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Talking To Tombstones



The Ancestral Histories of
Mary Irene Baker and Andrew Jackson VanCamp


Family Lines


Van Camp
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Riley
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Are you back to Adam and Eve yet?

The written record of this family history began in the early 1960's. As a result of that long-term association with it, I have several enduring memories of conversations with various people, all of whom are related to me in one way or another--some of them quite distantly related, and some quite close. Some years ago in a conversation with my father, I mentioned that I was again working on the family history. He looked up and asked, "Are you back to Adam and Eve yet?"


The Ancestral History of Andrew Jackson Van Camp

Line of Descent

1.William Van Camp and Nancy Galloway

2.Benjamin Van Camp and Sarah Nixon

3.Walter Van Camp and Sarah Riley

4.Andrew Jackson Van Camp and Mary Irene Baker

Early research on this family line indicated that there are enough clues to follow that the persistent genealogist might extend the ancestral history to earlier generations by examining the usual historical, biographical, and genealogical records.


The Van Camp Family

First Generation and Their Children

The ancestral history of our branch of the Van Camp family, as far as we know now, begins with William Van Camp who married Nancy Galloway. A biographical sketch of their son, Benjamin Van Camp, recorded that both of these ancestors died in Sandusky, Ohio, and are buried there. William may have died in 1836 and Nancy in 1840. This is all we know of this generation of the family, but future genealogical research may uncover much more information about these people since there are many clues which might be researched.

Other Van Camp researchers have recorded the following children for William and Nancy:

1, Anna

2. Sarah

3. Elisa

4.Martha

5. Samuel

6. Hannah

7. Benjamin Van Camp, b. July 23/or 29, 1806 in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York. m: Sarah Nixon (Nickson) 16 July 1828

8. Joseph

9. Mary

10. Margaret


The Van Camp Family

Second Generation and Their Children

The second generation ancestor of the Van Camp family is Benjamin Van Camp, born July 23 (Tombstone record) or 29 (from Lenawee Co. History quoted below), 1806, in Ogdensburg, (St. Lawrence County) New York. He was married July 16, 1828 to Sarah Nixon. Her parents were identified as Patrick and Betsey (Elizabeth) Nixon and her birthdate is thought to be April 27, 1805 (Tombstone record). She was born in New York. Sarah died May 28, 1869 (Tombstone record) in Hillsdale County, Michigan. Benjamin died December 20, 1899 (Tombstone record) in Hillsdale County, Michigan. He and his wife are buried in a cemetery on US 12, four miles east of 127. The tombstone inscriptions are the source of the dates of their deaths. Also buried at this small cemetery is their daughter, Martha. Her tombstone inscription indicates that she died March 7, 1866. His parents were William Van Camp and Nancy Galloway.

The History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan: Vol. II, pages 452-454, offers the following biographical sketch of Benjamin Van Camp and related family members:

      Benjamin Van Camp was born in Ogdensburg, NY, July 29, 1806, where he resided until 1812, when his parents, William and Nancy Van Camp, removed to Utica, NY, residing there about one year, and then went to Junius, Ontario County, living there until 1825.

      They then moved to Groveland, Livingston County, remaining there about five years, and in 1830 removed to Sandusky, Ohio, where William Van Camp died in 1836. William Van Camp married Nancy Galloway, of Ogdensburg, N. Y., by whom he had nine children, Benjamin being the fourth. Mrs. Nancy Van Camp was a native of Ogdensburg, and died in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1840.

      Benjamin lived with his parents until he was seventeen years old, when he commenced working by the month on a farm. In 1825 he went to Rochester, NY, where he worked three years in a saw mill. In the spring of 1830 he came to Michigan and settled on section 12, in Tecumseh, this county [Lenawee], locating eighty acres of land. He arrived in Tecumseh with his wife and two children, on the 12th day of June. He resided there for twenty-five years, cleared the entire eighty acres, built a good dwelling house, with barns, etc., and purchased more land near by for a wood-lot. In the spring of 1832 he was warned to appear at Tecumseh, armed and equipped for the Black Hawk war. That spring Mr. Van Camp had the misfortune to fall a tree upon himself, which so disabled him that he was declared unfit for military duty. He was therefore detailed to warn out the settlers. The warning notice read: "By order of Captain Drown, I warn you to appear at Tecumseh, to-morrow morning, precisely at 9 o'clock, armed and equipped as the law directs, fit for military duty, with twenty-four rounds of powder and ball, nine days provisions, and a blanket."

      In 1855, Mr. Van Camp sold his farm in Tecumseh, and purchased of Isaac Smith 200 acres of land on section 10, in Woodstock, where he now resides. When Mr. Van Camp came to Tecumseh in 1830, he had a span of horses and a few provisions. He soon found that he could not keep horses, and traded them off for two yoke of oxen. He immediately started for Detroit with his oxen and wagon for provisions, the mud being very deep the entire distance. He was gone nearly one week on the trip, and fifteen hundred pounds was all his team could possibly draw. On the round he met about 3,000 Indians on their way to Detroit to receive their annuities. In 1832 the people commenced going to Monroe for their supplies. They always went in companies of five or six wagons, in order to help one another out of the mud. The teams generally consisted of about two yoke of cattle each. It was very often the case that eight or ten yoke of oxen were attached to one wagon to pull it out of the mud holes. It took a man of some courage to face all the scenes and dangers of the old times. Want, hunger, wolves, bears, Indians, fever and ague, and hard work, comprised the experience of the early pioneers of Lenawee county. One year it was very sickly, when there were not well ones enough to attend to the sick. Dr. Patterson was the physician then, and the people were so poor that they could hardly pay him for his services. Some of the German settlers, as well as others, saved what medicine they could from his prescriptions, and when they got better they wanted the Doctor to take back what medicine they had saved, and allow them for it in their bills. The Doctor did it, and after accumulating a large amount, he said, he put it all into a large jug, added whiskey to preserve it, and whenever he got a case that he could not handle he gave a dose from the jug and took his chances on the result.

      July 16, 1828, Benjamin Van Camp married Sarah Nixon, daughter of Patrick and Betsey Nixon, of Groveland, Livingston County, N. Y., by whom he had seven children, as follows: Walter, born in Groveland, August 15, 1829, a farmer of Somerset, Hillsdale County, Mich.; William, born same place, March 22, 1831, a merchant of Sedalia, Mo.; Louisa, born in Tecumseh, March 8, 1833, now the wife of Joel White, of Cleveland, Tenn.; Richard, born same place, March 10, 1835, a farmer of Somerset; Francis, born same place, January 3, 1839, a farmer of Woodstock; Martha, born same place, May 28, 1840, was the wife of Myron Wade, and died March 7, 1866; Alfleda, born same place, April 1, 1842, now the wife of Dellman Wade, of Portland, Ingham County, Mich.

      Mrs. Sarah Van Camp was born in Groveland, April 27, 1805, and died in Woodstock, May 28, 1869.

      Note: The Michigan GENDIS (Genealogical Death Index System) provides the following information about
      Mrs. Sarah Van Camp:

          VANCAMP, SARAH   Date of death: 28-May-1869
          Ledger Page: 384 Record Number: 276
          Place of death: Woodstock Mi
          County of Death: Lenawee
          Sex: Female Race: WHITE
          Marital Status: Married
          Age: 64 years 1 month 1 day
          Cause of Death: CONSUMPTION
          Birthplace: NEW YORK
          Occupation: FARMER
          Father's Name: Nickson, PATRICK
          Father's Residence: DELL
          Mother's Name: NICKSON, ELIZABETH
          Mother's Residence: Not Recorded
          Date of record: 10-Jun-1870

      September 15, 1870, Mr. Van Camp married Mrs. Lucy Selby, widow of Orson Selby and daughter of Joseph and Mercy Nichols. Mrs. Lucy Van Camp was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, March 17, 1815. She was stricken with paralysis in 1877, since which time she has been nearly helpless."

      Note: The Michigan GENDIS (Genealogical Death Index System) provides the following information about
      Mrs. Lucy Van Camp:

          VAN CAMP, LUCY   Date of death: 10-Nov-1881
          Ledger Page: 187 Record Number: 417
          Place of death: WOODSTOCK
          County of Death: Lenawee
          Sex: Female Race: White
          Marital Status: Married
          Age: 66 years 7 months 23 days
          Cause of Death: PARALYSIS
          Birthplace: OHIO
          Occupation: UNKNOWN
          Father's Name: Nichols, JOSEPH
          Father's Residence: OHIO
          Mother's Name: NICHOLS, MERCY
          Mother's Residence: UNKNOWN
          Date of record: 1-Jun-1882

Benjamin and Sarah had the following children:

    Walter, b. August 15, 1829 in Groveland, Livingston Co., NY

    William, b. March 22, 1831, in Groveland, Livingston County, NY

    Louisa, b. March 8, 1833, in Tecumseh, Michigan

    Richard, b. March 10, 1835, in Tecumseh, Michigan; married Mary E. Smith. Both Richard and Mary E. are buried at the Somerset Cemetery in Hillsdale County, Michigan. This cemetery is approximately on the corner of Waldron Road and US 12.

    Francis, b. January 3, 1838 or 1839, in Tecumseh, Michigan; married Frances (maiden name unknown). They had 3 children: Adrian, Julia, and Mary.

        1880 Census
        Census Place: Woodstock, Lenawee, Michigan
        Source: FHL Film 1254591 National Archives Film T9-0591 Page 503B
        Name Relation Sex Marital Status Race Age Birthplace

        Francis VAN CAMP: Self Male Married White 42 MI Occupation: Farmer Father born in NY Mother b. in NY
        Francis VAN CAMP: Wife Female Married White 32 NY Occupation: Keeps House Father b. in NY Mother b in NY
        Adrian VAN CAMP: Son Male Single White 15 MI Occupation: At School Father b. in MI Mother b. in NY
        Julia VAN CAMP: Daughter Female Single White 9 MI Occupation: At School Father b. in MI Mo: NY
        Mary VAN CAMP: Daughter Female Single White 4 Months MI

    Martha, b. May 28, 1840 (History record quoted above) or May 14, 1841 (Tombstone record), in Tecumseh, Michigan; d. March 7, 1866; m. Myron C. Wade.

    Alfleda, b. April 1, 1842, in Tecumseh, MI; m. Dellman Wade




The Van Camp Family

Third Generation and Their Children

The third generation ancestor of the Van Camp family was Walter Van Camp, son of Benjamin Van Camp and Sarah Nixon. According to the information recorded in a biographical sketch of Benjamin Van Camp in The History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County, Michigan: Vol. II, pages 452-454, Walter Van Camp was born August 15, 1829, in Groveland. He became a farmer in Somerset, Hillsdale County, Michigan. He married Sarah Riley about 1860.

Family stories in the past have indicated that Walter was about 30 years old and Sarah was about 15 at the time they were married. It appears that she was between 16 and 18. One family record of Sarah's birth states that she was born July 12, 1843. That record is found in a "Birthday Book" that belonged to her grandson, Walter E. Van Camp, who was named after his grandfather. The problem of determining Sarah's birth date is further complicated by the fact that Sarah was not always truthful about her age. It is very likely that she was born in or about 1843 and perhaps some "official" record of her birth can be found in the future. Census records also conflict on this information. For example, in the 1900 Census (taken on June 24th of that year), Walter said that he was 70 years old; Sarah said that she was 47. It is, however, more likely that in 1900, she was at least 57. It is also possible that Sarah was born in 1842. The 1850 Census lists her as being 8 years old at that time.

Sarah and Walter had nine children.

    Frank, b. 1861

    Benjamin, b. 1863

    Andrew Jackson, b. September 18, 1865; m. Mary Irene Baker

    Olive, b. 1867; d. 1949

    Eugene, b. September 1871

    Lillie, b. 1873

    LaVern, b. 1875

    Minnie, b. 1877

    Bert, b. June 9, 1880


The Van Camp Family

Fourth Generation and Their Children

    The fourth generation of this branch of the Van Camp family continued through the birth of Andrew Jackson Van Camp. Andrew was born on September 18, 1865 and he died in 1949. He married Mary Irene Baker on February 6, 1894. Mary I. Baker was born on January 10, 1872.

    Andrew and Mary Van Camp had four sons:

    LeGrand Lionel Van Camp, born November 27, 1894; died January 6, 1988 in Addison, Lenawee                     County, Michigan.   Married Lorena Burke on February 14, 1923
                
    Walter E., born June 25, 1900 in Somerset, Hillsdale County, Michigan                                                                 d. February 22, 1992 in Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan.
                 
    Married Ellen M. Dillon on September 19, 1925.

    Hubert Earl
    , born November 9, 1906 in Somerset Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan;                                    died on December 29, 1991. M
    arried June Parker on July 3, 1929.

    Donald Leland
    , born November 6, 1910 in Somerset Township, Hillsdale Co., Michigan;                                      died March 1, 1992.
      Married Eraline Smalley on June 7, 1931


    Note:  Walter died less than 2  months after his brother, Hubert.  Walter and Leland both attended their brother's  (Hubert's)  funeral  in Clinton, Michigan.  Leland died  8 days after Walter.  (1992 was a leap  year.)
     



    Van Camp Links


Van Camp Surname Distribution : This database provides information about surname distribution frequency from 1850 to 1990. For the Van Camp name, the database information only covers the years of 1880 to 1990.

The Van Camp Family  : This is a link to another branch of William Van Camp's family. The work was done by Harry James Moore who is a Van Camp descendant through William's son, Joseph Van Camp.  


 

The Ancestral History of Mary Irene Baker

Line of Descent

1. John F. Baker and Polly Lamb Baker

2. Prentis B. Baker and Laura A. Wood Baker

3. Mary Irene Baker and Andrew Jackson Van Camp




The First Generation and Their Children

John F. Baker was born on September 11, 1807, probably in New York. He died May 18, 1888.

Polly Lamb was born October 7, 1808 and died March 3, 1893.

John and Polly had several children, among them Prentis B. Baker, who represents the second generation of this branch of the Baker family.


The Baker Family

The Second Generation and Their Children

Prentis B. Baker was born in 1829 and died in 1903. He married Laura A. Wood.

Laura was born in 1838 and died in 1916.

Prentis and Laura had seven children.

    John A. Baker, b. 1859; died 1908.

    Alfred Baker, b. March 8, 1861; died April 7, 1949       
            m. Venetta (Nettie) Taylor, b. June 12, 1872; d. Feb.11, 1942,

    George Baker, b. 1862; died  May 23, 1957; married Villa Rutan (b. 1875; d: May 9, 1957)

    Mary Irene Baker, b. January 10, 1872; died 1953; married Andrew Jackson Van Camp

    Gertrude Baker, married Jewett (Jute) Spencer.

    Grant Baker, m. Emma ...

    Abigail Baker (named for her grandmother, Abigail Wood), married John Gidley.



The Baker Family

The Third Generation and Their Children

Mary Irene Baker, born January 10, 1872, was the daughter of Prentis B. (or Prentice) Baker and Laura A. Wood. She was born in Michigan and lived there all of her life. She married Andrew Jackson Van Camp on February 6, 1894. They had four children.


    LeGrand Lionel Van Camp, born November 27, 1894; died January 6, 1988 in Addison, Lenawee County, Michigan. 
                
    Married Lorena Burke on February 14, 1923
                
    Walter E., born June 25, 1900 in Somerset, Hillsdale County, Michigan d. February 22, 1992 in Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan.
                 
    Married Ellen M. Dillon on September 19, 1925.

    Hubert Earl
    , born November 9, 1906 in Somerset Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan; died on December 29, 1991.
                 M
    arried June Parker on July 3, 1929.

    Donald Leland
    , born November 6, 1910 in Somerset Township, Hillsdale Co., Michigan; died March 1, 1992.
     
                    M
    arried Eraline Smalley on June 7, 1931




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Wilbur Family History


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