Wedding Wednesday – Thomas Ross & Hattie Robard

November 9th, 2011 |

Thomas Ross (20), son of Isaac Ross & Margaret “Buck” married Hattie Robard (18) daughter of John Robard & “Don’t Know” on July 20, 1889.  They were married by Pastor Lyons at the First Methodist Church in West Bay City, Michigan.  Charles & Jane Southgate were the witnesses.  Their marriage lasted 7 years when Hattie died at age 25.

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Sympathy Saturday – Isaac Ross Jr.

November 5th, 2011 |

Isaac Ross Jr., son of Isaac Ross of England and Margaret Meyers of Canada, died October 11, 1919 of nephritis, a kidney problem.  He was 59 years old.  He is buried in Saginaw County, Michigan.  (I am having trouble deciphering the name of the cemetery from the death certificate.)  (2nd great-granduncle)

Sympathy Saturday – Clare A. Rock

October 8th, 2011 |

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)

Sympathy Saturday – Isaac Ross

September 24th, 2011 |

Isaac Ross died of old age on September 1, 1902 at 80 years of age in Kawkawlin, Bay County, Michigan.  It is unclear exactly when he was born as different documentations states different dates.  We do that he was born in England, and his father is John Ross.  Thought the family is a bit challenging to research as Ross is a very common name, Isaac lived his life as a farmer enjoying his wife Margaret and their 12 children first in Canada and later in Michigan.  (3rd great-grandfather)

If you have any information on him or would like more information, please contact me!

Wedding Wednesday – Anthony Lapan & Maria Ross

September 7th, 2011 |

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.)

If you know anything about this couple or if you would like more information, please contact me!

Spotlight Sunday – Anthony Lapan

August 14th, 2011 |

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

Sympathy Saturday – Daniel Lapan

August 6th, 2011 |

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.

Spotlight Sunday – Margaretha Meyers Ross

July 31st, 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