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




Henry Spurbeck was born in March 1819 in New York. He married Sophia Barber Linch.


Henry and Sophia had the following children:

  1. Ida Spurbeck was born in 1851 in New York. She married Bernard J. McDonald

  2. Isabel R. Spurbeck was born 11 December 1855 in New York. She married John J. Baker. Isabel died on 11 December 1883 due to complications in childbirth.

  3. Michael Spurbeck was born in 1858 in New York. He married Ida K. Cain on 5 August 1885 in Lakefield Township; at the time they were both living in Lakefield Township.

  4. Emanuel Spurbeck was born in 1860 in New York. He was elected as Constable of Lakefield Township on 2 April 1888.

  5. Alice L. Spurbeck was born in 1862 in New York. She married Emil Hintermeister.


In 1870, Henry and his family were living in Ward 6, City of Saginaw, Michigan and their neighbors were George and Siviley Roberts.


By 1877, Henry and his family owned and operated 120 acres in the NE Quarter of Section 16 which was located on both Roosevelt and Fenmore Roads. The residence was on Fenmore Road. By 1896, William Sandoff owned the property.


In 1880, according to the Michigan Agricultural Census; Henry owned 20 acres of tilled soil, 6 acres of meadow and 60 acres of woodland or forest.


Henry was elected or appointed to the following Lakefield Township Offices:

  1. Appointed to Overseer of Highways in Road District # 2 on 1 April 1878.

  2. Elected as Drain Commissioner on 4 April 1880.

  3. Elected as Constable on 2 April 1883




By 1900, Henry is living in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. He is 81 years old, widowed and owns his own home. 



SOURCES: 1870, 1880, 1900 Federal Census; 1880 Michigan Agricultural Census; 1877 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; Ida Spurbeck Baker's death record; Alice Spurbeck's marriage record; Ida Spurbeck McDonald's 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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