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  • Bay City Unknown location
  • Bay City Elm Lawn Cemetery
  • Bay City Pine Ridge Cemetery
  • Bay City St. Patrick's Cemetery
  • Bay City St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery


    Unknown Location
    Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Isaac Marston (1839-1891) — of Bay County, Mich. Born in County Armagh, Ireland (now Northern Ireland), January 3, 1839. Member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County, 1872; Michigan state attorney general, 1874; appointed 1874; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1875-83; appointed 1875; resigned 1883; chief justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1880-81. Died October 31, 1891 (age 52 years, 301 days). Interment somewhere.


    Elm Lawn Cemetery
    Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Roy Orchard Woodruff (1876-1953) — also known as Roy O. Woodruff — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Mich., March 14, 1876. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War; dentist; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1911-13; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1913-15, 1921-53; defeated, 1914; major in the U.S. Army during World War I; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1940. Baptist; later Presbyterian. Scottish and English ancestry. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; American Legion; Elks; United Spanish War Veterans; American Dental Association; Delta Sigma Delta. Died in Washington, D.C., February 12, 1953 (age 76 years, 335 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Charles Woodruff and Electa A. (Wallace) Woodruff; married 1906 to Vera May Hall (daughter of De Vere Hall (1867?-?)); married, June 11, 1921, to Daisy E. Fish.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
    Elford A. Cederberg Elford Albin Cederberg (1918-2006) — also known as Elford A. Cederberg — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich.; Midland, Midland County, Mich. Born in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., March 6, 1918. Republican. Major in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1949-52; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1953-78; defeated, 1950, 1978; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1968. Member, American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars; Lions; Elks; Freemasons; Odd Fellows. Died in The Villages, Lake County, Fla., April 17, 2006 (age 88 years, 42 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Alvin Cederberg and Helen (Olson) Cederberg.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Michigan Manual 1957-58
      Rousseau Owen Crump (1843-1901) — also known as Rousseau O. Crump — of West Bay City (now part of Bay City), Bay County, Mich. Born in Pittsford, Monroe County, N.Y., May 20, 1843. Republican. Manufacturer; mayor of West Bay City, Mich., 1892-95; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1895-1901; died in office 1901. English ancestry. Died in West Bay City (now part of Bay City), Bay County, Mich., May 1, 1901 (age 57 years, 346 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Spencer Oliver Fisher (1843-1919) — also known as Spencer O. Fisher — of West Bay City (now part of Bay City), Bay County, Mich. Born in Camden, Hillsdale County, Mich., February 3, 1843. Democrat. Lumber business; mayor of West Bay City, Mich., 1883-85; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1885-89; defeated, 1888; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1892; candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1894; candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1896. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., June 1, 1919 (age 76 years, 118 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Henry Harrison Aplin (1841-1910) — also known as Henry H. Aplin — of West Bay City (now part of Bay City), Bay County, Mich. Born in Thetford Township, Genesee County, Mich., April 15, 1841. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; postmaster at West Bay City, Mich., 1881, 1901; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1884; Michigan state auditor general, 1887-90; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1895-96; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1901-03. Died in West Bay City (now part of Bay City), Bay County, Mich., July 23, 1910 (age 69 years, 99 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Nathan Ball Bradley (1831-1906) — also known as Nathan B. Bradley — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Lee, Berkshire County, Mass., May 28, 1831. Republican. Lumber business; salt industry; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1865; member of Michigan state senate 27th District, 1867-68; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1872; U.S. Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1873-77. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., November 8, 1906 (age 75 years, 164 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Herschel Harrison Hatch (1837-1920) — also known as Herschel H. Hatch — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Morrisville, Madison County, N.Y., February 17, 1837. Republican. Lawyer; Bay County Probate Judge, 1868-72; member of Michigan state constitutional commission 8th District, 1873; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1883-85. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 30, 1920 (age 83 years, 287 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Julian Wells Hatch (1800-1882) and Harriet (Bicknell) Hatch (1811-1888); married to Eliza Electa Haughton (1838-1914); grandson of Bennet Bicknell; second cousin of Jethro Ayers Hatch; third cousin of Lorin Andrews Lathrop; third cousin once removed of Simeon W. Spafard; third cousin twice removed of Elijah Hunt Mills and Daniel Garrison; fourth cousin of Julius Levi Strong (1828-1872) and Edward Wingate Hatch; fourth cousin once removed of Joseph Churchill Strong, Ebenezer Strong, Reuben Eaton Fenton, Ira Sherwin Hazeltine and Edwin Dilworth Hatch.
      Political families: Hatch family of Connecticut; Kellogg-Seymour-Chapin-Adams family of Connecticut and New York; Garrison-Fithian-Hires-Sayers family of New Jersey; DuPont family of Wilmington, Delaware (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Frank Willis Wheeler (1853-1921) — of Michigan. Born in Chaumont, Jefferson County, N.Y., March 2, 1853. Republican. U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1889-91. Died in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Mich., August 9, 1921 (age 68 years, 160 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
    George H. Shearer George H. Shearer (1825-1894) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., July 9, 1825. Builder; lumber manufacturer; brick and clay tile manufacturer; flour mill business; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1885-87. Member, Odd Fellows; Freemasons; Scottish Rite Masons; Knights Templar; Shriners. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., October 20, 1894 (age 69 years, 103 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Shearer and Agnes (Buchanan) Shearer; brother of James Buchanan Shearer (1823-1896); married 1850 to Maria E. Herbut; married to Laura A. Herbut (1844-1898).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Saginaw and Bay counties (1892)
      Benjamin Franklin Partridge (1822-1892) — also known as Benjamin F. Partridge — of Portsmouth Township, Bay County, Mich. Born in Shelby, Macomb County, Mich., April 19, 1822. Republican. Lumber business; real estate business; farmer; historian; Bay County Sheriff; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; Michigan land commissioner, 1877-78; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1881-82. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Grand Army of the Republic; Grange. Died in Portsmouth Township, Bay County, Mich., October 19, 1892 (age 70 years, 183 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: Benjamin Franklin
      Relatives: Son of Asa Partridge and Sarah C. Partridge; married, September 13, 1845, to Olive Miranda Wright.
      George Lord (1815-1893) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Hamilton, Madison County, N.Y., March 17, 1815. Democrat. Sawmill business; druggist; railroad ticket agent; insurance business; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1872; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1878. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., April 30, 1893 (age 78 years, 44 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
    James Shearer James Buchanan Shearer (1823-1896) — also known as James Shearer — of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich.; Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Albany, Albany County, N.Y., July 12, 1823. Builder; lumber mill owner; banker; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1880-87. Presbyterian. Scottish ancestry. Member, Odd Fellows. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., October 14, 1896 (age 73 years, 94 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Shearer and Agnes (Buchanan) Shearer; brother of George H. Shearer (1825-1894); married 1850 to Margaret J. Hutchison (1829-1899).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay counties (1892)
      Adolph J. Rehmus (1887-1965) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born October 3, 1887. Democrat. Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Bay County 1st District, 1933; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936. Died February 2, 1965 (age 77 years, 122 days). Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
      Richard Harold Fletcher, Jr. (d. 1984) — also known as Richard H. Fletcher, Jr. — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1944; member, Michigan Conservation Commission, 1947-52. Died December 23, 1984. Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery.


    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      James M. Birney (1817-1888) — also known as James Birney — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Danville, Boyle County, Ky., June 17, 1817. Republican. Circuit judge in Michigan 10th Circuit, 1860-63; Lieutenant Governor of Michigan, 1861; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1872; U.S. Minister to Netherlands, 1876-82. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., May 8, 1888 (age 70 years, 326 days). Interment at Pine Ridge Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Agatha (McDowell) Birney and James Gillespie Birney; uncle of Arthur Alexis Birney (1852-1916).
      Political family: Birney family of Danville, Kentucky (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
      James Van Kleeck (1846-1923) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Exeter, Monroe County, Mich., September 26, 1846. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Midland District, 1883-84; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1892; delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention 24th District, 1907-08. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., February 7, 1923 (age 76 years, 134 days). Interment at Pine Ridge Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Robert Vankleeck (1812-1882) and Cathrine (McManus) Vankleeck (1815-1850).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    St. Patrick's Cemetery
    Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Thomas Addis Emmet Weadock (1850-1938) — also known as Thomas A. E. Weadock — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich.; Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Born in Ballygarret, County Wexford, Ireland, January 1, 1850. Democrat. Lawyer; Bay County Prosecuting Attorney, 1877-78; mayor of Bay City, Mich., 1883-84; U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1891-95; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1896; candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1930; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1932; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1933; defeated, 1904, 1928. Catholic. Member, American Bar Association; Ancient Order of Hibernians. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 18, 1938 (age 88 years, 321 days). Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lewis Weadock and Mary (Cullen) Weadock; brother of George William Weadock (who married Grace Mary Weadock); married 1874 to Mary E. Tarsney (died 1889; sister of John Charles Tarsney and Timothy Edward Tarsney); married 1893 to Nannie E. Curtiss (died 1927); uncle of George Leo Weadock; granduncle of George William Weadock II (1908-1971).
      Political family: Weadock-Tarsney family of Saginaw, Michigan.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Lewis Phillip Coumans (1859-1918) — also known as Lewis P. Coumans — of Bay County, Mich. Born in Bruce County, Ontario, January 14, 1859. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1908; circuit judge in Michigan 18th Circuit, 1916; appointed 1916; defeated, 1916. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., April 20, 1918 (age 59 years, 96 days). Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Simon Coumans (1828-1910) and Mary (O'Farrell) Coumans (1831-1920); married to Elizabeth Ready (1865-1944); father of Lewis Phillip Coumans, Jr. (1891-1923) and Joseph Vincent Coumans.
      Political family: Coumans family of Bay City, Michigan.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Lewis Phillip Coumans, Jr. (1891-1923) — also known as Lewis P. Coumans, Jr. — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Michigan, December 4, 1891. Democrat. Candidate for Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 1st District, 1914. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., February 12, 1923 (age 31 years, 70 days). Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lewis Phillip Coumans (1859-1918) and Elizabeth (Ready) Coumans (1865-1944).
      Political family: Coumans family of Bay City, Michigan.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Dudley J. Kavanagh (1879-1950) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich. Born in Stony Creek (now part of Rochester Hills), Oakland County, Mich., August 30, 1879. Democrat. Lawyer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1932; probate judge in Michigan, 1933-36. Catholic. Member, Knights of Columbus. Died in 1950 (age about 70 years). Interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Kavanagh (1845-1925) and Catherine (Dunn) Kavanagh (1852-1925); married, September 10, 1913, to Jett Agnes Carroll (1881-1939).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery
    Bay City, Bay County, Michigan
    Politicians buried here:
      Adolph H. Begick (1898-1988) — of Bay City, Bay County, Mich.; Frankenlust Township, Bay County, Mich. Born in Bay City, Bay County, Mich., February 24, 1898. Republican. Farmer; secretary, Monitor Coal Company; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Bay County 2nd District, 1943-44; candidate in primary for Michigan state senate 24th District, 1944, 1946. Lutheran. Died in Bangor Township, Bay County, Mich., December 9, 1988 (age 90 years, 289 days). Interment at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of Paul Begick (1892-1941).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


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