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Sunday's Obituary: Tully Daniel Fenn, Pennfield Township, Michigan

25 January 2015

The obituary transcribed below was found in Huldah Rowley Fenn's Bible. It is for Tully Daniel Fenn, the brother of my great grandmother, Hattie Fenn Glover.  Tully Daniel Fenn was born 26 February 1859 to Daniel C. Fenn and Elizabeth Poor Fenn.


Tully Daniel Fenn

Tully Daniel Fenn was born in Chelsea, Mich., February 26, 1859 and passed away Monday, February 6, 1939 at his home in Pennfield township at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 11 days.
            His early life was spent around Jackson where he married Mary Ella Blake, April 26, 1882. She passed away April 6, 1930. He had spent the last twenty-eight years at his Pennfield home.
            Those left to mourn his loss are two sons, Bert and Warren; three daughters, Mrs. Henry Darwin, Mrs. Ned Kay, Mrs. Edgar Thomas; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Glover of Munising; also eleven grand children.
            Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Convis church with the Rev. John Foy and the Rev. V. J. Hafton officiating.  (Feb. 6, 1939)

Where in the World is Vinera Eglantine Powers Glover?

23 January 2015

Where in the World is Vinera Eglantine Powers Glover?

Circa 1802

Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States
23 Mar 1820
Oaks Corners, Ontario, New York, United States

Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States
2 Jan 1834
Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States

Oceola Township, Livingston, Michigan, United States
Circa 1847
Oceola Township, Livingston, Michigan, United States

Vinera Eglantine Powers Glover has been one of the hardest ancestors to research. The census records during Vinera's life only listed the head of the household.  The three censuses I have cited are for Vinera's husband, Samuel Stillman Glover.  I included church records where Vinera Glover was listed by name to help place Vinera in a certain place at a certain time.

I do not have primary sources for her birth and death dates.  That is why I put the circa there.  I believe I will have to rely on church records for this information.  First, I need to determine where she was born.

I have seen Vinera's name as Venera, Veneria Englantine and Veronica in my research.  I have often wondered if there was any significance to her middle name "Eglantine" as it is an unusual name.

Huldah's Bible: Fenn Family Deaths

21 January 2015

This is the last page of Huldah's (Huldah Rowley Fenn 1789-1862) Bible that had information on it. Although most of the information was saved years after Huldah's death in 1862, I am still in awe of it being in the Fenn family today.

The information transcribed below was written in Mary Louise Fenn Blades handwriting.  Huldah Rowley Fenn was Mary Louise Fenn Blades 2nd great grandmother.


Fenn Bible
Mabel died July 11, 1979
Warren died March 16, 1979
Elizabeth Huggett Fenn (wife of Warren) died January 26, 1983

ObituaryHorace A. Smith, who departed this life December 10, 1891, was born in Connecticut October 13, 1814, but the most of his boyhood days were spent in Plainfield, N.Y. At the age of twenty-one he came to Michigan and settled in Sylvan township. He was married to Martha Fenn July 12, 1836. After her death he was married to Helen Ellis April 3, 1856. He was the father of eight children, five of whom are still living.
            Mr. Smith experienced religion when a boy living in New York. On removing to Michigan he transferred his church relationship first to the Lima Congregational church. In 1851 he became a member of this church which at that time was known as the Sylvan Congregational church. He held the office of clerk of this church from January 1868 to January 1874. He was elected deacon in 1853, serving until March 4, 1871 and was again elected in 1874, and has held the office of deacon continuously since that time.
            The Christ’s kingdom have ever been dear to his heart. It is safe to say that he had not lived with a feeling......

Who's Who?
Mabel:  Mabel Fenn Darwin, daughter of Tully Daniel Fenn and Ella Mary Blake.

Warren:  Warren Orlo Fenn, great grandson of Huldah Rowley Fenn.  Tully Daniel Fenn and Ella Mary Blake were Warren's parents.

Elizabeth Huggett Fenn:  Elizabeth was the wife of Warren Orlo Fenn.  They were married 10 Aug 1916 in Convis Township, Calhoun, Michigan.

Researching at The National Archives (NARA) in Washington, DC.

19 January 2015

Guest Blog by: Kirsten Agnello-Dean

Humble Brag: My very first genealogical research experience was at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, DC.  How cool is that?  I was in DC for a quick trip but decided to stop by and check out the gift shop for a certain genealogist I know.  After viewing the Magna Carta, since I was there, I popped into the Research Library side and called Brenda Leyndyke to she if I could get her anything.  An excited mom-genealogist said YES. So I was texted the details and my mission was simple: Find the Civil War Compiled Military Service Record for my Great Great Great Grandfather, Samuel S. Glover Jr.

The research library is vast, impressive, and full of very helpful people.  Once you go through security and sign in with I.D. to get your Temporary Researcher Pass (top right), you need to register for a Research Card. Next, you go through a power point presentation, fill out some info, and then get your picture taken for your free swipe card (this card allows you into the research rooms and can be loaded with money for the copier).  Once you have that done it's time to check the computer in the Consultations Room to see if they have the records you're looking for. A very nice gentleman helped me search and shared a great tip: When searching for Samuel Stillman Glover, nothing came up. The research assistant pointed out that if it wasn't entered in that way it wouldn't appear, so searching for Samuel Glover only (middle name omitted) worked and found two records: service and pension. I filled out the slip and popped it in the box to have the records pulled.

The entrance to the 2nd floor Central Research Room
Files at the archives are pulled only a few times a day. Since it was a quiet day, I only had to wait about a half hour after the 3:00 pull for my records to come up to the Central Research Room on the 2nd floor. There are a LOT of rules for this room: No pens, pencils are discouraged, no food or beverage...only laptops and cameras, etc. are allowed. You may not bring coats or bags in (lockers are available) and they discourage you from bringing your own papers in.

The Military Records Room
I headed inside, my wallet barely passing for being potentially "too large," and went to the Military Records Room. Once your records are pulled, you can sign them out one at a time for researching and photocopying. Research Tip: There are scanners available if you bring your own computer, or you can photocopy directly to USB, if you brought one, from the copier (after getting permission to copy the records you received, of course).

Compiled Military Service Records from the Civil War
Samuel S. Glover, Jr.
It was only after I opened the military service record envelope in this quiet, genealogist filled room that I realized what was so cool about genealogy...here I was in 2014, touching actual papers of someone I was related to that were over 150 years old. It was very much like the cheesy scenes in Who Do You Think You Are. A giant red DEAD stamp on a cotton canvas piece of paper literally had me whispering "wow" out loud.

I snapped 55 photos and made 2 dozen copies then headed out. Once you finish, your copies are searched and locked in green "Property of National Archives" canvas bag by security. Intense, but as my Mother put it, "I don't want anyone stealing my ancestors records."  Once you're finished for the day, the security guard at the main entrance unlocks the bag and you can take your papers.

It was an amazing experience.  I secretly wish I had had more time to research things. You can have records pulled and copies mailed to you for a fee, if you don't happen to have a daughter in Washington, DC, but I highly recommend an in-person visit.

Want to learn more about researching at the NARA? Check out the Archives Information for Genealogists section. See more photos of my visit on my personal blog here.

Imagine how I felt getting this phone call.  It was a genealogist and mom's dream come true.  First, I was so excited that I could give Kirsten a couple of records to look up. Although in the excitement I had to calm down and think about what I needed.  This was one time I wish I had a prepared list of research for NARA to consult. Secondly, my daughter was kind enough to call me and volunteer to do research on her vacation!  It was something I was not going to say no to.  Thank you, Kirsten. You are a kind and generous daughter.  One who makes her mother proud every day.  Thank you for sharing your NARA research experience with my readers.  I may make a genealogist out of you yet. 

Family Photographs of a Fredricks Family Reunion

16 January 2015

The Fredricks side of my family has been having family reunions for as long as I can remember.  One of the activities that has carried throughout the years is one of family photographs.  Sometime during the day the family groups will get together and pictures will be taken.  The pictures I am sharing below are from a family reunion held at my Aunt Kate's house in 1964. Kate, Kathryn Louise Fredricks, was one of eleven children born to Otto August Fredricks and Daisy Ellen Graf.  The oldest son, Harold, was born to Daisy Graf before her marriage to Otto Fredricks and he took the Fredricks surname. He was considered a full brother by his siblings. I believe all twelve siblings were in attendance at this reunion, but I am missing a picture of the Richard Fredericks family. These are my ten aunts and uncles and their children, my first cousins.

Other cousins with families of their own were in attendance that day as well.

  • Kathryn Marie Welch is the daughter of Carl and Kathryn Louise Tritten.
  • Rose Marie Hillard is the daughter of Leo Sandberg and Daisy 'Marie' Fredricks Kurth.

Last, we needed a picture of all of Otto and Daisy Fredricks grandchildren.

The family was pretty complete at this reunion.  The family members missing that day were Larry and Nancy Fredricks, children of Harold and Margaret Fredricks. Richard, Mickey, Pam, and Richie Fredericks, although Pam is the first one on the left in the back in the picture above, so I am guessing my Uncle Richard was camera shy that day.  A very excellent turnout if you ask me.  I didn't get to see my cousins very much when I was younger so I always looked forward to family reunions.  It was a day to hang out with them.

Wedding Wednesday: George Fenn's Two Marriages

14 January 2015

Wedding records are some of the easiest records to access in Michigan.  The county clerk offices that I have visited are very open with their marriage records.  Many Michigan marriage records are available online through Family Search.  The Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925 records are the ones I used for researching George B. Fenn's two marriages. (Source Citation: "Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925." Index and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing Secretary of State. Department of Vital Records, Lansing.)

George B. Fenn is the son of Daniel C. Fenn and Elizabeth Ann Fenn, nee Poor. George B. Fenn is my great grand uncle. He is the brother of my great grandmother, Hattie Fenn Glover, who I have written about a lot.

Heading and Marriage Record for George B. Fenn and Leona A. Parker.  (Click to enlarge)

I found two marriage records for George B. Fenn.  The first one he married Leona A. Parker, the daughter of Charles Parker and Martha Crumb Parker.  Don't you love it when they record the parents names on marriage records?  George and Leona were married the 26 Oct 1901 in Hersey Osceola, Michigan.  They were married for ten years before Leona died the 22 March 1912 in Hersey, Osceola, Michigan.

Heading and Marriage Record for Geo. B. Fenn and Etta L. Cline

Next, there is a registration entry for Geo. B. Fenn and Etta L. Cline.  The marriage date was recorded as 30 Sept 1914 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  If you look at the record above you will see that a line has been drawn through the record.  I don't know the significance of this.  I do know that the records on this page were mostly from Osceola county, Michigan.  Grand Rapids is in Kent county, but I can find no record of their marriage in Kent county.  For now I am using the Grand Rapids as the place of marriage.  George Fenn is listed as married at the time of his death in 1935. A deed shows George B and Etta Fenn sold their house in Hersey, Michigan to their daughter, Mary Brockett Fenn in 1936, one year after George died.

Although the entry was crossed off, I do not believe it was crossed off because the marriage never happened.  I enjoy the depth of information recorded on Michigan marriage records.  If you have Michigan ancestry be sure to check the marriage records.

Adeline Dyer's Baptismal Record in New York City Found

11 January 2015

Finding an 1838 birth record for New York can be challenging when the earliest statewide registration began in 1847, so I needed to use other sources to verify Adeline Dyer's birth.  The first mention of Adeline's birth date was found in her husband's, Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr., civil war pension file, which I wrote about here.

Glover, Samuel Stillman; Pension File No. 28715, Civil War Pension File,
(Washington, D.C.: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration), p 40

Adeline Dyer Glover states that she was born on 6 March 1838 in New York City. Further research has determined that her parents were William G. Dyer and Mary Ann Swallow.  I thought finding this information would satisfy me, but since it wasn't primary information I kept digging.

The source I turned to for further information was FamilySearch and the "New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962" online database.  I found an entry for the baptism of Adeline Dyer with a father, William Dyer and mother, Mary Ann.  I do believe I found my Adeline.  Since this is an index entry without an image I will need to find the actual document to confirm the accuracy of the information found but for now I have one more piece of Adeline's genealogical puzzle to work with. The information found is listed below:

 William Dyer in entry for Adeline Dyer, "New York, Births and Christenings, 1640-1962"
Name:Adeline Dyer
Christening Date:02 Jan 1842
Birth Date:06 Mar 1835
Death Date:
Name Note:
Father's Name:William Dyer
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name:Mary Ann
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number:C51058-1
System Origin:New_York-ODM
GS Film number:974.7 B2N V. 71-72
Reference ID:

One may look at this and wonder how I came to the conclusion that this was my Adeline Dyer.  The birth year on the transcribed index is 1835, three years earlier than Adeline reported in the pension file with the baptism taking place seven years later.  This information prompted me to look at the other records I have about Adeline.  This is the only record that deviates from the 1838 date for birth. Her marriage record, all census records, family Bible record, and death record is consistent with a 1838 birth year.  Since this is a transcription of an index, I need to look at the index myself and find the original record before I change her birth year to 1835. The only other explanation would be another child born to William and Mary Ann Dyer, named Adeline, who died before the second Adeline's birth.  I have found no evidence of that occurring. I made note of the discrepancy in my Roots Magic software.

Next, I decided to do a little research on the church listed in the index, Saint Mark's Church, New York, New York.  St. Mark's-In-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street, is the official name of the church and has a rich history.  It is New York City's oldest site of continuous worship and the second oldest public building in Manhattan.

Petrus 'Peter' Stuyvesant, Governor of New Amsterdam, purchased the land the church is on, in 1651. He had built a family chapel on the land by 1660. Petrus' grandson, Petrus, sold the land to the Episcopal Church, in 1793, for one dollar. Governor Stuyvesant is buried beneath the church.

The building of St. Mark's-In-the-Bowery began with a cornerstone being laid in 1795.  The fieldstone Georgian style church was completed in 1799.  The church saw 200 summer worshipers and 70 winter ones by 1807. The steeple was erected in 1828, ten years before Adeline Dyer's birth.

St. Mark's In-the-Bowery has its place in New York City history.  It is a New York City landmark and part of the St. Mark's Historic District.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in what is now East Village.

Although I still have to find the original records and analyze them, I feel confident that the Adeline Dyer who was baptised in St. Mark's-In-the-Bowery is my second great grandmother.