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Topperlove (#46795920)
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Elijah O'Keefe
Thank you so very much for the information. I will compare and see if I can add anything new to what I have.
If you ever visit the Fish Net Restaurant in Arkadelphia, AR, that's my brother Ron.

Added by OKeefe on May 03, 2016 6:55 PM

RE: Elijah O'Keefe #8053029
I would greatly appreciate any photos or information on them. I'm trying to link as much together as I can on "Find A Grave" and also in a note book where I've collected information. I didn't realize they were in Chidester in my younger years. I wish I had started piecing the family together sooner. It looks like they have a daughter (Mary Helen O'Keefe?) in one photo. Also I am trying to find out more information on his mother and father John Daniel O'Keefe and Mary Elizabeth (Redfern) O'Keefe. Was Roxie related to "Chicken" Holleman in Camden. My mom and dad opened the Arkansas Cafe in the late 1960's and early 1970's. I remember Chicken coming there all the time. He was a big razorback fan and quite a character. Thank you for any information.

Gary O'Keefe

Added by OKeefe on May 03, 2016 5:43 PM

Elijah O'Keefe #8053029
I see you have posted family photos of Elijah and his wife, Moxie. The wedding photo shows the year 1920. Is there a day/month listed on the photo? Elijah was a son of my great, great Grandfather's. I would like his/wife's link added to the family's if possible.

Added by OKeefe on May 03, 2016 4:06 PM

K. Roberts
RE: Minor Monroe
If it dosen't mean anything mention that in a note. Make a story out of how it came to be.

I also have one of those. He just liked how it looked, and that is on the memorial.

Added by K. Roberts on Apr 22, 2016 2:24 PM

Linda Peden-Grogan
RE: email
Yes I did and I emailed you all my personal infor. I will try again before I leave work. Won't be back until the 3rd.
My email at home is down, there is big time road work being done and they broke something. I will also try a friends computer over the weekend.
Talk to you soon.

Added by Linda Peden-Grogan on Aug 29, 2014 2:19 PM

Linda Peden-Grogan
How wonderful!!! I can't wait to see them. I am sure my mom and uncles will be thrilled. I have fireproof safes for my pictures and genealogy. I would love to have them. How do I get my personal information to you....first time talking on the web.
Your step-cousin,

Added by Linda Peden-Grogan on Aug 26, 2014 1:24 PM

Linda Peden-Grogan
George D Matcham
I am a Matcham and wanted you to know that the photo is of George D Matcham I and the little boy is George D Matcham Sr. They are my Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Are you interested in the Matchams. I would be happy to help.

Added by Linda Peden-Grogan on Aug 25, 2014 1:55 PM

Mary Katherine Pollman Brees
Hi Sharon,

I was reviewing the obits that you sent me and found something strange. Harry Pollman's obit listed survivors as Mrs. Elmer (Mary) "Green" of Marquette Heights, not Brees. Do you think this was a typo or was she previously married to an Elmer Green?


Added by Linda on Aug 24, 2014 1:36 PM

RE: Ethel J Avery Van Auken

Unfortunately I do not know the Matcham family. I'll do some searching for grandchildren of a sibling who may still live in Lorain County, OH. If I find someone, I'll find out if they know who would want the photos.


Added by Linda on Aug 20, 2014 7:11 PM

RE: Ethel J Avery Van Auken
I meant to tell you that my connection to you is via the marriage of Marian Ann Worcester, daughter of Benjamin Franklin & Mary Lilly Wilder (my g-g grandparents) to George D. Matcham then his marriage to Emma & their 5 children.


Added by Linda on Aug 19, 2014 10:48 AM

RE: Ethel J Avery Van Auken
Thanks Sharon, I've learned to be patient in working with genealogy. If I hear from the library I'll let you know.


Added by Linda on Aug 19, 2014 10:35 AM

RE: Ethel J Avery Van Auken

You are most welcome and thank you for setting me straight about Raymond. Now that I look at his birth date, I must have had a senior moment to think Ethel was his bio. mom. Now I just have to figure out Mr. William's first name and when they married. KS isn't the best state to find marriage information, so all my dates are quesstimates.

By any chance, do you have any obituaries for Alva, Ethel, Harry, Raymond or Beulah? I know they are available from the Pekin Public Library as I sent an e-mail about how to obtain copies. As yet I've not had a response.

Yes, our families of the past and present can make life very interesting.


Added by Linda on Aug 18, 2014 8:22 PM

George Delorain Matcham
May I have permission to use your photo from Find A Grave for my Ancestry Tree?


Added by Linda on Aug 03, 2014 6:28 PM

Paulette Weaver
Frances Elizabeh Rhea Rogers
I agree with Lisa, This picture was given to me almost 30 years ago as being Lucinda Cooley. At the same time I got pictures of Lucinda's parents, William and Sarah.

Added by Paulette Weaver on Jun 01, 2014 8:48 PM

Lisa Minor
Frances Rhea Rogers photo
Are you positively sure this is Frances and not Lucinda Cooley Rogers? I have found this same pic on labeled as Lucinda. Lucinda was the first wife of Harmon E Rogers as you may already know. Lucinda is my direct line ancestor and this pic looks a lot like my grandmother or I would not question. I know things get mixed up and are sometimes wrong on ancestry, but, please can you tell me if this is absolutely, positively, without a doubt Frances and not Lucinda? Many thanks, Lisa Minor

Added by Lisa Minor on Mar 29, 2014 3:34 PM

Charles Waid
RE: Elisabeth Helen Patterson Fletcher
Love taking care of cousins. Chuck

Added by Charles Waid on Feb 14, 2013 11:28 AM

RE: James Edward Matcham
Thank you for your willingness to share your photos.
I would like to use all the Matcham photos with your permission.


Added by Linda on Dec 24, 2012 3:00 PM

James Edward Matcham

I've recently found more of my Matcham family and was wondering if I might use several of James Edward Matcham #44847273 photos for my records? His dad, George was married to my great aunt Marion. Thanks


Added by Linda on Dec 24, 2012 12:54 PM

Leha Cohee
RE: Harriet Van Auken grave photo
You are very welcome! The photo I uploaded looks a little blurry for some reason so I will try to get a better picture while I'm on break from school.

Added by Leha Cohee on Dec 14, 2012 4:00 PM

RE: Abram Van Auken
WHAT A GREAT PICTURE! No thanks necessary for the transfer. I am glad you can add so much to his memorial!

Added by Debra on Mar 13, 2012 5:50 PM

RE: Abram Van Auken
Hi Sharon, Thank you for the nice note. I would be delighted to make a transfer. he your relation?....contacted me earlier today and I offered to transfer to him. If it is OK with him, I will transfer to you.
Also, I will get better photos and photos that show the group of stones together next time I am in Bath.
If I may, many of my family come from Bath. The cemetery is well taken care of. They really take care of the veterans with flags at the holidays. It is one of my favorite places. I love to get there early on a warm sunny day. I sit and listen to the flags flapping in the breeze.
The Bath area and all of Mason County really did their part in the CW. Most all families saw a loved one march off to answer Lincoln's call.

One fellow soldier of Abram in the 17th Illinois was Alexander Davis. He is actually buried not far from Abram. I have adopted Alex, his stone was so dirty that you could not read the script. He was not getting a flag placed at the holdays because no one knew he was a veteran. I cleaned him up and he looks awesome. If you would stop by his memorial and leave a note, that would be special.
All the best,

Added by Debra on Mar 13, 2012 10:09 AM

Sharon Bourgeois
Grandma Elsie's Photo's
Thanks so much for taking your time to put up my grandmother's pictures. The pictures look awesome! I would like to put one more photo up if you think that would be ok. We had a 5 generations photo taken with grandmother and she loved the picture. I'll try to find it and post it soon. It is a nicer picture. I don't think it would need any touch ups. Your mom's photos are so good, she was truely a naturally beautiful woman. Thanks again, your cousin Sharon!

Added by Sharon Bourgeois on Feb 28, 2012 8:42 AM

Sharon Bourgeois
RE: Aunt Elsie's photos
Thanks so much, I appreciate what you've done. Did you fix all the pictures that I put up. Do you want me to delete them all? You can ask me anything you want! I am very busy and don't have time to perfect anything as for as my pictures but I wish I could. My daugther spent one afternoon while she was in college trying to find out if we had any Cherokee bloodlines. Well, we never did find anything but she found Uncle Harold's mistake. The 7th leg from me on Grandma's father's side would take us to Tabitha Romax Keith but that's not her name. Her name was Tabitha Rorex Keith. Keith was her first husband and our GGGGrandfather John Hindman was her second husband. They lived in a town called Cherokee and they probably were related to some Cherokee but how, I don't know, we've never looked into it any more. It's under the descendants of William Rorex (1743-1816. Thanks again, Sharon

Added by Sharon Bourgeois on Feb 26, 2012 10:15 AM

James Seidelman
Email me...
I've done a photo composite of your father. My email address is:

Added by James Seidelman on Feb 23, 2012 9:21 PM

James Seidelman
Here's something for you...
Thought I'd do some charting, so here's what I put together from

|1. Abraham "Abram" VAN AUKEN (Civil War)
| * Nancy Ann HARBERT
| |2.John P. VAN AUKEN b:7-16-1866 Bath IL, Mason Co. IL d:3-25-1952 Mason Co., IL m:10-5-1892
| | Bath IL Note: Policeman and Laborer. Bur: Bath IL Cemetery, Mason Co., IL
| | * Harriet Hattie FLETCHER b:7-21-1872 Mason Co., IL d:2-17-1925 Mason Co. IL bur: Bath IL
| | Cemetery, Bath IL
| | |3. Beulah E. VAN AUKEN b:9-13-1892 Bath IL d:3-1-1941 Bath IL bur: Camp Butler National
| | | Cemetery, Springfield, IL
| | | * William MARKERT b:8-21-1889 d:12-25-1966 m:11-27-1912 Bath IL bur: Bath IL Cemetery,
| | | Mason Co., IL
| | | |4. Melvin Leo MARKERT b:11-5-1916 d:9-2-1923 bur: Matanzas Cemetery,near St. John's
| | | | Lutheran Church, Bath IL
| | | |4. Lowell W. MARKERT b:3-6-1921 d:8-1-1995 bur: Camp Butler National Cemetery,
| | | | Springfield, IL.
| | |3. Jessie Hazel VAN AUKEN b:1894 d:
| | |3. Bessie M. VAN AUKEN b:10-22-1896 d:3-6-1989 bur: Bath IL Cemetery, Mason Co. IL
| | | * Claude H. JOHNSON m:9-7-1915 d:6-2-1976
| | | |4. Hubert W. JOHNSON b:2-23-1916 Bath, Mason Co. IL d:4-11-1955 Bath, Mason Co. IL
| | | | bur: Bath IL Cemetery, Mason Co. IL
| | |3. Alva James VAN AUKEN b:2-18-1899 Bath IL d:5-18-1945 Tazewell Co. IL
| | | * Ethel Josephine AVERY m:1-18-1920 b:1898 d:1972
| | | |4. Beuford VAN AUKEN
| | | |4. Bernard Hyde VAN AUKEN "Ben" b:10-19-1923 d:8-20-2006 bur: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside CA OBIT: BERNARD (BEN) VAN AUKEN, 82, of Yucca Valley, passed away 8/20/06, at the Loma Linda VA Hospital.
He was born 10/19/1923, to Alva Van Auken and Ethel Avery in Sedona, Illinois. He grew up in Bath, IL, in Mason County. He later moved to Pekin, IL, where he graduated from Pekin Community High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII where he spent much of his tour in the South Pacific. He served in the U.S. Navy from September, 1942 to December, 1945, in Corpus Christi, TX, and the South Pacific.
He lived in Pekin, IL, for many years with his wife, Venice, and their four children: Terry, Marlene, Sharon, and Barbara. He was a journeyman pipefitter. At the end of this marriage, he moved first to Chicago and then to Yucaipa, CA, in 1957, with his wife, Virginia, son, Bill, and step-daughters, Melissa and Sheridan. After Virginia's death, he married Dorothy and became step-father to Arlene, Gayle, and Patti. He continued to work in the pipefitter trades until his retirement. He was a steamfitter for nearly 50 years.
He is survived by his sons, Terry and Bill; his daughters, Marlene, Sharon and Barbara; and his step-daughters, Arlene, Gayle, Melissa, Patti and Sheridan. He will be sorely missed by his life long friends, his family, and his close friend, Vera Kohler.
| | | | *Venice V. BLAIR b:6-21-1926 d:5-9-2010 (par: Earl & Opal nee Hindman b:8-16-1907 d: 11-12-2001 BLAIR) OBIT: Venice Monroe of Pekin passed away Sunday, May 9 at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, IL. Venice was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 21, 1926. Her parents were Earl and Opal (nee Hindman) Blair. Venice moved with her family to Illinois in 1937 and settled in Pekin in 1945. She married Bernard H. Van Auken.
On December 10, 1960, she married Pete Monroe in Springfield, IL. She loved to play Bingo and to read just about every book in print. She and Pete traveled the world together from Africa to the Orient, from Europe to the Middle East and the South Seas.
Venice is survived by her husband, Pete, and two sisters, Marlene (Dan) Blair of Peoria and Brooksville, Florida and Shirley (Bob) Galleger of Peoria. Also surviving are four children: Terry (Ethel) Van Auken of Varna, Marlene (Steven) Ammar of Oklahoma City,
Sharon (Hal) Earp of Peoria, and Barbara Van Auken of Peoria, and three step-children: Randy (Diane) Monroe of Peoria, Kathy (Bob) Durr of Henderson, NV, and Rex Monroe of Peoria. She leaves nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great
grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and a grandson.
Venice helped in her mother's restaurant, Opal's Cafe, on Main Street in Peoria, IL, for many years. She also worked in market research for 24 years, retiring in 1991. Previously, she had worked at Sunset Lanes and American Distilling Company, both in Pekin and had been a part time tax preparer. She was a member of the Pekin Women of the Moose Chapter 673.
A private visitation and funeral will be held at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes and Crematory in Pekin. Private Burial will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery in rural Mapleton, IL.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association and to the Pekin Public Library.
| | | | |5. Terry VAN AUKEN
| | | | | * Ethel
| | | | |5. Marlene VAN AUKEN
| | | | | * Richard KLEVINS
| | | | | |6. Marc Richard KLEVINS b:6-8-1966 Peoria, IL d:6-2-1968 Chicago, Cook Co IL bur:
| | | | | | Springdale Cemetery, Peoria IL.
| | | | | * Steven AMMAR
| | | | |5. Sharon VAN AUKEN
| | | | | * Hal EARP
| | | | |5. Barbara VAN AUKEN
| | | | * Virginia Marie STURM b:3-8-1923 d:3-6-1970
| | | | |5. Bill VAN AUKEN
| | | | |5. Step-daughter: Melissa
| | | | |5. Step-daughter: Sheridan
| | | | * Dorthy Rose b:3-8-1925 d:9-25-1992
| | | | |5. Step-daughter: Arlene PARKER
| | | | |5. Step-daughter: Gayle
| | | | |5. Step-daughter: Patti
| |2. Minnie Myrtle VAN AUKEN
| | * Louis Frank ROLOFF m:10-4-1893
|1. Elmer EARP B;9-3-1884 Livingston Co. IL d:12-22-1977 Kankakee Co. IL bur: Earp Cemetery, Cornell,
| Livingston Co. IL
| * Bessie COX b:1885 d:1980 burt: Earp Cemt., Cornell, Livingston Co. IL
| |2. Glenn A. EARP b:1-20-1911Cornell, Livingston CO., IL d:5-13-2010 Flanagan, Livingston Co., IL
| | * Madeline B. MORRIS b:1914 d:5-15-2006 m:1-2-1936 Ottawa IL
| | |3. Dr. Norman L. EARP b:8-23-1936 Cornell, Livingston Co., IL d:9-20-1998 Peoria IL
| | | *
| | |3. Karen EARP
| | | * Fred IFFT
| | |3. Kenneth EARP
| | |3. Norman EARP (deceased)
| | |3. Gary EARP (deceased)
| |2. Eugene EARP
| | * WOOD
| |2. Evelyn EARP (deceased)
| |2. Cloyd R. EARP b:11-19-1908 d:12-28-2003 m:8-20-1935 bur: Earp Cemetery, Cornell, Livingston Co. IL
| | * Florence L. b:8-6-1908 d:1-8-2005

Added by James Seidelman on Feb 23, 2012 8:58 PM


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