John:Even though I can't give you a proven line, I suggest you try the library loan services.Can't think of the proper name...age 82 leaves a few gaps!Try the National Genealogical Society in Virginia , or was it DC?I found my information in the county courthouses BIN (before internet).I doubt that you will find the connecting links on the internet.Check censuses in the counties where your last known ancestor lived....Check deeds and wills.. but especially deeds!
Andrew Bartleson of Penn's Neck (Salem), NJ, received a grant from William Penn confirming his ownership of land that he already had.This land was sold by his grandson, Richard Bartleson when Richard, a chairmaker, moved toRowan County, NC.(Salem Co., NJ, was running out of wood at this time.)Richard's father, Zachariah, had two brothers, John and Peter.In 1756, Richard sells "the moiety or half part of 400 acres to Elisha Bassett.Peter Bartleson died unmarried.John Bartleson married, but I have not traced his heirs.Richard had brothers who died before he went to North Carolina.As far as I know, Richard Bartleson and his sons, John, Zachariah, and William, were the only surviving men with that surname.Richard Bartleson died in Rowan Co., NC.His wife, Jane/Jean (Groom) Bartleson went to Wayne County with her sons.Zachariah and William died there.I am not sure about John.My inheritance is from a daughter of Richard and Jane....Hannah Bartleson who seems to have married "Little Tom Taylor" after the death of her sister, Mary, who was Little Tom's first wife.Little Tom was a Tory who followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky about 1783 or 1784.
My line is (1) Eskil Larsson, (2) Bartle Eskilsson, (3) Andrew Bartleson, (4) Zachariah Bartleson, (5) Richard Bartleson, (6) Hannah Bartleson, (7) Jane Taylor, who m. Doven Hendren, (8) Thomas Hendren, who m. Nancy Ellen Howard, (9) Sarah Minerva Hendren, who m. Oliver F. Jackson, (10) Anna Jackson, who married Walter P. Brooks.....my parents!Mother was born in Lexington, KY.Daddy was born in Gardner, Massachusetts.
I am a "damnyankee" (at heart) who was born in Atlanta, GA.(My schoolmates told me that my father was a damnyankee, so what else could I be?
It sounds very likely that your family would have come to Illinois by way of Kentucky.Check out Wayne County.
Good luck, Anne.