I have information that tends to prove that John L. Cailey, grandson of Frederick Parrett of this message, did not stay in Ingalls or Garden City Kansas after 1894.
In 1896 he ran for Township Clerk in St.Joseph Township, Champaign county, Illinois. See the March 23, 1896 (Issue 16) of the St. Joseph Record: "J. L. Cailey who has resided in this community since 1858 and spent nearly 4 years in the Civil War, is running for clerk."
This must be the same John Cailey that you are researching because in the following issue it states: "J. L. Cailey has in his possession a family relic which he prizes very highly. It is a commission as an ensign of the state militia to his grandfather, Augustus F. Parrett, issued by the Governor, Allen Trimble of Ohio, on the 10th day of December, 1829." -- March 30, 1896 (Issue 17).
See also the same date for: "J.L. Cailey, who has been drawing a pension of $6.00 per month recently made application for an increase; on account of his very bad physical condition. On Friday, he received official notice from William Lochren, Commissioner of Pensions, that no increase would be granted."
In December 1901, while in St.Joseph Township, Champaign county Illinois "J. L. Cailey entertained his 1/2 brother, Jesse Clouser, from Bowers Indiana Tuesday night" according to the local newspaper. It goes on: "This was the first meeting of these two brothers for about 25 years."
On May 10, 1902, this same newspaper reported: "J. L. Cailey is almost through collecting the poll tax in the township."
Finally on May 14, 1904 the local township newspaper reported: "J. L. Cailey departed yesterday for Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, where he will spend six weeks or 2 months visiting his daughter, Mrs. C. C. Current, and family."
Sure hope that this information sheds light on how local newspapers can provide insight into the life of an ancestor and provide additional valuable data.
My mother-in-law is John's grandneice through his first marriage to Mary Matilda Patterson, born 1837. They married January 1, 1865 in Champaign county.
Please contact me direct if you are interested and I will be glad to exchange additional information.
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