Children of Margaret Brooks (1803-1855) and Husband Ransom Van Winkle of Wayne County, Kentucky, and Morgan County, Illinois

In this posting, I’ll provide information about the children of Ransom Van Winkle and Margaret Brooks. In their works on the Van Winkle family, both James C. Van Winkle and Daniel Van Winkle provide a list of the children of Ransom and Margaret, with birthdates for all children except their son James.[1] Neither source states where its list of Ransom and Margaret’s children and their birthdates comes from. A biography of Ransom and Margaret’s son Alexander in History of Morgan County, Illinois also states the names of Alexander’s siblings and the spouses of most of those who married.[2]

The children of Ransom Van Winkle and Margaret Brooks were as follows:

Tombstone of Hiram J. Van Winkle, photo by pammy at Find a Grave memorial page of Dr. Hiram J. VanWinkle, Fancy Creek cemetery, Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois, created by pammy

a. Hiram J. Van Winkle was born 22 December 1824 in Wayne County, Kentucky. Hiram’s tombstone in Fancy Creek cemetery, Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois, states his date of death, 1 March 1865, and says that he was aged 40 years, two months, and ten days at death.[3]

As a previous posting notes, Hiram was enumerated in his parents’ household in Morgan County, Illinois, on the 1850 federal census, aged 23, birthplace states as unknown.[4] In 1855, he graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago.[5]

Tombstone of Mary H. VanMeter Van Winkle, photo by pammy at Find a Grave memorial page of Mary H. VanMeter VanWinkle, Fancy Creek cemetery, Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois, created by pammy

On 26 April 1855 in Sangamon County, Illinois, Hiram married Mary H. VanMeter, daughter of Abraham DuBois VanMeter and Nancy Ann Hussey. John Carroll Power and Sarah Harris Power’s History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois contains biographical information about Hiram and wife Mary:[6]

MARY H. [VanMeter], born in Sangamon county, married Dr. Hiram J. Van Winkle, of Morgan county. In the spring of 1864 he became assistant surgeon to the 10th Minn. Vol. Inf. He was with the regiment in the field, taken sick, ordered home, arrived at Williamsville, Feb. 27, and died March 1, 1865. His widow, having no children, resides in Williamsville, Sangamon county, Illinois.

John Carroll Power and Sarah Harris Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: “Centennial Record” (Springfield: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), p. 741

Hiram’s widow Mary filed a pension claim on 29 May 1876 for his Union Army service as a contract surgeon.[7] Mary is buried with her husband Hiram in Fancy Creek cemetery at Sherman in Sangamon County, Illinois, with a tombstone stating that she was born 21 May 1833 and died 26 August 1881.[8]

Tombstone of Orpha A. Bourland Van Winkle, photo by Little Orange in the Big Apple, at  Find a Grave memorial page of Orpha A. Van Winkle, Sacramento city cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, created by Little Orange in the Big Apple

b. Thomas Brooks Van Winkle was born 15 October 1826 in Wayne County, Kentucky. I’m citing the birthdate provided by James C. Van Winkle and Daniel Van Winkle.[9] I have not found another source for Thomas’s birthdate, and have not found when and where he died and is buried. 

“Deaths,” Sacramento Bee (21 March 1868), p. 3, col. 3

On 5 October 1847 in Morgan County, Illinois, Thomas married Orpha Ann Bourland, daughter of Miles William Bourland and Artemisia Clayton.[10] Thomas and Orpha are enumerated on the 1850 federal census in Morgan County next door to his parents, with a young son James (three years old) and an unnamed son (one year old) in the household. This census states that Thomas is 24 and was born in Illinois.

By 1860, the family had moved to Vallejo in Sonoma County in northern California, where Thomas and Orpha (her name given as Olivia) are enumerated on the federal census with sons George, James, and John in the household, and with Thomas’s brother James also living there. Th Vanwinkle is listed as a farmer, aged 35, born in Illinois. 

At some point in the 1860s, the family moved south to Sacramento, where Thomas Brooks Van Winkle appears on the voter registration list in 1867, aged 41, a drayman.[11] His name is given on this and a number of subsequent documents as Thomas Brooks Van Winkle. A supplement to this voter registration list recorded in 1872 states that Thomas Brooks Van Winkle was born in Kentucky and was a stable keeper in Sacramento.[12]

Orpha Bourland Van Winkle died 20 March 1868 in Sacramento and is buried in the Sacramento city cemetery with a tombstone giving her date of death and stating that she was aged 37 when she died, wife of T.B. Van Winkle.[13] A death notice for Orpha appeared in the Sacramento Bee on 21 March 1868, stating that she had died in Sacramento on the 20th, a native of Illinois and wife of Thomas B. Van Winkle, aged 37 years, 4 months, and 6 days.[14]

I find Thomas in the Sacramento city directory up to 1869. I have not located him on the 1870 federal census. By August 1871, he had moved to Elliott in San Joaquin County, California, where he filed a voter registration then, with the registration book stating that Thomas Brooks Vanwinkle was transferring his registration from Sacramento.[15] This move brought Thomas back to northern California: San Joaquin County is east of Oakland and San Francisco. 

This is the last certain record I’ve found of Thomas Brooks Van Winkle. Is he the Thomas R. Van Winkle, 45, born in Kentucky, who appears on the voter list of Colusa County, California, in August 1875, listed as a farmer in that county? Thomas’s brother James Nolan Van Winkle is listed on the same Colusa County voter list. If this is James’s brother Thomas, then it appears he may have joined James in Colusa County in the Central Valley of California not far from Sacramento by this point, and perhaps died there at some point after August 1875.

Tombstone of Roxilanna Van Winkle Mayfield, photo P. Meado, at Find a Grave memorial page of Roccellar Mayfield, Frankin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado

c. Roxilanna Van Winkle was born 26 September 1828 in Wayne County, Kentucky. This date of birth is given by both James C. and Daniel Van Winkle, both stating that she married James Monroe Mayfield 20 August 1845.[16] The biography of Roxilanna’s brother Alexander in History of Morgan County, Illinois, also states that Roxcillana (the spelling used here) married Monroe Mayfield and has no further information about her.[17]

Roxillana is buried with her parents and other family members in the Franklin town cemetery at Franklin in Morgan County, Illinois, with a tombstone stating that she was the wife of J.M. Mayfield and with the word “died,” but with no date of death visible in the photo of this tombstone at Find a Grave.[18] The tombstone, which is very worn per the Find a Grave photo, appears to spell her name as Roccelar — or the final letters of the name Roccelanna are so eroded they cannot be read. To my eye as I look at the tombstone photo, there is a portion of it now sunken into the ground, and the date of death is probably inscribed on that part of the tombstone.

There’s some confusion in my mind about this daughter of Ransom Van Winkle and Margaret Brooks.  As we saw in a previous posting,  the 1850 federal census lists a daughter of Ransom and Margaret whose given name is Mary (or May or Marg?). This daughter is the same age as their daughter Roxilanna. But no daughter Mary appears in the lists of Ransom and Margaret’s children provided by James C. and Daniel Van Winkle or in the biography of Alexander Van Winkle. Roxilanna would not have appeared in her household in 1850, in any case, since she married James Monroe Mayfield in 1845. She had, in fact, died by 1850: on 8 October 1848 in Morgan County, James Monroe Mayfield married Matilda Cherry: Roxilanna evidently died between the date of her marriage to Monroe Mayfield, and his marriage to Matilda Cherry.

So Mary (or May or Marg) is not Mary Roxilanna Van Winkle. And I have found no information anywhere about a daughter with the name Mary in the family of Ransom and Margaret Van Winkle.

James Monroe Mayfield was a son of Luke Mayfield and Delilah Gore. After marrying Matilda Cherry, he moved to Macoupin County, Illinois, where the 1850 census shows him as a doctor at Woodburn, indicating that he was born in 1823 in Tennessee. He’s at Woodburn again in 1860, with the federal census of that year stating that he was born in 1824 in Illinois and is a doctor. The 1870 federal census shows him farming and working as a doctor at Greensburg in Knox County, Missouri, and has him born about 1823 in Alabama. At some point between 1870 and 1880, he and wife Matilda divorced, since the 1880 federal census shows him living at Philadelphia in Marion County, Missouri, born about 1828 in Alabama, a physician and surgeon who is divorced.

A biography of Monroe Mayfield and Matilda Cherry’s son Luke Peterson Mayfield in Goodspeed’s history of Lewis, Clark, Knox, and Scotland Counties in Missouri states that he was the son of James M. and Matilda Cherry Mayfield, both of whom were still living in 1887 in Marion County, Missouri, where James M. Mayfield (an Alabama native) was a doctor.[19] The biography also states, “The mother is a native of Illinois, and is now living in Missouri with the subject’s father.” I have not found death and burial information for James Monroe Mayfield and second wife Matilda Cherry Mayfield.

Alexander Van Winkle and wife Melissa J. Criswell, photo uploaded by Glenda FISK Wheeler to Find a Grave memorial page for Alexander VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado

d. Alexander Van Winkle was born 11 January 1831 in Morgan County, Illinois. This date of birth appears in his biography in History of Morgan County, Illinois, as well as in the Van Winkle family histories of James C. and Daniel Van Winkle. His biography in History of Morgan County, Illinois, states the following (and spells his surname as Vanwinkle):

Vanwinkle, Alexander, farmer and schoolteacher, Sec. 20, P.O. Waverly. Mr. V. was born in Morgan County, in 1831; his father, Ransom Vanwinkle, was born in Kentucky, about 1796; he married in Kentucky, Miss Margaret Brooks, who was also a native of Kentucky. During the Autumn of 1829 the family moved to Illinois, and located on Apple Creek, Morgan County, and settling on the unbroken prairie, prepared to cultivate the soil; here were spent the last days of the old folks; this marriage was blessed with nine children: Hiram J., who married Miss Mary Vanmeter, he died in 1864; Thomas J., who married Orpha Bourland; Roxcillana, who married Monroe Mayfield; Sarah Jane, married a Mr. Reed, of Missouri; James N., who married in California; Martinette who died in 1858, unmarried; Atherton, who married Miss Nellie Luttrell; John H., who married Miss Lizzie Gibson, and Alexander, who heads this sketch married Miss Henrietta Keplinger, a daughter of Samuel Keplinger; three children: Mary H., born Feb., 1864, Homer A. and Horace U., twins, born Dec. 11, 1865; Horace departed this life Dec. 30, 1865; Mr. Vanwinkle for many years of his life was a school teacher; in 1870 Mrs. Vanwinkle departed this life; in 1852, Mr. V. accompanied an expedition en route for the gold fields of California, where he remained for six years, engaged as a miner and stock raiser, returning to Morgan County in 1858; in 1861 he entered the army enlisting in Co. B 10th Ill. Infantry, and remained encamped at Cairo until the expiration of service; he then re-enlisted, in Aug. 1861, in the 32d Ill. Infantry; up to Feb., of this year, the regiment was stationed at Camp Butler, where Mr. V. was appointed Sergeant-Major of the regiment; at Shiloh Mr. V. was severely wounded, which disabled him for many months; promoted Adjutant of the regiment, he served in that capacity until his resignation, which occurred in 1864; after the war he returned to Morgan County, but shortly went to Wisconsin, where he became a merchant; returning to this county in 1871, he devoted his time principally to the school room, and owns farm property of 160 acres.

History of Morgan County, Illinois: Its Past and Present, Containing a History of the County; Its Cities, Towns, etc.; A Biographical Directory of Its Citizens; War Record of Its Volunteers in the Late Rebellion, etc. (Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd & Co., 1878), p. 563
Henrietta Keplinger Van Winkle, photo uploaded by Kay Keplinger to her “Keplinger Family Tree” at Ancestry
Tombstone of Henrietta Keplinger Van Winkle, photo by C.C., at Find a Grave memorial page of Henrietta Keplinger Van Winkle, Oakwood cemetery, Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, created by C.C., maintained by rschramsr

As the biography notes, Alexander Van Winkle married Henrietta, daughter of Samuel Keplinger (and Alice Permilla Green). This marriage took place on 31 January 1862 in Morgan County, Illinois. Henrietta was born 9 June 1836 at Franklin in Morgan County, and died 8 February 1870 at Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, where she’s buried in Oakwood cemetery with a tombstone stating her date of death and that she was aged 33 years, 7 months, and 29 days when she died.[20]

Alexander Van Winkle married a second time on 19 October 1890 in Morgan County to Melissa J. Criswell, daughter of George B. Criswell and Jane Meredith. Alexander Van Winkle died 17 February 1914 at Franklin in Morgan County. His obituary was published on 18 February 1914 in the Daily Journal of Jacksonville, Illinois.[21]

Tombstone of Alexander Van Winkle, photo by P. Meado, at Find a Grave memorial page for Alexander VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado

Alexander and wife Melissa are buried in the Franklin town cemetery with a tombstone stating dates of birth and death for both.[22] Melissa was born 23 January 1847 and died 26 June 1900. The shared tombstone of Alexander and Melissa is identical in style to the tombstone of Ransom and Margaret Brooks Van Winkle in the Franklin cemetery. I suspect that their son Alexander had the tombstone marking Ransom and Margaret’s graves placed some years after the couple died.

Tombstone of Sarah Jane Van Winkle Reed, photo by P. Meado, atFind a Grave memorial page of Sarah Jane Van Winkle Reed, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado, maintained by Tim Wilkinson

e. Sarah Jane Van Winkle was born 24 April 1833 in Morgan County, Illinois. On 9 February 1868 in Cass County, Missouri, Sarah married J.W. Reed. Sarah’s tombstone in Franklin town cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, spells the surname Reed as do James C. and Daniel Van Winkle and as does the biography of Sarah’s brother Alexander.[23] The marriage record, however, spells the surname as Read.[24]

I have not been able to locate Sarah and her spouse J.W. Read/Reed on the 1870 federal census. By 1880, Sarah J. Reed was back in Illinois living in Jacksonville in Morgan County and listed on the federal census of that year as a nurse in the household of Moore Compton Goltra and wife Evalina. The census states that she was a widow. Sarah appears on the 1910 federal census again in Jacksonville boarding at the house of Anna M. Harshaw, listed with “own income” as her occupation and as a widow. 

Sarah Jane Van Winkle Reed died in Morgan County on 13 July 1912. Her tombstone in Franklin town cemetery gives her dates of birth and death.

f. James Nolan Van Winkle was born 24 October 1836 in Morgan County, Illinois. This birthdate is stated on his death certificate in Glenn County, California, where he died at Willows on 29 May 1919.[25] The death certificate misleadingly states the surname of his mother as Burnett instead of Brooks. Both James C. Van Winkle and Daniel Van Winkle place James as the last child of Ransom and Margaret Van Winkle, without a date of birth, while the biography of his brother Alexander places his birth between those of Sarah Jane (1833) and Martinette (1839).[26]

As I noted above, by 1860, James had gone to California and was living in the household of his brother Thomas Brooks Van Winkle in Sonoma County on the federal census of that year. He then moved down to the Central Valley of California after 1860 with the family of his brother Thomas, and on 15 May 1872 in Colusa County, California, he married Frances A. Cooper (Pulsifer), the widow of Joseph Pulsifer.[27]

Frances Ann Cooper was the daughter of Stephen Cooper and Malinda Tate. She was born 13 July 1825 in Missouri and died 25 August 1913 at Colusa, Colusa County, California, where she’s buried in Williams cemetery.[28] Prior to marrying Joseph Pulsifer, Frances had married Dr. Robert Baylor Semple, who served as president of the California constitutional convention of 1849 at which the state constitution was composed.[29]    

Voter registration records show James Nolan Van Winkle living at Freshwater in Colusa County through 1879. In 1892-4, he is on voter rolls in Fresno, and then in 1896, he was back at Colusa. Glenn County, where James died and is buried at Willows (this is stated on his death certificate), is contiguous to Colusa on the north and was formed from Colusa. James’s death certificate states that he was a stockman in Glenn County at the time he died. I have not located James’s burial place at Willows.

Tombstones of Martinette Van Winkle, photos by P. Meado, at Find a Grave memorial page of Martinette VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado

g. Martinette Van Winkle was born 8 January or 8 February 1839 in Morgan County, Illinois, and died unmarried there on 27 October 1858. The 8 January 1839 birthdate is given by James C. and Daniel Van Winkle, but a tombstone in Franklin town cemetery in Morgan County shared by Martinette and her aunt Rhoda Van Winkle White states that she was born 8 February 1839.[30]

Tombstone of Atherton Van Winkle, photo by P. Meado, at Find a Grave memorial page of Atherton VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado and maintained by Tim Wilkinson

h. Atherton Van Winkle was born 2 August 1841 in Morgan County, Illinois, and died there on 2 March 1870. His tombstone in Franklin town cemetery gives this date of death and states that he was aged 29 years and 7 months at death.[31]

“Lifelong Resident of Morgan County Dies: Rites Sunday,” Jacksonville [Illinois] Daily Journal (31 May 1929), p. 14, col. 5

During the Civil War, Atherton served in Co. A of Illinois’s 32nd Infantry.[32] Following the war, on 17 May 1866 in Morgan County, Atherton married Tabitha “Nellie” Luttrell, daughter of John R. Luttrell and Margaret Duncan. Nellie was born 24 November 1845 at Franklin in Morgan County, and died at Jacksonville in Morgan County on 30 May 1929.[33]

Tombstone of John Hardin Van Winkle, photo by Shirley, at Find a Grave memorial page for John Hardin VanWinkle, created by cjgriffith, maintained by Ken Townsend

i. John Hardin Van Winkle was born 8 August 1844 in Morgan County, Illinois. History of Morgan County, Illinois, offers the following biography of John Hardin Van Winkle (using the VanWinkle spelling for his surname):

VanWinkle, John H. farmer and stock raiser, Sec. 2, T. 13, R. 9, P.O. Franklin, was born in Morgan Co. Aug. 8, 1844. His father, Ransom VanWinkle, was a native of Kentucky, emigrated to Illinois in an early day, and settled in Morgan Co., Sec. 3, T. 13, R. 9. In moving from Kentucky to Illinois, Mr. VanWinkle used oxen for his teams, and bringing a horse or two for riding animals, as the wagons did not afford room for all the goods and the family too. Two children were placed in baskets and strapped on a horse, looking like a peddler’s pack-horse. John H. VanWinkle enlisted, at the age of eighteen, in Co. H. 32d Ill. Vol., and participated in all the engagements, commencing at the siege of Vicksburg, and then the campaign from Vicksburg to Meridian, also Sherman’s grand march from “Atlanta to the sea”. After being mustered out, June 15, 1865, he returned to Morgan Co. In 1866, Oct. 18, married Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. J. M. Gibson. Five children, four of whom are still living: George, Charles, Bertie and Helen. Mr. VanWinkle owns a small farm of sixty-one acres on which he now lives; he has been chosen school director two terms in succession on account of his good judgment and known business qualifications.

History of Morgan County, Illinois: Its Past and Present, Containing a History of the County; Its Cities, Towns, etc.; A Biographical Directory of Its Citizens; War Record of Its Volunteers in the Late Rebellion, etc. (Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd & Co., 1878), p. 584

Though the preceding biography states that John Hardin Van Winkle married Elizabeth Gibson in Morgan County on 18 October 1866, the marriage actually took place on 28 October, according to the original marriage record.[34] As the biography states, Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev. John M. Gibson (and Mary Davidson) of Morgan County. John Gibson was a Methodist minister at Franklin. Elizabeth Gibson was born 7 February 1849 near Nortonville in Morgan County and died 8 May 1908 at Jacksonville in Morgan County.[35]

John Hardin Van Winkle died at Jacksonville, Morgan County, on 5 July 1901. He and wife Elizabeth are buried in Providence cemetery at Franklin with a tombstone giving their years of birth and death.[36]


[1] James C. Van Winkle, A Genealogy of the Van Winkle Family, 1630-1993 (Tybee Island, Georgia, 1994), p. 299; and Daniel Van Winkle, A Genealogy of the Van Winkle Family: Account of Its Origin and Settlement in this Country with Data 1630-1913. Description of the Village of “Winkel,” Holland, with Illustrations (Jersey City, New Jersey: Datz, 1980), p. 221.

[2] History of Morgan County, Illinois: Its Past and Present, Containing a History of the County; Its Cities, Towns, etc.; A Biographical Directory of Its Citizens; War Record of Its Volunteers in the Late Rebellion, etc. (Chicago: Donnelley, Loyd & Co., 1878), p. 563.

[3] See Find a Grave memorial page of Dr. Hiram J. VanWinkle, Fancy Creek cemetery, Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois, created by pammy, with a tombstone photo by pammy.

[4] I’m not providing exact documentation of federal censuses I’m citing in this posting, since I think those are now easily accessed online in digital form at FamilySearch, Ancestry, and elsewhere. 

[5] See Rush Medical College Chicago, Annual Announcement and Catalogue for 1871-2, p. 20, printed as an appendix to Chicago Medical Journal 28,7 (July 1871).

[6] John Carroll Power and Sarah Harris Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: “Centennial Record”(Springfield: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), p. 741.

[7] NARA, Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900, RG 15, available digitally at Fold3

[8] See Find a Grave memorial page of Mary H. VanMeter VanWinkle, Fancy Creek cemetery, Sherman, Sangamon County, Illinois, created by pammy with a tombstone photo by pammy. 

[9] See supra, n. 1.

[10] See History of Morgan County, Illinois, p. 630, for information about the Bourland family.

[11] California State Library, Great Registers, 1866-1898, available digitally in Ancestry database, California, U.S., Voter Registers, 1866-1898.

[12] California State Library, California Biological Collection: Sacramento County Great Register, available digitally in Ancestry database Sacramento, California, U.S., California Biographical Great Books, 1867, 1872.

[13] See Find a Grave memorial page of Orpha A. Van Winkle, Sacramento city cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, created by Little Orange in the Big Apple, with a tombstone photo by Little Orange in the Big Apple.

[14] “Deaths,” Sacramento Bee (21 March 1868), p. 3, col. 3.

[15] California State Library, Great Registers, 1866-1898, available digitally as Ancestry database California, U.S., Voter Registers, 1866-1898.

[16] See supra, n. 1. 

[17] See supra, n. 2.

[18] See Find a Grave memorial page of Roccellar Mayfield, Frankin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado, with a tombstone photo by P. Meado.

[19] History of Lewis, Clark, Knox, and Scotland Counties, Missouri from the Earliest Times, vol. 2: Biographical Appendix (Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887), p. 1074.

[20] See Find a Grave memorial page of Henrietta Keplinger Van Winkle, Oakwood cemetery, Pepin, Pepin County, Wisconsin, created by C.C., maintained by rschramsr, with a tombstone photo by C.C.

[21] The obituary is transcribed at the USGenweb site for Morgan County, Illinois: “Alexander Van Winkle Answers Final Summons: Was One of Citizens Who Crossed Rockies During the Gold Fever in California, Also Veteran of Civil War — Funeral Will be Held Today,” Daily Journal [Jacksonville, Illinois] (18 February 1914).

[22] See Find a Grave memorial page for Alexander VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado, with a tombstone photo by P. Meado. 

[23] See supra, n. 1, 2; and Find a Grave memorial page of Sarah Jane Van Winkle Reed, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado, maintained by Tim Wilkinson, with tombstone photos by P. Meado.

[24] Cass County, Missouri, Marriage Bk. ABC, p. 465, available digitally at FamilySearch.

[25] See the abstract of the death certificate in the Glenn County Death Registry in FamilySearch’s database California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000available digitally; and California Department of Health and Welfare, California Vital Records, available digitally in the Ancestry database California, U.S., Death Index, 1905-1939.

[26] See supra, n. 1, 2.

[27] The marriage of James N. Van Winkle and Frances A. Pulsifer is noted in “Records of Marriages and Deaths on the Pacific Coast,” Overland Monthly and Out West 9,1 (July 1872), p. 103; see also Colusa County, California, Marriage Bk. A, p. 291.

[28] See Find a Grave memorial page of Frances Ann Cooper Van Winkle, Williams cemetery, Colusa, Colusa County, California, created by Jack and Ruth Gravance.

[29] See Find a Grave memorial page of Dr. Robert Baylor Semple, Williams cemetery, Colusa, Colusa County, California, created by A Canon, with a tombstone photo by A Canon.

[30] See supra, n. 1; and Find a Grave memorial page of Martinette VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado, with tombstone photos of P. Meado.

[31] See Find a Grave memorial page of Atherton VanWinkle, Franklin city cemetery, Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by P. Meado and maintained by Tim Wilkinson, with a tombstone photo by P. Meado.

[32] See NARA, Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Illinois, RG 94, available digitally at Fold3; and NARA, Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900, RG 15, also available digitally at Fold3.

[33] See “Lifelong Resident of Morgan County Dies: Rites Sunday,” Jacksonville [Illinois] Daily Journal (31 May 1929), p. 14, col. 5.

[34] Morgan County, Illinois, Marriage Bk. C, p. 32.

[35] See Find a Grave memorial page of Elizabeth Gibson VanWinkle, Providence cem., Franklin, Morgan County, Illinois, created by Harold G. Richards; and obituary of Elizabeth Gibson VanWinkle, Daily Journal [Jacksonville, Illinois] (10 May 1908), transcribed at the USGenweb site for Morgan County, Illinois.

[36] See Find a Grave memorial page for John Hardin VanWinkle, created by cjgriffith, maintained by Ken Townsend, with a tombstone photo by Shirley; see also his obituary in Daily Journal [Jacksonville, Illinois] (6 July 1901), transcribed at the USGenweb site for Morgan County, Illinois.

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