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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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

John Allen Sr. Bible and Family Records

This set of records was found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box in a file labeled Gifford Family. Please also see the Gifford/Zeluff Bible Records that were submitted to Harriet Cole Clark Bowen and the Adrian DAR Chapter by Elsie M. Stevens Rowlings.


This record was taken from the Bible of John Allen Sr. down to mark X
Those marked X are not in Bible
This is the record of the unmarked grave in Rosehill Cemetary.

1.) Mary Anstress Allen Cleghorn
Born April 15, 1868
Died March 11, 1897 Burial Rosehill Cem.
She was the daughter of Mary Ann Lobdell and John Allen they were married March 4, 1867 Fulton Co Ohio They had a son also.

2.) John James Allen born Dec. 19, 1869 He is still living.

X1. Mary Anstress Allen married Arthur Sheldon Cleghorn Oct 4, 1893 in Fulton Co Ohio

X They had two children -
1.) Alice Rae Cleghorn Born July 24, 1895 Royalton Twp Fulton Co Ohio
2.) Mae Anstress Cleghorn Born March 11, 1897 Died January 17, 1904 Buried in Rosehill Cemetary - Had Scarlet Fever - Mary Anstress died when this child was born on March 11, 1897.

Alice Rae Cleghorn married Earl Raymond Walterschied Dec. 31, 1918 Toledo Ohio.


Balance of record is a letter:

I have not yet heard from the inquiry I made regarding the cemetary, but as soon as I do I’ll send it to you at once. I mailed a letter Sunday so I should soon hear from Chesterfield and Royalton Twps. in Fulton Co.
You know I wonder if this little girls grave is marked in Rosehill Mae Anstress Cleghorn. I do not recall seeing a stone for her, alltho it could be on her fathers stone. Arthur Sheldon Cleghorn.
If I could be of any further assistance to you let me know - I also have the Zeluff line they were from up that way too. You know around Brittan or Rae
Zebediah Zeluff and his wife Elizabeth Morrison are buried in Oakwood Cem South of Dundee Mich. They are my great grandparents.
Mrs. Rawlings

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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.