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Johann Heinrich "Henry" Ault
Anna Maria Walther
Christian Glades Miller
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James Henry Ault


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Lucy Ann (Susanna) Larrow

James Henry Ault

  • Born: 1 Jan 1825, Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • Marriage: Lucy Ann (Susanna) Larrow on 4 Jan 1846 in Stephenson County, Illinois
  • Died: 8 Nov 1860, McConnells Grove, Waddams Township, Stephenson County, Illinois at age 35
  • Buried: Silent Hill Cemetery, McConnells Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois

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Census, 1830, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Gregg Township, Roll 165 Book 1, Page 360a.

Census, 1840, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Roll 451 Book 1, Page 115a, Gregg Township.

Census, 1850, Illinois, Stephenson County, Wadam Township, Roll 129 Book 1, Page 319b. Age 28 yrs.

History: U.S. Post Office, 1851, McConnells Grove, Waddams Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. McConnell's Grove opened its first Post Office on June 6, 1849 with Robert McConnell as first Postmaster. There have been only eighteen Postmasters at McConnell in the 139 years of its existence.

The following is a list of McConnell's Grove Postmasters of the Original McConnell's Grove Post Office and thier dates of appointment:

Robert McConnell - 06/19/1849, James H. Ault - 03/19/1851, Chester William Nash - 07/06/1853, Robert B. Moore - 09/30/1859, Edwin S. Hamlin - 02/03/1860, Daniel S. Bogar -12/20/1860, William F. Rockey - 11/17/1862, Charles S. McNutt - 03/03/1871, James Price - 07/12/1877

General History, 1855, McConnells Grove, Waddams Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. The 1850's continued to bring growth to McConnell's Grove. James Ault built a hotel on 3rd Street in 1855. Gottfried Kilian built a large two story brick home west of the hotel in 1856. Robert McConnell plotted its second addition to the town, this being north of the original plot. The bridge crossing the river was replaced with a new wooden bridge in 1858. Also on February 4, 1857 Robert McConnell deeded approximately 995 acres of land to the Illinois Central Railroad. The town retained this except for the railroad right-of-way through it. The railroad purchased the land because of its thick timbered area and proximity to the Pecatonica River. The cut timber was floated or barged via the river to Freeport where track was being laid. John C. Conaty was the railroad agent in charge.

Newspaper Article: Freeport Daily Journal, 7 Oct 1857, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois.

The Wheat Crop - Editors Freeport Journal:

Having seen the accounts of the wonderful crops of wheat raised in Northern Illinois, and thinking that is was overrated, I have taken some paths to enquire of my neighbors who have threshed their wheat, and will give you the amount per acre, as they gave it to me: Alexander Robieson had a fraction over nineteen bushels per acre; Daniel Frazier had fourteen bushels per acre, Nathaniel Rathburn had eighteen bushels per acre; Peter Ready had ten and a half bushels per acre; William and Henry Hake had eight and three-fifths bushels per acre; James H. Ault had twenty and a half bushels per acre. Now we don't know wheat but may be a great deal better in other neighborhoods than it is in this, but we think not.

The above we suppose to be facts.
Respectfully, &c.,

Census, 1860, Illinois, Stephenson County, Waddams Township, New Pennsylvania Post Office, Roll 230 Book 1, Page 294. Age 38 yrs. Profession, occupation, or trade shows Public House & Farmer.

Biography: Portrait and biographical album of Stephenson County, Illinois, 1888.

Mr. Ault was twice married, his first wife having been Miss Mary Miller, of Pennsylvania, who survived twenty years, and of which union there were five children, namely; David, Elizabeth, William, James and Charlotta, all of whom reside in Stephenson County.

Newspaper Article: The Daily Journal, 22 Mar 1898, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois. Mrs. Wm. Henan has bought the Ault property on the west bank of the river.

Newspaper Article: The Daily Journal, 22 Mar 1899, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois. McConnell, March 20. Chas. Stabenow has bought the Ault farm, across the river, for which he paid $51 per acre.

Newspaper Article: The Daily Journal, 25 Jul 1899, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois. Stephenson County Abstract Office. FREEPORT, Ill., July 25,1899. The following deals have been made since our last report: Heirs of J. H. Ault to Jacob Jonas, 14 acres, sw 1/4, sw 1/4, 4, 28, 7, Waddams, $742.

Newspaper Article: The Daily Journal, 10 Oct 1899, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois. McConnell - Alf. Robb has bought the old Ault barn and is having it taken down.

Newspaper Article: The Daily Journal, 23 May 1905, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois. McConnell - [From our Own Correspondent.] The Modern Woodmen have purchased the Ault property of Bert Brundage and they expect to build a large hall in the near future.

Newspaper Article: Freeport Journal-Standard, 28 May 1921, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois.


The docket for the June term of the circuit court which convened on Monday, June. 6, closed at midnight last night. The total number of cases filed was 34 chancery and 10 common law, making 44 in all. Of that number seventeen were divorces, this being a larger number than usual for any one term in this county.

There are a number of interesting cases to come before the court, according to the docket, among them being the appeal and contest of will suit of the late Mrs. Eliza Jacobs will and the trespass on the case brought by Grace Baramore against the Illinois Central railroad company.

Chancery Cases: Wilbur Shippie vs. James H. Ault et al, quiet title.


James married Lucy Ann (Susanna) Larrow, daughter of George Larrow and Rebecca Abigail Snyder, on 4 Jan 1846 in Stephenson County, Illinois. (Lucy Ann (Susanna) Larrow was born on 31 Jan 1824 in Union County, Pennsylvania, died on 25 Jun 1897 in McConnell, Stephenson County, Illinois and was buried in Silent Hill Cemetery, McConnell, Stephenson County, Illinois.)

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License Number:. 283

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