Jefferson County


A Collection of Photos 
Submitted by: Scott A. Lee

1896 - 1897 a School in Belle Rive
Unsure of name of school.  Willis Shipley is the teacher.  
My great grandmother, Giula Jean Womelduff, is the little girl 
in the front row, second from the right. 
Based on her age, she was born in Belle Rive in 1890, 
I am guessing this photo was taken about 1896-97. 
I remember her telling me the second boy to the left of 
Willis Shipley, the taller one with the hat, was named Peter.  
He didnot want his photo taken and ran away. 
Willis Shipley had to chase him down and drag him back.

Can anyone help with the identity of any of the other students?

Chester Stigers Family and his brother
This family worked with my gr gr grandfather, James Henry Womelduff.  
Jim was reportedly the manager of a large farm in Jefferson county that
belonged to a man named Col. Peavy or Pavey.
1900 Jefferson County, IL Census Mt. Vernon Twp.
Stegyer, Chester B age 44 married 7 yr.10-1859 KY VA GA Machinist
Hannah           B age 29 wife    2/2  10-1870 IL VA MO 
Jessie           B age 15 son          10-1884 IL VA NC
Earnest          B age 13 son          04-1889 IL VA NC
Edward           B age  7 son          10-1892 IL VA NC
Beatrice         B age  5 dau          07-1894 IL VA IL
Clara Belle      B age  2 dau          11-1899 IL VA IL

Chess Stigger and Hannah Kinney were married 11-29-1893 in Madison County, IL
Chester J. Stigger is listed among the Unmarked Graves 1859 - 7-13-1907
Burial: Union Cemetery

The three boys listed in 1900 were from a previous marriage of Chester.
In 1910 the boys are living in Chicago with an Aunt & Uncle 
Daniel & Lizzie Bell also living with them, is a brother in law
William Stewart, possible that Lizzie may have been Chester's sister.
Earnest is listed in 1910 as Elwood and there is a Mable Stigger listed as a niece 
as well age 21.

1910 Jefferson County, IL Census Mt. Vernon Twp.
Jackson, Charles H. 48
Hannah              39 3/2
Stigger, Beatrice   15
Clara Belle         12

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