2006 - 2007 Queries

The Bravenet Query forum in the original Oakland web site is no longer being used.

All queries that were posted to the Bravenet Query forum in 2006 and 2007 are now contained in this section.

I am researching a Victorian nurse, Harriet Coster (b. c1833, Shacklewell Middlesex). She was an important figure in the late 19th century nursing world in London (Matron of St GEorge's Hospital). She had been married to William Coster (b c1829 Plymouth devon) a surgeon. they had several children but most did not survie. One who did was Ernest T Coster (b c1870, Hanwell Middelsex). He emigrated to Canada c 1886, found in 1906 census in Saskatchwen. married to Mary Jane with 8 children. One of these was also Ernest T, b c1893. He married Madeleine who may have been from Pontiac Michigan. He visited Detorit several times in late 1920s and must ahve moved there or thereabouts at some point. He died in 1989 in Auburn heights, Oakland, Michigan.

This is a long shot. I am writing a biography of Harriet (the Victorian nurse) and desparate for some pictures of her. her husband was an amateur photographer and he must have taken photos of her. Most of her worldly goods were left to son Ernest on her death, so I am hoping (beyond hope?) that if Madeleine and Ernest T had any children, they may have inherited family photos from England?

Can anyone help?

Sue Hawkins

Email: su_hawkins_uk@yahoo.co.uk

Francis H. Gates

I am looking for any and all info for the family of Francis H. Gates.. he was born 1800 in Mass. and moved to Oakland Co. he marries Mary Ann Cranson.. I am very interested in His parents and Siblings..
Thank you.

Email: kmcummins1@yahoo.com

Pallas Palmer

Seeking info on Pallas Palmer. In 1975, he lived in Clawson, MI. He and family from Jasper Co, MO. Parents & 2 siblings buried in Webb City, MO. He was married at one time and may have had a daughter named Mary Jayne Palmer Rogers. He was a musician and played in "Zola Palmer Band" with 1 sister & 1 brother, altho had 1 other sister & and 1 other brother. Please contact me if any of these names "ring any bells". Thanks.

Email: snell64@earthlink.net

Naturalization -- 1930s --- Pontiac⁄Assistance Requested!

Any thoughts on where someone would have been naturalized in the 1930s if he lived in Pontiac.
I have tried:
1. Oakland District Court -- not in indices
2. Pontiac DC -- cannot get through by phone (since Aug); will not respond to messages; have not responded to 2 letters since Aug.
3. NARA -- pending query for Detroit in case he went there.
4. Archives of MI.

Other thoughts?

Email: marilyn.arnold1@verizon.net

Burnhams Michigan,CA

Looking for John B. Burnham B: 27 Apr 1806. Married Emily J. Baker (dau: A.L Baker) 5 Oct. 1840. Children: Francis Marion, Floyd Steven, and Emily. Any information would be appreciated thank you Karen Meyer

Email: kebell1958@aol.com

Becker-Murgittroyd Marriage c 1860

Trying to verify marriage of subject individuals and looking to verify children of this marriage: Albert, Eugene and Emma.

Email: danielb@speednetllc.com

Theobald , Griffin, Carpenter, Cameron, Grappan

Looking for information (death⁄obit⁄burial) on George Theobald and family that were in Pontiac in the 1910-1930 census'. Prior to 1910 they were in Caro, Tuscola. George was born in Ohio about 1856, his wife Susanna Griffin was from Canada born about 1860. They had 8 children (born 1880-1905): Mary A (Melvin Carpenter); Ada F (Wm Cameron); George Edward (Mary Grappan); Harold; Willliam B; Beatrice L; Charles W; and Harold

Email: almallory@sympatico.ca

Leonard Bancroft⁄ Oakland Poor Farm

I am trying to find the death dates of my gggrandfather, leonard Bancroft, who was born in NY in 1806 but died in Oakland County MI, possibly at the Oakland poor farm. He was married first to Lavinia Sherman, who died around 1840 in NY. Then he gave his two children to the families of John and William Seeley in Ovid NY, and married Lucy Fowler. In 1850 they lived in Hillsdale MI. Many Seeleys were in Oakland County as well as NY. Supposedly the Fowler stepsons got the Bancroft farm (sect 21, Pontiac). I would love any clues or info. Thanks ahead of time!

researching related families of: YINGER, SEELEY, BANCROFT, GIBBS, COLLINS, BROWN, DAVIS0N

Email: canyon_wren@hotmail.com

Lapporte and Lapp families from Ontario

Please post a response if you are connected to the Lapporte or Lapp families of Oakland County, Michigan. Most of the family is in Ontario, CAN, however there are many cousins that are in Michigan and wanted to see if this board would be a good start. I am looking for relatives of the late James Lapporte, Jacque Lapporte, Edmund Lapporte, Patrice Lapp, and Christina Marie Lapp.

Olive Hills(Gue) - County House

I am trying to find record of an ancestors death.
A note written by her daughter shows her death as November 24, 1899. Her last known residence was the
County house in Pontiac, she was labeled insane and was committed shortly after the death of her son. The 1880 census shows her as Olive Hill. Her daughter wrote a note saying that she will be buried in Highland, no record or stone can be found.

Email: angel_Merriweather@hotmail.com


Looking for a death date or and burial of Thomas Cady
(on the 1870 census for Brandon, Oakland, Mi)and his wife Adelia (Fifield) Cady. I have census for 1850, 1860 and 1870. So he must of died after 1870. Can anyone help me with this.

Adelia (Fifield) Cady's father Jonathan Fifield, lived in Brandon, Oakland Co, Mi and after his death I believe Thomas and Adelia moved to Brandon, Oakland, Mi.

I would love to have some answer's about them? Also Jonathan's father, Henry Fifield?? Anything? He came from Vt⁄NY area.
Thank you to any one in Oakland Co that could help me.

Email: s_johnson60@verizon.net

Andrew Smith

Looking for the obit on Andrew Knox Smith (Scotty) who died 7-6-1965. Is buried in Mt. Perry Cemetery, Pontiac, MI. Thank you.

Email: pam@venatornet.com

Forrest Orrie Williams (1911-1994)

Did anyone ever know Forrest Orrie Williams who died in Troy in 1994? I'm researching as many F.W.'s as I can --looking for birthfather.Thanks-Susan Patterson(TX.)

Email: dukensue@austin.rr.com

Forrest Orrie Williams (1911-1994)

Did anyone ever know Forrest Orrie Williams who died in Troy in 1994? I'm researching as many F.W.'s as I can --looking for birthfather.Thanks-Susan Patterson(TX.)GK6J

Email: dukensue@austin.rr.com

Death in 1904, Oxford, what cemetery?

Hi all!
I have looked through the available transcriptions online and have not found my ancestor.
So?Here's what I have:
Death date May 1904. Birthday 1824. Name: Enoch Graves.
He was living with his son Henry in Oxford at the time of his death.
What do I want to know?
Where would be the best cemetery to start looking at for a burial?
Email: cfbandit@gmail.com
Website: http:⁄⁄freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com⁄~bigchipchipbabychip


Johan Reef

I'm looking for Johan Reef or anyone who is related. He is my mother's father and would like to know more about him. Here's the information I have:

B 3 March 1909
D 30 Oct 1982

Residence Columbus, MI.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Email: grproduction@gwi.net

Manville - Shnowski - Rourke - Vinal - Wininger - All Pontiac

I am searching for information on my bio-fathers family.

He is Raymond George Manville II b. March 17, 1943. Raymond had a brother David Manville b. January 24, 1942 and d. October 14, 1971.

Raymond and David's parents are Vivian Shnowski and Raymond Manville I.

Vivian b. Feb 12, 1924 d. April 22, 1986 in Berkley. Her obit lists her as Vivian Rourke and the d⁄o Joseph Shnowski. No mother listed no Rourke first name spouse listed. Her father Joseph Shnowski was b. Dec 10, 1895 location unknown and died Jan 1, 1974 in Palm Beach Flordia. This is the end of my information on my grandmother.

Raymond Manville I b. Oct 27, 1923 in Rhode Island d. Jan 3, 1991 I would guess Pontiac as that is where I always thought of him living. Don't know if or when I ever saw him.

Raymond Manville I parents were David Manville b. 1883 location Unknown. and Sarah Elizabeth Vinal. David and Sarah I believe were married on June 17, 1921 in Maine.

Sarah was b. Oct 6, 1904 location Unknown and d. May 27, 1991 in Pontiac. Sarah and David must have divorced and she married Emmitt Wininger (various spellings of that name) Emmitt was born June 21, 1915 in French Lick, Indiana and d. Oct 17, 1978 in Pontiac. Grandma Sally and Grandpa Emmitt are the only family on this side I ever knew or atleast have a memory of. In fact I never knew until I started researching that Emmitt wasn't my grandpa but was a step-grandpa.

1930 Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan Federal Census
Manville, Paul, head, m, w, 80, m @ 30 Maine
...Caroline, wife, f, w, 71, m @ 22 Canada
...David, son, m, w, 47, D Maine
...Raymond, Grandson, m, w, 6, s Rhode Island
...Paul, grandson, m, w, 4 7⁄12, s, Michigan

Can anyone point me in the right direction on this family. What I have posted is all that I know. I have searched everywhere I can search and can not find anything. Please someone with information help me. I am NOT trying to locate my bio-father. In fact I know where he lives and have no intention of contacting him but would love to learn information on his relatives and mine of course.

Email: foe3643@tombstonezero.net

Website: http:⁄⁄www.rootsweb.com⁄~kyknox⁄Knox-County-Home.html

Wilfred Warnock Family

Did anyone know the Wilfred Warnock family back in the 1920's-1940's? There was Wilfred Sr. and Jr. who were machinists-Wife was Elizabeth and daughter, Louise(Musician) Louise was my Birth-Mother. i was born in Detroit in 1941. Everyone,but Louise ended up in CA. during the war years. Louise died in Detroit in 1974. She sang and played Organ and Piano in venues around Mich. My birth-father was Forrest Williams.Thankyou-Susan

Email: dukensue@aol.com

Daniel R. & Catherine Lord - Waterford, MI - Ancestors or Descendants

Daniel R. Lord, born bet 1810-1813 in VT, married Catherine (B. 1822 in NY) in 1841 in Oakland County. They lived in Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan where they had 3 kids, Washington (b.1842), Sarah (b. 1845) and Viletta (b. 1846).

I'm looking for info on their ancestors and descendants.


Email: genealogy@sharrow.com

Website: http:⁄⁄genealogy.sharrow.com

Kelly⁄Carney----WVa then Detroit

Hello, I'm trying to find a member or an old obit of James P.Kelly ( dob abt 1874) and his wife Agnes Carney (Dob 1876 dod 1961) They left Lewis Co.WVa and went to Detroit. I found them and their 7 children in a 1930 Detroit census.I found one of their children Eugene Kelly ( dob 1905 dod 1986) in Farmington Hills ,Michigan. I hope someone can give me a lead, many thanks John V.Carney

Email: Carneyj276@comcast.net

Quick, Degeer

I am looking for any info on Eliza Jane Quick (Degeer)
b. Oct.27,1880...d. Jan.2, 1955 and Charles M. Quick b.June1, 1870...d.Feb.9,1941. I know Eliza lived in Keego Harbor Michigan when she died. She was born in Canada and Charles in Michigan possibly in Saginaw.
Any info would be appreciated.
Mary gingerich

Email: mary_49255@yahoo.com


Hi I am looking for Henry Clay Lawson, he was born in Ky. he died in Walled Lake on 06⁄17⁄1959 he was my grandfather. he was married to Martha Peters also from Ky. Any help would be greatly apperciated.
Kathy Coldiron

Email: williecoldiron@sbcglobal.net


I'm looking for information on Alpheus H Crosby. I specifically looking for birth records--somewhere in the 1820's. I have a newspaper clipping that announces in marriage in Wayne Co, NY and it states he is frm Springfield, MI. I've been unable to locate any information on Alpheus in Oakland County. There is a mention of an Alpheus Crosby in the will of Azra Crosby but I have no idea if this is the smae Alpeus of not.
If anyone has any information on Alpheus I would appreciate it. Thanks.

Email: DMBakerPhD@aol.com

Tripp, Sutton Waterford, Michigan (Oakland county)

I am looking for info. on Nathan Tripp b. NY lived in Michigan for many years had a daughter Loretta? who married James Sutton they had one son Carlton or something close to thatname they lived in Waterford in 1910 thru 1930 proubly longer but, can find no record Loretta was b. about 1870 James also b. about that year thier son was b. about 1900, any info greatly appreciated, i believe Loretta's mother proubly died in Michigan but, can find no record.

Email: fastronach@hotmail.com


Looking for an obituary for Joseph Sheehy, born April 24, 1927, died in July 1987 in Oakland County - last residence is listed as Royal Oak.

Email: hach95@gmail.com


Looking for info on John Kimball 1852 - 1917 and Mary Lundy 1862 - ?. Lived in Oakland Cty, Troy. 1880 to 1900 then in Shelby Twp Macomb Cty in 1910

Email: dmpopa@aol.com

5221Commerce Rd⁄Bloomer House

I grew up in the Bloomer House at 5221 Commerce Rd. in Orchard Lake from 1968-early eighties. The land was subdivided in the early eighties and now there are $$$ homes there.
I have a few color photos of the house.

My father was Robert Bills, who was a landscape architect and was an urban planner.
He worked heavily with alot of the townships in the area and designed alot of parks⁄town master plans.

My mother was Patti Bills and was involved in the community especially with the schools that myself and brothers went to in the 70's.
Both my mom and dad are passed away now.

If you know of anyone that history about 5221 Commerce Rd or my parents while they lived there(1960's & 70's), I would love to talk to these links to my past.

Email: ncarter68@ec.rr.com


looking for marriage or other info on Mike Brown b. 1892 in Greece who married Ann Gere. They lived in Oakland County, Michigan in the 1920's, later moved to Fla.

Email: bloodtrakker@myway.com

Burgess obituary

HI folks,
I live in Pennsylvania and am wondering if someone could track down an obituary for me? Leo Burgess born abt 1922 in Pennsylvania, died 1 Jan 2000 in Clawson, Oakland, Michigan. Thank you so much!

Email: cbarber@brockwaytv.com


I'm researching Ezra Newman in Oakland. He came from NY in the 1820s with his wife, Comfort Morrill. They had several children before Comfort died and Ezra married Delia Cox. I'm a descendent of one of their three children. I have lots of information I'm willing to share.

Email: cmlarsen@inwave.com

Looking For Graves and⁄or Probate Records

I'm looking for the grave site and or probate records of my 4th great grandmother, Mary UnVanzant ⁄ Vanzant. Maiden name: Fosdick.

Born: May 12, 1797, Dutchess, NY.
Died: November 18, 1883, Oakland Co., MI.

Second husband was Frances UnVanzant.

Her 1st marriage was to Darius J Covil.

I've had both the county of Oakland and the state of Michigan search for her death record, but, none was found.


I'm also searching for the same records for her 1st husband, Darius J Covil.

Born: 1790, Mass.
Died: March 29, 1853, Oakland Co., MI

Any help is greatly appreciated.
I am willing to pay for your time -or- willing to look up info from the Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon County area, in exchange.

Email: aldonolson@aol.com

Joseph R. Wells⁄J.R. Wells

I have hit a brick wall on my Joseph R. Wells. He shows on the 1870 MI Census as Joseph R. Wells age 53 farmer born in NY. He lives with his family and his mother Mary Wells age 76 of NY. Joseph died in 1899 and is buried in the old Royal Oak, MI Cemetery. I'm stuck on where he came from in NY...it could be Genesse County but I don't know. I know Joseph came to MI as a young child and at one time was Postmaster of Royal Oak, MI. Can anyone help in this search?

Email: ppotter808


Looking for information on the famiy of Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth is on the 1850 MI Oakland Co, Avon Census, p 18:
Elizabeth Taylor, 43, b England, farmer, 1500
Samuel, 19, b England, farmer
Ann, 19, b England
Mary, 16, b MI
Elizabeth, 15, b MI
Harriet, 12, b MI
Martha, 10, b MI
Albin Gibson, 21, b NY

It appears that the family must have immigrated between 1830-1832; husband died bef 1850. By 1860 Samuel is married to Laura Morrill and has sisters Ann and Harriet living with him in Pontiac, Oakland Co, MI

Email: ljvhp@comcast.net


Looking for information about the family of Laura Morrill, b abt 1830. She may have been the daughter of Abner and Sarah Morrill⁄Morrell who were in Pontiac in the mid-1800's. Laura married Samuel Taylor in 1852.

Email: ljvhp@comcast.net





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