December 22, 2014

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Whitmore – Miller in Macon County, IL History

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Macon County, Illinois History – First Marriage

Formed in 1829, the county of Macon in Illinois was where our ancestor John Parlen Whittmore wed Delilah Miller, their’s being the first marriage in Macon on 20 January 1829.  John who was born in either Connecticut or Massachusetts was the son of Sarah Parlin and Josiah Whittmore most likely of Massachusetts.  Whittmore Twp. is named for John P. Whittmore (see Place Names of IL – Edward Callery; page 375).

John W. Whitmore – Medal of Honor Recipient (USA – Civil War)

John and Delilah Miller Whitmore were the parents of nine children, one of which was John W. Whitmore b. 03 July 1844, m. 05 Nov. 1865 Des Moines County, Iowa.  John was served in the Civil War as a Private, Company F in the 119th IL Infantry and was the recipient of the Medal of Honor for capturing a flag.

*Note – The death date on his headstone is incorrect, as he died February 26, 1913.  The VA who supplied the stone was given the wrong year by the man who arranged the MOH Ceremony for a veteran’s group.  The stone and ceremony were placed and attended respectively in 1997.

In his lifetime, after the war, two of his homes burned and it is entirely possible that the actual medal was consumed in one of the fires.   We do still have documentation of his service, and his cemetery headstone at the Shinar Presbyterian Church at Pleasant Grove, IA gives further proof.

Most recently, one of our Wilkerson cousins was instrumental in getting John Whitmore’s photo and military record on display at the Hall of Valor at Ft. Benning, GA Infantry Museum.  John’s photo in the museum is only one of 27 currently shown.  Illinois should be proud of her native son. It’s highly unusual for a Private to have been awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War.  More often, they went to officers.

After the end of the Civil War, John Whitmore married 05 Nov 1865 Mary Elizabeth DeSpain, daughter of John and Mariah Perkins DeSpain also of Pleasant Grove, Iowa.  They were the parents of six children, five of whom lived to maturity.  A daughter, Mariah M. Whitmore married William Henry Wilkerson.

Tombstone Tuesday: The Wilkersons of Pleasant Grove, Iowa

I wasn’t sure how to really title this blog post because it encompasses so many topics: Illinois history, notable ancestors, **The Face Of Genealogy, and military history.

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Moline Family Home – Seattle 1942 and 1986

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The Moline House on Queen Anne Hill

There’s no date written on this newspaper clipping, so I will have to estimate it was written some time around 1942.  I surmise that by knowing that my grandparents, “Al” and Eppie (Epstein) Moline, left their previous residence in Bordeaux, Washington when the mill there closed in 1941.

War was imminent, but it may have been a boom time for my grandfather who was a lumber salesman her in the Pacific Northwest.  Lumber was still in high demand for the war machine that was being called into action as World War II began.  PT boats especially, were large consumers of engineered wood. Grandpa had his own lumber company whose name, appropriately enough, was E. B. Moline Lumber Company.

The Marriage Spot

My mom was just eighteen in 1941.  She lived in this house with her parents all during the war years.  On February 5, 1944 my parents were married in this room, in front of this fireplace.

 

You Can Go Home Again

In about 1985 my mother and I made a pilgrimage to this house so she could show me where they had lived.  Miracles of miracles, when we reached the house they owners were having some remodeling done in the upstairs bath (a jacuzzi tub was being hoisted through the bathroom window when we arrived!) and since the house was pretty ‘wide open’ to the workmen anyway, we were allowed to tour a few of the rooms.

Mom was thrilled to be able to show me her room upstairs and tell me what it was like to live there.  I think it especially pleased her to show me the living room and fireplace where she and Dad were wed.  I was totally taken by the sunroom just off the living room, but she let me in on a little backstory: her step mother didn’t like that room much because it would get so hot at certain times of the year.

I can just imagine my grandparents hosting parties and playing bridge in this house.  Eppie was an RN and had worked at Swedish hospital before she married Grandpa.  She had also worked as a private nurse at one time for Mrs. Silverstone whose husband Emmanuel (Manny) was the district manager for the Crescent Spice Company.

1951 Hawaiian Passenger List – Elvin and Lillian Moline

A Seattle Adventure With Mom

 

2010: Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson Wed 40 Years

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I was just 20 by a week, and Jim was 21.  We were married by Judge Thorpe at the court house in Olympia, Washington at about 7:30 PM.

Jim’s parents and a friend had driven all the way from Iowa to attend the wedding (parents do that sort of thing) of their only son.  We didn’t know they were coming, and it was quite a surprise when they drove in the driveway of my parent’s house in Tumwater a couple days before the wedding.

Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson

09 September 1970

Those attending the wedding were: Gale and Joan Yates (my parents); Dave, Kathy and Eric Yates; Lenny and Judy Wallace; Will and Josie Yates; Ron Rutherford; Rose Atchinson; Loren and Toots Wilkerson.


Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson

40th Anniversary 2010

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