Notes from the White County Historical Society

By Charlene Shields

Notes from the White County Historical Society as they appear in "The Carmi Times."

Copyright ©1998 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Laurel Crook and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."


October 27, 1998

Texan Jeanette Chess was in recently with questions we couldn't answer. Perhaps a reader can help her. AUXIER, SHELTON--Need to learn anything about the family of Benjamin Franklin Auxier of White County. Also need information about Joseph Shelton, who married Nancy Chaffin.

They had a daughter, Sophia, who married Nathan Garrison. Please contact Jeanette Chess, 1818 Kennedy St., Mission, TX 78572

MORRIS, MILLER--Who were the parents and siblings of Sarah C. Morris, who married James P. Garrison? Also, who was Virginia Miller, wife of Solomon Mayberry? She is buried at Big Hill Cemetery with no stone. Sharon Rizzo, 7738 W. Hortense, Chicago, IL 60631

DEBELLE--Here are excerpts from a letter from Joyce DeBelle Solomon: Could anyone help me locate relatives of Jeremiah Louis and Caroline "Carrie" McLaughlin DeBelle, who lived in Grayville? Carrie died in 1925 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Three DeBelle boys were born in Bellmont: Claude Donald, Louis Dudley and Herman Lucien.

Tillie DeBelle, a sister of Jeremiah Louis DeBelle, born in 1850 in Kentucky, moved to Grayville and married James Barnes in 1878.

Any information on these people and their descendants will be welcome. Joyce DeBelle Solomon, Kings Point, 37A Saxony Cr., Delray Beach, FL 33446-1810. Telephone 1-561-637-4965 or email [email protected]

NATION--Searching for information on the Roscoe Nation family. It was found in the 1910 census in Enfield Township. Roscoe and his wife, Bessie Haden, had a son, Samuel R. Nation, born in 1908. Were there other children in the family? When and where did they die? Contact Evelyn Sholes, 105 N. Prospect St., Norwalk, OH 44857.

Robert Webb, historian for the Primitive Baptist Association, wonders what became of the minutes of the business meetings of the Primitive Baptist churches in Maunie and Calvin. Both churches have been closed many years. Would either of these books be lying in a closet someplace? If so, please contact Charlene Shields at 966-3744.

From the latest issue of the Sierra Club magazine comes the statement that the State of Illinois once had 25,000,000 acres of tall-grass prairie. Now there a few precious acres here and there, totaling less than 2,500 acres.


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