Monday, February 15, 2010

Frank Dalby of Albion, Illinois

Anyone considering the trip to Albion, IL, in Sept 2011 might be interested in the sort of life our forbears lived there. The image above is the obituary of Frank Dalby -- sheriff, sportsman, musician and store proprietor (he also had a music store which is not mentioned in the article). Those of us who are past our prime might object to the description "aged" of a man who was 61!
Frank was the son of Samuel Dalby, who had come to Albion in 1835 with his father Robert. Robert had been the village schoolmaster, Clerk to the Vestry (parish clerk) and clerk to the Guardians of the Poor at Tong in Yorkshire.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dalby Trip to Midwest in Planning Stages

Hello Dalby Family Members,
We are planning a trip to Illinois to visit sites of interest to Dalby Family members, in September 2011, and hope that as many of our family can plan to go on this trip as possible. English cousin James Dalby Hogg will join us and take us to the sites he has found, including Albion, Edwards County, Illinois, and north of that town is the country cemetery where Robert Dalby and his son Thomas share a monument. There are other places in the area to explore, but James will post comments with further information on the proposed trip. For now, if you think you might be interested in joining the "expedition", please write back to either James at or to me, Valerie Johnson, at