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Walter Merton Alexander

submitted by Merton L. Alexander

My grandfather, Walter Merton Alexander was married 23 Dec. 1892 at Howard City, Reynolds Twp., to Elizabeth Ann Yeakey. His father, James Alexander died 5 March 1894 and is buried in the Reynolds Cemetery. James was b. in Orleans Co., NY on 19 Sept. 1836, and then the family came to Genesee Co., MI. James married Alice Lucinda Booth, and her mother Olive (Loveland) Booth Stuart died 30 Mar. 1884 and is buried in the Reynolds Cemetery. Elizabeth Ann Yeakey's mother, Hannah M. Roberts died 30 May 1883 in Howard City.

On my mother's side, I have Ruby [Roby] Archer who died 23 May 1877 in Day Twp., Montcalm Co. She was married to David Hodges and later married a Grant. I also have Scofield ancestors from Day Twp., Stanton area. I have extensive lineages for Alexander, Booth, Loveland, Stuart, Archer and Scofield.



Arens (Arntz)

Citizens Historical Association
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 13, 1941; Pages 76 & 77
Verne Alfred Earle, Co-Partner, The EARLE Press
915 Pine Street, Muskegon, Michigan

Arens (Arntz), John was born December 23, 1796 in Bally, Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of John Arens and Mary Elizabeth Thum. The Arntz name has been spelled may ways. They use to spell things how they sounded. Aurents Arens, Arents. He had served in the War of 1812. He enlisted August 24, 1814. He was a soldier under Captain Samuel D Culberson's Co of Pennsylvania Volunteer's. He was discharged September 22, 1814. He journed (sic) to Canton County, Ohio where he married Elizabeth Reis (Rice) 2-7-1827. They are in the census in Williams County, Ohio in 1850. And in 1860 they were in the town of Bushnell Township census Line 606 Dwelling 64 Montcalm County, Michigan. John is also in the census in 1870 Dwelling 261 Family number 265. He is listed as a Farmer in all the censuses. Elizabeth has passed away on December 6, 1869 in Montcalm County. They had moved to Williams County, Ohio and they had made there (sic) move to Montcalm County, Michigan where they made there (sic) final resting place. John Died May 15,1874 and is buried in Vickeryville Cemetery also known as Maple Ridge Cemetery. His wife Elizabeth died in Montcalm County also December 6, 1869 where she is also buried. The Arntz's are in Montcalm County, Michigan today. They are all his descendants. There children were John, Caroline, Salista, Sylvester, Henry and Samuel. They also moved to Motcalm County with him from Williams County, Ohio except Salista; she died in Williams County, Ohio in 1857.

Contributed by Hope Engelmann



Arntz, John and Elizabeth (Betsy)


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