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

This entry is part 49 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. 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
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.


  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.
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