Alonzo Lawrason

ID # 2996, (1843-1909)
FatherRobert Lawrason (1801-1883)
MotherHarriet Babcock (1801-1873)
BirthAlonzo Lawrason was born on 15 September 1843 at Beverly Township, Canada West. 
MarriageHe married Eliza Scates on 7 November 1864 at Lapeer, Michigan.
The date for the marriage of Alonzo Lawrason and Eliza Scates is taken from an index provided by Familysearch. This shows Alonzo's surname as Lawson.
 
MarriageHe married Eliza Jane Streeter on 15 September 1878.
A marriage registration for Alonzo and Eliza Jane has not been found. In April of 1976, Elnora Fay Lee published A Century of Bliss, a history of Bliss, Emmet County, Michigan, and some of its settlers.

Alonzo Lawrason and his family are mentioned on page 15. There, the marriage date, September 15, 1878, is given for Alonzo Lawrason and Eliza Streeter.
 
MarriageHe married Elnora Coleman on 15 August 1891 at Harbor Springs, Emmet Co., Michigan.
Return of marriages in the County of Emmet, Michigan.
Nbr. 323
Date of license Aug 14, 1891.
Alonzo Lawrason, 45, farmer, born Canada, residing Harbor Springs, Michigan. Parents Robert Lawrason and Harriett Babcock. Times previously married - 3.
Elnora Coleman, 45, housekeeper, born New York, residing Harbor Springs, Michigan. Parents John Coleman and Martha C. Coleman. Times previously married - once.
Date of Marriage Aug. 15, 1891, at Harbor Springs, Emmet Co., Michigan, by Andrew L. Dend, Justice of the Peace. Witnesses C. E. Judd and Matilda Judd, both of Harbor Springs.
 
MarriageHe married Alice Josephine Fox
DeathHe died on 6 March 1909 at Little Traverse Twp., Emmett Co., Michigan., at age 65. 
BurialHe was buried on 9 March 1909 at Lakeview Cemetery. 
NoteDeath reg. County of Emmett, Township of Little Traverse, Michigan
Alonzo Lawrason died March 6, 1909. Born Sept. 15, 1845. Age 63 years, 5 months, 21 days. Parents of 8 children of whom 5 are living. Birthplace Canada.
Father Robert Lawrason, birth place unknown. Mother Mary Babcock, birth place unknown.
Occupation farmer.
Informant G.B. Lawrason, Harbor Spring.
Date and place of burial March 9, 1909, Lakeview Cemetery.

Alonzo's mother is shown as Mary Babcock in the above death registration. Her correct name was Harriet Babcock. Alonzo himself gave her name as Harriett when he married Elnora Coleman in Harbor Springs in 1891. This agrees with his presence with his parents in early census information. It appears that Alonzo was married twice.

In A Century of Bliss by Elnora Fay Lee, 1976, Mrs. Lee has Alonzo and Eliza's twins dying in the diptheria epidemic of 1879-80. This does not agree with the twins' death registrations which appear on the same page. Both were born on May 8, 1883 and Pearl died on May 24, 1883, and Earl died on May 27, 1883. The cause of death shown for both was 'feeble from birth'.

It appears that the Lawrason family was comprised of intelligent and civic minded people. The notes for Alonzo's second wife, Alice, tell of her subscription to the Kent County atlas, her father doing likewise. Mrs. Lee's book also mentions, particularly in her chapter on the Bliss schools, that Alonzo was an early director of a school district and that his third wife, Eliza Streeter, taught school in Bliss for a time. 

Children of Alonzo Lawrason and Eliza Scates

Children of Alonzo Lawrason and Eliza Jane Streeter

Child of Alonzo Lawrason and Alice Josephine Fox

Last Edited10 Jan 2019