of Walter ?Truman? Best
This certificate was kindly provided by Doug Steiger. Here is what he knows about the certificate:
Regarding where the certificate came from. In the
process of disposing of my mother's stuff when she died, I held on to the
certificate. (My siblings were all string savers. I keep string that is
too short to save. A little Michigan humor there.) My mother, Genevieve
VAN PELT/STEIGER/RICHARDSON, lived in Traverse City, Michigan. For many
years she was a successful real estate sales woman. Her second husband,
Harold RICHARDSON was a broker who handled many of the premier listings
in the area. Often, in handling a listing from an estate, they acquired
items from the estate that intrigued them. Harold RICHARDSON's first wife's
maiden name was HALE. I know nothing about the HALE family origins prior
to Traverse City but I would not rule out her line coming from Vermont.
Another observation is the first name listed as a Sponsor on the certificate.
A possible reading of the name is Louis P. GLEASON. Perhaps a relative.
Perhaps GLEASON could be the maiden name of the mother, Addie. When I grew
up in Traverse City I was familiar with many members of a GLEASON family.
You can find the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society at: http://hometown.aol.com/fiddlerben/gtindex.html
That pretty much exhausts any clues known to me.
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