Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County, Michigan



Johnathan S. Fillmore (1846-1907) and his wives Emma H. Connor (1853-1872) and Cora Cowen (1853-19??)

Johnathan S(chanck?) Fillmore was born on 9 September 1846 in Steuben County, New York, son of Ebenezer Fillmore and Harriet Bessey. He married first Emma H Connor. Emma was born on 9 December 1853 in New York, the daughter of James and Cecelia Connor. She died 17 October 1872 from dysentary in Long Lake twp and is buried in Linwood Cemetery. The Grand Traverse Herald noted on 31 October 1872 (page 3): FILLMORE- At Long Lake, Oct. 17, 1872 of dysentary, Emma H., wife of J. S. Fillmore, and only daughter of James L. and Cecelia B. Connor, aged 18 years, 10 months and 8 days. She leaves an infant daughter and a large circle of mourning friends.

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Emma Connor Fillmore's tombstone in Linwood Cemetery, Grand Traverse Co.

Johnathan was married by Addison White, Justice of the Peace, on 10 October 1875 in Benzie County, Michigan to Cora Cowen. Cora was born in September 1853 in Massachusetts. Witnesses to the marriage were W.W. Weller and Abigail White.

Johnathan received a land patent for 40 acres in section 18 of Long Lake twp on 15 May 1876. Johnathon and Cora moved to Saint Croix, Emerald Town, Minnesota by 1880. In 1900 their family was living in Barron County, Wisconsin. Jonathan was working as a bridge carpenter, had been unemployed for three months that year, and owned his house. Johnathon died on 11 April 1905 in Barron County, Wisconsin. Cora was still alive in 1920, living alone and working as a dressmaker.


i. Hattie E (C?) Fillmore was born 23 July 1872 in Long Lake twp. She apparently lived with her grandparents after the death of her mother. Hattie attended school in Long Lake in 1880 and 1881. Hattie may have married a man with the last name of Moses.

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Hattie Fillmore Moses, possible daughter of Johnathan Fillmore

ii. Fred Clifton Fillmore was born in March 1877 in Wisconsin.

iii. Raymond Fillmore was born in April 1883 in Wisconsin.

iv. Eva Fillmore was born in December 1891 in Wisconsin.

 Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County