Searching for my great great grandfather John Carney of Vermilion Co., IL.

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John Carney

b. 1811-1920 place unknown; died: June 30, 1869, Vermilion Co., IL; bu: Rose Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL; He was a postmaster at Kentucky, Vermilion Co., IL mid 1850's and is only found in the 1855 State census of Illinois.

1st wife: Catherine E. Rutledge ma. 3 Aug. 1853 Vermilion Co., IL; one daughter Sylvia Carney ma. Thomas Fugate (ma. located at Clerk's office of Vermilion Co., IL)

2nd wife: Nancy (Brewer) Rutledge  ma. 8 May 1867, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL; one daughter Elizabeth Carney (my great grandmother) who ma. Isaac Johnson (ma. located at Clerk's office Vermilion Co., IL)  1st husband: John Rutledge; 3rd husband: Henry Sloan.  She died abt 1894 and is buried in the paupers section of Springhill cemetery.

Found an 1850 Perry Co., IL census that could possibly be him if his wife and children died and he may possibly have moved north.  Kentucky, Illinois is said to be made up of mostly people from Kentucky so possibly he is from somewhere in Kentucky. Found Nancy in 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses in Verm. Co., IL.
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As the postmaster he was likely a pretty prominent figure in town, try to see if a genealogical society in that area has put out a local history. Archive.org has a few books on the history of Vermilion county digitized, and they are easy to read online: http://archive.org/search.php?query=subject%3A%22Vermilion+County+%28Ill.%29+--+Biography%22

It's worth looking into if he owned any land in Vermilion County. The courthouse may have land deeds dating back that far, and that can give you an idea if he was native to the area or if he came from somewhere else (and when he came).

Since you know where he died, you can also look for his will or estate papers. You could hit the jackpot and find other relatives mentioned or perhaps he also owned land somewhere else.
by Erin Breen G2G4 (4.5k points)

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