Friday, June 4, 2010

Joseph M. Montee

Birth:     Dec. 7, 1858
              McDonough County, Illinois

Died:      Sep. 26, 1861
              McDonough County, Illinois

Joseph M. Montee was a son of Theodore Montee and his wife Nancy (nee Brundage, widow of Joel Edmonston). This child's infant sister, Rosetta, is also interred in this cemetery.

This child's father, Theodore Commodore Montee, was originally from New York State. He and Nancy Edmonston (the daughter of Soloman and Mary Brundage) were married Nov. 24, 1853 in McDonough County.

This child appears in the 1860 census as a 1-year-old listed by his middle name which appears to be "Morin."  Two older siblings are listed:  Joel E. (7 years old) [he is actually Joel Edmonston, Jr., a son from the mother's previous marriage] and George E. (4 years old).
Theodore Montee was a farmer in Bethel Township. In the 1860 census his occupation was "brick mason," but he was residing on the former McClure farm in rural McDonough County at that time with his wife and three children.  At the time of the 1870 census, he and his wife were the parents of these living children: George (1856), James (1862), Mary Elizabeth (1863), Francis (1867), Anna (1866), Elmer (1870). Other records available on state that the child Elmer died in 1873, and that a baby Dora, lived from Sep. 7, 1873 to Nov 28, 1874. Twins Delmer and Della were born in McDonough County Feb 4, 1876. Della died July 15, 1876.

Sometime after 1876, Theodore and Nancy Montee relocated to Kansas joining some of his brothers and other neighbors from Bethel County.

This burial is documented by Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry." Lester reports an inscription which read: "Joseph M., son of T.C. & Nancy Montee; d. Sep 26, 1861, age 2y 9m 20d."

I did not locate a stone in November 2007 or March 2008, likely due to general poor condition of this cemetery and the existing stones, but the tombstone of this child's infant sister was found in deteriorating condition.

Additional biographical information comes from census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from and the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.

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