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

Alexander F. Ogilvie

Alexander F. Ogilivie was born 17 May 1837 in Carnoustie, Scotland. He was married to Margaret Galloway on 18 February 1859 in Chatham, Kent, Ontario. Margaret Galloway was born 7/8 July 1841/1842 in Colburg, Canada. Alex and Margaret lived in the City of Saginaw in 1880 on Throop Street.


Alexander and Margaret's children were:

  1. Susan “Melinda” Ogilivie was born 4 July 1862 in Gratiot County, Michigan. She married Fred M. Shephard in 1882. They moved to Farewell, Clare County, Michigan in 1897. Melinda was a teacher throughout Clare County until 1925, when she retired. She died on' 7 March 1939.

  2. Charlotte “Lottie Mae” Ogilivie was born on 18 June 1876 in the City of Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Lottie married George Morton Miller Jr. on 23 June 1898. She died on 5 October 1950.


Margaret died on 12 April 1883 in the City of Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Alexander then married Esther Jane Hancock. Esther was born 4 April 1839 in New York; her parents were Isaac and Margaret VanCleaf Hancock.. Alexander was a Foreman for the Tittabawassee Boom Company.


Alexander and his family moved to Lakefield Township where he owned and operated an 80 acre farm in Section 15 on the SW corner of Lakefield and Fenmore Roads.


On 1 April 1895, Alexander was elected to the Lakefield Township Overseer of Highway Road District #3.

Alexander was also appointed as Chairman, Board of Elections on 6 April 1896 of Lakefield Township.


In 1896, Alexander's neighbors were: Jeanette Parker, Edward Miller, Frank Baker, Frank Glinke, Mike Kissane, William Biard, Orin and Charles Bow, Charles Eckhart, and George Robisnon.


Alex Ogilivie was appointed by  Michigan Secretary of State Warner to be a Census Taker for Lakefield Township.  The Saginaw News Article was published on Monday, May 2, 1904, and stated Alex Ogilvie's as an appointee.


Alexander also married Sarah Mable Belden Laidley on 21 October 1912 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.


Esther died on 4 April 1912. Alexander died on 15 December 1914 in Lakefield Township. They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.


SOURCES: 1880, 1900 Federal Census; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; Great-granddaughter, Norma Brown; Alexander and Margaret's marriage record; Margaret's death record; Margaret's obituary; Lottie's birth record; Susan Melinda Shephard's death newspaper article; Alexander's death record; Alexander's obituary; and Find-A-Grave Website.




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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