Earl family letters  1853-1896 (bulk 1855-1875)
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Members of the Earl family (based near Pembroke, New York) moved west in the mid-1800s. Stephen Van Rensselaer Earl (alternately spelled "Rensellar") settled in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Sanford Earl and his wife, Jane E. Layton, lived in Comstock, Michigan. David E. Earl, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, moved to Missouri after the Civil War and became a farmer.

Ann Adams was born in New York around 1837. She and her husband, John Adams, a carpenter, lived in Ovid and Allegan, Michigan, with their children, who included Charles and Evangeline.