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



Phillipp was born on January 21, 1864 in St. Albert, Ontario, Canada to Hyacinthe and Lareina/Laremie LaDuc Potvin. Phillipp's  family were originally from the Province of Quebec, Canada. He married Mary Godfrey on June 6, 1907 at Sacred Heart Church, Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. Mary was born March 28, 1877 in Canada to Patrick and Margaret O'Connor Godfrey. Phillipp moved to Saginaw County, Michigan in 1883.


Phillip and Mary had the following children:



  1. Josephine Philomon Potvin was born January 5, 1909.


2.  Alice Mary Jenette Potvin was born February 3, 1911 and died December 8, 191



3.    Mary “Marie” C. Leander Potvin was born February 27, 1913 in Lakefield Township. She married Andrew Naessens on August 18, 1934. Marie Potvin Naessens was Merrill, Michigan's District Library Librarian for many years. Marie died on September 7, 2006 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.



4.  Danevieve Margaret Potvin was born November 7, 1918.

In 1916, Phillip and Mary owned three parcels of land. The first was 40 acres of land in Section 2 on Chapin Road between Ederer and Swan Creek Roads. The second parcel was 80 acres of land located directly across the road in Section 1 on Chapin Road. The third parcel was 40 acres of land located in Section 1 on the corner of Swan Creek and Chapin Roads. They owned a total of 160 acres in Sections 1 and 2 of Lakefield Township.


Mary died on August 13, 1933 and Phillip died on April 20, 1941 in Lakefield Township. They are both buried at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Lakefield Township.






SOURCES: U.S. Census; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Phillip and Mary Godfrey Potvin's marriage record; Phillip Potvin's obituary, Marie Potvin Naessen's obituary; Josephine Potvin and Danevieve Potvin's Sacred Heart graduation photos (Rich Ducham); Marie Potvin Langois Canadian marriage 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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