ABC Chronicles and more on Helen Cox Tregillis…

Sometime around the end of 2002 I made contact with Helen Cox Tregillis a descendant of George and Arloa Spracklin who lived in Cowden, Illinois.  Helen had written a booklet titled:

Front Cover of the Chronicle

Front Cover of the Chronicle

The ABC Family Chronicles Some Descendants of Stoneburner, Austin, Spracklin, and Broyles Lines, Vol. I, by Helen Cox Tregillis, BS, MS and CGRS.  The CGRS means she was a Certified Genealogist which is not an easy thing to accomplish through the Board for Certification of Genealogists which is now online but still hard to pass their strict tests.  I know I have friends you have tried and failed but I know they will succeed at some point.

The Family History Library has a digital version but every time I try to access it I am told it is too busy to view, apparently you have to be in the library or at a Family Center to access this book online.  I do have a copy so just let me know.

Helen and I corresponded by email and also talked on the phone. I was so happy to meet her. I purchased her book and she attached a note  inside the front cover of my copy.

Helen's note to me

Helen’s note to me

The Spracklin information starts on page 24 and goes to page 42 of this book. She has sources, and also writes a little more about some of the individuals listed below as well as handwritten notes adding more information to the lineage and some photos that are not of great quality, unfortunately. It is Helen’s line to Peter and Betty Spracklin through their son George Spracklin and younger brother to my John Andrews Spracklin. Helen and I are perfect 5th cousins.  This is a quick summary of her lineage


Lena May Stoneburner mother

Goldie Ardath Spracklin grandmother

George Elias Spracklin great grandfather

Marvin Marion Spracklin great, great grandfather

George and Arloa Spracklin, great, great, great grandfather

Peter and Elizabeth (Betty) Spracklin 4th greats.

Note: Peter is our 4th great grandfather

Unfortunately, Helen passed away in December of 2004 in Springfield, Illinois and the funeral took place in Shelbyville. Here is a short version of her obituary notice:

COWDEN:  Helen Cox Tregillis – Cowden, died…Tuesday, December 14, 2004 in Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois. Services will be held at 6 pm Saturday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Wayne Arganbright officiating. Visitation will begin at 5 pm Saturday until service time. Memorials may be given to the Education Fund…

Helen was born May 8, 1944 in Shelbyville, the daughter of James Harvey and Lenn May Stoneburner Cox. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1962 and Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. She them taught at St. Teresa High School in Decatur for 14 years and later taught in area schools. She was a licensed genealogy an author of more than a dozen books, including “Tales of Old Shelbyville.” She enjoyed world travel and spending time with her grandchildren….etc.  Herald & Review (Decatur, Il.) Friday December 17, 2004.

Helen has written articles and  other books in addition to the ABC Chronicles:

  • 1979-1985 Bimonthly magazine to national wide subscribers, Searching Illinois Ancestors.
  • Articles published in Effingham Daily news 1998-1999
  • Tales of Old Shelbyville, 1977
  • Lincoln and Shelbyville, 1979
  • Indians of Illinois, 1991
  • Native Tribes of Old Ohio, 1984
  • Runaway Slave Notices, 1985 and more.

Unfortunately, I didn’t start writing my blogs till well after Helen passed.  I am sure she would have signed up and followed me and let me know when I didn’t have things correct. HA!

Thanks you Helen for your work on the Spracklin Family.