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Biographical Sketch for
Alexander Druse Family


Alexander Druse--+  +--Alexander Near------+  +--Charles Mortimer----+
                 |  |                      +--+                      |
                 +--+  Mary L. Stiles------+     Cornelia Cleveland--+
                 |  |
Magdalena Near---+  |
                    +--Mahitabel
                    |
                    |
                    +--Malitta-------------+  +--Lena
                    |                      +--+
                    |  Thomas Edwards------+  +--Waldo
                    |
                    |
                    +--Lana Marie----------+--+--Mehetable Webb (adopted)
                    |
                    |
                    |  Emily Chittendon----+  +--Carlisle------------+
                    |                      |  |                      |
                    |                      |  |  Cora M. Geier-------+
                    |                      +--+
                    |                      |  |
                    |                      |  +--Edward James--------+
                    |                      |                         |
                    |                      |     Barbara (unknown)---+
                    |                      |
                    +--James---------------+
                    |                      |
                    |  Laura Avery---------+
                    |
                    |
                    +--George Lonson-------+  +--Fannie
                    |                      |  |
                    |                      |  |
                    |                      |  +--Frank---------------+
                    |                      +--+                      |
                    |                      |  |  Stella Neil---------+
                    |                      |  |
                    |                      |  |
                    |  Nancy L. Ray--------+  +--Nellie
                    |                         |
                    |                         |
                    |                         +--Martha R.-----------+
                    |                                                |
                    |                            Walter H. Beake-----+
                    |
                    |
                    +--Melinda M.----------+
                    |                      +--+--Oliver
                    |  Caleb C. Whitney----+
                    |
                    |
                    +--Stephen Tillou------+
                    |                      +--+--Minnie Leedoura (adopted)
                    |  Mary Louise Avery---+
                    |
                    |
                    +--Elizabeth Ann-------+  +--William
                    |                      +--+
                    |  (unknown) Whitney---+  +--Elmer
                    |
                    |
                    +--Rachel--------------+
                    |                      |
                    |  Daniel Thomas-------+
                    |
                    |
                    +--Carlysle


The Druse family cemetery is located on Washington Street
just to the west of US Route 45.


Alexander Druse

Last name spelled both Druse and Druce. Born December 14, 1792, at Springfield, New York. Married Magdalena Near in Herkimer County, New York, on April 10, 1814. See tree above for children. Came to Lake County, Illinois, in 1842, and settled in the locality of Druce Lake, which he named. From Warren, Herkimer County, New York, hence name of township he settled. Died April 1 (?), 1877, at Druce Lake, Illinois.

Magdalena Near

Known as Lana. Born on October 24, 1793 (1794?), in New York. Daughter of George Near. Died November 24, 1850, at Druce Lake, Illinois.

Children of Alexander and Magdalena Near Druse


Alexander Near

Born on April 14, 1815, in New York Married Mary L. (D?) Stiles. She was born on July 4, 1825, in New York, The daughter of Benjamin Stiles, born about 1804, in New York. She died on June 28, 1890.
Children. Died on April 12, 1898, at age 83 years (obituary).

Mahitabel

She was born on October 10, 1818, in New York State. She died on September 29, 1839 and is buried in New York.

Malitta

Also seen spelled Malita. Born in 1821 in New York. Married Thomas Edwards. Children: Lena, died in 1938 in Waukegan; Waldo. Died in 1874.

Lana Marie

Also seen as Lana Maria. Born on March 1, 1823 in New York. Did not marry. Adopted Mehetable Webb. Died in December, 1905, at Druce Lake, Illinois.

James

Born on March 13, 1825, in New York. Married Emily Chittendon. She was born in 1838. She died on May 29, 1868, at age 33 years and 4 months.
Children by Emily. Married Laura Avery. She was born on November 21, 1842, in Canada and died on October 5, 1906. No children by Laura. Died on August 15, 1901.

George Lonson

Born on October 4, 1828, in New York State. Married Nancy L. Ray about December 23, 1853. She was born in 1830 in New York and died in 1898.
Children. Died on February 19, 1893, at age 64 years 4 months 15 days.

Melinda M.

Born on December 7, 1830 in New York. Married Caleb C. Whitney. Children: Oliver. Died on December 20, 1877, at age 47 years.

Stephen Tillou

Born on February 9, 1832, in New York State. Married Mary Louise Avery. She was born on November 3, 1850, in Canada, and died on July 6, 1921. She was the daughter of William and Alvira Hunt Avery. No children. Adopted Mary Leedoura Moulton, afterward called Minnie Leedoura Druse. Died on April 25 (26?), 1909, at Druce Lake, Illinois, at age 78 years, after a short illness.

Elizabeth Ann

Born April 21, 1834, in New York. Married _________ Whitney. Children: William; Elmer.

Rachel

Born on June 3, 1837 in New York. Married Daniel Thomas about February 22, 1858. He was a farmer. No children. She died and is buried at Marengo, Illinois.

Carlysle

Also seen spelled Carlisle. Born on June 23, 1840. Did not marry. Served as Private in Co. B, 96th Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, enlisting on August 9, 1862. Died on June 13, 1864, in Tennessee, by accident, from a falling tree.

Children of Alexander Near and Mary L. Stiles Druse


Charles Mortimer

Born in 1847, in Illinois, Married Cornelia Cleveland on December 23, 1868. She was the daughter of John Milton and Mary Ann Tayler Cleveland. Served Co. I 17th Illinois Cavalry, Children: (son) Florance J. (Florence Cleveland?), born about 1873 and died in 1924, Died on June 19, 1877. Cornelia remarried, to
John Minto, on April 27, 1881. Cornelia died at Elgin, Illiois, on December 3, 1894.

Children of James and Emily Chittendon Druse


Carlisle

Born on September 13, 1864, Married Cora M. Geier, She born May 21, 1890 and died September 18, 1938, Died on May 21, 1944.

Edward James

Born on April 6, 1868, Married Barbara _____________ She born 1870 and died in 1906, Died on June 1, 1957.

Children of George Lonson and Nancy L. Ray Druse


Fannie

Born in 1865 in Illinois. Died in 1939.

Frank

Born on February 9, 1869, in Illinois. Married Stella Neil. Died on September 28, 1941.

Nellie

Born 1871, in Illinois. Died in 1937.

Martha R.

Known as Mattie. Born on June 5,1873, in Illinois. Married Walter H. Beake about February 20, 1900. He born on April 12, 1861, and died on July 1, 1955. Died on August 24, 1942.
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