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Three strikes and you’re out

Published 12:11pm Thursday, June 28, 2012

Three times and you’re out! That’s what this week is, the third time to get the Bacon family right. This is becoming a book and this I promise you is the last chapter.

Yes! My history experts did call me after last week’s newspaper was delivered. And yes I did mess up last week again.

So hopefully this will set the record straight and if it doesn’t it is going to rest in peace.
This time I went way back and on my way I found that I had written an article about the Bacons in 2007, but not the whole information.

In that article, I wrote about Cyrus Bacon Sr. who was the son of David and Hannah Tarbox Bacon and was born in 1796. He was raised on a farm in New York and studied surveying.
He came to Michigan in 1828. He raised nearly 9,000 bushels of oats for his first crop in Ontwa Township.

He became interested in political matters and he became a magistrate. He married Melinda Guernsey and they had five children: David, James, Stephen, Sarah and Cyrus Junior.
Cyrus Junior became a doctor. He began his practice in Mishawaka and later joined the Volunteer Infantry, where he was promoted to surgeon general for the army. He died in 1868 on his way home from his service in Texas.

David Bacon, his brother, was born in 1884 and graduated from Edwardsburg High School. He then went on to marry Henrietta Bausman, and they were the parents of the Bacon girls that I described last week.

I think that clarifies that family.

Now for the Guernsey Bacon family, Guernsey was married to Lula Hawkins and they had three children: Albert, Thelma, and Carrie Dot. When Guernsey, Lula’s husband, died, she married Ben Silver and they had two daughters, Marjory and Frances.
Now, I thought this would finish the lineage of this family but … not so.

Ben Silver was the son of Orren and Sarah Silver. Now comes the interesting part. He was raised in a house that was on the hill where the Edwardsburg High School now stands.
Marge Silver, Federowski’s mother’s first husband, was Guernsey Bacon, and her second husband was Ben Silver.

I know this probably sounds like something you heard or have seen on some of today’s reality shows. And you know those Kardashians are a mixed up family. All families are mixed up somehow.

Several times I have said that I am not a genealogist, and this is the reason. Once you get started it never ends. But the discoveries along the way make it worthwhile.
Thanks to Mary M. and Marge F. for all of their help.

By the way, Marge Federowski will be receiving the Dr. John Sweetland Award from the museum at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 19 on the back lawn of the museum. Keep the date in mind.

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