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1845 Census for Sylvan Township, Michigan

18 December 2014

Source: Genealogical Society of Washtenaw "MI" County, "State of Michigan 1845 Census for Sylvan Township," Family History Capers newsletter, Volume 6 (April, 1983): p98; PDF images (http://washtenawgenealogy.org/), Available in Members Only Section under Capers Archive.

I have very early pioneer ancestors in Washtenaw County, Michigan with many arriving in the 1830's before Michigan was a state.  Recently, I was reading the April, 1983 edition of Family History Capers when I saw a transcription of the 1845 Census for Sylvan Township, Washtenaw, Michigan. It is a fairly short list and it wasn't hard to see familiar surnames.

The ancestors who were living in Sylvan Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan in 1845 were:

  • William BEGOLE
  • Daniel FENN
  • Orlow FENN
  • Tully, FENN
  • Charles GLOVER
  • Samuel POOR
Three other Glover's were listed, Lorin and two William's.  I need to do more research to see if, and where, they might fit into my family.

Once I read the list I found an image of the 1845 Sylvan Township census at SeekingMichigan.org. The only information recorded on this census was a list of adult males over the age of 21. Seeking Michigan is a great resource for Michigan records.  If you have Michigan ancestors it is a must see website.

Tombstone Tuesday: Amos C. Blodget

16 December 2014

Blodget Family Stone 

Amos C Blodget

Amos C. Blodget was buried in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan.  My husband and I visited this cemetery this past summer and spent time photographing gravestones that were related to the Glover family.

Amos C. Blodget married Sarah Salisbury Glover, the daughter of Charles Williamson Glover and Mary Ann Powers.  Sarah Salisbury Glover was the granddaughter of Alexander Glover and Sarah Salisbury, my fourth great grandfather.

Amos C. Blodget was a Michigan legislator from Washtenaw county during the years 1857-58.  He was elected to other local offices in Ypsilanti, Michigan during his career; serving as Justice of the Peace and Prosecuting Attorney.  He spent many years as an attorney and specialized in insurance law later in his career.

Amos C. Blodget was born in 1822, possibly in Vermont. He died 3 September 1906 in Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States.  Amos is buried in the Blodget Family Plot in Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Lot 19 and Block 100.

Military Monday: Otto August Fredrick

15 December 2014

Source: "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 October 2011), Entry for Otto August Frederich; United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

Otto August Fredrick, my grandfather, registered for the World War I draft on 12 Sep 1918.  I found two different spellings of his last name on this record.  The first spelling was Frederich and his signature was Fredrich.  The original surname was Fredrich.  His father, Johann August Fredrich used that spelling thoughout his life. In my writing of Otto I use Fredrick, which eventually became Fredricks.  I don't know when the spelling was changed from using an "h" at the end of the name to a "k" and then adding the "s".

I enjoy finding the World War I draft registrations for my ancestors.  The detail the record provides is helpful to genealogists.  It is a record not to be overlooked in your research.  Although, I didn't learn much new from Otto's record, I still find it helpful. The record provided the birth date, place of residence, occupation, nearest relative (his wife, Daisy Fredrich), and physical description.

I enjoyed reading the description of my grandfather because I don't remember knowing him without gray hair, it was brown on this record.  He was medium height and medium build and had gray eyes. That reminds me of what I remember him looking like.

I use the draft registrations to add facts to my Roots Magic database.  I added Military, Occupation, Residence and Description to Otto's record.

Sunday's Obituary: Henriette Fredrich Zobel, Manistee, Michigan

14 December 2014

Henriette Fredrich Zobel is becoming one of my favorite Fredrich ancestors to research.  It is through my research of Henriette, my great grand aunt, that I have been able to find any information about the Fredrich's in Germany.  Henriette's marriage information provided me with the name of her parents, Christoph Fredrich and Susanna Koenig, my second great-grandparents.  Henriette's brother, Johann August Fredrich, is my great grandfather.  I haven't learned anything about his parents in my research of him.

Henriette Fredrich Zobel's obituary is transcribed below.  I loved the information provided in this obituary.  It even provided the date of when she arrived in Manistee, Michigan where she lived the remaining years of her life.  Henriette Fredrich married John Zobel in 1862, near Nakel, Posen, Prussia. He is the Mr. Zobel listed in the obituary.

It isn't often one sees the word 'nonagenarian'.  Do you know the meaning of the word?  It means someone who is between the age of 90-99.  Henriette Fredrich Zobel was 94years old, just weeks shy of 95, at the time of her death in 1929.

Genealogists often use blog posts as 'cousin' bait.  I am guilty of that too.  This is one of those posts. I would love to connect with a Zobel descendant.  Henriette was the second oldest of Christoph and Susanna (Koenig) Fredrich.  The oldest child was Wilhelmine Fredrich.  Wilhelmine never left Prussia.  I have been in contact with a descendant of Wilhelmine, which has been wonderful.  If you are connected to the Zobel family, please email me.  I am very generous with my research and would enjoy hearing from you.   


Mrs. H. Zobel, 95, Dies Last Night; Was Pioneer of City

Mrs. Henrietta Zobel, nearly 95 years old, and a pioneer resident passed away last at her home, 182 Lincoln Street . The ... (unreadable in crease) caused her death.

Mrs. Zobel was born in Germany on October 29, 1834, coming to Manistee April 16, 1872.  She has resided here continuously since that date.  She was married to Mr. Zobel in 1861.  Mr. Zobel was a well-known merchant here, having a large store on River street.  He preceded his wife in death eight years ago this month.

Mrs. Zobel is survived by three children, Charles A., Henry, and Miss Ottilie Zobel, all of this city.  She leaves 12 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.  Two sisters survive her, Mrs. August Guhse and Mrs. Amelia Angelhuber of Detroit.  

Mrs. Zobel throughout her life was a devoted member of the Trinity Lutheran church, and gave much of her time to church work.

Services will be held Sunday afternoon at the home at 2 o'clock, from the Trinity Lutheran church at 2:30.  Rev. J.H. Todt will officiate and burial will be in Trinity cemetery.

Surname Saturday: Fredrick

13 December 2014

I haven't done a Surname Saturday post for over two years, when I did the Glover surname.  I decided it was past time to do another one.  I chose my maternal Fredrick line this time.  The spelling includes Fredrich and Fredricks.  It will be a short list as I have only traced the line back to my second great grandfather.

Generation 1
1.  My still living mother

Generation 2
1. Otto August FREDRICK: born 1 Nov 1878 in Manistee County, Michigan, United States; died 5 Feb 1968 in Onekama, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

Generation 3
2. Johann August FREDRICH: born 8 Jan 1845 in Prussia; married 8 May 1875 in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States; died 27 Jan 1924 in Dickson Township, Manistee, Michigan, United States.

Generation 4
3. Christoph FREDRICH: married 1828; died 1861.

Where in the World is Samuel Stillman Glover?

12 December 2014

Where in the World is Samuel Stillman Glover?

Census records are some of the first records I search for when researching an ancestor. I have been doing a series of Where in the World? posts in table format to see where there are gaps in my research. This table is for Samuel Stillman Glover, my third great grandfather.

11 Sep 1798
Conway, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States
Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States
Oceola, Livingston, Michigan, United States
Webster, Monroe, New York, United States
Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States
30 May1870
Rochester, Monroe, New York, United States

Dear Santa...NEHGS Books, Please!

06 December 2014

I remember the joy I would get as a child when the Sears Christmas Catalog arrived in the mail.  I would pour through the catalog dreaming of all the things that I would like to see under the tree Christmas morning. The list usually included toys, games, and books.  The list included jewelry as I got older.  I thought their jewelry was gorgeous.  I could spend hours looking at this catalog.  I am sure by the time Christmas came the catalog was in pretty bad shape.

I feel the same way about another catalog, the New England Historic Genealogical Society Books and Gifts one. The catalog has changed but my enjoyment of browsing it hasn't!  Now, I could spend hours looking through this catalog.  Times have changed and I view the catalog online, but my wish list isn't diminished because of this.  I am not able to turn the corners of the page down or circle items, but I manage to pour through it nevertheless.

This year's catalog did not disappoint.  I would be happy with any of the books in the catalog.  I think NEHGS books are of the finest quality.  I have many in my library already, but there are many more I would like.

I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember.  My dad took me to the public library for the first time when I was seven and I have been a lover of books ever since.  I remember many bike rides to the library to check out books.  I remember being excited whenever a Scholastic Book Fair came to school.  I loved seeing the monthly Scholastic book flyer.  Books were an important part of my childhood and it has grown just as I have grown.

This year as I was perusing the catalog and NEHGS announced their book bundles, my husband suggested I pick a bundle I would like.  He may have been sorry he said that because if I was picking a bundle, I was going big!  I chose the Ultimate Robert Charles Anderson Bundle.

The Ultimate Robert Charles Anderson set contains 14 essential volumes:

  • The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (in 3 volumes)
  • The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (in 7 volumes)
  • Elements of Genealogical Analysis (the author's latest best seller!)
  • The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 1-20
  • The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633
  • The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Colony Immigrants to New England, 1629-1630

This bundle has a price tag of $600 which would be way over budget for him to buy, but this would be a dream gift.  I did chose other bundles number two or four and individual books I would like.

The Great Migration Holiday Bundle 2 contains 11 volumes:

  • The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (in 3 volumes)
  • The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (in 7 volumes)
  • The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633

  • The Great Migration Begins, 1620-1633 (in 3 volumes)
  • The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (in 7 volumes)

Planters of the Commonwealth- This one will be under the tree as a gift from my parents.  

I would be ecstatic with any of the individual books in any of the bundles.  I have been a good girl Santa and can't wait to see what is under the tree this year.