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




Thomas Tester was born October 9, 1857/1858 in Walsingham, Ontario Canada; to Henry and Emily Bristow Tester. Thomas married Lucy Schram on March 7, 1886 in Thomastown, Saginaw County, Michigan; their witnesses were Nelson J. and Clara Ferris Woolman. Lucy was born in 1869 in Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan to William V. and Ella E. Schram.  When Lucy married Thomas in 1886, she was living in Lakefield Township with her father and siblings in Section 16 on Lakefield Road.


Thomas and Lucy's children were:

  1. Ella “Emily” Emma Tester was January 29, 1888 in Mersea, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Emma married John H. Watkins on March 20, 1909 in Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, Michigan. Emily died on May 21, 1986 in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.

  2. Pearl Ereline Tester was born March 20, 1890 in Mersea, Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Pearl married Erving L. Adams on August 8, 1918 in Hastings, Barry County, Michigan.

  3. Floyd Elmer Tester was born April 4, 1894 in Lakefield Township. Floyd married Mildred L. Lathrup on June 27, 1920 in Barryville, Oakland County, Michigan. Floyd died on December 6, 1986 in Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan.

  4. Frank “Frankie” Tester was born November 9, 1896 in Lakefield Township. He died April 15, 1897 and is buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

  5. Oliver Earl Tester was born April 26, 1898 in Michigan. Oliver married Ethel M. Haist on July 15, 1923 in Burton, Shiawassee County, Michigan. Oliver died on January 20, 1987 in East Tawas, Iosco County, Michigan.

  6. Percy W. Tester was born 6 May 1901 either in Canada or the United States. Percy married Nina Holcomb. Percy died on June 1, 1895 in Dimondale, Eaton County, Michigan.

  7. Lillian M. Tester was born in 1908 in Michigan.


In 1891, Thomas and Lucy were living with Thomas's father, Henry Tester in Mersea, Essex County, Ontario Canada. Also, living with them were daughters, Emily and Pearl Tester and Uncle Thomas Tester (Henry Tester's brother).


By 1894, Thomas, Lucy, Emily, Pearl and son, Floyd were living in Lakefield Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. On the 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map, a Thomas Tester owned and operated an 80 acre farm in Section 14 on the west side of Merrill Road between Roosevelt and Lakefield Roads.


By 1901, Thomas, Lucy and their family were living back in Canada with Thomas's father; Henry. By 1910, Thomas, Lucy and their family were living in Bennington, Shiawassee County, Michigan.


Thomas Tester died on November 1, 1921 in Sciota, Shiawassee County, Michigan. Lucy died in 1958. They are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: Thomas and Lucy's marriage record; 1891 and 1901 Canadian Census; 1870, 1880, 1920 United States Census; 1896 Lakefield Township Platmap; Thomas's death record; Emily's birth record from Canada; Emily's marriage record; Pearl's birth record from Canada; Pearl's marriage record; Floyd birth, marriage and death record; Frankie's Lakefield Township birth and death records; Oliver's WWI draft record, marriage record and death records; Percy's marriage and death records; Lillian's marriage record; Lakefield Township Cemetery records and Ethel Mae Webb's family records.





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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