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Note N1 :

Individuals : Horton William "Willie" George
William's marriage certificate, Kent County Clerk's Office, Book 13/Page 15/Record 94, states that William & Jeannette were married by J. T. Bergen, Reformed Church, Holland, MI. The witnesses were Edward Hall of S. Blendon, Ottawa, Michigan, USA and Elizabeth Schepers of Holland, Ottawa Co., MI. The clerk was Connor H. Smith. It was the first marriage for each of them, William was 25 and Jeannette was 19. Although the family remembers William as a painter, the marriage certificate lists his occupation as a shoe dealer. That is because he joined his wife's family business, Schepers Shoes and then left to start or return to painting.
iness, Schepers Shoes and then left to start o
On the 1880 Federal Census, it states that William's name was Willie and that he had the croup at the time of the census.
at he had the croup at the time of the census.
William died at the home of his sister Gertrude, according to his obituary.


Note N2 :

Individuals : Horton Gertrude "Gertie" L.
Although the 1880 Federal Census states that Gertrude was born in New York, a letter from Carrie Hall-Hoffman to Pat Hall states that all three children of George Horton were born in Kincardine, Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada.
ONC , Ontario, Canada.
Gertrude's second marriage to Griener took place before May 31, 1946, when Roger Horton was born because Gertrude is listed as Griener on the list of gift-givers in Roger's baby book.
ers in Roger's baby book.
Gertrude's obituary states that she was 74 when she died so she was born in 1872 or 1873 depending upon the time of the year she was born. It also states that she is buried at Rest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Grand Rapids, but Pat Hall says she is buried at Blendon Cemetery, Blendon Twp., MI. Checking the death certificate can clear this up.
ng the death certificate can clear this up.
Gertrude seems to the caregiver of the family because she took in her brother and her mother before they died.
efore they died.
Greiner with a "n" was how it was written in her brother William's obituary.


Note N3 :

Individuals : Horton Mary E
Mary E. Horton, AKA Mayme Remington, is the most colorful and famous branches of the Horton tree!
Not sure of Mary E.'s birth year. Tombstone in Blendon Twp, Ottawa Co., MI says 1871, but 1870 Census estimates her date of birth as 1869. You might assume that the Census is right because she was living at the time, but there were so many Mary's in George R.'s life that this Mary E. and Mayme may not be the same person. Mary's given name is confusing, but it is probably Mary E. as on the Census records, and the cemetery records state Maymee Remington on her tombstone, but most of the clippings of her stage career state her name as Mamie Remington, and a few use the name Mayme Remington. Most of the clippings are not dated, but the few that are have dates are 1900, 1901, 1903, and 1904. Mamie(or Mayme or Maymee) are probably all stage names. She appeared in Vaudeville on the NYC stage with her pickaninnies. Charles "Chuck" Eardley has the scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Mamie and her performances and reviews, and Roberta Harms-Horton has a copy of all of those clippings.
ppings about Mam
In her mother's obituary, (Apr 1936) Mary is referred to as "Mayme Remington of NY." Remington is probably a stage name like Mayme.
other's obituary, (Apr 1936) Mary is referred to as "Mayme Rem
Mayme's son's name was Willie Wynn (26 Jun 1889--26 Jan 1892). Family lore says that he was born out of wedlock. From his death certificate comes the fact that his father was John Wynn, living in Michigan, but no proof that he and Mary were ever married. From the same source we learn that Mary was living in New York at the time of Willie's death from scarlet fever, 26 Jan 1892. It's possible that John was raising Willie, but more likely that Margaret Burchill (Mayme's mother or step-mother) was raising Willie. Because Willie is buried in the Hall (Margaret's second husband) plot, Willie most likely had been living with Margaret and Richard, at the time of his death. Although the tombstone transcription from Blendon Township Cemetery Records found at the Grand Rapids Public Library lists Willie as Willie Wynn Hall, his tombstone has only Willie Wynn carved into it.
ion from Blendon Township Cemetery Records found a
In the same tombstone transcription records, Mayme's date of birth is given as 1871. This contradicts the 1870 census record which shows a Mary E. Horton, age one, living with George R. Horton and Margaret Horton in Arcadia, Wayne Co., NY. Perhaps the Mary E. in the census died and the next child born was named after her in 1871.
with George R. Horton and Margare
A typewritten account (seems to be non-fiction), probably written by William George or J William Horton tells about Mayme Clinton. The dates and storyline agree with what was known about Mary E. Horton (Mayme Remington) according to Horton family members, but the author may have sought to protect Mary's true identity by naming the character Mayme Clinton instead of Horton or Remington. Another possibility is that Mayme was married to someone by the last name of Clinton at some time. John Wynn was the name of Mayme's son Willie Wynn (supposedly born out of wedlock). Mayme's father is referred to as "Mr Clinton" instead of "Mr. Horton," leading us to believe that Clinton was supposed to be her maiden name, and that the author was protecting Mayme's true identity. Here is the one page (it appears that there was at least one more page that followed) of typewritten text (the town should be spelled Blendon, but no corrections were made to the story):
d that the author was protecting Mayme's tru
"It was but ten years after the war between the North and the South that Mayme Clinton was born, but the war held no real effect on Mayme, except she new she felt sorry for the Negro, and this she new only from the stories told her by her mother for it wasn't until she was ten that she every saw a Negro and that was when her family moved from Ontario to Michigan in the States.
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Time after time when she was a child she would have her mother or father read her the story of Uncle Tom's Cabin. That was her favorite story and as she grew older she would read the story herself and would tell it to her youger sister Gertrude and small brother Will and they enjoyed the story nearly as much as Mayme altho they seldom went to bed crying the way Mayme would feeling so sorry for the Negros. Even up to that time she had seen only one Negro and that was on their way to their new home in the small town of Bleedon, even then she saw him only for a moment it was when they were getting on the train in Grand Rapids him pulling one of those wagons loaded with suit-cases and trunks to a nearby baggage car, but even that made her nearly sick, that poor man pulling that heavy wagon, and it was weeks later that her father finally convinced her that the wagon wasn't so heavy and that there were many white men also who pulled wagons right there at that same depot, nevertheless that scene made a lasting impression on Mayme's memory and she would often talk about it with her sister and brother, but they would have forgotten all about the man except for Mayme's constantly reminding them.
at her fathe
Bleedon consisted of a general store, post-office, blacksmith shop, the grade school and the Methodist Church. The Clinton's lived on the edge of the town on an eighty acre farm, Mr. Clinton wasn't a farmer at all he was a railroad man, an engineer on the train that ran right thru Bleedon but a farm is what he thought he always wanted, but poor Mr Clinton never new".
Mayme's c
Although the second page of the story is lost, we know from a newspaper account that the death of Mr. Clinton (actually George R. Horton) took place shortly after arriving on the farm, in June 1880. The story says that he "wasn't a farmer at all he was a railroad man, an engineer on the train." The newspaper article states that George R. Horton was an inexperienced railroad brakeman whose inexperience cost him his life when he was crushed between two cars. With the newspaper account in mind, we can probably complete the author's last sentence with "what it was like to be a farmer because he died in a railroad accident five months after arriving on the the farm in Bleedon."
1880. The stor
A letter from Carrie Hall-Hoffman to Pat Hall states that Mayme was born in Kincardine, Bruce Co., Ontario and not New York as the 1880 Federal Census states. I found Mary E.(Mayme) as a one-year-old in the 1870 Federal Census for Arcadia, Wayne, New York, USA. This is still not conclusive that Mary was born in NY. The census does state that Mary E.'s mother was foreign-born. Although Margaret Burchill was born in Canada, George's second wife could have been born in Canada too. Therefore, whether Mary E.(Mayme's), mother was Margaret Burchill will have to be proved by Mayme's birth certificate. We do know that it couldn't have been George R.'s first wife, named Mary E. also, because she died in 1862. Then George must have married a second time because he has a daughter Nora, born about 1864. Margaret would have been only 12 so she wouldn't be Nora's mother and his first wife, Mary E. died in 1962. In any case, it appears that Mayme was probably named after George's first wife, Mary E.. I need to find the marriage record of George R. and Margaret to see if they were married when Mary E. was born. I also need to search for the birth record of Nora around 1864 and the marriage record of George and his second wife between Mary E.'s death in 1862 and his daughter Mary E.'s birth in 1868-69.
because sh
I searched the "Western Michigan Obituaries 1910-November 2004 for Mary Horton, but didn't find Mayme or Mary Horton. However, under Mayme Remington I found her obituary. Using her stage name on her tombstone, would indicate that she legally changed her name, but research into legal name changes in New York City was a dead end. Buffered with speculation, it appears that Mary E. Horton decided to shed her birthright and choose a more glamerous name befitting a rising star. Even though Mayme's career was over and she had been living for years in the Grand Rapids area when she bid farewell, Mayme didn't discuss her tombstone wishes with her family,
hter Mary E.'s birth in 1868-69.
Some of Mayme's life in New York City is revealed in her newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and photos. Her vaudeville scrapbook is a geographical diary of all of her performances during her career. [Charles Horton Eardley of Grand Rapids is the keeper of Mayme's scrapbook.] According to Gary Horton, Mayme's career never reached the pinacle of Vaudeville, the Keith Circuit. Nevertheless, she played to audiences around the City and and the state of New York for ___ years. Venues in Syracuse, Buffalo, and other populous towns prove how much she was on the road while pursuing her career. To protect herself, Mayme carried a deringer in her purse. That same deringer has been passed down through generations of Hortons. As of 2017, It is in the possession of Charles Horton Eardley. Apparently the safety of a woman alone on city streets, especially at night, was a concern in the early 20th century similar to today's beliefs.
of her performances during her career. [Charles H
These same clippings as well as photos help us to learn probe into the details of Mayme's act and her rise to stardom. (photos: Gary's of Mayme & her pickaninnies onstage, 11x14 of Mayme probably used for professional promotions, Mayme riding in her car with her Michigan friends.)


Note N4 :

Individuals : Tenckinck Hendrikus Gerhardus
Adhering to Dutch naming tradition, the three Tenckinck brothers, Louw, Egbertus, and Doelke, each named their first male child Hendricus Gerhardus or Hendrik (variation of Hendricus) Gerhardus. The custom was to name the first-born son after the son's grandfather. Each of the sons americanized their given name to Henry.
ized their given name to Henry.
Kent County Clerk's Office states that Henry was 26 years old, a resident of Grand Rapids, and a milkman when he married Florence Maude who was 25 years old, a resident of Grand Rapids Twp., and had no occupation. It was the first marriage for each of them. They were married in Grand Rapids by John M. Fulton, Pastor, West Minister Church. The witnesses were Walter C. McCrath of Grand Rapids and Louis J. Tenckinck of Grand Rapids. The clerk was Connor H. Smith.

His death certificate states that he was married so perhaps the divorce was never final or he remarried. I will have to check the county records.
C e was never final or he remarried. I will have to check the county rec
From the Michigan Archives, Henry G. Tenckinck's citizenship papers state that he came to the U.S. at age seven. The date he became naturalized was April 3, 1896. However, this may be the other Henry G. Tenckinck, son of Egbertus. There is no way to tell from the papers. However, it is believed that Louw Tenckinck came to the U.S. in 1881 and this Henry who was born in 1874, would have been seven in 1881 when he came to the U.S. with his dad. I need to search for another one of two Henry's naturalization records to help answer this question.
her one of tw


Note N5 :

Individuals : Tenckinck Florence Maude
Florence & Henry were separated before Ruth Tenckinck went to school, but they did not get a divorce until several years later. I believe that her name was Florence Maude, but daughter Ruth's birth certificate lists Maude F. as the mother. This is the only reference to Maude as the first name and the family bible lists Florence Maude.
Florence and her four children moved in with her parents at 622 Franklin St SE when she separated from Henry. She lived there for the rest of her life and never remarried.
or the res


Note N6 :

Individuals : Tenckinck Ella Roxe
Roxe and Stan were married, each for the first time. The witnesses at the wedding were Ruth E. Tenckinck and George W. Bunker, both of Grand Rapids. They were married at Plymouth Congregational, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.
CONC , Michigan, USA.


Note N7 :

Individuals : Tenckinck Louw Johannes
Have a copy of Louw's (Louis on the papers) citizenship papers.
There is a second possible birthdate of 19 Apr 1849 which was figured backwards from the age at death(86years/6months/21 days) on the death certificate, microfilm 4996, Kent County Clerk's Office. I don't know the source of the 13 Apr 1849 date, but maybe there is a source in Louw's file.
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Louw probably came to the U.S. in 1881(date his children came), after Egbertus, his brother, who probably came in 1876 or 1877, when Louw appears for the first time in the G.R. City Directory with Hendericus Tenckinck, Louw and Egbertus's father. Louw applied for U.S. citizenship on May 2, 1884, and was naturalized on March 4, 1886.
CONC enship on May 2, 1884, and was naturalized on March 4, 1886.
According to the Dutch register at, Louw's profession was "custard trader." His father Hendrikus was a "merchant." He was 22 years old, when he married Anna in Bedum, Groningen, The Netherlands in 1871.
The Netherland


Note N8 :

Individuals : Schutter Anna H.
Anna's maiden name was found spelled three different ways according to the following records: her husband, Louw' death certificate(she preceded him in death), where her name was spelled Shutter by the informant, Mrs. James Heering; her death certificate where her name was spelled Sculter; and the family Bible where it was spelled Schutter. The latter seems to be the correct spelling as that's how it was spelled in the Dutch registers found at
CONC n the Dutch registers found at
On Anna's marriage record at, it states that she was 21 years old at the time of her marriage. It also states that her grandparents were "mentioned," according to the register. However, their names don't appear on the marriage record.
n't appear on the marriage record.


Note N9 :

Individuals : Tenckinck Florence
Flora was married to John Gott, but had no children. She was 21 when she got married according to the marriage certificate(Book 15/Page 50 Kent County Clerk's Office). It was her first marriage. The witnesses were Harold Gott of Ionia and Langman Tenckinck of G.R.. According to Roxe Tenckinck-Davies, they had no children.


Note N10 :

Individuals : Horton J William
As the story goes, J was not expected to live when he was born so they named him "J," to stand for Jeanette, until he was out of danger. When this happened, they did not rename him. The birth certificate states his name as J. William Horton, but he never used the period after the J while Ruth was married to him. There is a copy of his birth certificate in the folder (Liber #15, page 237, June 30, 1907).
er (Liber #15, page 237, June 30, 1907).
26 Apr 1907, J
1907, J
J had arteriosclerosis. He lived in South Haven, working as manager of the Michigan Theatre, for fifteen years before his death. He was never in the Armed Forces.
ver in the Armed Forces.
Before being transferred to South Haven, Michigan, around ____, he was a substitute manager for the Keith Theaters in Western Michigan, principally Grand Rapids. Letters from his manager were kind and encouraging in describing J's performance.
ing in describing J's performance.
According to family lore (often tangled and stretched like the grape vine) Harvey Blackstone Sr. was scheduled to demonstrate his magic between featured movies at the Keith. Blackstone was a well-known magician, particularly in the midwest. Audiences marveled at the illusions he designed: sawing the lady in half, disappearing bird cage, and ______. While setting up or practicing with his traveling doves, pandamonium insued. Some how the birds had escaped, many of them ending up on the ceiling rafters.
s had escaped, many of them ending up o
J Wm. Horton was the manager of the theater at the time. When Blackstone's doves were accidentally released before a performance at the Keith, J ran to a nearby store to purchase a Beebe gun. Perched high on the rafters and cooing for amnesty, J picked them off. Since he wasn't a marksman, it was a race to finish before the audience arrived.


Note N11 :
According to Roger's Baby Book, he was born on Friday, May 31, 1946, at 6:23pm, weighing 4 #, 15 1/2 oz., 19", and light brown hair. The doctor was Cornneta G. Moen and the nurse was Carol Ewing.


Note N12 :

Individuals : Tandberg Erna
Erna was one of seven children.


Note N13 :

Individuals : Davies Stanley Reeves
Stanley was 24 years old when he married Roxe.


Note N14 :

Individuals : Spencer Robert Louis
From Robert "Bob" Spencer's obituary: "He graduated from Albion College in 1937, the Un of M College of Engineering in 1938, and from U of M Law School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II serving as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Carrier Aircraft Service Unit from 1943-46 in North Island, San Diego, Ulithi, Guam and Radiation Laboratory MII. Bob worked as a Patent Attorney for Bendix Aviation, The Aviation Corp., Crosley Corp., and General Motors for 27 years. He was a partner and secretary of Northern Michigan Inns(Holiday Inn Traverse City), part owner and president of Big John Inc., and director of Leelanau Telephone Co.. Bob was lovingly married for 60 years to Augusta (Gussie) Heneveld who preceded him in death in 2000. Bob and Gussie lived in Birmingham, Traverse City and Freedom Village(Holland, MI). They enjoyed family, fishing and boating at their Platte Lake cottage and winters in Englewood, FL. Bob touched many with his empathy for others and his rich sense of humor. He is survived by . . . ."
wood, FL. Bob touched many with his empathy for oth
From Bob's Memorial Service card: officiating was The Reverend George Vander Hill, services were held at Notier Ver Lee Langeland Chapel on 31 Jul 2002.


Note N15 :

Individuals : Heneveld Augusta Ruth
Gussie was named after her sister Augusta Ruth who drowned two years before Gussie was born. Augusta Ruth was only two years old.
Gussie's Obituary: "Mrs. Robert(Gussie) Spencer, aged 85, of Holland, died Sunday, Febraury 13, 2000 at Holland Community Hospital. She was one of twelve children born to George and Anna(Nieusma) Heneveld. She devoted her life to her husband of 60 years and her family. She was an avid sportswoman well known for her fishing activities in the Platte Lake, Grand Traverse area. Before marriage she practiced as a Registered Nurse in Chicago and Kalamazoo. Moving to Birmingham, Michigan, she raised her four children and was "Mom" to various Foreigh Exchange Students. Later she moved to Traverse City. She established and managed the Holiday Inn Gift Shop. Gussie and Bob wintered in Englewood, Florida and summered at Platte Lake for many years. Finally moving back to Holland, she became actively involved in the Visually Impaired Persons program at Freedom Village where they lived. She was preceded in death by Ethel Peelen, Georgiana Timmer, Ed Heneveld, Adelia Heneveld and Augusta Heneveld. She is survived by her hustand of 60 years, Robert Spencer of Holland; children, Sharon Horton and Dave Elliott of Grand Rapids, Robert and Elisabeth Spencer of Colorado, William and Priscill Spencer of Elk Rapids, John and Janet Spencer of Traverse City; 12 grandchildren; two great grandsons; brothers and sisters, Mrs, Bert (Harriet) Kempers of Colorado, Geneva and Maurice Marcus of California, Jean and Luke Blevins of Virginia, George and Dottie Heneveld of Alabama, Mrs. George (Barbara) Dalman of Holland, Lloyd and Marie Heneveld of Torch Lake; brothers-in-law, John and Charmaine Spencer of Traverse City, Louis Spencer of Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be 11:00am, Thursday, February 17, 2000 at the Notier Ver Lee Langeland Funeral Chapel, 315 E. 16th St., Holland with the Rev. James Baar officiating. Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery, Holland. Visiting will be 7 to 9pm Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Memorials may be given to Casey Eye Institute at the Oregon Health Services, 3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd. Portland, Oregon 97201--Attn: Christopher Brentlenger."


Note N16 :
As of February 2000, Robert and Elizabeth lived in Colorado.


Note N17 :
As of February 2000, they lived in Elk Rapids.


Note N18 :
As of February 2000, John and Janet lived in Traverse City, MI.


Note N19 :

Individuals : Dykstra Jantje Jan
On the Nieuwsma Family Tree sent to me by Augusta "Gussie" Heneveld-Spencer, the town of Hoogebuintem is mentioned in connection with Jantje Jan Dykstra as well as Holwerda and Blyia.


Note N21 :

Individuals : Ewing Mary Ella
Birthdate came from the family Bible.
Lived on Franklin St SE according to her sister Florence's obituary 29 Aug 1928.
ug 1928.
According to Mary Ella's obituary, she was the "widow of Walter C. McCrath and lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, died suddenly at the home of her son Chester McCrath, in Long Beach, CA." That summer of 1930, according to the obituary, Mary Ella, accompanied by her daughter, Mrs. Maude Tenckinck had spent the summer in Vancouver, B.C. (visiting son, Lyman McCrath), Seattle (visiting son, Fred McCrath), and Long Beach (visiting sons, Chester & Charles McCrath in Lincoln, CA). She was returned to Grand Rapids for burial. She was survived by eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
al. She was survived by eigh


Note N24 :

Individuals : McCrath Chester Arthur
Chester and Lois had no children.
According to his mother, Mary Ella's obituary, Chester lived in Long Beach, CA, where his mother was visiting with her daughter Maude Tenckinck, when Mary Ella died.
n Mary Ella died.


Note N25 :

Individuals : McCrath Charles Ewing
According to his mother Mary Ella's obituary, Charles was living in Lincoln, CA.


Note N26 :

Individuals : McCrath James
Roxe Tenckinck-Davies says that her grandfather Walter Cyrus McCrath's father, James Jr. and grandfather, James Sr. changed the spelling of their name when they came to America. Originally it was spelled "McCraith," with an "i" or "MacCraith" in Scotland (or Ireland).
Scotland (or Ireland).
It should be noted that references to James "Jr." & James "Sr." in this narrative are for the purposes of elucidation (determining is a reference is to the elder or younger James McCrath). The only reference to "Jr." or "Sr." so far has been on their tombstones, but not in any written materials including James Jr.'s obituary.
n materials including James Jr.'s obituary.
On page 205 of Chapman's History of Kent County, in a discussion of the early settlers of Grand Rapids, there appears "James McCrath, George Young and Simeon Stewart located near the rapids of Grand river in 1836."
of Grand river in 1
James McCraith Jr. was born in Donegal, Ireland, according to his obituary in the Grand Rapids Democrat, October 11, 1897. However, his son's (Walter's) death certificate says that his father was born in Scotland(obits are notoriously incorrect). James Jr.'s son Charles' death certificate, states that his father, was born in Ireland, but that his mother, Ellen Wood, was born in Scotland. The latter informant information agrees with the obituary.
tland. The latter informant inf
In the obituary of another son, Louis T. McCrath, it states "James McCrath (?Sr. or Jr.), who was a member of the Masonic order in Scotland more than 100 years ago, came to Grand Rapids in 1836 with other members of the organization and erected the first grist mill on the banks of Grand River. He was later one of the 12 men who organized Grand River Lodge, No. 34, F. & A. M.."
He was later one of the 12 men who organized Gran
Nov. 1994 I sent for a Bond Warrant advertised by someone in Genealogical Helper. It has the signature of James McCrath, from Northern Ireland. I don't believe that I ever received a copy because it isn't in the file.
n't believe that I ever received a copy because it isn't i
The death date was verified from the family Bible and by his death certificate in Book 4/Page 337/Record 7366, Kent County Clerk's Office and by the inscription on his tombstone. He was 89 years of age when he died. His cause of death was listed as old age.
ONC e died. His cause of death was listed as old age.
From the 1860 Federal Census: James was 50 years old, born in Scotland, the value of his real estate was $6000 and his personal property was $800. His father, Sr., was living with him & his family, at age 80. Also in the house were James Jr's wife Ellen, age 38?, & children John, Elizabeth, Lyman, Charles, Lewis, Walter. Info was found under GR Twp, Dwelling #1889, Household #1662.
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From a book called San Francisco Passenger Lists, Volume II, by Rasmussen, Louis J. I found a record of a J. McCraith who arrived aboard the Republic, a steamer(I made a copy of a picture of the steamer), from Panama in 19 days via intermediate ports. He arrived on April 19, 1851 in San Francisco. The Captain was Hudson and there was no cargo listed. This reference may be to this same James McCrath Jr. or Sr. who took a trip and returned via San Francisco. The arrival in 1851 does not fit the reference to James McCrath in The History of the City of Grand Rapids as a pioneer settler in Grand Rapids in 1836, along with brothers, John and William McCrath. James Jr. had a son named John. Perhaps he was named after James' brother John because James' brother died in 1836 in Grand Rapids, shortly after arriving there(corroborated by the obituary of James Jr. and the death of John written in the family bible). Another explanation for the the arrival in 1851 in San Francisco is that Jr. or Sr. returned to Scotland or Ireland for some reason and then came back to America. There were no children listed with J. McCraith on the ship's manifest(other people did have children listed) and Jr. had a wife and several children at the time while Sr's. children were grown. Finally I believe that either the Republic's manifest refers to an unknown McCraith or to James McCraith Sr. who returned home for a visit. Because the ship's manifest lists the name with an "i", it is probably Sr., but Jr. could have listed that way because he had just gone back to the old country.
McCraith or to James McCraith Sr
The following is a transcription of the obituary for James McCrath(Jr.) which appeared in the "Grand Rapids Democrat" newspaper on October 11, 1897. The original newspaper clipping is in the McCrath file.
An Honest Man
llowing is a transcription of the obituary for James McCrath(Jr.
James McCrath, a Pioneer, Dies of Old Age.
rat" newspaper on October 1
A Mason in Two Senses
newspaper clipping is in the McCrath file.
Last of the Charter Members of Old
Grand River Lodge--Sketch of his Life
James McCrath, one of the early pioneers of the county, died at 8 o'clock last night of old age. In many respects his life was a remarkable one. He was born in County Donegal, Ireland, Feb. 15, 1808, and emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1833, two years later going to Detroit. He was a stone mason, his forefathers having followed the same trade for several generations. In the spring of 1836 Mr. McCrath and two brothers came to Grand Rapids, then an Indian trading post, to fill a contract with the late Lucius Lyon for the "Kent Company." As a result, he built a foundation, the superstructure of which was known as the "big mill," on the canal where Berkey & Gay's furniture factory now stands. The building was occupied for a number of years by Sweet & Clements and by M. L. Sweet as a flouring mill. Before beginning work he had to build a lime kiln, no lime having been made here before that time. One of the brothers died before the contract was completed. When the work was finished he returned to Detroit, and in the fall settled on a farm near Flint. In 1842 Mr McCrath returned to Grand Rapids and followed his trade for a number of years, and assisted in constructing many of the old landmarks. Notable amoung these were the old Dutch Reformed Church, corner of Ottawa and East Bridge Streets (1842, not now used for church purposes); the Utley residence, Cherry street (1844); St Mark's church (1847); the Lyon residence East Fulton Street, and the store, corner Monroe and Waterloo Streets, now occupied by Brown's cigar stand. In 1850 he moved his farm, one mile east of the city on Bridge Street, where he spent the remainder of his days.
es); the Utley residence, Cherry street (1
As Mr. McCrath was one of the first to lay stone and mortar in operative masonry, so also he was one of the first to establish speculative masonry in the city. The history of Grand River Lodge No. 34 records the fact that he was one of its eleven charter members, all the other having passed beyond the dark river several years ago. The lodge was organized in the law office of the late Thomas B. Church, March 19, 1849. He was made a Mason in 1830 in Castle Douglas, Scotland, and the following is a copy of the diploma given him by the lodge, now in possession of the family:
"Amor Honor et Justitia."
"We, the Right Worshipful Master Wardens and Brethren of St. John Lodge, Castle Douglas, No. 253-189ths., Grand Lodge of Scotland, do hereby certify our beloved Brother, James McCrath, was by us regularly entered as apprentice, passed a fellowcraft, and as a reward due to his zeal, capacity and diligence,, raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, and as such we recommend him to all regular Ancienty Masons around the globe.
"Given at our lodge, under our hands and seal,this 15th day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1830, and of Light.
"WM. RAE, Secretary."
Being an operative Mason he was eligible to the degree of Mark Master, according to the custom of Scottish Masonry, which degree was also conferred upon him.
Mr. McCrath was married in Detroit in 1836 to Miss Ellen Wood, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, who survives him. To their union were born six children, John W., Lyman J., Charles F., Lewis T., Walter C. McCrath and Elizabeth J. Stuart, a widow. He was brought up in the Presbyterian faith, and in his early residence here belonged to the First Congregational church (now Park church). In politics he was an old-line Whig and Republican. An ardent supporter of the Union in the war, he saw four of his sons serve their enlistments to its close. He was an honest man; his word was good as his bond. No one was ever turned from his door empty-handed who was worthy of his charity. His rigid character and true manhood will be missed by many friends and neighbors.
He will be laid to rest in the family burying ground in Fulton street cemetery, beside his father and two brothers. The funeral will take place a 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from his residence. Friends of the family are invited to be present.
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