Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book, 1846-1885

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, March 2013

Summary Information
Title: Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book
Creator: Lake Charter Township (Berrien County, Mich.)
Inclusive dates: 1846-1885
Extent: 1 volume
The Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book contains descriptions of marks used by the township's farmers to identify their livestock.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:


Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The township clerks of Lake Township in Berrien County, Michigan, recorded descriptions of the marks that local farmers used to identify their livestock in the mid- to late 19th century.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book has 17 pages of descriptions of marks that farmers in Lake Township used to identify their livestock. The entries are dated April 10, 1846-October 2, 1880, and describe cuts made to animals' ears. The township clerks who recorded the descriptions were Comfort Pennell, Ebenezer P. Morley, Joel W. Blakeman, Henry Lemon, John H. Nixon, R. L. Dudley, H. W. Hawley, Milton J. Morley, Solomon Maudlin, John Loop, Marshall C. Travor, Oliver P. Miller, William Williams, and Wesley W. Beattie. The final page has a note about stray sheep who wandered onto W. H. Whipple's farm on December 14, 1885. The volume has the bookplate of Louis P. Neck and a brief note about Oliver P. Miller.

Subject Terms

    • Lake Charter Township (Berrien County, Mich.)
    • Livestock brands.
    • Beattie, Wesley W.
    • Blakeman, Joel W.
    • Dudley, R. L.
    • Hawley, H. W.
    • Lemon, Henry.
    • Loop, John.
    • Maudlin, Solomon.
    • Miller, Oliver P., 1832-1919.
    • Morley, Ebenezer P.
    • Morley, Milton J.
    • Nixon, John H.
    • Pennell, Comfort.
    • Travor, Marshall C.
    • Whipple, W. H.
    • Williams, William.
    Genre Terms:
    • Registers (lists)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Lake Township (Mich.) Stray Book,  April 10, 1846-December 14, 1885 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Oliver P. Miller Account and Copy Book pertains to Oliver P. Miller and to legal cases in Lake Township, Michigan, in the early 1870s.


    History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan. With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: D.W. Ensign & Co., 1880.