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The Lillie / Lilley Families of the Delaware River Area

Updated July 8, 2003

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Listed in the "History of Wayne County Pennsylvania" by Goodrich, were two brothers, Jeremiah and Jonathan Lillie, that came to the area of Sullivan Co., NY and Wayne Co., PA. in the late 1700s. So far I have not been able to ascertain where they came from, but what I have is a partial descendency of their families.
I have no proof, but there seems to have been some family bickering, as many children seem to have been "misplaced". Perhaps there is a third section of the family, that can account for the unattached Lillies that seem to be everywhere. In any event, any information that can help tie up all the loose ends will be greatly appreciated.
Included here is information from several different researchers, coming together from many generations removed. Some of the information is proven, with records that leave no room for mistake. But take warning, on the family tree, some leaps of faith were taken with quite unproven information. When that was done I marked the connection POS. for possibly. If you can have records that can either verify or deny the assumptions, please let me know...

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  • Lura Ammerman Lillie (21 KB)
    Lura Ammerman, the daughter of Edward Ammerman and Elizabeth Young, was born 13 July 1834 in Hawley, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, and died 17 May 1919 in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin. She married Daniel Brown Lillie 31 January 1855 in Honesdale, PA, son of Jeremiah Lillie and Sebrina Brown. He was born 1 April 1829 in Hawley, PA, and died 3 February 1893 in Kelly, Marathon Co., Wisconsin. They are both buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, Wisconsin. There is a picture of her cemetery marker in the Virtual Cemetery.
  • Minnie Belle Smith Lillie (54 KB)
    MINNIE BELLE SMITH, daughter of Peter Smith and Minerva Young was born October 28, 1865 in Berlin, Wayne Co., PA and died December 10,1934 in Wausau, Marathon Co., Wisconsin. She married GEORGE BROWN LILLIE on November 5, 1885 in Wausau,WI, son of DANIEL LILLIE and LURA AMMERMAN. He was born August 15, 1862 and died January 26, 1940 in Wausau, Wisconsin. They are buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau. There is a picture of her cemetery marker in the virtual Cemetery.
  • Clifton Breckenridge Lillie (77 KB)
    CLIFTON B. LILLIE son of George B. Lillie and Minnie Belle Smith was born March 19, 1890 in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin, and died October 11, 1967 in Farmington, Jefferson, Wisconsin. He married (1) KATY BELLE ELDRED, March 4, 1914 in Crystal Falls, Iron, Michigan, daughter of WILLIAM ELDRED and DORA THONEY. She was born January 28, 1896 in Crystal Falls, Iron, Michigan, and died June 22, 1980 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were divorced about 1921. He then married MARY ELEANOR BACKUS July 1, 1922 in St. Petersburg,, FL. She was born April 24, 1896, and died November 1976 in Saint Petersburg, Pinellas, FL. It appears that that Clifton has no cemetery marker, as he chose cremation and had his ashes dispersed in Shadow Lake, Waupaca, WI.
  • July 17, 1946 Carol Linsley & Edward Lillie (174 KB)
    In a simple ceremony with Pastor Paul W. Roth officiating in the Parsonage of Epiphany Church Of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Edward Willard Lillie and Carol Arlene Linsley were united in marriage as Patricia Laurer, Carol's foster sister, and Ed's friend Elmer C. Johnson as their witness.
  • March 10, 1944 Jean Stokes & Edward Lillie (207 KB)
    On Feb. 12, 1944 a young Jean without the consent of her parents slipped over the county line and married a young airman, Edward Lillie from the nearby base. Her parents were not told because they would have tried to stop the union due to Jeans congenital heart disease. The secret was not long kept as the young bride discovered herself to be in the family way. The family insisted on a large and "proper" wedding and Ed and Jean were again married in Jean's home county on March 10, 1944. Their happiness was short live as the Jean's health problems, escalated with the birth of their daughter Camille, and eventually led to Jeans death just 16 months after their elopement.
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