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This page is about the John Eighner who married Nancy McBride. His father may have used this name, but is entered here as Gene Eighner. One of Nancy McBride's sons was also named John Eighner is here: John Eighner Jr as he was generally known. Among the living John Eighners are Living Male and Living Male
Although various Eighners who were born elsewhere and moved elsewhere passed through Chicago, John Eighner is the ancestor of nearly all Illinois native Eighners (and many of Minnesota) and their descendants. John's brother Joe spelled his name "Eighnor," had only daughters, and moved to San Antonio (Bexar County), Texas. John's brother George had only one child (we know of), a son Birchel Lee Eighnor. John's brother Frank had only a daughter. John's sister Louise apparently had no children and his sister Amelia had several children who, of course did not bear the Eighner name. John's daugher Nellie died in infancy.
John's sons Charles and John (generally called "Jack") through his son Clarence are responsible for most Illinois Eighners. John's son Joseph had a son, but neither of his grandsons resided in Illinois past childhood. John's son James had a son (Howard) who as an adult adopted the name of mother's second husband (Taylor) and was a bachelor besides. John's son Arthur married very late in life and had a son, but his wife and son removed to the South after Arthur died.
My father's second wife Claudia recorded in the Mormon archives that John was born in France. The only support for this I have found is discussed in the article Gene Eighner. John always reported to the census that he was born in Ohio or Kentucky. His brothers and sisters appear to have a similar confusion. Apparently the family was never long in one vicinity before they reach Ohio. About the time John married he moved to Illinois to Iroquios County. (Iroquois Co. was created in 1833, before there is any evidence of Eighners in the vicinity. But various in-laws were in this area while it was still part of Vermilion County.) John's brothers and sisters and father followed this move. It is not clear his mother lived to make the move. Many of the siblings may have lacked a clear idea of where they were born.
—Lars Eighner August 14, 2013, at 09:43 PM
By the time of the 1900 census John Eighner and Nancy McBride's family is complete. She has borne 6 children of which 5 survive.
John Jr is one of several John Eighners generally called Jack. Jack might have been born as early as August, 1875 (as reported to the 1900 census). He was the first born, the tallest, and the child who most resembled his father. John Jr married Mary K. Nelson and had two children: Clarence and Carrie. Clarence had many children, making his father the root of one of the two main branches of the Illinois Eighners.
Generally called "Charles Senior" took after his mother. He married Mabel Keene and had numerous children, making him the root of the other main branch of the Illinois Eighners.
Anna married Arthur Burdick.
Nellie died at little over 1 year of age. The 1900 census reports Nancy had a child that was not surviving. Nellie’s headstone, apparently, has been located, and it states she died aged 1 year, 1 month, and 12 days on February 17, 1897.
|820||1068||John Agner||33||M||.||"[day Labor]||.||.||France||.||.||.||.|
"Population schedules of the eighth census of the United States, 1860,Ohio" Retrieved 07 April 2016. Archive.org https://archive.org/stream/populationschedu979unit#page/n35/mode/1up and https://archive.org/stream/populationschedu979unit#page/n34/mode/1up
John Eighner, 73, died of rheumatism of the heart at his home in Fleming street sometime between 5 and 6 o'clock Monday evening, October 24.
For two months Mr. Eighner had been confined to his home with rheumatism in his limbs, but had become much better and for two weeks had been able to be about town some. On Monday evening, when his wife came in from milking, she spoke to him, but receiving no answer assumed him to be asleep and left him undisturbed until she prepared supper. When she again went in where he lay and he did not respond she found he was dead. She at once telephoned Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bauer, neighbors, and a physician. The physician stated that the rheumatism had shifted to his heart, causing death.
John Eighner was born on a farm in Ohio in 1854. When a boy he resided until his marriage, in 1875, to Miss Nancy McBride, when he and his bride went to housekeeping on a farm just across the line in Iroquois county. Fourteen years ago they moved to Watseka, bought the Spry place, and have since operated a truck, fruit, and dairy business there.
Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eighner, five are living. They are: Jack Eighner of Rankin, Charles and Joe, residing near Watseka, James of Flora, and Mrs. Arthur Burdick (Anna) of Watseka. There are 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by three brothers: Joe Eighner of San Antonio, Texas, Frank of LaFayette, and George Eighner, of Rankin; two sisters: Mrs. John Reed of Milford, and Mrs. Ed Matson, of Fowler, Ind., besides a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral takes place from the family residence at 1:30 this (Wednesday) afternoon, and is in charge of Rev. R. N. Cloyd. Interment will be at the Woodland cemetery.
[end transcription] Clipping from Bonnie Kamps Collection, Watseka Times, October 26, 1927.
|Titles and Terms (Original):|
|Event Date:||24 Oct 1927|
|Event Place:||Watseka, Iroquois, Ill.|
|Birth Year (Estimated):||1854|
|Father's Name:||Samuel Eighner|
|Father's Titles and Terms:|
|Mother's Titles and Terms:|
|Residence Place:||Watseka, Ill.|
|Spouse's Name:||Nancy Eighner|
|Spouse's Titles and Terms (Original):|
|Burial Date:||26 Oct 1927|
|Burial Place:||Woodland, Ill.|
|Digital Folder Number:||4008203|
|GS Film number:||1614261|
|Reference ID:||38305 cn 81|
"Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3FB-JHG : accessed 06 Aug 2013), John Eighner, 24 Oct 1927.
Father "Samuel Eighner" is explicable only if the informant was ill-informed.
|294||303||Eighner Charley||Son||W||M||Aug||1878||21||S||.||.||.||Illinois||Ohio||Illinois||.||.||.||Farm hand||.||3||Yes||Yes||Yes||.||.||.||.|
Here is John and Nancy's family complete in 1900 plus John Jr.'s new wife Mary Nelson. (Little Nellie did not survive to appear in any census.) Nancy is shown as born in July, 1959. Her father is shown as born in Pennsylvania, but he is reported as born in Virginia in other places, so this does not help eliminate or confirm the 1870 Paxton census.
Census image "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch: accessed 03 Aug 2012, Nancy Eighner in household of John Eighner, ED 57 Butler Township Election District 1 Rankin vill., Vermilion, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 15B, family 303, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240348.
|— Louise||W||F||23||Wife||/||/||keeping House||Ohio||France||France|
|Agner George||W||M||19||Son||/||Worker on Farm||Ohio||France||France|
|— Frank||W||M||17||Son||/||Worker on Farm||Ohio||France||France|
|— Joseph||W||M||12||Son||/||at School||/||Kentucky||France||France|
Census Image Detail excerpted from Archive org United States. Bureau of the Census; United States. National Archives and Records Service. 10th census, 1880, Illinois [microform] ([197-]) Reel 0254 - 1880 Illinois Federal Population Census Schedules - Tazewell (cont'd: ED 253, sheet 3-end), Union, and Vermilion (part: EDs 1-207, sheet 4) Counties; detail Butler Township, Vermilion County, sheet 213 A. https://archive.org/stream/10thcensus0254unit#page/n583/mode/1up
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