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Christine (Penn) Sumner
Erastus Elmer Lines

Is there a picture of a stone for Erastus?
I am also looking for an obit.
He was married to my Great Aunt Josephine Blake.

Thanks so much!
Added by Christine (Penn) Sumner on Jul 12, 2014 4:48 PM
RE: Sadie Rankin
You're welcome! I wasn't sure that's how you did it, but it worked!
Added by Shawdau on Jul 01, 2014 4:37 PM
Sadie Rankin
Have the obituary for Sadie Rankin: Mrs. Sadie Rankin, 84, passed away at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning, June 9, 1952 at the home of her son, Glenn O. Rankin, east of Monmouth. She had been in ill health for the past year. She was the widow of Harry Rankin, long-time grocer at Biggsville, Henderson County, IL.

Sarah Gibb was born south of Monmouth on Feb. 9, 1868, and was the daughter of Francis Gibb and Eleanor (Hull) Gibb. She was reared in Henderson County, just south of Biggsville, and attended the Cowden school near home and also Bushnell Academy. She was married to Harry L. Rankin Nov. 22, 1894 and the family home was at Biggsville for many years. Mr. Rankin died June 27, 1936.

Surviving are their two sons, Glenn O. Rankin of Monmouth and Francis W. Rankin of Biggsville; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. L.F. Rawhouser of Biggsville. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Rankin was a member of the Biggsville United Presbyterian church. The body was taken to the Mudd Funeral Home at Biggsville, where funeral services were held Wed afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Biggsville United Presbyterian church. Burial was in the Biggsville Cemetery.
Added by Shawdau on Jul 01, 2014 12:33 PM
RE: Sarah Crawford/Henry Thomas Park
Ah, yes... thanks!
Added by EveyBl on Apr 13, 2014 8:06 PM
RE: Sarah Crawford/Henry Thomas Park
If I'm looking at the right spot on the obit, it's not a typo. As I wrote, Henry was then living in Keowee, Garfield County, Oklahoma (not in Illinois). Is this the reference you meant?
Added by EveyBl on Apr 13, 2014 7:07 PM
Sarah Crawford/Henry Thomas Park
That whole saga with Henry Thomas and Sarah is so nuts! Did you read the biography I wrote for Henry? It's obvious there was some acrimony, as H.T. kept responding he was a "widower" on Census records, when Sarah was very much alive (and responding as "married") back in Illinois. Then, that 1886 photo... wow, don't they look happy to be sitting together in it?! I do wish I knew the entire story.
Added by EveyBl on Apr 13, 2014 4:02 PM
That was the # for Elizabeth's memorial. Here is Sarah's (#82938249).
Added by EveyBl on Apr 13, 2014 2:46 PM
Snapp Connections
Hi, and thanks for the contact. Yes, I already had Sarah Crawford Park's grave (#18750063). Also, I had the information regarding Sarah's children. My big mystery is what happened to Thornton. I still suspect he died of the cholera that swept through the area during the Black Hawk War. I just need to find some documentation. Hopefully, those military records show up soon... but I suspect they are somewhat overwhelming. With only one-month enlistments, the muster rolls must be a nightmare!
Added by EveyBl on Apr 13, 2014 2:12 PM
Thornton Crawford
Hello again, I saw your message referencing a death date for Thornton... I'm guessing you accidentally typed "Thornton" (husband) rather than "John" (son) with that death date of 1862 in your last message. I went through "Early Days..." a week or so back and couldn't find specific info on Thornton's death. I suspect he died during the Black Hawk War or as a result of the cholera epidemic that accompanied it, as the timing the location fit. I wish the Black Hawk records were (1) more complete and (2) online at!
Added by EveyBl on Apr 08, 2014 8:41 AM
Doniphan County
Did you mean Nebraska with this reference, or Kansas? Doniphan, Kansas, is where many of Sarah Crawford Park's sons settled... my family.
Added by EveyBl on Apr 06, 2014 11:52 PM
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