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

















John “George” Tester was born July 7, 1851 in Walsingham, Ontario, Canada to Henry and Emily Rebecca Tester. George married Charlott “Sue” Loop on January 1, 1877 at Kingsville, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Sue's parents were John and Lucinda Loop. At the time of George and Sue's marriage they were both living in Mersea Township (Town of Leamington) Essex County, Ontario, Canada. They were also living in Mersea Township when coming to Michigan in 1882.


George and Sue had the following children:

  1. George Tester born 1871.

  2. Arletta “Ettie” Tester was born September 20, 1877 in Mersea Township, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Ettie married Frank Sklapsky on March 2, 1895 in Lakefield Township by Justice of the Peace, Wilson House.

  3.  Lydia "Eliza Jane" “Alice Jane” was born on March 31, 1881 in Mersea Township, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. She married Jesse D. Smith on January 1, 1896 in Lakefield Township. She then married Charles Zimmerman on June 4, 1908 in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan by Justice of the Peace, Simon Chamberlain. Llydia died March 14, 1926 in Hamilton Township, Gratiot County, Michigan.

  4. John William Thomas Tester was born April 10, 1883 in Mersea, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. John married Rose Lauer on April 12, 1911. John died on June 25, 1975 and is buried in the Lakefield Cemetery.

  5. Triplet - Stewart “Doc” Tester was born July 15, 1886 in Lakefield Township. Doc was married to Vera McAllister. He was in the Michigan 340 Infantry 85th Division during WWI. He died on February 27, 1940 in Livingston County, Michigan and is buried in the Lakeview Cemetery, Howell, Livingston County, Michigan.

  6. Triplet - Jessie Tester was born July 15, 1886 in Lakefield Township and died July 16, 1886 in Lakefield Township.

  7. Triplet - Gladys Tester was born July 15, 1886 in Lakefield Township and died July 16, 1886 in Lakefield Township.

  8. Peter August C. Tester was born December 10, 1888/89 in Lakefield Township.

  9. Ethel F. was born November 10, 1892 in Lakefield Township. Ethel married Arthur E. Byrne on November 22, 1910, in Merrill, Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. Ethel died July 6, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan. Both Ethel and Arthur are buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.


George and Sue owned and operated a 40 acre farm in Section 22 on the NE corner of Fenmore and Nelson Roads. Their neighbors in 1896 were brothers William Tester and Charles Tester, Frank Krupka, Martin Novak and Peter Rosewig. George was appointed Gatekeeper of the Lakefield Township Board of Elections on April 1, 1895.


Sue died on November 5, 1926 in Lakefield Township and George died on April 19, 1932 in Marion Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. They are both buried in the Lakefield Cemetery..




SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records, 1890 & 1916 Lakefield Plat map, George & Sue's Canadian marriage; 1881 Canadian Census; record John “George” Tester death record; Ettie's birth & marriage record; Alice Jane's birth, marriage & death records;John's birth record;Stewart, female & male Tester's birth record; female & male Tester death records; Peter's birth record; Ethel's birth, marriage & death records; Ethel Mae Webb family information and Pearl Sklapsky & Linda Holben's family information.







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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