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Beeson - Charles W. Beeson - was born in March 1838 in Michigan - Don’t know  his father or mother or any siblings although I know Beeson
  is a common name in Berrien County. Suspect he was the s/o William B. Beeson and his first wife who died shortly after Charles birth. He is lving in the Phineas Small household in 1950. Charles Beeson married Margeret  Woolever or Walever 14 Apr 1864 - Porter Co., IN. They eventually went to Kansas.
This wife would have been Angeline Livingston. Sean J. Campbell

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Looking for parents of Eugene (also Eugenius) Wilson Finley.  He married Ada Voltz, born 1886, daughter of Richard Voltz and Ida Michow, at “Pres. Church” per marriage license issued on April 5, 1904 in La Porte County which only mentions names of groom and bride, not their parents.  Bottom portion is where William H. Wilson attests to having married them on April 5.  So unclear which church it was, but it may have been the Presbyterian Church of Michigan City (at the time). Please contact Dan Enriquez at

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Looking for parents of Charles (Charlie; Charley) Edward Green.  Born April 1, 1896 in Rolling Prairie, IN according to WWI Draft Registration Card.  He married Rena Disbrow in 1918, I think, and they had 3 children.  Rena died in 1928 or 1929 and Charles promptly changed his last name to Hatfield and ran off to Illinois (possibly Chicago or suburb).  He died in 1978 while in a nursing home in Teegarden, IN.  I have a good bit of information, just need to find his parents, please  Geneva West -

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Israel Lewis(1820 to 1906) -  family and ancestors. Israel and wife Angeline settled in the Northwestern part of the county (Galena and Hudson twps). They are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. Israel states in the 1900 Fed census that both parents were from Virginia.
Trying to confirm if he's the son of John and Eleanor Lewis, both born Virginia and lived in
La Porte county for decades before moving on to Marshall Co., Iowa. .. or.. is it another
family he comes from? Please contact Cherie Spencer at  -

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Looking for parents of 
Julia Ann Mclaury. Could be spelled, Mclary, Mcclary, Mclaury or Mclaughry. (what I have so far is attached). Census indicates father could be Willard or James Henry Mclaury but not sure and have found no confirmation sources. Mother is to believed to be Emma Miller Mclaury. Both lived in Laporte County between 1870 and 1900.

Douglas Edyvean

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Posted 11/18/2013

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- I am seeking information relating to O'Brien ancestors, Charles O'Brien m. Lucy Soper and was a painter living in La Porte, in the late 19thC and early 20thC and James O'Brien m. Sarah ? also in La Porte in the same period. I suspect they were brothers of my great grandfather who emigrated from the U.S. to Australia in the 1860s. You have a wonderful site of which you should be very proud and if anyone has any information that can help me in my quest I would be very grateful. Cheers, Norma Bakker - Australia - from Guest Book

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Anson Rogers or possibly Robert A Rogers trying to confirm parents, burial location and residency in the Laporte area. Death Certificate shows that he died in Laporte County in 1887. Anson was a RR Engineer and was the father of Robert Edward Rogers (1858-1911) He was married to Mary F Rogers maiden name believed to be Mary Butler. (What I have so far is attached)

Douglas Edyvean

Daytime 262 524 4408
Posted 11/18/2013

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Louisa J. Summers was b. 12 Nov 1819 in Ohio and died in La Porte, IN on 22 Dec 1844.
Tobias Miller, b. 10 Mar 1818 in Indiana, was the son of Tobias Miller, Sr. (1773-1856) and Sarah Henderson (1780-1845) of Kankakee Twp., La Porte Co., IN. Tobias Miller, Jr. died 4 Jun 1861 and is buried in the Miller-Griffin Cemetery in La Porte, IN. Louisa J. Summers was b. 12 Nov 1819 in Ohio and died in La Porte, IN on 22 Dec 1844. Her parents are unknown. But the marriage record by Morley indicates the marriage was performed in the house of Reason Summers in Bertrand Twp., Berrien Co., MI. It is possible that Reason Summers was Louisa’s father—the 1840 census is consistent with this idea—but it has not been proven. Trying to prove or disprove that Reason Summers was her father.
Patrick Burke at

Terry or Terrey family - I am looking for a photo of my great grandfather, John Thomas Terrey, who was a county commissioner in LaPorte County, IN in the early part of the 20th century. He was also a secretary in the Masonic organization either during the last part of the 19th century or the first part of the 20th century. His father, Thomas Terrey, an English immigrant, may also have been a Mason in LaPorte County. They lived in Union Mills and are buried at Union Mills Cemetary. - Pat Terrey Rinderle at -

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Williams - I am searching for the death date/place/grave of Harriet Alice (jones) Williams. Been searching for a long time but can't find a clue. She was born in Ohio in March 1850. Her family moved to La Porte when she was a child. The last federal census I found her in was 1920, living in La porte City, Indiana with her brother, Thomas Jones. She was married to James Addison Williams (sometimes found as Anson in census but I am quite sure it is an error) on 3 April 1870. Children Dorey Addison Williams, Mariah (Mandy) Brown, Katherine Arilla Maxson, George B. L. Williams. Husband died 12 Feb 1910. I have not been able to locate his grave, although the funeral took place at Lamb's Chapel. Some of her family is buried in Lakeville Cemetery in Lakeville, St. Joseph County and some are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Chikaming Township, Berrien County, Michigan. Thank you for any information you can provide. Contact Bonnie Wallace

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