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Nelson Cyrenus Goodfellow 

Nelson Cyrenus Goodfellow was born May 01, 1867 in Fayetteville, New York and died January 08, 1936 in Midland, Michigan.  He married Minerva ?? in 1889 born June 1871 and died November 7, 1905 Saginaw, Michigan.  He married abt 1908 to Iheh Yascolt Nellie Pease Drysdale b: August 04, 1880 in Deefield, Michigan d: April 20, 1946 in Midland, Michigan.

Nelson was in the 1870 Manlius, Onondaga County, New York Census living with is parents.  By the 1880 Brant, Saginaw County, Michigan census, Nelson had moved to Michigan with his parents. In the 1900 St. Charles, Saginaw County, Michigan census Nelson was working as a carpenter and Minerva his first wife was working in an ice cream parlor.  The census states that they had 3 children and only 1 child was living.  In 1910 Brant Twp., Saginaw County, Michigan Nelson was living with his second wife Nellie and daughter Leila.  Nelson owned a farm on North Townline Road.  By the 1920 Nelson and his wife Nellie and children were living in Midland, Michigan where he was living as a steam fillter in a chemical warehouse.  In the 1930 Midland Census Nelson and Nellie were living on Carpenter Rd.  Their daughter Leila and Ilah and a boarder by the name of Ernest Wallace, who later became Leila's husband, was living with them.    Leila was a teacher in the rural schools

Nelson Cyrenus Goodfellow
Stories about family members as told by Leila May Goodfellow Wallace
Nelson C. Goodfellow was son of Wesley Goodfellow. The following is just a short story about him told to me by his daughter, Leila M. Goodfellow Wallace.
Leila says he went by the name "Happy". When he was a young man he was intrigued by a side show man that made a strange sound through his teeth when singing. He was so impressed by the sound that he imitated the man. When he worked at Dow Chemical he still made that sound, so as a consequence was called Happy.In spite of him seemingly to be a more jovial type of person, he was really a man with a voice of authority and even had quite a temper. He had a team of horses that were better trained than any show horse could be. If he told them to stand on a log he would tap his finger 4 times which meant for them to put all four feet upon logs. If they didn't obey, he would beat them till they did.

Nelson Cyrenus Goodfellow born May 1, 1867 at Fayetteville, New York son of Wesley Sarah Bartholomew Goodfellow. 
Nelson died January 8, 1936 in Midland, Michigan. He is buried in Midland cemetery. He was married 3 times. The first time to Minnie Sweatland in 1892. They divorced in 1900. They had a daughter named Minerva (April 16, 1893 - June 10, 1909 in St. Charles Mi. Nelson married 2nd to Minerva ___________. 1885-November 7, 1905 in St Charles, Mi. He married a 3rd time to Nellie Pease Drysdale March 25, 1908. Nellie was born August 4, 1880 in Deerfield, Michigan and died April 20, 1946 in Midland, Michigan. She was a widow. Her parents were Celia Rabsilbur (1852-1939 and John Mason, a lumberman, killed by a falling tree. Cilia's parents were Fritz and Clarissa Rabsilbor. Clarisa was daughter of Jacob and Sarah De Bar Rabsilbor. Celia later married Dexter M. Pease, who adopted Nellie? Delia and Dexter had a daughter Edith who married Charles Snow.

Nellie Goodfellow

Nellie Goodfellow was Leila's mother. She was born Iheh Goodfellow Yascolt - mother. Nellie Goodfellow is best remembered for being a midwife who helped to deliver many babies. Leila made the remark that when her mother would get a call in the middle of the night to go to deliver a baby, she hated it because she would have to get breakfast the next morning. Nellie had no credentials but her experience and capable hands, I'm sure, helped the new mother get through a birth with the minimum of stress. She worked diligently, without fanfare and never was properly recognized for her faithful and courageous work. She went about her work in a silent way, doing good, helping those in need of her services. She never expected a lot in return. 


(notes by Helen Stout Griswold)--Aunt Nellie was in attendence when all 6 of us girls and our two brothers were born. My sister, Annie, was named by Nellie Goodfellow. She named her Priscilla Ann because of being born on Thanksgiving Day.
From Dorothy Marshall Stout's diary - "When John Edgar Stout was born July 2, 1935, Aunt Nellie didn't get there fast enough. Mrs. Hicks and Dr. Towsley took care of baby and me. Dr. Towsley had a flat tire on his car and came rattling in in a Ford Pickup belonging to Wenzels Hardware. Mrs. Goodfellow came every morning for ten days to care for baby John and me. We paid her $10.00 and the doctor charged up $25.00. So it cost us $35.00 to have a baby and I had much better practical nursing care than young mothers of today get."

Notes from Helen Stout Griswold - I can remember when my mother, Dorothy Stout, used to tell us girls how to care for our babies. "Now this is the way Mrs. Goodfellow did it "she would say, when instructing us how to bath, dress, feed, etc. our babies. To her Mrs. Goodfellows word was law. She had the greatest respect and admiration for Nellie Goodfellow. Every now and then through the years, reference would be made to child rearing -- Our husbands would jokenly say --"That's not how Mrs. Goodfellow would have done it."! Even though I did not personally know Nellie nor remember her too well when I was young, I feel she is a person to be remembered with love Only God knows how many persons owe their life to the kind and gentle women who brought them into the world. Leila said about her mother, she was always there.

Saginaw News
Monday, April ww, 1946 P10
Nellie C. Goodfellow
The funeral of Mrs. Nellie C. Goodfellow, 65, who died Saturday at her home, 805 Fournie, Midland, will take place at 2 pm. Wednesday at Bradley funeral home, Midland, with Rev. V.J. Anderson officiating and burial in Midland Cemetery. Born Aug. 4, 1880, in Livingston County, Mrs. Goodfellow came to Midland in 1916 from St. Charles, Her husband Nelson died, Jan. 8, 1937. Mrs. Goodfellow leaves two daughters, Mrs. L. F. Wallace and Mrs. Cecil Yascat of Midland; three grandchildren; half-sister, Mrs. Charles Snow of Montrose; half-brother, Lawrence Pease of St. Charles; step-sister, Mrs. Ray Watkins of Manning, N.D.