Archive for August, 2011

Clara Doughty & Adelbert Knight married on July 31, 1893 in Killmaster, Alcona, Michigan.  They were married by Justice John H. Killmaster.  Clara’s older sister, Hannah also got married the same day to a much older Caleb White.  (clicking on the photo makes it larger.)

Name:  Louise Benson

Birthday:  about March 1866

Parents:  William Benson & Margaret Spragg

Siblings:  William Benson Jr.

Relationship:  married to Henry LaFleure in 1883 & Rock Forest in 1930

Children:  3 that are known about – the records are confusing

Hometown:  Russell County, Ontario, Canada

Immigration:  after 1883

Last Known Residence:  Alpena, Michigan in 1930

Education:  able to read & write

Death:  Unknown

Cemetery:  Unknown

Relationship to Michael:  2nd great-grandmother

If she is in your family or if you know any additional information about her, please contact me!

Lillian English & Hugh Mosey married on June 18, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan.  Priest Stanley Skuycki married them.  Witnesses were George & Marie English, siblings of the bride.  (clicking on the photo makes it larger – their record is the 5th one)

WWI Draft Registration Card for George English (great-grandfather)

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Name:  A.C. Hotchkiss (Hoskiss)  It is believed her name is Asenath Cornelia, though on one document she appears as “Marianna.”

Birthday:  about 1831

Parents:  Currently unknown

Relationship:  Married to Benjamin Knight, mother of 6 children

Hometown:  Ohio

Last Known Residence:  Richfield, Genesee, Michigan

Education:  able to read and write

Occupation:  Farmer’s wife & mother

Death:  between 1880 & 1891

Relationship to Michael:  3rd great-grandmother

Ruth Elliott was born in New Brunswick, Canada to John & Ann Elliott.  She married Abel Flewelling in 1856, and they had 8 children.  By 1864 the family immigrated to Port Huron, Michigan.  She died in 1903 and is buried in Lakeside Cemetery in Port Huron, Michigan.  Her resting place is marked, but the other 3 family members buried with her are unmarked.  (3rd great-grandmother)

Name:  Anthony Lapan

Birthday:  December 25, 1866

Parents:  Richard Lapan & Harriet Hébert

Relationship:  Married to Maria Ross, father of 12 children

Hometown:  Canada

Immigration:  about 1879, naturalized citizen

Last Known Residence:  Pinconning, Bay, Michigan

Education:  able to read and speak English but struggles with writing.  Speaks French.

Occupation:  Farmer

Death:  December 27, 1939

Cemetery:  St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Linwood, Bay, Michigan

Relationship to Michael:  2nd great-grandfather

Julius Haerens was hit by a car while riding his bike, and he suffered a fractured skull.  He was 47 years old.  Julius was an Belgian immigrant who appears to live first in Canada and later in Detroit.  He leaves behind his wife Marie and his 4 children.  He rests in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan apart from the rest of the family.


This is one of the Flewelling resting places.  There are 8 people resting here, including Sarah Sharpe (Nehemiah’s wife) and 2 vacant spots.  The slabs have been washed cleaned, and it is unknown whose grave they marked or where.   This resting place is in Lakeside Cemetery in Port Huron, Michigan.  I felt a bit sad visiting there as it is so stark compared to the other resting places surrounding it.

Name:  Nehemiah Flewelling

Birthday:  about 1806

Parents:  Thomas Flewelling & Mary Weeks (no documentation at this time)

Relationship:  Married to Sarah Sharpe, father of 11 children

Hometown:  New Brunswick, Canada

Current Residence:  St. Clair County, Michigan
– Port Huron & Fort Gratiot

Immigration:  about 1863, naturalized citizen

Education:  able to read and write

Occupation:  Farmer

Death:  June 29, 1878, suddenly

Cemetery:  Unknown, though his wife and many of his children are buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron, Michigan.

Relationship to Michael:  4th great-grandfather