My maternal great-grandfather was Frank Tufts. His first name is possibly Francis, but I am not sure. He came to Michigan from Canada. Either he or his parents emigrated to Canada from elsewhere (as far as I know).
He married Magdalena Barbara Popada (Pope) in Saginaw, MI. At some point they moved to Mt. Morris, MI. They had several children; Lawrence, James Arthur, Sylvester Martin, Theresa, Joseph and Margaret Elizabeth, my grandmother.
Frank was an alcoholic and abused his wife and kids. When the boys were old enough, they threw him out of the house. He then disappeared. It is believed that he went first to Ohio, where his parents were living at the time, then possibly to Canada.
I know almost nothing about him. All of their children are deceased, and their wives and childrens know almost nothing.
I coresponded with the gentleman from the Tufts Kinsman Association several years ago, to be told he had never heard of our branch of the family.