Elizabeth Longmore, Henry County
Elizabeth Longmore Wiley's obituary contained the claim that she had travelled west with her parents as a girl and settled in Kewanee. The truth was, when Elizabeth married William Wiley, she was unable to put down her mother's name. She had been sent to Illinois on the orphan train in 1873. William was a blacksmith and they lived for more than twenty years in Henry County and then moved to Rock Island, where their sons Edward and Earl were both of an artistic bent. Edward listed his occupation as theatrical and Earl was a musician. Elizabeth's romantic nature, reflected in her letter to the asylum, may have had an influence on her sons!
Elizabeth died July 18, 1930 of a heart condition. William had died in 1924. Elizabeth was buried in the Chippianionock Cemetery in Rock Island.