Re:(PPS) James B. Hovey
Thank you, Dick, for this awesome information!
Now we know his wife's name and that they had children!
I wonder if Emma is a daughter from an earlier marriage or perhaps a relative they took in or was visiting at the time of the census.
I searched the few cemetery records they do have from the Alton area and discovered there were a couple of Hoveys on the list that are buried in the Upper Alton Cemetery, Blaine and Bessie C.(1878 to 1959).So there may have been other family members in the area.
I found out Friday from the Alton Museum that James died in July of 1878.So, according to the Census from 1870, he would have been 54 when he died.After I found out when he died I found some probate information (box and tray numbers) online and called Southern Illinois State University and they said they should be able to send me his probate information. I hope to get that information in a few weeks.
Sadly, the Upper Alton Cemetery records are not very extensive at this time, but I imagine that is where James is buried and probably Amanda.I was encouraged to believe this since he is listed as being from Upper Alton and after I saw the above Hovey's listed as being laid to rest there.Would have been nice to have had documentation, but pretty sure his grave will be there.
Thanks again, this information was so VERY helpful in piecing together his life's story.The students and the Spring Hill Historical Society will be happy to know more about our city's founder. We are hoping to have a marker set up where he built his hotel, which is now the site of a church.