Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dewitt Lennon and the Swoose

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

I'm a day late with honoring Veteran's Day. I do not have many photographs of my immediate ancestors serving in uniform because generationally they missed all the American Wars except the Revolution, the Civil War, and WWI. This is a photograph of my Uncle Dewitt Lennon, standing second from the right in the back row, with the crew of the Swoose, taken in Italy in 1944.

Dewitt Lennon, second from the right in the back row, with the crew of the Swoose
in Italy 1944

My uncle flew 57 missions as a B-17 waist gunner in Europe during WWII, earning "four awards of the Air Medal for his meritorious actions while engaged in aerial combat" (source: obituary). The Swoose was a rebuilt B-17D that was nicknamed "half swan and half goose," or Swoose. The inspiration was a quirky little song called "Alexander the Swoose" that was popular at the time (see below). She flew under the command of Frank Kurtz in both the Pacific and European theaters for the duration of the war. Today, the Swoose is the oldest surviving B-17 and the only D model in existence. It is being restored at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Fairborn, Ohio.

Frank Kurtz, named his daughter Swoosie Kurtz, who was born while he was serving during the war, after the Swoose.

"Alexander the Swoose" by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sarah (King) Brundage - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Sarah Caroline King, daughter of Sarah (Earnest) and John King, married Daniel H. Brundage on 30 Nov 1854 in Sangamon County, Illinois. She was born 12 May 1837 in Sangamon County, Illinois and died on 11 Jan 1894 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Husband, Daniel H. Brundage was born Oct 1834 and died 25 Sept 1905 in Springfield County, Illinois. He is buried beside his wife, "Caroline," in Greenwood Cemetery.

Shortly after their marriage, the Brundages removed to Dallas County, Texas, where Daniel paid taxes in 1857 and the family is found on the 1860 census.

D.H. Brundage paid taxes in Dallas County, Texas in 1857.

1860, Prct. #7, Dallas County, Texas:

Brundage, D.H. 25 M b. IL
-----Sarah C. 23 b. IL
-----Elizabeth A. 5 b. IL
-----Sarah F. 2 b. TX
-----Chas E. 0 M b. TX

By 1862, the Brundages had returned to Illinois, where daughter, Adeline was born about 1862. However, they removed to the Topeka, Kansas area sometime before 1870.

1 July 1870, Topeka Ward 1, Shawnee County, Kansas, P.O.: Topeka:

Brundage, D.H. 36 M W Keeper Boarding House $1,400-$0 b. IL
-----C. 34 F W Keeping house b. IL
-----Alice 14 F W b. IL
-----Nancy 12 F W b. TX
Burndage, Charles 10 M W b. TX
-----Adaline 8 F W b. IL
-----Albert 6 M W b. IL
-----Carolina 3 F W b. IL

1 June 1880, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, p. 707:

Brundage, Daniel W M 50 Laborer b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Sarah W F 45 wife Keeps house b. IL fb. NC mb. NC
-----Charles W M 20 son Farm hand b. TX fb. IL mb. IL
-----Adeline W F 17 dau At Home b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Albert W M 15 Work in Grocery b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Joseph W M 7 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
----Noah W M 4 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

Son Joseph was born born in Kansas in 1872, which is not reflected in the 1880 census.

1 June 1900, Third Pct, 1228 E. Eight St., Springfield, Sangamon Co., IL:

Brundage, Charles Head W M Mar 1860 40 M-17 b. TX fb. IL mb. IL
-----Ruth Wife W F Dec 1861 38 M-17 2-2 b. IL fb. MO mb. IL
-----Claude son W M July 1885 14 S b. IL fb. TX mb. IL
-----Ethel dau W F Jan 1891 9 S b. IL fb. TX mb. IL
-----Daniel H. father W M Oct 1834 65 Wd b. IL fb. OH mb. VA

Obituaries for Sarah Caroline (King) Brundage:

BRUNDAGE--At her home in Decatur, Thursday, Jan. 11, of inflammation of the bowels, Mrs. Sarah C. Brundage, aged 56 years.

The deceased was born near this city, but for several years past has been a resident of Decatur. She leaves to mourn her loss seven children: Charles, Bert, Joseph and Miss Nora [sic] Brundage and Mrs. Alice Ford, all of Decatur; Mrs. Fannie Morrison, of Chatham, and Mrs. Ida Hart, of Colorado. The funeral occurred at 1 p.m. Saturday from the residence in Decatur .
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues., Jan. 16, 1894]

"Mrs. Brundage"
Mrs. Sarah C. Brundage, wife of D.H. Brundage, died Thursday, Jan. 11th, after a brief illness of inflammation of the bowels, aged 56 years. Mrs. Brundage was taken ill on Sunday and grew rapidly worse. She leaves a husband and seven children, all grown. They are Charles, Bert, Joseph and Noah Brundage and Mrs. Alice Ford of Decatur and Mrs. Fannie Morrison and Mrs. Ada Hart of Colorado.

Mrs. Brundage was born near Springfield, May 12, 1837, but for many years has been a resident of Decatur. She was an excellent Christian woman and a host of friends will mourn her death.
[Source: The Weekly-Herald Dispatch; Decatur, Illinois; Sat 20 Jan. 1894]

Obituaries for Husband Daniel H. Brundage:

Mortuary. Brundage - At the residence of his son, Bird Brundage, 116 West Carpenter street, at 4 a.m., Monday, Sept. 25, 1905, Daniel H. Brundage, aged 70 years and 10 months.

Mr. Brundage was born on a farm ten miles west of the city and resided there all his life. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Brundage, who were among the earliest settlers of this county, settling on land where the deceased was born and reared. In 1855 Mr. Brundage was united in marriage to Miss Sarah King, who died twelve years ago. Mr. Brundage had enjoyed good health up until a short time ago, and about ten days ago was taken ill with paralysis and was removed to St. John's hospital, but last Saturday his condition was such that he was removed to the home of his son, where his death occurred yesterday.

The deceased is survived by four sons, Charles and Bird Brundage of this city, Joseph and Noah Brundage, who reside in Davenport, Ia.; also by two daughters, Mrs. Addie Hart of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mrs. Conrad who lives in Iowa.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues. 26 Sept 1905]

Brundage--The funeral of Daniel Brundage took place at 10 o'clock yesterday morning from the residence of the deceased's son, Bird Brundage, 116 Carpenter street, the Rev. D.G. Bradford pastor of the Portuguese Presbyterian church, officiating. At 2 o'clock in the afternoon the remains were sent to Decatur where the interment was made.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Wed. 27 Sept 1905]

Brundage marriage and divorce records:

Joe Brundage, age 24, born in Topeka, Kansas, son of D.H. Brundage and Caroline Sarah King, married Viola Lee Shimer, age 27, born in Hillsboro, lllinois, daughter of J.H. Shimer and Lititia Harris, on 1 Jan 1896 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa.

Albert Brundage Sues for Divorce
Albert Brundage wants a divorce from his wife, Laura Brundage. He filed suit yesterday afternoon in the circuit court, alleging desertion. The couple married in 1887 and lived together until 1897 when, the complainant alleges, Mrs. Brundage left him.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, Illinois; Tues. 19 Jan 1904]

Albert Brundage, aged 39, Springfield twp; and Josephine DeFrates, aged 44, 908 East Adams street.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues. 29 March 1904]

Noah Brundage, son of Daniel H. and Caroline King, age 29, born in Springfield, Illinois married Nellie E. Murray, age 30, born in Scott County, daughter of James E. Murray and Hattie E. Vieno, on 8 Feb 1905 in Buffalo, Scott County, Iowa.

Brundage - Upton--Married, at 8 o'clock Thursday evening, Jan 2, 1913, at the home of the bride, Judge J.B. Weaver officiating, Albert Brundage, 116 West Carpenter street, and Mary Frances Upton, 121 West Madison street.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Fri 3 Jan 1913]

Death records of Sarah (King) Brundage's children and their spouses:

Brundage - Mrs. Ethel Urban of this city, and Mrs. M. Broadus, of Decatur, have returned home from Excelsior Springs, Mo., where they attended the funeral of Charles E. Brundage, formerly of this city, which was held last week at Excelsior. Mrs. Urban is a daughter of Mr. Brundage. Mr. Brundage is also survived by three brothers, two of whom reside here, namely, Bert and Noah Brundage.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues. 16 Nov 1909]

Albert C. Brundage born 7 Sept 1864 in Illinois; died 27 June 1922 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois. Father: David Brundage b. IL. Mother: Caroline King b. IL. Occupation: trucker. Wife: Mary. Buried 30 June 1922. Oak Ridge Cemetery.
[Source: Illinios Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947,]

Joe Brundage, aged 60,  died 16 Apr 1933 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. Father: Daniel Brundage. Mother: Caroline King. Wife: Viola Lee Shimer Brundage
[Source: Illinios Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947,]

Brundage--Died at 2:15 o'clock Monday afternoon, Sept 16, 1912, at St. John's hospital following an operation, Mrs. Josephine Brundage, wife of Albert Brundage of 116 West Carpenter street, aged 53 years 1 month and 4 days.

The remains were removed to the residence of her sister, Mrs. Matt Kelly, 414 South Eighth street, where the funeral will be held at an hour to be announced later.

Decedent is survived by her husband, Albert Brundage, 116 West Carpenter street; her aged father, Mr. Miller of Peoria; six sisters, Mrs. Mattie Chase pf Peoria, Mrs. Flo Carrier of Peoria, Mrs. Mary Wilcox of Nebraska, Mrs. Rebecca Simpson of Peoria, Mrs. Anna Smith of Florida and Mrs. Matt Kelly of this city.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, Illinois; Tues. 17 Sept 1912]

Mrs. Mary Brundage
Mrs. Mary Frances Brundage, 67, of 419 W. Mason St., was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m. yesterday at Memorial hospital, after apparently suffering a heart attack.

She was born May 8, 1889, in Springfield, and had resided here all her life. Her husband Albert Cook Brundage, died June 2, 1922. Mrs. Brundage was employed at Memorial hospital.

She is survived by her step-mother, Mrs. Laura Kirby; and two sisters, Miss Ellen E. Jacoby and Mrs. Walter Heiss, both of Springfield.

Mrs. Brundage was member of the Clementine Memorial Presbyterian church.

Remains are at the Vancil funeral home, where services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Rev. Milton W. Mosbacher will officiate and burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 27 Dec 1956]

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Marie (Ingels) Ralston - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Marie Angeline (Ingels) Ralton, daughter of  Elizabeth (King) and John Ingels,  was born 1847 and died 28 June 1913. She married James Ralston born 1840 and died 20 March 1922. Both are buried in the Farmington Cemetery in Farmingdale, Sangamon County, Illinois

Death Caused by Paralysis
Mrs. Marie Ruston [sic] of Farmingdale Summoned
Deceased Was 66 Years Old - Born and Raised in Vicinity of Farmingdale
Two Brothers Live in This City

Ralston - Died, at 8:45 o'clock, Sunday night, June 29, 1913, at the Springfield hospital of paralysis, Mrs. Marie A. Ralston, wife of James H. Ralston, residing one and one-half miles southwest of Farmingdale, aged 66 years and 8 months.

Deceased was born in Farmingdale and had resided in that vicinity all of her life. She was married in 1874 to James Ralston. Surviving are her husband, and three brothers, John P. and James Ingles of this city and Charles K. Ingles of New Berlin.

The remains were removed to the undertaking establishment of E.P. Metcalf in South Fifth street and will later be taken to the family residence, where the funeral services will be held at a time to be announced later.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Mon. 30 June 1913]

Ralston--The funeral services for Mrs. Marie A. Ralston wife of James H. Ralston, who died Sunday at Springfield hospital of paralysis, will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Farmingdale. Friends wishing to view the remains may do so between the hours of 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. today at the undertaking establishment of E. P. Metcalf in South Fifth street. At 4:10 o'clock they will be taken to the family residence at Farmingdale.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Tues., July 1, 1913]

James H. Ralston, 81, Paid Final Tribute
Special to the State Journal.
Pleasant Plains. March 20.--Friends and relatives from throughout central Illinois gathered this afternoon to pay final tribute to the memory of James H. Ralston, 81 years old, who spent his entire life in Sangamon county.

Services were conducted at 1 o'clock at the home of his niece, Mrs. Sophia Irwin of Pleasant Plains, and at 2:30 o'clock at the Presbyterian church in Farmingdale, Rev. Meeker officiating.

Pallbearers were Oscar Whitcomb, Charles Watt, Charles Bomke, J.K. Knudson, Dan Kendall and D.G. Harms. Burial in Farmingdale cemetery.

Surviving are several nephews and nieces living in Sangamon county and the west. He was married in 1874 to Maria Angeline Ingels who died several years ago.
[Souce: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues., Mar. 21, 1922]

Census records for Marie (King) and James H. Ralston:

14 June 1880, Gardner Twp., Sangamon County, IL:

Ralston, James W M 39 Farmer b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Maria W F 28 Wife Keeping house b. IL fb. KY mb. IL
-----Francis W F 78 Mother  b. KY fb. VA mb. VA
-----Elizabeth W F 57 cousin Keeping house b. Ind. fb. KY mb. KY
-----William W M 61 cousin Gardening b. KY fb. KY mb. KY
Engls, Elizabeth W F 18 s-i-l Teacher b. IL fb. KY mb. IL

Dumephry, John W M 18 Laborer Farm laborer b. IL fb. IL mb. IL

7 June 1900, Gardner Twp., Sangamon County, IL:

Ralston, James H. Head W M Aug 1840 59 M-21 b. IL fb.TN mb. KY
-----Mariah A. Wife M F Nov 1847 52 M-21 1-0 b. IL fb. KY mb. IL
Ingles John b-i-l W M Sept 1819 80 Wd b. KY fb. KY mb. VA
Morgan, John bo boz W M Sept 1887 12 S b. KS fb. IL mb. IL

Jeremiah King - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Jeremiah King, son of Sarah (Earnest) and John King, was born 19 Sept 1830 in Sangamon County, Illinois and died 19 March 1922 in Sangamon County, Illinois. He is buried in the Wood Wreath Cemetery in Sangamon County.

An honor roll was taken of the pioneers present, which was made as accurately as possible. One of the interesting characters of the day was Jeremiah King, 88 years of age, the only "snowbird" who was present. Mr. King was born on Sept. 19, 1830, the fall of the year of the big snow. He spent all his life on his farm on the Jacksonville road about twelve miles from Springfield until about twenty-five years ago, when he moved to the city, where he has resided ever since. He now lives on West Monroe street, but state yesterday that each time he visits the old farm on which his son, Roy, now lives, he feels that "somehow that is where he ought to stay." All but one of Mr. King's eight children are at the present time residing in Sangamon county.

In speaking of the days gone by Mr. King said: "I remember the time when the court house was fenced in with rail fence. This rotted away and was replaced with a post and rail structure." Concerning Lincoln, Mr. King said: "Lincoln's statue doesn't look as I  remember him. Perhaps that is because the sculptor couldn't make his great kind heart shine forth. Lincoln was a man with a big heart, once he knew a man he always knew him."
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 29 Aug 1918]

J. King Is Dead At New Berlin
New Berlin, March 19 - Jeremiah King, 91 years old, died at 10 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons at New Berlin. He was the last surviving member of a family of seven, and was a pioneer of Sangamon county having been born in this county September 19, 1830.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons. Burial will be in Wood Wreath cemetery.

He was the father of eleven children, eight of whom survive. They are: Mrs. J.W. Anthony, Bates City, Mo.; Mrs. W.G. Coons, New Berlin; Mrs. D. V. White of Bates City; Edward E. of Farmingdale; Earnest of New Berlin; Mrs. Jessie Houston of Springfield; Otis of New Berlin; Roy of Curran; twenty-three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon. 20 March 1922]

Jeremiah King to be Buried Tomorrow
New Berlin, March 20 - Funeral services for Jeremiah King, 91 years old, who resided in Sangamon county during his entire life, will be conducted at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons. Burial will be in Wood Wreath cemetery.

Mr. King died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter in New Berlin. He was the last survivor of a family of seven. Eight of his eleven children survive.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues. 21 March 1922]

Jeremiah King Will Filed For Probate

Directing executors to sell his property and divide it equally among his sons and daughters, the will of Jeremiah King was filed yesterday morning in the office of Probate Clerk O.G. Addleman.

Recognizing the fact, that several sons and daughters were given property during his life, Mr. King, in his will, directs that the amount that each has received be deducted from his or her share in the estate.

The will names the following heirs: Otis King, Ida B. Anthony, Sadie Coons, Elizabeth White, Edward E. King, Earnest King, Jessie Houston and Ray King. Edward King and Ernest King are named executors. The will was signed March 28, 1902.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 2 April 1922]

7 & 8 June 1880, New Berlin Twp. Sangamon County, Illinois:

King, Jeremiah W M 49 Farmer b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Mary E. W F 36 wife Keepinghouse b. IL fb. KY mb. VA
-----Ida W F 16 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Sarah W F 14 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Anis W F 13 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Elizabeth W F 11 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Edward E. W M 9 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Mary E. W F 7 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Ernest W M 5 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Jesse W M 3 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Otis W M 1 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Eberhardt, John W M 25 Boarder b. IL fb. OH mb. OH

Elizabeth (King) Ingels - Sangamon County, Illinois

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Elizabeth King, daughter of Sarah (Earnest) and John King, married John Ingels.

Golden Wedding at Farmingdale.
Mr. and Mrs. John Ingels celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage at their home in Farmingdale yesterday. A magnificent dinner was spread, to which fifty or sixty persons sat down. Many valuable presents were made the aged couple. Mr. Alex Irwin presented them with a valuable present after a feeling speech. The present was a memento from neighbors and friends. The bride, Mrs. Ingels, and her bridesmaid, Mrs. Simon Rickard, wore wreaths of flowers. Andrew Craig, groomsman to Mr. Ingles fifty years ago, is now dead, but was remembered by the old friends present. James Parkinson's genial, happy face was much missed on this occasion.

Before the company dispersed R. W. Diller made a few remarks, comparing fifty years past with the present, after which John Ingles closed, expressing gratitude to friends and to God for his preserving care for so many years.

John Ingels was born in Lexington, Ky., September 2d, 1819. Miss Elizabeth King was born in Sangamon county February 1st, 1828. They were married on Spring Creek March 14, 1843, and have lived in this section ever since. Of eight children born to them six are now living. They are John T., Maria Angeline, (now Mrs. Ralston) Charles K., William, James U. and Elizabeth Ingels Scott.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Wed., Mar 15, 1893]

Obituaries of John Ingels:

Ingels--Died, at 1:50 o'clock, Wednesday morning, Feb. 3, 1904, at the residence of his son-in-law, James Ralston, 311 South Douglas avenue, of senility, John Ingels, aged 84 years.

The decedent is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James Ralston of this city; three sons, Charles, of Sudduth, Ill., James and John Ingels, jr., of this city. Mr. Ingels was born in Kentucky, and had been a resident of Sangamon county for the last sixty-five years. He resided for a number of years near Farmingdale, and he enjoyed an extensive acquaintance throughout the county.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, Ill., Fri., Feb. 5, 1904]

Ingels--The funeral of John Ingels will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning at New Salem M.E. church, Rev. Hartmann officiating. The interment will be made in the King cemetery.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Thurs., Feb. 4, 1904]

Ingels--The funeral of John Ingels took place yesterday at 11 a.m. from the New Salem Methodist church. The attendance was large. The Rev. Thomas Hartman, pastor of the Chatham Methodist officiating. Burial was in the King cemetery.

The pallbearers were George Washburn, D. V. White, W. G. Coons, James Kennedy, William Kennedy and William Morrison.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Sat., Feb. 6, 1904]

Sarah (Earnest) King

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Sarah Earnest, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Sims) Earnest, married John King.

KING, JOHN, was born Jan. 22, 1804, in Kentucky. He was a brother to Jeremiah King, came to Sangamon county about 1821, and was married Feb. 18, 1824, to Sarah Earnest. They had ten children, three of whom died in infancy.
Of the other seven--

WILLIAM E., born June 12, 1826, married Almyra Bradley. He died Feb. 16, 1856, leaving a widow and two children. She married Henry Morgan. He died, and she resides near Fredonia, Kansas.

ELIZABETH, born Feb. 1, 1828, in Sangamon county, married March 14, 1843, to John Ingels.

JEREMIAH, born Sept. 19, 1830, married Aug. 29, 1862, to Mary E. Douglas, who was born Sept. 19, 1843, in Sangamon county. They have six children, IDA, SARAH, ANNIS, ELIZABETH, EDWARD, and MARY, and reside two and one-half miles west of Curran.

JOHN E., born Dec. 21, 1832, married Mary Campbell; have four children and live near Fredonia, Kansas.

CHARLES W.,  born July 6, 1835, married Oct. 3, 1872, to Virginia Beach, and lives with his mother.

SARAH C., born May 12, 1836, married Daniel H. Brundage; have six children, and reside in Iola, Allen county, Kansas.

MARTHA F., born March 18, 1839, married Feb. 14, 1860 to Jacob J. Ingels, who was born Aug. 25, 1834, in Bourbon county, Ky. They had three children. The two youngest died in infancy. Mrs. Ingles died May 23, 1866. LIZZIE, born Sept. 14, 1861, is the eldest child, and the only member of the family living, resides with her grandmother King.

John King died Dec. 29, 1838, and his widow resides four miles northwest of Curran, Sangamon county.
[Source: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois]

Obituary of Sarah (Earnest) King:

Death of a Venerable Lady...Mrs. Sarah King, relict of the late John King, died at her residence in Curran township, eight miles west of the city, on Friday afternoon last, at half-past three o'clock. On Tuesday she was taken down with a congestive chill, and gradually sank until death occurred, as above. Mrs. King was the daughter of Jacob Earnest, who settled on Spring creek, in this county, as early as 1819. She was born on the 7th of April, 1806, in Kentucky, and was married in this county to John King on the 18th of February, 1824. He died on the 29th of February, 1838, leaving her with a family of seven children, all of whom she succeeded in raising to worthy men and women. She possessed all of the rugged virtues that were distinguishing characteristics of many of the pioneer women, and died as she lived, with the respect of all with whom she came into contact. She was for fifty years a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has not entered upon the rewards of a well spent life. Register.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon., Nov. 24, 1879]

23 Oct 1850, Sangamon County, Illinois:

Sarah King 44 F $1,500 b. KY
Jermiah King 18 M Farmer b. IL
John King 17 M Farmer b. IL
Chas. King 16 M Farmer b. IL
Sarah King 13 F b. IL
Martha King 11 F b. IL
Wm. King 24 M Farmer b. IL
Elmira King 21 F b. NC
Laura King 6/12 b. IL

1860, Dist 16, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois:

Ingols, J.J. M 24 b. KY
-----Martha F 21 IL
King, Sarah F 55 b. KY
Ingols, G G F 20 b. KY

24 June 1870, Curran, Sangamon County, Illinois:

King, Chas W. 34 M W Farmer $5,000-$600 b. IL
-----Sarah 64 F W K. House b. KY
Engles, Elizabeth 8 F W b. IL
Winston, William 23 M W Agent $11,000 b. IL
Abernathy, James 24 M W Farmer $0-$300 b. Iowa

Children of Sarah (Earnest) and John King:

1. William E. King married Almyra Bradley
2. Elizabeth King married John Ingels
3. Jeremiah King married Mary E. Douglas
4. John E. King married Mary Campbell
5. Charles W. King married Virginia Beach
6. Sarah C. King married Daniel H. Brundage
7. Martha F. King married Jacob J. Ingels

Robert S. McMurray

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Robert S. McMurry, son of Lavina (Earnest) and James McMurry, was born 9 Nov 1828 in Sangamon County, Illinois. He died 23 Feb 1913 in Wallace, Calaveras County, California. He is buried in the Ione Public Cemetery, Ione, Amador County, California. He married Elizaeth Reno on 30 Oct 1867 in Amador County, California.

6 July 1870, Twp. 2, Ione City, Amador County, California:

McMurry, R.S. 42 M W Farmer $2,000-$800 b. IL
-----Elizabeth 32 F W Keeping House b. OH
-----W. W. 17 M W At Home b. IL
-----Mary 14 F W At Home b. CA
-----Leuella 13 F W At Home b. CA
-----Frank 12 M W At Home b. Ca
-----Alta 11 F W At Home b. CA
-----O.M. 9 F W At Home b. CA
-----H. Grant 6/12 M W At Home b. CA (Oct)
Merkel, E. 31 M W Farmer $0-$200 b. Hamburg
-----Lavina 19 F W Keeping House b. Iowa
-----Mary A. 1 F W At Home b. CA
Merkel, Frank 33 M W Farmer Laborer b. Hamburg

Robert McMurray was agreeably surprised on Wednesday, November 9, 1910 it being his 82 birthday, when his brother and two sisters which are all that is left of a large family, and his seven children came to ay him a visit, it being the first time in several years that all were together. Two grandchildren and one great grand child were present. Among those present were: Jas. McMurray and wife of Ione; Mrs. I.B. Gregory of Ione; Mrs. Frank Dickey of Stockton; brother and sister of Mr. Murray, the children, Wm. McMurray and wife, Mrs. --- Merrill, Robert McMurray, all of Stockton; Mrs. E. Merkel of Ione; Mrs. Louella Streeter of Modesto; Mrs. Alta Malloy and Grant McMurray of Wallace; Mr. and Mrs. Shackelford of Stockton and Lawrence Malloy and Wilda Carr of Wallace. He was the recipient of ninety very pretty birthday cards and three very handsome cakes. The table was heavily laden with all the delicacies the ladies know how to prepare. Pictures were taken of the different groups. They all went home wishing their father and brother many more birthdays.--Prospect.
[Source: Amador Ledger; Jackson, California; 25 Nov 1910]