31 March 2016

Last Day Local: 1834 Log Schoolhouse, Battle Creek, Michigan

Imagine pre-statehood Michigan, an area where land wasn't deemed suitable to be given as bounty land to the War of 1812 veterans.  An area that was thought to be swamp land, much like the Everglades in Florida. This is the land where the first Battle Creek log schoolhouse was built in 1834.

Obviously, the surveyors of the time got it wrong as Michigan was developed and became a state in 1837.  The area around Battle Creek, at this time, was one of wilderness with a few Indian villages. The log schoolhouse is no longer in existence and all that stands in its place is a parking lot and a historical marker denoting it.

The transcription of the markers is  "Near this spot, facing the Indian Trail, the village's first public school was erected in 1834. Built of logs, its floor, desks and benches were constructed of lumber floated down the river from Bellevue's sawmill. Warren B. Shepard, the first teacher, had a dozen pupils. The pioneers paid eighty dollars for their schoolhouse, using it also for religious services, debates and other meetings. Sometime friendly Potawatomi Indians dropped in to watch the strange doings."

The log schoolhouse held classes and other community events from 1834-1838, when the school became overcrowded.  The school was built by Deacon Salter, who received $80 to build it, on logs that were floated down the Battle Creek river from Bellevue. 

During this time the log schoolhouse had two teachers: Warren B. Shepard and Sarah Phelps.  The residents who sent their children to this school included: Judge Sands McCamly, General Ezra Convis, Moses Hall, Deacon Salter, Daniel Thomas, Isaac Toland, Nathaniel Barney and Nebediah Angell.  The population of Battle Creek, at the time, was less than 400.

The school became overcrowded and in 1837 the residents voted to build a bigger school and appropriated $500 for the building.  The new school was known as the Frame Schoolhouse and it was built in a new location.

The Historical Marker for the Log Schoolhouse may be found on East Michigan Avenue, in downtown Battle Creek.

Last Day Local is a blog prompt I use to celebrate the history of Battle Creek, Michigan, my hometown for the past 26 years.  I try to post one article on the last day of the month about the heritage and history of Battle Creek, The Cereal City!

29 March 2016

Michigan Pioneer and Military Certificates Make a Great Gift

Samuel S. Glover, Jr Civil War Compiled Military Records
Note: 04/11/2019 The Michigan Genealogical Council is in the process of updating the Pioneer Certificate Program. The information below is no longer relevant. This post will be updated as information becomes available. The Military Certificate Program is no longer in use. Updated information will be placed on the Michigan Genealogical Council website mimgc.org under "Projects" when it becomes available.

Are you looking for that unique gift for someone who has Michigan roots?  Look no further than the Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC).  MGC serves genealogical societies, family history organizations, and family associations within Michigan.  It coordinates genealogical activities that are of statewide interest.  In addition, MGC provides information to its member societies and works toward the preservation of materials and their deposit in Michigan repositories.

MGC has two certificate programs that honors family members who have a pioneer or military history with Michigan.

The Michigan Pioneer Certificate has five certificate options based on when your ancestor arrived in Michigan.

  1. Pre-Statehood: Direct descendant of an early settler who settled in Michigan prior to Michigan’s statehood (26 January 1837), when Michigan was part of the Northwest Territory.
  2. First Family: Direct descendant of an early settler who was a first family in a settlement, community, or county of Michigan.
  3. Pioneer: Direct descendant of a settler who settled in Michigan after Michigan’s statehood, on 26 January 1837.
  4. 100 Years: Direct descendant of a settler who settled in Michigan at least 100 years ago.
  5. 150 Years: Direct descendant of a settler who settled in Michigan at least 150 years ago.
  6. 175 Years: Direct descendant of a settler who settled in Michigan at least 175 years ago.
The Military Certificate program has ten certificates based on which war your ancestor served, supported or aided.
  1. War of 1812: Direct descendant of a War of 1812 veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  2. Indian Wars: Direct descendant of an Indian Wars veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  3. Patriot War: Direct descendant of an Patriot War veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  4. Mexican War: Direct descendant of an Mexican War veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  5. Civil War: Direct descendant of a Civil War veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  6. Spanish-American War: Direct descendant of a Spanish-American War veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  7. World War I: Direct descendant of a World War I veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  8. World War II: Direct descendant of a World War II veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  9. Korean War: Direct descendant of a Korean War veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.
  10. Vietnam War: Direct descendant of a Vietnam War veteran, who actively served, supported or gave aid during the war and either lived, died or was buried in Michigan.

I believe the costs are reasonable and all money goes to support the efforts of MGC. The costs are each certificate application $20.00; additional certificate application $10.00; supplemental application $10.00; and replacement certificate $ 5.00.

How many certificates have I applied for?  I am embarrassed to say none!  I found out about the project after I was elected to the board of MGC, this past year.  I would qualify for a number of these certificates.  I need to start working on it.  The certificates I would apply for and the ancestor's name are:
  • Pre-Statehood: Daniel Fenn and/or Samuel Stillman Glover and/or Lucy Pixley Powers Hyde
  • First Family: Valentine Graf of Brethren, Michigan
  • Pioneer: William G. Dyer and/or Samuel B. Poor
  • War of 1812: Samuel B. Poor
  • Civil War: Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr
  • World War II: Bruce Glover, my father.
These are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.  I am sure there are many other ancestors that would qualify.

Again, these would make great gifts for Father's or Mother's Day, or if you need more time, Christmas is only 276 days away!

Disclaimer:  I am a member of the Michigan Genealogical Council Board of Directors.  I have received no compensation in anyway for this blog post. The views and opinions expressed in this blog post are purely mine.   

27 March 2016

Sunday's Obituary: Claude Raymond Glover

The Mining Journal, (Marquette, Marquette, Michigan, USA), 9 April 1960 ; J.M. Longyear Research Library, Marquette, Marquette, Michigan, USA.


C.R. Glover, Retired Rail Engineer, Dies
MUNISING-Claude R. Glover, 75, died at 6 this morning in his home, 301 Munising Ave., after a several months' illness

He was born Nov 12 1884, in Jackson, lived in Frankfort as a child and moved to Munising in 1905. He worked for the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad from May 8, 1905 to Dec 17, 1957, when he retired.  He was employed by the railroad as an engineer since 1910.

Mr. Glover was a life member of Grand Island Masonic Lodge and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a member of Munising Conservation Club.

Survivors are his wife, Edythe; a brother, Merle Glover, of Arlington, Va; a sister, Mrs Leonard McKee of Marquette; three step-children, Mrs Allen Swanberg and Lee Booker of Munising, and Neil Booker of Milwaukee and several nieces and nephews.

The body is in the Bowerman-Hallifix Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 Saturday afternoon.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 Monday afternoon in the First United Prebysterian Church. The Rev. Frank Beattie will officiate and burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Claude Raymond Glover was the son of Frank H. Glover and Hattie Fenn Glover.  He is my grand uncle.

26 March 2016

Daniel Fenn: An Overseer of the Poor

Once a researcher has found the low hanging fruit records, it is time to search beyond the online databases and conduct on the ground research for unique record groups.  When I did this I found that my third great grandfather, Daniel Fenn, was an overseer of the poor.

Daniel Fenn was one of the earliest settlers in Washtenaw County, Michigan Territory. Daniel and his family arrived, from Vermont, to Dexter Township, Washtenaw, Michigan Territory in the spring of 1833. He helped found what was then the Vermont Settlement in the Territory.

The Vermont Settlement in Sylvan Township held its first organizational meeting in April, 1834. Daniel Poor was appointed overseer of the poor at this meeting. The organization of the settlement drew on the government organization from New England.  In New England, towns would appoint overseers of the poor.  The job of the overseer of the poor was to see that those who could not care for themselves were looked after.  Payment to the overseer of the poor was made from town funds. 

Where do you look for town records in Michigan? Early town records in Michigan can be found in a few different places.  I found town records at Ypsilanti Historical Society, Bentley Library at the University of Michigan, and Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.  The Archives of Michigan have some as well.  

Historical and Genealogical societies, as well as archives, in the locality one is researching are great resources that every family researcher should use. I enjoy going to local repositories because you never know what you may find.  Local resources are filled with information that only the locals know about.  Step away from your computer and get out and visit your local repositories. Many of the repositories have an online catalog where you can search for town records.  Some repositories will pull the records and make copies for those who live out of the area, for a fee.

If you want to add unique details to your ancestors family history, check town records for mention of your ancestor.

24 March 2016

Color Coded Birth Places of My Ancestors

Credit for the idea and spreadsheet to J. Paul Hawthorne

A fun distraction is going around the genealogy community this morning and I thought it would be fun to participate.  The above pedigree chart shows the birth places of my ancestors.  The home person is me, with my father's ancestors across the top and my mother's ancestors across the bottom. 

I like the visual aspect of this chart.  It allows me to see at a glance my heritage  There are thirty one places on this chart.  The birth place of Michigan leads the chart with ten people being born in Michigan.  Second, is Germany with seven ancestors.  I was happy to see I only have two that are unknown.   

I am like a lot of Americans and have a real melting pot of ancestry.  What does a genealogist do on a rainy day? Gets distracted and creates a multi-colored pedigree chart.

Sisters, Sisters There Was Never Such Devoted Sisters

Sisters Mary Ann Graf and standing, Daisy Ellen Graf

Family pictures are some of the most precious mementos I have of my family.  The picture above has to be in the Top Ten of pictures I treasure.  I received this picture from my cousin, Jamie Welch, last year.  Who wouldn't treasure this picture? Look at her tiny waist and awesome hair.

This treasured picture is of my grandmother, Daisy Ellen Graf and her sister, Mary Ann.  They were the daughters of Valentine Graf and Nancy Mast Graf.  Daisy, was two years older than her sister, Mary Ann.  Daisy was born in 1892 and Mary Ann in 1894, both were born in Howard county, Indiana. I don't know a lot about this picture, such as date taken or where, but I think it was taken in Manistee county, Michigan. I don't have a picture of my Grandma where she is younger than this. Most of the pictures I have of her are after she was married and had children.

The Graf family moved from Howard county, Indiana to Brethren, Michigan in the early 1900's. Daisy and Mary were young children when the family moved.  I imagine this picture was taken in Manistee county between the time the family moved to Brethren and 1913, when Daisy had her first child.

This picture reminds me of the song, Sisters, Sisters and the lyrics, "Sisters, Sisters There Was Never Such Devoted Sisters...Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister and lord help the sister, who comes between me and my man.

Aunt Mary is one of my grandma's sisters that I remember.  She lived across the street from my grandma, in Brethren, Michigan, and I think they remained close throughout their lives.

21 March 2016

35 Moments That Took My Breath Away on Our Anniversary

"Moments that take our breath away" are the best kind of moments.  I have had a number of breathtaking moments in the past 35 years.  I mention 35 years because my husband, Kirk, and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary today.  It is a special occasion for us.  We plan to do a quiet, romantic dinner at Mangia, Mangia restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, tonight. Our other anniversary celebration is taking what I am calling, "The Great Big New England Genealogy Tour".

The moments that take my breath away have been those moments spent with family.  Share my 35 moments that took my breath away with me.

  1. Meeting Kirk
  2. Our first date at Windjammers Restaurant in Lexington, Michigan
  3. Our engagement after a dinner at Windjammer's Restaurant.
  4. Our Wedding Day!
  5. Our honeymoon to Toronto, Canada
  6. Setting up our first apartment as husband and wife, in Deckerville, Michigan
  7. Living in married student housing, the summer Kirk went to graduate school at Central Michigan University
  8. Celebrating with Kirk upon the completion of his obtaining a Master's Degree in School Counseling
  9. Seeing a positive sign on the pregnancy strip, telling me we were having a baby
  10. The birth of our first child, Kirsten
  11. Buying our first house in Deckerville, Michigan
  12. Seeing the second positive sign on a pregnancy test kit and hoping it was a boy
  13. Having Kirk with me as we are told I miscarried at 20 weeks of pregnancy
  14. Grieving as a couple, Kirk was so strong, through this miscarriage
  15. Finding out I was pregnant again
  16. Celebrating Kirk's first job as an elementary school counselor at Harbor Springs, Michigan
  17. The ride to the hospital, from Harbor Springs to Petoskey. over the railroad tracks to deliver our son, Travis, 45 minutes after arriving at the hospital
  18. Growing as a family of four, living in Harbor Springs, Michigan
  19. Celebrating Kirk's second elementary counselor job with a move to Kalamazoo, Michigan
  20. Taking Kirsten for her first day of preschool at Milwood Cooperative Preschool in Kalamazoo.
  21. Moving to Battle Creek, Michigan to be in the city where Kirk worked
  22. Buying our second house in Lakeview area of Battle Creek, Michigan
  23. Walking Kirsten to her first day of Kindergarten at Riverside Elementary School
  24. Taking Travis to his first day of preschool at Woodlawn Preschool in Battle Creek
  25. Walking Travis to his first day of Kindergarten at Riverside Elementary School
  26. Watching Kirsten walk across the platform to receive her high school diploma
  27. Visiting Kirsten at college at Milliken University in Decatur, Illinois, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre
  28. Meeting Chase, who would become our son in law, and getting to know him
  29. Watching Travis accept his high school diploma at Lakeview School District, Battle Creek
  30. Visiting Travis at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where he received his BAA in Sports Management 
  31. Meeting Alayna, who would become our daughter in law, and getting to know her
  32. Seeing Kirsten marry Chase Agnello-Dean
  33. Seeing Travis marry Alayna DeSalvo
  34. Watching Kirk as a wonderful role model and father to Kirsten and Travis.
  35. Many beautiful moments in the last 35 years that has me looking forward to all the moments that will take our breath away in the future.
I could go on and on as I have many moments that took my breath away over the past 35 years.  Below you will see the start of our beautiful life and where we are today.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk and Brenda Leyndyke
21 March 1981
St. John's Lutheran Church, Palms, Michigan

The Leyndyke Family
Christmas in Battle Creek, Michigan
Front Row: Brenda, Ella the Dog, Kirsten, Alayna
Back Row: Kirk, Chase, Travis

Military Monday: A WWII Phone Call from Honolulu

Source:  News of Our Men in the Services, Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States, 28 April 1944.

Telephones from Honolulu  James Tyson, 19, signalman, third class, who has been "somewhere in the Pacific" stationed on a minesweeper for the last 14 months, was able to arrange for and complete a telephone call from Honolulu last Sunday night to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tyson of 1833 West Goguac, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Roselene Tyson of the same address. He had previously been flown 2500 miles to Honolulu from his base for some dental repairs. The San Francisco overseas operator arranged with his family for the Sunday night call on the previous Tuesday and gave them instructions not to have any conversation about weather, military topics, dates of letters, or addresses or location of other serviceman. The conversation lasted for nine minutes. Signalman Tyson entered the Navy in September, 1942, was on boot leave at home in October, 1942, and has not been home since.  He has a brother, Pfc. Jack Tyson, a paratrooper, stationed at Camp Polk, La.

James Tyson was the son of Victor Tyson and Adeline Glover Tyson.  James Tyson is my first cousin, once removed.  The Battle Creek Enquirer had a series, "News of Our Men in the Services".  A file card of articles is available at Helen Warner Branch of Willard Library, Battle Creek, Michigan-my local library.

17 March 2016

Those Places Thursday: Netze District, Prussia

I was told repeatedly that my great grandfather, Johann August Fredrich, came from Posen, Germany. No family members had any records or documents supporting this, only hearsay. I thought, "okay, that is a start", until I started researching Posen! Posen was not only a city, but a province, as well, and a pretty big one!

It wasn't until I was contacted by a Fredrich researcher, who lives in Germany, that I learned of the area the Fredrich family was from in the late 1700's.  He even sent me a book on the area, "Heimat an Netze Brahe Weichsel".

Netze District, 1786
This image is a copy or a derivative work of central_europe_1786.jpg, from the map collection of the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) of the University of Texas at Austin.

The Netze District was a part of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1792-1807.  Wikipedia states," It included the area of Bydgoszcz (Bromberg), Inowrocław (Inowraclaw), Piła (Schneidemühl) and Wałcz (Deutsch Krone) and was given its name for the Noteć River (German: Netze) that traversed it." The Fredrich family was from the Bromberg area.

This area eventually became a part of West Prussia, then South Prussia, which became part of the Duchy of Warsaw after Napoleon Bonaparte's victory in the War of the Fourth Coalition.  In 1815, it was divided between the Duchy of Posen and Poland. Today, the area is in Poland.

15 March 2016

Where in the World is Samuel B. Poor?

Where in the World is Samuel B. Poor?

Census records are some of the first records I search for when researching an ancestor. I have been doing a series of Where in the World? posts in table format to see where there are gaps in my research. This table is for Samuel B. Poor, my third great grandfather. 

9 Sep 1792
Dunbarton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

Dansville, Steuben, New York, United States
Washtenaw county, Michigan, United States
Lima Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
Johnstown, Barry, Michigan, United States
Johnstown, Barry, Michigan, United States
bef 1870

13 March 2016

Lucy Powers Hyde Maiden Name Is ...

The maiden names of our female ancestors are often elusive, especially the further back in time one researches. It would be great if we could find a marriage record for every couple in our family, but that isn't always the case.  If a marriage record isn't available then one has to use other records to help find a maiden name.  Some of the records include census, probate, newspaper, and church records.  

Source: "War of 1812 Service Records," database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 January 2012), Entry for Powers, William; National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington.D.C.

My elusive maiden name was for my fourth great grandmother, Lucy Powers Hyde.  I first found Lucy's name in the War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index for William Powers.  She was listed as William's widow, former Lucy Hyde.  I was wondering if former meant this was her maiden name, or had Lucy remarried after William's death.

Further research of Lucy Hyde led to the following records:
  • Mrs. Lucy Hyde was admitted to membership of First Presbyterian Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan on 2 January 1834.
  • Lucy Hyde was named in Ypsilanti's First Presbyterian church session records as the mother-in-law of Samuel S. Glover on April 27, 1835. 
  • Lucy Hyde is living with Charles W. Glover and Mary Ann Powers, her daughter, in the 1850 Census, in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan. 
  • Lucy Hyde is living with Charles W. Glover and Mary Ann Powers, her daughter, in the 1860 Census, in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan.
Since Lucy was going by Hyde as early as 1834, I concluded that Lucy Powers remarried a male Hyde between Williams death in 1813 and her mention in church session records in 1834.  Again, no marriage record has been found.

I continued my research of Lucy by researching William Powers death.  I found William's probate records in Abstracts of Wills, Adminstrators and Guardianships in NY State, 1787-1835 at American Ancestors.org.  The abstract provided the information I needed to find the actual records, dated 2 May 1817, available at American Ancestors. These records included making Lucy the administrator of William's will and naming Lucy Powers guardian for her children: Eliza Ann, Mary Ann, Remus Vernum, William, Samuel S, Vinera Egleston and Mary Ann Powers. (Note: Mary Ann was listed twice in the abstract and in the actual court transcript)

Another record showed that Asa Pixley was appointed guardian for Remus Vernum Powers of Framington, Ontario, New York, dated 18 March 1820.  This was the first time I saw the Pixley surname.  Who was Asa Pixley?  Was he family?  Was he in Lucy's family?  

Each record I found led to more questions on my part.  None of the records answered my research question by itself: What is the maiden name of Lucy, the mother of Vinera Egleston Powers and wife of William Powers?

I found Pixley as Lucy's maiden name in a Bible record at Ypsilanti Historical Society, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The Bible was a Glover Family Bible, owned by Mrs. Hal W. Glover, Annie Overton Crary Glover. Hal W. Glover was the great grandson of Lucy, through her daughter Mary Ann Powers, who married Charles Williamson Glover.  The Bible record stated that "Mary Ann Powers married Charles Williamson Glover".  Her parents were recorded as "William Powers and Lucy (Pixley) Powers of St. Albans, Vermont."  Did I find Lucy's maiden name?  Maybe?

I do not feel that my research is complete, especially when primary sources are scarce, unless I conduct a broad search.  At this point, I don't feel I have conducted a broad enough search. Everything I have found is one piece of a very large puzzle, but a few more pieces are needed to come to the conclusion that Pixley is her maiden name.

Further research found a Lucinda Pixley birth record in Vermont Births, Marriages and Deaths to 2008 at American Ancestors.  It gave a birth date of 9 August 1783, in Westminster, Windham, Vermont.  Parents were Paul Pixley and Sylvia.  The birth year of 1783 coincides with census records that gives Lucy's age.

Am I ready to write a conclusion of my research question: What is the maiden name of Lucy, the mother of Vinera Powers and wife of William Powers?  Does the preponderance of the evidence lead to Pixley as Lucy's married name?  Not yet, but I feel I am getting closer.

What are my next steps?  
  • Find marriage record for William Powers and Lucy, who married in Vermont, possibly. 
  • Research Westminster, Vermont and St. Albans, Vermont records for family information for William Powers.
  • Use Fold 3.com to research William Powers, War of 1812 records.
  • Research children of William Powers and Lucy, including William R., Eliza Ann, Remus Virnum, and Samuel S. Powers.
  • Research Asa Pixley.
What would you do next?  Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions of where to look for Lucy's maiden name.


08 March 2016

The Great Big New England Genealogy Tour: Research Plans

It's hard for me to narrow down the list of questions I have about my New England ancestors, but it is something I need to do as I plan my Great Big New England Genealogy Tour. This is going to be the most challenging part of the preparation for me. It is the most important part if I want to have a successful research trip. 

I started by looking at my research and creating questions that need to be answered.  Next, I prioritized the questions to those that are ready for on the ground research.

It is hard to know how many questions I realistically can work on during my trip, but I came up with the following, in order of importance.  Three questions may not seem like a lot, but answering these questions will lead me to new avenues of research and more questions. Plus, I have a list of ancestral places I would like to visit and a list of additional questions, if needed.

Question 1:  Who were the parents of Daniel Fenn, who was born circa 1787, possibly in Vermont, and married Huldah Rowley, 28 Feb 1808, in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont?

Question 2:  Who were the parents of Huldah Rowley, that was born circa 1789, possibly in Pittsford, Vermont, and married Daniel Fenn, 28 Feb 1808, in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont?

Question 3:  What was the maiden name of Lucy, the wife of William Powers and mother of Vinera Eglantine Powers, who was born circa 1782, possibly in Vermont?

Below is my blank research plan.  I make a copy of it and fill in the relevant information based on the research objective/question.


Current Information

Conduct a Broad Search:  (Search based on location, time, and associates)

Understand the Records:  (Glean information from names and dates)

Correlate the Evidence:  (Direct vs. Indirect Information)


Here is my research plan for Question 1:

·      Who were the parents of Daniel Fenn, who was born circa 1787, possibly in Vermont, and married Huldah Rowley, 28 Feb 1808, in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont?

Current Information:
·         According to the book, 1992 Supplement to the 1984 Genealogical Register of the Early Families of Shoreham, Vermont by Susan Holt MacIntire and Sanford Stowell Witherell, Daniel was born circa 1787.  No other record of birth has been found.  This date goes along with his death information.  He died in 1836 at the age of 49.
·         Daniel Fenn married Huldah Rowley, 28 Feb 1808 in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont, United States.
·         Daniel Fenn and Huldah Rowley Fenn were the parents of Orpah Ann Fenn, Tully C.P. Fenn, Betsy M. Fenn, Aminda Fenn, Orlo H. Fenn, Daniel C. Fenn, Abel Fenn and two other daughters.
·         Daniel Fenn was a member of Capt. George Fisher’s Company, Sumner’s Regiment in the War of 1812 from 12 April 1814 to 20 May 1814.
·         Daniel Fenn, age 33, can be found living as head of household in the 1820 Census records for Shoreham, Addison, Vermont, living with Males: Under 5 years of age: 1; Of 5 and under 10: 1;  Of 15 and under 20:  1; Of 20 and under 30:  1; Of 40 and under 50:  1 Females: Under 5 years of age:  1; Of 5 and under 10:  1; Of 10 and under 15:  1; Of 15 and under 20:  1; Of 20 and under 30:  1
·         Daniel Fenn, age 43, can be found living as the head of household in the 1830 Census living in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont with Male: Under 5:  1; Of 5 and Under 10:  1; Of 15 and Under 20:  1; Of 20 and Under 30:  1; Of 40 and Under 50:  1.  Females: Under 5:  1; Of 5 and Under 10:  1; Of 10 and Under 15:  1; Of 15 and Under 20:  1; Of 20 and Under 30:  1; Of 40 and Under 50:  1.
·         Daniel Fenn and his family arrived in the Michigan Territory in the spring of 1833 settling in Sylvan Township, Washtenaw, Michigan Territory.  He was one of the earliest settlers in Washtenaw County, Michigan Territory.
·         Daniel Fenn was named overseer of the poor for what was known as the Vermont Settlement in April, 1834.
·         Daniel Fenn and his wife, Huldah Fenn were two of fourteen original members of First Baptist Church of Lima, Washtenaw, Michigan Territory in July of 1833..
·         Daniel Fenn purchased three land patents, certificate numbers 9093, 9094, 9095 for 80 acres per certificate for land in Washtenaw County, Michigan Territory. 
·         Daniel Fenn is buried at Vermont Cemetery, Sylvan Township, Michigan Territory.  His headstone states he died 8 March 1836 at the age of 49, making his birth year about 1787.

Conduct a Broad Search:  (Search based on location, time, and associates)
·         Check Census records for 1790, 1800, 1810, for Fenn’s living in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont that have males of Daniel Fenn’s age.  (1790: 3; 1800:13; 1810: 23 married) There is a Daniel Fenn living in Washington, Litchfield CT in the 1790 and 1800 Census. Look at names on the pages surrounding to see if any came to Vermont or Michigan with them.
·         Check Addison county, Vermont Land Transactions for Daniel Fenn.
·         Check church records(Baptist?) in Shoreham, Addison, Vermont for mention of Daniel Fenn.
·         Check tax records for Shoreham, Addison, Vermont for Daniel Fenn.
·         Check probate records for Washtenaw County, Michigan for Daniel Fenn, Date of death 8 March 1836.
·         Check First Baptist Church records in Lima Township, Washtenaw.
·         Look for Daniel Fenn’s War of 1812 records.

Understand the Records:  (Glean information from names and dates)

Correlate the Evidence:  (Direct vs. Indirect Information)


The last three sections will be completed as the research is completed.  If you would like to see my first, The Great Big New England Genealogy Tour post, click here.

06 March 2016

Six Years of Blogging and I Missed my Blogiversary!

Happy 6th Blogiversary to Me!

Journey to the Past celebrated its sixth blogiversary in silence!  Usually, I post a blog on that day, March 1st, to celebrate the milestone, but this year it went by with barely a blip on my radar.

Here are a few of my favorite posts from year six: