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John L. Topham's first wife [Lydia Beebe] and her descendants
Posted by: Jeffrey Carmean (ID *****9082) Date: July 24, 2005 at 18:14:12
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I am looking for information on Lydia A. Beebe [born Abt. 1858, Michigan]. She married John L. Topham undoubtedly in Lapeer County, Michigan in 1875. They had one child (Nancy Elizabeth "Lizzie" Topham) who married Nelson Milton Gooden in 1898 probably in Livingston County, Michigan where the marriage was recorded [Volume 4, Page 134]; however, they could have married in Durand, Michigan which is where they lived in 1900. He was born in Michigan (probably Genesee County) on October 24, 1875. They were only married for a few years, and apparently had one daughter (Ella M. Gooden). According to the 1900 census, Ella was born in August 1896--about two years before her parents married.

I am especially interested in anything anyone can share with me on Lydia Beebe Topham Stapleton, Nancy Elizabeth Topham Gooden (who apparently never remarried following her divorce from Nelson Gooden), and her daughter (Ella M. Gooden). Lydia Beebe's second husband [Thomas Stapleton] was my great-grandfather.

Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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