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Hardy, Harry, Manzer, Miller, Myers and Willison Families

Updated August 3, 2008

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I am working on a genealogy of the Willison, Miller, Hardy, Myers, Harry and Manzer families. My American ancestors lived in a variety of locations, (Ontario Canada, New York State, Pennsylvania, and Ohio) before moving to Michigan in the 19th century.

The Willison family originated in Scotland and may have immigrated to Northern Ireland (Belfast) prior to moving to the United States c. 1774. I would like to pinpoint where in Scotland the Willisons lived -- Dundee may be a possibility but have no exact info.

The Hardy family originated in Sudbury, Suffolk County England. Michael Hardy left there for Whitby, Ontario, Canada in the 1830s. There he met Elizabeth (Libby) Abbott. Elizabeth Abbott had immigrated to Canada with her parents John and Mary Slee Abbott and 6 siblings a few years earlier. The Abbotts were originally from Sutcombe, Devon, England. I do not know the year they left England or why they immigrated to Canada. Michael Hardy and Elizabeth Abbott married in Toronto, Canada on January 10, 1843. All of their ten children were born in Canada. They and their children moved to Barry County, Michigan in the mid 1860s. (Again do not know why they left Canada).

Harry family we belive originated in Wales, lived first in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The Harry name for this particular branch ended with my grandmother's generation as her parents had no sons to carry on the family name.

Gotten as far back as Stephen Harry who was born in Ohio in 1819. Would like expand upon the information already gathered on the Harry family and go back to several more generations. I am also trying to locate information on an allied family --The Manzers.

The Manzer family lived in Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York before moving to Michigan around 1866. From records I have found, it appears that my gg grandfather, John W. Manzer, served with Company G of the 121st New York Voluntary Infantry from 1862-1865. He appeared to have been involved in many of the major battles of Civil War.

I am also trying to expand upon the information already gathered about the Manzers as well as go back several more generations. Have gotten back as far as John parents Margaret Dutcher born in New York in 1795 and his father John Manzer born in New York state 1788. Cannot find any information prior to this for the Manzers. If anyone has any information to share on any of these families, it would be very much appreciated. Thank You!

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  • John W & Roxaline Manzer of Bellevue, Michigan (106 KB)
    This picture of John William and Roxaline (Goodrich) Manzer and their children was taken circa 1905. Their children were John W, Ralph, Harriet, Minnie, Cora and Grace. (Pictured Left to Rt-John Jr, Harriet, Grace, Cora, Minnie and Ralph. John and Roxaline are seated in front of the children. The Manzer family was originally from Cherry Valley, Otsego County, New York. They moved to Michigan circa 1866. John W. Manzer was a Civil War vet of Company G of the 121st New York Vol Infantry. John died in 1922 and Roxanne in 1914.
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