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Two brothers and their wives and children came to America between 1840 and 1842. George and Sarah's child Sarah was born in England in early 1840 and their second child William was born in August of 1842 in central Missouri. George's brother, Evan and his wife Martha Wain Makinson, traveled with them along with their son George William Makinson who was fourteen years old when he made the overseas journey. 

The two couples stopped off near St. Louis and Martha began working in the millinery business. She had owned such a business in England. Her husband, Evan, and their son George went on to central Missouri in Linn County where they bought land. Evan's brother, George and his wife Sarah and their daughter Sarah went with Evan and his son to central Missouri.


 Evan Makinson  married  Martha Wain in 1822 at Blackburn in Lancashire. The parish record says he was a shoemaker, boxer, etc. Later a city directory listed him as a shop- keeper. An entry in the 1841 census lists his living on Back King St. in Blackburn, Lancashire on the same street, if not the same address as his brothers, Joseph and Thomas who were both attorneys and Evan was a Minister.

An article found at  the Fort Wayne, Indiana library adds to what is known about this family. The following is a synopsis of what was found.

From History of LaSalle County Illinois vol. 2 part 1... GCS 977.301 L33h Published 1886 PP 98-99.

George W. Makinson, son of Evan and Martha Wain Makinson, was born in Congleton, Cheshire, England, July 15,1826. He was reared and educated in his native country, and in 1840 immigrated to America with his parents. The family remained at Alton, Illinois for a short time where his mother worked in the millinery trade a year, the father (Evan) and the son, George going to a farm in Linn County, Mo, after which his mother followed them to the farm. He and his mother moved to New Lenox, Will Co. Illinois, and in 1843 he worked at the harness makers trade at Joliet. In the fall of 1844 he came to Dayton, Illinois and worked in Green and Son's woolen mill about twenty years. He was married September 21,1847, to Charlotte B. Evans, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Delong Evans, who died in this county. (A grave marker records that  Charlotte died Aug 14,1889 and buried in Dayton, Ill cemetery). Mrs. Makinson was born Feb. 12, 1828, in Chittenden County, Vt. She came with her parents to Ohio and from there to LaSalle County, Ill in 1843. Mr. and Mrs. Makinson have had seven children- Josephine, wife of J. W. Channel of Dayton, Ill; Anna M., wife of Charles J. Hudson, of Dayton; Jesse W., working in Ottawa, Ill; Charles J., married and living in Janesville, Wis.; George L.; at home; Edgar, born march 12, 1865 and died may 24, 1881, and Lottie E., born Feb 1,1871. Mr. Makinson is serving his second term as Justice of the Peace. He also holds the office of Postmaster, having served continuously since 1854 with the exception of two years.




VOL 34 Ed 78 sheet 9, LINE 11 

Jesse Makinson H. b Oct 1855 age 44 b. in Ill son of George W. Makinson of LaSalle co. Ill

Elizabeth .S. W b. Sep 1864 age 35 b. in Ind

Maude dau. b. Dec 1889 age 12 b. in Ill

Warren son b. Oct 1899 age 1 b. Wisc

George son b Oct 1891 age 8 b. in Ill.


1910 Soundex..........................................

miracode 106 1485 0393 Cook Co. Chicago

Jesse Makinson h 55 b Ill (son of George W. Makinson (nephew of George W. Makinson, my 2nd great father) of Lasalle Co. Ill)

Elizabeth S w 44 b Ind

Maude E d 22 b Ill

George W s 18 b Ill

Warren E. s 11 b WI

Elbert R. s 8 b Ill

Howard T s nr b Ill

1900 SOUNDEX ILL Census. roll 282 vol. 104 ED 120 Sheet 1 line 42

George Makinson b. Jul 1826 age 73 b. England enumerated with George M Peterson, son in law. Kendall, Ill Kendall Twp. Kendall Co,. This is the George W. Makinson formerly of LaSalle, now in his old age, living with his daughter and her husband...

He had a daughter Lottie E Makinson.  She was born in 1871 and she married George M. Pederson in 1891 according to the 1900 census. They had three daughters at that time, Geneva age 7, Mona age 7, and Frances age 2. Lottie's father, George Makinson, lived with the family in Yorkville, Ill until he died March 31,1907 and was then buried in the Dayton, Ill cemetery where his wife and a child, Edgar, were buried.


DAR grave records in Ottawa, Ill  record the following:


Dayton, Ill Cemetery Row 13

Charlotte B Makinson wife of George W Makinson died Aug 14,1889 aged 61 yrs 6 mos.

Edgar A son of GW and CB Makinson died May 26, 1880 aged 14 years

Sarah Makinson died Nov 21, ..... Aged 81 years (she died in 1888)

George Makinson died Sept 20,1875 Aged 73 yrs 3 mos 20 days


Row 14

John W. Channel Mar 10,1849- Nov 22, 1900

Josephine Makinson Channel, his wife Oct 8, 1848- Nov 10,1920


In August 1998 an interesting sequel to this story developed. While searching the Internet for Makinson’s, I found a home page for a James Craig Brockway located in Chicago. One of his ancestors was a David Letts who married this same Martha Makinson, who was former  wife of Evan Makinson. This was David Letts fourth marriage. He had buried his third wife in the Dayton, Illinois cemetery where my  2nd great grandparents are buried. I was already aware that Martha Makinson was the mother of George William Makinson, my 2nd great grandparents nephew, and had he lived in Dayton, Illinois at this period of time also.

What follows is the letter I received from Mr. Brockway

Subject: Re: Letts Family-Sixth Generation

August 14,1998

David Letts was my GGG Grandfather. One of his sons, Noah Letts, wrote a journal in his later years. Since he was elderly when he wrote the journal it is not always easy to follow and I also presume his memory may have been somewhat fading also. The following are the references to Martha Makinson in that journal:

"I think it was in the winter of 1841 that my father became acquainted with an English "widow" lady by the name of Martha Makinson, who lived near him while he was living on his Linn County MO. farm. She became his fourth wife, and he will tell here something of her history while in England and the cause of her coming to America.

There were two brothers living in England by the name of Makinson, Evan & George. Each had a wife. George was a farmer, and Evan was a kind of trader, but made no money. His wife learned the millinery business and carried on a large establishment in some city there, and made quite a sum of money while her husband was idle and made no money to help keep up expenses in any form.

The two brothers took a notion to see America and they made an arrangement, after Evan had induced his wife to give him one thousand dollars to bear his expenses, and his wife to remain in England and continue her business till he came back or sent for her to come to America. George brought his wife along, and after landing in New York, they traveled west till they came to Linn County, Mo. George was pleased with the prospect there where he could get government land and concluded to stop on a claim near my father and James (Noah's brother) and make him a home for himself and his wife. But his brother Evan was not satisfied. He wanted to see more of America and went east and settled in Michigan and went to preaching, a new occupation for him. He wrote one letter to his brother, George, in Missouri after he had been there a few months, but that was the last time he wrote, and his wife in England not hearing from him wrote to George, and he wrote again to Michigan, but got no answer, and so informed his wife. 

Years went by and for a long time they supposed him dead, but not so, for after a great many years, he went back to England to his wife. What excuses he made, I can't say, but he told her how much they could do in America and especially in her line of business, and finally persuaded her to sell out and come with to America. After landing in New York, they went directly to Missouri to his brother George. His wife brought with her a young lady, a niece of hers, who she had raised and worked with in her business, by the name of Hannah Hitten, a very pretty and accomplished young lady. After they had been at George's some time, her husband, Evan, told her he would go and hunt some place for business and buy them a home. So he took all her money, something over $9,000 and left. Not hearing from him for some time, she began to feel uneasy about his long absence, fearing death or robbery. She got George to go to Michigan to the place he had been when he had written him a good many years before, and when he arrived, he heard that a minister by the name of Evan Makinson had lived there for a great many years and had left there a short time with his wife and 5 children for Mexico. So that explained the whole affair. George came back and informed his English wife. It most prostrated her being left in a strange country without any money, and in a country that her business was no advantage to her and George not able to help her and as she knew nothing of the law, she advised with my father, and the result was a divorce and a judgment for $10,000 against her husband. They tried to locate him but all plans failed, and they turned their minds to find a Panison  for past troubles and the result was an engagement for marriage by her and my father. (Pages 64, 65 & 66) -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -.

It was arranged that my father and his fiancée (Martha Makinson) would all go back together (to LaSalle County, IL). So my brother, James, took us all 3 to Brunswick on the Missouri River 40 miles from his home.

At Brunswick, an English minister married my father and the widow, Martha Makinson. Now this must have been in the early fall of 1843. (Page 69) - - - - - - -.

My father concluded that he and his wife would stay at Madison's (another brother and my GG Grandfather Nehemiah Madison Letts who lived in LaSalle County, IL) that winter before going on to his Will County farm that spring. (Page 72) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -.

My father's fourth wife, the English lady, also died in October 1854. She was buried in the same burying ground that James wife was buried, and again father was left alone. My Father had remarkable good luck in marrying, in getting good women, but had bad luck in losing them. He was a kind husband and a good provider for his family." (Page 93)

I hope that this is of some assistance to you.




I tend to believe most of the story in the foregoing. The reference to Evan Makinson coming to this country alone and then sending for his wife later on seems to be in disagreement with the earlier story of their son as published sometime later about the history of LaSalle County and its inhabitants. There is a sequel to this as of March 1999. I received a letter from a Warren Makinson in California who also has a minister, Evan Makinson, in his family as his 2nd great grandfather  and who was in Missouri and Illinois at the same time my family was there. I do not think it is the same man. However, further research has shown that "my" Evan Makinson owned a farm in Linn County, Mo. When he sold it, his brother who is my 2nd great grandfather, George, was the lawyer who signed the deed. The sale is as follows:

Deed in the Linn County Deed Book A -1837 to 1844

"No all men by these presents that I Ivan Mackson late of Linn County State

of Missouri...Parcel of land containing 200 acres or there abouts with the

building erected therein and there unto belonging and situated in Parsons

Creek in the county of Linn aforesaid now know ye that I the said Evan

Mackinson have made constituted and appointed George Mackinson of the

Township of Parson Creek my truly and lawful attorney... Evan Mackinson"

"This deed made and entered this 15th day of March 1842 between Evan

Makinson of the County of Linn and Seth Botts of the same county....sum of

$ situated and lying and being in the County of Linn County

of Missouri towit the S W Quarter of S E quarter of Section 28, township 59

Range 21 containing 40 acres..... E. Makinson"


Now as to the story of Evan Makinson being a minister is documented by the following data from church archives in two documents as follows:

Records of Minutes of the Annual Conference of the Missouri District of The Methodist Protestant Church 4th day if Oct AD 1848.

Evan Makinson Minister Lamean Circuit (page 1)."7th Bro. Makinson's name came up he did not answer in person by letter or by proxy.

On a motion by Bro. Landon his name was dropped from the Itinerant List. (page 3)

Minutes of the 5th Session" 21st September AD 1848"Bro. Evan Makinson appeared and claimed a seat, which after some investigation was laid over." (Page 8)

On a motion by Bro. Nowlin, the Case of Bro. Makinson was taken up, and his name reinstated on the Minutes. (page 10)

On a motion by Bro. Smith Bro. Evean Makinson was transferred to the Michigan Conference" (Page 3)


Attached is documentation about Rev. Evan Makinson in Michigan in 1849.This appears to match the corresponding information I received from the United Methodist Church Archives at Central Methodist College in Missouri stating Evan Makinson was licensed in the Methodist Protestant Church on the Lamean (Lamine) circuit in Missouri in 1847 and was Transferred to Michigan. This also appears to match Craig Brockways' story about Evan Makinson going to Michigan, then not being there later when his brother came to check on him.

I received a May 3, 1994 letter from James G Simmons Archivist The United Methodist Church, Detroit Annual Conference, Adrian College Adrian, Michigan confirming Evan Makinson (or someone with a similar name) was in Michigan as a Methodist Protestant Minister in 1849. It seems likely that there was only one Evan Makinson a Methodist Minister and one Evan Makinson went to Laporte Michigan based on the sparse population of Midland Co (65people) The following paragraphs are from James G Simmmons May 3, 1994 letter to Warren Makinson:

'I did discover a notation, which I believe referred to Reverend Makinson. In a Methodist Protestant journal for 1849 which was a typewritten translation of a hand written journal, there was a listing of the appointment of "E. Machinson at Laporte", there was another notation that "E. Machinson transferred from the Mississippi Conference." Since the handwriting was not always legible, I would suspect that the reference was to Evan Makinson from the Missouri Conference.

In researching the Methodist Church at Laporte and found that according to their history"the first services were held in 1855 by Rev William Tuttle. Laporte at that time was on the Midland circuit. However the Midland cicuit wasn't organized until 1857. I suspect the Laporte Church referred to in these notations was a Methodist Episcopal Church.

Probably the Laporte Methodist Protestant Church to which E Machinson was appointed was discontinued and its history lost. I did find out that in 1850 there were 65 white settlers in all of Midland County which would include Laporte.

In the 1850 Minutes I did not find any reference to E Machinson. The conferences at that time were held in early September so I would suspect that he arrived at La Porte on September 18th. Thus the explanation for  no mention in the 1848 journal.

James G Simmons-Archivist'



From the records of Blackburn St Mary's Parish Church in Lancashire County of England we find that George was born on April 8, 1801 and was christened on May 20,1801. In the 1834 directory of Blackburn, is an entry for George Makinson of Sudell Court, under the directory heading of "Attorney". His father mentions him in his will in 1823 and then again we find him listed in the Mormon IGI index that his  daughter Sarah Crowther Makinson  was christened on June 15, 1840. From the record in the Manchester Cathedral for this date we also find that Sarah was born on May 31, 1840 and her fathers occupation is listed as a grocer. As George's father was a grocer, he may have listed his father's occupation when asked what "the fathers occupation was for the parish register" or he may have been a grocer instead of a lawyer at that time?

I have not found a record of the marriage of George Makinson and Sarah Crowther It is likely that it will be found in Methodist church parish records at Warrington where Jonathan Crowther, his father-in-law and preacher was living at the time of his death in 1825. His older brother, John, married Sarah's sister Mary Jones Crowther in 1825 in Warrington near Manchester England. George was nine years younger than John so I presume he married later than John. Sarah was George and Sarah's first child. George was 39 years old when she was born and his wife was 34 years old at the time. It is possible that a child could have been born earlier and not lived but no record has been found.

We next know of George from the record of the 1850 US Census in Sullivan County Missouri and on the family tree passed down through the family where it is recorded that the first child, Sarah, was born in England and the other four children were all born in Missouri. The census record and the family tree are in agreement. The children were Sarah Crowther, William George, Mary Elizabeth, John Thomas, and Lydia Jane. The father, George, is listed on the census as a Lawyer. As a matter of record, it should be noted that in the index of names for the Missouri census, that George Makinson will not be listed, but instead, that of George Mahersor on page 309 in the Sullivan County listing. Examination of this record shows the family with the name spelled correctly. Sometime after 1850, the family moved to Illinois. They are listed in the 1860 census in Henry County, Ill.. 

In a book entitled, History of Sullivan County Missouri (Gc 977.8 H62a, 11427 at Fort Wayne, IN. library), There is  some information about George Makinson's early occupation as a lawyer. The first circuit court records that on the 22nd day of September 1845 at the house of Armstead C. Hill within the county of Sullivan. The honorable James A. Clark, judge; Hiram T. Elmore, clerk, and Enoch B. Morelock, Sheriff the first session of court was held.. The first case was heard, and then the first attorneys were appointed to practice before the court. Among the thirteen men enrolled as practicing attorneys was George Meckinson.

My 2nd great-grandparents are buried at Dayton, Ill. next to the city of  Ottawa, Ill.. . The gravestone of George and Sarah has been  damaged and pushed over. The top of the stone had lain on the ground so long it was almost buried in the ground. I guess it had been in that condition at least 30 years or more. Five Makinson's were buried in the cemetery. Three of them were the wife and two children of George's nephew, also named George William Makinson. George, my 2nd great-grandfather died September 20, 1875, aged 73 yrs 3 months 20 days. His wife Sarah died November 21, 1888. The grave is located in row 13 next to the entrance side of the cemetery within four feet of a large tree. The Makinson name is on the base of the tombstone as well as the top part that had been almost totally buried in the ground.  

I found a record of the George Makinson family in the 1860 census of Henry County Illinois for the date of August 6, 1860 an entry on page 338 in Andover township the following:




Real Estate
































Lydia Jane






It is not known why George was an Attorney in 1834, a grocer in 1840, and a Attorney in 1850 in Missouri ,and a Laborer in 1860 in Illinois. The U.S. Census records are indisputable as to the names and ages of all the family members; however, it may be that George was a lawyer instead of a laborer in 1860? However, I find this hard to believe since his son William (g. grandfather) was listed as a laborer also. Two of the daughters listed their occupations as domestic servants, hardly the daughters of a lawyer who had  supposedly practiced 30 or more years?

lm0363.jpg (16882 bytes)    Gravesite of George and Sarah Makinson in cemetery in Dayton, Ill The pillar with the names on the front and back side of it, had been vandalizes and knocked off the base in the lower picture and was buried in the ground and  only barely visible, until it was unearthed from the ground.

In March of 2002 it was learned in the 1880 census that Sarah Crowther went to live with one or more of her daughters in Iowa. Her daughters Sarah and Lydia were living in Union County, Iowa. In the census of that year Sarah was living with Lydia. Sarah's son, William George Makinson, was living in the next county at the time, having been there since 1876. Sarah must have lived the rest of her life with her daughters after her husband died in 1875 and lived until 1888. At her death she was brought back to Dayton, Ill and buried next to her husband. Her husband's nephew, George Makinson, was still living there with his family in 1888.



Sarah was born in Manchester England on May 31,1840 and christened by her parents on June 15, 1840 at the Manchester Cathedral where her parents attended church along with others of the Makinson family including her mother's sister and father's brother who were married to one another. We find the first American record of Sarah in the 1850 Missouri census. Next, her marriage to Alexander Beath on September 11, 1862 at Henry County Illinois. Alex had just enlisted in Union Army and was off to the war by November of that year. Alex returned in the summer of 1865, after having been seriously wounded at the battle of Knoxville Tenn. A daughter named Nellie was born to them on September 30, 1866. Nellie was the only child, and a miracle it seems, since Alex's wounds were such that it was unlikely for him to have any children (shot through both legs and the testicles).

The family lived in Henry County Illinois after the war and until 1881. They moved to Union County Iowa, near the town of Thayer where they bought a farm. The farm is located in Jones Township? SE 4 SEC 4 TWP 72 RANGE 28. In the recorder's office in the County seat of Creston, Union County, on a wall map, is shown the Beath farm. This is a 1935 map showing land ownership. North of the land is property owned by the A.W. Goodridge family. Daughter Nellie later married Hiram Torrey Goodridge on January 19,1887. Hiram was the son of A.W and Sophia Torrey Goodridge. From this union was born three children, Floyd, Glady's and a daughter who died in infancy. Nellie died in November 1938 according to my Great Aunt Gertrude Makinson Woods.

Sarah  and her husband lived in Thayer, Iowa and later moved to Lorimor, Iowa.   Their daughter Nellie stayed on the family farm. Husband Alex died on May 13, 1912 and Sarah lived in her home in Lorimor until her death on the 2nd day of July 1917. She was buried on the fourth of July of that year in Lorimor cemetery beside her husband. At that time Nellie was the only living child of Alex and Sarah.  She was receiving a Civil War Widows Pension of $20 per month. at the time of her death.

 My Great Aunt Gertrude had a number of stories to tell about her Aunt Sarah whom she describes as a short chubby woman with a wrinkled face "who was close with her money". Gertrude tells about how she went to the store with Aunt Sarah  and Sarah ordered a dime's worth of steak from the butcher. She also said that Sarah was a poor housekeeper and once when Sarah's sister, Lydia Jane, came to visit that Lydia couldn't stand the dirt under the cook stove (wood burning) and swept it all out in front of Sarah. Sarah and Alex lived in a little house on the end of Main Street in Lorimor. When Sarah was dying, Gertrude went to the house and saw her before she died. After her death, the undertaker came and Gertrude saw him come out of the bedroom where Aunt Sarah died carrying a bucket of blood. This about did Gertrude in. She was only 17 years old at the time.


Alex was born on February 24, 1835 in Chillicothe, Ohio. What we know about Alex is from his Civil War record and what has been related to me by my great Aunt Gertrude who visited with them at her home in Shenandoah and in their home at Lorimor prior to Alex's death in 1912. He was 5 foot 9 inches tall with light complexion, blue eyes and light colored hair and was a carpenter by trade.

Alex enlisted as a private in Captain Augustus A Dunns, Co D. 112th Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers on the 18th of July 1862 at Cambridge Illinois for a period of three years. For this he received a $25.00 bounty and a premium of $2.00. His age on the muster in roll is shown as 27 years. On September 11,1862 he was married to Sarah Crowther Makinson, daughter of George and Sarah Makinson. An affidavit attached to his pension records says that Sarah's sister Lydia Jane Makinson Jennings was present at the marriage by Lt. H.G. Griffin and there was a marriage certificate issued.

At the battle of Knoxville, Tennessee on the 18th of November 1863 Alex was struck with a ball which entered his right thigh and passing through the thigh and the lower part of the testicles and lodged in his left thigh where it remained during his lifetime, or at least was lodged at the time an affidavit was made by Lt. Griffin in May 1869. He became a prisoner of war and after eleven days was exchanged with other wounded after the main battle, which occurred several days after Alex was wounded. Alex remained in a hospital in Knoxville until May of 1864. Alex was discharged at Greensboro, N.C. on the 20th of June 1865. Alex was awarded an invalids pension from the government in June 1869 pension. Alex and Sarah were living in Kewanee, Ill. and he was working as a carpenter at the time of his pension claim. It is also stated that he was a carpenter prior to his enlistment. Alex and Sarah lived in Kewanee until 1881.

On September 30,1866 a child was born to Sarah and Alex named Nellie. By July of 1898 Nellie had married and was living on the family farm north of Thayer, Iowa and close to Sarah and Alex's home in Lorimor.

Alex died on May 13,1912 in Lorimor, Union Co. Iowa and is buried in Lot 118 in Lorimor cemetery with wife Sarah. 

Alex had many tales to tell of the Civil War and whenever he and Sarah came to visit her Brother, William Makinson, in Shenandoah, Alex began relating these tales, over and over again.  Great  aunt Gertrude told the story that whenever this happened, her father would get up and go downtown to get away from the stories. Of course, this was after the turn of the century and no doubt William had heard the stories many times before.

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