20 April 2014

Obituary Of Mrs. Richmond's Mother

Grand Rapids Press
1922-4-21, Page 29
Van Dellen -- Mrs. Jerrian Van Dellan, 67, died Thursday morning at home in Plainfield.  Suriving are her husband and six daughters, Mrs. Ernest Richmond, Mrs. Earl Barker, Mrs. George Richardson, Mrs. Nicholas Timmer, Mrs. Edward Pleune and Mrs. William Timmer, four sons, Jacob, John, Cornelius and George Van Dellan.  Oakwood Cemetery

Name: Egbertje Van Dellen
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 20 Apr 1922
Plainfield, Kent, Michigan, United States
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1855
Birthplace: Netherlands
Father's Name: Jacob Smitter
Mother's Name: Liefke Veenstra

Name: Ernest Richmond
Birth Year: 1877
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Spouse's Name: Anna Vandellen
Spouse's Birth Year: 1877
Spouse's Birthplace: Austerlitz
Event Date: 09 Sep 1902
Event Place: Plainfield, Kent, Michigan
Father's Name: Eugene Richmond
Mother's Name: Mary Lyon
Spouse's Father's Name: Jerry Vandellen
Spouse's Mother's Name: A. Smitter

 United States Census, 1900
ED 101 Plainfield township, Kent, Michigan, United States
  Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Jirrien Van Dillen M 55 Holland
Wife Egberdina Van Dillen F 46 Holland
Daughter Anna Van Dillen F 22 Michigan
Son Jacob Van Dillen M 18 Michigan
Son John Van Dillen M 17 Michigan
Son Cornelius Van Dillen M 15 Michigan
Daughter Maggie Van Dillen F 13 Michigan
Daughter Fannie Van Dillen F 11 Michigan
Daughter Jessie Van Dillen F 9 Michigan
Son George Van Dillen M 7 Michigan
Daughter Egberdina Van Dillen F 4 Michigan
Mother Anna Van Dillen F 80 Holland

Richmond is a surname I follow, but am not closely related to these people.

19 April 2014

Genealogical Rambles

See my Midwife To The Blues blog post.

Mrs. F. S. Wolcott and daughter Hilda were the Billo descendants I was tracking.  What was the Rabbit Foot Minstrels?  The 1940 Census Mississippi, showed the Wolcotts living in Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi.  Fred Wolcott's occupation was "showman" and his business was Rabbit Foot.


A Wikipedia entry connected "the song "The W.S. Wolcott Medicine Show", to stories the late singer Levon Helm told....about the Wolcott troupe, which had come through Arkansas regularly when Helm was a boy."

Lots of vintage photos of the Wolcott troupe here.  The Wolcott place in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

An article about Levon Helm and his musical group, The Band.  Helm's own ramble based upon his experiences with the Wolcotts explained here.  Mr. Helm's obituary here.

18 April 2014

Leon B. Ide Obituary

Published in the Flint Journal on April 19, 1948:

IDE--Leon B. Ide, 824 E. Baker, age 64, died April 18, 1948, at Hurley Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 20, 1948, at 9 A.M. from the Dawn Chapel of the Darwin L. Groves Funeral Home, Rev. Helen DeLay officiating.  Burial in Cherry Grove... .

Not related; no further information.

17 April 2014

Rewards For Lincoln's Avengers


The United States Congressional serial set, Volume 1272 included the following, for "Reward For The Capture Of Booth":

"The committee further report that the expedition which resulted in the capture of Booth and Herold was planned and directed by Colonel (now General Lafayette C. Baker), then a detective officer of the War Department, the force consisting of Lieutenant Colonel Everton J. Conger, Lieutenant Luther B. Baker, then in the detective service, Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty, and twenty-six privates of the 16th New York cavalry...".

Abraham Snay, my 2nd great grand uncle, was awarded a share of it [the reward]. He was one of the 26 privates of the 16th New York cavalry.

14 April 2014

Return Jonathan Meigs


Return Jonathan Meigs, 1801-1891...was born near Winchester, Clark county, Kentucky, April 14, 1801. His early youth was passed in the household of his uncle, James Lamme, in Bourbon county, where he worked on the farm when not at school.

In 1822 he left Kentucky, riding on horseback to the Hiawassa garrison in East Tennessee, where his grandfather, Colonel Return J. Meigs, was located as the government agent of the Cherokee Indians. 

Mr. Meigs continued his [law] practice in East Tennessee for several years. One of his stopping places was at the house of John Love, whose daughter [Sally K. Love] afterward became his wife....[on] November 1, 1825.

On the 19th of October, 1891, after a few hours' illness, he passed away, having lived to be ninety-one years old. [Source]

United States Census, 1850
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
R J Meigs M 49 Kentucky
Sarah R Meigs F 46 Tennessee
James L Meigs M 23 Tennessee
Return J Meigs M 20 Tennessee
John Meigs M 15 Tennessee
Josiah Meigs M 10 Tennessee
Fielding Meigs M 6 Tennessee
Amanda J Love F 31 Tennessee

13 April 2014

Court Martial Of George W. Garrett

From the Union Citizens File of Garrett, George W. [He was NOT our George W. Garrett]:

"My charge is murder, my real offense is self-defense."  He was arrested on 13 April 1864.

Source - NARA At Fold3

"Capt. Nichols of the 7th Michigan Cavalry, was present during this affray and, being a stranger to all the parties concerned, may be considered an impartial witness."