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

Edward Vondett

Edward Vondett was born April 29/May 28, 1832 in Canada/New York State. His parents were Victor and Lucy Vondett. He was an only child and a sailor of the Great Lakes. He married Mary Derosia in New York. Mary was the daughter of Levi and Catherine Derosia of Clayton, Jefferson County, New York.

Edward and Mary had the following child:

  1. John Henry Vondette was born May 1, 1858 in Clayton Township, Jefferson County, New York.

Mary died at John Henry's birth; Edward gave the infant to Mary's childless sister, Sophia Garrow, who raised him as her own. Edward went back to sailing the Lakes and according to stories told by John Henry, never returned.


Edward married someone named “Elizabeth” on April 20, 1863 in Clayton Township, Jefferson County, New York and by 1880, Edward and Elizabeth Vondett are living in Lakefield Township.


John Henry located his father, Edward,  in 1890 living in Lakefield Township on an 80 acre farm in Section 2 on the NE corner of Merrill and Swan Creek Roads. John Henry brought his wife, Elizabeth Jarbeau Vondette and their four small children to Lakefield Township and lived near Edward, for about eight years before moving to Central Lake, Atrium County, Michigan.


Edward was elected Overseer of Highways Road District #6 on April 6, 1891


Edward divorced Elizabeth on March 14, 1904 in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. He put his Lakefield farm up for sale and soon purchased 120 acres of land in Albert Township, Montmorency County, Michigan and lived near his son, John Henry and his family.


Edward Vondett died August 6, 1911 in Lewiston, Albert Township, Montmorency County, Michigan and is buried in Albert Township Cemetery, Lewiston, Montmorency County, Michigan.


SOURCES: The Vondett History written by Frances Vondett Fritz on June 3, 1987, Edward Vondett death certificate.

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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