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HEATER Bible Record
 submitted by Mary Watson

My grandmother apparently used an old bible page to list our family of EASTONs.  I want to share this information with someone interested in the HEATER surname.  This is what is written on the page (which is pretty dim writing, but I believe I copied it correctly).

Aldrige Heater was born Fuly 6th 1831
Susan S. Heater was born April 6, 1835

Samuel Heater was born May 25, 1858
Lacy Ann Catharine Heater was born June 18th 1861
William Heater was born January 6, 1867 (year is faded)
Robert E. Lee Heater was born November 9, 1867
Dolly (Polly) Heater was born September 2, 1873
Lawrence Alonza Heater was born March 10, 1875
Florence Sophia Heater was born March 10, 1975

I hope this information is useful for EASTON family lived in Cumberland Co. near Toledo, IL.

Bio. of Daniel F. RANDOLPH
 submitted by Nancy Alice Laws Edersheim

From the Cumberland County History (pub. 1968)
DANIEL F. RANDOLPH, called Daniel, was a farmer, born Jan. 30, 1830 in Shelby Co. Ind.  His parents were Samuel and Nancy (Hill) Randolph, both natives of Virginia.  Samuel was a farmer, doctor and minister.  Both parents were Baptists.  In medicine he was a regular practitioner, of the Botanic School.  He died in 1865, age of 70 years, in politics he was a Democrat.  Nancy (Hill) Randolph died in 1852 at about 57 years.  They had 12 children.  Daniel F., our subject, had moderately good advantages, averaging about a month at school during the winter and working on the farm during the summer.  At the age of 22 he went with his parents from Shelby Co., to Owen Co., Ind., and settled a farm.  He married, Martha A.Vaughn on Sept. 22, 1853, in Owen Co., Ind.  Daniel and Martha had 11 children.  Daniel and Martha came to this county in 1856 and settled on a farm two miles southwest of Johnstown.  When he came he brought $1,000 which he which he largely invested in land.  He aquired 300 acres after giving 100 acres to his children.  He was very successful in business.  He was situated in a large brick house two miles southwest of Johnstown.  In politics he was a Greenbacker.  William Wright built this brick house, the first to be built in this large community.
     Martha Ann Randolph, daughter of Thomas and Isabelle (Ooley) Vaughn was born in Owen Co., Ind on Feb. 2, 1835.  She was marr., to Daniel Randolph and moved to Ill., in 1856.  She lived on the same farm till the death of her husband in May, 1902.  She lived the rugged life of the the pioneer and the prairie was not plowed when she came here.  She saw the first schools organized and she was the last living parent in Faiplay district when it was organized, one mile south of Johnstown.
     She reared 11 children and with exeption of one saw them grown, married in homes of their own, with children about them, and one by one saw them taken by death.  Of the 11, only three survive her.
The Randolph Children:
1. Isobell Randolph marr., Abraham Icenogle, had children: Joseph Daniel, marr., Anna Thorton, John Calvin marr., Lillian Tate, second Nellie Oakley; Soloman Grover marr., Beulah Plummer; James T., William W., and Alice marr., Jesse Thompson.
2. Rebecca A. Randolph marr., John Sparks.
3. Mary A. Randolph marr., John Pritchett.  Had one daughter Martha Angeline Pritchett who marr., Jimmy Brown of Trilla.  Mary died in April 1878, age 22 yrs. Andie d. of T.B., Oct.9, 1897, age 19 yrs. 8 mo. 10 days.  Burial place, Beals C., near Trilla, Illinois.
4. John Randolph, marr., Melissa Pritchett who d. Jan. 3, 1902, age 41 yrs, 1 mo. 11days.  John was a farmer all his life living one mile west of Johnstown.  Had children, Earl, marr., Letha Zike; Pearl marr., Ben Starwalt; Jesse marr., Carrie Redfern; and Nellie marr., Clint Starwalt.  John d. Jan. 1940.
5. James Thomas Randolph, marr., Clara Croake, had children, Golden, John, Glen and Edith Randolph.
6. Samuel Randolph d. June 25, 1870, age 7 yrs.
7. Uriah Randolph marr., Lulu Lake, daughter of William and Henrietta (Kemper) Lake.  Children: Lillie, marr., Earnest McGinnis of the Trilla neighborhood and lives in Sioux Pass, Montana; Gladys marr., Lester Bronson of Montana: Etta marr., George Croy, son of Elmer Croy, and lives at Puyallup,Wash: Cloyd marr., Ione Prince: Clark marr., Lucille Zike; Grace marr., Marlo Speer; Margaret marr., first Walter Croy and sec. Ira Elliot of Toledo, Ill.  Uriah was a farmer and storekeeper and mentioned in the summary of Johnstown.
8. Elizabeth M. Randolph, marr., Kelly Vandeever, had children: Cora, William, Everett and Gilbert Vandeever.
9. Nancy Randolph, marr., Clarence Comley McCall.  Had one daughter Elsie Mae, marr., Clarence Tempelton Willison son of Adrian (A.J) and Nancy Alice(Houser) Willison.
10. Louisa Randolph marr., Jacob E. McCall.
11. Lucinda Randolph marr., Tillman Grissamore, one son, Orville, marr., Grace Oakley, sec. Sylvia (Starwalt) Jenkins.  These children are marr., and have children of their own.

HUFFMAN 1827 Letter
 submitted by Mara Harris

I have an original letter in my possession that is dated Oct 22 1872.  It is getting old and difficult to read but most of it is legible with only a few words so faded the are unreadable.  I have tried to copy it as faithfully as possible.  I did add some punctuation so it read a little better (misspellings and all).  I am not exactly sure who wrote it or if it originated from Cumberland (I think it did).  Let me know if it looks interesting.  This letter came into my possession through my great Aunt Pearl Huffman b. 1896 in Johnson County IL, daughter of George H.W. Huffman (who came from Guilford Co NC) and Mary Ann Jones.
It reads as follows....

Oct the 22th 1872
State of Illinois Cumberland Co.
     Dear Sister I take the presant oportunity to drop you a few lines to let you know that we are all tolably well. We have been all sick with the chills and fever but William and I hope these few lines will find you all well. I can tell you there has been a great deal of sickness around this fall and there is yet. It is chills and conjestive fever and a good many deaths and Sally Shepherd is dead but they were not living to gether they were divorced and Denn Nieses wife is dead and old Alfred _____. Corn crops are good and evry thing is plenty wheat crops are good. New corn is worth twenty cents per bushel, wheat is worth one dollar and ten cents per bushel, oats are worth 15 to 18 cents per bushel, pork is worth 4 cents meat a pound ____ frim 19 1/2 to 16 per yard Calico from 10 to 19 1/2 per yard coffee 30 cts per pound shugar 15 cts per pound Molasses 40 cts a gallon.
A few lines from Peggy Shepherd
     Madasons folds are not very well they have the chills and fever. William Albright you wanted to know if you could live better in Illinois than in Carolina you can live better here by days work than by farming you would better all sell off your old hills and come to Illinois where you can live and have a plenty to eat as soon as this comes to hand I want you to write me and son, nothing more at presant.
     Catherine I can tell you we have all had a hard time this fall. I have not been able to do mutch of any thing for three months until now. We have commensed weaving our winter clothing our workwill be knitting and weaving for a good whle we have got 50 yard of linsy on the loomand I am a gone to weave 50 yards of Janes. I can tell you that we had a great many aples and peaches this year. We dried a good many we put away about 40 bushels of winter aples. We sold 55 or 40 bushels of winter aples and ther is right smart about on the trees yet. We raised about 50 bushels of irish potatoes off of about 1/4 of an acre of ground. I set out about 500 potatoes slips and got 7 bushel and evry thing is plenty. I would like to see you all verymuch. I could tell you more in one hour then I could write in a day. If you cold I would say all come to htis country for you could live so mutch better here it is true we have to work where ever you go but you would not have to work so mutch here. William Shepherd was down to see us not long a ago and they were all well he said that he had sold his farm for thirythree hundred and twenty dollars he said that Sarah was maried she maried a brother to David's wife. We wold like to know how Iphany is a getting along and if Alfred and Lenard came back to Carolina or not.
     William Robinson was to see us a few day ago and stayed all night with us _____ Brown was out this summer I can tell you tht we have a very dry fall and the road are very good and you had better start some saturday evening and come out here and we will talk about old times. Polly Ann Stafford has got a new sewing machine it cost them $13.00 we have machinery of all kinds in this country corn planter it crosses it off and drops it and covers it all at the same time ther is cultivators to plant the corn. Double shord to plow the corn they have reapers to cut wheat and oats they hitch from 2 to 4 horses they can cut 8 to 14 acres a day they have mowere to cut grass they cut from 10 to 19 acres a day. I hant got nothing much to rite so no more at present, I want you write when this comes to hand and fail not and give us all the news you can from Catharine and Mary Shepherd.
     A few lines from Jane and Mary, I am well at present and hope the same of you all. I want you to say howdy to the girls for me. I want Sarah Shepherd to rite to me or if she has forgot me or not and let me know what she is a doing the had better come out here when there is hog and hominey aplenty and prety boys aplenty. I will give you too or three of their names John Toobridge Josire Billgore (names are faint) and ___ care my work is weaving and of grany will come out I will weave her a dress. I can weave three yards a day I am going to go to school this winter I am studying reading riting spelling geography grammar and arithemitic my pen is bad any ink is pale but my love to you shall never fail to Aunt Ann and all the rest so rite soon.

DECKER - WELLS Marriage Certificate 1884
 submitted by Yolanda Lewis

Below is a scan of the marriage certificate of John W. DECKER of Greenup Township and Eliza E. WELLS of Woodbury Township dated 26 October 1884.


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