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

Purdy Family Records

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

Record found in Memorandum book of Oliver Purdy (1785-1812)

James Purdy b. Mar. 6, 1760
Sarah (?) Purdy b. Sep. 19, 1760
They were m. Dec. 26, 1784

The ages of their children:

Oliver b. Sep. 9, 1785
James (Jr.) b. July 10, 1788
Anna b. Jan. 15, 1792
Mary b. Apr. 25, 1794
Andrew b. Apr. 4, 1798
Isaac b. Feb. 23, 1800
Phebe O. b. June 6, 1802

James Purdy d. Oct. 6, 1844 Barre, Orleans Co.
Sarah Purdy d. Oct. 13, 1848
Oliver Purdy d. on board the ship “Hannibal” at sea 22 days from New York, Sep. 22, 1812 ae 27y 11d
Anna Purdy d. Mar. 22, 1822 ae 36y 9m 7d
Phebe Purdy (the following is handwritten: B: Jan. 10, 1831, however if reader will study entries on the next page of the record, it becomes obvious that this Phebe has been confused with Phebe daughter of Andrew G. And Rowena Purdy) the following was typed: d. Sep. 11, 1829 ae 27y 3m 5d
James Jr. d. Mar. 20, 1830 ae 41y 8m 11d
Isaac O. d. Jan. 11, 1848 ae 47y 10m 16d


(Note: It is not clear if the following were part of the memorandum book or added by the original transcriber.)

Mary Purdy m. Richard R. Ryndus; was residing in Chemung Co., N.Y. in 1844 (In handwriting: Ben Ryndus d. abt. 1863)

Maria Purdy, dau Oliver Purdy m. Burnham Patterson, residing Attica, Ohio in 1844; she had son, Dr. Newell Patterson, who had anniversary of his birth, Oct. 7, 1938, East St. Louis, Mo.

Mariah Patterson bur. Wapella, Ill. She had a dau Mary Patterson Davis who had dau Ethlyn, wf Anthony E. Bott of E. St. Louis.


Family of Andrew G. Purdy, who came to Michigan, Lenawee Co., Palmyra Twp, about 1845, from Orleans Co., N.Y. He was stricken with blindness while still living at Barre, NY.

Andrew G. Purdy b. Apr. 4, 1798; he m. Apr. 30, 1829,
Rowena Clark, dau Adam and Mehitible Clark of ?
(handwritten below the name of Mehitible is: B or D [hard to read ?] Nov. 7, 1811

(End of page)

BIRTHS: Children of Andrew G. & Rowena Purdy:

Phebe Purdy b. Jan. 10, 1831
Eliza Purdy b. Sep. 13, 1832 Brutus Tp Onondaga Co.(written in hand)
Hyram Purdy b. Mar. 14, 1835
Theodore Purdy b. Sep 24, 1837
Mary Purdy b. July 27, 1842
Lewis Purdy b. May 9, 1844
Charles Purdy b. Apr. 9, 1847 in Palmyra
Olive J. Purdy b. Mar. 21, 1850 “
Isaac Purdy b. Apr. 22, 1853 “
Rachel Ann Purdy b. Apr. 30, 1855 “
Lyman Purdy b. June 24, 1858 “


Isaac Purdy d. July 8, 1858 bur Scovill (written in hand)
Lyman Purdy d. Dec. 6, 1862 “
Rachel Ann Purdy d. Dec. 12, 1862 “
Lewis Purdy d. June 2, 1863 in Civil War, Co., H., 15th Mich. Inf.
Olive J. Purdy d. Apr. 16, 1869 just before she expected to marry and her sweetheart asked to have her buried in Zion cemetery, Ogden Twp.
Hiram Purdy m. And went Calif. Had son Ed.
Phebe Fox d.
Theodore Purdy d. Jan. 28, 1941, Mason, Mich., at home of his dau., Mrs. Floyd M. Bullin
Charles Purdy d. Jan. 1, 1928 in Palmyra ae 80y 8m 22d
Eliza Purdy Hartley d. 1929 “
Mary Purdy Haviland d.


Eliza Purdy and Alvin C. Hartley were m. Mar. 1, 1851, Little Hope, Raisin Twp., Lenawee Co., He b. 1829 d. 1918

Charles Purdy and Louisa A. Manke, dau Augustus Manke
m. July 6, 1876; she b. May 26, 1855
d. Jan. 28, 1917

Theodore Purdy and Hattie Haughtby
Had daus, Olive Purdy and Flora

Mary Purdy and Lyman Haviland were m.
Had son Frank; dau Olive who was burned; Charles; & Emma, LYMAN L.
Olive b. June 1, 1870; Lyman L. b. Nov. 7, 1875 Palmyra

Phebe Purdy and --- Fox were m.

Eliza Purdy Hartley, b. Sep. 13, 1832 d. Apr. 24, 1929; E:203 [This is probably a reference to death records in Lenawee County clerks office, book E and page 203.]
Alvin C. Hartley, son of John Hartley & Sarah Able, both b. Pa., d. D:217
Mar. 4, 1918 ae 88y 6m 1d Palmyra; their son,
John I. Hartley, d. Jan. 10, 1927 ae 74y 1m 0d E:131

Olive Haviland b. Ogden

(The following is written in hand.)
Mariah Purdy m. Joshua Chesebro. - Aug. 11, 1827

(End of page)

Children of Charles & Louisa A. Manke Purdy:

Louis G. Purdy b. Aug. 10, 1877 killed in Calif Dec. 1917
Alta Purdy b. June 18, 1893
William L. Purdy b. Apr. 25, 1880 m. Ethel Floyd
Minnie Josephine Purdy b. Sep. 17, 1863 m. Edward Snyder
Edwin Purdy b. Jan. 5, 1887 m. Alice Reasoner


William L. Purdy m. July 7, 1915, Ethel Floyd
Minnie J. Purdy m. Dec. 15, 1910, Edward Snyder
Edwin Purday m. Mar. 3, 1915, Alice Reasoner
Alta Purdy m. Apr. 25, 1914 at Toledo, O. (for Ohio),
Charles J., son of John C. Iffland and Elizabeth Mitchell
b. Apr. 25, 1889 in Riga; residing Blissfield, Lenawee Co.

Children of Charles J. & Alta Purdy Iffland:

William Lee Iffland b. Apr. 1, 1915 m. Lois Goetz
Lawrence Robert Iffland b. Dec. 15, 1916 m. Evelyn Davis
Imogene Irene Iffland b. Jan. 3, 1923; at home unm.

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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.