- The Claussen Brothers 1910 Stonington, IL (62 KB)
Taken at their mother Sarah (Lingo) Claussen Hewitt's funeral.
- Sarah Lingo (1817-1910) (27 KB)
Sarah as a young woman, from a reproduction photo given to Juli Claussen by Joan Brown. She was the daughter of James Lingo and Jane Thompson.
- Rev. William & Edith Lodel (Kehl) Edwards (29 KB)
My Grandparents, Bill (1895-1953)& Edith (1897-1983)grew up in the Nortonville-Murrayville area, Morgan Co., IL. He pastored many small rural Baptist churches in west central IL. Edith was a wonderful seamstress. They eventually settled in Alton, Madison Co., IL where they both resided at their deaths.
- Moses Ruyle (1780-1851) (42 KB)
Moses Ruyle was the son of Henry,Sr & Catherine Ruyle. He was probably born in Hampshire Co., VA, made his home near Scottville, Macoupin Co., IL, and died there. Copy of original photo provided by Donnie Ruyle.
- The Alec Claussen Family (abt 1892 Scottville, IL) (12 KB)
Alec and his first wife, Ellen, with their children. Back: Clara Leona, Charles, Christopher Front: Lela, Alex, Frank, Lloyd, Ellen, Gideon
- Rev. William & Edith Lodel (Kehl) Edwards (29 KB)
My Grandparents, Bill (1895-1953)& Edith (1897-1983)grew up in the Nortonville-Murrayville area, Morgan Co., IL. He pastored many small rural Baptist churches in west central IL. Edith was a wonderful seamstress. They eventually settled in Alton, Madison Co., IL where they both resided at their deaths. Photo c. 1940's.
- Marriage Contract: Claussen & Hewitt 1856 (351 KB)
Following the death of her husband Emil H. Claussen, Sarah (Lingo) Claussen married Ira Hewitt. This unusual marriage contract was recorded in the Jefferson Co., IL Deed Book H, and ensured her sons would receive their father's legacy and fulfilled a promise made to Emil by Sarah on his death bed.
- Christopher & Ethel (Henry) Claussen (5 KB)
Chris (1876-1955) and Ethel (1881-1959)farmed most of their lives at his family farm west of Scottville, IL.
- Brothers Andrew and Frank Kehl (72 KB)
Andrew Kehl was my Great Grandfather and father of Edith Kehl. His parents arrived Morgan Co., IL shortly before his birth, and Andrew remained near Nortonville farming all of his life.
- Rev War Pension Document - James Lingo's Widow (141 KB)
This 1787 document is one of several from Essex Co., VA related to James Lingo's widow Caty's pension she received following her husband's death at the Siege of Ninety-Six.
- The Chris & Ethel Claussen family (47 KB)
This family reunion photo includes nearly all of Chris and Ethel's descendants at that time; only dau. Ruby and family were not present. Early 1950's.
- Sister-in-laws Maggie Kehl & Ellen Kehl (171 KB)
Margaret Ellen (Rogers) Kehl was my Great Grandmother, mother of Edith Kehl and wife of Andrew Kehl. Maggie was the wife of Frank Kehl. Ellen lived all of her life near Nortonville, IL. She was the dau of Nicholas Rogers, an Irish immigrant, and Melissa E. Young. Photo c. 1915.
- Thomas & Mary Anne (Sherfy) Jinkinson & Fannie (198 KB)
Thomas & Mary Anne Jinkinson of Fosterburg, Madison Co., IL c. 1880. Thomas was the son of Richard Jinkinson, an immigrant from England. Fannie Florence, dau of Thomas and Mary Anne, married Anton Wulf and was the mother of Harriett L. (Wulf) Claussen--my Grandmother.
- Emil Henry Claussen (5 KB)
Emil H. Claussen at age 34 in 1849, the same year he died of cholera in Jefferson Co., IL. He was born in Holstein, then Denmark in 1814 and immigrated to IL in 1834-35.
- Melissa E. (Young) Rogers (1830-1901) (33 KB)
Melissa was my Great-Great-Grandmother. She was born in Greene Co., IL, married Irishman Nicholas Rogers, and farmed near Nortonville, IL. Orphaned as a child and widowed young with 5 children & another on the way, she was hardworking and devoted to her family. She was the Great Granddau of pioneer preacher David Badgley who helped est. the first Protestant (Baptist) church west of the Ohio River in 1799 IL.
- David & Nancy Hicks' Burial Site (155 KB)
The Hicks Family Cemetery, NE of White Hall, Greene Co., IL, is the burial place of Rev War vet David and wife Nancy (Thomas) Hicks, grandparents of Ellen (Hicks) Claussen. David's marker is no longer there but at White Hall City Cemetery's Veteran's Memorial.
- Harriett Louise (Wulf) Claussen (1911-2002) (15 KB)
My Grandma "Babe" of Bethalto, IL. Dau of Anton Wulf and Fannie Jinkinson, she was born just 2 blocks from her home when she died. She was a treasured member of her community.
- Lock of hair, Sarah F. (Lingo) Claussen Hewitt (110 KB)
My ancestor Sarah Frances died in 1910 at the age of 93. She was the dau of James & Jane (Thompson) Lingo and wife of Emil H. Claussen and Ira Hewitt. A lock of her hair was placed in the Family Bible belonging to her son Alexander E. Claussen. This Bible was passed down to my Dad, R. Neil Claussen of Carbondale, IL.
- David Hicks' Memorial Marker (185 KB)
David Hicks served in the Rev War from VA, and lived at the end of his long life near White Hall, Greene Co., IL where he is among the veterans honored at the White Hall City Cemetery Veteran's Memorial, although his actual burial place is in the family farm cemetery.
- Richard Lynn Claussen (1910-1971) (6 KB)
My Grandpa Lynn at about age 20. He grew up on the family farm near Scottville and then made his home in Bethalto, IL where he was a respected businessman.
- Lemen Cemetery, Montgomery Co., IL (329 KB)
Also known as Walshville Baptist or Mt. Kingston, has nearly become inaccessible. Neil Claussen (my Dad) is pictured on a break the day he and I read the cemetery and cleared the stones several years ago. The open field is just east of the grove the cemetery lies in, and was probably the site of the Walshville Baptist Church and first school in the township where our ancestor Emil H. Claussen was the first teacher.
- Isaac Newton & Mary Susan (Towberman) Claussen (129 KB)
On the left is the wedding photo of Isaac Claussen & Mary Towberman, 1875, Murphysboro, Jackson Co., IL. At right at their home, Armour, SD c. 1920. Isaac was the son of Emil Claussen and Sarah Lingo. Mary was the dau of Adam Towberman and Peggy Jane Radar.
- Agnes Oliver Frogge McCollom (believed to be) (83 KB)
Agnes McCollom (abt 1801-1888) was probably the dau of Arthur Robinson Frogge and Jane/Jean Thompson Richardson. She married Isaac McCollom and they eventually settled in Macoupin Co., IL near Scottville. This is a copy of an original photo.
- Moses Lemen Gravemarker, Before Clearing (194 KB)
Rev. Moses Lemen was one of a large family of pioneer Baptist preachers who planted churches throughout west central Illinois. He is buried at Lemen/Walshville Bapt/Mt. Kingston Cemetery just east of Walshville, Montgomery Co., IL. The cemetery is neglected and nearly inaccessible. Several years ago my Dad and I read the cemetery and cleared stones. This is what Rev. Lemen's gravemarker looked like before we cleared it--covered up by a thorn bush.
- The Thomas & Susan (McCurley) McLamar Family (128 KB)
My ancestor Susan McCurley (1852-1938) first married George W. Henry & had daus Sylvia and Ethel Henry (my great-grandmother). After George's death she married Thomas McLamar, and had son Olin McLamar. She lived all of her life, until her last illness, in the Nortonville, Morgan Co., IL area.
- Alexander E. Claussen Estate Sale Poster 1917 (144 KB)
This is a copy of the original estate sale poster located in A.E. Claussen's probate box at the Greene Co., IL Circuit Clerk's Office. His farm was between Athensville and Scottville.
- Moses Lemen Gravemarker, After Clearing (193 KB)
This is Rev. Moses Lemen's gravemarker after we cleared the brush away and used flour to highlight the lettering. He is buried at Lemen/Walshville Bapt/Mt. Kingston Cemetery just east of Walshville, Montgomery Co., IL.
- Mary "Polly" (Ruyle) Arnold (31 KB)
Polly Ruyle Arnold was born in 1815, Sumner Co., TN to Moses & Elizabeth Kaiser Ruyle and came to Macoupin Co., IL near Scottville with her parents. She married John Record Arnold and died in 1896, Scottville, IL. Her dau Avia Arnold Edwards was my Great Grandmother.