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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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Charles Livesay Bible Records

Found at the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum Archives in a Hollinger box in a file labeled Livesay Family.

NOTE: A second transcription of this Bible was found in the work "Bible Records and Family Genealogies of Lenawee County, Michigan" compiled by Harriet Cole Bowen, Chairman "Vital Records" Committee, Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. This work can be found at the Library of Michigan, Lansing, Michigan. The second transcription has additional data and information that is more clear than the first. Type in RED is from this second source.


The following records were copied from the Bible now owned by Mrs. Grace Livesay Landon of Benton Harbor, Mich by herself. Her address was 555 Green Ave. She dau Charles Livesay Jr.
This record follows our Ohio family of Charles and Hannah Livesay mentioned in the Gersham Livesay Bible, P111, this Vol. Reference to the "Gersham Livesay Bible P111, this Vol.", refers to Harriet's compilation.

Father & Mother were m. Jan. 29, 1797
[Gersham & Hannah, See P.111] [Tioga Co., N.Y.]

Hannah & myself were m. Dec. 26, 1829 [Hannah Lowe & Charles] Tioga now Chemung County, New York

William B. Vannatter & Alletta Livesay were m. Mar. 28, 1852

Francis Bray of Adrian & Phebe Livesay m. Feb. 18, 1855 in Fairfield

Henry Ferguson & Rebecca Livesay m. Dec. 25, 1856 in Fairfield

[Charles Livesay Jr., and Martha Jane Ferguson were m. Jan. 8, 1870 Ct. Rec. Lib. C or G: 78]

[James D. Livesay and Anna Spring, dau William & Electa (Mason) Dufrey, she 35y & he 57y m. Aprl 3, 1897, Ct. Rec. Lib E: 271]

[Bessie, dau Charles Jr., Livesay and Mr Edward Erickson of Escanaba, Mich. were m. Mar. 12, 1901 at Benton Harbor by Rev. W. S. Cady. "Adrian Daily Telegram" Res. Escanaba.]

Grace, dau Charles Livesay, Jr., and Albert Henry, son Daniel London of Hart, Mich., m. Dec. 2, 1900; res. Benton Harbor.]

(1) Gersham Livesay, my father was b. June 10, 1777 Fairfiled, Conn. [Gersham, sonof John Livesay of Orange Co., N.Y., settled in Michigan Territory, about 1831; this farm later was in Royalton Twp., Fulton Co., Ohio. "Co. Hist." Whitney and Bonner, Vol. 1 p. 392] This Hist. states Gershom b. 1773. d. Sep. 11, 1842

(2) Charles Livesay b. Dec. 15, 1797 Chemung Co., N. Y. d. Mar. 6, 1868

Hannah Livesay, my wife b. July 2, 1806 d. May 14, 1887

Alletta Livesay, was b. Nov. 15, 1830 d. June 22, 1903

Phebe Livesay was b. May 20, 1833 d. Feb. 7, 1904

Rebecca Livesay was b. Mar. 15, 1834 d. Nov. 2, 1896

Geo. Jr. Livesay (over) ** b. Jan. 27, 1835

James Livesay b. Mar. 28, 1840 d. Apr. 15, 1923

(** Compilers notes: See entry below)

Charles Livesay was b. Feb. 16, 1844 d. July 8, 1903

George Livesay Jr. was b. Jan. 27, 1835 d. Feb. 7, 1835

Grand Children:

Edwin Bray, son of Frank & Phebe Was b. Nov 13, 1858 in Adrian
d. Dec. 14, 1914 Adrian

Gertrude Bray, dau of Frank & Phebe b. 1864 in Adrian
m. Reshardi Res. Calif 1863 – 1931

LaVerne Ferguson, dau of Henry & Rebecca Wf Stevens b. 1866 d. Apr. 28, 1933

Frank Ferguson, son of Henry & Rebecca b.

Grace Livesay, dau Charles & Martha Jane Livesay b. Nov. 30, 1870

Bessie Livesay, dau Charles & Martha Jane Livesay b. Jan. 12, 1874

also Cass & Howard.

Bessie, dau Charles, m. Mar. 12, 1901 at Benton Harbor, Edward Erickson by Rev. W.S. Cady Re. Escanaba (see entry above in red)

Edward Erickson, son Holbar & Sophia, both born and married in Norway, b. Sep. 26, 1853. Ocanchee, Wis. [Escanaba Press]

Helen Kirby, dau. John & Ruth S. Kirby, wf Chas. Edwin Bray b. Feb. 4, 1857 d. Feb. 16, 1935

Leland Cass, son James D. & Anna Livesay, b. April 1897

Howard son James D. & Anna Livesay, b. July 13, 1900


Gersham Livesay, my father, d. Fulton Co., Ohio

My Mother [Hannah] d. Sep. 11, 1842 ae 71-3-1 bur. Fairfield

Sister Rebecca d. Dec. 4, 1857 ae 35 lacking 8d

Chas. Livesay (Sr) d. Mar. 6, 1868 ae 70-2-19

Hannah, wf of Charles d. May 14, 1887 ae 80-10-12
[Mrs. Grace Livesay Landon relates how her grandmother, this Hannah, told of their journey from Horseheads and Elmira, N.Y., by ox team and settled on the old farm homestead, 6 miles south of Adrian in Madison Twp. The Livesays were coming into Lenawee Co., from N.Y., bet. 1831 & 1837, George being the first.]

William B. Vannatter d. Apr. 10, 1895 ae 64-10-8

Alletta Vannatter, his wf d. June 22, 1903 ae 72-7-15

Phebe Bray, wf Francis, d. Feb. 7, 1904 ae 70-8-18

Chas. Livesay, Jr., d. July 8, 1903 ae 59-4-20

Rebecca Ferguson d. Nov. 2, 1896 58-8-17

James D. Livesay d. Apr 15, 1923 ae 83-17d

Anna, wf James D. Livesay, d. Aug. 27, 1923 ae 61y 4m 25d E:15

George Livesay Jr., d. Feb. 7, 1835, ae 11 days

LaVern Ferguson, d. Apr 28, 1933 m. Willett; Stevens

Henry Richardi, husband of Gertrude Bray, "1863-1931" in Calif.

Edwin Bray, son Phebe d. Dec. 14, 1914 bur. "Oakwood"

Helen Kirby, wf Edwin Bray, d. Feb. 16, 1935, bur "Oakwood"

Edward Erickson, d. Aug. 16, 1937, Green Bay. Wis., Hospital; Prominent merchant of Escanaba, Mich. [excerpt from Press.] Husband of Bessie Livesay Erickson.

Martha Jane Livesay d. Dec. 6, 1927 at Benton Harbor

Leland Cass Livesay son James b. Apr 1897

Howard Livesay b. July 13, 1900

Ch of James & Anna R. Livesay
Gr. Ch. of Chas. & Hannah Livesay

The title page of this Bible has been obtained:
Published by Jesper Harding, No. 57 south 3rd Street,

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About Me

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.