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From: "Vicky Westra" <>
Subject: Re: finding Ellen (Elinor) Cady Stafford Withey
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 10:43:52 -0500
hi Barb. I hope you remember me, Vicky Dusesn-Westra of Muskegon, MI
I am researching WITHEY's too. I decend from Lafayette Withey.
Just back online, I have been offline since 5/03.
I'll begin to search this branch again, soon.
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Subject: Re: finding Ellen (Elinor) Cady Stafford Withey
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> Here is what I have, dumped from my genealogy program. Sorry about the
disorder of the information and lack of formatting, but I think it will give
you the information you need.
> 1. Eleanor Mina Cady, daughter of Charles L. Cady and Sarah Jacobs, was
born in Oct 1847; she may have been born in NY, but probably Pennsylvania.
> • She appeared on the census in 1880 in Harrisville, Alcona Co.,
Michigan.1 Ellen Stafford age 32 wid/div keeping house b. PA MA RI
> Joseph W. 7, Lydia 6, Samuel H 4 and David W. 6/12 b. Nov...her husband
Samuel died 2/17/1879. so she just pregnant then or David W. not of that
marriage. She is ndt James P. Cady, almost certainly some relation.
> Alcona Twp. Black River (?) Handwriting dificult to read.
> Ellen Stafford w, f, b. Oct. 1847 age 52 married 32 years
> 9* ch born, 6 ch. living b. PA PA PA
> owns home free of mortgage
> Henry son, w,m. b. April 1876, age 24 single ? (might
> be R for divorced?) b. MI, both par b. PA
> mill fireman
> Lucy dau, w,f, b. April 1881? 1887? --no, I think b. 1884 age 17? (doesn’t
look like 19?) b. MI, both par b. PA, at school.
> • She had a residence from 1905 to 1906 in Alpena, Alpena Co., Michigan.2
Withey, Eleanor (widow Joseph S.) nurse 621 Tawas, res. same.
> Withey, Lucy A. bds 621 Tawas
> • She had a residence in 1908 in Alpena, Alpena Co., Michigan.3 Withey,
Eleanor M. (wid Joseph S.) res. 1115 W. River
> Withey, Lucy A. bds 1115 W. River
> • She had a residence on 16 Apr 1910 in Alpena, Alpena Co., Michigan.
> • She appeared on the census in 1910 in Alpena, Alpena Co., Michigan.4 In
hh of Albert and Ella McDonald and their children:
> Elinor E. Withey mother age 62 widowed 10/4 PA VT PA no occ noted
> She states she is 62 in 1910 and that she was not divorced from Joseph S.
Withey, nor has she remarried. She says she was his first wife and only
that there were no children under age.
> But in 1898 he states he is not married, that no record of a marriage
exists and does not list any children living. And in 1897 she is
designated a widow in a land transaction
> Eleanor married Samuel Stafford, son of John Stafford and Lida, about
1866. Samuel was born from 28 Jan 1841 to 1844 in Pennsylvania 5 and died on
17 Feb 1879 at His Farm 5 Miles West Of Harrisville Village, Alcona Co. ,
Michigan at age 38.
> General Notes: He enlisted in the 101st Indiana Regiment, then to Saginaw
and then to Alcona Co. in 1866. He married Ellen Cady in 1868 -- I could
not find the marriage record in Alcona Co. I wonder if it is in Saginaw Co.
> 2-17-1879 Samuel E. Stafford died (age 35-0-22) Harrisville, Alcona Co. He
b. Pennsylvania, married, a farmer, son of John and Lida Stafford. He died
of inflamation of the brain.
> Alcona Co. Deaths
> Another Pioneer Gone
> The death of our honored townsman Mr. Samuel Stafford which occured at his
farm residence 5 miles west of the village at about 1 p.m. Monday was a very
sudden order and the announcement struck our citizens with surprise almost
incomprehensible. Mr. Stafford was a man of good constitution, robust and
healthy and he was the last man whose death people would have presumed to
lood for at so early a day. Last Saturday, apparentlly as well as ever, with
the exception of a slight cold, he was engaged all day hauling word, with
team from his farm to Davison’s dock. He went home at evening, ate supper
and mingled with his family as usual and retired for the night. About 4
a.m. his wife was awakened by him rolling over and over in the bed and
thinking it very strange that he should thus act, spoke to him to ascertain
what the matter was. Receiving no answer form her husband save a mumbling of
his words, Mrs. Stafford became alarmed and arose from her bed, procured a
> and soon discoverd the serious conditin of her companion. While he was
conscious at the time his tongue was so palsied that he could not articulate
but expressed himself as suffering great pain in the head. Mrs. Stafford
dispatched her little boy for Mr. R. W. Downe, a near neighbor, who soon
arrived and assisted in doing what he could to relieve the sick man. A
physician was sent for who came before noon and pronounced the affection of
the man congestion of the brain and said he could not live a great while.
The sick man did become unconscious but lingered along until about 1:10 p.m.
the next day, Monday, when he died. Thus suddenly passed away another of
the pioneer farmers and respected citizens of Alcona Co. in the vigor and
prime of manhood Ca(?) dy and moved on to his farm werhe he has since
resided. He leaves a wife and five children to morun his loss, who have
the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The obsequies of the deceased
were held fromt he ME!
> Church in Harrisville Thursday afternoon, a very large concourse of p
> eople being present.
> Samuel Stafford was born in Pennsylvania in 1841 and was 38 years old the
28th day of January. In the early part of the war he went ot Indiana and
then enlisted in 101 Indiana Regiment and served his country as a soldier.
After the war he came to Saginaw and from there to this county in the fall
of 1866. He worked during the winter in the lumber woods and the following
spring purchased land for a farm. In the fall of 1868 he married to Miss
Ellen Ca(?) dy and moved on to his farm werhe he has since resided. He
leaves a wife and five children to morun his loss, who have the sympathy of
a large circle of friends. The obsequies of the deceased were held fromt he
ME Church in Harrisville Thursday afternoon, a very large concourse of
people being present.
> [ I found this In Harrisville newspaper; I regret I didn't note the date,
but I'm sure It Is findable]
> Children from this marriage were:
> F i. Ella Stafford was born from 1868 to 1869.
> General Notes: I do not find her birth recorded in Alcona Co. I wonder if
it is recorded in Saginaw.
> Ella married Albert McDonald, son of Angus McDonald and Maggie Pickering,
on 30 Mar 1890 in Harrisville, Alcona Co., Michigan.7 Albert was born about
1861 in Canada.
> Marriage Notes: Albert McDonald 29 res. Harrisville, b. Canada, lumberman,
son o of Angus McDonald and Maggie Pickering one prev. marraige and Ella
Stafford age 22 b. Mich dau of Samuel Stafford and Ellen Cady, no prev.
marriages. married by Rev. Leonard Hazard, wit: Alice Stafford, Harrisville
and William Conley, Harrisville.
> Biography & Chronology
> • He had a residence in 1890 in Harrisville, Alcona Co., Michigan.
> • Newspaper mention: 30 Jan 1896, Alcona Co., Michigan.6 In the "Personal
> Mrs. Ellen McDonald is recovering from the effects of a severe fall
sustained 3 weeks since."
> M ii. Waldo Lewis Stafford was born on 19 May 1871 and died on 21 Jan
1872 in Harrisville, Alcona Co., Michigan.
> M iii. Joseph Wilfield Stafford was born on 28 Aug 1872 in Harrisville,
Alcona Co., Michigan.
> F iv. Liddianes E. (Lydia) or Alice Stafford was born on 6 Jul 1874.
> General Notes: She must have also been called Alice, for Alice Stafford
witnessed marriage of Ella and on her marriage record she is named Alice,
age 18 dau of Samuel and Eleanor (Cudy) Stafford.
> Liddianes married Arthur W. Derby, son of Rice Derby and Amy L. Carpenter,
on 25 Jul 1892 in Oscoda, Iosco Co., Michigan.8 Arthur was born about 1868.
> Marriage Notes: Arthur W. Derby age 24 res. Black River Laborer son of
Rice Derby and Amy L.Carpenter, no prev. marriages married at Oscoda, by
R.N. Mulholland, M.E. Minister to Alice Stafford, 18 dau of Samuel Stafford
and Ellen Cady, no prev. marriages. wit Moses Derby Black River and Matie
> • He had a residence in 1892 in Black River, Alcona Co., Michigan.
> • He was employed. 1892: laborer
> M v. Samuel Henry Stafford was born on 11 Apr 1876.
> General Notes: He is with his mother in 1900, Black River Twp. Alcona Co.
age 24 singel (maybe divorced).
> M vi. John H. Stafford was born on 15 Feb 1878 5 and died on 18 May 1879
at age 1. cause of death: Inflammation of the bowels
> 5-18-1879 John H. Stafford died age 1 year 3 mos 3 days, he d.
Harrisville, son of Samuel E. and Ellen M. Stafford. He died of inflamation
of the bowels.
> Alcona Co. Deaths
> Death has again enteredt he family of Mrs. Samuel Stafford of this town,
this time to lay his icy hand upon the youngest of her flock, a nice boy of
17 months, who in jsut 3 months has folowed his father to his icy tomb.
The bereaved widow and mother again tenders her sincere thanks to her kind
neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted her on theis meloncholy
> Theirs respectfully
> Mrs. S. Stafford
> --from May 23 Harrisville paper
> M vii. David W. Stafford was born in Nov 1879 in Harrisville, Alcona
> Eleanor next married Joseph Spencer Withey, son of Chester Withey and
Nancy Sickles, on 23 Jul 1882 in Harrisville, Alcona Co., Michigan.9 Joseph
was born about 1841 in Ont-Can, died on 22 Mar 1904 about age 63, and was
buried on 22 Mar 1904 in Dayton National Cemetery in Dayton, Montgomery Co.,
Ohio.10, 11 The cause of his death was acute meningitis.
> Marriage Notes: Jospeh Withey, farmer, res. Harrisville Mi b. Ontario age
41 and Eleanor M. Stafford, res. Harrisville M b.PA age 34 by J.H. McIntosh,
Minister wit: Eliza A. North,Mattie Burnham bothof Harrisville. Recorded
Oct. 22, 1882
> Burial Notes: d. 03/22/1904, US Navy, Landsman, Res. Port Huron, MI Plot N
17 18 bur 3/22/1904
> Joseph Withey Veteran's Rank: LANDSMAN Branch: US Navy Last known address:
VA Medical Center 4100 West Third Street Dayton , OH 45428 Death Date: 22
Mar 1904 Veteran Service Start Date: 5 Apr 1878 Veteran Service End Date: 4
Apr 1881 Interment Date: 22 Mar 1904 Cemetery: Dayton National Cemetery
Buried At: Section N Row 17 Site 18 Cemetery URL:
<http://www.cem.va.gov/nchp/dayton.htm>44 years, 5 ft 4 in , light hair,
light eyes, light complexion.
> In August 1878 at Armory in China, fell and ruptured himself in the right
side. He was up ???ing on a trysail, the rope on which he was standing
> Since 1881 resided various places (evidently not in one state) and worked
as a farm laborer.
> Prior to service he worked as a landsman; as of 1895 he considered himself
> At this time he appoints as his attornedy a L. M. Sherwood(?) of
Binghamnton, Broome Co. NY.
> [ I know of no Broome Co. connections]
> 1892 admitted to Soldiers Home in Dayton Ohio as a single man. It is his
marriage record that tells us he was born in Ontario.
> Notes from Pension Application
> Joseph S. Withey
> 3 Jan. 1901 from Montgomery Co. Ohio Henry R. Ecart aged 77 a resident of
Nat’l Mil Home in Montgomery Co. Ohio...personally acquainted with claimant
[Joseph Withey ] on or about 10 years. I know he has a rupture of the right
side...disability of rheumatism...caused by exposure ...lying on the damp
ground and ...lubego of the back...when he sits down he can hardly get
up...diseases of the heart...
> Dec. 14, 1909 Ella McDonell of Alpena City, County of Alpena states that
she has known Eleanor Withey of Alpena since the 23 day of July , that being
the date of her marriage to Joesph Withey late of Alpena Co. ...and that
they lived together as husband and wife from since the date of her marriage
to the 22 March 1902 that being the date of the death of said Joseph Withey
at the Socldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio.
> A handwritten note on her affidavit says “Records of the soldiers home
show soldier was admitted there in 1892-10 years before his death, as a
single man. “
> March 1910 Frances E. Grant testifies that she is 61 years of age and
upwards and resides in Cheboygan, that she was acquanited with Joseph Withey
from infancy until he went into the army and the she corresponded with him
during the period of 1862 and believes that he was never married until he
married Eleanor Stafford, widow of Samuel Stafford.
> M.E. Church
> • He served in the military.10 U.S. Navy, Landsman, Res. Port Huron, MI
> • Newspaper mention: 28 Jul 1882, Alcona Co., Michigan.12 "Married: In
Harrisville by the Rev. J.H. McIntosh Joseph S. Withey and Mrs. Eleanor
Stafford, all of Harrisville"
> • Veterans Schedule: 1890, Harrisville, Alcona Co., Michigan.13 as Joseph
S. Withey, e.d. 8 p. 1
> • 20 Aug 1892 in Admitted To Soldiers Home In Dayton,OH.
> Children from this marriage were:
> F i. Lucy Withey was born in Apr 1884 in Harrisville, Alcona Co.,
> General Notes: In 1900 there is a dau Lucy in the hh (Stafford surname
used for all) age 17? possibley b. 1881, 1887 but I think it reads 1884.
> Biography & Chronology
> • She appeared on the census in 1910 in Benton Twp., Cheboygan
Co.Michigan.14, 15 Is this she? It is almost certainly the Lucy listed
below who m. James Collins.
> Frances E. Grant 61 wid 8-0 MI NY CAN-Eng
> Lucy Withey 27 cousin single MI Can-Eng PA
> I find two Grant deaths in Cheboygan Co. I can’t place either of them.
> Aug. 8, 1903 John F. Grant male, white, married, age 66-4-5 d. Benton,
cholera Morbis, b. Maine, a farmer, parents Nathaniel Grant and Hannah
Lewis, res. Benton.
> -- Cheybogan Co. Deaths vol. 2 p. 33
> Then Frances E Grant widow, age 63-4-11 d. Benton Twp. Eub??? left
Dingh?? b. Mich housewife, parents unknown. d. Jan 20, 1912
> Cheboygan Co. Deaths v.3 Benton Twp. p. 3
> • She appeared on the census in 1930 in Dwight, Huron Co., Michigan.16
James Collins age 50 m first at age 30 MI Can Fr Can Fr farmer
> Lucy wife age 47 m first at age 29 MI Can Eng PA
> Harold adopted son age 15 Ill Sweden Sweden
> Lucy married James Collins, son of Jay Collins and Bessie Scott, on 1 Nov
1910 in Cheboygan Co., Michigan.17 James was born circa 1885 in Bad Axe,
Huron Co., Michigan.
> Marriage Notes: "Married at Baptist parsonage, on Tuesday afternoon, Nov.
1st, by Rev. Pearson, James Collins to Miss Lucy Withey. The groom is from
Bad Axe and the bride a resident of Alverno. They will make their home in
Alverno for the present."
> The actual record says each 25, he born and res. Bad Axe, She res.
Benton Twp., b. Harrisvillle, dau of Joseph Withey and Eleanor Cady, He son
> Jay Colllins and Bessie Scott married John Pearson, Minister wit: Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Gresbrook, res. Cheboygan.
> M ii. Charles Ray Withey was born on 30 Jul 1892 in Canada.
> General Notes: My notes indicate he b. Canada, but birth is recorded in
Alcona Co. and I think he was born at BlackRiver, Alcona Co.
> Eleanor next married Thomas McKay, son of Thomas McKay and Mary McLearn,
on 12 Jun 1911 in Alpena, Alpena Co., Michigan. Thomas was born on 15 May
1847 in Scot, died on 20 Feb 1923 at age 75, and was buried in Evergreen
Cemetery in City Of Alpena, Alpena Co., Michigan.
> This marriage record is annotated as follows: April 19 1908 Eleanor
Withey, age 60, of of Alpena City, Alpena Co. widow of Joseph S. Withey,
Seaman, no children under age, witnessed by Wilons B. and Emma Foster
> 1 MI, Alcona Co. Harrisville 1880, hh #10.
> 2 Polk's Alpena city and county directory, 1905-1906
> (at ancestry.com), p. 227.
> 3 R.L. Polk & Co.'s Alpena city and county directory, 1908
> (ancestry.com), p. 250.
> 4 MI, Alpena Co. Alpena 1910, E.D. 9 Sheet 12B.
> 5 Birthdate calculated from age at death.
> 6 Alcona County Review, Jan. 30, 1896.
> 7 MI, Alcona Co. *Marriage Index and Records, v. 2 p. 5.
> 8 Ibid, v.2 p. 10.
> 9 Ibid, v.1 p. 10.
> 10 Dayton National Cemetery Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH
> 11 U.S. Veterans Cemeteries, ca.1800-2004 [database online].
> (Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: National Cemetery
Administration. Nationwide Gravesite Locator.
> 12 Alcona County Review, July 28, 1882.
> 13 Veterans schedules --U.S. selected states, 1890 military records
> 14 MI, Cheboygan Co. Benton Twp. 1910, E.D. 69 sheet 9B.
> 15 Cheboygan (Michigan) County Clerk, Death Records, 1867- (964407 is the
> 964407 is vol. 1-3 through 1933.)
> 16 MI, Huron Co. Dwight 1930, E.D. 32-12 Sheet 3B.
> 17 Cheboygan (Michigan) County Clerk., Marriage records, v.2 p. 210.
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