Mary Wilhelmina <I>Dietz</I> Adsit

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Mary Wilhelmina Dietz Adsit

  • Birth 2 Apr 1834 Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
  • Death 24 Feb 1904 Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
  • Plot Plat 2, Lot 024, #04
  • Memorial ID 97216662

Abram Adsit was born on 8 February 1834 in New York, son of Benjamin Adsit and Deborah Frost. He was married in 1854 in Grand Traverse County to Mary Wilhelmina Dietz. Mary was born on 2 April 1834 in Berlin, Germany, daughter of Henry Dietz and Caroline Rusch.

In 1859 and 1860, Abram purchased several pieces of property in Manistee and Grand Traverse County.

On 16 June 1860, Abram and Mary lived in Traverse township with four children: Nelson, Arnold, Ada, and Ida. Abram worked as a laborer. The family owned $200 in real estate and $500 in personal property.

Abram served in Company M of the 10th Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War. He enlisted at Grand Rapids on 10 March 1864 as a Private. He was promoted to Corporal on 1 January 1865 and to Sergeant on 8 April 1865. He mustered out at Memphis, Tennessee on 2 October 1865. He arrived back in the Grand Traverse area in November 1865. In 1867, he was one of the men who petitioned for the creation of Blair township. Later that year he advertised for a: STRAY MARE Strayed or stolen from the subscriber in Traverse City, on or about the 16th of May last, a Bay Mare with a band face, nine years old, All of her feet are white. Whoever will return her or give information where she may be found shall be liberally rewarded. Abram Adsit, Traverse City, July 2, 1867. He had further bad luck with a horse in January 1868: HORSE KILLED- Mr. Perkins, of Long Lake, some time since, dug a well on his premises, and failing to get water, partially filled and covered same. On Saturday last Mr. A. Adsit rode on horseback directly over the well. The horse fell in and was killed. Mr. Adsit fortunately escaped without injury.

On 16 July 1870, Abram and Mary lived in Blair township with their four children- William, Arnold, Ada, and Ida. The family owned $4,000 in real estate and $500 in personal property. Abram worked as a farmer while Mary kept house.

Abram applied for a invalid pension for his Civil War service in June 1879.

On 18 June 1880, the couple and their children Nelson and Earl lived in Traverse village. Abram worked as a filer in a sawmill while Nelson was a lumber clerk and Earl attended school.

Abram received a patent for an insertible saw tooth on 12 May 1885.

Abram died on 29 March 1891. After his death, Mary applied for a widow's pension in June 1891.

On 8 June 1900, a widowed Mary lived with her daughter Ada, Ada's husband Elwyn Pope, and that couple's daughter Ethel in Traverse City.

Mary died on 25 February 1904 in Traverse City from senility.

Abram and Mary are buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

Abram and Mary (Dietz) Adsit were the parents of five known children:

i. NELSON WILLIAM ADSIT was born circa 1855 in Michigan.
ii. ARNOLD ADSIT was born in January 1856 in Michigan.
iii. ADA M. ADSIT was born circa 1857 in Michigan.
iv. IDA ELLA ADSIT was born in March 1858 in Michigan.
v. GEORGE EARL ADSIT was born on 19 October 1870 in Blair township.

Benjamin J. Adsit was born circa 1823 in New York, son of Benjamin Adsit and Deborah Frost. Benjamin served in Company A of the 91st New York Infantry. He enlisted in Albany, New York as a Private on 18 September 1861 and was discharged on 10 April 1862.
He was married on 19 October 1865 in Grand Traverse County to Ellen McGee. Ellen was born on 11 May 1831 in Ireland, daughter of Frank McGee and Bridget Flynn.
On 26 August 1870, the couple and their children Katy and Archibald lived in Traverse City.

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APR. 2, 1834
FEB. 25, 1904





  • Created by: Homer Thiel
  • Added: 16 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97216662
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Wilhelmina Dietz Adsit (2 Apr 1834–24 Feb 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97216662, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Homer Thiel (contributor 47256296) .