Family Weddings in the 1900s

July 19, 2009


In the post “Coming to Wacousta,” I set out to trace the path of the families of my grandparents from Europe to Wacousta, Michigan.  By the time of the Civil War, all four families — the Blisses, the Daniells, the Stephensons, and the Winegars — were situated in Clinton County, Michigan.  In the 1900s, the families merge.  Following are pictures from the weddings.

Edd Ashbel Winegar marries Myrtie Stephenson in 1900 at the Stephenson home.

Edd Ashbel Winegar marries Myrtie Stephenson in 1900 at the Stephenson home.

W.C. Daniells and Iva Bliss marry in 1907 at the Bliss house, the Pivot.

W.C. Daniells and Iva Bliss marry in 1907 at the Bliss house, the Pivot.

Donald Stephenson Winegar marries Mary Deone Daniells in 1937 at the Pivot.

Donald Stephenson Winegar marries Mary Deone Daniells in 1937 at the Pivot.

Other Daniells Weddings

Iva Georgene "Jean" Daniells marries Don Lowell in 1942 at the Pivot.

Iva Georgene "Jean" Daniells marries Don Lowell in 1942 at the Pivot.

Dora Katherine Daniells marries John Panchik in 1950 at the Pivot.

Dora Katherine Daniells marries John Panchik in 1950 at the Pivot.

Other Winegar Weddings

Esther Alta Winegar marries Clarence Kirkpatrick in 1941

Esther Alta Winegar marries Clarence Kirkpatrick in 1941 in Eagle Twp, Michigan.

Paul Ray Winegar marries Mary Margaret Biergans in 1947.

Paul Ray Winegar marries Mary Margaret Biergans in 1947 in Grand Ledge, Michigan.


Bill and Ruth Winegar married 1942.

Bill and Ruth Winegar married in 1942.

A fire destroyed the original Pivot in 1911 after W.C. Daniells and Iva Bliss married.  Subsequent Pivot weddings were at the home that was rebuilt by Herman Sidney Bliss.  A description of the fire, written by Bel Gensterblum, will be in the next post. The rebuilt Pivot is currently owned by Tom Lowell, a Bliss-Daniells descendant.

Catherine “Katie” Daniells in the 1800s

July 18, 2009


Catherine Lowden Stowell Daniells, 1844-1923

Catherine Stowell

Catherine Stowell

Catherine Stowell, our ancestor, was born in Burlington, New Jersey, and moved with her family to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The following are excerpts from her diary between 1862 and 1867 when she was between 18 and 23 years old.  (The excerpts are found in notes taken by Betty Daniells. I have no idea who has the original diary. Following clues from the diary has been an adventure. Surprisingly, we were able to identify James as James Lothian, who fought for the Union in the Civil War.  He was wounded at the Battle of Petersburg, but died a month later after having his leg amputated.  We don’t know how he is connected to the family, but he doesn’t appear to be a relative.  It is possible that he was a suitor for Catherine’s sister, Annie.  We learned that Carey’s sister’s family, the Escotts, and Catherine’s family were members of the Baptist Church and shared a pew.  This is where Carey and Catherine met.  JW)

July 26, 1862 James and Loucinda and Mrs. H. and myself went into the country to Mr. Baxter’s after Annie and Mary, had a fine time, stopped at Ada, and got home about 7 o’clock in evening.

July 26, 1863 I was taken sick with my throat.

Jan. 30, 1864 James came home, was very much surprised to see him, next day spent the afternoon and evening.


Catherine Stowell Daniells

Catherine Stowell Daniells

Feb. 1, 1864 James called before starting to Muskegon, stayed til Friday, called Friday and spent the evening.

March 12, 1864 James started to join his regiment, arrived there on the 17th, was gladly received by his company who had been urging his return. He was immediately placed in command of the reg., as the Lieut. Col. had been wounded.

June 16, 1864 James was wounded while leading a charge upon Petersburg, after lying 13 hours, he was removed to Alexandria by order of Lieut. Col. H. H. Wells. He had his left leg amputated but died upon the 12th of July, just four weeks after receiving the wound. His body was taken to Breadalbane C. H. by his parents who arrived a few days after he died.

July 3, 1864 Class of 1864 graduated at Luces Hall. I was invited to a festival in the evening given in honor of the class but was not able to attend. I was unable to graduate with my class on account of sickness during the past year.

Feb. 8, 1863 My friend Mary and myself were baptized in Grand River by P. Vanwinkle (pastor). We were received into the church upon the first Sabbath of March. God grant that we may be faithful until we are called home.

Oct. 20, 1864 A great republican mass meeting, large procession. Three cheers for honest old Abe of the west.

Oct. 22, 1864 A great Democratic mass meeting, large turn out.

Dec. 12, 1864 There is still much fighting going on. Day by day new homes are desolated and many, many hearts broken. Grant, Oh God, this cruel war may close, that those who have not tasted of the bitter cup, which this rebellion has mingled, not be called to drain its bitter dregs.

March 13, 1865 Today is my birthday. I am 21. Oh! How much of my life has been spent in sin. God grant that my future may be spent in his service.

April 3, 1865 Richmond was taken today by our forces together with several thousand prisoners.

April 9, 1865 Gen. R. E. Lee surrendered to Gen. U. S. Grant.

April, 10, 1865 A day of great rejoicing throughout all the loyal cities in the United States.

April 14, 1865 Tonight between nine and ten o’clock President Abram Lincoln was assassinated, shot through the head. Upon the same night, Secretary Wm. H. Seward was assassinated while confined to his bed, cutting his throat. The son of Sec. Seward was also knocked down senseless. His head was badly bruised.

April 15, 1865 Every city and nearly every house in mourning.

May 28, 1865 Attended church today for the first time since July 26, 1863. Feel very thankful for the privilege of again worshiping God in his house.

June 2, 1866 Was examined today and received certificate for teaching.

June 4, 1866 Commenced teaching today in the Union School at Cold Brook.





The Stowells in the 1800s

July 18, 2009


Parents of Catherine Stowell Daniells

John Stowell

John Stowell

John Stowell was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1819.  He moved his family to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he worked in real estate. He was also Commissioner to the Indians in Grand Rapids. 

John Stowell acquired a large Bible July 5, 1847, when his daughter Catherine was about three years old.  The Bible is in very good condition despite some age spots and contains family records for several generations.  The Bible is in the possession of Jim Winegar. 
Stowell Family Bible

Stowell Family Bible

John Stowell died in 1888 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Achsah Jones was born in Green Ridge, New Jersey, in 1820.  She was the daughter of Abram Jones, a Revolutionary War veteran.  In 1830 or 1831, when she was about 10 or 11 years old, she cross-stitched a sampler that was of excellent workmanship.  The verse on the sampler is: 

By cool Siloam’s shady rill

How sweet the lily grows

How sweet the breath beneath the hill

Of Sharon’s dewey rose.

Achsah Jones

Achsah Jones

The 179-year-old sampler is stitched with fine thread on linen canvas and has been well-preserved through the years.  It is currently in the appreciative care of James Winegar.

Achsah and John had four children:  Anna E. (called Annie by the family), Catherine, George W., and Ella V.  Ella died when she was only a few months old.  Achsah and her daughters were members of the Fountain Street Baptist Church.  Achsah died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1902 and is buried in the Oakhill Cemetery, along with her husband John Stowell. 



Achsah Jones

Achsah Jones

Carey Reed Daniells in the 1800s

July 17, 2009


Carey Reed Daniells, 1845-1912

Carey Reed Daniells

Carey Reed Daniells

Carey Reed Daniells was born in West Bloomfield, Michigan.  He was a farmer, a general merchant, a miller, and a salesman.  He attended the University of Michigan for a time and roomed with Howard Ingersoll, the eldest of the Ingersoll brothers from Wacousta.  He married Catherine (Katie) Stowell in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  They had met at Fountain Street Baptist Church when he visited his sister, Mary Escott, in Grand Rapids.  

Prior to his marriage, he had purchased a farm in Wacousta.  There were no buildings on the farm, so he rented rooms from neighbors across the road.  That is where he took his bride and where his first child was born.  During the first year after his marriage he built a barn, and in the second year he built his house.  Sometime later he sold the farm and built a general store which he ran successfully for several years.  When the grist-mill owned by his uncle Nelson Daniells burned, he traded the store for the mill property.  Twenty-four hours after completing the transaction, the dam went out.  He repaired the dam at a cost of $16,000.  To make matters worse, it was at the time when the method of making flour was changing from the Stone to the Roller Process.  He did not have the capital to upgrade to the new technology.  He continued to run the mill for a time, but this venture was not very successful.  (The Daniels-Daniells Family, vol. 2, 263, 266)

Katie Lowden Stowell Daniells

Katie Lowden Stowell Daniells

In about 1900, he went to work as at traveling salesman, selling watches for Robert Ingersoll.  On one trip, he was impressed with Texas, so he sold his Michigan property and bought a Texas ranch, still continuing to sell watches.  In 1905 he was badly injured in a train wreck, and, although he went back to work after a year, he never fully recovered.  He and Katie died in 1912 and 1923, respectively.  Both are buried in Fort Worth Texas.

Carey and Katie had five children, Estee Stowell, Mary Anna, Allan Louis, Will Carleton (our ancestor), and Lucinda Augusta.

Daniells in the 1800s

July 16, 2009


Nathaniel Irish Daniells, 1832-1899

Nathaniel Irish Daniells 2

Nathaniel Irish Daniells

Nathaniel was born in Scipio, Cayuga County, New York.  He married Lucinda Reed in February, 1832, and in May of that year, they left for West Bloomfield, Michigan, where two years earlier he had purchased land and had hired 10 acres to be cleared and sowed to wheat.  They went by Erie Canal and Lake Erie steamer.  In six years he had 140 of his 240 acres cleared.  He taught school three winters.  He was a gifted penman and made quill pens for his students.

In about 1835, he and Joshua Coonley started a general store, but they were soon ruined in the “Wild Cat Panic.”  [Note: This may have referred to the banks with their free lending policies and their issue of paper currency (called specie) that were not backed up by gold or silver. Bank after bank closed its doors, causing a financial panic in 1837.] 

Lucinda Reed Daniells

Lucinda Reed Daniells

In 1848, he moved to Wacousta and started a long round of legal battles with Benjamin Silsbee who tried to keep him off the land he had bought.  The problems lasted until 1854 when Nathaniel finally gained clear title.  Several of his brothers, Elias, Nelson and David, also located in Wacousta and built a saw mill and grist mill.  

From the History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties Michigan 1880, page 527:

N.I. and Nelson Daniells arrived in 1848 (having been former residents of Cayuga County, New York), and at once repaired the mill property.  The grist mill which was in a condition unfit for service, was at once remodeled, and the saw mill thoroughly rebuilt.  A store was opened by them and in 1855 the old grist mill was replaced by a new one, which is now owned by Nelson Daniells.  This mill has three run of stones, and is devoted to both custom and merchant-work.  It is located upon the Looking Glass River, from whence its power is derived, and has a capacity of four hundred bushels per day.  Much patronage is enjoyed from the adjacent country, though Lansing and the East furnish a market for its merchant-work.

The saw mill, which is also owned by Mr. Daniells, embraces planing machinery, and has a capacity of two thousand feet per day.  It does custom-work exclusively.

nihouseNelson’s oldest daughter, Cornelia Hazard writes:

The Daniells brothers were all men to take an active interest in public affairs, and though somewhat aggressive in their views, yet were all of uncompromising integrity, upholding and maintaining the rights of others in all respects, and so made themselves a force in the community.

In the spring of 1852, Nathaniel was elected Justice of the Peace and served for 17 years.  It was often asserted that he did more business than all the other Justices within the reach of his jurisdiction and paid more fees into the county treasury.  He built his home and conducted his business in the rear of the home.

In 1850, Nathaniel was Census Enumerator for Clinton, Gratiot, Isabella, and Clare Counties.  That same year he was appointed Deputy Marshall to go to Lake Michigan and to prosecute trespassers who were logging off public lands.  In 1867, he was elected to the Constitutional Convention for the State of Michigan.  [Note: family tradition holds that the Constitution was prepared in his handwriting.]  In 1870, he was again Census Enumerator for the east half of Clinton County.

50 years before the Daniells and Bliss families merged, N.I. Daniells recorded the Blisses in the 1850 census.

50 years before the Daniells and Bliss families merged, N.I. Daniells recorded the Blisses in the 1850 census.

Nathaniel and Lucinda had seven children.  Our ancestor is Carey Reed Daniells.  Lucinda died in1885, and Nathaniel married Susan Stansell.  He died in 1899, and both Nathaniel and Lucinda are buried in Wacousta Cemetery.  His brothers Nelson and David, and sister Cornelia are also buried in Wacousta Cemetery. 






The N.I. Daniells Family.  Front row from left to right: John Graham, Nathaniel Irish Daniells, Elias Daniells, David Daniells, Nelson Daniells.  Back row: Matilda Daniells Graham, Lucinda Reed Daniells, Almeda Daniells Davis, Sarah Harris Daniells, Laura Philips Daniells, and Olive Boorn Daniells.

The William Daniells Family. Front row from left to right: John Graham, Nathaniel Irish Daniells, Elias Daniells, David Daniells, Nelson Daniells. Back row: Matilda Daniells Graham, Lucinda Reed Daniells, Almeda Daniells Davis, Sarah Harris Daniells, Laura Philips Daniells, and Olive Boorn Daniells.




Wacousta Mill

Wacousta Mill

The Daniells Family in the 1800s

July 15, 2009


William Daniells, 1775-1866

William Daniells

William Daniells

From notes of Betty Daniells and The Daniels/Daniells Family, vol. 2, pages 236, 251:

William was born in 1775 in Worthington, Massachusetts.  He moved to Scipio, New York, in 1798, and settled in what came to be called “Daniel’s Settlement.”  He married Mary Irish in 1799.  He was a farmer; taught the first year he was in Scipio, but no more, as he was not qualified. 

He was for many years a deacon in the Baptist Church. 

He and Mary spent their declining years with their son Benjamin in Michigan.  He died in 1866 at Birmingham, Michigan, and is buried in the Crooks Cemetery. 

He passed through Wacousta on the way to Grand Rapids in the spring of 1836 and admired that section, so may have been partly responsible for so many of his sons settling there.

Migration to Michigan – the 1800s

July 6, 2009

At the beginning of the 1800s, the Bliss family was living in Massachusetts, the Daniells and the Winegars had settled in New York State, and the Stephensons were living in Lincolnshire, England.  By 1855, all four families had relocated to Clinton County, Michigan.  What made this migration possible was the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825.  This opened  up the “West” for development. 

Click on the link on the right side of the page labeled Routes to Michigan for an interactive map showing the paths the four families traveled.  You can click on both the markers and the lines to get information about the families and the routes they traveled.

The Erie Canal in the 1800s

The Erie Canal in the 1800s

Erie Canal today.  Photo by Sandra Winegar.

Erie Canal today. Photo by Sandra Winegar.

More Daniells in the 1700s

July 3, 2009


Nathaniel Daniels, 1719-1799

Nathaniel, the son of John and Elliner Daniels was born in Milton, Massachusetts in 1719.  He married Ann Grosvenor in 1741 in Pomfret, Connecticut.  They had 11 children before Ann died in 1762.  Nathaniel had two more marriages and outlived all three wives. 

Nathaniel was seventeen years old when his family moved to Pomfret,  which was a prosperous township.  “Trumpets sounded the approach of the coaches that stopped with a flourish before the Inns on their way between New York and Boston. Buisness was good.  It was a coming town” (Daniels-Daniells Family, Volume 2, p. 57).  He is referred to as a “cloathe dresser and a clotherier.”  In 1761, Nathaniel was made a Lieutenant in the 11th Regiment of Connecticut and served in the Indian wars.  In 1762 he was made a Captain. 

Nathaniel moved to Worthington, Massachusetts, in 1768, the year it was incorporated.  He built the first frame house in town.  At the first town meeting, which was held in his house, Capt. Nathaniel Daniels was chosen one of the Wardens.  He was a tavern keeper and took an active part in the affairs of the town. He was a selectman in 1770, 1773, 1775, and 1780. 

At first there were no roads.  Travel was entirely by blazed trail, and distances to neighbors were great and difficult.  Quilting was a favorite social event, but the pioneer women had to bake a supply to last their family for three days, farm the baby out with a neighbor, spend one day going, one quilting, and one returning.  The first road was laid out so as to connect with the Chesterfield road and running west until it reached the place where stood the Inn of Alexander Miller.  Subsequently, this road was changed so as to lead directly from “The Corners” to the Inn of Capt. Nathaniel Daniels.  This change was made by the town so as to prevent any travel by the house of Alexander Miller who favored the cause of Great Britain and to secure the same to Captain Nathaniel Daniels who was a zealous patriot.  The second road to Chester passes Daniel’s Inn.  (The History of Worthington by James C. Rice)

On June 28, 1774 word reach Worthington of an embargo on shipping in Boston.  Nathaniel was one of five members of the town Committee of Correspondence established to communicate with the committees in Boston.  (Dr. Thomas Young was also involved in this activity (see the Winegars in the 1700s post dated June 30, 2009).  Following the battles at Lexington and Concord, Nathaniel and his son Nathaniel, Jr. (our ancestor), marched as minutemen as privates in Capt. Ebenezer Weber’s Company to Cambridge.  Nathaniel Sr.’s term is recorded as one month and five days, his son’s as 24 days.  Short enlistments were the norm during this time but seriously hindered the cause of the colonies in the Revolutionary War. 

Revolutionary War Minutemen

Revolutionary War Minutemen

Josiah Gilbert Holland’s history of Western Massachusetts, published in 1855, provides interesting details of life in Worthington during the time that Nathaniel was actively involved in the war effort.

In 1780, a requisition made upon the town for horses, found the people without the required number, and even then they voted to give the security of the town for the price of the horses, if they could be found elsewhere.  Between 1779 and 1782, such was the number of men in the army that not more than ten or twelve men, out of more than seventy families living in the town, attended the church on the Sabbath.

Nathaniel later is recorded as serving under Lt. Constant Weber’s Company for 12 days during the Battle of Bennington.

Battle of Bennington

Battle of Bennington

After the war, Nathaniel sold his land and moved to a place near Albany.  He sold his land for continental currency which became worthless, and, at one point, both Nathaniel Sr. and Nathaniel Jr. were threatened with debtor’s prison.  There were thousands of other people with similar problems, including one Winegar ancestor, which led to Shay’s Rebellion.  Nathaniel was not a part of this rebellion but remained bitter about the experience.  He made his sons promise never to take pensions from the government, and apparently they never did. 

In 1783 Nathaniel moved to Rutland, Vermont, where he lived for the remainder of his life.  He died in 1799.


Nathaniel Daniels, Jr., 1742-1830

Nathaniel Daniels, Jr., son of Nathaniel and Ann, was born in 1742 at Pomfret, Connecticutt.  He married Esther Lee at Thompson, Connecticutt, in 1762, and they had 11 children.  The fourth son, William (born in 1775) was our ancestor.

As mentioned above, Nathaniel Jr. served as a minuteman in the Battle of Cambridge.  Following the Revolutionary War and the financial collapse of the continental currency, he and his father were sued and threatened with debtor’s prison.  They satisfactorily paid off all their debts.

Nathaniel died in 1830 in Saratoga County, New York.  He left a will that mentioned his wife and nine children.  Presumably, two of the eleven children were deceased or otherwise left unmentioned.

Home of Nathaniel Daniels, Jr., in Saratoga County, New York.  Photo from The Daniels-Daniells Family, Vol. 2.

Home of Nathaniel Daniels, Jr., in Saratoga County, New York. Photo from The Daniels-Daniells Family, Vol. 2.

The Daniells Family in the 1700s

July 2, 2009


John Daniell, Jr., 1685-1765

John Daniell, the second son of John and Dorothy Daniel, was born in 1685 in Milton, Massachusetts.  He married Elliner Verin in Milton in 1707.  Elliner was a relative of Captain Lemuel Gulliver who returned to Ireland in 1723 and described America to his neighbor Jonathan Swift in such an exaggerated way that Swift used his name three years later in his famous Gulliver’s Travels. Lemuel said the “frogs in America reached up to his knees and had musical voices like the twang of a guitar and the mosquitoes had bills as large as darning needles.”  (The Daniels-Daniells Family Vol. 2). 


 John was actively involved in the affairs of Milton, serving as constable, sealer of weights, “servaur” of highways, and fence viewer (surveyer).  He was a selectman and on the committee to build the meeting house.  In 1728, the property on Milton Hill which John Grenaway had given to William Daniel, John’s grandfather, 76 years earlier was desired by the Secretary of the Colony.  John sold the property at a good price and a few years later moved his family to Pomfret, Connecticut.

In Pomfret he bought Howes Mill on the Quinebaug River for 2400 pounds, a big sum of money then. He became a captain in the militia during the French and Indian War. At age 75 he sold the mill property to Benjamin Cargill and returned to Milton where he died at age 80.

Scenes from the Quinebaug River Valley

Scenes from the Quinebaug River Valley

Marker at Cargill Falls Mill, site of mill owned by John Daniels.

Marker at Cargill Falls Mill, site of mill owned by John Daniels.

The Daniells Family in the 1600s

June 24, 2009

(The following information is gathered from The Daniels – Daniells Family, Vol. 2, A Genealogical History of the Descendants of William Daniell of Dorchester and Milton, Massachusetts 1630 – 1957, compiled and edited by James Harrison Daniels, Jr., 1959.)

The Mary and John

The Mary and John

William Daniel (   -1678)

On March 20, 1630, a group of Puritans sailed from England on the Mary and John, a ship of 400 tons.  Among the passengers on the ship was John Grenaway (Greenway), whose daughter Catherine was to become the first Daniels mother in the new world.  The voyage took 70 days and was comfortable and accompanied by daily “preaching and expounding on the Word of God.”  They settled at Dorchester, Massachusetts which is now a part of Boston.  The town prospered.  A meeting house was built in 1831 which was a place of safety in case of problems with the Indians.  Everyone was required to attend church and come armed and all houses had to be built within one half mile of the meeting house.  Dorchester established the first free tax-supported school in America.  Girls were not admitted for several years but Katherine somehow learned to read.

Katherine married William Daniel (there was no uniform spelling of the last name for several generations) about 1645.  There is no record of how or when he came to America but recent researchers have reported that he was the son of Peter Daniells and Christina Grosvenor.  John Grenaway left land to William and Katherine in the area which became Milton and they built a tavern there.  For many years the people of Milton had to travel to Dorchester for church which was mandatory in the colony.  This was a great hardship in bad weather “perhaps with the father on horseback, the mother on a pillion behind him and the children trudging through the snow”.  The church was not heated.  The people stood during prayers which could last an hour.  The sermon might last two hours. 

Katherine undertook to teach some of the local Indians to read and was so successful that the commissioners of the colony commended her and provided 12 pounds in payment   plus another 3 pounds to continue for another year.   

The couple had 6 children including John, our ancestor.   Their daughter, Mary married Jonathan Wood.  When her husband was killed in an Indian uprising, Mary who was pregnant went into shock and died in childbirth.  The child was named Silence.

Memorial in Windsor, Connecticutt, with names of passengers on the Mary and John

Memorial in Windsor, Connecticutt, with names of passengers on the Mary and John

 John Daniel (1648-1718)

John was born in Dorchester but spent most of his life in Milton where he was an Inn keeper and was active in town affairs.  He was married to Dorothy Badcock.  They had 11 children including two sets of twins, but only 7 survived to adulthood.  John prospered as an Inn keeper and was one of the wealthiest men in the town.  In 1683, a public holiday was held and a minister read an address of loyalty to the king.  Many signed it but John and several others chose not to.  This was almost 100 years before the revolution.

17th Century map of Dorchester and Boston Harbor

17th Century map of Dorchester and Boston Harbor


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