I am researching the family of Francis (Frank) M. Royster. His full name was actually Marion Francis Alexander Royster. He was born SEP 1855, either in Greenup or Carter County, Kentucky. He was adopted by the James Smith family of Greenup County, Kentucky. He left Greenup Co., in the 1870's, leaving his only child with his step-brother Sylvester Smith. He had fathered this daughter with a Lucinda Dixon, but was never married to her. Lucinda died shortly after the birth of their daughter Emily Jane. It would appear that Alexander first settled in Whiteside Co., IL, where he is listed as a servant in the Thomas Eaton family (if this is the correct Royster). In 1885 he applied for a marriage license in Lee Co., to marry Maggie Watson. I'm not sure what happened to Maggie, but by ca. 1891 he was married to his second spouse, Ida A.
Alexander (Frank) died 03-06-1928 in Franklin Grove, IL
Ida died 04-17-1927, also in Frankling Grove, IL
I would be very interested in contacting others researching this family line.