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Posted: 1180413696000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1223990407000
Surnames: Rathburn, Baker, Cole, Fox, Van Valkenburg, Bates, Kelsey, Seamon, Rideour
Rufus C. Rathborn was born April 14, 1812 and died Jan. 26 1862. He married Sally Baker on Oct. 12, 1837. Sally was born Oct. 2, 1821 and died May 24, 1852.

His lifelong place of residence was Burns twp., Shiawasee Co., Mich.

Rufus Rathburn
Celia Rahtburn (Fox)
Sarah Rathburn (Cole)
Elsie Amanda Rathburn (Van Valkenburg, Bates)

Celia Rathburn Fox's children:
Dr. Robert Fox (wife Mary

Other names - Orreon Kelsey, Cecil Seamon and Gertrude Seamon Rideour.

I am looking for someone researching this family. I have no other info but this and need to find a family member.


Posted: 1180724250000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1223990676000
Surnames: RATHBURN, RATHBUN, Lowry, Coats, Petteys, Warfle, Foster, Powers, Baker, Fox
I am compiling a book on Shiawassee Co. Pioneers, and have this so far on your family.

RATHBUN/RATHBONE, DANIEL born 11 Apr. 1754, Stonington, New London Co., CT, married IN Pittsfield, MA to LUCY (COGSWELL) b. ca. 1757, Pittsfield, Berkshire Co., MA. Among their children: DYER W. b. 25 Oct. 1777, Berkshire, MA (following). Daniel died 30 Mar. 1806, Sempronius, Cayuga Co., NY and Lucy died ca. 1791, Rutland, VT.
Note: The complete RATHBONE family history may be obtained on the internet on

RATHBUN, DYER W., son of DANIEL (preceding), married on 31 Jan. 1808, Marcellus, Onondaga Co., NY to MARY (LOWRY) born 12 Aug. 1788, Lysander, NY. Dyer died 5 Oct. 1857, Cohoctah, Livingston Co., MI and Mary died there 24 Mar. 1870. Dyer with his wife and 7 children arrived in 1835, and settled in Burns Twp., Shiawassee Co., MI. Known children, JOHN P. b. 15 Dec. 1809, Marcellus, NY (following); RUFUS C. 14 Apr. 1812, Marcellus, Onondaga Co., NY (following); ANN(A) b. ca. 1830, NY (m. 8 Jan. 1851, Shiawassee Co., William W. Coats, went to Cohoctah, MI). Also probably a daughter, MARY b. ca. 1825, NY (m. 24 Apr. 1842, Shiawassee Co., Noah D. Petteys, went to Van Buren Twp., Wayne Co., MI). In the 1850 census of Burns Twp., Dyer and Mary had only Ann(a), age 20,with them. See HANNAH (following). Widow, MARY, was in the 1860 census of Cohoctah, Livingston Co., MI with (daughter?) Hannah Warfle, age 41, b. NY, and Martha E. Warfle, age 1, b. Mich., in the household. Next door was daughter, Anna, with her husband, William Coats.

RATHBUN, JOHN P., son of DYER W. (preceding), married first on 1 Jan. 1833, Marcellus, NY to DELILAH (FOSTER), born ca. 1811. Known children, MARTIN b. ca. 1834, NY (following); MARY E. b. 1841 (d. 1843, Cohoctah, Livingston Co., MI). John P. married on 1 May 1843, Shiawassee Co., MI, to Mrs. LUCY POWERS, born ca. 1806, Massachusetts. John P. and Lucy were in the 1860 census of Burns Twp., Shiawassee Co. with DEXTER, age 15; LUCIUS E., age 13, both b. Mich., with them. Next door was MARTIN and family. Source: Marriage Index: Mich. & Wisc. 1830-1900.

RATHBUN, MARTIN, son of JOHN P. (preceding), was in the 1850 census of Shiawassee Twp., Shiawassee Co. in household of his uncle, RUFUS C. In the 1860 census of Burns Twp., Shiawassee Co., he had wife, CAROLINE, born ca. 1838, NY, and had GEORGE B., age 3/12, b. Mich., with them. He was next door to JOHN P. (called “MARK”).

RATHBUN, RUFUS C., son of DYER W. (preceding), was in the 1840 Census of Burns Twp., Shiawassee Co., MI. He married 12 Oct. 1837 to, SARAH “SALLY” (BAKER), born ca. 1822, Pennsylvania, daughter of Hosea and Sally. Known daughter, LUCY MARIA b. 15 Feb. 1839 They were in the 1850 census of Shiawassee Twp. with ELSIE AMANDA b. 18 Apr. 1843; CELIA A. b. 18 Oct. 1846 (m. Robert Fox); SALLY A. age 3/12, and listed last, nephew, MARTIN, age 16, all b. Mich. Rufus and a wife, ANGELINE, born ca. 1812, NY, were in the 1860 census of Shiawassee Twp. with ERVILLA, age 15; CELIA, age 12; ANN, age 10; SALLY AMELIA, age 9 (m. Wm. Cole, 16 Apr. 1870); RUFUS b. 20 May 1852 (went to Monroe, W. VA), in the household. Rufus C. died 26 Jan. 1862.


Posted: 1223924968000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1223990803000
Surnames: Rathburn, Ban Balkenburg, Bates
Hi I was so glad to see your message on rootsweb, because I have 100 year old pictures of the very people you mentioned. Elise Amanda Rathburn (daughter of Rufus, grand daughter of Dyer) Van Valkenburg Bates (Grandma Bates was my grandmother's granmother.
Please call me at 615-385-1551


Posted: 1223927940000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1223990730000
Surnames: Rathburn, Van Valkenburg, Bates
I am a descendant of Rufus Rathburn through his daughter Elsie Van Valkenburg Bates. but my information has his grandfather as Valentine Rathburn not Daniel information from the Rathborn Gen. by John Cooly at the Mich. State Library. Do you have any information on George Van Valkenburg. I have a copy of his diary describing his trip in 1853 to the Calif. gold rush. Do you have one? Paul Amstutz 615-385-1551 please call.The history of Shiaw. co. pg 198-199 tells about the rathburns when they first settled there.


Posted: 1223931910000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1223990754000
Surnames: Rathburn
I also have pictures of the Rathburn family that I wanted to return to the family, but have not been able to locate them after a year or so. I could send them to you if you are interested. Paul 615-385-1551


Posted: 1353257668000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1353330395000
Surnames: Rathbun, Hunt
Hi Helen,
I just found this posting. Am I too late to contribute information to your book? I am a descendant of Diar Rathbun, John P. Rathbun, Martin Rathbun, Jennie Rathbun Hunt. I have a short history written by Martin Rathbun in 1917 about Diar Rathbun and his children moving to MI. I also have a copy of the family bible pages giving dates of birth, marriage and death.
Judy Hunt Clapp
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