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Samuel Delmont Ellison & Family

15 Feb

Samuel Delmont Ellison was the oldest son of Benjamin Walker Ellison and Mary Alice (Cutler), born on 1 JUN 1866 in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan. According to United States IRS Tax Assessment records, the Benjamin Ellison family lived in Eureka and Greenville from Dec. 1865. In 1870, the family was living in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1874, they moved to Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. Samuel’s father was a maltster and a farmer and was debilitated by the after effects of having contracted malaria during his service to the Union.

On 22 JUL 1891, Samuel married Caroline Seegmiller, the daughter of Henry and Mary A. Seegmiller. Caroline was born 11 OCT 1870 in Ontario, Canada and with her family, immigrated to Grand Traverse County, Michigan about 1884.

Caroline and Samuel had two children. Russell Henry Ellison born 17 NOV 1895 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Glyndon Walker Ellison born 28 NOV 1897 also in Grand Rapids. By 1900, Caroline was living in the Traverse City State Hospital (also known as Northern Michigan Asylum), Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Traverse City State Hospital

In 1900, Samuel and his sons were without a wife and mother. Samuel lived in Eau Claire city, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His oldest son, Russell was living with his maternal grandparents Henry and Mary Seegmiller in Paradise, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Glyndon was living with his paternal grandparents Benjamin and Mary A Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

But in 1903 the boys had joined their father in Eau Claire and attended school there.

In 1910, Samuel lived with his parents, Benjamin and Mary Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan. His sons, Russell and Glyndon were not living with the family. Samuel helped care for his now almost entirely disabled father.

On 10 JUN 1913 in Charlevoix County, Michigan, Samuel applied for a marriage license to Tena Watkins, a 42 year old divorcee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The application was denied and the marriage did not take place. On the 1910 and 1920 Census, Caroline Ellison continued to be listed as a married woman and a resident of the Insane Asylum.

In 1920, Samuel was living in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas.

Insane Asylum Austin Texas

On 23 JAN 1921, Samuel died in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas. No one claimed his body and he was buried in the Austin Texas Asylum Cemetery.

In 1922, Russell’s first wife, Harriet, died in El Paso, Texas.

HarriettEllisonDeathRecord

On 21 SEP 1927, Caroline died in the Northern Michigan Asylum in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Caroline Seegmiller Birth Record

Samuel Ellison 1910 US Census

Tena Watkins 1910 US Census

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Samuel D Ellison 1900 US Census

SD Ellison Application for Marriage to Tena Watkins

SD Ellison & Caroline Seegmiller Marr. Rec.

SD Ellison Death Record

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Caroline Ellison on 1910 US Census

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.