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

Felix Carpenter



Felix Carpenter was born June, 1846 in Canada; his father was Felix Carpenter. Felix married Eliza Gazette on May 17, 1876 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Eliza was born on August 10, 1861 in Vermont to Edward and Emily/Emma Dumaux Gazette.


Felix and Eliza had the following child:

  1. Clarence L. Carpenter was born in March, 1885/1887 in Ithaca, Michigan. Clarence married Amy R. Dyer on February 15, 1907 in the City of Boston, Massachusetts. At the time of their marriage, Clarence was serving as a Seaman on the ship, The U.S.S. Georgia .


In 1866, Felix came to the United States from Canada.


In 1880, Felix and Eliza were living in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


In 1893, Felix was appointed Lakefield Constable in place of John Baker on April 4, 1893.


By 1896, Felix and Eliza owned 40 acres in Section 10 on Merrill Road between Swan Creek and Roosevelt Roads. Their neighbors were: Charles Zarbock, Edd Vondett, William Dumaux, Francis Dumaux, F.H. Cooper, Jessie Baker, Moses LeBaf, Jennie Morden, John Seymour, Frank Seymour and R. Case.


In 1896, Felix and Eliza also owned a ¾ acre of land in the Village of Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan which was located on Shannon Street. Edward Gazette, Eliza's father was their neighbor; he owned 20 acres of land on Shannon Street


In 1900, Felix, Eliza and Clarence were living in the Village of Central Lake, Antrim County, Michigan. He was working in a stave factory as a sawyer. Stave factories produced narrow stripes of wood that composed the sides of wooden barrels. Wooden barrels were a transportation of goods at that time.


By 1910, Felix and Eliza were living back in the Village of Merrill on Shannon Street and Eliza's father, Edward Gazette was living with them.


Eliza died on March 24, 1916 in St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan. At the time of her death she was living with her husband, Felix Carpenter, and her father, Edward Gazette. Felix died on December 7, 1927 in Bethany, Gratiot County, Michigan.


Eliza and Felix are both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis, Gratiot County, Michigan.

SOURCES: 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1896 Village of Merrill Plat Map; Felix and Eliza Gazette Carpenter marriage record; 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 United States Census; Clarence Carpenter marriage record; Elizabeth Carpenter's obituary and death record; Felix Carpenter'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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