My maiden name was Aly. My father was Hillis Irvin Aly - the son of William Seigel and Anna Walter Aly. Seigel (as he was called ) was one of four brothers who came to this country from Germany. They following the Ohio river from Pennsylvania down to a little town in extreme southeastern Illinois named Golconda. They came here because they had heard there was a German community nearby. It was called Waltersburg and still exists. During the early months of their residency here two of the sons, Seigel and Charles, met and married local girls and decided to stay in the area and farm the land. The other two brothers, Wilson and Ralph, continued south into Mississippi and Louisiana. Both of these brothers did very well in their chosen pursuits. I am now 75 years of age. I have one surviving sibling, a sister, Zona Aly Phillips who resides in Paducah, KY. and is coming upon her 90th birthday this year. My father passed away at age 62 in 1953. My mother ( Lula Whiteside Aly) passed away in 1981 at age 87. One sister, Frances (Aly) Taylor died in 1986 at age 71 and one brother, Russell Eugene Aly, died in 1990 at age 70. Russell's daughter, Sherrie Aly, is now age 47 and retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1996. I believe you may have already been in touch with her. My sister Zona's only child - a son - Thomas Aly Baker retired in 1993 from the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. General. He now resides in Austin, TX.
There is a much more detailed history of this side of the Aly family which you can obtain by writing to a cousin (once removed) of mine. He is Ralph Aly, Box 69, Eddyville, IL. 62928. Phone: 618-672-4222
Doris (Aly) Hancock
3126 Double Eagle Ct.
Spring Hill, FL. 34606