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

Rice Bible Record Extractions

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box, file labeled Rice. Bible owned by Grace Ruth Holben (Mrs. Bruce P.) Hathaway, West Maumee St., Adrian, Mich.

Rice Bible

New York

Stereotyped by R. C. Valentine, for the

American and Foreign Bible Society



Sept. 5th, 1835, Benjamin Rice and Ruth D. Thompson were married

Benjamin Rice and Rhoda A. Hamblin were married, Nov. 7th, 1840

Married, July 24, 1855, Benjamin Rice and Mrs. Harriet Lewis

June 4th, 1862, Henry Harris and Mary Rice.

July 8th, 1885, D. H. Marsh and Mae M. Harris

March 26th, 1896, C. L. Fashustock and Mae M. Harris

Dec. 8th, 1897, Hugh H. Harris and Isabel Wright


Benjamin Rice b. July 24, 1806
Rhoda A. Rice b. Jan. 3, 1819
Ruth Ann Rice b. Aug. 12, 1841, Auburn, NY
Horatio H. Rice b. Sep. 11, 1845
Mary E. Rice b. Oct. 14, 1844
James S. Rice b. Apr. 4, 1849
Frederick H. Rice b. Feb. 3, 1853

Henry Marsh b. Apr. 5, 1886
Ralph Louis Ramsey b. June 19, 1893
Mae M. Harris b. Sep. 1, 1868
Nellie Harris b. Aug. 17, 1872
Hugh H? Harris b. July 26, 1875
Henry Harris b. Aug. 13, 1841
Mary E. Rice b. Oct. 14, 1844

Ruth D., wf Benjamin Rice d. May 2, 1840, ae 32y 8m 11d
Frederick H. Rice d. Nov. 10, 1853, ae 9m 7d
Rhoda A., wf Benjamin Rice d. Mar. 17, 1854, ae 34y 2m 14d
B. B. Rice d. Oct. 3, 1874, ae 69y 2m 10d
Nellie Harris d. Oct. 7, 1872, ae 7 weeks
Henry Marsh d. Jun 1, 1896, ae 10y 3m
Henry Harris d. Nov. 22, 1906, ae 65y 3m

William H. Holben, b. Oct. 12, 1833 England, d. Ap. 10, 1901, Adrian

Ruth Ann Rice m. July 4, 1856 in Auburn, N. Y.
Ruth Ann Holben, d. Apr. 22, 1932, age 91y

Wm. H. Holben b. Ellsworth, Cambridgeshire, Eng., Oct. 11, 1833. Came U.S. at the age of 15y with a half-bro to Seneca Falls, NY. Came Mich. 1861 and settled Sturgis and White Pigeon; came Adrian, 1871.


The rest of this record is handwritten:

“Mass. Sol. & Sailors in Rev. 7/519"
Hathaway, Freetown, Lt. Capt. Elijah Walkers Co., Freelone (??hard to read??)
Col. John Hathaway Regt. 21 days Co. Marched from Teuerton, R.I., Apr. 23, 1777.

Hathaway, Philip Jr., 1st Lt., Capt. Benj. Read’s (?) 4th Co. 2d: Bristol Co; Regt. Of Mass. Militia, list of officers in said regt., as returned by Edward Pape & others, field officers dated April 5, 1776; Ordered in council Apr. 26, 1776 that said officers be commissioned--reported April 26, 1776.

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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.