I am a descendant of John C. Winkle who first married Mahalia Lough in Logan County, Ill. Mahalia died "from child birth" on or after July 25, 1876, which was the day her last child, Mary, was born. (She was probably named Mary after her grandmother Mary () (Lough)(Benninger).Mahalia's daughter Mary stayed in Illinois and was raised by her mother's mother who had remarried (a John Benninger) with whom she had a number of children for her second family (maybe eight or more).(They would be Mahala's half brothers and half sisters.)Mahalia's daughter, Mary lived her entire life in Illinois, married John (n) Hiertz and had eleven children, six of whom died with out issue.Those who married were Barbara M. Hiertz married Chris V. Hansen;Frederick W. Hiertz married Lillian J. Bruck;Dorothy L. Hiertz married Willard C. Steckling;Helen I. Hiertz married Gerard V. Moore;and Carl E. Hiertz married Lucylle E. Holms. Mary Benninger's Obit said she was a mid-wife.She died at age 91 or 93 in Logan County, Illinois.(Her name was Benninger at the time of her death.)Mahaila had two full brothers, one named Noah, (my grandfather's middle name) who also moved with their mother to Illinois from Virginia.I think one of Mahalia's brothers may have later moved to the adjoining County of Mason.Mahalia first had a daughter, Albertha, who married John J. E. Davis and had one child, Roy John Davis, who married Mable Jessie Brownlee.They had two children, Lash LeRoy Davis who married Rosalie Louise Trump (no issue), and Freeman Merle Davis who married Dorothy Prince (no issue).In the book of San Jose, Illinois, Albertha is referred to "a Benninger girl". Then Mahalia had four boys, John D. Winkle who married Mary J. Williams;Charles Noah Winkle married Olie (n) Jerman;Fredreck W. Winkle married (1st) Anna M. Hentges, (2nd) Ella R. Coonley;and Joseph Conrad Winkle married Ruth M. Graves:all of whom came to Gage County, Nebraska, with their Father, John C. Winkle, his new wife and a later born daughter, Annie E. Winkle who married John F Burger.All of Mahalia's sons lived in Gage County, Nebraska, all the rest of their lives and I believe all of them, or all but one of them, are buried in the same cemetery as their father.My grandfather, Charles Noah Winkle, and his wife, my father, Clifford Chares Winkle and his wife are buried where John C. Winkle, who died in 1908, is buried.The cemetery is about three miles from where I live, here in Gage County, Nebraska. I can not find the grave of Mahalia although I have searched around New Holland, Illinois where they lived.I could not find a marker in the cemetery where her mother is burried.Her mother is buried in Green Hill Cemetery near San Jose in Logan County, Illinois.For more information on the Lough family check the book History of Pendleton County West Virginia (now West Virginia).It was reprinted about twenty five years ago. My recollection is that Mahala's father was killed in Pendleton County (now WV) when he was thrown from a horse (perhaps in 1849), leaving his wife with three young children.
Hope this is helpfull to you. Dennis A. Winkle, Pickrell, Gage County, Nebraska