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

Clapp Bible Records

This set of records were found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives, in a Hollinger box, file labeled Clapp.

121 Chestnut Street
This Bible owned by Harold Wanton Smith, Palmyra, Mich.

FLY LEAF: Deborah Clapp


Henry Clapp and Damaris Hull, m. 4th of 6th mo., 1792

William Mitchell and Mellie Clapp, m. 7th. Mo 3rd, 1811

George F. Garnder and Mary Clapp, m. 2nd mo 18th, 1815

Silas Clapp and Mehitable Barns, m. 22nd of 9th mo, 1820

William Cagwin and Jemima Clapp, m. 8th of 10th mo. 1820

Jacob Hoag and Damerist Clapp, m. 30th of 11th mo, 1820

Aaron C. Macy and Sarah Clapp, m. 10th of 2nd mo, 1823

Thomas Lapham and Deborah Clapp, m. 20th of 10th mo, 1829

William Clapp and Abigail Smith, m. 1st of 11th mo, 1830

Abraham Martin and Anna H. Clapp, m. 17th of 5th mo, 1833


Henry Clapp, deceased 18th of 2nd mo, 1812 ae 39y 10m 5d

Jemiah Cagwin, deceased 7th of 6th mo, 1832, ae 31y 7m 3d

John Clapp, deceased 29th of 3rd mo, 1809, ae 8m 2d

Sarah Macy, d. 19th of 3rd mo, 1839, ae 35y 11m 5d

Anna H. Martin, deceased, 18th of 11th mo, 1843 ae 32y 2m 27d

Damaris Hoag, deceased 10th of 8th mo, 1869, ae 89y 4m 4d

Sarah C. Underwood, d. Oct. 3, 1889, ae 70y 5m (in pencil)

Mary Jane Gardner, deceased 21st of 3rd mo, 1835 ae 7y 5m 12d

George W. Mitchell, deceased 3rd of 6th mo, 1821, ae 2y 1m 22d

Catharine Macy, deceased 16yth of 11th mo, 1830

Emily Macy, deceased 10th of 11th mo, 1830

Deborah C. Macy, deceased 29th of 11th mo, 1830

Caroline Macy, d. 7th of 4th mo, 1837

Abraham Macy, d. 14th of 4th mo, 1837

Sarah H. Macy, d. 8th of 28th mo, 1839


Henry Clapp, b. 4th mo 13th, 1772, d. 2nd mo 18th., 1812

Damaris Clapp, b. 4th mo, 6th, 1771, Stanford, Dutchess Co., N.Y.

Their Children:

Melle Clapp, b. 7th mo, 29th, 1793

Mary Calpp, b. 12 mo, 20th, 1794

Silas Clapp, b. 8th mo, 12th, 1797

Jemima Clapp, b. 11th of 4th mo, 1800

Sarah Clapp, b. 4th mo, 14th, 1803

William Clapp, b. 6th of 4th mo, 1805

John & Deborah Clapp, b. 7th mo, 27th, 1808 d. 3d mo, 29th, 1809

Anna H. Clapp, b. 8th mo, 18th, 1811

(Lapham children)

Joseph Lapham, b. 8th mo, 8th, 1836

Henry C. Lapham, b. 7th mo, 17th, 1831

Harvey Lapham, b. 10th mo, 11th, 1832

Aaron M. Lapham, b. 6th mo, 13th, 1834

Emily Lapham, b. 6th mo, 15h, 1838

Harvey Lapham (2), b. 3rd mo. 25th, 1839

William T. Mitchell, b. 11th of 9th mo, 1790

Melle (Clapp) Mitchell, b. 29th of 7th mo, 1793

Their children:

Lydia Ann Mitchell, b. 13th of 1st mo, 1815

George W. Mitchell, b. 10th of 4th mo, 1817

Sarah C. Mitchell, b. 5th of 9th mo, 1819

Maria Mitchell, b. 22nd of 12th mo, 1822

Henry C. Mitchell, b. 27th of 6th mo, 1825

John Mitchell, b. 13th of 8th mo, 1830

Jane Mitchell, b. 10 of 9th mo, 1835

George F. Gardner, b. 16th of 3rd mo, 1791

Mary (Clapp) Gardner, b. 10th mo, 20th, 1794

Their children:

Henry C. Gardner, b. 17th of 12th mo, 1815

Phebe Ann Gardner, b. 18th of 9th mo, 1817

Samuel Gardner, Jr., b. 6th of 12th mo, 1819

George Gardner, b. 20th of 10th mo, 1822

Silas Gardner, b. 24th of 5th mo, 1825

Mary Jane and Sarah M. Gardner, b. 9th of 10th mo, 1827

Charles Gardner, b. 9th of 5th mo, 1831


Jacob Hoag, departed life, 29th of 7th mo, 1855, ae 95y 1m 14d

Silas Clapp, departed life, 8th mo 12th, 1874, Putnam Co., N.Y.

Jemima Cagwin, deceased, 6th mo 7th, 1832

Sarah Macy, deceased 19th of 3rd mo, 1839

John Lapham, deceased 3rd mo, 29th, 1809

Anna H. Martin, deceased 15th of 11th mo., 1846

Melle Hull, d. Jan. 11, 1879, ae 86 yrs

Harvey Lapham (1), d. 3rd mo, 27th, 1835

Joseph Lapham, d. 11th mo, 10th, 1847

Lydia Ann McGraw, d. Mar. 21, 1887, ae 71y 2m

Jane M. Wright, d. Mar. 15, 1889, ae 53y 6m


Memoranda on slip of paper contained in Bible:

William Clapp, d. Nov. 18, 1882 at his residence in Hanover ae 77 yrs; b. in Dutchess Co., N. Y., came Hanover, Michigan, 1837

Abigail Clapp, d. April 28, 1888 ae 79 yrs at Hanover

Louisa Mitchell, d. Jan. 26, 1883, Elgin, Ill., from congestion of the brain.

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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.