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



Royal “Roy” Tolfree was born April 2, 1897 in Lakefield Township. His parents were Joseph D. and Ellen Deal Tolfree. Roy married Ada Mary Miller on April 16, 1915 in Lakefield Township, by Justice of the Peace George Wenzel. Their marriage witnesses were Ettie Tolfree and Chancy Shebester.



Ada and her children - back row: L to R - Art, Lyle, Gene, Evelyn, Wilma and Roy.  Bottom row: L to R - Shirley, Ada, Renis and John.

Roy and Ada had the following children:

  1. Renis/Remus M. Tolfree was born May 13, 1915 in Lakefield Township. She married John Shane.

  2. Mary Ellnora Tolfree was born July 13, 1917 in Lakefield Township. She died on September 17, 1917 in Lakefield Township and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery. Mary died of pneumonia.

  3. Roy Tolfree Jr.

  4. Wilma L. Tolfree was born June 25, 1921 in Lakefield Township. She married Irving Buckley. Wilma died on August 20, 1996 in Vassar and is buried in the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, Gera, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  5. Evelyn Lucille Tolfree was born on July 22, 1923. She married Frederick Zimmerman. Evelyn died on April 16, 2004 in Anaheim, Orange County, California.

  6. Eugene “Gene” P. Tolfree in 1925. Gene married Blanche Ducham.  He, also, married Betty Bennett.

  7. Lyle E. Tolfree

  8. Robert Tolfree was born November 3, 1927 in Lakefield Township and died on November 4, 1927 in Lakefield Township. Robert is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery. He died of a premature birth.

  9. Arthur William Tolfree was born December 11, 1930. He married Thelma Mary “Diane” Breasbois. Arthur died on January 1, 2017 and is buried in the Lakefield Cemetery.

  10. Shirley Tolfree

  11. John Tolfree.


In 1920, Roy and Ada lived on an 80 acre farm in Section 35 on Chapin Road between Townline and Grabowski Roads. Their neighbors were John Tribfelner, Frank Nohel, Harry Nohel, and Fred Page.


Roy died on November 20, 1960 at the Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan and Ada died on November 13, 1985 at the Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. They are buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: 1920, 1930, 1940 U.S. Federal Census; 1920 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Royal's Lakefield Township birth record; Ada's Lakefield Township birth record; Royal's WWI draft registration; Roy and Ada's marriage record; Mary Ellinora Tolfree's Lakefield Township death record; Robert Tolfree's Lakefield Township death record; Arthur and Thelma's marriage record; Roy and Ada's obituaries (Della Miller McKay's obituary collection), photo's from Art Tolfree and Kathy Tolfree Allen.

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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