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.

Please use the "Labels" list at the bottom of the blog to search for your names. By clicking on a surname that interests you it will take you to the blog page or pages that contain that name.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Rayner Bible Extractions

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box, in file titled “Raynor Family”. Entire extraction was HAND written, portions were very difficult to read, therefore, for those interested in this record, they are advised that errors in this typed version are likely.


Philadelphia and Boaton: George MacLean, Cincinnati and Chicago: E. Hannaford & Co. New York: MacLean, Gibson & co.

Marriage Certificate

Mr. Oshea F. Rayner & Miss Caroline Adelia Hicks were united by me in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony at Jefferson in the State of Mich. On the first day of Oct. In the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Six.

Signed Nathan Mount, Minister of the Gos.
John F. Campbell of Hillsdale
Lucela Campbell
O. F. Rayner b. May 24, 1833, Geneva NY
C. A. Hicks, b. Dec. 26, 1836 Acadia, NY.


Geo F. Rayner m. May 10, 1887 AD
Frank W. Rayner m. Apr 20, 1893 AD
Charlie F. Rayner m. Oct. 10, 1893 AD
Minnie May Rayner m. June 14, 1902 AD
William O. Rayner m. July 28, 1905


Chas. Francis Rayner b. Apr. 1, 1858
Geo. Frederick Rayner b. May 31, 1862
Clarence Henry Rayner b. Aug. 16, 1859
Frank Wilder Rayner b. Nov. 13, 1871 in NY
Willie Oshea Rayner b. Mar 3, 1875 in NY
Minne May Rayner b. Feb. 6, 1882 in Mich.


Clarence Henry Rayner d. Sep 30, 1859 in Mich.
Geo. F. Rayner d. Mar. 7, 1892 in Chicago
Geo Earle Rayner d. Aug. 25, 1899
Oshea F. Rayner d. Jan. 7, 1903
Caroline A. Rayner d. Apr. 27, 1907
Chas. F. Rayner d. May 22, 1937 Drexel Park
Simeon Hicks b. Dec. 25, 1814 d. Jan. 3, 1864 at Evansville, Ind.
Eliza Smith b. Oct. 25, 1814
Caroline H. Hicks b. Dec. 24, 1836
Wm. Francis Hicks b. Jan. 25, 1841
Geo A. Hicks b. Dec. 26, 1843
Elizabeth Dickenson b. Nov. 25, 1831
Geo. Earle Clare Rayner b. Jan. 27, 1899
James Hicks d. Dec. 26, 1844 age 68 y 3 m
Ann (middle initial cannot be read) d. Jan or June 12, 1840 ae 55 y 8 m
Simeon Hicks d. Jan. 3, 1864
Eliza S. Hicks d. Feb. 10, 1846
Elizabeth D. Hicks d. Oct. 1863
Wm. F. d. Sep. 5, 1842
Geo. A. Hicks Aug. 25, 1905
Caroline A. Rayner d. Apr 27, 1887
Mabel Adelia Rayner b. Jun 11, 1890 Ill. (Year could be 1898, hard to read.)
Lueila (hard to read) McMeal b. Mar 1903
Edward Xavier Rayner b. Dec. 22, 1900
Rayner McMeal b. Dec. 1905


Included in this file is the following bible extraction, which was typed on the reverse of a bill dated Oct. 27, 1942. The bill was addressed to Mrs. H. C. Bowen, 320 Dennis St., City. The bill was for a hat, costing $5.00 plus tax of 15 cents. Mrs. H. C. Bowen was Harriet Cole Clark Bowen, member of the Adrian DAR chapter and the main force behind the Gravestones of Lenawee County and other important genealogical works for Lenawee County.

Philadelphia: Hibbard Brothers
Auborn, N.Y., Fred M. Smith

This Bible in the possession of Mr. William O. Rayner, Drexel Park, Adrian, Mich.

Fly Leaf: Oshea F. Rayner, Monrovia, New York


George F. Rayner m. May 10, 1887, AD

Court House Rec.,
William O. Raynor, m. Louisa Storms, dau A. Storms, at Sturgis, Mich. Home of the bride

W. O. Raynor Vet. Spanish-American War.

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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.