Allan Louis Daniells was the third child of Carey Reed and Catherine Daniells. He was born in Wacousta, Michigan, in 1876 and died in Flushing, New York, in 1960. Allan moved to New York to work with his brother Estee at the Ingersoll Watch Company. While in New York, Allan met and married Esther Jones in 1901. In 1902, brother Estee was transferred to Chicago to establish another branch of Ingersoll. When Estee was sent to London in 1905 to establish the European branch of Ingersoll, Allan was sent to Chicago to take Estee’s place. While in Chicago, Esther and Allan had the first of their daughters, Katherine Esther, in 1908. In 1916, another daughter Helen Elizabeth was born in New York. Allan later became involved in Florida citrus groves, like his brother Will Carleton.
Carey Reed and Katherine Stowell Daniells had five children: Estee Stowell, Mary Anna, Allan Louis, Will Carleton (my grandfather), and Lucinda Augusta. Over the next several days I will be sharing the photos that I have of each.
Estee Stowell Daniells was born in 1872 in Chicago, Illinois, and died in 1960 in London, England. He married Mary Elizabeth Taft and had one child, Ruth Winefred. Estee followed in the footsteps of his father and went to work for Ingersoll Watch Company, which was founded by the Ingersolls of Wacousta. He served in Chicago and New York before being sent to London to establish the company there. This temporary assignment ended up lasting for 50 years, and he served as the president of the company. He built a mansion in north London and named it Wacousta after his hometown in Michigan. The home no longer exists, but in 1998, Sandra and I located his address and talked with one of his neighbors and a postman who fondly remembered Estee and his daughter Ruth. I have a great deal of information on Estee and his career but will do a longer feature on him at a later date.
Fountain Street Baptist Church in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, was important in the lives of Achsah Jones Stowell and her daughters Anna and Catherine during the latter half of the 1800s. Catherine Stowell met her future husband Carey Reed Daniells at this church when he visited family in Grand Rapids. They married in 1871. Excerpts from her diary indicate that Catherine was a deeply religious person who frequently reflected on her relationship with God and her own human failings.
Today’s Fountain Street Church is no longer affiliated with the Baptist Church or any other mainstream church. The FSC website states:
Although founded as early as 1842, between 1896 to 1956 Fountain Street Baptist went from being a mainstream Baptist church to being a non-creedal liberal church, ultimately severing its ties to the American Baptist Church and eschewing any denomination.
The website goes on to say, “Our current sanctuary and church house were built in 1924 following a fire that destroyed the previous structure in 1917.”
During a recent visit to Grand Rapids, Sandra and I toured the sanctuary. Church staff was unable to provide us with photographs of the original structure that burned, but we took pictures of the current edifice.
Following is the newspaper account of the wedding of Iva Bliss and W.C. Daniells. Although I have the actual clipping, the name of the newspaper and date of the article is not on the clipping. Group pictures were taken of the attendees and of the Plowman family by Estee Daniells, brother of the groom. Both photographs are in the possession of Jim Winegar, the one of all the guests hanging over the mantle in his Michigan lake cottage.
The newspaper account reads:
The event of last week was the Daniells-Bliss wedding, which occurred on Wednesday at noon, every feature of which was the most auspicious possible, not a single occurrence to mar the flow of geniality and good spirits. One hundred and thirty-five guests were present to witness the ceremony, which was the short ring service, performed most impressively by Rev. Dr. DeLamarter, of Lansing, assisted by the M. E. pastor, Rev. D. A. Rood. The bridal party consisted of Miss Hazel Field, maid of honor; and Mr. Rex Plowman, best man, both cousins of the bride, the Misses Pearl Benedict, Lora Cooley and Deone Lee, bridesmaids, and Messrs. King Lee and Roy Rice, groomsmen, little Miss Bailey, of Lansing, flower girl, Paul Maier, ring bearer, with Mrs. Cooley at the piano, who rendered Mendelssohn’s wedding march. They marched from an upper room in the usual manner, the bride coming last, leaning upon the arm of her father, and stood in front of a bank of ferns and water lilies, the bridal couple standing under a beautiful bell composed of sweet peas. All the decorations were by an uncle of the bride, Mr. George Plowman, a florist of Iron Mountain, Upper Peninsula. The bride was attired in a dress of lace net, elaborately embroidered with darned work, and made over white silk, all the labor and gift of her mother, and carried a shower bouquet of beautiful pink and white roses. Congratulations followed the ceremony, and soon after all were summoned to an elaborate six course dinner, the preparation and serving of which would have done honor to a professional caterer. The dining hall consisted of a large tent spread on the lawn west of the house, and was screened from the sun and street by a woven wire fence set upon the north and west sides, and thatched with wild rice seven feet high, making a decorative as well as effectual screen. Occasionally during the dinner Rex Plowman entertained the guests by singing the verses of an original poem enlarging upon the “beauties” of the groom’s new farm in the Texas gulf country, in which cotton, cactus, mesquite, Texas rattlers, and other characteristics were touched upon in a manner peculiarly his own. Later Miss Pearl Benedict sang magnificently several with the bride as accompanist. Mr. Frank Andrews sang the laughing song so effectually that all his audience joined in the chorus by compulsion. Rex Plowman recited dramatically several selections, and Mrs. Frank Andrews sang several songs, in one of which her sister, Miss Pearl, joined. Estee Daniells photographed several groups, one of the families of Daniells’ relatives, one of the Plowman’s and branches, and one of the remainder of the guests. It was a most genial company, every one seeking the pleasure of the rest, which is the height of entertainment.
Among the guests from out of town were, Mr. and Mrs. George Plowman, of Iron Mountain, U.P., and son Rex; Mrs. Barbara Plowman, of Isabella county; Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Plowman, and Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Smith of Alma; Rev. Dr. and Mrs. DeLamarter, Mr. and Mrs. Del Field, daughter and son; Mr. and Mrs. Bailey and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hodges, Dr. and Mrs. T.M. Sanford, Mrs. Sarah Daniels, Mr. Sidney Bliss, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Bliss of Lansing; Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Daniells of London, England; Mr. and Mrs. Allan L. Daniells, Chicago; Dr. and Mrs. Ralph P. Daniells, Toledo, O.; Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Escott and Miss Laura Escott, Grand Rapids, Mrs. Mary A. Bearmore and Mrs. Sarah Corey, of Brooklyn, New York; Mr. Knight of Elsie; and Mrs. Josenhans, a friend from Ypsilanti, and the others were from home and near-by towns.
About 5 o’clock p.m. a large hayrack well cushioned with hay appeared and was quickly loaded to the edge, a broom from which was suspended old shoes, their ensign, and the march taken up for the village. At every house greetings and their yells were given – “Married, married, yes, they are; the bride and groom are going afar; hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah! Boom!” and a song sung which usually brought responses and congratulations. At Daniells & Cooley’s store a shower of peanuts was rained upon them, and at Douglas’ a shower of candy kisses.
The wedding gifts were many and valuable, beautiful and useful. The couple left for their Texas home Friday afternoon and were accompanied by several carriage loads of friends to the train at Grand Ledge, where they were sent away amid the usual showers of rice, etc., and many adieus and blessings.
They stopped over a few hours at Grand Rapids, taking supper with Mrs. C.A. Wall, an aunt of the groom, and will stop a few days in Chicago, and few days with the groom’s parents in Fort Worth, Texas.
Will Carleton Daniells, 1882-1973
Will Carleton was born in Wacousta in 1882 and graduated from the Wacousta 10th grade school in 1901 in the same class with Iva Bliss. The following day, he left for New York where he went to work for Ingersoll Watch, testing 2500 watches per day at $9 per week. He followed his older brothers Estee and Allan in working for Ingersoll. In 1902, he went to Fort Worth, Texas, to Draughon’s Business College.
He graduated in 1903 and moved to Chicago where he worked for his brother, Estee, as a shipping clerk at Ingersoll. He held that job until 1906. He also worked at the Auditorium nights and was head usher for Gonzales Church when he injured his knee in a fall on the stairs.
W.C., as he was often known, purchased 40 acres of the King Ranch, Kingsville, Texas, and went there in the spring of 1906. After a year there, he returned to Wacousta long enough to marry Iva Bliss at her family’s farm, “the Pivot”. The wedding was quite a social event in Wacousta, and more will be described about the wedding in the next posting.
The couple spent two years at Santa Maria, Texas, two miles from the Rio Grande, growing cabbages, beans and onions and then two years at Mercedes, Texas. Mary Daniells was born in Mercedes, the only one of the five daughters not born at the Pivot. By the time of her birth, Will and Iva had prospered enough to be able to purchase a glass window for their house. During the family’s time in Texas, Iva maintained a regular correspondence with her mother in Michigan. Those post cards are in the possession of Jim Winegar.
In 1911, the family moved back to Chicago where Will worked for his brother Allan. From 1915-1916, he was in Tavares, Florida, developing groves for D.B. and W. at Lake Harris. He sold watches part time in Florida and South Georgia. In 1919, he was called to New York by his brother Allan to run the watch service bureau. He alternated between New York and Florida. Iva and the four daughters returned to Wacousta during this time, soon to be joined by a fifth daughter in the same year. In 1923, W.C. purchased a home in Eustis, Florida, and the family rejoined him.
Will spent the rest of his career involved with citrus. Working with Frank Savage, he developed the tangelo, a cross between the tangerine and the grapefruit. He became known as the “Tangelo King of Florida” and, at one time, owned the largest acreage of tangelos in the world. He was known as a businessman of upmost integrity and honesty. He died in Eustis in 1973.
Iva Bliss Daniells, 1884-1946
very able musician (pianist, accompanist, member of vocal quartet) and a leader in community affairs. She was president of the Lake County, Florida, PTA, active in church work, and involved in the Eustis, Florida, PEO. She saw to it that all five daughters got through college during the Great Depression. After a two-year fight against cancer, she died at the Pivot in 1946.
The five daughters of W.C. and Iva Daniells were:
Estella Elizabeth (Betty)
Iva Georgean (Jean)
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.
Other Daniells Weddings
Other Winegar Weddings
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.
These charts are included so that viewers can see who my ancestors are and have an understanding of what family lines I have information and pictures on. The first pictures I posted on flicker.com are from a family photo album of Carey Reed Daniells and Catherine Stowell Daniells the grandparents of Mary.
As I add more pictures, I will provide information here as to what has been added.
I am the son of Donald Stephenson Winegar and Mary Daniells Winegar. Both grew up in Wacousta, Michigan. I have recently retired and have time to devote to genealogy. My situation is quite different from most people getting involved in genealogy. I am not seeking information on my ancestors but looking for a way to share and organize the information that I have.
On both sides of my family, a genealogist/historian preceded me. My father, Donald S. Winegar, spent much of his retirement collecting data on the Winegars, the Stephensons and anyone who married into these families. My aunt, Betty Daniells, traced the Daniells genealogy back to the royalty of England. Both of these historians collected their data in the era before the Internet, traveling to genealogical libraries and writing letters.
I inherited all of the data that that Donald and Betty collected. I have an incredible amout of family information. In particular, the Daniells saved everything related to their family.The majority of the data they collected has been entered into Family Tree Maker into a very large file. I have a wealth of family pictures from the Winegars, Stephensons, Daniells, Blisses, Plowmans, and many others.
My plan initially is to publish many of these pictures on the internet so they are available to those interested. I am not familiar with the various internet tools so how I provide information will change as I get better. Right now, I am putting pictures on flickr.com under jswinegar. They are tagged with Wacousta and Daniells. I have 32 pictures on flickr that come from a family album of Carey Reed Daniells (1845-1912)and Catherine Stowell Daniells (1844-1923).
More information will follow.