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Catherine Boire was born in Quebec, Canada and the wife of Toussaint Hebert (Abare).  The couple resided in New York, and it appears they had 13 children together until Toussaint died in 1872.  Catherine moved to Michigan with her daughter Harriet and her husband, Richard Lapan.  She died in the wee hours of February 22, 1914 and rests in St. Anne’s Cemetery in Bay County, Michigan.  (4th great-grandmother)

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Name:  George Richard English

Birthday:  March 28, 1895

Parents:  Charles Englis9h & Mary Castler

Siblings:  He is #8 out of 14 children

Relationship:  Married to Alice Lapan

Hometown:  Hamtramck, Michigan

Last Known Residence:  Pinconning, Michigan

Education:  able to read and write

Occupation:  Cemetery gardner, autoworker

Death:  December 1984

Cemetery:  In Pinconning, Michigan

Relationship to Michael:  Great-Grandfather

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Clare Rock was murdered by a gunshot to his head at the young age of 21 years.  He was born in Cadillac, Michigan to Ernest Rock & Olive Rumsey.  He somehow made his way to Detroit, Michigan where he married young widow, Rose Lapan, oldest daughter of Anthony Lapan & Maria Ross.  An autopsy was performed at Receiving Hospital, and he was buried in St. Louis, Michigan.  He worked as a truck driver for Detroit Pressed Steel Company.  (husband of great aunt)

Maria Ross (16) & Anthony Lapan (24) married on April 30, 1891 in West Bay City, Bay, Michigan.  They were married by a Catholic priest, J.B. Schrinko, and witnesses were Richard Gaborian and Mary Gordon.  (clicking on the photo makes it larger.)

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Richard Lapan died September 3, 1906 at 64 years of age of stomach cancer. (3rd great-grandfather)

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


Young Daniel Lapan died at 2 months of age from malnutrition and improper food.  I know it sounds like negligence, but this was actually common as today it is called “Failure to Thrive.”  I imagine his parents, Anthony Lapan & Maria Ross, were horrified by his death as any parents would be.  Daniel was the last child of the 12 born.  He rests in St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Linwood, Bay, Michigan.  A simple wooden cross with no dates marks his resting place.


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.

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