vandoler, Feb. 26, 1906, of old age. She was 91 years of age. She came to Iowa in 1840, her husband dying in 1866, left her a large family to rear and provide for. She was greatly respected by all who knew her. Funeral was held Feb. 28 at the M.E. Church, Rev. Brettnell officiating. Interment in Andrew Cemetery.  

1907 Sarah Ann VanDolah Baker -- Obituary 28 OCT 1907 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Daily Herald: At 6:45 Saturday evening occured the death of Mrs. Sarah Baker at her home on South Sixth Street. Mrs. Baker had been suffering for some time with a complication of diseases from which her death resulted Saturday evening. Deceased wa born in Andrew Jackson County on September 16, 1843. She had made her home here for many years and won many friends by her kindly and sympathetic nature. Her husband preceded her two years ago. She leaves to mourn her loss two daughters, Mrs. Fay Gleason and Mrs. Gus Ashann, both of this city, and two sons, Clyde, at home, and Charlie at Almont. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence [501] South Sixth Street.  

1914 Julia H. Walton VanDolah Linn -- Obituary 6 APR 1914 OH, Butler Co, Hamilton -- Hamilton Evening Journal: Mrs. Jesse J. Linn. Mrs. Julia H. Linn, beloved wife of Jesse J. Linn, departed this life Saturday evening at 8 o'clock, of paralysis agitem, at the age of 88 years, at her home, 340 North Tenth street. Besides the bereaved widower, four children survive to mourn the loss of a beloved mother. They are, Mrs. E. R. Fuller, of Ocean Grove, N. J., J. L. Vandolah, of Decatur, Ill., Mrs. Sarah Sites and Mrs. Alice Hunter of this city. Mrs. Linn was the last of a family of ten children. She was a member of the First M. E. church and a faithful worker in that church. The funeral will take place with services at the house Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. S. W. Bell officiating and with interment in Greenwood cemetery. Friends will moit flowers.
----- Will: 21 AUG 1913 OH, Butler Co, Hamilton -- I, Julia Linn, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and not under restraint, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner and form following: Item 1: It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid from my estate. Item 2: After the payment of my debts from my personal property, I give and bequeath the rest and residue thereof to my two daughters, Sarah Sites and Alice Hunter, to be divided equally between them, share and share alike. I am not giving or bequeathing anything to my son, John VanDolah, for the reason that I believe that my two daughters before named, are entitled to all of the estate of which I die seized and possessed. Item 3: I give and devise to my two daughters, Sarah Sites and Alice Hunter, the real estate located on Tenth Street in the city of Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, in which I now reside, the same to be divided equally between them, share and share alike. Item 4: All the rest and residue of my property both real and personal of which I die seized and possessed, not herein before specifically bequeathed or devised, I give, devise and bequeath to my said daughters, Sarah Sites and Alice Hunter, to be theirs absolutely and in fee simple. Item 5: I hereby nominate and appoint my daughter, Alice Hunter to be the executrix of this my last will and testament, and ask that she not be required to give bond for the faithful performance of her duties as such executrix, and I ask that the Court of Probate do not require an appraisement of my personal estate. I hereby revoke all former wills and testaments by me made. In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name this 21st day of August, 1913. Julia (her X mark) Linn. (Compiler's note: There is on file in the Butler County Probate Court a lengthy testimony of the witnesses to Julia Linn's will, dated 23 Sep 1914. As Julia did not include her children Mary (Fuller) or John Vandolah, or her husband, Jesse Linn, in her will, the testimony of the witnesses was taken to ascertain the purpose of such exclusion: . . . Q: How many children had Mrs. Linn? A: Four. Q: Four? And two of them obtained all the property, and she inserted something about this other child? A: Mrs. Linn said it was not necessary to say anything about Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. Mary Fuller, but she said 'you might simply make the statement in regard to John'. Q: There was nothing provided in that will for her husband, was there? A: Nothing provided in the will for her husband, no sir, I will tell you why there wasn't anything done in that respect; simply because Mrs. Linn said that she didn't want anything provided for the husband as she knew very well Sarah and Alice would take care of Mr. Linn. . . .
(Note: Mary Fuller lived in New York,NY in 1910; Sallie Sites lived in Butler,OH; John VanDolah lived in Macon,IL; Alice Hunter lived in Butler,OH -- so Sallie and Alice were the only two children who lived in close proximity; Jesse would have been 74 years old, in unknown health at the time.)  

1919 Louis Sheridan "Tad" VanDolah -- obituary -- 24 APR 1919 IL, McLean Co, Bloomington -- Bloomington Pantagraph: L. S. VanDolah, a prominent farmer at Lexington and well known throughout McLean county, died at 4 o'clock Wednesday at the home of his wife's mother, Mrs. T. O. Tanton, at Peoria. He had been in failing health for several months, and since last February has been taking treatment at Peoria. Mr. VanDolah was a director of the People's Bank at Lexington and was associated with a number of Lexington business interests. He was born at Lexington February 10, 1867. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. H. VanDolah, pioneer residents of the community. He was married in 1890, to Emily Smith of Lexington, who died in 1910. In 1912 he married Miss Blanche Stoll of Washington, Ill. Besides his wife he leaves two children Louis and Caroline; his mother Mrs. D. H. VanDolah and a brother J. W. VanDolah of Lexington. He was a prominent Mason, a Shriner and a member of the Elks lodge of Bloomington. During his entire life time L. S. VanDolah was a power in the thought and business of the Lexington community. After graduating from the Lexington high school he took a course in the Evergreen Business College of Bloomington. Soon after leaving college he made a trip to Europe where he traveled extensively and studied the agricultural and business methods of the old country. Upon his return to his home he took up the duties of secretary to his father in connection with the business of the importation and sale of fine draft horses. In 1888 he made a second visit to Europe and on this trip purchased a large consignment of the finest horses to be found for sale in France and England. Mr. VanDolah continued to assist in the management of his father's business until 1890, but during this service made numerous personal investments and began the accumulation of property interests which proved profitable. He stood in the front rank of the prominent and prosperous citizens of the Lexington community. He was one of the large land owners of that section and always was active in public affairs, and as a member of the board of supervisors established a record as an able and efficient county legislator. Memorial services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Lexington, Ill., to which place Mr. VanDolah will be taken Friday.  

1923 John M. Phillips (husband of Martha Adeline Trimmer) -- obituary -- 7 SEP 1923 IL, Vermilion Co, Danville Commercial-News: John M. Phillips, 79, died at the Soldiers' Home hospital at 5 o'clock Friday morning of heart trouble. The body was removed to the Pape undertaking rooms to be prepared for burial, and was then taken by motor to Gibson City for burial. The deceased was born in Vermilion county in 1844. He served in the civil war as a member of Company E., 51st regiment of the Illinois infantry. He had been a member of the Soldiers' Home for several years.  

1926 Sarah Jane Harness VanDolah -- Obituary #1 -- # NOV 1926 IL, Cook Co, Chicago -- Chicago Daily Tribune: Sarah J. Van Dolah, Nov. 2, in her 80th year, at residence of her son, B. F. Van Dolah of 1229 E. 46th st.; widow of George W. Van Dolah, beloved mother of Addison, John M., William and Benjamin F. Van Dolah, Mrs. L. Oldoras Sadler, Mrs. Jennie Belle Drew and Mrs. William Star. Funeral service Thursday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. at parlor chapel, 7500 Stony Island-av. Interment Friday, Lexington, Ill.
-- Obituary #2 -- # 3 NOV 1926 IL, McLean Co, Lexington -- Lexington Unit Journal: Mrs. Sarah J. VanDolah Dies In Chicago. Aged Woman Passes Away In Chicago Where She Had Gone Seven Weeks Ago. Mrs. Sarah Harness Van Dolah, a life long resident of Lexington, passed away at the home of her son, B.F. Van Dolah, in Chicago, Monday morning, November 1, 1926, at two o'clock, following an illness of about two years' duration. Mrs. Van Dolah was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harness, and was born in Lexington, October 13, 1837. At the time of her death she was eighty nine years of age. She was married to George Van Dolah in Lexington. Mr. Van Dolah preceded her in death. She is survived by the following children: William Van Dolah, B.F. Van Dolah and Mrs. Aldoris Saddler, all of Chicago; Mrs. Jack Van Dolah of Play Center, Kansas; Al Wood of Lexington, and two daughters, who live in California. The body will arrive in Lexington at 12:35 Friday afternoon and will be taken to the Lexington cemetery immediately where short services will be held, conducted by Rev. W.H. Arbogast, pastor of the United Brethren church.  

1927 Mary Matilda VanDolah Fuller -- Obituary 6 JAN 1927 CA, San Bernardino Co, Ontario -- Ontario Daily Report: Death Comes to Mrs. Mary Fuller. Mother of Mrs. Hadley Interred Tomorrow. Mrs. Mary Van Dolah Fuller, mother of Mrs. W.T. Hadley of Ontario and Mrs. E.F. Beauer, of Upland, passed away yesterday at Mission Rest sanitorium, Glendale, at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 16 days. Mrs. Fuller had lived in California 18 years, the last three months of which were spent in Glendale. Mrs. Fuller was the widow of Edward R. Fuller. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at Draper's Ontario chapel, Dr. Bert Foster of St. Mark's church, Upland, in charge. Cremation will be in San Bernardino. [# Burial: CA, San Bernardino Co, Victorville, Desert View Cemetery -- In 1975, her unclaimed remains were placed in a common unmarked vault at Desert View Cemetery in Victorville, CA. According to the funeral home, their records indicated that her remains should have been shipped to New Jersey, but that was never done. After being unclaimed for nearly fifty years, they were sent to Victorville for storage.]  

1931 Jerusha California VanDolah McKinley -- Obituary -- 12 MAY 1931 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Herald: Funeral services for Mrs. C. T. McKinley will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the home of her son, 619 Sixth avenue, South. Burial will be in Springdale cemetery. Jerusha Van Dolah was born Feb. 28, 1849, in Andrew. She was the daughter of Jesse Van Dolah and his wife, Mary Ann Hadley, pioneer residents of Jackson county. She was married March 8, 1873, to Charles McKinley. They came to Clinton to make their home in 1891. Six sons and one daughter were born to them, the husband and five children preceding her in death. Left to mourn are the sons, Fred and Harry, five grandchildren, Nadine, Mildred, Grace, Robert and Charles McKinley, also two sisters, Mrs. Spencer of Andrew and Mrs. Nichols of Berkeley, Calif., and a number of nieces and nephews.  

1932 Alice VanDolah Hunter -- Obituary 2 JAN 1932 OH, Butler Co, Hamilton -- Hamilton Journal-Daily News: Mrs. Alice V. Hunter, formerly a resident of Hamilton, died Friday morning at the Methodist Home for the Aged at College Hill. Her death brings widespread sorrow among her many friends. Mrs. Hunter was a member of the First M.E. church of Hamilton. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sarah Sites, who resides at the Community Home on Dayton street. The remains will be brought to Hamilton, Monday, and short services will be conducted at the C. W. Gath funeral home, South B street, Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock, Rev. G.B. Parkin, of the First M.E. church, officiating, and with interment in Greenwood cemetery.  

1933 Mary Minnie Baker Ohsann -- Obituary -- 2 DEC 1944 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Herald: Mrs G.T. Ohsann, 69, died Friday at 4:30 p.m. in her home, 238 Sixth avenue, South, after a long illness. The body reposes in Shadduck funeral home where funeral services will be conducted Monday at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. F.G. Williams, pastor of Grace Church, will officiate, and burial will be in Oakland cemetery. Born in Andrew, May 4, 1875, the daughter of Albert and Sarah Baker spent her early life there. Miss Mary M. Baker married George T. Ohsann, Sept. 7, 1893 in Morrison, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Ohsann lived their married life in Clinton, with the exception of a few years spent in Amboy, Ill. She was a member of the Congregational church in Amboy and the Redwood camp, 365, Royal Neighbors of America. Surviving are her husband; a son, Marvin L. Ohsann, Clinton; a grandson, Cpl. Marvin D. Ohsann, now serving with a quartermaster corps in England; a sister, Mrs. Georgia Gleason, Clinton; a brother, Clyde Baker, Clinton; nieces, and nephews. Her parents and a brother, Chart Baker, who died July 17, 1943, preceded her in death.  

1935 Jennie Belle VanDolah Drew -- obituary -- 23 JUL 1935 CA, Alameda Co, Oakland -- The Oakland Tribune: Richmond, July 23 - Mrs. Jennebell Drew, 62, of 78 Railroad Avenue, died after a long illness. Services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the Wilson and Kratzer Chapel followed by interment at Sunset View Cemetery. Mrs. Drew was a native of Lexington, Illinois, and had lived at Point Richmond for the past 30 years. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Jewel Starr of San Francisco, and Mrs. Aldoras Saddler of Illinois, and four brothers, Jack Van Dolah of Kansas; William Van Dolah of Illinois; Addison Woods of Illinois, and Benjamin Van Dolah of Texas.  

1935 John L. VanDolah -- Obituary 17 OCT 1935 IL, Macon Co, Decatur -- Decatur Review: John VanDolah, 80, a resident of Decatur for the last 59 years, died at 11:35 a.m. today in St. Mary's hospital. He had been ill two weeks. Mr. VanDolah was born Feb. 9, 1855 in Cincinnati, O. He came to Decatur from Hamilton, O. when he was 21 years of age. He made his home here with Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Alexander, 1336 East William street. He leaves one son, Ray VanDolah of Decatur, and a sister, Mrs. Sarah Sites of Hamilton, O. The body was taken to the Moran & Sons funeral home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  

1935 Amanda Otella VanDolah Spencer -- obituary -- 7 MAY 1935 IA, Jackson Co, Bellevue -- Bellevue Leader: Mrs. Amanda VanDolah Spencer, 90, passed away at 1:20 this morning at her home in Andrew after an illness of four months. She was born Dec. 11, 1845 near Andrew and her home had always been in that community. Her husband, J.S. Spencer, died 26 years ago, and for the past 18 years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Edith Tebben. Besides the daughter she is survived by one son Ed Spencer of Sioux City, also fourteen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Nichols of Berkley, Calif. Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the late home in Andrew, Rev. E.H. Doerring officiating. Burial was made in the Andrew cemetery.  

1938 Sarah Vandolah Sites -- # Obituary 29 JUN 1938 OH, Butler Co, Hamilton -- Hamilton Journal-News: Mrs. Sarah Sites, age 87, Community Home, 315 Dayton street, 2 a.m. Wednesday, Mercy hospital.  

1938 Minerva Jane VanDolah Nicholls -- Obituary #1 -- 21 JUL 1938 CA, Alameda Co, Oakland -- Oakland Tribune: Wife of Retired Banker Dies at 85. Mrs. Minerva Nicholls, 85, wife of William Nicholls, retired banker of 846 Mendocino Avenue, died yesterday at her home. Mrs. Nicholls was a native of Iowa and lived for many years at Dutch Flat, moving to Berkeley in 1900. Surviving are her husband, three sons, George V. Nicholls, Arthur W. Nicholls, W. Clyde Nicholls, and a daughter, Mrs. Oscar Thorpe, of Gustine.
Obituary #2 -- San Francisco Examiner, 21 Jul 1938: In Berkeley, Calif. Jul 20, 1938, Minerva, beloved wife of William Nicholls, Jr., mother of George V., Arthur W. and William Clyde Nicholls and Anna May Thorpe, grandmother of Myrtle May Nicholls, Bruce and Billy Nicholls; a native of Iowa, aged 85 years; a member of Placer Chapter No. 49, O.E.F., and Golden Rule Lodge, No. 68 Rebekahs. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, July 22nd, at 2 o'clock, at Dutch Flat, Calif. Hull & Durgin Services.  

1938 Gertrude Hale Miller Bittner -- obituary 1 -- 27 JAN 1938 IA, Jackson Co, Bellevue -- Bellevue Leader: Relatives and the many friends of Mrs. A.C. Bittner were greatly shocked when the word was spread here of her death at 2:30 o'clock Monday in her home at York, Penn., following an illness of several days. The body will be brought to Bellevue early Friday morning and will repose in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Zentner until the hour of the funeral, which has been set for 1:15 o'clock. The services will be conducted in the Zentner home by the Rev. C. Vin White of Dubuque and burial will be made in the VanDolah family lot at Andrew. Mrs. Bittner, "Gert", as everybody knew her, was a daughter of the late A.E. Miller and Alice VanDolah, both natives of Andrew, and was born Sept. 16, 1884 in the old town of Lyons and lived there until her marriage on April 26, 1906 to A.C. Bittner of Bellevue. They lived in Bellevue for some time also at various other places before going to York, Penn., in 1923, where they have since resided. Everybody liked Mrs. Bittner. She was one of those wholesome characters who made you feel better for having met her and her cheery disposition and hearty laughter made her welcome at every hearthstone she frequented. Her home was never blessed with children so she spent much of her time in doing good for others. Her survivors are her husband and cousins in Clinton, Andrew and Bellevue and a host of friends.
-- Obituary 2 -- 3 FEB 1938 IA, Jackson Co, Bellevue -- Bellevue Leader: The funeral of Mrs. A.C. Bittner, who died at York, Pa., Monday of last week was held here Friday afternoon. The Rev. C. Vin White of Dubuque conducted the services in the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Geo. Zentner and was assisted by the choir of the Presbyterian church. Those attending the casket were William VanDanAcker, George Weyhgandt, John Kamp, Dr. C.L. Veach, Theodore Neu and Clarence Ehrhardt. The burial was made in the Andrew cemetery with the following pallbearers: J.H. Mohlenhoff, M.A. Butterworth, Cecil March, Frank Baker and J.A. Janssen. Those from out of town who came for the last rites were Mr. and Mrs. Harry McKinley, Charles A. Baker, M.L. Ohsann, Miss Grace McKinley, Miss Mildred McKinley, Charles McKinley, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Smith, Mrs. Fred S. McKinley, Mrs. G.L. Ohsann, Mrs. Clara Wulf, all of Clinton; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Siegel, Mrs. Mabel Kimball, Mrs. John A. Janssen, Mrs. John Goettler, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Gnade, Mrs. Edith Tebben, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Seigel, Mr. and Mrs. Art Tebben, all of Andrew; L.J. Streuser of Preston; Mrs. Chester Hogan of Rockford, Ill.; Mrs. L.B. Wertz and daughter Rosemary of Dubuque and Mr. and Mrs. Agaard of Dubuque.  

1943 John Chart Baker -- obituary -- 16 JUL 1943 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Herald: J. Chart Baker, 70, died in Mt. Pleasant Thursday following an illness of two years. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Shadduck funeral home. Mr. Baker was born Aug. 28, 1872 in Andrew, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Baker. He later moved to Clinton and has lived here for the past 52 years, residing in later years with his sister, Mrs. G.T. Ohsann, 238 Sixth Avenue, South. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ohsann and Mrs. Georgia Gleason, both of Clinton; one brother, Clyde Baker of Clinton; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents. The body will repose in the funeral home until the time of the services. The Rev. F.G. Williams of the Grace church will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery.  

1944 Benjamin Franklin VanDolah -- obituary -- # 30 APR 1944 IL, Cook Co, Chicago -- Chicago Tribune: Benjamin F. Van Dolah, suddenly, Friday, April 28, 1944, beloved husband of Mary, fond father of Delos. Resting at funeral parlors, 7509 Stony Island Avenue, until Sunday, 11 p.m. Interment Lexington, Ill.  

1950 Clyde Alton Baker -- obituary -- 30 MAY 1950 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Herald: Clyde A. Baker, 80, 2529 North Fourth Street, died at six a.m. today in Jane Lamb hospital where he had been a patient for two days. The body reposes in the Shadduck funeral home where services will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. F.G. Williams of Grace Episcopal church officiating. Mr. Baker was born July 24, 1869, the son of the late Albert and Sarah Baker, at Lamotte, Iowa. He came to this city at the age of 19, remaining in the Clinton area for the rest of his life. He spent eleven years farming in Bolgers Hollow, and for many years was foreman of the Clinton Street Railway company. He married the former Eleanora Toedt on June 7, 1893. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Carl Smith (Coral) of Clinton; Carl V. Baker, Clinton; Albert and Thelma, at home; Mrs. John Ward (Georgia), and Mrs. Glenn Fletcher, (Nola), both of Morrison, Ill. Also one sister, Mrs. Georgia Gleason, three grandchildren, Dale and Phyllis Baker, Clinton, and Jane Fletcher Morrison, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mrs. G.T. Ohsamm, and one brother, Chart Baker.  

1951 Josephine Evelyn Pirtle Robinson -- Obituary -- 9 JUN 1951 MO, Jackson Co, Kansas City -- Kansas City Times: Robinson, Mrs. Josephine E., 5234 Scarritt, died June 8, 1951. Survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Grace Schoor of the home; Mrs. Clara A. Hendricks, 210 E. 33rd st.; Mrs. Lola Heisel, 3214 Forest; and 1 brother, Jack Pirtle, New Haven, Conn. Services in the Wagner Chapel, Linwood blvd. and Wyandotte, Monday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Burial, Memorial Park Cemetery. Wagner Funeral Home. -- (Note: She raised the children of her sister, Sarah Elizabeth (Pirtle) Duncan (census: 1900-the two children are Kelly Otinis Duncan and Jesse Claud Duncan, being raised by aunt Josephine Pirtle Clawson).)  

1953 William Clyde Nicholls -- Obituary -- 5 JUN 1953 CA, Alameda Co, Oakland -- Oakland Tribune: In San Francisco, June 3, 1953, William Clyde, beloved husband of Louise M. Micholls; loving father of Bruce M. Nicholls of San Jose and William P. Nicholls; brother of George V. and Arthur W. Nicholls and Mrs. Anna May Thorpe; grandfather of Doliene and Norman Nicholls. A native of California, aged 63 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend funeral services Saturday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m. at the Fruitvale Chapel of the Clarence N. Cooper Mortuaries, 1580 Fruitvale Avenue.  

1958 Harry Marion McKinley -- Obituary -- 14 MAR 1958 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Herald: Harry M. McKinley, 68, 722 S. 7th St., died in Jane Lamb Hospital where he had been a patient for the past three weeks. The body is in the Snell-Smith funeral home where friends may begin calling at 7:30 p.m. today. Funeral services are planned for Saturday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Dr. Bruce McCullough of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Springdale cemeery. Harry McKinley was born on May 4, 1889 in Bellevue, the son of Charles and Jerusha VanDolah McKinley. He was married Dec. 17, 1912, in Moline, Ill., to Anna Diesing. He was a brakeman for the Chicago and North Western railroad company and a member of the B. of R.T. 183. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church, and a resident of Clinton for the past 65 years. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. LeRoy (Mildred) Witt, R.F.D. Clinton, and Mrs. Marvin (Grace) Parry, Burlington; one son, Charles McKinley, Brownsville, Pa; 13 grandchildren, and one brother, Fred S. McKinley, Clinton. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.  

1958 George VanDolah Nicholls -- Obituary -- 4 SEP 1958 CA, San Francisco Co, San Francisco -- San Francisco Examiner: In San Francisco, September 2, 1958, George V. Nicholls, husband of Lena Nicholls, father of Myrtle Nicholls, brother of Arthur Nicholls, Anna Nicholls Thorpe and the late William Clyde Nicholls; a native of Iowa, aged 81 years. A hardware merchant at 34th & Potrero Ave. for over 50 years. Private funeral services were held Wednesday, September 3 at Anderson's, Valencia St. at 25th St. Interment, Olivet Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 300 Lake St.  

1958 Jewell VanDolah Starr -- obituary -- # 27 NOV 1958 CA, Alameda Co, Oakland -- Oakland Tribune: Starr, Jewel, at her home, 5393-A Bryant Avenue, Oakland, November 25, 1958, beloved wife of the late William Starr; loving mother of Mrs. LaBelle Longo of Oakland; dear grandmother of William Ralph Longo; loving mother-in-law of Ralph Longo. A native of Illinois, aged 79 years. A farewell service to which all friends are welcome will be held Friday, November 28 at 1:30 p.m., in the Berkeley Chapel of the Little Chapel of the Flowers (Hull & Sons), 3051 Adeline Street at Ashby Station. Concluding services, Cypress Lawn Cemetery. The Rev. James A. Andrews will officiate.  

1965 Georgia Florence Baker Gleason -- obituary -- 7 JUL 1965 IA, Clinton Co, Clinton -- Clinton Herald: Mrs. Georgia B. Gleason 84, formerly of Clinton, died at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday in Albuquerque N.M. after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Saddduck funeral home with the Rev. Gordon P. Roberts of the Grace Episcopal church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:30 p.m. Thursday. She was born July 26, 1880, in Andrew, the daughter of Albert and Sarah VanDalah Baker. Georgia Florence Baker lived in Clinton until about 25 years ago when she moved to Albuquerque to live with her daughter. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Sam (Lorraine) Sterrett of Albuquerque; three grand-children, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son and two brothers.  

1966 Arthur Wallace Nicholls -- Obituary -- 23 OCT 1966 CA, San Francisco Co, San Francisco -- San Francisco Examiner: In Berkeley Oct. 21, 1966, Arthur W. Nicholls, beloved brother of Mrs. Anna Nicholls Thorpe of Berkeley, devoted uncle of Miss Myrtle M. Nicholls of San Francisco, Bruce M. Nicholls of Oakland and William P. Nicholls of Victorville, Calif., a graduate of the University of California, class '04; a native of California, aged 87 years; a member of the Union League of San Francisco. Friends may call to view remains through Tuesday, Oct. 25, 1966, at the Little Chapel of the Flowers, 3051 Adeline St. at Ashby, Berkeley. Graveside services, 2 p.m. Oct 29, Dutch Flat Cemetery, Dutch Flat, Calif.  

1967 Blanche Stoll VanDolah (wife of Sheridan Louis VanDolah) -- obituary #1 -- # 29 MAY 1967 GA, Fulton Co, Atlanta -- Journal and Constitution: Van Dolah -- Mrs. Louis Sheridan, of 2862 Lenox Rd. NE, died May 27, 1967. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. S.V. Mollencamp, Atlanta; son, Mr. Louis S. Vandolah, Mexico; seven grandchildren. The remains were taken to Washington, Ill for funeral services. H.M. Petterson & Son, Spring Hill.
-- obituary #2 -- 1 JUN 1967 IL, Tazewell Co -- Unknown newspaper: Graveside rites for Mrs. Blanche S. Van Dolah, 87, a former Washington resident who last made her home at Macon, Ga., will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Glen Dale cemetery. Rev. Lloyd Barnard, pastor of the United Methodist church here, will officiate. Mrs. Van Dolah died on May 27, 1967. Habecker Mortuary has charge of arrangements. A native of Washington, she was born in 1882, the daughter of Dayton and Carolyn Tanton Stoll. Prior to her marriage to Sheridan Van Dolah, she taught classes at both Washington High and grade schools. After her marriage, she and her husband moved to Lexington, Ill., where she spent most of her adult life. Mrs. Van Dolah is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Mollenkamp of Atlanta, Ga., a son, Sheridan Van Dolah of Mexico; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Longnecker.  

1972 Anna May Nicholls Thorpe -- Obituary -- 29 OCT 1972 CA, Alameda Co, Oakland -- Oakland Tribune: Thorpe, Anna May, in Oakland, October 26, 1972, beloved wife of the late Oscar E. Thorpe; loving aunt of Bruce M. and William P. Nicholls; sister of the late George V., Arthur W., and William Clyde Nicholls. A native of California, a member of Placer Chapter No. 49 O.E.S. of Dutch Flat. Private services were held at the East Oakland Chapel. Grant Miller Mortuaries, 2372 East 14th St. Oakland.


1882 Anice VanDolah and Edward Miller -- # 19 JAN 1882 in IA, Jackson Co -- Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, 19 Jan 1882: We learn that Edward Miller and Miss Alice Vandoler are to be married this evening, as I see the license was issued last week. There is to be a grand ball at the Court House Hall in honor of the event. Particulars next week.

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