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Standard Atlas of Kent County, MI (Geo. A. Ogle & Co.; 1907)  Index to Illustrations

BAXTER'S 'HISTORY OF THE CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS'  Early Marriages of Village Residents & Deaths of Village Residents

Every Name Index: Jamestown Township History (Ottawa County)

Jubilee Writing of the Christian Evangelical Mission Covenant

Senior Class of Union High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan  Aurora 1916

The Ahlberg Family -  Memories of Former Days

Diary of a trip Across the Continent in a Ford (1914)

SURNAMES: BRYANT / MEREDITH; TOWNSEND / CHAPMAN; HOLBROOK / MORSE; CARLSON / ALIN

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BRYANT FAMILY APPEARS IN
BERRIEN COUNTY, MICHIGAN

Harry Bryant ca. 1905
Harry Bryant
ca. 1905

  The BRYANT family appears in Berrien County, Michigan about the year 1850. Born in Vermont about 1799, George H. W. BRYANT lived for quite some time in St. Lawrence County, in the northern part of New York State near the Canadian border. He was reportedly a second cousin of the poet, William Cullen BRYANT. George also served in the War of 1812 when he was 14 years old. CONKLIN and CAMPBELL families are covered here as well. The MEREDITH / GRIFFIN and HARRISON / BALL lines have recently been extended...

  My paternal grandfather was Harry F. BRYANT. Private Wooster C. BRYANT was Harry's grandfather and served in the Civil War in an outfit known as Birges Western Sharpshooters. You may view a Family Group Sheet of Wooster's family. To see a visual representation of Harry BRYANT's ancestry, see my father's pedigree. My grandfather, Harry's ahnentafel gives the most detail. Here is a great picture of Harry as a boy.

Now available: Van Buren County Soldiers in the Western Sharpshooters

 

TOWNSENDS OF MASSACHUSETTS & NEW YORK
CHAPMANS OF CONNECTICUT & NEW YORK

Martin Townsend
Martin V.
Townsend
1837-1919
Mystery Photo Solved?

  My paternal grandmother was E. Marie TOWNSEND. She has a very significant New England ancestry in both her parents' lines. Her father was Eugene Martin TOWNSEND. His immigrant ancestor, Martin TOWNSEND, arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1664. Eugene's mother was Susan CHAPMAN. Her ancestry traces to some of the original settlers (1635/36) of Connecticut. For an overview, look first at Susan CHAPMAN's pedigree. The ahnentafel starts with Eugene TOWNSEND.

Timothy Townsen gravestone
"Timothy Townsen" Gravestone in Flatbrook Cemetery, Columbia County, NY. The cemetery is located on the east side of Highway 22, two miles north of I-90, exit 83, near Canaan in Columbia County, New York. The gravesite is in the front area of Flat Brook Cemetery.

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HOLBROOK FAMILY HEADS WEST TO
HUBBARDSTON, IONIA COUNTY, MICHIGAN

PRESIDENT TAFT
BATHED IN GR?

William Howard TAFT is a fifth cousin of Carrie HOLBROOK.  He was the largest U.S. President.
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  Marie TOWNSEND's mother was Carrie HOLBROOK. These New England lines, mostly from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, are covered in the BRYANT pedigree (follow HOLBROOK link) and the HOLBROOK ahnentafel chart. Most are traced many generations further than charted here - and some are royal lines back centuries. The HOLBROOKS were in Ionia County, Michigan by 1860.

Some of the families of Massachusetts are:

MORSE, POND, COOK, TRASK, HILL and others. Some of the Rhode Island lines include: SCOTT, JENCKES, ALDRICH. Many of these families lived near the "corner border" between RI & MA in the Blackstone River Valley. Carrie HOLBROOK shares a TOWNSEND ancestry with her husband, Eugene.

 

THE SWEDES INVADE WEST MICHIGAN

Sanford & Eva (ALLEN) CARLSON m. 1923
Pictured: Sanford & Eva (ALLEN) CARLSON m. 1923

  My mother is a  Swede through and through. All four of her grandparents were born in Sweden and immigrated to West Michigan in the late 1800's. Her pedigree gives five generations. View the ahnentafel for more detail and more generations. Prepare for a lot of "dotters" and "sons." Some of the main surnames are CARLSON, AHLBERG, ALIN (ALLEN), and OLSON.

MEMORIES OF FORMER DAYS - THE AHLBERG FAMILY

HONORING CARROLL A. PETERSON

Union High School 1916 Yearbook online...

Here is a special pioneer photograph. And Stick Man, a drawing by special Pioneer.

 


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A "drive-by" photo opportunity
presented itself to Sanford & Eva
during a car trip to Yellowstone Park
in 1937. I've entitled this
"How to Fix a Flat on a Mountain Road"

 

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