The earliest Noel ancestor I can identify for sure is Luisa Noel, born in Maryland in 1829, and her family moved to Derry, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania shortly after her birth. She and her husband, John T. Case, and children moved to Rock Island, Illinois in about 1860. They are both buried in the Old Port Byron cemetery. To my knowledge, they had 14 children, most of whom died before the age of 2. John died in 1892 at the age of 70, and Luisa died in 1875 at the age of 45. Their 2nd oldest son, Theodore A. Case, is my great-grandfather.