Lee M Withey Ancestors

Genealogy- Withey, Conant, Clore, Ward, Woodruff, Powers

Genealogy- Hinsdill, Thurber, Kellogg, Putnam, Mackie, Judd, White

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I've always been interested in family history. My grandmother, Elizabeth A. Clore Withey, spent lots of time showing us family genealogy. She also spent lots of time researching, organizing and copying documents to be passed down. I've done additional research and found many new and interesting ancestors. Also, I've taken care of the pictures and documents that were passed down. I scan photos and save them in  TIFF uncompressed format for archiving. I started Legacy as my genealogy program and I'm enjoying the learning curve concerning source documentation. Lee M Withey

Solomon Lewis Withey Family Mausoleum

My they all rest in peace
Solomon Lewis Withey, Marion Louise Hinsdill Withey, Lewis Hinsdill Withey II, Elizabeth Arney Clore Withey, Lewis Hinsdill Withey, Margaret Boyd McQuwan Withey, Maude Withey Robinson, Benjamin Clapp Robinson

The above picture is the Solomon Lewis Withey family mausoleum that is patterned after a Greek temple on the Acropolis at Athens. It is one of several Greek style monuments in Oakhill Cemetery in Grand Rapids Michigan. Solomon Lewis Withey was the first Federal Judge for the Western District of Michigan. He was born in 1820 and died in 1886. He was married to Marion Louise Hinsdill and they had 6 children.

Withey Mausoleum Grand Rapids Michigan

Source- Scott Harmsen.
Lee, Here’s a link to a video I created with Calvin College emeritus professor Ken Bratt about the Withey Mausoleum in Oak Hill Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Oak Hill Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is known for the neoclassical mausoleum and monuments built by the families who helped lay the foundation of Grand Rapids as we know it today. Ken Bratt, Emeritus Professor of Classics at Calvin College, explains why these styles were chosen and why it is significant. The neoclassical style used in Oak Hill for mausoleum and other funerary structures helps explain the historical, cultural and economic changes in Grand Rapids during the Victorian Era. Here Ken Bratt talks about the Withey family mausoleum. This video is part of my M.S. project in the Grand Valley State University School of Communications.

Helen Conant Armitage's 80th Birthday Sept 9 1908

The above photo was taken September 9th 1908 on Helen Maria (Conant) Armitage's 80th Birthday. Helen is at the end of the table sitting between the European Servants. At this end, with the napkin on his knee, is Helen's Brother, Harry Armitage Conant. He is the Father of Marguerite who married Charles Shepard Withey. To Harry's right is his wife, Mary Morris Thurber. On her right is William Shubael Conant, the Son of John Shubael Conant who is sitting across the table looking at the camera. On John Shubael's left is Tally Conant Hogarth. This is her home. On John's right is his wife, Mary McLaren. I'll write a few things from the large amount if info on hand. William S. Conant was a Cellist- Princeton Class of 1890 Bachelor of Arts and 1892 Electrical Engineering. Cellist William Shubael Conant 1890 eventually pursued a successful career as a consulting engineer, and on his death in 1951 he left the University 250,000.00 to endow the music professorship that bears his name. The William Shubael Conant Professor of Music chair at Princeton University" From Alexander Leitch, A Princeton Companion, copyright Princeton University Press (1978).

His Burial Memorial states that he left 750,000.00 to the University. Lee M Withey.

He worked 3 years for Westinghouse in Pittsburgh including the Long Distance Power Transmission Exhibit at the Chicago World's Fair. Later, in Detroit, he formed partnership Jesse Merrick Smith, later President of American Society of Mechanical Engineers. They designed and supervised the construction of electric light and power units, steam plants, interurban railways, factory, hotel and office building installations. After Jesse M. Smith moved to New York William continued and later became connected in a technical and managerial capacity with a number of manufacturing enterprises in the expanding city of Detroit. He served as Major of Ordnance during World War 1 at Springfield Armory in Massachusetts, where he was made officer in charge of construction. His wife, Frances Elizabeth was the daughter of Lecturer and Writer, George R. Wendling. After retirement in 1923 they sold their house in Detroit, ​traveled in Europe and later purchased another home in Washington D.C. and a summer cottage in Bay Head New Jersey. His father, John Shubael was Captain in first Brigade 23rd Army Corps and engaged in the battle Tibbs Bend under General Moore and the battle of Franklin and Nashville under General Shofield. He was later in command of the Military Prison at Louisville. This was actually a short military enlistment. He was a successful in business and also did extensive traveling in Europe with his wife. Later in life he was elected Commander of the Michigan Commandery of the Loyal Legion. My great grandfather, Harry Armitage Conant studied Law at U of M. Afterwards, he was elected Alderman , Mayor, State Senator and also Secretary of State of Michigan for two consecutive terms. In 1880 he went to Naples Italy, as U.S. Consul and many years later he held a long appointment as Consul in Windsor Ontario. He was Vice President of First National Bank of Monroe and for many years until his death served as Director of the Union Trust Company of Detroit. Their only son, Thurber Died in 1891 while attending Princeton University. Their daughter Marguerite married Charles S. Withey. They are my great grandparents.

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August-23rd-1893, Marguerite Stewart Conant far right and her bridesmaids. Charles Shepard Withey was the Groom.

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Migrating information from Homestead to Webflow. Webflow rules.

“As director of research and development I give WebFlow a thumbs up”

Marguerite Stewart Conant, Withey
Director of Research and Development

“Grandmother Elizabeth is the reason I’m doing genealogy”

Elizabeth Arney Clore, Withey
Master Genealogist

Harriet Louse Withey- Daughter of Solomon Withey and Clementine Granger

Harriet Louise Withey
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Elizabeth Arney Clore [Withey] Born 1905 Died 1988, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, She is resting at Oakhill Cemetery inside the Withey Mausoleum- 647 Hall Street S.E., Grand Rapids.

Harriet Louise Withey Born 26 Sep 1834 Vermont, Died 8 Oct 1910 Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, Buried Oak Hill Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, Wife of Benjamin Caryl Tracy, Daughter of Solomon Withey and Clementine Granger, Mother of Estelle L. “Stella” Tracy. Photo source- Ancestry, Beardsley Ryder via clrobert77.