Something that has been under my nose for a long time just surfaced. One of the things I have in my small library are a number of cemetery transcriptions. I could not locate Benjamin Woodmansee in Gratiot County, Michigan, census records, although (see my other message) that is where he passed away.
Most of these cemetery records are of Clinton County, where I was born, but one is of the North Star Cemetery, Elba Twp., Gratiot County, Michigan. There is one very special listing of great interest:
"WOODMANSEE, B. T. (or F) Age 55 1838-1893"(I believe the middle initial is F).
The age and dates match exactly. I'm going to do just a little more research in Gratiot County to confirm my hunch.
Just prior to his death, he and his wife Jane Luce had a child that I noted in a previous message as "Ray" or "Roy" -- I was unsure of the spelling handwritten in the Census.
Today I talked with a descendent of LeRoy Woodmansee, son of Benjamin and Jane (Luce) Woodmansee.They had a son named Earl Bradley Woodmansee, and I received a photograph of his headstone today (LaGrange Cemetery, Lorain County, OH).In the transcription, he is noted as "Earl Bradley" -- and the headstone clearly shows "Earl Bradley Woodmansee."
Since his son is still living, I will not post his personal information here, but this is one of the joys of genealogy when someone makes a connection with a living (very-distant) cousin!