Archive | April, 2011

Benjamin Walker Ellison Draft Record 1863

26 Apr

Benjamin Walker Ellison was recorded in the June and July 1863 Union Draft Registration as being aged 21 years, living in Oakfield, Kent County, Michigan, Married, and born in England. Benjamin was not drafted until March of 1865.

This record can be viewed at

Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group Number: 110; Title: Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); ARC Identifies: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 1 of 3.

Source Information: U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data:Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives, Washington D.C.


William A. Ralston WW1 Draft Card

6 Apr

William A. Ralston was the father of Ivan, Milton, Harold, Donald and Gladys. He was born 09 NOV 1874 ( according to some sources, his draft card states 1877) in Jackson County, Iowa. He listed himself as 1/4 American Indian on the 1910 US Census. His parents were Millen Ralston and Eliza Sinkey.

Alice Baines Ellison’s Genealogy Notes

6 Apr

Thanks to my Aunt Peggy Cowdin for giving me copies of all of her mother’s, Alice Baines Ellison,  genealogy notes. There are notes on the following surnames (plus):

  • Ellison
  • Van Buren
  • Baines
  • Pryer
  • Cateral
  • Livesey
  • Robinson

William E and Bridget Butler Obits.

6 Apr

Sarah and I found these obituaries in the Detroit Free Press on microfilm at the Detroit Public Library. William E. Butler and Bridget Carroll were the parents of Marjorie Josephine Butler who married Ivan Ralston. Ivan and Marjorie were the parents of my father, Richard A. Ralston.

Bridget was born Bridget Carroll on 26 NOV 1867 in Leitrim, Hilltown, County Down, Northern Ireland and died 4 FEB 1960 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. Bridget was a devout Roman Catholic. William Edward Butler was born 1 JUL 1866 in Linn County, Iowa and died 26 JUL 1944 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. His father Tobias Butler was from County Tipperary, Ireland. They were Roman Catholics.

James A. Ellison News Article

6 Apr

My grandfather, James A. Ellison, wrote this article in 1993 for the Detroit Free Press. Thank you to his sister, Peggy, for giving it to me.