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Family of William SHARLAND and Lillie May RAMSDILL

Husband: William SHARLAND (1872-1947)
Wife: Lillie May RAMSDILL (1872-1916)
Marriage 16 Dec 1903 Stockbridge - Ingham, Michigan, USA

Husband: William SHARLAND

Name: William SHARLAND1,2
Sex: Male
Father: George SHARLAND (1830-1909)
Mother: Mary Ann MELHUISH (1830-1891)
Birth 20 May 1872 Cadbury, Devon, England3
Occupation Farmer3
Naturalisation 1904 (age 31-32)3
Death 25 Apr 1947 (age 74) Dansville - Ingham, Michigan, USA3
Burial 29 Apr 1947 Stockbridge - Ingham, Michigan, USA3

Wife: Lillie May RAMSDILL

Name: Lillie May RAMSDILL2,4
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 5 May 1872 Browne - Kent County, Michigan, USA
Death 25 Jan 1916 (age 43) Dansville - Ingham, Michigan, USA
Burial 28 Jan 1916 Oaklawn Cemetery - Stockbridge Ingham, Michigan, USA

Note on Husband: William SHARLAND - shared note

In 1881 aged 8 years he resided at Coobeland, Cruwys Morchard, Devon, England with his parents and siblings


In 1891 aged 18 he was still in the family home at Plymtree, Cruwys Morchard, Devon.


A ships passenger record has been found for a William Sharland departing Liverpool on the Majestic and arriving at the port of New York on 12th April 1893. He was aged 20, a agricultural labourer and his last residence was given as Chester and final destination as Philadelphia. He had 1 piece of luggage.

Source New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 M237-606 Page 16


A second record has been found in 1898. A William Sharland aged 25 yrs & 9 months departing Southampton March 19th 1898 on the St Paul arriving New York March 26th 1898. Occupation Farmer. Record not clear but he stated he had been to USA before to Ann Arbour and possibly reads Sister in Dexter.

Source New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 Microfilm Serial 15 Roll T715_16 Page 163


In 1903 he married Lillie May Ramsdell, with his nephew, William Boaden as Best man. The couple honeymooned in Detroit before returning to live with her parents

Source: Richard Ramsdell, Stockbridge Resident and cousin of Lillie May


The 1910 US Federal Census for Ingham, Ingham County, Michigan Roll T624_651 Page 9A Emuneration District 56 indicates William as arriving in US 1892 and English born and married to Lillie


Lillie died in 1916 leaving him a widow. She and William had no children.


1919 he married his 2nd wife Lucy Ide


1920 US Federal Census show William married to Lucy but he also has Mary Ann Ramsdell, the 74 yr old mother of his first wife living in the household in Dansville Village, Ingham Township. The record also reveals William was nationalised in 1904. SourceT625_771 Page 1A Emuneration District 86


1930 US Federal Census Dansville, Ingham, Michigan Roll 990 Page 2B Emuneration District 8 shows William aged 57 and Lucy 64


There were no children of the marriage.

William died in 1947 leaving Lucy a widow.3

Note on Wife: Lillie May RAMSDILL - shared note

Information in respect of Lillie comes from her cousin, Richard "Dutch" Ramsdell who is also President of the Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical Society. Taken from his email of the 15th February 2008.


Marriage Notes for William Sharland and Lillie Ramsdill:


A very pretty wedding occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Ramsdell Wednesday evening,

December 16, 1903, when their daughter, Lillie May, was united in marriage to William Sharland.

The home was made pretty with ferns and carnations. Promptly at 8 o'clock as the wedding march was

rendered by Mrs. Mark Gregory, the bridal party quietly descended the stairs, taking their places in the

parlor in front of a bank of green.


The bride was gowned in castor broad cloth silk and dainty white trimmings, her maid of honor being

Miss Verna Lyon, who was also gowned in castor and white. The groom and the best man, Mr. William

Boaden, a nephew of the groom, wore the conventional black. The ceremony was performed by Rev. G.E. Morse of the Stockbridge M.E. church; congratulations were then in order after which dainty

refreshments were served.


William Sharland, 31, of Stockbridge, born England, and Lillie May Ramsdill, 31, of Stockbridge

Michigan, were married Dec. 16, 1903 by Geo. E. Moore, Minister of the Gospel, Burr or Bruce Jackson

of Stockbridge and Thomas Stone of Unadilla witnessing


Many friends remembered them with beautiful and useful gifts. The guest list was limited to relatives,

near friends and neighbors. After lunch the newly married couple were driven to the train, departing for

a few days stay in Detroit. The young people will be at home at the bride's parents for the present.


The out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bowden and daughter, Mason, Mr. and Mrs. E. Voagts, Iosco and Mrs. J. N. Louckes, Grand Rapids.



Notes for Lillie May Ramsdill:

Obituary for Lillie May Sharland (Ramsdill):



Lillie May Sharland was born in Browne, Kent Co., Mich., May 5, 1872 and was the only child of Mr.

and Mrs. John Ramsdell. She was united in marriage to William Sharland December 16, 1903, and

moved onto their farm near Dansville where she lived until her death, January 25, 1916.

She experienced religion early in life and united with the M. E. church and lived a devoted and

Christian life.

Ill health for several years has been her lot, but her faith was seemingly made doubly strong through it

all, as no theme seemed so dear to her in her last days as the future which she discussed freely to her



She leaves a husband and a mother, besides a host of relatives and friends.


The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at Dansville January 28 conducted by Rev. Camburn

of Pinckney assisted by Rev. Jasmore and Rev. Linegar.


Lillie May and William had no children which is probably a good thing since Lillie May's parents were

first cousins.


1"2nd Gedcom supplied by cousin Norina email attachment 18.3.08". Source for field: Family as Child
Source for field: Family as Spouse
Source for field: Family as Spouse
2"Nick Heard". This GEDCOM is predominantly the work of Nick Heard, but it incorporates the collaborated work of many other family historians. You are welcome to use the information herein but please acknowledge the source. Every effort has been made to ensure the data is accurate, but any use you make of it is entirely at your own risk. (c) Nick Heard 2009
3"2nd Gedcom supplied by cousin Norina email attachment 18.3.08".
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