It’s worth getting every possible obituary of your ancestor for additional clues about their life and family. Other obituaries of Heipke Dirks did not mention the fact that she and her husband bought a farm jointly with two other families in the 1850s near Coatsburg, Illinois.
The statement needs to be verified by local land records. It is possible that the joint purchase referenced in the obituary is not completely correct. Whether it is or not, the names of fellow settlers need to be added to the list of friend, associates, and neighbors of Heipke and her husband.
That “last” obituary may include a detail you’ve not found elsewhere.
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