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.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

James Force - Lydia Lapham Marriage Certificate

This marriage certificate is NOT in the possession of any research facility or group in Lenawee County.    Lenawee Bibles was contacted by Mike Finley, who kindly offered to share an image and some knowledge about it.  Mike has more information on this family and ALL questions about the marriage record, the family, the information shared here should be directed to him.  Lenawee Bibles cannot help you more than to direct you to him.  Thank you.

This marriage certificate and a family record were in what Mike calls his grandmother's “little box”.

This Certifies
That on the first day of
James Force of the Township of Fairfield
Lenawee County Michigan aged 19 years
and Lydia Lapham aged 18 years of
Hudson Lenawee Co. Michigan
were by me united in
at Hudson Lenawee County
according to the law of the State of Michigan
In presence of 
Amanda Lapham
Mary Brown 
Lorenzo Palmer
Justice of the Peace

(Note:  transcription by Lenawee Bibles.)


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

James Henry Ferguson, Family Record

This record is NOT in the possession of any research facility or group in Lenawee County.  Lenawee Bibles was contacted by Mike Finley, who kindly offered to share an image and some knowledge about it.  Mike has more information on this family and ALL questions about this family record, the family, the information shared here should be directed to him.  Lenawee Bibles cannot help you more than to direct you to him.  Thank you.

This family record and a marriage certificate were in what Mike calls his grandmother's “little box”.  The following text is all from Mike, his thoughts on the record:

"After James died in 1843, Catherine remarried to Solomon Force in 1846, and had 4 more sons. She passed in Adrian in 1897. Solomon is buried at Fairfield, Catherine is likely either buried at Fairfield also, or possibly near daughter Mary Jane at Hunt. She purportedly died at Mary Jane’s residence in Adrian....hence the later possibility.

The kids thru Jacob Chase were all born in NY state. No precise location known to me at this time, but the eldest James Henry was born in either Saratoga or Albany.

Starting with George, they were born in Michigan 99% probability in Fairfield.

James Henry married twice, first was Fannie Durkee in Livingston Co., married 2nd wife Hannah Calista Hayward, and moved to Mayfield, Kentucky in 1869, where he died in 1914. Both of them along with most of their children are buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Mayfield.

Jacob Chase went to Hillsdale, married Phoebe Sophia Niles, then later in life married Margaret Ann Fospinder. He was a bricklayer/stone mason & died in 1922. He was buried at Lakeview Cemetery right in Hillsdale proper. Phoebe is buried at Oak Grove in Hillsdale.

George W. married Mary E Langdon in Lenawee, eventually moved to Grand Rapids & died there in 1911. Both he and Mary are at Oakhill Cemetery in GR.

Mary Jane married Albert Mann, bounced around a little bit, always came back to Lenawee. Died in 1924, her and Albert are both resting at Hunt Cemetery in Madison.

Harriett married Hiram Higby abt. 1863, located for a time near Chicago, was back in Lenawee by 1880. She married Johsua Cowell in 1897, lived in Fairfield after that, right in the village I believe. Both her and Joshua are buried in the Fairfield Cemetery.

Catherine Jr. is still a mystery to me, unless someone I know still in Lenawee finally pegged her down. She was still alive when suit was brought by Hiram Eddy against mother Catherine and all the siblings about a property/estate dispute concerning the elder James Ferguson’s property at Fairfield in Lenawee Court 1859-1861.

The said C. A. (Clarence Alonzo) Ferguson was James Henry’s second oldest son, and the father of my grandma.""

Lenawee Bibles did the following transcription of these record pages.


History of James Henry Fergusons Parents and Family as given to C. A. Ferguson by said C. A. Ferguson's Father this third Day of March 1907 beginning with said James Henry Ferguson's Father and his mother next.

NAMES                            BIRTHS

James Ferguson               December 5th 1805
Catharine Ferguson.         Born October 15th 1808


James Henry Ferguson       Born November 18th 1828
John Thomas Ferguson      Born September 3rd 1830
Jacob Chase Frguson        Born September 5th 1833
George Ferguson                Born September 27th  1837
Mary James Ferguson         Born September 30th  1839
Harriet Ferguson                Born September 17th 1841
Catherine Ferguson            Born December 5th 1843



John Thomas Ferguson  10/27/1834
James Ferguson 9/26/1843


Friday, January 6, 2012

Delon Bible:: Update

Additional information has been found on the Delon Bible, originally posted in June of 2009.  The page has been updated.


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.

Lenawee, In Memory Of

If you like Lenawee Bibles and Bible Records, you may be interested in Funeral or memorial cards which can be found at Lenawee, In Memory Of.
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.