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Gleaning the Past.........Part 5
Burr Oak Township
St Joseph County, Michigan

Contributed to the Michigan USGenWeb Project

Transcribed and proof-read by Josephine Reed Garzelloni
11 Oct 1997

Bits and Pieces of history and her people
Collected and compiled by
Josephine Reed Garzelloni
Contributed to the St Joseph County Michigan USGenWeb for the free use of all.
Not to be sold or published without permission.

This work is done in honor of my Mother,
Maxine Virginia Reed
29 February 1916 ~ 7 February 1989
She did the very best she knew to do
in the face of overwhelming adversity
"Soar on the wings of angels Momma"

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1850 Assessment, Personal only

49-50 Lawrence R Greene, 38, farmer $600.00 born New York
Maria 29, born New York
Ruth Ann 12, born Ohio
Edwin 10, born Ohio
Louana 8, born ca 1842 born Ohio
Loretta 8, born Ohio
Robert 4, born Ohio
Lawrence 2, born Indiana

papers of Geneva Smith...

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1850 Assessment, Personal only

N 1/2 of NW 1/4 Sec 23, 80 acres
48-49 John Benedict, 31, farmer $600.00 born New York
Laura (Washburn) 26, born New York
John P 6, born Michigan
John P Benedict died in 1862, age 18 years
James H 3, born Michigan
James H Benedict died in 1864, age 18 years
(my note: these ages and dates don't match the ages but it's what Geneva has written)
Olin D 1, born Michigan

papers of Geneva Smith...

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1850 Assessment, Personal only

46-47 William Collett, 58, farmer, born England
Electa 59, born New York

papers of Geneva Smith...

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1850 Assessment

47-48 John Hackett, 28, farmer, $750.00, born New York
Ellen (Richardson), 26, born 1824 born New York
Josephine 2, born Michigan

According to Geneva's papers, John lived at Sand Lake which is over by Nottawa, close to Centreville, the county seat. Ellen Richardson was his first wife and Geneva provides information on his other marriages as well, to wit: m (2) Anna House with whom he had two children; Frank and another child who died young m (3) Caroline Hoyt, born 14 February 1830 in Canada, with whom John had 6 children. John was born either in 1821 or 1822

papers of Geneva Smith

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1850 Assessment

42-43 William Locke, 48, farmer, $10,000.00, born in Pennslyvania
Rachael (Gardner) 35, born 1815 born in Pennsylvania
Mary Ann 18, born 1832 born in Michigan
Mary Ann married Col. John Tyler
Thomas 13, born 1837 born in Michigan
Nancy 12, born 1838 born in Michigan
Erana 5, born 1840 born in Michigan
Rebecca Gardner 80, born 1766 born in Pennsylvania
Rebecca was the wife of John Gardner and she died in 1851

In Adams Cemetery,:

Samuel Gardner, 1807-1843
Anna (Newton) Gardner, 1797-1858, age 61yr 5mo 27dy
William Locke, born 1802, died 1869, age 67 years

The sons of William and Rachael (Gardner) Locke who apparently were gone from home when the 1850 Assessment were made have been listed by Geneva as being buried at Adams Cemetery, they being: John Locke, William Locke, Dan Locke

papers of Geneva Smith...

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1850 Assessment........

43-44 Richard L Jenkins, 57, farmer, born in England
Ann M (Leake), 51, born in New York buried at Sanborn Cemetery
James E 28 born in New York
Isaac 22 born in New York
Joseph 19 born in New York
Daniel 15 born in New York Daniel was born 1835
William 12 born in New York

my note: this is one of my direct lines and I have pretty extensive data on them. I will share. Please email to: Jo Garzelloni

papers of Geneva Smith.....

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1850 Assessment

44-45 Jason Kibbie 62, born 1783, farmer $2000.00, born in New York
Polly (Eddy) 60, born 1790 born in New York
Lucinda Cotton 25 born in Pennsylvania

papers of Geneva Smith

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Schrock Certificate of Entry to Gideon Sanborn

November 6, 1833
S.E. 1/4 of S.E. 1/4 of Sec 10, Patent 6 November 1834, United States to Gideon Sanborn.
S.E. 1/4 of S.E 1//4 of Sec 10 by President Andrew Jackson, A. J. Donelson, Secretary Elijah Hayward, Commissioner of General Land Office

papers of Geneva Smith

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Warranty Deed, 10 March 1870

Gideon Sanborn, $1800.00 to Jane Sanborn

(Mortgage) 30 September 1875
Jane Sanborn to Myron A Benedict, $1400.00

(Mortgage) 17 November 1877
Jane Sanborn to John B Haslett, $3000.00
discharge of said above Mortgage 17 November 1882

Agusta Toby married Andrew M Graham on 11 July 1869

papers of Geneva Smith

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Warranty Deed, 13 June 1859

Gideon Sanborn and Jane, his wife to William H Toby

Divorce Decree 9 June 1869
Augusta Tobey versus William H Tobey
Samuel Chadwick, Esq., Circuit Court Commissioner

Charles, age 10
Nelson, age 7

papers of Geneva Smith

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Olaf Lampe home on South Third Street
Caption....No 1...Abstract of Title to all that certain pieces or parcels of land situated, lying and being in the Village of Burr Oak, St Joseph County, State of Michigan; described as follows:

Lot No two (2) in block (18) as the same is shown in the Plat of said Village duly filed in the Office of the Register of Deeds of said County. No 2, Certificte of Entry

papers of Geneva Smith

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Porter Farm, copy of Porter to Bietz
Quit claim deed
Lorenzo Porter and wife to Lorentus Porter 24th day of September 1883, in Vol. 70, page 609
Nicholas Hill, Register of Deeds

On the 15th day of September 1883 between Lorenzo Porter and Adelia Porter, his wife of Burr Oak, St Joseph County, John Bietz paid $1000.00 (40 acres)

2 March 1897
(Mrs Louise (Bauman) Bietz born 17 June 1879, died 1960)

papers of Geneva Smith

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Burr Oak, house N.E. corner of Eagle and First Street
W.H. Wilson estate, Miles Wilson to Daniel Gillett to Peter Fair 1902, to Ida M Porter, 1938-39to Charles Grechow

papers of Geneva Smith

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25 September 183-, the township board audited the towns accounts, amounting to $75.25 of which sum the supervisors account was $2.00. At the same meeting of the board it was resolved to raise the sum of $25.25 as a contingent fund for the township. The following have been elected to the offices over their names from 1839-1876.

Supervisors

Marshall Livermore, 3 years
Josiah Livermore, Jaems L Bishop, 7 years
William Morris, 2 years
Samuel Needham, Harrison Kelley, Elizar Lancaster, 3 years
William C Bryant, William H Cross, J Clinton Bishop, 10 years.

Justices of the Peace

Sidney Carpenter, Ira C Abbott, Bracy Toby, William Morris, Oscar L Cowles, 8 years

J Clinton Bishop, Hiram Parker, William Cross, J. A. J. Metzer, Joseph Annis, Bliss N Stone, 8 years

B. B. Benedict, Elizur Lancaster, A. B. Mills, Reuben Trussell, Present incumbent.

the first roads were planned on 27 March 1837

papers of Geneva Smith

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The first cemetery was located near the residence of Gideon Sanborn on the farm later owned by Joseph Graves, as early as 1838. Prior to this the pioneers buried their dead on their own premises.

After the incorporation of the ground, these remains were taken up and reinterred in the cemetery.

The first interment of an adult person was that of Mrs Israel Stiles who died in 1838. The first trustees of the cemetery were Cyrus Benedict, Israel I Stiles and Samuel Needham.

papers of Geneva Smith...

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Education

Thompson and Farley corners, in the same district. On the 9th of May 1838, the inspectors of primary schools organized the township into four school districts.

No 1. was by the aforesaid corners, including sections No 1,2,3-10,11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
No 2. by Esquire Needham's comprising sections 4,6.7,8,9,16,17,18.
No 3. long known as the Foley-Bishop District composed of sections 19, 20, 21,28,29,30,31.32. and 33.
No 4. over South near Harrison Plants of sections 22, 23,24,25,26,27,34,35,36

Mrs Chapin taught the first summer term in District no 3 and Sidney Carpenter the first Winter school in the same district.

Sidney Carpenter and Norman Allen were the first school inspectors by whom reports were received from Districts 1,2, and 3 and by them filed with the county clerk 5 october 1838.

In 1876 there were seven school houses, six frame and one brick, the graded school of the Village, valued at $21,400.00 which afforded 650 sittings and in which schools were taught on an average of 7 and 2/7 months during the years end.

September 1st there were 507 children in the township of the requisite school age, between 5 and 20 years and 447 pupils attended the sessions of the schools.

There were 138 volumes in the district libraries.

Six male teachers were employed, who received for compensation $1735.00 and twelve females, who received $1032.00. The total income of the district $5,427.64 were expended including payments on bonded and other indebtedness.

papers of Geneva Smith...

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Charlie Parson lived in house on Main Street. Ben Swihart lived there, then Roy Himebaugh, then Earl Brown, then Allen Davidson.........It is now the Methodist parsonage...

papers of Geneva Smith.....

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John Croy settled in Florence Township 24 August 1829 .... land entry made at Centreville, St Joseph County, Michigan

papers of Geneva Smith...

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Sam Cornell owned the place on Fourth Street where Ben Swihart lived then George Watson. There were two children, Jinny and Fred Cornell...

The old house was moved in two parts to the east side of First Street. Walter Wiard lives in the one second from Eagle Street and Henry Miller lives in the second house on First Street with his wife Juanita. They are the parents of six sons. Geneva draws a line for the name of the first son and then names: Charles Miller, Hillsdale; Donald Miller, Benton Harbor; Edward Miller, Burr Oak; Max Miller, Burr Oak; Ramon Miller, Sturgis.

from the papers of Geneva Smith....

my notes: the street Geneva refers to as First Street here is in fact Third Street and the half of the house that Walter Wiard did live in has since been torn down and Walter's widow lives in a very nice mobile home on that lot for about twenty years now. Edward and Max Miller both remained in Burr Oak. Ed is since deceased but his son Gary still lives here. per Jo Garzelloni

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John Good married Bell Sanborn. There were three children: Theada, now Mrs Raymond Bronson of Elkhart, Indiana; no children; Gerold married Dorothy Miller who was a teacher in Burr Oak High School and they have two sons; John Good , Jr. married Donna Himebaugh, daughter of Gero H Himebaugh. They have four children.

papers of Geneva Smith...

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Slocum and Worden......registered at Centreville, Volume 14, pages 463 and 464
30 March 1849, Israel Slocum
4 August 1849 to James and Minerva Worden
Israel Slocum from Thompking County, New York on 7 September 1836, purchased 160 acres from Gersham and Sarah Rice for $1600.00.....N 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Sec 11........SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 Sec 2..... SW 1/4 of SE 1/2 Sec 2, Volume 68, page 103

papers of Geneva Smith...

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1 May 1839 United States to Anson Upham United States to Isaac Holbrook

Hollie A Dedrick of Idaho Springs, Colorado, age 69 years in 1935 sold to Lewis and Anora Miller William E Hackman to Hollie A Deidrick and Charles E Deidrick, her husband

papers of Geneva Smith...

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C Ely Abstract

4 June 1832, Orman Coe and wife to Joseph Graves
17 December 1833, Joseph Graves to Marshall Livermore
5 September 1837 Marshall Livermore to Jacob Graves
4 April 1838, Jacob Graves to Luther Graves
14 April 1846, Luther Graves and wife to Spencer Williams
18 October 1866, Spencer Williams to Christian Wollenslagle
16 October 1869, Christian Wollenslagle to Michael Smith
22 November 1872, Michael Smith to Est. of Christian Wollenslagle
29 June 1879, Est. of Christian Wollenslagle to Elizabeth and Emanuel Himebaugh

papers of Geneva Smith......

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Albert E Massey Abstract

18 February 1847, Albert E Massey to William W Chipman
9 April 1848, William W Chipman to Robert J Humes
10 June 1848, Robert J Humes to Albert Kelsey
10 August 1849, Albert Kelsey to James Todd of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

papers of Geneva Smith....

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Julius A Thompson, Clarence Ely Farm

1 March 1847, Julius A Thompson to Samuel B Ferguson
24 August 1852, Samuel B Ferguson to Andrew WagnerThompson, 1852....From records in the probate office it appears that Elias H Fish died intestate 12 May 1867, leaving chilcren and heirs at law:

Charles Fish, Rachel S Fish, Nicholas Fish, Elias Fish, Job Fish, John Fish, Mary A Judson, Emily Wood and Elizabeth Powers. The house has two cellars. One under the parlor has brick floor while the other one has a dirt floor with stone walls.

papers of Geneva Smith....

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The Southern Michigan Telephone Company was organized in 1900.

papers of Geneva Smith....

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Estate of Enamuel Himebaugh, heirs 1905

Harriet, his wife and his seven children:

Thomas; Catherine (Bucknell); Clara (Fry); Elliott; Carlton H; Hallie A (Dedrick); Ora E Bushnell and grandchildren; Frank P Fry, Clara's husband; Hallie McKerg, Jay Fry, Glenn Fry, Glen Fry, grandson; Gladys, granddaughter; Erdine, granddaughter; Glenn and Gladys Fry are from Van Couver, British Columbia; also Jay of Van Couver, British Columbia

Glen and Cora Fry to John E Hoopingarner and Ida M, his wife on 20 September 1929 NE 1/4 of SSW 1/4 of Sec 10 and N 1/2 of the east 45 acres of W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of Sec 10.

papers of Geneva Smith...

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