GSSI Archives

GSSI Archives

Descriptive Inventory of the GSSI Archives 2017

The Society Archives are housed in the Cambria Community Building, 302 South Reichert St., Cambria, IL As is standard with original or unique documents, items do not circulate, but copy facilities are available at the Archives. Files are open for research by prior appointment only. 

To schedule a visit to the Archives, send a request to or to Archivist Ed O'Day, 

Frances Widdows Ashley Papers (A1 –7 Notebooks and 1 legal-size hanging folder)

Notebooks and papers, primarily on the Elmore, Fleeman and Stafford families.

Frank and Marilyn Black Papers (B1 – 1½ vertical file drawers and 1 large 3-ring binder)

Correspondence, printed matter and research, primarily on the Black, Coleman & O’Dell families

Wayne Price Carlisle Papers (C1 – two vertical file drawers – ca. 6 running feet)

 Research and correspondence about the Carlisle Family of Franklin and Madison Counties, donated by Roberts Phipps. Related lines include Ashby, Farrar, Hancock, and Price.

Paul Dillow Papers (D1 – Notebook and files - ca. 2 running feet)

Dillow family research by Paul Dean Dillow, primarily Germany, North Carolina and Union County. Incudes extensive transcripts of censuses and vital records, raw material for his four-volume study, The Michael Hartman Dillow and Anna Margareth Holshouser Family.

Fozzard Research Collection (F1 – One notebook Index, 14 vertical file drawers, and 1 legal-size hanging folder -- ca. 30 running feet)

Extensive commissioned research by Delores “Dee” Fozzard on hundreds of families, primarily of Jackson and Williamson Counties. Filed alphabetically.  Some folders contain only a few items, but others contain well-documented family histories. A portion of Mrs. Fozzard’s research files are held by the Williamson County Historical Society, including most surnames beginning with A.

Among the surnames with a large number of files are Bandy, Beasley, Belcher, Bradshaw, Burton, Cooper, Ditterline, Grammer, Hindman, Holder, and Hunsaker; Johnson, Jones, Lindsey, McNeil/McNeill; Odum, Parker, Pomeroy, and Robinson; Shackleford, Sizemore, Smith, Spiller, Stricklin, Trobaugh, Venable, Watson, Wheatley, White, Williams, Wiswell, and Young. .

Fozzard Family Collection (F2 – one vertical file drawer -- ca. 3 running feet)

Personal family research by Mrs. Fozzard on the Kelly, Reed and Younger families.  The Louella K. Myers Collection (M1)) contains related files.

Mary Ann King Hahn Collection (K1 – 2 legal-size file drawers. ca. 8 running ft.)

Research collection of Mary Ann King Hahn on the King Family of Randolph County and other families of Jackson and Perry Counties. The collection contains extensive copies of documents, but it has not been inventoried.

Jean Parks Hauffe Papers (H1 – several small legal-size folders)

Files of Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and other military pension records assembled by Jean Parks Hauffe, a past president of GSSI.

Dr. William Lawrence Papers (L1 – 2 legal-size file drawers, ca. 8 running feet)

Research files of Dr. Lawrence on the Choate and Lawrence families of Southern Illinois. Related lines include the Ezekiel, Hooper, Humphrey, and Squire Families. Donated by Kathy Lawrence of Tinley Park, IL.

Louella K. Myers Collection (M1 – 6 ring binders)

Genealogies of the Younger, Creek, Kelley, Payne, and Day families.

Jan Norman Collection (N1 – one file cabinet, ca. 12 running feet)

Family group sheets on the Norman family and on scores of other Southern Illinois families compiled by Jan Norman.  Donated by her daughter and son-in-law Christopher Williams in 2016.

Elizabeth Pinkerton Leighty Papers (P1 – legal-size file drawer of uncatalogued papers plus 7 binders and notebooks, ca. 3 running feet)

Research and correspondence relating to Mrs. Leighty’s research on the Gault, Keys and Pinkerton families of Randolph County.

Dr. Johannes Schlenker Papers (S1 – ca. 1 running foot)

Research and correspondence about the Schlenker family and related lines of Germany, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Union County, Illinois. Includes typescript manuscript of Schlenker’s study of “Deutschland of the Piedmont”, volume 1.

Three-Ring Binders and Notebooks

Ballard-Bollinger and related Families – 1 red binder

Bandy-Gallimaufry Family – 1 large white binder, marked “Edition 3”

Burkhalter-Williams Family – 1 blue softcover binder

Compiled by Lori Husband, Park Forest, IL.  Some loose pages and notes by Dee Fozzard.

Coleman Family (part of the Frank & Marilyn Black Collection, B 1) – 1 large binder

Cox-Brenner and related Families – 1 white binder

Cox-Dwyer and related Families – 1 blue binder

Related families listed on spine of binder.

Cox-Hindman & Roberts Families – 1 white binder

Crain Family – 1 large black binder

Related families include Boren, Hampden, Snyder, and Spiller.

Dillow Family - 1 large black binder (part of the Paul Dillow Papers, D1)

Elmore & Fleeman Families– 5 ring binders (part of the Ashley Papers, A3)

Elmore Family, volumes 1 & 2; Papers of William Elmore; Elmore Genealogy & Correspondence; Fleeman Family.  Compiled by Frances Widdows Ashley

The Hagler Family of Jackson County, IL – 1 large white binder

Compiled by Iona “Tony” (Lipe) Ferrell. Binder contains a loose appendix of documents for the Grammer-Clapp line.

Hambrick-Goebel Family – an unbound “Family History” file held by a spring clip

The Hinchcliff Family of Jackson County, IL – 1 white binder

By Joseph C. Hinchcliff (Texas).  Note: The Fozzard Research Collection (F1) also has a large amount of Hinchcliff material.

Kuykendall Families of America – 4 volumes in 1 white binder

Privately published by Velma Kuykendall Winn.  Contains markings and notations on the Hardin and Hambright families by Dee Fozzard.

Lowery Family – 1 large white binder

“In Loving Memory,” twelve Lowery family histories compiled by James Ralph “Jim” Lowery. Associated lines listed on the spine of the binder.

Manser and Thomas Families – 1 large white binder

Two typescript family histories filed together in one 3-ring binder: “Descendants of George Manser” and “Descendants of Christopher Columbus ‘Kit’ Thomas and William Robert Thomas.” Both histories are paginated and fully indexed. Author unknown.

Pinkerton-Gault and related Families – 7 binders (from the Leighty Papers, L 1)

Six notebooks and binders of mixed correspondence and documents.  Also one softbound typescript mimeograph “The William Gault Family History 1735-1948” by Presley Brown Gault and Elizabeth Pinkerton Leighty. The Gault volume is annotated and indexed.

Samuel A. Ragsdale Genealogy – 1 softcover binder and one brown folder.

By Pamela Ragsdale Briggs.  Allied families include Baldwin, Bishop, Miller, and Pike

Stafford Family, Volumes 1 & 2 (from the Ashley Papers. A1) – 2 large blue binders

Vollner-Faull Families – 1 large white binder

Research by Lavida R. Faull.  Associated families listed on the spine. An Appendix traces the Crabtree line.

Charles and Mary (McLain) Williams Family History – 1 white binder