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.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Wanton Smith Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box, file labeled Smith, there were several sets of records in this file.

PHILDELPHIA
PUBLISHED and SOLD by TOWAR & HOGAN,
225 Market Street
1828

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MARRIAGE:
Married May 2nd 1819 Wanton Smith , son of Joseph and Rhoda Smith, to Miss Lucy, daughter of Caleb and Eunice Eddy.

BIRTHS;
David P. Smith, b. July 27th 1820

Wanton G. Smith, b. Jan. 26th 1822

George E. Smith, b. Dec. 10th 1825

Stephen G. Smith, b. Jan. 30th 1827

Hannah K. Smith, b. Oct 1, 1830 *See note below

Andrew G. Smith, b. July 11th 1832

Andrew J. Smith, 2nd b. Feb. 20th 1837

DEATHS:

David P. Smith, d. July 26th 1828 ae 7y 11m 29d

Stephen G. Smith, d. Mar. 30th 1831 ae 3y 1m 20d

Andrew G. Smith, d. June 20th 1835 ae 2y 11m 9d

Wanton Smith, d. Feb. 16th 1843 ae 65y 10m 10d

George E. Smith, d. Jan. 31st 1856 ae 30y 4m 21d

Lucy Cassart, d. Feb. 5th 1861 ae 57y 9m 7d

Andrew J. Smith, d. Dec. 14th 1871 ae 34y 9m 24d
(at Benton, Missouri, of consumption. Press item)

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*A letter in the Wanton Green Smith Bible from his sister, Hannah K. Smith, is dated Oct. 1, 1856, Clover Street Seminary, Canandaigua, N.Y., where she was teaching. Later she conducted a Seminary for girls, but whether the Clover Street school is the one or not descendants do not know. It was at Canandaigua, N.Y.

WANTON SMITH BIBLE, con.,

NOTE in a manuscript found in this bible states regarding EDDYS:
Caleb Eddy was b. the 6th of March, 1781

Eunice Whitehorn, wf Caleb Eddy and mother of Lucy,
b. the first of April, 1781, d. the 16th of Feb., 1837ae 57y 10m 14d

James Eddy, father of Caleb Eddy d. the 28th of Aug. ae 77y 3m

Lydia Ross Eddy, mother of Caleb Eddy , d. the 30th of Aug. 1843 ae 82yrs

FACTS regarding Eddys from “EDDY FAMILY IN AMERICA” Eddy, p. 249:

James Eddy was b. May 26, 1758 in R.I., d. Aug. 27, 1835; he was a REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER from R.I,, enlisting 1st in 1777.

Lydia Ross Eddy, dau Joseph and Mary Ross, was b. Situate, R.I., and Joseph Ross was also a REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER.

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EXCERPTS regarding Smith Ancestry from “Hist. & Biog. Record of Lenawee Co., Mich.” Knapp & Bonner,1903, p. 217:

Joseph Smith was b. in Smithfield, England; m. in Paris, and emigrated to Berkshire, Mass., and on to Ontario Co., New York, where he d. in 1815.

Wanton Smith was b. Berkshire, Mass., and when 7yrs of age, 1783, went with his parents to Ontario Co., N.Y. Lucy Eddy, wf Wanton was a native of Vermont.

Wanton Green Smith and family came to Michigan, Lenawee Co., in 1860. The next year they located on Sec. 22, Palmyra Township.

LOCAL HISTORY:

Henry Cassarte Smith, son of Wanton Green Smith, was an Attorney in the City of Adrian. Represented the Second District in Congress in 1898 and was again elected in 1900.

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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.

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