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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Asa Smith Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box, file labeled Smith, along with several other Smith Bible records. This record was 3 pages long, the page numbers have been removed in this transcription.

Instituted in the year MDCCCXVI

Asa Smith Jr., and Samantha Maynard was m. Nov. the 15th, 1840
James N. Moore and Delophine Smith m. Sep. the 27th, 1864
Adelbert D. Smith and Maggie Sparks m. Feb. the 28th, 1878
Charles B. Palmer and Luella M. Smith was m. Oct. 8, 1879
John A. Smith and Anna Wilcox were m. May 3, 1882; again
John A. Smith and Alvina Bollinger m. July 26, 1919
Franklin D. Smith and Alice G. Stowers were m. Jan 4, 1883
Stanley Morton Palmer and Lena Avice Bedell were m. July 24, 1911 at Adrian
Wilbur Lenadore Smith and Myrtle Louise Wood Ford were m. Sep. 5, 1912, Adrian
Arthur Lynn Barrow and Edna Mary Smith were m. May 8, 1913, Adrian
Otis Rupert Smith and Mary Grace Kreider, m. June 24, 1914 at Tecumseh

Asa Smith Jr., was b. Nov. the 18, 1815 in N.Y.
Samantha Smith was b. Dec. the 23, 1821
Delophene Smith was b. Apr. the 21, 1845
Adelbert Smith was b. Oct. the 13, 1847
John Asa Smith was b. July the 18, 1855
Mary Luella Smith was b. Oct. the 9, 1858
Franklin D. Smith was b. Nov. the 7, 1862
Alice Gullifer Stowers was b. Oct. 31, 1864 at Bangor, Maine

Maude Moor b. June 2, 1873
Asa DeWitt Smith b. Sep. 22, 1879
Calvin Ray Smith b. Mar. 1, 1881
Bessie Smith b. Nov. 14 ‘83
Stanley Morton Palmer b. Dec. 11, ‘83
Otis Rupert Smith b. Dec. 7, ‘84
Franl L. Palmer b. Mar. 17, 1888
Wilbur Lenadore Smith b. May 18, ‘90
Dorothy D. Palmer b. July 15, 1901

Lena Bedell b. July 31, 1884 (Typist note: This is not a grandchild; see marriages above)

Susan Maynard b. Sep 14, 1826
John O. Maynard b. June 9, 1831
Hayden W. Maynard b. July 20, 1833
Albert O. Maynard b. Apr. 30, 1837
Morton A. Maynard b. May 16, 1840
Mary Maria Maynard b. Apr. 19, 1869


Edna Mary Smith b. June 13, 1891
Dorothy Delophene Palmer b. July 15, 1901
Susanne K. Tolford (dau. Dorothy) (Typist note: date not included for privacy reasons)
John Charles Tolford (son Dorothy) (Typist note: date not included for privacy reasons)
Lena Bedell, dau Llewellyn & Josephine Fisk Bedell b. July 31, 1884 in
John Kenneth Tolford, son John b.
Edith Whitmarsh, dau George & Carrie (Doty) Whitmarsh
Mary Grace Kreider, dau Sam & Catherine Kreider b. Sep. 27, 1887
Colleen Grace, ad’ptd dau above, b. Ridgeway, Mich, (Typist note: date not included for privacy reasons)
Myrtle Louise Wood, dau b. Sep. 7,
Lynn A, Barrow, son

b. to Wilbur L. and Myrle L. Smith, a son, Sidney Frank Smith, at Bixby Hospital, Adrian, Mich.. Oct. 26, 1913

b. to Stanley M. and Lena BeDell Palmer, a dau, Maurine Avis Palmer, Mar. 9, 1914 at Aurora, Illinois

b. to Frank L. and Edith W. Palmer, a son, Randall Whitmarsh Palmer, Oct 26, 1919 at Adrian

b. to Frank L. and Edith W. Palmer, a son, George Raymond Palmer, Jan. 10, 1920

b. to John Kenneth and Dorothy P. Tolford, a dau, Suzanne Kay Tolford, (Typist note: date not included for privacy) at Grace Hospital, Detroit

b. to John Kenneth and Dorothy P. Tolford, a son, John Charles Tolford, (Typist note: date not included for privacy)

b. to Lynn A. and Edna Barrow, a son, Hilbert Ronald Barrow, at Bixby Hospital, Adrian, Sep. 22, 1917

b. to Wilbur L. and Myrtle L. Smith, a dau, Elizabeth Louise Smith, Oct. 13, 1917 at Bixby Hospital, Adrian

b. to Wilbur L. and Myrle L. Smith, a dau, Jeannette Smith, Sep. 14, 1921 at Springfield, Illinois

b. to Hilbert R. and Dorothy Borrow, a dau, Sylvia Ann Borrow, (Typist note: date not included for privacy) at Bixby Hospital, Adrian, first Great Grand child in entire family


John Maynard, d. Aug, 27, 1840 ae 41y 8m

Silas Thompson, d. Dec. 5, 1855 ae 31yrs

Mary M. Thompson, d. May 14, 1858 ae 29y 23d

Charlotte Maynard, d. Jan. 24, 1879 ae 77y 3m 12d

Asa Dewitt Smith, d. July 4, 1895 ae 18ys

Samantha Smith, d. Oct. 13, 1900 ae 79yrs

Asa Smith, d. July 16, 1901 ae 86yrs

James M. Moore, d. Feb. 4, 1902 ae 57yrs

John Otis Maynard, d. Feb. 19, 1908 ae 77yrs

Adelbert D. Smith, d. Mar. 30, 1910 ae 63yrs

Susan Maynard Hart, d. Apr. 4, 1911 ae 85yrs

Lena Alice BeDell Palmer, d. Mar. 12, 1914 at Aurora, Illinois

Maryetta Maynard, d. Apr 9, 1914 ae

Hayden W. Maynard, d. Feb. 10, 1915 ae 81yrs

Albert O. Maynard, d. Mar. 2, 1917 ae 80yrs

Delophene Moore, d. May 30, 1926 ae 81yrs Jackson

Charles B. Palmer, d. Nov. 6, 1926 ae 72yrs Adrian

Ervin Smith, d. Oct., 1932, Shortsville, N.Y.

John A. Smith, d. Jan. 30, 1939 ae 83y 6m Jackson

Mary Luella Smith Palmer, d. Aug. 24, 1943 in Adrian

Otis Rupert Smith, d. Feb. 6, 1943 ae 58

Malvina De Camp, d. June 22, 1933, Holt, Mich.

Elvira Smith, d. Jul 22, 1933, Clifton Springs, N.Y.

Ezekiel Smith, Soldier of the REVOLUTION, b. in Mass., buried in Sunny Side Cemetery, Manchester, Conn.

Asa Smith, Soldier of the War 1812, b. in Vermont, buried in Port Gibson, N.Y.

[Note to users, this record was taken from a typed transcription, many of the birth and death entries had pencil handwritten numbers beside them. During typing for inclusion in this project, a decision was made to arrange the events in chronological order. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to see the typed transcription we worked from.]

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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.