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Cemetery Records

PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
Duplain Cemetery
Duplain Township
Sharon Schulte or
Bonnie Burkhardt
Elsie Village Cemetery
Elsie, Duplain Township
Sharon Schulte or
Bonnie Burkhardt
Eureka Cemetery
Greenbush Township
Bonnie Burkhardt or
Sharon Schulte
Clinton County Historical Society Published 1996
Maple Grove Cemetery
Ovid, Michigan
Allen Martin or
Sharon Schulte
Courtesy of the Elsie Historical Society
Mt. Rest Cemetery Burials
St Johns, Michigan
Bonnie Burkhardt Clinton County Historical Society Published 2000
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Bengal Township
Bonnie Burkhardt  
Riverside Cemetery
Elsie, Duplain Township
Sharon Schulte or
Bonnie Burkhardt
Courtesy of the Elsie Historical Society
South Ovid Cemetery
Ovid Township
Bonnie Burkhardt  
Union Home Cemetery
Greenbush Township
Bonnie Burkhardt  
Wacousta Cemetery
Watertown Township
Bonnie Burkhardt Published 2002

Census Records

PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
1860 Census Jeff Brodrick  
1860 Census for Westphalia Township Mary Buege  
1864 Agricultural Census Jeff Brodrick  

Church Histories

PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
100th year of Most Holy Trinity Parish, Fowler, Michigan. Mark Goerge  
DeWitt Circuit Methodist Records Wayne Summers Includes DeWitt Methodist, Emanuel Methodist, Redeemer Methodist, and others from about 1860-present  
Of Pilgrimage, Prayer, and Promise, a Story of St. Mary's Westphalia, 1836 to 1986 Mary Buege or
Mike Voisin

County Histories

Visit Michigan County Histories for online page images from these old publications:

PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
Forgotten Communities of Central Michigan Diana Carmack  
History of Clinton County, Michigan, 1980 Diana Carmack or
Cyndi Saxton Jorae
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan (1880) Barbara Lewis Gillon or
Michael Peacock

This work is also available online:

Biographical and Sketches of Clinton County 1892 Michael Peacock  
History of Bath Charter Township Michael Peacock  

Family Histories

PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
FOX family tree by Philip Fox of Minnesota Mark Goerge Includes many Clinton County residents
DEGURSE, PLOWMAN, AND REEB Family History Nancy Plowman  
Descendants of Matthew and Arabella (PIERCE) HUSTON of St. Johns T. H. Roderick, Ph.D. There are connections to families of Hicks (John the merchant of St. Johns) and Curtis. Matthew and Arabella were born in the early 1800s, migrating to Dewitt, and then St. Johns in the 1830s from Shelburne VT. They and some of their younger children are buried in Mt. Rest Cem., St. Johns. I'd be glad to look up or share info.
Descendents of Mathias Kramer of Westphalia Twp Joseph B Miller I have just privately published a book on the descendents of Mathias Kramer of Westphalia Twp. Although the book will not be made publicly available (no birthdates will be given for anyone born after 1920).
Pohl: From One Small Acorn Grows a Large Oak Mike Voisin A verbal Portrait of the Descendants of Johann Peter Pohl and Maria Catharina Hellenthal 1841-1992. Written by Allan R. Pohl, 1992.
SCHLICHT, SCHAFER, MARTIN, and FEDEWA family trees done by Sister Pauline Schafer Mark Goerge  
Ezra Thornton, his descendants and some of his ancestors Barbara Lake Peters Surnames include: Thornton, Plowman, Keller, Cronkite, Emmons, Grubaugh, Peters, Vrooman.

Military Records

PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
Civil War Archives Laurel Simon They have extensive information on the personnel, officers, medals given to whom and when, and the battles fought. I have found many of my relatives, using this tool and then ordered their pension records, for $10 each from the federal government.
Service Records of the 8th MI Infantry Mila Swartout-Powell It lists those soldiers that were in the 8th MI Infantry. Looks like many are from Clinton County. It lists what their enlistment dates, Companies, rank, city or county that they enlisted out of, muster in and out dates and sometimes more.


PublicationVolunteer E-MailComments
Clinton Co Farm Plat Map booklet ca.1961 Jim Shirey  
Ovid Register Union Allen Martin Approx. Sep 1893-Jun 1967 (some missing for example Apr 1906-May 1909).  The more exact the date the better.
Untersuchungen zur Methode und Technik der deutschamerikanischen Wanderungsforschung Mike Voisin This 1939 work by Joseph Scheben, in German, discusses many of the early emigrants from the Eifel region in Germany to Westphalia Township, Clinton County, Michigan. It includes transcriptions of letters home.
Wir verlangen nicht mehr nach Deutschland: Auswandererbriefe und Dokumente der Sammlung Joseph Scheben (1825-1938). Mike Voisin

This 2003 work by Jürgen Macha, et. al. is written in German. It contains over 400 letters transcribed by Joseph Scheben in the 1930s (i.e., the "Scheben Letters"). Emigrants from the German Eifel region during the 1800s wrote these letters back home to relatives and friends. Many letters are from those who immigrated to the Midwestern and Western United States.

The book has an extensive index. There are separate indices of those who sent letters, those who received letters, and those mentioned in the letters. There is a location index that includes countries, states, counties, and towns. There is even a subject index where you can find all letters that mention a topic like agriculture, religion, clothes or food.

Clinton County Pioneer Society Records, 1873-1935 Bonnie Burkhardt CD-ROM.




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