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BRILINSKI posted by Jackie Burris on Monday, June 8, 1998
I'm looking for a Edward BRILINSKI born Oct. 26 1859. He came to the U.S. when he was 7 yrs. old. I have a newspaper clipping that he stayed in Port Huron for a few yrs. and signed for national paper in St. Clair. He lived in Russia until about 1866-1869. If you have any information on him I would greatly appricate it.
BEAUVAIS, LANDIS, OAKES, OSIER, STOCKWELL, TONER, VERNIER posted by Jeanne Beauvais on Monday, June 8, 1998
This obituary was published in the Port Huron (MI) Times Hearld on 31 May 1977. Here is some background information that I have in my BEAUVAIS database about Capt. Osier. He was born 20 Aug 1902 at Fair Haven, Ira Township, St. Clair Co., Michigan. His parents were John OSIER and Helen LANDIS. He married Grace Hilda BEAUVAIS 4 Mar 1935. It was her second marriage. She married first 25 Oct 1916 to Clarence Victor VERNIER. I am looking for descendants from either marriage. Capt. Vincent OSIER Marine City- Captain Vincent Joseph OSIER, 74, of 135 North Water St. died Monday in Faith Medical Care Center after a long illness. He was born Aug. 20, 1902 in Detroit. Capt.. OSIER was employed by the Pittsburgh Steamship Co. for 44 years the last 23 years as captain. His first ship was the Robert Fulton and his last was the Benjamin Fairless. He is survived by his wife; a brother, Kermit OSIER, Hazel Park; and two sisters, Mrs. Mildrod OAKES, Pontiac and Mrs. Ruth TONER, Bay CIty. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Marine City, and at 11 a.m. in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Rev. Justin BEAUVAIS, brother-in-law, and the Rev. Robert STOCKWELL, nephew, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverlawn Cemetery, Marysville.
BEAUVAIS, FAUCHER, JACQUES, LEONARD, ROSE posted by Jeanne Beauvais on Monday, June 8, 1998
Capt. Charles BEAUVAIS married Eleanora (Leonarda) ROSE and their descendants now number over 500. Charles was the son of Medard BEAUVAIS and Domitilda FAUCHER of Swan Creek, Anchorville, MI. From the Detroit Free Press "8 Nov 1931" "Old Skipper Recals Fast Lake Sailboats" -Forsook Helm for Ax 50 Years Ago, but Heart is still on Water" Mt. Clemons, Nov 7 ---Capt. Charles BEAUVAIS, the patriach of Ira Township is still active at 90. When we came upon him at his home on Anchorville Bay, he had just finishied swinging an ax on a wood pile - just part of his daily dozen. However, the real Charles BEAUVAIS could never have his heart in such a landlubber's task as cutting wood. All his reminiscing shows a deep love for the water - his chief pride lies in the swift schooners he sailed up and down the lakes some 60 years ago. According to his own story he left the farm near anchorville where he was born and got a job sailing at $13 a month, while he hired someone to work on the farm for $8 a month. He sailed all the lakes, got as far as Montreal eight times, and finally made his way to the Pacific Ocean and California. In his day navigation was an art; ships utilized the varying winds for motive power; sailors recieved a wage of $1.50 for a trip from Chicago to Buffalo. Beauvais owned and captained several lake boats and claims that they could show their heels to anything on the lakes. He recalls catching up with the John B. Rice, a schooner that had not been overtaken in four seasons. Capt. BEAUVAIS forsook sailing some 50 years ago and came back to his farm. Not only is BEAUVAIS the oldest resident in Ira Township, he also is the oldest member of St. Mary's parish in Anchorville. Ten years ago at the age of 80, he was given the job of placing the bell in the steeple of the new church. So apt was he at that work he was obtained to direct the placing of a huge siren in the fire house at Fair Haven. From the Detroit News 7 Dec 1935 "Capt. BEAUVAIS, a Veteran of Sailing Days, Dies at 94" Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Capt. Charles BEAUVAIS, oldest resident of Ira Township, St. Clair County, and one of the last of the old-time schooner captains on the Great Lakes. Capt. BEAUVAIS, who was nearly 95 years old died Friday at his home on Anchor Bay, near Anchorville, Mich. Owner and captain of several ships in the sailing days, he was one of the best known mariners on the lakes. His fast ships were his pride in the days when sails guided shipping fron the East to the Midwest. Capt. BEAUVAIS was born on Anchor Bay in 1841, at a point which is now under water because the shoreline has receded. His home in recent years had been only a quarter mile from his birthplace. He married Miss Lenore ROSE, of Anchorvillle, and they celebrated their golden wedding aniversary 20 years ago. Mrs. BEAUVAIS died in 1923. Fifteen years ago, at the age of 80, he was so active he was given the job of placing the bell in the steeple of the new St. Mary's Church at Anchorville, and later superintended erection of a siren in the fire tower at Fairhaven. Until four or five years ago he cut all the wood and did most of the chores alone on his farm. He was physically active until a year before his death. Surviving are three sons, Charles Jr. of Marine City,, Ludger, of Walkerville, Ont., and David of Anchorville; two daughters Mrs. Elizabeth LEONARD, of New Baltimore, and Mrs. Genevieve JACQUES, who lived with her father; a brother Frank, of Detroit; 34 grandchildren, including Fr. Justin BEAUVAIS former assistant pastor of St. Boniface church here, and 36 grandchildren. A son Fr. Frank BEAUVAIS, former assistant pastor of St. Peter's Church in Mt. Clemens, died several years ago. Requiem mass will be sung in St. Mary's Church, of which he was the oldest member, at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in St. Mary's cemetery.
BEAUVAIS, GEMME, PERRAS posted by Jeanne Beauvais on Monday, June 8, 1998
Here is the report of the death of Medard BEAUVAIS dit St. GEMME. Medard BEAUVAIS was the 21st of 22 children born to Raphael BEAUVAIS and Archange PERRAS of LaPrairie, Quebec, Canada. He was one of the first landowners in St. Clair Co., MI. From the Detroit Free Press 30 May 1857 Drowned - Yesterday afternoon, a small boat, containing five men and a boy, was captized while returning from a vessel unloading with shoves off Swan Creek on Lake St. Clair and a Frechman by the name of Medore Beauvais and the boy about 15 years of age were drowned. Mr. Beauvais, who had been for several years in the employ in the company of Mr. O. W. Delano, of this place, as a sailor, was a worthy and industrious man, and leaves a family to mourn him. The name of the lad we have not been able to assertain. - Mt. Clemons Advocate May 27.
BENJAMIN, TURNBULL, WELCH posted by Linda Ross on Monday, June 8, 1998
Looking for any information on the ancestors or descendents of Lewis BENJAMIN b:1845 in Saginaw, MI. He married Agnes TURNBULL, dau of William TURNBULL and Julia WELCH. Agnes b: 1853 d: 1930 in Speaker Twp, Sanilac Co, MI. They lived in Brockway Twp., St. Clair Co. from 1900-1910 then moved to Lynn Twp. (also St. Clair Co.) in 1920 census. Had ten children: John, Jennie, Cora, Martha, Edward, Mary, William, George, Robert, and Anna.
BENJAMIN, TURNBULL, WELCH posted by Linda Ross on Monday, June 8, 1998
Looking for information on the ancestors and descendants of Agnes TURNBULL b:1853 d:1930 in Speaker Twp, Sanilac Co, MI. Dau of William TURNBULL b: 1831 in Scotland and d: 1907 in Brockway Twp, St. Clair Co. MI. William's wife was Julia WELCH. William and Julia had four children: Agnes, William, Alexander, and John. They resided in Brockway Twp from about 1870 - 1900. Agnes TURNBULL married Lewis BENJAMIN and they had ten children.
STERNS, WILCOX, WILSON posted by Jan Wilson Ramos on Friday, June 12, 1998
Looking for information about Samuel J. WILCOX b. abt 1795 in MA, his wife Miranda D. b. abt 1798 in NY, Charles b. abt.1824 in MI, & Henry b. abt 1850 in MI. Noted on 1860 census, St. Clair Co., MI. Miranda is granddaughter of my gggg-grandfather, John WILSON, Sr. Hoping to find her mother's given name & spouse, but anything is welcome (may provide more clues). Info I have is as follows: S.J. WILCOX letter, found in John WILSON Sr.'s Revolutionary War Pension file, dated 7 Mar 1848 stated 2 children of John WILSON, deceased, a Revolutionary War pensioner, were then living, one in Canada and the other, his mother-in-law, in Michigan. He lived in Campbelton, St. Clair Co., MI at that time. Samuel J. WILCOX began purchasing land in St Clair Co., Mi 30 Mar 1847. Michigan, St. Clair Co., Deed Index, 1866-1878: 3 Nov 1871, Miranda D. WILCOX Grantor to Ursula STERNS, Bk3, Book 40, pg 150, Sec 19, Tnshp 5, Range 17. Any information about this WILCOX family and/or their relationship to the WILSON family will be greatly appreciated.
BROOKS posted by Richard J. Brooks on Saturday, June 13, 1998
I am looking for Joseph and Lucretia BROOKS, son Andrew and Joseph. Joseph and Lucretia,and first son Andrew where born in Ontario, and son Joseph was born in Michigan. They should be in 1860 census in St. Clair Co.
DESNOYER, LAFORGE posted by Sue A. Benefield on Sunday, June 14, 1998
I am looking for information on Alexander LAFORGE b. abt 1802 in Michigan. The 1850 census of St. Clair County, Port Huron shows him with wife Polly b. abt 1804 and children Richard b. abt 1834, Alexander b. abt 1836, and daughter Julia b. abt 1832 who was living next door with her husband Antoine DESNOYER. Would like to find out about Alexander Laforge's parents also Polly's parents.
DOSITE, DUNNING, HUGGINS, PAETH posted by Darlene L. Huggins on Tuesday, June 16, 1998
Looking for information on Harold PAETH and his wife Dorothy (DUNNING) Paeth who may have died in 1970, and the other spouse died three week apart in the same years? They had 5 children, Gloria,Nancy,Robert and Steven. Dorothy Dunning parents lived in Muskegon, Mi. Also looking for information on Ella (HUGGINS) DOSITE and her husband Edward, they had three children, Doran, Mildred, and Vida.
LAPLAND posted by Richard A. LaPland on Monday, June 22, 1998
The LAPLAND family lived in Emmett, Mi. in 1910. I am looking for info on William and Mary (his wife) as well as William's parents who lived with them and were possibly buried in the area.