Richland County

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Although we are no longer using this system, past queries are provided in case you find them helpful.

2019 Oct 18

I grew up in Richland County, Il - German Twp (Stringtown area). Now live in Arizona. Am writing a history of my family and have a question on the historical name of Stringtown. Somewhere in all the various writings I’ve come across on various websites about the county’s history, I seem to recall that Stringtown had a name change at one time, where the name was changed to “Eden” (guessing here as I’m not certain of this alternate name”), but then the name was subsequently reverted back to Stringtown. Am thinking this took place back in 1830s, maybe? Not sure.

My problem is I cannot find this story again, now, and would like to add it to my family’s history book. Can you point me to where that story of the name-change can be found, or otherwise tell me where I might search?

Thanks in advance. Like this site. You guys have done a nice job with it. Just referenced one of the bios in my family story. Great!!

Mel Hahn

2019 Feb 07

I am a DAR registrar that is trying to help out a prospective member who has hit a brick wall. Looking for any information on a Anna Minerva HICKLE DONAT WHORTON pertaining to finally obtaining a copy of a death certificate. We do not know if her last married name is WHORTON as we cannot find anything on her after her 1901 marriage to Joseph H WHORTON. This is what we have:

Gender: Female
Age: 48
Birth Date: abt 1851
Marriage Date: 6 Oct 1899
Marriage Place: Richland, Illinois, USA
Father: Geo HICKLE
Mother: Melvina HOLDEN
Spouse: David F BUSSARD
Film Number: 001221094

1900 Federal Census
Name: Annie BUSSARD
Age: 49
Birth Date: Feb 1857
Birthplace: West Virginia
Home in 1900: Decker, Richland, Illinois
Sheet Number: 1
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 5
Family Number: 5
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital status: Married
Spouse's name: David A BUSSARD
Marriage Year: 1873
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia

Gender: Female
Age: 51
Birth Date: abt 1850
Marriage Date: 20 Nov 1901
Marriage Place: Richland, Illinois, USA
Father: George HINKLE
Mother: Melvina OLDHAM
Spouse: Jno H WHORTON
Film Number: 001221094

Name: Joseph H WHORTON
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 20 Nov 1901
Marriage Place: Richland, Illinois, USA
Spouse Name: Anna M DONAT
Spouse Gender: Female

Name: Anna M DONAT
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 20 Nov 1901
Marriage Place: Richland, Illinois, USA
Spouse Name: Joseph H WHORTON
Spouse Gender: Male

Can you advise us where to look next? Might you have a record somewhere that could help direct us?
Thank you for any help,
Lynne Skead

2018 Jul 26

I'm working to locate where Cara B. RUNYON DOB 3 Jan 1904, DOD 4 Jan 1904 is buried at in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, aka Blain Cemetery. Her parents were Jason S. RUNYON and Francis Emmaline HARMON. The reason for locating her is the desire to place a headstone. Thank you, Angela Rodesky

Cara Runyon
BIRTH 3 Jan 1904
Richland County, Illinois, USA
DEATH 4 Jan 1904 (aged 1 day)
Richland County, Illinois, USA
Sugar Creek Cemetery
Richland County, Illinois, USA
MEMORIAL ID 32524225 · View SourceMaintained by: Kathy (Kuenstler) Hursta ღ
Originally Created by: Wayne Runyan
Added: 30 Dec 2008
Find A Grave Memorial 32524225

2017 Oct 25

Hi, My name is Valerie Boehne, and I live in El Paso, IL. I just started to become in my genealogy. My great-grandfather/grandmother were Edward & Hulda RICHARDSON. Edward was the editor of the Olney newspaper in the early 1900s. I have numerous information about Edward/Hulda on Find a Grave and I found my 2nd great grandparents on Find a Grave - Thomas H & Eliza Jane RICHARDSON. I am interested if anyone has specific information and sources on Thomas H.'s birth and his parents. I did a two week trial with Ancestry and they connected me to a Thomas and Henrietta (JARBOE) RICHARDSON but gave no source. Can anyone help me with this inquiry? Thanks! Valerie Boehne, El Paso, IL


Nancy Ann Bullard, born 1798 in NC, daughter of John Bullard Jr.; died 1876, in Olney, Richland county, Illinois. She married Thomas Shields [he died in 1830]; William Lynch [he died in Lawrence Co. 1835]; and Ransom Higgins [he died in 1850]. These photos belonged to her daughter, Mary Melissa Shields, who married John P. Butler in Olney 1844. She was related to dozens of families in Richland County including Bullards, Stewarts, Ratcliffs, Shields, Lynchs, LaFoes, etc.

The first and last photo were taken at Jacob Rush Studio in Olney. The photo of the woman was taken at Bush Studio in Olney.

If you know any of the people in these photos, or have an idea about their identity, please let us know.

Contributed by Shirley Mofield.

Mystery Lady

Taken c. 1900, unidentified woman may be related to the Vannasdallen or Shirley families of Richland County. Ann's SHIRLEY family lived/died in Parkerburg. Her gr-gr-gr grandmother Sarah Anna Vannasdallen SHIRLEY looks similiar to this woman, so maybe they were sisters. Or this woman could possibly have been a sibling to Sarah's husband David Ambrose Shirley. Both Sarah and David were born ca 1850.

If anyone can identify this woman, or recognizes anything about this picture, please let us know.

Contributed by Ann.

From Scott

This photo may be of a church group or youth group. It is in poor condition, and was found in the bottom of a box, subject to the ravages of time and a bit of water over the years. If you can help with identification, please let us know.

This postcard style photo was included in a scrapbook of Olney pictures. Anyone with an old City Directory from the early 1900's have a listing for the Hall Miller Oil company? Maybe any information on the owners?

Contributed by Scott Burow. These two photos were in a box of that belonged to his Grandmother (Dorothea McFarland) and Great Grandmother (Florence Ratcliffe) of Olney. The Miller family is connected to his Ratcliff family. It's likely that this Miller may be a distant relative of his family.

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