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Senator Samuel Casey and his Catfish

Illinois Senator Samuel Casey is my husband's 1st cousin 5x removed ... and he liked catfish.  Senator Samuel Casey Samuel King Casey was born on June 27, 1817 in Smith County (now White County), Tennessee to Zadok Casey and Rachel King. Later that same year, the Casey family moved to what is now Jefferson County in Illinois, becoming early settlers and ultimate founders of Mt. Vernon. In 2004 a newspaper article written by local history lover and writer Ben Gelman, the ...

Jake and Anna, from start to finish

Just one photo. Is that really all I get to pick for week 14 of 52 Ancestors? Too bad. I'm picking two! Each photo is of my great-great grandparents, Jake and Anna Mueller.  Jacob Mueller was born in 1870 in St. Clair County, Illinois to Jacob and Dorothea Mueller. Anna was born three years later in Jackson County, Illinois to Jacob and Anna Margaret Neumann.  I chuckled when I realized Anna's parents were also Jacob and Anna!  This is Jake and Anna's wedding ...

St. Peters Cemetery, St. Clair County, IL

I have been fascinated with cemeteries for as long as I can remember. It feels a little morbid, but there is great history lurking among the grave markers! I've wandered through my fair share of cemeteries, too ... sometimes just to imagine the lives of those buried in them. As the family genealogy nut (one of them, anyway), I've often visited a specific cemetery to document family history. Such was the case when JD and I visited St. Peters Cemetery in St. Clair County, ...

52 Ancestors #30: From Germany to Mud Creek, Illinois

As I continue to answer the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge set forth by Amy Johnson Crow over at “No Story Too Small”, I find myself doing more and more research on ancestors I know very little about. I’m determined to make it to number 52, but I think it’s going to take longer than 52 weeks! *** I’ve been working on my Grandma Raines’ line these last few weeks. Earlier this week, I made a bit of a breakthrough and traced Grandma’s own great grandmother’s (Louisa ...

52 Ancestors #27: Sophia Arnold of Lenzburg, Illinois

Sophia Fredericka Arnold was barely 6 months old when she arrived in New York on June 19, 1843 from Hamburg, Germany. She came to America with her parents, Leonard and Christine; two sisters Katharine and Barbara; and a brother, George. Sophia is my maternal 3rd great grandmother.   While the Arnold family is found on the Sir Isaac Newton passenger list, this contradicts local lore that the family arrived in New Orleans and traveled up the Mississippi River to Illinois. Sophia ...