Collection: The ABC Family Chronicles

The ABC Family Chronicles

A number of years ago this author was researching information for a local history book. During that time she encountered numerous names that were members of her family heritage. That heritage went back in time in that same local area over a hundred years ago. Four of her family lines which came to Shelby County, Illinois are discussed in this volume. The Stoneburner line begins with the author’s mother and she is in the eighth generation from 1752. The Spracklin line begins with the author’s grandmother (mother’s mother) and she is in the sixth generation from 1823. The Austin line begins with the author s great-grandmother (mother’s grandmother) and she is in the 8th generation from 1687. The Broyles line contains three sets of maternal grandparents three generations back. However, this work traces the ancestry forward rather than backward. It is impossible in a work of this type to include all the descendants over a span of 300 years. Documentation is included as much as possible as well as an index to make it easier for the researcher. Invariably there will be mistakes. May a relative be not too upset if a mistake is made. Stoneburner – Germany, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois Spracklin – England, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois Austin – England, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Illinois Broyles – Germany, Virginia, Illinois John Marion, third child of Robert and Margaret, had...

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Genealogy of Linzie Otis Stoneburner

Linzie O., son of John M. and Margaret Stoneburner, continued living on a farm near Herrick. On the 25 April 1901 he married Ella Alice Miller, daughter of Benedict and Lucie Spockwell Miller. Linzie and Ella had a family of four children. In January of 1931, “about 40 neighbors and friends gathered at the home of L. O. Stoneburner and family to spend the evening. Following are the names of those present: Charles McKittrick and wife; Hubert Smart and family; Ellis Corley and wife; Arthur Salmons and family; Mrs. Lamora Manuel and children; Lawrence Stoneburner and family; Dorothy Campbell; John Stoneburner and family and Charles Wakefield. The evening was spent in playing music and games. Refreshments of pop corn and home made candy were served. A very pleasant evening was enjoyed by all. On June 28, 1934 Ella had surgery at the Pana hospital. She died a few days later. Her obituary read: “Ella Alice Stoneburner, daughter of Benedict and Lucy Miller, was born in Marion Co., Indiana, August 10, 1883 and departed this life July 4th 1934, at the age of 50 years, 10 months and 24 days. She was united in marriage to Linzie Stoneburner, April 25th 1901. Besides her companion and children she leaves to mourn her departure two sisters: Mrs. Joe Terrell of Rossville and Mrs. Robert Middleton of Tenexa, Kansas; three brothers: Clarence E.,...

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Genealogy of Robert Stoneburner

Robert, fourth son of John and Catherine Stoneburner, lived in Morgan County, Ohio. There in Morgan County sometime around 1842, he married Margaret Landerman probable daughter of William Lenderman. In 1870 they were residents of Harrison Township in that County. Jerusalem Lutheran York Township Cemetery Inscriptions, Morgan County Ohio Robert Stoneburner b. 1810 d. 4 Aug 1898 at 78 years 10 months and 4 days Margaret Stoneburner b. 1816 d. 14 Aug 1906 at 93 years. 404 Robert Stoneburner born 3 Sept. 1819 Morgan County, Ohio married circa 1842 Margaret Landerman born circa 1815 Ohio died 4 Aug. 1898 Morgan County, Ohio Children of Robert Stoneburner and Margaret Landerman: 501 Emmaline Stoneburner born circa 1843 Morgan County, Ohio married William Augenstein of Marion, Ohio died 1921 at age 64 died after 1921 502 Levi Stoneburner born circa 1845 married Margaret J. ? died March 1915 Danville, Illinois ch: Edwin F., Mary L, Florence B., Frederick E., Robert H., Jessemine Gordon 503 John Marion Stoneburner born 31 Jan. 1847 Morgan County, Ohio married 11 March 1869 Margaret Mohler, Muskingum Co., Ohio died 9 April 1930 Shelby Co., Ill. 504 Phebe E. Stoneburner born circa 1848 Morgan Co., Ohio 505 Lewis Henry Stoneburner born 19 Jan. 1852 Morgan Co., Ohio married 6 April 1875 Isabelle Valentine died 6 April 1920 Shelby County, Ill. No children. 506 George Stoneburner born circa 1853 Morgan...

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Genealogy of Lawrence Albert Stoneburner

Lawrence, son of Linzie Otis and Ella Stoneburner, continued the occupation of farming. On 26 February 1924 he married Goldie Ardath Spracklin in Christian Co., Ill. She was the daughter of Grace Belle Austin and George E. Spracklin, also residents of Shelby Co., Ill. On Sunday, July 5, 1925, “Lawrence Stoneburner was given a birthday surprise by his wife. At the noon hour about 40 of his relatives and friends gathered with well-filled baskets and a big dinner was spread under the trees on the lawn. Among the good things to eat were five big cakes. Mr. Stoneburner received a number of nice presents. Those present were her. and Mrs. John 14 I. Stoneburner, his grandparents; Mr. and Firs. Tom McConnell and son Tony; Mr. and Mrs. George Spracklin and family; Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Stoneburner and family; Bert and Hazel McDaniels and son Richard of Springfield; Thomas, Richard and Lena Bennett; John Stoneburner’s family; Lyman Stoneburner and family; and Bill Stoneburner. The afternoon was spent in swimming and eating ice cream. All departed a late hour wishing Mr. Stoneburner many more happy birthdays.’ In later years their farm was situated in Cold Spring Township. In the fall of 1964 Lawrence and Goldie retired from the farm and moved to a home in Shelbyville, Illinois. Lawrence died that following spring. “Lawrence A. Stoneburner of Shelbyville passed away at...

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Genealogy of John Marion Stoneburner

John M., son of Robert and Margaret Landerman Stoneburner, lived in Muskingum County, Ohio after his marriage to Margaret Hannah Mohler on 11 March 1869. She was the daughter of Adam and Caroline Dozer Mohler. Sometime in 1884 the family moved to Shelby County, Illinois. On Monday September 3, 1928, “about 40 members of the Stoneburner families gathered at the home of John M. Stoneburner and wife to enjoy the day. There were five generations present. At the noon hour a bountiful dinner was served on the lawn. All enjoyed a fine time. “Those present were: Elmer Potts and wife; George Rice and wife; Ira McQuinn, wife and son; Mr. Horsely and Harry Pierce and wife, all of Springfield; Guy Hinkle; Lyman Stoneburner and family of Pana; L. O. and Lawrence Stoneburner and their families. All departed at a late hour planning to have more reunions.” John M. and Margaret lived on a farm in Section 28 of Cold Spring Township–an 80 acre tract in 1930. In June of 1929 Margaret left her husband John M. She took legal action restraining him from disposing of any property and filed for separate maintenance. John M. Stoneburner died almost a year later in April, 1930. His obituary read: “John M. Stoneburner, son of Robert and Margaret Stoneburner, was born 31 Jan. 1847 Muskingum Co., Ohio and departed this life April 9,...

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Genealogy of John Peter Stoneburner

John Peter Stoneburner, fifth child of Johann Peter and Susanna Stoneburner, was born in Virginia before his parents moved to Morgan Co., Ohio. It was probably in Ohio that he married Catherine sometime around 1810. On the 12th of October 1879-john Stoneburner wrote his will. It read: “In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I, John Stoneburner of the State of Ohio and of the County of Morgan, do make and publish this my Last will and testament Item 1st–I wish my Beloved Wife to remain on the Farm and in the House where we now reside and to have the third of the produce of the whole farm-and one Horse, and one Cow, and all the household and kitchen furniture. During her natural life. Item 2nd–whereas I have paid unto Jonathon and Robert my two sons one hundred and fifty dollars each-and sixty five dollars to Susanna Collins one of my daughters; now it is my will and wish that Sampson my sone shall have fifty acres off of the south side of the Farm before mentioned, in lue of his full share of the real estate for which I this day make him a deed; and he is to pay the thirds of the produce of the same, to me and my wife during our natural lives 3rd–I also wish Margaret, Catherine, and George and...

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Genealogy of Johann Peter Stoneburner

Johann Peter, second son of Jacob and Anna Stoneburner, married Susanna Compher? sometime around 1782/85 in Loudoun County, Virginia. They were still living in Virginia in 1810 but near 1813 they had moved to Ohio. In 1820 Peter became one of the first officers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Later Peter and Susanna became members of the New Jerusalem Church of Deavertown, Ohio which was in the northwest part of Morgan County. His will was made in Morgan County, Ohio on the 29th day of September 1821. It read: “In the Name of God, Amen: I, Peter Stoneburner of York Township, Morgan County and State of Ohio, farmer; being strong in mind and memory, make this my last will and testament. 1st. I bequeath my soul to God who gave it to me, and my body to the earth to be buried decently in a Christian manner. I bequeath this plantation whereon I live, and the house to my wife Susanna Stoneburner as long as she lives, I also bequeath to her all the household furniture that is in the house, I also bequeath to her one horse and one cow. I bequeath to John Wiley one hundred and sixty acres of land, to be purchased for him out of this estate where on I now live. I appoint my sons Michael Stoneburner and John Stoneburner as my executors....

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Genealogy of Jacob Stoneburner

On 23 September 1752 Jacob and Martin Stoneburner, possibly brothers, came to America on board the ship St. Andrew from Rotterdam to Philadelphia. Both of them were over the age of 16. Jacob early moved to Berks County, Pennsylvania where in 1767 he owned thirty acres, had one horse, one cow, two sheep. It was probably there that he married Anna Eva sometime before August 1758. Johann Adam Eva had come from Rotterdam to Philadelphia, 20 October 1754 on the ship Halifax. This Eva was possibly related to the Anna who married Jacob Stoneburner. There in Berks County, Jacob and Anna became members of the St. Joseph’s Union Church at Oley Hill which is east of present day Reading, Pennsylvania. By 1782 Jacob and his two older sons were residents of Loudoun County, Virginia, according to an early tax list. In Virginia Jacob and Anna became members of the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church at Lovettsville. However, the Shelburne Parish in Loudoun County, Virginia showed Jacob Stoneburner on the tax table list of 1771. Both Jacob and Anna are buried in the New Jerusalem Lutheran Church Cemetery. 101 Jacob Stoneburner, born 8 March 1729 Germany married before 1758 Anna Eva, Berks County, Pa. born circa 1731 died 10 Jan. 1796 Loudoun Co., Va. died 24 May 1796 Loudoun Co., Va. Children of Jacob Stoneburner and Anna Eva: 201 Johann Peter Stoneburner born...

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Genealogy of Marion Marvin Spracklin

Marvin M. Spracklin, son of George Spracklin and Arloa Turner Minor, remained a resident of Shelby County, Illinois for the rest of his life. On October 13, 1870 he married Mary Elizabeth Deal, daughter of Elias and Francis Elizabeth Broyles Deal. In 1877 Marvin became “our new groceryman, (had) adopted for his motto ‘quick sales and small profits,’ in consequence of which together with his affable nature and genial smiles, he (had) already secured for himself his full share of ‘public patronage’.” In 1906 Marvin had another occasion to smile since he had entered the Shelbyville Democrat office “Tuesday noon wearing a broad smile ‘the which won’t come off.’ Another grandboy to trot on his knee. The youngster (had) arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Murray early Tuesday morning and (tipped) the beam at ten pounds.” By 1918 Marvin and his wife owned six acres in Section 20 Cowden Township. Shortly thereafter they moved to Shelbyville, Illinois. Toward their later years in life, a surprise birthday dinner was given for Mrs. Spracklin’s 75th birthday. “Sixty-four of her relatives and friends gathered at the Spracklin home at noon. Among those present were her two brothers and their wives, Mr. and Mrs. James Deal of Lakewood, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deal and son Leon of St. Elmo; a sister, Mrs. Joseph Forsyth of Tower Hill. Mr. and Mrs....

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Genealogy of George Spracklin

George Spracklin, son of Peter Spracklin and Elizabeth Andrews, continued living in Dudley Township, Hardin Co., Ohio. There he met Arloa Turner Minor and was married 9 April 1840, Knox Co., Ohio. In December of 1864 George bought land here in Shelby Co., Illinois in Drypoint Township. He paid $3680 for 200 acres south of Lakewood, Ill; in 1865, he and his family lived in Edwards County, Ill. before moving to Shelby County. By 1868 George owned 300 acres in Shelby County. Arloa, George’s wife, died in July, 1892 and is buried in Red Bank Cemetery, land formerly owned by George Spracklin. By the time George died in 1902, he had parceled out much of the land to his and Arloa’s children. He left an estate of 70 acres of land in Edwards County, Ill.; 70 acres of land in Shelby County, Ill., valued at $3750.00; one house and 6 lots in Lakewood Ill. and $3000 worth of personal property. His cash on hand at death was $617.50 with $1572.18 owed him in loans. On that record Peter J. Spracklin, a resident of Hardin Co., Ohio, 30 Dec. 1902, stated that he had cared for George Spracklin from January 1 to July 1, 1893. Some of his personal or household items were sold on Sept. 25, 1902. These items were: 1 table, 1 bed stead, 1 safe, 1 bureau, 1...

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Genealogy of George Elias Spracklin

George Elias Spracklin likewise remained in Shelby Co., Ill. When he was twenty-two years of age, he married Grace Belle Austin , daughter of Belfield Kirtley and Gertrude Wilma Rhodus Austin, on 26 March 1902. George worked as a farmer to support his seven children. In 1918 he and his wife owned 80 acres in Section 29 Lakewood Township and tenant on 200 more acres. George died in Christian Co., Ill. in 1964. His widow Grace lived for seven more years. 444 George Elias Spracklin born 14 July 1881 Shelby Co., Ill. married 26 March 1903 Grace Belle Austin born 5 Sept. 1884 Henry Co., Mo. died 27 June 1971 Champaign Co., Ill. died 6 Feb. 1964 Morgan Co., Ill. Children of George Elias Spracklin and Grace Belle Austin: 508 Goldie Ardath Spracklin born 8 April 1904 Shelby Co., Ill. married 26 Feb. 1924 Lawrence Albert Stoneburner born 8 July 1902 died 14 April 1965 (See #701 in Stoneburner line) died 2 April 1983, Christian Co., Ill. 601 Lena May Stoneburner married James Harvey Cox See page 23. 509 Walter Spracklin born 1 April 1906 Shelby Co., Ill. married 14 Feb. 1929 Margorie E. Wiley 602 Walter Austin Spracklin married Betty Z. Black 603 Ralph Warren Spracklin married Maria Proksch 701 Kathy Sue Spracklin 702 Debra .Ann Spracklin 604 Howard Wayne Spracklin married Mildred E. Bailey 703 Karen Eileen Spracklin...

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Genealogy of Garriot K. Broyles

Broyles, Bruhls, Broils,Broiles originated from northwestern Germany. There are two towns one of which is Bruhl along the west side of the Rhine River. The largest community has an 18th century castle called Augustburg. The archbishop of Cologne had created the town in 1285. The family Brohl had lived in the area as early as the 14th century as in 1332 one Brohl had received a coat of arms. Some of the Broyles family came to America in 1717 to Culpepper, Virginia. The first was John Broyles who had several sons who were the ancestors for many of the Broyles today. The Broyles story here begins with the first one who came to Shelby County, Illinois. There has been much difficulty trying to pinpoint the ancestry of Garriot K. Broyles’ parents. His ancestry will be printed in a later volume. Garriot K. Broyles was born circa 1810 in Madison Coop Virginia. He had one known brother Ephraim and one sister Martha. In later years Garriot stated on his second marriage application that he was the son of Moses and Susannah Broyles, Garriot married Eunice V. Wayman on 22 December 1831 in Madison Co., Virginia. Eunice was the probable daughter of John Henry and Margaret Frances Wayman. Apparently the Broyles family lived near Harrisonburg, Virginia since one of their sons was born there. Sometime in 1858 the family moved to...

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Genealogy of Samuel Austin

Samuel, only surviving son of Henry and Elizabeth Lyles Austin, continued living in Calvert County, Maryland. By 1730, Samuel was married to Elizabeth Marshall, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Marshall. They had eleven surviving children when Samuel’s will was written in 1763. Some of their children moved to Virginia, specifically Albemarle County. Samuel Austin’s will of 1763 read: “In the name of God amen. I Samuel Austin of Calvert County in the province of Maryland, planter being in good health of body and of sound anal perfect mind and memory, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I desire that my debts may be paid and discharged at the discretion of my executor hereafter named and as touching the temporal estate that it hath been pleased God to bestow upon me I do give and bequeath in manner and form following. First I do give and bequeath unto my son William Austin that part of my land to the westward of the church rode and his heirs forever and one negro boy named George and one negro woman named Sarah. Next I do give and bequeath unto my son James Austin and his heirs forever all my land to the eastward of the church rode and one negro boy named Abraham. Next I do give and bequeath unto my...

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Genealogy of Willis Austin

The sixth child of Henry and Nancy Ann Austin was living in Madison County, Virginia by 1824. There he met Jane Malone and married her. Willis’ occupation to support her and the family was that of a carpenter and farmer. By 1850 the family had grown to nine members. They lived in Worf Town in 1850. They either remained in Virginia or moved to Missouri. 506 Willis Austin born circa 1796 Albemarle Co., Va. married 23 Aug 1823 Jane Malone born circa 1805 Virginia died 30 Sept. 1877 Mo. Children of Willis Austin and Jane Malone: 601 John H. Austin born circa 1824 Madison Co., Va. married Louisa Broyles born 6 Feb. 1837 Madison Co., Va. died 1862/3 Henry Co., Mo. 602 James N. Austin born circa 1827 603 Mary A. Austin born circa 1829 604 Elizabeth Austin born circa 1832 605 Catherine Austin born circa 1833 606 Nathan Franklin Austin born circa 1834’s married Sarah died 8 Nov. 18?5 Shelby Co., Ill. 607 Martha Austin born circa 1837 Sources for the Genealogy of Willis Austin: 1820 Census Albemarle Co., Va. 1850 Census Madison Co., Va. Janet Austin Curtis Records Va. Genealogist Vol. 16, 2, p. 9...

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Genealogy of John H. Austin

The first born son of Willis and Jane Austin lived for a time in Madison Co., Virginia. He worked as a wheelwright. Around 1854/55 he married Louisa J. Broyles, daughter of Garriott and Eunice Broyles. Later the Austin family moved to Missouri along with the Broyles family to Henry County, Missouri. There in 1857 John H. Austin bought one half acre for $38.00. His cabin was used for a post office until 1860. John H. Austin died 1862/3 but his widow Louisa continued the post office until 1864. After 1883-4 Louisa Austin and some of her children moved to Shelby County, Illinois. Her son Henry had already come to Shelby County and was living with John and Cordelia Broyles Harmon in 1880. Cordelia Harmon was Louisa Austin’s sister. Cordelia died sometime before Louisa came to Shelby County. Louisa Austin married her sister’s widower John Harmon in 1884. Louisa J. Broyles Austin Harmon lived until 11 June 1912. Her obituary appeared in the 20 June 1912 Shelby Democrat. Surviving were her husband John Harmon, sons: ‘William Austin of California; Belfield and Henry Austin of Shelby Co., Ill.; Thomas Austin of Missouri; daughter Ida Bowman of Lakewood, Ill. Stepchildren: Estella Duckett and M. M. Harmon of Lakewood, Ill. She was buried in Harmon Cemetery. 601 John H. Austin born circa 1824 Madison Co., Va. married circa 1854/5 Louisa J. Broyles born...

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