Unwittingly, I sent the following message to only Dave this morning. I
didn't mean to exclude the others on the list. By the way, I meant The
War of the Rebellion, not the War Between the States.
There may have been a town named Union in IL, but I haven't heard of
it. I would imagine your gggrandmother was living in Union Co. IL. It
is one of the southernmost counties of IL...on the Mississippi River. I
suspect that all of the counties in the southernmost area of IL (called
Little Egypt by some) contained many Southern refugees. The area is
considered more "southern" than "northern" in many respects. The mammoth
War Between the States (many volumes) contains a number of items
(military correspondence) regarding the large number of refugees in the
St. Louis MO area and what was to be done with (for) them. St. Louis is
the major city toward which much of Southern IL seems to be oriented.
If there are natives to the area on this list, please correct me if I'm
In any event, Dave, I'd try checking Union Co. records. I bet you'll
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