July 20, 2020
9 months and 27 days left
until our celebration.

Hi All -- We are ramping up planning for the 2020 Seville Family Reunion.   The date and location have yet to be determined (TBD).  The count down date of July 20, 2020 was chosen to get the counter running.   It is a temporary date.   We'll update that once a true date has been agreed upon.

Getting this page restarted and revamped so you can find information here once we start locking down the details.

We are working on a theme and will update here as decisions and new information comes available.

Feel free to donate while the site is underconstruction.

Looking forward to seeing everyone.
: ) 
Cheryl Walter 

********* Everything below this line is from 2010 reunion. **********

6/18/2010:   A little more family history. This time about the Saville branch of the family tree.

(This comes from Jan Saville. Thanks, Jan!)

William Saville was a shipbuilder with a company on the Chicago River at the time of the Great Chicago Fire.  During the fire, the people were fleeing into the river to avoid the fire.   William helped save folks. Family lore says he was pulling the women out of the river by the buns in their hair.

:)   William was of the opinion that his kids weren't too bright if they could not tell time by the shadow on the mast on the deck of the ship (like a sundial).  

Wonder what he'd think of kids and texting in this day and age.......

4/5/2010:  Talk about being handed a big, sparkling, breathtaking jem...

Laura Owings-Smith.  Thank you.

Laura, also know as Laurie, is the daughter of Erma Seville Owings. (We're also wondering if Laurie is named after Laura Campell.) 

Laurie sent an email with the following story of how Leonard Seville and Laura Campbell met:  

  "According to my mom Erma -- Grandma Laura was traveling as a companion to a woman going south.  When the group reached the Colorado area where Leonard was living, there was a bad rainstorm and they were unable to cross a stream.  The other travelers sent Laura to ask if they could camp in the yard.  
   Leonard said, "Sure."  Laura went back to the couple and said, "Well, I think I have met my man but he might have a wife." 
  She said his house was clean and he was cooking and his clothes were clean and pressed. 
  Laura and her travel companions stayed and when they were getting ready to leave, she went to say goodbye. 
  Laura walked through some flour that was spilled on the floor. 
  Leonard asked if she would like to make tracks around his flour barrel for the rest of her life and she said yes. 
  They knew each other for three days before they were married."

Thanks, Laurie, for the story.

And thank God for Colorado rain squalls.  ;) 



 We can trace  one branch of the Irish part of our family tree beginning with ancestor Laura “Campbell” Seville.
  Laura was born Dec. 26, 1892 to an Irishman named Samuel Campbell (of the Township of Armah, County Tyrone in Northern Ireland) and Mary Jane Johnston (the daughter of Irish immigrants).
 Sam was the son of William and Eliza (McFarland) Campbell. In 1857, when Sam was three-years-old the William Campbell family left Ireland for Canada. They came over in a sailing vessel that took fifteen weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
 For many immigrants between 1832 and 1937 their first step on Canadian soil was at a small island in the St. Lawrence River called Grosse Île. This island can best be described as the 'Canadian version' of the USA's Ellis Island.
 The standard fare from Ireland to North America depended on season, route taken, and shipping line.
  • From Ballykilcline,Co. Roscommon to Dublin to Liverpool to N.Y. in 1847 - 4 pounds adult/2 pounds 15 shilling child under 14 yrs.
  •  From Irvilloughter & Boughill, Co. Galway to Galway to Quebec in 1848 - 5 pounds adult/2 pounds 15 shillings 6d child 1849
  • Galway to Quebec - 5 pounds 7 shillings 6d adult/2 pound 17 shillings 6d child
  • From Kingswilliamstown, Co. Cork to Liverpool to N.Y. 1849 - 3 pounds adult/2 pound 5 shilling child

  In Ireland around this time - between 1840 and 1860 the population of Ireland declined from eight to four million through famine and emigration. Two million people boarded the emigrant ships for North America to flee famine-ravaged Ireland.
   The William Campbell family settled in Ontario, where they lived until the children were grown and most of them married. Some of the older members of the family came west in the spring of 1892.
 On July 1, 1876 - Sam married Mary Jane Johnston, daughter of Samuel and Lady Jane (McCumisky) Johnston of Lilsyth, Ontario, formerly of Ireland. Sam and Mary lived near Magnetawan in the Parry Sound district, where Sam had a homestead. There they raised their children: George, Samuel, Edward, Johnston, May, Lydia, our Laura, Annie and Grace.
 This is the point where Laura Seville is on this good planet.
Happenings in Canada around 1857:    
Happenings in Ireland in this era:
*       1845 - Famine occurs, also referred to as the Great Hunger of the 1800's.
-       Queen's Colleges at Belfast, Cork, and Galway are established.
*       1846 - Charles Stewart Parnell was born.
*       1847 - Daniel O'Connell dies Queen's Colleges at Belfast, Cork, and Galway is established.
-       The Fenian Brotherhood is founded.
*       1867 - The Fenian Rising of 1867 starts a rebellion against English rule in Ireland.
-       The Home Rule League was formed and led by Isaac Butt.
-       Charles Stewart Parnell is elected to the House of Commons as a Home Rule League MP.
-       James Connolly is born.
To read more about immigrant ships, check out:
To help search ship logs for William, Eliza, Samuel and two of the other boys – check here:   http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/Arrivals/us1857.htm.
Cheryl will ship a bag of Starbucks coffee to anyone who finds William, Eliza, Samuel and two of the other children on a passenger list. Send her an email at cherwa1@msn.com if you run across the passenger list with them.

A little Seville/Saville family history!

You could say it all began when William Saville married Jane
Griffith around 1855 in England.

William and Jane had five children together:  

  • Lester Saville, born 1856 in England. Died around 1920. Buried Oak Ridge Cemetary, Chicago, IL.
  •  Florence Saville born in Illinois, died Nov. 1936. Buried in Oak Ridge Cemetary.
  • Frank Saville, born in England, died May 1945. Buried in Oak Ridge.    Married to Mae.   Married Mattie Elmers after Mae died.
  • Frederick Seville, born June 21, 1866 in Chicago, IL.  (Spelling of last name changed when the last two children were put in an orphanage after Laura died.)
  • Leonard Seville, born 1868.
After the death of their mother...the two youngest children Frederick and Leonard were put in the "Home for the Friendless" orphanage. 

October 8th, 1871 was an unforgettable date for the children of the orphan home, as the building felt the rage of the Chicago Fire. All of the children were housed temporarily in the Lake View Public School and within a few days joined the children of the Chicago Half Orphan Asylum, where they remained for the next fourteen months.

We hear that Frederick and Leonard had been moved from orphanage to orphanage.  This is quite possibly one of the reasons why as the timing is right

In 1872, a home was built at Burling and Center Street which housed boys and girls for the next fifty-six years.  Most likely the brothers were moved back to the "Home for the Friendless" when the doors on the new building opened for business.

When the two younger brothers were about six and eight years old - a man named John Cottew who lived in the country southwest of Somonauk took them from the orphanage to live on his farm and gave them a home until they were able to live on their own.

Fred eventually married an old school mate, Mary Ann Rumney. They lived southeast of Leland until Fred's death.

Leonard went to Colorado for his health and later married Laura Campbell and lived the later part of his life in Coram, MT near Glacier National Park.

(*Thanks to Kathy Seville for forwarding the family history clippings and geneology documents.)

To give you an idea of what was happening in the U.S. around that time -  here are some happenings in history from that era:

    1865 - Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Court House. The Civil war ends
     1865 -
Abraham Lincoln assassination 
     1865 -
Andrew Johnson becomes President
     1866 Civil Rights act of 1866   
     1866 Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer.
     1866 Eighteen year old Jack Newton Daniel established his distillery in Tennessee.
     1866 Beatrix Potter was born. English author of children's books, her first and most famous story is 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit,' originally written as an illustrated letter to a sick child.
     1868 Ulysses S Grant is elected president.
     1868 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, died. His last words were supposedly "Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili."
     1869 Mary Mallon was born.  'Typhoid Mary' was an infamous household cook who was responsible for major outbreaks of typhoid in the New York City area in 1904, 1907, and 1914. She was immune to typhoid herself, but was a carrier of the bacillus, and spread it wherever she worked as a household cook.
     1869 -
The First Transcontinental Railroad is completed at Promintory Point, Utah
     1870 The creation of the U.S. Weather Service (National Weather Service) was authorized by Congress.
     1870 Land can be bought for $5/acre.
     1870 A 32X40' four bedroom house cost $700.
     1870 Coffee costs .12/pound.   
     1870 The population of the U.S. is now 38,558,371. Farmers are 53% of the labor force. There are about 2,660,000 farms, averaging about 153 acres.
     1871 Thomas Adams patented a chewing gum producing machine. He manufactured the first commercially successful chewing gum, 'Black Jack.'
     1872 The first Arbor Day was observed in Nebraska.
     1872 Robert Chesebrough of New York patented a method for making vaseline.

A Bing view of the Ridenour home at Lake Five.
A Bing view of the Ridenour home at Lake Five.
View of Ridenour home from what used to be the strawberry fields.
View of Ridenour home from what used to be the strawberry fields.