SARAH MINERVA (WHEELOCK) SEESHOLTS

B. March 7, 1850 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL
D. May 1, 1937 in Elgin, Kane County, IL
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  • Father: Jerome R. Wheelock born about 1825 in New York; died February 1860 According to the February 27, 1860 Chicago Tribune:

“Died. At McHenry, Ill., Jerome R. Wheelock, aged 34 years.”

  • Mother: Ephalinda (Briggs) Wheelock born about 1828 in New York, daughter of Austin Briggs (1786-1862) and Annis (Town) Briggs (1788-1876) (See section pertaining to Austin Briggs buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Annis (Town) Briggs buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Husband 1: Dwight L. Gillmore born about 1844 in Illinois son of Benjamin Parker Gillmore (1809-1862) and Mariam Saviah (Harper) Gillmore (1814-1897); married Sarah Minerva Wheelock on March 7, 1866 in Lake County, IL; divorced Sarah Minerva Wheelock on April 19, 1969 in Lake County, IL
  • Husband 2: Edgar Lewis “Edward” Seesholts born September 28, 1849 in Quincy, Adams County, IL; married Sarah Minerva Wheelock on December 30, 1872 in Lake County, IL; Edgar died March 18, 1926 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Edgar Lewis “Edward” Seesholts buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery).
  • Children:
    1. John Jerome Seesholts; born July 16, 1875 in St. Paul, MN; married Eva St. Clair Parmely (1876-1957) on February 16, 1896 in Bremer County, IA; John died February 17, 1945 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS; John and Eva are buried in Wichita Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS; According to the Wichita Evening Eagle (Wichita KS) Saturday, August 10, 1957:

“Mrs. Eva P. Seesholts – Mrs. Eva P. Seesholts, 81, died early Saturday morning at her home at 408 N. Clifton.  Mrs. Seesholts was the widow of a Wichita pioneer radio man, John J. Seesholts, who died in 1945.  Seesholts had the first exclusive radio store in Wichita.  Mrs. Seesholts was born March 27, 1876, in Avoca, Wis.  She came to Wichita from Chicago in 1904.  She was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church and the Acacia Club.  Mrs. Seesholts is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Herbert (Vivian) Bullinger, 519 S. Walnut, and Mrs. W. T. Fowler, 408 N. Clifton; three sisters, Mrs. Alfa Stalker, Salt Lake City, Utah; Mrs. E. H. Hileman, Coral Gables, Fla., and Mrs. Truman William, of Altadena, Calif.; two brothers, M. E. Parmely, Waterloo, Iowa, and Art Parmely, Chula Vista, Calif.; one granddaughter, and two great-grandsons.  Funeral services will be announced later by the Downing Mortuary.  Interment will be in Wichita Park Cemetery.”

  1. Maude Minerva (Seesholts) McMillen born June 4, 1877 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, MN; married Willis John McMillen (1873-1944); Maude died December 26, 1934 in Antioch, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Maud Minerva (Seesholts) McMillen buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Willis John McMillen buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  2. Edgar “Eddie” Harry Seesholts born December 26, 1889 in Wichita, Sedgwick County, KS; married Lorelee Hatch (1893-1968); Edgar died October 16, 1934 in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL; Edgar and Lorelle are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL
  • Siblings:
    • Harvey J. Wheelock born December 31, 1856 in Hainesville, Lake County, IL; married Helen L. Hendee (1858-1944) on February 17, 1882 in Lake County, IL, daughter of Harley H. Hendee (1810-1869) and Lucina (Kingsbury) Hendee (1819-1900); Harvey died October 18, 1933; Harvey and Helen are buried in Grayslake Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL

Additional Information:

According to the 1850 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL, the household members were: Austin Briggs, age 64, occupation farmer, born in Connecticut; Anna (sic Annis) Briggs, age 62, born in New York, Jerome Wheelock, age 25, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Ephalinda Wheelock, age 22, born in Illinois; Sarah M. Wheelock, age 2/12, born in Illinois.

According to the 1860 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville post office the household members were: Ostin Briggs, age 74, occupation: farmer, born in New York; Allice Briggs, age 72, born in New York; Ephflinda Wealock (sic Wheelock) age 22 (sic 32), born in New York; Manvia (sic Minerva) Wealock, age 10, born in Illinois; Henry J. Wealock, age 3, born in Illinois; Abbey Briggs, age 40, born in New York, Henry Briggs, age 17, occupation: farmer, born in Illinois; Wallice Briggs, ag 15, born in Illinois.

According to the 1870 U.S. Census for the Town of Avon, Lake County, IL with a Hainesville post office the household members were: Epheline Wheelock, age 42, born in New York; Minerva Wheelock, age 20, born in Illinois; Harry J. Wheelock, age 13, born in Illinois; Ames Sprague, age 81, retired, born in Vermont.

According to the 1880 U.S. Census for Township No. 126 North, Range 44 West, Stevens County, MN the household members were: Edward Seesholth (sic Edgar Seesholts) age 30, married, occupation: farmer, born in Illinois, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Maryland; Minerva Seesholth, age 30, wife, married, born in Illinois, parents born in New York; John Seesholth, age 5, son, single, born in Minnesota; Maud Seesholth, age 3, daughter, single, born in Minnesota.

According to the 1885 Kansas State Census for Wichita City, KS the household members were: E. W. Lashott (sic Edgar Lewis Seesholts) age 35, married, occupation: teamsters, born in Illinois, came from Minnesota; Minerva Lashott, age 35, married, born in Illinois; John Lashott, age 10, born in Minnesota; Maude Lashott, age 8, born in Minnesota; E. Wheelock, age 56, widowed, born in New York, came from Illinois.

According to the 1900 U.S. Census for Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Edgar L. Seesholts, head, born September 1849, age 5, married 27 years, born in Illinois, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Maryland, occupation: laborer – brick yard; Minerva Seesholts, wife, born March 1850, married 27 years, 3 children born, 3 children living, born in Illinois, parents born in New York; Edgar H. Seesholts, son, born December 1889, born in Kansas

According to unverified affidavits by Sarah Minerva Seesholts – January 20, 1904:

“Minerva Seesholts being duly sworn on auth that she is a resident of Grays Lake, Lake County, Illinois and has been a resident of Lake County for more than forty years, that she is the daughter of Ephelinda Wheelock, widow of Jerome Wheelock.  Affiant further says that she was well acquainted with Lillian Briggs in her lifetime, that said Lillian Briggs, daughter of Laurin Briggs, was unmarried during 1869 and to the best of affiant’s knowledge of the age of about 18 years that affiant verily believes the said Lillian Briggs was of age April 17, 1869.  Affiant further says that the father of affiant, husband of Ephelinda Wheelock died sometime in 1860 and that said Ephelinda Wheelock was a widow and unmarried on the 12th day of April 1869.  Affiant further says that she well knew Henry Briggs, son of Hiram Briggs, that said Henry Briggs was in his lifetime married but that the wife of said Hiram Briggs is long since deceased that affiant is not advised whether or not said Henry Briggs wife was living on May 13, 1870.  Affiant further say that she well knew Wallis Briggs and that Wallis Briggs was single and of lawful age on the 13th day of May 1870.  Affiant further says that she well knew Abby Briggs widow of Hiram Briggs, that said Abby Briggs never remarried after the death of Hiram Briggs.”

According to the 1905 Kansas State Census for Wichita City, KS the household members were: E.L. Seesholts, age 55; Minerva Seesholts, age 55, Edgar Seesholts, age 15, John Seesholts, age 29, Eva Seesholts, age 28; Vivian Seesholts, age 8, Fernella Seesholts, age 4

According to the 1907 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for Wichita, KS:

Seesholts Edgar H, clk Wichita Coal & M Co, b 445 Ida av.
Seesholts Edgar L (Minerva), weigher Wichita Coal & M Co, r 445 Ida av.
Seesholts John J (Eva S), clk Morton-Simmons Hdw Co, r 250 Laura av.

According to the 1908 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for Wichita, KS:

Seesholts Edgar H. clk Wichita Coal & M Co. b 445 Ida av.
Seesholts Edgar L (Minerva), scaler Wichita Coal & M Co, r 445 Ida av
Seesholts John J (Eva), buyer Morton-Simmons Hdw Co, r 203 Pattie av.

According to the 1909 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for Wichita, KS:

Seesholts Edgar H., clk Morton-Simmons Hdw Co. b 345 Eda av
Seesholts Edgar L (Minerva S), r 345 Ida av.
Seesholtz John J (Eva C), buyer Morton-Simmons Hdw Co. r 203 Pattie av.

According to the 1910 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 for Wichita, Kansas:

Seesholts Edgar H. clk Morton-Simmons Hwd Co, b 345 Ida av.
Seesholts Edgar L (Minerva S), (Seesholts & Emmons), r 345 Ida av
Seesholts John J (Eva C), buyer Morton-Simmons Hdw Co, r 203 Pattie av.
Seesholts & Emmons, (Edgar L Seesholts, Wm S Emmons), feed 920 E Douglas av.

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Wichita City, Sedgwick County, KS the household members were: Edgar L. Seesholts, head, age 60, married once for 37 years, born in Illinois, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Maryland, occupation: merchant – feed store; Minerva Seesholts, wife, age 60, married once for 37 years, 3 children born, 3 children living, born in Illinois, parents born in New York; Edgar H. Seesholts, son, age 20, single, born in Kansas, occupation: bookkeeper – hardware wh

According to the 1913 U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 in Wichita, Kansas:

Seesholts Edgar H, trav agt, b 316 Ida av.
Seesholts Edgar L (Minerva), bkpr, r 316 Ida av.
Seesholts John J (Eva P), clk Morton-Simmons Hdw Co, r 203 Pattie av.

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Grays Lake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on E. Railroad Ave. the household members were: Edgar Seesholts, head, age 70, married, born in Illinois, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Maryland, occupation: bookkeeper – milk company; Minerva Seesholts, wife, age 69, born in Illinois, parents born in New York.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Grayslake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Westfield Place the household members were: Willis J. McMillen, head, age 58, married at age 23, born in Kansas, father born in New York, mother born in Illinois, occupation: mason – foundation plastering; Maude N. McMillen, wife, age 53, married at age 19, born in Minnesota, father born in Ohio, mother born in Illinois; Sarah M. Seesholts, mother-in-law, age 80, widowed, born in Illinois, parents born in New York

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Thursday, December 27, 1934, page 18:

JIM M’MILLEN’S MOTHER DIES OF HEART AILMENT
   “Mrs. Maud McMillen, 57 years old, mother of James McMillen, former University of Illinois football star and now a prominent professional wrestler, died yesterday at her home in Antioch of a heart ailment, from which she had been suffering for some months.  Funeral services will be held in Antioch this afternoon at 2 o’clock and burial will be in Fort Hill cemetery, near Volo.  Besides her son Mrs. McMillen leaves her husband, Willis; a daughter, Mrs. Wesley Faulkner of Grays Lake, and her mother, Mrs. Sarah Seesholts.”

According to the Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950:

“Name: Sarah M Seesholts; Age: Unk; Cert No.: 0000422; Death Date: 1937-05-01; County: Du Page; City: Elgin”

 According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Name: Sara Seeholst (sic); Date Date/Place: 01 May 1937, Elgin State Hospital; Cause of Death: Arterio Scierosis; Age: 87 yr, 1 mo, 24 da; Minister: Rev. Sheibe, Congregational Church, Grayslake; Burial Place: Fort Hill Cem.”