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Carol Hicks (#47013230)
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Bio Photo I am retired but do correspondence for the Danville, IL Commercial-News. Began doing genealogy in 1966 and just can't seem to stop looking for family names.

I graduated from Hoopeston High School in 1961 and attended DACC and Eastern Illinois University, obtaining a BA in Elementary Education. It wasn't the field I intended to go into but the councilor at the time discouraged me from my chosen field which was history, saying there were no jobs in this area in that field.

I have more than made up for the councilor's advise, however, by writing about and researching history and helping others in their family searches. I really enjoy the research.

I have also co-authored three books - The Presley Family History, Laura Ida Booth (in the process of being published) and Images of America: Hoopeston.
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Sue Fetzer
Pipers in New Hampshire
Hi Carol,

Check out the new pics of Henry and them on a cloudy day at noon...though the black flies just about carried me away! LOL



Added by Sue Fetzer on May 20, 2017 1:10 PM
Sue Fetzer
RE: Henry Piper

I will try come spring and the snow is gone. Problem is that the stone is dark and the engraving is barely readable. I will have to go in the AM as the cemetery is not directly east-west located. May be a bit.


Added by Sue Fetzer on Feb 21, 2017 5:37 PM
Sue Fetzer
RE: Nathan and Hannah Smith Piper

Sure, I will try....what are you particularly looking for on the stones? Hopefully it will be a nice weekend for weather...

Added by Sue Fetzer on Oct 26, 2016 2:48 PM
Deborah Sigrist
RE: Joseph Abbott
Thank you for this information. It was very helpful.
Added by Deborah Sigrist on Oct 04, 2016 12:45 AM
Jerry Trosper
RE: billings
I'd be happy to replace her stone or help you do so. I don't live far from the cemetery. I would need to know the plot location though.
Added by Jerry Trosper on Aug 13, 2016 4:03 PM
Jerry Trosper
Hi Carol. I posted a photo of Archibald Billings' headstone which I took today at Hicks Cemetery in Perrysville. The death date looks like April 16 1870. I could not find Chisteena's stone although I thought I had seen it before a year or so ago when I first went there looking for Trospers.
Added by Jerry Trosper on Aug 13, 2016 3:12 PM
Jerry Trosper
RE: christeena
I just reread your note: you have the marriage license for William James and Cristina? I was going to get it from the courthouse.
Yes, it would be unlikely that a 19 yr old would marry a 15 yr old but many times the census birth years are wrong by a few years.
Added by Jerry Trosper on Jul 09, 2016 1:28 PM
Jerry Trosper
RE: christeena
These puzzles can be fun though! I did know that Archibald Billings also had a daughter named Christina Jane but she married Andrew Davis in 1854, so not her. The clincher for me is that Elmer Trosper is listed as Arch and Mitilda's grandson in the census. I plan to search more for the the William James that Cristeena married. Perhaps he was killed in the Civil War? Unfortunately, parents are seldom listed on marriage licenses in 1864. I don't have a birth year for W. James as there are hundreds of them in the records and I just began to look. Jer
Added by Jerry Trosper on Jul 09, 2016 1:23 PM
Jerry Trosper
RE: christeena
I found the link, yesterday, that shows Christeena was married in Verm Co to a William James.
I believe this is Christina Billings. Her parents were Achibald and Matilda Billings. The 1860 census shows Matilda to be remarried to William Niccum and they have a grandson age 16 Elmer Trosper living with them. Elmer's father is Lewis Jobe Trosper (Elmer lists his father's name as Job.) Lewis Trosper married Christina James per marriage license. A Christina Billings married William James in 1864 in Verm Co IL. Unsure why or how her marriages ended or why she was buried under her maiden name.

The years of birth, etc make sense.
Another clue that the families knew each other: Elmer's half brother Melvin Trosper married Sarah Jane Vine who was listed as a daughter to Matilda in the same census as Elmer appears. Sarah Vine, I'm guessing was adopted by the Niccums?
Added by Jerry Trosper on Jul 09, 2016 6:40 AM
Juanita Arnold
Eugene Voyles.
Thank you Carol, I appreciate it very much. I work mainly on the Voyles/Voiles family.
Added by Juanita Arnold on Jul 08, 2016 7:20 PM
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