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Barry County, MI
Obituaries and Death Notices 

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]

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]

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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