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PHOTOS - Christian & Sarah (SIMPSON) FRIEND & Descendants, Grand Rapids, MI
Posted by: Michael Cronk (ID *****9564) Date: September 16, 2006 at 12:03:09
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Christian P. FRIEND (1832-1909), and his wife, Sarah SIMPSON (1830-1919) are the heads of this family. They are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery on 28th St. near Kalamazoo Ave. They were pioneers of Kent County, arriving in 1853 or 1854.

As far as I can ascertain by the 1900 U.S. Census, Christian and Sarah Friend's children were born as follows:
1. Martin Friend was born June 1854 (In 1900, lived in Bay Twp., Charlevoix Co., MI)
2. Rosana, 1856-1858. Buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
3. Alice R. (Friend) Patterson was born 1857 and died 1880. She's buried in Oak Grove Cemetery and it says she was the wife of J.J. Patterson.
4. William Friend was born Feb. 1859 (In 1900, lived in Paris Twp., Kent Co., MI)
5. Frederick G. Friend was born Feb. 1862 (In 1900, lived in Albion, Calhoun Co., MI)
6. John, 1864-1866. Buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
7. Charles Friend was born Nov. 1867 (In 1900, lived in Belvidere, Montcalm Co., MI)
8. Byron J. Friend was born Jan. 1869 (In 1900, lived in Paris Twp., Kent Co., MI

In the 1870 U.S. Census, Paris Twp., Kent Co., MI, CHRISTIAN FRIEND, 38, Farmer, and his wife, SARAH FRIEND, 40, are listed with their 6 children: Martin,16; Alice R., 12; William, 8; Frederick, 6; Charles, 4 and Byron, 2. Martin was listed as being born in Canada, but Alice and the rest of the children were born in Michigan. Therefore, it would appear that Christian and Sarah came to Michigan between 1854-1858. Christian is listed as being born in Pennsylvania and Sarah is shown as being born in England.

Christian P. Friend was Paris Township Supervisor, 1876-1877 & 1880-1882.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Paris Twp., Kent Co., MI, CHRISTIAN P. FRIEND, 48, Farmer, and his wife, SARAH FRIEND, 49, are listed with their children, Martin S., 25; William H., 20; Fred G., 18; Charles, 13; Byron, 11; Alice R. PATTERSON (daughter), 22, and Carrie S. PATTERSON (grd-daughter), 1. Alice Patterson is listed as having Consumption.

In the 1900 U.S. Census, Paris Twp., Kent Co., MI, CHRISTIAN P. FRIEND, 68, Retired Farmer, and his wife, SARAH, 70, and their granddaughter, CARRIE PATTERSON, 21. Christian was born Jan. 1832 in Pennsylvania, of a German born father and a mother born in Pennsylvania. Sarah was born Mar. 1830 in England, of English parents. Christian and Sarah have been married for 44 years. Of 8 children born to Sarah, 5 were still living.

Christian and Sarah (SIMPSON) FRIEND are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in the former Paris Township (on 28th St. S.E. near Kalamazoo Ave. S.E. in Grand Rapids) with their two young children buried by their side. Their married daughter, Alice (Friend) Patterson, is buried to the left. To view the Oak Grove Cemetery listings, go to:


CHRISTIAN P. FRIEND - Christian P. Friend, aged 77 years, died yesterday morning at home, 527 Horton avenue. Funeral services will be held from the residence at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Interment will be in Oak [Grove] cemetery. --Grand Rapids Herald, Wed., Dec. 15, 1909, Pg. 7, Col. 4, Obit. 3

SARAH (SIMPSON) FRIEND - WOMEN PIONEERS, BOTH RESIDENTS OF KENT 66 YEARS, DIE. Two Pioneer residents, each of whom had lived in Kent county more than three score years, are dead. Each lived here 66 years. Mrs. C.P. Friend, mother of F.G. Friend, 267 Eastern avenue, S.E., died Monday morning at the residence of her son after having lived in this county 66 years. Mrs. Friend was married in 1853 and came to this county with her husband the same year, when they settled on a farm in Gaines township. A few years later they moved to East Paris where one son now resides. She moved to this city 21 years ago. Her husband has been dead nine years. Surviving are five sons, Martin of Petoskey; Will, East Paris; Fred, Grand Rapids; Charles, Six Lakes, and Byron of Saranac. Sixteen grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren also survive. --Grand Rapids Herald, Tues., Mar. 25, 1919, Pg. 3, Col. 5, Art. 2.


Fred G. Friend married Alice Nellist, daughter of William P. & Martha (Bowman) Nellist, c. 1886. Fred and Alice had the following four children:
1. Fred Donald Friend, birth & death dates unknown. Photograph of Fred taken in Hudson, Hillsdale Co., MI.
2. Sadie (Friend) Munn, born 18 July 1888 - died 17 Aug. 1975
3. Fay P. Friend, 29 Sept. 1893 - 7 Oct. 1964
4. William Keith Friend, born 20 Dec. 1902 - died 27 Jan. 2000

In the 1900 U.S. Census for Albion City, Calhoun Co, MI, Fred Friend, 38, Shoe Dealer, and his wife, Alice, 33, resided with their children, Sadie, 11, and Fay, 6. Fred was born Feb. 1862, Alice was born June 1866, Sadie was born July 1888 and Fay was born Sept. 1893. Fred and Alice had been married 14 years. Alice had 3 children, 2 of whom were still living. They were living at 317 East Porter.

In the 1910 U.S. Census for Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI, Frederick Friend, 45, a salesman for a Felting Co., and his wife, Alice, 43, were living with their children, Sadie, 21; Fay, 16 and Keith, 7. Mother-in-law, Martha Nellist, 73, was also living with them at 181 South East Street.


FRED G. FRIEND - Fred G. Friend, 86, former Ada High School principal and Grand Rapids building contractor, died Tuesday at his home, 267 Eastern Ave., SE. Surviving are his wife, Alice; a daughter, Mrs. Orson E. Munn; two sons, Fay and Keith, all of Grand Rapids; two brothers, Martin of Petoskey and Byron of Saranac; eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the Metcalf Chapel. Dr. William H. Helrigel of Trinity Methodist Church will officiate. Interment in Garfield Park Cemetery [Sec. 7, Lot 32, Grave 5]. --Found in the Grand Rapids Herald, Thurs., 29 Apr. 1948, pg. 17, Col. 1, Article 6 and Obituary 4.

FRIEND - Mrs. Alice E. Friend, aged 83, widow of Fred G. Friend, passed away Saturday noon at her home, 267 Eastern Ave., SE. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Orson E. Munn; two sons, Fay P. and W. Keith Friend, all of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Friend was taken to the Metcalf Mortuary where services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, with Rev. Maurice D. McKean officiating. Interment will be in Garfield Park Cemetery [Sec. 7, Lot 32, Grave 6]. -- Found in the Grand Rapids Herald, Sun., 4 Sept. 1949, pg. 11, Col. 4, Obit. 2



MUNN - Mrs. Sadie F. Munn, aged 87, wife of Orson E. Munn, passed away Sunday afternoon at the M.J. Clark Memorial Home. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Florence) Baines of Sparta and Mrs. Paul K. (Martha) Schneider of Cleveland; a brother, W. Keith Friend of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Munn was taken to the Metcalf Mortuary where the family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Funeral services will be in the Clark Memorial Home Chapel at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Lawrence R. Taylor of Trinity United Methodist Church officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Munn had the longest membership of anyone in Trinity United Methodist Church and the family suggests memorials to the Memorial Fund of the Church. Metcalf & Jonkhoff. -- Found in The Grand Rapids Press, Mon., 18 Aug. 1975, pg. 14C, Col. 4, Obit. 2.

MUNN – Orson E. Munn, aged 97, passed away Wednesday evening in the M.J. Clark Memorial Home. Surviving are his two daughters, Mrs.Jack (Florence) Baines of Sparta and Mrs. Paul (Martha) Schneider of North Olmsted, OH; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services weill be held Satureay at 3pm in the M.J. Clark Memorial Home Chapel. Rev. Charles Garrod, of Trinity United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials to the Memorial Fund of Trinity United Methodist Church will be appreciated. The family will receive friends Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 933 Cherry SE. -- Found in The Grand Rapids Press, Thurs., 25 Jun. 1981, pg. 8E, Col. 2, Obit. 6.

F. P. FRIEND DIES AT 71. Was Active in YM, Santa Claus Girls. - Fay P. Friend, 71, of 4131 Fulton St. E., treasurer of Central Y's Mens Club for 23 years and in charge of routing deliveries for the Santa Claus Girls for more than 30 years, died Wednesday. Born in Lake Odessa, Mr. Friend came to Grand Rapids in 1901. A life member of York Lodge, F.&A.M., and Trinity Methodist Church since 1908, Mr. Friend was territorial manager for the Curtis Publishing Co. for 35 years, until his retirement in 1959. Surviving are his wife, Glenna Daughtery Friend; a sister, Mrs. Orson E. Munn, and brother, W. Keith, both of Grand Rapids; three children, Robert C., teaching in Asia; D. Russell, on the faculty of University of Delaware, and Peggy, now living on Ibizza, a Mediterranean island; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The body will be at the Eggebeen Funeral Home until 10 a.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Methodist Church with Rev. Donn R. Doten of Trinity Church and Rev. Eugene G. Slep of Immanual Presbyterian Church, officiating. Cremation will follow. The family suggests that anyone wishing to honor Mr. Friend, make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society. --Found in The Grand Rapids Press, Thurs., 8 Oct. 1964, pg. 33, Col. 8, Article 1.

FRIEND – Glenna J. Friend, aged 88, widow of Fay P. Friend, passed away Saturday, January 22, 1983. Surviving are a son, Robert C., in China; a daughter, Peggy, in Spain; a brother-in-law, W. Keith Friend of Grand Rapids; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald R. Friend. Mrs. Friend was a long time member of Trinity Methodist Church. Eggebeen Funeral Home, 330 Eastern S.E. --Found in The Grand Rapids Press, Mon., 24 Jan. 1983, pg. E1, Col. 3, Obit. 2.

FRIEND – W. Keith Friend, aged 97, of Grand Rapids, died January 27, 2000. Surviving are four children, Barbara F. VanEss of Grand Rapids, Virginia (John) Layman of Grand Rapids, Roger K. (Vicki) Friend of Ft. Myers, FL, Barbara Birdsall Friend of Grand Rapids; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Mr. Friend was a member of the Y’s Men’s Club, and long time member of Trinity United Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will be Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the Meeting House of Porter Hills Presbyterian Village, Rev. Hank Post, Chaplain officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials to Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids Home of Hope or a charity of your choice. The family is being served by Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service. –Found in The Grand Rapids Press, Tues., 1 Feb. 2000, Pg. D9, Col. 1, Obit. 1.

PROVENANCE: On June 26-28, 1970 there was an Estate Sale being held at 4131 Fulton E. The ad mentions a number of items, including pictures with the final statement, "Everything must go." I was 16 years old at the time and accompanied my mother to this sale. We'd both been bitten by the antique bug the year before. I was beginning to develop a fascination for antique photographs and this was also the year I first became involved in genealogy and local history...all compatible pursuits. At that time old family photographs could be had for a song. No one understood my fascination for these images. It was obvious by this collection that someone had cared enough to meticulously label every photograph and snapshot, and someone else...for whatever reason...had opted to sell them all. For years I cherished these images. It has only been due to my recent research that I have been able to compose these people within a genealogical/historical framework. And it is through this same research that I also discovered that Fay P. Friend, who had died on October 7, 1964, had resided at this address. The photo record acquired encompasses both Fay's ancestry and that of his wife, Glenna Daugherty.

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