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James Washington Larkins

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Carroll County, OH, USA
Death: 1898 (71)
Brady, Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan
Place of Burial: Brady, Saginaw, MIchigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Calvin Larkins and Sarah Larkins
Husband of Catherine Robinault Larkins
Father of William Calvin Larkins; Ida Jane Woodruff; James Edward Larkins; Mary Catherine Harris; Ida Woodruff and 5 others
Brother of John W. W. Larkins; Catherine Anne Taylor; Dissiah Taylor; Samuel Larkins; Seth Larkins and 8 others

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About James Washington Larkins

Photo of James Washington Larkins family in Michigan The James Washington Larkins Family at their home on Ridge Road just west of the cemetery.

This home burned down in the 1940s.

James Washington Larkins from Findlay, Ohio was born 1824 married Catherine Robinalt and moved to Brady Township, Saginaw County, Michigan where they had a large family.

 Majel Larkins, grandaughter of James W. and Catherine Larkins.   she is in a August 27,1936 family reunion photo on the freepages link below. (Smith photo, Findlay, Ohio)  Other sir names:  Rumsey, Woodruff, Clark, Harris, Hammond, Hoover, Hill, Walters, Stevens.


Larkins Family History continued by

             Virgil (Dolly) Boyd Strickland, Winter 1980-1981

James Washington Larkins was born January 31, 1826 in Carroll County, Ohio and died in 1898 on the farm on Ridge Road near Oakley, Michigan. He was the third child of Thomas C. and Sarah B. Larkins. He had a fair education, a great scholar in arithmetic, often ahead of his teachers. He left home at an early age to learn a trade and become a carpenter. Many of the houses and barns around Ottawa, Ohio were built by him. His father died and he took care of his mother and the younger children.

On March 22, 1855 he married Catherine Robinault/Robinalt born 29 April 1834 and died 18 March 1918, of Seneca County, Ohio. This is where they lived when the war of the great rebellion (Civil War) broke out. They lived in Ottawa, Ohio. He became one of the finest workmen in the country and was a great man.

James W. and Catherine Larkins had nine children, two boys and seven girls and all lived to manhood and womanhood. Part of these children were born in Ohio and the rest were born in Michigan. Coming to Michigan they settled on a farm on the Ridge Road about seven miles west of Oakley in Saginaw County. Here they owned a big farm with land on both sides of the road. The family lived in a big two-story home. There were big barns and lots of other buildings and a beautiful fruit orchard on the land across the road. A cemetery was started on one edge of this land to the east of the barns and it is in this cemetery that James C. and Catherine Larkins are both buried as well as their children, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, even to great-great grandchildren. The cemetery is now a county cemetery. Larkins Family Photo Their children were:

1. William Calvin Larkins, born 1 April 1856, in Ottawa, Seneca County, Ohio. He married 1st Emma Laura Ohler 17 Dec 1879 in Putnam County, Ohio. They had a son James Larkins and a daughter, name unknown. He had one son that died young, perhaps James. There may have been other children. William lived near Oakley at one time but later moved away. He died in 1931.

This from Elaine Rumler of Viola, Illinois, 1995: William Calvin Larkins owned a farm in Ashley, Michigan. Later he bought a farm sight unseen and moved his family to Farwell, Michigan, so the majority of his descendants live up there. My mom's dad, Ray Calvin Larkins, died in a train accident in 1928 when she was two years old. Her mother (from Iowa) brought them all back to Iowa and that's where we all are.

William Calvin's 2nd wife was Martha Maria DeForest (Married 9 July 1891). Martha was born 14 March 1863 in Port Huron, Michigan and died 9 Oct 1943 in Farwell, Michigan. They had children: 1. Ray Calvin Larkins born 22 April 1892 in Saginaw County, Michigan and died 11 April 1928 in Muskegon, MI. Ray married Beatrice Margret Gibson born 7 Feb 1900 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa on 6 Aug 1918. Beatrice died 29 March 1956, Davenport, Iowa. 2. Pearl Melissa Larkins born 3 Oct 1895 in Ashley, MI died 25 Aug 1949 in Farwell, Michigan, m. John Edwin Hall. 3. Viva Beatrice Larkins born 27 Jan 1989 in Ashley, Michigan died 8 March 1981 in Elsie, Michigan, married Marion Hayward 6 Nov 1917 in Clare, Michigan. 4. Loretta Ester (Retty) Larkins born 16 Sept 1899 and died 11 Aug 1975 in Farwell, Michigan, married Randle Dee Shaw 5. Mary Catherine Elizabeth Larkins born 5 Sept 1902 in Gratiot County, Michigan died 27 March 1945 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. 6. Ida Jane Larkins born 30 Aug 1906 in Farwell, Michigan, married 1st. Robert Howell about 1926. She married 2nd 12 July 1941, John Bauer born 7 Jan 1891 died 20 Sept 1979 in Farwell, Michigan.

Note: Per Aunt Ida Larkins Bauer, youngest daughter of William C. Larkins: William C. and Martha Maria Larkins had a big beautiful farm in Ashley, Michigan. William sold it and bought a farm in Farwell, Michigan evidently sight unseen because he believed it had a house on it. When they got there, there was no house on the farm and Martha sat down and cried. They had to move into a farm house off the farm where Ida was born. They later built a house with lumber from an old saw mill. All of William and Martha's other children were born in Ashley, Michigan. William came to Farwell in Clare County, Michigan in 1906. He was good in math like his father. He had asthma and coughed from the hay when he milked the cows. William's marriage to Maria is recorded in Saginaw County Court House in Saginaw, Michigan (book I, Page 181, record #2698. Licence date July 8, 1891. He was age 35, residing in Oakley, Michigan, born in Ohio. Maria was 28, residing in Oakley and born in Saginaw County, Michigan. William was a teamster by trade and she listed no occupation. He spelled his mother Catherine's name Robinault. Witness to marriage was Isaac and Ella Larkins. The following information furnished by Ida Larkins Bauer to Lynnwood Shaw: William was born April Fool's Day in 1856 near Sidney, Ohio. The Larkins were small farmers, supplying their livelyhood from their farm. In 1891 Maria and William were married and settled in Ashley, MI. William began working for Elmer Fuller in Ithaca, dredging and laying tile. The farm and the surrounding area that they resided was on very low ground and drain fields were uncommon at this time. Thus, during the spring rains, water would seep into the house, forcing the family to seek refuge upstairs. This eventually led William to trade the farm in Ashley for one in Grant Township, Clare County, sight unseen. Unfortunately, upon arriving to their new home, they found the farm but no house. William continued to work for Elmer Fuller, coming to see his family when transportation afforded. Their youngest daughter Ida, was delivered by Dr. Lamb in Grant Township. William found work close to home with the county, surfacing the road with his team of horses. Meanwhile, Martha Maria stayed on the farm, selling eggs and cream to the local merchants. Contact Elaine Rumler at clogginattitude2003 "at" yahoo.com 1900 Michigan, Gratiot, Elba Twp

William C. Larkins Apr 1857 OH OH OH farmer Martha M Mar 1863 MI PA CAN married 10 yrs, 7 births, 6 living Ray C Apr 1892 MI Pearly M Oct 1895 MI Viva B Jun 1898 Loretta E Sept 1899 Carrie Phy Jul 1883 stepdaughter MI MI MI Laurie Phy Feb 1886 MI MI MI stepdaughter

1910 Michigan, Clare, Grant Twp William C. Larkins 54 farmer Martha 47 married 18 yrs, 9 births, 8 living Pearly 15 Viva 12 Retta 11 Mary 8 Ida 3 (all birth info is the same) John Brand, 46, nephew, retired, 2. Mary Catherine Larkins born 18 Sept 1857in Ottawa, Ohio and died 17 May 1928 in Brady Twp, Saginaw County, Michigan was the oldest daughter of James W. and Catherine Larkins. She married Alexander Rudolphous Harris (born in 1835) on 26 November 1881. Alexander was a widower with eight living children, some already married. Mary became their beloved stepmother and more like a sister to some of them. They moved to a farm in Brady Township near Brady Center. Mary often taught in the Brady School and raised three of her grand children and well as eight of her own children and eight step-children. Alexander died 25 Feb 1911. Mary never married again and died in 1928..

Nettie Harris married Wallace Boyd. They lived on a farm in the Adrian, Michigan area. Nettie and Wallace had four children: i. Frances Boyd married and had one son named Basil Boyd. Frances died young and Basil was raised by his grandmother. ii. Catherine Boyd was married and had one daughter named Charlene. Charlene died young. iii. Esther Boyd married a man named Sabo and it is believed they had two daughters. iv. Basil Boyd died as a teenager. Nettie married 2nd a man named Bird and they operated a hotel in Hudson, Michigan for years. Later Nettie moved to Toledo, Ohio where she spent the rest of her life.

Mary C. Harris born 19 January 1884 died 31 March 1972 (Good Friday) married George S. Boyd (no known relation to Wallace Boyd who married Nettie Harris) on 6 May 1906. George Boyd was a civil engineer and followed the oil wells for work chiefly in Texas and Louisiana. Later they returned to Michigan where they lived on the old Harris farm until they moved to Owosso, Michigan where George died 28 March 1946. Mary (Mamie as she was known) and George had six children: i. Virgil Irene Boyd born January 26, 1907 in Lima, Ohio (died January 28, 2001 in Elsie, Michigan.) She married Warren Strickland. ii. Mancell Lee Boyd born 18 Nov 1912 in Rodessa, Louisiana, died 11 Sept 1973 in Carson City, Michigan. He married Wava Hammond, 10 Dec 1936. iii. Alma Elnora Boyd born 26 July 1914 in Rodessa, Louisiana married Theodore Roosevelt Bates. iv. Dora Jasmine Boyd born 22 June 1917 and died 2 November 1921. v. George Sylvester Boyd Jr., born 10 Sept 1919 in Burkburnett, Texas married Esther Johnson in Rockford, Illinois. vi. Richard Case Boyd born 31 Aug 1921 in Burkburnett, Texas, married Helen I. Tribfelner, died June 12, 1965 in Canada while on a fishing trip. For more data on this family see: Boyd descendants

Alma Harris married William Reynolds. He was a Woodsman and an outdoorsman. They had three children. Alma died when the youngest baby, Mildred was three weeks old and the three children were raised by their grandmother, Mary C. Larkins Harris. Alma died and was buried in Supulpa, Oklahoma. William Reynolds the father of these children disappeared for many years, but was later known to be living in the state of Washington. i. Aldo Reynolds born 26 May 1906. Amy is his wife. They had two daughters, Muriel Reynolds Sicard and Ardis Reynolds Kingsbury. ii. Ella Reynolds married Willis Woolston. They had one son Kenneth Reynolds and one daughter Kathleen Woolston. iii. Mildred is married and lives somewhere near Benton Harbour, Michigan. She has a daughter. Bateson A. Harris born 17 April 1887 died Dec 18, 1964. He married Florence Bliss and had two daughters: Edna Harris who married Dick Sloat and Wilma Harris who married Aymour Shannon. They have one son Aymour Shannon Jr. Bateson and Florence lived in Carland, Michigan and Bateson was a car salesman. Later he went into the farm implement busines.

Dora Harris married Edwin Walker. She was born in 1888 and they spent all their married lives on a farm on West Peet Road in Brady Township, Saginaw County, Michigan. They had six children, five boys and a girl. Edwin Walker died in 1956 and Dora died in 1981 at the age of 92 in Dimondale, Michigan. Their children were: i. Basil Walker married Rosalie _____? ii. Lloyd Walker is married to Catherine____? iii. George Walker married Anne Konkus. They live near Haslett, Michigan. iv. Chauncy (Bud) Walker married Katie Konkus a sister of Anne Konkus. They live in a house that was property of his father's original farm around the corner on Steele Rd. v. Jessie Roancy Walker married Albert Osborne. Albert is deceased and Jessie lives in Midland, Michigan. vi. Edwin Walker Jr., was killed in a car accident when he was a teenager.

Hazel Harris married Leon Jeffery. They lived in Sommerset Center, Michigan where they farmed. Later they moved to Hudson, Michigan where they bought the hotel from her sister Nettie and Leon installed furnaces and did furnace repair. They had several children; Doris, Mary, Elizabeth, and Lyle all living near Hudson or New Hudson, Michigan.

Katherine Harris, the youngest girl married a widower by the name of Edward King. They were married in Burkburnett or Wichita Falls in Texas. They spent most of their lives in the oil fields of Texas and Oklahoma leading a very unsettled life. They had several children: James Edward, Robert, Herschel, Bateson, Imogene, and Doretta. Robert is deceased. The rest of this family now live in Northern California.

James Washington Larkins Harris was the youngest son. He married first, Minerva Hammond who died in Bay City, Michigan in 1962. James and Minerva had four children; Lloyd and Emery who lives in Flint, Michigan and Dora Harris Hartnell of Ashley, Illinois and Inez Harris Johnson of Saginaw, Michigan. James 2nd wife's name was Dora and they lived in Evart, Michigan at the time of his death.

Ariadene Harris, the ninth child died in infancy. See more Harris Descendants

3. Ida Jane Larkins born 16 Nov 1859 in Ottawa, Ohio and died 22 July 1926. She married Elliott Cester Woodruff (1857-1932) on 7 Sept 1882 in Putnam County, Ohio. They lived on a farm near Chapin, Michigan. They had several children among them were twin girls, two sons, Lewis and Clarence W. 1889-1930, daughters Ella, Ida, and Bessie Woodruff. Clarence married Catherine Herron and lived in Owosso, Michigan. They had two children, a daughter Lovica and a son James Woodruff. All deceased but Lovica who married Howard Edwards and still lives in Owosso and has two daughters. Lewis Woodruff was married to Dorothy and had two children a son and a daughter. Lewis was a bank teller at the Owosso Savings Bank in Owosso, Michigan. His widow Dorothy married a man named Pretty who lived out on Pretty Road near Kerby Corners, Owosso, MI. Ella May Woodruff born 7 May 1883 in Putnam Co., OH; died 27 May 1944 in Chapin Tp., Saginaw County, Michigan married 21 Aug 1902, Karl Reinhart Georg, born 7 Feb 1874 in Dillenburg-Niederosbach, Hesse, Germany; died 1950 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI. He was the son of Johannes Heinrich Georg and Wilhelmina Hess lived Chapin, Michigan and had several children among them, Ida, Carl, Floyd, Dale and Opal Fay George. Bessie Woodruff married Clayton Walter. Ida also married a Walter and had Cester, Ada, and Inez. No information on the twins.

George Web Site

4. Emmy Elizabeth (Emma) Larkins born 13 Aug 1861 in Ottawa, Ohio was first married to David Runyan on 20 Oct 1881 in Sheriton Twp, Clare County, Michigan and they had several children: Julia C. Runyan b. 1886, Wesley Runyan, Gertrude Runyan Green, and Grace Runyan LaBarr. Emma later married a man by the name of Cleary after the death of her first husband. They lived in Saginaw, Mich. See More on the Runyan Line

5. James Edward (Edd) Larkins born 1 July 1863 in Ottawa, Ohio and died 1946 in Oakley, Michigan. He married Ida M. Bashelier born 1865 in Indiana and died 1939. They settled on the farm that adjoined his parents to the south. This is where he lived his entire life and raised a family of two sons and three daughters. i. Roland Larkins (1889-1970) married Ivah Sutliff. They lived in the Oakley, Michigan area. They had at least sons, Rex R. Larkins born 10 Feb 1928 and died 8 Sept 1928. ii. Floyd R. Larkins (1888-1947) spent his entire life in the Oakley area. iii. William Larkins. iv. Lula Larkins married Jay Walter. They had one son Donald Walter. Lulu died a very young woman. v. Majel Larkins (1904-1971), never married. She spent her entire life on the home place and raised some of the Walter children. vi. Ina Bethel Larkins b. 8 Nov 1906 died 29 Nov 1909 fell into a tub of boiling water when a young child. Photo of Ina Bethel and Majel Larkins

WALTER, Don D. - Of Grand Blanc, formerly of Owosso, age 59, died Thursday, April 8, 2004 at Genesys Health Park. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 2004 at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd., Grand Blanc, Larry Walden officiating. Family will receive visitors from 12 noon until time of service on Saturday. Don was born December 13, 1944 in Flint, MI. He was a member of both the Burton Eagles and the Burton Moose lodges. He retired from General Motors Delphi in 2001 after 36 years of service. Surviving are: mother, Mary Cassle of Owosso; sister, Lucia Carol (Larry) Walden of San Antonio, TX; brother, Jim O. (Linda) Walter of Owosso; sister, Constance Mae George of Stafford, VA; brother, Robert C. (Karen) Kimmel of Perry, MI; sister, Janie (Wayne) Cantrell of Mancelona, MI; many nieces, nephews and friends; good friend, Chris Koschmider of Davison. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Walter, October 13, 1989.

6. Annetty (Nettie) Larkins born 15 April 1865 in Ottawa, Ohio and married J.S. Porter 22 Feb 1883in Putnam County, Ohio. They lived in Leipsic, Oh.

7. Doretty May (Doretta) (Dora) Larkins born 29 May 1870 in Ottawa, Ohio and died in April 1946. married 1st Ira Overpack (1860-1905). They lived on a farm in Brady Township and had the following children:

Alton R. Overpack (1889-1971) married Hazel E. _____? (1891-1954).

Percy Fay Overpack (13 May 1893-26 Oct 1957) married Lillian Sutliff (1894-1983) 25 Feb 1914 and had children, Alton F. Overpack (1916-1918) , Pauline Overpack (1919-1991) who married Lloyd H. Smith (1917-1995) and Alice Doretta Overpack, (ca. 1902-1904) she died after a fall from a relatives shoulders; according to the attending physician Alice suffered from a ruptured or seperated kidney.

Grace Lucille Overpack (24 Aug 1904-24 June 1977) married Carroll B. Shuster (19 April 1901-19 Sept 1958. Grace and Carroll had eight children---six still living; deceased are Alice Doretta (Doretta) and Marland. Arlin Shuster died in August of 2007. Dora was left a widow quite young and later married Peter Rice (1863-1929). They had at least one child, Delmer Rice, (1911-1921) who died of a ruptured appendix.

8. Grace (Gracy Codelice) Larkins born 27 July 1872 in Ottawa, Ohio and died 1 June 1923. She married George Albert Overpack (1868-1947) 14 Nov 1894 in Oakley, Michigan. Grace died when a young woman. They lived on a farm near Brady Center.

This from Diana Wilkes: Grace and George had three children, each of whom died at birth--they were each buried down the lane on the Overpack farm, then moved to the Ridge road cemetery when it opened. George married 2nd. Flora E. Grinemill (1872-1946). They had no children.

The above info has been researched by a cousin, Connie Cooper--she is the great granddaughter of Ira Overpack through Percy Overpack. (I am the great grand daughter of Ira through Grace Overpack Shuster). Diana Wilkes >dameagatha "at" hotmail.com< 9. Ella (Ellanora) Larkins b. Oct 29 1876 in Ottawa, Ohio and died in 1968 in Chesaning, Michigan. . She married Amos Glick (1870-1934) 9 Nov 1898 in Henderson, Saginaw County, Michigan. Amos and Ella had no children.


Notes: Spelling of first names and birth dates from of above numbers 1 thru 9 from Larkins Family Bible.

3rd annual Larkins reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eliott Cester Woodruff of Chapin, Michigan on Thursday, 26 August 1915. President: E. C. Woodruff, Vice President: J.E. Larkins, Sec'y Lula Walter, Treas: Grace Overpack

4th annual Larkins reunion was held at home of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward (Edd) Larkins, Oakley, Michigan Thursday 31 August 1916, Mrs. Bessie Walter, Sec.

5th annual Larkins reunion was held at home of Peter Rice, Oakley, Michigan, Thursday 30 August 1917, Mrs Mary Harris, Sec, Oakley, Mi.


Hi, I saw your website about the Larkins family. Do you have any additional information regarding James Larkins, son of James Larkins the REV. soldier, who married Rebecca Sharp?

It looks like Rebecca died before 1849 as I found James marrying again that year in Jefferson County, OH. I have located James in Jefferson county in 1850, and he is in Jackson County, WV in 1860 with wife Lydia and a large number of children. In 1870, it appears that James is across the river in Meigs County living with John and Martha Matthews. From her age, I believe Martha is his daughter. Problem is he just disappears after that census and I haven't been able to find his wife Lydia and the remainder of his children after 1860.

I'd appreciate any other information that you might have on James Larkins.

Thanks, Merry Anne Pierson tfsengnr at worldnet.att.net

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ronald Larkins, age 49, of Chapin Township, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 20, 2007, at his home. Mr. Larkins was a farmer.

The funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Misiuk Funeral Home of Chesaning, with Mr. Alex McClelland officiating. Burial will be at Ridge Road Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home will be Monday from 1 to 9 p.m.

Ronald was born Dec. 24, 1957, in Owosso.

Survivors include: daughter, Sonette Douglas; parents, Bill and Shirley (Meyers) Larkins of Oakley; brother, Stanley Larkins of Westphalia; sisters, Jacqueline (Bill) Crossley of Bannister, Jean Larkins of Elsie; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Shirley Smith.

He was predeceased by: his grandparents, Ivah and Roland Larkins and James and Viola Meyers. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~confido/larkins1.html

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James Washington Larkins's Timeline

January 31, 1826
Carroll County, OH, USA
April 1856
Age 30
November 16, 1859
Age 33
Age 71
Brady, Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan