13 May 2014

Born In Michigan, Moved To NY

The following entry, 17 year old Helen Johnson, born in Michigan, who was living in Livingston County, New York, caught my eye. She was the grandchild of Richard Osborn.  Upon further research it was found that Helen was living with her grandparents, Richard and Ester (or Hester) Osborn when she was just 6 years old, still in Livingston County.  That led me to believe that her mother may have died between 1849 and 1855.  Here's what I found:

New York, State Census, 1865, Livingston, Leicester:

Richard Osborn, 76, M, b. NJ, farmery
Sylvester Osborn, 30, M, child, b. Liv. Co.
Louise Osborn, 28, F, child, b. Liv. Co.
Helen Johnson, 17, F, G child, b. Mich

 United States Census, 1860
Leicester, Livingston, New York, United States
  Household Gender Age Birthplace
Richard Osborn M 71 New Jersey
Hester Osborn F 66 New York
Sylvester Osborn M 27 New York
Louisa Osborn F 23 New York
Helen M Johnson F 10 Michigan

New York, State Census, 1855
Leicester, Livingston, New York
  Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Richard Osburn M 68
Wife Esther Osburn F 63
Child Silvester Osburn M 31
Child Louisa Osburn F 29
Child Richard Osburn M 28
Boarder Helen M Johnson F 6

Helen may have been the daughter of Fordyce Johnson.  From the History of St. Joseph County, Michigan:
"...Fordyce Johnson, the latter locating on section thirty-five in 1834. Samuel E. Johnson and his family of six boys, of whom Sherlock and Fordyce are now residents of Mendon, came from Livingston county, New York, to Nottawa prairie...".

Fordyce Johnson (with 4 in household) in the 1845 Michigan Census.

Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995
Gender: Female
Death Date: 13 May 1850
Age: 35
Birth Date: 1815
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Fordyce Johnson

United States Census (Mortality Schedule), 1850
 Saint Joseph, Michigan
Gender: Female
Age: 35
Marital Status: Married
Birthplace: New York
Death Date: May 1850
Birth Year (Estimated): 1815

United States Census, 1850
Mendon, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Fordyce Johnson M 39 Connecticut
Helen Mary Johnson F 1 Michigan
William A Marvin M 7 Michigan
Josephine L Raymond F 18 New York
Leonard Brooks M 19 New York

United States Census, 1870
Event Place: Michigan, United States
  Household Gender Age Birthplace
Fordyce Johnson M 55 New York
Orissa F Johnson F 49 New Hampshire

Fordyce Johnson died in 1894.

This is the Osborne family of interest to me in Livingston County, New York.

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