We're related!Susannah Frain was my Great-Great-Great Grandmother.I do have some more info for you, but you seem to have a lot already. Susannah's father Michael was born Sept 30, 1774 in Pennsylvania.He moved to New York and then to Michigan.It's a riot that I found this post tonight, because I just visited his grave last Saturday for the first time in several years.Some medicine I took was keeping me awake tonight so I decided to do some genealogy searches online, something I haven't worked on in a while either!
I have not yet been able to find his wife Mary's maiden name or any info on when she was born or when they were married.I think I know her date of death though.I obtained copies of Michael's probate record several years ago from Washtenaw County and it shows interest paid to the children who inherited from his estate being calculated from October 15, 1860 to April 15, 1862.I think Oct 1860 is the date of Mary's death and Apr 1862 is when the estate of Michael finally finished probate.I came across something similar for another relative in Michigan where I knew the wife's death date, and it was probated under the husband's name two years after the wife (who outlived him) died.
She may be buried next to him, but I'm not sure.His marker is still standing (albeit very crookedly) in the cemetery.There is no marker next to him (maybe Mary's grave?), then there is the grave of his grandson by Margaret (I think James, but I can't remember for sure and I don't have it written down).Margaret appears to have died in childbirth with that son, from the dates.Margaret married someone named Augustus G. Parkhurst on Oct 13, 1839, with a David and William Frain as witnesses, Esek Pray as J.P.AG Parkhurst is buried (along with a later wife) in another cemetery on Ford Rd. (don't know the name of the cemetery) not far from Pray Cemetery.
Susannah and her husband Samuel Ruthruff are also buried in Pray Cemetery, but in a different area from Michael.Their tombstones are flat on the ground and the grass is starting to grow around the edges.There used to be a large honeysuckle bush growing over the stones, but someone cut it down, so now I look for that stump to find the graves. (It's a lot easier than looking under it was before!)
I show that Michael died Jan 30, 1854, rather than 1851.I can't remember if that is from the tombstone or somewhere else.If from the tombstone it may be hard to tell which is right, as it is somewhat worn.It seems to me like I had 1851 at one time too, then changed it. The first time I recorded it would have been in the late 70's or early 80's, so it has worn more since then.
I have some notes that Michael had a son named Samuel born in 1802 per his death certificate, so I'm guessing that Michael and Mary were married in 1801 or so, rather than 1805. The info I wrote down from the county clerk's office (I didn't photocopy it) says that Samuel Frain died Nov 21, 1883, was a widower aged 81, died in Ypsilanti 2nd district of old age, was born New York, occupation farmer, parents Michael and Mary Frain, resided in Superior Twp, Ypsilanti, recorded June 18, 1884.
There were more children.11 in total.The other daughters (besides Susannah and Margaret) listed in Michael's will are Sally George, Betsey Punches and Polly Punches (who predeceased her father, as did Margaret).I'm guessing the two sisters married two brothers, but I don't have those marriage records.I do have Sally's info written down from Vol. 1, page 78 of Washtenaw County Marriages.It was a double wedding with her brother and his spouse.
Sally Frain age 17 and Paul George age 26, both of Superior Twp, were married on August 8, 1840.Witnesses were Soloman Frain and Harriet Hammond, Justice of the Peace was William Perry.
Solomon Frain age 28 and Harriet Hammond age 21, both of Superior Twp. were married on the same date, by the same J.P. with Paul and Sally as witnesses.
Michael's will left everything first to Mary.At her death he left $100 to each of his daughters or their heirs and $30 to Henry Frain (not sure it's the same one you mentioned, I think this one is his son).They were also included in the division of the estate after those amounts were paid out, so the girls and Henry all got more than the others.After these people were paid the specified amounts the remainder of the estate was to be divided 11 ways between Samuel Frain, Henry Frain, William Frain, Soloman Frain, George Frain, David Frain, Betsey Punches, Polly Punches' heirs, Sally George, Susannah Ruthruff, and Margaret Parkhurst's heirs.So, that's all the children.
As far if as William and Henry L. Frain are related - let me tell you!All these Frains had several sons, and all of them named them William, Henry, David and Michael in almost every generation!So there are several William's and Henry's that are related, but it's tough to tell which one you are looking at in the records!The other tidbit, is that after Michael and Mary's deaths, several of the children (along with several other names from Superior Twp) moved north to Corunna, and are buried there.
I think the Henry L. on the land patent is probably a brother, but don't know for sure. It seems to me (but I haven't gotten heavily into this, since pre-1850 outside of Michigan is not my forte) that Michael's father was either a Henry or David and his paternal grandfather was another Michael who someone has filed DAR lineage on.I can't lay my hand on that note right now.I haven't pursued that.
Frain's Lake, Frain's Lake Road, and the small community of Frain's Lake were all named after Michael according to a Washtenaw County History book that is on file at the State of Michigan Library.The red brick Frain's Lake one room school house is still standing with a historical marker (I think) and a road sign that reads: Frain's Lake, established 1835.I don't have the exact title of the history book at my fingers.There's also quite a legend from the area about the Dixboro ghost that refers to Frain's Lake.The same history book (from sometime in the late 1800's I think) carries the story, as does a more recent publication called "Murder, Michigan" by Gary W. Barfknecht, published in 1983 by Friede Publications in Davison, Michigan.The Dixboro Ghost story is the chapter entitled "They Kilt Me", which happened in 1845, while Michael and Mary were still living in the area.The story doesn't mention any of the Frains, just Frain's Lake, but it's well worth the read, keeping in mind that they were sure to have heard the story at the time!
I show Susannah Frain was born Feb 18, 1807, rather than Mar 18, 1807 as you show.But I can't tell right now where that came from.She died Sept 24, 1850, about 1 month after her father made his will out.Both of those dates might be from the tombstone, but it is MUCH more worn now than it was when I started, as it's lying down, face up, and now completely exposed to the weather since the honeysuckle was cut down.
Susannah Frain married Samuel Ruthruff (I don't have their date of marriage and it may have been in New York or Pennsylania, as he came from there also) and I have quite a bit of info on him and that line, but since you didn't ask about it in this post, I'll let you reply if you want more on that.You may already have that info.A note that you may not be aware of - The Washtenaw County Historical Society Museum is in Ann Arbor in a house once owned by Samuel (I think after Susannah's death and his remarriage.)They have quite a bit of interesting info on his life - sounds like he was a bit of a scoundrel with money.Tonight was the first time I've re-read Michael's will since I found that out, and now something in it makes much more sense!The $100 and 1/11th part that Michael left to Susannah said it would go to her or her heirs (was she already ill perhaps, since she died just a month later?) only after the death of her husband, Samuel Ruthruff!Michael apparently didn't think much of him, or at least of his money managing skills!Perhaps that was part of the reason for him making a will in the first place, if she was on her deathbed and he was afraid that Samuel would get his hands on her share of the estate, since they had minor children.There was nothing similar for any of the other daughters.
I noticed something very interesting just now though.Samuel didn't die until Sept. 15, 1877, but the probate record looks like they DID pay the children when the will was settled in 1862.I wonder how that happened!
Samuel and Susannah had 13 children.As I said, I'll wait to post that until I know you need it.My ancestor is their son Harrison, who married Mary Jane Savage.Their daughter Ida Ruthruff married Nelton Adelbert ("Dillie") Roe, and their son Floyd Roe was my paternal grandfather.Let me know which of Susannah's children is your ancestor.