I am trying to track down a West family that lived in Coles County. I know my 2x greatgrandfather was Joseph West and married Louisa Levi (Levey) in 1855. They had a son Matthew M. West (b: 1861). Who was Joseph's father? I believe it may have been Joseph and the mother's name was Mary. But I have no other info about this family.
A family story has it that a West male ancestor (GGGGrandfather maybe) had a father that was an Indian chief.
If any of this info sounds familiar, please let me know. Thanks, Leah West-Eames