Van Buren County Michigan Queries

July 1999 - January 1999

 Sheri Breitenbach    28 July 1999
My mother has told me that my gr-gr-grandmother, Genny (middle name or nickname) MASTERS SHOEMAKER lived in a house called Moon House in South Haven, MI.  She was married to a Dr. Shoemaker whose first name she cannot recall.  They lived there at least from 1910-1930.  Do you have any information on Dr. Shoemaker or his wife?  She thinks they had three children, two girls named Mary and Gertrude, and one son named after his father.  She is not positive of those names but believes that is correct.  Thank you so much for any help you can give us.    28 July 1999
Bangor Township, Van Buren County, MI

 Nancy Westenfield21 July 1999
Searching for Betsy BUTLER B. 1851 NY.  She came with her family, father Dimmick BUTLER and mother Melissa Pike BUTLER to Antwerp Twp, Van Buren Cty, MI in 1855.  Betsy married according to her father's Civil War papers but married name is hard to interpret.  Anyone knowing of her
marriage or anything about her would appreciate hearing from you.
Nancy Westenfield 21 July 1999
Searching for parents of Francelia C. DOUGLAS B. 1859 PA and came to Antwerp Twp, Van Buren Cty, MI befgore 1870.  Francelia married Dayton BUTLER in 1878.  They had 5 children.  Anyone connected to this line would like tomake a connection.
Nancy Westenfield 21 July 1999
Would like to contact anyone who is related to the James Wilson CLARK and Ophelia Butler CLARK family who lived in Lawton, Van Buren Cty, MI until their death.  They had 6 children.

Sharon  21 July 1999
I am looking for William REMINGTON born in 1857 and Lillian HAYKES born in 1858. I don't know their parents names.  Hope you can help.

David AndersonJuly 19, 1999
I am looking for any genealogical info for George CARPENTER, married to Nora WASHBURN ca 1900.  They are buried in a small cemetery near their farm south of Bangor.

Sharon Danner   July 18, 1999
Would appreciate any information on Sarell RASSETTE and Cynthia HOWE Rassette who lived in Hartford mid 1800s.  I saw a picture of the Rassett House there but do not know anything about it.  They are buried in the Pioneer Cemetary near an older man named Joseph RASSETTE. I do not have birth records on either of them.  Also am wondering if Cynthia's father Isaac HOWE could have been in the area.

Opal A. Pelton  July 16, 1999
Am looking for PELTONs in the Lawton area.  Was told there was a Dr. PELTON who is unknown....but believe it was not in the distant past...who lived in Lawton...would like to hear from anyone who knew of Dr. Pelton and if he has any descendants still living in the Lawton area.  Thank you..

S.  Lee  13 July 1999
Looking for information on Herbert Ashton LEE b. April 13, 1862  Decatur, Van Buren Co. MI.
D. December 29, 1915.  Married Rosella BARNUM on April 4, 1886 Decatur Van Buren Co., MI.  Rosella Barnum  b. January 30, 1864  d/o John BARNUM and Nancy LARABEE.

Children of Herbert Lee and Rosell Barnum:
1. Edna Coral Lee  b. February 26, 1888  Decatur, Van Buren Co., MI
2. Hugh Leslie  Lee  b. May 4, 1892 Van Buren Co., Mi  d. May 26, 1898
3. Max Hilton Lee  b. May 8, 1896 Porter Township, Van Buren Co., MI.
4.  Elsie  Bell Lee  b. May 8, 1896  Van Buren Co., Mi.
5. Howard Clayton Lee  b. August 10, 1899  Van Buren Co., Mi.  d. January 23, 1978  Berrien Co., MI.
6. Lucy Lugene Lee   b. October 17, 1902 Hamilton Township, Van Buern Co., MI.
7. Herbert Alton Lee  b. October 8, 1904  Van Buren Co., Mi.  d. December 11,1956
8. Arthur Leroy Lee  b. March 5, 1907  Van Buren Co., Mi.  d. May 9, 1936

Edna Coral Lee married James P. McCOMBER February 26, 1906
Elsie Belle Lee married Earl O. CALENDEN September 5, 1915
Lucy Lugene Lee married Henry Theodore ROOD August 19, 1929

Any information will be appreciated.  Thank  you.

Michelle Marquis 6 July 1999
I am looking for a Mary EDMUNDS who was married to Shannon CONKLIN in Van Buren County.  They had a daughter named Ada Belle CONKLIN who was born in 1881. Shannon was born in about 1850 in Pennsylvannia then came to Michigan.
 Michelle Marquis6 July 1999
Looking for any information on John FARROW,wife Myratha BLISS and son Fred FARROW from Porter township. Looking for a John Farrow who was born in 1826 do not know where , but died in Porter township on Feb 9, 1880 at the age of 54. Myratha BLISS is possibly  Indian from northern Michigan, She was married to John FARROW, they had a son named Fred Farrow who was born in Porter township on March 25, 1852 and died April 5, 1935, any info greatly appreciated
 Michelle Marquis6 July 1999
Need info on a JNO FARROW in Porter township was in the 12th michigan calvary. Is buried at Kern cemetery in Porter township, stone completely unreadable except for his name and 12th michigan calvary, also what is a G.A.R. Veteran ? He has one of these markers on his grave with a flag in it.
Doreen  6 July 1999
I'm searching for a Charles MARVIN who lived in Covert.  His father was Henry M. MARVIN a physician who worked in Berrien co.  I'm also searching for KENNEYS, SHERBURNES, STEWARTS from this area.  please contact me
Ron Fuller     6  July 1999
I am looking for information on Roy and Louis FULLER, of Hartford, as well as their mother Nancy Ann (VOLLICK) FULLER.  They were living there at the time of my grandfather's death in 1955.

Mike Stafford    6 July 1999
Looking for descendants of Anson and Diana(h) STAFFORD.
Husband: Anson STAFFORD
       Birth: 1 Jun 1826     VT ?
       Death: 3 Aug 1881
      Father: Gadius STAFFORD (b 10 Sep 1789)
      Mother: Lydia STAFFORD (b 16 Aug 1790)
Wife: Dianah
       Birth: abt 1837       England
 1 F Lydia E. STAFFORD
       Birth: abt 1859       MI
 2 F Zilphia STAFFORD
       Birth: abt 1864       MI
 3 F Maretta (Rita) STAFFORD
       Birth: abt 1864       MI
 4 F Vielda STAFFORD
       Birth: abt 1872       MI
 Dianah's nephew, Curtis Solomon age 36, born England, was living in the Stafford household during the 1880 Van Buren, Bloomingdale Twp. Census.

Les Niemi    2 July 1999
I'm looking for information regarding my g-grandfather Albert H.SNOW who died and was buried in Bloomingdale's Spring Hill cemetery in 1918.  His 2 dau's also died and were buried in Bloomindale - Helen, also in 1918 and Bessie in 1919.
His wife Charlotte (nee BERKHEISER) later moved with her two remaining children to Centreville, MI.
Do you have any information on Albert, or know who may?

Sherry    2 July 1999
Looking for Hiram and Matilda PALMER.  They had 3 children Alice 1847, William 1850 and Samuel 1853.  Would like informatin on this family.

Karen  28 June 1999
Looking for information on Fred and Margaret Dumpke KREGER.  Estimated time of arriving in MI is early 1910. They lived outside of Bangor in Geneva Township and later moved to the Arlington School house.  He served on the school board.  They had six children - Earl, Bernice, Herbert, Mildred, Evelyn, and Helen.  Herbert and Mildred were born in Breedsville.  The others were born in Chicago.  thank you for the help and information.

 Karen   28 June 1999
Looking for information on Charles C and Elizabeth Lane PASSMORE.  They lived in Waverly Township and are buried in Glendale Cemetery.  They came to Wverly Township about 1888.  They had five children,  Bessie married Harry CHASE, 1913; Earl married Ella VICKERS, 1917 (supervisor of Waverly township 1934); Hazel married Walter AUSTIN 1920; Ruth ( taught school in Mattawan and lived on Niles St. in Paw Paw); and Mable married Dick LEWIS 1926.  All the
children were born in Waverly Township.  Thank you for all your time and help.

Carolyn Springer  27 June 1999
Seeking information on Everett BARTHOLOMEW, born 26 Dec.l834, Jefferson Co.,
NY, son of Oliver BARTHOLOMEW, living in Hamilton, Van Buren Co, MI in 1861.
Married Elizabeth E. WHITE, 5 Nov. 1856.  Need place of marriage, and place
of death in 1870.

Lloyd G. Blakely  24 June 1999
  I am looking for information about my great-great grandfather, Freeman BLAKELY (possibly spelled Blakeley).  From Bangor, Mi.  Served as a private in K Company, 9th Regiment, Michigan Calvary in the Cival War.  He was mustered in on May 19, 1863 in Coldwater, Mi, and mustered out July 21, 1865 in Lexington, N.C.
        He would be the father of my grandfather John BLAKELY, born in Saginaw, Mi January 18, 1853.  His son, and my father was Freeman Garrison BLAKELY.(born in Missouri, in 18830

Nancy Havermann  June 22, 1999
The 1860 Census for Van Buren County, page 789, shows the following family in Hartford Township: John JOHNSTON, age 31 born in Ireland, Charlotte age 29, Thomas age 10, George age 9, Benjamin age 7, John age 4, and Tilford age 1. Is anyone familiar with this family?

Clarence R. Shirey  16 June 1999
From Marcellus, Michigan Newspaper - 15 Dec. 1887 -
"Mrs. Levi CATHERMAN, visited her parents in Porter Twp., Van Buren Co. Mich."
I've been told this would be the present Porter Meth. Church and Marcellus & Lawton, Mich. areas.  Does anyone know where for sure??  Does the home still stand?  Did he "own" property there or rent??  I
know that her parents, Adam G. MOHNEY & Catherine HOUPT, lived on the KING farm near the Van Buren Co. line.
"Mrs. Levi CATHERMAN [Above-mentioned] is none other than Malissa "Libby" Jane (MOHNEY) CATHERMAN, b. 18 Oct. 1868, in Schoolcraft, Mich. who married Levi CATHERMAN.  She was a Minister in the Free Methodist Church, and just died 17 Aug. 1949 in Plainwell, Mich.  She was a
half-sister to my Great-Grandfather, Samuel G. MOHNEY, Of Armstrong Co., PA.
See: St. Joseph & Kalamazoo Co. Websites for further information.

Miriam Hughes      16 June 1999
Today I received the pension papers for Henry C. GATES who died 1862 in VA  from illness in Civil War.  He enlisted from Cass County.  His wife died  1864 leaving 4 Children. George born 1855, Jane  1858, John 1860 and Florence 1862.  George GATES married Abigial STANTON 4 July 1854 in Homer, Van Buren County. Double wedding with Martha STANTON and  Randall GRAY.  All of Litchfield, Hillsdale, MI.   A Hollister H. Stanton who was born about 1802, took guardianship in 1866  and by 1872, Jane is asking for a new guardian for her and Florence.  Mr.  Stanton has left county and refuses to act as guardian.  Florence Gates is  living in Cass with Josiah B. Laylin (spelling?).
 Jane GATES married George ROSE in Cass 1874 and is my great-grandmother.  She and George separated sometime aft.1880.  I would like to find what  happened to her and any information on these STANTON, GATES and ROSE.

Cora Mac Tavish 14 June 1999
I am looking for more information on the surnames BLACKMER and POMEROY from Van Buren Co.

Diane Oatley  12 June 1999
Looking for the following families from Van Buren Co.
David KENNEDY 1781-1849 Mary (PRICE) KENNEDY 1784-1837
children:Newton 1814-1873  Mary s Williams 1828-1903
     child: Albert Dean 1847-1923  Florence Lockman 1851-1899
            child: Parker Kennedy 1883-1957
other families: BROWN`s, PALMER`s, LOCKMAN`s, MUIR`s, LINDSLEY`s.
Please help!

Carol Thorpe 6 June 1999
I am looking for William BROOKS in Van Buren County.  I have no birth or death dates, or where he lived at any one point in time.  He is my gggrandfather.  He had at least two children with Maria PARISH - we think we found her family in the 1850 census in Kalamazoo, MI  in Texas Twp. with grandparents Benjamin and Sally PARISH.  The two daughters were Lib or Libby b. 1853-54 and Mary Jane b. 1857.  The girls were given away and by 1870 Mary Jane was living with Henry KIDDER and his wife in Monmouth, Ill.  Lib lived with another family.  What we know of William Brooks is that he had a brother named Isaac.  That he was part or full-blooded American Indian, and that he drove stagecoaches - which puts him in Breedsville.  In 1869 a William BROOKUS married a Mary Ann RASCO, contact with someone working on the Rasco line, said that they have him as William BROOKENS and that Mary Ann was from a family in Paw Paw.  He was old enough at the time to have been married in 1850 too.

Theron Martin  6 June 1999
Just starting to do some genealogy on my Father's side.  My grandfather moved to Hartford in 1881 at the age of 16. His parents were Mathis and Barbara MARTIN.  He married Flora STRATTON in 1893. She was born in Hartford Aug. 8th, 1867. She was the foster child of Mr. and Mrs. Hirem L. Stratton. They were pioneer residents of Pollywog Road.  Would appreciate any help on these families.

Carol Randall  19425 Sturgess Dr., Torrance, CA 90503    3 June 1999
Researching all RAMSBURG families from Van Buren County.
Spelling variations used by the family. RAMSBERG, RAMSBURG, RAMSBURGH,

Zardis Hoffman   1 June 1999
I am interested in finding information on a Dr. WILKINSON who had a practice in and around Kendall during the 1920's & 30's,

L.M. O'Konek  30May 1999
My Grandfather is Herbert Edwin DAY. His obituary indicates that he was born in Hartford, MI in 1882. His death certificate says date of birth is November 7, 1881 and that his father's name was June(?) DAY and mother's name BAILEY.   I am trying to find information about his parents, verify who they are and where they lived in Hartford or Van Buren County, MI and where they lived before that. Would also like to
find out about the "June" name associated with his father.  Information from "The Bailey Database" at  shows that an Edwin DAY and a Sarah A BAILEY were married in Van Buren County, MI on 26 Jan  1876.  Would like to find out if they are Herbert Edwin DAY's parents or related in some way.

Calee Leversee 29 May 1999
Charles Martin KANE was born in New York in 1853.  On 25 Nov 1883 he married Ellen Josephine REMINGTON in Bloomingdale, VanBuren County, Michigan.  They had one daughter Lora KANE born in Bloomingdale in 1884.  Would like information on Charles' parents and siblings.

Faye Rouse   29 May 1999
Looking for information on WILLIAM SWEET, b: Dec. 22, 1811 married ANNA MENSCH who was  b: June 17, 1817 parents of  ELIZA SWEET, b: March 14, 1840 Waterloo, NY d: July 24, 1902 Hartford, MI married Nov. 22, 1860 Cambria,  Hillsdale county, MI JAMES MELVIN WESTON.

 Vonnie Crider 29 May 1999
Looking for information on Leman CARLEY who was married to Harriett L.CATE c.1842-1850.
They had three children born in Michigan, Celaski b.1851, Clinton 1852, and Augustus b.c 1856 in Papan. This may be Paw Paw, since I don't find Papan on the map. They also had a daughter Alice born in Indiana in 1847 and a daughter born in Iowa in 1862.  Leman was born in 1824 in Jennings Co. Indiana and I believe Harriett was born in Michigan

IDA MAE JONES 29 May 1999
I am trying to locate information on my fathers family.  He was adopted by Frank and Elizabeth BRADLEY on October 25, I'm not sure of the year, he was supposed to have been born in 1914.  His father is listed as being Wilford LaFOND, said to be deceased at the time of the adoption.  I would appriciate any help you could give me about any connection I could make over the internet to help get any more information. Thank you very much.

Georgie Mitchell    29 May 1999
Seeking information on a Mary MITCHELL  b Jan 22, 1863 in Van Buren Co, MI to  Phoebe Jane ODELL Mitchell and Ora B MITCHELL,  a soldier in the Civil War who died in NC in 1864.  Mary had one brother,  (Wm) Henry T MITCHELL b Sep 22 1859 in Orleans Co NY.   Mary's mother remarried in 1866 to Mr Andrew DYER of Lawrence Township,  Van Buren Co,  and Mary had half sisters and brother,
Ada DYER b 1866, Willie DYER  b1868,  and Stella DYER b 1869.  I have lost track of Mary after the 1870 Census.  Andrew dies in 1911 and Phoebe dies in 1912.
Any help at all about Mary would be greatly appreciated.  Hope this looks familar to someone.

R. Shawboose    29 May 1999
Looking for possible kin,  PAMAME, a native american, related or not any info would be most grateful,thanks..

Gail (Edmunds) Harris    19 May 1999
I'm looking for info on my EDMONDS/EDMUNDS family  My gggrandfather's name was Almond EDMONDS his wife was laura Irene (SMITH) EDMONDS they had a son by the of Clarence Bert EDMONDS/EDMUNDS he was born in Hartford, MI. I would really like any info I can get on them.
Thank you.

 Mary Sweet    19 May 1999
My ggrandfather was George Davidson SPRINGER born 13 Mar 1844 in Van Buren,Michigan.His parents were George SPRINGER  and Louise Anna ??. George's siblings were Sarah,Van  Rausler,Phebe,Isabella,George,Rosanna,Nelson,Ruby and Daniel.  Any information on these people is greatly appreciated.

Frank Hotaling 12 May 1999
 I am searching for information on Mabel HOTALING  born Dec 1874 at Decatur  I: married a Frank ARNOLD  of Paw Paw MI in  abt 1900  She died  Oct 3, 1982 at the age of 107 in Sacramento CA  but is supposed to be buried in Decatur MI   I would like any information anyone can give me on Mabel   Her parents: brothers: and sisters.  I believe this to be a great aunt and maybe a clue to find my great grand parents.  I thank you very much for any information anyone may have.  I have very little on my family but will share it with those interested.

Jeri B. (Salisbury) Garner    11 May 1999
I've recently realized how much I do not know about my family. And I want to know all I can. My grandfathers name was William Perry PARISH, my grandmothers name was Lillian (MEACHUM) PARISH. I want to know my family history before it's to late. I was raised in Decatur. Just would like some more info, from anyone who knows anything.

 Linda Ellis   11 May 1999
I am searching for the TIMMONS family who were living in Van Buren Co. Michigan  about 1830 till 1880 or longer.

Deanna S Adams   8 May 1999
I am researching the family of Adolph & Philomena (ARENDT) DANNEFFEL.  They are living in Van Buren Co. in 1880 & 1900.  Adolph arrived from "Baden" circa 1854 & Philomena arrived from Prussia in 1857.  Does anyone have info on this family & their ancestors?

 Evelyn Becker   8 May 1999
I am looking for any and all information about the following family surnames known to be in Van Buren County in the 1800's to 1900's and possibly earlier:
    SCHUYLER, family from NY by way of Ohio
    GILBERT, family from NY but may have originated in CT
    KNAPP, Anna married to Daniel Gilbert
    DOW, daughter Catherine married a Schuyler
    PEPPER, (Peper) daughter Fannie married Daniel Perry Gilbert
        I can be reached by email at:   Thanks!

Mary Sorensen  4 May 1999
I am looking for information on the family of Abner TUTTLE,believed born in Ohio, but lived in VanBuren County prior to his marriage to Catherine Francis CARKENORD in 1855 and moving to ST> Joseph Co, MI.  Abner was in the 9th MI Vol Cav in the Civil War--died and buried at Marietta Ga.
Also interested in info on Otto REYNOLDS, son in law to Abner TUTTLE, believed to have been born in Hartford ca 1858, raised horses, son Elwood also born in Hartford ca 1880.
Any/all info appreciated.

 Cynthia  4 May 1999
I am looking for any information on Charlotte CHAPMAN, wife of John DOWELL, who was living in Mattawan, Michigan at the time of her sisters death in 1909.  Any information on her or her children would be welcome - specifically, I would like to find her death date and place, and an obituary if any.  Charlotte was born in 1836 in NY, moved west with her parents Lucy Ann MOSHER and Wilson E. CHAPMAN in 1842 to Whitley Co. Indiana. She is in Indiana in 1850 census, gone in the 1860.  Any information would be welcome, thank you.  Cynthia

Jim Hannum    2 May 1999
I am looking for any information about Anson EARL who married Mary E (Earl) 24 Dec 1889 in Van
Buren Co. Thanks

Jean   29 April 1999
I am searching for information on the PELTON family and/or their descendants
or anyone who might know of them.

1.  Zenas PELTON, lived in Paw Paw and died Nov 8, 1871 in Lawton.  HIs wife,
Margaret REID PELTON died in Paw Paw July 19, 1862.

2.  His son, John W. PELTON married Susanna TITUS in June 1842 and lived in
Lawton in 1876.

3.  John's children

        Virginia born April 7, 1843 died December 21, 1861
        Caroline born November 2, 1844 died September 1, 1853
        William born June 9, 1848
        Ida born Feb 15, 1851
        John Jr. born Oct 16, 1855
        Carrie born Nov 11, 1861

4.  William PELTON married Sarah PHILLIPS and was living in Lawton in 1876.
He was a cigar maker.

Would appreciate any information or suggestions on where to look for

Opal A. Pelton   29 April 1999
I am searching for the descendants of John W. PELTON who married Susanna  TITUS in 1842 and who lived in 1876 in Lawton, son William born  June 9, 1848 married Sarah PHILLIPS and lived in Lawton, MI...he was a  cigarmaker by trade...would appreciate any information anyone might have  about any PELTONS living in that area...thank you.

Dawn THORP Yurkas  29 April 1999
THORP/HURLBUT......I am looking for any information on David THORP and Anna HURLBU(r)T, m. April 27 1831 in Huron, Erie Co, OH. , they are my ggg grandparents. Ann(a)'s parents are Jonathan HURLBUT, and ? BAKER, she is the 9th of 10 children, the HURLBUT's moved from VT, NY, Canada,
VT, OH.  In a bio I have of their last born child Charles R THORP, it says after David and Anna married they moved to Paw Paw  MI, then to Green Oak IN, then Rock Island IL, where thier last child was born (my gg grandfather) Any information on David and Anna THORP, and their children would be greatly appreciated. We have no record of birth for their children, or names of three others. David and Anna, had ten children. ? THORP d. abt 1861 (civil war AR)

 Mark Askin    25 April 1999
I'm looking for information concerning my wife's grandfather whose name is Lewie CAMFIELD. Lewie is the father of my wife's mother Blanche (Camfield) PARKER.   The only information that I have is that he was married in Van Buren county on January 1,1926 and that his mother's name is Minnie HUFF & his
father's name is F.E. CAMFIELD.   Did Lewie have any brothers and sisters? What did his father's initials stand for?   My wife's mother lost contact with her family and can't tell us much about them. She does believe that there is some native american tie ins to her family. Possibly on Lewie's mother's side of the family.  Any help that can be given to us concerning Lewie CAMFIELD would be Appreciated.

Jim Gilbert  25 April 1999
I am looking for any and all the information I can find on the Henry SHEPHERD m. Adelaide Medora VANDERVOORT 1865 and died 1918 at Lewrence, Van Buern Co., MI. My Grand Father's journal shows him getting mail from Hattie (Harriet Eliza Strong Vandervoort) in Lawrence, Van Buren Co., MI.

Vickie Logerstedt   24 April 1999
I am looking for information my grandparents ancestory.
Their names were Dorthy May (ADAMS) SMITH & Chet (chester?) SMITH.  I may have the spelling their first names wrong.  Both are buried in the cemetary in Decatur.  Dorthy's birthday is May, 1, 1916 (I may have the year wrong, but the day is correct) and died in the middle part of the year 1980.  Chet died in 1974 or 1975 and I believe he was 54 years old.  I haven't any other info about his birthdate.  Dorthy had 4 siblings, Raymond ADAMS (recently deceased on 4/14/99) of St. Joseph, Iva (ADAMS) TOMCEK, Marvin ADAMS (deceased, no dates known by me) and I can not remember the name of the fourth, but it was a brother and I'd hazard a guess at Melvin.  I believe their mother's name was Mintha (KNAPP) ADAMS.
I'd appreciate any info you can give me on this.
-- Vickie Logerstedt (daughter of Gene & Jennifer (Smith) Hoover)

Carol J. Markillie   24 April 1999
Seeking descendants of MARKILLIE/MARKLE family from England - William and
his wife Hannah/Evelina? with daughter Charlotte emigrated to Michigan in
approx. 1838. Other Michigan MARKILLIEs/MARKLEs may well be linked to same
area of England and same families.

Bob Schmidt  24 April 1999
I am searching for information about John MAYHARD or MAHARD.  He was born about 1835 in Van Buren, Co.  He served in the Civil War and appeared in the 1890 Civil War Veteran's Census.
His father is also John MAYHARD, born in 1791, possibly in New York.  He died in 1868.
His mother's name is Jessie IRVIN.  I'm not sure if IRVIN is her surname or not.  She was born in 1795 and died in 1872. Both parents are buried in Porter Township, Van Buren, Michigan.

Bob Schmidt  24 April 1999
I am searching for information about Fredrick EXCEEN, born 1815 in Canada.  He moved to Antwarp Township, Van Buren County, Michigan around 1853.  His son, Guy EXCEEN was born in 1853 in Michigan.  I am particularly interested in the surname of his wife, Mary, born about 1816.

Mishael   April 24, 1999
Seeking any information on Surname   PERRY.  I believe some  PERRY'S  lived in Decatur. Specifically from 1940-present.

Pat Bauman  April 22, 1999
I am searching for George A. BOWER, born in Maryland abt. 1816.  Moved to Fairfield Co., Ohio than Hancock County Ohio where his wife died.  He moved to Bangor,Michigan about 1870 and supposedly died there.  Any help would be appreciated.

Mark Mynatt  April 22, 1999
John J. KRAIGER, born in Paw Paw, Van Buren County on March 24, 1870; died in Decatur, Macon County, IL on March 04, 1947.  He was my great-grandfather.   Seeking names and information about his parents, ancestors or other relatives.  John KRAIGER married Anna EITEL of MI.  Their children were Roy Wilbur KRAIGER and Mabel Ruth KRAIGER KASPER.  Willing to share additional information I have.

 Leslie Ann Zillman   April 22, 1999
My maternal great great grandparents were John and Mary Jane Carter McDONOUGH who were married in Clayton, New York January 10, 1848.  They had 8 children, the last 4 being born in South Haven.  John McDonough died in 1894 (drowned) and Mary Jane Carter McDONOUGH died in 1916.  Have family Bible records on all 8 children, including married names of daughters, as follows:

 1. Adeline McD SMITH b. 1849, Wolfe Island Canada
 2. Elizabeth Anne McD BURGE b. 1851, Port Huron, MI
 3. Matilda Jane McD ERKENBECK b. 1854, Port Huron,MI
 4. Orrin McDONOUGH b. 1855, Port Huron, MI
 5. Alveda McD ELKENBURG b. 1858, South Haven, MI
 6. Roslind McD STUFFLEBEAN b. 1861, South Haven, MI
 7. Lutie Elvareve McD BARBER b. 1864, South Haven, MI
 8. John McDONOUGH, Jr. b. 1867, South Haven, MI

#3, Matilda Jane ERKENBECK, was my maternal great grandmother.  She married William ERKENBECK on December 13th, 1874 in Casco, Van Buren Co. MI.  He was one of 8 children of Jacob ERKENBECK and Helen Cole who married in New York December 19, 1824.  By the fall of 1846, this ERKENBECK family had moved to Michigan, purchased 80 acres of land in Columbia Twp. by trading off their
team and wagon - this land was subdivided into the ERKENBECK Subdivision in 1916, (the same year Matilda's mother died) and that land is around Silver Lake in Grand Junction.  Any other info on McDONOUGH or ERKENBECK would be appreciated.

 J.D. Wilson April 18, 1999
Seeking any information on Elizabeth TREMAINE (b. April 02, 1816 in Ohio or Canada - died April 25, 1859 in Wabaunsee Co. Kansas) married to Bartholomew SHARRAI (SHARAI / CHAREST), Jr. (b. January 30, 1814 in St. Phillipe, LaPrairie, PQ Canada - d. August 10, 1888 in Junction Township, Osage Co., Kansas).  This family is listed in the 1850 Federal Census of HARTFORD, VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI.  The children of Bartholomew and Elizabeth were: Cornelia SHARRAI (b. 1836 in Michigan), John Tremaine SHARRAI (b. August 25, 1839 in Van Buren County, Michigan - d. April 13, 1914 in Chester, Crawford Co. Arkansas), Napoleon Oliver SHARRAI (November 19, 1840 in Williams County, Ohio - d. May 22, 1899, Shawnee, Pottowatomie County, Oklahoma), Luke SHARRAI
(b. February 06, 1842 in Williams County, Ohio), Mary SHARRAI (b. November 21, 1843 in Van Buren Co., Michigan - d. 1880 in KS), Martha Therese SHARRAI (b. August 21, 1847 in Hartford, Van Buren Co., Michigan), Albert SHARRAI (b. March 05, 1849 in Hartford, Van Buren Co., Michigan - d. 1910 in Waubansee County, Kansas), Clarissa SHARRAI (b. 1850 in MI), Esther Therese SHARRAI (b. April 14, 1851 in Hartford, Van Buren Co., Michigan - December 04, 1933 in Choctaw, Oklahoma), and Sylvester SHARRAI (b. November 24, 1853 in Hartford, Van Buren County, Michigan - d. 1880 in KS).  Will
share information.

Denise Perkins Ready  April 14,1999
SKINNER, William C. b.1871 Ostego,MI m.1st.11-3-1892 at Bloomingdale, Van Buren Co., MI,   Miss. Edith PERKINS b.1870 Breedsville,Van Buren Co.,,MI. He m.2nd. at Bloomingdale, Van Buren Co.,MI; Miss. Marion M. KEENE  of Cheshire, MI, dau. of James B. & Phebe {PIERCE} KEENE.
William C. SKINNER b.1871 Ostego,MI was the son of  Andrew Skinner & Delina/Zalana/Chalana  WASON/WASSON/WARSON.
Need help with the lineage of Andrew Skinner and the actual name of his wife.

David Hyde  April 14, 1999
I am looking for any information on my grandfather.  His name was John HYDE and I believe he was from the Van Buren area (PawPaw).  I think he died during the 1920s and was between 30 and 40 yrs. of age when he died.  Any information would be appreciated

Gail M. Snow April 9, 1999
BROWN: I would like to know more about Wells G. BROWN who was living in Bangor, Van Buren Co. in 1860. The census records show that he and his wife Eliza Ann were born in Ohio. In that census they had taken in Hannah HARRINGTON whose parents had passed away. I am wondering what the
relationship between the two families might be.

Bill Mitchell April 1, 1999
Seek any info on Amelia TAYLOR who died in 1911 at Decatur.

 Bev Pfeuffer March 30, 1999
I am looking for info on the following.  Douglas (BURGER/BERGER) born in Bangor Mi. in the county of Van Buren, he married a Anna (JOHNSON/JOHNSEN). She was born in Mi.(Place unknown) They had a daughter (my great grandma) named Elmo Alice BURGER/BERGER. Elmo married a man named Henry PFEUFFER.

Kathleen   March 30, 1999
I am looking for the father of my great grandfather William Henry HUBBARD who was a civil war veteran from Bangor, Van Buren county, MI.  His mother was Mary MUDGE from Pennsyvania with father unknown on death cert.  I have also checked his marriage cert to my great grandmother Sarah CHIDESTER HUBBARD who was his second wife.  I have his pension records - need his father.

Mary Sorensen   March 28, 1999
Looking for info re:  Otto REYNOLDS born 1858 in Hartford, Mi.

Ted W. McCreary 28 March 1999
Looking for information on Alvin Jay SWEET, Born 30 July 1866, Lawrence,
Van Buren Co., MI and his father Alvin Zerie SWEET born in Ann Arbor, MI.

Don Patterson  27 March 1999
We are looking for information on our great grandparents RINALDO HAMILTON, b 1818 VA, d August 3, 1868 in Lansing, MI married MARTHA ??in KY. Children, William, Gilbert, Quintin, Laura, Emily, Winfield, Robbert, John Eugene, Ophelia b June 15, 1868 in Decatur, MI, d. April 19, 1953 Bozeman, MT. We don't know Martha's maiden name or when and where she died. They lived north of Decater, MI in Van Buren County prior to 1870.

 Karen DeVries    24 March 1999
I am researching the Stephen OSBORNE/OSBORN family from Hamilton Township in Van Buren County. I am also looking for any information on cemeteries in Hamilton Township where I may find this family, when I travel to Michigan. Both Lester OSBORN and Erastus OSBORN are in the History of Van Buren County...1912. They are also related to Stephen.

Stephen F. Kidman, Sr.21 March 1999
I am building a family book on the KIDMAN family of Van Buren County. My great-grandfather name is "George William KIDMAN" of Decatur, Michigan and is buried in Hamilton Cemetery in Van Buren County.    I am mainly looking for in formation on his father "George C. KIDMAN". The only information I have been able to find on George C. KIDMAN is he was married in Coldwater township to "Emestina KLOSEN" and had a son George William KIDMAN.
I do have a Web page on the "KIDMAN" family, the URL is:

Kathy Linderholm    18 March 1999
I am looking for an old cemetery in Van Buren County. The name is Kern (formally was called Kinney cemetery) I found the following reference to it which might help map it:
KERN CEMETERY : cemetery : Van Buren : 420737N 0854606W : Lawton
but I have seen it refered to as in Porter Twp. If possible I would like directions to get to it or contact with someone who has transcribed the cemetery.    18 March 1999
I'm looking for info on Samuel Warner BANCROFT b. 13 Apr. 1804 Pompey, NY d. 22 Dec 1888 Arlington, Van Buren Co., MI. Have info on his parents, looking for info on his children, especially his son
Daniel BANCROFT. Thanks in advance

  Rose Cattanach   18 March 1999
I am researching the following lines:  William H. HAVENS, Elias LEWIS, Sylvester MCNITT and John & Benjamin WARREN.  I would love to exchange information with any "cousins".  All of the above traveled to Van Buren from New York state.

 Phyllis     18 March 1999
Abraham CRAWFORD b. 1806 in NY (where? poss. Saratoga) m 1836 Lydia MILLER, b. ca 1810.  Both buried in Arlington Cemetery, Bangor MI. Came to MI via Lenawee co and Cass co.  Who are parents of Abraham and Lydia?  Abraham may have had a brother Hyram.

 Kim Kester   18 March 1999
I am trying to locate information on the MARR family that lived in Geneva Twp, Van Buren County, I have a Lawerence MARR married Isabelle ????  1920's - early 1930's.  I know of 3 sons, Melvin, Milton, and Ivan (Whitey), there was one daughter, name unknown.  Lawerence had died before the 1960's.  Any leads or help appreciated.

Glenda Potts Thacker   18 March 1999
I'm working on the line of my great-grandfather Charles Newton PITCHER who was born in Benton Harbor in Berrien Co., MI in 1863.  He left MI after a divorce, came to KY, remarried, etc. He was the son of Harmon Jones PITCHER, Jr. (Doc) and his wife Hannah Jane JENNINGS or TINE (her mother's will listed her as Hannah Jane JENNINGS but Charlie's death certificate listed her as Jane TINE) who died when Charlie was an infant.  Doc was born in 1832 in Orleans Co., NY, lived in both Berrien and Van Buren Co., MI., died after 1910; had children Almiron, Perry, Alice, and Charles.  A Mary PITCHER was in KY to witness Charles' wedding to my great- grandmother.  (who was she?)

Doc was born 1795 in CT to Harmon Jones PITCHER, Sr. and his wife Betsey Ann M_____.  Their other children: James V., Truman D., Betsy M., Evaline A., Harmon Jones, Victorine M., Amanda J., Dotha Manerva, Jerome (Rome), Jaasper N., Harrit J., Lafayette, and a grandchild Asba Dean Bennett.

Harmon Jones PITCHER Sr. was born in 1762 in Leitchfield Co., CT to James PITCHER and his wife Elizabeth Mary DURGN.  James' children were: Solomon, Samuel, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Benjamin, Sarah, Jerusha, Susannah, James Worth (Nathaniel?), Truman D., Gedeon, Louis, Nathan, Jonathan, and Thomas.

James Pitcher was born in 1717 in New London, CT to Samuel PITCHER, Jr.and his wife Elizabeth WORTH.  Samuel's children were: Jerusha, Samuel, Benjamin, James, Elizabeth, Ebenezer, Joanna, Lydia, Sarah, Elisha, Jonathan, Eliakim. Samuel PITCHER Jr. was born in 1762 in Dorchester, MA to Samuel PITCHERr, Sr. and his wife Alice CRAIG (some say Cage?).  Samuel Jr.'s children were Mary,
Samuel, Joanna, Jonathan, and Edward.

Samuel PITCHER, Sr. was born in 1641 to Andrew  PITCHER and his wife Margaret. You know this group of children......Experience, Mary, Samuel, Ruth, John, Jonathan, Nathaniel, and Fay.

Andrew was born in 1621 in England.

Some of this material is from my original research; some is from others.

C.Vaughn    18 March 1999
Charles COBB and Phebe BURGESS married Dec. 9, 1862 in Pine Grove Twp., VanBuren County.  Phebe's parents are a Thomas A. and Catherine.  I am looking for Catherine's maiden name.  I believe it is SMITH.  Also, Charles and Phebe were married for approx. 11 years.  I do not know if he died or there was a divorce.
COBB, Charles and father Alvin, mother Lucie (Lucy)  - BURGESS, Phebe and parents Katherine and Thomas. I have the names of all the children of Alvin and Lucie.  Cobbs/Burgess' also lived in Texas Township, Kalamazoo County Looking for info on the migration from Ohio of Burgess' and Cobbs.

 Kim Kester 12 March 1999
I am researching the following Van Buren County, surnames.  They all lived in the Bangor/South Haven Area.   OVERHISER, YEIDER, MERRIMAN, BOWER, McKEE, STERNAMAN, SLENTZ, ROE, HORTON, & CRONK (ITE) Any information on any of these lines would be greatly appreciated.  I'll be happy to share what information I have.

Cindy Passehl     12 March 1999
I am seeking information on my ggrandfather George A BOWER, he married Mary JUDSON 10-28-1904. My grandfather was (b) 6-20-1907 Delton, MI. However my ggrandmother (b) 3-27-1888 Covert and (d) 4-31-1908 near Bangor, when my grandfather was 10 months old. My ggrandfather remarried and had the following children: Max, George, Dale, Robert and Lillian.
I have no information on his second marriage. My ggrandfather has three 4 brothers; James and Oliver of Kalamazoo, Otis of Kendall and David of Covert: Two sisters Mrs. Grace KELLER of Kendall and Mrs. Olive GOODRICH of Lawton. My ggrandfather died 11-18-? when he was 71.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Mishael Grace Walsh      12 March 1999
I am looking for Jim JORDON/JORDAN who lived in Decatur area between 1966-1968.He had family and spent time in Meridian Mississippi and Lansing, Mi. Any info appreciated.

Thomas Cantrell       12 March 1999
I am looking for any information on the Joseph CLIFFORD family. His son was John McIntyre CLIFFORD m. Minnie Nora SCHAEFFER.

 Karla Marsh     12 March 1999
I am searching for my great grandfather I think that he was born in Van Buren Co.,Mich. in 1870. I need to find this out on him so that I may further my search for his parents. I am pretty sure that he married a gal by the name of Nellie Mae POORKER she was from Minn.  They had two kids Valorous and Hazel
Harrison both born in Minn.  AS for the parents not very clear on them, I think that they may be form Climax,Kalamazoo,mich. but I have no proof of this.  Maybe the fathers name is James Fredrick HARRISON b. abt 1844 and possibly his fathers name is Fred H. HARRISON. Someone out there has to have something.  Please help. Thank you, Mommarsha

Loren Bolinger    6 March 1999
I'm searching for the following ancestors in my family tree that lived in the Paw Paw, Michigan area.
BOLINGER, Samuel, born February 12, 1815 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio, died December 13, 1881 in  El Paso Cemetary, Illinois, may have lived in  Paw Paw, Michigan (?).
Samuel Bolinger was married to:
NICODEMUS (Bolinger), Caroline Virginia, born September 16, 1829 in West Minister, Maryland, died April 4,  1900 in Grand Bay Cemetary, Alabama
BARTHOLOMEW (Bolinger), Carrie Evangeline, born February 25, 1861, died June 24, 1920, buried in ALMENA CEMETARY, daughter of:
BARTHOLOMEW, Francis (Frank) H., born 1837, died August 6, 1865, married to:
ARMSTRONG, Lucretia Ann, no other info available.
These ancestors are buried in ALMENA CEMETARY:
SMITH, Charles Henry, born May 3, 1847, died March 10, 1923, son of:
SMITH, Sidney T., born 1804, died February 21, 1847,  buried in ALMENA CEMETARY, married to:
MAXFIELD (Smith), Anna, born 1808, died November 1, 1887,  buried in ALMENA CEMETARY.
HILL (Smith), Nancy Ellen, born May 3, 1856 in Rollersville, Ohio, wife of SMITH, Charles Henry (above) buried in ALMENA  CEMETARY, daughter of:
HILL, Hubbard, who was married to:
CAMPBELL, Nancy, born April 9, 1828, died November 29,  1884

Mishael Grace Walsh   6 March 1999
 I am looking for the following information.. HAROLD and MABEL YOUNG (DECEASED )
Their Children. . HAROLD YOUNG, was in the AIr Force, treated at the VA hospital locally Lived in Decatur and Died between 1969-1972??. Daughter MARY  LOU YOUNG, possibly deceased, son IRVING possibly deceased. I am paticuraly interested in any inof in regards to son HAROLD but welcome ANY info.
 S.  Lee    6  March 1999
Looking for information on James LEE and Elizabeth McVEIGH family.  They had 15 children.
1. Vanrensaler  LEE   2. William LEE   3. Ira LEE  4. Rachel LEE  5. Hiram LEE 6. Calvin LEE              7. Bennett LEE  8. Jane LEE 9. Franklin W. LEE 10. Anna LEE 11. Samuel LEE (twin brother to Anna)  12. Almira LEE 13. Elizabeth J.LEE 14.  James Franklin LEE.  15. Wesley LEE.
Even though the children were born in Elizabethtown Canada. Some in NY. and some in Ohio.  It seems they brought some of their children to live in Decatur, MI. Van Buren Co..
I am trying to find the children of these people and descendants Any information will be appreciated.   Thank you.
Glenda Thacker   6 March 1999
I am seeking information about the history of the PITCHER family of Van Buren Co.  Harmon Jones (Doc) PITCHER, Jr. was born 1832 in Orleans Co., NY to Harmon Jones PITCHER, Sr. and Betsy Ann M_____.  He married Hannah Jane TINE or JENNINGS before 1855, they moved to Berrien Co. by 1860, and she died between 1860/68.  Her mother, Sarah BAIRD died in Van Buren Co. naming Hannah's children.  They were Almiron (who was deaf), Perry, Alice, and Charles Newton PITCHER.  Harmon was alive in 1910, I have no information on the daughters, Perry married in 1883 in Berrien Co. to Callie HANOLD, and Charles married and divorced.  His sons were Clifford and Leo.  Charles left MI and came to KY where he remarried and had a family. I have this family traced back to England in 1621 but lack information on the last 125  years.   6 March 1999
I'm looking for information on what I believe to be a pioneering family of Van Buren County.  My Grandfather was George RITTENHOUSE, married to Louisa EASTMAN.  They had at least four children.  Daughters Jessie and Angie and son's David and A.J.  David was my father.  He was born in
Bangor on 9/5/1894.  I would like any information you can provide, or give me a clue where to search.

Norman Bancroft     27 February 1999
I am searching for an Alfred M. BANCROFT.  I believe my greatgrandfather to have been born in Van Buren County and married in Hartford to an Anna [Annie] M. WILSON whose parents were ___?___ Wilson and ___?___ SLATOR.  If anyone has any information on these surnames I would appreciate hearing from you.

 Nathan Carpenter  26 February 1999
Elizabeth TYLER, native of Ohio died 29 May 1879 in Hartford, Van Buren Co., MI, aged 44yrs-4mo.  Would like to learn details of her marraige and maiden name.

Elizabeth Ann (Coombs) Ruhmann, Livingston, Illinois 62058   26 February 1999
I am researching the COOMBS family in and around Van Buren County.

Jean Pardee Dohms    19 February 1999
Searching for the family of William Norman PARDEE d. 11 Oct 1860 in Decatur, MI .  Especially interested in his third wife's  (Catherine Lucinda Gray Pardee) family- Amian E. m. Decatur 28 Mar 1863.  She married Wm STONE,  and Viola M b. 1846.

 Evelyn Chamberlain  19 February 1999
William H. REMINGTON  b.30 May 1857, Bloomingdale Van Buren Co. MI; d.06 May 1934 Chicago Cook Co. IL; m.27 Mar 1878 Breedsville Van Buren Co. MI to Lillian "lillie M. HAKES b.03 Aug 1858 Gobles Van Buren Co. MI; d. 08 Jun 1930 Gobles Van Buren Co. MI; CHN;1. Eltha Eva b.15 Sep 1878 Bloomingdale m.16 Aug 1895 Edwin Nathan CHAMBERLAIN; 2. Lelah B. b. Feb 1881; 3. Floyd b.Jun 1887 Bloomingdale; 4. Fayce C.(male) b.Jul 1897 Bloomingdale.
Parents of Wm. H. REMINGTON:
Cyrus N. REMINGTON b.13 Sep 1830, OH; d. 15 Jan 1851, Bloomingdale Van Buren MI; m. 15 Jan 1851 Cuyahoga Co. OH, Sarah Ann SHUTTE b.01 Nov 1833 VT, d. 01 Feb 1904 Bloomingdale Van Buren Co. MI;  CHN:  1. Francis A.; 2. James E; 3. William H.; 4. Ellen J.
I have found reference from local library that Mr. C.N. Remington was the first undertaker.  No further information.  William H. Remington was a carpenter & made caskets.
Any information on these Remington & associated families would be appreciated.   Will share any information I have.  Father of Lillian Hakes Remington is listed on her death cert. as a Mr. Hakes b. England.  Mother unk.  Parents of Sarah Ann Shutte listed on death cert. as Geo. Shutte & Mehitable Babcock b. VT.
I have fairly complete information on CHAMBERLAIN/CHAMBERLIN family back to early 1600's.

 Nancy O'Bosky    13 February 1999
I am looking for information on my great grandparents.  The names I have are:  Roy and Ethel STOCKTON.  I believe they were married in 1903.  Ethel's maiden name was SKYLER or SCHYLER.
In addition, I am looking for Jacob and Susan CONFER.  I believe they were early settlers of the Bloomingdale area and that they came to Michigan from Indiana.  I am sorry to say I have no dates.
Any help would be so appreciated. Thanks again, Nancy O'Bosky California   13 February 1999
I am researching the HERRICK, HIGH and LESLIE surnames in VanBuren Co.s.  I believe the Hannah  HERRICK buried in Taylor Cemetry is my gggrandmother as my ggrandfather V.P. HERRICK is there in 1860......V.P.  HERRICK married Sarah CROXFORD  in Cass Co.  Her stepfather was Oliver  HIGH and Oliver and Sarah's mother, Mary LITTLE had several children together who lived in the area also. V.P. and Sarah's oldest child was my gfather....his sister married a Robert LESLIE and they lived in Van Buren Co. also.  Thanks for any help you can give me.

Marie Manley Shreeves   13 February 1999
I'm looking for information regarding George and Adrian MANLEY in Hartford, Van Buren County and in Keeler, Van Buren County who show up in the 1850 census .  I believe that they were related to my great grandfather David Hiram MANLEY who was in Hartford at the same time.

Marie Manley Shreeves   13 February 1999
I am searching for history and descendents info on Roscoe BROUGHTON (son of Aaron BROUGHTON and Jane S ROACH). Roscoe was born in Paw Paw, Mi. in 1854. He died in Paw Paw in 1930.  I need info on his wife and family. Maybe someone in the area could do an obit lookup for his death.

Mary F. Krugler (Mielke  13 February 1999
I'm looking for surnames of the MIELKE family for my family tree. Although I never met my grand-father, I have acquired his name, beleived to be William Son's are to be Julius, Walter, Paul, and my father Richard E. MIELKE. Any and all history data references that I can look thru would be much appreciated. I know very little history on my family, and for myself and my children, I find it important that I look into this. William, his wife and children, from what I understand were a big part of the South Haven area.

 Kim Kester  5 February 1999
I am trying to find informtion about my GGG Grandmother, Betsy BRANCH, born 1843 MI.  She married Burse MERRIMAN in 1864 in Van Buren County, MI.  Any help on either family would be very apreciated.  Kim in WI

  Jan Stockton    5 February 1999
Would like to correspond with anyone researhing the CARRIS/KERRIS/KARUS/CARUS family.  Lewis KERRIS (aka Rulof CARRIS) and wife Mary (maiden name?)  were living at Long Pond, Orange Co., NY in Dec 1782, when son John CARRIS was born;  they also were parents of Katie CARRIS/KERRIS, who married a JACOBS.  Johh CARRIS m. Dorothy SMITH in NY, 1803;  he d. 1847 in Seneca Co., NY.  Dorothy SMITH CARRIS was b. 1776, d. 1860 in NY.  Children of John and Dorothy were:  (1)  John Smith CARRIS, b. NY 1804, m. Hila Ann TUPPER in 1826, d. in Iowa in 1877;  (2)  William CARRIS, b. NY 1806, m. Mary BURNETT in 1836, d. 1879 probably in NY;  (3)  Lewis CARRIS b. NY 1807, m. Hannah YOUNG in 1831, d. Somerset Center, Hillsdale Co., MI 1842/43;  (4)James CARRIS b. NY 1808/9, m. Pamela SMITH, d. 1887;  (5)  Dewitt CARRIS, b. NY 1809/10  m. Emily DeMUNT in Seneca Falls, NY, 1835;  (6)  George CARRIS, b. NY 1811, m. Jane COLLINGHAM in 1847, d. 1856;  (7)  Susan CARRIS, b. NY 1813, m. Henry B. PARKS, d. 1888;  (8)  Jane CARRIS, b. 1815 in NY, m. George STEWART in 1834, d. 1887; and (9)  Charles CARRIS, b. 1817 in NY, m. Harriet SKINNER, d. 1874.
Contact Jan Stockton, 13281 Silverhill Pl. NW, Silverdale, WA  98383

 Jan Stockton   5 February 1999
Would like to correspond with anyone researching family of Lewis CARRIS, b. 2 Oct 1807, NY
(Seneca Co.?), and wife Hannah YOUNG, b. 22 June 1807 in NJ, m. 6 Apr 1831, NY migrated to MI ca. 1834-36.  Their children were (1)  John CARRIS, b. 1832, (Cayuga Co.?) NY, m. Lucinda (Sarah?) BROWN of Van Buren Co., MI, ca. 1860-1, d. 1874, bur Prospect Lake Cem.;  (2)  Henry Anson CARRIS, b. 1833/4, NY, m. Sarah Eliza DODGE in 1860, Van Buren Co., MI, d. Lawrence, MI, 1904;  (3) Lewis Spencer CARRIS, b. in MI 1836, m. Harriet Jane NICHOLS;  (4)  Melissa Angeline CARRIS, b. in MI 1838, m.____BURCH, d. 1875;  (5)  George CARRIS, b. in MI  1842, m. Vilora WORDEN, d. 1882, MI.  Lewis CARRIS d. Somerset Center, Hillsdale Co., MI, 16 Jan 1843.  Hannah Young CARRIS may have remarried, to an OSBORN;  she d. 24 Jan 1884 in Jerome, MI.  (Both are bur. in Somerset Center Cem.)
Contact Jan Stockton, 13281 Silverhill Pl. NW, Silverdale, WA  98383

Juanita Alloway    5 February 1999
Clara HAMPTON and Henry UTTER
My great grandmother was Clara (STIDGER) HAMPTON. She was widowed in 1882 in Fairfield, Iowa and I can find no further trace of her in Iowa records.
Can anyone tell me about Clara HAMPTON who married Henry UTTER in Van Buren Co. Michigan
2 Sep 1891?  I'd like to know if she was married as "Mrs. Clara Hampton" and also her age - place of birth and any other information would also help determine if this is "my" gr grandmother.

  Verne Arnold   5 February 1999
ARNOLD/HILL  m. 27Mar 1882       Byron ARNOLD (20) butcher, of  Gobleville married Ella HILL (16) of Pine Grove.  Marriage officiated by James H. Eldridge, JP; witnessed by Aly HILL and Mary HILL both of Pine Grove.  Need to document a link of Byron to Emanuel Arnold  on 1880 Kalamazoo Co census and 1870 Summitt Co, Ohio census

Daniel McDonald   5 February 1999
I'm looking for the family of my ggggrandmother, Mary (Prout) ROGERS, who came  to Van Buren Co from England with her children about 1860. I know the name of only one of her sons, my gggrandfather,
John Rogers.John R. ROGERS was born in Cornwall County, England on March 14, 1839. I do know that she originally came to a town called Bridgeville, and that she died in Van Buren County. Mary ROGERS died in Van Buren County in 1889.

 Debbie Kelsch 24 January 1999
Joseph LANNIN b. abt. 1829 in Ireland. Married Pamela--?-- who was from Canada. Looking for any info on his children also: George, Annetta who married George LEE, John, Abrigail who married Jeremiah T. CROWLY, Mary, Richard, and Anna LANNIN. Any help would be appreciated!

Doug Karr   23 January 1999
I am looking for historical or geneological information on Martin and Lena KARR.
Last find was 1920 census in Bangor Twp., Van Buren Co. Martin KARR was 70 years old at this census timeframe so maybe death notices or obituary information.  Children included: Harvey, Charles, Nora, Vera, Leonard, Harvey, Allen and George.

 John Broughton 23 January 1999
I am researching the family and descendants of Aaron BROUGHTON who came
to Paw Paw from Brandon, Vermont.

Clark J. Smith  23 January 1999
Any help with the following individuals would be greatly appreciated. All of them lived most
of their lives in Bloomingdale.
- Cornelius 'Seymour' BREWSTER,  b. 1848 Eaton OH, d. 1923 Kalamazoo
- Cornelius' wife Mary HOWARD,  b. 1842, d. 1901
- Cornelius' daughter Mary 'Gertrude' BREWSTER,  b. 1879 Bloomingdale, d. 1957 Kalamazoo
- Mary's husband Alonzo Ephrain SMITH,  b. 1876, d. 1930 Kalamazoo

Clara Bennett 15 January 1999
Can anyone tell me if Timothy WRIGHT and his wife Amanda PRESTON had other children besides Ella?  Ella married Jacob PENSINGER in 1869, Van Buren Co., Mi.  Timothy and Amanda WRIGHT are both buried in Chambers Cemetery, South Haven, Mi.  They were married in Ashtabula Co., Oh., in 1844.  I will share.

Don Patterson  15 January 1999
We are looking for historical and geneological information on RENALDO HAMILTON, b 1818, d 1868 in Lansing, MI. wife Martha, children Ophelia Geraldine, b 1867, in Decater, MI d, 1953 Bozeman, MT, Quintin, xx daughter, other?
Renaldo and Martha were free "colored" from Tenesee. Any information would be appreciated.

Rose Vosburgh 14 January 1999
I'm looking for Nancy Jane LAPORTE married to Charles S. NORTHROP in 1900.  Who is his family?  Thank you.

Cynthia Jordan  9 January 1999
George R .GOODRICH b. about 1861-Married Nellie HULBERT or HULBUST b.25 December 1881 Hoppertown [Pullan] Allegan Co.Mich. Their children were Charles W GOODRICH b. 18 February 1887 Grand Juction, Michigan -He married first Edith POTTER b. 15 September 1906 Paw Paw, Mi. Their  children were Pansey - Floyd - and Augusta-- other children of George and Nellie were Lena married John T E BUSH 21 Sept. 1907 Van Buren Co.Mi - Fred Howard b 26 June 1895 Grand Juction,Mi.I would like to correspond with any decendant's of these famlies especially George and Nellie

Marty Tallent  9 January 1999
According to an obit on my great grandfather, my great great grandfather lived in Mattawan in 1906.  I don't have a first name for him, but his surname was SEIBERT and he was a congregational minister.

Judy St. Eve Schor 9 January 1999
      Bernice, b 1907 d. 1931
        Charles, b abt 1880, d aft 1921 in Battle Creek, MI
        Edwin, b abt 1909
        Fred, no info except he married Ruth A. BRIDGES: sons: Charles & William
        William, b abt 1882, d aft 1921 in Denver, CO
        Hosea, b 1834 in Peru, NY; d 1910 Hartford (buried at Watervliet)
        Jane E. (nee Pierce), b 1835 in NY, d 1864 in ? (buried at Watervliet)
        Jennie B., b 1874 in Hartford, d 1957 in Tacoma, WA
        Lyman, Sr. b 1804/5 Vergennes, VT; d 1888 in Hartford (buried at Watervliet)
        Lyman, Jr., b 1844 in NY, d 1920 in IN (buried-Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI)
        Sarah (nee Thomas) b 1850 in Hartford, MI, d 1918 in IN (buried-Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford, MI)
        Herman, b 1878 in Covert, MI; d 1969 in Wexford Co., MI
        Gertrude (nee Hankinson), b 1794 in Weymouth, Nova Scotia; d 1875 in Deerfield, MI
 If you have any information on these people, I would love to share.

 Colleen Nelson5 January 1999
I am researching the surname of MAPES, Edwin  b. New York 1855 d. South
Haven, Van Buren Co., MI in 1925.

Linda Titze   4 January 1999
Seeking information about John BARNARD and Lucy SCOTT.  They were married in Colimbia twp, Sep 16, 1849.  His first wife, wed in Van Buren County, was Elia BULLIS.  Have found sons listed for Eliza and John--John and William, b. abt 1839. John and Lucy had sons, Emer, abt 1862 and Willie 1873.  I'm trying validate William Henry BARNARD as my ggrandfather.  John died in 1876 and Lucy remarried Robert CARLISLE.  Thank you for your time.

Rose Vosburgh 4 January 1999
I,m looking for Frances HALL married to George NORTHROP. He was married 4 times- trying to find his line his parents and brother and sister. His family was in Mi 1839-1859 then dissapearred do you have Nancy Jane married Charlie S NORTHROP or anything that can help? I'll pay for anything, Thank-you

M.Mynatt  3 January 1999
I am seeking information of my great-grandfather John J.KRAIGER, b.24 March 1870 in Paw Paw, Van Buren Co. Michigan.  He died 04 March 1947 in Decatur, Illinois.  Married  first wife (first name Mary or Ann) EITEL.  Their children were Roy Wilbur KRAIGER 1890-1968 and Mabel Ruth KRAIGER KASPER 1894-1975. They left Michigan around 1900 for Washington state via horse and wagon.  His wife died during their journey out west.  He returned his children to relatives in New Haven, Macomb County, MI.  His second wife was Rosa B. (nee unknown) 1873-1943.
I would like to know his family history.  I have photographs of John Kraiger, his mother (name unknown), his children, his second wife and his cousins.  Any information or direction you could give me would be greatly appriciated.

Beth Bowen  3 January 1999
Looking for the marriage of William Alex SULLIVAN (1885-1938) to Mary
Elisabeth SEEBECK (1886-1975).  Married in Bangor, MI on 24 September 1910.

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