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Margaret Catherine 'Maggie' (Miner) White Ramsell


Margaret Catherine "Maggie" (Miner) White Ramsell was born on April 6, 1873 in Jerry City, Shelby County, OH, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Jane (Courtney) Miner

Her first husband was Elias C. White (1864-1926), the son of William R. and Nancy (Winchester) White of Bryan or Dupont, OH. The couple was united in married in Putnam County, OH, on Nov. 29, 1890,when Maggie would have been 17 years of age and Elias 26. A.D. Stauffer officiated at the wedding ceremony.

They went on to produce a large family of children -- Joseph William White, Floyd Scott White, Flossie Josephine Ennis, Leslie Elias Ernest White, Lela M. Reynolds, Nancy Myrtle White, Gladys Elizabeth DeGolia Holton, Arietta Ada White, Tainy E. White, Lawrence L. White and Faith H. "Jacqueline" Barney and perhaps one other.


Putnam County Courthouse in Ottawa, from a photo by John H. Schell


When the federal census was enumerated in 1900, the family dwelled in Perry, Putnam County, with Elias earning a living as a day laborer. Following a pattern set by Maggie's brothers, Elias pursued a life of criminal activity to supplement his income, involving captures, escapes and recaptures. The following appeared in the Putnam County Sentinel newspaper in Ottawa under the heading “Dupont Items” on March 23, 1906: 

For over a year, a gang of poultry thieves operated on an extensive scale throughout the western portion of this county. Their raids on the poultry of the people became so frequent and their operations so bold, that every effort was made to capture them. Last fall, two the the gang were arrested and tried in the Common Pleas court at its recent term. They were sentenced to the penitentiary for 5 years each. At the time of the arrests, one named Elias White escaped and went to Michigan. White was the recognized leader of the gang and the authorities have been looking for him ever since. This week, Deputy Sheriff Miller got a tip that White was at Marshall, Michigan and went there to arrest him. Deputy Miller found his man and brought him to Ottawa yesterday morning and lodged him in jail.

Upon relocating to Michigan between 1906 and 1908, Maggie settled her family for a time in Albion, Calhoun County, in a house along Belcher Road. Once he fulfilled his jail sentence, Elias and their son Joseph earned income as wood cutters. They moved again to Climax, Kalamazoo County, where in 1910 Elias worked as a laborer and son Leslie as a paper maker, with their home located along Belcher Road. They remained in Climax during the decade of the 1910s as evidenced by the 1920 census.

Elias passed away in Kalamazoo at the age of 61 on May 14, 1926. Death records listed him as a retired carpenter. He rests in Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Maggie lived as a widow for five years and in 1931 wedded for a second time to William Ramsell ( ? - ? ). 

The couple may have separated, because in 1940, she lived under the roof of her divorced son Joseph in Comstock, Kalamazoo County, and was marked as "married" by the federal census taker even though William was not in the household. At that time, also living in the house were her son Leslie and wife Mable and widowed son in law William F. Reynolds Jr. and his five children.

Maggie died in Kalamazoo on July 30, 1942, at the age of 69.


~ Son Joseph William White ~

Son Joseph William White (1891-1960) was born on Sept. 10, 1891. He was a teenager when the family migrated to Michigan. He and his father earned a living circa 1910 by cutting wood in and around their home on Belcher Road near Albion, Calhoun County, MI. 

Later, he found work as a laborer in the paper making industry. 

The identity of his first wife is not yet known.


Smoky paper mills in Kalamazoo, early 1900s


On Sept. 30, 1918, when he was 27 years of age, Joseph was united in wedlock with his second wife, 21-year-old Opal Marie Sampson ( ? - ? ) of Kalamazoo. A native of Illinois, she was the daughter of John Brizila and Mattie E. (Jones) Sampson, and also had been married once before. Rev. Frederick W. Hatch led the nuptials, witnessed by his wife and Marie Miller. 

They produced one known son, Donald White, born in 1920.

When the1920 federal census was enumerated, the couple lived in Howard, Cass County, MI. That year, with Opal expecting a baby, Joseph was employed as a fireman for a steam boiler firm. Sadly, the marriage is believed to have crumbled and ended in divorce.

By 1940, the divorced Joseph worked as a carpenter in the construction industry and headed a household in Comstock, Kalamazoo County that included his mother, brother Leslie and family, and widowed brother in law William F. Reynolds Jr. and children.

His final years were spent at 315 Dawnlee in Kalamazoo. 

He died on April 23, 1960, at the age of 68. Burial was in Mt. Ever Rest.

Son Donald White (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920 in Michigan. At the age of 20, he lived at home with his divorced father in Comstock, Kalamazoo County, MI. He worked that year as a steelworker making structural steel products.


~ Son Floyd Scott White ~

Son Floyd Scott White (1892-1917) was born in November 1892 in Putnam County, OH. 

He worked as a young man in Lansing, MI, earning a living as a laborer and panneler. 

On May 28, 1917, at the age of 25, he married 18-year-old Eva Helen Reynolds ( ? - ? ), daughter of William and Elizabeth (McCudden) Reynolds of Kalamazoo. Rev. A.G. Newberry officiated at the ceremony held in Mason, MI, with Mrs. Newberry and Mrs. F.W. Webb serving as witnesses.

Sadly, Floyd's life and marriage were short. Just four months into the marriage, he died in Kalamazoo on Sept. 16, 1917. The cause is not yet known. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.


~ Daughter Flossie Josephine (White) Ennis ~

Daughter Flossie Josephine White (1896- ? ) was born in October 1896. At the age of 19, she resided in Kalamazoo and earned a living as a factory worker. 

On Jan. 14, 1918, at the age of 19, Flossie was wedded to 20-year-old La Moine Ennis (1895- ? ) of Comstock, MI, and the son of Charles and Annie (Applegate) Ennis of Indiana. Rev. William T. Hill officiated, and Edna Ennis and Vera M. Hill of Comstock witnessed the ceremony.

The couple produced two known daughters, and possibly more -- Shirley L. Ennis and Flossie M. Ennis.

At the time of marriage, LeMoine was employed as a papermaker. By 1930, he had obtained work as a carpenter in the building construction trades in Kalamazoo.

Daughter Shirley L. Ennis (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Kalamazoo.

Daughter Flossie M. Ennis (1930- ? ) was born in about 1930 in Kalamazoo.


~ Son Leslie Elias Ernest White ~

Son Leslie Elias Ernest White (1898-1980) was born in March 1898 in Dupont, Putnam County, OH. 

During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army American Expeditionary Force. 

In 1920, at the age of 21, he was unmarried, lived at home in Climax, Kalamazoo County, MI and was employed as a paper maker. 

Leslie was married four times. His first wife was 19-year-old Ruby White (1901- ? ), whom he married on April 26, 1920 in Kalamazoo. She was the daughter of Washington T. and Electa (Auton) White of Battle Creek. Probate Judge Samuel H. Van Horn officiated at the wedding, with Clarence H. Pomeroy and Bernice Ranney serving as witnesses. They had one known son, Floyd White, born in about 1923. The marriage lasted for seven years until her death on Sept. 11, 1927. 

After two years as a widower, Leslie was united in wedlock with 17-year-old Mabel V. Gunnett (1912- ? ) on Nov. 12, 1929 in Allegan, Allegan County, MI. In 1940, the couple dwelled in the residence of Leslie's brother Joseph in Comstock, Kalamazoo County. Their union lasted for 15 years until their divorce on March 4, 1944 in Kalamazoo. 

Leslie wedded his third spouse -- Florence Rayner -- just four months later, on July 25, 1944, in Kalamazoo. The marriage was short-lived, and they divorced a year later, on Aug. 23, 1945, in VanBuren County, MI. 

For the fourth time, Leslie entered matrimony on June 9, 1948 with Frances (Slooter) Edgett Huff Rowan Moll (1901-1997), a native of Grand Rapids, Kent County, who had been married four times before. Their wedding took place in Martin, Allegan County. She brought a son to the marriage, Donald Rowan.

Leslie died in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, MI on Jan. 30, 1980. His remains were lowered into eternal rest in Riverside Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

Frances survived for another 17 years and passed into eternity in Kalamazoo on Feb. 19, 1997. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Mattawan, Van Buren County, MI.

Son Floyd Scott White II (1922-1955) was born on Oct. 11, 1922 in Kalamazoo and was named for a deceased uncle. At the age of 17, he lived with his father and stepmother in Comstock, Kalamazoo County, and was a construction laborer. He later married Eleanor (?), and they divorced. He served as a private first class with the Army Air Forces during World War II. In 1944, he was convicted of assault with intent to murder, and was sentenced to serve time in the Michigan State Penitentiary. After four years of imprisonment, he and Raymond Emerson Spangler escaped in December 1948, walking away from an honor farm labor camp. The news was reported widely throughout the region including in the Milwaukee Journal. They hitchhiked to Decatur, IL, where they were captured at the Illinois Central Railroad station after Floyd called his father and offered to surrender. Sadly, he died in Bedford Township, Calhoun County, MI at the age of 33 on April 15, 1955. Burial was in Kalamazoo.


~ Daughter Lela M. (White) Reynolds ~

Daughter Lela M. White (1900-1936) was born on Dec. 15, 1900 in Dupont, Putnam County, OH. She lived in Grand Rapids as a young unmarried woman.

On July 9, 1920, the 19-year-old Lila was joined in marriage with 28-year-old World War I veteran William F. Reynolds Jr. (1892- ? ). Married once previously, William was the son of William F. and Mary (Beaver) White Sr., a native of Ypsilanti and a paper maker at the time. Justice of the peace Harry L. Criswell officiated.

They lived in Kalamazoo at the address of 131 East South Street. Their five known children were William F. Reynolds III, Lila Reynolds, Lorena Reynolds, Lawrence Reynolds and Joseph Reynolds.

Sadly, at the age of 35, she died on July 9, 1936. Interment was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Eastwood, Kalamazoo County.

As a widower, William was left with five children between the ages of 13 and two. In 1940, they all boarded in the home of divorced brother in law Joseph William White in Comstock, Kalamazoo County. William earned a living as a papermaker in a local paper mill.

Son William F. Reynolds III (1923- ? ) was born in about 1923.

Daughter Lila Reynolds (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925.

Daughter Lorena Reynolds (1928- ? ) was born in about 1928.

Son Lawrence Reynolds (1920- ? ) was born in about 1930.

Son Joseph Reynolds (1934- ? ) was born in about 1934.


~ Daughter Nancy Myrtle (White) Stocking Gould ~

Daughter Nancy Myrtle White (1903- ? ) was born on June 6, 1903 in Dupont, Putnam County, OH.

She was married twice. On March 16, 1925, the 21-year-old Nancy was wedded to Orlie Stocking ( ? - ? ) in a ceremony held in Grand Rapids. 

Later, she married (?) Gould.

~ Daughter Gladys Elizabeth (White) DeGolia Holton ~

Daughter Gladys Elizabeth White (1905-1984) was born on Sept. 9, 1905 in Dupont, Putnam County, OH. She earned a living in "factwork" as a young unmarried woman.

At the age of 20, on Oct. 26, 1925, Gladys was wedded to 24-year-old Hilon J. DeGolia (1901- ?  ) of East Grand Rapids. He was a plumber and the son of Hilon and Lavina (Shopp) DeGolia of Kalamazoo. Rev. G.D. Chase officiated, with Gladys' sister and brother in law, Flossie and LeMoine Ennis, attending the ceremony. 

They are believed to have produced one daughter, Gladys Bulson Shepherd.


Obituary, 1984

Gladys was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Fremont. Said a newspaper, she "was nationally recognized for her art work." Hilon operated a plumbing and heating business, H.J. DeGolia Company,  at 1890 Breton Road in East Grand Rapids. They eventually divorced. Hilon continued his business until declaring a $100,000 bankruptcy in 1960.

She married again, in 1950, to Joseph Holton ( ? -1965). The marriage lasted for 15 years until his passing in 1965.

Gladys passed away at the age of 78 in Newaygo Medical Care in Fremont, MI, on Jan. 17, 1984. Burial was in White Cloud Cemetery in Newaygo County. On the face of her grave marker are etched the words "Grandma Joe."

Daughter Gladys DeGolia was a 1950 graduate of Kalamazoo College and was a member of the May Queen Court of Honor there in May 1948. She was twice married. Her first husband was fellow Kalamazoo student Roy Irving Bulson (1930-2015), son of Irving and Gladys Bulson. Just a few months following graduation, the couple was joined in matrimony on Sept. 16, 1950 in St. Joseph Catholic Church of Kalamazoo. They had three sons -- Dr. Jeffrey Bulson, David E. Bulson and Paul "Chip" Bulson. Roy went on to become a physician, a dream he had had since his teenage years. He established a family practice in Standale, MI. Said the Grand Rapids Press, "Countless times he would make house calls, and often receive pies from grateful patients. He was a lifelong democrat, catholic, strong opinion holder and detailed story teller. He battled hypertension and over 20 years a renal transplant patient." Sadly, the couple divorced, with both remarrying again. Gladys married John Wesley Shepherd (1919-2004), son of Lyle and Mildred Shepherd of White Cloud, Newaygo County. John brought two daughters to the marriage -- Martha Shepherd and Jean Fierke. Gladys enjoyed her own career as a teacher and artist in watercolors,. A 1941 graduate of Western Michigan University, John served in World War II with the U.S. Air Force. He trained at an officer's school at Yale University and then was stationed in Guam where he rose in rank from lieutenant to captain. After the war, the family resided in Newaygo, where John obtained a law degree from Detroit College of Law. He went on to serve as a Newago County Commissioner, assistant prosecuting attorney (for seven years) and three terms as county prosecutor. From 1968 to the end of 2001, he and his brother Russell jointly operated the Shepherd and Shepherd law firm in Newaygo. Said a local newspaper, John "was known for a wise, practical, down to earth person. He was widely respected for his straight forward truthfulness, generosity, and sense of fair play." He died at age 85 in Blodgett Hospital on July 29, 2004. At his death, a memorial fund was created in his name to advance local recreation, wildlife and the environment.

  • Grandson Dr. Jeffrey Bulson married Julie.
  • Grandson David E. Bulson married Joanne.
  • Grandson Paul "Chip" Bulson was wedded to Karen.

~ Daughter Arietta "Ada" (White) Ray ~

Daughter Arietta "Ada" White (1908-1983) was born on Feb. 23, 1908 in or near Homer/Albion, Calhoun County, MI. 

On May 1, 1930, in Elkhart County, IN, the 22-year-old Arietta was married to 29-year-old Wayne Lyle Ray (1901-1963), son of Samuel and Cora Frances (Barto) Ray of Kalamazoo. Wayne had been married and divorced previously.

The couple produced at least two children -- twins Marlene Frances Ray and Jacqueline Ray, born on May 13, 1938.. Sadly, the twins died at age 14 months, a day apart, in early July 1939. Burial was in Kalamazoo.

Wayne passed away in July 1963 in Michigan. 

Arietta died in Battle Creek, MI on March 13, 1983.


~ Daughter Tainy E. White ~

Daughter Tainy E. White (1911- ? ) was born in about 1911 in Michigan.


~ Son Lawrence L.W. "Larry" White ~

Son Lawrence L.W. "Larry" White (1914-2005) was born on May 7 or 8, 1914 in Kalamazoo. 

On Dec. 9, 1933, at the age of 19, he was united in holy wedlock with Eunice A. Edick (1916-1998). Their marriage lasted for 65 years until their separation by Eunice's death. 

The couple produced five children -- Larry White, Robert White, Patricia McLoud, Joan Wilson and Donna White-Newnum.

Lawrence served in the U.S. Navy during World War II with the rank of soundman 2nd class petty officer. The Kalamazoo Gazette once said that "He enjoyed fishing, first and foremost, along with hunting and camping. Other interests were bowling, cards, and western novels."

Sadly, Eunice died on March 22, 1998, at the age of 82. Burial was in Mount Ever-Rest Memorial Park South in Kalamazoo.

He passed away on Dec. 20, 2005 in Kalamazoo's Bronson Methodist Hospital. Interment was beside his wife in Mount Ever-Rest, with an obituary published in the Gazette reporting that he was survived by 18 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren. Pastor James Dyke officiated at the funeral. 

Son Larry White was deceased by 2005.

Son Robert White was deceased by 2005.

Daughter Patricia White married (?) McLoud. Her home in 2005 was in Plainwell, MI.

Daughter Joan White was wedded to (?) Wilson. She lived in Kalamazoo.

Daughter Donna White married (?) Newnum. In 2005, she dwelled in Gobles, MI.


~ Daughter Faith H. "Jacqueline" (White) Uptegraft Barney ~

Daughter Faith H. "Jacqueline" White (1917-1986) was born on Feb. 1, 1917 in Michigan. 

At one point she married Donald William Uptegraft ( ? - ? ). She married again to (?) Barney and lived in Battle Creek in 1984. 

She passed away on April 9, 1986. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.


Copyright © 2016 Mark A. Miner

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