My name is lvr and I am the Site manager of this site.


As my own mortality looms before me. I often ponder my childhood and in doing so, the questions of Where did I come from? Why was I born in Illinois? gave birth to the quest to find out more. Realizing that I have been a witness to Ameican history and had my own struggles to overcome. I being born in 1949 much has passed my way.

My mother and father  passed through the depression. Their forefathers passed many challenges to arrive in this Spoon River Valley. I hope with this attempt of collecting, researching, and putting bits of facts together a true picture can be made of the life and times of our Anderson and Guiter family history.

We can only imagine the feelings and circumstances they must have endured in their life.Much has been written about those years and you can assume they were there, maybe not always the hero of the day, though we do have heroes amoung them. Our ancestors were apart of the migration and stuggles of everyday life. They were witness to the quest to develope the America of today.


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Genealogy:Jacob Keller 4th Great Grandfather
Posted by: lvr on Sep 8 2011 11:52

The Kellers have lived in Centre county PA for nearly a hundred years.

Jacob Keller who was born in 1753, came to Potter township, Centre county, in 1806, hailing from Dauphin county, of this State. He purchased what was known as the Red Mill property.

He was a patriot of the Revolution, having served in Capt. Daniel Oldenbruch's company of militia in 1777. He was an elder in the Reformed Church, and did much to advance the work of that Church in Centre county.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania: Including the
Counties of Centre, Clearfield, Jefferson and Clarion: Containing Biographical
Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Etc.
Chicago: J. H. Beers, 1898.

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Family stories:Martha Lodema Schermerhorn Morse-2great grandmother. Pioneer Teacher
Posted by: lvr on Feb 6 2011 19:20
(I will look for pic. and article in Register Mail or Elmwood Gazette 1928/29)This was sent to me by Mary Lou Bump.

Mrs. Lodema Schermerhorn Morse, who taught the first term in Oakland school district in the spring of 1859, still has clear recollections of that early day. The district was then known as No.7, when Maquon township was first organized into school districts but is now number, 159. The Board of Directors who employed Miss Schermerhorn was composed of Alva Hulbert.cler,S.R. Morse, and Monteray Stlarwalt. W. Taylor of the Hazel Dell district was township tresurer and cashed her vouchers. She obtained hercetificate in 1858 by taking an oral examinationbefore T.M.Morse,SR.who was justice of thepeace and who resided in what is now Fariview township, Fulton County, IL. The old building in which she held school is still standing on the ground owned by Edd.S.Hoxworth and now operated by Rosco Simkins, and furnished the background for her picture.

Miss Schermerhon was...

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Genealogy:Check tree for these names to see relationship.
Posted by: lvr on Dec 30 2010 16:34





PHILADELPHIA, TUESDAY, November 20, 1787, P. M.

THIS being the day recommended by the legislature for the meeting of this body, a number of gentlemen delegated thereto met, accordingly, at the state-house, and adjourned to three o'clock, P. M., to-morrow.

WEDNESDAY, November 21, 1787. — Sixty of the gentlemen elected to serve in the Convention met.

The returns of the elections held for the city of Philadelphia, and the several counties of this state, were read; by which it appears that the following gentlemen were returned as delegates for the Convention for the said cities and counties respectively, viz.: —

For the city of Philadelphia, George Latimer, Benjamin Rush, Hilary Baker, James Wilson, Thos. M'Kean.

For Philadelphia county. William M'Pherson, John Hunn, George Gray, Samuel Ashmead, Enoch Edwards.

For Bucks county. Henry Wynkoop, John Barclay, Thomas Yardly, Abraham Stout.

For Chester county. Thomas Ball, Anthony Wayne, William Gibbons, Richard Downing, Thomas Cheney, John Hannum.

For Lancaster county. Stephen Chambers, Robert Coleman, Sebastian Graff, John Hubley, Jasper Yeates, John Whitehill.

For York county. Henry Slagle, Thomas Campbell, Thomas Hartley David Grier, John Black, Benjamin Pedan.

For Cumberland county. John Harris, John Reynolds, Robert Whitehill, Jonathan Hoge.

For Berks county. Nicholas Lutz, John Ludwig, Abraham Lincoln, John Bishop, Joseph Heister.

For North Hampton county. John Arndt, Stephen Balliott, Joseph Horsefield, David Deshler.

Far Bedford county. James Martin, Joseph Powell.

For Northumberland county. William Wilson, John Boyd.

For Westmoreland county. William Findley, John Baird, William Todd.

For Washington county. James Marshall, James Edgar, T. Scott, John Nevill.

For Fayette county. Nicholas Breading, John Smilie.

For Franklin county. Richard Bard, John Allison.

For Montgomery county. Jonathan Roberts, John Richards, Frederick A. Muhlenberg, James Morris.

For Dauphin county. William Brown, Adam Orth.

For Luzerne county. Timothy Pickering.

For Huntingdon county. Benjamin Elliott.

The Convention proceeded to elect a president.

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Genealogy:Catherine Senft Danner family line- first SENFT generation in America.
Posted by: lvr on Nov 21 2010 11:03
Birth: 1733
Bavaria, Germany
Death: Jul. 28, 1796
York County
Pennsylvania, USA

Johan Philip Senft immigrated on the ship "Edinburgh" arriving in Philadelphia on 16 Sept 1751. He settled in Codorus Township about 1-1/2 mile south of Spring Forge. He purchased land from Killian fissel on 26 Feb 1770. He served in the Revolutionary War in the Seventh Battalion of the York County Militia commanded by Colonel David Kennedy.

Family links:
Philip Senft (1754 - 1830)*
Andreas Senft (1764 - 1844)*

*Point here for explanation
Saint Peters Church Cemetery
Spring Grove
York County
Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: Karen McKellar
Record added: Nov 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44150554
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Genealogy:Our Revolutionary soldiers
Posted by: lvr on Nov 16 2010 13:43
Northampton County PA Archives History .....NORTHAMPTON COUNTY LIEUTENANTS and SUB-LIEUTENANTS 1777-1786   ************************************************   Copyright.  All rights reserved.   http://www.usgwarchives.net/copyright.htm   http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/pafiles.htm   ************************************************      File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:   Joy Fisher sdgenweb@yahoo.com      COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON.   NORTHAMPTON COUNTY LIEUTENANTS. (a)      John Weitzel, May 16, 1777.   Peter Kechlein, M'ch 30, 1780.   Samuel Rhea, Apr. 14, 1780.   Robert Levers, June 23, 1781.   Thomas Craig, July 1, 1783.   Henry W. Archer, Oct. 2, 1784.   John Craig, July 27, 1786.       NORTHAMPTON COUNTY SUB-LIEUTENANTS.    Jacob Shoemaker, March 21, 1777.   David Deshler, March 21, 1777.   Arthur Lattimore, March 21, 1777.   John Chambers, March 21, 1777.   Benjamin Van Campen, Sept. 17, 1777.   John Chambers, M'ch 30, 1780.   Peter Burkholder, M'ch 30, 1780.    Frederick Leinbach, M'ch 30, 1780.   Philip Bohl, M'ch 30, 1780.   John Hayes, June 10, 1786.        Additional Comments: Revolutionary War   DAR patriots     Extracted from:      PENNSYLVANIAARCHIVESFifth SeriesVOLUME VIII.EDITED BY   THOMAS LYNCH MONTGOMERY      UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THEHON. FRANK M. FULLER,   SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH.HARRISBURG, PA.:   HARRISBURG PUBLISHING COMPANY, STATE PRINTER,   1906.               MUSTER ROLLS   RELATING TO THE   Associators and Militia   OF THE   COUNTY OF NORTHAMPTON, (a)         This file has been created by a form at http://www.genrecords.org/pafiles/      File size: 1.1 Kb   
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Posted by: lvr on Apr 20 2010 15:56


Transcribed by Lois (Anderson) Richards April 20, 2010 from Microfilm, Canton, Illinois Library, Fulton County


Was Born In New York State Moving West As A Girl

Martha Lodema Schermerhorn was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, October 21, 1843 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ola Dalton, May 20, 1929, at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 29 days. She was the oldest of seven children born to Cornelius and Sarah (Haywood) Schermerhorn. When about seven years of age she was sent to live with an uncle and aunt, Curtis and Lodema Barker. When about thirteen years of age she came with them from New York to Middle Grove, Fulton county, Illinois near where she has always lived until moving to Elmwood in October 1908.

On September 13, 1863 she was united in marriage to Ansel Harris Morse. To this union seven children were born. one daughter Clara preceded her in death.

She was united with the Free Baptist church of Middle Grove during the winter of 1864. From that time she has been a very devoted Christian and her life was a godly example to those who came into her presence. In 1924 she united with the Elmwood Presbyterian church and attended regularly as long as her strength permitted. All the loving hands of her daughters were done to relieve her intense suffering during the last eight weeks of illness.

She leaves to mourn her passing her children, Mrs. Ida Emery of Oak Hill, Mrs. Ola Dalton of Elmwood, Mrs. Minnie Dalton of Yates City, Wardie Morse of Galva, Mrs. Hattie Anderson of Farmington and Ora Morse of Duquoin, IL. Thirty-four grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren; one brother, John Schermerhorn, one sister, Mary Stone, both of New York; one half brother, Asel Duley(Dooley), of Wayland, Michigan.

After the death of her devoted husband in 1913 she made her home with her daughters. The last five and one-half years was spent in the quiet home of her daughter, Mrs. Ola Dalton.

The casket bearers were her grandsons: Roy DALTON, Elmer DALTON, Mathew EMERY, and Wardie EMERY. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

The funeral services were held at the Elmwood Presbyterian church with Rev. Elsie Anderson of Canton officiating and Rev. C.T. Doolittle assisting.

Relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Walter DALTON, of Crystal Lake; Mr. and Mr. Wadie MORSE, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph MORSE, Mrs. Glenn LEE, Mrs. Earl MORSE and Mrs. Lee FENWICK and her children, Mrs. Hazel MORSE, Rev. Elsie Anderson and husband of Canton; VERNAL ANDERSON of Peoria, Mr. and Mrs. .J.F .MORSE, Chester MORSE, , Elmery MORSE, Mrs. Aaron DAVIDSON, Bernice MORSE, J.B. MORSE, and daughter Loraine, Mrs. GUY ANDERSON, Mrs. Peter McCord, Mrs. Charles Stuflebean, and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin MORSE, Mr. and Mrs. George Montgomery, Charles Newcomb, Mrs. Dale Jones of Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dalton of Maquon, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Noll and, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Dalton and family, Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Dalton and daughter Dorothy, MR. and MRS. GEORGE ANDERSON AND DAUGHTER KATHLEEN, and Dale Jones of Farmington; Mrs. Marilda Ramsey, Mr. and Mrs. James Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Dalton, and Mathew Emery of Yates City; Mr. and Mrs. Ora Morse of Duquoin and Mrs. Ida Emery of Oak Hill.

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Posted by: lvr on Aug 24 2009 21:41

FOUND OUR DELILAH MCDOUGLE'S FAMILY Her brother James's family made a connection and here is what they have so far.

William McDougle married Barbara Taylor in 1804. He also changed the spelling of the name to McDugle. Their children were Mathew, Mary, Delilah, Rachael, John, James, Mabel, Margaret, and Sarah Ann.
James was born March 12, 1815 in OH and died August 23, 1886 in Blackstone, IL. He married Minerva Louise Long (born in 1823 in VA) and they had Samuel, Mathew, Martha Ann, John, Mary, Ida, and George. Minerva died June 9, 1917 in Livingston County, IL. George was born south of Flanagan, IL. He married Hannah Elizabeth Cummins in 1898.
Delilah married Crawford Anderson SR. Champaign county, Ohio
Have found Delilah in Yates City, IL 1870 census, but not Crawford Senior, or their death facts. Also searching for William McDugle's parents, etc.Laughing

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Family stories:More family tree history Rev. Gamaliel BARNES/Stephen D. MORSE
Posted by: lvr on July 21 2009 17:35
Source: Landmarks of Oswego County New York, edited by John C. Churchill, L.L.D., assisted by H. Perry Smith & W. Stanley Child, Syracuse, N.Y., D. Mason & Company Publishers, 1895.
Settlement was commenced in Parish by Rev. Gamaliel Barnes and his son-in-law, Stephen D. Morse, in 1803. They came from Otsego county by way of Camden and Amboy and settled in the extreme west part of the town on small lot 60, their guides being blazed trees and Indian trails. Rev. Mr. Barnes had prospected here in 1802, but Mr. Morse was really the pioneer in felling the first timber and clearing the first land, and during his life doubtless did more of that work than any other settler the town ever had. Elder Barnes was a Baptist preacher, and built the first log house, the first barn, and the first frame dwelling in Parish. He was born in Connecticut, served in the Revolution, learned the trades of tanner and shoemaker, and became a minister of the Baptist Church, but he supported himself chiefly by manual labor. He was forty-six years of age when he settled in Oswego county, where he was, it is believed, the second actual preacher of the gospel. He ministered to the pioneers, in barns, houses, and the open air, performed marriage ceremonies for miles around, carried on his trades in a small way, and died at the great age of ninety-six, loved and revered by a wide circle of acquaintances. His daughter Hannah married William Huntley and died May 20, 1814. She was buried on her father's farm. Subsequently her remains were disinterred and removed to Colosse.
The Rev. Gamaliel Barnes founded the Colosse Baptist Church on 15 June 1806
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Family stories:Cecil Guiter Killed in Korea
Posted by: lvr on Mar 30 2009 17:42

Name:Cecil H. Guiter
Birth Date:1930
Birth City:Knox
State Registered:Illinois

Death Date:1 Sep 1950
Death Country:Korea
Death Description:Killed in Action

War:Korean War
Title:CORPORAL, U.S. Army
Service:U.S. Army
Service ID:16308953
Notes:Corporal Guiter was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 1, 1950. Corporal Guiter was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal.
Data Source:Korean War Veterans Honor Roll


Source Information:

Ancestry.com. WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: American Battle Monuments Commission. World War I Listing; World War II Listing; Korean War Listing. American Battle Monuments Commission.

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Family stories:First Generation Andersons
Posted by: lvr on Mar 18 2009 16:31

Our First Generation In America for ANDERSON FAMILY-----
John & wife Jean landed at Philadelphia in 1722.
They lived at Augusta County, Va. in 1735. Died there in 1787. They both came From Ireland

John Anderson -A Scotch Presbyterian, with his wife Jean and three daughters, came to America from the north of Ireland. In a list of new members admitted to the Presbyterian Church at Nashaming Creek in Pennsylvania in 1722 they were listed as "just arrived from Ireland". They moved to Augusta County, Virginia, about 1735. John acquired by grant 03 Jun 1738, 747 acres of land on Middle River, Augusta County, and was also granted 270 acres on a branch of Catherys River, called Anderson Branch. In 1742 he was a member of Captain John Smith's company of Augusta County Militia, and in 1756 he belonged to Captain Christian's Co. of Militia. He was one of the first elders o Old Stone Church (near Staunton) and on October 30, 1745 Governor Gooch commissioned him one of the first magistrates in Augusta County, Virginia
Died at Augusta County, Va in 1787.His will was probated in 1787.

His Children were: Esther , Mary, Margaret(who had 10 children) born in Ireland and died in Augusta County, Va. The rest of children born in Augusta County, Va. They were: Robert, b. Nov 1751,John b. 1742, Jean b. 1744, James b. 1748, William b. 1750, & Andrew b. 1752.
John is believed to have had three brothers- George, William, and James- who also settled in Augusta County.

John Jr. went to Madison, Ky., in 1778. He was a member of George Rogers Clark's Expedition against Vincennes.

Notes from:"Forebears & Descendants of Dr. John Anderson", (brother of Edmund Anderson), as compiled by Alice Anderson Yates & Dorothy Middleton Anderson April 1975.:----Robert went yo South Carolina. He served as Captain and Colonel in the Revolution. His brother, James also served as Captain in the Revolution. James moved to South Carolina in 1786. He had 11 children-- 7 daughters and four sons.Brother William served as Captain in the Revolution. He moved to Kentucky in 1784 and was a noted Indian fighter. Andrew served as Captain in the Revoltion. For many years he reprsented Augusta County in the House of Delegates and was know as Colonel Anderson.

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