I attended the “Lock in” at the Midwest Genealogy Library last night. This was my first time attending a lock in. I wanted to see what I could find on my 2nd great-grandfather William Saulsbury.
The page out of my grandmother’s bible gave me William’s name and that he was from Effingham Illinois. My grandfather Saulsbury died in 1962 when I was 11 years old. I did have the oral tradition from my great aunt Frances Saulsbury. “William Saulsbury jumped in the river to save a child and he died. He was buried in the Masonic cemetery in Effingham.”
What I haven found a long time ago, William married Martha Green in 1862 in Effingham IL they had one child John Franklin in 1864. Martha dies and William married Emily Craig in 1868. William and Emily have James in 1869, Mary Elizabeth in 1871, Charles William in 1873 (my great-grandfather), Evaline in 1876 and Ida May in 1879.
In the 1880 census Emily Saulsbury is listed as a widow and has her two youngest daughters with her. Emily is a housekeeper for 4 bachelor brothers. Charles my great-grandfather is 8 and living with Neal and Nancy McClain. The Saulsbury children were very young when their father died, so there was no oral traditions that could be passed down. I had found the probate record for William Saulsbury dated 16 Feb 1880 in Shelby County, IL. So little information on this family.
Last night I found the record of William Saulsbury’s death. William Salisberry died 5 Feb 1880 and was 38 yearly old and 15 days. He was a “Sawyer” owned a saw yard, he died in Stewardson, Shelby County, IL of Pneumonia that he had for 5 days.
What a fun night, able to find so much about an ancestor!