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

George H. Trudgen



George H. Trudgen was born on April 2, 1861 in East Flamboro, Wenworth, Canada West, Ontario. His parents were William and Lucinda Cummings Trudgen. George married Margaret Easlick. Margaret was born October 25, 1862 in Macon, Lenawee County, Michigan. Her parents were David H. and Carolina Easlick. She also lived at Leslie, Ingham County, Michigan.


George and Margaret had the following children:

  1. Lewis Trudgen was born in 1880 and died September 22, 1895 at the age of 15 years 2 months and 25 days old. He died of Typhoid Fever in Lakefield Township.

  2. Caroline Trudgen an adopted daughter.

  3. John Andrew Trudgen was born on March 15, 1892 in West Branch, Ogemaw County, Michigan. John married Elenor “Ella” Welch on November 8, 1913 in Lakefield Township. John and Ella had the following two sons: a. George Arno Trudgen was born on April 10, 1915 in Lakefield Township. He married Anna Krupka on January 16, 1933. George died on December 25, 2007 and is buried in Lakefield Township Cemetery. b. Gordon James Trudgen was born April 18, 1917 in Lakefield Township. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor while he was serving in the United States Air Force. Gordon died on April 29, 2009 in New Bern, North Carolina and is buried in the Freeport Cemetery, Freeport, Pennsylvania.

    John Andrew Trudgen also married Myrtle Soule on March 25, 1925 in Wayne County, Michigan. John died on October 27, 1977 in Florida.


In 1896, George and Maggie owned and operated a 40 acre farm in Section 9 on the north-side of Roosevelt Road between Swan Creek and Meridian Roads. Their neighbors were Jacob Lauer, Charles Eggebrecht, William Sandhoff, John Baker, Louis Baker, John Shay, George Rigg, Joseph Tolfree, Ed Miller and John Barnes.


By 1916, George and Maggie owned and operated three separate parcels of land in Section 9 of Lakefield Township. They owned 40 acres on the west side of Fenmore Road between Swan Creek and Roosevelt Roads; 69.98 acres on the corner of Swan Creek and Meridian; and 60 acres on Roosevelt Road between Swan Creek and Meridian Roads. The total property they owned was 169.98 acres.

Their neighbors were William R. Sandhoff, Mary Bublitz, Jacob Lauer, Fred Gotts, Frederick Soloten, W. E. Crane, Lafayette Rigg, George Rigg, James Street, Richard Welke, and Archibald Clark.


George passed away on November 6, 1933 and Margaret passed away in 1934. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.










SOURCES: 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1940 United States Census; 1896 and 1916 Lakefield Platmap; 1861 and 1871 Canadian Census; Lewis Trudgen's birth and death record; John Andrew Trudgen marriages, WWI Draft Registration and death records; Gordon James Trudgen and George Trudgen's obituaries; Website Find-A-Grave








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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