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  • ID: I00019
  • Name: Silas Benjamin Anway
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 MAR 1839 in Scipio Twp, Seneca, Ohio
  • Death: 18 NOV 1914 in Central Lake Twp, Antrim, Michigan
  • Burial: Southern Cemetery, Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan
  • Note:
    Sources - Birth, death - tombstone, bio. and family records. Birthplace is either Scipio or Bloom township. Bio says "old family homestead" which suggests Scipio.

    Marriages: Spouse: SARAH R. SANFORD Family
    Marriage: 05 MAR 1868 , Seneca, Ohio
    Extracted marriage record for locality listed in the record

    Silas B. ANWAY
    This gentleman is one of the honored pioneers of Antrim county, and has been an active factor in connection with the industrial, material and civic development and progress of this section of the Wolverine state, while he has been concerned with the broad interests which have to do with the welfare of the community. A veteran of the Civil war, an upright, enterprising citizen, and a man of marked ability, he is specially worthy of consideration in this volume.

    Mr. Anway is a representative of one of the old and honored families of Ohio. His grandfather, William Anway, came from Cayuga county, New York, to Seneca county, Ohio, soon after the land sales of 1821, and took up his abode in Scipio township, where he entered a tract of three hundred and twenty acres of government land, becoming one of the honored pioneers of that section. The work of improvement and development was at that time scarcely begun, and he rendered substantial aid, as did also his son, the father of our subject, in laying broad and deep the foundations for the opulent prosperity now in evidence in that favored portion of Ohio, where many of his descendants still remain. The subject was born on the old ancestral homestead in Seneca county, Ohio, on the 9th of March, 1839, and is a son of Harvey and Eunice (Brown) Anway, the former of whom was born in Seneca county, New York, in 1815, while the latter was born in the same state, in 1820, while she died in 1844, at which time our subject was but six years of age.

    Harvey Anway was one in a family of seven sons and three daughters, all of whom accompanied their parents on the removal from New York to Seneca county, Ohio, and they took up their abode in the forest wilds, where the Indians were more in evidence than the white settlers. There the father of the subject was reared to maturity, having all the experiences of pioneer life and becoming a man of vigorous and productive energy. He devoted the major portion of his life to agricultural pursuits, while he was also identified with the lumbering industry to a considerable degree, having been the owner and operator of sawmills. During his active career he lived in several states of the Union, passing the last six years of his life in the home of our subject, in Antrim County, where he died on the 2Qth of April, 1897, at the venerable age of eighty-two years. In politics he was originally an old-line Whig, but he espoused the cause of the Republican, party at the time of its organization, ever afterward supporting its principles. He was a zealous and earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and was a man whose life was unshadowed by wrong in thought, word or deed. He was three times married, and the children of the first union were as follows: Silas B. (subject of this sketch), Phoebe, Bethana, Samuel H. and Eunice. The maiden name of his second wife was Maria Lewis, and she died in 1878, seven children having been born of this union, namely: Eliza, Elmira, Ann, John, Charles, Zella and Fanny M. Mr. Anway was again married to Mrs. Kellogg, of Seneca county, Ohio, no children having been born from this union.

    The subject of this review was reared to maturity in the old Buckeye state, assisting in the work of the farm and duly availing himself of the privileges afforded in the common schools of the locality and period. In 1854 he came to Michigan, where he remained until 1859, when he returned to Ohio, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits at the time of the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company H, One Hundred and First Ohio Volunteer Infantry, his company being commanded by Captain Shriver, and he thereafter continued in active service until practically the close of the great struggle through which the integrity of the Union was perpetuated. His command became a part of the Army of the Cumberland, and he participated in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, and the various skirmishes of that campaign and in all other manoeuvers in which his regiment was concerned, being fortunate in escaping serious wounds or illness. He received his honorable discharge on the 20th of June, 1865, and then returned to Ohio, where he remained until 1867, in the spring of which year he came again to Michigan, locating in Barry county, where he purchased land and engaged in farming, continuing to there make his home for a period of twelve years. He then made a trip to Colorado and other portions of the West, returning to Michigan in 1880 and coming to Antrim county, where he took up his permanent abode, purchasing one hundred and sixty acres of land, in Central Lake township, and forthwith initiating the task of reclaiming and otherwise improving the property, which has ever since continued his place of residence. Within the intervening year he has compassed the reclamation of about one hundred acres of his farm, a small portion of the place having been cleared at the time when he purchased the property. At the present time one hundred acres are available for cultivation, and the farm is one of the best in this section, both in matter of fertility and superiority of buildings and other permanent improvements. Mr. Anway devotes his attention to diversified agriculture, horticulture and fruit, raising, while he also places on the market each year a number of excellent grade cattle, horses and swine. He is one of the substantial and influential men of his township and is signally progressive and public-spirited in his attitude, so that his aid is ever potent in the carrying forward of enterprises for the general good of the community. In politics he accords an unwavering allegiance to the Republican party, with which he has been aligned ever since attaining his legal majority, and he has received unmistakable evidence of the high regard in which he is held by the people of Antrim county, in that he has been called to offices of distinctive trust and responsibility. He was for eight years superintendent of the poor of the county, and served six years as treasurer of Central Lake Township, while he has been a school official during the greater portion of the time of his residence here. His wife is a member of the Baptist church, and in a fraternal way he is a valued member of the post of the Grand Army of the Republic at Eastport

    In 1867.Mr. Anway was united in marriage to Miss Sarah R. Sanford, who was born and reared in Ohio, being a daughter of Andrew and Eliza A. (Shriner) Sanford. She was summoned into eternal, rest in 1897, and in the year l899 the subject consummated a second marriage, being then united to Mrs. Margaret J. (McKibben) Sanford, widow of David Sanford and a daughter of William and Sarah (Falloon) McKibben, the former of whom was a prosperous farmer of Crawford county, Ohio, in which state she was reared and educated. Mr. Anway has two children, both of whom were born of the first marriage: Sanford B., who married Miss Ada Dolph, is a railroad man and now makes his home at Midway, Clark county, Ohio; and Bertha is the wife of R. T. Edwards, who is engaged in the seed business at Cheyboygan, Michigan, being a representative of one of the leading concerns of the sort in the Union.

    Enlisted 07 August 1862

    Silas B Anway

    Residence: Occupation:
    Service Record:
    Enlisted as a Private on 07 August 1862 at the age of 23
    Enlisted in Company H, 101st Infantry Regiment Ohio on 30 August 1862
    Mustered out on 12 June 1865 in Camp Harker, TN
    He applied for pension #88211304 August 1890
    Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio. (OHRoster) Published in 1886
    National Archives: Index to Federal Pension Records. (PenIndex)

    Anway Silas B. Co H 101 Ohio Infantry. Private Private Union 07 August 1862 until 20 June 1865 except as noted on the next line.
    Anway Silas B. 2 Indpt. Batt'y, Minnesota Light Art'y. Private Union February 28, 1863 until October 1863
    He received a letter from his sister Phebe 27 June 1863 with the MN Artillary in Murfreesboro TN and responded.

    From recollections of the GAR
    S.B. Anway, H co. 101st Ohio Volunteer Infantry once told me how he received his "wound." They were bivouacked on the night after Chicamauga and he wanted to clean his rifle; being to lazy to pull the load, he went down to the picket line to fire the piece. As he was sitting under a tree, a stray bullet tore the sole off his shoe, the only time he was hit in three years of hard campaigning, while others were killed in their first skirmish. Such are the fortunes of war.

    1860 census Scipio, Seneca, Ohio p 30 Jul 22nd
    William Anway 56 farmer NY
    Eliza 51 CT
    Morgan 19 M farming OH
    Phebe 15 OH
    Silas Anway 21 Farm labor OH

    On 20 Dec 1867 Silas Benjamin Anway purchased from Wm H Lee et al the E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of section 18 of Woodland Twp in Barry Co MI, 80 acres for $1300. Libre 13 p 60. That property is the SW corner of Jordan and Martin Roads now. The house is the first large old house on the W side of Martin Rd south of that intersection. The current occupant researched the house and determined that SB purchased the plans at the 1876 Philadelphia exposition, and built it in 1879, which means he lived there only about a year. The 1873 platt map shows a house about where the current house is.

    OH marriages
    Groom's Name: Silas B. Anway
    Bride's Name: Sarah R. Sanford
    Marriage Date: 05 Mar 1868
    Marriage Place: Seneca,Ohio

    1870 census Woodland, Barry, Michigan 8th June p21 (300)
    Anway, Silas 30 Farmer OH
    Sarah 20 Keep house OH

    1880 Census Leadville, Lake, Colorado Film T9-0091 Page 351D
    Mrs. L. B. TAPPAN Self F D W 33 OH Occ: Keeps Hotel Fa: NY Mo: NY
    15 occupants ommited
    S. B. ANWAY Other M M W 41 OH Occ: On A Visit Fa: NY Mo: NY
    John W. ANWAY Other M S W 26 MI Occ: Miner Fa: NY Mo: OH

    1880 Census Reed, Seneca, Ohio Film T9-1065 Page 290C
    Andrew SANFORD Self M M W 69 NJ Farming Fa: NJ Mo: NJ
    Eliza Anne SANFORD Wife F M W 64 NY Keeping House Fa: NY Mo: NY
    Sarah ANWAY Dau F S W 32 OH Farming Fa: NJ Mo: NY
    Sanford ANWAY Other M S W 8 MI At Home Fa: OH Mo: OH
    Bertha ANWAY Other F S W 4 MI At Home Fa: OH Mo: OH
    (Some errors corrected above)

    In 1880, after his trip west to visit his father and siblings in Florissant CO, SB Anway purchaed the property in Central Lake Twp still owned by the family. He purchased 80 acres that is the SW corner of M88 and Church Rd, and the 80 acres across the road. They lived in a log house across from Bayview Cemetery until 1890, when the current house was built. In 1887 he built the large barn on the S side of M88, and at some point the house on the south side was built, presumably for the hired hand.

    Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958
    Name: Silas B. Anway
    Birthplace: Scipio Twp.
    Spouse's Name: Margaret Sanford
    Spouse's Birthplace: Seneca Co., Ohio
    Spouse's Age: 52
    Event Date: 05 Mar 1900
    Event Place: Seneca County, Ohio
    Father's Name: Harvey Anway
    Mother's Name: Eunice Brown
    Spouse's Father's Name: William Mckibben
    Spouse's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Faloon
    Marital Status: Married

    1900 Census Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan Jun 27th p17
    Anway, Silas B. Head Mar 1839 61 OH NY NY Retired Farmer
    Margaret Wife Jun 1852 48 OH OH OH

    1910 Census Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan May 2 p28
    Anway, Silas B. Head 71 M2 10 OH NY NY
    Margaret J. Wife 62 M2 10 OH OH OH

    1920 census Attica, Venice, Seneca, Ohio ED 141 p 10 Jan 22
    N. Main St.
    Anway, Margaret Head 73 OH US US

    Antrim Co. Deaths #175 p 89 book 2
    Silas Benjamin Anway Nov 18, 1914 Male White Married 75y 8m 9d Central Lake Heart Disease b. Ohio Farmer father Harvy Anway b. New York mother Eunice Brown b. Unk

    Michigan death certificate
    Name: Silas Benjamin Anway
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    2 children 2 living
    Birth Date: 9 Mar 1839
    Birth Place: Seneca Co Ohio
    Death Date: 18 Nov 1914
    Death Place: Eastport, Antrim, Michigan, USA
    Death Age: 75 y 8 m 9 d
    CoD Heart disease, Contributory cardial asthma
    Father: Harvey Anway b NY
    Mother: Eunice Brown b ?
    Informant Sanford B Anway 93 Aberle St Detroit Mich
    Burial Southern Cemetery

    Southern Cemetery is on the south side of Central Lake Village on M88. There are two Anway monmuments, one for Silas, his wife and his father Harvey, the other for Silas's son Sanford and his family. The monuments are near the road, about midway north-south. Well back in the same cemetery and a bit north is a plot containing Silas's daughter Bertha Edwards, her husband, and three of her children S.B, John, and Harvey.
    Tombstone inscription Silas B. Anway Mar 9, 1839 - Nov 18, 1914 Co. H. 101 O.V.I. Plot numbers and a map of the cemetery, prepared by myself, is available on Findagrave.

    Find A Grave Memorial# 22219125

    Father: Harvey Anway b: 13 JUN 1815 in Scipio, Cayuga, New York
    Mother: Eunice Brown b: 4 FEB 1820 in Genoa, Cayuga, New York

    Marriage 1 Sarah Rebecca Sanford b: 28 SEP 1847 in Attica, Reed Twp, Seneca, Ohio
    • Married: 5 MAR 1868 in Seneca Co., Ohio
    1. Has Children Sanford Burton Anway b: 1 SEP 1870 in Woodland, Barry, Michigan
    2. Has Children Bertha Maud Anway b: 21 JUN 1875 in Woodland, Barry, Michigan

    Marriage 2 Margaret J McKibben b: 20 JAN 1847 in Attica, Seneca, Ohio
    • Married: 5 MAR 1900 in Seneca Co, Ohio
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