Livingston County Michigan






BALL, Catherine (Powers) BALL, William E. BARNARD, Arristeen BEEMER, Norma Jean (Rife)
BENEDICT, Amy (Church) BENEDICT, Omar H. BENJAMIN, George D. BIDWELL, Louis H.
BIDWELL, Millie (Houghtaling)  BINGHAM, Hon. Kinsley S. BLIVEN, Martin H. BLIVEN, Maude H. (Houghtaling)
BRANCH, Henry A.   BRANCH, ANNA (Hyne) BRIGGS, Henry C. BROWN, Neva Arlene  (Tandy)
BROWN, Roy BULLARD, Mildred Helena (Hyne) BURGESS, Grant S. BURKHART, Frank



The death of Mrs. William Ball at the family home in Hamburg, Monday January 31, 1916, aged 78 years marks the passing of one of the early pioneers of Livingston county. Mr. and Mrs. William Ball were among the foremost families in the county and took a deep interest in the welfare and the best interests of this community. The funeral services this Wednesday afternoon were attended by a large company of sympathizing friends and relatives, the profusion of floral offerings being especially noticeable.
Miss Catherine Powers was born in New York state in the year 1838 and her marriage to William Ball occurred in 1856. To them were born one son E. N. Ball now on the old farm and four daughters, Sara, now Mrs. Louis Saunders, Miss Julia Ball of Hamburg, Mrs. Henry Queal of Hamburg and Alice H.
The family who were well known and only in the county but throughout the state have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends and relatives in their bereavement.

BALL, William E.

Ann Arbor Mich., August 28 -- Hon. William Ball, of Hamburg, died this morning at 8:25 o'clock at the home of his cousin, Harris Ball, in this city.
The remains were taken to Hamburg this afternoon and the funeral will occur at 3 p.m. on Saturday from his late home near that village.
Mr. Ball was born in Niles, N.Y. on April 7, 1830. He came to Webster, Washtenaw county, with his father in 1836.  IN 1858 he purchased in Hamburg 147 acres, which comprise a portion of his present 300-acre farm. He was a leading farmer of the state, and was president of the Michigan Sheep Breeders' and Wool Growers' Association for a number of years. As a breeder of short horns and Spanish merinos he was well known.
He joined the Republican part at its birth. In 1863 he was supervisor of Hamburg. In 1864 and 1866 he was elected to the Michigan legislature, and in the '80s he was made state senator. He was elected president pro tem. of that body, and, upon the death of the lieutenant-governor, was made the active officer.  He has always been prominent in the councils of the party.
Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Friday, 20 Aug 1902

BARNARD, Arristeen (Curtis)

Mrs. Ely Barnard, a highly respected pioneer of Livingston County, died suddenly at Howell Friday morning from a second dose of morphine accidentally administered to allay pain, the first dose not having taken noticeable affect when the second was administered.
Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Saturday 13 Nov 1886

BEEMER, Norma Jean (Rife)

Of Milford, Dec. 6, 1992. Age 57. Beloved wife of Sydney, dear mother of Sheryl Kerr, Laura Williamson, Patricia Beemer, and Terry Beemer, three grandchildren, sister of Donna Judd, Ronald Rife and William Rife, step-daughter of Maxine Rife. Funeral 9:30 A.M. Friday, Dec. 10, Keehn Funeral Home 706 W. Main St., Brighton and to St. Patrick Church, Brighton at 10:00 A.M. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Fowlerville. Rosary 7:00 P.M. Thursday. Visitation 6:00-9:00 P.M. Wednesday, 12Noon-4:00 P.M. and 6:00-9:00 P.M. Thursday.
Source: Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan) Wednesday, 08 Jan 1992

BENEDICT, Amy (Church)

The funeral of Mrs. Benedict, the widow of the late Charles Benedict, of Genoa, took place at her daughter's residence, Mrs. Allison's in Putnam, last Friday. She was buried beside her husband in the Howell cemetery. She, with her husband, were among the early pioneers of Livingston county.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Thursday, 18 Oct 1888, pg 1


Omar H. Benedict, son of Charles Benedict was born in the township of Genoa, County of Livingston and State of Michigan, 1837. He passed on to another life February 3d, 1916. His boyhood days were marked with no eventful scenes, save being associated with Indians, and the rapid settlement of the country mostly by Eastern people. He lived to see the forests of out county from its beginnings converted into fruitful fields, and the roads known only by marked trees, up to the grand highways of today.
Leaving the farm at the age of 21 years he engaged with his brother, A. H. Benedict in the business of general merchandising in the village of Fowlerville, this county. After about two years he severed his business connections with his brother and again engaged in agriculture.
February 3d, 1863 he married Virginia A. Barnard, daughter of Hon. Eli Barnard, all deceased. He is survived by one son, Lynn E. Benedict and one daughter, Helen A. Benedict; also one sister, Mrs. F. W. Allison of Putnam, two brothers, A. H. Benedict of Cleveland, Ohio, Fred C. Benedict of Cheboygan, Michgian.
For thirty years while a resident of Howell he was engaged in the Insurance business. During all the years of his life he never indulged in the use of liquors, tobacco or profanity. He was honest and truthful to a fault. He was a great lover of nature, was also a believer in humanity and in a continued progress to higher conditions in the life beyond. In the Eden of his hope he did not believe in a world filled with pain and tears beyond the grave. He believed in perpetual youth.
The funeral services were held from the residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. L. S. Brooke of the Presbyterian church officiating.


George David Benjamin died at his home in Fowlerville, last Friday morning, June 21 after a long illness, aged 71 years. He was afflicted Decermber 28, 1904, with paralysis of the side which later spread to his brain making his condition such that somebody had to be with him at all times. He was a son of Wm. and Abigale Benjamin. Deceased was born in Yates county, N.Y., November 29, 1836.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday 03 Jul 1907, pg 1


HOWELL - Louis H. Bidwell, 82, o f 804 Spring St., Howell, died Monday at a Howell hospital after a short illness. Surviving are his wife, Millie; a daughter, Mrs. Donald Carter of Ohio; a brother, Donald and a sister, Miss Frances Bidwell, both of Detroit. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Schnackenberg Funeral Home, Howell. Burial will be in the Sanford Cemetery.
Source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Tuesday, 13 Sep 1966 pg. 5

BIDWELL, Millie (Houghtaling)
Millie Bidwell, 92, 804 Spring, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1977, at the McPherson Community Health Center, following a long illness. She was born January 25, 1885 in Cohoctah, a daughter of Lafayette and Diantha (Fisher) Houghtaling. She was married to Louis Bidwell who preceded her in death in 1966. Mrs. Bidwell moved back to Howell from Detroit in 1951. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Constance Carter, of Howell; a granddaughter, Mrs. Ronald (Erma) Pemberton of Howell, four great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mabel Legg of Pontiac. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, from the Schnackenberg Chapel of the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. William Cardwell Prout officiating. Burial was in Sanford Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Howell.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 17 Aug 1977. page 10

BINGHAM, Hon. Kinsley S.

The telegraph on Saturday night at a late hour announced the sad news that the Hon. Kinsley S. Bingham, one of the Senators in Congress from this state, died at his residence at Green Oak, on that day. His unexpected and sudden decease is reported to be by apoplexy. we cannot doubt the fact of his death, and in common with the large circle of his friends, we cannot but deplore the loss of one so true to duty in all the relations of neighborhood and domestic life, of so excellent an example as father, husband ad friend, so eminent in his patriotism and devotion to the interests of the State and the Nation. At such a crisis as the present, the loss of such a man from the public councils is especially to be deplored. No one has been more constant and persevering than he in resisting, for long years past, the downward tendency of the Federal Government under the pressure of the slave power and the dangerous doctrine of secession; and few have surpassed him in talent and eloquence in the efforts to arouse the free States to a sense of the impending danger. Indeed, a patriot has departed ; a wise and useful public servant has been taken from jus at a moment when we most need his counsel and his labors.  But the ways of Providence are inscrutable, and those who knew him and loved him, those who looked with hope and loved him, those who looked with hope and confidence to his high talents and wisdom as public man and a private friend must acquiesce in the decree.

Mr. Bingham was of revolutionary parentage. His ancestors, it is said served in that immortal band of heroes who, under Stark at Bennington, achieved the first victory of the Revolution. His father emigrated to Onondaga county, N.Y., where he was born, in 1803. His early education was such only as could be obtained at the district school and village academy, in a comparatively new country, but he was diligent in study and stored his mind with the knowledge that was necessary to fit him for business and industrial pursuits. He also spent some time  as a student at law, but never entered upon the profession. In 1834 or 1835 he removed to Michigan, and, we believe, settled on the tract of land where his homestead now is, and followed farming for a living. His general intelligence and popularity among his neighbors soon induced them to elect him to the Legislature of the State, in which he served some four or five years with great credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He was elected Speaker of the House and served as such for two sessions; and, though party politics then ran high, gave, as we are informed by his political opponents, and the most perfect satisfaction by the correctness of his deportment, his aptness in business, and his impartiality. As a presiding officer no successor has surpassed him. In 1846, Mr. Bingham was elected to Congress from the Northern District and served through the 29th Congress. He was again elected in 1848, and served through the 30th Congress, by which the famous compromise measures of 1850 were passed. In consequence of his voting against the fugitive slave act of that year, and evincing a very decided repugnance to the extension of slavery into the territories, as he was instructed to do by his democratic constituents, he was ruthlessly proscribed by the then leaders of his party, and another nominated and elected in his stead. But this rebuke from his Democratic friends, or rather their voluntary desertion of him and the principles they had instructed him to act upon, did not for a moment cause him to relax his exertions in favor of the freedom of the territories and against slave-holding despotism. He had fallen a victim to the influence of that despotism, and his defect only impelled him to make a still firmer stand against it.

In the spring of 1854 he was put in nomination for governor by the free soil democratic convention of the State, then representing a party highly respectable by its numbers, patriotism and talents; but on the organization of the Republican party by the Jackson convention of July 6th, 1854, the former party united with the republicans, and both parties put him in nomination for governor. He was elected that fall by a majority of some 5,000 votes; and served as governor during 1855 and 1856. In 1856 he was re-elected governor and served as such during 1857 and 1858, and as the senatorial term of Hon. Chas. E. Stuart of Kalamazoo was about to expire, Mr. Bingham was elected to the United States Senate at the session of 1859, for six years from the 4th of March, 1859.

During his brief senatorial career, in the midst of appalling public events, he did not fail to exhibit the same steadfast attachment to his principles that had ever distinguished him' and his ardor in promoting every measure to put down the present pro-slavery rebellion has been conspicuous both in and out of Congress. One of his sons he sent as a volunteer at the first call of the President to defend the capital; and had he supposed that he himself could have better served the cause of the Union, the cause of liberty and good government, by going to the wars, his heroic feelings would have impelled him to "mount the breach."  The blood of the brave Martin Scott ran in his veins, and he seemed to partake of the dauntless spirit of his relative.

But he has gone. No friend of the Union and freedom who shall visit the pleasant but unostentatious spot which was the home of Bingham, will fail to drop a tear over his grave.
Source: The Cass County Republican (Dowagiac, Michigan) Thursday, 10 Oct 1861

BLIVEN, Martin Henry

Mr. and Mrs Seth Legg and family attended the funeral of Mrs. Legg's nephew, Martin H. Bliven, in Detroit March 21.  Mr. Bliven, who was 49, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bliven of Cohoctah. He has been on the Detroit police force for 23 years.  The funeral was held at the Harper-Mulligan funeral home and was largely attended by. Forty policemen in uniform passed by the casket then headed by the city police band escorted the procession through the city some 15 blocks.
Mr. Bliven, who served in the first world war was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the City Straits lodge No. 452, F & A.M.
He leaves a wife, Ruth, a son, Max; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Hurry of Argentine and Mrs. Florence Burns of Detroit; and other relatives.
Interment was in the Sanford cemetery beside his mother. The Masonic lodge of Byron had charge of the service at the grave.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 26 Mar 1947. page 19

BLIVEN, Maude H. (Houghtaling)
Maude Bliven, daughter of Lafayette Houghtaling and Deanthia(sic) Fisher Houghtaling, was born in Livingston county March 23, 2878. She passed away suddenly of cerebral hemorrhage at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard(sic) Burns, in Detroit on February 12, 1946. She had lived in Byron for the last three years where she was a member of the Baptist church, the W. R. C. and King's Daughters.  Surviving are a son, Martin, of Detroit, Mrs. Vern Hurry of Argentine, Mrs. Millard  Burns of Detroit, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Byron Baptist church February 14 at 2 o'clock. Burial was in the Sanford cemetery.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 20 Feb 1946. page 5

BRANCH, Anna (Hyne)

Anna L. Branch, 85, 5214 Wardcliff, East Lansing, died Monday, Feb. 6, 1978, at the Provincial House, White Hills, East Lansing. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Marion Ladouceur of Fowlerville; four sons, Gerald of Milford, Robert of Sarasota, Fla., Richard of East Lansing and Lynwood of Brooklyn; one sister, Mrs. Grace Bactche of Howell; and 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday,  Feb.l 9, at the Liverance Funeral, with the Rev. Stanley Jenkins and the Rev. Andrian Warford officiating. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Brighton.

Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 15 Feb 1978. page 8

BRANCH, Henry A.

Ex-Mayor Succumbs - Brighton - Henry A. Branch, 80, of 247 N. East, former Webberville mayor, died Saturday in a Howell hospital following a long illness.
A native of Barry County, he had been telegraph operator and station agent for the C&O railroad.
He lived in Webberville from 1932 to 1953, where he was member of the village council and mayor. He also operated an insurance and real estate agency, and upon retirement lived in Sarasota, Fla.
Surviving besides his wife, Anna, are a daughter, Mrs. Marion Ladouceur, Howell; four sons, Gerald of Milford, Robert of Fowlerville, Richard of East Lansing, and Lywood of Brooklyn; 16 grandchildren and a great-grandson; a son, Lloyd of Lake Odessa.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Keehn Funeral Home with burial in Fairview Cemetery
Source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday, 31 Aug 1969 pg. 2

BRIGGS, Henry C.

Henry C. Briggs, a prominent jeweler of Howell for the last fifty years, died Saturday night at his residence there. Mr. Briggs was born in England over 81 years ago. His father and grandfather were watchmakers.
Source: Grand Rapids Press (6 Apr. 1903) transcribed by Marla Zwakman

BROWN, Neva A. (Tandy)

Mrs. Neva Arlene Brown, 39, of Hatch rd., R. 2, Okemos, died at a local hospital Tuesday. She had lived in this community for the past 14 years and was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She was born in Flint, June 1, 1912. Surviving are the husband, Roy Brown; a daughter, Royena, and one sister, Mrs. Audrey Weiengka of Fowlerville. Funeral services will be held from the First Church of the Nazarene at 1 p.m. Friday. Rev. Rennie Morgan will officiate. Interment will be in the Sanford cemetery north of Howell. The body will remain at the Gorsline-Runciman funeral home until time for the church services.
Source: Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Sunday, 23 Apr 1952 pg. 34


Roy W. Brown, 69, of 905 Brower Road, died at his residence Tueday, Aug. 3, 1976. He was born Sept. 29, 2906 in Mason, a son of August and Nora (Nichols) Schuchaskie. A retired cabinet maker, Mr. Brown was a member of the Nazarene Church in Howell. He is survived by his widow, Christina; a daughter, Royena Brown of Saginaw; six step-children, Mrs. Christina Dietrick, of Howell, Jonathan, Joseph, Louis, and Keith Johnson of Fowlerville and Andrew Johnson of Pinckney; his mother, Mrs. Nora Schuchaskie of Lansing; one brother, Clarence Schuchaskie of Barryton; two sisters,  Mrs. Irene Chapman of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Mrs. Kathleen Martin of Ionia; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 6, at the Church of the Nazarene, Howell, with the Rev. Ronald C. Ketchum officiating. Burial was in Sanford Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements were made by the Dillingham Funeral Home, Fowlerville.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 11 Aug 1976 pg 14

BULLARD, Mildred Helena (Hyne)

Mildred H Bullard, 84 a lifelong Brighton area resident, died June 30 at the Greenbriar Care Center, Howell, following an extended illness.  Born May 24, 1902, in Brighton Township, she was the daughter of Charles and Louise (Schoenhals) Hyne.  She was married to Henry Klekot in Hastings on Aug. 24, 1926. She married Raymond A. Bullard in Brighton on May 10, 1968. He predeceased her in August 1970. She was a member of the Brighton Wesleyan Church, the Women's Missionary Society of the church and was the church librarian for many years.  She was also a member of the Nu-Life Club, the Hartland Drama Club and the Community Garden Club.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs Lloyd (Eleanore) Montzingo of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Alan (Audrey) Dinkel of Howell and Mrs. Lloyd (Mildred Ann) Drayton of Higley, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; 7 stepchildren; a sister, Mrs. Marian Putnam of Detroit; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held July 2 from the Keehn Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin Valade officiating. burial followed at Fairview Cemetery,
Source: Brighton. Brighton Argus, Sept. 12, 1934

DIED IN IOWA - Grant Burgess, formerly a well known merchant of Brighton, died at the home of his son, L. G. Burgess at Sioux Falls, Iowa, last week. The remains were brought to Brighton where his funeral was held yesterday.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 22 Apr 1914 pg 6

Frank Burkhart, formerly of Cohoctah died at Redlands, Washington, July 29, 1921. His on, Claude of Cohoctah and daughter, Mrs. Erwin Zwenk of Iosco went immediately to Redlands where it is expected the remains will be creamated.
Source: Livingston County Daily Press and Argus (Howell, Michigan) Wednesday, 10 Aug 1921, pg 5

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