Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Beardsley and family, of Sashabaw, on Tuesday, entertained a number of relatives and friends; among whom were Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, the aged mother of Mrs. Beardsley; Mr. L.M. Sutton, of Chicago, a brother, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Beardsley, of Victor, and Mrs. M.D. Lawrence and little granddaughter, of Fenton.
“Grandma Sutton” was the center of attraction, for though she recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, she retains her memory to a wonderful extent and joined in the story telling and laughter with apparently as much enjoyment as the younger members of the family, and not withstanding the storm and rough roads, endured the trip from Fenton splendidly. She will remain with Mrs. B. the coming summer, and it is hope will enjoy many more such delightful gatherings.
Source: Pontiac Gazette, April 5, 1895.
A very pleasant social gathering was participated in at the residence of E.T. Beardslee, on Sashabaw Plain, Dec. 20th to 23d, it being the reunion of Mrs. Beardslee’s family, the mother, Mrs. Lewis J. Sutton, and her six children, all being present, the husband and father having died in 1852. The list, besides Mrs. Beardslee, includes Mrs. S.D. Groover, of Lapeer; C.L. Sutton, of Orion; Mrs. Chas. Beardslee, of Clinton county; Mrs. J.H. Lawrence, of Fenton, and L.M. Sutton, of Chicago, this son having been absent 18 years, rendering the occasion doubly pleasant.
This re-union was a very remarkable one, it being the first time the children had all met together at one time, the eldest being 66 years, and the youngest 45 years of age, and the family ties of brothers and sisters having never been broken.
W.H. Brummit photographed the family; the aged mother, who is nearly 87 years of age, still retaining her mental faculties and enjoying the event equally with her children, forming the central figure; after which he photographed the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Source: Pontiac Gazette, January 8, 1891.
Grace Brodt, formerly of 26 Moyers, Oxford, died after a prolonged illness at the Oakland County sanitorium. She was 79 years old.
Mrs. Brodt was born in Oakland County and attended Oxford area schools. She was a member of the Crawford Extension Club of Oxford. She had worked as a bookkeeper at Tunstead’s Hardware.
She is survived by two cousins, Grant Beardslee of Clarkston, and Mrs. Florence Tarr of Pontiac.
Services were Saturday afternoon from Bossardet Funeral Home with the Rev. Arthur Habermehl of the Immanuel Congregational Church officiating. Burial was in Ridgelawn Cemetery.
Source: Oxford Leader, March 21, 1968.
Had Not Regained Consciousness Thursday Afternoon
Wednesday afternoon while Lou Galligan and Casper Beardslee were repairing a telephone wire past their property. Mr. Beardslee was at the top of a ladder, which was leaning against a telephone post when the post broke near the ground throwing him over the center of the highway which he struck head first.
He was rushed to Goodrich Hospital and his condition was still serious as we go to press.
Source: The Clarkston News, April 9, 1937.
Last week we had the privilege of telling about the honors bestowed upon Miss Marion Beardslee at Ypsilanti. This week we are glad to report that Miss Beardslee has been delegated and left on Wednesday for Ames, Iowa, where she will attend the District Convention of College Women’s Leagues. Miss Beardslee is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beardslee.
Source: The Clarkston News, April 6, 1934)
Mrs. Ruth McNeil Died at Goodrich Hospital, Funeral Saturday at 2 P.M.
Mrs. Ruth A. McNeil, a resident of Oxford for the past thirty years, passed away at the Goodrich Hospital, Wednesday morning, Nov. 21st, following a brief illness of heart trouble.
Mrs. McNeil was born at Sashabaw Plains, December 9, 1860, the daughter of Ebenezer T. and Abilgail [sic] Beardslee. She was married to Andrew McNeil, Feb. 6, 1884, who passed away a year ago, November 28th. To this union three children were born, Elva McNeil, E.T. McNeil and Mrs. Grant Brodt. Besides the three children she is survived by three sisters, Miss Belle Beardslee, Mrs. Frank MacDemand [sic] and Mrs. Carrie B. Larned and on[e] brother, Samuel T. Beardslee.
Funeral services will be held at the home on Pontiac Street, Oxford, at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Nov. 24th, with burial in Shashabaw Plains cemetery.
Source: The Oxford Leader, November 23, 1928.
Andrew B. McNeil Had Been in Failing Health for Several Years
Andrew B. McNeil, a resident of this vicinity for the past thirty years, passed away at his home on South Pontiac St., Monday afternoon, Nov. 27th, following an illness of several years of heart trouble.
Mr. McNeil was born at Farmers Creek, Feb. 2nd,1863. He was married to Ruth Beardslee, February 6th, 1884 and to this union three children were born, Miss Elva McNeil of Ann Arbor; E.T. McNeil, of Pontiac, and Mrs. Grant Brodt.
The deceased, a staunch Democrat, was formerly a farmer in North Oxford until selling his farm and removing to this village. He held the office of Highway Commissioner of Oxford Township for [a] number of years.
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Mr. and Mrs. M.D. Larned were called to Sashabaw Plains, Oakland county, on account of the death of Mrs. Larned’s mother, Mrs. E.T. Beardslee. Mrs. Beardslee was 90 years old last July.
Source: Ann Arbor News, October 22, 1919.
Mrs. E.T. Beardslee, mother of Mrs. M.D. Larned of this city, died at her home on Sashabaw Plains, October 2, at the advanced age of 90 years.
Mrs. Beardslee was a pioneer of Oakland county and for 68 years, her entire married life, she had resided on the farm which was taken from the government by Mr. Beardslee’s father almost a century ago.
By her strong Christian character and loving and sympathetic disposition, Mrs. Beardslee had endeared herself to a host of friends. She is said to have possessed rare mental ability and retained her faculties to the last.
Amid a wealth of flowers the body was buried in the Sashabaw Plains cemetery, the Rev. McKenzie of Flushing, a former pastor, officiating.
Source: Ann Arbor News, October 27, 1919.
Mrs. Sam’l Groover died the 18th inst., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dick Beardsley of Springfield. The cause of her death was the grippe, although she had been a suffered from rheumatism for several years. She was well known at Metamora, her old home. The funeral and burial occurred at Oxford on the 15th. Mrs. Groover was mother of Sydney Groover and sister of C.L. Sutton, both of Orion. She was the oldest of a family of six children till now unbroken by the hand of death; her age was 68 years. The aged mother still lives.
Source: Pontiac Gazette, February 19, 1892.