Woolven Family Genealogy Forum
I am also interested in this family. I have evidence that Michael, Mahala and their children came to Macomb County, Michigan between 1850 and 1854. A fifth child, Erasmus, was born 17 July 1854 in Chesterfield Twp., Mi. I found a D.A.R. record of gravestone transcriptions taken in the 1930s that list Mahala Wolvin as being buried in Union Cemetery, Chesterfield in 1856. I've visited the cemetery and couldn't find a legible stone. I believe that, for a time, this cemetery was referred to as Crittenden Cemetery. There are many Crittendens there. The death certificate for Mahala and Michael's son, James, gives "Crittenden Cemetery" as his burial site. I couldn't find a stone for him either but will try to locate burial records if any exist.
My speculation is that, after the death of his wife, Michael was not able to care for his children on his own and so they were distributed among families in the area. Whether these families knew each other through some common NY connection, I don't know.
I found probate records that indicate that Michael remarried to a Margaret O Flynn in March 12 1862 and resumed custody of his youngest child, Erasmus. On August 22nd of that same year he enlisted in Company F, Michigan 22nd Infantry Regiment. He died of disease in Lexington, KY 15 November 1862. Civil War pension applications where filed for both Margaret and Erasmus. The second youngest son, George, is also mentioned in the pension records.
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