Tuesday Treasure | September 14, 2010

A couple of months ago, my wife’s Harvey family had a family get-together. Her grandfather, Wayne Harvey, died last December, and there were lots of old photos being passed around. As we were leaving, I gathered most of the photos to take home and scan. I also grabbed an old scrapbook.

I finally pulled the photos out yesterday and spent some time scanning. I then began to leaf through the pages of the scrapbook. It appears to have been put together by my wife’s great grandmother, Martha (Musbach) Harvey, Wayne’s mom. It contains page after page of family and friend-related newspaper clippings from the early 1900’s to the mid 1940’s. The Harveys and Musbachs lived in the areas between Jackson and Chelsea, MI.

What a treasure trove of information! Articles announcing weddings, deaths, anniversaries and family get-togethers. I spent the next several hours adding dates and places and other facts to people in my family tree, and also discovering some new names and stories that I knew nothing of.

I’ve really enjoyed leafing through the scrapbook and immersing myself in the happenings of the Harvey and Musbach families, and their friends, as they went about their daily lives during the first half of the 20th century.

Streets and Signs

It’s neat to come across streets that were named in honor of my families’ ancestors. It’s adds to their stories and certainly indicates that they were well thought of in their communities! He are some pictures of the street signs I’ve found.

The first one is located in Plymouth, MA. Bradford Street is named after one of my most famous ancestors, Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He is my ninth great grandfather.

My wife’s maiden name is Harvey. Harvey Road, in Jackson Co., MI, is named after her great grandfather Herbert Harvey, who farmed there.

Another ancestral line of my wife’s is Notten. Her third great grandfather, Ehlert Notten, came to America from England and farmed in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI.

My 4th great grandfather, Isaac Ormsbee, settled in north of Greenfield, near Porter Corners, Saratoga Co., NY in 1796. The old family cemetery is along Ormsbee Rd.

Musbach Rd. in Washtenaw County, MI, is name after my wife’s Musbach family, who farmed nearby.

Hienrich Heinke, my 2nd great grandfather settled and farmed in Royalton Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

My wife’s 2nd great grandfather, Damien Heim, came from Germany and settled in Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI

This last one wasn’t exactly named after one of my family members (at least we haven’t proven it yet). Thibeau Voiland came to America from Cravanche, Belfort, France and settle in Erin Twp. (Roseville), Macomb Co., MI.

I also descend from Voilands who came from an area very close to Cravanche, but we haven’t been able to connect the two families! Maybe the addition of the sign here with help to prove or disprove the connection.

Surname Sunday | HARVEY

Our Harvey family emigrated from England about 1860. George Harvey and his wife, Elizabeth Lowden, settled in Leoni Twp., Jackson Co., MI, on property located at the corner of present day Wooster and Seymore Roads. Their son, Herbert, who is my wife’s great grandfather, bought the Musbach farm on Harvey Rd., Jackson Co. The farm remained in the family until their son Wayne sold it in 1970.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | July 19 – July 25, 2009

Joseph Perrin – Born July 19, 1765 in Essert, Belfort, France. He married Marie Anne Courre. Joseph is my 4th great grandfather.

Martha Anne Musbach – Born July 21, 1879 in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI. She married Herbert Harvey in 1904. They farmed on Harvey Rd. in Jackson Co. Martha died on November 21, 1951 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co., MI and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Washtenaw Co. She is my wife’s great grandmother.

May Belle Cook – born July 23, 1907 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA. She died in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE on November 5, 1923 and is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Omaha. May is my 1st cousin, once removed.

James Cole – Born July 25, 1600 in St. Giles, Cripplegate, Highland, London, England. He married Mary Tibbes in 1625. He was the first settler of and lived upon what is still known as “Cole’s Hill” in Plymouth, MA. He opened the first inn or public house in Plymouth. James died in Plymouth on January 31, 1697/98. He is my 9th great grandfather.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | May 31 – June 6, 2009

Leonhard Seybold and Katherine (Protz) Seybold – Arrive at Castle Garden in New York City on board the ship “New Orleans” on June 2, 1857. Leonhard and Katherine are my 2nd great grandparents.

Reuben M. Gage – Born June 1, 1767 in Southeast, Dutchess Co., NY. He married Azuba Hoyt in about 1795. Reuben died on January 16, 1845 in Benton Center, Yates Co., NY and is buried in Bellone Cemetery, Bellona, Benton, Yates Co., NY. Reuben is my wife’s 4th great grandfather.

Heinrich (Friedrick) Heinke and Maria Elizabeth Schroebke – Married on June 1, 1855. They are my 2nd great grandparents.

James Dickinson Bradley and Tirzah H. Lankton – Married June 5, 1820. They are my wife’s 3rd great grandparents.

Francis “Frank” Heller – Died May 31, 1945 in Montello, Marquette Co., WI. Frank was born on March 19, 1878 in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. He married Catherine Jackowski on September 26, 1905 in Princeton. Frank is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Montello. He is my great grandfather.

Isaac Cleveland – Died June 3, 1626 in St. Stephen, Ipswich, Suffolk, England. He was born on January 1, 1583/84 in Ipswich. Isaac married Alice. He is my 9th great grandfather.

Nelson Alonzo Harris – Died on June 4, 1886 in Waldo, Alachua Co., FL and is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Waldo. He was born on July 16, 1822 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. Nelson married Louisa Marie Cleveland on April 27, 1844 in Cherry Valley, Ashtabula Co., OH. He is my 2nd great grandfather.

Elizabeth Notten – Died June 6, 1905 in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI and is buried in Salem Grove Cemetery, Grass Lake, Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI. She was born on April 4, 1843 in New York. Elizabeth married John Jacob Musbach on January 4, 1864. She is my wife’s 2nd great grandfather.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | May 24 – May 30, 2009

Joseph Voiland and his wife, Felicitée Marie (Sadie) Romond, arrive in New York City from France on May 27, 1857. Joseph and Sadie are my 2nd great grandparents.

Katherine Protz – Born May 24, 1833 in Württemberg, Germany. She married Leonhard Seybold in 1857. Katherine died on July 15, 1910 in Brillion Twp., Calumet Co., WI and is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Calumet County. She is my 2nd great grandmother.

Hezekiah Newcomb – Born May 26, 1693 in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay. He married Jerusha Bradford on Movember 14, 1716 in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut Colony. Hezekiah died on August 15, 1772 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut Colony and is buried in the Trumbull Cemetery in Lebanon. He is my 6th great grandfather.

Joseph Bradley – Born May 27, 1770 in Haverhill, Essex Co, Province of Massachusetts Bay. He married Mirriam Currie on September 29, 1798 in Haverhill. Joseph died on July 23, 1845 in Haverhill. He is my wife’s 4th great grandfather.

Ezra Cleveland – Born May 30, 1726 in Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut Colony. He married Jerusha Newcomb in May, 1745. He died on November 7, 1802 in Hartford Co., CT and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Jefferson Co., NY. Ezra is my 5th great grandfather.

John Jacob Musbach – Born May 30, 1839 in Württemberg, Germany. He married Elizabeth Notten on January 4, 1864. John Jacob died on April 22, 1905 in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co. MI and is buried in Salem Grove Cemetery, Grass Lake, Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI. He is my wife’s 2nd great grandfather.

Herbert Harvey – Born May 30, 1879 in Leoni Twp., Jackson Co., MI. He married Martha Anne Musbach on March 9, 1904 in Lansing, Ingham Co., MI. Herbert died on March 3, 1949 in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., MI. He is my wife’s great grandfather.

Alice Carpenter and Edward Southworth – Married May 28, 1613 in Leyden, Holland. Alice is my 9th great grandmother.

Patience Chase – Died May 26, 1820 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY and is buried in the Ormsbee Cemetery on the Ormsbee Farm near Porters Corners, Saratoga County. She was born in February 10, 1767 and married Isaac Ormsbee on February 8, 1789 in Warren, Bristol Co., RI. Patience is 4th great grandmother.

Elizabeth Fuhrman – Died May 27, 1964 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac. She was born on June 22, 1874 in Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac County. Elizabeth married John Hau on June 12, 1900 in Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co. She is my great grandmother.

Nancy Ormsbee – Died May 28, 1881 in Greenleaf, Brown Co., WI and is buried in Cato Heights Cemetery, Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI. She was born on April 6, 1796 in Barrington, Bristol Co., RI. Nancy married John Earl Harris on November 1, 1820 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. She is my 3rd great grandmother.

Reuben Gage – Died May 29, 1892 in Chelsea, Washtenaw Co., MI and is buried in Vermont Cemetery, Chelsea. He was born August 20, 1819 in Benton, Yates Co., NY and married Fanny Parker on December 31, 1839. Reuben in my wife’s 3rd great grandfather.

Elizabeth Lowden – Died May 30, 1884 in Leoni Twp., Jackson Co., MI and is buried in Harrington Cemetery, Henrietta Twp., Jackson County. She was born on February 28, 1838 in England and married George Harvey in 1859 in England. Elizabeth is my wife’s 2nd great grandmother.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | April 19 – April 25, 2009

Joseph Benjamin II – Born April 19, 1673 in Yarmouth, Plymouth Colony. He died in June 1738 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony. Joseph married Elizabeth Cooke on August 25, 1698 in Preston. He is my 7th great grandfather.

Katarzyna (Catherine) Cujak – Born April 20, 1823 in Pozen, Poland. She died on March 28, 1914 in Mecan Twp., Marquette Co., WI and is buried in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. She married Stephen Soda in 1840 in Poland. Catherine is my 3rd great grandmother.

John Jacob Musbach – Died April 22, 1905 in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI and is buried in Salem Grove Cemetery, Grass Lake, Sylvan Twp., Washtenaw Co., MI. He was born on May 30, 1839 in Wurtemburg, Germany. John Jacob is my wife’s 2nd great grandfather.

The above is based on information from several sources and isn’t fully verified at this time.

Tuesday Treasure | April 14, 2009

This hand corn planter belonged to my wife’s great grandfather, Herbert Harvey. Herbert’s farm was located on Harvey Rd. in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI. He bought the farm from Elhert Musbach, his brother-in-law, in the early 1900s. Herbert’s initials are carved in the back of the planter.

Hand Corn Planter - Herbert Harvey c.1900

Hand Corn Planter - Herbert Harvey c.1900

Herbert Harvey's Initials

Herbert Harvey's Initials

This planter was patented in the 1890’s and manufactured by the Sheffield Manufacturing Company of Burr Oak, MI. Earlier in his career, George Sheffield built gasoline and battery powered passenger cars for street, interurban and steam railways with his company, the Sheffield Velocipede Car Company.