Ionia County, Michigan

Posted Queries for December 1997


BRADLEY, CUMMINS posted by Bradley on Tuesday, December 2, 1997

I am looking for any information about Alonzo Ford Bradley who was born on May 6 1860, or his parents, Henry Bradley and Harriet Ford CUMMINS and any other siblings.. Henry had served in the Army during the Civil War and returned a cripple. He purchased a house in Lyons, Michigan. Any information would be of help.

WHELPLEY posted by David Whelpley on Saturday, December 6, 1997

I am trying to find information on my Great Great Grandfather Doctor Jeremiah H. Whelpley who died in Portland, Ionia Co. Michigan on May 1860. He was married to Susanna P. Twining who died on Oct 16,1900.

KILBORN, KILBOURN, KILBOURNE posted by Curt Sanders on Saturday, December 6, 1997

My gggrandfather, Churchill Vaughn Kibourne, first showed up in Michigan in Ionia County, later in Montcalm (having emigrated from PA). Thanks.

TWINING, WHELPLEY posted by David Whelpley on Saturday, December 6, 1997

I am trying to find information on my Great Great Grandfather Doctor Jeremiah H. Whelpley who died in Portland, Ionia Co. Michigan on May 1860. He was married to Susanna P. Twining who died on Oct 16,1900. How might I go about find local cemetaries and cemetery records for this period? Any help would be appreciated!


Reaserching Mary WOOD(S) LEAK b. September 15, 1795 d. May 24, 1884, the widow of Christopher LEAK came to the US from Donington, Lincolnshire, England with her adult children abt. 1850-1870 to reside in Sebewa Twsp. Their children were:1) John LEAK b. November 20, 1825 2) Elijah LEAK b. September 17, 1829 3) David LEAK b. June 17, 1831 4) Thomas LEAK (my gggrandfather) b. April 17, 1833 d. December 15, 1914 5) James LEAK b. 1836 6) Rebecca LEAK 7) Isaac LEAK 8) Mary LEAK . Thomas LEAK m. 1) Elizabeth MAKIN in IN and settled in Sebewa Twp. 2) Nancy Katherine BOWLES 3) Sally BROWN. Thomas and Elizabeth's children were: 1) Christopher LEAK m. Ida Mae GRAY, daughter of Mark and Sabrina DAVIS GRAY and 2) Margaret LEAK m. Fred YAGER 3) William H. LEAK Children of Christopher and Ida LEAK were Leon LEAK b. July 3, 1905 d. May 20, 1973 m. October 11, 1926 (Alta) Leona CURTIS b. March 19, 1908 d. October 9, 1934 , daughter of Ira W. and Verina LIPSCOMB CURTIS. Leon and Leona's children were: 1) Mary Jane LEAK m. William WHITE b. 1932 and 2) Donald Leon LEAK b. March 26, 1934 m.1) Ardell Marie MEYERS b. June 12, 1934, daughter of Harold A. and Mattie BAILIFF MEYERS. Their children are Teresa J. LEAK b. September 12, 1954 m. Kenneth R. SWEET, Jr., June 25, 1988. Donald m. 2) Shirley Mae JUSTMAN-BIANG. Their children were Dannelle Ann LEAK b. October 5, 1966. Looking for any information of all Surnames listed.

BAILEY posted by Norma Tanner on Tuesday, December 9, 1997

Hi my name is Norma (Bailey) Tanner and I come from a long line of Baileys. Joseph Bailey, Gilbert G. Bailey, James S. Bailey, Sloman Bailey, Robert L. Bailey (father) I am looking for any relatives searching. Family lived on East paris Township, now kent County MI. Am told someone living in michigan has the old Bailey Family Bible. Searching for relatives.

FROST, PAXSON posted by Elaine Bennett-Sharp on Friday, December 12, 1997

I am interested in finding information about the Frost surname in Ionia Co. My great-aunt, Leola (Paxson) Frost was married to Maxie Frost. He died not long after they were married, many years before I was born. I was told that he was a builder, and that he had built the home in Dearborn where my "Aunt Leola" lived. She died in 1970, at age 71, I think, and is buried in Belding, though I do not know the name of the cemetery. I basically know nothing about her husband's family, and am curious about his background. I'm afraid there is no one left in my family who can tell me any more details about my great-uncle Maxie Frost. If my memory serves correctly, the houses in Dearborn, MI were built about 1930, and I believe that is about when he and Leola were married. I do not know what year he died. I recall that Maxie had a brother who was an attorney or insurance man, but I do not know his name. Yes, Maxie and Leola lived in Dearborn, but his family roots must have been in Ionia County, or else it makes no sense for them to be buried clear over in Belding, as they are.

WINEGARDEN posted by M. Irene Haley on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Wish to hear from any family related to or is a WINEGARDEN.I have found family in Cement City,Lansing,Livonia,Fenton,Ionia,Coral,Morley,Remus,Breckenridge,Cadillac,Manton,Traverse City,Charlevoix,Boyne City,Petoskey and Pelliston MI.Several came from Ontario,Canada to Michigan.

GORDON posted by Blair Gordon on Tuesday, December 16, 1997

Am searching for any information on Gordons who came to Ionia County from York County, Ontario, Canada between 1837 and 1880. Their religious affiliation was Methodist. Any information would be appreciated, will share what I have.

TRAVERS, TRAVERSE posted by Gene Denison on Wednesday, December 17, 1997

Trying to locate burial site or any information on my gr gr grandfather WILLIAM HENRY TRAVERS or TRAVERSE, who died in Ionia, we think around 1880. He was from Springwells, Mi, married to Mary Travers, was a pharmacist and was born in Port Huron Michigan in 1856. Thank you for your help.


Calvin WOODARD married Mary B. SMITH in Ionia, MI, March 8, 1840. Marriage records states he was age 26, she age 23, both from New York. Land records indicate Calvin WOODARD was from Herkimer Co, NY. Calvin's father may also have been named Calvin and his mother, Maria. Mary B. SMITH was b. in Ontario Co, NY. WOODARD Lake in Ronald twp, Ionia co, is named for Calvin WOODARD who owned the land at the South end of the lake. Mary B.SMITH was the dau of Jesse SMITH and Polly of New York who lived in Easton twp. They had 12 or 13 chn. including Abigail SMITH who was m. to Chester SCOVILLE.. Calvin and Mary WOODARD had 10 children. Males: Lester Coleman, Martin Arrelius, Benjamin Franklin, Adelbert Useene, and Delucina. Females: Calista Ann, Melissa Jane, Maria Sophia, Marian Ione, and Frances Louise , (the latter was my ggm.) The family was listed in Easton in the 1850 census. Except for some land records, there are no further records, census or otherwise, that I can find for Calvin. It appears he died btwn 1862 and 1870. Mary B.SMITH/WOODARD remarried in 1872 to Lorin DEXTER in Lebanon, Clinton co, MI. She d. in 1881. No further data on Lorin DEXTER. Calista Ann WOODARD married Dillucine STOUGHTON in 1862. Their issue included Frank, Homer, Nellie, Guy. Dillucine d. in ca 1873, Calista later married William PRATT. They lived in Elm Hall, Gratiot County. Calista d in 1921, William in ca 1910. Melissa Ann WOODARD married Horace JENKS,they made their home in Day, twp, Montcalm co. Calista d. in 1909. Issue included Estella, Lillian (m Fred HARRINGTON) and Ralph. Lester Coleman WOODARD m. Himena (or Ximena) ROSCRANS and they lived in Sumner, GRATIOT co where Lester was a cattle dealer. Lester d. in 1904. Issue included Clayton V. (Vance) and Mattie F. Martin WOODARD m. E. MILLARD or WILLARD. (No further data) Benjamin Franklin WOODARD m EMMA? Lived for time in Hubbartston, IONIA co. Frances WOODARD m. John E. LOWE in Ionia in 1870, Lived in Eureka twp, Montcalm co, later in WI, divorced. Frances d in MN in 1938. John married Nettie White. He died in Lake Odessa, Ionia co. in 1930. Nettie d. in 1938. Dellucina WOODARD d. in Ionia in 1875 at age 17. Is burried in the old WOODARD cemetery on section 15 in No. Plains twp, Ionia co. Maria Sophia WOODARD d. in 1873 in Lebanon, age abt 17. No data on Marian Ione WOODARD.

GREGORY, MUSSELMAN posted by Sherlene Schmitt- Belden on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Does anyone have information on TOBIAS GREGORY and his wife Emma? They are buried in the Danby Twp. Cemetery, Ionia Co., MI. I believe Tobias' parents are James S. GREGORY and Elthine MUSSELMAN (d. before 1880), possibly from Monroe Co, MI, however on his death record it only lists his father as James and mother as unknown. I have been unable to locate obituaries for any of the above. I also believe Tobias had 2 sisters, Addie (probably Adelaide) and Minnie (probably Marian). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Sherlene Schmitt-Belden


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