As you know, your gradfather on your mother's side was
____ Thayer, and that's all I know. I never saw him.
His wife, your grandmother's maiden name was
Lavina Swick. They were both Cannecks, came to Michigan
at an early day and settled close to Detroit in what was
afterward Wayne County. Your mother (Almyra) had uncles
and aunts and cousins enough in Canada, down on the Grande
River, to have started a good size state. The Swicks,
Lembergers, and lots of others whose names I've forgotten;
and none of them stopped short of from twelve to sixteen
and upward in a family. They used to come stringing
over the river to our place like quails around a wheat
stack. Good Lord, boy, if you ever go down on Grand River
in Canada and meet a man, call him cousin; tell him your
grandmother was a Swick, related to the Lembergers
(sounds Dutchy) and Thayers, and you will not lack for
Your grandfather Thayer's family consisted of seven sons
and three daughters, Ben, Jarvis, Cyrus, Peter, Nahum,
William, and Oliver, Almyra (your mother), Margaret and
Margaret married Theodore Evans, raised a family
of three girls, but who they married or where they went
to I don't know. But all of your mother's brothers and
sisters, except Peter, who went to Wisconsin, were in
Michigan. The last I knew of them, Lavina married Dar Fisk,
had one child and died years ago. Of the boys,
Ben, the oldest,
lived a Bachelor til nearly fifty then married a German
girl, that's all I know of Ben.
Jarvis married Jane McDonald
and raised a whole lot of kids. I remember Theron, Albert
and William. Jarvis died years ago. Cyrus and William both
went out to Kalamazoo, Michigan, married sisters I think,
but have forgotten the name. They both raised families
but I know nothing further. The last I knew of Peter he
was still a bachelor. Nahum married a girl by the name of
Louise Platner, had three children, two girls and one boy.
Albert was a policeman in Detroit some years ago
and was killed while an officer. Nahum died when Albert was quite
young. What became of the rest of them I don't know.
Oliver, the youngest of the family, when we came west
lived with your grandmother Thayer on the old home farm
where your mother was born and raised. Ben and Jarvis
also lived on the same farm. Ben and Oliver, (both single
then) and Grandma lived together, Jarvis in a house of
his own nearby.
This is about all I know about the two families.
Whether any of your uncles or aunt on your mother's side
are still living, I don't know.