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.
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