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Arnold, a friend of mine from church, was interested in finding more about his paternal grandfather, Ralph HAMEL, who was killed in action during World War II.  Arnold knew his grandfather was born in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan, but not much more. 
Purple Heart Medal
A search at Ancestry.com revealed a Ralph H. HAMEL from Michigan buried in Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Belgium.  I also found Ralph's burial listed at Find-A-Grave.  Ralph was a Private First Class in the 16th Infantry 1st Division.  He died on 15 January 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

Starting with the U.S. censuses, I looked for additional information about Arnold's ancestors.  The pedigree chart below, gives a snapshot of what I've found so far, based on censuses and other sources available on the web.  This chart shows Arnold's HAMEL ancestors through his 3rd great grandparents.

Ralph HAMEL's mother was Adelaide Mary ASHFORD, daughter of Edmund ASHFORD and Caroline nee DAVIS.



Ralph Hamel's Direct Line in the Census      Edmund ASHFORD and Caroline DAVIS



Surnames:

ASHFORD

DAVIS

FENTON

HAMEL

PERKS

THICKBROOM

Ralph HAMEL Pedigree



Ralph HAMEL's direct lines in the censuses

HAMEL

I found Ralph enumerated in both the 1920 and 1930 U.S. censuses with his widowed grandmother, Mary HAMEL, in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan.  Also enumerated were Ralph's widowed father, Harry, and his siblings, Roger, Eugene and Margaret.  In 1910 Ralph's father, Harry, was single and living with his widowed mother and a sister Agnes.  Harry would have married some time after 1910 and was widowed by 1920.

1930 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft County, Manistique, ED 7, sheet 3B, 4 April 1930
220 Maple Street, dwelling 81, family 89
Hamel, Mary, head, age 66, married, age 17 at first marriage, born New York, parents born Ireland
Hamel, Roger, grandchild, age 21, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan, bookkeeper
Hamel, Eugene, grandchild, age 18, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Hamel, Margaret, grandchild, age 16, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Hamel, Ralph, grandchild, age 13, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Hamel, Harry, son, age 37, married, age 21 at first marriage, born Michigan, parents born New York, laborer, lumber mill

1920 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft County, Manistique, ED 301, sheet 3B, 28 January 1920
220 Maple Ave., dwelling 59, family 71
Hamill, Mary, keeper, age 50, widow, born New York, parents born Ireland, house keeper, lodging house
Hamill, Harry, son, age 32, widower, born Michigan, parents born New York, laborer, lumber mill
Hamill, Roger, grandson, age 9, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Hamill, Eugene, grandson, age 8, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Hamill, Marguerite, granddaughter, age 6, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Hamill, Ralph, grandson, age 2 11/12, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan

1910 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft County, Manistique, ED 242, sheet 17B, 4 May 1910
220 Maple Ave., dwelling 325, family 346
Hamel, Mary, head, age 47, widow, mother of 3 children, 2 children living, born New York, parents born Ireland Irish, occupation none
Hamel, Agnes, daughter, age 23, single, born Michigan, parents born New York, stenographer, law office
Hamel, Harry, son, age 21, single, born Michigan, parents born New York, s??ter, saw mill

I continued tracking this HAMEL family back through the census records.  In 1900 Harry was enumerated with his parents and two sisters.  Harry's parents, Henry A. and Mary T, married about 1885.  Since the 1890 census is not available, having been destroyed, 1900 is the only census I would find Harry's parents together.  According to the 1900 census, Harry's father, Henry A., was born in New York in October 1861, therefore I looked for him in the 1880 and 1870 censuses.  In 1880 a 26-year-old Henry HAMEL was one of several boarders enumerated with a widow, Adeline Fuller, and her 5 children in Manistique.  The 1870 census has 16-year-old Henry enumerated with his parents Henry and Caroline and several siblings in Corning, Steuben County, New York.  Doing the math, if Henry was 16 years old in 1870 and 26 years old in 1880, he wasn't born in 1861, as the 1900 census indicated, but around 1854.  This raises the question as to whether I have the right Henry or not.  I later found a cemetery extract for Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique listing six HAMELs, which gave Harry's birth year as 1854.  Not definitive proof, but adds to the possibility / probability this is the same person.  The 1860 census gives the family name as HAMMOND, but based on the individuals named, it is apparent it is the HAMEL family.

1900 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft County, Manistique, ED 166, sheet 12A, 12 June 1900
Maple Avenue, dwelling 211, family 241
Hamel, Henry A., head, born Oct 1861, age 38, married, married 15 years, born New York, parents born Germany, night forman at mill
Hamel, Mary T., wife, born Nov 1860, age 39, married, married 15 years, mother of 3 children, 3 children living, born New York, parents born Ireland
Hamel, Agnes J., daughter, born July 1887, age 12, single, born Michigan, parents born New York, at school
Hamel, Harry, son, born Dec 1888, age 11, single, born Michigan, parents born New York, at school
Hamel, Mary, daughter, born Mar 1893, age 7, single, born Michigan, parents born New York, at school

1880 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft, Manistique, ED 37, page 14, 22 Jun 1880
Enumerated with Adeline Fuller, age 45, widow with 5 children, 7 other boarders (dwelling 135, family 135)
Hamel, Henry, age 26, boarder, single, laborer, born New York, parents born Germany

1880 U.S. census, New York, Steuben County, Corning, ED 171, page 39, 29 June 1880
Dwelling 424, family 448
Hammell, Henry, age 60, married, ??? Sash Factory, born New York (sic), parents born New York
Hammell, Dorritt, age 49, wife, married, keeping house, born Germany, parents born Germany
Hammell, Henery, age 26, son, single, day laborer, born New York, parents born Germany
Hammell, George, age 24, son, single, teamster, born New York, parents born Germany
Hammell, William, age 22, son, single, lineman sash factory, born New York, parents born Germany
Hammell, Lainey, age 19, daughter, school, born New York, parents born Germany
Hammell, Mary, age 14, daughter, school, born New York, parents born Germany
Hammell, Julius, age 10, son, school, born New York, parents born Germany

1870 U.S. census, New York, Steuben County, Corning, page 132, 4 August 1870
Dwelling 1052, family 1105
Hamel, Henry, age 50, laborer, born Germany, parents of foreign birth, male citizen over age 21
Hamel, Caroline, age 38, keeping house, born Germany, parents of foreign birth
Hamel, Henry, age 16, born New York, parents of foreign birth
Hamel, George, age 14, born New York, parents of foreign birth
Hamel, William, age 12, born New York, parents of foreign birth
Hamel, Lana, age 9, born New York, parents of foreign birth
Hamel, Mary, age 5, born New York, parents of foreign birth
Hamel, Julius, age 1, born New York, parents of foreign birth

1860 U. S. census, New York, Steuben County, Corning, page 29, 23 June 1860
Dwelling 218, family 217
Henry Hammond, age 40, day laborer, born Germany
Caroline Hammond, age 29, born Germany
Henry Hammond, age 6, born New York
George Hammond, age 5, born Steuben County
Wm Hammond, age 2, born Steuben County

The 1900 U.S. census for New York shows that Henry's parents, Henry and Caroline, immigrated in 1850 and 1851 respectively.  They had been married for 49 years.  I checked the 1850 census, but did not find anyone whose information matched Henry's.

1900 U.S. census, New York, Steuben County, Corning, ED 80, sheet 6B, 7 June 1900
Dwelling 128, family 134
Hamel, Henry, head, born Dec 1819, age 80, married, married 49 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, immigrated 1850, naturalized, occupation none
Hamel, Carrie D., wife, born Nov 1830, age 69, married, married 49 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, immigrated 1851
Weber, Mary, daughter, born Aug 1865, age 34, married, married 0 years, mother of 1 child, 1 child living, born New York, parents born Germany
Weber, Dorothy M., niece, born July 1899, age 10/12, single, born New York, father born New York, mother born Germany



ASHFORD


Ralph HAMEL's mother was Adelaide Mary ASHFORD.  Adelaide married Harry HAMEL on 23 Jun 1910, shortly after the 1910 census was taken.  She died 13 Dec 1918, so Harry and Adelaide were never listed in a U.S. census together.  In 1910 and 1900 Adelaide was enumerated with her parents, Edmund and Caroline ASHFORD, and siblings, Frank E. and Edith R.  (Another online source, a biographical sketch of Edmund ASHFORD, names another son Harry.)

1910 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft, Manistique Ward 4, ED 242, sheet 4B, 20 April 1910
539 Manistique Avenue, dwelling 80, family 89
Ashford, Edmund, head, age 57, married once, married 30 years, born English, parents born English, immigrated 1880, naturalized, judge probate, abstract office
Ashford, Caroline, wife, age 55, married once, married 30 years, mother of 7 children, 4 children living, born English, parents born English, immigrated 1880
Ashford, Adelaide M., daughter, age 28, single, born Michigan, parents born English, stenographer, abstract office
Ashford, Edith R., daughter, age 12, single, born Michigan, parents born English

1900 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft County, Manistique, ED 166, sheet 7B, 7 June 1900
Manistique Avenue, dwelling 112, family 127
Ashford, Edmund, head, born Mar 1853, age 47, married, married 21 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated unknown, county clerk
Ashford, Caroline, wife, born Dec 1854, age 45, married, married 21 years, mother of 9 children, 4 children living, born England, parents born England, immigrated unknown
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Ashford, Adelaide M., daughter, born Feb 1882, age 18, single, born Michigan, parents born England, deputy county clerk
Ashford, Frank E., son, born Apr 1886, age 14, single, born Michigan, parents born England, at school
Ashford, Edith R., daughter, born Oct 1897, age 2, single, born Michigan, parents born England

The 1910 census shows that Adelaide's parents immigrated in 1880, but I was unable to find them enumerated in the 1880 U.S. census.  However, at FamilySearch.org, I did find an Edmund ASHFORD enumerated in the 1881 Canada census, who appears to be Adelaide's father.  I also found Caroline ASHFORD, enumerated in the 1881 British census, living with her parents.  According to a couple of online biographies, Edmund ASHFORD lived in Canada for a time before settling in Manistique, Michigan.

1881 Canadian Census, FamilySearch.org
Census place: Essa, Simcoe Souty, Ontario
Family History Library film 1375886
NA film number C-13250, district 138, sub-district F, division 1, page number 82, household number 377
Edmund ASHFORD, married, male, ethnic origin English, age 26, birthplace England, occupation laborer, religion Church of England

1881 British Census, FamilySearch.org
Dwelling: Maney Duke St.
Census place: Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England
Family History Library film: 1341729; Public records office reference: RG11; Piece / folio: 3051 / 6
Page number: 6
Household:
John DAVIS, head, married, male, age 63, birthplace Barr, Stafford, England, occupation Hawler
Mary M. DAVIS, wife, married, female, age 58, birthplace Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England
Joseph DAVIS, son, unmarried, male, age 38, birthplace Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England, occupation labourer
Harry DAVIS, son, unmarried, male, age 19, birthplace Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England, occupation labourer
Caroline ASHFORD, daur, married, female, age 26, birthplace Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England
H.C.D. ASHFORD, g. son, male, age 11 months,  birthplace Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England



Edmund ASHFORD and Caroline nee DAVIS

Edmund ASHFORD
b. 25 Mar 1853
Warwickshire, England
d. 10 May 1935
bur. Lakeview Cem., Manistique, Michigan
Father: James ASHFORD
Mother: Mary PERKS
Married
About 1878/1879
England
Caroline nee DAVIS
b. 19 Dec 1854
Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England
d. 17 Jan 1934
bur. Lakeview Cem., Manistique, Michigan
Father: John DAVIS
Mother: Maria THICKBROOM

Children of Edmund and Caroline ASHFORD


Notes:
Edmund ASHFORD and Caroline nee DAVIS are my friend Arnold HAMEL's great grandparents
According to the online book "Memorial record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan," published by The Lewis Publishing Company in 1895, Edmund ASHFORD was born 25 March 1853 in the shire of Warwick, England.  The same source names his parents as James and Mary nee PERKS.  There were eleven children born to James and Mary, nine were living in 1895: Edmund, Joseph, Thomas, John, Mary, George, Walter, Edward and Earnest.
Other information from this source:  "Edmund Ashford is the only one that ever came to the United States.  He was educated in public and private schools of his native land and at the age of sixteen he bade adieu to home and friends, sailing for Australia.  He located in Adelaide, South Australia, and was in the government service, exploring in the survey department.  There he remained for some years, but at length returned on a visit to England, and while there was married, in 1876, to Miss Carrie Davis.  In the same year he sailed with his bride for Canada, and secured employment with a lumber firm of that country for a year at Mad river.  In 1878 he came directly to Manistique and engaged with the Chicago Lumber Company, continuing that connection until 1892."
"... Their family numbers three children, Harry, Adelaide and Frank; and they also lost five. They are members of the Episcopal Church...."  (Note: their daughter Edith was born in 1897.Google Books (1)
Another online source at Google Books, "A history of the northern peninsula of Michigan and its people", published in 1911, says:
"Judge Edmund Ashford was born in England, in Warwickshire, March 25, 1853....   His boyhood days were spent in the place of his birth, receiving there also his public school training, and during about six years of his early life he was in the government service in Australia.  Returning from there to England he was married in the mother country in 1878 to Caroline Davis, a native daughter of that country.  Together they made the journey to Canada in 1879, and in 1880 they came to Manistique.  Mr. Ashford during the first ten years of his residence here filling the position of lumber inspector for the Chicago Lumber company...."
"Four children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Ashford, and the eldest, Harry Ashford, is living on the Neopit Indian reservation and is employed as a bookkeeper. Adelaide, the elder daughter, is at home with her parents and is her father's assistant, while Frank is in Duluth, and Edith is also at home...."  Google Books (2)
The publications above note that Edmund and Caroline ASHFORD married in either 1876 or 1878, came to Canada, and then to the U.S. in either 1878 or 1880.  However, in 1881 Caroline ASHFORD and her son H.C.D. [Harry Charles Davis] were listed in the British census, living with Caroline's parents John and Mary M. DAVIS.  This census shows that Harry was 11 months old and that he was born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England. 
I found an Edmund ASHFORD enumerated in the 1881 Canada census for Essa, Simcoe Souty, Ontario, whom I am guessing is the Edmund ASHFORD who ultimately immigrated to Manistique.
I checked to see if  Edmund and Caroline were in the 1880 U.S. census for Michigan, but did not find them.  The 1890 census is not available.  In 1900 through 1930 they were enumerated in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan.
In an online extract of the Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique, Michigan, I found the following entries:
Last Name, First Name, section, lot, grave, death date, born, age, Mother's Maiden Name
(children of Edmund and Caroline)
Ashford, Willie E., 01, 47, 1, died 10/22/1884, born ?, age 0, (blank)
Ashford, Arthur H., 01, 47, 1, died 08/08/1887, born ?, age 0, (blank)
Ashford, Baby, 01, 47, 6, died 03/28/1906, born ?, age 0, (blank)
Ashford, Baby, 01, 47, 2, died 10/02/1908, born (blank), age 0 (blank)
Ashford, Frank, 01, 47, 3, died 08/25/1925, born 1886, age 39, Davis Caroline

Frank's entry gave his mother's maiden name.

(Edmund and Caroline)
Ashford, Edmond, 01, 47, 5, died 05/10/1935, born 03/25/1853, age 82, (unknown)
Ashford, Caroline, 01, 47, 4, died 01/17/1934, born 12/19/1854, age 79, Thickbroom-Maria

Caroline's entry noted her mother's maiden name.

Four of Edmund and Caroline's children lived to adulthood:  Harry Charles Davis, Adelaide Mary, Frank E. and Edith R.
Six children died in infancy.
William Ernest ASHFORD was born 15 Apr 1884 in Hiawatha, Schoolcraft County, Michigan.  He died 22 Oct 1884 in Hiawatha and is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique, Schoolcraft County.
Arthur H. ASHFORD died 8 Aug 1887 and is buried at Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique.  The cemetery extract for Lakeview does not note Athur's date of birth, but gives his age as 0.
Albert W. ASHFORD was born 12 Nov 1888 in Hiawatha.  He died 19 Aug 1889 in Hiawatha.  His death record gave cause of death as Cholera infantum.
A stillborn baby girl was born to Edmund and Caroline on 31 Dec 1890 in Manistique, Schoolcraft County.
The Lakeview Cemetery extract lists a Baby ASHFORD who died 28 Mar 1906 and a Baby ASHFORD who died 2 Oct 1908.  Neither of their birthdates was given, both their ages were noted as 0.



Harry Charles Davis ASHFORD and Margaret B. / Belle HENRY

Harry Charles Davis ASHFORD
b. 17 Apr 1880, Sutton Coldfield, Warwick, England
d. Apr 1963
bur.
Father: Edmund ASHFORD
Mother: Caroline DAVIS
Married
13 Jan 1903
Cheboygan, Cheboygan Co., Michigan
Margaret B. / Belle HENRY
b. Dec 1881, Michigan

d.
bur.
Father: John HENRY
Mother: Emma ROBARGE

Notes:
A biography of Harry's father, Edmund ASHFORD, is included in the online book "Memorial record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan," published by The Lewis Publishing Company in 1895. Google Books (1)
Harry was named as one of the children of Edmund and Caroline DAVIS ASHFORD. "... Their family numbers three children, Harry, Adelaide and Frank; and they also lost five. They are members of the Episcopal Church...."  
A second online biography of Edmund ASHFORD in "A history of the northern peninsula of Michigan and its people"  by Alvah Littlefield Sawyer, publish in 1911 by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, (Google Books (2)) also names Harry:
Four children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Ashford, and the eldest, Harry Ashford, is living on the Neopit Indian reservation and is employed as a bookkeeper. Adelaide, the elder daughter, is at home with her parents and is her father's assistant, while Frank is in Duluth, and Edith is also at home.
Marriage record of Harry C. D. ASHFORD and Margaret B. HENRY
FamilySearch.org Record Search - Pilot Site
Return of Marriages in the County of Schoolcraft, Michigan, for the quarter ending March 31, A.D. 1903
Record number 56, Date of License Dec 31, 1902
Date and place of marriage Jan 13, 1903, Cheboygan, Michigan
Groom: Harry C. D. Ashford, age 22, white, residence Bois Blank Island, born England, laborer, father Ed. Ashford, mother Caroline Davis, previously married (blank)
Bride: Margaret B. Henry, age 20, white, residence Manistique, Michigan, born Michigan, father John Henry, mother Emma Robarge, previously married (blank)
Marriage perfomed by E. Sedwek, Clergyman
Witnesses: Harry McCook, residing in Cheboygan, Michigan; Tillie Loske, residing in Cheboygan, Michigan
Film number: 2342665, Reference number: v 4 p 295 rn 56; Collection: Michigan Marriages 1868-1925
The 1910 U.S. census shows Harry and his family living in Shawano County, Wisconsin, on the Menominee Indian Reservation.
1910 U.S. census, Wisconsin, Shawano County, Menominee Indian Reservation, ED 163, sheet 12A, 2 May 1910, Dwelling 76, family 77
Ashford, Harry, head, age 30, married, married 7 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1881, bookkeeper, Gen Office
Ashford, Belle, wife, age 27, married, married 7 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children living, born Michigan, parents born Can French
Ashford, Edmund, son, age 6, (blank), born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan
Ashford, Bernice H., daughter, age 2/12, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan
Harry and family in the 1920 and 1930 U.S. censuses:
1920 U.S. census, Illinois, McHenry County, Algonquin Township, Crystal Lake City, ED 116, sheet 4B, 3 January 1920,  University Street, dwelling 81, family 81
Ashford, Harry C., head, age 39, married, immigrated 1881, naturalized 1890, born England, parents born England, manager, Express Body Factory
Ashford, Margaret B., wife, age 37, married, born Michigan, parents born Canada [French]
Ashford, Edmond, son, age 16, single, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan, bookkeeper, Express Body Factory
Ashford, Burnice, daughter, age 10, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan
Ashford, Beatrice, daughter, age 8, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan
Ashford, Clarisse, daughter, age 6, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan
Ashford, John, son, age 5, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan

Enumerated twice in the 1930 census, once in Michigan, once in Illinois.
1930 U.S. census, Michigan, Ontonagon County, McMillan, Ewan, ED 8, sheet 3A, 3 April 1930
Dwelling 22, family 22
Enumerated with Hatfield, William P.
Ashford, Harry, lodger, age 49, married, age 22 at first marriage, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1880, naturalized, superintendent, lumber co.
1930 U.S. census, Michigan, Ontonagon County, McMillan, Ewan, ED 8, sheet 2B, 3 April 1930
Dwelling 13, family 13
Enumerated with Miesbauer, Wencl
Ashford, Margaret B., lodger, age 46, married, age 19 at first marriage, born Michigan, parents born Canada English, occupation none

1930 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1387, sheet 28A, 17 April 1930
2704 New England, dwelling 408, family 502
Ashford, Harold C.D., head, age 49, married, age 21 at first marriage, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1883, superintendent, lumber co.
Ashford, Margaret B., wife, age 46, married, age 18, at first marriage, born Michigan, parents born Canada French
Ashford, Edmund E., son, age 26, married, age 17 at first marriage, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan, molder, mill co.
Ashford, Beatrice F., daughter, age 18, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan, clerk, lumber co.
Ashford, Clarice E., daughter, age 16, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan, clerk, ???
Ashford, John H., son, age 15, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan
Symons, Gordon J., boarder, age 21, single, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan, spreader, candy factory

The Gordon J. SYMONS enumerate with the ASHFORDs in 1930 later married Bernice ASHFORD.
Harry's World War II draft registration gives his date and place of birth.
World War II draft registration 1942
Harry Charles Davis Ashford
2704 N. New England Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois;  Telephone Merr 4704
Age 62, date of birth 4-17-1880
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England
Person who will know your address Mrs. Margaret B. Ashford, 2704 N. New England Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Employer Pettibone-Milliken Federal Credit Union; 4710 w. Division St., Chicago, Cook, Illinois
The online Social Security Death Index gives Harry's death date as April 1963.
HARRY ASHFORD, born 17 Apr 1880, died Apr 1963, last residence (Illinois), last benefit (none specified), SSN 359-07-8240, issued Illinois
Harry's wife Margaret B. / Belle HENRY was a daughter of John HENRY and Emma nee ROBARGE.  Harry and Margaret married in 1903.  Margaret / Belle was enumerated with her parents and younger siblings in the 1900 U.S. census:
1900 U.S. census, Michigan, Schoolcraft, Inwood Township, ED 168, sheet 3A, 8 June 1900 ®608
Dwelling 52, family 52
Henry, John, head, born July 1829, age 70, married, married 30 years, born Canada Fr., parents born Canada Fr., immigrated 1860, naturalized, farmer
Henry, Emma, wife, born Aug 1852, age 47, married, married 30 years, mother of 10 children, 9 children living, born Canada Fr., parents born Canada Fr., immigrated 1869
Henry, Belle, daughter, born Dec 1881, age 18, single, born Michigan, parents born Canada Fr.
Henry, Albert, son, born Dec 1885, age 14, single, born Michigan, parents born Canada Fr., at school
Henry, Palmia, daughter, born Feb 1888, age 12, single, born Michigan, parents born Canada Fr., at school
Henry, Norman, son, born Aug 1891, age 8, single, born Michigan, parents born Canada Fr., at school

Children of Harry C. D. ASHFORD and Margaret B. HENRY

Edmund ASHFORD
Edmund was enumerated with his parents in Chicago in 1930.  His entry shows he was married, but no spouse was listed with him.
1930 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1387, sheet 28A, 17 April 1930
2704 New England, dwelling 408, family 502
Ashford, Edmund E., son, age 26, married, age 17 at first marriage, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan, molder, mill co.

It appears Edmund was also enumerated in Marquette, Michigan. 
1930 U.S. census, Michigan, Marquette County, Marquette, ED 22, sheet 17B, 12 April 1930
311 Michigan, dwelling 382, family 431
Enumerated with Gilbert, Edward G.
Ashford, Edmund, roomer, age 27, single, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan, ornamental plasterer, building

Possible Social Security Death Index entry -- I do not have any information at this time to confirm this is the son of Harry and Margaret.  The Edmund listed in the 1930 census was 26/27 years old, putting his year of birth around 1904/1903.
EDMUND ASHFORD, born 01 Jun 1903, died Dec 1978, last residence (not specified), last benefit 84401 (Ogden, Weber, UT), SSN 363-24-6864, issued Michigan

Bernice H. ASHFORD

In the 1910 census for the Menominee Indian Reservation in Shawano County, Wisconsin, Bernice was 2 months old and shows she was born in Michigan.  The census was taken in May, so she was born around March 1910.

Bernice was enumerated with her parents in the 1920 and 1930 censuses. 

Gordon J. SYMONS, a boarder, was enumerated with the ASHFORD family in the 1930 census:  Symons, Gordon J., boarder, age 21, single, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan, spreader, candy factory

The Cook County, Illinois, Marriage Index 1930-1960 at Ancestry.com shows that Bernice ASHFORD and Gordon SYMONS married 24 Apr 1930 in Cook County.

Gordon James SYMONS was in the 1910 census, enumerated with his parents:
1910 U.S. census, Michigan, Houghton County, Calumet, ED 107, sheet 11B, 22 April 1910
91 3rd Street (Wolverine Mine), dwelling 112, family 171
Symons, John, head, age 32, married once, married 3 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated 1890, naturalized, miner, copper mine
Symons, Sadi, wife, age 25, married once, married 3 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children living, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Wisconsin
Symons, Louis, daughter, age 2, single, born Michigan, fahter born England, mother born Michigan
Symons, Gordon James, son, age 1 8/12, single, born Michigan, father born England, mother born Michigan

Possible Social Security Death Index entry for Gordon SYMONS:
GORDON SYMONS, born 08 Aug 1908, died Jul 1962, last residence (not specified), last benefit (none specified), SSN 363-05-7386, issued Michigan

Beatrice F. ASHFORD

Based on her age given in the 1920 and 1930 U.S. censuses, Beatrice was born about 1912 in Wisconsin.

1920 U.S. census, Illinois, McHenry County, Algonquin Township, Crystal Lake City, ED 116, sheet 4B, 3 January 1920
University Street, dwelling 81, family 81
Ashford, Beatrice, daughter, age 8, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan

1930 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1387, sheet 28A, 17 April 1930
2704 New England, dwelling 408, family 502
Ashford, Beatrice F., daughter, age 18, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan, clerk, lumber co.

So far, this is all the information I've found about Beatrice.


Clarisse E. ASHFORD

Clarisse was enumerated with her parents in the 1920 and 1930 censuses.  Clarisse was age 6 and 16 respectively and indicated she was born in Wisconsin.

1920 U.S. census, Illinois, McHenry County, Algonquin Township, Crystal Lake City, ED 116, sheet 4B, 3 January 1920
University Street, dwelling 81, family 81
Ashford, Clarisse, daughter, age 6, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan

1930 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1387, sheet 28A, 17 April 1930
2704 New England, dwelling 408, family 502
Ashford, Clarice E., daughter, age 16, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan, clerk, ???

The Cook County, Illinois Marriage Index, 1930-1960 at Ancestry.com shows that Clarisse E. ASHFORD married Robert H. MARTENS on 15 Aug 1932 in Cook County, Illinois.

Social Security Death Index
CLARISSE E MARTENS, born 13 Sep 1913, died Nov 1995, last residence 53533 (Dodgeville, Iowa, WI), last benefit (none specified), SSN 356-03-8648, issued Illinois

John H. ASHFORD

1920 U.S. census, Illinois, McHenry County, Algonquin Township, Crystal Lake City, ED 116, sheet 4B, 3 January 1920
University Street, dwelling 81, family 81
Ashford, John, son, age 5, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan

1930 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1387, sheet 28A, 17 April 1930
2704 New England, dwelling 408, family 502
Ashford, John H., son, age 15, single, born Wisconsin, father born England, mother born Michigan

Possible Social Security Death Index entry:
JOHN H ASHFORD, born 02 Dec 1914, died 08 Oct 1994 (V), last residence 89109 (Las Vegas, Clark, NV), last benefit (none specified), SSN 321-10-1280, issued Illinois


Adelaide Mary ASHFORD and Harry HAMEL

See the HAMEL Family page for more information about Adelaide Mary ASHFORD.  More about Adelaide ASHFORD and Harry HAMEL


Frank E. ASHFORD and (1) Grace HANVILLE and (2) Evelyn RODDA

Frank Edmund ASHFORD
b. 30 Apr 1886, Michigan
d. 25 Aug 1925
bur. Lakeview Cemetery, Manistique, Schoolcraft Co., Michigan
Father: Edmund ASHFORD
Mother: Caroline DAVIS

Married
2 Aug 1907
Manistique, Schoolcraft Co., Michigan


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Married
15 Apr 1912
Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan
Grace HANVILLE
b. Feb 1886, Michigan

d.
bur.
Father: George H. HANVILLE
Mother: Minnie EASLICK
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Evelyn RODDA
b. Apr 1893, Michigan

d.
bur.
Father:  John RODDA
Mother:  Clementine CLAVELL

Notes:
A biography of Frank's father, Edmund ASHFORD, is included in the online book "Memorial record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan," published by The Lewis Publishing Company in 1895. Google Books (1)
Frank was named as one of the children of Edmund and Caroline DAVIS ASHFORD. "... Their family numbers three children, Harry, Adelaide and Frank; and they also lost five. They are members of the Episcopal Church...."
A second online biography of Edmund ASHFORD in "A history of the northern peninsula of Michigan and its people" by Alvah Littlefield Sawyer, publish in 1911 by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, (Google Books (2)) also names Frank:
Four children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Ashford, and the eldest, Harry Ashford, is living on the Neopit Indian reservation and is employed as a bookkeeper. Adelaide, the elder daughter, is at home with her parents and is her father's assistant, while Frank is in Duluth, and Edith is also at home.
Marriage record of Frank E. ASHFORD and Grace HANVILLE BIGGINS
FamilySearch.org Record Search - Pilot Site
Return of Marriages in the County of Schoolcraft, Michigan, for the quarter ending September 30, A.D. 1907
Record number 42, Date of License August 2, 1907
Date and place of marriage August 2, 1907, Manistique, Michigan
Groom: Frank E. Ashford, age 21, white, residence Manistique, Michigan, born Michigan, stenographer, father Ed. Ashford, mother Carrie Davis, previously married none
Bride: Mrs. Grace Biggins, maiden name Grace Hanville, age 20, white, residence Manistique, Michigan, born Michigan, seamstress, father Geo. H. Hanville, mother Minnie Easlick, previously married once
Marriage perfomed by Albert Torbet, Gospel Minister
Witnesses: W. C. Pease, residing in Manistique, Michigan; Mrs. W. C. Pease, residing in Manistique, Michigan

Frank's wife, Grace HANVILLE BIGGINS, was enumerated with her parents and an older sister, Maude, in the 1900 census.  The witnesses of Frank and Grace's marriage were Grace's sister Maude and her husband William C. Pease.  (Maude married William C. Pease on 19 Oct 1904 in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, Michigan.)

1900 U.S. census, Michigan, Alger County, Munising Township, ED 4, sheet 3A, 6 June 1900
Dwelling 31, family 33
Hanvill, George, head, born Oct 1859, age 40, married, married 17 years, born Wisconsin, father born New York, mother born Indiana, shingle weaver(?)
Hanvill, Minnie, wife, born Jun 1864, age 35, married, married 17 years, mother of 2 children, 2 children living, born Michigan, father born Wisconsin, mother born Michigan
Hanvill, Maude, daughter, born April 1884, age 16, single, born Michigan, father born Wisconsin, mother born Michigan
Hanvill, Grace, daughter, born Feby 1886, age 14, single, born Michigan, father born Wisconsin, mother born Michigan

I have not located Frank in the 1910 U.S. census as yet.

Marriage record of Francis E. ASHFORD and Evelyn RODDA
FamilySearch.org Record Search - Pilot Site
Return of Marriages in the County of Dickinson, Michigan, for the quarter ending June 30, A.D. 1912
Record number 3359, Date of License April 15, 1912
Date and place of marriage April 15, 1912, Iron Mountain, Michigan
Groom: Francis E. Ashford, age 25, white, residence Virginia, Minnesota, born Michigan, piano salesman, father Ed. Ashfor[d], mother [Ca]rrie Davis, previously married once
Bride: Evelyn Rodda, age 18, white, residence Iron Mountain, Michigan, born Michigan, occupation none, father John Rodda, mother [Cle]mentine Clavell, previously married no
Marriage perfomed by William Roberts, Clergyman
Witnesses: Ed. I. Corey, residing in Iron Mountain, Michigan; Corella Rodda, residing in Iron Mountain, Michigan

Frank's second wife, Evelyn RODDA, was enumerated with her parents in the 1900 census, which gives her date of birth as April 1893.
1900 U.S. census, Michigan, Dickinson County, Iron Mountain, ED 61, sheet 2B, 1 June 1900
404 Carpenter Ave., dwelling 24, family 31
Roddow, John, head, born Dec 1870, age 29, married, married 8 years, born Michigan, parents born England, blacksmith
Roddow, Clementine, wife, born March 1875, age 25, married, married 8 years, mother of 4 children, 4 children living, born Michigan, parents born England
Roddow, Marie, daughter, born Dec 1892, age 7, single, born Michigan, father born Canada, mother born Michigan
Roddow, Evelyn, daughter, born April 1893, age 6, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Roddow, Corella, daughter, born July 1896, age 3, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan
Roddow, Doras, daughter, born May 1898, age 2, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan

World War I Draft Registration - 1918
Frank Edmund Ashford
815 W. Hughitt Street, Iron Mountain, Michigan
Age 32, date of birth April 30, 1886
Traveling salesman
Baldwin Piano Co., 323 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Nearest relative: Evelyn G. Ashford, 815 W. Hughitt St., Iron Mountain, Michigan

The 1920 U.S. census shows Frank and his wife Evelyn were living in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

1920 U.S. census, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago, ED 1199, sheet 5A, 21 January 1920
301 Chicago Ave., dwelling ?, family 109
Ashford, Frank E., head, age 33, married, born Michigan, parents born England, traveling salesman, soap mfg. co.
Ashford, Evelyn, wife, age 25, married, born Michigan, father born Michigan, mother born Canada, operator, telephone co.

Frank is listed in the online extract for Lakeview Cemetery in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan.  Frank died 25 Aug 1925 at the age of 39.  Neither of his wives appear to buried there; his second wife Evelyn would have been about 30 years old at the time of Frank's death.  It is probably safe to speculate that she married again.

Lakeview Cemetery, Manistique, Michigan
http://www.dacklinfamily.com/lakeview.pdf
Last Name, First Name, section, lot, grave, death date, born, age, Mother's Maiden Name
Ashford, Frank, 01, 47, 3, died 08/25/1925, born 1886, age 39, Davis Caroline


Edith R. ASHFORD and Paul W. REDEKER Jr.

Edith R. ASHFORD
b. 29 Oct 1897, Michigan

d. 11 Feb 1988
bur. Fairview Cemetery, Manistique, Schoolcraft Co., Michigan
Father: Edmund ASHFORD
Mother: Caroline DAVIS
Married
26 Nov 1920
Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan
Paul W. REDEKER, Jr.
b. 13 Mar 1897, Michigan

d. 26 Jul 1956
bur. Fairview Cemetery, Manistique, Schoolcraft Co., Michigan
Father: Paul REDEKER
Mother: Genevive RICE

Notes:
An online biography of Edmund ASHFORD in "A history of the northern peninsula of Michigan and its people" by Alvah Littlefield Sawyer, publish in 1911 by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, (Google Books (2)) names Edith:
Four children have been born to Judge and Mrs. Ashford, and the eldest, Harry Ashford, is living on the Neopit Indian reservation and is employed as a bookkeeper. Adelaide, the elder daughter, is at home with her parents and is her father's assistant, while Frank is in Duluth, and Edith is also at home.
Marriage record of Edith ASHFORD and Paul W. REDEKER, Jr.
Return of Marriages in the County of St. Clair, Michigan, for the quarter ending December 31, A.D. 1920
Record number 16388, Date of License November 26, 1920
Date and place of marriage November 26, 1920, Port Huron, Michigan
Groom: Paul W. Redeker, Jr., age 23, white, residence Manistique, Michigan, born Michigan, electrician, father Paul Rede[ker], mother Genevieve Rice, previously married no
Bride: Edith Ashford, age 23, white, residence Port Huron, Michigan, born Michigan, bookkeeper, father Edmund Ashfo[rd], mother Caroline Davis, previously married no
Marriage perfomed by John Munday, Rector
Witnesses: Flora R. Munday, residing in Port Huron, Michigan; Clyde E. Davis, residing in Port Huron, Michigan

At the time of the 1930 census Edith and her husband Paul were living in Adams Township, Houghton County, Michigan.
1930 U.S. census, Michigan, Houghton County, Adams Township, Baltic, ED 3, sheet 32B, 18 April 1930
120 13th Avenue, dwelling 35, family 35
Redeker, Paul, head, age 33, married, age 23 at first marriage, born Michigan, father born Germany, mother born Michigan, mining engineer, copper mine
next page
Redeker, Edith, wife, age 33, married, age 23 at first marriage, born Michigan, parents born England, teacher, public high school
Redeker, Jermaine, daughter, age 1 5/12, single, born Michigan, parents born Michigan

As of the 1930 census Edith and Paul had one daughter, Jermaine, who would have been born about 1928 or 1929.

Edith and Paul are listed in an online extract of the Fairview Cemetery in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan.
Fairview Cemetery, Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan
http://files.usgwarchives.org/mi/schoolcraft/cemeteries/f61001.txt
Redeker, Edith R, born 29 Oct 1897, died 11 Feb 1988
Redeker, Paul W, born 13 Mar 1897, died 26 Jul 1956, Sgt Co M 125 Inf 32 Div, WW I, DSC-PH




Sources - Resources

Online subscription

Ancestry.com subscription  http://www.ancestry.com/
World War I draft registration
U.S. censuses

Online

Morman Family History Site - FamilySearch.org  http://www.familysearch.org
1881 Canadian Census at FamilySearch.org
Census place: Essa, Simcoe Souty, Ontario
Family History Library film 1375886
NA film number C-13250, district 138, sub-district F, division 1, page number 82, household number 377
FamilySearch.org Record Search - Pilot Site (ongoing record transcription and indexing project)
http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start

Find a Grave  http://www.findagrave.com

Family trees at RootsWeb WorldConnect http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Lakeview Cemetery, Manistique, Michigan, http://www.dacklinfamily.com/lakeview.pdf
Alphabetical Listing, Report compiled by Jay Martin
Ethel Brown Trust, First Baptist Church, Trustee
315 Walnut St, Manistique, MI 49854, (906) 341-2814

Fairview Cemetery, Manistique, Schoolcraft County, Michigan  http://files.usgwarchives.org/mi/schoolcraft/cemeteries/f61001.txt

Social Security Death Index http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Google Books http://books.google.com/books
       Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan, by Lewis Publishing Company, 1895  LINK
       A history of the northern peninsula of Michigan and its people, by Alvah Littlefield Sawyer, 1911  LINK


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