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Beatrice, Nebraska

Brief History:

In 1857 stranded passengers from the steamboat Hannibal formed the “Nebraska Association.”  The portion of members who headed south from their starting point of Nebraska City located at the site of Beatrice.  The settlement is named after Julia Beatrice Kinney, a daughter of a member of the Association.

In 1 January 1863 the Homestead Act and allowed settlers to claim 160 acres or land for a nominal fee.  Daniel Freeman was the first of 417 applications filed that day.

Gage County Historical Society and Museum has some great historical pictures on it’s website, along with some very interesting facts about the city.  If you want a more scholarly report of the area the Nebraska State Historical Society has a very interesting PDF they have developed, it does include some great historical pictures along with very interesting facts of the area.

Vital Information available:

As to getting vital information and other documents proving your ancestors were in the area you are able to find marriage records beginning in 1855, land records beginning in 1855 along with Probate records for the same time.  Census records begin in 1860.  There has been some time taken to transcribe tombstones of the area.  Birth and death records are scarce for this area.

My ancestor that lived in Beatrice was:

Milton Brown BISHOP born 22 February 1832 in Bourneville, Ross, Ohio and died 5 November 1911 in Beatrice, Gage, Nebraska.  He was the son of David Henry and Sarah Bartlett (BRADFORD) BISHOP; husband of Sara Jane CLARK.[1]  Milton was my fourth cousin four times removed.

[1] Find A Grave, Find A Grave, online images ( : online 29 February 2016), Milton Brown Bishop; memorial 58575910.

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Anchorville, Michigan

Anchorville, Michigan is located along the north shore of Lake St. Clair, also known as Anchor Bay.  It is part of Ira Township, it is one of four unincorporated communities.

The Reverend Charles CHAMBILLE arrived in 1853 to serve the French living in the area, it was called Swan Creek Settlement at the time.  CHAMBILLE dedicated the church in 1854, in which became the nucleus of a village.  In 1876, it was rena

Anchorville, Michigan

med to describe its location on Anchor Bay.  A post office was established in 1885.[1]

This area saw four wars over the land between the


French and British due to the valuable fur trade in the area, ending with the eventual withdrawal of the French from Forts Pontchartrain, St.-Joseph, and Mackinac.  The British garrisoned these forts but the Indians attacked in hopes of their friends the French would return.  There was an eventual peace treaty in 1763.  The British built for Sinclair in 1765.

During the Revolutionary War what is now Michigan became part of the British province of Quebec, and it wasn’t until 1818 when Michigan territory was included fully back into the United States.  St. Clare county was set off from Wayne County on 28 March 1820.

St. Clair County was the first stopping place for many immigrants from Canada who crossed the St. Clair River.

Michigan became a state in 1837.  St. Clair County is mainly rural with agriculture and related activities making up the bulk of the economy[2].

[1] Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia ( : accessed 13 November 2017), “Ira Township, Michigan.”

[2] Tom Kephart, History and Geography of St. Clair County ( : 13 November 2017), “A Brief History of Michigan and St. Clair County.”

[3] Genealogical Society of Utah, “Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995,” database online, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : online 13 November 2017), Clara Christe; FHL microfilm 976878.

[4] Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Vital Records, “Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952,” database online, FamilySearch, FamilySearch ( : online 1 February 2016), Mose Youngs; FHL microfilm 001973177.

[5] Genealogical Society of Utah, “Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995,” database online, The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : online 13 November 2017), Mosie Youngs and Clara Christie; FHL microfilm 947223.

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