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 ©1999 by "The Carmi Times" Permission to reprint granted to Laurel Crook and the ILGenWeb by Tammy Knox, editor, "The Carmi Times."

May 4, 1999

WILSON, COBBLE--Would like to hear from any descendants of Stephen and Sophronia WILSON COBBLE. This couple had eight children, four living to adulthood: Mary, Carol, Ora and John. Maybe Caroline was named for my grandma, Caroline Catlin. Fleeta Williams Guffey, Route 2, Box 220A, St. Elmo, IL 61458


WINKLER--Need proof on WINKLER line. Henry and Lewis Winkler came to the U.S. from Germany to Philadelphia, then moved to Rowan Co., N.C. Henry had a son, Adam. According to a will March 29, 1797, Rowan Co., Adam Winkler and his wife, Catherine, left the plantation to Adam at age 21. Son Daniel was to have land on the west side of the creek. Daniel Winkler, b. N.C. 1775, had seven children including five daughters: Sarah, Elizabeth, Lucinda, Catherine and Susannah (my ancestor). Daniel was in Muhlenberg Co., Ky., 1810; Posey Co., Ind. 1820; White County, Ill. 1820. For DAR, I need proof Susannah was daughter of Daniel Winkler. Bobbie E. McClain, 6902 Ontario St., Springfield, VA 22152


Recently I noted people on the Today Show were discussing various weekly magazine covers. Most covers had something to do with the war. However, the April 19 issue of TIME showed a drawing of a family tree. The reporters were wondering how such a cover would sell. It turns out the magazine contained 13 pages on "Roots Mania.." For some time I've been reading that genealogy is the fastest growing hobby in the world. According to TIME, "root seeking ranks with sex, finance and sports as a leading subject on the Internet. More than 160,000,000 messages flowed last month through RootsWeb (www. The article also says genealogy is no cushy computer-desk job, mentioning a seeker should be willing to forego leisurely weekends for "a search that is bound to be alternately tedious and exhilarating."


HARD-TO-READ TOMBSTONES: Have you tried a cheap 5 x 7 mirror? Hold the mirror to the side of the transcription and reflect the sun's light onto it. The cross light picks up everything. There's no damage to the stone. This trick was recommended by a stonecutter. (This info came from the Internet.) We still need volunteers to help on transcribing stones in several cemeteries. Call me (Charlene Shields) at 966-3744 if you're willing to do a cemetery.

Remember, we're at the Carnegie building now: 11 to 5 Wednesdays.

The Genealogy Library is open from 11 to 5 on Wednesdays.
Write us at PO Box 121, Carmi, IL 62821.

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