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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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gifford/Zeluff Bible


Bible found at Adrian City Library. Transcribed copy of the Bible was also found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a file labeled Gifford Family. This file contained quite a bit of additional information, which we have added in italics. This is now a combination of the reading of the actual Bible and the Family Records.

Title page: New Testament, New York, American Bible Society, 1853.

Records were copied from the front cover to the middle to the back cover:

Presented by Charles Demot in the year 1853 to Abbigal Gifford.

Abbigal Gifford was born in 1793 August the 4.

Stephen Gifford was born in the year 1793 March 30.

Their father Jeremiah, A Rev. Solider

Present owner: Elsie M. Rowlings
3240 Glenwood Ave.
Toledo, Ohio

Next page states:

Births Record
Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff born Feb 4, 1815 Essex Co. N. J.

Sarah AlJanette Gifford born June 25, 1823 Duchess Co., N.Y.

Elizabeth M. Zeluff born Feb. 8, 1841 Monroe Co, Mi.
Laura Abigal Zeluff born Feb. 26, 1844 Ft. Wayne, IND.
Mary Zeluff (No date)
Charles Henry Zeluff born Nov. 18, 1848 Monroe Co, Mich
Lee Zeluff-- died infancy
Caroline Zeluff-- died infancy.
Eleanor Zeluff born Dec. 18, 1855 Monroe Co.
James Edmund Zeluff born 1862. About the last of August. Died Feb. 8, 1881

Next page states:

Elizabeth (Zeluff) Smith died June 28, 1921
Laura Abigail (Zeluff) Stevens died July 21, 1932
Charles Henry Zeluff died Nov. 1, 1917
James Edmund Zeluff died Feb. 8, 1881.
Mary Zeluff Rankin died in Nebraska no record.
Edwin Jenne died April 4, 1936.
Ella Black Zeluff, wife of Charles, died March 24, 1947.
Eleanor Zeluff Jenne died Mary 18, 1947 in Dundee, Mich.

Next page states:

Birth Record
Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff born Feb 4, 1815 Essex Co, N.J.
Sarah Aljanette Gifford born June 29, 1823 Duchess Co, NY
Elizabeth M. Zeluff born Feb. 8, 1841, Monroe, Mi.
Laura Abigail Zeluff born Feb 26, 1844, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Mary Zeluff
Charles Henry Zeluff born Nov. 18, 1848, Monroe Co., Mich.
Lee Zeluff died infancy.
Caroline Zeluff died infancy.
Eleanor Zeluff born Dec 1855 Monroe Co.
James Edmond Zeluff born 1862 About the last of Aug. Died Feb. 8, 1881.

Next page reads:

Sarah Aljanette Gifford Zeluff was married to Peter Babcock by Rev. L.P. Tompkins Oct. 28, 1877. No issue

Jeremiah Gifford below was born July 2, 1761 at Fredericksburg Dutchess Co., NY from service record.

Jeremiah Gifford of Dutchess Co., NY born about 1761. He was an American Revolutionary Soldier from Conn.

Asa Gifford
John Gifford
Stephen Gifford
Sally Gifford
Lida Gifford.

Next page reads:

Sarah Aljanette Gifford Zeluff was married to Peter Babcock by Rev. L.P. Tompkins Oct. 28, 1877 (That is right, the entire record is repeated.)

Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepeth, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give the light.
First of all I should say awake you people that profess his name. This was Paul writing to the people at Epiesus (this word VERY hard to read).
You that are dead to the world (or the word would be work??, again hard to read)
People stand in the way.
to their condition
and say I will.

Next page reads:

What a love is this
who of us
he came to the earth
and he loves you.
what he did for me and
for I believe
Devils betren (Hard to read) and tremble
you are going down to death
he sent savior that you live.
he loved us and
sent this savior to be
the propitiation for our sins
we may be forgiven
and have peace.

Next page reads:

Actually we now jump to page 447 at the end of the Book of Revelations:

Bible Record
Stephen Gifford died March 1, 1866 aged 72 years 11 months
Abbigal Covell Gifford his wife died May 12, 1870 Burial Ridgeway Cemetery, Mich.

Next page reads:

Bible Record
Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff died March 21st 1876. He was Born 1815 Aged 61 yrs 1 m 17 d.
Let me died the death of the righteous. Let my last end be like his. Funeral Fert (hard to read) preached by Elder Burris. Buried at Azalia, Mich.

James E. Zuluff died February 8th, 1881 aged 19 yrs.

Sarah Aljanette GIfford Zeluff died January 17, 1901 Aged 77yrs, 8 mon, 2 days, burial at Azalia, Mich.

Next page reads:

Bible Record
Sarah AlJanette Gifford was born June 25th (twenty-fifth) 1823
Came to Michigan in 1834.
was married to Sylvester Zeluff by Esq. Kennedy Feb. 26th 1839.
To them were born 8 children:
Elizabeth M., Laura A., Mary A., Charles Henry, Lee, Carolyn, Eleanor, James Edward. (Note in Gifford family record his name was recorded as James Edmund).

Sarah A. died Jan 27, 1901 Aged 77 yrs, 8 m 2 d, funeral at Baptist Church Dundee. Minister officiating Rev. Beardeley of Mooreville, Mich. Buried at Azalia.

On back cover:

Bible Record of
Children of Stephen Gifford
Born March 30,, 1793 and Abbigal Covell Gifford Born Aug 4, 1793 Dutchess Co. NY
1. Phoebe Gifford mar -----Allison
2. Laura Gifford mar Jake Cheever
3. Jane Gifford mar Henry Dibble
4. George Gifford mar Sarah Zeluff
5. Sarah Aljanette Gifford
bor June 26, 1823 Died
Jany 27, 1901 married Feb
26, 1839 Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff
born Feb. 4, 1815 Essex Co NJ died
Mar 21, 1876. She was born Dutchess
6. Eelisha Gifford

*4 George Gifford was born June 28, 1812

7. Mary Gifford mar -----Van Duser
8. Lucy Gifford mar Rolland

End of bible records.


From this point forward in this transcription ALL information was taken from the Gifford Family Record file at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives. No italics used hereafter.

Stephen Gifford, son of Jeremiah Gifford was born March 30, 1793 died March 1, 1866 aged 72 yrs 11 mos at Ridgeway Mich. He was born Duchess Co NY. His father Jeremiah Gifford of Duchess Co N.Y. served in the American Revolutionary War. He was drafted May 1781. Capt Hyde’s Co Col. Rodgers Regi. of Militia served 3 mos his service was at New London Conn. He enlisted April 1782 at Norwich Conn. for 1 year in Capt Charles Miles Co. Col. Sam’l Canfields Reg’t stationed at Stamford Conn. Served 1 year Honorably Discharged at Stamford. (In margin is written: I have this record from US Dept Interior Pension Bureau.) He died April 27 1849. He was born July 2, 1761 at Fredericksburg Duchess Co N.Y. He also served in the 6th Regt Militia Duchess Co N.Y.

My great grandparents
Stephen Gifford married Abigail (No date) Covell she was born Aug 4, 1793 in Duchess Co N.Y. She died May 12, 1870 aged 76 years 9 mos 8 days. The came to Michigan in 1834 and settled near Ridgeway, Mich. Their children were:
1.) Phoebe Gifford married a Mr. Allison
2.) Laura Gifford married Jake Cheever
3.) Jane Gifford married Henry Dibble
4.) George Gifford married Sarah Zeluff
5.) Sarah Aljanet Gifford married Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff
6.) Elisha Gifford married no record
7.) Mary Gifford 1st husband Van Duser; 2nd husband Mr. Palmer
8.) Lucy Gifford married a Mr. Rolland

My grandparents
Sarah Aljanette Gifford born June 25, 1823 Came to Michigan in 1834 was married to Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff Feb 26, 1839. He was born Feb 4, 1815 he died March 21 1876 aged 61 yrs 1 mo 17 days. She married Peter Babcock Oct 28, 1877. She died Jan 27, 1901 aged 77 yrs 7 mos 2 days. Sylvester Eggbert Zeluff and Sarah Aljanette Gifford had issue as follows:

1.) Elizabeth Zeluff Born Feb 8, 1841 she married Daniel Smith She Died June 28, 1921
2.) Laura Abigail Zeluff born Feb. 26, 1844 Married Revillo Hull Stevens she died July 21, 1932. (Typists note: states “my mother & father”)
3.) Mary Zeluff Born about 1846 married Simon Rankin she died in Nebraska, no date available
4.) Charles Henry Zeluff Born Nov 18, 1848 Married Ella V. Black He died Nov 1, 1917 at Newaygo, Mich.
5.) Eleanor Zeluff Born Dec 18, 1855 married Edwin Jenne (she still lives)
6.) Lee Zeluff no dates Died in infancy
7.) Carolyn Zeluff. No dates. Died in infancy.
8.) James Edmund Zeluff. Born in August 1862. Died Feb 8, 1881 aged 19 years.

My mother & father
Laura Abigail Zeluff born Feb 26, 1844 died July 21, 1932 married to Revillo Hull Stevens June 14, 1863 Monroe Co., Mich. He was born March 20, 1834 he Died Feb 24, 1906. Both are buried in Collingwood Cemetery Toledo Ohio. He was a Veteran of the Civil War having served 3 years. Their children were:
1.) Cora Belle Stevens born May 26, 1868 Washington Twp, Lucas Co, Ohio she married Phestion L. Scranton
2.) George Wallace Stevens born May 9, 1870 Married Anna Eldora Boice
3.) Sarah Aljanette Stevens born Jany. 29, 1872 Married Peter F. Thornton
4.) Herbert Allerton Stevens born June 22, 1875 Married Susie T. Bird.
5.) Elsie Maria Stevens born Oct 2, 1879 Married Arthur E Rawlings (This is ME)
6.) Revillo Orrison Stevens born Oct 3, 1885 Married Dorothy V. Orris
All were born in Washington Twp Lucas Co. Ohio
Herbert A. Stevens Died March 23, 1943 at Toledo Ohio burial Memorial Park.

Elsie Maria Stevens born Oct 2, 1879 married Arthur E. Rawlings April 6, 1898 at Toledo Ohio. He was born Aug. 14, 1874 Ottawa Co Ohio Issue
Bernice Abigail Rawlings Born Nov 29, 1899
Earl Arthur Rawlings Born Feb 15, 1902

(Next in this file is a letter addressed to Mrs. Bowen, who is Harriet Cole Clark Bowen, not dated)

My Dear Mrs. Bowen
Please excuse the lead pencil as I can write much easier with it I have a rather troublesome right hand I have copied off my Gifford Genealogy so you may more readily understand the Bible Record-
This Bible really is just a New Testament with no place for records only on blank leaves to the book But anyone can see they are really old records by the writing and ways. I have given you a copy of the letter sent me by Henry Gifford of Ridgeway So you may see Stephen & Abigail Gifford are buried at Ridgeway. Also I believe he told me there were two cemetarys there, and they are in the old one.
I am also sending the record of Jeremiah Gifford, father of Stephen, who was a Revolutionary soldier I did not join the D.A.R. on his record but I do have it from the Dept. Of Interior Bureau of Pensions Washington DC. It is a phostatic copy of the Pension record and is Certified and a Gov. Seal attached.
You will notice that Abigail and Stephen Gifford are the only births given. No record of their children. So I thought I ought to write the line, in the genealogy. If you can use this I am sure it is authentic. This Ella V. Black wife of Charles Henry Zeluff is the old Auntie who gave me this New Testament with the records - She said it was given her & Charles by his mother Sarah Aljanette Gifford Zeluff Babcock and of course Abigail Gifford was the mother of Sarah Aljanette who gave it to her. I do hope I make myself clearer than mud - -
I have instructed my family to give this New Testament with records to lenawee Co when I am through with it My best regards and Wishes to you in your work. Respe–
Mrs. A. E. Rawlings.


It was discovered in the typing of the additional records that Mrs. Rawlings also had some records on the John Allen Sr family. We felt it was more correct to separate that information out and post it separately, please see John Allen Sr. Bible and Family Records.

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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.