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Francis died 5 March 1884 at Algansee. His obituary was printed in the Quincy Herald.

Francis D. Ransom died at his home in Algansee Wednesday morning aged 68 years. He was son of James Ransom and was born in Elbridge, Onondaga Co., NY June 5, 1816. His father was a mechanic and followed farming. At the age of 12 years, Francis started out- worked among farmers. In 1832 apprenticed himself to Jacob Campbell of his native township. Stayed with him till he was 21. In 1837 he traveled west by way of Ashtabula & Wellsville, Ohio and the Mississippi to New Boston, Mercer Co., Illinois where he landed and started inland to hunt up a soldiers claim of his fathers. The claim was found near the present county seat of Mercer, but did not please Francis and he started east- via Chicago, then Michigan & Ohio by turnpike. At Erie his eldest brother lived and he bargained with him for 40 acres in Michigan- part of the farm he lived on. He returned to Onondaga County and in September 1837 married with Chloe Streeter of the same county. He then worked for farmers and in 1842 removed to his 40 acre farm in Algansee twp., this county on October 10. From time to time he added to his farm until he had 336 acres. He had six children, of whom four are now living: James A., Benjamin, Alvorado B., and Elijah L., all excepting the latter are located on the home farm. Elijah is in Benzie County, Michigan.

Mr. Ransom was a Deacon and one of the founders of the Quincy Baptist Church. He took letters from there and organized the Algansee Baptist Church & and was Deacon ever since. He held office as Justice of the Peace and as County Supt of the Poor.

Both Francis and Chloe are buried in Fisher Cemetery, Branch County, Michigan



Chloe died 8 February 1904 at the home of her eldest son, James, in Algansee, Branch County several days after falling and injuring her hip. Her obituary appeared in the 25 February 1904 issue of the Quincy Herald:

Chloe Streeter was born at Elbridge, N.Y., Feb. 19, 1813, and died at the home of her eldest son, James A. Ransom, in Algansee, Mich., February 8, 1904, being nearly 91 years old.

Sept. 5, 1837, she was married to Francis D. Ransom, of Onondaga, N.Y., and in 1842 they came to Michigan when this was nothing but a wilderness and settled on the farm now owned by A.B. Ransom in Algansee township. They worked hard and by their industry and economy accumulated quite an amount of property, suffering the hardships that only those know and can tell who endured the early pioneer life.

Six sons were born to this union, two being born in York State and four were born on the old homestead in Algansee, one dying in infancy, the other five growing to manhood, viz: James A., George A., Benjamin S., Alvorado B., and Elijah L., George A. dying at the age of 22 years, and Benjamin S. passed away in 1901. Her husband preceded her to the better land in 1884.

When 15 years of age she sought the love of the blessed Saviour, upon whose arm she rested during her entire life, often calling on Him during her last hours of suffering, she being a great sufferer during the last fwe days of her life. Soon after coming here Mr. and Mrs. Ransom united with the regular Baptist church at Quincy, at which place they made their home until they withdrew and helped establish the Regular Baptist church in Algansee, Mr. Ransom being deacon of the church until death claimed him.

Deceased leaves three sons, who were with her at the time of her death, 24 grand children, 26 great grand children, and three great-great grand children, beisdes a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss."

Both Francis and Chloe are buried in Fisher Cemetery, Branch County, Michigan

REYNOLDS, REUBEN:  (The Coldwater Republican, Saturday November 4, 1871 p.5)   5th October at his residence in the township of Union, Branch County, Michigan in the 86th year of his age. Mr. Reynolds was born the 6th of May in 1786 near Providence, Rhode Island and was the last survivor of his father's house.  In early life he gave his heart to God. He was a consistant christian, he lived his religion and his works were abundant evidence of his faith.  His life was one of hardships and trials such as seldom falls to the lot of one man. He was one of the pioneer settlers of western New York, locating there previous to the war of 1812. He was driven from his home by the British and Indians suffering considerable loss. He eventually returned and for forty years aided in improving the country and ameliorating the condition of the inhabitants; in turn clearing land, tilling the soil, teaching school, etc. A man of strictest integrity, upright in his dealings with men. Few have enjoyed to a greater extent the respect and confidence of all that knew him.  From New York he removed to this County where he resided to the time of his death. Beloved by all who knew him and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his loss.
RICE, CHRISTIAN:  (The Courier, Sat. Dec. 23, 1893, p.- 1)  Christian Rice died at his home in Girard Township at 10 o'clock last Wednesday morning. Had he lived until next Monday he would have reached his 86th milestone, as he was born Dec. 25, 1807, in Northumberland Co., Pa. In 1868 he moved to Centreville, in this state, where he resided until 1880, then came to Girard, living there until his death. He leaves as an inheritance to his children the example of a life well spent, and to his aged wife the memory of a true and devoted husband. Beside his wife there survives ten children--Cyrus, who resides in Watsontown, Pa.; Ella, of Montoursville, Pa.; Sarah Bouteman, of Parkville; William and Alfred of Leoidas; Mary of Three Rivers; George, of Fisher Station; Mrs. Agnes Whitelock of this city; and Charles and Emily, of Girard. The funeral will be attended at his late residence at 10 o'clock this (Saturday) morning,Rev. J. B. Pinckard officiating.  (posted Jan. 2003 by Leslie Cahn,
RICE, SEVILLA:  (The Courier and Republican April 7, 1899, p.-2)   Mrs. Sevilla Rice died at the home of her daughter Sarah, at Parkville, Mar. 31, 1899. Her remains were brought to her old home here, and the funeral sermon was preached Sunday afternoon, by Rev. Eagle, at the home of her son Charles in west Girard, and the interment made in west Girard cemetery. She was married to Christian Rice in 1848. He died five years ago. To them were born, twelve children eight of whom are living, all being present at the funeral except one.
RUSSELL, CHARLES T.: (Coldwater Daily Reporter, Friday, April 27, 1928) ..of Branch Co., Ovid Township, Dies Early This A.M.,  Charles Ferdinand Russell pased away at the home of his son, Harry Russell, eight miles south of this city on the Indiana road in Ovid township, at 4:40 this morning. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, 79 years ago and came to Michigan in early manhood. He was a member of the Christian Science Church; also, of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows. Funeral services will be held at the Shattuck Funeral Parlors at 2 o'clock, Central Standard time, Sunday afternoon. Interment will be made in the Sorter cemetery.