Trying to find some information on the family of Jonathan and Mary Smith, of Mt. Vernon Illinois, in the mid to late 1800's.
According to the 1880 census there was Jonathan (b. 1850), Mary (b. 1851) and their children, Walter (b. 1872), Charles (b. 1875) and Reliefie (b. 1877) living in Mt. Vernon.
I'm hoping to find out if the Walter in this family is my great grandfather, who moved to Missouri sometime in the late 1800's and married Sophia Maggie Brandt, in Nevada, MO. in 1899, before settling in Kansas City.
According to Walter's death certificate, his father and mother were a Jonathan and Mary (nothing else), and it says he was born in Matoon, IL. Searching the census records there, I wasn't able to find them.
What is leading me to check Jefferson County, aside from the names, is that my great uncle Paul Stewart Smith was said to be visiting family members in Mt. Vernon IL., when he died in 1944.
Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.. This has been a roadblock for a long time and I'd like to find the right path..