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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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Kelley Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives, in a Hollinger box, in a file labeled “Rufus Kelly”.


Property of Mrs. Frank McFarlane, residing with her daughter, Mrs. Oliver B. Marsh, 321 Woodsboro Drive, Royal Oak, Mich.

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Published by

The Bible Association of Friends in America,
No. 50, North Fourth St., up stairs.


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Alice Kelley, [dau Wing Chase Jr. & Cynthia Howland]

Rufus Kelley, and Alice Chase m. 4th of 1 mo, 1853
[Rufus son Libni Kelley & Debora Estes]

Rufus Kelley, b. 27th of 4th mo, 1827
Alice Kelly, b. 12th of 2nd mo, 1834
[This couple went Lyons, Ionia Co., Mich., 1854]

William L. Kelley, b. 4th of 11 mo, 1853 [Raisin
Debora Kelley, b. 14th 1st mo, 1855
Ida Jane Kelley, b. 29th of 1st mo, 1856
Cynthia Lenora Kelley, b. 6th of 11th mo, 1859
Charles E. Kelley, b. 24th of 6th mo, 1862
Estella D. Kelley, b. 12th of August, 1867
Corra E. Kelley, b. 20th of Dec. 1869

[List of Parents Family]
Libni Kelley, b. 27th of 1st mo, 1799; m. 1822
Debora Kelley, b. Jan. 6, 1804
[Came to Michigan, 1836, from Maine.]

Some of the names torn out.

Benjamin Kelley, b. 7th of 9th mo, 1823, Sidney, Kennebec Co., Maine
Rufus Kelley, b. 27th of 4th mo, 1827
John W. Kelley, b. 8th of 9th mo., 1832
Mary - - - torn,
Sarah E. Kelley, b. 9th of 3rd mo, 1837
Edwin Kelley, b. Feb. 6, 1841
Allen Kelley, b. 7th of 8th mo, 1843
Betsey Ann Kelley, b. 22nd of 5th mo, 1846
[Last three children by 2nd wife, Lydia, b. Aug. 10, 1810 d. Sep 11, 1897, Gr. Rec.]

Libni Kelley, d. 28th of 6th mo, 1889 [in Raisin Twp.]
Debora Kellley, d. 19th of 8th mo, 1839 [in Raisin Twp.]
Benjamin Kelley d. Oct. 16, 1895
Alice Chase Kelley d. Sep. 6, 1900, at Lyons, Mich.
Cynthia [Howland] Chase d. 29th of 3rd mo, 1859 [in Raisin Twp.]
Debora Kelley (2) d. 7th of 4th mo, 1855 [in Raisin Twp.]
Charles E. Kelley, d. 11th of 4th mo, 1863
Ida Barnard, d. Dec. 21, 1889
William L. Kelley, d. Sep. 29, 1927, at Lyons, Mich.
[William L. Kelley moved to Lyons with parents at age of 8 month; went west in 1879, then back to Lyons where he died. Fam. Hist.]

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In this Kelley Bible are listed the Chase Records, parents of Alice Chase Kelley, wife of Rufus Chase.

Wing Chase, Jr., b. 15th of 12th mo, 1794 [Providence, NY]
Cinthia Howland, b. 13th of 2nd mo, 1796 [Mayfield, NY]
[Cynthia Howland was the dau of David and Sarah Howland of Mayfield, Montgomery Co., NY in 1817. They had 14 children. David Howland was a Birth Right Quaker Preacher.]

David H. Chase, b. 4th of 6th mo, 1818
Abigail Chase, b. 3rd of 4th mo, 1819
Sarah Chase, b. 28th of 5th mo, 1820
Cynthia Chase, b. 4th of 4th mo, 1822
Delicta Chase, b. 6th of 11th mo, 1826
Moshier Chase, b. 18th of 8th mo, 1830
Anna Chase, b. 30th of 5th mo, 1832, twin of same d. b.
Alice Chase, b. 12th of 4th mo, 1834, at Gloversville, NY.


MARRIAGES of above Chases taken from records of Mrs. Albert Savage, South Winter St., Adrian, Mich.

David H. Chase, m. July 17, 1842, Ruth Bovee
Delicta, his sister, m. July 17, 1842, Benjamin Bovee
Abigail Chase, m. July 1845, Erastus B. Dean, who d. July 9, 1864, ae 44 y, Grave Record, Raisin Center Cem.
m. 2nd, Rev. Horace Nottingham.
Anna Chase, m. Jan 1, 1853, Merritt Faxon; resided Lyons, Ionia Co., Mich.
Alice Chase, m. Jan 1, 1853, Rufus Kelley.

Wing Chase, Jr., d. Aug. 16, 1878; grave record in Raisin Cen.
David H. Chase, d. Sep 30, 1886, grave record in Raisin Cen.


Extra Records for the Kelley Family were compiled from notes and newspaper clippings kept among the leaves of the Bible.

William L. Kelley, and Ida V. Toan, m. Apr. 27, 1876 Lyons
Orange Barnard and Ida Jane Kelley m. Sep. 27, 1876
D. C, Oaks and Nora Kelley, m. Dec. 25, 1876
Frank McFarlane and Cora Kelley, m. Aug. 10, 1893
E.W. Hawley and Estella Kelley, m.
Benjamin Kelley and Jane M. Hoxie m. May 23, 1847 in Palmyra Township. They lost their only child at the age of 11 months and became foster parents to Loisa Mulligan, Zori Hoxie, Madison Graves and Fannie G. Kelley.

Benjamin Kelley, d. Oct. 16, 1895
Jane Hoxie Kelley, d. Jan. 3, 1924 b. Mar. 24, 1827
Millard F., their son, d. 3rd mo 9, 1848, age 11m, 2d, Gr. Rec.

Libni Kelley had a sister, Judith P. Kelley, of Sidney, Maine, who wrote a poem celebrating his 89th birthday at the home of Allen H. Kelley, of Raisin.

He also had a brother, Zeno. They were the children of
JOHN. W. KELLEY, a native of Cape Cod, b. Nov. 23, 1768 and d. Aug. 14, 1841; he married
Content Hoxie b. Nov. 7, 1771 d. Feb. 3, 1850

These facts from Lenawee County History, Chapman, p. 1216.


When comparing Quaker Bible Records with “Gravestones Records for Lenawee Co.,” Vol. 2, Raisin Center Cemetery, many discrepancies in dates will be found. It is a very common matter among FRIENDS Cemetery and Family data in all the Quaker settlements in the County. The Investigator will have to use his discretion.

If Church Lists could be reviewed, perhaps the real dates could be obtained. A Marriage Certificate issued by one of our Quaker Churches and signed by the Congregation as Witnesses had no date whatever; the Family kept their own Records so no damage was done.


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(Note on typing in 2001, it is assumed that the “Compiler” is probably Harriet Cole Clark Bowen, of Adrian DAR. Abbreviations in the above record ‘Gr. Rec.’ most likely refer to the “Gravestones Records for Lenawee Co.” It could also be that Harriet had personally visited the graves and meant Grave Record.)


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  2. You are most welcome, hope it helped some in your research, good luck in your future research.


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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.