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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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Furman Bible

Found at Lenawee County Historical Society Archives, this bible was published by American Bible Society, New York, 1870.

Family Record


John D. Furman to Helen A. Vail
Aug 27 1851

His funeral text Job 14:14

* See below for four obits that were glued to this page.


Amelia A. Furman born March 19th 1852
William H. Furman born May 10th 1855
Susie M. Furman born Apr 21st 1861
Carrie L. Furman born June 1st 1864

Mrs. John Furman
1st Cong. Church
Mrs. John Furman's Book

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Family Record

John D. Furman born Dec 21st 1824 in Rockland Co. NY
Helen A. Vail born June 18th 1833 in Onondaga Co. NY


Susie J. Furman died July 8, 1920
at Ann Arbor Hospital following an operation.

Mrs. John Furman Delaware Ohio
March 6, 90

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Family Record

Helen Amanda Died Nov 27, 1912
Susie Jane Furman Died July 8, 1920

Amelia A. Furman Died Apr 5th 1872
Aged 20 years 17 days
Blessed are the pure in heart for they
shall see God.
---------------------------------------------------------(line drawn in bible)
John Furman Died June 25th 1898
Aged 74 years 7 mo & 1 day
Funeral at his old home conducted by Rev.
Rikbonny (or Rihbonny, hard to read) of Morenci. Text from
Job 14 chapt 14 verse
Rest loved one in thy grave so low.
Thy children's anguish thou cans't never know.
From the toils of life thy spirit now is free.
To join thy kindred in a bright eternity.
Text Job 14.14 If a man die shall he live
again all the days of my appointed time
will I wait till my end comes.

* Glued to the page were these four obituaries:

Miss Susie Furman Dies at Ann Arbor
Was Head of Furman-Vale School
Which She Founded; Spent
Life as a Teacher

Miss Furman, a life long Lenawee teacher, and for the last 12 years head of the Furman-Vale school for children which she founded, died yesterday at an Ann Arbor hospital.

Miss Furman was a Seneca resident, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Furman, who lived on farm near Canandaigua. She attended the Hillsdale public schools and later studied at a kindergarten normal school in Chicago. She taught in the public schools for many years and after coming into possession of the farm homestead conceived the idea of her school for children of subnormal development physically and mentally. In the years that she conducted her unique institution she became sponsor for the early training of unfortunates from many families, rich and poor, in many parts of the country. She developed her own methods for the mental and physical development of the children entrusted to her keeping.

Four years ago Miss Furman purchased the imposing residence property at the forking of Maumee and Williams street and since had carried on the school there. Early this year she had made plans for a trip to Europe but later abandoned them owing to the uncertain conditions of travel. Her death followed a period of ill health extending over a few weeks for the relief of which she had gone to the Ann Arbor institution. She was about 55 years of age. A sister Mrs. Jake Hathaway now living on the homestead property and brother, William, living on an adjoining farm, survive her, beside several nephews and nieces.

At her request no funeral services and instead there will be a sunset burial at the family lot in Canandaigua cemetery at which the Rev. F.A. Perry will officiate.


Mrs. John Furman

Helen Amanda Vail was born in the town of Fabias, Onondaga County, NY, June 18, 1833 and passed to the Great Beyond, November 27, 1912, making her nearly 80 years old. During most of this period she has been blessed with good health more precious than rubies.

She was the daughter of Moses Vail and was one of eight children, she being the fourth child. Two sisters survive her, Mrs. Rufus Baker of Fairfield and Mrs. Jerome Lord of Clayton. When a girl in her teens she joined the Baptist church at Medina and remained a consistent member for many years, finally changing her membership to the Congregational church at Canandaigua.

Her last sickness was of short duration, being confined to the house a little over a week and to her bed only two days.

She was a wonderful woman in many ways and could all take pattern after her the world would be that much richer for it.

She was blessed with a fine constitution and although at times she had severe bodily pains, she bore it with great fortitude and with her wonderful ambition was able to work side by side with those much younger. Her great affection and strong personality made her lots of friends not only in her own community, but wherever she chanced to live when making a home for her daughter. She had a great fondness for her needle and the proof is in the making of many silk quilts for the younger generation and an equal fondness was displayed for the reading of the Bible and good books. She leaves three children to mourn her loss. Wm. H. Furman lives on an adjoining farm, Susie at the old homestead and Mrs. Carrie Hathaway, near Hudson. The funeral services were held from her late residence on Saturday afternoon by Rev. H. G. Pearce of Morenci. Music was furnished by the Stratton sisters. Burial occurred an Canandaigua.


Funeral of Miss Susie Furman

The funeral services of Miss Susie Furman were held Saturday evening at sunset in the family lot in the Canandaigua cemetery. The services were carried out as requested by Miss Furman. Only the relatives present. The Rev. F.A. Perry offered prayer and Mrs. Jacob Hathaway sang “Day is Dying in the West”, after which those present sang “Nearer My God to Thee”. The bearers were Jacob Hathaway, Jay and Warren Hathaway, Louis and Leon Furman and George Russell.

(Note this obituary appeared in the Adrian Daily Telegram, as the newspaper article includes a portion of the banner. No date.)


Obituary--John D. Furman

John D. Furman departed this life at his home near Canandaigua, June 25, 1898, aged 73 years, 6 months, and 4 days. The deceased was born in Rockland county., N.Y., on the banks of the Hudson, Dec. 21, 1824. At an early age he moved to Ontario county, same state, where he lived until he was twelve years of age. The with his parents, he moved to Michigan in 1836, settling in the township of Dover.

In 1851 he was married to Miss Helen Vail, and this union was bless with four children--Amelia, who died in 1872, aged 20 years; William, who lives near the old home; Susie and Mrs. Carrie Hathaway of New York.

From a little home in the wilderness he had seen, by his untiring energy and perseverance, in answer to his toil, broad fields of waving grain and lowing herd, and his children grown to manhood and womanhood. It was from this home, in Seneca, that he peacefully and quietly passed away.

He was confined to his bed only a short time, yet he had been a patient and uncomplaining sufferer for a long time. The vital forces of his life at last began to weaken, and it was with willingness he succumbed to nature’s voice. He had said, a short time previous to his death, that his “work was done” and he wanted to be at rest. “It was God’s will, not his.” He was surrounded by his wife and children, who administered to his every want, but loving hearts and willing hands could not avert the sad summons.

He retained his senses to the last, arranging every detail of his business, and those who knew him best realized the strength of his powerful and noble spirit, and that untiring and unselfish ambition which prompted him in his labors of love for his loved ones. His home and its surroundings plainly speak of his toil but of the forty-eight years, with their cares, their trials and pain, the outside world knew nothing, and thus--

“A great soul has passed unto the tomb,
And there awaits the requiem of the winter’s snows.”

The funeral was held at his late home, on Tuesday, being conducted by Rev. A. M. Rihbany, of Morenci, who spoke in most fitting terms of a life well spent. His Masonic brothers, who had met with him in the lodge room at Medina, where he had been a charter member for thirty-five years--brothers who had pledged themselves to be brothers till the end of life--joined to pay their last sad and beautiful tribute to a fallen friend who had preceded them to the Great Lodge above.
Mrs. H. Chase

The family wish to express their thanks to neighbors and friends for many offices of kindness in this sad affliction, for flowers, and the beautiful music rendered by Mrs. E. J. Moore; also for the kindness of the Masonic Fraternity.

Mrs. John Furman
William Furman
Miss Susie Furman
Mrs. Carrie Hathaway

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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.