I began researching the family when I was young. I have always had a great desire to meet or gain as much knowledge about the family as possible. When traveling, I check out the phone books and cemeteries - never know who you may discover. Families of interest are Kiefer, Wilbanks, Vollmer, Meadows, Riddle, Moss, Carlton. Most originated from Virginia or South Carolina into the southern Illinois area and into Belleville, Il.