Mecosta County, MI. Queries

Mecosta County, MI

Posted Queries for January 1997 thru February 1998

Surnames: SCHOCH
Researcher: Judy Hull
Date posted: Sunday, February 9, 1997

I am trying to find the death of Mary Schoch between 1910 and 1921. Her fathers name is Henry Williams and her mother is Elizabeth Loree. I believe she was born July 1867 in Livingston Co. Mi. but lived in Mecosta Co. She had two children by her first marriage to John Berlin. Their names are Burr Berlin and Paulina Berlin (married name Amsdill. Mary's spouse at the time of her death was Henry Schoch. (spelling could vary)

Researcher: DCDavis
Date posted: Saturday, March 22, 1997

Information needed:FRASHER/FRASER/FRAZER family of Mecosta Co MARYETTA ENNEST B Canada 1839 married ROBERT FRASHER b NB 1841 Maryetta died Feb 9, 1907 Grant, Mecosta Co MI I have NO death date for Robert. Children are: ROSE A FRASHER b MI 1881 died ? married STANLEY BUFFIN on April 11 1904 Grant, Mecosta REBECCA FRAZIER b 1883 MI died ? married April6, 1901 LEVI BUSHAW/BOSHAW Father: Frank Mother: Eliza BROWN Would like to contact some member of this family. Need OBITS or any information that would lead me to a living relative.

Surnames: HATT
Researcher: Debra Eddy
Date posted: Saturday, April 12, 1997

Have compiled a huge database of HATT family research and am willing to share data with anyone interested. Have data on HATTs from the following Michigan counties: Ionia, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Newaygo, Saginaw, Washtenaw, Wayne, Wexford, and a few others. If you have any data on HATTs in MI, please contact me. We may be able to help each other.

Surnames: SAWDY
Researcher: Debra Eddy
Date posted: Saturday, April 12, 1997

Looking for information about the ten children of Ebenezer SAWDY (2 March 1812, Scipio, Cayuga Co., NY - 27 Feb 1890, Woodland, Barry Co., MI) and his descendants. Ebenezer was married in Feb 1836 in Orleans Co., NY, to Ruth ROSE (30 Jan 1820, NY - 2 May 1905, Woodland, Barry Co., MI), daughter of Benjamin ROSE and Sarah HAMILTON. Their children were: Truman, a Civil War veteran (10 Nov 1836, Carlton, Orleans Co., NY - 20 Aug 1895, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI) who married Cordelia PIKE; Sarah Jane, who died at 5 yrs; James Henry, a Civil War veteran (2 Dec 1843, Woodland, MI - 19 Sept. 1919, Woodland, MI), who married Julia WOODMANSEE; Marilla Jane or June (22 Sept. 1846, Woodland, MI - 27 Aug 1888), who married William JORDAN; Judge Marvin (30 Oct 1849, Woodland, MI - 9 Mar 1885); Willard (27 July 1852, Woodland, MI - 5 Nov 1925, Woodland, MI), who married Martha COOLBAUGH; Almina (13 Sept. 1854, Woodland, MI - 7 Sept. 1913, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Co., MI) who married Arthur MILLER, Joseph SMITH, and Alvah COWLES; Calvin (21 Aug 1857, Woodland, MI - 1921, Big Rapids, Mecosta Co., MI), who married Mary HITT; Ardella (born 10 April 1860, Woodland, MI), wife of Martin CURTIS of Reed City, MI; and Edward A. SAWDY (28 July 1864, Woodland, MI - 1 Jan 1915, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI), husband of Flora Isabell HOPKINS. Will freely exchange information.

Researcher: Alexia Muir
Date posted: Wednesday, April 16, 1997

I am looking for info on John C. Cox (Koch) and his wife Anna Madsen. They also had a nephew named Hans Cox. John changed the surname from Koch to Cox. They owned a restuarant in Big Rapids. They arrived in Mecosta abt 1872 or 1873. Also looking for info on Harry Bulmer and his wife Roseann. Harry Bulmer came from Canada in 1879 and his future wife Rose Ann Leader came in 1882. They were married in 1883 in Big Rapids and lived on a farm. Harry kept horses and hauled logs for a lumber co. Harry died in 1941. Also looking for the marriage of Bertha Bulmer and a Mr Kline or Cline in Big Rapids. This would have been abt 1920. John Cox had a brother that lived in Big Rapids and owned a Sausage Factory which burned down probably in the late 1920's or 1930's. I am also interested in finding all of their naturalization petitions as they all became citizens around 1900.

Surnames: EUBANK
Researcher: Skip Eubank
Date posted: Tuesday, April 22, 1997

Looking for EUBANK info: Charles Franklin Eubank d:1962; Roy Franklin Eubank d:1985; Henry James Eubank d:1923; Joseph Eubank d:1891. Any help appreciated. Charles and Robert died in Mecosta.

Researcher: Richard Anderson
Date posted: Friday, April 25, 1997

Appreciate any information of the COLE, HAMMOND, and PHILPOT families known to be residents of County in late 1800. Thank You!

Researcher: Kyle Johnson
Date posted: Thursday, May 22, 1997

William Kietzmann and his wife Amelia obtained their citizenship from this county in 1895, August 21

Researcher: Mike Griffin
Date posted: Friday, June 13, 1997

I am looking for any Collier's, Griffin's, Olney's,and Rhodes. Our family has lived in Michigan for about 150+ years. I have over 1600 names in family tree. Would appreciate any help you can give or if any I can be of any help to you.

Surnames: BROWN
Date posted: Saturday, June 21, 1997

Browns of Mecosta county. Dr John Brown and family and any other Browns known to be around Barryton area. Browns were there from 1980's back to 1900 and earlier as far as known.

Surnames: RANSHAW
Date posted: Saturday, June 21, 1997

Researching Ranshaw name. Many around area now and were many early 1900 and before.

Date posted: Saturday, June 21, 1997

Schofields of Mecosta county-once a large land owner in the county. Martiny township.

Surnames: GRANT, ROSE
Researcher: Hannah
Email: Samperoots@AOL.Com
Date posted: Friday, June 27, 1997

I am searching for any information regarding William D. Grant. He married Olive Rose on May 23, 1867 in Green Twp. Mecosta Co. They had a daughter Alice Jane born in June 1869. Alice had two brothers, whose names are believed to be Floyd and Howard. William, Olive and Alice show up in the 1870 census records in Mecosta Co. but not the 1880's. If someone has information on this family or other Grants living in the area, Please contact me.

Surnames: SNYDER
Researcher: Cindy G.
Date posted: Sunday, June 29, 1997

My grandmother was born in Big Rapids, Michigan 7/31/1891 to a lady by the name of Mirim Snyder (first name may vary in spelling) who after the birth took her baby and put her in a basket and left her on the G.R & I train, that was traveling between Big Rapids and Grand Rapids. I need any information about the birth or the railroad. All that Michigan would issue me is a typed form copy. Can anyone tell me the names of the hospitals in Big Rapids or if the railroad is still active. My grandmother was adopted by a couple named Thomas & Susan Allen who resided in Middleville. Would like any info on them. If anyone could do a lookup for me on the birth or supply me with any info, I would be happy to return the favor in the Houston, Tx area. Thanks So Much Cindy G

Researcher: J. Zorsch
Email: JZorsch@InfoAve.Net
Date posted: Friday, July 25, 1997

I'm researching the Glossender/Glossenger family of Mecosta County. Thomas J. Glossender/ger & his wife Emeline Shurtlieff - came to Mecosta County in the 1880's from Wayne County, NY with some of their children. Children who came with them are daughter Daisy - who married James CRIPPEN, daughter Mary - who married ?? ACKER, son Frank.   Thomas, Emeline & Frank are buried in Big Rapids.  Thomas b. ca 1835 CT d. 1918 MI, Emeline  b. NY d.1917 MI, & Frank b. 1867 NY d.1912 MI.   Would love to correspond with anyone who connects to any of these families.

Surnames: WINNIE
Researcher: W.J. Winnie-Hanson
Date posted: Friday, August 8, 1997

I am looking for the WINNIE family. So far I have found my gggrandfather James WINNIE (b abt 1824) m. Mary RACE children 1]Rena /m.George BADGELY, 2]George (b abt 1850),3]Henry Amos (b abt 1856) /m. Mary M. MAINE-PIERSON, family moved from New York to Mecosta county Michigan, 4] Ida (b abt 1858) /m. Henry STEPHENS/STEVENS, 5] Daniel, 6] Andrew Jackson(my line)(b Oct 1866) /m. Anna Lucinda SHEFFIELD, 7] Charles W.(b Apr 1869) /m. Nora E. PRATT. Andrew and Anna m.23 Oct 1891 in Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan; children 1] Ida May (b.Aug 1892) /m. Glen BLACKMERE, 2] James (b 15 Jun 1894), 3] Walter (b Apr 1898), 4] Amos Henry(my line)(b 31 Jul 1906) /m. Virginia Marie MOORE, 5] Daniel J. (b 1909), 6] Mary /m.Harry ROBINSON, 7] Alice /m. Bud SEBAY. Amos and Virginia m.1928(?) in Belding, Ionia, Michigan; children 1] Richard (b 22 Mar 1930), 2] Robert Gene (my line)(b 24 Dec 1930) /m. Dorothy Mae GILBERT, 3] Veva (b 16 Mar 1932) /m. Fred ALEXANDER, 4] Jack (b 16 Oct 1933)/m. Harriet DAVIDSON, 5] Ione (b 26 Jan 1936) /m. Max SWARTZ & James JOLLY, 6] Alice (b 3 Dec 1937) /m. Larry FARNSWORTH. Robert is my father and was born in Pleasant Valley where my grandparents had a small store of some type. They lived in Millbrook, Mecosta, Michigan. I believe all the children were born there, then the family moved to Alma, Gratiot, Michigan; but I am not sure when the move took place. Not only am I trying to find my family tree, but I would like to find my 1st cousins and get to know them. I have the names of all of them that I know about, there may be others. If anyone knows any of the WINNIE family please let them know I am looking for them and to E-mail me at I also have my genealogy pages up at Winnie Family for anyone who wishes to view what I have found so far. Thank you for any and all of your help

Researcher: Eynon Friess
Date posted: Wednesday, August 13, 1997

I am searching for descendants of Daisy Gertrude (Friess) and her husband Charles Isaac Beery or Berry. They lived in Mecosta County, Morton Township, Michigan in 1900. They had 4 children, Benjamin b. 9/1893, Elmina b. 2/1895, Evangeline b. 6/1897 and Minnie b. 11/1899. E. Friess, Northville, MI.

Researcher: Virginia Potter
Date posted: Saturday, August 16, 1997

In Stanwood cemetery I found markers for Joseph POTTER 1859-1931 and wife Clara E. POTTER 1857-1936. Also in that cemetery are my husbands grandparents Claude E. POTTER 1880-1956 and his wife Nellie L. (HOPKINS) POTTER 1885-1977. Are Joseph and Clara the parents of Claude POTTER? Is anyone working on this POTTER family? Also in Stanwood cemtery where Nellie HOPKINS POTTER is buried I found a Herman J.HOPKINS 1870-1915 and wife Bessie B. HOPKINS 1890-1913. Almerton Hyde HOPKINS 1945-1919 and wife Jane M. HOPKINS 1851-1926 are also buried there. Who were these people to Nellie?

Researcher: Kathy Brockway
Date posted: Monday, October 13, 1997

Seeking information on descendants of Andrew BROCKWAY, b. 1786, West Haven, VT; d. 1882, Lakeview, buried Altona Cem., Hinton Twp.Spouse: Elizabeth ROSSMAN, b. ca. 1793, d. ?; bur. ?Children: Walter, b.1823, PA; d. 1892, SteubenCo, NY; m. Dolly Beal. William, b. 1826, PA: d. 1894, NewaygoCo, MI; m. Margaretta Ann MITCHELL(have much info -- our line). Asa, b. 1830, PA. Agnes BROCKWAY; m. Samuel S. MITCHELL, b. 1819, LivingstonCo, NY; d.1904, MecostaCo. Roxy BROCKWAY -- no info.

Surnames: MORRISON
Researcher: Bev (Trew) Petersen
Date posted: Saturday, November 1, 1997

I would like to talk with anyone searching Morrison's in Michigan. John Wesley Morrison was b. 1875 d. 1963. Lived in Mecosta Co. abt. 1896-1940's. Thanks

Researcher: Karen Pease
Date posted: Sunday, November 16, 1997

I am looking for information on the Conrad and Mary Ann Bader family, the Edmund and Mary Zimmerman family and any information on the Nehmer family. The Bader family I have found in Big Rapids on the 1900 census, I've found where they came to the United States October 9, 1876, in Philadelphia, but I can't find them in-between. I am especially interested in the deaths of five of their children which supposedly took place during a diphtheria epidemic in the Big Rapids, Reeds City, Chase area. The family says they were in the Hersey, Reed City, Chase area. Ed and Mary Zimmerman were married and lived their lives in Big Rapids. I know the Nehmer family came to Big Rapids from Sisson/Lilly in the 1890's but before that I know nothing. I don't know when the came to America, where they landed or where they came from. I would appreciate any help anyone has to offer.

Researcher: Tom Sisolak
Date posted: Sunday, November 23, 1997

Searching for information on Marcus BRODERICK, b. 1835, Clare County, Ireland, d. abt 1890 in MI and Amelia ARMITAGE, b. 1845, Grass Lake, Jackson County, MI, d. 1926 in Kenosha, WI. They were married March 24, 1867 in Kalamazoo. The 1870 census show them living in the town of Etna, Mecosta county, with children: Marcus age 2 and George age 3 months. The 1880 census shows them living in Lyons, Ionia County with children: Marcus, b. 1869; Mary b. 1873; Phoebe, b. 1875; and Susan, b. 1878. Would like to contact descendants to share information.

Researcher: Lorrie Darrah Griffin
Date posted: Saturday, November 29, 1997

I am researching the above names in Mecosta Co., MI. My great-great-grandfather was Charles M. DARRAH (1831-1903), who came to Big Rapids from Jefferson Co., PA in 1857. He and his younger brother James M. DARRAH were the owners of the Darrah Brothers Milling Company, located where the wastewater treatment facility is now. I have gathered a lot of info on my DARRAHs and wish to find info on the collateral lines of my family. Charles' son, Melvin Eugene "Gene" DARRAH married Nettie Rachel "Doll" TAYLOR on 1 Sep 1890 in Big Rapids. She was a daughter of Edward/Edwin Frank TAYLOR and Mary A. ??. She was born in 1864 in NY and died in 1921 in Big Rapids. Her siblings were Jessie Viola, b 1865; Samuel I., b 1868 and married Mame CASSIDAY; and Margaret Dale, b 1879 and married ?? TICKNOR. I have no other information on these people. Other collateral names include: GORE (Emma, daughter of Daniel GORE and Rheuma BEUS, who married James M. DARRAH in 1874 in Big Rapids); BIEHLER (Elizabeth, daughter of Martin BIEHLER and Elizabeth BADER, who married Wilson E. DARRAH in 1883 in Big Rapids, another son of Charles M. DARRAH); and FREELAND/BLANFORD (Florence DARRAH, daughter of James M. DARRAH and Emma GORE, married Thomas W. FREELAND in 1914 in Big Rapids; their daughter Margaret FREELAND married James BLANFORD in Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI and they had one son Thomas BLANFORD). Very interested in communication with anyone who shares these surnames! Happy to exchange info. Hoping to find some "new" cousins! Thank you very much.

Surnames: AMES, MORAN
Researcher: Olive Hoffman
Date posted: Saturday, February 7, 1998

MECOSTA COUNTY: From a 1910 Census for Mecosta County, Millbrook Twp, I have information on the family of AMES, Thomas M. who was age 49, born in Penn.; (parents from NY & Penn); married to Elisabeth M, (Moran ?) age 33 born NY; parents from Ireland. I have been researching my Ames family and want to know who the parents of this particular Thomas M. Ames are; so I can either use or toss this information. Since Thomas seems to be a name that runs through my AMES family, wondering if there is any connection. In the household is the Mother-in-law of Thomas, named Mary MORAN, age 76 (I think), widowed, born Ireland.

Surnames: PARMETER
Researcher: Virginia Parmenter
Date posted: Friday, February 13, 1998

Luther Linville PARMETER born NY 1812, died in Big Rapids, Mecosta Co MI after 1900. I would like exact death date. I would like to know if cemetery records are available or a possible obituary. I will appreciate suggestions on how I might learn the needed death date. Thank you for any suggestions.

Surnames: DETZLER
Researcher: Sandy Porter
Date posted: Sunday, February 22, 1998

I have been researching the Detzler family from Germany>Canada>MI. Nichlaus DETZLER and wife Magdalena FEDERSPIEL settled in Mecosta Co around 1871. One of their sons stayed in Canada and a few settled in Ogemaw Co.(have alot of information on these families). I am looking for information on the son Nicholas. Also death date of William Detzler buried at St Michaels in Remus. His wife was Susanna I have her obituary and that's where she is buried so I hope William is there also. Would love to share information. Thank you. Sandy Porter, 2308 Harmony Dr. Burton, MI 48509

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