Jan 31

Wexford County Land Records, Liber 101 page 601 –The Estate of Susie Melissa (Burdick) Fenton Longstreet

The Estate of Susie Melissa (Burdick) Fenton Longstreet

Susie Melissa (Burdick) Fenton Longstreet died intestate on 20 December 1931. Her second husband, Harmon H. Longstreet predeceased her on 28 June 1931. The inventory of her estate was limited to undivided ½ interest in three pieces of property in Wexford Co., MI. Alfred Fenton, Susie’s son, had previously been granted a license to sell two of the pieces of land, the third was already sold by land contract. The Determination of Heirs for Susie lists the children we know to be hers and living at her death, Emma Barnes, Lila Fellows, Alfred Fenton, Ross Fenton and Mary Houghtalin.

The documents in the file were nearly impossible to read, they were reverse images of a microfilm sent to my by the probate court. They present no significant facts beyond the real estate deeds I have previously transcribed.

Those deeds are as follows:

  1. Liber 101-180, Alfred Fenton granted a license to sell real estate.
  2. Liber 101-433, two twenty acre pieces of land sold by Alfred on behalf of the estate.
  3. Liber 119-530, a deed confirming the land contract sale of a 40 acre piece of land.
  4. Liber 12-469, a deed granting the interests of Susie’s heirs to the estate of Harmon.

The fourth document was the most significant in the probate file of Susie M. Longstreet is a letter transcribed here:

letter to heirs

Transcribed 16 March 2003 by GrannyPam

August 25, 1932

Mr. Frank Longstreet

Bagot, Manatoba, (sic) Canada

Dear Sir:

I enclose, herewith, Agreement in the matter of the estate of your late father, Harmon H. Longstreet, interest of your father’s estate in certain real estate will amount to approximately $125. The heirs-at-law are desirous of purchasing a suitable marker for the graves of Mr. and Mrs. Longstreet with the balance of the estate after expenses have been paid. The real estate is of very little value. The administrator has an opportunity to sell one piece, forty acres, for $150. This is more than any of the heirs living in the County would be willing to pay for it. The other forty acres belonging to the estate was sold on a land contract, previous to Mr. Longstreet’s death for $150.00. There is a balance due on this contract of $100. Mrs. Longstreet in her life time held a deed for an undivided one-half interest in both pieces of real estate, which of course would become a part of her estate. Therefore you can readily understand that the entire estate of Mr. Longstreet would only amount to $125. The heirs of Mrs. Longstreet, as you will understand from this agreement are also willing to contribute the entire proceeds of their Mother’s estate to the purchase of a suitable marker for the graves of both Mr. and Mrs. Longstreet.

If this is all satisfactory with you will you kindly sign the enclosed agreement and forward same to Mrs. Adams at Georgestown , Ontario, Canada and also request her to sign the agreement and forward same to Mrs. Retta Adams and Williams, Michigan. I would suggest that you forward this letter to each so that they too will clearly understand the situation. Mr. Alfred Fenton, the administrator, Wishes you to understand that all of the heirs who reside here will get together and will decide on the purchase of the marker. He does not wish to assume this responsibility himself. If the residue of each estate was to be divided among the heirs after the expenses of administration and indebtedness were paid the amount would be very small to each.

Very truly yours,

Judge of Probate.

Notes to the transcription: No name or signature on the file copy. No evidence of a copy of the agreement, signed or unsigned was found. Whether or not the agreement was signed, markers were placed at the cemetery.

It is not clear if Mrs. Retta Adams was of Williams Michigan, but it seems so from the letter. There is a Williamsburg in Grand Traverse County , MI, a Williams Crossing and Williams Landing in Alger Co., MI, a Williamston in Ingham Co., MI and a Williamsville in Cass Co., MI. There is no Williams, MI.

The Related Deed

In Wexford County, Deed book 101, page 601 a document related to the estate of Susie M. Longstreet was filed. It described the land, and listed the heirs: Emma Barnes, petitioner and daughter; Lila Fellows, daughter; Alfred Fenton, son; Ross Fenton, son; and Mary Houghtalin, daughter. This deed is not included on my spreadsheet, but is linked above.

The many lives of Harmon H. Longstreet

I do have some information on Harmon’s previous marriages and offspring. “Retta” was probably Alfaretta Longstreet, born 26 January 1871 in Canada to Harmon and his first wife Ann Martin. Alfaretta married Frank Ames [not Adams, my emphasis] in 1888, in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. I have found Alfaretta, Frank and their family on the census in 1900, 1910, and 1920; in Alamo Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.

In 1880, Harmon, age 32, his wife Harriet [my emphasis] age 24, daughter Alfaretta, age 8, and brother Alford, resided in Charleston, Kalamazoo, Michigan.1

In 1881 Ann Longstreet resided in Caldeon, Cardwell, Ontario with two children, John, 12; and Francis [m], 8. Her mother Ann Martin also lived in the household.2

I have not found a marriage record for “Harriet”, or a divorce record for Harriet and Harmon, or a death record for Harriet. Who the Mrs. Adams referred to in the letter might be is beyond me.

The end of the Story

I am unlikely to further research Harmon H. Longstreet and his family, since our family descends from Susie, not her second husband. I will be happy to share my findings with descendents of Harmon.

  1. 1880 US census, Brady, Kalamazoo, Michigan, population schedule, District 127, page 6 (penned) dwelling 59, family 59, Harmon Longstreet; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) : accessed 26 January 2010; from National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 586.
  2. 1881 Canadian census, Caldeon, Cardwell, Ontario, population schedule, page 33 (penned) dwelling 154, family 169, Ann Longstreet; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) : accessed 26 January 2010; from Library and Archives Canada, Census of Canada 1881, Statistics Canada Fonds. Series RG31-C-1, Microfilm Roll: C_13253.

Jan 30

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 120 page 469

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 August 1932
Liber: 120
Page: 469
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Lila M. Fellows; Emma V. Barnes; Alfred Fenton and Hazel Fenton his wife; Ross Fenton and Edna Fenton his wife; heirs at law to the estate of Susie Longstreet, deceased.
Grantee: The estate of Harmon H. Longstreet, deceased
Witnesses: Harriet Knapp, Herbert A. Snider
Type of deed: Quit Claim
Rec’d and recording: 1 Dec 1932
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax
Consideration: $1.
Notes:
Description: an undivided 1/2 interest in and to the land owned by Susie Longstreet and husband Harmon Henry Longstreet in Colfax, Wexford, MI. See descriptions below.

This is another transaction in the paper trail of the Longstreets. Susie’s heirs signed off any claim to the land in the interest of the estate of her husband, Harmon H. Longstreet.

The land was:

SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 Section 9, T23N R10W, 40 acres
S 1/2 of SW 1/4 of NW 1/4 Section 16, T23N R10W, 20 acres
N 1/2 of NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 Section 16, T23N $10W, 20 acres.

I am not posting the map, you can the location of this land on many previous posts, including these:

  1. Liber 101-180, Alfred Fenton granted a license to sell real estate.
  2. Liber 101-433, two twenty acre pieces of land sold by Alfred on behalf of the estate.
  3. Liber 119-530, a deed confirming the land contract sale of a 40 acre piece of land.

Jan 29

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 119 page 530

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: 3 December 1932
Liber: 119
Page: 530
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Harmon H. Longstreet estate by Alfred Fenton, Administrator
Grantee: Andy Burgess & Hazel Burgess his wife
Witnesses: Harriet Knapp and Herbert A. Snider
Type of deed: deed in pursuance to land contract
Rec’d for recording: 25 January 1935
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, MI
Consideration: $50
Notes: Hazel Burgess was the daughter of Henry Fellows and Belle Lamunion. The Fenton and Fellow families were closely associated in Wexford Co. However, Hazel was not related to Susie Burdick Fenton Longstreet, nor her son Alfred.
Description: SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 Section 9 T23N R10W

This land was the 40 acres which I have marked in blue on the thumbnail of the 1908 atlas1. It is north of the Longstreet’s two 20 acre pieces which were sold to Myron ad Edna Russ on the deed recorded in Liber 101-433, under license granted on the deed recorded in Liber 101 page 180.

According to the deed, $100 had already been paid to the Longstreets. The deed also said that the land contract was made 3 April 1931 between Harmon H. Longstreet and Susie Longstreet, his wife, and Andy Burgess and Hazel Burgess his wife. The witnesses to the land contract were Alfred T. Fenton and Hazel J. Fenton.

119-530

Next: Another deed which completes the Longstreet’s estate.

  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 28

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 118 page 223

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: 31 March 1932
Liber: 118
Page: 223
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Carl A. Lindquist and Emma Lindquist, his wife
Grantee: Alfred Fenton and Hazel Fenton
Witnesses: Harriet Muche, Jno A. Muche
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 7 April 1932
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax
Consideration: $700.00
Notes: NW 1/2 of SE 1/4 Sec 5 T23N R10W
Description:

On the deed recorded in liber 87, page 628, Alfred and Hazel purchased the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 in section 5. This land is adjacent to that land. This thumbnail, which I created from the 1914 Atlas1 of Wexford County, is the same as the one I posted for the previous deed.

The red outline represents the purchase on this deed, the adjacent land, which was already owned by the Fentons has a diagonal line through it. 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.

118-223

 

  1. 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 27

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 105 page 305

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 November 1925
Liber: 105
Page: 305
Location: Wexford County, MI
Grantor: Harmon H. Longstreet & Susie Longstreet his wife of Colfax, Wexford, MI
Grantee: Charles Tinker & Belle Tinker of Colfax, Wexford, MI
Witnesses: Jno A. Muche, Ethel Hulbert
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 10 December 1925
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax
Consideration: $80
Notes:
Description: SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 Sec 16 T23N R10W

The latest on-line atlas, from 19141 shows that this land was in possession of “Williams Bros”, perhaps a lumber company. I am not familiar with the name. Among my transcriptions, I do not have a record of Harmon and Susie purchasing this land. I probably missed quite a few “Longstreet” deeds, since I was concentrating on the Fenton name. This thumbnail is from that 1914 atlas, you can enlarge the map if you wish. You can see the two twenty acre pieces that Longstreet owned, the one on the west side of the road backs up to this forty acre piece.

105-305

  1. 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 26

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 101 page 433

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.

Date: 7 December 1932
Liber: 101
Page: 433
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: H.H. Longstreet deceased by Alfred Fenton, administrator
Grantee: Myron Russ and Edna Russ, his wife
Witnesses:
Type of deed: Probate order confirming sale
Rec’d and recording: 7 Dec 1932
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford
Consideration: $150
Notes: Alfred was previously granted a license to sell this land
Description: S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 Sec 16 AND the N/12 of the NW1/4 Sec 16 both in T23N R10W

This is the land that Alfred Fenton was granted a license to sell by the probate court. The deed which granted him the license was recorded in liber 101 page 180.

The land which Alfred Fenton was granted a license to sell was equal to 1/2 of Harmon and Susie’s real estate. The estimated value for the two 20 acre pieces was only $150, which is $3.75 an acre. In a drawing which I made from the old 1908 Atlas1, the two 20 acre parcels in section 16 are those which we sold in this deed.

89-582

  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 25

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 54 page 137

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.

This is the second record of Harmon H. Longstreet’s acquisition of his Colfax Township property.

Date: 26 April 1912
Liber: 54
Page: 137
Location: Lansing, MI
Grantor: State of Michigan
Grantee: H.H. Longstreet of Kalamazoo, MI
Witnesses:
Type of deed: State land Patent
Rec’d and recording: 12 June 1912
Clerk/registrar: M Northrup
Location of land: Wexford County, MI
Consideration: $320
Notes: first to Charles A. Clark ($82) certificate # 20325 for primary school, Liber 80 p 527 of State land records
Description: S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 16 T23N R10W

This shows Harmon H. Longstreet’s purchase of the 20 acres on the east side of 29 1/4 road. I marked that parcel in blue, on this map from the old 1908 atlas1.

I was interested in the possibility that there might have been a school here, but I doubt one was ever built. I own a book2 which lists the schools in Wexford County, and there is none on this section. The closest were the Davidson School (red circle at the bottom left of the map) at 20 and 27 Mile roads, and the Thomas School (red circle at the top of the map) at 16 and 31 mile roads. Papa’s mother and aunts and uncles attended the Thomas school.

54-137

  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.
  2. Wexford County Historical Society. Rural Schools of Wexford County. Cadillac, Michigan: Cadillac Printing Company, 1981. Pages 22-23.

Jan 24

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 34 page 537

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.

When I started posting my land record extractions, I divided them by families. Today, I dug through the section marked “Longstreet”, to see if I had a record for of Harmon H. Longstreet’s acquisition of the land in Section 16 and 9 of Colfax Township, Wexford County. I found two, this is the earliest one.

Date: 15 August 1892
Liber: 34
Page: 537
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Leverett E. McCardell & Samantha McCardell his wife
Grantee: Harmon Henry Longstreet of Colfax Township, Wexford County, Michigan
Witnesses: Henry Sill, Fred S. Lamb
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 16 August 1892 2:30 p.m.
Clerk/registrar: Samuel J. wall
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, Michigan
Consideration: $100
Notes: “Excluding all claims except a mortgage dated April 1, 1891 now due $125, and taxes of 1890 and subsequent years.”
Description: N 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 Section 16, T23N R10W

Harmon Longstreet purchased the 20 acre lot on the west side of 29 1/4 road on this transaction, which I have marked with a blue \ on this section of the old 1908 Atlas.1

34-537

  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 23

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Interests?

Randy says, “It’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!!”

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

* Tell us about your “other” hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.

* Write a blog post of your own, respond with a comment to this post, or add a comment on the Facebook version of this post.

Well.. This translates to the “real me” part of the show, or at least a portion of the real me. Let me see, is there life beyond genealogy? Hmmmm — Yes! And here is a look at mine.

  1. My family. It is a cliché to say that family is number one, but it is the truth. I spend most of my time these days with my wonderful husband of forty years. We have three beautiful daughters, a fine son-in-law, and five grandchildren. I wish there were still young grandchildren, this is the first year I have not attended Sesame Street Live in many years. I miss those things. In the summer, we visit the Detroit Zoo, Greenfield Village and other child friendly places when our younger grandchildren can visit.
  2. Hobbies? Well, yes, but genealogy is by far number one on the list. I also enjoy gardening, yard work, sewing, reading, and cleaning house. Well, I don’t enjoy cleaning house, but I do it anyway.
  3. I like to watch sports on television, especially football and hockey.
  4. I am a computer geek. A story is often told in this family about a survey I received many years ago when I was a member of something called the Consumer Mail Panel. The survey went into great detail describing a home computer, describing the CPU, the monitor (you could use your TV, remember?) an external tape drive for data, a printer, and so on. I freaked out, and wanted one, although none was available at that time. You can guess from that, we had a C-64 when they became available, and have upgraded many times since. Around here, it a message on your screen says, “Contact your network administrator”, I am your gal.
  5. Every so often, even old married folks like to have an evening out. or a weekend out, or take a little trip. When my husband and I plan something along those lines, 99% of the time it involves a bluegrass music festival, show or concert. We travel a lot to see our favorite artists, relax in a lawn chair, and get away from it all. We are fortunate that we have family living here to hold down the fort.

That is all, folks! I am looking forward to reading all the posts for this meme. I know you all have lives outside of genealogy.

Jan 23

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 101 page 180

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 Dec 1932
Liber: 101
Page: 180
Location: Wexford County, Michigan
Grantor: Probate Court of Wexford County, MI
Grantee: Alfred Fenton
Witnesses: ————–
Type of deed: License to sell real estate
Rec’d and recording: 7 Dec 1932
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Wexford County, MI
Consideration: $100 bond
Notes: Alfred T. Fenton, a son of Susie M. Burdick Fenton Longstreet was granted a license to dispose of land in the estate of his step-father, Harmon H. Longstreet. Value of land: $150; Bond: 100
Description: S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 Sec 16 AND the N/12 of the NW1/4 Sec 16 both in T23N R10W

Harmon Longstreet died 28 June 1981, and his wife Susie lived several more months, passing away on 20 December 1931.

I discussed these parcels yesterday, which were also listed in the deed recorded in Liber 89, page 582. The land which Alfred Fenton was granted a license to sell was equal to 1/2 of Harmon and Susie’s real estate. The estimated value for the two 20 acre pieces was only $150, which is $3.75 an acre. In a drawing which I made from the old 1908 Atlas1, the two parcels in section 16 are those which are described in this deed.

89-582

  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.

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