Henry Moe Misener

ID # 106, (1840-1901)
FatherAdam Misener (1798-1901)
MotherHelen Coleman (1799-1895)
BirthHenry Moe Misener was born on 30 January 1840 at Beverly Twp, Wentworth County, Ontario. 
MarriageHe married Lavinia Piggott on 20 May 1868 at St. Davids, Niagara Township, Lincoln Co; MS248 reel 10, Vol.33, page 104, Lincoln County

Henry Moe Misener, 28, born Troy, residence St. George. Parents Adam and Helen Misener.
Lovina Piggott, 24, born Yorkville, residing Toronto. Parents James and Lovina Piggott.
Witness Jas. S. Collard, Niagara
On 19th August, 1868

By Rev. D. W. Misener, Methodist Episcopal

The 1869 Province of Ontario Directory locates the Methodist Episcopal minister D. W. Misener in the village of St. David's in Niagara Township. At some remove, he was a relation of Elisha's. Elisha and Lovina may or may not have been married in St. David's, but it seems likely.

Rev. D. W. Misener was apparently Dustan Wells Misener, son of Conrad Misener and Elizabeth Wells. Conrad was brother of Adam Misener. (Adam had a son he named Conrad, but Dustan was son of the brother.) Henry Moe Misener and Dustan Wells Misener were about the same age and likely good friends as well as first cousins for Henry to go to Dustan to get married.

Yorkville was annexed by Toronto in 1883, and is in an area of Toronto now sometimes referred to as The Annex. Yorkville had its own post office and this continued for a time under the same name for some years after 1883.

Lovina's parents are in Yorkville as of the 1871 census. Probably, Lovina was working in Toronto at the time of her marriage, hence it being shown as her residence. Toronto Township in Peel County is also a possibility, though, all considered, the City of Toronto seems the more likely. 
DeathHe died on 21 February 1901 at Detroit, Michigan, at age 61. 
BurialHe was buried on 24 February 1901 at Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit. 
NoteA word here as to how Henry Moe Misener got his name.

Henry Moe Misener, born in 1840, was named after Henry Moe who died in 1839. Henry Moe was the husband of Teressa Coleman, Helen Coleman Misener's sister. Henry Moe had evidently spent some time in Beverly in the 1820s, but later operated a general store at St. George in Dumfries Township, only a few miles from Troy, the home of the Colemans and Miseners. At some point, Henry and Teressa sold up in St. George and moved to Camden West (near Chatham) where Henry was an innkeeper. The Moe family's stay in Camden West could not have been of long duration for Henry Moe died in October of 1839. Henry, in his will, named Adam Misener and Nelson Vrooman (Rachel Coleman's husband) as his executors. Henry Moe was one of the bondsman for the marriage of Adam Misener and Helen Coleman and he and Adam were among the first directors of the cemetery at Troy. Along with their wives being sisters, it appears that Henry Moe and Adam Misener were close friends.

In terms of documentation, dates and locations of birth for the children of Henry and Lavinia should not be taken as absolute.

Henry Moe Misener's first two children, Charles and Helen, were, we may reasonably say, born in the U.S. On this matter, however, Henry throws us a curve. In the mid 1870s, Henry and Lavina were living in Wallaceburg, Ontario. On the 28th of October, 1875, Henry walked into the clerk's office to register the birth of a child, likely that of son Harvey, and, perhaps in an excess of enthusiasm, he registered five births at the same time. The registration of births was not required until July of 1869, but Henry Moe Misener registered the birth of son Charles, giving his year of birth as 1868. He shows Helen Maud as being born in 1869 and Isabella as being born in 1873. He shows Harvey Coleman Misener as being born in 1874. He shows Mabel Lavinia as being born in 1871. These five children are all registered as being born in Wallaceburg.

Three of these children were no doubt born in Kent County, probably in Wallaceburg. Charles and Helen, however, we may confidently say were born in Michigan. We may base this on a birth registration found for Helen showing her birth in Bay City. The 1870 census in Bay County, Michigan, notwithstanding, which shows son Charles as being born in Canada, Charles states on his marriage registration that he was born in Bay City, Michigan. Also, later census information in Canada shows his birth as being in the U.S. Also, Ancestry provides us with a California death index for Mabel Lavinia Misener Wray and her date of death is at some small variance with the Wallaceburg registration. Charles was almost certainly born in 1869 and Helen in 1870. The birth dates of the first five children should be taken as approximate. The birth date as shown for Alexander is probably accurate.

Woodmere Cemetery's database provides us with a death date for Henry of 21 February 1901 and a burial date of 24 February. He is buried in Section D, lot 252. He is shown as Henry M. Misener, age 61 years and 22 days. His late residence was 212 24th St. His place of birth is given as Ontario.

Michigan Transcript of Certificate of Death
Wayne County, Detroit, 12th Ward, 212-24th St.
Henry M. Misener died February 21, 1901
Residence Detroit. Married for 28 years. Age 61 years, 0 months, and 22 days.
Parent of 6 children of whom 5 are still living.
Born January 30, 1840, at Troy, Ontario.
Occupation Mill Owner.
Father Adam Misener, mother Helen Coleman, both born Ontario.
Date of burial Feb 21, 1901, at Woodmere.
Informant W. J. Gray Jr., 524 Baker.

The informant's name, W. J. Gray, is more likely W. J. Wray. He was Henry's son-in-law.

Children of Henry Moe Misener and Lavinia Piggott

Last Edited24 Sep 2017