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Joseph Raichart

Joseph Raichart
b. 19 December 1832, to George and Anna Maria Raichart
d. 21 May 1906, Nebraska

m/1. 1 July 1847, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Elizabeth Beck
b. 8 March 1828
d. 10 May 1855, Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana

m/2. 26 March 1863, Whitley County, Indiana
Margaret A. Koontz
b. 16 May 1839, to Baltzer and Suzannah Koontz
d. 21 March 1906, Nebraska

Children with Elizabeth Beck:

  • Daniel Stewart
  • Emaline married [–?–] Herndon
  • Diantha married [–?–] Burham
  • Irena married [–?–] Goodman
  • Peter
  • Lydia

Joseph came to Indiana about 1855 from Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He lived in Clear Creek Township, Huntington County, and Washington Township, Whitley County, Indiana. He left Indiana about 1878.

Submitted by:
Ruth A. Summers
Fort Wayne IN

Frances “Fanny” James

Frances “Fanny” James
b. 20 July 1833, Rush County, Indiana, to Elisha and Frances (Herndon) James, Sr.
d. 31 March 1925, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois

m. 17 October 1850, Sangamon County, Illinois
Morris Turley Robertson
b. February 1829, near Cantrall, Sangamon County, Illinois
d. September 1905, Sangamon County, Illinois

Children with Morris Turley Robertson:

  • Francis (1852–1896)
  • Oscar (1856–1935)
  • Ida (1859–1937)
  • Fannie (1862–1953)
  • Morris Turley, Jr. (1864–1954)
  • Millison (b. 1867)
  • Maude (1871–1929)
  • Elizabeth (1874–1941)

Frances left Rush County, Indiana, with her mother after her father’s death in October 1841 and before the 1850 census. In Springfield, Illinois, Fanny would make deliveries for her mother, who was a seamstress. She also attended a private school directed by Professor Beaumont Park.

Just before her death at age 91, Fanny was still an energetic and active, petite little woman. Five years prior to her death, she visited her two sons in Mississippi, making the trip alone, handling her own luggage, and making the necessary arrangements and changes.

Fanny, who was a first cousin of William Henry Herndon, a law partner of Abraham Lincoln, witnessed the first burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, where Lincoln, William Henry Herndon, and Frances Herndon James, Fanny’s mother, are all buried.

Submitted by:
Sharon Hohimer
Chatham IL

Frances Herndon

Frances Herndon
b. 1791–92, Culpepper or Madison County, Virginia, to William and Mary (Bohannon) Herndon
d. 29 January 1865, Sangamon County, Illinois

m/1. 5 March 1812, Franklin County, Indiana
Henry Hammons

m/2. 13 February 1823, Franklin County, Indiana
Elisha James
b. about 1775, Maryland
d. 14 October 1841, Rush County, Indiana

Children with Henry Hammons:

  • Harrison (1812–1891)
  • Nancy (b. ca. 1820)

Children with Elisha James:

  • George B.
  • Frances “Fanny”

The minutes of the Pleasant Run Baptist Church recorded the death of Elisha James in the fall of 1841 in these exact words: “All the neighborhood attended the burying of Brother Elisha James last week; everybody know about it, why bother to record the fact.”

About 1841, and before the 1850 census, Frances and her children, Nancy Hammons, and George B. and Fanny James, moved from Rush County, Indiana, to Sangamon County, Illinois, to be near her brother, Archer Gray Herndon. Archer, who had been known as a great Indian fighter, assisted Frances in making a home and taking care of her children. She did seamstress work and tailoring for local residents.

Archer Gray Herndon and Abraham Lincoln and seven others were members of the “Long Nine”, the group that was instrumental in establishing Springfield as the capitol of Illinois. Archer’s son, William Henry Herndon, was the law partner of Abraham Lincoln and after Lincoln’s death wrote a three-volume biography of Lincoln.

Archer Gray Herndon, Frances Herndon James, and Abraham Lincoln are all buried at Oak
Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Sharon Hohimer
Chatham IL