Sunday, July 15, 2012

Things I Desperately Want


1. Access to the CD/DVD of the Richmond Review newspaper in Macomb County, Michigan for 1927 and 1928.  Those have the obituaries of Frank William Lemon, son of the brother of my great-grandfather, and the brother himself, John M Lemon.  I will find a way to read those.

2. Access to the obituary of John Clayton Lemon Jr., the grandson of John M Lemon. 
LEMON, John C; 79; Pontiac MI; Oakland Press; 1997-6-17; themike.  Who is "themike"?  How do I contact him?  Is he related to John Clayton Lemon Jr?

3. Access to the article "The Isaac Lemon Bible" in Oakland County Genealogy group's newsletter, "Acorns to Oaks."  My great-grandfather lived in Oakland County.  His name was Isaac Lemon.

4.To read the will of Abner Lemon.  There was a probate notice in the Mount Clemons Monitor dated 28 Sep 1900. 

5. To find death records for Isaac M and Ann Elizabeth Tiffin Lemon, who supposedly died in Goderich, Huron County, Ontario, Canada in 1873 and 1871, respectively.  I cannot find them in any Goderich Cemetery, or any York, Ontario, Canada cemetery, where they were married.

Doesn't seem like much to want, but it is. 

Jennie B Lemon


Had a major breakthrough this morning.  First, let me just say that I LOVE  They rock.  They are not without mistakes or problems, but they still rock.  This morning I plugged in "Lemon" and "Michigan" and found the marriage record of Jennie B Lemon.  There was not a lot of information other than she was born in Canada in 1865 (which was wrong), and that Isaac Lemon (my great-grandfather) and Francis Kinney were witnesses to her wedding to Almon B. Carter in Romeo, Macomb County, Michigan in 1886.  That was exciting enough, but then I couldn't find her in the census after 1900.  I found Almon, but he was with another wife.  In Chesaning, Michigan.  What??  Then I found records that showed Jennie died in Chesaning in 1902.  That was REALLY exciting because I could find her death certificate online.  Which I did.

Almon Carter gave the information for her death certificate.  He stated her father was "Isic", which the people at the Library of Michigan deciphered as "Ira" and her mother was "Marie Tiffin".  Yes, I was very excited.  I still am.  Jennie died of tuberulosis of the lungs and bowels and "paralysis of the heart."  She had had no children.  That was the saddest part for me.  How wonderful it would have been if I'd been able to find more "cousins." 

My great-grandfather and his wife, Isaac B and Eva B Wilder Lemon, named their youngest daughter Jennie V Lemon.  She also died young, before even having married, though she was of age to.  I believe they named her for Isaac's sister, Jennie B.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Lemmon Tree...Again


I started this tree because down in Macomb County, a Lemmon female married a Ruby male.  Interesting, I thought.  I wonder if they're related to me and mine?  The Lemmons are, specifically, Orra Lemmon, daughter of Isaac Lemmon and Melvina Green.  Isaac and Melvina were from New York and moved to Michigan sometime before 1850, where they appear for the first time in Macomb County Census records.  They appear to originate in Lyons, Wayne County, New York, or at least, that's where I found Isaac Lemmon Sr. 

The most interesting thing about this Isaac Lemmon family is they have a son named John B Lemmon, born in 1848 and census records have him being born in Michigan.  Abner Lemon (remember Abner, the brother to my 2nd great-grandfather?), who died in 1900, had the information on his death certificate related to place of birth and parents, given by John B Lemon.  John B knew Abner's father was Baltis (and spelled it exactly that way, which is the way Baltis's mother intended it, as he is named after her brother, Baltis Titman.), though he didn't know Abner's mother's name was Mary Mendenhall, which is ironic.  Abner was a family name for Mary Mendenhall.  The children born to Baltis and Mary all had family names from both sides: Lemons and Mendenhalls.

So my spidey-senses tingle and I'm sure these Lemmons are related to my Lemons from Pennsylvania and Canada. 

The Rubys interesect this family, as I said, through Orra Lemmon, daughter of Isaac and Melvina, sister of John B.  She married Charles H Ruby, son of Thomas Ruby, who was the son of Elisha Ruby and Lucy Clark.  Elisha and Lucy came to Macomb County by way of New York also.  What's interesting here is that the brother of my great-grandfather's wife, Eva Belle Wilder Lemon (wife of Isaac, father of Russell Tiffen, father of my father, Russell Raymond Lemon) married a woman named Mary Jane Clark in Macomb County.  Her parents were Andrew and Eunice Cory Clark, and they are the right ages to be related to Lucy Clark.  Were Andrew Clark and Lucy Clark Ruby related?