Van Buren County Michigan Queries

December 1998 - January 1998

  Kim Konkle 31 December 1998
I am seeking any information regarding the surname "MARCONI".....More narrowly Emil MARCONI...(I believe)  b. 1915 ~ d. 1927. Buried in the Lawrence Hill Cemetery (Van Buren, Co.).....young son of (father) John MARCONI (I believe) b. August 8,1879 ~ d. May 1971, (mother) Caroline MARCONI....b. July 11,1890 ~ d. May 1967.  All are buried in a family plot in the Lawrence Hill Cemetery (Van Buren Co.)...Any information is greatly appreciated...Thank you..

Major_B  31 December 1998
Seeking information on William HOLMES said to be living in Van Buren County in 1933.  Born 1861 in LaGrange, Indiana to Orren & Catherine Seeking information on William HOLMES said to be living in Van Buren County in 1933.  Born 1861 in LaGrange, Indiana to Orren & Catherine (STINE) HOLMES.

 Steven Benton31 December 1998
Seeking documents relating to the marriage of my gr gr grandparents James Monroe SALISBURY and Marian Z. CLARK married in Van Buren Co., Mi. on Jul 19, 1873 (IGI File-Mich.).

Nancy Meyers 31 December 1998
Seek info on Jacob BASOR/BASORE family who reportedly lived in  VanBuren Co.
Jacob born about 1831 and his wife was a Nancy WHITCRAFT. They were living in OH by
1884. They both died after 1900  and are buried in Lorain Co., OH. Had 8 ch, 3 daughters and
5 sons: Wm, James, Charles, Louis, & Harvey. Birth order unknown.

 Dominy  Hogan  28 December 1998
My name is Dominy  Hogan and I am tring to trace my ggg grandfathers origin, his daughter was married in Pine Grove,VanBuren Co.,MI in 1863,  His name is Rufas H. KNAPPEN b.1817and his daughter is SarahE KNAPPEN GAY, b. 1847,our family bible has no references to a spouse or other children, so I'm having a bit of  a time tracking him.  28 December 1998
I am looking for any information on my gr gr and gr grandfathers that moved to Keeler in or around 1866-70.  This is after the date of property being sold in New York and the death of my great great grandmother.
I am looking for John James JOLLY and his son James Wilson JOLLY.  My grandfather William Eugene JOLLY was born 24 Oct 1879 in Keeler.

Joe Osborn  28 December 1998
Researching Moses S. OLDS b. abt June 6 1791 in NY  Died Aug 24, 1870 in Van Buren Co MI
m. 1 Synthy GILBERT Jan 18 1814
m. 2 Olive JENKINS Jan 22 1818
m.3 Tabitha TICNER Sept 3, 1854 in Van Buren Co MI
Pensions Papers for the war of 1812, lists a James OSBORN as his father and a
Herman J. OLDS testifies to the Identity of Tabitha OLDS. Thanks

John & Susan Donahue28 December 1998
 Looking for any information about our ancestor, James Samuel DONAHUE.  He was the lighthouse keeper at South Haven Lighthouse after his Civil War service (wounded and discharged in 1864) and up till his retirement in 1894.  We know very little about him or his wife, Anna, except what you see
written here.
We do have a large, handwritten record book from the South Haven Lighthouse (from 1888 to 1892) that contains information about daily lighthouse activities, as well as his retirement watch from the State of Michigan and the keys to the actual lighthouse.
Our interest would be birth, death records, census info, etc.  Any help you could provide would be much appreciated.  Thanks!!!   Susan Donahue

Gordon F. Hammerstrom28 December 1998
I am researching John and Samantha OSBORN and their children.

Judy Allen Cwiklinski 9 December 1998
I would like more information and/or contact with the descendant's of: Sawyer SMITH - who died 17 Aug 1882 at South Haven, Van Buren Co, MI.  On the GENDIS it makes mention that he was aged 67 and widowed - a farmer - his father Amos SMITH & mother Polly SMITH <probably no nee was given on the record> -
The reason I am seeking information in Van Buren Co. is because I have a gr. gr. uncle by the name of Allen <Amos on marriage record> who married in Bangor on 5 Jul 1886 but was a resident at the time of his marriage in South Haven - Allen SMITH married Emma E. HENDERSON there and later they moved back to where his family lived in Allegany Co., NY, I have the parent's of my Allen SMITH -but am trying to figure out the lineage through his father's siblings.  The only reason I can figure that my gr. uncle went to Michigan was if he had family there to stay with.  If any of the above means anything to you please
contact me.   Thank you!

  Larry Seid    6 December 1998
Am seeking information on the ancestors of William K. SAWYER, born in Bangor, Michigan, Van Buren County, in 1832.  He later became a lawyer and Sawyer, Michigan was named after him.  He married Sarah Augusta SEELY (date and place unknown).  William K. died in Three Oaks or Sawyer Mi in 1912.  Sarah died in Three Oaks or Sawyer MI in 1916.  Am willing to share descendant research data.

William S. Steinman    3 December 1998
I am looking for descendents of William A. STEINMAN, born in PA. on Oct. 8,  1832 and died in Pine Grove, VanBuren Co., Michigan on Dec. 17, 1917. His children were August STEINMAN born 1859 in Hancock Co., Ohio, died around 1934; Laura Jane born in Hancock Co., Ohio in 1862; Molly R. born in
Hancock Co., Ohio in 1864; William H. STEINMAN born in Bangor, VanBuren Co. MI in 1867 died in Pine Grove, VanBuren Co., MI in 1961; Martha J. born VanBuren Co., MI in Apr. 1870; Franklin STEINMAN born in VanBuren Co. MI in 1874.
William A. and his son William H. STEINMAN are buried in the Kendall Cemetery in Pine Grove, VanBuren Co., MI. It is believed that August STEINMAN moved up to around Lake Co., MI.

Jerry Kyser  2 December 1998
 Michigan surnames I am searching:
Hartford Village, Van Buren Co.,  Michigan
Francis E. ROBERTSON (need ancestors)
Deborah Anne CONOLLY (need ancestors)
        Maud ROBERTSON
        Maggie ROBERTSON
        Jennie Vern ROBERTSON
        Anna Belle ROBERTSON
        Other unknown children
        Unknown spouses
Keeler, Van Buren Co., Hartford Township, Michigan
Frederick Jasper ROBERTS
        Father: William H. ROBERTS (need ancestors)
        Mother: Nancy (ROBERTS) unknown maiden name
        Siblings:       Nettie ROBERTS
                Lucy SKINNER
                Unknown spouses
Any info will be greatly appreciated.  Will exchange what info I have.

 Richard Earl Olds       28 November 1998
I'm searching for my link to Almon OLDS (Birth/Death date unknown) of Hartford.  He was the son of John Bissell OLDS (1796-1873) who was one, if not, the first residents of the area cia 1837.  My link is Russell E. OLDS my father, son of Walter E. OLDS, son of Almon OLDS.  I know of one brother to Walter, who was Authur OLDS of Hartford (I think).  Almon was, as I have been told, a Major in the Union Army during the Civil War.  Are there brothers and sisters to Almon, and who were they married to and when?
John Bissell OLDS was son of Robert OLDS III, a Revolutionary War soldier. This link may be important to anyone tracing their link for qualifying to join such organizations as the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Please E-mail to me any information you have concerning OLDS family
Thank you for the help you may be able to give me.
Richard Earl Olds
My address is as follows:
1129 Royal Palm Beach Blvd.
Suite 065
Royal Palm Beach, FL  33411
561 798-9626

Peggy   26 November 1998
My gg grandparents were Frank and Eliza WOOLEY and are buried in Grand Junction, Van Buren Co. Their daughter was Leona who married Lewis Irving GRIFFITH. Lewis was killed by a "flyer" train in 1934. Leona was 96 when she died in 1979 and was buried in Van Buren Co. I am looking for more
information on Lewis GRIFFITH. If anyone can help please write back. Thanks!

Margo Sorenson  23 November 1998
I am seeking information on a J. RICHARD and his son, William Henry RICHARD.  J. RICHARD was born unknown date, married Mary (Unknown), b. 1810.  William Henry RICHARD married Catherine BYERS in Niles, MI. in 1865.  In 1870 census index, a William H. RICHARD is listed on page 327R, Decatur Village, Van Buren Co.  Is this my William H. RICHARD?  Thank you for any help you can give me.

Sharon   22 November 1998
Am in search of a Leo farm, located at Hartford, Van Buren Co., Michigan area around 1917.  There were burials from the poor farm or hospital there. The poor farm or hospital was located East of Hartford. Those buried in the poor farm cemetery were exhumed and buried elsewhere a long time ago. (Any
suggestions on where that could of been?) Any information on this Leo farm would be very appreciated!

Sharon   22 November 1998
BRANCH, Malissa, d. 30 Jan 1875, Bangor, Van Buren Co.,MI.  She is listed as 77yrs 11m 20d and b. MA.  Info from Gen. Death Index, 1867-1882.
I have reason to beleive she maybe Mallisa GLAZIER, b. 23 Mar 1797, New Braintree, MA.  Married, abt 1822, of Virgil, Cortland Co., NY,  Caleb Goodrich BRANCH (1799, Benson, Rutland Co.,VT - ?)  Known children:  Jeptha M., b. 1822, married Nancy OGDEN; Luin L., b. 1825, married Martha MCKEE;
Clarinda, b. 1826, married James CONRAD; Chauncy, b. 1827, married Matilda VALENTINE; Leytta B., b. 1829, married  Joseph GLAZIER; Francis V., b.1831; Caleb A., b. 1832, married Eliza CUYENDALL; Keziah Mallisa, b. 1834, married Joseph TAYLOR; Rebecca A., b. 1836, married Edmund HUGRON; Charles C.P., b.1838.
Would love to hear from anyone with names of above.  Will share and compare!

Judy DeJong-Radebaugh20 November 1998
COE, WILLIAM, b. at Ulysses, NY, Nov. 7, 1820, d. at Grand Rapids, MI, (Van Buren), Apr. 16, 1898, a veteran of the Civil War. m. Margaret FLEMMING. daughter, Emma COE who m. Henry E. RICHARDSON. Seeking validation of Williams's death in Grand Rapids, and any COE family members. Emma was my G-G Grandmother.

 Vanessa Brower20 November 1998
I am looking for leads on the following family
Fa: Edward GEER b: ca.1848 in ?NY or England?
Mo: Caroline HATHAWAY b: ca. 1851 in OH or MI
       m: Apr 26, 1874 in Lawrence, Van Buren Co., MI
C1: Gertrude GEER b: Sep 1875 in MI
        (married Fred C PALMER Apr 10, 1894 in Paw Paw, MI)
C2: Charles GEER b: 1877
C3: Dunfee GEER b: 1879
Gertrude is my gggrandmother

Dianne Kenna  17 November 1998
David DOPP at 47 years of age, is in the 1850 Van Buren County census, Lawrence township, along with several children.  His daughter, Alzina, age 1, is my greatgrandmother.  He was born in New York, but I have nothing further than him.
Also in the same census is Sylvanus CATE, age 24, in Lawrence township.  His son Edgar (actually George Edgar, I think) is my great-grandfather.  Edgar and Alzina were married in Van Buren County, and then moved to Oklahoma.  However, their daughter Ethel Zulene CATE was born in Michigan according to the OK 1900 census.
I'd appreciate any clues as to the backgrounds of David DOPP and Sylvanus CATE.

   Tom Lumbard   17 November 1998
My family was in the Town of Covington/Alpena/Hamilton/Decatur from 1835 to 1899.
Ebenezer LUMBARD and his son James M. came from Vermont thru New York picking up the BAXTERS and BENTLEYS.  James M. 1st Marriage to George A. Bentley's sister and George A. Bentley to James M.'s sister.  2nd Marriage to Jane A. Baxter.
I am looking for surnames same time period LUMBARD/BENTLEY/BAXTER/SACKETT/HINKLEY/McOMBER/AVERY
If any of this sounds familiar contact me.

 Paulette Haynes15 November 1998
1.  John Romilus HAYNES 1786-1856 an early settler of Lawrence, Van Buren Co. MI in 1835.  Children:  Eliza Haynes (1821), Robert Miles Haynes (1825), Caroline Haynes (1828), Amanda Haynes (1831), Joseph Harvey Haynes (1836), Isabelle Haynes (1840) and William Haynes

2.  Joseph HAYNES 1788-1858 settler of Lawrence, Van Buren Co. MI.  Children: James HAYNES (1825) and Lucinda HAYNES (1830)

3.  Joseph HAYNES 1794-1853 settler of Keeler Twp., Van Buren Co. MI. Children:  John G. Haynes (1815), Isabelle Haynes (1818), James H. Haynes (1820), Daniel Haynes (1821), Asa Sylvester Haynes (1827), Jonathan Haynes (1829) and Merrit M. Haynes (1833)

3.  Jane HAYNES 1799-1847 married James GRAY, settled in Lawrence, Van Buren Co. MI in 1835.  Children:  Valina GRAY (1818), Joseph Gray (1823), Thomas F. Gray (1824), Elias O. Gray(1826), Jaames M. Gray (1828), Mary Gray (1832) and William R. Gray (1838)     HAYNES FAMILY GENEALOGY

  Virginia Meachum  15 November 1998
Searching for parents and death information regarding John Ainsworth MEACHUM b. 1816 NY d. 1883 Lawrence (Van Buren) MI and for his wife Betsey (BROUGHTON) Meachum b. 1822 Genessee Co.,NY d. 1898 Lawrence (VB) MI.  (Betsey's maiden name may have been WATKINS)  They are buried in
Lawrence Hill Cemetery.

Tom Dewey  15 November 1998
Seeking more information on "Jennett HIGHT."  Listed below is current data which has been published in my The Descendants of William DEWEY (July, 1998).  Am especially interested in tracing the children of
Jennett and Gideon (Barzillia King Dewey, Juliaett Elizabeth Dewey, Henry Augustus Dewey, Susan Ann Dewey and John William Dewey), all of whom settled in Michigan, late 19th century.
 Descendants of Jewitt/Jennett Hight

Generation No. 1

1.  JEWITT/JENNETT2 HIGHT  (WILLIAM1)1 was born July 29, 1820 in Bradford, NY2, and died April 1, 1874 in Lawton, Van Buren Co., MI3.  She married GIDEON DEWEYII4 January 12, 18415, son of GIDEON DEWEY and JOANNA ALLEN.

Resident of Steuben Co., NY at time of marriage (AMD). Her name has been variously misspelled:  "Jane Haight" [Exhibit B] or "Jeanette" (the 1850 Charleston Twp. Federal Census), or "Jennett Hight" as compiled by AMD.  Another authoritative source is the Genealogical Death Index of Michigan
which lists her as "Jewitt Dewey."  However, it is very possible that this spelling may be the result of illegible handwriting and/or a transcription error.  Two of her grandchildren were recorded (AMD) as
"Jennett." She died at age 55 of typhoid fever.  Her parents' residence  is listed as Mattawan, MI which would suggest that they removed to Michigan from Bradford, Steuben Co., NY. It appears that Jennett, her parents,  and most of her children were settled in Michigan within a year of Gideon's death.

Occupation: Farmers wife

The "History of Tioga County," R. C. Brown & Co. (1897) lists "In 1819...Gideon Dewey in the Dartt settlement..."  The "History of Tioga County," by Munsell & Co., lists Gideon as having originally settled in Dartt Settlement and was one of only 50 taxpayers in 1821.  Lived on Reese Hill, near Wellsboro, PA. Paid taxes in 1861 [Assessment Book, Charleston Twp., Tioga County, PA..."3 acres wild land, 2 cows, yoke stags...taxes, .47").  He appointed Hugh McInroy as estate administrator in his will (Wills Administration, Tioga County, PA: Gideon Dewey/dcd/Hugh McInroy/adm/letters/664/1865/B/p. 436).
The Family Letter lists 8 children born to Gideon and Lucy, while AMD lists 10.  However, AMD provides additional information (marriages and children) on all but the two who are not listed in the letter (Ann and
Betsey).  It is very possible, then, that these two girls died in infancy, thus,  their omission from the Family Letter [see Exhibit B].  By the time of the 1850 Census none of the children of Lucy were living
in the Gideon household.

Occupation: Farmer
Buried in: near Charleston

        i.      BARZILLIA KING3 DEWEY, b. October 13, 1842, Charleston, Whitney Corners, Tioga Co, PA6; m. FANNY LODEMA TAYLOR NEE VOSE, April 9, 1868, Lawton, MI.

Listed simply as "B., age 7, sex f [sic] " in 1850 Census.  In 1898 was an agent living in Kalamazoo, MI.  He enlisted at Wellsboro in Co. E, 1st Pa Rifle reserves and served from Feb. 28, 1863 to July 3, 1865; was wounded and became a pensioner.

        ii.     JULIAETT ELIZABETH DEWEY, b. September 14, 1843, Charleston, PA7; m. WILLIAM JASPER MCKINNEY, September 2, 1866, Dowagiac, MI.

Listed as "Betsey D., age 6, f " in 1850 Census.

Occupation: Bookkeeper

        iii.    HENRY AUGUSTUS DEWEY, b. November 14, 18468; m. MARY FRANCES MORRILL, March 15, 1880.

Listed as "H. A., age 4, m" in 1850 Census.  A clerk at Grand Rapids, Mi
in 1898.

Died giving birth to Boyd Merrill.

        iv.     SUSAN ANN DEWEY, b. August 28, 18499; d. November 10, 1877, Kalamazoo, MI; m. GEORGE M. BRIGGS, August 26, 1868.

Listed as "Susan A., age 1, f" in 1850 Census.

        v.      JOHN WILLIAM DEWEY, b. May 24, 1852; m. FLORA BRODT, November 30, 1879.

A farmer at Porter, Van Buren County, MI in 1898

Occupation: Farmer

        vi.     ORPHA JENNETT DEWEY, b. May 25, 1854; m. FRANK COOLEY, February 13, 1877.

                Lived in Verden, Brown Co., SD in 1898 (AMD).  No children   12 November 1998
REBECCA A. ROUSE, born 1858 NY, moved to Van Buren County with her parents ELIKAN and AMY (WEST) ROUSE, lived with the William C. Thayer family in Van Buren County until 1870, census does not show her with them after that and there are no death records or marriage records  if you can help contact    12 November 1998
MARY/MERRY S. ROUSE b: 1858 in NY, daughter of ELIKAN and AMY (WEST) ROUSE, had a brother WILLIAM ALONZO and a sister REBECCA A. All lived with the WILLIAM C. THAYER FAMILY until 1870.  If you can help contact

Wilna Baisden  12 November 1998
 Would like to find some information on Chandler HAMLIN. Chandler was in the service in two different Companys.  His military papers say Co E, 3rd Michigan Cav. as a Private and on his burial record says Co 6, 1st Michigan LA.  Chandler was b. abt 1827 in Lenewee, MI, died and is buried in the Alanson A. HOLLY plot 48 of Hick's Cemetery, Arlington Twp. Van Buren Co., MI.  I would like to know who are his parents and siblings and when he died.  Also in the same plot is a Pheobe HAMLIN DAVIS.  Pheobe m. Benjamin Franklin DAVIS in Lafayette on 10 Dec 1851 and I believe she is a sister to Chandler.
I'm hoping they are children of the Eli HAMLIN who is buried in the same plot along with
Sally HAMLIN HOLLY.  I'm also trying to locate information on Eli HAMLIN b. Jul 1780 CT. His death cert. reveals little.

 Allyn Campbell12 November 1998
Looking for family name of MARR--BONNEY--SMITH
Alpheus MARR b. January 12, 1832 in Canada d. Feburary 4, 1901 in Geneva TWP, Van Buren County, Michigan Lawrence E. Marr b. Canada and d. Van Buren County, MI. He married Eliza Amanda BONNEY, daughter of Lenard Anson BONNEY and Sarah HUGHES, about 1869. There parents were John MARR and Olive SMITH, other siblings were George, Caroline, Erastus, Baxter, John, William, Adeline and Olive. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Allyn.
Researching the following families of Van Buren County, MI:

 Jerry Post 4 November 1998
Looking for information on the POST family which moved to the Gobles area of
Van Buren County in about 1860 from western New York State.

Cindy Ives 28 October 1998
 IVES,Alanson b.1818 m.Caroline GAGE. He was on the 1860,1870 & 1880 Van Buren Co.Census.Arlington Twp.Children: Mary J.Ives b.abt.1844 ,Martha Ives b.1849.Was Joseph Ives the father of Alanson Ives? Did he have siblings?

Donna J. (McNees) Howard  27 October 1998
Charles McDOWELL - b. 13 Jul. 1822 in N.Y.; d. 20 Apr. 1905 in Arlington twp., Van Buren Co., Mich.; buried in Wildey Cemetery, Paw Paw, Mich.; m. 27 Apr. 1862, Lawrence, Van Buren Co., Mich. to Christinia STICKNEY. Ch.: Forest - b. 1866 in Mich.; Charles - b. 1868 in Mich.; Orin C. - b. 18 Oct. 1869 in Paw Paw, Mich.; Lula J. - b. 22 Feb. 1874, in Paw Paw, Mich.; d. 29 May 1941, Portage, Kalamazoo Co., Mich.; m. 20 Apr. 1895, Van Buren Co., Mich. to Charles ASHLEY. Are there any descendants of this couple out there?  Would love to correspond.

 Jan Taylor   27 October 1998
I'm researching the family of Samuel LUTZ. according to the 1850 census he lived in Ganges Allegan county.  and in the 1860 census he was listed as living in Casco, Allegan County. Then in 1854 he married Ann Elisabeth RICE in Van Buren County.
In 1861 he inlisted in the Civil War at Van Buren County. He was discharged in Texas in 1865. Samuel and Elisabeth LUTZ had four known children. FRANK C. LUTZ born 1859. Samuel C. LUTZ born 1862 Emma J. LUTZ born 1866 and Rose  W. LUTZ born 1869.  The LUTZ family may have lived in Casco, but because the court house in South Haven was closer that's where I found his marriage records. According to the Wills and Probate records, also found in South Haven, Elisabeth LUTZ died Mar. 1882 and Samuel LUTZ died Sept. 1882. Is there any one out there that can shed some light on this family? I would like to find out where my Great grand parent's are buried so that I may sometimes get a chance to visit their graves. thanks in advance for any and all help.

Diane Oatley  26 October 1998
Am looking for information on Dwitt LOCKMAN.  He was born in 1820 in Ny and married Tamison Jane STEVENS in 1849, at Ketchum Corners Van Buren.  I am interested in the LOCKMAN and STEVENS family.  Also related is the FISH, BROWN and KENNEDY, PALMER Families.

 Diane Oatley    26 October 1998
  I am looking for information on Phoebe PALMER who was born in NY and married Gilbert HUGHSON.  They had some children in NY and some in Van Buren County.  Anyone have information on this family?     27 October 1998
My great, great grandfather, George A. BOWER, was born in 1816 in Maryland. His wife died in Hancock Co., Ohio  in 1863 and he moved with his family to Bangor, Michigan, where he supposedly died.  I have no information on this family after they left Hancock County.  Is anyone researching that family.

Jan Taylor  19 October 1998
Would like to have any and all information for SAMUEL AND ELIZABETH LUTZ.

 Evelyn Goble Steen  19 October 1998
I'm researching the GOBLES of Van Buren.  There were several GOBLE brothers
who started the town of Gobles, later known as Goblesville in Van Buren Co.,
MI in the mid 1800s.  They were Hiram Edwin, Warren, Albert Nathaniel & and
James Hoyt GOBLE.  Any information about their descendants would be greatly
appreciated.  My Goble Genealogy Homepage address is:

Linda Coltrin  11 October 1998
Seeking to correspond with all SHINE family researchers with Van Buren Co., MI roots.  It seems that Elisha COLTRIN b. 1854 and Cora May SHINE b. 1860 were married abt. 1876: Two children born to them Archie J. born abt 1877 possibly in Ohio and Oliver Andrew born 1878 Illinois as per his birth certificate.  Found the family living in Covert Village Covert Twp. in the 1880 Census.  Family split and Cora took Archie to raise and Elisha went on to Kansas abt 1885.  Is her father Jacob SHINE  &  mother Pamelia since they are living with in 2 households from Cora and Elisha?  Looks like sisters of Cora SHINE maybe Sarah A. who marries a John McCREARY , Eliza J. , and Sarah S.?  If you have SHINE
roots please contact me I have lots of connections to share.  Thanks

Faye    11 October 1998
AMY WEST, married to ELIKAN ROUSE & WILLIAM C. THAYER lived on a farm in Van
Buren Co. parents names were RUSEMIRE WEST & HANNAH POTTER, need information
on her parents.

 Faye   11 October 1998
Looking for the husband of HANNAH WEST, she lived in Bangor twp. with the
WILLIAM THAYER family, she was born abt. 1804 in NY came to MI after 1860

 W. Bidewell 2 October 1998
I would like to get in contact with any descendents of George & Amanda HANNAHS.  He moved to South Haven probably in early 1840's and would have died there possibly late 1880s.   He was listed as a president of the village 1875-77.  Children according to Census were Minnie, Ella, Carrie,
Mason??, and Marvin.   Any information on this family would be appreciated.  29 September 1998
Looking for Descendents of Newell HICKS, farmer in Van Buren Co 1869 to
1890's.     29 September 1998
Phillip WILLIAMS b. 1800 NY d. 1847 Antwerp, MI  m.1830, Polly (VAN ANTWERP)
b.1808 NY d. 1888 Antwerp, Van Buren Co. MI. need parents of Phillip WILLIAMS

 Joan Ross    27 September 1998
I am looking for information on dates of death for Spencer BEACH b. May 12 1816 Litchfield Ct and his wife  Sarah ( Sally Jane) DUSENBURY who lived in Victor Twp and  buried in Chamberlain Cemetery. However the info that gave me Chamberlain Cemetery failed to give the DOD. Any info one Spencer and Sally, Their parents and Children would be happilyreceived with many THANKS.   JOAN M. ROSS

 Phyllis Rennells    24 September 1998
 Would like information of Benjamin REYNELLS and Mary (Polly) MITCHELL
from VT to Van Buren County.  Known children:  Buel, Benjamin, Samuel,
Lucinda, Experience, Charles, Mary Jane and Electa.  Looking for
information on Benjamin's parentage and place in VT.  Assoc. names:  ELAND,
PERLEY, VANSICKLE, WITTER.  Would like to exchange information.

 W.S.Spivey   20 September 1998
Seeking info on maternal grandfather ancestors named SCANLAN. Ggrandfather named Dennis, married Flora DOUGHERTY (?). lived in South Haven. children John, Mary, May, Lucy, Maude. My grandfather John born 10-17-1888 married Helen Gunder of Chicago. Any help would be marvelous. Thank you and luck in your search.   20 September 1998
 WILLIAM ALOZO ROUSE B: July 27, 1852 NY - D: 13 Oct. 1934 Van Buren County, MI
 who are his parents, he married Susan PUMPFRY lived in the Van Buren & Berrien County areas
  REBECCA A.  ROUSE B: 1857 MARY/MERRY ROUSE 1858  20 September 1998
Looking for infomation on CHARLES MERRITT THOMPSON who was born Nov. 3, 1844
Butler /Walworth, NY died April 3, 1923.  Who was his first wife and who were
his children other than George C. Thompson  20 September 1998
 Eunice THAYER born 1873 to William C. THAYER , married Frank McINTOSH April 12, 1910.
Who was her mother?  Where can I find a marriage certificate for her?  She married a PACKARD & DOBBS before Frank.  She had a 1/2 brother WILLIAM ALONZO ROUSE, who was his father?

Nancy Burton    20 September 1998
Need information on John ALLEN b.1839 NY, married 1866 to Adelia Viola DRAPER daughter of Sanford and Elizabeth DRAPER in Van Buren Co. MI. Died after 1900, before 1910.  Can't find death date or place of burial.  Also need burial place for his wife who died in 1877 same county.  They lived
most of their married lives in Bloomingdale twp.  Also need death date for John's mother Cynthia ALLEN who disappears from census before 1880.

 Virginia Barry   20 September 1998
KEMP is the name of my Van Buren County ancestor.  (Specifically, Thomas
KEMP, Jr. 1813-1888.)

 W Barney 20 September 1998
Looking for Marriage License for George Franklin BARNEY and Ella LOCKWOOD

 Patti Ellis 20 September  1998
I am searching my HOAGE family living in Wattawau area around 1850. George HOAGE married Alvida CAMP. They had two children: (1) Walter HOAGE b. 21 Mar. 1848 m. Maria HORTON or MONROE,    17 Dec. 1881. (2)  Ida Wheeler HOAGE b.22 Feb. 1856.  George is next found in Kalona, Iowa
in 1857 married to Cassander SNYDER, they will have 3 more children there. I hope this family sounds familiar to someone.  Thank you. Patti Ellis

 Jack Hammill 20 September 1998
HAMMILL, Robert C., or any relatives or descendants.  Robert C. Hammill
purchased a land patent in Van Buren County on 5 May 1836.  I am trying to
determine if a relationship exists with Thomas Hammill and family of
Jackson County - same time period.

Dennis Bradley  20 September 1998
Just found out the names I am looking for in Van Buren Co are CUMMINGS (not Cummins, appearently my grandfather changed the spelling) and CONKLIN. There is a Cora, Floyd, and Edward all bn in Van Buren Co Mich, 1880s to Samuel CUMMINGS bn Mich <1860> and Sylvia CONKLIN bn Pa <1865>.  Sylvia also had a sister, Hattie Mae CONKLIN bn 1871 Pa.  thanks  Dennis Bradley  3100 Woodson St Louis Mo 63114

Bob and Mary Lyle September 12, 1998
TUTTLE/LANDOLT  Minnie M. TUTTLE, b. 1854, dau of J.H. and Elizabeth
TUTTLE of Hamilton and Decatur, MI.  She m. Albert Landolt and they were
living in Milwaukee, WI in 1900.  Minnie had a dau, Blanche A. LANDOLT,
and they were later living in CA.  Any info on this family at all will
be appreciated.
Bob and Mary Lyle September 12, 1998
ROBERTS         Any infor on Castle (Cassle, etc) ROBERTS.  He was son of Lyman
and Maria Roberts, born about 1870 in Decatur, MI.  He was m. to Cora
and had three children: Ruth, Russell and Naomi.  He was buried in
Riverside Cemetery, Decatur, Dec. 1918.  Any info on any of these people
will be appreciated.
Bob and Mary Lyle September 12, 1998
BOWLES/ROBERTS  Orvilla BOWLES, wife of George ROBERTS, Decatur, MI.
Orvilla was the daughter of Aaron and Sarah BOWLES (BOLLES/BOLES, etc.)
who lived in Allegan Co., Casco Twp. in 1860 and 1870.  By 1900, Aaron
was widowed and was living with his son (Orvilla's brother) Wilson in
Lincoln Twp., Newaygo Co.  Any info on any of the BOWLES family would be
Bob and Mary Lyle September 12, 1998
ARMSTRONG/LYLE  Ann ARMSTRONG m. John LYLE in 1844 in Paw Paw.  At that
time, she was of Waverly.  Her obit states, "at the age of 27 she came
to Michigan with her mother, sister and brother" from New York in 1842.
We do not know the name of her mother or have any info on this family.
Anything would help.
George Leonard  August 26, 1998
LEONARD EDWARD Searching for his burial site,  he died in Kalamazoo 12/ 5 / 1894 . Records at Saint Lukes in Kalamazoo show he was buried at REIS FARM ???  His wife Ann died 1916 and is buried at caloma in the LEONARD family plot.  Edward was a brickmaker making brick at Kendal, Oshtemo, Alamo, and the Humphrey COX farm, also Comstock. I have found a Reis burial at the Pine Grove cemetary near Kendal .  Edward also owned 17 acres on the north shore of North lake , It looks to me as if the house is still standing there  I hope this might ring a bell with some one Thanks much for any information  George R. LEONARD

Fcurtis55  August 26, 1998
 I am searching for any information on my grandfather,Roman NIEDZWIEDZ. He was born in Poland/Austria in 1892. I believed he lived in Paw Paw from the 1960's till his death. I have no info on him at all. He left my grandmother and 5 children in the late 20's. I am desperetly seeking info. I have come to all dead ends. Can some one please help me?

 Nancy Kless August 25, 1998
John H. BLACKWOOD b. c1845 Hillsdale Co., MI. mar.1869 Charlotte C.HALSTEAD
in VanBuren Co., MI. She died 1804 in VanBuren Co. John was last located
living with their son, Charles A. BLACKWOOD in 1917 in Kalamazoo Co., MI.
Where and when did John BLACKWOOD die ?    John's mother, Percis BLACKWOOD, d.
1869 in VanBuren Co. She was b. c1802 in Schoharie Co., N.Y. What was her
maiden name ? Her husband was Samuel BLACKWOOD.

 Krismarie Fetter August 23, 1998
I am researching the SOWLE/SOULE/SOWLES and ROLFE families who lived
in Van Buren Co. in 1880. Thanks.

 Denise Perkins Ready August 21, 1998
BUCKNER,Martin J. b.1843 Germany. Moved to Gobles,Van Buren Co.,MI and m. his wife, Caroline M. HUGHSON b.1846 Monroe Co.,NY. Martin J. & Caroline BUCKNER  owned and operated a grocery store in Gobles,MI, known at that time as Goblesville,MI. Had the following children all b.MI.  Maude BUCKNER m. Mr.? WANGROW, Lawrence or Laden BUCKNER moved to Chicago,IL 1930's, Roy O. BUCKNER d/y,Rose Hazel BUCKNER m Mr. ? STYLES, Grace E. BUCKNER b.1876 MI m.Roy D. PERKINS owner,editor of the Bloomingdale,VanBuren Co.,MI newspaper called, "THE LEADER". 1900's-1920's.Looking for other people researching this family.

Denise Perkins Ready August 21, 1998
HICE,Henry b.1821 PA. Move to Breedsville,VanBuren Co.,MI with his wife,
Sarah (HINTERLITER/HINDERLIGHTER). Had children, Elmer HICE, Augusta HICE, Annie HICE, George HICE, William H.HICE, Mary Elizabeth HICE b.1847MI. Looking for other people researching this couple and their descendants.

 Denise Perkins Ready August 21, 1998
SIMON,Ellis b.1870's IL, moved to MI and m.1902 Ena PERKINS b.1883. Ellis SIMON was a Bank Teller in Bloomingdale,VanBuren Co.,MI. One dau. was born to this couple, Ruth Izola SIMON who m. Dr.Roger POWERS of Albion,MI. Looking for descendants of this family.

 Denise Perkins Ready August 21, 1998
PERKINS,William H. b.1827PA moved to VanBuren Co.,MI 1860's from Jackson Co.,MI. m.1st. Philinda KNAPP and had one child, Charles Nelson PERKINS b.1853 GrassLake,MI; m.2nd.Mary Elizabeth HICE, dau. of Henry & Sarah HICE of Breedsville,VanBuren Co.,MI. Looking for others researching this family.

Jim FrenchAugust 20, 1998
 Researching the descendants of Warren F. FRENCH, born in VT, moved to
Almena, Van Buren County, MI about 1842, died there in 1900, had 5
children with wife Sarah.

Dennis  August 10, 1998
I am searching in Van Buren Co., MI, mid 1800's for a Samuel CUMMINS and Edward CUMMINS, his son. who was born Grand Haven, MI about 1885.  Thank You.

 Larry BurkhartAugust 10, 1998
Looking for information on Jonathan BURKHART b. 27 Sept. 1860, d. 18 Mar 1914 in Bloomingdale.  He married Rose Loretta PAGE on 8 June 1890 in Bloomingdale.  She was born 14 Sept. 1866 d. 30 Mar 1938 in New Buffalo, MI.  They had three children - Beatrice, Milford and Winifred. At least two of the three moved to Mishawaka, St. Joseph, IN.  I am trying to find out information on the parents of both Jonathan and Rose whose father is Martin C. PAGE (I think).

 Marjorie Roti Roti  August 3, 1998
 Searching info on Eunice Florinda OSBORN, m. Herbert Asahel HOUGH, Sept. 10, 1882,
Van Buren Co., MI.  Have info on Herbert--need anything available on Eunice.

 Gregory Myers  August 2, 1998
Seeking info. on Edward KELLEY born in Decatur, Van Buren County, Michigan
approximately June 1868.  Parents unknown.

 No Name  July 31, 1998
Daniel O. DODGE m. Emeline HALL c. 1838 lived in Paw Paw. Children were:  DeWitt, Thomas F, Liliah and Susan.  Family history says the children never married and this line died out.  Looking for anyone who is researching Emeline HALL's family. Her parents were Nathan HALL and Abigail RICE of Boston and Rutland Twp, Rutland Co. VT.  Related surnames will be, CHURCH, CHENEY, LUTHER and RICE.. Please only respond if you can connect 2 or more of these names as I have only the HALL line in connection with these names.

Jane Nelson July 10, 1998
Seeking proof of parentage of Melissa Melinda WILLIAMS, born 2 April 1833 in VT. On 13 July 1853 she was married to Samuel Goodall TYLER at the home of Ansel FRENCH in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo Co., MI, by JP Hiram COOK. Witnesses were Ansel FRENCH and David RICE. The marriage recorded immediately before hers was that of Elmer WILLIAMS, age 48, to Lucy E. HADLOCK, age 24, on 16 August 1853 at the home of Ansel FRENCH in Oshtemo, Kalamazoo Co., MI, by JP Hiram COOK. Witnesses were Ansel FRENCH and David RICE. In the 1850 Census a 17-year-old Melissa WILLIAMS is listed with the family of Ansel FRENCH in Kalamazoo Village, Kalamazoo Co., MI; and also in the family of Elmer WILLIAMS in Mason Twp., Cass Co., MI. Melissa (WILLIAMS) TYLER named a son Elmer, a name not previously used in the TYLER family, and each of her three children gave a son the name Elmer as either a first of middle name. Melissa died on 25 August 1874 in Hartford, Van Buren Co., MI.

Jane Nelson July 10, 1998
Seeking parents of Edwin Adelbert IRISH b, born 27 July 1848 in Brockport, Monroe Co., NY. (Source: Research report from Willis L. IRISH to my grandfather, William E. IRISH and my grandaunt Olive (IRISH) JONES, based on information they sent him.) Edwin Adelbert IRISH married Ellen Rosina TYLER on 25 April 1875 at Hartford, Van Buren Co., MI. The following year they moved to Free Soil, Mason Co., MI. In April 1885 they moved to Douglas Co., MO, where Edwin died on 12 August 1893. Ellen and the children returned to Free Soil. Edwin's death is recorded in the Mason Co., MI, Death Records.

Thomas Fenn July 9, 1998
Hoping to fill a number of blanks in history of the SUTTON family (Orrin, Luther, Roswell, Warner Perrin) and marriages into the NORTHRUP, BANCROFT, ANDRUS, and BURRELL families. Involved with towns of Saugatuck, South Haven, Bangor, Lawton, Hartford. Glad to share what info I have.

David Britten July 8, 1998
Looking for information on Horace HUDSON, b. NY 1805. Was living in Almena Twp, VanBuren Co, at the time wife Mary A. (?) died on June 20, 1883. They had 10 children: Charles b. NY 1844, Joel b. 1845, Milan b. 1847, Elizabeth b. 1849, Fred b. 1851, George b. 1852, William b. 1855, Ida b. 1858, and Eugene b. 1859. Sometime after Mary's death, Horace removed to Seville Twp, Gratiot Co, Michigan where Fred had been living. Joel joined them. Others unknown. Charles, Joel and Milan all served in Company K, 13th Michigan Infantry in Civil War. Besides information that would lead to parents of Horace and surname of Mary, I am interested in any links to Gilbert HUDSON family of Paw Paw, or other HUDSONs living in VanBuren Co. Joel HUDSON was my great-grandfather. Thank you.

C. Bryant July 6, 1998
Looking for information on Rosco WELCH who married Julia MABIE 26 Feb 1883. Need to prove the date , and find out what happened to him. Her obit just said she was Mrs WELCH

 Georgene Sones July 1, 1998
Seek others researching Lemuel & Mary MOON BESSEY. Lemuel born ca 1786; died after 1867; Mary born ca 1798; died after 1867. Perhaps both died Van Buren Co. Children: 1. Richard J. 1820-Dec 1867 Van Buren Co; wife Betsy M.; 2. Elizabeth died 1907 Van Buren Co, husb Henry CLEVELAND; 3. Lemuel died 1884 Douglas Co NE, wf Esther PURCHASE; 4. Horace G. d 1903 Rooks Co KS, wf Sarah Margaret COLE; 5. Albert E. died 1914 perhaps Van Buren Co, wf Anna Elizabeth WITNVER; 6. Almary; 7. Harriet L. d May 1874 Van Buren Co, husb Jonathan HINCKLEY; 8. Martha Jane died 1888 Douglas Co NE, husb William SHERWOOD; 9. John.

Gail Snow July 1, 1998
MCNITT : I would like information on any members of this family who came from New York to Van Buren County in the 1800s. My ggrandfather was Andrew Benjamin McNITT born 1864, went from Michigan to Boone Co. NE then on to California. Other names I know about are John W. McNITT (married Mary Ann HARRINGTON) and Lyman Alexander McNITT (married a PERCIVALl) both men from Niagara Co NY, but am not sure of the relationships to me. John W. reported an Andrew in the 1870 census who would have been the right age. Thank you.

Cheryl Whitelaw Jun 15, 1998
I would like to know about William SELLICK who had a store in Gobles, Michigan. He came from the same Scotland neighborhood as Edward WHITELAW, who was buried in Gobles in 1880 at the age of 67. We would really like to know where in Scotland they were from.

Robert Wicks May 28, 1998
MACKINNEY, STEPHENSON, WEHR I found several 1870s photographs of William C. STEPHENSON (1809-1889) family of St. Clair township, Butler County, Ohio. Wife Hannah L. (1814-1906)--both are buried in plot 943 of Hamilton, OH Greenwood Cemetery, Butler County. Names on the photographs include Dr. Martin MACKINNEY (Hastings, Adams Co., Nebraska), Robert MACKINNEY, Will MACKINNEY, Mammi MACKINNEY (Kalamazoo, Michigan); Gertrude BEATTY (Hamilton, OH); Clarence WEHR, Ike WEHR, Frank WEHR, Granville WEHR (All Hamilton, OH?). Some of the unidentified photographs were taken in Lawton, MI (Van Buren County). I am researching the life of William C. STEPHENSON and am searching for more information about his family.

No Name Given May12, 1998
Looking for connections to my SMITH and BLANCHARD lines in Van Buren Cty. Sheldon SMITH, bn 1836 in NY m. Elmira (Emily) HICKS, also of NY. In the 1870 census, children of Sheldon and Emily: William bn NY; Frank bn MI; Julia E bn MI (m. Ellis BLANCHARD); Sheldon bn NY; Lewis A bn MI. According to Julia's obit, she had 2 other siblings. Sheldon Sr. was a Methodist Minister. He remarried after the death of Emily to a Susan ?. Nothing further known on the family. Volney BLANCHARD, bn 1825 in Sennett, NY m. Mandana (Mandy) IMPSON, also of NY. Volney may have been married previousely to an Esther and had a son, Milton. Children of Volney and Mandy: Ellis bn Pine Grove Twp, MI (m. Julia SMITH); Reva/Reba; Eddie; Minnie (Mina) (m. Richard RANDALL); Almeda; Almer; Cordelia; Myrtle (m. ? SLACK); Hannah Love to find any family connections!

No Name Given Apr 29, 1998
I am researching LEE, LANGLEY and SLOCUM surnames in VanBuren County.

Scott Ives Apr 6, 1998
Looking for any information about descendants of a LINSENMEYER family who settled in Van Buren County, around Keeler, before 1862. David, William and Christian Linsenmeyer, whom I believe were all brothers, were sons of Gotlieb and Susan Linsenmeyer - the family came from Wurttemburg, Germany. I am a descendant of Christian and his wife Charlotte WERHMAN, their daughter Sophia married Charles O. HENDERSON who lived in Keeler. Thank you.

Patricia DUPES-MATSUMOTO Apr 6, 1998
ABRAMS - SHEPARD Searching for information on and other relatives of: John ABRAMS [11/7//1797 Newburgh, NY - 11/14/1881 Paw Paw] m Eunice SHEPARD [12//24/1802 NY - 12/23/1884 Kalamazoo]. Family moved fr Orleans Co, NY to farm on section 8, near Paw Paw in early 1852. Children: 1] Leonard lived in Berrien Co. 2] Mary [Mrs --BABCOCK of Kalamazoo Co] 3] Albert m Ruth STORMES; 4 ch in Van Buren Co, Ruth m2 Eaton BRANCH] 4] John Jr m Emily LUCE; 6 ch inn Van Buren Co. 5] Daniel W m Sarah CLARK; 3 ch in Van Buren Co. 6] Eunice m Gilman S LANE; 4 ch in Van Buren Co. 7] Anna, a school teacher, probably in the school house deeded to the district from Abrams land. 8] Philinda m Charles W SHERMAN; lived in Litchfield, MN. 9] James Edward m Helen BEDDO; 8 ch in Van Buren Co. 10] Nancy m Horace BEDDO; lived in Louisville, KY. 11] Cornelia M probably d young.

Patricia DUPES-MATSUMOTO Apr 6, 1998
GILMAN - MORRILL Searching for information and other relatives of: Samuell GILMAN [7/8/1784 Gilmanton, NH - 9/7/1864 Van Buren Co, MI] m1 Judith MORRILL [6/10/1790 Danville, VT - 1/21/1848 Van Buren Co, MI] m2 Mary --. Samuel, an itinerating Freewill Baptist minister, came to Van Buren County from Monroe Co, NY in 1838. He lived first on section 5, then section 6 of Antwerp twp where he farmed and continued itinerating; was also pastor of the Freewill Baptist chh and correspondent for the denomination's paper, The Morning Star. Children from the first marriage: 1] Sarah b 10/24/1811 Wheelock, VT = Abraham Morrill LANE; lived in Antwerp twp, 6 ch. 2] David Harvey b 9/8/1813 Wheelock, VT. 3] Joseph [abt 1816 - 9/16/1884] farmed in Antwerp twp; m1 Annis DOLE m2 Hannah --, 6 ch from 1st m. 4] Samantha [b abt 1817] = William CLARK and inherited her father's farm on section 6, Antwerp; 1 known ch. 5] Mariah [b abt 1818] = Henry BARNUM. 6] Oliver Wendell [b abt 1820] = Elizabeth RHODES. 7] Mary [b abt 1824] = Allan A NOURSE. 8] Martha [b abt 1834] = William THAYER.

Patricia DUPES-MATSUMOTO Apr 6, 1998
LANE - MORRILL Searching for information and other relatives of: Abraham Morrill LANE, aka Abram LANE and A. M. LANE, [11/14/1809 Wheelock, VT - 2/26/1882] m Sarah GILMAN [10/24/1811 Wheelock, VT - 2/1/1873. POD unk for both but both bur Bangs Cemetery, Almena Twp. Abram came to Van Buren co in 1836, lived near Paw Paw Village first, then settles on section 5, Antwerp twp. After Sarah's d he moved to Bloomingdale twp. Children: 1] Samuel Gilman, most usually known as Gilman S, 2/19/1835 - 1/24/1873; farmed in Van Buren and Cass Cos, bur Bangs Cemetery; m Eunice ABRAMS, 4 ch in Van Buren Co. 2] Irving b 12/29/1840 m Hora POWELL. 3] Sarah Arlette b 5/9/1845 m John W FREE, lived in Paw Paw; 1 ch. 4] Judith Irene b 2/8/1848 - 9/20/1875 m Charles F BECKER. 5] Eugene M b 10/3/1851 m Mattie BROWN. Also Abram's brother Rinaldo B LANE [10/7/1811 - 3/11/1885] = Diane OCOCBOCK [3/17/1817 - 5/9/1891] lived in Paw Paw village.

Dorothy Paul Apr 1, 1998
John A. ARMSTRONG married Eunice DOLPH in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County, Michigan in 1852. I knew she was buried in Schoolcraft Cemetary, thinking her death was 1864. Recently receiving Civil War Pension records, where John's second wife Marilla ARMSTRONG applies for a widow's pension after his death I find WHY I could not get a death record from Kalamazoo Co! Eunice Dolph ARMSTRONG died 1862 in Decatur, Van Buren Co, Michigan. According to her broher-in-law, Warren  F. ARMSTRONG she was "taken home to Schoolcraft" to be buried. I am looking for an obit or death certificate. Does VanBuren Co have death records for this time period? On the 1860 census the family (Decatur, Van Buren Co, MI)includes John ARMSTRONG 28, Eunice 26, Malinda 7, John 4, Eunice H. Dolph 9. This daughter Eunice is mentioned in later John's pension information as Eunice M. HOSLER.... I am hoping a obit will tell if this is John's natural daughter, or his step-daughter?? Any information welcome!

James Brill Mar 23, 1998
I would like to find out where my gggrandfather Peter Z PERRAULT and my gggrandmother Anna M PERRAULT are buried. Peter & Anna where in the 1880 census in Hamilton Twp, Vanburen, County MI with Children. son Allolhbus age 8 Catharine age 12, & Peter S age 10 where did the childern go to School. and where are Peter and Anna Buried I cant find them any where. Are thay buried on their land. Please if any one knows of the PERRAULT family Please contact me. thank you for your help.

Don Hughes Mar 19, 1998
I have copy of letter written July 1855 from Harley KNAPP of NY to his daughter Sophia KNAPP Rose of Cass MI. The letter states that he is afraid his son GEORGE KNAPP is dead as he had not heard from him since March. That letter was mailed from South Haven MI. He asked her to check to see if she could find him. Since he never showed up in NY or any other family records he might be buried in Van Buren County somewhere. If anyone having burial records would check for a GEORGE KNAPP who was born NY in Dec 1829. There were a number of Knapps in that part of MI.

Paulette Haynes Mar 13, 1998
GRAY and HAYNES Researching James GRAY 1795-1873 and first wife, Jane HAYNES 1799-1847 of Van Buren County, MI. Children: Valina Gray 1818, Joseph Gray 1823, Thomas Gray 1824, Elias O. Gray 1826, James M. Gray 1828, Mary E. Gray 1832 and William R. GRAY 1838.

Barry Boecher Mar 12, 1998
I am researching some relatives of mine who lived in Van Buren County. Harry MATCHETT purchased a farm there in 1928 and lived there until his death. Is there any way for me to obtain additional information on his family, such as land deed from that period or his daughter, Durrett NESTOR, who was a school teacher there. Both are buried in the MATCHETT family plot in Prospect Hill Cemetery. I would appreciate any help you could supply me with.

No Name Given Mar 10, 1998
I am searching for information on the following people on my father's mother's side. My grandmother was Irma Hazel GIDDINGS Williams 1894 - 1991. Buried at Prospect Cemetery in Paw Paw Township. Hazel married Lewis R. WILLIAMS Sr. Her father was Frederick GIDDINGS 1867-1957. His wife was Elizabeth Mae LANDPHERE 1867? - 1947. Resided in Lawton, MI in 1920. Owned a car dealership. Brothers to Frederick are: Henry GIDDINGS b ? d ? Frank GIDDINGS b ? d ? (may have died young) Charles C. GIDDINGS (age 10 years younger than Frederick). Married Carolyn STAINTON from Paw Paw, Michigan. Carolyn had a sister who never married and lived with Charles and Carolyn by the name of "Bessie" STAINTON. I would love any information such as dates and places of death. Where these people are buried and any children they had and their names? If anyone out there is doing research on this family I would love to get in touch with them. On the internet I found a Gertrude I. GIDDINGS Yates and her daughter Avis YATES Brownell that trace them to the Daughters of the American Revolution on the same lineage as my grandmother's application for the DAR. I suspect the that Gertrude and Frederick's father Henry Ely GIDDINGS were siblings. I would love to confirm this.

No Name Given Mar 8, 1998
STEFFAN Searching ancestors of Matthew Paul STEFFAN, b. 29 Nov 1910 Van Buren Co, Michigan d, 1997 Albuquerque, New Mexico buried T or C, New Mexico married #1 Elizabeth Pauline ( ? ). He was the son of Mathias STEFFAN & Anna ( ? ). Matthew had a brother Joe of Missouri. Beverly Himes BARGER in New Mexico.

Linda Alderman Feb 27, 1998
Charles Sumner HETLER and Minnie BRITSCH HETLER are found on the 1920 census in VanBuren County and they are both buried in the Covert Cemetery. I need help finding information on the BRITSCH line. Minnie BRITSCH and her brother, Christian BRITSCH, immigrated about 1871/72 (according to census records). Minnie m. a HUNT and had two sons, Frederick and Winfield, both born in Arkansas. Minnie m. Charles S. HETLER in abt 1900. They are in Berrien County in 1900 and in 1910. Any information about this family would be appreciated.

Jerry KyserTues Feb 24, 1:35AM 1998
Is anyone researching the ROBERTS and ROBERTSON surnames from Van Buren County, Michigan, 1860-1910 years? My information is limited but I am willing to share. Thanks

Dianne KennaThurs Feb 19, 8:08AM 1998
Searching for family of great-grandparents, George Edgar CATE  b ca 1848 who married Alzina (or Alvina) DOPP on. 19 Oct. 1873, VanBuren Co., MI. They are in 1900 OK Census with two daughters, Ethel Zulene (my grandmother) and Mary. Ethel married (1) Bert TIGNOR, (2) John MORRIS; Mary md. Gid GORE. G. E. CATE died 19 Feb. 1923, and Alzina died 18 Jan 1931 maybe in OK. George and Alzina supposed to have had relatives in South Haven, MI., Mattie LUNDA, Emory LUNDA, Lena LUNDA, Fred LUNDA, and Clarence LUNDA. I'd appreciate any help or guidance. George's mother was Mary HINKLEY.

Anita LottsSat Feb 14, 9:45PM 1998
I am looking for information on an Ira OLDS. He married Emily FLAHARTY who was born about 1834. My great grandfather, James Ira OLDS, was born June 2, 1869 to this couple. I was wondering if anyone could help me on Ira Olds birth, death, parents, and marriage date. Ira died prior to 1880 as Emily is remarried to an Elisha BRANT. Also, by 1873 she is listed on her father's will as being Emily BRANT. Any information would be much appreciated.

Denise ReadyThur Feb 12, 8:45PM 1998
COLLINS,Daniel b.1831, resided in Van Buren Co.,MI with is wife, Sarah GLOVE/GROVE PALMER. Child, Clara Mariah COLLINS b.1859 m. 1883 Van Buren Co.,MI; Charles Nelson PERKINS b.1853 at Grasslake,MI. Couple removed to Auburn,NE. Looking for descendants of their children. Daniel PERKINS b. 1885 MI, Florence May PERKINS b.1889 MI, Harvey W.PERKINS b.1894, Ethel Viola PERKINS b.1896

Denise ReadyThur Feb 12, 8:45PM 1998
PERKINS, William H. b.1827 Susquehanna,PA came to MI ca.1836. m.1st.1851 (Jackson Co.,MI) Philindia KNAPP of Somerset, Jackson Co.,MI b.1828, d.1862. He m.2nd. at Lawrence,MI 1868, Mary E. HICE b.1847 MI. Looking for other descendants of their children. Edith PERKINS b.1869 m.1st.Wm.SKINNER, m.2nd. Mr.G.R.SMITH. Roy D. PERKINS b.1874 m. Grace E.BUCKNER. Ena PERKINS b.1883 m. Ellis SIMON (Banker) of Bloomingdale, MI).

Denise ReadyThur Feb 12, 8:45PM 1998
PERKINS, Roy D. b.1874 MI m. Grace Elenor BUCKNER in MI 5/31/1897. Roy D.PERKINS b.1874 & wife resided at Bloomingdale,Van Buren Co.,MI. She d.1924 of Cancer and he, owner & editor of the BLOOMINGDALE LEADER newspaper d.1927. Had two sons, Paul Martin PERKINS b.1903 d.1903, Cecil Max PERKINS b.1910 d.1975. Looking for cousins.

Denise ReadyThur Feb 12, 8:45PM 1998
HICE, Henry b.1821 & wife Sarah (HINTERLITER) resided in Breedsville,Van Buren Co.,MI. Looking for descendants of their children. Elmer HICE, Augusta HICE m.S.HOMER Eaton, Annie HICE m. Mr.GESSLER, George HICE, William H.HICE, Mary Elizabeth HICE b.1847 m. William H. PERKINS b.1827 PA. I descend through Mary E.HICE & Willima H.PERKINS who are both buried in the Breedsville,MI Cemetery. Would love to meet someone of this same line. I am willing to exchange information.

Pat MillerSun Feb 8, 12:32PM 1998
My gr-gr-grandmother, Chloe (ADAMS) HITCHCOCK, died at the home of her daughter, Jane M. (HITCHCOCK) POWERS, in Bloomingdale, Van Buren Co,on 19 Sep 1873. Her death certificate states that she was buried in Lindsey Cemetery, Cheshire Corners. Is this in Van Buren Co or could it be back in CT where she was born? Any help much appreciated.

Karl DennisSun Feb 8, 12:32PM 1998
I am looking for descendents of or information on John BRAMBLEE 1824-1877 and his wife Ellen MUSHRUSH 1828-1890. They moved to VanBuren Co. from Penna C1860, and are buried in the Old Pine Grove Cemetery, Pine Grove Twp. with some of their children. Thank you.

No Name GivenWed Jan 28 11:06AM 1998
I am looking for any information on George H. PRENTICE (PRENTISS?). Member H Co, 7th MI Cavalry 1863-1866. Lived in Lawton, MI from 1866-1907. Was a member of the GAR. Oral family history reports that he was killed during a dispute at a baseball game in Lawton September 24, 1907. Survived by Hattie PRENTICE and at least one son, Herbert J. PRENTICE.

Denise ReadyTue Jan 27 12:14AM 1998
RANDALL, Veroni Franklin "Frank" & wife Jeanette "Nettie" CREGO resided Breedsville,Van Buren Co.,MI late 1860's. Had two dau's. that I can find. Anna RANDALL & Belle RANDALL. Looking for other children & descendants.

Denise ReadyTue Jan 27 12:11AM 1998
CUSHMAN, John Stephen & wife Annie P.PERKINS b.1834 PA lived near Saddle Lake, Breedsville,Van Buren Co.,MI late 1860's-1901. Owned a store in Breedsville,MI. Had children Wm. CUSHMAN, Charles CUSHMAN, Lettie CUSHMAN who m. Andrew GAYNOR. All resided Breedsville,MI. Looking for descendants of this couple. Will share all information.

Denise ReadyTue Jan 27 12:07AM 1998
BUCKNER, Martin J.'s Germany. Emigrated to Goblesville,(Gobles), MI after the civil war. Served with the NY Troops & m. Caroline HOUGHSON b. Monroe Co.,NY. m.1869 Van Buren Co.,MI.Couple owned a grocery in Gobles,MI. Looking for other descendants/cousins.

Denise ReadyTue Jan 27 12:01AM 1998
LOYAL SONS, of Bloomingdale,MI. Seeking information on the group, THE BLOOMINGDALE LOYAL SONS. I have pictures of my great- grandfather Roy D.PERKINS and his son, Cecil Max PERKINS b.1910 Bloomingdale, MI holding a bannor that says Bloomingdale Loyal Sons. This picture was taken ca.1914-1917. Does anyone know what type of group this was?

Faye WoodFri Jan 23 11:30AM 1998
PASSAGE, Does anyone have knowledge about a Joseph PASSAGE who in Nov 1866 lived in Lake Mills, Van Buren Co., MI. Joseph was born 10 Feb 1808 in Herkimer Co., NY. When his mother Anna (Helmer) PASSAGE died 25 Nov 1866 her Cayuag Co., NY "Will" stated Joseph was living at the above location. Can anyone connect and help me find more about Joseph? Will exchange his Ancestry data.

Eric BowlerWed Jan 21 2:14PM 1998
Anthony NORTHUP born about 1852 of Lawrence Mi. a farmer married Mary L. HOWARD of South Fredericksburgh, Ontario, Canada on 11 March 1889. Am trying to find out what happened to them. Will do Ontario lookups in exchange for info.

Patti LeakeSun Jan 09 1:18PM 1998
I am looking for info on the MCKAGUE family. George and Susan Tower MCKAGUE emigrated from SCOTLAND to MARIPOSA ONTARIO CANADA. From there they apparently went into MICHIGAN. My ggrandfather (George W. McKague) was born in MICHIGAN on May 1 1854 possibably VAN BUREN CO as I have been informed of McKagues in the Lawrence area. Children of George and Susan were Rodney, Isaac (married Susan ORR) Robert, Will, Joseph (married Mary HUNTINGTON) George (my gg he married Sarah Ellen JONES and Julia Alexander) Rosina, Clarissal, Julia, Esther, Mary (ARMSTRONG), Maria (JONES), Lavina. George and Susan and at least part of family later moved to Dakota Co. Minnesota, and Creighton Nebraska. Others went to Idaho. Would appreciate any help.

Floyd & Phyllis MetzgerTue Jan 06 4:10PM 1998
Need information on Amos WOOD and wife, Mary (maiden name unknown). They lived in Paw Paw, Van Buren County, where their six children were born: Kirk, born 1839, Alice, born 1841, Emma, born 1842, Jay, born 1847, Scott, born 1850 and Mary, born 1857. Amos WOOD died March 31, 1858, and is buried in Prospect Cemetery in Paw Paw. The first born son, Kirk WOOD, married Euphemia WOODMAN, also born in Paw Paw on August 18. 1846. Euphemia was the daughter of Riley WOODMAN of Paw Paw. Need to know if Amos WOOD had siblings in the area, need to find Mary WOOD'S maiden name. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance

Joe AdamsTue Jan 06 5:06PM 1998
I would like to know how to get a copy of a death cert. for a person that died in the state of Michigan. I would also like to know, if there is anybody that read this that knows anything about the Levitus and Jennie HISCOCK Family. Levitus was b.1822 NY and d.1901 in Van Buren Co., MI. Jennie was b.Jennie Minerva BARNEY, 1839 in NY and d. 1907 in Van Buren Co., Mi. Thank You

Margaret WagnerSat Jan 03 10:29PM 1998
I am researching the WILLERTON name in Van Buren Co. John WILLERTON was a member of the 8th Michigan Cavalry. Company F. He was killed in Stoneman's raid at Macon, Georgia on August 1st, 1864. When his wife, Elizabeth (CURTIS) WILLERTON settled her pension claim in 1869 she was living in Lafayette, with a post office address of Decatur, Van Buren Co., Michigan. She had a son Thomas who would be 19 in 1869 and a daughter Rebecca who would be 16 in 1869. I am trying to find what happened to them after the pension settlement. Are there any census records for Van Buren Co. that someone can research, or any other possible records that could help me, do any records exist for Civil War soldiers. He enlisted at Columbia, MI. Thanks for any help you can give me

Erin Peters Jan 02 1998
Searching for info on Orange Horatio WELLS (2/23/1783 Conway, MA-10/19/1871 Almena, Van Buren Co., MI), his wife Nancy Downer Wells (1790 Lebanon, NH-1882 Almena, Van Buren Co., MI) or any of their children. They were married Jan 1810 in St. Albans, Franklin Co., VT.

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