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I am looking for my Uncle's maternal grandmother, Vera Taylor Stroh. Last known address was inmate at Kankakee State Hospital, 1940 census. He believes she died there on 16 NOV 1956 but can't verify this as I don't have a grave stone, death cert, newspaper obit, etc.. I can't find ANYTHING on this woman. Taylor is her first married name; parents' names unknown. Any hints on how I can go about finding anything on this woman would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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nora Gray Nelson
I believe my great aunt, Nora Nelson and great uncle, Bert Gray, were patients/inmates about 1910-1940. Would there be a place to obtain their records? I am trying to trace my ancestry and know that my grandmother, Rosa Gray Vickers said they were in an institution. Please e-mail me if records are available @ cvt1127@cox.net or call me @ 702-243-3595. My name is Caryl Vickers-Taylor. Thank you.

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Good Morning, I am hoping someone might be able to help me. My Great-great grandmother, Lillie O. Wingler, was an 'inmate' at the Kankakee State Hospital from November 1909 to January 1913. She is listed in the 1910 Census. I have thus far been unable to find an obituary or location of burial for her. We know she died in a hospital, and this thread is my first glimmer of hope for finding a burial location.

There was a post from a few years ago mentioning a contact person for information:

Quote: Fri 6th 7:45 pm
According to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, if you want information on State Hospital graves, you should contact Mr. Jim Carlson, Cemetery Oversight Division (888-756-8331)...


Does anyone know if this person is still there or who the new individual may be? I am hoping to just find out if she is, in fact, buried in the hospital cemetery, as I assume seeing the grave would be nothing short of a miracle.

Thank you!

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I talked to someone at that department finally, they have nothing to do with state institution cemeteries, so that's a dead end unfortunately. The woman I talked to was very nice, but apparently Illinois has a law that says anything regarding burials is secret (including headstones). It must be a new law! You could try calling the hospital, I'll look for the contact info I have.
Edited On 6:13:18 AM - Tue, Jul 14th 2015 by Squad546

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Death record
I am looking for a death record for Joseph McNamer, who reportedly died at the state mental hospital in 1903. He is not on the state death index. But he was sent to his home town of Charleston, IL for burial. I have records of him being at the hospital about 1898-1901. Was he ever released or did he die at the hospital??

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McNamer Death record
I am looking for a death record for Joseph McNamer, who reportedly died at the state mental hospital in 1903. He is not on the state death index. But he was sent to his home town of Charleston, IL for burial. I have records of him being at the hospital about 1898-1901. Was he ever released or did he die at the hospital?? Date could be June 1907 or 1903
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Looking For Gamm Death Record
My Uncle Named David (Dave) Gamm was in Kanakakee State Hospital in the 1930 Census and Manteo State Hospital in the 1940 Census and there are no further records of him anywhere! There are no death or burial records...Help

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Goldie hyatt
I'm looking for info on a goldie ada wilson Hyatt born about 1924 died possibly in the 1950s at kankakee state hospital she was institutionalized for epilepsy

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Kankee Hospital records
At one time I was told unless I can prove kinship I had no rights to any records. Also there was a fire at Kankakee..not sure on the dates and a lot of records were destroyed. Not sure how accurate this is but that is what a member of management at Kankakee told me.

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Ellison
Looking for my great grandfather's sister Possible name Islet Ellison..maybe Sarah. Islet shows up for one census then is nowhere else to be found. On another census there is a Sarah Ellison. A family member told me that he had a sister in Kankakee for most of her life but didnt know the name. The reason I am curious is because of mental illness that seems to run in our family and I would like to know more of my family's medical history.

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Death Notice for Goldie Hyatt
Quote: Thu 12th 11:59 pm
I'm looking for info on a goldie ada wilson Hyatt born about 1924 died possibly in the 1950s at kankakee state hospital she was institutionalized for epilepsy


Mrs. Goldie Hyatt - Funeral services for Mrs. Goldie Hyatt will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Schaefer Funeral Home at Meredosia. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Meredosia.

The Jacksonville (Illinois) Daily Journal, 17 March 1954, p. 12, col. 4.

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Lillie O. Wingler
"A peculiarly sad case came before Judge Dolson in the county court today. Mrs. Lillie O. Wingler of Kemp, aged 29, and the mother of six children, was adjudged insane by a commission composed of Drs. W.S. Johnson of Kemp and W.T. Pulliam of Tuscola, and her commitment to the hospital at Kankakee was ordered. Her husband, George T. Wingler, gave bond for her expenses at the state asylum. She has been mentally unbalanced for about a year and from the evidence brought out at the investigation today her condition is due to family trouble."

The Decatur (Illinois) Herald, 11 November 1909, p. 5, col. 5.

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Good Morning, I am hoping someone might be able to help me. My Great-great grandmother, Lillie O. Wingler, was an 'inmate' at the Kankakee State Hospital from November 1909 to January 1913. She is listed in the 1910 Census. I have thus far been unable to find an obituary or location of burial for her. We know she died in a hospital, and this thread is my first glimmer of hope for finding a burial location.

There was a post from a few years ago mentioning a contact person for information:

Quote: Fri 6th 7:45 pm
According to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, if you want information on State Hospital graves, you should contact Mr. Jim Carlson, Cemetery Oversight Division (888-756-8331)...


Does anyone know if this person is still there or who the new individual may be? I am hoping to just find out if she is, in fact, buried in the hospital cemetery, as I assume seeing the grave would be nothing short of a miracle.

Thank you!


"A peculiarly sad case came before Judge Dolson in the county court today. Mrs. Lillie O. Wingler of Kemp, aged 29, and the mother of six children, was adjudged insane by a commission composed of Drs. W.S. Johnson of Kemp and W.T. Pulliam of Tuscola, and her commitment to the hospital at Kankakee was ordered. Her husband, George T. Wingler, gave bond for her expenses at the state asylum. She has been mentally unbalanced for about a year and from the evidence brought out at the investigation today her condition is due to family trouble."

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Good Morning, I am hoping someone might be able to help me. My Great-great grandmother, Lillie O. Wingler, was an 'inmate' at the Kankakee State Hospital from November 1909 to January 1913. She is listed in the 1910 Census. I have thus far been unable to find an obituary or location of burial for her. We know she died in a hospital, and this thread is my first glimmer of hope for finding a burial location.

There was a post from a few years ago mentioning a contact person for information:

Quote: Fri 6th 7:45 pm
According to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, if you want information on State Hospital graves, you should contact Mr. Jim Carlson, Cemetery Oversight Division (888-756-8331)...


Does anyone know if this person is still there or who the new individual may be? I am hoping to just find out if she is, in fact, buried in the hospital cemetery, as I assume seeing the grave would be nothing short of a miracle.

Thank you!


"A peculiarly sad case came before Judge Dolson in the county court today. Mrs. Lillie O. Wingler of Kemp, aged 29, and the mother of six children, was adjudged insane by a commission composed of Drs. W.S. Johnson of Kemp and W.T. Pulliam of Tuscola, and her commitment to the hospital at Kankakee was ordered. Her husband, George T. Wingler, gave bond for her expenses at the state asylum. She has been mentally unbalanced for about a year and from the evidence brought out at the investigation today her condition is due to family trouble."


The Decatur (Illinois) Herald, 11 November 1909, p. 5, col. 5. 

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Paul weiss
Looking for information on Paul Weiss. He died in Kankakee I believe in July 1952. Looking for cause of death and reason he was there. Thank you so much.

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Paul weiss
Looking for information on Paul Weiss. He died in Kankakee I believe in July 1952. Looking for cause of death and reason he was there. Thank you so much.

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Mary jenkins
I need info about this woman. I think she was an patient at the Kankakee mental hospital in 1961. She's my mother and I've never met her.


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