Ionia County, Michigan

Posted Queries for November 1997


BYWATER, CASWELL posted by Wayne L Caswell on Wednesday, November 5, 1997

I am interested in the families of Laura Bywater who married Horace Caswell 1/30/1861. Also, I am interested in Orr Caswell.

BREESE posted by Marilyn Brien on Sunday, November 9, 1997

Searching for descendants/family members of James BREESE, b. 1776, Albany County, NY. A BREESE family history written by William Edmond BREESE in 1909, indicated that James BREESE, son of Henry G. BREESE and Sally Maria Tice was the custodian of the "Breese Family Bible" and several interesting heirlooms. He supposedly removed to Ionia, Michigan. I'd like any information on the BREESE family members, Bible, or heirlooms. Marilyn Brien - 128 Linda Drive - San Antonio, Texas 78216

FITCH, HOPKINS, WHITE posted by Beverly J. Boehmer on Wednesday, November 12, 1997

Susan S.HOPKINS, dau of Orren and Hannah, married a William WHITE, ca.1858 and they had a son, Cassius Gustavus WHITE. Susan then remarried in 1879 to Azel FITCH. Need marriage date of Susan and William. Also, who were his parents and siblings. Would like to find out if Susan and William divorced or if he died sometime before she married again. Any information which be most helpful. Thanks.

WOOLLEY posted by Ron & Kathy Eason on Sunday, November 16, 1997

William WOOLLEY (WOOLEY). We don't know if he was born in Steuben County, NY but we do know he lived there at least temporarily. He then went to Dumfries Twp., Ontario, Canada prior to 1825. He lived in Canada for approximately 18 years then moved again ending up in Ionia County, Michigan where his family stayed. Would like to find out any information possible. Who his parents were, where he was born and when, etc. He m. Laura Martin and their children were: 1.Dewitt Clinton b. 21-Jun-1810, 2. Albert b. 12-May-1812, 3. Eudocia May b.2-Jan-1813. Any help would be greatly appreciated. MapleCreek -

LAWRENCE, MONK, MONKS posted by Terry Keller on Sunday, November 16, 1997

I am seeking information on MONK(S) and LAWRENCE. Zachary T LAWRENCE b? married to a Mary?. Had atleast one son Urba LAWRENCE married to Ethel May MONK(S). Ethel's parents are reported to be Phillip(Philip) MONK(S) AND Cora?. Monks and Lawrence's reported living in Orange twp & Keene twp. Need help with moving up husbands family tree.

BROOKS, HARRISON, MACUMBER posted by Cheryl A. (Scheurer) Van Wormer on Monday, November 17, 1997

Searching for information about Charles G. BROOKS and his family as well as for his descendants. Charles and his family settled in Danby twp., Ionia Co., MI around 1837 along with at least one of his brothers, Willard L. Brooks and family. Charles G. Brooks was first married to Betsy Grant HARRISON around 1836 in NY and had 5 children from this marriage. His second marriage was to Ellen Simmons MACUMBER around 1850 a year after his first wife died and he had four children with from his second marriage. Other surnames in Cindy's family tree are Balmer, Macumber, and Roberts. Please contact Cindy Donnelly at or Cheryl Van Wormer at THANKS!

HALLAHAN, WILLIAMS posted by Susan on Saturday, November 22, 1997

Tracing the family of James HALLAHAN (b.1818?, Ireland) and his wife Ellen (b. 1819? Ireland) . They moved to Muir, Ionia Cty between 1854-1857 with their 3 dtrs.(Ann, Mary, & Margaret) who were born in N.Y. Two sons (James & John) were born in Ionia County. May have belonged to Sts. Peter&Paul Catholic Church. Oldest dtr. Ann married Aldelbert WILLIAMS about 1865-68. James HALLAHAN was a blacksmith as of 1860 census, but died by 1870 census). Need info about where they might have lived in New York prior to 1854, and even better where in Ireland James and Ellen were born. All info will be much appreciated.

ARMITAGE, BRODERICK posted by Tom Sisolak on Sunday, November 23, 1997

Searching for information on Marcus BRODERICK, b. 1835, Clare County, Ireland, d. abt 1890 in MI and Amelia ARMITAGE, b. 1845, Grass Lake, Jackson County, MI, d. 1926 in Kenosha, WI. They were married March 24, 1867 in Kalamazoo. The 1880 census shows them living in Lyons, Ionia County with children: Marcus, b. 1869; Mary b. 1873; Phoebe, b. 1875; and Susan, b. 1878. Would like to contact descendants to share information.

DREWS, ROBINSON, SPRAGUE posted by John M. Blake on Monday, November 24, 1997

My great grandfather Franklin Harry SPRAGUE listed his birthplace as Charlotte,Lowell, Ionia Co.,MI. He was born 7 Apr 1859, md. 17 Mar 1886 to Elva Luella ROBINSON (b.19 Nov 1868 in Grand Haven, Barry Co.,MI) and died 4 July 1937 in Big Rapids, MI. Would be interested in sharing info. about his descendants. Would like to know more about where he came from and whether his father really was Richard SPRAGUE and his mother Nancy DREWS?

LEOPARD, LEPARD, PALMETER posted by Megan on Thursday, November 27, 1997

Daniel LEOPARD>LEPARD (b.1830) of Seneca Co, OH m. 1855 Margaret PALMETER and had Oscar 1856, Elizabeth 1857, Charles 1859, and Flora 1860. They moved to Ionia Co, MI 1861 and had Lafayette 1862, Alice M. 1866, Burtis/Bert 1871, Shirley 1875. Jacob LEPARD, Daniel's brother, m.1857 Lucretia PALMETER and also moved to Ionia Co. Ch: Rachel, Martha, Jessie, David, Norman and ?. Families still in Lake Odessa and mid-Michigan area. Need info all. Thanks.

HASTINGS posted by George E. Schafer on Friday, November 28, 1997

Seek information on Webster Hastings b. c1865 d. 1945 bur. Lake Odessa, Lakeside Cem.believed to be a cousin of my grandfather Justus W. HASTINGS


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