Calhoun County

Past Queries

2019 Feb 25

I have researched several family surnames in both Calhoun and Pike Counties during these past 30+ years -- KILLEBREW, HAGEN, HOSEY, CRADER, MILLER, CROSBY -- to name a few. Any back stories on Calhoun/Pike folks from 1800's who might be related would be appreciated to add to my family trees. Ray Killebrew

2018 Nov 06

Harrison HAYS was my great-great-grandpa and married to Anna M GESKE. I found some records that indicated his father was William HAYS and that he fought in the civil war. A William HAYS married a SNIDER in 1865; this would have been right after the war. I kind of think this could be him, but don't know how to figure it out.

I found a William HAYS died in 1912 in Grafton Illinois; the paper said he was 70. That works pretty close because going backwards he would have been born in 1842, that would make him fighting age by 1861, and could be the same William HAYS who marries SNIDER 1865, and then the math works pretty well to tie into Harrison hays being born in 1872.

A GESKE married a SNIDER too, years later than William HAYS.

Ultimately, I'm looking to see if the HAYS family that settled Femme Osage (now St Charles, Missouri) with Daniel Boone are family. At that time Calhoun was the closest other settlement (formerly Pike). There is a Charles HAYS, too, who was a doctor and brother to Bill HAYS (w/Daniel) who settled what is now Bloomington, Illinois. Regardless of this connection, it's really fascinating.

I'm kind of at a pause trying to figure out how to find out. I don't even know where to start.

I realize how hard living must have been back then. Seeing all the children that often died, and the illnesses people fell to really makes you think about how lucky we are now days to have the things we do; and appreciate that if it wasn't for the efforts of these people, Our Ancestors, we wouldn't be here today at all.

I've always dreamed of coming back to Calhoun. As a little boy I came out to the old homestead with my people back then. They still owned about 80 acres left. I slept in the cabin and fished in the lake, and swam in the creek. I heard the stories and climbed the hills and bluffs, cleaned fish with my grandma and aunt and uncles, and was for a time living like my family had been for many years in the Calhoun.

Any info would be appreciated.

Doug Dawson

2018 Apr 21

Nancy Caroline JONES, or Caroline N. JONES, was the twin sister of my grandpa, J. Valentine JONES and married James CLENDENNY before 1900 at age 17 and had three children. Died young age 31. We have no obituary, wedding announcement, bridal or baby showers, etc. Nothing on her that is the slghtest bit personal. A shame that we know nothing about her. If you can help, it would be appreciated.

Bob (Jones) Fahrig, son of Bertha Jones Fahrig,

2017 Sep 03

I have seen a KS newspaper article stating that three men fishing were shot at by Calhoun constable and possee. The article was dated April 27, 1883. This took place on the IL side of IL river around Capan Gris. Hoping for more information on this as man killed William WILLOUGHBY might be greatgrandfather, but I don't know where he lived at the time. I can find no other reference. Could you steer me in the direction of a reference to this event? Thank you, Jean Brandt,, Greenwood, AR

"At Capan Gris, Mo., on Monday night, a fisherman named Willoughby was shot dead by Constable Dave Smith, of Calhoun county, Ill., because he refused to quit fishing in the river at that point." Source: The Cairo Daily Bulletin, 19 Apr 1883

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