| I have no connection with "Stanhope" except that my mother had in her possession, when she died, a Journal or account book that had belonged to a person named Erwin Stanhope. The book is from the period of about 1873 to 1885. It appears that Erwin was a fairly successful famer in Oceana, County, Michigan. He mentions Hart and Shelby and Muskegon and Cass County.There is very little "Family" information but there is a reference to his mother, a Mrs.Nancy J. Stanhope; and to a Miranda and to an Erwin who may have been a son.
This account book names a lot of local people with whom he had dealings on a daily basis, plus information on everything from day labor wages and the price of eggs to the cost of recording a deed and the going price of land..It would be of interest to any Michigan historical society but in particular to the Oceana county area . I would be happy to share this information.
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