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Alonzo F. Anscomb (1838-1915)
Native of England, owned boarding house in Bay City, Mich.

Biography. - Added Feb., 2012.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


was born in Wayne County, Mich., February 20, 1837, and came to Bay City in 1866. In 1879 he built the Anscomb House, corner of Washington and Third Streets, of which he has until recently been owner and proprietor. At present resides at 50 Washington Street, corner of Eighth.

Wife, Clara's death. - Added Feb., 2012.

Alexandria Post News – Alexandria, Douglas Co., Minn.
Thursday, January 28, 1897.

Mrs Geo. G. S. Campbell receive the sad intelligence on the death of her mother, Mrs. Clara Anscomb, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Boden, in Detroit, Michigan. Mrs Anscomb was born at Glastonbury, England, April 29, 1812, coming to Detroit in 1824, where she has since resided continuously. She reared a family of ten children, seven of whom were, three daughters and four sons, survive to mourn her loss.

Estate dispute. - Added Feb., 2012.

The Northwester Reporter, Vol. 166, 1918

PEOPLE v. DAY (Supreme Court of Michigan)


An examination of the record, which is made because the liberty of respondent is involved, discloses the following facts, not disputed: Alonzo F. Anscomb and his wife Anna Anscomb, were owners of a farm and a house and lot, all of the property situated in Wayne county. (In what proportions the property was owned by each does not appear; nor what the estate of the wife in the property was.) They contracted to sell the farm to one Edwin Becker March 9, 1907, for $6,000, some, at least, of the payments being deferred and by agreement to be made from time to time. To February, 1911, when Mrs. Anscomb died, payments were made on the contract to the vendors. By he will, respondent was name the executor of her estate and qualified as executor. After her death, one payment of $540 was made to some one other than respondent,and there after payments were made to him. He executed receipts, signing the same as “Executor of Anna M. Anscomb Estate,” and he so gave a receipt for $520 paid to him April 8, 1912, “to apply on land contract on the Anscomb farm.” This is the sum of money respondent is said to have stolen. Other sums paid to him on this contract were $530 and $510. The Anscombs also deeded the house and lot to Becker, and of the purchase price he paid to respondent $1,570. Some time after the death of his wife, Mr. Anscomb was declared to be incompetent and on Boden, a brother-in-law, was appointed guardian. The guardian instituted an action to set aside these sales, and respondent was made a party defendant. Under date February 11, 1913, a decree was made in that action, setting aside the sales, determining that Becker had paid $4,259.36, which ought to be repaid to him, and containing the provision that of this sum $3,854.90 should be paid to Becker by respondent. This was the sum with interest, which it was fond had been paid by Becker to respondent. Five days before the decree was signed, respondent file in probate court his account as executor. In it he admitted total receipts of $4,825.01, claimed his disbursements and fees were $2,675.82, and stated the balance due the estate to be $2,150. On March 17, 1913, the probate court made an order in the matter of the estate of Anna M. Anscomb, deceased, which disallows most of the sums claimed to have been disbursed, which states no sum as due from the executor to the estate, and contains the provision:

“Executor is not charged with the various items of cash receive upon Becker land contract, deed, and bill of sales; said money not being a part of the estate of Ann M. Anscomb

Additional Notes.


  • Alonzo F. Anscomb b. Feb. 20, 1837, died Feb. 20, 1915. Son of Aaron and Clara (Combs) Anscomb. Burial Eastlawn Memorial Gardens, Detroit.
  • Anna Becker, wife b. 1839, died 1911.
  • Clara Anscomb, daughter b. Nov. 21, 1861, died Jan. 1, 1879, at Bay City.

    1850 – Census: Redford, Wayne, Mich.

  • Anscomb, Aaron – b. 1806, Mich.
  • Clara, wife – b. 1812, England.
  • Elizabeth, daugther – b. 1834, Mich.
  • Allen, son – b. 1836, Mich. (aka: Alonzo)
  • Lousia, daughter, b. 1839, Mich. (died Apr. 14, 1881)
  • Mary J., daughter, b. 1841, Mich.
  • Charlotte, daughter, b. 1847, Mich.
  • John F., son – b. 1850, Mich.
    -- Note: Older son, George, born 1831 (Source: Death record.)

    1857 – Michigan Marriages: Wayne Co.

  • Date: September 3, 1857.
  • Groom: Alonzo Anscomb, b. 1837, of Redford
  • Bride: Ann Becker, b. 1840, of Redford
  • Official: T. Foster, minister.
  • Witnesses: Abraham G. Becker and Anna Becker, of Redford

    1862 – Redford Township, Wayne Co., Mich.

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – b. 1838, Redford, Mich.
  • Siblings: George, Horace, Anna, Abram, Allen G.
  • Parents: Aaron and Clara (Combs) Anscomb.
  • Spouse: Anna Becker (1839-1911), married Sep. 23, 1857.
    -Enlisted as private on 4 Aug., 1862 at the age of 23, Detroit, MI., asssigned to Company I, 24th Infantry Regiment of Michigan, at Detroit, mustered out on June 30, 1865, at Detroit.

    1860-65 – MichiganInTheWar.org

  • Alonzo F. Anscomb, of Oak, enlisted age 23, 24th Mich. Inf., Company I, wagoner.

    1870 – Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – age 32, b. Mich., keeping hotel
  • Anna, wife – age 30, b. Mich., keeping house
  • Clara, daughter – age 8, b. Mich., attends school
    -- Note: many more names listed at this hotel.

    1873 – Bradstreet's Reports State of Michigan.
    Bay City, Bay Co.:

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – Grocer
  • Anscomb, Edward A. - Carriage Mfr.

    1875 – Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory.
    Bay City:

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – Livery Stable, Saginaw bet 2d and 3d.

    1879 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – Propr Anscomb House, n.e. Cor. 3d and Washington.
  • Anscomb House – Alonzo Anscomb propr., n.e. Cor 3d and Washington.

    1886-7 – Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Anscomb House – George Cook, propr, n e cor 3d and Washington Ave. Antaya Adolph, clerk J S Hogle, res 808 3d.

    1894 - Census of Michigan Civil War Veterans.

  • Alonzo Anscomb – Detroit, 10th Ward.

    1900 – Census: Detroit, Wayne, Mich.

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – b. Feb. 1837, Mich.
  • Anna, wife – b. Nov. 1839, Mich. - married 1858.

    1904 – Members of the Iron Brigade.

  • Anscomb, Alonzo – Company I, Second Lieutenant, 1825 Vinewood St., Detroit, Mich.

    1913 – Michigan Marriages: Yale, St. Clair Co.

  • Picked up Clara Anscomb, wife of Michael Willey – son Ernest Willey (b. 1890, Mich.) marriage to Marie Keyworth on Aug. 27, 1913.

    1917 – State of Michigan Annual Report.

  • Security Trust Co., administrator for estate of Alonzo F. Anscomb paid tax of $64.87.
Reference Notes & Pages

Related Pages:
Local Civil War History
People Referenced
Adolph, Antaya
Anscomb, Aaron (father)
Anscomb, Alonzo F. (Subject)
Anscomb, Clara (dau)
Anscomb, Charlotte (sister)
Anscomb, Edward A.
Anscomb, Elizabeth (sister)
Anscomb, George (bro)
Anscomb, John F. (bro)
Anscomb, Louisa (sister)
Anscomb, Mary J. (sister)
Becker, Abraham
Becker, Ann (wife)
Becker, Edwin
Boden, J.M. Mrs.(sister)
Campbell, G.S. Mrs. (sister)
Combs, Clara (mother)
Cook, George
Foster, T.
Hogel, J.S.
Keyworth, Marie
Willey, Ernest (g-son)
Willey, Michael (s-inlaw)
Subjects Referenced
24th MI Inf.
Anscomb farm
Anscomb House
Bay City, MI
Civil War
Detroit, MI
Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Cem.
Glastonbury, England
Redford, MI
St. Clair Co., MI
Wayne County, MI
Yale, MI
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