Rev. 5 Oct. 2008, Gen. 762

 

DESCENDANTS OF RUTH GRAVES AND NELSON PROPER

OF NY & MI

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

Ruth Graves (1) was born about 1809 in Springfield, Otsego Co., NY, and died 4 May 1893 in Gaines, Genesee Co., MI.  She married Nelson Proper, son of George Proper and Mary Champion, probably in NY.  He was born 25 May 1805 in Chatham, Columbia Co., NY (almost on the state line, close to Pittsfield, MA), and died 20 Dec. 1880 in Gaines, Genesee Co., MI (close to Flint, MI).  They were in the 1850 and 1860 censuses for Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., NY.  He was a farmer.  Their children through Frederick were born in NY, and the others in MI.

It may be that Ruth was a daughter of a Moses Graves, born about 1780.  Moses was in Springfield, Otsego Co., NY in 1820 and 1830, and he was probably the Moses Graves in Unadilla, Otsego Co., NY in 1840.  In 1850 there was a Thomas and Olive Graves in Unadilla, Otsego Co., NY.  They are genealogy 693, and Thomas and Ruth may have been siblings.  They ancestry of this Moses Graves has not yet been found.  (R‑1, R‑2, R‑4)

Children - Proper

  2.  George Proper, b.c. 1831.

  3.  Hiram Proper, b.c. 1833.

  4.  Laura Proper, b.c. 1835.

+5.  Daniel C. Proper, b. 1 Feb. 1837, m(1) Mary Sophia Bates, 6 May 1859, m(2) Abigail Preston, 9 Dec. 1871, d. 23 July 1902.

+6.  William Proper, b.c. 1840, m. Phebe ‑‑‑‑‑‑.

  7.  Moses Proper, b.c. 1841.

  8.  John Proper, b.c. 1843.

  9.  Frederick Proper, b.c. 1845.

  10.  Erastus Proper, b.c. 1847.

  11.  Louisa Proper, b.c. 1849.

  12.  Morgan Proper, b.c. 1852.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF RUTH GRAVES (1) AND NELSON PROPER

Daniel C. (“Dan”) Proper (5) was born 1 Feb. 1837 in NY, and died 23 July 1902 in Gaines, Genesee Co., MI.  He first married Mary Sophia Bates, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Bates and Anna Preston, on 6 May 1859 (or 1862) in Tyrone, Livingston Co., MI.  She was born 8 July 1839 in MI or NY, and died 9 Oct. 1871 in Gaines, MI.  He married second Abigail Preston on 9 Dec. 1871.  She was born about 1853 in MI.  She was a cousin of Daniel's first wife.  All the children were born in MI.  (R‑2, R‑3, R‑4)

Children - Proper, by Mary S. Bates

+13.  Zylphia Isabella Proper, b. 4 Feb. 1863, m. Braziliel Rudd Shepard, 16 Nov. 1881, d. 12 July 1937..

+14.  Mary Adilaide Proper, b. 11 Oct. 1864, m. Harvey Eugene Dunn, 28 Nov. 1883, d. 25 Aug. 1926.

  15.  Carlton Proper, b.c. 1867.

Children - Proper, by Abigail Preston

  16.  Ollie Proper, b.c. 1874.

  17.  Clair Proper, b. Dec. 1880.

 

William Proper (6) was born about 1840 in NY.  He married Phebe ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1852 in MI.  All their children were born in MI.  (R‑3)

Children - Proper

  18.  Ruth Proper, b.c. 1869.

  19.  Frederick Proper, b.c. 1871.

  20.  Nelson Proper, b.c. 1878.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF DANIEL C. PROPER (5) AND MARY S. BATES

Zylphia Isabella (or Isabelle) Proper (13) was born 4 Feb. 1863 and died 12 July 1937, both in Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI.  She married Braziliel Rudd Shepard, son of Asa Shepard and Lovina Lucinda Bostwick, on 16 Nov. 1881 in Gaines, MI.  He was born 25 June 1857 in Argentine Twp., Genesee Co., MI, died 12 July 1934 in Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI, and was buried in Oakwood Cem., Gaines, MI.  Their first 2 children were born in Argentine Twp., and the others in Gaines Twp., all in Genesee Co., MI.  (R‑4)

Children - Shepard

+21.  Archie Rudd Shepard, b. 17 Nov. 1881, m(1) Goldie Lowrey, m(2) Edith B. Rathbun, 5 June 1907, m(3) Irene C. Smith, 21 Dec. 1936, d. 14 March 1968.

+22.  Zilpha Lou Ann Shepard, b. 13 Aug. 1884, m. Clifford Howard Gamber, 28 March 1908, d. 28 May 1959.

+23.  Deena Abigail Shepard, b. 4 Sept. 1893, m. Grover Cleveland Riley, 2 Nov. 1915, d. 24 March 1950.

+24.  Ethel Viola Shepard, b. 9 Jan. 1898, m. Joseph Howard Smith, 1 March 1916, d. 11 April 1958.

+25.  Norman Shepard, b. 16 Dec. 1891, m. Lois L. Bennett, 28 July 1915, d. 16 March 1961.

  26.  Clifford Ethel Shepard, b. 15 Feb. 1909.

 

Mary Adilaide (or Adelaide?) Proper (14) was born 11 Oct. 1864 in Gaines, Genesee Co., MI, and died 25 Aug. 1926 in Ann Arbor, MI.  She married Harvey Eugene Dunn, son of Richmond Dunn and Martha Wilson, on 28 Nov. 1883 in Linden, MI.  He was born 9 June 1863 in Lockport, NY, died 18 April 1925 of a cerebral hemmorage in Pontiac, MI, and was buried in Flushing Cem., Flushing, MI.  (R‑2)

Children - Dunn

  27.  Mabel Dunn, b. 10 Sept. 1884.

  28.  Lucille A. Dunn, b. 31 Aug. 1886.

+29.  Alva C. Dunn, b. 18 March 1888, m. Myrtle Tunningley, d. 3 June 1972.

  30.  Bessie M. Dunn, b. 10 July 1889.

  31.  Marion ("Mary") B. Dunn, b. 27 June 1891.

  32.  Sidney Arthur Dunn

  33.  Ellen Adelaide Dunn

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF ZYLPHIA I. PROPER (13) AND BRAZILIEL R. SHEPARD

Archie Rudd Shepard (21) was born 17 Nov. 1881 and died 14 March 1968, both in Argentine Twp., Genesee Co., MI, and was buried in Gaines, MI.  He first married Goldie Lowrey.  He married second Edith B. Rathbun, daughter of Orr Rathbun and Isabelle ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 5 June 1907.  She was born 10 April 1880 in Plymouth, MI, died 1 Dec. 1961 in Durand, MI, and was buried in Byron Cem., Byron, MI.  He married third Irene C. Smith on 21 Dec. 1936.  She was born in 1893 in Shiawassee Co., MI, died 1 March 1961 in Argentine Twp., Genesee Co., MI, and was buried in Lovejoy Cem., Shiawassee Co., MI.  Both their children were born in Argentine Twp., Genesee Co., MI.  (R‑4)

Children - Shepard

  34.  Elton Archie Shepard, b. 7 Jan. 1909, m. Klara Klimmek, 17 May 1931 (at home of Mary and Reuben Goslow), d. 16 March 2002 (Byron, MI).  He was bur. in Byron Cem., Byron, MI.  She was b. 1 Aug. 1907 in Ehrenfeld, PN (?), died 8 Sept. 2006 in Durand, MI, and was buried 11 Sept. 2006 in Byron Cem., Byron, MI, dau. of Adam Gustave Klimmek and Bertha Wilhelmena Kowalski.  4 children.

  35.  Carrie Isabelle Shepard, b. 19 Dec. 1910, m. Paul G. Tribley.  He was b. 20 May 1904 in Hungary, and d. 1985.  1 child.

 

Zilpha Lou Ann Shepard (22) was born 13 Aug. 1884 in Argetine Twp., and died 28 May 1959 in Flint, both in Genesee Co., MI.  She married Clifford Howard Gamber on 28 March 1908.  He was born 20 Sept. 1889 in MI, and died 2 June 1951 in Flint, MI.  They were both buried in Bristol Cem., Flint, MI.  Their first child was born in Linden, MI, the birthplace of the second is not known, and all the others were born in West Branch, MI.  (R‑4)

Children - Gamber

  36.  Ella Isabelle Gamber, b. 17 Feb. 1909, m. Robert George Wright, 25 Oct. 1930 (Flint, MI), d. 19 Oct. 1946 (Flint, MI).  He was b. 19 Dec. 1893 in Belfast, Ireland, and d. 23 Jan. 1970 in Flint, MI.  Both bur. in Bristol Cem., Flint, MI.  7 children.

  37.  Beatrice Viola Gamber, b. 5 Dec. 1910.

  38.  Elmer Carlton Gamber, b. 17 May 1912, m. Eva Leona Pelch, 22 Sept. 1934 (Flint, MI).  She was b. 13 March 1916 in Durand, MI.  4 children.

  39.  Howard Clifford Gamber, b. 20 July 1915, m. Alice Janette Hinton, 8 June 1944 (Flint, MI).  She was b. 30 April 1924 in Flint, MI.  7 children.

  40.  Ethel Mae Gamber, b. 2 April 1919.  It was reported that she m. Joseph Howard Smith, but that was apparently her aunt Ethel Viola Shepard.

  41.  Bessie Irene Gamber, b. 18 Sept. 1920, m. Lyle Morris Coffin, 1 Aug. 1942 (TX).  He was b. 5 May 1919 in Rice Lake, WI.  6 children.

  42.  Regenold (or Reginald?) William Gamber, b. 17 Oct. 1923, m. Dorothy Robinson, (Flint, MI).  She was b. in Hale, MI.  4 children.

  43.  Julia Evelyn Gamber, b. 12 Nov. 1925, m. Lewis James Craw, 26 Oct. 1946 (Grand Blanc, MI).  He was b. 21 Aug. 1927 in Flint, MI.  2 children.

 

Deena Abigail Shepard (23) was born 4 Sept. 1893 in Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI, died 24 March 1950 in Lennon, MI, and was buried in Oakwood Cem., Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI.  She married Grover Cleveland Riley on 2 Nov. 1915 in Gaines, MI.  He was born 7 Feb. 1895 in Shiawassee Co., MI.  (R‑4)

Children - Riley

  44.  Lloyd James Riley, b. 24 Nov. 1916, d. 1921.

  45.  Anedra Eilene Riley, b. 5 Oct. 1918 (Durand, MI), m. Kenneth Salisbury, (Hale, MI).  2 children.

  46.  Leyman C. Riley, b. 13 Aug. 1921, d. 14 Dec. 1944 (World War II).

  47.  Iona Mae Riley, b. 13 May 1924 (Owosso, MI), m. Henry John Folcik, 23 July 1945 (Standish, MI).  He was b. 30 July 1922 in Pinnconing, MI.  3 children.

  48.  J. C. Riley, b. 7 Feb. 1928 (Standish, MI), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Robinson, d. 20 May 1967 (CA).  1 child.

  49.  Gene Allen Riley, b. 22 Sept. 1929 (Standish, MI), m. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ Pomerville.  4 children.

 

Ethel Viola Shepard (24) was born 9 Jan. 1898, died 11 April 1958, and was buried, all in Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI.  She married Joseph Howard Smith on 1 March 1916.  He was born 11 May 1894 in Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI.  All their children were born in Gaines Twp.  (R‑4)

Children - Smith

  50.  Dorothy Viola Smith, b. 9 May 1918, m. Marshall Erwin Warden, 5 June 1937 (Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI).  He was b. 29 March 1905 in Fenton, MI, d. 11 Dec. 1961 in Flint, MI, and was bur. in Fenton, MI.  3 children.

  51.  Rudd Frank Smith, b. 31 Oct. 1919, m. Mabel Mary Palasty, 18 Feb. 1950 (Saginaw, MI).  She was b. 29 April 1915 in Saginaw, MI.  4 children.

  52.  Joseph Elmer Smith, b. 20 June 1921, m. Irma Arlene Kieffer, 6 Sept. 1941 (Gaines, MI), d. 3 Jan. 1966 (Fremont, OH).  She was b. 5 Aug. 1924.  4 children.

  53.  Arletta Mae Smith, b. 12 Oct. 1925, m. Orville Libby, 23 Nov. 1946 (Flint, MI).  He was b. 15 May 1922.  2 children.

 

Norman Shepard (25) was born 16 Dec. 1891, died 16 March 1961 in Allen Park, MI, and was buried in Gaines Twp., Genesee Co., MI.  He married Lois L. Bennett on 28 July 1915 in SD.  She was born 28 May 1898 in Summit, SD, and died 18 March 1975 in Genesee Co., MI.  (R‑4)

Children - Shepard

+54.  Wendell Dwayne Shepard, b. 3 March 1917, m. Maxine Swanson.

  55.  Lowell Sherman Shepard, b. 10 Sept. 1924, m. Lucille Unsel, 26 Feb. 1949 (Flint, MI).  She was b. 31 Dec. 1929 and d. 27 Dec. 1982, both in Flint, MI.  2 children.

 

CHILDREN OF MARY A. PROPER (14) AND HARVEY E. DUNN

Alva C. Dunn (29) was born 18 March 1888 in Gaines, Genesee Co., MI, and died 3 June 1972 in Lennon, MI.  He married Myrtle Tunningley, daughter of Thomas Tunningley and Nellie Cooper.  She was born 12 July 1890 in Gaines, MI, and died 10 Oct. 1945 in the area of Detroit, MI.  They apparently divorced in the 1920’s, and she married Harold E. Wolfe, since Harold and Myrtle were in the 1930 census for Detroit, Wayne Co., MI as husband and wife.  Alva and Myrtle were in the 1920 census for Flint, Genesee Co., MI, and Alva was in the 1930 census for Flint, MI, with children Harvey and Helen.  He was a blacksmith in 1930.  All their children were born in MI.  (R‑2)

Children - Dunn

  56.  Roland H. Dunn, b.c. 1910.

  57.  Harvey J. Dunn, b.c. 1913.

+58.  Helen Mae Dunn, b. 27 March 1914, m. Harry Howard Hamilton.

  59.  Hazel N. Dunn, b.c. 1918.

 

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