USS Illinois BB-7
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Nov. 11, 2015

My father was on this ship in the 1920s I believe. His name is Charles Frederick Edington. I'm looking for info and pictures of him and would appreciate it or if other members would know anything.

Thank you,
Melaney Davis

Sept. 28, 2011

My grandfather, Harley Hendricks, served aboard the Illinois and may have been a plank owner. Any information would be appreciated. 

Pete Hendricks

Jan. 13, 2011

Am trying to get information about my grandfather who served aboard the USS Illinois around 1900-1918.  His name was Frank Arthur Burnett and he was born about 1886 in Illinois.  I have a postcard that was sent to him by one of his buddies which has survived the passage of time.  It is addressed to him aboard the Illinois.  I have looked thru several websites that looked promising but didn't provide crew rosters.

Mary A. Burnett

Dec. 28, 2010

I believe my grandpop, CHARLES P. BOYER could have served aboard this ship circa 1902. Interested in any crew lists to confirm and/or itinerary in Med.

Fred Boyer

Sept. 20, 2010

Some of my family members has a hand painted picture of the USS Illinois BB7, hanging in there front room. The picture was painted at a port in France. The picture has been inherited down the line for about four generations. The story is, one of our family members was given this picture by a relative that was on this ship. The name would have been Busby. I know there was a James Busby born around 1860 in Boone county Kentucky, lived in Schuyler county Illinois when he went to the Navy. Have census records from 1900 placing him on USS Yosemite. In 1910 census he was on USS Virginia, Hampton Roads Va. I would appreciate info on James Busby or how to find out who the crew members were.

Rhonda Garrett


Jan. 3, 2010

My grandfather cast a bronze relief of Abe Lincoln's head from the mold the original bronze was cast. It measures 8" from hair to chest and 5" across his profile. It is a beautiful piece with great detail and a coppery/bronze color. My father's note on the back says it was cast by Arthur Thayer from the same mold used to cast the original for Battleship Illinois prior to WW I. It is mounted on a piece of wood with torn velvet cover. I have no idea what Arthur's connection is to the ship or the artist who made the mold. I have no family member's who can provide any more detail.

Is there any way to know if the battleship indeed had a bronze relief of Abe Lincoln anywhere onboard? Would there be an inventory of the ships contents? I am just trying to authenticate the family story. I don't know if you can help, but it was worth a shot.

Thank you,
Leslie Carlson


Nov. 27, 2008

I am trying to locate a Gustave Lavern Augustus Doerr, who is reported to been assigned to the USS Illinois. He may have been a Chief Mach. in the USN. He was born Dec 1904 and died Dec 19, 1945. He was married to my Grandmother Alice May Standley Oliver Doerr. He is buried in Camas Valley Oregon. 

I was told by my grandmother that he was assigned to the China area where she lived before WWII. I am trying to gather information on him as I am working on my family genealogy. I was told he is related to Robert Doerr, (Bobby) Boston Red Sox 2nd baseman, hall of fame. 

Thank you,
Darrell Parker

Jan. 22, 2007

I was surfing around today and found this site. My interest in the ship stems from my great uncles death aboard the ship in 1903. His name was Thomas W. Sawyer, rate: Landsman. He was probably no more than 20 when he died on board of appendicitis. He is buried at Arlington and they list his date of death as 11-04-03.
I assume that the ship was at sea, and it is my intention to access the ships log for this date which would confirm the location of the ship and also that he died on board on that day?


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