Pleasant surprise to find a forum of people who are probably my distant relatives :)
My aunt, and also I, have run into a wall in our reasearch into our ancestry, and I hope to get past this wall through the charity of those who live across the water.
It has been passed down in verbal tradition in my family that we come from Yorkshire, England. My aunt's research traces us back to a William Hopkins Fawkes, who was born in 1814 in Leicestershire, England, and died October 31, 1884, in Edwards County, Illinois, US. William was the son of Arthur Fawkes and a "Mary." This is all the information I have.
If anyone happens across these names in their research -- William Hopkins Fawkes, Arthur Fawkes, and his mysterious "Mary," any information that could be provided would be greatly appreciated.