Hi, I am researching the Pickel family Canada to Oceana County, Michigan.They also lived in Muskegon.I am sharing my file with you and would appreciate any additional info. I believe I have the information on your family listed in Muskegon at the lower part of my file.I know they are related somehow but can't connect them yet.I hope this helps you. thanks
by Sharon J. Compton
GERTRUDE Scovill b.1813 Canada(Eng)
l__1. WILLIAM b.1842 Can.
l__2.*THOMAS GROVER PICKEL b.1859 Can(Eng) imm.1865 + NAOMI THOMPSON b.1860 Can(Eng) Eng. Can(Eng)imm.1880
l__3. ELIZABETHb.1849 Can. + GUSTAVUS SMITH *(I am trying to document that this is the same Elizabeth J. Pickel born Jan 25, 1848 Can(Eng), that Gus married)
*THOMAS G. PICKEL b.1859 Can(Eng) + NAOMI b.1860 Can(Eng) parents: Aaron & Mary Ann Thompson
l__Williamb.4-1885 Mich. + MAY Alice Page b.1884 Mich. Mich. Penn.
l__NELLIE Irene.b.6-1888 Mich. + JOHN BAXTER b.11-21-1883 Mich. N.Y. Ohio
l__GERTRUDE L.b.3-1892 Mich.
l__Alice E.b.5-1895 Mich.
l__Allen E.b.1896 Mich. d.1987 + BESSIE V. b.1900 d.1973
l__Beryl T.b.3-1899 Mich.
WILLIAM M. PICKEL + MAY(Mary Alice Page) Jan. 1920 Elmwood, Leelanau Co., Mich. Census
l__Juneb.1908 Mich.Pickel, Will34 Mich. Can(Eng) Can(Eng) Orchardist, fruit farm
l__Naomib.1912 Mich.May36 Mich. Mich. Penn.
l__Dale b.Aug. 1913 Mich.Naomi8
*Liber 2 p.174 #2948 October 25, 1913 Weare, Oceana County, Michigan
PICKEL, DALE born in Michigan, died of InuationParents: William Pickel and May Alice Page
June 1880 FERRY TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN CENSUS
SMITH, GUSTAVUS31b.5-9-1849N.Y.N.Y.N.Y. died 5-19-1926
ELIZABETH J. 32b.1-25-1848Can. N.Y.Vt.Died 1-17-1906
MINNIE E.2b.1--1878Mich.N.Y. Can.Died 1950*Minnie was a diabetic and ended up having her legs amputated due to complications from her diabetes.Minnie married ELMER C. HEDGES.
June 5, 1900 FERRY TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN CENSUS
SMITH,*GUSTAVE51b.5-9-1849Mich. N.Y. N.Y.m/28
ELIZABETH52 b.1-25-1848 Can(Eng.)N.Y.Vermont
*MINNIE21 b.Jan.1879 Mich. Mich. Can.(English)
* (GUSTAVUS or GUS as he was called)
*Minnie married Elmer C. Hedges born in Ohio, both his parents born in Ohio.Elmer was a farmer, born June 24, 1872 died November 3, 1962.Elmer and Minnie had only one child, named Everett E. Hedges born 1899 in Ohio.Everett by occupation was a baker in his early days, then he worked in a funeral home in Muskegon, Michigan.
*Elizabeth’s maiden name is Pickel
May 4, 1910
OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN CENSUS
SMITH, GUSTAVE M. 60b.May 1849N.Y. N.Y. N.Y. widow, farmer
dau. MINNIE E.32b.Jan.1879Mich. N.Y. Can(Eng.) single
*Gustave’s wife and Minnie’s mother
was Elizabeth Pickel.She died sometime after the 1900 census.
Liber A p.180 #2535 February 18, 1905 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
BAXTER, JOHN NEWTON 22 of Ferry, born in Michigan, farmer………parents: George T. Baxter and Mary Jane Morgan
PICKLE, NELLIE 17 of Ferry, born in Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan…Parents: Thomas Pickle
Liber A p.180 #2541 February 27, 1905 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
PICKEL, WILLIAM M. 19 of Ferry, born in Ferry, farmer……..parents: Thomas Pickel and Naomi Thompson
PAGE, MARY ALICE 21 of Ferry, born in Ferry……….parents: George F. Page and Ellen Cummings.
Liber A p.280 #4023 Novermber 1, 1914 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
ANDERSON, ARCHIE M. 21 of Shelby, born in Michigan, farming, parents: Andrew O. Anderson and Anna Harlson
PICKEL, ALICE EDNA 19 of Ferry, born in Michigan, at home with parents: Thomas Pickel and Naomi Thompson
Liber A p.282 #4045 December 2, 1914 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
HEDGES, ELMER G. 42 of Ferry, born in Ohio, farmer, married x1, parents: Silas Hedges and Elizabeth Smith
SMITH, MINNIE 36 of Ferry, born in Michigan, at home with parents: Gustavus Smith and Elizabeth Pickel
Liber 2 p.174 #2948 October 25, 1913 Weare, Oceana County, Michigan
PICKEL, DALE born in Michigan, died of InanitionParents: William Pickel and May Alice Page
Liber 2 p.20 #67 August 20, 1897 Newfield, Oceana County, Michigan
PICKLE, HORATIO 70 years 3 months of age, single, born in Canada, Carpenter, died of Typhoid and Malaria………parents: John and Hannah Pickle
Liber 2 p.121 #1659 March 28, 1908 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
PICKEL, IRIS RUTH 2 years 8 months 20 days of age, born in Michigan, died of Pleuro Pneumonia……parents: Will M. Pickel and Mary Alice Page of Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan.
Liber 2 p.131 #1895 March 31, 1909 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
male PICKEL 3 days of age, born in Michigan, died of Inanition…..parents: William Pickle and May Page of Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan.
Liber 3 p.108 #7166 January 30, 1933 Twp., of Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan.
PICKLE, NAOMIA 75 years 6 months 26 days of age, born in Canada, died of Aortic Insuffiencency…….parents: Aaron Thompson born in Canada and Mary Ann Thompson b/p unk.
NAOMI PICKLE 75 years 6 months 26 days old, born in Canada, died January 30, 1933…husband Thomas G. Pickle…Parents: Aron Thomson and Mary Ann Thompson.
Liber 2 p.97 #1128 January 17, 1906 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan.
SMITH, ELIZABETH 57 years 11 months 25 days of age, married, born in Ontario, Canada, housewife, died of Carcinoma of the Stomach……….parents: Jacob Pickel and Judith Scorel of Ontario, Canada*(Elizabeth was married to Gustavus Smith.)
*The below information came from combination of the court record and the actual death certificate.
Liber 3 p.53 #5779 May 19, 1926 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan.
GUSTAVUS M. SMITH widower 77 years 10 days old died of Influenza, May 19, 1926, 11 days duration.Gustavus was born May 9, 1849 in New York, farmer…Parents: Timothy Smith born in New York and Abegail Green born in New York.
Liber 3 p.53 #5779 May 19, 1926 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan.
GUSTAVUS SMITH born May 9, 1849 died May 19, 1926.
Gustavus/Gustave/Gus M. Smith, the son of Timothy Smith and Harriett Abigail Greene, was born in the state of New York, May 9th 1849 and departed this life at his home in Ferry, Michigan, May 19, 1926 at the age of 77 years and 10 days.
He came with his parents to Cass County, Michigan in 1860 and from Cass County to his present home in 1864 where he has since resided.
He was married to Elizabeth Pickel July 4, 1871 by the Rev. Darling.This Union proved a happy one, Mrs. Smith being a loving and faithful companion.To this Union was born one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Hedges, with whom he has resided since the death of his wife which occured January 17, 1906.
Mr. Smith was a man of sterling quality, respected by all who knew him.He will be sadly missed.He has served his township as supervisor, clerk, treasurer and other offices during the many years of his residence here, always, to the satisfaction of his constituency.
He leaves to mourn their loss, one daughter Mrs. Minnie Hedges of Ferry and an adopted son Niel VerHuls, of Muskegon, one sister Mrs. Helen Smith of Ferry, several nieces and nephews and many friends and neighbors.Burried in the Ferry Cemetery.
Liber A p.180 #2535 Feb.18, 1905 Ferry, Oceana County, Michigan
BAXTER, JOHN NEWTON 22 of Ferry, born in Michigan, farmer…….parents: George T. Baxter and Mary Jane Morgan.
PICKLE, NELLIE 17 of Ferry, born in Ferry…..parents: Thomas Pickle
BAXTER, NELLIE R.
page 135# 8339July 14, 1936 township of Crystal, Oceana County, Michigan, housewife, born in Michigan, age 48 years and 23 days, died of Cerebral Hemorahage……….Parents:Thomas Pickle born in Canada and Norma (Naomi) Thompson born in Canada
*Nellie was married to John Baxter and was living in Hesperia at the time of their marriage.
Liber 3, p.151 #8752 July 28, 1938 Hart, Oceana County, Michigan
PICKEL, THOMAS GROVER widower, born in Canada, farming, 79 years 6 months 29 days of age, died of Peritonitis from rupture of bowel…parents: Jacob Pickel born in Germany and _____Scovill birth place unknown.*this was Gertrude Scovill and she was born in Canada
Obituary……born November 21, 1883,
BAXTER, JOHN N. husband of Nellie Pickle……died at the Shelby Hospital on Feb. 29 as the result of injuries received in an Auto accident which occurred a mile and a half north west of Montague on Feb. 6.
He was born on November 21, 1883 in Blue Lake Township and married Miss Nellie I. Pickle in Ferry in 1905.Mrs. Baxter proceeded her husband in death 8 years ago.*note by Sharon on 12-27-2001*(these dates can’t be right.If she died 8 years before John, she would have died the year they got married…they had around 12 children.)*(Nellie died July 14, 1936 in Crystal twp., Oceana County, Michigan, buried in Ferry Cemetery.)
He is survived by 3 sons:Pvt. Raymond of Fort Seburt, Alabama,Sgt. John Clifford of Sulpher Spring, West Virg. And Sheldon of Fremont…….nine daughters:Mrs. Vernon Shanaf of Muskegon, Mrs. Doyle Lepree, Mrs. Eldon Moon, Mrs. Archie Burmeister and Mrs. Orville Richardson of Montague, Mrs. Russell Baron and Mrs. Ernest Frees of Ferry and Miss Dorothy Baxter and Mrs. James Bartlett of White River………two sisters:Mrs. Leonard Ward of Battle Creek and Mrs. Mary Harris of Spokane, Washington……four brother:Ben of Muskegon, Charles, Dan and Thomas of Ferry……..John was buried in Ferry Cemetery.
BAXTER, JOHN NEWTON
Liber 3page 202#10015Feb. 29, 1944 in the Village of Shelby, farmer, born in Michigan, widowed male 60 years 3 months 8 days of age, died of Hypostatic Pneumonia.Parents:George Baxter and Mary J. Morgan.
*the following information was found in the OCEANA COUNTY HISTORYVOL. 11990 page 142
John and Nellie Baxter, married in 1905, was one of the families to settle in Oceana County south of Ferry on the south branch of the White River.John’s father was GEORGE T. BAXTER, a Baptist preacher from the state of New York, who rode the countryside on a black horse.He preached in various places as well as having a congregation at the Williamson School, near the river.John’s mother was MARY JANE MORGAN who died at forty-two years of age during childbirth.
NELLIE’s parents were THOMAS and NAOMI (THOMPSON) PICKEL of Ontario, Canada.Thomas was one of eight children born to JACOB and JUDITH PICKEL of Canada.Thomas Pickel married Naomi in 1880 living in a logging camp northeast of Ferry, where he worked as a log roller on the river and Naomi was a cook for the camp.In early 1900’s they moved west, purchasing land noirth of Ferry on 148th Ave., north of the Lickskillet School.They built the house and barn, farming and making maple syrup.The place is now owned by Zelda Pierson.
John and Nellie cut cord wood, farmed their land as well as picking fruit and doing outside farm labor.They raised twelve children who worked alongside them, as did so many then.Their children are:STELLA (b. 1906) married William Meiser, having Eleanor and Leory (d. 1988), remarried to Archie Burmeister.LEOLA (b.1907) married Russell Baron having eight children, see Baron history.SHELDON (b. 1909-d. 1987) married Lillian Kidner, having Vern, Kenny, and Mickey.RAYMOND (b. 1911-d. 1975) married Lela Frees, having Donna, Barbara and Leroy, remarried to Agnes Long, having Donald and Fred, remarried to Ann Patrick.VERNA (b. 1913) a twin, married Verne Shanafelt, having Verna, Orville, Wilbur, Max and a baby who died early.MARTHA (b. 1915 married Orval Richerson, having Orville, Frank, Delores and Stella.NELLIE (b. 1917) married Charles LaPree, having Richard, Barbara and Nancy.JOHN CLIFFORD (b. 1919) married Irene Fisk, having James, Robert and a boy who died at six months.ALICE (b. 1922) married James Bartlett, having Archie and Nancy.VIOLET (b. 1926) married Al Moon, having Alan, Beverly, Michael, Beulah, Donald and Tim.DOROTHY BAXTER (b. 1929) married Nick Rozenbloom, having Johnny, Lonny and Jerry.
John and Nellies’s girls are still living at the present.Only one son survives, who lives in the state of Washington.Martha resides in Oregon.The rest reside in West Michigan, mostly in Oceana County…….*this was written in 1988 and a picture of the 8 Baxter girls were included in this story.
LEOLA BAXTER*(daughter of John and Nellie (Pickel) Baxter)
*The following information was taken from the story on Russell Baron’s family history in the Oceana County History Vol. 11990.
LEOLA BAXTER (b. 1907), daughter of John and Nellie Baxter, married Russel Baron (b. 1896-d. 1972).
Russell and Leola lived briefly in Muskegon before moving to Ferry Township.They farmed and Russell trapped.In 1939 they purchased their present farm from Cory’s.They raised seven children, losing one in infancy.Clifford (b. 1924) married Mavis Burt.They purchased a farm near Hesperia, raising five children.Evelyn (b.1926), married Cyril Rosel of Ravenna, raising one son.Remarried to Clifford Morey (d. 1987).Evelyn resides in Ravenna.Doris (b. 1929) married Fred Budde of Walkersville, raising four children.Gladys Marie (b. 1931) married Carl Koch of Hart, raising four children, divorced.Ruth (b. 1935) married Jerome Alvesteffer of Hart, raising six children and losing one son in an accident.Donald (b. 1937) married Clara Jean Campbell of Pentwater.They live in Ferry Township raising four children.Louis Fred Baron (b. 1933 d. 1985) married Donna Jean Mendhan, daughter of Lennie and Margaret (Decker) Mendham.They purchased 20 acres, one mile north of Ferry.Louis served in the army, stationed in Germany during the Korean War.Louis was employed at Lakey Foundry and at Fox’s in Shelby until he became disabled due to a heart condition.Oil was discovered on their property in the 1960’s.They raised five children:Patricia (b. 1956) married Joe Mackey of Wichita, Kansas.They purchased the Hubert England place, three miles East of Shelby, raising two daughters, Margorie and Joanna.
Debra (b. 1960) married Donald Rische of Lansing, living in Northern Michigan raising one son.Virginia (b. 1961) married David Merrill of Shelby, living east of Ferry, raising two children.Linda (b. 1962) married Lonny Smith of Walkerville.Living in Walkerville Township raising three sons.Louis Jr. (b. 1964) married Liesa Davilla of Shelby.Living north of Ferry, raising four children.Donna Jean, widow of Louis, worked at Michigan Crate and Basket for ten years before becoming employed at Howmet in 1979
1870 FERRY TWP., OCEANA CO., MICHIGAN CENSUS
June 1880 DAYTON, NEWAYGO CO., MICHIGAN Census
PICKLE, THOMAS21Can. Can. Can.farmer
NAOMI22Can. Eng. Can.
PICKLE, JOHN34Can. Can. Can.
wifeALPHARETTA24 N.Y. N.Y. N.Y.
MABEL6 Mich. Can. N.Y.
MYRTLE4Mich. Can. N.Y.
EUGENE3Mich. Can. N.Y.
baby4/12 Mich. Can. N.Y.
motherJULIA67Can. N.Y. N.H.
1900 FERRY TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN Census
PICKLE, THOMAS42b.12-1857 Can(Eng) Germ. N.H. m/20imm.1862
NAOMI43b.7-1856Can(Eng) Eng. Can(Eng)
1900 ELBRIDGE TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN Census
*Pickel family at bottom of page
1910 FERRY Twp., Oceana County, Michigan Census
PICKEL, THOMAS G. 50 born in Canada(English) immigrated 1864, father born in Canada(English), mother born in New York, farmer, married 30 years………….wife NAOMI 52 born in Canada(English), immigrated 1879, father born in England, mother born in Canada(English), 6 of 7 children living……….daughter GERTRUDE L. 18, son ALLEN E. 14, daughter ALICE E. 14, son BERYL T. 11, all these children born in Michigan, both parents born in Canada(English).
May 1910 OTTO TWP.,
OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN CENSUS
BAXTER, JOHN26 Michigan, New York, Ohio, M/5
IRENE(Nellie) 22 Mich. Can(Eng) Can(Eng) 3 of 3 children living. *(Nellie Irene Pickel, Parents:
Thomas & Naomi Pickel both born in Canada
STELLA M.4Michigan, Michigan, Michigan
LEOLA3Michigan, Mich. Mich. *(born 1907)
SHELDON12/12Michigan, Mich. Mich.
Jan. 1920 Elmwood twp., Leelanau Co., Michigan Census
Pickel, Will 34Mich. Can(Eng) Can(Eng) Orchardist, fruit farm
May36Mich. Mich. Penn.
January 1920 FERRY TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN Census
PICKEL, THOMAS G. 61 born in Canada, immigrated 1865 naturalized 1916, both parents born in Canada… farmer 120 acres …wife NAOMI 62 born in Canada, immigrated 1880 naturalized 1916,
bothparents born in Canada….children: ALLEN E. 24 born in Michigan, * son BERYL not listed on this census.
April 2, 1930 FERRY TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN CENSUS
PICKEL, THOMAS G.71Can(Eng) Can(Eng) Can(Eng)imm. 1865farmer, married at age 21
NAOMI72 Can(Eng) England Can(Eng)imm. 188022 years old when married
*I don’t know who the following families are or how or if they are related to.Just keeping in case they might be connected to my Pickel family.
1850 CONESUS TWP., LIVINGSTON CO., NEW YORK Census
PICKLE, RICHARD20 N.Y.
PICKLE, NICHOLAS54 N.Y.
June, 1880 SHERIDEN TWP., NEWAYGO CO., MICHIGAN Census
PICKLE, WILLIAM J.29Can. Can. Can.farmer
ARAMENTIA19 Mich. Can. Can.
ADA 1/12 May 1880 Mich. Can. Mich.
1880 MUSKEGON, MUSKEGON COUNTY, MICHIGAN Census
PICKEL, LUTHER36Can. Can. Can.
1900 MORELAND TWP., MUSKEGON COUNTY, Michigan Census
PICKLE, JOHN H.66N.Y. N.Y. N.Y.
January 1920 MUSKEGON, Muskegon county, Michigan census
E.D. 146 sheet 12
PICKEL, DONALD48 Can(Eng) Can(Eng) Can(Eng) imm.1898Lab. @ Brunswick factory
wife SYLVA40 Mich.
dau. EVA15 Mich.
dau. PEARL8 Mich.
1920 BENONA TWP., OCEANA COUNTY, MICHIGAN Census
PICKEL, VICTOR L.32Mich. Ohio Mich.
wifeMARTHA M.48Mich. Penn. Mich.
GIBBS, JAMES86Penn. Penn. Penn.widow