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Barry County, MI
Obituaries and Death Notices 

AUGUSTA - Funeral services for John W. Allison, 32 (sic.), of Johnstown township, Barry county, who died Wednesday in his home, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Bedford church. The Rev. J. C. Schull of Battle Creek will be in charge. Burial will be in Bedford. Mr. Allison was born Dec. 22, in Ohio, son of  Mr. and Mrs. William Allison, and had been living in Johnstown township 16 years. He was a farmer. Surviving are the widow, Barbara; two sons, Everett of Columbus, O., and Earl of Bedford; two daughters, Mrs. Roy Wagerly of Gennie near East Tawas and Mrs. Charles Belden of Bedford.; a brother Desilbra, of Millersburg, O., nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren [Battle Creek Enquirer, (Thursday, 13 Apr 1939) transcribed by NEB]

BAIRD, Matthew
Was Fulton's Engineer.
The Hudson-Fulton celebration in New York recalls the fact that in Riverside cemetery in Hastings lies buried Matthew Baird, an engineer and machinist who helped Robert Fulton build the first steamboat. The machinery was all made by hand, and without the use of lathes. Baird was the engineer of the Clermont, Fulton's first steamboat on her trial trip on the Hudson. Baird lived in Hastings in the early days, and a few of his descendants live at the present time in the southern part of Barry County. He died about 50 years ago, aged over 80 years. He was a prominent member of the Hastings Masonic lodge and he is buried in the lot owned by the fraternity in Riverside. [Belding Banner. (Belding, Mich.), 30 Sept. 1909]

BRONSON, Amelia T.
HASTINGS - Mrs. Amelia T. Bronson, 95, oldest resident of Hastings and one of the oldest in Barry county, died Thursday evening in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Butler Smith, in Hastings township. Mrs. Bronson was born in New York state and came to Hastings in 1848 in a covered wagon with her parents. She was the widow of Henry C. Bronson, a Civil War veteran from Barry county who died 11 years ago. A member of the Seventh-day Adventist church for more than 50 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Butler Smith of Hastings township and Mrs. Elf Henry of Lacey; two sons, Charles H. of Grand Junction, Col., and Eli of Hastings; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Leonard funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery. [Battle Creek Enquirer, (Friday, 28 Jan 1938) transcribed by NEB]

William Burroughs, well remembered by the now living early settlers of Kalamazoo county, and the last living old-time stage driver of this section, died yesterday of old age at his home in Johnstown township, Barry county. Mr. Burroughs frequenty drove on the stage line between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, and was a close friend of the late William G. Patterson of Kalamazoo, who was one of the owners of the lines and who occasionally delighted in himself mounting the stage box and bowling the four-horse teams over the roads on their trips. Mr. Burroughs has resided in Barry county nearly 60 years. He and Hiram Merrill, life long friends and brothers-in-law, and known to their wide circle of friends as "Bill and Hi" drove the stage between Hastings and Battle Creek in the late forties and early fifties. Hiram Merrill died at an advanced age in April.
Mr. Burroughs was born in Cayuga county, N. Y., August 22, 1829. He came to Sturgis Prairie in Michigan while very young. His first experience in driving a public conveyance was in 1841, when he carried the malls between Jonesville and Marshall. He afterwards moved to Battle Creek. A road had been opened from Battle Creek to Hastings in 1840. At that time Patterson and Ward, a firm composed of W. G. Patterson of Kalamazoo and John K. Ward of Battle Creek, was operating a line of stages from Battle Creek to Kalamazoo, thence via Gull Prairie, now Richland to Yankee Springs Tavern, Middleville, Whitneyville, now Calendonia, to Grand Rapids. The firm inaugurated in 1848 a stage line from Battle Creek to Hastings. The first driver was Merrill, and Burroughs was employed later. Both men took up adjoining 40 acre tracts of wilderness and married sisters. They converted wilderness in to fine farms and resided as neighbors for 40 years. Mr. Burroughs always recalled with pleasure the pioneer days, and cherished as a memento a unique promissory note which shows the faith in humanity in the early days. Every day he stopped at a tavern kept in the southern part of Barry county by William P. Bristol. Being in need of money, Mr. Burroughs made his wants known to Mrs. Bristol. For the following note he received the needed funds: " I promise to pay to William P. Bristol $100 as soon as God will let me get it. (Signed) William Burroughs." [Contributed by Tam Inman - Date: 28 Jul 1911; Kalamazoo Gazette Page: 6]

d. in Hope, Feb. 9, 1852, in the 45th year of his age. [Michigan Christian Herald, FEB 26, 1852]

Orson Dunham of Mayview, Ks., while his son Walter, living south of Nashville, Barry county, was stricken with paralysis and died immediately.  He was for many years a respected resident there. [Weekly Expositor. (Brockway Centre, Mich.), 16 Sept. 1886]

ELLIS, Mrs. Whiting
Mrs. Whiting Ellis, a highly respected resident of Assyria and a pioneer of Barry county, died Wednesday morning of typhoid pneumonia.  [Grand Rapids Morning Telegram. (Grand Rapids, Mich.), 23 Feb. 1885]

Hastings, Mich., Jan. 15. - Two men. James Townsend, 83, of this city, Barry county pioneer, and Jacob Freeland, 73, of Freeport, dropped dead last night soon after they had finished shoveling the heavy snow off their walks. A little grandson found Mr. Townsend's body. Mr. Freeland died seated in his home. Hastings received its first mail and saw its first train in three days Monday afternoon, all communication having been cut off by the storm. [Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot Pg 1 Date: 1918-01-15 transcribed by Tam Inman]

GREBE, John A.
John A. Grebe, a leading business man of Hastings, died of heart disease Wednesday. [Alma Record. (Alma, Mich.), 03 April 1891]

HALE, Esther
d. in Carlton, Barry Co., July 6, 1852, ae 63y. [Michigan Christian Herald,  AUG 19, 1852]

HALE, Israel
d. in Castleton, Sept. 29, 1852, ae 69y. [Michigan Christian Herald, OCT 28, 1852]

HARRY, Stella
HASTINGS - Mrs. Stella Harry, 59, a lifetime resident of Barry county, died at her residence, 438 East Green, at 6:30 p.m. Monday. She had been in poor health for about eight months, and recently returned from the University of Michigan hospital at Ann Arbor, where she was undergoing treatment. Mrs. Harry was born Dec. 18, 1878. She is survived by her husband, Milo; two daughters, Mrs. Velma Allerding and Mrs. Etta Landon, both of Hastings; and a son, Dale, of Negaunee. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday from the residence. Burial will be in the Bellevue cemetery. Other arrangements have not been completed. [Battle Creek Enquirer, (Tuesday, 19 Oct 1937) transcribed by NEB]

HASTINGS, Richard E.
HASTINGS - Richard E. Foreman, 56, a life-long resident of Barry county, died in Bronson hospital, Kalamazoo, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday following an operation for appendicitis. He wa born in Rutland township Nov. 6, 1881, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Foreman, widely known Rutland township farmers. Mr. Foreman was maintenance superintendent for the Barry County road commission for nearly 10 years serving until a few years ago. Surviving are the widow, Nellie, one son, Paul of Hastings, one daughter, Mrs. Ellis Daniels of Kalamazoo, and Rex, Don and Maurice, all of Hastings. He was a member of Barry lodge No. 13, Knights of Pythias. Funeral announcement will be made later. [Battle Creek Enquirer, (Wednesday, 31 Mar 1937) transcribed by NEB]

HUFF, Rosa
HASTINGS - Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Huff, 58, a native of Barry county, who died here Sunday after a brief illness will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Rupert funeral home. The Rev. D. M. Wells of Detroit and the Rev. Richard VanderRoest of Vicksburg will be in charge. Services also will be at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. Huff was born near Hastings March 26, 1885, and returned here from New York state three years ago.  She had been a member of the Free Methodist church since she was 10. Her husband died several years ago in the east. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Melba Lewis of Marshall and Mrs. Marie Harrison of Detroit; six grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Amice M. Cappy of Vicksburg; two brothers, Clarence of Coopersville and Fred of Long lake, near here. [Battle Creek Enquirer, (Tuesday, 19 Oct 1937)) transcribed by NEB]

HYATT, Reuben
Reuben Hyatt fell in front of a mower at Nashville, Mich., and was cut to pieces. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN), Oct. 5, 1892, page 2; Sub. by R. Line]

d. in Woodland, Jan. 27, 1853, ae 69y. and 8 m. He was from Addison Co., Vt. [Michigan Christian Herald, FEB 17 1853]

HARWOOD, Alpheus
d. in Thornapple, July 29, 1858, born in Palmyra, Wayne Co., N.Y., Dec. 3, 1796; removed to Cataraugus Co., N.Y. Removed to Thornapple in 1850. [Michigan Christian Herald,  SEP 9, 1858]

HARWOOD, Mrs. Alpheus (Harriet)
d. in Thornapple, Dec. 23, 1856, ae 60 y. She was dau. of the Rev. Solomon Goodale, of Bristol, Ontario Co., N.Y. [Michigan Christian Herald, JAN 15, 1857]

HEARIMAN, Mrs. George (Myra Cowles)
d. in Johnstown, June 3, 1855, dau. of Jason Cowles, ae 26 y. [Michigan Christian Herald, JUL 12, 1855]

HEATH, Henry
Henry Heath a well known citizen of Hastings, died the other evening from suffocation, caused by the closing of the glottis through swelling from erysipelas.  [The Lake County Star. (Chase, Mich.), 09 April 1885. ]

F.P. Johnson, one of the first settlers of Barry county, died a few days ago. [The Lake County star. (Chase, Mich.), 29 Aug. 1889]

KEASTON, Alonzo Ezra
d. 09 May 1910, Hastings MI
Class of 1879- born 8 Nov 1854, E. Calais, Vt. Lawyer. Mayor of Hastings MI, 1892-96. (Source: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1909-1910, Hanover, N.H. Transcribed by K. Mohler)

LAMB, Julia A. H.
d. in Castleton, Aug. 9, 1852, dau. of Elder Samuel and Adaline W. Lamb, ae 7y. [Michigan Christian Herald, AUG 26, 1852]

Thomas Laurenson, who formerly lived here with his sister, Mrs. A. Taylor, but who for several years has lived with her at Hastings, died at that place and was brought here for burial in the Tucker cemetery Tuesday. [The True Northerner. (Paw Paw, Mich.), 03 Feb. 1905]

Marion Nellie Marshall, formerly of Nashville, Mich., died in this city Sunday afternoon at 4:40 o’clock, at the age of 65 years. She is survived by two daughters, Miss Alla Marshall, of Kalamazoo, and Mrs. C. R. Cobb, of Bessemer, Mich.; a son, Grover Marshall, of Nashville, and three sisters, Mrs. Barbara Marshall, Mrs. James Hemmel and Mrs. John Mennard, all of Nashville. Funeral announcements will be made later. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (12 Mar. 1917) tr. by MZ]

PENNOCK, Ebenezer
Hastings:  Ebenezer Pennock, 94 years old, Barry county pioneer, died in the Pennock hospital in this city, an institution made possible by his own generosity. [The Yale Expositor. (Yale, St. Clair County, Mich.), 02 Aug. 1917]

POLLY, David
d. in Barry, Jan. 10, 1856 ae 42. Born in Cayuga Co., removed to Ohio in 1836. Came to Michigan in 1850. [Michigan Christian Herald, JAN 24, 1856]

SLATER, Mrs. Leonard (Mary French)
d. at the Ottawa Mission Station, June 7, 1850, in the 51st year of her life. [Michigan Christian Herald, JUL 4 1850 2:7 3:1]

SOULES, Friend
Friend Soules, aged 84 years, Barry county pioneer and civil war veteran, died of injuries received in falling down stairs.  Soules was several times wounded in the Petersburg siege where he conducted himself with such bravery that he was promoted to a liutenancy.  He enlisted in Emmet county. [The Owosso times. (Owosso, Mich.), 02 March 1917]

SPALDING, Mrs. B. W. (Susan B. A.)
d. in Prairieville, April 6, 1852, dau. of Archibald S. and Lydia Allen, formerly of Hartwick, Otsego Co., N.Y., ae 20y and 9 m. [[Michigan Christian Herald, APR 15, 1852]

d. in Thorn Apple, May 5, 1858. Born in Conn. In 1783; moved to Mass. In 1793; to Conn. In 1795; to Murry, N.Y., in 1815; in 1848 to Michigan. [Michigan Christian Herald, JUNE 3, 1858]

Hastings, Mich., Jan. 15. - Two men. James Townsend, 83, of this city, Barry county pioneer, and Jacob Freeland, 73, of Freeport, dropped dead last night soon after they had finished shoveling the heavy snow off their walks. A little grandson found Mr. Townsend's body. Mr. Freeland died seated in his home. Hastings received its first mail and saw its first train in three days Monday afternoon, all communication having been cut off by the storm.[Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot Pg 1 Date: 15 Jan 1918; tr. by Tam Inman]

WEEKS, Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Through the death of Ralph Emerson Weeks in the University Hospital, Ann Arbor, on Thursday afternoon, July 18th, Brighton lost one of its most influential citizens. Ralph Weeks, the son of Schuyler and Emily Beattie Weeks, was born October 20, 1878, on his father's farm near Sunfield, Mich. One of five brothers, he spent his boyhood in the manner of a typical farm boy-assisting in the farm work and attending school. At the age of 18, he went to LaCross, Indiana to stay with his eldest brother, Herman, and study telegraphy. His first position was with the Pennsylvania Railroad system at LaCross, and later at Gas City, Indiana. Returning to Michigan, he was placed by the Pere Marquette as telegraph operator at McCords," (Obituary incomplete) ["The Brighton", c. March 1914; Contributed by "MMH"]

WEEKS, Schuyler
"Agent Weeks' Father Dead SCHUYLER WEEKS, father of our station agent R. E. WEEKS, and who has been living with him here since August last, died Saturday, March 14, aged nearly 82 years. Mr. WEEKS was born in Lorain county, Ohio, April 27, 1832 and on September 5, 1867 was married to Miss EMILY A. BEATTIE. At that time they moved to a farm near Sunfield, Mich. where they lived until the time of her death in 1906. Since then Mr. WEEKS has made his home with his children. He leaves five sons and fifteen grandchildren. The remains were taken to Woodville near Woodbury Monday when funeral was held and interment made." [Woodland News, c. March 1914]
** Second Obituary
Schuyler Weeks was born in Lorain county, Ohio, April 27, 1832, died at the home of his son Ralph in Brighton, Mich., March 14, 1914, aged 81 years 10 months and 13 days. He was united in marriage to Miss EMILY A. BEATTIE Sept. 5, 1867, and moved to Michigan May 1, 1873, and has lived continuously on the old homestead, southwest of Sunfield until the death of Mrs. WEEKS in Sept. 1906. Since that time he has made his home with his children. The funeral was held at the Kilpatrick church, of which church he had been a faithful member for more than 40 years, at 2 p. m. March 16, and was well attended by many of his old friends who had grown old in the church as well as in the community. He was always a kind and loving Father and will be greatly missed by his children. We believe that he is in Heaven with Mother now, and that our loss is his gain. Mr. WEEKS is survived by 4 brothers, 5 sisters, 5 sons and 15 grandchildren.
Card of Thanks
We desire to thank our many friends for the kindness shown us at the funeral of our beloved Father. We wish to especially thank those who furnished conveyances to meet us at the train in Woodbury, also the singers and others who assisted at the funeral. HERMAN, CLARENCE, WILBUR, RALPH and ORLANDO WEEKS.
Card of Thanks
We desire to thank our many friends and neighbors for the kindness they have shown us during the sickness of our beloved father. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. WEEKS

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