1855 – Sexton report – Ann Arbor, Michigan

I found an 1855 newspaper Sexton report that has the names and ages of people who died in 1854.  I created a screen print of the newspaper item and posted it on the Ancestry dot com Message Board.

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Link to the newspaper item: Sexton Report

I then transcribed the report:

Soloman Mann 30 y 8 m 6 d
Joseph E. Garland 31 y
Franklin M. M. Fex 6 m
Fidelia Deet Williams 14 y
J. W. Sweney 33 y
Ludinda Davidson 3 y 2 m 6 d
H. M. Bates 28 y
George Hinsman 6 m
Konrad Glaty 17 y
Fraederick Schaeble 17 y 5 m
Arthur Clay 11 m 14 d
George Haywood Perly 16 m
Catherine Gaty 3 y
Christian M. Sadals 7 m
Mrs. J. C. Troupe 49 y 11 m 2 d
Abraham Cutler 65 y
Charles Fuller 47 y 7 m
John Still 18 m
Mrs. Maria A. Hiller 52 y
Gottliaban Schun 7 w
Gottleab Beach 49 y 4 m
Henry Beach 79 y
Mrs. Anna B. Wagkenhnt 33 y 3 m
Celia E. Stowe 23 y Elyria, Ohio
Elizabeth Catherine Wagkenhnt 2 y 5 d
Herman Frederick Houser 24 w 2 y
Luther James Parsons 15 m
George Miller 8 m 6 d
Jacop Hattinger 5 w
Alexander Charles Guiterman 1 m
George Gardiner 2 y 3 m
Charistian Conrad Lutz 6 m 18 d
Theodore Spelman Hubbard 5 y 1 m 13 d
Charles W. Gregory 10 y 2 d
Mrs. Elizabeth Duke 49 y
Eliza D. Brown 8 m 26 d
C. Besimer 6 m
Miss Gottlaby Weadiman 21 y
Eudora M. Caly 14 y
John Geo. Schmidt 31 y 6 m
Caroline Frances Vorheies 2 y
Genieve Mary Graham Lay 3 m 19 d
Mary Lathrop 16 y


Then I put it on an Excel file which allowed me to put items in columns which I used to sort the data. I sorted by Last Name and showed the name and death age which appears in the 1855 Sexton Report. (Years, Months, Weeks, Days). I then put the information on a MS Word Document.

1855-sexton-report-ann-arbor-table
MS Word Doc created from Excel file

The Excel file allowed me to create a bar chart to show the age distribution. I created the chart to see how many babies (younger than one year old) had died (16 out of 43). There are 43 people on the chart.

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16 of these were babies.

12 were older than 30: — 5 in their 30’s — 4 in 40’s — 1 in 50’s — 1 in 60’s — 1 in 70’s

I created the MS Word document from the Excel file because I could format the table and highlight some areas of the data to make them stand out.

I then went back to the Message Board and edited the original by adding the transcribed text file and the new charts. I also put in all the last names that appear on the Sexton report. These last names will show up in web searches; thus allowing more people to review the 1855 report.   While on the Message Board I noticed that there was a comment made by thomasker2 on 15 Feb 2017 in which he tells us:

“FYI – MICH. did not issue birth/death certs. until 1867.”

So maybe this 1855 Sexton report will be the only record some people have of their relatives deaths.

I hope this post has given you some new information and insight into Ann Arbor history.

Thank You

Jose from Clarkston, Michigan

 

Link to news item: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=W49gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4XINAAAAIBAJ&pg=6108%2C63772

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

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