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Brighton
Bunker Hill Carlinville Girard
Gillespie
Mt Olive Nilwood Staunton
Virden


Cemeteries
Census Family Line County History
Maps Military Miscellaneous Links



Bookstores

Books on the Square (used books)
John Alexander
North Side Square
Virden, IL 62690
Phone: 217-965-5443

Books on the Square, open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 to 6:00, sells used books.
John Alexander, the owner of Books on the Square, is interested in receiving and sharing information on Virden History, the Virden Mine Riot of 1898, and the 122nd IL Infantry Regiment in the Civil War. If you are in Virden, John would enjoy your stopping at his bookstore and chatting about local history.


Brighton


There the Heart Is, A History of Brighton, Illinois, 1826-1964
By Martha A Bentley, 1965, reprinted with permission by the Brighton Heritage Group.
$15.50 + $2.00 P&H
Order from: June Roady Wilderman, P O Box 506, Brighton IL 62012
June is President of the Brighton Heritage Group and Curator of the Heritage Museum.

Through the Years, Brighton's 125th Anniversary Edition, 1869-1994
Brighton Heritage Group, June Wilderman, President.
$5.00 + $1.00 P&H
Order from: June Roady Wilderman, P O Box 506, Brighton IL 62012
June is President of the Brighton Heritage Group and Curator of the Heritage Museum.

The Swindler's Treasure, Lois Walfrid Johnson, 1997. A novel written for young people but is enjoyed by any age. Contains 3 chapters about the underground railroad at Brighton.
$6.50 + $2.00 P&H
Order from: June Roady Wilderman, P O Box 506, Brighton IL 62012
June is President of the Brighton Heritage Group and Curator of the Heritage Museum.

Bunker Hill


Three volumes of Bunker Hill Revisited tell the history of this rural Illinois community from 1866 through 1900. Historic, quaint and sometimes amusing items as reported in the newspapers of the day. Pictures, births, deaths, marriages, etc.
Hardbound. $35.00 per volume, postpaid.
Order from: Carl Stanton, 307 E. Morgan St., Bunker Hill, IL 62014
Carl Stanton <cstanton@bhil.com>


Carlinville


19th-Century Echoes: The Carlinville City Cemetery, 2nd Ed. by Tom Emery, (20 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-8-8
A guide to the leading people buried in the Carlinville, Illinois City Cemetery. This revised edition marks the location of 27 of the most influential people resting in the cemetery, including political, military, financial, agricultural, and educational leaders of Illinois and Macoupin County interest. Many levels of history are covered in the biographical sketches of each individual. An excellent addition to the genealogist's library.
"This well-done booklet shows how the residents of a small town like Carlinville were anything but small in their impact. This belongs on any shelf." --Carol Schaefer Head Librarian, Blackburn College
List: $4.99 (IL residents add .31 tax) plus 1.00 postage
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

Gillespie

 
The History of Gillespie, a booklet, compiled by Tom Emery, contains an appendix with transcript of another unpublished, anonymously written manuscript, 2011. The booklet is from an unpublished manuscript written around 1970 by Kathryn Blanchard, who used to run the Gillespie newspaper. Lindell Loveless was a friend of Blanchard, and came up with the idea of producing a new booklet from the transcript of her work. I designed a cover that is orange in color and contains miner logos, to reflect Gillespie's mining heritage.  The text covers Gillespie's history from the Native American era through the settlement by whites, the establishment of the town, and the working of the mines, to development in the modern era.
List: $5.00 plus 1.00 postage (IL residents add .31 tax)
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com


Girard




Mt. Olive

Mother Jones DVD– Mother Jones: America’s Most Dangerous Woman.
$10.00 each.
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

Remembering Mt. Olive, Picture book. Not indexed.
Soft cover$25.00 + $4.00 P&H
Hard cover$35.00 + $4.00 P&H
Mt. Olive Herald, P.O. Box 300, Mt. Olive, IL 62069

Week By Week, Book includes extracts of newspapers from Mt Olive from as early as 1892. It includes activities, events, (births, deaths, robberies, etc.). Not all obituaries are included.
Soft cover$25.00 + $4.00 P&H
Hard cover$35.00 + $4.00 P&H
Mt. Olive Herald, P.O. Box 300, Mt. Olive, IL 62069



Nilwood

The Story of the Coopers, A Pieced Together History, by Christy Jacobson, 2010
~Limited edition paper back, 103 pages, fully annotated with illustrations~
This biography of Henry Cooper, founder of Nilwood, Illinois in 1852, details how Henry, as a young English railroad boss, led a team of Irish workers in building the final stretch of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. As an intimate family history, it shows how the harsh social and economic realities of mid nineteenth century Britain served to forge a bond between Henry and his Irish crew. His brilliant success as a young entrepreneur soon followed. Henry’s interfaith marriage to the Irish widow, Mary Murphy Dea, his close alliance with her family and the mystery of what became of Henry’s father, exiled to Australia in 1834, are revealed for the first time.
~Names and genealogies closely associated with the Coopers of Nilwood are: Murphy, King, Clifford, Street, Cline, Vaughn.
$9.95 plus $3.00 shipping
Order from: christyjacobson22@gmail.com
Broken Dishes Publications, P.O. Box 71232, Point Richmond, CA 94807


Staunton


Chasing W. L. Schmitt's Chasing Headlines, with Nancy Schmitt Steinmeyer.
"Memories of turn-of-the-century days in Staunton come rushing to mind when one reads Chasing Headlines, a column written by former Staunton native, W. L. Schmitt. Schmitt becomes editor/publisher of Carlinville's Macoupin County Enquirer, but he learned his trade as a printer's devil at the Staunton Star-Times. He recalls life as a printer's devil at the Star-Times. He writes of entering the navy in World War I, coming home to buy the Benld Enterprise. It was to Benld he brought his bride and where his three children were born. He tells of his admiration for the people of Benld. From there he took his family to Carlinville to take over the reins of The Enquirer."
Hardcover.
$25.00. Add $3.00 for 1st class postage or $1.75 for book rate. Make check to:Chris Schmitt.
407 S. Locust, Carlinville, IL 62626
This book can also be purchased at the Staunton Star-Times in Staunton IL.

Staunton In Illinois, Hardbound, historical information, many names of early settlers.
Compiled by Dorrell Kilduff.
$12.50, Make check payable to City of Staunton.
City of Staunton, City Clerk, Staunton, IL 62088

Old Settlers Stories of Staunton Township, IL and Vicinity, Vol. 1
$5.00 + $1.50 P&H.
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

Old Settlers Stories of Staunton Township, IL and Vicinity, Vol. II
$5.00 + $1.50 P&H.
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

The Memorable Month: Minor League Baseball in Staunton, Illinois by Tom Emery, (12 pp., bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-4-5
A documented look at a minor league baseball team that called the southern Macoupin County town of Staunton home for four weeks in the summer of 1908. This title uses the humorous comments of the local press and employs a solid array of sources to lend a view of minor-league baseball in small-town America in the early 20th century. Written for sports fans and non-sports fans alike, this booklet covers an important, yet little-known, subject in a fast-moving manner.
"A quick and easy read about pro baseball's brief existence in Staunton. Add this to Tom Emery's string of pearls on history." --John Alexander College Instructor/Bookstore Owner
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
List: $3.99 (IL residents add .25 tax) plus .76 postage
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

A History of Brunswick: Life in a German Duchy from Roman Times through 1900 by Dan C. Heinemeier ISBN 0-9671822-0-4 A comprehensive history of the Duchy of Brunswick (Herzogtum Braunschweig) with particular emphasis on historical factors of interest to genealogists and other social historians. 17 chapters, two appendices, softbound, 380 pp., 8.5"x11", incl. maps and illustrations, fully indexed.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages.
Dan Heinemeier, the author, is a long time member of the Macoupin Co. Genealogical Society.
$23.00 + $4.00 P&H.
Order from: Dan C. Heinemeier, 4401 N. 33rd Road, Arlington, VA 22207-4423

Hunzen in Brunswick: 800 Years in a Village of Lower Saxony Edited, translated and published by Dan C. Heinemeier This village history, translated from the German and edited extensively, offers valuable insight on village life and work, from serving feudal lords to sheltering WWII refugees (A.D. 1050-1950). 60 pp., 8.5"x 5.5", incl. maps and illustrations.
Some of the known families from the Staunton, Worden, Livingston area with the surnames of: Heinemeier, Eilert, Schuette/Schutte, Albrecht, Sievers & Kohlenberg came from the Duchy of Brunswick/Braunschweig in Hunzon or nearby villages.
Dan Heinemeier, the author, is a long time member of the Macoupin Co. Genealogical Society.
$10.00ppd.
Order from: Dan C. Heinemeier, 4401 N. 33rd Road, Arlington, VA 22207-4423


Virden

 
Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills. Tom Crane, 2002. Full book on site http://fethard.com/crane/
"Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the publication of my book titled, "Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills," on the "Fethard At Home" website. Fethard is a town in Tipperary, Ireland. The URL is http://fethard.com/crane/ Once you reach the "frame" just follow the directions. My book is on Acrobat Reader and is 283 pages long, so please give it time to download. It has been posted there for you to read "free of charge." The book is the "story" of my search for my Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch roots and the emotional impact that each of my discoveries had upon me. While my search is centered around the family names (Crane, Crean, Crehan), ( Shea), (Cuddihy, Cuddy, Cudahy) and (March, Mertz, Marz), I have included sources for genealogical information that are mentioned during the course of the telling of my story that others may find useful. The book also provides insight into the history of the coal-mining industry during the early Industrial Age and especially as it applied to my family within the State of Illinois. In addition to this information, I have enclosed photos and poems that are of my own making that I hope the reader will find of interest. I hope that my book will stand as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of difficulties. Finally, I sincerely hope that people, wherever they may be, will enjoy reading my book and that they will find something of value for themselves within its pages. The only request that I make in return is that people honor my copyright by giving me credit where credit is due whether through quoting or copying from my text. I wish you all pleasant reading. God Bless, Tom Crane"
"My great-uncle, Michael Crane, is buried in the Miners Plot in Virden Cemetery. Very few people know that there is a Miners Plot in the cemetery as it is unmarked. There are 8 graves assigned to the UMWA and 4 of them are occupied. I know, because I have a map of the plot. Also, during the course of my book I also pay tribute to Mother Jones who is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. When Michael was killed in 1901, mention was made in the Virden Newspaper. Actually, I visited Virden at least 3 times and even purchased coal mine collectibles from a Mr. Tarr who ran a shop there and I believe has since re-located to Springfield. Mr. Tarr, by the way, was a member of the Mine Rescue Unit. In addition, I ran a notice in the Virden newspaper at least 15 years ago and looked through some of the material in the local library. I would have to dig out my correspondence for their names, but I communicated with a number of people in the Genealogical Society there during the age that I like to call BC; that is, Before Computers. By the way, my book has been on file in the Lincoln Library in the Sangamon Valley Collection since 1986. I made a couple of trips there also and one of the librarians, Mr. Ed Russo, and myself share a friendly association. Fact is, I found Michael's death notice in the obituary file of that same library and that is how I found Michael. Did you read my book? There are quite a few surprises in there. I have been quoted in Henry Z. Jones, Jr. book titled, "More Psychic Roots," and he greatly admires my own book. Hank Jones was a child actor in a lot of Disney films and has written quite a few books on the Palatine immigration. I hope that this gives you a bit of an idea of what my book is about. Best wishes, Tom Crane"
This book may now (2005) be purchased at:
http://www.higginsonbooks.com


Macoupin County History


The Macoupin County Courthouse: Scandalous Symbol by Tom Emery, (28 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-6-1
A well-researched look at the controversial construction of the famous "Million-Dollar" courthouse of Macoupin County. The first original work on the courthouse in 35 years and the most well-documented look at the building that has ever been attempted, this highly readable booklet covers the historic, yet scandal-ridden, construction of the building, addresses why such a courthouse was built, and details the resulting firestorm of controversy that followed.
This title was awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the Illinois State Historical Society in 2003.
List: $4.99 (IL residents add .31 tax) plus $1.00 postage
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

CCC Camp In Small Illinois Town Studied In New Photohistory by Tom Emery, (pages ?)
A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in a small Illinois town is the subject of a new release that offers a detailed look inside the daily activities in the CCC, one of the most successful government programs in American history. Soldiers with Picks and Shovels is a photohistory of the CCC camp at Carlinville, Illinois, around 45 miles south of Springfield. The camp was one of over 2,600 scattered across the country in the nine-year history of the CCC, which was established by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide job opportunities to unemployed young men in the Great Depression. The Carlinville camp, which operated from 1935-41, was established to prevent soil erosion, and many farmers in the area benefitted from the yeoman work of the CCC. The camp was located at the current site of the Macoupin County Fairgrounds. Emery, who has fifteen book and booklet titles in print, joined once again with Lindell Loveless, a businessman, hog producer, and history enthusiast from rural Gillespie who devised, and supported, the project. We still see the benefits of the CCC in parks, forests, and farms, even today.” Reunions of Camp Carlinville workers were held as late as the mid-1990s.
The book is available at Books on the Square in Virden and Michelle’s Pharmacy in Gillespie,
or by mail.
To order by mail, send your name, address, and $9.95 (IL residents add .62 tax) plus $3 postage and handling to
History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626

Pictorial CD (DVD) of places, events and people in Macoupin. From the collection of the society. $15.00 plus $3.00 p/h
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

1879 History of Macoupin County, 11 x 13, Hardbound, unabridged, indexed contains history of County and pioneers and families and contains illustrations of farms and homes and of individuals and couples. Cost $40, mailed $45. Contains 288 pages.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Portrait & Biographical Album of Macoupin County, IL 1891, Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representaive Citizens of the County Published by the Biographical Publishng Company, Chicago, 1891, and reprinted by the Macoupin County Historical Society by Windmill Publications of Mt. Vernon, Indiana.
8 1/2 x 11, Hardbound, indexed, illustrated - $32, mailed $36. Contains 902 pages.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

19th-Century Echoes: The Carlinville City Cemetery, 2nd Ed. by Tom Emery, (20 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-8-8
A guide to the leading people buried in the Carlinville, Illinois City Cemetery. This revised edition marks the location of 27 of the most influential people resting in the cemetery, including political, military, financial, agricultural, and educational leaders of Illinois and Macoupin County interest. Many levels of history are covered in the biographical sketches of each individual. An excellent addition to the genealogist's library.
"This well-done booklet shows how the residents of a small town like Carlinville were anything but small in their impact. This belongs on any shelf." --Carol Schaefer Head Librarian, Blackburn College
List: $4.99 (IL residents add .31 tax) plus 1.00 postage
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

Macoupin County on Route 66, ISBN: 0738550779, Arcadia Publishing, 96 pps, 2007.
Each community in Macoupin County has its own flavorful history. Historic Route 66 passes through many towns in the county. Some communities are located on a major Native American trail. The courthouse in Carlinville was once the largest outside New York. Early labor organizer Mary Harris "Mother" Jones is buried in Mount Olive.
Dennis Garrels has traveled the country on photographic assignments. He has always had a passion for history and revels in learning the stories behind the buildings and individuals in vintage pictures.
Dennis Garrels (right in picture)
http://www.arcadiapublishing.com
Price: $19.99

The Houses That Sears Built, Everything you wanted to know about Sears Catalog Homes, Rosemary Thornton, 2002, Alton, 119 pages and bibiography. Check Barnes and Noble. Do not know a price.

The History of the Macoupin County, Illinois Fairs, 1852-2000,
This publication has been made possible by Fair memorabilia collected by Alice Drury over many years.
The large coffee-style table 11 x 13 1/2, 150 pages, hardbound in Class A Library . Cost is 40.00, plus $6.50 for mailing.
The softbound edition is also 11 x 13 1/2, 150 pages, costs $35.00 plus shipping costs of $4.50. It is spiral bound and also printed on acid-free paper by offset lithography.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

The Macoupin County Genealogical Society is adding to its collection of previous programs available on DVD.  Each DVD has two programs on it.
   Volume 1: Return to Frying Pan
, presented by Cindy Leonard after a trip to Tyrrell County, North Carolina in search of her Sawyer family.
Macoupin County on Route 66: a book signing and presentation by Dennis Garrels.
   Volume 2: The Sears Homes in Carlinville, presented by Laurie Flori, author of Additionally Speaking: the saga behind the largest collective of Sears Homes in the world.
Eddie, Lincoln’s forgotten son presented by Tom Emery owner of History in Print.
Each DVD costs $10.00.  Make check or money order to:
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095.  Be sure to indicate which volume you are requesting.

Richard Rowett: Thoroughbreds, Beagles, and the Civil War by Tom Emery
(112 pp., notes, bibl., index, illus.) ISBN 0-9661637-0-2
A critically acclaimed, award-winning biography of Rowett (1830-1887), one of the leading figures of Macoupin County and Illinois history. A decorated Civil War officer and Ilinois state politician, Rowett was a nationally recognized breeder of thoroughbred horses, including a Kentucky Derby winner, and is credited as the first to introduce the true-bred beagle hound to this country. This fast-moving, thoroughly researched work is full of anecdotes and stories of the colorful Rowett's controversial life and appeals to readers with all levels of interest in history.
The book has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, several national magazines, and received the 1999 Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society.
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
List $12.95 (IL residents add .81 tax) plus $2.00 postage
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

Reliable Directory of Farmers and Breeders: Macoupin County, Illinois, 1919, reprinted 2003, Higginson Book Company, 279 pages.
Originally written as a reference book for area farmers, this book was originally published by The Prairie Farmer in 1919. It is a fully illustrated directory that includes a full classified list of breeders of purebred livestock and poultry, an alphabetized business directory, valuable statistics and general information regarding the farming and breeding trade, and more. The book is a softbound facsimile edition. Done in acid-free paper that meets Library of Congress standards for strength & permanence (ANSI Standard #C39.47-1984), and bound in a durable Class A library binding.
$27.00 plus $4.95 each for shipping
HIGGINSON BOOK CO.
148-P Washington Street
Salem MA 01970
Phone: 978/745-7170 Fax: 978/745-8025
e-mail: higginsn@cove.com


Military


Illinois in the Civil War, Victor Hicken, University of Illinois Press, 1991.
$15.95
In his book, Illinois in the Civil War, Mr Hicken wrote from the viewpoint of the common soldier with references to Macoupin County. It contains many names. First published in 1960, it became a classic, and the University of Illinois Press republished the book in 1991. It continues to be one of the Press' big sellers.
Victor Hicken, now retired, grew up in Gillespie, where he remembers nothing was quieter than Gillespie on a Saturday night. He has written other books and has tried to incorporate Gillespie in each of the books.
Can be purchased at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

Macoupin Goes To War, a hard-bound book about south Macoupin County soldiers in the Civil War. Personal accounts of war experiences, pictures, rosters, etc.
Carl Stanton <cstanton@bhil.com>
Order from: Carl Stanton, 307 E. Morgan St., Bunker Hill, IL 62014

Hold the Fort: The Battle of Allatoona Pass by Tom Emery, (28 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-5-3
A well-documented study of the pivotal Civil War battle of Allatoona Pass, Georgia, one of the more important actions of the war in the western theater. Fought on October 5, 1864, the battle centered around a supply depot that was crucial to the armies of William T. Sherman. Had the Confederates captured Allatoona, historians have argued that Sherman could not have embarked on his destructive "March to the Sea." This booklet, which was featured in newspapers in Alton, Quincy, and Lincoln, Illinois, details not only the key historical ramifications of the battle but also the many anecdotes of Allatoona, a battle of far-reaching impact on Civil War history that included many men from Macoupin County and elsewhere in central Illinois.
"Allatoona Pass, a fiercely fought Civil War battle, has produced as much fiction as fact. By adding the perspectives of key contributors, Tom Emery clears the picture. This is a solid study of a somewhat neglected Civil War battle." --John Alexander College Instructor/Bookstore Owner
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
List: $4.99 (IL residents add .31 tax) plus $1.00 postage
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

The Other John Logan: Col. John Logan and the 32nd Illinois by Tom Emery
(16 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-1-0
A look at the life of Col. John Logan (1809-1885), who is overshadowed by his first cousin, the famous John A. "Blackjack" Logan of military and political lore. An early doctor of Macoupin County and an officer in the 32nd Illinois Infantry, "the other John Logan" quietly found his way into Illinois history with a long career of political involvement.
"A clear, concise, and well-researched work...Emery does an excellent job of identifying the accomplishments of "the other John Logan." --Rick Davis News Editor, WSMI Radio
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
List: $3.99 (IL residents add. 25 tax) plus .76 postage
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

Richard Rowett: Thoroughbreds, Beagles, and the Civil War by Tom Emery
(112 pp., notes, bibl., index, illus.) ISBN 0-9661637-0-2
A critically acclaimed, award-winning biography of Rowett (1830-1887), one of the leading figures of Macoupin County and Illinois history. A decorated Civil War officer and Ilinois state politician, Rowett was a nationally recognized breeder of thoroughbred horses, including a Kentucky Derby winner, and is credited as the first to introduce the true-bred beagle hound to this country. This fast-moving, thoroughly researched work is full of anecdotes and stories of the colorful Rowett's controversial life and appeals to readers with all levels of interest in history.
The book has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, several national magazines, and received the 1999 Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society.
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
List $12.95 (IL residents add .81 tax) plus $2.00 postage
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

Macoupin Men in the Civil War
A new publication offers a detailed description of Macoupin County men in the first year of the Civil War with a highly documented, fast-moving account of the county's response to the outbreak of the war.
Macoupin Men in the Civil War, 1861 offers a countywide look at how men went off to fight in the first year of the Civil War.   Period and contemporary sources, as well as letters and newspaper accounts, are used to analyze the regiments the men fought in, the leaders from Macoupin County that rose to prominence, and the conditions of camp life and overland marching.     The rivalries between towns and their men are also highlighted, offering an entertaining view of everyday life in cities across the county. 
A lot of people don't realize the important role that Macoupin County men played in the Civil War, said Tom Emery of Carlinville, who authored the work.  Macoupin County produced seven regimental commanders, including five from Carlinville alone.  Four of them achieved at least the rank of brevet general.
But the story of Macoupin County in the war isn't just about the leaders, continued Emery. It's about the men in the ranks.  The county sent a disproportionate number of men to fight, and some towns in the county sent over half their male population.    They served in all branches of service – inffantry, cavalry, and artillery – and fought in some of the most impoortant battles of the war.
Emery's booklet, his thirteenth title in print, focuses on the words and actions of the county and its soldiers in the first year of the conflict.   High on hope and blind to the possibility of a long fight, Macoupin County men rushed to enlist, and enjoyed the adventures of camp life – until the horrors of combat arrived.
By year's end, over fifteen hundred Macoupin County men were serving in some of the most well-respected units in the field.   Many of those men never came home, as they fell on some of the legendary battlefields of American history.      
Macoupin Men in the Civil War, 1861 has a list price of $4.99 and is suitable for all ages and levels of historical interest.  The booklet also makes a quick, inexpensive gift.
The title is available at Books On the Square on the Virden square, and Antiques, Books, and Collectibles on the Girard square.  Copies may be also purchased through History in Print (217-854-3010)
To order the booklet by mail, send $4.99 plus .31 tax and $1 postage to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626.


NEW CIVIL WAR BOOKLET ANALYZES CENTRAL ILLINOIS FACTS, LEGENDS, 2010
    The legendary “Drummer Boy of Shiloh” and an ill-trained guard unit are the subjects in a new booklet that offers a detailed look at stories from the Civil War with a central Illinois emphasis.
    Forgotten Stories of the Civil War in Central Illinois (list: $4.99) begins with an in-depth analysis of the legend of the “Drummer Boy,” a young musician who, according to lore, helped rally Union troops at the bloody battle of Shiloh in April 1862. Also known as “Johnny Shiloh,” the towns of Carlinville and White Hall have both staked a claim to the real “Drummer Boy of Shiloh.”
    “The Carlinville version of the story says that the ‘drummer boy’ is John Clem, who briefly attended Blackburn College following his service,” says Tom Emery, a Carlinville historical researcher who wrote Forgotten Stories.  “But there are plenty of holes in Clem’s story. White Hall believes the drummer was Edward L. Hagar of the 61st Illinois, who was mortally wounded at Shiloh. This legend has become a debate in some circles in central Illinois, and I wanted to analyze the evidence.”
    Emery, who has written thirteen book and booklet titles, uses an array of historical references to provide a documented review of the candidates to the title of “Johnny Shiloh.” While half of Forgotten Stories is devoted to the stirring story of the “Drummer Boy,” the second half provides a look at a topic that is less savory. That is the tale of the 133rd Illinois, a central Illinois regiment that performed guard duty at the Rock Island Barracks, a leading Confederate prisoner-of-war camp.
    While many Civil War soldiers – including those from Illinois – conducted themselves with honor, the 133rd did little to reflect such dignity. Instead, the trigger-happy unit was known for its horseplay, womanizing, and other mischief that annoyed the locals and left them scrambling for cover from flying bullets and other troubles.
    “It’s a wild story, to say the least,” said Emery. “The men of the 133rd were hardly the best men in the service, and it showed. There are countless examples of bad behavior and depredations in Civil War history that are often underwritten and misunderstood, and I wanted to take a look at that.”
    The 133rd was commanded by Thaddeus Phillips, one of five regimental commanders to hail from Carlinville and the most overlooked. After the war, Phillips resumed his occupation as a carpenter and painter, and among his projects was some of the woodwork on the current Macoupin County Courthouse.
    Forgotten Stories of the Civil War in Central Illinois is available at The Book Shelf in Carlinville, Books on the Square in Virden, or by mail through History in Print. To order, send your name, address, and $4.99 (IL residents add .31 tax) plus $1 shipping and handling to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL

122nd IL Regiment, Company E Roster (Color or Black and White)
Company E was mainly from Macoupin County.
Charges are for copying only.
Color roster$20.00 + $2.00 postage - mailed in a tube.
Black and White roster$5.00 + $2.00 postage - mailed in a tube.
Order from: Carolynn Bettis, 619 S. 7th Street, Girard, IL 62640

Cemeteries


Small Southern Macoupin Co. Cemeteries Vol. II – Dorchester Twp., Gillespie Twp., Hilyard Twp., Honey Point Twp., Mt. Olive Twp., Staunton Twp.
$12.00 plus $2.00 p/h CD version ONLY
Excel required
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

Cemetery CD of cemeteries in the southern third of Macoupin Co. plus a few others from various counties in the area.
The following is a listing of the cemeteries on this CD: Asbury, Baird, Behme, Benld City, Bethlehem, Bunker Hill City, Binney, Blevins, Bullman, Calvary, Camp, Carrico, Chapman, Clark, Cormack, Corr, Dees, Duncan, Eagarville, Fishbach, Fleming, Franzmayer, Frarrar, Funderburk, German, Gillespie City, Hand/Mize, Holy Trinity, Harlan, Holy Cross, Hilyard, Huddleston/Wheeler, Immanuel Lutheran, Karnes, Kinder, Luken, Lutheran Church, Memorial Park Staunton, Miles Station, Mitchell, Morrison, Mt. Olive City, Plainview, Russian Holy Dormiton, Scribner, Smalley, Spangle, Sparks, Spring Creek, St. Mary's, St. Michael's, Staunton City, Tine Sawyer, Union Miners, Wayne, Wheeler, Wood, Woodburn - in Macoupin. Bloomingdale, Butler, Montgomery Co IL; Brickyard, Worden, Madison Co IL; Brown, Old Ripley, Bond Co IL; Coalson, Livingston, Madison Co IL; Crabtree, Litchfield, Montgomery Co IL; Locust Grove, Madison Co IL; Old Voyles, Madison Co IL; Phelps, Madison Co IL; St. John's, Montgomery Co IL; St. Paul's, Nokomis IL; Walshville, Montgomery Co IL; Wieseman, Madison Co IL.
$50.00 plus $3.00 p/h
*Note: CD is in Word Perfect & PDF formats. Please state which format you prefer.
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

Index to Brighton Township Cemeteries and Family Histories
This index is compiled from book published in 1986 by June Wilderman and Jean Halcom. It comprimised 147 pages and covers the Baptist Cemetery; Brighton Cemetery; St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery; Dehne Cemetery; Asbury Cemetery (not to be confused with Asbury in Barr Twp.) and Miles Station Cemetery in Brighton Township, Macoupin Co IL and Bott Cemetery located 1 mile south of Brighton, but is located in Jersey Co, IL. It also covers some family histories and newspaper abstractions in Brighton Twp. 40 pages.
Note: This publication is the INDEX to that book.
$7.00 ppd
Order from: Mary Ann Kaylor, 931 Miles St., Illiopolis, IL 62539-3562

19th-Century Echoes: The Carlinville City Cemetery, 2nd Ed. by Tom Emery, (20 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-8-8
A guide to the leading people buried in the Carlinville, Illinois City Cemetery. This revised edition marks the location of 27 of the most influential people resting in the cemetery, including political, military, financial, agricultural, and educational leaders of Illinois and Macoupin County interest. Many levels of history are covered in the biographical sketches of each individual. An excellent addition to the genealogist's library.
"This well-done booklet shows how the residents of a small town like Carlinville were anything but small in their impact. This belongs on any shelf." --Carol Schaefer Head Librarian, Blackburn College
List: $4.99 (IL residents add .31 tax) plus 1.00 postage
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

Tombstone Revelations, Book I, (cemeteries in Scottville, N. Palmyra, No. Otter, Virden, Girard, Barr, S. Palymyra, So. Otter and Nilwood Townships) Hardbound, - $34; mailed $38.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Tombstone Revelations, Book II (cemeteries in Bird/Western Mound Townships) Spiral Bound - $12, mailed $14.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Tombstone Revelations, Book III (cemeteries in Brushy Mound, Shaws Point and Honey Point Townships) Spiral Bound - $12, mailed $14
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Tombstone Revelations, Book IV (cemeteries in Chesterfield & PolkTownships, and includes Medora City Cemetery ) Spiral Bound - $12, mailed $14
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Tombstone Revelations, Book V (cemeteries in Hilyard and Shipman Townships) Hardbound $12, mailed $14
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Tombstone Revelations, Book VI, (cemeteries in Carlinville Township) Spiral Bound $20, mailed $23.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Oak Hill Cemetery, North Palmyra Township, compiled and researched by Velma A. Sonneborn, hardback, 239 pages plus supplement. This is a researched listing for Oak Hill Cemetery with many genealogical notes for families buried in this cemetery, 1983. supplement 1985.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Censuses

1865 Illinois State Census of Macoupin Co. (CD version); Excel required
$15.00 plus $3.00 p/h
Macoupin County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 95, Staunton, IL 62088-0095

1900 Federal Census of Bunker Hill Township

75 pages and index.
$15.00 + $2.00 P&H
Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census of Cahokia Township
31 pages.
?$5.00 + $2.00 P&H
Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census of Dorchester Township
25 pages.
$5.00 + $2.00 P&H
Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014

1900 Federal Census of Hilyard Township
24 pages.
$5.00 + $2.00 P&H
Lula Vaughn, P.O. Box 203, Bunker Hill, IL 62014


Family Lines



Adcock, compiled by Gloria Frazier, complete index, some family photos, and family information. 628 pages including the index.
I have researched this line of Adcocks in Tennessee, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas. Henry (circa 1775 -before 10 Aug 1824) and Sarah Adcock of Tennessee had seven known children. The seven children, Rebecca, Edward, Mary, Henry, Susan, Joannah and Beverly migrated to Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas. Beverly was a doctor and was killed violently in Mississippi.
Over 2600 blood line relatives are included in the book. Censuses and legal documents have been transcribed and included in the genealogy. Some surnames of the Adcock children's descendants include: Bettis, Bristow, Carter, Covey, Davidson, Drake, England, Floro, Fullington, Hart, Headley, Jacobs, Jenkins, Jennings, Kidd, Lair, Loveless, Mayfield, Platt, Quarton, Richards, Swift, Wingo.
Family members who have contributed or helped in many ways include Eric Adcock, Phyllis Pitchford, LaVerl Quarton Hilyard, posthumously Evelyn Bettis Frey, James and Ora Bourque Wall, Richard Davidson, Marilyn Adcock Williams, Karen Adcock Greeling, Patricia Adcock Espenschied, Charles Gray, Carolynn Jones Bettis, Stark Edward "Ed" Stephenson, Martha Adcock (Mrs Richard), Carolyn Stephenson Frerking, Myrtle Sailors, Myrtle's daughter Marsha Sailors Kringstad, Adella "Dell" Covey, Craig Hartley, Richard Clevenger, Janet Hays, Kena Jacobs, Mike Jacobs, Don Carter, Cynthia Witting.
$40 including shipping and handling. Not many books printed is the reason for the high price of the hard bound book.
Make checks or money orders out to Gloria Frazier and mail to: 3830 S. Hwy A1A #4-129, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Cooper,  The Story of the Coopers, A Pieced Together History, by Christy Jacobson, 2010
~Limited edition paper back, 103 pages, fully annotated with illustrations~
This biography of Henry Cooper, founder of Nilwood, Illinois in 1852, details how Henry, as a young English railroad boss, led a team of Irish workers in building the final stretch of the Chicago and Alton Railroad. As an intimate family history, it shows how the harsh social and economic realities of mid nineteenth century Britain served to forge a bond between Henry and his Irish crew. His brilliant success as a young entrepreneur soon followed. Henry’s interfaith marriage to the Irish widow, Mary Murphy Dea, his close alliance with her family and the mystery of what became of Henry’s father, exiled to Australia in 1834, are revealed for the first time.
~Names and genealogies closely associated with the Coopers of Nilwood are: Murphy, King, Clifford, Street, Cline, Vaughn.
$9.95 plus $3.00 shipping
Order from: christyjacobson22@gmail.com
Broken Dishes Publications, P.O. Box 71232, Point Richmond, CA 94807


DRURY, Descendants of Samuel and Hannah Drury, of Vermont, New York and Kentucky, 1770 to the Present, by Linda Kmiecik, 1991, hardcover, 439 pages including every name index and locations index, photos, census, vital records info, cemetery, and other data.  $20.00 including postage.  Also includes additional pages indicating Samuel as the son of Nicholas and Catharina (Schmidt) Drury of Albany, New York.  Available from Linda Kmieciik, 18310 Blackhawk Drive, Girard, IL  62640-8603.  tonky@royell.org.

Sutton, Descendants of John Wesley Sutton, compiled by Gloria Frazier, Gregath Publishing, 1995.
Macoupin County IL (includes his Sutton father's family and his Sutton grandfather's location of Macon Co TN), hardbound. $25 includes shipping.
Make checks or money orders out to Gloria Frazier and mail to 3830 S. Hwy A1A #4-129, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Memories Of My Past, Lula C. Vaughn, Publish America, 2012
Here's what the author says about the book: I was born before the Great Depression, but did not get the writing bug until 1990. My stories are of my early life, friends and family, some dreams, my options, AND trips with my best friend Harold. I hope you enjoy my stories. Lula Corene Eastman was born in Marion County, Illinois. She and her parents, Leo and Ethel (Hays) Eastman, moved to Bunker Hill, Illinois in 1940. In 1946, she graduated from High School and married William H. Vaughn who passed away in August of 1989. She has two children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Life is good.
We are offering you an opportunity to secure your personal copy of Lula C. Vaughn's exceptional book today. Please click here: http://www.publishamerica.net/product.html to secure your copy of the book*, then click Add to Cart. 24.95

Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills. Tom Crane, 2002. Full book on site http://fethard.com/crane/
"Dear Friends, I am pleased to announce the publication of my book titled, "Green Is The Valley, Blue Are The Hills," on the "Fethard At Home" website. Fethard is a town in Tipperary, Ireland. The URL is http://fethard.com/crane/ Once you reach the "frame" just follow the directions. My book is on Acrobat Reader and is 283 pages long, so please give it time to download. It has been posted there for you to read "free of charge." The book is the "story" of my search for my Irish and Pennsylvania Dutch roots and the emotional impact that each of my discoveries had upon me. While my search is centered around the family names (Crane, Crean, Crehan), ( Shea), (Cuddihy, Cuddy, Cudahy) and (March, Mertz, Marz), I have included sources for genealogical information that are mentioned during the course of the telling of my story that others may find useful. The book also provides insight into the history of the coal-mining industry during the early Industrial Age and especially as it applied to my family within the State of Illinois. In addition to this information, I have enclosed photos and poems that are of my own making that I hope the reader will find of interest. I hope that my book will stand as a testimony to the strength of the human spirit in the face of difficulties. Finally, I sincerely hope that people, wherever they may be, will enjoy reading my book and that they will find something of value for themselves within its pages. The only request that I make in return is that people honor my copyright by giving me credit where credit is due whether through quoting or copying from my text. I wish you all pleasant reading. God Bless, Tom Crane"
"My great-uncle, Michael Crane, is buried in the Miners Plot in Virden Cemetery. Very few people know that there is a Miners Plot in the cemetery as it is unmarked. There are 8 graves assigned to the UMWA and 4 of them are occupied. I know, because I have a map of the plot. Also, during the course of my book I also pay tribute to Mother Jones who is buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. When Michael was killed in 1901, mention was made in the Virden Newspaper. Actually, I visited Virden at least 3 times and even purchased coal mine collectibles from a Mr. Tarr who ran a shop there and I believe has since re-located to Springfield. Mr. Tarr, by the way, was a member of the Mine Rescue Unit. In addition, I ran a notice in the Virden newspaper at least 15 years ago and looked through some of the material in the local library. I would have to dig out my correspondence for their names, but I communicated with a number of people in the Genealogical Society there during the age that I like to call BC; that is, Before Computers. By the way, my book has been on file in the Lincoln Library in the Sangamon Valley Collection since 1986. I made a couple of trips there also and one of the librarians, Mr. Ed Russo, and myself share a friendly association. Fact is, I found Michael's death notice in the obituary file of that same library and that is how I found Michael. Did you read my book? There are quite a few surprises in there. I have been quoted in Henry Z. Jones, Jr. book titled, "More Psychic Roots," and he greatly admires my own book. Hank Jones was a child actor in a lot of Disney films and has written quite a few books on the Palatine immigration. I hope that this gives you a bit of an idea of what my book is about. Best wishes, Tom Crane"
This book may now (2005) be purchased at:
http://www.higginsonbooks.com


Plat Maps and 911



1875 Plat and 1893 Plat (Atlas), Hardbound (All parts of townships in Macoupin County) all contained in one book, $20, mailed $23.
Order from: Macoupin County Historical Society, Box 432, Carlinville, IL 62626

Macoupin County Current Plat Book, Contact by email for cost of plat books and postage information: Mary Lou, Macoupin County Extension Service <Macoupin_Co@mail.aces.uiuc.edu>
If you are in Carlinville and want to stop by the Extension Office and buy one: Macoupin County Extension Service, 210 N Broad, Carlinville, IL 62626

Macoupin 911 Road Directories and Maps are available IN Carlinville to buy. Don't know if they will mail them. Better call to find out if you should want them mailed. ph. 217-854-5459


Miscellaneous


Illinois Place Names is a book full of most all old and current names of towns in IL. The book gives post office established and disbanded dates and many dates for incorporation of villages, cities, etc.
Check site for price and shipping.
The Illinois State Historical Society
210 1/2 S. Sixth Street, Suite 200
Springfield, IL 6270l

Eddie: Lincoln's Forgotten Son by Tom Emery, (28 pp., notes, bibl.) ISBN 0-9661637-7-X
A fresh look at the personal life of Abraham Lincoln is offered in this new study that examines the sixteenth President's often-overlooked second son. This study provides a unique and intimate look at the family life of the Lincolns by using letters of both Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, hard-to-find references, and rare poetry to create a work that breaks new ground in the life of America's most-recognizable President.
"A delightful book that presents a rare glimpse into Lincoln's personal life...a valuable addition to Lincoln lore." --Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette August 15, 2002
All books signed by the author! Just ask for special inscription!
List: $4.99 (IL residents add. 31 tax) plus $1.00 postage
Order from: History In Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626
Email: tomemery11@yahoo.com

DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS ONLY WORLD WAR I ACE PROFILED IN NEW RELEASE
The only World War I ace to hail from downstate Illinois is profiled in a well-documented new release that captures the thrilling story of a man who was born in Girard, raised in Carlinville, and became one of the state's earliest aviation experts.
Howard Knotts: Ace of the Prairie (list: $5.99)is an illustrated look at the life of Knotts (1895-1942), one of America's most decorated World War I fliers, who shot down six planes in combat in the span of a month in 1918.  Excerpts from official records of his military combat, including his logbook, are used in Ace of the Prairie to demonstrate, in detail, his military success.  He was then shot down himself and spent weeks in captivity before his release. For his merits, Knotts was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross from the United States and the Distinguished Flying Cross from the United Kingdom. His bravery in combat is unquestioned, said Tom Emery, a Carlinville author who wrote Ace of the Prairie.  But he never stopped fighting. When Knotts was first captured, he killed the German who detected him with the man's own gun. He then somehow managed to destroy several German Fokker airplanes that were being transported on the same troop train that was taking him to an enemy prison.
If that wasn't enough, he then escaped the prison, only to be re-captured, continued Emery. His grit and determination were incredible, and it only adds to his story. Knotts returned to central Illinois after the war and became a foremost expert in aviation law, influencing both state and national air regulation.  A resident of Springfield for over two decades, he practiced law in the former Lincoln-Herndon law office building.  Among his friends were Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, two of the iconic names of American history. Some people in Springfield wanted to name the city's airports after him, including Capital Airport, said Emery.  He left an indelible imprint on aviation in Illinois, and served on numerous boards and committees relating to air law and regulation both statewide and nationally.
Howard Knotts: Ace of the Prairie was the idea of Lindell Loveless, a leading Illinois hog producer from Gillespie who has a long love of American history.  Emery, who has produced fourteen book and booklet titles, was only too happy to accept the challenge. I enjoy researching people and events that have not been well-covered, said Emery, and Howard Knotts fit that mold perfectly.  Not much had
been written on him, and he had a great impact on air travel.   He is a fascinating character that goes well beyond his exploits in the Great War.
In addition to official reports, Emery employs many of Knotts letters, including one that he wrote while in German captivity, to portray a man that one researcher called 100 percent hero.
Howard Knotts: Ace of the Prairie is available on the Web via PayPal (enter <mailto:tomemery42@yahoo.com> tomemery42@yahoo.com at <http://www.paypal.com/>.  It is also available at Books on the Square in Virden (217-965-5443).  It may also be ordered with a VISA or Mastercard by phone at 217-854-3010 (8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CDT) or by mail through History in Print.  To order by mail, send your name, address, and payment of $5.99 plus $1 postage (IL residents add .37 tax) to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL  62626.

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