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St. Joseph County, Michigan
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William F. Arnold
Arnold, Mrs. Wm. F. (Rhoda Churchill) d. in Three Rivers, Nov. 7, 1854, youngest dau. of Dea. Wm. Churchill of Fabius, Mich., ae 37y. Born in Marietta, O., m. in Michigan on May 15, 1834. She leaves a father, a husband, and eight children. 11-16-1854 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Cornelia Austin
Died: At White Pigeon, Mich., March the 14th, 1863, of diphtheria, Cornelia, only child of Loren L. and Sarah D. Austin, aged 8 years and 3 months. Formerly of Lowville.  (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) -  c. Mar/Apr 1863; Contributed by Jim Dezotell)

Sarah D. Austin
At White Pigeon, Mich., April 7th, 1863, Sarah D., wife of Loren L. Austin, of liver complaint, aged 40 years, formerly of Lowville. (The Journal And Republican (Lowville, NY) -  Wednesday, April 29, 1863; Contributed by Jim Dezotell)

Electa J. Barber
Barber, Electa J., d. in Colon, on April 29, 1850, ae 26y 11m and 15d. 8-15-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

William Born
Born, William d. in Colon, Ap. 30, 1850, ae 6y 3m and 13; d. Aug 1, 1850

Francis Clark
Clark, Francis, d. in Burr Oak, Aug. 30, 1859, ae 47. 9-29-1859 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

George Close
Mendon, died yesterday afternoon at 3:30 at the home of his son, Frank P. Close, 127 Ransom street, after an illness of seven weeks. The deceased was 76 years of age, and is survived by seven daughters, six sons, one sister, and two brothers. The body will be taken to Mendon where funeral services will be held Friday morning. Burial will be made at Mendon. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (2 Oct. 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Mrs. Stephen Conant
Sister of I. C. Strieker, died at the home of her mother, at Three Rivers, Mich., last Wednesday morning, after a brief illness. Mr. Strieker was unable to attend the funeral. [Contributed by Barb Z - Mohave County Miner and our Mineral Wealth, October 26, 1918]

Arthur Hiram Cushman
Cushman, Arthur Hiram, d. in Centerville, Aug. 15, 1851, youngest son of Henry J. and Marlette E. Cushman, ae 10m. 8-28-1851 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Lemuel Daniels
Daniels, Lemuel, d. in Florence, Ap. 28, 1858, ae 72y, a native of Tolland, Conn.; emigrated to Penn. When 20 years of age, then to Michigan. 5-20-1858 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Laura Jane DeCoudres (Whaley)
The call came, the door gently swung open, and quietly the spirit took its homeward flight as morning dawned on March 15th. Laura Jane Whaley was born at Leonidas, Michigan, on October 3rd, 1846, and died at the age of eighty years at the home of her daughter in Citrus Heights on the morning of March 15, 1927. At the age of fourteen, she drove a team when her father migrated from Michigan to Nebraska where he settled in Pawnee County. Here she met, and on September 2, 1865, married Louis Clearman DeCoudres, a veteran of the Civil Way. Being both daughter and wife of pioneers, Mrs. DeCoudres went through many hardships and many an interesting tale had she to tell to her children and grandchildren of hardships and adventures. In 1894 the family moved to Oregon where they lived for about six years, since which time the home has been in California. Mr. DeCoudres preceded his wife to the long rest by fourteen years. Of this union ten children were born, six of whom survive: Mrs. Ruth Daugherty of Watts, California; Mrs. H. M. Cady of Yakima, Washington; J. L. DeCoudres of Nevada; Mrs. C. C. Wiley of Citrus Heights; Mrs. C. Norton of Hawthorn, California; and Mrs. Ethel Brady of Citrus Heights. There are also 28 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren surviving. Mrs. DeCoudres was united to the church in early womanhood and to the last tried to live acceptably to her Lord. She had long been expecting the call of the Father to "Come home" and willingly laid down the burden. [Contributed by Brenda Wiesner from the Roseville Tribune and Register, Wednesday 3-23-1927]

Polly Ellis
Ellis, Polly, d. in Sturgess, Ap. 8, 1850, in the 61st year of her age. 8-15-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Lewis Fletcher
Mendon, June 9. - Lewis Fletcher, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Fletcher, died at his home at St. Ignace Monday after several weeks' illness of pneumonia. He was born and grew to manhood in Mendon, married and moved to St. Ignace. He was 51 years old. His only brother Leo, left for that place and brought the remains to Mendon. He leaves a wife, mother and father and one brother. O. M. Lyman of Three Rivers, is an uncle. [Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (Saturday, 10 June 1916) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Sophronia Foster
Foster, Mrs. John L. (Sophronia Way) d. near Centerville, July 2, 1857, ae 45-1/2y. She was born in Avon, Livingston Co., N.Y. Joined the Baptist Church in Pavillion, N.Y. Moved to Michigan in 1854. 7-23-1857 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Jefferson Francis
Sturgis, Sept 10 - Jefferson Francis, one of the most prominent citizens of Sturgis, died here after a year's illness, aged 75 years and 8 months.  He came to Sturgis 23 years ago, and has been identified with the town's interests ever since.  49 years ago he was married to Helen M. Fillmore, a niece of ex-President Fillmore, and the couple inherited considerable wealth from him. [The true northerner. (Paw Paw, Mich.), 15 Sept. 1897]

Gracie Hoskinson
The three year old daughter of Dr W. N. Hoskinson, died of scarlet fever at the home of her parents in Sturgis, Mich., on Feb 22. Dr Hoskinson practiced medicine in Indiana...(county, PA)...about 10 years ago and has many friends hereabouts. [Contributed by Donald Buncie - Indiana County Gazette Date: 28 Feb 1894]

Huldah Henry
Henry, Huldah, d. in Sturgis, Oct. 4, 1850 in the 90th year of her age. 10-24-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Robert and Helen Leister
A Constantine husband and wife died Sunday in a crash in Constantine Township. Robert Leister, 87, and his wife, Helen, died after their Chevy Silverado collided with a tree on Featherstone Road, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff. The crash happened just before 8 p.m. Sheriff's deputies said Leister was driving east on Featherstone Road when the vehicle veered into the oncoming lane, went off the road and collided with the tree. Authorities said an icy road was the main factor. The crash remains under investigation. The Leisters were both born in Constantine and were married in 1948 in Angola, Ind. [2009, Dec. 22 - Sturgis Journal (MI) - Tuesday]

Margaret McLaughlin
McLaughlin, Margaret, d. in Sherman, Sept. 23, 1850, ae 55y. 10-24-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Frederick J. Randolph
Age 62, of 16422 E. Lake Drive, died at 9:25 p.m. Saturday (June 13, 1998) in his home. He had been ill since November 1996. He was born April 4, 1936, in Goshen. He married Louise Replogle Aug. 22, 1958, in Goshen. She survives with one daughter, Mrs. Randy (Marcell Duveen) Lung of Mattawan, Mich.; one granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Melvin (Martha) Rohn and Rozella Frey, both of Goshen; one brother, Jack of Goshen; one stepsister, Ethel Friend of Goshen; and one stepbrother, Joe Randolph of Monticello. Two brothers, Clarence and Clifford, and one stepbrother, Thomas Randolph, are deceased. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (Indiana time) at Yoder Culp Funeral Home where the funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Oakridge Cemetery. Mr. Randolph was an employee of A.B.T.C.O. for 33 years in Middlebury where he was a tow-motor operator. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Constantine. He was an avid bowler and a member of the White Pigeon Hall of Fame. Memorials may be given to the Girl Scouts of Singing Sands or the Hospice of Sturgis. [Unknown newspaper, c. June 1998; Contributed by Karen K.]

Joel Redway
Redway, Joel, d. in Centreville, June 18, 1856, ae 61y. Born in Cheshire, Mass. Migrated to New York State and then Michigan. 8-14-1856 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Harry Adam Rommel
Age 90, of 307 N. Franks Ave., formerly of 113 E. Chicago Road, died at 11:05 a.m. Friday (April 22, 1994) at Sturgis Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1904, in Hillsdale. Surviving are nieces and nephews. A brother, Edward, died in 1989 Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Foglesong Funeral Home. A requiem mass will be said at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Rev. William Murphy will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church of which he was a member. Mr. Rommel was graduated from Sturgis High School and from the University of Michigan with a degree in education. He taught at Burr Oak Community Schools for 15 years. He also taught school in Collinsville, Ill., and Marquette, Mich. He worked for Conn Music Institute in Elkhart for 10 years, including the years of World War II. He was a member of Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge No. 49. Free and Accepted Masons. He traveled extensively. [Unknown newspaper, c. April 1994; Contributed by Karen K.]

Cornelia P. Ross
Ross, Mrs. Cornelia P., d. in Burr Oak, July 21, 1850 in the 45th year of her age. 8-29-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Alta "Skeeter" (Swinhart) Roy
Age 89, of 101 E. Vermont St., died on Friday (April 30, 1999) at Three Rivers Area Hospital. She had been ill for several years. Mrs. Roy was born on Feb. 28, 1910, in Ligonier; and was the daughter of George and Clara Swinehart. She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including George James and Michael Swinehart and Victoria Ferguson, all of White Pigeon. Her husband, Alan "Tax" Roy, is deceased, as are four brothers and three sisters. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. (Michigan time) Monday at Farrange Funeral Home, where the service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Sister Maxine McGee will officiate and burial will be at White Pigeon Cemetery. Mrs. Roy owned and operated Roy's Grocery Store in White Pigeon for 55 years, retiring in 1984. She enjoyed gardening, reading and knitting. [Unknown newspaper, c. April 1999; Contributed by Karen K.]

Stanton Smith
Smith, Stanton d. near Centreville, Dec. 28, 1857 ae nearly 50y. He came from Marcellus, N.Y. 2-11-1858 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Jane Sterling
Sterling, Mrs. Chester (Jane McKee) d. near Centreville, July 2, 1858, ae 26y. She leaves a husband and baby. 8-5-1858 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Adam H. Wagner
Adam H. Wagner, aged 80 years, Sturgis pioneer, died at his home, aged 80. [The True Northerner. (Paw Paw, Mich.), 23 June 1916]

Louisa Wescott
Wescott, Mrs. Alvin (Louisa M. Winters) d. near Centreville, Ap. 15, 1858, ae 31y. She was born in Rochester, dau. of James and Theodosia Winters of Marshall. She had been previously married to ______ McLean. 4-29-1858 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Ann Williams
Williams, Ann, d. in Colon, Ap. 27, 1850, dau. of H. T. and A. Williams, ae 2y and 9m. 8-1-1850 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]

Daniel Woodworth
Woodworth, Daniel, d. in Constantine, March 12, 1855, ae 47y. 4-26-1855 [Source: Michigan vital records from the Michigan Christian Herald: 1850-[1859]. Detroit, Mich.; 1900, pages 70-71 - sub. by PT]


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