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The families of Lawrence Dye:
Lawrence Dye was born about 1807 in Mason or Fleming Co., KY. He was the son of Peter Dye & Abigail Dye
Mary Ann Van Trease was born on November 21, 1809 in KY. She was the daughter of James Frederick VanTrease Jr. & Elizabeth
Delilah Mills was born about 1835 in Fayette Co,. IN. She was the daughter of Levi Mills & Mary "Polly" O'Bryant

Lawrence Dye & Mary Ann Van TreaseLawrence Dye married Mary Ann VanTrease on Jan. 20, 1825 in Fleming Co., KY, and they had 9 children. The family is listed on the 1830 census of Fleming Co., KY. Lawrence fell into debt about 1837 and went to South Carolina & Georgia between 1837-1841 to earn some money. On the 1840 census, Mary Ann is listed as the head of household with the children. While Lawrence was gone the court awarded his property to his debtors, and he emigrated with his family in 1841 to Vermilion Co., IL. The family is listed on the 1850 census of District 21, Vermilion Co., IL, and on the 1860 census of Elwood Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. In July of 1862, Lawrence enlisted on the Union side in the Civil War - he was about age 56. The tours of duty were hard on him, and he became ill and never fully recovered. Mary Ann VanTrease Dye died on January 29, 1865. She is buried in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois. Lawrence is listed on the 1870 census of Elwood Twp., age 63 and living alone. He remarried in 1871. More information on his second marriage below. Many thanks to Coan.net for the photos of Lawrence & Mary Ann's gravestones.
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The children of Lawrence Dye & Mary Ann VanTrease:

Hiram DyeHiram Dye was born April 4, 1825 in Fleming Co., KY. He is living with his parents on the 1830 & 1840 census of Fleming Co., KY. Hiram moved with his parents to Illinois in 1841 when he was about age 16. On the 1850 census of District 21, Vermilion Co., IL he is living with his parents & listed as Hiram, age 25. Hiram married Sarah H. Lewman on March 22, 1855 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they settled in Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL and had 3 children. A history of Vermilion County states "Hiram Dye, Georgetown, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Fleming Co., KY on his father's farm, on the 4th of April, 1825, and lived there until 1841, when, with his parents, he came to Illinois and settled in Vermilion County. In 1853 he came to his present place. On the 22nd of March, 1855, he married Miss Sarah H. Leuman; she was born in Vermilion County, Illinois. They have three children: Wilson, Mary C. and Martha J. He owns five hundred and twenty acres in this county, which he has earned by his own labor and management. After he became of age he worked eight years for one hundred dollars a year. He has hauled many loads of apples to Chicago by ox team; he made his first trip about 1844." Hiram & Sarah are listed on the 1855, 1860, 1870 & 1880 censuses of Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL. Hiram Dye died Sept. 28, 1882. He is buried at Mt. Pisgah or Liberty Church Cemetery, Georgetown, IL.
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Martha Jane DyeMartha Jane Dye was born Dec. 2, 1826 in Mason Co., KY. She is living with her parents on the 1830 & 1840 censuses of Fleming Co., KY. Her parents emigrated to Illinois in 1841 when she was age 14, and she is listed as Martha, age 21, living with her parents on the 1850 census of District 21, Vermilion Co., IL. Martha married John Charles Jones on Nov. 30, 1850 in Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL, and they had 8 children. They are listed on the 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910 censuses of Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL. In 1900 Martha is listed as having 8 births with 5 surviving children, and in 1910 she is listed as having 7 births with 5 surviving children. Martha Jane Dye Jones died on July 15, 1916, and she is buried in Pleasant Mound Christian Churchyard, west of Georgetown, IL. Her husband John Jones had recently died in March 1916. At the time of their deaths, John was age 95 and Martha was age 89.
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Tombstone of John & Martha Jane Dye Jones
Philadelphia Phoebe DyePhiladelphia Phoebe Dye was born March 15, 1828 in Fleming Co., KY. She is living with her parents on the 1830 & 1840 censuses of Fleming Co., KY. Her parents emigrated to Illinois in 1841 when she was about 13 years old. She married Jacob Francis Jones on May 26, 1847 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they had at 5 children. Jacob Francis was the brother of John Jones, who married Phoebe's sister Martha Jane. Francis & Phoebe Jones are listed on the 1850 census of Dist #21, Vermilion Co., IL, living near Phoebe's parents, Lawrence & Mary Ann Dye. Philadelphia Phoebe Dye Jones died on February 9, 1859 in Vermilion Co., IL. Jacob Francis Jones was remarried to Sarah E. White on May 29, 1860 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they are listed with the children on the 1860 census of Vermilion Co., Illinois. Jacob died on September 27, 1862. Jacob & Phoebe are both buried in the Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois.
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Elizabeth DyeElizabeth Dye was born March 12, 1830 in Fleming Co., KY. She is living with her mother on the 1840 census of Fleming Co., KY. Her parents emigrated to Illinois in 1841 when she was 11 years old, and she is listed as living with them on the 1850 census of District 21, Vermilion Co., IL. Elizabeth married David Allen Foster Sconce on March 15, 1852 in Vermilion Co., IL and they had 11 children. The family is listed on the 1860 census of Carroll, Vermilion Co., IL. They are listed on the 1870, 1880, 1900 & 1910 census of Sidell, Vermilion Co, IL. On the 1900 census Elizabeth is listed as having 11 births with 6 surviving children, and on the 1910 census she is listed as having 10 births with 6 surviving children. Elizabeth Dye Sconce died Oct. 29, 1910 in Sidell, Vermilion Co., IL. Her husband David had died the month before on September 21, 1910. Both David & Elizabeth are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola, Vermilion Co., IL.
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Angeline Dye

Catherine Angeline Dye was born in June 1834 in Fleming Co., KY. She is living with her mother on the 1840 census of Fleming Co., KY. Her parents emigrated to Illinois in 1841 when she was about 7 years old, and she is listed with them on the 1850 census of District 21, Vermilion Co., IL as Angeline, age 14. Angeline married David McDonald on Nov. 29, 1855 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they had 10 children. In 1860 they were living in Georgetown Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. David served from August 21, 1862 to June 12, 1865 as a Corporal in Company C., Illinois Infantry, Union Army in the Civil War. David & Angeline are listed with their familiy on the 1870 census of Carroll Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. They are listed on the 1880 & 1900 censuses of Catlin Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. In 1900 Angeline is listed as having 10 births with 5 surviving children at that time. David McDonald died on February 16, 1906 in Vermilion Co., Illinois. Catherine Angeline Dye McDonald died on April 13, 1910 in Vermilion Co., IL. She is buried in the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin, Vermilion, Illinois.
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John Samuel Dye

John Samuel Dye was born in 1838 in Fleming Co., KY. He is living with his mother on the 1840 census of Fleming Co., IL. His parents emigrated to Illinois in 1841, when he was about 3 years old, and he is listed with them at age 12 on the 1850 census of District #21, Vermilion Co., IL.. John married Mahettable Gerrard on Oct. 21, 1858 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they had 9 children.The family is listed on the 1860 census of Georgetown, Vemilion Co., IL living next door to the household of Mahettable's parents. John served as a Corporal in the Civil War in Company D, 125th Illinois Regiment, Union Army beginning on August 8, 1862. He was wounded by a musket ball in his hand on Sept. 1, 1864, and he was mustered out at Nashville, TN with an honorable discharge on May 22, 1865. There is a family with parents John & Hattie Dye on the 1870 census of Carroll Twp., Vermilion Co., IL, but the ages for John & Hattie and the names and ages of the children in the household are not what they should be, so not sure if it was census taker error or what happened as that is where they should be, they are living next door to the household of John's married sister Mary Lucy "Lou" Dye Fisher and I have not found them anywhere else. When John returned from the war he had trouble farming due to his injury, and he deserted his family in August 1877 and resettled in Kansas. I have not found John on the 1880 census at this time, but Mahettable is listed as head of household with the children (with correct names and ages) on the 1880 census of Carrol Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. John remarried Minerva Carnes Ivey on Sept 15, 1881 in Freedonia, KS, and they had 3 children They later emigrated to OK (for more information on this marriage see below). John Samuel Dye died Jan 4, 1900 in Homestead Twp., Blaine Co., Oklahoma Territory. After his death, both Mahettable & Minerva applied for his pension - it was awarded to Mahettable when she submitted affadavits confirming that John had deserted her but that they had never been divorced.
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Mary Lucy DyeMary Lucy "Lou" Dye was born in May 1839 in Fleming Co., KY. Her name is listed on various records as Mary Dye, Lucy Dye, and Marylou Dye. She is living with her mother on the 1840 census of Fleming Co., KY. Her parents emigrated to Illinois when she was about 2 years old, and she is listed with them at age 10 on the 1850 census of Census District #21, Vermilion Co., IL. She is listed with her parents at age 20 on the 1860 census of Elwood, Vermilion Co., IL. Mary Lucy married John W. Fisher on Sept 12, 1861 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they had 8 children. The family is on the 1870, 1880 & 1900 census of Carroll Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. In a history of Vermilion County it states: "John W. Fisher is the brother of Michael Fisher, and his younger days were spent in very much the same way as was his brother. He was born in Carroll township. He married Miss Mary L. Dye in 1861. He later moved to Kansas, but tired of the country, and came back to Vermilion County, where he rented a farm of his father, and afterward bought land on which he raised stock and sold it in the city markets. Mr. John Fisher was the father of eight children. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are members of the Presbyterian church, and well esteemed." Mary Lucy Dye Fisher died in May 1907, and she is buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola, Vermilion Co., IL.
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Albert DyeAlbert Dye was born about 1849 in Vermilion Co., IL. He died in December 1849, and is listed as having died "in infancy".
Blanche M. DyeBlanche Mayfield Dye was born April 1, 1851 in Vermilion Co., IL. She is listed with her parents on the 1860 census of Elwood, Vermilion Co., IL as Blanche, age 9. Blanche married Joel Allen Cooper on Feb 21, 1870 in Paris, Edgar Co., IL, and they had 8 children. It was Joel's second marriage. Joel & Blanche are on the 1870 & 1880 censuses of Lukin, Lawrence Co., IL. The family is on the 1900, 1910, & 1920 censuses of East Oakland, Coles Co., IL. Blanche is listed as having 9 births with 5 surviving children in 1900, and as having 7 births with 4 surviving children in 1910 (My records indicate that she had at least 8 births). Blanche's daughter Daisy Cooper became interested in the family history in the 1970's, and many of the dates and names I have for the descendants of Lawrence Dye are from papers that Daisy compiled at that time. Blanche Mayfield Dye Cooper died on March 16, 1922 in East Oakland, Coles Co., IL. Blanche & Joel are buried in the Oakland Cemetery, Oakland, Coles, Illinois.
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Lawrence Dye & Delilah Mills Ritter CreitzerMary Ann died in 1865, and Lawrence remarried Delilah Mills Ritter Creitzer March 17, 1871 in Vermilion Co., IL. It was the second marriage for Lawrence, and the third marriage for Delilah. Delilah was the daughter of Levi Mills & Mary "Polly" O'Bryant. Delilah had married John Ritter on December 11, 1853, and James Creitzer on May 22, 1864, both in Vermilion Co., IL. Delilah had at least 5 children from her marriage to John Ritter, and Lawrence Dye & Delilah had 4 more children. Lawrence Dye died Sept 7, 1879 in Vermilion Co., IL. When I wrote the state of Illinois for his death certificate I was told they did not have one - the doctor who treated him stated in an affadavit in his pension file that he treated Lawrence for free due to his extreme poverty so he did not keep any records of his death. Lawrence is buried in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois. Delilah married twice more after Lawrence's death (to J.W. Laney on August 23, 1880 & to William Henry Ball on January 05, 1883), and she died sometime between 1883 to June 4, 1892 and probably before 1891. Her place of death and burial have not been found at this time.
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The children of Lawrence Dye & Delilah Mills Creitzer:

Ruvilla DyeRuvilla Dye was born Jan 5, 1872 in Vermilion Co., IL. She had a twin brother name Cloyd Dye. Her father died in 1879 when she was age 7. In the widow & dependant children records there is an affadavit dated June 4, 1892 from A.H. Gorman (who wrote that he was "well acquainted" with Delilah) stating that she and Lawrence had children Ruvilla & Cloyd (Twins, b. January 6, 1872), Thomas C. (b.June 10, 1876), and Robert F.(b. June 21, 1878). There is an earlier (1891) affadavit by David Sconce, who at that time was guardian of the children, stating that according to physician records the twin's birthdate was Jan, 5, 1872, and that Robert's was June 27, 1878. Ruvilla is listed as age 8, living with her mother on the 1880 census of Elwood, Vermilion Co., IL. Her mother remarried in 1880, and divorced and remarried again in 1883 when Ruvilla was 11. Ruvilla married Bert Larrance on Dec 23, 1892 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they had 12 children. All of their children were born in IL, but the family is listed on the 1900 census of Rochester, Kingman Co., KS so based on births of their children they lived there some time between 1899 & 1902. The family is on the 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses of Carroll Twp., Vermilion Co., IL. Ruvilla Dye Larrance died on July 31, 1943, probably in Vermilion Co., Illinois. Bert died on December 31, 1960, also probably in Vermilion Co., Illinois. Bert & Ruvilla are both buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Vermilion, Illinois.
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Cloyd H. Dye

Cloyd Hawes Dye was born Jan 5, 1872 in Vermilion Co., IL. He had a twin sister named Ruvilla Dye. His father died in 1879 when he was age 7. In the widow & dependant children records there is an affadavit dated June 4, 1892 from A.H. Gorman (who wrote that he was "well acquainted" with Delilah) stating that she and Lawrence had children Ruvilla & Cloyd (Twins, b. January 6, 1872), Thomas C. (b.June 10, 1876), and Robert F.(b. June 21, 1878). There is an earlier (1891) affadavit by David Sconce, who at that time was guardian of the children, stating that according to physician records the twin's birthdate was Jan, 5, 1872, and that Robert's was June 27, 1878. Cloyd is listed as Hawes, age 8, living with his mother on the 1880 census of Elwood, Vermilion Co., IL. His mother remarried in 1880, and divorced and remarried again in 1883 when he was 11. Cloyd married Mary "Mollie" Alice Spicer on Dec. 23, 1897 in Vermilion Co., IL, and they had at least one daughter named Edith. Cloyd H. Dye & Mollie are on the 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 censuses of Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL - Cloyd's occupation is listed as farmer. His first name is listed as Claude on the 1900, Claud H. on the 1920 & Cloyd on the 1930. Their daughter Edith died on May 22, 1919 - her husband Oscar Brooks is listed as widowed in 1920, and their 2 children are living with Cloyd & Mollie in 1930. Cloyd Dye died May 28, 1954 in Georgetown, Vermilion Co., Illinois. He is buried in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL. Mollie died on October 15, 1969 in Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois.
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Thomas C. DyeThomas Columbus Dye was born June 10, 1876 in Vermilion Co., IL. His father died in 1879 when he was age 3. In the widow & dependant children records there is an affadavit dated June 4, 1892 from A.H. Gorman (who wrote that he was "well acquainted" with Delilah) stating that she and Lawrence had children Ruvilla & Cloyd (Twins, b. January 6, 1872), Thomas C. (b.June 10, 1876), and Robert F.(b. June 21, 1878). There is an earlier (1891) affadavit by David Sconce, who at that time was guardian of the children, stating that according to physician records the twin's birthdate was Jan, 5, 1872, and that Robert's was June 27, 1878. Thomas is listed as age 4, living with his mother on the 1880 census of Elwood, Vermilion Co., IL. His mother remarried in 1880, and divorced and remarried again in 1883 when he was 7. I believe I have found him on the 1900 census working as a farm laborer on the Webster County Poor Farm in Elkhorn, Webster Co., Iowa. Thomas moved to North Dakota sometime before 1910, and he is listed as age 32, single, on the 1910 census Twp 146 Range 63, Foster Co., ND. He married Mary Belle about 1915 and they had at least 4 children. According to birthplaces of their children, they were in Montana in 1916, and in North Dakota in 1917 & 1919. The family is listed on the 1920 census of Wilson, Bowman Co., ND. At that time Thomas was age 42 and his occupation was listed as farmer. He is listed on the 1930 census of Minnehaha, Bowman Co., ND. Thomas Columbus Dye died in 1962 in Bowman, Co., North Dakota.
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Robert Dye

Robert Dye was born on June 27, 1878 in Georgetown, Vermilion Co., Illinois. His father died in 1879 when he was age 1. In the widow & dependant children records there is an affadavit dated June 4, 1892 from A.H. Gorman (who wrote that he was "well acquainted" with Delilah) stating that she and Lawrence had children Ruvilla & Cloyd (Twins, b. January 6, 1872), Thomas C. (b.June 10, 1876), and Robert F.(b. June 21, 1878). There is an earlier (1891) affadavit by David Sconce, who at that time was guardian of the children, stating that according to physician records the twin's birthdate was Jan, 5, 1872, and that Robert's was June 27, 1878. On the 1880 census of Elwood, Vermilion Co., IL, Robert is living with his mother, and listed as Plowman, age 1. There is some confusion as to whether Robert Plowman Dye is the same person as Robert Francis Dye who married Anna Elizabeth Perkins about 1899, and had 5 children. This Robert is also listed in family files on the internet as being born on June 27, 1878 in Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL. Robert & Elizabeth are on the 1900 census of Highland Twp, Greene Co., IA with Robert listed as age 21, birthdate June 1878 in IL, with parents born Unknown. In 1910 the family is in Rosenfield Twp, Sheridan Co., ND with Robert listed as age 31, born in IL with parents born in the US. They are on the 1920 census of Boyeson, Bowman Co., ND, with Robert listed as age 41, born in IL, parents born in the US. Robert F. Dye wrote to the pension office on Oct. 7, 1928 (his address at the time was 205 First St. South, Montevideo, MN) requesting information about the Civil War service of Lawrence Dye "who served with the Illinois troops during the Civil War, giving names of his parents with dates, birth place, etc. if that data is available. This information is wanted to complete family records and family history." There was a reply written Dec. 18, 1928 giving Lawrence's enlistment info and stating that "no claim for pension was ever filed by this soldier, and the names of his parents and other information requested by you is not of record in this Bureau." In 1929, Robert F. Dye filed and was accepted in the Sons of the American Revolution, stating that his parents were Lawrence & Rebecca Dye, and his grandparents were Daniel & Jane McIntyre Dye. From the records I have, I feel this is not correct. If they are the same person, I'm not sure why Robert did not know who his mother was - but he was only age 1 when Lawrence died and Deliliah remarried twice after Lawrence's death. I have written on this site in the past that Lawrence had no ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, but now believe I was in error. Lawrence's grandfather, William Dye, did serve in the Revolutionary War, in a regiment from New Jersey. According to a bio on one of the descendant's of Lawrence's brother John, William Dye served under George Washington, participated in the campaign of New Jersey and also the "memorable winter at Valley Forge." His sons Kenneth & William Dye are both SAR lines for Lawrence, since Kenneth's son Peter and William's daughter Abigail married and were Lawrence's parents. Lawrence did have a brother named Nehemiah whose wife was the former Rebecca Ellen Chandler, so maybe that is where Robert got the name Rebecca from. The family is on the 1930 census of Montevideo, MN, but Robert is listed as a lodger in a separate household from Elizabeth and the children. At that time he listed his birthplace as IL, his father's birthplace as KY and his mother's birthplace as IL. Robert F. Dye died in 1938 in Montevideo, MN. It seems like a too much coincidence to me that this Robert was born in June 1878 in IL, some records actually indicating in Georgetown, Vermilion Co., IL. I have not found any records indicating that there was a second Robert P. Dye born in IL in June 1878, so for now am assuming it is the same person.
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