William Herzkey Tombow
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Mary Ann Tombow

Female Abt 1841 - 1908  (~ 67 years)

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  • Name Mary Ann Tombow 
    Born Abt 1841  E. Lampeter Twp., Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Apr 1908  Rock Falls, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Section 9 Lot 24, grave 1, IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I04322  Tombeau Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 Feb 2007 

    Father William Herzkey Tombow,   b. 6 Jul 1813, Lampeter, Lancaster Co. PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1865, Sterling, Whiteside Co. IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Rohrer,   b. 13 Jul 1818, Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1853, E. Lampeter, Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married Abt 1838  Lancaster Co, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James A. Morrison, Jr.,   b. 16 May 1839, Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1923, Old Soldiers' and Sailors' Home, Quincy, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1865  Sterling, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    +1. William E. Morrison,   b. 15 Aug 1866, Sterling, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1911, Broken Bow, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     2. Walter S. Morrison,   b. 1867,   d. 1896  (Age 29 years)
    +3. Alfred G. Morrison,   b. 12 Nov 1876, Rock falls, IL Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Lillian May Morrison,   b. 5 Jan 1879, Rock Falls, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1943, Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Family ID F1618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Quit-Claim Deed from Emanuel Groff Elizabeth Tombow Groff and James Morrison, Jr. and Mary Tombow Morrison
    Quit-Claim Deed from Emanuel Groff Elizabeth Tombow Groff and James Morrison, Jr. and Mary Tombow Morrison

    Headstone for the Morrison Family Plot
    Headstone for the Morrison Family Plot
    Section 9 Lot 24
    Headstone of Mary Ann Tombow Morrison
    Headstone of Mary Ann Tombow Morrison

    Morrison Family History compiled by Patrick Tombeau
    Morrison Family History compiled by Patrick Tombeau
    A summary presented in a letter on April 27, 1990 to Mrs. Arthur Pattat

  • Notes 

    • The Descendants of Mary Ann Tombow and James A. Morrison

      II-2: Mary Ann Tombow was the second of the nine children of William Tombow, Jr., and Elizabeth Rohrer of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She was the granddaughter of the founding couple, William Tombos, an immigtant from the Netherlands, and Mary Ann Herzkey who was born in the U.S. of German parentage. Mary Ann Tombow was probably named for her paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Herzkey Tombos.

      Mary Ann Tombow was born about 1842 according to the 1850 Federal Census of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where we first catch sight of her. She is recorded in her paternal grandfather's entry in E. Lampeter Township, dwelling #116, p. 202, under the name of "Dombo", a Germanic corruption of the family name, Tombo. The entry was taken on 28 August 1850:

      Dombo, William, 61 years, farmer, real estate valued at $2,500.
      Dombo, Elizabeth, 54 years, born in Pennsylvania
      Dombo, Samuel, l4 (?) years, born in Pennsylvania, attends school
      Dombo, Mary, 8 years, born in Pennsylvania, attends school
      Wilson, Robert, 32 years, laborer, born in Pennsylvania
      Wilson, Catherine, 25 years, born in Pennsylvania.

      In this entry, Mary is living with the Family Patriarch, his second wife, Elizabeth Foos, whom he married after his first wife, Mary Ann Herzkey died in l848; her older brother, Samuel, who is actually 10 years old, and her uncle and aunt, Robert and Catherine Tombow Wilson.

      We note that she is still in school. The custom of the time was to go to school until the age of 10.

      Mary's mother, Elizabeth Rohrer, died in the Spring of 1853, when Mary was l0-11 years old. Her father, William, Jr., remarried to a woman named Fanny almost immediately, put up his property for sale and left for Whiteside County, Illinois.

      Despite her age, Mary was left behind in Pennsylvania with friends or relatives of her father's.

      Mary is still in Pennsylvania in 1860, according to the Federal Census of Lancaster County of that year. She is listed as age 18, living with the Jacob L. and Ann Landis Family, as a servant (p.363, dwelling #370). Found in 1860 Federal Census for E. Lampeter, Lacaster Co., PA, p363. dwelling 363, with Jacob Landis Family. Jacob Landis was a forwarding merchant, age 36 with real property valued at $20,000 and personal at $500. His wife Anna was 35 and he had two sons, B.F. and P.E. Landis, ages 14 and 12, respectively. Another woman, Naomi Weal, age 25, lived with them.

      Subsequently, between 1860 and 1865, Mary Ann joined her younger brothers and sisters, father and step-mother, Fanny, in Whiteside County, Illinois, where she married James A, Morrison in 1865.

      The evidence that Mary Ann Tombow is the daughter of William Tombow, Jr. and Elizabeth Rohrer is found in three separate records: in the 1852-55 Lancaster County Register of Births, Deaths, and Marriages on the occasion of her younger brother William's birth in 1852. Secondly, she is mentioned as an heir to her father's estate in the 1865 proceedings in the Whiteside County (IL) Circuit Court to settle his estate (Letters of Administration). The third mention occurs in papers filed by David F. Kauffman in Whiteside County Circuit Court on 2 March 1904 against the heirs of William Tombow, Jr., to obtain clear title to William's property, who had died 39 years before without a will (General No. 1727, Whiteside County Circuit Court). The details of this case may be found in the Family History in the section narrating the events in the life of William Tombow, Jr.

      Mary signed a quit claim to her father's property mentioned above, along with her husband, James Morrison, on 13 February 1901, to Benjamin Bott. Her husband acted with the power of attorney for her and her sister Elizabeth Tombow Groff. (Whiteside County (IL) Deeds, Book 161, p. 56)

      The next phase of Mary Ann Tombow's life is learned from the Civil War pension papers of her husband, James A. Morrison. These papers are quite extensive, amounting to about 80-90 pages. But as many of them are repetitious, only a few have been copied for this history.

      Mary Ann Tombow married James A. Morrison on 18 September 1865 in Sterling, Illinois, three and a half months after his discharge in Annapolis, Maryland, on 29 May 1865. As James was born in Lancaster County and enlisted there, such a speedy marriage suggests that he had courted her in Lancaster County while he was a soldier.

      According to his pension papers, James A. Morrison was born 16 May 1839, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. At the age of 22, he enlisted on 5 June 1861, a few weeks after the outbreak of the Civil War when shots were filed on Ft. Sumter. He signed up for Company D of the 34th Regiment of the Voluntary Infantry and went to "boot camp" at Harrisburg, PA.

      He was discharged at the end of his service from this unit on 22 December 1863 and re-enlisted the next day in Co. D of the 191st Volunteer Regiment where he remained until his discharge after War's end in 1865.

      During the Civil War, Morrison was captured twice and sustained minor injuries detailed in anatomical drawings found in his pension papers. He was listed as a "machinist" during the war. In civilian life, he was a house painter and paper-hanger, as his pension papers indicate and entries in the Sterling-Rock Falls city directories indicate. City Directories indicate.

      In the early days of their marriage, James and Mary Tombow Morrison lived with his parents, James, Sr., and Elizabeth, in Rock Falls, IL (1870 Census, entry 3/3) and Coloma, IL, (entry 27/27, 1880 Census).

      The 1880 entry indicates that the elder James Morrison was 80 years old making the year of his birth about 1800. His entry indicates that he was born in Pennsylvania. His wife's entry indicates that she was 74 years old, making her birth year 1806, and that she too was born in PA. The 1870 Census indicates that their estate was worth $7100 and that he was a machinist in a factory (probably the wire factory in Rock Falls).

      Three of James, Jr., and Mary's children are also mentioned in the 1880 entry: William, age 13, A.G., age 3, and Libbie (Lillian?), age 1. Their second child, Walter S. Morrison, who would have been 12 to 13 years old at this time, since he is not listed, must have been "farmed out" to another family, as was often the custom.

      Shortly after this, James and Mary must have moved to their own home as the Sterling-Rock Falls City Directory for 1881-85 indicates that James Morrison, painter, lives on the SW corner of the intersection of South and Payson Streets in Rock Falls (IL). His father, James, Sr., is noted as boarding with him, suggesting that the elder's wife, Ellis, had died within the last year. No other entries for Morrison families are found in these directories between l881-1885.

      The 1890 City Directory shows an entry in Rock Falls for James A. Morrison, painter, who resides on Main on the SW corner of its intersection with Gray. As his father is not mentioned, it may be presumed that he died between 1885-1890 at a ripe old age.

      The 1895-96 City Directories show three entries for the Morrison Family in Rock Falls. James A. Morrison, painter, is living on the west side of Gray one hose south of Main.

      His son, Alfred Morrison, is listed as a hostler, residing on Main near Gray. His son, William E. Morrison, is listed as a clerk, living in a house on the NW corner of Galt and North.

      The 1898 City Directory for Rock Falls has two entries for the Morrison Family, James Morrison, paper hanger, lives on the NE corner of North and Hayes. His son, William, is listed as a grocer, living on the NW corner of Galt and North.

      The 1901 City Directory for Rock Falls has two entries for the Morrison Family. J. A. Morrison, painter, is living at 612 W. 5th St. with his wife Mary and son, Alfred G., who is listed as a machinist.

      In this same year, William E. Morrison is listed as living at 408 Galt Ave. with his wife, Adda and his children, Carol and Cecil.

      The 1900 Federal Census for Whiteside County, IL, notes James Morrison as in the 1st Ward of Rock Falls in entry 127/132. He is listed as a house painter, living with his wife Mary and son Alfred G, age 23, who is a machinist.

      The 1908 Rock Falls City Directory lists James and his wife Mary as living at 304 8th Avenue.

      The pension papers describe Morrison as as 5'7" tall at the time of enlistment with grey eyes and a dark complexion. No picture of James or Mary are known at this writing to have survived.

      Mary Ann Tombow Morrison died 19 April 1908 and is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls in the Morrison Family Plot with a stone to mark her grave. Her stone gives her dates as 1841-1908. She was 67-68 years old at the time of her death. (Date of death obtained from her husband's Civil War Pension Papers.)

      An obituary is said to exist, but has yet to be found. An abstract of this obituary was taken by a Rock Falls, IL, genealogist. The notes of this researcher are currently in the possession of Sarah Boze, 605 E. Fifth St., Rock Falls, IL. The Sterling (IL) Gazette was searched by the Librarian in Sterling, but no notice found.

      After her death, James began living off and on in the Old Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Quincy, Illinois, where he died at the age of 84 on 19 December 1923 of chronic heart problems. He was buried the next day in the Home's Cemetery at 1 o'clock in the afternoon in Division 2, row 7. He has a stone to mark his grave.

      The pension papers indicate that Mary Ann Tombow and James A. Morrison had four children: William E. Morrison, Walter S. Morrison, Alfred G. Morrison, and Lillian May Morrison.

      II-2-1: William E. Morrison was born 15 August 1866 in Sterling, IL, according to his father's pension papers and an obituary in a Broken Bow, Nebraska, newspaper. He met his future wife, Addie Wallace in the late eighties in Custer County where she taught in the country schools near Anselmo, Nebraska, according to the same obituary.

      Addie Wallace was born 5 January 1870 in McConnelsville, Ohio, the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. George Wallace, according to her 19 March 1953 obituary in the Sterling Daily Gazette. (Her father was a river boat captain, according to a newspaper article copied for this history.)

      William E. Morrison and Addie Wallace were married 6 November 1890 in Rock Falls, IL, according to the same obituary.

      William E Morrison and his Family are listed in the 1900 Federal Census for Whiteside County, IL, in Ward 1 of Rock Falls (Entry 130/135), He is listed as a meat grocer. He is living with this wife and two children, Cecil and Carol.

      The city directories indicate that the family lived for several years at 408 Galt Ave, Rock Falls, and that his grocery store, Hubbard and Morrison, was located at 205 W. Second St. in the same city.

      William was a member of the Methodist Church, an ardent member of the International Order Odd Fellows, and a prominent business man in Rock Falls, IL, in the grocery business. In failing health, he left Rock Falls for Denver, Colorado, where he caught mountain fever, and was forced to move to a lower altitude in Broken Bow, Nebraska. There he ran the Sanitary Meat Market for two years until his sudden death of a heart attack at the age of 44 on 20 July 1911 (Broken Bow, NB, obituary). He was buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rock Falls, Il.

      Prior to his business in Broken Bow, in addition to his grocery business in Rock Falls, he also attempted a grocery business in Chicago, but was burnt out and returned to Rock Falls, according to a newspaper account copied for this history.

      Adda Pearl Wallace Morrison died 18 March 1953, at the age of 83. She also is buried in the Morrison Family burial plot (Section 9, lot 24) in the I.O.O.F.Cemetery in Rock Falls.

      William E. Morrison and Addie Wallace had four known children: Bertha Morrison, Cecil Lyle Morrison, Carol Morrison, and an infant.

      !!-2-1-l: Bertha Morrison, born most likely in Rock Falls, IL, on 7 Apr. 1893, died in a diphtheria outbreak 30 April 1896 in Rock Falls. She is buried in the Morrison Family Plot in the Rock Falls I.O.O.F Cemetery. Her obituary along with several other children who died at the time has a typographical error, placing her death in 1886 rather than 1896. Her grave is marked with a stone (Section 9, Lot 24, grave 6). A copy of her obituary is found in the Lydia Tombow Fluck Bible owned by Ralph ("Pete") Fluck of Rock Falls, IL.

      II-2-1-2: Cecil Lyle Morrison, born Rock Falls, IL, 7 October 1894. He worked as a dairy man, living in Rock Falls, Sterling, and in his last years, Polo, IL. (Obituary in Sterling (IL) Gazette).

      He married at least twice. Of the first marriage one son is known to his half-sister, Cecel (Mrs. John Bradshaw) of O'Fallon, IL.

      II-2-1-2-1: George Morrison, P.O. box 61, Princeton, IL.

      Cecil Lyle Morrison married a second time on 29 December 1941 in Keokuk, Iowa, to Mary Frances Oyler, born 14 March 1920 in Sterling, IL. Mary Frances died 15 August 1951 and is buried in Polo, IL.

      Cecil Lyle Morrison died 5 November 1972 in Polo, IL, and is buried in the Morrison Family plot in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Rock Falls, IL (Section 9, Lot 24). (The above information was supplied by Mrs. John Bradshaw (Cecel Morrison) of O'Fallon, IL)

      Mrs. Bradshaw states that Cecil L. Morrison and Mary Frances Oyler had four children: William Morrison, Cecel Morrison, Peggy Morrison, and Lyle Morrison.

      II-2-1-2-2: William Morrison, born 31 July 1942 , Dixon, IL; joined the marines in 1959 and changed his name from Frank William to William Morrison at that time. At the time of his birth, the family home was located at 501 S. Franklin St., Polo, IL. (Birth Certificate)

      William's serial number in the Marines is believed to be 1907891. His current whereabouts is unknown.

      William Morrison married Carol. Divorced in Mulberry Grove, IL. William Morrison and Carol had one child, Patrick Carl Morrison.

      II-2-1-2-2-1: Patrick Carl Morrison, born 4 August 1973. Resides with mother, Mrs Dennis (Carol) Crippes, on S. Main St., Benton, IL, 62812 (1-618-439-2829).

      II-2-1-2-3: Cecel Morrison (female), born 16 September 1944 , Dixon, IL. Married 26 September 1960, Oregon, IL, to John Bradshaw, born 14 April 1944, Dixon, IL, son of John Berry Bradshaw and Betty Miles. John Bradshaw is a tool and die maker. John and Cecel Morrison Bradshaw reside at 1010 Caroline, PO Box 533, O'Fallon, IL. John and Cecel had two children: John Berry Bradshaw and Jay Brian Bradshaw.

      II-2-1-2-3-1 John Berry Bradshaw, born and died 16 April 196l in Oregon, IL.

      II-2-1-2-3-2: Jay Brian Bradshaw: born 1 September 1966 in Rockford, IL. Resides at home with parents in O'Fallon, IL.

      II-2-1-2-4: Peggy Morrison, born 23 January 1946, Dixon, IL; married Arthur Pattat 8 October 1964 in Freeport, IL. Resides 614 W. American, Freeport, IL. Arthur Pattat was born 4 October 1946 in Rockford, IL, the son of Clarence and Voona Pattat. Peggy is a customer service representative. Arthur is a programmer.

      Peggy Morrison and Arthur Pattat have three children: Bradley Willam Pattat, Brenda Lee Pattat, and Brian Michael Pattat.

      II-2-1-2-4-1: Bradley William Pattat, born 2 December 1964, Freeport, IL Enlisted with the U.S Marines.

      II-2-1-2-4-2: Brenda Lee Pattat, born 9 January l966, in Freeport, IL. Resides with parents in Freeport.

      II-2-1-2-4-3: Brian Michael Pattat, born 31 August 1969, in Freeport, IL Resides with parents in Freeport.

      II-2-1-2-5: Lyle Morrison, born 14 March 1948, Dixon, IL. Married twice: first to Donna Louise Sabin, probably in Freeport, IL. Of this marriage there were three children: Brett Alan Morrison, Billie Jeanette Morrison and Bobbie Joe Morrison (female).

      II-2-1-2-5-1: Brett Alan Morrison, born September, l968, Freeport, IL, paternity uncertain.

      II-2-1-2-5-2: Billie Jeanette Morrison, born 26 August 1970, Freeport, IL.

      II-2-1-2-5-3: Bobbie Joe Morrison, born 25 April 1972 in Freeport, IL.

      Lyle Morrison married a second time to Marian Mildred Wierz. Of this marriage, there was one child: Jennifer Renee Morrison.

      II-2-1-2-5-4: Jennifer Renee Morrison, born 5 December 1975, Rockford IL

      The above information on the descendants of Cecil L. Morrison was supplied by Mrs John Bradshaw, his daughter (Cecel Morrison).

      II-2-1-3: Carol Morrison, born 7 May 1897, probably in Rock Falls, IL. She died, age 49 years, on 24 June 1946. She is buried in the Morrison Family Plot in the Rock Falls I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Section 9, Lot 24. She was the third child of William E. Morrison and Addie Wallace and the granddaughter of Mary Ann Tombow and James A. Morrison.

      At the time of her death she lived at 1006 West Fourth St, Sterling, IL. She was emloyed as a bookkeeper at the Sterling-Rock Falls Cooperative Association. She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

      The above information was secured from her obituaries which appeared on 26 June 1946 in the Sterling Gazette.

      Carol Morrison married Frank Elliot Bowman, the son of Attorney and Mrs. Frank J. Bowman of Sterling, IL in the Congregationalist parsonage. date unknown. At the time of their marriage, they resided at 207 Eighth Ave., Sterling, IL. (Wedding Announcement)

      A 1908 city directory for Sterling indicates that Frank E, Bowman lives at 207 8th Avenue and is in the insurance and loans business.

      A home for Attorney Frank J. Bowman is listed in the 1901 city directory as 709 E. 3rd St, Sterling. His office was located in the First National Bank, 13-15 E. 3rd St, Sterling.

      Frank E. and Carol Morrison Bowman had one son: Edmund Bowman.

      II-2-1-3-1: Edmund Bowman died unmarried. Mrs. Bradshaw states that he shot himself in Chicago and that he owned the Rock Falls home in which his grandmother, Adda Wallace Morrison, lived at the time of his death. This home is said to have been sold at that point to settle his estate.

      II-2-1-4: Infant (l900-l900), the fourth child of William E. Morrison and Adda Wallace died as an infant. No name has been found for this infant. Its existence is known only through a stone marking in the Morrison Family Plot, Section 9, lot 24, in the Rock Falls, IL, I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

      II-2-2: Walter S. Morrison is the second child of Mary Ann Tombow and James A. Morrison. He was born in 1867 and died at the age of 29 in 1896. Nothing further is known of him or possible descendants at this writing. (James A. Morrison Civil War Pension Papers)

      II-2-3: Alfred G. Morrison, the third child of Mary Ann Tombow and James A. Morrison, was born 12 November 1876, probably in Rock Falls, IL., according to the Civil War Pension Papers of his father.

      In 19ll, at the time of his older brother William E. Morrison's death he was living in DeKalb, IL.

      From 1922 to 1946, when he deeded his property to another, Alfred G. Morrison and his family lived at 1803 W.Third Street in Waterloo, Iowa, according to the street directories of that city. He is listed as an agent with the American Railway Express Agency until he retired in the early 1940's. His wife is listed as as Kathryn L. until 1942 when she no longer appears in the directory, presumably having died in 1940-41. She is listed as a money clerk for the American Railway Express Agency from 1922 to 1928. Therafter she appears to remain at home.

      The city directories lists two daughters in addition to his wife, Katherine and Winifred.

      II-2-3-l: Katherine E. Morrison. In the 1925 State Census she is mentioned as being a daughter and age 18. This would put her birth in about 1907. Throughout the listings, she remains in her parent's home, unmarried,until the listing disappears after 1946.

      II-2-3-2: Winifred C. Morrison, listed as a daughter in this home, age 17, in the 1925 State Census, making her birth year, 1908. In 1930-31 she marries Kenneth R. Morrison, a credit manager at Davidson's. She is listed as a bookkeeper at Pioneer National Bank and then as a cashier at Davidson's.

      In 1931 the couple live with her parents. In 1933 they are noted as living at 529 Kinsley Av, then a few years later at 1306 Williston Av. The 1937 entry indicates that they are lving in Grundy Center, Iowa, and in 1939, Kenneth is noted as working for Davidson in Waterloo, Iowa. Thereafter there are no further entries on this couple.

      No children are noted in the couple's entry during the years 1931-39.

      A review of the 1925 Iowa State Census reveals the following: Alfred G. Morrison served in the Illinois Infantry. He was noted to have no church affiliation, but his wife and daughters were noted to be Catholic. His wife is listed as being 43 years old and born in Illinois, making her birth year about 1882. Her parents are listed as P. A. King and Katherine Coleman, both born in Ireland and married in Rhode Island.

      Both the daughters, Katherine and Winifred were born in Illinois in this Census.

      The value of the Morrison home in Waterloo is listed as $4,000. His education went to the eighth grade. His wife completed high school. The daughter Katherine appears only to have completed eighth grade, while Winifred was in 12th grade. All four can read and write.

      The following searches have been done without positive results: no Will was probated in Blackhawk County for A. G. Morrison. No social security number appears to be have issue to Alfred to help locate where he relocated after selling his house in 1946. No marriages or burials have been found in Catholic Cemeteries in or near Waterloo. No Catholic school records have been found. Perhaps the daughters attended public school despite their Catholic heritage. There is no record of a death in Blackhawk County from 1941 to 1952 for Alfred or his wife, Kathryn L. No marriage records have been found for Winifred or Katherine in the County Records from 1920-1940.

      Research on this family in Waterloo, Iowa, was done by Beverly Ogden Ross, 3917 Highland Drive, Waterloo, IA, 50701.

      Research in Grundy Center, Grundy County, IA, Alfred's military records and the pension records of the American Railway Agency may find the further whereabouts of this family. Davidson's pension and employment records may also locate the Kenneth and Winifred Morrison Family.

      Mrs. Mabel (Winter) Schmidt, a great-niece of James A. Morrison, wrote in a letter, dated 24 July 1989: "In 1924 Winifred (Morrison) and I were juniors in West High in Waterloo (IA). Catherine (Morrison) was mildly retarded and wasn't going to school.

      A yearbook picture and entry for 1925 and class reunion addresses may provide further clues in the search.

      II-2-4: Lillian May Morrison was the fourth child of Mary Ann Tombeau and James A. Morrison. She was born 5 January 1879, probably in Rock Falls, IL, according to her father's Civil War Pension Papers.

      She married twice. Her first husband was William Brooks, from whom she divorced because of his abusive behaviors as the result of chronic alcoholism. The divorce papers filed in Whiteside County, IL, Court House, in Morrison, dated July, 1910 (General File No. 2297), indicate they were married 24 November 1897 and that at the time of filing she was living in Rock Falls. The divorce was finalized on 11 November 19ll.

      Of this marriage there were six children, according to the Complaint of Divorce, the oldest being 12 and the youngest being 2 years old. Only two of them are mentioned by name: Howard, age 10, and Bernice, age 2, whom Lillian wishes to keep custody of. The other four children are stated to be adopted out to charitable homes and institutions. The names of these children, except for perhaps one, have been obtained from the 1900 Census and City Directories of the time.

      The 1900 Federal Census for Whiteside County, IL, entry 80/83 for Rock Falls, Ward 1, lists William Brooks, age 29, as a machinist. He was born in Illinois. His wife Lillian is listed as age 21, and three children are noted in this entry: Harold, age 2, Howard, age 3 months, born in February, and Clifford, age 10. This latter child's age makes him two old to be the son of Lillian and so he must be a child of a previous marriage of William Brooks.

      The 1901 City Directory for Rock Falls lists William Brooks as a foreman with the Dillon Griswold Wire Co and living at 224 Sixth Ave, with his wife Lillian and children Clifford, Harold and Howard.

      The 1904 City Directory for Rock Falls lists William Brooks as a machinist living at 109 Grace Ave. with his wife Lillian and his children Clifford and Harold.

      The 1906 city directory lists William Brooks as working for the Dillon Griswold Wire Company and living with his wife, Mrs Lily, and his children, Clifford, Howard, a student, Harold, a student, Paul and Melvin.

      In the 1908-9 Rock Falls directory, Mrs. Lillian Brooks is shown living without husband or children at 304 8th Ave.

      Neither the 1910 city directory nor the 1910 Federal Census for Whiteside County has an entry for Brooks or Reinhart. As members of the Reinhart Family into whci Lillian subsequently married still live in neighboring Lee County, IL, it is possible that Lillian moved to that county at about this time.

      Two of the Brooks children are said to have died in World War I of the flu. No record has been found of their enlistment in Whiteside County. It may be that they enlisted in Lee County. A Howard Brooks did enlist from Whiteside, but it appears he belongs to another family.

      Melvin Brooks is said by his half-brother Hubert to have worked at the Colonial Bakery in Grand Rapids, MI. Some of the Brooks children may have settled in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

      Hubert Reinhart, the son of Lillian Morrison by her second marriage confirms the existence of Paul and Melvin. He states another child may be Irene. A Paul Brooks marriage is noted in the Whiteside County records on 25 March 1932 to Mary Lambert, but it is not known if this is the same Paul Brooks as William and Lillian's son.

      Some of the children may have been placed in the Peek Home Orphanage in Lee County. Howard was noted in the 1910 Census as adopted out to the Fred P. and Margaret Lahr family, farmers in Montmorency Township (1910 Federal Census, Whiteside County IL, entry 200/200).

      Lillian May Morrison married a second time to Benjamin Reinhart after 19ll. Of this marriage there were three children: Benjamin Reinhart, whose son, Tom, lives in Glendale, Utah, 84729, PO Box 173. His phone is 1-801-648-2225.

      Benjamin and Lillian Morrison Reinhart's second child is Hubert Reinhart. He was living in l990 at 305 N.E. Burnside #15, Bend, Oregon. In a telephone conversation he states that he has three children: (l) Jerry Reinhart (a son); no children; (2) Ronald Reinhart, who has two children: (a) Tracey Reinhart (no children) and (b) Scott Reinhart (no children); and (3) Benjamin L. Reinhart who has two children (a) Rick Reinhart (no children) and (b) Mark Reinhart (no children).

      Hubert Reinhart's telephone is 1-503-389-8448.

      A third child of Lillian Mae Morrison and Benjamin Reinhart is Maxine Reinhart. She married George Hancock and lived in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

      Benjamin Reinhart and Lillian Morrison are buried in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, IL. She died in the 1940's. Benjamin in the 1960's.

      This information on Lillian and Benjamin Reinhart was supplied by Paul C.Reinhart, 1309 14th St, Sterling, IL, who is their nephew, and Hubert Reinhart, their only surviving child.

      Nothing further is known at this writing of this branch of the family.

      Compiled and written by

      Patrick L. Tombeau 13 April 1993