Vernon B Paddock

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In 2018 I initiated the preservation and restoration project of the Fort Hill Cemetery located in Avon Township, Lake County, IL near the community of Round Lake.

For information about the cemetery and the history of the Fort Hill Settlement view my website:

My interest in genealogy began in the early 1970s gathering information of the Paddock and Tekampe families. Both families, ancestors of my parents, settled in Lake County, IL in the early 1850's.

Through my research I have also discovered that Jonathan Barret Harvey and his wife, Wealthy (Buell) Harvey settled in Warren Township, Lake County, IL in 1843. In the 1980's I was instrumental in the restoration of their home known today as the "Mother Rudd Home" in Gurnee.

In addition, I learned another ancestor of my family was Jacob Schmitt, and one of the founders of Johnsburg in McHenry County near the Lake County border in 1841.

The 180 years of my ancestor's in this section of Illinois has inspired me to keep researching for new discoveries.


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