Lenawee Bibles and Bible Records

Family records from Lenawee County, Michigan

Includes a few marriage records, some with images.

Many Bible records were made before the official recording of births, weddings & deaths occurred at the various County seats. Traveling into a County Court House by horse to see that a birth, death or marriage was recorded was difficult. Bible records are indeed a resource of great importance to family researchers.
Please read the information at the bottom of this blog page carefully.

This blog is replacing the web pages previously stored at geocities.com. Since geocities will be closed down soon I had to come up with a method of keeping these records online that was easy and reasonably fast to upload. The formatting is not special, but, at this time I am only interested in keeping the records available to family researchers.

Good luck in your research, and apologies for the lack of format.

Please use the "Labels" list at the bottom of the blog to search for your names. By clicking on a surname that interests you it will take you to the blog page or pages that contain that name.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bradford Bible

The following information was found in an old family Bible donated to the Muskegon County Genealogical Society (MCGS) in Muskegon, MI. We would like to return it to family members. The Bible was found in a box of books at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI. It may have been a donated rumage sale item. The Bible is missing the inside cover page that would give the date it was printed; however, there is a reference to an 1854 translation "New York: American Bible Society." This is a large Bible with an ornate leather cover.

All questions about this Bible and the records should be directed to:

Muskegon County Genealogical Society, at mcgs1972@yahoo.com


Old Bible Found in St. Mark Lutheran Church, Muskegon, Muskegon Co., MI;
may have Lenawee County Connection.


Ebenezer BRADFORD b. 12 Feb 1808 ; d. 17 Sep 1881 m. 3 Mar 1850
Betsy A. KNAPP b.17 Jul 1830


1) John M. BRADFORD b. 20 Jan 1851; d. 5 Oct 1913
2) Charles H. BRADFORD b. 23 Feb 1852 ; d. 9 Jan 1920 m. 8 Apr 1873
Sophia PIGOTT d. 3 Feb 1918
3) Janette BRADFORD b. 17 Mar 1854 ; m. 16 Mar 1872; Albert GRAY
4) L. Ellen BRADFORD b. 3 May 1857

Grand Children:

a) Fredrick C. BRADFORD b. 29 Aug 1875 m. 20 Nov 1900 Augusta Anna DOTY
b) Paul Oliver BRADFORD b. 14 Jun 1910
c) Arthur L. BRADFORD b. 13 Mar 1878 m. 4 Jun 1913
d) Austin Kent BRADFORD b. 29 Feb 1881; d. 11 Jan 1935 m. 11 Aug 1902
Catherine MORRISON

Great Grandchildren:

e) Kent Morrison BRADFORD b. 4 Aug 1903


Child # 2 was found in the 1880-1910 census in Lenawee Co., MI. He and his children are found in Lucas Co., OH census records as well. Charles is found in the Lucas County death records, as is his brother, John.

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Lenawee County, Michigan, United States
I am a volunteer in Lenawee County, Michigan. I have posted these records for the use of Family Researchers. Acknowledge and thank many, including Charlie, and several typists. Thanks to Diane & Chuck Oslund who sponsored these records for many years. Recently I added another blog to this series, for Funeral cards and other memorials.

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Please read the following information VERY CAREFULLY! It contains a lot of disclaimers about the Bibles and Bible Records of Lenawee County, Michigan.

First, I am NOT researching these families. I am posting these records on behalf of the Lenawee County Historical Society and other research facilities and groups of Lenawee County Michigan.

You will find records from a few Bibles that were housed at the Adrian Public Library, the records of these Bibles were transcribed by the Lenawee County Family Researchers and have been published in their newsletter. Some of the Bibles once found at the Adrian Public Library have disappeared. It is not known if they are in the repair facility, if they have walked, or simply been misplaced in the Historical Room.

Next, NOT all these records are Bible Records, sometimes they are family records, recorded, but not necessarily from a Bible!

Next, I have made a distinction between Bibles and Bible Records. At the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives there are a number of old Bibles. The actual Bibles are owned by the Society. The records are fading, FAST! I transcribed the records to the best of my ability. It took a long time, and frequently I had to use a bright light and a magnifying glass to read the records. These Bibles are too fragile to photocopy or scan. The inscriptions are too faded to photocopy or scan. The only way to save these records for future researchers was to transcribe them. There may be errors in my transcriptions, and I apologize in advance. I did the best I could with what I was working with.

IF, I have described the entry as a Bible Record, then this record was NOT copied from an actual Bible at the Lenawee County Historical Society. Bible Records refers to a set of records found in the Archives Room in Hollinger boxes (a Hollinger box is an archival safe storage box). We believe that a majority of these hand written transcribed Bible and Family Records were originally copied by Harriet Cole Clark Bowen and the Adrian DAR during the 1930's and 1940's. Other records have been donated to the society.

All possible care was taken in typing the Bible Records, no matter what form they were originally in, actual Bibles, or handwritten copied records. We are sorry for any typing errors, we cannot be responsible for errors in the transcriptions we did not do ourselves.

Comments with parenthesis have usually been added by typist to help researchers in some way, and not part of the original record.

No photocopies or scans of the actual Bibles are available. We fully realize the value of such a record, but at this time we are not allowed to do such copies.