Archive | February, 2014

Murder at Millen Ralston’s Farm 1886

16 Feb

Kate Caven Murdered 

CAVEN, MCCULLOUGH, RALSTON

Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 3/6/2013 at 19:15:17

Jackson Sentinel, May 13, 1886

Kate Caven Murdered

On Monday, May 3, Miss Kate Caven left her home at the house of her brother, Perry Caven and was found on the Wednesday following in the Ralston cave, shot through the heart. The Ralston cave is a half a mile or so from her home and is situate on the farm of Milan Ralston, the Canton and Maquoketa mail carrier. The cave is like hundreds of others which Jackson county abounds, but this one is unusually large, being large enough for a team to turn around in. The body of the girl was in good state of preservation, the air in the cave being nearly ice cold, however, some wild animals had slightly eaten one hand and one foot.

Miss Kate Caven was 25 years of age and has been affected from infancy with St. Vitas dance, and of late years her mind seems to be affected. On the day of the tragedy Kate packed up her valise as if to go away, whereupon Mrs. Perry Caven went to the field to call her husband and try to have him persuade her not to go, but when they returned to the house Kate was gone and was never afterwards seen alive, but her departure caused no surprise, for it was her custom to often go over to the house of W. B. McCullough, her brother-in-law who lived near and also she had a way of leaving without notice and staying three or four days with friends of the family living near Garry Owen. However, on Wednesday, two days after the disappearance, the Caven family found out casually that Kate was not with the people above mentioned, and search was begun in earnest and in the afternoon the same day Mrs. W. B. McCullough found the body. In the search Mrs. McCullough had a faint clue, from the fact that Kate had frequently mentioned of late that she had found “such nice caves,” and further, that on Easter (May 25th), Kate had brought her father to visit in her company, the cave in which the tragedy occurred. Mrs. McCullough then went directly to the cave mentioned and found Kate shot dead with two revolvers lying at her side. One revolver had two empty chambers, the other was fully loaded. Her kinspeople were taken wholly by surprise by the event, for after missing her it was discovered that Perry Caven’s revolver had been taken from the house. The other revolver had formerly belonged to W. B. McCullough, but had disappeared three years before.

The event is casting a gloom over the whole community, but the calamity falls with especial weight upon her aged and respected father. Miss Kate Caven awaits the “last day” in the cemetery in Hickory Grove, Brandon township, where her remains were laid to rest Thursday, May 6th, by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

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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:

SmHCutlerDeed1861

 

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.

SmHCutler1863Deed

 

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 Baines & Elizabeth Hurst

11 Feb

William Baines, born 14 May 1862, was the son of Henry Baines and Margaret Catterall of Preston, Lancashire, England. He married Elizabeth Hurst.

1881 England Census:

1881EngWmBaines

 

 

1891 England Census:

1891EngWmBaines

 

1911 England Census:

1911EngCensusWmBaines

 

On 1 May 1913 William left England for New York:

WmBainesPassList

 

On 5 Sep 1913 his wife and children: Hannah, Margaret, Elizabeth, Francis, John and Jane left England for Quebec, Canada. They arrived in Quebec on 11 Sep 1913:

EBainesPassList

ElizBainesPassList

 

On 13 Mar 1916, William was killed in an accident in Detroit, Michigan:

WmBainesdeathcert.

 

Henry Baines died 1918

3 Feb

HenryBainesProbateNotice

 

Henry died 25 APR 1918, according to this notice. The residence is correct for Henry. He was unable to leave much.

Baines Family of Lancashire, England

3 Feb

Below is the 1901 England Census with the Henry Baines family. Henry et al are living in Preston, Preston, Lancashire. Daughter-in-law, Eleanor, aged 23, is also living with Henry, his wife Margaret, son Thomas and daughter Mary. Henry is a joiner.

HenryBaines1901Census

Below is the 1911 England Census. Henry is a widower and is living near his son John and his family. They are living at Old Hall, bow hill, Grimsargh, North Preston Lanes. Henry was a small poultry farmer and living also on the old age pension and John is a general laborer at the water works. His wife Ann (Moon) and six children: Martha Ann, Henry, George, Mary Ellen, John Gerrard and Agnes Jane are also living there.

JohnBaines1911Census

Below is the 1930 U.S. Census for the John Baines family, now living in Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire. John arrived in Quebec, Canada in 1912 and headed to Lisbon by 1920. His children: Henry, George, John and Agnes are living with him and his wife, Ann. John is a farmer.

JohnBaines1930Census

On 16 May 1942, John Baines passed away in Lisbon, Grafton, New Hampshire:

JohnBainesdeathcertificate