Registered Queries for August thru December 1997

Downward Bound - Great Lakes Shipping Ancestors

FULLER posted by Donna Cole on Tuesday, August 5, 1997

Am looking for anyone who has information on my grandfather, Captain Erskine Fuller, who was an engineer on Great Lake Ships during the early 1900's. He lived in Muskegon Michigan, and his family was from Cape Vincent, NY.

STEWART posted by Arnold K. Stewart on Thursday, November 20, 1997

My father was the last of 20 STEWARTS that were masters of vessels on the Great Lakes so my genealogy has many mariners.

DEFEIJTERS, DEFEYTERS posted by Chas. E. (Skip) Martin on Thursday, November 20, 1997

I have a personal interest in this project. If you run across any DeFEIJTERS or DeFEYTERS from the Holland/Grand Haven area let me know.

POWELL posted by Gayle on Thursday, November 20, 1997

I am looking for the surname POWELL.

HARE posted by Jeanne Hicks on Thursday, November 20, 1997

My father's name was John Wilbert HARE. He worked his way up from a fourteen year old deckhand to having his captains papers .I would be happy to have this included in your research inhopes of someone recognizing him. Thanks!!!!!

ROSE posted by Don Rose on Thursday, November 20, 1997

Simon Mason "Sam" ROSE, bn 1862 Casco, Allegan, MI... died 1950 Charlevoix, MI
To northern MI in 1881.
-1890.. obtained government diving license. -1892..Laid 1st water main across the channel between round Round Lake + Lake Michigan (government channel) at Charlevoix + later repaired it.
-1893.. relaid a 24 inch pipe across the river at Columbus, GA.
-Installed a dam + an old Spanish water wheel at DeLeon Springs, FL.
-Raised sunken ships (said by him to be the most dangerous work for a diver).
-Dived for 20 years (1890-1910).
-Started sailing in his teens in South Haven or Grand Haven.
-Served almost every station on a ship from cabin boy to first mate before receiving his unlimited master's papers.
-He owned + sailed the schooner, Kate Lyons in the Lake Michigan coastal trade for many years.
-Master of several harbor tugs + government boats.
-Piloted the US bureau of fisheries cruiser, Fulmar, planting fry in Lake Michigan.
-Master Papers to sail the Great Lakes for all tonnage.
Master of the steamer, Eric L. Hanley (or the Erie L. Hackley). Later held part interest in th RJ Gordon of the Tannery Company of Boyne City on which he carried nitrates from Buffalo to upper lake ports for a season.
Operated tugs bringing schooners into the Round Lake Harbor at Charlevoix, MI.
-Member of the Lake Tug Protective Association.

GIBSON posted by Evea G. Klungle on Thursday, November 20, 1997

My grandfather Alexander GIBSON, was a Captain on a sailing vessel, on the Great Lakes. The Mary Jane McVea carried grain and whatever else was being shipped.

PISZCZEK, SNIEGOWSKI posted by Gloria on Thursday, November 20, 1997

My relatives lived and worked in Ludington, Michigan and I understand several of them worked on the ships that traveled between Michigan and Wisconsin. I'm particularly looking for the name SNIEGOWSKI and PISZCZEK.

TOWNSEND posted by Gracie Buck on Monday, December 1, 1997

John TOWNSEND Born: 22 Aug 1832 CastleTownshend, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland Arrived in Canada [Stratford, Ontario] May or June of 1847 Died: 19 Jun 1872 Cause: spinal meningitis Burial: Mount Elgin Cemetery, Oxford Co, Ontario, Canada age at d: 39. Spouse, Amelia Died: 15 Jun 1872 burial beside husband. An old written history says, "John had interest in vessels on the Great Lakes because I found an old account book of his." Looking for what vessels.

BAILEY, BURNS, COTE, COUSINEAU, DROUILLARD, MAHON, MONFORTON posted by Pam on Monday, December 1, 1997

My Great Grandfather, Albert John MAHON and his brothers and one of his sons, James, were captains on the great lakes. Descendants of Michael Henry MAHON

Michael Henry MAHON b: Abt. 1840 in Ireland d: Unknown in ? +Elizabeth Archange DROUILLARD b: February 01, 1843 in St. John the Baptist m: September 23, 1861 in St. John the Baptist d: Abt. 1920 in ? 1. Dolly MAHON m. Albemy COTE 2. Loretta MAHON m. George C. BURNS 3. Stella MAHON m. Albertt BAILEY 4. Michael Henry MAHON Jr. b: Aft. 1867 d: Aft. 1940 5. Joseph MAHON b: Aft. 1867 d: Aft. 1940 6. Albert John MAHON b: October 12, 1867 in Amherstburg, Essex, Ontario, Canada d: March 22, 1937 in Detroit, MI m.Marie Eugenia MONFORTON b: May 09, 1867 in Amherstburg, Essex, Ontario, Canada m: November 09, 1889 in Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada d: March 04, 1948 in Los Angeles, California 7. Walter Michael MAHON b: Abt. 1877 in Amberstburg, Ontario, Canada d: January 02, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan m. Myrtle 8. Martin MAHON b: Aft. 1877 d: Bef. 1940 9. Carrie Mahon b: Unknown m. Neal COUSINEAU Albert John was Captain on the Great Lakes Steamer #John J Barlum# thirty years and last two years Steamer Morris S. Tremaine. died on board ship at dock. Spent eight months of every year on the ship. Michael Henry MAHON Jr.was a captain on a Detroit Ferry. Joseph - captian of the Windsor ferry Known as Little Joe. Walter - captain on the United States mail boat at Detroit. I beleive that Albert was the head of the sipmasters Ball Albert had a son, James J., he was the captian of the Wabash Car Ferry.

DONAIS, DONER, DONNER posted by Judy King on Monday, December 1, 1997

Seeking any information on my great grandfather Antoine/Anthony DONER/DONNER/DONAIS who was a sailor (Captain?) on (a) Great Lakes vessel(s) during the mid-1800's. According to the Cheboygan County death index, he was born about 1836 in Cheboygan, was married, and died 6 Jan 1895, age 59 years, 5 mo, occupation, sailor. He was the son of Antoine and Harriet DONNER. His cemetery record, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Cheboygan, lists him as DONER, Antoine, Co. G, 5th Michigan Infantry, G.A.R., and yet another source lists him as DONAIS. Thanks so much for any information you can provide.

JOHNSON posted by Bob Stephan on Monday, December 1, 1997

According to the book "Norwegian Sailors on the Great Lakes" by Knut Gjuset, Arno Press, p. 146, an ancestor of my wife, Arve JOHNSON, was owner and master of the schooner Union in 1867. At that time we believe he was sailing out of Sheboygan WI, but around 1880 he moved to Manistee MI. We don't know if he was still sailing at that time. Saw this book at the Vesterheim Genealogical Center in Madison WI. Looking for any additional information about shipping at Manistee.

OCHA posted by Pat Hamp on Monday, December 1, 1997

Looking for information on Albert Henry OCHA and his brother Frank OCHA. Albert OCHA b. 05 April 1863 Port Hope, Michigan d. 22 November 1912 Eagle Harbor, Michigan. Was a Keeper or stationed at the following U.S. Lifesaving Stations: Tawas, Michigan; Portage Ship Canal, Houghton-Hancock Michigan; Grand Sable, Mason Co., Michigan; Ashtabula, Ohio; Crisp Point, Luce Co., Michigan; Two-Hearted, Luce County, Michigan; Eagle Harbor, Keweenaw Co., Mchigan. Looking for any stories from newspapers, etc. of his saves. Franklin J. OCHA disappeared while Keeper at the Tawas Lifesaving Station b. about 1859 Port Hope, Michigan and disappeared October 12, 1896. Was stationed in in Erie, Ohio?? where he married and Tawas that we know of. Would be glad to exchange information on these men and their families.

BELANGER posted by Unknown on Monday, December 1, 1997

BELANGER, Louis Phillipe 1860-1899 employment years. Thunder Bay, Ontario- Michigan Area. Ship carpenter.

CHAPMAN, DODGE posted by Kay Masterson on Monday, December 1, 1997

Looking for CHAPMAN and DODGE family who may have owned a ship that carried goods from NY state. According to family history a John CHAPMAN's parents, Edmund and Laura, owned a ship on which he was born 3 miles from NY. Later, a Betty DODGE and her sister were tutoring the younger CHAPMAN children on the ship when Betty met John and they were later married in St. Joseph Co, MI in 1839. Betty's father was Abimael DODGE of Canandaigua NY, then later of St.Joseph Co, MI. There is some confusion whether they shipped goods across the Atlantic when John was born between 1808-17 or whether they shipped goods on the Great Lakes. Any information would be appreciated. Kay

ROGERS posted by Ron & Betty Locke on Monday, December 1, 1997

Family lore puts William ROGERS working on lake vessels during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time I have no idea of the type of ships or the type of work he preformed.

MCCGOVERN posted by John Gile on Monday, December 1, 1997

Felix MCCGOVERN (widower) and 11 children. Irish settlers 1860 at near Orillia, Ontario, Canada, moved by ship to Duluth, MN, around 1890-1895. Looking for any passenger lists that they may appear on.

LUTHER posted by Sherrye W on Monday, December 1, 1997

LUTHER. Albert LUTHER was a Capt. on Saginaw Bay in 1870's. Would like to find name of vessel(s) he piloted. His grandson Faye LUTHER was a seaman on the great lakes in the 1930's and 40's. He was on the following vessels: SS Fellowcraft, Ironwood, James Watt, and Fleetwood. Would like information and hopefully photos of these ships.

WALL posted by Mary Keidel on Monday, December 1, 1997

I am seeking a Charles or Fred WALL who would have served as a fireman on the great lakes.

GORDON posted by Lana Rast on Monday, December 1, 1997

My ggrandfather Patrick GORDON was a sea captain that was washed overboard at White Fish point ( I don't have dates or the name of the ship) it was after 1893 and prior to 1910. Years later again I don't know the dates but Patrick's son Hugh GORDON drowned at White Fish Point. I would like very much to obtain the information on Patrick & Hugh GORDON. Thanks.

MEADE posted by George Richmond on Monday, December 1, 1997

Searching for information about William MEADE, marine engineer, 1882-1900. In 1896 he was vice president of the Marine Engineers Benevolent Society. He sailed mostly out of Buffalo.

TILLEY posted by Patrick Monroe Tilley on Monday, December 1, 1997

Both my Grandfather and my Great Grandfather were sailors on the Great Lakes for many years. My Great-Grandfather's name was William Edwin TILLEY. He sailed from about 1870 -1912. He ultimately attained the rank of Chief Engineer. My Grandfather's name was Edwin Monroe TILLEY he sailed from about1905-1935. He sailed on the John Gehm I would be very interested in the occurrence of either name if anybody were to run across them in their research. I am particularly interested in the name of any ship my Great-Grandfather may have sailed on. Thanks in advance. Patrick Monroe Tilley

HOBART posted by Glydie Ann Nelson on Saturday, December 6, 1997

My grandfather was Roland HOBART. He died in Detroit at the U.S. Marine Hospital. His Death Certificate states that he was an "American Seaman" and the Occupation was "Lake Boats". My father never knew his father and he searched for him for all of his adult life but died before we found where his father lived or what he did. Roland's home was in Atlas Twp. in Genesee County. He died on 16 Feb 1950. His wife's name was Frances, maiden name unknown. Any information will be appreciated.

OSBORN posted by Judy Hammerstrom on Saturday, December 6, 1997

OSBORN is the name I am looking for. A great uncle sailed the great lakes in the 1880's. Probably after 1850 Thank you, Judy in Minnesota

SLATER posted by Gordon Ralls on Saturday, December 6, 1997

SLATER surname; Canadians who did shipping on the Great Lakes late 1800's and early 1900's. Thats my only clue. If you even have a 'contact' with that surname, would like to hear. Email: Gordon Ralls

MCGREGOR, MORRISON posted by Gertrude Free on Saturday, December 6, 1997

MORRISON Thomas b. 1848 London, Ont. m. 20 Oct 1875 in Southampton to Ann MCGREGOR b. 28 June 1852 Galt, Ont. d. 4 Jan 1936 in Brookline, Ma. Thomas was a mariner, Lake Huron. It was rumored that he was a Captain on the Great Lakes. He disappeared abt 1915. Does anyone have any knowledge of Thomas?

MEYERS posted by William on Saturday, December 6, 1997

My grandfather was Cptn. Carl MEYERS. He was the captain of both the Benson and Edsel Ford, two of the large steel haulers. He was captain during the late 50's and early 60's.

DAVENPORT, ROLETTE posted by Jean Loehde on Saturday, December 6, 1997

Frederic ROLETTE was listed as a sailor on the Grand Traverse census of 1850. This is the only reference I have to the son of Mary DAVENPORT and Laurent ROLETTE. Any mention appreciated! Jean

CLARKE posted by Joe Price on Saturday, December 6, 1997

Seeking birth date and place of Alfred J. CLARKE, born about 1870, perhaps in Canada. He died 12 Nov 1913 on Lake Huron when the ship that he was on sank in the big blow. He was steward on the SS Regina.

CLARKE posted by Bob Eckerman on Saturday, December 6, 1997

CLARKE, Myron Wallace. Born 29 Jan 1881. Died 21 Aug 1967. Worked as crew member in early 1900's, returned to the lakes about 1936 and retired as Great Lakes ship captain about 1946. Thanks. Bob Eckerman

HEATH, MADDEN posted by Marilyn Madden on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Noah J MADDEN, was a sailor, lumberjack, and a farmer He sailed on the Great Lakes in the summer, worked as a lumber jack in the winter months. When he sailed the great lakes out of Port Huron with the destination Duluth, Minnesota the family tells that he would sometimes swim along side the boat even in the chilly waters of lake Superior. Noah MADDEN was born September 21, 1863, in Strathroy, Ontario. His family moved to Michigan and as a young man he sailed on the Great Lakes. It was while sailing that he heard about the prosperous little town of Onaway. Noah married Eunice HEATH the daughter of Ermina HEATH. Noah and Eunice had six children, five sons and one daughter. The family lived first at Ruby, Michigan. At about the time the youngest child of Noah and Eunice was two years of age, in 1901, Noah moved his family to Onaway, Michigan. At first Eunice and the children lived south of Onaway, while Noah worked as a lumberjack at Old Camp Six, north east of Onaway. Noah had worked winters in the Onaway Lumber Camps before bringing his family to Onaway. Hoping to find what ships Noah sailed on and the year or years he sailed.

COPELAND, JACKSON, KNOWLTON, PREVOICE, PREVOST, VOTE, VOUGHT, WILLETTE, WRIGHT posted by Marilyn Madden on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Wm. Jackson VOTE/VOUGHT, John VOUGHT/VOTE, Leander KNOWLTON. I found this old letter in my mother's briefcase after her death. I am hoping there is some further knowlege about the Birdie Mae. It is possible that Wm JACKSON's father John VOTE/VOUGHT and his father-in-law Leander KNOWLTON may have had an interest in this sail boat.

Letter to Mabel WRIGHT dated Dec 1, 1957 from Arnold COPELAND RR3 Box 216 Charlevoix, Michigan

On outside of envelope it said last wife was PREVOICE. I think he may have meant his grandmother's name was PREVOICE, or name could have been PREVOST.

Dear Mrs WRIGHT, I received your letter yesterday. Will do the best I can telling about the Voughrts. Jack VOUGHT was my mother's stepfather. He and my grandmother were married at either Allegan or Pine Grove,Michigan in 1865 or 1866. He had a sawmill and a blacksmith shop there. They moved from there to Epoufette, Michigan where he built another sawmill and blacksmith shop. I am not sure if they lived in East Jordon or not but I am sure they were at Epoufette about 1873 as my brother was born there. Jack also owned a two-masted sail boat while he was at Epoufette and transported fruit and vegetables from Charlevoix to upper Michigan. St. Ignace was the main stop for him. This boat named the Birdie Mae was wrecked near St Ignace. I was up at Epoufette in 1948 and the old log house they built and lived in was still there. From there they moved to Ironton, Michigan about six miles south of Charlevoix on the shores of Pine Lake, now called Lake Charlevoix. There he had a small farm and a blacksmith shop. Also he worked as a stone mason and carpenter, and was a gunsmith. I lived there with my grandmother till I was 14 years old. Granddad died there 60 years ago. I can't remember him as I was only one year old at the time I believe there were three daughters born by this marriage. Sarah Jane, Maria, and Mary. They are all dead. Mary was the only one I ever knew. She died about twenty years ago at Detroit. Her husbands name was C K WILLETTE. When Jack married my Grandmother he had three sons by a former marriage, John, George,and Albert. Albert was the only one I ever met. He had a Blacksmith shop at Charlevoix for many years. Then in the early 1900's he built a garage on Antrim St. in Charlevoix. From there he retired and moved to Boyne City where he died about twenty-five or twenty-six years ago. His son Leon VOUGHT lives at the Grandview Hospital at East Jordon, Michigan. I don't know if Leon could add anything to what I have told you or not. Am sending an ad that I found in the Boyne City Paper. Maybe they could tell you something. If you ever come to Charlevoix be sure to stop and see us. Will be glad to show you where the old homes were. And you are welcome anytime. Hope this will help you in tracing the Voughts. There are also Voughts in Grand Rapids, Michigan Sincerely Arnold COPELAND

FITZGERALD posted by Cheryl L. Wilkinson on Sunday, December 14, 1997

My gggrandfather, Albert G. FITZGERALD (b: Feb 1832 Oswego, NY d: May 16, 1901) was involved in shipping on the Great Lakes most of his adult life. He began working as a sailor out of Oswego as early as 1850 (see, Oswego City Directory 1850, 1852, 1854, 1856 and US Census of 1850, 1860, 1870 1880 and NY Census 1855) ultimately becoming a Ship Master in about 1857 (see Oswego City Directory 1857 - 1874; see also, Finn, J. Leo. Old Shipping Days in Oswego, The Oswego County Board of Supervisors, Page 51, "Captains Out of Oswego from 1830-1877: A. FITZGERALD") In 1874 he began working as a commission merchant and ship broker which he continued until at least 1893 (see, Oswego City Directory 1874-1893). In 1874 several newspaper articles appeared in the Oswego Daily Palladium (June 13, 1871, page 4, column 2, "AN Excursion Barge"; July 1, 1871, page 4, column 1, Moonlight Excursion and July 5, 1871, page 4, column 7, Ontario Queen) regarding Capt. Albert FITZGERALD fitting up of the bark, Admiral as an excursion barge. When the conversion was complete she was known as the Ontario Queen. In addition to Albert working on the lakes, his brothers Chellis FITZGERALD (b: 2 Jan 1820 Boscawen, NH d: 28 June 1846 Oswego, NY) , Samuel FITZGERALD (b: abt. 1824 Oswego, NY, d: abt. 1860 Oswego, NY) , and Alpheus FITZGERALD (b: 4 Mar 1835 NY d: 7 Jan 1907 Oswego, NY) were each at some point in their lives involved in shipping out of Oswego. From Alpheus’ obituary in the Oswego Daily Palladium, 8 Jan 1907: "When a young man, he with other brothers followed the lakes and in the early sixties with his brother, Captain Alfred purchased the schooner Governor, which he sailed for a number of years. He was also a steward on the lakes. Some years ago he retired from activities on the lakes and lived ashore. Before entering the employ of the Lackawanna he was steward on the tug Charlie Ferris.

GENERY, GENRY posted by Art Jannery on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Seeking information re Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers - last century to beginning of 1900's. Son George GENRY [AKA GENERY] d. 1908, 'accidental drowning'. His son E. GENRY stated "family of lighthouse keepers beginning in the Detroit area and migrating northward and westward to the upper MI Peninsula. George's father was Eli GENERY [GENRY] who lived in Marquette, at least ... others in Munising County - ?Alger. Send any information that might be helpful to Art . Thanks for any consideration.

JEWELL, LIGHTHEART, POAD, POADE, PODE posted by Bob McCarthy on Sunday, December 14, 1997

I am looking for more information about the parents of one of my great grandmothers. Susan JEWELL was born in Quebec City 8 May 1855. Her parents, Henry JEWELL and Tamzan POAD/PODE/POADE, were married 19 August 1840 in Quebec City. One of Susan's brothers, (Henry born - 28 Dec 1850 and died - 9 June 1881 in Quebec City), is shown as a steamboat captain/owner/agent in various census records. He lived for a period of time in Petrolia, Ontario where he married Elizabeth LIGHTHEART about 1871. Can anyone help me with more information about Henry, his parents, his family and his experiences as a captain on the St. Lawrence? Thanks in advance for any information anyone may be able to provide.

INMAN posted by Al Miller on Sunday, December 14, 1997

I'm looking for any descendants of Grace and Walton INMAN, daughter and son of Byron B. INMAN and Grace Amelia INMAN. They would have moved to the Cleveland area with their mother about 1895. Interested in fate of these two and their descendants. Will gladly share biography of B.B. INMAN.

MASON posted by Barbara Mason Lucas on Sunday, December 14, 1997

MASON, Joseph B.. Ship Pilot on Great Lakes. Only data known is that and he was born in Canada, apparently lv in Michigan when son John B. born 1860. Now John married in Charlevoix County, and lived in Petoskey. Unable to link him to families in that area. I do have two pictures of ships that Joseph piloted; so must have been navigator, rather than pilot boat.

MINTER posted by Unknown on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Would appreciate information on researching the Graham-Morton and Goodrich Lines. My ancestor, William MINTER, and his son, Thomas MINTER worked for one or both of these companies for about 40 years spanning 1875-1915(?).

BEAUVAIS posted by Robert A Beauvais on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Looking for The ship name that was pilotted by , Captain Charles BEAUVAIS. He was out of Anchorville , or Marine City, MI. and ran a wooden schooner. I don't have the dates available.

JACKEY posted by Kathy Emenaker on Sunday, December 14, 1997

My great grandfather was a fisherman on his own small boat. He was lost in Lake Michigan around 1900. Somewhere near the Upper Peninsula. The Surname is JACKEY.

ALARIE, ELLERY posted by Grace Bates on Sunday, December 14, 1997

Researching ELLERY/ALARIE brothers (Thomas, Philip and Joseph) who sailed on Great Lakes in middle 1800's-1900. Short biographies of Thomas and Philip appear in the History of St. Clair Co. (MI). More Information on Thomas ELLERY found in History of Great Lakes.

GLASKE, GLASKI posted by Emeldir on Saturday, December 27, 1997

I'm looking for any and all info regarding my g-g-grandfather, last name GLASKE (or GLASKI). He died in a shipwreck in Lake Michigan near Traverse City. I don't know the year, but it was around the time his daughter was born, which was the late 1870's. The name of the ship was possibly the Westmoreland. Family history says he was the captain. His sister-in-law was cook and also died in the wreck. He's buried in Detroit across from the Capucian Monastery (Elmwood Cemetery?). Thanks for your help. :-)

MCQUADE, PARKIN posted by Alan Richards on Saturday, December 27, 1997

PARKIN, William. May have died in Lake Ontario in mid-1850s McQUADE, various. Sailed in Lake Huron c1880. Small island there named for one of them. Alan Richards, London, Canada.

VINCENT posted by Eleanor Wark on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Louis VINCENT was a Merchant Marine in the early 1900's. He sailed the Great Lakes in the summer and came home to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Cheboygan area to work as a lumberjack and a farmer during other seasons. He was married to Mary and had seven children-Henry, George, Rose, Melvina, Dave, Virginia, and Joe. Melvina married Lewis McMillan and had three daughters, Lois, Eldine, and Eleanor. Eleanor Wark has three children-Mark, Brenda, and Mary Jo. Posted by Eleanor Wark e-mail to David McCall

HUNTOON posted by Barbara Bredow on Saturday, December 27, 1997

One of my ancestors, Charles HUNTOON b 29 May 1866, d 28 Oct 1892 (death date given in family Bible), was said to have "been one of the unfortunates who went down with the steamer Gilcher, and found a watery grave in Lake Michigan during a terrible gale in the fall of 1894" (quoting father's obituary). Would like to confirm this man's death date and to know more about the shipwreck of the Gilcher. Thank you. Barbara Bredow

TIZARD posted by Jeanne Tizard Dahlman on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Looking for any information on Alfred Langrish TIZARD, Toronto and Dryden, Ontario, born 1872, died 1946. Held master's papers; last assignment on Lakes: the Homer Warren.

HINCKLEY posted by Ellen Hokanson on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Samuel HINCKLEY of Wolfe Is. Frontenac, Ont. Canada in the era of and following 1812 had ships covering this area, and to the New York Coast. Would like to find more deffinite information

FULLER posted by Gary E. Fuller on Saturday, December 27, 1997

FULLER, Edwin C. - My father sailed on the Lakes from about 1936 to 1942 as a cook. He sailed on the following ships: B.F. Jones, Laughlin, Thomas, and the Walters. Would like any info regarding these ships and people he may have sailed with. He is 82 and still curious about his past. Thanks.


I am trying to find information on the death of my gr grandfather, George Washington CLEMENT, who was a Master Mariner, shipping out of Oswego, NY, during the 1860s. The first knowledge I have of him was as Master of the Schooner Thornton in 1864. He appears to have alternated with Capt. J. W. TURNER on various trips with the Thornton. Some of the crew members of the Thornton listed in my grandfather's log were Ben ARMSTRONG, Culvin MAINWARING, G. P. WAHL, John PORTER, Thomas GWIN, H. B. ARMSTRONG, Thomas BOXBURY (?), Edward DUNOVAIN, Orin CAPRIN, George GREENFIELD, Charles LAWRENCE, John T. LAVIN, Edward ELES, Harvey CROUCH and T.B. WIMAN. My grandfather died on or about 25th October 1868 in Saginaw, Michigan. His body was shipped back to Oswego for burial. From newspaper accounts there were terrible storms on Lake Huron during that time frame with many ships damaged and/or sunk. Although I found information on the storms from the Marine Column in the Oswego Commercial Advertiser & Times, I was not able to find out how he died or which schooner he was on at the time. The State of Michigan did not have a death certificate for him and the State of NY were not keeping death records prior to 1880. My grandfather had two brothers, Capt. John Colby CLEMENT, who lost his life during a terrible storm on Lake Erie, while Capt. of the Schooner Opeechee on or about 06 Sep 1864. A third brother, Capt. Charles CLEMENT, died 22 Jan 1863, aged 29 years. The newspapers in 1863 were not available so I have no information on Charles. My grandfather's next door neighbor, Samuel PATTEN, was also a ship's Captain during the same time frame and appeared to be related to the CLEMENT family. I would appreciate any information or suggestions. I have checked all the early Oswego papers plus the census records. My gr grandfather and his brothers were all born in Canada.

FOSTER posted by Chris Lindsey on Saturday, December 27, 1997

My grandfather, David FOSTER, sailed the Great Lakes in the summer time in 1895 to 1900. He lived near South Haven, MI so assume he sailed from that port. Would love to have his service record and ships he sailed on. Is that possible?? Don't know how to research for that info.

STEWART posted by Dereka Seigel on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Looking for more info on Alexander STEWART who was a ship captain on the Great Lakes. He may have lived in Chicago. His son, Charles STEWART was born in 1867 in Chicago.

HAYES, IBBOTSON posted by Patricia Ibbotson on Saturday, December 27, 1997

Seeking descendents of James Jackson IBBOTSON, ship captain, schooner Reindeer, Detroit (b. 1834;d.1892) and his son, George E. IBBOTSON (1862-1936), ship captain, Baraga, Baraga County, Michigan. Also seeking information on Anthony IBBOTSON, brother of James Jackson IBBOTSON, who was a sailor in Canada in 1861. John HAYES was living in Detroit ca 1860 and occupation was listed as a sailor; any information on this person welcomed.

JUSTIN posted by Lorrie Primm on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

I am looking for information on Richard JUSTIN originally from St.Clair, Mi. He was supposed to have died on board a ship at the Soo Locks, on July 14,1914. The ship later became known as the John S. Manuel. It is believed he was hit in the head by the handle of some type of machine. The Soo Historical Society does not have any information on him. I don't know if he was buried in the Soo or not.

REEVE posted by Daniel L. Replogle on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Seeking confirmation that William J. (Joseph or James) REEVE sailed on the Great Lakes from about 1845 to 1856.
William J. REEVE was born in England 11 Oct. 1831.
He moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada about 1835-6.
He is said to have run away from home about 1845-6 and worked on ships on the Great Lakes.
He married Oct. 1856 and lived in Illinois (Putnam Co) until his death.
He applied for and was naturalized 28 Oct. 1865.
He died 22 Feb. 1902.
Thank you. Dan

IRELANDS, LEES, MORTON, POTTS posted by Brenda Ryan on Tuesday, December 30, 1997

Looking for info on relatives, lived at Port Hope Ontario Canada, Deluth Min., and Brighton Ontario Canada around 1840-60. Thomas POTTS worked as cook on Great Lakes (1840) and sons Thomas and Charles also. IRELANDS and LEES were in Deluth and Brighton as well. Thomas MORTON settled at Thomasburg Ontario Canada. Appreciate any info on this. Thanks.

CUNNINGHAM posted by William Little on Wednesday, December 31, 1997

Searching for information on Elonzo (EL) CUNNINGHAM. Know him to have been on the Ben Hur, a river boat that sailed from Knox Landing, in Marietta, in 1888 as a 16 year old yearning to travel. Believe that he was on Lake Erie by 1898 when he went ashore in Fairport Harbor and stayed in the Lake County area the rest of his life, dying in 1963. Have a great deal of information on his family and him before and after his time on the boats but know little of his life during that time. Eager to share information. Please email.

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