Obituary Notices for Michigan Residents
in The Warren Journal, Warren County, New Jersey


In the first half of the nineteenth century, settlers began to leave states along eastern seaboard for the Northwest Territory. In Warren County, New Jersey, many residents of the county settled in the Michigan Counties of Kent, Lapeer, Macomb and Oakland. Contact with families members back east was limited to letters. Theses letters reported to the "folks back home" on life on the new farms, crops the weather, and family events such as births, weddings and deaths. Occasionally the family in New Jersey passed on the news to the local newspapers. In Warren County, New Jersey, The Warren Journal carried obituary notices which sometimes included news about former county residents. What follows is eight obituaries from The Warren Journal, for the years 1849 through 1857, which were transcribed by Jan Reuther. These are for former Warren County residents who settled in Michigan and died there. Three are from Oakland County, three are from Macomb County, one is from Lapeer County and one is from Kent County.

August 2, 1849
At Clarkson, Mich., on the 5th June, Mrs. MARGARET ADDIS, widow of the late DANIEL ADDIS, of this county.

October 8, 1853
In Romeo, Macomb Co., Michigan, on Tuesday, Sept. 20th of disease of the heart, WASHINGTON N. HARRIS, formerly of Newton, aged 28 years. [Newton is in Sussex County, New Jersey, which is adjacent to Warren County.]

March 25, 1854
On the 12th inst. at the residence of her son, in Oakland Co., Mich., CATHERINE WYCKOFF, aged 77 years–mother of SIMON WYCOFF, Esq. of this town. [inst. stands for instant and means this month]

September 1, 1855
At Mt Vernon, Macomb Co., Michigan, on the 8th ult. JABEZ, son of NICHOLAS ALBERTSON, aged 23 years–of Typhoid fever. [ult. stands for ultimo and means the past month]

August 30, 1856
Near Lakeville, Oakland County, Michigan on the 14th inst., JACOB T. DERENBERGER, aged 55 years, formerly of this county.

November 15, 1856
On the 30th ult., in Kent County Michigan, of Typhoid fever, SARAH H., wife of PETER W. SNYDER, formerly of this town, aged 31 years.

April 11, 1857
At Mt Vernon, Michigan, May 26th 1856, WM. N. FANGBONER, formerly of Scott’s Mountain, Warren Co., in the 33rd year of his age.

August 29, 1857
In Oakland County, Mich., on the 8th of Aug. Mrs. CATHERINE TEETER, formerly of this place in her 63rd year.


If you are researching your Warren or Sussex County, New Jersey to Michigan Roots, I recommend these web sites: My Raub (and more) Ancestry, includes cemetery transcriptions, marriages, baptisms, and transcriptions of The Warren Journal.

Nancy Pascal's Genealogy Page, includes Sussex County transcriptions, marriages, baptisms, and tax records. Some census information.

Read Family Connections, is my personal web page, I have some cemetery transcriptions included in the pages and detailed history for the READ (and REED) family.

This information provided to the Macomb County Genealogy site by ... (Esther Read/Tim Doyle) and we thank them for it.

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