Gratiot County Michigan
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Sawing Wood in Gratiot County
Sawing lumber on Will Hetzman farm, 2 miles east and 1/2 mile north of Beebe, MI. Pictured are C.W. Conklin, Frank Conklin, John Ellsworth and Minor Vining. Other person is unknown.

These are some of the reference books I have found about Gratiot Co., MI history. This list will be updated as I find more books, so check back to see what's new.

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  1. Descendants of Jacob Koutz & Sarah Christlieb, 1790-1995
    by: Cindy Byrant & Alicia Walker.
    Contains over 1600 descendants of above couple, who came into Ionia Co MI in 1852.
    Contains descendants in Gratiot Co.
    Available at the Library of Michigan.

  2. Gratiot County, Michigan - Vital Records
    Births 1867-1870 - Deaths 1867-1870 - Marriages 1855-1870 - Military Bounty Land Warrants -
    Tract Book and Early Deeds - Probate Records 1855-1870.
    Transcribed by the D.A.R. in 1935.
    Call No. Mich F 572.G8 G73 1935a c.2 Available at the Library of Michigan for interlibary loan.

  3. Bad River
    Authors: Ezra E. Devereaux and Phyllis Devereaus West 1980
    A story told of grandpa Thee Devereaux from 1843, when he decided to come north to Gratiot Co.
    and the family's life here.
    Call No. Mich. F 572.G8 D38z Available at the Library of Michigan for interlibrary loan.

  4. Portrait and Biographical Album of Gratiot County, Mich.
    Contains portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county,
    together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Michigan and of the presidents of the
    United States. Also containing a complete history of the county, from its earliest settlement to the
    present time.
    Published: Chicago, Chapman brothers, 1884. LC Call No.: F572.G8 P8

  5. Biographical memoirs of Gratiot County, Michigan : compendium of biography of celebrated Americans.
    Chicago : J.H. Beers, 1906.
    Subjects: Gratiot County (Mich.) -- Biography. Biography -- Dictionaries.
    Local Call No: F572.G8 G7 Available at the Library of Michigan for inter-library loan.

  6. Atlas of Gratiot County, Michigan
    compiled E.L. Hayes ; E.W.
    Author: Hayes, E. L.
    Dixon, Wm. T. Pitt, assistants
    Published: Philadelphia : Lake
    & Hayes, 1889. Gratiot County (Mich.) -- Maps.
    Local Call No: G1413.G8 H3 1889

  7. Gratiot County Michigan. Historical, Biographical, Statistical.
    by: Willard D. Tucker pub. 1913-
    This book chronicles the first sixty years of the county, townships, cities and villages along with the
    settlers of the county, starting with the Payne family. Available at the Library of Michigan
    Partly Online

  8. Forgotten Communities of Central Michigan
    by: Ford Stevens Ceasar pub. 1964,1964 and 1978 revised.
    A short history of Clinton, Ingham and Gratiot Co. Communities, post offices and pioneer communities.
    Catalog: 977.4 CE Mich No ISBN

  9. Michigan Place Names
    by: Walter Romig, L.H.D. pub. 1986.
    The history and founding of more than five thousand PAST and present Michigan communities.
    A must for Michigan research.
    Catalog: Mich 917.74 Romig ISBN: 0-8143-1838-X (pbk)

  10. The Roots and Branches of Jacob Hamp
    by: Robert M. Hamp published and copyrighted 1987.
    Family who descended from Jacob and whose descendants were among the first to settle in Gratiot Co.
    1858-1860. Contains over 4000 names. No ISBN Order from author.
    The Library of Michigan will be receiving a copy of this in the next few months and I have a copy
    for lookups.

  11. St. Patrick, Irishtown, 1868-1968
    (Seville Township : Gratiot County, Mich.)
    edited by Rev. Richard E. Cross [et. al.] ...
    published: Irishtown, Mich. : St. Patrick Parish, 1968
    Available at: CMU Mt. Pleasant and Seville Township Library
    call no. BX4603.I7 S37 Non Circulating

  12. School District No. 6 (North Shade Township, Gratiot County, Mich.)
    School District Records, 1881,1924
    The registers include for each student: name, age, grades, attendence record, and some curricula
    1918-1919; school census
    Available at: CMU MT. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  13. Davis, Fred W. Papers
    Papers, 1906,1915
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Canton Gratiot Lodge No. 11 (Ithaca, Mich.)
    Davis was a Brig. Gen. and commander of the Dept. of Mich., Patriarchs Militant (P.M.) of the
    I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge of Michigan
    Available at: CMU MT. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  14. Perry, Ellen, 1902-1981
    in 8 cartons, 6 Oversized vols.
    Collection, 1893-1981 and undated, of Perry's personal and professional papers, scrapbooks,
    articles, and correspondence collection is the typewritten manuscripts of her stories about
    Gratiot County's past and present which were published in the Saginaw News
    Available at: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  15. Kneeland, Frank Gilbert
    Papers, 1855,1916
    Papers, 1855-1916, include: Vol. 1 Notebook on tax land sales and bids from all over Michigan,
    1879-1913; Vol. 2 Merchandise sales ledger of Dodge and Wells, Ionia (Mich.), 1855-1857;
    (NOTE: Many Land Sales for Gratiot Co. were in Ionia) Daughters of the American Revolution.
    Louisa St. Clair Chapter (St. Louis, Mich.) and Sons of the American Revolution. Michigan Society.
    Available at: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  16. Hilsinger, I.F., (Isaac F.). Papers
    Papers, 1850,1947 and undated include Personal Papers: Membership dues book, 1893; School
    notebooks (3 v.) of Herbert Bailey, undated; and a photograph of an unidentified man, undated
    (possibly Hilsinger). Business records include: Cash books, 1890 (2 v.); Check stub book,
    1911-1912; Day books (24 v.) 1886-1932 (one with index); Invoices (books) (22 v.)
    1850-1929; Invoice/Check record boks (3 v.), 1907-1918; Ledgers (only two are not indexed)
    (16 v.) 1886-1941 and undated; Monthly individual account book, 1907-1910; Order books
    (6 v.) 1920-1922; and Total record book, 1907-1909. The folder includes 131 items, such as
    miscellaneous bills, receipts, certificates, licenses, tax forms, sugar ration coupons, and a small
    check book for the store, 1903-1947.
    Available at: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  17. Obituaries, 1884-1924
    from the Gratiot County herald, published at Ithaca, Michigan / compiled by Lynn T. Miller 1939
    Available at: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. F572.G8 M79

  18. My Memory Book, 1929,1931
    Little, Modiste from Wheeler, Michigan
    High school memory and autograph book, 1929-1931 from Breckenridge High School (BHS) in
    Breckenridge (Mich.). Included are autographs, commencement program, photographs, invitations,
    postcards, and newspaper clippings relating to 1929-1930 BHS graduates.
    Availabel at: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call. No. MSS

  19. Patrons of Husbandry. Michigan. Monitor Grange, No. 533 (Wheeler Township, Gratiot County)
    Meeting minutes, January 3, 1873- December 7, 1878, October 10, 1895-January 1, 1901,
    include elections of officers, dues of members, and business and programs covered at the meetings
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  20. History of Gratiot County
    Ethel Louise Fox 1927?
    Availabel At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. F572.G8 F89

  21. Imperial atlas of Gratiot County, Michigan
    Boston, Mass. : National Publishing Co., 1901
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Paper Call No. G1413.G8 N37 1901x
    Microform Call No. BOOKS MICRO H8 reel 31 no.93

  22. The Farm journal illustrated rural directory of Gratiot County, Michigan
    Philadelphia, Penn. : Wilmer Atkinson Company, 1917
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. F572.G8 A18 1917

  23. Smith, Elias W., 1831-1882.
    Family Papers, 1850,1916
    Undated, include mostly business accounts and legal papers involving business agreements.
    Materials of his wife and daughter, Martha and Iola Smith, involve correspondence and accounts,
    mostly with lawyers about his estate and debts.
    Owner of St. Louis Magnetic Springs House
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS

  24. Chancery divorce calendar of Gratiot County, Michigan
    Sebring, Lorna D. copied 1996
    Books 1 thru 7 inclusive : period covered, 1899-1962
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. F572.G8 S43 1996x

  25. Civil War diary : Company G enlistment, third regiment of Michigan Cavalry, 1861-1865
    by T.V. Quackenbush ; and notes on Company G reunions, 1891-1922
    Published by: Ithaca, Mich. : Gratiot County Historical & Genealogical Society, [1994?]
    A glimpse into the trials and triumphs of Civil War soldiers from Michigan
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. E514.5 3rd .Q33 1994x

  26. Diaries, 1863-1876
    Hastings, Sidney S., 1827-
    Born Champion, Jefferson County, NY, 1827; farmer; surveyor; engineer; married Julia Dix, 1854;
    settled in St. Louis, MI. 7 Vols.
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS. Hastings, S.

  27. Diary, 1864
    Oberlin, Henry, 1842-1864.
    Seville, Gratiot County, Michigan, resident who served in Co. E, 23rd Michigan Infantry during
    the Civil War until his death from wounds received in action at Franklin, Tennessee. Diary with
    brief entries describing weather, camp life, troop movements, and military engagements. Includes
    an introduction by Ivan A. Conger, copyist of the original diary
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS. CIVIL WAR

  28. Correspondence, 1864,1865
    Young, Charles B., 1829-1864.
    Young enlisted in Company I, 23rd Michigan Infantry in Coe Township (Isabella County, Mich.) in
    1864, age 35. He was mustered on Sept 22, 1864 and joined the regiment on Nov. 12, 1865. He
    died of disease in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, 1865 and was buried in the National Cemetery
    at Arlington (Va.). John S. Young was apparently his brother.(For further information see the
    history of the 23rd Infantry.)
    His letters mention many Gratiot and Shiawasee County men
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. Mss.

  29. Autobiography of E.G.H. Miessler, M.D
    Miessler, Ernst Gustav Herman, 1826-1916
    Missionary among the Chippewa Indians, Gratiot and Isabella counties, Michigan, 1851-1869
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. E99.2.C6 M58
    Also available at large book stores

  30. Chadwick's farm atlas of Gratiot county, Michigan.
    Ann Arbor, MI : C. W. Chadwick, 1914
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. G1413.G8 C452 1914x

  31. Brown Motor Sales Company records (Ithaca, Mich.) and Chalker family papers, 1920,1931.
    Chalker, Linn E.
    Notebooks of Linn E. (Jack) Chalker with daily lists of drives made and costs of trips.
    Also included is a page of Chalker family history and one school certificate
    each for Linn E. (Jack) Chalker (1908) and Gertrud (Chalker) Bronson (1911).
    Available At: CMU Mt. Pleasant
    Call No. MSS. Chalker, L. E.

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