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.
This is the earliest record I have for a deed containing the surname Fellows as a grantor or grantee in Newaygo County, Michigan.
|Date:||14 July 1859|
|Location:||Newaygo Co., MI|
|Grantor:||John Foster of Casnovia township, Ottawa Co., MI|
|Grantee:||Erastus Fellows, of Ashland, Newaygo, MI|
|Witnesses:||E.L. Gray, J.H. Standish|
|Type of deed:||Warranty|
|Rec’d and recording:||24 Sept 1859|
|Location of land:||Newaygo Co.|
W 1/2 of NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec 13 T11N R13W 20 acres
Every document I have relating to the Fellows family in Newaygo indicates that Ashland township, was their home. Lucky for me, Township 11 North, Range 13 West is Ashland township.
Section 13 is located just north of Grant. The “State Road”, later called M-37, and the railroad run directly through the township. I have reviewed several old railroad maps of Michigan, and although I have not found on for 1859, I do not believe the railroad was built through the area until later. Here is a outline showing township locations.
When I consulted the the 1880 atlas1, the earliest Newaygo County Atlas which was available on-line, I easily found the area where the Fellows families lived. You can enlarge the thumbnail, if you wish. The 20 acres purchased by Erastus in 1859 were owned by J.L. Chase when the information for the 1880 atlas was gathered. I also noticed that Henry H. Fellows owned land in section 13 in 1880.
- C. O. Titus, Atlas of Newaygo County, Michigan / compiled and drawn for the publisher by E. L. Hayes ; H. H. Avery, assistant, W. B. Patterson, assistant. (Philadelphia, PA : C.O. Titus c1880), page 41, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.