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New Updates - Illinois Trails Lee County http://genealogytrails.com/ill/lee/
Charles F. Furley - Contributed by Elsie Harman
Henry C. Schuccker - Contributed by Suzy Smucker Wert
Thummel - Researcher Lenora Sroka
Schumucker/Smoker/Smucker - Researcher Suzy Wert
Emma Folk - Contributed by Brenda Buck
Everyone have a great 4th of July --
Thanks to Brenda Buck, Elsie Harman and Suzy Smucker for their contributions..
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Only two defining forces have ever died for you,
Jesus Christ and the American Soldier
One died for your soul; the other for your freedom
Since I last wrote I have added histories for the following towns in Lee County, Illinois.
Most of these are small but do talk about some of the early settlers in each township. All history files that I have for Illinois may be found with this link:
Today I added histories for Dixon (Township and City) and Harmon Township to my web site.
The history for Dixon is rather long and will be going online on 4 pages. At this time I have the first 2 pages online. The subjects covered in these two are:
Part 1 - The Ogee Ferry Established — Arrival Of John Dixon and family — Other Early Settlers — Goverment Land Office at Dixon — The Town Incorporated - Importamt Events in Local History — Visitation of Cholera Scourge — Disastrous Fires — Sketch of “Father” John Dixon.
Part 2 - Distingused Visitors — Lincoln and Jeff Davis — Church History.
Like all the history files that I have for Illinois that may be found with this link:
Today I added histories for the Townships of East Grove and Hamilton to my web site.
These like the others that I have online for Lee County are rather short. I have started on Dixon but that will take a while. The history that I have for Dixon is long and will take a while to do, but names almost everyone in the Township and City before 1900. With being in a heat wave and no AC whare my work computer is I am not going to rush that one or the unfinished ones that I have to do for Cook County.
All the history files that I have for Illinois may be found at this link:
My pursuit is church records, possibly in Lee County, possibly in Bureau
In Illinois in 1868, was it necessary to obtain one's marriage license in
the county where the marriage was to be performed?
The marriage license of Henry Stirtz, various spellings, and Anna
Fischer/Fischer was obtained in Princeton, Bureau County, 28 Feb 1868. The
return is not dated.
The clergyman was C. Gagstätter, and I found him on the 1870 census in Lee
Center, Lee County, Chas. Gagstetter, born Wuerttemburg.
What church did the Rev. Mr. Gagstetter serve? Was it in Lee Center? To the
best of my knowledge, the family was German Evangelical or possibly
Many documents including a 1925 Iowa census where she herself states that
her father's name was Karl Niederbracker, state that Anna's maiden name was
a variation of Niederbracker; and only one other, her youngest son's
California death certificate, gives her name as Fisher.
A Wilhelm? Fischer gives permission for his daughter to marry.
I believe that church records would help to clear up the name discrepancy.
Perhaps Anna was Fischer's step-daughter.
Lila Niemann Garner