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  • Sadorus Family Collection

Henry Sadorus (1783-1878) and his family arrived in Champaign County, Illinois, in 1824, settling along the Kaskaskia River in what is today the town of Sadorus. Henry's son, William, platted out the town and made land donations for churches, a school, and a city jail.

William (1812-1899) and his wife, Mary Ann, had five children live to adulthood including George Wade Bacon Sadorus (1838-1911) and Henry Washington Sadorus (1840-1927). George served in the 125th Volunteers during the Civil War and then returned to work the family farm. George's son Frank was a photographer whose collection is now held by the Illinois State Museum. The link to the Frank Sadorus Collection at the Illinois State Museum may be found at

Several images in this collection feature the family of Henry Washington Sadorus including his wife Marvilla; children Addie Sadorus Brumley, William Burt Sadorus, Ernest Sadorus, Nettie Mae Sadorus Apple, Charles Walter Sadorus, and Sarilda Gertrude Sadorus Renfrew; and grandchildren.

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