Tag Archives: Benjamin Walker Ellison

Benjamin W Ellison’s Death Notice

28 Aug

Charlevoix county herald. (East Jordan, Mich.), March 08, 1913, Image 5


Benjamin Walker Ellison Probate File

2 Jun

Below are select pages from Benjamin Walker Ellison’s probate files from Charlevoix County.

Included are some pages of the declaration of his insanity. He was declared insane on November 27, 1912 and delivered to the Traverse City State Hospital (formerly Northern Michigan Asylum) two days later.

On 23 FEB 1913, Benjamin Walker died at the Hospital.

BWEProbateFile1 BWEProbateFile2 BWEProbateFile3 BWEProbateFile4 BWEProbateFile5 BWEProbateFile6 BWEProbateFile7

Samuel H Cutler Cleveland, Ohio Land Deeds

13 Feb

My mysterious ancestor, Samuel H. Cutler, born somewhere in New York around 1819 and showing up suddenly on the 1850 US Census in Elbridge, Onondaga Co, NY with a wife, Amanda (nee Davis) and a two-year-old daughter, Mary Alice. Mary is purported to be adopted.

In June of 1853, Samuel enters into a land contract for a lot in Cleveland, Ohio and in the end of November, sells his interest in that lot.

On 26 APR 1861, he buys a lot in Cleveland from William Fiske and wife for 250.00$. Below is the original deed from FHL microfilm:



On 31 DEC 1862, Benjamin Walker Ellison (21 years old) and Mary Alice Cutler (Mary is only 14 years old) get married by a reverend for the Western Seaman’s Society.

The next day, New Year’s Day, Samuel goes into the courthouse and records that he sold his lot for $250.00 to his wife Amanda Cutler.



Mary and Benjamin move to Oakfield Township, Kent County, Michigan sometime in 1863. Samuel H Cutler registers for the Union draft out of Oakfield Township in July of 1863.

Then he disappears.

William Hudson Naturalization Records

12 Dec

William Hudson, second husband of Margaret Cooper Ellison, and step-father to Benjamin Walker Ellison was certified naturalized on 28 Feb 1857 in Cleveland, Ohio.

At this time, this is all there is to see through Family Search Ohio, County Naturalization Records.


Benjamin W Ellison’s Sergeant in Civil War

9 Jul

Sergeant Donohue of Company G of the 16th Michigan Infantry during Benjamin W Ellison’s time of service as private:


Sergeant John Dono(g)hue was admitted to Harper Hospital in Detroit on July 18, 1865, two days after Benjamin W Ellison was admitted there.

I am still transcribing the Harper Hospital records and these are being published in the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research magazine (see last two issues with more to come).

1890 Veteran’s Census- Ellison, Van Buren, Robinson

6 Jun

Benjamin W. Ellison and George W. Van Buren on the 1890 Veteran’s Census in Charlevoix County, Michigan. Also, Benjamin’s brother-in-law Enoch Robinson on the following page.

The comments below the census correspond to the number of the individual above. Note that in 1890 Benjamin was “now nearly helpless”.

You can view this census for free at familysearch.org.


Benjamin W. Ellison Civil War Hospital Record

19 Mar

Here is a copy of the original record of Benjamin W. Ellison’s admission to Harper Hospital USA General Hospital in Detroit, Michigan on July 16th, 1865. He was suffering from malaria.

The record reads:

Benjamin W Ellison Prvt 16 Mich Infantry Company G  Admitted from Transfer

This means Private Ellison was in another civil war general hospital and transferred to Detroit.

This record is held at the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library. My transcription of some of these records is set to be published in the spring edition of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Quarterly.

I sought out this record because Private Ellison’s pension increase requests were denied by the federal government. Their response to him was that there was no proof he’d gotten ill during his service as a soldier or been treated for his illness during the war. Their denial forced his wife to have no alternative but hospitalize him at Traverse City State Hospital, when she wanted to hire a private caretaker so he could live at home with her in Boyne Falls. It broke her heart to send her beloved husband away.

Benjamin and Mary Maria Ellison Family of Baildon, Yorkshire, England

24 Feb

Whatever happened to Walker Ellison’s family?

Walker Ellison was the son of Benjamin Ellison and Mary Maria Ambler of Baildon, West Riding Yorkshire. He was born on 31 AUG 1818 in Birstall, Yorkshire, England and was christened on 1 NOV 1818 at St. Peter’s Parish Church in Birstall.

On 11 NOV 1838 he married Margaret Cooper at the All Saint’s Church in Otley, Yorkshire. Walker and Margaret had two children: Mary Maria (1839-1909) and Benjamin Walker (1841-1913). Walker and Margaret are my 4th great-grandparents. Walker died on 31 MAR 1841 in Linton-on-Ouse, Easingwold, Yorkshire, England and is supposedly buried there. I have as of yet found his will. Walker was recorded as having been a wool sorter.

Benjamin Ellison was married on 13 AUG 1810 at St John the Evangelist Church in Baildon, Yorkshire to Mary Maria Ambler, the daughter of John Ambler (1757-1831) and Hannah Walker. Walker then was named after his paternal grandmother’s family name. Unfortunately, Mary Maria died shortly after having her last child on 25 MAR 1829 and she is buried, along with Benjamin, at St. Wilfrid’s Church in Burnsall and you can read their monument inscription here: http://www.burnsall.bradford.anglican.org/monuments.htm. Mary Maria was born 18 FEB 1786 in Baildon and was baptized on 19 FEB 1786 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Baildon. Mary Maria is descended from the wealthy Ambler family of Baildon. Benjamin was listed as being a bookkeeper and also often a gentleman on vital records.

The children of Mary Maria and Benjamin Ellison:

  1. Hannah Maria Margaret  (1811 – ?)
  2. William  (1813 – ?)
  3. Frances Rebecca (1814 – 1889)
  4. John (1815 – 1816)
  5. Benjamin Ambler  (1816 – ?)
  6. Walker (1818 – 1841)
  7. Christiana Sarah Alice (1821 – 1892)
  8. Peter Charles James (1823 – 1880)
  9. Jeremiah Thomas (1825 – 1844)
  10. Mary Martha (1828 – 1889)

1) Hannah Maria Margaret Ellison was born 30 JUN 1811 in Birstall, Yorkshire. She was married on 1 FEB 1830 to James Robinson. I have been unable to locate the Robinson’s in Yorkshire and suspect they immigrated but have been unable to trace them. Annie Hudson, Benjamin Walker Ellison’s half-sister, married Enoch Kimball Robinson (of Massachusetts) and I wonder if there isn’t a connection here. As Annie would not be a blood relation to the Robinson’s but may have met them through Benjamin Walker, a blood relation.

2) William Ellison was baptized on 19 SEP 1813 in Baildon at St. John the Evangelist Church. He was married on 16 MAY 1849 to Elizabeth Grimshaw (1817 – ?) at All Saints Church, Otley, Yorkshire. He is listed on the 1851 England Census in Bradford, Yorkshire on the 1861 Census in Eccleshill, Yorkshire and the 1871 and 1881 Censuses in Manningham, Yorkshire. William and Elizabeth had at least two children: Grimshaw and Mary E.

Grimshaw Ellison was born about 1853 in Bradford and married Mary Alice Walker (1859 – 1945) on 18 NOV 1891 in Baildon at St. John the Evangelist Church. On 27 NOV 1903, at the age of 50, Grimshaw arrived in New York, New York alone, having resided in Baildon as of the 1901 England Census. On 28 SEP 1904, Grimshaw died aboard the Ship Baltic while escorting his wife to America. Mary Alice arrived in New York two days later. She died about 1945 in Baildon. Grimshaw and Mary Alice had at least three children: William (1894 – ?), Mary Doris (1897 – ?) and the Reverend Geoffrey Walker (1898 – 1978).

3) Frances Rebecca Ellison was born 12 MAR 1814 in Birstall, Yorkshire and baptized on 25 MAY 1814 in Birstall at St. Peter’s Church. On the 1861 and 1871 England Census, she is listed in Ripon, Yorkshire and she died 19 DEC 1889 in West Riding Yorkshire. She never married.

4) John Ellison was born JUN 1815 in Baildon and died 10 JAN 1816, buried at St. John the Evangelist, Baildon, Yorkshire.

5) Benjamin Ambler Ellison was born 22 SEP 1816 in Baildon, Yorkshire. He was baptized on 6 APR 1817 in Baildon at St. John the Evangelist Church. On 22 NOV 1841, Benjamin arrived in New York, New York. On 23 MAY 1844, he married Mary Patten at St James Cathedral Anglican Church in Toronto, Canada. He is listed on 1852 and 1861 Canada Census as living in York, Canada West. Benjamin and Mary had at least nine children: Maria (1844 – ?), Susanna (1845 – ?), Alice (1846 – ?), Benjamin Ambler (1848 – 1926), John (1850 – ?), William (1854 – ?), Elizabeth (1866 – ?), Margaret (1868 – ?), and Catherine (1869 – ?). It is Benjamin that was the first emigrant out of Baildon in Walker’s family and it is my guess that he convinced Walker’s widowed wife, Margaret and her new husband William Hudson and his younger sister, Christiana Sarah Alice and her husband Martin Taylor, to leave England.  The Taylor’s lived by the Benjamin Ellison family after their arrival in New York in 1848.

Maria was born in 1844 in Canada. She was married to Thomas Lamb (1835 – ?) on 21 NOV 1865 in Haldimand, Ontario, Canada. The Lamb’s are listed on the 1880 US Census as living in Buffalo, Erie, New York. They had at least three children: William (1868 – ?), Emma (1870 – ?) and Thomas (1874 – ?).

Benjamin Ambler was born in 1848 in Ontario, Canada and was married to Sophia R. Birnie on 19 FEB 1880 in Ontario, Ontario, Canada. He died 8 DEC 1926 in Whitley, Ontario, Canada. They had at least one child: Margaret (1881 – 1945).

John was born 1850 in Canada and was listed on the 1880 US Census as living also in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

7) Christiana Sarah Alice was born about 1821 in Baildon, Yorkshire, England. On 31 MAY 1842, she married Martin Taylor (1819 – 1899) in Otley at the All Saint’s Church. She died on 13 SEP 1892 in Thorah, Ontario, Canada. On 15 SEP 1848, (Christiana Sarah) Alice, Martin and three of their children arrived in New York on the Ship Senator with Margaret and William Hudson and their children – Mary Maria Ellison, Benjamin Walker Ellison, Annie Hudson and Emma Hudson. Martin was a joiner; his father was John Taylor a dyer of Baildon. Alice and Martin Taylor had at least five children, the first three born in England: William (1844 – ?), Jeremiah (1846 – ?), Anne/Hannah (1848 – ?), Alice (1850 – ?), and Ada (1858 – ?). Beginning in 1852, the Taylor family is listed on Canada Censuses as living in York and then in 1871 in Ontario. They lived near Alice’s brother, Benjamin Ambler Ellison.

8) Peter Charles James was born 24 JUL 1823 in Yorkshire, England. He was married to Ann Steel (1825 – ?) on 13 AUG 1844 in Otley at the All Saint’s Church. On the 1851 England Census they are listed in Horton, Yorkshire and on the 1861 Census, in Baildon. On 12 SEP 1867, Peter arrived with his son Charles Steel in New York, New York, and he died 27 JUN 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Peter and Ann had at least five children: Margaret (1846 – ?), Sophia (1849 – 1862), Alice (1850 – ?), Charles Steel (1853 – ?) and Emily (1855 – ?).

Charles Steel Ellison was born about 1853 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. On the 1880 US Census he is listed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

9) Jeremiah Thomas Ellison was born 18 OCT 1825 in Yorkshire, England and died at 19 years of age on 24 NOV 1844 in Baildon, with burial at St. John the Evangelist.

10) Mary Martha Ellison was born 18 AUG 1828 in Burnsall, Yorkshire, England. She was married to Edward Poole Fearnley (1819 – ?) on 29 DEC 1849 in Baildon at St. John the Evangelist Church. On the 1851 England Census, they are listed in Shipley, Yorkshire and on the 1861 and 1871, they are in Bradford, Yorkshire. Mary Martha died in JUL 1889 in West Riding Yorkshire. Mary and Edward had at least four children: Samuel (1850 – ?), Alice (1853 – ?), Kate (1856 – ?), and Ellen (1858 – ?).

All of the information recorded above is sourced on my ancestry.com public ELLISON FAMILY TREE by Journeybooks. You will see the documents I found listed there. You can see this information without paying for a membership.

Please contact me through this blog if you are a cousin or have additional information. I look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer Ralston Porter

Michigan Insane Asylum Records

4 Jan

I have secured the Northern Michigan Insane Asylum/ Traverse City State Hospital records for the following two individuals:

Benjamin Walker Ellison

Caroline Seegmiller Ellison

These records are under court order to be kept private for the family’s use only. If you are a direct descendant and would like a copy of these records, please leave me a comment or get in touch with me. I will contact you.

Caroline’s records consist of one single sheet of paper, but it does have her diagnosis and family history of illness. She lived there for 28 years and I received one sheet of paper.

Benjamin’s records consist of three half-sheets of paper. There is no diagnosis. He died from erysipelas (this is on his death certificate) in 1913 which he most likely contracted while in the hospital.

Please contact your state legislators and encourage them to open to the public Michigan’s insane asylum records 70 plus years and older. These records are in storage at the Library of Michigan Archives and only the staff of the Department of Community Health can even look at the records. I do not believe I received all of the records on the individuals listed above, only what the DCH managed to find in the box arranged alphabetically. Legislation is currently being discussed so your support in this matter is very important right now. There has been talk of destroying the records since so few people can access them.

1883 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, MI Tax Assessment

9 Nov

1883 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, MI Tax Assessement

As transcribed from FHL Film # 2364735 from RG 80-62 Charlevoix County Treasurer Vol 82: Boyne Valley Dates: 1883

© 2011 by Jennifer Ralston Porter

Note: Section Number is listed only one time, even when taxed for same section more than once. Names are transcribed as written on documents scanned to film. Please ask permission to re-print this material.

Page 1
John McKirnan	2
Jerry Taylor	2
August Tromley	2
Andrew A Nowlland	4
George Ford	4
Lonie Barry	4
Patrick B?itt	4
Mrs. L. Hammer	4
Enoch K. Robinson	6
Herman Seiler	6
Anthony Jeppeson	6, 15
Page 2
Geo C Leddiff	6
Emma L LeCleor	6
Hiram Wright	6, 15
Michael Nebel	7
Hulda Lischnevsky	7
Hiram A Rothenberger	7
Peter Fred Catten	7
Otto J Kruse	7
Jacob Dietz	7
Frederick Reinhardt	7
Patrick Doyle	8
Eugene Kyes	8
Hiram Wolford	8, 16
Page 3
Simon S Baringer	8
Hearry F Manning	9
Chas & Wm Steele	9
George Schanglin	9, 17
George Van Buren	9
John Kirschenmann	9
Mr Farmer	10
Wm Rusnell	11
F F Strong 	11
Page 4
Benj W Ellison	12
Mary A Ellison	12
Marshall Magee	12
Sanf H Ward	12, 32, 15
Lyman S Howe	13
Frederick Kritsch	13
John Cramer	14
Jacob Dietz Jr	14
George Kyes	14
John Carmody	14, 15
Wm Howe	14
Page 5
Wilson Phelps	15
John Paskiewicz	15
Lyman R Hastings	15
Mrs Olive J Gager	15, 14
Frank Gruboski	15
Lucretia H Powers	15, 16
Page 6
Lucretia H Powers	15
Harry H Powers	15
Jos H Powers	15
Edna L Powers	15
Page 7
A D Carpenter or Owner Unknown	32
Oscar H Marsh	15
J W Barnes	15
Chas W Dutcher	15
L G A Hurd	15
Henry H Eaton	15
John Redpath	15, 10
Sarah Redpath	15, 27, 34
Elizabeth Galster	15
Fred J Galster	15, 17
Page 8
Charles H Horn	21, 16
Christian Knudsen	15
Anna C Holfback	15
Peter Peterson	15
Mears & Austin	15
Wm A Nelson	15, 8
Page 9
Harrison Branch	15, 14
Clarence E Branch	15
Geo H Branch	15
Sidney M Jones	15
Julius A Lane	15
Israel Dawdy	15
Edward McLaughlin	15
James D Mitchell	15
Billia Smith	15
Willis Hurd	15
Page 10
William Nelson	16, 22, 15, 12
John J Galster	17
Wm Galster	17
Wm Kinkel	17
John Hunts & Sons	18
Page 11
Thompson Green & Co	18
Frank P Myers	18, 15
John A Snetman	18
Page 12
John Hansler	20
John Collins	20
Cromwell Magee	20
Henry Collins	20
George Bennett	21
Daniel Paine	22
John Scalley	22
George R LeClear	22
John Hopkins	22
Thomas J Baughman	22
Page 13
Robert Findley	26
Emerald Magee	28
Semantha P Jones	30
Jacob Stoesser	30
Geo W Jones	30
Blood & Meaher	35, 36
Royal Magee	Year 1882 Section 8
	Year 1883 Section 8
Wm Ellis	Year 1882 Section 15
	Year 1883 Section 15
Ends Resident Lands
Non-Resident Lands
Page 1
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	1
Dodge & Phelps	2
Cutman & Rothschilds	2
SF & WC Page	2
D G Peck	2
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	3
Dodge & Phelps	3
Cutman & Rothschilds	3
Geo F Beardsley	3
SF & WC Page	3
Page 2
Wm Hazzard	4
Pierce Kinsella	4
Cutman & Rothschilds	4
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	5
Wm T Addis	5
Geo F Beardsley	5, 6
C V Monroe	6
Eliza A Robinson	6
Catharine S Coan	6
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	7
Geo F Beardsley	8
George Weller	8
John Weller	8
Page 3
Eliza Baxter	8
Geo F Beardsley	9
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	9
John W Baldie	9
Owner Unknown	9
Wm T Addis	10
Cutman & Rothschilds	10
Dodge & Phelps	10
J L Wood	10
Hiram O Rose	10
Page 4
Oscar W Kibbie	11
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	11
Thomas Grafton	11
J M White	12
James S Cypher	13
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	13
Dodge & Phelps	13
H B Childs	13
Frank Huntington	14
Dodge & Phelps	14
John Kressell	14
Jacob Smits	15
Page 5
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	15
Edward H Green	15
Lemuel D Bartholomew	16
Amos Fox	16
Max Spangenburg	17
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	17
Michael Heagney	15
Hastey	15
Pierce Kinsella	15
Page 6
Owner Unknown	19
Feedler & Wuerth	19
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	19
John Rock	19
Sarah A Linsley	20
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	21
H P Christy & Gottanger	21
Dodge & Phelps	21
Geo F Beardsley	21
Page 7
Michael Heagney	22
Ernest W Anson	22
Byron Mason	22
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	23
Cutman & Rothschilds	24
Thomas H Sanborn	24
Wm Sturgeon	24
W J Kilpatrick	24
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	25
W J Kilpatrick	26
Dodge & Phelps	26
Bank of Sheboygan Wis	26
Page 8
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	27
H P Christy & Gottanger	27
Henry Morgan	27
Geo F Beardsley	27
Charles F Freman	27
H P Christy & Gottanger	28
Geo F Beardsley	28
Dodge & Phelps	28
Charles L Ortman	28
Cutman & Rothschilds	28
SF & WC Page	28
Page 9
SF & WC Page	29
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	29
Dodge & Phelps	29
Cutman & Rothschilds	29
H P Christy & Gottanger	29
Owner Unknown	29
H P Christy & Gottanger	30
Owner Unknown	30
H P Christy & Gottanger	31
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	31
Page 10
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	31
Henry Korthase	31
SF & WC Page	32
Dodge & Phelps	32
Wm J Chase	32
Abraham Sanborn	32
Robert Abbot	32
Owner Unknown	32
William Cook	32
Owner Unknown	32
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	33
Owner Unknown	33
Page 11
Geo F Beardsley	34
Dodge & Phelps	34
W J Kilpatrick	34
H P Christy & Gottanger	34
Walter & Smith	34
Wm Sturgeon	34
Dodge & Phelps	35
Geo F Beardsley	35
Bank of Sheboygan Wis	35
C F Searles	36
H J Kilpatrick	36
End of Tax List
Signed by Enoch K Robinson, Supervisor

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