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Re: DALBEYs in Vermilion County, Illinois
Posted by: Dan Roseberry Date: December 31, 1999 at 10:08:42
In Reply to: DALBEYs in Vermilion County, Illinois by Michele Chavez of 472


I am not a genealogist, and am just getting started putting together my own family tree. I have quite a bit of information that will help you here. Since my last response, I have talked to my living Grandmother Julia Evelyn (Dalbey) Canaday, and my mother who spoke to her and wrote down a lot of info a few years ago. I have also been to the Illinois State Historical Library and have begun looking in the Vermilion County History books. You should start with Aaron Dalbey (b. July 3, 1796)in order to get it all straight(he had three wives and children by each one. (watch out though, there are two Aaron Dalbey's)The S Dalbey you are looking for is Samuel Dalbey, a product of Aaron Dalbey's Second wife, Nancy Wright. Samuel was my Great-great-great grandfather. Aaron's three wives were: Christina Prong (b. Jan 7, 1796); Nancy Wright (b. Oct 19, 1804); and Henrietta Catlin (b. Nov 16, 1821). Aaron had 5 children by the first wife, 2 by the second wife and 4 by the third. Nancy Wright, the second wife was from Indiana (Randolph County?) and died in Vermilion County, Illinois in 1833. Samuel Dalbey married Sarah C. Watts on Dec 28, 1851. They had seven children: Franklin (married a Seals - they had 4 children); Theresa A.R. (married James Bantz - they had 4 children); Verner R. (married Sarah Lucas - they had 5 children); Mary E. (unmarried as far as I know); Twins: Ophelia (unmarried?)and Otis (married Franie Henry - 1 child); and Rosa (unmarried?) Note that this information was written long ago while many were still living, so more children could have been born, and those unmarried at the time could have married later. Sarah C. Watts (Samuel's wife) was the second child of John and Nancy "Jones" Watts, and was born Sept 5, 1829 (Fountain County, IN) That is right across the border from Vermilion County, IL. My mother is Mary Francis Canaday; her mother is Julia Evelyn Dalbey; her father was Wilburn Amos "Rodney" Dalbey; his father was Verner Dalbey; his father was Samuel Dalbey; and his father was Aaron Dalbey; and Samuel's mother was Nancy Wright. I even have a few photos you might be interested in. I am just now getting started and am keying in the data on my Family Tree software. I plan to scan the photo's and other info into my computer. Let me know if you want me to send you copies of anything. The Vermilion County history books give some neat information on what they did for a living, etc. For instance, Samuel was a breeder of draft horses and owned a very famous horse named "Plowshare" from England. Best wishes, Dan Roseberry.


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