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JLongo (#48319091)
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I am a retired school teacher. I grew up in Medina back in the good old days when everyone knew everybody else. I have a passion for local history and heard all the stories, my whole life, of Medina in its heyday in the 1840's and 1850's.
As a young girl, I worked in the Medina store. Every morning at 10AM a group of old-timers would come in to drink coffee and tell stories about the antics going on in Medina when they were young... So many generations... So many good times... So many hard times. They would hang around about an hour and then go off to do whatever they did for the day. Then they would come back in the afternoon about 4PM to enjoy an afternoon refresher. I would listen to their stories and be filled with the pride and sense of community they had known and enjoyed.

I have tried to imagine those earlier times when there was a big old saloon, 3 blacksmith shops, grist mill, saw mill, a big two story hotel with rooms to rent,bar room,billiard room,barber shop, and big old livery barn, Medina Academy, Babtist and Methodist churches across from each other, Maccabee Hall, Babtist Ladies Hall where there were banquets and dances. Yes,and even a stage coachto Hudson and Morenci twice a day!
Well, I never could get my head around it. I only know that something important,great and wonderful has happened here in Medina. It is a hallowed place. Sadly,happened,and disappeared. There are shadows of our forgotten ancestors in this cemetery.
In driving through Medina this summer, I was stunned to see that there is barely a hint that Medina ever existed. Even the old brick Medina store is a pile of rubble.

Over and over, I am asked and I ask my self.............

"WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THOSE FAMILIES?...And..........***WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL OF THOSE BUILDINGS?"****There were over 95 buildings in Medina Village.

********WHAT HAPPENED,I WANT TO KNOW! **********

The headstones in Medina Village Cemetery have their stories. .There,in the cemetery, are the pioneers who cleared the land, the soldiers who fought the wars,the common people who breathed and lived their lives and raised their children.

Let me tell you who they really were. The research will take time, but, as I progress I will fill in some of the blanks. I want to be clear, I am not taking requests, that is not my mission. My mission is to leave flowers and photos for as many as I can. Be kind and patient with me, this is a labor of love.

Thank you. JLongo

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Margaret Rorick Beach
Medina, Michigan
I have read your profile. I am very, very interested in Medina too. I have ancestors in the cemetery. Some of my ancestors attended the academy that was there at one time. Our family farm was settled in 1845 and five generations of Rorick's lived there (Rorick, my maiden name). I have corresponded with Diane Mills as I see you have also. I would LOVE a copy of the map you mentioned. Some of the last names of my ancestors are Green, Rorick, Slater, Loman, Vail, Moore, Furman...those are the ones I can recall off hand. I believe the bricks came from Medina for my 3rd great grandparents house built on Seneca hwy. The house is still there. The land and house is no longer in the Rorick family. The bricks were hauled by oxen.
Anyway, I do look forward to your book.
Added by Margaret Rorick Beach on Oct 23, 2014 10:38 AM
Diane Mills
Hello, it is good to hear from you. I will write email when I get a chance.

Did you see these two Hamilton's at Medina Village,

105739832 Sarah Hamilton
105739833 Susannah Hamilton

They are wife and mother of Dr. Increase Hamilton who later lived in Tecumseh. His house is on the main street (US 12) and often on the home tours there.

I have walked by this obelisk many times, thinking it was one of the Hotchkiss family's stones. It is quite dirty with gray hazy stuff. But I was there some weeks ago when the sun was just right and I saw Susannah! So I knew it was the Hamiltons (I'd thought they were in a tree or flattened and broken somewhere)

Susannah (aka Lususannah) appears to be both daughter and wife of Revolutionary War Soldiers. FYI! Talk to you later.
Added by Diane Mills on Jul 07, 2014 12:11 PM
Diane Mills
Mamre Knapp
One more thing, I did have a maiden name for Mamre at Medina (Hotchkiss) which is something I added on my own and I should not have done this! I'm so sorry and I know I should never assume because we know what that does. . .

Added by Diane Mills on Feb 18, 2014 11:02 PM
Diane Mills
Knapps at Medina
When weather permits I will go to the cemetery to see what I can find. I think I looked for these stones previously and didn't see them, but I didn't make any note of it.
Added by Diane Mills on Feb 18, 2014 10:58 PM
Diane Mills
Lauren Knapp
Lauren Knapp Find A Grave memorial 105740050
I have attached his parents whose gravestones are photographed and posted to Find A Grave for Oakwood Cemetery, Adrian, Michigan.

Illustrated History and Biographical Record of Lenawee County by John I. Knapp and R. I Bonner,
page 441 (a free Google book)regarding John, husband of Mamre:

". . . 1870, when he became feeble in health, and went to Adrian to reside with his son, John I., where he died January 17, 1874. . ." It says Mamre died in Adrian July 27, 1877.

The Find A Grave memorial I set up for Mamre Knapp is for the Harriet Cole Bowen Gravestone Records entry on page 110--between the Main family and Lauren Knapp. It only says this: Knapp, Mamre.
Added by Diane Mills on Feb 18, 2014 10:52 PM
Diane Mills
Correction: I added all the old memorials that had not already been added by others--but there are no doubt more. . .
Added by Diane Mills on Feb 18, 2014 7:55 PM
Diane Mills
Medina Village, Michigan
It is very interesting to read the stories you have about Medina. I grew up north of there and used to beg my parents to take me to the Medina store. I was crushed to see it in rubble the past year.

Also, regarding Mr. Allen's ice house, I see on the 1874 plat map that his land is just to the southern shore of Bear Lake (which has been engulfed by the man-made Lake Hudson).

The farm where I grew up was just to the north of Covell Lake (just beyond Bear Lake).

I love Medina, and I added Find A Grave memorials for all the gravestone records recorded in the 1930s and 1940s by Harriet Cole Bowen for the DAR. Feel free to write back if you wish to chat.
Added by Diane Mills on Feb 18, 2014 7:52 PM

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