Dec 21

Lamunion Siblings

Here is a photo from M-in-L’s scrapbook. I have some restoration work to do here, but wanted to show it now.

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Back row: Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker, Emily (Lamunion) Carter.
Front row: George Lamunion, Mary Ann (Lamunion) Murray, Merritt Winfield “Scott” Lamunion.

Not pictured, Benjamin “Bije” Lamunion, 1856-1892; and Olive Josephine (Lamunion) Tufts, 1862-1882. Benjamin Lamunion died in an accident while working in a logging camp. Olive also died young.

Dec 19

Just Keep Looking

Many years ago, I read the films for births, deaths and marriages for Wexford County, Michigan, where my ancestors lived from about 1878 forward. The films were of poor quality, and completely unreadable in some places. I found records for many of my ancestors, including the marriage of my great-grandparents, Jane “Jennie” Johnston and William Kaiser. But, search as I did, I could never find a birth record for my grandmother. I found her marriage record, and later got a copy of her death certificate from the county clerk, but a record from the time of her birth which named her parents eluded me. It was important to me, since my great-grandmother, died when grandma was young, and some accounts name a stepmother as the mother.

Last night, I was fishing around at the new Familysearch record search, and look what I found (click to enlarge the thumbnails):

The fifth record, date July 19, 1885, Winnie L Kysor, female, white, born in the city of Cadillac!
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Parents: William Kysor, Jennie Kysor, residents of the city of Cadillac, both born Canada, he a laborer, her no occupation, recorded on June 1, 1886.
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The Kaiser’s last name carries a spelling which I have never seen the family use, and the entry was indexed as “Minnie L. Kysor”. I have always know my grandmother’s name as Winnie Alice Kaiser, so the spelling caught me off guard. However, the other information, including the birthdate, parent’s name and birthplace match.

The records early Michigan records on the FamilySearch site are not the same records, or from the same films as I previously read. The films I read were of the local county books. The films on the site are returns, and may be a copy made made from local books. I am able to see that second page which contains the record is page 457, but I don’t know what the ledger name or number might be.

My next step will be to read the records line by line, to see if I can find a birth or death record for my grandmother’s missing sister, and Jennie Johnston’s missing death record.  I am also adding a review of the Wexford County films to my to do list, since I know the record is there, I may be able to find it.  You just never know.

Dec 18

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 7 Page 497

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: 5 July 1878
Liber: 7
Page: 497
Location: Wexford County Michigan
Grantor: Mary E. Higgins by Sheriff, Sanford Gasser undersheriff in and for Wexford Co., Michigan
Grantee: John Fenton of Cedar Creek Township, Wexford County, Michigan
Witnesses: Ernest Manktelow, C.E. Manktelow
Type of deed: Sheriffs deed on mortgage sale
Rec’d and recording: 24 July 1878 8 a.m.
Clerk/registrar: Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford Co., MI
Consideration: $183.50, highest bid at auction
Notes: default of mortgage made by Mary Higgins to John Fenton and recorded in Liber 3, page 286 of Wexford County Mortgages
Description: All of Lot 2, block H in Seaman and Maquestons addition to the village of Cedar Creek

I first noticed the practice of individuals loaning money to other individuals and securing the loan with a mortgage while researching the land records for my Huron County, Ontario, Canada ancestors. I have not researched the mortgage records in Wexford County, and I do not know whether John Fenton, 1802-1872, or his son John P. Fenton loaned the money to Mary Higgins.

But John P. Fenton was the purchaser of the lot at mortgage sale, he was the only one living. It may be that the proceeds from the mortgage sale benefited his widowed (and remarried) mother, Eliza (John) Fenton Thurston, or perhaps he purchased the lot to avoid losing his investment. Research in the mortgage records is required to know more.

This lot is in the plat of Seamons & Maquestons Addition to Cedar Creek, which is now called Manton. You can see the original plat on the Michigan Subdivision website. For whatever reason, when you look at the subdivision plat on that site with the text so it is right side up, the map is oriented with south at the top. I found this confusing until I saw the section lines, and realized what I was seeing.

Here is the location of the lot from the old 18891 Atlas, which was printed long after this transaction.  In this map, north us at the top of the page, as you would expect.

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Viewing the all of Manton, the lot is in this location:

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

Dec 17

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 7 Page 447

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 May 1878
Liber: 7
Page: 447
Location: Lansing, MI
Grantor: Auditor General of Michigan Ralph Ely
Grantee: John Fenton of Manton, Wexford, MI
Witnesses: Aluaus Heruly, Margaret O’Donnell
Type of deed: State Tax Land Deed
Rec’d and recording: 285 May 1878
Clerk/registrar: C.J. Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford Co., MI
Consideration: $6.88
Notes: 1875 taxes
Description: SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 and the SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Sec 32, T24N R10W

This deed again refers to John P. Fenton, his father John Fenton died in 1872. This is the same land as described in the deed recorded in Liber 7 page 439, which was for the 1874 taxes. For reasons I do not understand, it is described as two 40 acre pieces, instead of an 80 as it was described on the previous deed. If you enlarge this thumbnail created from the 1889 Atlas1, you can see both pieces.

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

Dec 16

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 7 page 439

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: 12 April 1878
Liber: 7
Page: 439
Location: Lansing MI
Grantor: Auditor General of Michigan, Ralph Ely
Grantee: John Fenton of Manton, Wexford, MI
Witnesses: Rob McDougel, Edith McDougel
Type of deed: State Tax Land Deed
Rec’d and recording: 21 May 1878 8 a.m.
Clerk/registrar: Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford Co MI
Consideration: $11.13
Notes: 1874 taxes
Description: S1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec 32 T24N R10W

“John Fenton” in this deed refers to John P. Fenton, his father also named John Fenton died in 1872. John paid the 1874 back taxes on this land on 12 April 1878. H.R. Sturtevant is show as the owner of this land, which is in Greenwood Township, in the 1889 Atlas1 of Wexford County. Greenwood borders Colfax township on the north. You may click to enlarge this thumbnail and see a larger view.

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

Dec 15

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 7 page 26

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: 1 July 1877
Liber: 7
Page: 26
Location: Wexford Co, MI
Grantor: John Fenton & Susie Fenton his wife
Grantee: Samuel Carpenter of Deerfield, Lenawee Co., MI
Witnesses: William Beach, Ezra Hager
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 11 July 1877 11 a.m.
Clerk/registrar: Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford Co., MI
Consideration: $175
Notes:
Description: SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 12 T23N R9W

On this deed, John P. Fenton is selling the 40 next to the the one I described yesterday. The old atlas printed in 1889 shows Sarah Abbott as the owner of this 40, perhaps she purchased it from Carpenter. You can enlarge this thumbnail, which is from the 1889 Atlas1 by clicking on it. The blue outline represents the land sold on 7-25, and the red represents that sold on the deed recorded in 7-26.

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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.

Dec 14

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 7 page 25

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: 9 July 1877
Liber: 7
Page: 25
Location: Wexford Co, MI
Grantor: John Fenton & Susie Fenton his wife
Grantee: Samuel Carpenter of Deerfield, Lenawee Co., MI
Witnesses: William Beach, Ezra Hager
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 11 July 1877 11 a.m.
Clerk/registrar: Manktelow
Location of land: Wexford Co., MI
Consideration: $175
Notes:
Description: SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 12 T23N R9W

Once again, John P. Fenton is selling land. John P was the son of John and Eliza.  I must have missed the deed which showed his purchase of this land. This particular 40 acre piece is in Cedar Creek Township, south and west of Manton. You can enlarge this thumbnail, which is from the 1889 Atlas1 by clicking on it.

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I can’t help noticing the name Sarah Abbott on the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4. More investigation would be necessary to find out if this is Erastmus’ wife. When I copied the information from the deeds in Wexford County, I was not interested in the name “Abbott” as I am now.

  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.

Dec 13

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 6 page 404

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.

John Fenton, who family tradition indicates was a native of Greenbrier County, VA/WV, arrived in Wexford County in June 1868, according to records in his homestead entry file. I have found records for John Fenton in Ohio, where he married both of his wives, and in Elkhart and Noble Counties, Indiana. He and first wife Lydia Jones raised a large family in Indiana, before Lydia died and he married Eliza John. Eliza and John had five children, two of whom died young and are buried in Wolf Lake Cemetery, Noble County, Indiana near Lydia Jones Fenton and other members of her family.

When he claimed his homestead in Wexford County, Michigan in 1868, John Fenton was 66 years of age, and his wife Eliza 43. Their children who accompanied them were: John P., age 17; Salina “Lina” 13; and George Lane, 11.

I was surprised to find all the land grant deeds locally. If your family appears in the Bureau of Land Management Patent search, you may want to check the local deed records for information on their grants. There were separate books in Wexford County, since the printed form for the deeds is quite different.

Date: 2 Jan 1875
Liber: 6
Page: 404
Location: Wexford Co., MI
Grantor: United States of America by President U.S. Grant
Grantee: Eliza Fenton, Widow of John Fenton, deceased
Witnesses:
Type of deed: US Land Grant application 3132, certificate 1843
Rec’d and recording: 3 March 1876
Clerk/registrar: Sturtevant
Location of land: Colfax Township, Wexford Co., MI
Consideration: None listed
Notes:
Description: S 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 12 T23N R10W, 80 acres more or less.

You can see a copy of the actual patent on the Bureau of Land Management site. The land is the same as described in the payment deed recorded in Liber 3 Page 219 of Wexford County Deeds. It lies on 37 Mile Road, which is the line between Colfax and Cedar Creek Townships.

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Dec 12

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 4 page 428

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.

John Fenton, who family tradition indicates was a native of Greenbrier County, VA/WV, arrived in Wexford County in June 1868, according to records in his homestead entry file. I have found records for John Fenton in Ohio, where he married both of his wives, and in Elkhart and Noble Counties, Indiana. He and first wife Lydia Jones raised a large family in Indiana, before Lydia died and he married Eliza John. Eliza and John had five children, two of whom died young and are buried in Wolf Lake Cemetery, Noble County, Indiana near Lydia Jones Fenton and other members of her family.

When he claimed his homestead in Wexford County, Michigan in 1868, John Fenton was 66 years of age, and his wife Eliza 43. Their children who accompanied them were: John Pressely, age 17; Salina “Lina” 13; and George Lane, 11.

Date: 17 July 1875
Liber: 4
Page: 428
Location: Wexford County, MI
Grantor: John P. Fenton of Cedar Creek Township, Wexford, MI
Grantee: William Doyle of the same place
Witnesses: Ezra Harper, Willis S Glullching(?)
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 8 Aug 1876
Clerk/registrar: Sturtevant
Location of land: Wexford Co, MI
Consideration: $300
Notes:
Description: Lot 4, Block 1 of Huffs Addition to the village of Cedar Creek, according to survey plot on file…

The current address of Lot 4, Block 1 of Huffs Addition is 401 W. Main Street, Manton, Michigan. The lot is 7239.99 square feet, .17 acres. I have not located the record of Fenton’s purchase of this lot, it is another thing on my to do list.

The lot is in Section 4, on the line between Sections 4 and 9, which is also 19 mile road, old west M-42, AKA Main Street.

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Dec 11

Wexford County, Michigan Liber 3 Page 219

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 with each post.

This is the first record I found in the early Wexford County land records for a Fenton ancestor of Papa’s. It is also unique among those I found; it is simply a recording of a payment for a homestead filing.

Date: 3 Aug 1974
Liber: 3
Page: 219
Location: Wexford Co MI
Grantor: The USA
Grantee: Eliza Fenton, widow of John Fenton Deceased
Witnesses:
Type of deed: Homestead receipt, final
Rec’d and recording: 3 Nov 1874
Clerk/registrar: Perry Hannah
Location of land: Colfax Wexford
Consideration: $4.00
Notes:
Description: S1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Sec 12 T23N R10W

There is no record of John Fenton’s death in the early Wexford records. His tombstone marks the year of his death as 1872. I searched, but found no probate record for John in the Wexford County records. This 80 acre section of land may have been the most valuable thing he had when he passed to a better place.

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Eliza paid $4 for the second payment to complete the claim and get the land patent.  I ordered the land patent records from the national archives, and they revealed interesting information about the family. The exact date of John’s death was recorded on Eliza’s final proof for the patent. It says, in part:

That the said John Fenton entered upon and made settlement on said land on the 20th day of June 1868, and had built a house thereon of Logs story & a half board floor & Shingle roof, one door & two windows. and has lived in the said house and made it his exclusive home from the 18th day of ???, 1868, to the time of his death, the 2th day of March 1872 & his widow has continued to reside on the land to this present time, and that he has since said settlement plowed, fenced, and cultivated about 15 acres of said land, and has made the following improvements thereon, to wit: 8 acres more chopped, Log barn, 35 fruit trees, 15 Currant bushes, 200 Strawberry plants.

This document was signed by Warren Seaman and Alfred Thurston. Interestingly, Eliza married Alfred Thurston on 10 August 1873, and this document was signed in August 1874.

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