Sep 26

Belle’s Box – 29

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here.

The cast of characters is located here.

Item 29 is yet another postcard from our gal, Olia Reed.

Front: I’m not that kind of girl.

29f

Addressed to Mrs Belle Fellows, Manton, Mich RFD 1. Postmark Dec 9, 1911, Grand Rapids, Mich.

29b

Dear Friend
Why dont you write It has rained for the last few days the sun is trying to shine
Your friend
Olia Reed
0176 Second Ave

And another address to check in the Grand Rapids City Directories.

Sep 25

Belle’s Box – 27

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here.

The cast of characters is located here.

Item 27 is another card from Olia Reed. It is post marked Grand Rapids Michigan with a clear date, and gives an address for Reed.

Front, “Thanksgiving Greetings”
27f

Card post marked Grand Rapids, Mich, Nov 18, 1912, 7 p.m.
Mrs Bell Fellows
Manton Mich
RFD #1

27b

Dear friend:
Hello why don’t you wirte your friend Olia Reed
721 Oakland Ave

I will check the Grand Rapids City Directories on a trip to the Library of Michigan. Perhaps this clue will help me narrow down who Olia is.

Sep 24

Cute Red and Green Visitor

A visitor arrived today. It is rumored that he was sent by Terry Thornton, of Hill Country. This cute little gnome arrived for just a short visit, to thank me for participating in Terry’s “Getting to Know You” challenge.

gnome geneabloggerA

I hear his has a lot more visits to make, so, I gave him hot chocolate, a chocolate cookie and a wink. Off he went to visit another blogger.  You can follow his trail here.  His visit brought good luck and energy, lure him in if you can.

Sep 24

Getting to Know Me, Getting to Know Granny’s Genealogy

This post is a response to Terry’s challenge. I’ve read quite a few, and I sure like the idea, and the results!

About me, I’m Pam. I am a person you might dread, a complex mix of radically different thoughts and ideas: a paradox in a tee shirt. I write because it is possible to do so, and because I enjoy it. I research the genealogy of our family, so history can speak to me and others, teaching us it’s unique lessons. I hope to meet and correspond with other researchers of the same people and places.

My brightest work, well, I think it’s
“Soap Ends”: http://www.warrenweb.info/genealogy/?p=87 .
I like it for it’s mystery, and it’s connection with my so called life.

My breeziest, (sassy, funny, provocative, sprightly) article, hummmm.
“What Would You Take”; on my other blog: http://warrenweb.info/grannypam/?p=358 .
I like it for it’s real-worldness, it reminds us to have a little fun under all circumstances.

Most beautiful,
“First Rose”, also on my other blog in this post: http://warrenweb.info/grannypam/?p=44
It’s the picture, folks, taken with a very old, first generation digital camera.

If you need to know more about the real me, read a few posts on GrannyPam, http://www.warrenweb.info/grannypam . I’m resourceful, have a sense of humor and love a challenge. The GeneBlogger me is a new person, but the researcher is old and somewhat wise.  I’m blogging my genealogy finds a bit at at time, allowing me to keep afloat on the home front, and in my research.

Sep 24

Belle’s Box – 25

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here.

The cast of characters is located here.

Numbe 25 is a pretty birthday card. This card has raised embossed words and flowers. The design shows on the back as indentations. It doesn’t appear to have been mailed, or perhaps it was in an envelope.

25f

To Mrs. Tinker

With love to all,

from Beatrice Decker

25b

As is the case with many of these cards, identifying who the sender might be is pretty much impossible without more clues.

Sep 23

Belle’s Box – 24

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here.

The cast of characters is located here.

“#166 Elks Temple, Grand Rapids, Mich”

24f

There is no sign of a post mark or stamp, this card may have been enclosed in a larger package or envelope.

Mrs. Belle Fellows
Manton, Mich

RFD 1

24b

I will send Ma’s postal with yours

Grand Rapids, Mich

Dear friend,

It is nice weather here just
fine for the fair
I don’t think I will
go. expect you will
have a go time
a Cadillac
Hope to hear from
you soon

your friend
Olia Reed

It looks like Olia Reed was forwarding mail to Belle, and perhaps to her mother who may have lived near Belle in Wexford County, or been visiting in the area.

In the period from 1900-1920, several women who might be this Olive/Olia Reed/Reid/Read show up on various census in west Michigan. Perhaps later items will reveal more clues about her identy.

Sep 22

The Estate of Erastus G. Fellows (about 1835-1865)

Transcribed by Granny 15 July 2003

Note to transcription:  This deed clearly describes probate proceedings in which four participants with some association to Erastus G. Fellows are named:

  1. Henry H. Fellows, selling land as Guardian of the minor children of Erastus G. Fellows.

  2. Joel B. Fellows of Clyde, Sandusky Co.,  Ohio, purchaser of the land.

  3. Henry H. Fellows, minor child of Erastus G. Fellows.

  4. Joel B. Fellows, minor child of Erastus G. Fellows.

There is way too much evidence in addition to this deed to consider the repeated names a coincidence.  My hypothesis is: Erastus G. Fellows b. about 1835, a Newaygo County resident who died during the civil war; Henry H. Fellows b. about  1839,  a well documented resident of Newaygo County who was named as guardian of the minor children of Erastus G. Fellows; and Joel B. Fellows, of Clyde, Sandusky Ohio; were brothers.  If the three were not brothers, then they may have been related in some other way, such as uncles and nephews, or cousins .

In a biography from an old compilation which can be read here the parents of Henry H. Fellows b 1840 are listed as Erastus Fellows, a native of NY; and Ruth Smith, a native of NJ; who migrated to Seneca County, Ohio.  The name “Smith” correlates with the family of Peter J. Smith, who had three Fellows children living in his home at the time of the 1850 census of Seneca County, Ohio.

Here is the deed:

Liber 10 page 170-171 of Newaygo County , Michigan Deeds.

This deed was received for record September 18th 1868 at 3 O’clock p.m. W. Persons Register

Henry H. Fellows

To

Joel B. Fellows

Know all men by these presents that Henry H. Fellows of the township of Ashland County of Newaygo and State of Michigan Guardian of Henry H. Fellows and Joel B. Fellows minors and children of Erastus Fellows deceased. Pursuant to an order of the Judge of the Court of Probate for the County of Newaygo and State of Michigan, held at the Probate Office in the Village of Newaygo in said County and State on the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixth seven, authorizing empowering and licensing him to sell at Public auction, in conformity to the statute in such case made and provided sufficient of the Real Estate where of said Henry H. Fellows and Joel B. Fellows were seized for the purpose in said order mentioned I did sell at public auction held at the front door of the Brooks House in the Village of Newaygo I the county of Newaygo, and State aforesaid pursuant to legal notice all the estate, right, title and interest of said minors of in and to certain real estate and premises in said order set forth and hereinafter described to Joel B. Fellows of Clyde, Sandusky County State of Ohio he being the highest bidder therein which said sale was by an order of the said Judge of Probate on the fourth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven duly confirmed and the said Henry H. Fellows as Guardian as aforesaid directed there in to execute, acknowledged and deliver a proper conveyance of said real estate so sold to the purchaser therefore agreeable to the statute in such case made and provided. Now know ye that in pursuance of said several orders and proceedings above referred to and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and eight dollars $308.00 paid to me by said Joel B. Fellows the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge I have sold and do hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said Joel B. Fellows his heirs and assigns, forever, all that certain piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Newaygo and State of Michigan, and known and described as follows to wit, the West half of the North East quarter of the North West quarter of Section Number thirteen/13/in Township Number eleven North of Range Number Thirteen/13//West [W ½ of the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ of Sec 13 T11N R13W] and containing by government survey thereof twenty acres of land be the same more or less. To Have and to Hold the above granted premises with the appurtenances, to the said Joel B. Fellows his heirs and assigns, forever. And I do hereby covenant with the said Joel B. Fellows that I will Warrant and defend the said granted premises with the Appurtenances unto the said Joel B. Fellows his heirs and assigns forever, against the lawful claims and demands of all persons claiming by from or under him but against no other person, In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the Village of Newaygo in the County of Newaygo and State aforesaid this fourth day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven. Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of A.H. Giddings, David ?

Henry H. Fellows {seal}

State of Michigan County of Newaygo }ss

On this fourth day of September A.D. one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven before me a justice of the Peace in and for said County, personally came the above named Henry H. Fellows known to me to be the person who executed the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed as guardian of Henry H. Fellows and Joel B. Fellows as in said instrument described. Signed A. H. Giddings Justice of the Peace

You can read a little more about Erastus G. Fellows  here.

Sep 22

Erastus G. Fellows (about 1835-1865)

Erastus G. Fellows was born, calculating from known records of his life, about 1835 in Ohio or New York.

Fellows was a resident of a resident of Bloom Township, Seneca County, Ohio, age 15, enumerated in the home of Peter J. Smith according to the census of 1850.  Also in the Smith home were Julian Fellows age 13, a female, and Joel Fellows, 27, male.

Fellows was a resident of Newaygo County, Michigan by 25 December 1856 when he married Mary C. Scofield at the home of her father, Henry, in Fremont, Newaygo County, Michigan.

He purchased land in Ashland township, Newaygo County on 1 July 1859, and was enumerated in that township in the census of 1860.  His household included his wife and one son, Henry age 1.

Fellows entered the army during the Civil War,  Company D., 9th Michigan Infantry on 4 October 1864 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He died  at  ” Hospital No. 3″  at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee on March 15, 1865 according to his military and pension records.  Private Fellows is buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Here are a some of photos of the cemetery, which we took when we visited.
cemetery

Cemetery

Cemetery

This map prints from a terminal at the visitor center to help you locate a grave.  I added the colored diamond, showing the approximate location of Fellow’s grave within the section.

Map to the grave

Map to the grave

These photos show his grave, under a large tree.

Erastus and Mary had three children, Henry born 3 August 1858; Joel B., born 9 Oct 1860; and Edwin, 2 June 1863-25 Aug 1864.

Mary Scofield Fellows married at least once more following Erastus’s death. Information on how Fellows’ estate was settled can be found here.

Sep 22

Belle’s Box – 28

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here.

The cast of characters is located here.

Item 28 is a card containing Easter greetings from Belle’s sister.

I can’t read the entire post mark, 9 p.m. 19?0, probably 1910, Michigan
Addressee: Mrs. Belle Fellows, Manton, Wexford Co Mich RFD.
Front:

Easter Greetings

28f

Ashland 3.24
We are well and
hope you same
Frank was down to
Lewis yesterday but
they had gone to Detroit -.
E Bisard
Your sister.

28b

This card was may have been written in 1901, at Easter. Lewis Bisard, son of Elizabeth Laumunion and Franklin Bisard, was living at home with his parents in 1900, according to the 1900 census of Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michigan.

Sometime before November, 1902, when their daughter Ione was born, he married Sadie E. Miller, probably in Newaygo County. Sadie/Sarah Miller Bisard died in 1914, and was buried in Ashland Center Cemetery.

On the 1920 census of Ashland Township, Newaygo County, Michgian, the family of Charles Miller, 59; and his wife Ida, 58, also lists their granddaughter, Ione Bisard, age 15.

Sep 21

Belle’s Box – 30

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here.

The cast of characters is located here.

Item 30 is an advertisement of sorts.

Front: American Fence
“Roadside Scene American Fence Made by American Steel & Wire. Co.”

30f 30b

Addressed to Mrs. Belle Fellows, Manton, Mich R#2. The post mark is April 4, 1911 at 7 p.m. I can’t make out the city, but the state is ?ich. Michigan.

Now is the time to buy fence. Our stock of different varieties of American fence is complete. Come in and see and get lowest prices.
Manton Produce Co.

Belle lived on a farm, and is enumerated “no occupation, farm income” on the 1910 census of Cedar Creek Township, Wexford County, Michigan. She was the head of household, a widow, mother of seven, five living. In the household were daughter Hazel 16, son Frank 14, and Charles Tinker, border, but listed as farmer, own account on home farm,

Belle and Charlie married on 15 January, 1913.

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