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.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Peter Harris Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box in a file labeled Harris-Higby-Gemple. Record was 5 handwritten pages, we have indicated the beginning of each page. Several entries were very hard to read, especially on the fifth page.

Daniel D. Smith’s Edition

Holy Bible
Containing the
Together with
Translated out of the original tongues
And with
The Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised
Canne’s Marginal Notes and References

STEROTYPED by E. White, New York

Published and sold by Daniel D. Smith,
At the Franklin Juvenile Book and Stationary
Store, No. 190 Greenwich Street,
Also by the Principal Booksellers
In the United States

(Page 2)

Bible of
Uncle Peter Harris
Handed down
To Polly -Harris Higby
To MH Higby
To Emmie Higby-Gemple
To Alton R. Kinnamon

(Page 3)

Family Record
Hiram M. Higby, born June 8th, 1820

Polly H. Higby, born Oct. 22, 1813

Their children as:

Merritt H. Higby Born January the 23, 1844

Emily Elizabeth Higby, Born September 1, 1851

(Page 4)

Family Records
Peter Harris was married to Abigail Cook the (?) day of 10 month one-Thousand seven hundred and nine

2nd column of marriages is blank

Family Record Birth
Peter Harris, Son of Rufus and Lucy Harris, was born the twenty third of fourth month 1778. In the town of XXbridge - State of Massachusetts.

Abigail Harris, wife of Peter Harris and daughter of Jonathan and Hannah Cook, was born the fourth day of first month 1764, the third day of the week in the town of Wmn on bridge;

Nancy Harris, Daughter of Arthur and Achsah Harris, and the adopted child of Peter Harris and Abigail, his wife, was born the twenty fifth of second month 1810. The first day of the week early in the morning, in the town of Palmyra now Macedon in the County of Ontario now Wayne and in the state of New York.

Births of Martin P. Harris Family
Martin P. Harris born June the 19, 1782.

Elizabeth his wife, born April the 7, 1787.

There(sic) Children names as following:

Peter Harris, born June the 19, 1803.

Abigail Harris, born March the 10, 1806.

Rufus Harris, born November the 7, 1808.

Clarissa Harris, born March the 23, 1811.

Polly Harris, born the 22, 1813.

Seth H. Harris, born April the 20, 1816.

(Page 5)

Family Record
Our Mother Lucy Harris died the 15 of the 8th month, 1824. Aged 72 years, 7 mo., 21 days.

Migails Harris, wife of Peter Harris, died the 9 of 8th mo., 1840. Aged Seventy Six years, Seven months and five days.

Peter Harris Died Dec. the 9, 1849. Aged 76 years, 8 months and 16 days.

Emmie Higby Gempel, Daughter of Merritt Higby. He was the Son of P.H. Higby.
Died 1948

Martin P. Harris, Husband, Ap 11, 1826. (typist note: this could also be Apr 1, 1826, hard to read)

Elizabeth Harris April the
Elizabeth, wife of Martin P. Harris, died October 22(?), 1876

Seth W. Harris, son of Martin and Elizabeth Harris, died October (?), 1829.

Abigail Landphere, Daughter of Martin P. and Elizabeth Harris, died August the 7, 1835.

Emily E., daughter of Jill(?) an P.H. Higby, died July 17, 1863. Aged 11 years, 10 months an 17 days.

Clarrissa Strong, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Harris, died August the 16, 1868. Aged 57 years 4 months an 23 days.

Polly Higby, daughter of Martin P.H. and Elizabeth Harris, died July 7, 1879. Aged 65 years, 8 months & 15 days.

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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.