Registered Queries for March 1998

Downward Bound - Great Lakes Shipping Ancestors

NORDOFF, SAUNDERS posted by Alfred SAUNDERS on Sunday, March 1, 1998

NORDOFF, John at one time a Foreign-going Master - Ocean freighters and then a Gret Lakes captain circa 1875-1910. Lived in Two (or Twin) Rivers (or Creeks) Minnesota and moved to Collingwood ON cica 18 75 1890. No one replied to previous query so I wonder if any one out there knows where else I can go for research. Maybe a seamans union for Saunders or an Officer's association for NORDOFF. Thanks in advance.

WHEELER posted by Jackie on Monday, March 2, 1998

Lyle Wheeler - merchant marine, lived in Mackinaw City. Possibly was postmaster of Mackinaw at one time. In merchant marines in the early 1940's.

MCLEAN posted by c mcleod on Monday, March 2, 1998

I am looking for information about my grandfather Captain Ronald MCLEAN. He sailed the St. lawrence and lived in Detroit and Prince Edward Island, Canada. He sailed the Great Lakes from approximately 1877 to 1910. He loved music and composed Gaelic Sea songs. He was born on the Isle of of Skye, Scotland about 1848.

CARVER, DAVY posted by Betty Gelean on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

Searching for any information regarding John CARVER who worked as a ships carpenter on the Great Lakes, sometime between 1879 to 1898, working out of Kingston ON, sometimes with the following two DAVY Captains for whom I am also placing a query for information: Capt. Robert Albert (Ab) DAVY - from the Garden Island/Kingston ON area. Known to have been towing the Menendosa (sp?) the night she went down. Probably worked between the years 1880 and 1930. Capt. George DAVY - from the Kingston area, probably worked on the lakes between the years 1886 - 1900. These dates are all educated guesses based on birthdates and dates of death. Ab and George were brothers, John Carver was a brother-in-law. Any information or sources gratefully received. Many thanks.

DORGAN posted by Shirley Heitmar on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

Looking for DORGAN, John, Mary, children Hanna, Betsey, James and Dennis born in County Cork, Ireland. Came to Canada via GL in 1846 and then settled in MN. Anyone know of any ships that came in that year and could possibly have carried this family? Any help would be appreciated. Shirley

BROCKWAY, HOADLEY, SHEPARD posted by Tom Shepard on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

Looking for the identification of a freighter plying the Great Lakes, possibly based in Cleveland, OH, during the period 1840- 1866. This vessel sank with a load of furs. One of the owners of the vessel was David L. Shepard. Anyone who might know how to go about identifying such a vessel, please send me an e-mail. Thanks.

GAVIN, GRADY, KELLEY, KELLY, MCDONOUGH posted by Anita Kelly Butkiewicz on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

My Grandfather James P. KELLY/KELLEY b july 5 1879 in ohio was suppose to be a merchant sailor. He met and married my Grandmother Catherine M Salmon in Waukegan Illinois in 1904. How would I go about verifying this employment info and finding any records. He was from Cleveland, Ohio. They lived in Cleveland until atleast 1907, before relacating to Illinois.

MACELWANE posted by Mary Pero on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

Alex Macelwane or James Macelwane-fisherman on Lake Erie and Sandusky Bay--Looking for birth place Of Alex and James

MONTGOMERY posted by Ron Heimback on Tuesday, March 3, 1998

William MONTGOMERY sailed the lakes in late 1880's. We have no further info as to ship nor ports but suspect lakes Erie and Ontario. He was b abt 1867 in Ontario, city is unknown. We know that this is so meager that only luck could help us find any info about W Montgomery, but we have to try. Anyone with any information please contact us as we have information after 1900 in New York state.

FROELICH posted by Don R. Millbranth on Wednesday, March 4, 1998

August & Wilhelmina FROELICH arrived in Michigan City (IN) from Prussia some time shortly after 1841 the year in which their twins were born. Any information would be greatly appreciated..

HUTTON posted by Janet Sinclair on Wednesday, March 4, 1998

Looking for background on C L HUTTON captain of the schooner "Westley" as depicted in the painting pictured in the 1960 Dossin Marine Museum guide book. May have been my g.g.grandfather. Need b date, parents, and siblings. Family may have come from NY, and more than one brother may have sailed on the lakes.

DAY, JERMAN posted by Kathleen Bridge on Wednesday, March 4, 1998

My great grandfather, John Amos DAY, was "a sea captain" and sailed on the Great Lakes. He is reputed to have gone down with his ship in 1868. He was born 28 Feb 1836. He was supposed to have been "well educated". He married Permelia Perlina JERMAN in Chesterfield Township, Macomb Co., MI, 8 Jan 1860. (I have their marriage certificate) They also had a farm in Algonac MI on Stone Road. I have seen references to a Captain Joseph Day in History Of The Great Lakes published in 1899 and re-issued by Freshwater Press listing captains alive in 1899. Permelia Perlina Jerman Day is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Algonac. Also buried there is infant Joseph A.Day, their son. Children also included Melissa D., Sarah Saphronia (my grandmother), Clara P., and Elda J. I don't know if there is connection between John Amos Day and Joseph A.Day, but surmise they were brothers.I would appreciate I would like to learn name(s) of ships he sailed on and his parentage. Thank you for any help you can provide.

GOODREAU, GOODROW, KENDRICK posted by Sal Viviano on Thursday, March 5, 1998

Looking for Captain GOODROW from early 1900'S. My great grandfathr was a captain on the Great Lakes.... Looking for any info. Buried in the Saginaw, Michigan area. URL: .

KRUPP, LECLAIR, MACPHERSON, WALSH, WILLDOC posted by Michael Walsh on Saturday, March 7, 1998

Searching for any information on Michael WALSH,b.1896 in Queensland, Australia. Arrived Canada 1923. Seaman on lake vessels 1923 to 1945. Mate Alfred KRUPP,1937; Alfred J; and Fort WILLDOC, 1938; Norman B. MACPHERSON, 1941. Master Barge 87 (or 137?), 1941.Vessels Midland Prince, Cayuga, Westmount, John O.McKellar, P.G.Campbell, William Shupp, Cheyenne, Scott Misener, Saskadoc, Coalfax, and Bruce Hudson as fireman and wheelman 1941-1945. Hard Hat diver for Toronto Habour Commission in 1944. Marrried Alice LECLAIR at Fort William, Ontario, in 1939. She also previously worked on passenger lake vessels.. He last heard of in Toronto in 1948.

BISCORNER, BISCORNET posted by John Randolph on Tuesday, March 10, 1998

Looking for info on info on a great lakes captain John Baptist BISCORNET in the late 1800's or Biscorner. Thank You

CULL, LEFT posted by John Fitzgerald Cull on Thursday, March 12, 1998

Initially trying to research your operation, so I request a listing of vessels on the lakes that employed anyone with the last name Cull or Left.

GILLISPIE posted by John Fitzgerald Cull on Thursday, March 12, 1998

Looking to find which ships my grandfather worked on. His name was Francis Gillispie

DOUGLAS, MULLINS, QUINN, WILLIAMS posted by Diane Green on Tuesday, March 17, 1998

QUINN,Capt.James,mariner on the Great Lakes. Died Sept.14,1931 in Oakville, Ontario. Married to MULLINS, Annie. Parents were QUINN,Michael and DOUGLAS, Annie. All buried in St. Jude's Cemetery Oakville. I believe they were all CE. Captain James had sailed as a mate on the Baltic under Capt. Hiram WILLIAMS, also on the Rover, P.Yellow, W.T. Greenwoon and was in command of the Jessie Drummond when she went ashore near Port Hope. In later years he was in charge of a barge for the Port Credit Brick Co. His two brothers QUINN, Wm and QUINN, Joseph drowned in 1878 when the stone hooker "Pinta" went down. This was my great-grandfather. Looking for any info on his ancestors or descendants. e-mail to

ALLYN, SWEETSER posted by Marlene Barnett on Tuesday, March 17, 1998

Thomas Jefferson ALLYN lived in St Claire Co MI He may have worked as a seaman - I know he went to China in 1850 because I have a dish he brought back - my cousin has 2 sets of dishes he bought there. He died 1854, His wife was Mary - she no doubt remarried, but I have no further record of her. My gr grandmother was Sarah Allyn who married Wm SWEETSER in 1858. Is there a way I can find out the ships crew names?

PENDLETON, PETERSON posted by Stephen G. Peterson on Thursday, March 19, 1998

Hi gang, I am looking for Anders PETERSON, b Abt 1827 in Sweden, d Abt 1925 in Texas. He came (as the story goes) to America about 1856 with 6 brothers, they came over on a cattle boat, & they had a barrel of crackers and a large block of cheese for their provisions. None of the living relatives seem to remember or have any documents about his parents or the name of the ship he came over on, or the city or Län he came from. Anders may have landed in the Great Lakes area and debarked there. Later on Anders came to Texas and was married to Nancy Jane PENDLETON in Bosque County, Texas in 1877, but his other 6 brothers must have stayed up in the Northern States somewhere. If this information seems to fit in, you can get in contact with me via e-mail, ‘’ Sincerely, Stephen G. PETERSON.

GREEN, LOCKWOOD posted by Marcia Green on Sunday, March 22, 1998

Interested in exchanging information. Lockwood Bros. who built ships at Ashtabula. Also Godfrey and Daniel H. Green who hauled freight on Lake Erie, were called "Captain" and lived at Mentor Headlands.

FLEMING posted by Bill Fleming on Tuesday, March 24, 1998

All my FLEMING ancestors sailed on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. They were pilots, Capts., Masters and sailors. One had a ship building yard at Quebec City in the early 1800s. Any information on FLEMING would be appreciated. Thanks

BATCHELDER posted by Terry Batchelder on Tuesday, March 24, 1998

William BATCHELDER Ca. 1885 Manistee, MichiganI

SPERRY posted by Kip Sperry on Wednesday, March 25, 1998

My grandfather, Alfred Mills Sperry, born 1871 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and died 1954 in Cuyahoga County, worked on Lake Erie.

HUNTER, MCCONNELL, ROCHE, THRASHER posted by Kathleen O'Brien on Thursday, March 26, 1998

I am looking for information on my great grandfather, Captain Charles Robert THRASHER who worked for the Pittsburg Steamship Company at the turn of the century. We believe he was born in Sandwich, Ontario or Belle Isle on January 13, 1863 and died in Cleveland, Ohio on February 25, 1916. His family was from Canada and he had a number of sisters who lived there. Captain Charles started his own family in Buffalo, New York and then relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. He travelled the Great Lakes from Buffalo to Minnesota. Some of the ships he manned were the Isaac L. Ellwood and the Meridia. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks. K. O'Brien

WHITE posted by Tina on Thursday, March 26, 1998

Looking for my father Douglas Francis White. Only know that he worked for Great Lakes Shipping in 1972. He was born in 1941 and would be 57 this year.

MCMILLAN posted by Dick & Evie McLean on Saturday, March 28, 1998

Searching for information on Captain Charles Archibald McMillan. We believe the name of his ship/steamer was called "Queen of the Est" or "Queen of the East". He was born Dec. 25, 1835 at Darlington, Ont. Can. He married my husband's Great Aunt, Clarissa "Clara" McLean, the daughter of John McLean from the Hudson's Bay Company (1821-1846). We only heard that Capt. McMillan sailed the Great Lakes and relocated to Buffalo, NY about 1871. He had two children, a daughter Mary Margaret McMillan and a son, Charles. Would like the correct name of his steamer. Sorry to say, we don't seem connected with the other McMillans searching for their ancestors. Thank you for any help!!

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