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Last update: April 5, 2002.


CONVERS/CONVERSE back to England, 1540; HITE back to Germany, 1685; KIRBY information back to 1810; LEAR back to Germany, 1806; MERCHANT back to England, 1795; RUTGER information back to 1833.

I have several photo's of my ex-husband's ancestors. Some are group pictures (with not everyone identified) and some are portrait type pictures with identification.

You will find the complete bible transcription for Edward & Jane KIRBY along with a complete bible transcription for a HITE bible (I am not sure as to which Hite this bible belonged to). You also find transcriptions from pages of 3 bibles for Wm. S. RUTGER, George & Marget HITE and Andrew HITE & Sara NEIBERGER.

Amongst these transcribed bible entries, you will find the following surnames:

You will find the History: Zion Hill (Paradise) Methodist Church. This is an outline that I have obtained from the estate of Margaret (Hite) Strader. I do not know of
the author, but it was written August 28, 1955. This outline also contains a list of preachers that had served the Paradise-Zion Hill Church from 1853 till 1953.

There is a book online for Marty and I. For the most part, it contains Marty's family. Prior to our divorce, I had concentrated a lot of time and research to his family ancestors. I find them very interesting and plan to continue my research on Marty's family line. Also, I have not ignored my ancestors... I just havn't taken the time to enter them into the computer. There is a lot of them!! I am almost to the point of drowning in information that needs to be inputed into the computer!

So, for now... HAPPY HUNTING.


Charlotte (Converse) Merchant's Family Ancestors
Updated April 5, 2002

Charlotte Merchant
17995 M-60 East
Tekonsha, MI 49092
A-United States

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Family Photos

  • William S. Rutger (51 KB)
    William S. Rutger is Rhoda Rutger's father.
  • Hite Family (54 KB)
    First row left: George Washington Hite, George William Hite, Anna M. (Luce) Hite. Second row left: Nora Bell Hite, Alonzo Redman Hite, Moses Andrew Hite. George and Anna are the parents of William, Nora, Alonzo and Moses. This picture was taken sometime in the mid to late 1890's. Reason being, George William Hite was born January 1, 1890.
  • Zora Maude Turner (67 KB)
    Starting to the left: Zora, Cecil, Midge. I am to think that Cecil and Midge are brother and sister to Zora.
  • Rhoda Ann Rutger (30 KB)
    Rhoda Ann Rutger, mother of Zora Maude Turner. On the back of the picture it says the following: D W Young Photograph Parlors, Opposite Dole House, Mattoon, ILL.
  • Group Picture (195 KB)
    First row left: Alonzo Hite, Zora Turner Hite. Second row 2nd in from left: Nora Hite, 3rd: Walter LeGrand, 5th: Bertha Green Hite. Third row 5th from left: Moses Hite. This picture had to be taken between the years of 1905 and 1911. Reason being, the names on the picture in relation to their marraige status.
  • Hite Family and Their Home. (270 KB)
    Home west of Mattoon. From left: George William, Moses Andrew, Alonzo Redman, Nora Bell, George Washington Hite and Anna (Luce) Hite. This picture was probably taken in the mid to late 1890's. Reason being, George William Hite was born January 1, 1890.
  • Abagail Coburn Rutger (54 KB)
    Abagail Coburn Rutger is Rhoda Rutger's mother.

Related Files

  • Kirby Bible (18 KB)
    This file contains a transcription of bible entries from a bible that I belive to have belonged to Edward & Jane Kirby. It contains the following surnames: HITE, KIRBY, STEVENSONS and WHALEN.
  • Rutger Bible Pages (21 KB)
    This file contains a transcription of bible pages that I believe to have belonged to William S. Rutger. I do not have the complete bible, only the 4 pages that contain the entries. The following surnames are found in these entries: COBOURN, HART, RUTGER and TURNER.
  • Hite Bible (32 KB)
    This file contains my transcription of a bible that I believe belonged to a Hite. It contains the following surnames: CHASTEEN, FERGUSON, GREEN, HITE, LEGRAND, LUCE, NEIBERGER, REDMON, TURNER and WILLIAMSON.
  • The History: Zion Hill (Paradise) Methodist Church (64 KB)
    Zion Hill is the home of the oldes religious congregation in this section of the country (Coles County, Illinois). Since the history of Zion Hill and the setlement of the Paradise vicinity are so closely related, a brief outline of the settlement of this area is included.
  • George & Marget Hite Bible Page (13 KB)
    This bible page is of George & Marget Hite. There is only the surname HITE on this page. It is possible that for the most part the entries made are in regards to George & Marget Hite and their children. There is a John NIBERGER and a William WILLIAMS mentioned on the back of the page.
  • Andrew Hite & Sara Neiberger Bible Page (11 KB)
    I believe this page is from a bible that belonged to Andrew Hite & Sara Neiberger. The entries contain the surnames HITE and NEIBERGER. I believe that the entries pertain to Andrew and Sara and all of their children, including children from other marriages.

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