Grundy County Illinois Queries

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Example of a good query: Looking for information on John DOE, b: abt 1842 in GA, d: unk. Family tradition has it that John came to Grundy County abt 1885 with friends he fought with in the Civil War.


  1. Rene Larson

    I received a death record from Grundy County. It states that the child was born in 1885 in Sufferus, or Sufferris. His siblings were born in Coal City – their father, a miner. Can anyone help me with the correct name of the town? Or maybe it was just a neighborhood within Coal City?

    • Michele Micetich

      The place is Suffern, and was later called Suffernville which was annexed into Coal City. Suffern in 1885 was a new coal camp town. The Suffern brothers platted their farm land and built miners’ homes around their two mines.

    • Rene Larson

      Thank you, Michele. That is exactly what I needed.

    • Michele Micetich

      Great! Google “Grundy County, Felix Twp, IL” plat maps for 1874, 1897, or 1909 and you will see Suffern’s location. Not sure you live around Coal City. If I can be of any more help find me at Carbon Hill School Museum webpages.

  2. Sheila Thayer
  3. Marge Swanson

    Tinan and/or McKenna

    Margaret (Maggie) Whelan Tinan Born Ireland abt 1825. Husband’s name possibly Martin. 1855 Illinois Census, living with 3 sons all born in Illinois. Morris, Township 33, Range 7. Perhaps widowed.

    1870 Federal Census Morris, Ward 2. Continues living with 3 sons, Michael, Patrick, James.

    Son Michael married Ellen Keane of Morris, moved to Chicago
    Son Patrick became a priest serving in Chicago area.
    Son James unknown history.
    Daughter Margaret born Ireland in 1848 Emg 1870, Married Francis McKenna 11 Feb 1872, Morris. Moved to Chicago

    Cannot find family after 1870 Census but they appear in Chicago in the 1900 Census, later moving to Buchanan, Michigan.

    Francis Citizenship granted in Morris 2 Dec 1873.

    Francis and family are buried at Mt Carmel Cemetery, Morris, bodies being returned from Chicago and Buchanan Michigan as late as 1958.

    Many gaps in family history and would appreciate any other information that may be known.

  4. Don Hagstrom

    Hogben My great grandmother Emily Mary Hogben was born 8 Sep 1875 in Grundy County. Her parents were George Hogben and Mary Ann Anderson, who had immigrated from England in 1868.

  5. Patty Boardman

    My ancestor John Baker EDWARD(S) came to Grundy county in 1851 from England and remained there until July 1857. His jobs included farming, school teacher, clothier. His wife was Hannah HORN and many HORN relatives come also. Michael BAKER or BARKER father of John Baker EDWARDS arrived with his son. His trade was clothier, making fabric. We don’t know why but John Baker changed his name from BAKER (BARKER) to EDWARDS.
    John had three children while in the Mazon twp. James BAKER EDWARDS born 1853. Martha Hannah Edwards born 1855, Micheal Joseph EDWARDS was born 1857 and died before July when they moved to MN.
    I would like to find where the baby was buried. I checked the sites you listed. I also wondered what John Baker EDWARDS did for a living while there. I think he was teaching. Are there any early records on teachers in the Mazon twp? Are there city directories? The family is listed in the state census of 1855.Thank you for your help. Sincerely,

  6. Cheryl

    I am looking for information on William Fuller – who lived in Mazon from ~1847 to 1875. He was initially married to Sarah Royal in 1847. They had 3 kids – George Gilbert Fuller, Mary Fuller and Hattie Fuller. I cannot figure out what happened – divorce or what, but Sarah left and William remarried in 1855 to another Sarah and then again in ~1860 something to a Jeanette. Sarah Royal left the state and remarried as well. If anyone knows where I can find some historical newspapers or any family histories that could help me.

  7. Mags

    I’m looking for information of where my Grandfather, Francis McKenna (1843-1902) who was originally from Ireland, I know he was naturalized in 1873 in Morris, Grundy County Illinois. Witness for him were Michael Mulvay and John Monson (perhaps Momson).I find Michael in the 1870 Census at age 28 and living with his mother Anne Mulvay age 50. But find nothing about John Monson. It is a long shot but I’m thinking if I can locate any records for these two gentlemen they may lead me back to Ireland. I have much info going forward for Francis, he married Maggie Tinan in Morris, they had several children born there. The family later moved to the Chicago area and then bought a farm in Buchanan MI where he died. His body was brought back to Morris and he is buried there in Mt Carmel Cemetery.
    I did receive a copy of his Certificate of Citizenship from Grundy County. But the woman said there were no other records. Does that strike anyone else as strange to not have the Declaration or Petition attached?
    Any help if appreciated.

  8. Nora-Lee Goodwin

    My paternal grandfather was naturalized in 1896 in Grundy County.. he was Giovanni Matteo Coello.. a coal.miner.. Coello family members were in Coal City about 1893 for about 10 years at least before going to Butte Montana.

    I am a genealogist trying to track my Marchiando and Coello Grundy County.

    • Michele Micetich

      We are the Carbon Hill Historical Society at the Carbon Hill School Museum just outside of the Coal City town limits. We do history of the coal mining families. Would love to help in your search and in return have a copy of your family history for our museum. Contact us !

  9. Irving Ostrander

    I am first looking for Sarah Hall’s grave site. Her death cert 1888 that she died in Chicago and is buried in Morris County.

    Second my great grandmother Else (Nee Parker)Ostrander also died in Chicago around 1866 and I haven’t found any data on where she is buried I am assuming she is also in Morris as Sarah Hall was her daughter. Nothing definite though.

    She also had a son John JP in Kankakee nothing there either. I also show Else and Sarah in Morris on the 1860 census.

    Any help on either of these would be greatly appreciated.


  10. RC Collins

    I am looking for information on the family of George Fowler. He resided in Goodfarm Twp.

    In 1855 he is married to some one 40 to 50 years old.

    In 1859 he marries Eunice Chanler (nee: Strivens I believe).

    Is there any listing or information on when George actually got the farm and what might have happen to the first Mrs Fowler.

  11. John A. Faylor

    I would be pleased to know more about my great-great-grandfather, John Wesley Faylor, who settled in Grundy County (then still LaSalle County) in the year 1834.

  12. Wendy Gulick

    I am looking for information on Palmer SMITH, born in Mazon in 1850, and his mother Caroline Matilda Keith SMITH, who may have died in Mazon in 1907. They had left Mazon by 1860. I am also looking for information on Lizzie (?) SMITH, the wife of Palmer. I am especially looking for Lizzie’s maiden name, and hoped that Caroline’s obituary might give me some clues to Palmer and Lizzie’s location at the time of Caroline’s death.

  13. Tiffany

    I found a token from carls tap gardner illinois. The flip side says good for 10 cents in trade. Does anyone know of the history of this token?

  14. Darcy

    I am searching for information on a Dominick Columbus or Domenico Colombatto .He was involved in an injury with the railroad in around 1898-1900 in Coal City.

  15. Randall Huff

    Looking for information on the Huff family who moved to Grundy County in the 1850’s. William and Anna (Barnes) Huff had several children. One child was Silas Huff who enlisted into the Illinois infantry during the Civil War. William and Anna stayed in that area until their death. I’m looking for any information about the Huffs during that period, cemeteries where they may be buried, etc.

  16. David R. Claypool

    Lawrence Wilson Claypool was my grandfather and built the L.W. Claypool building in Morris. A Perry Claypool was noted in the history of the town. Any information on how Perry was related to Lawrence? Does anyone have any history of L.W. Claypool building, why it was built, and how was it used. Any additional history or information? I took a picture of the building and his name at the top in 1983.

    • GrundyILGW

      David, Lawrence was the son of one of the earliest residents in Grundy County. He reportedly grew up in Grundy County with his closest neighbors being the Native Americans…

      Here’s what I can find on the building itself:

      Habs/Haer Inventory
      U.S. Department of Interior
      National Park Service

      L. W. Claypool Building
      F. O. E. Lodge
      120 Liberty Street, Morris, Illinois

      Limestone rubble foundation, cut limestone sill; rusticated tooled Aux Sable sandstone ashlar, regular coursing, on north and east; common bond red brick on south and west. Rectangular plan; five-bays on north, seven on east. Two stories. Flat roof with terracotta coping; pronounced decorative metal cornice with stone bed molding, ornamental brackets, modillions and lozenges. Canted entrance bay on northeast corner, round arched doorway, replacement door, enclosed transom, projecting rusticated blocks on corner piers, rusticated keystone above doorway. First story north storefront altered with glass-block, brick and corrugated metal; first story east has two wood slab doors and one wood frame glass door; south end of east facade has glass-block replacement windows, cast iron columns with foliated capitals, one stone pilaster, enclosed entrance to basement. Thirteen second-story windows with segmental-arch lintels and stone lug sills, replacement metal one-over-one-light double-hung sash windows; evidence of second-story entrance on east, exterior staircase removed. Italianate commercial style. Corner site; main entrance faces northeast. Extensive alterations; extensive stone deterioration. Architect: Mr. Biglow. Constructed by L.W. Claypool, first elected county recorder (1841), first postmaster of Morris (1842-45), assistant agent of the canal lands (1848-1860). Building used as a grocery store and jewelry store with various other commercial activities and offices on the second story.

      Built by an early prominent Morris resident on a major site in the central business district. Excellent example of local interpretation of the Italianate style as applied to a stone commercial building. Significant as part of the rapid commercial growth that occurred in Morris in the late 1870s. One of three large sandstone Italianate commercial buildings, all with severe stone deterioration.

    • Justin Claypool

      That’s interesting to read. I am currently researching our genealogy, all information is awesome.

    • Justin Claypool

      Is this in reference to Lawrence Wilson Claypool Sr.? I am researching the Claypool lineage, and there is a photo that is posted and Lawrence Sr. is in a military uniform. Do you by chance have any knowledge of this?

      Let me know I’ll e-mail it to you.

  17. Tish Downey Reich

    Looking for any info, stories, documents, photos, etc. on John W. Downey (Norman Township, s.w.Section 32 and others). Purchased main farmland, section 32, in 1855. Widowed, had 6 sons (Edward,William,James,John W.–my Great Grandfather,Patrick,Thomas) and 1 daughter (Bridget). Section 32 had an old 1-room schoolhouse on it that my Great Grandfather taught while attending law school in IN. He later moved to Joliet, married Frances Kavanaugh. The other siblings remained in Grundy County.

  18. Dorothy Riegel

    I am looking for burial information on Hugh MacInnes (or variation of spelling). Born 3 Jan. 1874 in Scotland. Died 27 Mar. 1947 in Moris. Buried 29 Mar. 1947 in Mazon in Ward cemetery. His with was Bethia. I would appreciate information on her if there is information available. Would appreciate obits on both of them.
    Thank you.

    • catherine
      This is only a few pictures of students on above sites. I have a year book that is 100 years old. Maybe someone you are searching for is in it. Let me know and I will scan and email picture to you.


  19. Wallace Pfeifer

    Who are the current officials in Goodfarm Township, Grundy County, Illinois?
    Especially the Township Supervisor and Road Commissioner.

  20. Therese

    Johannah (or Hannah) Walter; Birth 12 Jul 1861 in Highland, Grundy, Illinois, United States
    Sister: Alice Walter; Birth 1858
    Mother: Elizabeth Pfeiffer Walter
    Father: Unknown

  21. John Kinley

    I am looking for any information regarding William Kinley (b. 5/4/1794 Kirk Rushen, Isle of Man; d. 10/3/1878 Oswego, Wheaton Township, IL); Ambrose Kinley, son of William, (b. 9/4/1819 Tancook Island, Nova Scotia; d. 12/9/1911 Tulsa County, OK).

    I know Ambrose mapped out the village of Verona (mostly on his property) with Martin Finch. Any additional information about the Kinleys would be greatly appreciated.

    • GrundyILGW

      While I don’t have the family well researched if you were to conduct a search of the site you’ll get an idea of what I do presently have online for the surname Kinley:

    • John Kinley

      Thank you for this information. I do apologize for my late response, as this is the first time I have seen your post.


      John Kinley

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