John Apsey

was born in  Chardstock, England to Malachi and Charlotte (Larcombe) Apsey.  That we know for sure.  The date of his birth is at question.   I found  two records for John.  One states January 26, 1834 as his date of birth.  The other gives his birth year as 1834 and date of baptism as September 4, 1834.  Keep in mind that these are transcripts and not the actual document and could be incorrect.

M&C john bapt. 1834
from St Andrews Chardstock Church baptism records

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The handwritten inscription in the family bible states that John was born December 29, 1833.  All the censuses from 1841-1920 indicate that John was born in 1833.  I believe his death record and gravestone are off by one year.

Apsey Bible

John Elisha married Susan Corman April 1, 1856 at the ME Church in Saltfleet, Canada by Wm. Lowe, minister.

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John’s death certificate states his birth as December 29, 1832 and the inscription on his gravestone is also 1832.

John Apsey
 John Apsey, aged 78 years, an old resident of Paris township, died yesterday afternoon at his home on Burton avenue.  He is survived by a widow, two sons and three daughters, John Apsey of Grand Rapids township, Alvin Apsey, Mrs. Casey DeYoung and Mrs Alfred Slater of Paris township and Mrs. Maggie VanLaan of Grand Rapids.  Funeral services will be held from the residence at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.

Grand Rapids (Michigan) Herald
February 16, 1911, page 6
photo taken by Susan Straw ~ August 2015
photo taken by Susan Straw ~ August 2015

John is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Plot: Block 1, Lot 79, Space 2