Richard L. Vincent


My first genealogy line was my maiden name of VINCENT.  I got to my great great grandfather Richard Vincent.  Found him in 1860 in Port Huron, St Clair County, MI with his wife Eliz and 4 children.  That record has his birth place as NY.  In 1870 I find them in Owosso, Shiawassee County, MI with 8 children & a son in law.  Birthplace stated as Michigan.  This is HIGHLY unlikely as Michigan was still only a Territory and didn’t start growing until 1820s when the Erie Canal, but I suppose it is possible.  In 1880 He is Richard L. Vincent in Brant, Saginaw County, MI (this is where my family is from), they have six children living with them.  This Census has his birthplace as New York.  I also found him in the 1880 Agriculture Federal Census, I don’t understand how to read it, but it places him in Brant along with the regular Census & his name is Richard L. Vinsent.  Next I find him in 1900 in Brant birth day as May 1815 (different than all the rest) & a birthplace of Michigan.

Death Certificate of Richard Vincent

Today I found a Death Certificate of Richard Vincient, died 26 Mar 1906 in Brant, Saginaw County, Michigan.  He was 94 years, 10 months & 22 day.  That would place his birth on 4 May 1810, lines up with most of the census with year, and then the 1900 census putting his birthday in May.  His birthplace is New York, his father is L Vincent born in New York, his mother is Don’t Known born in England.  Cause of death is “Palpatations of the Heart.”  He was buried on 28 Mar 1906 in Brant Cemetery. This adds so many more questions!

Where is he between 1810 the year of his birth to 1860 when I find him in Port Huron?  My great aunt Toots (Helen Vincent Fraiser daughter of William Vincent, Richard’s youngest son) told me that Richard was from England, that he came over on “the boat,” that his father’s name was Levi (he named his first son after his father). I have found some records of a “Richard Vincent” but no proof that it’s my Richard.  1st – Canadian Immigrant Records, in 1836. 2nd – Australia NSW Index Immigrants 15 Nov 1828 on the boat Henry Wellesley.  3rd – 1830 Census in Union Vale, Dutchess, New York, USA with 2 people under 20 and 2 between the ages of 20-49.  Much Love from Michigan,Sherry


Grandma Clouds

Driving to the grocery store today the clouds were so beautiful & fluffy.  They reminded me of a warm summer day when I was about 8-10 years old.  My grandma Vincent & I were on our way to Brant, MI.  We had a busy day planned.  We were on our way to first the cemetery in Brant because my grandma wanted to visit her dad’s grave.  We were going to stop at the “Blueberry Ladies” house, she was one of my grandma’s friends from school, but we bought blueberries from her, oh how they were soooooo sweet!! We sat & drank some lemonade.  While grandma & the “Blueberry Lady” would talk about old days I would dance around under the trees in her back yard.  It was so peaceful in the country side.  Then we went to see Great Uncle Bernard & Great Aunt Evelyn, grandma’s brother & sister n’ law.  I then got to run around the house that my grandma & my daddy was born in, & play on Uncle Bernard’s tractor & talk to him in the garden.

On the way to Brant grandma said “Sherry, see those white fluffy clouds?”

“Yes grams, those are beautiful.” I answered.

“I want you to remember those type of clouds.” She went on.

“Why grandma, they’re not that important are they?” I didn’t understand what she was saying.

“When I’m gone to heaven, I want you to look up to the sky & see those clouds.  I want you to know that I will be sitting on those clouds watching over you.  I always will be there for you.  I will never stop watching over you.” She said with a tear in her eye.

I never understood why it was sooooooo important to her that I knew this about these clouds.  To this day I call them Grandma clouds.  Grandma died in 2000, and I miss her like crazy!! But I know that grandma is up in Heaven, watching over me & is proud of the momma I’ve become.  My daddy died in 2008, and my kids now call those clouds Grandpa clouds.