I am a descendent of Millie Lyerla (born Mildred Allen, 1825, Rockbridge Co VA, d/o Hector/Nancy Allen) through her second marriage to Colbert Coffey in Montgomery Co IL. Only one child was born to this marriage, my ancestor, Andrew J Coffey (1848). Colbert died in 1849 and Millie remarried 3rd time to Jacob Lyerla. Several children were born to this union and I would like to get all of their names and dates. The family lived for several yrs in the vicinity of Irving in Montgomery Co IL, then moved to Eastland Co TX in mid 1880s. I recently got hold of two very old family pictures which had belonged to my maternal grandmother. Both fotos are of "Uncle Jake" and "Aunt Mary" Lyerla and their children. Did Jacob and Millie have a son named Jacob, born in 1850s? A daughter named Mattie? The one foto shows Jacob, Mary, and their 5 daughters: Alta, Minna, Lizzie, Birdie, Lottie. The other foto is larger and shows Jacob, Mary, their children and grandchildren. Picture was taken around 1900 and shows them sitting outside an old farm house. Although I myself am not a blood descendent of Jacob Lyerla, I AM interested in learning something of the Lyerla family history. I seem to have read somewhere that the family was German, settled first in Rowan Co NC, then migrated to Union Co IL. The branch that I am interested in moved up to Montgomery Co IL (Jacob, Solomon, others?). Any information anyone can share with me on the Lyerla family history would be much appreciated. I have been to Jacob and Millie's grave in the country south of Eastland TX. Was wondering if any of their descendents may still live around there? Also, saw periodical reference to Millie Lyerla Sturgeon who was 104 in 1978, lived SW Oklahoma. Does anyone have any info on her? My grandmother, Vera Porterfield, was born 1891 in Rising Star, Eastland Co TX. Moved to Cloud Chief, Washitaw Co OK as a small girl. She used to talk about the Lyerlas a lot and said some of them moved up to OK about the same time her folks did. That would have been in mid 1890s. Would love to share family info and have opportunity to gain more info about the Lyerlas. Do get in touch.