Glad to reconnect with you all these years later.Yes I've uncovered more info since this post.
I got the marriage certif for Lewis and Mary.. here's what that says (spelling below is exact per the document)
Lewis H Niffein to Mary Cater Married on May 16, 1854 Lewis H Niffin of the town of Almont, County of Lapeer, State of Michigan Of the age of 22 years and Mary Cater of the same place aged 15 years in presents (presence) of A.C. Henese and Dana Ross, Cyrus Churchill Minister of the Gospel
I haven't put much energy into the Lewis/Mary relationship because from them I do not descend.Rather I descend from the Lewis/Jennie and their son Merit.
I found out Jennie last name was Carter, not Bogart.I think Bogart was confused with a much earlier Jane who was married to a much earlier Lewis.... I think, I have to refresh my brain on this.Anyway, I'm wondering if it's Carter because son Joe's death record indicates mother's maiden was "Katter"... and so I got to thinking, perhaps she is actually Mary's sister... Cater, Carter, Katter.All I knwo at this point is her maiden was NOT Bogart.
I have Lewis ancestry backwards a few generations.I have nothing on Mary or Jennie's ancestry... yet.