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

Nelson Woolman



Nelson Woolman was born August 21 1859 in Ortonville, Oakland County, Michigan; his parents are George W. and Elizabeth Woolman. He married Clara Ferris. Clara was born around 1867 in Leamington, Canada; she was the daughter of James Simmon and Anna Elizabeth Tester Ferris of Lakefield Township.


Nelson and Clara had the following children:

  1. Sam Woolman born April 30, 1886 in Lakefield Township





2.   James Henry Woolman was born April 30, 1887 in Lakefield Township.  James married Emma Miller on November 3, 1909.  They lived in Goodrich, Genesee County, Michigan.  James died on October 13, 1929 in Grand Blanc, Genesee County, Michigan due to accidental injuries.  James occupation was a Gravel Pit Operator.

3.   Elsa May (Elsie) Woolman was born April 5, 1891 in Lakefield Township.  Elsie married William Abbott on August 7, 1911.

4.   Melvin C. Woolman (twin) was born November 20, 1893 in Brandon, Oakland County, Michigan.  Melvin  married Lilah J. Kenaga.  They lived in Midland, Midland County, Michigan.

5.   Morton E. Woolman (twin) was born November 20, 1893 in Brandon, Oakland County, Michigan.  Morton  married Iva E. Miller on March 18, 1915.


Nelson Woolman had four chattle mortgages while residing in Lakefield Township and they were:

  1. Mortgagors N.J. Woolman and the Mortgagee was Samuel Wilson - November 7, 1888 for $60.00.

  2. Mortgagors Nelson Woolman and the Mortgagee was Samuel Wilson – November 2, 1889 for $26.00

  3. Mortgagors Nelson J. Woolman and the Mortgagee was William Harrison – April 21, 1891 for $40.00

  4. Mortgagors Nelson Woolman and James S. Ferris and the Mortgagee was Albert Snow – August 20, 1890 for $300.00.


By 1900, Nelson and Clara and their family, are living in Ortonville, Oakland County, Michigan.


Clara died on October 23, 1910 in Brandon, Oakland County, Michigan and Nelson J. died on June 28, 1936 in Brandon, Oakland County, Michigan.





SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records; Sam Woodman's birth record; James Henry Woodman's birth and marriage records; Elsa May Woolman's birth record; Nelson J. Woodman's death record; James H., Elsie M. Morton E. and Irene Catherine  Woodman's marriage record; and Mae Webb's hand written family history and photos.

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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