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Selected Families and Individuals


William Leigh BELLINGHAM

OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise, Thursday March 4, 1920.
The funeral of William Leigh Bellingham was held from his late home, Saturday, Feb. 28th. The service was conducted by Rev. Foster Fuller. The deceased was born April 6th, 1893 in Gun Plain Township and died Feb. 25th 1920, aged 26 years. He had always made his home in this township. May 17th 1913, he was married to Miss Edith May Shelp and of this union two children were born, June Elizabaeth, aged 4 years, and Barbara Irene, aged 18 months, who, with the widow survive him. He is also survived by his father, Charles Bellingham and two brothers Jay and Leslie, one sister Mrs. Marcia Hamilton, who lives in this village. His mother died Nov. 14, 1908.

Edith May SHELP

OBITUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette, Thursday September 3, 1959, page 42.
Mrs. Edith M. Butler, of Plainwell passed away Wednesday afternoon at the Crispe Hospital. Mrs. Butler was born May 16, 1895, in Orangeville Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Shelp. She had been a resident of Pine Lake and Plainwell area most of her life.
Mrs. Butler had been employed by the Crispe Hospital. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Mom's Club, Maccabees, OES and the Pythian Sisters.
Mrs. Butler is survived by 4 sons, Dale Hyder of Parchment, Louis Hyder of Tucson, Ariz., Garold Hyder of Pine Lake and Charles Butler of Kalamazoo; three daughters Mrs. June Parsons of Oscoda, Mrs. Esther Earle and Mrs. Barbara Pallett of Plainwell; one sister, Miss Mildred Shelp of Pine Lake; 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew.
Friends may call at the Marshall & Gren Funeral home. Services will be held at the Presbyterian Church Saturday at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. John Fuhrmeister officiating. Interment in Hillside Cemetery. Friends who wish to do so, may make contributions to the Cancer Fund.


BIRTH-PARENTS-CHILDREN-MARR-DEATH: Bellingham book, complied by Florence Munn Ullrey; 1 Sept. 1974; pages 29-34. Charles Bellingham, b. Feb. 2, 1869, m. Mary Elizabeth Webster, March 30, 1892, d. May 31, 1961. Children: William Leigh, Myron J., Marcia Esther, Charles Leslie and Lawrence (twins).

OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise, Thursday June 8, 1961.
Services were held at 1:30 p. m. Saturday at the Marshall and Gren Funeral home for Charles E. Bellingham, age 92, who passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 31, at Kalamazoo. Dr. T. Wylie officiated. Interment was in Hillside Cemetery.
Mr. Bellingham was born February 2, 1869 in Gun Plain Township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Bellingham, and had lived in Kalamazoo for the past 29 years.
Surviving are two sons, Myron of Lansing and Leslie of Kalamazoo; one daughter, Mrs. Marcia Burroughs of Muskegon; 12 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Two sons, Lee and Lawrence preceded him in death.

Mary Elizabeth WEBSTER

OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1908. Entered into rest Mrs. Charles Bellingham.
As we briefly mentioned last week the death of Mrs. Charles Bellingham occurred at three o'clock Tuesday morning at the Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, where she had been taken a week before for treatment. The remains were brought here and the funeral was held at the home at one o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. Fletcher officiating. The floral offerings were profuse and very beautiful showing the love and esteem which was felt for her and the family.
Mary Elizabeth (Libbie) Webster was born on Gunplains Oct. 3, 1867 and has lived all her life in this township. In April 1888 she united with the Baptist church in Plainwell and was also a member of the L.O.T.M.M. in which she was a faithful and earnest worker for nearly twleve years. On March 30, 1892, she was married to Charles Bellingham and to them were born five children, one dying in infancy, these with the husband are left to mourn a loving wife and mother.
She also leaves an aged father, Robert Webster; two sisers, Mrs. E. New of this village and Miss Anna Webster of Kalamazoo; and seven brothers, John Webster of Scotts, Frank and Charles of Cooper, William and Joseph of Kalamazoo, George, now in California and Daniel of Gun Plains. All these except George were present at the last sad services and the six brothers acted as bearers.
The relatives from away were the Misses Eliza and Maud Webster and Albert Webster of Scotts, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Dunwell, Mrs. J. Sykes and Mrs. M. Crawford of Kalamazoo, Mrs. and Mrs. George Munn of Vicksburg, Mr. and Mrs, J. Pierson and Mrs. J. Harrison of Hastings. A large delegation from Island Hive, L.O.T.M.M. was present and also a delegation from Brouard tent, to which Mr. Bellingham belongs and Brouard hive. There was also an unusually large attendance of friends and neighbors.

Card of Thanks - to the many friends, whose kindness and sympathy helped to lighten the hours of our deep sorrow, we extend our sincere thanks. Also to Rev. J. Fletcher for his words of consolation and to the members of the Plainwell hive and Brouard hive and tent for their attendance and the sympathy expressed in their floral offerins and many other ways.
Charles Bellingham and family.

OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise November 18, 1908 - Mrs. Charles Bellingham
The death of Mrs. Charles Bellingham occurred Monday night at Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, where she was taken a week before for treatment. The remains were brought here yesterday morning and the funeral will be held from the home at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. She leaves besides her husband and children, her father Robert Webster and sister, Mrs. H. L. New, both of this place and several brothers.


OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise, Wednesday, November 14, 1903, page 1, column 2.
The funeral of little Lawrence, one of the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Bellingham was held at ten o'clock Thursday morning from the home of the parents on East Gun Plains. Rev. J. Fletcher officiating. Burial was at Hillside cemetery.