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122nd IL Regiment, Company E Roster
Copies available for purchase from Carolynn Bettis, 619 S. 7th Street, Girard, IL 62640

1856-1861 Carlinville Free Democrat

1860 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1866-1871 Bunker Hill Union Gazette

1870 Federal Census, Vol 1, compiled by Cynthia Leonard. Townships included are Honey Point, Gillespie, Cahokia, Bunker Hill, Dorchester, Mt Olive, and Staunton.

1870-1880 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1875 Atlas of Macoupin County, Illinois contains Patrons Directory and plats of all townships
Available here are 45-page pdf to view the pages and Names transcribed with date settled in Macoupin and place of origin

1875 Atlas and 1893-4 Plat Book of Macoupin County, Illinois, contains plats of all townships in Macoupin County, reprinted in 1977
Available online at Historic Map Works
Available for purchase from Macoupin County Historical Society

1875 Plat and 1893 Plat (Atlas) Book of Macoupin County, IL, contains plats of all townships in Macoupin County.
Available for purchase from Macoupin County Historical Society

1897 Staunton Times

1898, 1906-1907 Staunton Star/Staunton Times

1898-1899 Bunker Hill Gazette

1900 Federal Census, Bunker Hill Township, compiled by Lula Vaughn, 75 pages and index.
Available for purchase from Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census, Cahokia Township, compiled by Lula Vaughn, 31 pages.
Available for purchase from Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census, Dorchester Township, compiled by Lula Vaughn, 25 pages.
Available for purchase from Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census, Hilyard Township, compiled by Lula Vaughn, 24 pages.
Available for purchase from Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census, Staunton Township, compiled by Lula Vaughn

1900 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

1910 Federal Census, Virden, Illinois, compiled by Littleton P. Bradley

19th-Century Echoes: The Carlinville City Cemetery, by Tom Emery, published in 2002 by History in Print, ISBN-10: 0966163729, ISBN-13: 978-0966163728. Biographical sketches of 27 of the most influential people resting in the cemetery, including political, military, financial, agricultural, and educational leaders of Illinois and Macoupin County interest.
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

A Great History, A Greater Future: Sesquicentennial History of Girard and Vicinity, compiled by the Girard Sesquicentennial Book Committee, published in 2005, 405 pages. The 150th anniversary of the founding of the town of Girard, includes historical information about Nilwood, North Otter, and South Otter townships.

A History of Brunswick: Life in a German Duchy from Roman Times through 1900, by Dan C. Heinemeier, ISBN 0-9671822-0-4, A comprehensive history of the Duchy of Brunswick (Herzogtum Braunschweig) with particular emphasis on historical factors of interest to genealogists and other social historians, 380 pages, with maps, illustrations, and full index.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages.
Available for purchase rom Dan C. Heinemeier, 4401 N. 33rd Road, Arlington, VA 22207-4423

A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways, by W. H. Stennett, published in 1908, see page 43 for Benld, page 77 for Gillespie & Girard Junction, and page 140 for Womac
Available online at Internet Archive

A Natural History of Macoupin County, IL. This is a collection of articles on historical aspects of natural history of Macoupin County which originally appeared in "The Macoupin County Enquirer" and the "Carlinville Democrat", by Dr. William E. Werner, Jr.

Adam Hunter, Ayrshire Scot Emigrant to Macoupin County, Illinois, 1843: His Ascendants to William Hunter (1728-1811), Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, and Descendants Through Four Children, Viz: Robert Dickie Hunter, William Hunter, David Hunter, Elizabeth Hunter, by William Hunter McLean, published in 1975, 44 pages

Adcock, "Descendants of Henry and Sarah Adcock" Frazier, Gloria, compiler, 2006.
Adcock, compiled by Gloria Frazier, complete index, some family photos, and family information. 628 pages including the index. I have researched this line of Adcocks in Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas. Henry (circa 1775 - before 10 Aug 1824) and Sarah Adcock of Tennessee had seven known children. The seven children, Rebecca, Edward, Mary, Henry, Susan, Joannah and Beverly migrated to Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. Beverly was a doctor and was killed violently in Mississippi.
Over 2600 blood line relatives are included in the book. Censuses and legal documents have been transcribed and included in the genealogy. Some surnames of the Adcock children's descendants include: Bettis, Bristow, Carter, Covey, Davidson, Drake, England, Floro, Fullington, Hart, Headley, Jacobs, Jenkins, Jennings, Kidd, Lair, Loveless, Mayfield, Platt, Quarton, Richards, Swift, Wingo.
Available for purchase ($40) from Gloria Frazier, 3830 S. Hwy A1A #4-129, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Benld City Cemetery and the Russian Orthodox Cemetery Index, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

Biographical sketches of leading citizens of Macoupin County, Illinois, published in 1904
Available online at Internet Archive

Bloody Mine Riot of Virden, Illinois, 1898, by Marie Day, published in 1989
Available at the Staunton Public Library

Brighton Township Cemeteries and Family Histories, Macoupin County 1800-1985, compiled by June Wilderman and Jean Halcom, 1986.

Brighton: 125 Years of History, by Chris Harrop, 24-page article, published in 1994
Available online at The Brighton Standard Blade

Bunker Hill Revisited, by Carl Stanton, 292 pages. A collection of news articles with names of early settlers, those leaving Bunker Hill, and those who passed through Bunker Hill. The settling of Bunker Hill, early businesses and their owners, talk about the platting of Bunker Hill, news of local people involved with the Civil War, some deaths with names and date of newspaper, news from Dorchester and Woodburn, and a few pictures are presented.
Volume 1 (1866 - 1881)
Volume 2 (1882 - 1891)
Volume 3 (1892 - 1900)
Volume 4 (1901 - 1910)
Volume 5 (1911 - 1920)
Volume 6 (1921 - 1940)

Carlinville, Illinois Obituary Extracts, Carlinville Free Democrat Obituaries 1856-1861 and Carlinville Newspaper Obituaries 1876-1878, compiled by Mary McKenzie and Cindy & Chuck Leonard. The listings include name, date of death, age at death, place of death, place of residence and when available other family information.

Challacombe and Related Families, by Grant Challacombe, published in 2017.
On one or two pages of the book there is a photo and information about past Macoupin County resident Wesley Adams Challacombe (1873-1966), includes mentions of grandparents John C. Challacombe & Nancy Glorianna Carson, father Nicholas Challacombe, as well as Elsa Audel Challacombe (1889-1956), Nancy Caroline Challacombe Peebles (1905-1972), and Carl Nicholas Challacombe (1907-1996)

Charity Baptist Church of Macoupin County, Illinois, by Wanda Warkins Allers and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1985, includes index, 39 pages.

Chasing Headlines, compiled by Nancy Schmitt Steinmeyer. W. L. Schmitt, a Staunton native, learned his trade as a printer's devil at the Staunton Star-Times. In his Chasing Headlines column, he recalled life as a printer's devil. He wrote of entering the Navy in World War I, then coming home to buy the Benld Enterprise. He told of his admiration for the people of Benld. From there he took his family to Carlinville to take over the reins of The Enquirer. Articles selected are representative of the middle class.
Available for purchase from Chris Schmitt, 407 S. Locust, Carlinville, IL 62626
Available for purchase from the Staunton Star-Times in Staunton

Church Book of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession in Macoupin County, IL (1860-1872), translated and edited by Darrel Griffin.

Days Gone By In Staunton, compiled by Cindy Leonard, 162 pages, excerpts from early Staunton Star-Times newspapers include pictures and news about Staunton and surrounding towns

Death of Dr. J. H. Magee, published 1912 Jul 01 by Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (1908-1984), Brighton
Available online at Internet Archive

Drury, Descendants of Samuel and Hannah Drury, of Vermont, New York and Kentucky, 1770 to the Present, by Linda Kmiecik, 1991, hardcover, 439 pages including every name index and locations index, photos, census, vital records info, cemetery, and other data. Also includes additional pages indicating Samuel as the son of Nicholas and Catharina (Schmidt) Drury of Albany, New York.
Available for purchase from Linda Kmieciik, 18310 Blackhawk Drive, Girard, IL 62640-8603 [email protected]

Early Macoupin County Illinois Birth and Marriages. Another index compilation from newspaper sources. Includes Macoupin County and surrounding areas, compiled by Cynthia Leonard

Everly Chapel Church Records, 1887-1928, Macoupin County, Illinois. Privately printed by Wanda Warkins Allers, Margaret Sager Hohimer, and Eileen Lynch Gochanour, 1985, includes membership records, baptisms, lists of probationers and index, 47 pages.

Family Maps of Macoupin County, IL, features 3 maps per township, Gregory A. Boyd, J.D., Arphax Publishing Company, 2005.

Family Maps of Macoupin County, Illinois, Deluxe Edition: With Homesteads, Roads, Waterways, Towns, Cemeteries, Railroads, and More, by Gregory A. Boyd, published in 2010 by Arphax Publishing Company, 352 pages, 77 maps, contains newly created maps of original landowners. For each township in the county, there are a road map and a map showing waterways, railroads, and both modern and many historical city-centers and cemeteries. The combination of maps and indexes are designed to aid researchers of American history or genealogy to explore frontier neighborhoods, examine family migrations, locate hard-to-find cemeteries and towns, as well as locate land based on legal descriptions found in old documents or deeds.
Available for purchase from Arphax Publishing

Forgotten Stories of the Civil War in Central Illinois, by Tom Emery, including the legend of the “Drummer Boy” aka "Johnny Shiloh" (John Clem) and the story of the 133rd, a trigger-happy unit with much bad behavior
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

George Rogers Clark Papers, 1781-1784 compiled by James Alton James, PhD, published in 1924, 662 pages.
Available to read online at Internet Archive

Gillespie City Cemetery Index, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society

Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills, by Tom Crane, 2002
"Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the publication of my book titled, "Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills," on the "Fethard At Home" website. Fethard is a town in Tipperary, Ireland. The URL is http://fethard.com/crane/ Once you reach the "frame" just follow the directions. My book is on Acrobat Reader and is 283 pages long, so please give it time to download. It has been posted there for you to read "free of charge." The book is the "story" of my search for my Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch roots and the emotional impact that each of my discoveries had upon me. While my search is centered around the family names (Crane, Crean, Crehan), ( Shea), (Cuddihy, Cuddy, Cudahy) and (March, Mertz, Marz), I have included sources for genealogical information that are mentioned during the course of the telling of my story that others may find useful. The book also provides insight into the history of the coal-mining industry during the early Industrial Age and especially as it applied to my family within the State of Illinois. In addition to this information, I have enclosed photos and poems that are of my own making that I hope the reader will find of interest. I hope that my book will stand as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of difficulties. Finally, I sincerely hope that people, wherever they may be, will enjoy reading my book and that they will find something of value for themselves within its pages. The only request that I make in return is that people honor my copyright by giving me credit where credit is due whether through quoting or copying from my text. I wish you all pleasant reading. God Bless, Tom Crane"
"My great-uncle, Michael Crane, is buried in the Miners Plot in Virden Cemetery. Very few people know that there is a Miners Plot in the cemetery as it is unmarked. There are 8 graves assigned to the UMWA and 4 of them are occupied. I know, because I have a map of the plot. Also, during the course of my book I also pay tribute to Mother Jones who is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. When Michael was killed in 1901, mention was made in the Virden Newspaper. Actually, I visited Virden at least 3 times and even purchased coal mine collectibles from a Mr. Tarr who ran a shop there and I believe has since re-located to Springfield. Mr. Tarr, by the way, was a member of the Mine Rescue Unit. In addition, I ran a notice in the Virden newspaper at least 15 years ago and looked through some of the material in the local library. I would have to dig out my correspondence for their names, but I communicated with a number of people in the Genealogical Society there during the age that I like to call BC; that is, Before Computers. By the way, my book has been on file in the Lincoln Library in the Sangamon Valley Collection since 1986. I made a couple of trips there also and one of the librarians, Mr. Ed Russo, and myself share a friendly association. Fact is, I found Michael's death notice in the obituary file of that same library and that is how I found Michael. Did you read my book? There are quite a few surprises in there. I have been quoted in Henry Z. Jones, Jr. book titled, "More Psychic Roots," and he greatly admires my own book. Hank Jones was a child actor in a lot of Disney films and has written quite a few books on the Palatine immigration. I hope that this gives you a bit of an idea of what my book is about. Best wishes, Tom Crane"
Available online at Fethard
Available for purchased at Higginson Books

Historical Sketch of Cahokia Township, Macoupin County, Illinois, by Henry B. Blevins, published 1916 by Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society (1908-1984), Brighton
Available online at Internet Archive

History of Gillespie, Illinois and Centennial Program 1853-1953, compiled by Tom Emery, contains an appendix with transcript of another unpublished, anonymously written manuscript. The booklet covers Gillespie's history from the Native American era through the settlement by whites, the establishment of the town, and the working of the mines, to development in the modern era.
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

History of Girard, Illinois, "From Then 'til Now," 1855-1955, by Girard Historical Committee, published in 1955
Available online at Internet Archive

History of Macoupin County 1763-1879, Illinois with Illustrations, Descriptive of Its Scenery, Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers, published in 1879 by Brink, McDonough Co, Philadelphia
Available online at Google Books
Available for purchase from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

History of Macoupin County, Illinois: Biographical and Pictorial, by Charles A. Walker, published in 1911,
Volume 1 Available online at Internet Archive
Volume 2 Available online at Internet Archive

Hold the Fort: The Battle of Allatoona Pass, by Tom Emery, 28 pages, ISBN 0-9661637-5-3
A well-documented study of the pivotal Civil War battle of Allatoona Pass, Georgia, one of the more important actions of the war in the western theater. Fought on October 5, 1864, the battle centered around a supply depot that was crucial to the armies of William T. Sherman. Had the Confederates captured Allatoona, historians have argued that Sherman could not have embarked on his destructive "March to the Sea." This booklet, which was featured in newspapers in Alton, Quincy, and Lincoln, Illinois, details not only the key historical ramifications of the battle but also the many anecdotes of Allatoona, a battle of far-reaching impact on Civil War history that included many men from Macoupin County and elsewhere in central Illinois.
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at Gillespie, Gillespie Township, compiled by the Macoupin County Genealogical Society.

How to Locate Anyone Who is or Has Been in the Military, by Richard S. Johnson, "It is updated regulary. Amazon and most big bookstores have it." Contributed by John Scroggins

Howard Knotts: Ace of the Prairie, by Tom Emery, a biography of one of America’s most decorated World War I fliers, who shot down six planes in combat in the span of a month in 1918.
Article available at The Aerodrome
Available for purchase from History In Print, [email protected], 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

Hunzen in Brunswick: 800 Years in a Village of Lower Saxony, by Hermann Fricke, edited, translated and published by Dan C. Heinemeier in 1995. This village history, translated from the German and edited extensively, offers valuable insight on village life and work, from serving feudal lords to sheltering WWII refugees (A.D. 1050-1950). 60 pp., incl. maps and illustrations. Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/ Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages)
Available for purchase from Dan C. Heinemeier, 4401 N. 33rd Road, Arlington, VA 22207-4423

Illinois in the Civil War, by Victor Hicken, republished by University of Illinois Press in 1991, written from the viewpoint of the common soldier with references to Macoupin County.

Illinois Place Names, compiled by James N. Adams, is a book full of most all old and current names of towns in IL. The book gives post office established and disbanded dates and many dates for incorporation of villages, cities, etc.
Available online at Internet Archive

Illinois Terminal In Color
Volume I - 127 pages, lots of color photos of equipment, stations, etc., Author: Gordon E. Lloyd, Publisher: Morning Sun Books, Inc., 9 Pleasant Lane, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Copyright: 1998
Volume II - also 127 pages, color photos, Author: William D. Volkmer, Publisher: Morning Sun Books, Inc., 9 Pleasant Lane, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 Copyright: 2001
"For those who may be interested, I found two very fine books on the Illinois Terminal Railroad at a RR museum in Golden, Colorado. Having ridden these "street cars" as a child, these books brought back lots of memories. Pictures include Carlinville, Gillespie, Benld, Saywerville, Staunton, Hamel, Edwardsville, etc." Bob Awe

Index to Brighton Township Cemeteries and Family Histories, index compiled from a 147-page book published in 1986 by June Wilderman and Jean Halcom. It covers the Baptist Cemetery; Brighton Cemetery; St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery; Dehne Cemetery; Asbury Cemetery (not to be confused with Asbury in Barr Twp.) and Miles Station Cemetery in Brighton Township, Macoupin County, and Bott Cemetery located 1 mile south of Brighton, but is located in Jersey County. It also has some family histories and newspaper abstractions in Brighton Twp, 40 pages.
Available for purchase from Mary Ann Kaylor, 931 Miles St., Illiopolis, IL 62539-3562

Index to Macoupin County Memories: a pictorial history of Macoupin County, Illinois, by Littleton P. Bradley, 1995

Index to Volume One, Macoupin County Searcher, by Cynthia Leonard

Index to The Story of Macoupin County 1829-1979, index prepared by Littleton P. Bradley, Dec 1990
Available here in 29-page pdf

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