In the last few years I have been studying my family history, as it is time to discover just how I am related to all those folks who call me Cousin. This page is an attempt to share some information with others. I also have queries or surname listings on the USGenWeb pages for several counties, and would love to send any possible relative my GEDCOM file, which recently passed 15,500 names, not including all the LOCKWOODs and LANDRUMs waiting to be keyed in.

My father was Charles Landrum BIRK (Jr.), (1901-1971), who was born near Birk City, KY. He lived most of his life in or near Evanville, IN, although he spent several years in the 1930's near Tucson, AZ, where he was briefly married to a lady named Verniece Dixie YARBROUGH, who was born in Murray, KY, and was buried at Paris, TN after fighting a losing battle against TB in 1939. Charlie Birk lived a colorful life--he attended St. Mary's? Seminary & College outside Louisville, KY, but was rejected for the priesthood due to delicate health, and had one year of dentristry school to please his step-father. In the 1920's he owned a butter and egg sales route in Evansville, and later sold and worked on cars in Evansville and New Orleans. During WWII he built P-47s, and stayed at the same plant which later made Servel and Whirlpool refrigerators. He enlisted in WWI but was sent home because he was 16, and could not serve in WWII because of a broken foot suffered while working for Standard Oil. He tried writing westerns, and occasionally played the piano and ukelele professionally. He had one sister, Ruth Helen BIRK, mentioned below.

Mother was (Beulah) Gladys SAVAGE (1917-1997), who was born in her family's farmhouse north of Enfield, IL. She stayed on the farm after attending Springerton High School and graduating from Enfield. In 1946 she moved to Evansville and attended Lockyear's Business College, where she studied bookkeeping before taking a job at National Furniture and meeting my father. Mom was a terrific gardener, leaving behind daffodils and irises at every place she called home; her green thumb contributed to a vegetable garden which supplemented my father's meager retirement income. She was often a caregiver, with both parents, Grandfather Lockwood, my father, and her cousins Flora DARTT WALTERS and Vivian DARTT MILLER, and me. She even moved with me to college, and worked in the office headquarters of Eisner Foods in Champaign. Mother had two sisters. Alma, who married Henry FLECK and had eight children; Rozella, who moved to California and married Iowan Roy MYERS, and a brother, Ralph, who died as a child. Mom was my #1 resource for genealogy. Always get as much as you can from relatives before digging through census and other record books, and search as many printed records as possible before looking for family on the internet.

My grandparents were Charles Landrum BIRK (Sr.)(abt 1874-1901) and Mary OVERSTREET (1878-1949), married in 1898 in Stanley, Kentucky. My grandfather died while taking a shipment of tobacco from the family's farm "Lilly Mead" to Nashville, TN when his wife was pregnant. My grandmother remarried an Evansville dentist, Edward W. MORRIS. Grandmother BIRK later lived with my aunt and uncle, Ruth BIRK and Frederick FISCHER, in the house now owned by their only son F. Birk FISCHER.

My maternal grandparents were Frank Alma SAVAGE (1869-1945) and Harriet Elinor LOCKWOOD (1879-1942). Frank was born near Sacramento, IL, and farmed throughout his life. Newburgh, IN was Hattie's birthplace and home until 1897, when her family moved to Springerton. They each had seven brothers and sisters, leading to many second cousins: The Savages married into the White County families of YORK, NELSON, ACKERMAN, FOLEY, DRAPER, GOWDY, WALLACE, SMITH, JAMERSON, and MILLER, just to name a few.

Great-grandparents: Father's side, from Daviess and McLean Cos KY: Charles Edward BIRK (ABT 1850-1920) and Adrian Ruth LANDRUM (1848-1884); Henry Griffith OVERSTREET (1850-1918)(a KY State Legislator 1913-1914) and Ruth Helen CLARK(d.1884, and his second wife was Ruth's sister Ella). I know there must be Birk researchers on the web but have not found many. I have finally hooked up with an Overstreet mailing list and a distant Landrum researcher. I am still stuck on proof for the OVERSTREETs, and anything before 1810 on SAVAGE.

Mother's side, from White County, IL and Warrick County, IN: Alsabid Orley SAVAGE (1848-1920)(owner of Savage Sawmill on the Skillet Fork River) and Lucinda McCLELLAN (1851-1918); and Augustus Theodore LOCKWOOD (1849-1943) and Emma Isabel WILLIAMS (1856-1929). A Lockwood relative through the LAND and MILLER families of Indiana and Illinois is Delores HOOK, who now lives in Wisconsin. One of my great-aunts married her great-uncle.

Great-great-grandparents: Father's side, from Weisbaden, Germany and settled in Daviess Co. KY in 1857: Jonas BIRK (1814-1877) and Elizabeth CARLYOUNG (or CARILON) (1814-1910), James OVERSTREET (1820-1874) and Jane GLOVER (married 1847 in Muhlenburg Co, KY)--I traced Jane and several of her children to Texas after James died, but he has been my major stumbling block, as I can't prove he is the son of William OVERSTREET, son of James OVERSTREET (1736-1817) who had three wives and 19 children and moved to KY about 1790. My circumstancial case is included in the Kentucky Overstreet page on this site.  Also James LANDRUM (1802-1879) and Caroline BLACKLOCK (1809-1868)(I have also tracked the family of Thomas LANDRUM, who is a brother to James, and married Elizabeth FIELD, a family with whom I have multiple connections). They lived in Calhoun, McLean Co., KY, part of Daviess Co. until 1854.

Mother's side, from Cincinnati, settled in White County in 1858: James Campbell SAVAGE (1822-1896) and Mary Elizabeth JOLLY (1824-1897); from Indian Creek Twp., James R. McCLELLAN (1824-1860) and Mary Ann WALTZ (1826-1858); from SE Indiana, Edward Burr LOCKWOOD (1813-1878) and Elinor MALES (1818-1851), and James WILLIAMS and Harriett HUTCHINS. My Savages may have also lived in Franklin Co, IN and other parts of Ohio.

3rd-great-grandparents: Father's side, from Germany: Nicholas BIRK and Elizabeth RITZEL (d 1815); from Daviess and McLean Cos., Kentucky, Dr. Eldred GLOVER (1805-1843) and Lucinda GRIFFITH (1810-1861); from VA to Ohio Co, KY James LANDRUM (1766-1839) and Pina WATKINS (D. 1845). I have also got more information on the CLARK, BLACKLOCK and GLOVER families.

Mother's side, from Brown and Butler Counties and Cincinnati, OH: Robert SAVAGE (ABT 1800-1836) and Phebe JONES (1800-1895), who married Cyrus SANDERS in 1838; pioneer White County residents migrated from TN and settled near historic Sharon Church, John McCLELLAN (1793-1861) and Margaret STERLING (1796-1870); my ancestors who moved from NY to IN, Isaac LOCKWOOD (abt 1774-1820), and Phebe WALTERS (Abt 1779-1819), and Solomon MALES (1792-1875) and Susan SPAIN (1800-1894). Solomon was in the War of 1812, including the Battle of Tippecanoe. (He said his service was building blockhouses.) A McClellan cousin, Bill Huckaby, met over the 'net, has been a great help in locating McCLELLAN and STERLING records.

Among my 4th great-grandparents were Frederick MEHL/MAHL (b.1757) and his wife Barbara THORN. Frederick served in the Revolutionary War and was in Vincennes, IN, when George Rogers Clark's troops captured Ft. Sackville. He then served as a scout in the subsequent engagement against the British supply convoy which attempted to reach Vincennes from Detroit. Another descendent of Fred Mahl, Nancy Teel Miller, has been a wonderful resource in finding information on this family. We found each other on the Gibson County IN USGenWeb page.

On my father's side 4th great-grandparents include Francis LANDRUM (a VA preacher) and Sally WREN, David and Martha GLOVER (he was a soldier in the revolution, and emigrated from south Carolina to Daviess Co. KY), and Remus GRIFFITH and Sally HANDLEY. Remus was an early Ohio Co. KY legislator but was more interested in land acquisition.

Other White and Hamilton county names that I have in my database are GOWDY, WHEELER, LAND, MILLER, FIELDS, CRAWFORD, TYNER, BLACK, WALLACE, NELSON, YORK, RICE, HUCKER, MALONE and WILLIAMS. I don't pretend to have complete information on any of these lines. I have been using Margaret DAVIS LANDs information on many Enfield families to link early settlors.

I have some scattered ancestor records before this time but not enough to post. Through the OVERSTREETs I am related to Hon. Henry GRIFFITH, a Maryland State Legislator in the 1760's, who is listed in the DAR Patriot Index, and a lot of Maryland GRIFFITHs who sound like part of the early American gentry. Sally HANDLEY'S dad, John HANDLEY, and David GLOVER'S father, Joseph GLOVER were both patriots in the Revolutionary War. The Kentucky Family Records volumes published by the West Kentucky Family Research Association have been a great source of information on these lines.

One branch of the WALTERS/LOCKWOOD family can be traced back to Anne WINTHROP, the sister of Puritan Governor John WINTHROP. Famous or infamous family members are of little interest to me. Dirt farmers and laborers make up my lineage. I recently found information about another SAVAGE family who lived in Brown Co, OH, between 1820 and 1850, and think they may be related, as they have another James Campbell SAVAGE!! I got a lot on the OVERSTREET and FIELD and related families from, from whom I am most grateful.

I have received several questions on the CONLEY surname. My late husband James' great-grandfather probably came to America from Ireland during the famine period and lived in Alabama and Kansas, before his grandfather moved to Wilmette, IL in the 1930s. His mother was a LOOMIS, with roots in the Rochester, NY area. His other family names are CRAMPTON, RYAN, GRANT, and RIELAND. James and I were both only children. James claimed a good deal of Native American blood, but his dad denies same.  As far as I can tell this Conley family is NOT related to the Conley's of Daviess Co, KY or Hamilton Co, IL.

Here are a couple of relevant databases on the web: Griffith Family from the Anne Arundel Co. USGenWeb site, and Lockwood Family, which is based on a 1914 Lockwood book by a man named Holden who tried to make every Lockwood in the U.S. related to each other. My line seems to be one that has been grafted to the wrong tree, as two Jabez Lockwood's were combined into one. The 1850 Daviess Co. KY census is on-line, but not at its permanent location. It is wonderful!!

I have a page on my OVERSTREET Family KENTUCKY OVERSTREET page.

Now that you know me, visit home town: Enfield Mule Day Home Page.

White County on the National GenWeb Project White County Illinos

Daviess County, KY Daviess County Kentucky Genealogy Susan Elliott is the county co-ordinator and has made several improvements to the site. It has always had some good resource links, particularly Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer the very complete site of a Daviess County newspaper, and to that 1850 census.

And to the southeast of Daviess County McLean KYGenWeb

Visit an area historical organization McLean County Kentucky D.A.R.

Kentucky has lots of information in the Genweb state archives Kentucky Links and Research Help

Census Online - United States - Kentucky Check out this page for several census listings--the Daviess County one is not yet included--and browse the site for other states.

Here is another Anne Arundel County, Maryland site: Anne Arundel Co. Genealogy

Tri-State Genealogy Society of Evansville, IN Tri-State Genealogy Society Their library is in the historic Willard Library in downtown Evansville. I spoke to them about Illinois research in November, 1998--my emphasis was on secondary sources, since I haven't spent much time at the courthouse. Brehm Library in Mt. Vernon, IL is also very nice. I have also visited the McLeansboro Public Library, named for the McCoy family who donated their late Victorian home to the city, but most genealogy resources were only available Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 4 p.m...a bummer. Please check for updates on the times these libraries are open.

Last updated 8/21/2001. Please send corrections and comments to Your help will be appreciated.