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Name: Sherie Ann Kosten <sheriekosten@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-12-19
Names of my Ancestors Steele and Bailey
Where they lived Hartford, Lawrence
Comments:
doing family histories. Any information appreciated. Thanks!
 

Name: Madge Kokenburg <jon4utoday@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-11-20
Names of my Ancestors George Carr
Where they lived 1870
URL of my Webpage PawPaw
Comments:
Looking for Carr Cemetery used ca. 1906
 

Name: Madge Kokenburg <jon4utoday@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-11-20
Names of my Ancestors George Carr
Where they lived 1870
URL of my Webpage PawPaw
Comments:
Looking for Carr Cemetery used ca. 1906
 

Name: Carolyn Olsen <GBwon@aol.com>
Date: 2014-11-20
Names of my Ancestors Gates
Where they lived Decarur
Comments:
Searching for as much info as available for micheal S Gates Sr. I blieve he was born in France about 1820 died in Decatur in 1909 and married to Jane Ann Phillips who died Mar 21, 1876 do not have a birth date. Will share any info I may have you may need or want.
 

Name: Phyllis Rennells <phyr@freedomnet.org>
Date: 2013-11-23
Names of my Ancestors MYER/MYERS/THAYER/HERRON/HARRETT
Where they lived Van Buren County
Comments:
These families are early setters of Van Buren County. Have significant amounts of inf. Am always looking for more. Would like obits and pictures. Have inf. to share.
 

Name: Phoebe I. ODell/Brown <phib.odell@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-11-19
Names of my Ancestors Amos Smith Brown, Luman Brown, Amos S. Brown, Jr. William Benjamin Brownand other Browns
Where they lived 1840's -1912
Comments:
Any information re: Browns who were part of the 25 who 1st settled in Paw Paw & Breedsville, will be appreciated.
 

Name: Marlene Clara Forsythe <marlene.forsythe@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-10-04
Names of my Ancestors Harris, Siver, Corwin, Smith, Allen, Page, Doty,Griffin
Where they lived Southwestern counties Michigan
Comments:
Looking to confirm vital statistics for multiple family lines.
 

Name: Alona Moon <alonamoon2@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-07-12
Names of my Ancestors Buechner, Harlan, Markillie
Where they lived Van Bueren mid 19th century to present
URL of my Webpage I have no webpage
Comments:
This is a new discovery and I am thrilled. My family, in nearly all its branches is deeply Michigan based. Particularly western Michigan from Reed City to Paw Paw. Thank you for your effort in making this material possible.
 

Name: Benjamin Morse <cookiedoughkiller@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-07-02
Names of my Ancestors Morse, Morris, Tryon, Impson
Where they lived 1800 - 2013; Michigan, Wisconsin, New York
Comments:
If anyone has information on the siblings or family of the following:

Manley Miles Morse
Alvin Miles Morse
Lucinda Tryon (mother of manley morse)
Ralph Morris (father of manley morse, however first name is up for debate)

I can also provide assistance for those who follow my line. My line is:

Ralph Morris - Manley M. Morse - Alvin M. Morse - Lloyd R. Morse Sr. - Lloyd R. Morse Jr. - Scott A. Morse - Benjamin S. Morse (me)

 

Name: Linda Merrill-Elkins <LindaMerrill_Elkins@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-04-19
Names of my Ancestors Merrill, McCreary, Shine, Slocum
Where they lived Mid-1800's to present
Comments:
I'm looking for the connections Richard Henry Merrill born 1810 in NJ, married to Sarah Fairfield-Merrill-Carpenter-and maybe Miller born 1823 in Lawrenceburg IN and beyond Richard.
 

Name: judy hammerstrom <gordyjudy@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-03-24
Names of my Ancestors Osborn, Butterfield
Where they lived 1860'-1890' Decatur, MIf
Comments:
John H. Osborn and Samantha Butterfield Osborn are my ggreatparents.John was killed by a falling tree in a logging accident in 1873. They lived in Decatur. Samantha eventually went to ND with her son Moses(my grandpa) around 1893. Also her daughter Romelia Chapman and family..She died in 1894 and is buried at Webster, North Dakota...
 

Name: Janet Stoddard Whalen <Ashygrams@aol.com>
Date: 2012-08-31
Names of my Ancestors Stoddard,,Stickney
Where they lived Michigan,,Indiana
Comments:
Enjoy this site..Thanks
 

Name: Wray (Mickey) Ertle <wertle@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-08-08
Names of my Ancestors Earl and Rhoda Wray, Virgil and Katherine (Wray) Ertle, Katie Clark
Where they lived Bloomingdale, Paw Paw, South Haven
URL of my Webpage wertle@yahoo.com
Comments:
This is a great place to research the past.
 

Name: Benjamin Morse <cookiedoughkiller@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-06-28
Names of my Ancestors Morse, Morris, Tryon, Impson
Comments:
I have information on the Morse/Morris and Impson families that lived here in Van Buren. If you're seeking these families, get in touch and I'll see if we have a match. I'm always seeking more information especially for my ancestor Manley Miles Morse who was born in 1829 and came here to Michigan with his family.

Lately I've been looking for information on an indian settlement in Kendall, if anyone has information, I would greatly appreciate a response. I believe my ancestor was there when he came to Michigan in the 1840s or 1850s as his obituary states he came here with his parents Ralph Morris and Lucinda Tryon to an indian reserve east of gobles (kendall)

 

Name: Karan Kotz <dollvr713@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-06-08
Names of my Ancestors Anna Drake Hawes
Where they lived Died in Niles, MI
Comments:
I am trying to get a copy of "The Drakes of Van Buren County, MI". I can not find my old copy after many moves. I want to update my own information and pass it on to my children. I can add more info with the newest version of Family Tree Maker.
 

Name: Karan Kotz <dollvr713@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-06-08
Names of my Ancestors Anna Drake Hawes
Where they lived Died in Niles, MI
Comments:
I am trying to get a copy of "The Drakes of Van Buren County, MI". I can not find my old copy after many moves. I want to update my own information and pass it on to my children. I can add more info with the newest version of Family Tree Maker.
 

Name: Arlynn (Boots) Smith <arlynnk@altelco.net>
Date: 2012-05-04
Names of my Ancestors Harm & Alice Smith
Where they lived Decatur, MI
Comments:
My grandparents...Harm & Alice. My father...Arthur Smith (died in accident performing at Three Rivers Airport July 17, 1949). Some of my Uncles & Aunts...Charlie, Dick, Fred, George, Hank, John, Mike, Ann, Gert, Mary. I believe there are eight more that I never met.
 

Name: Karen Stropkey <ok.3cheers@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-04-16
Names of my Ancestors Kellicut,Kellogg,Whitney,Bullard, Hibbard,Gerow,Hendricks
Where they lived Van Buren,Kent, Montcalm Co's.
Comments:
Would appreciate help. Will share what I have.
 

Name: Linda McGrath <jmcgrath@comporium.net>
Date: 2012-04-15
Names of my Ancestors McGrath,Catt,Rutter,Hughes,McMurtry
Where they lived NY,NJ,MI
Comments:
Searching info on family of Michael & Jane McGrath who came to MI from Orange Co, NY. daughter Kate md Charles Catt, son James died at age 14 in 1873. Need death info for Micheal & Jane. Michael worked in iron mines/furnace.
Michael's siblings are from NY & NJ,
Your site has great info - more than I can find on some of the paid sites. Thank you!!

 

Name: Karen Stropkey <ok.3cheers@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-03-04
Names of my Ancestors Kellogg,Gerow,McGee,Hendricks,Mulder
Where they lived SW Mich. 1860 to present
Comments:
My Gerow's and McGee's were from Ontario. Haven't been able to find a thing on Eleanor McGee dispites years of trying. The Kellogg's came form Cayuga Co.,NY right after the Civil War. Any help out there?
 

Name: Jim Harris <jvharris@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-02-24
Names of my Ancestors Hinckley, Harris
Where they lived South Haven & Van Buren Co.
Comments:
Hi Joan.
 

Name: R Barendsen <krbarendsen@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-02-15
Names of my Ancestors Henry VandenBosch
Where they lived 1960s, South Haven
Comments:
May have been married to Hazel
 

Name: WILLIAM BURDEN <wildbwest@att.net>
Date: 2011-11-28
Names of my Ancestors POMPEY,DAWSON
Where they lived CORVERT
Comments:
THE POMPEY MOVED TO MICHIGAN FROM INDIANA IN THE 1860'S AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME NEWS AND PICTURES OF THEM.
 

Name: Christa Brenner <therapidriver@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-11-22
Names of my Ancestors Hiddema
Where they lived South Haven, Present
Comments:
Great Website!

Do you have any old Van Buren or South Haven maps? I'm looking for reference for an illustration I'm doing for a friend who is getting married in the area next summer.

Thanks!

 

Name: Sue Finney Rocheleau <sueroch@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-10-24
Names of my Ancestors Minnie [Minniear] Williams and Alice Emerick, Tyler
Where they lived Paw Paw , Hamilton, Decatur in Van BurenVan Buren
Comments:
Looking for more specific information on where they lived or were buried. Also looking for Alice's other siblings, Carrie, Mary Elizabeth, Etta [Ellen], Cora, Harvey, and Ethel. Only know they lived in Fennville, Mich. 1900.
 

Name: Melissa <mdzag3@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-10-06
Names of my Ancestors Calvin P. Bradford
Where they lived Decatur, MI
Comments:
1860 census shows Calvin at age 16 working as a farm hand on the Christopher Hayden farm in Decatur, Michigan. I am looking for any Hayden's related to: Christopher, Anna, Albina, Susan or Lucy in hopes they have any pictures or stories or information on Calvin during that time period. Thank you!
 

Name: Melissa <mdzag3@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-10-06
Names of my Ancestors Bartlett, Bradford, Taylor, Dakin, Mason
Where they lived Cass County, Van Buren County, Schoolcraft, Kalamazoo, Michigan, New York
Comments:
I am looking for pictures, stories, obits, etc.
 

Name: Sherry <sherrym3765@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-09-22
Names of my Ancestors Baxter/Root/Danneffel/
Where they lived Berrien/VanBuren
Comments:
Looking for headstones for Henry Danneffel, his wife and son.
 

Name: Bernard van de Weerd-Draper <whitewolf888@live.com>
Date: 2011-09-05
Names of my Ancestors Diekerman, John Henry
Where they lived 636 Oak St. Kalamazoo
Comments:
John Diekerman, married my great aunt Elizabeth van de Weerd in Holland, and moved to the USA (I don't know the year. They had a daughter Gertrude, and then Elizabeth died, and John married Jesse???
I don't know of much more, since I am only 72 now. But Gertrude married a Mr. Triestram.....and I believe they had children. If anyone knows anymore, I would be glad to share info with them. Thank you, Bernard.

(I came from Apeldoorn Holland in 1947..and live in Canada now)

 

Name: Sandra <memphisking@o2.co.uk>
Date: 2011-09-02
Names of my Ancestors Moore
Where they lived grand junction mi
Comments:
I am looking for relatives of Earl & Gwyneth Moore
 

Name: Sharon Christensen <tyg@longlines.com>
Date: 2011-07-22
Names of my Ancestors Hindes/Kemp
Where they lived Coloma, Michigan 1880-????
Comments:
I am hoping that I can find information on my relatives through this project. I would like to visit Michigan and visit my grandfather's birthplace of Coloma and hopefully find more information about his mother and father. I like the website it is very nice.
 

Name: Greg Pisano <goyosan1@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-07-13
Names of my Ancestors Redmond, Sylvester and Mortimer
Where they lived Decatur (Sylvester 1870-1908; Mortimer 1881-1896
Comments:
Looking for any and all information, especially death records and photos.
 

Name: Randa Randall Korson <randa3902@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-06-14
Names of my Ancestors Randall, Shepard, Merritt, Young
Where they lived Van Buren 1860s to 1940s
Comments:
Wonderful website. I haven't visited in a while and there are so many new things.
 

Name: Bill Stinchcomb <swmicubbie@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-06-06
Names of my Ancestors Showalter-Henry
Where they lived 1880's Arlington
Comments:
I'm looking into my relatives Edward and Lavissa Henry of Arlington Township also of Lawrence Village.The Showalter is William of Stevensville who married Mary Ellen Henry and Ida Mae Henry.He was a blacksnith and moved to Montana. Their son Earl Carl or Clarence Showalter was my maternal grandfather.
 

Name: Pat Ratcliff <pratclif5463@att.net>
Date: 2011-05-25
Names of my Ancestors Tuttle, Hindenach
Where they lived Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan
Comments:
3rd great grand daughter of Lyman A Tuttle
 

Name: Betsy Good <betsygood@msn.com>
Date: 2011-05-11
Names of my Ancestors Herbert Isaac Good, Flossie Haynes Good
Where they lived 1885-1930 South Haven, Mi
Comments:
I amy trying to find a VERY small cemetery surrounded by a chain link fence on a dirt road where my grandmother - Flossie Haynes Good - was buried in 1918. My father took me there once more than twenty years ago, and I don't know the name of the cemetery since there was no sign. She has a tall headstone that just says "Good". I'm in the middle of research now, so if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear. Thank you, and happy searching to you !
 

Name: Robert H. Shirkey <sundownerm@aol.com>
Date: 2011-05-10
Names of my Ancestors Daniel Burgess, William Wilson, William Douglas, William Dyckman, H. Franklin Bowen, Peter Harwick,
Where they lived Porter and Antwerp Townships
Comments:
These are my spouses ancestors
 

Name: gloria rodriguez <rgloria09@aol.com>
Date: 2011-04-23
Names of my Ancestors Maria Rodriguez
Where they lived f & f farms decatur michigan
Comments:
I have been trying to look for a birth or death record of baby Maria Rodriguez she was born to Manuela Rodriguez but was told she born dead....my parents were migrant workers working for John Falkner F&F farms with no english ...my sister was buried in michigan....we have no record of her birth or death certificate. My mom can't recall the year or the cemetary where she was put to rest. I was small at the time but she is always on the back of my mind n the family. Any help is deeply appreciated.


 

Name: gloria rodriguez <rgloria09@aol.com>
Date: 2011-04-23
Names of my Ancestors Maria Rodriguez
Where they lived f & f farms decatur michigan
Comments:
I have been trying to look for a birth or death record of baby Maria Rodriguez she was born to Manuela Rodriguez but was told she born dead....my parents were migrant workers working for John Falkner F&F farms with no english ...my sister was buried in michigan....we have no record of her birth or death certificate. My mom can't recall the year or the cemetary where she was put to rest. I was small at the time but she is always on the back of my mind n the family. Any help is deeply appreciated.


 

Name: Greg Pisano <goyosan1@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-04-14
Names of my Ancestors Redmond
Where they lived Berrien and Van Buren Counties
Comments:
Mortimer Redmond and kin.
 

Name: Glenda Hooker <rehooker65@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-04-08
Names of my Ancestors William Nelson & Sally Marie Morse Cornwell
Where they lived Lawrence, MI
Comments:
The Cornwells were my great great grandparents. I would like more information on them and their children, what cemetery they are buried in and any photos would be wonderful.
 

Name: Gail Davis <id4seasons@aol.com>
Date: 2011-04-03
Names of my Ancestors Burton, Cooke, Lamb, Radtke, Willis, Martin
Where they lived Bangor, Covert, South Haven, Van Buren Co., Michigan
Comments:
Looking for: descendants, living cousins, Church records, family records and photographs.
 

Name: Mary Bower <firstkazoo@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-03-18
Names of my Ancestors Freeman
Where they lived Pine Grove, Kendall, Kalamazoo
Comments:
Looking for info on parents of John Freeman and his wife Julia Mulvaney
 

Name: ssaatkamp <smcsaat@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2011-03-06
Names of my Ancestors Cogswell,Dansfield,Dunham, Weller,
Where they lived Berrien, Van Buren, Cass, Kalamazoo, Barry, and Eaton counties
Comments:
Need ideas on where to look for Martha Eveline Weller's grave. Her husband Minard Nehemiah Dunham was buried in Berrien Co along with a young Daugther. Can't find where or when she died and where she is buried. Need to find her parents. Any leads are appreciated!
 

Name: Brenda J Miles <bj.miles@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-02-26
Names of my Ancestors Mott, Miles, Mayo, Myers, Hurtle
Where they lived Glenwood plus other areas of Cass Co
Comments:
Researching:
Elmer Elsworth Mott, his wife Grace May Myers.
Daniel Roe Mott and his wife Sally Maria Miller.
Gilbert Myers and his wife Martha Hurtle.
Jacob Murphy Hurtle and his wife Catherine Brown.
Pliny Eugene Miles and his wife Margaret Maude Mayo

 

Name: Erica Porter <emp4324@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-02-12
Names of my Ancestors John Henry Porter, Richard S. Hale, Lewis T. Winslow,
Where they lived South Haven, 1870's to 1940's
Comments:
Thank you to everyone who contributed to Van Buren History online!
 

Name: Janet Stoddard <Ashygrams@aol.com>
Date: 2011-02-02
Names of my Ancestors Stoddard
Where they lived 1800"s--Watervliet, Hartford
Comments:
Enjoy your site,,Has received information from here..
 

Name: Marian Morrison Nimbach <nimbach4166@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-01-26
Names of my Ancestors Morrison, Niles, Hosner, Camp
Where they lived Hartford, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Kalkaska, Van Buren County
Comments:
Henry James Morrison was born in Van Buren County in 1854; His son Hiram Morrison was born in Hartford and a 2nd son, Clarence, was born in Kalkaska, Michigan. The family lived in Kalkaska and then moved to Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan.
 

Name: Richard Sobers <rlsobers@sisna.com>
Date: 2011-01-24
Names of my Ancestors Warren Sober
Where they lived Van Buren County
Comments:
Warren Sober MD was my Grt Grd Uncle. He lived in the Van Buren Co. area, and was a medical doctor. He was married to his cousin Velma Adams Sober. A son, Clyde, married Alice Boynton who died in 1946.
 

Name: Ronald D. Tinney <ronaldtinney@att.net>
Date: 2011-01-05
Names of my Ancestors Nathaniel Tinney
Where they lived 1765, Virginia
Comments:
Looking for leads. Keep up great work.
 

Name: Benjamin Morse <submachiner@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-12-30
Names of my Ancestors Morse, Impson, Chandler, Seevey, Tryon
Where they lived New York, Michigan, Wisconsin
Comments:
Found a bit, but always looking for more. Currently stumped on my 4x Great grandfather Manley. I found a lot of information on him, but looking for his parents. Ralph Morse and Lucinda Tryon.
 

Name: James Suhr <jameslsuhr@verizon.net>
Date: 2010-12-26
Names of my Ancestors VanBlarcum, Rouse, Beach, Hame, Suhr, Watson, Larsen
Where they lived Allegan, Van Buren, Otsego, Lacota, Pullman, Fennville, others 1840's to current
Comments:
Just saw the guest book and have recently been bitten by the family tree bug! Would appreciate any and all information of any type on any VanBlarcum, Rouse, Beach, Hame, Watson, Larsen or Suhr
 

Name: Larry D. Lutze <larrylutze666@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-11-05
Names of my Ancestors O Thomas Sweet or O.T. Sweet
Where they lived Lawrence Village, Lawrence TOWNSHIP 1860'S UNTIL 1920'S
Comments:
Looking for information on O. Thomas Sweet or Thomas O. Sweet born in NY around 1839 or 1839. Married twice, OT died sometime between 1910 and 1920 last wife Mariggie died between 1920 and 1930. I think he sevice in Civil War from MI? found a Thomas O Sweet from the Van Buren co.
 

Name: Raymond Perry <cessnacx@aol.com>
Date: 2010-11-04
Names of my Ancestors LaVerne Perry
Where they lived 1947-1966 Chilson,Liveington CO.MI, corner of chilson road and Brighton road
Comments:
Went to Stone School on coon lake road, 1953 to 1958 when it closed and we had to tranfer to Brighton schools
 

Name: Sheila Hardy <shardy4985@charter.net>
Date: 2010-10-23
Names of my Ancestors Burroughs/Benson
Where they lived Van Buren County
Comments:
Searching for George Benson.
 

Name: Melissa Zagrzebski <mdzag3@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-10-08
Names of my Ancestors BRADFORD, BARTLETT
Where they lived Cass County & Van Buren County Michigan
Comments:
I would love to connect with any ancestors (or anyone that can provide information) from the Calvin Palmer & Catherine Francena Bradford and Harry&Louisa Bartlett families. I know basic information but would love pictures, stories, documentation of births and deaths, last known addresses, etc.
 

Name: Barb Woodwyk <bwoodwyk@aol.com>
Date: 2010-10-04
Names of my Ancestors Solomon & Lillie A Priest
Where they lived Lived and married in Bangor Township around 1878
Comments:
Lillie died before Solomon. He later lived in Michigan, in Benzie County. Would like to find where they are buried.
 

Name: Cindy Wiseman <cwiseman@marshallremc.coop>
Date: 2010-09-26
Names of my Ancestors Lynn,Beach
Where they lived Vanburen,Cass and St Joseph Counties
Comments:
I am currently working on Lyman(Lynn) Beach born 1906 in Marcellus,Michigan. who married Mary Bowman born 1908 in Marcellus. they married April 1925 in Dowagiac Michigan , Lynn died Oct 1932 in Three Rivers Michigan. Unsure if Mary remarried. If this is familiar to anyone I would appreciate being contacted . thank you in advance Cindy Wiseman
 

Name: Janice Milan <jm.milan@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-09-25
Names of my Ancestors Blauvelt, Morse, Barnum, Proctor, Milan, Shannon
Where they lived Ohio, Michigan, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Great Britain
Comments:
Researching both my parents and my husband's ancestors.
 

Name: Rhonda Sweezy Jack <rhondadjack@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-09-18
Names of my Ancestors Sweezy, Slack, Carter, Martin
Where they lived Paw Paw, Almena, Kalamazoo
Comments:
I always welcome anyone doing work on the families I've named. A bit amateur am I but have caught the vision of genealogy. I love this sight and appreciate all the hard work that has gone in it by all who have participated.
 

Name: Lorraine <lorrainedibble@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-08-18
Names of my Ancestors Charlels Henry Sternberg
Where they lived Dec. 3 1859 Was born in Lawton Michigan
Comments:
Also Catherine Wilcox was born in July 19,1837 in Lawton Michigan.
I've been working on the family for awhile. I could use some more help!

 

Name: Betty Reese <bncsfr@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-08-13
Names of my Ancestors Mathias Schutz
Where they lived 1920 Waverly, Van Buren, MI
Comments:
Searching for death info
 

Name: Paul Roney <paulroney@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-07-07
Names of my Ancestors Dimis Horton and Cornelius Cross
Where they lived late 1800s, Bangor, MI
Comments:
I am trying to put together information re these families as Dimis, nee Horton, Cross was my uncle's foster mother.
 

Name: Brenda Baker <bbaker5319@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-07-07
Names of my Ancestors High, Mills, Carlson, Logan, Johnson, Baker, Kammeraad
Where they lived Decatur, Lawrence
Comments:
I just found this website and am so grateful for all the information that is available. I have just started research for our families and am looking forward to discovering as much as I can. Thanks for such a great site!
 

Name: Jennifer Bailey <jenbailey222@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-06-21
Names of my Ancestors Hulbert, Bailey, Oakes
Comments:
Thank you for having such a wonderful site with great info.
 

Name: Kim Landrum <itsme@voyager.net>
Date: 2010-05-26
Names of my Ancestors Keiffer, Forbes, Langdon, Rediker, Anderson, Nystrom, Berry, Root, Larssen, Nilsson
Where they lived Decatur, Lawton, Constantine, PA, IN, NY, IL, Hillsdale Co, MI. Kalamazoo,
Comments:
I love all this information. There is not enough hours in the day to do all the research I need to do. I could spend days, months, years in each Library and still miss things. I need to get organized. I get easily sidetracked. I hoped there would be more information on the internet....
 

Name: Lucinda Nower <lnower28@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-05-26
Names of my Ancestors Nower, Gerow, Feegles, Russell, Carroll, Kelly, Wickens, McConnohie, Sternaman, Edmonds, Fish
Where they lived Van Buren
Comments:
Great information.
 

Name: Debbie Biggs <biggsfam@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-05-10
Names of my Ancestors Cooper (Nelson and Elsie Jane and Family)
Where they lived Waverly from mid 1850's - 1860's
Comments:
I am trying to find more information on my Cooper family. There were a few children born to Nelson and Elsie Jane while they lived here in Van Buren County. I believe that Nelson's brother, Freeman Cooper may have also lived here for a time with his family. Thanks for all your hard work on this website---you have done a lovely job, and it is so appreciated by so many "searchers"!
 

Name: G. Davis <id4seasons@aol.com>
Date: 2010-04-16
Names of my Ancestors James Coles Burton with wife Mary Ann Martin immigrated in 1869, settled in Covert, raised 11 children, including my grandmother
Where they lived 1869 to present time in Covert & Bangor area.
Comments:
Josephine was the youngest of 11 Burton children and taught school during the second decade of 1900 in Covert. Her husband Willis Radtke was the first Radtke generation born in America (Bangor?) in 1880s and ran a livery & real estate business in Covert. His parents were Charles and Matilda Willis Radtke and grandparents were Jacob and Anna Elizabeth (Yernitsky?) Radtke.
 

Name: Gail Davis <id4seasons@aol.com>
Date: 2010-04-13
Names of my Ancestors RADTKE & WILLIS
Where they lived 1875 Radtke family, Covert, 1865 Willis family Bangor y Covert
URL of my Webpage ?
Comments:
Wish our area had this type of web site. Thanks for all the help.
 

Name: Katherine Voss <zookeeper56k@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-04-03
Names of my Ancestors Earhart and Watts
Where they lived Western Michigan
Comments:
I'm trying to find the cemetery where my ggrandparents are buried.
Andrew (1870-1935)and Mary L Watts, my Mom thinks they're buried in PawPaw.
Then I'm also looking for my ggrandfather, Reuben Earhart. Reuben was born in Indiana and died in Michigan. Dates of birth and death are not known (18__ to 1945?) Mom believes he lived to the age of 103.

 

Name: Edward D. Murphy, Jr. <edjrmurphy@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-03-31
Names of my Ancestors Harriet Murphy
Where they lived Hartford, MI 1915
Comments:
Harriet Murphy was my Great Grandmother, wife of Joseph Murphy. They were originally from Defiance County, OH, but
had moved to the Traverse City area prior to 1910, then to Van Buren County around 1914. My Great Grandmother was stricken with Bronchial Peneumonia and ied in Keeler Township on January 1, 1916 and is buried in Keeler Cemetery.

 

Name: Eleanor Greene Hemmes <HemmesEG@aol.com>
Date: 2010-02-28
Names of my Ancestors Robert M Morrison
Where they lived 1860 /VanBuren Co MI
Comments:
Robert M Morrison m Sarah Jane Sherburne. CH: Clarence M, Minnie T, Herbert E, Burton Orville, Ella A, Clara M, Madie J, Frank W, Austin Royal, Lola T. Would like to know when Robert died. Thanks for the website. Helped a lot. Eleanor
 

Name: Eleanor Greene Hemmes <HemmesEG@aol.com>
Date: 2010-02-17
Names of my Ancestors Morrison
Where they lived Van Buren Covert Michigan
Comments:
Robert M Morrison & Sarah Jane Sherburne came to MI ca 1856. Sarah Jane d after 1910. Robert death UNK. Found Clarence M Morrison. Thanks Also Minnie T, Herbert E, Burton Orville, Ella A, Clara M, Madie J, Frank W, and Austin Royal, and Lola were their children.
 

Name: Kim (Roe) Kester <kimk920@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-01-25
Names of my Ancestors Bower, Stevens, Roe, Yeider, Overhiser, Nuttall, Dunkelberger/Dunkelburger, Merriman, Watkins, Thompson, Branch, Slentz, Sternam
Where they lived Arlington/Bangor/Geneva Townships, Van Buren County, MI
Comments:
I have acummulated alot of information, on these families, and would love to add any new information, and or photo's. Anyone that needs help, feel free to email me!!
 

Name: Roger Jacobs <r.jacobs@live.com>
Date: 2010-01-03
Names of my Ancestors Buck, Hodgman, Jacobs, Oakley, Smiley
Where they lived 1785-? Indiana, Michigan, Ohio
Comments:
A very helpful and easy to use site
 

Name: Randa Korson <randa3902@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-12-29
Names of my Ancestors Randall, Shepard, Merritt
Where they lived 1860 to 1920 Bangor & Area
Comments:
I really appreciate all the information you have on your site. I live on the west coast so the internet is an important source for research.


 

Name: Catherine Spratt <catherine@soundcellar.co.uk>
Date: 2009-11-17
Names of my Ancestors Charles & Josephine Grazulis
Where they lived Early 20th Century to 1986 & 1995
Comments:
I would like to find out if Josephine "Jo" Lundy, listed in your obituaries but without a publication reference, is Josephine Grazulis, sister of Charles Grazulis and daughter of my Great Aunt Annie Grazulis (nee Januszauckas).
 

Name: Jim Baker <jpbmass@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-11-04
Names of my Ancestors Stephen Baker and Wives
Where they lived Berlamont area - 1867 - 1905
Comments:
Looking for any information on Stephen's first wife listed in 1870 census as "Nancy".
 

Name: Gaye Good Ashby <gashby@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 2009-10-31
Names of my Ancestors Good, Haynes, McNeary
Where they lived Late 1800s, early 1900's Allegan and Van Buren Counties
Comments:
Very happy to have found this site.
 

Name: Arlene Wardean <nammykin@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-10-14
Names of my Ancestors Adolphus Brown & familly
Where they lived Paw Paw Twp, Van Buren, Michigan
Comments:
Thank you. This has been a very elusive ancestor.
 

Name: Charles Willliam Bevard <cbe4538628@aol.com>
Date: 2009-10-10
Names of my Ancestors Bevard, Beard, Baird, Bovard
Where they lived 1800's/ Milford, Wayne, Eggleston
Comments:
Just Looking For my GGGrand Mother..
 

Name: Brian Willey <bhwilley@charter.net>
Date: 2009-09-20
Names of my Ancestors Streeter, Huber, Hill, Willey
Where they lived Marcellus, Lawton, Porter twnshp.
Comments:
Looking for any information on above named families.
Great Web Site !

 

Name: John Kesteloot <jkesteloot@tnt21.com>
Date: 2009-09-05
Names of my Ancestors Jules Kesteloot Grandfather
Where they lived 1916 Detriot
Comments:
Looking for other kesteloot's that might be related
 

Name: Mike Scott <dina@gwtc.net>
Date: 2009-07-13
Names of my Ancestors Joseph Scott Sr.
Where they lived Mi. late 1800's maybe Pawpaw
Comments:
This is the mystery branch of my search.His son Joe Scott is my gr-grandfather.Bn1852 in England,died 1922 Gregory Co.SDak. Would appreciate any help and any contact from Nina Belle Scott Winter(s)decendants.Nina is the sister of Arnold Jasper Scott-my grandfather.Joseph is possiply buried Van Buren Co.
 

Name: BLANCA <BLANCAACUNA@NETZERO.NET>
Date: 2009-07-05
Names of my Ancestors cONCEPCION,ROSENDA,JUNIOR ACUNA
Where they lived IN BANGOR MI
Comments:
THANK YOU SO MUCH I WAS ABLE TO FIND THE ADDRESS TO THE CEMETERY. I COULD NOT REMEMBER HOW TO TELL MY FRIEND HOW TO GET THERE AND, YOU CAN'T EVEN FIND lACOTA ON GOOGLE EARTH AND AFTER HOURS OF SEARCHING I FOUND YOU. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR YOUR WEB SITE IF I CAN HELP IN ANYTHING JUST LET ME KNOW. BLANC ACUNA
 

Name: Shirley (Ketchum) Ritter <shirleyritter@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-06-18
Names of my Ancestors Ketchum
Where they lived Van Buren Township
Comments:
Still looking for more Ketchum information.
 

Name: Judd Cadwell <juddnevc@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2009-05-30
Names of my Ancestors John & Hannah Clark
Where they lived Bloomingdale, 1936-1980
Comments:
Seeking information on John Clark Jr. Served in WWII. Died in New Guinea, 1942. Hannah Peavey Clark was my Grandmother's sister. Clarks owned a farm on 38 & 1/2 Street, just East of Bloomingdale.
 

Name: kay abbey <kfa044@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-05-09
Names of my Ancestors becker
Where they lived pine grove township
URL of my Webpage 1850 till ?
Comments:
good website. toni benson has been a great help.
 

Name: Karen Leigh (Middaugh) Jungel <klmjungel@msn.com>
Date: 2009-05-01
Names of my Ancestors Middaugh, Myers, Smith, Johnson, Palmer, Cuddeback, Logan, Buskirk,
Where they lived since 1800's, Van Buren County, Michigan; New York; Pa.; Ireland; Holland (?)
Comments:
Making some headway, slowly (but surely). :)
 

Name: Pamela Goodrode Symonds <Pamela_goodrode@hotmail.com>
Date: 2009-03-18
Names of my Ancestors Goodrode, Henry, Kelly, Schelske, Dingman, Donovan, Chenery
Where they lived Van Buren, Allegan, Kalamazoo counties
Comments:
A cousin just told me about this site, I'm looking forward to digging around.
 

Name: Crystal <cdbresley@netzero.com>
Date: 2009-03-17
Names of my Ancestors Bresley
Where they lived 1844-1880 Van Buren Co
Comments:
Great site, lots of helpful info
 

Name: Deb Hutchens <snstonlkmi1964@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-03-06
Names of my Ancestors Chaddock, Trowbridge
Where they lived VanBuren County
Comments:
Just getting back into my research, great sight used it before so knew it was a great place to start again.
 

Name: PATRICIA MACDONALD CARROLL <ocarmac@verizon.nett>
Date: 2009-02-08
Names of my Ancestors Horace Macdonald
Where they lived 1899 to 1937 in Michigan
URL of my Webpage none
Comments:
It would be helpful If I metioned the name if my ancestor in the text message. It was Horace P. (or R.) Macdonald. Im seeking info on his parents. It is rumored that he may have carried his mothers maiden name.
 

Name: PATRICIA MACDONALD CARROLL <OCARMAC@VERIZON.NET>
Date: 2009-02-08
Names of my Ancestors Macdonald
Where they lived 1899 to 1937 - Pa Pa, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and South Haven
URL of my Webpage none
Comments:
My Grandfather, who was born about 1885-86 in Ontario, immigrated to the US about the age of 5-7 from Ontrio, Canada. Eventually he opened a drug store in South Haven, MI where he married his second wife Porcia C. C. Unknown. He reportedly died in Florida on vacation and is burried in South Haven, MI. Macdonald Drugstore is still in South Haven although it has changed hands several times. He reportedly gained his U.S. citizenship at the PawPaw courthouse on Sept. 29, 1899. I am seeking inforation on his ansestors.
 

Name: PATRICIA MACDONALD CARROLL <OCARMAC@VERIZON.NET>
Date: 2009-02-08
Names of my Ancestors Macdonald
Where they lived 1899 to 1937 - Pa Pa, Traverse City, Grand Rapids and South Haven
URL of my Webpage none
Comments:
My Grandfather, who was born about 1885-86 in Ontario, immigrated to the US about the age of 5-7 from Ontrio, Canada. Eventually he opened a drug store in South Haven, MI where he married his second wife Porcia C. C. Unknown. He reportedly died in Florida on vacation and is burried in South Haven, MI. Macdonald Drugstore is still in South Haven although it has changed hands several times. He reportedly gained his U.S. citizenship at the PawPaw courthouse on Sept. 29, 1899. I am seeking inforation on his ansestors.
 

Name: Pat Brewer <brewpc.08@charter.net>
Date: 2009-01-26
Names of my Ancestors Campbell,Peper,Becker,Waldschmidt
Where they lived Bloomingdale,Berlamont,Breedsville,GrandJunction
Comments:
I have your site marked as a favorite. I have used the databases quite a bit.
 

Name: Mary Hockstad <jamhock@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2009-01-09
Names of my Ancestors Pardee, Ellis, Nash, Scanlon, Warner
Where they lived 1860s thru 1910
Comments:
Anyone who is a descendent of these families is probably related to us. Especially seeking anyone who knows anything about James Pardee(Warner).
 

Name: Woodrow Stoddard <Ashygrams@aol.com>
Date: 2008-03-03
Names of my Ancestors STODDARD
Where they lived Hartford Mi...1880"s-2008
Comments:
I am 91 yrears old and borned in Hartford Mi left when I was about six, to move to Mishawaka In with my family.
Did reach several of my cousins who are still in Hartford Mi, thru the Van Buren site.
Woodrow Stoddard
Hemet Ca

 

Name: Deb Johnson <djohnson1159@msn.com>
Date: 2008-02-20
Names of my Ancestors Brant,Pelong,Lacoss,Podojil,Johnson
Where they lived Hartford,Lawrence,Paw Paw,Gobles,Berrien County.
Comments:
Great web site
 

Name: Deb Johnson <djohnson1159@msn.com>
Date: 2008-02-20
Names of my Ancestors Bant,Pelong,Lacoss,Podojil,Johnson
Where they lived Hartford,Lawrence,Paw Paw,Gobles,Berrien County.
Comments:
Great web site
 

Name: Paul Roney <paulroney@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-02-02
Comments:
Seeking information re my uncle's foster mother, Dimis Cross who was born in Bangor, Van Buren County.
 

Name: Brandie Hurley (Baker) <spc_hurleys_love@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-01-24
Names of my Ancestors Baker
Where they lived Berrien, Vanburan counties
Comments:
Thank You for all your hard work
 

Name: Samuel Merritt <s_kmerritt@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2008-01-15
Names of my Ancestors Warren
Where they lived Hartford, Flint, Ann Arbor
Comments:
Thanks for the website!
 

Name: Larry Phillips <ldp07@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2008-01-05
Names of my Ancestors Porter
Where they lived Mattawan
Comments:
Lot of information, excellent site.
 

Name: Sonia Bullard Caldwell <sonia3@pldi.net>
Date: 2007-12-29
Names of my Ancestors Bullard, Robinson, Bidlack
Where they lived 1800's in Van Buren Co.
Comments:
Searching for any information on these families.
 

Name: Marsha Lambert <gracie2b@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-21
Names of my Ancestors lambert lisowski terrell
Where they lived Paw Paw
Comments:
Robert and Katherine (Eberline) Terrell are my great-grandparents and are buried in Paw Paw (where I was raised). Albert and Helen (Grabowski)Lisowski are my grandparents and buried in St. Mary's Cem.

My parents are Marshall and Lucille (Lisowski) Lambert.
My father is buried here in Charlotte, NC.

 

Name: Ann Bailey <msu63mt@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-11-19
Names of my Ancestors Charles Hood, Joseph Kay, Edward Fenton
Where they lived Paw Paw
Comments:
Thank you
 

Name: Ann Bailey <msu63mt@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-11-19
Names of my Ancestors Charles Hood, Joseph Kay, Edward Fenton
Where they lived Paw Paw
Comments:
Thank you
 

Name: Barbara Butler <barbara_glynn@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-13
Comments:
Researching Trim, Rhoades, Burns and Sprague for my aunt.
 

Name: Mary (Shannon) Garrett <rubberduckie0089@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-10-23
Names of my Ancestors Shannon
Where they lived Lawton, Marcellus, Volinia 1880-2000
Comments:
Thank you for the information you have provided for me in my search for my great, great, grandfathers brother Albert Shannon and his family. I am still gathering, I wish I would have started this years ago, now I have to find this data from generous wolunteers like you, as most of my grandfathers generation have passed. Please feel free to contact me if you know anything about the "Shannon's".
 

Name: georgia bella <geoabella1@aol.com>
Date: 2007-10-22
Names of my Ancestors Vliek/Houseman
Where they lived Decatur 1900 to present
Comments:
Very nice I will be back.
Thanks

 

Name: Sonia L. Caldwell <sonia3@pldi.net>
Date: 2007-10-19
Names of my Ancestors Bullard, Robinson, Bidlack
Where they lived mid 1800 in Van Buren Co.
Comments:
Good job on this site. I do appreciate all the hard work you have put in to it.
 

Name: Scott Hart <white_boii@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-10-19
Names of my Ancestors Carpenter, Newton, Harris, Woodley
Where they lived England, Ireland, Canada, Bangor
Comments:
This site is very cool, i love seeing the pictures of families. Hoping one day to see George Carpenter who came to the states in 1886 But i saw him in the Van Buren census in 1900.
 

Name: Virginia Reese <virginiaree@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-10-18
Names of my Ancestors Andrew Carpenter
Where they lived 1860-1900, Decatur
Comments:
Very informative site & easy to navigate.
Wonderful job that is greatly appreciated.

 

Name: Cathy Fleming <clflmng@earthlink.net>
Date: 2007-10-17
Names of my Ancestors Pritchard, Pettingill, Ickes, Doughty
Where they lived Van Buren
Comments:
Having trouble tracing Philo Pritchard. Any information would be appreciated.
 

Name: Cinda (Hills) Haney <cindamhaney@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-10-01
Names of my Ancestors Hills, Irmen, Vincent, Gillespie
Where they lived Lacota, Bangor, Grand Junction, Allegan County
Comments:
Great website - the best I've seen so far. Lots of helpful information.
 

Name: George Koppers Jr. <GK1968@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-29
Names of my Ancestors Wilcox,Stuyvesant,Youker
Where they lived Decatur tonwship MI 1856to?
Comments:
I am so glad I found this sight.Thank all of you for the work you are doing.
 

Name: Judy Haynes <larjud@mt-vernon.com>
Date: 2007-09-19
Names of my Ancestors Lydia Abel married to Roger Smith
Where they lived Roger-d. 1834, NY and Lydia d.1841, Ny
Comments:
My roger and Lydia are parents to Eli P. Smith
 

Name: Kelly DePierre <depierre@verizon.net>
Date: 2007-09-13
Names of my Ancestors Flowers, Hice, Goodrich, Conkright,
Where they lived Decatur, Hartford, Watervliet,
Comments:
Van Buren has one of the easiest sites to navigate. Thanks for a great job.
 

Name: Jeff Zarend <jzarend@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-25
Names of my Ancestors Pleasant H. Oliver
Where they lived Paw Paw
URL of my Webpage http:\\www.zarend.com\genealogy.html
Comments:
Investigating Oliver, Woodruff, Sturgis and other genealogy
 

Name: Jeanette Abronowitz <jatoz@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-08-25
Comments:
Looking for the children of the late Loren and Dorothy (Krumwidi) KIDD of Lawrence Michigan. Also looking for the obituaries for Loren and Dorothy. Please e-mail me at the following addy: jatoz@comcast.net.

Thank you.

This is a wonderful help for those of us who are doing family research. Please keep it going.

 

Name: Carolyn Smith <smithcf2001@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-22
Names of my Ancestors Bass
Where they lived 1910- present ,Van Buren, Berrien county
Comments:
I am looking for information on family members by the name of Bass. They were around the Benton Harbor or Van Buren area.
 

Name: Carolyn Smith <smithcf2001@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-22
Names of my Ancestors Bass
Where they lived 1910- present ,Van Buren, Berrien county
Comments:
I am looking for information on family members by the name of Bass. They were around the Benton Harbor or Van Buren area.
 

Name: Janet Stoddard <Ashygrams@aol.com>
Date: 2007-07-31
Names of my Ancestors Charles Frank (stanley) Stoddard
Where they lived late 1800"s Hartford Mi
Comments:
Trying to locate the parents of Charles Frank Stoddard
B 1846 Wilton New York..Moved to Hartford Mi D abt 1938 In.
Children Clinton, killed in the Army American legon Post 93 in Hartford named after him (STODDARD) in his memory.
Daughter Julia, Tilly, Ethel, Sons Daniel, Martin, William
just to name a few.
Janet Stoddard
Ashygrams@aolo.com

 

Name: Kim Landrum <itsme@voyager.net>
Date: 2007-07-29
Names of my Ancestors Nystrom Forbes Langdon Berry Sherburn Anderson Gilman Root Keiffer Rediker Hanson Sager Pfister Forbes
Where they lived Decatur, Lawton area
Comments:
Love your Genealogy Department
 

Name: J Bruce <kittenlady_1999@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-07-13
Names of my Ancestors Armstrong,Taylor,Billings,Deback
Where they lived Monterey twnship,Manilus,Pine River
Comments:
What a Terrific informational site.
 

Name: Tracie E. Ott <tracott@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-06-30
Names of my Ancestors NACKERMAN 1863-1949; Davolt C. SPILLERS & wife, Mary RARICK 1836-1928; Eli WILLIS & wife, Nancy GRAY GREY 1820-1901; Hi
Where they lived They mainly lived in Bangor, a few in Columbia Twp. and they all arrived bet. summer of 1834-1880
Comments:

Hellen E. SMITH aka Elizabeth WILSON per son, Byron GROSS' death certificate. I'd really like to know more about her since she left her husband about 1851 and died in 1899 "interior of Michigan" and I'd bet she had more children (prob. WILSON) besides sons Byron & Spencer GROSS.

-- Thank you, Tracie (GROSS) Ott in Washington State

 

Name: Tracie E. Ott <tracott@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-06-30
Names of my Ancestors Charles U. CROSS & wife, Mary S. WEST; Mitchell S. SMILEY & Rebecca HOGMIRE; Christian B. GROSS & wife, Hellen E. SM
Where they lived They mainly lived in Bangor, a few in Columbia Twp. and they all arrived bet. summer of 1834-1880
Comments:
Joan, the Van Buren website is truly wonderful in all ways.
Thank you very much for everyone's interest, effort, and time involved!! (:
I have been researching the above surnames--ancestors & descendants, thus additional surnames for a number of years now and have numerous photographs to share, many acquired via sharing. I have a photos of Charles Uriah CROSS' two children, daughter Sarah M. who 1st m. Samuel SMILEY & 2nd A.J. NYMAN, AND 1st child born in Bangor, son Samuel P. CROSS who m. Phebe OWENS. These photos were taken when they were at least 70 years old. I'd love to see any pictures and photos of A.J. NYMAN and Phebe OWENS if anyone has one to share.
-- Thank you, Tracie (GROSS) Ott in Washington State

 

Name: Carol Gibbons <carol@yellowcottageinc.com>
Date: 2007-06-29
Names of my Ancestors Philip & Lucretia Marcellus
Where they lived 1850's paw paw MI
Comments:
I'm looking for any information on the death and burial place of Philip and Lucretia Marcellus. They moved out to Michigan from harrisburg NY in the 1850's.
 

Name: beth greenaway <famgenealogy@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-06-28
Names of my Ancestors Cuddeback, Gage, Rouse
Where they lived PawPaw 1849 - present
Comments:
Great site! Thank you for all the information!
 

Name: Elizabeth Palmer <elizabeth@vom.com>
Date: 2007-06-19
Names of my Ancestors Slocombe, Spriggs
Where they lived Bloomingdale, Paw Paw
Comments:
Looking for info on these families who moved to this area in 1864.
 

Name: David Mckie <daviemckie68@msn.com>
Date: 2007-05-30
Names of my Ancestors Mckie,McDowell,Anderson,Merring,Titus
Where they lived Mckie(Three Oaks,Benton harbor MI) McDowell (Van buren MI) Titus (Otsego MI)Anderson(Washington) Merring (New Jersey and PA)
URL of my Webpage http://daviemckie.tribalpages.com/
Comments:
Very Good web site . Thank you .so far one of the best Gen webs i've come across so far
 

Name: Laura (Luth) Novak <lanov@aol.com>
Date: 2007-05-05
Names of my Ancestors Lohroff, Schonbok,
Where they lived Wisconsin and Michigan
Comments:
I am formerly from Decatur, MI. I began my genealogy research in 1991 and have an extensive data base. I am willing to share my info with anyone looking for information on the above families. I have some photos, but I am always looking for more family photos and more information. Great website! Very helpful. Thank you.
 

Name: Karen Leigh Middaugh Jungel <klmjungel@msn.com>
Date: 2007-04-25
Names of my Ancestors Middaugh, Palmer, Smith, Myers, Johnson, Logan, Samms, Buskirk
Where they lived Lawrence, Paw Paw - since mid 1800's to present
Comments:
Middaughs came in from Barryville, Cuddebackville, New York.
 

Name: Margie Levy <mlevy@ejourney.com>
Date: 2007-04-16
Names of my Ancestors Hayes
Where they lived Pine Grove
Comments:
Also Sherman City, Isabella Co. Mi
 

Name: J. Gillette <jgillette@freelanceenterprise.net>
Date: 2007-04-12
Names of my Ancestors Gillett, Gillette, Schoolcraft, Webster, Milligan, Diamond, Dymond, Dailey, Scrimger, Avery
Where they lived West Michigan, New York State, Massachusetts, Quebec
Comments:
If emailing me, please enter the following phrase in the subject line: VALID GENEALOGY CONTACT

I am a
1. Grandchild of:
George Gillette & Dorothy LeBlanche Daliey
2. Great-grandchild of:
Charles Gillett & Caroline Elizabeth (Lizzie) Schoolcraft
William Earl Dailey & Lena Viola Scrimger

 

Name: Cathy Worsham <cathy@infront.com>
Date: 2007-04-05
Names of my Ancestors Hendrixson, Harrison, Flickinger
Where they lived Kalamazoo, Allegan, Calhoun Counties 1846-present
Comments:
Lots of great information! Will return as I continue research of Hendrixson & Harrison family names. I checked Van Buren County seeking information on Lura Hendrixson Young who lived Decatur, Van Buren County in 1930 Census.
 

Name: Gary Austin <tooktheredpill@go.com>
Date: 2007-03-21
Names of my Ancestors Austin, Rendell, Conklin
Where they lived 1850-Current
Comments:
Primarily in Watervliet, Hartford and Lawrence areas.
 

Name: Sally Thomas <franknsally@ultraplix.com>
Date: 2007-03-13
Names of my Ancestors Streeter
Where they lived MA.,NY,???
Comments:
trying to find John Streeter & third wife, Sarah Phelps 1738 on....son, Reuben Phelps Streeter and daughter of Reuben, Sarah who married Joseph Bull in Niagara Co. N.Y. in the mid 1800s.
 

Name: ashley hogmire <ashhogmire@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-03-03
Names of my Ancestors hogmire
Where they lived apparently all over
Comments:
I'm a Hogmire, and have done no research in Michigan, just in Hagerstown Maryland where the family farm named Fox Deceived was a monument until about 20 years ago, when it was torn down for a freeway or supermarket.

this is very interesting though.
I have never seen any photos of my ancestors, just property.

 

Name: Jo Snodgrass <jsnod40@earthlink.net>
Date: 2007-03-01
Names of my Ancestors Snodgrass, Bennett, Truman, Poulton, White
Where they lived MI, IN, OH ,PA,VA
Comments:
I am always happy to share my research results with anyone working on my surnames.
 

Name: Ernest D. Kurth <erniedk@msn.com>
Date: 2007-02-22
Names of my Ancestors Kurth Kleinhamer Philips Horstman Davis Plautz
Where they lived 1820-present, Illinois, Nebr. Colo.
Comments:
Looking for my father's older brother Walter F. Kurth, have info that he passed away in South Haven, Van buren, Mich. Looking for his family and burial location. Any info would be gladly appreciated.
 

Name: Shirley Ritter <shirleyritter@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-02-18
Names of my Ancestors Ketchum, Emmons, Thompson, Snell
Where they lived Van Buren County
Comments:
I was able to clarrify a date today on the Cemetery site that cleared up something I've been working on on my husbands side (Ritter, Janosek). Thank you.
 

Name: Allan Lamb <allanlamb@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-01-26
Names of my Ancestors Carpenter/Haney/Bullard
Where they lived Early 1860's - 1920's Hartford & Decatur mainly
Comments:
A Great Site! I return frequently. Thank you. Your efforts are much appreciated.
 

Name: Carol Reading "Moore" Battle Creek <carolou75@msn.com>
Date: 2007-01-21
Names of my Ancestors Oscar Moore and Blooma Moore
Where they lived early 1900 Geneva township
Comments:
I'm finding your site more interesting all the time. Keep up the wonderful work. Just great!

I'm looking for grave sites of my aunt and uncle Blooma Moore and Oscar Moore

 

Name: Joseph Pergler <pergler@byu.net>
Date: 2007-01-06
Names of my Ancestors Pergler
Where they lived Illinois, Michigan
URL of my Webpage http://www.perglers.com
Comments:
I was excited to find an obituary index listing Evelyn Pergler through this website - Thanks.
 

Name: Phyllis Wenban <wenban@btc-bci.com>
Date: 2006-12-29
Names of my Ancestors Hezekiah Wenban
Where they lived Lacota MI.
Comments:
Very interesting web site
 

Name: Brian Charles Hall <bhall@rtilab.com>
Date: 2006-12-29
Names of my Ancestors Rix, Goodrich, Hobden, Williams, Hinkley, Eager
Where they lived Mattawan, Almena, Oshtemo
Comments:
My grandfather Clair G. Hall is listed in the Biographics of Van Buren Citzens 1912.
 

Name: Lori Veley Robirts <lorirobirts@sisna.com>
Date: 2006-12-19
Names of my Ancestors Merton F, Frank b1856, John W. b1830
Where they lived Van Buren Co. 1850? to present
Comments:
I am unable to find much information on the Veley family that moved from New York to Van Buren Co. in the early 1850's. I am decendant of Merton F. Veley b 1879 and moved to Spokane, WA. 1900 to 1909.
 

Name: Lynn Harding <woodzybelle@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-11-26
Names of my Ancestors Harwick, Love, Nash
Where they lived Paw Paw, Lawton, Mattawan
Comments:
Any info on these families would be greatly appreciated, especially the Love family (which may have a connection with a Nash family). These families are from New York. I am at a complete standstill with Grove Love. Much thanks.

 

Name: Marjorie Howes <mahowes678130736@aol.com>
Date: 2006-11-12
Names of my Ancestors Cyrus & Susannah Logan
Where they lived Lawrence Twp,
Comments:
I am descended from Mary Ann Logan, daughter of Cyrus & Susannah, who married Arthur Drake, then Nathan Heath and lived in Oceana County, Michigan.
 

Name: Bill Nelson <trecherouscretin@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-11-01
Names of my Ancestors Nelson, Banta, Folk, Lafler
Where they lived Many different VB addresses
Comments:
Great job, Joan. I have been visiting this site for several years and I have really enjoyed watching it grow to the best ancestry web site I have found! Keep up the great job!
 

Name: Cheryl Kuenzel <cherylkuenzel@msn.com>
Date: 2006-10-29
Names of my Ancestors John & Hancey Russell
Where they lived John died 1885 & Hancey early 1900's they lived in Bangor(?)
Comments:
This is a wonderful site. Thank you for your hard work!
 

Name: Shelly piskun <rmpiskun@charter.net>
Date: 2006-10-26
Names of my Ancestors Wilson-Williams-Cross-Foster-Hinkley
Where they lived 1800-1940 van Buren County Mi
URL of my Webpage My family Roots Near and Far
Comments:
These web sites have been soooo helpful in my family search.How much work all of you have done.Thank you .Rochelle Piskun
 

Name: John Ernest Lamb <John-Lamb@nc.rr.com>
Date: 2006-10-25
Names of my Ancestors Ernest Hawks, Lucille Smith
Where they lived Hartford, MI
Comments:
Looking for information about how my Mother, Aliene Hawks Abbott Lamb. She graduated from Hartford HS in 1934.
 

Name: Stephen F. Kidman <stephenkidmansr@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-25
Names of my Ancestors Kidman, Klosen
Where they lived Hamilton township
Comments:
Looking for in formation on the Kidman, Klosen, Stearns (Julie-married to CJ Stearns)Families.
 

Name: Liz Witter <ewitter@smith.alumnae.net>
Date: 2006-09-05
Names of my Ancestors Merwin
Where they lived Bloomingdale
Comments:
Would like to know where William Jesse Merwin (1827-1891) is buried.

 

Name: Jerry Rowland <jwr7777@aol.com>
Date: 2006-09-04
Names of my Ancestors James and Sarah Rowland & family
Where they lived 1861-1900 South Haven
Comments:
James died between 1867 and 1870 and Sarah died June 1900. She was living with her daughter Hannah Wellington in Breedsville.
 

Name: Kathleen Hanlon <kmh682000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-08-19
Names of my Ancestors chidester, hubbard,mudge
Where they lived bangor 1850-1940
Comments:
Great page. I was hoping to see South Haven cemetary, but I do appreciate all the work it takes to build a database. Great Job!

Kathy

 

Name: Elinda Card <lynnandbill@gwe.net>
Date: 2006-08-15
Names of my Ancestors Webster, Washburn, DeHaven, Eckler, Stone, Poorman, White
Where they lived 1850-1944 Hartford, Arlington twp, Websters Hills, Lawton
Comments:
Would enjoy hearing from any researchers of these families.
 

Name: Doretta Higgins <DHigginsDR@aol.com>
Date: 2006-08-11
Names of my Ancestors Earl's and Crippen's
Where they lived Decatur Michigan
Comments:
I am a interested in any information about these names.
 

Name: Virginia Carpenter Reese <virginiaree@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-08-05
Names of my Ancestors Andrew, Wm"Will" Carpenter
Where they lived 1870 - Decatur
Comments:
Excellent web site, easy to navigate -- I actually found
my great grandfather, Will and gr. gr grandfather,Andrew.
Enjoyed this site - I'll be back!

 

Name: Kathleen Mihelich Black <kaffienefree@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-08-05
Names of my Ancestors Mihelich, Brisky
Where they lived Calumet, MI
Comments:
I am looking for a Jim Brisky in Paw Paw or anyone by that name, or Mihelich in your area. He is in his 60's. He knew some of my relatives in Detroit and I think in Calumet. My maternal grandmother's mother's name was Vincenza Briski. Hometown was in Lokve, Croatia. By the looks of your cemetery lists, there are other names there that are also in my family tree, related or by marriage: Gregorich, Grgurich,Ozanich,Chopp,etc. If you know anyone by these names, PLEASE contact me!! By the way, I was raised in Niles. My father was born in Calumet in 1918. I live in South Bend, IN
 

Name: melissa aguiar <melree2001@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-07-14
Names of my Ancestors george william blyth
Where they lived Lawton Village -1870, Tnsp of Bangor-1880, Gobbleville-1894-1899
Comments:
This has been a very helpful website! I especially appreciate the help I received from Toni Benson regarding the Echoes Index online.
Thank You!

 

Name: Kim (Roe) Kester <kimk920@gmail.com>
Date: 2006-07-10
Names of my Ancestors Roe, Watkins, Yeider, Sternaman, Stevens, Merriman, Bower, Overhiser, McKee, Slentz
Where they lived Bangor Twp, Van Buren Co., Casco Twp, Allegan Co.
Comments:
Great idea, Joan! I have been doing genealogy for over 20 years. I graduated in 1975, and lived in and around Bangor/South Haven all my life. If any of my class mates happens to read this, I'd love to hear from them. Anyone that has surname information.... email me!
 

Name: Betty Garesche Torno <BTorno@charter.net>
Date: 2006-07-08
Names of my Ancestors GARESCHE, HOLLAND
Where they lived Douglas, MI and St. Louis, MO
Comments:
Good morning,

I know some of my GARESCHE relatives' obtituaries were published in the Saugatuck Commercial Record, but I do not find them listed in this index. Are you not listing any summer residents?

Thanks,
Betty


 

Name: Diana Sherburn <diana.sherburn@wmich.edu>
Date: 2006-06-30
Names of my Ancestors Sherman Sherburn/e
Where they lived Lawton/Decatur area
Comments:
Numerous relatives, Thomas Anderson, Daniel Wilcox/Willcox, Peter Benwire, John Sherburn
 

Name: david r. hough <bluesilverado93@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-06-23
Names of my Ancestors hough
Where they lived vanburen/kalmazoo
Comments:
Looking for ancestors of the hough family ,garrett,ferdinand,freeman,william,harry
 

Name: Dee Ann Sperti Ridderbos <dr653@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-06-23
Names of my Ancestors Jacobs, Sperti
Where they lived Bangor, South Haven
Comments:
Great website! Thank you for putting this together.
 

Name: Rose Kersting <gandrkersting@iserv.net>
Date: 2006-06-19
Where they lived Niles? Bucannan
Comments:
I'm researching for a friend who is looking for her mother. She thinks she died in Berrion Cnty in 1967 at age 49. Her name is Mildred Bolding, married to a Charles Bolding.
 

Name: Ruth Crane <Lo4251@charter.net>
Date: 2006-06-16
Names of my Ancestors Robert Hunter
Where they lived Bainbridge and Pipestone twp, Berrien Co
Comments:
I'm trying to find the death date and place for Estelle Hunter Wright, widow of John W. Wright, who was living with a daughter in Flint in the 1930 census. Her death is not recorded in Gennessee county, so would like to know where to search for her death. Thanks to anyone who can help.
 

Name: Patricia <pat-n-len@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-06-14
Names of my Ancestors Elias & Rinda Councell
Where they lived Covert, Michigan 1890s
Comments:
Hello
 

Name: Pamela (Poore) Keene <okeene2002@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-06-14
Names of my Ancestors Poor/Poore & Mc Alister
Where they lived Arrived Cass MI 1846
Comments:
Trying to find the death record of Daniel Poor and his wife Malinda (Ingersoll) Poor. I know they are suppose to be buried in the Dowagic Cemetary according to he History of Van Buren County 1912. There is a write up on their son Simon Poor my great great grandfather. Any help would be greatly appricated. Pam
 

Name: Margaret Glidden <GGlidden@aol.com>
Date: 2006-06-14
Names of my Ancestors Glidden-Ziemba-Wlodarczyk-Gleason
Where they lived Paw Paw-Mattawan-Covert
Comments:
Doing research on many names. Sorry to see that there are many names missing
 

Name: Shirley Avera <gilandshirley@verizon.net>
Date: 2006-05-26
Names of my Ancestors Burke;Valentine;Goodrode;Curran
Where they lived Kalamazzo Co,Van Buren Co1850s and on
Comments:
Very informative web site
 

Name: Steve D. Nash <steve.nash@bliss.army.mil>
Date: 2006-05-18
Names of my Ancestors Chester M. Nash jr.
Where they lived 1930-2000, Decatur Michigan
Comments:
I check in periodically to see if anything new. Thank you.
 

Name: Donald Martin <donald@smartme.com>
Date: 2006-05-08
Names of my Ancestors Amyntus and Lucinda Earl
Where they lived 1806-1877 and 1839-? Arlington MI
Comments:
Thank you Joan! I just found an 1877 obituary you transcribed for my Great-Great-Great grandfather Amyntus Earl and one of his sons. What a great resource RootsWeb is! This really fills a big gap for me and makes it definite that I'm on my way to Van Buren county some time this year to continue my research.
 

Name: Julie Campbell <magsmom@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-04-26
Names of my Ancestors Joyce
Where they lived Columbia 1920 on
Comments:
Just learned my g-grandfather settled in Columbia with his second family. I'm hoping to find: 1. his burial place, and 2. cousins.
 

Name: Dory Butler Stiehl <DoDo5gs@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-25
Names of my Ancestors Butler, Hoag, Harrison, Dent, Webster,
Where they lived Climax, Kibbie, South Haven, Lacota
Comments:
I have visited this area numerous times when I was little and have always loved it--now I am visiting it for researching my family that have spread themselves from Grand Haven to South Haven and inward --and I still love it. I appreciate all the help I have been given from the Van Buren-Allegan Co's. Sincerely, Dory Butler Stiehl
 

Name: Pat Roberts <probe10209@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-11
Names of my Ancestors Kinney, Cornish, Hall, Scott, Nye
Where they lived Porter and Almena
Comments:
Looking for more information about all of the above ancestors. Some settled in Van Buren County 1860's.
I will share what I have.

 

Name: Connie Land <roncon@pics.net>
Date: 2006-04-03
Names of my Ancestors Markle
Where they lived Van Buren Co
Comments:
Unable to access the Digital Images. Would like to have email sent to me of the Digital Image of Hazel Markle.
 

Name: Michael Woodard <azwoodards@cox.net>
Date: 2006-03-26
Names of my Ancestors Woodard, Farrow, Lull, Irwin, Lufkin
Where they lived Van Buren Co., Porter Township
URL of my Webpage None
Comments:
I just recently started looking for my ancestors and your site has been a great help. Thanks!!!