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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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crane Bible, with transcriptions of obituaries found in the Bible

This Bible was found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Archives.

The bible was published in Philadelphia by The Bible Association of Friends in America in 1831.

Family Record

Calvin Crane
Deborah Power Married Farmington, Mich 7th of 2nd mo 1844

Grandfather Crane’s Family

George Crane 1st (hard to read) Born 8th of 11th mo 1756 Died 27 6 mo 1804.
Phila Crane (1st-with ditto marks) Born 26th of 5th mo 1760 Died 3 8 mo 1839.
George Crane Born 31st of 3 mo 1783 Died 17th 4th mo 1856.
Henry Crane Born 3rd of 12th mo 1785 Died 20 4th mo 1854.
Polly Crane Born 17th of 4th mo 1784 Died 11 2 mo 1845.
Tinner Crane Born 24th of 1st mo 1789 Died 22nd 7 mo 1843.
Hannah Crane Born 7th of 5th mo 1790 Died 10 4 mo 1849.
Jane Crane Born 29th of 1st mo 1793.
Clarisa Crane B 29th of 12th mo 1799.

Grand-Father Lincoln’s Family

Benjamin Lincoln born 17th of 11th mo 1740 Died 31st 1st mo 1828.
Elizabeth Lincoln born 21st of 2d mo 1748 Died 22d 11 mo 1810.
Lydia Lincoln born 10th of 9th mo 1765 Died 20th 4th mo 1839.
Moses Lincoln Born 11th of 2nd mo 1768.
Benjamin Lincoln Born 17th of 4th mo 1770.
Elizabeth Lincoln Born 11th of 1st mo 1773.
Benjamin Lincoln Born 30th of 3d mo 1775.
Hannah Lincoln Born 9th of 10th mo 1777 Died 8 mo 1853.
Aaron Lincoln Born 1st of 5th mo 1780.
Charity Lincoln Born 7th of 8th mo 1782 Died 9th mo 1863.
Mercy Lincoln Born 5th of 3d mo 1785 Died 26th 8 mo 1844.
Jermain (or Junior of Junion, extremely hard to read) Lincoln Born 3d of 6th mo 1787.

Geo Crane’s family:
George Crane 31st 3 mo 1783
Charity Crane 7th 8th mo 1782
Phila Crane 6th 12 mo 1804
Elizabeth W. Crane 5th 2d mo 1807
Rowene C. Crane 2d mo 1809
Geo L. Crane 20th 11th mo 1810
Benj. L. Crane 20th 10th mo 1812
Calvin Crane 25th 12th mo 1816
Clarissa P. Crane 22nd 2nd mo 1824


George Crane 17th 4th mo 1856
Charity Crane 21 9 mo 1863
Phila P. Crane 31st 8 mo 1807
Elizabeth W. Crane 23 10 mo 1845
Rowene C. Crane 20th 12 mo 1850
George L. Crane 8th 4 mo 1891
Benjamin L. Crane 25th 5 mo 1867
Calvin Crane 26 5 mo 1901
Clarissa P. Crane 1 3 mo 1857


Arthur Power’s family:
Arthur Power 14th 11th mo 1771
Deborah A. Power 8th 2nd mo 1775
Duana Power 27th 2nd mo 1795
John Power 3d mo 1797
Ira Power 31st mo 1799
Nathan Power 19th 4 mo 1801
Mary Power 20th 4th mo 1803
Jarid Power 4th 6th mo 1805
Samuel Power 6th 7th mo 1807
Bulah Power 4th 11th mo 1809
Abram Power 6th 1st mo 1812
William Power 20th 4th mo 1814
Esther Power 20th 7 mo 1816

2nd Wife

Mary Power 20th 3d mo 1788
Deborah Power 19th 11 mo 1820
Duana Power 4th 11 mo 1823

3rd Wife

Sarah L. Power 7th 8th mo 1785

Family Record

Calvin Crane Born 25th of 12 mo 1816 Died 5 mo 26 1901 1:25 pm
Deborah P. Crane Born 19th of 11th mo 1820 Died 4 mo 15th 1880 3:45 pm
Arthur P. Crane Died 7th of 7th mo 1846
Elisabeth S. Botsford Born 5 8 mo 1856 Died 8 1 mo 1822 (12:00AM)

Arthur Power Died 6 8 mo 1836
1st wife Deborah A. Power 12 2 1817
1st Duana Power 1797
John Power 7 1828
Ira Power 20th 9 1858
Nathan Power 20th 1 1873
Mary Power 13 7 1900
Jarid Power 10th 10 1840
Samuel Power 25th 2 1870
Bulah Power 7th 8 1839
Abram L. Power 21st 2 1890
William L. Power 3 1893 11pm
Esther Power 19 10 1875
2nd wife Mary Power 4th 11 1823
Deborah Power 15th 4 1880 3:45 pm
2d Duana Power 23rd 6 1860
3d wife Sarah Power

Glued to the front page of this bible was the following obituary:

Obituary-Mrs. Leah Crane

Mrs. Leah Crane, widow of the late Geo. L. Crane, died Tuesday morning last, at the home of her son Calvin H. Crane, of heart failure, aged 81. Mrs. Crane has been in excellent health, till about a week previous to her death, when she was taken ill, and the heart seemed unable to assert its functions.

She was the daughter of Gideon and Hannah Ramsdell, and was born at Perrinton, NY April 27, 1815, and was married to George L. Crane, of Madison Oct. 1, 1835, and has ever since been a resident of the county, respected and loved by all who knew her. She was the mother of two children, both of whom survive her viz: Mrs. John F. Jones of this city and her son Calvin, of Madison.

Thus the labors of another of those noble pioneer mothers are over, and her life work closed, and of her it can truly be said “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Coming to Lenawee and settling ere Michigan had been admitted to statehood, she has royal claim to the title of pioneer, and by a life that has been made glorious by the noblest qualities of a pure, gentle, loving wife and mother, she adds another jewel to the diadem of noble womanhood. Though she had attained an age far beyond the three score and ten, yet those years in the golden sunset of life were full of energy and vigor, whereby her days were full of enjoyments. Only a few days since she drove to the city alone, and at her age of 81, she entered or alighted from a carriage with the sprightly ease of a maiden of twenty. And after an active life of more than sixty years, in the home where her love, and care and tenderness have ever brought sunshine and happiness, she gently passes to rest and enters peacefully the sleep that knows no wakening, and which for her can have no fears, and it is well that the long and useful life was not saddened by an illness of long duration.

Tenderly they bear her to her last earthly resting place, in beautiful Oakwood, conscious that a well spent life has fully prepared her to meet the final summons of the silent messenger.

The funeral services will be conducted from her late residence Saturday afternoon at one o’clock standard time, Rev. L.C. Chase officiating.

Handwritten below this obituary: Lean [Ramsdell] Crane

Glued to page near the center of the bible, the next five articles, all on one page:


CRANE-- Deborah P. Crane, wife of Calvin Crane, died at Adrian on April 15th, 1880 in the 60th year of her age.

The house of her late residence will be open on Monday, April 19th, from 10 to 12 o’clock, for those desiring to call.

The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, April 19th, for the relatives of the family. At the close of the services the remains will be taken for burial to the burying ground at Friends meeting house in the town of Palmyra.

(Handwritten beside this obituary is the date April 17, 1880, Adrian Times.)



At a special meeting of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of this city, Mrs. Jane Geddes, Mrs. J. C. Rowley and Mr. W. H. Pearce, were appointed a committee to draft resolutions with reference to the death of Mrs. Deborah Crane. They reported the following, which were adopted:

WHEREAS, We have heard with deep sorrow that Mrs. Crane has been removed from us by death; we her co-workers in the temperance cause, wish to express our loving appreciation of a life so pure, so generous, and so untiring in its devotion to right, therefore

RESOLVED, That while we deeply feel her loss to our Union, our homes, and our community, we are grateful that for so many years we have had such a bright example of a ripe, Christian womanhood, and of a true devotion to the cause of Christ.

2. That there was a charm of personal sweetness in her face, that told of her heart-purity, and was a winning power to all of her friends to a high standard of living.

3. That while she was of a retiring nature, she was possessed of great strength of character, and her gentleness was joined with a soundness of judgement, that made her a valued officer and friend. Her life was not so much words, but acts.

4. That we tender her afflicted family our heartfelt sympathy, and pray that in this hour of trial, they may be sustained by that grace, that in every emergency was the support of her whom they mourn.

5. That a copy of these resolutions be sent tot he friends of the deceased, be recorded in the minutes of the society, and sent to The Daily Times for publication.

(Handwritten beside these resolutions: Adrian Times April 19th, 1880)


Death of Mrs. Calvin Crane, of Adrian

Mr. Maher received a card from Arthur P. Crane this noon, briefly announcing the death of his mother, at their home in Adrian, yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

Mrs. Crane was the wife of Calvin Crane, who for many years was our City Engineer, and both of whom had many warm friends in this City. To all the sad news will be a shock, as it was not known that Mrs. Crane was seriously ill. The deceased was a woman whose whole life was bound up in her family and home; of gentle, quiet manner, and rare kindliness of heart, she endeared herself to all whom she met, and will leave behind her only sweet and tender thoughts.

The funeral will take place from the residence next Monday afternoon.

(Handwritten beside this obituary : Toledo Blade, April 16, 1880.)


Death of Mrs. Calvin Crane, of Adrian

A communication received this noon by Wm. H. Maher from Adrian, gives the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Calvin Crane, of that city.

Mr. Crane was for many years the civil engineer of this city; and both himself and wife had a large circle of friends here, all of whom will be pained at this news. The world is full of women, but true mothers and good wives are not so plenty that one can be spared before her full time. Such a woman was Mrs. Crane, one whose sweet, motherliness dignified all mothers, and whose quiet devotion to her home gave added grace to wifehood.

The funeral will take place Monday afternoon next.

(Handwritten beside this obituary: Toledo Bell, April 16th, 1880.)



The funeral services of Mrs. Crane occurred at her late residence, this afternoon. The discourse was preached by Rev. George RE. Merrill, of Painesville, O. The remains were taken for burial to the Friend’s meeting-hose in Palmyra.

Loving friends surrounded the coffined form with beautiful groups of flowers, such as are rarely seen. The Women’s Christian Temperance Union, of which Mrs. Crane was an honored member, visited the house in a body this morning, bearing with them a floral representation of an open Bible, made of carnations. The edges were made of yellow hyacinths to resemble gilt-edge, and across the face of the book were the characters, formed of purple immortelles, “W.C.T.U. Rev.--14:13" The reference is to the following words from Holy Writ:

“And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

At the head of the coffin was a beautiful pillow, in the center the word, “Mother”, of white immorteles, the corners of calla lilies, surrounded with rose-buds. Near the foot of the coffin was a very handsome cross of calla lilies, roses, orange blossoms and hyacinths. At the foot, was laid a sickle and a sheaf of wheat; the sickle was of white carnations, and in the handle was worked, in white immortelles, the figures of the age of the deceases, “59". On a stand at the foot of the coffin, stood a crescent, cross and crown, of exquisite design, made of carnations, rose-buds, callas, immortelles and hyacinths. There was also a very handsome basket of wheat, filled with carnations, roses and calla lilies, and other decorations very beautiful and appropriate to the occasion.

(Handwritten below this funeral article: Adrian Times April 19th, 1880.)

Glued to the next page were the following three articles:


BOTSFORD--In this city, Jan. 8, Libbie S. Botsford, in the 25th year of her age.

(Handwritten around this article: Adrian Times 1-9-1882)


Adrian, Monday, Jan. 9, 1882

Death Comes to Two Homes Yesterday--Miss
Botsford and Mrs. Bury the Victims

Yesterday the community was shocked by news of the death here of Miss Libbie Botsford, and at Spring Lake of Mrs. Frank C. Bury.


Yesterday morning occurred the demise of one of Adrian’s best-loved daughters, that of Libbie S. Botsford. Miss Botsford was the daughter of Myron and Minnie Botsford, and was born at Farmington, Oakland county, Aug. 5, 1857, thus being a few months more than twenty-four years of age. Her mother dying when Libbie had arrived at the age of two years, she was taken in charge by an aunt with whom she lived until her father again married. She then remained at home until she was eight years old, when she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Crane of this city. Mrs. Crane being her aunt.

Deceased has always been marked for many pleasant, lovable traits of character, and more than an ordinary number of friends are now called to mourn her early departure. The funeral will take place at the residence on Locust street at 1:30, Wednesday afternoon.

(Note: the obituary of Mrs. Bury was cut off.)



The Funeral Services of Miss Libbie

The funeral services of Miss Libbie S. Botsford tool place at the residence of her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Crane, on Locust street at 1:30 yesterday afternoon. The obsequies were conducted by Rev. Geo. R. Merrill, of Painesville, Ohio, formerly pastor of Plymouth church in this city, of which congregaion deceased was a member. Mr. Merrill was assisted by the old Plymouth church choir, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Rice, and Mrs. C. B. Johnson. The ceremonies were opened by singing, “Sadly, O sadly welay her away.” Mr. Merrill followed with reading of the Scriptures, an appropriate and touching address, and prayer. The services were closed by singing “Sister thou wast mild and lovely.” Many friends, both from this city and abroad, were in attendance, and among them were a number of the friends of her school days, she being a graduate of the public schools of the city.

The floral decorations were numerous and very rare, many of them being obtained from Detroit and Toledo. Among them was a sickle composed of camelias, rose buds, pinks and hyacinths, presented by Mrs. Hazard and daughters, Metta and Minnie; a crescent, crown and cross of callas, primroses and buds, by Mr. Arthur Crane; a star of primroses and immortelles, by Mrs. D. Ketchum and Mr. and Mrs. Will. H. Crane; wreath of camelias, calls and buds, by Mrs. Elihu Clark; heart, entirely of immortelles, by Misses Maggie Angell and Delia Corbus; wreath, spanned by a bar bearing the name “Libbie”, in immortelles, carnations and rose buds, by Mrs. Sutton and Mrs. Stoepel; letter “B”, in immortelles and primroses by Mr. and Mrs. W. Van Brunt. The casket was lined with puffed satin and covered with brocaded satin and silk velvet mouldings, and was placed in the south parlor, directly under a portrait of Mrs. Deborah Crane, an aunt of the deceased, who died a little more than a year ago.

When the sad rites were finished the mourning friends passed to the waiting carriages, and the procession moved slowly away toward the Friends’ burial place in Palmyra. Messrs. W. H. Harrison, Fred. Stubbins, John Lambie and Charles Whaley acted as pall bearers.

---In this connection it is proper to state that sundry errors crept into an obituary notice of this young lady, printed on Monday last. Her mother’s Christian name was Duana. Mis. B. Was born in 1856, and was consequently in her twenty-fifth instead of her 24th year. Another error scarcely needs correcting. A blundering compositor transformed “Calvin” into “Alvin” in giving the Christian name of the foster father of the deceased.

(Handwritten at the top of this obituary: Adrian Daily Times Jany 12, 1882.)

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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.

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

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