Illinois State Genealogical Society
How Lincoln Saved Her Husband
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to accept donation of a speech lost for a century.
For more than 100 years, it lay forgotten in a box of family photos and papers. Soon, it will belong to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
The document is a transcript of Martha Ten Eyck's speech in 1912, recalling how she begged Lincoln for his help nearly 50 years before, in 1864, to get her husband released from Confederate captivity.
It worked. Her husband, Union Capt. Tenodor Ten Eych, was released in the autumn of 1864. Five months later, Tenodor Ten Eyck was one of the honor guard at the assassinated president's bier in Columbus, Ohio.

ISGS News:  Upcoming Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, December 10, at 8:00 PM Central for our last webinar of 2019. This month's speaker, Anita Boyd, will delve into the Abolitionist Movement using a series of case studies from the Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records. In 2006, like many others, Ms. Boyd began researching her family tree after watching the PBS television series, African-American Lives. She became hooked on genealogy when she discovered the family secret: her granfather's grandmother's family were once enslaved by her grandfather's grandfather's family.


Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records

A friend of John Brown, her husband's activities in the Abolitionist Movement were legendary but Louisana Bell's own tale of freedom was extraordinary. With a series of case studies, attendees will be given an overview of this database which contains a wealth of genealogical information for anyone researching Free People of Color. Hidden among these gems is one remarkable Queen City family.

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The 2019 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch.

November/December 2019 ISGS Newsletter Now Available!
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