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 15, 2009

Kendrick Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives, in a Hollinger box, in a file labeled “Kendrick”.


Mr. Charles H. Kendrick, the German who came from GOTHE, SAXONY, took the above form of the original name GUENTHERODT. Frederick kept the German form but Charles, his brother, had his legally changed to KENDRICK. Family claim this to be acknowledged in Washington. Frederick and descendants reside Detroit, Mich.

Bible owned by and all information given by

Mrs. Jennie Kendrick Brockway (I. Arch), Blissfield, Mich. R.D.

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MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE kept loosely in Bible:

This may certify that Charles H. Kendrick of the town of Blissfield, County of Lenawee, State of Michigan, 23 yrs of age, and Charity Maria Austin, 18 yrs of age, and of the Town, County, and State aforesaid, were joined together in HOLY MATRIMONY by me on this 9th day of October, 1851.
Norman Torrey, J.P. in Blissfield.
Sidney Ellsworth and
Jonathan Fought Witnesses.

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Charles H. Kendrick, b. Dec. 13, 1827 and
Charity M. Austin, b. Feb. 10, 1832, Medina, Orleans Co., NY.


Ettie L. Kendrick, b. Jan 9, 1852 d. June 1926, Blissfield m. Mar 6, 1879 [Ruel Payne of Blissfield]

Emma J. Kendrick, b. Sep. 21, 1855 d. Nov., 1932, Petersburg m. Apr. 8, 1888, Daniel Burnett, Petersburg

Charles W. Kendrick, b. Sep. 9, 1857 d. Mar. 24, 1858

Mary M. Kendrick, b. Mar. 20, 1860 d. Oct. 3, 1861

Cicero S. Kendrick, b. Feb. 2, 1865 d. Dec. 1930 m. Sep. 4, 1887 [Irene Beach, Blissfield]
dau. Ethel Electa b. July 16, 1888.

Jennie L. Kendrick, b. Oct. 27, 1873 m. May 9, 1897, I. Arch Brockway of Blissfield.

Children of Jennie L. and I. Arch Brockway:

Lois C. Brockway, b. Sep. 13, 1900

Mary L. Brockway b. Oct. 3, 1903

G. Austin Brockway b. Dec. 1, 1905

Luella May Brockway b. Dec. 7, 1908 d. Feb. 1, 1931 m. Oct. 5, 1930, Neal Hoagland

Franklin H. Brockway b. June 25, 1914 m. Jan. 30, 1936, Loretta Bangerter of Blissfield.

Extra data given Compiler:

Lois C. Brockway, m. Mar. 30, 1921, Herbert Haviland of Tecumseh; divorced, October, 1937; m. 2nd Feb. 20, 1938, Leon Johnson of Tecumseh.

Mary L. Brockway, m. Jan. 5, 1924, Moritz Hueter of Blissfield.

G. Austin Brockway, m. Aug. 18, 1929, Jeanette Conry of Blissfield.

[Court House Record, death book, Lib. 6: 191:
Charity Kendrick, dau. Isaac Austin & Louisa Pierce, both b. NY, d. Dec. 6, 1905, ae 72y 9m 26d in Blissfield.]

Charles Henry Kendrick, son William, mother not given, b. Germany, d. Feb. 8, 1911, ae 83y 1m 24d, in Blissfield.]


  1. Cicero S. Kendrick, b. Feb. 2, 1865 d. Dec. 1930 m. Sep. 4, 1887 [Irene Beach, Blissfield]
    2 dau. Ethel Electa b. July 16, 188, Ruth Emily b. Feb. 11, 1898.

  2. Thank you Linda for your comment and information on Ruth Emily.

    I believe there is a small typo in your comment, in that Ethel Electa was born in 1888. Her actual birth record can be viewed at FamilySearch.org:

    "Michigan, Births, 1867-1902," Ethel Kendrick, 1888

    name: Ethel Kendrick
    birth date: 17 Jul 1888
    birthplace: Blissfield, Lenawee, Michigan
    gender: Female
    father's name: Ciceros Kendrick
    father's birthplace: Michigan
    father's age:
    mother's name: Rena Kendrick
    mother's birthplace: Michigan
    mother's age:
    christening date:
    christening place:
    additional relatives:
    death date:
    death age:
    film number: 2321094
    digital folder number: 4207545
    image number: 64
    frame number:
    reference number: item 1 rn 1600


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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.