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



The John and Caroline Shay family photo: Top Row, Left to Right: Alvira "Vida" Shay, Marguerite "Mae" Shay, Daniel Shay, Agnes Emma Shay and Anna Isobelle "Belle/Annabell Shay.  Bottom Row, Left to Right: John Joseph "Joe" Shay, Caroline Hautebergue Shay, Mary "Myrtle" Shay,under her is Joseph Henry "Jack" Shay (founder to the Shay Water Company, John Michael Shay, and Catherine 'Cassie" Shay.  Picture taken around 1908 and owned by Mike Shay.

John Michael Shea/Shay was born 4 May 1861 in Mara, Manitoba, Canada on 5 May 1861.  His parents were Michael John (born Michael John O'Shea in County Kerry, Iron in September, 1821)  and Isabella McNenley/McAnenly Shay, they settled in Orillia, Mara Township, Toronoto, Ontario, Canada.   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 Walsh. Emma died in 1920 due to complications during pregnancy.

  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. As well as John Michael's father, Michael John O'Shea/Shea/Shay who died in 1908.


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, additional information and Shay Family photo from Mike Shay.



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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