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 . This group pertain to Papa’s Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.
|Date:||22 May 1896|
|Location:||Newaygo Co., MI|
|Grantor:||Henry H. Fellows & Belle Fellows his wife of Grant, Newaygo Co., MI|
|Grantee:||Albert G. Day of Grant village & County of Newaygo|
|Witnesses:||John Bailey, John A. McKinley|
|Type of deed:||Warranty|
|Rec’d and recording:||25 May 1896|
|Location of land:||Grant Twp., Newaygo Co., MI|
|Consideration:||$25 and other valuable consideration|
|Description:||NE 1/4 of NE 1/4 Sec 7 T11N R12W|
This deed states, “Reserving all crops now in the ground that can be harvested before 1 November 1896 and possession of the house until 1 November 1896.”
This appears to be when Henry and Belle left Newaygo County and headed north. They would have been following the work available in the lumber woods. Although the family farmed, the men also worked in the woods in the winter. Belle and Henry and their children appear on the 1900 census of Orange Township, Kalkaska County, Michigan in the home of George McAfee. Henry was a “hired man”, and Belle and their oldest daughter Bertha are listed as servants. The other children who were old enough are “attending school.”
The location of this land is illustrated on the Ashland Township map from the old Newaygo County Atlas1 . Click thumbnail if you wish to enlarge the map.
- 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 27, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.