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 Russell Lewis Warner

Russell Lewis Warner

Williamston, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Death 26 Sep 1980 (aged 68)
Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Burial Okemos, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Plot East side
Memorial ID 37106315 · View Source
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Russell-10 Lewis was the son of John-9 Calvin Warner and his wife, Minnie [May] Edith Johnson, born in Wheatfield Township, Ingham, MI.

3 WARNER siblings: Roy Edwin, Fred Everett, [Self], and Irma Ione (Warner) Pollok, all born in the Wheatfield Twp., Ingham, Michigan area.

He spent the early part of his life working his father's farms full-time while completing his education. He graduated as Valedictorian from Williamston High School, Ingham, MI, and attended Michigan State College/University. He was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honorary society at that university. His studies were teaching and English, and he was captain on various debate teams.

He married Kathryn Elizabeth Crippen on 12/27/1938 after she finished her college education, also at Michigan State College/University in teaching studies and higher mathematics.

They lived in the Wheatfield Twp., Ingham, MI area until purchasing their own 120 acre farm at Leslie, Ingham, MI in 1942.

Russell continued with his orating skills and spoke at many a Granger meeting.

3 WARNER children (currently living, 2016): Jane C., Dale I., and Mary E. Warner.

Later the family moved to Eaton Rapids, Eaton, MI and purchased a 440 acre farm and lived there until their deaths.

Russell became active in genealogical research and earned his certification as GRS, as did his wife. He contributed substantial information pertaining to the many children of his forefathers in both Michigan and western New York state and beyond. He traveled, visited cemeteries, read the original, hand-written census reports, made copies of wills and photographed headstones.

Russell enjoyed collecting stamps and coins.

After his wife's death, he completed her work on the Mayflower Society's 5-generation project "Myles Standish" Vol. 14 publication as primary researcher and author. This scholarly, detailed and well-documented work is published in the hardcover "Silver" editions. His work resulted in numerous mentions in genealogical professional publications.

Russell and Kathryn's research collection resides at the State Library in Lansing, MI, where LDS and the Library made microfiches. It is said that there are a total of at least 30 boxes of research done by them at the State Library, which includes family Bibles, old photo albums, and more. The microfiches can be seen at LDS Family Centers throughout the world, and at the State Library in Lansing, MI.

Through reading and research, he discovered an oil painting of Andrew Warner, hanging in a public building. He requested a photograph from the museum and shared the finding with his Warner relatives in 1976 at the annual Warner reunion.

After thorough research, he wrote an article that was published in "The American Genealogist," (TAG) 50:4:240 (1974), "The Ancestry of Content (Standish) Crippen," pgs. 240-244.

He found that David-5 C. Warner, Sr., had fought in the Revolutionary War, as had David's father, Jesse-4 Warner Sr.; also, that Joseph-2 Croninger was a Revolutionary War soldier.

He was pleased to discover that he was a fifth cousin three times removed to President Abraham Lincoln, and a first cousin seven times removed to Governor Oliver Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
From "The Mayflower Quarterly", 11/1988, Vol. 54, No. 4, pg. 313, pub. by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA:
"Russell Lewis Warner, formerly an active farmer of 440 acres in central Michigan, chose after his retirement a second career in the field of genealogical research. He dedicated is resources, time and energy to make the Five Generations Project for Myles Standish a reality. He secured certification as a genealogist and traveled throughout the eastern United States visiting relatives, Standish descendants, cemeteries, and record depositories for years collecting data about the first five generations of the Standish family in the United States. Born in 1912 in Michigan, he married Katheryn Elizabeth Crippen in 1938. She was a descendant of Edward Fuller and Myles Standish, and together Russell and Katheryn pursued a professional interest in ancestors and relatives. They had three children. Katheryn passed away in 1973, and Russell's death followed in 1979 (sic after having devoted all of his time as a widower to his research of the Standish family lineage. Our Society was very fortunate to have had such a dedicated researcher working for our Five Generations Project. His dream of Standish in print has finally become a reality."

1920 Ingham Co., MI:
SELF John C. Warner M 37y Michigan
WIFE Minnie E. Warner F 33y Michigan
SON Fred E. Warner M 14y Michigan
SON Roy E. Warner M 10y Michigan
-->SON Russell L. Warner M 7y Michigan
DAU Erma I. Warner F 3y6m Michigan

1930 Wheatfield Twp., Ingham, MI:
Head John C. Warner M 48 Michigan
Wife Minnie Warner F 44 Michigan
Son Roy Warner M 20 Michigan
Son Russell Warner M 18 Michigan
Daughter Irma Warner F 13 Michigan
Mother-in-law Ella A. Johnson F 69 NY

1940 Need.
WARNER Lineage: Russell-10 Lewis Warner, John-9 Calvin Warner, Calvin-8 Franklin "Frank" Warner, Charles-7 Calvin Warner, David-6 Calvin Warner Jr., David-5 Calvin Warner Sr., Jesse-4 Warner, Sr., Samuel-3 Warner Sr., Daniel-2 Warner Sr, Andrew-1 WARNER Sr., an Englishman who set sail with his wife and several children on the ship "Lyon" from Bristol, England on 8/23/1631 and landed 11/2/1631 at Nantasket, MA; and later completed the journey on 1/7/1632-33 to the newly established (1630) Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Research: Mary E. Warner, daughter of Russell Lewis Warner, 2011, 2015.

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Married December 27 1938

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