Casefile Clues

16 July 2011

My 16 great-great-grandparents

I rarely try these, but I decided to try Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun and post information about my great-great-grandparents.


16) Samuel Neill, born 1838 probably County Derry, Ireland. Married in 1865 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. Samuel died in 1912 in St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

17) Anna Murphy, born about 1840 in Ireland. Died in St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

18) Riley Rampley, born 1835 Coshocton County, Ohio. Married in 1867 in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois, which is where he died in 1893.

19) Nancy Jane Newman, born 8 July 1846 Milroy, Rush County, Indiana. Died 1923 West Point, Hancock County, Illinois

20) John Michael Trautvetter born in 1839 in Wohlmuthausen, Thuringen, Germany. Married in 1868 in Tioga, Hancock County, Illinois. He died in 1917 in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

21) Franciska Bieger, born 1851 in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois. She died in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

22) Ira William Sargent, born about 1843 in Ontario, Canada (probably near Darlington). Married Davis County, Iowa 1870. He died in 1916 in Limestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois.

23) Ellen Butler, born about 1856. Died after 1880.

24) Johann Ufkes, born 1838 Holtrop, Ostfriesland, Germany. Married in 1873 in Harmony Township, which is where he died in 1924.

25) Noentje Lena Grass, born in 1848 in Backemoor, Ostfriesland, Germany. Died in 1902 in Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

26) Jans Jurgens Janssen, born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1856. Married in Adams County, Illinois, in 1888. Jans died in Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois in 1929.

27) Fredericka Maria Sartorius, born 1865 near Golden, Adams County, Illinois, died in 1913 in Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois.

28) Jann Mimka Habben born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1859. Married in Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1881. Died in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois in 1939.

29) Anke Hinrichs Fecht, born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1860. Died in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1941.

30) Foche Jansen Goldenstein, born 1857 in Wrisse, Ostfriesland, Germany. Married in 1882 in Coatsburg, Adams County, Illinois. Died in 1913 in Golden, Adams County, Illinois.

31) Anna Margaret Dirks, born 1861 in Honey Creek Township, Adams County, Illinois. Died in 1932 in Golden, Adams County, Illinois.


The chart was not a real surprise.

Birth Place Pie Chart

I tend to like fractions:
  • 1/8 Ireland
  • 1/16 Ohio
  • 1/16 Indiana
  • 1/16 Canada
  • 1/16 Thuringen
  • 1/16 Unknown
  • 3/16 Illinois
  • 3/8 Ostfriesland
Actually 3 of my great-great-grands were born in the same Ostfriesian village--Wiesens.

Places of death in the case of my sixteen great-great-grandparents are even more homogeneous. The vast majority died in Hancock County, Illinois. Breaking the individuals up by state would have been rather silly as all but one died in Illinois.
For those who like fractions, the death locations work out:
  • 3/4 Hancock County, Illinois
  • 1/8 Adams County, Illinois
  • 1/16 Peoria County, Illinois
  • 1/16 Unknown
Of the twelve who died in Hancock County, Illinois, most died within 8 miles of each other.

I think in a later post mapping out the locations might be neat.