Got a tough family research problem? Looking for more individuals researching your ancestor? BCGS publishes queries that have a Bond County, Illinois connection.

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Bond County Genealogical Society membership entitles you to receive the informative B.C.G.S. Newsletter, and to publish your genealogical queries on this web page and in the newsletter. Genealogical queries with connections to Bond County in Southern Illinois are published free of charge to members (and non-members!) in our newsletter (though members have priority on query space). Anyone is invited to submit the names and brief identifying information of ancestors they are researching, so that those researching the same persons can exchange information with them.

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SAMPLE QUERY: Researching Edmond DeMoulin, b 11 Jun 1862 Clinton Co IL, mov to Greenville Bond Co IL abt 1886, m1 Constance Vulliet, m2 Anna Diehl. dpl Los Angeles CA 1935.
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Wm Broiles, born 1816

Posted July 8, 2020

Researching William Broiles, b 1816 in South Carolina, married to Amy Calvin, listed on 1880 U.S. Federal Census in Ripley, IL, and the 1880 U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedule: Agriculture. He was Black.

I’m a novice and I’m open to any help I can get on William or his connections. Thank you so much for your help, I greatly appreciate it. Anyone can feel free to contact me! Best regards,

Kimberly Balkcom
637 Dundee Ave.
Flossmoor, IL 60422
thebalkcoms @ gmail.com

Editor’s Note: The 1880 Agriculture Schedule shows William Broiles of Ripley, Bond County to be a share cropper. He raises swine, chickens, eggs; plants corn, wheat, sorghum for molasses; logs a bit of forest wood. The 1870 Census shows a family—likely William and Amy Broiles—living and farming in Jackson, Lee County, Iowa. From Illinois Archives, Wm’s son Con (1878-1954) married two women in Bond County and is buried in Montrose Cemetery. From Nelda Anthony’s BCGS cemetery books, these wives are linked to burials in Lansing Cemetery and the “colored section” of Wait/Wade Cemetery.

Ernest Oechsner, adopted abt 1910

Posted July 8, 2020, originally 2018

Researching father, Ernest Oechsner (nee Meyers or Jacobs). Born abt 1906. Died 1973, Kentucky. I did not know my father, Ernest Oechsner, and am looking for Bond county Oechsners. In about 1910 Ernest, age 4 was taken in from an orphanage by an Oechsner family of Bond/Fayette county. Ernest grew up in Bond county, married, divorced, then moved to Warsaw, Kentucky, where he remarried and had 5 children.

Am looking for Bond county information, 1910-1944 on Ernest, the Oechsner family, and their descendants.

William J. Gladden
11 East 49th Street
Savannah, GA 31405
williamgladden @ icloud.com
(217) 320-2161

George Washington Stout, born 1830

Posted July 8, 2020, originally 2017

Researching George Washington Stout, bn 25 Feb 1830 Greenville, Bond County. Moved before 1870 to Colorado (first to New Mexico Territory). Married Mary Elizabeth Henry of Uniontown, PA in 1860.

James Shepard
3881 Highland Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
jshepard2 @ me.com

Embrys secret Acherman ranch

Posted July 8, 2020, originally 2017

[Seeking] any information on Embrys secret Acherman ranch in Greenville? I’m looking for old pictures of the sign that was out front of the house. It was built I believe in 1974. I currently live there and was wanting to redo the sign. Thanks for any help you can give.

Jason Durbin
jason.durbin @ greenville.edu

Edward McGraw (aka McGrath)’s Father

Posted July 8, 2020, originally 2018

Researching great-grandfather Edward McGraw (aka Edward McGrath). Born 6 Jul 1873 Bond County, IL. Died July 1953, St Louis, MO. Known children: Cecil Edward McGraw (d 1902), David D McGraw, & Lorain McGraw Smith.

Desperate to learn Edward’s father’s name as it may lead to the original émigré’s town in Ireland.

David McGraw
Greene County, IL
siuc9396 @ yahoo.com
(217) 320-2161

John M. Goodson Family

Posted October 2, 2014

I am currently looking for leads on the Goodsons and would love to connect with people and resources. In particular I am looking for information on:

John M. Goodson
—Married to Ellen Willmirth Long on 24 June 1858 in Vandalia, Fayette County (her father is listed as Abraham Long on marriage record)
—Had a son, James Granville Goodson, born on 1 Oct 1864 in Greenville, Bond, Illinois
—“M” in middle name likely to stand for “Maxey” but no direct evidence yet
—Son James moved to Montana and is buried there

I have more details about the descendants of James G. Goodson down through to my father. Any assistance is appreciated!

Shennandoah Diaz
sdiaz @ shennandoahdiaz.com

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