Registered Queries for June 1998

Downward Bound - Great Lakes Shipping Ancestors

DIONNE posted by Amy Wetzel on Tuesday, June 2, 1998

My grandfather sailed on the Great Lakes on freighters and would like to find out more info, i.e. ship names, names of people he sailed with. I don't have much except his name is Gerald Dionne of Marine City, MI and I know he was sailing in June of 1939. Thank you

COY posted by Robin Potter on Wednesday, June 3, 1998

Interested in any information on Haffell COY. Haffell COY apprenticed as a shipwright in Gravesend, ENG starting in 1801. By 1815 he was in Kingston, ON. A land sale lists his occupation as a shipwright. Would be interested in any information on him or ships he may have built.

INGVALD, INGVALDSEN, INGVALDSON posted by M. Johnson Ansbro on Saturday, June 6, 1998

Seeking information regarding his career (he was supposedly a ship's officer lost during a storm), his family--past and present, and any other available information. He was married to Martine Bjornsen and lived in Chicago area.

LEYDEN posted by Candace Vacek on Saturday, June 6, 1998

Looking for any info on great uncles Martin Leyden and John F. Leyden who were sailors on Lake Erie. Both of them died in the early 30's. Were both born in Ireland and emigrated to Kelleys Island and Sandusky about 1870. John may have died in a bad storm accident on Lake Erie. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

MONET, MONETTE posted by Max Ranshaw on Saturday, June 6, 1998

Joseph Monette(Monet). Ship's cook in the early 1900's Union member out of Buffalo, N.Y. union. Spanish American war 1898. Born 1874 Muskegon County, MI. Father is Andrew Monet.

WARREN posted by Karen Mohr on Wednesday, June 10, 1998

Looking for any info on Stephen WARREN (or his family) of Shelby, Macomb Co., MI, who was said to be a captain on the Great Lakes. He was born in 1826 in NY and died in MI. Thanks for any help. Please e-mail me.

GELINA, GENA, GENIAW, GENO, GENOW posted by D. Walker on Wednesday, June 10, 1998

Hello, I am looking for any of the GENOW family that might have been on any ships around St. Ignace, Michigan about 1829 to 1835. These people were trappers and fishermem and worked out on the Great Lakes. Any information on this family would be helpful. Names of family: George GENO, William GENOW, Henry GENOW, Walter GENOW. Other name spellings GENAW GENA GENAU Thank you for your time.

HATSWELL posted by Linda Hatswell on Thursday, June 11, 1998

James Walter HATSWELL died Jan. 31, 1885 according to records in Toledo, Ohio, but there is no certificate of death. Family stories say he died while working as a merchant marine on an iron ore ship that made it's run on the Great Lakes. The ship had a wreck and he went down with it somewhere between Detroit and Toledo. His wife's name was Mary Kelly. After his death she moved from Toledo to Green Oaks twp., MI. Any info. appreciated.

MENTON, MINTON posted by Ray Sestak on Thursday, June 11, 1998

I am searching for any information on my Grandfather, Ernest MENTON/MINTON. Ernest used both spellings of the name at different times. My Mother recalls that he was in the Merchant Marines on the Great Lakes, sometime between 1920 and 1935. Ernest had a Brother named Levi that may also have served in the Merchant Marines, and died while serving. I would appreciate any information, or any direction that anyone may be able to provide. Thanks. Ray Sestak

MACK, MCGILL, MCGILLICUDDY posted by Pat Ellis on Sunday, June 14, 1998

Previously posted note and have since learned that my Dad William MCGILLICUDDY sailed during the late 1920's through the mid 1930's on the Perry White and Marquette ships. May have been owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Company. He was an oiler. Anyone out there with info on either of the ships mentioned. The only other ship that I remember hearing about was the "LaSalle" ... may have been last ship he sailed on before quitting and returning to Grand Rapids MI.

TUTTLE, WYMAN posted by Barb Hurst on Sunday, June 14, 1998

WYMAN, Thomas Benjamin Harry b. 1898 in Ohio. Supposedly joined the Merchants Marines and was discharged (probably dishonorably). This was probably in the 1920-30 years. TUTTLE, Frank worked the shipyards out of Wyandotte, Mich. How to find what ships he worked on. Believe he travelled to NY and back, but not sure.

MANSON posted by Bob Manson on Sunday, June 21, 1998

Sailed on the ship "IDA KEITH" during the years of 1861 to 1875. We would like to find out any information possible.

COLLINS posted by joan van fulpen on Tuesday, June 23, 1998

Until the war my uncle worked on the great lakes. I recently found that my uncle, Albert Collins was on the Ship "SSMargaret" which went down April 14, 1942 while on route from Puerto Rico to New York. The ship was owned by A.H. Bull & Co. New York, NY does anyone know anything about how to contact the shipping co? Did they keep records about the men who sailed on their ships? What about Insurance companies? If you know anything that will help me get more information about my uncle, please contact me, Thanks, Joan


These people were all lighthouse keepers at Bois Blanc Island lighthouse (Mackinac County), Michigan between 1829 and 1924. They are listed in the order they served.
Eber WARD 1829 to 1843;
William CHURCH 1843-1845 (wife Olive buried at lighthouse);
Lyman GRANGER 1845-1854 (b. 1792);
Mrs. Charles O'MALLEY 1854-1855;
Henry W. GRAINGER & wife Mary 1855-1857 (Henry d. 1857);
Peter THERIEN 1857-1859;
Charles SYONS 1859-1861;
Charles LOUISIGNAU 1861-1866;
Charles A. HAMEL 1866-1867;
John WACKTER 1867-1870;
Vetal BOURISAU 1870- 1874;
Levi CHAPMAN 1874-1881 (b. 1838);
William MARSHALL 1881;
Lorenzo O. HOLDEN 1881-1894 (b. 1830, d. 1894);
Henry METIVIER 1894-1924.
Any information you might be able to share on any of these lighthouse keepers will be deeply appreciated. Thank you.

HOOK, WINTER posted by Barbara A. Davis on Thursday, June 25, 1998

I am researching for information on Eric WINTER, (my husband's grandfather), who was an engineer on the "CARL BRADLEY". I have little information at this point. He and his wife Eleanor (Hook) Winter, lived in Detroit and Rogers City, Michigan, at some point also. Any information on Eric Winter or information on the "Carl Bradley" will be appreciated. -

GERBER posted by Peg Kelly on Thursday, June 25, 1998

My great-grandfather, Alois GERBER sailed the Great Lakes for 10 years, probably in the 1840's. He sailed out of Buffalo, New York and according to his obit was a captain. I would like to find out the name of his sailing vessel and any other helpful information, so I can continue my research on him. Thanks Peg

HIRSCH posted by Peg Kelly on Thursday, June 25, 1998

My great-grandfather John HIRSCH sailed the Great Lakes probably in the 1840's or 50's. According to his obit he sailed between Buffalo and Chicago and also landed in Cleveland, Detroit and Toledo and other places along the route. I would like to find out the name of his shipping vessel and any other helpful information on his sailing years. Thanks Peg

MURPHY posted by Jim Murphy on Thursday, June 25, 1998

My great grandfather Richard William MURPHY lost his father when he was a wee child of four. His dad, Patrick Murphy, was supposedly a purser or bursar on a ship sailing the Great Lakes, possibly out of Chicago Illinois, when he died. If anybody can help me tie this down, I will owe them big-time. --Jim Murphy Biloxi Mississippi

DAWLEY posted by Gmfree on Thursday, June 25, 1998

W. W. Dawley was born April of 1862, in Oneida Co., NY, a twin of Minnie Dawley Hennig. He is shown as a Senior Capt. with the Wilson Line. He was on the Steamer, "HENRY W. OLIVER" from 1899 to 1905 and later on the "J. E. UPSON" from 1912 thru 1917. He moved into Cleveland after having suffered a sudden illness in 1917 which claimed his life. Looking for any details I can find about him, his family, his career, etc as I'm compiling a family record.

MCDONALD, MONTAGUE posted by Donald E Blashfield on Thursday, June 25, 1998

My Aunt Susie Alice Montague married William A L MCDONALD, a "ship's cook", on the Great Lakes, on or after Nov 1897. She died 16 Aug 1920. There may be a "Colorado" connection someheres. Susie was born in Flint, Genesee, MI 28 Nov 1872 and lived in Alpena, Alpena, MI until she was 25 years old (est.). Any info would be appreciated.

AIKEN posted by Lillie Aiken on Friday, June 26, 1998

Any information on William Charles Aiken who sailed the Great Lakes between 1895-1900 will be appreciated. Have no information about ship (ships) he sailed on other than they he was involved in shipping on the Great Lakes. Probably sailed out of Niagara Falls ON.

WEBB posted by Corrine Motherway Laskey on Monday, June 29, 1998

Was a hand on freighter "Clemson" when it sank on Superior in the 50's.

MCALPINE, STACKHOUSE posted by Roger Harris on Monday, June 29, 1998

William Henry Stackhouse, a marine Engineer on the Great Lakes. b.16 April 1857, d.4 August 1918 in Detroit Michigan. I wish to find something about the ship(s) on which he sailed. He worked for the same company as John McAlpine, brother of Capt Hugh McAlpine of the Cee Bee. Family thinks it was 'Great Lakes "something"'!!! Sailed about 1897 & on.

SELEE posted by Bruce R. Black on Monday, June 29, 1998

Captain Frank Selee was on Great Lakes between 1900 and 1935 at which time he drowned in an accident in port near Milwaukee; home port Detroit or Toledo.

LIE posted by Jonathan Stein on Monday, June 29, 1998

I am looking for information on my great-grandfather. He was a sailor on the great lakes in the 1920's through the 1950's. His name is Alf Sigurd Lie. I am just starting my search so I have very little information since he died before I was born.

PASKO posted by Barbara Beal on Tuesday, June 30, 1998

Alexander Harper PASKO, b 1855, Unionville, Ashtabula, Ohio; d 1934, Madison, Lake, Ohio, sailed in Great Lakes shipping. He was listed as a sailor in the 1880 census. We know nothing of this period in his life. We would like to know what line he worked for, which ships he sailed, what he did and his length of service. Can anyone help?

MUDWAY posted by Louise E. Perry on Tuesday, June 30, 1998

I was told my Grandmother was a Stewerdess on boats that traveled the Great Lakes. Her name was Helen (Lena) MUDWAY. She arrived from England in 1871 and I would guess her service would have been 1871 possibly through the 1870's. Does anyone have listings of employees on boats during this period ?? Her home base would have been Milwaukee, WI. Thanks for anything !! Louise

KELLOGG posted by Winona Kellogg Aastrup on Tuesday, June 30, 1998

Miles Minor KELLOGG was a wheelsman on the "Mabel Bradshaw," shipping on the Great Lakes, before he was twenty years old. He lived in Benton Harbor, MI. Later on, he worked as a ship carpenter, and as a builder. He was married to Ruth Jane Wood on 8 Jun 1891, in the second house he had built in Benton Harbor. Would like any inf. re. "Mabel Bradshaw," her crews, and her sailing routes.

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