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The Hartwells filed Homestead application on October 16, 1871 and started working the land to “prove it up” as the saying went. Charles paid the sum of eighteen dollars to start the homestead process.

One of the first things the settler must do build is a house… the Hartwell’s house was described as “of logs, story & half, board floor & shingle roof.  One door & one window.” Improvements to the property were described: “20 Rasberry (sic) bushes and 5000 Strawberry plants.”

This description was given on September 18, 1875 by Calista Hartwell, widow of Charles W. Hartwell.  But wait!  A widow?  No…according to Grace Hooper’s “Pioneer Notes”, Charles left the family shortly after their arrival at South Arm in 1870.  And it’s documented that Charles married Susan Winkworth August 2, 1874. Here’s the text from “Pioneer Notes” as written:

“In 1870 a boat drew in to the dock at the end of South Arm bringing Charles and Calista Hartwell and two children to land.  They had taken up a soldier’s homestead nine miles south and west in Antrim County.  In a short time, Mr. Hartwell left home and soon married another woman.  Shocked and grieved, Mrs. Hartwell was confronted with the necessity of providing a living for her children, but she was a plucky woman and had a fair education so rose to meet the occasion.  She worked at dressmaking and millinery and was appointed postmistress at South Arm and carried on for three years.  Learning that she could prove up the homestead, she undertook the project and received the deed in her own name.  It was required that she occupy the land a certain number of days each month, so she walked seven miles to the Kinney’s and they went with her ahead to break a trail through the deep snow.  The women followed, each carrying necessary things…….she had made her way alone for eight years.”

Homestead application dated October 16, 1871, signed by Charles Hartwell.

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Final papers granting the homestead to Calista Hartwell, dated January 20, 1876.

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Plat of Echo Twp, Hartwell homestead highlighted and named “W.H. McAllister.”  Calista married Wilson McAllister subsequent to receiving the homestead.

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SOURCES: “Pioneer Notes” by Grace Hooper, Fen’s Rim Publications, Elk Rapids, Michigan, 1993

NARA Form 86 Military Service Record for Charles Warren Hartwell

NARA Form 85A Full Pension File #324743 for Charles Warren Hartwell

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Good Evening,

This is the Funeral Card for Susan (Higley, Hoard) Leach who died in 1901.  Susan was quite an amazing woman who had an eventful pioneer life.

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Sue

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These U.S. Census records were used in the compilation of information about Solomon Leach and his descendants. In most cases the Series and page numbers are listed, however there are a few that list enumeration districts instead. If any of the information isn’t clear, please contact me at: susaned@me.com for clarification.

1850 Ohio, Geauga County, Middlefield Township. Series M432, Roll 682, page 48. Lines 22, record for Solomon Leach (enumerated with Isaac Chatfield), line 25, Filetus(sic) Leach (enumerated with N.S. Chatfield), and line 35, Enard Leach (enumerated with N. F. Muttsy).

1850 Ohio, Geauga County, Parkman Township. Series M432, Roll 682, Page 80, line 7. Record for Edgar Leach (enumerated with R.S. Jolly).

1850 Ohio, Geauga County, Parkman Township. Series M432, Roll 682, Page 89, line 29. Record for Silvester(sic) Leach (enumerated with James McLouth).

1860 Ohio, Geauga County, Burton. Series M653, Roll 967, page 820, lines 20, record for Francis(sic) Leach and line 21, Harriet Leach (enumerated with Anson Fowler)

1860 Ohio, Geauga County, Burton. Series M653, Roll 967, page (), line 23. Record for Sylvester Leach (enumerated with David L. Pape)

1860 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, P.O. Watrousville. Series M653, Roll 562, page 674, line 15. Record for Solomon Leach.

1860 Iowa, Washington County, Clay Township. Series M653, Roll 344, Page 149, record for Philetes(sic) Leach.

1870 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, P.O. Vassar. Series M593, Roll 705, page 24, record for Enard Leach, line 40, Solomon Leach

1870 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, P.O. Vassar. Series M593, Roll 705, page 25, line 12, record for Charles Leach.

1870 Ohio, Trumbull County, Mecca, Series M593, Roll 1272, Page 313, record for Sylvester Leach.

1870 Missouri, Holt County, Nodaway Township, Page 47, record for Edgar Leach.

1870 Iowa, Washington County, Page 18, record for Philetus Leach.

1870 Michigan, Tuscola County, Abrel, Series M593, Roll 705, Page 25, record for John Nelson, Hattie (Leach) Nelson, Charles Leach, Susan Leach, and others.

1880 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela. Series T9, Roll 607, page 37, line 48, record for Solomon Leach.

1880, Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela. Series T9. Roll 607, page 43, line 48 for Moses S. Leach.

1880 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela. Series T9, Roll 607, page 45, line 13, record for Enard Leach.

1880 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela. Series T9, Roll 607, page 37, line 30, record for Sylvester Leach.

1880 Ohio, Geauga County, Burton Township, Series T9, Roll 1018, Page 18, record for Francisco Leach.

1900 Missouri, Holt County, Forbes Township, Series T623, Roll 859, Page 167, record for Edgar Leach.

1900 Missouri, Holt County, Forbes Township, Series T623, Roll 859, Page 168, record for Edgar Leach.

1900 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T623, Roll 744, Page 41, record for Mary A. (Leach) Carr.

1900 Michigan, Tsucola County, Arbela. Series T623, Roll 744, page 47, line 21, record for Enard Leach.

1900 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela. Series T623, Roll 744, page 46, record for Alison Leach.

1900 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T623, Roll 744, Page 40, record for Elmer Coles and family.

1900 Michigan, Charlevoix County, Marian Township, Enumeration District 18, Page 6165B, record for Moses Sherman, Susan (Leach) Sherman.

1900 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Enumeration District 105, Page 5B, record for Sylvester Leach.

1910 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela. Series T623, Roll 676, page 45, record for Enard Leach.

1910 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T624, Roll 676, Page 51, record for Mary (Leach) Carr.

1910 Missouri, Holt County, Forbes Township, Enumeration District 188, Sheet 9B, record for Edgar Leach.

1910 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T624, Roll 676, Page 44, record for Sylvester Leach.

1910 Missouri, Holt County, Forbes Township, Series T624, Roll 784, Page 64, record for Philetus Leach.

1910 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T624, Roll 676, Paage 44, record for Elmer Coles and Family

1910 Ohio, Summit County, Akron, Series T624, Roll 1233, Page 205, record for Moses S. Leach.

1910 California, Imperial County, Brawley, Series T624, Roll 77, Page 134, record for Grant S. Leach.

1920 California, Imperial County, Brawley, Series T625, Roll 99, Page 189, record for Ida Leach (living with daughter)

1920 Michigan Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T625, Roll 798, Page 43, record for Mary (Leach) Bowns.

1920 Michigan Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T625, Roll 798, Page 43, record for Harrison Coles and family.

1920 Ohio, Summit County, Akron, Series T625, Roll 1439, Page 155, record for Moses S. Leach.

1920 Michigan, Genesee County, Clio, Series T625, Roll 766, Page 164, record for Elmer Coles and family

1920 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T625, Roll 798, Page 41, record for Sylvester Leach.

1920 Missouri, Holt County, Forrest City, Series T625, Roll 918, Page 100, record for Edgar F. Leach.

1930 Montana, Granite County, Drummond, Enumeration Districe 20-10Page 187, Sheet 1A, record for Moses Sherman, Susan (Leach) Sherman.

1930 California, Imperial County, Brawley, Enumeration District 18-2, Page 167, Sheet 3A, record for Grant Leach.

1930 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T626, Roll 1027, Page 128, record for Harrison Coles.

1930 Michigan, Genesee County, Clio, Series T626, Roll 984, Page 116, record for Elmer Coles.

1930 Ohio, Summit County, Akron, Enumeration District 77-1, unknown page, record for Lucy Best (daughter of Moses Leach).

1930 Michigan, Tuscola County, Arbela, Series T626, Roll 1027, Page 128, record for Sidney Coles and family.

1930 Michigan, Genesee County, Clio, unknown series and page, record for Sylvester Goodwin and Mary A. (Leach) Goodwin.

Notice that some of the 1850 and 1860 entries show the Leach children enumerated with various people. These children were the product of Solomon Leach’s marriage to Harriet Fowler and may have been living with family members or friends during Solomon’s marriage to Mary Maynard.

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December, 21, 1856

Solomon Leach, age 42, a Farmer and Susan Hoard, age 32

Married by T.H. Newberry

Witnesses: O.A. Kent and Orilla Newberry

SOURCE: Michigan, Tuscola County Records Index.

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Solomon Leach and Mary Maynard were married March 28, 1847… here’s a copy of the marriage record.

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SOURCE: Ohio, Geauga County Records, Chardon, Ohio. Dale Leach collection

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The marriage license application of Solomon Leach and Harriet Ann Fowler is very difficult to read and I was unable to get a clean scan, so here’s the text:
THE STATE OF OHIO, Geauga County, ss.
Personally appeared John Leach and made application for a MARRIAGE LICENCE (sic) for Solomon Leach, and Harriet Ann Fowler of the township of Burton in said county, and made solemn oath that the said Solomon Leach is of the age of twenty one years, and the said Harriet Ann Fowler is of the age of eighteen years; that they are both single, and not nearer of kin than first cousins; that he knows of no legal impediment against their being joined in marriage. Signed: John Leach, Sworn and subscribed this 29th day of December, 1854 before me (unreadable name), Deputy Clerk.
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SOURCE: Ohio, Geauga County Records. Marriage Certificate for
Solomon Leach and Harriet Fowler. From the collection of Dale Leach.
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Marriage Record for Solomon Leach and Harriet Ann Fowler
This document is a little more clear. Here’s the text: BE it Remembered, that on the Eighth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five Solomon Leach and Harriet Ann Fowler of the County of Geauga, were legally joined in Marriage by competent authority, in conformity to the provisions of the Statutes of the State of Ohio in such cases made and provided; and a certificate of the said Marriage, signed by Austin Richards a Justice of the peace who solemnized the same, has been filed in the office of the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for said County of Geauga, this nineteenth day of February Anno Domini, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five. ATTEST, T.D. Achin, Clerk.
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Greetings,

I was looking for a death record for Herbert Loyal Edminster the other day, and instead came across this marriage license. It’s the license allowing him to marry Laura Stone, his second wife September 25, 1893 and was issued in MIssouri.

In case you can’t read it clearly, the document (#8888) states that Herbert L. Edminster of the County of Leavenworth, State of Kansas and Laura Stone of the County of Leavenworth, State of Kansas both are over the age of 21 years. Their marriage was performed by Henry Hopkins, Pastor of the 1st Congregational Church, John W. Hinde was the Recorder, John A. McCoy the Deputy Recorder.

SOURCE: Marriage License, State of Missouri, digital image, Ancestry.com accessed October 3, 2008.

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