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.

Jan 09

A Little About The Bluegrass Community

People who have been listening to bluegrass and other acoustic music for many years already know, but I thought that the rest of you might like to hear about how a community can help it’s members. Recently, we have heard of many instances of musicians and fans helping out when help is needed. These stories of how the community of bluegrass rally around its members are not found in the mainstream press, it is up to us to share the love, the results, and the possibilities.

Two members of Don Rigsby’s band, Dale Vanderpool and Gerald Evans, Jr., are fighting cancer. A benefit spearheaded by Joe Mullins which was held on the weekend before Christmas raised some much needed funds for the men and their families. We were unable to attend, but the wonderful efforts of those responsible were never far from our hearts as we carried our our family plans the weekend of the benefit.

Yesterday, members of Andy Hamilton’s band, East Kentucky Grass, outlined their plans for a benefit for Andy, who is battling cancer. They emphasized the benefit over all else, and reminded us to keep Andy in our prayers.

Over Christmas break, the heart warming story of David McLaughlin’s hearing loss and how Claire Lynch jumped up to help him has been in the bluegrass headlines.

Papa and I were driving down a rather snowy I-75 on Friday morning, headed (where else?) for a bluegrass show in Perrysburg, Ohio, when an article detailing David McLaughlin’s response to Claire’s efforts hit my feed reader. I read David’s letter, which was posted on the Bluegrass Blog, out loud to Papa. I was pretty choked up by the end, and so was Papa.

These events remind me of the small town I grew up in; everyone loved and helped their neighbors. People took time to care what was happening, and participate. I hope the communities that you belong to and take part in are as warm and loving as the bluegrass community is!

Jan 08

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 9 page 559

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 July 1878
Liber: 9
Page: 559
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company a corporation of the State of Michigan and Indiana*
Grantee: Susie M. Fenton, of Manton, Wexford County, Michigan
Witnesses: Francis?, Wm. L. Howard
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 18 Nov 1880 8 a.m.
Clerk/registrar: C.J. Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford County, Michigan
Consideration: $25
Notes: exceptionally long company title of the Grantor, see below
Description: Lot #3, village of Manton, according to Plot except taxes for 1876 and 1877.

*The complete name of the Grantor from the deed:

The Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Company a corporation of the State of Michigan and Indiana respectively, and Yankton County Territory of Dakota for attorneys, and the Continental Improvement Company a Corporation of the State of Pennsylvania and George W. Cass, Trustee, State of New Your and Thomas A. Scott Trustee, State of Pennsylvania

The deed was signed by:

D. Darwin Hughes, Attorney in Fact
Trustee George W. Cass by William A. Howard, his Attorney in Fact
Trustee Thomas A. Scott by Wm. A. Howard, his Attorney if fact

This lot is currently described as Lot 3 in the Railroad Plat of the city of Manton. On the original Plat of Manton can be found in the Michigan Subdivision map search. When you review the plot, you will see that the same attorney signed the plat, on behalf of the same trustees and companies listed on this deed.

I cut just a small part of the drawing out, and here is lot 3. Although it is difficult to see from this small view, the lot is the third one north of South Street, along “Seaman Street”. Seamons Street is now Michigan Avenue, and also the old US 131 highway. You can enlarge this thumbnail by clicking on it.

lot 3 from plat

On this illustration, from the 1889 atlas1, you can see the lot, and the section lines and corners a little better. I drew along two of the defining streets. Main Street, which was M-42 and is now called 16 mile road on the north, and Seamons Street, now Michigan Avenue on the east. The south street was the south limit of the plat, and Randolph Street was the west limit. This is also a thumbnail

lot 3 from 1889 atlas

  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), 29; digital images, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 7 January 2010.

Jan 06

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 9 page 127

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: 7 June 1879
Liber: 9
Page: 127
Location: Wexford County, MI
Grantor: John Fenton & Susie Fenton of the township of Cedar Creek County of Wexford, state of Michigan
Grantee: Mary Higgins of the same Place
Witnesses: C.A. Lamb, A.J. Baudall
Type of deed: Quit Claim
Rec’d and recording: 13 June 1879
Clerk/registrar: C.J. Manktelow, Registrar
Location of land: Wexford County, Michigan
Consideration: $196.50
Notes:
Description: Lot 2 Block H of Seaman & Maquestons addition to the village of Cedar Creek, now Manton

The transaction recorded in Liber 7 page 497, of Wexford County Deeds shows that on 5 July 1878, John P. Fenton purchased interest in this property at a mortgage sale, for $183.50. It was an interesting purchase since Fenton was the mortgage holder, in addition to being the highest bidder at the mortgage sale.

Less than one year, later, Mary Higgins found the money to clear Fenton’s interest in her property. It appears that John P. Fenton and wife realized $13.00 less costs for their trouble.

A map showing the location of the lot is posted with the transaction in Liber 7 page 497.

Jan 02

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 9 page 27

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 Feb 1879
Liber: 9
Page: 27
Location: Wexford County Michigan
Grantor: John Fenton and Susie Fenton his wife of Wexford County, Michigan
Grantee: Lillie Sturr of Vandalia, County of Cass, State of Michigan
Witnesses: C.A. Lamb, Willis A. Galdding
Type of deed: Quit Claim
Rec’d and recording: 1 March 1879
Clerk/registrar: Manktelow
Location of land: Township of Greenville (sic), Wexford County, Michigan
Consideration: $25
Notes:
Description: S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 Sec 32 T24N R10W

John P. Fenton paid back taxes on this land, which is located in Greenwood Township, Wexford County, Michigan, totaling $18.01 on deeds recorded in liber 7 page 439 and liber 7 page 447 of Wexford County deeds. The recording dates for those deeds fell in May, 1878. Although I do not know what the recording, notary and other fees associated with these transactions might have been, the $25 John received from Lillie Sturr to “quit claim” on his tax deeds more that re-paid him for his efforts.

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I find it helpful to compare the value of money today to the value of the same dollar amount during our ancestors lives. It helps me put the value of estates, or other transactions. A good site for exploring that is Measuring Worth.

I entered the $7.99 that John P. Fenton realized for these two transactions on the site’s US calculator and received this result:

Current data is only available till 2008. In 2008, $7.99 from 1878 is worth
$177.90 using the Consumer Price Index
$164.11 using the GDP deflator
using the value of consumer bundle
$1,231.61 using the unskilled wage
$2,184.95 using the nominal GDP per capita
$13,770.61 using the relative share of GDP

I will need to think about that for a little while.

Jan 01

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 8 page 562

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: 15 May 1878
Liber: 8
Page: 562
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: John P. Fenton & Susie Fenton his wife of Manton, Wexford County MI
Grantee: F Bryan Coulter? and Samuel S. Walker comprising the firm of Coulter & Walter of St. Johns Michigan
Witnesses: C.A. Lamb, Thomas Hall
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 29 May 1880
Clerk/registrar: C.J. Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford County, Michigan
Consideration: $600
Notes: “except a certain mortgage executed by Eliza Thurston known as Eliza Fenton to Emily A. Tower and assigned to John E. Tower, the consideration being $400 and subject to taxes for 1878.”
Description: S1/2 of the NE1/4 Sec 12 T23N R10W

This is the original homestead filing of John Fenton, who migrated from Indiana to Michigan ca 1874. Eliza (John) Fenton Thurston later perfected the claim. The land is shown as being owned by “Walker & White” on the old 1889 atlas of Wexford County1. You may enlarge this thumbnail of a portion of the Colfax Township map from the atlas.

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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), 29; digital images, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3928170.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.

Dec 31

New Year’s Resolutions, Goals, or Whatever They Are

Thanks to Jasia at Creative Gene for hosting the New Year’s Carnival. She posted the following: Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: New Year’s Resolutions! This year is almost over and a new decade is knocking on the door. This is the perfect time to make your New Year resolutions, goals, aims, declarations, intentions, aspirations, objectives, plans, targets, schemes, wishes, or whatever you want to call them! Figure out how you’re going to approach your family history research next year, write it up, and share it with us in the COG. The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2010.

My “main” computer contains a set of folders which can be described as the “dumping ground”. Every photo, obituary, census image, document scan, or other digital file which I HAVE NOT evaluated, transcribed, attached to my database, and filed resides in those folders. I just checked and there are 5.17 gb, 102 folders, 5474 files! I could check on this because I keep a copy on my “travel” computer, in addition to two backup copies.

If I started on January first and worked every day of the 2010, that would be 15 files a day. Perhaps it would be better to look at it as 103.283 files per week? Or 456.1667 files per month? The good news is that many of the files are simply photographs passed on to me by other researchers of my lines, or tombstone photos, or something similar which can be addressed quickly. The bad news is that some are far more complicated, like the 29 photos of the lengthy, complicated will of one of my ancestors.

There is more bad news, I have a small (physical) file of information I have collected over the past few months, obituaries, photos and other items that must be scanned, entered and filed. This year will be a challenge as I attempt to summon up the discipline to deal with the data. That will be the theme of my genealogical year, Deal With The Data, or “DWTD“. There will be more on that theme.

In addition, I will continue to bore readers of this blog with the results of my research into the land transactions of our ancestors, from my deed research in Michigan and beyond.

I also have two other goals:

  • Find the surname used by my Yearnd/Yournd/Ewen/Euens ancestors before their arrival in Howell, Michigan from outer space, (or Germany, or wherever they came from).
  • Find my cousins, descendants of my Mother’s half brother, Donald William Hill. Donald was born 17 March 1919 in Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer County, New York to George Gardner Hill (1896-1962) and Helen Lois Palmer (1891-1966). He was first called George Gardner Hill, Jr., on the 1920 census, but later known as Donald William. Donald died 4 April 1985 in Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, California, and is buried in the National Cemetery in Riverside California. An genealogical angel and volunteer in Lake Elsinore has provided me some leads which may help me find Donald’s children.

So that is the sum total of my hopes for 2010:

  1. DWTD.
  2. Find a name.
  3. Find some cousins.

Time will tell how this year will play out. Good luck to all the busy as a beaver genealogists out there, and blessings in the New Year!

Dec 30

2009 Resolutions, Progress?

The end is here, the end of the year, that is. It is time to see how Granny has done on her resolutions. On December 28, 2008 I considered my situation carefully and wrote:

For my research:

1. Enter all the information from the BOX into my database. No exceptions, no cheating.

2. I will file all the paperwork in the proper place, not in piles on the floor, desk, or in any convenient box.

Results:

I believe I made three assessments of my progress on August 8, on September 3, and on and October 20th.

For this final look back at 2009, I can report that all the data in the box/pile was entered, and all the original paperwork was filed. That big challenge I made to myself is complete, so I have that to be glad of.

And for my blogs:

1. I will post on either GrannyPam or Granny’s Genealogy every day.

2. I will finish posting all the data from my “old” genealogy site to Granny’s Genealogy.

When this post, and the one I have written for tomorrow is written, I will have made 406 total posts on Granny’s Genealogy, and 180 on GrannyPam. That is a total of 586. To be completely honest, there were many days that I made no post anywhere, but on some days I posted several times.

Honestly, if my goal was to post every day, I did not achieve it. If it was to write every day, I did achieve it.

I am particularly happy about the “Belle’s Box” series of posts. I wanted to highlight a bit about Papa’s family, and their way of life in the early 20th century in Wexford County. Although the series posed many questions, there were also gems, and answers.

As for posting all the data from my old website here on Granny’s Genealogy, I have almost achieved that. There is some data that needs to be reformatted, and I will need to rethink how I present it in blog format. I believe I posted about 90% of the information here, so by my estimate I “almost achieved” that goal.

That is my last look back, from now on, I will be looking forward to 2010. May if be successful for all Geneabloggers!

Dec 28

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 8 page 561

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: 2 July 1878
Liber: 8
Page: 561
Location: Jackson County, MI
Grantor: Eliza Thurston, formerly Eliza Fenton of Albion, Calhoun County, MI
Grantee: John P. Fenton of Wexford County and State aforesaid
Witnesses: John Darling, E. Darling
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 24 July 1878
Clerk/registrar: Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford County, MI
Consideration: $600.00
Notes: “except a certain mortgage executed by Eliza Thurston known as Eliza Fenton to Emily A. Tower and assigned to John E. Tower, the consideration being $400 and subject to taxes for 1878.”1
Description: S1/2 of NE1/4 of Section 12 T23N R10W

This land is the piece described in the homestead claim made by John Fenton, and later perfected by his widow, Eliza Fenton Thurston

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It is possible that Eliza and her husband, Alfred Thurston, were living in Albion. Alfred was a minister, and 1900 found the family in Kingsley, Michigan. I will need to search for the family in more places in the 1800 census.

  1. I edited this post on 30 December 2009 to add mortgage information that was listed on this record.

Dec 24

Merry Christmas

As we enjoy this wonderful season and the blessings of home and family, I wish each of you an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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