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



John Shay was born 4 May 1861 in Orilla, Ontario, Canada. His parents were Michael John and Isabelle McNenley Shay. He married Caroline Hautbergue on 11 April 1883 in Blumfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan by C. Krebs, Minister. Caroline was born in January 1863.


John and Caroline had the following children:

  1. A. Shay was born in 1882 and died in 1883.

  2. Daniel Shay was born 17 July 1883. He married Emma Welch.

  3. Agnes Shay was born 10 October 1886. She married Fred Clements.

  4. Anna B. Shay was born 3 June 1889 in Reese, Saginaw County, Michigan. She married Frances Garvey.

  5. Marguerite Mae “Maggie M.” Shay was born 14 April 1891 in Gilford Township, Tuscola County, Michigan. She became a Catholic Nun.

  6. Alvira Shay was born 25 October 1892 in Lakefield Township. She married Ed Burns.

  7. Catherine “Cassie” Shay was born 6 August 1894 in Lakefield Township. She married Leo Kalahar.

  8. John J. Shay was born 19 February 1898. He married Gertrude Kerby.

  9. Mary Myrtle Shay was born April 1899. She married Howard Hatzenbrekler.

  10. Joseph Shay was born 19 November 1903 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. He married Catherine Buckley. Joseph was one of the founders of the Shay Water Company.


In the 1890's John Shay and his family lived in Section 9 on a 40 acre farm on the north side of Roosevelt Road between Meridian and Fenmore Roads. His neighbors were George Trudgeon, Louis Baker; George Rigg; William Sandhoff; Peter Mayer; Jacob Lauer, Charles Eggebrecht.


John was appointed as Overseer of Highways – Road District #2 in Lakefield Township on 2 April 1894.


John and his family were living in Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan by 1900. George Trudgeon bought the Shay's 40 acres when they moved to Jonesfield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan.


John died on 23 September 1933 and Caroline in 1935. They are both buried in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.


SOURCES: 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; John and Caroline Shay's marriage record; Find-A-Grave; Marguerite Mae Shay's birth record; Alvira Shay's birth record; Daniel, Agnes, Alvira, Cassie, Mary Myrtle marriage record; John Shay's obituary; John J. Shay's obituary; Annabelle Garvey's obituary.



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