Send your Rock Island brick walls to me and I'll post them here.

Ya never know somebody may know something and I'll help too if I can!

If anyone has any information or advice for Anne please contact me!

. I know that my Irish gggrandmother Kate Maher and gggrandfather Michael Downes of Adamstown, Co Wexford, married in Rock Island's Catholic Church in 1855. And that is all I know! Although their only child, a daughter was born in the USA in 1856 we know no more. Within a few years the widower and his daughter returned to Ireland. Is it likely that Rock Island was a staging post for migrants. I would love any clues to help search for Kate's burial or their daughter, Annie's birthplace.

Michael Downes was the youngest of a large family and may have gone overseas to seek his fortune. The family were relatively prosperous and so in spite of the tinning it seems unlikely to be an attempt to escape the famine. In earlier generations some of the family left for Canada. Could he have been using the Great Lakes for travel at the time?



I am searching for information on Lucy Skaggs Condon.  She is listed on the 1860 census, Mercia & Illinois City , Drury, Rock Island , IL ,   as 77 yr old mother in law living with Judith Caroline and Andrew Howard.  She is not with them in 1870 and she probably died during this time period.  I cannot find where she is buried.

Lucy Skaggs married James M Condon in Monroe County , WV Sept 24, 1807 .  In 1860 James M Condon is living in Fleming Co, KY.  I believe this is Lucy's husband (or ex husband) but I have no proof.  I believe she is the mother of Rev. John L Condon, my gr gr grandfather.

Jo Ann Collier


I am looking for info on Titus Gillett, acording to newspaper clip found on Google

from Davenport Iowa Gazette  June 2, 1844, Titus died age 62 year near Rock Island.  I believe he was a minister in a Baptist Church at the time but can find nothing further.  Any help would be appreciated.

Sincerely, Lorraine


Seeking the ancestry and family members of Richard G. Brown-Rebecca Moore, my second great grandparents. Their children: Loammi Byron, b. 1840, Fairport, Muscatine, IA;  Benjamin Franklin, b.1844 Illinois City, IL;  Susan, b. ab.t 1846; and Richard Gibson, b.1848.

After Richard died or moved away (still don't know!), Rebecca married Platt Mott in 1854, Mercer Co., IL. thanks for any and all help.

Beth in NC

Searching for these families:


Looking for information on:

Great-grandfather  ---- James Whitfield Ross (born in Vicksburg , VA , slave escapee and USCT corporal, 1st Kansas Colored

  Great-grandmother --- Margaret Elizabeth Chapman Ross ( slave on Chapman farm in Morgantown , KY , slave escapee, brought to Mound City , Kansas by US Union Army)

  Grandfather --- Thomas Chapman Ross (born in Mound City or Topeka , KS , druggist)

  Grandmother -- Bessie Shepard Ross ???

  Father -- Thomas Chatman Ross (miswritten on his birth certificate, should have been Chapman, born Rock Island , IL , postal superintendent)

  Janice Elizabeth Ross Lorenz, (born Washington , DC , city planner)  

Janice Ross Lorenz 7000 Nightingale Court Lanham , MD 20706

Phone: 202.352.6602, 301.552.2



What I am stuck on his the death of Martin Aloysius Gross.  He is on the 1900 Census, on the 1910 his wife is a widow.  This article that speaks of him as if he were still living and mentions 1908 as when Joe started his business narrowed it down to 1908-1910.  Thanks for your help!!  I would be interested in putting some of my info on the website, photos etc



Seek all data:  William McLay/McLeay/McClay born 1832 Scotland; married in Canada Rose/Rosetta HILLIER, she born 1837 Canada.  On 1900 Edgington tp, Rock Island Co., Ills census.  William deceased by 1910.  Rose living 1910-1920 Rock Island, Ills with daughter Mary STODDARD.  Other daughter Clarinda (McLay) married Emory Berry 1897 Rock Island Co.  Clarinda born Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.      (Thank you!)


Brick Wall:
Phoebe W. C. Brooks (Phoebe Walker Caldwell Brooks) born 1802 in Weare, New Hampshire, lived from 1844 until her death sometime after 1880 (possibly after 1895) in Rock Island or vicinity.  She was associated with the Amos Cutter family most of her time in Rock Island.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.


John Barrell was one of the first white settlers to live in Rock Island. He and a few other men were mining lead when Black Hawk was in the area. John is supposedly related to Col Davenport. The first court was held at the house of John Barrell in Farnhamsburg. John's wife was MAry Eliza. They had a son about 1830, George W. Barrell. John ran a ferry. John died in 1838 and Mary Eliza married James McBride in 1845 in Rock Island. James McBride died in 1848 and on the 1850 census MAry Eliza McBride is living with her 20 year old son George W. Barrell and her 4 year old daughter Mary A. McBride. By 1855 this family has moved to Knox County. Mary Eliza may have been a Bowling but that has not been confirmed. John's son George W. Barrell died in the Civil War.
Any information you can give me on my 3rd g grandfather, John Barrell or his wife and children would be greatly  appreciated.
James A. Roberts


Both my grandparents immigrated from Germany and settled in Geneseo, IL.  They met, married, and moved to Rock Island. The following is from the 1900 census and other ancillary information.

 Louisa H. H. Bartz

Born: 3 April 1868 in Luisenthal, Germany

Immigrated: 1873 (age 5)

In Geneseo, IL (1880 Census) age: 12

Married: 7 January 1892 – Henry County, IL

Moved to 925 19th Avenue, Moline, IL

Died: 13 November 1931 in Moline, IL

 Frederick H. Muench

Born: June 1864 – Germany

Immigrated: 1882

In Geneseo, IL

Married: 7 January 1892 – Henry County, IL

Moved to 925 19th Avenue, Moline, IL

Died: After 1930 in 1930 Census.

 Parents of Wilbert Walter Muench (1892 – 1953) and Edward Frederick Muench (1907-1990)

I was told that Frederick H. Muench may have belonged to the "Frederick Muench Lodge No. 496 D.O.H. organized Jun 1884, entirely German-speaking”on a list of masonic lodges in Rock Island.  I am a mason, but I have idea what D.O.H. stands for.

 Anything you can assist with, I would appreciate. Thank you very much,

 John Muench