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"The Pettyjohn/Florey family of Central, IL"

Updated October 26, 2004

Christi L Irvin
6 NorthRidge Circle
Clinton, IL 61727
United States

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Family research has taken me through some pretty important times in history.. I have discovered connections to Abraham Lincoln, Martha Todd, John the Quaker, King Henry the viii, Lady Dianna Spencer, The Plantagenets, Ashbury Castle still standing and functioning today that my 14th GGrandfather built, Peter Compton in England. The surnames in my family include,Pettyjohn,Dearman,Dennis,Roberts,Votaw,Florey,Gardner,Gandy,Bloye,Yeo,Mcgee,Potts,Compton,Vandervere"Vanderford",Cross,
Skirvin,Bowne,Rapalije,Robb,Cheek,Lanterman,and many others.

I am hoping to put together a Florey Family Reunion for 2005. The last Florey Family Reunion was in June of 1990. My Grandmother Ruby Grace Gardner Florey was secretary of the reunion comittee. I would like to do this in her honor. So anyone interested please email me @
I dedicate this poem to my Grandma Ruby Florey...

I AM A CHRISTIAN By Maya Angelou

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin."
I'm whispering "I was lost,"
Now I'm found and forgiven.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible
but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain,
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
who received God's good grace, somehow.

My Family History


Family Photos

  • Three sisters (145 KB)
    From left to right: Joyce Diane Florey Pettyjohn, RuthAnn Florey Mandrell, Judith Ann Wadsworth. Taken in May of 1962
  • Father and son.. (153 KB)
    Merle Florey and son Virgil Florey, I think this may have been taken on the family farm in the early 1950's.
  • Sister's in Law (149 KB)
    Winnifred Florey (sister of Merle Florey), Florence Robb Florey (wife of Merle). Taken in the mid-70's.
  • Joyce Diane Florey.. (150 KB)
    My mother at 13-14 yrs of age. Taken in 1954-55
  • Family reunion (144 KB)
    This was taken Feb.16, 2003 when I first met my 2cnd cousin Judith Pettijohn McConnel. L-R, Joyce(mom), Judith, Christi(me)
  • Robert Pettyjohn and Kenneth Richard Pettyjohn (337 KB)
    This is my Uncle Robert Pettyjohn at age 4 and my father Kenneth Richard Pettyjohn at age 2. Taken in 1934.
  • Pettyjohn (299 KB)
    My Great Grandfather Charles Jacob Pettyjohn, my Aunt Helen Elizabeth Pettyjohn (age 2), My Great Grandmother Nancy "AnnieBelle" Roberts Pettyjohn.

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