Group 15 - Descendants of Oliver Carpenter-177281
of, Horningsham, Wiltshire, England
in England & in North America


Darlene Loraine Martin

MARRIAGE.  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI 1960, #1138. Married 19 Nov 1960 at Athens, Calhoun, MI, Darlene L. Martin, age 21, residing at Athens, Calhoun , MI; occupation: file clerk; father: Olen Martin; mother Berneita Maurer; and Michael A. Parlin, age 21, residing at rural Fulton, MI; occupation: lumberman; father: Aaron Parlin; mother: Caroline Simpson; at Athens, Calhoun , MI; witnesses:  David M. Tuttle of East Leroy and Sue Ann Cornell of Kalamazoo.  Officiant:  Arthur Jackson.

OBITUARY.  Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Battle Creek, MI, Thursday, May 29, 1997, p4A.  Darlene L. Ling.  Athens.  Darlene L. (Martin) Ling, 57, of Athens, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, in Battle Creek Health System.  She was born Sept. 30, 1939 in Battle Creek to Olen R. and Berneita (Maurer) Martin. She was a 1957 graduate of Athens High School and had lived in Athens most of her life.  She was employed by Delta Airlines in Chicago from 1957 to 1960. Since 1963 she had been employed by Athens Public Schools, serving the past 32 years as secretary to the high school principal.  She married Robert D. Ling on Oct. 18, 1973, in Athens.  He died in 1991.  She is survived by a son, Ronald A. Parlin of Athens; daughters, Carol L. Parlin of Chicago, Anita M. Riegle and Susan L. Luplow of Battle Creek; stepdaughters, Deborah K. Ling of Fla., and Dawn M. Schaff of Oregon, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Daryl Martin.

Darlene Loraine Martin's husband, Michael A. Parlin is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson Carpenter, while Darlene Loraine Martin is a descendant of Abner Loomis Carpenter.  Abner Loomis was the younger brother of Thomas Jefferson, both were sons of Calvin Loomis Carpenter and Eleanor D. Pierce.  Therefore Darlene and Michael were previously related.

3550. Eldon Roe Mitchell

Some information was received from Eldon's mother, Mrs. Opal Adell Chichester Mitchell of E. Leroy, MI in 1982.

MARRIAGE.  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI.  Marriages, Vol 10, page 91, #320. Eldon Mitchell, age 21, born in East Leroy, Calhoun, MI, residing in East Leroy, son of Roe Mitchell and Opal Chichester, occupation: farmer; and Laura Seifke, age 18, born in Locust Point, OH, residing in Athens, daughter of Amil Seifke and Julia Blosie, married 28 Jul 1940 at Battle Creek by C. A. Rook, Pastor. Witnesses:  Leon Mitchell of East Leroy and Helen Seifke of Marshall.

OBITUARY.  Battle Creek Enquirer and News, June 16, 1990, p. 5C. Eldon R. Mitchell, 71, of 6823 2 1/2 Mile Road, died Wednesday, June 13, 1990, at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, where he had been a patient since June 10. He has been ill since March.  Born in Leroy Twp., he had lived all his life in the home where he was born.  He was employed by United Steel and Wire , retiring in 1980.  He was a member and past president of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Square Dance Association and United Steel and Wire 25-Year Club, and a former member of Diamond Squares and Squaranders Square Dance Club. Surviving are his wife, the former Laura Siefke; sons, Eldon R., Jr., Maynard W. and Ronald L. Mitchell, all of East Leroy, and DavidE. Mitchell of Greenland, NH; a daughter, Laura J. Hopkins of Battle Creek; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Opal Mitchell of Athens; sisters, Marcelle Wank and Fern Bishop, both of Battle Creek, Mary Crowell of Athens; and brothers, Leon Mitchell of Battle Creek, Gordon Mitchell of Fulton and Franklin Mitchell of E. Leroy, MI.  Services Saturday at Shaw-Estes Funeral Home.

Warren Neal Wank

OBITUARY.  Battle Creek Enquirer and News, Sunday, January 24, 1999, p. 2B. Warren N. Wank, Battle Creek.  Warren Neal Wank, 83, of Battle Creek died Friday, Jan. 22, 1999, at home.  He was born May 19, 1915 in Fostoria, Ohio, to William A. and Alta L. (Kline) Wank. The family moved to Homer, then to Athens when he was a teenager, then to Battle Creek in 1952.  He was a 1935 graduate of Athens High School.  He was employed as a machinist by the Clark Equipment  for 34 1/2 years before he retired in 1974.  He married Florence M. Mitchell on Oct. 24, 1939, in Wauseon, Ohio.  She survives.  Also surviving are a daughter, Thedra K. Cook of Peachtree City, GA; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Mahanche of Athens and Erma Akers of Battle Creek; brothers, Raymond Wank of West Palm Beach, Fla., James, Willard and Melvin Wank, all of Battle Creek, Richard Wank of Augusta and Arthur Wank of Athens.  He was preceded in death by brothers, John and Charles Wank; a sister, Mary Mitchell, and a son, Larry W. Wank on January 16, 1982 (Larry's obituary was in the January 1983 Battle Creek newspaper).  Services: Monday at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home. Burial: Leroy Congregational Cem..

Bruce Alan Bishop

Bruce was distantly related to his wife, Fern.  His grandfather, Rial Allen Carpenter, was a brother to Abner Carpenter who was Fern's great- grandfather.  Fern's mother was Opal Adell Chichester, daughter of Albert Ernest Chichester and Minnie Ellen Carpenter.  Minnie Ellen Carpenter was the daughter of Abner Carpenter.  Rial Allen Carpenter and Abner Carpenter were brothers and the sons of Calvin L. Carpenter and Eleanor D. Pierce Carpenter.

In 1981 Donna Hellewell met Bruce's grandmother, Lina Snyder (lived to be 104), and Fern's mother, Opal Chichester.  Both were very gracious ladies and helped very much in the compilation of these records!  Lina was personally visited on four occasions, at age 91, 93, 100, and 103. Opal loaned Donna Hellewell family pictures to take to Battle Creek to photocopy and gave her a place to stay while she was in Athens. Both were wonderful women.  In 1999 Donna Hellewell lives in Aptos, CA.

Some information for this family was sent by Bruce's mother, Mrs. Merna L. Bishop, of Battle Creek, MI in Jan 1982, and by Mrs. Opal Mitchell of E. Leroy, MI 49051, in Mar 1982.

OBITUARY.  Battle Creek Enquirer, Wed. Aug 31, 1994,  p2A.  Bruce A. Bishop, Battle Creek.  Bruce A. Bishop, 70 of Battle Creek died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1994, at home after a four-year illness.  He was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Kalamazoo, to Kellogg M. and Merna L. (Snyder) Bishop. He graduated from Athens High School in 1942 and lived in the Battle Creek, Athens and Kalamazoo areas all his life.  Mr. Bishop was employed for 41 years at Kraft General Foods Corp. before retiring Feb. 1, 1985.  He was a supervisor for many years.  From June 27, 1944, to Nov. 21, 1945, during World War II, he served as a second lieutenant with the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot, receiving the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star. He previously served as an air cadet from Nov. 30, 1942, to June 24, 1944, when he received his commission in the Army Air Corps.  He was a former member of Athens Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5319 and a longtime bowler in the Nottke Senior League.  He played baseball and slow-pitch ball with Battle Creek city leagues and Athens teams.  On July 25, 1947, he married Fern I. Mitchell in Battle Creek.  She survives.  Also surviving are sons, Gregory A. Bishop of Niceville, Fla., and Bradley R. Bishop of Battle Creek; a daughter, Stephanie J. Newburn of Battle Creek; six grandchildren; his father, Kellogg M. Bishop of Battle Creek; brothers, John K. Bishop of Battle Creek and Fred M. Bishop of Athens; and sisters, Barbara A. Danilowicz and Mary E. Wesner of Wilmington, N.C., and Carol Bishop of Denver, Colo.  Services:  11 a.m. Thursday at Richard A. Henry Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin A. Savola officiating. Burial:  Memorial Park Mausoleum.

DEATH.  Calhoun County Clerk-Register, Marshall, MI, deaths 1994, #948.  Died 30 Aug 1994 at Battle Creek, Bruce Alan Bishop, age 70, b. 11 Jan 1924 at Kalamazoo, MI; father: Kellogg M. Bishop; mother: Merna L. Snyder; residence 12589 Perry Rd., Battle Creek; occupation: supervisor, cereal manufacturing; spouse: Fern I. Mitchell; entombment: Memorial Park Mausoleum; informant: Fern I. Bishop.