Happy 192nd, Cousin Stillman!

192 years ago, 1 July 1828, my 1st cousin, 4 times removed, Sillman H. Jenks, was born to Orrin and Hannah Wolfen Jenks.  Orrin was the third child and second son of my 4th great grandfather, Laban Jenks who migrated the family from Massachusetts to New York to Oakland County, Michigan.

Cousin Stillman was one of four Stillmans in my genealogy database. All were first names.  I found no surnames that any of them could have been named after.  And they were all in the Jenks family.  When I asked the all-knowing Google about Stillman it came back with a University, a number of famous people, and one occupation – a man who is employed to operate a still.   One might conclude the Jenks family honored their stillmen!  Again, one of the names given to children of my ancestors that seem amusing in the 21st century.

Cousin Stillman married Delia Eliza Butler and they were the parents of two: Caroline L, and Arthur.  Stillman died on 14 April 1907 in Ionia, Michigan, and is buried in Balcom Cemetery, there.  Delia predeceased him on 18 May 1901, and he is buried next to her.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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