Fellows Family Land Records,Newaygo County, Michigan Liber 34 page 544

This entry is part 86 of 99 in the series Deeds in the Family

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: 4 April 1882
Liber: 34
Page: 544
Location: Newaygo Co., MI
Grantor: Henry H. Fellows & Belle Fellows his wife of Ashland, Newaygo, MI
Grantee: Joel B. Fellows of the same place
Witnesses: John Newman, H.H. Fellows
Type of deed: Warranty
Rec’d and recording: 4 Oct 1882
Clerk/registrar: Taylor
Location of land: Ashland, Newaygo, MI

The land conveyed was: All of the E 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 13, T11N R13W that is south of the state road running through said land except a strip on the south end starting at the SW corner and running north 20 rods and 4 feet, then east to the Newaygo & Lake Shore RR, then on the line of the RR S 20 rods and 4 ft., then west to the start. This is the land which Henry H. (b ca 1859) purchased from his uncle, also Henry H. (b. ca 1839) just after the younger Henry turned 21.

I do not know which Joel B. Fellows purchased this land from the younger Henry H. Fellows. There is evidence two men by that name resided in Newaygo County. At the time of the 1880 census, Joel Fellows, the younger brother of Henry H. Fellows “Jr.”, was enumerated as a boarder, “Works in Woods” in Alleyton, Newaygo Co., MI. This younger Joel and the younger Henry were sons of Erastus G. Fellows and Mary Scofield. This Joel was born 9 October 1860, according the his father’s pension file, and would have been over 21 and old enough to purchase land in April, 1882.

Also on the 1880 census, the following listing appears in Ashland in the home of James M. Britton, family 22, dwelling 22: Fellows, J.B., white, male, 58, boarding, single, no occupation, born New York, both parents born Connecticut. This man may be the same Joel who purchased property from the estate of Erastus G. Fellows, the father of the younger Joel. He also appears on the 1884 census of Newaygo County, and his death is recorded in Ashland Township, Newaygo County, MI 21 January, 1892.

I will need to make a very thorough review of the land records and probate records to determine which Joel purchased this land.

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



  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.
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