Sunday, January 18, 2009

John & Anna Lillie Family

Thanks Holly for the photographs and family lore.

Lillie Family: Big Plot but the family scattered, only three in the family plot. John G. Lillie son of Thomas Lillie & Anna Youker; Anna Youker Lillie w of Thomas, dau of John G Youker & Catherine Burkdorff, Anna Ellen Lillie- dau of Frank & Orilla Lillie.

Anna brought her family to Grand Traverse County c 1880 , her husband Thomas has turned up "missing" by then. Anna's brothers and families were here. Eventually Anna's sons John & Frank find their way to Simcoe Co Ontario. WHY ONTARIO? John later left for Alberta Canada died there in 1918,he is buried in Oakwood here , and Frank stayed in Simcoe- when his daughter died she was buried in Oakwood in T.C.

Anna's other children that were in Grand Traverse Co with her- Esther m George Sackett moved to Battle Creek, Melissa Jane m Wm Raeburn from Simcoe Co Ont, Nelson never married lived New Orleans, Simeon moved to Montana.

I am a descendant of Melissa Jane, who raised her children in Ontario then moved to Sault Saint Marie Mi, where my father was later raised then he moved to this area where he met my mom and so began my family in Traverse City.....Full circle back to Grand Traverse. Holly~

The big stone center says just LILLIE nothing else, the 3 stones in front are each individual. Anna Ellen is near the bush. Anna Youker Lillie/ left front, her son John G. left back {as you look at it}

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Harry C. Stauffer

Please enlarge image to read:

Evergreen Cemetery, M113, Kingsley,
Grand Traverse, Michigan

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Catherine Youker Bradshaw / Phebe Youker

Thanks Holly Spencer!

Mount Hope Cemetery, Green Lake Twp, G.T. Co.

Catherine Youker Bradshaw-
birthdate unknown, Prob Andover, Allegany, N.Y. (father Henry Andover NY 1850's) (parents Henry Youker & Priscilla Phelps- dau of Basil & Phoebe. ) Henry Fam 1860 Potter, Penn 1860 census, to G.T. by 1866. I apparently wasn't able to glean the inscription on the stone.

The Youker family is from N.Y. originally then on to Pennsylvania, Potter County. There are many Youker's still in the G.T. area. There is a Youker family reunion every year in Mayfield?, which I have not yet attended)

Phebe Youker-
b 10 July 1858 d 19 Aug 1869 Inland Twp daughter of Henry Youker & Priscilla Phelps

Phebe A. , dau of H & P Youker, Killed by a falling tree, Aug 19 1869. aged 11yrs 1mo 9d

Reading from stone (creepy)!

"Oh, youth beware and do prepare to meet the monster death; For he may come, when you are young, and steal away your breath"

Friday, January 9, 2009

Wilbur, Clara & Hazel Gordon, Oakwood Cemetery

Wilbur Gordon Family
Oakwood Cemetery
, Traverse City, Michigan
Gordon Stones
are the 3 to the right of center tree
Father: Wilbur M. Gordon
b. 1863 d. 1939
Mother: Clara M. Gordon
b. 1865 d. 1949

Daughter: Hazel R. Gordon
b. 1889 d. 1976

1900 census, SD 2 ED 261 Page 11B lines 58-62 taken on the 11th of June shows Wilbur and Clara living at 8th Street, Sioux Falls City, Ward 2, Minnehaha, South Dakota. The data gleaned from this record: Wilbur is born May 1863 in Maine, as were both parents, married to Clara born August 1865 in Pennsylvania, age 34, assumed marriage date is 1886 making them married 14 years at this time. Clara's father was born in Pennsylvania with mother born in New York. Children include Hazel age 11, Earl age 7 and Marjory age 1 with all three children being born in South Dakota. Wilbur's occupation is mail carrier.


Wilbur and Clara are living in the 1st Ward of Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan, shown in the census taken April 3rd 1930, Enumeration 28-14, SD 4 Page 2A Lines 44/45 living on Webster Street. Wilbur and his parents are from Maine with Clara and father born in Pennsylvania and mother born in New York. Neither of the are working at the age of 66 and 64 years of age living in a home they own. Wilbur was 22 years of age at marriage with Clara age 20years.


The Social Security record shows Hazel born 18 Aug 1888 and died Nov 1976 in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Michigan.


Hazel's obituary in the Traverse City Record Eagle newspaper 13 Nov 1976 page 7.

Hazel Rose Gordon, 88, of 1560 E. Front Stree, Traverse City, died at Traverse Geriatric Village Thursday evening after an extended illness.

The daughter of Wilbur and Clara (Matthews) Gordon was born 18 Aug 1888 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota and moved to Traverse City in 1900 with her parents. A 1908 graduate of Traverse City High School, she taught country school for two years, then attended Olivet College, graduating in 1914.

She taught English in Eaton Rapids, Mason, Traverse City, Royal Oak and Green Bay, Wisc., retiring in 1948 after 36 years of teaching. After retirement, she spent summers at her cottage on Long Lake and winters in Arizona until 1965 when she made her home with her sister Marjory Graham in Traverse City.

Preceding her in death was a brother, Earle. Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Hugh A. (Marjory) Graham, and many nieces and nephews.

Rev. Dr. Howard Towne will officiate at the funeral to be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Hibbard Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City.

Memorials made be directed to the Northern Michigan College or to Olivet College, envelopes are available at the funeral chapel where friends may call.


Lenah Beth Bower

Lenna Beth Bower
Evergreen Cemetery, Kingsley, Michigan

Lenna B Bower
b. 21 Aug 1930
d. 3 Mar 1934

Elijah Winchcomb and Lillian Cook
Evergreen Cemetery, Kingsley, Michigan

Elijah is the son of John Winchcomb & Elizabeth Simms. Elijah was born about 1857 in New York. Lillian was born 1870 in Ohio the daughter of Ephraim C. Cook and Mary Brighty. Elijah and Lillian married in Grand Traverse County, Michigan on 8 Sep 1890. (

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Jerry D. Rouse