Sunday, December 30, 2012

Goals for 2013

Well, it's that time of year to set my genealogy goals for 2013. I did not really set any major goals last December. Instead, I started setting monthly goals for about the first three months of 2012 and I posted about my accomplishments each month. I think I may re-instate monthly goals for 2013. However, I think I will also set some high-level goals in this post.

The first big goal that i would like to accomplish would be to blog more. I did so well on my blog in the beginning of 2009 when I first started. I was posting at least twice a week. Now I barely post once a month. I just haven't been making it a priority. I would like to at least post Surname Saturday, Census Sunday, Wordless Wednesday, and Treasure Chest Thursday posts each week. Well, that seems like a lot for someone who has only been posting once a month. Maybe I will just try to accomplish Census Sunday and Wordless Wednesday for the first couple of months, with my overall goal to be posting all four series each week by next December. I also need to pick back up on my Arthur Chamberlin series of posts and my Pemberton Obituary Project posts that I started several moons ago. I think I need to set up a concrete plan in writing with the posts I am going to do each week. Maybe that will keep me on track.

The second big goal that I would like to accomplish would be to finish my RootsMagic database maintenance. I have been working on it since at least fall 2009. I believe that I am at least 75% of the way through. I have been cleaning up source citations and adding a few new source citations as I go along to keep it interesting. Database maintenance can get tedious. The new city directories database that posted several months ago has given me lots of info about many of my distant aunts, uncles, and cousins. I've also been adding citations from the 1940 census and Find A Grave as I do my cleanup. In addition to source citations, I've also been cleaning up some of the events in my database. The source citations and events kind of got gargled when I transferred from Legacy to RootsMagic. Plus, I have a lot of events/facts that are only supported by online family histories with no sources cited. I've been trying to remove those facts/events and add them to the research notes for the person with a note about the online family history.

Once I finish the goal of cleaning up the database, I would like to run some reports to see where my source is an index entry rather than the actual record. I have a lot of sources for deaths in Michigan as the index at It's time to start ordering the actual record to verify if I have the correct person.

Finally, I would like to start researching my Mertena ancestors. These are the ancestors of my paternal grandmother on her father's side. I believe with all the new online databases and access to microfilm from the FHL, I can make some more breakthroughs with this line. I need to document the breakthroughs I have already made the past few months. I would like to try out the new Evidentia software to help me with this.

So, those are my goals, folks! Let's see how I do....

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I am an Aunt Again!

Dominic Alexander DeLuca
Born November 8, 2012

Dominic with his big sister, Violet

Violet Cecile DeLuca
age 2

Monday, October 29, 2012

Detroit City Directories at

In the last few months, I've discovered the "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)" database at I have found several of my family members in the Michigan directories, particularly the Detroit city directories. My only problem has been that I can never seem to remember which directories for which years contain what information. Not all of the directories are available in full; several years are only partially available. I don't rely on the search feature at because I don't fully trust OCR technology to perfectly pick up every single name in the directory for every single year. Therefore, I usually end up browsing each year for my ancestors' information, and then I find that I've wasted my time because a particular year may only have surnames A-P available in the alphabetical directory.

How to solve this problem? Well, I've decided to compile what information is available for the years after 1923. All Detroit city directories from 1861 to 1923 are available in full at The 1925 directory is the earliest directory available after 1923 at Instead of putting it in a spreadsheet only on my computer, I decided to share it with my readers. However, keep in mind that is still adding to this database, so some information may change.

1925: Surnames A-Z
1927: Surnames A-Z
1928: Surnames A-Moseley, Harry
1930: Surnames Niestuchowski, Jos-Z
1931: Surnames A-Z
1932: Surnames A-Peterson, Chas R
1934: Surnames A-Nevin, Thos D
1935: Surnames A-Moore, Wade M
1936: No Surnames
1937: Surnames A-Haag, Michl J
1938: No Surnames
1939: A-Habbell, Anthony
1940: No Surnames
1941: Surnames A-Haar, Anna
1953: No Surnames
1954-1955: This is actually a suburb directory for East Detroit, Roseville, etc.
1957: Surnames Pursch, Alex-Z
1958: No Surnames

Sunday, October 21, 2012

1860 FANS of Jeremiah Pemberton

Lately I've been hearing about the importance of FANS of our ancestors. Just what are FANS? Well, this is a coin termed by Elizabeth Shown Mills that stands for "Friends, Associates, Neighbors." I'm taking a class through the National Institute of Genealogical Studies about U.S. land records. It mentioned that people often migrated in groups, which is why we should always investigate neighbors of our ancestors. I do not know the exact origins of my fourth great-grandfather, Jeremiah Pemberton. This is what I do know about him:
  • He was born abt 1812 in New York (source: census records/death record)
  • He married Susanna JERMYN on 19 Nov 1836 at St. James (Anglican) Cathedral in Toronto, York, Ontario. (source: church records and published marriage records)
  • He was a resident of Vaughan Township, York, Ontario, at the time of his marriage.
  • His oldest child, Lydia, was baptized 16 Nov 1837 at Trinity Anglican Church in Thornhill, York, Ontario. (source: church records)
  • His second child, John, was born in either Blenheim Township or Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, on 3 Apr 1839. (source: military service records and obituary)
  • His third child, Stephen, was born in Dundas, Wentworth, Ontario, about 1843. (source: military pension records)
  • He was living in Brownstown, Wayne, Michigan, for the 1860 census.
  • All but his youngest child (b. abt 1856) were listed as born in Canada between 1839 and 1854 on the 1860 census
  • He appears to have moved to Michigan around 1855. (source: children's later census records and calculated birth dates of two youngest children)
  • He was living in Clay Township, St. Clair, Michigan, for the 1870 and 1880 census.
  • He died in Clay Township on 7 Jul 1881.
To determine who Jeremiah's neighbors were, I'll begin with his 1860 census record. The ten families living on either side of him were as follows:

Household No. Surname First Name Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
937 Barns Syntha 68 F Farmer Conn.
Barns Esther 40 F Teacher N. York
Barns Harriet 32 F Teacher N. York
Barns William 24 M Farmer N. York
938 Sanford Abram 34 M Canada
Sanford Martha 29 F Ireland
Sanford William 11 M Mich.
Sanford John 8 M Mich.
Sanford Elizabeth 5 F Mich.
Sanford Martha 2 F Mich.
Sanford William 28 M Laborer Canada
939 Carson John G 38 M Farmer N. York
Carson Julia 27 F Mich.
Carson Virginia 7 F Mich.
Carson Willson 6 M Mich.
Carson Charlotte 3 F Mich.
Carson Elizabeth 1 F Mich.
940 Carson George 47 M Farmer N. York
Carson Jane 42 F N. York
Carson William 25 M Carpenter N. York
Carson Edward 20 M Blacksmith N. York
Carson Adalaide 18 F Servant N. York
Carson Emma 15 F Mich.
Carson Sarah 13 F Mich.
Carson Ella 8 F Mich.
Carson Horace 5 M Mich.
Carson Lola 1 F Mich.
935 Wood Abner 61 M Farmer N. York
Wood Mary Ann 50 F
942 Flint Richard 33 M Fisherman N. York
Flint Hellen 25 F N. York
Flint Adalaide 1 F Mich.
Warfield Nancy 16 F Servant Mich.
943 Smith Elisa 62 F Farmer N. Hampshire
Smith David 21 M Farmer Mich.
Lebigot Barney 22 M Mich.
944 Bentley Daniel 27 M Cooper N. York
Bentley May 23 F Mich.
Bentley Eliza 5 F Mich.
Bentley George 2 M Mich.
Bentley Rebecca 0 F Mich.
945 Long Charles 30 M Farmer Mich.
Long Elizabeth 24 F Ohio
Long Ellen 8 F Mich.
Long Taylor 6 M Mich.
Long Clara 5 F Mich.
Long Thomas 3 M Mich.
Long Arthur 1 M Mich.
Long Cornelia 23 F Servant Mich.
946 McSparin John 40 M Farmer N. York
McSparin Catharine 30 F Mich.
McSparin Alexander 12 M Mich.
McSparin Phebe 11 F Mich.
McSparin Joseph 0 M Mich.
947 Pemberton Jeremiah 48 M Blacksmith N. York
Pemberton Susan 40 F England
Pemberton John 21 M Canada
Pemberton Stephen 17 M Canada
Pemberton Eliza 15 F Canada
Pemberton Agnes 14 F Canada
Pemberton Samuel 12 M Canada
Pemberton William 10 M Canada
Pemberton Maria 8 F Canada
Pemberton Almira 6 F Canada
Pemberton Charles 4 M Mich.
948 McDonald George 28 M Farmer Scotland
McDonald Jane 56 F Scotland
McDonald Isabella 24 F Servant Scotland
McDonald Henry 26 M Laborer Scotland
McDonald Robert 21 M Laborer Scotland
949 Knapp Benjamin F 57 M Farmer N. York
Knapp Lucinda 39 F N. York
Knapp Goodman 10 M Mich.
Knapp George 4 M Mich.
Johnson Rhoda 10 F Mich.
Laurens John 59 M Laborer Germany
950 Lensey John 54 M Farmer Scotland
Lensey James 22 M Laborer Mich.
Lensey John 19 M Mich.
Lensey Margaret 17 F Servant Mich.
951 Long Thomas 59 M Farmer Canada
Long Rebecca 58 F N. York
Long Henry 26 M Cooper Mich.
Long Cordellia 24 F Servant Mich.
Long Sidney 21 M Laborer Mich.
952 Brighton George 71 M Farmer Scotland
Brighton Jane 49 F Scotland
Brighton Robert 23 M Laborer Scotland
Brighton George 21 M Laborer Scotland
Brighton Phillis 17 F Servant Scotland
Brighton Marian 14 F Scotland
Brighton William 10 M Scotland
Brighton John 5 M Mich.
953 Collard John 34 M Farmer Ohio
Collard Martha 28 F Mich.
Collard Alice 11 F Mich.
Collard Emma 9 F Mich.
Collard George 6 M Mich.
Collard Ada 3 F Mich.
Collard Blanche 1 F Mich.
954 Goldner Henry 33 M Farmer Germany
Goldner Lana 25 F Germany
Goldner Charles 1 M Mich.
955 Stoddard Elijah W. 59 M Farmer N. York
Stoddard Emma 60 F N. York
Stoddard Alpheus 14 M Mich.
Vreeland Jacob E 32 M Farmer Mich.
Vreeland Michael 21 M Mich.
956 Milliman David 43 M Farmer N. York
Milliman Philis 38 F Ohio
Milliman Charles 17 M Laborer Mich.
Milliman Harriet 15 F Mich.
Milliman Salina 13 F Mich.
Milliman Edmond 2 M Mich.
957 Lobdell Hiram 31 M Physician N. York
Lobdell Elizabeth 22 F N. York
Lobdell John H. 0 M N. York

Looks like I have a lot of digging to do! At first glance, I don't see too many people from Canada. I see quite a few from New York. I also notice there is a little discrepancy in the household numbers. It skips 941 and goes back to 935, then goes back to 940. Not sure if this was an error on the enumerator's part, or if he enumerated out of order. I will need to browse the rest of the enumeration to be sure. I think it may just be an error because there is another family enumerated as #935 in the correct spot (between 934 and 936). Since there are so many records online for Michigan, finding info for most of these people shouldn't be too hard. Happy Hunting!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Eliza Jane (Pemberton) Finkle (1844-1927)


Sarah Maria (Pemberton) Morrison Jones (1851-1941)

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting about another of Jeremiah and Susanna (Jermyn) Pemberton's children. I'm still cleaning up the source citations and events in my database for Jeremiah and Susanna's children. My last post was about Sarah Maria (Pemberton) Morrison Jones. This time I'm writing about Sarah's older sister, Eliza. Eliza Jane Pemberton was the fourth child of Jeremiah and Susanna. They are both younger sisters of my 3rd great-grandfather, John Pemberton. I'm going to do this post in a slightly different format than Sarah's post because it seemed to take forever to write that one VERY LONG post about Sarah and her descendants. Also, because Eliza had several children (unlike Sarah, who only had one child that survived to adulthood), I'll save the details about them for another post.

Birth Date/Place of Eliza Jane (Pemberton) Finkle

The only piece of direct evidence I have for Eliza's birth date is her death record. According to Eliza's death record, she was 82y 7m 4d when she died in 1927. This would put her birth date at 16 Sep 1844. This seems to be supported by a couple of other sources, including the 1860 census (age 15) and the 1870 census (age 25). However, after 1870, her age moves around like crazy on the remaining census records. She is 33 in 1880, 52 in 1900, 62 in 1910, and 74 in 1920. These would put her born anywhere between 1845 and 1848. Her marriage record from 1865 gives her age as 19, making her born around 1845-1846. A transcription of the 1894 State of Michigan census gives her age as 43, making her born around 1850-1851 (I need to view the original to verify, esp. since this is so far off from other sources).

At least the sources are more consistent on her birthplace: Canada. The only sources that seem to waiver on this are the 1870 census, which gives her birthplace as New York, and the 1894 State of Michigan census, which gives her birthplace as Michigan. Some vital records and census records of Eliza's children also give her birthplace as Michigan.

Marriage to David Finkle

St. Clair County, Michigan, Marriage Book 2: 476, Fincle-Pemberton, 1865; FHL microfilm 976,870.
Recorded July 4th 1865
Geo. F. Collins, Clerk
State of Michigan
St. Clair County
I hereby certify that on the 27th day of April 1865, at Clay, I did join in marriage, David Fincle of this township of Clay aged 20 years, and Eliza Pemberton of the same place aged 19 years, in presence of two witnesses (to wit) Sylvester Sumners and Isaac Combs of Clay, St. Clair County Mich.
Isaac Klein
Justice of the Peace

David Finkle, age 20, and Eliza Pemberton, age 19, were married 27 Apr 1865 in Clay Township, St. Clair, Michigan. Witnesses were Sylvester Sumners and Isaac Coombs. Isaac Coombs was a farmer and the stepfather of Eliza's future brother-in-law, Joseph Phelps. In fact, Isaac may have also been the maternal uncle of David Finkle (more research for another post). Sylvester was a laborer who was born about 1820 in New York (1870 census - Clay, St. Clair, Michigan). I don't know of any relation between Sylvester and David or Sylvester and Eliza. The marriage was performed by Isaac Klein, Justice of the Peace.

Children of David Finkle and Eliza Pemberton

David and Eliza had seven children, five boys and two girls.
  • William Finkle (1866-1948)
  • Burton Finkle (1868-1909)
  • Eva Finkle (1870-????)
  • Jeremiah M. Finkle (1871-1927)
  • Hayes Wheeler Finkle (1877-1953)
  • Frances E. Finkle (1879-????)
  • Roy David Finkle (1885-1963)

David and Eliza in the Census

1870 U.S. Census

In 1870, David and Eliza, along with their three oldest children, appeared in the household of Eliza's parents, Jeremiah and Susanna Pemberton, in Algonac, Clay Township, St. Clair, Michigan.

1870 U.S. census, St. Clair County, Michigan, population schedule, Clay Township, Algonac, p. 12, dwelling 94, family 94, Jeremiah Pemberton household; digital images, ( : accessed 23 December 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 698.
Jeremiah Pemberton 65 M W Blacksmith $1,000 $200 New York
Susanna Pemberton 50 F W Keeps House Ireland
Samuel Pemberton 22 M W Sailor New York
William Pemberton 20 M W Sailor New York
Sarah M. Pemberton 19 F W At Home New York
Ella Pemberton 15 F W At Home New York
Charles Pemberton 13 M W At School Michigan
David Finkle 27 M W Sailor Michigan
Eliza J. Finkle 25 F W At Home New York
William Finkle 4 M W Michigan
Bertis Finkle 2 M W Michigan
Eva Finkle 2/12 F W Michigan Mar

1880 U.S. Census

In 1880, David and Eliza were again in Clay Township, but this time in their own household with six children and a servant.

1880 U.S. census, St. Clair County, Michigan, population schedule, Clay Township, enumeration district (ED) 370, p. 17, dwelling 98, family 98, David Finkle household; digital images, ( : accessed 27 December 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 604.
David Finkle W M 35 M Farmer Michigan/New York/New York
Eliza Finkle W F 33 Wife M Keeping House Canada/New York/England
William Finkle W M 14 Son S Labors on farm Michigan/Michigan/Canada
Burton Finkle W M 11 Son S Labors on farm Michigan/Michigan/Canada
Eva Finkle W F 10 Daughter S Michigan/Michigan/Canada
Jeremiah Finkle W M 7 Son S Michigan/Michigan/Canada
Hays Finkle W M 3 Son S Michigan/Michigan/Canada
Francis Finkle W F 1 Daughter S Michigan/Michigan/Canada
John Watson W M 36 Servant S Farm laborer Ireland/England/Scotland

It seems like David gave up his sailing days to become a farmer. I have searched for further information on John Watson, but he appears to disappear from Clay Township after 1880.

1894 State of Michigan Census

Below is a transcription of the Finkle household in the 1894 State of Michigan Census for St. Clair County:

42 17 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle David 43 M W Husband M N 9 8 MI MI MI ~ N N ~ Sailor
42 18 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Eliza 43 F W Wife M N ~ ~ MI unk Eng ~ ~ ~ 9 Housewife
42 19 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Wm. 26 M W Son S N ~ ~ MI MI MI ~ ~ ~ ~ Sailor
42 20 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Burt 23 M W Son S N ~ ~ MI MI MI ~ ~ ~ ~ Sailor
43 1 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Eva 22 F W Daughter S N 0 0 MI MI MI ~ N N ~ At Home
43 2 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Jerry 21 M W Son S N ~ ~ MI MI MI ~ ~ ~ ~ At Home
43 3 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Haze 17 M W Son S N ~ ~ MI MI MI ~ ~ ~ ~ At Home
43 4 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Francis 14 F W Daughter S N ~ ~ MI MI MI ~ ~ ~ ~ At Home
43 5 Plank Rd. 166 175 Finkle Roy 8 M W Son S N ~ ~ MI MI MI ~ ~ ~ ~ At Home

By 1894, David and Eliza had relocated about 10 miles north of Clay Township and were living on Plank Road in Marine City. David was once again listed as a sailor. All seven children were enumerated in the household.

1900 U.S. Census

By 1900, David and Eliza had moved 20 miles further north to Port Huron. All children but their oldest child, William, were enumerated with them.

1900 U.S. census, St. Clair County, Michigan, population schedule, Port Huron Ward 8, enumeration district (ED) 105, sheet 3A, dwelling 54, family 55, David Finkel household; digital images, ( : accessed 27 December 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 742.
David Finkel Head W M Oct 1845 54 M 35 Michigan/[blank]/New York Sailor
Eliza J. Finkel Wife W F Sep 1845 52 M 35 8 7 Canada Eng/Canada Eng/England 1852 47
Bert Finkel Son W M Mar 1869 31 S Michigan/Michigan/Canada Eng Sailor
Eva Finkel Daughter W F Nov 1871 28 S Michigan/Michigan/Canada Eng
Jerry Finkel Son W M Dec 1873 26 S Michigan/Michigan/Canada Eng Sailor
Hayes Finkel Son W M Jun 1877 22 S Michigan/Michigan/Canada Eng Sailor
Frances Finkel Daughter W F Dec 1879 20 S Michigan/Michigan/Canada Eng
Roy Finkel Son W M Jun 1885 14 S Michigan/Michigan/Canada Eng

1910 U.S. Census

In 1910, David and Eliza were living on River Road in Port Huron Township. Both daughters, as well as a son-in-law and grandson, were living with them.

1910 U.S. census, St. Clair County, Michigan, population schedule, Port Huron Township, enumeration district (ED) 121, sheet 16A, dwelling 345, family 345, David Finkle household; digital images, ( : accessed 27 December 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 673.
David Finkle Head M W 63 M1 40 MI NY NY Farmer Truck Farm
Eliza J. Finkle Wife F W 62 M1 40 8 6 CanEng Unk Unk 1858
Thomas P. Leslie Son-in-Law M W 37 M1 9 CanEng Scot Scot 1888 Na Engineer Lumber Boat
Eva Leslie Daughter F W 38 M1 9 0 0 MI MI CanEng
Frances Downing Daughter F W 30 Wd 1 1 MI MI CanEng Dressmaker Dress Shop
Ray Downing Grandson M W 4 S MI CanSco MI

Looks like David had taken back to farming.

1920 U.S. Census

In 1920, the widowed Eliza had moved from the farm and was living in the household of her youngest son, Roy, at 2015 Stone St. in Port Huron. Her son Hayes was also enumerated there.

1920 U.S. census, St. Clair County, Michigan, population schedule, Port Huron, Ward 7, enumeration district (ED) 123, sheet 8A, dwelling 177, family 182, Roy Finkle household; digital images, ( : accessed 28 December 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 795.
Roy Finkle Head M W 35 S MI MI CanEng Carpenter Contractor
Eliza Finkle Mother F W 74 Wd 1887 Na By Mar CanEng CanEng Eng
Hays Finkle Brother M W 44 S MI MI CanEng Carpenter Contractor

David and Eliza in County/City Directories:

1883 St. Clair Co: Finkle David, o, Harsen's Island, Algonac
1885 St. Clair Co: Finkle David, f, Harsen's Island, Clay, Algonac
1887 St. Clair Co: Finkle David, O, Algonac
1893 Marine City: Finkle David, vessel captain, res n e cor Sixth and Plank road
1899 Marine City: Finkle David, sailor, res Plank rd
1901 Port Huron: Finkle David, carp, res --- 32nd s of Tunnel Sta
1902 Port Huron: Finkle David, carp Jenks S Co, res 32d
1904 Port Huron: Finkle Mrs Eliva, res 1419 Wills [Wells]
1907 Cleveland, Ohio: Finkle David carp r 3707 Clinton av NW
1908 Cleveland, Ohio: Finkle David carp r 1864 W 48th NW
1921 Port Huron: Finkle Mrs Eliza, h 1804 Scott av
1924 Port Huron: Finkle Eliza J (wid David) h 1804 Scott av
1926 Port Huron: Finkle Eliza J (wid David) h 1804 Scott av

Interestingly, David and Eliza seemed to briefly live in Cleveland during the early 1900s. I suspect that David had moved there without her in 1904, which may be why Eliza was listed in the household of her son-in-law, Otto Downing, without David.

Death Date/Place of Eliza Jane (Pemberton) Finkle

Eliza's death record states that she died 20 Apr 1927 from endocarditis. Below is a transcription of the record:

Decedent: Eliza Finkle
Date of death: 20 Apr 1927
Sex: F
Race: W
Marital Status: Widow
Age: 82 y, 7 m, 4 d
Cause of death: Endocarditis
Birthplace: Canada
Occupation: None
Father: John Pemberton
Father's birthplace: Canada
Mother: Susanna German
Mother's birthplace: Canada

Source: St. Clair County, Michigan, Death Book 6: 195, Eliza Finkle, 1927; County Clerk, Port Huron.

I forgot to transcribe the place of death, but her obituary states that she died at the family residence at 1804 Scott Ave. in Port Huron.

"Mrs. Eliza Finkle," obituary, The Port Huron (Michigan) Times Herald, 21 April 1927, p. 7.
Mrs. Eliza Finkle, 81, died at the family residence, 1804 Scott Avenue, on Wednesday afternoon.
She is survived by three sons, Hayes W. Finkle, this city, William K. Finkle, Tashmoo Park, Roy D. Finkle, Saginaw, two daughters, Mrs. Harry Knight, Lansing, Mrs. Thomas Leslie, Sandusky; a brother, Charles Pemberton, Algonac, two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Jones, this city, Mrs. Agnes Phelps, Algonac; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
This concludes my post about Eliza. I still need to search land and probate records, as well as city directories not available online, for Eliza. My next post in this series will focus a little more on Eliza's husband, David Finkle.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sarah Maria Pemberton Research Log (Birth)

Although I really liked my last blog post on Sarah, I decided that I needed a more summarized version of my findings. Luckily, my software (RootsMagic 5) has just the solution - a Research Log.  The research log allows me to keep track of all sources and repositories checked. I can even list the results of my searches so that I can compare the information in multiple sources. Here is the birth date and place research log I started for Sarah:

Pemberton, Sarah Maria  (1851-1941) - Birth
For: Sarah Maria PEMBERTON-48.8
To determine the birth date and place of Sarah
23 Dec 2007

Birth date and place
1860 U.S. Census
Brownstown, Wayne, Michigan
Jeremiah Pemberton household
Age 8 - c. 1851-52 in Canada
23 Dec 2007

Birth date and place
1870 U.S. Census
Algonac, Clay Twp, St. Clair, Michigan
Jeremiah Pemberton household
Age 19 - c. 1850-51 in New York
9 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1871 Marriage record
20 May 1871
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Age 20 - c. 1850-51 in Canada
9 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1880 U.S. Census
Clay Twp, St. Clair, Michigan
Reuben Morrison household
Age 28 - c. 1851-52 in Canada
9 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1900 U.S. Census
Port Huron Ward 8, St. Clair, Michigan
Sarah Morrison household
Age 47 - Jun 1852 in Canada
9 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1910 Marriage record
9 May 1910
Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa, Michigan
Age 49 - c. 1860-61 in Michigan
18 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1910 U.S. Census
Port Huron Ward 11, St. Clair, Michigan
Robert Tudhope household
Age 57 - c. 1852-53 in Canada
18 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1920 U.S. Census
Marysville, Port Huron Twp, St. Clair, Michigan
Charles F. Jones household
Age 60 - c. 1858-59 in Michigan
18 Jul 2008

Birth date and place
1930 U.S. Census
Marysville, St. Clair, Michigan
Charles F. Jones household
Age 76 - c. 1853-54 in Canada
15 Jul 2012

Birth date and place
1940 U.S. Census
Marysville, St. Clair, Michigan
Charles Jones household
Age 88 - c. 1851-52 in Canada
1 Aug 2007

Birth date and place
1941 Death Record
9 Feb 1941
Marysville, St. Clair, Michigan
County Clerk's Office
Port Huron, Michigan
Age 89y 8m 6d
Born 3 Jun 1851 in Michigan
1 Aug 2007

Birth date and place
1941 Obituary
10 Feb 1941
Port Huron Times-Herald
St. Clair County Library
Port Huron
Born 31 Jun 1851 in Detroit