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Dilley/Dille in Illinois 1850/1860 era
Posted by: Elaine Kaufman (ID *****8148) Date: April 12, 2007 at 11:57:38
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Hi, Everybody,

I would like to have some ideas or direction for locating a Dille family in the 1850/1860 era in the Will, Kankakee, Ford or Iroquois Counties in Illinois.

Proven facts: Rebecca Ludington was born in New York ca. 1825, parents were Lafayette and Mary Ann (Purdy) Ludington. She married ? Dille and was divorced or a widow by December 1861 when she married Jacob P. Pitcher in Kankakee County, Illinois. A male child was born March, 1862. He was named Jacob H. Pitcher and that surname continues to this day. A female child was born December 1850 and was named Mary Salina Dille. No proof has been found to document her as the daughter of Rebecca (Ludington) and ? Dille. Mary Salina Dille married William Dittus December 25, 1871 in Will County, Illinois. William Dittus was listed as a teacher on the 1870 census for Kankakee County, Illinois. On the 1880 census, Mary Dittus states that her father was born in Ohio.

A descendant of Jacob H. Pitcher's DNA was tested and it appears that he is a Dille, not a Pitcher, by his Y-DNA ancestry.

Family legend: Mary Salina Dille was daughter of Rebecca (Ludington) and John Dille. She is said to have been a teacher. It was said that she was born in Illinois, died in Illinois and was never out of the state.

Of course, she would not have been on the 1850 census but I cannot find her on the 1860 or 1870, either.

I am at a loss as to how to document Mary Salina Dille and her father. I have tried the census using every twist I can think of and searched everything available to me on the Internet. I welcome all ideas and suggestions.

Elaine Kaufman

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