Putney-Powers-Ghastin-Garfield-Wing Familes

            Hiram “High” Putney [Lucy, Roswell] b. August, 1855, Ashtabula Co., OH, a child of Lucy Powers and John S. Putney; m. Carrie Hopkins, December 10, 1878, Benzie Co., MI; m. (2) Margaret “Maggie” Ziglar, May 18, 1885, Benzie Co., MI; d.

            The 1860 federal census shows John and Lucy living next to Rufus and Phoebe Putney. Also in the home were children Wellman (11), Mary (10), Martha (9), and Hiram (6). Their estate was valued at $400, with $200 in personal assets.

            Carrie was born in Michigan in 1854. She was a sister of Ida Hopkins.

            In 1880, Hiram and Carrie were living in Hiram’s folks house in Hart, Oceana County.

            According to Dahlgren, “High” Putney of Platte Township, Benzie County, Michigan, was a son of Ashley Putney (brother of Rufus). However, census records only show one Hiram Putney, and he was more likely a son of John and Lucy (Powers) Putney in Platte Township. In fact, the identification of Hiram of Platte as the son of John and Lucy can be substantiated by the appearance of his son, Verner, as a grandchild in John and Lucy’s home in 1910 and in his home as a son in 1920.

Nevertheless, from this, we can guess that Hiram’s nickname was “High,” even if his family didn’t know exactly how he was related.

            Dahlgren claimed that High bought land from Orlo Putney near Putney Corners in Blaine Township, but later moved to Platte Township.

            After Carrie’s death on September 2, 1881,[1] Hiram married Maggie Ziglar in 1885.

Maggie was born in Ohio in June, 1856.

            In 1900, Hiram was listed as “Hyran” Putney in Benzie County, Michigan. He was shown in Platte Township with his second wife, Maggie, and two daughters, Martha and May. His son, Verner, was living with his parents in Hart. In 1910, Hiram and Maggie were still in Platte, living next to their daughters, May (Putney) Davis and Martha Putney (unmarried). They had a 23-year old schoolteacher living in their home by the name of Cora Ardney (sp?).

            The 1920 census shows Hiram and Maggie in Platte, with Hiram’s son, Verner. 

            None of the members of this family has been found in the 1930 census.

Child by Carrie:

1. Hiram Verner Putney Jr., b. April, 1880, Hart, Oceana Co., MI

Children by Margaret:

1. Martha Putney, b. July, 1886, MI; m. William Priest
2. May Putney, b. November 1887, MI; m. William F. Davis, around 1908, MI

            Sherman Putney [Lucy, Roswell] b. around 1865, Hart, Oceana Co., MI, a child of Lucy Powers and John S. Putney; m. Katie Killmis, September 1, 1885, Benzie Co., MI; d.

            Sherman lived in his parents’ home in Hart, Oceana Co., Michigan, until after the 1880 census. 

            On September 1, 1885, Sherman married Katie Killmis in Benzie County, Michigan. Katie may have been a daughter of John and Helta Killmer of Sylvan, Washtenaw County, Michigan (1880).

            Neither Sherman nor Katie showed up censuses in 1900 or 1910.

            Odell “Dell” L. Putney [Lucy, Roswell] b. May, 1871, MI, a child of Lucy Powers and John S. Putney; m. Mary Sophia ____, around 1892, Hart, MI; d.

            Mary was born in Denmark in April, 1875. 

            Odell and “Mary” showed up in the 1900 census living next to Odell’s parents in Hart, Oceana Co., MI. They had two children in the home: Louis and Victoria.

            “Dell” and “Sophia” Putney were living in Hart in 1910 with children Louis, Victoria, Irene and Orlando.

            In 1920, Dell was indexed as Dell “Patsey” in Hart. He was living there with Sophia and their two sons, Louis and Orlando. 

Dell and Sophia were divorced between 1920-1930.

            In 1930, Dell and Orlando are living in Hart, where they operated a farm together.


1. Louis Putney, b. February 13, 1893, Hart, MI; d. January, 1977, Fruitport, MI
2. Victoria Putney, b. February, 1898, Hart, MI
3. Irene Putney, b. around 1902, Hart, MI
4. Orlando Putney, b. around 1903, Hart, MI

            Lorenzo Powers [Levi, Roswell] b. 1852, Ashtabula Co., OH, a child of Levi C. and Cordelia J. Powers; .m Lorinda R. Quick, October 20, 1872, Oceana Co., MI.

            In the summer of 1862, Lorenzo’s parents moved from Ohio to Oceana County, Michigan.

            When Lorenzo was 21 years old, he married 16-year old Lorinda Quick in a ceremony performed by Rev. E. Treadgold. Witnesses were Charles W. and Mary Powers.

            Lorinda was born in Iowa on April 12, 1857, a daughter of George W. Quick. The Quick’s lived in Richmond Township, Ashtabula County since before 1840. They came to Michigan with the Powers families.

            Two and a half years after their wedding, Lorinda died in Ferry on June 12, 1875. Her death record claimed she died of childbed fever. In fact, she had given birth to Loren, who was later shown to be disabled.

            In 1880’s federal Census, Lorenzo was living in Davidson County, Tennessee, with his parents and sister. Lorenzo’s son, Loren, was also in the home. Loren was listed as “idiotic.” Neither Lorenzo nor Loren showed up in the 1900 census.


1. Loren Powers, b. around June 12, 1875, MI (idiotic: 1880 census)

            Amelia J. Powers [Levi, Roswell] b. 1860, OH, a child of Levi C. and Cordelia J. Powers; m. John Crow, around 1880, Davidson Co., TN.

            Amelia and John Crow were living in Davidson Co., TN, in 1880, with Amelia’s parents and brother.

            John was born in Ohio around 1860.

            We have not been able to find John and Amelia in the 1900 census.

            Emma J. Ghastin a.k.a. Luella Herrick [Sarah, Roswell], b. October 21, 1849, Richmond, Ashtabula County, Ohio, a daughter of Sarah Powers and William Riley Ghastin; m. William B. Fiske; d. March 14, 1877, Minneapolis, MN.

            As a young girl, she was known to have been good friends with her cousin William W. Powers, who lived next door to her. She was seven years old when her parents divorced and she went to live with the Herricks in Cherry Valley, Ashtabula County, Ohio. She was renamed Luella Herrick.

            She married William B. Fiske and moved with him to Minnesota. William was born in Massachusetts in January, 1848, a son of Francis A. and May Fiske of Sherburne, Massachusetts.

According to records of Beverly Ghastin, Luella had a very troubled pregnancy, and her youngest sister, Vancha came from Michigan to take care off her until her death in Minneapolis, MN, on March 14, 1877.

            The 1900 census shows William B. Fiske living in the home of Warren and Mattie Messerale on 58th Street in Hyde Park, IL (near Chicago). William’s occupation was listed as “broke bd. trade.” Edith L. Sawyer claimed William B. Fiske lived at 245 Temple Court in Minneapolis in 1909.

            On June 15, 1911, William B. Fisk wrote this letter to Edith Sawyer:

"311 Northwestern, Minneapolis, MN

My Dear Edith

            I just received your letter. Many thanks. Luella came this morning. Has gone to spend the day with friends. We want the most of anything to find out the time and place of the legal adoption of Luella's mother by W. W. Herrick and his wife. I think it was about 1852, she being about three years old. Several of us have tried to find out but with no success. Edwin W. Herrick, William Herrick's brother, died May 2nd. Otherwise he could tell us all we want to know. Anything you find out or know do not keep from Luella. She is a darling daughter and beloved by everyone. We have written to the county seat of Ashtabula County, Jefferson County seat, and Chautauqua County seat and find no record anywhere. Please send anything you find out here to my office.

            Was glad to hear from you. With lots of love from your uncle

W. B. Fiske"


1. Luella Herrick Fiske, 01 DEC 1876, Minnesota

Marquis Roswell Ghastin [Sarah, Roswell], b. February 2, 1851, Andover, Ashtabula Co., OH; m. (1) Mary Etta Salsgiver, April 7, 1870, Benzie Co., MI; m. (2)  Lizzie Mells, September 9, 1895, Benzie Co., MI; d. April 12, 1930; Gilmore Township Cemetery.

According to census records, Marquis was a soldier during the Civil War.  He was only a young boy (10-13) at that time, but it is quite possible that he could handle a gun.  Whether he actually fought or simply gave a helping hand is unclear.  In any case, his status as a soldier made it possible for him to secure a land grant in Benzie County, Michigan, from the U.S. government.  He moved with his uncle Solomon Powers and Aunt Phoebe Putney to Michigan sometime before 1870.

            On April 7, 1870, Marquis married sixteen-year old Mary Etta Salsgiver, daughter of David and Rebecca A. (Dow) Salsgiver -- younger sister of Marquis' aunt Anna Powers.  Mary was born in Punxutawoney, PA, in 1854-5.  Marquis moved with his family to Gilmore Township, Benzie County, MI and is shown there in the 1870 census.  He is listed in some places as a farmer, others as a laborer and once (Beulah's birth certificate) as a lumberman. They had one child, Charles William Ghastin, before the 1880 census, but he died young. Marquis and Mary showed up in the 1880 census in South Frankfort, Benzie County. They had no living children at the time.

After divorcing Marquis, Mary E. moved to Frankfort, MI, and married Alfred Newton Gartside of Empire, Leelanau County, on September 18, 1893.  Mr. Gartside was an engineer at the water works, born in LeRaysville, PA, in 1853.  The 1910 census shows Alfred N. and Mary E. Gartside in the village of Frankfort. Mary Etta claimed to be the mother of five children, but only three were still living. One of her children, Raleigh, was living with her and Alfred.

(Alfred N. Gartside died in 1923. Mary Etta died in 1947 and was buried in the Gilmore Township Cemetery.)

            On September 9, 1895, Marquis married Lizzie Mells or Mella (b. October, 1863 in Germany, daughter of John Mells/Mella).  At the time, both were living in Thompsonville, Colfax Twp., Benzie County, MI.  The ceremony was performed by Justice of the Peace Charles A. Jones and witnessed by Edward A Hiner and Sarah Hiner.  Lizzie had come to America from Germany in 1875.  Marquis and Lizzie are listed in the 1900 census of Homestead Township, Benzie County, Michigan, with Marquis' son Martin. Marquis’ other children were not shown. At the time, Burl was a farm hand Old Mission Peninsula; Raleigh was a day laborer in Homestead and Vista was probably married.

            We have not yet found Marquis in the 1910 census.

            In 1920, Marquis was living with his son, Burl Dow Ghastin, on his fruit farm on the Old Mission Peninsula, north of Traverse City. He was listed as divorced in Burl’s home in the 1930 census. Seven days after the census was taken, though, he died (April 12, 1930). He was buried in the Gilmore Township Cemetery, Benzie County, MI.  His gravestone is very simple, made of hard rock and engraved as if by a child.  It is located just a few feet from Solomon and Anna Powers.

Five children by Mary Etta:

1. Charles William Ghastin, b. December 12, 1871, d. before 1880
2. Burl Dow Ghastin, b. April 20, 1882; m. Sylvia Y. Swaney, around 1905; d. July 16, 1959, Grand Traverse
          Co., MI
3. Raleigh A. Ghastin, b. December 20, 1884, Benzie Co., MI; m. Ruth M. Ford; d. November 5, 1962,
          Frankfort, MI
4. Beulah Vista Ghastin, b. September 25, 1886; m. (1) Amos G. Wallace; m. (2) Thurston; d. May, 1969,
          Chicago, IL
5. Martin Ghastin, b. October 1888, MI; d. 1900-1910

Children by Lizzie:

6. Peter Ghastin, b. 1896; d. before 1900
7. Elsie May Ghastin, b. 1898; d. August 1, 1898, Thompsonville, Benzie Co., MI
8. Leo Ghastin, b. 1900

            Rosetta A. Ghastin-Manley [Sarah, Roswell], b. January 27, 1852, Richmond, Ashtabula Co., OH, the twin sister of Rosealtha Ghastin, daughter of Sarah Powers and William Riley Ghastin; m. Walter M. Talcott, around 1874, OH; d. August, 1912, Cleveland, OH.

            Her twin sister died in 1861. Her parents divorced when she was just five years old, and she was adopted by the Manley family of Andover, Ashtabula County, Ohio. She was shown with her foster parents – Birdsell and Mary E. (Morley) Manley. Birdsell was born in Andover, Ohio April 17, 1826, a son of Almon Manley and Charity Marvin. He was a cheesemaker.

Rosetta married Walter Talcott.

            Walter was born in Ohio in August, 1851.

            In 1880, Walter and “Rosa A.” Talcott were living in Andover, Ohio, with their four-year old son, Allen M. Talcott. Walter worked in a furniture shop. By 1900, they had moved to Bayne Street in Cleveland, where they showed up in the census that year with sons Allen and Joseph. Walter was a telephone operator. Their son, Allen, was a bank clerk.

            By 1910, Walter and Rosetta had welcomed a foster child – Martha – into their home. Walter was working as a proof reader for a publishing company. Their son, Joseph, still lived at home and worked as a clerk at a hardware store. Allen, still a bank teller, was married by then and lived in nearby Rockport Township with his wife and two children.

            A letter dated 1909 showed that Joseph Earl Talcott lived at 6819 Wakefield Ave., Cleveland, OH.

            Rosetta died in Cleveland in August, 1912.

            We have not found Walter in the 1920 or 1930 censuses. There was a Walter Talcott who died in Erie County, Ohio, on August 20, 1926, but this was probably the one living there in the 1920 census with a different wife and daughter. .


1. Allen M. Talcott, b. August, 1875, Andover, OH; m. Anna G. __, around 1900, Cleveland, OH (ch: Ruth W.
          1901 Clifford E. 1907) Anna b. around 1880, OH.
2. Joseph Earl Talcott, b. October, 1884, OH
3. Martha Talcott (foster child), b. around 1900, OH

            William "Willie"  W. Ghastin [Sarah, Roswell], b. April 2, 1853, Richmond, Ashtabula Co., OH, a son of William Riley Ghastin and Sarah Powers; unmarried as of 1894; d. in the West.

            His parents divorced when he was just five years old and he went to live with the Ensign family.

            In 1877, "Willie" moved to Michigan from Ohio. He took up residence in Weldon Township, Benzie County, MI, by 1894.  The state census June 10, 1894 showed him at age 41 living as a "bachelor." If this is true, William was born between June 11, 1852 and June 10, 1853 (Beverly Ghastin claims he was born in April, 1853). Also in the home are his divorced sister Lavancha and her two daughters Edith and Kitty.  They are next door to Byron M. (79) and Mary M. Campbell (70) of Canada.

            Family records of Edith L. Sawyer say that William died in the West. He has not been found in the 1900 census, but it is thought that he went west in search of riches – either in lumber or in gold.

The image at right of the Manitou Mine is without explanation, although it may be a photograph of William with two of his partners in what appears to be a gold mine. 



            Lavancha "Vancha" Ghastin-Phelps [Sarah, Roswell] b. June 12, 1856, Richmond, Ashtabula County, Ohio, the last child of William Riley Ghastin and Sarah Powers; m. (1) Arthur Fenwick Sawyer, August 14, 1878, Putney Corners, Benzie Co., MI; m. (2) John H. Saxton, 1895; d. June 22, 1907, South Frankfort, Benzie Co., MI; buried in Gilmore Township Cemetery, Benzie County.

            Her parents were probably divorced before she was born.  W. Riley moved to Wisconsin, while Sarah remarried (three more times). A letter written by her father to her brother, Marquis, in the late 1800's showed that he had no knowledge of Lavancha.           

Harlow and Luna (Powers) Phelps of Cherry Valley, Ashtabula County, Ohio adopted Lavancha, when she was nine months old. Luna was born in 1812. The Phelps had six children of their own:  Emily (b. 1832), Franklin (b. 1833, m. Julia _______), Orvil (b. 1839), Hannah (b. 1837, m. George Roberts), Casper (b. 1852), and Sarah (b. 1854).  In 1864, they moved to Georgetown (later Hudsonville), Ottawa County, Michigan.  The Phelps welcomed children from several families and may be accurately labeled a foster home (or perhaps an orphanage) by 20th century standards.  In Michigan, the Phelps home included LaVancha Ghastin, Elbert Mortimer, Serveg Thompson, Peter Johnson, and Gurt Koster, as well as the Phelps' own children. In 1892, Mr. and Mrs. Phelps died when they were run over by a train on the Ann Arbor Railroad.

            Vancha went to Minneapolis, MN, around 1876 when her sister Emma J Ghastin-Herrick Fisk was sick.  She stayed there to care for her until Emma's death in March, 1877.

            At the age of 21, Vancha moved back to Michigan, near her mother -- Sarah (Powers-Ghastin-Wing) Garfield. Vancha taught school in a log schoolhouse at Putney Corners, where she met and married Arthur Fenwick Sawyer, August 14, 1878.  It was performed by Justice of the Peace Charles H. Parker and witnessed by her mother and stepfather, Lucius and Sarah Garfield. Arthur was born May 28, 1858, in Manchester, New Hampshire, a son of Sereno Francis Sawyer and Maria L. Wood. He had come to Benzie County in 1871 from Medina County, Ohio, with his parents. His parents divorced before 1880.

            Arthur and Vancha bought land just west of Arthur's parents' properties.  Their land straddled the line between Blaine and Joyfield Townships, just east of Putney Corners.  The photo below is of the Sawyer home at Putney Corners, with Arthur in the foreground with his eldest daughter, Edith to his left and the youngest, Kity, standing behind. The family was listed in the 1880 federal census of Joyfield Twp., Benzie Co., with Edith.  Arthur was a farmer by trade.  In 1884, they are shown with both children living next door to Arthur's divorced mother, Maria L. Sawyer (age 60).


            Edith and Kity attended the first Sunday School class of the Blaine Christian Church, which met in a log school in 1887.

            Family records show that Arthur and Lavancha were divorced in 1888. On October 26, 1887, Arthur sold his property at Putney Corners (shown in the image on the next page) to Lavancha’s cousin, Lester Putney.

Arthur allegedly moved to North Aberdeen, Washington, and remarried twice before dying in 1935.

            The 1894 state census of Benzie County shows Lavancha ("widow," age 38) living with her brother William Ghastin ("bachelor," 41) in Weldon Township, Benzie County, with her two daughters Edith (14) and "Kitty" (13).

            Vancha became a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and, at least on one occasion, spoke on "The Saloon Evil and the Way Out of It." Music was provided on this occasion by Miss L. Reed, Lavancha P(helps) Sawyer, and her daughter, Edith (plus recitation).

            A feature in the Benzie Banner, September 26, 1895, said,

             "John Saxton and Mrs. Arthur Sawyer, of Empire, were married at the groom's house in Arcadia last Wednesday evening. Both parties are well known here and their many friends join in wishing them a happy journey through life. They gave a reception and ball Saturday evening."

            John H. Saxton was a carpenter and painter from Blaine Township, born in Missouri on October 3, 1856. This was his second marriage as well, his first being to Lavancha's first cousin, Eva Powers, daughter of Dr. Charles Powers. John and Eva had had a child: Harris Saxton, who was born in December, 1880, and died in Alabama in 1887. John and Vancha's first and only child was named after a baby Vancha had taken care of in the Phelps home in Georgetown:  Mortimer.

            The 1900 Census of Michigan shows the Saxton home with Vancha's two daughters and his young son, Mortimer. Edith and Kity were both listed as "schoolteachers." They were living in South Frankfort. John Saxton was a carpenter. Vancha became a seamstress in South Frankfort (now Elberta), Michigan.

A poem written by Lavancha September 21, 1905 (now in the possession of Paul Stiles):

"On the Sea of Life I'm sailing

Sailing, in a bark so frail

Hark, I hear my Father calling

Calling, 'Cross, Oh! Do not fail.'

With outstretched arms with me He's pleading

Pleading, with a love Divine:

And, His loving summons heeding

Heeding, I'll meet the Father; mine

With the Savior for my Helmsman

My Captain, Mate, my Guide

In answer to the summons

I'll sail for the other side.

The distant shores I'm nearing

Nearing, in this bark so frail

Hark! I hear the angels shouting

Shouting, 'Lo! There comes a sail.'

Yes, I hear our loved ones singing

Singing as I nearer come

To the Heavenly Portals open

To the Heavenly Father's home

Dear Jesus is my Helmsman

My Captain, Mate, my Guide

With him to safely guide me

I'll reach the other side."

            Lavancha died tragically June 22, 1907 when the Ann Arbor Railway Engine #11 backed into her from behind, near Frankfort.  She was buried in the Gilmore Township Cemetery, Benzie County.

            After Lavancha’s death, John Saxton moved west and left his son, Mortimer, in the care of family members. The 1910 census shows John alone on Riverfront Street in Portland, Oregon. His father was born in Pennsylvania; his mother in New York.

We don’t know what happened to John after the 1910 census. Family records show that Edith L. Sawyer had a step-sister by the name of Addie Paula Saxton. Her mother allegedly died in Bemidii, Minnesota, on August 12, 1921. This may suggest that John remarried after Lavancha’s death and had one more child.

Family tradition says John died on November 16, 1935.

Children by Arthur:

1. Edith Lavancha Sawyer, b. July 1, JUL 1879, Blaine Twp., Benzie Co., MI; m. (1) Frank Axtell, March 31,
          1917, Beulah, MI; m. (2) John F. Walzel; d. 1967
2. Kity Etoli Sawyer, b. May 8, 1881; m. George Hull, 1901; d. December 29, 1952, Arcadia Township

 Child by John:

3. Mortimer Ashford Saxton, b. August 18, 1898, Arcadia, MI; m. (1) Myrtle ____; m. (2) Opal _____; d.
            March 15, 1981, Joshua Tree, CA

            Elmer E. Wing [Sarah, Roswell] b. March, 1866, MI a son of Sarah Powers; m. Bertha “Bessie”; d. after 1951.

            Elmer’s father, Samuel Wing, joined the Union Army in January, 1864. From military records, we know that he became ill and died in Georgia on July 29, 1864 – a year and eight months before Elmer was born. Therefore, we must assume that he was an illegitimate child – perhaps of his mother Sarah (Powers) Wing and Benjamin Bixby. Family tradition states that Sarah had married a man named Bixby after Samuel Wing died, but there is no such record. In fact, when Sarah married Lucius Garfield in 1870, she was named as Sarah Wing, indicating that she had remained unmarried since Wing’s death.

            It may have been Elmer’s illegitimate birth that ostracized him from his mother’s family. Elmer seems to have lived in obscurity for at least 20 years, for he doesn’t show up in the 1870 or 1880 census.

NOTE: There was an Ephraim Bixby, same age as Elmer, listed in the 1880 census near Lucius and Sarah Garfield in Blaine, Benzie Co., MI. He was a farm hand for Cassius and Lois Judson and living next to Pheobe and Rufus Putney. Ephraim Bixby knew the birthplace of his mother: Ohio, but his father’s birthplace was unknown. Going back ten years to the 1870 census, there was no Ephraim Bixby (b. around 1866) in Michigan, but there was an Elmer Bixby (age 3) living in the home of Rinaldo and Maryette Bixby in Shiawassee County. In the 1880 census, Elmer Bixby does not exist.


(There is also a family tradition of an Emerson Bixby, who died in 1890 in Pleasanton, Manistee County, Michigan, when a tree fell on him. Unfortunately, we cannot find any information about an Emerson Bixby from Michigan census records. There was, however, an Emerson Bixby from Royalton, NY, who had a son Elmer Bixby in Illinois in 1861. Emerson had a brother, Benjamin Bixby, born in New York in 1823.)

            Elmer E. Wing was married in Michigan around 1885. His wife, Bessie, was born in Germany in January, 1867. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1868.

After the birth of their son, Lloyd, they moved to Chicago, where he became a day laborer. The 1900 census shows the Wing family on Scholl Street. Their son, Robert, had become a druggist’s clerk.

Elmer was living on Cullom Avenue in Chicago in 1910 with his wife and all four kids. Elmer was a machinist (1910 and 1920). He claimed to be born in Pennsylvania in 1910 and 1920. In 1920, he and Bertha were alone, still on Cullom Avenue in Chicago. At least one child was living nearby. Lloyd was working in a tool and die factory, living in the home of Hakan and Grunhild Hanson (immigrants from Sweden).

In 1930, Lloyd was back in their home on Cullom Avenue. He claimed to be divorced and now working as a machinist, like his father had. Elmer was working as a woodworker for a furniture factory. His home was valued at $1,500.

According to family tradition, Elmer was still alive in 1951. A family portrait is shown above.


1. Robert R. Wing, b. March, 1886, MI
2. William P. Wing, b. September, 1888, MI
3. Emma E. Wing, b. November, 1893, MI
4. Lloyd R. Wing, b. February, 1895, MI; m. __? Around 1920, Chicago; div. bef. 1930

             Lola E. Wing [Sarah, Roswell] b. January 9, 1861, Lake County, Ohio, the only daughter of Sarah Powers and Samuel Wing; m. Enoch B. Smith, December 31, 1875, Gilmore Township, Benzie County, Michigan; d. April 1, 1951, Benzie Co., MI; Blaine Township Cemetery, Benzie Co., MI.

            Enoch was born in Canada on April 7, 1847, a son of Levi and Elizabeth Smith. He came with his parents to Venice, Shiawassee County, Michigan, around 1854-57.

            In June, 1876, his name showed up on a petition to create a new township in Benzie County known as Blaine.

            The 1880 census shows Enoch and Lola in Blaine Township with children Lizzie and William. Enoch’s younger brother, George Smith, was living with them.

            Enoch and Lola were in the 1894 state census of Blaine Township, Benzie County, Michigan with their daughters Elizabeth L. (16) and William Walter (14). Interestingly, neither Kittie, Bessie, nor June were not in the home, although they should have been (ages 10, 13, and 2 respectively). Also, Lola's mother was said to have been born in Connecticut and father from Massachusetts. Lola herself was said to have been in Michigan 31 years (c. 1863).

            The Smiths lived on Dry Hill just south of the Blaine Christian Church at Putney Corners. The 1900 census shows Enoch and Lola in Blaine Township with four children: Walter, Kittie, Bessie and June. The 1901 plat map of Benzie County shows Enoch owning the S/2 SE/4 and NW/4 SE/4 of Section 36 of Blaine Township.

            Lola, Enoch, and their daughter, June, were admitted to the membership of Blaine Christian Church at Putney Corners through baptism, May 5, 1901. Later, according to church records, Lola and Enoch were excluded from membership, though the reason was not given.

            Enoch died before 1910. The 1910 census shows Lola as a widow in Blaine Township with children Walter and June E. They also had two farm hands living with them: a 20-year old Irish immigrant, Kenneth Shatton, and 26-year old Delbert Gray.

January 28, 1920, "Grandma Smith" was on the sick list in the Benzie Banner.

Lola moved to the city of Elberta and was living there alone at the time of the 1930 census. She was renting a place on Glen Avenue for three dollars a month. She was a laundress for a private family – probably the home of George Morgan. 

Lola died at the home of her granddaughter, Hilda Stubbs, of myo-carditis due to arteriosclerosis and nephritis in 1951. She was buried in the Blaine Township Cemetery, Benzie County, Michigan. Her death certificate says that Rufus H. Putney registered her death with the county clerk's office. The informant was Mrs. June Drave of Flint, MI.

            Lola was buried in the Blaine Township Cemetery. Her son, Walter, was buried next to her two years later (1953).


1. Elizabeth “Lizzie” L. Smith, b. 1878
2. Thomas B. Smith, b. February 16, 1879, Blaine, Benzie Co., MI; d. February 24, 1879, Blaine, Benzie Co.,
3. William Walter Smith, b. January 9, 1880; d. August 24, 1953, Frankfort, MI
4. Kittie M. Smith, b. July, 1881, Blaine Twp., Benzie Co., MI; m. Walter L. Stubbs, August 15, 1900, Benzie
          Co., MI
5. Bessie Smith, b. March, 1884, Blaine Twp., Benzie Co., MI; m. George Edson, April 29, 1904, Benzie Co.,
6. June E. Smith, b. January 21, 1892; m. (?) Mr. Drave, after 1910 of Flint, MI.

            Lucius U. Garfield, Jr. [Sarah, Roswell], b. July 31, 1871, MI, the only son of Lucius Garfield and Sarah Powers Ghastin Wing; m. Florence B. Allen, June 27, 1900, Benzie Co., MI; separated March 5, 1910, Pomona, Los Angeles County, CA; d. 1930? California?

            As a boy, Lucius lived about a quarter mile south of Putney Corners. He was in the 1894 state census living in Blaine Township, Benzie County, Michigan at the age of 23.

            He purchased land from the estate of his deceased mother, Sarah Vaughn, January 7, 1889. She had died a few months earlier. She had been executing a lease on the property with William H. Stubbs (1885 and 1887). The property contained apple, cherry, plum, and peach orchards. On September 27, 1889, Lucius was the executor of the lease to Stubbs.

            Then on October 12, 1891, he purchased land from the U.S. a little over a mile west of his boyhood home (T25N-R16W, Section 25: SW/4, which is the 80 acres on the NE corner of Joyfield and Hunt Roads).

            He married Florence B. Allen (shown below left) in Benzie County on June 27, 1900 in a ceremony performed by Rev. Benjamin Merry.  Witnesses at the wedding were his cousins Victor L. and Sybella Putney.

            Florence was born in August, 1889, a daughter of Walter and Carrie Allen of Kasson Township, Leelanau County.

            The 1900 census shows Lucius mistakenly listed as“G. U.” Garfield in Blaine Township, near Lucius’ cousins, Lester and Victor Putney. Prior to their married in June that year, Florence was still in her parents’ home in Leelanau County.

            For years, we searched for Lucius on the basis of family tradition that claimed he died in California in 1930. He allegedly separated from his wife, Florence, in Los Angeles in 1910. In 1909, Edith Sawyer’s diary named a “Lissie” Garfield in Huntingdon Beach, California. This all kept our attention on California. However, when we searched California vital records on VitalSearch, we found no death record for Lucius Garfield from 1905 to 2000. Therefore, we turned to other states for him.

            Lucius may have been the “Les” Garfield in Los Angeles County, California in the 1910 census. He was a farmer laborer, listed as a “servant” for James and Mary Hughes. The age (40) and number of years married (6) was wrong, as well as the birthplaces of both parents. But he was the only Michigan-born Garfield in the state of California in 1910. We know that Lucius was in Los Angeles, California, in 1910, because that was the year he was separated from his wife, Florence.

            In 1920, we find Lucius Garfield living on Midway Street in Filer, Twin Falls County, Idaho. He worked as a laborer at a “house,” probably with his neighbors, Meed Lester (plasterer) and Nelson Pyle (carpenter), who also claimed to be working at a “house.” Lucius claimed to be single.

            We don’t know what happened to Florence, although there were two Florence’s on the west coast in the 1920 census, who match our criteria (born in Michigan around 1889 with both parents born in New York). One was Florence R. Jones of Los Angeles, a daughter of Woolsey and Mary Cronkite. The other, a little closer to Idaho, was a wife of Elias Hamilton, Sr. in Seattle, Washington. However, since she had no children prior to our Florence’s divorce from Lucius, we will not concern ourselves with her second family. If Florence Hamilton of Seattle was Lucius’ wife, he likely had no children. 

            There is no record of Lucius’ death in Idaho in 1930.

            Cora A. Powers [Solomon, Roswell], b. 24 JUL 1873, Benzie County, Michigan, a daughter of Solomon Powers and Anna Rebecca Salsgiver; m. (1) David Monroe Salsgiver, January 25, 1893, Benzie Co., MI; divorced ; m. (2) George E. Farmer, December 24, 1902, Benzie County, MI; d. July 2, 1914, Benzie Co., MI

            David was born in Michigan around 1869, a son of Cora's uncle William D. and Aunt Amelia R. Salsgiver of Gilmore Township, Benzie County.

            The 1894 Michigan state census shows David M. and Cora living in Blaine Township, Benzie County with their two-month old daughter, Lottie G. Salsgiver.

            They were divorced by 1900, although Monroe died in 1904 (Gilmore Township Cemetery).

            Cora was living with her widowed mother in Joyfield Township in 1900.

            Cora married a second time to George E. Farmer, 24 DEC 1902.  George was a barber by trade, born in Illinois around 1865, and had three children by a previous marriage. They lived in Crystal Lake Township for a short time, but were in Illinois in 1906, when their daughter, Georgianna, was born. 

            In 1910, George and Cora were on Market Street in Hannibal, Marion County, Missouri with four children: Albert, Lottie, Vestia and Georgia. George was a merchant at a lunch room.

            Cora died on July 2, 1914 of congestion of the lungs and was buried by her parents in Gilmore Township Cemetery, Benzie County, MI. Their daughter, Georgianna, went to live with Cora’s mother, Anna (Salsgiver) Powers-Markham (1920 census) in Crystal Lake, Benzie County.

Children by William David:

1. Lotti G. Salsgiver, b. around April, 1894; m. William Burwell; m. (2) Thomas Hayes; m. (3) James Carr
2. Clyde Monroe Salsgiver, b. April 22, 1896, Frankfort, MI; m. Rose Gudenburr Bogues?; d. March 10,
          1947, Woods (Milwaukee), Wisconsin. (great grandson: Ron Koehler)

Children by George:

3. Albert Farmer (stepson), b. around 1891
4. Lottie Farmer (stepdaughter), b. around 1893
5. Vestia Farmer (stepdaughter), b. around 1895
6. Georgianna Farmer, b. around 1906, Illinois

            Herbert Sylvester Powers [Solomon, Roswell], b. September, 1875, Blaine Township, Benzie County, Michigan, a son of Solomon Powers and Anna Rebecca Salsgiver; m. (1) Idell Pearl Pettis; m. (2) Lula Bell (Beaton) Kraft, September 15, 1923, Pleasanton, Manistee Co., MI; d. February 10, 1934, Benzie Co., MI.

            Herb saved his Aunt Phoebe Putney once from drowning. Phoebe was returning one night from a call to a sick friend's home when she got lost in the woods. She eventually found herself surrounded by quicksand and did not know how to get out. Herb just happened to be returning from Elberta that night when he heard her shouting, "Yoo-hoo!" He called back to her, finally found her, and escorted her out.

            It is possible that Herb was returning that night from a music rehearsal. He played cornet with Frank Axtell in the Blaine Band between 1898 and 1910 (Frank, leader of the band, married Edith Sawyer, a daughter of Herb's cousin, Lavancha, who lived in Blaine Township).


            The photo above is of the Blaine Band around 1895. Standing in the back row from left to right are Percy Carpenter (tuba and trombone), Joe B. Smeltzer (perhaps melophone), Frank Axtell (lead cornet), and Ed Glover (bass horn). Seated from left to right are Johnnie Gemmell (snare drum), Herb Powers (cornet), unknown (baritone), and Cam Gemmell (bass drum). Other members of the band were Ira Daines, Henry and Conrad Kraft, Charlie Raymond, Charlie and Monroe Salsgiver, Walk Putney, Orlo Putney, and George and Clare Cornell.

            The 1900 Census of Weldon Township, Benzie County, Michigan, shows him living alone.

            Around 1901, he married Idell Pearl Pettis, daughter of Charles E. Pettis and Sarah Emma Arnold. Idell was born May 10, 1883 in Michigan. They had two children, Ona (1901) and Alton (1905). The 1901 Plat Map of Benzie County shows an "S. Powers" owning NE/4 NE/4 of Section 30 of Blaine Township, just one mile due north of Putney Corners.

            The 1910 census shows Herbert and Della P. Powers in Blaine Township with their children Ona and “Alvin.” 

They were divorced before 1920.

            Idell was never remarried. The 1920 federal census shows Idell (36) in Frankfort with her children Alton B. Powers (14) and Ona R. Bunker (18), along with Idell's mother and brother, Sarah E. (63) and William (19) Pettis, and Idell's grandchild, Hilda P. Bunker (1 2/12). Idell was a cabin maid on a steamboat (1920) and a waitress on the car ferry (1930). According to the 1930 census, Idell lived in the rear building on the property of Edith Robinson in Elberta. Idell died October 14, 1934 at the age of 51 years, 5 months, 4 days.

            Herbert was admitted to membership at Blaine Christian Church at Putney Corners through baptism, August 21, 1910. He was appointed Deacon of the church March 15, 1923.

On September 15, 1923, he married Lula Bell Benton Kraft (b. 1882) in Pleasanton, Manistee County, MI.  Lula was the widow of a Blaine Band friend, alto-cornet player, Henry W. Kraft (m. 1904). It is likely that Herb and Lula were good friends during the time the band was together. In fact, it is likely that they knew each other since they were children. Lula's father was Rev. James Beaton, pastor of the Blaine Christian Church. She had served as a Sunday School teacher there, as did her sisters. She had also sang in the quartet at the church with her sister, Vira, and two brothers, Roger and Milford. At the time of their marriage, Lula and her daughter, Ena V. Kraft (b. May 16, 1909), were living with her grandparents, Alex and Anna Beaton, in Pleasanton, MI.

            Herb and Lula transferred their membership to the Congregational Church in Frankfort, MI, September 15, 1928, where they remained members until their deaths.

            Herb became a machinist by trade.

            Duane Evans relates a story about when Herb Powers and his nephew Earl Stewart were in Herb's kitchen and were looking at a .32 Winchester deer rifle, racking some shells because the ejector wasn't working. Suddenly, a shot rang out; the gun had gone off. The silver-tipped bullet pierced the cast-iron stove leg, traveled through the kitchen wall and lodged in the garage wall outside. Duane still owns the gun.

            He died February 10, 1934.

            In 1937, Lula's daughter, Ena Kraft Jackson, started the Anna Markham Memorial Hospital in Herb and Lula's home on Forest Street in Frankfort. She had graduated from Frankfort High School in 1929 and Bronson Methodist School of Nursing in 1932. When the Markham Hospital closed in 1951, Ena became the first director of nursing of the new Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. She worked there until her retirement in 1973.

            November 10, 1952, Lula sold land in Blaine Township to Fred Elvesta for the sum of $1.00. The parcels were described as Lot 11, Block 20 of Blaine Township and a strip of land 50 feet wide off the East side and 10 feet wide off the South side of Lot 13 in the Herrindale Plat.

Ena married Ralph Jackson on September 18, 1954 and had children: Ralph Jr. (m. Peggy Bennett), Lyle (m. Donna Ernst), Robert E., Beverly (m. Benson).

            On June 18, 1957, Lula and her daughter, Ena Kraft Jackson, sold land in Frankfort to John Frestick Jr. and his wife, Linda Mae, for $5,000. The land was described as Lot 11 of Block 20. Ena died in Frankfort on June 1, 2001.

            Lula died February 4, 1959 and was buried in the Blaine Township Cemetery.

            Ena (Kraft) Jackson died in Frankfort on June 1, 2001. According to her obituary in the Traverse City Record Eagle, she married Ralph Jackson Sr. on September 18, 1954, and had children Ralph E., Lyle and Robert E. 


1. Ona R. Powers, b. around 1901, MI; m. Jesse Bunker
2. Alton B. Powers, b. January 21, 1905, MI; m. (1) Helen Green; m. (2) Arbutus Trowbridge; d. February 4,
          1967, Frankfort, MI (child: John B. Powers of St. Cloud, FLA)

[1] Carrie was buried in the Gilmore Township Cemetery.


Last update February 17, 2009