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I'm looking for informationon a James and Mary Carter Black. Migrated to Lee
county in 1851-54 from Columbia or Northumberland Co. PA. Apparently there
was one huge group from Northumberland migrated all at once. Included was
Mary Carter Black's mother Anna Marie Vandling Carter Shell (Vandling maiden
name, carter 1st husand and Shell 2nd husband). Cany anyone tell me about
this migration? And especially anything about Anna Marie. She had one son
James who served in the Civil War from Dixon as did grandson, William Black.
Also son Peter V. Shell. We know James migrated to Nebraska. Some to
sourthwest Missouri or southeast Kansas. Would love to hear from any of this
family and from anyone who knows something about this mass migration from PA.
Thanks. Millie Conrad
I am looking for some information on William Dempster who was born in
Scotland about 1820/25. His parents were Thomas Dempster and Margaret (Lees)
Dempster (my 3rd gr. grandparents). His wife was named Nancy and she was
born abt. 1833 in NY. They were probably married about 1850, place unknown.
His children were Frank b. 1852 in MI, Libbie b. 1859 in MI and William b.
1864 in IL. In 1870 they were living in Kane Co., IL in the City of Aurora.
William worked for the Great Western Railroad and was killed when the train
he was riding on crushed him between the train and a bridge. (family
records) He was killed in Amboy, IL.
I have not been able to find this family after 1870 (census). I do not know
what year he was killed. Does anyone have any sources to find out about this
or is anyone researching this or any other Dempster family?? They could be
related to this Dempster family.
Elizabeth (Powell) STAPLES died in Dixon in 1948. Is there a death index I could check for the exact date?
She is entombed in the Oakwood Memorial Mausoleum next to her husband Joseph W. STAPLES, a Dixon undertaker. The date on the "plaque" has only the year.
I was hoping to get her death certificate free from the State Archives but I think I'll need the exact date.
Thanks for any information on how to go about this.
Linda McDowell in Southern CA