Ionia County, Michigan

Posted Queries for December 1996 thru January 1997


JOHNSON posted by Russell Johnson on Thursday, December 12, 1996

I am looking for Johnson Family history in Belding, Michigan. Believe Johnson Road named after them and they ran a blacksmith shop.

MCDONALD posted by Victoria Titus on Tuesday, December 17, 1996

According to "Past and Present of Isabella Co. MI" by Isaac Fancher, Ruth B. McDonald was reared in Ionia, MI, although she was born in PA. According to her Obit, her father was John McDonald and she was born in Armstrong Co. PA. I am looking for information on this family and to see if the John McDonald in 1850 Armstrong Co. that I have as a possible father is the correct one.

HARTZ, JOHNSON posted by Helen Unger on Thursday, December 26, 1996

I am looking for any information on the Thomas Hartz family that lived in Muir. He was married to Sarah Johnson who died in Belding. Sarah and Thomas had four children. Twin girls, Zylpha and Zulia, and two boys, Lee and Thomas JR. This was her second marriage. She had a step-son, Jim Reagan.

CONLEY, DILLON posted by John A. Tromp on Sunday, December 29, 1996

My grandfather was born in Ionia, MI, abt 3/22/1862 to Robert Conley and Susan Dillon, of Ireland. His name was George McClellan Conley. Thanks, John

CAMPBELL, MORRIS posted by Thomas B. MORRIS on Wednesday, January 1, 1997

Looking for any information on Joseph M. MORRIS family. Joseph M. MORRIS, abt 1820 NY; mar 1851 Detroit, MI; d 1899, Grand Rapdis (?), Kent Co; bur Ionia, MI. Jos was married to Abba A. CAMPBELL - and they had nine children; one was alive at his death. Joseph was living in Detroit in 1850; was a farmer & widower at his death. At one time he lived at 147 Bridge St (7th Ward), Grand Rapids, MI. He may have owned land in Elkhart, IN in 1849. Does anyone have any information on this family ? Thanks, tbm.

DEXTER, WOODWARD posted by Ann Faulkner on Sunday, January 5, 1997

I am trying to help a friend of mine who is trying to find a cemetery record on a Calvin WOODWARD who probably died ca 1858/60 or his widow Mary who remarried to a Loren DEXTER 1872 of North Plains.

HOLCOMB, MUNN posted by Victor L. Munn on Monday, January 13, 1997

I have considerable information on the HOLCOMB's that settled and lived in Orleans Township, Ionia, County. My mother, Reva Marie HOLCOMB MUNN was born and raised there; as was my Grandfather, Dey HOLCOMB. I would be very happy to share my information with anyone who would write/call/etc. Unfortunately, I haven't organized the information to "book"; or paper that can be generally distributed. I use software called Family History System, written by a Mr. Brown of Tallahassee, FL. I would be happy to share that information. In addition, I would like to get more information on my father's (Marion V. MUNN) side of the MUNN family. My GGrandfather was Eli MUNN, born in England and travelled thru New York to Allegan County, where he settled.

DOW, DOWS, ISRAEL, WHITNEY posted by Barbara Crowder Black on Tuesday, January 14, 1997

I am looking for my ggrandmother. She was Isaphena DOW married Daniel R. Whitney in Jackson, Michigan in 1847.. The marriage record was not very clear but it looked as if she was from IONIA.. The witness was ISRAEL WHITNEY. The 1850 Jackson, Michigan Census showed Daniel R WHITNEY with wife ISAPHENA and 2 children living in Tomkins Twsp Jackson Co. , Michigan I could find no DOWs. Our family records say her father died near Detroit. Any DOWS in Ionia? I appreciate your help.

DURANT posted by Kelly Comer on Tuesday, January 14, 1997

Looking for any relatives of Horace Louis Durant who died December 1987in Ionia, Michigan. I am Kelly Durant Comer, his daughter.Horace

BLOW, MILLS posted by Linda Beauchamp on Friday, January 17, 1997

I am seeking any and all information on the MILLS surname. My GG grandmother was Adelaide Mills, born 6/9/1850 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. She supposedly had a twin sister, possibly named Elvira. She married my GG grandfather in Ionia, MI on 10/24/1866. Her parents were Henry and Lucy Mills. This is all that I have. I am seeking any and all information about the BLOW surname of Ionia or Lapeer Counties. My GG grandfather, Sherman Blow moved to Ionia and married my GG grandmother Adelaide MILLS they had 5 children: Herbert Blow, Mary (Blow) Denning, Daisy (Blow) Gaut, Harriett (Blow) Hanna and Warren G. Blow.

BOOKER, BROOKER, EVANS, MAY posted by Linda Beauchamp on Friday, January 17, 1997

Other Surnames I am searching for in Ionia are EVANS, BOOKER or BROOKER, In connection with the MAY Surname.

BEACH, MABIE, PALMER posted by Cindy Bryant on Friday, January 17, 1997

Dora BEACH , born 4 Nov 1864, daughter of Chester MABIE & Phebe PALMER , married to Myron F Beach, mar.record not yet found, died 2 Aug 1912 at Ronald, Ionia Co, MI, Buried in Palo Van Vleck cemetery. Did she have any children? Myron died 4 Sept 1943.

PATTY, RICKERD, WHITE posted by Janet M. Hradsky on Sunday, January 19, 1997

Searching for information on the RICKERD line, beginning with Alfred C. RICKERD, born @1847 in Lenox, Madison Co., NY, parents unknown at this time. Alfred married Mary WHITE, on July 2, 1871, in Hubbardsville, Muir, Ionia Co., MI. They had the following children: Fred Curtis, Byron E., Howard & Chauncey. Fred Curtis was residing in Kent Co., MI in 1913, when he married Myrtle PATTY, he later resided in Ottawa Co., where he died in 1942. Byron E. was residing in Indian River, Cheboygan Co., MI when he died in 1965. Howard was residing in Morley, Mecosta Co., in 1983 when he died. Chauncey was residing in Sheridan, Montcalm Co., MI in 1942.

CLARK, SMITH posted by Paula Zerfas on Monday, January 20, 1997

I am looking for information related to the ancestors of Joel W. CLARK whose biography is in the Montcalm Co. History Book. His wife was Maria L. SMITH. They came from Allegany Co., NY. He was born February 27, 1819 and died January 17, 1879.

ARNOLD, BRENKE, DEAN, HEILMAN, NIMZ posted by Muriel Frincke on Thursday, January 23, 1997

I am looking for the last name: ARNOLD. He was born in New York State, lived in Muir, Ionia County, MI probably from 1850 to 1890. As Muir was a small community at that time, I think he might be found in a census record. Addition to query Feb 07, 1997: I've found another ancestor who might have been in Muir, Ionia Co. in the same time period that my Arnold was. Probably in the 1870 or 1880 census. His name is Sylvester DEAN.

HASKINS posted by Evelyn Oden on Thursday, January 23, 1997

I am seeking info on all HASKINS in the Ionia, Michigan area. America A. HASKINS and his desendants. America moved his family to the area in the fall of 1846. He was a minister of the United Brothren Church..Thanks for any and all help!!!!

HOUSEMAN posted by Sally Young on Thursday, January 23, 1997

Is there any local history of the twp. of Lake Odessa. I have a HOUSEMAN Family that lived there in the late 1800's. John and Charity Houseman. They died between 1850 and 1860. There younger children were left without there parents. I can't find where the parents are buried. Possible some history of the town would let me know what was happening in that time period. Town church's with cemetery, town forefather's, was there a local paper, is there a town historian. Sorry for so many question's hope you can help me....

NOBIS posted by Bob Nobis on Saturday, January 25, 1997

Could you please offer suggestions on where I might look for information on people with the surname NOBIS who moved to Ionia County from Jo Daviess County in Illinois. The specific names I am looking for are: Carl Julius NOBIS (went by Julius) and Carl Walter Albert Nobis (went by Albert) I believe ther are a number of current day NOBISes in Ionia or adjacent Clinton County. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

GIBSON, WILLETT posted by Helen E. Bortz on Sunday, January 26, 1997

My great, great grandparents settled in Lyons before 1840 and they were one of two white families that moved west and started Montcalm Co. They were George GIBSON and Amelia WILLETT Gibson. Supposedly they died in Far Plains but are buried in Lyons (?). Some of the Gibson children were in the Greenville area. I am having difficulty finding information on either George or Amelia. Someone suggested (but haven't proven) that Amelia was a sister to Stephen Willet who was also settled in Lyons.

HAHN, HANN, HAUN, HINDS, HINES, NORCUTT, STRONG posted by Donald G Hines on Wednesday, January 29, 1997

Seeking info on James HINES/HINDS and his descendants. Have info on some descendants of his son John W HINES, which I am willing to share. My line of this family later moved to Ottawa County, MI, and then points west. James HINES/HINDS (middle name possibly Blackshear): b:ca1820 OH, resided Willshire Township, Van Wert County, OH. Wife unknown 4 known children: (A) Joseph HINES b: Van WertCo, OH, d: Kent City, MI, married three times, 8 known children. (B) Katherine HINES married Jeff NORCUTT. (C) Annis HINES married Elisha STRONG. (D) John HINES


Brining (Breuning), Albert and August. Arrived 1880 with mother from Prussia. Albert may have gone to Canada 1st. August married Caroline FRIEDLAND of Kitchner, Ontario. Caroline's parents were Christian and Josephine (Minnie) SWARTZMEIER of Prussia. Settled in Harbor Beach on Brining Road. 10 children.Martin, James MOORE of Rath (?) Co. Cork, Ireland. Arrived 1879 with parents Robert and Mary CAMPBELL and brother Joseph. Possibly an aunt named Janice (Janet) MARTIN or Campbell. Campbell, Mary -father Robert Campbell ? Sister Hannah HUBBARD, brother John Cambell. Buried in Port Austin Cemetery. From Co. Down, Ireland


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