Thursday, June 3, 2010

Addie A. Venard

Born:     December 1881
              McDonough County, Illinois

Died    January 1882
              McDonough County, Illinois

Addie A. Venard was the infant daughter of George G. and Emma (Norton) Venard. This cenotaph located on the left side of his parents’ stone in Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, documents that Addie and her brother Steward were buried in the “McClure Cemetery.”

George Venard was a son of William and Sarah Jane (McClure) Venard.  He was born in Bethel Township, McDonough County, on March 19, 1841. He married Emma Norton on October 13, 1864. They had nine children including Edward E., Alberta L., Alice B., Myrtle M., Leona, Margaret J., William L., and Steward and Addie A., who died as toddlers.  George and Emma Venard resided on section 14, his parents' former homestead which consisted of 200 acres of land, mostly prairie and nearly all under cultivation, according to the 1885 McDonough County history. He held different offices in the township including that of school treasurer for nine years and supervisor five years.  He served in the Civil war in the 16th Illinois Infantry for about one year, and was discharged due to an accident that occurred while cleaning a revolver. He afterwards re-enlisted in company H, of the 2d Illinois Cavalry and participated in three battles and several skirmishes.

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