Friday, June 4, 2010

John Venard

Birth:  1781
          Washington County, Pennsylvania

Died: 1849
          McDonough County, Illinois

John Venard was a son of William and Dorothy Venard of Harrison county, Kentucky. Along with his wife and adult children, he made the move to Illinois in 1829 and was temporarily in Morgan County until his land purchase in McDonough County was finalized. His younger brother George Venard (married to Frances Mitchell and buried in Camp Creek Cem., Industry Twp., McDonough Co.), Illinois also came to McDonough County in 1832.

He owned most of the Southeast quarter of section 14, Bethel Township, when he died. The name of his first wife is unknown, his second wife, Sarah (Wilson) is presumed to be the mother of all of his known children.

John and Sarah Venard were the parents of William (born 1816, Harrison Co., Kentucky); Eliza (born 1813); Mary [wife of Henry V. Craig]; Sally Jane (born 1820) [wife of Russell Rigg]; Lucinda [wife of James Hoover].

Sources: "Venard-Van Antwerp-. . . McClure . . . etc. Genealogy," by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1983, Macomb, Illinois, and "Corrections & Additions for Venard-Van Antwerp Genealogy" by Daniel Lloyd Venard, 1988; also from a copy of William Venard's will from Harrison County, Kentucky, federal census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from, the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index

The poor condition of this cemetery and the existing stones has made it impossible to locate his grave since prior to 1983 when it was documented by Daniel L. Venard

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