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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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

David Sawyer Bible Record

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger Box, file labeled Sawyer.

David Sawyer Bible

Troy, N. Y.

Published by Merriman, Moore & Co., 1848

David Sawyer and Caroline E. Osborn were m. Jan. 9, 1856, at Tecumseh, Lenawee Co., Mich.

David Sawyer was b. Apr. 3, 1833, in Harvard Tp., Worcester Co., Mass.

Caroline E. Osborn was b. Dec. 4, 1832 in Richfield Tp., Summit Co., Ohio.

Marriages of their children:

Lucretia Sawyer & William Barber were m. Jan. 10, 1878 at home

Libbie Sawyer & Willard S. Calkins were m. Feb. 2, 1881

George Sawyer & Ida Pentelow were m. Oct. 12, 1893
[Ida dau John & Mary (Sayers) Pentelow]

Holloway Sawyer & Mary Bolton were m. Mar. 12, 1895
[Mary dau George & Sarah (Jacklin) Bolton] Palmyra

Births of children:

Lucretia Sawyer b. Apr. 3, 1859 at Tecumseh
Libbie Sawyer b. June 11, 1861 at Tecumseh
Carrie Sawyer b. Apr. 15, 1864 at Tecumseh
George Sawyer b. Aug. 4, 1866 at Tecumseh
Holloway Sawyer b. June 28, 1871 at Palmyra

[Entries of Abel Sawyer, father of David]

Abel Sawyer b. Jan. 3, 1797; had 2 bros., Phineas and James.

Betsey Sawyer [no kin to Abel], b. Sep. 6, 1799; they were m. Sunday, May 27, 1821.
Betsey (Sawyer) Sawyer had 6 bros., Levi, Cephas, John, Benjamin, Jonah, William; 2 sisters, Lucy and Hannah.

Able Sawyer d. Dec. 31, 1874
Betsey Sawyer d. Feb. 11, 1868

Their children:

On Feb. 3, 1822 was born Cephas Sawyer
On Feb. 11, 1824 was born Adna Sawyer
On Feb. 6, 1826 was born Lucy B. Sawyer
On Apr. 19, 1827 was born Holloway Sawyer
On July 14, 1828 was born Adaline Sawyer
On Sep. 1, 1829 was born Levi Sawyer
On May 8, 1831 was born Susan Sawyer
On Apr. 3, 1833 was born David Sawyer
On July 5, 1835 was born Emeline Sawyer
On Oct. 28, 1837 was born Almon Sawyer
On Sep. 1, 1839 was born Benjamin Sawyer


Benjamin Sawyer d. Aug. 28, 1841
Emaline Sawyer Stevens d. Nov. 1850
Cephas Sawyer d. Dec. 16, 1880
Lucy Sawyer Patterson d. Dec. 1883
David Sawyer d. June 25, 1895, age 62y 2m 22d, 6:30 A.M.
Levi Sawyer d. July 1901
Susan Sawyer Bertholl d. July 23, 1905
Almon Sawyer d. Apr. 15, 1910
Holloway Sawyer d. May 19, 1910
Caroline E. Sawyer d. July 17, 1893, age 60y 7m 13d, wf David, at 10:30 A.M., Palmyra
Carrie A. Sawyer, her dau., d. Apr. 8, 1914 at Toledo, O.
Lucretia Sawyer Barber, d. June 28, 1934 at Ashtebula, O.


The historical notations included in this family record, were given the compiler by Mrs. Libbie Sawyer Calkins of Palmyra.

Great Grandfather (?) came from Scotland and settled in Harvard Township, Wocester Co., Mass. He had sons, James, Abel & Francis.

David Sawyer, her father, emigrated to Tecumseh, Mich., where he married and where 4 of his children were born; he then went to Manistee Co., Mich., residing there about 8 months, when, in February, 1869, came to Palmyra Village and died there. The family journeyed by rail to a small station situated about a mile east of the village where the Michigan Southern curved into Lenawee Junction. They then came by hand car over the Old Erie & Kalamazoo Rail Road, into the town. The old road was later thrown up and a new station built on the Lenawee Junction Line. System is now a part of the New York Central System.

George and Ida (Pentelow) Sawyer, had son, Roy M. (Later in this record he is referred to as Ray), b. Sep. 24, 1898 at Palmyra.

Holloway and Mary (Bolton) Sawyer, had son, Howard Hollie, b. Oct. 21, 1902 at Palmyra, m. July 20, 1935 Miss Florence King Colman, dau. William & Alice J. Colman of Lenawee Junction; they have a son, David (his date of birth not included in this version of the record, due to privacy matters.)

Ray Sawyer, son of George and Geraldine E. Blain, dau. of A. J. Blain of Adrian, m. Sep. 12, 1942 in Adrian by Rev. H. K. Fox. They have a dau (her name is not given in the record, and the date of birth is not included in this version of the record, due to privacy matters.)

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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.