Bloomfield Blossoms: p. 084-085 Creator
Smith, Kay, 1925- Institution
Bloomfield Township Public Library Subject
Genealogy -- Michigan -- Bloomfield Township Subject
Bloomfield Township (Mich.) Subject
Forman House (Bloomfield Township, Mich.) Item Number
part of 'Bloomfield Blossoms' by Kay Smith Type
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THE INTERTWINING OF CENTENNIAL FAMILIES
If we trace just four of our many Centennial families we
immediately see that there were many intermarriages
among them when the Township was sparsely settled. For
William Forman sailed from England with his wife Harriet
and six children in 1854, and after two years in Ohio settled
in Bloomfield where another six children were born. Samuel
Gaylord Forman's birth occured on September 15, 1858,
in the house now occupied by Mrs. Leland Forman and her
son Gaylor at Franklin and Quarton Roads.
Cooper Pickering and his wife Elizabeth arrived in Michigan
also from Lincolnshire, England, as did Thomas and
Rosanna Allen. Each family had a number of children, and
eventually all three families settled in sections 30 and 31
in Bloomfield, all before 1860.
Nathaniel Higby came to West Bloomfield in the late 1830s
and his son Elmore was born there and moved later to
Henry C. Beardslee was born in Independence Township
August 28, 1846, and came to Bloomfield Township in
1879, settling on 88 acres in Section 9 south of Hickory
Grove between Lahser and Franklin Roads.
SamueJ G. Forman married Jennie Pickering.
Sarah Pickering married Elmore Higby.
Charlotte Forman married George Pickering.
Floyd Beardslee married Aurilla Higby.
Ermina H. Forman married Robert Allen.
The Beardslee daughters, Mrs. Donald S. Brownlee and
Mrs. John Malcolm, still own the Beardslee house on
Square Lake Road, although they live elsewhere.
The Centennial families, branching in all directions with
double Centennial ancestry, are a tiny percentage of our
48,000 families today, but they represent the best of early