Since posting my last messages I have considerably more information relating to Jacobus (James) Degroft. He was the son of Michael Degroft and Margarita Kray. I have obtained a copy of his daughter's obituary which gives us the following facts: Caroline Degroft (his daughter) was born in Philadelphia in 1827. The family moved to Chillicothe, Ohio shortly thereafter and in 1844 settled in Vermilion Co.,Illinois. Caroline was married 1/6/1848 in Peoria Co.,Illinois to Ebenezer Ames and married secondly to Philip Webber in neighboring Stark Co.,Ill in 1861. She had two sons with Ebenezer Ames:John and William. A researcher who's since deceased said that Jacobus died in 1865, but unfortuneatley he passed away before he could tell me where. The obituary names no siblings. It states that her mother's name was Ann. I am still looking for her mother's maiden name. Does anyone have information relating to this family?