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My grandmother was born Clarice Eleanor SYERS to Grace Mae Horrell (Mace) Syers and Jacob Syers. Her father left the family when she was young and the only tidbits of information that we had to proceed in our research was from her birth certificate and her parent's divorce papers. According to Eleanor's birth certificate her father was JACOB SYERS born in Kentucky, a a traveling salesman. The divorce papers gave his name as JOHN SYERS, but my mother remembers Eleanor referring to him as "Daddy Jack". Her parents divorced and I have never been able to find a marriage record for her parents or divorce papers for his first marriage to Virginia "Kit" Sullivan.


  • 2 March 1918 - Born to Jacob Syers and Grace Mae Horrell Sysers in Venice, Madison County, IL
  • 1920 - Enumerated Venice Ward 3, Madison County, IL
  • 1930 - Enumerated Madison, Madison County, IL
  • 1935 - Residence Granite City, Madison County, IL
  • 1938 - Daughter, Saundra born
  • 1940 - Enumerated Granite City, Madison County, IL
  • 17 Dec 1940 - father, Jacob Syers, died in Harrisburg, Saline County, IL
  • 15 Feb 1941 - son, Charles, born
  • 3 Nov 1942 - son, Raymond born
  • 24 Sep 1955 - mother, Grace Mae Horrell Mace Syers, died at Jewish Hospital, St Louis, MO
  • 1957 - her husband, William Scott Martin, died
  • Married Corree Harris
  • Moved to Long Beach California
  • Returned to live in St Clair County, IL
  • Divorced Corree Harris
  • Married Frank Tensing in St Clair County, IL
  • Frank died and is buried at Sunset Hills, Edwardsville, Madison County, IL
  • 28 Jan 1998 - Eleanor died; creamated and ashes buried with her mother, Grace, at St John's Cemetery, Granite City, IL

As luck would have it, JACOB (John / Jack) SYERS heritage was discovered.

This is what we have learned about the SYERS family to date. Jacob's immediate family was lived in Kentucky. The family were made of coal miners primarily and settled in UNION Co, Kentucky. The SYERS family were German and initially lived in Pennsylvania. The date of their arrival is yet unknown. A History of Union County reveals that came to the U.S. from the Saarland. In Germany their name was ZIEGER.

John Syers Family

This photo was provided to me and I believe it was scanned from a book. Eventually, I'll find the names of the folks that match each image. It is the family of John Syers, the patriarch of the Syers family that came to Union County, KY.