Person:Mary Bender (4)

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Mary Elizabeth Bender
m. 22 Mar 1853
  1. Hiram Elmer Bender1852 - 1852
  2. Lucy Idella Bender1855 - 1877
  3. Franklin Edgar Bender1857 - 1933
  4. Phoebe Catherine Bender1863 - 1954
  5. Mary Elizabeth Bender1866 - 1954
  6. Electa Belle Bender1868 - 1949
  7. Ruby Diora Bender1873 - 1953
m. 24 Nov 1886
  1. Loren John Sisson1888 - 1970
  2. Melvin James Sisson1894 - 1975
  3. Laverne Hubert Sisson1900 - 1901
  4. Myrna Elenor Sisson1902 - 1972
Facts and Events
Name Mary Elizabeth Bender
Gender Female
Birth[1][2][3][4][5][6] 3 Jun 1866 Orange, Hancock, Ohio
Other[21] 4 Jun 1866 Mary Elizabeth was named after her grandmother, Elizabeth Phillips. Event
Other[22] 1868 Jacob, Melissa, Lucy, Franklin, Cassie, Mary, and Electa move to Algansee, Branch County, Michigan Event
Residence[23] 25 Jul 1870 Algansee Township, Branch County, Michigan
Other? 1872 Photo with Electa and Cassie Event
Other[24] 1877 Jacob, Melissa, Franklin, Cassie, Mary, Electa and Ruby move to farm northeast of Quincy, Michigan. Event
Other[25] 13 Jun 1877 Algansee Township, Branch County, MichiganLucy dies from burns due to cooking fire. Event
Residence[26] 5 Jun 1880 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Residence[27] 24 Nov 1886 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Marriage 24 Nov 1886 Quincy, Branch County, Michiganto Warren John Sisson
Residence[28] 24 Nov 1888 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Residence[29][30] 19 May 1894 Butler Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan
Residence[31] 14 Nov 1900 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Residence[32] 17 May 1901 , Branch County, Michigan1 mile north of the Dorrance post office
Residence[33] 14 Aug 1902 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Other[34] 14 Aug 1902 Quincy, Branch County, MichiganMary gave birth to her 5th child, 4 of whom are living. (Leah said there was also anothe daughter. ) Event
Census[35] 28 Apr 1910 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Census[36] 16 Feb 1920 , Custer County, Monana
Other? 1926 Gathering of Bender sisters Ruby, Cassie, Electa, and Mary with Mary's husband, son, Melvin, etc Event
Other? 4 Apr 1933 Meredith, Custer County, MontanaWarren passed away. Event
Residence[37][38] 1934 Mary moved to Michigan to live with her daughter, Myrna Sisson Scheurich.
Other[39][40] Bet 1941 and 1946 Mary made the long train trip from Michigan to Montana each summer Event
Other[41] 21 Dec 1942 Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan'taken with a lameness in her hips a week ago' Illness
Other[42] Bet May 1945 and May 1946 Plains, Sanders County, MontanaMary stayed in Plains with Melvin's family after Christ died. Secondary date: 1 MAY 1945 Event
Residence[43] May 1949 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Other[44] 2 Mar 1954 It's no guess now who will be the last of this generation to go ... Event
Other[45] Sep 1954 Romulus, Wayne County, MichiganMary had not been feeling well this fall, and the arthritis orlumbago was getting so bad in her back Event
Death[7][8][9][10] 28 Dec 1954 Romulus, Wayne County, Michigan
Alt Death[47] 28 Dec 1954
Burial[11] Dec 1954 Quincy, Branch County, MichiganSecondary date: 30 DEC 1954
Other[46] 15 Dec 1954 Romulus, Wayne County, MichiganMary fell, didn't break anything, but it bruised her. Event
Alt Burial[48][49] 30 Dec 1954 Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
Other[50] Jan 2003 Betty Sisson Dean's memories of Grandma Mary Bender Sisson Event
Other[51] 16 Oct 2005 Clifford Scheuerich's memories of "Grandma Sisson" Event
Other[13] Betty remembers her as strict, proud, not given to smiling a lot. Did not give hugs and kisses. Secondary date: 1 JAN 1940 Charac.
Other[14] Betty remembers she always remembered the children at birthdays and Christmases Secondary date: 1 FEB 1940 Charac.
Other[15] Mary filled her time with quilting and knitting. Secondary date: 1 JAN 1926 Event
Other[16] Mary had a stereoscope and several shoeboxes full of cards with pictures from all over the world. Secondary date: 1 JAN 1931 Event
Other? Was Mary the one who always had a ball of crochet thread in her pocket so she could use spare minute Event
Other[17][18] baking cookies Secondary date: 1 JAN 1928 Talent
Other[19] Meredith, Custer County, MontanaBetty remembers Grandma and Grandpa coming to visit them with a horse and buggy - did not own a car Secondary date: 1 JAN 1929 Event
Other[20] Meredith, Custer County, MontanaMary always had a large sugar cookie for the grandchildren. Secondary date: 1 JAN 1924 Event
Physical Description[12] tall and slim, probably 6 feet tall and slender, and quite nervous Secondary date: 1 JAN 1925


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References
  1. Marriage Record
    Certified Copy of.

    Branch County Marriages, Quarter ending December 31, 1886, Record number 221. Warren J. Sisson - Mary E. Bender. Age and residence of each: 23, Quincy Michigan - 20 Quincy, Michigan. Birthplace and occupation of each: Tecumseh, Michigan, Farmer - Ohio. (Names of father, maiden name of mother, times previously married are blank.) Date of marriage: November 24, 1886. Place of marriage: Quincy. Name and Official Title of Person by Whom Married: A.B.Nichols, Clergyman. Witnesses to Marriage: Phoebe Webster of Quincy and Electa Bender of Quincy.

  2. Photocopy of Birth Certificate
    Delayed Registration, Michigan Department of Health, Bureau of Records and Statistics, State Office Number 12 5792.

    Place of Birth: Branch County, Quincy Township. Full Name: Myrna Elenor Sisson, Female, Legitimate, born 14 August 1902. Father: Warren James Sisson, Residence: Quincy, Michgan, White, Age at last birthday: 49, Born: Adrian, Michigan, a farmer. Mother: Mary Elizabeth Bender, Residence: Quincy; white, Age last birthday: 36; Born: Hancock County, Ohio. Occupation: Housewife. NUMBER OF CHILD OF THIS MOTHER: 5. NUMBER OF CHILDREN NOW LIVING: 4. Recorded 11 July 1941

    The State Office Number looks like a record number to me. I don't see a record number on the certificate.

    Myrna's father is listed as Warren James. I believe most sources give it as Warren John. John Warren Sisson was named after him, and that argues for Warren John. Melvin's family may list it as Warren James, but I do not know their sources.

    No imformation is given about who gave the information, but that evidenced was presented, and the State Commisioner of Health was directed to record the event.

    Myrna told Peggy that either she or one of her siblings or both was born on the 13. t Mary Bender was superstitious, and changed the birth date to the 14tth. Myrna or Laverne or both?

  3. Memorial Card.

    Mary E. Sisson, Born June 3, 1866 in Ohio. Passed away Dec 28, 1954 in Romulus, Michigan. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, Michigan

  4. Family Bible
    of Warren and Mary Bender Sisson.

    Warren J. Sisson, Born Thurs. June 9th, 1853 at Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan.
    Mary E. Sisson, Born June 3rd 1866 at Orange, Hnacock County, Ohio.
    Loren John Sisson, Born 24 Nov. 1888 and on Saturday at Quincy, Branch County, Michigan.
    Melfin James Sisson, Born Sat. May 19, 1894 at Allen Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan
    Laverne Hubert Sisson, Born Thurs. Nov 14, 1900 in Quincy Township, Branch County, Michigan.
    Myrna Eleanor Sisson, Born Thurs, Aug 14, 1902 in Quincy Township, Branch County, Michigan

  5. 1880 Census.

    1880 Census – Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
    5 June 1880

    Bender, Jacob, white male, age 50, head, married, occupation: farmer, born Germany, parents born Germany
    Melissa, white female, age 48, wife, married, occupation: housekeeping, born New York, parents born New York

    Franklin E., white male, age 22, son, single, farming, born Ohio.
    Phebe C., white female, age 17, daughter, single, housekeeping, attended school, born Ohio
    Mary E. white female, age 14, daughter, single, housekeeping, attended school, born Ohio
    Electa A., white female, age 12, daughter, single, housekeeping, attended school, born Ohio
    Ruby, white female, age 6, daughter, single, attended school, born Michigan

  6. 1870 Census.

    1870 Census – Algansee, Branch County, Michigan
    25 July 1870

    Bender, Jacob, age 40, white male, farmer, 1,400 real estate value, 390 personal estate, born Holland, parents of foreign birth.

    Melissa, age 38, white female, keeping house, born New York,
    Lucy, age 14, white female, at home, born Ohio, father of foreign birth.
    Franklin, age 12, white male, at home, born Ohio, father of foreign birth.
    Phoebe, age 7, white female, born Ohio
    Mary, age 5, white female, born Ohio.
    Electa, age 3, white female, born Ohio

  7. Memorial Card.

    Mary E. Sisson, Born June 3, 1866 in Ohio. Passed away Dec 28, 1954 in Romulus, Michigan. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, Michigan

  8. Death Certificate
    Photocopy of, Michigan Department of Health, Vital Records Section, Record 63543.

    Mary E. Sisson died 28 December 1954 in Romulus Township, Wayne County, Michigan -- at 14180 Wayne Road. She was widowed. Born June 3, 1866, died at age 88, occupation: housekeeping; born Ohio; Citizen of USA; Father: Jacob Bender. Mother: Melissa Van Orthwick Husband: Warren Sisson (deceased). Informant: Myrna E. Scheurich. Condition leading to death: Bronchopneumonia. Burial: December 30, 1954 in Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, Branch Co. Michigan

    Mary's mother was Melissa Van Orsdal.

  9. Letter
    from Myrna Scheurich to Betty and Dale Dean about Mary's Death.

    The doctor said there was pneumonia, too. But at the end she just quit breathing and very quietly went.

  10. Obituary
    Quincy Herald, Quincy, Michigan.

    Mary E. Sisson, 88, native of Quiincy, expires at home of daughter at Romulus.
    Mrs. Mary E. Sisson, 8i8, former Quiincy resident, died Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Myrna Scheurich, at Romulus, folowing a long illness. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the Rawson Funeral Home. Burial was in lakeview Cemebery.
    Mrs. Sisson was born 3 June 1866 in Ohio, the daughter of Jaqcob and Melissa (Van Orsdal) Bender. She was married to Warren Sisson here in Quincy in November 1886. Before her husband died in 1933, the couple, for reasons of his health, had spent many years in the northern part of Michigan and in twestern states. She had lived with her daughter several years.
    Surviving, besides the daughter at whose home she died, are two sons, Leon (sic) and Melvin Sisson, both of Montana.

  11. Family Group Record
    of Jacob and Melissa VanOrsdal Bender from Ira A. VanOrsdal of Cherry Log, Georgia.
  12. Stories about Warren and Mary Bender Sisson
    From Marlow's 1977 Biography.

    My father’s mother, was, as I recall, quite a tall woman, possibly 6 foot tall and very slim woman and quite a nervous person.

  13. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  14. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  15. Stories about Warren and Mary Bender Sisson
    From Marlow's 1977 Biogrphy.

    I think my grandmother made a lot of quilts and did knitting to fill in her time.

  16. Stories about Warren and Mary Bender Sisson
    From Marlow's Chronology.

    Mary Bender Sisson also had a stereoscope and several shoe boxes full of cards with pictures from all over the world. I used to sit on her front porch and look and those cards.

  17. Stories about Warren and Mary Bender Sisson
    Section from Marlow's 1977 Biography.

    And, of course, another thing, I always used to like to go over and see grandma because she gave me those white sugar cookies. I remember they were probably about 3-4 inches in diameter, and they were always good and I always went over to get those sugar cookies.

  18. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  19. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  20. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  21. Letter
    from Cecile Ryan Strobel to Norma Strang Larsen.

    Grandma Bender (Melissa) named her children after a lot of those Phillipses and others of her ancestors. For instance: Melissa’s son, Hiram , who died as a baby, was named after Hiram Phillips; Lucy Idella after Lucy Phillips; Mary Elizabeth after Elizabeth VanOrsdal (Melissa's Mother) and Ruby Bender after one of Isaac's children and born on the same day as Ruby R.. Oct. 9. Electa Belle Bender Strang maybe was named after Belle Fey, a niece in Ohio. Phoebe Catherine after Melissa's sister, Phoebe. Phoebe Catherine was always known as Cassie

  22. Obituary
    Obituary for Jacob Bender.

    Jacob Bender was born October 11, 1829 and died January 5, 1920, aged 90 years, two months and 24 days. He was married to Melissa Van Orsdal, March 22, 1853. Mrs. Bender died February 21, 1903, they having been married 50 years lacking one month.

    The moved from their residence in Lorain County to Hancock County, Ohio in 1864, where they resided four years.

    They then moved to Algansee, Michigan where they resided until 1877, from thence they moved to their farm in northeast Quincy, where they have made their home 38 years, moving to Qunicy Village five years ago. Seven children were born to them, five of whom are now living. Frank Bender of Litchfield, Cassie Soper of Quincy, Mary Sisson of Rock Springs, Montana, Electa Strang and Ruby Ryan of Quincy, Michigan, besides fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

    Mr . Bender was a man of great vitality, having had very little sickness during his long life, and retained his mental faculties perfectly up to a few hours preceding his death.

    The funeral services were held at the home on Jackson Street Wednesday afternoon., January 7, Rev. C. D. Page officiating with burial at Lakeview cemetery.

  23. 1870 Census.

    1870 Census – Algansee, Branch County, Michigan
    25 July 1870

    Bender, Jacob, age 40, white male, farmer, 1,400 real estate value, 390 personal estate, born Holland, parents of foreign birth.

    Melissa, age 38, white female, keeping house, born New York,
    Lucy, age 14, white female, at home, born Ohio, father of foreign birth.
    Franklin, age 12, white male, at home, born Ohio, father of foreign birth.
    Phoebe, age 7, white female, born Ohio
    Mary, age 5, white female, born Ohio.
    Electa, age 3, white female, born Ohio

  24. Obituary
    Obituary for Jacob Bender.

    Jacob Bender was born October 11, 1829 and died January 5, 1920, aged 90 years, two months and 24 days. He was married to Melissa Van Orsdal, March 22, 1853. Mrs. Bender died February 21, 1903, they having been married 50 years lacking one month.

    The moved from their residence in Lorain County to Hancock County, Ohio in 1864, where they resided four years.

    They then moved to Algansee, Michigan where they resided until 1877, from thence they moved to their farm in northeast Quincy, where they have made their home 38 years, moving to Qunicy Village five years ago. Seven children were born to them, five of whom are now living. Frank Bender of Litchfield, Cassie Soper of Quincy, Mary Sisson of Rock Springs, Montana, Electa Strang and Ruby Ryan of Quincy, Michigan, besides fifteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

    Mr . Bender was a man of great vitality, having had very little sickness during his long life, and retained his mental faculties perfectly up to a few hours preceding his death.

    The funeral services were held at the home on Jackson Street Wednesday afternoon., January 7, Rev. C. D. Page officiating with burial at Lakeview cemetery.

  25. Newspaper
    on Death of Lucy Idella Bender Poats.

    Death of Lucy Idella Bender Poats

    Mrs. Frank Poats of Algansee, was so terribly burned on Wednesday last by her clothing taking fire from a cook stove, that she died in about 12 hours from the time of the accident. She was the daughter of J. Bender, was 21 years of age, and had been married only about one year.


    QUINCY ITEMS below:
    Quincy, June 14, 1877
    ~~~A most distressing and fatal accident occurred in Algansee yesterday, some seven miles from here. Mrs. Lucy I. Poats, wife of Frank Poats, was at work about a cook stove, when she discovered that her clothing was on fire. She caught a quilt from the bed and tried to smother the fire by wrapping herself in it, but did not succeed in putting it out. Her husband, who was near, came to her help, but before the fire was extinguished it had burned off a large part of her clothing. From her waist down, and on both arms, the flesh was literally cooked. She lived some twelve hours afterward, when death relieved her sufferings. She had been married a little more than a year, and was in her 22nd year.

  26. 1880 Census.

    1880 Census – Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
    5 June 1880

    Bender, Jacob, white male, age 50, head, married, occupation: farmer, born Germany, parents born Germany
    Melissa, white female, age 48, wife, married, occupation: housekeeping, born New York, parents born New York

    Franklin E., white male, age 22, son, single, farming, born Ohio.
    Phebe C., white female, age 17, daughter, single, housekeeping, attended school, born Ohio
    Mary E. white female, age 14, daughter, single, housekeeping, attended school, born Ohio
    Electa A., white female, age 12, daughter, single, housekeeping, attended school, born Ohio
    Ruby, white female, age 6, daughter, single, attended school, born Michigan

  27. Marriage Record
    Certified Copy of.

    Branch County Marriages, Quarter ending December 31, 1886, Record number 221. Warren J. Sisson - Mary E. Bender. Age and residence of each: 23, Quincy Michigan - 20 Quincy, Michigan. Birthplace and occupation of each: Tecumseh, Michigan, Farmer - Ohio. (Names of father, maiden name of mother, times previously married are blank.) Date of marriage: November 24, 1886. Place of marriage: Quincy. Name and Official Title of Person by Whom Married: A.B.Nichols, Clergyman. Witnesses to Marriage: Phoebe Webster of Quincy and Electa Bender of Quincy.

  28. Birth Record
    from transcript of birth record by clerk of Branch County, Michigan, record number 298.

    Copy of birth record of Loren J. Sisson. Born 24 November 1888, male, white, born Quincy, Michigan. Father: Warren J. Sisson, resides in Quincy, born Michigan, a laborer. Mother: Mary E. Sisson, born Ohio.

  29. .
    Transcript of, Michigan Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section, State Office # 1-319 Record Number 69.

    Place of Birth: County: Branch, Township: Quincy. Date of Birth: November 14, 1900; Name of child: Laverne Humbert Sisson, Male, White, Father: Warren J. Sisson, of Quincy, born Michigan, Occupation: Farmer; Mother: Mary E. Sisson, born Ohio. Dated 21 June 1901

  30. .
    Transcript of; Michigan Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section, State Office Nuimber 1-349; Record Numbedr 122.

    County of Birth: Hillsdale, (but Recorded in Branch County) Allen Township, Born May 19, 1894. Name: Melvin J. Sisson, Male, White, Legitimate. Father: Warren Sisson of Butler Township, born Ohio, Occupation: Farmer. Mother: Mary E. Sisson of Butler, born Ohio. Date of Record: 4 May 1895

  31. .
    Transcript of, Michigan Department of Public Health, Vital Records Section, State Office # 1-319 Record Number 69.

    Place of Birth: County: Branch, Township: Quincy. Date of Birth: November 14, 1900; Name of child: Laverne Humbert Sisson, Male, White, Father: Warren J. Sisson, of Quincy, born Michigan, Occupation: Farmer; Mother: Mary E. Sisson, born Ohio. Dated 21 June 1901

  32. Obituary.

    Dorrance: ... The six-month-old baby of Mr. and mrs. Warren Sisson died Friday night of bowel trouble; the funeral was held Sunday at the home.

  33. Photocopy of Birth Certificate
    Delayed Registration, Michigan Department of Health, Bureau of Records and Statistics, State Office Number 12 5792.

    Place of Birth: Branch County, Quincy Township. Full Name: Myrna Elenor Sisson, Female, Legitimate, born 14 August 1902. Father: Warren James Sisson, Residence: Quincy, Michgan, White, Age at last birthday: 49, Born: Adrian, Michigan, a farmer. Mother: Mary Elizabeth Bender, Residence: Quincy; white, Age last birthday: 36; Born: Hancock County, Ohio. Occupation: Housewife. NUMBER OF CHILD OF THIS MOTHER: 5. NUMBER OF CHILDREN NOW LIVING: 4. Recorded 11 July 1941

    The State Office Number looks like a record number to me. I don't see a record number on the certificate.

    Myrna's father is listed as Warren James. I believe most sources give it as Warren John. John Warren Sisson was named after him, and that argues for Warren John. Melvin's family may list it as Warren James, but I do not know their sources.

    No imformation is given about who gave the information, but that evidenced was presented, and the State Commisioner of Health was directed to record the event.

    Myrna told Peggy that either she or one of her siblings or both was born on the 13. t Mary Bender was superstitious, and changed the birth date to the 14tth. Myrna or Laverne or both?

  34. Photocopy of Birth Certificate
    Delayed Registration, Michigan Department of Health, Bureau of Records and Statistics, State Office Number 12 5792.

    Place of Birth: Branch County, Quincy Township. Full Name: Myrna Elenor Sisson, Female, Legitimate, born 14 August 1902. Father: Warren James Sisson, Residence: Quincy, Michgan, White, Age at last birthday: 49, Born: Adrian, Michigan, a farmer. Mother: Mary Elizabeth Bender, Residence: Quincy; white, Age last birthday: 36; Born: Hancock County, Ohio. Occupation: Housewife. NUMBER OF CHILD OF THIS MOTHER: 5. NUMBER OF CHILDREN NOW LIVING: 4. Recorded 11 July 1941

    The State Office Number looks like a record number to me. I don't see a record number on the certificate.

    Myrna's father is listed as Warren James. I believe most sources give it as Warren John. John Warren Sisson was named after him, and that argues for Warren John. Melvin's family may list it as Warren James, but I do not know their sources.

    No imformation is given about who gave the information, but that evidenced was presented, and the State Commisioner of Health was directed to record the event.

    Myrna told Peggy that either she or one of her siblings or both was born on the 13. t Mary Bender was superstitious, and changed the birth date to the 14tth. Myrna or Laverne or both?

  35. 1910 Census.

    1910 Census for Quincy, Branch County, Michigan
    28 April 1910
    Enumeration District 20, sheet 5B

    Sisson, Warren, head, white male, age 55, first marriage, married 23 years, born Michigan, father born New York, mother born New York, farmer.
    Mary, wife, white female, age 43, first marriage, married 23 years. four children, three now living, born Ohio, father born Germany, mother born New York,

    Melvin J., son, white male, age 15, single, born Michigan
    Myrna, daughter, white female, age 7, single, born Michigan

    Bender, Jacob, boarder, white male, age 80, widowed, born Germany, parents born Germany, occupation: illegible

    Jacob Bender is NOT a boarder! He is Mary's father!

  36. 1920 Census
    Custer County, Montana Enumeration District 47 Supervisor's district 3, Sheet 3B.

    Mary Sisson, wife of head of household.
    She is a white female, age 53, and is married.
    She can read and write.
    She was born in Ohio, her father in Germany and her mother in New York.


    Their native language was English (Even though her father was born in Germany.)
    She speaks English and has ‘no’ occupation

  37. Stories about Warren and Mary Bender Sisson
    From Marlow's Stories told on his 70th birthday.

    Warren died in 1933, before Loren and Martha moved back to Wisconsin. Mary then moved to Michigan to live with her daughter, Myrna Scheurich. Loren probably inherited Warren’s land.

    When Loren and Martha moved back to Miles City from Wisconsin, Mary visited them once.

  38. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  39. Stories about Warren and Mary Bender Sisson
    From Marlow's Stories told on his 70th birthday.

    Warren died in 1933, before Loren and Martha moved back to Wisconsin. Mary then moved to Michigan to live with her daughter, Myrna Scheurich. Loren probably inherited Warren’s land.

    When Loren and Martha moved back to Miles City from Wisconsin, Mary visited them once.

  40. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  41. Letter
    from Mary Bender Sisson to Cecile Ryan Strobel.

    "I wa taken with an awful lameness in my hips last week. I can hardly get u or down, in or out of a chair or walk."

  42. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dale.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  43. Newspaper
    Obituaries for Electa.

    Electa Strang Dies in Quincy

    QUINCY – Mrs. Electa Strang, 81, died today at her home in Quincy village. (Norma has written in 27 May)

    Funeral services will be held Monday morning from the Diedrich funeral home, at 11 o’clock, with the Rev. W. L. Crothers having charge. Burial will be made in Lakeview cemetery. (May 30)

    Survivors include three sons, Everett, Port Huron; Irvin, Quincy; and Arthur, Salt Lake City; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Ryan, Mrs. Cassie Kelsey, and Mrs. Mary Sisson, all from Quincy.

    Mrs. Strang was born March 10, 1868, in Hancock county, Ohio, the daughter of Jacob and Melissa Van Orsdal Bender. She and George Strang were married 23 March 1892 in Quincy. Mr. Strang died a year ago.

    Mrs. Strang was a life member of the Eastern Star chapter, and belonged to the Union church and Sunday School and the New Century club.


    Services Held Monday for Electa B. Strang.

    Eleta belle Strang, 81, of 90 East Chicago Street expired Friday, May 27 about 1:10 a.m. at her residence. Funeral services were held Monday, 11 a.m. from the Diedrich Funeral home with the Rev. William L. Cruthers officiating. Interment was in Lakeview cemetery.
    Mrs. Strang had lived practically her entire life in Quincy and vicinity. She was a life member of Quincy Order of the Eastern Star and belonged to the Union Sunday school and the New Century club. She was born March 10, 1868 in Hancock county, Ohio, the daughter of Jacob and Melissa Van Orsdal Bender. George Strang, to whom she was married March 23, 1892 in this village, preceded her in death in June 1948.

    Survivors include three children, Everett Strang of Port Huron; Irvin Strang of Quincy; and Arthur Strang of Salt Lake City, Utah; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Ryan, Mrs. Cassie Kelsey, and Mary Sisson, all of Quincy. A sister and two brothers preceded her in death.

  44. Letter
    from Cecile to Norma Strang Larsen.

    Aunt Mary, of course, is the only one left and as she says, there's no guess – work now as to who is the last to go out of that generation. She will be 88 years old in June.

  45. Letter
    from Myrna Scheurich to Betty and Dale Dean about Mary's Death.
  46. Letter
    from Myrna Scheurich to Betty and Dale Dean about Mary's Death.
  47. GEDCOM file submitted by From Bruce Bender. Created on 26 NOV 2006. Imported on 26 Nov 2006..
  48. Memorial Card.

    Mary E. Sisson, Born June 3, 1866 in Ohio. Passed away Dec 28, 1954 in Romulus, Michigan. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, Michigan

  49. Death Certificate
    Photocopy of, Michigan Department of Health, Vital Records Section, Record 63543.

    Mary E. Sisson died 28 December 1954 in Romulus Township, Wayne County, Michigan -- at 14180 Wayne Road. She was widowed. Born June 3, 1866, died at age 88, occupation: housekeeping; born Ohio; Citizen of USA; Father: Jacob Bender. Mother: Melissa Van O...... Husband: Warren Sisson (deceased). Informant: Myrna E. Scheurich. Condition leading to death: Bronchopneumonia. Burial: December 30, 1954 in Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, Branch Co. Michigan

  50. Email
    from Betty Sisson Dean.

    You asked what I remember of Grandmother Mary Sisson. Here goes. My first memory of Grandma Sisson was, she always had a sugar cookie ready for us if we stopped by her home near Rock Springs Mt. I remember Grandpa and Grandma coming to our home north of Miles City with horse and buggy. I'm sure they did not own an automobile.

    Also when Grandpa Sisson passed away in 1933, I remember everyone was sad. I was 4 years old at that time. Shortly there after Grandma moved with Myrna and her family to Dearborn Mich. I knew it would be a long time before I would see her again.

    Grandma always remembered us children with a new pair of hand knitted mittens for Christmas and a birthday card with a dollar bill in it.

    After W.W.II started she would make the long train trip to Montana to visit each summer. I'm sure she would stop in Miles City both ways on those trips. Since Plains was the end of the line for her trip west. She tried to teach me to crochet but I guess my heart was not in it. She always had a ball of crochet thread pinned to her dress and a doily and hook in her pocket so if she had a few minutes she would be adding stitches. She made many beautiful doilies.

    Grandma came to Plains and spent the winter with our family the first winter after our mother passed away. This was 1945-1946. I believe she went back to Mich. in May of 1946. This must have been very hard for her, taking care of house and 4 children at her age of 85years. She never came west again.

    We would correspond regularly and I always enjoyed getting a letter form her. When she passed away in 1954, I was married 4 yrs. and had 2 little ones, so was unable to go with Dad to her funeral.

    I remember her as strict, proud and not given to smiling a lot. She did not give hugs or kisses either. Like must have been very hard for the women who came west with their families to live on the barren prairies with the wind, dirt, heat, cold and very little social contact.

    When my mother came to Montana to teach school she roomed and boarded with the Sissons and that is how she met Dad.

    I hope this gives you some insight into your great grandmother. So nice to hear from you and about your family. Love Betty

  51. Conversation
    with Clifford Scheuerich - 16 October 2005.

    Clifford has fond memories of his Grandma Mary Bender Sisson. Yes, he remembers the sugar cookies.
    She loved President Roosevelt. She loved Arthur Godfrey, watched him on TV.
    She played Solitaire all the time, and she would cheat! He would catch her cheating, and she’d reply, “Well, that’s the only way I can win!” He’d complain to his mom, Myrna, and she would say, “Just leave her be!”

    “Grandma died on the farm.” (in Romulus) Clifford remembers when she died, he came downstairs and his mother was sitting by her bed crying. But his mom also realized it was for the best, because Mary had needed such continual care.

  52.   GEDCOM file submitted by From Bruce Bender. Created on 26 NOV 2006. Imported on 26 Nov 2006..