Ionia County, Michigan

Posted Queries for February 1998


SCHRODER, ZINK posted by Marlene Fabbro on Sunday, February 1, 1998

I am looking for my ancestors that may have stopped in Ionia on the way to residence in Emmet County. A submitter to the Pommern List suggested that there was a "German Town" at one time in Ionia, sometime in the last part of the nineteenth century. Do you know if there has been any research on this that I could access? I would be glad to pay for copies of any material. I have checked the census records of Ionia for my ancestor, Ferdinand ZINK and wife, Johanna SCHRODER (sp?) Zink without success and do not know where else to turn. I am ultimately trying to find the village of origin for the Zinks in Pommerania, Germany. Any help you could offer would be much appreciated.

COLE, GOLDEN, LORD, MOYER posted by Jim Moyer on Sunday, February 1, 1998

JNO (John) MOYER came to Canada 1857 with wife Temperance R. COLE and 4 children and farmed south of Woodstock, Ont for abt 15 yrs then moved to Ionia. Mich., His son Morgan who was my great grandfather stayed here. When John died in Ionia approx 1894 his wife Temperance returned to Woodstock to reside with her son Morgan and at that time showed only 2 survivors. Morgan of Woodstock and a Mrs GOLDEN of Ionia, Mi. I wondered if any obits in your paper that might give more info as the one here didn't mention birth places or parent. but when his wife Temperance died in Woodstock in 1897 it said she came from York County Penn, but I havent had much luck tracing that end. There are a lot of Moyers and believe they were originally Penn Dutch. I suppose it possible there might be Goldens still in Ionia that could be decendents. Incidentally when I was young lad I spent many enjoyable holidays at my great aunt and uncle name of Ester and Edward LORD who lived in Fenton Mi. for many years and were burried in Holly Mi. This Ester Lord was a daughter of Morgan and granddaughter of John Moyer.


My name is Dave Yencso, I'm 35, and I grew up in Flint and Davison. I'm in California now, and I research my genealogy out here. Today, I was looking in a storage box at an antique doll I own, and I found an envelope full of photos made into postcards, circa 1908. I bought these at the Elba flea market in 1976. Specifically, I found some pictures of the athletic teams of Lake Odessa High School, class of 1908. I have these names on one, a women's ball team: "Jo" HAYDEN, Fern LOWE, Caroline STEARNS, Marian ROSACRANS, Grace ALBERT, Lydia BABCOCK, Bessie BROTHERTON, and Florence LINTON. This pictures was taken by Myrna Service at the Tecumseh baseball park. I've got a football team picture, too. It is a pictures of the 1908 LOHS team. Being a genealogist, I'd love to put these photos in the hands of a caring descendant or in a public archive in your area. If you have any interest in these photos or an idea of who may want them, please let me know.


I have the decendents of Henry BARBER (b. 1844-father was B,W,Barber?)and Mary WILKINS BARBER. Mary was part Chippewa from the chief Okemos tribe. They lived near Muir. I have the ATWELL history and it goes back to Joseph Atwell b. 1820 then follows the maternal DAINS line to 1620. The Barber and Atwells married and lived around Portland. The families connected with this one are BARBER, ATWELL, LOGAN, DAINS, DAYNES, SANDBORN, NEWMAN, WILCOX, HANSON, HUDSON and others. These are my main Ionia co connections. I also Have the REEB family which lived near St. Johns but many different members started out in or have records in Ionia co and it includes the DEGURSE's who came from Ontario and The SUMNERS and PETINGILS who came from NY to Ionia. then I have PLOWMAN who came from England to NY to St. Johns MI and married into the Barber family. I have my own ,CONWAY, but I don't think there are any members around here. I have TSCHETTER back to the 1400's but it is mostly in N Dakota and Canada. And I have various old photos from all the families.

WILBANKS, WILLBANKS posted by Barbara Caramba- Coker on Tuesday, February 3, 1998

Looking for info on any and all WILBANKS from 1850 to present.

GRINELS, GRINNELL, GRINNELS posted by Sharon K. Merren on Saturday, February 7, 1998

I am trying to locate any information on a Samuel GRINNELL, who died at Orange twp., Ionia Co., Mich. Have date of Feb. 6, 1869. Was listed on the 1860 Census of Ionia Co. Son may have been Zachariah GRINNELL. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thank- You!!!

DENNEY, DENNY posted by Donna Denny Bergsten on Sunday, February 8, 1998

Am requesting any information available on HENRY, CYPRIAN or STEPHEN DENNY/DENNEY residing in Ionia, Ionia County in 1865. Henry was born Kent, Lowell, Ionia (even though all information states it was Ionia County) April 11, 1865. The family is listed as residing in Ionia County during the 1870 census.

FIRST, MCCRACKEN posted by Ed Easlick on Monday, February 9, 1998

John H First and Victoria Maud McCracken were married in Ionia on 16 Aug 1880. Could someone provide me with the vitals associated with that marriage? Ages, witnesses, parents info would be appreciated.

FULLER, TIDD posted by Phil Palen on Tuesday, February 10, 1998

Seek local obit and IMAGE of REV. JAMES MADISON FULLER, died 12 APR 1891 at Saranac, Ionia Co., MI. Late presiding elder Methodist Episcopal Church, Detroit Conference. Born OCT 1807 at Kirby, VT. Colonel, 105th Regiment, NY State Vol. Infantry, Civil War. Seek wartime image if available; any image will do. For book on 105th NY Vols. Second wife SOPHIA TIDD.


A message from the Ionia County Genealogical Society President - The first issue of the CASWELL Clan newsletter which is being published by Eva Burns Bachman is ready.   If you are researching any of the following names, in either Ionia County or Montcalm County, you will want to see this or contact her for information.The newsletters will be available for viewing at our next meeting or you may contact Eva Bachman at 

CODY posted by Terri Cody on Wednesday, February 11, 1998

CODY, Milo - Established in Orleans Township on Face Farm in Section 23 in the year 1845. Looking for name of spouse and children. Trying to locate a John William CODY born 1864 MI and believe Milo may have been parent. Any help appreciated.

CODY posted by Terri Cody on Wednesday, February 11, 1998

CODY, Milo - Established in Orleans Township on Face Farm in Section 23 in the year 1845. Looking for name of spouse and children. Trying to locate a John William CODY born 1864 MI and believe Milo may have been parent. Any help appreciated.

HOWDEN, HOWDER, PRIEST posted by Herman Stephan on Saturday, February 14, 1998

PRIEST family lived here in Ionia county in the mid 1850's.. Maude, Joshua, Electa were members of the family.. looking for any info that i can get.. thank you in advance. Herman

CONNER, DELONG, DILDINE, DINGEE posted by Kristyn Morison on Sunday, February 15, 1998

A Catherine (Reynolds) DILDINE, b. 1820, a DINGEE descendant, researched in the late 1800s the ancestry of the early NY DINGEE family, tracing them back to France. Wish to know what happened to her research and would love to compare notes with her descendants. She died 27 August 1897, leaving children: Jane (Dildine) CONNER who d. 1920 in Grand Rapids, Orissa (Dildine) DELONG who was living in Lakeview, MI, sons William J. and James DILDINE who lived in Ionia. Please contact Thank you!

KILLEEN posted by Dianne Coil on Monday, February 16, 1998

My great uncle John Killeen lived in Portland, Mi. for many years.He was a Civil War veteran, born in 1849 in New York. I wonder if you have any information on him. I have several newspaper clipping copies of he and his G.A.R. buddies getting together at the Jacjson, Mi. post. I know nothing about John Killeen, whether he was married, children etc. I just have these clippings. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I work all day and cannot get to records offices as much as I would like.I am pretty sure he is buried in Portland as well.Thank you so much in advance. Sincerely, Dianne Coil

MILLER posted by Russ Miller on Wednesday, February 18, 1998

Looking for info on family of Daniel A. Miller,(b1844-d1909) lived between Lake O and Woodland. Children: William W. b1869 Daniel Cylde b. 1876 Jesse George b. 1877 Myrtly E. b 1886 Lillie b. 1873

CONNER posted by Marilyn Rector on Wednesday, February 18, 1998

I am asking for any CONNER descendants (or others) to contact me with what ever information you have. The material I am compiling is a collection of all the references I have found (census, Ionia history references, city directories, etc.) from the earliest settlers in the 1830's through the 1880's. What I have, then, is not meant to be considered as a complete study of each family or person, but rather to make available a collection of facts which may provide valuable information or clues for those who wish to do further research. I would hope to encourage both those who might have information about the early Conners as well as later generations to share that with us. I would also like to encourage you to cite your sources, whether it be published records or family tradition and oral history. Thank you.

MOSHER, MOSHIER, MOSIER posted by Scot Reed on Sunday, February 22, 1998

Looking for ancestors and descendents of Daniel MOSHER (or MOSHIER), who is listed in the 1870 and 1880 census for Lyons township, Ionia county, MI. He was born in New York state, and fought in the Civil War in Co. B of the 8th Michigan Infantry (he lost a leg in the battle of Wilderness -- I have his discharge papers). He married Maria ? around 1867 and had three children: Augustus, Maude, and William. He moved to St. Johns, Clinton county, sometime before 1900. I'd like to hear from anyone research this surname, even if there doesn't appear to be a match.

CRANE, LOWREY, WELCH posted by Debra J. Eddy on Sunday, February 22, 1998

Does anyone know anything about John O.C. WELCH? His name is written in census records and his marriage record as Osie and Ocie Welch, of Berlin Twp. and Ionia, Michigan. He was born 1849/50, NY, and died in May 1919 (buried Lakeside Cem., Lake Odessa, MI). He was the only known sibling of my 3rd great-grandmother, Harriet (Welch) LOWREY. I'm also trying to determine exactly who their parents were. (Harriet's death record gives her parents as John Welch and Sarah CRANE, which I think is in error as in 1850 they were living with Simpson Welch, 45, and Sarah, 19, in the household of John W. Crane of Berlin.) His brief obituary mentioned a daughter, Ida, the wife of Day Sayers of Portland. If anyone knows anything about Osie/Ocie Welch or his daughter, please e-mail me. Thanks.

CRAPO, HICKMAN, KENWORTHY, NICKELS, SANDBORN, TUCKER posted by Shawn Garoutte on Monday, February 23, 1998

looking for Clara Crapo died 26 Oct 1913 buried in highland park cemetary in ionia. was she related to clement crapo, nelson crapo, or asa crapo. they were from vermontville and bay city areas. thanx srg

ROBBINS posted by Tom O'Neil on Tuesday, February 24, 1998

My gg-grandfather Joseph Franklin ROBBINS with his extended family moved to South Boston, Ionia, MI prior to 1860. He and his family are listed in the 1860 census at South Boston. He was a land owner as shown in the census. My records show that he died after 1860, presumably in Ionia County. Are there any records that would show his death and a will? Any help will be sincerely appreciated.


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