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William H. Hutchinson and Elizabeth O’Leary

Proposed Hutchinson Lineage

Compiled by Judy Griffin, 2007 - email address

William H. Hutchinson - New Jersey to Illinois

William Henry Hutchinson was born January 7, 1835 or 1836 in Trenton, New Jersey or Pennsylvania, and died on August 17, 1909 in Jerseyville. He married the sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Sarah O’Leary on October 3, 1858 in Havana, Mason County, Illinois (see O’Leary family history). Elizabeth was born on January 26, 1842 or 1843, in Fonda, Mohawk Township, Montgomery County, New York.

William H. Hutchinson and Elizabeth Sarah O’Leary

William’s biography was published in 1885, although some of the information is probably not quite accurate. “Wm. H. Hutchison came to Jersey county in 1837, accompanying his parents, who settled in Jerseyville, which at that time contained only a small number of families. His father followed shoemaking. Wm. was born in Trenton, NJ Jan. 7, 1835, and was reared in this county. When 16 years old he began learning the blacksmith trade, which he followed 8 years in Jerseyville. In 1860 he removed to Mason county, where he worked at his trade one year, then enlisted in the Union Army, joining Company H of the 17th Ill. Inf. He served 3 years as a member of that regiment, then re-enlisted in the 144th regiment, in which he served 10 months as lieutenant of Co. I. He returned home at close of the war, and resumed work at his trade in Bath, Mason County, where he remained about 5 years. At the expiration of that time he came back to Jersey County, where he has since followed farming. He now owns a farm of 80 acres, located on section 19, Fidelity township, and carries on general farming, also works at blacksmithing. He was married Oct. 3, 1858, to Elizabeth O’Lary. Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson have 8 children - Charles, Georgiana, Emma, Rebecca, Lloyd, William, Elizabeth and Minnie.” (1)

William H. Hutchinson – Civil War  (Photo from Peggy Duval)

William served in the Civil War from May 1861 to June 1864. He enlisted on May 29, 1861 as a private and mustered into Company K, 17th Illinois Infantry. On the Muster Roll William was described has having black hair, brown eyes, a married blacksmith living at Bath, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (conflicts with other data). He served in this unit for three years. He then served in the 144th Illinois Infantry for an additional nine months. Peggy Duval provided this photo of the accordion that William is said to have carried throughout his service in the Civil War.

Accordian William is said to have carried during the Civil War

William’s 17th Infantry unit saw service in the following battles:

  • Battle at Frederickstown, Missouri on 21 October 1861
  • Battle at Fort Donelson, Tennessee on 13 February 1862
  • Battle at Fort Donelson, Tennessee on 15 February 1862
  • Battle at Shiloh, Tennessee on 06 April 1862
  • Battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 22 May 1863
  • Battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 27 May 1863
  • Battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 28 May 1863
  • Battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 04 June 1863
  • Battle at Vicksburg, Mississippi on 25 July 1863
  • Battle on 05 February 1864

William was mustered out of the 17th on June 4, 1864. He wasn’t home very long, he enlisted in Company I, 144th Illinois Infantry on October 4, 1864. The Captain of Company I was J. D. Moore, William was the Second Lieutenant. William’s son James L. joined this unit in 1865. This regiment was organized at Alton, in the autumn of 1864, as a one-year regiment. (2) It was mustered into the service on October 21. In January 1865, four companies were sent to St. Louis, where their term of service was spent, the other six companies remaining on guard duty at Alton. The regiment was mustered out July 14, 1865.

During the war several different units were assigned to serve as guards at Alton, one of which was the One Hundred Forty-fourth Illinois Infantry. Formed at Alton specifically to serve as prison guards, the Illinois 144th was almost completely made up of Alton area residents. The Alton prison closed July 7, 1865 when the last prisoners were released or sent to St. Louis. (3)

An article on Jersey County men during the Civil War seems to confirm the service of Company I, 144th Infantry as guards at the Alton Prison: “The federal government instituted the draft in 1863. Illinois sought to avoid the disgrace of drafting men for service by offering bounties to recruits and veterans and also by shortening some tour lengths, and limiting duty. Two such limited duty regiments were heavily recruited in Jersey County: companies B, F, G, and I of the 144th and company C of the 153rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Both regiments served for only one year, instead of the standard three-year enlistment. The 144th Illinois was employed solely as prison guards for the Alton Military Prison.” (4)

Another article, in 1888, was disparaging of the service of the men of the 144th: “The Alton Democrat is inclined to make fun of the fun of the veterans of the 144th Ill. The fact is, they faced more rebels than any other troops. The rebs were in the Alton prison. This is what the ‘Democrat’ has to say: ‘A grand ball of the surviving veterans of the 144th Illinois Volunteers, is proposed in Alton, for the purpose of raising a fund for the benefit of the wounded soldiers of that regiment, who are deprived of a pension through the President’s veto. Those of them who still linger, torn by shot and shell, are worthy recipients of such assistance, for no doubt those of the regiment who still live to suffer the unrequited agony of their wounds, are disposed to envy their comrades who fell at Shiloh, or Gettysburgh.’” (5)

William was still in Mason County when the 1870 census was taken. The family was residing in Bath Township, perhaps the same residence as 1860. William was a blacksmith, age 32, born in New Jersey. His real estate was valued at $450 and his personal estate at $250. Elizabeth was age 20, born in New York. Living in the household was a John L. Rochester, blacksmith. Living next door was another blacksmith, Stephen B. Lee. Perhaps these three men were in the blacksmith business together.

William must have returned to Jersey County fairly soon after 1870. He was listed in the 1872 Jersey County Atlas where he stated that he was born in Trenton, New Jersey, came to Jersey County in 1842. He was a blacksmith, residing at Township 8-13. This was Richwood Township and he lived at Fieldon, the only town in the township. He was mentioned in the local newspaper, involved in the manufacture of plows: “Fieldon. Our enterprising blacksmiths, Mr. Hutcherson [sic] and Mr. Roth, are busily engaged in the manufacture of plows. Both have all they can do, as their plows sell readily and give general satisfaction.” (6)

In 1880 William and Elizabeth and their family were living in Fidelity Township. William listed himself as a farmer and claimed he was born in Pennsylvania. All of their children were still living at home. Their last child, Minerva “Minnie,” had been born just the year before. In 1881 he was reported ill, but improving, and had purchased a C. C. Greene gun for $100. (7) In 1882 he traveled to New York to visit his brother, James L. (8)

There is a family story that William would always wait up for his children to come home, sitting in a straight back chair next to the door and not go to bed until the last child was home. His favorite saying was “It’s nine o’clock, time all honest men were in bed, the rogues are a’travlin.” He spent a lot of time at Horseshoe Lake, probably fishing.

By November 1883 William was offering his eighty-acre farm, twenty acres of timber and a cottage on a lot in Burke’s addition to Jerseyville for sale or exchange. The family was residing on the farm. There is a family story that William did poorly financially, his brother James having to ‘bail him out,’ including purchasing homes for William and his family twice. Supposedly William was a gambler and lost the first house due to gambling debt. James L. purchased a second house for William and put the house in his wife Elizabeth’s name. “One day she noticed a man out looking at her milk cow and asked him what he was doing? He said he had just won this cow and she informed him it was hers, not William Henry’s.” The property William was offering for sale or trade may have been the 80 acres in Township 8, Range 10 and the 20 acres in Township 7, Range 10 that James L. Hutchinson owed delinquent tax on from 1881 to 1883. The ad said 20 acres of timber. The 20 acres in Twp. 7, Range 10 is shown as timberland (with no dwelling on it) in the 1872 Atlas Map of Jersey County. However, there was the Township 7, Range 12, Otter Creek Township property of a Wm. H. Hutchinson that was on the 1870 delinquent tax list to consider also - “Wm. H. Hutchinson, east ½ of the NE part of Section 1, (80 acres)”

Elizabeth Sarah O’Leary

In 1884, William and Elizabeth’s daughter, Emma, was married. The newspaper notice stated that her parents were living “four miles east of this city,” it is unclear if this was Fidelity or Jerseyville. (9) William seemed to have continuing health problems. By 1886, he had traveled to New Orleans, returning “much improved in health.” (10) Things were not going well by 1888, when there was to be a foreclosure on the home and property owned by Elizabeth: (11) “Charles S. Philips, Trustee, vs. Elizabeth Hutchinson, et. al. Foreclosure Default, referred to Master. Master’s Sale. In the matter of Chas. S. Phillips, trustee, complainant, vs. Elizabeth Hutchinson and William H. Hutchinson, defendants. On bill to foreclose mortgage. Public notice is hereby given, that in the pursuance of a decretal order entered in the above entitled cause, in said court, on the 4th day of April, A. D. 1888, I, Joseph M. Page, Master in Chancery for said court, on the 19th day of May A.D. 1888, at one o’clock in the afternoon of said day, shall sell at public auction, to the highest bidder, for cash, at the south door of the court house in Jerseyville, in said county, the following described real estate, situate in the county of Jersey and state of Illinois, to-wit: The west half of the southwest quarter of section number nineteen (19), in township number eight (8) north; of range number ten (10), west of the third principal meridian together with all and singular the tenements and hereditaments thereunto belonging, and subject to the equity of redemption. Joseph M. Page, Master in Chancery. A. A. Goodrich, Sol. for Com. Jerseyville, Ill., April 19th, 1888.” This is the property, the 80 acres in Township 8, Range 10 that J. L. Hutchinson was delinquent on from 1881-1883, and the same property William's wife, Mrs. W. H. Hutchinson, was delinquent on in 1886 and 1888.

By July 1890, William applied for a pension based on his Civil War service. He claimed he was unable to earn a living due to asthma and catarrh in his head. The medical statement in March 1891 said that William reported first developing asthma about seven years ago (1884), continuing at times ever since. He currently had to sit up at night and had not been able to lie in a bed for two years, growing worse all the time. About the same time he noticed the catarrh of the head that continues. His disability was total. William was five feet seven inches tall; weighing 130 pounds, age 55 years. His pension was $12 per month until 1907, when it increased to $15 per month. In 2003 dollars this income would have been about $234 and $293, respectively. Perhaps William had some additional source of income, and/or his children contributed to his support, and/or his brother James helped him out financially.

In 1900 the family was living on Spruce Street, in Jerseyville’s First Ward. William stated he was born in January 1836 in New Jersey. His occupation was listed as invalid, he probably had been unable to work for about ten years. He rented their home. Elizabeth stated she was born in January 1844, age 56. They had been married forty years. Elizabeth also said that she was the mother of three children, three living (they had 8 children). She was born in New York and her parents were born in Ireland. Living with them was their married daughter, Minnie Rockwell and her son George Rockwell.

By 1909 the family was living at 205 E. Arch St. in Jerseyville. On August 17, 1909, William committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The newspaper attributed this to his difficulties with asthma, but he could also have been despondent, if he was still gambling and/or dealing with financial problems due to his inability to work. For years, his great grand daughter, Dorothy, had the revolver he used. She sold it at auction, refusing to let any family members purchase it. There were three newspaper articles: (12)

“William Hutchison committed suicide by shooting himself through the right temple with a 32 caliber Hopins and Allen revolver at his home on East Arch Street on Tuesday evening Aug. 17th. He had eaten his supper as usual that evening. He then went out in the yard and sat under the trees with his wife. About 7:30 pm he went into the house and about five minutes later Mrs. Hutchison went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo Stoeckel across the street, and asked them if they had heard a shot not thinking that the report of the gun came from their home. A few minutes later Mrs. John Luckey, who resides in the country, daughter of Mr. Hutchison, came in and found her father sitting in a chair. She spoke to him but received no answer. She said to her husband I guess that father is asleep. She then started to the home of her sister, Mrs. Stoeckel, and met her mother and sister coming across the street. They entered the house and found Mr. Hutchinson sitting in his rocking chair with the revolver in his hand and a wound in his right temple. They sent for Mr. A. H. Simonds, who telephoned for the coroner, Dr. A. S. Hunt. Mr. Hutchison has been a sufferer from asthma for more than 23 years which was the direct cause of his committing the rash act. He was 73 years old and has resided in Jersey county for 70 years. Dr. A. S. Hunt held an inquest that evening and the jury returned a verdict of suicide.” (13)

“Suicide. Wm. Hutchison Shoots Self. William H. Hutchison, an aged resident of this city, committed suicide Tuesday evening by shooting himself in the right temple. The deceased was 74 years of age, and had been a sufferer from asthma for years. Despondency over his ill health was the cause of his suicide. The tragedy occurred about 7:30 o’clock. Mr. Hutchison left his wife in the yard to go to the house, and soon after she heard a report of a revolver. Mrs. Hutchinson frightened by the shot, ran across the street to some neighbors. Her daughter, Mrs. George Stoeckel resides only a few doors away. Upon their return they found Mr. Hutchinson sitting in a chair, dead. The deceased who was a civil war veteran is survived by his widow, two sons and two daughters. He was a brother of “Shorty” Hutchison, who was connected with Barnum and Bailey’s circus. Coroner Hunt held an inquest Tuesday evening and a verdict of suicide was returned. The funeral of the late William Hutchison will be held from the home Saturday, at 2:30 p.m., Rev. Catt officiating.” (14)

“William Hutchison was born Jan 7, 1836 in Trenton, New Jersey. He came to Illinois with his parents in 1838 and settled in Jerseyville. Married Elizabeth Olazer [sic] Oct. 3, 1858 in Mason County, Illinois. 8 children Charles of Otterville, Illinois, Mrs. Albert Rotzel of Strandsburg, PA, Lloyd Hutchinson, Fidelity, Ill.; Mrs. John Luckey, Mrs. Arch Bates, William Hutchison, Mrs. Louis Stoeckel, Mrs. Geo. Stoeckel, Jerseyville Illinois. 19 grandchildren, his mother, one sister, one brother. He was a soldier in the Civil War. He enlisted in the 17th Ill. Vol. Inf. May 29, 1861 and served three years and five days. On Oct. 4, 1864 he again entered the service in the 144th Illinois Vol. Inf as 2nd Lieutenant in Co. I and served 9 mo. and 10 days. Funeral held from residence on August 21 at 2:30. Oak Grove Cemetery. Rev. Stephen Catt officiating.” (15)

After William’s death, Elizabeth immediately applied for a widow’s pension, granted by the government to widows and minor children at the rate of $12 a month, about $234 in 2003 dollars. By September 1916 this rate was increased to $20 a month, about $347 in 2003 dollars. To receive her pension, she had to obtain affidavits attesting that William was only married once, to Elizabeth. One of these was made by Lloyd S. Hansell, a younger brother of William’s mother, Rebecca. Lloyd was 71 and stated that he and William were boys together. Lloyd and William were the same age, both living in Trenton, New Jersey, and both coming to Jersey County about the same time.

In 1910 Elizabeth was a 67-year-old widow, still living on East Arch St., renting her home. This time she stated that her mother was born in Germany, father in Ireland. She said she had been the mother of 8 children, 8 still living. In the same house were a Penhold Keener and his wife. Elizabeth was probably taking in boarders for income. According to Peggy Duval, told to her by her grandmother Minerva Virginia, in her later years Elizabeth was almost bald and wore a black lace stocking or handkerchief on her head. Elizabeth died on December 21, 1917 at her home on Arch St. and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. There were two obituaries:

“Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchinson, aged 76 years, died at her home in this city Friday, December 21 about 1:30 pm. Rev. Jos. Jenkins officiated. Interment in Oak Gove cem. She is survived by eight children: Mrs. Emma Bates, Mrs. Minnie Pope, Mrs. Georgia Luckey, Mrs. Louis Stoeckel, Charles Hutchinson of Otterville, Lloyd Hutchinson of Shipman, Mrs. Albert Rotzell of Strausburg, Pa., Wm. Hutchinson of Pueblo, Calif.”

“Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchinson, aged 76 years, died at her home on East Arch St. Friday afternoon about 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Hutchinson suffered a stroke of paralysis Monday, from which she never recovered. She is survived by eight children, Chas. Hutchinson of Otterville, Mrs. Emma Bates, Mrs. Georgia Luckey, Mrs. Minnie Pope, Mrs. Louis Stoeckel, Mrs. Albert Rotsell of Strasburg, Pa., Lloyd Hutchinson of Shipman and William Hutchinson of Pueblo, Calif, all of whom were here except the last named. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 3:00 from the home, Rev. Joseph Jenkins officiating, and the interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery.”

The children of William Hutchinson and Elizabeth O’Leary were (all continued below): Charles Albert Hutchinson, Georgia Anna Hutchinson, Emma M. Hutchinson, Rebecca F. Hutchinson, Lloyd S. Hutchinson, William H. Hutchinson, Jr., Elizabeth S. Hutchinson, Minerva V. Hutchinson (Minnie)

Charles Albert Hutchinson

Charles Albert Hutchinson (William H.2, John M.1) was born on February 11, 1859 or 1860 in Mason County, and died on June 12, 1928 in Jersey County. In his Civil War file, his father William stated that Charles’ birth date was February 11, 1859. Charles was six months old in the 1860 census. The Jersey County Burial Index also states February 11, 1860. Charles married Elizabeth Alice Raworth February 8, 1882 in Cass County (not far from Mason County). She was born December 29, 1862 in Mason County, and died February 16, 1949 in Otter Creek Township, Jersey County (see Raworth history). Elizabeth was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Charles, age 20, was working on his father William’s farm in Jersey County in 1880. He must have traveled back to Mason County to marry Elizabeth Alice. After their marriage, Charles and Elizabeth continued to live in Mason County at least up until the time of their son Elvin’s birth in 1886. Charles, a farmer, was 26 and Elizabeth was 23. Their son, Russell, born in 1888, may have been born in Dorchester, Nebraska (obituary, census). Perhaps Charles and Elizabeth went to Nebraska where Elizabeth’s father was living and returned to Jersey County. In the 1918 Farmers & Breeders Directory, Charles stated he became a resident of Jersey County in 1869 and owned 143 acres in Section 16, Otter Creek. In 1900 the family was in Otter Creek Township. Charles was listed as born in February 1860, Elizabeth in December 1863. All their children were still living with them and those old enough were attending school. In 1910 they were still in Otter Creek Township and there was a mortgage on Charles’ farm. There is an unusual entry for their son William, stating that he was born in Kansas, though he was listed as born in Illinois in 1900 and 1920. In 1920 there was no longer a mortgage on Charles’ farm. The only child at home was Claude, the youngest child who was eighteen and seemed to be working on the farm. Elizabeth had inherited land from her father, Joseph Raworth. In 1918 their son William was living on her 120-acre farm in Dow, Mississippi Township. (16)

Charles and Elizabeth Hutchinson, their log home, family and relations - circa 1909

Left to right: Tuck Milford and wife (Elizabeth Hancock and her second husband), Claude Clifford Hutchinson (son), Raymond Landon (son of Nellie Dabbs), Elizabeth (Raworth) Hutchinson, Charles Hutchinson, Elvin Hutchinson (son), Les or Newell Worthey (both sons of Elizabeth Hancock’s first marriage), Russell Hutchinson (son), Gertie (Russell’s wife Gertrude Worthey), Blanche Hutchinson (daughter), Ella Dabbs (probably Ella Beach, soon to be wife of Lester Dabbs), Johnny Springman (son of Emma Dabbs), William Hutchinson (son). At the time the photo was taken, Charles and Elizabeth were in Otter Creek. This photo may have been made around the time of Russell and Gertrude Worthey’s marriage, when it would be likely that the family would have been together and have a photo taken. This is the only photo we have of many of these family members.

Charles’ granddaughter, Hilda, described their farm (not the home above). “Their farm was used mostly for pasture, corn and grain. The land was not too productive. Everyone had chickens and sold eggs, raised hogs too – probably a little cream (sour cream) no refrigeration. They had a root cellar. Used wells or a spring to keep milk cool.” Hilda visited them when they lived near McClusky, Illinois. McClusky is about ten miles east of Otterville. Hilda also stated that Elizabeth helped all her children purchase their farms, perhaps her grandchildren too.

Hilda described Elizabeth and her home, stating she was supposed to be “quite the lady”: “When their mother died, Sadie Hutchinson went to live with Elizabeth Hutchinson. She was a small woman with a very soft voice. Their house had beautiful roses on the hill back of it, an apple tree to the side and daffodils under it. One rose especially was a deep red velvet color. In the parlor were two large pictures of ancestors, but I don’t know whose. A black horsehair couch too. She washed dishes so carefully – front and back at least twice. She made a delicious banana cake that Sadie used to share with me in our lunch boxes at Buckeye School.”

There were two mentions of Charles and Elizabeth in the local newspaper. (17) In 1924 they were still living near Otterville and went to visit their son Russell. In 1928, just before Charles died, their son “Willie” and family of McClusky visited Charles and Elizabeth in Otterville.

Charles died at his home near Otterville of Hodgkin’s disease. (18). His obituary said he was buried in Dabbs Cemetery, but his tombstone is in Oak Grove Cemetery. Perhaps he was moved to Oak Grove, the announcement was in error or his name was added to Elizabeth’s tombstone in Oak Grove.

“Charles A. Hutchinson died at his home eleven miles southwest of this city, Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 o’clock, aged 68 years, 4 months and 1 day. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchinson, four sons and two daughters. A number of brothers and sisters also survive. The funeral will be held from the home this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:00 o’clock, Rev. L. L. Hampton officiating. Interment will be in the Dabbs Cemetery. The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchinson, two daughters, Mrs. Alice Dabbs and Mrs. Blanche Young of Jerseyville, and four sons, Elvin and Claude of Jerseyville, Russell of Grafton, and William of McClusky; five sisters, Mrs. John Luckey, Mrs. Edward Pope and Mrs. Arch Bates of Jerseyville, Mrs. Louis Stoeckel of Alton and Mrs. Rebecca Rockwell of Pennsylvania, and two brothers, William Hutchinson of California and Lloyd Hutchinson of Shipman. (19)

Elizabeth (Raworth) Hutchinson – 1940

Elizabeth wrote on the back of the photo: “I was 77 years old in Dec. the 29, 1939 and made my dress in 1940 and had my picture taken in April.” When this photo was taken Elizabeth was living in Fieldon.

After Charles died, Elizabeth was living with Claude and his wife Louise “Lula” in 1930. Claude was listed as renting his farm, however Elizabeth must have still owned the farm. By 1937 Elizabeth was living at Fieldon. She wrote her grand daughter Hilda news about the family and Hilda’s ancestors (transcriptions modified for readability):

“December the 11, 1937. R. 2, Fieldon Ill. Dear Hilda & Joe. Received your letter. I am always glad to hear from you & to get those little pictures. Think Joellen looks like her Dad & baby looks like you so fat. Yes Eielene (20) has a baby girl born 29 of October. She said she had to put it on the bottle. She married Lyle Lutker. He is German. None of us knew him before they was married. He seems like a nice fellow. His people lives down by St Louis so they are down there. She said thought he was going to get a job in St. Louis. They named the baby Lacreacia Mae. Hershel’s baby is Lauretta May. (21) I have 11 Great Grandchildren. I think the Grand children has came to a stop unless be Blanch. (22) Blanch tore her left finger of & broke it. Caught her ring on nail up high & as she came down tore all the meat of to the Bone. She been going to Dr. for six weeks & not well yet. Can’t use her hand at all. Had to take shots keep from having lock jaw & take pain tablets all time. Went to Dr. to day & has to go tomorrow again & got five kids in school. One big girl home weighs about 180 & the baby. Estell (23) is going with the girls now. You wanted to know how Aunt Rose is. (24) Well she is terrible thin. You wouldn’t think she was the same woman. I guess you knew she is losing her mind. She can’t remember any thing 10 minutes. Lin can’t leave her alone. He takes her walking & comes up to Blanches & Varneys (25) & all around. She isn’t harmful. Just forgetful. She thinks Arthur (26) is her brother some times.

“Doris Hutchinson (27) is all right so far. She got three month treatment of med. down to Barns Hospital in St. Louis. Walter saw your Dad at a sale Wednesday. Said he looked real good. I don’t see them very often. The Dr. told Blanch said they called him to Kane this morning for Eveline. (28) Did you know uncle Ross was going to be PaPa again. But he said wasn’t nothing doing yet she just had a pain. Laura never mentions it. Francis is quite a nice little girl. Vern Devenport (29) has another baby boy weighed 10 lb. He got 3 boys now. Uncle Oscar bought Mrs Shanz place for Hershel & Freda. (30) They haven’t got moved yet been so cold almost zero. My maiden name was Elizabeth A. Raworth & my mother’s maiden name was Alice Tomlinson. My father’s name was Joseph Raworth & your Grandpa was Charles A. Hutchinson & his father’s name was William Hutchinson & his mother maiden name was Elizabeth Oleary. Your Mother’s Mother’s name was Hettie Dabbs. Ross’ mother’s was Emma Dabbs. Grandpa Handcock married those two sisters & your mother’s mother was Hettie Dabbs & Ray Landon’s mother was Nellie Dabbs. Well I don’t think much about Santa Claus. It only means one more year is gone. Now the 29 of this month I will be 75. That means getting old. So wish you all a Happy Xmas & a bright new year. Love to one & all. Kids is sure cute. Did Joe get over his operation all right? From Grandma to all. Grand Pas middle name was Albert my middle name is Alice.”

Elizabeth was living in Grafton between 1941 and 1942, according to the information she provided on the corrected birth certificates of her brother and her sister’s children and the letter below. In 1964, when her son Elvin died, her son Claude was living in Grafton, perhaps she was living with Claude. She again wrote her grand daughter Hilda:

“Grafton, Ill. R. 1. September the 14. 1942. Dear Hilda & Joe & Joellen & Judie, A line as it has been a long time since I had a letter from _?_ there. How are you all? We all about the same. Only your Dad had of his sick spells, so Alice said. I haven’t seen them for quite a while. Francis don’t go to school this winter she went down to Godfrey to stay with Wilbor’s wife as Wilbor went to war, he enlisted. She should went on if she going to be away from home. Willies Betty (31) going to High school & Doris (32) is working in western at Alton, doing fine I guess. She makes $100 a month. She don’t have any more them spells. I am so glad. Bernice, (33) Blanche’s other girl got married last month. She is going to live in Jerseyville. He didn’t pass, so then they got married. Her name is Hazlewood. So Marie is going on 19, (34) she be gone next, but they wont let her go with any one. Mamie got married again. (35) She quit work & lives at home now & her husband & Harrold (36) work at Alton. Tot (37) & Walter (38) is cutting corn & it is some hot. I & Lou (39) isn’t doing much of any thing. Right after you was down I went down to Estels (40) in Alton & while I was there I went over and spent the day with Sadie (41) & she had a bottle of beer left for me. I want to go down a few days before winter, that is the only time I saw her since Aunt Georgia (42) died year last January. She said you had just been there & that the kids had whooping cough. Well I don’t know any thing new. I got a real old Bible, (43) was your Great Great Grandmothers. Would you want it? It is all there, only the back is loose, could be rebacked. It is old antique. I was going to see if Elvin wanted it & I thought maybe Laura (44) wouldn’t. It was Dad Grandmothers. I am sending Henry Handcock (45) father & mothers name to put in your book. What do you think about the war taking them fast? Going to start on the married men now. Do you think Joe will have to go? Is he working at same place? I don’t know if I will ever get up there to see that lake & drink that beer or not. It has been a year since I was over to your Dads. Too far to walk. I get over to Blanche’s & once & awhile I walk over to Alice’s. I guess we all be walking for long. I haven’t saw Opal (46) for some time. Guess she is all right. Saw Mrs Egelhoff up town she said Dorethy (47) is just fine. Well I will close for this time, with best regards to all From Grandma to Hilda, Joe, Joellen & Judeth. Good by write soon. Your Mas Grand Pa name is Camp Hancock & Grand mas name is Sherilda Pittman.”

People in photo are some of the children of Charles and Elizabeth: Russell R., William J., and Claude Clifford "Tot", Blanche Ethel, mother Elizabeth (Raworth), and Alice M. Hutchinson.

The children of Charles Hutchinson and Elizabeth Raworth were:

Elvin Charles Hutchinson

Elvin Charles Hutchinson (Charles3, William H.2, John M.1) was born on March 7, 1886 in Jersey County, and died on December 6, 1964 in Fieldon, Jersey County. Elvin married Emma Magadeline Hancock on July 24, 1909 in Otterville. They were both buried in Noble Cemetery, Otterville. The local newspaper stated they were married at the residence of Rev. J. W. Teany. Emma was born December 1, 1889 in Jersey County, and died May 5, 1920 in Otter Creek Township. Daughter Hilda said that Emma died of tuberculosis, weakened by the flu. After Emma’s death, Elvin married Lora May Holmes Nichols on March 19, 1925. Lora/Laura Holmes, 1892 – 1968, had married previously, to a _?_ Nicols/Nichols, probably in Greene County. The Holmes family must have moved to Kansas, since their daughter, Lilian, was born in Kansas before 1920. Lora’s husband must have died or they divorced, Lora and her daughter were living with her father in Kane, Greene County in 1920. Elvin may have met Lora through Emma’s half-brother, Ross Hancock. Ross was boarding in the Holmes household in 1920, married Lora’s sister Evaline, and moved to Otter Creek.

Elvin was a farmer, renting the farms he worked on until late in life. In 1918 he was listed as a tenant farmer on James W. Fosha’s land, a farm of 120 acres in Otter Creek. (49) They were living there when Emma died in 1920. Elvin and Emma were only married a little more than ten years when she died. They had four daughters, each born the usual approximately two years apart until Emma’s death. Daughter Hilda recalled that at the funeral all four daughters wore white dresses. After Emma died, the children were taken in by relatives. Linley and Opal went to live with Russell and Gertrude Hutchinson, the brother and sister-in-law of Elvin. Hilda lived with Linley and Rose Dabbs, her mother Emma’s Uncle and Aunt. Dorothy went to Georgia and John Luckey, Elvin’s Aunt and Uncle. Sadie lived with Grandmother Elizabeth, wife of Charles Hutchinson.

Photo: Elizabeth (Raworth) Hutchinson, Elvin and Emma, Linley, Sadie – circa 1910

“Buckeye. Relatives and friends in this neighborhood have been greatly grieved over the death of their dear one, Mrs. Elvin Hutchinson (nee Emma Hancock), as she had spent her entire life in and around this vicinity and was loved by all. She leaves a devoted husband to care for five small children, one boy and four girls, ages ranging from three years up to twelve. She well knew what it was to leave these little children without a mother as she had been left motherless when only three years old. During her months of suffering she never murmured a complaint, was a lover of Christ, and a faithful christian. In her last few hours here on earth she waited patiently for death and was willing to go when her Lord called.” (50) “Mrs. Emma Hutchinson, 30 years old, wife of Elvin Hutchinson, died at her home four miles northwest of Otterville, May 6, at 4:00 a.m. Besides her husband she leaves four daughters and a son. Funeral services were held at the Otterville Baptist Church Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. Joseph Jenkins officiating. Interment was in Noble cemetery.” (51)

According to his daughter Hilda, after Emma died, Elvin went to Nebraska with the idea of settling there, but he did not like it there and returned to Jersey County. Elvin was a farmer all of his life, renting farms until late in life. Hilda said that the little farm he finally owned was only suitable mostly for grazing. She always wondered why his mother never helped him purchase a farm as she seemed to have done for her other children. The family lived mostly on what they raised themselves – eggs, chickens, pigs, and probably cream. Elvin chopped the wood for cooking and heating. They made their own soap in big black kettles and boiled clothes in the kettles to make them white. Pork was preserved by salting and smoking. They only had beef when someone went to Jerseyville. They had cottage cheese made at home, churned their milk into butter. Milk and butter were kept in buckets in the well. In the summer watermelon was put in the spring to keep it cool. Elvin’s family had no formal religious affiliation.

When I visited Elvin’s farm as a child I remember he had large work horses. I saw him plowing a small field with a horse and a single blade plow. The field was on the side of a rather steep hill. The farm house and barn were in a valley of hills. It was a small white clapboard house. An earlier log house had burned down, possibly caused by a wood stove fire. I saw a large black iron kettle in the front yard of the house that my mother (Hilda) said was for washing or soap making. We had a meal there and I had fresh milk for the first and only time in my life. It was delicious, but my mother was unhappy that I had been given milk that was not pasteurized.

Elvin made the newspaper when an unusual calf was born: “Eight-Legged Calf Born. Jerseyville, Ill. March 21 - A calf with eight legs was born yesterday at the Elvin Hutchinson farm in Otter Creek township, Jersey county, Dr. H. H. Seely, Jerseyville veterinarian said. The calf died shortly after birth.” (52)

Elvin died in 1964 at Fieldon: “Elvin Hutchinson Fatally Stricken Watching Program. Elvin Charles Hutchinson, retired farmer who lived on Route One, Fieldon, was stricken ill late Sunday afternoon while watching television at a neighbors home. He was rushed to the Jersey Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Mr. Hutchinson, a lifelong resident of Jersey County, was born March 7, 1888 [1886], a son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Rayworth [sic] Hutchinson. His survivors are his wife, Lora Mae Hutchinson, five daughters, Mrs. Eugene Fretz of Alton, Mrs. Leslie K. Laird of Mt. Prospect, Mrs. Harry Egelhoff [Henry] of Jerseyville, Mrs. Clinton Walker of Centralia, Mo. and Mrs. Robert Weeks of Belthalto; one step-daughter, Mrs. Harold Russell of Jerseyville; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grand children; two brothers, Russell Hutchinson of Jerseyville and Claude Hutchinson of Grafton, and two sisters, Mrs. Oscar Dabbs and Mrs. Walter Young of Jerseyville.”

The children of Elvin Hutchinson and Emma Hancock were:

Georgia Anna Hutchinson

Georgia Anna Hutchinson (Georgiana) (William H.2, John M.1) was born on January 13, 1864 in Mason County, and died on February 5, 1941 in Jerseyville. Georgia married John Luckey on August 21, 1888. (55) John Luckey was born in October 1865 and died on November 23, 1944. They were both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Georgia and John had no children, but they took in two children, one of which was Dorothy, daughter of her nephew Elvin after his wife died in 1920. By 1920 Dorothy was age 16 and working in the shoe factory, living in the home of a widow Julia Huff, along with two other 18 year old young girls. The other was a Henry Brown who lived with them from at least 1900 to 1910, from age 7 to 17. Georgia and John lived on their farm in Fidelity Township until about 1925. In 1918 John owned an automobile, an Overland. (56) By 1930 John was a real estate salesman in Jerseyville. He owned his home, valued at $2,000. In 1920 and 1930, Georgia stated that her father was born in New Jersey and her mother in New York. Georgia’s obituary:

“Mrs. Georgia Ann Luckey, 77, wife of John Luckey, died suddenly Wednesday evening, February 5th, at 10:20 o’clock at her home on East Prairie Street. Mrs. Luckey had been in ill health for the past year but Wednesday had been in usual state of health and attended the Merchant’s Matinee during the afternoon. She was the daughter of the late William J. Campbell [sic] of the U. S. Hutchinson and was born January 13, 1864 in Mason County. She had been a resident of Jersey county for more than fifty years and for the past sixteen years had resided in Jerseyville. Mr. and Mrs. Luckey observed their fifty-second wedding anniversary August 21, 1940. Prior to moving to Jerseyville, the couple resided on a farm east of Jerseyville. Mrs. Luckey reared two foster children, Henry Brown of Aurora, and a niece, Mrs. Henry Egelhoff of Otterville. Surviving her in addition to her husband, are two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Stoeckel and Mrs. Minnie Pope of Jerseyville, and two brothers, Lloyd Hutchinson of Shipman and William Hutchinson of Denuba, Calif.”

Emma M. Hutchinson

Emma Hutchinson (William H.2, John M.1) was born on August 17 or 19, 1866 in Mason County and died on November 19, 1933. She married Archibald H. Bates on September 18, 1884 at her parent’s home. (57) Arch Bates was born on January 30, 1860 and died on August 24, 1933, the son of Silas Bates and Selma Hamilton. They were both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Emma died just three months after Arch. Arch and Emma were living with their son William in Fidelity township by 1930. Emma married well, the Bates family was quite prosperous. There is a great deal of information on Arch Bates’ family, who came to Jersey County early.

“Silas Bates was born in Butler county, Ohio, August 13, 1817. He is the oldest of a family of five children of William and Elizabeth Bates. William Bates was a native of Ohio, and was born in a fort built for protection against the Indians. His wife was a native of New Jersey. They were both of English descent. They removed to Jersey County in the fall of 1843, and settled about three miles south of Jerseyville, on a farm purchased by their son Silas, where they resided till their death. Mr. Bates died at the residence of his son Silas, December 27, 18?? (1869?), and his wife about one year after. The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools of his native state. His parents moved to Indiana in 1836, where he became acquainted with, and married, Miss Celina Hamilton, daughter of Stephen and Nancy Hamilton. She was a native of Virginia, and of English descent. They have had by this union thirteen children, eleven of whom are still living, four of whom are married and comfortably situated in life. When Mr. Bates settled in Jersey county in 1843, with his (then) family of two children, he had a small outfit, and only two dollars and a half in cash. He was not, however, easily discouraged, but set himself earnestly to work to carve out a home for himself and family. He possessed that energy and perseverance so essential to success, and which enabled him to acquire a competence. Few citizens have, under more adverse circumstances, been more successful than Mr. Bates. By honesty, industry, and good management, he has acquired a farm of eleven hundred acres, in one body, which is one of the largest and most valuable in the county. The policy and principles by which he has attained such marked success in life may safely be copied and admired by all. Mr. Bates and his wife are both members of the Baptist church. He is esteemed for his upright dealing and active Christian benevolence. Politically, early in life he became a member of the whig party, and a great admirer of its illustrious champion, Henry Clay. He cast his first vote for General Harrison for president. He was a warm supporter of the Union cause during the late rebellion. He was always outspoken and radical in his sentiments, and benevolent in his acts to the Union cause. As a well known and prominent self-made man, Mr. Bates needs no eulogy at our hands. His virtuous, active and well spent life speak more potently to all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.” 1872 Jersey County Atlas

“Silas Bates, one of the most prosperous men in this neighborhood, was born Aug. 13, 1817 in Butler county, Ohio. He spent his youth in that place, serving as a apprentice with his father, who was a tanner and shoemaker, until he was 17 years old. In 1834, his father moved to Delaware county, Ind., where he stayed until the spring of 1843. Silas stayed with his father until he was 23 years old when he was married to Selina Hamilton, born in 1813. After his marriage he built a cabin on his fathers-in-law’s place where he lived some three years. He then moved to what is now known as the D’Arcy farm, where he lived for 16 years, paying his attention during that time to farming. He then came to the place now occupied by him. The two eldest children were born in Indiana. The first, George W. died when only six weeks old; Samuel, who married Mary Patterson and lives in California, born 1841; Stephen died in his sixth year; William who married Emma Cheatam and lives in Nebraska; David, born October 1847; Eliza Jane, married to John Chatman and living in Jerseyville, born in 1850; Nancy Ann, married to E. Tellus and living near home, born in 1851; Mary married to Zadoc Coreths and living in Kansas, born 1854; Selina and Silas, named after father and mother, born in 1857; Silas is married to Rosa Smith and Selina is home with her parents; Arch; married to Emily Hutchinson, born 1862, died Nov. 27, 1879; Jessie, born 1866, single and at home. Mr. Bates has been a member of the Baptist church for 18 years, his wife also, being a member. Her home was in West Virginia where she was born in 1820. He is 68 and Mrs. Bates 65 years of age. As he has been a prudent, saving and industrious man, he has contrived to save considerable of this world’s goods and has 960 acres, all in body, well fenced and in good condition.” (58)

A handwritten document with the information copied from the above 1885 History added this information: “Arch Bates was Will Bates father. Emily Hutchinson his wife was Grandma Dabbs Father sister [she was referring to William H. Hutchinson’s son, Charles Hutchinson, brother of Emma]. Thess Bates, Yacum father was Will Bates. Thess’s mother maiden name was Cope.” - This was added to the hand copied Bates biography by the writer.

The wedding of Silas Bates’ daughter Jessie in 1888 was a grand affair. Attending were Emma and Arch; Emma’s mother, Elizabeth, and sister, Rebecca; Etta and Ida, daughters of Emma’s Great Aunt Emma (Hansell) Johnson. The gift from L. Hutchinson and sister, a glass pitcher, was probably from Emma’s Uncle James L. Hutchinson and his sister Virginia. Emma and Arch gave the couple a tea set.

“Wedding Bells. A large and brilliant assemblage, witnessed the marriage of Miss Jessie Bates to Mr. Geo. Watson, at the handsome residence of Hon. Silas Bates, Sr., on Thursday evening, Dec. 13. The bride is a very pretty and accomplished young lady, and looked very beautiful and interesting, as arrayed in bridal costume, she stood with the man of her choice before the man of God. The groom is an estimable young man well known and liked by the community in which he resides. The ceremony took place at 6:30 o’clock, the beautiful marriage service being performed by Rev. W. H. H. Avery, of Jerseyville. Immediately after the ceremony supper was announced, and was a marvel of delicacy and abundance every luxury of the season being served, and about sixty guests partook of this superb collation. On account of the illness of Mr. Bates, the bride’s father, dancing was not indulged in, but not withstanding this, the guests were happy and “joy was unconfined,” and not until after 10 o’clock did the last remaining guests take their departure. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. W. H. H. Avery, Mr. And Mrs. Wm. Walling, Mr. and Mrs. Arch Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Shafer, Stephen Hamilton, Muncie, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Birkenmeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Searls, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Watson, Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Stround, Kane; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Tullis, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Simmons, Brighton; Mr. and Mrs. Silas Bates, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Arch Bates, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Barnett, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Darby, the Misses Dodge, Marshall and McCollister, Jane and Fanny Ely, Lizzie Rich, Mary Searles, Addie Watson, Libbie Prothero, Fidelity; Miss Tober, Kemper; Miss Anna and Nora McAdams, Otterville; Miss Lizzie Nugent and Miss Sallie Cummings, Delhi; Miss Anna Chambers, McClusky; Miss Lizzie Trabue, Mrs. Elizabeth Hutchison [Hutchinson] and daughter Rebecca, Misses Etta and Ida Johnson, Misses Selina Bates, Messrs. Wm. Dodge, John Marshall, A. S. McCollister, J. L. Tober, Kember; Messrs. W. C. Parish, J. D. Nugent, Tom and Harry Commings, Delhi; Wm. Hoffman, Preston Randolph and David Bates.”

“The presents were both handsome and numerous and comprised the following: Tom and Sallie Cummings, silver nut cracker and picks; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Walling, dozen silver teaspoons, butter knife and sugar spoon; John Marshall and sisters, Cora and Jane, dozen silver knives; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Shafer, one half dozen silver teaspoons; T. C. Watson, father of the groom, one half dozen silver spoons; Harry Hamilton, silver pickle castor; Mr. and Mrs. Arch Hamilton, album; A. L. Wichener, silver butter knife; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Birkenmeyer, silver card receiver; Wm. Dodge and sister, silver butter dish and knife; J. L. Tober, silver syrup pitcher; Misses Lizzie and Ida McColister, silver cake basket; Sherman McCollister, jelly stand; Mr. and Mrs. R. Simmons, pair of vases; Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Simmons, glass water set; Harry Cummings, silver butter knife; Preston Randolph and sisters, Maggie and Mattie, castor; Lizzie Rich, thermometer and match case; Misses Etta and Ida Johnson, celery stand; James Sirrat, pair of vases; Wm. Hoffman, castor and cream pitcher; Mr. and Mrs. A. Barnett and Lizzie Trabue, glass water set; Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Stroud, vase; Misses Mary and Sarah Searles, hanging lamp; L. Hutchinson and sister, glass pitcher [probably James L. and Virginia]; Wm. Parish and J. D. Nugent, silver castor; E. F. Tullis and family, one half dozen glasses; Mrs. M. E. Darby, celery glass; Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Stanley, one half dozen fruit plates; David and Selina Bates, $5.00 bill; Mr. and Mrs. Silas Bates, Jr., glass set; Mr. and Mrs. Arch Bates, tea set; Misses Addie Watson, and Libbie Prothero, tea and dinner set; J. F. Chapman, set knives and forks; Hugh and Leathea Chapman, granite coffee pot; Selina Bates, ornamental hand bag; Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Serales, clock; Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Pritchett, Jr., table linen; Misses Jane and Fanny Ely, table scarf; Misses Nora and Anna McAdams, table cloth, and dozen napkins; Mrs. T. C. Watson, table cloth, and dozen napkins.” - December 20, 1888

Rebecca F. Hutchinson

Rebecca (William H.2, John M.1) Hutchinson was born on May 17, 1868 in Mason County. I have a note stating she married 1. _?_ Raworth 2. _?_ Allen 3. Albert Rotzell, Pennsylvania. Dorothy Hutchinson (daughter of Elvin) said that she was Rebecca Allen from Pennsylvania, so perhaps she did marry an Allen. No marriage records have been found. In the 1900 census Rebecca was married to Albert Rotzell, age 33. She stated she was married seven years (1893), but in the 1930 census she said she was first married at age 21 (1889). Rebecca was living with her parents in 1880. Rebecca and Albert Rotzell were living in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania in 1900. She was age 32 and said she had no children. Albert was a tinsmith, renting their home. By 1930 they owned their home, valued at $4,000 and Albert was still a tinsmith. A variety of searches did not turn up any additional information on Rebecca or Albert.

Lloyd S. Hutchinson

Lloyd Sunderland Hutchinson (William H.2, John M.1) was born on December 14, 1871 in Illinois, and died on April 6, 1944. (59) He married Laura Edith Greening on April 28, 1897 in Jersey County. (60) Laura was born on October 30, 1874 in Sangamon County and died in 1955, the daughter of J. M. Greening and Margaret C. _?_. Lloyd Hutchinson conducted a blacksmith shop prior to his death in 1944. He seems to be the only son to follow his father's blacksmith trade. In 1900 Lloyd and Edith were living in Jerseyville where Lloyd was listed as a blacksmith, renting their home. In this census, Lloyd’s birth date was listed as December 1869. Edith stated she had one child, one living. Living with them was Edith’s sister, Mary E. (Greening) Ferguson, age 26, who had married Samuel Ferguson on September 7, 1892 in Sangamon County. Samuel may have died or they divorced, Mary stated she was single. By 1910 Lloyd was listed as having his own blacksmith shop, though in 1920 and 1930, and on his death record, he was listed as a farmer.

“Mrs. Hutchinson. Chesterfield - Mrs. Edith Hutchinson, 81, widow of Lloyd Hutchinson, who conducted a blacksmith shop here prior to his death in 1944, died at 6 p.m. Sunday in St. Anthony’s Infirmary, Alton. Following their marriage in 1897, the Hutchinsons lived here for a number of years. Later Mrs. Hutchinson was in various nursing homes in the Alton area. She was born Oct. 30, 1874 in Sangamon County. Among her survivors are a son, Harry of Alton, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The body is a Warner Funeral Home where friends may call after noon Tuesday. Rites will be conducted in the funeral home Wednesday at 2 pm. Internment will be in Chesterfield Cemetery.” (61)

The child of Lloyd Hutchinson and Laura Greening was:

William H. Hutchinson, Jr.

William Henry Hutchinson, Jr. (William H.2, John M.1) was born on April 14, 1874 and died on September 6, 1947 in Tulare County, California. He may have died on March 2, 1963. (63) He married Mary E. Griesbaum, on July 23, 1896 in Greene County, Illinois, (64) the daughter of Moritz Griesbaum and Maria Sigmund or Simon. She was born on November 15, 1873 in New York, and died on November 4, 1951 in Tulare County. They were both buried in Smith Mountain Cemetery, Dinuba, California, block no. 301. William was not found in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. He was living in Dinuba Township, Tulare County in 1930. He was a farm laborer, renting and their children Leo and Dorothy were still living at home. In William’s mother’s 1917 obituary, he was listed as living in Peublo, California. This may be an error or he was living in Pueblo, Colorado at the time.

Funeral Card, “Hutchinson, Mary E. In Memory of Mary E. Hutchinson. November 15, 1873. November 4, 1951. Funeral service at Dopkins Chapel, Dinuba, California, Wednesday, November 7, 1951 at 1:30 p.m. Officiating Rev. Dwight L. Hackett. Soloist, Mrs. Paul Hurst, Jr. Casket bearers: Tom Miller, Morris Mode, Edd Goosen, Nick Willems, Adam Eye, Otis Mode. Interment Smith Mountain Cemetery.” (65)

Elizabeth Sarah Hutchinson

Elizabeth Sarah Hutchinson (William H.2, John M.1) was born on November 20, 1876 in Jersey County and died on September 19, 1959 in Alton, IL. She married Louis H. Stoeckel on February 27, 1897 in Jerseyville. Louis was born in March 1877 and died on June 24, 1964. They were both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Louis Stoeckel followed the profession as an undertaker for thirty years. In 1900 Louis was working as a day laborer, renting his home in Jerseyville. By 1910 he was listed as an embalmer in the undertaking business. He seems to have been working for someone else, he was not listed as working on his own account. In 1920 he was listed as an undertaker, owning his own business. By 1920 Louis, age 50 with no occupation, and Elizabeth, age 52, were listed in the home of their son, Loren. Peggy Duval recalled that “Lou” and “Lib.” “always had some kind of parakeets that were always chirping.”

The children of Elizabeth and Louis were (Elizabeth reported five children, five living in 1910, but only four children were listed in the family):

Minerva Virginia Hutchinson

Minerva “Minnie” Virginia Hutchinson (William H.2, John M.1) was born on August 27, 1879 in Jersey County. Minnie married three times. She first married at age nineteen to Ernest A. Rockwell on August 2, 1897 in Greene County. (67) They divorced and she then married George L. Stoeckel on October 26, 1901 in Jersey County. (68) George committed suicide, probably on January 25, 1913, and she then married James Edward Pope in on July 7, 1917. (69) In the Jersey County Burial Index are the probable death dates for Minnie and James Pope. The listing states that James E. Pope died on June 17, 1944 and Minnie V. Pope died on January 20, 1962, both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

After her marriage to Ernest Rockwell ended, Minnie and her son, George Rockwell, returned to live with her parents in Jerseyville. George was only eight months old in the 1900 census, so the marriage must have ended circa 1899 or 1900.

The child of Minnie and Ernest Rockwell was George Rockwell, born in September 1899 in Illinois (census). Ernest Rockwell is said to have been born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the son of George M. Rockwell and Henrietta Remer. In the 1910 census, Minnie stated she was the mother of three children, two living, so perhaps George Rockwell died young. No record of George has been found.

The children of Minnie Hutchinson and George Stoeckel were:

  • The child of Minnie Hutchinson and James Pope was William Pope, born circa 1919, who married Frances Bowman. William's daughter, Peggy, provided a great deal of the information on the Hutchinson family. Before his marriage to Minnie, Edward James Pope first married Sadie M. Keyes on January 2, 1890 in Madison County, Illinois. Sadie probably died on July 22, 1915. Their child was Bessie Pope, who was raised by Minnie and James. Bessie was listed with James and Sadie Pope in 1910, age 17, she wasn’t listed in Edward Pope’s household in 1920.


    1 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, pp. 426-427.

    2 American Civil War Research Database,, accessed March 07, 1998.

    3, accessed: May 26, 2001.

    4 “JOINING UP” - Grafton Men in the Civil War, by Major Greg Watson,, accessed May 26, 2001.

    5 Jersey County Democrat, January 5, 1888.

    6 Jersey County Democrat, April 18, 1873.

    7 Jersey County Democrat, November 10, 1881, December 1, 1881.

    8 Jersey County Democrat, August 17, 1882.

    9 Jersey County Democrat, September 25, 1884.

    10 Jersey County Democrat, January 28, 1886.

    11 Jersey County Democrat, March 28, 1888, April 19, 1888.

    12 Jerseyville Republican, August 19, 1909, August 26, 1909.

    13 Jerseyville Republican, August 19, 1909. Typed copy from Jersey County Historical Society.

    14 Jersey County Democrat, August 19, 1909. Clipping from Peggy Duval.

    15 Jerseyville Republican, August 26, 1909. Typed copy from Jersey County Historical Society.

    16 Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory, Farmers and Breeders, Jersey County, 1918, p. 141.

    17 Jersey County News, March 1928.

    18 Charles’ cause of death from granddaughter Hilda (Hutchinson) Laird, 2000.

    19 Jersey County News, June 14, 1928, p. 12, typed transcription. Also an unidentified newspaper clipping.

    20 Eileen, daughter of Blanche (Hutchinson) Young. Eileen married a Lutker.

    21 This is Herschel(l) Kenneth Dabbs, son of William Oscar and Mary Alice (Hutchinson) Dabbs, grandson of William Washington Dabbs. Herschel married Freda Stevens.

    22 Blanche Ethel Hutchinson, daughter of Charles A. and Elizabeth (Raworth) Hutchinson. Blanche married Walter A. Young.

    23 Estell is the son of Blanche (Hutchinson) Young.

    24 Rosetta Johnson, wife of Linly L. Dabbs. Linly was a son of William Washington Dabbs. Hilda (Hutchinson) Laird lived with her Uncle Linly and Aunt Rose after her mother died.

    25 According to Hilda (Hutchinson) Laird, “the Varneys lived at the top of the Dabbs hill. I used to walk up there for hops for making bread. Kathaleen Varney went to Buckeye school with me.”

    26 Arthur was Rose’s son.

    27 This is Doris Helen Hutchinson, daughter William J. Hutchinson, grand daughter of Charles A. and Elizabeth (Raworth) Hutchinson.

    28 This is probably Eveline Holmes, wife of Ross Hancock and sister of Lora Holmes, second wife of Elvin Hutchinson.

    29 This is Wesley Laverne Davenport, son of Mary E. Dabbs and her first husband Walter Davenport.

    30 William Oscar Dabbs, see note two.

    31 Probably daughter of Leo Hutchinson, granddaughter of William Henry Hutchinson, Jr.

    32 Doris Helen Hutchinson, daughter William J. Hutchinson, granddaughter of Charles A. and Elizabeth (Raworth) Hutchinson.

    33 Bernice, daughter of Blanche Ethel Hutchinson and Walter A. Young.

    34 Marie, , daughter of Blanche Ethel Hutchinson and Walter A. Young.

    35 Mary Alice Dabbs, married (1) Lloyd Kirchner, (2) Walter Flowers.

    36 Harold Kirchner, son of Mary Alice Dabbs and Lloyd Kirchner.

    37 Claude Hutchinson, son of Charles and Elizabeth Alice Hutchinson.

    38 Walter Flowers, husband of Mary Alice Dabbs.

    39 Louise, wife of Claude Hutchinson.

    40 Estell, son of Blanche Ethel Hutchinson and Walter A. Young.

    41 Sadie, daughter of Elvin Hutchinson, Hilda’ sister.

    42 Georgia Hutchinson, daughter of William Henry Hutchinson and Elizabeth O’Leary.

    43 This bible is now in the possession of Judith Griffin.

    44 Lora Holmes, second wife of Elvin Hutchinson.

    45 Henry Hancock, father of Emma, wife of Elvin Hutchinson.

    46 Opal, daughter of Elvin Hutchinson, sister of Hilda Hutchinson.

    47 Dorothy, daughter of Elvin Hutchinson, sister of Hilda Hutchinson. Married Henry Egelhoff.

    48 Jersey County, Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory, 1918.

    49 Prairie Farmers Reliable Directory, Farmers and Breeders, Jersey County, 1918, p. 141.

    50 Newspaper clipping, n.p.n., n.d.

    51 Jerseyville Republican, May 13, 1920, p. 5.

    52 Edwardsville Intelligencer, March 21, 1947.

    53 Linley W. Hill. 1930 MI Federal Census, 4th Ward, Benton Harbor, Berrien County, ED 11-15, SD 12, Roll: 976, Page: 11B, Michigan Hotel (Water Street). Hill, Linley W.; boarder, age 20, married at age 20 (no wife listed); born IL, parents born IL; occupation bus driver, Shore Bus Line.

    54 Charles Louis Walker death, email August 15, 2005. Email sent on Monday, so Charles Louis died August 13 or 14, 2005. Charles Louis Walker “Funeral is private with grave side services at Valhalla Cemetery just outside of Godfrey, IL.

    55 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, Vol. B, license 1400, Jersey County.

    56 Automobile Owners, Jersey County. From Prairie Farmer’s Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders, 1918.

    57 Jersey County Democrat, September 25, 1884.

    58 History of Greene and Jersey Counties, Illinois, Springfield, IL: Continental Historical Co., 1885, p. 425.

    59 Illinois Statewide Death Index. Copy of death record, sent by Dona Snyder, 2004.

    60 Illinois Statewide Marriage Database, Vol. B, license no. 2513, Jersey County.

    61 Obituary, n.p, 1955, Photocopy of original, from Dorothy (Hutchinson) Egelhoff..

    62 Obituary, n.p, 1962, photocopy of original, from Dorothy (Hutchinson) Egelhoff. Dorothy noted that Harry was her Grandfather H’s [Charles A. Hutchinson] brother’s son.

    63 Funeral Memorial, Stevens, Doris Helen. Daughter Doris’ memorial record. Original, from Dorothy (Hutchinson) Egelhoff. Dorothy wrote on the memorial record: Uncle Willie Hutchinson died March 2, 1963, Doris Daddy.

    64 Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Vol. O(?), page 19, Greene County.

    65 Photocopy of original, from Dorothy (Hutchinson) Egelhoff.

    66 Index to Register of Births 1857 -1900+, transcribed from the microfilm copy of the original book, Illinois Regional Archives Depository, University of Illinois, Springfield.

    67 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, p. 31, License 4288, Greene County.

    68 Illinois State Archives, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900, Vol. B, License 349, Jersey County.

    69 Peggy Duval (Letters from Peggy Duval to Judith Griffin.), no date. Peggy states that James and Minnie Virginia were married July 7, 1917.

    70 Dorothy (Hutchinson) Egelhoff stated that “Elizabeth Woolsey was Aunt Minnie Stoeckel Pope’s daughter and her sister Emma died last year,” in her letter dated January 19, 1986.

    71 Duval, Peggy J., Email December 18, 2002.

    72 Minnie’s daughter Elizabeth, email December 18, 2002.