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.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Carpenter Family Bible, Transcription

This Bible is NOT part of the collection of the Lenawee County Historical Society, The Adrian Public Library or any other research facility in Lenawee County Michigan. This is a privately owned Bible and the information was kindly shared with us by Donald F. Clark. Email Donald at: dfc314159@yahoo.com


Following is a transcription of the family Bible of Reuben and Rosanna (Upton) Carpenter of Fairfield Township, Lenawee County, Michigan. I have transcribed the words from the pages as accurately as possible, and then in the right margin, I have inserted notes as I considered important. The Bible is dated 1819, Brattleborough Vermont, John Holbrook’s Stereotype Copy.

Two families are documented in the Bible. The first, Samuel Buck and his family from Killingly, Connecticut, was recorded in a single sitting sometime after 1804 except for three dates of death which were added in 1838,1848 and 1849. Subsequent to that time there is no mention of the Buck family. The Buck family is genealogically well documented.

The second family, from which I am descended, is the Reuben Carpenter family of Fairfield Township. I have found no relationship between the two families. Reuben’s father James B. Carpenter was, however, a minister and could have come into possession of an unused Bible which he gave to his son soon after his marriage



Samuel Buck Dec. 17th 1731
Martha Bloss March 12 1733
Mary Buck Sept. 28 1760
Hannah Buck Dec. 15th 1761
Susannah Buck June 17 1763
Joseph Buck April 22 1766
Benjamin Buck May 21st 1768
Benoni Buck Nov. 23rd 1769
Limeon Buck May 14th 1773 [Possibly May 16, 1773 ]
Martha Buck Jan. 19 1776

Reuben T Carpenter Feb 2 1820
Rosana Carpenter Oct 5 1828 [Rosanna’s maiden name was Upton.It has been widely reported as McConnell, confusing her with her Aunt Rosann McConnell, born in 1829.]
Lewis C Carpenter May 9 1848 1931
Lorenzo Carpenter Nov 23 1849 Nov 3 1873
Ellen A Carpenter Feb 29 1852 Nov 3 1854
Emma Carpenter Oct 23 1854 May 13 1858
Robert Perry Carpenter March 23 1859 July 1950 [Known as Perry]
Mary A Carpenter April 3 1862 May 23 1961 [Known as Del, short for Adella]



Louis C Carpenter Sep 1869
Eldora Hubbard

Lorenzo L Carpenter Jan 1st 1873
Susanna Salsbury

Mary Adella Carpenter Aug 23rd 1881
Mathew C. McDonnell

Robert Perry Carpenter Aug 28th 1884
Hattie Holt

Lewis C Carpenter
Lucinda J Emery

Lewis C Carpenter Nov. 19th 1882
Francis E. Clark



Samuel Buck Jr. Nov 7th 1764 March 1st 1848
Lydia Allen April 22 1765 June 25th 1849
Samuel Buck 3rd June 8 1787
Sarah Buck Nov 15th 1789
Isaac Buck Oct 11th 1791
Jonathan Buck July 2nd 1894
Lyman Buck March 30th 1796 Nov 15 1798
Mary Buck Jan. 6th 1799
Lydia Buck Feb 22nd 1801 June 29 1838
Calvin Buck Feb 26th 1804

Eldora Carpenter Jan 2 1873 Dec 19 1955 [Known as Dora - Daughter of Lewis and Lucinda ]
Emery L. Carpenter [Son of Lewis and Lucinda]
Mary E. Carpenter Mar. 14 1884 May 23 1958 [Known as Ethel – Lewis and Frances]
Frances Carpenter July 28 1885 [Lewis and Frances ]
Grace Carpenter Mar. 16 1888 [Lewis and Frances ]
Reuben C. Carpenter Oct 13 1891 [Known as Cass – Lewis and Frances ]
Helen B. Carpenter June 20 1894 1960 [Lewis and Frances }
Fred H. Carpenter Dec. 1 1886 1950 [Son of Perry ]
Floyd O. Carpenter Aug 11 1891 [Son of Perry ]
Mary E. McDonnell May 13 1883
Mathew L. McDonnell May 13 1883 Aug 1923
Magdalen McDonnell Feb 7 1888 Jan 1961
Anthony E. McDonnell May 21 1894 Aug 4 1953



Eldora Carpenter Feb 14 1900
George W. Clark

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Page 3 of the Bible:

Bottom half of page 3, enhanced and enlarged:

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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.