Apr 10

Fellows Family Land Records,Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 14 page 113

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 . This group pertain to Papa’s Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.

Date: 12 Aug 1865
Liber: 14
Page: 113
Location: Newaygo Co., MI
Grantor: Joel B. Fellows of Clyde, Sandusky Co., OH
Grantee: Peter J. Fellows of the same place
Witnesses: A.H. Giddings, W. Parsons
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 20 April 1872
Clerk/registrar: Parsons
Location of land: Newaygo
Consideration: $500
Notes:
Description: W 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 14, T11N R13W

I do not know when Joel B. Fellows obtained this land, and I am also not sure of the relationship of Joel B. Fellows with Henry H. (b ca 1839), Erastus G.(b ca 1835)., and Peter J. (b ca 1840) I suspect that he was an uncle, but that is based on his age in relation to them, and the fact that some of the orphans of Erastus Fellows (d. 1843) lived in the same household as Joel in 1850. Henry H, our ancestor, was the son of Erastus G., b. ca 1835.

The location of this land is illustrated in relationship to the other deeds I have analyzed for these families, on the Ashland Township map from the old Newaygo County Atlas1. The older deeds, marked in blue on the map are are:

  1. W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 13 T11N R13W purchased by Erastus G. Fellows on 14 July 1859.
  2. NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 24 T11N R13W purchased by Henry H. Fellows (b. ca 1839), on 10 Dec 1861, recorded in 1876.
  3. W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 13 T11N R13W by Joel B. Fellows (b. ca 1820) on 4 March 1867 from the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, executor Henry H. Fellows (b. ca 1839) on 4 March 1867.

The land sold by Joel to Peter is marked in red on the map.  You can see a larger version by clicking on the thumbnail.

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  1. C. O. Titus, Atlas of Newaygo County, Michigan / compiled and drawn for the publisher by E. L. Hayes ; H. H. Avery, assistant, W. B. Patterson, assistant. (Philadelphia, PA : C.O. Titus c1880), page 37, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.

Apr 09

Fellows Family Land Records,Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 13 page 630

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 . This group pertain to Papa’s Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.

Date: 1 January 1873
Liber: 13
Page: 630
Location: Newaygo County, MI
Grantor: A large group
Grantee: H.H. Fellows
Witnesses:
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 26 Sept 1876
Clerk/registrar: Persons
Location of land: Grant Township, Newaygo County, MI
Consideration: $400
Notes:
Description: NE 1/4 Section 7 T11N R12W 160 acres

The location of this land is illustrated by the blue outline on the Grant Township map from the old Newaygo County Atlas1 . The red outline shows land owned by Joel B. Fellows. When I transcribed the deed, I did not know which Henry Fellows had purchased this land, I now know the original purchase was made by Henry H. Fellows ( b. ca 1839). His nephew was only 13 in 1873, too young to have purchased the land.

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  1. C. O. Titus, Atlas of Newaygo County, Michigan / compiled and drawn for the publisher by E. L. Hayes ; H. H. Avery, assistant, W. B. Patterson, assistant. (Philadelphia, PA : C.O. Titus c1880), page 37, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.

Apr 08

Fellows Family Land Records,Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 12 page 111

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 Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.

 

Date: 4 Sept 1867
Liber: 12
Page: 111
Location:
Grantor: Mary C. Mapes of Solon, Kent Co., MI Relect of Erastus Fellows late of Ashland, Newaygo, MI.
Grantee: Joel B. Fellows of Clyde, Sandusky, OH
Witnesses:
Type of deed: Quit Claim
Rec’d and recording: 27 April 1879
Clerk/registrar: W. Persons
Location of land: Ashland Twp, Newaygo Co., MI
Consideration: $78
Notes: This was a release of dower in favor of Joel B. Fellows.
Description: W 12. of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 Section 13 T11N R13W

 

Apparently Mary (Scofield) Fellows was paid to sign off her dower to Erastus’ land in Ashland, even though the proceeds benefited her sons, Henry H. (b. 1858) and Joel B. (b. 1860) Fellows.

It is significant to note that Mary and Samuel Mapes were married on 28 September 1865, not that long after the 15 March 1865 death of her husband Erastus Fellows. Mary’s brother-oss-law, and the executor to the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, Henry H. (b ca 1839) Fellows was a witness to the marriage of 43 year-old Mapes and 27-year-old widow Mary.

I do not know whether Mapes died, or the couple divorced, but by the time the 1870 census was recorded, Mary C. Mapes and daughter Ann A., age 2, were living in the household of Apollos Lambson in Ashland township, Newaygo County. Lampson was father-in-law to Henry H Fellows (b ca 1839). Mary’s son Henry H. Fellows was in the household of Henry H. Fellows (b ca 1939) and wife Melissa Lambson. The second child of Mary and Erastus, Joel B. Fellows, was living in the household of Oscar T. Blood and his wife Jane, also in Ashland Township, Newaygo County.

The location of this land is illustrated in relationship to the other deeds I have analyzed for these families, on the Ashland Township map from the old Newaygo County Atlas1. The deeds, marked in blue on the map are are:

  1. (Marked in red this is the land for which Mary was paid $78 to release the dower). W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 13 T11N R13W purchased by Erastus G. Fellows on 14 July 1859.
  2. NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 24 T11N R13W purchased by Henry H. Fellows (b. ca 1839), on 10 Dec 1861, recorded in 1876.
  3. (Marked in red this is the land for which Mary was paid $78 to release the dower). W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Sec 13 T11N R13W purchased by Joel B. Fellows (b. ca 1820) on 4 March 1867 from the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, executor Henry H. Fellows (b. ca 1839) on 4 March 1867.
  4. W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 Sec 14 T11N R13W sold by Joel B. Fellows to Peter J. Fellows, both of Sandusky Co., OH. on 12 Aug 1865.

You can enlarge this thumbnail by clicking on it.

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Apr 07

Fellows Family Land Records,Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 9 page 308

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 . This group pertain to Papa’s Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.

Date: 18 Sept 1868
Liber: 9
Page: 308
Location: Newaygo County, MI
Grantor: Joel B. Fellows of Clyde, Sandusky Co., OH
Grantee: Andrew Baker of Ashland, Newaygo, MI
Witnesses: A.H. Giddings, H.H. Fellows
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 18 Sept 1868
Clerk/registrar:
Location of land: Ashland Twp., Newaygo Co., MI
Consideration: $1500
Notes: Joel purchased the 20 acre portion from the estate of Erastus Fellows.
Description: NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 and the W 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 Sec 13 T11N R13W

The Joel B. Fellows who lived in Clyde was somehow related to the Newaygo County Fellows family, but the exact relation has escaped me so far. Joel B. died in Newaygo County, Michigan on 21 January 1892, his death record reveals this information: Died on Jan 21, 1892, at Ashland, Joel B. Fellows, male, single, age 71 years, 8 months and 7 days, of Blood Poison, born New York, farmer, parents Erastus Fellows born New York and Eliza Fellows born New York.

Since Henry H. Fellows of Newaygo County, and Peter J. Fellows of Ionia County gave their parents as Erastus Fellows and Ruth Smith at various times, and also named siblings which did not include Joel, he does not seem to fit for a brother. He might be a half brother, an uncle, or a cousin. He lived in the same locations, and was associated with the Newaygo Fellows family through land transactions. Also, since Erastus G. Fellows’ second son was named Joel B., and since Henry H. Fellows, son of Erastus G, named one son Peter, some relationship seems more that likely.

The location of this land is illustrated on the Ashland Township map from the old Newaygo County Atlas1.

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  1. C. O. Titus, Atlas of Newaygo County, Michigan / compiled and drawn for the publisher by E. L. Hayes ; H. H. Avery, assistant, W. B. Patterson, assistant. (Philadelphia, PA : C.O. Titus c1880), page 37, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.

Apr 06

Tuesday’s Tools – SourceForge.org

There are a host of professional genealogists who offer tips, shortcuts and tricks to make life easier for the rest of us. Along the way, each of us picks up tidbits of knowledge which help us survive, or at least become our own standard way of accomplishing tasks. In the past, suggestions I have made as comments on other blogs have produced thanks, and even traffic to my little genealogy home on the net. Therefore, once in a while, when I feel like it, in very irregular fashion, but almost always on Tuesday, I will tell you how I do something related to my genealogy.

If this little effort helps you, share with others, so they can be helped to. We all have a little something in our heads that can make life easier for others. One warning: I am a PC user, and I know nothing about Apple, Mac or Linux operating systems and/or computers. This is from a PC user, for PC users.

Several of my tips have revolved around open source software. As my husband inches ever closer to retirement, the word free or complementary mean a little more to me. Open source software is created and developed collaborative by individuals and made available free. The source code is available so other individuals may build on, improve or add to a given project.

Many people feel that it is necessary to be an expert in programming or computers, or software to use open source software, but I do not agree. You should read the notes or read-me file when you download an open source project, and follow any suggestions or instructions given in them. You might need some common sense to get you through certain situations, but developer knowledge is not required. Among the more well known open source programs are Open Office, Thunderbird, and Firefox. Currently, I am using Thunderbird for my e-mail and contacts, and Firefox as my main browser. I also use Filezilla as my FTP client, and have for several years.

SourceForge is a convenient website for finding open source programs to try out. Head on over there are poke around a little. The selection runs from full-sized photo editors, to tiny utilities that accomplish a simple stated purpose, to developer tools you probably won’t need. I think it is interesting what people will do for the common good, rather than profit.

Apr 05

Fellows Family Land Records,Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 15 page 525

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 . This group pertain to Papa’s Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.

 

Date: 10 Dec 1861
Liber: 15
Page: 525
Location: Washington DC
Grantor: The United States
Grantee: Henry H. Fellows of Newaygo County, Michigan
Witnesses:
Type of deed: Purchase of Federal Lands, Ionia Land Office
Rec’d and recording: 11 April 1876
Clerk/registrar: W. Persons
Location of land: Newaygo County
Consideration: Full payment
Notes:
Description: NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 24 T11N R13W

Section 24 is just south of section 13, where Erastus Fellows purchased land on 14 July 1859. This deed is for one portion of the land eventually owned by Henry H. Fellows in Ashland Township.

To clarify, this Henry H. Fellows, ca 1839-1915 was brother of Erastus G. Fellows. Another Henry H. Fellows, 1858-1905, was a son of Erastus G. Fellows, and a nephew of the older Henry. The younger Henry was Papa’s great-grandfather. Much research on both men named Henry H. Fellows was needed to determine their relationship to each other and the balance of the Fellows family.

In this illustration, which I created by using the 1880 Newaygo County Atlas1, you can see the portion of Section 24 purchased on this deed. The land outlined in Blue is that which Erastus G. purchased in 1861.

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  1. C. O. Titus, Atlas of Newaygo County, Michigan / compiled and drawn for the publisher by E. L. Hayes ; H. H. Avery, assistant, W. B. Patterson, assistant. (Philadelphia, PA : C.O. Titus c1880), page 41, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.

Apr 02

Funeral Card Friday, Charles E. Tinker

I found this theme, which may also be considered a meme, over on Facebook, and decided participating was a good idea.

This Friday’s card is from the funeral of Charles E. Tinker. Charlie or sometimes, Charley, Tinker was the second husband of Belle Lamunion; she was one of Papa’s great-grandmothers. The grandchildren, at least all that I ever met, called the couple, “Grandma and Charlie”.

tinker charles memorial card

The actual cemetery where Charlie is buried is Hillside, it is just south-east of Grant.

Apr 01

Fellows Family Land Records, Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 5 page 101

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 Fellows ancestors who resided in Newaygo County, Michigan.

This is the earliest record I have for a deed containing the surname Fellows as a grantor or grantee in Newaygo County, Michigan.

Date: 14 July 1859
Liber: 5
Page: 101
Location: Newaygo Co., MI
Grantor: John Foster of Casnovia township, Ottawa Co., MI
Grantee: Erastus Fellows, of Ashland, Newaygo, MI
Witnesses: E.L. Gray, J.H. Standish
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 24 Sept 1859
Clerk/registrar: W. Persons
Location of land: Newaygo Co.
Consideration: $80
Notes:
Description:

W 1/2 of NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 Sec 13 T11N R13W 20 acres

Every document I have relating to the Fellows family in Newaygo indicates that Ashland township, was their home. Lucky for me, Township 11 North, Range 13 West is Ashland township.

Section 13 is located just north of Grant. The “State Road”, later called M-37, and the railroad run directly through the township. I have reviewed several old railroad maps of Michigan, and although I have not found on for 1859, I do not believe the railroad was built through the area until later. Here is a outline showing township locations.

section 13

When I consulted the the 1880 atlas1, the earliest Newaygo County Atlas which was available on-line, I easily found the area where the Fellows families lived. You can enlarge the thumbnail, if you wish. The 20 acres purchased by Erastus in 1859 were owned by J.L. Chase when the information for the 1880 atlas was gathered. I also noticed that Henry H. Fellows owned land in section 13 in 1880.

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  1. C. O. Titus, Atlas of Newaygo County, Michigan / compiled and drawn for the publisher by E. L. Hayes ; H. H. Avery, assistant, W. B. Patterson, assistant. (Philadelphia, PA : C.O. Titus c1880), page 41, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/3927793.0001.001 : accessed 15 February 2010.

Mar 31

The Fellows Family Land Records, Newaygo County, Michigan

I recently outlined the land transactions of Belle Lamunion and Henry Fellows, Belle Lamunion and Charlie Tinker, and some of their descendents in Wexford County, Michigan. Belle and Henry, and later Belle and Charlie, lived a large portion of their lives in Wexford County, Michigan, but had previously lived in other locations.

In genealogical research, the best practice is to search from what is know to what is unknown, from the present into the past in successive steps. If this method is not used, it is possible to spend many years researching the wrong ancestor; I have heard painful accounts of researchers who inadvertently jumped to conclusions which lead them down the wrong path. With common names like John Johnston and (believe it or not) Henry and Erastus Fellows in our families, I make every attempt to avoid doing so.

Henry and Belle were Papa’s great grandparents, and had previously lived in Newaygo County, Michigan. In 2003, I traveled to Newaygo County to survey the records available there for the family. I have previously published a transcription of a deed which was central in settling the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, Henry’s father. Erastus G. Fellows died of disease at Lookout Mountain on 15 March 1865; he was a Union soldier. I wrote a little about Erastus and about our visit to his grave some time ago.

Reviewing that transcription provides information on a suspected relationship between these individuals:

  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.

A biography of Henry H. Fellows which is printed in an old county history gives his parents names as Erastus Fellows and Ruth Smith.1

I have since discovered a biography for Peter J. Fellows of Lake Odessa, Ionia County, Michigan which lists his parents as Erastus and Ruth, and also states that Peter first came to Newaygo County, Michigan from Ohio, and then moved on to Ionia County. It also names other children in the family of Ruth and Erastus, but only the living ones. My Erastus is not named, darn it.2

These old biographies are not completely accurate, they tend to, “Put the best face on bad facts”, to quote Papa. More to the point, I have found inaccuracies and errors of omission, but have never found one with outright lies. So, with the biographies indicating that Peter J. and Henry H. Fellows had the same parents, one of which names Henry H. as Peter J.’s brother, and with both Henry H. and Peter involved in the affairs of the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, my search for the family of Erastus G. Fellows has a little more life. I also have Ohio census records which add the census locations of several Fellows siblings in Seneca County, Ohio in various homes, the cemetery clue, and other evidence which is beginning to stack up.

The older Henry H. Fellows, who I suspect is a brother of our ancestor’s father, was a well known, and perhaps a little better off than our more average ancestors. He was heavily involved in land transactions in Newaygo County, Michigan. There were actually so many deeds with the surname Fellows, that I gave up before I had abstracted the information from all of them.

However, I will examine and post those which I have over the next weeks, as I look for more clues about the Fellows family. I am following my instincts, and searching from what I know, into the unknown.

  1. Chapman Brothers, Portrait and biographical album of Newaygo county, Mich., containing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county … also containing a complete history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the present time. (Chicago, Illinois: The Chapman Brothers, 1884), page 283, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/bad1017.0001.001 : accessed 2 November 2009.
  2. Chapman Brothers, Portrait and biographical album of Ionia and Montcalm counties, Mich. (Chicago, Illinois: The Chapman Brothers, 1891), page 447, The University of Michigan. Michigan County Histories and Atlases. http://name.umdl.umich.edu/BAD0938.0001.001: accessed 30 March, 2010.

Mar 30

Fenton Family Land Records, Wexford County, Michigan Liber 114 page 227 & 228

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.

These deeds are recorded on consecutive pages, are the documents that complete the purchase of the two 80 acre pieces of land owned by Ross Fenton in Section 17, Colfax Township. I described one deed related to the property several weeks ago .

Date: 16 November 1926
Liber: 114
Page: 227
Location: Wexford County, MI
Grantor: Joseph Murphy & Kate Murphy his wife of Cadillac, MI
Grantee: Ross Fenton of Manton, MI
Witnesses: Henry Knowlton, E.F. Parker
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 21 March 1927
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, MI
Consideration: $150
Notes: Deed conveyed to complete the terms of a land contract between Murphy & Dig gins & Wm. A. Jenkins dated 10 Jan 1921. Contract assigned to Wm. A. Jenkins, then on 18 Nov 1926 to Ernest F. Parker, and from Ernest F. Parker to Ross Fenton on 18 Nov 1926 by assignment. Taxes on first description 1920 & subsequent and on second description 1921 and subsequent years.
Description: An undivided 1/2 interest in: the E1/2 of the NE 1/4, and the E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 all in Section 17, T23N R10W
Date: 18 November 1926
Liber: 114
Page: 228
Location: Kent County, MI
Grantor: Dorothy Thomson of Grand Rapids, MI
Grantee: Ross Fenton of Manton, MI
Witnesses: Gertrude Klein, Emma Anderson
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 21 March 1927
Clerk/registrar: Johnson
Location of land: Colfax, Wexford, MI
Consideration: ?
Notes: Deed conveyed to complete the terms of a land contract between Murphy & Dig gins & Wm. A. Jenkins dated 10 Jan 1921. Contract assigned to Wm. A. Jenkins, then on 18 Nov 1926 to Ernest F. Parker, and from Ernest F. Parker to Ross Fenton on 18 Nov 1926 by assignment. Taxes on first description 1920 & subsequent and on second description 1921 and subsequent years.
Description: And undivided 1/4 interest in: the E1/2 of the NE 1/4, and the E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 all in Section 17, T23N R10W

OK, a land contract was the original sale mechanism for the two eighty acre pieces of land, and William Jenkins was the original purchaser. Then the contract was sold to Ernest F. Parker, then to Papa’s grandfather, Ross Fenton. When Ross paid the taxes on the land and had that payment recorded (liber 100, page 342) it was part of his responsibility under the land contract, not because he was behind on the taxes. Since these deeds represent a total of 3/4 interest in the property, there is probably another deed somewhere under which Ross Fenton acquired the other 1/4 interest.

In order to get the complete detail of the transfer of the two 80 acre pieces, it would be necessary to do quite a bit more digging, since records in the names of Jenkins and Parker would need to be examined. The two 80 acre pieces of land are outlined in blue on this illustration, which I made using the old 1908 Atlas1.

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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.

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