Ellen Julia Arnold (1851-1927)

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Ellen Julia Arnold Sawyer
Ellen Arnold & Levi Aaron Sawyer
Born: 21 May 1851 Georgetown, Michigan
Died: 8 May 1927 Vanderbilt, Michigan
Father: Alvah Nicklson Arnold
Mother: Juliaette Vredenbergh
Siblings: Ellen Julia Arnold
Edward Arnold
Edna Arnold
Eugene Arnold
Effie Arnold
Elva Arnold
Spouse: Levi Aaron Sawyer
Married: 4 Jul 1869 Blendon Tp, Ottawa, Michigan
Children: Charles L. Sawyer
Byron Delos Sawyer
Clarence Edward Sawyer
Claude J. Sawyer
Ida Mae Sawyer
Jeanette R. Sawyer
Flora Ellen Sawyer
Ruth Violet Sawyer
Charlotte Rachel Sawyer
Harry Lee Sawyer


Otsego County Herald, May 12, 1927

Mrs. Ellen J. Arnold of Vanderbilt Died May 8; Heart Trouble

Mrs. Ellen Julia Arnold, one of the first pioneers of Vanderbilt, passed away May 8, 1927, after a short illness from heart trouble.

She was born in Blendon, Ottawa Co., Mich., May 21 in the year 1851.

She was married at the age of 18 years to Levi Sawyer. Five children were born to them there.

In the fall of 1879 they came to Vanderbilt, Mich. and homesteaded.

Six children were born here.

She survived her husband by seven years.

She leaves to mourn her loss six children, Byron D. Sawyer, Mrs. Ida Fleming, Mrs. Flora Smith, Mrs. Ruth Alexander, Harry Sawyer. Grandchildren and great grandchildren, Brothers and sisters, Mr. Edward Arnold of Lowell, Mich.; Mrs. Edna Hifering of Camden, N. Y.; Eugene Arnold of Atlanta, Mich.; Mrs. Effie Lyons of Holland City, Mich.; Mrs. Elva Ogden of Grand Junction, Colo.

Those present from out of town, were Mr. and Mrs. Erward Arnold, Mrs. Effie Lyons, Eugene Arnold, Mrs. Francis Heaney and sons, of Grand Rapids formerly, Miss Edna Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Sawyer of Engadine, Mich., Mrs. Jennie House of Bay City.

She was a kind loving mother, well known and respected by those who knew her.


  • Birth: see burial info.
  • 1870 Federal Census, Blendon, Ottawa, Michigan
Sawyer, Levi
, Ellen, 19, female, white, MI
  • 1880 Federal Census, Charlton, Otsego, Michigan
Sawyer, Levi
, Ellen, wife, married, female, white, 30, MI, Keeping House, NY, NY
  • Headstone Photo: Evergreen Hills Cemetery, Vanderbilt, Michigan, taken July 2009, by S. Robison. 
Evergreen Hills Cemetery
Levi Aaron Sawyer married Ellen Julia Arnold 4 July 1869 in Blendon Tp., Ottawa, MI
daughter of Alva Arnold and Juliaette Vredenbergh.
She was born 21 May 1851 in Georgetown Tp., Ottawa, MI and died May 1927 in Vanderbilt, Otsego, MI