Polly Molby, daughter of Chester Molby & Sally Wigent b. Mar. 16, 1826, in the town of Camillus, now Van Buren d. Mar. 2, 1908, thought to be buried at Dryden, Mich. m. Feb. 19, 1848 Atchison Tappan, son of Asher Tappan & Polly ---- b. ca. 1822, probably in Onondaga Co., N.Y. Children: 1. Ellen Tappan, b. Dec. 5, 1848; d. Feb. 2, 1858. 2. Alma Tappan, b. Mar. 31, 1851, living 1927, Lapeer Co., Mich.; Mar. Kelvin Kendrick (years her senior). Child: Ellen Kendrick, b. Nov. 26, 1873; d. 3. Emma Tappan, b. Dec. 21/26?, 1853; d. Feb. 23, 1858. 4. Wallace Tappan, b. Oct. 29, 1859; d. after 1906. Mar. Anna ---- Child: Emery Tappan, b. Oct. 3, 1887. I believe he was a profes- sional engineer in East Lansing, and died there ca. 1953. 5. Frances Mary Tappan, b. near Dryden, Mich., June 6, 1866; d. May 7, 1838, Lansing, Mich.; burial at Dryden Center, Mich. Mar. Julius Whitbeck. Children: 1. Bertha Whitbeck, b. July 30, 1890; d. Aug. 22, 1951; m. Aug. 20, 1907, Harry T. Knowlton. Children: (1) Gwendolyn Lucille Knowlton, Aug. 8, 1910; m. Reed Jackson, Aug. 7, 1931; (2) Harry Knowlton, Jr., b. July 20, 1920. 2. Glenn A. Whitbeck, b. Jan. 5, 1892; m. Elsie Fletcher, Oct. 26, 1947. No children. 3. Gladys Irene Whitbeck, b. Nov. 23, 1894; m. Merle Hodges, Nov. 16, 1910. He d. 1941. Mar. (2) July, 1945, James Bissell. He d. May 28, 1952. Her home, 1107 Hickory St., Lansing, Mich. Department manager, Shepard's Shoe Store, Lansing. 4. Bernice Whitbeck, b. Mar. 28, 1897. 5. Mildred Whitbeck, b. Nov. 23, 1899. 6. Forest Whitbeck, b. Jan. 17, 1901. 7. Neva Whitbeck, b. Jan. 22, 1906.
Vital statistics obtained from Frances, Glenn, and Gladys. I have visited all three.
F.A.M. Personal Characteristics of Samuel Molby and other Children of Chester and Sally Molby
Three of the daughters of Chester and three of his sons migrated to Michigan during their prime of life or earlier. The women were more or less in touch with each other and it appears that they had Sally's Bible. I got it from Mrs. Julius Whitbeck's son to whom it came from Mrs. Whitbeck, from Polly who made her home with Mrs. Whitbeck, in turn from Lydia Fox. I think they compared notes. At any rate Mrs. Julius Whitbeck gave me permission to copy personal notes which she had, Aug. 30, 1927.
"Samuel Molby, b. Mar. 10, 1815, Onondaga Co., N.Y. He had a common school education. He was a farmer. He was a democrat in politics, a Spiritualist in religion, a six footer (his children said 6 ft. 3 in.), weight 255 pounds. He was temperate, his complexion dark, his eyes black and hair brown. Health universally good. Death July 28, 1872, by kidney complaint, place Reading, Mich., burial at Hillsdale.
Polly Molby. b. March 16, 1826, height 5 ft. 2 inches, weight 152 pounds, light complexion, dark hair, gray eyes, temperate, in religion a Methodist. She had good health. She married Atchison Tappan.
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