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101 Obit:
William “Bill” August Rapson, 83, will forever be remembered for his enduring spirit, and resolute faith in God. His acts of human kindness were genuine and his joy for life visible.

Bill died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 in the sensitive care of William Beaumont Hospital Hospice.

Bill was the second child born to Karston and Pauline (Reisner) Rapson July 26, 1926. He grew up in Harbor Beach with his older brother, George A. Rapson and Joyce (Rapson) Hopson, whom Bill lovingly referred to as “Sis”.

Bill graduated from Harbor Beach High School in 1944 and entered the United States Army in December of that year. He was honorably discharged Oct. 26, 1946.

He came home to join George and his father in the family business that is known today as Rapson Electric. Rapson Electric and community involvement filled Bill’s life, as they provided him the opportunities to enjoy people and fulfill his Christian commitment of service.

Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Beach, Harbor Beach Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Beach American Legion and the VFW. He also served on the Harbor Beach Community Hospital Board of Incorporators until the time of his death. Bill embraced the joys of fishing, eating a good meal and playing euchre. He relished shopping at Meijer whenever he could sneak away. Bill found something to be happy about in every day. Bill’s days as a husband, father and grandfather held fond memories for him.

Bill married Janette Irene Blashill May 16, 1947. Bill and Janette had five children, William, Corrine, Robert, John and Nancy. John and Nancy brought happiness to their father’s life, throughout his years.

John’s marriage to Bonnie Sinclair Aug. 28, 1971 added more joy and two cherished grandchildren. Arminta’s marriage to Colin Carmichael July 28, 2001, delighted Bill as did the birth of his great-grandchildren, Hannah, Isabella, William and Emma. Thomas’ marriage to Renee Gottschalk Oct. 8, 2005, added gladness for Bill and another beautiful great-granddaughter, Anna Marie.

Bill’s marriage to Kristina Alyce Wilson June 14, 2003, enlarged his loving family and enriched his life with new love and laughter. Their devotion to one another was evident to everyone who shared and enjoyed their lives. Kristina’s mother Kathryn, brother James and sons Tyrone and Paul Barber offered loving relationships and new adventures. Paul’s marriage to Michelle Raines Dec. 3, 1999, further enhanced Bill’s life. He shared many happy hours with them and their children, Jackson, Ireland and Ruby. James’ marriage to Anita Schill July 7, 2007, brought Bill more love and caring from Anita and her family.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kristina; his children, John (Bonnie) Rapson of Port Austin; Nancy Rapson of Harbor Beach, Paul (Michelle) Barber of Freeport; grandchildren, Arminta (Colin) Carmichael of Cambridge, Ontario, Thomas (Renee) Rapson of Port Austin, Jackson, Ireland and Ruby Barber of Freeport; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Isabella, William and Emma Carmichael of Cambridge, Ontario, Anna Marie Rapson of Port Austin; sister, Joyce (John) Hopson of Muskegon; brother and sister-in-law, James Wilson and Anita Schill of Falls Church, Va.; many loving nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Karston and Pauline Rapson; wife, Janette Blashill Rapson; daughter, Corrine L. Rapson; sons, William G. Rapson, Robert W. Rapson; and step-son, Tyrone H. Barber; brother and sister-in-law, George A. and Shirley Rapson.

According to Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill’s life will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Beach. 
Rapson, William August (I9)
102 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F1
103 Past Master of Masonic Lodge in Cornwall Lagden, George (I764)
104 Rosemary grew up in Elkhart, IN, and graduated from Park College, Parkville, MO. She received a graduate degree from what is now known as McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. She taught elementary school for many years in Lake Bluff, IL. Jessen, Rosemary (I142)
105 Samuel Cornell family Bible, Mott Coll., Norwich Archives Cornell, Samuel (I768)
106 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I133)
107 Stephen's family moved to East Hartford when he was around 7, and he graduated from high school there. He attended Alma College, graduating with a BA in Foreign Service and French in 1969 (this included a year spent studying in Paris). He then obtained an MA in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Stephen moved to Montreal in the fall of 1974 to work for the James Bay Energy Company. His professional career was all spent in computer programming and analysis, including two stints in Saudi Arabia and one in California. McCourt, Stephen Francis (I136)
108 This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Source (S92)
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111 Thomas Playford Ellis was born at Cullross in 1873 to George and Ellen (Playford) Ellis. His father died when he was nine years old. In 1881, his mother married John Hassard a farmer from Dauphin, Manitoba. They had seven children.

The family shows up on the 1901 Dauphin, Manitoba with Thomas living next door to his grandmother's family in home 40.

House 40 McArthur Robert Male Head Married born Nov 30 1832 age 68
40 McArthur Mary A. F Wife M Aug 24 1827 73
40 Playford Elizabeth F Granddaughter S Jun 18 1879 1
41 Hassard John M Head M Aug 15 1848 52
41 Hassard Ellen F Wife M Feb 15 1855 46
41 Hassard Kate L. F Daughter S Jan 23 1883 18
41 Hassard Mary B. F Daughter S Sep 18 1885 15
41 Hassard Robert P. M Son S Mar 7 1888 13
41 Hassard Sarah F Daughter S Nov 18 1890 10
41 Hassard Mary R. F Daughter S Aug 9 1895 5
41 Hassard John S. M Son S May 11 1900 11m
41 Ellis Thomas P. M Stepson S Sep 19 1874 26
41 Coulthard John M Boarder S May 1875 25
41 Playford Ma??? (Martin) M Boarder S Oct 7 1873 27
41 Andrews John M Servant S Jan 28 1880 21

Tom married Ida Fulton in 1906.

In 1906, the family appears on the census
Ellis Thos. Head M M 31
Ellis Eda E. Wife F M 21
Ellis Geo Son M S 4 Months

In 1908 and 1909, the family, including Bob and sister, Sarah Hassard (she became the first school teacher in Biggar) and Stan and Bob Fulton (who worked on the railway) came to the little village of Biggar.

The family appears on the 1911 census living on main street in the village of Biggar.
Ellis Thomas M Head M Sep 1874 37
Ellis Ida F Wife M Sep 1884 27
Ellis George M Son S Mar 1906 5
Ellis Edith F Daughter S Sep 1908 3
Ellis Ruth F Daughter S May 1910 1
Fulton Stanley M Brother-in-law S Jan 1889 22

The Ellis’ were very community minded, helped to build the first curling rink. As President of the first school board, Tom was instrumental in the building of a big three story brick building. They had two children when they came to Biggar, George and Edith and then Ruth, Hugh, Sheila, Glen and Roger. George and Tom Ellis were instrumental in owning the first gas tractor in Biggar.

Tom started in the McCormick farm machinery agency in his office on Main Street, (next to Wright’s garage). Later it was joined by the Deering industry. In 1919, Tom sold the business to Walker Mitchell and moved to Tisdale to operate the Carrot River Valley Oil Company. Again, they were very involved in the community. During the winter months Tom went to work in the bush in northern Ontario and Mrs. Ellis took in boarders.

In 1928, the family moved back to Biggar to run the Bob Hassard farm. The depression was setting in but they soon started to use power machinery and had the first combine in the community. They operated a large mixed farm with horses, cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys. Prices were so low they had to knock the baby pigs on the head to kill them as the price of a market pig was not enough to pay for the trucking.

A dinner celebrated the golden anniversary of John and Ellen Hassard in the spring of 1931. The Hassards had moved to Biggar in 1925 where their sons Tom Ellis and R.P. Hassard and one daughter, Mrs. R. Black resided.

The following year the Ellis family lost their son Glen to diabetes at the young age of 13 years old.

In 1936, Tom and Ida moved back into Biggar to operate the dray and taxi service for the C.P.R. to Biggar route. It was also in 1936, that their son, Hugh Stanley Ellis tied the knot with Alice Margaret Donahue, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Donahue of Keppel, Saskatchewan.

The family lost their son George in 1944 in an accident he incurred on his farm in Arborfield, Saskatchewan.

Sheila, their daughter was married May 15, 1947 to Charles Thorton Locke of Dauphin, Manitoba.

After their retirement, they were still active in the community, especially curling, bridge and the Men’s band. They left their mark on the community.

Tom died in 1960 and Ida in 1975. They are buried in Biggar Cemetery.

Contributed by Alice Ellis,+Thomas+P. 
Ellis, Thomas Playford (I1155)
112 Thomas Sinclair was a farmer and resided at Beaverhill Plantation, Maine (later called Freedom) from 1806 to 1824. In 1824 he acquired a farm at Dover, Maine. He married Polly (Mary) Robinson, his cousin. She was a daughter of his mother's sister. Sinclair, Thomas (I178)
113 Thomas Sinkler, presumably named after his maternal grandfather, Thomas Lyford, was born in 1721 at what is now South New Market, N.H. He served in the Revolutionary War as a private. He was in Captain Chase Taylor's company, in Colonel Thomas Stickney's Regiment of General John Stark's Brigade. He enlisted September 27, 1777, and served two months and six days. (Paul Sinclair, Sinkler, Thomas (I182)
114 Will of Rev. John A. Cornell
Kulp, Kenneth A., "The Cornells of Sheffield"
Cornell, John A., "The Pioneeers of Beverly"
Cornell, John A., "The FIrst Church of Beverly" 
Cornell, John A. Rev. (I767)
115 William Ralph Carmichael son of Henry Carmichael and Mary Brammer, his wife, and Edith Ann Smith, daughter of George Charles Smith and Ann Lamden his wife were married by me on authority of licence on the fourteenth day of Sept. in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ten at the home of the bride's mother MRs. Smith, 115 Knox St., Montreal, in the city of Montreal in province of Quebec in the presence of subscribing witnesses. Both of legal age + no opposition.


J.T. Marshall, Baptist minister 
Family F15
116 [The following is a transcription of a handwritten document in the possession of Mary B. Dawson. At the top of the first page, someone has added the statement, "Written by Mrs. John Bradbeer six months before her death in Los Angeles, California, Jan 2, 1890." Mrs. John Bradbeer was Bessie (or Elizabeth) Dale. She died in Sep 1890, so the implication is that these notes were written in Jan 1890. The text is copied as exactly as possible; where letters/words cannot be read, they are indicated with elipses or a question mark. A few explanatory insertions of mine are in brackets; parentheses are in the original.]

My Father Richard Dale and Mother Ann West were born in Newbird [Newbald] Yorkshire England it the time of my birth 1816. We lived there till 1820 when we moved to America. In Nov 1819 my Father came to Cobourg Canada and my mother came in June 1820 with four children, Mary, Joseph, Bessie (myself) and David aged eighteen months. We came across the ocean in a sailing vessel and were fourteen weeks on the way. During the voyage we all were very sick with the whooping cough and my Mother feared that my brother Joseph and myself would never live to see my father. We landed at Carrying Place Canada about 18 miles from Cobourg. There was no waiting room or pleasant place to stop and rest us and my mother sat down on a stone and gave us all something for us to eat. Other passengers had landed too and were waiting at the same place but there was not a face familiar to my mother and she began to cry. She had sent word to my Father that the vessel would arrive on that day and she felt sure that he would be faithful to his word and send some one or come himself after us.

We had been there but a short time when my Mother heard a man asking some one if he had seen a woman with four children come off the vessel. She jumped up quick and said "I must be the woman, who sent you." "Richard Dale" replied the man and my Mother felt a very great load lifted from her heart. When we had driven about fifteen miles we met my Father coming to meet us he had walked three miles and how my Dear Mother rejoiced to see him he had remained at home to have a good meal ready for us and had hired a man to go after us who was acquainted with the roads and could manage the horses better than my Father. Shortly
after our arrival Father bought a small farm of 50 acres [someone later changed this to 70 acres] one mile from the village of Cobourg for the sum of 50 pounds or $250[?]. On this farm seven more children were born Jane, Annie, Anthony, Hannah, Andrew, Martha, and Charlotte making eleven in all. Here my Father and Mother lived the remainder of their lives.

In 1837 our house was destroyed by fire. There was one room my father had built for a school room and after our schooldays were over it was used for a store room. Some of the baking was done there as we had a small iron oven built in the chimney. On the 4th of June 1837 we were baking a pigeon pie in that oven. The frost had settled the chimney so that the fire broke out between the bricks and the house was in flames before we knew anything of it. My Father and the boys were away "training". Well do I remember how proud my bro Dave was of his f....
trousers with the red stripes, cap with long white feathers and cutaway coat with gilt buttons. We could of saved every thing only we were so frightened that we did nothing but run and scream fire and left Mother to battle with the fire alone. She saved most of the things down stairs first of all she carried out the drawer that contained Father's deeds and other valuable papers, she carried them out in the field and hid them. Before long the school teacher and some scholars saw the fire and came to help. Many things could not be saved at all. We had bedding piled up stairs from the floor to the ceiling and four feather beds three or four barrels of flour and pork & .... all were lost.

When my father came home the near neighbors were all there and one of them remarked to Father, "I am sorry Mr Dale you have lost your home and so much else too after you have worked so hard for it." Father said, "is my family safe? and when told they were he said, I am rich yet.

We were not destitute, we still had the stock and land and Father had money enough saved to build again. We had a nice new barn and that was soon made comfortable for us to live in for awhile.

When we sat down to supper Mother spoke of the pigeon pie, she ran to the oven and there it was well baked and the crust well blackened we cut it open and found the pigeons all right and we enjoyed eating them.

I had fifty cents which had been given me and I had it hid safely away. I ran and looked among the ruins but could not find it and when I mourned over my loss Mother said "that is just the way of a miser."

The new house was soon built and was much more convenient than the other still we never thought it was quite as nice as the other one. We did not like the hard mattresses but our feather beds were gone. Mother said it was worse for me because she could not give me what she wished when I was married which occurred shortly after this. Many of the bed clothes and a feather bed were to of been mine.

John Bradbeer was born in Taunton Somersetshire England in 1809 and came to America when he was 18 years old. In 1832 when the cholera was raging he came from lower Canada to his Brother's home in Cobourg and in 1838 we were married.

We lived about one mile from my old house three or four years while my husband worked at his trade (carpenter). Then he bought a farm half a mile from my fathers there we lived until 1861. We were happy and were prospered while there until through misrepresentations of a lawyer we made a trade of that farm for one in Codrington Brighton township and moved there with our ten children. Seven boys and three girls Joseph, James, John, Jane, Libbie [Elizabeth], Andrew, Richard, West [William West], George and Emma then just one month old. All have been good children kind and good to their parents.

We were very much disappointed in the farm at C. We moved there in the winter and after the snow melted we found the ground covered with stones so large they looked almost like sheep.

We succeeded in trading that farm for a nicer one near by ................... Moved to Farwell Clare Co Mich at which place my husband died in 1879 in the month of May at the age of 71 [?] years six of his children being present at that time. [John Bradbeer actually died just across the county line from Farwell, in Isabella County.]

I am at Los Angeles at my sons at the present time, two other sons and one daughter are here. 
Dale, Elizabeth (I942)
117 {Transcript of Official Record}
William Ralph Carmichael, Industrial Chemist of the City of Verdun son of William R Carmichael and of Edith Ann Smith his wife, bachelor and of full legal age, and;
Joan Williamson, Stenographic of the City of Montreal, daughter of Samuel Williamson and of Helen Stout his wife, spinster and of full legal age, were married by authority of Banns published for three Sundays as required by law, on the third day of June, one thousand nine hundred and thirty nine, in the presence of,

Subscribing witnesses 
Family F7
118 {transcription of obituary appearing 22 Nov 1922}
Mrs. Hazel Sinclair, 33, wife of Arthur Sinclair, social director of the Reo Motor Car company, 1814 Delevan ave., died at the University hospital, Ann Arbor, Saturday morning after a long illness.
Mrs. Sinclair, who before her marriage was known to many Lansing friends as Hazel Blades, graduated from the high school in 1905 and then entered the Michigan Agricultural college where she became a member of the Ero Alphian society. From there she went to the Ypsilanti to attend the State Normal and became a graduate of that college. Then followed five years of teaching in the Lansing schools. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and took an active part in young people's work in the Sunday school.
Besides her husband and sons, Arthur Charles, two years, and John Hart, three weeks old, she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blades, and her grandmother, Mrs. Anna Glen, 900 W. Washtenaw st., and two brothers, Harold, of the engineering department of the Motor Wheel company, and Glen, of the New York Fruit exchange, Rochester, N.Y.
The funeral will be held at the home of her parents, Tuesday at 10 a.m. Rev. G. W. Simons of the First Presbyterian church will officiate. Interment will be at Mt. Hope cemetery 
Blades, Hazel Jennie (I138)
119 {transcription of obituary: Ann Arbor News, March 4, 2001}
Age 77: died peacefully on February 9, 2001 at Marvin Manor, Milan, following a long illness.
Frank Louis Sinclair was born on January 20, 1924 in Lansing, the son of Harriet Schurr Sinclair, Lansing's first Public Health nurse, and Arthur A. Sinclair, a professional artist and naturalist. Upon finishing high school, he served in World War II for three years as Pharmacist's Mate 2nd class working in field surgery with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific, returning home to marry his high school sweetheart, Barbara Munson. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950 from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and subsequently completed his Masters degree and additional graduate work through Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. After teaching high school science in Fraser and Breckenridge, Michigan, he spent nine years as a supervising teacher at Lincoln Consolidated High School. He finished his 36-year teaching career as Associate Professor of Biology at Eastern Michigan University, retiring in 1986. While at Eastern, he was instrumental in developing the Audio-Tutorial Biology Laboratory and in establishing the Kresge Environmental Education Center at Fish Lake near Lapeer, Michigan. A dedicated, imaginative and innovative teacher, he delighted in his work; in the beauty, order and intricacy of the earth; in exploring the bog or canoeing on the pond with or without students, family or friends. He was active in Kiwanis, volunteered at Aid in Milan, and served at People's Presbyterian Church in Milan as an Elder and in other capacities for many years. In his youth, he was an Eagle Scout. He is keenly missed by his wife, Barbara, brothers Arthur (Rosemary) of Evanston, Illinois and John (Jane) of Lakeland. Florida; children Sandra of Montreal; Bonnie (John) Rapson of Port Austin, Michigan; Jay (Pam) of Milan; and Arthur of Ann Arbor; and grandchildren Kathleen, Arminta, Thomas and Margaret. The family's deepest thanks and appreciation go to the staff of Marvin Manor, the St. Joseph Mercy Health Service Hospice Care Team, and Hospice of Washtenaw.
A memorial service will be held at People's Presbyterian Church, Milan, at 2:00 p.m. on March 10, 2001. Memorial donations may be made to Huron County Community Foundation (1160 Van Dyke, Bad Axe, MI 48413) designated for the Huron County Nature Center Building Fund. 
Sinclair, Frank Louis (I132)

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