Thank you for the information.The Past & Present of Clinton County is online through the Library of Michigan, and yet I appreciate that you went to the trouble to leave a note and to point me toward the Cobb biography!I am posting the following if another interested party comes along...
My initial message was left in December 2006, and I don't know if you might have seen my follow-up message, left a little while later, in which I mentioned that some information had been provided.I'll post a litte more detail here.
At the time my message was posted, I was not only working on genealogy, but trying to locate any member of the Sickels family who may have been living and in the same generation as my father Jack Sr. (1925 - 2011).Stella's and John's children would have been in my grandfather's generation.
I have over 100 postcards that were written between Stella, JW, Alice, Claud, and my g-grandparents and gg-grandmother Adaline (Crandall) Sheldon in the very early 1900's, and they were passed down to me from my dad's cousin Roberta "Bobbie" (Mains) Whitbeck (1916 - 2004) who lived in Battle Creek.So, it was quite a project to go through all of them and decipher the messages and family relationships, and while my father was still living.
Since I became involved in genealogy 13 years ago, I have identified most people in some photographs that my parents had in their collection -- people we knew were possibly related, but had no idea, as well as answer some questions (my g-grandparents were first cousins, and thus some of the postcards were addressed to "Dear Aunt and Mother..." since my g-grandmother's aunt was also her mother-in-law).
Since my focus on the Sickels family in 2006 and 2007, I have identified and confirmed through a living family member:
JW & Stella Sickels had 4 children, and Fred and Earl died as young men from Typhoid Fever; the four of them are in a cemetery in Grand Ledge, Eaton County.Alice was married twice, first to Arthur Pratt in Michigan and then to Harry Haylor Harvey in Kansas City, Missouri.Alice never had any children.Although I now know Alice died in 1963, I do not know where she is interred, either as Alice Sickels or Alice Harvey.
Although I do not have exact death dates of Gayle and Helen, a family member confirmed for me there were no descendants alive at the time I was doing my research.Additonally, with the exception of Helen, I also know the spouses of Gayle and Margaret.
I was also able to confirm that Janet Eberhart noted with Claude's family in the 1930 US Federal Census was not a "sister" to the head of the family, and thus not a Sickels.Rather she was Daisy Fertich's sister.
Claude married Daisy Fertich, and they had six children, who would have been in my father's generation.Gayle (1901 - ), Helen (1909 - ), Margaret (1910 - 1998), Dorothea (1912 - 1985), Claude (1914 - 1994), and Mary (1919 - 1919).My father was sort of "born later" in the time-line of things, as was I... my dad had a half-brother and a half-sister b. 1910 and 1913, respectively, and he was a child of my grandfather Vernon Burr Sheldon's second marriage (when my grandmother Nellie Ann Page of Elsie was supposed to never be able to have children!), and he was b. 12 years later.Likewise, I was born later in my family (in Clinton County), as the 6th out of 6 children.
So, like many genealogy enthusiasts, I am eagerly awaiting the release of the 1940 US Federal Census.When that happens, there is going to be a lot on my plate!