|Williams, Michigan: Kalamazoo County Ghost Town|
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The 1894 plat map of Williams shows the Shields family having the 80 acres along the railroad tracks adjacent to the 80 acres of Chester Williams.
Here's how the Patrick Shields family of Oshtemo Twp, Kalamazoo County, Michigan appeared in the 1880 federal census (prior to moving to Williams):
Patrick Shields age:36 Birthplace:Ireland Occupation:Farmer (head of household)
Sarah A. Shields age:31 Birthplace:Ireland Occupation:Keep House (mother)
Elizabeth Shields age:13 Birthplace:MI (daughter)
Rose A. Shields age:12 Birthplace:MI (daughter)
John Shields age:10 Birthplace:MI (son)
Mary Shields age:8 Birthplace:MI (daughter)
Isabell J. Shields age:2 Birthplace:MI (daughter)
Arthur Shields age:4 mos. Birthplace:MI (son)
Here's how the remaining Shields family appeared 40 years later in the 1920 federal census:
Arthur Shields   age:39   Birthplace:MI   Occupation:Farmer (head of household and son)
Sarah Shields   age:70   Birthplace:Ireland (mother)
Mary Shields   age:48   Birthplace:MI (daughter)
Sarah Shields   age:37   Birthplace:MI (daughter)
Katherine Shields   age:24   Birthplace:MI (daughter)
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This website was last updated on Jan. 9, 2003.