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.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Calkins Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives, in a Hollinger box, file labeled Calkins. Two Bibles were transcribed in this file.

L.S. Calkins Bible
American BIBLE Society
Instituted in the year, 1857

Fly leaf:
Lorentus S[mithl Calkins, Palmyra, Michigan.
This Bible is owned and in the possession of Libbie Sawyer Calkins, (Mrs. Willard S.), Palmyra, Mich.

Lorentus S. Calkins and Sophia Hollister, m. 13th of 4m., 1836

[Lorentus Smith Calkins, son Jared & Susannah (Austin) Calkins of Rutland, Vt., was b. Aug., 23, 1812; emigrated to Mich. territory in 1836; Palmyra, 1841.

Sophia Hollister, dau Amazi & Mollie Holister, b. 1816, Elba, Genesee Co., N.Y.] Family History.

Marriages of their ohildren:

George Jones & Ann M. Calkins, m. 26th of 1st mo., 1861
William D. Archer & Eliza Calkins., m. 26th of 3rd mo., 1872
Harrison Calkins & Phebe Walters, m. 27th of 3rd mo., 1872
Clarence Judson & Harriet E. Calkins., m. 13th of 7th mo., 1875
Willard S. Calkins & Libbie Sawyer, m. 2nd of 2nd mo., 1881
Marvin Wilson & Filura Calkins., m. 1888

Births of their children:

George L. Calkins, b. l9th of 4th mo., 1837, [Jackson Co.]
Ann M. Calkins, b. 4th of 9th mo., 1838 [Jackson Co.]
David Calkins, b. 30th of 6th mo, 184l, [Palmyra]
Eliza Calkins, b. 14th of 9th mo.,1842 “ ”
Harrison Calkins, b. 12th of 5th mo.,1845 “ ”
Samuel L. Calkins, b. 4th of 10th mo , 1847 “ ”
Nancy J. Calkins, b. 11th of 2nd mo., 1850 “ ”
Harriet E. Calkins, b. 13th of 4th mo., 1853 “ ”
Willard S. Calkins, b. 28th of 2nd mo., 1858 “ ”
Filura Calkins, b. 28th of 8th mo., 1861 “ ”

Deaths of their children:
George L. Calkins, d. 29th of 4th mo., 1887
David Calkins, d. lst of 10th no., 1841
Samuel L. Calkins, d. 8th of 9th mo., 1848
Nancy J. Calkins, d. 3rd of 1lth mo., 1851
Sophia Calkins (mother) d. 13th of 9th mo., 1882 ae 66y 28d
Lorentus S. Calkins (Father), 11th of 5th mo.,1888 ae 75y 9m; 12d
[These entries made by member of Friends Society]

Deaths Continued:
Filura Calkins Wilson, d. 3 - 11 - 1896 ae 34y 5m 17d
Eliza Calkins Archer, d. July 12, 1906 ae 63y 10m 2d
Ann Calkins Jones, d. Aug. 31, 1923 ae 85 yrs
Harrison Calkins, d. Mar. 24, 1925 ae 80 yrs
Harriet Calkins Judson, d. July 28, 1925, ae 72 yrs
Williard S. Calkins, d. May 22, 1936
Clarence Judson, d. Sep. 29, 1933 [b. Feb. 4, 1850]

{{The following entry was handwritten on the typed transcription}}
Ella Calkins, dau. Harrison & Phebe (Walters) m. Burton R. Linn, May 31, 1900, son James & Dina A. (Smith) of Britton.
{{Britton is a town in Lenawee County}}


William S. Calkins Bible
This bible presented to Libbie and Willard Calkins
David Sawyer, for their Wedding present.
A. J. Holman and Co., no. 1222 Arch Street, 1884

William S. Calkins b. Feb. 28, 1858, Palmyra Tp.,
Libbie Sawyer, b. June 11, 1861, Tecumseh, Mich.
were m. Feb. 2, 1881, at Palmyra Village, resided there.

Birth of children:

Willard Pliny, b. Mar. 2, 1882
Harriet Ruth, b. Oct. 6, 1884
Florence Jessie, b. Aug. 8, 1886
Clifford Delos, b. Dec. 23, 1890
Alice Alena Sophia, b. Nov. 27, 1898 [This dau. is a Missionary of the Friend’s Society, India]

Marriages of Children:

Jessie Calkins & Frank Buehrer, m. Sep. 3, 1903
Willard P. Calkins & Emma C. Beck, m. Dec. 17, 1906
Clifford D. Calkins & Margaret E. Sawyer [no relation to Clifford] m. May 6, 1915

Births of grandchildren:

Henry Milton Buehrer, b. Feb. 28, 1905, Rome Twp.
Helena Ruth Buehrer, b. Jan. 24, 1908, Adrian City
Mildred Irene Buehrer, b. May 20, 1911, Palmyra
Barbara Elizabeth Buehrer, b. Mar. 20. 1915, Adrian Twp.
Olive Elizabeth, (dau. W. Pliny), b. Jan. 25, 1908, Toledo, O.
Leland Delos, (son Clifford D.) b. Sep. 12, 1921, Sylvania, O.
Ruth Helena, (dau Clifford D.), b. Dec. 31, 1923 Sylvania, O.

Marriages of Grandchildren:

Henry M. Buehrer & Luetta H. Little, m. July 1, 1927, Sylvania, O.
Harris B. Waite & Olive E. Calkins, m. Nov. 27, 1929, Toledo, O.
Theodore LeBounty & Mildred I. Buehrer, m. Oct. 27, 1931, Toledo, O.
Arthur W. Barley & Helen Ruth Buehrer, m. Sep. 17, 1932, at Cincinnati, Ohio
Earl Burnett & Barbara E. Buehrer m. May 9, 1936 in Toledo.


Willard Pliny Calkins, departed this life, July 25, 1915
Emma C. Calkins, his wf departed this life, Apr. 30, 1918
Florence Jessie Buehrer departed this life, Mar. 20, 1919, Adrian
Willard S. Calkins, departed this life, May 22, 1936 at Palmyra.

For historical verification of Calkins family, see Port. And Biog. Album Lenawee Co., Mich., p. 1171, Chapman

Libbie Sawyer Calkins, departed this life, June 18, 1942, Palmyra.

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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.