Jan 21

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 89 page 582

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

Date: 29 April 1915
Liber: 89
Page: 582
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Harmon H. Longstreet
Grantee: Susie M. Longstreet
Witnesses: Horace H. Hogue, Vera B. Hogue
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 30 April 1915
Clerk/registrar: Slack
Location of land: Colfax
Consideration: $1 and other valuable consideration
Notes: Harmon granting his wife 1/2 interest in his property.
Description: S 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 AND N 12/ of NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 both Sect 16; AND SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 Sec 9 All in T23N R10W

According to the dower laws of Michigan, Harmon’s wife Susie was entitled to one-third of his property after his death. Harmon Longstreet must have wanted Susie to have half of the property, so he granted it to her legally.

This drawing constructed from the 1908 Atlas1 of Wexford County shows the holdings of Harmon Longstreet in Wexford County. The Atlas names the owner as “Herman” instead of “Harmon”.

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  1. Geo. A. Ogle & Co., Standard atlas of Wexford County, Michigan : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county…patrons directory, reference business directory…/ assisted in record work and platting by E. A. Losie. Geo. A. Ogle & Co. (Chicago, IL : Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1908), page 45, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928168.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.

Jan 20

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 97 page 632

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

 

Date: 13 October 1922
Liber: 97
Page: 632
Location: Manton, Michigan
Grantor: Harmon Longstreet & Susie M. Longstreet of Manton, Michigan
Grantee: Frank C. Howe & Sarah Howe Of Manton, MI
Witnesses: George A. Longstreet, Jno A. Muche
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 13 Jun 1923
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Manton
Consideration: $300
Notes: Deed Restriction: Second Parties agree that said premises will not be used before April 14, 1929 for the business of General photography or maintaining a photograph gallery.
Description: Description: Lot 26, Manton

This transaction reverses the “sale” of Lot 26 in Manton which occurred on the deed recorded in Liber 97 page 369. Yesterday’s post was about that deed.

I guess that Frank and Sarah Howe needed a loan in January 1921. It cost $50 for them to borrow $250 for just a period of about 22 months! This type of loan was far more common that I could have imagined. I had not realized what was happening until I began to write about transactions, and compare land descriptions.

There was less buying and selling, and more loaning with property given as security.

Jan 19

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 97 page 369

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

Date: 4 Jan 1921
Liber: 97
Page: 369
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Frank Howe & Sarah C. Howe his wife, of Manton, Wexford, Michigan
Grantee: Harmon H. Longstreet and Susie M. Longstreet of Manton, Wexford, Michigan
Witnesses: N.A. Reynolds, Linda K. Reynolds
Type of deed: warranty
Rec’d and recording: 25 June 1821
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Manton, Michigan
Consideration: $250.00
Notes: Deed Restriction: Second Parties agree that said premises will not be used before April 14, 1929 for the business of General photography or maintaining a photograph gallery.
Description: Lot 26, Manton

Susie Burdick Fenton Longstreet’s niece, Etoile, was married to Charles B. “Bert” Howe. It is possible that the Frank Howe who sold this lot to Harmon and Susie was somehow related to that family, but I have no evidence that he was.

This lot is from the original town plat of Manton, I have illustrated the location on a section of the old 1889 atlas 1. You can click the thumbnail to view an enlarged version.

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It is possible to take a look at the current configuration of this area in Google maps. Depot Street has been re-named State Street since this atlas was printed, and what was known as Seaman Ave is now Michigan Avenue (old US 131). Keep in mind that lot 26 is the third lot north of the corner of Rose and State Street.


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E.L. Hayes & Co., Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan / compiled by Eli L. Hayes from government surveys, county and township records, and personal investigations and observations , Eli L. Hayes, (Chicago, Ill.: E.L. Hayes & Co., 1889), 21; digital images, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 7 January 2010.

Jan 18

Doing Nothing?

Well, from the number of posts I have made so far this year, it may appear that I am doing nothing, at least blog-wise. But I have been working on a few little things.

I have updated my land record index, so it contains all the deeds I have described so far. It has turned out to be a little harder to keep up than I had anticipated. I hope to update this weekly, but not as weakly as I have so far this year, in the future.

Happy Monday!

Jan 16

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Remember When?

Randy, over a GeneaMusings has posted his weekly SNGF challenge!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music!), is:

1) Remember when you were 12 years old? On a summer day out of school? What memory do you have of fun activities?

2) Tell us about that memory (just one – you can do more later if you want to) in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook.

I have many more memories of the summer after my 7th grade year, when I was twelve. That is because it was my first year in a new town after my parents divorced. Unfortunately, they are general, rather than specific memories. Children of divorce ride a roller coaster of emotion, and I was very unsettled and upset, and had a lot of many ups and downs.

When my parents separated during the previous summer, we three children had no idea what was going on. I had never even met anyone who had divorced parents, and I had never heard the word, divorce. I know it is hard to imagine in this day and age, but that is the truth. My mother was a strong, independent person, so she followed the logic I remember so well, and headed off to a new town and a chance for higher education at the University there. The move was sixty-five miles, and Mom did it herself, using a U-haul and we children helped load and unload. I was 11, one brother 10, and our youngest brother was 5. We moved beds, dressers, and box after box of other items all by ourselves.

Things were radically different in my new town. All my old friends were far away and long gone from my life. No one knew who I was, and no one cared. We lived in an upstairs apartment, much different from my two story home in my old town. Mom, who was attending the university just two blocks from our home, became engrossed in her classes and I felt much like an afterthought. Dad never called, and we rarely visited his home in our old town. It was as if he had disappeared.

After being the “new kid” all year at school, I had settled in a little. That first summer in my new home I remember the organized activities at a local elementary school. The school was open for set hours each day, and kids dropped in and took advantage of planned activities. I played kickball, basketball, foursquare and jump rope. During these long summer days, I had fun and met many children from the neighborhood. I remember feeling terrible when the weekend rolled around, since there were no activities at the school on Saturday.

Thanks to all the volunteers, aids and parents who make drop in centers and open gyms available for children’s activities. Those tough days of my twelfth summer were enriched by some very caring adults.

Jan 16

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 87 page 628

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

Date: 16 Nov 1918
Liber: 87
Page: 628
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Walter Britton
Grantee: Alfred T Fenton and Hazel J. Fenton of Detroit
Witnesses: George Soper, Ben Soper
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 25 Nov 1918
Clerk/registrar: Slack
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, MI
Consideration: $1500
Notes:
Description: E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 Sect 5 T23N R10W

Alfred Thurston Fenton married Hazel Janette Tossey on 20 February 1917. An old family history states that the first two children of this couple were born in Lansing, Ingham, Michigan. This seems likely, since the family was enumerated in Lansing on the 1920 census1, where Alfred was listed as a “Varnish Rubber, Auto Co. I guess Detroit and Lansing were just one big far away place to some residents of Wexford County, even in 1918.

This purchase was in Alfred’s home neighborhood. You can enlarge the thumbnail, made from the 1914 Atlas2 of Wexford County, to see the purchased land and some of the neighbors land better.

The red outline represents the purchase on this deed. The blue X at the township line marks the land originally purchased by George Burdick in the township; George was Alfred Fenton’s maternal grandfather. The blue squares mark property along 29 1/4 road which was owned by Harmon H. and Susie Longstreet. Susie was Alfred’s mother.

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Edited on 26 January 2010 to correct the outline of the land described in the deed.

  1. “1920 US Federal Census”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2010), entry for Alfred Fenton, [b.] 1887/1888, page 12A, Ward 3, Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan.
  2. Standard Map Company., Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan : containing complete maps of all townships, names of property owners, maps of the county, city of Cadillac, United States and State of Michigan., Standard Map Company., Cadillac Evening News (Firm) (Cadillac, Mich.: Cadillac Evening News, c1914), page 20, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928167.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.

Jan 15

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 48 page 160

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

 

Date: 24 May 1876
Liber: 48
Page: 160
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: George Fenton
Grantee: John P. Fenton
Witnesses: George S. Sloat, Amelia E. Sloat
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 4 Feb 1931
Clerk/registrar: Oscar Johnson
Location of land: Cedar Creek Township, Wexford County, Michigan
Consideration: $175.00
Notes: George Fenton was John P. Fenton’s younger brother
Description: S 1/2 of NE 1/4 Section 12 T23N R9W

Wow, I have see a few transactions, I for this description, and some for parts of it. I will refer to they by the form: Liber-Page, link to my previous post on each, and give a summary.

11-327 – John P and George Fenton purchase some rights to the S 1/2 of the NE 1/4 from Willis Gladding. Executed 17 July 1875, recorded 31 May 1881.

3-219 – Eliza John Fenton perfects the homestead claim made by her late husband, John to the S 1/2 of the NE 1/4.

6-404 – Land grant deed recorded in Wexford County, Michigan records, the S 1/2 of the NE 1/4. Recorded 3 March 1876

48-160 – This record, George Fenton sells some rights to the S 1/2 of the NE 1/4 to John Fenton. Executed 24 May 1876. Recorded 4 Feb 1931

7-25 – John P. and Susie Fenton sell the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 to Samuel Carpenter. Executed 9 July 1877. Recorded 11 July 1877

7-26 – John P. and Susie Fenton sell the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 to Samuel Carpenter. Executed 1 July 1877. Recorded 11 July 1877

8-561 – Eliza John Fenton Thurston sells some rights to the the S 1/2 of the NE 1/4 to John P. Fenton. Executed 2 July 1878. Recorded 24 July 1878

8-562 – John P. and Susie Fenton sell the S 1/2 of the NE 1/4 to Coulter & Walter of St. Johns Michigan. Executed 15 May 1878. Recorded 29 May 1880.

If this does not give you a headache, nothing will. I suspect there may be some answers in the mortgage books, which I have not looked at. Perhaps Willis Gladding had loaned John or Eliza money, or Willis Galdding had also made a claim to the land. When George Fenton signed off of the property, John P. must have held the deed and not recorded it.

John P. Fenton died 23 March 1891 in Hamlin, Audubon, Iowa. George Fenton died 29 April 1916 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Their remaining sibling, Salina “Lina” Fenton Watson died 7 June 1939 in Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan.

I checked through the records I have for many descendents, and the only date I could find close to 4 February 1931 was the 1 April 1931 marriage of Mary Eliza Fenton Jenkins to Harry J. Houghtalin. Mary Eliza was a daughter of John P. and Susie Fenton. Perhaps during her divorce, subsequent re-marriage, or while cleaning and moving that may have accompanied her re-marriage, Mary found the unrecorded deed and took it to the courthouse. I do know that Mary’s descendents are in possession of an archive of letters written by Susie M. Burdick Fenton to her Michigan family, as transcriptions were provided with a family history. Mary may have held other historic papers, also.

I also find that Susie Burdick Fenton Longstreet died on 20 December 1931. Her second husband, Harmon H. Longstreet died 28 June 1931. It may be that the deed was among deeds and possessions of the Longstreets, and was found when Harmon became ill and close to death. It is common for people to organize their affairs when they become elderly and or sick.

In any event, the deed which cleared George Fenton’s claim to the property was recorded many years years after John sold the property to Coulter & Walter.

Jan 14

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 35 page 78

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

Date: 28 Nov 1892
Liber: 35
Page: 78
Location: Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Grantor: Alfred L. Thurston of Kingsley, Grand Traverse, MI
Grantee: William A. Longstreet of Colfax, Wexford, MI
Witnesses: John N. Calhoun, Wm Watson
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 21 Dec 1892 1:30 p.m.
Clerk/registrar: Samuel J. Wall
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford MI
Consideration: $400.00
Notes: Alfred Thurston married Eliza John Fenton on 10 Oct 1873
Description: SW 1/4 of the NW 1/2 Section 16 T23N R10W

This description is along 29 1/4 road in Colfax township. Twenty-nine mile road and has been reconfigured slightly since this old 1889 atlas1 was published. Currently the road approximately follows the route of my blue line. It curves to the east while traveling down a hill, and continues north on the section line. At the section line, the name of the road becomes 29 1/4.

Some of the land in the quarter-section is still owned by descendants of John and Eliza Fenton. If you click and enlarge this thumbnail, you will see that W.G. Watson owned the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 at the time the atlas was printed. Watson was the husband of Salina Fenton, a daughter of John and Eliza. I do not know when this land was purchased by the Fentons or Thurstons. Either I missed the transaction because it was in the name Thurston, or I haven’t come to the top of the pile yet.

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  1. E.L. Hayes & Co., Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan / compiled by Eli L. Hayes from government surveys, county and township records, and personal investigations and observations , Eli L. Hayes, (Chicago, Ill.: E.L. Hayes & Co., 1889), page 29; digital images, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.

Jan 13

Happy 101 Award

Happy 101 Award-1 Sweet Friends

Thanks for MiriamCathy, and Cyndi for this award. In conjunction with this honor, I am to list ten things that make me happy, and nominate ten blogs for the award.

Ten things that make me happy:

  1. Warm (not hot, not cold) weather.My family, especially my grandchildren.
  2. Friendly people.
  3. New internet cousins to share research results and chores with.
  4. Going anywhere except shopping.
  5. A day of bluegrass music.
  6. A day in a library or archives.
  7. A cat on my lap.
  8. A good book and a quiet corner
  9. My garden
  10. Finishing anything.

Ten nominations are nearly impossible, since this award has been around a while, Even reading 300+ blogs like I do, it is almost impossible to find someone who does not have it already. I’m skipping that, with apologies to those who were missed!

Jan 12

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 11 page 237

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 Fenton ancestors who resided in Wexford County, Michigan.

 

Date: 17 July 1875
Liber: 11
Page: 237
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Willis A. Gladding, of Cedar Creek, Wexford County, Michigan
Grantee: John P. Fenton and George Fenton of Cedar Creek township, county and state aforesaid
Witnesses: Ezra Hager, John Hager
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 31 May 1881, 3 p.m.
Clerk/registrar: Thorp
Location of land: Wexford Co, MI
Consideration: $350
Notes: I missed recording the signer of this instrument, should be John and Susie.
Description: S 1/2 of NE 1/4 Sec 12 T23N R9W

John and George Fenton purchased this eighty in 1875, according to this deed, which was not recorded until 1881. The land is illustrated on this drawing from the old 1889 atlas1. Why the deed showing the purchase of the land was not recorded until 1881 is beyond me. Perhaps it was forgotten.

On the deed recorded in Liber 7 page 25, on 11 July 1877, which was executed on 9 July 1877, John P. Fenton and Susie Fenton sold the east forty of this eighty acres. That land is outlined in red on my map. On the deed recorded in Liber 7 page 26, on 11 July 1877, and executed on 1 July 1877, John P. and Susie sold the west forty of the eighty acres. Both pieces were sold to Samuel Carpenter, who owned only the east forty when the information for the 1889 atlas was gathered. Maybe the fact that the Fenton’s purchase was not recorded was discovered when Carpenter sold the land, perhaps to the 1889 owner, Sarah Abbott.

Somewhere, there should be a quit claim deed in favor of John Fenton from George Fenton for the 80 acres, since John could not legally sell it without such an instrument.

 

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  1. E.L. Hayes & Co., Atlas of Wexford County, Michigan / compiled by Eli L. Hayes from government surveys, county and township records, and personal investigations and observations , Eli L. Hayes, (Chicago, Ill.: E.L. Hayes & Co., 1889), page 19; digital images, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.

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