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Kalamazoo Gazette

I am so very happy that the Newspaper forum is in the pull down menu.

I digress.

Last night I was doing some looking in Michigan for the part of my family that went there just before the onset of the Civil War. My 3rd great grandparents left Belmont County, Ohio to go Kalamazoo, Michigan. They didn't go alone. They traveled with their youngest sons Benjamin Stewart and Roswell (James) and their daughter Emily who had married Gabriel Green according to Early Ohio Marriage records.

I believe they left the potential war front along the Ohio River for safety. I haven't proved it but that's what intuition keeps telling me.

I also believe that Emily was the twin of James Edward. The 1850 Muskingum County, Ohio Census says they were both four years old and born in 1846. When James turned sixteen he volunteered along with his older brother Walker for the Civil War. They went off into harms way to Tennessee during the the conflict. James never returned. His brief pension file say he died in Nashville 25 June 1865.

Meanwhile up in Michigan, Emily and her husband Gabriel Green set up house hold with Emily's parents Michael and Verlinda; along with her two brothers Benjamin Stewart and Roswell (James) they are enumerated in the 1860 Kalamazoo County, Michigan census.

This census and the 1870 and 1880 Kalamazoo schedules show that Emily and Gabriel have ten children. I believe Lucinda b.1825 is Emily's step-daughter. I also strongly believe the other nine is from the union of Emily and Gabriel; they include Verlinda b. 1865, Sopinia b. 1869, Gabriel b. 1872, Abraham b. 1876, Michael b. 1877 d. 1933, Harriet Francis Green b and d. 1878, b. Eva May b. 1879 d. 1894, Mary E Green b. 1881 and Harry Green b and d 1886. However Michael and Verlinda had returned to Ohio as they are enumerated in the 1870 Belmont County Census and I found Benjamin Stewart's marriage to Helen Carter in Washington County, Ohio which means he returned to Ohio as well only to make it back to Michigan were he died in 1922. Roswell also left Michigan but he went to Pennsylvania.

In the Kalamazoo Gazette I found word of Eva's (Emily's daughter) death as she was set to return from visiting her sister ( I don't know which one?) in Grand Rapids. What I do know is that Eva was fifteen and it was around Christmas. I also found word of Abraham's (Able's) marriage license and marriage to Lily Rosetta May Henley.

Before I found these two pieces of information I already knew that Emily died at the age of 52 in 1898. I believe I have her death certificate among my copious records.

Roswell started appearing in census as James R. Furthermore he started to appear in newspaper articles as James Goins. Even his obit is under the name James R. Goins. This through me off for about half a year and until I figured it out with the help of the censuses and math that this was indeed Roswell. Again he appeared in the 1880 Pennsylvania Census and the 1900 and 1910 Stark County, Ohio Censuses as James and his older brother James had died in Nashville in 1865.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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