Geneology & Personal Histories
(P through Z)
(Genealogy & Personal Histories - A through E)
(Genealogy & Personal Histories - F through O)
- Owner / operator of the Clarkston carding mills. Residence, in 1872, 37 E. Church.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Judson was a 73 year old retired farmer who was born in New York. Wife, Eliza, 68, was born in New Jersey. Others listed in the household were Mary Huggins a 17 year old domestic born in Michigan and Charles, 14, born in Michigan.
- Wife, Jessie.
- Owner/manager of the Clarkston Cafe in the 1940 & 1950s. Residence N. Main.
Parker, Ray M.
Parker, Thomas L.
- Died 1948, age 80. Obit., Clarkston News, 12/3/48.
- Children: Mrs. L. Fisk, Mrs. Jack Reutter, Mrs. Warren Wixom, Mrs. J.Tracy Maynard, R. D. Gordon & William O.
- Thomas had a harness shop on the northeast corner of E. Washington & N. Main Sts. The site of 3 E. Washington. (Clarkston News 8/29/41 re: 50th ann. party in their W. Washington home.) A 1921 Community News ad listed harnesses, robes, trunks, & family shoe repair as Mr. Parker's wares.
Perkins, O. J.
- In 1877 a Clarkston physician.
- Wife, Fanny, was born in1827 in England according to 1806 Clarkston census records. Children, Susan, 5; Theodore, 3; Ward B., 3, were born in Michigan. Also listed as a part of the household was Mary Eisenbrey, 24, born in Pennsylvania.
- Born in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
- Wife, Jane Ann (Allen). Born in Sophronius, Onondaga Co., N. Y.
- Children: Ruth, Mrs. Henry West, died in 1906; Mary, Mrs. Nicholas B. Smith; Pitts; James; Edmund, died in 1911; Theodore S.; Lydia Ann, Mrs. John Meyerhoff, died in 1911; Sylvester; Laura & Jane, Mrs.Jerome Vliet.
- Phillips who settled on Section 23 of Independence Township in 1831, was one of the areas earliest pioneers.
- Born 1836. Son of Bildad & Jane Ann Phillips who settled in Independence Township in 1831.
- Wife, Mary King. Died 1923.
- Son, Clarence Phillips.
- See Clarkston News article's re: Mary's diary, 1/19/1967 & 3/09/1967 by Constance Lektzian.
Plumb, Mattie V. (Mrs. Winton J. Plumb)
- Died 2/27/1933. Obit., Clarkstom News 3/31933.
- Son, Ray.
- She accompanied Dr. Sutherland on "birthing calls". Residence 69 S. Main.
- Obit., C. News 8/17/1945. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Winton J. Plumb.
- Ray was a clerk at Glenn Boner's Clarkston Feed Store on M-15 south of Clarkston.
Plumb, Winfield D.
- Born 3/26/1848. Died 2/11/1912.
- Wife, Emma J. Born 4/04/1851. Died 8/24/1921.
- Died in 1880.
- Wife, Mattie V. Plumb.
- Son, Ray.
- A lawyer who opened an office in the Village in 1843.
Poulton, Garnet E.
- Born 1900. Died 1968.
- Residence 18 N. Holcomb. (See Clarkston News ad., 9/15/49, G. E. Poulton Wholesale Auto Supplies, 18 N. Holcomb.)
Pratt, Charlotte Merrill (Mrs. J. W. Pratt)
- Born 1/15/1804. Died 4/41873. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Charlotte was a 54 year old woman born in New York. She operated a "boardinghouse" at the time. Also listed as a part of the household were Seymour A., 18, born in Michigan; Helen J., 15, born in Michigan; Sally Merrill, 94, born in Massachusetts and Sarah Pratt, 78, born in New York.
- Son, Denison. Born 10/14/1833. Died 12/1834.
- Residence, 1855-1872, 50 E. Washington.
Pratt, J. W.
- Born 4/17/1802. Died 4/24/1847.
- Wife, Charlotte Merrill. See above 1860 info.
- Son, Denison. Born 10/14/1833. Died 12/1834.
Quick, William D.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, William was a 29 year old cooper who was born in New York. Wife, Amelia, 27, was born in New York. Daughter, Ida I., 1, was born in Michigan. Also listed as a part of the household was Maria Durkee, 17, a domestic who was born in Michigan.
Reed & Mills
- Reed & Mills had a harness shop on 20' of the south side of Lot 3 Block 1 in Clarkston in 1877. John A. Mills was one of Clarkston's blacksmiths. The 1872 Map of the Village shows the owner of this site as W. S. Blake.
- Wife, Florence E. She Died in 1934. See her obit., Clarkston News 11/30/1934.
- The Reid's had a farm on Middle Lake Rd. Their residence was the home at 107 N. Main for a time beginning the 1880s.
- Mrs. Leman W. Allen, then Mrs. Joseph Reese. Born in Dundee, Scotland. Died 1938, age 94. Obit., C. News 5/27/1938. Daughter of James Bruce & Anna ( Garius )Bruce.
- Daughter Luella, wife of Dr. Harry DeWar.
- Born 12/08/1839. Died 9/22/1888. Son of John & Alice Reese of Pembrookshire, Wales. According to the 1891 Portrait & Biographical Album of Oakland Co., pages 670 & 671, Joseph came to America age 12. His parents first settled in Ohio coming to Michigan a year later.
- 1st wife Anna Daniels. She & Joseph were married February, 1864. She died in 1886.
- 2nd wife, Hettie Jefferson, of Tyron, Livingston Co.. Hettie died in July of 1905.
- 3rd wife, Christina Allen, widow of L. W. Allen.
- Joseph & his brother David first purchased "the old home place" then" the old Howe farm". See the 1872 map which shows the property on both sides of Reese Road in Section 7 of Independence Township. He retired to his house, in Clarkston at 114/116 North Main Street and built the two houses to the north, 122 & 130 N. Main for resale.
- One of the earliest setters in Independence Township. He was the first Sexton for the Sashabaw Burial Association formed in 1849.
Riley, L. D.
- Worked for Hawk Tool, 20 W. Washington. See Clarkston News 1/10/57.
Robbins, J. Ward
- Born in Detroit, Mi.
- Ward came to Clarkston after attending school in Pontiac & working as a test driver for Oakland Motor Car Co. He opened a garage in Clarkston, then started a trucking business in 1919. In 1923 he joined the Detroit Edison Co. as a meter installer & inspector.
Robertson, Dr. Charles Gray
- Born 1829 in Glasgow, Scotland. Died 7/20/1907.
- Wife, Jessie Newton. Born 1825. Died 3/12/1811.
- Son, Milton G.
- Dr. Robertson came to America with his parents when he was 7 years old. He received his medical degree from the Buffalo University of Medicine. He served in the medical corp in the Civil War. In 1880 he settled in Clarkston. When Dr. Clark Sutherland first came to Clarkston he practiced with Dr. Robertson. See 10/20/1966 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian. Residence 10 Robertson Ct.. Dr. Robertson built the house circa 1880 on the property which is now Robertson Ct. at Main Street. The house faced Main St. In 1923 the Dr. moved the main portion of the house to its present location. The kitchen became a part of the house at 16 Clarkston Rd.
Robertson, Milton G.
- Born 1868. Died 10/27/1948.
- Wife, Mabel C. Born 1865. Died 5/25/1932.
Robinson, Dr. Horace
- Died 1873. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Horace was born in 1808 in Vermont. Members of the household included Lurancy, 38, born in N.Y.; "Cyntha", 14, born in Michigan and Mary E., 12, born in Ohio.
- One of Clarkston's first physicians who with Dr. Nelson Abbey opened the first drugstore on the northeast corner of E. Washington & N. Main St. He was Township Supervisor in 1840. His residence was a house on the northeast corner of N. Main & Clarkston-Orion Rd. The doctor was killed by another hunter while hunting turkeys.
- Born, 5/06/1912, in the residence of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur R. Rockwell. Died in 1962. Obit., Clarkstom News, 3/29/1962.
- Brothers, Kenneth Rockwell & Merritt W. Rockwell
- Married Grace H. on 6/29/1934.
- He was Village President 1950-1951.
Rockwell, Merritt W.
- Born, 8/25/13, in the home of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Rockwell, on Holcomb St.
- Married Hazel M. Dinnan on
- He worked for General Motors Corp.
for 31 years.
- Died, 5/18/73. Lakeview Cemetary
Rockwell, Mrs. W., (Lizzie)
- She ran a maternity home in the 1930s in her home at 53 W. Washington.
Romig, E. A.
- A physician in Clarkston in 1877.
Root, M. A
- A milliner in Clarkston in the late 1870s. In 1877 Root was listed in the tax records for property on the west side of S. Main St.
- Died 10/30/1869. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, John was a 44 year old Baptist minister who was born in Scotland.
- 1860 records listed Margaret as a 42 year old woman who was born in Scotland. After John's death, Margaret married Calvin A. Green in 1872. They were divorced in 1879.
- John & Margaret's adopted daughter was Eliza Howes Ross. According to 1860 records she was born in 1859 in New York.
- The Great aunt of Elizabeth Edmonson, Mrs. Frank Lambert.
- Founder / Director of the Clarkston Conservatory of Music at 49 S. Main.
- Nelson is credited with having the first wagon shop in Clarkston, 1840.
- Died 2/20/1876.
- Wife of John Sabine. Died 8/25/1852, age 64.
- Born 1830. Died 7/2/1896.
Scadding, Margaret Green
- Wife of William. Sister of Peter Green. Her tombstone in Lakeview Cemetery reads "Margaret Scadding is my name, England is my nation, America is my dwelling place & Christ is my salvation." She died 4/7/1892.
Scadding, William S.
- Died 2/12/1913, age 90.
- Wife, Margaret.
- Married Elsa Hagele 10/27/1933.
- In 1933 Schwarz bought the business of Hagele's Meat Market ( from Pontiac ) which had just opened on the southwest corner of S. Main & W. Washington St. The building burned in 1939. The final location of his business was 9 S. Main.
- Born 1891. Daughter of Frank & Anjanette ( obit.,C.News 2/18/1944 ) Scrace who had a farm on Pine Knob Rd. Ada's sister, Mary, was Mrs. John Hammond. Brother, Henry T. Scrace died in 1963 at age 87. Ada went on "birthday calls" with Dr. Sutherland acting as nurse-midwife. Residence 54 Buffalo. See Clarkston News article re: Frank Scrace, by Constance Lektzian, 3/23/1967.
Scranton, Washington Clark
- Died 2/17/1893. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, "Clark" Scranton was a 40 year old merchant who was born in New York.
- Wife Charlotte. Died 12/18/1890. 1860 census records listed her as 39 and born in New York. Also a member of the household was Hannah Lapham, 72, born in Rhode Island.
- The tax records site him for the property on the east side of N. Main St. from the stream to M. H. Clark's property (62 N. Main). The house at 58 N. Main was apparently built for him. Was he related to Nicholas Bonaparte Smith who lived in the house until his own death? In 1895 Scranton sold a store building which was on the corner of his property, now the site of 3 N. Holcomb, to Daniel Addis who moved the building to 2 S. Main. The original section of the residence which now stands on that site of 3 N. Holcomb was probably built in 1882 for Scranton.
- Edwin & brother, Joseph, began their Chevrolet car dealership business, Clarkston Motor Sales, 32 S. Main, on the site of Frank Yeager/Yager's blacksmith shop, on the southeast corner of S. Main & E. Church streets in 1920. In 1928 they moved the business to the building at 3 E. Washington. They expanded the business to include Oldsmobile sales after moving to a new building on Dixie Highway in 1949.
- Brother of Edwin Seeterlin. Partner with his brother in a Chevy & Oldsmobile dealership. See Edwin, for that business history.
Seeterlin, Mrs. Joseph
- Obit., C. News, 8/16/1956. Residence 115 N. Holcomb.
Selden, A. H.
Selden, G. B.
- Wife, Nancy ( Kitchen ).
- "Guy"? a Clarkston postmaster before Sarah Selden was appointed in 1870.
- Daughters Adella, Mary & Sarah.
Selden, Sarah V.
- Daughter of G. B. Selden. Sister of Adella, "Della".
- Husband, Leroy N. Brown. Married 4/-9/1879 in Clarkston, Mi.
- Sarah was appointed Clarkston postmistress in 1870. Residence 44 E. Washington, circa 1910.
- In 1877 he was a shoe & boot maker in Clarkston.
- Obit., Clarkston News 9/17/43, age, 84.
- She married husband, John Shaughnessy, in 1881..
- Daughter, Mrs. Frank Leonard.
- Sons; John & Theo.
Sibley, George H.
- Born 1845 in New York state. Died 9/30/1931.
- Wife Theodocia J. Townsend. Born 1845. Died 1/31/1892.
- Son, Hiram.
- Daughter, Harriett.
- George served with the Union Army during the Civil War. George & Harriet came from N.Y. to settle on a farm on what is now Clarkston - Orion Rd., across from Park Lake. George sold this farm in his sixties after remarrying & moved to the house at 71 N. Main. His son, Hiram continued to live in the house until his death. Tax records listed him as the owner of the original N. W. Clark Block 24 from 1877 -1881. See 1/26/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian,
Sibley, George H. Jr.
- Son of George H. & Theodocia Sibley. See Oak. Co. Bio., 1909.
- Wife, Elizabeth M.
- Sons , George & Lloyd.
- Married Gladys Anthony in 1932.
- A Deputy Treasurer of Oak. Co., Mi. Residence 129 N. Main.
Skarritt, J. A.
- Owner of a livery-buss [sic.] service in the Village, circa 1909-1921.
- Sons Clyde, Judd & Kimball. ( See C. News 3/18/32. )
Sliter, H. M.
Sloat, Carlton V.
- Sloat was proprietor of the Clarkston Venetian Blind Co. which opened in 1938 in a building behind the one which stood on the southwest corner of W. Washington & S. Main St. A fire which, in 1939, started in this building burned it and the two wooden structures to the east which fronted on S. Main St.
Smith, Charles M.
- Wife, Josephine Vliet.
- Residence, 1882-1896, 35 Buffalo.
- "Lottie". Born in Clarkston, 11/14/1863. Daughter of Ransom Johnson. Obit., 8/27/43.
- Husband John T. P. Smith.
Smith, John T. P.
- Born 10/17/1863. Died 1/12/1921.
- Son of Nicholas B. Smith and Emeline Walter Smith.
- Wife, Charlotte, "Lottie".
- A Clarkston Postmaster. The 1896 Illustrated Atlas of Oakland Co. [89a] listed him as a farmer & stock dealer. His residence was at 21 E. Washington.
- Sons, William David, & Sidney Samuel.
- Daughters, Julia Mildred, (married Frederick Yeager/Yager, grandson of Jedediah. Fred & Julia lived at 8 E. Washington.); Malvina Emeline & Leda Cristina.
Smith, Nicholas Bonaparte
- Born in Chili, N.Y. According to 1860 Clarkston tax records, Nicholas was born in 1820 and a clerk at the time.
- Mother's maiden name Bigler.
- First wife, Mary, was the daughter of Bildad Phillips, one of Independence Township's first settlers. Their son, became the Honorable Samuel Smith.
- Second wife, Emmaline Walter, Jacob Walter's daughter. "Emeline" was listed in 1860 records as 26 and born in Michigan. Also listed were Ann, 11, born in Michigan & Samuel 7, born in Michigan.
- Daughter of Emmaline & Nicholas, Zoe D. Grant.
- Smith was a merchant & pharmacist who had a drug store on the northeast corner of E. Washington & N. Main St. Smith was town clerk in 1857 & 1859; & a master of Cedar Lodge, No.60. Residence 58 N. Main. See 12/14/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Smith, Samuel W.
- Born 1852. Son of Nicholas Bonaparte & Mary Smith.
- Wife, Alida DeLand.
- Sons: Deland, Ferris, Wendell & Harlan.
- A lawyer who was elected Oakland Co. prosecuting attorney 1882-1884. He then served as a Michigan State Senator & Chairman of the District of Columbia. See 12/14/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian. According to the obituary in the Clarkston News for his stepsister, Zoe Grant, she was his secretary when he served in Congress in Washington, D.C.
Smith, W. H.
Smith, Oliver A.
- In 1873 he had a foundry, hardware & tinware store on the back of the lot of the site of 27 S. Main in 1873. His nickname was "C.O.D.", cash on delivery, for his manner of ordering merchandise.
- Carpenter & Methodist lay preacher.
Smith, William H.
- A blacksmith in Clarkston in the 1870s. ?
Snell, S. N.
- Son of Roy C. Spencer.
- Wife, Muriel, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Boyns.
Spencer, Roy C.
- Born 1880. Died 1957. Obit., Clarkston News, 7/25/1927.
- Son, Roy Spencer. Built the house at 49 N. Main in 1919/1920.
Spooner, E. D.
- Born 6/27/1862 in Lenawee County, Mi.
- He married Nellie Walter on 3/29/1883 ( daughter of John & Elenora Walter ).
- Children: Harvey (died age 13); Helen & Gladys.
Stamp, William H.
- Wife, Ann.
- Stamp, a Detroit College of Law graduate, was an attorney in Detroit before coming to Clarkston. In 1933 he bought the Clarkston News founded in 1929. Mrs. Stamp became the papers editor. The couple handled the advertising & printing of the paper. After selling the paper to James Sherman,Stamp became Clarkston's Justice of the Peace.
Stewart(Stuart), Taylor H.
- Born 1807. Died 1884.
- Wife Malinda C. Born 1809. Died 1868.
- Wife, Theodocia.
- He was part owner of the Clarkston Mills property with Henry T. &
- Wife, Mary E. Hirst/ Hurst. In 1878 the Siffs leased the mill to William Holcomb, son of original mill builder/owner, Butler Holcomb. The Stiffs lived in the Greek Revival house at 76 N. Main , previously the home of Edwin & Mary Hirst/Hurst.
Street, Edwin F.
- Street was a druggist whose business was at 4 S. Main. He then worked for Guy Walter & Co. at the same address.
Sutherland, Dr. Clark
- Born ,1867, in Oxford, Michigan. Obit., Clarkston News, 1/10/41.
- Son of Andrew & Abigail Clark (the daughter of Rowland E. Clark)Sutherland.
- Wife, Maude Rose.
- Sutherland was a University of Michigan Medical School graduate. After coming to Clarkston Sutherland was for a time in practice with Dr. Charles Robertson a physician with Civil War service. Their office was on the second floor of a gable-fronted clapboard building on the site of what is now the "Brick Block", 12/14/16/18 S. Main. The building burned along with three others which were on the site. The residence / office at 59 S. Main was built for the doctor. See 10/26/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Justice of the Peace 1907-1911. The house at 135 N. Main was built for Taylor.
Taylor, Esther B.
- Mrs. Moses Taylor. Died 1899, age 73. Residence 76 N. Main.
- Wife, Esther. Residence 76 N. Main.
Teggerdine, David R.
- Born 1864. Died 1934.
- Wife, Edith Rose. Born 1868. Died 1943.
- The Teggerdine family farm was at White Lake & Andersonville Rds. David & George B.Crosby owned/operated a meat market in Clarkston, in a wooden building,12 S. Main. (See photo of David Teggerdine on the interior of that building in 1922, page 65, Heritage.) In 1924 it became the business of Wm. Dunston. The building along with three others burned in 1927. The yellow brick building, nicknamed the "Brick Block", the combined effort of Teggerdine, George King, "Burt" Landi & Hubble & Hopkins (Cecil Hubble & Clair Hopkins ) was built on the same site. The original nameplates on the building facade were T.-K.; Landi, and H & H. David moved the family to 61 N. Main when he became Clarkston State Bank President. See Obit., Clarkston News 6/18/1997 of Teggerdine's daughter, Gladys McNaught Crawford.
- Wife, Marian.
- Daughters: Shirley & Norma.
- The Terry's came to Clarkston from Howell in 1928. Earl went to work in Frank Dunston's Market. Dunston sold to Waterbury & Earl became a manager. In 1937 the Terrys began to buy an interest in the business. In 1945 the store became Terry's Market, 10 S. Main. The business closed in 1967.
Terry, Floyd C.
- Obit., Clarkston News, 3/29/1962.
- Wife, Blanche. Obit., Clarkston News, 8/22/57.
- Children: Glenn, Leverne, William, Terry, Ross, Bruce & Mrs. Frank Bozek.
- Residence 55 Buffalo.
- Wife, Ellen Gulick. Married in Independence Township in December of 1834.
- Terry had a bakery for a time in the building, 4/6 S. Main, which became Cheeseman's restaurant & ice cream parlor.
- Died 9/26/1880, age 76. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Eleazer was a 54 year old retired farmer who was born in New York.
- Wife, Mary E., 36, was born in New York according to 1860 census records. Herbert Lewis, 13, born in Michigan and Lunett, 10, born in Michigan were also members of the household.
Thurston, Mary E.
- Born 6/24/1824. Died 10/2/1894. 1st husband Eleazer Thurston.
- Daughter, Lillie. Died 1859, age 1.
- 2nd husband, David S. Lewis.
- Daughter, Nettie J. Died 12/20/1870, age 20.
Tiffany, Bertha Carrie [Photo]
- Born April 6, 1865 in Chicago, Illinois. Died 7/08/1926 in Birmingham, Michigan. Daughter of Ephrain Schuyler and Harriet Camp Beach Williams. Granddaughter of Major Oliver Williams. Niece of Hiram Walker, Detroit/ Windsor, Canada, distiller.
- Wife of William Curtis Noyes Tiffany. Married 6/27/1888 in Detroit, Mi.
- Children: Leo Williams, born 8/30/1889 in Detroit. Died 5/17/1894. Walker Ephraim, born 8/30/1891 (married "Mamie" Gibson, daughter of Chelson Gibson of Clarkston.); Doris Habbin, born 10/23/1892 in Detroit. (Mrs. Hawthorne Alonzo Brown) & Gladys, born, 9/10/1896 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Mrs. William Stoothoff).
- The residence at 43 E. Washington was built for the Tiffanys. According to family history, Bertha inherited & 10,000 from her uncle, Hiram Walker. She & husband, William moved from Royal Oak, Michigan to the "country", Clarkston, for his health. They used her inheritance to build the house & open a shoe store on S. Main St.
- See Biographical Record of Oakland County, Mi., published in 1903, page 360; The Tiffanys of America, published 1901, and the family genealogy of Major Oliver Williams.
Tiffany, William Curtis Noyes [Photo]
- Born 8/25/1856 in Detroit, Mi. Son of Louis LePrelete and Elizabeth Sarah (Johnson) Tiffany.
- Married wife, Bertha Carrie Williams (Granddaughter of Major Oliver Williams. Niece of Hiram Walker, Detroit/Windsor, Canada, distiller) on June 27, 1888.
- Children: Leo Williams, born 8/30/1889. Died 5/17/1894; Walker Ephriam, born 8/30/1891. Married Mamie E. Gibson, daughter of Chelson Gibson of Clarkston, Mi. 9/16/1914 in Clarkston, Mi. Died 1/241949 in Pontiac, Michigan; Doris Habbin, born 10/23/1892. Married Hawthorne Alonzo Brown 5/04/1916 in Royal Oak, Mi. Died 8/28/1987 in Pontiac, Mi.; Gladys Ella, born 9/10/1896 in Clarkston, Mi. Married William W. Stoothoff 7/10/1912 in Highland Park, Mi. Died 2/10/1982 in Florida. See Tiffanys of America, published in 1901.
- Tiffany had a shoe business in Clarkston (see Pontiac Gazette 9/22/1903) for a time. He & Bertha, built the Queene Anne -style house at 43 E. Washington St. Family history has it that the money used to build the house & open the Clarkston shoe business, $10,000.00 was Bertha's inheritance from her uncle, Hiram Walker. See Biograhpical Record of Oakland County, Mi., published in 1903, page360.
Tucker West, Adella (Della)
- Her first husband was Charles Tucker (1853-1910).
- In 1914 she married Marcus M. West.
- They lived at 50 E. Washington Street until about 1930 when they moved to Pontiac.
- Della’s daughter Rena (Tucker) Boise then lived in the house and is noted as the owner in 1948 and 1956.
- Born 1853. Died 1910.
- Wife, Della.
- Son, Glenn, died 2/20/1892.
Urch, Alice (Mrs. Ed. A. Urch)
- Obit.,Clarkston News,11/17/44. She was overcome by gas in her residence, 37 E. Church.
- Was a teacher in Clarkston's High School, 90 N. Main in 1899.
Urch, Edward A.
- Died in 1918
- Edward married wife, Alice in 1883.
- He owned a dry goods store on S. Main St..
- Born, 1829, Bristol, England. Died, 1885.
- Wife, Mary Smith.
- Five daughters.
- See 11/30/1967 Clarkston News article of Constance Lektzian.
- Born 8/04/1893. Daughter of Mrs. Jessie R. Walter. Died 8/22/1959. Obit., 9/24/1959. Sister of Beulah, Mrs. Forest Jones
- Residence, at time of death, 80 N Holcomb..
VanSyckle, G. W.
- One of the area's earliest settlers. 1855 tax records listed him for the east half of the Southeast 1/4 of Section 30, 80 acres, assessed value $1000 & the east side of the southeast 1/4 of the Northeast 1/4, 26 acres, assessed value$200. VanSyckle sold 3 acres of his land for the Clarkston Union Cemetery (which later became Lakeview Cemetery ). The 1872 map of the Village shows the footprint of a rectangular building on the southeast corner of Dixie Highway & White Lake Rd. There are no reports yet available about this building's appearance. Tax records of 1858 cited assessed values which seem to indicate the existence of a building. If this was VanSyckle's home it was probably a Greek Revival style building, if it had a style at all. The property passed to Ephriam Addis by 1876. The assessed did not change. However, Addis is credited with the construction of the Gothic Revival style house which stood on the lot for the next 100 plus years until it was moved to 180 N. Main.
- One of the area's earliest settlers. The first Secretary of the Sashabaw Burial Association formed in 1849.
Vantine, Sarah B.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Sarah was born in New Jersey. In 1860 she was a 50 year old woman running a "boardinghouse". Also listed in the household at the time were David A. Chipman, 6, born in Michigan; Mary M., a 27 year old milliner born in N.Y.; Julian Williams, a 20 year old student born in Michigan; John Hadley, a 15 year old student born in Michigan and Huldah R. Ogden, 40, born in New Jersey.
VanWinkle, Isaac J.
- According to Clarkston 1860 census records, Isaac was a 49 year old butcher who was born in New Jersey. Also listed were Anna D., 49, born in N.J.; Esther, 20, born in N.J.; Ann E., 16, a schoolteacher, born in N.J.; Isaac, 13, born in N.J.; Cornelia, 7, born in N.J. and Edwin, 3, born in Michigan.
Vincent & Brothers
- In 1877 a blacksmith business in Clarkston.
- Born 9/13/1876. Son of VanRensalear/Vanrancelor & Polly Ann Vliet.
- Wife, Mina.
- In 1898 after studying at Michigan State, he became principal of Clarkston's High School which occupied the building at 90 N. Main which had begun as Nelson W. Clark's Union school. By the time he retired from teaching he was Superintendent of Birmingham, Michigan Schools. See Clarkston News article 1/12/1967 & photo/article 3/31/1967 by Constance Lektzian.
- Born 1876. Died 1971.
- Wife, Alice. Born 1872. Died 1962.
- She was the widow of Nelson Vliet.
- 2nd husband, Charles Bower.
- Residence 11 S. Holcomb (photo, pg. 10 S. Holcomb). She was the grandmother of Lee & sister, Bessie Clark.
Vliet, Elmer C.
- Born 1856. Died 1926.
- Wife, Jennie Johnson Vliet.
- Daughter, Mattie J., Mrs. George F. Harris.
- Son, Ransom T. Vliet.
Vliet, George W.
- Born in New York state. A wheelwright -wagon maker.
- Wife, Eleanor. Born England [acc. to 1880 census].
Vliet, James R.
Vliet, Jennie E.
- Died 12/15/1930.
- Son, Ransom T.
- Daughters: Lucy Vliet Coon (Mrs. Linsley I. Coon) & Mae Ferris. Residence 66 E. Washington 1917-1930.
- Born,3/10/1849, in Clarkston. Died 1932 at the age 83.
- Jerome married Jane Phillips. She died in 1913.
- Jerome was a mason who worked on the Clarkston State Bank, 15 S. Main & the Township Hall, 21 S. Main.
Vliet, Joshua B.
- Born 10/29/1856. Died 3/01/1938.
- Wife, Ellan. Born 8/05/1857. Died 8/01/1938.
- Daughter, Effie Louise. Born 3/03/1895. Died 8/17/1908.
- Son, Nelson J. Born 3/15/1883. Died 5/29/1907.
Vliet, Mary Belle
- Obit., Clarkston News, 11/14/57.
Vliet, Milan M.
- Milan owned the Vliet Summer Resort in the 1890s. (The resort was also, later, known as Vliet's on the Hill & later Green Acres.)
- Son of William Vliet. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Nelson was a 29 year old wagonmaker who was born in New York.
- Wife, Elizabeth Ann, born in New York in 1836 according to 1860 records which also listed Joshua, 2 and Helen, 1, both born in Michigan (She became Elizabeth Vliet Bower.)
- She was the grandmother of Lee & Bessie Clark & the aunt of Nettie Vliet Lambert. Nelson was a building contractor reportedly responsible for many Village houses. A Civil War soldier, Company D of the 22nd Michigan Volunteers, he died in Andersonville Prison & was buried in the National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia.
Vliet, Ransom T.
- Son of Jennie E. Vliet.
- Wife, Marie A.
Vliet, V. C., Vanrancelor(VanRensalear) C.
- 1829-1915. Born in New Jersey. A carpenter.
- Wife, Polly Ann. 1872-1962.
- Children: Eugene; Elmer (a mailman in the Village); Frank; Nettie; Roland [acc. to 1880 census].
Vliet, William V. B. (Van Buskirk)
- Born in New Jersey. An undertaker & cabinet maker.
- Wife, Martha.
- Son, Thomas [acc.to 1880 census records].
- Residence 35 Buffalo which he either built having demolished the home of Francis J. Walter or substantially remodeled same by 1880.
- According to 1860 Clarkston census records Wilson was a 59 year old wagonmaker who was born in New Jersey. Also listed were Mary, 1; Wilson, 14; Herome, 11 and Frank, 7, all born in New York.
- Cabinet maker/carpenter/boat maker. In 1858 his residence/shop was listed in the tax records as 40 Buffalo. At the turn of the century his shop was in the building at 21 N. Main. (See photo, pg. 55 Heritage.)
- Owner of the stone building at 9 S. Main at the time of its construction.
Voorheis, Peter D.
- Wife, Maria Fisher.
- Voorheis one of the area's earliest settlers came to Michigan from New Jersey. He & Miss Fisher were married in Independence in November of 1834. Peter was the first President of the Sashabaw Burial Association formed in 1849. He was also one of the first Justices of the Peace & Commissioners of Highways appointed at the first Town meeting in 1837. He was Township Supervisor in 1855.
- Children: Fisher A.; John; Margaret; Nancy Ann, Mrs. E. H. Tompkins; Elizabeth, Mrs. Mark Hixson; Mariette, Mrs. Luke Voorheis; Ruth Ann, Mrs. Gideon Gates; Peter; Elisha S.; & Isaac I.
- Born 9/30/1792, England. Died 1868 in Clarkston, Mi.
- Wife, Ann. Came to America in 1834.
- Children: John, born 3/31/1822. Died 1888; William, born 4/31/1927. Died 1884 (married Mary A Broomfield who was born in 1833 & died in 1892.)
- Born 1859. Died 1936.
- Wife, Francis Fleming. Daughter of Harvey & Mary Fleming. Sister of Laura, Mrs. William Wallace Walter .
- Sons, William & Harvey.
Walter, Beulah E.
Walter, Carrie Ann Jones
- Born 1889. Daughter of William & Bertha Jones.
- Wife of Earl Walter (married 3/17/1915).
- Daughters: Laura Caroline, Elizabeth Jane, Phyllis Elaine, and Ruth Geraldine.
- Upon Earl's death Carrie served as Independence Township Treasurer for a time.
- Son of William Wallace & Laura Fleming Walter. Born 5/25/1891. Died 1936.
- Wife Carrie Ann Jones. Born 1889. Died 1975. They were married, 3/17/1915, in the Clarkston Methodist parsonage, 25 Buffalo.
- Four daughters: Laura Caroline, Elizabeth Jane, Phyllis Elaine, and Ruth Geraldine.
- Earl & Charles Hill had a farm implements business in one of the wood buildings which stood on the site of the "brick block", 14,16 18 S. Main St. Then beginning in the early 1920s until his death in 1936, Earl had a trucking business. He would take the produce of area farmers [mostly potatoes] to the Detroit Eastern Market. He would return on these thrice weekly trips with meat, fish, cheese for the Caribou & Deer Lake inns or plumbing supplies for H. Garters hardware or needs for other businesses. He built the garage at 121/123 N. Main. He & Russell Walter bought the ice house of Alvin Beardsley (lot & barn ). They cut ice from the mill pond & stored it in marsh grass, straw & sawdust.
Walter, Francis J.
- Died 8/13/1874,age 53. According to 1860 Clarkston census records, Francis was a 58 year old cabinetmaker who was born in Switzerland.
- Wife, Francis, born in 1828 in England. Died 4/26/1881, age 53. Census records listed Flora, 7, born in Michigan; Ellen, 6, born in Michigan. and William A. Hendrickson, an 18 year old cabinet apprentice who was born in Ohio.
- In 1859 tax records list his "cabinet shop" on lots 6 & 9, Block 19 (40' front on Main St., 75' back). This property was on the east side of Main St. north of E. Washington St. In 1864-1870 his residence was 35 Buffalo.
- Born 1851. Died 8/04/1929. Son of John & Eleanore Walter. Frank was born in their house on the corner of M -15 & Hubbard Rd.
- Wife, Jeanette Ritchie. Born 1855. Died 1912.
- Children: Louis F., Grace Mrs. Leman A. Cambrey, (died in 1961) & Mabel E., Mrs.Harvey Dalton.
- Frank married second wife, Harriet,"Hattie", E. Casement in 1914.
- Frank started his general store business with a wagon & a small shop behind his home, 23 S. Holcomb. He moved the business to the brick building, 5 S. Main in 1919. For a time Frank owned the building at 4, 6 & 8 South Main, built as Bingham Hall, which was destroyed in a fire. He also owned the house at 18/20 Buffalo, circa 1914 until his death. See 8/10/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Walter, George A.
- Born 7/26/1864.
- Wife, Mattie Stottle.
- Daughter, Mildred ( Mrs. Walter Beardslee ).
Walter, Guy Ainsworth
- Born 1874. Died 1970. Son of Nelson Walter & Josie Ainsworth. Grandson of Jacob who came to America in 1825. Great grandson of Nelson W.Clark.
- 1st wife, Marie Rachael Walter [1876-1956].
- Daughter, Josephine Duffield.
- second wife, Viola Alger Walter.
- Guy was in business with his father Nelson. They had a store, Walter & Walter until 1915 on the site of 9 S. Main. In 1903, a Pontiac Gazette article he was in the drug business with Charles M. Smith. He was also part owner of a wholesale grocery business in Pontiac, Whitfield, Walter & Dawson. Later he reportedly bought the businesses of Floren Hammond & E. A. Urch, opening a general store 4 S. Main St, Clarkston, manager, Percy Craven. Guy was for a time president of the Clarkston State Bank and helped to organize programs which took place in the "Opera Hall" on the second floor of the Clarkston Building Association/Maccabee Temple Building, 2,4,6 S. Main. See photos, article by Constance Lektzian in the Clarkston News 3/31/1967 & 7/06/1967.
Walter, Harriet("Hattie") Casement E.
- Born 9/23/1857. Died 1945. Obit.,CLarkston News 2/16/1945.
- In 1882 she married Wm. Casement who died 1911.
- Married Frank Walter in 1914.
- Residence, after Frank Walter's death was 11 Buffalo.
- Born 7/15/1840 in Independence Township. Son of Jacob Walter.
- Wife, Mary M. Howell of Brandon.
- Three children.
- Harrison had a large farm & apple orchard north of the Village of Clarkston where the Cranberry Lake subdivision was built. The large brick house was lost in a fire in the the 1960s. See 7/13/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Native of Somerset shire, England. Came to America in 1830 & to Oakland Co., Mi. in 1837.
- Wife, Sarah Clark, daughter of Jeremiah Clark, Sr. Sister of Jeremiah & Nelson W. Clark.
- Sons: Nelson, Harry & Guy.
- Daughters: Juliette (Julia), Emeline (Mrs. Smith), Celestia, Laura, and Nettie Susan.
- Jacob had a farm of Section 9 of Independence Township. He was one of the first assessor's appointed at the first Town meeting in 1837. He also ran the inn which was started by John Hertwig on S. Main St. in Clarkston. See 6/29/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Walter, Mrs. Jessie R.
- Obit., Clarkston News,1/12/45.
- Daughters: Beulah, Mrs. Forest Jones & Mrs. Pearl Urch.
- Son, Russell.
- Son of David who was born 9/30/1792 in England and died,1868, in Clarkston.
- John came to America in 1824.
- He married Ellen Clark.
- Children: George, Frank, Anna, & John.
Walter, Josephine Clark
- Died 1931. Daughter of Milton Henry & Hannah Clark.
- Josephine continued to live in her parent's residence, 62 N. Main, after their deaths in 1892 & 1896.
Walter, Louis F.
- Born 1/03/1878 in Clarkston, Mi. Died 5/12/1944. Son of Frank & Jeanette Ritchie Walter.
- Louis married , Blanche Addis Walter on 7/02/1902. [Born 1881. Died 10/22/1966].
- Sons, Ronald Addis Walter & Manley I. Walter.
- Louis ran Frank Walter & Son general store which began business behind Frank's house at S. Holcomb. The business later moved to the brick building at 5 S. Main Louis continued to run the business after his father's death in 1929. He also served as Village clerk; Township clerk,1938-1943; and for 5 years as a Clarkston school board member. See 8/10/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian re: the Walter family.
Walter, Manley Louis
- Born 1908. Died 12/05/1954. Son of Louis F. & Blanche Addis Walter.
Walter, Mary A. Broomfield(Bromfield)
Walter, Mary M.
- Died 1921, age 81. Residence 76 N. Main.
- Son of Jacob [1803-1862] & Sarah Clark Walter.
- Wife, Josephine "Josie" Ainsworth.
- The house at 81 N. Main was built for them. He operated a general store, Walter & Walter with son, Guy A., until 1915, on the site of Reuben Newell Clark's lot, now the site of 9 S. Main.
Walter, Ronald Addis
- Born 1906. Died 1/1/1973. Son of Louis & Blanche Walter.
- Wife, Virginia.
- Ronald was an attorney with an office on the second floor of the Walter building, 5 S. Main.
- He continued to run the family business, Walter's Department Store on the first floor of the building. See 8/10/1967 Clarkston News article by Constance Walter re: Walter family.
- Born 8/2/1903. Died 1/13/1976. Son of Mrs. Jessie R. Walter.
- In 1934 he was the proprietor of the Miller Dairy on Miller Rd. See Clarkston News 4/08/32 & 12/21/34. He & Earl Walter bought the ice house of Alvin Beardslee [lot & barn]. They cut ice from the Clarkston mill pond.
- Wife, Mary A. [Broomfield/Bromfield].
- Eight children: Albert, William Wallace, Edith Isabelle, George A., Vina, Edwin H., Nellie, Charles.
Walter, William Wallace
- Born 1861. Died 1921. Son of William & Mary A. [Broomfield/Bromfield].
- Wife Laura Fleming. Born 1863. Died 1947.
- Children , Mary, (Mrs. Wade Harris), died in 1963; & Earl Walter, born in 1891 & Died in 1936. (Wife, Carrie Ann Jones).
- William & Laura lived on Walter Rd.
- Died 1949.
- Wife, Irene, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Amzie Dennis, died in 1952, age 75.
- Casper was a stonemason, served as Village Clerk & Vice President, & Township Clerk. Built his residence at 26 Buffalo.
Waterbury, Clifford J.
- Son of Edwin S. Waterbury.
- Residence in 1935, the remodeled house at 99 N. Main.
Waterbury, Edwin S.
- Born, 8/04/1862, Central Nassau, N.Y. Obit., Clarkston News 8/18,1939 .
- First wife, Madge T. Wheaton.
- Son, Roscoe E. Wheaton.
- Second wife, Cora B. Gardiner.
- Sons, Clifford; Maurice; Ronald J.; and Lionel.
- In 1900 Edwin purchased a farm in Springfield. He served as a rural mail carrier for the Clarkston post office 1905-1930. He was a Master of the Independence Grange, a member of Cedar Lodge, F. & A. M., and the Clarkston Baptist Church. Photo, pg.53 Heritage.
Waterbury, J. L.
- In 1932 he & Wm. Dunston bought an interest in Waterbury's Market, formerly Crosby & Teggerdine.
Weiland, Edward R.
- Born in Clarkston 7/12/1866.
- Married Myra Buzzard 12/05/1986. Died in 1941. He was a farmer.
- West bought an undivided 1/2 of the Clarkston mills property from Erastus Stiff. Mary, Mrs. E. S. Hirst/Hurst , then Butler Holcomb (son of William, grandson of Butler) were West's partner until his death. Butler & Charles, the Holcomb brothers, then purchased to property.
West, Marcus M.
- Married Adella ‘Della’ Tucker in 1914.
- Proprietor of a Pontiac & Buick dealership, 1935 - 1942 when he enlisted in the war, the selling of cars having been suspended.
- Wife, Abigail. Sister of Major Oliver Williams.
- First one to purchase land in Independence Township altho he settled in Waterford instead.
Williams, Major Oliver
- Born 7/06/1774, in Concord, Mass. Son of Benjamin and Anna (Fuller) Williams. Died 1834 Waterford, Oakland Co., Mi.
- Wife, Mary Lee. Married in 1796 in Concord, Mass.
- Children: Daniel, born 11/02/1797. Died an infant; Daniel, born 12/05/1798. Died an infant; George Sumner, born 2/05/1801; Ephraim Smith, born 2/07/1802; Mary Ann, born 9/20/1803; Gardner D., born 9/09/1804. Died 12/11/1858 in Saginaw, Mi.; Carolina Lee, born 2/10/1806. Died 1/05/1847 in Flint, Mi.; Mary Ann (Mrs. Hodges), born 5/09/1807; Alfred Leonzo, born 7/18/1808; Oliver Benjamin, born 11/18/1810; Alpheus Fuller, born 11/12/1812; Harriet Locada, born 2/10/1814; James Monroe, born 8/14/1817; Samuel Lee, born 10/10/1818. Died in Detroit, Mi.
- Williams built the first school in Oakland Co. A merchant/trader, Williams built a ship the "Friends Goodwill" which during the War of 1812 was chartered to the U.S. government to carry supplies from Chicago to Fort Mackinaw. There Williams was taken prisoners by the British. After release he was commissioned as a war hero. He brought his wife & 8 children to Detroit in 1815. He was marshal for a parade for President Monroe in Detroit in 1817. In 1818 with his brother-in-law, Alpheus Williams & a small group, Williams traveled north to the outpost of Pontiac & beyond becoming the first pioneers to investigate what was reported to be the uninhabitable Michigan Territory. Williams & his wife selected a site for a home on the shore of lake they named, "Silver", returning in 1819 to build a log home & a 40' x 40' barn. He was befriended by the Indians, Chief Sashabaw in particular. Frenchmen Alexis De Tocqueville & Gustave De Beaumont corresponded with Williams before they visited him.
- See the family genealogy of Major Oliver Williams; Pioneer Collections, Report of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan together with Reports of County, Town, and District Societies. Vol. lll. W. S George & Co., Printers and Binders, 1881; De la Democratie en Amerique by Alexis de Tocqueville and Tocqueville in America byGeorge Wilson Pierson, published in 1938 by Oxford University Press, New York, Inc., (paperback edition published in 1996 by Johns Hopkins Paperbacks), pages 252 and 783.
- Wooster ran the inn at 22/24 S. Main before he became the owner by 1906 of the New Wooster , a hotel, formerly the Demerest, Clarkston, then the Nelson House which stood on the north west corner of W. Washington & N. Main Streets. The hotel became the Caribou Inn which was torn down after a fire damaged the building in .
Yeager(Yager), Frank [Photo]
- Born, 5/29/1853, Ludlowville, Tompkins Co., N. Y. Died 9/14/1936. Obit. Clarkston News 9/18/36. Son of Jedediah & Sarah Brown Yeager/Yager.
- Wife, "Smithie"Howes was born in Detroit. Daughter of Benjamin & Jane (Kidd) Howes (of Scotland & England.) "Smithie" died 4/09/1922, age 67.
- Son, Frederick F.
- Frank was a blacksmith with a shop on the southwest corner of S. Main & E. Church St. Residence 8 E. Washington. See Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Oakland, 1903. See 6/15/1968 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
- Died in 1919.
- Wife, Julia Mildred Smith.
- Children: Frederick F. & Charlotte (Mrs. Gannon).
- Born in Milford, Onondaga Co., N. Y. Died in 10/06/1900, Clarkston, Mi. Son of John & Cynthia Yeager/Yager of Germany.
- Wife, Sarah Brown.
- Children: Frank, George, Emma (Mrs. Petty), Della (Mrs. Chamberlain), & May (Mrs. McMahon).
- One of Clarkston's early blacksmith's, coming to Michigan in 1854. Served during the Civil War in Battery D, First Michigan Light Artillery. Tax records of 1860 site him with "Van Winkle" for a property on the east side of N. Main St. (west by highway, north by Millard, east by Park/Parke's Lake, south by J. Brown) south of the stream. Later, Yeager had a shop on W. Washington St., south side, behind the building of Milton H. Clark. See Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Oakland, 1903. See 6/15/1968 Clarkston News article by Constance Lektzian.
Yeager(Yager), Julia Mildred Smith [Photo]
- Born 3/09/1890.
- Daughter of John & Charlotte Johnson Smith. Died 1959. Obit. Clarkston News 6/25/59.
- Wife of Frederick F. They were married in Windsor, Canada 1910.
- Julia was a U.S. mail clerk, circa 1907. See photo, pg. 53, Heritage. She served for 35 years as a secretary to the Superintendent of Lapeer State Home. Photo.
Yoh, Harry Benjamin, M.D.
- Born 6/23/1886. Died 627/1976.
- Wife, Isabel Florence.
- A physician who came to Clarkston from Pontiac in 1939. Residence/office 21 E. Washington.
- Wife, Helen.
- Children, Ellen, born 7/16/1903; John; Mary; William; & "Jennie".
- He was a watchmaker/jeweler who had a house on the site of 64/66 S. Main in 1872.
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