Geneology & Personal Histories
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(Genealogy & Personal Histories - A through E)
(Genealogy & Personal Histories - P through Z)
- One of the earliest settlers in Independence Township. Fisher donated one acre of land for the Sashabaw Burial Association formed in 1849.
- Born 2/14/1838. Son of James & Martha Fleming. Died 3/15/1918.
- Wife, Mary (Cummings ). Born 1840. Died 1930.
- Children: George (1st wife, Alice Buzzard. 2nd wife, Anna Miller ); Myrtle ( Lawson ); Jason (Born 1867. Died 1929 ); & Francis ( Mrs. Albert Walters ).
- The Fleming's farm was on both sides of Sashabaw Rd. south of Pine Knob Rd. In the 1920's Col. Waldon bought the east side of the property.
- Daughter, Francis & husband, Albert Walter had a farm beside the Fleming's farm. Harvey was Justice of the Peace in 1875.
- Born 1803. Died 2/17/1882.
- Wife, Martha Little. Born 1808. Died 1892.
- Son, Harvey.
- James & Martha came from New Jersey to live on a farm with property on both sides of what is now Sashabaw Rd. In the 1930s Col. Waldon bought the property to the east of the road.
Follett, Francis A.
- Mrs. William Wallace Walter. Born 1863. Died 1947.
- Daughter of Harvey & Mary Fleming.
- Children: Mary (Mrs.Wade Harris) & Earl Walter.
- Teacher in the school at the bottom of the hill on Depot Rd. (where the old mill stood) in what was known as the" old Richardson house".
- Born 1846. Died 5/19/1929.
- Wife, Alice J. Born 1847. Died 1934.
- Born 1822. Died 1889. Son of Horatio & Ann Pleydell, natives of Kent,England.
- Wife, Ann Parker (daughter of Wm. & Elizabeth Parker). Born 1820. Died 7/7/1902.
- Fred had a farm on Foster Rd. in Springfield Township across the street from his parents. He & wife, Ann were members of the Baptist Church. The 1896 Illustrated Atlas of Oakland Co [305a] lists him as a retired farmer & capitalist. See Portrait Biography Album of Oakland Co., Chapman Bros.1891, pg. 250. They retired to the Village an lived in the house at 91 N. Main. .
- Sons: William, died, age 1 mo.; and Frederick H., born 1849. Died 1872.
- Daughters: Adelaide L. Beardsley? ; and Clara S., who lived with her parents inheriting the house in 1902. Clara was born in 1853 & died 8/9/1932. See 11/17/1966 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Foster, Frederick H
- Born 1879. Died 1934. Son of Frederick & Ann Foster.
- Wife, Mary. Born 1877.
- Died 3/27/1854. Son of William & Sarah Foster, natives of Kent, England, who came to America in 1826 settling in Utica N. Y. before coming to Michigan in 1837. (See Portrait Biographical Album of Oakland Co., Chapman Bros., 1891. )
- Wife Ann Pleydell. She died 6/9/1855, age 69. See 11/17/1966 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Foster, Horatio, Jr.
- Born 1830. Died 1861. 1st
- Wife, Sophia, died 11/14/1853, age 32. (This info is from cemetery records which lists her husband as "Horace, Jr".) An abstract for 8 E. Washington says the death of Sophia was not found in Oakland County records. Cemetery records also list one child of "Horatio & Sophia", Elizabeth, who died 11/18/1846, age 8 mos.11 days] .
- 2nd wife, Elizabeth H. Sabine. Born 1830. Died 3/25/1920.
- Children: Frederick S. 1842 - 1900. (wife, Adalaide "Addie" V.) ; Maria /Mariah/ Marie Ann, Mrs. William R. Owen; Mary B., Mrs. Robert LeBaron/Lebarron (he died 10/13/1869 ); & Rowland E., born 1852. Died 1/23/1879.
- 1860 census records listed Horatio as a 43 year old master harnessmaker, born in England. Wife, Elisabeth H., 31, born in England. Living in the same household were Frederick S., 18, born in Michigan; Maria,16, born in Michigan; Mary 10, born in Michigan; Roland, 8, born in Michigan; Eliza Urch, 16, a domestic, born in Pennsylvania and Maria Sabine, 73, born in England.
- Horatio was one of Clarkston's earliest carpenters & harness makers credited with having the first harness shop on Main St. He built the 2nd schoolhouse the "Pinery School" in Independence Township on Section 29 in 1837. He was Justice of the Peace in 1850, 1854 & 1860; 1st Master of the Cedar Lodge N. 60; & Secretary of the Clarkston Union Cemetery.
- Born 4/17/1820. Died 6/12/1878.
- Wife, Sarah. Born 1/15/1819. Died 11/20/1910.
- Wife, Sarah. They came from Kent, England to the U.S. in 1826 first settling in Utica, N.Y. They came to Michigan in 1837.
- Son, Horatio Foster.
- Wife, in 1851, Sara/Sarah.
- Wife, in 1856, Margaret.
- In 1856 owner of the site of 2 S. Main, his shop, & 8 E. Washington, his residence. Partner of Albert Birdsell, Clarkston's first blacksmith, in a fanning mill manufacturing business on the northwest corner of W. Washington & N. Main St.
Frank, Mrs. E
- In 1877 she was a milliner in Clarkston.
- Obit, Clarkston News 8/26/54.
- Proprietor of the Dixie Tea Room & an ice cream parlor in Clarkston.
Frazer, Oscar A.
- Wife, Emily E. According to 1860 census records Emily was born in Michigan in 1838.
- Daughter, Arabel, born in Michigan in 1844.
- Oscar was a partner in Frazer & Snell. Residence, 1857-1860, 56 E. Washington which was probably built for them.
- 1860 census records listed Oscar as a merchant, 28 years old, born in Michigan.
Garter, Henry Lee
- Born 1877. Died 1950. Obit., Clarkston News 11/2/50.
- Son of Mr & Mrs. George C. Garter.
- 1st wife, Eleanor J., daughter of Dr. Josephus & Emma Goodenough. Born 1879. Died 1935. Her obituary in the Clarkston News 7/19/1935 says she & Henry had a furniture store "where the Buick garage is now". Then they built the building at 27 S. Main St.
- Henry's 2nd wife was Grace Hay of Pontiac.
- Born February 14,1887, Miklich, Yugoslavia. Obit., Clarkston News 9/1/1955 and info from daughter, Mary Cormia in 2002.
- Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Clarkston, Michigan.
- Became a naturalized American citizen in 1924.
- Wife, Katie, born in 1904, Died in January 2000.
- William came to the United States through Ellis Island to open a shoe service shop in Caro, Michigan. The shop was unsuccessful. He moved to Flint where he met Katie and worked in construction there. According to their daughter he lost everything in the Depression and went to live in Detroit where he had cousins. In 1934, William came to Clarkston to purchase the Fisher Shoe Repair business which occupied a space in a building on the east side of Main St. William purchased the building at 49 S. Main which was owned by Jasper Linabury. It was vacant and in a deteriorated condition. William improved the building using the north section for his home and the south section for his shop.
- Daughter, Mary D., born December 13, 1918 in Flint, Michigan. In 1941 Mary graduated from the Saint Joseph Mercy nusing school in Pontiac. Mary was a 1st Lieutenant (according to her discharge certificate) in the Army from March 2, 1942 to December11, 1945 in the surgical department of the American Red Cross at Shepard Field airbase in Wichita Falls, Texas. She married Frank E. Cormia.
Goodenough, Dr. Josephus
- Wife Eleanor.
- 2nd wife, Emma.
- Daughter, Eleanor J. (named for the doctor's first wife). Born 1879. Died 1935. Eleanor married Henry L. Garter. See 4/20/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian
- Residence & office at 42 N. Main.
Grant, Zoe D.
- Born 7/10/1878. Died 1943. Daughter of Nicholas B. & Emaline Walter Smith. Sister of Samuel Smith, U.S. Congressman, Zoe served as his secretary in Washington,D.C.. Photo of her as a young woman, Heritage, pg. 76.
- Mrs. William Dunston, son of Mrs. LeRoy(Leroy) P. Addis.
- She was a teacher in the Clarkston schools & Clarkston Village Treasurer for a time. Originally from Blissfield, Michigan.
Green, Calvin A.
- In the late 1870s he was a cooper in the Village.
- Calvin married Margaret S/J Ross, widow of John Ross, on 1/4/1872. Calvin & Margaret were divorced in 1879. Margaret was a dressmaker.
- A cooper in Clarkston in 1877.
- Wife, Glenna.
- He was Superintendent of the Clarkston School District. Residence, in the 1960s, 9 N. Holcomb.
Green, Mary E.
- Born 10/7/1864,Tawas, Mi. Died1/24/52.
- In,1881, she married John Gibbons. He Died in 1891.
- One child, Ruth (Mrs.William) Belitz.
- Mary second husband was Reverend O. H. P. Green, circa 1894. He Died in 1912.
- Son, Arthur, of Birmingham.
- Mary operated a maternity home in Clarkston at 18 N. Holcomb, from 1922-1943. She was known as "Grandma Green".
Green, Margaret S.
- 1st husband, John Ross. He Died in 1869.
- 2nd husband, Calvin A. Green (m. 1872, divorced 1879) .
- She was a dressmaker.
- He had a livery on N. Main St. for a time.
- Daughter, Mable married Glenn Ellis. The Ellises lived on a large farm, Ingomar Farm, in Springfield Township on Dixie Highway.
- One of the earliest settlers in what became the Village of Clarkston. Greenwood & Rosewell Holcomb helped Butler Holcomb in 1831 clear land & plant wheat.
- One of Clarkston's early settlers with property in 1850 in the Southeast 1/4 of Section 20.
- Daughter of Fred & Mary Croop Cambrey. Born 1/11/1869. Obit., Clarkston News,4/15/49.
- Son, Fred Gulick.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 7/28/49.
- Son of Alice.
Gulick, Henry J.
- Henry was one the earliest settlers in Independence Township. He came to Michigan in 1837 from New Jersey. He was born in Germany & emigrated to Holland before coming to the U.S., Gulick Lake, Section 28, was named by him.
- Wife, Patricia Petty, daughter of Jacob Petty.
- Sons: Henry II (wife, Almeda Hammond); John ; & Jacob (wife, Julia Hammond)
- Daughters ; Marietta, Mrs. Axford; Louise, Mrs. Jerry Miller; & Mrs. Harrison Demund.
Gulick, Henry, II.
- 2nd wife, Almeda Hammond.
- Children: Nettie (Mrs. Crosby); Jacob A.; Ada (Mrs. Joe Lawler); Joseph A.; William L.; & Leman J..
- Died 12/25/1935. Son of Henry & Almeda Hammond Gulick.
- Wife, Alice, died 4/13/1949.
- Son, Fred H. Gulick.
- Daughter, Madeline Molter.
- Residence, circa 1910, 56 E. Washington.
Gulick, Leman J.
- Daughter of Henry & Patricia Gulick.
- Husband ? Axford.
- Children, John & Minnie.
- One of the first Commissioners of Schools selected at Clarkston's first Town meeting in 1837.
Gulick, William L.
- Died 6/14/1946. Obit., Clarkston News 6/21/1946. Son of Henry Gulick, II & Almeda Gulick.
- Wife, Christina.
- Daughters: Mary Jane & Louise.
- William was a farmer who retired to the house in the Village, 47 E. Church.
- According to a listing in the Standard Atlas of Oakland County, 1908, A. Gundry was born in 1862 in Oakland County. He married Annie Drewett. They had 3 children; Roy, William and John. Gundry was listed as a farmer, Proprietor of Spruce Lawn Farm in Section 5 of Independence Township.
Habbin, Elizabeth Sarah Johnson
- Born 7/31/1833 in Oriskany, New York. Daughter of Augustus Snow and Sarah Ann (Noyes) Johnson.
- Died1904 in Detroit, Michigan.
- Married 1st husband, Louis LePrelete Tiffany 3/31/1852 in Detroit, Michigan. He was born 2/14/1826 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Died 9/05/1864 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the son of Horace Tingley and Mary Ann (Day) Tiffany. Louis Comfort Tiffany was a cousin. See the Tiffanys of America published in 1901, page 27.
- Children: Horace, born 2/02/1853 in Detroit, Mi. Died 1/07/1855; Emily C., born 6/07,1854 in Detroit, Mi. Married Charles C. Dresser, 11/23/1885 in Detroit, Mi.; William Curtis Noyes, born 8/25/1856. Died 6/10/1926.; Walcott Day, born 7/18/1862.
- Married 2nd husband, Walter C. Habbin of Clarkston, 4/22/1871.
- Children: Grace L. Habbin, died 1/25/1956.
Habbin, Walter C.
- Wife, Elizabeth Sarah Johnson, the widow of Louis Laprette Tiffany, mother of William Curtis Noyes Tiffany. She died in 1904 in Detroit, Michigan. See Tiffanys of America published in 1901, page 27.
- Residence 51 E. Washington.
- Daughter, Grace L. Habbin. Died 1/25/1956 in Royal Oak, Michigan. She was the half sister of Walcott D. Tiffany.
Haight, John N.
- Haight was born in New York in 1819 according to 1860 census records .
- Wife, Harriet was born in Ohio in 1819 according to 1850 census records.
- Son, Erwin J. (according to 1880 census. 1860 records listed "Elvin F.", 13, born in N.Y.).
- Son, Eugene, born in 1847, in N.Y. according to 1869 census records.
- 1860 census records listed a domestic, Lavina Richard, 17, born in Michigan as a member of the household.
- J. N. was a tin smith in Clarkston.
- According to 1860 census records Lyman was a shoemaker, 59 years old, born in Ma., residing in Clarkston at the time.
- Wife, Lucy, born in 1810 in New York.
- Son, William, a farm laborer in 1860, was born in 1840 in New York.
- Daughter, Martha, born in 1843 in New York.
- Son, Edwin, born in 1848 in New York.
- Son, Fredick, born in 1854 in New York.
Hamilton, Dr. R. J.
- Married Bessie Clark (sister of Lee Clark).
- Wife, Elizabeth Lessiter .
- Son, Floyd C. Hammond.
- proprietor of a drug/grocery store circa 1885 on the e.side of S. Main St. See photo pg.50 Heritage.
Hammond, Floyd C.
- Died 1955. Obit., Clarkston News 7/14/55. Son of Albert & Elizabeth Lessiter Hammond.
- Wife, Amy Dresser Hammond, daughter of Charles C. & Emily Tiffany Dresser. She was born 4/27/1887 in Clarkston, Mi.
- Floyd worked for Chrysler Corp. in Detroit then at Deer Lake Hills Farm in Clarkston..
- Died 1927.
- Wife Mary, daughter of Frank & Anjanette Scrace. Sister Ada Scrace. See 3/23/1967 Clarkston News article, re: Scrace family, by Constance Lektzian.
- Daughters: Mariette, Mrs. B. J. Abbey; Almeda, Mrs. Henry Gulick; & Ann/Anna , Mrs. Anthony Landi.
Harris, George F.
- Born 2/22/1881. Died 6/20/1964.
- He married Mattie J. Vliet 11/19/1902., Mattie was a daughter of Elmer C. & Jennie Johnson Vliet. Mattie died in 1945. Obit., Clarkston News, 2/9/1945.
- Son, Donald.
- Daughters: Mrs. Floyd Nelsey & Myrtle Harris.
- According to one of his daughters, Mrs. Floyd Nelsey, of Nelsey Rd., George played Santa Claus in Clarkston. He also made wooden toys. Henry Ford was a frequent visitor to his 104 N. Main Street residence.
- Wife, Lovinia/Lavinia. Daughter of Edwin Clark.
Harris, Mary A.
- According to 1860 census records Mary was born in 1815 in England. She was a resident of Clarkston at the time with personal property worth 5,000 to 10,000 dollars.
- Son, James F., born in 1840 in New York, was a farmer in 1860.
- Son, John B., was born in 1843 in New York.
- Daughter, Elizabeth, was born in1847 in New York.
- Daughter, Sophia, was born in 1853 in Michigan.
- According to 1860 census records, Joseph Paddock, 50, a cooper born in New York, was a member of the Harris household.
Harris, Mattie(Matie) J. Vliet
- Mrs. George F. Harris. Obit., Clarkston News 2/9/1945. Daughter of Elmer C. & Jennie Johnson Vliet. Sister of Ransom T. Vliet.
Hawk, Allen E.
- Owner of Hawk Tool Co., 20 W. Washington.
Hemingway, L. D.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 1960.
- Wife, Annie G. Hempstead.
Herbert & Lewis
- A blacksmith shop in Clarkston in 1877.
- Died 6/1/1860, age 47.
- Wife, Margaret. Born 7/13/1823. Died 7/4/1913.
- Children: Willie J., died 2/12/1859, age 5; & Maggie, born 11/2/1879. Died 3/15/1906.
- In 1842 he built a small frame tailor shop/residence on the site of 22/24 S. Main which became a tavern. His residence was at 21/30 E. Church.
Hildebrand, Otto [Photo]
- Was manager/caretaker of Colonel Sidney Dunn Waldon's Pine Knob residence. He owned the Cape Cod style house at 61 E. Washington St. built in 1940 but never lived there.
- According to 1860 census records, Aked was a druggest who was born in 1803 in England.
- Wife, Hester, born in 1820 in New York.
- Son, George W., born 1846 in Michigan.
- Son, James A., born 1842 in Michigan.
- Son, Howard, born 1850 in Michigan.
- Daughter, Mary E., born in 1852 in Michigan.
- 1860 census records listed Rachel Sterney, 60, as a domestic born in Ireland as a part of the household.
Hirst(Hurst), Edward S.
- 1860 census records listed Edward S. Hirst as a 30 year old miller who was born in England. His wife at the time was Cordelia, age 28, born in New York. Daughters, Elletta C., age 7, born in Michigan and Ellen, age 5, also born in Michigan. Son, John, H., age 3, born in Michigan. Elsie Homler, age 17, born in Michigan, was also listed as a part of the household.
- Edward bought the Clarkston mill property from Jeremiah & Nelson W. Clark in 1859. His partners were Erastus Stiff & his wife, Theodocia. They operated the saw mill, grist mill & a plaster mill. The property also included a salt & lime house & hay scales. The Hirst/Hurst residence was 76 N. Main.
Hirst(Hurst), Henry L.
- According to 1860 census records for Clarkston, Henry was a 28 year old miller who was born in New York. His wife was Mary E., born in 1835 in New Jersey. Also listed were Isabell, 3, born in Michigan; Clara, 2, born in Michigan; and Francis Babcock, and 18 year old domestic born in Michigan.
Holcomb, Daniel B.
- Wife, Mary L.
- Sons, Daniel & William.
- In 1832 Holcomb bought 480 acres in Section 20 of Independence Township, which was to become the village of Clarkston. Butler according to a 1/01/1932 C.News article built the 5th log cabin in Clarkston. He also built the first mill for sawing lumber using the water power from the mill pond. He sold the mill & water rights to Jeremiah & Nelson W.Clark in 1838. See 3/16/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Holcomb, Butler J.
- Obit.,C.News,2/2/45. Son of William & Arvilla Holcomb. Grandson of Butler & Mary Holcomb. Brother of Charles.
- Ella, daughter of Reuben Newell Clark.
- He was a carpenter who built cabinets & boats. He & brother Charles owned the Clarkston mills property at the turn of the 20th century. See 3/16/67 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Son of William & Arvilla Holcomb.
- He & brother, Butler at the turn of the 20th century owned the Clarkston mills property of their grandfather, Butler Holcomb.
Holcomb, Daniel B.
- Residence , a house & barn which stood on the site of 42 & 48 N. Holcomb.
- Proprietor of a drug store, circa 1910, in a gabled wooden building on the site of 16 S. Main.
- Son of Butler Holcomb. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, William was a 34 year old farmer who was born in New York.
- Wife, Arvilla, born 1831 in New York.
- Children: J. Butler; Charles; Frederick, Alison(Allison in 1860 records) born in 1853 in Michigan; Willard, born in 1855 in Michigan; Flora (Netting) & Lillian. A860 tax records listed the children as Allison, 7, born in Michigan; Willard, 5, born in Michigan; Butler 4, born in Michigan; Selia,2, born in Michigan and Bela, born in Michigan. Also listed as a part of the household were James Michaelven, a 23 year old farm laborer born in Ireland; Charles Vliet, a 21 year old carpenter born in New York and Mary L. Holcomb, age 73.
- William was a farmer, fruit grower, breeder of Spanish Merino sheep & Durham cattle, according to an 1872 map of the Village.
- Partner of Cecil Hubble 1926-1941 in a restaurant/pool hall, Hubble & Hopkins, at 18 S. Main. Clair left the business in 1941.
Houghtellin, Abram H.
- Wife, Elmira.
- Until 1844 Abram was a joint owner of the Clarkston mill property with Jeremiah & Nelson W.Clark. The partnership lasted a short time.
Howe, Henry Harmon
- An obit. in the Clarkston News, 6/10/32, is for "Hiram P. Howe", age 87. Born, Batavia, N. Y., 1845. It says he came here with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. John W. Howe at age 2; that he married Emma J. Howell; & that had a dry goods business where Louis Walter's store "is".
- Wife, Emma Jane. Died in 1938.
- Henry H. & brother, James P., were merchants at 27 S. Main before building the Italian Revival brick building at 5 S. Main where they operated a general store until 1884/1885 when Ed. A. Urch took James' place. Henry was a president of the Union Cemetery. Henry's residence was the house he built in 1877 at 91 N. Main.
Howe, James P.
- Wife, Laura E..
- Brother of Henry H.Howe with whom he was in business at 27 S. Main before building the Italian Revival brick building at 5 S. Main.
Howe, John W.
- Married 3/6/1866 Mary Derrick.
- The 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County listed David as a 74 Year old retired farmer who was born in Ma. Wife, Polly was 66 at the time and was born in N.Y. Also listed in the household was Malisa Lamb, 14, born in N.Y.
Howland, Frank. [Photo]
- According to a listing in the Standard Atlas of Oakland County, 1908, Frank was born in 1863 in Oakland County. He was listed as a farmer with property in Section 19 of Independence Township, known as Deer Lake Farm. His wife was Miss A. Hopkins. One child, "Clen" P.
Hoyt, Henry I.
- Born 11/27/1852, Clarkston, Mi.
- Died 1/20/1925.
- Wife, Emma.
Hubble & Hopkins
- Hubble & Hopkins at 18 S. Main 1926-1941, when Hopkins left the business.
- Partner with Clair Hopkins in a restaurant/pool hall. When Clair left the business in 1941 Bob Parker became Cecil's partner.
- Died 1979.
- Mother, Doris Jickells Hursfall.
- Wife, Mildred Butters.
- He was an Independence Township Supervisor & real estate agent. Residences; 119 N. Holcomb in the early 1970s, then 49 N. Main.
- Mrs. Duane Hursfall. Died 1984. Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A. Everit Butters
- The 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County listed John as a 49 year old day laborer who was born in N.Y. His wife, Maria who wa born in Canada was 42 at the time. The children were listed as George, a 15 year old day laborer, born in N.Y.; Charlette, age 10, born in N.Y.; and William, age 7, born in N.Y.
- Obit., Clarkston News 9/1/60. Daughter of Washington E. Irish.
- Wife, Flower Evans. Natives of Cheddar, Somerset, England.
- Children: Fannie ( Millard ), 1843 - 1867; William; & Forest were born in England. Two more sons, John & Washington were born in the United States.
- John was a stonemason/plasterer in England. He and Flower travelled to Onondagag Co., New York in 1848. In 1849 they settled in Michigan. John became a farmer who also bred cattle.
Irish, Washington E.
- Born, 5/12/1856, in Independence Township.
- Died 1939. Obit.,Clarkston News 12/29/39.
- Son of John & Flower Irish, natives of Cheddar, Somerset, England.
- "Wash" married Charlotte "Lottie" A. Urch in 1884. She Died in 1914.
- Children: Alphonso, Elizabeth, Fanny, Ruby & Thelma.
- Reportedly "Wash" & brother, John, had a butcher store in Clarkston for a time. He was a farmer who came to live in the Village at 71 N. Main in 1912. He built the stone front porch, now seen on that house, to replace the deteriorated bases of the original columns. He served as a Township Supervisor for 2 separate terms, the first lasting 7 years & the second, 10 years. (See a Clarkston News, 4/08/32,article announcing his candidacy as a Democrat.) He, & daughter Fanny, moved to the small building south of the brick building at 90 N. Main. He had purchased the two buildings with the intent of converting the large brick building to apartment use.
- His daughter, Fanny, was living at home at the time of his death. See 11/02/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Jackson, C. A.
- Died, 1932, in Petosky (Clarkston News).
- Daughters Mrs. Frank Dunston; Mrs.Craemer; & Doris, Mrs. Hursfall.
- He was a blacksmith in Clarkston.
Johns, John C.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, John was a 35 year old blacksmith born in New York. Wife, Sarah E., 32, born in New York. Son, Horace, 10, born in New York. Daughter, Florence, 8, born in New York. Also listed was Harriet Brown a 20 year old domestic born in Michigan.
Johnson, D.(David) S.
- Owner of the Johnson Hotel, now 20/22, S. Main which started as the inn of John Hertwig.
Johnson, Malvina L.
- Died in 1895.
- Son of Thomas Johnson, one of Clarkston area's earliest settlers who purchased a tract in Section 15 of Independence Township from John Davis.
- The 1860 census records listed Ransom as a 33 year old farmer who was born in N.Y. Wife, Malvina was also listed as a 33 year old born in N.Y. Children; Jane, age 4, born in Mi.; Jenett, age 4, born in Mi.; and Alice, age 2, born in Mi.
- Daughters, Charlotte Daphne (Mrs. John Turner Peter Smith), Janette E. (Mrs. William Buzzard. She died in childbirth, 5/5/1881), Alice (died young), and Jane, "Jenny" (Mrs. Elmer Vliet).
- Residence 66 E. Washington which he probably built circa 1878.
Jones, Bertha(Alberta Elizabeth Roblin)
- Born 1864 in Adolphustown, Ontario, Canada.
- Married William Jones
- Children Carrie Ann, Grace Viola, Forrest, Ruth, Glenn Lorenzo, Bertha Elizabeth, William Kermit, Gladys Belle, and Lee.
- Died 1948.
Jones, Beulah E. Walter
- Daughter of Mrs. Jessie R. Walter.
- Sister of Pearl Urch.
- Husband, Forrest Jones.
- Gordon, Ralph, Walter, and Shirley. (Shirley died as a young child.)
- Residences 24 E. Washington & later, 80 N. Holcomb.
- Son of William & Bertha (Roblin) Jones.
- Wife, Beulah E. Walter.
- Children: Gordon, Ralph, Walter, and Shirley. (Shirley died as a young child.)
- In 1960 Mr. & Mrs. Jones moved in their home at 80 N. Holcomb.
- Obit., C. News, 7/9/1953. Residence 55 N. Holcomb.
Jones, Mrs. Ira
- According to an article by Constance Lektzian in the Clarkston News of 4/06/1967, she organized the first P. T. A. in Clarkston in 1929.
- Son of William & Bertha Jones.
- Kermit had a bakery in the building at 4/6 S. Main, for a time, before it became Cheeseman's restaurant & ice cream parlor.
- Died 1938. Obit., Clarkston News 2/28/38.
- Wife, Bertha (Roblin). Born 1864. Died 1948.
- Children Carrie Ann, Grace Viola, Forrest, Ruth, Glenn Lorenzo, Bertha Elizabeth, William Kermit, Gladys Belle, and Lee.
- 1909-1925, their residence was on the north 1/2 of the Moon family farm on Dixie Highway. They retired from the farm to the house at 24 E. Washington in the Village which was owned by son, Forrest, & his wife Beulah, who moved to the farm. While Bertha & William lived there, they took in boarders. Some of the boarders were bricklayers who worked on the Masonic Temple. In 1925 they built the house at 9 Miller Rd. which became their residence until they deaths. See Clarkston News article re: their 59th anniversary 12/31/1937.
Jossman, Albert I.
- Son of Mr. and Mrs. Isadore/Esidore Jossman.
- According to an article in the 7/31/1902 Post newspaper, Pontiac, Albert was a Lieutenant who died in Manila from a gun shot wound.
- A native of Germany who came to Oakland Co. in 1844 & Clarkston in 1855.
- He married Sarah Lehman.
- Sons: Joseph married Clara Robertson, daughter of Dr. C. G. Robertson, on 4/5/1882. He died in June of 1936.
- Sons, Willie R.; Samuel; Henry R.; Ralph E.; & Albert.
- Daughters: Carrie & Martha.
- According to Constance Lektzian, in a 1967 Clarkston News article, upon coming to Esidore bought the "general store and produce business of Captain John Knox". According to tax records, Isadore/Esidor had a dairy north of Miller Rd, west of M-15 for a time. He operated a general store with I. Frank for a time, then apparently alone. He is credited with starting the first bank in Clarkston by using milk cans for money containers in his general store. Where this general store was, is in dispute. One article by Constance Lektzian says it was in a building on the southwest corner of S. Main & W. Washington, while another says it was in the building on the northeast corner of N. Main & E. Washington St.. Yet another source says it was in a 2 story wood building on the east side of S. Main St. The bank which Lektzian says was formally organized with J. C. Bird was the Clarkston Exchange Bank. In 1871,165 N. Main became his residence. See 6/08/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- "E. Jossman, State Bank, General Banking and Real Estate, Clarkston." A listing in the 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County.
- Son of Isadore/Esidore & Sarah Jossman
- Wife, Lena Hammond.
- See 3/31/1967 & 11/09/1967 Clarkston News articles by Constance Lektzian, re: Jossman family.
Jossman, Lena Hammond
- Husband, Henry Jossman.
- Lena was a teacher at the "Pinery School" which was built by Horatio Foster about 1837 in the area of what is now M-15 & Dixie Highway). She then taught at the Union School which was built at 90 N. Main by Nelson W. Clark. See Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian , 3/31/1967.
Kelley, R. D.
- Wife Florence.
- Children: Terry & Cindy.
- "Bill" was the proprietor of Kelley's Hardware, 27 S. Main then became the owner of the Miller-Beardsley Lumber Yard, 89 N. Holcomb in the 1953. He maintained the business until his death in 1998.
King, Frank E.
- Wife, "Mazzie".
- King was manager of the Clarkston State Bank until his death in 1947. He came to Clarkston in 1914, having had banking experience in Detroit & Ohio, to reorganize the bank after the failure of the Jossman St. Bank. He succeeded Ray Ackerson as cashier. He also served as an Independence Township Treasurer. Their residence was the house at 55 N. Main which was built for them.
- His wife was the daughter of Ed. S. Hirst/Hurst. Their residence was the Oueen Anne style house at 43 N. Main, which was built for them.
Kingsley, Mrs. Henry
- Daughter of Ed. S. Hirst/Hurst. Their residence was the house at 43 N. Main, which was built for them.
Kirchner, Robert W.
- Wife, Nettie A.
- Robert was proprietor of a meat market in Clarkston, which became the Teggerdine Meat Market.
- Born 1865. Died 9/5/1946.
- Wife, Dora May. Born 1872. Died 2/16/1962.
- Daughters: Emily, Mrs. Alvin Beardslee; Mrs. Ellsworth Grate; & Jeannette,Mrs. Hazen Atkins.
Knox, John J.
- Died 4/13/1877 in Washington D. C. Son of Walter & Jane Knox, natives of Hawick Scotland.
- Wife Emily M. Died 7/5/1865, age 28.
- Captain John J. Knox was a Brevet Major in the 5th Michigan Volunteer Infantry who served in the Civil War. See 9/28/1967 & 6/13/68 Clarkston News articles by Constance Lektzian re: the Knox family
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Betsey Lamb was a 50 year old boatman who was born in New York. Also listed was Cora, age 8, born in Michigan.
Lambert, Elizabeth Edmonson (Mrs. Frank Lambert)
- Mrs.Lambert's grandfather [?] Jonas Edmondson had a store on the northwest corner of Main St. & Depot Rd. She was one of the co-founders of the Clarkston Farm & Garden Club.
- Daughter, Janet Lookadoo.
- Residence 43 N. Main.
Lambert, Frank W.
- Died 1953.
- Wife, Elizabeth Edmonson Lambert. Frank was son of Charles R. and Nettie Vliet Lambert. (Charles was co-owner of Clayton & Lambert Manufacturing, Detroit.) Frank founded Shore Acres Creamery in Pontiac, then became Vice President of Clayton & Lambert until his retirement in 1946.
- Daughter, Janet Lookadoo.
- Residence 43 N. Main.
Land, William J.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, William was a 26 year old clerk at the time. Wife, Mary, 24 was born in New York. Daughter, Mary, 2, was born in Michigan.
Landi, Anthony B.
- Born 1853, Genoa,Italy.
- Married Ann L. Hammond in 1872. (Sister of Mariette, Mrs. B. J. Abbey & Almeda, Mrs. Henry Gulick.)
- Son, Adelbert.
- Daughter, Evaline.
Landi, Bert J.
- Died 11/19/1957, age 72.
- Wife, Daisy. Divorced in 1925.
- The nephew of Blanchard J. Abbey, Bert was owner of a store(for a time, Landi & Ronk) at 14 S. Main.
- Wife, Mabel.
- Residence, before 1944, 88 N. Holcomb.
- Died age 76. Obit., Clarkston News, 11/13/52.
- Leonard owned a bakery, then was co- owner with B. J. Miller, of a Ford then Buick) dealership at 9 S. Main St.
Lewis & Bower
- The 1896 Illustrated Atlas of Oakland Co. listed them as dealers in general merchandise & proprietors of a livery stable. The 1872 map of the village shows W. Lewis for a blacksmith shop on N. Main St. (now a part of the property of 20 N. Main) just south of the stream from the mill pond to Park/Parke's Lake. The tax records of 1889 listed Lewis & Crosby, which by 1891 became Lewis & Bower, for a piece, north by Goodenough, south by J. (John) West. (At the time Mr.West owned the Clarkston mills property & the water rights & the out lots, or the stream from the mill pond to Park/Parke's Lake.) So, it appears, the business of Lewis & Bower was north of the stream on what is now a part of the property of 42 N. Main.
Lewis, David S.
- Died 10/231853.
- Wife, Mary E. Thurston (The widow of Eleazer Thurston).
- Daughter, Nettie J. Died 12/20/1870, age 20.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Polly was 69 at the time. She was born in Massachusetts. Residing with her was Anna Lewis, 48 years old, born in New York.
Linabury, Cyrus [Photo]
- Owner of Shady Nook Gardens in 1932, a greenhouse on Depot Rd. to the west of 31 S. Main. See C. News 6/10/32 ad. According to information received from Mary Gassick Cormia who lived next door in the house/shop at 49 S. Main, Henry Ford built the greenhouse for Cyrus. Since there are photos of Cyrus in front of the greenhouse in the Henry Ford archives this account seems credible.
- Died 1946. Obit., Clarkston News 3/1/1946.
- In 1885 Jasper married Sarah L.Bird. She Died in 1927.
- Son, Cyrus.
- In 1895 Linabury had a furniture store on the southwest corner of S. Main St. & Mill St. In 1900 he ran a livery from a barn on N. Main St. In 1922 he operated a branch of Detroit Creamery in Clarkston, on the west side of the alley behind 27 S. Main. Residence 39 S. Main. (See Heritage photos, pgs. 50, 55). He also ran a livery which he sold to J. A. Skarritt. The Livery was just north of the stream in the east side of Main St. (See photo, pg. 54, Heritage.)
Lord, Daniel R.
- Son of Fred & Lucy Lillian Lowery.
- Wife, Fanny.
- Sherm Clarkston Schools caretaker. Residence, circa 1945 until his death, 40 Buffalo. See Clarkston News re: A Clarkston Art Club 5/27/49; & 10/22/1921 re: Sherman Lowery, as a boy, the member of the Pig Club, Clifford J. Cheeseman, leader.
- One of Clarkston's earliest settlers who had settled here by 1836. He & his wife were among the first members of the Methodist Episcopal Church congregation .
- Proprietor of a mill at the southwest corner of S. Main & Depot Rd.
- Son, Arnold Mann.
- John was listed a farmer with property in Section 36 in Independence Township, in the 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County. He was born in 1880 in Oakland County. He married Lola Bartlett.
Martin, Loraine Lambert (Mrs. Wm. L. Martin)
Martin, William L.
- Born 1915. Died 9/21/1974.
- Wife, Loraine Lambert.
- Obit., 5/13/59. An attorney.
- Residence 52 E. Church.
- One of the areas earliest settlers. The first "Collector" of the Sashabaw Burial Association formed 1849.
Megee, Jean Weighell Looker (Mrs. Lloyd C.Megee) [Photo]
- Born 3/18/1895. Died 10/8/1970.
- Daughter of Lida Weighell.
- Jean owned The Old Tyme Antique Shop at 21 N. Main.
Megee, Lloyd Creamer, ["Slip"] [Photo]
- Born 10/11/1890. Died 5/27/1963.
- Married Jean Weighell.
- For a time Lloyd managed Green Acres, the inn owned by his mother-in-law, Lida Weighell. He then worked for Consumer Power. Residence 43 S.Holcomb. See Clarkston News 1/17/1957.
- Wife, Emma.
- In 1901 a butcher in Clarkston.
- Obit., Clarkston News 1/11/35.
- Wife, Edith.
- Charles was postmaster in the 1920s when the site of the Clarkston post office was 3 E. Washington, also his tea room (see ad, Clarkston News 5/29/32 ). In 1921 the Community News lists a Charles Meyers as an undertaker. Residence 64 N. Holcomb.
- Jesse was born in 1812 in Ohio.
- Wife, Elizabeth, born 1813 in New York.
- Son, Gurdon B., born in 1840 in Michigan, was working as a cooper in 1860 according to census records of that year.
- Son, Worthy, born in 1842 in Michigan.
- Daughter, Susan (Stearns according to 1860 tax records) was born in Michigan.
- Son, Judson, was born in Michigan.
- One of Clarkston's early settlers. A cooper & wagon maker with a shop,1855-1860 on the site of 41 Buffalo. He then moved to a site on N. Main St. north of the stream to Park/Parke's Lake, (seen on the 1872 map) until 1874, after his death. As a residence, tax records seem to indicate Millard built the house at 25 Buffalo in 1854/55. This house became the Methodist Church parsonage. In 1863 he moved to a house at 51 E. Washington. See 1872 map.
Miller, Benjamin F.
- Died 11/4/1946.
- Wife, Leda M. Bradley.
- Children, Bradley S., Clark and Barbara E.
- Ben was a farmer who opened a Ford car dealership with Frank Leonard in 1918 at 9 S. Main.
- The 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County listed Ben as a "Farmer and Agent for Musical Instruments" with property in Springfield Township. He was born in 1873 in Oakland County. He was "School Director" for 3 years and Justice of the Peace for 4 years.
Miller, C. J.
- Listed in the 1908 Standard Atlas of Oakland County as Village President, Clarkston.
- The 1908 Standard Atas of Oakland County listed David as farmer with property in Section 24 in Independence Township, who was born in 1840 in Oakland County. He married Francis Beardslee. Children: George W.; Edward J.; Nancy A.; Mary M.; Gertrude E.; and Samuel S.
Miller, Edward J.
- Born 6/02/1866. Died 1938. Obit., Clarkston News 12/16/1938. Son of David & Francis Beardslee Miller.
- Wife Maud Fitch. Born 1/14/1871. Daughter of Henry & Hannah Cowden Fitch.
- Children: Beryl, Donald, Ferris, Francis , Lauren & Maurice.
- Ed J. owned of a farm west of Holcomb Rd. (now a part of the Deer Lake Farms subdivision), which was the Holcomb farm. Miller named it Cedar Glen Farm. The barn was 84 x 100', one of the largest in Oakland Co. Potatoes were the main crop. The farm was purchased by Harry B. Fruehauf in 1943. See Clarkston News article, 4/9/43.
- One of Clarkston's early settlers.
Morley, John A., Judge
- Obit., C.News, 10/6/1949. Son of Juliette, Mrs. W. A. Morley.
- Wife, Lillian.
- Residence 35 Buffalo, previously his Mother's home. The Judge had an office on the first floor filled with his clock collection. There was a cell on the second floor where prisoners were held until their transfer to the jail in Pontiac. The Judge was also an agent for Stransteel Houses.
- [Major]. Died 1940.
- Wife, Esther.
- "Tessie"Walter, Mrs. David Newland.
- Died 1971, age 93.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 4/25/1963.
- A representative of Standard Oil Co. in Clarkston.
North, Rev. O. F.
- North was the first minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the brick building, 29 Buffalo.
- Obit., Clarkston News 6/4/53.
- Wife, Rowena.
- O'Dell came to Clarkston in 1934. Owner of O'Dell Drug Store, in the Clarkston Building Association /Maccabee Building, (4,6,& 8), S. Main.
- Born 1878. Died 8/31/1946. Obit., Clarkston News, 7/9/1946. Son of Israel Ogden. (Obit., Clarkston News 7/9/1943. )
- Wife, Anne L. Born 1888. Died 6/11/1932.
- Durand was owner of the funeral home on N. Main St.
- First husband, C. S. Curl/Curle.
- Son, John Curl.
- Residence 69 E. Washington, c. 1865- 1904.
- 1860 census records listed "Edward O'Rork" as a 36 year old farm laborer who was born in Ireland. Wife, Catherine, age 34 at the time, born in Ireland. Children Dennis, age 3, and James, age 2, born in Michigan.
- Born in Ireland.
- Wife, Catherine.
- Children: Dennis & James.
O'Rourke, Edward(Ted) M.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 7/30/59. Son of James O'Rourke, a farmer with property north of the Village.
- Wife, Helen
- Residence 7 E. Washington. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen.
- Husband, Edward, "Ted" O'Rourke.
- She worked as a waitress in Meyers Tea Room, 3 E. Washington. In the last years of her life she was a cashier at Rudy's Market, 9 South Main Street. Residence 7 E. Washington.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 11/30/45.
- Son Edward M. O'Rourke. James had a farm north of Clarkston.
Osborne, David L. [Photo]
- Wife, Mary Dudley Osborne.
- Daughter, Carrie Osborne Kent, (Mrs. Emmett E.). (Carrie's daughter, Marie K. Frederick, of Birmingham).
- D. L. Osborne & Mrs.Christina Tindall built an "Aladdin built" house at N. Holcomb. (info from Mrs. Frederick). D. L. & Mary's residence was 18 N. Holcomb.
- A stonemason who built 9 S. Main with his assistant Casper Warden.
Owen, John G.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, John was a 36 year old merchant who was born in England. Wife, Maria A., 36, born in England. Children, Maria E., 13, born in Michigan; John S., 11, born in Michigan; Joseph D., 8, born in Michigan; Sophia S., 6, born in Michigan; Ellen W., 4, born in Michigan and Jabez, 2, born in Michigan.
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