Antrim County Michigan Queries

September, 1996 through May, 1998

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DATE: 21 February, 1997; updated September 11, 1997
NAME: Robert B. Hole, Jr.

I am looking for any information on surnames HOLE from Mancelona. Arthur Wellington HOLE, born 27 Nov 1885 in Mancelona is my great grandfather. His father was William Frederic HOLE. I have no information on siblings or mother of A. W., nor any other information on W. F. except the vague idea his family is from Ohio. A.W. moved to Detroit by 1913. Any leads or information would be most welcome. Am also seeking information on these surnames: VANNIMONS and RIDENOUR. Almost all the info I have can be seen at

DATE: 23 May, 1997
NAME: Jay Finch

William Henry FINCH b: 1818 in NY; d: 28 Jun 1893 in MI, and his wife Cinderella (Lucinda) NICKELS b: 1825 in NY; d: 6 Dec, 1910 in MI. I am looking for their mother and father to assist me in the research of my family tree. Any information in connection with couple would be very helpful. William and George are listed in the 1870 census for Antrim Co., MI. William and George had farms next to each other in Helena Twp. near Finch Creek. I was told that the creek was named after them. Children that I know of (1) Effie Jane married James A. STRATTON, (2) David married Emma CHURCH, (3) Judson, (4) George married Lois CLARK and Lizzee P.
Visit Jay's Homepage to view his complete family tree. Thank you - Jay Finch.

DATE: 25 July, 1997
NAME: Barbara Louise Duckworth Dean

I am seeking information on Mary White DeMary NICHOLS who lived in Antrim Co. as early as 1863. I believe her husband's name was Reuban James NICHOLS. She had a son James and several other children by Mr. Nichols, and children George DEMARY, Julia Katurah DEMARY, Emily Rose DEMARY, and Emma DEMARY by her first husband Harvey DEMARY, who died when the children were quite young in Genesee Co., NY. After her second marriage, the family seems to have spent several years in Kenosha Co., Wisconsin before coming to Antrim Co. They homesteaded and owned a boarding house near Torch Lake. Mary seems to have had some connection with the break-away Mormon sect which settled on Beaver Island, although we don't know if she was actually a member. Her association with this group led to estrangement from her family because of their belief in polygamy. She died in Antrim County about 1877-1879.Thank you.

DATE: 01 August, 1997
NAME: Carolyn Medendorp

I am looking for descendants of Harke DeGROOT who was born in the Netherlands (probably Groeningen) on June 10, 1850, immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s, apparently farmed in Atwood or Central Lake, MI and died in Antrim County, Michigan, October 18, 1935. His wife was Antye B. DYKSTRA. Both may be buried in Central Lake. I would like to know if that is true and what cemetary they might be at. A note on the back of a photo says Mrs. DeGroot's name was Anna Boonstra Dykstra DeGroot. Probably married previously. Antye was born July 28, 1848 in the Netherlands and died June 8, 1929 in Antrim County, Michigan. Harke and Antye had 8 children. John (our ancestor), Walter (married Flora, I believe), Bert, Gertrude, Jessie (married a Parsons), Oscar, Harry and Ida. Elderly relatives from the "other" side of the family thought that many of the children moved to either the Detroit area or Flint area. We would like to contact descendants of Harke and Antye in an effort to learn more about them. We also have photographs of them and the children which we would be willing to share. Thank you, Carolyn

DATE:05 September 1997
NAME: Herbert Tipton

My name is Herbert TIPTON and I was born and raised in Antrim. I was raised in the first house on the north end of Green Street. I have lived my entire life on Green Street. Almost.... I was born in the old Sias place between Duck Lake and Hot Water Lake. We have the Tipton Family Reunion on the first Saturday in August annually, and is held at my house , which is 9824 Green Street. Since there are 13 Children and all still living, the family is quite large. We enjoy it very much and cordially invite friends to come visit and renew old acquaintances. View Tipton Family Tree Herbert Tipton

DATE: 10 December, 1997
NAME: Becky Hoff

Researching the family of Cornelius M. ACKER who was born in Warren, Herkimer Co., N.Y. in 1817. He lived in Hillsdale co. until after his civil war service when he moved to Torch Lake Township. He died there on July 20, 1897. His children were William and Cornelia. Also living in Antrim Co. where Henry Acker and his son John Acker. Thank you. Becky Hoff

DATE: 02 January, 1998
NAME: Carla Johnson Sumner

I am researching the families of Arthur JOHNSON, his son Duane Porter Johnson md. Corene P. RUSHTON who after his death md. Percy EMPEY of Antrim County. Also researching Crowell WILLSON, B. 3 Aug. 1800 , his wife Jane MITTON; their dau., Laura Clarissa Willson, b. 20 Apr. 1854 md. Thomas Milton Rushton, b. 30 Jan., 1846 of Central Lake MI. Other names researching: SCAFE, SMITH, PORTER, THIER, SEDGMAN, RUGGLES, HAUN, SYPES, GARMAN and GODBOLT and many more. I have information and very willing to share.
My Homepage Carla Johnson Sumner

DATE: 20 January, 1998
NAME: Suzi R. Ecker

Looking for information on the William P. THOMAS family who lived just outside Alba. William was married to Anna Elizabeth GLEASON in Van Buren County. William and Anna's son Lewis Leonard Thomas m. Rosa WOODRUFF, from the Alden area, in 1892. Also looking for information on the Woodruff's.
Suzi R. Ecker

DATE: 11 February, 1998
NAME: Earl LaDere

Looking for any information on Joseph Barnes MOORE born November 1840 in Guernsey Co, OH. Moved to Banks Township, Antrim County, MI sometime around or prior to 1885. Married Sarah Elizabeth SCOTT 4 May 1885. Later married Cecelia CUTCHER of Central Lake on 22 September 1904. I am interested in his date of death and where he is buried and any information on his children, also any information on the Harvey SCOTT family of Echo Township, Antrim County, MI. View the Moore family tree
Earl LaDere

DATE: 12 March, 1998
NAME: Carolyn Medendorp

Please add the family name of DEYOUNG to your surname list. I have much information about the ancestry of Bert DeYoung and Johanna Bethlehem. Please visit my homepage for a complete listing of my family trees: ... De GROOT/DeYoung of Antrim County, Michigan.
Carolyn Medendorp

DATE: 22 March, 1998
NAME: Earl D. LaDere

Seeking any information on the LADERE Name. Napoleon LADERE was born in New York State 7 March 1857. Moved to Crofton in Kalkaska County around 1890. On 26 April 1891 he married a Lulu May ELY of Orange Township Kalkaska County.
Around 1901 he moved to Wetzel in Antrim County, MI and on 14 March 1904 he Married EFFIE MOZEALOUS of Kalkaska Township, Kalkaska County, MI. He lived in the Mancelona Area until his death 22 October 1927. EFFIE LADERE continued living in Mancelona until her death on June 13, 1952. Any information or pictures anyone might have would be greatly appreciated. View the LaDere family tree
Earl D. LaDere

DATE: 22 March, 1998
NAME: Jim Dutkiewicz

I am searching for information on my paternal great grandparents Jacob DUTKIEWICZ and his wife Agnes LELINSKA who lived in Elmira from around 1893 to 1913. Five of their seven children were born in Elmira. They were members of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. I am also searching for information on my maternal great grandparents Joseph Waszak and Michalina DOBRZELEWSKIwho lived in Elmira from around 1890 to their deaths in 1939 and 1940. They are buried in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Cemetary.
Has anyone extracted the records from St. Thomas Aquinas ?

DATE:17 April, 1998
NAME: Dorothy M. Paul

John A. ARMSTRONG (b. Sept 27, 1830, Schoolcraft Michigan) passed away, April (March?) 1916 at Central Lake, Antrim County, Michigan - probably at his daughter - Eunice M. Hosler's residence. He was buried in Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo County, MI (they have the March date there) next to his first wife Eunice (DOLPH) ARMSTRONG. I got this information from Civil War Disability Pension records where his name is listed: John Quincy Adams Armstrong. I would like to find an obituary, or any info on Eunice Hosler.

I would appreciate suggestions for locating them. John is brother to my direct ancestor, Elizabeth ARMSTRONG DOLPH. (see my Armstrong web page: )
Dorothy M. Paul

DATE: 08 May, 1998
NAME: Carolyn Fitzpatrick

Looking for records concerning Jesse FITZPATRICK(FITSPATRICK) born 1860 married Laura Price born 1875. Came from Greenup C. KY. Lived in Bellaire I think and had at least four children:Glatha, William, Sisicia(Felsy) and Ernest. Ernest is my husband's father who was born in 1906 and I have not looked in the 1910 census to find him as yet. This spelling of the name with an "s" instead of "z" was found on the 1900 U.S. Census although my husband's father spelled his name with a "z"... Thank you for any help you can give me.
Carolyn Fitzpartick

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