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Jan 12, 2014
8:24 AM
I'm Steve VanOrmer, originally from Manlius, Il. I'm looking for info on
V. S. and Ann Eliza (Knox) Bastian, who were my GG-grandparents. I found where they were buried in the Yorktown Cemetery. I've been told
that Ann Eliza (Knox) was related to President Polk, but in my research have never able to confirm a direct link. Any information on them would be appreciated…obituaries, death certificates, etc. You have a good web-site here, keep up the good work...
205 posts
Jan 12, 2014
4:43 PM
Steve and Denise,
Beings I cannot find my material, and I have cabin fever, (nothing on TV) I did a little looking.

I found the marriage on familysearch. Van Schaick Bastian and Ann Eliza Knox, 21 Nov. 1845, Newbury, Geauga, Co., Ohio.
By census data she was b. about Abt. 1828 in Ohio. The 1830 Census has one Knox in Geauga Co., ORRIN KNOX. 9 in houshold and one female under 5. This could be Ann Eliza.

Orrin was born, 6 July 1788, Blanford, Hampden, Co., MA. His wife may have been Lydia Smith. Orrin d. (Findagrave) 6 Feb. 1874 (1875?) Bur. Pleasent Hill Cem. Orrin and Lydia might be the ones in the 1870 census, Will Co., Illinois (Ages 82 and 84)

The "Knox Genealogy by Nathaniel Foote" may be of help for furthur material.

940 posts
Jan 12, 2014
11:06 PM
Hi Steve,
Yes, The Bastian family is buried in the Yorktown Cemetery. Ann Eliza Knox Bastian - d. Jan. 9, 1897, Lot#28
V. S. Bastian, d. 1871, Lot#28
Lillie Bastian, d. 1871, Lot#28


(Use the + key to enalarge the page). I will get back to you on any other information I run across.

Since they are buried in Bureau County, I highly recommend you contact the Bureau County Genealogical Society. They archive all of Bureau Co. newspapers on microfilm and have a very nice indexing system. They are very helpful people over there. BUREAU COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY"

Last Edited by Denise on Jan 12, 2014 11:18 PM
2 posts
Jan 13, 2014
8:11 AM
Denise, I'm curious as to why just the date of death is listed on the cemetery findings for the Bastian family…Were the birth dates so eroded that they weren't legible, or just not etched on the headstones? In my family genealogy searching, I've seen Ann Eliza's birth listed as many as 4 different dates, from 1817 to 1828..I was hoping the cemetery findings might answer the question. I will take your advice and check with the Bureau County
Genealogical Society..I've used them before..

941 posts
Jan 13, 2014
8:57 AM
I perused Ancestry.com to familiarize myself with the family. I'm sure you have this information, but will post, incase others need the info or want to help:
"Longmary178" on Ancestry has the family tree as follows:
Evert Van de Bogart Bastian (1785-1860) married Eleanor Shoefelt (1787-1820)

Evert Bastian & wife Eleanor had a son, Van Schaick Bastian (Oct. 20, 1823 in NY - ?) [this person does not list a death date, but Yorktown Cemetery lists death year as 1871.]

V. S. married Anna Eliza Knox.
Their children:
Anthony Wayne Bastian (1846-?)
Marion E Bastian (1849 - ?)
Ida R Bastian (1851-?)
Zora A Bastian (1851-?)
Frederick Knox Bastian (1856-1889)
Cecelia A Basstian (1859-?)
Additional children listed in 1870 census.

V.S. & Anna lived in Rochester, Monroe, New York in the 1860 census.

1870 they lived in Fairfield Twp., Bureau Co., IL
Household: Name Age
V S Bastion 45
Anna E Bastion 42
Anthony Bastion 23
Iora[Zora] Bastion 17
Fredk Bastion 13
Cecllia Bastion 11
Anna F Bastion 8
Eda Bastion 5
Ada Bastion 5
Ruben Bastion 3

See the information that Jack found as well.

If we ever see 'grass' again (instead of SNOW!), I can go over to cemetery and see what is on the stone. I didn't create the cemetery list, so I'm not sure why the birthdate is missing on the list. Let me know if BCGS is able to answer your question(s). I'll post here if I find anything new. Best of luck!

Last Edited by Denise on Jan 13, 2014 9:04 AM
3 posts
Jan 13, 2014
9:39 AM
Denise, I use Ancestry.com and have seen the info you listed in your last post..I opened the Yorktown Cemetery view and it showed 126 plots, some of which obviously contain more than 1 grave as in the Bastian plot #28 which has 3 interments...I went to Find A Grave website and they supposedly listed 100% of all the interments which was 146...Problem is, the list starts out with the name of Blackert ( no Bastians
listed)...I'm confused...I now live in the Indianapolis area so I know what you mean about SNOW !
942 posts
Jan 13, 2014
8:33 PM
Hi Steve,
The Find-a-Grave list is most likely generated by those who have walked the cemetery to take photos to upload to FAG. There have been more burials there since our list was created, which are probably included on FAG by the photographer(s). However, our list is from the Secretary of the Cemetery, which includes burials that have no stones, so most likely are not included on the FAG list of interments. This should explain the difference in number of burials between our list and FAG's list. I'll take a photo as soon as the weather is nicer, but it would be helpful if you would 'remind' me either by posting on this board again or emailing at the tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com account.

[Just an FYI - I don't know if it is 'universal' but the Tampico cemetery has 6 graves per plot.]

Last Edited by Denise on Jan 13, 2014 8:35 PM
943 posts
Jan 13, 2014
9:06 PM
Oh good! Their graves are right up front, so it should be easy to get to them. Here is layout of cemetery:

First page of Index for Yorktown Cemetery with list of surnames per page. Links provided. Corrections and/or additions are posted on surname pages. YORKTOWN CEMETERY SURNAME INDEX"

Last Edited by Guest on Jan 13, 2014 9:15 PM
206 posts
Jan 14, 2014
7:02 AM
Just a quick note:

The 1870 census, Ruben, age 3. Isn't this the Ruben who has son Anthony W. (pos. Wayne) Bastian, b. abt. 1904, and is the Wayne Bastian, of Fulton, Author of "A History of Whiteside County" 1966 ?

4 posts
Jan 14, 2014
10:01 AM
Jack...yes, that was the Reuben Bastian..if you're from the Tampico area, you probably know Reuben's brothers Anthony Wayne and Fred owned the Fulton Journal newspaper for quite a long time. I'm sure Anthony Wayne was also a school teacher in the Tampico area during his younger yrs. They had twin sisters Ida & Eda..Ida was my G-grandmother and thru her life wrote poetry, some which was published in newspapers, etc.
5 posts
May 19, 2014
9:38 AM
Denise...I was in the area this past weekend, and checked the Yorktown Cemetery for info on the Bastian family headstones...Unfortunately, all 3 headstones were eroded and illegible..you had mentioned in a previous message you might check the cemetery for me this spring...guess I saved you a wasted trip...Oh well, you never know what you'll find in ancestry research...thanks for your help and advice on this website...

973 posts
May 20, 2014
12:38 PM
Hi Steve,
What a bummer that all 3 stones are eroded. Don't forget to contact the Bureau County GENEALOGICAL Society for more help. I gave you the link to their website in earlier msg. Also, the Sterling Gazette Index Online has 4 pages of returns for articles on BASTIAN. Tip: Only type Bastian in Subject box, leave the Description box empty. If you find anything of interest, I can transcribe it for you on my next trip to Sterling Public Library, where they are archived. Or, if you want the actual photocopy of article, contact Marilyn Anderson, Genealogy Dept., at the library: SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net or
Sterling Public Library
102 West Third Street
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Phone Numbers: 815-625-1370
Fax: 815-625-7037

Best of luck to you!

Last Edited by Denise on May 20, 2014 12:43 PM

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