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





Joel S. Nevins was born on April 30, 1833 in Ohio; his parents were Henry and Mary Smith Nevins. Joel married Matilda Gregory on October 25, 1858. They had a child, Mary, who was born and died in 1860. Joel, also, married Rebecca “Rhea” Miller on October 27, 1861 in Dekalb County, Indiana.


Joel and Rebecca had the following children:

  1. Elma Nevins was born 1865 in Indiana. He died October 20, 1917 in Sexton's Precinct, Snohomist, Washington.

  2. William Nevins was born 1868 in Michigan.

  3. Annette “Nette” was born 1870 in Michigan. Nette married James Allison on February 13, 1905 in Washington.

  4. Laura Nevins was born 1874 in Michigan.

  5. Effie Nevins was born December 19, 1876 in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Effie was married to James Sutherland on November 30, 1914 in Boyne City, Marquette, Michigan.

  6. Lee Nevins was born 1877 in Michigan. He died on May 4, 1940 in Skegit, Washington

  7. Mina J. Nevins was born August 6, 1878 in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Mina married Joseph Kozany/Kuzney on April 18, 1905 in Michigan.

  8. Lydia Nevins


On September 25, 1871 Homestead Certificate 342 Application # 1228 of the General Land Office Records shows that Joel S. Nevins was awarded by Ulysses S. Grant 60 acres in Section 28 of Township Twelve which is Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County.


In the 1880 census Joel and his family are living in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw, County, Michigan.


Joel S. Nevins also owned and operated 40 acres of land in Section 3 on Merrill Road between Ederer and Swan Creek Roads in 1897. The description of the Lakefield Township land was the N ½ of S ½ of NE ¼ of Section 3. Joel's son, Elmer, owned the property in 1896 and sold it to him by 1897. Elmer lived in Washington State.


By 1910, Joel S. Nevins and his family were living in the State of Washington.




SOURCES: 1850,1860,1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 U.S. Census; Joel S. Nevins marriage records; General Land Records; Effie and Mina Nevins birth records; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Nette and Mina Nevins marriage records; Lee and Elmer Nevins death record; Elmer Nevins Washington Probated Will;



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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