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Charles Leslie BELLINGHAM

MARR: The date of marriage was from his obituary, but the place is unknown to me.

Bellingham Book, complied by Florence Munn Ullery, Sept. 1, 1974, pg. 33. Gives his birth, spouse, and children names. Charles Leslie Bellingham, b. Aug. 7, 1903, m. Agnes Duffey. Children: Joyce Arlene, Cecile Loraine, Virginia Mae, Mary Ellen and Terry Leslie.

DEATH: Obituary from the Kalamazoo Gazette, Section B, page 6, column 3, January 5, 1980.
Mr. Charles L. (Doc) Bellingham passed away at his residence Friday evening, Jan. 4, 1980. Mr. Bellingham was born August 7, 1903, near Plainwell, son of Charles and Anne Webster Bellingham. He had been employed by the Kalamazoo Board of Education until his retirement.
He was married to Agnes Duffey, April 16, 1927, who survives. Also surviving are 5 children, Mrs. Joyce Keyes of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Willard (Cecile) Calvert, Mrs. James (Virginia) Waldron, both of Portage, Mrs. Mary Grady of Schoolcraft, Terry Bellingham of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home where services will be held Monday at 2 o'clock. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. The family suggests memorials may be made to the Heart Fund or the Michigan TB and Respiratory Disease Assoc. The family will be at the chapel 7 to 9 this evening and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 on Sunday to receive visitors.

Agnes Fidelia DUFFEY

SPOUSE-CHILDREN: Bellingham Book; complied by Florence Munn Ullrey; 1 Sept. 1974.

DEATH: Obituary in the Kalamazoo Gazette dated Dec. 14, 1988; E, 6:5.
Mrs. Agnes F. Bellingham passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 13, 1988 at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Bellingham was born in Kalamazoo April 14, 1908 the daughter of Harry and Alice (Searles) Duffey. She had been employed in the Dietary Department at Borgess Hospital for 16 years until retirement. On April 16, 1927 she married Charles "Doc" Bellingham, who preceded her in death January 4, 1980. Surviving are her children and their spouses, Terry and Vivian Bellingham of North Olmstead, OH, Virginia and James Waldron, Mary and William Brush, Joyce Keyes, and Cecile Calvert, all of Kalamazoo; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter; and a special friend, Mike Varricchio. Friends are being received at the funeral home where services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock with Pastor Julius Strand of the Plainwell Wesleyan Church officiating. Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo or the charity of one's choice. The family will be at the funeral home from 7-9 this evening and from 2-4 and 7-9 on Thursday. Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.


BIRTH-PARENTS-SPOUSE-MARR-CHILDREN-DEATH: Bellingham Book, complied by Florence Munn Ullrey, Sept. 1, 1974; pages 19-21. Edgar Bellingham, b. July 3, 1865, m. Georgia Killick Oct. 29, 1884, d. Oct. 15, 1932, Plainwell, Michigan. Children: Hazel B., Earl, and Franklin Clare.

OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise, Oct. 20, 1932, page1, column 4.
Edgar Bellingham, an old resident of Gun Plains township passed away Saturday at Crispe Memorial hospital.
He was a son of William A. and Ann Stewart Bellingham and was born July 3, 1865. He passed his early life on the farm where he was born and was married to Georgia Killick Oct. 28, 1884, at Plainwell (Orangeville) by Rev. John Fletcher. Mr. Bellingham is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Walter Warner, two sons, Earl, who is on the old homestead and Frank of Detroit, one brother, five sisters and five grandchildren.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 at the Johnson Funeral Home, Rev. E. L. Sutcliffe officiating. Burial was made in Hillside Cemetery.


OBITUARY: Plainwell Enterprise January 31, 1946, page 1, column 5.
Funeral services for Mrs. Georgia Bellingham, age 83, widow of Edgar Bellingham, were held at 2 o'clock Saturday at the Marshall Funeral Home, Rev. Albert Beard officiating and burial at Hillside cemetery.
She was born September 27, 1862 in Orangeville Twp., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Killick. She was a lifelong resident of this vicinity and a member of the Presbyterian church. On October 29, 1884 she was married to Edgar Bellingham who died October 15, 1932. Mr. Bellingham had been a prominent Gun Plain township farmer and president of the Bellingham school board for 12 years. The family home was just east of the school. Mrs. Bellingham died in Detroit Wednesday afternoon. She leaves two sons, Earl of Plainwell and Frank of Detroit, one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Warner of Doster, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Emmet L. BLISS

OBITUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette dated April 19, 1956; page 41, column 5.
Mr. Emmet L. Bliss, age 88, passed away Wednesday. Mr. Bliss was born June 3, 1867, in Cooper Township, the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Bliss. He was a charter member of the Silver Creek Grange. Mr. Bliss is survived by one son, Homer of Fullerton, Calif. 3 daughters, Mrs. Mabel Minar and Mrs. Gladys
Doster, both of Doster, Mich. and Mrs Pauline Rogers of Jackson; 7 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and a half brother, Curtiss Bliss of Cloverdale. Service arrangements will be announced by Marshall Funeral Home.


BIRTH-PARENTS-SPOUSE-MARR-CHILDREN-DEATH: Bellingham Book, complied by Florence Munn Ullrey, Sept.1, 1974; pages 23-27. Mary Bellingham, b. Nov. 11, 1867, Plainwell, Michigan; d. Jan. 17, 1954, m. Emmet L. Bliss, Nov.,15, 1888. Children: Homer Curtis, Mabel Irene, Mary Gladys, Ivan, Pauline Sadie.

OBITUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette; January 18, 1954, page 20, column 2.
Mrs. Mary Bellingham Bliss, age 86, passed away Sunday morning at her home in Cooper Township. Mrs. Bliss was born November 11, 1867, in Gun Plains Township, daughter of William and Ann Bellingham.
She was a charter member of the Silver Creek Grange and the WCTU, Mrs. Bliss was married to Emmet L. Bliss, Nov. 15, 1888, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last November 15th. Surviving are; her husband, Emmet; one son, Homer of Fullerton, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Minar and Mrs. Gladys Doster, both of Doster, Mich., and Mrs. Pauline Rogrs of Jackson; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Sadie Dunwell; one brother Charles Bellingham, both of Kalamazoo. A son, Ivan passed away in infancy. Friends may call at the Marshall Funeral Home, where services will be held at 2:30 Wednesday. Rev. Robert Willoughby officiating. Interment in West Cooper Cemetery.

Edgar Addison DUNWELL

OBTIBUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette; page 1, column1; dated January 22, 1946.
Edgar Addison Dunwell, 72, retired Kalamazoo druggist died at 9 this morning at his home, 923 Main Street, after an illness of five months.
Mr. Dunwell became interested in civic affairs soon after establishing his drug store at West Michigan Avenue and Main Street in 1905, and was instrumental in the formation of the Eddy Paper Company at Three Rivers and the Standard Paper Company, Kalamazoo, which later became part of the present Sutherland Paper Company. He also acquired large holdings in real estate, and in other ways evidenced his faith in Kalamazoo as a city with great possibilities.
Edgar Dunwell was born April 23, 1873 in Pentwater, Mich., the son of Stephen Witter and Etta Dunwell. He was graduated from Martin high school and attended the University of Valparaso Indiana and the University of Michigan where he first studied medicine and later studied pharmacy. After passing the state board of pharmacy examinations he came to Kalamazoo where he worked for the George McDonald pharmacy for a time before establishing his own drug store in Otsego where he remained for four years. He returned to Kalamazoo in 1905 and established the store which he operated until 1930 and which his son Maurice, now operates.
Mr. Dunwell was married to Sarah Ann Bellingham in Plainwell on July 8, 1897. He was a life member of the Masonic lodge of Plainwell. Besides his wife and son in Kalamazoo, he leaves one son, Stephen LaVern Dunwell, Inglewood, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Morley, also of Kalamazoo; six grandchildren, Stephen Dunwell, Inglewood, Frederick and Ann Stewart Dunwell, Don and Betsy Morley, Kalamazoo and Richard Morley USNR, Okinawa; two nephews, Roger Dunwell, Rockford, Ill., and Major Warner Dunwell, Arlington, VA. One daughter, Marjory Dunwell Boudeman, died in 1939. Funeral services will be held at the Truesdale, chapel at 2 Thursday afternoon with Dr. William A. Keith officiating. Burial will be in Mountain Home cemetery.


BIRTH-PARENTS-MARR-CHILDREN-DEATH: Bellingham book, pgs. 35-36, complied by Florence Munn Ullrey, Sept. 1, 1974. Sarah Ann Bellingham, b. July 15, 1872, m. Edgar A. Dunwell, July 8, 1897, d. January 16. 1955. Their children: Stephen Lavern, Wilma Ann, Maurice Edgar, and Marjory Ruth.

OBTIUARY: Kalamazoo Gazette; January 17, 1955, page 19, column 2.
Mrs. Sarah Bellingham Dunwell passed away Sunday morning at her residence. Mrs. Dunwell was born July 15, 1872 in Gun Plains Township, the daughter of William A. and Ann Bellingham. She was a graduate of Plainwell High School and attended Hope College and taught school before her marriage to Edgar Addison Dunwell, well known druggist and business man, who passed away in 1946.
Mrs. Dunwell was a life member of the 20th Century Club and a member of the Mary Brewster Guild of the First Congregational Church. She is survived by two sons, Maurice E. of Kalamazoo and S. LaVern of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Mrs. Wilma D. Morley of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; seven grandchildren; three great grand-children; one brother, Charles Bellingham of Kalamazoo. Funeral services will be held at the Truesdale Chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Dr. William A. Keith officiating. Interment, Mountain Home Cemetery.

William Amos BELLINGHAM Sr.

BIOGRAPY: History of Allegan and Barry Counties, Michigan; page 237-238; FHL microfilm 1000079.
William Bellingham was born March 20, 1800, in the town of Rutherfield, Sussex Co., England, where his ancestors had resided for more than a century, and being what is called in England small farmers. His father, Joseph Bellingham, at one time owned a small farm, which he sold, and then rented a large farm, which he was working at the time William was born. William grew to manhood on the farm in Sussex County, going to what was called a charity-school, and which was kept by his uncle. William's brother-in-law had emigrated to America, and sent back such glowing accounts of their farm and home in the New World that Mr. Bellingham resolved to cast his fortunes in the same country, and with his wife and children left England the spring of 1833 (actually 1835). They landed in New York, from whence they went to Troy. Their money being exhausted, Mr. Bellingham went to work in a market-garden, where his son William A. also worked. In August they came to Detroit. Where they found themselves out of means, save a half dollar. The family and goods were located in the street, where they were to stay until Mr. Bellingham and William A. would walk to the brother-in-law's (Mr. John Young), in Washtenaw County. As they were about to set out, a stranger came to them and asked what they were doing in the street. On being told that it was for want of means to do any better, he at once invited them into his house, to stay until Mr. Bellingham returned. They then invested their half dollar in crackers and cheese, and set out about four o'clock in the afternoon for Washtenaw. That night they slept in a straw-stack and the next day reached their destination. William A. and his cousin returned for the family, whom they found with the kind stranger, who refused to take any pay for his kindness. They found Mr. Young, like the most of the early settlers, the owner of a farm scarce anything else. They remained with him a short time, then went by themselves, Mr. Bellingham working at whatever he could get to do, mostly ditching. He finally got enough ahead so that he bought of the government forty acres in the town of Lima. To this he added eighty acres, all of which he traded for the west half of the southeast quarter of section 15 in Gun Plain township, Allegan Co., and on which he located in 1844, and where he resided until his death, Nov. 2, 1878. His farm he cleared and improved and enlarged to three hundred and twenty acres. He was a Democrat, and held the offices of justice of the peace and township clerk. Was a member of the Baptist Church. He was highly esteemed by his neighbors and fellow-townsmen, and is spoken of as one whom to know was to admire and respect. Mr. Bellingham was married Jan. 18, 1819, to Miss Phillis Powell, who was born March 28, 1800. There were born to them the following children: Catherine, born April 9, 1822; William A., born Nov. 19, 1824; Ellen, born April 20, 1827; Ruth, born July 19, 1829; Esther born May 9, 1832; Ann, born Sept 28, 1834; Sarah, born July 7, 1838; and Orpha, born Jan. 6, 1843,-the last born in America. Mrs. Bellingham died Jan. 2, 1844. Sarah, married July 4, 1853, Ralph Richmond, who was born in Twinsburg, Portage Co., Ohio, Feb. 22, 1828. Their union has been blessed with two children, viz.: Lucy, born Sept. 25 1859, and Ernest, born Oct. 15, 1869.

The family was in Lima,Washtenaw Co. Mich. in Nov. of 1839 to Nov. 1840, according to tax records for that area.

The British Schooner "Alfred," mastered by Thomas Gravett of Rye, England. It arrived in the Port of New York May 9, 1835 with 79 passengers. Among them was the family of William and Phillis Bellingham and Peter Powell, father to Phillis. Destination was Michigan.
William Bellingham age 35 Laborer Where going? Michigan
Phillis " " 33 "
Kitty " " 12 "
William " " 10 "
Ellen " " 8 "
Ruth " " 6 "
Esther " " 4 "
Anne " " 6 mos. "
Peter Powell " 72 "

WILL: Register of Deeds; Allegan Co. MI.; 1883-1889, Vol. 95, pgs. 360-361; 1883-1889; FHL microfilm 1017930.
William Bellingham's will dated September 9, 1878. He mentions his wife Louise, son William A., five daughters Catherine Preston, Ellen McLin, Esther Crossfield, Sarah H. Richmond and Orphy J. Ross. Received for record November 9, 1891.


BIRTH:Michigan Pioneer Record; Vol. 22; Certificate 2135; FHC film 0926739.

The Plainwell Enterprise, Thursday August 26, 1891, page 3, column 3.
Mrs. Louisa Bellingham, relict of Wm Bellingham, sr. , died at Lansing, August 21. Mrs. Bellingham was a resident of this neighborhood from the year 1847 until the death of her husband, which occurred in the fall of 1878. Since that time she has made her home with relatives in Lansing, where she passed peacefully away, after an illness of five days, at the advanced age of eighty-four years.