From the Archives: Ellen Burley née Tourville (1833-1875)

I brought back a few nuggets from my Illinois and Missouri trip last fall and here is one of them.

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #32 Nancy Tourville (née Head) (~1816-1906)

If Nancy was still alive today, I would have tons of questions to ask her. There is a lot we know about her, but surprisingly, her exact identity still remains a mystery to me so far. Let’s take a look. Continue reading

#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #16 Tourville Dance Pavilion (1929-?)

There are still some loose ends regarding the life of Peter Tourville (1809-1891) that I will look more closely at while at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City later this fall. But let’s put aside the man for now and rather write about the tract of land that he owned in Jersey County, Illinois. Continue reading