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

Kingan Bible

This Bible was donated to the Lenawee County Historical Society, Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan. It was forwarded to the Historical Society. It came from David Greenwood, Sterling Heights, Michigan. David found the Bible and some other documents, as well as a few photos in an old trunk. David wanted the trunk, but felt the Bible and documents and photos belonged in Lenawee County.

Bible published by American Bible Society, New York, 1895. On the last page of the Bible are found these entries:

James Kingan
Father died Feb. 6, 1898

Dr. Frank L. Kingan Brother
Died April 13, 1915

Mother Ellen McKinney Kingan
Died Feb. 17, 1925

Sister Mary Kingan McQueen
Died Friday 20 Nov. 1942

Brother John J. Kingan
died March 7, 1944

James W. McQueen, husband
of Mary Kingan died March 10, 1944

Fred Scutt husband of
Amey Kingan died Aug. 18, 1923


Following obituary was found pressed between some pages of the same Bible:

“Obituary of Mrs. Ellen Kingan

The funeral of Mrs. Ellen Kingan was held at 2:00 o’clock Friday afternoon, Feb. 20th, at her home on Burt St. A large number of friends and relatives were present at the service, at which Rev. B. L.. Davies of the Presbyterian church officiated. The pallbearers were nephews of the deceased. Out of town relatives present were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Service and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brooks of Clinton, Mr N. F. Doke and Mrs. Jerre Mahony of Marshall, and Mr. Russell Doke of River Rouge. Internment was made at Brookside Cemetery.

Mrs. Kingan was born April 4th, 1845. In 1866 she married Jas. Kingan at Tecumseh. After three years in Canada, Mr. and Mrs. Kingan returned to this town. They had six children, two of whom are dead; Martha, who died in infancy, and Dr. Frank Kingan, who died ten years ago. Mrs. Kingan’s husband died 27 years ago.

Immediate relatives who survive her are her daughters, Margaret, Mrs. Fred Scutt, at home; Mrs. Jas McQueen of Wellsville, Ohio; and a son, Mr. John Kingan of Tecumseh; and two grand-daughters. Mrs. Kingan joined the Presbyterian church of this city in her girlhood. In Canada, she joined a church by letter, but on her return to Tecumseh, she placed her letter in this church in 1870, since which time, until her health failed, she has been a faithful attendant and member.”


In a Memorial Record book (The Braun Funeral Home, Adrian, Michigan) is found the record:

In Memory of
Margaret Jane Kingan
Birth place: Tecumseh, Michigan
Passed Away at: Tecumseh, Michigan
Date: Feb. 9, 1948 Age: 75 yrs
Interment at: Tecumseh


In the back of said book is a small envelope with the cards that accompanied floral arrangements sent to the funeral of Margaret Kingan, also found in this envelope is her obituary:

“Miss Margaret Kingan
Buried Here, Wednesday

Miss Margaret Jane Kingan died Monday morning at 2:45 in the Tecumseh hospital where she had been taken a few hours before. Born in Tecumseh at 8 Burt street, she lived there all her life. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and a life member of the Tecumseh chapter, Order of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Amey Scutt and two nieces, Mrs. Beatrice Grates and Miss Marjorie McQueen of Roseville. She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Harriot Kingan, who died January 5, her father, James Kingan, mother, Ellen Kingan, two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were conducted at the Green Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Donald C. Wilson officiating. Burial was in Brookside.”

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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.