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The Earliest Everinghams of Michigan
This would be during the 1849 Gold Rush, In 1854 the Republican Party was
founded in Jackson, MI, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 1863, the Civil War
(1861-1865) - over 90,000 Michigan men were mustered into service.
Parts of James and Sally Everingham's 4th generation children ended
up in the United States, in Michigan. Adoram's son Lyman, ended up in
Huron county where he married Angeline Horner. They also lived at Lincoln,
Alcona County, and in the Upper Peninsula in Gladstone, Delta County,
Michigan. Lyman's family have since moved to Canada, California, and
other States. So some of the very Earliest Everinghams in Michigan, are no
longer there. In fact, Lyman's descendants have run the successful business;
"Everingham Brother's Bait Company" in California for generations.
Lyman was a first cousin of Ira Everingham who later moved to Michigan.
George (b.1815) and wife Elizabeth's first son died in Detroit. Yet
another "James," a distant cousin named James Henry Everingham was born
in 1850 and James, his grandson raised his family near Jackson, Michigan.
According to Barb Curtindale's research, Jesse Owen Everingham,
son of Andrew Everingham (b.1808) and Susannah Dell, petitioned for U.S. Naturalization Citi-
zenship in 1905 at Rogers City, MI. He lived in Cheboygan County, and later moved to Ona-
way and Ocqueoc area of Presque Isle County. His papers show that he immigrated to Sault
Ste. Marie aboard the ship "Atlantic" from Perry Sound, Ontario Canada, in 1892. As a note;
Andrew's grandfather was James Everingham (our Generation 1). Most of the Everinghams who
came to Michigan in the late 1800s to early 1900s were from Canada.
Two of James & Violet's children; Ira, and Alice married into the "Norris" family.
Some of the Norris family ended up in mid-east Michigan, and possibly Huron County. Ira
Everingham's mother had died in 1869, a brother in 1870, his first born died in 1879, and a
sister who they were raising died in 1880. Finally, in 1884, Ira's father had died and perhaps
they were looking for a fresh start when they moved to Michigan in 1885. Ira's descendants
lived in Arenac County and Presque Isle County, Michigan. The earliest records show them
living and marrying at Maple Ridge, and Turner, Arenac County, Michigan. By late 1907,
much of the family had moved to the Onaway area of Presque Isle County where they stayed
for several generations. Ira and Louise died in Onaway, MI.
Ira's brother Adoram was working as a Raftsman, most likely for a logging company in
Michigan, in 1870, when he died in Iosco County, Michigan. Apparently, his death was regis-
tered both in Canada and Michigan. see records below;
Port Huron, St. Clair County Michigan always close to his brother Eugene's family. Henry
spelled his name "IRVINGHAM", pronounced the same way brother Ira pronounced it.
Eugene Delorne Everingham died March 21, 1894 in Bay Port, Michigan of Typhoid Fever.
At that time, he was only 34 years old & had a child under 2 years old. His oldest child was
only about 13 years old. Harriet (Getty) Everingham went on to raise her children, and died at
the home of her daughter, Esther Nelson, on Thursday, February 21, 1935 in Saginaw, Michi-
gan. Her obituary in the Saginaw Daily News notes that she moved to Saginaw in 1929.
Other Michigan Everinghams
(that I know of) One, was a civil war veteran, Corporal John B. Everingham. He served
in Company K of the 112th Regiment of Pennsylvania in 1864, and mustered out of ser-
vice Oct 1, 1865. He moved to Michigan in 1872, and in 1880 he was granted 160 acres
of land in Michigan. John and Ann (Tackaberry) Everingham lived in Mancelona, An-
trim County and St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan. According to the 1880 St. Jo-
seph Census, They had a son named William born about 1875 in Michigan. By 1884
John's biography (below) tells us that his son William and another son Claude had both
died. These are the only children mentioned. John was the son of shoemaker Enoch
Everingham and Eunice Starr of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The name Enoch
shows up many times in early Everingham records of New York, and New Jersey. John
Everinghams nephews and nieces, children of his brother Moses, lived Near the Michi-
gan State line, in Indiana. Some of those children later lived in Grand Rapids, Kent
County, Michigan. This was probably due to the booming economy of Grand Rapids
which eventually became the second largest city in Michigan.
been connected to our Everinghams. Ezekiel Everingham and wife Catherine Shaw had several
children and not much is known about most of them at this time. Their daughter Eliza married
Azro Healy a former Judge and Legislator who moved his family to Kalamazoo, Michigan.
More of this family may have moved to Michigan at some point, but further research on that fam-
ily has not yet been done.
A few other small Everingham families probably came to Michigan in the early 1900's
because of the large automobile industry in Detroit, Flint and Lansing. The 1920 Census of Lans-
ing, Ingham County, MI shows a Floyd, age 21 & Ada, age 18, Everingham, living at High Street.
They were both born in Ohio and came from an Ohio family.
They most likely came to
Michigan for the auto-workers jobs. To mention every Everingham in Michigan who was not
related to our Everingham family would take much more research.
More cousins of Ira Everingham in Michigan
cousin of Ira's who lived in Onaway and Ocqueoc, Presque Isle County, Michigan, near Ira's
family. Jesse had a brother named James Henry from Ontario who married Margaret Catherine
Smith in 1873. James & Margaret's son Henry Andrew married Mary Beatrice Wheatley. When
their son was born in 1914, they named him James Henry Frederick Wheatley Everingham. This
6th generation Everingham died in Jackson, Michigan in 1966. He was the father of two; James
Theodore "Ted" & Linda Beth Everingham. Ted practiced law in Grosse Point, Michigan.
parents of Ira Everingham of Michigan. James & Sarah had at least one more son who's descen-
dants ended up in Michigan. One son, George Henry Everingham spent his life in Canada.
George's son William Henry (b.1844) married Margaret Jane Long in 1871 and had 6 children;
William James (b.1871), George F. (b.1874), Robert "Wesley" (b.1876), Albert Edward (b.1878),
Eugene E. (b.1881), and Ella Irene (b.1891). William Sr. (b.1844) died in Detroit in 1945. Ac-
cording to the 1930 Census of Wayne County, Michigan, William lived with his son Albert. Al-
bert was known by his middle name; Edward, and lived at 1513 Waverly Avenue. It has not yet
been determined where all of Wil-
liam & Margaret's family ended
dren were living in Detroit in
1930. Another grandson of our
2nd generation James and Sally
(Brooks) Everingham was Adoram
D. Emmerson Everingham
(b.1848), who married Harriet
Adelaide Eastman. Their son Ed-
ward Aljordan Everingham was
born in 1874 and married Ethel
Thomas in 1906. Family notes say that Ethel was born in
England in 1884, the daughter of James George Thomas.
According to the 1910 census of Wayne County, Detroit,
MI, Edward immigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and was an
Ironworker. (census data on previous page) Edward's brother
Benjamin George Everingham, mentioned in the same cen-
sus data, was born in 1885, and also immigrated to the U.S.
in 1902. Ben Everingham married Catherine Elizabeth Do-
man in 1910. Catherine was born in 1890 at Owosso, Shia-
wassee County, MI. Ben and Catherine's children were:
John Theopolis (b.1911 see obituary), Roslyn (b.1916), Ivan
George (b.1920), and Donald James (b.1925). Donald was
a doctor who's son David James Everingham was also a
doctor in general practice in Romulus, Michigan.
ras Everham who was an actor by profession. This was an
era when acting was not as glamorous or profitable as it
later became, and a time when actors traveled with acting
groups and invested great deals of time in their work. His
mother's family had theatrical connections and worked in
American theatre in various capacities.
Joseph's children seemed to also be very talented
individuals. One worked for the newspaper in Virginia City
and later became president of the Chicago News Bureau
among other business accomplishments. One daughter
acted on the stage with her father, but died by age 21. An-
other son made his living by writing music, giving lessons
and playing piano. Joseph's son Melville acted with his fa-
ther & sister when he was younger, and could also play pi-
ano well which he learned from his brother.
For more info on William &
Lydia see page 13.
According to Jean Eaton, who was the daughter of Melville,
this family came to Michigan in 1908 when they moved their family to
Detroit. Melville's step-son had been working in Detroit at the rail-
ways tunnel. Melville worked in the construction business Melville's
children went to the University of Michigan or Olivette College. One daughter, Virginia
Edith, was a teacher who became a professional genealogist and recorded much of her fam-
ily's history for posterity. Her extensive genealogy records can be found in the Burton Col-
lection of the Detroit Public Library.
It is important to note that the Everham family of Detroit has not been proven
to be related at all to any of the Everinghams of Michigan, although some of our
Everingham family also lived in Detroit.
"our 4th generation"
and their descendants
All family Bibles indicate that Ira was born in "York State," which we would know today as
the State of New York. His father James Everingham was born in Niagara County, New York
and many of his aunts and uncles were born there. From census data, we know that Ira's par-
ents had probably moved to Ontario by the time he was born. This does not mean that they
didn't move back from Canada to New York, and back again, but all probable evidence shows
that Ira and his siblings were most likely born in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.
Ira married Louisa Norris on July 1, 1876 in Onondaga, Brant County, Ontario. Ira
and Louisa lived with his father James (or
near him) and helped with the family farm in
Onondaga. They also helped raise Ira's
youngest sister after their mother Violet died
in 1869. Ira was a farmer in Onondaga who
took care of many of his family's matters.
3 previous generations down to the following 4th generation children of James & Violet (Burnham) Everingham;
James Henry Everingham
death of both of his parents. In 1879, Ira's daughter died, and in 1880, his sister Mary died.
After Ira's father died in 1884, Ira and Louisa began to plan to move and make a new start.
Since Louisa was pregnant at the time, they may have waited until the baby was born to
move. In November of 1884, baby Charles Everingham was born in Onondaga. By 1885,
Ira, Louisa and their four living children; Robert, George, Belle and Charles all moved to
Michigan. The earliest records found show them settling in a newly founded town called
Turner, Arenac County, Michigan. Within a year, another baby was born who they named
Edith in September of 1886. Their last child Alice was also born in Turner, MI. All of their
children grew up in Turner and by 1907, all were married in Arenac County or the surround-
Ira and Louisa moved a final time in 1906 when they moved north to Onaway,
Presque Isle County, MI. Some of their immediate family also moved north to Onaway in
1906, and others followed them to Onaway by 1907. Their oldest child, Robert died of Ty-
phoid fever in Onaway in 1907. The rest of their children; George, Belle, Charles, Edith and
Alice had all moved with their spouses to Onaway and raised their families there. In 1911,
two of Ira's grandchildren died, Freda, daughter of Charlie, and Ira, son of George.
to time, as was common in those days. In 1917, Ira's grandson Hugh died. Ira lived with his
daughter Edith and her husband George Graves for much of the last years of his life. Inez
Graves recalls grandpa Ira getting mad at her and her brothers, and yelling; "By-Jolly Pike -
you kids are driving me crazy!" Some of Ira's descendants were not so careful in choosing
their words around kids. In 1922, George & Edith's 12 year old son Edward Graves died in
Onaway. On January 6th, 1924, Ira died of stomach cancer in Onaway, MI. Ira had outlived
his wife, several of his siblings, two of his children, and several grand children. At the time
of his death, Ira only had 6 children living, and 13 grandchildren.
mate how many descendants
you may have some day, and
how your life may impact fu-
ture generations. There is no
doubt that many descendants
of Ira, living today, have
never heard of him. I am sure
Ira didn't imagine how many
descendants he would have
over 80 years later, when this
book was written.
Theory and Fact about Ira's Age:
When researching Ira Everingham, you will find birth dates ranging from (1849 to 1858).
Strangely enough, documents exist that give several dates, and the true date is not known. It is only
speculation and my personal opinion, but from the fact sources that I've seen, I believe and earlier
records show that Ira was born in 1849. He and his wife, and descendants have identified his date of
birth as June 16th, 1858.
It seems that wife Louisa also has confusion surrounding her real date of birth. I certainly am
not accusing them of knowingly misleading people, just giving a theory.
As you can see on Ira's family sheet (previous page), we have several census records to help
identify Ira's age. These records help establish that Ira was alive long before 1858. He first appeared
as a 3 year old son of James and Violet Everingham in the 1852 census of Ontario area of Canada.
This record alone shows that an "Ira" was alive in 1852 and unless this Ira died and his parents
named a child born nine years later, with the same name (possible but not probable), then Ira could
not have been born in 1858.
No official records have been found that actually show Ira's date of birth as 1858. Two more
census records exist of Ontario that also show Ira living with his parents in 1861, and 1871. Those
records indicate Ira's date of birth as 1849 to 1850. This would still be consistent with the 1849 date.
The 1881 census for Brant County, Ontario identified him as a "Farm Hand" age 28 and wife
Louisa as age 26. This record gives the impression that Ira was born in 1853! Notice how after he
was married, on July 1, 1876, his date of birth makes him suddenly 3 years younger!, and later, he is
identified as four to five additional years younger!
Ira who most likely was born in mid 1849, was less than a year older than Louisa who
(I believe) was born in late 1849. It's quite possible that they had simply forgotten or had never
known their true date of birth. When Ira died January 6, 1924, his family identified him as 65
years, 6 months, 21 days old. This meant that they believed his date of birth was June 16th 1858.
Family Bibles also give this date and this is probably what Ira believed to be his date of birth. Based
on my calculations, Ira was actually 74 years old when he died.
The 1910 Onaway, Presque Isle County, Michigan Census shows Ira and Louisa Ervingham
living at South 6th Street Onaway, MI. It indicates that they were married about 1877 and that he
was born in New York, which most likely was what he thought, but probably incorrect. The Ona-
way census says that Ira was working in a saw mill which was the main supplier of jobs in the Ona-
way area at that time. The last bit of information from the census shows that both Ira and Louisa
could read and write. Ira could read or write, but many records relating to him are very foggy and
quite often misspelled. Perhaps he could not read and write well, or he just didn't pay attention to
dates well. All evidence shows that he was literate. He filled out most of his family's paperwork and
was the one who reported many family deaths. However, Ira & Louisa were not good at keeping
track of dates.
Louisa Norris, noted in some family records as "Louise," was born September 25th or
October 31, 1849. One family Bible gives the October date, but most family bible records
seem to agree on the date of birth of September 25, 1857. Louisa herself believed that she
was about the same age as Ira, who thought he was born in 1858. Louisa died in 1915,
Presque Isle County death records Vol. 1, page 226, shows that she died April 13, 1915 in
Onaway, MI. Her obituary card also gives the September date.
Some help came to deciphering the true birth date of Louisa, in 2001, when researcher
Roger Harris searched for Norris family Census records in Onondaga Township, Brant
County, Ontario. If she had been born in 1857, she would have only been 3 years old by
1861, but this was not the case. Louisa is listed as age 12 in the 1861 census with her parents
and siblings. This indicates a date of birth of about 1849. I tend to trust the oldest record
source. This makes me fairly sure that Louisa was born September 25, 1849.
From Ira and Louisa's generation, the Everingham family has been known as
ERVINGHAM, in Northern Michigan. Evidence shows that Ira & his siblings also pro-
nounced the name "Er-ving-ham". Ira's father often spelled the family name with an extra
"Y" which is how it was spelled in ancient English records ( Everyingham ).