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George H. and Stella (Cornell) Vanemon , Waverly

George cash-claimed a quarter in 35, 4N 47W in 1890, and another in 1891.  The latter was the location of the later Waverly Hall - school building - church.

POSSIBLE-   1) George's railroad work would have given him knowledge and perhaps free transportation 2) both George's and Stella's parents were relatively well-off, so they would have cash for a claim , 3) he was relatively knowledgeable of government paperwork. 4) there is not much in the Illinois news about the family in the 1890 time period.

In 1880 Kendall County, Illinois, Walter VanEmon is 62, born in Ohio, with Elizabeth 46 Massachusetts.  Eliza 22 is a music teacher, George H. 21 is a railroad hand, and Allen 12.  All three kids were born in Illinois.

    Thanks to Angligran.

George Hay Vanemon married Stella B. Cornell June 25, 1884 in Kendall County.

"The Cowdrey Cemetery, just down the road from the Parkhurst homestead, was incorporated in 1891. The principals were George M. Cowdrey, George H. Van Emon, and Amos J. Parkhurst. "

In 1892 George was a delegate to the convention to nominate candidates for the Illinois State Board of Agriculture.

James Smith Cornell died at his home in Yorkville, Illinois, of paralysis, September 11, 1895, at the advanced age of 87 years and 5 days.

Deceased was born in Queens County, New York, September 6, 1808. He resided there and in New York City until the spring of 1835, when he came to Illinois with Ruleif Duryea. In partnership with him, he built and opened the first store in Yorkville. The store was near where the courthouse now stands. There was but one house in the place at that time.

James S. Cornell was the second sheriff of Kendall County. He served in that capacity for six years.

September 13, 1838, he was united in marriage to Marion P. Howe. At that time they moved to the farm between Yorkville and Plano, were he resided most of his life. (The Cornell farm was located mainly in section 19, Bristol Township. It was located on the north side of present day Illinois State Route 34.) Twelve children were born to this worthy couple. Nine of whom, with their mother survive him, viz: Andrew J. Cornell of Joliet; Milton E., and Charles R. of Yorkville; Rollin T. of Fox Township; Neil of Plano; Willis J. of Dakota; Mrs. William A. Puterbaugh (Mary Duryea Cornell), Mrs. George Hay VanEmon (Stella B. Cornell) and Miss Eva A. Cornell of Yorkville.

The funeral service was at the house at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Owing to sickness in the family of Rev. Wilbur Fisk, REV. N. M. Stokes of Chicago, who was a much beloved pastor of the Yorkville Methodist Church a few years ago, conducted the service. The male quartet sang the hymns. The pallbearers were five of the sons of deceased and a son-in-law, William A. Puterbaugh. The sixth son, Rollin Cornell, was away in a southern state.

With James S. Cornell goes one of the landmarks of Kendall County. He had a large acquaintance with the older people along the Fox River, and was a much-respected man. During his long life he had been an active man, only succumbing to the insidious advance of old age the last six months. It will seem strange not to see him again on our streets as he was social in his manner and loved to recount incidents of the early years.


In 1900 Kendall County, George is a census clerk, born March 1859 and Stella Nov 1860 have Carl October 1885 and Walter January 1887.

1905 "George H . Vanemon , a cousin of W.M . Hay , was in town Over Sunday . He is a special agent of the census department and is around with deputies to get the standing of all manufacturing partnerships and corporations."

George Hay VanEmon 1859-1927 and Stella (Cornell) Van Emon 1860-1937 are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Kendall County,  per # 44449618.  It says he died in Washington, D.C. - George and Allen H 1868-1936 share a tombstone.

In 1910 Washington, D.C. Stella is 49, saying she's widowed, with Carlton, 25.

In 1911 Washington, "Charlton George Van Emon" and Antoinette Malnati were married.

George was co-author of census of manufacturers directories in1914 and 1917.

George is a census clerk in Washington in 1920, in a rooming house, saying he's married but no spouse listed.

In 1920 Cook County, Illinois, Stella is 59, living with brother Milton Cornell.  She says she's married.

District of Columbia records have George born 1857, dying Oct 20, 1927, mother Elizabeth Hay.

In 1930 San Francisco, Stella is living with niece Stella M. Skinner (who was probably Milton's daughter).

March 13, 1953 "Mrs. Antoinette Caroline Van Emon, wife of Carlton Van Emon, died suddenly at her home in Barnesville, Maryland, Monday afternoon, aged 66 years. She was a daughter of the late Antonio and Lena Malnati, of Washington. Besides her husband, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Roland Walton. Washington. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday morning. 11 o'clock at the late residence. The family i requests that flowers please be omitted and memorial contribution be made to the Heart Fund."

Carlton was buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington 1885-1968  # 13963242  .

Walter, an attorney graduating from Georgetown, died  in Klamath Falls, Oregon 1887-1942 # 124141380.

1916 Georgetown University

A scion of two of America's earliest families, Walter Cornell Van Emon, was born in Yorkville, Illinois, on the 1st of January, 1887. His parents were George H. and Stella (Cornell) Van Emon, the former being a descendant of Holland-Dutch ancestry, who settled in America in 1650. They were prominent and well known people from the establishment of the city of New Amsterdam on down through the Revolutionary period to the present day. They emigrated to Illinois when that state was a part of Virginia and in the Civil war their patriotic spirit prompted voluntary enlistment. For generations the Van Emons were successful farmers, as were the Cornells, who came from Wales to America as early as 1604. The Cornells have always been worthy and representative citizens and their name may be found along with those of other families who fought so gallantly for their adopted country in times of war.

The schools of Yorkville, Illinois, afforded Walter C. Van Emon his early education and then removing to Washington, D. C, with his father, who had accepted a position in one of the government departments, he entered the high school, from which he was graduated in the required time. He then entered Georgetown University, taking up the study of law, and in 1909 he was graduated from that institution with the LL. B. degree. Soon afterward he received an appointment as special agent of the United States land office in field work and this work carried him to all parts of America, the west in particular. In 1917 he tendered his resignation from government service and located at Klamath Falls, where he has since engaged in the practice of his profession, being numbered among the most prominent members of the Oregon bar. He brought to the profession thorough training and natural qualifications of a high order, and the able services he has already rendered constitute a promise of many years of usefulness to any community where he lives. He has built up a large clientele, specializing in corporation law, and it is said that he represents a large percentage of the lumber concerns of southern Oregon. Mr. Van Emon is clear and concise in his presentation of a cause, logical in his deductions and sound in his reasoning, while in the application of legal principles he is seldom at fault. He determined on Klamath Palls as a suitable location because of the climate and opportunities it offered and he has made many friends who hold him in high esteem.

In 1915 Mr. Van Emon was united in marriage to Miss Julia Edith Rinker, a daughter of James Rinker of Wakeeney, Kansas, and they have three children: Walter Cornell, III.; Carlton Allen; and Elizabeth Ruth. Mrs. Van Emon is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a woman of much culture and social grace. She is a model mother and housewife and her home is noted for its hospitality.

In politics Mr. Van Emon is an earnest republican and he stands for all that is progressive in matters of citizenship. His fraternal affiliations are with the Masons and he has traveled both branches, being a Knight Templar as well as a thirty-second degree Mason. He is likewise a Noble of Hillah Temple. A. A. O. N. M. S. Mr. Van Emon has filled all the chairs in the Blue lodge and he endeavors in every way to live up to the teachings of the craft. In line with his profession he has membership in the State Bar and the American Bar Associations and his interest in the development and welfare of the community is demonstrated by his connection with the Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Van Emon is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta college fraternity, in which organization he takes great pride and pleasure. There is no man more familiar with the land laws of the country than Mr. Van Emon and he is regarded as one of the rising young lawyers of the coast.

Walter Cornell Van Emon
   Born: 1 JAN 1887       at: Yorkville, Kendall, IL 
Married: 8 JUN 1915       at: Reno, Washoe, NV 
   Died: 28 MAR 1942      at: Klamath Falls, Klamath, OR 
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   Wife: Julia Edith Rinker
    Born: 22 AUG 1886      at: Lindsborg, KS 
   Died: 22 NOV 1975      at: Walnut Creek, CA 
 Father:James Madison Rinker  Mother:Henrietta Ann Hottel
   Name: Walter Cornell Van Emon
   Born: 13 APR 1916     Spouses: Dorothy Dawn Brown  Anne Callahan 
   Name: Carlton Allen Van Emon
   Born: 7 APR 1918       at: Klamath Falls, Klamath, OR 
Married: 22 DEC 1941      at: ,Frederick, MD 
   Died: 5 DEC 1984       at: Santa Clara, CA 
Spouses: Antoinette Caroline Bonthron 
   Name: Elizabeth Ruth Van Emon
   Born: 12 SEP 1920     
Married: 1941            Spouses: Paul Knapp  Alan Leo O'Neill 
   Name: Maurice Oliver Van Emon



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