Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Edward Gazette





Edward Gazette was born February 20, 1835 in Vermont to Joseph and Elizabeth Roebear Gazette. Edward married Emily Dumaux in 1855. Emily was born November 1838 in Quebec, Canada to Francis and Eliza Roberts/Robore/Robro Dumaux.


Edward and Emily had the following children:

  1. Ellen “Ella” Gazette was born May 25, 1858 in Shoreham Township, Addison County, Vermont. She married Hartley J. Warner on April 27, 1875 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Ella died July 20, 1933 and is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  2. Emma Gazette was born May 28, 1860 in Shoreham Township, Addison County, Vermont.

  3. Eliza Gazette was born August 10, 1861 in Vermont. She married Felix Carpenter around 1886. Eliza Carpenter died on March 24, 1916 in St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan. She was living with her husband Felix Carpenter, and her father, Edward Gazette in Jonesfield Township, (Merrill), Saginaw County, Michigan at the time of her death.

  4. Mary Gazette was born in 1864 in Ontario, Canada. She married William Caton on October 22, 1881 in East Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Mary Caton died on August 16, 1938 in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, Washington.

  5. Jane “Jenny” Gazette was born in Ontario, Canada. She married William Blanchard on November 28, 1888 in Bay City, Bay County, Michigan. Jenny died January 20, 1935 in South Colby, Kitsap County, Washington.

  6. Edward Gazette Jr. was born in 1868 in Ontario, Canada. He married Anna Phelps on July 29, 1888 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. Edward Jr. died March 29, 1925 in Wheeler, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  7. Marshall Gazette was born August 8, 1870 in Ontario, Canada.

  8. Marguerite L.”Maggie” Gazette was born September 17, 1872. She married John Tribfelner in 1890. Maggie died on April 3, 1948 in Lakefield Township and is buried in the Lakefield Cemetery.

  9. William Gazette was born September 1874 in Michigan.

  10. Frances “Frank” Gazette was born October 20/22, 1876 in Lakefield Township. Frank married May Jones on May 7, 1898. He, also, married Sarah Parker. Frank died November 15, 1940 and is buried in Wheeler Township Cemetery, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  11. Twin – Miles Gazette was born July 21, 1878 in Lakefield Township and died November 11, 1878 in Lakefield Township.

  12. Twin – James Gazette was born July 21, 1878 in Lakefield Township.


Edward served in the Civil War as a Private in Company K 2nd Regiment in the Vermont Infantry.


Edward, Emily, Ellen, Emma and Eliza moved to Ontario, Canada by 1861, where Edward was a farmer. Edward moved his entire family back to the United States by 1871; they lived in Michigan.


On July 15, 1884, the United States General Land Office in accordance with the Homestead Act of May 20, 1862 granted Edward Gazette (Homestead certificate #1392, application #3209) the tract of land on the Southwest Quarter of Section Ten in Township Eleven North Range One East, in the district of lands subject to sale at East Saginaw, Michigan containing one hundred and sixty (160) acres. This property was located on the east side of Fenmore Road between Swan Creek and Roosevelt Roads in Lakefield Township. Signed by Chester A. Arthur.


In 1880, Edward owned 5 acres of tilled land and 155 acres of woodland or forest in Lakefield Township.


According to the United States Soldiers of the Civil War, in 1894 Edward Gazette was residing in the Village of Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


In 1896 Edward still owned 80 acres of land in Section Ten of Lakefield Township. His neighbors were: George Rigg, Joseph Tolfree, Louise Baker, George Long, George Trudgeon, John Baker, F.H. Cooper, Francis Dumaux, William Dumaux and Felix Carpenter.


In 1896, Edward also owned 20 acres of land in the Village of Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. His neighbors were his son-in-law, F. Carpenter, John Shannon, J. Robinson, E.D. Franklin, John Girard, and A.D. Kinon.


On the 1916 Village of Merrill Plat Map, Edward Gazette owned 20 acres in the Village of Merrill (Jonesfield Township), Saginaw County, Michigan. The land was located on the corner of Shannon Street and Anderson Street which was between Midland Street (Merrill Road) and Mills Street.


Emily died on February 24, 1909 and Edward died November 26, 1916. At the time of Edward's death, he was living with his son-in-law, Felix Carpenter, in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Edward's daughter, Eliza Carpenter had died on March 24, 1916, the same year Edward died.


Emily Gazette is buried in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Edward Gazette is buried in Wheeler Township Cemetery, Gratiot County, Michigan.




SOURCES: Civil War Records; James and Miles birth record; Emma Gazette's birth record, Ellen Gazette's birth record; Frances Gazette's birth record; Jenny Gazette's marriage record; Frank Gazette's marriage records; Edward Gazette Jr.'s marriage record; Eliza Gazette's marriage record; 1880 Michigan Agriculture Census, 1896 Lakefield Plat Map and Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1916 Village of Merrill Plat Map; United States General Land Office Homestead Act Records; 1871 Ontario, Canada Census; Anna Gazette's obituary, Frank Gazette's obituary; Edward Gazette Jr.'s death record; Maggie Gazette Tribfelner's obituary and death record; Edward Gazette Sr.'s death record; Emily Dumaux Gazette's death record; Elizabeth “Eliza” Gazette Carpenter's obituary; Miles Gazette's death record; Jenny Gazette Blanchard's death record; Mary Gazette Caton's death record; Emma Gazette's death record.


Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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