I spent the better part of the morning at the local LDS church poring over an old book on their computers. Although it’s been digitized, you can’t get it online directly, but only in their libraries, under the watchful supervision of church members. There were several of them there, and I fit in the age demographic perfectly; they must have been bored because they all loved sharing my discovery. Putting the pieces together is very much like finishing a jigsaw puzzle, and it gives me the same satisfaction that Georgia gets when her 1000 piece puzzle is finished. I’d like to share this.
My family is related to the Beebes, who migrated in the 1830’s from Vermont to Illinois, but the documents I found) certainly fleshed out the story.