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Help me... I am confused...
Posted by: Julie (ID *****0824) Date: January 29, 2007 at 05:15:10
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I am posting this on all the Calhoun forums just to get some insight... So if you have read this before... sorry!

Okay I am totally confused... I thought I had this figured out from my aunt's research (some documented but some is not) but now I am not so sure...

This has always been the family story...

William and Appelonia (Rmabertis) Rhinestager/Rhinesocke/Winesocke/Rinesock were married with five children. At some point (can't find date), William and at least 1 son (possibly 2) were killed during an oxen accident. Appelonia married Michael Hazelwonder (born 1812) shortly after Wm. death... However shortly after they were married, Appelonia died and Michael married Caroline Rhinestager.... Caroline was the daughter of William and Caroline Rhinstager. Caroline and Michael had their only child in 1867, named Michael (my 2nd great grandfather)... They are living together in 1880 census in Calhoun County...

Now what I found out today/tonight....

Appelonia and Michael didn't married until 1869 (date on Illinois Marriage Statewide Index)... Caroline and Michael didn't marry until 1871 (again date on Illinois Marriage Statewide Index)... Now how could my 2nd great grandfather, bring born in 1867, be the son of Michael (born 1812)? Interesting enough on my 2nd GGfather's death cert. it has Michael and Caroline as his parents...

Also I saw where Caroline and michael married on May 17, 1869 but that, as far as I know, isn't documented (no source was listed)... Which I have an issue with that as I found Caroline listed with a Robinson in the 1870 census in Fieldon, Jersey, IL... No last name listed for her but she was listed 2nd (right under Mr. Robinson who was head of house)... I can't read Robinson's first name... now Michael (the son b. 1867) is listed as Michael Hazelwonder with his mother in the 1870 census...

Can you tell I am confused???

Goes to show I guess that unless it is documented, you can not count it as gospel...

So anybody got any ideas on what to do? Should I try to get a birth cert for Michael (born 1867) at the Calhoun Courthouse (records building) to see who is listed as his parents? Do I need to verify in calhoun the marriage dates of all involved? Maybe Michael (1867) was born out of wedlock and when Caroline married Michael (b 1812) he adopted him? However that really wouldn't work because in 1870 he was already listed as a Hazelwonder...


I was also told that Michael (born 1802) came to Calhoun in the mid 1800's... I can not find him in the 1850's or 1860's census anywhere...

Okay I have typed it out... still confused as heck... Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Julie


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