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Research of Kevin Everingham 1990-2011
This family grew up in and lived around CASS County, Michigan.
1850 CENSUS La Grange, Cass, MI (line 39, dwelling 888, family 896) John Springsteen 44,.. Romelia 32,.. Eliza J. 16,.. Henry 14,.. Barney M. 10,.. Eliza J 8,.. Jacob 6,.. Sarah 2
1863 Marriage Cass County, MI ... Henry Springsteen 25,... Elizabeth Green 22,... married 17 March 1863 at Cass County, MI.. no other information recorded.
1870 CENSUS Wayne Twp. Cass County, MI (23rd July 1870... page 22) ... Henry Springsteen 32, farmer, value of realestate $3,000, b.NY,.. Elizabeth 32, keeping house, b.MI,.. Ida 6 b.MI,.. John 4 b.MI,.. Frank 1 b.MI.
1872 Cass Co. Marriage Record (Vol.1 pg.154, #1528).. "Henry Springsteen, 35, b.Niagara Co. NY, married Kate Ashby, 25, b.Cass Co. MI, married 29 August 1872 at LaGrange, Cass, Michigan."
1880 CENSUS Wayne Twp. Cass Co., MI --- Henry Springsteen 42 b.NY, parents b.NY, farmer, married,... Kate 33, wife b.MI, father b.KY, mother b.SC,.. Ida A. 16, b.MI,.. John J. 14, b.MI,.. Frank P. 12, b.MI,.. Ralph H. 7, b.MI,.. Zora A. 6, b.MI,.. Arthur L. 2, b.MI,.. Henry C. 8m, b.MI
1925 Death Registration Cass County, MI... Henry Springsteen, age 88, b.NY, farmer, married, son of: John Springsteen & Romelia Colby, died 26 March 1925 at Cassopolis, Cass, MI
Ramelia is the daughter of Samuel COLBY (b.3 May 1783 Oswego, NY), Samuel died 1859 in NY,.. He was the son of William COLBY (b.1760 NH) & Eleanor LORD (b.1763 MA)
obituary, March 1925
Henry Springsteen was the oldest county continuous resident, here for 88 years.
Henry Springsteen, 88, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. C. Morton (Nevada) of Cassopolis at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon, March 19, 1925. With his passing, Cass County lost its oldest continuous resident. Mr. Springsteen came to Cass County with his parents when but three months old from New York state and has lived in the county since that time making his home in Wayne Township during the greater part of that period. The aged man, after a vigorious and active life, during which time he became one of the county's best known figures, began to fail in health last August and a steady decline followed, resulting in his death which occured just one month after he celebrated his 88th birthday, at which time he was remembered by scores of his friends.
Wife Critically Ill
Thursday afternoon, shortly before death arrived, Mrs. Springsteen suffered a stroke which was a result of a strain and worry of the past weeks, and her condition is critical. Because of her condition a private funeral was made necessary. There will be a private service at the Morton home in Cassopolis at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon followed by short services at the grave at Riverside Cementery.
Mr. Springsteen was married twice and had four children form the first marriage and five with the seconded, all of whom are living, and six of whom are residents of Cass County. Mr. and Mrs. Springsteen had lived on the same farm in Wayne for 54 years.
The deceased is survived by his wife, a brother, Jacob Springsteen of Augusta, Michigan, and a sister Mrs. Lucinda Melcher of Penn Township. The children in order of birth are: Mrs. Ida Benedict of Lagrange, John Springsteen of Vickoryville, Michigan, Frank Springsteen of Wayne Township, James Springsteen of Volinia, Ralph Springsteen of Oregon, Mrs. G. C. Morton of Cassopolis, Arther Springsteen of Dowagiac, Henry Springsteen, Jr., of Wayne, and Mrs. Libbie Graham of Dowagiac. There are 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren surviving.
His first wife, Elizabeth Green, died October 29, 1870 age 30 years, 3 months, 5 days of typhoid fever and heart disease.
His second wife, Catherine (Kate) Ashby, died April 17, 1925 age 79 years, 6 months, 8 days of cerebral hemmorage.
Henry Springsteen was born Feburary 17, 1837 in Lewiston Township, Niagara County, New York and came to Cass County, Michigan in 1837. His death was due to cystis.
March 1946 Obituary of Ida Alice Springsteen-Benedict
Ida A. Springsteen, eldest child of Henry and Elizabeth Green Springsteen, was born in Wayne Township, Cass County, Michigan, May 14, 1864 and passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. S. Howard, near Belleville, Michigan, March 15, 1946, aged 81 years and 10 months.
March 14, 1882 she was married to Timothy Benedict, who passed away in 1922. Five children were born, of which two, Berne Benedict and Mrs. Lora Howard, survive her. Also a granddaughter, Katherine Howard.
Also surviving are two brothers, John of Montcalm County, Michigan and Frank of Wayne Township, Cass County, Michigan. Three half brothers, Ralph of Oregon and Arthur and Henry of Dowagiac, and two half sisters, Mrs. Giles Morton of Cassopolis and Mrs. Elizabeth Graham of California, and many nephews and nieces.
She united with the Methodist church after her marriage and was a consistent member to the time of her death.
Because of the illness of Mrs. Howard her family were unable to attend the funeral services held Monday at 1:30p.m. at the Spivey funeral home in Dowagiac. Reverend John Lockyer officiating. Burial in the Van Riper Cementery in Lagrange.