Muskegon County, MI,Posted Queries
Muskegon County, MI

Posted Queries for February thru April 1997


Surnames: FORS

Researcher: Janet Fors Muir
Date posted: Tuesday, February 11, 1997
John Fors (born Johan Johansson Forsnas, in Kronoby, Finland; Jan. 20, 1857), immigrated to the US in about 1881. Settled in Muskegon. Married Anna L. Lundquist (immigrated from Beijar, Vaasa County, Finland in 1880). They had 9 children, the last born in 1910. John died 1931 in Muskegon. Searching for other family members who may have immigrated as well


Researcher: Mark Shaffer
Date posted: Saturday, February 15, 1997
Charles H. SHAFFER 1849-1930 inventor and mechanical engineer, President of the Electric Alarm Company Nettie M. SHAFFER nee SLY 1855-1928 Harry Clinton SHAFFER 1871-1902 Pianist, Music Teacher Amy S. TROTT nee SHAFFER 1875-1967 Pianist, Music Teacher, Director of the Shaffer School of Music, Treasurer of the Muskegon Women's Club Frederick Lincoln TROTT 1897-1939 Telephone & Light Companies, Postal Clerk, Boy Scout leader Jackson Troop 39 Harold Sidney Shaffer 1890-1957 editor Muskegon Chronicle, realtor, singer Harriet Lorene Shaffer 1893-1926 Pianist, Music Teacher, Director of the Shaffer School of Music Charles + Nettie>>Harry, Amy Harold-nephew, Harriet-niece

Surnames: GAFFIELD

Researcher: Doris White
Date posted: Sunday, March 16, 1997
I am looking for information on my g grandfather Elgin B. Gaffield. He was born in Muskegon in 1872. His parents names were Charles and Irene (Hayner) Gaffield. Any information on him would be appreciated.

Surnames: LISCO

Researcher: Tom Lisco
Date posted: Sunday, March 16, 1997
Looking for info on George S. Lisco, living in Whitehall in 1879. George died 9/9/1881, exact location unknown, believed to be in a lumber camp in Muskegon


Researcher: Deb Kuehne
Date posted: Sunday, March 23, 1997
I am looking for info on some families that spent some time in Muskegon Co. Some did move on th Kent Co., but others may have stayed. My ggggrandfather was Andrew Mervau b 1 Jan 1827, place unknown. He m Clara FRISCHETTE (dau of Michael FRISCHETTE; b 17 AUG 1834) sometime 1850- 1854. My gggrandfather, Henry Albert, was b 15 Jul 1855 in Muskegon. Other siblings in the family were George, Amanda, Charles, Sarah, and Joseph. I have birth dates for them, but no places. Henry Albert eventually arrived in Grand Rapids, dying there on 31 Mar 1919. Any additional help on either the Mervau or Frischette line would be appreciated! I'd be willing to share info.


Researcher: Robert A. Griffin
Date posted: Sunday, March 23, 1997
Seeking any information on the family of Hubert SCHROEDER b:abt 1857; m:Christina HOOS(HOPPE?)b:abt.1858. Both believed to have been born in Prussia an emigrated to Muskegon. Children born in Muskegon: Libby 1877, Lodisa 1879, Edward 1880, Kathrine Anne 10/6/1883, Carl, Clara, Edith, George, Hubert, Walter. Later residence in Muskegon was at 59 Division.


Researcher: Ann White
Date posted: Tuesday, March 25, 1997
CHARLES STRATTON CLOVER came to Muskegon in 1888. He died in 1940. Owned and operated the Clover Foundry. His wife's name was Harriet Ann. Am also researching Bogema. John Bogema married Minnie Oosting in Muskegon. Minnie was born 11-1873 in the Netherlands and I believe came to US shortly after. She died in 1959 in Muskegon. I know nothing about John Bogema except he and a brother owned and operated a neighborhood grocery store.


Researcher: Rose Marie Guthrie
Date posted: Sunday, March 30, 1997
Seeking information regarding the surnames Avery and Averill of Muskegon Co, MI. Looking for Ida Mae Averill/ Avery born about 1863. Father maybe Samuel or James but are not limited to . Sisters include Minnie who married Fred Robinson and Dixie who married _? Barnum. Mother may have been of Native American origins. Ida Mae married David Doremire about 1882 in Kalamazoo, MI. Wm Averill claimed a daughter, Ida, in the 1870 census of Ottawa Co. He moved to Muskegon and died about 1920. He had a brother Mortimer? Information on this family would be helpful.


Researcher: Jeanne Browning
Date posted: Saturday, April 5, 1997
Looking for information on a Mrs Vandenberg Drost Peters, Mother of Reka Vandenberg who married Garrit Bode. She should have been born around 1840 and lived around Holland/Fremont area. Want first name, dates, and parents, and her three husband's full names.

Surnames: OSBORN

Researcher: Gordon Hammerstrom
Date posted: Friday, April 11, 1997
Looking for information on my greatgrandparents John and Samantha (Butterfield)Osborn who were in Muskegon Co during the last half of the 1880's. John was a tanner by trade. He was killed by a falling tree in 1873. They had six children, Rollin, Romelia, Rudolphus, John, Romeo and Moses, who was my grandfather, I know Samantha, Romeo, Romelia and Moses ended up in North Dakota. I'm seeking connections to the other children.. Thanks for any information.


Researcher: Donald W. Turner
Date posted: Sunday, April 13, 1997
I am looking for a Charles DAVIS who lived in or around Six-Corners in either Ottawa or Muskegon County. His wife would have been Nancy Jane Pettibone and his children would be Jane Elizabeth, Alice, Electa, Frank, and Jennie that I know of. Nancy died 10 days after giving birth to Jennie b. March 21,1863. He later remarried to Mary Jane VanAulstyne and had 5 children, Harlan in Michigan and 4 others after moving to Arkansas. Both his daughters Alice and Electa married HAMMONDs, while Jane Elizabeth married Alleine WILLIAMS Jr. A grandchild Charles Dewitt Hammond shot and killed the gangster Dutch Anderson in Muskegon October 31, 1925. He was a policeman and died in the apprehension. I would love to have contact with anyone knowing anything on these lines, or anybody who is a descendant of Alleine Williams or either of the Hammonds families. Thanks.


Researcher: P. Benoit
Date posted: Sunday, April 13, 1997
Nicholas Savage came to area around 1878? Married Johanna Noonan. Both immigrated from Ireland. The spelling of the last name was changed at some time to Savidge.


Researcher: Homer Thiel
Date posted: Thursday, April 17, 1997
I am collecting information on all of the Rollenhagen families of Muskegon and Newaygo Counties. I have traced the families back to Martin Rollenhagen (b. 1770s in Prussia) and would like to hear from others with Rollenhagen connections.


Researcher: Maryanne deMilliano
Date posted: Wednesday, April 23, 1997
I am looking for information on ALBERT BOUCHER and his Wife, MARIE nee COUTU (COUTIE?)from Quebec, County of Joliette, Parish of St. Elizabeth, in the late 1800's. MARIE had a Brother named ALEXIS. ALBERT and MARIE BOUCHER had five children, namely, ROBERT JOSEPH, WOODROW ALBERT, GLENNA MAE, LOUIS GORDON, MOSES, MARIE ALICE and ALVIN THOMAS. ALBERT and MARIE moved to CHICAGO, ILLINOIS in the early 1900's. ALBERT's Parents are believed to be: JOSEPH ALBERT BOUCHER and GENSIEARE nee HANLE BERTHIER. MARIE'S Prarents are believed to be PIERRE COUTU and JOSEPHINE nee ROCHEVILLE.


Researcher: Karrie
Date posted: Saturday, April 26, 1997
Searching for info on Nellie Della KNOWLES, daughter of Tom Knowles. Tom was an undertaker and possibly a store owner in Walkerville, MI. Nellie was probably born in Walkerville. She married Ariel GLEASON (son of Archibald& Clarissa [BEAL] Gleason) who was originally from Ohio. Ariel came to Newaygo Co. in 1865. Ariel & Nellie's son Archie Edward Gleason was born in 1895 in Volney, MI. I believe that Nellie had a half brother named Charles. I would like birth & death dates for Nellie, Tom and Ariel. Also looking for Nellie's birth mother with her dates. News articles and references to Tom KNOWLES' store would also be wonderful. Also researching Leona (or Leana) WAKEFIELD, b. Feb 1853 in New York. She married Charles Newville (b. 17 MAR 1848 NY; d. 07 MAR 1904 in Newaygo Co). Leona gave birth to at least 7 children, the youngest of whom (Mary b.12 Apr 1897) was born at Klondike. The couple first lived near Ravenna and later in Cole Creek a while. I'm looking for Leona's date & place of death; any news articles or other literature mentioning her or her husband & children; names of her parents.


Researcher: Karri
Date posted: Tuesday, April 29, 1997
I'm looking for information on the life of Sylvenus NEWVILLE (b. 01 MAY 1820 in New York; d. 03 OCT 1884 in Muskegon County). I'd like to know about his occupation, religion and home life, so any articles or photos would be wonderful! He was married to Julia A. FULLER (b. 07 OCT 1828 New York; d. 06 OCT 1898 in Michigan). I would like to find out the names of her parents and their dates. Julia & Sylvenus had 10 children: Charles (b. 17 MAR 1848; d. 07 MAR 1904); John A.(b. 25 JUL 1846; d.1922); George b.1849; Mary b.1853; James b. 1854; William b.1858; Ellen b. 1859; Alice b.1864; William b.1865; and Ellen b.1867. Information on Charles' life would be appreciated. Sylvenus' father was John Newville (b. 01 JAN 1792 in VT; d. 19 APR in Maplewood Cty, IN) and his mother's name was Helenor. I would appreciate any stories, or articles, or any other info for that matter, telling of the lives of these people.


Researcher: Charles L. Holter
Date posted: Wednesday, April 30, 1997
I am looking for sisters and brothers of Ella M. Postl Holter and Francis Postl Bourdon. All are deceased. They were born in MN and both died while living in Muskegon. (bef 1990). Francis was married to Norman Bourdon and they lived by Heritage Landing overlooking the Muskegon Channel. It is my understanding that Norman's family had a mill somewhere along Muskegon Lake. Any historical information would be appreciated. I have just begun to research my family and have considerable lineage of my mother's family (both sides) and my father's family (his father's side). I am having trouble finding out my grandmother's side of the family (Ella Postl Holter). Please email me with any information.

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