26 September 2009

Researching Fleda And Finding An Arenac County, Michigan Newspaper Man

While researching the Manwaring family, the Dowells popped up on the research radar (the Dowell/Manwaring information can be found here). Fleda, who was born in Ohio, was the wife of Dr. Joshua Manwaring of Flint, Michigan. The following information is what I discovered while searching for "Fleda."

Fleda was Fleda Dowell, daughter of Wesley & Frances Dowell.

1870 IN Census DeKalb Co., Fairfield
Dowell, Westley, 37, lumbering, OH
", Frances E., 29/24 OH
", Thadius, 10, OH
", David F., 8, OH
", Clara E., 4, OH [See family tree here]
", Benjamin, 6/12, IN
[Note: Fleda was not born yet in 1870]

Not only did Fleda move to Michigan, so did her brother, Benjamin B. Dowell. In fact, Benjamin lived in rural Arenac County, where my grandmother (Beatrice Cameron Powers) was born in 1900. Since I research people of Arenac County anyway, Benjamin Dowell was another piece of my Arenac puzzle.

1900 MI Census, Arenac Co., Standish
Dowell, Ben B., head, b. Dec 1869, Indiana OH OH, printer (fireman)
", Eva, wife, b. Nov 1872, married 9, 4children/4living, b. OH PA OH
", Dixon D., Sept 1892, b. OH
", Thaddeus D., b. Dec 1894, OH
", Eva E., Jan 1898, b. MI
", Wanda M., b. Oct 1899, MI

B. B. Dowell was listed as a newspaper publisher in the 1906 Atlas of Arenac County, Michigan here.

Eva (Mrs. Benjamin B.) Dowell died in Traverse City, Michigan, on 15 March 1907 and was buried in Hicksville, Ohio. She was the daughter of Peter Ringer and his 2nd wife, Sarah Bercaw, whom he (Peter) married on 24 June 1869 in Defiance Co., Ohio [Peter Ringer married 1st Abigail Alexander in Wayne Co., Ohio, on 25 Feb 1852].

Eva, daughter of Benjamin & Eva (Ringer) Dowell, married Ralph Cress Hannenkratt on December 26, 1918, in Hillsdale County, Michigan. Residence of both is listed as Paulding Co., Ohio. [See the Hannenkratt family tree here.]

Dixon Dowell, son of Benjamin & Eva, was in Jackson Co., Michigan, in 1920 and was a newspaper printer.

Benjamin B. Dowell died in Paulding Co., Ohio, on 19 April 1935.

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