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I have quite a bit of info on the Imes family from Madison County, Iowa that I obtained from a Madison County genealogist several years ago when the book, Bridges of Madison County was popular. One of the Madison County bridges is "The Imes Bridge" named after the Jesse Imes family who settled there in the mid 1800s. At the time, I was trying to tie this lineage to my husband's family who all settled in Georgia and descended from John Frederick Iiams/Ijames/Iams/Imes. My ancestry project was put on hold until just recently and I am back into it again. I have made a great deal of progress since I started last September, but until I uncover the mystery as to John Frederick Imes' parents, I'm at a standstill. I've read some of the posts here and it appears that many others are seeking the same information! There are not many of our old family members left but the wife of one of my husband's deceased uncles says that our line is tied with the Hill name. Going back, I see that a Thomas Iiams married Elizabeth Hill and they had 3 sons born around the same time that John could have been conceived from the marriages of one of the sons. Also, because of the proximity of Frederick, MD am thinking that's how John's middle name came about. Let me know if you need any more info on the Madison County Imes. I haven't had a chance to check World Connect to see if that info is online. Regards, Carole Imes (wife of Walter Greer Imes Jr.--son of Walter Greer Imes Sr--son of James C. Imes--son of James H. Imes, son of John Imes Jr.--son of John Frederick Imes)