Cuthbert

Contributed by: William Brackett
brackettwilliam@yahoo.com


The name Cuthbert is of English/Saxon origins. It derives from the Middle English given name of “Cudbert” or Old English “Cudbeorth”. It is composed of the elements “Cud” meaning famous or well known and “Beorth” meaning bright. The name was borne by a 7th century saint who was also Bishop of Hexham and later Lindisfarne in England. St. Cuthbert was granted lands in the city of York in Yorkshire, England. This name was popular in the north of England and the lowlands of Scotland both as a given name and also as a surname.


The Dictionary of National Biography by George Smith, which was published in 1917, by the Oxford Press, in London, references Saint Cuthbert in Volume Five. He died in the year 687 and was the Bishop of Lindisfarne. It says he was born in the “Lothians” of humble parents. The Lothians are in Scotland. It states that “Eleven years after Cuthbert’s death, in 698 the monks of Lindisfarne, wishing to do him honour, translated his body, and placed it above the floor of their church. On opening the coffin they found the body of the saint in a state of incorruption, and the robes undecayed. They took off the chasuble, which became a miracle-working relic, and put another in its place.” This book also references an Archbishop of Canterbury by the name of Cuthbert who died in the year 785.


According to P.H. Reaney’s book, A Dictionary of English Surnames, there was an Austinius filus Cudberti in the year 1202, a Laurencius filus Cudberti in 1207, a William Cutbright/Cudbrith in 1260, a John Cubert in 1279, a Robert Cudbert in 1301, a John Cutbert in 1327 and a William Cuthbert in 1469. Variations of this name are Cutbertson, Cudbird and Cutbirth.


England:


In England Richard Cuthbert married Mary Young and they had a son, David Cuthbert who was born 31 Aug 1795 in Kirkdale, Yorkshire, England.


David Cuthbert was born 22 Aug 1794 in England, possibly in Yorkshire. He died, 12 Sep 1880 in Niles Township, Berrien County, Michigan. His wife’s name was Hannah. She was born about 1790 in England and she died 06 Jan 1860, in Niles Township. This is possibly the same David Cuthbert as above or a cousin? One record I have seen indicated that David Cuthbert died on 12 Sep 1880 and another that he died when he was 80 years of age (about 1874/75). A record of Hannah Cuthbert’s death gives the date as 06 Jan 1860. David and Hannah are buried in the Morris Chapel Cemetery in Niles. David and Hannah Cuthbert had children:


David A. Cuthbert b. 16 Aug 1819 in Salton, Yorkshire, England d. 23 Jun 1895 in Galien Township, Michigan

Sarah Cuthbert b. about 1820 in Yorkshire, England

Richard Cuthbert b. 30 Jun 1821 in Yorkshire, England d. 14 Aug 1908 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

John Cuthbert christened 30 Mar 1823 St. Maurice, York, Yorkshire, England d. before 1827

George Cuthbert b. 04 Oct 1825 in Brighton, England d. 14 Aug 1908 in Berrien Township, Michigan. There is also a record that indicates George was christened 06 Oct 1825 in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England?

John Cuthbert b. 02 May 1827 in Kirk Parish, Dale Duram, Yorkshire County, England d. 30 Oct 1903 Buchanan, Michigan

Robert Cuthbert b. 15 May 1828 in Kirkdale, Yorkshire, England d. 20 Dec 1895 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

James Cuthbert christened 03 Mar 1830 in Kirkdale, Yorkshire, England

Hannah Cuthbert b. Jun 1838 in Yorkshire, England d. 18 Dec 1899 in Buchanan, Michigan.

Thomas Cuthbert b. about 1843 in England

Henry Cuthbert b. about 1844 in England

Records indicate David and Hannah Cuthbert had twelve children.


Yorkshire, England Cuthbert families 1750-1850:


A reconstruction of the IGI (International Genealogical Index) held by the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints (LDS) on their website www.familysearch.org was attempted. This was done to look at naming patterns in the Yorkshire, England Cuthbert families.


In Brotton, Yorkshire, England:


James Cuthbert married Elizabeth Stephenson on 10 May 1752 in Brotton

James Cuthbert christened 28 Aug 1752 in Brotton father, James mother, Elizabeth

William Cuthbert christened 18 Mar 1756 in Brotton father, James, mother, Elizabeth

John Cuthbert christened 21 May 1764 in Brotton father, John

James Cuthbert christened 29 Sep 1772 in Brotton father, James mother, Elizabeth

John Cuthbert married Jane Frankland on 22 Mar 1790 in Brotton

John Cuthbert christened 05 Sep 1790 in Brotton father, John mother, Jane

William Cuthbert christened 08 Feb 1793 in Brotton father, John

William Cuthbert christened 09 Jun 1793 in Brotton father, John mother, Jane

James Cuthbert married Frances Clare on 02 Oct 1794 in Brotton

James Cuthbert christened 18 Feb 1798 in Brotton father, John mother, Jane

Frankland Cuthbert married Jane Hutchinson on 07 Nov 1846 in Brotton



In Great Ayton, Yorkshire, England:


William Cuthbert married Prudence Humphrey on 16 Sep 1755 in Great Ayton


In Brotherton, Yorkshire, England:


John Cuthbert married Elizabeth Briggs on 11 Nov 1759 in Brotherton


In Hinderwell, Yorkshire, England:


John Cuthbert married Ann Webster on 09 Jun 1755 in Hinderwell

William Cuthbert christened 19 Dec 1759 in Hinderwell father, John

James Cuthbert married Jane Danby on 27 Dec 1820 in Hinderwell



In York, Yorkshire, England:


Richard Cuthbert married Mary Joy on 03 Apr 1768 in York


In Sculcoates, Yorkshire, England:


John Cuthbert christened 04 Aug 1771 in Sculcoates father, John


In Whitby, Yorkshire, England:


John Cuthbert christened 24 Aug 1777 in Whitby father, John mother, Ann

John Cuthbert christened 08 Nov 1791 in Whitby father, William mother, Elizabeth

William Cuthbert married Jane Robson on 16 Jun 1795 in Whitby

William Cuthbert christened 19 Aug 1795 in Whitby father, William mother, Elizabeth


In Humbleton, Yorkshire, England:


James Cuthbert christened 25 Jul 1790 in Humbleton father, William mother, Elizabeth


In Brandsby, Yorkshire, England:


John Cuthbert married Hannah Jackson on 07 Feb 1797 in Brandsby


In Thorne, Yorkshire, England:


William Cuthbert born 28 May 1797 in Thorne father, Thomas mother, Sarah

John Cuthbert born 15 Jun 1798 in Thorne father, Thomas mother, Sarah

Mary Cuthbert born 26 Oct 1799 in Thorne

Thomas Cuthbert born 04 Apr 1809 in Thorne

Mary Cuthbert married William Roberts on 19 Oct 1826 in Thorne

Thomas Cuthbert married Elizabeth Wrigley on 08 May 1832 in Thorne

Thomas Cuthbert born 1766 died in Thorne 03 Mar 1839


In Patrick Brompton, Yorkshire, England:


Richard Cuthbert christened 05 Apr 1782 in Patrick Brompton father, William mother, Mary

William Cuthbert christened 29 Jul 1797 in Patrick Brompton father, John mother, Hannah

Richard Cuthbert married Isabella Walker on 10 Aug 1813 in Patrick Brompton

William Cuthbert christened 26 Jun 1814 in Patrick Brompton father, Richard mother,

Isabella

Richard Cuthbert christened 11 Aug 1815 in Patrick Brompton father, Richard mother,

Isabella

Richard Cuthbert christened 27 Jun 1841 in Patrick Brompton father, William mother,

Ann

Richard Cuthbert christened 22 Jan 1843 in Patrick Brompton father, Roger mother,

Alice


In Kirkdale, Yorkshire, England:


David Cuthbert christened 31 Aug 1795 son of Richard and Mary (Young)



In Loftus, Yorkshire, England:


James Cuthbert christened 16 Nov 1796 in Loftus father James mother, Frances

James Cuthbert christened 23 Aug 1808 in Loftus father, Thomas

James Cuthbert christened 04 Feb 1821 in Loftus father, James mother, Hannah



In Eston, Yorkshire, England:


Eleazar Cuthbert christened 09 May 1797 in Eston father, John mother, Rebecca

James Cuthbert christened 23 Dec 1798 in Eston father, John mother, Rebecca

Eleazar Cuthbert christened 31 Oct 1802 in Eston father, John mother, Rebecca

Eleazar Cuthbert married Mary Garbutt on 08 Dec 1824 in Liverton

Eleazar Cuthbert christened 30 May 1841 in Eston father, Eleazar mother, Mary

Eleazar Cuthbert married Elizabeth Sanderson on 25 Sep 1859 in Kirby in Cleveland



In Burton Pidsea, Yorkshire, England:


John Cuthbert married Ann Richardson on 11 May 1811 in Burton Pidsea



In Highfield by Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England:


James Ralph Cuthbert christened 24 Dec 1816 in Independent, Highfield by Huddersfield

father, James mother, Elizabeth


In Scarborough, Yorkshire, England:


James Cuthbert married Hannah Skerry on 29 Sep 1819 in Scarborough



In Grinton, Yorkshire, England:

Richard Cuthbert married Ann Peacock on 02 Nov 1843 in Grinton



In Ingleby Greenhow, Yorkshire, England:


David Cuthbert christened 19 Mar 1824 in Ingleby Greenhow father, Stephen mother

Mary


In Lythe, Yorkshire, England:


Frankland Cuthbert christened 30 Mar 1830 in Lythe father, James mother, Jane


In Guisborough, Yorkshire, England:


Frankland Cuthbert christened 02 Jul 1856 in Guisborough father, Joseph mother Ann


The names, John, David, Richard, Robert, James, Thomas, Henry and George appear in the Berrien County, Michigan Cuthbert families. Since George Cuthbert was christened in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England and Brotton, Thorne, Kirkdale and Loftus are not far from Thirsk these would appear to be George’s father, David’s, relatives. The given names also support this idea.


In Yorkshire County, England about 1820 there were at least eight Cuthbert families having children. They were Stephen Cuthbert, William Cuthbert, James Cuthbert, Richard Cuthbert, John Cuthbert, Frankland Cuthbert, Eleazor Cuthbert and David Cuthbert.


David Cuthbert’s parents were reportedly born in Scotland. Many of these same given names appear in Cuthbert families of this time period in the Angus and Fife areas of Scotland.


To understand some of the reason for the Cuthbert families immigration to the United States in 1851 several books were consulted. The reoccurring themes seem to have been the loss of lands through the “enclosures”, the threat of war, the threat of pestilence, the monetary situation and their association with Methodism. The Cuthbert families in Berrien County, Michigan practiced farming and were closely associated with the land. They were and still are closely associated with Methodism.


In the book The Age Of Reform 1815-1870 by E. L. Woodward and published by Oxford At The Clarendon Press gives the following insight: “The European revolutions of 1848, which overthrew Louis Philippe in France and Metternich in Austria, and lead to a general movement against the Austrian domination in Italy … might lead to a European war in which Great Britain would be involved.” Woodward goes on to state “In 1849-50 a large group of malcontents joined the seceders of earlier years, and formed a society of ‘Methodist Free Chruches’.”


In the book Nineteenth Century Britain 1815-1914 by Anthony Wood and published by Mckay he gives the following insights: “ The harvest was the basic factor in the life of the poor. The periods of intense distress in these two decades-1820-30, 1838-41 and 1846-47-were all preceded and to some extent explained by bad harvests.” “The 1840s have always had a bad name, … ‘the hungry forties’”. Wood also quotes two other sources about the conditions in Britain at this time: Sybil, or Two Nations says “‘Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners and are not governed by the same laws.’ ‘You speak of … THE RICH AND THE POOR.’” He also quotes from The Condition Of The Working Class In England In 1844: “… ‘it is not surprising that the working class has gradually become a race wholly apart from the English bourgeoisie.’”

He states, “In general the time was one of falling prices, and although wages fell too, it seems as far as it is possible to generalize, that they dropped less than prices.” He is quoted as saying “ A bank crises in 1837 curtailed the amount of capital available for railway enterprises, and the consequent unemployment, coupled with bad harvests in 1837 and 1838, produced the most acute period of economic distress in these decades.” He references the Chartist movement, “The torches of the Chartists burned, and in 1839 and 1842 their riots had to be out down by the military;”. Wood talks about pestilence, “The news came that a fresh wave of Cholera was sweeping into Europe from the East and in 1848 a Public Health Act was finally passed.” “The cholera epidemic had already reached Berlin, and in the summer months of 1848 and 1849 it raged in the cities of England.” He goes on to say “The epidemic died out; … 1853 the cholera returned,”. During the ten years 1846-1855 about 2,512,000 people emigrated from England. In 1851 alone, the year the Cuthbert family immigrated, 336,000 people left England.


In the book Methodism And The Working-Class Movements Of England 1800-1850 by Robert F. Wearmouth and published by The Epworth Press, London many interesting statements are made concerning Methodism and it’s social implications. Wearmouth states “As already seen, a number of Methodist ministers were closely associated with the Chartist agitation of 1839-48, some of the having suffered imprisonment for their activity.” He also says “Had Methodism been, as its critics avow, ‘a cross current’ to political Radicalism, such plagiarism as that which has been described would have been well nigh impossible. It is nearer the mark to say that the two movements were supplementary to each other. Methodism was a kind of Radicalism in the religious world, while Radicalism was a sort of Methodism in the political sphere.” Wearmouth addresses “the years from 1814 to 1847 were gloomy years for agriculture. They were gloomier still for the agricultural labourer.” “It was the system of common rights that the Enclosures, mostly engineered by interested parties and sanctioned by Parliament, was gradually breaking up.” “The village labourer therefore lost all his auxiliary resources. He was now a wage-earner and nothing more. Enclosure had robbed him of the strip that he tilled, of the cow that he kept on the village pasture, of the fuel that he picked up in the woods, and of the turf that he tore from the common. Being thus deprived of his ancient rights, and being compelled to rely on his labour for the maintenance of his wife and family, his condition became precarious.” Methodism was considered the religion for the working class.


The “enclosures” was a process that took land from tenant farmers, some of whom had been on the same properties for centuries and returned the land to the landlords. In this process the tenant farmers were turned off the land.


Looking at these factors you can see why the Cuthbert families might want to seek affordable lands, practice their religion, seek refuge from pestilence and the threat of war in another land. David Cuthbert’s father had been killed in the war with France about 1795.


About 1851 some of the David Cuthbert family immigrated to the United States from Yorkshire, England. David and Hannah came with some of their children, Robert and Richard Cuthbert lived in Kansas, George Cuthbert lived near Eau Claire, Michigan, Hannah (Cuthbert) Rollings and John Cuthbert lived in Buchanan, Michigan. David Cuthbert came to America later (1853/54) and lived near Galien, Michigan.


Michigan:

On July 15, 1848 Royal Cuthbert married Alnora Berge in Berrien County, Michigan. This marriage took place in New Buffalo. Royal Cuthbert was 34 years of age and Alnora was 18 years of age. They were both listed as residents of Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He does not appear in the 1850 or later Berrien County census records. His relationship to the other Berrien County Cuthbert families, if any, has not been determined.


The 1860 census of Berrien County includes four Cuthbert families:


David Cuthbert who was 68 years of age was living in Niles Township. This record indicates he was a farmer. The age may be inaccurate and maybe should have been 65? This record indicates he was born in England. No wife was recorded in this census. Also living with him was Thomas Cuthbert who was 16 years of age and was also born in England. This may have been a son? This is the patriarch of the Berrien County Cuthbert families.


In Berrien Township:


George Cuthbert 35 years of age who was born in England

Ann Cuthbert 33 years of age who was also born in England

H. Anna Cuthbert 10 years of age who was born in England

Robert Cuthbert 8 years of age who was born in New York

Mary J. Cuthbert 5 years of age who was born in New York

Richard Cuthbert 3 month old who was born in Michigan

Henry Cuthbert 15 years of age who was born in England (possibly a brother?)


Note: When a person is listed out of sequence like Henry is it usually means that they are not a child of that family.

Richard Cuthbert 39 years of age who was born in England

Mary Cuthbert 40 years of age who was born in England

Hannah Cuthbert 15 years of age who was born in England

Sarah Cuthbert 10 years of age who was born in England

Note: This family moved on to Kansas


John Cuthbert 30 years of age and was born in England. He was living with the Samuel and Hannah Rollings family. This is Hannah (Cuthbert) Rollings and her husband.


The 1860 census of Howard Township, Cass County, Michigan includes one Cuthbert family:


David Cuthbert 40 years of age, farm laborer, born in England

Elizabeth Cuthbert 36 years of age born in England

David Cuthbert 15 years of age born in England

John Cuthbert 10 years of age born in England


Records indicate this family had eleven children and only David and John lived to adulthood. In 1894 only David survived and he was living in Colorado with his family. John married and raised a family who also lived in Colorado. John Cuthbert died in 1893.


The 1870 census of Berrien County includes four Cuthbert families:


In Berrien Township:


George Cuthbert 48 years of age

Ann Cuthbert 44 years of age

Robert Cuthbert 18 years of age

Mary J. Cuthbert 16 years of age

Richard Cuthbert 10 years of age

Rebecca A. Cuthbert 7 years of age

George Cuthbert 4 years of age


In Galien Township:


David Cuthbert 53 years of age

Elizabeth 49 years of age

David T. Cuthbert 23 years of age

John A. Cuthbert 19 years of age


All were born in England. David Cuthbert married Elizabeth Arlington.


In Oronoko Township:


David Cuthbert who was 75 years of age was living with the

Samuel and Anna (Hannah Cuthbert) Rowlings family.


This name is spelled Rollings and or Rowlings in the Berrien County records. All three are listed as having been born in England. This is the patriarch of the Berrien County Cuthbert families.


In Bertrand Township:


John Cuthbert 43 years of age

Phoebe Cuthbert 43 years of age

John Cuthbert 6 years of age

Mary Cuthbert 4 years of age

James Cuthbert 3 years of age


John was born in England, his wife and children in Michigan. John Cuthbert married Phoebe Phillips.


The 1880 census of Berrien County includes two Cuthbert families:


In Berrien Township:


George Cuthbert 56 years of age

Ann Cuthbert 52 years of age

Robert Cuthbert 27 years of age

Richard Cuthbert 20 years of age

Rebecca Cuthbert 17 years of age

George Cuthbert 13 years of age

Gilbert F. Cuthbert 9 years of age (lived in Goshen, IN)


Note: Robert Cuthbert moved to Kansas


In Buchanan Township:


David Cuthbert 85 years of age still living with the Samuel and Hannah (Cuthbert) Rollings famliy.


David Cuthbert is last seen living with Samuel and Hannah (Cuthbert) Rollings in Buchanan Township in the 1880 census of Berrien County. He was 85 years of age at that time.


There is not an 1890 census anywhere in the country as they were lost in a fire in Washington D.C.


The 1900 census of Berrien Township includes:


George Cuthbert 74 years of age who was born in Oct. 1825 in England and his wife


Ann Cuthbert 72 years of age who was born in Aug 1828 in England

The 1900 census of Buchanan Township includes:


John Cuthbert 72 years of age who was born in Jun of 1827 in England and his wife, Malissa Cuthbert 62 years of age who was born in Jan 1838 in Michigan

Note: This is likely John Cuthbert from the 1860 & 1870 Berrien and Bertrand Township census records. This is likely his second wife as his first wife was listed as Phoebe and was the same age as he was.


1900 census of Berrien County includes:


Bessie Cuthbert who was 15 years of age and was a servant in the William Brenner household in Berrien Township.


This is the daughter of Richard and Melissa Cuthbert.


In Eau Claire, two Cuthbert families:


George Cuthbert 33 years of age born in Aug 1866 in Michigan

Amy Cuthbert 31 years of age born in Nov 1868 in Michigan

Maggie Cuthbert 13 years of age born in Jan of 1887 in Michigan


Robert Cuthbert 47 years of age born in Jun 1852 in New York

Clara Cuthbert 46 years of age born in Jun 1853 in Michigan

Anna M. Cuthbert 16 years of age born in Jun 1883 in Michigan

Clyde Cuthbert 6 years of age born in Jan 1894 in Michigan


In Buchanan Township:


John Cuthbert 72 years of age born in Jan 1827 in England

Malissa Cuthbert 62 years of age born in Jan 1838 in Michigan


In Weesaw Township:


John Cuthbert 36 years of age born Jan 1864 in Michigan

Jemmima Cuthbert 32 years of age born in May 1868 in Michigan


Note: Richard and Melissa Cuthbert and family were not found in the 1900 Berrien county census.


The 1910 census of Berrien Township includes:

Richard Cuthbert 50 years of age

Melissa Cuthbert 52 years of age

Wilbur Cuthbert 19 years of age

Spencer Cuthbert 14 years of age

Clarence Cuthbert 12 years of age

Ruth Cuthbert 7 years of age


The 1920 census of Berrien Township includes two Cuthbert families:


Richard Cuthbert 59 years of age born in Michigan

Melissa J. Cuthbert 62 years of age born in Iowa

Lloyd Cuthbert 3 years of age born in Michigan (son of Clarence)

Ruth Cuthbert 17 years of age born in Michigan (daughter)

Clarence Cuthbert 22 years of age born in Michigan (son)



Wilbur Cuthbert 28 years of age

Ella M. Cuthbert 30 years of age

Leon E. Cuthbert 1 year and 4 months old


There are graves for George and Ann Cuthbert, Richard and Melissa Cuthbert, Wilber, Lyle and Ella Cuthbert and Eugene and Zula Cuthbert in the Caldwell Cemetery, Eau Claire, Michigan.


The records in Berrien County, Michigan have revealed:


The History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan, published in 1880 by D. W. Ensign & Co. in Philadelphia has a brief biography of David A. Cuthbert. It states he "was born Aug. 16, 1819, in Yorkshire, England." It also says he first came to America in "1853". He stopped for a while in Rochester, New York and rented property in Cass before purchasing land in Berrien County. It goes on to say he returned to his "native land" "being somewhat discouraged and unsettled" at the loss of his wife. His wife, Elizabeth, died 13 Oct 1874 in Galien Township. He again returned to Michigan in October of 1878. This is the son of David and Hannah Cuthbert of Yorkshire, England. This is a brother to George Cuthbert of Eau Claire, Michigan.


The Portrait and Biographical Record of Berrien and Cass Counties, Michigan, published in 1893 by Biographical Publishing Co. in Chicago contains a more detailed biography of David A. Cuthbert. This book also says he was born in "Yorkshire in 1819" and that he was the" son of David and Hannah Cuthbert, natives of England." It goes on to say that his paternal grandparents were both "natives of Scotland". His "grandfather was an officer in the English army, and was accompanied by his wife to the battlefield in France where he was killed. The widow returned to England, and their only child, the father of our subject, was born. The grandmother, having received an excellent education, maintained herself and young son by teaching. The parents of David A. Cuthbert married early in life and reared a family of twelve children." This biography also says David A. Cuthbert's "parents came to the United States in 1851 and settled in Monroe County, N. Y. Afterward they located in Michigan, where the father died at the advance age of four-score years." Both these biographies indicate David A. Cuthbert was associated with the "Methodist Episcopal Church" as were his parents.


The war with France lasted from 1793 to 1815. If David Cuthbert, the father of this David A. Cuthbert was born on 22 August of 1794 it would appear his father died in the first half of 1794 as his mother was pregnant when she returned to England.


It is made clear by these biographies that David Cuthbert's parents were both from Scotland. That David Cuthbert was born in England and was an only child. That his wife’s name was Hannah. That he came to America with his wife and family in 1851. That they first lived in Monroe County, New York; probably near Rochester and later in Berrien County, Michigan. The census records show David Cuthbert was in Berrien County as early as 1860 and his wife was not listed so she had probably already passed away. She probably died in Michigan. They may have come to Michigan about 1856. David Cuthbert was born in 1794 and if he died at the age of "four-score years" he would have died in 1874/75. He appears last in the 1880 census of Berrien County. His last known place of residence was with his daughter Hannah (Cuthbert) Rowlings/Rollings and her husband Samuel in Buchanan Township. The names of David Cuthbert's parents were not disclosed nor was the maiden name of his wife Hannah.


David Cuthbert was born 22 Aug 1794 in England, possibly in Yorkshire. He died 12 Sep 1880 in Niles Township, Berrien County, Michigan. His wife’s name was Hannah. She was born about 1790 in England and she died 06 Jan 1860, in Niles Township. They are buried in the Morris Chapel Cemetery, Niles. David and Hannah Cuthbert had children:


David A. Cuthbert b. 16 Aug 1819 in Salton, Yorkshire, England d. 23 Jun 1895 in Galien Township, Michigan

Sarah Cuthbert b. about 1820 in Yorkshire, England

Richard Cuthbert b. 30 Jun 1821 in Yorkshire, England d. 14 Aug 1908 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

George Cuthbert b. 04 Oct 1825 in Brighton, England d. 14 Aug 1908 in Berrien Township, Michigan. There is also a record of George’s christening on 06 Oct 1825 in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England?

John Cuthbert b. 02 May 1827 in Kirk Parish, Dale Duram, Yorkshire County, England d. 30 Oct 1903 Buchanan, Michigan

Robert Cuthbert b, 15 May 1828 in Kirkdale, Yorkshire, England d. 20 Dec 1895 in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas

James Cuthbert christened 03 Mar 1830 in Kirkdale, Yorkshire, England

Hannah Cuthbert b. Jun 1838 in Yorkshire, England d. 18 Dec 1899 in Buchanan, Michigan.

Thomas Cuthbert b. about 1843 in England

Henry Cuthbert b. about 1844 in England

David Cuthbert filed an intention to become a citizen of the United States in Berrien County on 03 Aug 1858. This intention reads:

“Declaration of Intention of David Cuthbert

State of Michigan

County of Berrien The Circuit Court for said County, to wit:

I David Cuthbert do solemnly swear that it is bona fide my Intention to become a citizen of the United States and do renounce forever All Allegiance and fidelity to each and every foreign Prince, Potentate, , State & Sovereignty whatever particularly to the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland of whom I am a subject.

Subscribed & Sworn to before me

This 3rd day of Aug. A.D. 1858 (Signed) David Cuthbert

Wm S. Merrill Clerk”


Also on file are the intention and naturalization records of Samuel Rollings. Samuel married Hannah Cuthbert and was David’s son-in-law. David Cuthbert testified on Samuel’s behalf and signed these records also.

George Cuthbert was christened 06 Oct 1825, in Thirsk, Yorkshire, England and died 14 Aug 1908. Some records indicate he was born in Brighton on 04 Oct 1825? Brighton is in the south of England. His wife was Anne Spence who was born 19 Aug 1828 in Yorkshire, England and died 23 Feb 1909. They are buried in the Eau Claire Cemetery. George and Ann (Spence) Cuthbert had children:

H. Anna (Hannah) Cuthbert born about 1850 in England

Robert Cuthbert born about 1853 in New York

Mary J. Cuthbert born about 1855 in New York

Richard Cuthbert born 26 Mar1860 in Michigan d. 25 Dec 1943

Rebecca A. Cuthbert born about 1863 in Michigan

George Cuthbert born 28 Aug 1866 in Michigan d. 21 Dec 1957

Gilbert F. Cuthbert born 06 Mar 1871 in Michigan d. 23 Sep 1959


This family spent a few years in New York State prior to coming to Michigan. Hannah Cuthbert (b.1834) married Samuel C. Rollings in Monroe County, New York in 1854. This Hannah was George’s sister. George Cuthbert applied for naturalization on 03 Feb 1855 in Monroe County, New York. He states he had lived there for four years. His citizenship was granted in Berrien County Michigan on 09 Sep 1858 and he stated he had been in Michigan for over two and one half years. George Cuthbert died in 1908 in Berrien Township and was 83 years 10 months and 10 days old at the time of his death. George Cuthbert was the son of David and Hannah Cuthbert of Yorkshire, England.


George Cuthbert’s intention and naturalization record is on file in Berrien County it is dated 09 Sep 1858. Also included on the same page and the page following in his brother, John’s records. George’s records read:


“Petition of George Cuthbert to become a citizen of the United States.


State of Michigan The Circuit Court for said County

County of Berrien George Cuthbert an alien being of the age of about thirty five years desirous of becoming a citizen of the United

States of America in conformity to the laws of the United States for naturalization of

aliens comes into the aforesaid court now in session and makes the following declaration

viz: That he was born in the County of York in England in Allegience to the Queen of

Great Brittain. That he emigrated from England. Sailing from the port of Liverpool in

the year eighteen hundred and fifty one and arrived in the United States in the same year and that he arrived in Michigan in the month of January in the year A.D. 1856. And that he intends to Remain and settle in the county of Berrien in said State.

Done at Berrien this 9th day of his

September A. D. 1858 (Signed) George X Cuthbert

Mark

Wm S. Merrill Clerk


I George Cuthbert above named do solemnly swear that the facts set forth in the above declaration are true and that it is bona fide my Intention to become a citizen of the United States and to Renounce forever all Allegiance and fidelity to each and every foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty whatsoever and particularly the Queen of Great Brittain of whom I have been a subject.

Subscribed and Sworn to in open his

Court this 9th day of September A.D. 1858 (Signed) George X Cuthbert

Wm S. Merrill Clerk mark


Proof of Citizenship of George Cuthbert

Samuel Rollings of the County of Berrien and State of Michigan do swear that the Petitioner George Cuthbert has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States of America for five years and within the State of Michigan one year. That is to say he the said George Cuthbert has resided in the State of New York about four years and in the State of Michigan over two years and a half. All which places are within and under the Constitution of the United States. And that during his residence the United States .. he has behaved as a man of good moral character attached to the Constitution of the United States. And well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.

Sworn and Subscribed in open Court

This 9th day of September A.D. 1858 (Signed) Samuel Rollings

Wm S. Merrill Clerk


Oath of Allegiance of George Cuthbert

I George Cuthbert do swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States. And that I do entirely Renounce and abjure forever all Allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty whatever and particularly do absolutely and entirely Renounce and Abjure all Allegiance and fidelity to the Queen of Great Brittian where I was a subject.

Sworn and Subscribed in open Court his

This 9th day of September A. D. 1858 (Signed) George X Cuthbert

Wm S. Merrill Clerk mark


Thereupon the said George Cuthbert was accordingly admitted by the said Court to be a citizen of the United States and an order therefor entered upon the Journal of said Court”

John Cuthbert’s records are identical to George’s except for his name, of course, and the fact that he signed his where George only made his mark. John Cuthbert was 31 years of age, according to this document, which was dated 09 Sep 1858.


There was a David Cuthbert who died in Galien, Township on 23 Jun 1895. He was 76 years of age. This David Cuthbert was born in England and was the son of David and Hannah Cuthbert. This was a brother to George Cuthbert above. These were sons of David and Hannah Cuthbert (1794-1880) of England. This was David A. Cuthbert (b. 1819).


Richard Cuthbert was born 26 Mar 1860 in Michigan and died 25 Dec 1943 near Eau Claire. His wife was Melissa J. Godown who was born 02 Sep 1857 in Des Moines, Iowa and was the daughter of Alburtus and Elizabeth Godown. Melissa Cuthbert died 20 Apr 1940. Richard and Melissa Cuthbert are buried in the Eau Claire Cemetery. Richard and Melissa J. (Godown) Cuthbert had children:


Eugene Cuthbert b. 31 Aug 1882 d. 03 Oct 1972

Bessie Cuthbert b. about 1885

Lucy Cuthbert b. 05 Jan 1889

Wilbur Cuthbert b. 10 Mar 1891 d. 15 Mar 1955

Spencer Cuthbert b. about 1896

Clarence Cuthbert b. 28 Nov 1897 d. 30 Sep 1974

Ruth Cuthbert b. about 1903


Richard Cuthbert married Melissa Godown on 06 Apr 1882. Witnesses were: J. McFallon and R. A. (Rebecca A.) Cuthbert, both who were from Buchanan. According to this record Richard was 22 years of age and a resident of Pipestone Township while Melissa was 24 years of age and was from Dallas County, Iowa. Richard Cuthbert died 25 Dec 1943. He was 83 years 8 months and 29 days old when he died. His death record indicates his wife's name was Melissa and his father was George Cuthbert. His mother's name was listed as Ann Spence, who was born in England.

The 1880 census of Berrien Township, Michigan includes:


Alvernus Godown 59 years of age born in New Jersey

Elizabeth Godown 55 years of age born in Ohio

William Godown 25 years of age born in Ohio


This record indicates both of Alvernus Godown’s parents were also born in New Jersey. This should be Albertus not Alvernus. Albertus Godown died in Berrien Township on 07 Oct 1894. His death record states that he was 75 years, 1 month and 1 day old. His birth date would have been 06 Sep 1819. Albertus was born in Dark County, Ohio. Albertus Godowm married Elizabeth Ann Schnorf. Elizabeth was the daughter of Peter and Mary (Cartright) Schnorf. Elizabeth A. Godown died 03 May 1904 in Berrien Township. She was 78 years, 6 months and 3 days old when she died. Her birth date would have been 30 Nov 1825. Their children were:

Lucy P. Godown b. 1849 in Dark County, Ohio

Mary Godown b. 1851 in Dark County, Ohio

William H. Godown b. 1854 in Dark County, Ohio

Melissa Jane Godown b. 1857 in Iowa

Peter E. Godown b. 26 Sep 1862 in Michigan

The 1887 Plat Map of Berrien Township shows A. M. Godown in section 8. The 1903 Plat Map of Berrien Township shows this same property as the A. Godown Estate. The 1892 Directory of Berrien County shows Godown, Albertus in Berrien Township, Eau Claire.

William H. Godown married Minnerva Light in Berrien Township on 27 Oct 1881. He was 27 years of age and his bride was 19 years of age. He was born in Dark County, Ohio and Minnerva was born in Dolphin, Pennsylvania. William’s middle name was Harris. They had two sons born in Benton Harbor: Bryon Godown born 09 Jan 1887 and Glenn Light Godown born 09 May 1889


William C. Godown” died in Kalamazoo, Michigan on 14 Jun 1893. The record states he was married, he was 39 years 1 month and 5 days old when he died, that his father was Albertus Godown and that his mother was Betsy Godown. His death was recorded in Berrien County. This record appears to contain a mistake. This is likely William H. Godown. In his son’s birth records he is listed as a carpenter. In this death record he died as a result of “paralysis” in Kalamazoo. He may have been working there and fell from a building? He only has two children listed in the Berrien County Records, the last being born in 1889. According to this record William would have been born on 09 May 1854. The record also states his father was Albertus Godown and his mother was Betsy Godown.

Minnie (Light) Godown, wife of Willaim H. Godown remarried Howard L. Simpson on 01 Sep 1898 in Sodus, Michigan and was living in Alpena, Alpena County, Michigan when the 1900 census was taken. Minerva Light’s father was Isaac Light of Pennsylvania. In 1900 living with Howard and Minnie Simpson was their daughter Ruth Simpson, who was 8 months old and Minnie’s two sons, Byron (13 years) and Glenn Godown (11 years). There is no William C. Godown in any other records that I have found.


The 1900 Census of Berrien County includes:


Elizabeth Godown living in Berrien Township as a widow. She was 74 years of age and is listed as being born in Ohio. Living with her was here widower son, Peter E. Godown who was born in Aug of 1863 in Michigan and his daughter, Fannie Godown who was 9 years of age and was born in Jun of 1890 in Michigan. Fannie Godown died in childbirth in Berrien Township on 10 Jun 1890. She was 21 years of age. The record does not give her husband’s name or her parents. It does state she was born in Ohio. This was the wife of Peter E. Godown and she died delivering her daughter Fannie.

Peter E. Godown died in Berrien Township on 07 Feb 1933. He was 70 years, 5 months and 12 days old at the time of his death. The death record says he was a widower. His father is listed as Albert Godown and his mother as Elizabeth Schnorf. He would have been born on 26 Sep 1862

Research done by Ellen Bartish indicates that Godown is of English origins and was spelled Goedowne, Goodown, Godon and Godowns. She says the name comes from French Hugenots who fled to England from France in the late 1500s. She goes on to say the Godown families living in the northern United States descend from the New Jersey branch of this family who settled in Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Interestingly Albertus/Alvernus Godown was born in New Jersey about 1820.


Research done by Richard Godown shows that Albertus Godown married Elizabeth Ann Schnorf about 1846. Albertus was the son of Isaac and Permilla (Myers) Godown. Permilla was the daughter of Albertus and Anna (Hann) Myers. Elizabeth Ann Schnorf was the daughter of Peter and Martha Mary (Cartwright) Schnorf of Warren County, Ohio. Peter Schnorf and his second wife, Sarah Concannon moved to Niles, Berrien County, Michigan. Peter and Sarah (Concannon) Schnorf are buried in the Morris Chapel Cemetery in Niles Township, Michigan


Peter Schnorf was the son of John and Elizabeth (Winterrowd) Schnorf. John Schnorf was the son of Hans Jakob and Mary (Kinder) Schnorf. Hans Jacob Schnorf was born in Switzerland and was the son of Johannes and Regula (Backman) Schnorf. The Schnorf famliy first came to Pennsylvania and then moved on to Ohio. Elizabeth Winterrowd was the daughter of Johann Peter and Anna Maria (Michael) Winterroth of Maryland. Johann Peter WinterWinterroth was the son of John Casper and Anna Mararetha Winterodem of Germany. The Winterrowd family first came to Pennsylvania and then moved on to Ohio also.


Issac Godown of Hunterdon County, New Jersey was the son of of Jacob and Sarah Elizabeth (Lake) Godown. Issac was born about 1788. Sarah was the daughter of John and Sarah Lake.


Jacob Godown was the son of Evans Godown. The name of his first wife has not been located. Jacob was born about 1760. They were from Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.


Evans Godown was the son of Jacob and Mary (Evans) Godown of Amwell, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Evans was born about 1723. Mary Evans was born in Wales about 1705


Jacob Godown was the son of Jacob Goedowne of London, England. Jacob Godown was born about 1700.


Jacob Goedowne was the son of Jacob Goedowne of London, England who was christened on 31 Mar 1650 at St. Botolph Bishopsgate, London, England. There was also a Jacob Goedain who was christened on 22 Oct 1665 at Threadneedle Street French Huguenot Church, London, England whose parents were Jacob Goedaine and Jenne Damien.

Jacob Goedowne was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Duffield) Goedowne. They married on 27 Sep 1640 in St. Dunstans, Stepney, London, England. Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Priscilla (Farnsead) Duffield.

Abraham Goedowne was the son of Jacob and Marie (Du Moulin) Godon of London, England. Jacob Godon and Marie Du Moulin married about 1600.

Jacob Godon was the son of Abraham and Marye Godon. Abraham Godon was born about 1560. Jacob Godon was born about 1580. Abraham Godon came to London from Amsterdam several years before 1598.

Richard Godown goes on to quote Leon J. Zeigler’s research: “In the late 1600s three brothers migrated to the states landing in (Charleston?) South Carolina, where the name Godown was given to them. Two of the brothers stayed in the south (Jacob and John), while a third brother (Abraham) moved to New Jersey. It says it was probably Amwell County near Flemington.”

I found a reference in Documents Relating To The Colonial History of the State of New Jersey, Volume XXI 1664-1703, edited by William Nelson, published in Paterson N.J. for the New Jersey Historical Society in 1899 to Abraham Goedowne. In the West New Jersey Records, Liber B, Part 1 under the date “1679 July 9. Deed. Samuel Norris of Watlin St., London to William Cooper senior, late of Amersun, Buckingham Co., smith, now of West Jersey, for 50 acres of his 2-7 land in W. J., bo’t with Abraham Goedowne of Edward Byllinge July 4-5, 1678. This seems to indicate Abraham Goedowne was in west New Jersey as early as 1678?


Wilbur Cuthbert married Ella M. Harper on 14 Aug 1912. Their witnesses were, John Ahere and Nancy Ahere. According to this record Wilbur was 22 years of age and Ella was 23 years of age. Wilbur was from Eau Claire and Ella was from Berrien Springs. Wilbur’s father was listed as Richard Cuthbert and his mother was listed as … Godown. Ella’s father was listed as Trace Harper and her mother as … Ahere. The name of Ella’s father is difficult to read. There was a Tracey E. Harper who died in Berrien Springs at the age of 80 years and this is believed to be her father. Ella Harper was born in Berrien Springs on 26 Jan 1889 and died in Grand Rapids on 19 Oct 1966. Wilber and Ella Cuthbert are buried in the Eau Claire Cemetery. The family says Ella M. Harper did not know her father except by name. Wilbur and Ella M. (Harper) Cuthbert had children:


Leon E. Cuthbert b 16 Aug 1918 d. 19 Mar 1960 Mishawaka, IN

Lyle Cuthbert b. Feb 1920 d. 1925

Mabel Cuthbert b. 17 Nov 1922 d. 01 Nov 1982 married Frank Minervino

Vern R. Cuthbert b. 29 Feb1928 d. 06 Aug 2008 Niles Michigan


The Niles Daily Star carried the obituary for Leon E. Cuthbert on 21 Mar 1960 and it reads: “Former Nilesite Killed in Crash Rites to Be Tuesday for Leon E. Cuthbert Funeral services will b held at 3 p.m. (EST) Tuesday in the Orvis Funeral Home, South Bend, for Leon Edward Cuthbert, 41 year old father of 7 children and former Niles resident who (was killed when his car crash)ed into a Grand Trunk Western freight train Friday afternoon at the Jefferson boulevard crossing near Cedar street in Mishawaka, Ind. The Rev. Keith Carlile, pastor of the Portage Chapel Methodist Church, South Bend, will officiate and burial will take place in Riverview Cemetery, South Bend. Cuthbert died en route to St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka, of injuries suffered when he was thrown from his car 60 feet beyoung (beyond) the crossing. According to police, the Cuthbert car, which was traveling west on Jefferson at a moderated rate of speed, entered the crossing in face of the oncoming train. Witnesses stated that it appeared the victim had been momentarily blinded by the sun. THE VICTIM WAS BORN Aug. 16, 1918, near Buchanan and moved to South Bend from Niles 16 years ago. He had been employed for three years at Mishawaka Steel Fabricating. Surviving are: his widow, Cora Britton Cuthbert whom he married in 1941 in Niles; his mother, Mrs. Ella Heyn, Galien; seven children, Barbara Ann, Betty Lou, Donna Belle, Bonnie Jean, Leon Earl, Donald Lee and Russell D., all at home; a brother, Vern Cuthbert, Niles; and a sister, Mrs. Mable Cortes, Milwaukee, Wis. Friends are being received at the funeral home at 336 N. Main St., South Bend.”


The Niles Daily Star carried the death notice of Ella Heyn on 19 Oct 1966 and it reads: “Galien Woman, 77, Run Down By Auto Buchanan Resident Also Struck Out of Control Car Hits Pair on Grand Rapids Street GRAND RAPIDS-Mrs. Ella Heyn, 77, of rural Galien, died at 2:30 a.m. today in St. Mary’s Hospital about 3 hours after she and Mrs. Doris Roe, 70, Buchanan, were run down by a car in downtown Grand Rapids. Police report Mrs. Heyn died from severe head injuries and multiple internal injuries. Mrs. Roe is listed in fair condition today at the same hospital. Driver of the car William E. Diefenbach, 71 of Inster, apparently suffered a seizure at the wheel of his car, police said, and his foot froze on the gas pedal. POLICE SAID the car jumped the curb strikint the two women, struck a parked auto, knocked down a streetlight pole, made a U turn and then struck another light pole. Diefenbach is listed in fair condition at Butterworth Hospital. Officers said the two women were attending a convention of the Rebekah Lodge at the Grand Rapids Civic Auditorium and were returning to their hotel, the Pantlind, across the street from the auditorium, when the accident occurred. Funeral services for Mrs. Heyn will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Pifer Funeral Home, Niles, with the Rev. John MacLachlan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Eau Claire Cemetery. FRIENDS WILL be received after 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Heyn was born Jan. 26, 1889 in Berrien Springs and had lived most of her life in the area. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge of Buchanan. She is survived by her husband, Henry, a son Vern Cuthbert of Niles; a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Minervino of Milwaukee, Wis.; and 10 grandchildren.” On the following day 20 Oct 1966 the Niles Daily Star carried this follow-up: “ HEYN RITES Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Heyn, 77, of route one, Galien, killed Wednesday in a Grand Rapids auto mishap will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday in the Pifer Funeral Home. The rev. John MacLachlan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Eau Claire Cemetery. Mrs. Heyn was the former Mrs. Ella Cuthbert. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 p.m., today.”


The obituary for Mabel M. Minervino was carried in the Niles Daily Star on 04 Nov 1982 and it reads: “Mabel M. Minervino Mable M. Minervino, 59, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin died at her home on November 2 after a sudden illness. Born on November 17, 1922 in Berrien County she had moved to Milwaukee. She was a waitress in a local restaurant. She was married to Frank Minervino who preceded her in death. A brother Leon Cuthbert also preceded her in death. She is survived by a brother, Vern Cuthbert of Niles. Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pifer Smith Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Stover of the Portage Prairie United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery in Berrien Springs. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. on Friday.”


Liber B of the Berrien County Marriage records shows the marriage of James Ahere on page 361. On 25 Jun 1855 in the presence of John and Elizabeth Critzer of Oronoko Township, Nathan Helmick J. P. married “James A. Here of Lake Township to Mary Critzer of Oronoko Township”. James was 30 years of age and Mary was 22 years of age.


Mary (Maria) Critzer was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Eranhardt) Critzer. Maria Critzer was born in Ohio about 1833. John Critzer was born in Pennsylvania and his wife Elizabeth was born in Maryland.


The 1860 census of Oronoko Township includes:


A’here, James age 41 years born in Scotland, wife Maria age 27 years born in Ohio, John 4 years of age, Margaret 1 year of age and Nancy age 1 month. All the children were born in Michigan.


Harper, Wilson age 51 years born in Pennsylvania, wife Nancy 38 years of age born in New York, Robert 20 years of age, Calista 17 years of age, Charles 13 years of age, Ella 11 years of age, Tracy 5 years of age, William 3 years of age, Lawson age 4 months. All the children were born in Michigan.


The 1870 census of Oronoko Township includes:


Ahere, James 51 years of age born in Ireland (Scotland?), wife, Maria age 36 born in Ohio, John 13 years of age, Margaret 12 years of age, Nancy 10 years of age, Maria 8 years of age, Jimmy 1 year of age. All the children were born in Michigan.


Harper, Wilson age 61 years born in Pennsylvania, wife Nancy 47 years of age born in New York, Charles 23 years of age, Ella 20 years of age, Tracy Harper 16 years of age, William 16 years of age (?13), John 7 years of age. All the children were born in Michigan.


The 1880 census of Oronoko Township includes:


Aher, James 61 years of age born in Scotland, wife Mariah 48 years of age born in Ohio, Johny 24 years of age, Margarett 22 years of age, Nancy 20 years of age, Mariah 18 years of age and James 12 years of age. All the children were born in Michigan.


Harper, Willson 71 years of age born in Pennsylvania, wife Nancy M. 58 years of age born in New York, Charles 33 years of age, Tracy E. 25 years of age, William 22 years of age, John F. 17 years of age, Elista 37 years of age. These children were all born in Michigan. Also living in the household was Alanzo Pangburn, farm laborer and Elly Nagada, housekeeper. Both Alanzo and Elly were born in Michigan.


The death record of James Ahere says he died on 24 Oct 1885 in Oronoko Township. It says he was born in Scotland and was 66 years, 6 months and 14 days old when he died. His parents were recorded as Arthur and Nancy Ahere. James Ahere would have been born on 10 Apr 1819. Maria (Critzer) Ahere married 2nd Ulrich Renz in Niles, Michigan on 25 May 1890.


The 1900 census of Oronoko Township includes:


Ahear, John b. Sep 1856, 43 years of age, his brother James b. Jan 1869, 31 years of age, his sister Nancy b. Jun 1862, 37 years of age, his sister Margurite b. Nov 1858, 44 years of age and his niece Ella M. Harper b. Jan 1889, 11 years of age. All were born in Michigan and living in the same household. This record also indicated the father and mother of these Ahere children were both born in Scotland. Ella was raised by her mother, Nancy, and her family.


Harper, Charles b. 1847, 53 years of age born in Pennsylvania, his mother Nancy M. b 1822, 78 years of age born in New York and his brother Tracy E. born 1854, 45 years of age. Charles and Tracy E. Harper were born in Michigan. According to this record Nancy M. Harper’s father was born in Connecticut and her mother was born in New York. Since Tracy E. Harper was living with his brother and mother it would appear his wife was deceased by 1900.


Buried in the Storick Cemetery, which is on Snow Road in Oronoko Township, are: Arthur Ahere, Betsey Ahere, James and Maria Ahere, their children, James Ahere, John Ahere, Margaret Ahere, and Nancy Ahere.


Nancy M. Harper was the daughter of Jesse and Kate (Fairchild) Graves. Nancy (Graves) Harper died on 25 Apr 1904. She was 81 years, 10 months and 28 days old when she died. Nancy M. Graves would have been born on 28 Jun 1822 in New York State.


The birth record for Ella M. Harper shows she was the daughter of Tracey E. Harper and Nancy Ahere. Ella May Harper was born in Oronoko Township on 26 Jan 1889. Nancy Ahere was the daughter of James and Maria (Critzer) Ahere. Tracy E. Harper was the son of Wilson and Nancy (Graves) Harper.


Vern Ray Cuthbert married Delcie Ellen Johnson on 09 Jul 1950. Witnesses were, Leon E. Cuthbert of South Bend, Indiana and Martha L. Hickerson of Niles. According to this record Vern was 22 years of age and Delcie was 21 years of age. Vern was from Niles and Delcie was also. Vern was born on 29 Feb 1928 and Delcie was born on 21 Jun 1928 in Niles, Michigan. Vern’s father was listed as Wilbur Cuthbert and his mother as Ella Harper. Delcie’s father was listed as Arthur Johnson and her mother as Ellen K. Page. Delcie Cuthbert died on … 2007. Vern Cuthbert died on … Aug 2008. Vern R. and Delcie E. (Johnson) Cuthbert had children:


Jerrold Vern Cuthbert b. 07 Sep 1953 in Henderson, Nevada

Sue Ellen Cuthbert b. 15 Nov 1957 in Niles, Michigan

Patricia May Cuthbert b. 16 Sep 1963 in Niles, Michigan


Vern Cuthbert served with the United States Air Force.


Delcie Cuthbert’s obituary was carried the Niles Daily Star on 24 Sep 2007 and it reads: “Delcie E. Cuthbert, 79, of Niles, died at 1:33 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend, Ind., following a length illness. Mrs. Cuthbert was born June 21, 1928 in Niles to the late Arthur and Ellen (Page) Johnson and was a lifetime resident. On July 9, 1950, in Niles as Delcie E. Johnson, she married Vern R. Cuthbert, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Patti (Bob) White of North Branch and Sue (Jim) Bowser of Niles; one son Jerry V. (Karen) Cuthbert of Buchanan; six grandchildren, Jennie (Phil) Brackett of Niles, Katie (Daryl) Miller and Jill Cuthbert both of Buchanan, Becky (Brock) Martin of Virginia Beach, VA., Cindy Bowser of Niles and Samantha White of North branch; and four great-grandchildren, Garrett, Sarah and Lilly Brackett and Tyler Miller. Delcie was a beloved piano teacher to hundreds of students and had been teaching out of the Niles Music Club for many years and was also a member of Portage Prairie United Methodist Church, Niles, where she served as choir director for over 25 years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Portage Prairie United Methodist Church with the Rev. Thomas Fox officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, South Bend, Ind. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 2450 Orange Road, Niles, MI 19120 or the Berrien County Cancer Service, 227 ½ E. Main Street, Niles, MI 49120. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at welshfh@yahoo.com. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 521 William St., South bend, Ind., is handling arrangements.”


Vern Cuthbert’s obituary was carried in the Niles Daily Star 08 Aug 2008 Obituaries Vern R. Cuthbert / 1928-2008 Friday, August 8, 2008 10:41 AM EDT Vern R. Cuthbert, 80, of Niles, died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at is home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Portage Prairie United Methodist Church, 2450 Orange Road, Niles, with the Rev. Dr. Theresa Sayles and the Rev. Tom Fox officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. He was born on Feb. 29, 1928, in Niles, to the late Wilbur and Ella (Harper) Cuthbert. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mabel Minervino and two brothers, Leon and Lyle Cuthbert. On July 9, 1950, in Niles, he married Delcie Ellen (Johnson) who died on Sept. 22, 2007. Surviving family includes a son, Jerry V. (Karen) Cuthbert of Buchanan; his daughters, Patti (Bob) White of North Branch and Sue (Jim) Bowser of Niles; six grandchildren, Jennie (Phil) Brackett, Katie (Daryl) Miller, Jill (Steve) Hein, Becky (Brock) Martin, Cindy Bowser and Samantha White; and four great-grandchildren, Garrett, Sarah and Lilly Brackett and Tyler Miller. Cuthbert worked as a meat cutter in his early years and most recently as an insurance salesman. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He was also a member of the Portage Prairie United Methodist Church, Niles. Contributions may be made to the church or charity of the donor's choice. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, South Bend, Ind., is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at welshfh@yahoo.com


Arthur Johnson was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England on 13 Feb 1902 and came to America in 1921. Arthur Johnson married first Helen Carpenter in Niles, Michigan on 03 Nov 1923. This document shows Arthur’s father’s name was William and his mother’s last name was Lindley. Helen was the daughter of Elmer Carpenter of Milton Township. Her mother’s last name was Adams. Helen (Carpenter) Johnson died on 19 Apr 1925 in South Bend, Indiana. Helen died two weeks after giving birth to a son who had died at birth. Helen was 18 years of age when she died.

Arthur Johnson married second Ellen Kathlene Page who was born in London, England on 18 Jul 1906. Arthur and Ellen married on 25 Nov 1926 in Mishawaka, Indiana. This record indicates Arthur’s mother’s name was Jane Liney? Arthur Johnson retired in 1968 from National Standard in Niles, Michigan where he had been employed as a “shipping clerk”. Arthur Johnson died in Niles on 17 July 1976 and was buried in the Highland Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana. At his death he left his widow, Ellen (Page) Johnson and their daughter Delcie (Johnson) Cuthbert who was their only child. He also left two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Patrick and Mrs. Maria Allenby both of Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Ellen (Page) Johnson died at the age of 91 years on 06 Jul 1998 in New Carlisle, Indiana. At the time of her death Ellen left a daughter, “Delcie Cuthbert of Niles; and a sister, Joan Robinson of Mishawaka;”.

Arthur Johnson filed an Intention to become an America citizen in Berrien County on 11 Feb 1924. This declaration reads:

“U. S. Department of Labor

Naturalization Service

No. 1747

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Declaration of Intention

Invalid for all purposes seven years after the date hereof

State of Michigan In the Circuit Court

County of Berrien of Berrien


I, Arthur Johnson, age 21 years, occupation Factory work, do declare on oath that my personal description is: color white, complexion Light, height 5 feet 5 inches, weight 135 pounds, color of hair Brown, color of eyes Blue other visible distinctive marks, none. I was born in Sheffield, England on the 13th day of February, anno Domini 1902; I now reside at 112 ½ Main St – Niles, Michigan. I emigrated to the United States of America from Liverpool, England on the vessel Celtic; my last foreign residence was Leeds, England; I am married; the name of my wife is Helen; she was born at Niles, Michigan and now resides at home. It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to George V, King of Great Britain and Ireland, of whom I am now a subject; I arrived at the port of New York, on or about the 14th day of September, anno Domini 1921; I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therein: SO HELP ME GOD.


(signed) Arthur Johnson


Subscribed and sworn to before me in the office of the Clerk of

Said court this 11th day of Feb., anno Domini 1924

(signed) Frank L. Hall

Clerk of the Circuit Court

By (signed) Ira Wagner, Deputy Clerk”


Arthur Johnson's father was William Johnson of Leeds, England. His mother was Jane (Lindley or Liney) Johnson also of England. Ellen K. Page's father was Julius H. Page and her mother was Alice (Blades) Page both from England.

Julius H. Page was born in London, England on 09 Dec 1873. In 1905 he married Alice Blades in London. Julius and Alice Page came to South Bend, Indiana about 1923 from Winnipeg, Canada. Julius H. Page died in South Bend, Indiana on 01 Sep 1935. Alice (Blades) Page died in South Bend, Indiana on 29 Mar 1974. Alice Blades was born in London, England on 11 Nov 1883. Julius H. and Alice (Blades) Page had two daughters:


Ellen Kathleen Page b. 18 Jul 1906 in London, England d.06 Jul 1998 in New Carlisle, Indiana and she married Arthur Johnson of Niles, Michigan. Ellen Johnson’s obituary was carried in the Niles Daily Star on 08 Jul 1998 and it reads: “Ellen Kathleen Johnson 1906-1998 Funeral services for Ellen Kathleen Johnson, 91, 52 Marmont St., Niles, are Thursday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m. at Pifer-Smith Funeral Home, 521 E. Main St., Niles. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, South bend. Mrs. Johnson died July 6 at 1:25 p.m. of natural causes at the Hamilton Grove Retirement Community, New Carlisle, Ind. She was born July 18, 1906 in London, England. Mrs. Johnson was married to Arthur Johnson, who died July 17, 1976. She was a retired manager of the ladies department at J. C. Penny in Niles where she worked for 23 years. She was affiliated with Portage Prairie United Methodist Church, Buchanan. Survivors include a daughter, Delcie Cuthbert of Niles; and a sister, Joan Robinson of Mishawaka; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Portage Prairie United Methodist Church or Hamilton Grove Retirement Community.”


Joan Page b. 31 Mar 1912 in London, England d. 07 May 2007 in South Bend, Indiana and she married Allen Robinson also of South Bend, Indiana. Joan’s obituary was carried in the South Bend Tribune on 10 Jun 2007 and it reads: “South Bend-Joan Eileen Robinson, 95, passed away at Regency Place of South Bend at 12:25 a.m. Monday, May 7. She was formerly of Jamestown Court North, Mishawaka, and also of Vassar Avenue, South Bend. Joan was born March 31, 1912, in London, England, to the late Julius and Alice (Blades) Page. In 1923, at the age of 11, she and her family left England and went to Winnipeg, Canada. After only a short time, they came to South Bend and settled in the area. On October 20, 1933, as Joan Page, she married Allen Carl Robinson in Goshen, IN. He died on September 17, 1977. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Ellen Johnson of Niles. Surviving are a son, Paul (Carolyn) Robinson of Muskegon, MI; a granddaughter, Lisa (Bill) Whiteman of Mishawaka; a step-grandson, Carey Harris of Plainfield, IN; three great-grandchildren, Andrew and Adam Whiteman and Gregory Harris; and a niece, Delcie Cuthbert of Niles. Joan worked for many years at Benton’s Department Store in South bend. Then after staying home to raise her son, Joan went back to work at the University of Notre Dame as a bookkeeper at the Hammes Bookstore. She worked there until retiring in 1977. Joan enjoyed many hobbies, such as knitting, sewing and reading. She was known for her great British wit and her strong sense of independence. She will be deeply missed by everyone who loved and knew her. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday June 15, at Highland Cemetery, South Bend. The Reverend Joseph Illes from the Cathedral of Saint James will be officiating. Per Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Regency Place for their excellent care and compassion shown to Joan in her final days.”

The 1928 City Directory for South Bend, Indiana includes:

Page, Julius H. (Alice) janitor Westinghouse Elec. & Mfg Co. h5071/2 E. South


The 1935 City Directory for South Bend, Indiana includes:

Page, Julius (Alice) h801 Rush


The 1936 City Directory of South Bend, Indiana includes:


Page, Alice (wid Julius) h 801 Rush

Page, Julius H. died Sept 1st 1935 age 61


The 1945-46 City Directory for South Bend, Indiana includes:


Page, Alice (wid Julius) emp Clean Towel Service r522 Fellows

Page, Bertram R. emp Studebaker r522 Fellows (this was her brother-in-law)


The 1974 City Directory of South Bend, Indiana includes:


Page, Alice (wid Julius H.) 1030 Vassar Av She was living with her daughter and her husband; Allen and Joan Robinson.


Julius H. Page’s obituary lists his surviving brothers as Bertram Page of Niles and Ernest Page of London, England. His sisters are recorded as Mrs. Percy Nash, Mrs. William Butler, Misses Edith and Louise Page all of London. Alice (Blades) Page’s obituary names her surviving brother as Arthur Blades of London and her surviving sister as Mrs. James Troup of Mishawaka, Indiana.

According to their death records, Julius H. Page’s father was John Page and his mother was Ellen (Finney) Page. Alice (Blades) Page’s father was Francis Blades and her mother was Annie (Jenkings) Blades.


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