|Researching ancestors and descendents by blood or marriage of Samuel Bills (1777-1840), resident of Royalton, VT (1800), and Bennington, Genessee Co, NY (1820), and the first of our line to migrate to Nankin Twp, Wayne Co, MI in 1835. |
Samuel's ancestors go back to John and Dorothy (Tuttle) Bills, who settled in Boston, MA in 1633.
His first Wife Eunice Woodworth (1780-1822) was daughter of Timothy Woodworth (1750 - 1842) and Eunice Lyman (1752-1812), both long term residents of Lebanon, CT and Royalton, VT, and descendants of Walter Woodworth, who migrated to Scituate, MA in the 1630s, and Richard Lyman (1617 - 1662) who settled in Northampton, MA in 1650s after a short stay in Windsor, CT.
The second wife of Samuel was Permilia Lannden, resident of NY, who married Isaac Scudder of Farmington Hills in 1845 after her husband death.
Samuel and Eunice Bills had 11 children whose descendents have migrated all over the US and Canada: Warren, MI, Sally Fillmore, Branch Co, MI, Ira and Mary Ann Haywood, Wayne Co, MI, Georgia and Illinois, Alvah and Julia Sheldon, Tuscola and Branch Co, MI, Samuel and Phoebe Fillmore, Wisconsin, and Utah to join the Mormon movement, Sabrina Folan, Lymon, Wisconsin, my William
and Julia Ann Bogue, Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and Alberta, Hiram, Michigan, Eunice Steinhoff, Michigan, and Albert, Wisconsin.
Also very interested in other Nankin Twp, Wayne Co, MI kin: Fidel Herr Sr (1777-1862) and wife, Mary Ann Houser, traditionally believed to have been a bourgemeister in Aifern, Baden, Germany before fleeing to pursue less politically difficult pursuits in Nankin in 1840. One of his sons and my
g-g-grandfather was Fidel Herr Jr. and spouse Joanna Euphemia Wilsey, a daughter of Abraham Wilsey (1805-1865) and descendent of Philippe Matron Wiltsee who settled in New Amsterdam in 1625.
Also interested in my mother Helen Herr's (1907-1993) maternal grandparents:George Gasner (1824-1888), a classical languages professor who left Switzerland or Austria to seek the intellectual freedom that Cleveland,Ohio afforded in the 1870s. His baby bride, Mary Bode, came over on the boat with him and later married Frank Duberow of Erie, PA.
On my father side, Russell Edward Wood (1904-1999), I am desperately seeking data on my grandfather, Albert E. Wood who died or left the family before 1907. He was a member of the Detroit Fire Guild in the 1890s and made the Detroit Gazette when he was levied a contempt of court for refusal to pay $400 alimony to his former wife, who owned a millinery store in Port Huron, MI. Tradition has it that Albert was from monied Detroit family who disowned my grandmother, Amelia or Millie Britshart, when she would not give up my father to their care.
My dad's maternal grandfather, Edward Hiriam Britschart (1842-1912), from Burbach, Prussia, migrated to Ohio and then Detroit, MI after a tour in the Prussian Army. His son Ed married Christina Heer, Evansport, William, Ohio. I believe Edward and Christina's father Charles G. Heer were buddies in the old country and migrated together to Ohio before Edward moved on to Detroit for work.
Am quite willing to share information, I have over 16,300 family records on my data base. Feel free to send me an email which I'll try to respond to asap.Thanks, Rodger W.
|Michigan Bills and Allied Families - Rodger Michael Wood|
Updated March 20, 2002