Descendants of Martin Van Buren



First Generation


1. Martin Van Buren , son of Martin Van Buren and Elizabeth Spraker, was born on 4 Jul 1809 in , Albany/Schoharie, NY and died about 1889 in , Oswego, NY.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Van Buren bible, published by the Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v 16, no 1, p 3; Biographical History of Northern Michigan, 1905, p.515; 1840 census, Otsego, Otsego, NY, 67-16; 1850 Census, Albion, Owsego, NY ; 1860 census, Town of Florence, Oneida, NY, 164-817; IGI A458560-458560; 1850 Oswego Co census, 220; 1855 Oswego Co census, Albion; IGI 170424-866-32449 (b. 1 Jul 1789, of Cooperstown, Otsego, NY, no parents listed)

From letter dated 1977 by Thelma Louise Rugg: 'My great grandfather, Martin Van Buren was a cousin of the former President. I have known this ever since I was a little girl. I also heard my mother, Lulu Van Buren Rugg, talk about this when she and her brother, Grant Van Buren were visting us when we lived in Royal Oak Mich in 1940.' The Martin Van Buren bible was published at Cooperstown, NY in 1834. The Vineland, NJ Historical society was contacted in Aug 1991. They no longer had the bible. From the Oswego county, NY land deeds. Martin purchased 58 acres in lot 51, east Albion, Oswego county, NY in March 1847. It is located 1/2 mile south of South Albion, NY. The cost was $325. In March 1848 he purchased 25 acres in lot 26, east Albion, Oswego county, NY. The cost was $196. It is located 3 miles north of South Albion. Recorded in liber 46, page 231, SLC film #1011782; and liber 48, page 235, SLC film #1011783. Extensive research by Richard Robert Moran HAS NOT positively IDENTIFIED Martin Van Buren's PARENTS. Evidence indicates they were probably Martin Van Buren and Elizabeth Spraker. They were residing in Montgomery Co. in the early 1800's. Catherine Pickens cousins were baptized at and near Canajoharie, NY in 1790's - 1810's along with some of Martin Van Buren and Elizabeth Spraker children.

NOTES: IGI A458560-458560 ('Martin Van Buren' to 'Catharine Pickens', 23 Feb 1832, 'Cooperstown, Otsego, NY');

1860 U.S. Census, Florence Township, Oneida County, NY dwelling 164, p 817 (Carpenter, value of real estate 300, value of personal estate 100, married with the year [could this be in error?]; 1870 U.S. Census, Town of Florence, Oneida, NY (no Van Burens found); 1880 U.S. Soundex, NY. No Martin Van Buren in his 60's or 70's; 1855 County census, resident 10 years of county IGI Marten Van Buren b. 5 Apr 1808, Claverack, Columbia, NY B: 7 Mar 1942 Arizo E: Pre-1970 SP: Pre-1970 170633-371-14081, no parents listed

Martin married Catharine Pickens, daughter of Samuel or John Pickens and Sophia or Margaret Seyber, on 23 Feb 1832 in Cooperstown, Otsego, NY. Catharine was born on 12 Dec 1809-1810 in , Herkimer, NY and died about 1890 in , Allegany, NY.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Van Buren bible published in the Vineland, NJ, Historical society, vol 16, no 1, p3 (b. 12 Dec 1796); 1850 census, Albion, Oswego, NY (age 40); 1860 census, Florence Township, Oneida, NY, 164-817; Biographical History of Northern Michigan, 1905, p515; IGI 170424-860-32230 (b 12 Dec 1796, of Cooperstown, Otsego, NY)

IGI Caty Pickon, father: Samuel Pickon, mother: Sophia, c. 24 Jan 1808, Lutheran Saint Pauls Church, Minden Twp., Montgomery, NY B: 20 Apr 1978 Ogden E: 31 May 1978 Ogden SP: 20 Jul 1978 Ogden 534218-C511161-1002781

IGI Caty Pickon, father: John Pickon, mother: Margretha c. 23 Apr 1809, Lutheran Saint Pauls Church, Minden Twp., Montgomery, NY B: 20 Apr 1978 Ogden E: 31 May 1978 Ogden SP: 20 Jul 1978 Ogden 534218-C511161-1002781 (same dates as above)


Children from this marriage were:

   2 M    i. Alfred C. Van Buren was born on 13 Dec 1832 in , Otsego, NY and died after 1860 in Of Florence Twp., Oneida, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v 16, no 1, p3; 1850 Oswego Co. Census, family #220; 1855 Oswego Co. Census, Albion; 1860 Census, Florence Township, Oneida, NY, dwelling 169, p818; 1850 US census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220; IGI Film #170424 page #866 ord #32450 (of Cooperstown)

In IGI lists several children of Martin Van Buren and Catharine as (rel: Andrew Cheney Van Buren, no parents listed)

Alfred married Susan in , , NY. Susan was born in 1832-1833 in , , NY and died after 1860 in Of Florence Twp., Oneida, NY.

General Notes: 1860 Census, Florence Townsip, Oneida, NY dwelling 169, p. 818

   3 M    ii. George N. Van Buren was born on 23 Dec 1834 in , Otsego/Herkimer, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v 16, no 1, p3; IGI 170424-860-32451 (of Cooperstown, Otsego, NY)

   4 F    iii. Angaline Van Buren was born on 23 Feb 1836 in , Otsego/Herkimer, NY and died after 1855 in , Of Oswego, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v 16, no 1, p3; 1850 Oswego County Census, family 220; 1855 Oswego County Census, Albion; 1850 US census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220; IGI 170424-860-32231 (of Cooperstown, Otsego, NY)

   5 M    iv. Silvester Van Buren was born on 10 Aug 1838 in , Otsego, NY and died after 1850 in , Of Oswego, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v 16, no 1, p3; 1850 Oswego County Census, family 220; 1850 US census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220; IGI Film #170424 page #866 ord #32452 (of Cooperstown); 1855 Oswego census, Albion, 538-21

+ 6 M    v. Charles Van Buren was born on 3 Jan 1840 in , Otsego, NY, died on 6 Apr 1910 in Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.
   7 M    vi. Deloss Van Buren was born on 8 Aug 1841 in , Otsego, NY and died after 1860 in Of Florence Twp, Oneida, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v16, no 1, p3; 1860 census, Florence Twp, Oneida, NY 817-164 (Delois); 1850 census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220 (De Los); 1850 Oswego co census, 220 (Delosse); 1855 Oswego co census, Albion (Deloss); IGI Film #170424 Page #866 ord #32454 (of Cooperstown)

   8 F    vii. Adeline Van Buren was born on 31 Jan 1843 in , Of Otsego, NY and died on 12 Apr 1849 in , Of Oswego, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, vol 16, no1, p3

   9 M    viii. William Van Buren was born on 5 Dec 1844 in , Of Otsego, NY and died on 8 Jul 1864 in Of Florence Twp, Oneida, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v16, no1, p3; 1860 census, Florence Twp, Oneida, NY 817-164; 1850 census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220; 1850 Oswego co census, 220; 1855 Oswego Co census, Albion; IGI Film #170424 page #866 ord #32455 (of Cooperstown)

   10 M    ix. John H. Van Buren was born on 5 Aug 1846 in , Otsego, NY and died after 1860 in Of Florence Twp, Oneida, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Soiety, v16, no 1, p3; 1860 census, Florence Twp, Oneida, NY 817-164; 1850 census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220; 1850 Oswego Co census, 220; 1855 Oswego Co census, Albion

   11 M    x. Martin Van Buren was born on 5 Feb 1848 in , Oswego, NY and died on 17 May 1854 in , Of Oswego, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v16, no1, p3; 1850 census, Town of Albion, Oswego, NY 137-220; 1850 Oswego Co census, 220

   12 M    xi. Catharine Van Buren was born on 5 Sep 1850 in , Oswego, NY and died on 4 Sep 1863 in Of Florence Twp, Oneida, NY.

General Notes: Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v16, no 1, p3 (Cathrin); 1860 census, Florence Twp, Oneida, NY 817-164; 1855 Oswego Co census, Albion; IGI Film #170424 page #860 ord #32232 (of Cooperstown)


Second Generation (Children)


6. Charles Van Buren (Martin1) was born on 3 Jan 1840 in , Otsego, NY, died on 6 Apr 1910 in Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Tombstone; Biographical History of Northern Michigan, 1905, p.515; Van Buren bible, Vineland, NJ, Historical Society, v16, no. 1, p3; notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; 1840 U.S. Census Otsego, Otsego, NY, page 67, #16; 1850 U.S. Census, Albion, Oswego, NY; Kalkaska, MI Obituary; 1880 U.S. Census, Albion, Oswego, page 38, #21 (Farmer); 1850 Oswego Co census, 220; 1855 Oswego Co census, Albion, 538-25; IGI 170424-866-32453 (of Copperstown, Otsego, NY)

Grandaughter Maxine Rugg related that her mother LuLu told how Charles had a team of hourses that pulled boats down the Erie Canal in NY.

Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI newpaper: "Charles VanBuren of Clearwater township, Kalkaska County, died on Wednesday, April 6, 1910, age 70 years, 3 months and 3 days. He was born in Otsego County, State of New York, on the third day of January, 1840. Both of his parents were also natives of New York. He enlisted in Company K., 110th New York Volunteers, in the War of Rebellion and was engaged in the Bank's expedition. After being with his regiment for one year he was dischared for physical disability. He came to Michigan in 1882 and had lived in the township of Clearwater ever since. His health failing, he sold his farm and resided in Rapid City since last fall. He leaves a wife, five children and one adopted daughter, besides several granchildren to mourn his loss. He was converted to christianity early in life and had endeavered to live consistently ever since, dying strong in the faith of his Master. He has entered into the rest that remains for the people of God. His funeral was attended by the G.A.R., at Rapid City in the Methodist church, where the services were held. It was conducted by members of Col. Baker Post of Kalkaska, and the body was interred in Evergreen cemetery at that place, Rev. R. Towers officiating." [G.A.R. = Grand Army of the Republic]

Biographical History of Northern Michigan: "Charles Van Buren. The history of Kalkaska county is not a very old one. It is the record of the steady growth of a community planted in the wilderness within the last half century and has reached its magnitude of today without other aids than those of industry. The people who redeemed its wilderness fastnesses were strong-armed, hardy sons of the soil who hesitated at no difficulty and for whom hardships had little to appall. The early pioneers, having blazed the path of civilization to this part of the state, finished their labors and passed from the scene, leaving the country to the possession of their descendants and to others who came at a later period and builded on the foundation which they laid so broad and deep. Among the latter class is the prominent farmer and enterprising citizen by whose name this article is introduced. While his arrival was not as early as some, yet he came in the fomative period and has done much to develop the wonderful resources of a county that now occupies a proud position among the progressive and enlightened sections of Michigan. Charles Van Buren was born in Otsego, Otsego County, New York, on the 3d of January, 1840, and is the son of Martin and Catherine (Pickens) VanBuren, both also natives of the Empire state. They were the parents of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters, of which family the subject was the fifth child in order of birth. Both parents died when about the age of eighty years, the father's death occurring in Oswego county, New York, and the mother's in Allegany county, that state. When Charles VanBuren was a small boy the family removed to Oswego, New York, where he was reared to manhood on his father's farm and where he secured a good education in the common schools. In August, 1862, when the fires of rebellion were burning fiercely in the South and the nation's integrity was jeopardized, Mr. VanBuren offered his services and enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Tenth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, with which command he served about one year, when he was discharged because of physical disability. His regiment was under the command of General Banks and participated in the battle at Port Hudson and in the Red River campaign, besides many other minor engagements and other arduous duties. Returning home, Mr. VanBuren engaged in farming and so continued until the spring of 1882, when he came to Michigan and settled on the farm which he now owns, and which is located in section 13, Clearwater township, Kalkaska county. His first purchase was forty acres of timber land, to which he added later eighty acres, but subsequently disposed of the latter tract, after partially clearing it. The present farmstead has been cleared by the subject and he now has thirty acres in active cultivation, raising all the crops common to this lattitude, and he also gives some special attention to fruit culture, having about five acres planted to apple and plum trees, which have proved a source of considerable profit to the owner. Mr. VanBuren has erected tasty and substantial buildings on the place and all departments of the enterprise receive his careful and thoughtful attention. On June 12, 1861, at Oswego, New York. Mr. VanBuren was married to Miss Mary E. Scriber, who was born in Oswego county, New York, May 22, 1845, and is a daughter of Stephen and Olive (Palmer) Scriber, both natives of New York state. The father died in Onondago county, New York, at the age of seventy-six years, and the mother's death occurred in Traverse City, Michigan, when sixty-two years old. Of their familty of six childern, Mrs. VanBuren was the second born. She was reared in Oswego county, New York, and there received her education. Mr. and Mrs. VanBuren are the parents of six childern, namely: Alice A. is the wife of Charles Manley; Charles E.; Eva M. is the wife of Jacob Buckle; Walter F.; Lulu B. is the wife of Edd D. Rugg; Grant G. Mr. VanBuren has taken an active part in the public affairs of his township and has served four years as justice of the peace, two years as highway commissioner, and also as member of the board of review and in several of the school offices. Fraternally, he is a member of Colonel Baker Post, No. 84, Grand Army of the Republic, while religiously, he and his wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. VanBuren is a progressive farmer and for years he had been a close and careful student of agricultural science, being familiar with the nature of soils and their adaptabilty to the various crops, besides knowning by practical experience how to obtain the most satisfactory results from the labor and time expended. He is well known in this section and has so ordered his life as to gain the respect and confidence of all with whom he has been brought in contact."

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "homesteaded in Kalkaska county, served under General Banks in reserves in Union Army"


Mary Elizabeth Scriber 
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Charles married Mary Elizabeth Scriber, daughter of Stephen Scriber and Olive Harriet Palmer, on 12 Jun 1861 in , Oswego, NY. Mary was born on 22 May 1845 in Of Parish, Oswego, NY, died on 29 Aug 1919 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 1 Sep 1919 in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Death record, Kalkaska County, 13-18; notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Biographical History of Northern Michigan, 1905, p515; notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; Tombstone; 1850 census, town of Parish, Oswego, NY 017-242; 1860 census, Parish, Oswego, NY 302-1126; IGI 1396214-861780433; 1910 Kalkaska, MI census

In 1912 Thelma Louise Rugg went with immediate family to Syracuse, NY to visit Mary Elizabeth Scriber. Mary was quite rich. Scriber is a German name. She saw Mary's brother. Two days before the death of Thelma Louise Rugg she shared with Richard Robert Moran how she had dreamed of this early childhood visit with her grandmother, Mary Scriber. Verna Lu Marie Johnson has a green pitcher and 4 glass set that was Mary Elizabeth Scriber's which Mary received as wedding gift.

From picture Mary Scriber pictures in procession of Maxine Rugg: 1) Glen Scriber is cousin to Mary Scriber. 2) Picture of 'cousin Katie Scriber House with husband and family' 2 boys age about 4,7. Picture taken about 1880's. 3) Lewis Victor House, age 1 yr 1 mo 7 days. Christmas card, taken about 1880's. 4) Picture of house on post card addressed to Lulu Rugg 'from Aunt Hattie' house is picture of Uncle Jake's house [apparently Jake married to Hattie] house in Lamson, NY. 5) Postcard to Mary Van Buren. Dated 7 Jul 1918 from 'sister and brother'. Picture of Scriber's Genl. Store, Lamson, NY [3 story wood structure] 6) Maxine has Mary Scriber's bible, but NO genealogy in it.

letter from Mary Scriber to Lulu Belle VanBuren, post marked 5 Feb 1913, in procession of Maxine Rugg as of 20 May 1980:
"Wal here I am all right but my apples & onions & potatoes are as hard as bullits. I heald some potatoes & droped them in boiling watter & they wer very good & so I put them. whare they would keep hard it is verry stormy or rather windy & I dont kno if they will go to lodge or not shall mail this if we go & if not wre tomorrow I did not get here in time to stop the mail for he had it put up but he said hee would bring it back to night but if we dont go to lodge I shant go down the clock was stile running but it had missed strikening three times I wound it the last thing week ago last thursday morning when I came up thier doar fine dident it I am working on gsants guilt will soon have it done I will write to Alice tomorrow I hope you are not feeling anny worse & now dont worry about me for I shall be all right my windows are all coverd with frost the fire burns fine but the wind is cold & now grandmas curly head you must remember & be a lady & Hellen to grandma will come some day & boys be kind to each other & to the girls be good boys & help mother & god bless for all. grandma & mother" [spelling left uncorrected]

Kalkaska, MI newspaper is missing from 1918-1920 so could not find obituary.


Children from this marriage were:

   13 F    i. Alice Van Buren was born in 1862 in , , NY, died in 1924 and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Tombstone

Alice married Charles A. Manley. Charles was born in 1866, died in 1937 and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; Tombstone

Manley road in Clearwater Twp, Kalkaska was named after the family.

+ 14 M    ii. Charles E. Van Buren was born in 1866-1867 in , , NY and died in , Of Kalkaska, MI.
+ 15 F    iii. Eve May Van Buren was born on 27 Jun 1874 in Of Albion, Oswego, NY, died on 10 Jun 1908 and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.
+ 16 M    iv. Walter F. Van Buren was born in 1875-1876 in Of Albion, Oswego, NY.
+ 17 F    v. Lulu Belle Van Buren was born on 28 Aug 1880 in Parish, Oswego, NY, died on 22 Jun 1969 in Petoskey, Charlevoix, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.
+ 18 M    vi. Grant G. Van Buren was born on 30 Oct 1886 in Clearwater, Kalkaska, MI.
   19 F    vii. Anna Van Buren .

General Notes: interview with Maxine Rugg (adopted)


Third Generation (Grandchildren)


14. Charles E. Van Buren (Charles6, Martin1) was born in 1866-1867 in , , NY and died in , Of Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Kalkaksa county history; 1880 census, Albion, Oswego, NY, 38; from Maxine Rugg also had child 'Glen', had 6 wives; Kalkaska, MI 1910 census age 42

From notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson: Had 5 wives. Was post master of Van Buren, MI later renamed to Rapid City, MI

Charles married Claude.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson (questionable if wife of Charles VanBuren) [in 1910 census Charles & Ethel had 14 yr old son Claude]

No Children by husband Charles Van Buren

Charles next married Mildred.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson (questionable if wife of Charles VanBuren)


Children from this marriage were:

   20 F    i. Celia Van Buren was born in 1885-1915 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; phone conversation with daughter Jackie McDonald

Celia married John McDonald.

General Notes: personal knowledge of Maxine Rugg

Charles next married Carrie.

General Notes: interview with Maxine Rugg (wife in 1901)

Charles next married Ethel May Riley. Ethel was born in 1885-1886.

General Notes: Antrim County Michigan DAR - Vital Record, p107


Children from this marriage were:

   21 F    i. Mildred Margurete Van Buren was born on 16 Sep 1914 in White Hall, , MI.

General Notes: Antrim Country Michigan DAR - Vital Record, p107 (1st child)

NOTES: Who was the ancestor that was in the American Revolution?

15. Eve May Van Buren (Charles6, Martin1) was born on 27 Jun 1874 in Of Albion, Oswego, NY, died on 10 Jun 1908 and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (Eva); Tombstone; 1880 census, Albion, Oswego, NY, 38

from email of Barbara Buckel, died from tuberculosis

Eve married Jacob A. (Jake) Buckel. Jacob was born in 1867, died in 1939 and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (Buckel); notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; Tombstone (Buckel); interview with Maxine Ellen Rugg (Buckle)


Children from this marriage were:

   22 M    i. Glen Buckel was born in 1890-1925 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

   23 M    ii. Leroy "Roy" Harrison Buckel was born in 1890-1925 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; email of Barbara Buckel

Leroy married Mrs. Buckel.

General Notes: email of Barbara Buckel

   24 F    iii. Mary M. (Margie) Buckel was born on 31 Aug 1899 in , , Probably MI, died on 19 Mar 1916 and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson; Tombstone; 1910 US census, Kalkaska, MI living with grandmother Mary E. Van Buren

email of Barbara Buckel, "Marjorie" died from tuberculosis, 18 Mar 1916

16. Walter F. Van Buren (Charles6, Martin1) was born in 1875-1876 in Of Albion, Oswego, NY.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson (not married); 1880 census, Albion, Oswego, NY, 38; 1910 US census Kalkaska, MI

Walter married Mrs. Van Buren.

General Notes: added to create family, 1910 Kalkaska census states Walter F. Van Buren is widowed.


Children from this marriage were:

   25 F    i. Anna Van Buren was born in 1882-1883.

General Notes: 1910 US census, Kalkaska, MI, age 17

17. Lulu Belle Van Buren (Charles6, Martin1) was born on 28 Aug 1880 in Parish, Oswego, NY, died on 22 Jun 1969 in Petoskey, Charlevoix, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, Kalkaska County, MI (recorded 20 May 1944); Marriage record, State of Michigan, Kalkaska County, Number 2-511-496; Death record, Kalkaska County, MI 2-107-p118 (Death recorded in a different county then died in; IGI 8617804-31-1396214; Tombstone

Died from heart disease.

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 26 Jun 1969:
"Services held Tuesday for Mrs. Edward Rugg. Lulu Belle Van Buren, the daughter of Charles and Mary Van Buren, was born in New York state, August 28, 1880 and died June 22, 1969 at the Petoskey Geriatrics and Care Center at the age of 88. She came to Michigan at an early age with her parents who were early pioneers in Rapid River Township, Kalkaska County. She was married to Edward Rugg, December 25, 1901 and is survived by four children, Earl Rugg of Bisbee, Arizona, Mrs. Alvah (Thelma) Johnson, of Alden, Mrs. Leonard (Helen) Kizer of Morley, and Mrs. Willard (Maxine) Ryckman of Kalkaska, 14 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Mrs. Rugg was preceded in death by her husband and one son, Donovan, one granddaughter and two great grandchildren. She was a member of the People Church, Bethany Circle, Rebekah Lodge, Past Noble Grand Club and the Golden Age Club. Funeral services were held at the Schwartz-Wolfe Funeral Home, Tuesday, June 24, 1969 at 2 o'clock, Rev. Donald Beyer of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating, and interment at Evergreen cemetery, Kalkaska."

NOTES: IGI 8617804-31-1396214 ('Lulu Belle' to father 'Charles E. Van Buren' and mother 'Mary Elizabeth Scriber')

According to Maxine Rugg: Lulu Van Buren told Maxine that either Maxine or Lulu was a 4th cousin to U.S. President Martin Van Buren. See Lulu's grandfather Martin Van Buren notes for further comments.

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "born in N.Y, teacher 1 year, homemaker

Lulu Van Buren also stated she is related to U.S. Presidents Roosevelt, Jefferson, Buchanan. Maxine has the bible of her mother Lulu Van Buren.

Verna Lu Marie Johnson purchased a blue delft tea pot site from Buren, Holland in the 1980s'.


Ed Rugg 
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Lulu married Edward Daniel Rugg, son of Rolando Francis Rugg and Susie Brotzman, on 25 Dec 1901 in Rapid City, Kalkaska, MI. Edward was born on 20 Feb 1878 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 24 Jul 1943 in Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI Another name for Edward was Ed Rugg.

General Notes: Birth record, State Office Number 40-3054. (Recorded in 1943 based on affidavits of older brother and neighbor.), Birth record Kalkaska County, MI, 3-276-328; Death record, Kalkaska County, MI 2-35-3; book 'The Descendants of John Rugg' by Ellen R. Rugg, p35; book 'Descendants of Johan Frederick Brotzman ...', by Mary R. Forbes, p156, 257; Tombstone; marriage certificate in possession of Maxine Elinor Rugg; IGI 1396214-861780434

Died from Metral Stenosis Hypertension.

Book: "Authority: Mrs. Edna Rosengrant"

Sheriff of Kalkaska County, MI 1917 - 1920; badge in possession of grandson Willard Allen Ryckman in 1995

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "woodsman, sheriff, township road commissioner, foreman state hi-way, born Rugg, Kalkaska, MI"

The Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 1943:
"Ex-Kalkaska Sheriff - Dies; Rites Tuesday. Kalkaska. - E. D. Rugg, 65, former Kalkaska county sheriff, died Saturday at his home here. Born in Rapid River township, he had been a lifelong resident of the county except for one year spent in Idaho. He served as sheriff from 1916 to 1929, moving then to Idaho, but returned in 1921 to act as foreman of county roads. He also had been employed by the state highway department division here as a foreman for three years and from 1928 until 1939, when he retired, ran a gasoline station. Surviving are the widow, Lula Belle; two sons, Earl of Grand Rapids and Don of Detroit; three daughters, Mrs. Maxine Ryckman of Kalkaska, Mrs. Helen Kizer of Morley and Mrs. Thelma Johnson of Detroit; three brothers, James of Middleville, Ray of Grand Rapids and John of Rapid City. Funeral services will be held at 2 Tuesday at the Berg funeral home, with burial in Evergreen cemetery."

The Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 29 July 1943:
"Funeral Rites held Tuesday Afternoon, Berg Funeral Home. Edward D. Rugg, prominent resident of Kalkaska county all his life, passed away at his home on Saturday, July 24, 1943. He was born in Rapid River township February 20, 1878, having attained the age of 65 years at the time of his death. Mr. Rugg was engaged in farming, at which time he was elected to public officer as County Road Commissioner. In the year 1916 he was elected sheriff of the county, which he held until June 1920, when he resigned and moved to Idaho. He again moved back to his home county in 1921, and was foreman of County Roads from 1921 to 1923. For a few years thereafter he was engaged in the lumber industry. He also served as foreman of State Highway Department for Kalkaska county, from 1925 to 1928, when he engaged in operating a gas station. In 1929 he found it necessary to retire on account of ill health. Deceased was always active in anything pertaining to the betterment of the community and county, and had many friends who join the relatives in mourning his demise. Surviving are the widow, Lula Belle; two sons, Earl of Grand Rapids and Don of Detroit; three daughters, Mrs. Maxine Ryckman of Kalkaska, Mrs. Helen Kizer of Morley and Mrs. Thelma Johnson of Detroit; three brothers, James of Middleville, Ray of Grand Rapids and John of Rapid City, also ten grand children. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Berg Funeral Home, Rev. A. R. Ellis officiating, and burial was made in Evergreen cemetery."


Children from this marriage were:

   26 M    i. Earl Wilbur Rugg was born on 21 Jan 1903 in Rapid River Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 24 Jan 1979 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI and was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, Sate Office Number 40-3487 (affidavit of his mother recorded in 1949); correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg; obituary

The Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 8 Feb 1979:
"Kalkaska - Mr. Earl Rugg, former Kalkaska resident and descendent of two Kalkaska County pioneer families, passed away Jan. 24, in Plainwell, Mich., after a lingering illness. Mr. Rugg was born Jan 21, 1903, in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska County, son of Edward and Lulu Van Buren Rugg. A dedicated member of the Jehovah Witness, for forty years he served congregations in souther Mich, Tenn, and Ariz. At his death, he was a beloved member of the Plainwell Congregation. Surviving are his wife, Marguerite; one daughter, Mrs. Joylene O'Neill of Grand Rapids; one son, Merlyn of Kalamazoo; 3 sisters, Mrs. Thelma Johnson of Florida, Mrs. Helen Kizer of Morley, Mich, Mrs. Maxine Ryckman of Kalkaska; 6 grandsons; 5 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donovan. Services were held Jan 27, at the Marshall-Gren Chapel, Plainwell, Mr. Terry La Fountain, officiating. He was laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell."

Earl Wilbur Rugg notes: "baker, minister, born Rugg, Kalkaska, MI"

Earl married Marguerite Merry Johnson, daughter of Guy Victor Johnson and Verna Isabelle McLaughlin, on 30 May 1927 in , , , USA. Marguerite was born on 25 Dec 1905 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 25 Apr 1996 in Plainwell, Allegan, MI and was buried on 28 Apr 1996 in Plainwell Cem, Plainwell, Allegan, MI.

General Notes: birth record of child Joylene May Rugg; photo as child; Verna Lu Marie Johnson visit with Marguerite Aug 1994 and attended funeral latter; Life history by Marguerite Merry Johnson

School teacher. Born at farm on Manley Rd, section 2. Living in Plainwell, MI (1994)

"My life history by Marguerite Merry Johnson:
I was born December 25th, 1905 in Kalkaska County on my grandfathers farm, I had a two year old older brother Cecil and two years after my birth another brother Alvah was born. When I was ten, another brother Clifford was born, who lived only six months. Soon my parents divorced and we went to live with my grandparents in Rapid City. I helped cook for eight people. Sometimes I placed a lesson for the day on the warming oven of the wood stovewhile I baked pancakes. I was on the girls basketball team and was in school plays. I always had the comedy part. While I lived with my grandparents they built a new stone house which is still a landmark in Rapid City today. After high school I enrolled in Detroit Business College, and afterwards gained employment in the office of Detroit Cleveland Navigation Company on the Detroit river for the travel agent. I then went to county Normal in Kalkaska and then on to Michigan State College in Ypsilanti to obtain a teaching certificate. One summer when home from teaching I was invited to conduct a young peoples meeting at the Methodist church. As the meeting was about to begin, I saw Earl Rugg walk in. He asked me for a date that night. This was the beginning of our courtship and we were married 6 months later May 30, 1927. (Daughter Note: Mother and Dad Eloped.) We moved to Grand Rapids, this is where we raised our family Merlyn and Joylene. These were the depression years but Earl always had work. I returned to teaching when the children were older to help out. We had been a family of Witnesses' for many years as the truth was brought to us in Grand Rapids when Merlyn was three years old. As a family, we were active in Jehovah's service. In fact we were part of the original congregation of 13 Witnesses. It has been a privilege to announce an incoming Kingdom that would bring many blessings to all mankind. We sold our home to move where the need was greater. We were in Tennessee for there years, and Arizona for 6 years. We moved back to Michigan because of Dads health. He died Jan 24, 1979. He was a kind and devoted husband and father and I look forward to seeing him again as Jehovah's faithful servant in the resurrection. I am proud of my six grandsons and twelve great grandchildren, and of course my children. It has been as varied life but very rewarding. Jehovah has always been my strength and refuge. I hope to serve him faithfully as long as I can."

notes of Earl Wilbur Rugg: "secretary, teacher, homemaker"

   27 M    ii. Donovan Leslie Rugg was born on 8 Oct 1904 in Rugg, Kalkaska, MI, died on 26 May 1958 in Detroit, Wayne, MI and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: birth record, Kalkaska County, MI 3-276-329 (Rapid River Twp.); notes and correspondence of Thelma Louise Rugg; birth record of child Sally Rolene Rugg; Tombstone; obituary

The Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 29 May 1958:
"Don Rugg passes in Detroit Monday. Donovan Leslie Rugg of Detroit passes away Monday, May 26, at the age of 53. He was born October 8, 1904, in Rapid River Twp., the son of Edward and Lulu Rugg. Mr. Rugg preceeded his son in death. Don Rugg was a resident of Kalkaska County until about 15 years ago when he moved to Detroit to make his home. He attended Kalkaska High school and was a member of the Union Church of Kalkaska. Surviving besides his wife, Murice, are two daughters, Mrs. Sally Johnson and Mrs. Marilyn Gronato; one son Edward, all of Detroit; three sisters, Mrs. Thelma Johnson, Detroit, Mrs. Helen Kizer, Morley, and Mrs. Maxine Ryckman of Kalkaska; one brother, Earl, of Dickson, Tennessee; also one gradson, Roy Johnson III. Funeral services are Thursday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. from the Berg-Schwatz Home with Rev. Odell Carlisle officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen cemetery."

Donovan married Louise Opal Johnson in , , MI. Louise was born in Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: birth record of childern Sally Rolene Rugg and Edward Dale Rugg; correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg

Louise Johnson is not related to Alvah Horatio Johnson's family.

Donovan next married Murice.

General Notes: correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg; obituary of husband Donovan Leslie Rugg


Thelma Louise Rugg 
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   28 F    iii. Thelma Louise Rugg was born on 31 Jul 1908 in Rapid River Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 17 Dec 1990 in Fern Park, Seminole, FL and was buried in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; personal knowledge of Jeanne Johnson one day after death; Tombstone

Verna Lu Marie Johnson has a green tea pot & cake set that was Thelma's.

NOTES: notes of Thelma Louise Rugg ('Baptized 1921 in Peoples Church - Kalkaska. Member of First Methodist Royal Oak, MI. At present, 1976, member Asbury United Methodist of Maitland, FL.')


Thelma and Alvah Johnson 
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Thelma married Alvah Horatio Johnson, son of Guy Victor Johnson and Verna Isabelle McLaughlin, on 24 May 1930 in , , MI. Alvah was born on 23 Feb 1908 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI, died on 28 Jul 1971 in Clearwater Twp., Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 31 Jul 1971 in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: Birth record, State of Michigan, Registered Number 7; Death record, State of Michigan, number 42148-28; Marriage from notes of Thelma Louise Rugg; Tombstone

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 5 Aug 1971:
"Life-Long Kalkaska Resident Passes: Alvah H. Johnson, 63, a life-long resident of Kalkaska county, died Wednesday, July 28, 1971 at his home on Manley Road near Alden. Mr. Johnson was born February 23, 1908 in Clearwater township. He retired from the Post Office department in 1966. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Rugg Johnson, whom he married May 24, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio. Also surviving are two sons, Alvah Jr. of Altamonte Springs, Florida and Glen of Clare; one daughter Mrs. Robert (Verna Lu) Moran of Maitland, Florida; one brother Cecil of Athens, one sister, Mrs. Earl Rugg of Vickenburg, Arizona; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral service were held Saturday, July 31, 1971 at 1 p.m. at the Schwartz-Wolfe Funeral Home in Kalkaska with the Rev. Geary Bird of St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was made in Evergreen cemetery, Kalkaska."

NOTES: personal notes of Thelma Louise Rugg (pk9) ('Baptized 11 Jun 1916 - First Methodist, Highland Park, MI. Member of First Methodist, Royal Oak, MI)

From daughter Verna: born and died in house on farm at Manley Rd, section 2. Eloped to Thelma since her parents objected to a marriage.

   29 F    iv. Helen Evelyn Rugg was born on 20 Sep 1910 in , Kalkaska, MI and died about 1987.

General Notes: correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg; phone conversation with Verna Lu Marie Johnson

Helen married Leonard L. Kizer in , Of, MI. Leonard L. Kizer died on 1 Aug 1990 in Big Rapids, Mecosta, MI and was buried on 4 Aug 1990 in Morley, Mecosta, MI.

General Notes: correspondence from Thelma Louise Rugg; phone conversation with Verna Lu Marie Johnson

From Verna Lu Marie Johnson: He had a heart attack earlier in week, died from second heart attack while in hospital recovering from first heart attack.

   30 F    v. Maxine Elinor Rugg was born on 30 Sep 1919 in , Kalkaska, MI, died on 19 Jun 1995 in Cold Springs Twp, Kalkaska, MI and was buried on 22 Jun 1995 in Evergreen Cem., Kalkaska, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: interview with Maxine Elinor Rugg; death personal knowledge of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

Leader and Kalkaskian, Kalkaska, MI, 28 Jun 1995:
"Mrs. Maxine E. Ryckman, 75, of Mancelona, died Mon., June 19, 1995 at the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center. Mrs. Ryckman had been a life-long resident of Kalkaska County. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, and enjoyed writing poetry and short stories. She was active in community service, and enjoyed camping and other family activities. Born on Sept. 30, 1919, in Kalkaska County, she was the daughter of Edward D. and Lulu Belle VanBuren Rugg. On Aug. 20, 1939, in Kalkaska she was united in marriage to Willard A. Ryckman, who survives. Also surviving are four sons, Willard A. (Rebecca) Ryckman, Jr. of Tampa, Fla., James E. (Patricia) Ryckman of Charleston, SC, Ronald W. (Mary) Ryckman of Meade, Kan. and Douglas L. (Martha) Ryckman of Houghton Lake; one daughter, Mary Sue (Olli) Wendelin of Charleston, SC; nine grandchildren, Shannon, Jefferson, Paula, Ron, Heather, Daniel, Jennifer, Ashley and Cassandra; and six great grandchildren, Jefferson, Michael, Patrick, Rebecca, Alexa and Corinne. She was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thurs., June 22, 1995, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kalkaska. Rev. Ted Turanski officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church. Arrangements were by Wolfe Funeral Home, Kalkaska."

died from heart attack at home on west side of Big Twin Lake.

Maxine married Living

18. Grant G. Van Buren (Charles6, Martin1) was born on 30 Oct 1886 in Clearwater, Kalkaska, MI.

General Notes: birth record, Kalkaska County, MI 1-70-27

Grant married Maude in , , , USA.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson


Children from this marriage were:

   31 M    i. Harold Van Buren was born in 1905-1935 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

   32 M    ii. Morris Van Buren was born in 1905-1935 in , , Probably MI and died in Of Cleveland.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

   33 F    iii. Mildred Van Buren was born in 1905-1935 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

   34 F    iv. Eleanor Van Buren was born in 1905-1935 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

   35 F    v. Lucille Van Buren was born in 1905-1935 in , , Probably MI.

General Notes: notes of Verna Lu Marie Johnson

Grant next married Mrs Van Buren.

General Notes: interview with Maxine Ellen Rugg

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