Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County, Michigan
Long Lake Families- "P" Surnames
Arthur O Page was born in 1867/1868 in New Milford, Connecticut, son of Daniel and Maria Johnson Page. Arthur was living in Long Lake twp when he was married on 8 January 1881 in Blair twp to Elizabeth C Levall. S P Hewett, minister of the gospel, performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by William B Homer of Long Lake twp and Lillian M Horton of Grant twp. Elizabeth was born in 1861 in Grant, IN. She had been living in Blair twp at the time of her marriage. The Grand Traverse Herald reported in March 1885: The residence of Arthur Page was consumed by fire some days since. The greater portion of his goods were saved. Mr. Page made an auction sale of the remainder of his goods on the 28th ult. Intends to move to Kansas this spring.
Daniel O Page was born in 1829/1830 in Connecticut, son of Daniel Page (parents=CT). Daniel was married first to Sarah Cummings. He was married later to Maria A Johnson. Maria was born in 1838/1839 in Connecticut (f=CT, m=ENG). Daniel served in the Civil War in Company E of the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery. The Pages lived in Traverse twp. in 1870. In 1879, Daniel owned 40 acres of land in Long Lake twp.
In 1880, the Page family ran a summer resort in Long Lake twp. Daniel was building structures near Long Lake in April and May 1882, with work almost completed in June. These cottages accomodated summer visitors from Chicago and Indiana. They stayed for a few days, weeks, or for the summer, leaving in September. Page hunted in his spare time: On last Monday D. O. Page made a very good shot with his gun. A Blue crane alighted 35 rods from him, and all he could see of him was his head and part of his neck. The first shot the bird came down, and Mr. P's dog took hold of him, but came near being drowned by the game. The bird measures 6 ft. and 2 in. from tip to tip, and was 5 ft. and 2 in. in height.
Mrs. Page's interests included visiting the local school. She suffered a mishap in August 1883: Mrs. D. O. Page met with a serious accident Sunday morning. As she was stepping out to ring the dinner bell, she slipped on the floor, which was wet, and fell, breaking her leg below the knee. She is not improving very fast.
The Pages traveled to New York to visit friends in the winter of 1882-1883, returning in January. They built an ice house later that winter and began fixing cottages for Chicago visitors in February. The cottages proved to be very popular as shown by comments published in area papers. Mr. Page and others who intend to entertain summer visitors, are busy getting ready. The grounds in charge of Mr. Page will be handsomely fitted up. Many visitors are expected at our beautiful lake than ever before. D. O. Page informs us that he is now finishing two more rustic dwellings for parties residing in Chicago, and making other improvements. He also states that he has had to refuse accomodations to several parties from other points. Says he will be crowded to his utmost capacity now. They will come in a few days. Mr. Page known just how to conduct such as enterprise.
Up to 31 visitors were staying at Page's resort in August 1883. The high number of visitors continued into September and The McManus Bros. came out and took some photographs of the beautiful grounds and buildings of the summer resort managed by Mr. Page, a few days since. Mr. Page is going to erect two more dwellings this fall for the parties owning the resort. In September: D. O. Page informs us that the owners of "Forest Lodge" have secured him to erect two more new building, and make other improvements on the above grounds. He also informed us that Mrs. Page, who had her ankle broken sometime since, is beginning to walk around a very little again. Daniel was putting out fruit trees and planning to build four new houses in October.
The Chicago Forest Lodge company purchased additional land in January 1884. That spring Daniel completed two more houses. At about the same time Maria suffered a serious fall and spent a month recovering. The lodge was open by July: Also a large number from Chicago have arrived at Forest Lodge, and a goodly number more are expected to-morrow. Forest Lodge is one of the cosiest nests in northern Michigan. Any one doubting it will be convinced of the truthfulness of it, if they will give the place a visit. D. O. Page has erected a very commodious barn at that point. Daniel planned to build two more lodges and a barn for himself in the spring of 1885. He busied himself preparing for the summer: D. O. Page says he has all of his ice put up for summer use. Got it off a small lake near by. Had to keep it scraped off so that it could freeze. Mrs. Page traveled to New York to visit an invalid daughter in October 1885. While she was gone Daniel and his sons began clearing lumber off some property belonging to a former guest, Mr. P. Smith of Chicago. In July 1886 the lodge had 40 guests and Daniel was hiring local youths to work at Forest Lodge. The newspaper stopped noting the Page family activities in the late 1880s, perhaps when the columnist changed.
Daniel died on 1 July 1896 (tombstone says 6) from cancer in Long Lake twp. The Grand Traverse Herald noted on 9 July 1896 (page 6):
Mr. Page died last Wednesday, funeral Friday. About fifty friends and neighbors met at the home and had singing and prayer by Elder Hodgens, then the procession started for the church with 22 teams in the procession, and when they arrived at the church they were met there by enough kind, sympathizing neighbors to fill the house. The funeral was conducted by undertaker Anderson of Traverse City. The funeral sermon was preached by Elder Hodgens of this place. The body was carried to the cemetery and laid to rest by the Grand Army Order. Mr. Page was one of the pioneers of this country.
Marie died on 15 October 1897 from paralysis in Long Lake twp. The Morning Record noted:
RELIEVED OF SUFFERING
Mrs. D. O. Page Was Taken by Death Friday Night
Mrs. D.O. Page, one of the early pioneers of the county died Friday night of paralysis after an illness of several months duration. She was 57 years old, and leaves three sons, Walter, with whom she has made her home since the death of her husband a year ago, and Arthur and Joseph, who are in the west. She was a devoted member of the Friends church and her funeral will be held from the church at Long Lake today at 11 a.m. W. S. Anderson will have charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Page was married to D. O. Page at Waterbury, Conn., in 1868, and they came immediately to Traverse City, moving on a farm near the Company's orchard, where they lived for six years. They then moved to Long Lake, and for fifteen years previous to the death of Mr. Page they had charge of the beautiful summer resort at Forest Lodge. Since the death of her husband last July Mrs. Page has been broken in health, and for the past six months has been a great sufferer.
During her long residence in this county Mrs. Page has made many friends, who will learn with sorrow of her passing away.
Both are buried in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake twp.
i. Joseph C Page was born in 1853 in Connecticut.
i. Walter O Page was born in December 1857 in Connecticut.
iii. Arthur Page was born in 1867/1868 in New Milford, Connecticut.
Egbert P Page was born in November 1883 in Michigan, son of Walter and Laura Molar Page. He was working as a painter in Long Lake twp when he was married in Traverse City on 31 Dec. 1904 to Helen Forton. Jas Bauer, pastor of the St. Francis Church, officiated at the ceremony, which was witnessed by Robert and Nellie Forton of Traverse City. Helen was born in East Bay twp., the daughter of Julian and Louise A Barton Page. Helen was living at home at the time of her marriage.
Egbert was married on 20 December 1909 in Williamsburg to Hazel Foote. The Reverand L L Steadman, pastor of the M E Church, performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by Albert Morrison and Pearl Merrill of Williamsburg. Hazel was born in 1888 in Michigan, daughter of George and Abbie Umlor Foote. At the time of their marriage Egbert was farming and Hazel was a teacher. In 1920, the Pages lived in Long Lake twp with Egbert's father.
Joseph C Page was born in 1853/1854 in Connecticut, son of Daniel and Sarah Cummings Page. Joseph was married on 29 December 1879 in Long Lake twp to Hester A Lavell. Hester was born in 1855 in Indiana (parents=OH). Henry D Howard, Justice of the Peace, performed the ceremony. Walter Page and Orpha Howard witnessed the ceremony. At the time of the wedding, Joseph lived in Long Lake twp and Hester in Grant twp. In 1880, Joseph worked as a laborer while Hester kept house in Long Lake twp. He sold his farm to W. W. Wheat in February 1882 and moved to Monroe Center. He had apparently returned in May 1885: Forest fires have been raging for a number of days past and considerable damage has been done to fencing, lumber, houses, etc... J. Page came near losing his house on the same day. He moved all his furniture out of the house, but by the untiring efforts of the neighbors the house was saved. .
i. Egbert Page was born in September 1882. He died on 20 Dec. 1883 and is buried in Linwood Cemetery. The Grand Traverse Herald reported: A little child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Page died on Christmas day. The remains were buried in the Cemetery at the head of the Lake. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John Cook. The parents of deceased have the heartfelt sympathy of their friends in this bereavement.
Orville W Page was born on 23 April 1891 in Long Lake twp, son of Walter and Laura Moler Page. Orville was married to Hazel C. Hazel was born in 1892. Hazel died on 24 November 1966. Orville died on 4 August 1966. They are buried in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake twp.
Walter D Page was born in December 1857 in Connecticut (parents=VT), son of Daniel and Sarah Cummings Page. Walter was married on 23 September 1882 in Long Lake twp to Laura Jane Moler. Laura was born in September 1861 in Indiana. daughter of Mrs. J. Zimmerman. The ceremony was performed by J M Thomas, Justice of the Peace. J A Zimmerman of Grand Traverse County and Ben Molar of Michigan were witnesses. The Grand Traverse Herald noted on 5 October 1882 (page 3): " MARRIED--Page-Molar, At Forest Lodge, Long Lake, by Jerry Thomas, esq., on Sept. 28, 1882, Walter Page and Miss Laura J. Moler, all of Long Lake."
Laura was reported to be dangerously ill and under Dr. Ingersoll's care in July 1884 and ill again in June 1885. Walter Page of Long Lake started Wednesday morning for Wyoming Territory, to join his brother Arthur, who is already there. She went to spend a few weeks with her mother, Mrs. J. Zimmerman, in April 1887.
In 1900 and 1910, the Pages lived in Long Lake twp. Laura died on 13 April 1914. Her obituary appeared in the 14 April 1914 Record Eagle (page 1):
LAURA JANE PAGE DIED THIS MORNING
Laura Jane Page, wife of Walter D. Page, died this forenoon at 8:30 after a seven months illness. She was born in Elkhart, Ind., in 1860, and came to this state when twenty years of age. She was united in marriage to Mr. Page in 1880. She was the mother of eight children, the following of whom are living: Egbert and Orvan of Traverse City, Elsie McGrail of Saginaw, Florence Richardson and Correl Page of Long Lake. There is besides the mother and brother of Long Lake, sister in Washington and brother in California. Interment will be at Long Lake Wednesday at 2 o'clock.
Children (some may be Joseph's)
i. Egbert P Page was born on 22 November 1883 in Long Lake twp.
ii. Walter Page was born on 21 February 1886 and died on 23 February 1886. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake twp.
iii. Sarah Elsie Page was born on 19 April 1887 in Long Lake twp. Sarah was married to Peter Duane and XXXX McGrail.
iv. Florence P Page was born on 27 March 1889 in Traverse City. She married Carl Richardson.
v. Orville W Page was born on 23 April 1891 in Long Lake twp.
vi. Bessie Louise Page was born on 23 August 1893 in Long Lake twp. Bessie died on 22 February 1897 (tombstone says 13) in Long Lake twp from pneumonia. The Grand Traverse Herald reported on 18 Feb. 1887 (page 4): "Bessie, the little three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Page of Long Lake, died Friday of pneumonia. She was the second of their children to die within a week of this disease." She is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake [however, Bessie appears on the 1900 census!].
vii. Mary J Page was born on 21 September 1895 in Long Lake twp. Mary died on 19 February 1897 from pneumonia in Long Lake twp. The Grand Traverse Herald noted on 11 February 1897 (page 5): "MARY PAGE Mary, the 18-months old child of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Page of Long Lake, died Tuesday of pneumonia." She is buried in Linwood Cemetery in Long Lake [again appears on 1900 census].
viii. Correll W Page was born on 19 April 1897 in Long Lake twp.
Stella Parker was born in 1860/1861 in Ohio. In 1870, Stella was living with William and Emaline Lyon and attending school.
Arthur G Payne was born in 1880 in Michigan, son of Robert W and Louisa Sheren (?) Payne. Arthur was farming in Benzie Co. when he was married on 29 January 1900 in Cedar Run to Inez G Payne. Charles F Powell, Justice of the Peace, performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by Olive Shorter and George Sheffer of Cedar Run. Inez was born in 1883 in Indiana, daughter of Missouri Payne. She was living at home in Long Lake twp at the time of her marriage.The Morning Record noted on 6 February 1901 (page 4): Arthur G. Payne of Cedar Run and Inez G. Payne of Long Lake, were married Sunday at the home of Elmer Craine, by Charles F. Powell, a justice of the peace.
J. Ainslie Pennington was born in 1866/1867 in Hamilton Co. IN. Ainslie was a farmer living in Long Lake twp when he was married on 1 October 1887 in Long Lake twp to Lillie Baker. Josiah Pennington, a minister, performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by Willis Pennington and Hattie J Baker of Long Lake twp. Lillie was born in 1870/1871 in Michigan, daughter of John and Eliza Hillis (check) Baker.The newspaper reported: The wedding bell still ring in Long Lake. This time Ainsley Pennington and Miss Lillie Baker. The bride and groon are two of our most worthy young people. We bespeak for them a happy future. The couple were reported to be at Long Lake in March 1888. They were planning to move back in the spring and had built a house by September. Ainslie and Lillie moved to Wisconsin.
Josiah Pennington was born in on 12 June 1842 at Westfield, Indiana. Josiah was married on 20 February 1862 to Mary Furvas Cook. Josiah lived in Long Lake twp in the 1880s, when he was a Justice of the Peace.The Penningtons transferred from Westfield Monthly Meeting, Hamilton Co., IN in 1883 to the Long Lake Friends Church. Once arriving, Josiah opened a store at Long Lake: Our merchant at the head of the lake, J. Pennington, is doing a thriving business. When you want anything give him a call. Trade at the store was increasing by November and Josiah made plans to make more money with his partner, John Davis: Davis & Pennington have petitioned to have the road running in front of their store put on a line running east and west for some 50 or 75 rods, so they can lay out lots, and they will then put them on the market. They also intend to plant shade trees in front of the proposed lots. His brother, Isaac Pennington, visited from Westfield in October. In December: Mr. and Mrs. J. Pennington made a very agreeable surprise party for their son and daughter on their birthday, last Saturday evening. Several of the young people were invited, and they spent a very happy hour together.
Josiah told the Long Lake columnist in January 1884 that sales at his store had amounted to more than $1,600 in the last four or five months. He was elected Justice of the Peace in April, about the same time as he painted his house. Partner John Davis paid a visit in the summer. The following May, Josiah was building a plank fence and in August he completed a "nice barn." He received news that his mother in Hamilton County, Indiana was close to death in mid-September and took the train south.
Josiah was chosen a delegate to the Friend's church meeting in Manton in 1886. He was elected school inspector in 1886 and 1887. Also in 1886, a brother, J. Pennington, visited. Josiah resigned his post as postmaster in January 1887. In March he visited Manton for a few days and was on jury duty in April. He rented and moved to Mr. Kenworthy's place in November. He and the Jenne brothers opened a new store in September 1888. George Jenne skidding logs for Josiah in January 1889.
The family transferred to the Manton Monthly Meeting (MI) in 1891. He returned in March of 1892 to preach a sermon at the Friends Church. Mary died on 16 January 1905 in Ypsilanti, Washtenaw County, MI. The Evening Record reported the following day (page 4):
MRS. PENNINGTON DEAD
WIFE OF FORMER FRIENDS PASTOR IN THIS CITY
Passed Away This Morning in Ypsilanti
News was received in this city of the death at 7 o'clock of Mrs. Josiah Pennington, wife of Rev. Josiah Pennington of the Friends church, Ypsilanti.
Though Mrs. Pennington had been ill for some time past the announcement of her death came as a shock to the many friends in this city, where much of her life was spent. Especially was she beloved in the circles of the Friends church and her gentle, motherly disposition drew around her all who came within the circle of her friendship and she could easily have been called a mother of Israel.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Pennington have always been intimately connected with the Friends church of this city, where they were resident until November last, when a pastorate was accepted in the Friends church at Ypsilanti.
The month preceding Christmas their son, Rev. Levi T. Pennington, held special services at Ypsilanti and had just returned to his charge at Carthage when he was summoned to his mother's bedside.
She leaves in her home a husband and two little children of the son Levi and the following children: Mrs. J. Jones of Indianapolis, J. A. Pennington of Cedar, Willis Pennington of Interlochen, Rev. Levi T. Pennington of Carthage, Isaac Pennington of Traverse City, Mrs. Harold Hiler of Ionia, Mrs. T. F. Baird and Parker Pennington of this city.
The remains will be brought to this city tomorrow for burial and will be taken to the home of Parker Pennington, 438 Fifth street, where they will lie in state from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The casket not being opened at the church. If possible Rev. Howard Moore of Ypsilanti, formerly pastor here, will have charge, assisted by Rev. E. L. Requa. In the event of his not coming the service will be conducted by Mr. Requa. H. L. Carter will have charge of the burial.
Josiah died on 8 August 1928 in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. The Record Eagle reported on that day (page 2):
AGED PASTOR IS DEATH"S VICTIM
REV. JOSIAH PENNINGTON PASSES AWAY IN WISCONSIN- BURIAL HERE
Rev. Josiah Pennington, who ministered to his congregation in Traverse City a quarter of a century ago, died in Birnamwood, Wis., today, and he will be buried here Friday morning. He was 86 years old.
Word was received this noon by his sons, Willis and Parker Pennington, at Interlochen. Two weeks ago Rev. Mr. Pennington left his home at Indianapolis with his son, Levi, to visit his eldest son at Birnamwood. he was taken with pneumonia during the visit.
He was born in Indiana in 1842. He was pastor of the Friends church at Manton and of the Friends church in Traverse City, living in the region for more than 20 years before moving away in 1904, to take a pastorate at Willis, near Ypsilanti. Mrs. Pennington died in January, 1905.
It was one of Mr. Pennington's last requests that his sons to be the pallbearers. The sons are: Isaac of Chicago; Levi T. of Newburg, Ore.; J. A. of Birnamwood, Wis.; Parker of Romeo, and Willis of Interlochen. Three daughters, Mrs. Emma Jones of Indianapolis, Mrs. Lorena Hiler of Ionia, and Mrs. Hannah Baird of Hastings.
Rev. Fred E. Carter of Winchester, Ind., long a friend of the deceased, will officiate at the services at ten o'clock Friday morning at the Friends church. Rev. Mr. Carter, who is visiting here, was also once pastor of the church.
The Record Eagle reported on 11 August 1928 (page 2):
PASTOR BURIED HERE FRIDAY
REV. JOSIAH PENNINGTON WAS ONE OF THE REGION'S PIONEERS
Funeral services for Rev. Josiah Pennington, pioneer pastor who ministered to hsi congregation here over a quarter century ago, was held Friday morning at the Friends church. Rev. Mr. Carter, who is visiting in this city and was also once a pastor of the local church officiated, and burial was made in Oakwood cemetery. Rev. Pennington passed away Wednesday in Birmamwood, Wis., where he was visiting his eldest son, J. Ainslie Pennington.
Rev. Pennington was born in Westfield, Ind., June 12, 1842, and his early life was spent in the vicinity of Westfield where he was raised on a farm and where he attended the country schools. Later he was a student at Union High Academy at Westfield. He was amrried to Mary Furvas Cook, Feb. 20, 1862, and to this union were born ten children, eight of whom survive.
When the oldest of these was one and half years old, Mr. Pennington entered the Federal army and served for two years in Company C., 130th Indiana Volunteers. He was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, but for a time after the Civil War he and his wife were members of the Wesleyan Methodist church, where he served as class leader and various other capacities. In 1872 they again became members of Friends, by which church he was recorded a minister of the monthly meeting, at Long Lake, Michigan, in 1887.
He served his church in many capacities. He was one of the organizers of Traverse City Monthly Meeting and acted continuously as clerk until his removal from this part of the state in 1891. He organized the Monthly Meeting at Onaway, and was its pastor at Manton, for two years, organized a meeting near Burt, Michigan, and was its pastor for a while. He was pastor at the Ypsilanti meeting, until the death of his wife, january 17, 1905. His last pastorate was in the Haughville Meeting of Friends in Indianapolis, where he served for a decade. Here he was married to Mrs. Retta Gooden, a leading member of this church, who still survives him.
The ten children of Mary and Josiah Pennington are as follows: Emma Jones, Indiapolis, Ind.; J. Ainslie Pennington, Birnamwood, Wisconsin; Inez Jenne (deceased 1891); Juliet Pennington (deceased 1876); Willis Pennington, Detroit, Michigan; Levi T. Pennington, Newberg, Oregon; Parker O. Pennington, Romeo, Michigan; F. Isaac Pennington, Chicago, Illinois; Lorena Hiler, Ionia, Michigan; and Hannah Baird, Hastings. Besides these there are living 18 grand children, 15 great-grand children and 4 great great-grand children. Two brothers survive him, John Pennington of Damascus, Ohio, and Isaac Pennington, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
i. Emma Pennington Emma was married to J. Jones
ii. J. Ainslie Pennington was born in 1866/1867 in Hamilton Co. IN.
iii. Inez Pennington was born in 1868/1869 in Hamilton Co., IN. She married George Jenne.
iv. Juliet Pennington. Juliet died in 1876.
v. Willis Pennington
vi. Levi T. Pennington
vii. Parker O. Pennington
viii. F. Isaac Pennington
ix. Lorena Pennington She was married to Harold Hiler.
x. Hannah Pennington was born on 12 May 1884 in Long Lake twp. Hannah was married to T. F. Baird.
Edward P Pepper was born in June 1855 in Michigan (parents=NY). Edward was married around 1880 to Delia Clark. Delia was born in December 1859 in Michigan. In 1900, 1910, and 1920 the Peppers lived on a farm in Long Lake twp 1920 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 20 p. 1A.
i. Lena Pepper was born in May 1884 in Michigan.
ii. Blanche Pepper was born in September 1886 in Michigan. Blanche was married to Herman Cox.
Nelson Pepper was born in November 1859 in Michigan (parents=NY). Nelson was married about 1882 to Emma M. Emma was born in June 1863 in Michigan (f=NY, m=PA). The Peppers lived on a farm in Long Lake twp in 1900 and 1910. In 1920, Nelson and Emma farmed in Long Lake twp with two of their grandchildren.
i. Oren Pepper was born in October 1883 in Michigan.
ii. M Della Pepper was born in July 1888 in Michigan.
iii. Mildred Pepper was born in May 1893 in Michigan.
Oren Pepper was born in October 1883 in Michigan, son of Nelson and Emma Pepper. Oren was married to Rachel. Rachel was born in Michigan.
i. June Ethland Pepper was born on 29 June 1905 in Long Lake twp.
ii. Delbert Pepper was born in 1909/1910 in Michigan. In 1920, Delbert and brother Donald lived with their grandparents Nelson and Emma Pepper.
iii. Donald Pepper was born in 1910/1911 in Michigan.
Stephen Perkins was married to Ruth. They lived in Long Lake twp in the late 1860s. The Grand Traverse Herald reported on 17 January 1869: HORSE KILLED- Mr. Perkins, of Long Lake, some time since, dug a well on his premises, and failing to get water, partially filled and covered same. On Saturday last Mr. A. Adsit rode on horseback directly over the well. The horse fell in and was killed. Mr. Adsit fortunately escaped without injury. Stephen received a land patent for 142.25 acres in section 21 of Long Lake township on 1 November 1869.
i. Julia S Perkins was born in 1845 in Michigan. She was married to XXX Jeffers.
ii. Mary Ann Perkins was born in 1848 in Michigan. She died on 2 July 1869 (21-1-7) in Long Lake twp from consumption.
H W Perry was born in 1824. He was Sunday school superintendant in July 1885. H. Perry has chopped nearly fifteen aces of timber this winter, notwithstanding Mrs. Perry's very critical condition. He was living in Almira when he came to visit Mr. Goin and other friends on several occasions.
Mr. Perry died on 21 December 1900 (death record say 31 December, but is incorrect) from heart disease in Long Lake twp. He is buried in Linwood Cemetery. The Morning Record noted on 23 December 1900: H. W. Perry died Friday at the home of Fred Goin at Cedar Run, at the age of 72 years. He has been a resident of Elmira for about 25 years. He leaves some property, which will go to Goin, who has cared for the deceased in his old age.
Frederick W Petrafka was born on 13 Nov. 1843 in Wease, East Prussia, Germany, son of Godfrey Petrafka. Frederick was married in 1866 in Reichau, Germany to Dorothy Plett. The Petrafkas immigrated to the United States in 1883, living in Traverse City before moving to the Silver Lake area. Dorothy died on 3 Feb. 1895.
Frederick was married on 30 Aug. 1895 to Wilhelmina Sewald. Frederick died on 11 May 1915 from cardiac dilation in Long Lake twp. The Record Eagle reported on 18 March 1915 (page 2):
Frederick W. Potrafke was born in Wease, East Prussia, Germany, Nov. 13, 1843, and died near Silver Lake, March 11, 1915, arriving at the age of 72 years, three months and 28 days. He was united in marriage to Miss Dorothy Plett in 1866, at Reichau, Germany. This union was blessed with twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, of which three sons and one daughter preceded their father in death, in their infancy. He came to America in 1883 and lived in the vicinity of Traverse City for a number of years, then moved to Silver Lake, and with the help of his wife and children converted a tract of woodland into a beautiful farm and home. February 3, 1895, he was called upon to mourn the death of his wife. On August 30, 1895, he was married a second time to Wilhelmina Sewald, now his bereaved wife, with whom he lived the latter part of his life in their home at Silver Lake until about two years ago, when they sold their farm and made their home on the farm of their son, Gustave, in Long Lake township, where he passed away. Deceased was converted about thirty years ago, and died in the hope of eternal life. He leaves to mourn his death a sorrowing wife, eight children, Mrs. Augustus Crain, Gustave Potrafke, Mrs. Bertha Robertson and Edward Potrakfe of the vicinity of Traverse City; Riley Potrafke of Lake Ann, Fred and Herman Potrafke of Ashford, Wash., and Mrs. Martha Johnson of Auburn, Wash; his step-children, Christopher Sewald, Bertha Sewald and Mrs. Marie Knutzen; eighteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 17, 1915, at the Evangelical church and the remains were interred in Oakwood, Rev. P. H. Pohly officiating.
Children (not in correct order)
i. Augusta Petrafka was married to Crain
ii. Gustave E Petrafka was born in 1872 in Germany.
iii. Bertha Petrafka was married to Robertson
iv. Edward Petrafka
v. Riley Petrafka
vi. Fred Petrafka
vii. Herman Petrafka
viii. Martha Petrafka was married to Johnson
Frederick Petrafka was married around 1902/1903 to Florence. Florence was born in 1879/1880 in Michigan (par=CAN). In 1910, Frederick was a saloon keeper and the Petrafkas lived in Long Lake twp.
Gustave (August) Ernest Petrafka was born in 1872 in German, son of Frederick and Dorothy Plett Petrafka. He immigrated in 1880 or 1883 and moved to Grand Traverse Co. in 1889. He was married around 1893/1894 to Christena Chesnow. Christena was born in 1865/1866 in Germany. In 1910, the Petrafkas owned Prospect Heights Farm in Long Lake twp. August and Christena were naturalized in 1908 or 1918. In 1920, the family continued farming in Long Lake twp.
i. Minnie Petrafka was born in 1894/1895 in Michigan.
ii. William Petrafka was born in 1895/1896 in Michigan.
iii. Female Petrafka was born and lived for five hours on 16 May 1897 in Garfield twp.
iv. Clara B Petrafka was born in 1898/1899 in Michigan.
v. Susie Petrafka was born in 1899/1900 in Michigan.
vi. Margaret Petrafka was born in 1903/1904 in Michigan.
William P Pierce was born in 1872/1873 in Canada. William was married around 1902/1903 to Rosana (?) J. Rosana was born in 1879/1880 in Michigan (par=MI). In 1910, the Pierce family owned a farm in Long Lake twp.
i. Clare Pierce was born in 1903/1904 in Michigan.
ii. Raymond Pierce was born in 1906/1907 in Michigan.
Daniel Popst was born in 1811/1812 in Canada West (parents NY). Daniel was married prior to 1853 to Elizabeth Settell (Little?). Eliza was born in 1825/1826 in Canada West (f=NY, m=PA). The Popst family arrived in Grand Traverse Co. in 1862, lived in Traverse City for 13 months, before moving to Long Lake twp. Daniel received a land patent for 160 acres in section 12 of Long Lake township on 1 November 1869. In 1870, the Popst farm was valued at $2000 and their personal possessions at $200. The family continued to farm in Long Lake twp in 1880, with Daniel listed as having rheumatism by the census taker.
Daniel died on 5 March 1883 (tombstone says 3 March) of Bright's disease in Long Lake twp. Elizabeth Popst died on 5 November 1884 (tombstone says 7) from inflamation of the stomach in Long Lake twp. The Grand Traverse Herald published her obituary on 20 November 1884 (page 5): Obituary. Mrs. Eliza Popst died at her home in Long Lake Township, Wednesday Nov. 5th. She was born in Canada Nov. 25th, 1825. In company with her husband and son she came to this country in 1862, where they have since resided. Her son is the only one that survives her death, her husband having died Feb. 5th, 1883. He has the sympathy of a large circle of friends. They are buried in Linwood Cemetery.
i. Herman Popst was born on 10 January 1853 in Caledonia, Ontario, Canada.
Herman (Denny) Popst was born on 10 January 1853 in Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, son of Daniel and Eliza Settell Popst. Herman was married first to Alice. Alice was born in 1866/1867 (in Bohemia?). Herman was building a new cistern and planning a new house in June 1886.
Alice became seriously ill and died on 22 September 1887 and is buried in Linwood Cemetery. Her death was noted by the Grand Traverse Herald on 29 Sept. 1887 (page 6): The death of Mrs. Herman Popst has cast a gloom over the entire community. Mrs. Popst was a young woman, having been married but two years. She leaves father, mother, husband and one small child to mourn her loss. The bereaved have the sympathy of the community. Herman sold his personal property and made plans to move to Kansas on October.
Herman was married second on 6 September 1890 in Long Lake twp to Mary Rokos. The ceremony was performed by Minister Jonathan Hodgson and was witnessed by James and Emma Brown of Long Lake. Mary was born on 3 July 1873 in Bohemia, daughter of Joseph and Justina Popash Rokos. Herman was elected a Justice of the Peace in April 1891. In 1900, the Popst family lived on their farm in Long Lake twp. Herman was a Justice of the Peace for five years, was township superintendant of schools for one year, and supported the Republican party. Mary became a member of the Long Lake Friends Church in 1903.
The family moved to Los Angeles, California between 1903 and 1920. Herman died there on 15 July 1941. Mary died in Los Angeles on 3 January 1946.
i. Arthur H Popst was born on 30 July 1886 in Long Lake twp. He was married to Mildred Ann. Arthur died on 23 November 1953.
ii. Lucy M. Popst was born on 13 December 1892 in Long Lake twp.
iii. Lyman Popst was born on 4 July 1894 in Long Lake twp.
iv. Alice Eva Popst was born on 20 December 1896 in Long Lake twp. She was married to Melvin Edwin Hews. She died on 30 April 1932 in Los Angeles., California.
v. George S. Popst was born on 10 April 1898 in Long Lake twp. He was married to Helen. He died on 27 July 1924 in Los Angeles. Helen died there on 31 March 1942.
vi. Clarence L. Popst was born on 31 May 1900 in Long Lake twp. He was married first to Thelma. He was married second to Edna L. He died on 22 June 1976.
Elijah Porter was born in 1830/1831 in New York. Elijah was married to 22 March 1875 in Traverse City to Isabell Wyckoff. Isabell was born in 1842/1843 in New York. J W Miller, Minister of the Gospel, performed the ceremony. K L and William C Mills of Traverse City were witnesses. At the time of the ceremony, Elias lived in Bingham twp and Isabell in Long Lake twp.
George Clifford Powell was born in 5 July 1888 in Grover Hill, OH, son of John and Emma Noffsinger Van Horn (?). George was married on 9 November 1910 in Cedar Run to Mildred Louella Chalker. The Reverand A Noffsinger performed the ceremony, which was witnessed by Velma Pourll of Cedar Run and Louis B Chalker of Traverse City. Mildred was born in 1891 in Bancroft, MI, daughter of Charles A and Sarah Burnett Chalker (father may actually be William L Allen). At the time of the marriage, George was a farmer in Cedar Run. Mildred died on 24 August 1956. George died on 30 March 1980 at Port Charlotte, Charlotte Co., FL. They are buried in Linwood Cemetery.
Wilbur Pratt was born in 1863 in Michigan, son of Zeremiah and Paraphina Mansfield Pratt. Wilbur was a farmer. He was the 1st assistant fireman in April 1892 making maple syrup and taffy. He returned to his farm to work that month. He died on 6 March 1913 from chronic nephritis in Long Lake twp. The Record Eagle published his obituary on 8 March 1913 (page 4):
WILBUR PRATT DEAD
Had Been a Resident of This Region Many Years
Wilbur Pratt, aged 49 years, died Thursday night at his home nine miles west of the city after a long illness with Bright's disease. Mr. Pratt had worked a long time as a bookkeeper in the lumber camps and he had been a resident of the Grand Traverse region for many years. He was unmarried.
Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Elmira Schoolhouse Dr. Jos. Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in Elmira Cemetery.
Dick Putney was born in 1875/1876 in Michigan (par= MI). In 1910, Dick lived in Long Lake twp and worked as a dry goods salesman. Liddie Cummings and her children lived with Dick at this time.
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 2:53 #1
 Grand Traverse Herald, 12 Mar 1885
 1870 Census MI GT Co., Traverse twp. p. 7
 Grand Traverse Herald 27 March 1879 Farm Record and Statistics
 1880 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 89 p.2
 Grand Traverse Herald, 6 Apr. 1882, 18 May 1882, 15 June 1882, 13 July 1882, 27 July 1882, 21 Sept 1882
 Grand Traverse Herald, 1 June 1882
 Grand Traverse Herald, 9 Mar. 1882, 16 Aug. 1883
 Grand Traverse Herald, 16 Nov. 1882, 4 Jan. 1883, 8 Feb. 1883
 Grand Traverse Herald, 26 Apr. 1883
 Grand Traverse Herald, 21 June 1883
 Grand Traverse Herald, 2 Aug. 1883, 16 Aug. 1883, visitors 6 Sep 1883, McManus 6 Sep 1883, lodge 27 Sep 1883, fruit trees 18 Oct 1883
 Grand Traverse Herald, additional land 31 Jan 1884, two houses 12 June 1884, Mrs. Page falls 12 June 1884, 3 July 1884, 24 July 1884; Forest Lodge 24 July 1884, new barn 8 Jan 1885, ice 19 Feb 1885, preparations 2 July 1885, Mrs. Page in NY 22 Oct 1885, lumbering 22 Oct 1885, local youth hired 8 July 1886
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:148 #141
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:149 #22
 Morning Record, 17 October 1897, p. 2
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twp. ED 89 p.2
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 3:226 #259
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 3:311 #249
 1920 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 20 p. 6B
 G.T. Co. Marriages Vol. 2:46 #77
 1880 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 89 p.2
 Grand Traverse Herald, 23 February 1882, fire 21 May 1885
 Cemmetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps, p. 6
 Grand Traverse Herald, 4 Jan. 1883
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps. p. 14
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 2:63 #76
 Grand Traverse Herald, ill 24 July 1884, 11 June 1885; Walter to Wyoming 18 March 1886; with mother 7 Apr 1887
 1900 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 36 p. 14B; 1910 Census MI G.T. Co., LOng Lake twp. ED 46 p. 9A
 1920 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 20 p. 6B
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twp. p. 11
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 1:142 #3
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps p. 6
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 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:26 #25
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:68 #89
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:156 #27
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps p. 6
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 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:156 #26
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps p. 6
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:150 #67
 1870 Federal Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. p. 7
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 3:156 #243
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 3:1 #2
 Grand Traverse Herald, 13 Oct 1887
 Grand Traverse Herald, at Long Lake 29 Mar 1888, moving back 3 May 1888, house 6 Sep 1888
 Grand Traverse Herald, delegate 18 Mar 1886, school inspector 8 Apr 1886, 7 Apr 1887; brother visits 9 Sep 1886, postmaster 6 June 1887, in Manton 10 Mar 1887, jury duty 7 Apr 1887, Kenworthy 3 Nov 1887, new store 6 Sep 1888, Jenne's skidding logs 24 Jan 1889
 Michigan Quakers p. 92
 Grand Traverse Herald, preached 10 March 1892
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 1:168 #101
 1900 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 36 p. 9A;
1910 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 46 p. 1A;
 1900 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 36 p. 9A; 1910 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 46 p. 3A
 1920 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 20 p. 1B
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:326 #242
 1920 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 20 p. 1B
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:4 #14
 Grand Traverse Herald, Sunday school 16 July 1885, cutting wood 18 Mar 1886, visiting 3 May 1888, 30 May 1889, 14 Mar 1889
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:197 #283
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps, p. 14
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 2:207 #68
 1910 Census Mi G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 46 p. 8B
 Standard Atlas of Grand Traverse Co., MI (1908) p. 83
 1910 Ceneus MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 46 p. 11A
 1920 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 20 p. 6A
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:155 #9
 1910 Census Mi G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 46 p. 7B
 Sprague and Smith 1903:607-608
 1870 Federal Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. p. 4
 1880 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 89 p.8
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:46 #5
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:54 #33
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake townships, p. 4
 Sprague and Smith 1903:607-608
 Grand Traverse Herald, cistern 10 June 1886
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps. p. 4; illness reported 22 Sep 1887
 Grand Traverse Herald, 13 Oct 1887
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 3:25 #81
 Grand Traverse Herald, 9 April 1891
 1900 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 36 p. 11A
 Sprague and Smith 1903:607-608
 Michigan Quakers p. 93
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps, p. 5
 Correspondence with Mary Inglis < on 3 November 1999. She was researching the children of the Popsts for a client.
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 1:194 #19
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 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:142 #595
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:177 #211
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:206 #91
 G.T. Co. Birth Records Vol. 2:240 #21 says birth date is 2 July, death record says he was three days old.
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 1:224 #182
 G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 2:24 #10
 G.T. Co. Marriage Records Vol. 3:13 #195
 Cemetery Records of Long Lake & Green Lake twps, p. 13
 Grand Traverse Herald; fireman 7 April 1892, on farm 14 April 1892
G.T. Co. Death Records Vol. 2:169 #21
 1910 Census MI G.T. Co., Long Lake twp. ED 46 p. 1B