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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Sunday, July 12, 2009

French - Smith Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives. This record was typed, 3 pages, we have indicated the page breaks, spacing is similar to what we found on the typed pages. The pages contain two Bible records.


Published by George Lane & Levi Scott,
For the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the Conference Office,
200 Mulberry Street. Joseph Longking, Printer.


This Bible belonged to Wheeler French then to his dau.,
Mary Ann French Smith Drury; now owned by
Rier M. Smith, 3303 River road, Toledo, Ohio.

Wheeler French and Jane Woodley
m. in Penn.
[They came to Ohio when their daughter, Mary Ann was 2 yrs.
of age, and were among the early settlers in Maumee Valley].

Bradley Smith and Mary Ann French
m. Mar. 9, 1856
William Drury and Mary Ann French Smith
m. Sep. 19, 1867

Frederick Cook and Helen Augusta French
m. Mar. 22, 1863

Benjamin F. Rossman and Nellie Jane French
m. June 30, 1896

Wheeler French and Ann Williams (2nd wf)
m. July 11, 1856

Charles C. French and Alvina Hand
m. Dec. 25, 1867

Francis H. French and Mary Kirk
m. Jul 3, 1867
Francis H. French and Martha Gardner (2nd wf)
m. Nov. 24, 1875

Rier M. Smith and Helena J. Schmitt
m. Apr. 19, 1888

Harold M. Smith and Roxcie Ann Bowersox
m. July 9, 1917 [Live Elkhart, Ind.]

Anna French b. June 28, 1789
Her children,
R[ier] M. French b. Sep. 21, 1806
Mary French b. Sep. 7, 1808
Augustas H. French b. June 7, 1810
Wheeler French b. Jan. 15, 1812
Francis B. French b. Sep. 21, 1814

(Page 2)


Births, con.,
Cyrus G. French b. Apr. 21, 1816, Painted Post, N.Y.
Luther C. French b. July 1818
Samantha French b. May 13, 1821
Dudley S. French b. Sep. 17, 1828
Loren R. French b. July 21, 1831
Francis H. French b. Nov. 24, 1833
Mary Ann French b. Jan. 24, 1836
Charles C. French b. Apr. 17, 1839
Helen A. French b. Aug. 20, 1841
Lucy J. French b. Sep. 11, 1845
Rier M. French b. Aug. 3, 1848
Jane Woodley French b. Aug. 1, 1814
Ann Williams French b. Jan. 15, 1816, 2nd wf Wheeler

Nellie French (Adp’t’d dau Wheeler)
b. Apr. 7, 1851
Edith Bernice Crook b. Feb. 22, 1864
Ellie May Crook b. May 12, 1866
Frederick H. Crook b. Aug. 6, 1867
Ethel Masters Crook b. Feb 17, 1877
Charlie Crook [Adpt.] b. Feb. 18, 1867
Frederick Crook b. Apr. 20, 1831
Helen Augusta Crook b. Aug. 20, 1842

Rier Melville Smith b. Jan. 18, 1857
William Drury b. Nov. 8, 1868
Harry Drury b. Feb. 14, 1871
Ida Jane French [dau Francis] H.
b. May 1868
William & Minnie French - Twin children of Francis -
b. -
Nellie Jane French b. Oct. 1, 1869, dau Charles.

Helena Josephine Smith b. July 18, 1864
Harold Melville Smith b. July 24, 1889
Rolland William Smith b. Sep. 26, 1891
Margaret H. [dau Harold Smith]
b. Oct. 15, 1919
Jack D. Smith b. July 27, 1922
Rier Melville Smith b. Feb. 10, 1930

Anna French d. May 4, 1824
Mary French d. May 2, 1824
Samantha French d. May 20, 1824
Rier M. French d. Jan. 23, 1846
Lucy Jane French d. Nov. 12,1846
Jane French d. July 17, 1852
Rier French, drowned July 6, 1854
Francis B. French d. Aug. 2, 1879, Flat Rock, Kans.
Ann W. French wf Wheeler May 18, 1867
Nellie, adpt. dau Wheeler French
d. Jan. 22, 1872
Wheeler French d. Mar. 8, 1881
Helen A. Crook d. Mar. -

(Page 3)

Deaths, con.

Dr. Cyrus G. French d. Aug. 6, 1892 ae 75y 4m, Chicago

Edith Bernice Crook d. Jan. 25, 1866 ae 1y 11m 3d Toledo.
Esther May Crook d. Sep. 20, 1866 ae 4m 8d
Frederick H. Crook d. July 25, 1868 ae 11m 20d
Ethel Masters Crook d. Sep. 1, 1878 ae 1y 6m 15d, Kans.

Mary Ann Drury d. Mar. 27, 1928, bur Ft. Meigs
cem., Perrysburg, Ohio.

Jack D. Smith d. Apr. 22, 1928
Rolland William Smith d. Aug. 18, 1935, Toledo, O.
Additional data written on slip by Mary Ann Smith Drury:
Bradley Smith b. Oct. 1827
William Drury [2nd husband Mary Ann] b. Oct. 7, 1840
Drowned in Maumee River July 13, 1873
Willie Drury b. Nov. 8, 1869
Harry Drury b. Feb. 14, 1871
Willie Drury b. Jan. 6, 1874, [2nd son named Wm.]

Information given by Rier M. Smith, son Mary Ann Smith Drury, regarding family of Luther C. French who lived in Hudson, Mich. The stone records in “Maple Shade” Cem. in that City are as follows:

“L. C. French, M.D. b. July 22, 1820 d. Apr. 12, 1895
E. S. Gilbert, his wf b. Feb. 8, 1822 d. May 1, 1908
Laura Gilbert, wf D. French
d. Mar. 21, 1864 ae 83 years”
The birth date of L. C. shows a discrepancy of 2yrs.


Found in this file was a copy of a DAR working sheet form for one Grace French Dornbrock, former wife of Charles Dornbrock. It has not been transcribed. Hint: Clicking on the image will open new window where it is a bit larger, click back button to return to this blog page.

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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.