Letter gave boost to Family History Center


Frances Crowder’s letter of appreciation to Escanaba for the royal reception they received while visiting their ancestor Cary Lafayette Carter’s monument at the fairgrounds was gratifying to our Family History Center staff. We were honored to do the research for these two War of 1812 soldiers, Carter and Coglin. But finding living relatives crowned the occasion. We were able to put together a memorial book of documents and information we researched and send it to the Frances’ aunt, Ann Carter Mays, a 76-year-old direct line descendant from two ancestors.

I received a letter from Frances with more information on her pedigree which includes ties to presidents and other notable in United States history. This will be included in our War of 1812 soldiers collection.

We hope to find descendants from our other soldier, Honor Coglin, a free man of color, who served under Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. His last residence was in the Iberville Parish in Louisiana in the mid 1800s.

Frances and Joe’s visit to Escanaba was something we will never forget. Escanaba has made very gracious new friends.”

Diana Berrigan

Family History Center director