You can read about Belle Lamunion, 1864-1848, and her amazing box of family memories here. Belle married Henry H Fellows, 1858-1905 in 1879 in Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michigan. This series of posts will center around the items that were in the box. If you are related to this family, please contact me.
I’ll update this cast of characters as I post the items from Belle’s box. If I’ve missed someone, let me know .
Abbott, Mary Jane
1836-1911, wife of George Washington Burdick, mother of Susie Melissa, Fink Clement, Mable Genevieve and Gertie (died young).
Bazzett, Paul Ronald
1912-1995. Husband of Barbara L. Plotts, a grand-niece of Belle.
Behrmann, Alice and John
Residents of Colfax township, Wexford County, Michigan, neighbors of Belle.
1847-ca 1936. Husband of Elizabeth Lamunion, brother-in-law of Belle. He was the son of Asahel Bisard and Emily Salisbury.
1902-1998. Ione was the only child of Lewis F. Bisard, a granddaughter of Elizabeth Lamunion and Franklin Bisard, grand-neice of Belle.
Bisard, Lewis Franklin “Lew”
1874-1940. Son of Elizabeth Lamunion and Franklin Bisard, nephew of Belle.
1860-1928 was a son of George W. Burdick and Mary J. Abbott, a brother of Susie M. Burdick.
Burdick, George Washington
1827-1914, born in New York, arrived in Colfax, Wexford County, Michigan about 1870. His grandson, Ross P. Fenton married Belle’s daughter, Edna Fellows.
Burdick, Harry LaVille.
1890-1965, was the son of Fink and Cora Hall Burdick; nephew of Susie Burdick. He was a neighbor of Belle and Charlie in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan. His wife’s name was Vernice.
Burdick, Susie Melissa
1856-1931, Belle’s daughter, Edna, married Susie’s son, Ross P. Fenton.
Burdick, Mable Genevieve
1868-1964, Susie Burdick’s sister, daughter of George W. Burdick and Mary J. Abbott.
Burgess, Alfred A. (Andy)
1889-1972. Husband of Hazel Fellows, and son-in-law of Belle.
Burgess, Rachel Belle
1916-1997, daughter of Hazel Fellows and husband Alfred Burgess, granddaughter of Belle
Carter, Albertio R “Bert”
1878-1963, brother of Andrew Jackson Carter. Andrew Carter was married to Emily Lamunion, Belle’s sister.
Carter, Andrew Jackson
1854-1942. Husband of Emily Lamunion, Belle’s sister; therefore, he was Belle’s brother-in-law.
Carter, Claude C.
1895-1967, son of Emily Lamunion Carter, nephew of Belle. He married three times, to Vera McKinley in 1925, to Genevieve Charles in 1932 and to Bessie Caulkins in 1936.
Carter, Ferris Coulton
1897-1975, son of Emily Lamunion Carter, nephew of Belle. Married Goldia Willbrant in 1922.
Carter, Huldah Aurilla
1893-1977, daughter of Emily Lamunion and Andrew J. Carter, Belle’s niece. Claude, Ferris and Laila were her siblings. Huldah married Len C. Terwilliger in 1917, they had no known children. Huldah was the holder of the Lamunion bible in 1975 when two researchers of the family visited her in Grand Rapids and transcribed some entries on the family pages.
Carter, Laila May
1890-1958, daughter of Emily Lamunion and Andrew J. Carter, she was Belle’s niece. Claude, Ferris and Huldah were her siblings. Lila married Warren Burke Plotts.
Carter, William Wallace
1838-1911, brother of Andrew Jackson Carter, husband of Belle’s sister, Emily Lamunion. He married Hanna Louise Cox.
Cox, Hannah Louise
1845-1900, wife of William Wallace Carter, sister-in-law of Emily Lamunion Carter, Belle’s sister.
Cox, Vernice Marie
1893-1990 married Harry L. Burdick about 1916.
Eichenberger, Walter, Helen and Eugene
Neighbors of the Tinker family according to the 1920 census of Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan.
Fellows, Bertha P. “Bert”
1884-?, Belle’s oldest known child, She married Charles B. (Bert) Gilbert in 1902 in Manton, Wexford County, Michigan. Little is known about her beyond that. Nothing is known of her probable daughter, Berlie Gilbert, who is residing with her father and a step-mother at the time of the 1910 census of Cedar Creek Township, Wexford County, Michigan.
1891-1954, the sixth child of Henry and Belle. She married, in 1909, Hiram H. Smith, 1875-1952 and they were the parents of two children. Only one survived to adulthood.
Fellows, Edna Rose
1892-1950, the seventh child of Henry and Belle. She married, in Wexford County, Michigan on September 11, 1909, Ross P. Fenton, 1884-1957. They were the parents of six children.
Fellows , Hazel
1894-1967, Belle’s eighth known child, the fifth and last daughter. She married Alfred A. (Andy) Burgess on 12 July 1914 in Fife Lake, Grand Traverse County, Michigan.
Fellows, Frank Abner
1895-1969, Belle’s ninth and last known child. He married Lila Mable Longstreet in 1914, and again in 1920.
Henry Fellows, 1858-1905, married on 16 August 1879, in Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michigan Belle Lamunion. The couple resided on various farms and in logging camps in Newaygo County, Michigan before relocating to Wexford County Michigan. Their move may have been after their youngest son’s birth in 1895.
Fellows, Loren W.
1920-1986, Belle’s grandson, the son of Frank and Lila M. (Longstreet) Fellows. He married Edith Elaine Watson in 1942.
1885- , second of nine know children of Belle Lamunion and Henry Fellows. She married at least twice, to Eugene Featherly/Fetherly in 1901 and to Benjamin Bush in 1909. One known child, Dorothy F. Featherly, 1901-1945.
Fenton, Alfred T.
1887-1981, a son of John P. Fenton and his wife, Susie M. Burdick. Married Hazel Christine Goff, after she died, married Hazel Jeanette Tossey.
Fenton, Ethel or Ethol May
1878-1879, infant of John P and Susie Burdick Fenton who died young.
Fenton, Frank Alfred
1915-1994, son of Edna Fellows and husband Ross P. Fenton, Belle’s grandson.
Fenton, George Emerson
1912-2001, son of Edna Fellows and husband Ross P. Fenton, Belle’s grandson.
Fenton, Irving William
1881-1883, child of John P and Susie Burdick Fenton who died young.
1910-1999, daughter of Edna Fellows and husband Ross P. Fenton, Belle’s granddaughter.
1910-1912 . Son of Alfred T. Fenton and Hazel Christine Goff.
1873-?, adopted daughter of John P. Fenton and his wife, Susie M. Burdick.
Fenton, Ross P.
1884-1957, son of Susie Melissa Burdick and John P. Fenton, married Edna Rose Fellows on 11 September 1909 in Wexford County, Michigan, son-in-law of Belle. Half-sister of Lila Mable Longstreet, and brother-in-law of Frank Fellows.
Freund, Frank (Family)
Resided Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan and vicinity. Neighbors of Belle. Surnames Schutte, Ekholm, Manly, Schmidt, Swan are also associated with this family.
Goff, Hazel Christine
1881-1910. Wife of Alfred T. Fenton, a sister-in-law of two of Belle’s children, Edna and Frank
Goldsmith, Orlander (Family)
Resided Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan in 1930. Neighbors of the Belle and Charlie.
Harden, Murta Nye
With her husband, William, and their family, neighbors of Belle and Charlie Tinker according to the 1920 census.
Family of Miranda Jones, Belle’s mother. But wait, there are more, I’m discovering new ones all the time. As of 29 Oct 2008 I have information on a variety of Jones (and I can’t keep up) Ha!:
Ann ?, wife of Robert V. Jones
Benjamin F., proposed brother of Miranda
Clara, daughter of Hezakiah and Harriet
Edwin R., son of Robert V. and Ann
Eliza ?, wife of Benjamin F.
Francis E., child of Benjamin and Eliza
G.W., a sender of several postcards. Brother of Miranda Jones, addressed Belle as “niece”
Harriett ?, wife of Hezkiah
Hezakiah (Kaih), child of Robert V. and Ann. His wife was Harriett “Hattie” Corkins.
Ida Belle, daughter of Robert V and Ann. Married someone named Jeffers
Merritt W., son of Benjamin and Eliza
Robert V. Jones, proposed brother of Miranda
1821-about 1872. Wife of Rescum/Ruscum Lamunion/Lemunyon. Belle’s mother. Born in New York and died in Michigan, probably Allegan County.
Jones,, George Perry
1901-1947, son of Mable Genevieve Burdick and Milo Jones.
Lamunion, Benjamin F. “Bige”
1856-1892, brother of Belle, son of Ruscum Lamunion and Miranda Jones.
Lamunion, Bessie Ann
1885-1965, was the daughter of Merritt “Scott” Lamunion and his wife Adelia Widger, and a niece of Belle. She married several times, Claude Hammond in 1903; Elgie Stewart in 1910, and Lyman Morrison some time later.
Lamunion, (Clarisa/Clarey/Clara) Belle,
1864-1948 was born in New York and died in Wexford County Michigan. She was the youngest of eight known children of Rescum/Ruscum/Rascum LeMunyon, 1807-1891, and his wife Marinda Jones, 1821-? She was known as Belle throughout her life. She married twice, to Henry Fellows and to Charlie Tinker.
Lamunion, Elizabeth L.
1846-1930 was born in New York. She was the oldest of eight known children of Rescum/Ruscum/Rascum LeMunyon, 1807-1891, and his wife Marinda Jones, 1821-? Elizabeth married, in 1872, Franklin Bisard. They were the parents of one child, Lewis Franklin Bisard.
Lamunion, Emily Alcinda/Malinda “Em”
1858-1945, Sibling number six of the known children of Rescum/Ruscum/Rascum LeMunyon. She married, perhaps in 1876, Andrew Jackson Carter, 1854-1942. The Carters resided continuously in Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michigan and were the parents of four known children: Laila May, Huldah Aurilla, Claude C., and Ferris Coulton.
Lamunion, Glen Azel
1884-1940, son of Merritt “Scott” Lamunion and Emma Adelia Widger, nephew of Belle.
Lamunion, Jack H.
1891-1913, son of Merritt “Scott” Lamunion and Emma Adelia Widger, nephew of Belle.
Lamunion, Mary Ann
1850-1899 was born in New York and died in Michigan. She was the second born of eight known children of Rescum/Ruscum/Rascum LeMunyon, 1807-1891, and his wife Marinda Jones, 1821-? Elizabeth married, in 1874, John H. Murray. John and Mary Ann were the parents of 6 known children: Arthur, William H. “Will”, Eliza/Louisa J., Ina Bell/Belle, George B., and Etta May.
Lamunion, Maude Belle
1889-1975, daughter of Merritt “Scott” Lamunion and Emma Adelia Widger, niece of Belle.
Lamunion, Merritt Winfield “Scott”
(1851-1935) Born New York, died in Michigan. Married Emma Adelia Widger about 1876, parents of 7 known children: Ray Lester, Glen Azel, Bessie Ann, Olive Josephine, Maude Belle, Jack H., and Nellie May.
Lamunion, Olive Josephine
(1862-1882) Sibling of Belle, married Wallace Tuffs or Tufts. One daughter Lula May lived only 5 years.
1887-1973 Daughter of Merritt “Scott” and wife Emma Widger.
Lamunion, or Lemunyon (many other spellings), Ruscum/Rescum
Belle’s father. Born in New York, perhaps in 1807, probably died in Michigan, August 1891. Son of Howard Lemunyon and Martha Fish according to unverified sources. Use this information at your own risk.
Letherby, Lester F. and Jennie
Resided in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan at the time of the Federal census of 1920 and 1930, neighbors.
Longstreet, Harmon Henry
1848-1931, married the widow of Ross P. Fenton, Susie M. Burdick Fenton, in 1893.
Longstreet, Lila Mable
1894-1961, daughter of Harmon H. Longstreet and Susie Melissa Burdick, wife of Frank Fellows and daughter-in-law of Belle.
Marquart, Esther M.
1920-1997, married Henry Z. Smith, a grandson of Belle.
1882-1914, was the wife of Lewis F. Bisard. She was the daughter of Charles B. and Ida Miller. The Millers cared for her daughter Ione at least some of the time after she passed away in 1914.
Murray, John H.
(ca 1847-2 April 1922) Husband of Mary Ann Lamunion, a brother-in-law of Belle.
Murray, Louisa J or Eliza
(1876-1960) Daughter of Mary Ann Lamunion and her husband John H. Murray, niece of Belle.
Murray, Ina Bell or Belle
(1878-1964) Daughter of Mary Ann Lamunion and her husband John H. Murray, niece of Belle.
Murray, Etta May
(1883-1964) Daughter of Mary Ann Lamunion and her husband John H. Murray, niece of Belle.
Plotts, Barbara L.
1920-1998. Daughter of Laila Carter and Warren Plotts, a grand niece of Belle. Her husband was Paul Ronald Bazzett.
Plotts, Warren Burke
1891-1858. Husband of Laila M. Carter.
ca 1910-, son of Etta May Murray, grandson of Mary Ann Lamunion, grand nephew of Belle.
Neighbors of Belle in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan.
Smith, Henry Zachariah
1918-1986, son of Eunice Fellows and Hiram H. Smith, grandson of Belle. He married Esther M. Marquart, and lived in Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan.
Smith, Hiram H.
1875-1952 married Eunice Fellows 20 April 1909. He was the son of Zachariah C. Smith and Harriet Filson of the Fife Lake area.
ca 1882-1939, second husband of Bessie Ann Lamunion.
Terwilliger, Len C.
1893-1968. Husband of Huldah A. Carter, a nephew of Belle by marriage.
Tossey, Hazel Jeanette
1898-1990. Wife of Alfred T. Fenton, a sister-in-law of two of Belle’s children, Edna and Frank.
Watson, Edith Elaine
1923-1985. Edith married Loren W. Fellows in 1942, she was Belle’s granddaughter-in-law.
A resident of Liberty Township, Wexford County, Michigan in 1920. Charlie Tinker did some work for him.
1902-1955. Wife of Ferris C. Carter.