It has been years of hard work searching for the identity of My great grandma Nellie's parents.In August of this year, my husband and I made the thousand mile plus trip to Michigan to search the records in person.
We found the death record for Nellie Marie Lawton Werner...my great grandmother.And listed as her mother was Jennie Shiller...but this spelling is not correct. We did a multiple county search, and several counties away actually found the marriage record for Nellie's parents: Charles Gilbert Lawton and Delina Jane Scheler Conkey.
in this record, Delina Jane is 21, and listed as born in New York, but as the ink was smudged slightly, I wonder if instead of being Scheler, it was actually Scheller.From census records, and the marriage record, it would appear that Delina Jane was born in about 1863.
Delina Jane was married to Charles Lawton on Feb 3, 1884 in Royalton, Berrien County, Michigan
Delina Jane was married to Lyman Conkey May 15,1879 in Van Buren County, Michigan.It records his birth as Keeler, Michigan and hers as simply York State.
I have no idea who her parents were, or where in New York she was born.I dont know what her birth day was, nor even her death date, except that is was between 1988 when her youngest daughter was born, and 1901 when her widowed husband remarried.
with all of the digging I have done to get this far, I have found several cousins...a real delight to my heart to find them too...and we are all hoping to find out more about her and her family.I do have a copy of a photograph of Delina Jane (nick named Jennie).I am hoping to be in contact with other cousins...no matter the distance, as well as to find out more about Delina Jane.