Alonzo Havington Ennes and Olive Bird

    Alonzo Havington Ennes was born 17 Nov 1819 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York to William A. Ennes and Margaret Elizabeth Snell. He was the eldest child in the family with four younger sisters, Margrete Marie, Frances Jane, Priscilla, and Ellen and three younger brothers, William, Lorenzo, and Franklin. Alonzo married Olive Bird 19 Sep 1846 in Union County, Ohio. Olive was born 4 December 1827 probably in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio to James E. Bird and Mary "Polly" Bunker. She had three older brothers, Gorham, William, and a child that died young. She also had two younger brothers, Albert and James. Alonzo and Olive moved to Texas, Henry, Ohio, where they had success at farming. Olive died in childbirth 6 Jun 1869 in Texas, Henry, Ohio. Alonzo died 6 Jan 1879 in Texas, Henry, Ohio. Alonzo and Olive are buried at the Old Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio.

Alonzo and Olive had:

1. Ordella Ennes, born 21 Aug 1847 in Union County, Ohio, married David Bowker, died 17 Apr 1871 probably in Texas, Henry, Ohio, buried at the Old Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry Ohio.
2. Martha Jane Ennis, born 10 Aug 1849 in Union County, Ohio, married Alva Parks Brown 24 Oct 1870 in Texas, Henry, Ohio, divorced in 1881, died in 1910 in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.
3. Ellen Elizabeth Ennes, born 3 Apr 1853 in Union County, Ohio, married Charles H. Hanchett 25 Dec 1871 in Texas, Henry, Ohio, died 11 Dec 1905 in Texas, Henry, Ohio, buried in the Old Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio.
4. Emma Amanda Ennes, born 26 Feb 1859 in York, Union, Ohio, married Sheldon Lawrence Bellinger, died 13 Jul 1947.
5. Lincoln Garibaldi Ennes, born 26 Sep 1860 in Union County, Ohio, married Grace Crozier in 1865, became a doctor, died 11 Sep 1951 in Lakeland, Polk, Florida, buried in the Old Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio.
6. Sylvester Beecher Ennes, born 26 Jun 1863 in York, Union County, Ohio, married Margaret Rachel Hardy in Texas, Henry, Ohio, died 21 Jan 1953 in Tower, Cheboygan, Michigan, buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Tower, Cheboygan, Michigan.
7. Sarah Olive Ennes, born 11 Sep 1865 in Texas, Henry, Ohio, married Alfred Milton Miller, died 1940 probably in Washington, Henry, Ohio, buried at the Old Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio.
8. A baby who was born and died with its mother 6 Jun 1869 in Texas, Henry, Ohio.

Alonzo Ennis
Olive Bird
Gravestones of Olive (left) and Alonzo (right) Ennis, Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio
        (Color differences in the stones are due to the fact that Alonzo's stone had just been lifted from the mud, where it had been found.
        Picture taken by Darryl W. Boyd, 2000.)

1. Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About the Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.
2. Censuses: 1850, 1860, and 1870, York, Union, Ohio; and 1880, Henry County, Ohio (for the Alva and Martha Brown family).
3. History of Union Co., Ohio, Volume I, written in 1883.
4. Gravestone inscriptions for Alonzo and Olive Ennes, Ordillia Bowker, Charles and Ellen Hanchett, Lincoln and Grace Ennes, and Alfred and Sarah Miller, Texas, Henry, Ohio.
5. Probate of William A. Ennes, 29 May 1882, Logan County, Ohio.
6. Biographies of Emma Amanda Ennes, by Larry Joe Feller and Ethel Bellinger Bargar.
7. Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book 2, p. 153 (Alonzo H. Ennis and Olive Bird).

Excerpts from A Bit About the Ennes,
by Calvin Ennes [1], Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.


    Alonzo Havington Ennes, eldest son of William and Margaret Snell Ennes was born at Schenectady, York State, November 17, 1819. In 1834 he moved with his parents to what later became York Center, York township, Union County, Ohio. Here at the age of sixteen, he taught school and helped his father clear land.
    On September 19, 1846, Alonzo H. Ennes married Olive Bird in Union County. Rev. D. Dudley performed the ceremony.
Olive Bird's parents came from York State in 1819, to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, near Cleveland. There they lived for several years. Then they moved to Logan County, Ohio, where on November 17, 1827, Olive was born. She was an only daughter in a large family of boys. In 1839, the Bird family moved from Logan County to a farm in Washington township in Union County, Ohio, about five miles southeast of Mount Victory. Here the family grew. Many Birds served, and two died as Union soldiers in the Civil War. One of Olive Bird's brothers, Gorham, became one of Union County's prominent citizens.
After their marriage, Alonzo and Olive Ennes lived in Union County until 1865. He taught school and farmed. Here they had the following children:
Ordella, born 8/21/1847
Martha Jane, born 8/10/1849
Ellen Elizabeth, born 4/3/1853
Amanda Enore, born 2/26/1859
Lincoln Garibaldi, born 9/26/1860
Sylvester Beecher, born 6/26/1863
    They then moved to Henry County in February 1865, where Sarah Olive Ennes was born September 11 of that year.
In the 1860's, Texas Henry County, Ohio was a thriving village with mills and factories. Texas was located on the Miami and Erie Canal which ran from Toledo to Cincinnati. It was about 25 miles up the Maumee River from Toledo. Here on April 14,1865, Alonzo Havington Ennes and wife Olive purchased 204 acres for $7000.00 cash from Buel G. Fish and his wife Eliza according to the records in the office of register of deeds, in volume 11, page 309, at Napoleon, Ohio.
    On this property in Washington township, north of the Canal and bordering Texas on the east, Alonzo and his wife Olive lived and died. Olive Ennes and her baby died here in childbirth on the sixth of June, 1869, at age of 41. It is said that her death inspired her son, Lincoln, who was only 9 at the time to become a doctor for there were no doctors available at his mother's death. As a result, Lincoln graduated from two of America's medical schools, Michigan and Long Island College of Medicine.
    Alonzo Havington Ennes died Jan. 6, 1879. On New Years Day that year while butchering hogs, he cut his hand and blood poisoning set in. Doctor Hag was out of town. His son Lincoln was in medical school and no other doctors were available.
In his teens, Alonzo became an Advent, a faith which he and several of his children followed all their lives. Alonzo was liberal in his belief. He not only kept the Sabbath Day holy, but he kept Sundays holy also. He would not do anything nor permit any members of his household to do anything on Sunday that would disturb people of other faiths. There was no Advent Church at Texas. His daughter Sarah tells how they used to worship.
    On Saturdays in the afternoon, Alonzo Ennes gathered his family in front of the fireplace in the big dining room. There, by the fireplace light, if it were cold, or by candle light if it were warm, (Alonzo never had a lamp in the house) he would read from the Old Ennes Bible, which had been handed down from generation to generation since the three sons left the Erne River Valley in Ireland nearly 200 hundred years before. After reading a passage from the Bible, they had a short prayer after which, if the weather was nice he took the children in the woods. Although there were no newspapers, Alonzo read many books, all by candlelight. He made the woods and outdoors interesting to his children by his nature stories. One of the books owned and read by him was "The Life of Abraham Lincoln" of whom he was an ardent admirer. The book, published before Lincoln's death is now in the possession of Mrs. Mary Wilkins, one of his grandchildren.
    When the Community Church was built at Texas, Sarah Ennes stated that Alonzo Ennes was instrumental in getting the church finished by giving a large contribution towards its completion. Although always an Advent by faith, he wanted other churches to thrive. Alonzo Ennes was an ardent worker. It is said that during the busy season, he never took the harnesses off of the horses that worked his large farms. He had his children work in the fields too, with him. At mealtime he usually sent Sarah and the younger children to the house to get meals ready while he and the older children remained in the fields, for their mother was dead.


    The Alonzo Ennes farms at Texas had rich soil. The valleys along the streams running through them were heavily forested with large black walnut, shagbark hickory and sycamore trees. These woods were a squirrel-hunters paradise because of the many nuts.
    The large barn on the Alonzo Ennes Farm was about eight rods north from the Canal. Between the barn and the house was a large garden and an orchard of apple, peach and quince trees. The large farmhouse had a large basement. South of the house next to the garden, was a large granary. Next to the granary was a horse-powered treadmill used to run a large fanning mill next to the granary.
    In those days the grain was cut by scythe or cradles, bound into sheaves, hauled in, then stacked near the fanning mill. There the grain was thrown on hard ground and trampled by a team of horses going round and round in a circle. It was then flailed with heavy sticks tied together with raw hides. Then the chaff and grain was thrown into the horse-powered fanning mill which blew the chaff and the straw from the grain. The grain was stored in the large granary until it was hauled to the gristmill which was located at the Canal Lock at Texas. There it was ground into flour and feed. The gristmill burned about 1894.
    Those were busy days for the girls on the Old Ennes Farm. They not only did the housework and work in the fields but they made the hundreds of tallow candles needed for lighting the home, and also those used in the many square-tinned lanterns used in the barns and stables. The girls also made the lard and the apple butter over an open fire in a large iron kettle outdoors. In fact, they made nearly everything except the shoes they wore on their feet.
    Over the years, Alonzo bought many farms so the Alonzo Ennes Farm at Texas, Ohio was originally composed of many smaller places with buildings on each of them. These farms were located north of the Canal on the east side of Texas.
After Alonzo's death in 1879, each of his children, with the exception of Lincoln, who had been given money for his medical education, was given a portion of his holdings.
    Ordella, his eldest daughter, who married David Bowker, died in 1871.
    Martha Brown, with her large family inherited the Alonzo Ennes home, buildings and land where she and the Ennes family had lived.
    Ellen Hanchett received and lived on the Ennes farm between Martha's and the village of Texas.
    Amanda Bellinger was given the farm east and north of the Paddy McGrain Place. The Bellingers sold their property and moved to Findlay, Ohio when the oil boom hit there.
    Lincoln Garibaldi Ennes was given money for his medical education in lieu of a farm.
    Sylvester Beecher Ennes inherited the place between the Old Ennes Farm and Sarah Olive Miller farm which east of Paddy McGrain Place. Sylvester lived on this Ennes place during 1890-1893, then moved to the Ennes farm east of the Old Ennes farm bordering Miami and Erie Canal's Wide water on the north. There, he and his family lived until 1896 when he sold it and moved to Au Gres, Michigan."

Gravestone Inscriptions, Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio

Olive B. Ennes, Died June 6, 1869, Aged 41 Yrs. 6 Ms. & 2 Ds.
Alonzo H. Ennes, Died Jan. 6, 1879, Aged 59 Yrs. 1 Mo. & 19 Ds.
Asleep in Jesus soon to rise
When the last trump shall rend the skies
Then burst the fetters of the tomb
To wake to full immortal bloom.


[1] Calvin was Alonzo and Olive's grandson, through their son, Sylvester Beecher.

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