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This is a collection of the Deaths published in the Fenton Independent Newspaper from April 1868 through April 1906.
Original Transcription From Microfilm by: Eileen Roddy
Digitized and Transcribed by: Cheryl Canty



April - December 1868

22 Apr 1868

CURTIS, LEVI, ae 50y, at residence of his son-In-Iaw, Edwin Trump, in Fenton, Mich. Fentonville Lodge No. 109 3 June 1868 passed resolution: "Levi Curtis, late of Belfast, N.Y., formerly member of Chemung Lodge..."

2 Jun 1868

YATES, CLARENCE H., at residence of C. H. Neely. Son of Henry & Mary Yates, ae 9y 4m 23d.

11 Jun 1868

BELL, HATTIE, in Vernon / wife of R. E. Bell and dau of S. W. Adams of this town / ae 26y / funeral at Baptist Church.

17 Jun 1868

HILTON, MARY JANE / In Flint of dropsy / wife of H. S. Hilton, one of editors & publishers of the Flint Globe / ae 29Y

10 Jul 1868

HARRINGTON, CHARLES, son of D. B. Harrington (one of the editors of the Baptist Tidings) ae 9m 5d. Died in Mason.

27 Jul 1868

STILLSON, COLEMAN / about 15y / struck by baseball.

31 Jul 1868

SMITH, MRS. MARY A. / wife of R. Z. Smith / ae 29y 5m / died in Fenton of consumption.

14 Aug 1868

JAMESON, / at Linden of dysentery / ae about 65y. He was an old settle of the Township of Mundy, but a few years since moved to the Village where he died. He lived and died a Christian in the full sense of the word.

15 Aug 1868

LAND, WILLIAM, who has had charge of the Freight Depot at this station, says the Flint Globe, was run over by the cars last Saturday, and so severely injured that he died six hours afterwards. He leaves a wife and two small children. The Masonic Fraternity participated in the funeral services, which were held at the Baptist Church, and escorted his remains to Clarkston where many of his relatives reside and several of his family are buried.

18 Aug 1868

DICKERMAN, JOHN G. / only son of E. H. & E. E. Dickerman / ae 18m / died in Fenton of typhoid fever.

23 Aug 1868

TIFF, CALVIN. A terrible threshing machine accident occured at a farm Just this side of Grand Blanc at 6 o'clock on Saturday last [22 Aug] Calvin Tiff, a workman engaged in threshing, in walking on the top of the machine while it was in motion, slipped on the straw which was wet from a recent shower, and fell into the feed box.....Drs. Axford and R. D. Lamond, Jr., assisted by Drs. Bates and Beebe, of Grand Blanc, amputated both of his legs below the knee but he survived the operation but a few hours, dying at about 3 o'clock Sabbath morning. He was a single man, about 19 years of age, we are informed and has no relatives in this vicinity besides a brother, who is in the employ of Leonard Roberts of this city. [Flint Globe]

4 Oct 1868

STEVENS, ELIJAH / father of E. M. Stevens Esq. of Fenton / died in Royal Oak Mich. in 86th yr of his age. Deceased was born in Vermont 25 Nov 1782. While he was quite young his father moved to state of New York. He married Harriet Frazier 1 Feb. 1809. They traveled life's Journey together until 3 Mar 1867,over 58 yrs. The fruit of this marriage was 9 children, four only surviving them. He was one of the pioneer settlers of Michigan, moving here from Delaware Co., N.Y. while the state was yet a Territory in 1832. 8 children accompanied him to this state. He bought government land within 12 miles of the City of Detroit. Born before our independence was acknowledged by Great Britain he has lived through all the changes of this government and recollected both the presidential campaigns of Washington. He has had a terrible struggle with life - had the typhoid fever in 1807, when it was as fatal as the yellow fever ever was - had a severe stroke of the palsy when he was 36 yrs old, and has been a raving maniac three times. He made a profession of religion at an early age, Old School Baptist. Although of a quiet and indifferent disposition, the loss of his wife seemed to tell rapidly upon him - giving up all his fortitude, so prominent before in his character.

25 Oct 1868

CHRISTIAN, GUSTAVUS, at his residence in Fenton.

9 Nov 1868

FENTON, MRS. ADELAIDE S. in Flint. Mrs. Gov. Fenton formerly resided in Fenton and one of our very pleasant streets bears her name, which will be her perpetual memorial. She has a brother, Ben Birdsall. Esq. and many other relatives and friends residing here. The Circuit Court for the November term met on Tuesday, the 10th, Judge Dewey of Pontiac, presiding. The Hon. Wm. M. Fenton's place was vacant. It was agreed that the Court would adjourn Wednesday noon for the funeral and Mr. Henry C. Riggs. of the Genesee Bar, prepared a short address to the court.

9 Nov 1868

ROBERTS, JEREMIAH / ae 85y / in Fenton at the Fenton House.

17 Nov 1868

STARKWEATHER, MRS. JAS. (Roxana) The sad intelligence of the death, by accident, of the wife of Mr. Jas. Starkweather, residing near this village, reached here Wednesday noon last. Her remains were brought home the next day via Pontiac. Mr. Starkweather and the deceased were at the Relay House, a few miles north of Baltimore, Md., at half-past ten o'clock p.m. on Monday, the 16th inst., where they had arrived from a trip through the south, and were waiting at the Junction at that place for a train of cars to convey them west. They were informed by the agent in the depot they would have to cross the track to another platform to take the train they wished. It being in the night, not forewarned of danger, and the track and surroundings not well lighted, Mrs. S. tripped on a rail and fell. Mr. S. caught her be her cloak, and endeavoring to assist her to arise, he also fell backwards, thus saving his life, for at that moment a through express train from Philadelphia to Baltimore came whizzing around the curve ..... passing over both limbs of Mrs. S., near the ankles. The best medical aid was immediately summoned. She lived until the following morning, suffering but very little pain, and talking with those around until her departure. She was born at Clarkston, NY, 14 July 1807, and came to Michigan while it was a Territory, in June, 1825. She Joined the M. E. Church in the fifteenth year of her age. She was the mother of G. F. Starkweather of Fenton.

21 Nov 1868

JENNINGS, MRS. LOUISE / wife of L. D. Jennings / ae 56y ? 9m 21d / died at Rose Corners of cancer

27 Nov 1868

MASON , JENNIE N. / dau of D. B. & Mary J. Mason / ae 7y 8m / died in Fenton.

25 Dec 1868

SHANE, , A sad occurrence took place in the family of Mr. Shane, who resides about four miles north from this place, on Christmas morning. In the absence of Mr. Shane, Mrs. Shane left the house to perform some outdoor work. On her return she found her little daughter, a little over two years old, lying a few feet in front of the stove, with all her clothes burned off, and literally roasted. Dr. Knight was immediately called, but of course medical aid was unavailing, and after lingering a few hours in awful pain, death terminated her misery.


January - November 1869

3 Jan 1869

McKEEVER, MARY / died at the Andrews House in Fenton of Inflamatlon of the bowels / ae 21y

5 Jan 1869

HERSHEY, , Mr. Joseph Hershey, who resides near the Bebee school house in Gaines, has just experienced a sad bereavement. On Saturday evening last (2 Jan) his youngest child was taken sick and died after an illness of about ten hours. Three days later his eldest child sickened and died after suffering terribly for about twenty-four hours. Their ages were respectively seven months, and twelve years. Their disease, congestion of the brain.

15 Jan 1869

STONE, EVERETT / son of Whitcomb Stone / ae 3y / died Fenton at head of Long Lake.

17 Jan 1869

STICKNEY, / Infant child of Mr. Stickney / ae about 7m / died in Mundy.

22 Feb 1869

HIBBELTHWAITE, GEORGE / ae 72y / died Fenton at residence of son-in-law, WiIIiam Bocock.

6 Mar 1869

SCULLY, MICHAEL, at Linden, aged 28 years.

7 Mar 1869

BEACH, CHILIAN, a printer, at Linden, aged 45 years.

8 Mar 1869

BARRON, RICHARD W., son of John and A. Rosette Barron, aged 17y 10m, 4d at Argentine.

24 Mar 1869

BICKFORD, CHARLES / ae 25y 6m / died Holly of consumption.

30 Mar 1869

BICKFORD, ADELBERT / son Charles & Frances Bickford / ae 1y 6m 6d / died Holly of consumption. The remains of both were brought to Fenton for interrment.

7 Apr 1869

BARNUM, MRS. POLLY / at the Head of Long Lake In the 83rd yr of her age. Deceased was born in Connecticut, but spent the most of her life in New York. Her husband, Ebenezer Barnum, was a volunteer of the War of 1812 and died in a hospital in Canada in 1814, since which she has remained a widow. She has lived with her son, Benedict Barnum, for over 30 years and with him she came to Michigan in the spring of 1855, since which whe has resided in North Fenton .

7 Apr 1869

BOOTH, WM. W., at his residence in the village of Fenton. Mr. Booth was born Harberton, New Jersey, 25 June 1820 and came to this state when 8 yrs of age, with his father, Rev. John Booth, who located at Troy, Oakland county. Wm. W. remained at home until 12 yrs of age, when he got employment as a clerk in a store in Mt. Clemens. After remaining there for a short time he went to Pontiac as clerk in a dry goods store where he remained until he became eighteen, when he commenced an apprenticeship of three years with a jeweler. After becoming master of the trade he, at the age of 21, commenced business for himself in Flint, where in connection with his trade, he conducted a grocery business. At the age of 23 he married Miss Elizabeth Dunham, who survives him. In 1849 he located in Fenton, when the village was in its infancy, and commenced the grocery business, continuing to employ his tools as a jeweler. He was the prime mover and publisher of the first paper ever printed in this village, "The Fentonville Observer,", the first number of which was issued in September 1853. The publishing of a paper that early in the settlement of this state was an undertaking few would dare enter into, but by perserverance the paper was well sustained, and from that beginning we have had the local press in this place. In 1845 he united with the Baptist Church in Highland, Oakland Co., and continued his connection with the church until his death. Through his influence and exertions the few members of that denomination in the vicinity of Fenton were gathered together, and the first Baptist Church of Fenton organ' oed in Jan. 5, 1850. Wm. W. Booth was chosen Secretary. There were eight Brothers and eight Sisters present, of which number three of the Brothers have since died, and five were excluded. At a subsequent meeting Mr. Booth was elected clerk, and appointed one of the committee to draft Articles of Faith. Elder A. Lamb being installed pastor. In 1856 Rev. John Booth took charge of the society.Wm. Booth was ambitious and persevering in his business, and at times it might be said his "ambition o'er leaped itself.'!.. He always tried to accomplish too much for his feeble constitution, and his care and anxiety so wore upon him that it doubtless cut short his stay. late at night and at early morn would he be found at his daily task, not always fortunate, but never discouraged. Our town is indebted to him for a large share of its prosperity, when in its infancy he ventured undertakings which, if they did not return to him a sufficient reward, formed a nucleus around which has sprung up one of the most flourishing villages in the state.He has always been an active member, not only of the church - the clerk of which he was at his death - but as a citizen. In 1861 when the call was made for volunteers, although in feeble health, he went at his country's call, and joined the 2d Mich. Cavalry, was appointed quartermaster, and from that to hospital steward. Many of those who shared the camp and the field will remember him for his kindness and attention to the sick and wounded, and his memory will be cherished by all those who knew him, from the officer to the private soldier. His aged father, now lying on his death bed, was able to attend the funeral and made a few remarks. Wm. Booth leaves a wife and 8 children to mourn his loss.

14 Apr 1869

DICKINSON, MARY / wife of Luther Dickinson / in the 71st year of her age. Died North Fenton of congestion of the liver. Her maiden name was Blair. She was born in Otsego Co., N.Y. She was married to William Graham in 1819 and with him came to Michigan over 30 yrs ago. After Mr. Graham's death she lived a widow for 15 years and was married to Mr. Dickinson in 1845. Her first church connection was with the Baptists but she died a Presbyterian. Mrs. Dickinson was the stepmother of Rev. E. Dickinson, formerly of this village.

1 May 1869

SELDEN, NATHAN W. ESQ. / in Mundy / ae 59y / born East Haddam, Connecticut. Erected home in Mundy 1836. Township Justice 24 years. Postmaster for some time. Member Presybterian Church / Mrs. Selden is dangerously ill in New York where she was on a visit at the time of his death.

10 May 1869

BIRDSAll, MRS. RIZPAH, in the City of Flint at the residence of her son-in-law, Wm. M. Fenton. She was the widow of the late James Birdsall Esq. of Flint and the mother of Ben and Maurice Birdsall of Fenton. Has been a resident of this country for nearly 30 years. [the newspaper this was copied from is in very bad condition, the age of the deceased could not be deciphered and the relationship to the above mentioned persons is guessed at by the copier as it was illegible]

9 Jun 1869

CRAWFORD, THOMAS G. ESQ. / ae 52y / died in Mundy after a painful iltness of nearly four months. Deceased has resided in this vicinity (Mundy & Argentine) for some 20 yrs.

28 Jun 1869

PRATT, , / infant son of A. H. & A. Pratt / 5m 13d / died in Rose.

30 Jun 1869

EAGAN, THOMAS FRANCIS / son of John Eagan / ae 20m / died Fenton

7 Jul 1869

TOPPING, MRS. ELNER / wife of C. D. Toppinq / ae 67y 7m 17d / died Fenton

18 Jul 1869

BOOTH, REV. JOHN, age 73, at his residence in Fenton. Has been a minister of the gospel for more than fifty years. Funeral at Baptist Church.

30 Jul 1869

MOREHOUSE, MRS. MARIAN / wife of Mathew Morehouse, Esq. / ae 5ly 9m / died Holly Township

24 Aug 1869

CURTIS, SCOTT. A terrible accident occurred at Gaines on the D. & M. R.R. resulting in the death of Scott Curtis who was acting as a brakeman on a freight train, and a young boy residing at Gaines. We glean from the various reports that the boy had climbed upon the cars, and as the train was moving off he approached the end of a car to descend, when a sudden motion caused him to fall between the cars dislodging Curtis who was ascending, and both falling to the ground, were crushed together. Curtis was about 17 years of age. His father, Dr. Curtis, resides in Holly. [Holly Register].

26 Aug 1869

DAYFOOT, MRS. R. L., for four years the principal of Fenton Seminary, died in Fenton. Her childhood home was on the banks of the beautiful Cassadaga lake in Stockton, Chautauqua Co., N.Y. She prepared for Holyoke Seminary at Fredonia Academy in her native county and graduated at Holyoke, Mass. in 1848 while her aunt, Miss Mary Lyon, the founder of that renowned school, was still living, and remained there two years more as a teacher. She died at the age of 45, having been for many years widely known as a teacher in Ohio and Michigan. A husband and 2 daughters survive.

10 Sep 1869

BUCK, GEORGE W. / ae 3m 24d / son of Jessee & Clarinda Buck / died Mundy of inflamation of the brain.

14 Oct 1869

SCHEMERHORN, DANIEL. We learn from the Howell Republican that Daniel Schemerhorn of Marion, while digging a well for T. Phillips of Genoa on the 14th was buried in it when he had reached a depth of about 46 feet. The soil was of a loose gravelly, almost sandy character, and well nigh defied the efforts to reach the unfortunate man. Finally, after persistent and laborious efforts, his body was reached at 11 o'clock on the night of the 18th. The Republican thus speaks of the strange, not to say inhuman, conduct of the man Phillips: "It is said that when the first effort was made to remove Mr. Schemerhorn from the well, he made use of the following language: 'He's buried now, fill up the hold,' and when the wife of the unfortunate man came, he refused to let her come into the house, although she carried an infant, and she was compelled to go out and sit down by the fire which had been built out of doors; that while she was there Mr. & Mrs. Phillips came out, and Mrs. Phillips threw water on the fire and put it out; and she remained there until Mr. Case took her to his house. Mr. Phillips then ordered all off his premises. The men, of course, refused to go, and he was led into the house - none too gently we presume. It is also stated that he hid his tools so that they could get none of them to use. So many of them having to be fed at the neighbors it was necessary to have meat, and a gentleman went to him and tried to buy a sheep. He refused to sell it, but when threatened that they should go and get one and pay what it was worth, he and his son went out and shot a lamb - a very poor one at that - for which he charged them a dollar. He refused to sell any more, and some of the men helped themselves to chickens as well as sheep. On Sunday, seeing the determination of those present to prosecute the work, and have enough to eat to do it on, he sold five sheep, at prices ranging something like $2.50 each, and drew some stumps, etc. for keeping a fire through the night. "Schemerhorn leaves a large family in destitute circumstances. A subscription has been circulated for their relief.

22 Oct 1869

MARSH, MRS. SALLY / mother of Dr. W. R. Marsh & Oscar Marsh / ae 69y / died Fenton of consumption.

30 Oct 1869

HOPPER, MRS. MARIETTA, in Hartland Centre. Wife of Hiram Hopper

11 Nov 1869

SMITH, LUCINDA, age 50, wife of David Smith ESQ., of Fenton. Born Cayuga County, NY, 10 Oct 1819. Came with her father's family to this state when this portion of it was new, and was one of the very first inhabitants of this township. Her mother, surviving her, is probably the oldest resident of this town. Mrs. Smith, since her marriage, has always lived in the limits of what is now the village of Fenton. A husband, daughter and son survive. Funeral M. E. Church.


January - May 1870

16 Jan 1870

TILDEN, MRS. LUCY C. R., in Linden, in the 81st year of her age. Eighty-one years. Such a term carries us back into the eighteenth century, back to 1789. And what an eventful period was that in which to begin life. Our national government was then but thirteen years old, and six of these years had been spent amid the terrible war-storms of the Revolution. The blood stains had scarcely yet disappeared at Monmouth and Brandywine. The nation had not yet fairly recovered its breath after the severe tassle with the foe, which had well nigh wearied out its infant life. Crippled soldiers, clad in tattered and faded regimental wardrobe, frequently hobbled by her father's Bay State mansion. Her father who, under Washington had worn the shoulder straps of a Major, as he dandled her on his knee, doubtless sang her lullaby to the tune of an army march.1789. George Washington was then President of the United States, John Adams Vice President, and Thomas Jefferson Secretary of State; George III was King of England and Louis IVI was on the throne of France.Allow me further to cite your attention to some facts in the history of the deceased. On the fifth of May the year of her birth the French National Assembly met at Versailles and inaugurated their revolution, which culminated in the "Reign of Terror." Six years later Napoleon Bonaparte commenced his victorious career which deluged Europe with blood, terminating twenty years later in the awful battle of Waterloo. In her twenty-third year began our second struggle with Great Britain, the war of 1812, which was intimately connected with our Indian difficulties, headed by Tecumseh and other powerful chiefs. Thus, amid wars and rumors of wars, she grew up to womanhood. Eighty-one years. How many remarkable events have occurred within the compass of her recollection. That recollection covered the administration of every President from Washington down to Ulysses S. Grant. She has seen star after star added to our banner until they varied from thirtee to thirty-four. When she began life, our nation consisted of thirteen States, lining the margin of the Atlantic. She lived to see it belt the continent, and reach from the southern gulf to the frigid zone. In 1789 our population was but three millions; now, in 1870 we number more than three and thirty mil1ions. In 1789 there was not a steamboat, a locomotive engine, or a telegraph in the world. In her childhood days the farmer tilled his land with a wooden plow, harvested his grain with a hand sickle, thrashed it with a flail, carried his grist to mill on horseback, where it was ground by machinery driven by wind. What vast changes have her eyes witnessed; and last of all we mention that she has seen our nation plunged into a civil war from which it has just emerged, and having shaken itself from the dust of battle, has set out on a new career, which we fondly trust will ecl ipse all its former successes. And she has witnessed equal improvements in the cause of education, and in the success of christianity. In short, nearly one half of all the history that is worth remembering, has been crowded into the space of her life. Some of us may live as long as she, but it is almost certain that we shall never witness so many changes. Methuselah, who lived nine hundred and sixty-nine years, did not live so much as she. Eighty-one years. What a long life. She out lived her generation. Most of the playmates of her childhood have long, long years been sleeping in the silent city of the dead. She has long lived a relic of the past. But the voyage of life, though long protracted, found its Ultima Thule at last. The last sands finally dropped through the narrow isthmus of life's hour glass, and the weary wheels of life stood still

(Extract from the Funeral Sermon)

24 Jan 1870

COLE, HENRY, former resident of Livingston County, was killed on the morning of January 24th while engaged in drawing hay upon the farm of Mr. Chafee in the Township of Burns, Shiawassee County. He was assisting to bind a load when the binder broke and threw him from the wagon with such force as to cause instant death.

Issue of  25 Jan 1870

LOWE, LOUISE / Thursday last as Mr. & Mrs. John Lowe were leaving the Andrews House to return to their home in Highland, in turning the corner of Shiawassee Ave. and LeRoy St. at a brisk rate of speed, the buggy slewed round and striking some fresh frozen hubs tipped partly over, throwing them both out, Mrs. Lowe striking on her head with great force, cutting her scalp and causing a severe concussion of the brain she died about 4 hours later. Mr. John Lowe & Miss Louise Andrews were married the day before and came to Fenton & stopped at the Andrews House overnight.

27 Jan 1870

NASH, JAMES, a young man belonging to the lumber camp of Wm. Fenner in Fremont, Tuscola County, was killed by the falling of a tree top during a severe storm. The deceased has a brother living in East Saginaw, and the Enterprise says that, four years ago in the same month a brother was killed while working at the same business, at the same camp for the same party, and within a few rods of the same spot, and in the same manner. It is also stated that the father of the deceased was killed in the same manner, but in a different locality.

14 Feb 1870

PARKER, MRS. HARRIET / ae 61y / died in Linden / she had lived a widow for several years and only one remains of her family. She was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

18 Feb 1870

SWEET, ELVA EMMA / dau of Abner and Nancy Sweet / ae 1y 6m / died in Linden.

19 Feb 1870

METZ, ALBERT L. K. / Master Mason and member of Linden Lodge No. 132 / died Deerfield, Livingston Co., Mich / ae 31y 7m 15d / buried 21 Feb in Linden.

14 Apr 1870

PHIPPS, THOMAS / in Holly / ae 81y 6m / Deceased was native of England and came to this country and settled in Groveland, Oakland Co., Mich in 1835 where he has since resided until he moved into Holly about a year ago.

3 May 1870

WILSON, MRS. MARY / ae 47y / died Fenton Township / She came to this township from Ohio 17 yrs ago when the country was new. Her husband of 21 yrs, 6 children and numerous relatives survive her.

14 May 1870

PICKET, MRS. FANNY / in Linden at the residence of her son-in-law, Elijah Bird Esq. / ae 85y


January - December 1871

5 Jan 1871

ARMS, FREDDIE / infant son of Willard B. & Eliza A. Arms / ae 13m / died in Fenton.

19 Jan 1871

SHELDON, DEACON ROBERT L. at his residence in Fenton in the 66th year of his age. Born Little Falls, New York State, 1805. Removed to Pontiac in 1830 and to this village in 1846. Entered the merchantile business in Fenton and has been constantly employed in that until selling out last summer.

19 Jan 1871

SHELDON, MAJOR JOHN P. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Drummond, in Winfield, Illinois, aged seventy-nine. (By remarkable coincidence brothers Robert and John Sheldon died the same day!) Major Sheldon was well known to the old residents of Detroit, having held for years a prominent position in the Territory of Michigan. Among the relatives of Major Sheldon still living in Detroit are Mrs. Dr. Pitcher and two of his nieces, Mrs. R. Storrs Willis and Mrs. A. H. Gies. Major Sheldon was engaged in active service on the Canadian frontier in the army from 1813 to the close of the war of 1812-15. He was for many years afterward connected with the newspaper press as printer, publisher and editor, at first at Ogdensburg, and Rochester, N.Y. In 1817 he came to Detroit and in connection with E. A. Read, published the Detroit Gazette for several years. After the destruction of the establishment by fire, he started the DETROIT FREE PRESS. Leaving Detroit in 1833 Major Sheldon was appointed superintendent of the lead mines west of the Mississippi River, and went to Dubuque, Iowa. The following year he removed to Willow Springs, Wisconsin, where he ever after resided. He was Register of the land Office at Mineral Point, Wis. from 1834 to 1840. He was for many years also connected with one of the departments at Washington, which post he resigned in 1861.

3 Feb 1871

DEMING, MRS. LOIS W., consort of Jonathan Deminq, died at the residence of her son-in-law, F. H. Wriqht in Fenton. From the Sandusky Register: Mrs. Lois W. Deming was born in Natic, Mass. July 25, 1799. She resided in Watertown, NY 46 years; thence she came to Huron, Ohio in May 1849, and thence to Fenton, Mich in November 1869 where she died February 3, 1871.

9 Feb 1871

GOODRICH, LEVI, hanqed himself on his farm near Goodrichville in the township of Atlas.

10 Feb 1871

MYERS, WILLIAM, killed in an accident in Holly. Wife of two months survives.

4 May 1871

CARMAN, HATTIE / in this village of scarlet fever, youngest dau of J. & E. A. Carman / ae 3y 8m.

4 Mar 1871

DAVIS, ALEXANDER P., at his residence in the Village of Fenton, aged 57 years and 39 days. Born in the town of Aurelius, County of Cayuga in the State of NY, from which State he came to reside and practice law in Flint, Mich., after having for the ffrst practiced It in Mt. Morris, Livingston County, and left there in 1842.He was the 7th of 9 children (5 sons and 4 daughters) whose father when a young man, and mother when a child, emigrated from Pennsylvania, and in 1801, united their destinies as husband and wife.

14 Mar 1871

ROLLAND, CLEMENT JULIUS. Born Mexico, Oswego Co., NY 5 Jan 1840, the son of George F. and Clemens Rolland, the youngest of five children, of whom only three remain. When four years old he was baptized in the Lutheran Church, of which his parents are members. With his brother Charles he came to our village six years ago, where he died Tuesday evening March 14, 1871, being 31y 2m and 3d old. Funeral from the Fenton Presbyterian Church by the Odd Fellows, or which Order he was a member.

2 Jun 1871

AUSTIN ,LUTE. During the thundershower on the 2nd a young man by the name of Lute Austin, while at work on the farm of B. Maginnis, in Groveland, Oakland county, was struck by lightening and instantly killed. He was in the act of chopping down a tree, which the lightening struck, and passed from the tree to young Austin's head, with a fatal result

8 Jun 1871

BAKER, DAVID H. in Fenton in the 59th year of his age. Born 15 April 1813 in the State of Vermont, he moved to New York State and from there to Michigan, settling in Pontiac in 1836 where he worked at his trade of wool carder and cloth dresser with Mr. Hedges. He came to Fentonville about 1844 and engaged at his trade and for a while was in mercantile pursuits. Not liking a business life he sold out and went to farming, which he followed successfully until the past two or three years, during which he has spent most of his time in looking after his business. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Funeral under auspices of the Masons with the Holly Lodge, Linden Lodge, Gaines Lodge, Austin Lodge and Fenton Lodge 109 participating. Pallbearers were Sir Knights, Dr. Isaac Wixom, Horatio Wright, I. B. Hyatt, John Bristol and George Reynolds.

12 Jun 1871

KINNEY, O. P, an old man who for the past twenty years has lived in the family of Hannibal Lee in Green Oak, was found dead in the barn by a little son of Giles Lee. For several years he had been subject to epileptic fits. (Howell Independent)

14 Jun 1871

SMITH, CAROLINE GERTRUDE / dau of Thaddeus G. & Frances A. Smith / ae 21m 24d / died in Fenton of dropsy on the brain.

29 Jun 1871

CURTISS, MRS, (C.L.) / of Charlestown, Ohio, sister-in-law of E. G. Curtiss of Fenton, died suddenly in Fenton of consumption.

26 Jul 1871

HOLLISTER, JOSEPH, in the town of Delhi, four miles south of Lansing. Mr. Hollister was employed upon a threshing machine and was killed in an accident with the machine. Mr. Hollister's parents reside in Oakland County, Michigan.

4 Aug 1871

BILLINGS, A. E. / in Fenton of consumption / ae 25y.

18 Aug 1871

BARTHOLOMEW, WILLIAM / 88y / died in Holly / born in Ireland 1783 and made a Mason in 1813. After leaving Ireland he joined, by demit, the Lodge of Harmony in Chichester, England in 1815. He afterward moved to this country and has lived in the vicinity of Holly since July 1857. In 1864 in consequence of age and bodily infirmities, he became, to some extent, an invalid. After the organization of Holly Lodge which took place in 1862 (7) he presented himself to the Lodge and asked for relief. A committee was appointed to look into his case and reported him a proper subject of charity. The sum of $1.00 per week was voted him, on which he managed to get along, together with what others donated. Fenton Lodge assisted to some extent to give him relief. But for the past 2 yrs he has been taken care of entirely by Holly Lodge at an expense of over $4.00 per week. Much credit is due to the members of the Fraternity for the generous course pursued toward a non-affiliated and distressed worthy brother Master Mason

9 Oct 1871

HOLLISTER, FRED C. / only son of E. J. & Delia L. Hollister / ae 3y 9m / in Fenton of scarlet fever.

18 Nov 1871

THOMPSON, WILLIAM / in Tyrone at the res of his son / ae 87y / Formerly of Seneca Co., N.Y.

19 Dec 1871

DAY, MRS. JAMES SMITH. No notice of the death appears, but the following letter to the editor is published: "As this report is going the rounds in Fenton, (viz.) that Dr. Sullivan was the means of Mrs. James S. Day's death, please publish the following certificate from the husband of the deceased - 'This is to certify that Dr. Sullivan was called to see my wife (Mrs. James Smith Day), a few days previous to Dr. Penneck being called as counsel. He, Dr. Pennock stated to me (the undersigned) that Mrs. James Smith Day was not dangerous, and he thought in a few days on his (Dr. Pennock's) medicine all difficulty would be removed. And further I would say in justice to Dr. Sullivan, I have no reason to lay any blame to him, whatever.'

James L. Day  Dated at Linden this 12th of Dec. 1871"


January - December 1872

3 Jan 1872

ALGOE, ROBERT. Mr. Robert Algoe, of Kip's Corners, arose from his bed being troubled with a very cold foot, his wife arose to make the fire and assist him, he having been for some time almost helpless; while she was busy at the fire Mr. Algoe stepped into the woodshed, which was not unusual for him; a few minutes after, his wife went to see after him, when she found him setting in a chair with a rope around his neck, suspended from overhead, quite dead. He had been for years sadly afflicted with paralysis and his mind very much impaired thereby. He was a man sixty years of age, in good circumstances, leaves a wife and family, his children are grown up. He was one of the Pioneers of Groveland, had a large circle of friends and leaves many very respectable relations. [Groveland Township, Oakland County]

12 Jan 1872

MUMFORD, MRS. CLARINDA / ae 57y / in Fenton at res of J. J. Hinchey of consumption.

17 Jan 1872

WALKER, MATTHEW, aged 104y 6m died in Davison. He had seven sons, all living, and who are now considered old men.

Issue of 30 Jan 1872

SLOCUM, MISS JOSEPHINE, a young lady much respected, who lived just south of Holly, committed suicide last week by taking poison. Love affairs is reported the cause.

11 Feb 1872

MURRAY, JAMES H., of Argentine, one of the old pioneers of this section, died at his residence of inflamation of the lungs, aged about 70 yrs. Funeral at Linden.

18 Feb 1872

CLARK, MRS. ROSAMOND W. / wife of E. L. Clark of Fenton Twp / late of Saginaw City / ae 66y (?) / of congestion of the lungs.

6 Mar 1872

HARBACK, CHARLES W. / ae 83y / at res of son in Washington, Macomb Co.

Issue of 12 Mar 1872

METZ, PETER W., a member of the Board of Trustees of the village of Fenton.

17 Mar 1872

LOVE, ELISHA died in this village [Howell]. His death was caused by injuries received from being hooked by his cow on Thursday afternoon while leading her to water - one of her horns piercing under his chin upward and injuring the roof of his mouth. So severe were his injuries that he could not swallow even liquids, until the wound had been sewed and nicely dressed. He lingered in much pain till Sunday morning, when death came to his relief (Howell Democrat)

10 Apr 1872

ATWOOD, MRS. HORACE / ae 51y / in Rose

12 Apr 1872

SEARS, GEORGE, a young man resident in Fenton for the past 12 years, died in Flint on the evening of the 12th inst. where he was staying for the night on his way to Bay City. He was about 28 yrs of age. Upon first coming to Fenton he was clerk for some time in the store of his brother in-law, Ben Birdsall, He was found badly bruised and mangled on the sidewalk in front of the Waverly House at Flint about 1:00 Friday morning, having fallen from the third story window, under the impression, as he said, that he was stepping on the piazza of the Fenton House, his late home here. Funeral Fenton Presbyterian Church.

15 Apr 1872

DAVIS, JAMES T., a prominent and active citizen of this place, committed suicide by hanging himself in his barn,aged 46y, 1m, 2d. Born Aurelius, NY 13 March 1826. Married Miss Mary A. Clark 6 Nov 1849 and with his family moved to Fenton, Mich. in 1867.

24 Apr 1872

STEVENS, JOHN. The funeral of Mr. John Stevens took place on Wednesday afternoon from the Baptist Church in this village. His remains were taken to Highland Centre for burial and were followed to the grave by the Masonic Fraternity of which he had long been an honored member. At the time of his death he was a member of Fenton Lodge, which was represented on the occasion by the Master, Senior Warden and several brothers of the Lodge. (Milford Times)

26 Apr 1872

WIXOM, MRS. died in this village after a short and painful illness. Her husband, a son of Dr. Wixom of this place, was in Nevada when he heard of his wife's dangerous sickness and immediately started for this place having to travel one hundred miles of the distance by stage. He arrived in Detroit Saturday night, too late for the train this way, and Sunday he hired a livery team and came through in seven hours, not hearing of his wife's death until within a few miles of this village. Her funeral was attended from the M. E. church today, and her remains interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

27 Apr 1872

INGRAHAM, SEYMORE / in Fleming, Cayuga Co., N.Y. at res of his daughter / ae 82y. Born in the town of Middlebury, Vermont 4 April 1791. Funeral at M. E. Church in Fleming. At same church 27 yrs ago he paid last tribute and respect to his beloved wife. Raised family in Fleming and lived there greater part of his life. In fall 1853 he came to Michigan to spend remnant of his days with his daughter, Mrs. J. V. Hudson, where he has lived most of the time since. About a year ago he went back to Fleming. He was a music teacher for about 10 years.

11 May 1872

PECK, JOHN T. / ae 41y 4m 3d / in Groveland, Oakland Co. / born in Clarence, Erie CO.,.N.Y. in 1831 / When some 4 yrs old removed with his parents to Groveland, Oakland Co., Mich. where he has ever since resided. In 1859 he married Miss Julia Johnson whom he leaves a widow with 3 small children.

21 May 1872

BRITTON, DANIEL, of Gananoque, Ontario, father of L. E. Britton, and Mrs. S. W. Adams of Fenton, died at the residence of his son, D. F. Britton. May 21, 1872, in the 100th year of his age. Following from the Watertown, NY Reformer and the Gananoque Reporter: His remains were taken across the St. Lawrence river by the steamer Midge, and interred in the cemetery near St. Lawrence, in the town of Cape Vincent, the place of his former residence, by the side of his wife, who had preceded him some ten years before .... He was born in Westmoreland, NH in the year 1773. His life was remarkable for nothing particular except that the years that he lived, and the great and many changes - political, commercial and social - which he witnessed. Among his first efforts at earning a livelihood was engaging with a surveying party employed to layout the State of Maine into counties, towns, concessions and lots. At that time Maine was a vast wilderness; Bangor and other places in the north-east being accessible from Casco Bay only by sea. Mr. Britton always spoke with pleasure of this expedition; having a keen appreciation of nature he enjoyed life in those magnificent forests, being at times over 100 miles from a human habitation, and seeing no face for months together, except those belonging to the party. The Penobscot, Kenebec and other Rivers affording abundant supplies of salmon-trout, and all kinds of game being obtainable with small effort, added to the charms which this life possesses for many people. After the survey was completed, he went to Boston and engaged with a biscuit baker to learn the trade, but the confinement soon became irksome to him, and he returned to the unsettled portions of the country. In his prospecting tours he at one time spent a few days at Pawtucket Falls, on the Merrimac River in Massachusetts, which at that time was totally uninhabited, not a house being within many miles - now on the same spot stands the city of Lowe 11 , sometimes designated the "city of spindles," from the number of Woolen and Cotton Factories located there. In common with many who live to be old, he had many regrets when reviewing his life, and one of these was that he had not bought the land on which Lowell was afterwards built. However, instead of doing that he concluded to move "'west". Where is "west"? With us nowadays it means anywhere between the Lakes and the Pacific Ocean; in those days it meant the northern part of New York State, to which locality Mr. Britton removed in 1824, and settled on a farm near Stone Mills, in Jefferson County. Here he made himself a comfortable home, and lived contented till someone liking the situation of his farm, offered him what he considered a high price for it; he added to his "regrets" by accepting the offer, under the impression that as good a lot could be obtained in another place for less money. But it happened just at that time that a great number of Dutch came up from the Mohawk valley and bought so much land that prices went out of reach in a short time. Mr. Britton, instead of getting as good land for less money, was obliged to pay much more for an inferior lot, and the farm which he sold for a "high price" was sold for double the amount a year afterwards. He bought a farm between Clayton and Cape Vincent, and worked it with considerable success till he bacame too old to labor in the field, when he came to Gananoque, where with short intervals he spent his remaining days; dying as he had been born - in British territory.

5 Jun 1872

THOMAS, MRS. SARAH A. / in Fenton of heart disease / ae 27y 6m / wife of Gideon H. Thomas.

13 Jun 1872

BARRITT, GEORGE, a young man formerly in the employ of H. M. Johnson of Fenton, but at the time of his death, with Mr. Richardson of Holly, committed suicide by taking strychnine, and afterwards shooting himself in the left breast with a pistol. His mother lives in Rose, 3 miles from Holly.

15 Jun 1872

HITCHCOCK, MISS ADA. A sad accident occurred in the township of Rush, at Goss' bridge, whereby Miss Ada Hitchcock lost her life by drowning. A young man named Sylvester Youngs, with his sister and Miss Hitchcock, attempted to ford the river at that place, the bridge being broken. He missed the crossing, got into deep water and the carriage separated, throwing them into the stream. A man by the name of Dutcher succeeded in rescuing Mr. & Miss Youngs, but Miss Hitchcock was drowned. The bridge at that place has been in a very unsafe condition for a considerable length of time, and a short time ago a Mr. Spreece, his little son, together with his oxen and wagon, were precipitated into the river, and the child very severely, if it should not prove fatally, injured.

30 Jun 1872

CRANSTON, CALEB / in City of Detroit / ae 85y.Born in Rhode Island in the year 1789, being the great grandson of John Cranston, one of the first governors of that state. His father, Samuel Cranston, served through the Revolutionary War as a soldier in the Patriot Army. In 1793 Samuel Cranston removed to Delaware Co., N.Y. where the deceased resided until about 40 yrs of age, when he removed to Wayne Co., N.Y., where he resided until 1839. He then came west to Tyrone, Michigan where he lived for 27 years until the death of his second wife in 1866. Since that time he has resided principally in Detroit until his death. By his first wife he had 9 children, 6 of whom survive him.

4 Jul 1872

WILKINS, MRS. AMANDA, wife of Varnis Wilkins, died in Groveland of consumption.

10 Jul 1872

ROBINSON, JOHN / ae 66y / at res of Samuel Day near Linden.

13 Jul 1872

WARNER, MRS. HARRIET / mother of Mrs. J. M. Barrows and Mrs. L. E. Britton of Fenton and relict of Erastus Warner Esq. / died at res of Mr. Barrows / ae 70y / hus died 4 yrs earlier / both buried Jefferson Co., N.Y.

14 Jul 1872

WALTON, MRS. HELLEN M. / wife of Earl E. Walton / ae 44y / died Fenton.

Aug 1872

SCHAD, SAMUEL, A fatal accident occurred in Rose near this village on Thursday last. Mr. Samuel Schad, who was cleaning a well for Lewis Beach, was instantly killed by the falling of a bucket of sand and stone, while he was in the bottom of the well, the bucket striking him in such a manner as to break his neck, causing his death almost instantly.

2 Aug 1872

HICKS, WARREN / ae 70y / in Highland, Oakland Co. of paralysis.

5 Aug 1872

FAMOT, MR., tailor, of Gaines, and his little boy were out hunting this morning. The boy's gun went off accidentally and killed his father, the charge taking effect in his lungs.

12 Aug 1872

CHAMBERS, JULIA FRANCES / only dau of Z. E. & Katie R. Chambers / ae 1y 8m 29d / in Hartland of cholera infantum.

15 Aug 1872

MUNSON, MISS EVA M. / of Geneva, N.Y. / in Fenton at res of her brother-inlaw William Berryman of inflamation of the brain / ae 20y 3m 9d.

17 Aug 1872

On Saturday last a little son of Walter Blackmore, ae 2y, was left alone in the back yard, which is on the bank of the river, and by some means got through the fence, fell into the water and was drowned. He had only been absent some five or ten minutes, when found, and every effort was made by skillful physicians to resuscitate him, but all in vain.

17 Aug 1872

BLACKMORE, HERBERT / youngest child of Walter & Jane Blackmore / ae 2y 3m in Fenton.

26 Aug 1872

DEMING, SAFFOR S. / son of Robert Deming Esq. / of consumption in Fenton / ae 24y 11d.

28 Aug 1872





From the Milford Era: Last Wednesday a portable engine boiler, connected with a threshing machine on the farm of John C. Morse, Highland, about 5 miles north of Milford, exploded, killing 4 men and severely injuring three more.......The engineer named Smith together with Mr. C. A. Godfrey were also severely injured, although not fatally........ several other men standing on the barn floor almost miraculously escaped. Lyman Kate had reached the scaffolding in the barn ready to throw the bundles of wheat when the explosion took place.......It is surprising that a conflagration did not ensue, as the engine, fire and all was flung among the dry straw and litter strewn around. The three men instantly killed leave families. Mr. Edson Tenney died the same evening about 8 o'clock. The engine described a complete somersault being hurled through the barn, carrying everything before it.

Sep 1874

Last Wednesday Dr. Wixom operated on Mrs Gale of Ypsi lanti for the removal of an ovarian tumor, but she survived the operation but a short time. Mrs. Gale was a sister-in-law of G. C. Gale of Fenton and was induced to come to Dr. Wixom on account of his having performed a successful operation on a young lady from Ypsilanti a short time since, for a similar complaint.

12 Sep 1872

PALMER, JENNIE MABEL / dau of Rev. John H. & Emily M. Palmer / ae 4m 20d

4 Oct 1872

SCHAD, PETER / res of Oakland and Livingston Counties for over a quarter of a century / died at res of his daughter-in-law at Highland in the 85th yr of his life. Born LeHigh Township, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania 27 June 1788. Removed to Seneca Co., N.Y. and from thence to Tyrone, Livingston Co., Michigan in 1847. At age 60 in the spring of 1848 he, in company with Col. Slaton, accompanied the surveyors who laid out the State Road from Fenton to Brighton and afterwards took contracts for building most of the road from Fenton to Hartland, receiving for their pay 600 acres of state land. Work commenced in spring and finished in October of the same year, but not until the job had been accepted by the Commissioners was any teams allowed to pass over this now important thoroughfare. At the funeral were two of his children, Mrs. John Shook of Tyrone and Peter Schad of Gaines. Of the grand and great grandchildren who were present was Mr. George W. Wilmot arid-children of Fenton.

11 Oct 1872

Last Sunday Mrs. Charles Leland of Groveland, Oakland Co., came to Dr. Drummond's office to consult him in regard to her health, and had not been in the office but a short time when she fell down and expired immediately. Her husband took her lifeless body home in his buggy and we have not learned the supposed cause of her sudden death.

19 Oct 1872

BUCKBEE, , J. Buckbee was called away last Friday by the sad intell igence of the death of his father, who had died suddenly at his residence near Pontiac.

Issue of 22 Oct 1872

"Willie Colwell is dead". When this sad announcement was made in the Presbyterian Church last sabbath there were but few dry eyes in the congregation. William D. Colwell, youngest son of D. G. & Phoebe Colwell was stricken down with typhoid fever some three weeks ago and although everything was done for him that loving hearts and willing hands could do, he gradually sank away until Sunday morning about 11:00 when he breathed his last, aged 19y 8m 19d.. Willie was born and has always lived in this place.

Issue of 29 Oct 1872

A Mrs. Elwood, wife of a saloon keeper of Holly, suicided last week by taking strichnine.

Issue of 29 Oct 1872

The remains of William A. Morrison of Flint, who was drowned off Wild Fowl Bay while on a hunting excursion, were found after a diligent search last week and brought to his home for interrment.

7 Nov 1872

ADAMS, JOHN / in Fenton at the res of his brother, E. M. Adams / ae about 29y / of typhoid fever / remains taken to Grass Lake for interrment.

5 Dec 1872

HORTON, JOSEPH / ae 23 at the res of J. W. Anderson of Midland / of spinal meningitis / lived for the past year in Midland.

Issue of

10 Dec 1872

BELL, JOHN / In the case of John Bell who died suddenly on Monday at his residence in this village, a coroner's jury was summoned before Justice Deming, consisting of Messrs. Cranston, Bangs, F. H. Wright, C. W. Coe, Chandler & Hyatt. A post mortem examination was instituted under charge of Drs. Marsh and Pennock, who testified before the jury that they found the lungs of the deceased surcharged with blood from congestion, the stomach inflamed and other parts wasted with disease, all, in the language of one of the physicians, as the "final result of a long series of debaucheries." The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts. It appeared from the testimony before the jury that the last place where the deceased was seen to drink was at a saloon on LeRoy Street during the fore noon of yesterday, it was there that he graduated, finished his course of debauchery, took his last degree, to be admitted to the dark grave in the prime of life. In his case it is plain enough what an education and training saloons will give a man to blight all his noble aspirations and destroy all power, and to fulfill the obligations he owes to himself, his family, to society and to his God. And still the work of death goes on in our midst! How long is it to be endured?

11 Dec 1872

HIGH, MRS. ANN / ae 54y / in Fenton / Deceased, with her husband and 2 sons, John & Benjamin, came to this country from England some 18 yrs ago, and settled in the State of New York, where they remained for six years and then removed to this township, Mr. High having come the year previous to prepare a home.

15 Dec 1872

ADAMS, JOHN S. / ae 34y in Fenton at res of father, S. W. Adams.


January - December 1873

5 Jan 1873

JONES, EMERY O. / at his res in Fenton / ae 60 yrs.

Issue of 21 Jan 1873

We learn from the Owosso Press that the little daughter of Mr. William H. Martin, scalded by the tipping over of a boiler of hot water on the 24th, died on the 9th from the injuries received.

Issue of

21 Jan 1873

A few days ago Mrs. Strong, widow of the late Owen Strong and daughter of Moses Aldrich of Atlas, was found dead in her bed. She had been partially deranged since the death of her husband. She leaves 7 children.

Issue of

21 Jan 1873

Milo Young, an elderly gentlemen residing near Waterford Center, Oakland Co., was killed by a tree falling upon him while chopping in the town of White Lake on Wednesday the 8th inst.

Issue of

21 Jan 1873

Michael Murry, a well digger of Ann Arbor, was killed Friday afternoon in the township of York by the caving in of a well which he was digging. He was not extricated until yesterday, being covered 20 ft deep by the earth. He leaves a wife and a large family of small children.

7 Feb 1873

FAY, HELEN L. / ae 23y 4m 8d / when 12 yrs old she united with the First Congregational Church in Genesee. In 1867 she came to live in Fenton,uniting with the Presbyterian Church.

28 Feb 1873

DENTON, MISS ANNA / ae 25y / at res of her father near Fenton, Mich. / childhood and youth were spent in this community. At age 14 she entered State Normal School. In vicinity of own home established an enviable reputation as a teacher. In 1868 when a call was made for volunteers to go south and teach among the freedmen, Anna was among the first to respond to the call. Her first field of labor was at Louisville, Kentucky. The following year she was called upon to take charge of schools in S. Carolina where she remained 3 years - spending summer vacations at home. In 1871 she returned home in failing health.

9 Mar 1873

PIERCE, WM. W. died in the city of Flint, of congestive chills.His remains were brought to this village and he will be buried from the Presbyterian church at 3:00 p.m. March 13.

Issue of

25 Mar 1873

Last Thursday while the noon freight train was switching at the depot in this place a young man by the name of Clarence Clark, about 17 years old, attempted to jump upon a flat car as the train was passing and accidentally fell between the cars which passed over him, crushing his head in a terrible manner and killing him instantly.

3 Apr 1873

OSMAN, AMELIA / wife of Jackson Osman / ae 35y / in Hartland/

5 Apr 1873

EDDY, MRS. KATE E. / wife of W. W. Eddy of St. Charles, Mich. / ae 3ly 11d / died at res of Nathan Eddy. Mrs. Eddy came to this place about 4 weeks ago to be treated by physicians here for a tumor and lived but one month after the operation. She leaves a husband and three small children - the eldest 6 yrs and the youngest but 3 months old. Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton.

12 Apr 1873

HAINS, SALLY / wife of Elihu Hains / ae 49y 5m / in Hartland of apoplexy.

14 Apr 1873

CRAFT, JOEL / ae 6ly / in Rose, Oakland Co., Mich.

May 1873

VanWINKLE, ALICE / ae 18y 11m / in Fenton at res.of parents / of consumption

May 1873

WILSON, MRS. EVERETT of Brighton, who in company with her husband, came to Fenton last week on a visit to her relatives, being an aunt of Mrs. L. B. Wakeman and E. E. Walton, died very suddenly Monday at the res of her niece / ae 64y / buried in Brighton.

8 May 1873

WINDNAGLE , JOHNNIE / infant Son of Henry & Martha Windnagle.

14 May 1873

HATHAWAY, SILAS, one of the pioneers of this county and township (Hartland Twp, Liv Co), having settled here 37 years ago, but recently residing at Holly, was killed by a passing train while attempting to cross the railroad near his residence. His remains were brought here (Hartland) for interment, and the funeral services held at the Methodist church. He was in his seventy first year.

17 May 1873

BROWN, MRS. GILBERT, living in the east part of Hartland, of heart disease.

24 May 1873

BLACKMORE, MRS. JANE / ae 33 1/2 yrs / wife of Walter Blackmore of Fenton / Leaves 5 children.

6 Jun 1873

[Hartland Correspondent] MISS SARAH S. SEAMAN was buried here. She died with consumption.

14 Jun 1873

[Hartland Correspondent] last Tuesday morning [10 June] a young man by the name of URIAH PETERSON, who has been in the employ of Mr. L. C. Crittenden of Oceola for nearly four years, went to the barn to get up the team. After a while the team was discovered harnessed and standing in the yard, whereupon Mrs. Crittenden went out, and after searching awhile, found Mr. Peterson under the stairs in the barn dead. He must have been either kicked by one of the horses and went and laid down where he was found, or he died from heart disease. There was only a slight mark on him, hardly enough to indicate a kick from a horse. Funeral from Mr. Crittenden's house.

20 Jun 1873

STARKER, MRS. CELIA, of Holly, wife of J. B. Starker and daughter of Thos. Hadley of Holly. She leaves one child.

25 Jun 1873

Eddy, Bertha / dau of B. D. & Mary Eddy / ae 11y / died in Fenton

27 Jun 1873

Weaver, Mrs. Barbara D. / wife of C. A. Weaver, ae 58y 14d / in Hartland / chronic rheumatism.

28 Jun 1873

Dexter, Oscar L. / ae 24y 10m 24d / in Tyrone / renal ischuria

29 Jun 1873

CASEMENT, WILL, whom it will be remembered was thrown from his buggy last October and had his spine injured. Age about 24 yrs. Funeral from M. E. Church.

9 Jul 1873

TERRY, MISS. A terrible accident occurred in Groveland. The house of Mr. John Lowry took fire in the absence of the family and was entirely consumed, and a young lady by the name of Miss Terry, who was asleep in the house at the time was burned up with the contents. It appears that Miss Terry had been out the night previous and that afternoon had laid down to sleep, and was thus unconscious when the house caught fire, and there was no one on the premises, except an aged and infirm old man, who could render assistance.

13 Jul 1873

Bishop, Deacon Lyman / died Hartland of cancer / ae 68y 5m 15d Mr. Bishop was born in Ontario Co., N.Y. and moved to Macomb Co. in this state in 1833. 13 yrs later he moved to Hartland. He was one of the first members of the Congregational Church in the town of Bruce, Macomb Co., united with the society in Hartland and became a deacon. Two companions and two children preceded him in death and a companion and three children survive him.

25 Jul 1873

DURFEE, MRS. JANE E, wife of Van R. Durfee. of consumption, in Fenton, age 35y. Funeral from late residence on Poplar Street.

26 Jul 1873

Granger, Ida L. / wife of C. Z Granger and dau of Samuel Praigg of Fenton / died suddenly at her residence in Ortonville / ae 22 yr

26 Jul 1873

Lowell, Charley / who was mentioned in last week's paper as being severely burned by the explosion of a street lamp, died Tuesday afternoon from his injuries.

26 Jul 1873

Lowell, Charles D. / only son of Oscar B. & Catherine Lowell / ae 22y 8m 16d

27 Jul 1873

(Published Feb. 1874 by request) Leland, Mrs. Mary / ae 83y 2m 13d / at residence of A. J. Leland in Rose. Born Herkimer Co., N.Y. 14 May 1790. Married 7 Feb 1813. Spent last 25 yrs in Rose.

5 Aug 1873

Beebe, James / ae 56y 1m 2d / in Oceola of consumption

6 Aug 1873

BEATTIE, MRS. WM. JR. [Howell Democrat] A horrid accident occurred in this village on the evening of the 5th which resulted in the death of Mrs. Wm. Beattie, Jr. who was a daughter of the late Wm. R. Melvin. The night being chilly, Mrs. Beattie went up into the second story of her house to procure more clothing for the bed. In pulling out a bed quilt, the lamp, filled with "rose burning fluid", fe1l from her hand and broke, and in an instant she was enveloped in flames. Her screams brought her husband from his bed, who sprang to her assistance in his night clothes; he met her about the middle of the stairway, and both fell to the bottom. With his clothing in flames, he rushed for a pail of water, while his more unfortunate wife attempted to go out of doors, still screaming with pain. She was met at the door by a couple of neighbors who tore her clothing quickly off. Dr. Wells and other physicians were called immediately, while the neighbors quenched the flames or the house would have been destroyed. A short examination showed that Mrs. Beattie was too badly burned to save her life, and morphine was administered to deaden her intense sufferings. The accident occurred between 10 and 11 o'clock, and she died the next morning at 5. She leaves a husband and four children, the youngest of whom is only about six months old.

6 Aug 1873

Brown, Rev. Daniel E. / ae 79y / at his residence in Flint

Issue of

26 Aug 1873

PEAK, CORNELIUS. A young man named Cornelius Peak was instantly killed while working in Decker"s saw mill, west of Forester, a few days since. He was taking slabs away from a circular saw, and at the time he was killed he was in the act of taking a heavy slab away. The saw caught the slab in some way, pulling Peak against it and he was cut in two from the right shoulder across the body toward the heart. The body was thrown some distance from the machine. Peak was unmarried and only 20 yrs. old.

Sep 1873

Collier, Dr. D. G. / well known druggist of Holly, committed suicide last Wednesday by shooting himself through the heart. ill health and temporary insanity is assigned as the cause.

Sep 1873

Wheeling, J. W. / a few miles northeast of Holly on Tuesday last the body of a young man was found. Upon examination a notebook was found upon his person, containing "notes of travel" and the name of " J. B. Wheeling". He was probably murdered, as his limbs were considerably mangled and his skull fractured. His face was remarkebly fine; nothing more is known in regard to him. His body was found in a strip of woods between Holly and Ortonville.

5 Sep 1873

Crouse, Chancy / one of earliest settlers of Livingston County, died in Hartland / ae 67y / erected the first flouring mill in this part of county. Prominent member of the Democratic Party.

7 Sep 1873

Adams, infant son of E. M. & Olive Adams of cholera infantum / ae about 3 m

27 Sep 1873

Cranston, Mrs. Ann / in Hartland / ae 33 (?) / about 4 wks before her death Mrs. Cranston fell down the cellar stairs, which caused almost complete paralysis of her limbs.

3 Oc t 1873

Wright, George N. / youngest son of Rev. Thomas and Ruth Wright / born 10 Nov 1855 / buried in same grave with his brother Chauncey whose remains were removed to our new cemetery.

19 Oct 1873

Wheeler, Mrs. E. A. / wife of F. C. Wheeler and sister of J. J. Hinchey of Fenton / dies at Wayne / ae 51y

28 Oct 1873

QUINN, WILLIAM, an employee of the Flint & Pere Marquette Railway Company, was instantly killed while coupling freight cars at Birch Run station, 16 miles from Saginaw.

Nov 1873

Bell, Joseph / while working in the woods of I. N. Jenness in Attica a few days ago, had a tree fall upon him, by which he was instantly killed. He resided at Imlay where he leaves a family.

3 Nov 1873

Pennock, Mrs. / wife of Dr. B. F. Pennock of Fenton / of cancer of stomach.

Dec 1873

Springsteel , Price, a resident of Deerfield, about 60 yrs of age, was in Fenton last Friday to procure some dry goods boxes as he was intending to move the next day and while in town it is reported that he drank considerable. While on his way home and when about 4 miles west of this place the wagon wheel suddenly dropped into a rut, throwing Mr. Springsteel from the top of the boxes to the hard frozen ground, breaking his neck and causing death instantly.


January - November 1874

5 Jan 1874

Billings, Howell / committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor at the residence of his mother on Adelaide Street.

14 Jan 1874

WATTON, MRS., who lived about half way between this place and Holly, died after a very brief illness, aged about 30 yrs. Mrs. W. was a daughter of Bela Cogshall Esq. of Holly. , She leaves a husband and three small children (the oldest being seven and the youngest but a week old).

24 Jan 1874

Hadley, Mrs. John / one of oldest citizens of Holly / ae 63 yrs.

17 Feb 1874

Andrews, Clark Esq. It is our very painful duty to announce the sudden death of one of our most enterprising citizens, Clark Andrews Esq. For some days past Mr. Andrews had been fitting up a suit of rooms in the Andrews Block, to which he intended moving his family and about half past eleven this forenoon while carrying a heavy ice box upstairs, ruptured a blood vessel and died in 10 minutes. Mr. Andrews was about 50 yrs of age. He was an active business man. He leaves a wife and one son.

17 Feb 1874

Card of Thanks: I would extend my heartfelt thanks to my fellow citizens of Fenton for their great energy and skill in saving my hotel property from destruction by fire on the morning of the 17th inst.; and also for the kind sympathy so fully shown on the occasion of the death of my brother which occurred on the above date. Signed H. S. Andrews.

Mar 1874

Barnes, Benjamin / of Holly village was found dead in the woods in the town of Rose on Friday last. He had gone for a load of wood.

15 Mar 1874

Larned, Mrs. Flora / wife of H. J. Larned and eldest dau of Abner Roberts / ae 24y 5m / died Fenton / funeral at Fenton House / buried Oakwood Cemetery.

15 Mar 1874

LEPARD, FRANK AND PHILO, sons of Anthony Lepard of Linden. Funeral was held at the M. E. Church Sunday, March 15th. The young men died about the first of February, but in view of the fact that the balance of the family were at the time very sick of the same disease (typhoid fever), the funeral services were not held then.

18 Mar 1874

Willover, Henry A. / ae 45y 2m 27d / leaves wife and 7 children.

19 Mar 1874

Buell, Mrs. Irena / ae 66y 6m / at residence of her daughter Mrs. A. R. Terry in Fenton. Came to Mich. with her husband, Elisha Holmes, Dec 1836 and to Fenton, at that time but one removed from a wilderness, September 1837, making this place her home until 1857 when she married Richard Buell of Thetford and went to live at that place.

21 Mar 1874

NICHOLS, MR. AND MRS., of Lapeer, died of the same disease, consumption, within a few hours of each other. They leave behind a little family of four children in very destitute circumstances. The remains were taken to Hadley and deposited in the same grave on Sunday.

Apr 1874

A painful rumor has reached this place that Wm. LeRoy, son of Robert LeRoy of this village, was found dead near Santa Barbara, California a short time since. Mr. LeRoy does not credit the rumor and we hope it may prove false.

17 Apr 1874

PARSONS, EDDIE. [Grand Blanc correspondent] Mr. J. E. Parsons buried his only child, Eddie, last Friday (17 Apr), a bright active little fellow three years old. He died of scarlet fever and pneumonia. There are a few other cases in town.

21 Apr 1874

Barney, Mrs. F. N. / at Avoca, N.Y. / Ada Waters, wife of Frank N. Barney Esq. ae 24yrs / Mrs. Barney resided in Chicago at the time of her marriage which occurred 18 June 1872 and soon thereafter came hither to share the home of her husband. Influenza followed by consumption. Past autumn and winter were spent in Colorado with the hope of gaining relief from her fatal malady. She returned to Avoca in March.

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21 Apr. 1874

SANFORD, SEYMOUR [Grand Blanc correspondent] Seymour Sanford, a former resident of this town died in Washington last week and was buried at his recent home in Perry, N.Y.

25 Apr 1874

Denton, Miss Ann / ae 53y / in Grand Blanc of dropsy

26 Mar 1874

Crawford, Cyrene S. / oldest child of J. G. & Abbie T. Crawford / ae 5y 6m 26d / in Lancaster, N. H. of scarlet fever.

May 1874

Blagden, Miriam Phillips / wife of Rev. G. W. Boston and sister of Wendell Phillips died last week at age 68

May 1874

LeRoy, William F. / It will be remembered that some weeks ago we published a rumor that W. F. LeRoy had been found dead near Santa Barbara, California. A .few days since, Mr. Robert LeRoy, his father, received letters from his relatives there confirming the rumor. It appears he had been out fishing with a companion, and by some means they became separated, and when found William had been dead some eight days. His money, watch and jewelry were all found on his person, and a coroners jury rendered a verdict that he died of heart disease. It appears he had a premonition of his fate, for he had repeatedly told Mrs. LeRoy and others, that when he died he expected to go as his Uncle Darrow had, but always cautioned them not to tell his father anything about it. Willie had many friends in this village who will sincerely mourn his untimely death.

1 May 1874

Freeman, Mrs. Jackson / ae 40 y / buried Oakwood Cemetery.

6 May 1874

Buell, Richard / in town of Thetford / ae 89 y

8 May 1874

Boice, Mrs. M. T. / an old resident of this and Oakland County / died Sunday at the family residence, corner LeRoy and South Streets in this village / ae about 64 yrs.

11 May 1874

Carnes, Henry / an old pioneer of this state died at his residence in this village Mon. / ae 72 yrs.

11 May 1874

[Howell Democrat] HYNE, GODFREY, died at his residence in the township of Brighton, aged 80 yrs, of dropsy of the heart. He settled in Brighton in the year 1840 and was father of Charles T. and Fred Hyne.

11 May 1874

[Howell Democrat] A daughter of David O. Smith. of Marion, died on the 11th inst. of injuries received about a week previous by the breaking of a teeter-board which produced inflammation of the bowels. She was about 12 yrs of age.

23 Jun 1874

Estes, Eliza / wife of Daniel Estes / ae 59y 14d / in Burton of cancer / Member of Methodist Church for 45 yrs.

Jul 1874

Halsted, Jacob / of Trenton / supposed to be the oldest man in the State of Michigan, died last Tuesday. He was 107y 8m. His health did not begin to fail until quite recently. He took his first trip on the cars about 2 mos ago, visiting Detroit for the purpose of obtaining a pension, he being a veteran of the War of 1812.

Jul 1874

Shirley, John / at Sturgis while working in his cellar Friday afternoon / met with an accident which resulted in his death. It occurred by a large stone falling down upon him, breaking his neck and smashing his head to a jelly. He was a poor man, leaves a large family - a wife and 7 children

6 Jul 1874

ATHERTON, G., funeral services at the Baptist church at Davisonville, of which church he was a member and at one time pastor.

7 Jul 1874

CHAPIN, M. CHANCEY, at the residence of his son Barton, in Grand Blanc Township, of old age. He was one of the oldest men in Genesee County, being at the time of his death 88y 10m 10d. Has lived Grand Blanc about 40 years. [Grand Blanc correspondent]

7 Jul 1874

Turner, , Mrs. R. L. Turner of East Saginaw laid her sleeping boy, ae 4 and 1/2 mos on the bed and placed a pillow on each side of the child and a mosquito netting over his face to keep away the flies. A short time after going to the bed she found her child a corpse. He had pulled the pillow over his face and suffocated.

10 Jul 1874

JUDSON, OTIS / an old and respected resident of Detroit, died at the residence of his son-in-law, M. S. Smith, of paralysis.

Aug 1874

BEACH, GEORGE & CHARLES / a sad accident occurred at South Lyon on Saturday last, by which George and Charles Beach, lost their lives. They had been to Green Oak Station with a load of wheat, and in returning, when crossing the railroad track were struck by a locomotive and both men and horses were killed.

Aug 1874

ROBINSON, , / a Son of John Robinson, section master on the F & PM RR was run over by the cars Thursday afternoon last.


11 Aug 1874

McGRATH, MRS. T. T. (DELILAH GRAY) / former resident of Fenton, of typhoid fever at Jackson last week / buried Oakwood Cemetery.


11 Aug 1874

PERRY, G. G. / at his residence on Ellen St. Thursday last / age 49y 11m / He was a resident and active businessman of Fenton for the past 14 or 15 years. Buri ed in the "old burying ground".

17 Aug 1874

JOHNSON, ANDREW / went fishing at Muskegon Lake and was drowned. Body was recovered on the 20th / age 17y

21 Aug 1874

BELL, JAMES / at Oscoda, near AuSable / Edward Woods got into a quarrel with James Bell and shot Bell through the head, killing him instantly.

20 Sep 1874

SCRIVER, NELLIE / wife of David Scriver / age 35y / formerly of Fenton / died in Goodrich.

21 Sep 1874

PEABODY, AUSTIN, brother to Cyrus Peabody, proprietor of the Walled Lake House, and well known in this vicinity, was accidentally killed on the Detroit & Milwaukee Railroad near Birmingham. He was about 66 years of age, and for a few years past lived with J. D. Benjamin, three miles east of this city. [The Pontiac Gazette]

27 Sep 1874

RICH, ELIZABETH J. / relict of the late Daniel Rich / 62y 4m 27d / at her residence in Hartland of consumption. Mr. and Mrs. Rich moved from the State of New York to Oakland County, Michigan in 1838 and in 1846 moved to Hartland. They kept a hotel for several years and became quite well known throughout the county. Mrs. Rich united with the Congregational Church in 1843 and remained in the communion until about six years ago when she united with the Methodist Church.

28 Sep 1874

BISHOP, LeROY / son of J. F. and Margaret E. Bishop / age 5 years/

Oct 1874

GOLDIE, MRS. / wife of Wm. Goldie Esq. / Sat. morning last / ae 34y / leaves a husband and 4 small children, the youngest but two weeks old.

6 Nov 1874

LINSLEY, MRS. CHLOE / mother of F. Linsley / at residence of her daughter, Mrs. Bush, in Belvidere, Illinois / Born in Vernon, Oneida County, N.Y. in 1800. Removed to Prattsburgh with her father's family (Mr;. Gideon Cole) in 1814. Married Deacon Theron Linsley in 1820. Removed to the west in 1851, settling at Belvidere, Illinois. 10 children - 5 living.

12 Nov 1874

KENYON, JUDGE / for many years resident of Tyrone / age 68y

15 Nov 1874

REYNOLDS, MRS. A painful rumor is afloat in this community to the effect that a Mrs. Reynolds, living near Davisburg, lashed her two children to her and jumped into a lake or pond on Sunday last, and all three were drowned.


January - November 1875

4 Jan 1875

DENNIS, B. W., an old pioneer Odd Fellow, died at his residence in Byron, aged about 70 years. His remains will lie in state at Odd Fellows Hall until Friday next when his funeral will take place.

11 Jan 1875

YORTON, MRS. MARY, age 58 yrs, in Holly. Member of Fenton Baptist Church.

15 Jan 1875

TICKNOR, MRS. LIZZIE A. / in Chicago / wife of L. M. Ticknor and sister of H. S. and the late Clark Andrews of Fenton / age 38y / this is the second death in this family within a year.

25 Jan 1875

GORTON, DANIEL / in Lowell, Mass. / ae 85y / father of Mr. F. Gorton of our village.

Feb 1875

CHAPIN, MRS. / wife of Henry S. Chapin"'at their residence one mile west of this place on Saturday morning last / age 26y / funeral at Baptist Church (Note: Death was on 20 Jan 1875)

Feb 1875

CHASE, MRS. / at the residence of her son, Lafayette Chase, last Tuesday night / age about 85y / buried Tyrone

Feb 1875

DOW, HENRY S. / editor of the Lumberman's Gazette / at the Biddle House in Detroit Friday night last / age 34y

Feb 1875

FEEZLEAR, JOHN / father-in-law of Reuben Hicks Esq. and brother-in-law of Mrs. Benj. Jaynes of this village / at his residence in Tyrone last Wed. / age 70y / funeral at Baptist Church conducted by IOOF

Feb 1875

LELAND, MRS./ wife of Orrin Leland and daughter of M. B. Hutchinson, Esq. / at residence of her father Friday night / age about 21y / buried Highland

4 Feb 1875

LeROY, HENRY W. / brother of Robert LeRoy of this village at Cincinnati, Ohio / ae 73y

6 Feb 1875

BAILES, THOMAS JR. / at Ypsilanti, Mich / age 29y / son of Thomas Bailes of this village / leaving a wife and babe / buried Oakwood Cemetery in Fenton


9 Feb 1875

"Dear Mr. Jennings: I send you the fo11owing notice, just received, believing it will interest your readers, particularly the 233 who have so kindly purchased the Fatal Secret in Fenton, as the deceased is the gentleman to whom with his beloved wife (who passed away about a year ago) my work was lovingly dedicated and from whom the life of Flora, while on the Island of Mackinaw, was obtained. Just before this illness I received a highly commendatory notice of my book from him, saying it brought back the scenes of former days. This may have a tendency to settle the disturbed minds of those who can but believe the whold plot is a "myth'.

Yours appreciatingly, Ida Glenwood"

HALL, REV. CHAUNCEY / of Bataboo (?) Wisconsin / died in Chicago 21 Jan / age 73y / Mr. Hall was for 25 years, with his devoted wife, a missionary among the Stockbridge and other tribes of Indians at Mackinac and Green Bay in the early days of early civilization. The families of army officers stationed at those posts from 1830 on will well recollect these Christian people.

16 Feb 1875

KING, MRS. HARRIET P., relic of the late Lucius King, died of congestion of the brain and lungs. She had resided in this town [Grand Blanc] since 1841. A husband and three daughters preceded her in death and three sons survive.

19 Feb 1875

JONES, MARY / in Muskegon, Mich / wife of George M. Jones / age 39y / deceased was a sister of Thomas E. Davis of this place and A. E. Davis of Flint, formerly of Fenton.

Mar 1875

SMITH, / on Monday the youngest son of Mr. & Mrs. T. G. Smith died after an illness of only a few hours, of hemmorhage of the stomach / ae about 14 months

28 Feb 1875

ARMSTRONG, A. [Grand Blanc correspondent]. On the morning of the 28th, as the express was coming south from Flint, it struck a man walking on the track and injured him so that he died Sabbath morning. He was brought here and all that could be done for him was done but to no purpose. From a letter found on his person it was ascertained that he was a Scotchman and was deaf and dumb. He was decently buried Monday afternoon. His name was A. Armstrong and he has a brother in Detroit.

28 Feb 1875

GRAHAM, MRS. LAURA G. / widow of the late Benjamin Graham / age 63y / at her home in Jonesville / Mrs. Graham was formerly a resident of Fenton.

Mar 1875

TREMPER, WILLIAM / an old resident of this place / at his residence on Wakeman St. Friday night last / ae 76y / funeral from M. E. Church by the Masonic fraternity of which he had been a member for nearly 50 years

6 Mar 1875

DRAPER, ALBERT A. / son of A. F. Draper of Flint / killed by a falling building in Denver, Colorado

12 Mar 1875

WARNER, MRS. PHILA, wife of Parley Warner, died on Friday the 12th inst. aged 65. Mrs. Warner with her husband came to this township [Fenton Twp] in 1836 or 1837, and settled on the farm where she died. She experienced religion in her youth and has for many years been a member of the M. E. church of this place [Linden]. She leaves a husband and one son, Silas K. Warner.

27 Mar 1875

DAVENPORT, MRS. LUCINDA, an old resident of Linden, died on the 27th inst. aged 57 years. Mrs. D. was one of the early pioneers of this township, coming here with her parents in 1837 or 38. She leaves five children to mourn her departure.

4 Apr 1875

DOWNEY, MRS. JANE HAMILTON. Born in the parish of Killinchy, Down County, Ireland 3 August 1807. Married by the Rev. Samuel of Watson at the Presbyterian Church of Watson on 15 Dec 1828 to Alexander Downey, now surviving. In the spring following, she with her husband joined said church and remained in full standing until their emigration to the United States on 27 Apr 1833. They located in the town of Elba, Genesee Co, NY, in July of that year, and remained there until the fall of 1835, when they sold their farm and with a span of horses and a yoke of oxen - each team with a wagon, loaded with their household goods - wended their way by land through Canada to Detroit; thence along the new Saginaw turnpike, to the township of Groveland in this county, where they located their farm and future home, in this wild and uncultivated region, without roads, school houses, churches, mills, or society. Their means were about exhausted on their arrival, but they brought with them stout hearts and willing hands to make the wilderness blossom as the rose, and well have they done it. A now well cultivated farm shows the steady and persevering industry; the school room followed their advent here. Ever in the front rank of education and progress, soon the church, and as early as 1838, a Methodist Episcopal Church was organized, to which class she with her husband was joined and became two of the original members, of which but two or three of those builders of this branch of Zion in this place, are now left among the living. She was buried in Hadley Cemetery following funeral services at the M. E. Church. Nearly a mile of carriages followed the hearse to the grave.

She had lived in the bonds of matrimony, with the companion of her youth for 46 years, 3 months and twenty days. They have nine children, four sons and five daughters, now living and married, located near. There are surviving 12 grandsons and 16 granddaughters - two of the latter are married. [Groveland Twp, Oakland County]

25 Apr 1875

STEINTHALL, MRS. F. S. / formerly preceptress of our High School / died in Gaylordsville, Conn.

9 May 1875

TUPPER, BENAJAH / in Grand Blanc / ae 98y 1m 14d

9 May 1875

TUPPER, MR. BENAJAH, died in Grand Blanc in his 69th year. He came to Michigan in 1829 and remained five years; returned to the State of New York and was married, and after a few months came back to Michigan and settled in Macomb Co. After a residence there of two or three years, he came to Genesee County where he has since 1ived. Has been a member of the Grand Blanc Baptist Church since 1840. [Grand Blanc correspondent]

10 May 1875

LUM, MRS.IRA / in Burton / ae 75Y

10 May 1875

LUM, IRA, a resident of the town of Burton since 1844, died lacking only four days of being 75 years of age. When he came to Michigan he settled on the farm where he has since lived. He was a member of the M. E. Church for nearly 60 yrs. [Grand Blanc correspondent]

13 May 1875

BORDON, MRS. ANN M. / in Grand Blanc / wife of George Bordon / ae 60y 8d

13 May 1875

BORDEN, MRS. ANN M., wife of Geo. Borden, while returning from a neighbor's attempted to pass under a wood train standing on the track across the road, when the train started up killing her instantly. She was about 60 years of age, a member of the Fenton Baptist Church. [Death occurred in Grand Blanc]. She was buried in Fenton and her funeral sermon preached in Grand Blanc, at her request expressed some months since. [Funeral was held in Grand Blanc May 16 and she was buried in Fenton May 14]. [Grand Blanc correspondent]

26 May 1875

HUTCHINSON, / 2 yr old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Miron Hutchinson of Tyrone / of cerebral congestion

Jun 1875

HUMPHREY, JENNIE / wife of Phillip Humphrey / age about 28y / in Fenton / buried in the Patterson Cemetery near Holly

Jun 1875

KELLEHER, DAN / better known to some as "Tamarac" / committed suicide on Wednesday last at his residence in Tyrone, about 4 miles west of this place. Buried in Catholic burying grounds at Deerfield.

5 Jun 1875

CHAMBERS, L. C., of the firm of Chambers and Kirk, of Hartland Center, died on Saturday, the 5th inst., after an illness of a few days. In his death Hartland loses one of her most enterprising citizens and will feel the loss keenly. [Brighton Citizen]

4 Jul 1875

KELLET, JOHN, a young man about eighteen years of age, drowned while bathing in Deer Lake near Clarkston. His remains were recovered after being in the water about one hour, and were taken charge of by W. V. B. Vliet, undertaker of that village. He has friends living in Detroit.

5 Jul 1875

ARMS, WILLIE B. / son of Willard B. Arms / formerly a resident of Fenton / at residence of his parents in Marquette / age about 17 years


6 Jul 1875

Byron: A Mrs. Case died a few miles west of here, it is supposed of heart disease. She was with her daughter just commencing a washing and fell down insensible to the floor and died in a short time. [Byron correspondent]


6 Jul 1875

Byron: A few days later Mrs. Cole, wife of a Hotel keeper in Byron, died suddenly. She had been out of health for some time, but yet her death was unlooked for. About a week after, her son, in his 27th year I think, went to bed one night in apparent health and awakened his wife sometime during the night with a strange noise which she thought to be nightmare. After making all the effort she could to awaken him but in vain, she went to a neighbors for help and on her return she found him dead.[Byron correspondent]

6 Jul 1875

ARMSTRONG, MR., aged about 26 years, committed a horrible suicide near his home, one mile south of the Highland Station, on Saturday [July 3] last on the F. & P. M. R. R. He waited for the 10 o'clock morning train coming north and when it had got within several hundred feet of him he dropped upon his knees on the track - placing his neck across the rail the wheels of the engine instantly severing his head from his body. The train stopped and his body was carried to the Highland Station and given to his brother. He had been sick for a few years and had threatened this deed several weeks previous. [Holly Register].

6 Jul 1875

JUDD, S. H., of Painesville, Lake County, Ohio, died very suddenly at Flint at the residence of his son, Hon. F. W. Judd


13 Jul 1875

CLARK, MISS MARY, proprietress of a large boarding school at Ann Arbor, Mich. fell dead of apoplexy last week.

9 Jul 1875

KELLY, EDWARD , bridge watchman, wife and child were run over at Oswego, New York by a railroad train. Kelley and wife were killed. The child escaped.

9 Jul 1875

OSGOOD, REV. DR. S. D. , district secretary of the American Baptist Missionary Union, died at his residence in Chicago on Friday night.

10 Jul 1875

RAYMOND, ED, formerly a member of a Chicago commission firm, was found dead in his room at the Sherman House. Appearances indicate that he had died in a fit.

16 Jul 1875

McQUEEN, ELLIS, died of consumption at his residence on Main Street, aged 58 years, 1 month and 22 days. Mr. McQueen came to this village about seven years ago from Scottsvill, NY where he had been in the milling business for a period of thirty years and where he thought he contracted the disease which carried him off. Since he came to Fenton he has been engaged in the manufacture and sale of furniture which business he carried on up to the time of his death. He leaves a wife and one son to mourn his departure. His funeral was attended from the Presbyterian Church and his remains deposited in Oakwood Cemetery.

26 Aug 1875

ANDERSON, CAPT. J. W. / at residence of his parents on South Street Monday evening of consumption / age 35 years / Conducted a business in Midland for several years / leaves a wife (sister of Mrs. D. Horton), 1 child, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and his aged parents.

29 Aug 1875

ANDREWS, HOSEA, who lived about three miles north of Holly, was found dead on the F. & P. M. Road, two trains having passed over his body, mangling it in a fearful manner. He had been to Holly, got drunk, and probably laid down upon the track to sleep.

9 Sep 1875

CHILD, JESSE M. / at his home in Mundy Center / age 66y

12 Sep 1875

SMITH, MRS. MARRY ANN / age 72y / at home of her daughter, Mrs. N. B. Nye in Fenton / mother of John L. Smith / buried Macomb County

18 Sep 1875

BAINBRIDGE, ALICE, daughter of John Bainbridge, died of consumption at the residence of her parents on South Street, aged about 18 years.

29 Sep 1875

ROCKWELL, BARNEY, a well known resident of Caledonia, living about three miles east of Corunna, committed suicide on Wednesday of last week by taking morphine.

3 Oct 1875

SMITH, WILLIAM / age 22y / in Mundy of typhoid fever / son-in-law of Rev. O. B. Smith, Baptist pastor at Mundy Center / leaves wife and 1 child


5 Oct 1875

GERLAND, WILLIE. Two boys, step-brothers, named John Phelps, aged 11, and Willie Gerland aged 12, while cutting corn near St. Johns on the 25th, quarreled about the amount of corn which should be put in a shock. The difficulty resulted in a fight, in which Phelps struck Gerland a terrible blow with a corn knife, cutting through three ribs into the left lung. The boy has since died from the effects of the wound.

8 Oct 1875

BACHELDER, MRS. HATTIE L. / wife of Amasa J.Bachelder / age 20y 5m 8d /husband and infant daughter survive / family resided at Fife lake, Grand Traverse County / came to Fenton in August.

8 Oct 1875

SCRANTON, MRS. ELECTA / in Vernon / age 75y

9 Oct 1875

SPRINGSTEEN, DAVID JR. / age 48y / in Columbiaville of an accidental overdose of laudanum / former resident of Fenton / leaves wife and 1 child / buried Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton

14 Nov 1875

COOPER, CHARLES / age 66y / one of the pioneers of the township / died in Linden


26 Oct 1875

BUDD: Mr. Budd also buried an infant child yesterday.


26 Oct 1875

CURTIS, PAUL, youngest son of E. G. Curtis, died of inflamation of the bowels last week, aged about three years.

29 Oct 1875

GOLD, HATTIE, daughter of Hon. J. R. Gold, Judge of Probate, died at the residence of her parents in Flint, in the seventeenth year of her age.

2 Nov 1875

PRATT, CHARLES S, age 36y.

BOTSFORD, , 4 yr old girl:

[Saginaw Courier] A fire occurred at Ring & Rust's mill, on the Saginaw Valley & St. Louis railroad, on Tuesday evening, during which a brave, noble, large-hearted man and a little four year old girl lost their lives in a most shocking manner.

On the evening aforesaid, Mr. & Mrs. Jonas Botsford, after putting their eight year old boy and four year old girl to bed, left everything, as they supposed, in safety and went over to the house of Mr. Charles S. Pratt to spend the evening. The two houses were but a short distance apart. Some time between the hours of six and seven o'clock cries of a child attracted the attention of the inmates of Pratt's house, and rushing to the window discovered that Botsford's house was in flames. All started on a run for the scene of the burning, but Mr. Pratt reached it first, and, regardless of the flames that were pouring from every aperture, rushed in to save the girl, the boy having escaped. Mr. Botsford was immediately behind and called on Pratt not to enter as he could save the little girl from the window of the room in which she slept. Pratt, intent on saving the life of the little one, failed to hear the warning, and rushed on to his terrible fate. In the meantime Mr. Botsford went to the window near which the child slept and endeavored to gain an entrance. The flames, however, had filled the room and when he burst in the window poured out in volumes. Repeated and frantic were his efforts to baffle the destroyer of his child, but they were fruitless. Not till he had received serious injuries from the flames and saw that he must resign the little one to her fate did he desist. The house was entirely destroyed. Pratt was found reclining partly on the floor and partly on the couch where the boy had been sleeping, horribly burned - and dead. He had evidently thought that the little girl was sleeping on this couch and made his way to it through the blinding fire and smoke. His face, horribly burned and blackened, rested upon his hands upon the couch - a ghastly sickening sight. From the window Mr. Botsford heard Pratt cry "be quick! be quick!" heard the child calling "ma! ma!" These were their last words.

Mr. Charles S. Pratt, the deceased ... ..had been engaged in running the mill of Ring & Rust by the thousand for two years. He previously lived for a time in Bay City where he, at different times operated Ames Brother's and Rouse's mills by the thousand. He was aged 36 years, leaves a wife and one child, and has a brother, George M. Pratt, who is a conductor on South Haven division of the M. C. railroad. His remains will be sent to Vernon, this state, for interment.

It is supposed that the fire originated from the explosion of the lamp. The little boy says he heard the explosion, saw the flames spreading, rushed out and gave the alarm. Jonas Botsford, mentioned above, is a son of Mr. A. C. Botsford of Fenton and Mr. Pratt is a son of C. S. Pratt who lives a mile west of Fenton.

26 Nov 1875

SHOOT, DANIEL / age 8ly / another pioneer / died at his residence in this vi Ilage.


January - December 1876

Jan 1876

ARMS, MRS. EUNICE G. / mother of Wm. A. Arms / died at the residence of the latter in this village / age 87y 8m 27d / Mrs. Arms was among the earliest settlers in Oakland County, her husband locating in Farmington where for a number of years he practiced medicine. Mrs. Arms survived him 36 years.

Jan 1876

MOUNT, ROBERT / 1/2 mi west of this village while assisting in sawing wood with a buzz saw, was struck by a portion of the balance wheel (which was accidentally broken while in rapid motion) and his side fearfully lacerated

3 Jan 1876

HAYFORD, HARRIET L. / wife of Wm. Hayford MD / age 39y 3m 10d / in Hartland of typhoid pneumonia.

14 Jan 1876

HARBACK, MRS. LYDIA / age 88y / at residence of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lydia Harback / Born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 30 Dee 1788, making her 87y 1m l1d old / married Chas. W. Harback of her native place when about 2? years of age, where most of her children were born / moved with her husband to Brodolbin, Montgomery Co., N.Y. where youngest son was born. From Brodolbin they removed to Michigan, settling in Pontiac over 40 years ago. About 27 years ago they left Pontiac and came to Fenton where they continued to live until old age overtook them, when they went to reside in Washington, Oakland Co., Mich. with one of their sons, where the husband died and was buried. Soon after the death of the husband, the son with whom Mrs. Harback lived went to California and Mrs. Harback returned to Fenton to live with her sons, two of whom reside near this place, but for reasons of her own she could not live with them and for the last three years has been provided for and taken care of by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lydia Harback. The remains were conveyed to Pontiac by rail accompanied by Mrs. Harback who will see them safely deposited beside her husband and daughter. Mrs. Harback, the daughter-in-law some time since had the remains of the deceased husband moved from Romeo to Pontiac and promised the old lady that she should be buried beside her husband. The promise has been kept and we learn that so far all the expenses have been defrayed by the said Lydia Harback, the daughter-in-law.

30 Jan 1876

MILES, MRS. BETSY (BETTIE) / age 32y / wife of C. L. Miles and daughter of Asa Reynolds Esq. of Fenton / died at Mitchelville, Polk Co., Iowa last week. Remains arrived here today.

Feb 1876

KIRKHUFF, ISAAC / an old resident of this place / died last Friday / age about 65y / some 18 yrs ago Mr. Kirkhuff was very severely injured in the head by the kick of a horse and from which he never fully recovered, and which was the remote cause of his death.

Feb 1876

PIERCE, MISS JENNIE / of consumption / buried Groveland, Oakland Co.

6 Feb 1876

HETCHELER, MRS. MARIA / wife of Fredrick Hetcheler died Linden very suddenly. She arose in the morning in usual health and was about her household duties preparing the morning meal, intending to attend a meeting during the day and was taken with a congestive chill and before one in the afternoon was a corpse.

7 Feb 1876

CURTISS, DR. / well known by many residents of this place / was run over by a locomotive at Holly and instantly killed.

15 Feb 1876

INGRAM, R. S. / age 33y / of consumption / funeral at the residence of his father J. W. Ingram Esq.

17 Feb 1876

WEBSTER, ENOCH / age 89y / at residence of Mr. A. Bailev in this village. Buried Chemung Co., N.Y.

Mar 1876

MURRAY, MRS. BERTHA / former resident of Fenton and grandmother of Wm. D. Murray of Fenton / died last Sunday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. McDonald, in Detroit, in the 87th year of her age / buried Highland.

8 Mar 1876

COCHRAN, J. B. ESQ. a pioneer of this vicinity [Linden], died at his residence in Argentine one mile and a half west of this place on Wednesday the 8th inst. His funeral was held at his late residence on Sunday the 12th. Funeral was conducted by the masonic fraternity of which he was an honored member. Mr. Cochran settled on the farm where he died, in 1841. He leaves a widow and four sons to mourn. Two of his sons, John L. and George E., are lawyers and compose one of the leading firms in the profession of Marquette, Lake Superior. [Linden correspondent]


21 Mar 1876

JOHNSON, M. M. [no notice of death was found in the newspaper; however, a resolution appears in his memory and expressing sympathy to the bereaved family by the fraternity of the I. O. O. F.]

Apr 1876

SMITH, IRVING M., ESQ. / prominent lawyer of Saginaw and son of B. G. Smith of Fenton / died in Detroit Sunday last / age 44y / Leaves 3 brothers, 3 sisters, aged father / buried Fenton

Apr 1876

TOPPING, C. D. / an old resident of this place and state / died Fenton last Sat. / ae about 78y / father of 9 children, all of whom are living / eldest is 52 and youngest 30 / buried Oakwood Cemetery.

6 Apr 1876

GORTON, MRS. LYDIA / ae 84y / at Lowell, Mass. / mother of Mr. F. E. Gorton of Fenton.


11 Apr 1876

EMBURY, (Old Mr.), one of the early pioneers in this town [Grand Blanc], was buried last week Friday. He was 80y 6m and, 6d old and had been blind for several years. [Grand Blanc correspondent]

May 1876

CARTWRIGHT, NATHAN / Grand Blanc / early settler

May 1876

DeWITT, / a young lady, daughter of James DeWitt / resided in northwest part of Holly Township / committed suicide on Monday by taking strichnine.

May 1876

GIBSON, CAPT. C.D.W. / Grand Blanc / early settler

May 1876

O'HARE, JESSIE / age about 49y / daughter of John O'Hare.

May 1876


17 May 1876

ARMS, FAITH R. / at Marquette / of inflamation of the brain / infant dau. of Hon. Willard B. & Eliza A. Arms / age 7 months.

19 May 1876

RICE, SAMUEL / at his residence in Grand Blanc / age 79y / Judge Rice emigrated to Mich in 1835, 2 yrs before it became a state / was first Judge of Probate for Genesee County, holding office nine years.

Jul 1876


Jul 1876

SPRINGER, WM. H. / well known hotel proprietor in Linden / committed suicide by taking opium last Friday night.

4 Jul 1876

CONANT, MRS./ wife of A. G. Conant.

17 Jul 1876

BILLINGS, MISS MATILDA / in Fenton at her mother's residence of dropsy

Aug 1876

JAYNE, ALICE / age 17y 5m / only dau. of Oscar Jayne of Tyrone.

Aug 1876

WISE, WILLIAM / son of John Wise of Argentine / was accidentally shot by a gun in the hands of his brother on Saturday last.

3 Aug 1876

POTTER, MRS. MARGARET / of Alpena / at the M. E. Church in Fenton during prayer meeting Thursday night. Mother of Rev. T. G. Potter, M. E. pastor in Fenton / age 68y

13 Aug 1876

BARNES, KITTIE / dau of Joseph Barnes / age 16y 10m / funeral at Cranston School House

24 Aug 1876

JEWEL, ELMER / about 17y / resided southern part of Atlas Twp. While blackberrying in Town of Richfield near the Schweitzer neighborhood, sat down to eat and a small tree tipped over striking him in the head.

Oct 1876

CASE, JESSE / a farmer who lived on Baldwin Road near Gaines /was returning home from Fenton last week when about 1 1/2 miles north of Linden his team ran away, throwing him out and killing him instantly.

22 Oct 1876

P. H. McOmber, an old resident and business man of Fenton, died at his residence.

Nov 1876

COTHARIN, / George Cotharin, son of Benjamin Cotharin Esq. of Fenton resides on a farm on Richfield Rd. about 8 miles east of Flint / was in the city on Tuesday with his team, accompanied by his wife, two children and hired man. On the way home about 7:00 P.M., some three miles east of Flint, it being very dark, the wagon ran over a stump or log and threw Mrs. Cotharin and youngest child who was in her arms out, injuring the child so seriously it died about midnight the same night. The child was about 1 yr old / Mrs. Cotharin was very seriously hurt but it is hoped not fatally. At last account she was still unable to be moved.

Nov 1876

URCH, MRS. ELLA / sister of W. A. Taylor of Fenton / died Clarkston, Monday of typhoid fever.

2 Nov 1876

NORRIS, MRS. MARY C., wife of T. J. Norris, a merchant of East Saginaw, and daughter of John O'Brien, an old resident of the same city, while walking on Genesee Avenue, past the Bliss block, Thursday afternoon, was struck on the head by some brick detached from the top of the building by the giving away of a rope which held a large Hayes banner stretched across the avenue, and instantly killed. Deceased was 19 years old and married in July last.

12 Nov 1876

KING, DR. JOHN W., well known throughout this county, died at his residence in Grand Blanc. Dr. King came from the state of New York and settled at Grand Blanc in 1835, forty-one years ago. For over twenty-five years he practiced his profession and was extensively known and held in high esteem as a successful physician. He was one of the four physicians who more than thirty-five years ago, organized the first medical society of Genesee County. They were Drs. Hoyes, Lamond, King and Fish, the latter being the only survivor of those who participated in that event. For several years past he devoted himself to agricultural pursuits. For nearly three years he has been an invalid from a partial paralysis. The Dr. was seventy-two years old at the time of his death. (The Flint Globe)

24 Nov 1876

HUDSON, MORRIS / age 21y / at residence of George Butcher in Fenton / deceased had no relatives in this state and had been a member of Mr. Butcher's family since he was 8 years old.

4 Dec 1876

BOYCE, M. T. / at residence in Fenton / age 65y / buried Highland.

13 Dec 1876

WAKEMAN, AUSTIN / age 72y / Born Watertown, Conn. 11 Feb 1804, the young Son of a large family, and at an early age his father died. He, with the others were left to care for themselves. He lived a short time with an uncle who was engaged extensively in buying horses and young Wakeman used to accompany him to New Haven and New York where the sales were made. When quite a young man he moved to Wester, N.Y. where he taught school. He will be remembered at Syracuse and Tremansburgh; at the latter place he s? the winter teaching singing school. By trade he was a tanner and currier Early in 1828 he came to Mich., settling in Detroit and afterwards at Birmingham, where, over 40 years ago, he married Miss Harriet L. Curtis, daughter of the late Dr. Curtis. He soon after moved to Tyrone, Livingston Co., Mich., where we made his acquaintance over 30 yrs ago. He purchased a large farm in Tyrone and Hartland and engaged extensively in farming. He also engaged in the mercantile business at Parshalville, Livingston Co. purchasing his goods in Boston and New York. He kept a general store. To his store he added a mill, all of which he conducted very successfully. Selling his store and mill at Parshallville he left his farm in charge of one of his sons, and 11 years since he came to Fenton where he engaged extensively in the purchase of wool, wheat and farmers' produce generally. In politics he was a Republican and was several times elected Justice of the Peace, Supervisor and once represented his district in the State Legislature. He was a Methodist for over 44 years. He leaves his wife and 8 children and a large number of grandchildren.

G. W. Wilmot

18 Dec 1876

In the Town of Genesee in this county [Genesee], Charles MILLER, being away from home, Mrs. Miller left her two children in the house while she went some little distance therefrom, and while engaged in gathering stove wood, she discovered her home to be on fire. She at once started hoping to save her children, but reached the house only in time to hear the stifling groans of the little ones, who were being roasted within. The poor mother attempted to rescue her children, but was compelled to desist, the flames spreading so rapidly, consuming the building with its inmates in a few moments.

20 Dec 1876

FOSTER, MRS. LYDIA / of Port Huron / mother of Mr. Isaac Thorn, a well known citizen / killed by falling down stairs / age 80y

23 Dec 1876

HUNT, MRS. LUCINDA / one of oldest inhabitants of Village of Linden / As early as 1837 she moved from the east with her husband./ was left a widow a few years since. Only two of six children survive her. She spent the Chrlstmas season in Fenton with her granddaughter Mrs. Barnes (?) / member of Episcopal Church.


26 Dec 1876

COLEMAN, NETTIE, aged 10 yrs. [The Livingston Democrat] Nettie went outdoors to play in the snow, and after a while returned, a stood by the stove drying her clothing, when her apron took fire, which ignited her clothing and enveloped her in a sea of flames. Realizing her danger she ran outdoors and tried to extinguish the flames by rolling in the snow, but failing in this she ran to a neighbor's house with her clothing all burn off, except a small portion of an under-garment, and commenced pumping water on her arms and person to relieve her pain. In her efforts to extinguish the flames she set the neighbor's house on fire, but the element was quenched before much damage was done, and the poor little sufferer taken charge of, medical assistance sent for, and everything possible done to relieve her, but the fiery demon had done its work, and in the evening Nettie was called to the lovIng arms of Him, who doeth all things well.


January - December 1877

Jan 1877

SPEAR, FRANK / well known farmer of Argentine / run over by the cars and killed at the crossing on the D & M Road about 4 miles west of Linden Wed.

9 Jan1877

SPEER, FRANCIS G. [this appears to be the same Frank Spear] on page 17] Francis G. Speer, a farmer living 2 1/2 miles northwest of linden was killed on Wed., the 19th Inst. at a crossing of the D. & M. R. R. 1 1/4 miles east of Gaines by the mail train going west and his funeral was held here yesterday at the M. E. church. The largest gathering of people ever at a funeral in Linden. The church was crowded to its utmost capacity, and it is estimated that 300 persons went away that could not get in the house. Mr. Speer has been engaged in buying stock more or less for several years and was widely known through this section. His wife died in the fall of 1875, and he left two children, orphans of 10 and 8 years. He was the owner of a farm of 340 acres, upon which he resided.

16 Jan 1877

DIBBLE, B. K. (Barnabus)/ died very suddenly of heart disease at his residence on Shiawassee Avenue.

9 Feb 1877

BLODGETT, LUCRETIA / age 58y / in Royal Oak, Mich / wife of J. H. Blodgett formerly a resident of Fenton who removed to Royal Oak some 4 years ago.

Mar 1877

PARISH, MRS. / wife of Thomas Parish of Fenton of consumption last Saturday night / buried Linden

Mar 1877

SANBORN, MRS. / wife of Rev. Mr. Sanborn of M. E. Church at Linden, died last week of dropsy of the heart / age about 52y

2 Mar 1877

STEVENS, MRS. EUGENE, A sad case of poisoning took place at Milford. Mrs. Eugene Stevens, lately married, took a large dose of opium and died during the night. It is unknown as yet whether the dose was taken accidentally or intentionally. An inquest was held Saturday.

19 Mar 1877

THOMPSON, LEONARD / of Deerfield / age 56y / at his residence in Deerfield.

Apr 1877

McCOY, PRUDENCE / age 26y / of consumption at St. Louis, Mich. at residence of her brother-in-law George H. Scriver / buried Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton / 4 April 1877

Apr 1877

WARREN, EDWARD / young man / of lung disease at his home 1/2 mile west of Fenton

11 Mar 1877

EARL, MRS. PHILLIP, two miles west of this village.

20 Mar 1877

EICHHOLZ, LEBERECHT, ESQ. / father of Mrs. Bertha Fitch of Fenton at Herzberg, Pr. Saxony, Germany

23 Mar 1877

SHOOK, JOHN, died at Tyrone, Livingston County, Michigan, in the 76th year of his age. He was born in Phelps, Ontario County, N. Y. Oct. 6, 1801, where he always lived (except for a short time at Elk, Warren Co., Pa.). Twenty-three years ago he came to Michigan and settled in Tyrone where he has since resided. He was twice married and was the father of twelve children, seven by his first wife and five by his second, eight of which are living, six of whom attended his funeral. A number of grandchildren, a brother from Wayne, Mich. aged eighty-one years, and a large number of relatives and friends followed the weary pilgrim to his final resting place. [a note on this item requested Ontario and Seneca County, N. Y. papers to copy].

May 1877

COOK, EDWARD / well known citizen and businessman of Linden / Sunday A.M. last / leaves wife and 1 child.

1 May 1877

McCOY, PRUDENCE (PRUDIE) born in Tyrone, Schuyler County, N.Y. Came with her parents to Fenton, Mich. when about 12 years of age, which place continued to be her home until she was called up higher. Her death occurred on the evening of May 1st at the house of her uncle, George H. Scriver, St. Louis, where she had spent the most of her time for the past two years. She died at the age of 26 and was taken to her home at Fenton for burial. [Another report of this death appears on page 17]

13 May 1877

DAVIS, THOS. Muskegon: Thos. Davis, clerk for C. L. Dearborn, shot himself in the temple and cut his arm with a shoe knife in three places this morning. No cause is assigned. He wrote his name, that of his father and his residence, which is at Fentonville, on a shoe box. It is supposed to have been done in a fit of temporary insanity. He was about twenty years old.The above special dispatch we clip from the Detroit Free Press. The young man mentioned was a son of Thos. S. Davis of this place, and who is nearly prostrated by the sad intelligence. Thomas was a very promising young man and greatly beloved by his parents. What could have induced the rash act is still a mystery.

7 Jul 1877

WAKEFIELD, ORRIN R. / of typhoid fever at Oskaloosa, Iowa. Leaves a 2 yr old child

7 Jul 1877

WAKEFIELD, ORIN R. died of typhoid fever at Oskaloosa, Iowa. It is but a little over four months since we published the death of his wife, Alma Reynolds Wakefield. Their child, now nearly two years of age, is thus left without father or mother. [account also appears on page 17)

14 Aug 1877

The funeral services of FRANKIE JACKSON, an infant, were held at the residence of his grandfather, Wm. C. Flower, on Main Street, Sunday afternoon [12 Aug.]. Rev. L. L. Rogers officiated.

17 Aug 1877

COCHRAN, MRS. M. ELI2ABETH, mother of Prof. Geo. E. Cochran, Superintendent of our Public Schools. Mrs. Cochran was born in Lowell in 1820. She attended the Lowell Academy for young ladies, and was married at Lowell in 1839 to John B. Cochran, who died about 18 months ago. In 1841 they came to Michigan. During the Rebellion she worked arduously for the soldiers aid. She was by creed an Episcopalian "but wherever true Christianity was found she admired it." Mrs. Cochran was a lady of great literary tastes and for several years contributed both prose and poetry to our leading periodicals, and was a frequent writer for the newspapers. The Independent is indebted to her for several able and interesting articles which have appeared in its columns. The funeral took place at the family residence, Argentine, Saturday afternoon, Rev. John Hamilton of Grand Blanc officiating. She leaves four sons, an aged mother who is an invalid, and a large circle of, friends.

31 Aug 1877

HOLMES, MRS. PERCIS, who has been suffering from that insidious disease, consumption, for some time past, died suddenly Friday. Funeral from the Episcopal church Sunday afternoon.

Sep 1877

DAY, SAMUEL / an old resident of this township and well known proprietor of Pine Lake Vineyard / died at his residence Saturday night / age 68y / funeral at M. E. Church

Sep 1877

DUNHAM, MRS. S. / mother of Mrs. E. D. Booth / age 84y / member of Baptist Church / Born Saratoge, N.Y. 1793.

Sep 1877

MATHEWS, MR. S../ father of Mrs. N. F. Hough of Fenton / buried Flint

Sep 1877

TERBUSH, MRS. / of Highland / formerly of Fenton / buried Byron

Sep 1877

WOOD, MISS NORA / dau of Cornelius Wood / died last Wednesday of consumption / funeral at Catholic Church / buried Deerfield.

4 Sep 1877

MR. STEVENS, father of Mrs. Dr. Knapp, was found dead in his bed this morning at the residence of the Doctor. Justice Ingram held an inquest. Verdict of the jury - death from natural causes.

14 Sep 1877

BEARDSLEY, IRVIN, son of Mr. Geo. Beardsley of Fenton, died at Laingsburg in the 21st year of his age. His remains were taken to Waterford for interment. Rev. S. A. Northrop of this place preached the funeral sermon Sunday. [this death is also reported on page 17 as Irwin S. Beardslee.]

14 Sep 1877

BEARDSLEE, IRWIN S. / in Laingsburg / age 21y / son of George & Bethiah Beardslee of Fenton / buried Waterford.

20 Sep 1877

TALLHADGE, ALBERT / age 22y 8m 10d / at residence of J. C. Carmer in Tyrone

21 Sep 1877

HARRIS, MRS. MARY R. / one of our old pioneers / died at her residence in Linden / age 62y / lived Linden last 30 yrs / funeral at M. E. Church.

29 Sep 1877

HOLLENBACK, JOHN, an old resident of this township, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. Nichols, on Saturday evening last, aged 64 years. Mr. H. had been to Ohio on a visit, returned to this place one week ago in such feeble health that he was unable to reach his home, a few miles west of this village. His funeral took place at 10:00 a.m. today. His remains were taken to Grand Blanc for interment. Sermon by Rev. O. Sanborn, of Linden.

31 Oct 1877

MARSH, MISS SARAH M., eldest daughter of Oscar W. Marsh of Fenton, of consumption, age 21 yr. Funeral Presbyterjan Church. [also reported Page 18]

Nov 1877

HENDERSON, MRS. ELLA /sister of the late J. B. Hamilton of Detroit and Miss Sarah .Hamilton of Fenton / died Detroit Sunday A.M.

Nov 1877

MARSH, MISS SARAH / Dr. Marsh, now of Bay City, was in town to attend the funeral of his niece, Miss Sarah Marsh, last Friday.

24 Nov 1877

BUCKINGHAM, WALTER / nephew of A. C. Botsford of Fenton / of typhoid fever at the Black Hills /age about 28y

28 Nov 1877

MOSHIER, MRS. J. B., wife of Hon. J. B. Moshier of Linden, died very suddenly of heart disease. Leaves two children, her oldest son being in Missouri

Dec 1877

BROWN, MRS. ISAAC / committed suicide at her residence in Linden / left husband and 2 small children (one 9 mo old)

Dec 1877

COOK, MRS. ORVILLE G. / formerly of Fenton / at Rochester, Oakland Co., Mich last Friday / age 37y / buried Fenton

4 Dec 1877

BOTSFORD, MRS. A. C., an old resident of Fenton, and who has been confined to her bed for the past two years by paralysis, died this morning at 4 o'clock. Her funeral takes place tomorrow at the house and her remains will be taken to Byron for interment.

13 Dec 1877


25 Dec 1877

JONES, MRS. EVA / age 23y / at residence of her parents Mr. & Mrs. Robert Perry in Fenton


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