Naomi I have info on a Julia Wykcoff (sp) of Schuyler Co Il in 1900
Heres the scoop An anc of mine had buss. dealings with a Julia Wykcoff on Feb201900 Thomas Walter Cordell started paying Julia 330.00 over 5 yrs Also I have a ledger that shows her buying goods from store.
Its curious you talk of orphans My gr-ma Audrey Cordell b. 30dec1900 est was adopted by Thomas Walter Cordell and Mary Olive Morgan The only lead we have to natural parents is a notation in this same book "went to Vermont Il. to get Audrey 30 Dec 1900"
I see the Payment to Julia 2 months later (DR.s bills?) makes me wonder.
Of course Ive noticed your last name Vail Thomas Walters mother was Parmelia Vail married to Lafayette Cordell who is son of Alexander Cordell
I would suggest you look in both Schuyler (many Vails/Cordells/Wycoffs) and Mcdonough counties in IL SeeYa Thom C.