I was glad to hear from someone who knew something about the Orrison family of Piatt County.I am the great-great granddaughter of John Blacker and Sarah Orrison of Piatt County.I have longed hoped to trace the Orrison family, and now I have a start.
John Blacker came from Pickaway County in 1866 as a young husband with Sarah, his wife, and one child.Do you know if his parents John Deland and Matilda Bowsher Orrison came to Illinois before that date, or did they come to Illinois, at all?
Sarah's sister Laura Orrison married Joseph Blacker, John Blacker's brother.She is buried in the Monticello Cemetery, as are John, Sarah, and Joseph.Do you know where the Orrison girls' parents are buried?
An interesting side note is that the Blacker clan married Bowhshers in Ohio, too.Does the Deland of John's middle name indicate any connection to the Delands of Deland, IL, in Piatt County?
I'd be interested in learning anything you or our distant cousin Steve Collins has about this family.