Sunday, December 19, 2010

198th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of the River Raisin

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Join the many participants from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Canada, along with Native Americans and residents of Monroe Michigan as we remember this bloody battle and massacre that took place on January 22nd and 23rd, 1813.

The commemoration is held on the very ground along the River Raisin where hundreds of lives were lost in a struggle for freedom and sovereignty during the early years of the United States.


10:00 a.m. Morning Tactical Demonstration at the Battleground south of the Monroe Sports Complex (Ice Arena) at 15425 North Dixie Highway, Monroe.

11:30 a.m. Commemoration Ceremonies at the River Raisin Battlefield Visitor Center, 1403 East Elm Ave., Monroe.

2:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 South Monroe Street, Monroe. Special speaker will be Dr. Larry Nelson.

These events are FREE and open to the public.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Marie Anne Raizenne Shoentakouani

(courtesy of website dedicated to Louis Seguin-Laderoute)


  • Born: 8 Apr 1712, Boucherville, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Marriage: Marie Anne RAIZENNE-SHOENTAKOUANI on 8 May 1736 in Oka, Deux Montagnes, Quebéc, Canada
  • Died: 13 Jul 1763, Oka, Deux Montagnes, Quebéc, Canada at age 51
picture bullet  General Notes:
The Family of Louis Seguin and Marie Anne Raizenne

Louis Seguin (8 Apr 1712, Boucherville, Quebec - 13 Jul 1763, Grand Detroit, Quebec) married Marie Anne Raizenne (1719, Quebec - 27 Mar 1787, Oka, Quebec) on Sunday, 8 Apr 1736, at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto (now called the Church of the Annonciation), in Lac des Deux Montagnes (present-day Oka), Quebec).

Louis Seguin, born 8 Apr 1712, in Boucherville, QC, and baptized in the parish of Ste Famille, was the eldest son of Jean Baptiste Seguin and Genevieve Barbeau. His baptismal entry is recorded as follows and contains the names of his godparents, Louis Reguindeau and Marie Veronneau:

The year 1712, the 9th day of April, I the undersigned priest being the parish priest at the parish of Holy Family of Boucherville, baptize Louis, born the preceding day of Jean Baptiste Seguin and Genevieve Barbeau his spouse. The godfather is Louis Reguindeau, the godmother Marie Veronneau who declare as not being able to sign according to the ordinance.
C. Dauzat, priest

On his 24th birthday, 8 Apr 1736, Louis married 16 year old Marie Anne Raizenne in the church of the Annociation, Oka, QC. Marie Anne was the daughter of Ignace Raizenne and Elisabeth Nims, both of whom had been seized as captives in their childhood during the French and Indian raid on the New England village of Deerfield, Massachusetts on 29 Feb 1704. (As children they were originally named Josiah Rising and Abigail Nims but when baptized by the French, were given new names in honor of St Ignatius and Ste Elizabeth.) Since it is such an historically interesting story, I will depart momentarily from the story of Louis Seguin and Marie Anne Raizenne's lives in order to share the tale of her parents.

In 1703, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, the Governor of Nouvelle France, was convinced that an attack on the colony was likely to come from Boston. He named LeNeuf de Beaubassin in charge of an expedition, with Abenakis Indians, against the English coast from Casco to Wells. The following year, the English retaliated against the Abenakis. Consequently, Vaudreuil sent Hertel de Rouville as the head of an expedition made up of 250 French soldiers and Christian Iroquois and Hurons. On 29 Feb 1704, the small village of Deerfield, Massachusetts, situated on the Connecticut River, was raided. Ms. Elizabeth Marineau Liska, who wrote an article for The Genealogist, continues the story...

The small village of Deerfield, located along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts, was surrounded by a stockade and was inhabited by several hundred people. It was February and there was a great amount of snow cover, with some habitations almost covered over. In the fort there were twenty soldiers, provided by Governor Joseph Dudley of Massachusetts Bay.

During the night of February 28, the attackers, consisting of French soldiers, Iroquois and Huron Indians, approached the village. At dawn the attack was begun with a mighty war cry, surprising the villagers in their sleep. Doors were broken down, windows were broken and the victims were quickly floored by guns and hatchets. In minutes the disgraceful victory was won with almost no resistance. After the swift massacre, the village was completely destroyed by fire. Forty-seven known persons were killed, and 112 taken prisoners. Hardly had the sun risen on that winter day of February 29, the attackers were on their return to Canada. A few parties consisting of neighboring villagers pursued the fleeing invaders, but were unsuccessful.

The return trek to Canada [over the Green Mountains and through the snow wearing snow shoes] lasted 25 days, during which 12 prisoners died because of wounds, bad treatment, or the cold weather. Among the prisoners [who survived] were a 10 year old boy Josiah Rising [born 2 Feb 1694], and a small 4 year old girl, Abigail Nims [born 11 Jun 1700]. Along with Abigail, her mother Mehitable and a brother Ebenzer were also taken captive. Mehitable died on the journey to Canada. The Nims home had been in the stockade and later burned with three small girls. Abigail's brother Henry and sister Rebecca were among those killed.

Abigail was the daughter of Godfroi de Nismes, a French Huguenot [French Protestant] who first appeared in North Hampton, Massachusetts on September 4, 1667. He participated in Turner's fight with the Indians on May 18, 1676, and was a soldier in King Philip's War. He married a widow, Mrs Mary (Williams) Miller and lived in Deerfield, Mass. Mary died on April 27, 1688. On June 27, 1692, Godfroi (also Godfrey) married the widow of Jeremiah Hull, Mehitable Smead, daughter of William Smead. Godfrey had 11 children in all. A daughter, Thankful (Munn), escaped during the massacre because her home was hidden in the drifts of snow.

Josiah Rising, born February 2, 1694, was the son of John and Sarah (Hale), living in Suffield, Conn. The first American ancestor in this family was James Rising born in 1617, and a native of London, England. At age 18, he sailed on the "Dorset," September 13, 1635, landing near Bermuda. He then went to Salem, Mass. On July 7, 1657, he married Elizabeth Hinsdale, daughter of Robert and Anne (Woodward) Hinsdale of Boston, Mass. In 1662, James Rising and family moved to Windsor, Conn. where his young wife, Elizabeth, died on August 11, 1669. On April 2, 1673, James married Marthe Bartlett and settled in Suffield, Conn. In 1676, he bought a 50 acre farm for 16 shillings. A shilling was worth 25 cents. He was known as James Rysand," and it was under that name that he was buried on September 11, 1688.

Of James' first marriage to Elizabeth Hinsdale, a son John was born circa 1660. He married Sarah Hale on November 21, 1684; Sarah probably was the daughter of Timothy and Sarah (Barber) Hale. Sometime after his second marriage, John sent his son Josiah (born Feb 2, 1694) to visit his maternal grandparents in Deerfield, Mass. He could not know then that he was never to see his son again. John Rising had 18 children with his two wives. He died on December 11, 1720, about the age of 60. He bequeathed to his son Josiah in Canada (who would then be about 26 years old), the sum of 5 lbs in silver, payable up to three years after his (John) death, in case he [Josiah] returned from captivity.

With the arrival of the captives in Canada, Abigail was entrusted to an Indian woman, Ganastarsis, who was believed to be the wife of the Chief of Iroquois of Ours; while Josiah lived with his captor. These were Christian Indians, and did not mistreat their captives. The two young prisoners were formally adopted into the tribe in a special and significant ceremony, presided over by the great Chief. The warrior captor comes before the Chief with his captive, and is praised for his bravery. The captive is then officially given to the warrior as a slave. The slave is also given an Indian name. Josiah received the name "Shonatakak'ani" which translated to French was "il lui a ote son village" ["he was taken in his village"]. Abigail received the name "T'atog'ach," for which the French translation was "elle retire de l'eau" or "elle desenfle" ["she withdrew from the water"].

The priests of St Sulpice, missionaries at Sault-au-Recollet, considered the Protestant baptism received at Deerfield and that by the Indians insufficient, and proceeded on 11 Jun 1704 with the Catholic baptism. It was the third baptism for each. Josiah Rising was given the new name of Ignace Raizenne. Abigail Nims was also baptized and given the new name of Marie Elisabeth Nims.
Following is a translation of the baptism of Abigail:

"On Jun 15, 1704, the rites of baptism have been administered by me, the undersigned priest, to a little English girl named in her country Abigail, and now Marie Elisabeth, born at Deerfield in New England the (31 May O.S.) 11 June1700 of the marriage of Geoffroi Nimbs, shoemaker, and of Meetable Smeed also deceased. The child, taken at the said place 11th March last and living in the wigwam of a squaw of the Mountains, called Ganastasi. The godmother was Damoiselle Marie Elisabeth Lemoyne daughter of Messire Charles Le Moine, Ecuyer, Baron de Longueuil, Chevalier de l'Ordre de St Louis, and Captain of a company; with Francois Bounet who said he could not sign, inquiry having been made according to law. Mariel, priest"
/s/ Marie Elisabeth de Longueuil [witness]

Josiah was baptized similarly, and received the name Ignace.

In 1712, an attempt was made to ransom the children, then John Nims, Abigail's brother, came to Canada accompanied by Lieut. Samuel Williams. The children were not released, but Abigail's brother, Ebenezer, with his wife and their son were released. [By the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, prisoners could obtain their liberty if they presented a request to either the Quebec, Trois Rivieres, or Montreal governments.] After the treaty of Utrecht in 1713 [nine years following the raid], the Governor M. de Vaudreuil proclaimed that all prisoners be redeemed. Many preferred to stay in their adopted homes and it was with much difficulty that their protector, Abbe Maurice Quere, obtained their release from the Iroquois Indians. Josiah and Abigail were placed in the Catholic Mission where, it is said, they were taught in the French, English, and Indian languages.

On July 29, 1715 [two years after the treaty], Ignace Raizenne (Josiah Rising) at the age of 21 years, married Elisabeth (Abigail Nims) who was 15 years old [at Notre-Dame de Lorette Church in Oka]. Following is a translation of that act:

"July 29, 1715, I have married Ignace Shoentak'ani and ElisabethT'atog'ach, both English, who wish [to] remain with the Christian Indians, not only renounce their nation but even wishing to live as Indians. In person [the presence] of Jean Baptiste Haronhiatek, Gabriel Tsirok'as, Pierre Asonthen, Alexis Tarhi. Ignace Shoentak'ani, about 23 or 24 years, and Elisabeth , about 15 years old. Both were taken at Dierfile, about 13 years ago.
Maurice Quere, priest"

In 1721, the mission of Sault-au-Recollet was transferred to Oka. Fr Quere was named there as the curate. The Raizenne family followed the missionary and the Sulpician Order gave them a vast property in the village of Oka. Two sons and six daughters were born to this couple. Marie Elisabeth Nims died at about age 46 and was buried at the mission cemetery on 3 Jan 1747. Ignace Raizenne died at age 77, on 29 Dec 1771 and was buried in the Chapel of the Kings at Oka.

Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts, is a recreated village, much like Greenfield Village is in Dearborn, Michigan, or Old City Park is in Dallas, Texas. Historic Deerfield can be visited at its
web site:

Historic Deerfield

Returning to the lives of Louis Seguin and Marie Anne Raizenne.....

Louis Seguin was one of the principle figures of the era. He was an rmy major of Vaudreuil, commander of the Oka fortification, a fur trader and owner of four concessions in the Cote de l'Anse, in the Vaudreuil seigneurie. In 1752, it was at Louis Seguin's residence that the Marquis of Rigaud and the engineer Louis Franquet stayed during the inspection of the fortified posts. It was also mentioned that Louis had four servants, which was rare at that time. In the fall of 1752, Louis permanently left Oka to stay with his family in Concession #49 above Grand-Detroit, where the community of Hudson is now located. He died on 13 Jul 1763, at age 51, and was buried in front of the altar in the Oka Chapel "Des Rois." Captain Lemaire (St Germain), Fr Macon de Thirlay (priest of the du Lac Mission), and Ignace Raizenne (Louis' father-in-law) all had the honor of being buried in the chapel.

In 1778, Louis' widow, Marie Anne, gave ownership of the family farm on Concession #49 to the Seigneur, the Marquis of Lothiniere, and she then returned to Oka. Marie Anne died at the age of 67 and was buried in the Oka local cemetery on March 27, 1787.
picture bullet  Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Major in the Militia, 1763.

Louis married Marie Anne RAIZENNE-SHOENTAKOUANI on 8 May 1736 in Oka, Deux Montagnes, Quebéc, Canada. (Marie Anne RAIZENNE-SHOENTAKOUANI was born about 1721 in Québec, Canada and died on 25 Mar 1787 in Oka, Deux Montagnes, Quebéc, Canada.)

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

First Americans Were Europeans & Asians - Dennis Stanford of the Smithso...

History Channel indicates first Native Americans were European

I hope everyone saw the History Channel last night. Scientists have recently discovered that "prior" to Asians crossing the Bering Strait about 10,000 B.C. to 15,000 B.C. (bringing us today what DNA testing companies consider "Native American") about 20,000 B.C. to 25,000 B.C. there was a migration out of Southwestern Europe of peoples of European origin who made their way along the Ice Sheets in boats in the Atlantic Ocean who settled in the Eastern United States. The oldest spearpoints ever found in North American have SW European origins not Asian origins - therefore, once again - if your family was from the eastern U.S. or eastern Canada and there is a tradition of "Native American" ancestry - it's very possible it is true - however, because DNA testing only regards mtDNA from Asia as Native American and not mtDNA from Europe (ie: haplogroup H) as possibly Native American - the person being tested will never be able to prove their families story or their suspicion.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Maternal Haplogroup H: HVR1 16354T

From Wikipedia

Maternal Haplogroup H: HVR1 16354T

Haplogroup H is the most common mtDNA haplogroup in Europe.[6] About one half of Europeans are of mtDNA haplogroup H. Subhaplogroup H1 encompasses an important fraction of Western European mtDNA, reaching its peak among Basques (27.8%) and being also very important among other Iberians, North Africans and Sardinians. It is above 10% in many other parts of Europe (France, British Isles)

Maternal Haplogroup K1

Frm Wikipedia:

Analysis of the mtDNA of Ötzi the Iceman, the frozen mummy from 3300 BC found on the Austrian-Italian border, has shown that Ötzi belongs to the K1 subclade

Paternal Haplogroup - R1b1b2a1a2f

From Wikipedia;


This subclade within R-L21 is defined by the presence of the marker M222. It is particularly associated with male lines which are Irish or Scottish, but especially northern Irish. In this case, the relatively high frequency of this specific subclade among the population of certain counties in northwestern Ireland may be due to positive social selection, as it is suggested to have been the Y-chromosome haplogroup of the Uí Néill dynastic kindred of ancient Ireland.[30] However it is not restricted to the Uí Néill as it is also associated with the closely related Connachta dynasties, called the Uí Briúin and Uí Fiachrach.[51] M222 is also found as a substantial proportion of the population of Scotland which may indicate substantial settlement from northern Ireland or at least links to it.[30][52] Those areas settled by large numbers of Irish and Scottish emigrants such as North America have a substantial percentage of M222.[30]

From Moffat DNA Project (familytreedna):

Irish 1 - Members of this cluster are descendants of the semi-mythical Irish King, Niall of the Nine Hostages or one of his male relatives. Niall is thought to have lived in the late 4th and early 5th centuries. His prolific descendants ruled Ulster and Leinster between the 6th and 10th centuries A.D. This cluster shares a common ancestor with the Irish 2 cluster between 4,500 and 1,500 years ago. Members of this cluster share a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) marker at M222. The subclade is formally known as R1b1b2a1a2f2 and is especially associated with Scottish and Irish populations. It is likely to have entered Scotland through the Dalriadic migrations of the 6th to 8th Centuries A.D. (see Irish 2 below). Both clusters share the L21 SNP mutation that defines their common subclade.

Irish 2 – A member of this cluster completed extensive SNP testing of his haplotype in late 2009 confirming that members of this cluster have the R-L21 mutation that characterises haplogroup R1b1b2a1a2f. Members of this cluster share a common ancestor with the Ui Neill and Dalcassian Royal Families between 1,500 and 4,500 years ago in northwest Ireland, where these haplotypes are most prevalent. By ancient times, these Irish tribes had become a distinctly Celtic cluster of Iron Age farmers. They were known by Ptolemy, in the 2nd Century A.D. as the Voluntii. Modern scholars call them the Ulaid. By the 5th Century A.D., they had merged with surrounding tribes into a cluster called the Scotti, the people who gave their name to the modern nation of Scotland. Between the 6th and 8th Centuries A.D., this tribe established a kingdom on the west coast of Scotland called Dalriada. They eventually merged with the Picts to form the Kingdom of Alba, the precursor to medieval Scotland. It is very likely that members of this cluster came to Scotland between 500 and 700 A.D. from the region of Ulster, Ireland.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925

Bride name Ellen Laclain

Bride age 40 years

Bride birth year 1878

Bride birth place Mich.

Marriage date 20 Mar 1918

Marriage place Detroit, Wayne, Michigan

Father of bride name Frank

Mother of bride name Margaret

Film number 2342728

Digital GS number 4209972

Image number 368

Reference number v 6 p 160 rn 160023

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Royal Hospital Chelsea: Soldiers Service Documents


Born LOCHLEEN, Kincardineshire

Served in 1st Foot Regiment

Discharged aged 37

Covering dates 1813-1835

Held by The National Archives, Kew

Legal status Public Record(s)

Language English

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Thursday, July 1, 2010

New website offers research services for family historians

Your Ancestral Family, LLC, provides professional genealogy research services and genealogy products. Based in Bloomfield Hills, the online company specializes in providing professional genealogy research packages as well as on-site record search services in Michigan and research for genealogy records in the U.S., Canada, the British Isles and Western Europe.Your Ancestral Family President David E. Irwin is a professional genealogist who has researched his own family tree for 32 years and has assisted many others with documenting and building their own family trees. “There is a need for an easy-to-use genealogy website on the Internet that not only provides professional research assistance but also unique genealogy products such as customized family tree wall charts, professionally done family history books and assistance for those seeking photographs of their ancestors’ hometowns, churches, headstones and schools,” Irwin said.Your Ancestral Family, LLC specializes in providing complete genealogy research packages for those new to genealogy and family history and who wish to have their family tree professionally traced and prepared in an ancestral research report, family history book or family tree wall chart. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Your Ancestral Family - Oakland Press

The Oakland Press (, Serving Oakland County News
Economy forces workers to reinvent themselves

Sunday, June 27, 2010

By KAREN WORKMAN, The Oakland Press

Michigan has been shedding jobs like it’s going out of style.Job loss has hit the county’s residents hard, creating a chain reaction that has impacted nearly every part of the economy.Some residents, though, are finding ways to turn their bad luck into good.“In a way, I feel it was meant to be,” Bloomfield Township resident Dave Irwin said a of losing his job.Irwin was 47 years old and well established in his career as a sales manager for a company that sold personal and business checks to banks, when he received notice his job was being eliminated in February 2009.He wasn’t alone — a total of 80 people from the company were terminated at once.“I kind of feel like the universe makes things happen and it kind of directs and guides you; it makes events happen in your life that push you toward what you really should be doing,” Irwin said.While Irwin enjoyed his career as a sales manager, he’s also always enjoyed his lifelong hobby of doing genealogy research.“Sometimes people seem naturally born into being a doctor or something; I feel I was born into being a family historian because ever since I was a little kid, I liked hearing about family history,” Irwin said. “My grandmother was kind of the family historian and I used to spend quite a bit of time with her when I was young.”Now, Irwin is running his own business, called Your Ancestral Family, online at

Becoming an entrepreneur was not the first thing on his mind when he lost his job, though.“I was worried — how was I going to pay my bills, and that kind of thing,” Irwin said. “I just decided it was time, that maybe because of the job market — it was so bad that there were like 10 people for every one job — it was time to become an entrepreneur and do what I do best.” While he admits he had his doubts about striking out on his own, he dipped into his savings to launch his business and decided to follow his instincts.Irwin is now available for hire, offering three different packages of genealogical research for people. The service is valuable, he says, because getting started in genealogy can be difficult. He compared it to doing taxes without professional help.“On the one hand, you can do your own taxes, but it’s almost like you’d rather trust having it done right by a professional,” Irwin said.Even with websites such as — where he is listed as professional genealogist for hire — Irwin said it can be difficult for someone without experience to dig up all the records available.“There’s a lot of little tricks that professional genealogists know,” he said.Irwin launched his business in May last year and does have educational training that qualifies him as an expert in the field. “We fully research your family tree online and provide you a view so you can watch as your tree grows and we’ll document your tree and go back as far as records allow us, plus give a research report with a narrative, family tree charts and all the records we find,” Irwin said.

Contact staff writer Karen Workman at (248) 745-4643 or
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Surname Map of Ireland

Patrick Edward Reilly born 1670 in Ireland immigrated to Pennsylvania, USA


In medieval times, Cavan was known as East Brefnie, or Brefnie O'Reilly after its ruling Gaelic family since it was a major part of the 11th century Irish Kingdom of Breifne

Monday, April 26, 2010

Adam Irwin (1854 - 1903)

Adam Irwin was born on September 7, 1854 in the Townland of Claggan near the village of Ardtrea in County Tyrone, Ireland (Ulster). He was the son of David Irwin and Rachel Simpson. The Irwin family attended the local Presbyterian Church (probably Ballygoney Presbyterian Church). Around 1880, Adam left Ireland (Ulster) for Lancashire, England where he worked for the Valentine Family on their "North Tunley Farm". In 1881, Mr. Valentine decided to leave England for America (Michigan) and moved his entire family there leaving Adam to return one last time to his family in Ulster. After a short time there he decided to follow the Valentine Family to America and left on the ship "Parthia" with a friend. They arrived at the "Castle Garden" port of New York City on April 6, 1882. From there, Adam and his friend made their way to upstate New York at Buffalo from whence they crossed Ontario by train to Detroit and from there to Otter Lake, Michigan where John Valentine picked Adam up by buggy. Adam married the daughter of John Valentine, Susannah on April 18, 1883 at the Watertown Centre Methodist Episcopal Church in Watertown Township, Tuscola County, Michigan. Adam purchased a 40 acre farm in Section 15 of Watertown Township (equally close to Mayville and Fostoria). Adam and Susannah had 9 children including Rachel S., William, Susanne, Anna J., Eleanor, John K., Robert T., Edith M. and Ethel V. (who were twins). Adam was naturalized a U.S. citizen in 1888. He passed away on February 14, 1903 on his farm in Watertown Township and was laid to rest at Watertown Township Cemetary in Watertown Township, Tuscola County, Michigan

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Gladys Helen Purser (1894 - 1948)

Gladys Helen Purser was born on March 2, 1894 in Harwich Township, Kent County, Ontario, Canada. She was the daughter of Albert James Purser and Jennie Smyth. At the age of 9 (1903) she moved with her family to Pontiac, Michigan, USA. She graduated from the original "Groves" Pontiac High School in 1912. She then attended and graduated from Albion College graduating in 1916. While in college she joined Delta Gamma sorority. She met and married Everett C. Russell at the Grand River Avenue Methodist Church in Detroit on April 3, 1924. She had 2 children including a son Robert C. and a daughter Barbara H. She was the past President of the Tuesday Musicale, member of the Colonial Group of the First Congregational Church of Pontiac and a member of the Pillar Club. She passed away on October 31, 1948 in Pontiac and was laid to rest at Perry Mount Park Cemetary in Pontiac, Michigan.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Everett Carleton Russell (1889-1958)

Everett Carleton Russell was born on August 7, 1889 in Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. He was the son of John Benjamin Russell and Elsie Isabel Gunn. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1907. He then attended Western State Teachers College, Northwestern University and Wheaton College where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1913. Mr. Russell taught in Bensonville, Illinois for 1 year (1913-1914) and drafting at Dubuque, Iowa for 8 + years (1914-1922). He enlisted and served for a time in the "Great Lakes Navy" during World War I. In February of 1922 he came to Pontiac, Michigan as a drafting teacher. While he was teaching he also did graduate work at the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit where he was a member of Iota Lamba Sigma (about 1922-1924). He met and married Gladys H. Purser at the Grand River Avenue Methodist Church in Detroit on April 3, 1924. He was the father of 2 children including Robert C. and Barbara H. In 1930 he became Supervisor of Trades and Industrial Arts (Pontiac) and in 1939 he became Director of Vocational Education (Pontiac High School) for the Pontiac School District from which he retired in June of 1955. While working in the Pontiac Schools he founded the Adult Night School Program and the Co-Op Extension program. Upon retirement he helped supervise the building of Royal Oak Kimball High School and the vocational department of Pontiac Northern High School. He was the President of the Pontiac Y.M.C.A. in 1950. He was a member of the Congregational Church of Pontiac, The National Council of City Directors, Pontiac Rotary, Pontiac Chamber of Commerce, and the Schoolmasters Club. He passed away on December 19, 1958 in Pontiac and was laid to rest at Perry Mount Park Cemetary in Pontiac, Michigan

Dorothy E. Callow (1899 - 1973)

Dorothy Eugenia "Jean" Callow was born on May 16, 1899 in Pontiac, Michigan. She was the daughter of Robert Callow and Elizabeth Lochlien and a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, Michigan. She attended Pontiac High School and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Phi sorority. She graduated from Pontiac High School in 1917. She met and married John K. Irwin on November 16, 1920 in Pontiac, Michigan. She was the mother of 5 children including Russell who died in childbirth, John K. Jr., Richard M., Robert C., and Dorothy Jean. She and her husband moved to Bloomfield Township in 1956. She passed away on February 18, 1973 and was laid to rest in the Perry Mount Park Cemetary in Pontiac, Michigan.

John K. Irwin Sr. (1894-1966)

John K. Irwin Sr. was born on April 7, 1894 in Watertown Township (near Mayville) , Tuscola County, Michigan. He was the son of Adam Irwin and Susannah Valentine and a member of the Watertown Centre Methodist Episcopal Church. He was a graduate of Fostoria High School graduating the 10th grade in 1910. After high school he worked for awhile on the family farm and later moved to Pontiac, Michigan in 1914 to join a sister who already lived there where he first worked as a street car conductor while attending school at the Business Institute and later worked at the Pontiac Commercial & Savings Bank in downtown Pontiac. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I serving in "Battery D. 111 Field Artillery 29 Division" in France. He was honorably discharged and returned to Pontiac where he met and married Dorothy J. Callow on November 16, 1920 in Pontiac. He was the father of 5 children including Russell who died in childbirth, John K. Jr., Richard M., Robert C., and Dorothy Jean. He founded John K. Irwin & Sons Real Estate and Insurance Firm in Pontiac, Michigan in 1925. He was a former member of the Oakland County Board of Supervisors and past President of the Pontiac Board of Realtors, serving as a Director for 10 years. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National and Michigan Real Estate Associations, American Right of Way Association, Senior member of the Society of Residential Appraisers, Pontiac Lions Club, Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce, Elks Lodge No. 810, Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1008 and the First Presbyterian Church of Pontiac, Michigan. He passed away on February 21, 1966 at his office in Pontiac and was laid to rest in the Perry Mount Park Cemetary in Pontiac, Michigan.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

City of Saginaw Cemeteries Search

Fracois Locklien

Cemetery: Oakwood   Lot: 1037   Age at Death: 74   Date of Burial:  December 14, 1885   

Cause of Death:  Old Age   Place of Death:  Saginaw  

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

City of Saginaw Cemeteries Search

Burial Display   Name: Margaret Locklein    Cemetery:Forest Lawn   Gender: F

Section: 16   Race   Lot: 1223   Veteran: No    Space: Single Grave   Date of Birth: Unknown

Marker:  No   Age at Death: 89   Date of Burial: Unknown   Cause of Death: Arteriosclerosis

Place of Death: Saginaw   Cremation: No   Date of Death: June 25, 1920  

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Biographical Record of Henry County, Illinois - 1901 (Clarke)


Samuel Russell, who is practically living a retired life in the city of Kewanee, Illinois, was born in Wilmington, Clinton county, Ohio, on the 6th of October, 1834, but was only seven years old when he removed to Delaware county, Indiana, with his parents, John and Susanna (Wickersham) Russell, the former also a native of the Buckeye state, and the latter of Virginia, although she was only three years old when she became a resident of Ohio. Our subject’s paternal grandfather, James Russell, was born in Ireland, and was a lad of thirteen years when he came with his parents to the United States, the family being among the early settlers of Ohio, where he grew to manhood and spent the greater part of his life. His death occurred in Delaware county, Indiana. In his family were eleven children, of whom nine reached years of maturity.

John Russell, the eldest of this family and the father of our subject, received but a limited education, learning to read, write and cipher after he attained his majority. He was only able to attend school a short time during the winter and then had to wade three miles to the school house. His early life was devoted to agricultural pursuits, and at the age of nineteen years he learned the plasterer’s and brick mason’s trades, at which he worked for about twenty years. In 1841 he removed to Delaware county, Indiana, where he purchased eighty acres of land, and was engaged in farming throughout the remainder of his life. Politically he was first a Whig and an abolitionist and later a Republican, and religiously was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he served as class leader and steward for a number of years. He died in 1857 at about the age of fifty two years, and his wife, who long survived him, passed away in 1881. She had made her home in Henry county, Illinois, from 1859. They were the parents of four children namely: James who died at the age of four years: Samuel, our subject: Miriam, wife of Jeremiah Bickford, a retired citizen of Kewanee: and Caroline, wife of James Stafford, a retired citizen of Albany, Delaware county, Indiana.

When the family located in Delaware county, Indiana, that region was very wild, and on starting his children to school the father blazed the trees through the heavy forest that they might find their way home. There was scarcely a frame house in the county, outside of Muncie, the county seat, where there were a few. The dwellings were nearly all built of logs, with one door and one window, with large fireplace built of rough stone and mud, the chimnies being of split sticks and mud. Nails were not known, with the exception of a few made by the blacksmith. Wooden pins were used instead of nails, an auger or a gimlet being used to make the hole, in which the wooden pin was inserted and driven in solidly. The school houses were also built of logs, with seats made of small logs split in two parts, wooden pins being inserted on the round side for legs, thus giving a flat surface on which to sit. There was neither back or cushion to the seats. The roofs of the houses were made of split boards about two and a half or three feet long called clapboards, which were laid on timbers called ribs, and held there by poles laid on them, one pole being used to a tier of clapboards. The floors were made of puncheons, that is slabs split out of large timber from three to four inches thick, while a board placed on pins formed a desk on which the scholars practiced writing about ten or fifteen minutes a day, that being all the teacher though necessary to devote to that accomplishment. Amid such primitive surroundings, young Russell acquired his education, walking a mile and a quarter to school each morning and returning home at night. He was only permitted to attend in the winter, and never longer than thirty-five days in one year. At the age of eighteen his education was completed, so far as his school life was concerned, and he then devoted his entire time to work. He remained at home until his removal to Illinois in 1859, with the exception of a few months spent in Minnesota and Illinois.

On the 31st of March, 1859, Mr. Russell married Matilda Zehner, who was born in Wayne county, Indiana and is the third in order of birth in a family of nine children, whose parents were Benjamin and Hester Zehner, natives of Pennsylvania, and early settlers of Wayne county, Indiana, from which they later removed to Delaware county, the same state. Of the six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Russell, Francis died at the age of two years, Cora at the age of three, and Mary at the age of fourteen. John B., a graduate of Wheaton College and now superintendent of the public schools of Wheaton, Illinois, married Isabel Gunn, and they have two children, Edna L., and Everett C. Frank H. is a physician, now connected with the Presbyterian hospital of Chicago. He is also a graduate of Wheaton College, Rush Medical College and the Theological Seminary of the Congregational Church of Chicago. Eva M. is a graduate of the Kewanee high school, and is now taking the literary course at the Chicago University.

In 1859 Mr. Russell and his family came to Henry County, Illinois, and located on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres which he had purchased in 1856 in Clover township, at that time all wild and unimproved. He erected thereon a house, fourteen by twenty feet, in which he lived while breaking his land and placing it under cultivation. On disposing of that property in 1865 he a partially improved farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Wethersfield township, where he made his home until his removal to Kewanee on the first of January, 1891. During his youth he learned the brick mason’s and plasterer’s trade with his father, but has not followed that occupation for forty years. While engaged in farming he gave considerable attention to the raising and feeding of stock, generally keeping about one hundred hogs and twenty head of cattle. He still oversees the management of his farm, though he has retired from active labor. He is an active member and steward of the Free Methodist Church. Politically he is a prohibitionist.

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