Ionia County, Michigan

Posted Queries for April 1997


UNGER posted by Sue Studabaker on Wednesday, April 2, 1997

Looking for UNGER connections in Ionia Co. Solomon UNGER (1845-1899) lived in the Belding/Otisco Twp. area after living in Kent Co. His father was Christian UNGER. Interested whether the Daniel UNGER of Odessa Twp., Ionia Co. (circa 1814-1911) was possibly Christian's brother. Need UNGER leads - family was originally from PA and came to MI afterliving in Ontario, Canada.

LANGE, LONGE posted by Gerald Longe on Wednesday, April 9, 1997

Looking for people related to this line to add to my family tree. My Lange\Longe line came from Mecklenburg, Germany in the 1860's and settled in Ionia, Ionia County, Michigan. I am not sure what village the family came from. My great-great grandfather was Friederich Louis Lange b 1824 in Mecklenburg d 1892 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was married to Dorothea Schleede b 1831 in Mecklenburg, Germany d 1878 in Ann Arbor. They had 5 kids: William George Lange, Louise Lange, Caroline Lange, Frederick Louis Lange,and Charles Lange all born between 1856 and 1869. We have many Lange\Longe relatives in the Michigan area and each summer we have an annual reunion in Michigan. If you are related to this family or know of someone who is ask them to respond with a note along with info. Thanks Gerald P. Longe


Searching for descendants of Hugh DODDS (10 Feb 1830, Crawford Co., OH - 5 Apr 1909, Boston Twp., Ionia Co., MI), son of James DODDS and Elizabeth HOLLINSHEAD. Hugh lived in Crawford, Seneca, Sandusky, and Morgan Co., OH, before settling in Keene Twp., Ionia Co., MI, before 1850. He was married in 1853 to Margaret MCDONALD (16 Nov 1833, Thamesville Kent Co., Onario, Canada - 26 May 1921, Boston Twp., Ionia Co., MI), daughter of Randall MCDONALD and Polly HUBBELL. Margaret was raised from infancy by her aunt and uncle, Philip and Margaret MONK, of Keene Twp., after her mother's death in 1833. Hugh and Margaret had 9 children: Anslem, who married Catherine D. MEYERS and Ellen FENDER; Phillip M., who married Mary WALKER; Sarah Elizabeth, who married Charles M. BAIRD; Eleanor J., who married Frank MYERS (my great-great-grandparents); Edson Calvin who married Allie DYSARD; Miles L., who married Gertrude JEPSON; Harriet M., who maried Edward C. WALKER; James Randall, who married Mabel Jeanette CASLER, and Evalina, who died in infancy.


Looking for descendants of Samuel Bowen LEAVENS (12 Aug 1828, Chester,Saratoga Co., NY - 12 Feb 1909, Carlton, Barry Co., MI), son of Joseph Bowen LEAVENS and Hannah MOON. His first wife was Mary CRANDALL (12 Oct 1834 - 1879, Barre, Orleans Co., NY), daughter of Louis C. CRANDALL and Lydia HOPKINS. They had had four children: Louis C. LEAVENS (16 Oct 1855, Orleans Co., NY - 10 Oct 1905, Barre, Orleans Co., NY); Mary M. LEAVENS, who died at one week of age in Aug 1857; Nathan LEAVENS (10 Sept. 1858, Orleans Co., NY - 13 Apr 1934, New Jersey), husband of Olive IVES; and Charles Franklin LEAVENS, known as Albert (2 July 1861, Orleans Co., NY - 18 Feb 1929, unknown), husband of Grace KEIBLE. Samuel LEAVENS married my great-great-grandmother, Parria Sadie Ann KEELER 9 March 1881, in South Barre, Orleans Co., NY. They lived in Orleans Co., NY, Ashtabula Co., OH, Pratt & Ness Co., KS, and Barry Co., MI. They had three daughters, Mattie Elvina, who married Neil Grant WILSON (my great-grandparents); Emma Etta, who married Charles HECHT and Charles PAULUS; and Tressie Elizabeth, who married Edward LAWRENCE. Members of his second family all lived in Barry and Ionia Co., MI. Would like to know more about his descendants, and am willing to freely exchange information.

AUNGST, GATES, LOWREY, MCMULLEN, MITCHELL, PATRICK, RUSSELL, WELCH posted by Debra J. Eddy on Thursday, April 10, 1997

Researching John V. LOWREY (10 Feb 1840, Trumbull Co., OH - 8 July 1926,Lake Odessa, Ionia Co., MI), son of Ebenezer Norton LOWREY and Jane MCMULLEN. He married on 5 May 1861, in Berlin Twp., Ionia Co., MI, Harriet Ann WELCH (13 Apr 1846, MI - 24 May 1914, Berlin Twp., Ionia Co., MI). They had 4 children: Elvah Sarah, wife of Fred E. RUSSELL and Frank MITCHELL; Bernice Jane,wife of Andrew Jackson AUNGST; Franklin W., husband of Vira E. GATES; and John Thomas, husband of Blanche A. PATRICK.


Researching descendants of Randall MCDONALD (born New York, died circa 1851, probably Ontario, Canada), son of John and Margaret MCDONALD, who were among the first settlers of Kent Co., Ontario. His people were Loyalists from New York who in 1806 went to Delaware, Ontariio, and then to Howard Twp., Kent Co., Ontario. He may have been a ship's captain. He was married in 1815 to Polly HUBBELL, (born Fairfield, CT, died 1833, Kent Co., Ontario, Canada), daughter of Prindle HUBBELL and Abigail SHERMAN. They had 9 children: Alexander, who married Isabella SMITH and stayed in Ontario; Sarah "Sallie", who married Allen LIPSCOMB and went to Oakland Co., MI, then to Barry Co., MI; Miles H., who married Christy Ann BEDFORD, they had a farm in Zone, Ontario; Abigail, who died young; Polly, who married John TAPE; Anna, who married Henry A. BOWER, and after 1844 went to Woodland, Barry Co., MI; Anslem, who married Mary A. DODMAN and lived at Thamesville, Ontario; Lawson, who married Mary "Polly" and lived in Barry Co., MI from 1857-1865, then went to Gonzales, TX; Margaret, who was raised by her aunt and uncle, Anna and Henry BOWER in Ionia Co., MI. She married Hugh DODDS.

BOSTWICK, COLLER, EDDY, FORMAN, HARDY, HARPER, HART, HOWELL, SAWDY, WEYERMANN posted by Debra J. Eddy on Saturday, April 12, 1997

Would like to hear from descendants of Irwin Howell EDDY (16 June 1869, Castleton Twp, Barry Co., MI - 6 Jan 1947, Woodland Twp., Barry Co., MI), son of William P. EDDY and Hannah Pamelia HOWELL, and his wife, Leu Jennie HARPER (21 Feb 1875, Wayland, Allegan Co., MI - 4 Jan 1959, Lake Odessa, Ionia Co., MI), daughter of James H. HARPER and Nancy Ann HART. They had 5 children: Inez Irene, who married Marion FORMAN, Floyd COLLER, and Clarence HARDY; Cecile Adell, who married John J. BOSTWICK and had two sons, Sidney and Edwin; Grace, who died in infancy; Ruth Pearly, who married John M. WEYERMANN and had 5 sons, John J., Rex, Russell, Lynn, and Eldon; and William Harper EDDY, who married Rosa May SAWDY (my in-laws).


Researching Jeremiah CRAMER (11 Apr 1791, Town of Halfmoon, Saratoga Co., NY - 16 July 1845, Freedom Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI), son of John George CRAMER, Jr. and Rebecca STEENBERG (VAN_STEENBURGH) He accompanied his parents to Duanesburg, Schenectady Co., NY, before 1810. By 1820 he lived in Marcellus, Onondaga Co., NY. He was first married to Eva KILMER (christened 7 Oct 1792, West Copake, Columbia Co., NY, died in childbirth 17 Nov 1819, probably Florida, Montgomery Co., NY). Jeremiah and Eva had 5 children: Philip, who married Sarah MOREHOUSE and Mary MOREHOUSE and died in Angola, Steuben Co., IN; Rebecca Eva, who married Martin EDDY and died in Victory, Cayuga Co., IN; George, who married Rebecca HAND and lived in Woodland, Barry Co., MI; Peter, who married Artemesia LOWRY and Mary Ann MONCEY. He lived for a time in Woodland, Barry Co., MI, and moved to Pentwater, Oceana Co., MI, and Joseph, no further information. Jeremiah's second marriage, in 1819, in Marcellus, Onondaga Co., NY, was to Ruth LOWRY (died 1846, Lodi, Washtenaw Co., MI), daughter of Peter LOWRY and Hannah WILTSEY. They had 8 children: Jeremiah, who married Melissa in Canton, Wayne Co., MI, and lived in Plymouth, Wayne Co.; Ezekiel, who died in Silver Creek, Wright Co., MN; Emeline, the wife of Danford DAVISON. She died in Michigan Twp., LaPorte Co., IN; James, who married Alvira TYLER and lived in Woodland Twp., Barry Co., MI; Densmore, who married Catharine ROBINSON in Hamburg, Livingston Co., and died in Washtenaw Co., MI; Harlow, who married Mary Catherine DALRYMPLE in Matherton Hamlet, Ionia Co. and died in Bethany, Gratiot Co., MI; and Martin Wilsie, who was married three times, to Delinda Eveline SIAS, Charlotte, and Marinda O. He died in Holland, Ottawa Co., MI; and Sarah Ann, who married Seldon E. Norton in Barry Co., MI

BIANG, CURTIS, GRAY, GREY, HATT, LEAK, MEYERS posted by Debra J. Eddy on Saturday, April 12, 1997

Have compiled a huge database of HATT family research and am willing to share data with anyone interested. Have data on HATTs from the following Michigan counties: Ionia, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Newaygo, Saginaw, Washtenaw, Wayne, Wexford, and a few others. If you have any data on HATTs in MI, please contact me. We may be ableto help each other. LEAK - GRAY / GREY - CURTIS(S) - MEYERS - BIANG Teresa Jo (Leak) Sweet - - Apr 13, 1997 Looking for Thomas Leak who came from Wales, UK to Sebewa Township, 1850's father of Christopher Leak who married Ida Gray or Grey who resided in Woodbury until death at age 97 in 1970 or 1971. They had a son Leon Leak, my grandfather who married Leona Curtis(s) in 1920-30. They had a daughter, Mary Jane Leak and a son Donald Leon Leak b.3/26/34 who married Ardell Marie Meyers of Sunfield on 2/54. I was born 9/12/54. Donald later married Shirley Biang in Lake Odessa in 1965 or 1966 and have a daughter Danelle Ann Leak b. 10/5/66.

NASH posted by Dorothy Lambert on Sunday, April 13, 1997

1870 census, Ionia, Ionia Co, MI lists Laura NASH, ae 47, b.NY, and sons Shelby, ae 23, b. PA, John G. ae 21, b. PA, and Phineas (also known as Josiah Phineas) ae 17, b. ILL. Who was husband of Laura and father of the boys? John G. and Josiah Phineas d. in Ouray, CO. Not in Ionia in 1880 census. Have not been able to find birth records, which should give father's name. Parents not listed on marriage records nor death records. Shelby supposedly went to VA, NC or elsewhere in that area. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Dot

CRAWFORD, MCDONALD, WRIGHT posted by Rusty (Ruth E.) Dameron on Tuesday, April 15, 1997

I have some information that indicates my GGG Grandfather, Amos S. WRIGHT owned land in Ionia County, MI. Amos S. Wright, Sr., born cir. 1823 and married to Amanda McDonald and Josephine Crawford. One of his sons was Hiram K. Wright who married Martha Perkins, daughter of Joel Perkins. Hiram was my GG Grandfather. After record of the marriage of Hiram & Martha, I loose track of Hiram completely. Amos and family accompanied by Martha and her son Charles E. move to Nebraska. About 1879 court records show that Amos' land was foreclosed on, but he is no longer living in Nebraska and cannot respond to the action. Social Security records I have show persons with the same names as his sons, Norton, Nels, Herbert, Orrin, receiving SS benefits in Michigan. It was my suspicion that Amos may have moved back to Michigan. I would be glad to reimburse anyone for their time and copy charges to obtain any information on these people.

BROAD posted by Kathy Knall on Wednesday, April 16, 1997

I had a great uncle, Charles Broad, who died in the Pere Marquette railroad crash that killed so many Ionia citizens in 1907. I have a Sesquicentenniel Edition of the Ionia Sentinel Standard that published some of the news regarding that crash. However, do you know of anyone who might have more info on the crash? I would love to have a photo of my uncle and thought perhaps the paper later published pictures of the crash victims. Thanks.

BELL, GARNER, PLUMB posted by Joyce Vito on Saturday, April 19, 1997

Looking for the parents of Rose Irene (BELL) Garner. She was born in Mulliken, MI. Her parents apre Clara E. (PLUMB) and Frank BELL. Rose was born 10 Jun 00 and died 12 Jul 70 in Flint, MI. Clara E. Plumb is thought to have been married "several times"

LOCKHART, LOCKHEART, OLES posted by Don & Norma Heiman on Saturday, April 19, 1997

Want to locate 1862 Ionia, Michigan marriage, between Phoebe Jane Lockhart (or Lockheart) and Horace Oles. Phoebe b.Apr 1833 Horace b.9 May 1837. I hope that their parents are listed on marriage records.Thank you so much.>

MILLER, MINER, RICHARDSON posted by Albert Richardson on Saturday, April 26, 1997

Thank you for your great work! My name is Albert Richardson. I am a descendant of the Richardson and Miner families. Although the Richardsons appear to have lived in Carson City in Montcalm Co., A branch of the Miner family lived in Hubbardston sometime between 1880-1920. My Grandmother, Carrie Isabelle (Miner) Richardson, left an autograph book she collected in her childhood (1883-1887) which includes a Miller family also of Hubbardston.I live in California and I have never visited Michigan. I am not familiar with the townships and communities in Ionia Co., although I am learning about a few of them.

GREGORY posted by Sherlene Schmitt- Belden on Sunday, April 27, 1997

Looking for any information on Tobias GREGORY d. Jul 13, 1929 and his wife Emma d. Oct 5, 1943. Besides their dates of death the only information I have is they are buried in Danby Cemetery. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration.

MCLEOD, ROWLEY posted by Richard Rowley on Tuesday, April 29, 1997

I was raised on a farm in Easton twp and still have many relatives living there. In fact my sister in law is the twp clerk in Easton twp. Many of my ancestors are buried in Easton Cemetary and also have an ancestor Henry ROWLEY buried in the Orleans twp cemetary. I have just recently started doing some Genealogical research on the Rowley's and WORDENs. I have found the Rowley Genealogy on the Web and also joined the Worden association to add more sources on my Worden ancestors.I also have an ancestor George MCLEOD who came to the county in the early 1800's. I am a member of the Clan MacLeod Society, Regional Vice President. My cousin, Coralane Boyes, who lives in Ionia is also a member and officer of the society.I guess what I am doing is saying hello and am wondering how or if could be of any assistance.Sincerely, Richard W Rowley


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