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

Thomas Edward Genack





Thomas Edward Genack and born on June 13, 1877 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan to Gregware and Maria Welch Genack. Thomas married Margaret “Maggie” Gear on January 15, 1902 in Hemlock, Saginaw County, Michigan. Margaret Cecilia Gear was born October 16, 1881 to John R. and Catherine Burns Gear; she had a twin sister, named Agatha who became a nun. Margaret's mother, Catherine Burns Gear, was born in the County of Kilkinney, Ireland on January 12, 1841 to Thomas and Elizabeth Ryan Burns. Margaret's sisters were Mary Elizabeth Beckley and Catherine Adelia Jacobs; they were all neighbors to one another living in Lakefield Township in 1916.


Thomas and Margaret had the following children:

  1. Gertrude Genack was born in 1903 and married Clarence E. Armbustio on November 24, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan.

  2. Female Genack was born November 6, 1904 and died November 7, 1904 in Richland Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and is buried in Richland Township Cemetery, Hemlock, Michigan.

  3. Marie Genack was born in 1905 and died January 3, 1906 in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. She died of an aneuyism at the age of one year, three months and four days old. Marie is buried in Richland Township Cemetery, Hemlock, Michigan.

  4. Edward Boniface Genack was born October 25, 1907 and married Betty Cox. Edward died July 22, 1978 in Pinella County, Florida.

  5. Therese Genack was born in 1910 and married Joe Blanke.

  6. Margaret Genack was born in 1913.

  7. Bernard J. Genack was born November 18, 1915. He married Elizabeth “Betty” DeMars on May 22, 1936. Bernard died on June 25, 1976 in Sarasota, Florida.

  8. Thomas Genack was born March 18, 1918 and died January 1967. He is buried in Mt. Olivet, Saginaw, Michigan.


In 1916, Thomas and Margaret owned and operated an 80 acre farm on Roosevelt Road between Chapin and Steel Roads. Their neighbors were: L.J. Pratt, Patrick Crowley, Edward Jacobs, Jay Schoonmaker, John Briggs, John Liebrock, Lewis Liebrock, Dan H. McLeod and J.A. Beckley.


By 1921, Thomas, Margaret and their family moved to Saginaw, Michigan.


Thomas died on December 20, 1961 and Margaret died on January 28, 1979. They are both buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.




SOURCES: 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; U.S. Census; Tress Gear McNenley's genealogy; Thomas Edward Genack Sr.'s birth record; Thomas Genack's WWI draft registration; Marie Genack's death record; female Genack's birth and death records; Bernard and Elizabeth Genack's marriage record; Margaret Genack's obituary and Edward Genack's SS 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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