Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Minister's Wife: Huldah (Richmond) Bancroft

Huldah Richmond, born in Steuben Co., New York, was the daughter of the Edward Richmond (and Susanna Spencer*) who moved to Lapeer County, Michigan. She married John Bancroft, who became a Methodist minister. The family lived in many different locations in Michigan.

*Death record of Huldah Richmond Bancroft's brother, James Richmond

The 22 April 1847 marriage between Huldah Richmond and John Bancroft in Lapeer County, Michigan, can be found indexed here.

1850 MI - Lapeer Co., Almont
Bencroft (sic), Daniel, 60, carpenter, b. Massachusetts
", Ruth, 52, b. MA
", Randolph, 28, b. OH, Dentist
", Mercy A., 23, b. OH
", Silas, 22, b. OH
Next Door:
Bencroft, John O., 23/25, b. OH
", Huldah P., 21, b. NY
Richmond, Jacob L., 14/16?, b. NY

1860 MI Tuscola, Watrousville, Post Office
Bancroft, John O., 34, b. OH
", Huldah, 32, b. NY State
", John R., 10, b. MI
", Elizabeth A., 7, b. MI
", Edward B., 4, b. MI
", Sarah H., 1, b. MI

John O. Bancroft officiated marriages in Livingston County, Michigan (extracted here); Huldah was a witness to at least one of the marriages.

1870 MI Tuscola, Vassar
Bancroft, John O., 43, Minister of the Gospel, b. OH
", Huldah, 41, b. NY
", John R., 19, b. MI
", Edward B., 14, b. MI
", Sarah H., 11, b. MI
", Nellie E., 4, b. MI
Stevens, Mariah, 19, Domestic Servant, b. NY

1880 United States Census: Midland, Midland, Michigan
J. L. BANCROFT Self M W 54 OH Minister Fa: MA Mo: MA
A. R. BANCROFT Wife M W 51 NY Keep House Fa: NY Mo: NY
Sarah BANCROFT Dau S W 21 MI At Home Fa: OH Mo: NY
Millie E. BANCROFT Dau S W 14 MI At School Fa: OH Mo: NY

Huldah Bancroft & her brother, Jacob L. Richmond, are found in the probate files of their brother, Sumner Richmond, here.

The Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collection (Volume of 1878) had a brief synopsis of different places where Rev J.O. Bancroft's family lived. He was mentioned as an Historical Society member here. Another volume mentioned the death of John O. Bancroft here.

The "History of Tuscola County," provided details of John O. Bancroft's life.

The death record for John O. Bancroft can be found online here. His death, among others, mentioned as a "promoted worker" in a church publication here.

It is believed that Huldah Richmond Bancroft died in November of 1899, but needs to be verified.

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