Clinton County 2008 Queries

Submitter:  Kathryn Schomaker ([email protected])
Date:  10 Sep 2008
I am searching for information on my great, great grandfather Fidel Bernauer who married Charlotte Emig and had four children. Charlotte and children resided in Trenton. If you know anything about Fidel Bernauer I would be grateful to hear of it.

Submitter:  Harold Davis ([email protected])
Date:  15 Aug 2008
Mr. Davis tells us the family of JOHN EDWARD INGRAM has been located.  
I am searching for the family of two soldiers who was killed in the Korea War. When they entered service they gave Clinton County, Illinois as  their home of record.
Soldier: JOHN EDWARD INGRAM, Born: 1931 Caucasian, DOL October 28, 1952 KIA, RA17253220, A Co, 23 Inf Rgt, 2nd Inf Division
Soldier: RALPH LEONARD PARKS, Born: 1922 Caucasian, DOL July 20, 1950 POW, RA17160515, C Co, 19th Inf Rgt, 24th Inf Division
Highly Decorated

When the Korean War ended the enemy never returned or accounted for over 8,000 of our servicemen. They died in their hands. That was over 50 years ago. Since that time DNA has been perfected and also they are recovering remains in North Korea. Our government is obligated to return those remains to the proper family. DNA samples have been obtained from most of the families of these missing soldiers. For various reasons some families have not been located. There are approximately 100 families from Illinois that have not been located. There are two families from Clinton County that have not been located.
When the remains are recovered and identified they will be returned to the family for proper burial. I am just an old (78 years) Combat Veteran out of the Korean War and thankful that I did return. I consider this a very noble cause and I hope that you can help in some way to find these families. For more information on the project you may go to My part in the program is to match up the lost families with the proper agency.
I will be grateful for any assistance in locating these families.
Harold Davis, 40th Infantry Division, Korea ’52-‘53, 910-791-2333, [email protected]

Submitter:  Ann Stephenson ([email protected])
Date:  2 Aug 2008
My ggrandfather was Edward B. Harris. He and his sister Elizabeth lived with the family of Thomas D. Dunnill. Thomas mother in law was Mimi Harchaux who died in 1872. Any information about Edward or any of them, for that matter will be greatly appreciated. Edward changed his name to Harrison while he was there. I don’t know why but would like to find out. Thank you. Ann 
Surnames:  ROW
Submitter:  Janet Shapiro ([email protected])
Date:  28 Jul 2008
I am researching John & Elizabth Row of Clinton Co. IL
   Both born 1780's in KY/TN?
   Came to Clinton(Washington) Co. Il by 1820 from Christian Co. KY
   John was a carpenter and well read. He also preached on occasion.
   Both died in 1840's. They lived in Sugar Creek.
   Children were:
         Elizabeth married John L. Milford
         William J. married Eliza
         Lavina E. married Eli Chaffin & went to Texas
         Sarah married David Parsons, Hyram T. Parker & Joseph Reynolds
         James married Elizabeth Clary
         George W. married Mary Hunter & Elizabeth Row
         Mary Jane married John M. White
         Amelia married James C. Wall & Elijah Bail.
   I am descended from James. Interested in any information.
Janet in San Antonio

Surnames:  ADAMS
Submitter:  Catie Stech ([email protected])
Date:  22 Jul 2008

I am trying to locate some information on a Zadock Adams b. 1841, Illinois and his wife Malinda b. 1846 Illinois. I would like to know what year Zadock & Malinda passed away. I know the information on Mary Jane Adams, but I cannot find a thing on William Adams b. 1867 or his sister Emma b. abt 1870. I would appreciate any information or help on these relatives.

I also was wondering if there is a go site on Clinton's History, I understand that Centralia Illinois had a big strawberry industry in the 1800's, that is also the other things that interest me, topics on the county seat etc. Thank you.

Surnames:  HUCKABAY
Submitter:  Ken Huckaba ([email protected])
Date:  22 Jul 2008

Searching for information on the Huckabay family buried at Goddell Cemetery in Wheatfield Township.  Samuel, Sarah, Benjamin Greenberry, Harriet, Jimmy and Samuel Huckabay.  Any information on any or all individuals would be appreciated.

Surnames: HECKERT
Submitter: Amy Heckert Brewer ([email protected])
Date: 22 Jul 2008

I am looking for Death certificates, obituaries, immigration  information and anything else on the Heckert family.  My grandfather  was George William Heckert, and I have his generation's information.

His parents were Heinrich Friedrich Georg Heckert 1855 - 1901 in  Elkhorn Prairie, and Mary Hertenstein 1863 - 1939

Their parents were Balthasar Heinrich Heckert 1828 - 1858 - who died  being thrown from a horse on the 4th of July, and his wife was Lisette  Regina zur Oeveste - which is often spelled many different ways - 1830  - 1917.  She remarried Wilhelm Peters.

Wilhelm Hertenstein 1836 - 1920 and Friedericka Fleig 1842 - 1875 - I  know that both of these families came from Kippenheimweiler, Baden,  Germany.

Another generation is Johann Heinrich Zur Owest and Adeleide or  Adelheid Niemann 1792 - 1862

Balthasar Henrich Heckert abt 1793 - 1855 and Marie Elizabeth Voskamp  1794 - 1874

I really don't know where the Heckerts came from specifically in  Germany.  One census listed "Hessen", and another piece of info.  stated Mecklenburg and these are two completely different places.  ??

  Also, Lisette Regina zur Oeveste's father was Johann Heinrich, and  there is much information on a Johann Heinrich zur Oeveste who  immigrated to Indiana and wrote lots of letters, but I don't think he  could be the same one after reading the letters.

My query is for any information on any of these families.  I'm pretty  new at all this and really appreciate your website and time.  Thanks!

Surnames:  HAWLEY
Submitter:  Angel Hart ([email protected])
Date:  19 Jul 2008
My name is Angel, I am in the direct line of Hiram Royce Hawley and I have found that you all have a story on him...I have been looking many many months for Information on him and his family.  I was wondering if you would have newspaper clippings or anything of him and his family or the trail that he faced in Illinois.
Any information that you have for him would be the greatest help as I am still searching for what happened and why he ended up in Texas.. Ty in advance!