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Kent County, Michigan Queries 1996-1998 (Part 2)


I am currently researching my father's lineage of Newhouse and DeVoogd. Most are buried at the Washington Memorial Cemetary NW Grand Rapids.

Pat Lods

I am trying to find records for the Allen family located in the Lansing, Holland, Grand Rapids area. Specifically, I am looking for Rose M. Allen born circa 1880.

Lisabeth Smith

I am looking for any information regarding the following people. The reason I am looking for this information is to try to chart my family history. I have been unable to track any information on my mother's mother's birth family. My mother was born on 3-20-39 to a Gertrude Miller in Kent County. Her name was Sharon Lee Miller. Her adoption was handled by the Michigan Children's Institute, now the Arbor Heights Center in Ann Arbor Michigan. Her birth father's name may have been Leon R. Cluff who passed away in December of 1969.

Janet E. Tabares


Am looking for information that maybe on the tombstone of Dorcas (FRY) ROWAN buried in Garfield Park Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI. The lot number is N 1/2 98 Sec grave 4. She was buried 27 Oct. 1934. I am interested in any information on the tombstones of any and all ROWAN'S and FRY's in the immediate area of that grave.

Carolyn Cobb


Seeking information on Alexis L. Cobb, sometimes known as Alexander L. Cobb, who at various times lived in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Shelby, and Hesperia, MI. Would like to find information on his marriage to Caroline Cornelia Spalding sometime prior to 1857.

Mike Griffin

I need information on the Griffin clan. I have family records from me-Michael Griffin B. 1948 --father -John Fred Griffin B. 1918 -his wife, my mother Opal Nedine COLLIER B. 1923 --grand father Fred Rhoades Griffin B. 1892 D. 1870's? his wife Estella ANDERSON B. 1899 and great great grand father Thomas Jefferson Griffin B. 1864 D. 1948-his wife Alice RHOADES B. 1863 D. 1955 and great great great grand father William Alan Griffin B. 1831 D. 1870's

William Alan Griffin was killed by his son Thomas Jefferson Griffin when he was 10-12 years old, he was defending mother Elizabeth (Jenny) COOK B. 1839 and great great great great grandfather Isaac (Ike).  Griffin was a gang boss on Erie Canal in New York. This is all I have. All were born in Michigan except Ike. They were in Kent, Allegan, Mason, Monroe, and Muskegon Counties.

Any help would be appreciated on trails I can follow. Thanks

Nancy Westenfield

Searching for information on the parents of Elizabeth E. WELLER B. 1870 Kalamazoo. She married George B. NEWELL Oct 15, 1889 in Kalamazoo, MI and they had one child Hazel NEWELL B. Feb. 14, 1895. Lived in Kalamazoo, believe she was a school teacher and he was an orchestra leader in Grand Rapids, MI. Contact Nancy Westenfield, 1792 E. Appaloosa Rd. Gilbert AZ 85296; telephone (602) 507-8311; email westenfield@maricopa.edu


I am searching for the place and date of death for :
Mr. Harmen or Herman van der Werf born: 1-23-1893 at Joure, in Holland-went to U.S.A. in 1913. Married Mary de Groot 6-30-1920 at Grand Rapids, Michigan and had 3 children who are known--Marguerite born: 1923 or 1924. Gerald (Jerry) born: 1928 Kathleen born: 1929. The year of death of Harmen van der Werf was about 1945. Marguerite was married to Leonard KASTELIN. Kathleen married Donald MIEDEMA 9-22-1949.

Don Decker

I am looking for my great grandfather -William C. Decker who lived in Hudson, Michigan in the early 1800's. Thank you.

Denise Fischer

I am trying to find ancestors for Henry Pennoyer born Feb. 8, 1809, Stamford, CT, died April 30, 1886, Grand Haven, MI. He married (1st) Harriet Kells, born 1810-1815, of Mentz, Cayuga Co.,NY, died May 4, 1852, Grand Haven, MI. Henry married (2ndly) Alletta (Lettie) Teeple. I would like to correspond with any descendants.

Roberta Andersen

Seek info: Peter Rice (b.Ohio) married to Catherine Lambertson (b. PA)! Peter and Catherine listed in 1860 Kent Co. (name listed as Rish) and 1870 Kent Co. (name listed as Rice) MI census --where did they go after that?! Son Jacob Rice, b. MI, est 1863, wife Maggie. They married in 1887 and he died in 1896; they had four children William, Maggie, Fannie, and Walter (Jack). Fannie was born in Lake Co. MI. Please email me at randersen7@comcast.net  (new link as of 5/1/2005) Thanks!

Vicki Titus

Luther Riker was b. before 1815 in NY/NJ. By 1835 he was in MI.
He was in many locations. May 1836-Lenawee
Aug 1836-Jackson Co.
Jul 1837-Jackson-Hillsdale Co.
Dec 1838-Somerset Twp. Hillsdale co.
dec 1850 Hillsdale co. Luther Ricker
aug 1860-Luther Riker of Hillsdale co.
Jun 1870-Luther Riker of Isabella co.
One son stayed in each of the locations that he lived before he reached Isabella co.
Arnold G.--Hillsdale Co.
Charles--Lenawee Co.
I am interested in finding confirmation of the fact he (luther) is a son of Samuel Riker of Caldwell, NJ who also has desc. in Kent Co. Michigan.

Donna Mullen

I am searching for the birth record of my gr-gr-grandmother Harriet Page, the daughter of: Nathaniel and Wealthy Page. Other children of this family include: James L. Page, Rosanna Page, Ephraim Page, John Page, Sarah Page, Mary Page, Franklin Page, Charles Page, George W. Page and William Page; all born between 1831-1857.
The PAGE family was in Kent County in the 1840 census. They had family in Portage, Kalamazoo Co.
By 1860, the family settled in Breedsville/Columbia, Van Buren county. Rosanna Page married abt. 1850 to another Kent County resident, Reuben (Rubin) CHURCH. Their children include: Mathilda, Harlan, Mary Jefferson and Alice--all born between 1851-1859. Any information on the PAGE or CHURCH families would be appreciated.
Thank you. Donna Mullen

Marge Ames

I am looking for details and or descendants of the following families:
William AUBLE and Betsey ALLEN were parents of Isaac and Andrew AUBLE. I need birth information for Betsey (Elizabeth). They were married right after the war of 1812 in either PA/NY or OHio. Isaac AUBLE m. Lucina Ruth ANGELL. Their daughters, Dede to Ernest AMES and Angeline to Ralph SEEKINS. Ernest AMES, my grandfather, was a son of pioneer settlers of Leighton twp. George and Frances AMES, who died young and left Ernest an orphan in the care of his uncle John at the age of 18 mos. All are immediate relatives from the family of Orin AMES from NY who settled in the CASCADE area around 1863-66. George and Avis AMES were born to Ernest and Dede in CALEDONIA, MI. I would like to know if Ernest was a farmer or merchant. Thank you for any information.

Jody Ogden

I am looking for info on Clyde E. BARNHART born June 4, 1928-the son of Charles and Mae (Tilley) BARNHART.

Joni Haase

Searching for any information on the WARNER family. Charles A. Warner b. Aug 17, 1843-d. Feb 17, 1913, buried in Caldonia Twp. his wife Sabra? (possibly WYMAN). Charles grandfather David C. WARNER Jr. and his wife Olive RAWSON, are possibly buried in Alaska Twp. Any information on this family would be greatly appreciated.

Barb Boese

CANFIELD & THORNE families of Kent Co.
Looking for information on Charles Canfield who was born in Ohio and was a railroad station agent. He married Mana Thorne b. 1874 in NY, d/o John Henry & Martha Gifford Thorne who came to Ottawa, Kent county, Michigan in the early 1900's, other children of the Thorne's were Glen, Daniel, Sarah and Zoe. Any information will really be appreciated and of great help as we can't find Charles Canfield anywhere anytime. Thanks.

Cathy Burnsed

The SCHANTZ family came to Kent County in the 1850's or 1860's from Ontario, Canada. They first settled near Alaska; later family members moved to the Caledonia area. The earliest SCHANTZes I have information on are: Jacob Schantz, b. 1812 in Germany, m. Magdalena (surname may be RITTER?), b. abt. 1822 in Germany. Their son, Jacob, and granddaughter, Clara, are my direct ancestors. Please contact me if you have any interest in this family, as I am looking to identify as many of their descendants as possible. Thanks

Jim Conboy

I am looking for descendents of Mary Conboy (1901-1973) who married Hugh Vincent McGINNIS (1896-1980). Mary, daughter of Edward Patrick CONBOY (1867-1914) was born in Indiana or Illinois. Mary's children believed to be Ann MCGinnis (d before 1994) who married Wm DYKSTRA and Thomas McGimmis (d. 1986)


I am researching my families. Joseph Maas arrived in the United States in 1854 from Germany. He was a shoe maker. He settled in Grand Rapids. John Paul Braun arrived in Grand Rapids after living in Ottawa for many years. He also immigrated from Germany. I am interested in any one who is researching this family.

David Van Dyke

I am looking to trace the arrival of the Martinus Van Dyke's to Grand Haven, Ottawa county, Michigan. His father was Jacob Van Dyke, born ~1835 in the Netherlands. Thank You.

William E. Post

I am a ggrandson of Leander Joseph Post (b. ca. 1850 in South Hampton, NY d. ca. 1922 in Lowell, MI) and Ella Calista Carter Post (b. unknown "back east", d. 12/7/1841, Lowell, MI). He was a farmer in the Lowell area, and was nick-named "Potato" Post. Their daughter, Audie E. Post (b. 9/8/1888 in Lowell, d. ca 1974 in Grand Rapids) cared for her mother and established a library (in Lowell?). Their first son, Wilber E. Post was my Grandfather, a physician in Chicago. Another son, Zino, was a street-car conductor in Grand Rapids, and another son, Otis E. worked for Thomas A. Edison (he died at age 29 and is buried in Lowell). Any information about Leander's or Calistra's ancestors and other descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Pat Holling

I am looking for information regarding my great grandfather-Henry C. Ellis. Henry married Mary Towner. Their daughter Grace was born March 1880 in Grand Rapids, Kent County Michigan. Mary Towner was also born in Grand Rapids. Henry was born somewhere in New York.

Blane Ryan

Quealey, Timothy: Born in Ireland in Sept 1828, son of Timothy & Bridget (O'GORMAN) of Knockerra, Co. Clare. A shoemaker by trade he emigrated to the US in 1849 and married Mary______cir 1851.
Did he emigrate via Renfrew Co, Ontario, Canada, where his brother and sister emigrated to? When did he arrive in Grand Rapids? What was Mary's surname (born Feb 1831 somewhere in Ireland)? Who were his parents & siblings? Timothy died in 1907 & Mary in 1910 and they are buried in St. Andrews Cemetery. I need documentation on them and their children: John (cir 1856-1923); Timothy (1861-1910); Elizabeth (1865-1868); Henry (1868-1868); Lillian ( 1869-1900); Anna (1871-?); "baby" (1881-1886).
There was a William Quealey rooming with Timothy Jr. in the 1900 census; who is he? Are there descendents of Timothy Sr. & Mary? Was he related to the younger Timothy Quealey also listed in the 1880 census?

Blane Ryan

Quealey, Timothy; Born in Ireland cir 1850. By 1876 he was in Renfrew Co., Ontario, Canada, where he married Catherine KERRIGAN. She was born in Renfrew Co. in 1854; the daughter of Austin Kerrigan & Ann MORAN. By 1880 they were in Grand Rapids with two children; Patrick born cir 1878 & Austin born cir 1879. Where did they go? Where was Timothy born & when? Did they have any other children? Where are they buried & when did they die? Catherine had died by the time her sister, Bridget, died in 1927. Was Timothy related to the older Timothy Quealey in the 1880? The older Timothy did have siblings in Renfrew Co.

Gerald Endres


Looking for any information on Fritz Endres or any information about the surname Endres in the Kent Co. area. Fritz Endres dates back to 1820. Thanks in Advance.

Brian Howard

Looking for direct ancestors and families of ancestors of Lawrence HOWARD.
We are happy to exchange data.
Lawrence Howard born 1918 in Holland MI.
Joseph Howard born 1882, Ottawa Co MI
Georgiana O'Conner/O'Connor born 1888, possibly Shiawasse Co. Mi
Peter Howard born 1847, Canada
Dena Krijgsman born 1860, Netherlands
Charles O'Conner/O'Connor born New York State
Cora Grote born 1859 New York State
Isaac Howard born abt 1826, Canada
Jane Davis born 1828 Canada
Marinus Krijgsman born 1820, Netherlands
Maatje Van Os born abt 1820, Netherlands
Simon Grote born 1834, New York State
Lucy Hall born abt 1841, New York State
Peter Howard
A Krjgsman
T. Paulusse
Hiram Hall born abt 1807
Marie Haight born abt 1817
We are happy to exchange data.

Cathy Cottone

Is there any way to access the Veterans Hospital in Grand Rapids for information on who was there in the late 1950's or early 60's? His name is Dennis McCarthy. He had served in the Spanish American War.

Jerry Reed

Looking for obits and any information on the following people who lived in NewaYgo or Kent Counties, MI. All died in the 1960's, 1970's and 1980's.

Grace Reed Aldrich Grimm (Died Grand Rapids 1982)
Perry Reed  and Howard Reed
All three were brothers and sisters and all were born in St. Lawrence County of New York State.

Robert Davis

Search for Dart surname in Kent County
Any Help would be appreciated!

Chris E EMA

My Gdm Eliza M. J. ERMERT b. Aug. 29, 1858 Pottsville Schuy Co. Pa. somehow traversed to Grand Rapids and mar Gdf Burt (Lubbertus) EMA oldtime GR tailor, write up in GR Herald Nov 10, 1929 pg 6-" Tailor Works Trade of his Family Here for 65 Years " b. Nov 18 1854 Grijpskerk Gron NE. d.May 21, 1940 at 412 Henry AV GR SE MI----Can only find one entry in City Directory for Eliza; HOW & WHY did she and mother Catharina E E BOLENDER ERMERT get from Pottsville PA to Grand Rapids??? Any Info/History out there???

Chris E. EMA

My gtgdf Jacob EMA with family left Grijpskerk Gron NED (ledger reads " Moved to Noord America" crossed out family pg) [later checks show there are NO more EMA in NED] on March 31, 1869 (accord. Swierenga) sailed from port of Harlingen Friesland. All checks of US/Canada Port films, cannot find any entry to US! Guess they dropped in by early Concorde. They first went to Danville, IL, then moved /settled in Grand Rapids. I-b/raised in GR/Sparta-broke the chain of family Tailors. (see above query) Does anyone have the story of ship/ports involved of the Dutch migrating to the " developer propagandized Danforth IL

Chris E. Ema 1502 La Loma Dr.
Santa Ana Ca 92705-3061

Cheryl Van Wormer

I need help locating information about Ozro and Eunice (NEWTON) VAN WORMER, Ozro's death record, and location of their graves. Eunice died Sept. 10, 1868, in Campbell twp. Ionia Co; but unable to locate her grave anywhere in Ionia Co. Possibly buried in Barry or Kent Co. since location of farm close to those borders. Ozro's last know location in 1888 in Bowne twp, Kent Co. but no death record for him there. Ozro presumably died between 1888-1890, exact date and place unknown. Can provide info abt other Van Wormer family members.

Joyce Erickson

I am looking for information on these Surnames in Kent Co. MINARDO, ANNERINO, WESTRA, STIEMSMA, ERICKSON, CAVAGNARO, KILSTROM-
Thank you

Spencer L. BeMent

I have gathered a lot of information on Rix Robinson (Ada) in conjunction with a Robinson Genealogy I am working on. I descend from Lucy/Lutie Irene Robinson whose grandfather was Ira Robinson, Rix's youngest brother. I am very interested in sharing information with any descendents of Edward Robinson, Rix's and Ira's father. I would be most appreciative if anyone in the Ada/Grand Rapids area who is interested in Rix Robinson and his trading post and old home would contact me.

Spencer L. BeMent
5500 Warren Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Gerald Lamb
I am attempting to trace a line of ancestry from my father's mother's side of the family. My Grandmother was born Helen HAYDEN (I believe this is the correct spelling, but I cannot be certain) on March 9, 1909, moved to Roanoke County, VA. When she was still a small child. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
P. Rennells

Isabella COWEN b. 1848 NY. m. March 7, 1867 -Oakfield-Kent Co.MI to Albert H. BRIGHAM. Need death date and place of death of Isabella and who her parents were.

William H. Adams

I am seeking information on John Earl BURNS who died at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. His son John Henry BURNS (b. 4/9/1863, Cedar Springs, MI, d. 2/2/1945) married Margaret Catherine DOSCH (b. 10/19/1865, d. 4/17/1959). At some point they lived in White Cloud, MI. They also lived in Egton MI but I cannot locate that town. John Henry Burns was involved in the timber Industry. He also lived in Blainey, MI. I would like to obtain more information on these families. This couple hade four children: Lelah Belle Burns, Catherine Burns, Rhea Burns, and Roy Earl Burns. Lelah was born in White Cloud, 8/27/1971, d. 2/1/1971 in Bloomington, IN

William H. Adams

I am seeking information on Rhea BURNS, dau. of John Henry BURNS (18-63-1945) and Margaret Catherine DOSCH (1865-1959). Rhea married Cornelius WANTZ and died before 1961 in Chicago, IL. They had a son and a daughter. I would like to contact their descendants.

Diane Oslund

I need information on a Meade Cryderman rooming with a Reese THOMAS in 1920 in Grand Rapids. Meade was 23 yrs. I am trying to find parents names, wife etc. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

P. Rennells

I need information on Rufus FOSTER born 1815 Mass. m. Nancy ? with Known children: Mary, Alvira, and Sylvia all born Grattan, Kent, Michigan per 1850 Census Grattan, Kent, MI.

William H. Burns

I am seeking information on Catherine BURNS, dau. of John Henry Burns (1863-1945) and Margaret Catherine DOSCH (1865-1959). Catherine married Earl CAMPBELL and their address in 1971 was 613 Center st., Jackson MI 49202, They had two children: Geraldine and Lelah. Geraldine married Art ?. Lelah married Wallis WALKER and they had Martha, Eddie, and Gregory. I would like to contact these relatives.

Dennis Zank


Kathy McManus
Geeske (or Jessie) POELSTRA was born circa 1862 in the Netherlands and married Jan VAN LAREN in 1882 in Kent County, Michigan. They appear in the 1884 census and in the Grand Rapids city directory through 1897-8, then disappear. Geeske's record at First Christian Reformed Church says "overleden" (died) but I've found no death record for either Geeske or Jan. I would appreciate any further information on this family line. I can be reached at THowell582@aol.com
Marilyn Kittock


My grandfather, Charles Louis Colvin was born near Alaska, Kent Co. MI in Mar 1885. His parents were Edmund Colvin and Clara Iceman. Charles married Oletta Ethel Houston on Feb. 7, 1910 in ST. Paul MN. I know Charles and Oletta were still on the farm in MI because I have a partial diary that Oletta wrote starting the day they were married and continuing until May 17, 1919. They returned to the farm for a visit on April 11th. She writes of walking to Alaska to mail some letters. And she writes of taking a long drive to Robs Muir and through Alaska and LaBarge or Centerville. does anyone know where those places are? Does anyone have access to the 1900 census? Is anyone doing research on this family?

Charlie Williamson
Looking for information on WILLIAMSON family and descendants that moved to Holland, MI from Plymouth, MA. Father probably born approx. 1910-1925. Was living in Holland MI in 1962. His brothers in Plymouth were Robert and Carroll, sister Alyce-mother Ida. M (DEVEAUX) WILLIAMSON.
Any help would be appreciated.
Ronald J. Sortor


I am seeking information on the descendants of Richard R. Sorter, son of Isaac Sorter and Ann Morgars, born in Monroe Co. MI on June 1 1832 and died in Leavitt Twp. Oceana Co, Michigan on March 22 1906.

He was married to Loretta Carter, daughter of Chancy Carter and Huldah Isham, born in New York on Sept. 18 1836 and died in Big Sandy, Chouteau Co, Montana on Mar 12 1911. Their children are: Hulda, b. abt 1859, Monroe Co, d bef 1870,Monroe Co. MI. Isaax, b. Oct. 28 1860, Monroe Co. MI, d. April 22 1941, Tacoma, Pierce Co. Wa. Cora A b. Mona Lake, Kent Co. MI d. August 15 1943 Oceana Co, MI.
James A, b. August 1867 -MI, d. WA. Chauncy, b. Dec. 20 1880 , Leavitt twp, Oceana Co. MI.

Isaac was married to Mary Edith Bloget about 1883, Cora A. was married Paul B. Hammond, James A. was married to Clara J ?.

It was my understanding that a lake in Oceana Co. was named after a member of this family. Any information on the descendants of this family will be greatly appreciated. I have information on the ancestors of this family going back into the early 1700's to share with fellow researchers. They include several Revolutionary War Veterans.

Pamelia Ward White


I am looking for a James Ward-born sometime around 1834 and married someone named Mary. I know that he had one son named Thomas William Ward who was born August 4, 1863 in Michigan and died August 19, 1948 in Hempstead, NY. His Death certificate states that his dad James was born in the USA (not very helpful). Thomas William Ward married Ann Jane Minton who was born on October 21, 1865 in Grand Rapids MI and died March 20, 1945 in Hempstead, NY. They were married in 1892 but in Grand Rapids as far as I know. Thomas also had a sister named Alice and another sister whose name I don't know and she married someone with the last name of Touhey who lived in Michigan. Thomas and Ann had only 1 child-Francis Thomas Ward (who was born Edward Francis and changed his name later) b. November 11, 1893 in Chicago.

If you have any information on any of these people please email me at Hunbun@aol.com

Karen Venable


I am looking for information about Amos B. Tefft who lived in Kent County, MI from approximately 1860 to ?. Supposedly he was a cousin of my great grandmother, Hannah Tefft Langdon, wife of Daniel Langdon. She was born in 1822 in New York. Any Help would be appreciated: Thank you.

Janet Hubbard


I'm looking for any information on my ggrandparents, Anna Bronsema and Zigert (Seibert) Zichterman (Sichterman). Some of them lived in the Grand Rapids area and some of them were in Ottawa Co. Both were born in the Netherland. Thank you in advance for any information.

Matthew Thomas

I would like the obiturary listing of
Susanah (Thomas) Baker
Julia Ann (Thomas) FOSS
Thank You

Thomas B. Morris


Looking for any information on Joseph M. MORRIS family. Joseph M. MORRIS, abt 1820 NY; mar 1851 Detroit MI; d 1899 Grand Rapids MI, Kent CO. bur Ionia MI. Joseph was married to Abba A. CAMPBELL--they had 9 children; one was alive at his death. Joseph was living in Detroit in 1850; was a farmer; widower at his death. At one time he lived at 147 Bridge St. (7th Ward), Grand Rapids MI. He may have owned land in Elkhart, IN in 1849. Does anyone have any information on this family?
Thanks, Tom.

Mark VanderVeen


I am looking for information on

Jim Denny

I am searching for information on the parents or siblings of Berty DENNY. Berty is listed on the Kent Co. Mortality Schedule of 1850 (d. March 1850, age 2 1/2).

Jim Kaywood


I am trying to locate the date of death and particulars unique to the descendant such as would be found in most obituaries for my great grand parents, William Henry FAIRLEY who was killed in a fall at a school in 1930. William's wife was Almeda Ashley and she died in 1941 of heart disease. They may have lived either in Jackson or a nearby county. Almeda's father was George W. ASHLEY and her mother was Sarah Elizabeth BLAKE. I think that they celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary in Jackson about 1925. Any help would be appreciated. Jim Kaywood.

Pamelia Ward White


I am looking for a James WARD who was born sometime around 1834 and married someone named Mary. I know that he had a son named Thomas William WARD who was born August 4, 1863 in MI and died August 19, 1948 in Hempstead, NY. His death certificate states that his dad James was born in the USA (not too helpful). Thomas William WARD married Ann Jane MINTON who was born on October 21, 1865 in Grand Rapids MI. and died March 20, 1945 in Hempstead, NY. They were married in 1892 in Grand Rapids as far as I know.

Thomas also had a sister named Alice and another sister whose name I don't know and she married someone with the last name of  TOUHEY who lived in MI.
Thomas and Ann had only 1 child:
Francis Thomas WARD (who was born Edward Francis and changed his name later) b. November 11, 1893 in Chicago.
If you have any information on any of these people please EMail me at Hunbun@aol.com

Terry Nowak

I am looking for information on my grandfather, Glen Dale MARTELL, who was born in Grand Rapids in 1886. This is all I know about him.
Thank You
Terry Nowak
Cleveland, ND

Dave Driscoll


Searching for information on Mary Louise DRISCOLL CHURCH; she was married to Henry CHURCH and had a daughter Bertha Mary CHURCH who was born January 23, 1897. All known to be living in Grand Rapids. Any information would be helpful. Thanks

Kathy J. Koenig


Searching for any info on John J. Dutmer. Father Joseph, Mother Elizabeth Green. Born November 6, 1864 in Kent County. Died February 7, 1950 in Luce County. Any Information greatly appreciated!

Lorna E. Drury


Looking for information on my father LEON B. WILMOT-my grandparents DONALD DYSON WILMOT and VERA ELLEN JEFFERSON WILMOT. grandfather was a school teacher. Father was born in 1917 in Kent MI.

Sandie Steele


Looking for information on my grandmother Emma Johnson (Nelson). Born in Greenville-Kent Co. MI sometime between 1879-1882. Mothers name Mary Johnson -father Fred Snell. (I don't think they were married. She was raised by a family by the name of Nelson.

Cheryl Hammond


Searching for information regarding John Hammond and his wife, Margaret Stephens Hammond, and their son Chester Hammond. John died in 1896 and Margaret died 1904. They owned a farm in Nelson. The couple migrated from English Canada to Michigan.

Mark von Destinon


Seek information on this early Kent County fur trader and ANY of his family members.

Melvin Wright


Looking for family of Lucia Selleck, found in 1900 Grand Rapids census with daughter Celia Rhoda Selleck Stewart and children Grace J. and Cecil R. Stewart. Cecil (19) died 1900, buried Valley City Cemetery, Kent Co. Lucia Selleck and Celia Stewart moved to Chicago where Lucia died 25 February 1903, age 75. Lucia Selleck Buried Grand Rapids 27 February 1903. Census records show Lucia born Michigan.

Carl Devries


I'm looking for all descendants of Richard and Gertrude DEVRIES, who lived at COWEN LAKE in ROCKFORD MI. My dad (their grandson) tells me they had eleven kids.

Carol Nowak


Looking for full information on the Marriage of Theresa Fitzpatrick to D.C. (Dewitt Clinton) Smith
book 8 page 178
Need parents, witness, ages, place of birth and full date.

Also Death date of  Dewitt C. Smith born ca. 1856 and wife Theresa born ca. 1863 and place of burial.

Jay Phelps


I am looking for any DECOU family in Kent County, Michigan area from mid 1800's to present. Sirnames connected to the DeCou family that I'm researching are: ANDERSON, BEARDSLEE, BIRD, COOL, DAVIS, ELDRED, HAYNES, MOORE, MORRIS, PHELPS, REAM, SMITH, STARK, SUMNER AND WILTSE.

Janet M. Hradsky


Searching for information on the RICKERD line, beginning with Alfred C. Rickerd, born @1847 in Lenox, Madison Co., NY, parents unknown at this time. Alfred married Mary White, on July 2, 1871, in Hubbardsville, Muir, Ionia Co, MI. They had the following children: Fred Curtis, Byron E., Howard, Chauncey. Fred Curtis was residing in Kent Co., MI in 1913, when he married Myrtle Patty, he later resided in Ottawa co. where he died in 1942. Byron E. was residing in Indian River, Cheboygan co, when he died in 1965. Howard was residing in Morley, Mecosta, co, in 1983 when he died. Chauncey was residing in Sheridan, Montcalm co, MI in 1942.

Lori Proulx


Iam looking for more information on the Surname KIDDER. There was an Erastus Kidder who married a Juliette Greenfield (she died in 1873?). They had two children; Celista and Charles. They owned a house and land in Wayland, MIch. (Allegan Co.) I am interested in any info on Erastus (he was born in PA and visited Oregon) burial, death date, and any info on Celista. I would also be interested if any one has a photo of their house. It was located on Superior St. on the west side. I think it used to belong to where the consumers power line road now runs.

P. K. Swiler


I have researched this family back to 1711. I have many gaps in the information that I would like to fill in before I consider my research complete.

Maarten Den Braber came to Kent County in the 1800's and his descendents appeared to have stayed in the Grand Rapids area. I am seeking anyone who would like to contribute to this research.

A. L. Kennedy


SHEARER, Leslie John b. August 9, 1880 in Sparta, son of Charles Melvin and Pamela Prowse Shearer. Married Hildur Olive Norby, dau. of Jacob Norby, possibly in Kent Co. Any information on this family much appreciated.

Patricia Ramsey Bogel


CONRAD,WILLIAM- lived in Kent County, MI after 1875. Searching his death date and place. He was born in 1830 in Northumberland County, Penna. He married Sarah Crawford, September 2, 1849 in Elkhart Co, Indiana. He probably died around 1899. Thank you.

Leta Shannon


Searching for information on family of Charlotte Pearson, daughter of my ggrandparents, Sophia and Wm. DeLamarter. Charlotte was born Jan 19, 1854, died January 16, 1947. At time of death was living at 102 Nash st. Sparta MI. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, MI. Charlotte, known as "Lottie", had a son, William Edward and may have had others. Would appreciate any information on this branch of my family.

Lisa Weber


Looking for biological family. Father was adopted i 1953, DOB: 3-21-44; his brother was adopted to the same family, his DOB: 3-11-45; several other children in family with unknown whereabouts? Can anyone help? Whe have other vital stats (if needed). Names of brothers at birth were: Joseph Westbrook Stilwell, Douglas MacArthur Stilwell. They were born to Shirley Grace Stilwell (White) at Lee Memorial Hospital. They were adopted by Edwin Carl Rupe and Altha E. Rupe (Wright & Goodrich)

Fran (Hykal) West


Looking for parents of Paulinus West b. 1795 Peru, NY. Settled in Kent county Mi, Buried there. His mothers maiden name is Fairchild. Any information would be appreciated. His children are: Loranzo West b. 1824, Maranda West b. 1833, Warren West b. 1835, William Henry West b. 1836, Charles West b. 1849.

Gerald Endres


Looking for any information on Fritz Endres or any information about the surname Endres in the Kent Co. Area. Fritz Endres dates back to 1820.
Thanks in advance.

John Donaker


Looking for information on the family of Charles and Annette DONAKER, who lived in Lowell in 1910. I have information on part of the family, but need data on the children of John, Winnifred, and Willis. Some family is still in the Grand Rapids area.

Melinda Anderson


I am looking for information on members of the Peaslee (or Peasley) family, especially of Canada and Michigan.

James R. Winslow


I am looking for any information on the individuals listed or other family relationships to them. This is all the information I have.
1920 Census, Bloomfield Township, Van Buren County, Gobelsville, Michigan
Milton A. Roberts (53), born in Michigan, Mother and father were born in New York, no names given.
Bessie A. Roberts (52), born in Massachusetts, mother and father born in Massachusetts, no names given.
Amber Roberts (15) born in Michigan as Amber Cummings, Was Amber Cummings/Roberts adopted? Ambers parents birthplace is listed as US. (Irene Cummings (Amber's daughter was born March 14, 1920, Kalamazoo, MI) --birth certificate says Amber Cummings was born in Grand Rapids MI (Kent County), ca.1905)
Amber Cummings/Roberts is possibly the daughter of an Irene Cummings born in Indiana.
No records on Amber Cummings Birth are filed with the Kent Co. Clerks office, she may have been adopted prior to 1912.

Estella Johnson


Wish to exchange information with anyone who has info on ancestors Loomis Stoddard b. 1794 VT and his Wife Hannah_______?; George Hoyle b. 1829 NY. and wife Betsey (Stoddard), resided Cedar Springs,MI.

Terri Cody


Looking for Family of John William Cody born in Grand Rapids in 1862-64. Have notations that his mother died young and he was sent to New York to live with grandparents. Any help would be appreciated.

Bunny Peterson


I am looking for information on and researching Kent, Alfred, B. Mar 1855 Ohio and Palmatier/Palmateer/Palmater, Albina, b. 1861, MI. Alfred and Albina Kent lived in Sparta, MI at the time of their 3rd child Flossie in 1889, and their fourth child, Charles William (Known as William) in 1892. They went on to Montcalm County, MI. Albina's parents, Charles Palmatier and wife Elizabeth McClellan were located in the 1880 Michigan, Branch Co Census. If anyone has any information in their records on this family, please e-mail me. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

Leta Shannon


Searching for information on family of Charlotte Pearson, daughter of my ggrandparents, Sophia and Wm. DeLamarter. Charlotte was born Jan. 19, 1854, died Jan 16, 1947. At time of death was living at 102 Nast St. Sparta MI. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, MI. Charlotte, known as Lottie, had a son, William Edward and there may have been others. Would appreciate any information on this branch of my family. Spelling of last name may be Pierson.

Patricia Ramsey Bogel


CONRAD, William --lived in Kent County MI after 1875. Searching his death date and place. He was born in 1830 in Northumberland Co., Pa. He married Sarah Crawford -September 2, 1849 in Elkhart Co, Indiana. He probably died around 1899. Thank you.

Jay Phelps


I'm up against a wall. I am looking for any DeCou family in Kent County, MI. area from the mid 1800's to present. Sir names connected to the DeCou family that I'm researching are: Anderson, Beardslee, Bird, Cool, Davis, Eldred, Haynes, Moore, Morris, Phelps, Ream, Smith, Stark, Sumner, and Wiltse. I would appreciate any help.

David Paine


Do you have a Paine or Payne anywhere in your family lines or have an ancestor that married one??

I am looking for any information on the name Paine or it's different spellings in MI. If you have any Paine in your files -could you send me the information you have as well as sources if possible. Even if the only information you have is a ancestor married to a Paine/Payne and no more. I would like the info on your ancestor (I might have the info and be able to help you)

Hoping to be flooded with responses
David Paine--Oshawa Ontario

Omer J. Koets


I am trying to find out information about some members of the Koets families who emigrated to Michigan in the 19th century. I have extensive information about the roots of the Koets families in Zeeland, The Netherlands, and am prepared to share information.
1. John Koets, born October 5, 1822 in Wissenkerke, son of Roeland Koets (e) and Jerina Bouterse. Emigrated, unmarried, in 1854 to the U.S.A. Gave destination Albany, NY, but in 1899 lived in Michigan, most likely Grand Rapids.

2. Leendert Koets, born Feb. 25, 1872 in Wissenkerke, Zeeland, son of Jan Koets and Tannetje van Haver, emigrated in 1890. Lived in Grand Rapids. He there married Lena Goosen. He died May 27, 1946 and had at least 6 children --"6 alive in 1955".

Robert E. Speese


I am trying to locate info on William Henry Speese or any Speese. Eroline Speese died Kent Co;. 1850. William Henry Speese supposedly attended Un. of MI. His birth date c. 1850-1860. Can anyone furnish info on Speese Family?

Sheila Zimmer


I am seeking a death record for James H. Lipsey of Caledonia. I have reason to believe that the year is 1949. I have two birth years of 1856 and 1861. The birth record should help clear this up as well as a place of burial.
He is the son of James Lipsey and Margaret Lahiff and was born in Ohio but raised and married in Eaton Co. MI. He was a father of 10. I am also interested in learning if he is buried in Kent Co. or if he was buried in Eaton Co; Benton Township --then known as Potterville Cmt. Thanks

L.B. Rhodes


Meech: Looking for information on Asa. W. Meech b. 1833 married to Catherine Reed. Had son: Walter Randell b. Oct. 29, 1860 m. to Sylvia Spencer Merrell.

MEECH: Looking for information on Asa M. Meech b. 1833

Jerry Ring


I am seeking information on Flora A. Shear born July 28, 1850 in Grand Rapids, Kent, MI. Her mother's name was Mary Backus. I would like to confirm her birth and learn more about her mother and father, i.e. where they came from, what happened to them. I believe Flora was raised by her grand parents who came from NY?? Any help anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.

Jay Zane


I am researching the surname Rasimas. Siblings Enoch, Joseph, Victoria and Tessie Raismas immigrated to the U.S. in 1880's and settled in Schuylkill County Pa. Joseph Rasimas I believed moved to Grand Rapids, MI. His mother would have been Frances Rasimas who immigrated in 1911. Joseph died approx 1917. Surname could have been Anglicized to Rice from its Lithuanian.

Jeffery DeMan


I am researching the surname "DeMan" and looking for an exact birthplace and record of Gerrit DeMan. b. in the Netherlands. He married a Margaret Denhof and resided in Grand Rapids, MI for 40 years---Any information or assistance is appreciated.

Lonnie Wolgamott


I would like to be in contact with relatives of the above listed women. They are sisters and were last known to be living in Grand Rapids, MI in 1951. Advance thanks for contacts. Lonnie.

Sue Studabaker


Researching the Unger family of Oakfield and Vergennes Townships. Christian Unger (1813-1878) came to Kent Co. circa 1845 after living in PA and Canada. His wife was Ann Sauers (1817-1896), Children were William, Elizabeth, Louisa, Lydia and Solomon Unger, Rebecca Gould, Susanna Gilbert, Almira Jones, Celestia Bennett, Josephine Ward, Margaret Moore, Mary Alice Howard.

Colleen S.

Van Brocklin

LaVaughn Van Brocklin was born in Grand Rapids on Oct 23, 1920 to Henry and Zora Van Brocklin. I would like the information about the family while they were living there. Children? Family Ties? Father's Occupation? Residence? etc. I am not sure if they lived there much before that date, because I have a census record from 1920 that shows them in Muskegon.

Julia Walker Ritterbush


Alida Angelica Van Patten, b. 1814, Amsterdam, NY dau of John B. and Elizabeth, married Abram Lewis, 1835, in Ohio. Moved to Kent Co. MI. Lived in Plainfield and Cannon twps, Kent Co.
Children were John Henry, William Ezra, Charles Washington. Also possibly, Isaac Wellington??
Abram died in 1847. Alida Lewis was said to have remarried, Who did she remarry?? I need her death date and place. Appreciate any help.

Eileen Kelly


I am looking for info on Paul Hutchinson b. Charlotte in 1870 and Anna TENNIS Hutchinson b. Paris in 1878. They were married in Grand Rapids in 1899 and had 7 children. Eolis, Emogene, Loretta (or Harveyetta) Florence, Muriel, Benetta and Arthur. Benetta and Arthur died as small children. Emogene is my mother. any info on Paul and Anna would be appreciated.

Wayne Roadhouse


I am looking for Susan or Hannah Roadhouse that married a Brewer and lived in Grand Rapids, MI around 1850's. Her father was David Roadhouse b. 1801 Eng. d. 1892 Wilson NY. married 1829 Margaret Wardle both are buried in Wilson, NY.
Any info on this family line would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Jim de Waal Malefyt


Researching the above surnames.

Terry Owens


I am looking for these surnames for my family tree.
Thomas Lynn Durham September 2, 1924 married Barbara Jane Mauk
William Hayden Durham March 14, 1889 married Peal Walker
Arthur D Mauk June 5, 1898 married Jane Schaddelee
Margaret Holwerda October 16, 1875 married Frank Schaddelee
Margaret came from the Netherlands

Thanks so much in advance.

Beverlee Broadlick


Appreciate info on descendants of William Morgan Daniels (d. Grand Rapids 1919) and his wife Eva Silcox . They had 4 dau. Jessie, Mable, Ruth, Ina.

Peggy Zant


I am trying to research the ZANT family from Grand Rapids, MI. I have Jan Zant's immigration papers showing he applied in 1876 in Grand Rapids, MI.
I am looking for all relatives and information about Jan Zant and his family. He had a daughter Anna, sons: Rudolph, John C. and Louis. I have Louis' branch.

Jane Klotz



Searching for descendants of Martha A. Brooks, dau. of John Adam Brooks and Lucina Parsons who were m. Feb. 26, 1826 Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, and Maj. Amassa B. Watson who was born Feb 27, 1826 in Warchester, VT, son of Oliver Watson and Ester Brown. Watson was a Major in the Eighth Infantry in Nov. 1861 and wounded 1862 at Cussaw Ferry. He died abt. Nov. 26, 1913 in Grand Rapids MI. Their residence was at the corner of Fulton and (1107) Sheldon Streets. The Grand Rapids Herald on June 23, 1915 listed -Martha Brooks Watson's heirs as Julia A. Carroll, Marion Idema, William Mead, Ellen M. Stryker, John A. Brooks, Jr., and Hollis Brooks.

Mary Pillow


Looking for information on Anna Monnebach born around 1850-1855?? in Grand Rapids. Married (last name) Hawick (possibly Charles). Had three children (all born in Grand Rapids) Mary Hawick, Theodore Hawick, Adeline Hawick. Mr. Hawick worked for the railroad in Grand Rapids. He is my grandfather's grandfather.

Gary L. Lloyd


I am researching these names in the Rockford and Kent City areas of Kent County. The Lloyds (Marion and Hannah Yarnell) inhabited the area in the 1860's and owned a saw mill in the Kent City area into the 1940's. The Scovilles (Guy and Lizzie Lloyd) were also in the area until the 1940's. I would be interested in sharing information with anyone researching these families.



I was always under the impression from my father that my great great grandfather started the trading post in Newaygo. The surname is Robinson. Please let me know if there is any information on this name in Kent County. I don't remember the first name. I was told he married an Indian (native) and one of the sons was my grandmother's father.

Roxanna Malone McGinnis


Looking for information on Thomas Malone. He was born in Ireland and lived in Ionia County in the 1860's then is believed to have moved to Kent Co. His wife, MaryAnn Mathenson, died in Grand Rapids on Aug 29, 1870. He later remarried, possible name of 2nd wife is Mary Horne, although that is not confirmed. He had three children, William Webster Malone (b. Ionia Co. Feb. 22, 1862), Carrie (b. unknown) and Christopher ? who was an infant or toddler when his mother died, and was put up for adoption at that time. I have not been able to find any information on Thomas' life or heritage prior to when he lived in Michigan. Would appreciate any into that might help me make that link.

Debra Eddy


Looking for descendants of Benjamin King (born circa 1826, England) and his wife, Eleanor Kitty Young (March 29, 1830, Buxted, Sussex, England-April 13, 1913, Stockbridge, Ingham Co, MI) They lived at Sylvan, Washtenaw Co. Mi, and had two sons: Benjamin John, whose wife was Maggie, they lived at Leslie, MI and George James, whose wife was Clara, they lived at Sand Lake, MI. Benjamin King went west about 1845, during the gold rush and was never heard from again. Eleanor Kitty later married Eli Ogden Hatt, who died in 1864, and then his son, Nathan C. Hatt.

Jeanne Browning


Looking for information on a Mrs. Vandenberg Drost Peters, Mother of Reka Vandenberg who married Garrit Bode. She should have been born around 1840 and lived around Holland/Fremont area. Want First name, dates, and parents, and her three husbands full names.

Marilyn Kittock


I'm interested in knowing which cemetery my ggrandfather, Edmund Colvin and his wife, Clara Iceman Colvin would be buried in. They farmed in Caledonia Twp., Kent Co, MI. They were alive in 1910. That's the last known date I have.

Patricia L. Ratcliff


I am looking for information on my grandfather's family. He was married to Harriet Genevieve Button in Kalamazoo, date unknown. She was born in Kalamazoo, May 10, 1896. His name was Roy Kennedy Grabill who was born June 20, 1895 in Grand Rapids MIchigan. His father was George Grabill. My mother was Barbara Louise Grabill Ratcliff who was born in Kalamazoo, October 31, 1920.
I would also like information on my grandmother's father Harry Jay Button who was born November 22, 1870 in NY and died August 18, 1929 in Kalamazoo. He married Katherine Medora Tuttle who was born November 16, 1869, in Paw Paw, MI. They were married April 30, 1895 in Kalamazoo. She died June 17, 1935 in Kalamazoo.

Deb Kuehne


I am looking for info on some families that spent some time in Muskegon Co. Some did move to Kent Co. but others may have stayed. My ggggrandfather was Andrew Mervau-b. Jan 1, 1827, place unknown. He m. Clara Frischette (dau of Michael Frischette; b. Aug 17, 1834) sometime 1850-1854. My gggrandfather, Henry Albert, was b. July 15, 1855 in Muskegon. Other siblings in the family were George, Amanda, Charles, Sarah, and Joseph. I have birth dates for them, but no places. Henry Albert eventually arrived in Grand Rapids, dying there on Mar 31, 1919. Any additional help on either the Mervau or Frischette line would be appreciated! I'd be willing to share info.



Looking for Mari Anne Unwin Ackien, born approx. 1925 in Colorado. Gave birth to 3 children, a boy in 1946, a girl in 1948, and another girl in 1956 who was placed for adoption. 3rd child was born and adopted in Ottawa county MI.

Deb Kuehne


I am searching for info relating to Edward Brown and Sarah Maria (Gibbs) Brown. Edward was born Feb 2, 1832 in England, while Sarah was born Feb 25, 1838 in Tredington, Warwichshire, England, the dau of George and Sarah Gibbs. They m. Nov 17, 1855 in Tredington. I don't know if any of their children were born in England, but they had six. William, Elizabeth, Albert, Rose Eltha, Frank, and Nettie. My gggrandmother, Rose Eltha, was born Sept. 18, 1865, in Byron twp. Kent Co. MI. She m. Henry Albert Mervau in Jan. 1, 1882 and died Jan 4, 1932 in Kent Co. Edward and Sarah Maria Brown died and were buried in Dutton, Kent Co. Mi . Did other family members come over from England with Edward and Sarah? What happened to the children? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Diane Bollert


John Malinowski married Bernice Latzek abt. 1883 in Grand Rapids. Children Peter, Nettie, John, Tekla and Vanda. John married Mary Lipinski in 1893. Children.Charles, George and Helen. I would like information on the Latzek family or the Latzek Funeral Home.

Diane Bollert

Debra Eddy


Looking for descendants of Nathan C. Hatt (March 1838, Washtenaw Co, MI-Sept 10, 1919, Stockbridge, Ingham Co. MI) a Civil War veteran, and his wife (his former stepmother) Eleanor Kitty (Young) (King) Hatt. They had two children: Ida Etta, wife of Henry W. Ackley of Stockbridge; and Alvin Victor Hatt, husband of Mary F. Carman. I am willing to freely exchange information

J Wierengo


I am looking for info on my two relatives listed below. Henry Homfeld came to Grand Rapids in the 1880's. Herbert Koster died in the 1960's, I think, and was married to Elizabeth Wierengo.

Norma Mastenbrook

Looking for these West Michigan Surnames.

BETHKE--Robinson Twp, Ottawa Co, Posen Pru
DEREMO--Spring Lake, Ottawa Co, NY?
FRITZ--Robinson Twp, Ottawa Co, Ludwigsburg, Gnesen, Posen Pru
HALE--Spring Lake, Ottawa Co, WI, NY?
KIEFT--Grand Haven & GH Twp, Ottawa Co, Den Andel, Groningen NL
KLATT--Polkton Twp & Grand Haven, Ottawa Co, Posen Pru
KLAWITER-KLAWITTER--Polkton Twp. Ottawa Co, Kent Co?, Prussia
MASTENBROOK-MASTENBROEK--Robinson Twp, Ottawa Co, Ouddorp ZH NL
MOLL--Robinson Twp, Ottawa Co, WI, Mecklenburg, Germany
NEDERVELD(T)--Grand Haven, Ottawa Co, Ouddorp NL
VANDERMADE-van der MADE--Robinson Twp, Ottawa Co, Goedereede ZH NL

Bob Smits


I am looking for info on my Grandmother, Lena Hoogerhyde and her family. Her father's name was Dave Hoogerhyde. I do not have DOB or DOD information on either although Lena would have lived between 1880's and 1930's and Dave between 1850's to early 1900's.
I believe they are related to some of the Hoogerhyde's of Michigan, possibly the Grand Rapids Area.
Lena Hoogerhyde married Edwin Smits, my grandfather and they lived in Portland Oregon. They had three children: Virginia Smits-Deblin, John Smits and Harold David Smits, my father who was born in Portland, on June 23, 1911. I would appreciate hearing from any Hoogerhydes, or relations to see if there might be a connection.
Thank You!

Gus Gunderson III


I am looking for any information on the following relatives.

Gustave Jule Gunderson Sr.
Paul E. Gunderson
Carl Gunderson

I would like any information available for these people. I am starting my family tree.

Vicki Fretz


I am looking for information on this family.
Wright Philander B.-wife was a Victoria Peck. They were living in Byron Twp. in the 1880 census. Their children were Lillian b. 1866, Paul E. b. 1869, Lawrence D. b. 1871, Max G. b. 1872, John W. b. 1874, Harry P. b. 1877. I believe that Victoria may have died sometime in the early 1880's.

Charles Eubank


Gathering info on my Grandfather, Roy Franklin Eubank, and his father, Charles Franklin Eubank. C.F. Eubank had a brother, Clarence Eubank. This may link me to anticipated family in area! (P.S. is Paris nearby?)

Leroy Higley


I am looking for the names of the Parents, of George H. Higley, born in Grand Rapids Michigan in 1849.

Ernest Fiebig


I am looking for information on a Ernest Fiebig, married to Helen Flynski at the beginning of the century. Lived in Wyoming-Grandville area.



I am wanting to know if the William Vandenberg born 1840, who married Mary (born 1858) (listed in the 1880 Mich census in Ottawa county) later had a daughter named Rieka who married Garrett Bode.

Francis Stroup


I am looking for any information on Henrietta Stroup (Ford) who was born in Kent County on November 16, 1849 and who married Frederick W. Stroup August 23, 1868. I believe her parents were from Canada originally, but do not know any of their given names. I think there was at least one son also by the name of Charles. I would appreciate any information you could give me on this matter.

Terry Owens


I am looking for my grandparents, Frederick Mauk who married Carrie? Their child is Arthur D. Mauk, b. June 5, 1898 at Altoona Pa. then moved to Grand
Rapids Kent Co. MI and he married Jane Shaddelee b. January 22, 1902. Grand Rapids MI. Kent Co. Thanks so much for any help that you can give.

Sharon Dismuke


I am seeking information on Cora Mabel Nicholson b. May 30, 1890 in Kent Co. Married Paul VanderMaas. Cora's father was Edwin Nicholson and mother was Catherine Dole. Cora lived in Greenville, Montcalm Co. at the time of her death-September 02.1982

Gloria Dennis


I am looking for Beckwith Family History. They lived in Grand Rapids on Leonard St. Any information would help.

Judy Palmaffy


Looking for any and all info n my g-grandparents Charles Shaw and Emma Eliza Shattuck. Also Charles' first wife, Mary Ellen Thorp who died Nov. 1874 in Alleyton, Newaygo Co., Mi. Their children were; George E, Nellie M., Willis N., Charles J., and Melvin. After the death of his first wife Charles married Emma Eliza Shattuck in Sparta, Kent Co., MI. on 9/8/1875
During the next five years, Charles and Emma moved between their home in Alleyton to Sparta and Newaygo. Charles owned a meat business in each town and had a wagon that he made deliveries with. They also ran a boarding house and did laundry. Before her marriage to Charles, Emma was a schoolteacher in Sparta.
I would especially like to find an obituary for Mary Ellen (Thorp) Shaw. I would also like to know where she was buried.
I have many letters depicting their lives and activities in the community. I would like to have more info so I can put together a more complete picture; then I can submit a fairly comprehensive dialog of the life and times in and around Alleyton, Newaygo Co. MI.

Debra Eddy


Looking for information about the ten children of Ebenezer Sawdy b. March 2, 1812, Scipio, Cayuga Co. NY. b. Feb. 27, 1890, Woodland, Barry Co., MI. and his descendants.
Ebenezer was married in Feb. of 1836 in Orleans Co. NY to Ruth Rose b. Jan 30, 1820-d. May 2, 1905, Woodland, Barry Co., MI. Ruth was the daughter of Benjamin Rose and Sarah Hamilton.
Ebenezer and Ruth's children were:
1.Truman, a Civil war veteran, b. Now 10,1836 in Carlton Orleans Co.,NY and d.Aug 20, 1895 in Grand Rapids , Kent Co. MI. Truman married Cordelia Pike.
2.Sarah Jane, who died at 5 yrs.
3.James Henry, a Civil War veteran b. 12/2/1843 in Woodland, MI. d. 9/19/1919. at Woodland MI. James Henry married Julia Woodmansee.
4.Marilla Jane or June b. 9/22/1846 at Woodland MI. d, 8/27/1888. She married William Jordan.
5.Judge Marvin b. 10/30/1849, Woodland MI-d.3/9/1885
5.Willard b. 7/27/1852-Woodland MI-d.11/5/1925 -Woodland MI. Willard married Martha Coolbaugh.
6.Almina b. 9/13/1854-Woodland Mi-d. 9/7/1913-Kalamazoo co. MI. Almina was married to Arthur Miller, Joseph Smith, and Alvah Colwes.
7.Calvin b. 8/21/1857 Woodland,MI-d. 1921-Big Rapids, MI. Calvin married Mary Hitt.
8.Ardella b. 4/10/1860-Woodland, MI. Ardella married Martin Curtis of Reed City Mi,
9.Edward A. Sawdy b. 7/28/1864-Woodland, MI -d. 1/1/1915 at Ann Arbor MI, Washtenaw Co. Edward married Flora Isabell Hopkins.

Will freely exchange information.

Dick Baith


Looking for information on the family of Jan W. and Jennetje NEVENZEL. In 1880 they were in Allegan County. Their children were: Jan b. 1861, Gerrit b. 1867, Jan W. b. 1871 and Jennetje b. 1875. Parents are believed to have been born in Holland and the children in Michigan. Any information on this family would be appreciated.

Judy Palmaffy


I have several letters written by my grandmother, Emma Eliza (Shattuck) Shaw referring to her step-daughter Nellie Shaw. It seems that Nellie was staying with or boarding at Mrs. LaBarre's. By the letters, it almost seems like it may have been some kind of school. The time frame would be around 1877. My main interest is tracking down Nellie M. Shaw. But if I could find out more about this Mrs. LaBarre it could help find Nellie.
Thank you-Judy Palmaffy

Sandy Carneiro


I am looking for info on Alanson Powers who bought land in Kent County around the area of Walker/Grand Rapids border -date signed was November 10, 1841.
He or members of his family later moved to NY and then to Ozaukee County area, Wisconsin.
He is the great grandfather of my grandfather.

Diane Bollert


Anthony A. Majchrzak b. 1852-Skorzencin, Poland, immigrated in 1881.
Petronella Sarbok b. 1858-Warsaw, Poland, immigrated in 1880.
Their children were all born in Grand Rapids:
Vincent, b. 1883, Frank b. 1885, Bronislava (Bernice) b. 1888, Thomas b. 1889, Anthony b. 1891, and Theresa b. 1896.
were Petronella and Anthony married?
The children married:
I am seeking marriage dates for all.
Would like to hear from any descendants.

Diane Bassette Nelson


I am looking for information on the Ari Sheffer family who lived in Grand Rapids, Kent Co, MI from approx. 1840 to approx. 1860. One son should be Ira W. Sheffer (my great-grandfather). The family moved from New York State to Ill. about 1860. Any help (census, land, death records?) would be appreciated.

Judy Palmaffy


Looking for information on Charles and / or Emma Eliza (Shattuck) Shaw. They married in Sparta, MI in 1875 and lived in Sparta, Alleyton, Lisbon, and Newaygo from 1875 until 1879-80 when they moved to Petoskey, MI. Charles died in Petoskey in 1899. Before his marriage to Emma, Charles married Mary Ellen (Thorp(e)). They had 5 children; Walter, George, Melvin, Charles, and Nellie. Mary Ellen (Ellen) died in 1874 in Alleyton, MI. Before her marriage to Charles, Emma Eliza Shattuck was a school teacher in Sparta, MI.

Gwenn (Van Loozenoord) Welsch


I am seeking information on the family of my grandmother Wilhelmina (Minnie) (Oose) Van Loozenoord, b. March 28, 1892, d. November 22,1982 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co. MI. She had a brother, John Oossee, and probably a sister married to Peter Meerman. I am searching for information on parents and siblings. Any information is welcome.

Pat Hamilton


I am looking for information on Mary Mabore. Born March 24, 1892 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
I would be grateful for any assistance.

Pat Hamilton
Racine, Wisconsin

J. Wierengo


I am looking for info on my two relatives listed below.
Henry Homfeld came to Grand Rapids in the 1880's.
Herbert Koster died in the 1960's, I think, and was married to Elizabeth Wierengo.

Pat Ellis


Looking for any and all information on these surnames:

Jeanne Browning

Looking for information on a
Mother of Reka Vandenberg who Married Garrit BODE.
She should have been born around 1840 and lived around the Holland/Fremont area. I would like her first name, dates, and parents along with her three husband's full names.
thank you

Katherine White


Seeking any information on the following family:
Samuel Beach of Aston, Yorkshire married Harriet Treadwell, also of Yorkshire. They had the following children:
Samuel born. c. 1833, Charles born c. 1834, William born c. 1836.

The family emigrated to the US in 1842, settling in Syracuse, NY. Moved to Calhoun Co., MI in 1843 then to Ada. Twp., Kent Co., MI in 1845 where they bought land and settled. Samuel Sr. died in 1848 and his wife Harriet died in 1870.
In 1857, Samuel Jr. married Emily Findlay (born c. 1836), daughter of John and Ann of Scotland. They had the following children:

Gertrude M. born August 18,1860, m. William Collar
Theodore E. born July 27, 1836 m. M.J. Schenck
Mina E. born July 18, 1870
Roscoe born April 16, 1877

The other son William -m. Harriet Fountain and they eventually moved and settled in the Kalamazoo Co, MI area. Nothing is known on the son Charles.

I would appreciate any information on these families and would gladly share what I have.

A J Garry


Looking for information on a Hurley Stoken who lived in Grand Rapids MI. His death benefit was sent to either Grant or Newaygo, Newaygo Co. MI. His son was the father of my daughter in law. Her father died in Viet Nam when she was about 4 months old.

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