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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Friday, June 19, 2009

Extracted Records from Pope Bible

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Archives in a Hollinger box, file labeled Pope. The record appears to have been typed two times, most of the information being exactly the same. Many of the records found in Hollinger boxes were typed on onionskin paper which was being reused. For example, an index for the Harriet Cole Clark Bowen DAR cemetery books (Gravestones of Lenawee County, ca 1930-40) was typed, then discarded. In an attempt to save money, this discarded sheet was turned over and a bible record was typed on the reverse side. One difficulty is that of bleed through. The other is that as in this case, if the typist made an error or a series of errors, he/she would have to retype the entire page. It is believed that is what happened with this bible record, that the typist felt there were enough errors that it was appropriate to retype, or that the typist discovered that the bleed through was severe and decided to retype. In this record Page 2 and Page 4 are almost total duplication. We will combine the two. Anyone interested in this family, and bible records, are strongly urged to obtain a copy of this typed extraction from the Lenawee County Historical Society.


No. 132 Fifth Ave.
This bible owned by Mrs. Edna Pope Westgate,


This is to certify that Edgar Pope and Edna Pierce were united by me
at Raisin Township, Mich., on the 2nd day of November, in the year
of OUR LORD, 1893


David & Abbie Wellhauser. M.P. Church Minister

Warden P. Pope and Freda K. Henzler were m. 16th day of July, 1919


Warden Pierce Pope b. 1st of Nov., 1894
Patricia Jeanne, dau Warden Pierce and Freda Pope b. (Note: date not recorded here, for privacy reasons)

Parents of Edna Pierce Pope:

John Thomas Pierce, b. July 4, 1836, drowned in Lake Superior when the “Comrad” sank, Sep. 13, 1890, when he was aged 54 y 2m 9d. He enlisted for the Civil War, Apr. 25, 1861 in the Co. E., 7th Reg., Ohio Vol. Inf.

(Frances) Lenora Ennis, b. May 25, 1839, Huron, Ohio dau Cornelius and Cecelia Ennis. (Note: Frances appears on one version of the typed extractions, but does not appear on the other version.)

They (meaning John & Lenora) were m. July 1, 1859 in Huron, Ohio
Edna was their only child, b. Sep. 8, 1871, Huron, Ohio.

She (Edna) m. 2nd, Delbert Westgate, 1919 in Raisin. He was b. Dec. 28, 1860 , Raisin and d. May 9, 1935 in Adrain. (See below, last paragraph.)

Parents of Lenora Ennis Pierce:

Cornelius & Cecelia Ennis were m. __________, Children:

John Ennis b. May 13, 1837
Lenora Ennis b. May 25, 1839
Hannah Ennis b. Nov. 13, 1842
Ione Ennis b. June 17, 1845
Leona, b. June 1, 1862 (This child may belong in the list of children found immediately below, children of Thomas and Lenora OR John and Lenora.)

(PLEASE NOTE: the original typist has two names for the father of the following children:)

Children of Thomas and Lenora Pierce AND/OR Children of John T. Pierce and Lenora:

Hannah Pierce b. July 8, 1860
Leona Pierce b. June 1, 1862
John Theodore Pierce, b. Oct. 12, 1864
Annett Pierce, b. June 7, 1867
Edna Pierce, b. Sep. 8, 1870
Mary Pierce, b. Apr. 2, 1873 (Note: Mary is the only child that does not appear on both lists, she does not appear as a child of John T. Pierce and Lenore.)
Blanche Pierce, b. May 15, 1876

After the death of Mr. Pope, Mrs. Edna Pope m. Sep. 13, 1919, Mr. Delbert F. Westgate, in Adrian.

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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.