Descendants of Jarius Abijah II Bonney

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1. Jarius Abijah II Bonney (Mayflower Desc.), son of Jarvis Abijah and Anne (Brown) Bonney, was born on 14 Oct 1793 in Cornwall, Litchfield Co., Connecticut, died on 16 May 1856 in Hubbard, Marion Co., Oregon at age 62, and was buried in May 1856 in Belle Passi Cemetery, Woodburn, Oregon.

General Notes: CASS TOWNSHIP - A FULTON COUNTY HISTORY (http://cop42.tripod.com/cass.htm)
"Among the families who came in the thirties and whose names are still with us. we find Peleg Varnold came in 1835: in 1836, settlers included Jarius and Truman Bonney: Peter Christian from New York: Al Herbert from Ohio: George Everly and Peter Howerter from Germany: 1837 saw the arrival of Joseph Lundry. Thomas Ellis, Harrison Godell, William Bolon, and the Hinderliter family: in 1838, Henry, Philip, and John Brock arrived from Germany: Jacob Bayliss from New York arrived the same year. Daniel Buck from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, came in 1839, and the first of a numerous family, the Millers, arrived in the late 1830's.
With these families, Cass Township began to be filled up by the early 1840's and began to show a pattern of neighborhoods and schools. These schools are gone, but the neighborhoods still carry the names."

Several of Jarvis and Irena's children stayed in the Fulton Co., IL. area. A couple of them moved west, ending up in Oregon. The eldest child, Sarah m. Abraham Townsend Minier. They have descendants allover Oregon and Washington. Another daughter, Weltha Ann, married at least 3 times. She eventually came to Washington co., Oregon and disappeared. The Bolon's, Millard and Kaler descendents first lived in Fulton Co. and some went on to Oregon.

Migration 1845 To California by oxen cart with second wife Jane Elkins (Dau. Ellen b.1846 in Sutters Fort, CA) and in 1846 To Oregon after two children died in CA (dau. Amanda b.1848 in Oregon)

1846: Truman and Jarius Bonney, Grandsons of Perez and Ruth (Snow) Bonney, made the trip overland to California in the Grigsby-Ida Party, settling at Eugene and Gold Hill, Oregon, near American Lake, where there used to be a large colony. Jarius settled in Willamette Valley, Oregon, where Jarius died 16 May 1856 Burial: Belle Passi Cemetery, Woodburn, Oregon

Irena/Irene Larned died when her youngest daughter, Mary, was only five years old. Jarius married Jane Elkins second, three years after the death of Irena.

Jarius married Irena Learned on 31 Jan 1814 in Goshen, Connecticut. Irena was born on 13 May 1786 in NH and died on 29 Jun 1827 in Conneaut, Ohio at age 41. Another name for Irena was Irena Larned.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 F    i. Lydia Louisa "Lizzie" Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born from 14 Jul 1816 to 1817 in Ashtabula, Ohio, died on 27 Feb 1888 in Deerfield, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 71, and was buried in Mar 1888 in Buckeye Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois.

+ 3 F    ii. Mary Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 11 Sep 1822 in Conneaut, Ohio Or Canada, died on 24 Dec 1857 in Jacksonville, Illinois at age 35, and was buried in Dec 1857 in Jacksonville, Illinois; State Hospital Grounds (Red Barn Burials).

+ 4 M    iii. Jarius Abijah III Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 4 May 1819 in Canada and died on 9 May 1888 in Fulton Co, Illinois at age 69.

Jarius next married Jane Elkins on 27 May 1830 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Jane was born on 1 Mar 1809 in New York City, New York, died on 22 Aug 1889 in Waumic, Wasco Co., Oregon at age 80, and was buried in Waumic Cemetery, Douglas Co., Oregon.

Noted events in her life were:

• Alt. Death: 22 Aug 1889, Pass Creek, Douglas Co., Oregon.

Children from this marriage were:

   5 F    i. Martha Jane Bonney (Mayflower Desc.) was born on 9 Jan 1837 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois and died on 24 Jun 1928 in Salem, Marion Co., Oregon at age 91.

Martha married George Isaac Rhoades on 19 Oct 1859 in Champoeg, Marion Co., Oregon. George was born on 6 Jul 1822 in Tioga Co., New York and died on 12 Nov 1895 in Oregon State, USA at age 73.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 30 Jan 1850, Marion County.

• Census: 1860, Champoeg, Marion Co., Oregon.

• Census: 3 Jun 1880, Lower Mollala Pct., Clackamas Co., OR.

   6 M    ii. Benjamin Franklin Bonney (Mayflower Desc.) was born on 25 Nov 1838 in Fulton County, IL and died on 23 Sep 1926 in Kendall, WA at age 87.

Benjamin married Catherine M. Rhoades, daughter of George Isaac Rhoades and Mary Magdalene Kaler, on 11 Feb 1864 in Champoeg, Marion Co., Oregon. Catherine was born on 22 Sep 1848 in Fulton County, IL and died on 23 Nov 1893 at age 45.
 

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2. Lydia Louisa "Lizzie" Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born from 14 Jul 1816 to 1817 in Ashtabula, Ohio, died on 27 Feb 1888 in Deerfield, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 71, and was buried in Mar 1888 in Buckeye Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois.

General Notes: CENSUS: 1860 Deerfield Township, Fulton Co., IL
KALAR, Abraham 43 PA cooper $400 (b. 1817/18)
Louisa 43 OH
Abraham 15 IL
Cathrine 12 IL
NOTE: Louisa Bonney Kaler was first married to William John Bolon who died in 1852. She married Abraham in 1858. Kaler children would be from Abraham's previous marriage to Lucinda.
BOLEN, Valentine 11 IL
Lewis 10 IL
Franklin 8 IL
NOTE: The Bolon children are the children from Louisa's first marriage to William John Bolon
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CENSUS: 1870 Deerfield Township, Fulton Co., IL
household # 156:
KALER, Abram 53 PA farmer $2000 $200
Louisa 53 OH
ABRAM, J. M. ? 25 IL farm laborer $1100 $400
BOLIN, Frank 18 IL farm laborer
Lenard B. 22 IL farmer $300
Louis 20 IL farm laborer $200
GREATHOUSE, Wealthy 45 OH domestic servant
Note: It appears Louisa's sons stayed on and worked on the farm.
Wealtha Kaler Greathouse, sister to Lydia Louisa Bonney Kaler is shown here working for her brother-in-law as a domestic servant. Possibly her husband had died?

Louisa "Lizzie" Bolon was considered to be French. The French connection wasn't proven, unless the Bonney ancestry is of French descent in England.

When the Bonney family traveled West to Oregon, Louisa, Mary and Jarius Bonney III remained behind in Fulton Co., IL.

Lydia married William John Bolon Jr., son of Unknown and Unknown, on 2 Apr 1840 in Fulton County, IL. William was born on 17 Aug 1817 in Pennsylvania, USA and died btw 8 Sep and 14 Oct 1852 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois.

Marriage Notes: Vol. A, pg 65, Lisc. 33

The child from this marriage was:

+ 7 M    i. Benjamin Franklin Pierce "Frank" Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 3 Nov 1852 in Cuba, Fulton Co., IL, died on 5 Sep 1928 in Smithfield, Fulton Co, IL at age 75, and was buried in Sep 1928 in Baughman Brock Cemetery, Smithfield, IL.

Lydia next married Abraham Kaler Sr., son of John Kaler and Catherine Henry, on 22 Aug 1858 in Fulton County, IL. Abraham was born in Jun 1817 in Crawford County, PA, died on 6 May 1904 in Fulton County, IL at age 86, and was buried in May 1904 in Buckeye Cemetery Sec. 5; Cass Twp., Fulton Co., IL. Other names for Abraham were Abe Kaler, Abram Kaler, and Abraham Keeler.

3. Mary Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 11 Sep 1822 in Conneaut, Ohio Or Canada, died on 24 Dec 1857 in Jacksonville, Illinois at age 35, and was buried in Dec 1857 in Jacksonville, Illinois; State Hospital Grounds (Red Barn Burials).

General Notes: The Learned family ancestry comes from our Mary Bonney Kaler's mother, Irena Larned (Learned). She had a pretty hard life. Mary was only five years old when her mother died. Mary's father remarried when she was eight years old. The Jarius Bonney family moved from Fulton Co. IL to Oregon, leaving behind Mary and her brother, Jarius Bonney Jr. who had married Sophia Goodell in 1840 and Mary who had married Joseph Kaler.

During the gold rush, about 1850, Mary's husband, Joseph Kaler, left his family without any means of support and walked to California. He was gone over a year. Mary was left to try to care for the four young children alone. According to several reports she sometimes took the children to the home of family members who would give the children some bread and butter before bedtime. Mary would only have been about 28 years old and trying to care for four young children alone and no means of support. She may have also been pregnant, as some time between 1850 and 1854 another child was born and died. I can only imagine the life she had.

Family reports are that Mary eventually became so upset with her husband, she wanted nothing to do with him. She had become defiant and would no longer be submissive to his demands. It is believed this is probably the real reason why Joseph had her committed into the hospital. In this century, she would have divorced him and gone on with her life.

Joseph Kaler blamed his wife for the death of her youngest child, even though he was gone during this time. The Jacksonville hospital admittance records state this child died of consumption, He used this reasoning to validate insanity to have her committed to the hospital. With her father and siblings living in Oregon, Mary would have had no support system - no one to turn to.

The hospital admittance records only give the reasoning that Joseph gave them when he took her to Jacksonville. There are no reports of any examinations by a psychiatrist. The record reads what Joseph told the admittance personnel, that "Mary's mental state was insane with the first episode in 1850". All other records in the hospital have been lost or destroyed.

No grave has been found in Fulton County for the fifth child of Joseph and Mary.

Mary's father died in May 1856 in Oregon. The loss of her father was extremely difficult for Mary, who was in the hospital separated from her family and children at the time of his death. Mary would be just fine in the hospital until Joseph would come to see her. When he came, she would get angry and scream at him.

Mary (Bonney) Kaler, was admitted to Jacksonville State Hospital in Oct 1854 and died on Christmas Eve., just three years later at the age of 35. Because of the timing of her death and the circumstances, it is possible she died of suicide.

Mary was buried in an unmarked grave on the hospital grounds (Red Barn Burials).

Mary married Joseph Henry Kaler, son of John Kaler and Catherine Henry, on 25 Jan 1844 in Fulton County, IL. Joseph was born from 23 Nov 1819 to 16 Apr 1820 in Crawford County, PA, died on 1 Jan 1904 in Deerfield Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois at age 84, and was buried in Jan 1904 in Wiley Cemetery, Deerfield Twp., Fulton Co., IL. Another name for Joseph was Joseph Keeler. (see Kaler webpage)

Children from this marriage were:

   8 M    i. Henry Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born about 1843 in IL and died before 1901.

+ 9 M    ii. Joseph Franklin Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 14 Dec 1846 in Lewistown, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 4 Feb 1923 in Fulton County, IL at age 76, and was buried in Feb 1923 in Buckeye Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois.

   10 M    iii. William "Oscar" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born in Dec 1849 in Fulton County, IL.

   11 F    iv. Sarah Arvilla Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 15 Mar 1852 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 28 Mar 1914 in St Joseph, Champaign County, IL at age 62, and was buried in Midway Cemetery North.

   12 U    v. Unknown Baby Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born from 1853 to 1854 in Fulton County, IL, died before 1854 in Fulton County, IL, and was buried in Grave Has Not Been Found In Fulton County.

4. Jarius Abijah III Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 4 May 1819 in Canada and died on 9 May 1888 in Fulton Co, Illinois at age 69.

Jarius is listed in Fulton County Cemetery Book as being born in Canwhich appears to be Canada. However, other records show him as being born in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Jarius stayed in Fulton County IL, when his father and most of the family traveled west to Oregon.

Jarius married Sophia "Sally" Goodell *, daughter of Samuel I. Goodell Sr. and Sarah "Sally" Brown, on 20 May 1840 in Fulton Co, Illinois. Sophia was born on 1 Apr 1823 in Leicester Twp, Genesee County, NY and died in 1893 in Fulton Co., Illinois at age 70. (see Goodell webpage)

Children from this marriage were:

   13 M    i. Drew Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born after 1840.

   14 M    ii. Charles Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born after 1840.

   15 M    iii. William Wallace Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 5 Feb 1841 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois and died in 1921 in Prairie City, Mcdonough Co., IL at age 80.

William married Sarah Catherine Goldsmith on 14 May 1864 in Fulton Co. IL. Sarah was born on 25 Dec 1840 in Fulton Co. IL and died in 1921 in Galesburg Knox Co., Illinois at age 81.

   16 M    iv. Samuel P. Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born about 1842 in Illinois and died about 1868 about age 26.

Samuel married Sarah V. Woody on 15 Aug 1865 in Fulton Co, IL. Sarah was born in 1851 in PA and died before 1906.

   17 M    v. John Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born about 1845 in Illinois and died after 1860.

   18 F    vi. Cynthia Ann Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born in Jul 1849 in Illinois and died after 1900.

Cynthia married Andrew Aaron Davis Elder on 30 Jul 1865 in Fulton Co., IL. Andrew was born about 1846 in Iowa and died after 1907 in Perry Co., Arkansas.

   19 M    vii. Orrin Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born about 1851 in Illinois and died after 1870.

   20 F    viii. Sarah Irene Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 30 Mar 1856 in Illinois, died on 2 May 1945 in Fulton Co. IL at age 89, and was buried on 5 May 1945 in Wiley Cemetery, Deerfield Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

Sarah married John Hammond on 20 Feb 1876. John was born on 8 Dec 1848 and died on 21 Feb 1935 in Fulton Co, IL at age 86.

   21 F    ix. Laura Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 12 Apr 1861 in Illinois and died on 6 Mar 1952 at age 90.

Laura married Henry E. Myers on 7 Jan 1879. Henry was born on 29 Mar 1854 and died on 21 Mar 1914 at age 59.

   22 M    x. George Levi Bonney Mayflower Desc. was born on 18 Jan 1863 in Illinois, died on 18 Oct 1935 in Fulton Co. IL at age 72, and was buried in Fulton Co. IL.

George married Elizabeth J. Finifrock on 25 Dec 1886 in Fulton Co. IL. Elizabeth was born about 1865, died in Fulton Co. IL, and was buried in Fulton Co. IL.
 

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7. Benjamin Franklin Pierce "Frank" Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 3 Nov 1852 in Cuba, Fulton Co., IL, died on 5 Sep 1928 in Smithfield, Fulton Co, IL at age 75, and was buried in Sep 1928 in Baughman Brock Cemetery, Smithfield, IL.

General Notes: Frank was born shortly after the death of his father.

Frank and Malissa were successful farmers in Cass Township and were members of the Buckeye church where Frank was a deacon for over fifty years. They were the parents of five children.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1880, Canton, Canton Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois. Farmer

• Census: 1900, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois. Farmer

• Census: 1910, Smithfield, Cass Twp, Fulton Co, IL. Laborer, Odd jobs.

• Census: 1920, Smithfield, Cass Twp, Fulton Co, IL. Own Income

Benjamin married Sarah "Malissa" Lasswell, daughter of Samuel Lasswell and Sarah Catherine "Kate" Lippy, on 9 Apr 1874 in Fulton Co., IL, Vol. A, Pg 6, Lisc. 103. Sarah was born from 25 Jul 0005 to Sep 1857 in Lee Twp, Fulton Co, IL, died on 26 Mar 1928 in Smithfield, Fulton Co, IL at age 1922, and was buried in Mar 1926 in Baughman Brock Cemetery, Smithfield, IL.

Marriage Notes: Vol. A, pg 6, Lisc. 103

Children from this marriage were:

+ 23 M    i. Charles Henry Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 8 Feb 1875 in Deerfield Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 7 Jan 1929 in Canton, Canton Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois at age 53, and was buried on 9 Jan 1929 in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Illinois.

+ 24 M    ii. Samuel "Perry" Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 31 Oct 1877 in Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Dec 1946 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 69, and was buried on 17 Dec 1946 in Baughman Brock Cemetery, Smithfield, IL.

9. Joseph Franklin Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 14 Dec 1846 in Lewistown, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 4 Feb 1923 in Fulton County, IL at age 76, and was buried in Feb 1923 in Buckeye Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois.

General Notes: Walter Helle wrote "Memories of My Life" for his descendants. He wrote about his grandparents: "I remember well my grandmother and grandfather on my mother's side of our family. My grandfather, Joseph Kaler, died when I was ten years old. Grandma taught Grandpa how to read and write after they were married. Grandpa was a preacher for a time of Baptist by faith."

Joseph Franklin Kaler Jr. married Nancy Bayless Jan 4, 1868. They went to Jasper Co. Missouri in 1869 but soon returned because they were afraid of Indians. Joseph Jr. worked to collect money to build the Buckeye Church in Cass Township in 1868. He was later ordained as a Methodist minister but did not follow this profession as he felt he did not have enough education. He always studied the Bible and became well versed on the scriptures. He was elected a trustee of the church in 1868, an office which he held continuously until his death Feb 4, 1923. Both Nancy and Joseph are buried in the Buckeye Church Yard.

Military: Mustered in a a private Co. K 50th Infantry Illinois from Deerfield, Illinois on October 4,1864. Mustered out July 13 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was part of Sherman's March to the Sea and participated in the Grand Review in Washington DC after the war.

Joseph married Nancy Paulina Bayless (Twin), daughter of Joseph Elmer Bayless and Lodema Braman, on 5 Jan 1868 in Fulton County, IL. Nancy was born on 20 Nov 1844 in Brighton, Lorain Co., Ohio, died on 29 May 1935 near Marietta, IL, (In The Home Of Alice Taylor) at age 90, and was buried in May 1935 in Buckeye Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois.

Marriage Notes: Marriage index lists Joseph F. Kaler and Nancy Balis and same for Nancy Bates and Nancy Bayless. (These are all the same person, Nancy Bayless)

Children from this marriage were:

+ 25 M    i. Henry Oscar Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 27 Sep 1868 in Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 21 Apr 1960 in Canton, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 91, and was buried in Apr 1960 in Henderson-Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

   26 F    ii. Mary "Alice" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 5 Jun 1871 in Fulton County, IL, died on 5 Feb 1948 in Canton, Illinois at age 76, and was buried on 8 Feb 1948 in Shields Chapel Cemetery, Canton, IL.

Mary married William Ira Taylor on 20 Mar 1892 in Fulton County, IL. William was born on 20 Jan 1872 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 10 Apr 1931 in His Home, NW Of Cuba, Illinois at age 59, and was buried on 12 Apr 1931 in Henderson-Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

Marriage Notes: Volume F Page 117 License 89

+ 27 M    iii. Charles Franklin Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 4 Jan 1874 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 13 Feb 1942 in Minnesota, USA at age 68, and was buried in Feb 1942 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

+ 28 F    iv. Ida Lodema Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 19 Oct 1878 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 17 Dec 1971 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 93, and was buried in Dec 1971 in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL.

+ 29 M    v. Joseph William "Bill" Kaler (Mayflower Desc.) was born on 6 Nov 1880 in Fulton County, IL and died on 30 Sep 1974 in Staples, Minnesota at age 93.

   30 F    vi. Nellie Paulina Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 12 Nov 1887 in Deerfield Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois and died in Fulton County, IL.

Nellie married Justis "Lee" Deakin on 12 Nov 1912. Justis was born on 19 Apr 1887 and died in Fulton County, IL.

+ 31 F    vii. Bertha Ethel Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 10 Feb 1892 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois and died in Fulton County, IL.

 

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23. Charles Henry Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 8 Feb 1875 in Deerfield Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 7 Jan 1929 in Canton, Canton Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois at age 53, and was buried on 9 Jan 1929 in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Illinois.

Noted events in his life were:

• Resided: 1880. Living with parents

• Resided: 1900, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois. Living on parents farm

• Census: Farmer, 1910, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois. Bolon, Charles H. Head age 35 (md.1) 13yrs IL IL IL Farmer
Bolon, Bertha B. Wife age 31 6children IL Germany Germany
Bolon, Glydas D. Daughter age 12 IL IL IL
Bolon, Russell E. Son age 10 IL IL IL
Bolon, Leta M. Daughter age 9 IL IL IL
Bolon, Lucien M. Son age 6 IL IL IL
Bolon, Harry C. Son age 4 IL IL IL
Bolon, Howard B. Son age 2 IL IL IL

• Resided: 1920, Deerfield, Fulton Co., Illinois. Farmer

Charles married Brighetta Bertha "Bert" Helle, daughter of Frederick (Friedrich) Helle Sr. (Immigrant) and Catharine (Katharina) Krauser (Immigrant, on 4 Apr 1897 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., IL. Brighetta was born on 22 Nov 1878 in Rural Smithfield, IL, died on 26 Nov 1951 in Canton, Illinois at age 73, and was buried in Nov 1951 in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Illinois.

The child from this marriage was:

+ 32 M    i. Howard Berlin Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 22 Mar 1908 in Smithfield, Cass Twp, Fulton Co, IL, died on 28 Feb 1972 in Canton, Illinois at age 63, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL.

24. Samuel "Perry" Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 31 Oct 1877 in Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Dec 1946 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 69, and was buried on 17 Dec 1946 in Baughman Brock Cemetery, Smithfield, IL.

General Notes: (2nd cousin)
Cause of Death: Angina Pectoris

Samuel married Alta Ellen McCance, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on 15 Oct 1899 in Fulton County, IL. Alta was born on 8 Aug 1878 in Fulton County, IL, died on 1 Feb 1930 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 51, and was buried on 3 Feb 1930 in Baughman Brock Cemetery, Smithfield, IL.

The child from this marriage was:

   33 F    i. Myrtle Muriel Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 5 Oct 1907 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Mar 1965 in Canton, Illinois at age 57, and was buried in Mar 1965 in Baughman Cemetery, Smithfield IL.

Myrtle married Joseph Arlie "Joe" Helle Mayflower Desc., son of George Adam Helle and Ida Lodema Kaler Mayflower Desc., on 23 Aug 1930 in Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois. Joseph was born on 8 Jan 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 7 Nov 2000 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 94, and was buried in Nov 2000 in Fulton County, IL.

25. Henry Oscar Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 27 Sep 1868 in Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 21 Apr 1960 in Canton, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 91, and was buried in Apr 1960 in Henderson-Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

General Notes: When Joseph and Lodema Braman Bayless came to Fulton County they purchased 35 acres of land in Cass township, near lost grove creek. Henry O. Kaler, their first grandchild was born there in Lodema's home. Joseph and Nancy Bayless Kaler purchased 80 acres nearby and the rest of their six children were born there. Henry and his six brothers and sisters all attended Henderson school, which Lodema had stared in 1849. Five generations of Lodema's descendants attended this school. Henry married Alice Thompson at Bernadotte, Illinois. They lived on farms near Ipava and Smithfield, Illinois until 1907 when they bought a farm near Cuba, Illinois, 1/4mile from Lodema's old homestead. Alice died here January 12th, 1931. This home was destroyed by a tornado March 16, 1942. Henry, his daughter and small grand-daughter, though severely injured, all survived. Henry then made his home with his daughter at Canton, Illinois and died there on April 21, 1960.

Henry died in the home of his daughter, Nancy "Ella" Kaler Bolon.

Henry married Alice Thompson, daughter of George W. Thompson and Martha Apple, on 18 Sep 1898 in Bernadette, Illinois. Alice was born on 14 Dec 1868 in Yorktown, Iowa, died on 12 Jan 1931 in Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois - At Their Home In The Sinnett Chapel Community at age 62, and was buried in Jan 1931 in Henderson-Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

Children from this marriage were:

   34 F    i. Myrtle Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 18 Dec 1899 in Fulton County, IL and died on 18 Dec 1899.

   35 M    ii. Franklin Henry "Frank" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 16 Nov 1904 in Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois and died about 1981 in England (Lived In Fallmouth, England) about age 77.

Franklin married Geraldine Josephine Elliott, daughter of Robert Ernest Elliott and Anne Legare. Geraldine was born on 17 Apr 1905 in Donavan, Illinois and died about 1994 about age 89.

Franklin next married Enid Macdonald Alley in St. Augustine, Florida. Enid was born on 25 Dec 1906 in Isle Of MAN, England and died in Falmouth, England.

Marriage Notes: 2nd wife of Frank Kaler

+ 36 F    iii. Nancy "Ella" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 7 Oct 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 1 Dec 1999 in St. Louis Park, MN at age 93, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery; Cuba, Illinois.

   37 F    iv. Martha Ethel Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 7 Oct 1906 in Fulton County, IL, died on 10 Sep 1907 in Fulton County, IL, and was buried in Buckeye Cemetery, Cass Twp., Fulton Co., Illinois.

27. Charles Franklin Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 4 Jan 1874 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 13 Feb 1942 in Minnesota, USA at age 68, and was buried in Feb 1942 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

Charles married Minna Susan Foster on 13 Oct 1904 in Fulton County, IL. Minna was born on 13 Apr 1886 in Norris, Illinois, died in 1937 in Minnesota, USA at age 51, and was buried in 1937 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

Children from this marriage were:

   38 F    i. Violet Minna Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 6 May 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois and died on 14 Apr 1988 in Loon Lake, Stevens, Washington at age 81. Another name for Violet was Violet Kahler.

Violet married James Lewis Willman. James was born on 31 Jul 1906 in Loone Lake, WA and died on 11 Dec 1978 in Spokane, Washington at age 72.

Violet next married Ward Clarence Flansburg on 7 Aug 1927. Ward was born on 22 Aug 1890 in Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa and died on 9 Feb 1973 in Fargo, North Dakota at age 82.

   39 M    ii. Howard Franklin Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 28 Mar 1908 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 18 Feb 1979 in Minnesota, USA at age 70, and was buried in Feb 1979 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

Howard married Theresa M. Wold in Little Falls, Minnesota. Theresa was born on 21 May 1912, died on 28 Sep 1977 in Minnesota, USA at age 65, and was buried in Sep 1977 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

   40 M    iii. Jonathan Lyle Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born in 1910 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died in 1927 in Minnesota, USA at age 17, and was buried in 1927 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

28. Ida Lodema Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 19 Oct 1878 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 17 Dec 1971 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 93, and was buried in Dec 1971 in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL.

General Notes: MEMORIES, by Crystal: "I have many fond memories growing up in the big Helle clan. We would go to the family reunions every year & many times Uncle Verle was there with his old rumble seat to give rides. We had such good times with all the cousins, there was never a doubt we all where from the same close tight family & the bond was held Tightly by the head Grandma Helle. We had the luxury of having her live with us. It was a privilege as she was such a great lady. I shared a room with Grandma as a teen & you know it didn't bother me a bit. I truly miss her & will always remember the night she passed. The nurses said she was in a coma & couldn't hear me. I told her I loved her & she squeezed my hand. I knew then they where wrong. I'm sorry I never got to know Grandpa Helle as Mom has told us so many stories about "Pop".

Charlotte wrote: "I remember my childhood on the farm. Thirteen of us kids, Mom and Pop, and my maternal grandmother. We all lived, crowded but happy. Mom and Pop must have had cast iron nerves. My younger sister, four or five brothers and I would chase around and around that long dining room table whoop and hollering playing a game we called Bear Round the Table. Mom never got over Junes death. I don't believe Pop ever did either. I guess even after 12 kids, the baby of any family has a special place in peoples hearts. And June was special."

All of the Grandchildren remember the love and special feeling Grandma Ida Helle had for them. All agree with cousin Margail: "Grandma greeted me with hugs and kisses as if I was the only grandchild she had. She had a way of making each child feel like he or she was "the special one."

Granddaughter Sharon: "Grandma had a way with children that was very rare. When Danny was an infant, he was very sickly and cried steady. One night after he had been crying for over an hour, I had been walking the floor with him, but there was no comforting him. Grandma came out in her wheel chair, pushed by her nurse. She said, "give me that baby." I handed Danny to her, and I will never forget what happened. He was only a couple months old, but he looked up at her, smiled, buried his face in her arms and went to sleep. It was absolutely unbelievable; the love between Grandma and all of the children."

Ida lived with her daughter Charlotte in Savanna, IL until her death at he age of 93. She never lacked for company, with some of her family always visiting. Being a religious lady, Ida wouldn't touch a drop of alcohol, not even when the doctor prescribed a sip of wine daily for blood circulation at the last.

On Ida's 90th birthday, she was interviewed for a feature story in the Savanna, IL newspaper. "Ida recalls the year over 80 years ago, when as a little girl she drank cistern water rather than go to the well. She suffered typhoid fever as a result, and this caused her to lose her heavy head of long black straight hair, of which she was very proud. It grew back, but his time it was curly. Ida played the piano as a young woman and grew to love good music. She especially remembers a popular song of the day, "Ida", which her future husband, George Helle sang to her quite often during their courtship. Ida's best friend was Bertha Helle (George's sister). Both had many male admirers and eventually they became known as "The Buckeye Beauties," the name Buckeye coming from the community in which they were reared."

Ethel: "Mom never lost interest in any of us, nor any of us in her, right up to the last. Mom told of small pox breaking out in Smithfield where they were living before I was born. Knowing my father's brother, Fred had an empty house in the country; she contacted him. He sent wagons, after her, the children and the furniture. Dad came home that night to find a note on the door telling him where they all were. Mom managed to miss the small pox epidemic that had left many dead in Smithfield. This one story describes Mom. She never hesitated to act when any occasion came up that concerned any of us. Mom was always there."

Ida married George Adam Helle, son of Frederick (Friedrich) Helle Sr. (Immigrant) and Catharine (Katharina) Krauser (Immigrant, on 1 Sep 1901 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois. George was born on 27 Oct 1873 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 23 Nov 1943 in Freeport, Illinois at age 70, and was buried in Nov 1943 in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL. (see Helle webpage)

Children from this marriage were:

+ 41 M    i. Lloyd Charles Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 10 Jan 1903 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 17 Feb 1984 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 81, and was buried in Feb 1984 in Smithfield Cemetery, Cuba, Illinois.

+ 42 M    ii. Royle George Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 23 Feb 1904 in Smithfield, Illinois, died on 30 Sep 1979 in Canton, Illinois at age 75, and was buried in Oct 1979 in Wiley Lutheran Cemetery, Ellisville, IL.

   43 M    iii. Joseph Arlie "Joe" Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 8 Jan 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 7 Nov 2000 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 94, and was buried in Nov 2000 in Fulton County, IL.

Joseph married Myrtle Muriel Bolon Mayflower Desc., daughter of Samuel "Perry" Bolon Mayflower Desc. and Alta Ellen McCance, on 23 Aug 1930 in Carthage, Hancock Co., Illinois. Myrtle was born on 5 Oct 1907 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Mar 1965 in Canton, Illinois at age 57, and was buried in Mar 1965 in Braughman Cemetery, Smithfield IL.

Joseph next married Henrietta Stevenson on 6 Oct 1965. Henrietta was born on 9 Oct 1920 in Fiatt, Fulton County, Illinois, died on 26 Mar 2005 in Fulton County, IL at age 84, and was buried on 2 Apr 2005.

+ 44 M    iv. Delbert Vernon Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 24 Mar 1907 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Aug 1990 in Farmington, Illinois at age 83, and was buried in Aug 1990 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington, IL.

+ 45 M    v. Donald Lee Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 30 Sep 1908 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 18 Jul 1961 in Tiskilwa, Illinois at age 52, and was buried in Jul 1961 in Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.

   46 F    vi. Ethel (Bertha Ethel) Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 24 Feb 1910 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Apr 1996 in Mt. Morris, Illinois at age 86, and was buried in Apr 1996 in Mt. Morris, Illinois.

Ethel married Donald "Don" Walton, son of George G. C. Walton and Rhoda E. P. Frew, on 2 Jun 1928 in Lewistown, Fulton Co., Illinois. Donald was born on 29 Oct 1908 in Astoria, Illinois, died on 17 Aug 2002 in Whitewater, Walworth, WI at age 93, and was buried on 19 Aug 2002 in Mt. Morris, Illinois.

+ 47 M    vii. Walter "Walt" (William Frederick) Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 20 Jun 1912 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 18 Apr 2000 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 87, and was buried in Apr 2000 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

+ 48 M    viii. Sheldon Lyle Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 25 Nov 1913 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 26 Jan 1997 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 83, and was buried in Jan 1997 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

   49 M    ix. Verle Burdette Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 26 May 1917 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 3 Sep 1980 in Oregon, Ogle Co., Illinois at age 63, and was buried in Sep 1980 in Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, Illinois.

Verle married Willena Baker (Twin) on 24 Nov 1943 in Palmyra, Missouri. Willena was born on 29 May 1920 in Summerville, Union Co., Oregon and died on 8 Nov 1965 in Oregon, Ogle Co., Illinois at age 45.

Verle next married Dorothy Whisman on 4 Jun 1966 in Oregon, Ogle Co., Illinois. Dorothy was born about 1925 and died on 3 Oct 2004 in Florida about age 79.

   50 M    x. Gene (Harley Eugene) Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 18 Jul 1918 in IL and died on 3 Sep 2004 in Arkansas at age 86.

Gene married Maxine (Loretta Maxine) Heather in 1948. Maxine was born on 1 Nov 1927 and died on 11 Jul 1989 in IL at age 61.

   51 M    xi. Gail Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 23 Jun 1920 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 10 Jun 1982 in Peoria, IL at age 61, and was buried on 14 Jun 1982 in Ottawa IL, St. Columbia Cemetery.

Gail married Mary "Bernice" Barler on 18 Jul 1939 in Burlington, Iowa. Mary was born on 18 Jun 1921 in Wyoming, IL.

   52 F    xii. Charlotte Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 20 Dec 1921 in Cuba/Wyoming, Illinois, died on 2 Jun 1988 of Savanna, Carroll Co., IL (Died In Hospital In Clinton, IA) at age 66, and was buried on 4 Jun 1988 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

Charlotte married Harrison Elroy Osborn Jr., son of Harrison Elroy Osborn Sr. and Retta Harriet Ryan, on 10 Jun 1938 in Donnelson, Iowa. Harrison was born on 8 Dec 1916 in Castleton/Modena, IL, died on 11 Oct 2003 in Capac, Michigan at age 86, and was buried in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

   53 F    xiii. Nellie "June" Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 2 Jun 1924 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 25 Aug 1932 in Wyoming, IL at age 8, and was buried in Aug 1932 in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Fulton Co. IL.

29. Joseph William "Bill" Kaler (Mayflower Desc.) was born on 6 Nov 1880 in Fulton County, IL and died on 30 Sep 1974 in Staples, Minnesota at age 93.

General Notes: After Joseph William (Bill) Kaler married Grace Craft in 1906, they lived on a farm near Smithfield, Fulton County, Illinois. In 1914 they boarded their family and all of their belongings on an immigrant train bound west. In addition to their five children, Bill's brother Charlie, wife and three children were with them. Charlie rode the "immigrant" car with their cattle. They decided on Staples, Minn., as their stopping off place and lived on farms in this area until 1924, always keeping large herds of dairy cattle. After hearing much of the Ozarks, Bill decided to move his family to the "Shepherd of the Hills Country" in the fall of 1924. He bought his first automobile, a model T, and pulling a two-wheeled trailer, moved his family of eight children to a farm near West Plains, MO. He brought his family back to Minnesota 1930-32 and eventually settled on a farm near Motley, Minnesota. The last two farms Bill owned were on the south bank of the Long Prairie River where he always said he could fish from his front porch. Both he and Grace liked to fish and until the last few years Bill was an ardent hunter also. He and his wife took their first plane ride by jet to California in 1965. He has kept up with the times, from a horse and buggy honeymoon and ox teams to jet planes. Because of an injury received in a horse and buggy accident at an early age, Bill walked with a cane later in life. This didn't slow him down any, especially when it came to hunting. He never missed a Minnesota deer season until he was 85 years old. His last season was a little tough because he had to use two canes to get around and said that he depended too much on his sons and grandsons. He drove a car until he was 83. His wife, Grace, died in 1967. He kept house alone at his place by the Crow Wing River until age 87. When he found time to relax it was always with a book in his hand. Well versed in the Bible, history, politics and current events, he was a self educated, scholarly man, who in his old age was still an inspiration to the youngsters.

Joseph William is a 9th generation descendant of John and Priscilla Alden and Peter Brown. He is a 10 generation descendant of William Mullens.

Joseph married Grace Craft, daughter of Charles Bailey Craft and Rachael Ann Ault, on 11 Feb 1906 in Fulton County, IL. Grace was born on 3 Jan 1888 in Stutgart, Arkansas, died on 20 Jan 1967 in St Paul, Minnesota at age 79, and was buried in Jan 1967 in St. Paul, Minnesota - Union Cemetery.

Children from this marriage were:

   54 M    i. Charles William "Charlie" Kaler (Mayflower Desc.) was born on 19 Oct 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 16 Dec 1982 in Ceres, California at age 76, and was buried in Dec 1982 in Evergreen Cemetery, Staples, Minn..

Charles married Leila Elizabeth Murray on 11 Nov 1928 in Hanes, North Dakota. Leila was born on 31 Aug 1902 in Iowa and died in 1992 at age 90.

   55 M    ii. Harry Oscar Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 9 Jul 1908 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 27 Aug 1999 in Tyler, Smith, TX at age 91, and was buried in Memorial Park, Mason City, Iowa.

Harry married Helen Velora Christian on 28 Jul 1933 in Waterloo, Iowa. Helen was born on 20 May 1910 in Laport City, Iowa, died on 18 Apr 1999 in Tyler, Smith, TX at age 88, and was buried in Memorial Park, Mason City, Iowa.

   56 F    iii. Nellie "Ruth" Kaler Mayflower Desc was born on 11 May 1910 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 19 Feb 2005 in San Diego, California at age 94, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, San Diego, CA.

Nellie married Joseph Sandage Jr. in San Diego, California. Joseph was born on 26 Sep 1916 in Thurston Co., Nebraska and died on 16 Sep 1997 in San Diego, San Diego Co., California at age 80.

   57 F    iv. Mary Florence Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 22 May 1912 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois and died on 24 Jun 1979 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota at age 67.

   58 F    v. Helen Marie Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 24 Mar 1914 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois.

Helen married Orville Stanley Arvig on 23 Jan 1937 in Staples, Minnesota. Orville was born on 6 May 1912 in Dodge County, Minnesota and died on 18 Oct 1975 in Rochester, Minnesota at age 63.

   59 M    vi. Joseph Elmer "Joe" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 22 Jul 1916 in Wadena City, MN, died on 21 Oct 1988 in Chappawa Falls, Wisconsin at age 72, and was buried in Oct 1988 in Memorial Garden Cemetery, Brainerd, MN.

Joseph married Bertha Wegter, daughter of Henry Wegter and Dena Rensink, in Orange County, Iowa. Bertha was born on 29 Oct 1918 in Iowa, died on 22 Feb 2005 in Grandview Christian Home In Cambridge, MN at age 86, and was buried in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.

   60 F    vii. Alice "Pauline" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 11 Oct 1918 in Bluegrass, Wadena City, Minnesota.

Alice married Cloyd L. Steinbrecher on 2 Aug 1941 in Chicago, Illinois. Cloyd was born on 27 Sep 1916 in Adams County, Illinois.

   61 F    viii. Berneice Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 30 Sep 1921 in Wadena County, MN. Another name for Berneice is Grace Berneice.

Berneice married Raymond L. Muller, son of Frank C. Muller and Inga Anderson, in 1941 in Long Prairie, MN. Raymond was born on 18 Jul 1914 in Watertown, South Dakota and died on 27 Aug 1998 in Thief River Falls, Pennington, MN at age 84.

31. Bertha Ethel Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 10 Feb 1892 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois and died in Fulton County, IL.

General Notes: Lived at Hobart, Lake Co., Indiana

Bertha married Arthur L. Patterson on 15 Aug 1912. Arthur was born in 1882 in Marietta, Illinois and died in Fulton County, IL.

Children from this marriage were:

   62 M    i. Charles Leslie Patterson Mayflower Desc. was born on 24 Mar 1913 in Fulton County, IL.

   63 M    ii. Fair Patterson Mayflower Desc. was born on 8 Jun 1914 in Fulton County, IL and died on 8 Jun 1914.

   64 M    iii. Joseph Franklin Patterson Mayflower Desc. was born on 21 Aug 1915 in Fulton County, IL.

   65 M    iv. Laurel E. Patterson Mayflower Desc. was born on 8 Jul 1917 in Fulton County, IL and died on 16 May 1984 in Virginia, USA at age 66.

   66 F    v. Lila "Fern" Patterson Mayflower Desc. was born on 4 May 1919 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois.

   67 F    vi. Doris Irene Patterson Mayflower Desc. was born on 17 Oct 1921 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois.

 

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32. Howard Berlin Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 22 Mar 1908 in Smithfield, Cass Twp, Fulton Co, IL, died on 28 Feb 1972 in Canton, Illinois at age 63, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL.

Howard married Nancy "Ella" Kaler Mayflower Desc., daughter of Henry Oscar Kaler Mayflower Desc. and Alice Thompson, on 22 Mar 1930 in Peoria, IL. Nancy was born on 7 Oct 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 1 Dec 1999 in St. Louis Park, MN at age 93, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery; Cuba, Illinois.

Children from this marriage were:

   68 M    i. Charles Henry Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 23 Jul 1934 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 7 Sep 1952 in Canton, Illinois at age 18, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL.

   69 M    ii. Benjamin Joseph Bolon Mayflower Desc. was born on 10 Sep 1942 in Canton, Illinois and died in Feb 1990 in Fulton County, IL at age 47.

36. Nancy "Ella" Kaler Mayflower Desc. was born on 7 Oct 1906 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 1 Dec 1999 in St. Louis Park, MN at age 93, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery; Cuba, Illinois.

General Notes: Mayflower Membership State #1408 GS 33507

Ella lived in Fulton County, Illinois, all her life. Her home was at 999 West Locust Street, Canton, Illinois - the last year of her life she live in a nursing home near her daughter.

In "Memories of a Country Girl" by Ethel Helle Walton, she wrote the following: "My cousin, Ella Kaler, lived just a short distance from my grandparents and we would spend may hours playing together. We loved to walk the country roads, never even thinking of being afraid for our safety. There were no strangers around as everyone knew everyone. There were few girls in the neighborhood where we lived. Ella was the only girl I had to play with. She is 2 or three years older than me, and a real tease. She once chased me around the house with a fish worm, so I thought, as she had dropped the worm. Often when the folks were visiting Uncle Henry's, Ella and I would hide out when they got ready to leave, so I could stay over. Ella would say, with a sparkle in her eye, "Let's hide." I never had to hear it more than one time, and we were off, hiding in the out house. I still remember Mom calling me. I am sure Mom felt I needed girls to play with, because she would turn to Uncle Henry and say, "You will be going by in a few days Henry, you can leave her off." While I was there, Aunt Alice had to comb my long braids. Mom was so proud of my hair, and was particular who she would let comb it. I often fell to sleep while I was getting my hair combed, but Ella had a tender head, and would sit and cry out with almost every stroke of the brush. I doubt if Aunt Alice was really glad to have me stay very often, as I was a bed-wetter. Even so, she no doubt felt that Ella also needed a girl playmate. Ella had paper dolls and things to play with. My dolls were often left outside by little brothers, and would soon disappear."

Howard and Ella had 2 sons and one daughter.

Ella had a twin, Martha Ethel, who died at just under one year of age.

Written by Ella's daughter: "Ella was a founding member of the Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society, wrote a column on history for a number of years for the local newspaper, and saved a multitude of letters, books, legal papers, clippings, glass-plate negatives, daguerotypes, etc., on the Kaler, Bolon, Helle, and Thompson family histories, which means tangentially that she saved much of the history of Fulton County. Ella's interest spanned eighty years as she was a collector all her life and lived to be ninety-four. As a child in Fulton County, I knew many of these people and I appreciate that much of Ella's information is first-hand which I believe to be an advantage over research gleaned merely after-the-fact from paper records. You will be able eventually to find some of Mom's stuff on Genweb's Fulton County site."

Nancy married Howard Berlin Bolon Mayflower Desc., son of Charles Henry Bolon Mayflower Desc. and Brighetta Bertha "Bert" Helle, on 22 Mar 1930 in Peoria, IL. Howard was born on 22 Mar 1908 in Smithfield, Cass Twp, Fulton Co, IL, died on 28 Feb 1972 in Canton, Illinois at age 63, and was buried in Sinnett Chapel Cemetery, Cuba, IL.

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41. Lloyd Charles Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 10 Jan 1903 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 17 Feb 1984 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 81, and was buried in Feb 1984 in Smithfield Cemetery, Cuba, Illinois.

Lloyd married Opal Maxine Behymer, daughter of Lewis Behymer and Daisy Chambers, on 12 Sep 1928 in Gladstone, Illinois. Opal was born on 17 Aug 1909 in Fulton County, IL, died on 17 Feb 1981 in Avon, Illinois at age 71, and was buried in Feb 1981 in Smithfield Cemetery, Cuba, Illinois.

The child from this marriage was:

   70 M    i. Richard Lloyd Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 15 Dec 1930 in Fulton County, IL and died on 1 Jan 1933 in Fulton County, IL at age 2.

42. Royle George Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 23 Feb 1904 in Smithfield, Illinois, died on 30 Sep 1979 in Canton, Illinois at age 75, and was buried in Oct 1979 in Wiley Lutheran Cemetery, Ellisville, IL.

Royle married Alta Flora Fouts, daughter of Robert "Sherman" Fouts and Maria Theresa "Tracy" Helle, on 3 Aug 1929 in Kahoka, MO. Alta was born on 26 Feb 1899 in Ellisville, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 13 Sep 1974 in Macomb, Illinois at age 75, and was buried in Sep 1974 in Wiley Lutheran Cemetery, Ellisville, IL.

Children from this marriage were:

   71 F    i. Ava Janene Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 9 Apr 1930 in Fulton County, IL and died on 7 Jan 1994 in Fulton County, Illinois at age 63.

Ava married Samuel Emerson Boyce, son of Joe Boyce and Franklin Harrison "Frankie" Schraeder, on 21 Nov 1953 in Ellisville, Fulton Co., Illinois. Samuel was born on 13 Oct 1916 in Joshua Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

   72 F    ii. Lodema "Joyce" Helle Mayflower Descendant was born on 22 Oct 1934 in Ellisville, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 21 Feb 1948 in Bushnell, McDonough, IL at age 13, and was buried in Feb 1948 in Ellisville, Illinois, Wiley Lutheran Cemetery.

44. Delbert Vernon Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 24 Mar 1907 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 15 Aug 1990 in Farmington, Illinois at age 83, and was buried in Aug 1990 in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington, IL.

Delbert married Nellie Adalaide Hayes, daughter of Harry Fred Hayes and Ada Lee Jackson, on 25 Jan 1932 in Springfield, Illinois. Nellie was born on 18 Feb 1912 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 2 Apr 1995 in Farmington, Illinois at age 83, and was buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Farmington, IL.

Children from this marriage were:

   73 M    i. Lawrence James "Dig" Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 23 Aug 1934 in Peoria, IL, died on 19 Oct 2003 at age 69, and was buried on 15 Nov 2003.

Lawrence married on 4 Apr 1981 in Farmington, Illinois.

Marriage Notes: They were divorced in 1998

   74 F    ii. Phyllis Fern Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 27 Jul 1941 in Oak Hill, Illinois, died on 18 Aug 1960 in Chicago, Illinois at age 19, and was buried in Aug 1960 in Farmington Cemetery, Farmington, Illinois.

45. Donald Lee Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 30 Sep 1908 in Smithfield, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 18 Jul 1961 in Tiskilwa, Illinois at age 52, and was buried in Jul 1961 in Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.

Donald married Geraldine McCluen, daughter of Harry McCluen and Mary Knowles, in 1935. Geraldine was born on 2 Jun 1916 in Wyoming, IL, died on 5 Jul 2000 in Castlegar, BC at age 84, and was buried in Jul 2000 in First Memorial Funeral Service And Crematorium; Fauquer, BC.

Marriage Notes: (1st Marriage)

Donald next married Hallie "Jean" Underwood, daughter of Elijah W. Underwood and Laura Etta Skaggs, on 31 Mar 1940 in Buffalo, Iowa. Hallie was born on 13 Dec 1921 in Tiskilwa, Illinois and died in Tiskilwa, Illinois.

The child from this marriage was:

   75 M    i. Kenneth Roy Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 21 Nov 1943 in Princeton, IL and died on 31 May 1991 in IL at age 47.

47. Walter "Walt" (William Frederick) Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 20 Jun 1912 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 18 Apr 2000 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 87, and was buried in Apr 2000 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

Walter married Alice Frona Williams on 13 Aug 1932 in Toulon, Illinois. Alice was born on 13 Feb 1912 in Princeton, IL, died on 21 Jul 1995 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 83, and was buried in Jul 1995 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

Children from this marriage were:

   76 M    i. Burnette Walter Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 30 Sep 1935 in Galena, Illinois, died on 6 Mar 1937 in Galesburg, Illinois at age 1, and was buried in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

   77 F    ii. Janice Arlene "Jan" Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 29 Dec 1937 in Galesburg, Illinois and died on 28 Mar 2005 in Eureka, Arkansas at age 67.

48. Sheldon Lyle Helle Mayflower Desc. was born on 25 Nov 1913 in Cuba, Fulton Co., Illinois, died on 26 Jan 1997 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 83, and was buried in Jan 1997 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

Sheldon married Hazel Nelle Hendrick, daughter of Frederick Vincent "Fred" Hendrick and Nelle M. Ault, on 11 May 1935. Hazel was born on 19 Jul 1914 in Wyoming, IL, died on 15 Jul 1989 in Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois at age 74, and was buried in Jul 1989 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois.

The child from this marriage was:

   78 M    i. Lyle Raymond Helle Mayflower Desc was born on 15 Mar 1936 in Peoria, IL, died on 7 Sep 1956 in Lanark, Carroll County, IL at age 20, and was buried in Sep 1956 in Savanna Cemetery, Savanna, Carroll Co., Illinois. The cause of his death was Truck Accident.


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