09 August 2009

A Manwaring of Michigan In A New Jersey Newspaper Online

A search of the Mirror newspaper in Burlington County, New Jersey, starting from issues in 1818 can be done online. The search term "Lapeer," yielded the following (transcribed) obituary of Dr. Joshua G. R. Manwaring who was born in Lapeer County, Michigan:

Death of Dr. Manwaring
Date: July 10, 1935 Page: 1 Column: 3
Summary: The New York Times recently recorded the death at Flint, Mich., of Dr. Joshua G. F. Manwaring, noted surgeon and one of the founders of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Manwaring was the grandson of Joshua Manwaring* of Lapeer, Mich., whose second wife was Margaret Fort**, sister of former Governor John Franklin Fort, and now a resident of Mount Holly. The Manwaring family emigrated from Burlington county to Michigan in the early forties of the last century. Joshua Manwaring's father was a farmer, but as the boys grew up he entered the lumber business and accumulated a large fortune. He was elected to the Michigan Senate and held other offices. Some score or more years ago, while visiting friends in New Jersey, he met Miss Fort and they were married. He died several years ago. - Newark Sunday Call.

The future Dr. Joshua Manwaring was living with his parents in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1900:

1900 MI Census Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, 202 East Washington Street
Manwaring, George R., Oct 1853, 46, m25 MI NJ MI, bazaar Store
", Amy, wife, Jany 1854, 46 m25, 5children/4living, Can Can Can
", Vera, daughter, Oct 1875, MI MI Can, Student - U of MI
", Joshua G. R., son, Oct 1877, MI MI Can, Student
", Ethelyn I., daughter, Aug 1879, Student
", Edgar R., son, July 1883, 16, Student

Joshua G. R. Manwaring is listed as a 1901 Class of Medicine Alumnus of the University of Michigan here.

Dr. Manwaring married Fleda Dowell, a nurse who was living in Ann Arbor and born in Hicksville, Ohio, on 15 Aug 1904 (bio says in Missouri; there's a marriage application made and recorded in Genesee Co., Michigan, but was crossed out and noted as "not used"). Fleda was with her parents, Wesley & Frances (Clemmer) Dowell (as Fledie G.) in the 1880 Census in Hicksville, Defiance Co., Ohio.

Cases of polio in the summer of 1909 in Flint, Michigan, reported by Manwaring as noted in this article.

Fleda & Joshua Manwaring were living in Genesee Co., Michigan, in 1920.

1920 MI Genesee, Flint City, 918 E. Kearsley Street
Manwaring, Joshua G., head, 42, MI MI Canada, Surgeon
", Fleda G., 43, OH OH OH
", Joshua G., 12, b. MI
", John T., 10, b. MI
", Frances, dau, 6, MI
Wessel, Mata, maid, 24, MI GER GER

This biography of Dr. Joshua Manwaring mentioned that his mother, Amy, had died in Kansas City, Missouri, and that his father, George, was a successful merchant in Sedgewick, Kansas. Missouri has death records online; Amy (Kinnee) Manwaring's death record mentioned that she was born in Canada in January of 1854 (died 14 May 1911 and buried in Imlay City [Lapeer Co., MI]) and that her father was Jacob Kinnee.

The marriage of George & Amy (Kinnee) Manwaring took place in Ontario, Canada. An extract of that record can be found online.

9967-75 George MANWARING, 21, merchant, Dryden - Lapier Co., Michigan, s/o Joshua MANWARING & Emily ROSS, married Amy KINNEE, 20, Ontario, Peel, d/o Jacob KINNEE & Jane McKAY, witn: Henry KINNEE of Peel & Rebecca WHITELY of Rothsay, 25 Dec 1874 at Peel

*Joshua Manwaring's death record at "Seeking Michigan." His brief biography, found here, mentioned his birth, in 1824, in Burlington, New Jersey, the same location where the paper (and source of Joshua Manwaring, grandson of Joshua Manwaring born in 1824) was published.

**Margaret Brown Fort, b. 23 October 1853, in Burlington, NJ, daughter of Andrew & Hannah (Brown) Fort (Source: IGI) Andrew was the son of Andrew & Nancy/Ann (Platt) Fort. The mother of Margaret's husband was Susan (Platt) Manwaring -- any relationship between Nancy Platt & Susan Platt? Probably, but undetermined by me at this time.


martha said...

Well I'm in that family, daughter of John T. son of Dr. Joshua George Ross Manwaring. Aunt Vera always said Ross was the important family name but I don't know why. Dr.J.G.R.
Manwaring's father George, after his wifes death went out and started a new family ending up in Utah. Here is an obit of one of his sons death.

martha said...

email me for more info

PalmsRV said...

Hi Martha, Thanks for the obituary. It was a very nice update to the post. I'm not related; my interest is in Lapeer County and Genesee County where the Manwarings lived.