I am posting information gleaned from land records in the areas where our family’s ancestors resided. You can read more about this project in the overview. You may also check my deed record listing, which I will update frequently, but probably not every day. This group pertain to Papa’s Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.
|Date:||4 Sept 1867|
|Grantor:||Mary C. Mapes of Solon, Kent Co., MI Relect of Erastus Fellows late of Ashland, Newaygo, MI.|
|Grantee:||Joel B. Fellows of Clyde, Sandusky, OH|
|Type of deed:||Quit Claim|
|Rec’d and recording:||27 April 1879|
|Location of land:||Ashland Twp, Newaygo Co., MI|
|Notes:||This was a release of dower in favor of Joel B. Fellows.|
|Description:||W 12. of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 Section 13 T11N R13W|
Apparently Mary (Scofield) Fellows was paid to sign off her dower to Erastus’ land in Ashland, even though the proceeds benefited her sons, Henry H. (b. 1858) and Joel B. (b. 1860) Fellows.
It is significant to note that Mary and Samuel Mapes were married on 28 September 1865, not that long after the 15 March 1865 death of her husband Erastus Fellows. Mary’s brother-oss-law, and the executor to the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, Henry H. (b ca 1839) Fellows was a witness to the marriage of 43 year-old Mapes and 27-year-old widow Mary.
I do not know whether Mapes died, or the couple divorced, but by the time the 1870 census was recorded, Mary C. Mapes and daughter Ann A., age 2, were living in the household of Apollos Lambson in Ashland township, Newaygo County. Lampson was father-in-law to Henry H Fellows (b ca 1839). Mary’s son Henry H. Fellows was in the household of Henry H. Fellows (b ca 1939) and wife Melissa Lambson. The second child of Mary and Erastus, Joel B. Fellows, was living in the household of Oscar T. Blood and his wife Jane, also in Ashland Township, Newaygo County.
The location of this land is illustrated in relationship to the other deeds I have analyzed for these families, on the Ashland Township map from the old Newaygo County Atlas1. The deeds, marked in blue on the map are are:
- (Marked in red this is the land for which Mary was paid $78 to release the dower). W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 13 T11N R13W purchased by Erastus G. Fellows on 14 July 1859.
- NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 24 T11N R13W purchased by Henry H. Fellows (b. ca 1839), on 10 Dec 1861, recorded in 1876.
- (Marked in red this is the land for which Mary was paid $78 to release the dower). W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 13 T11N R13W purchased by Joel B. Fellows (b. ca 1820) on 4 March 1867 from the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, executor Henry H. Fellows (b. ca 1839) on 4 March 1867.
- W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 Sec 14 T11N R13W sold by Joel B. Fellows to Peter J. Fellows, both of Sandusky Co., OH. on 12 Aug 1865.
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