Unknown Friar was born Unknown and Died Unknown. He is the son of Unknown.
Mary Ann Trim was born May 8, 1825, in Thornbury, County Devonshire, England; was Christened May 8, 1825, in Thornbury, County Devonshire, England; and died September 8, 1851, Darlington Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, at age 26. She is the daughter of Francis Hooper Trim of Holsworthy, Devonshire, England, and Rebecca Wonnacott of Thornbury, County Devonshire, England.
Unknown Friar and Mary Ann Trim were married about 1842 in Canada West.
Unknown Friar died about 1843 in Ontario, Canada West.
Maria Ann (Trim) Friar then married Joseph H. Searle.
Joseph H. Searle was born about 1822, in County Cornwall, England, and died 1883 in Burlington Twp., Lapeer Co., MI, at about age 51. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, East Tawas, Iosco Co., MI. He is the son of William Husband Searle of Tywardreath, County Cornwall, England, and Ann Hill of England.
Joseph H. Searle and Mary Ann (Trim) Friar, both of Hope Twp., were married February 23, 1843, by Rev. John Cassie, witnessed by Zacceus Mitchell and Wm. Curtis.
Joseph H. Searle and Mary Ann (Trim) (Friar) Searle had four children:
Mary Ann (Trim) (Friar) Searle died before April 29, 1852, in Clarke Twp., Durham Co., Canada West, at about age 26.
Joseph H. Searle then married Isabella (Cummins) McCowen.
Isabella Cummins was born about 1825 in Upper Canada, and died about 1861 in Wellington Co., Canada West, at about age 36. She is the daughter of Unknown Cummins of Canada and Ann Unknown of Ireland.
Isabella Cummins was first married to Unknown McCowen.
Joseph H. Searle, a widower, and Isabella McCowen, a widow, both of Darlington Twp., were married on April 29, 1852, in Hampton, Darlington, Newcastle District, Canada West, by Rev. Alex Kennedy, witnessed by John Searle and Elisabeth Searle. Source: The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, Volume 7 Part 2, Newcastle District, 1848-1855. By: Dan Walker and Sharon Molotkow.
Joseph H. Searle and Isabella (McCowen) (Cummins) Searle had two children:
Isabella (McCowen) (Cummins) Searle died about 1861 in Wellington Co., Canada West, at about age 36.
Joseph H. Searle then married Jane Orton McKee.
Jane Orton McKee was born February 27, 1842, in Mariposa Twp., Canada West, and died October 1, 1928, in Wilbur, Iosco Co., MI, at age 86. She is the daughter of James McKee of England and Margaret (Unknown) of Scotland.
Joseph H. Searle and Jane Orton McKee were married December 19, 1866, in Guelph, Wellington Co., Canada West.
Joseph H. Searle and Jane Orton (McKee) Searle had three children:
After Joseph H. Searle died, Jane Orton (McKee) Searle married a widower, Joseph Burcham.
Joseph Burcham was born January 26, 1843, in Upper Canada, and died October 5, 1911, in Wilkes, Iosco Co., MI, at age 69. Buried in Wilber Cemetery, Wilber, Iosco Co., MI. He is the son of James Burcham of Pennsylvania, and Margaret Monroe of Scotland.
Joseph Burcham was first married to Harriet Corner.
Harriet Corner was born about 1854 in New York, and died before 1883 in Michigan.
Joseph Burcham and Harriet Corner were married Unknown.
Joseph Burcham and Harriet (Corner) Burcham had three children:
Joseph Burcham and Jane Orton (McKee) Searle were married June 11, 1883, in Baldwin Twp., Iosco Co., MI.
Joseph Burcham and Jane Orton (McKee) (Searle) Burcham had no children.
Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 26, 1791, to February 10, 1841; "Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and "Ontario" after July 1, 1867.
Joseph H. Searle was born about 1822, in County Cornwall, England.
Maria Ann Trim was Christened May 8, 1825, in Thornbury, Devonshire, England.
Isabella Cummins was born about 1825 in Upper Canada.
Joseph Searle and Mary Ann (Trim) Friar, both of Hope Twp., were married on February 23, 1843, by Rev. John Cassie, witnessed by Zacceus Mitchell and Wm. Curtis.
Mary Ann (Trim) (Friar) Searle died before April 29, 1852, in Canada West at about age 26.
The 1861 Canadian Census shows Henry Sorrel (age 16) born in Upper Canada is a Laborer and is living in Wellington Co., Canada West. Also listed with him are: Joseph Sorrel (no age) born in Upper Canada but living in Georgetown; and Isabella Sorrel (no age) born in Upper Canada but living in Georgetown.
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 1, 1870, shows Joseph Serle (age 48) born in England to Foreign-born parents, is a Farm Laborer, and is living in Novi Twp., Oakland Co., MI. Living with him are: Jane Serle (age 38) born in Ontario, Canada, to Foreign-born parents, who is Keeping House; John Serle (age 4) born in Ontario, Canada, to Foreign-born parents; and John Serle (age 2) born in Ontario, Canada, to Foreign-born parents.
The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 26, 1880, shows Joseph H. Sarls (age 58) born in England to English-born parents is a Farmer and is living in Burlington Twp., Lapeer Co., MI. Living with him is his wife, Jane Sarls (age 38) born in Ontario, Canada, to English and Scottish-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his three children, all born to English and Canadian-born parents: John W. Sarls (age 14), born in Canada, a Farm Hand; Elisabeth S. Sarls (age 7) born in Michigan; and David G. R. Sarls (age 3) born in Michigan.
On January 22, 1881, Mary Isabella Searls (age 26) born in Maryborough, a Spinster, and Sidney Rachar (age 28) born in Beverly Twp., a Batchelor Farmer, were married in Arthur Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada. Parents: Stephen Rachar & Margaret Sharer and Joseph Searles & Isabella Cummins.
Joseph H. Searle died 1883 in Burlington Twp., Lapeer Co., MI, at about age 56. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, East Tawas, Iosco Co., MI.
The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1900, shows John Searles (age 35) born January 1866 in English Canada to English and English Canadian-born parents and having immigrated in 1868 and a Naturalized Citizen is a Farmer doing Farming who owns his farm free of a mortgage and is living in Wilber Twp., Iosco Co., MI. Living with him is his wife of 14 years, Lucy Searles (age 25) born February 1875 in Michigan to England and Scotland-born parents, with all three of the children born to her still alive. Also living there are his three children, all born in Michigan to English Canadian and Michigan-born parents: Wesley Searles (age 12) born August 1887; Laura Searles (age 7) born January 1893; and Mary Searles (age 4) born September 1895.
The 1901 Canadian Census shows Sarah Searle (age 56) born Unknown in the United States is the Head of Household Farmer living in Clarke Twp., Durham West, Ontario, Canada. Living with her are her three unmarried sons, all born in Ontario: Robert Searle (age 20) born July 28, 1880, a Farmer's Son; Samuel Searle (age 18) born December 1, 1882, a Farmer's Son; and Milton Searle (age 14) born February 6, 1887. Two farms away is the family of Robert McGahey (age 61) born in Ontario.
The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 25, 1910, shows John Searle (age 45) born in English Canada to English Canadian-born parents and first married at age 18 and in his second marriage and having immigrated in 1873 and a Naturalized Citizen is a Farmer on the Home Farm who owns his farm free of a mortgage and is living in Wilber Twp., Iosco Co., MI. Living with him is his wife, Lucy Searle (age 35) born in Michigan to England and Scotland-born parents and first married at age 18 and in her first marriage, with both of the children born to her still alive, a Laborer on the Home Farm. Also living there are his three unmarried children, all born in Michigan to English Canadian and Michigan-born parents: Wesley James Searle (age 21) a Laborer on the Home Farm; Laura Janette Searle (age 17); and Mary Elizabeth Searle (age 14).
Joseph then married Isabella McCowen.
Isabella McCowen was born Unknown and died Unknown. She was the daughter of Unknown.
Joseph Searle and Isabella McCowen, both of Darlington Twp., were married April 29, 1852, in Hampton, Darlington, Newcastle District, Canada West, by Rev. Alex Kennedy, witnessed by John Searle and Elisabeth Searle. Source: The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, Volume 7 Part 2, Newcastle District, 1848-1855. By: Dan Walker and Sharon Molotkow.
Joseph Searl Death Listing, 1900 Hope Twp., Clarke Division, Ontario, Canada.
Sarah Jane Searl Death Listing, May 14, 1907, Hope Twp., Clarke Division, Ontario, Canada.
Milton Alexander Searle Death Listing, 1907 Clarke Twp., child of Robert Searle.
The Early Days of Wilber
Written by Amy Abbott and read by her at a meeting of the Iosco County Pioneer Society in the summer of 1921.
Also published in The History of Iosco County, Michigan, 1981.
The early settlers came over slab roads and rough, winding trails which were far different from our excellent roads of the present day. The first to come was Joseph Burcham In the year 1874. The Moore, Wilber, Kingsland. Scott, Stanton, Marsha11, Syme, Stevenson, Falls, Wilkinson, Stickles, Abbott, Bell, Dawes, Kirkendall, Stevens, Corner and Hodman families soon followed. The blackened woods of what is now Wilber Township became sparsely dotted with 1og cabins, each surrounded by a small clearing.
Because of the swamps that lay north and south, Tawas and Au Sable were reached in a very roundabout way. In 1876 the men of this ne1ghborhood had to go to Au Sable in order to vote in the presidential election. To get there, it was necessary to go west two miles to the plains, then north on what was known as the "hardscrabble" road. It intersected with the Au Sable tote road, that went east to Au Sable. The drive of about twenty mi1es is now shortened to half that distance. The following year Au Sable Township opened a road through to Wilber, building a mile of corduroy road across the swamp. This made a more direct, if not a smoother, route.
At about the same time East Tawas began improving the road from that direction, making a similar crossing one mile long across what was known as "the big cedar swamp". The corduroy roads were an improvement on the first roads, but in the spring of the year they became "floating crossways". Many and interesting are the stories told about them.
One day Joe Bell went to town with his team and wagon; while in town, a heavy rain fell. When within a half mile of home on his return, he found the crossway was afloat. He was obliged to unhitch the horses, single them out and let them pick their way through the slashing, leaving the wagon until the water subsided.
At another tine, Mr. and Mrs. Stevenson and Jennie Scott were on their way to Tawas in a lumber wagon. As they were crossing a mud-hole, a front wheel of the wagon struck one end of a pole. That caused the other end to fly up and hit the wagon box, quickly landing said wagon box, seat, and occupants into the mud. Strange to say, the basket of eggs which Jennie held, escaped with but little damage.
As the clearings were made and enclosed by log fences, roads were cut from one to another, and at each clearing a pair of bars was made across the road. It is interesting to note that one of the early settlers remembers of having to go through seven pairs of bars on his way to Tawas. It is not to be wondered that the trip to town was an all day's job.
In the spring of 1878, Wilber Township was organized, taking one township from Au Sable and one from Plainfield. E.F. Abbott circulated the petition. The name of Prospect was considered, but Wilber was finally decided upon, in honor of Marvin Wilber, one of the early settlers. He lived on what is now known as the Smith place, and built the first frame house and barn in the township.
At the first town meeting, which was held in Lauren Wilber's home, Nelson Stevens was elected supervisor, and Melvin C. Falls, clerk. The next meetings were held in the new schoolhouse in Dist. No. 1, which was built by Francis Dawes.
The first teacher was Mary Hobinson. She was granted her certificate by the township inspector, George Dawes. Among her pupils were Clara Stickles (later Mrs. John Alda), Jim Burcham, Adrien Dawes, John Myers, and the Syme, Marshall, Falls and Scott children.
In the fall of '87 the township bought the schoolhouse for a town hail, and the district erected a new building which still serves its original purpose. May Falls (now Mrs. John Westervelt) was the first teacher in the new schoolhouse.
Wilber Post Office was established Jan. 20, 1891, with Mrs. E.F. Abbott as postmistress. She also kept on sale a small supply of the most necessary articles. There has been a store in connection with the Post Office ever since. At first, mail was carried to and from East Tawas twice a week on the back of the mail-carrier. In the winter time it was necessary for him to make the trip on snowshoes.
Before the schoolhouse was built, Sunday School used to be held in the Stevenson home. Mr. Stevenson was superintendent, adult Bible teacher and song leader. Mrs. Falls walked nearly two miles and taught the children's class. On March 9, 1887, the M.E. Church was dedicated. Rev. Sibley Taylor of Tawas City was the first pastor.
Because of road conditions, lack of telephone, and distance from town, a doctor's services were next to impossible in times of sickness. But Mrs. Stevenson, (now Mrs. Enos Scott) was the angel of mercy. The worst weather or roads did not keep her from the bedside of the sick, where her loving unselfish services were of priceless value; yet costing the sufferer little or nothing. Her fee for delivering a baby was $2 if the family could pay it.
It cannot be said that Wilber is the most healthful place in the state, but at one time three years elapsed without a death, and our health officer received a letter from the state board of health asking how he could account for it. The only reason he could give was that in our township, fresh air, the very best water, and strenuous exercise are always to be had in abundance.
In the early days wild game, such as deer, bear, wolves and lynx were very plentiful. Occasionally the scream of a panther was heard. As late as 1887 a wolf pack was known to go through the settlement. On one day of Christmas week, Mabel Falls, aged nine years (now Mrs. 0. Misener), had spent the day with her sister, Mrs. Abbott, and left just before dark to go home. Part of the distance of two miles was only a rough trail through the woods. She had gone but half a mile on the lonely path then she was startled by the barking of what she thought to be a lot of dogs, Very much frightened, she ran back to the Abbott home. The next morning it was seen by tracks in the light snow that a large pack of wolves had crossed the trail at that point.
There has always been easy access to an abundance of wild fruit. It may be safely said that huckleberries have aided greatly the progress of our citizens as household articles and farm equipment was purchased with money earned by picking huckleberries.
Besides the school house and church already mentioned, Wilbur grew to have have two other schools. The three schools were named: Stevens School, District #1 and the Green School. Grange Hall was built for the social life of the community. A lumber mill, owned by Mr. Asa Rodman, has long been in operation.
We are glad that many of our pioneers have lived to enjoy our fine roads, modern conveyances and other improvements that they helped to bring about. The automobile of today contrasts strongly with the lumber wagon drawn by oxen over the rough crossways in the days when a spring seat was a luxury.
I am Lowell Wayne Greene and I was born in Wilber Township,
Iosco Co MI in 1938.
|Event Date:||01 Oct 1928|
|Event Place:||Wilbur, Iosco, Michigan, United States|
|Birth Date:||27 Feb 1842|
|Birth Year (Estimated):||1842|
|Father's Name:||James Orten|
|GS Film number:||1972755|
|Digital Folder Number:||005237595|