5/01/1997 NOTES From The White County Historical Society Library

White County Historical Society Library
by Charlene Shields!
This article appeared in THE CARMI TIMES
May 01, 1997

  • HALL, TUGGLE, WYNN--Need info on Mary Hall, born in 1863 to Elijah Hall and Elizabeth MORRIS. In 1883, she married Joe Tuggle. In 1896, she married James Wynn. She may have later married either Dawson, Raymond or Aman. Family tradition says she was killed by a train in the late 1920s or early 1930s. I'm trying to trace this woman for a couple in Maryland, and I'm stuck. Any suggestions?

    Call me at 1-618-966-3744 evenings, or write me,
    Charlene Shields,
    Ratcliff Inn,
    PO Box 121,
    Carmi IL 62821.

  • Recently we received the Perry County Historical Society Newsletter from Ralph Romig, former White Countian. He and his wife, Betty, moved to Perryville, Mo. upon retiring. They are active members of the Perry County Historical Society.

  • John Epley of Plymouth, Ind. is an active researcher who has sent us several books he has done. The latest one is on the WILSEY family 1623-1996. This is his mother's line. The book says the family is derived from the noble family of Wiltz in Dutch Luxemburg. The family took its name from the Wiltz River in the Netherlands. "History of the Puntney Family" is new on our shelves. Originally named Puntenney, they were Huguenots (French Protestants) forced to leave France because of religious persecution. About 1690, the family sailed to the West Indies. Unhappy there, they returned to Europe to try to retrieve the family's money, only to find the French government had confiscated their funds. The family then went to England. Eventually two of the Puntenneys, William and Joseph, emigrated to America.

  • Mary Louise Williams of Beaumont, Tex. sent a book on her ancestor, Major Locklear. Locklear was born in 1776 in North Carolina and died before 1840 in Williamson County, Ill. He married Catherine Burns in 1800 in South Carolina. She also died in Williamson County. According to the Williamson County history, Major Lovett Locklear was one of the first settlers in Williamson County, when there was danger from Indians and malaria was rampant. A large proportion of the county's settlers was from Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. Williamson County was a part of Franklin County at that time.

  • Researchers are used to "creative" spelling. A legal document may have a person's name spelled two or three different ways on the same page. So far, I have found Hon spelled 11 different ways. I quit counting on Marlett after forty-something different spellings. Even the spelling of well-educated people was highly variable. President Andrew Jackson once declared he could never respect a man who knew only one way to spell a word!

  • Our library is open from 11 to 5 on Wednesdays.

  • We continue to be comfortably busy with letters and visitors to our Genealogy Library. We're open from 11 to 5 on Wednesdays. Come join us.

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