652. Thomas KNICKERBOCKER (73)(9) was born about 1840. He died on 17 Aug 1926 in Old Soldiers Home, Grand Rapids, Kent, MI. Thomas Melvan Knickerbocker Came To Michigan In 1845 With His Father Benjamin (1806), And His Stepmother Sarah Gregory. His Mother Was Sarah Metchel (Gregory). With Thomas Came A Brother Francis B, And Three Sisters, Emaline, Clarissa And Charlotte (Lot). This Family Came From Yates County In New York.

Thomas Was Born In In 1840/1842 And Died At The Soliders Home In Kent Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan On 8-17-1926. He Lived At 439 Benson Ave. N.E. His Wife At The Time Of His Death Was Esther Matilda Waite Knickerbocker Who He Married On June 17, 1900 In Kent Co, Mi. She Had Been Married To William W. Waite And Was Divorced In 1896, Ground For Divorce Were Cruelty To Her Husband.

Thomas Served In The Civil War And Mustered In On Two Occasioons. He Served In Co. C, 138th Indiana Infantry, Coming From Grass Lake, Michigan, Under Captain Lytle's Company From May 27, 1864 Through September 22, 1864 And Was Mustered Out At Indianapolis, Indiana. He Claimed To Be 21 Years Of Age At This Time. He Served The Second Time In Co. B, 151st Indiana Infantry, Entering On Febuary 1, 1865 Until The Close Of The War. Upon His Second Discharge He Was At Nashville, Tenn.

Thomas's Service Record Lists His As Five Feet Five Inches Tall, With A Dark Complexion, Grey Eyes And Brown Hair. He Was Not Able To Read Or Write And Was A Farmer.

The Cenus Of 1880 Of Michigan, Shows Thomas To Be Living At Grass Lake, Michigan. On March 20, 1873, He Brough His Farm From Amos A. Curtis, Recorded Liber 44, Page 566, Section S23 (5 1/2 Of N.W. Of N.E. 1/4), Jackson County, Michigan.

He Married Harriet (Hattie) Cole Who Was From Indiana. She Died On June 25, 1881, Cause Of Death Nervous Prostration Of The Brain. Her Father Was Alexander A. Cole From Indiana And Her Mother Was Fidelia Cole From Kentucky.

Thomas And Harriet Had The Following Children, All Born In Michigan According To The 1880 Cenus. Ernest (Emmet?) 1867, Loren (1870), And Mary (1881) Born The Day Before Her Mother Harriet Had Died. I Have Not Been Able To Track These Children Down. The Third Son Hollis Was Born In 1872 Which We Are Descendents Of.

Thomas Married Mary J. Cleveland Widow Of Milton Ordway, On March 18, 1882 At The Methodist Church In Manchester, Michigan (Washtenaw County). She Had Three Children: Bertha Ordway (1862), Hauser Ordway (1873) And Russell (1875). Thomas And Mary Had One Daughter, Leta Born In 1884. Leta Died In California December 1973, She Was Maried To A George Aplin. Mary Jane Died On March 18, 1900. She Is Buried With Her First Husband Milton Ordway In Grass Lake, On Wolf Lake Road. Cause Of Death Was Cerebro Spinal Minngitis. Her Parents Were Andrew Cleveland And Mary J. Lawrence From New York. Her Stepfather Was William Price.

Thomas Died On August 17, 1926, Cause Of Death Was Chronic Bronchitis And Senility. His Obituary From The Grand Rapids Press On Tuesday August 17, 1926, Reads As Follows:

Thomas M. Knickerbocker Age 83, Of 439 Benson Ave., N.E., Died On
August 17. He Was A Civil War Veteran, Private Co. B, 151st Regiment Of The Indiana Infantry. The Survivors Are His Widow, One Daughter Leta Beach Of Detroit, Michigan, A Son Hollis L. Of Manchester And A Sister Mrs. Charlotte Pixley Of Chicago. Funeral Services At 10:30 A.M., Berton A. Spring Chapel. Interment Soldier's Home Cemetery. Please Omit Flowers.

The 1920 Michigan Cenus Shows Thomas Living With At 210 Park Blvd. Wayne, Mi With Carrie E. Waite Stepdaughter. In 1910 He Was Enumerated With Harry A. Hills As An Immate At The Old Soldier's Home. In Both Of These Instances He Does Not List His Age Correctly, One Being 76 The Other 72,

Marriage Certificate #208 Washtenaw Co., Ann Arbor, Mi 3-18-1882

Thomas M Knickerbocker Of Grass Lake 39 Years Of Age, Birthplace New York, A Farmer And Miss Mary Jane Cleveland Of Grass Lake From New York 38 Years.

By J. A. Combs Pastor Of M.E. Church, Manchester, Michigan Wit: J.C. And Mary Stone Both Of Manchester.

#3864 In The County Of Mecosta.

Thomas M. Knickerbocker Age 53, White From Grand Rapids, Born In New York, A Farmer Father Was Benjamine Knickerbocker And Mother Was Sarah Metchel. Has Been Married Two Times. James E. Sullivan, Justice Of The Peace. Wit: Edwin P. Watson And Willliam Stinner Both From Muskegon. Spouse Was Tilda Hainer Waide 42 Years Old, White From Muskegon, A Housekkeeper, Father's Last Name Was Hainer, Mother's Name Unknown. They Were Married 6-17-1900 In The City Of Muskegon.

Harriet COLE(9) was born in 1848 in Indiana. She died on 25 Jun 1881 in Grass Lake, Jackson, MI. Cause Of Death: Nervous Prostration Of The Brain. Fron Indiana. Father Alexander Cole, Mother Fidelia Cole. Thomas KNICKERBOCKER and Harriet COLE had the following children:

child838 i. Ernest KNICKERBOCKER(73) (9) was born on 8 Aug 1867. Original Birthrecord Does Not Give A Name.
child839 ii. Loren KNICKERBOCKER(73) (9) was born in 1870 in Jackson Co., MI. He died in 1900 in Jackson, MI.
child+840 iii. Hollis KNICKERBOCKER.
child+841 iv. Mary KNICKERBOCKER.

He was married to Mary Jane ORDWAY (CLEVELAND) on 18 Mar 1882 in Me Church, Manchester, Washtenaw, MI. Mary Jane ORDWAY (CLEVELAND) (74)(9) was born in 1844. She died on 18 Mar 1900. Middleton Ordway Of Grass Lake, 22, Mary J Cleveland, Grass Lake 19, 3/15/1863 By George Fast, Minister Of The Gospel. Witness; Harrison Ordway.

Death Certificate: #141 Jackson Co., Mi.

Mary Jane Knickerbocker 56 Years 1 Month 26 Days Died From Cerebro Spinal Menngitis. Father Was Andrew Cleveland From New York And Mother Was Mary Jane From New York. Thomas KNICKERBOCKER and Mary Jane ORDWAY (CLEVELAND) had the following children:

child+842 i. Leta KNICKERBOCKER.

He was married to Matilda (Tilda) Esther WADE on 17 Jun 1900 in Grand Rapids, Kent, MI. Matilda (Tilda) Esther WADE(9) was born in 1858. Marriage Certificate Reads:

Thomas M. Knickerbocker 53, White From Grand Rapids Born In N.Y., A Farmer. Father Was Benjamine Knickerbocker Mother Was Sarah Metchel. License Was For 5-14-1900.
Name On Certificate Of Bride Appeared To Be Tilda Wade (Haines Or Hanier)) Married In The City Of Muskegon.

Witnesses Were Edwing P Watson And William Steinner Of Muskegon. James E. Sullivan Was The Justice Of Peace.

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