Archive for July, 2011

Name:  Margaretha Meyers

Birthday:  about 1830

Parents:  Currently Unknown

Relationship:  Married to Isaac Ross, mother of 12 children.

Hometown:  Canada

Last Known Residence:  West Bay City, Bay, Michigan

Education:  Able to read & write

Occupation:  Housewife

Death:  May 17, 1904

Cemetery:  Kawkawlin Cemetery

Relationship to Michael:  3rd great-grandmother

Isaac E. Booth died in the cold, winter afternoon of December 31, 1910 at 7 months old.  He was the 9th child born to Ephraim Booth & Josephine Tye of Ossineke, Alpena, Michigan, and he suffered acute indigestion and hemorrhaging of the lungs.  He is buried in Wilson Cemetery.  He is Michael’s great-granduncle. (clicking on the image makes it larger.)


Sero Hawley was the young son of Charles Hawley and Sarah Flewelling.  He died at 7 o’clock in the morning of bowel inflammation just before he was 3 months old.  He is buried in the Rose City Cemetery in Ogemaw County, Michigan.

Name:  Charles English

Birthday:  August 1848

Parents:  Frank (?) & Elisabeth English

Relationship: Married to Mary Castler, father of 14 children

Hometown:  West Prussia

Current Residence:  Wayne County, Michigan
– including Romulus, Hamtramck & Detroit

Immigration:  Sometime in the early 1870’s
– became a naturalized citizen in 1894

Education:  Unable to read or write
(though on other documents he IS able to read and write!)

Occupation:  Farmer and cemetery foreman

Death:  November 30, 1933

Cemetery:  Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan

Relationship to Michael:  2nd Great-Grandfather

Margarette McKay was born in Canada on October 14, 1841 to Peter McKay and Margaret Carpenter.  She married Isaac Booth, and they had 8 children.  They immigrated to Alpena, Michigan between 1876 – 1879 where Isaac died shortly after.  Their son Isaac Ephraim Booth married Josephine Tye in 1887.  She married again, and was a housewife.  She died in 1918 at the age of 76 years.  She is buried in King Settlement Cemetery in Wilson, Alpena, Michigan.

Tuffield Tye appeared in the Agricultural Census taken on June 11, 1880 in Buel, Sanilac, Michigan.  I have not had the opportunity to find a clear copy of what all the headings read, but here is just a bit of what is recorded.

  • 3 acres of buckwheat or 17 bushels
  • 7 acres of wheat or 69 bushels
  • 250 lbs of butter made in 1879
  • 2 swine on hand… couldn’t read what it said about his cattle other than 1 had been slaughtered and 3 calves dropped

He is the owner of the farm that is worth $2500… $2500 dollars in 1880 had the same buying power as 54,000 current dollars.

The image is reduced.  If you are interested in the full-size, please email me!


Harriet Hébert was born about 1850 in Clinton County, New York to Toussaint Hébert and Catherine Boire.  She married Richard Lapan when she was 16 years old in Quebec, and the details become murky at that point.  She appears next in 1880 in Bay County, Michigan with her husband and their children.  She died from diabetes in the town of Fraser, and she is buried in the Saint Anne Catholic Cemetery in Linwood, Bay County, Michigan with other family members.  The photograph you see comes from Find-A-Grave so I am unaware of where in the cemetery they are located.

Name:  Mercy (possibly Brown)

Birthday:  about 1838

Parents:  Unknown

Relationship:  Married to William Hawley, mother of 3 children

Hometown:  New York

Current Residence:  Alpena County, Michgan

Education:  able to read and write

Occupation:  housewife, mother, farmer

Death:  July 30, 1871 (possible suicide per trees on the internet)

Cemetery:  Somewhere in Alpena County, Michigan

Relationship to Michael:  3rd Great-Grandmother

Sarah Achenbach Doughty (check out how the name is spelled on the death certificate!) died July 28, 1906 in Alpena,  Michigan.  She was a widow, her husband having died in 1893.

She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery… hopefully next to her husband.  I say hopefully because I still have my fingers crossed that some kind soul will look for her grave and take a photo of her stone and those surrounding it.  🙂

Adelbert Knight is buried in Greely Cemetery in Green Township, Michigan at the young age of 42 years old.  He is the first born son of Benjamin Knight and Asenath Hoskiss and lived in Genesee County, Michigan until his marriage in 1893.  He died of a fractured skull.  Seems he was in a logging accident, and a log fell on him.  He left behind a young wife, Clara (Doughty) Knight and 5 young children.  After his death his wife was unable to care for the children, and she farmed them out to various families in the area.  His memorial is posted at Find-A-Grave where a kind soul took this photo.